Police withdraws case against those who wrote letter to PM on
Muzaffarpur Police on Wednesday gave a clean chit to 49
eminent personalities who had written an open letter to Prime Minister
NarendraModi raising concerns over the increasing incidents of mob lynching
in the country earlier this year.
Muzaffarpur SSP Manoj Kumar Sinha said order has been issued by
him for the closure of the case as investigation so far revealed that
allegations were levelled against the accused out of "mischief" and "lacked
The FIR was lodged at the Sadar police station last week upon
the order of the Chief Judicial Magistrate which had forwarded a petition filed
by local advocate Sudhir Kumar Ojha.
It was lodged against historian RamchandraGuha and other eminent
artists namely AparnaSen, KonkonaSen, AnuragKashyap and ShyamBenegal last week
in Muzaffarpur following directions of Chief Judicial Magistrate SuryakantTiwari.
The court hearing a complaint petition filed by petitioner and
local lawyer SudhirOjha had found merit in the complaint and had ordered
registering of FIR against these artists charging them with sedition, hurting
religious sentiment, breach of peace and tarnishing the image of the country.
SudhirOjha, in July this year had filed a complaint case in the
CJM court these artists alleging that their open letter had tarnished the image
of the country, hurt religious sentiment and tantamount to sedition.
"During the investigation, it was found that there was no merit
in the charges that were level against these personalities and the case filed by
the petitioner was maliciously false," told Manoj Kumar SSP Muzaffarpur.
Monsoon season leaves around 2000 dead in India
More than 2,100 people have lost their lives and another 46
were reported missing this monsoon season in rains and floods which affected
more than 25 lakh people in 22 states, Union home ministry officials said on
The highest 399 people died in Maharashtra, followed by 227
deaths in West Bengal in rains, floods and landslides that hit as many as 357
districts in the country.
According to the officials, 738 people were injured and nearly
20,000 animals were lost. The heavy rains and floods fully damaged 1.09 lakh
houses, partially damaged 2.05 lakh houses and destroyed 14.14 lakh hectares of
crops.A total of 2,120 people died during the monsoon season, an official said.
During the four-month monsoon period, India recorded the highest
rainfall since 1994, according to the India Meteorological Department. In
Maharashtra, where 22 districts were hit by floods, 399 people died, 369 were
injured and 7.19 lakh people were forced to seek shelter in 305 relief camps.
The monsoon rains and floods hit 22 districts in West Bengal,
where 227 people lost their lives, 37 received injuries, four were reported
missing and 43,433 took shelter in 280 relief camps.
In Bihar, 166 people have lost their lives and 1.96 lakh have
taken shelter in 235 relief camps following the deluge that hit 28 districts in
A total of 182 people were killed, 38 were injured and seven
have gone missing in Madhya Pradesh, where 32,996 people took shelter in 98
relief camps set up in 38 districts.
In Kerala, heavy rains and floods claimed 181 lives and injured
72. Fifteen people were reported missing in 13 districts. As many as 4.46 lakh
people in the state took shelter in 2,227 relief camps.
IMF warns of global economic slowdown
The new managing director of the International Monetary Fund
(IMF) KristalinaGeorgieva warned of an economic slowdown in 2019 in 90 per
cent of the world during her first speech at the helm of the multilateral
"This widespread deceleration means that growth this year will
fall to its lowest rate since the beginning of the decade," the Bulgarian
economist, who takes over from Christine Lagarde who will become the president
of the European Central Bank, explained.
Georgieva made this assessment one week ahead of the joint
Annual Meeting between the IMF and World Bank (WB) in which both institutions
will present their economic projections in a gathering of top central bankers
and economy ministers.
The IMF chief warned that the World Economic Outlook for 2019
and 2020 reflects a complex situation compared to the previous figures presented
in July in Chile.
In her analysis, Georgieva argued that economic activity is
softening in advanced economies, such as the US, Japan and, especially, the
eurozone, while in other emerging markets, such as India and Brazil, the
slowdown is even more pronounced this year.
However, she said that about 40 emerging markets and developing
economies, including 19 in sub-Saharan Africa, will have real GDP growth rates
above 5 per cent.
Georgieva blamed trade disputes, such as the commercial war
between Washington and Beijing, for global economic sluggishness, in addition to
geopolitical tensions, such as Brexit, that have sparked uncertainty.
Govt. to consider tax concessions for defence manufacturing
The Government of India (GoI) is willing to consider tax
concessions for the defence manufacturing industry, Defence Minister Rajnath
Singh told honchos of French defence majors in Paris on Wednesday.
