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Morning News

0815 HRS
11.02.2019
THE HEADLINES :  
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi to inaugurate 13th International Oil and Gas Conference - PETROTECH-2019 today.
  • Election Commission asks Delhi Police to take action against misleading phone calls about deletion of voters in electoral rolls.
  • Uttar Pradesh government forms SIT to probe hooch tragedy claiming 45 lives.
  • US-backed Syrian forces destroy 41 positions held by Islamic State terror group in eastern parts of the country.
  • In Women's Football, India to face Nepal to seal a place in  Final of the Gold Cup International tournament match today at Bhubaneswar.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will formally inaugurate the 13th International Oil and Gas Conference - PETROTECH-2019 in Greater Noida today. Three-day biennial event began at India Expo Mart yesterday. Welcoming the delegates, Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said, India is the third largest consumer of crude oil and petroleum products and government has taken several measures to provide energy for all. Here is a report from our correspondent:  
The theme of the conference is Shaping the New Energy World through Innovation and Collaboration. Over 95 Energy Ministers from partner countries are participating in the Conference. Over 86 eminent speakers and 7 thousand delegates from around 70 countries, including technologists, scientists, planners, policy-makers, management experts, entrepreneurs, service-providers and vendors are part of the event. Along with the conference, the event has an exhibition spread over 20,000 square meters which has  13 country pavilions and about 750 exhibitors from over 40 countries, with exclusive areas on the Make in India and Renewable Energy theme. Several Start Up companies are also exhibiting their technology and development at the PETROTECH 2019. ANUPAM MISHRA, AIR NEWS, DELHI.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Vrindavan in Uttar Pradesh today to unveil the plaque to mark the serving of three billionth meal by Akshaya Patra Foundation at Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir. He will then serve the three billionth meal to underprivileged children from schools. Mr. Modi  will also address a gathering on the occasion. The Akshaya Patra foundation serves as an implementing partner of Mid-Day Meal Scheme.

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The CBI will continue to question Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar and former Trinamool Congress MP Kunal Ghosh for the third day today in Shillong. Yesterday, the probe agency made the two accused to sit face-to-face and questioned them in connection with Saradha Chit Fund and Rose Valley scams. The questioning by CBI was being done as per the directions of the Supreme Court. Kumar had led the Special Investigating Team (SIT) formed by West Bengal Government to probe the Saradha scam before it was handed over to CBI by the Apex Court. The CBI has alleged that Kumar tampered the crucial evidence in the case while heading the SIT.

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The Election Commission has asked Delhi Police to take necessary action against those making misleading phone calls to people about the city's electoral rolls. Delhi's Chief Electoral Officer Ranbir Singh had on Saturday cautioned people about such calls claiming deletion of their names from electoral rolls. His  statement comes a day after a BJP delegation met the Chief Election Commissioner and alleged that the Aam Aadmi Party  has been making such phone calls. Talking to AIR this morning, Dr Singh said:
"कुछ शिकायतें आई लोगों से कि उनके पास कुछ अज्ञात लोगों से कॉल्स रहे हैं  और कॉल में यह कहा जाता है कि आपका नाम वोटर-लिस्ट के काट दिया गया है। अब हमने यह क्योंकि काफी सीरियस मामला है, क्योंकि वी आर ओनली ऑथोरिटी जो कि नाम को ऐड कर सकता है तो हमने पुलिस कमिश्नर को कंप्लेन भेजी है कि ये जो कहा गया है कंप्लेन्ट्स में, इसके तथ्यों की जांच की जाये और जो भी कानून में प्रावधान है उसके अनुसार उसमें कार्रवाई की जाये।"

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In Rajasthan, Gujjar agitation is still continuing and Delhi-Mumbai railway track remained blocked at Malarna Dungar in Sawai Madhopur district.  As a consequence, 26 trains are plying on diverted routes and 12 were cancelled yesterday. The agitation has spread to Dholpur, Bundi and other districts. Here is a report:
"DGP law and order M L Lather told AIR that total five FIRs have been registered in connection with the Gujjar agitation. Cabinet Minister Vishvendra Singh constituted a 30 member committee of Gujjars who will now mediate between the protesters blocking railway tracks and the government. Gujjers are demanding separate 5% reservation under special Backward classes quota in govt. jobs, raising limit of creamy layer up to Rs. 8 lac per annum and filling of backlog in appointments. Jitendra dwivedi, AIR News Jaipur."

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Uttar Pradesh government has set up a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the hooch tragedy claiming 45 lives in the state. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath asked the SIT to submit its report within 10 working days.
An official spokesperson said, the SIT will be headed by Additional Director General of Police (Railways) Sanjay Singhal. More from our correspondent:
" The SIT will meet the families of victims of hooch tragedy and find out the reasons behind the incident. It will also investigate if there was any conspiracy behind the tragedy and will submit it's report in 10 days. Meanwhile more than 3 thousand people have been arrested in statewide joint operation of police and excise department against the spurious liquor operatives.  SUSHIL CHANDRA TIWARI, AIR NEWS, LUCKNOW."

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The first of the 15 Chinook heavy lift helicopters ordered by the Indian Air Force (IAF) arrived in India yesterday. The CH-47F (I) was received at the Mundra Port in Gujarat and will be transported to its home base at Chandigarh. Boeing, the maker of Chinooks, announced the arrival of the helicopter that will significantly enhance IAF's air lift capabilities. The helicopter, which can carry around 10 tonnes of load, has been delivered ahead of schedule.

