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News at Nine

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2100 HRS.

11th September, 2019


  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi emphasizes on innovation and new technology for farmers' welfare and employment generation.

  • Launching Swachhta Hi Seva Programme, Prime Minister gives a clarion call to all citizens to join the campaign against Single Use Plastic.

  • Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist Asif Bhat involved in attack on fruit growers in Sopore killed by security forces in Jammu and Kashmir. 

  • Delhi Book Fair begins at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi; Literature of marginalized tribes figures prominently.

  • In Cycling : India's Ronaldo Laitonjam wins his fourth Gold in Track Asia Competition in New Delhi; India top medals tally with 10 gold, 8 silver and 7 bronze.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi has emphasized on innovation and new technology for farmers' welfare and employment generation. Speaking after launching a series of initiatives in Mathura this afternoon, Mr Modi said, research and better technology are the need of the hour, to expand the Dairy and farming sector in India.

"भारत के डेयरी सेक्टर को विस्तार देने के लिए हमें इनोवेशन की जरूरत हैं, नई तकनीक की जरूरत हैं। ये इनोवेशन हमारे ग्रामीण समाज से भी आएं। इसलिए आज स्टार्ट अप ग्रांड चैलेंज मैं खास करके नौजवानों को कहता हूं। आईआईटी में पढ़ने वाले होनहार छात्रों को विशेष रूप से कहता हूं, आइए स्टार्ट अप ग्रांड चैलेंज के अंदर, जिसकी मैं आज शुरूआत कर रहा हूं, आप  उससे जुडि़ए।"

The Prime Minister said, Environment and Livestock were always at the core of India’s economic thought and philosophy. He said, the NDA Government is moving towards a strong and new India by balancing nature and economic development. 

"पर्यावरण और पशुधन हमेशा से भारत के आर्थिक चिंतन का बहुत ही महत्वपूर्ण हिस्सा रहा है। यही कारण है कि चाहे स्वच् भारत हो, जल जीवन मिशन हो या फिर कृषि और पशुपालन को प्रोत्साहन, प्रकृति और आर्थिक विकास में संतुलन रहकर ही हम सशक् और नये भारत के निर्माण की तरफ आगे बढ़ रहे हैं।

The Prime Minister said, Animal Husbandry and other allied activities have a greater role to play in increasing farmers’ income. Investments in Animal Husbandry, Fisheries and bee-keeping bring in more returns.

Mr. Modi said, the government has launched the Start up Brand Challenge so that these innovations could come from the villages and this will create newer opportunities of employment. He was addressing a gathering after launching ‘Swachhta Hi Seva’ Programme, 2019, National Animal Disease Control Programme (NADCP) and National Artificial Insemination Programme.

The Prime Minister  launched the Swachhta Hi Seva Programme with focus on reducing the usage of Single Use Plastic in the country. He appealed to all Self Help Groups, Civil Society, NGOs, Women, Youth Organisations, every college, school, Government and Private Organisation, and every individual to join in this campaign against Single Use Plastic. He said, all should try that by the 2nd of October this year, our homes, offices and workplaces should be rid of single use plastic.

Prime Minister Modi said, the roots of terrorism are being nourished in India's neighbourhood, and asserted that New Delhi is fully competent to meet the challenge.

"आतंकवाद एक विचारधारा बन गई है, जो किसी सरहद से नहीं बंधी है। ये ग्लोबल प्रोब्लम है, जिसकी मजबूत जड़ें हमारे पड़ोस में फलफूल रही हैं। इस विचारधारा को आगे बढ़ाने वालों को, आतंकवादियों को पनाह और प्रशिक्षण देने वालों के खिलाफ आज पूरे विश् को संकल् लेने की जरूरत है। कड़ी कार्रवाई की जरूरत है। भारत अपने स्तर पर इस चुनौती से निपटने के लिए पूरी तरह से सक्षम है।"


In Jammu and Kashmir, a Lashker-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorist involved in a recent attack on a fruit merchant's home in Sopore was gunned down by security forces. Police said, security forces raided Noor Bagh area of Sopore this morning on the basis of a specific input about presence of Asif Maqbool Bhatt, who was involved in the Friday attack. He was killed in a brief encounter in Sopore in the valley's Baramulla district.

Two police personnel were injured in a grenade blast at the encounter site but are out of danger.

