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  • Be it decorative items like lights, gift items, lamps and wall hangings or other products, the sale of Chinese goods may decline by 40-45 per cent this Diwali as compared to last year, according to a survey by Assocham-Social Development Foundation (ASDF).
  • The Associated Chamber of Commerce and Industry of India survey said, there seems to be a decline of about 40-45 per cent in consumption of Chinese products on this Diwali in comparison to last year.
  • Chinese products had recorded a 30 per cent decline in sales last year on Diwali. Some of the Chinese items that are most bought on Diwali are: fancy lights, lampshades, Ganesha and Laxmi idols, rangolis and crackers etc. As per the findings, this Diwali, people are preferring Indian products over Chinese goods.
  • There has been a 40-45 per cent impact on goods like decorative lights, which record huge sales during Diwali, whereas a slight impact has also been seen on China-made electronic goods like mobile phones, etc. As per the paper, the demand of electronic items like LCDs, mobile phones and others items 'made in China' has also declined by 15-20 per cent, said D S Rawat, the Secretary General of ASSOCHAM, while releasing the ASSOCHAM paper.
  • According to shopkeepers, most of the customers are demanding Indian lights. People are not interested in purchasing Chinese products while showing interest in local products, including earthen diyas.

  • Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman on 7oct taught Chinese soldiers the meaning of the Indian greeting "namaste" during her visit to the India-China border in Sikkim.
  • A video tweeted from the official handle of the defence minister's office shows Sitharaman interacting with a Chinese officer , who then introduces her to his colleagues.
  • The minister greets the officers with folded hands and a "namaste."She then quizzes the soldiers across the border about the meaning of her greeting."(Do) you know what 'namaste' is," she asks.
  • When Indian soldiers present at the scene try to prompt the answer, the minister issues them a mild rebuke, asking them to "hold on."The officer almost guesses correctly: Nice to meet you
  • Sitharaman asks him what he would say to her in Chinese and he responds, "Ni hao."The minister also compliments the English-speaking Chinese officer, assumably the senior-most there, on his English language skills.

  • The CRPF has sent 21,000 rounds of newly-developed and less lethal plastic bullets to the Kashmir Valley to tackle street protests , says a top officer of the force.
  • The bullets, developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and manufactured by the Ordnance factory based in Pune, can be fitted in the AK series of assault rifles and will be an alternative to the much-criticised pellet shotguns .
  • "Tests have shown that these plastic bullets are less lethal. This will reduce our dependence on pellet guns and other non-lethal weapons used for crowd control," CRPF Director General (DG) R R Bhatnagar told PTI.
  • He said this will be newest less lethal ammunition the force has introduced to tackle crowds and counter stone pelters in the Valley."About 21,000 rounds have just been sent for distribution to all our units," the DG said.
  • The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), deployed in counter-insurgency and law and order operations in Jammu and Kashmir, had ordered for the plastic bullets so that troops can just replace lethal metal bullets and use the new plastic ones.
  • Bhatnagar said both 47 and 56, the AK series of rifles, are used by the CRPF units deployed in the Kashmir Valley. The bullets have been prepared in such a calibre that it fits the barrel, he added."As soon as a crowd or stone pelting incident is encountered, the troops just need to change the bullets and fire," the DG said.
  • Bhatnagar added that the force has not done away with other non-lethal weapons and is getting more pump action guns fitted with metal deflectors so that pellet injuries do not go above the waist.
  • "Even our specialised anti-riot unit RAF can use it at some point of time to render their duties. We will see how to go about it in the future," the DG said.The usage of pellets in the Kashmir Valley had come under heavy criticism after locals suffered grevious injuries, including blindness in some cases, in the last few years.

  • India could switch to 100% e-vehicles much before 2030 because cost advantage will significantly boost demand, roads transport and highways minister Nitin Gadkari has said. Gadkari, who's also the minister for river development and water resources, said he's creating a water grid on the lines of power grid to end the perennial problem of frequent droughts and flooding in different parts of country once and for all. Edited excerpts from an interview with Eco.times
  • Automakers are sceptical about the government's plan to move to 100% electric mobility by 2030. What have you told them?The principle of any market is demand and supply. The cost advantage of e-vehicles is so huge that once companies make good quality affordable cars available, people would buy it because it's economically viable. That would expand the market on its own. As compared to traditional fuel, the benefits of electric vehicles are immense. The time has come that we should be getting serious about cutting down vehicular pollution.
  • Auto companies say the government has no clear vision on e-mobility as charging infrastructure is not in place.
  • When solar energy came, the tariff was Rs 16.5 (per unit) now it's Rs 2.5. That time also companies were reluctant. Automakers don't want change. They have made one dye (technology) and they're manufacturing the same products through that dye. To move to 100% electric, companies have to change machinery, take risk.
  • Mercedes and Audi have come to me that they can offer BS VI fuel or electric whatever the need is. Mahindra and Nissan are already offering e-vehicles. We're running several such taxis in Nagpur. Now you have companies competing for government tenders to supply e-vehicles. It all depends on the scale which we already have. I think we are capable of moving to 100% electric mobility even before 2030.

