Tuesday Morning News Brief, September 5

Tuesday morning brief Sep 5 2017
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India displayed robust participation at the BRICS meeting in Xiamen. Speaking at the plenary session, PM Narendra Modi said the group contributes “stability and growth in a world drifting towards uncertainty” and put out three big ideas to take forward BRICS cooperation in future. In another significant development, China agreed to include specific references to Pakistan-based anti-India terror groups Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Muhammed in the BRICS declaration. PM Modi will meet Chinese President Xi Jinping at 12.30 pm today, in what will be his last official engagement before flying off to Myanmar on a bilateral visit.
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Angela Merkel and Trump agreed to push for further sanctions against North Korea. The two leaders during a phone call “shared the view that the international community needs to increase pressure on the North Korean regime and that the UN Security Council must swiftly adopt new and harsher sanctions,” a spokesman said. North Korea on Sunday triggered global alarm when it detonated what it described as a hydrogen bomb designed for a long-range missile. The underground blast had a yield of between 50 and 100 kilotons, or on average more than five times more powerful than the bomb detonated over Hiroshima.
The government extended the last date for filing of GST returns for 3 categories. “GIC (GST Implementation Committee) decides to extend date of GSTR 1, GSTR 2 and GSTR 3 for the month of July to 10th, 25th and 30th September 2017 respectively,” the government’s statement said. The Goods & Services Tax Network, the IT backbone of GST, has been facing a heavy rush of returns and several traders and businesses said they were unable to access the system. Tax experts said the GSTN portal had been facing various issues for the past few days.
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The Supreme Court asked social sites to provide information on complaints about obscenity. The Supreme Court directed Facebook, Google, WhatsAap, Microsoft and Yahoo to come up with the number of complaints they received in the last two years for allowing obscene material like child pornography and rape videos to be circulated through their platforms and action taken by them. It had directed the CBI to probe the cases and catch hold of culprits committing rapes and sharing the video through the social networking sites.
‘Lack of oxygen’ claimed 49 lives in a month at a hospital in UP’s Farrukhabad. This time, the hospital in question was Farrukhabad’s Ram Manohar Lohia government hospital and most of the children died due to “perinatal asphyxia”, a condition in which the child cannot breathe properly. In a virtual replay of the tragedy in Gorakhpur, where 30 children died in two days at a state-run hospital last month, parents of many of the children in Farrukhabad told officials that there was a delay in providing oxygen and medicines.
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