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News at Nine

2100 HRS
18.02.2019
THE HEADLINES:
  • Three terrorists killed, four Army personnel including a Major martyred in an encounter at Pulwama in Jammu & Kashmir.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi says Pulwama attack shows that time for talks is over and the world will have to join hands in dealing with terrorism and its supporters.
  • India accuses Pakistan of misusing International Court of Justice for propaganda in Kulbhushan Jadhav case.
  • India and Argentina decide to elevate their multi-faceted cooperation to a strategic partnership; sign ten MoUs in different areas, including Defence and agriculture.
  • India and Morocco agree to setup a joint working group on counter terrorism.
  • And three Indian women boxers enter into the finals of Strandja Memorial Tournament in Bulgaria.   

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In Jammu & Kashmir, three terrorists were killed and four army personnel, including a major, martyred in an encounter in Pulwama district. The operation that began last midnight in Pinglena area ended this evening. A policeman and one civilian also lost their lives in the gunfight. A brigadier, a Lt Colonel, one major and a DIG of police are among the eight security personnel injured.
Sources said one of the killed terrorists could be the mastermind of the CRPF car bomb attack, Kamran Ghazi, a Jaish Commander. However, official sources said the identification and group affiliation of the terrorists is still being ascertained.

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Home Minister Rajnath Singh today said security forces are successfully neutralising terrorists. Commenting on the encounter in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama on the sidelines of a function in Delhi, Mr Singh said the morale of the security forces is very high.

हमारे सेना और सुरक्षा के जवानों का मनोबल इस समय ऊँचा है और वो आंतकवादियो को neutralise करने मे कामयाबी हासिल कर रहे  हैं

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Curfew was relaxed in parts of Jammu city for three hours today. The curfew was imposed on Friday following anti-Pakistan protests and sporadic incidents of violence over the terror attack in Pulwama district. The authorities urged people to maintain peace and not allow miscreants to create trouble.
Meanwhile, the Jammu and Kashmir administration today appointed Liaison Officers in Delhi-NCR, Meerut, Jaipur, Bhopal, Chandigarh, Aligarh, Bengaluru and Pune to coordinate with the students of J&K studying in these places. Mobile numbers of the officers have already been shared with the students.

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The National Federation of the Blind today held a demonstration at Amar Jawan Jyoti, India Gate against the Pulwama terror attack and expressed solidarity with the families of the CRPF martyrs. Under the leadership of the Federation's General Secretary S K Rungta, around 400 visually impaired persons took part in the protest and took a pledge to provide all possible support to the families of the jawans. Mr. Rungta announced that the Federation will make a contribution of ten thousand rupees each to the martyrs' families. They also took a pledge to be ready for any sacrifice to uphold the integrity and security of the nation.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said that Pulwama terror attack shows that the time for talks is over and now the world has to join hands to deal with terrorism and those who are supporting it. In his press statement after holding delegation level talks with Argentinian President Mauricio Macri in New Delhi, Mr. Modi said, he and Mr Macri agreed that terrorism is a huge threat to global peace and stability.

मैं और राष्ट्रपति मैक्री इस बात पर सहमत है कि आतंकवाद वैश्विक शांति और स्थिरता के लिए बहुत बड़ा गंभीर खतरा है। पुलवामा में वह क्रूर आतंकवादी हमला यह दिखाता है कि अब बातों का समय निकल चुका है और सारी दुनिया को आतंकवाद और उसके समर्थकों के विरूद्ध एकजुट होकर ठोस कदम उठाने की आवश्यकता है।

Calling Argentina a power house of Agriculture, Mr Modi said, India sees it as a partner for food security. He said, India-Argentina trade has increased to three billion dollars in the last ten years. 

"पिछले दस वर्षों में हमारा द्विपक्षीय व्यापार दोगुने से भी ज्यादा बढ़कर थ्री बिलियन अमेरिकी डॉलर से भी अधिक हो गया है। अपने मर्शियल एंगेजमेंट को बढ़ाने के लिए विशिष् तरीकों की पहचान की है। मुझे खुशी है कि राष्ट्रपति मैक्री के साथ अर्जेंटीना की अनेक महत्वपूर्ण कंपनियों के प्रतिनिधि भारत आये हुए हैं। मुझे पूरा विश्वास है कि भारत के बिजनेस लीडर्स के साथ उनकी बातचीत बहुत सार्थक होगी।"

In his press statement, Argentinian President Mauricio Macri firmly condemned the Pulwama terror attack.

