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09.11.2018

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09.11.2018



THE HEADLINES
  • Filing of nominations for single phase assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh and Mizoram ends today.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress President Rahul Gandhi to launch poll campaign for the first phase of assembly elections in Chhattisgarh today.
  • Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu to embark on a three day visit to France today.
  • Defence Ministry enhances financial powers of Vice Chiefs of three Services to expedite process for armed procurements.
  • Bangladesh Parliamentary elections to be held on 23rd of next month.
  • And in Cricket, India to open their campaign against New Zealand in ICC Women's World T20 beginning in the West Indies today

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Today is the last day for filing of nomination papers for the single phase Assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh and Mizoram. Polling for the 230-member Madhya Pradesh Assembly and the 40-seat Mizoram Assembly will be held on the 28th of this month and the results will be announced on December 11th.
In Mizoram, 99 candidates from Congress, Mizo National Front (MNF), BJP and other parties filed nominations till yesterday. Our Correspondent reports that a high-level Election Commission team headed by Deputy Election Commissioner Sudeep Jain will visit Aizawl today to hold meetings with state government officials and leaders of the NGO Coordination Committee. Our correspondent has more on this.
"The Election Commission team is expected to reach Aizawl this afternoon. The team  will be headed by Deputy Election Commissioner Sudeep Jain. The Election Commission will hold meetings with state government officials and leaders of NGO Coordination Committee. This meeting is aiming at conducting free, fair and peaceful election. Early this week, NGOs staged sit-on-demonstration protesting against the removal of the Principal Secretary (Home) Lalnunmawia Chuaungo. They were also demanding removal of state's Chief Electoral Officer S.B Shashank. Irene, AIR News, Aizawl."
In Madhya Pradesh, more than 952 nomination forms have been filed so for in the state. The BJP and the Congress have announced their candidates for the 230-member Assembly. More from our correspondent:-
"The Congress has declared 229 candidates, leaving a lone seat (Jatara) for Loktantrik Janata Dal led by Sharad Yadav. The party has fielded Senior leader Arun Yadav from Budhni seat against Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan. The most prominent names in the BJP's final list  are Krishna Gaur from Govindpura seat and Akash Vijayvargiya from Indore-1 seat. Krishna Gaur is a daughter in law of veteran leader and former chief minister Babulal Gaur while Akash vijayvargiya is a son of senior BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya. Sanjeev Sharma, AIR News, Bhopal."
In Chhattisgarh, electioneering is picking up in 18 constituencies which are going to polls in the first phase on Monday. Our correspondent reports that a massive security cover is in place as more than a dozen constituencies in this region are Maoist affected.
"With just two days left for the campaigning for first phase of assembly elections, candidates as well as senior leaders of various parties are wooing the electorate. National leaders of both the BJP and the Congress are flying in to Bastar to canvass support for their respective party candidates. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to address a election meeting at Jagdalpur today. Congress President Rahul Gandhi will hold five rallies in various constituencies of Bastar and Rajnandgaon for two days from today. He would also take out a road show in Rajnandgaon district headquarter. Vikalp Shukla, AIR News, Raipur."
In Telangana, the Congress party has announced its decision to leave 25 out of 119 seats to its alliance parties in Grand Alliance in Assembly elections. Congress Party's General Secretary and in-charge State affairs R C Khuntia announced this in Delhi last evening. Mr Khuntia said party President has decided to leave 25 seats to its alliance parties in the Grand Alliance which include 14 seats to TDP, 8 seats to Telangana Jana Samiti and three to CPI.
The polling will be held in Telangana on 7th of next month for which the notification will be issued on the Monday next.

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Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu will embark on a three-day visit to France this morning. He will attend the Paris Peace Forum being held to commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War. The Heads of State, Heads of Government of over 50 countries and their representatives are participating in the centenary activities. Mr Naidu will attend the ceremony to commemorate the armistice of the first World War at Arc de Triomphe, presided over by the French President Emmanuel Macron.
The Vice President will also hold a number of bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the Paris Peace Forum. He will also address the Indian community and inaugurate the Indian War Memorial at Villers Guislain. The aim of the Paris Peace Forum is to establish a global platform to reaffirm the importance of multilateralism, international cooperation and the reform of global governance institutions.

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Union Cabinet has given in principal approval for leasing out six airports through Public Private Partnership. Briefing reporters in New Delhi last evening, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said:
"The cabinet has given in principle approval for devlopment, opertion and management of as many as six airport on the PPP model. Those airports are Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Lucknow, Guwahati, Thiruvarupuram and Mangalore."
The Cabinet has also approved amendment to the Central Universities Act- 2009 for setting up of a Central Tribal University in Andhra Pradesh. 
In another decision, the Cabinet has given its in- principle approval for laying down procedures and mechanisms for sale of enemy shares under the custody of the Home Ministry. Mr. Prasad said the value of over 6.5crore enemy shares amounting three thousand crore rupees will be sold after the decision. 
The Cabinet Committee of Economic Affiars has approved strategic disinvestment of 100 percent government's equity in the Dredging Corporation of India Ltd to construct four ports. They are Vishakhapatnam port Trust, Paradeep Port Trust, Jawahar Lal Nehru Port Trust and Kandala Port Trust.  The Cabinet also approved the filling of Padur Strategic Petroleum Reserves (SPR) at Padur in Karnataka by overseas National Oil Companies.

