Morning briefing: First time Japan will import cars from India, says Modi at meeting with Japan PM

GN Bureau | December 12, 2015



Prime minister Narendra Modi met his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe in the capital on Saturday. Both the leaders are addressing the business leaders at Business Leaders Forum today. PM Modi's economic policies are like Shinkansen (a network of high-speed railway lines in Japan) - high speed, safe and reliable and carrying many people along: premier Abe said at the summit.

Modi speak: First time Japan will import Maruti Suzuki cars from India

Today, there is a Make in India movement in Japan with a 12 billion US dollars fund.

I am glad that Japan is assisting with Make in India. I have been told that Japan has set aside a fund specifically on Make in India.

Not just high speed train, India wants high speed growth.

Its not just high speed train, India wants to move forward with its development agenda along with Japan.

Abe speak: PM Narendra Modi's speed of implementing policies is like a bullet train.

Growth in IIP numbers reflects that India is a country of opportunities.

Climate deal ready for adoption this evening
The years-long quest for a universal pact to avert catastrophic climate change neared the finish line Saturday with conference host France announcing that the final draft had been completed in the early hours of the morning.After nearly two weeks of tough haggling between bureaucrats and ministers which ran deep into extra time, French and UN officials completed a line-by-line edit of an historic agreement that seeks to brake global warming and ease its impacts.After translation into the UN's six official languages, the document would be handed to ministers at 11.30 am (1030) GMT, nearly 16 hours after the crunch conference was originally scheduled to close.And it was hoped the text will be adopted at a special session on Saturday afternoon.

Vijay Mallya blames UPA for the failure of Kingfisher Airlines
UB Group Chairman Vijay Mallya has blamed the UPA government for favoring Jet Airways and Air India as the result of Kingfisher's failure.Mallya was examined by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Thursday in connection with its probe into alleged loan default of Rs 900 crore taken from IDBI bank.Mallya also said sudden increase in fuel prices, rupee depreciation and global recession lead to huge losses. He has named former finance minister P Chidambaram for the mess post 2008 slowdown.The debt-laden airlines stopped operations in October 2012.

Mumbai's top cop is Indian envoy to Saudi Arabia
Mumbai Police Commissioner Ahmad Javed has been appointed Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, which has a 2.8 million-strong Indian community. The import of crude oil by India forms a major component of bilateral trade with the Gulf nation which is India's largest supplier of crude oil.The post of Ambassador in Indian Embassy in Riyadh is lying vacant since April.Relations between India and Saudi Arabia witnessed some strain after a Saudi diplomat was charged with confinement and rape of two Nepalese women in September. The diplomat later left India.IPS officer Julio Ribeiro, who was Mumbai Police Commissioner from 1982 to 1985, also served as Indian Ambassador to Romania.

Sirazudin used Telegram messaging app to spread ISIS propaganda
A day after police apprehended the alleged ISIS operative Mohd Sirazudin, the marketing manager of IOC (Rajasthan), investigators revealed on Friday that they are going through nearly 1000 pages of transcripts of posts and messages posted by him on Facebook, WhatsApp and Telegram.Sirazudin was promoting the Islamic State militants organisation for the past five months. The accused was also using the Telegram messaging app, an international favourite of operatives, handlers and recruiters for the terrorist outfit that has overrun large parts of Iraq and Syria.On a complaint, the Special Operation Group (SOG) and ATS of Rajasthan Police had verified the antecedents of the accused, and checked his WhatsApp and Facebook accounts.

Asaram calls himself innocent like Salman Khan
The Bombay high court's  acquittal of actor Salman Khan has had some unusual effects. Self-styled controversial godman Asaram now says that he too is innocent like the actor. Asaram, while heading to appear for hearing of his case, told media persons, “I'm also innocent and will walk free like Salman soon.” Asaram has been jailed since last two years in connection with an alleged rape case.Salman Khan was cleared of all charges, seven months after a sessions court in Mumbai convicted and sentenced him to five-year imprisonment  for causing death.

BJP brings out booklet on National Herald case
Escalating its attack on the Congress over the National Herald case, the BJP has brought out a booklet titled 'Family Greed and National Blackmail' that aims to "inform" its party leaders about the issue.The party will distribute the booklet, which is a compilation of a number of write-ups on the issue, among its MPs and leaders across the country to "inform" them on the issue and give them "talking points", BJP parliamentary party office secretary Balasubrahmanyam Kamarsu said. The BJP has resorted to bringing out booklets on almost every major issue since it came to power in May 2014.The Congress had accused the Central government of practising "vendetta politics" and has alleged that the National Herald case against Sonia and Rahul Gandhi is part of the conspiracy.The party has brought out booklets on a host of issues, including Land Acquisition Bill, intolerance debate and the recent debate on Constitution.

No proposal for raising retirement age of SC, HC judges
There is no proposal to increase the retirement age of judges of supreme court and high courts, the government has informed the Rajya Sabha.In written reply to a question on raising salaries and allowances of judges, Law Minister D V Sadananda Gowda said, "It will take place once the salary of Secretaries to Government is re-fixed.""There is no proposal to increase the age of retirement of Judges of high courts and the supreme court under consideration of the government," he said.

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