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1. World Not Doing Enough on Climate Change: PM Modi
The international community needs to act immediately on climate change as the steps taken so far by countries to overcome this serious challenge are not enough, Prime Minister Narendra Modi told a United Nations summit on Monday.
Addressing the Global Climate Action Summit organised by UN secretary general Antonio Guterres, Modi called on countries to join the Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure launched by India, which will be a loose collective of countries with capacity in handling post-disaster infrastructure development.
“Various efforts are being made by different countries to fight climate change but we must accept that if we have to overcome a serious challenge like climate change, then what we are doing at the moment is just not enough,” Modi said.
2. Imran Listening, Trump Says: Heard a Very Aggressive Statement from India
A day after Donald Trump shared the stage with Narendra Modi at the ‘Howdy, Modi’ event in Houston, the US President said on Monday that he will play the role of an arbitrator on Kashmir only if asked to do so by both India and Pakistan.
“I am always ready to help. But it depends on both these gentlemen. I am ready, willing and able. If both want it, then I will do it,” said Trump while speaking to reporters along with Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan before their bilateral meeting.
“I have a very good relationship with PM Modi and I have a very good relationship with PM Khan. I have never failed as an arbitrator… I have done it before. But I have to be asked by the other side,” said Trump, who is likely to hold a bilateral meeting with Modi on Tuesday.
3. Amit Shah Floats Single Multipurpose ID Card Idea, 2021 Census Will be Digital
Emphasising the potential of a successful “digital census”, Union Home Minister Amit Shah Monday floated the idea of one identity card to replace duplicate and siloed documentations of Aadhaar card, voter ID card, banking card, passport, and more.
“We will have to end all these separate exercises,” Shah said at the foundation stone laying ceremony for the new Office of Registrar General of India and Census Commissioner. “If we do a digital census well, then all cards can come into one card. Government has not made this plan yet, but I want to put the potential in front of you to show that a successful digital census is your work and for the benefit of the public.”
Stating the entire exercise will cost Rs 12,000 crore, Shah, speaking to the room of census officers, flagged the role of the census in the “scientific planning and development of the nation”.
4. Balakot Camps Reactivated by Pak: Army Chief Bipin Rawat
Chief of Army Staff General Bipin Rawat said on Monday that at least 500 “well-trained” terrorists are waiting to infiltrate from Pakistan into Jammu & Kashmir, but the armed forces are fully prepared to deal with any situation created to jeopardise efforts to restore peace in the Valley.
Rawat also said that the terror camp in Pakistan’s Balakot, which was destroyed in Indian airstrikes in February this year, has been reactivated. “If needed, there will be no hesitation to go beyond Balakot... But we would like to keep them guessing,” he said.
5. I-T Quizzes EC Lavasa’s Wife on Income, Perks
Election commissioner Ashok Lavasa’s wife Novel Lavasa has been questioned by the income tax department in connection with her income and benefits received as director of 10 companies, including two Tata group firms and six of the Welspun Group.
Sources said Novel appeared before I-T sleuths in Delhi last week after she was served a notice. She was asked to explain payments received from firms in which she served as director, besides any other income not reported in her I-T returns. Her I-T returns for the last five years are under scrutiny.
In a statement, Novel said, “There have been reports in certain sections of the media about I-T notices regarding discrepancies in tax returns filed by me. I have paid all taxes due towards me and disclosed all income earned by me from pension, and all other sources.”
6. PSA Against Farooq Abdullah: J&K Dossier Has 27 Charges, 3 FIRs, His Quotes From 3 Years Ago
A J&K dossier on invoking the stringent Public Safety Act against National Conference leader and Srinagar MP Farooq Abdullah runs into 21 pages and lists 27 charges, 16 police reports, three FIRs and 13 statements in favour of the abrogated Article 35A.
Abdullah, also a three-term Chief Minister of J&K, was already under detention at his Gupkar Road residence when the PSA order was issued against him by the Srinagar District Magistrate on 14 September. His home was declared a subsidiary jail given his “standing” and “keeping in consideration his advanced age” – he will turn 82 next month.
7. Interference Does Not Augur Well: SC on Posting of Judges
The Supreme Court Monday said scope for judicial review in appointment, posting and transfer of judges was “severely limited” and “interference in system of administration of justice does not augur well for the institution”.
The bench of Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and Justices S A Bobde and S Abdul Nazeer made these remarks as it agreed to keep pending a plea by the Gujarat High Court Advocates’ Association – it sought its intervention in the Justice Akil Kureshi elevation matter – till the government acted on the revised recommendation to appoint him Chief Justice of Tripura High Court.
Senior advocate Arvind Datar requested the bench to keep the petition pending till the Centre acted on the Collegium’s revised proposal to send Justice Kureshi to Tripura as Chief Justice instead of Madhya Pradesh as decided earlier.
8. Manmohan, Sonia Meet P Chidambaram in Tihar Jail
Former PM Manmohan Singh and Congress chief Sonia Gandhi on Monday met P Chidambaram in Tihar jail where the former FM is lodged in connection with the INX Media case.
Singh questioned the detention of his party colleague, arguing that he was being blamed for a decision which he had approved on the recommendations of a dozen top officers.
Chidambaram tweeted through his family, “I am honoured that Sonia Gandhi and Manmohan Singh called on me... As long as Congress is strong and brave, I will also be strong and brave.”
9. Jaish Changes Name to Ward Off Global Scrutiny
Terrorist group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) has changed its name to Majlis Wurasa-e-Shuhuda Jammu wa Kashmir to ward off international pressure and scrutiny over its jihadi training activities in Pakistan, and Mufti Abdul Rauf Asghar, the younger brother of its bed-ridden chief Masood Azhar, has taken control of the Pakistan-based terror outfit, according to people familiar with the development.
Azhar, a globally designated terrorist, lies terminally ill in Markaz Usman-o-Ali in Bhawalpur, Pakistan.
According to counter-terror agencies in India, Jaish has re-emerged with a new name but the same leadership and terrorist cadre; it was previously known as Khudam-ul-Islam and Al Rehmat Trust.
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