Prime Minister Narendra Modi is chairing the 7th governing council meeting of NITI Aayog. The meeting is held at Rashtrapati Bhawan’s Cultural Center in Delhi.
Meanwhile, all the state’s Chief Ministers are attending the meeting, excluding Telangana CM.
Notably, after 2019, this meeting is the first in-person meeting of the Governing Council.
The meeting includes issues related to agriculture, health, and the economy. This meeting of the council is held regularly. Its first meeting was held on 8 February 2015.
Notably, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao boycotted the meeting and also wrote a letter to PM Modi.
“I do not find it useful to attend the 7th Governing Council meeting of NITI Aayog scheduled to be held on August 7 and I am staying away from it as a mark of strong protest against the present trend of the Central Govt to discriminate against the states and not treating them as equal partners in our collective efforts to mark India a strong and developed country,” the letter said.
Moreover, after CM K Chandrashekar Rao’s boycott, BJP leader and Rajya Sabha MP K Laxman slammed Telangana CM. “This is most unfortunate politics as it has nothing to do with Niti Aayog. Boycotting the meeting will not cause loss to him or his family but it is a big loss for the state,” Laxman said.
However, the 7th Governing Council meeting of NITI Aayog is expected to pave the way for synergy between the Center and the States and Union Territories towards a new era of cooperation.
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Centre approves amendments to FM radio guidelines
The “Policy Guidelines on Expansion of FM Radio Broadcasting Services through Private Agencies (Phase-III)”, also known as the “Private FM Phase-III Policy Guidelines,” contained three amendments that the cabinet approved on Tuesday in order to allow radio channels to take advantage of economies of scale and enhance ease of doing business.
“The decision was taken in the last Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” ministry of information and broadcasting said in a statement.
The first change is the removal of the 3-year window period for FM radio authorization restructuring within the same management group during the license’s 15-year term.
The government has also agreed to the radio industry’s long-standing demand that the 15% National Cap on Channel Holding be lifted.
These three amendments together will help private FM radio industry to “fully leverage the economies of scale and pave the way for further expansion of FM radio and entertainment to Tier-III cities in the country”. “This will not only create new employment opportunities but also ensure that music and entertainment over the FTA (Free to Air) radio media is available to the common man in the remotest corners of the country,” the ministry said.
According to the statement, “The move will ensure that existing rules are streamlined and rationalised to make government more efficient and effective so that its benefits reach the ordinary man.
Singapore calls on China and ASEAN for diplomatic resolution of SCS Conflicts
Singapore called on the Association of Southeast Asian nations to use diplomacy and dialogue to settle disputes. The move comes amid growing territorial disputes between China and other littoral states in the South China Sea (SCS).
Speaking to ANI, Ong Keng Yong, Ambassador-at-Large at the Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on Tuesday said, “There must be a conclusion, otherwise we cannot reassure our shipping community, international companies dealing with business in this part of the world. I think the important thing now is that both sides have to sit down and go through all the possible scenarios and options and then come to a commonsensical conclusion. If they maintain their respective position, we cannot get any conclusion. “
Back in 2002, China and ASEAN agreed on a Declaration of Conduct of Parties (DOC), but the progress on a Code of Conduct (COC) has been slow amid an increasing risk of conflict.
The COC would safeguard the rights and interests of all parties to SCS. China and ASEAN are currently working to speed up the conclusion of negotiations for the issuance of a legally binding Code of Conduct (COC) in the SCS.
For the last two years, most of the negotiations over the South China Sea, the thorniest issue between China and ASEAN, have been conducted online because of the COVID-19 pandemic. In May 2022, the two parties resumed the physical textual negotiation of the single draft COC negotiating text during the 36th Joint Working Group on the Implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (JWG-DOC) in Siem Reap, Cambodia.
China and five other parties including four ASEAN members—Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam – hold competing claims in the South China Sea. China has made the most expansive claims about SCS, and an international arbitration tribunal ruled in 2016 that they lacked legal foundation.
ASEAN comprises ten members: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
Dalits and backwards receiving quota benefits post- Article 370 move, says Amit Shah
Union Home minister Amit Shah, who is on a three-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir addressed a rally in the border district of Rajouri on Tuesday.
He said that after the abrogation of Article 370, which gave a special status to the erstwhile state of Jammu & Kashmir, reservation benefits were being given to Dalits, backwards and those living in the hills.
Shah first visited Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine on Tuesday in Katra. After this, he went to address a rally in the border district of Rajouri. Shah said, “Today’s rally and your ‘Modi-Modi’ chants are answers to those who said if Article 370 is abrogated, there will be a blood bath.”
