QBullet: Modi-Xi Discuss Terror; No Murder Charge Against Sengar
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Chinese President Xi Jinping, in Mamallapuram on Friday, 11 October.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Chinese President Xi Jinping, in Mamallapuram on Friday, 11 October.(Photo: PTI)

QBullet: Modi-Xi Discuss Terror; No Murder Charge Against Sengar

1. From Trade to Terror, Modi and Xi Resolve to Work Closely Together

A one-on-one dinner between PM Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping in the historic Shore Temple of Mamallapuram overshot deadlines, going on for over two-and-a-half hours, as the leaders discussed cooperation over issues from trade to terrorism and their respective “national visions”.

Briefing journalists at the end of the first day’s talks between Modi and Xi, foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale said they had already spent over five hours in close conversation with each other and the “quality time” embraced a host of issues, several of which would be taken up again on Saturday, 12 October.

Gokhale said Modi told Xi his renewed mandate was for economic development and the Chinese leader responded that he was ready to work closely with the Indian PM. Though details of the conversation were limited, the atmospherics, including a long walk where Modi explained the theme of unity of man and nature in the monuments, seemed to reflect an easy interaction.

(Source: The Times of India)

Also Read : Issues Related to Trade and Terrorism Discussed in Modi-Xi Summit 

Loading...

2. Factory Output at 81-Month Low

Image used for representational purpose.
Image used for representational purpose.
(Photo: Reuters)

India’s factory output contracted 1.1 percent in August as against a growth of 4.2 percent reported a month ago, recording the poorest performance in 81 months and signalling a deepening economic downturn. The previous low in IIP was (-) 1.7 percent in November 2012.

This may pave way for further monetary easing by the central bank for the sixth consecutive time in December.

Data released earlier this month by the industry department showed India’s eight infrastructure sectors constituting about 40 percent of Index of industrial production (IIP) contracted for the first time in more than four years in August by 0.5 percent.

The Monetary Policy Committee of the Reserve Bank of India earlier this month cut policy rates by 25 basis points and resolved to continue with an accommodative stance as long as it is necessary to revive growth. Realising that the economic downturn is sharper than it earlier anticipated, it pared down its full year growth forecast to 6.1 percent in 2019-20 from 6.9 percent projected earlier.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

Also Read : Industrial Output in Negative, Declines by 1.1% in August

3. Sengar Named in CBI Charge Sheet, But Not for Murder

There is reportedly no murder charge against Sengar and his associates in the charge sheet.
There is reportedly no murder charge against Sengar and his associates in the charge sheet.
(Photo: PTI)

The Central Bureau of Investigation has filed a charge sheet against former BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar and others in Unnao rape survivor’s road crash case that killed her two relatives and seriously injured her.

But the federal investigating agency has dropped the murder charge against the accused.

Kuldeep Singh Senger has been charged for criminal conspiracy and criminal intimidation while truck driver Ashish Kumar Pal has been charged for causing death by negligence, causing grievous hurt and rash driving.

When the CBI first took up investigations into the case, it had registered the FIR on the basis of the complaint lodged by the rape survivor’s uncle at Gurubakshganj police station of Uttar Pradesh’s Rae Bareli.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

Also Read : Unnao Case: No Murder Charges Against Sengar in CBI Charge Sheet

4. Ethiopian PM Wins Peace Nobel for Ending 20-Yr War With Eritrea

The prize will be awarded to Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali for his efforts to achieve peace and international cooperation. 
The prize will be awarded to Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali for his efforts to achieve peace and international cooperation. 
(Photo Courtesy: Ethiopian PM Abiy Ahmed Ali Organized Supporters/Facebook)

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (43) won the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, 11 October, for his peacemaking efforts to end two decades of border conflict with Eritrea that had claimed tens of thousands of lives.

Interestingly, Africa’s youngest leader had been bookmakers’ second favourite to win the honour — the 100th Nobel Peace prize award since 1901 — behind teenaged Swedish climate change campaigner Greta Thunberg.

“I am so humbled and thrilled ... It is a prize given to Africa, given to Ethiopia,” Ahmed said.

Since he came to office in April 2018, he also begun political and economic reforms that promise a better life for many in impoverished Ethiopia. However, Ahmed faces increasing pressure to uphold the sweeping freedoms he introduced, with critics warning that his ability to deal with domestic unrest might be slipping.

(Source: The Times of India)

Also Read : Ethiopian PM Abiy Ahmed Ali Awarded Nobel Peace Prize

5. Cellphone Curbs in Kashmir May Be Relaxed in Phases

Image used for representational purposes.
Image used for representational purposes.
(Photo: Erum Gour/ The Quint)

The Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) administration is considering lifting the mobile telephone blackout in the state in phases, and may reactivate voice calls on post-paid connections soon, according to two senior government officials who asked not to be named.

