New Delhi: As India steps up the diplomatic offensive against Pakistan after the Pulwama terror attack, the question that geopolitical observers are asking is whether Islamabad’s close ties with China and Saudi Arabia help it sail through.
On Sunday night, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohd bin Salman, or MBS as he is known, was warmly received at the airport by Prime Minister Imran Khan and then personally driven by him – a sign of just how close this relationship is. After announcing 6 billion dollars in investments for Pakistan in October last year, MBS announced a whopping 20 billion dollars in investment for Pakistan and was effusive about their ties.
“Consider me Pakistan’s ambassador to Saudi Arabia,” he said.
The Crown Prince will be in India on Tuesday night for his first state visit.
Despite the obvious warmth in the Saudi-Pakistan relationship, top government officials in India say Saudi Arabia has a “much better understanding” of India’s concerns on terror and that it had strongly denounced the Pulwama attack.
Sources say India and Saudi Arabia are likely to have a “strong statement on terrorism” after Wednesday’s meeting between MBS and PM Modi.
India has a “strong, independent relationship with Saudi Arabia” and that “Pakistan should be feeling insecure, not India”, they say.
Meanwhile, a crucial meeting of the Financial Action Task Force or FATF is taking place in Paris this week where India will raise concerns on Pakistan-sponsored terrorism and its role in keeping the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and the Jaish-e-Mohammad active.
Pakistan is currently on the FATF grey list, where it was placed in June 2018. If it doesn’t fulfil its commitments on curbing terror financing by October this year, then Pakistan may be put on a blacklist which will further hit their economy as international agencies like the IMF, World Bank reduce their ratings and their lending to Pakistan.
Pleasant weather in Delhi, it will rain for the next two days.
The weather pattern is changing in Delhi. The weather in the national capital has been pleasant since morning today (Wednesday). The wind is blowing between the movement of clouds, due to which the temperature has come down. According to the Meteorological Department (IMD), it will be partly cloudy in Delhi today i.e. on September 14. Also, there may be light rain or drizzle with winds at some places.
After the rains on Monday in Delhi, there was a slight drop in the temperature on Tuesday and people got a slight respite from the sultry heat. Meanwhile, the Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted a change in the weather and light rain in Delhi-NCR from today i.e. Wednesday.
According to the forecast of the Meteorological Department, there may be light rain in Delhi for the next two days from today. It will be cloudy and winds will blow at a speed of 30 to 40 kilometers per hour. In Delhi today, September 14, the minimum temperature may be 26 degree Celsius while the maximum temperature may remain 34 degree Celsius.
Make Noida part of Delhi, AAP leader writes open letter to PM Modi
Aam Aadmi Party’s Gautam Buddh Nagar region president Bhupendra Singh Jadaun has composed an open letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi requesting the incorporation of Noida inside the province of Delhi.
In the open letter dated September 12, posted from Jadaun’s twitter account, he has requested that Chief Minister of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal has been giving essential conveniences, for example, water, power, schooling, wellbeing, and transport to individuals of Delhi, which the occupants of Gautam Buddh Nagar locale (Noida) have been denied of. “Very much like Delhi, individuals of Gautam Buddh Nagar ought to likewise have the option to get free power, good education, the advantages of Farishte scheme; the ladies inhabitants ought to have the option free transportation; senior residents ready to go on pilgrimage free of charge; and they are not made to go around different offices to get their Aadhaar card, ration card or driving permit,” the letter peruses.
Jadaun has expressed that the occupants of Noida ought to likewise get the option to choose their delegates in the neighborhood enterprises, very much like it occurs in Delhi. Further, the occupants living in metropolitan and country regions in the area ought to get the possession freedoms of their territory, while the people who live in alleged unlawful provinces ought to likewise get proprietorship privileges alongside essential conveniences like in Delhi, he said.
New rule on free electricity in Delhi, subsidy will not be available without applying from today, CM Kejriwal announced
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has made a big announcement. Now only those people will get electricity subsidy in Delhi, who will apply for it. The applications for this will start from today itself.
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal said that some people do not want to take free electricity. In such a situation, now only those people in Delhi will get electricity subsidy who will apply for it.
Form to be filled
A form will come along with the electricity bill. The form has to be submitted to the electricity bill center. He said that we are issuing a number (7011311111). A missed call has to be made on this number. A message will come on a missed call. There will be a link in it. Which will open the form on WhatsApp. Messages will also be sent to those whose mobile numbers are registered. The number of people who will fill the form on 31 October. They will get the benefit of the scheme. On filling the form in the next month, the bill of the previous month will have to be submitted. He said that his government would run door-to-door awareness campaign regarding this.
The facility will be applicable from October 1
Arvind Kejriwal said, earlier there used to be a lot of electricity in Delhi. We fixed it. Now electricity is available 24 hours. Electricity is available free of cost in Delhi. The money saved by stopping corruption is giving convenience to the people. He told that there are 58 lakh consumers of electricity in Delhi, out of which 30 lakh electricity bills come to zero. Half the bills of 17 lakh consumers come. We will give subsidy to those who ask for subsidy. This facility will be applicable from 1st October.
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