CBI Arrests RK Khatri, Ayush Ministry’s Under Secretary For Allegedly Taking Bribe


CBI arrested an official in Ayush Ministry for allegedly taking a Rs 10 lakh bribe (Representational)

New Delhi: 

The CBI on Friday arrested an under-secretary in the Ayush Ministry for allegedly taking a bribe of Rs 10 lakh, officials said.

RK Khatri, who holds the additional charge of the post of managing director of Indian Medicine and Pharmaceutical Corporation under the ministry, was arrested while allegedly accepting the bribe from a clearing and forwarding agent, they said.

The agent had approached the CBI with a complaint, alleging that RK Khatri had demanded the bribe for clearing his pending bills and allowing him to continue with his work, they said.

The agency is carrying out searches at the office and residential premises of the officer, they said.





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India Must Shed ‘Largest Arms Importer’ Tag, Says Defence Production Secretary Ajay Kumar


Public-private partnership in defence in the country is being encouraged to step up arms exports

Kolkata: 

The secretary in the department of defence production (DP) Ajay Kumar today said India has overtaken China as the world’s largest arms importer and should shed the tag.

He said the public-private partnership in defence in the country is being encouraged to step up arms exports and licensing system in some items that had been liberalised.

“India is the world’s largest arms importer, a place which earlier belonged to China”, he said over video conference from Delhi at a seminar organised by Bharat Chamber of Commerce on Friday.

Mr Kumar said, “If China could (reduce dependence on imports productions) then why cannot India”?

Citing the instance of Mexico, he said the central American country has established a huge aero-manufacturing base and exports to the US and Europe.

According to MR Kumar, the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council are responsible for 74 per cent of the global arms trade. “What part of that pie we need to have?” he asked, adding that many countries were willing to buy arms from India.

Mr Kumar said that testing infrastructure would be set up for the private sector also.

Former chief of Air Staff Arup Raha said, “unfortunately India continues to depend on imports for high-end weapon systems”. 





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TSPRI Panchayat Secretary Recruitment 2018: Registration Date Extended


New Delhi: 

Telangana State Panchayat Raj Department (TSPRI) has extended the last date for application submission for Junior Panchayat Secretary post. Candidates who have not applied for the post, last date for which was September 12, can now apply for 9,355 posts till September 15. Application fee can be submitted till September 14. TSPRI will allow candidates to revise the application form till September 16. Edit option will be available in two phases.

Panchayati Raj Recruitment 2018: TSPRI Panchayat Secretary Application For 9,355 Posts Begins @ Tspri.cgg.gov.in

‘Application fields will be allowed to edit by candidate on 16th Sept 2018 other than the fields i.e exam center, mobile no, email and field related to payment (local status claimed by candidate, community, differently-abled person, Ex service person). Fields which are related to fee (local status claimed by candidate, community, differently-abled person, Ex service person will be allowed to edit separately Date will be announce. Candidates will not be allowed to edit other fields. Some of the Candidate have to pay additional Rs.400 based on the modifications made on these payment related fields,’ reads the official statement.

Candidates with Degree from any University in India established or incorporated by or under a Central Act, State Act or a Provincial Act or an institution recognized by the University Grants Commission as on 31.8.2018 and must possess working knowledge of computers are eligible to apply. The age limit for the TSPRI panchayat secretary recruitment will be Minimum ’18’ years and Maximum ’39’ years of age as on the 31-08-2018 i.e., as on date of notification.

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Bill Gates, Ex-UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon To Head Climate Body


The commission seeks to convince countries to take measures against the consequences of climate change

The Hague, Netherlands: 

Former UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon and billionaire businessman and philanthropist Bill Gates will head an international commission on climate change to launch next month, the Dutch government said Monday.

The commission, to be co-hosted by the Global Center on Adaptation, hosted by the Netherlands in partnership with the World Resources Institute, seeks to “convince countries across the globe to take measures to arm themselves against the consequences of climate change,” the Dutch minister for infrastructure and water management said.