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Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa will be on a four-day visit to Bangladesh from today. He will meet the Chiefs of the three Defence Services and the Prime Minister of Bangladesh. An official release said, the Air Chief will also visit operational and training units of Bangladesh Air Force.

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In Jammu & Kashmir, met department has predicted another spell of rain in plains and snowfall over higher reaches from Wednesday to Friday. On the other hand the cold conditions continued in the region due to prevailing dry weather. Speaking to AIR, India Metrological Department DG, KJ Ramesh said that fresh snowfall may cause avalanches too -
"हिमपात होने का पूरा संभावना है अगले 48 घंटों में और पिछली बार जैसा हुआ था। हैवी स्नोफॉल से बहुत ज्यादा सेकेण्डरी इम्पैक्ट्स आये थे, अवलांच आया था काफी जगह, यातायात के लिए बहुत दिक्कतें हुई थी उसी तरह का माहौल दोबारा से बन सकता है, इसलिए जितना आवश्यक स्टेप्स लेकर अपने-आप को बचाने का चेष्टा कर सकते हैं उतना अच्छा होगा।"
More snowfall and rain is expected to lash Himachal Pradesh this week.
Meanwhile, winter vacations in schools in Shimla and Multhan sub tehsil of Kangra district have been extended by two days following heavy snowfall. The schools will now reopen on Wednesday, instead of today.

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Union Environment minister Harsh Vardhan has said that the entire world is concerned about the dangers posed by global warming and climate change and urged people to undertake "green good deeds" to protect the environment. Launched by the Environment Ministry last year, the 'Green Good Deeds' campaign -- aimed at protecting the environment and promoting healthy living -- mentions a list of 500 activities for protecting the environment. Addressing a global summit on 'Science, Spirituality, Education and Environment' in New Delhi, Dr Harsh Vardhan said small behavioural changes and nature-friendly activities can be a great step towards saving the environment.

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US-backed Syrian forces have captured 41 positions held by Islamic State terror group and destroyed their fortifications in the last tiny pocket they hold in eastern Syria. Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces made the advances yesterday after they launched a final push to clear the area from IS terrorists on Saturday night. Heavy fighting is going on inside Baghouz from where 20,000 civilians have been evacuated.
US President Donald Trump has said that the Islamic State group will lose by next week all the territory it once controlled in Iraq and Syria.

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In Venezuela, opposition leader Juan Guaido, who has been recognized by some 50 countries as the interim President, has warned the military for blocking humanitarian aid from entering the country. He said it is a crime against humanity. The warning comes as international aid has taken center stage in a test of wills between Guaido and President Nicolas Maduro in which the military is seen as the pivotal player.

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In Women's Football, India will look to seal a place in the Final of the Gold Cup International tournament when they face Nepal in their second round-robin match at Bhubaneswar today. India began their campaign with a 1-0 win over Iran on Saturday. The win was India's fifth on the trot after back-to-back victories against both Indonesia and Hong Kong in matches prior to the tournament.

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In tennis, France’s Corentin Moutet has clinched the Chennai Open ATP Challenger tournament title after beating Andrew Harris of Australia 6-3, 6-3 in the singles final. It was the second Challenger title for Moutet.

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Australia have refused to play any of the five One Day International matches in Pakistan due to security concerns and the two teams will now compete in the World Cup preparatory series in the UAE.

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The News Services Division of All India Radio in its weekly bilingual live phone-in programme “PUBLIC SPEAK” will bring you a discussion tonight on “Government’s Programs & Policies for Farmers’ Welfare”।
This can be heard on FM Gold Channel and additional frequencies from 9.30 p.m. Listeners can ask questions to the experts sitting in our Studio on Toll Free Telephone No: 1800-115767 (Repeat 1800-115767). You can also ask questions on telephone number: 011: 2331-4444 and post queries on our Twitter handle @airnews s by #tag Askair.

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NEWSPAPERS HEADLINES:-
  • PM Modi attacking the opposition on his tour down south and the Gujjar protest turning violent in Rajasthan are a couple of headline stories that stand out among others across dailies.
  • "PM targets Congress, Naidu, HDK in South" reads the headline in The Asian Age while The Statesman writes, "Modi takes on Naidu on TDP chief's turf".
  • "Gujjar quota stir turns violent, 4 cops injured" is the headline in The Times of India whereas The HindustanTimes writes saying, "Gujjar protest turns violent as police cars torched".
  •  The HindustanTimes  in its another headline says "Mukul Roy named in FIR over TMC MLA's killing".
  • The Times of India has taken a bird-eye-view of the pilgrims taking dip at sangam captioned "2 crore take kumbh's last 'Royal Dip'".
  • The sparring over Rafale deal between centre and the opposition is noticed in The Indian Express that quotes the Congress as saying, "Rafale deal: Conflict of interest, CAG must recuse, says Congress" alongside PM's quote that reads "For Congress, defence sector only about brokering deals: PM".
  • Lowering fog thickness in the Delhi-NCR is noticed by The Pioneer that writes, "Silver lining in disturbances: fog dips 17-yr low".
  • How would you like some air-conditioned clothes? Well, a Times of India report reads, "Now, a dress for all seasons" adding that scientists at the University of Maryland have developed a fabric that can regulate heat making it suitable for all seasons.

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