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US Senate slams China over aggression at LAC

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The global community continues to slam China over its aggression against India on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Ladakh. A bipartisan US Senate resolution has condemned the Dragon’s use of military force to change the status quo at the LAC with India.

What is also of importance is that the resolution has called for a diplomatic solution to the issue. This is a massive setback to China whose People’s Liberation Army (PLA) troops are refusing to budge from their positions along LAC leading to an over month-long military stand-off with India.

The US Senate rebuke of China has come as a shot in the arm of the Indian diplomatic team which is trying to ensure that the issue of China’s expansionism along LAC figures also in the upcoming G-7 Summit. According to sources, India has launched hectic diplomatic lobbying to ensure that China is grilled in this elite group of seven top industrialized nations. Significantly, President Donald Trump has extended an invitation to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to participate in the summit. China’s Xi Jinping will skip the summit given the growing tensions between Beijing and Washington.

And, this will be an opportune moment for India to push its agenda, says an official working closely with the US diplomats on this summit. The date of the G-7 annual summit is yet to be fixed. However, PM Modi is learnt to have asked EAM S. Jaishankar to prepare the ground for taking up the misdeeds of China at that forum.

 MEA officials believe that the US Senate resolution condemning Chinese behaviour along LAC, and similar other global developments on the same line in future will together be of a great help to India before the G-7 summit. That will help MEA prepare the ground to get China cornered on this elite forum. An atmosphere against China is building up in America, and the Senate resolution bears testimony to the same, says a diplomat.

The resolution, introduced by senators John Cornyn and Mark Warner, commended India for taking steps to secure its telecommunications infrastructure from Chinese security threats and also supported bilateral and multilateral partnerships, such as the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (QSD), to promote a rules-based order in the Indo-Pacific. The QSD, also known as the Quad, is an informal strategic forum between the US, Japan, Australia and India. The diplomatic and military arrangement is widely viewed as a response to increased Chinese economic and military power in the Indo-Pacific region.

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Girl raped, murdered in Uttar Pradesh’s Mainpuri

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Superintendent of Police (SP) Mainpuri, Kamlesh Dixit on Wednesday said a girl was raped and murdered in Nagla Shisham village in Uttar Pradesh.

“Police received information about the rape and murder of a girl in Nagla Shisham village. Police reached the spot and immediate action was taken. Action will be taken by arresting the guilty soon,” Dixit said.

Meanwhile, under suspicious circumstances, the victim’s body was found hanging.

The incident took place when the deceased father went to work at Mainpuri and the mother was gone to Agra.

Moreover, the deceased sister saw the victim through the window where her sister’s body was hanging.

SP Dixit further added, “The sister of the deceased told the police that the accused Pushpendra strangled her sister to death.”

However, the body of the victim has been sent to the district headquarters for post-mortem.

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Kerala: Tourist bus struck state transportation vehicle, 9 deaths, 38 injuries

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Kerala minister M B Rajesh reported that, nine people were murdered and 38 more were hurt after a tourist bus carrying students collided with a KSRTC bus at Mangalam, close to the Vadakkenchery region of Palakkad.

The horrifying traffic collision happened when the tourist bus hit the KSRTC (Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation) bus from behind. While the KSRTC bus was travelling to Coimbatore, the tourist bus carrying Baselios Vidhyanikethan School children and faculty was travelling from Ernakulam to Ooty. Five kids, one instructor, and three KSRTC bus passengers were among the deceased.

38 people have been admitted to the hospital.

“Five people sustained serious injuries, but they are said to be out of danger,” Rajesh said.

More information is awaited.

In a previous incident in Uttarakhand, the Pauri Garhwal bus accident resulted in up to 32 fatalities and eighteen injuries, according to information provided to the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) on October 4.

The chief minister, Pushkar Singh Dhami, pledged financial support to the families of those killed in the disasters in Pauri Garhwal and Uttarkashi.

Earlier on October 3, a bus carrying a wedding procession of 50 people in Uttarakhand’s Pauri Garhwal district crashed into a gorge close to Simdi village.

“A wedding procession had left in a bus from Laldhang when an accident occurred. Information is being taken from the family members. A rescue operation is still underway by Pauri Police and SDRF at the spot,” said Haridwar SP City Swatantra Kumar Singh.

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Sonia Gandhi joins Congress’ ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’ in Mandya

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Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi joined the party’s ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’ in Mandya in Karnataka on Thursday.

Earlier on Monday afternoon Sonia Gandhi arrived in Mysuru at the starting point of the padayatra. After a two-day break for Dussehra, the yatra will be resumed.

Meanwhile, Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi in the company of her son and Congress MP Rahul Gandhi, and other Congress leaders was seen walking.

On 5 October, Sonia Gandhi also visited the Bheemanakolli Temple in Begur village and offered prayers.

Karnataka Congress chief DK Shivakumar talked about Sonia Gandhi’s joining of padayatra.

“After Vijayadashami, there will be Vijaya in Karnataka. We are proud that Sonia Gandhi has come to walk on the streets of Karnataka. We are coming to power in the state, and BJP is on the way to shutting its shop,” said DK Shivakumar.

Moreover, with flag hoisting at 5:30 am at Exhibition Grounds, Mysuru Day 29 of the ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’ began.

