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Pakistan protest on Bangladesh war

Pak protest on Bangladesh war crimes trial prompted Saarc pull out: Hasina

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  • Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said on Sunday Islamabad’s protests over recent execution of a 1971 war crimes convict prompted Bangladesh to pull out of the Saarc summit.
  • “Pakistan is a defeated force. We defeated them in our Liberation War (in 1971), as a defeated force they can tell many things which matters little to us… Pakistan’s view is nothing but the aspersion of a defeated party, which people of Bangladesh should consider in that manner”.“The diplomatic ties will be there… we will face them (Pakistan) diplomatically,” the Prime Minister said.
  • Hasina asked Banglades his to think about the relationship of “cohorts and patrons” of perpetrators of 1971 war crimes against humanity who carried out genocides siding with Pakistani troops during the Liberation War, in an oblique reference to main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) led by former prime minister Khaleda Zia.

Indian-origin African teen wins big at Google science fair

Kiara Nirghin 16 a Grade 11 pupil at private school St. Martins, submitted a project

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  • Johannesburg, Oct 1 (PTI) A 16-year-old Indian-origin South African high school student has won the top prize of scholarship worth USD 50,000 at the annual Google science fair in the US for using orange peel to develop a cheap super- absorbent material to help soil retain water.
  • Kiara Nirghin, 16, a Grade 11 pupil at private school St Martins, submitted a project aimed at alleviating the severe drought that is currently plaguing South Africa.
  • “She have always had a great love for chemistry since she was young. she vividly remember at the age of seven experimenting with vinegar and baking soda solutions in plastic cups,” Nirghin said in her submission, in which she cited a renowned Indian scientist as her greatest inspiration.
  • “M S Swaminathan, has always been an inspiration of mine as he truly believed in the necessary movement of not only India but the whole world towards sustainable agricultural development.” she said.

India formally joining the Paris Agreement

Paris Agreement: 5 things you should know

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  • Along with India, 62 countries responsible for almost 52 per cent of greenhouse gas pollution have signed the accord.
  • India, in its climate pledge — also known as Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) — submitted to the United Nations last October estimated a cost of $2.5 trillion for its climate-action plan.
  • India will ask developed countries to provide $100 billion per year in climate finance for developing countries at the climate talks in November at Marrakech. Only $2bn has so far been received.
  • Paris deal will only come into force 30 days after it is ratified by at least 55 countries that between them produce 55 per cent of global carbon emissions. After India, the European Union and Canada will likely ratify within a month.
  • Paris Agreement was adopted by 185 nations last year on December 12 and India signed it in New York on April 22 this year. A total of 191 countries have signed the Paris Agreement so far.

Indian NGO bags UN climate award for clean energy project

The project highlights the importance of micro-level, scalable initiatives to contribute to India’s ambitious renewable energy target.

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  • With India ratifying the Paris agreement on Sunday, the project highlights the importance of micro-level, scalable initiatives to contribute to India’s ambitious renewable energy target.
    An Indian NGO, Swayam Shikshan Prayog, has bagged the UN climate award this year.
  • The NGO, which trains women to become clean energy entrepreneurs across Maharashtra and Bihar, is one of the 13 projects to be recognised at the forthcoming UN climate summit in Marrakesh in November.
  • In an official release, the UNFCCC, the nodal UN climate body, has applauded this project for building a rural distribution network of 1,100 women entrepreneurs facilitating access to clean energy, water and sanitation products and services in several communities.

Indian medicines seized in raids in Pakistan

Medicines and Afghan mobile cards have reportedly been recovered in a raid on shops along Pakistan border

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  • A large number of Indian medicines and Afghan mobile cards have reportedly been recovered in a raid on shops along the volatile Pakistan-Afghanistan border, according to a media report on Sunday.
  • The recovery was made at Arandu village in Chitral District, police said. Deputy Commissioner, Chitral, Osama Ahmed Warraich said many traders had been arrested for selling Afghan SIMs and Indian medicines.
  • He said that keeping in view the volatile situation in neighbouring Afghanistan, surveillance had been stepped up in Chitral which bordered Afghanistan. Acting on a tip-off, the raid was conducted in Arandu town, Mr. Warraich was quoted as saying by Dawn News.
  • The shopkeepers had been earlier warned to surrender Afghan SIMs and mobile cards as well as the Indian medicines on their own, he said.

Next U.S. President will have to review Pakistan policy

The U.S. shares that exasperation with its long-time ally could bolster New Delhi.

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  • India’s new strategic posture of ‘offensive defence’ may have been an outcome of exasperation with Pakistan, but the fact that the U.S. shares that exasperation with its long-time ally could bolster New Delhi.
  • In its last year, the Obama administration has made that displeasure with Pakistan clear by cutting aid, which also led to the scrapping of the sale of eight F16 fighter planes as scheduled.
  • The U.S. Congress cornered the Obama administration into these decisions, but the next President  whether it is Republican Donald Trump or Democrat Hillary Clinton will have to review and restructure the country’s relations with Pakistan.

Yusa gives NEUFC a winning start

Katsumi Yusa found the net in the 55th minute sending a 28000 strong crowd

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  • North East United FC gave a winning start to its Indian Super League campaign downing 2014 runner-up Kerala Blasters by a solitary goal in the opening match of the tournament’s third edition at the Indira Gandhi Stadium here on Saturday.
  • Japanese midfielder Katsumi Yusa found the net in the 55th minute sending a 28000 strong crowd into wild celebrations. This came as a fitting offering to the capacity gathering, whose expectations were raised by a colourful opening ceremony a couple of hours earlier.
  • The action for a great period saw NEUFC making the offensive moves as it pegged an overtly defensive Blasters back in its own territory.
  • Putting three men — Argentine Nicolas Velez, Uruguyan Emiliano Alfaro and local talent Holicharan Narzary — in attack, NorthEast coach Nelo Vingada was clear in his offensive intent right from the start.

BCCI in a defiant mood

Its rejected most major recommendations

Mumbai : Director cricket Ravi Shastri and skipper Virat Kohli at a pre-departure conference before the team leaves for the Australia tour, in Mumbai on Friday. PTI Photo by Shashank Parade (PTI11_21_2014_000176B)

  • On a day that saw its members huddled together in a marathon six-hour Special General body Meeting, the BCCI — without saying it in as many words — has all but decided to defy the Supreme Court order which directed it to implement the constitution prepared by the Lodha Committee.
  • Saturday’s SGM, reconvened after being adjourned on technical grounds on Friday, saw all the BCCI members parsing through the new constitution  which was supposed to have been adopted by September 30 according to the timelines set by the Lodha Committee —and voting on each of the contentious clauses.

  • Interestingly, rather than deliberating on the reply to the Lodha Committee’s status report submitted earlier in the week to be filed in the Supreme Court on October 6, the BCCI preferred to analyse the new constitution, which was supposed to have been adopted by Friday.
  • Late in the evening, Board president Anurag Thakur stressed that the BCCI “has not missed any deadline” set by the Lodha Committee, saying “some significant recommendations were accepted by the BCCI”.A BCCI statement even listed nine such proposals that were either “accepted unanimously” or with “certain modifications”.