India says border standoff with China resolved
India and China have resolved the standoff at the Ladakh
border and withdrawal of troops will be completed by
September 30, India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma
Swaraj told reporters in New York September 25.
Swaraj called the resolution a ‘big accomplishment’.
‘I am happy to tell you that both nations have sat down
and resolved the issue. Timelines have been decided,’ she
told Indian reporters in New York after her meeting with
the IBSA (India, Brazil, South Africa) foreign ministers on
the sidelines of the ongoing UN General Assembly session.
Swaraj's statement came after she discussed the issue
with Chinese Foreign Affairs Minister Wang Yi at the UN. Coal-gate: Supreme Court cancels 214 coal block allocations
In a verdict that has far-reaching implications for India’s
energy sector and that was cheered by green groups, the
Supreme Court September 24 canceled all but four of 218
coal blocks allocated by the government to private companies over the past two decades.
Most power, steel and cement companies that won coal
blocks between 1993 and 2011 will have to return them.
The government is free to auction or allot the blocks.
In what came to be known as the coal-gate scam, a March
2014 draft report of the Comptroller and Auditor General
of India had accused the Indian government of allocating
coal blocks in an inefficient manner from 2004–2009.
The CAG report tabled in the Parliament put the loss to
the treasury from such allocation at $30 billion.
Maharashtra: BJP-Shiv Sena,Congress- NCP alliances called off
The 25-year-old Bharatiya Janata Party-Shiv Sena
alliance and the 15-year-old Congress-National Congress
Party alliances in Maharashtra split last week amid continued deadlock over seat-sharing for the October 15 state
After several rounds of talks over days, senior state BJP
leaders announced severing of the ties between the two
parties, blaming the Shiv Sena’s ‘inflexibility’.
The news of the Congress-NCP split came with the NCP
deciding to contest the assembly polls on its own and
pulling out of the government, setting the stage for its fall.
After the NCP parted ways, the Congress party aligned
with the Samajwadi Party in Maharashtra. Delhi: Zoo tiger kills young man
A 20-year-old man was mauled to death by a white tiger
at the Delhi zoo September 23. The man, later identified as
Maqsood Khan, jumped into the tiger's enclosure, the zoo
In cell phone videos shot by bystanders, the tiger could be
seen calmly looking at Khan, who seemed to be pleading
with the animal.
It was only when the onlookers tried to shoo the tiger
away by throwing stones at it, that the 400-plus-pound, 7-
foot cat attacked Khan. Khan’s father later told reporters
his son had a long history of mental illness. Gujarat: Cleric whose skull cap Modi refused arrested for insulting Navratras
A Muslim cleric who offered then Gujarat chief minister
Narendra Modi a skullcap three years ago was arrested
September 23 for allegedly describing garba as entertain-
ment for doers of demonic deeds, reports said.
Sufi Imam Mehdi Hasan was arrested by the Kheda district police from his village on the charge of insulting religious sentiments. He had told a journalist, ‘Garba is not a
religious festival, but a place where those who do demonic deeds visit.’
AIIMS whistleblower was removed on the orders of a BJP leader: Report
India’s Health Minister Harsh Vardhan removed
whistleblower officer Sanjiv Chaturvedi from the All
India Institute of Medical Sciences acting specifically
upon the request of Bharatiya Janata Party leader J P
Nadda, the Business Standard reported last week, citing
The Central Vigilance Commission didn’t ask the minister or the ministry to do so, a new set of official documents
revealed, the newspaper said.
Nadda also demanded, the newspaper said, that investigations of corruption cases that Chaturvedi had unearthed
and processed be put on hold and personally reviewed by
the health minister. Citizens need not declare religion: Court
In a landmark ruling, the Bombay high court has held
that the government cannot compel any person to declare
his/her religion in any document, form or declaration.
Cloudburst and flashfloods
have killed at least 70 people,
affected 13 of Assam’s 23 districts and three districts in
Meghalaya’s Garo Hills region,
with about a million people
rendered homeless. The Indian
Army and Border Security Force
troopers have been deployed for
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Guwahati flooded, September 23.