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Patel News Brief China's longest space mission over, astronauts back on earth after 90 days Beijing, CMYK A trio of Chinese astronauts returned to earth Friday (September 17) after a 90-day stay aboard their nation's first space station in China's longest mission yet. Nie Haisheng, Liu Boming and Tang Hongbo landed in the Shenzhou-12 spaceship just after 1:30 p.M. (0530 GMT) after having undocked from the space station Thursday morning. State broadcaster CCTV showed footage of the spacecraft parachuting to land in the Gobi Desert where it was met by helicopters and off-road vehicles. Minutes later, a crew of technicians began opening the hatch of the capsule, which appeared undamaged. After launching on June 17, mission commander Nie and astronauts Liu and Tang went on two spacewalks, deployed a 10-meter (33foot) mechanical arm, and had a video call with Communist Par ty leader Xi Jinping. Venezuela rejects US accusation against anti-drug policy Caracas, The Venezuelan government has rejected a US government report alleging it failed to make substantial efforts to fight drug trafficking. In a statement, the Venezuelan Foreign Affairs Ministry described as "unlawful and illegitimate" the US practice of "seeking to establish itself as a supranational police of sovereign and independent states", Xinhua news agency reported on Friday. A memorandum signed by US President Joe Biden on Wednesday designated "Venezuela as having failed demonstrably to make substantial efforts" to adhere to its "obligations under international counter-narcotics agreements". According to the Ministry, Washington's actions "violate fundamental principles of Public International Law, such as mutual sovereign respect, political independence, juridical equality and non-intervention in internal affairs". "The US persists in its inappropriate attempt to play global anti-drug gendarme," it said. Regional African bloc sanctions Guinea military over coup Accra, The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) said that it sanctioned the Guinea military leaders and their relatives over declaring a coup. Addressing the media after a one-day extraordinary summit of heads of state in the Ghanaian capital over the political developments in Guinea and Mali, ECOWAS Commission President Jean-Claude Kassi Brou said the sanctions were to compel the military leaders to return their country to constitutional order without delay, Xinhua news agency reported on Friday. Brou said ECOWAS imposed a travel ban on Guinea's military coup leaders, members of its "National Committee of Reconciliation and Development" and their relatives, and also froze their financial assets. "ECOWAS also demands a short transitional period of no more than six months from the military leaders. PM’s b’day gift: 2.22cr vaccine jab in a day New Delhi, It's a new high for India. On PM Modi's 71st birthday, the BJP had wanted to create a record in administering COVID vaccines. And it seems they have been quite successful. Over 2 crore vaccines have reportedly been administed in the country today. Daily COVID-19 vaccinations crossed the one-crore mark for the fourth time in less than a month, taking the total number of doses administered in the country to over 78 crore, the Union health ministry said on Friday (September 17). Earlier, Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said this is the fastest pace at which one crore doses have been administered. "On PM @Narendra Modi Ji's birthday, till 1:30 pm, the country has crossed the mark of 1 crore vaccines, the fastest so far, and we are continuously moving forward. I believe that today we will all make a new record of vaccination and give it as a gift to the prime minister," he said in a Gujarat at 11.35 lac tweet in Hindi along with the hashtags "VaccineSeva" and "HappyBdayModiji". The country clocked over 42,000 vaccinations a minute, a senior health official said. National Health Authority chief RS Sharma tweeted this: The daily COVID-19 vaccination in the country on September 6, August 31 and August 27 was over 1 crore. Mandaviya on Thursday (September 16) had called for a major push to the COVID-19 vaccination drive during Prime Minister Modi's birthday on Friday, saying it would be the perfect gift for him. The BJP has asked its units across the country to help get a large number of people vaccinated on the occasion of prime minister's birthday. India took 85 days to touch the 10-crore vaccination mark, 45 more days to cross the 20-crore mark and 29 more days to reach the 30 crore, according to the ministry. The country took 24 days to reach 40 crore from 30 crore doses and then 20 more days to cross the 50crore vaccination mark on August 6, it said. It took 19 more days to go past the 60-crore mark and took only 13 days to reach 70 crore from 60 crore on Sep 7, the ministry said. The total number of doses administered crossed 75 crore on September 13, it said. Among states, Bihar saw the highest single-day vaccination at 16.28 lakh, followed by Karnataka at 15.47 lakh, Madhya Pradesh at 13.09 lakh, Uttar Pradesh at 12.12 lakh and Gujarat at 11.35 lakh. Uttar Pradesh has see the highest number of vaccinations in total so far at 9.18 crore, with Maharashtra coming at second with 71.3 crore. Madhya Pradesh has vaccinated 5.49 crore of its denizens, while the figure for Gujarat stands at 5.47 crore and that for Rajasthan at 5.23 crore. The total number of