Monday Morning News Brief, September 18

Monday morning brief Sep 18 2017
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External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj reached New York to represent India at the annual UN General Assembly session. During her week-long stay, Sushma is expected to hold about 20 bilateral and trilateral meetings with leaders attending the session. Later today, she will attend a trilateral meeting with her American and Japanese counterparts Rex Tillerson, and Taro Kono respectively. Read

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The United Nations said Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi has “a last chance” to halt the army offensive against the Rohingya Muslims. “If she does not reverse the situation now, then I think the tragedy will be absolutely horrible, and unfortunately then I don’t see how this can be reversed in the future,” UN secretary general Antonio Guterres said.He also said it was clear that Myanmar’s military “still have the upper hand” in the country.
The last rites of marshal of Indian Air Force Arjan Singh will be performed in Delhi Cantonment area today. A state funeral will be accorded and the national flag will fly at half-mast on the day of the funeral in Delhi on all buildings where it is flown regularly. A gun salute will also be given. Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman said if weather permits, there will also be a flypast to pay last respects to the national hero.
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While there is a huge shortage of policemen for citizens, some 20,000 VIPs have on average three cops to protect each of them. Data compiled by the Bureau of Police Research and Development under the home ministry shows that out of a total 19.26 lakh police officers in the country, 56,944 are deployed just for the safety of 20,828 VIPs across 29 states and six Union territories. For ordinary citizens, however, one cop looks after every 663 Indians.

Russian military aviation firm MiG expressed its willingness to jointly develop MiG-29 K jets with Indian companies. MiG CEO Ilya Tarasenko said his company would submit a detailed proposal to the Modi government shortly. “We are considering various options for long-term and perspective cooperation, including those within the framework of the Make in India programme,” Tarasenko said.

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