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Hitting out at Pakistan for creating terror groups like LeT, JeM, Hizbul Mujahideen and the Haqqani Network, India on Saturday asked Pakistani leaders to introspect as to why their country is infamous as the "pre- eminent export factory for terror".

Hitting out at Pakistan for creating terror groups like LeT, JeM, Hizbul Mujahideen and the Haqqani Network, India on Saturday asked Pakistani leaders to introspect as to why their country is infamous as the “pre- eminent export factory for terror”.

Sushma Swaraj attacks Pakistan at UN; asks its leaders to introspect

Hitting out at Pakistan for creating terror groups like LeT, JeM, Hizbul Mujahideen and the Haqqani Network, India on Saturday asked Pakistani leaders to introspect as to why their country is infamous as the “pre- eminent export factory for terror”.  In her address to the 72nd UN General Assembly session, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj spoke on issues like terrorism, climate change, maritime and cyber security, UN Security Council reforms, poverty and unemployment.  In her hard-hitting speech, Swaraj accused Pakistan of waging a war against India and said a country that has been the world’s greatest exporter of havoc, death and inhumanity became a champion of hypocrisy by preaching about humanity from this podium.

 West Bengal  government to foil attempts to divide people, says Mamata Banerjee

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday said that her government would foil any attempt to divide people during the coming religious occasions.  Asking people “not to be misled by any conspiracy made by troublemakers”, she said, “If there are some Facebook posts, some tweets to spread falsehood and misinformation, please be alert and counter them.”  Inaugurating a Durga puja here, she said Bengal is not a place for conflicts. “Please don’t spare those who will attempt to bring disrepute to Bengal, to our famous Durga puja festival.”

 

3.5-magnitude earthquake rattles North Korea near nuclear test site

A shallow 3.5-magnitude earthquake which hit North Korea near the country’s nuclear test site on Saturday was likely an aftershock from the hermit state’s missile test on September 3, a nuclear test ban watchdog and other experts said.  Lassina Zerbo, executive secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organisation (CTBTO), tweeted the quake was “unlikely Man-made! Similar to ‘collapse’ event 8.5 mins after DPRK6”, a reference to the second tremor that followed the September 3 test.  “The most probable hypothesis at present is that this is a consequence of the previous event, which was of a significant magnitude and may still have repercussions in a fracture zone,” Zerbo told AFP.

 

Hike in fuel price against consumer and good economics, says P Chidambaram

I remember the day in July 2008 when the price of crude oil touched $147 a barrel.I remember the day when the King of Saudi Arabia convened a conference of oil-producing and oil-consuming countries to discuss the crisis of rising oil prices. I led the Indian delegation that included Murli Deora, then minister of petroleum. At the conference, we proposed a price band: an upper limit which will not be crossed by the oil-producing countries and a lower limit which will not be breached by the oil-consuming countries. It was sort of mutual guarantees by both sides. Every one nodded in sage agreement, but there was no agreement.

 Logistics, e-commerce firms fret about e-way bill, effective October 1; know whyThanks to the Goods and Services Tax (GST), most states have dismantled border check posts, a step that improved supply chain efficiency and could potentially reduce cost of goods for the consumer. But the e-way bill mechanism, effective October 1, could dent these prospects until a well-equipped technology system evolves and small businesses, vendors and transporters also assimilate it, feels the industry. The objective of the e-way bill is to enable the taxman to track movement of goods and thereby ensure that the state, where the sale takes place, gets the tax revenue. An e-way bill will have to be generated on the common GST Network portal for goods worth more than `50,000, either by a registered person or the transporter — the validity of the bill will depend on the distance that the goods are to travel. Though the government has addressed some of the concerns of the industry — for instance, it allowed deemed acceptance of the goods 72 hours after the bill is generated — the industry still feels that the system could prove to be cumbersome.

 Turbulence in air: Flights with new laser technology could soon tackle bumpy rides 

There would hardly be an air traveller who hasn’t faced nasty turbulence at some point in their lives. And Boeing knows this all too well. So sometime next year, a Boeing 777 will take off from the company’s airfield near Seattle with a laser shooting out of its nose. It’s part of a new system that Boeing hopes could spot brutal turbulence that can damage aircraft and toss passengers around the cabin—and give crews enough time to hunker down before the going gets tough.The technology will be designed to measure weather conditions up to 11 miles ahead. It would be among 30 systems tested next year. The research will take place onboard a Boeing 777 freight aircraft owned by FedEx. The aircraft manufacturer believes that the new system will allow pilots to avoid a rapid change in wind speed and clear air turbulence, which can’t otherwise be spotted by visual clues such as clouds. While modern passenger aircraft can withstand even the bumpiest rides, turbulence remains dangerous for people inside the planes.

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