World Bank CEO Kristalina Georgieva will also oversee the Rotterdam-based commission, which styles itself as a ‘solutions broker’ to speed climate reform linking governments and inter-governmental bodies, the private and public sectors  according to the announcement which came two days after global climate protests.

“We hope that the need to adapt to climate change may be felt on a global scale,” said the minister, Cora van Nieuwenhuizen, who added a plan of action would be unveiled on protecting the zones most vulnerable to climate change in September of next year.

“Today’s announcements by the Government of the Netherlands is a critical step forward to set in motion more vigorous attention to and action around climate adaptation,” said Ban, who said the commission was embarking on a “worldwide mission to accelerate adaptation”.

Ban, Microsoft founder Gates and Georgieva will be in the Netherlands on October 16 for a conference officially launching the commission.

The launch comes with a coalition of 17 US states having vowed to challenge President Donald Trump after his decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Accord on climate change and bind themselves by climate change regulations introduced under predecessor Barack Obama.

Thousands of delegates are meanwhile converging on San Francisco for this week’s three-day Global Climate Action Summit designed to take support for the Paris Accord to a new level.

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First Flight From Navi Mumbai Airport Likely In 3 Years: Aviation Secretary


The first flight from the Navi Mumbai International Airport could start by 2021. (Representational)

New Delhi: 

The first flight from the upcoming Navi Mumbai International Airport could start operating by September 2021, Civil Aviation Secretary R N Choubey said on Tuesday.

Mr Choubey, who reviewed the progress of the greenfield project at a high-level meeting in Mumbai recently, said both the state government and the concessionaire are hopeful of starting flight operations in three years.

“The state government and the concessionaire are optimistic that they will be in a position to start the first flight possibly in three years time from now,” Mr Choubey told reporters in New Delhi.

“We are trying to, off course, even compress it even further to see the first flight earlier because not all facilities need to be build to initiate the flights. But that’s probably the timeline and it’s going at very good speed,” he added.

He said there has been “good cooperation” between the concessionaire, the project-affected persons and the state government in executing the airport project.

The project is being carried out under the public-private-partnership model and Cidco has been mandated to execute the project. GVK group is developing the project.

The group through its subsidiary, Mumbai International Airport (MIAL), holds 74 per cent stake in Navi Mumbai International Airport (NMIAL), while Cidco holds 26 per cent.

In February this year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone for the airport, which will give a breather to single-runway and slot-constrained Chattrapati Shivaji International airport in Mumbai.





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Court will give Verdict in Fight with Chief secretary case


नई दिल्ली: दिल्ली के मुख्य सचिव के साथ हुई मारपीट मामले में शनिवार को कोर्ट ने अपनी सुनवाई पूरी कर ली. मामले की सुनवाई के दौरान बचाव और अभियोजन पक्ष के बीच जमकर बहस हुई. गौरतलब है कि कोर्ट में इस मामले की सुनवाई पूरी होने के बाद अब कोर्ट 18 सितंबर को अपना फैसला सुनाएगा. इससे पहले उम्मीद जताई जा रही थी कि कोर्ट इस मामले में सुनवाई पूरी होने के बाद शनिवार को ही अपना फैसला सुनाएगा. हालांकि ऐसा हुआ नहीं. कोर्ट में दोनों पक्षों में बहस इस मामले के मीडिया कवरेज को लेकर छिड़ गई.  इस मामले की जांच कर रहे एडिशनल डीसीपी हरेंद्र सिंह ने कोर्ट में कहा कि आम आदमी पार्टी उनकी ईमानदारी,चरित्र और स्वाभिमान पर साल उठा रही है. साथ ही दिल्ली पुलिस की भी छवि को खराब कर रही है.

