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0815 HRS
17.11.2018
THE HEADLINES:
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi to attend swearing-in ceremony of new Maldivian President-elect Ibrahim Mohamed Solih in Male today; Says, India strongly desires to see a stable and democratic Maldives.
  • In Jammu and Kashmir, first phase of Panchayat elections begin amidst tight security.
  • In Tamil Nadu, relief operations on war-footing in Cyclone Gaja affected areas; Death toll mounts to 13; Centre assures all help.
  • Wildfires in California still raging; Claim at least 63 lives with hundreds still missing.
  • India's Ravi Kumar enters 57 kilogram final of Senior Under-23 World Wrestling Championship in Bucharest.
  • And, Sarita Devi and Manisha Mouna advance to pre-quarterfinals of the Women's World Boxing Championships in New Delhi.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend the swearing-in ceremony of Maldivian President-elect Ibrahim Mohamed Solih in Male today. This will be Mr Modi's maiden visit to the famous picturesque country as the Prime Minister. In a series of tweets on the eve of his visit, Mr Modi said, he will convey to the new Maldivian government of Mr Solih, India's desire to work closely with the Maldives for realisation of their developmental priorities, especially in areas of infrastructure, health care, connectivity and human resource development.  He said, India strongly desires to see a stable, democratic, prosperous and peaceful Maldives. Our correspondent has filed this report:
"The visit is in keeping with its neighbourhood first policy as India looks forward to closely working with Maldives in further deepening the partnership. In previous Maldives’ president Abdulla Yameen regime, ties between the two countries got severely strained after Yameen asked India to remove its two choppers from Maldivian territory and  imposed restrictions on work visas for Indians.  President elect Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has stressed after his recent victory that he intends to establish strong bilateral ties with India once he assumes power. Experts believe, after Prime Minister's visit, New Delhi hopes to rebuild its ties with the Maldives under the new regime. With Souvagya Kar, Anand Kumar, AIR News, New Delhi."

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Voting for the first phase of Panchayat elections in Jammu and Kashmir began this morning amidst tight security. Polling is taking place in seven districts of Jammu division, six in Kashmir Valley and two in Ladakh. Polls are being conducted on a non-party basis. 427 candidates are in the fray for 536 Sarpanch Halqas and 5,951 candidates for 4,048 Panch wards in the first phase.
Polling, which began at 8 am, will end at 2 PM. Counting of votes will be taken up immediately after polling is completed.
Talking to AIR, The State's Chief Electoral Officer Shaleen Kabra said:-
"आज के चुनाव में सभी स्नोबाउंड एरियाज जो स्टेट के हैं वो सारे लिए जा रहे हैं, कुल मिलाकर करीब पंद्रह पर्सेंट जो सरपंच की सीटें हैं जो अनअपोज्ड चुने गए हैं,पूरे स्टेट में हमने कुल मिलाके तीनहजार दौ सौ तेरानवे पोलिंग स्टेशन सेटअप किए हैं, जिसमे आज पहले फेज में साढ़े चार लाख लोग सरपंच के  अपने प्रतिनिधि को चुनेंगे ।" 
The Last Panchayat polls in Jammu and Kashmir were held in 2011.

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In Chhattisgarh, with just two days left for campaigning to end for the second phase of Assembly elections to end, electioneering has reached a feverish pitch. BJP President Amit Shah, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and other senior leaders of the BJP will address election rallies at various places today, with Congress Chief Rahul Gandhi also scheduled to hold public meetings in different districts. Our correspondent has filed this report:
"Ruling BJP is expecting the fourth consecutive victory, on the basis of its development works done during last 15 years. On the other hand, the opposition Congress is banking on its promise to waive off the loan of farmers within 10 days of formation of its government in the state as well as 15 years anti-incumbency of the BJP government.  Price rise, corruption, MSP of Paddy and unemployment are the other issues being raised by the opposition parties during campaign. The alliance of Bahujan Samaj Party and Janta congress Chhattisgarh has made the contest multi cornered in most of the constituencies. Vikalp Shukla, AIR News, Raipur."
In Rajasthan, an Election Commission team headed by Chief Election Commissioner OP Rawat will hold a meeting of nodal officers of departments associated with the Election process in Jaipur today. It will also interact with the Chief Secretary, the Director General of Police and with media persons.
Meanwhile, the process of filing nominations gains momentum. our correspondent reports that 579 candidates have, so far, filed their nominations.
"Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje will file her nomination from Jhalrapatan of Jhalawar District today. Now, Just 3 days are left for last date of nomination. BJP has yet not decided its candidates for 38 seats while Congress is to  decide candidates for 48 seats.  It is expected that nomination papers will be filed in large number on today and Monday. Jitendra Dwivedi, AIR News, Jaipur."
Rajasthan has 200 constituencies. Polling will be held on the 7th of next month.

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In Telangana, 304 nominations were filed yesterday for the Assembly elections. BJP has released its fourth list of seven candidates for the polls. Party Central Election Committee Secretary JP Nadda released the list last night.
The 119-member Telangana Assembly will go to polls on the 7th of next month.

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In Mizoram where polling will be held on the 28th of this month, Newly appointed Chief Electoral Officer Ashish Kundra said, that necessary arrangements are underway for Bru-displaced voters to cast their franchise in the state. Details from our correspondent:
"Talking to media, CEO Ashish Kundra said that polling stations will be set up at Kanhmun village, so that Bru voters of Tripura relief camps could cast votes in Mizoram.  Kanhmun is a bordering village between Mizoram and Tripura.  On the other side, major parties stepped up campaigning. Congress leader and AICC general secretary Luizinho Faleiro joined his Party campaign yesterday. In a press meet Faieiro alleged that BJP and MNF are having secret tie and is likely to head for post poll alliance. He said that MNF joined North East Development Alliance NEDA which is headed by Amit Shah. Irene, AIR News, Aizawl."

