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"Avoid all travel to the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir due to the unpredictable security situation. There is a threat of terrorism, militancy, civil unrest and kidnapping. This advisory excludes travelling to or within the Union Territory of Ladakh," says Canada in its updated travel advisory for India.

The Karnataka government has issued an order completely banning the use and supply of single-use plastic water bottles in official meetings, functions and government offices organized by the state government. Karnataka Chief Secretary Vandita Sharma has issued a circular in this regard. In the circular, it was ordered to prohibit the use or supply of water in single use packaged water bottles in meetings and ceremonies organized by government and government-owned boards, corporations, universities and any organizations receiving grants from the government.

Amid escalating diplomatic tensions between India and Canada, sparked by the recent murder of an Indian separatist leader on Canadian soil, security measures around the Canadian High Commission in New Delhi have been significantly heightened. The move follows India's expulsion of a senior Canadian diplomat, mirroring Canada's expulsion of a senior Indian diplomat in a tit-for-tat response.

Akasa Air tells Delhi HC today that it has cancelled 24 flights per day in September due to abrupt resignations of 43 pilots. "There is a state of crisis today...If these resignations continue, we expect to cancel total 600-700 flights in September," it says.

Anantnag gunfight over after 7 days, LeT commander Uzair Khan among two terrorists killed, says J-K Police ADGP Vijay Kumar. An Indian Army Colonel commanding a Rashtriya Rifles Unit along with a Major and a Deputy Superintendent of Police were killed in a gunfight with terrorists in Kokernag area of Kashmir's Anantnag district on Wednesday. The killed officers have been identified as Colonel Manpreet Singh, Major Ashish Dhonak and DSP Humayun Bhat. Earlier, Amid the ongoing encounter between security forces and terrorists in the Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir, Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Sunday said the deaths of soldiers, including two senior officers, will be avenged.

Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla adjourned the Lok Sabha till Wednesday, 11 am amid ruckus from Opposition after the Law Minister tabled the Women's Reservation Bill in the Parliament.

The women's Reservation Bill is likelt to be introduced in the Lok Sabha today during the ongoing special session of the Parliament and in Rajya Sabha on September 21, government sources said. This comes as the Cabinet on Monday approved the Women's Reservation Bill, sources said. The meeting of the Union Cabinet was held at Parliament House Annexe in Delhi. The sources further informed that the Bill will be introduced by Law Minister Arjun Ram Meghwal.

The High Commissioner of Canada to India was summoned today and informed about the decision of the Government of India to expel a senior Canadian diplomat based in India. The concerned diplomat has been asked to leave India within the next five days. The decision reflects Government of India’s growing concern at the interference of Canadian diplomats in our internal matters and their involvement in anti-India activities.

 
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India needs to take this matter with the utmost seriousness: Trudeau

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Lapse in UP Governor's security as two bikes come in front of her convoy in Gorakhpur

In what could be termed as a lapse in the security of Uttar Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel, two youths on a bike came in front of her convoy while her convoy was returning to the city after a programme at an Anganwadi centre on Tuesday, reported PTI.
 
A police vehicle of the Governor's convoy collided with the bike due to which both youths sustained injuries, officials said.
 
Both persons on the bike were injured and are undergoing treatment at BRD Medical College in Gorakhpur, police said.
 
The incident occurred in the Pipraich area at the Lala Bazaar-Haidar Ganj intersection, they said.
 
After the mishap, angry locals took to the streets and attempted to block the road, police said.
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Avoid travel to J&K due to unpredictable security situation: Canada in its updated travel advisory for India

"Avoid all travel to the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir due to the unpredictable security situation. There is a threat of terrorism, militancy, civil unrest and kidnapping. This advisory excludes travelling to or within the Union Territory of Ladakh," says Canada in its updated travel advisory for India
10:17 PM

Over 1,200 children have died in the past 5 months in conflict-wrecked Sudan, UN says

More than 1,200 children under age 5 have died in nine camps in war-scarred Sudan in the past five months because of a deadly combination of measles and malnutrition, the UN's refugee agency said Tuesdaym according to the news agency AP.
 
The UNHCR said the deaths, between May 15 and Sept 14, were documented by its teams in the While Nile province, where thousands of Sudanese have sheltered as fighting has raged for six months between rival generals, in the capital of Khartoum and elsewhere.
 
Dozens of children are dying every day a result of this devastating conflict and a lack of global attention, said the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi.
 
