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PM announces high-level task force on structural reforms in agriculture            Govt convenes all-party meet today ahead of Parliament session            Efforts on to end West Bengal doctors' agitation            Heat stroke claims 43 lives in Bihar during past 24 hours            ICC World Cup: India to clash with arch-rivals Pakistan today           

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0815 HRS
11.01.2019
THE HEADLINES,
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi says decisions of GST Council will greatly help MSMEs, traders and service sector.
  • Union Cabinet approves re-promulgation of Ordinance making instant triple talaq a criminal offence.
  • Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Delhi, Rajasthan and Uttarakhand to sign agreement on Renukaji Dam Multipurpose Project. 
  • BJP National Council begins in New Delhi today.
  • BJP President Amit Shah appoints former Chief Ministers Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Raman Singh and Vasundhara Raje as party's National Vice Presidents.
  • Indian Weightlifting Federation President Birendra Prasad Baishya named as Chef de Mission for 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
  • And, Maharashtra dominates medals tally with 15 Gold at  Khelo India Youth Games in Pune.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that decisions of the GST Council relating to small businesses will greatly help Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, traders and the service sector. The GST Council, headed by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, at its meeting in New Delhi yesterday doubled the GST exemption limit to give relief to small businesses. It raised the exemption limit to 20 lakh rupees for north eastern states and 40 lakh rupees for the rest of the country. The Council also decided that the GST Composition Scheme, under which small traders and businesses pay one per cent tax based on turnover, can be availed by businesses with a turnover of 1 crore 50 lakh, against the earlier 1 crore rupees, with effect from 1st of April.
In a tweet, Mr Modi lauded the decisions taken by the GST Council, and said that the government is committed to a simple and people-friendly GST.

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Union Cabinet has approved a proposal to re-promulgate the ordinance making instant triple Talaq a criminal offence. More from our correspondent: 

"The ordinance makes all declarations of instant triple talaq void and illegal and the practice a punishable offence with imprisonment of three years. In order to boost healthcare infrastructure in the country, the Cabinet has approved establishment of three more All India Institute of Medical Sciences, AIIMS. Two of them will be set up in Jammu and Kashmir and the third will come up in Gujarat. Expressing gratitude, Union Health Minister J P Nadda said the approval follows the Prime Minister's vision and upholds the spirit of 'Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas'. The Cabinet also gave its nod to re-issue an ordinance to allow a Committee to run the Medical Council of India. The Cabinet also approved the creation of the post of Vice Chancellor for National Rail and Transport Institute in Vadodara, Gujarat. Beside, signing of MoUs with many countries on different fields have also been approved at the Cabinet meeting. Vasundhra, AIR News , Delhi."

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Both Houses of Parliament were prorogued by President Ram Nath Kovind yesterday after the end of the Winter Session.
The Winter Session was held from the 11th of last month till the 8th of this month in the Lok Sabha, while in the case of the Rajya Sabha, it was later extended for a day.

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An agreement for Renukaji Dam Multipurpose Project will be signed today among  the states of Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Delhi, Rajasthan and Uttarakhand. The project is aimed at meeting the drinking water needs of these  states. The agreement will be signed in the presence of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Minister Nitin Gadkari in New Delhi. All the six Chief Ministers will also be present on the occasion.
Under it, three storage projects are proposed to be constructed on the river Yamuna and two of its tributaries - Tons and Giri in the hilly regions of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh. 

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Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath reviewed preparations for Kumbh Mela beginning at Prayagraj on 15th of this month. He also opened the 'Akshay Vat' darshan for the Kumbh pilgrims and also unveiled an idol of Goddess Saraswati at Saraswati Koop inside the fort. Mr. Adityanath also thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman for making it possible after 450 years. We have a report:-

"The first Royal bathe in this world's biggest religious congregation will be held on 15th of January. Saints and seers of different Akharas will take first dip at Sangam. For cleanliness 10 thousand workers have been engaged and more than one lakh toilets are erected. Chief Minister yesterday dedicated 81 projects worth over 240 crore rupees for Kumbh. MS Yadav AIR News Lucknow."

