QBullet: India Wins Claim over Hyd Nizam’s Wealth; Doval in Saudi

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The Nizam being sworn in as Rajpramukh (Governor) of Hyderabad by MK Vellodi, in 1950.

1. £35m in UK Bank Belongs to Hyd Nizam Heirs, India: Court

The UK high court on Wednesday, 2 October, ruled in favour of India and the titular eighth Nizam of Hyderabad and his younger brother in a case they had been fighting against Pakistan relating to who has the rights to £35 million (Rs 306 crore) stashed away in a British bank account since Partition.

India, the Nizam and his brother, who are the grandsons of the seventh Nizam, have a confidential settlement on how to split the money.

The dispute centred on a corpus of £1 million and one guinea that on September 20, 1948 was transferred by the seventh Nizam’s finance minister, Nawab Moin Nawaz Jung, from a government bank account to another in London held by Pakistan’s then high commissioner to the UK, Habib Ibrahim Rahimtoola. This was during the Indian annexation of the princely state of Hyderabad.

(Source: The Times of India)


2. India, US Need to Refresh Ties in New World of ‘Frenemies’, says Jaishankar

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Tuesday, 1 October said India and the United States will need to “refresh” ties as the old globalized world order built after 1945 gives way to an emerging arrangement marked by a “proliferation of frenemies”, friends who differ and competitors who cooperate.

The minister said the emerging order will be “multipolar” and “intensely competitive and driven by balance of power” instead of one based on “shared endeavours” and “collective security”. Competing powers will work together based on “convergence” of interests, not “congruence”.

The new era, the minister said, “calls for both India and the United States to press the refresh button of their relationship as the really important relationships in the world are the less transactional ones. They are driven by global assessments and are based on strengthening each other”.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

3. FATF in Mind, Ajit Doval Makes Trip to Meet Saudi Prince

Ahead of the plenary meeting of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), National Security Advisor Ajit Doval has made a short visit to Saudi Arabia — the first Arab country to become a member of the FATF in June this year — as part of India’s diplomatic offensive strategy to push for blacklisting of Pakistan.

During his two-day visit beginning Tuesday, 1 October Doval met Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) to enlist Riyadh’s support. The FATF plenary session and working group meetings are scheduled to be held from 13 to 18 October.

Doval also held separate meetings with Dr Musaid Bin M Al Aiban, Saudi Minister of State and NSA, and other senior Saudi officials, India’s Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Ausaf Sayeed, said.

(Source: The Indian Express)


4. Prime Minister Modi Declares Country Open Defecation-Free

On the occasion of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared the country open defecation-free, claiming success for the government’s initiative under which every household now apparently has access to a toilet.

“I am satisfied that on the occasion of Gandhi at 150, we are witnessing the fulfilment of his dream of ‘Swachh Bharat’. I feel lucky that on this occasion, when India has successfully stopped open defecation, I’m here at the ashram,” the Prime Minister wrote in the visitor’s book at Mahatma Gandhi’s Sabarmati Ashram here on Wednesday, 2 October.

“The world is impressed by our success on the open defecation-free front, and is giving awards to us,” said Mr Modi, declaring that the country has achieved cleanliness in urban and rural areas thanks to the government’s push to build toilets.

(Source: The Hindu)

5. Sena Scion’s Campaign Begins Without Grandpa

The streets of Worli are lined with colourful hoardings of Thackeray scion Aaditya announcing his arrival on the political stage. The hoardings show the Yuva Sena chief in a plain white kurta, waving. The text reads ‘How are you, Worli ’ in more than five languages, including Gujarati, Urdu and Hindi. One language per hoarding.

Two things stand out conspicuously in this campaign messaging, designed by poll strategist Prashant Kishor.

One, Shiv Sena’s departure from its ‘Marathi only’ stand, and two, the absence of Sena founder Bal Thackeray and current party president Uddhav Thackeray from the hoardings.

The bid is to launch the Thackeray scion as a plural, modern multilingual leader, who looks beyond the interests of Marathis alone.

(Source: DNA)


6. Detained Politicians from Jammu Freed

The authorities in Jammu & Kashmir on Wednesday, 2 October ended the nearly two-month-long house arrest of almost all Jammu politicians belonging to various mainstream political parties.

However, their counterparts from the Kashmir Valley, also detained or placed under house arrest on or around 5 August, when the Centre stripped J&K of its special status under Article 370, remain incarcerated.

While most of the leaders and activists were initially taken into “preventive custody” or placed under house arrest, some, including three-time Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah, were subsequently detained under J&K’s stringent Public Safety Act (PSA) to “prevent a breach of the peace”.

(Source: Deccan Chronicle)

7. Ton-up Rohit Takes India to a commanding 202/0 Against South Africa

India reached a commanding 202 for no loss before persistent rain forced early stumps on the opening day of the first Test against South Africa on Wednesday, 2 October.

Going strong at 202 for no loss in 59.1 overs, India were forced to take early tea after clouds gathered over the stadium towards the end of the second session. Earlier, Rohit Sharma made a dream start as a Test opener, scoring an unbeaten 115 off 174 balls to take India to a commanding 202 for no loss at tea.

While South African bowlers did trouble the Indian batsmen on a few occasions in the first session, they seemed toothless in the afternoon session where Rohit and Mayank Agarwal (84 not out off 183) scored at a brisk rate. Rohit, who got to his fifty before lunch, shifted gears and was particularly harsh on the spinners.

(Source: The Tribune)


8. Heavy Showers as Monsoon Stays On

Setting a record with prolonged delay in its onset earlier this year, the southwest monsoon has gone on to script another with its delayed withdrawal.

While it was normal for the monsoon to withdraw by the middle of September every year, according to meteorologists, it is still active resulting in heavy rains across South-Interior Karnataka, including Bengaluru, over two days.

Sources at the Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre (KSNDMC) revealed to DH that on Tuesday night alone Bengaluru witnessed about 24 mm rainfall on an average. Several districts like Bengaluru, Kolar and Tumakuru also witnessed intense thunderstorm activities.

(Source: Deccan Herald)

9. 3-fold Rise: 14L Delhi Vehicles Got PUC Certificates in Sept

The 10-fold hike in traffic fine for not carrying the valid pollution under control (PUC) certificate has worked wonders. Owners are now making a beeline for getting their vehicles checked for pollution. Over the past several years, Delhi’s transport department had been struggling to ensure that all the vehicles were checked on time.

The number of PUC certificates issued in September has increased by over three times when compared with the previous months. For the last couple of years, the transport department had been issuing around 50 lakh PUC certificates annually. On an average, it translates to 4.2 lakh certificates per month.

Since the amended Motor Vehicles Act came into effect from September 1, the transport department had issued 14 lakh PUC certificates in just 30 days. This is because the amended law has hiked the fine for not carrying a valid PUC certificate from Rs 1,000 to Rs 10,000.

(Source: The Times of India)

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