  • Doctors from the civic-run Sion Hospital have set a new world record by removing the heaviest kidney tumour documented in medical literature weighing 5.5kg. The Guinness World Records recently confirmed their feat.
  • The team of doctors led by Dr Ajit Sawant, head of urology, successfully operated on Manju Devi, a 28-year-old woman from Bihar's Darbhanga district, who complained of an "abdominal lump". She had been living with pain for three years. A CT scan revealed the enormous tumour that had completely replaced the right kidney. The woman's quality of life was compromised as she struggled to carry on with her daily activities.
  • "She had persistent pain on the right side and was passing urine in blood. The tumor 31cm by 19cm was compressing the liver and pushing the vessels, intestines and the pancreas to the left half of the abdomen. She was referred to multiple hospitals over the past three years but the surgery was deferred because of the size of the tumour," stated a release from Sion Hospital.
  • The tumour was removed on November 2016 in an eight-hour long surgery performed by Dr Sawant, Dr Prakash Pawar and uroanesthetists Dr Geeta Patkar and Dr Aparna Nerurkar. The Guinness confirmation came only recently, as it takes around six months to validate claims.

  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Wednesday kept the key interest rates unchanged, as was widely expected. Repo rate - the rate at the which the central bank lends short-term money to banks- thus continues to stay at 6 per cent. The RBI had cut repo rate by 25 basis points (bps) in August.
  • RBI has also cut the economic growth forecast for the current fiscal to 6.7 per cent from earlier projections of 7.3 per cent.
  • "The decision of the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) is consistent with a neutral stance of monetary policy in consonance with the objective of achieving the medium-term target for consumer price index (CPI) inflation of 4 per cent within a band of +/- 2 per cent, while supporting growth," RBI said in its fourth policy review of 2017-18.
  • SLR or statutory liquidity ratio was, however, cut by 50 basis points to 19.5 per cent with effect from October 14. Banks are required to invest certain percentage of their deposits in specified financial securities like Central Government or State Government securities. This percentage is known as SLR. However, with adequate liquidity in the system, the SLR cut is unlikely to have much impact on banks.
  • The announcement which came at the end of a two-day meeting of the MPC of the RBI, is in sync with what the experts had predicted. Inflation, which in August reached a five-month high of 3.36 per cent, is being billed as the reason behind RBI's decision to maintain status quo. The RBI decision of increasing inflation forecast from 4 per cent to a range of 4.2 to 4.6 per cent for the October to March half backs this proposition.
  • Analysts expect inflation could continue to quicken, given food prices tend to rise during the winter.
  • Reverse repo rate - the rate at which the central bank borrows money from commercial banks- was also left unchanged at 5.75 per cent.
  • RBI Governor Urjit Patel also calarified that the central bank continues to maintain a 'neutral' stand. "The MPC (Monetary Policy Committee) decided to keep the policy stance neutral and monitor incoming data closely. The MPC remains committed to keeping headline inflation close to 4 per cent on a durable basis," the policy review said.

  • Unique Identification Authority of India ( UIDAI) has clarified that there has been no security breach of its database or Central Identities Data Repository (CIDR).
  • The clarification came amid media reports of alleged compromise leading to a said data breach that could have "potentially affected" over 6000 Indian organizations including UIDAI, Reserve Bank of India, Bombay Stock Exchange among others.
  • UIDAI said that the alleged data compromise by the hacker that has been displayed as an advertisement on the Darknet included the names, email addresses, Public IP addresses and organization details that were merely the basic profile information of the contact persons of some of the affiliates of Internet Names and Numbers (IRINN) which is a division functioning under National Internet Exchange of India (NIXI) and provides allocation and registration services of Internet Protocol addresses (IPv4 & IPv6) and Autonomous System numbers (ASN) to its affiliates which includes private and government organizations.

  • Karti Chidambaram, son of former Union Minister+ P Chidambaram, had "tampered" with evidence relating to an alleged graft case against him during his visits abroad in the months of May, June and July this year, the CBI alleged in the Supreme Court on 4 oct
  • The agency told a bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra that there was a need to issue a look out circular (LoC) against Karti as he had the "potential" to tamper with the evidence and he had done this during his visits abroad.
  • The CBI FIR, lodged on May 15, had alleged irregularities in Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance to INX Media for receiving overseas funds to the tune of Rs 305 crore in 2007 when Karti's father was the Union finance minister.
  • "The LoC has two purposes. First, considering the investigation, he (Karti) may not become an outlaw and second, he can tamper with the evidence outside India," additional solicitor general Tushar Mehta, appearing for CBI, told the bench.
  • "I will show he (Karti) has the potential to tamper with the evidence. During May 13 to May 18 and second week of June to second week of July, he went abroad and he did tamper with the evidence. I will justify this," Mehta told the bench, also comprising Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud.He said there were "contemporaneous official records" which reflected this.
  • "These are not statements under section 161 of CrPC which can be obtained by pressurising somebody. These are contemporaneous official records," Mehta told the court.

