NGOs registered under the FCRA in India will now be required to disclose details of movable and immovable assets created using foreign funds. This requirement was introduced by the Ministry of Home Affairs through a gazette notification. The ministry also extended the validity of FCRA licenses until March 2024 for entities whose licenses were expiring on September 30.
BJP leader Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur has appeared before a special NIA court in the 2008 Malegaon blast case. Pragya Thakur's presence was required to record statements of all seven accused. One of the accused, Sudhakar Dwivedi, was granted exemption due to religious rituals. The other five accused were also present. Pragya Thakur arrived late and cited health issues.
Indian External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres discussed India's G20 Presidency and global challenges, including Afghanistan and Myanmar, during their meeting at the UN Headquarters. Jaishankar expressed appreciation for Guterres' commitment to reforming International Financial Institutions.
A study published in the journal Nature Portfolio reveals that the average Indian consumes 8g of salt daily, exceeding the recommended daily limit of 5g. The study, based on a sample survey, found that men, employed individuals, tobacco users, obese individuals, and those with raised blood pressure had higher salt intake.
The National Geophysical Research Institute (NGRI) has released a report stating that certain areas of Joshimath in India have sunk vertically by over 3 feet and moved by 1.4 feet. The report highlights the development of steep, air-filled fissures extending to a depth of over 100ft.
GD Goenka University announces the first Gayatri Devi Goenka Memorial Shooting Championship from September 26 to September 29, 2023, at the GD Goenka Shooting Range.
West Bengal Governor Dr CV Ananda Bose has cancelled his trip to the USA to attend the World Culture Festival. He felt it would be inappropriate to accept foreign hospitality while the state is facing financial difficulties and dengue deaths. The governor's decision came just before his scheduled departure.
Around 60 districts in India have failed to declare themselves 'manual scavenging free' by the end of August, missing the government's deadline. The Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and Rehabilitation Act, 2013 bans manual cleaning of human excreta.
Congress MP Rahul Gandhi has stated that if his party comes to power, they will prioritize and conduct a caste census, extending benefits to the Other Backward Classes (OBCs). He accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of concealing data from the previous caste census and questioned his apprehensiveness about conducting a new one. Rahul Gandhi also highlighted the lack of OBC representation in the Modi government and raised questions about the government's relationship with corporate figures.
Isro’s bid to improve launch vehicle LVM3’s weight-lifting capacity has crossed a significant milestone with the Liquid Propulsion Systems Centre (LPSC) qualifying a critical component that powers the cryogenic upper stage (CUS) for Gaganyaan with a higher thrust.“On September 22, the CE20 E13 engine underwent a successful hot test at the Isro Propulsion Complex (IPRC), Mahendragiri, securing qualification for Gaganyaan and a 22-tonne thrust capability,” Isro said.
Lieutenant General Deependra Singh Hooda has warned that emerging warfare technologies such as long-range missiles, drones, and cyberattacks will impact a larger portion of the civilian population than ever before. He emphasized that future wars will not be limited to borders and uniformed personnel, but will affect every civilian. Hooda highlighted the potential dangers posed by long-range missile systems, drones, cyberattacks, and information warfare.
Union minister Anurag Thakur on Monday suggested Congress leader Rahul Gandhi to get good advisers to understand the nuances of governance.«After being in politics all these years, and 10 years of the Congress being in government, Rahul Gandhi is yet to grasp how the government functions or takes decisions,» the senior BJP leader said, taking a dig at Gandhi over his claim that out of 90 secretaries of the government of India, only three are OBC.
Senior BJP leader Uma Bharti expressed her hope that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will give a «positive signal» about including a quota for Other Backward Classes (OBCs) in the recently passed women's reservation bill. Bharti had previously expressed disappointment that the bill did not include the provision for OBC reservation.
The Indian Air Force (IAF) and the Drone Federation of India (DFI) have jointly hosted the Bharat Drone Shakti-2023 exhibition at the Hindan Air Base in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh. The event featured live aerial demonstrations showcasing the capabilities of Indian drones. Over 50 demonstrations were conducted, highlighting various applications such as surveying, agriculture, fire suppression, surveillance, logistics, and counter-drone solutions.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi criticized the Congress government in Madhya Pradesh, saying it had turned the state into a «bimaaru» (backward) state. He praised the BJP government's development efforts and said that first-time voters are fortunate to have only seen BJP rule. PM Modi also accused the Congress of being a dynastic party with a history of corruption and appeasement.
