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21.09.2018

2100 HRS


21.09.2018


 
THE HEADLINES:
  • New Delhi calls off meeting between Foreign Ministers of India and Pakistan on sidelines of  UN  General Assembly in New York; says brutal killings of  security personnel  by Pak based entities in Jammu and Kashmir exposes true face of Pakistan's new Prime Minister.
  • Home Ministry denies media reports of any policeman resigning in Jammu and Kashmir.
  • In Tanzania, over 126 people confirmed dead in a ferry capsize in Lake Victoria; hundreds missing.
  • In sports: Kidambi Srikanth and P V Sindhu bow out of the singles events of China Open badminton.
  • In Asia cup cricket, Bangladesh set a winning target of  174 runs for India.

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India has called off the meeting between External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi at UN General Assembly in New York. The meeting was scheduled to take place later this month on the sidelines of UNGA. External Affairs Ministry spokesperson, Raveesh Kumar in New Delhi said, the decision was taken in view of the brutal killings of Indian security personnel by Pakistan-based entities and the recent release of a series of twenty postage stamps by Pakistan glorifying terrorists and terrorism. Mr Kumar said, any conversation with Pakistan in such an environment would be meaningless.
 
"it is obvious that behind Pakistan’s proposal for talks to make a fresh beginning, the evil agenda of Pakistan stands exposed and the true face of the new Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan has been revealed to the world in his first few months in office and any conversation with Pakistan in such an environment would be meaningless."
 
We spoke to defence and analyst Commodore Udhya Bhaskar regarding the development.
 
"It is evident that the good faith demonstrated by the Indian govt to response positively to the letter by Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has been totally displayed. Islamabad can't deny the enormity of approving the release of postal stamp glorifying terrorists. Expecting India to resume high level political contact at foreign minister level against such a background is untenable"

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Home Ministry today  said no policeman in Jammu and Kashmir  has resigned. In a statement the Ministry negated,  certain reports that have appeared in a section of media about resignation of some special police officers (SPOs), and said, that these reports are untrue, motivated, and, are based on false propaganda by mischievous elements. The statement added, that  there are over 30 thousand SPOs and their services are reviewed from time to time.
 
It said, due to pro-active actions of State police force,  terrorists  have been pushed to corner and are being driven to desperation. It said, 28 terrorists have been neutralised this year in Shopian district  alone.
 
Meanwhile, in Kashmir valley, rich tribute were paid to the three special police officers Nisar Ahmad, Firdous Ahmad and Kuldeep Singh, at the District Police Lines at Shopian today. They  were abducted and killed by terrorists. Civil and Police officers led by IGP Kashmir S.P Pani laid floral wreaths after paying  rich tributes to the slain souls.
 
The state police said complicity of Hizbul Mujahideen and LeT terrorist outfits have been established in abduction and subsequent killing of the three policemen. A police spokesman said further investigation is on to identify the culprits. Elsewhere in Bandipore district, with the killing of three more terrorists today in a encounter with the security forces in Shokbaba Sumlar area , the death toll of terrorists has risen to five. Initially two terrorists were killed in the encounter which began yesterday.
 
Defence spokesman said that weapons and war -  like stores were recovered from the encounter site. He said the search operation is in progress.

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The interrogation of Jalandhar Catholic Bishop Franco Mulakkalby Kerala Police  on sexual abuse charges against a nun continues at Kochi.  He has been continuously interrogated by the police for the last three days. PTI quoted Kottayam Police Chief Harishankar saying that the Bishop would be arrested today. This will be for the first time in country's history that a Catholic Bishop would be arrested in sexual abuse case. Bishop Mulakkal was questioned at Jalandhar by the police in August. Franco Mulakkal has been accused of repeatedly abusing the nun sexually between 2014 and 2016.

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In Bihar, CBI has arrested four persons in alleged sexual exploitation of 34 minor girls at Muzaffarpur shelter home. The arrested persons include one  suspended Assistant Director of Social welfare department who was in-charge of inspection of shelter home. Three accused are close aid of kingpin  Brajesh Thakur. CBI has frozen 20 bank accounts of  Thakur besides freezing any kind of transaction of his movable and immovable properties.

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Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu has stressed on the need to find ways and means to ensure that every citizen of the country benefits from the advancements in medical science. Speaking at the 19th Convocation ceremony of National Board of Examinations in New Delhi today, Mr Naidu said, there have been many instances in which families have been driven into penury and debt traps due to huge medical costs incurred on the treatment. He asked the doctors to be a part of the inclusive growth that India is aiming for cleanliness and affordable healthcare.

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Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar has clarified that the circular issued by University Grants Commission - UGC regarding celebration of 29th September as Surgical Strike day is only an advisory in nature and not mandatory. Talking to reporters in New Dehi, Mr Javadekar said, the government has not made any compulsions on institutions or students. He said, the Ministry has issued a program because of suggestions from many students and teachers that they need to commemorate the second anniversary of surgical strike.

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In Tanzania, the death toll in a ferry capsize in Lake Victoria climbed to more than 126 today. State Radio said hundreds more are still feared missing as rescuers searched for survivors after the disaster. The ferry MV Nyerere capsized yesterday afternoon just a few meters from the dock on Ukerewe, the lake's biggest island, which is part of Tanzania. Witnesses said the ferry sank when passengers rushed to one side to disembark as it approached the dock. Regional police commander for the port of Mwanza on the south coast of the lake, Jonathan Shana today said 37 people had been rescued from the sea.