  • Linking bank accounts with Aadhaar will help catching money launderers and fake account holders, Law and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said on 3 oct.
  • "Why we are linking bank account to the Aadhaar. If you do money laundering, you can be caught. If you have fake bank accounts, you will be caught," Prasad said at cyber security conference organised by Observer Research Foundation.He said 60 lakh bank accounts have been linked to Aadhaar.
  • The minister said that the government has saved Rs 58,000 crore under direct benefit transfer scheme, detected 3 crore million fake gas connections and close to 27 crore ration cards with help of Aadhaar card.
  • The minister said everyday six crore authentications are done on the Aadhaar platform.He said that digital governance is the form of governance.Prasad said that the government is bringing most of the service online from hospital to land records, crop rates etc.
  • "Indians have got biggest footprint on Facebook on 3 oct. India is emerging as big market. We are adding 5-6 start-ups everyday. I see a new surge of start-up movement in India," Prasad said.The minister said that increase in adoption of technology has made cyber security vital for the country.

  • Security forces foiled an attempt by the Jaish-e-Muhammed to storm a BSF camp near the high-security Srinagar airport on 3 oct, killing all three terrorists in an operation that also claimed the life of an assistant sub-inspector of the force, police said.
  • State Director General of Police S P Vaid said the three terrorists who had sneaked into the BSF camp had been "neutralised".
  • "We are carrying out search operations inside the premises to rule out the possibility of planting of explosives," he said.
  • Officials in the know of developments said there was prior intelligence that a Jaish-e-Muhammed operative identified as 'Noora Trali' had brought in a suicide squad into the city.
  • Briefing reporters later, Inspector General of Police (Kashmir range) Munir Khan said the overground network of the terror group had been identified but did not divulge any further information.
  • Asked specifically whether Jaish-e-Muhammed was behind the attack, Khan said, "Such type of attacks have been carried out by this group only."

  • Absconding liquor baron Vijay Mallya, who is wanted in connection to a loan default case to the tune of Rs 9,000 crore, was arrested in London, Doordarshan News reported on 3 oct.
  • The fugitive businessman has been arrested in connection to a money laundering case. He will shortly be produced before a court for a hearing.
  • Mallya owes as much as Rs 9,000 crore to Indian banks. He has been out on bail after Scotland Yard arrested him on April 18 this year, acting on India's formal extradition request for him. The 61-year-old chief of the now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines fled India last year in March and has been living in Britain since then.
  • The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and Enforcement Directorate (ED) had recently uncovered that Mallya had diverted a major chunk of a Rs 6,027 crore loan, taken from a consortium of 17 banks led by SBI, to several countries including US, UK, France and Ireland.
  • Both the agencies are now planning to file chargesheets against him and present it as evidence in the Westminster Magistrates' Court, so that his extradition could be expedited.
  • India had given a formal extradition request for Mallya as per the Extradition Treaty between India and the UK through a note verbale on February 8 and had asserted that it has a "legitimate" case against him.

  • After the Doklam stand-off ended and PM Narendra Modi and China President Xi Jinping held a meeting, toasted as a success by both sides, there seems to be a conscious attempt by Beijing to build a favourable public opinion in India, suggesting the two nations can start a new chapter.
  • After weeks of hostile rhetoric from Beijing, often articulated by quasi-official mouthpieces like 'Global Times', finally ended with a truce in Doklam, there have been full-page advertisements in Indian newspapers carrying the ambassador's message that Xi and Modi hit it off and ties could now soar.
  • The military stand-off at Doklam ended with a vindication of India's position that China was only trying to unilaterally change the status quo near the India-Bhutan-China tri-junction, though Beijing claimed the Indian side had moved out. But China's tenor seems to indicate a keenness to move on, with Chinese ambassador to India Luo Zhaohui saying it is time for India and China to turn the old page and start a new chapter.
  • Luo emphasised the countries had made a lot of progress at bilateral level, iterating the good vibes of the Modi-Xi meeting as he had done in an edit piece in 'The Hindu'. The emphasis seems to be on furthering economic ties and consciously burying the acrimony of militaristic statements.

  • India described as "an imaginary lie'' Pakistan's assertion that it received an offer to swap alleged Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav for a terrorist accused of perpetrating the Peshawar Army Public School attack in 2014.
  • "You have already seen a press release issued by the Afghan National Security Adviser's office. If you have gone through the press release, it seems this is one more addition to the long list of imaginary lies and stories created by the Pakistani establishment," MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said at a weekly media briefing here.
  • "You have seen what happened at the UN General Assembly how a fake picture was shown to be from India but it turned out to be from another country. So, another lie has been added to the series of lies," added Kumar.
  • Pakistan foreign minister Khawaja Asif had claimed Islamabad received an offer to swap Jadhav for a terrorist behind the Peshawar Army Public School attack in 2014. The terrorist, he said, was now in Afghanistan's custody.
  • Speaking at Asia Society in New York, Khawaja said on Wednesday, "The (Afghan) National Security Adviser told me we can exchange him (Peshawar attacker) for the terrorist you have, which is Kulbhushan Jadhav," Asif said, without revealing the name of the terrorist. It was also immediately unclear when had the Afghan NSA made him the offer.
  • According to some media reports, as TOI reported on 29 friday, Afghan forces had captured Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan chief Mullah Fazlullah.

