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1. Aviation, Home Ministries spar over regulating drones
The Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) has raised a few objections over the Home Ministry’s bid to frame a new law to regulate unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), loosely referred to as drones.
The Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has told the Home Ministry that licensing and safety of all aircraft — manned or unmanned — was their domain.
Recently, the Home Ministry circulated a draft law to regulate the low flying objects, for inter-ministerial consultations. The regulations were circulated more than a year after the DGCA put out draft guidelines for obtaining unique identification numbers for citizens to use drones in the public domain.
2. Will respect J&K’s special status,
As both Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and National Conference (NC) raised the issue of J&K’s special status during meetings with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, the latter on Monday said the Centre will not go against the sentiments of the people on Article 35A, which grants special rights to locals on property and jobs.
“There are no issues left, which is why such issues are being raised,” he told a conference here. Article 35A has been challenged through three petitions in the Supreme Court, which is again hearing them in November.
3. Toilets first, temples later: PM
Paying tributes to Swami Vivekananda on the anniversary of his speech at the World Congress of Religions in Chicago, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday juxtaposed it with the 9/11 terror attack in the U.S., saying the World Trade Center tragedy would not have taken place had the message of love and brotherhood of the speech been understood.
The Prime Minister was speaking at a function attended by student groups in Vigyan Bhavan here to mark the anniversary of Vivekananda’s speech in Chicago in 1893.
4. Can’t we work on Saturdays?
Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra has written to the Chief Justices of High Courts to explore the possibility of constituting special benches on Saturdays to hear criminal and jail appeals in which legal aid has been provided.
The Chief Justice of India wrote to the Chief Justices of the High Courts saying that “This will go a long way in ensuring speedy disposal of criminal appeals/jail appeals,”
5. No plan yet to deport Rohingya
Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said that “the government had not yet firmed up a plan to deport Rohingya, and had only asked the State governments to identify illegal immigrants and initiate action under established procedure.”
He was reacting to United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein’s statement that “India cannot carry out collective expulsions, or return people to a place where they risk torture or other serious violations”.
6. Firm signal on bullet train project
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart, Shinzo Abe, will lay the groundwork for the next level of collaboration during the annual summit meeting to be held in Gandhinagar on Wednesday, the External Affairs Ministry said on Monday.
The Ministry said the high point of the visit was likely to be the joint inauguration of the Mumbai-Ahmedabad high-speed rail project and bilateral security dialogue.
7. 2,000 researchers to get fellowship
The Centre has firmed up the criteria for the procedure for selection of 2,000 research students from 23 Indian Institutes of Technology and the Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru, who will be eligible for fellowship of Rs. 70,000 a month for innovative research projects.
An official of the Ministry of Human Resource Development said “Research students in IISc and IITs who got an 8 CGPA or above in B.Tech or were in the top 20 percentile will be eligible to apply for these fellowships,”
8. IndusInd Bank, MFI Bharat Financial in merger talks
IndusInd Bank, which has been looking to expand its microfinance business, has begun ‘exclusive’ talks for a merger with micro lender Bharat Financial Inclusion (formerly SKS Microfinance), the companies informed the exchanges on Monday.
the bank said In a filing, without specifying the period that “The exclusivity agreement provides for a mutually agreed exclusivity period for due diligence and discussions”. The contours of the deal would be finalised during this exclusive negotiation period.
9. Bitcoin: Blockchain eyes India
Post-demonetisation, India has become one of the fastest growing markets for digital currencies like bitcoin, according to Nicolas Cary, co-founder and president of Blockchain, the largest software provider for crypto-currencies in the world.
Mr. Cary said “Post-demonetisation, India became the fastest growing economy to witness a surge in use of digital wallets in daily transactions,”
10. Rafael Nadal wins US Open to lift 16th Grand Slam title
In what was yet another clinical performance, World No. 1 Rafael Nadal defeated No. 28 Kevin Anderson 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 to lift his third US Open title and his 16th overall Grand Slam title.
He is second to only No. 3 Roger Federer, who has 19 Grand Slam titles. Nadal will now have an almost 2000-point lead that will further cement his position at the top of the rankings. At this tournament, Nadal missed playing Federer, who lost to No. 24 seed Juan Martin del Potro in the quarter-finals. Nadal didn’t face an opponent in the top 20 in his run to the title.