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Uri attack: Manohar Parrikar vows strict action against perpetrators

Taking a tough stance against the terrorists involved in Uri attack, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Sunday instructed the army to take firm action against those responsible.

"The supreme sacrifice of 17 brave soldiers will not go in vain. My salute to them. Reviewed situation in Kashmir following Uri attack with Army Chief & Commanders. Instructed to take firm action against those responsible," the defence minister tweeted after his Srinagar visit.

Parrikar flew to Srinagar earlier in the day and was briefed by the Northern Army and Chinar Corps Commanders Lt Gen DS Hooda and Lt Gen Satish Dua respectively at Srinagar.

Uri attack: Pakistan rejects India's allegations

Islamabad has rejected New Delhi's claims of Pakistan's involvement in Uri terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir, on 18 September and said that pointing fingers on them has become a traditional tendency of India after each terrorist attack.

"Pointing fingers at Pakistan has become a traditional tendency of India after each terrorist attack," the Dawn quoted Pakistan Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria as saying.

"In the past many Indians were involved in the terrorist acts for which India had blamed Pakistan," he asserted.

Commenting on Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh's statement wherein he declared Pakistan as a terrorist state, Zakaria said that India was trying to divert world's attention from what he termed as "human rights violations" being committed in Kashmir.

Cauvery Supervisory Committee to meet today

The Cauvery Supervisory Committee will meet on 19 September to decide the quantum of water to be released to Tamil Nadu and other riparian states.

This is the second meeting of the committee, headed by Union water resources secretary Shashi Shekhar.

Security has been beefed up before the meeting. A host of Kannada organizations has called for a roadblock at Attibele on the Karnataka-Tamil Nadu border.

SC to hear petitions challenging Mohammed Shahabuddin's bail today

The Supreme Court will, on 19 September, hear the petitions of the Bihar Government and Siwan native Chandrakeshwar Prasad against the bail granted to gangster-turned politician Mohammad Shahabuddin by the Patna High Court.

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar-led Bihar Government last week filed an appeal in the apex court, challenging the Patna High Court's order granting bail to Shahabuddin. Senior Advocate Prashant Bhushan has also challenged the latest Bihar High Court order which recently granted bail to Mohammad Shahabuddin.

The petition has been filed by Bhushan on behalf of victim's family who was unhappy to see Shahabuddin walking out of the Bhagalpur jail.

Man accused of murdering Chennai techie Swathi kills himself

The man accused of murdering 24-year-old Swathi, an IT professional from Chennai, has committed suicide in Puzhal Central Prison on 18 September. The accused, Ram Kumar, bit down on a live electric wire.

Ram Kumar's lawyer SP Ramaraj has alleged foul play. "It's a murder in jail. Nowhere in a jail would there be a power supply strong enough to kill a person. We would ask for an open postmortem," he was quoted as saying.

UN holds 1st ever summit on Addressing Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants

World leaders landed in New York on 19 September to attend the United Nations General Assembly for the first-ever summit on Addressing Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants.

According to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, an "unprecedented" 65.3 million people were displaced at the end of 2015 - including 21.3 million refugees, 3.2 million asylum seekers, and 40.8 million migrants.

Is California facing a permanent drought?

Scientists at UCLA have warned that California may be forced to battle permanent drought conditions. The scientists have said that greenhouse gases are likely to increase in the area, which will affect the longevity of the drought - which has plagued the state for five years now.

Other contributing factors include decreasing water levels and lack of rainfall. The research was published in Nature journal Scientific Reports.