Taking to Twitter senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh said, “The march resumed after an hour’s bus ride to padayatra start point near Mandya. Congress President will join around 800 am.”

However, Yatra entered its Karnataka leg on 30 September. Every day Padyatra (march) covers a distance of 25 km.

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BJP blasts Cong leader for tweet about Droupadi Murmu; ‘Feel like crying when,’ Udit Raj defends

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Former MP and Congress leader Udit Raj has landed in hot water for his tweet about President Droupadi Murmu, stating that “no country should have such a President.” The BJP has lashed out at the Congress leader, questioning whether the party supports the insult. BJP spokesperson Shehzad Poonawalla tweeted, “Udit Raj uses unacceptable language for the 1st woman Adivasi President! Does the Congress endorse this insult of Adivasi samaj?”

Udit Raj is the third Congress leader to face criticism for comments about President Droupadi Murmu, the other two being Ajoy Kumar and Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury.

“After Ajoy Kumar called President Draupadi Murmu as evil & then Adhir Ranjan Chaudhary used the term ‘Rashtrapatni’ now Congress stoops to a new low!” the BJP spokesperson tweeted.

The Congress leader slammed the President for her remarks on salt made during her visit to Gujarat on Monday. According to the President, Gujarat produces 76% of the country’s salt, which is consumed by all Indians.

“No country should get a president like that,” the Congress leader tweeted. As the tweet created a furore, Udit Raj said those were his personal comments and not to be taken as the party’s stand. “Her candidature & campaign were in the name adivasi, it doesn’t mean she is no longer adivasi. My heart cries that when SC/ST reach to higher position, they ditch their communities & become mum,” he said.

Shehzad Poonawalla stated that issuing a statement does not absolve Udit Raj or the Congress. “Simply tweeting that this is a personal statement will not suffice! Congress must tell us whether or not they will ACT ON UDIT RAJ’s Adivasi Virodhi statement. This is the third strike against Murmu ji following the statements of Ajoy Kumar and Adhir Ranjan! It’s not a Sanyog! It is the INC mindset “Poonawalla penned the piece.

According to BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra, the words used for President Murmu are concerning and unfortunate. “This isn’t the first time they’ve used such language. Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury of the Congress Party also did it. This reflects their anti-tribal stance, according to Patra.

Before the presidential election, when Droupadi Murmu was the NDA’s candidate, Congress leader Ajoy Kumar said she represented India’s “evil philosophy.” The Congress leader also stated that he respects Droupadu Murmu and that his remarks were not directed at him.

Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, a Congress MP, was then chastised for referring to the President as “Rashtrapatni,” for which he later apologised and said it was an error.

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South Africa seeks cabinet approval for a $8.5 billion climate plan to reduce coal use

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In order to secure funding from some of the world’s wealthiest nations, South Africa’s government will seek cabinet approval for a $8.5 billion plan to transition away from the use of coal to generate electricity.

According to Vincent Magwenya, a spokesman for South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, a second draught of the investment plan has been completed and is being shared with “key stakeholders” before being submitted to cabinet.

The development is a significant step toward completing the pact with the funding partners – the United Kingdom, the United States, Germany, France, and the European Union – that was first announced at the COP26 international climate summit in Glasgow last year.

The plan “outlines the investments required to achieve South Africa’s ambitious climate targets,” Magwenya said in a response to a query. “The objective remains to complete this process by COP27,” which will take place in Egypt in November, he said.

South Africa’s landmark climate finance agreement has been hailed as a model for assisting other coal-dependent developing countries in transitioning to cleaner energy, with Indonesia and Vietnam among the nations set to sign similar agreements. Its fate could have repercussions at COP27, which is expected to focus on the needs of poorer countries adapting to global warming.

The plan outlines how the funds will be spent, with the investment partners focusing on converting coal-fired power plants owned by state utility Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd. to produce renewable energy. South Africa is also advocating for funding to support the development of green hydrogen and electric vehicle industries.

People familiar with the discussions previously told Bloomberg News that the plan had been submitted but declined to say what was in it because no public announcement had been made.

The funding talks have stalled in recent weeks, with US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry urging President Ramaphosa to move forward with the agreement and South African Environment Minister Barbara Creecy bemoaning its complexity.

South Africa is the world’s 13th largest source of climate-warming greenhouse gases, relying on coal for more than 80% of its electricity.

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Bihar: Woman, son, daughter injured in acid attack, blame police threats, inaction

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The police are being blamed by a 35-year-old woman, her young son, and her young daughter who were injured on September 29 in Shivpur, Rohtas, Bihar, when a man broke into their home and hurled acid at them. They said the police threatened to implicate them in another case if they spoke to the media and originally declined to register a case.

Police officer Dev Raj Ray refuted the claim and stated that although they had rushed to a local hospital in search of the victims, they had been transferred to another hospital.

Police superintendent Ashish Bharti said Sah has confessed to the crime. “The battery from which the acid was taken, the bottle, and the mug used to throw acid were recovered.”

A 22-year-old singer and her brother were severely injured on the night of April 17 when two men hurled acid at them in Bikramganj. On May 21, a 45-year-old woman was injured in another acid attack in West Champaran’s Narkatiaganj. On May 28, acid attacks in Muzaffarpur and Patna resulted in burn injuries for a 17-year-old girl and a 45-year-old woman.

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