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India-US defence ties set for face-lift as Mattis arrives today

Fighter jets, drone deals and shared concerns over Afghanist­an’s security look set to dominate the agenda when US defence secretary Jam­es Mattis visits India this week. Mattis is scheduled to arrive on Monday and is set to meet prime minister Narendra Modi and his new defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman, in the first visit by a top US official since Donald Trump became president in January.

“The United States views India as a valued and influential partner, with broad mutual interests extending well beyond South Asia,” Pentagon said.

Delhi Police Women’s Wing: A Troop Of Warriors

With the increasing crime rate against women in Delhi, the dearth of a specialised wing for women safety and security was needed, and thus the Special Police Unit for Women and Children (SPUWAC) was born. The special police unit is a part of Delhi Police that aims to safeguard the rights of women and children in the New Delhi.

Protectors of motherland

Standing under the tree at the capital's iconic Vijay Chowk overlooking the seats of power –  the North Block and South block – are the elite commandos of Delhi Police. Armed with AK-47 s, MP5s, anti-ballistic glasses and GPS-enabled navigation and communication devices, these men and women from the recently-raised Parakram team of Delhi Police keep a hawk eye on the movements of people in the busy square.

The Parakram teams have been formed as the first line of defence against a terror attack in the capital.

BHU shut after protest turns violent; UP CM seeks report

Violence erupted on the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) campus late on Saturday night, hours after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit was over, when students protesting against an eve-teasing incident clashed with the security personnel. Over a dozen students and some mediapersons were injured in the violence. UP chief minister Yogi Aditynath has ordered a probe into the attacks on the media and on students to be conducted by the commissioner of Varanasi division. The BHU and all undergraduate colleges have been closed till October 2 in view of the prevailing tension on campus.

BJP national executive, reviews performance, plans

BJP president Amit Shah took stock of the party’s year-long expansion drive as its national executive meeting began on Friday during which Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to answer opposition’s criticism of the state of economy.

North Korean Minister Says Trump the One on Suicide Mission

North Korea’s foreign minister unleashed a torrent of criticism at the United Nations General Assembly in response to President Donald Trump’s speech at the same venue, saying Pyongyang is ready for a preemptive nuclear attack if needed.

Ri Yong Ho’s comments came hours after U.S. Air Force bombers flew over international waters east of North Korea, and a tremor struck close to North Korea’s nuclear test site.

UN medics see evidence of rape in Myanmar army ‘cleansing’ campaign

Doctors treating some of the 429,000 Rohingya Muslims who have fled to Bangladesh from Myanmar in recent weeks have seen dozens of women with injuries consistent with violent sexual attacks, U.N. clinicians and other health workers said.

The medics’ accounts, backed in some cases by medical notes reviewed by Reuters, lend weight to repeated allegations, ranging from molestation to gang rape, levelled by women from the stateless minority group against Myanmar’s armed forces.

Hurricanes in US may help cotton growers in India

The demand for Indian cotton is bright in the international market. International buyers are turning to India now as the US crop has been hit by hurricanes in September. Higher production and lower prices also make Indian cotton appealing to global buyers.

Indian cotton exports could definitely go up above 7 million bales this year and there are chances of moving closer to 10 million bales (one bale is 170 kg). Analysts said the market is expecting over 40 per cent growth in exports this time on account of increased demand and better production.

S&P cuts China’s credit rating for 1st time since ‘99

S&P Global Ratings cut China’s sovereign credit rating for the first time since 1999, citing the risks from soaring debt, and revised its outlook to stable from negative.

The sovereign rating was cut by one step, to A+ from AA-, the company said in a statement on Thursday. The analysts also lowered their rating on three foreign banks that primarily operate in China, saying HSBC China, Hang Seng China and DBS Bank China would be unlikely to avoid default should the nation default on its sovereign debt.

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