  • A rise in spending pushed up the Centre's fiscal deficit to 96.1% of the Budget estimate for the current year, despite a sharp decline in capital expenditure during the month. Latest data released by the Controller General of Accounts estimated fiscal deficit at Rs 5.25 lakh crore during April-August, compared to the target of Rs 5.46 lakh crore for 2017-18. At the end of the first five months of 2016-17, fiscal deficit was estimated at 76.4% of the annual target.
  • The government has budgeted for fiscal deficit of 3.2% of the GDP for the current financial year, compared to 3.5% last year. The government has said that it is on course to meet the target. Top officials said that the high fiscal deficit till the end of August was due to frontloading of spending due to the early passage of the Budget, while revenue will flow in later in the year.
  • So far this year, Rs 1.48 lakh crore of extra spending has taken place, an officer said. Total spending till August this year was estimated at Rs 9.5 lakh crore, compared to a shade over Rs 8 lakh crore in the corresponding period last year.
  • While capital expenditure, which results in asset creation, was 20% higher at Rs 1.09 lakh crore, there was a decline in August when it fell 28% to Rs 14,522 crore. Officials said that this may be due to seasonal factors and the government was committed to boosting public spending to make for slow private investment. Compared to April-August 2016, when capital expenditure was 37% of the Budget estimate, so far this year, it was estimated at 35.5% of the target.

  • It was tipped to be a close contest between triple jump national record holder Renjith Maheshwari and 2014 Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Arpinder Singh on the final day of the 57th National Open athletics championships here at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on 28sep.
  • However, Kerala's K Sreejithmon, with a torn shoe, stunned the two champion athletes with a leap of 16.15m en route to winning his first nationals gold medal.
  • Services' Rakesh Babu (16.06m) clinched silver, while Arpinder (16.06m) had to settle for bronze as Babu had a better second jump. Renjith, who hobbled his way out after his third attempt with a thigh strain, ended up fourth with a 16m jump.
  • The toe part of Sreejithmon's left shoe split open wide after his third attempt, which saw him jump 16.15m. However, he had "no replacement shoes" and he had no option but to keep going

  • India's fiscal deficit at August-end touched 96.1 per cent of the budget estimate for 2017-18, mainly due to rise in expenditure.
  • In absolute terms, the fiscal deficit - difference between expenditure and revenue - was Rs 5.25 lakh crore during April-August, 2017-18, according to the data of Controller General of Accounts (CGA).
  • During the same period of last financial year, 2016-17, it was 76.4 per cent of the target.For 2017-18, the government aims to bring down the fiscal deficit to 3.2 per cent of the GDP. Last fiscal, it had met the deficit target of 3.5 per cent of the GDP.
  • The CGA data showed that the government's revenue receipts worked out at Rs 4.09 lakh crore during April-August period, which works out to be 27 per cent of the budget estimate (BE) of Rs 15.15 lakh crore for the whole year.
  • In the comparable period last fiscal, revenue receipts comprising taxes and other items were 28 per cent of the target.As per the CGA data, the government's expenditure had been increasing on sequential basis and totalled Rs 9.5 lakh crore at August-end or 44.3 per cent of the budget estimates.
  • In the comparable period last fiscal, the expenditure was 40.5 per cent of the budget estimate.Capital expenditure during April-August, 2017-18 was 35.5 per cent of BE as compared to 37 per cent in the similar period last fiscal.
  • The revenue expenditure was 45.8 per cent of the BE during April-August 2017-18. This compares with 41 per cent in the corresponding period of 2016-17. NKD CS BAL

  • Pakistan received a proposal to swap Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav for a terrorist who carried out the horrific 2014 Peshawar school attack and is now jailed in Afghanistan, foreign minister Khwaja Muhammad Asif has claimed.
  • Asif, however, did not specify the name of the terrorist and the National Security Advisor who had made the proposal.
  • "The terrorist who killed children in APS (Army Public School) in Peshawar is in Afghan custody. The National Security Advisor (NSA) told me that we can exchange that terrorist with the terrorist you have, which is Kulbhushan Jadhav," Asif told the audience after his speech at the Asia Society here on 27 sep.
  • He discussed Pakistan's vision for and approach towards regional peace and development during his conversion with author and journalist Steve Coll.Asif said Pakistan had suffered grievously from conflict and instability in Afghanistan.
  • "Unless this cycle is reversed, we would continue to bear the brunt. No country, therefore, has a larger stake in seeing peace and stability return to Afghanistan than Pakistan. Regrettably, the situation in Afghanistan is getting worse," he said.
  • Jadhav, a 46-year-old retired Indian Navy officer, was in April sentenced to death by Pakistan's Field General Court Martial on charges of his alleged "involvement in espionage and sabotage activities" against Pakistan.
  • Asif said there was no military solution to Afghanistan. He said Pakistan had in the past done all it could to facilitate a political settlement."We have also done all that we could to make sure that Pakistani soil is not used against any country," he claimed.
  • "However, there are obviously clear limits to what we can do. We cannot take responsibility for Afghanistan's peace and security and be asked to achieve what the combined strength of some of the most powerful and richest countries could not accomplish," Asif said.