Addressing CEOs of French defence industry, Rajnath Singh said,
"Government is ready to consider further tax rationalisation measures to
encourage Make in India. We had Rafale induction yesterday which signifies deep
"Primary aim is to invite you for Make in India. There can be
collaborations on technology," Rajnath Singh said.Rajnath Singh stressed that
ease of doing business in India has gotten better.
Earlier, Secretary Defence Production BarunMitra made a
presentation on the changing scenario of defence industry in India.He mentioned
that there has been and 80 per cent increase in defence production and a 130
billion dollar market that awaits them in India.
Rafale manufacturers Dassault Aviation CEO Eric Trappier was
also among 16 industry leaders who were present there.The other companies
represented were Airbus helicopters, Safran, MBDA, Nexter, RafautRoxel, Naval
group, Roxel, Arquus and Thalas among others dealing with various defence
Chinese President Xi Jinping will arrive in Chennai on the
11th of this month on a two-day visit to India for the Second Informal
Summit. Sources said, Mr Jinping will be accompanied by Member of Politburo
and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi. Mr Jinping and Prime Minister
NarendraModi had their inaugural Informal Summit in Wuhan, China in April
An official release said, the forthcoming Chennai Informal
Summit will provide an opportunity for Prime Minister NarendraModi and President
Xi Jinping to continue their discussions on overarching issues of bilateral,
regional and global importance and to exchange views on deepening India-China
Closer Development Partnership.
The objective of the summit is building contacts at highest
level, exchanging views on strategic issues and creating broad pathway for
progress in bilateral ties. Government sources said, no signing of documents is
expected during the Chinese President's visit as this is an informal summit.
India and China are also likely to hold joint anti-terror exercise in December.
Government sources said, on Article 370, India's position is
clear that the matter is a sovereign decision and there will be no discussion
from Indian side. They also said India does not see Pakistan Prime Minister
Imran Khan's visit to China ahead of Mr Jinping's visit to India as hyphenation,
as it is of no concern to India.
Turkey launches military operation against Kurdish forces
Turkish troops have begun an offensive in northern Syria,
which could bring them into direct conflict with Kurdish-led forces allied
to the United States. The decision was announced by Turkey's President
He wrote on Twitter, the operation is called Operation Peace
Spring targeting Islamic State and the Kurdish People's Protection Units.
Erdogan said the mission is to prevent the creation of a terror corridor across
Turkey's southern border and to bring peace to the area.
President Donald Trump controversially withdrew US troops ahead
of the action but says Turkey may face economic consequences.
According to media reports, several large explosions were
reported in the Syrian town of Ras al Ain, across the border from the Turkish
city of Ceylanpinar.
Turkey's Anadolu news agency reported shelling of Kurdish
militant positions in the border town of Tal Abyad.
According to the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF),
civilian areas came under attack from Turkish planes.
Meanwhile, Syrian Kurds called on Damascus' ally Russia to
facilitate dialogue with the regime. The plea came after Russian Foreign
Minister Sergei Lavrov said Moscow has contacted both the Kurdish authorities
and Damascus, urging them to begin dialogue to ensure security on the
::SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY::
India launches new disaster warning devices for coastal areas
The government today launched a device that will help
provide information related to disaster warnings when fishermen move away
from the coast beyond 10 to 12 kilometres.
Gagan Enabled Mariner’s Instrument for Navigation and
Information (GEMINI) device will disseminate seamless and effective emergency
information and communication on disaster warnings, Potential Fishing Zones, PFZ,
and the Ocean States Forecasts to fishermen.
After unveiling the device in New Delhi, Science and Technology
Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan said satellite-based communication is suitable to the
dissemination of such emergency information.
He said affordable satellite-based communication system should
be made part of the dissemination chain to deal with cyclones, high waves and
On the occasion, the Minister also inaugurated PFZ forecasts
which will provide advisories to fishermen three days in advance. He stated that
PFZ advisories have become part of the value chain of the fishing community.
Over six lakh fishermen are regularly accessing advisories
directly through their mobiles to avoid wasting time for searching shoals of
Mithali Raj sets record in international cricket
India women's cricket captain Mithali Raj today became the
first female player to last more than 20 years in international cricket.
She achieved the feat while leading India to an emphatic
eight-wicket win over South Africa Women in the first ODI at Vadodara today.
Mithali, who made her ODI debut against Ireland on June 26,
1999, completed 20 years and 105 days in the 50-over format. The right-handed
batswoman has played 204 ODIs till now, the most by a female. 36-year-old
Mithali who retired from T20 cricket last month has also played 10 Tests and 89
T20 Internationals for India.