Tuesday morning news brief Oct 31 2017

Tuesday morning brief Oct 31 2017
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China is planning a 1,000-km long tunnel to divert Brahmaputra waters to its dry Xinjiang region. The diversion could affect water flow in the river, cause draughts and increase the risks of flooding downstream in India and Bangladesh. If implemented, China would be going back on its 2010 assurances to India, that it had no plans of building upstream dams in Tibet. Read
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Previous governments had ignored Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s legacy of nation-building, Prime Minister Modi said. He made the comments at the ‘Run for Unity’ programme to mark the birth anniversary of the visionary leader. BJP has repeatedly underscored how Congress, and by extension the Nehru-Gandhi family, has allegedly sidelined stalwarts like Patel. The Modi government recently issued a notification that October 31 should be observed as Rashtriya Ekta Diwas.
All passport holders residing in Deoband town will have their papers verified by police. The exercise will then be extended to entire Saharanpur and Muzaffarnagar districts. This comes in the wake of recent arrest of two suspected Bangladeshi terrorists, who had managed to get Indian passports on Deoband addresses. According to police sources, about 20 Bangladeshi men with suspected terror links have gone missing in Western UP.
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No major “Make in India” project in the defence sector has kicked off in the last three years. Stock-taking of half-a-dozen mega projects, collectively worth over Rs 3.5 lakh crore, shows they remain stuck at different stages without the final contracts being inked. This is being blamed on bureaucratic bottlenecks, long-winded procedures, lack of political push and other factors.
Gujarat Congress has accepted four out of five demands of Patidars led by Hardik Patel. The party agreed to withdraw all police cases, including sedition, against Patidars if voted to power in Gujarat. It also promised giving Rs 35 lakh compensation to Patidar activists killed in police action and government job to kin. More talks are planned to find a solution to the demand of constitutionally valid reservation for Patidars.
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