  • The BBC has on 27 sep revealed Mithali Raj as one of the most influential women in India. Additionally, Ira Trivedi and Tulika Kiran from Delhi along with Aditi Avasthi from Bangalore and Mehroonisa Siddiqui are among the inspirational individuals who have been included on the BBC 100 Women list 2017.
  • Taken from across all spheres of modern life - from engineering to the creative industries, from sport to business they represent the global wealth of female talent. But in a new twist the list launched on 27 sep is only part of the story.
  • The list has been inspired by the BBC 100 Women Challenge. This is a unique celebration of female talent which sees four teams of women tasked with finding solutions to everyday problems currently blighting female lives across the globe.
  • The challenge will be coming to Delhi from October 9-13 where a team will be looking at female illiteracy. Other places hosting the 100 Women Challenge are Silicon Valley from October 2-6 where a group will tackle the glass ceiling; safety on public transport will be the focus for the London and Nairobi team from October 16-20; and finally, from October 23-27 women in Rio will consider sexism in sport.
  • The Indian women named on Wednesday are part of the list of 60 women from around the world who are working or campaigning in these fields or who have inspired others through their actions.
  • The remaining 40 places will then be decided as the challenge progresses, drawn from those who have supported, inspired and helped the teams on the ground over the course of the weeks. They might be someone working on a solution on the other side of the world; the woman who suggested the piece of code; the woman who named the campaign; or the woman who, by courageously sharing her story, inspired the solution.

  • The Indian Army said on 27sep that it inflicted heavy casualties on the insurgent group National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN) (K) in an operation earlier in the day on the India-Myanmar border.
  • The Army's Eastern Command made clear it didn't cross the international border.
  • The Army further said a firefight was triggered after a column of the Indian Army was attacked by insurgents.
  • "Own troops reacted swiftly and brought down heavy retaliatory fire on the insurgents," said an Army statement.
  • The Army said 27sep small operation was nothing like the Special Forces' cross-border raid to destroy two Naga insurgent camps inside Myanmar in June 2015. It added that a few media reports of casualties suffered by the Army were factually incorrect.

  • Gold smuggling in India, the world's second-biggest consumer of the metal, is likely to rise during the festive season as buyers try to avoid paying GST and to dodge new transparency rules
  • In August, India moved to include gold sales under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). The law makes it mandatory for jewellers to keep records of customers' personal identification numbers or tax code number for transactions above Rs 50,000.
  • Indian gold demand typically rises in the last three months of the year as consumer buy more for the wedding season as well as for Diwali and Dussehra.
  • "The government implemented the PMLA rule but it didn't take efforts to popularise. Customers are not aware of the rule and are hesitating in giving necessary details," said Surendra Mehta, secretary of the India Bullion and Jewellers Association. "Unaccounted sale will rise in the festive season as some customers are trying to buy without bills."
  • The tax avoidance recalls the unintended consequences of India's decision to raise import taxes on gold to 10 per cent by August 2013.
  • The duty failed to curb demand but revived smuggling networks which, the World Gold Council estimates, imported 120 tonnes of gold in 2016, over one-fifth of total annual arrivals.

  • India's summer-sown foodgrain production is likely to fall nearly 3 per cent , dashing hopes of higher farm income, because of erratic rainfall and farmers shifting to other remunerative crops.
  • Output of kharif, or summer-sown crops, is expected to fall to 134.67 million tonnes from the record 138.52 million tonnes last year, a fall of 2.8 per cent , according to the government's first formal estimate of the harvest. It makes four 'advance estimates' in the course of the year.
  • This is expected to hit rural incomes in some areas, although the government said the harvest of 134.67 million tonnes, estimated with the help of inputs from states and other sources, would still be 5 per cent higher than the five-year average of 128.24 million tonnes.
  • "The country has adequate stock of foodgrain. So on food security front, there is nothing to worry about. But farmers in rain-fed areas may be hard-hit and their income might go down if prices don't recover," said former agriculture secretary Siraj Hussain.

  • Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar on 26 sep urged the people to keep the city and its surroundings clean in order to make it not just beautiful, but also a healthy place.
  • Tendulkar picked up broom to clean the streets of suburban Bandra early on 26 sep morning to spread the message of cleanliness and extend support to the central government's 'Swachhata Hi Seva' campaign.
  • "The garbage is dumped here and there while there are dustbins. I would request everyone not to litter and please do not deface the city," he told mediapersons. "We each have to do our bit to keep IndiaClean. So, pick a group of friends, a street, and together let's CleanUp India. SwachhataHiSeva," Tendulkar tweeted after taking part in the campaign.
  • The former India batsman said he feels sorry when he sees dirt and garbage distorting the beauty of 'mother earth'."We don't litter in our homes but do it outside. We call the earth as our mother. But this (littering) is something which I don't like. I want to request the people to become a part of the 'Swachh Bharat' mission," he said.
  • The former skipper said keeping the surroundings clean will not only make Mumbai look beautiful but also help keep the city and the nation healthy.
  • On September 15, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had picked up the broom and swept a lane in the busy Crawford market in south Mumbai while launching the 15-day sanitation campaign Swachhta Hi Seva (cleanliness is service) fortnight.

  • Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman said on 26 sep that she discussed the issue of terror safe havens in Pakistan with her US counterpart James Mattis and they both agreed such sanctuaries shouldn't be tolerated.
  • Sitharaman also said she made India's stance on Afghanistan clear to Mattis, by emphasising it won't contribute troops to Afghanistan but will continue developmental assistance to the war-ravaged country.
  • State sanctuary to terror elements was however the big chunk of the conversation between Sitharaman and Mattis, who is the first Trump Cabinet member to visit India .
  • "I borrowed the defence secretary's own (earlier) words when I explained to him that the very same forces that find safe haven in Pakistan have been the ones who've affected New York as well as other places," said Sitharaman, after a meeting with the US defence secretary in New Delhi.
  • The defence minister further said she requested Mattis to raise the issue of cross-border terrorism and terror safe havens when and if he visits Pakistan.The US defence secretary also commented on terrorism.
  • "Our two countries recognise the threat that global terrorism poses to people throughout the world," said Mattis, according to ANI news agency.
  • "India and US have suffered grievous losses to terrorism. We intend to work closely with India as we work to eradicate terrorism," added Mattis.
  • Mattis's India visit comes a little over two months after US President Donald Trump said that India must play a bigger role in Afghanistan's path to peace . On 26 sep, Mattis acknowledged that India has already contributed significantly.

  • Aadhaar's identity system rivals the growth of other platform innovations like Windows, Android or Facebook, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has said.Nadella, in his book 'Hit Refresh', which was released during the ongoing Microsoft Ignite 2017 conference, has praised India's leap forward in the digital and technological arena.
  • "Aadhaar now has scaled to over one billion people, rivaling the growth of other platform innovations such as Windows, Android or Facebook," the 50-year-old wrote in his book that hit the book stores on 26 sep.
  • He praised the creation of the new digital ecosystem IndiaStack. IndiaStack is a set of APIs (application programming interface) that allows governments, businesses, startups and developers to utilise an unique digital Infrastructure to solve India's hard problems towards presence-less, paperless, and cashless service delivery.
  • "China strategically used the global supply chain and their own domestic market to amplify their comparative advantage and bootstrap their economic growth," the India-born CEO noted.
  • "The combination of industrial policy, public sector investment, and entrepreneurial energy is what many other countries will also look to replicate from China's success. I see the beginnings of this in India with the creation of the new digital ecosystem known as IndiaStack," Nadella said.
  • "India is leapfrogging from once being an infrastructure-poor country to now leading in digital technology. IndiaStack ushers in a presence-less, cashless, paperless economy for all its citizens," said the Indian American CEO from Microsoft.In his book, Nadella wrote that on a trip to Bengaluru he engaged in a conversation with Nandan Nilekani about IndiaStack and its future road map.
  • "Nandan is the legendary founder of Infosys, who went on to create a new startup working with the Indian Government- Aadhaar-the identity system that is at the center of IndiaStack," he said.Nadella has also mentioned about Enlightiks, a startup that was acquired by Practo, a leading e-health company in India.

  • Products are quickly going out of stock at McDonald's outlets in north and east India as the US burger chain is tightening the screws on supplies to its estranged joint-venture partner Connaught Plaza Restaurants (CPRL) led by Vikram Bakshi.
  • On 24sep, many McDonald's outlets in North India refused to serve the brand's favourite desserts such as McFlurry, Soft Serve and cola floats. Executives at the McDonald's restaurants said supply has been disrupted at the back-end. The company had introduced premium desserts, including McFlurry in Oreo and other flavours in 2011, along with its McSpicy range of products. When contacted, CPRL MD Bakshi did not comment. Sources at McDonald's said, "This is only the first sign of the impact of the cancellation of the franchise agreement.
  • Some companies have already stopped supplying to CPRL. The full impact will be seen over the coming weeks because all outlets have supplies in reserve for at least two to three weeks." Among the most prominent companies that supply to McDonald's are Amrit Food (milk products), Schreiber Dynamix Dairies (cheese), Vista Processed Foods (lettuce and patty) and Mrs. Bector's (buns). Earlier, Bakshi had said suppliers raise invoices to CPRL and not McDonald's.
  • McDonald's, with whom Bakshi has been fighting a long legal battle, has slapped a notice on CPRL cancelling its franchise agreement. It means CPRL that operates 169 McDonald's outlets in north and east of the country, has lost the rights to use the McDonald's branding and food recipes, among other things. Bakshi, however, refused to acknowledge the notice and has insisted on keeping the outlets open.