Sudan plunged into chaos in mid-April, when simmering tensions between the military, led by Gen. Abdel-Fattah Burhan, and the powerful paramilitary Rapid Support Forces, commanded by Mohammed Hamdan Dagalo, exploded into open warfare.
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Sonia Gandhi likely to be lead speaker of Congress to discuss Women's Reservation Bill in Lok Sabha tomorrow

Congress Parliamentary Party Chairperson Sonia Gandhi will be the lead speaker from her party for the debate when the Lok Sabha will take up the Women's Reservation Bill for the discussion on Wednesday, reported ANI citing sources.
 
The Women's Reservation Bill that seeks to provide a 33 per cent quota for women in Lok Sabha and state assemblies was introduced in the Lok Sabha today in the ongoing special session of Parliament and will be taken up for discussion on Wednesday when the House will meet at 11 am.
 
The Union Cabinet on Monday approved the Women Reservation Bill.
 
On Tuesday, Union Law Minister Arjun Ram Meghwal introduced the bill in the first sitting of Lok Sabha in the new Parliament building. The bill has been named Nari Shakti Vandan Adhiniyam.
 
In 2008, the Manmohan Singh-led UPA government tabled the Bill in the Rajya Sabha, and it was passed in 2010. However, the Bill was never taken up for consideration in the Lok Sabha.
 
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Karnataka govt bans single-use plastic water bottles in official meetings

The Karnataka government has issued an order completely banning the use and supply of single-use plastic water bottles in official meetings, functions and government offices organized by the state government. Karnataka Chief Secretary Vandita Sharma has issued a circular in this regard. In the circular, it was ordered to prohibit the use or supply of water in single use packaged water bottles in meetings and ceremonies organized by government and government-owned boards, corporations, universities and any organizations receiving grants from the government.
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No beverages in cans onboard IndiGo flights after BJP leader's complaint

IndiGo on Tuesday said it has stopped serving beverages in cans onboard flights and that passengers have the option to get a complimentary glass of juice or coke on purchase of any snack, amid a former Parliamentarian complaining that one cannot buy a soft drink during a flight.
 
BJP member and former Rajya Sabha MP Swapan Dasgupta has complained that one cannot buy a soft drink on an IndiGo flight and said the airline must stop squeezing passengers through all sorts of extras.
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Former Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Women Reservation Bill

"I felt good that, for the first time ever, the BJP gave a 33% reservation to the women in the party. A 33% reservation was given to the officials, from the national to the municipal level. I would like to congratulate PM Modi that he tabled the Women's Reservation Bill," says BJP leader and former Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on the Women's Reservation Bill tabled in Lok Sabha.
 
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'This is our bill only' Congress' Adhir on Women's Reservation Bill

"This is our bill only; along with this, for other backward classes, there should be a separate place in this bill. Congress will put forward this demand," he said.
 
8:27 PM

Biden on Russia-Ukraine war

In a series of stark statements, U.S. President Joe Biden has underscored his view on the Ukraine conflict. He characterises it as an "illegal war of conquest" and places responsibility on Russia for obstructing the path to peace. Additionally, Biden expresses concern over Russia's actions, particularly in regard to arms control agreements.
 
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Old parliament house named as the Samvidhan Sadan

Lok Sabha Speaker is pleased to notify the building previously known as Parliament House as the Samvidhan Sadan, Lok Sabha Secretariat stated.
 
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ED conducted search and survey operations on Sep 18 under PMLA, 2002 at 9 locations across Kerala

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India-Canada row: Uncomfortable situation for United States

Canada's accusation has created an uncomfortable situation for the United States and its allies, coming shortly after leaders, including President Joe Biden, celebrated their strong relationship with India during the Group of 20 summit earlier this month. These leaders played a significant role in strengthening India's position as a counterbalance to China. They did so by accepting a more diplomatic stance on the conflict in Ukraine, with the overarching aim of supporting the United States' global dominance among emerging economies in the Global South.
 
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Civil society urges govt to take steps to recover looted arms in Manipur

Members of a civil society groups Tuesday said the government should take urgent action to recover arms looted in Manipur as it may pose a serious threat to national security.
 
Flagging the issue at a press conference here, former ADG of CRPF HR Singh said the way arms were looted, it appeared the administration colluded with the looters.
 
Singh, who had served in Manipur, said it is a "unique case" and an incident of this magnitude has never happened before in independent India.
 
"It seems there was no resistance from the state administration (when the arms were looted). No bullets were fired, there was no confrontation," he alleged.
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Kerala Nipah update

Kerala Government has decided to conduct a surveillance study on Nipah and directed its Health Department to prepare a detailed report on it, said Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan.
 

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First Published: Sep 19 2023 | 7:43 AM IST

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