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वहीं आम आदमी पार्टी के नेता कोर्ट की करवाई को प्रभावित कर रहे हैं. ये सभी लोग मीडिया को इस केस के कवरेज से रोक रहे हैं. लिहाजा कोर्ट ऐसा आदेश पारित करे जिससे आप नेता इस केस के बारे में मीडिया में बयान न दें सकें. इस पर आम आदमी पार्टी के वकील ने कहा कि ये सामान्य मामला नहीं है, इसमें मुख्य सचिव शिकायतकर्ता हैं और मुख्यमंत्री आरोपी,दिल्ली पुलिस इसका मीडिया ट्रायल करने की कोशिश कर रही है. इस मामले में पुलिस शुरू से ही बयान दे रही है, इस पर पुलिस ने कहा कि हम मीडिया में नहीं गए बल्कि आप नेता प्रेस वार्ता करते हैं.

यह भी पढ़ें: जल निगम भर्ती मामले में पूर्व मंत्री आजम खान के खिलाफ एसआईटी ने दर्ज किया मामला

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इसका मकसद कोर्ट की कार्रवाई में रुकावट डालना है. पुलिस ने कहा कि अंशु प्रकाश को मीटिंग के लिए देर रात बुलाया गया,11 एमएलए भी बुलाये गए ,समय पहले से तय था, इससे साफ की सभी की मंशा एक थी,सभी आरोप सबूतों पर आधारित हैं,सुनवाई के बाद कोर्ट ने आम आदमी पार्टी की उस अर्जी को खारिज़ कर दिया जिसमें मांग की गई थी कि जांच अधिकारी को मीडिया को जानकारी देने पर पावंदी लगाई जाए.

VIDEO: अफसरों ने निकाला कैंडल मार्च.


अब इस मामले में कोर्ट 18 सितंबर को तय करेगा कि चार्टशीट पर संज्ञान लिया जाए या नहीं, अगर कोर्ट संज्ञान लेता है तो दिल्ली के सीएम ,डिप्टी सीएम समेत सभी 13 विधायकों की मुश्किलें बढ़ सकती हैं.  (इनपुट भाषा से) 

 



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Telecom Secretary Says No Intent to Put Blanket Ban on Messaging Apps


The government has no intention of imposing a blanket ban on messaging applications and is looking for other “technical solutions” to curb instances of fake news and misuse of these apps, a senior official said on Thursday.

Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a conference here, Department of Telecommunications (DoT) Secretary Aruna Sundararajan said that “technical solutions” would be worked out based on technologies such as metadata and artificial intelligence (AI) to address the concerns.

According to earlier reports, the Department had asked telecom operators to look for ways to block messaging applications in the wake of increasing fake news on social media.

Responding to the reports, the Cellular Operators Association of India had said it would be very difficult for telecom operators to block individual mobile applications and suggested that the government should look at “more effective” steps to curb fake news and maintain public order.

On Tuesday, Electronics and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad met WhatsApp CEO Chris Daniels and asked the visiting official to comply with Indian laws and take “suitable” steps to prevent the misuse of the instant messaging platform.

According to Prasad, Daniels assured him that the Facebook-owned platform will soon take steps in this regard.



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Donald Trump Cancels Secretary Of State Mike Pompeo’s North Korea Trip, Blasts China


Donald Trump also accused China of not helping with the process of denuclearization. (File)

Washington: 

US President Donald Trump on Friday pulled the plug on a weekend trip to North Korea by his top diplomat, while taking a swipe at China over efforts to disarm the nuclear state.

“I have asked Secretary of State Mike Pompeo not to go to North Korea, at this time, because I feel we are not making sufficient progress with respect to the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula,” Trump said by tweet.

“Additionally, because of our much tougher Trading stance with China, I do not believe they are helping with the process of denuclearization as they once were (despite the UN Sanctions which are in place),” Trump said.

In another tweet, the president added Pompeo would still head to North Korea “in the near future,” saying this would likely occur when the US-China trading relationship is “resolved.”