He said only three families used to rule Jammu & Kashmir, but now the power is with 30,000 people elected to panchayats and district councils, adding development of Jammu and Kashmir is Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s priority.
After the rally, the home minister will launch development projects and lay foundation stones for various projects at the Convention Centre in Jammu.
On the second day of his visit on Wednesday (October 5), Shah will review the security situation in the Union territory at a meeting slated to be held at the Raj Bhavan in Srinagar.
This is the second visit of the minister to Jammu and Kashmir since the abrogation of Article 370 by the Modi govt in 2019.
Iran accuses US of ‘hypocrisy’ over anti-hijab protest
Following President Joe Biden’s statement that he will impose “further costs” over its response to protests over the death of Mahsa Amini, Iran accused the US of “hypocrisy” on human rights on Tuesday.
Since the 22-year-old Kurdish woman died on September 16 following her arrest by Tehran’s morality police for allegedly violating the country’s strict clothing code for women, protest has erupted across the Islamic Republic.
Numerous individuals — largely protestors but also security personnel — have died as a result of the street violence, and hundreds have been arrested.
It would have been better for Mr. Joe Biden to think a little about the human rights record of his own country before making humanitarian gestures, although hypocrisy does not need to be thought through,” foreign ministry spokesman Nasser Kanani said in an Instagram post, reported by Iranian media.
“The US president should be concerned about the numerous sanctions… against the Iranian nation, the sanctions whose imposition against any nation is a clear example of a crime against humanity,” he added.
Kanani was responding to a statement issued by the White House late on Monday in which Biden stated he would impose unspecified more sanctions against Iran later this week in addition to the crushing sanctions already in place over Iran’s nuclear activities.
This week, the United States will be imposing further costs on perpetrators of violence against peaceful protesters. We will continue holding Iranian officials accountable and supporting the rights of Iranians to protest freely,” Biden said.
“The United States stands with Iranian women and all the citizens of Iran who are inspiring the world with their bravery,” he added.
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the top leader of Iran, charged earlier Monday that Israel and the US were behind the turmoil roiling the nation.
“I say clearly that these riots and the insecurity were engineered by America and the occupying, false Zionist regime, as well as their paid agents,” he said.
Alain Aspect, John F. Clauser and Anton Zeilin awarded Nobel Prize in Physics
This week is highlighted for the Nobel Prize 2022. Awards in different categories will be distributed this week. On Tuesday, Nobel Prize for Physics was awarded.
Alain Aspect, John F. Clauser and Anton Zeilin got the Nobel Prize at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm.
“The 2022 physics laureates’ development of experimental tools has laid the foundation for a new era of quantum technology. Being able to manipulate and manage quantum states and all their layers of properties gives us access to tools with unexpected potential,” the Nobel Prize committee said announcing the winners.
Last year as well, the prize was awarded to three scientists – Syukuro Manabe, Klaus Hasselmann and Giorgio Parisi- for their work in explaining and predicting complex forces of nature which aided the understanding of climate change.
Monday marked the beginning of the Nobel Prize announcements, with Swedish scientist Svante Paabo winning the prize in medicine for his research on Neanderthal DNA.
Throughout the week, the prize will be awarded for chemistry on Wednesday and literature on Thursday. The Nobel Peace Prize will be announced on Friday while the economics award will be given on October 10.
Pakistan: Restaurant manager arrested after acid served in water bottles
Bizarre news has made it to the headlines from Pakistan when a restaurant served acid in water bottles. The incident occurred at historic Greater Iqbal Park’s ‘Poet Restaurant’ on September 27. The minors are still undergoing medical treatment at a hospital.
The restaurant manager has been arrested by the Lahore police. An FIR has been registered against the manager for serving acid to two minors in water bottles at a birthday party at an eatery. According to the FIR, Muhammad Adil said he had a family birthday party at the poet restaurant.
“As the staff served the water bottles my nephew Ahmad washed his hands with it. Soon afterwards he started crying and we witnessed that his hands and arms suffered burn injuries as acid contained the water bottle,” complainant Adil said.
The other victim Wajiha, a two-and-a-half-year-old girl, niece of Adil, started vomiting as she had drunk the acid in another water bottle.
Both were rushed to the hospital where the condition of Wajiha is stated to be critical.
Following section 336B of the Pakistan Penal Code (punishment for harm by corrosive chemicals), police have filed a case against the restaurant management and five other staff members.
Police official Tahir Waqas told PTI on Monday, “We have detained the restaurant manager Muhammad Javed, and raids were being conducted for the detention of others listed by the complaint.”
According to him, the eatery has been shut down by the police until they conduct their investigation. The officer declared, “This is an unusual situation, and we are looking into it thoroughly.
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