Covid-19 vaccine doses administered crossed 75 crore on September 13, it said. Political developments in Afghanistan greatly impacts countries like India: PM Modi New Delhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said the political developments in Afghanistan will have a great impact on neighbouring countries like India and the continuing instability will encourage terrorist and extremist ideologies all across the globe. In a virtual address at an SCO meeting, PM Modi said there was a need for regional focus and cooperation on the situation in the country. "The recent developments in Afghanistan will have the greatest impact on neighbouring countries like us. And therefore, there is a need for regional focus and cooperation on this issue," he said. PM Modi said power in Afghanistan is not inclusive and has happened without negotiation. Further, he warned that the situation in Afghanistan will encourage terrorist and extremist ideologies. "Other extremist groups can also Concessional GST rates on COVID-related drugs extended till December 31: Sitharaman New Delhi, The Goods and Service Tax (GST) council chaired by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Friday (September 17) announced that it has given GST exemption on expensive imported drugs like Zologensma and Viltetso. These life-saving drugs are unrelated to covid-19. The meeting held in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh was the 45th meeting of the GST council and the first in-person one in nearly two years. There will be concessional GST rates on covid related drugs, which has now been extended till December 31 from September 30, says FM Sitharaman. FM Sitharaman had announced that a few decisions have been taken on import of aircraft or other goods on lease to avoid double taxation. The inverted duty scheme on foot- wear and textiles will be changed from January 1, 2022, she added. Also, 12% GST will be levied on specific renewable devices, said FM Sitharaman. GST rate on locomotives and certain railway parts has been increased from 12% to 18%, said Sitharaman. GST Council had also reduced tax rates on medicines used in cancer treatment from 12% to 5%. I get Rs 4 lakh royalty per month from YouTube for lecture videos: Gadkari New Delhi, The coronavirus-induced lockdown might not have helped many, but Union Minister Nitin Gadkari is not one of them as he has found new avenues for earning more money and channeling his creativity. Gadkari on Friday said that he gets Rs 4 lakh every month as royalty from YouTube, as viewership of his lecture videos posted on the platform has increased during the pandemic period. While reviewing the progress of the Delhi- Mumbai Expressway (DME) in Bharuch, Gadkari further said his ministry has started rating road construction contractors and consultants. During COVID-19 times, the road transport and highways minister said he did two things. "I became a chef and started cooking at home and giving lectures through video conference. I delivered more than 950 lectures online, including lectures to foreign universities students, which were uploaded on YouTube. be encouraged to gain power through violence," he said. PM Modi voiced his concerns that the developments in Afghanistan could lead to an "uncontrolled" flow of drugs, illegal weapons and human trafficking. "A large amount of advanced weapons remain in Afghanistan. Due to these, there will be a risk of instability in the entire region," he said. Also, noting the serious humanitarian crisis brewing in Afghanistan, the prime minister pointed that that the economic woes of Afghans are increasing due to the blockage in financial and trade flows. CM Bhupendrabhai Patel makes the occasion of PM Narendra Modi's birthday a green affair by launching the plantation work of 71,000 trees using Miyawaki method at 'Narendra Modi Van' being developed by Ahmedabad AMC at Lal Bahadur Shastri stadium in Bapunagar, Ahmedabad. BJP not afraid of AIMIM in Telangana: Union Home Minister Amit Shah Hyderabad, The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is taking its political prospects very seriously in Telangana. To boost morale of the party's Telangana leadership and cadre, Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Friday (September 17) visited Nirmal town on the occasion of "Hyderabad Liberation Day''. On September 17, 1948, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel compelled Hyderabad's seventh and last Nizam to surrender and merge Hyderabad state into India. Amit Shah minced no words targeting rival par- ties-- Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) and the All India Majlis E Ittehaadul Muslameen (AIMIM) -- while addressing a public meeting in Nirmal. “It is only BJP which is not scared of Majlis (AIMIM). The ruling TRS government runs with the help of AIMIM while the Congress has no guts to take on Majlis,'' thundered Amit Shah. The Union Home Minister also questioned Telangana Chief Minister K.Chandrashekar Rao for not celebrating“Hyderabad Liberation Day'' on September 17. “Why is he (CM KCR) scared,'' he said. After winning four Lok Sabha seats from Telangana in 2019 General Elections, the Bharatiya Janata Party emerged second in 2020 Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) elections while the AIMIM party came third. For BJP, the immediate task is to win Huzurabad Assembly seat in by-election to be announced soon. This byelection is very prestigious both for BJP and