Supreme Court to hear plea to stay Rafale deal next week (GS-2) (Page-12) U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he was "hopeful" on Wednesday of resetting the troubled relationship with Pakistan, a key player in the Afghan conflict, after cordial meetings in Islamabad including with new Premier Imran Khan. The shift in tone comes days after Washington confirmed plans to cancel $300 million in military aid, and was echoed by Mr. Khan, who voiced his optimism at a fresh start. Afghan conflict Mr. Pompeo told pool reporters shortly before leaving Islamabad that the "broad spectrum" of topics discussed included efforts "to develop a peaceful resolution in Afghanistan". I'm hopeful that the foundation that we laid today will set the conditions for continued success," he said though he added there was a "long way to go" before Washington would resume military assistance. The cancelled military aid is part of a broader freeze announced by the Trump administration in January designed to pressure Pak into action
Pakistan military reached out to India for talks, without success (GS-2) (Page-13) Pakistan's military has quietly reached out to India about resuming peace talks, but the response was tepid, according to Western diplomats and a senior Pakistani official The outreach, initiated by the Army's top commander, Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa, began months before Pakistan's national elections. Trade barriers A key objective was to remove barriers to trade between the countries, which would give Pakistan more access to regional markets. "We want to move forward and we are trying our best to have good ties with all our neighbors, including India" Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said. "As General Bajwa says, regions prosper, countries don't. India cannot prosper by weakening Pakistan ."
Diplomats say Gen. Bajwa has tried to reach out to Indian Army chief Gen. Bipin Rawat to initiate talks. But the effort has been stymied by what one diplomat called a "system mismatch" The Army is Pakistan's most powerful institution, but India's military could not agree to a peace deal without the civilian government's approval. Diplomats in New Delhi say Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government is preoccupied with elections expected early next year and does not want talks before then, fearing that if talks collapse - as they have many times before it could cost them at the polls "'Till the Indian elections, there cannot be an immediate betterment in bilateral relations," Mr. Chaudhry said,NY Times
SC relief for Maharashtra, Uttarakhand (GS-3) (Page-13) The Supreme Court on Wednesday lifted its August 3l order staying construction activities in landslide-hit Uttarakhand for not placing on record in court its solid waste management policy. The court also clarified that there is no stay on construction in Maharashtra too. A three-judge Bench led by Justice Madan B. Lokur had ordered a freeze on construction activities in defaulting States and Union Territories. It had imposed a fine of 3 lakh each on Maharashtra and Uttarakhand, along with Madhya Pradesh and the Union Territory of Chandigarh, for not complying with a July direction of the apex court to place on record their respective policies under the Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016 while Maharashtra lawyers blamed a "communication gap," as the State had already framed a policy in 2017, the Uttarakhand side submitted its policy was awaiting Cabinet approval. 27.0m Uttarakhand said it had been hit by calamity and the fine imposed on them should be channelled for rescue operations in the State.
. It described how landslides have caused the appearance of an artificial lake in Tehri Garhwal area and around 13 villages were in danger. The court allowed the plea. Andhra Pradesh, which was ordered to pay a fine of five lakh for not even making an appearance in the last hearing on August 31, also pleaded the court for relief along with Odisha and Chandigarh. The court asked them to file applications but not before rebuffing them for making an appearance now after being stung by the August 31 order. "The builders must h the States. ave gone after you after our order" Justice Lokur told
Confusion' cited The Odisha counsel ascribed the lapse due to some "confusion" on its part during the August 3I hearing. "Everybody is confused when it comes to implementation of law," Justice Lokur reacted. At one point, the Uttarakhand counsel blamed the Centre for not filing a national policy on solid waste management. But Additional Solicitor General A.N.S. Nadkarni referred to the 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyan' initiative in answer. Towards the end of the hearing, the court questioned Maharashtra about the utilisation of cess collected under the Building and Other Construction Workers (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Service) Act, 1996. It sought a reply from Maharshtra by September II on what steps had been taken to use the funds for the welfare of construction workers in Mumbai. On August 31, the Bench had said it was "pathetic" that some States and Union Territories have not bothered to frame their respective solid waste management policies even two years after the Rules came into existence in 2016
'Action on climate change could add $26 trillion to world economy' (GS-3) (Page-18) & Ambitious action on climate change could contribute an extra $26 trillion to the world economy by 2030, international experts said on Wednesday, urging nations and businesses to step up their engagement. The economic benefits offered by a shift to a low-carbon economy have been "grossly" underestimated, according to the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, a think tank grouping former heads of government and top economic and business leaders. "Bold action could yield a direct economic gain of $26 trillion through to 2030 compared with business-as-usual. And this is likely to be a conservative estimate," the commission's annual report found.
Dynamic action on climate could also generate "over 65 million new low-carbon jobs" by 2030 and avoid over 7,00,000 premature deaths due to air pollution, it said. But policymakers were "not taking sufficiently bold action to escape the legacy economic systems," the study found. The shift would involve change in five key areas: the development of clean energy systems, improved urbarn planning, a shift towards more sustainable agriculture, smart water management and decarbonising industry It called on governments to put a price on carbon of at least $40-80 by 2020, and to move towards mandatory climate risk disclosure for major investors and companies.
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