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The Defence Ministry has enhanced financial powers of Vice Chiefs of the three Services. The move is aimed at expediting the decision making process involved in the procurements for the Armed Forces. With this, the Vice Chiefs will be able to exercise financial powers upto five times more than the existing powers with an enhanced ceiling of 500 crore rupees.  The Defence Ministry in a statement said, the move is expected to give another fillip to the capacity of the three Armed Forces. The decision has been  taken to augment the arms and ammunition reserves of the Armed Forces to enhance their operational preparedness.

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Bihar government has approved a proposal to pay 25 thousand rupees to every girl graduating in 2018 and onwards.This decision was taken at the Cabinet meeting yesterday which was chaired by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. As per decision, the one-time payment will be made to every girl who graduated from the college's of the state on or after April 25th this year, irrespective of pass division, community or region.
The Cabinet alloted 300 crore ruppes for disbursal of this payment to an estimated one lakh twenty thousands girls expected to clear their graduation course this year.

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In Arunachal Pradesh, the Centre's initiatives to double the income of farmers by 2022 is showing fruitful results. The Government has launched several schemes in the country to achieve this target. Here is a ground report from our Itanagar Correspondent:
"In Arunachal Pradesh, awareness and technical training programmes being carried out by Krishi Vigyan Kendras across the state are proving as a boon for the small farmers in increasing their income and leading a respectable life. In West Kameng District, Mrs Lazom, a fish farmer, has broken the old belief of not rearing fish in their community.  She says that various government schemes are helping small farmers and specially unemployed youths in taking up different professions for a living.
Prime  Minister Narendra Modi's vision of doubling farmers income by 2022 is getting a big boost with this initiative. Rakesh Doley, AIR News, Itanagar."

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Uttarakhand is celebrating its 18th Foundation Day today. It became a state of the Union, after separation from Uttar Pradesh. President Ram Nath Kovind has greeted the people of the state on this occcassion. In a tweet, Mr Kovind hoped that the state will continue to prosper and develop in the years to come.

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All India Radio, Delhi will broadcast an interview tonight with Executive President of the National Legal Services Authority, Hon'ble Justice of Supreme Court, Justice Madan B. Lokur, on the occasion of Legal Services Day. It can be heard on Indraprastha and FM Gold channels from 8 p.m.

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Parliamentary elections will be held in Bangladesh on 23rd of next month. Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda in a nationwide address yesterday announced the date and said a favourable situation prevails in the country to hold free and fair elections. He said almost all preparations for an election were already complete. Mr Huda urged all political parties to participate in the polls to make it meaningful. Mr Huda said November 19 will be the last date for filing of nominations. 
The ruling Awami League has urged the poll body to stick to its poll plan. However, it is still not immediately clear whether the opposition BNP plans to contest the elections. The BNP had boycotted the last election in 2014.

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India will start exporting raw sugar to China from early next year. Ministry of Commerce and Industry in a statement said, a contract for exporting 15 thousand tonnes of raw sugar has been entered to by the Indian Sugar Mills Association and COFCO, a  public sector company of China. It said India plans to export two million tonnes of raw sugar to China beginning next year.

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And in Cricket, India will open their campaign against New Zealand in ICC Women's World T20 beginning in the West Indies today. The Match between India and New Zealand will be played at Guyana this evening. The Indian eves will be led by skipper Harman Preet Singh.

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TODAY'S NEWSPAPERS,
  • Pollution in Delhi reaching hazardous levels post Diwali dominates front page newspaper headlines, as the Supreme Court order for not bursting firecrackers after 10 PM was flouted across the country.
  • "Ban goes up in smoke, Delhi picks crackers over clean air" headlines the Hindustan Times". The Tribune reports" Delhi pollution almost double of 2017 Diwali". The Hindu remarks "many burst crackers while wearing masks".
  • Amid the growing exposure to toxic haze in Delhi, the Hindu cautions "Expecting women, their babies at high risk in capital". The paper writes - 'Doctors advise residents to wear masks, eat healthy, drink fluids, and avoid walks in the morning'.
  • Maoists setting off a powerful IED blast in Dantewada's Bacheli in Chhattisgarh gets wide coverage. The Asian Age leads with "CISF Jawan, 4 others die as Chhattisgarh Naxals blow up bus". "Attack comes on eve of Prime Minister Modi's visit to Bastar". The Hindu's top headline reads  "5 killed in Chhattisgarh blast on eve of PM's election rally".
  • The papers keenly track the bitter political fight arising on the second anniversary of demonetisation. "Govt, Congress make a demon out of each  other on DeMo anniversary" headlines the Economic Times. The paper writes "FM Jaitley says bold move formalised economy; ex-PM Singh says India yet to recover from its ill effects".
  • The Hindu reports that an established network continues counterfeiting notes post demonetisation. The paper says 'what is more alarming is that the criminals have replicated 10 of the 17 security features in 2000 rupee notes'.
  • And finally, "IITians make cancer cure breakthrough" reports the Asian Age. The paper says that researchers at IIT Roorkee have developed fluorescent carbon nanodots for simultaneous detection and destruction of cancer cells.

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