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Read The Quint’s compilation of all the top stories from across the country.
1. Aung San Suu Kyi Says Will ‘Verify’ Refugees Wanting to Return
Leader of the National League for Democracy in Myanmar, Aung San Suu Kyi, addressed the nation in a live television broadcast on 19 September morning. Speaking on the pressing issue of the mass Rohingya exodus, Suu Kyi expressed concern and said the Myanmar government is making every effort to “restore peace and stability” in Rakhine.
“Myanmar is prepared to start a refugee verification process for those who wish to return,” she added.
We don’t want Myanmar to be a nation divided by religious beliefs or ethnicity. We would like you [the world] to think of our country as a whole, not just as little afflicted areas. There have been allegations and counter allegations. We will listen to all – culprits will be punished irrespective of race or religion.Aung Suu Kyi
2. US Senate Ties Defence Aid for Pakistan to Action Taken Against LeT
The US Senate passed a legislation on 19 September that for the first time proposes to make payments to Pakistan for its cooperation in the war in Afghanistan incumbent on action taken by it against the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), the banned terror group founded by Hafiz Saeed.
An amount of $350 million, which is half of the $700 million set aside under the Coalition Support Fund (CSF) for compensating Pakistan for its cooperation in operations in Afghanistan, will be tied to Islamabad’s actions against LeT.
This will be in addition to the action required against the Haqqani Network, which has been part of the precondition for three years. The LeT has primarily targeted India but it has also been increasingly blamed for attacks on American forces in Afghanistan.
(Source: Hindustan Times)
3. UNGA: Trump Threatens to Destroy North Korea, Mocks Kim Jong-un
US President Donald Trump made his maiden speech at the United Nations on 19 September. He threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea and mocked leader Kim Jong-un. Trump emphasised the need for nations’ “sovereignty” and asserted that he will always put “America first.”
“The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea,” Trump told the 193-member world body.
4. Heavy Rains Lash Mumbai, Schools & Colleges Closed Today
Schools and colleges in Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) have been instructed to remain closed on Wednesday in the backdrop of heavy rains, the Maharashtra government announced on 19 September night.
“Schools are instructed to remain close tomorrow for safety due to mixed predictions; This holiday will be compensated in Diwali #MumbaiRains,” tweeted Maharashtra Education Minister Vinod Tawde.
5. At Least 140 Killed After 7.1 Earthquake Hits Mexico
A major earthquake of magnitude 7.1 struck central Mexico on 19 September, toppling dozens of buildings in the heavily populated capital and killing at least 100 people nearby.
Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said 27 buildings had collapsed in the capital, Mexico City.
“People are really scared right now,” said dentist Claudia Meneses, who was in her clinic in Mexico City’s Lindavista neighborhood when the earthquake struck mid-afternoon. “We’re going to go to a building that fell to see if we can help.”
6. Netas Might Have Helped Kaskar Net Rs 100 Crore in 3 Years
Fugitive gangster Dawood Ibrahim's younger brother Iqbal Kaskar, who was arrested on Monday from his Pakmodia Street residence along with two accomplices – real estate agent Mumtaz Shaikh and one Israr Ali Jamil Sayyad – for issuing extortion threats to a builder, is believed to have collected around Rs 100 crore from developers and jewellers in the Thane region in the last three years, a police officer said.
Police are also probing the role of two local NCP leaders who allegedly acted as middlemen between Kaskar and the builders.
(Source: The Times of India)
7. Joy For Jio, Jolt to Big 3
Telecom regulator TRAI on 19 September slashed the interconnect charges for mobile calls from 14 paise to 6 paise from 1 October, which potentially blunts the advantage that legacy players like Airtel and Vodafone have had over a new entrant like Reliance Jio because of the asymmetry in call traffic.
Reliance Jio, which has built up a subscriber base of 128 million since it started commercial operations last September on the back of its offer of free voice calls, had wanted the interconnect usage charge (IUC) cut to zero. The older telecom players wanted it raised to at least 30 paise per minute.
The IUC is the charge that a telecom player from whose network a call is made must pay another network where the call is received.
(Source: The Telegraph)
8. Was Wary of Pak Retaliation After Surgical Strike: Lt General DS Hooda
Breaking his silence on the surgical strikes by the Special Forces on terror launch pads in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) a year ago, Lt General (retd) D S Hooda, who planned and oversaw the strikes, has told The Indian Express that the operation was “very complex with multiple targets to be struck on the same night, each with a unique profile”.
Lt Gen Hooda, who was then the Northern Army Commander, said, “What happened was that we went across the Line of Control at multiple places in Pakistan’s 10 Corps (area) and caught them by total surprise.”
He said “the operation was a complete success” and he “would not touch any part of the plan and do it differently”.
9. Utkal Accident: Note on Track Was ‘Tampered’
The Commissioner of Railway safety probing the derailment of the Utkal Express that killed 20 people on 19 August has put on record evidence that was allegedly tampered with, records investigated by The Indian Express reveal – evidence he was officially cautioned about.
This “evidence” makes it appear that a Railway official called the tracks “unsafe” before the train arrived, when instead, according to the records, he apparently wrote it after the accident.
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