“In the meantime I would like to send my warmest regards and respect to Chairman Kim. I look forward to seeing him soon!” Trump said.

Pompeo on Thursday had said he would return to North Korea next week for the next stage in ensuring the “final, fully verified denuclearization of North Korea.”

The trip would have been Pompeo’s fourth to North Korea, and the second since a historic summit on June 12 between Trump and the country’s strongman leader Kim Jong Un.

Trump, who relishes unpredictability in negotiating, had at one point canceled that summit, citing North Korea’s “open hostility.”

But he soon backtracked and the summit went ahead.  

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)





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No Intent To Impose Blanket Ban On Messaging Apps: Telecom Secretary


WhatsApp rejected India’s demand for solution to track the origin of a message. (File)

New Delhi: 

The telecom department does not intend to impose blanket ban on messaging apps and platforms, but is seeking technical solutions to curb specific instances of misuse, Telecom Secretary Aruna Sundararajan said today.

The government has taken a stern view of false news doing the rounds on social media platforms, and asked WhatsApp to take urgent measures to curb the circulation of such messages and, more importantly, identify its originators.

“… misuse is small part of it, we cannot go around blocking the whole platform. The idea is to evolve effective grievance redressal…targeted prevention or corrective action to be taken in those kinds of cases,” she told reporters on the sidelines of a conference.

Ms Sundararajan was responding to queries over Department of Telecom (DoT) recently seeking industry’s views on technical measures that can be adopted for blocking mobile apps like Instagram, Facebook, WhatsApp, Telegram, etc in situations where national security and public order were under threat.

There have been raging concerns over circulation of false information and rumours on messaging platform WhatsApp, that have, in several instances, incited mob-fury.

WhatsApp, however, rejected India’s demand for solution to track the origin of a message on its platform, saying building traceability would undermine end-to-end encryption and the private nature of the messaging app.

The telecom secretary said that technical solutions such as analysis of metadata, Artificial Intelligence and others allowed identification of mischievous messages treading unusual patterns.

“So, a lot of these solutions have to do with technology but it cannot be blocking of all apps. That is not intent at all…we should be able to go in and take corrective action…you can’t have all or nothing approach,” she added.

The telecom department had invited views from the industry based on reference from the electronics and IT ministry, although, sources said that the latter’s original reference had been only with regard to a particular platform and not others.

Industry body COAI has cautioned against blocking of mobile apps, saying it would not only impinge on freedom of speech and expression of users, but also hit routine day-to-day communications, commercial activity, and business interests.

The Cellular Operators’ Association of India (COAI) in its three-page reply to the telecom department earlier this month, cited technical constraints, flagged risks of over-blocking, and cautioned that blocking must be targeted “only at content or account level” to “minimise impact on innocent users”.

IT Secretary Ajay Prakash Sawhney told reporters that WhatsApp wanted to know concerns that the government had on fake news, being circulated on the messaging platform.

“They have come and met the IT minister and (the) minister has conveyed certain concerns, we will await their response,” Mr Sawhney said.

Noting that WhatsApp has large user base in India, Mr Sawhney said the IT ministry is hopeful that the messaging platform will “take measures to ensure that trust and faith of the user base remains very high in their products and services”.

He, however, declined to comment on whether the government will take action in case WhatsApp did not comply with all its demands within a set timeframe.

Meanwhile, amid rising cyber-security concerns, the IT Ministry is mulling changes in specific sections of IT Act and also plans to tighten intermediaries rules applicable to social media companies, which have significant presence in India, a source aware of the development said.

Taking note of the misuse of social media platforms, IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad had informed Parliament last month that the government is “seriously considering” changes in rules that would require social media platforms to locate their grievance officer in India.

Such grievance officer would not only track grievances on real-time basis but also to inform law enforcement agencies, Mr Prasad had said. 





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Gujarat MLA Alpesh Thakor appointed Congress Secretary and party co incharge of Bihar


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