WION evening news brief, March 10, 2018

French President Emmanuel Macron with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Photograph:( Twitter )

WION Web Team New Delhi, India Mar 10, 2018, 01.19 PM (IST)

India, France sign 14 agreements, to boost bilateral ties

India and France on Saturday signed as many as 14 bilateral agreements aimed at boosting ties, including in sectors of security and nuclear energy, at Hyderabad House in New Delhi.

The French and Indian companies have also signed contracts worth $16 billion on the occasion. According to reports, around 200 million euros of investments will be made in India.

The deals include a contract for France’s Safran to supply SpiceJet with engines, water system modernisation by French water utility firm Suez in the southern city of Davangere and a contract between industrial gas company Air Liquide and Sterlite.

Pakistan harbours UN designate terrorists: India slams Pakistan at UNHRC

Speaking at the 37th session of UN human rights council (UNHRC) in Geneva, Switzerland, Mini Devi Kumam, Second Secretary, India's Permanent Mission has lashed at Pakistan for sheltering UN-designated terrorists.

Calling Pakistan a failed state, Kumam said, "In gross violation of UN Security Council resolution 1267, the UN designated terrorists like Hafiz Mohammed Saeed are freely operating with State support, and the UN designated entities are being politically mainstreamed in Pakistan."

Arvind Kejriwal writes letter to PM Modi, Rahul Gandhi seeking bill against ceiling drive

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has written letters to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress President Rahul Gandhi seeking a law against the sealing drive in Delhi.

In the letter to the Prime Minister, Kejriwal has written that the sealing is being undertaken because of some irregularities in the law.

He wrote that the centre was supposed to tackle such irregularities, however, it did not mend these on time, and now the people have to face the consequence.

Ambedkar's statue vandalised in Uttar Pradesh's Azamgarh

Dalit leader Dr BR Ambedkar's statue was vandalised in Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh on Saturday. 

The statue was found beheaded in the middle of the ground in Azamgarh. The police, who were informed about the incident rushed to the spot. 

This is the latest in the flurry of attacks on the statue of iconic leaders in the country.  On Wednesday, a bust of Ambedkar was defaced by unknown people in north Chennai in Tamil Nadu, days after a statue of Dravidian icon EV Ramasamy Periyar was vandalised in South Indian state after a senior BJP leader’s inflammatory post on Facebook.

Suresh Bhaiyyaji Joshi re-elected RSS general secretary

The RSS today re-elected as its general secretary Suresh (Bhaiyyaji) Joshi for another three years.

Suresh (Bhaiyyaji) Joshi, who has been holding the post since 2009, will now remain in charge till 2021.

According to sources, who were present in the meeting, no other name was proposed.