Tuesday Evening News Brief, September 12

Tuesday evening brief Sep 12 2017
Good evening!
Here’s everything that transpired during the course of the day…
India hit back at UN for its criticism on Rohingya crisis. Ambassador Rajiv K Chander, the Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations, expressed disapproval of the remarks of Al Hussein, who had criticised India’s current measures to deport Rohingyas “at a time of such violence against them”. Al Hussein yesterday deplored India’s measures to deport the Rohingya refugees, noting that “nearly 40,000 had settled in India and 16,000 of them had received refugee documentation.”
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The Centre increased dearness allowance and dearness relief by 1%. This increase from the existing four per cent will benefit over 1.1 crore employees and pensioners. The decision was taken at a Union Cabinet meeting chaired by PM Modi. The new rate will come into effect from July 1 and is expected to benefit about 49.26 lakh central government employees and 61.17 lakh pensioners. Dearness allowance and dearness relief are provided to employees and pensioners to neutralise the impact of inflation on their earnings.
Kerala priest, abducted allegedly by ISIS last year, was rescued today. Father Tom Uzhunnalil, who hails from Ramapuram in Kottayam, was abducted allegedly by terror group ISIS on March 4 last year, during an attack on an old-age home run by Missionaries of Charity in the Yemeni city of Aden. The Indian priest had been sent to Yemen in 2010. When his five-year term in the country ended, the church “asked him to stay back till another person assumed the charges,” said the treasurer of Uzhunnalil Kudumbayogam.
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The Congress hit back at the BJP for criticising Rahul Gandhi’s address. “The Congress vice president raised respect for India abroad unlike PM Narendra Modi’s speeches in the early days when he was guilty of insulting India,” the party said. In his speech at University of California, Berkley, Rahul slammed the Indian government for fostering an “atmosphere of intolerance” in the country, an atmosphere in which “liberal journalists are killed” and a climate in which “Muslims are killed on suspicions of having beef” in their homes.
Cannot share hydrological data of the Brahmaputra river now, China told India. Beijing said that the data cannot be shared with India for the time being as the data collection station in Tibet is being upgraded. China, however, said it is ready to “keep communication” with India to reopen the Nathu La pass for Indian pilgrims, which it had suspended in mid-June over the Doklam standoff. The sharing of data by upper riparian state, China, to lower riparian states, India and Bangladesh is essential every monsoon to allow anticipation of the flow of the water and take necessary measures to deal with flooding in India’s northeastern states.
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