India has strongly and categorically rejected the factually incorrect, gratuitous and unwarranted references to India in resolutions adopted by the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) at the 47th session of the Council of Foreign Ministers in Niamey of Niger. The session was held on 27th to 28th of this month. External Affairs Ministry in a statement said that India has always maintained that OIC has no locus standi in matters strictly internal to India including that of Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, which is an integral and inalienable part of India. The Ministry said, it is regrettable that OIC continues to allow itself to be used by a certain country, which has an abominable record on religious tolerance, radicalism and persecution of minorities, to indulge in anti-India propaganda. The Ministry has strongly advised the OIC to refrain from making such references in future.
-In the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, the J&K Police and Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) Institute Limited signed a MoU wherein BSE Institute Limited will be providing skill development training courses to wards of police martyrs and serving police personnel. The MoU was signed in the presence of DGP Dilbag Singh, Chairperson, Police Wives Welfare Association, PWWA Dr. Rubinder Kaur and senior police officers at Police GOs mess in Gulshan Ground, Jammu. Dilbag Singh has said that it all started when BSE Institute Limited had come for a UT level function to promote youth employability. He said that BIL is working into the skill development of youth in various parts of the country and BSE Institute Ltd is very keen for training programmes for the wards of Martyrs and serving police personnel. The DGP further said that besides, wards of police personnel and wards of serving, retired police personnel, we have around 500 youth of UT who took part in sports activities and added that we look forward to work with BSE for skill development of these youth as well.
-Indian Navy's Search and Rescue effort to locate the second pilot of the MiG-29K trainer aircraft which ditched off Goa on 26th of this month continues with extensive deployment of naval ships and aircraft. Some debris of the aircraft including landing gear, turbo charger, fuel tank engine and wing engine cowling have been located.In addition to nine warships and 14 aircraft engaged in the search efforts, Indian Navy's Fast Interceptor Craft is also deployed to search waters along the coast. Coastal police are on the lookout and nearby fishing villages have been sensitised.
-Minister of Railways Piyush Goyal on Sunday inaugurated the newly electrified Dhigawara-Bandikui section of North Western Railway. He also flagged off the first train on this newly electrified route at the function organized at Dhigawara station. Speaking on this occasion, Goyal said, after the electrification of this line, the route from Rewari to Ajmer has been electrified and now the electric trains from Delhi to Ajmer will start soon. He said, after running of these trains, the diesel trains will be stopped, which will eliminate pollution as well as the dependence on the fuel imported from outside and significant revenue will be saved. He said, apart from this, the average speed of trains will increase and there will be development of industries, agro-based businesses and progress of villagers and farmers. Mr Goyal said, to avoid any inconvenience to the farmers, Kisan Rail is being operated by the railways to transport their agricultural products. He said, the government is committed to the progress of farmers.
-Union minister Nitin Gadkari on Sunday said he was not in favour of having cells in a political party on the basis of castes, religions or communities, and added that talent was more important than these factors.He was referring to the cells formed within political parties to represent different castes or communities, like the minority community and Scheduled Caste (SC).The minister was addressing a rally for Sandip Joshi, BJP's graduates' constituency candidate from East Vidarbha."I have a clear opinion that a man is not great by his caste, but by his talent. In BJP also we have different cells...When I was the party president, I had experienced this," he said. "I always say that our party, our workers are our family. We have never done politics on the basis of caste and community. We stand behind those party workers who work hard, considering them as the members of the family...This is the specialty of the BJP," the Minister of Road Transport and Highways said.Gadkari said that while carrying out any social work or helping the needy, he never considered someone's caste or religion."We have never done politics of caste and community.