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A two-day meeting of BJP National Council will begin at Ramlila Maidan in New Delhi today. BJP President Amit Shah will inaugurate the convention. Briefing media in New Delhi, party's youth wing president Poonam Mahajan said, around 12 thousand delegates from all parts of the country will attend the event. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the concluding session tomorrow. Our correspondent reports that the party has invited its all elected members ranging from those in local elections to its MPs besides organisational leaders from across the country for the meeting. 

"The national council assumes significance in view of the upcoming general elections this year. The meeting will deliberate on party's strategy for the polls among other issues. Narendra Modi government's social justice plank with its outreach to Dalits, backward classes and general category is likely to be a key theme at the meeting. Government's measures for farmers and various schemes for the welfare of the poor and economic growth will also be discussed. The meeting is  expected to pass  economic and political resolutions. With Diwaker, ASHOK SHUKLA, AIR News, Delhi."

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BJP President Amit Shah has appointed former Chief Ministers Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Raman Singh and Vasundhara Raje as the National Vice Presidents of the party. BJP General Secretary Arun Singh said this in a statement yesterday.
Mr Chouhan had served as the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh and Mr Singh as Chhattisgarh Chief Minister, both for three terms each. Ms Raje was the Chief Minister of Rajasthan.

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Delhi High Court is likely to deliver its verdict today on Special CBI Director Rakesh Asthana's plea seeking quashing of the FIR against him. Justice Najmi Waziri reserved the order on 20th of last month on Mr Asthana and suspended Deputy Superintendent of Police Devender Kumar's pleas seeking quashing of FIRs against them. Mr Asthana has said the cases were registered against them in an illegal manner with mala fide intention.
Asthana, a 1984-batch IPS officer of the Gujarat cadre, is accused of accepting a bribe of 2 crore rupees from a businessman who was being probed in the Qureshi case.

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Cold wave conditions have intensified in some parts of the country. In Himachal Pradesh, the plains of Una district remained colder than Shimla yesterday. Manali was shivering at freezing point.
Intense chill continued in Jammu and Kashmir, as the maximum temperature remained below normal at most places in the valley. Our correspondent has the details:-

"The snowfall is continuing in Srinagar and about 5 to six inches of fresh snow has accumulated  in the Jawahar Tunnel area on the Srinagar-Jammu national highway till now. Traffic officials said that the vehicular traffic on the highway will be allowed to move from Srinagar to Jammu subject to appropriate weather and road condition. The travelers have been advised to contact traffic control units before proceeding for journey. Meanwhile, the divisional administration has mobilized adequate men and machinery to clear accumulated snow in Srinagar and other district headquarters. TARIQ RATHER, AIR NEWS, SRINAGAR."

An unabated cold wave continued in most parts of Punjab and Haryana with Adampur being the coldest place at 1.4 degrees Celsius. Dense fog was witnessed at several places in both the states including Hisar and Ludhiana.
People in Telangana also shivered through another chilly day yesterday as most parts of the state remained in the firm grip of severe cold conditions.

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In international news,
Nicolas Maduro has been sworn-in as Venezuela's President for a second term. The swearing-in ceremony of 56-year old leader took place before the country's Supreme Court, instead of its Opposition-run Congress. The Congress has been stripped of its powers since Mr Maduro's ruling Socialist Party lost control of it in 2016.
The Presidential poll, which was held in May last year, was marred by an Opposition boycott and vote-rigging claims. Last week, the US, European Union, and 13 countries in the Americas said that they would not recognise Mr Maduro's presidency.

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US President Donald Trump reached McAllen, Texas yesterday to push his demand for controversial US-Mexico border wall. He is visiting the US-Mexico border for the first time amid an extended government shutdown with no deal in sight. Mr Trump said, more barriers are needed to protect the United States from violent crimes committed by illegal immigrants.
However, opposition Democrats are refusing to approve 5.7 billion dollars in wall funding. They say that overwhelming numbers of illegal immigrants do not commit serious crimes and Mr Trump is promoting the project to satisfy his right-wing base.