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Council of Ministers

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi: Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions; Department of Atomic Energy Department of Space; All important policy issues and all other portfolios not allocated to any Minister

    1. Rajnath Singh: Home Affairs
    2. Sushma Swaraj: External Affairs, Overseas Indian Affairs
    3. Manohar Parrikar: Defence
    4. Suresh Prabhu: Railways
    5. Arun Jaitley: Finance, Corporate Affairs, Information & Broadcasting
    6. M. Venkaiah Naidu: Urban Development, Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, Parliamentary Affairs
    7. Nitin Gadkari: Road Transport and Highways, Shipping
    8. D.V. Sadananda Gowda: Law & Justice
    9. Uma Bharati: Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation
    10. Dr. Najma A. Heptulla: Minority Affairs
    11. Dr. Harsh Vardhan: Science and Technology, Earth Sciences
    12. Ramvilas Paswan: Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution
    13. Kalraj Mishra: Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises
    14. Maneka Gandhi: Women and Child Development
    15. Ananthkumar: Chemicals and Fertilizers
    16. Ravi Shankar Prasad: Communications and Information Technology
    17. Jagat Prakash Nadda: Health & Family Welfare
    18. Chaudhary Birender Singh: Rural Development, Panchayati Raj, Drinking Water and Sanitation
    19. Ashok Gajapathi Raju: Civil Aviation
    20. Anant Geete: Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises
    21. Harsimrat Kaur Badal: Food Processing Industries
    22. Narendra Singh Tomar: Mines, Steel
    23. Jual Oram: Tribal Affairs
    24. Radha Mohan Singh: Agriculture
    25. Thaawar Chand Gehlot: Social Justice and Empowerment
    26. Smriti Irani: Human Resource Development


    1. General V.K. Singh: Statistics and Programme Implementation (Independent Charge), External Affairs, Overseas Indian Affairs
    2. Inderjit Singh Rao: Planning (Independent Charge), Defence
    3. Santosh Kumar Gangwar: Textiles (Independent Charge)
    4. Shripad Yesso Naik:AAYUSH (Independent Charge), Health & Family Welfare
    5. Bandaru Dattatreya: Labour and Employment (Independent Charge)
    6. Rajiv Pratap Rudy:Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (Independent Charge), Parliamentary Affairs
    7. Dharmendra Pradhan:Petroleum and Natural Gas (Independent Charge))
    8. Sarbananda Sonowal:Youth Affairs and Sports (Independent Charge)
    9. Prakash Javadekar:Environment, Forest and Climate Change (Independent Charge)
    10. Piyush Goyal:Power (Independent Charge), Coal (Independent Charge), New and Renewable Energy (Independent Charge)
    11. Dr.Jitendra Singh:Development of North Eastern Region (Independent Charge), Prime Minister’s Office, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Department of Atomic Energy, Department of Space)
    12. Nirmala Sitharaman: Commerce and Industry (Independent Charge)
    13. Dr. Mahesh Sharma: Culture (Independent Charge), Tourism (Independent Charge), Civil Aviation
    14. Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi: Minority Affairs, Parliamentary Affairs
    15. Ram Kripal Yadav: Drinking Water & Sanitation
    16. Haribhai Parthibhai Chaudhary:Home Affairs
    17. Sanwar Lal Jat: Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation
    18. Mohanbhai Kalyanjibhai Kundariya:Agriculture
    19. Giriraj Singh:Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises
    20. Hansraj Gangaram Ahir:Chemicals & Fertilizers
    21. G.M. Siddeshwara: Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises
    22. Manoj Sinha: Railways
    23. Nihalchand: Panchayati Raj
    24. Upendra Kushwaha:Human Resource Development
    25. Radhakrishnan P.: Road Transport & Highways, Shipping
    26. Kiren Rijiju:Home Affairs
    27. Krishan Pal:Social Justice & Empowerment
    28. Vijay Sampla:Social Justice & Empowerment
    29. Dr. Sanjeev Kumar Balyan:Agriculture
    30. Manuskhbhai Dhanjibhai Vasava:Tribal Affairs
    31. Vishnu Deo Sai:Mines, Steel
    32. Sudarshan Bhagat: Rural Development
    33. Prof. (Dr.) Ram Shankar Katheria: Human Resource Development
    34. Y.S. Chowdary: Science and Technology, Earth Science
    35. Jayant Sinha: Finance
    36. Col. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore:Information & Broadcasting
    37. Babul Supriyo: Urban Development, Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation
    38. Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti:Food Processing Industries

    केंद्रित मंत्रीमंडळ

  • पंतप्रधान नरेंद्र मोदी: कार्मिक,जनतक्रार निवारण आणि पेन्शन,अणुउर्जा,अंतराळ विभाग,सर्व महत्त्वपूर्ण धोरणात्मक व्यवहार,आणि इतर कोणत्याही मंत्र्यांना विवक्षितपणे नेमून न दिलेले विभाग किंवा विषय
  • कॅबिनेट मंत्री

