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0815 HRS
17.02.2019

0815 HRS.



17th February, 2019



THE HEADLINES:-

  • Nation bids tearful farewell to martyrs of Pulwama terror attack; BJP to organise condolence meetings at all district headquarters across the country today.

  • India raises basic customs duty to 200 per cent on goods imported from Pakistan following the terror attack.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi to launch various development projects in Bihar and Jharkhand today.

  • Airports Authority of India receives 32 technical bids from 10 companies to operate six airports in PPP mode.

  • Iran accuses Pakistan of supporting terrorists that killed 27 of its Revolutionary Guards.

  • In cricket, Vidarbha beat Rest of India to retain Irani Cup. 

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The nation bid tearful farewell to martyrs of Pulwama terror attack with performing of their last rites with full state honours at their native places across the country. Several Union Ministers, leaders and a large number of people from all walks of life bid farewell to their departed heroes. 


In Uttar Pradesh, twelve of the martyrs who hailed from the state, were given farewell with full state honours at their native places. 


The two martyred jawans of Uttarakhand were cremated in Haridwar and Khatima with full state honours. 


In Punjab, four CRPF martyrs were cremated with full state honours at their native places amidst slogans against Pakistan.


"People of Punjab paid a tearful adieu to the four Pulwama CRPF martyrs from the state amidst slogans against Pakistan. The politicians, civil authorities and paramilitary officials joined the funeral of all the martyrs. Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has directed the authorities to ensure all possible help to the bereaved families in their need of hour. Ashwani Kumar SharMA, AIR NEWS, Chandigarh".


In Bihar, the last rites of two martyred CRPF jawans were performed last evening on the banks of the Ganges at Fatuha and Kahalgaon. 


In Jharkhand, the mortal remains of CRPF jawan Vijay Soreng were consigned to flames at his native place amid chanting of Vedic hymes. Jharkhand Governor Droupadi Murmu, Chief Minister Raghubar Das, Union Minister Jayant Sinha and several other dignitaries were among the large number of people who paid tributes to the departed soul.


In Odisha, the mortal remains of the two CRPF martyred jawans from the state were given farewell in their villages by thousands of tearful mourners. 


Union Minister K. Alphons, and several other dignitaries paid tributes to the CRPF jawan, V.V. Vasanth Kumar, whose mortal remains were laid to rest in his native village in Kerala.


Thousands of people including Union Ministers Nirmala Sitharaman and Pon Radhakrishnan paid tributes to the two CRPF jawans killed in the Pulwama terror attack as they were laid to rest at their native villages in Tamil Nadu with full state honours.


"When the special aircraft carrying the bodies of four martyrs, including two from Tamil Nadu and one each from neighbouring Kerala and Karnataka touched down at Trichy Airport, slogans hailing the martyrs and condemning terrorism reached the skies. When the mortal remains of the Jawans C.Sivachandran and G Subramanian were taken to their native villages Kaargudi in Ariyalur and Savalachey in Tuticorin, people gathered all along both the sides of the roads in thousands and showered flower petals, besides raising patriotic slogans. Defence Minister Nirmala Sitaraman joined the last rites of Sivachandran in Ariyalur and Union Minister Pon Radhakrishnan and state Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam joined the funeral of Subramanian in Tuticorin. Jayasingh, AIR News, Chennai."

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The BJP will organise condolence meetings across the country today to pay tributes to the CRPF personnel killed in the Pulwama terror attack. The Party's elected members and office bearers will attend the meetings. The party's media head and Rajya Sabha member Anil Baluni said the condolence meetings will be held at all district headquarters and party workers will resolve to take a pledge for a decisive battle against terrorism.


The party said in a statement that it stands with the families of the martyred and noted Prime Minister Narendra Modi's assertion that their sacrifice will not go in vain. Addressing a public meeting in Dhule in Maharashtra yesterday, Mr Modi said that New India will not spare those who provide guns and bombs to target soldiers.


"शहीदों का बलिदान व्यर्थ नहीं जाएगा, आतंक के सरपरस्तों ने जो गुनाह किया है वो चाहे जितना छिपने की कोशिश करें, उन्हें सज़ा जरूर दी जाएगी।"


BJP president Amit Shah also asserted that terrorists will be given a befitting reply by security forces.

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India has raised the basic customs duty to 200 per cent on all goods imported from Pakistan with immediate effect following the Pulwama terror attack. Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said this in a tweet yesterday. India on Friday withdrew the Most Favoured Nation (MFN) status to Pakistan in the aftermath of the terror attack. Increasing duties will significantly hit Pakistan's exports to India, which stood around 3,482 crore rupees in 2017-18. The main items which Pakistan exports to India include fresh fruits, cement, petroleum products, bulk minerals and ores and finished leather.

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More than 40 countries and at least three multi-nation organisations condemned the Pulwama attack and expressed condolences over the loss of lives. The UN, Shanghai Cooperation Organisation and European Union issued statements condemning the terror strike.


