Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has said that the whole world
is coming together in the fight against terrorism and India is getting
support of big nations against countries like Pakistan for global peace.
Addressing a seminar in New Delhi today, Mr Singh said,
recently the impact of collective diplomatic pressure on Pakistan was seen.
He said, until Pakistan is held openly accountable for creating safe haven
for terrorism, it will continue the policy of duplicity and deceit. The
Minister said, terrorists like Hafiz Saeed, who used to get VIP treatment in
Pakistan, are now behind bars, but that is not enough against this menace.
Mr Singh said, Balakot airstrike conveyed India's clear
message that infrastructure across the border could not be safe haven for
terrorists. He said, the Balakot airstrikes have forced rewriting of
doctrines across the border and showed our resolve and capability.
He said, security scenario has completely changed in last
few years and Kargil and incidents of cross border terrorism are examples of
new kind of warfare.
Speaking on the occasion, Chief of Defence Staff General
Bipin Rawat said, deterrence comes from keeping every personnel trained and
He emphasized that credible deterrence comes from the will
of the military leadership and intent of political leadership while taking
the tough decision. He said, it was shown after Kargil, Uri attacks and
The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has pulled up the
Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board (UPPCB) for its inability to prevent
drains in Kanpur from polluting the Ganga.
Some of these drains were tapped under cleaning works under
the Namami Ganga Programme. The CPCB and the UPPCB had been jointly
monitoring 24 drains - two in Unnao and 22 in Kanpur since March 2019.
Over a thousand industries, including sugarcane, pulp and
paper and tanneries, and slaughter houses had been marked out and monitored
for effluent load.
The CPCPB has ordered the UPPCB to “expedite surveillance”
of tanneries responsible for the discharge.
“During the inspection, tapping arrangement was found to be
ineffective and overflow was observed reaching directly to the Ganga,” the
CPCB said in its inspection note of February 21.
Kanpur contributes the highest pollution load among all of
the cities of Uttar Pradesh, which itself accounts for 75% of the pollution
load in the Ganga. Consequently, the city has been allotted about ₹1,000
crore — more than any other city under the ₹20,000 crore-plus programme.
Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Minister Nitin Gadkari
has said that the vision of achieving 5 trillion dollar economy will only be
possible when 29 percent share of MSMEs to national growth will reach fifty
Speaking after conferring upon National MSME Awards to
awardees in New Delhi today, Mr. Gadkari said, only MSME sector can resolve
the problem of unemployment in the country and his Ministry is ensuring that
banks provide all necessary assistance to the sector to grow.
The Minister said, government has determined to increase the
contribution of MSME in the national export to a significant level which is
currently at 45 percent.
On the occasion, Mr Gadkari conferred 50 National MSME
Awards upon awardees for their outstanding performance and contribution in
the development of MSME sector.
Our Correspondent reports that these awards are given every
year in seven different categories to give recognition and honour
entrepreneurs to felicitate their outstanding performances. The awards were
given away to the various departments of the State and Union Territories for
promotion and development of MSME sector in their jurisdiction.
Reeling under pressure to clear their adjusted gross
revenue-related dues, telecom companies have sent an SOS to the government
seeking measures on a ‘priority basis’ to facilitate reduction of financial
stress in the industry.
In a letter to various government departments, including the
Prime Minister’s Office, industry body COAI highlighted that banks were
currently unwilling to take any risk with regard to the telecom sector and
there was a need to give a clear message to banks that the government was
there to support the sector.
“The banks are constantly asking telcos to reduce their
exposures by refusing to issue new bank guarantees or even to renew the bank
guarantees,” COAI Director General Rajan Mathews said, adding that the
requirement for financial bank guarantees (FBGs) to secure payment of
licence fee should be done away with.
On AGR dues, Mr. Mathews requested that as individual firms
were stretching to make as much payment possible in a stressed financial
situation, the government could adjust the GST credit due to the telcos from
As an alternative, Mr. Mathews said the government may
consider granting loan equal to the AGR amount at 6% rate of interest so
that the AGR liability may be discharged immediately.
Britain put the prospect of a chaotic Brexit back on the
table on Thursday as it set out its red lines for trade talks with the
In its mandate for the negotiations that will start on
Monday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government rebuffed EU demands for
common trading standards and continued fishing rights.
And it warned it could walk away from the talks if a “broad
outline” of a deal is not agreed by a meeting planned for June.
This would see Britain’s currently seamless trading
arrangements with the EU, forged over half a century, abruptly end after a
post-Brexit transition period expires in December.
The European Commission, which is negotiating on behalf of
the EU’s 27 member states, said it was preparing for all scenarios.
One crucial issue for both sides in the upcoming
negotiations is fishing rights. But it is also vital for many EU countries,
notably France, where fish and seafood caught in U.K. waters account 30% of
sales for fishermen.
Brussels wants to maintain the right of its fleets to fish
in U.K. waters, warning that failure to agree on this could scupper the
wider trade talks. But Mr. Gove warned: “We will take back control of our
waters as an independent coastal State and we will not link access to our
waters to access to EU markets.”
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on
Thursday said she “regretted” the new government’s “very different approach”
to commitments that Sri Lanka previously made to the Council.
Urging Sri Lanka to implement the 2015 resolution, which
drew from domestic processes, including those initiated by former President
Mahinda Rajapaksa, Ms. Bachelet said the measures in it were “essential” for
a peaceful and prosperous Sri Lanka.
The High Commissioner’s remarks came a day after Sri Lanka’s
Foreign Relations Minister Dinesh Gunawardena officially notified the
Council on Wednesday that Sri Lanka was withdrawing from co-sponsoring the
UN resolution on post-war accountability and reconciliation, instead
promising a process that was “domestically designed and executed”.
Further, underscoring the need for independent institutions,
she said she was “troubled by the recent trend towards moving civilian
functions under the Ministry of Defence or retired military officers, and
renewed reports of surveillance and harassment of rights defenders,
journalists and victims.”
The “increasing levels” of hate speech, and policy measures
seemed “discriminately and disproportionately directed against minorities”,
both Tamil and Muslim, she added.