Morning Digest: Divergences remain between India and China despite 5-point plan, eight students from Telangana among 24 toppers of JEE Mains, and more

External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi pose for a photo as they meet in Moscow on September 10, 2020.   | Photo Credit: AP

LAC standoff | Divergences remain between India and China despite 5-point plan

The Chinese side walked into the Moscow meeting, initially seeking to deny any “sense of crisis”, holding “it is normal” for two neighbouring major countries to have differences, and the two sides should “move on” from the current stand-off “peacefully”. But this was countered immediately by the Indian delegation.

JEE Mains 2020 | Eight students from Telangana among 24 toppers

This year’s Common Rank List cut-off of 90.37 is slightly higher than last year’s cut-off of 89.75. For students from economically weaker sections, the cut-off is a score of 70.24; for those from Other Backward Classes, it is 72.88; for those in the Scheduled Caste category, it is 50.17; and for those from Scheduled Tribe communities, it is 39.06.

Index of Industrial Production shrinks 10.4% as recovery slows

Economists feel the recovery is slowing, noting that although the IIP’s July contraction is significantly better than the 57% plunge seen in April, it is only a mild improvement from the 15.7% y-o-y contraction seen in June.

Crimes against Dalits increased by 6% between 2009 and 2018: report

“Dalit women often bear the brunt of violence in the hand of dominant caste; violence as grave as physical violence, sexual violence and witch branding. In the COVID 19 pandemic also Dalit women witnessed various forms of atrocities," the report said.

PM CARES Fund gets FCRA exemption without meeting pre-condition of CAG audit

According to the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section on the PM CARES website, the Fund “has received exemption from operation of all provisions of the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 2010” or FCRA. In the last few days of March, the Fund collected ₹39.68 lakh in foreign currency donations.

G23 letter writers gain in Congress organisational overhaul

Ghulam Nabi Azad, who was one of the 23 signatories of the recent letter demanding a re-haul and reform within the party, has been dropped as general secretary in-charge of Haryana, though his position in the CWC remains intact. There has been no significant change in the position of the other signatories — Anand Sharma, Jitin Prasada and Mukul Wasnik have been retained in the CWC.

Swami Agnivesh passes away

Agnivesh, a former MLA from Haryana, is known for his work against bonded labour through the Bonded Labour Liberation Front, which he founded in 1981. The organisation worked on issues surrounding bonded labour in India, especially in the quarries in and around Delhi.

Ground zero | In Delhi, sex work with face masks and hand sanitisers

With lockdown norms easing, sex workers have resumed business in Delhi’s Swami Shradhanand Marg. But workers worry as physical distancing is impossible in this trade. Hemani Bhandari reports on the situation of the women during the lockdown and the efforts they are taking to protect themselves now

Intra-Afghan peace talks to begin today

The negotiations were laid out in a peace deal Washington brokered with the Taliban and signed in Doha on February 29 aimed at ending the war and bringing U.S. troops home ending America’s longest conflict.

15 killed, half a million evacuated due to U.S. bushfires

The true scale of destruction was impossible to count across wide stretches of California, Oregon and Washington cut off from the world by an apocalyptic wall of flames, fuelled by record heatwaves and intense, dry winds.

Australia ease to victory over England by 19 runs

A century stand between Mitchell Marsh and Glenn Maxwell and four wickets for spinner Adam Zampa helped Australia down world champions England by 19 runs in the opening clash of the three-match ODI series at Old Trafford on Friday.

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