N-arms race: Top UN court rejects Marshall Islands suit against India
- The UN's highest court narrowly threw out landmark cases on Wednesday brought by the tiny Marshall Islands against India, Pakistan and Britain for allegedly failing to halt the nuclear arms race The US had carried out devastating nuclear tests on the island from 1946 to 1958. .In majority decisions, the 16-judge bench at the International Court of Justice ruled there was no evidence that Majuro had had a prior dispute with any of the three nuclear giants or sought bilateral negotiations on the issue.
Medical park to come up near city
- A medical park that would manufacture sophisticated medical equipment and vaccines for the country's universal immunization programme will come up in Chengalpattu in seven years. The project is promoted as a part of the `Make in India' campaign.
Sushil Chandra appointed new CBDT chief
- The government has appointed Sushil Chandra, a 1980 batch IRS officer, as the next chairman of the Central Board of Direct Taxes. Chandra, who will take charge from November 1, is currently member (investigation) in CBDT and has been overseeing all income tax-related search and survey operations across the country.
- Germany has declared full support for India's surgical strike on terrorist launch pads across the Line of Control (LoC), saying every country had the right to defend itself against terrorism. “It is absolutely clear that there are two norms in international law governing this issue (cross-border terrorism). The first clear norm is that every state under legal occupation should ensure that no terrorism is emanating from its territory . Secondly, there is a clear international law that any state has the right to defend its territory from any form of global terrorism,“ German ambassador Martin Ney said on Wednesday .
- Former Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Guterres is poised to be the next United Nations Secretary-General and is expected to be formally recommended to the 193member General Assembly for election by the Security Council on Thursday, diplomats said. Russia's UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin, president of the 15-member council for October, said he hoped the council would unanimously recommend Guterres, who was also the United Nations high commissioner for refugees from June 2005 to December 2015.
- Three scientists won the Nobel Prize in chemistry on Wednesday for developing the world's smallest machines, work that could revolutionize computer technology and lead to a new type of battery . Frenchman Jean-Pierre Sauvage, British-born Fraser Stoddart and Dutch scientist Bernard “Ben“ Feringa share the 8 million kronor ($930,000) prize for the “design and synthesis of molecular machines,'' the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said.
- Machines at the molecular level are 1,000th the width of a human hair and have taken chemistry to a new dimension, the academy said. Molecular machines “will most likely be used in the development of things such as new materials, sensors and energy storage systems.'' Stoddart has already developed a molecule-based computer chip with 20kB memory . Researchers believe chips so small may revolutionize computer technology the way silicon-based transistors once did, the academy said.
- Research has predicted that the proportion of jobs threatened by automation in India is 69%, while it is 77% in China and 85% in Ethiopia, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim has said, citing data from the multilateral agency
- Kabaddi World Cup kicks off this week in India, with a row over a decision to bar arch-rivals Pakistan from competing threatening to overshadow the tag-wrestling sport's showcase event. Formidable Iran clash with newcomers the United States in Friday's opening round of the competition. International Kabaddi Federation (IKF) chief Deoraj Chaturvedi, who is from India, said Pakistan has been denied entry because of a spike in tensions between the two nuclear-armed nations.