Cabinet reshuffle: 9 new faces to be inducted into Narendra Modi government today
Two former bureaucrats, one retired diplomat and an ex-police official are among nine new faces to be inducted into the Council of Ministers today in a major revamp by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, official sources said. Ahead of the reshuffle, six ministers resigned. Three of the BJP MPs being inducted — Virendra Kumar (63), Anant Kumar Hegde (49) and Gajendra Singh Shekhawat (49) — are from Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka and Rajasthan respectively where Assembly polls are due next year. Former IAS officer Alphons Kannanthanam (64), who hails from Kerala, is another pick by Modi, a move seen as the BJP’s efforts to expand its base in the southern state to take on the ruling Left Democratic Front led by the CPI(M).
Narendra Modi will arrive in China today for BRICS Summit post Dokalam standoff
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will arrive here today for the BRICS Summit, where he is likely to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping, days after the two countries ended their 73-day standoff in the Dokalam area. The three-day summit in Xiamen, a southeastern Chinese city in Fujian province, will begin tomorrow even as authorities declared a high alert with Typhoon Mawar expected to hit the coastal region.
The summit will be the first gathering when the leaders of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa will meet after New Delhi and Beijing decided on “expeditious disengagement” of their border troops in the disputed Dokalam area on August 28.
Gorakhpur tragedy: Uttar Pradesh police arrests Kafeel Khan
The Special Task Force (STF) of the Uttar Pradesh Police on Saturday arrested Dr Kafeel Khan, former nodal officer of the AES ward at the Baba Raghav Das Medical College here, in connection with the deaths of 30 children within 48 hours last month. There was, however, no let-up in the spate of deaths in the state-run hospital where 13 more children died in the past 24 hours, taking the overall death toll to 1,317 so far this year. As many as 13 children, 10 in NICU and three in general paediatric ward died in the past 24 hours, newly-appointed principal of the college Dr PK Singh said today.
No death was reported in the encephalitis ward during this period, Dr Singh said, adding that 53 new cases have been admitted in the hospital. A day after a local court here issued non bailable warrants against seven accused including Khan, STF nabbed him from the outskirts of Gorakhpur.
Donald Trump to nominate Kenneth Juster as US ambassador to India
President Donald Trump will nominate Kenneth Juster, a top economic aide and one of the key architects of the historic Indo-US civil nuclear agreement, to be the next US ambassador to India. Juster, 62, who is the Deputy Assistant to the US president for International Economic Affairs and Deputy Director of his National Economic Council, would replace Richard Verma if confirmed by the Senate. The nomination of the new envoy follows Trump’s announcement in his Afghanistan policy speech last week that a “critical part” of his South Asia strategy is to further develop strategic partnership with India. As the Under Secretary for Commerce, Juster played a key role in developing the civilian nuclear cooperation agreement between the US and India.
Government issues alert on spread of Locky Ransomware
The government on Friday issued an alert on spread of new malware ‘Locky Ransomware’ that can lock computers and demand ransom for unlocking them. “Alert regarding spam spreading Locky Ransomware issued today by @IndianCERT…,” Electronics and IT Additional Secretary Ajay Kumar tweeted. Ransomware is a malicious software and the Locky Ransomware is learnt to be demanding ransom of half bitcoin, which at present rate is equivalent to over Rs 1.5 lakh. The alert, issued on Cyber Swachhta Kendra, said it has been reported that a new wave of spam mails is circulating with common subject lines to spread variants of Locky Ransomware.
Delhi Metro Rail Corporation works on next wave of technological innovation
The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) is working on its next wave of technological innovation: trains in which the role of the driver will be minimised. Anuj Dayal, spokesperson, DMRC, doesn’t like to call these trains ‘driverless’ though. “The role of the driver will be limited, so you can call it an ‘automated’ train,” he says. To be functional by the end of this year, these trains will join the league of automated Metro systems across the globe such as the Nuremberg U-Bahn in Germany, Lille Metro in France, SkyTrain in Vancouver and AirTrain JFK in Jamaica, among others.