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NEW YORK:  External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj gave her second speech at the UN General Assembly. The union minister, praised by many for her prompt help to Indians distressed in various parts of the world, has made it clear that India attaches highest priority to development and prosperity of the region under its "neighbourhood first" policy. Ms Swaraj gave her speech in Hindi. Yesterday, Ms Swaraj and the US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson discussed a wide range of bilateral issues, including the situation in the neighbourhood and the Indo-Asia Pacific region.


Here are top 10 quotes from Sushma Swaraj's speech at UN General Assembly

We are fighting poverty, but our neighbouring state Pakistan is fighting against us.

The country (Pakistan) accused of state-sponsored terrorism and human rights violation Listening to the Prime Minister of Pakistan, people had only one observation, 'Look who is talking'

India and Pakistan got Independence together. But, Why is it that today India is recognised as a hi tech superpower. But Pakistan is recognised only as the pre-eminent export factory for terror?

Our contemporary world is trapped in a deluge of troubles of which, surely, the most dangerous is the relentless rise of violence.

A sense of urgency and unshakeable fortitude to take decisions is required to avert catastrophe.

India is the oldest target of terrorism. Then, many countries in the world dismissed terrorism as a law and order problem. But now the time has come to introspect on the subject.

Terrorism is an existentialist danger to humankind. There is no justification for this barbaric violence. Let's display new commitment by reaching agreement by reaching agreement on the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism this year.

Countries still differ on the definition of terrorism and terrorists. I request all to find an unanimous definition of terrorism and resolve to fight it together

If we cannot agree to define our enemy, how can we fight together?

India's culture and thought have been shaped by history and philosophy that believes in peace as humankind's only rational and practical objective May all be happy; May all be healthy; May all see what is good; May all be free from suffering.




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New Delhi:  Days after the high court called south Delhi's upscale Hauz Khas Village "a ticking time bomb", the city government on Saturday ordered sealing of 21 eating joints in the locality known for its popular eateries and designer boutiques. According to an order by Delhi Pollution Control Committee, 21 units which did not have the mandatory approvals under pollution laws are being sealed.

Delhi Jal Board and power distribution company BESES Rajdhani have also been told to disconnect the water and power supply to these units with immediate effect.


These units had been issued notice earlier but had not bothered to respond, the committee's order accessed by the dailyaddaa said.

The committee, which oversees implementation of environmental laws in the national capital, said it had spotted multiple violations that include running kitchens without installing a grease trap, running take away restaurant and serving food in disposable plates.

Here is the list of outlets in Hauz Khas Village that have been asked to close down:



The order to seal the premises comes into force with immediate effect. South district officials said the area Sub-Divisional Magistrate had started the process the seal the shops.


This is not the first time the government has cracked the whip. In 2013, the National Green Tribunal had ordered dozens of shops in the locality to shut for operating without adequate pollution control measures.

The crackdown comes just days after a two-judge bench of the Delhi High Court headed by acting Chief Justice Gita Mitta had frowned at the government and restaurant owners not responding to its queries on safety and other issues.
"The reports of Delhi Police, Delhi Fire Service, SDMC and the Delhi Jal Board illustrate that the Hauz Khas Village is a ticking time bomb without essential civic and emergency services," the bench had observed.

"Our repeated queries regarding quantum of solid waste (garbage) and sewage generated by these restaurants (pubs, bars and cafes in Hauz Khas Village) evoked no response from either the authorities or the restaurant owners," the court added. It also warned shop owners that they will not be allowed escape civil and criminal liability in case any unfortunate incident takes place.

The high court was hearing a public interest litigation that alleged over 120 restaurants and public were running in this south Delhi locality without any approved building plans or no objected certificates. The sewage system, the bench noted, was also not robust enough to take the load from the kitchen and bathrooms of various restaurants and pubs.

"The adverse impact on the hygiene and environment so far as the citizenry is concerned thereby, would be insurmountable and irreversible," it said.

Delhi Police had also reported to the court that during a mock-drill for a terrorist attack, the National Security Guard commandos could not reach the destination within the village.






