Wednesday Morning News Brief, September 27

Wednesday morning brief Sep 27 2017
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In a bid to ‘depoliticise’ project allocation and approvals, the Centre has introduced competition among states. The competition, sources said, aims to promote transparency and reduce incentives for favouring constituencies and states or setting up pork barrel projects that seek to secure government funds for an area. It looks to speed up the process of approval and rollout of projects, including sanction of hospitals, educational institutions, infrastructure projects and hosting of national events by addressing key requisites like land selection etc. Read
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Under the new Cricket rules, a player can now be sent off for the rest of the match for serious misconduct. This could include threatening to assault an umpire, making inappropriate and deliberate physical contact with an umpire, assaulting any person or player and any other act of violence. Changes governing umpire referrals and bat sizes will also come into force from tomorrow when South Africa host Bangladesh and Sri Lanka play Pakistan in Abu Dhabi, the International Cricket Council said.
The Gorkha Janmukti Morch (GJM) said the indefinite shutdown in Darjeeling hills will be suspended from today. Our party supremo Bimal Gurung has decided to suspend the indefinite shutdown in the hills from 6am Wednesday morning for an indefinite period, GJM vice-president Kalyan Dewan said, adding that the decision was taken after Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s appeal to withdraw the strike. Reacting to GJM’s decision, state Tourism Minister and TMC leader Gautam Deb said the central government has provided a face saver to Gurung.
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The Border Security Force’s (BSF) use of targeted firepower on farms and residences of Pakistan’s army officers near the border resulted in Pakistan suing for peace. Codenamed ‘Operation Arjun’, the measure has seen BSF framing a robust response to Pakistan’s use of snipers to kill jawans, besides firing on civilians and shelling villages along the border over the last month. BSF has particularly targeted farms and residences of retired Pakistan army, ISI and Pakistan Rangers officers who have been given land near the Indian border to facilitate their task of guiding infiltration and providing logistical help in anti-operations India, top sources said.
China will block all efforts to internationalize the Rohingya refugee crisis, top experts have said. China has ambitious investment and infrastructure construction plans worth $7.3 billion in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, three different experts told TOI on Tuesday, citing it as the main reason behind China’s support to Myanmar authorities, who have done little to stop the violence against Rohingya Muslims.
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