The move will be discussed in a meeting on Saturday, 12 October, when officials are also likely to take a decision on the release of some political leaders. Around 800 people, mostly political activists, are under detention and mobile connections have been disabled over fears of violence since the night of 4 August — hours before the Union government stripped J&K of its special constitutional status.

Security agencies have conveyed that the restoration of mobile phones in a phased manner will not affect the law-and-order situation. “In addition, the government can shut down the network if need be,” one of the officials cited above said. A second official elaborated on the possibility: “Post-paid mobile connections are likely to be restored first, followed by pre-paid connections.”

(Source: Hindustan Times

Also Read : ‘Violence in Kashmir Reduced After Abrogation of Art 370’: Army 

6. Citing Poll Code, Wardha Varsity Expels 6 Students Who Protested Against Govt & Wrote Letter to PM

Students protesting at Mahatma Gandhi Antarashtriya Hindi Viswavidyalaya in Wardha.
Students protesting at Mahatma Gandhi Antarashtriya Hindi Viswavidyalaya in Wardha.
(Photo: The Quint)

In an unusual interpretation of the model code of conduct, six students of the Mahatma Gandhi Antarrashtriya Hindi Vishwavidyalaya (MGAHV) in Maharashtra’s Wardha have been expelled for organising a dharna and writing a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi protesting, among other things, rising incidents of mob lynching and “shielding” of leaders accused of rape.

In an order issued 9 October, Acting Registrar Rajeshwar Singh said the students were being expelled for “violating the 2019 assembly election code of conduct and interfering in the judicial process” by organising a group dharna.

Chandan Saroj, one of the six students thrown out, said though some 100 students were present at the dharna on 9 October, university authorities took action “selectively against three Dalit and three OBC students”. He said “there were many upper caste students too in solidarity with us”.

(Source: The Indian Express)

Also Read : 6 Wardha University Students ‘Expelled’ After Writing Letter to PM

7. Former Fortis Promoters Malvinder, Shivinder Sent to Police Custody

A Delhi court on Friday, 11 October, granted the police four-day custody of former Fortis Healthcare promoters Malvinder Singh, his brother Shivinder and three others, arrested for allegedly misappropriating funds of Religare Finvest Ltd (RFL), causing it losses of Rs 2,397 crore.

Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Deepak Sherawat allowed custodial interrogation of the five people who were arrested by the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of Delhi Police.

Malvinder (46) was arrested on Friday morning, while Shivinder (44), Sunil Godhwani (58), the former chairman and managing director of Religare Enterprises Ltd (REL), Kavi Arora (48) and Anil Saxena, who occupied important positions in REL and RFL, were arrested on Thursday by the EOW for allegedly diverting the money and investing in other companies.

(Source: The Tribune)

Also Read : Ranbaxy Days to Religare Fraud: Singh Brothers’ Fall Explained

8. RTI Appeals’ Waiting Time Doubles in 2 Yrs

Image used for representational purpose.
Image used for representational purpose.
(Photo: The Quint)

A report on the performance of central and state information commissions based on data from January 2018 to March 2019 shows that the number of pending RTI appeals and complaints stood at a high of 2,18,347 in 26 information commissions. In the central information commission alone, the estimated waiting time on appeals nearly doubled between 1 November 2017 and 1 April 2019, going up from 10 months to 1 year and seven months, the report suggests.

As per the report put together by voluntary organisations Satark Nagrik Sangathan and Centre for Equity Studies, as of 1 January 2018, the CIC was functioning with eight information commissioners, including the chief.

(Source: The Times of India)

9. Letter on Dikshit’s Death Brings Delhi Cong’s Internal Feud out in the Open

File photo of Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit.
File photo of Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit.
(Photo: Aroop Mishra/The Quint)

With less than three months to go for the Assembly elections, the Delhi Congress has plunged into a full-blown crisis with a factional feud that had so far remained behind closed doors going public.

With various factions eyeing the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee president’s post, the war escalated to an extent that AICC in-charge PC Chacko was blamed for leaking a letter written to him by former Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit’s son and former Lok Sabha MP Sandeep Dikshit.

In the letter, Sandeep is learnt to have written that Chacko caused mental agony to Sheila in her last days, which led to her sudden demise. On Friday, a section of the Delhi Congress leaders demanded Chacko’s removal, accusing him of “leaking” the personal letter.

(Source: The Indian Express)

(The Quint is now available on Telegram. For handpicked stories every day, subscribe to us on Telegram)

Follow our India section for more stories.

    Loading...