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MEXICO CITY:  A strong 6.2 magnitude earthquake shook central Mexico on Saturday days after a powerful earthquake that killed nearly 300 people, Mexican and US seismological monitors said.

The earthquake struck at 12:53 GMT with an epicenter 19.3 kilometers (12 miles) southeast of the city of Matias Romero, in the state of Oaxaca, the US Geological Survey reported. Mexican quake monitors gave the same figure.


In Mexico City work crews temporarily halted rescue operations, while the country's Civil Protection service said there were no reports that the new quake -- an apparent aftershock of Tuesday's powerful 7.1 tremor -- had affected the capital.

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New Delhi: China and India are working together to "take forward" their relationship leaving behind the Doklam episode, the Chinese Consul General here has said.

Chinese Consul General Ma Zhanwu also asserted that by working together cooperation and exchanges can be further enhanced.

"India and China are working together. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Xi Jinping had a meeting on September 5 to discuss how to enhance the relationship,"

Mr Zhanwu said on Friday while addressing an event to mark the 68th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China.

"As long as the two countries work together, we will able to enhance and develop exchanges and cooperation," he said.
Asked if both the countries have left behind the Doklam episode, Mr Zhanwu said, "Yes we have left that behind and are working together to take forward the bilateral relationship".

Prime Minister Modi had met President Xi on the sidelines of the 9th BRICS Summit on September 5.

The two leaders had agreed that both the countries should put in more effort to strengthen the cooperation between their security personnel and ensure that Doklam-like incidents do not recur.

The Chinese and the Indian troops were engaged in a prolonged standoff in the Doklam area of the Sikkim sector since June 16 after the Indian side stopped the construction of a road by the Chinese Army.

On August 28, India's External Affairs Ministry announced that New Delhi and Beijing have decided on "expeditious disengagement" of their border troops in the disputed Doklam area.





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Chennai:  Nine months after former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa died in a Chennai hospital after a prolonged illness, Forest Minister Dindigul C Sreenivasan has asked for the public's forgiveness for lying about her health when she was at hospital.

"None of us saw Jayalalithaa when she was hospitalised... We were forced to lie," Mr Sreenivasan said at a recent party meeting, remarks that are seen as pointing fingers at VK Sasikala, her long-time companion who took over the party after Jayalalithaa's death in December last year.

"We would have told lies that she (Jayalalithaa) had idlis (steamed rice pancake), and people met her. The truth is that nobody saw her," the minister said.

Sasikala was set to take charge as the Chief Minister too but was packed off to a Bengaluru jail instead by the Supreme Court that convicted her in an assets case. Before heading for jail, she got O Panneerselvam to step down from the Chief Minister's chair in February and appointed E Palaniswami as Chief Minister. She had named nephew TTV Dhinakaran as her proxy to lead the party.

But O Panneerselvam, or OPS, the soft-spoken politician hand-picked by Jayalalithaa to stand in for her when she was convicted in a corruption case earlier, decided to fight back. It is around this time that OPS first raised questions about the circumstances around Jayalalithaa's illness, and her death.

Mr Sreenivasan's points are in line with what has already been outed by OPS and others. As he struggled to retain the Chief Minister's chair in February, OPS too had spoken how he had never been allowed to meet Jayalalithaa during her stay at hospital and demanded an inquiry by a sitting Supreme Court judge into her death. His camp suggested that she was poisoned, a charge denied by her doctors.
Mr Sreenivasan's speech at the party meet makes it clear that OPS was not the only one disallowed from meeting Jayalalithaa. Everyone was.

"Even high profile dignitaries including Amit Shah and Rahul Gandhi did not visit Jayalalithaa, but only met the hospital chairman," the forest minister said.

The minister is the third AIADMK veteran to point fingers at the Sasikala-Dhinakaran team. Before OPS spoke, another senior AIADMK leader PH Pandian had suggested that the former Chief Minister's death was "not from natural causes". The AIADMK and the state government had then dismissed the doubts and accused the two leaders of trying to spread confusion in the party.

Last month, the E Palaniswami government finally announced the decision to set up an inquiry commission to probe Jayalalithaa's death to pave the way for the AIADMK's reunion with the rebel faction led by OPS. They also decided to turn Jayalalithaas's Poes Garden home in Chennai into a memorial.