India, Israel, the United States, and the United Arab Emirates have announced a joint space venture aimed at creating a space-based tool for policymakers, institutions, and entrepreneurs. The project will utilize space-based observation data and capabilities of the four countries to address environmental and climate change challenges. The initiative is part of the I2U2 group, which encourages joint investments in various sectors. The group also recently launched a website to strengthen public-private partnerships and tackle global challenges. The I2U2 aims to mobilize private sector capital and expertise for infrastructure modernization, low-carbon development, and public health improvements.
India's External Affairs Minister, S Jaishankar, spoke about the challenges faced during India's G20 Presidency, including the East-West divide and North-South disparities. He emphasized India's determination to uphold the core objectives of fostering global growth and development. Jaishankar also highlighted the impact of geopolitical rivalries on basic necessities such as access to food, fertilizers, and energy. He attended the «India-UN for Global South: Delivering for Development» event in New York and will address the United Nations General Assembly on September 26.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called for a common legal framework to fight terrorism and disruptive forces that operate across jurisdictions. Speaking at an international lawyers conference, Modi suggested that countries should come together to evolve a common regime to counter these forces.
The Indian government is «comfortable» with the amount of red lentils imported from Canada amid tensions between the two countries. India has received nearly one lakh tonnes of lentils at its ports, which is sufficient to meet the country's annual consumption of 23 lakh tonnes. The government is considering continuing the zero import duty on lentils beyond March 2024 to encourage overseas growers.
The Biden administration has supported Canada's claim that India is responsible for the assassination of Hardeep Singh Nijjar, a pro-Khalistan separatist. The US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, urged India to cooperate with Canada's investigation into the matter. However, no evidence has been presented to support Canada's allegations.
The monsoon season in India may end up being close to 'normal' despite the current 6% rainfall deficit. Heavy rainfall in certain areas and the prediction of more rain in the coming days could bridge the deficit gap. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) initially predicted a 'normal' monsoon at 96% of the long period average, but later spoke about the possibility of a 'below normal' monsoon due to El Nino conditions.
The confiscated properties include 46 kanal agricultural land in Khankot village near Amritsar and one-fourth share of House No. 2033 in Sector 15C in Chandigarh. Though Pannun is based in the US, he had inherited these properties in India.
The US has expressed support for Canada in its diplomatic dispute with India over the killing of Khalistan leader Hardeep Singh Nijjar. US ambassador to Canada, David Cohen, stated in an interview that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's allegation of India's involvement was based on shared intelligence among Five Eyes partners.
Supreme Court Judge Justice Hima Kohli emphasized the importance of inclusivity in the legal profession during the Forbes India-Legal Power List 2022 event. She highlighted the entry of first-generation lawyers from diverse backgrounds and the increased representation of women as positive steps towards inclusivity and a shift in the legal landscape.
Congress leader Jairam Ramesh criticized the new Parliament building, calling it «Modi Multiplex or Modi Marriot.» BJP president JP Nadda responded, calling the remark a «pathetic mindset» and an insult to Indians. Union minister Giriraj Singh demanded an assessment and rationalization of the «Dynastic Dens» in India, starting with the transfer of the Safdarjung Road complex back to the government.
Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma's wife, Riniki Bhuyan Sarma, has filed a defamation case against Congress MP Gaurav Gogoi for false allegations of irregularities in a food processing project. Gogoi had claimed that Riniki Bhuyan's company received a Rs 10 crore grant from the central government. In response, Riniki Bhuyan Sharma stated that the allegations were meant to defame an Assamese enterprise led by a woman entrepreneur.
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has not received any signal from the Chandrayaan-3 lander and rover, Vikram and Pragyan, since their landing on the lunar surface. However, there is still hope that they may wake up during the 14-day lunar day period. If they do wake up, it would allow for repeated in situ experiments and the collection of new data from different locations on the Moon. Despite this, the mission has already been considered successful in meeting all its objectives.
Opposition parties are demanding action against BJP's Ramesh Bidhuri for his derogatory remarks against BSP MP Danish Ali in the Lok Sabha. The BJP has issued a notice to Bidhuri but also accused opposition leaders of making objectionable remarks against Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Congress leader Naseem Khan has called for Bidhuri's permanent suspension, while other opposition leaders have demanded action from the Lok Sabha Speaker.