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Morning News

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  • Campaigning for fourth phase of Lok Sabha elections reaches its peak.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi to file nomination from Varanasi Parliamentary constituency today.

  • National Investigation Agency arrests two terrorists belonging to Pakistan based Jaish-e-Mohammed.

  • Met department says low pressure system over south Bay of Bengal likely to turn into a cyclonic storm.

  • In IPL cricket, Rajasthan Royals beat Kolkata Knight Riders by three wickets.


Campaigning for the fourth phase of Lok Sabha elections has reached its peak. 71 constituencies, spread over nine states, will go to polls in this phase on Monday. Political parties are leaving no stone unturned to woo voters before the end of the campaigning for this phase tomorrow evening. Star campaigners of various parties are making whirlwind tours across the country.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address two rallies in Madhya Pradesh today. Our correspondent has filed this report:

"With just three days to go for the campaigning to end for the fourth phase of the Lok Sabha polls, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address a public meeting in Sidhi and another one in Jabalpur today. The BJP has fielded its sitting MP Riti Pathak from Sidhi against Congress' candidate Ajay Singh. From Jabalpur, the BJP has fielded its sitting MP and state party president Rakesh Singh to take on Congress' legal cell chairman and Rajya Sabha member Vivek Tankha. Sanjeev Sharma, AIR News, Bhopal."

Mr Modi will also address rally at Bandra-Kurla Complex in Mumbai, Maharashtra today. More from our correspondent :

"Campaigning has reached its peak in Maharashtra with just two days to go for the fourth and final phase of polling in the state. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray will be holding joint rally at Bandra-Kurla Complex in Mumbai today evening, while Congress President Rahul Gandhi will address a rally at Sangamner under Shirdi Lok Sabha constituency in Ahmednagar district around the same time. NCP Chief Sharad Pawar will be addressing rallies in Kalyan and Thane today while MNS Chief Raj Thackeray will be holding a rally in Nashik. Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram and Leader of opposition in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge are also likely to address rallies in the state.  Sweety Jain, AIR News, Mumbai."

BJP President Amit Shah will address public meeting in Jalore, Rajasthan.

Congress President Rahul Gandhi will also campaign at Samastipur in Bihar and Balasore in Odisha. Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra will campaign in Uttar Pradesh.

BSP chief Mayawati will address a rally at Urai, Jalaun in the state.  


Prime Minister Narendra Modi will file his nominations from Varanasi constituency today. Mr Modi is seeking second term from Varanasi where polling will be held in the 7th and final phase of Lok Sabha elections on the 19th of May. More from our correspondent :

"Narendra Modi will address booth heads and party workers this morning and after that he will go to worship the city god Kal Bhairav. After puja PM will file his nomination for Varanasi Lok Sabha seat. Senior BJP leader like Amit shah, Rajnath singh, Nitin Gadkari, Yogi Adityanath, Mahendra Nath Pandey and Piyush Goel will be present in the nomination. Many prominent leaders of National Democratic Alliance NDA are also expected to arrive for the nomination including Akali Dal's senior leader and former chief minister of Punjab Parkash Singh Badal, JDU chief Shri Nitish Kumar, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray and President of Lok Janshakti Party Ram Vilas Paswan. In 2014, Modi won the seat by a margin of over 3 lakh votes against Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal. SUSHIL CHANDRA TIWARI, AIR NEWS, VARANASI."


Today is last date for withdrawal of candidature for the sixth phase of Lok Sabha elections. 59 constituencies spread over 7 states will go to polls in this phase on the 12th of May. Voting in this phase will take place for 14 seats in Uttar Pradesh, 10 in Haryana, 8 seats each in Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and West Bengal, 7 in Delhi and 4 seats in Jharkhand.


The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has arrested two terrorists belonging to Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed. A statement issued by the NIA said that the two terrorists - Tanveer alias Tanveer Ahmad Ganie and Bilal Mir alias Bilal Ahmad Mir were detained under the Public Safety Act and put in the Kot Bhalwal jail in Jammu. It said they were produced before a special court that remanded them to a seven-day custody of the NIA yesterday. The agency said that the case against the duo pertained to a criminal conspiracy hatched by the top JeM leadership to strengthen the banned terror outfit's base in India by recruiting persons for carrying out acts of terrorism.


Supreme Court judge Indu Malhotra was appointed as a new member of the in-house inquiry panel set up to examine the allegations of sexual harassment against Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, yesterday following the recusal of Justice NV Ramana.

Justice S A Bobde, who is heading the inquiry panel and is the senior-most judge after the CJI, has appointed Justice Malhotra to the committee. Justice Indira Banerjee is also part of the panel.

Justice Bobde said that first sitting of the panel will be held today as per schedule. The development assumes significance as the former woman employee of the apex court had written a letter Wednesday to the panel expressing reservation over the inclusion of Justice Ramana on the ground that he is a close friend of the Chief Justice and a regular visitor to his house.


The Supreme Court will hear today the plea challenging Election Commission's ban on release of the movie, 'PM Narendra Modi' a biopic on the incumbent Prime Minister after the Election Commission submitted its report in a sealed cover on the 22nd of this month.

A bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, and Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna took into record the report filed in a sealed cover by the poll panel after watching the movie. The court ordered that the copy of the EC's report be furnished to the film producer Sandeep Vinod Kumar Singh, on a request by his counsel senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi.

Hearing the writ petition filed by Singh, the court had earlier asked the EC to reconsider its decision after watching the movie and give its report. Producers of the film contended that the EC's order violated their fundamental right to freedom of speech and expression.


The Meteorological department has issued a warning  that a low pressure system south Bay of Bengal would turn into a cyclonic storm which has been named Fani. The system which is a low pressure now in the Indian Ocean adjoining the southeast Bay of Bengal is expected to turn into a depression during the next 24 hours. Our correspondent has the details:-

"Met Officials have warned the coastal districts of South and North Tamilnadu about Cyclone Fani as a preparatory measure. The system which is advancing from the Indian Ocean is set to hit the Coasts of Tamilnadu in another two to three days. Warnings depicting the advance of the cyclone have been issued along with red on 30th April and Ist May. Fishermen have been advised not to venture into the sea as the winds are predicted to be at 45 to 55 Km an hour. The warning includes Thunderstorm with gusty winds and lightning in all the areas. Joy, AIR NEWS, Chennai.


Sultry weather will continue in the national capital with the maximum temperature likely to be 43 degrees Celsius. Met office has forecast strong surface winds during the day time. Minimum temperature is expected to hover around 26 degrees.

Delhi recorded its hottest day of the season yesterday with temperature soaring to 43.2 degrees Celsius. It has been reeling under scorching heat for the past few days, with the mercury crossing the 40 degree-mark for the first time this season last Tuesday.


Sri Lanka's Defence Secretary Hemasiri Fernando has resigned taking responsibility for the suicide bomb attacks on Sunday. Fernando said that while there had been no failure on his own part, he was taking responsibility for failures of some institutions he headed as the secretary of defence. He was asked to resign following reports that security agencies failed to act on intelligence inputs about the attacks.

Meanwhile, the health ministry last night revised the death toll downward to 253, saying the previous figure of 359 was due to a calculation error.

Security situation in the Island Nation remained fragile as police and security forces continue their operations to nab the suspects behind the Sunday attacks. More from our correspondent :

"Sri Lankan security forces continue with their crackdown on suspects and have released pictures of five individuals for information. Several arrests were made and explosives discovered during past 24 hours during search operations. US embassy in Colombo has said that terrorist groups continue plotting possible attacks in Sri Lanka. President Maithripala Sirisena has called for setting up of joint operations command to tackle the latest threats as government grapple to bring the situation under control. Meanwhile, several Muslim organisations are coming forward to condemn the incident and one of them said that they will not accept bodies of suicide bombers involved in Sunday attacks. Santosh Kumar for AIR News Colombo."


The 5th Asia Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) Media Summit on Climate Action and Disaster Preparedness began in Kathmandu yesterday. The theme of the two-day summit is “Media Solutions for Sustainable Future: Saving Lives, Building Resilient Communities”. Nepal’s Minister for Communication and Information Technology Gokul Prasad Baskota inaugurated the summit. The basic aim of the summit is to address the issue of fully utilizing media’s potential of accelerating climate action and disaster preparedness and connect stakeholders to media professionals for collaboration and joint practical projects.


In IPL cricket, Rajasthan Royals beat Kolkata Knight Riders by three wickets at Kolkata last night. Chasing a target of 176 runs set by KKR, Rajasthan Royals scored 177 for 7 in 19.2 overs. KKR scored 175 for 6 in 20 overs. Earlier, Rajasthan won the toss and opted to bowl.

Today, Chennai Super Kings will face Mumbai Indians in Chennai.


Newspapers Headlines

  • All newspapers gave front page coverage to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's massive roadshow in Varanasi. While the Mail Today captions it as ''The Varanasi show stopper'', the Hindu calls it ''Touching base''.

  • At 600 crores MP Chief Minister Kamal Nath's son Nakul is the richest candidate among all contestants in the 4th Lok Sabha elections reports Mail Today.

  • Suprme Court picks retired judge to probe bid to fix CJI, headline The Asian Age.

  • ''India - China begin to prepare for 2nd informal summit'' headlines the Hindustan Times.

  • ''Army begins process to induct women as Jawans, Navy next '' is The Tribune headline.

  • Now the Army along with NHPC will build tunnels or Bunkers along LAC to store artillery, says the Pioneer.

  • The Hindustan Times report  now no political party has any will to sop truckloads of illegal sand mining on 425 km long chambal sanctuary, where many river banks have already collapsed, killing many turtles too in the process.

  • Maruti Suzuki will stop making diesel cars from next fiscal as Bharat stage VI emission norms start kicking in from 1st April 2020 reports the Financial Express.

  • Bt. Brinjal is being illegally grown in Fatehabad in Harayana reports the Hindu, pinning the responsibility on MAHYCO which has not responded so far. The activists have demanded total destruction of all such genetically modified crops as they are contaminated.

  • Some other stories covered by papers are TIRUMALA TIRUPATI DEVASTHANAM having about 9000 kilograms of gold in banks, Barmer farmers mortgaging jewelery to feed cattle and Facebook CEO admitting that Whatsapp has been unprofitable in last five years.


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