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1PM Modi calls for ‘Swachhagraha’

  • Reiterating the importance of recycling and reusing waste to create wealth, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday called for “Swachhagraha” or insistence on cleanliness, like Mahatma Gandhi’s “Satyagraha”.
  • Addressing the India Sanitation Conference inaugurated by Mr Modi at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi.
  • October 2 this year, one lakh villages will become Open Defecation Free or ODF while 40 districts across the country will achieve ODF status in the current financial year.
  • Only budget allocations cannot further cleanliness. Like… ‘Satyagraha’ that freed us from the British, today there is need for ‘Swachhagraha’ to make India free from filth.
  • “The cleanliness movement has spread its root in a very short time. But to make it effective, people should develop a strong sense of cleanliness and an equal dislike for dirt,” – Modi

2Dont put India and Pak in same group: BCCI to ICC

  • BCCI on Friday decided that India will avoid playing Pakistan even in the multi-nation tournament.
  • So India asked the ICC not to place the teams of the two countries in the same group in the future.
  • The issue was discussed on the sidelines of the Special General Meeting here against the backdrop of heightened tensions between India and Pakistan in the wake of Uri terror attack.
  • “Keeping in mind that the government has adopted a new strategy to isolate Pakistan and in view of the public sentiment in the country, we request ICC not to put India and Pakistan in the same pool of the multi-nation tournaments,” -BCCI President Anurag Thakur.
  • If the two countries reach the Semi-finals and have to clash at that time, it is another situation which can’t be avoided.
  • India is already not playing a bilateral tournament against Pakistan because of the unabated terror attacks emanating from the neighbouring country.

3Black Money Scheme achieves Successfully

  • The response to the government’s Income Declaration Scheme (IDS) for black money has been “beyond expectations.
  • Country has got a large amount of money.
  • It is even beyond our expectations and it is likely to go up.

4‘India to deploy nuke enabled jets against China, Pak’

  • India will deploy the recently bought Rafale combat jets capable of carrying tactical nuclear warheads near disputed regions with Pakistan and China as New Delhi continues to be the largest arms buyer in the world.
  • The jets are capable of carrying tactical nuclear warheads, which means India’s nuclear deterrence capability will be enhanced.
  • India recently signed a deal to buy 36 Rafale fighter jets from France for close to 7.8 billion euros ($8.7 billion).
  • The Jets will allow the air force to strike targets in Pakistan and China from within Indian territory, will begin after three years.
  • The IAF has 33 fighter squadrons, each consisting of 18 planes. It requires 45 combat units to counter a combined threat from China and Pakistan.
  • China’s neighbours, including India, are “hyping” the so-called “China threat” and have gone on an arms purchasing spree – a move that has increased the import of Western-made weapons into Asia.

5The Cleanest School in India

  • Dehradun’s Kendriya Vidyalaya FRI was on Friday awarded by PM Narendra Modi as the cleanest school in the country.
  • The school encourages waste management and recycling and 60% of its premises has greenery.
  • Moreover, regular discussions on cleanliness are held in the school.
  • The school has won this award amongst all schools under the government sector.

6Saudi warns of blowback over 9/11 law

  • Saudi Arabia has warned of “disastrous consequences” from a United States law allowing 9/11 victims to sue the kingdom, in a major spike in tension between the long-standing allies.
  • The warning came after the U.S. Congress voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to override President Barack Obama’s veto of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, which allows attack survivors and relatives of terrorism victims to pursue cases against foreign governments in US federal court and to demand compensation if such governments are proven to bear some responsibility for attacks on US soil.
  • A Saudi Foreign Ministry source late on Thursday called on the U.S. Congress “to take the necessary measures to counter the disastrous and dangerous consequences” of the law.

7US mood hardens as Philippines President Duterte stokes outrage

  • As the body count mounts in the Philippines’ deadly war on drugs, and its combative president’s rhetoric plumbs new depths, the mood in Washington toward a key Asian ally is hardening.
  • ‘ Influential US lawmakers are warning that the extra-judicial killings in the drug war. President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday compared it to the Holocaust could affect American aid.
  • While the Obama administration maintains that its 65-year-old alliance with the Philippines remains “ironclad,” a senior US diplomat is cautioning Duterte against more anti-US posturing.

8China blocks tributary of Brahmaputra in Tibet to build dam

  • China has blocked a tributary of the Brahmaputra river in Tibet as part of the construction of its “most expensive” hydro project which could cause concern in India as it may impact water flows into the lower riparian countries.
  • The Lalho project on Xiabuqu river, a tributary of Yarlung Zangbo (the Tibetan name for Brahmaputra), in Xigaze in Tibet involves an investment of 4.95 billion yuan ($740 million), Zhang Yunbao, head of the project’s administration bureau was quoted as saying by Chinese state-run Xinhua news agency today.
  • Xigaze also known as Shigatse is closely located to Sikkim. From Xigaze, the Brahmaputra flows into Arunachal Pradesh. Terming it as the “most expensive project”, the report said the project, whose construction began in June 2014, was scheduled to be completed in 2019.