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Former Maldivian President Mohammed Nasheed has urged India to exert its influence to ensure free and fair polls in the upcoming Presidential elections on Sunday. Addressing a press conference in Colombo today, Mr. Nasheed, who is in exile, said ,he fears that the polls would be rigged by President Abdullah Yameen.  The former President said  that the joint opposition, which included his Maldives Democrative Party, is taking part in the polls because they have faith in Maldivian people and their peaceful electoral activity. Mr. Nasheed along with several other opposition leaders are disqualified for elections.
 
Around 2 lakh sixty thousand people are eligible to vote in Sunday's elections which will be third in country’s history after it switched over to democracy in 2008. Maldives government had imposed emergency in the country in February this year after Supreme court ruled for fair trial of convicted opposition leaders including former President Nasheed.

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Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang died at the military hospital in Hanoi today, the official Vietnam News Agency reported. He was 61. Reports say Quang had been suffering from serious illness for several months and had received medical treatment abroad and in Vietnam.
 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed grief on the demise of President of Vietnam Trần Dai Quang. In a tweet, Mr Modi said, people of India have fond memories of his great friendship for India and his successful state visit in March this year.

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In Himachal Pradesh, Pradhanmantri Awas Yojna is proving helpful for under privileged. In Lahaul Spiti district, Foon chong a tribal from Greemas village has built his own house under the scheme at the age of 80. A ground report from our Shimla correspondent :
 
"Pradhanmantri Awas Yojna of Union Government is proving to be beneficial for remote and tribal people of Himachal Pradesh. Foonchong a villager of Greemas village of Tribal Lahoul Spiti district was forced to live in Gompa until the age of 80, but the dream of his house came true with the Pradhanmantri Awas Yojna. He expressed his gratitude and thanked the Prime Minister for the betterment of the poor people.
 
People of Lahaul say that being a hilly region, the amount received under the scheme is not sufficient and it should be increased.
 
Pradhanmantri Awas Yojna is proving to be a boon for many people of Himachal Pradesh. Villagers are getting monetary assistance by which they are making roof for their houses.  Sanjeev Sundriyal,AIR News ,Shimla"

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Ashoora-e-Muharram is being observed with due reverence and solemnity in various parts of the country today. The day marks the martyrdom of Prophet Muhammad's grandson, Hazrat Imam Hussain and his companions, who laid down their lives for upholding truth, righteousness and justice in Karbala. Tazia processions are being taken out to mark the occasion. Majaalis or religious meetings, highlighting the supreme sacrifice of Karbala Martyrs are also being held.

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In Uttar Pradesh, Yaum-e-Ashura Muharram is being observed throughout the state.
 
" In Jaunpur, Bareily, Kushinagar, Gorakhpur, Firozabad, large number of processions were taken out and different style of colorful Tazias, a replica of Tomb of Imam Hussain were seen which included Eco Friendly and whole glass Tazias. Humanitarian gesture was witnessed at many cities including Lucknow, Etawah, Gorakpur where Hindus also observed fast and carried out Tazia Procession with their muslim brethren. They continued the tradition of distributing fruits and other savouries to mourners showcasing the communal harmony.SUSHIL CHANDRA TIWARI, AIR NEWS, LUCKNOW"
 

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The cyclonic storm DAYE has weekend further into a depression over Vidarbha in Maharashtra. It is expected to move west-northwestwards and weaken further into a low pressure in next 24 hours. Talking to AIR, Head of Services of IMD, Dr M Mohapatra said, under its influence, rainfall is likely to take place at most places over Vidarbha and North Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh.
 
"On 23nd dislocation system is expected to interact with the western disturbance with its approach in northeast India on 22nd. Due to this their will be enhanced rainfall activity over Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi, West Up, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and heavy to very heavy rainfall in isolated places extreme heavy rain occur over Himachal Pradesh and Uttrakhand on 23nd and 24th of September."
 
Meanwhile, in West Bengal, the deep depression in west-central Bay of Bengal has intensified into a cyclonic storm. Our Kolkata correspondent quoting Met office reports that heavy rain is expected in the coming days.
 

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Benchmark domestic Stocks today fell for the fourth straight session as the rupee further strengthened for the second session.
 
"At the Bombay Stock Exchange, the Sensex witnessed lot of volatility today and the BSE closed 280 points below at 36,842 mark. Earlier, in the morning trade in sensex rose 368 points to touch the day's high of 37,489. But it turned weak in the afternoon trade and crashed 1128 points to hit the day's low of 35,994.  The Nifty at the National Stock Exchange also slid 91 points to close at 11,143. The rupee, at forex market, strengthened by 17 paise to close at 72 rupees 20 paise today. This is Arjun Choudhari with G. Subramanian for AIR News."
 

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India's Kidambi Srikanth and P V Sindhu today bowed out of the singles event China Open badminton tournament at the quarter-final stage. In the men's singles of the competition being held at Changzhou, seventh-seeded Srkanth lost to reigning world champion Kento  Momoto of Japan in straight games 9-21, 11-21.
 
In the women's singles, third seed Sindhu went down against China's Chen Yufei in three games, 11-21, 21-11, 15-21.
 

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In the ongoing Super Four Asia Cup match in Dubai, Bangladesh have set a target of 174 runs for India.  Sent in to bat first, they were all out for 173 in 40.1 overs.  Mehidy Hasan Miraz was the top scorer with 42.
In the other Super Asia Cup encounter in Abu Dhabi, Afghanistan set a sizeable target of 258 runs for Pakistan.  Opting to bat after winning the toss, they made 257 for 6  in their 50 overs.
 

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