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President of the Indian Weightlifting Federation (IWF), Birendra Prasad Baishya, has been named Chef de Mission for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. IWF Secretary Sahdev Yadav said in a release that it is for the first time that the Weightlifting has been accorded with the honour of Chef de Mission for the Olympics. Baishya is also one of the Indian Olympic Association Vice Presidents.

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Maharashtra was leading the medals tally with 57 medals, including 15 Gold, at the end of day 2 of Khelo India Youth Games in Pune yesterday. 11 of the Gold medals were won yesterday itself, with 5 coming in Gymnastics, three in Swimming, two in Athletics and one in Weightlifting. Apart from the 15 Gold, the hosts have, so far, bagged 19 Silver and 23 Bronze medals.
A media release said, Delhi is close second with 13 Gold, 10 Silver and 13 Bronze medals, while Haryana are placed third with 12 Gold, 10 Silver and 18 Bronze.
Haryana won all seven gold medals in Wrestling in the Girls' under-17 category.
In Weightlifting, the victory podium was dominated by Mizoram who clinched two gold. Here is a report from our correspondent:-

"In Gymnastic Bavleen Kaur from Jammu and Kashmir bagged two gold and two silvers. Protishtha Samanta stole the show in Women’s Artistic Gymnastics by winning three gold medals yesterday. With this Protistha takes four gold medals for West Bengal. Punjab’s Kunwer Ajai Raj Singh Rana was the star of the athletics competition with a 75.40 meter throw that earned him the Under-17 javelin throw gold. Today finale events in Gymnastic Athletics Swimming and Judo are scheduled. Nitin Kelkar For AIR News Pune."

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India lost to UAE, 0-2 in their second group match of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup at Abu Dhabi last night.
India will play its third and final group game against Bahrain on Monday. They will have to win that game to ensure smooth sailing into the knock-out stage.

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Scientists at the Indian Institute of Technology-Kanpur have developed low-cost air pollution sensor. Talking to media Professor S N Tripathi said, the sensor will measure the level of harmful gases, including ozone and nitrogen oxides.
The professor said usually a sensor of this calibre costs around one crore to 2 crore rupees in the international market, but the scientists at IIT-Kanpur have made it in just 50 thousand rupees.

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NEWSPAPERS HEADLINES
  • Alok Verma being removed by a panel, GST exemption limit being doubled for MSMEs are some of the top stories today.
  • "CBI chief gets marching orders," headlines The Tribune; while The Business Standard says, "Alok  Verma shunted out as CBI director".
  • "Big relief for small businesses under GST," reports The Hindu Business Line and The Asian Age writes, "GST exemption limit doubled to 40 lakh rupees," while The Financial Express says, "Big relief for MSMEs as GST ambit shrinks."
  • Army chief General Bipin Rawat's comments on same-sex relationships in the Army are widely covered in the press. The Pioneer quotes him "Gay sex can't be allowed in Army".
  • Most papers have also reported Sheila Dikshit's appointment as  Delhi unit chief. The Pioneer headlines, "Sheila back to steer Delhi Congress in Lok Sabha polls."
  • Justice Lalit recusing himself from the bench to hear the Ayodhya land title dispute case is given traction by the Press too. The Hindu headlines, "New Bench to hear Ayodhya case as Justice Lalit  opts out."
  • For fans of the comic character Tintin, there's news to cheer. "Tintin may be 90 but he's out on a new adventure," reports The Hindu, adding that Steven Speilberg is to produce a movie on him that'll be directed by Lord of the Rings director, Peter Jackson.
  • And Finally, A record in women care! The Hindu Business Line reports that over 1500 gynecologists created a Guinness world record in the 'longest line of sanitary pads at the All India Congress of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in Begaluru. Participants formed a line stretching 1078 metres using 10,105 pads that'll be donated to four city bases schools.

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