"I firmly condemn every kind of terrorist attack. This goes against what we think should be healthy co-existence. I am truly pleased to be able to be working together to fight this scourge of mankind."

The Argentinian President said Argentina sees India as its business partner and both sides have great opportunities in non-conventional energies. 

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India and Argentina have decided to elevate their multi-faceted cooperation to a strategic partnership with focus on key areas for the prosperity of both nations. This was said in a joint statement issued after the delegation level talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President of Argentina, Mauricio Macri in New Delhi today. It  said both sides expressed their satisfaction at the mutually beneficial cooperation and partnership. They noted that new spheres of cooperation in areas of mutual interest have been identified and modalities worked out for further strengthening and expanding the bilateral relationship. Both the leaders welcomed the signing of the MoU in Defence Cooperation and tasked their relevant ministries to work towards its robust implementation.
India and Argentina signed ten MoUs in several areas, including Defence, Civil nuclear, Tourism, pharmaceuticals and agriculture. An MOU on Cooperation and Collaboration between Prasar Bharti and the Federal System of Media and Public Contents of Argentina were also inked.

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India and Morocco have signed four MoUs following the delegation-level talks between External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and her Moroccon counterpart Nasser Bourita in Rabat today. Briefing media persons after the meeting, Mrs Swaraj said, the MoUs include setting up of Joint Working Group on Counter Terrorism, Cooperation in Housing and Human Settlement, Reciprocal facilitation of procedures for issue of Business Visa and Cooperation in Youth Matters. She said, the Joint Working Group on Counter Terrorism will develop a comprehensive approach to combat the menace.

भारत कई दशकों से सीमापार आतंकवाद का शिकार रहा है, इसलिए आज हमारे मित्र देश मोरक्को के साथ काउंटर टेरेरिज् के विषय पर हुआ समझौता हमारे लिए बहुत अहमियत रखता है, इसी तरह व्यावसायिक वीजा को आसान करने वाला समझौता हम दोनों देशों के मध् व्यापार बढ़ाने की दिशा में एक मील का पत्थर साबित होगा।” 

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India has accused Pakistan of misusing the International Court of Justice for propaganda as the top UN court began a four-day public hearing in the case of Kulbhushan Jadhav. India, during the first day of the hearing at The Hague today, based its case on two broad issues -- breach of the Vienna Convention on consular access and the process of resolution.  
Representing India, former Solicitor General Harish Salve said, it is an unfortunate case where the life of an innocent Indian is at risk.

"The Pakistan story has always been strong on rhetoric and blurry on facts. The trial by the Military court in Pakistan in the facts of circumstances hopelessly fails to satisfy even minimum standards of due process and being violated of article 36 of Vienna Convention, Jadhav continued custody without consular access should be declared unlawful and considering the trauma to which he has been subjected for over three years, it would be in intrest of the justice of making human rights a reality, to direct his release."

Jadhav, a retired Indian Navy officer, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of espionage.

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The BJP and Shiv Sena today announced their seat sharing pact for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections in Maharashtra. Addressing a joint press conference with Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray and BJP President Amit Shah in Mumbai this evening, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis announced that BJP will contest 25 seats while Shiv Sena will fight 23 seats in the upcoming general elections.
Maharashtra is the second biggest state with 48 constituencies after Uttar Pradesh which has 80 seats.

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Now, News from the Business world:-
 “The Sensex at the Bombay Stock Exchange declined 311 points to end at 35,498. The Nifty at National Stock Exchange also fell 83 points to settle at 10,641. The rupee today weakened 13 paise to 71 rupees and 36 paise against the US dollar. And, in global crude market, Brent prices were trading above 66 dollars per barrel in intra day trade. V Ravi Kumar with Sanjio Kumar Singh for AIR News. “ 

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In Boxing, former junior world champion Nikhat Zareen was among three Indian women boxers to enter the finals of the 70th Strandja Memorial Tournament in Sofia, Bulgaria today. Zareen, in 51 kilogram category,  Manju Rani in 48 kilogram and Meena Kumari Devi in 54 kilogram category entered the finals.
In the men's draw, Asian Games gold-medallist Amit Panghal is the lone Indian challenger left after advancing to the semifinals yesterday.
India had won 11 medals at the 2018 edition.

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