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Nawaz Sharif's UN speech: Pakistan PM glorifies Burhan Wani, India hits back

After Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif spoke about Kashmir issue at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), External Affairs ministry spokesman Vikas Swarup on 21 September responded sharply immediately, on twitter, to some of the remarks that the Pakistan PM made.

Swarup also criticised Sharif for failing to mention about the recent Uri terror attack that took lives of 18 Indian jawans and left several injured.

"PM Sharif at UNGA says India poses unacceptable conditions to dialogue. India's only condition is an end to terrorism. This is not acceptable" Swarup asked on External Affairs Ministry's Twitter handle. He was responding to Sharif's allegation that Pakistan had been ready to resolve the Kashmir dispute through dialogue, but India puts forward 'unacceptable pre-conditions'.

Discussed removing MS Dhoni from captaincy; retirement was a shocker, says Sandeep Patil

Former chairman of selectors Sandeep Patil on 21 September said that during his tenure there were discussions about removing Mahendra Singh Dhoni from captaincy but his retirement from Tests was a "shocker" for them.

Patil also clarified that there was no truth to the perception that Dhoni was instrumental in getting rid of some of the seniors in the Indian team like Gautam Gambhir and Yuvraj Singh.

"Of course, we had a brief discussion about it (removing Dhoni from captaincy) on a few occasions. We wanted to experiment by handing the baton (to somebody) but we thought the time was not right with World Cup (2015) round the corner," Patil told 'ABP News' on 21 September.

Cauvery Row: Siddaramaiah defers implementation SC's order; calls for a one day legislature session

Karnataka Chief minister Siddaramaiah on 21 September decided to call for a one-day legislature session on 23 September to seek the opinion of MLAs on the Supreme Court's order to release 6,000 cusecs of water per day to Tamil Nadu. He has deferred implementation of the order until that time.

The move amounts to defying the apex court.

"Opinion at the all-party meeting was to immediately convene a legislature session to discuss the issue," he said while speaking to the reporters.

A big push for the government's position came from former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda, who attended an all-party meeting that the BJP boycotted. Gowda was vociferous that the government cannot release water at the cost of farmers' interests.

Railway and general budget merger will lead to red tapism: Mallikarjun Kharge

A day after Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley announced the merger of General and railway budgets, Congress MP and Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge said the merger will create more bureaucratic hurdles for the rail ministry as it would strip it off its financial autonomy.

"Merging the general budget with the railway budget, in my personal opinion is not good, because for everything the railway department will have to go and stand before the finance department. Even in urgent matters also, they will have to seek the permission of finance department. So, there is no autonomy of finance. Due to this, the railways will be stuck, and the railways is a sensitive department which carries every day more than two to three crore passengers and provides great benefit to the poor," said Kharge.

After Nawaz Sharif's UN speech, India accuses Pakistan of war crimes

India on Thursday called Pakistan a "terrorist state" and accused it of carrying out "war crimes" against Indians through its "long-standing policy" of sponsoring terrorism, hours after Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif racked up Kashmir issue at the UN General Assembly session. In a strong rebuttal, India said the terrorists designated by the UN continued to roam Pakistan's streets freely and operate with State support.

Exercising India's Right of Reply to Sharif's "long tirade" about the situation in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, First Secretary in the Permanent Mission of India to the UN Eenam Gambhir said "the worst violation of human rights is terrorism." "When practised as an instrument of state policy it is a war crime. What my country and our other neighbours are facing today is Pakistan's long-standing policy of sponsoring terrorism, the consequences of which have spread well beyond our region," she said.