TRS. Eatala Rajender,who was a high-profile minister in TRS government, was removed unceremoniously from the party. New Zealand cancels Pakistan tour due to ‘security issues’ New Delhi, Despite all assurances from the Pakistani government and a positive security assessment, New Zealand Cricket has cancelled its Pakistan tour, citing “security threats” just before the start of the first ODI match. The Black Caps were to play Pakistan this evening in the first of three ODIs in Rawalpindi, before moving to Lahore for a five-match T20 series. The team had arrived in the country after 18 years following positive reviews from a security expert assigned by them to assess the situation. In a statement, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said that the New Zealand Cricket informed the board that they had been alerted to some security alert and has unilaterally decided to postpone the series. The PCB stated that the board and the Pakistan government made foolproof security arrangements for all visiting teams and assured the Black Caps of the same. “The Pakistan Prime Minister spoke personally to the Prime Minister of New Zealand and informed her that we have one of the best intelligence systems in the world and that no security threat of any kind exists for the visiting team,” the statement added. The security officials with the New Zealand team have been satisfied with security arrangements made by the Pakistan government throughout their stay here, the PCB added. The PCB said that the board is willing to continue the scheduled matches. Cricket lovers in Pakistan and around the world will be disappointed by this lastminute withdrawal. Meanwhile, the New Zealand board said that it is not possible for their team to continue the tour. “The BLACKCAPS are abandoning their tour of Pakistan following a New Zealand government security alert,” it said in a statement without elaborating further on the matter. “However, following an escalation in the New Zealand Government threat levels for Pakistan, and advice from NZC security advisors on the ground, it has been decided the BLACKCAPS will not continue with the tour.” The board said that arrangements are now being made for the team’s departure. NZC chief executive David White said it was simply not possible to continue with the tour given the advice he was receiving. “I understand this will be a blow for the PCB, who have been wonderful hosts, but player safety is paramount and we believe this is the only responsible option.” New Zealand Cricket Players Association chief executive Heath Mills said, “We’ve been across this process throughout and are fully supportive of the decision.” “The players are in good hands; they’re safe – and everyone’s acting in their best interests.” Meanwhile, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has said that she totally supported New Zealand Cricket's decision to pull out of its Pakistan tour as the safety of the players was paramount. SC collegium recommends eight names to Centre for appointment as chief justices in HCs New Delhi, Telangana BJP president Bandi Sanjay Kumar paying tributes to Sardar Vallabhai Patel on the occasion of Telangana Liberation Day at Ella Reddy in Hyderabad on Friday. UNI The Supreme Court collegium has recommended eight names to the Centre for appointing them as chief justices of different high courts across the country, sources said on Friday. They said the eight names includes acting chief justice of Calcutta High Court Justice Rajesh Bindal, who has been recommended to be transferred as the chief justice of Allahabad High Court. The sources said the three-member collegium, headed by Chief Justice of India N V Ramana, has also recommended that chief justice of Tripura High Court CMYK Justice Akil Qureshi be transferred to the Rajasthan High Court. They said besides Allahabad, the high courts of Calcutta, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Telengana, Meghalaya, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh will get new chief justices. Besides the CJI, the three-member collegium which deals with appointment in high courts includes Justices U U Lalit and A M Khanwilkar. They have decided to recommend transfer of five chief justices and 28 other high court judges to other high courts, sources said. "The decision on major reshuffle and appointment of chief justices in high courts have taken place following marathon meetings," a reliable source told PTI, adding that meetings in this regard took place on Thursday and today. The collegium decisions, containing the names and details of the judges, are yet to be uploaded on the apex court's website, the source said. The sources said besides Justice Qureshi, the collegium has recommended transfer of chief justice of Andhra Pradesh High Court Justice Arup Kumar Goswami to the Chhattisgarh High Court, chief justice of Madhya Pradesh High Court Justice Mohd Rafiq to the Himachal Pradesh High Court. They said the collegium has recommended transfer of chief justice of Rajasthan High Court Justice Indrajit Mahanty to the Tripura High Court and Meghalaya High Court chief justice Justice Biswanath Somadder to the Sikkim High Court. Besides Justice Bindal, the Collegium has recommended names of Justices Prakash Srivastava, Prashant Kumar Mishra, Ritu Raj Awasthi, Satish Chandra Sharma, Ranjit V More, Aravind Kumar and R V Malimath for appointing them as chief justices of different high courts across the country, the sources said.