    1. राजनाथसिंह: गृह
    2. श्रीमती सुषमा स्वराज: परराष्ट्र व्यवहार,प्रवासी भारतीय मंत्रालय
    3. मनोहर पर्रीकर: संरक्षण
    4. सुरेश प्रभू: रेल्वे
    5. अरुण जेटली: वित्त,कंपनी व्यवसाय,माहिती व प्रसारण
    6. एम.वेंकैय्या नायडू: नगर विकास,गृहनिर्माण व शहरी दारिद्र्य निर्मुलन,संसदीय कामकाज
    7. नितीन गडकरी: रस्ते वाहतूक व महामार्ग,जलवाहतूक
    8. डी.व्ही.सदानंद गौडा: कायदा व न्याय
    9. श्रीमती उमा भारती: जलसंसाधन,नदी विकास व गंगा संरक्षण
    10. श्रीमती नतमा हेपतुल्ला: अल्पसंख्यांक विकास
    11. डॉ.हर्षवर्धन: विज्ञान व तंत्रज्ञान,भूविज्ञान
    12. रामविलास पासवान: ग्राहक आणि अन्न व सार्वजनिक वितरण
    13. कलराज मिश्र: सूक्ष्म,लघु व मध्यम उद्योग
    14. श्रीमती मेनका गांधी: महिला व बाल विकास
    15. अनंतकुमार: रसायन व खते
    16. रविशंकर प्रसाद: दळणवळण व माहिती तंत्रज्ञान
    17. जगत प्रकाश नड्डा : आरोग्य व कुटुंब कल्याण
    18. चौधरी वीरेंद्र सिंह: ग्रामीण विकास,पंचायत राज,पेयजल व स्वच्छता
    19. अशोक गजपती राजु: नागरी उड्डाण
    20. अनंत गिते: अवजड उद्योग व सार्वजनिक उपक्रम
    21. श्रीमती हरसिमरन कौर बादल: अन्न प्रक्रिया उद्योग
    22. नरेंद्र सिंग तोमर : खान व पोलाद
    23. ज्युएल ओराम: आदिवासी विकास
    24. राधामोहन सिंह: कृषी
    25. थावरचंद गेहलोत: सामाजिक न्याय व संक्षमीकरण
    26. श्रीमती स्मृती ईराणी: मनुष्यबळ विकास


    1. जनरल व्ही.के.सिंग: सांख्यिकी आणि कार्यक्रम अंमलबजावणी (स्वतंत्र प्रभार),परराष्ट्र व्यवहार,प्रवासी भारतीय मंत्रालय
    2. इंद्रजितसिंग राव: नियोजन (स्वतंत्र प्रभार), संरक्षण
    3. संतोष गंगवार: वस्त्रोद्योग (स्वतंत्र प्रभार)
    4. श्रीपाद नाईक:आयुष (स्वतंत्र प्रभार),आरोग्य व कुटुंब कल्याण
    5. बंडारु दत्तात्रेय: कामगार व रोजगार (स्वतंत्र प्रभार)
    6. राजीव प्रताप रुडी:कौशल्य विकास व उद्यमशीलता(स्वतंत्र प्रभार),संसदीय व्यवहार
    7. धर्मेंद्र प्रधान:पेट्रोलियम व नैसर्गिक वायू (स्वतंत्र प्रभार)
    8. सर्बानंदा सोनवाल:क्रीडा व युवा कल्याण (स्वतंत्र प्रभार)
    9. प्रकाश जावडेकर:पर्यावरण,वने आणि हवामान बदल (स्वतंत्र प्रभार)
    10. पियुष गोयल:ऊर्जा,कोळसा,नवीन आणि नवीकरणीय ऊर्जा (स्वतंत्र प्रभार)
    11. डॉ.जितेंद्र सिंग:पूर्वोत्तर विभाग विकास (स्वतंत्र प्रभार)
    12. श्रीमती निर्मला सीतारमण: वाणिज्य व उद्योग (स्वतंत्र प्रभार)
    13. डॉ.महेश शर्मा: संस्कृती (स्वतंत्र प्रभाव),पर्यटन (स्वतंत्र प्रभार),नागरी उड्डाण
    14. मुख्तार अब्बास नक्वी: अल्पसंख्यांक,संसदीय कामकाज
    15. रामकृपाल यादव: पेयजल व स्वच्छता
    16. हरिभाई चौधरी:गृह
    17. सांवरलाल जाट: जलसंसाधन,नदी विकास व गंगा संरक्षण
    18. मोहनभाई कुंदरिया:कृषी
    19. गिरीराज सिंह:सुक्ष्म,लघु व मध्यम उद्योग
    20. हंसराज अहीर:रसायने व खते
    21. जी.एम.सिद्धेश्वरा: अवजड उद्योग व सार्वजनिक उपक्रम
    22. मनोज सिन्हा: रेल्वे
    23. निहालचंद: पंचायत राज
    24. उपेंद्र कुशवाहा:मानव संसाधन विकास
    25. राधाकृष्ण पी.: रस्ते वाहतूक व महामार्ग,जलवाहतूक
    26. किरण रिजिजू:गृह
    27. कृष्णपाल:सामाजिक न्याय व सक्षमीकरण
    28. विजय सांपला:सामाजिक न्याय व सक्षमीकरण
    29. डॉ.संजीवकुमार बालयान:कृषी
    30. मनसुखभाई वसावा:आदिवासी विकास
    31. विष्णुदेव साई:खाण व पोलाद
    32. सुदर्शन भगत: ग्रामीण विकास
    33. डॉ.रामकृष्ण कथेरिया: मानव संसाधन विकास
    34. वाय.एम.चौधरी: विज्ञान-तंत्रज्ञान, भूविज्ञान
    35. जयंत सिन्हा: वित्त
    36. कर्नल राजवर्धनसिंह राठोड:माहिती व प्रसारण
    37. बाबुल सुप्रियो बराल: नागरी विकास,गृहनिर्माण व शहरी दारिद्र्य निर्मुलन
    38. साध्वी निरंजन ज्योती:अन्न प्रक्रिया उद्योग
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