AIR News


  • Union Minister for petroleum & natural Dharmendra Pradhan asked geo-scientific community to reduce oil and gas import dependency by at least 10%, and ensure energy accessibility as well as affordability for entire spectrum of people to fulfill the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.



  • The Reserve Bank of India, RBI, has withdrawn the sale of Rs Ten thousand crore worth of government securities under Open Market Operations, OMO.



  • Defence Minister Nirmala Sitaraman today asked the Tamil Nadu government to hold talks with stakeholders to find out what is required for the defence industry for the next 50 years. Speaking at the ASSOCHAM meeting in Chennai for a vibrant defence industrial complex for Tamilnadu, she assured that the Centre would back an idea that was "futuristic".



  • External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today said that civil nuclear cooperation was an "important pillar" of India's engagement with France. Addressing a joint press event with her French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian, in New Delhi today, Swaraj said apart from atomic energy, cooperation in defence and space constitute the principal pillars of the bilateral strategic partnership.



  • In Tamil Nadu, Income Tax officials today began their raid at the famous Veda Nilayam, the residence of late Chief Minister Jayalalithaa at Poes Garden Chennai. Officials reached the residence at around ten pm after obtaining search warrant from the Madras High Court.



  • The National Green Tribunal, NGT, today appointed a local commissioner to inspect the industrial clusters in the Bhiwadi area in Rajasthan's Alwar district and sought detailed report on pollution levels in the area. A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar appointed advocate Sumeer Sodhi as local commissioner and directed him to inspect the industries tomorrow.



  • In Syria, a car bombing by the Islamic State group killed at least 26 displaced people in the eastern province of Deir Ezzor today. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said 12 children were among the victims of the attack in Deir Ezzor province, where the jihadists are losing ground to two separate offensives aimed at ousting IS from Syria.



  • Russia has warned against foreign interference in Lebanese affairs following the surprise resignation of the Lebanon's prime minister. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in Moscow today at a meeting with his Lebanese counterpart, Gibran Bassil, that Russia invariably stands for supporting the sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity of Lebanon.



  • The Supreme Court today asked all states and Union territories to consider prohibiting the use of pet coke and furnace oil by industries. The court said, these were a cause of pollution not only for the National Capital Region but the entire nation.



  • The Supreme Court today questioned the maintainability of a petition challenging the provision mandating linking of Aadhaar with PAN number and for filing income tax returns. The top court said, it had already upheld the validity of an Income Tax Act provision making Aadhaar mandatory for the allotment of Permanent Account Number (PAN) and filing of tax returns in its judgement delivered in June this year.



  • The Supreme Court today issued notice to the five states on a contempt plea alleging non-compliance of the order related to ensuring High Security Registration Plates (HSRP) for all vehicles. The bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra sought response from Assam, Delhi, Haryana, Bihar and Gujarat in eight weeks.



  • In Jammu and Kashmir, a police officer and a terrorist were killed in a shoot-out in Zakura area of Srinagar today. Security sources told AIR that the slain terrorist, Mugees Ahmad Mir, was an associate of Zakir Musa, who left the Hizbul Mujahideen to float an IS affiliate in Kashmir.



  • NATO today apologized to Turkey over military exercises in Norway during which Turkey's founding leader, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, and the current president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, were reportedly depicted as "enemies." NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg issued a statement saying the incident was the result of an "individual's actions" and didn't reflect the views of the alliance. He added that the individual was removed from the exercise and an investigation was underway.



  • A Sri Lankan court has summoned the commander of the country's Army tomorrow over the disappearance of 24 Tamils since their arrest in 1996 by security forces during the internal conflict with the LTTE.



  • Global rating agency, Moody's upgrading India's sovereign credit rating lifted the domestic stock markets, today.



  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that the significance of India-France Strategic Partnership is not limited to the bilateral context, but acts as a force for peace and stability in the regional and global context. Interacting with French Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian who called on him in New Delhi today, Mr Modi said, he is looking forward to receive French President Macron in India at his earliest convenience.




  • Global rating agency, Moody's upgrading India's sovereign credit rating lifted the domestic stock markets, today.




  • A Sri Lankan court has summoned the commander of the country's Army tomorrow over the disappearance of 24 Tamils since their arrest in 1996 by security forces during the internal conflict with the LTTE. The Jaffna High Court has asked Army Chief Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake along with two other state officials to appear in court.



  • The Supreme Court today sought the CBI's response on its probe relating to news reports showing photographs and videos of former Bihar minister and RJD Chief Lalu Prasad's son Tej Pratap Yadav, along with the then absconding accused of killing scribe Rajdev Ranjan. The accused Mohd Kaif and Mohd Javed are presently in judicial custody. Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, representing the CBI, told the court that the agency has already filed a charge sheet in the scribe murder case on 22nd August before a special CBI court.




  • Supreme Court-mandated Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority, EPCA today asked Delhi government to take urgent steps to augment public transport and improve its functioning to make odd even effective. The pollution watchdog also said, the city government has done little to augment the public transport system in the city.


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