Mr Dhinakaran had welcomed the announcement. "We welcome judicial and CBI inquiry to probe whether Sasikala and I are responsible for Amma's death," he said after meeting rebel lawmakers sequestered at a Karnataka resort. Mr Dinakaran claims even Sasikala was not allowed to meet Jayalalithaa in the last days of her life over fears of infection.



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Rajasthan:  After three days of investigation, Rajasthan Police on Saturday arrested self-styled godman Kaushalendra Prapannacharya 'Falahari' Maharaj in Alwar for the alleged rape of a 21-year-old woman.

"We have arrested the Baba under Section 376 (rape) and section 506 (criminal intimidation)," Rahul Prakash, Superintendent of Police Alwar, told IANS on phone.


He said that Falahari Baba would be taken to a government hospital for a medical check and later if he is found fit and healthy he would be presented before a magistrate.

The young woman from Chhattisgarh alleged she had been raped by the 70-year-old godman at his ashram in Alwar in Rajasthan on August 7.

Her family has been the Baba's follower for over 15 years and claimed to have given large donations to the godman.

Facing sexual assault accusations, the Baba got himself admitted in the Intensive Care Unit of a private hospital in Alwar on Wednesday under police security.

On Friday, doctors at the hospital found him fit and he was shifted to a private ward

The Baba has followers both in India and abroad.

"We have already recorded the statement of the young woman and have taken her to the ashram to identify the room where the crime occurred, and the Baba's disciple who dropped her at the Alwar railway station thereafter on September 21," a police official said.

Police has sealed the godman's room, in front of which he would sit on a throne and deliver his sermon to followers.

A First Information Report was filed by the woman at Bilaspur in Chhattisgarh, which was transferred to Alwar's Aravali Vihar police station.

The case comes in the wake of the conviction of Sirsa-based Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh by a Panchkula Special Court on August 25 for the rape of two of his female devotees.






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Chandigarh:  KJ Singh, a senior journalist, and his 92-year-old mother have been found dead at their residence in Mohali in Punjab. The police suspects Mr Singh and his mother, Gurcharan Kaur, were murdered.

Mr Singh's throat had been slit while his mother was suspected to have been strangled at their Phase 3B2 home, said an official spokesman of the Chief Minister's Office.

"There were injury marks on their necks," Mohali Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Alam Vijay Singh said.

The Punjab Police has set up a Special Investigative Team under the Inspector General (Crime) to probe the suspected murder, the spokesman said.

Senior police officers, who are investigating the deaths, visited Mr Singh's house this afternoon.
Mr Singh, who was in his sixties, was a former news editor of The Indian Express, The Tribune and The Times of India in Chandigarh.

Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal tweeted "I condemn ghastly murder of senior journalist KJ Singh and his mother at Mohali. Urge police to nab perpetrators imm. (sic)"

The media fraternity in Punjab, Haryana and the Union Territory of Chandigarh strongly condemned the alleged killings and asked for speedy arrests.

With inputs from Press Trust of India






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VARANASI:  Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is on a two-day visit to his parliamentary constituency, Varanasi, today said that by 2022, "every poor, whether in urban or rural area, will get a home". Stressing that his government's prime agenda is development, he said, "Governance is not about politics or winning elections. The priority is the well-being of the nation." He was addressing a rally in Varanasi's Shahanshahpur after inaugurating the Pashudhan Arogya Mela, a mega animal fair and laying the foundation stone for toilet units under his pet project, Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan. He said that "swachhatahas to become swabhavand it is our collective responsibility to keep our nation clean".




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  1. While praising the Uttar Pradesh government and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath for his development efforts in the state since taking charge in March, PM Modi said, "I want to congratulate the chief minister for organising the Pashudhan Arogya Mela. This fair will benefit the farmers across the state."



  1. "Doubling of farmers' income is an area in which significant work is being done," he said and added, "Let us build on the strides we have made in the dairy sector. Cooperatives can help in this regard, as they have in parts of the nation."



