QBullet: Modi Responds to Critics; China Puts More Boots at Doklam

Read The Quint’s compilation of top stories in national dailies across the country.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses during the inauguration of the Golden Jubilee Year Celebrations of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI) at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi on Wednesday. 

1. Modi Hits Back at Critics Over Economic Slowdown, Says Won't Jeopardise India's Future

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday strongly defended his government’s management of the economy, pledging to reverse a downturn in economic growth.

Modi’s comments come at a time when the narrative about the economy has turned negative, triggered by the economy’s slowest expansion in three years.

The Prime Minister, in a talk at an event organised by the Institute of Company Secretaries of India, admitted that economic growth has slowed, but added that his government is “committed to reversing the trend”.

During the course of an almost hour-long talk, Modi highlighted the country’s hard-won macroeconomic stability – it is no longer part of the so-called Fragile Five, or countries that stood to lose the most in 2013 from the US Federal Reserve’s decision to end its fiscal stimulus – listed his government’s reformist initiatives (87 reforms across 21 sectors), and pointed to recent data that shows the emergence of green shoots in the economy.

(Source: Hindustan Times)


2. Out of Luck and Luxury, Honeypreet Braces for Bitter Pill in Custody

Given to a life of luxury, jailed Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim’s "adopted daughter" Honeypreet Insan now stares at tough times in police custody.

She did not find much time to sleep on her first night in the custody at the Chandimandir police station as her interrogation went on till 1am following which she was taken to the General Hospital, Sector 6, as she complained of chest pain, officials said.

She was at the hospital till 3am and then taken back. Her questioning started at 6pm, hours she was arrested from the Patiala-Zirakpur highway on Tuesday along with a woman.

Her questioning, being recorded on camera, resumed at 7am on Wednesday. She was offered chapati and dal.

Doctors at the hospital said except a minor migraine problem, she has no health problem.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

3. Aadhaar Officials Part of Private Firms That Use Aadhaar Services for Profit

In what raises questions of propriety and conflict of interest, executives who have worked or are working with the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) — the parent agency for Aadhaar — are launching companies or funding start-ups that offer Aadhaar-based services and products for a fee.

Consider the case of Vivek Raghavan who is Chief Product Manager of UIDAI which he served as a volunteer between October 2010 and June 2013. Srikanth Nadhamuni was UIDAI’s Head of Technology from 2009 to 2012; Sanjay Jain was Chief Product Manager at UIDAI between 2010 and 2012. All three founded Khosla Labs in India in September 2012. Investor and entrepreneur Vinod Khosla is its chairman.

(Source: The Indian Express)


4. China Puts More Boots at Doklam

Chinese media seems to be issuing a warning and stirring nationalist sentiments by republishing photographs from the 1962 Indo-China war. 
Chinese media seems to be issuing a warning and stirring nationalist sentiments by republishing photographs from the 1962 Indo-China war. 
(Photo: Reuters)

A conclave of Army Commanders next week is set to discuss military preparedness along the China border, amid indications that the Chinese may have beefed up their presence near the Doklam standoff site since the disengagement more than a month ago.

According to sources in the Indian security establishment, the Chinese have 1,500 to 1,700 troops of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) stationed a few hundred metres afrom the standoff site on their side.

At least a couple of official sources admitted that they were uncomfortable about the Chinese presence and activities on the plateau. “It is not status quo ante,” an official said. “Ideally, they should withdraw the troops and equipment,” he said.

(Source: The Hindu)

5. Told Govt We Can Hold State, Lok Sabha Polls Together by September 2018: EC

Election Commission officials demonstrating the handling of EVM.
Election Commission officials demonstrating the handling of EVM.
(Photo: PTI)

The Election Commission of India Wednesday said it will be logistically capable of holding simultaneous polls to state assemblies and Lok Sabha by September 2018.

The BJP has been pushing for simultaneous polls to assemblies and Lok Sabha but not all political parties are on board.

Election Commissioner OP Rawat, who was in Bhopal for the launch of the ERONet software to check inaccuracy and duplicity, told reporters that the government had sought a response from the Election Commission on the holding of simultaneous state and national polls.

(Source: The Indian Express)


6. Nitish, Bhagwat: So Near, So Far

You can take Nitish Kumar to a yagna blessed by the RSS but you can't get him and Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat in the same frame. The chief minister, who had once called for a Sangh- mukt Bharat, and the RSS boss today avoided meeting each other - by elaborate design as per JDU sources.

Both of them participated in a Dharma Sansad (religious conclave) organised to mark the 1,000th birth anniversary of theologian Ramanujacharya, but with a gap of around 75 minutes between them. The event was held at Chandwa near Ara in Bhojpur district, around 54km west of Patna.

Nitish's itinerary was chalked out deliberately to avoid the "awkwardness" of coming face to face with Bhagwat, JDU sources admitted.

(Sources: The Telegraph)

7. Police in MP Strip, Thrash Farmers

In a shocking incident in Madhya Pradesh, a group of farmers was allegedly stripped and beaten up by policemen at Tikamgarh Dehat Thana for participating in a protest march on Tuesday. The State government ordered an inquiry into the incident after a video and photographs of the farmers sitting in their underwear inside the police station were circulated on social media.

On Tuesday, a large number of farmers took part in Khet Bachao, Kisan Bachao agitation called by the Congress near the Tikamgarh District Collectorate.

Some of the protesters got into a verbal duel with the policemen as a result of which the latter had to use lathis, teargas and water cannons to disperse the crowd, said a Collectorate official. Later, in the evening, when a group of protesters were returning to their village in two tractor trolleys, they were allegedly stopped and detained at the Tikamgarh Dehat police station.

(Source: The Hindu)


8. Ryan Officials Deny Security Breach, Say CBSE Notice Was Uncalled For

Authorities of Ryan International School, Bhondsi, where seven-yearold student Pradhyumn Thakur was found murdered inside a toilet on September 8, have struck a defiant note, denying all charges of security breach on the campus while rejecting the CBSE show-cause as “uncalled for“.

In its response to the notice issued by the board in the wake of the Class 2 boy's gruesome murder, the school also rejected the allegation of delay in reporting the matter to police.

On September 16, the bo ard had shot off a show-cause notice to the school, highlighting several loopholes in security on the campus, and asked as to why the school should not be de-affiliated.

(Source: Times of India)

9. Struggling to Stay Afloat, They Find Something to Cheer About

Vidhan Sabha on Wednesday witnessed a flurry of activity with nearly 70 guest teachers assembling there to witness the “iconic event“ of the passing of Regularisation of Services of Guest Teachers and Teachers engaged under Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan Bill that would change their lives.

The guest teachers said that tabling of the Bill was the culmination of a long and ar duous struggle lasting many years and that they were finally being given their due. They have been facing severe monetary trouble as their recruitment under the current rules doesn't give them enough financial benefits. Their salary is meagre and benefits few.

Despite facing hardships, these teachers have been diligently performing their duties as educators. They said that managing their households is tough. Their salary is a fraction of what is drawn by regular teachers. Also, there is a constant fear of losing the job.

(Source: Times of India)

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