ICC calls for Bashir’s arrest, Delhi says ‘no’ – (International Relation)
- The India-Africa summit to be held in Delhi in October 26-29 is expected to be a grand affair, with a record 52 of 54 African countries confirming their acceptance.
- However there may be some anxious moments as the International Criminal Court has called for India to arrest one of the guests expected to attend, Sudan President Omar al-Bashir, who is wanted for war crimes by the ICC.
Art. 370 can’t be touched: J&K court – (Indian Polity)
- A Division Bench of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Saturday described Article 370 as “a permanent provision of the Constitution” and Article 35A as one “giving protection to existing laws.”
- Hearing a petition — Ashok Kumar and others versus State of J&K and others — Justices Hasnain Masoodi and Janak Raj Kotwal held: “Article 370 is the only provision of the Constitution that applies to the State, on its own.
Jordan backs India’s bid for UN Council membership – (International Relation)
- In the first leg of his “historic” six-day tri-nation tour to West Asia, President Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday held talks with Jordanian King Abdullah II in Amman on various bilateral issues including trade and investment, counter-terrorism and United Nations Security Council reforms.
- Mr. Mukherjee, who arrived here on Saturday afternoon in a special Air India aircraft, was welcomed by the King at the al Husseinieh Palace in a colourful ceremony. The President was accorded a guard of honour in the forecourt of the palace after which both leaders got down to talks.
Raising wages can boost growth in India, says ILO – (Economics)
- The latest International Monetary Fund report has warned of a global slowdown of economic growth to 3.1 per cent, even though countries such as India and China have been projected as doing relatively better when compared to other advanced economies.
- Given this global context, International Labour Organisation’s Deputy Director-General (Policy) Sandra Polaski told The Hindu that increasing wages through state intervention will be the way forward for India to protect its workers and also shield its economy from the ripple effects of slow growth globally.
China monitors Japan’s role in Indo-U.S. naval ties – (International Relation)
- China is carefully monitoring the upcoming Malabar naval exercises to gauge whether Japan will become a permanent participant in the Indo-U.S. manoeuvres in the Indian Ocean.
- A write-up in the state-run Xinhua news agency observed that Washington is “pushing for making the ‘Malabar’ naval exercises between India and the U.S. into a trilateral framework to involve Japan as a permanent participant.” China had objected to the participation of Japan, Australia and Singapore in Malabar 2007 exercise, which was hosted by India in the Bay of Bengal. Since then, these drills, when held in a trilateral format that included Japan, took place in the West Pacific.
NHAI to appoint an external auditor – (Economics)
- The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has decided to appoint an external auditor to investigate cases of wide discrepancies between the NHAI-approved project cost and the bank loans taken by developers.
- “I am going to retroactively assess some instances of discrepancies. So I am… identifying which are the ones where there are such sweeping differences,” NHAI Chairman Raghav Chandra told The Hindu in an exclusive interview.