Diversity is our pride, strength: Modi - (Indian Polity)
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi, facing criticism back home over the government’s failure to address growing intolerance, said here on Friday that diversity is India’s “strength and pride” and underlined the importance of peaceful co-existence.
- “India is full of diversity. This diversity is our pride and it is our strength. Diversity is the speciality of India,” Mr. Modi said, adding that despite the country being home to diverse religions, over 100 languages and 1,500 dialects, Indians have shown how to live together.
Uproar over dilution of eco norms - (Environment)
- Environmental organisations and public interest groups are up in arms against the government move to dilute environmental laws for the mining industry in the State.
- This follows a number of government orders and notifications issued by the Industries Department to amend the provisions of the Kerala Minor Minerals Concession Rules. A notification issued on October 5 on the renewal of quarry permits has already been challenged in the High Court.
Will resolve naxalism through development, not Army: Raman – (Security)
- The Chhattisgarh Government will resolve the Left wing extremism through development and not through Army, Chief Minister Raman Singh said here even as he observed that the State is on the fast track of development.
- “People of Bastar (south Chhattisgarh) want development now. They demand for schools, better roads and communication network. They are now well aware for the fact that who are hindering their development,” Mr. Singh said addressing a programme of a news channel on Thursday evening.
PM vows to work towards a globally integrated economy - (International Relation)
- Top CEOs from India and the U.K. on Friday pitched for a more transparent and consistent decision-making regime as also a uniform treatment of corporates across the world, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi vowed to work “ceaselessly” towards Indian economy’s integration with the rest of the world.
- A reconstituted India-UK CEOs Forum, during its first meeting, identified six overarching themes as important areas of collaboration to take forward — smart cities and the digital economy, healthcare, education and skills, engineering, defence and security, and financial and professional services.
Returning medals an insult to the nation, says Parrikar - (Defence)
- Talking to reporters after dedicating the Navy’s long range maritime patrol aircraft P-8I to the nation at INS Rajali naval air station near here, the Defence Minister said OROP was not the promise made by the government but an assurance of a political party, which “to the best of its understanding has satisfied” itself that it has completed what it had promised.
Mr. Modi’s Diaspower – (International Relation)
- The Prime Minister’s NRI outreach through massive arena functions is his leitmotif.
- The journey from New York City’s Madison Square Gardens to London’s Wembley Stadium shows the varied effects of engaging a more politically involved diaspora.
‘IS lead executioner was serious threat to the world’ - (International Relation)
- Secretary of State John Kerry and Prime Minister David Cameron of Britain said on Friday that they did not yet know the outcome of an air strike the U.S. military launched on Thursday to kill Mohammed Emwazi, the Islamic State’s most notorious executioner.
- The two officials spoke, in separate briefings in Tunis and London, the morning after the Pentagon confirmed that the air strike, near the Islamic State stronghold of Raqqa, Syria, had targeted Emwazi, a British citizen who became known as Jihadi John.
Pak to avoid talks on nukes during army chief’s U.S. visit - (International Relation)
- Pakistan will not discuss the issue of its nuclear weapons in talks with American officials during army chief General Raheel Sharif’s U.S. visit next week and will instead point to India’s “cold-start doctrine” to justify its nuclear status, a media report on Friday said.
- Gen. Sharif will discuss several important issues during his trip from November 15—20, which follows Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s U.S. visit last month.
Rs. 15,000-cr North East connectivity project struggling to clear roadblocks - (Economics)
- The ambitious Rs.15,000 crore North East connectivity project is struggling to take off one year after India and Japan jointly agreed to work on the project to quickly transform the region into a manufacturing hub with the help of better road infrastructure.
- Official sources told The Hindu that there were differences between JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency) and the National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation (NHIDCL) on issues such as the various costs involved in the project, and the technology that is to be used in building roads.
India, South Korea ink MoU - (Economics)
- The Union Government has announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Republic of Korea in an effort to enhance the two countries’ existing air service cooperation.
- The new agreement will see Korean carriers getting access to more airports, additional capacity entitlements for both countries, and the ability to use each other as stop-overs to fly further like to the U.S.