  1. Going forward with his "Clean India" message, PM Modi said he is happy to have got the "opportunity to help in construction of toilets for the poor" and said,




  1. "Swachhata is puja for me. Cleanliness is a way to serve the poor of India." He also encouraged all to keep their surroundings clean.




  1. He distributed Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana certificates among beneficiaries in the morning.



  1. PM Modi yesterday launched several infrastructure projects, flagged off the Mahamana Express between Varanasi and Vadodara and released a postage stamp on different aspects of Lord Ram's life at the historic Tulsi Manas Mandir.



  1. As he dedicated schemes worth Rs. 1,000 crore to his Lok Sabha constituency, he remarked that "unlike previous governments who were driven by political calculations, this government not only launches but completes its projects".



  1. While addressing a public meeting on Friday, PM Modi said, "Development is solution to all our problems.They (previous governments) seemed to hate development and the national exchequer was "destroyed" to win elections."



  1. PM Modi spoke about his dream to wipe out poverty in the country and his government's efforts to empower the poor by offering them opportunities to change their lives. "No poor person wants to give their children their poverty in inheritance," he said.




  1. During the inauguration of the 300-crore Deendayal Hastkala Sankul, a trade facilitation centre for handicrafts and crafts museum, he spoke about the importance of showcasing the weavers' works at global platforms to enhance their economic prospects.




  1. "Our weavers need a global market which will enhance their economic prospects significantly," he said.




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Kashmir: Two Border Security Force (BSF) troopers and three civilians were injured when Pakistan Rangers resorted to heavy shelling on the international border in Jammu and Kashmir, police said on Saturday.

"The two troopers and three civilians were injured in the overnight Pakistan ceasefire violation in R.S. Pura and Ramgarh sectors.


"The Pakistan Rangers used mortars, automatics and small arms to target over half a dozen BSF posts and civilian areas in the firing that started at 10 p.m. Our troops effectively retaliated," the police said.

Villagers in the areas close to the international border said their crops have suffered extensive damage due to the shelling.

Residents of the border villages have also started moving to safer places.


(Inputs From IANS)





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New Delhi:  "Nobody can wash off their hands," remarked the Supreme Court yesterday as it asked top officials to apprise it of steps taken to deal with cow vigilante groups in 22 states. The top court, on September 6, had directed all 29 states and seven union territories (UTs) to take steps to stop violence in the name of cow protection and asked them to appoint a senior police officer as the nodal officer in every district within a week to check such vigilante groups.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra said, "Let the compliance reports be filed...nobody can wash off their hands (from their duty). We will give directions to all the states."

The bench was informed during the brief hearing that five states -- Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Jharkhand, Rajasthan and Gujarat -- have already filed their compliance affidavits and Bihar and Maharashtra would be filing it during the day.

It then asked the chief secretaries for the remaining 22 states to file compliance reports by October 13 and fixed PILs, including one filed by Tushar Gandhi, the great grandson of Mahatma Gandhi on the issue, for hearing on October 31.

Senior advocate Indira Jaising, who appeared for Mr Gandhi, said the central government be directed to frame a national policy on preventing incidents of cow vigilantism.
She also said there were several judgements, which make mandatory the award of compensation to the victims of such crimes, but unfortunately, the money was not being paid.

Ms Jaising then raised the issue of Junaid, who was killed by a group of fellow passengers while returning to his Ballabhgarh home with his brothers after Eid shopping in Delhi on June 23 and said his family members were not paid any compensation and now, his father is ill and undergoing treatment at a hospital in Noida in Uttar Pradesh.

"I am asking for the formulation of a scheme on compensation," she said.

"Don't mix up the issues," the bench said.

Earlier, the top court had passed a number of directions to stop violence in the name of cow protection and asked the states to appoint a senior police officer as nodal officer in every district to act promptly to check cow vigilantes from behaving like they are "law unto themselves".

It had asked the states to form a dedicated task force in every district to stop such acts and directed their chief secretaries to file a status report giving details of actions taken to prevent incidents of cow vigilantism.

The court had also asked the states to ensure highway patrolling after it was pointed out that such incidents took place on highways on the pretext that vehicles are carrying beef.

Besides Mr Gandhi, Congress leader Tehseen Poonawalla has also filed a similar petition.






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