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India ready for cross examination of Mumbai terror attack witnesses: Pakistan

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  • India has agreed to share the material evidence and the cross examination of prosecution witnesses for the Mumbai terror attack in 2008.
  • The Indian Foreign Secretary, in his letter of 6th September 2016, has expressed India’s readiness to share the material evidence, which Pakistan had been seeking for quite some time for the Mumbai trial.
  • Material evidence and the cross examination of prosecution witnesses are needed to proceed further with the trial in Pakistan as per the law of the land.
  • Legal aspects and modalities of the proposal contained in the Indian Foreign Secretary’s letter are currently being examined by our legal experts.
  • Earlier this month an anti-terrorism court inPakistan issued notices to seven accused of 2008 Mumbai attack case, including LeT commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi.

It’s PM Narendra Modi’s birthday and Twitterati’s wishing him in their own way

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  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi is celebrating his 66th birthday today and he started his day by meeting his mother Hiraba in Gujarat.
  • Plans to spend the day in the state where he’ll be attending various events.
  • People across the country are celebrating the PM’s birthday. A cake weighing 3,750 kg mas been made in an attempt to break the world record which will be cut by girls coming from tribal areas of India.
  • Ministers have travelled to parts of the country to participate in cleanliness drives and to spend time with the underprivileged as PM’s birthday is reportedly being observed as Sewa Diwas.
  • Clock struck 12, people across the world started wishing him.

Sartaj Aziz meets Iranian FM to discusses bilateral ties on sidelines of NAM summit

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  • On Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz on Saturday met Iranian Foreign Minister Jawad Zarif and discussed bilateral relations and regional developments with particular focus on Afghanistan.
  • Aziz met Zarif on the sidelines of the 17th NAM Summit in Venezuela and appreciated Iran’s role as the President of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), the Foreign Office said in Islamabad.
  • Iran is the outgoing President, having led the NAM process since 2012.
  • Bilateral relations and regional developments with particular focus on Afghanistan.
  • Aziz briefed his Iranian counterpart on the situation in Kashmir and Pakistan-India relations.

Aadhaar has empowered people, it helps both citizens & govt: UIDAI CEO

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  • Role of Aadhaar in delivering subsidies & services is set to enter a critical phase.
  • In the next few months, most central schemes will be linked with it, UIDAI CEO Ajay Bhushan Pandey.
  • Regulations deal with these issues and also conduct of business. How the UID authority will go about its work.
  • More than 105 crore people have Aadhaar. They can prove their identity anywhere in the country.
  • If someone comes to Delhi from Kerala and has a ration card that is not in Hindi or English, he can use an Aadhaar number as alternative. This can be done in a very secure manner.

University copying books for teaching is not copyright violation: Delhi HC

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  • Delhi High Court on Friday held that the photocopying of course packs prepared by Delhi University comprising portions from books published by Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press and Taylor & Francis did not amount to infringement of copyright.
  • Court dismissed the suit initiated by the publishing majors, which had sued DU and Rameshwari Photocopying Services, a kiosk inside the Delhi School of Economics, claiming infringement of copyright by engaging in preparing copies of course packs with portions culled out of its books in keeping with the syllabus prescribed by the varsity.
  • Stay on the kiosk from photocopying the course packs. The case had seen protest by students who backed the kiosk.
  • Copyright, especially in literary works, is thus not an inevitable, divine, or natural right that confers on authors the absolute ownership of their creations.
  • Whilst the verdict is not what we had hoped for, we note the court’s decision on the matter.

Trump Says Clinton’s Bodyguards Should ‘Disarm Immediately’ And ‘See What Happens To Her’

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  • Bodyguards assigned to his rival Hillary Clinton should “disarm immediately” and “see what happens.”
  • She goes around with armed bodyguards like you have never seen before. I think that her bodyguards should drop all weapons. They should disarm.
  • Campaign rally here as the crowd cheered the idea. “I think they should disarm immediately.
  • Take their guns away. She doesn’t want guns. … Let’s see what happens to her. Take their guns away, okay? It would be very dangerous.”
  • Violence in inner-city neighborhoods as “far more dangerous than Afghanistan.
  • Clinton lives behind gates and walls and guards” and that working-class families “just want a fraction of the security enjoyed by our politicians and certainly enjoyed by her.

India finish second; Deborah wins 3 gold

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - AUGUST 09: Deborah Deborah of India in action during qualifying for the Women's Sprint on day three of the 2013 UCI Juniors Track World Championships at Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome on August 9, 2013 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

  • A late medal surge on the final day of the Track Asia Cup here on Friday helped India finish second, racking up 16 medals, including five gold, four silver and seven bronze.
  • Hong Kong, the only team to win gold medals in double digits, topped the table with 11 gold, four silver and three bronze.
  • Malaysia finished behind India at third position with three gold, four silver and two bronze in the 12-team event.
  • Kazakhstan (2), Taiwan (2) and Iran (1) were the other teams to return home with gold. Macau, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka failed to win any medal.
  • India owed its good show to a golden hattrick by Deborah Herold, who won her third gold of the event on Friday in the women’s Sprint final.

Indian-origin scientist Ramesh Raskar bags Lemelson-MIT Prize worth 500,000 dollars

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  • Indian-origin scientist has bagged the prestigious Lemelson-MIT Prize worth USD 500,000 for his groundbreaking inventions to create solutions to improve lives globally.
  • Nasik-born Ramesh Raskar, 46, is founder of the Camera Culture research group at the MIT Media Lab and an Associate Professor of Media Arts and Sciences.
  • Raskar is the winner of the 2016 USD 500,000 Lemelson-MIT Prize for his groundbreaking inventions, commitment to youth mentorship, and dedication to improving our world with practical yet innovative solutions.
  • With more than 75 patents to his name, and having written more than 120 reviewed publications.
  • Raskar is the co-inventor of radical imaging solutions including Femto-photography, an ultra-fast imaging system that can see around corners; low-cost eye-care solutions for the developing world; and a camera that allows users to read pages of a book without opening the cover.