Countries such as the US, France, Canada, Israel, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Germany, and Australia are among those that expressed solidarity with India.


India's neighbours such as Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Nepal, Maldives, Mauritius, Bangladesh and Afghanistan have also condemned the terror attack.

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Bangladesh has condemned the Pulwama attack and said it stands with India in its fight against terror. Bangladesh Information Minister Hasan Mahmud told reporters at Kolkata Press Club that there is a pressing need to fight against terrorist attacks regionally and globally.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch various development projects in Bihar and Jharkhand today.


In Bihar, Mr. Modi will inaugurate and lay the foundation stone of projects worth 33,000 crore rupees at Barauni in Begusarai district. The Prime Minister will also address a public meeting at Ulao (उलाव) airport premises in Barauni. Mr. Modi will lay the foundation of the ambitious Patna Metro Rail Project at a cost of 13,366 crore rupees.


"The Metro Rail project is long cherished dream of residents of Patna. Once completed it would connect East, West and Northern Patna with carrying capacity over five lakh 50 thousand commuters per day. Prime Minister would also inaugurate City Gas Distribution Project by which PNG will be offered to houses of over 58 lakh residents in Patna through pipeline. Mr. Modi will dedicated newly electrified five rail sections in Bihar. He will flag off Ranchi-Patna AC weekly express connecting major towns and cities of Bihar and Jharkhand.  Dharmendra Kumar Rai, AIR News, Barauni."

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In Jharkhand, the Prime Minister will visit Hazaribagh and Ranchi. He will unveil multiple Projects pertaining to health, education, water supply and sanitation. These projects are expected to benefit the tribal population of Jharkhand. The Prime Minister will inaugurate three medical college buildings at Hazaribagh, Dumka and Palamu. Mr. Modi will lay the Foundation Stone for four 500-bedded hospitals at Hazaribagh, Dumka, Palamu and Jamshedpur. The Prime Minister will also lay the foundation stone of the Centre for Tribal Studies, Acharya Vinoba Bhave University, Hazaribagh. Mr. Modi will distribute cheques to select beneficiaries to mark the launch of DBT scheme for farmers to purchase mobile phones under e-NAM. The Prime Minister will also distribute packed milk to select school-children to mark the launch of Gift Milk Scheme for students in government schools to improve their nutritional status.

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Airports Authority of India (AAI) has received 32 technical bids from 10 companies to operate six airports. These airports are Guwahati, Thiruvananthapuram, Lucknow, Mangaluru, Ahmedabad and Jaipur. AAI had invited bids to carry out operations, management and development of these six airports in public-private partnership (PPP) mode.

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Iran has accused Pakistan of supporting terrorists that killed 27 of its Revolutionary Guards on Wednesday.


Revolutionary Guards Major General Mohammad Ali Jafarisaid Pakistan's  security forces are supporting and sheltering these terrorists which are a threat to Islam. He warned that if the Pakistan government does not take action against them, Iran will retaliate and Islamabad will have to bear the consequences.


Major General made the remarks in Isfahan City during a farewell ceremony held for those killed.

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In cricket, Ranji champions Vidarbha beat Rest of India in Nagpur yesterday to retain the Irani Cup. Vidarbha has now become the third team after Mumbai and Karnataka to clinch two Irani Cup titles in a row. Set to chase a target of 280, Vidarbha were well on course at 269 for five, needing only 11 runs for an outright victory. However, the two teams decided to shake hands and settle for a draw.

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NOW, FOR AN OVERVIEW OF TODAY'S NEWSPAPERS HEADLINES:-


  • The show of solidarity by all political parties against the Pulwama terror attack has been reported prominently by all major news dailies today. The Sunday Statesman reports ''Political parties project united face against terror''. The Hindu headlines ''We stand united, says all party resolution on Pulwama attack-Meeting chaired by Home Minister Rajnath Singh condemns cross-border terror''.

  • The newspapers have also reported on the Prime Minsiter's stern warning on the terror issue. The Indian Express asserts ''Will avenge every tear that is shed, says Modi''. ''Forces free to hit back: says PM'', highlights The Hindustan Times on its front page.

  • The Asian Age informs on its front page ''81 IAF fighters deployed for exercise close to the border'', the Hindustan Times reports ''Ever prepared to deliver response, says air chief at mega exercise''. The Sunday Times, adds that perhaps fearing surgical strikes ''Pakistan shifts out terrorists from launch pads at LoC''.

  • In related significant news The Times of India reports ''US NSA backs India's right to self defence against attacks - will help Delhi get terror tag for Jaish Chief''. The Financial Express notes ''Customs duty hiked to 200 per cent on all goods imported from Pakistan.''

  • In a story headlined ''Groundwater use making droughts worse across India'', the Hindustan Times reports that a study that reconstructed droughts and famines across India over the last 146 years  says lack of moisture in the soil for extended period of time can be linked to some of the most devastating famines. 

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