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In Madhya Pradesh, the Election Commission will provide a ‘Ghar se Ghar Tak’ or(Home to Home) facility for divyang voters to cast their votes. Our correspondent reports  that polling in the state will be held on the 28th of this month in a single phase.
"Around 2 lakh Divyang voters have been registered on the Sugamya Portal till now. There are approximately 3 lakh 50 thousand Divyang voters registered in the voters list in the state. The Divyang voters registered on the Sugamya App can ask for necessary assistance like vehicle, polling assistant, essential material on the day of polling. Registration on this portal will facilitate them to cast vote at polling centres without standing in queue. Such volunteers who wish to help Divyang persons in casting their votes can also get themselves registered on the portal. Sanjeev Sharma, AIR News, Bhopal."

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In Tamil Nadu, relief measures are being carried out on a war-footing in the areas hit by Cyclone Gaja. So far, 13 people have lost their lives. More than 11,000 staff are involved in resuming power connections in affected areas. Mobile medical teams have also been mobilised.
The Indian Navy has offered support to the state authorities for relief work. Two ships - INS Chetlat and INS Cheriam - have been diverted to Karaikal near Puducherry to render assistance.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has spoken to Chief Minister EK Palaniswami over the phone on the situation arising out of the cyclone. Mr Modi has assured Mr Palaniswami of all possible help from the Centre.
The Chief Minister has announced an ex-gratia of ten lakh rupees each for the families of those killed, one lakh rupees for the grievously injured and 25,000 for those with minor injuries.
Meanwhile, Cyclone Gaja has weakened into a depression and has moved into the South East Arabian Sea by traveling through central Kerala. The MeT department has predicted rain at most places in Kerala and Lakshadweep for the next 24 hours.

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In Uttar Pradesh, farmers are now using new irrigation techniques under the Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana. The scheme aims to enhance water use efficiency in the agriculture sector by promoting appropriate technologies. Here is a ground report from our Lucknow correspondent:
"Drip and sprinkler irrigation systems are being promoted under Per Drop More Crop component of Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana. In Mathura district of Uttar Pradesh many farmers of Farah, Baldev, Govardhan, Saunkh, Raya, Nauhjheel and Thura areas are getting benefits of the scheme and they have started using Drip technology. One beneficiary of Thura area Vikram told AIR that by using drip and sprinkler irrigation technology he is not just saving water but also saving money and now able to get more yield.
Under the scheme, farmers are getting subsidy on 80 to 90 percent cost of the drip and sprinkle system. The scheme in playing an important role in doubling the farmer’s income by reducing their input cost. Sushil Chandra Tiwari,  AIR News, Lucknow."

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In the US, the deadliest wildfire in California's history has claimed at least 63 lives with more than 600 people missing, as firefighters gained ground in containing and suppressing the flames. Nearly 12,000 structures, including at least 9,700 homes, have been destroyed in and around the northern town of Paradise as the deadly blaze, known as the Camp Fire raced through the town. 

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On to sports,
India's freestyle grappler Ravi Kumar has stormed into the 57 kilogram Final of Senior Under-23 World Wrestling Championship in Bucharest. In the semi-finals, Ravi defeated Uzbekistan's Jahongirmirza Turobov, 10-8 to book a place in the Final.
Ravi will face Japan's Toshihiro  in the Final today.

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In the Women's World Boxing Championships in New Delhi,  veteran pugilist L Sarita Devi and rookie Manisha Mouna have advanced to the pre-quarterfinals of their respective weight categories. In the 60 kilogram division, Sarita, emerged a 4-0 winner against Diana Brugger of Switzerland while Manisha, outclassed veteran American Christina Cruz in the 54 kilogram section.

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NEWSPAPERS HEADLINES
  • Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple opening its doors for the pilgrimage season for the third time is the lead story in several newspapers today. The Statesman  headline reads "Sabarimala opens for third time amid vigil." The Indian Express reports  "Sabarimala: Gates open, Women activists stopped at Kochi Airport." "Sabarimala board to seek time to implement SC order", writes The Hindu.
  • The widespread damage caused by cyclonic storm Gaja which hit the Tamil Nadu coast on Thursday, has also been prominently covered by the Press. "Cyclonic Gaja (with a wind speed of 120 km per hour) brings disaster to Tamil Nadu". 28 persons killed and 81,000 affected, writes The Hindustan Times.
  • On developments in the CBI, The Times of India in a front page report says "Verma return unlikely as CVC flags 'serious irregularities'." The daily adds "Some charges need to be probed, says SC.
  • The same newspaper in another front page report highlights "Naidu, Mamata make their states no-go zones for CBI, intensify fight with Centre."
  • The Hindu reports that yesterday a prosecution witness in the 1984 anti-sikh riots that hit Delhi after the assassination of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in 1984, identified Congress leader Sajjan Kumar, as she deposed before the District and sessions judge. The Tribune writes that Cham Kaur, who lost her son and father in the riots, called Sajjan Kumar the 'chief instigator' of the anti-sikh riots.
  • And finally, The Times of India writes - In a jumbo push, India gets its first hospital for elephants, in Uttar Pradesh. Rescued elephants can now be treated at a full fledged, state of the art veterinary hospital, built exclusively for elephants in Mathura.

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