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Uri terror attack and a sense of déjà vu: India has no partner for peace in Pakistan

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  • On 18 September, terrorists suspected to belong to the Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan attacked an Indian Army camp at Uri in a pre-dawn raid, killing 18 soldiers.
  • South Asian commentariat has gone into its usual and predictable tizzy, some quarters demanding military action while others urge a firm reprimand, international pressure, ‘strategic restraint’, and talks.
  • Good dose of recrimination on past policies and (in)actions is also available.
  • In a few days, perhaps a week, calm will return and all will be forgotten… until the next terrorist attack.
  • 18 soldiers would still be dead and the country would still be hapless about its own defence, but the commentariat would have inched closer to reaching their monthly writing quota.

US, UK snub Sharif’s attempts to raise Kashmir issue at UNGA

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  • Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif raised the situation in Kashmir in his first meetings upon his arrival in New York on Monday for the annual UN general assembly Monday, but found no traction, particularly with neither the US nor the UK endorsing his views.
  • Sharif had sent letters to the US, Russia, China, Britain and France asking them to intervene “to halt more than two months of violence in Kashmir “
  • Latest Pakistani diplomatic offensive came a day after theterror attack suspected to have been carried out by Pak-based Jaish-e Mohammad in an army camp in Uri in Kashmir killed 18 Indian soldiers .

World leaders approve plan for refugee crisis at UN General Assembly

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  • World leaders on Monday approved a declaration aimed at providing a more coordinated and humane response to the refugee crisis that has strained resources and sparked divisions from Africa to Europe.
  • Issue of what to do about the world’s 65.3 million displaced people took center stage at the UN General Assembly with leaders from the 193 member states taking part in the first-ever summit on Addressing Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants.
  • “Today’s summit represents a breakthrough in our collective efforts to address the challenges of human mobility.”

Twitter Finally Relaxes 140-Character Limit for Media Attachments

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  • Media extras such as photos, GIFs, and videos along with quoted tweets and user polls will no longer “use up” the 140-character limit per tweet – Twitter.
  • Excluded from the update was the removal of counting usernames in a reply or mention toward the 140-character limit, which was announced in a blog entry on the relaxation of character limits in May.
  • Twitter feature and will be introducing it to a small group of users in the coming weeks before rolling it out to everyone. She did not confirm a specific date for the update.

Assembly Polls: Election Commission To Visit Lucknow Next Week, Manipur Today

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  • Kick-starting the process of holding Assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh and Manipur early next year, the full Election Commission led by Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi, will visit Lucknow on Monday next and Imphal from today.
  • EC team comprising the CEC and fellow Election Commissioners A.K Joti and O.P Rawat, will visit Lucknow on September 26 and 27.
  • “During their stay at Lucknow for two days, the Commission would review poll preparedness of Assembly elections in the state.”
  • “They would meet state police and administration officers and district magistrates as also representatives of political parties before coming back to Delhi on September 27 evening,” – Commission.
  • Term of the 403-member UP Assembly ends on May 27, 2017.
  • Commission will be in Manipur today.

North Korea Hails ‘Successful’ Test Of New Rocket Engine

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  • North Korea has carried out a successful ground test of a new high-power rocket engine, in a development that could advance Pyongyang’s weapons programme.
  • After supervising the test at the country’s Sohae satellite-launching site, leader Kim Jong-Un called on officials, scientists and technicians “to round off the preparations for launching the satellite as soon as possible”.
  • Has been speculation that North Korea might celebrate the October 10 anniversary of the founding of the ruling Workers Party of Korea by launching a satellite.

Junior WC: Shooters add six more medals to tally

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  • India’s medal hunt in the ISSF Junior (U-21) World Cup continued on Day Two as the junior shooters added six more medals to take their tally to 13 in Gabala, Azerbaijan.
  • India are second in the points table behind Russia, who too have 13 medals, but have won more gold and silver.
  • While four out of six were team medals, Haryana’s Anmol Kumar won the individual silver in men’s 10m air pistol event and Tamil Nadu’s Gaayathri Nithyanadam won the women’s 50m rifle 3 position bronze.
  • The women’s 10m air pistol team comprising Yashaswini Singh Deswal, Malaika Goel and Harshada Nithave bagged team gold.
  • The sixth medal, a bronze, was clinched by the skeet team comprising Anant Jeet Singh, Sukhbir Singh and Hamza Sheikh.

NASA’s Cassini captures the reign of Pan, Saturn’s small moon! – See pic

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  • Saturn’s second-innermost moon, Pan, may be a small one, but the way Cassini shows it, it isn’t one to be overlooked.
  • Pan orbits within the Encke Gap in Saturn’s A Ring.
  • It is considered a ring shepherd and is responsible for keeping the Encke Gap free of ring particles.
  • NASA’s Cassini spacecraft that is currently on its final leg of the Saturn probe, captured an image on July 2, 2016, that shows how the walnut-sized moon holds open the Encke gap and shapes the ever-changing ringlets within the gap.
  • View was acquired at a distance of approximately 840,000 miles (1.4 million kilometers) from Saturn and at a sun-Saturn-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 128 degrees.