Jammu and Kashmir Director General of Police Dilbag Singh told reporters in Srinagar that Asif was challenged to stop but he didn't and threw a grenade at police parties.

"He is the one who is responsible for making use of OGW to print and publish posters, threating people not to do fruit business, not to go for trading, not to open shops and all, not to go for normal day to day activities. So we were following him, tracking him."


Minority Affairs Minister, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi today met  sarpanches and other prominent people from various areas of Jammu and Kashmir. During the meeting in New Delhi, several development projects to be initiated soon by the Ministry in Jammu, Kashmir and Laddakh were discussed. In a tweet, Mr. Naqvi said the sarpanches and others thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for scrapping Article 370, and expressed confidence that the decision will ensure an overall development of the region.


Human Resource Development Minister, Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank has asked the youth to find solutions to problems through innovation and research. Referring to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's vision on innovation, the Minister said, innovation is the key to overall development of the country. He was speaking at a function organized by the Ministry's Innovation Cell, MIC, in New Delhi today.


The Narendra Modi Government has undertaken several reform measures in the first hundred days of its second term. Our correspondent takes a look at the steps taken in the areas of security and defence.

"In the biggest ever military reform, the NDA government has decided to establish the post of Chief of Defence Staff  for the three services for improved coordination and making the Armed Forces more effective. Indian Air Force has inducted eight Apache Attack Helicopters into its inventory. Apache attack helicopters will replace the Mi-35 fleet. The government has also announced the restoration of the ration in Kind for the officers of the three Armed Forces posted in peace areas. The Narendra Modi government has also granted organised cadre status to Central Armed Police Forces officers. This makes them eligible for several benefits, including Non-Functional Financial Upgradation. The move benefits thousands of serving officers and those retired since 2006 from CRPF, BSF, CISF, ITBP and SSB. With Dipendra Kumar, This is Abhishek Kumar, AIR News Delhi."


President Ram Nath Kovind has noted that India's growth and commitment to sustainability and Iceland’s business strength make for a natural partnership. Addressing Iceland India Business Forum in Reykjavik today, he said collaboration between the two countries can be established in the areas of pharmacy, healthcare, biotechnology, Finance and Tourism. Saying that India is the second largest food producer in the world, Mr Kovind invited Iceland to bring technology and investment support to process the food and modern logistics chain to market them.

The Indian industry body Assocham exchanged an MoU with Icelandic Federation of Trade and Federation of Icelandic Industries for cooperation in trade and Industries. Indo-Icelandic Business Association and Icelandic Indian Trade Council too exchanged MOUs on this occasion. Iceland's President Johansson was present on the occasion.


The CBI has arrested corporate lobbyist Deepak Talwar's alleged close aide, Yasmin Kapoor in connection with a Foreign Contribution Regulation Act case. Deepak Talwar is accused of violating FCRA norms in receiving foreign contribution for an NGO with which he was earlier associated. 

Earlier, the CBI contended that the NGO had received foreign contribution of around 91 crore rupees which was misused and diverted for some other purpose by the NGO.


Former Union minister P Chidambaram, who was arrested in the INX Media corruption case, today approached the Delhi High Court seeking bail. He also challenged a trial court order remanding him to 14 days judicial custody in the case till 19th of this month. The Congress leader was arrested by the CBI last month in connection with the case.

Earlier, the trial court had said that the allegations against Chidambaram were found serious, therefore, he was remanded to police custody. The court also said the CBI had apprehension that because of Chidambaram's status and his position, the investigation may be hampered by the accused.


The Delhi Book Fair began at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi today. The annual five-day event brings together several publishers, retailers and book enthusiasts at a single platform. Inaugurating the event, Information and Broadcasting Secretary, Amit Khare pointed out that despite the Internet, books still hold relevance.

"Knowledge is always new, something new has to be generated which can come only by original thinking and these books will ignite the young mind to think originally and then act in a way so that they can contribute to the society, contribute to the development of the nation and the world.

Publications Division of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and other publishers have put on display a wide variety of books and e-books on different subject in several Indian languages. Over 140 exhibitors are taking part in the event. Our correspondent reports that the silver jubilee edition of the fair aims to project New India as envisioned by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

"The first day of the event witnessed  a huge footfall ,with students making up the majority of the crowd. A young visitor said he finds the event particularly interesting because he not only finds books at resonable rates but also gets an opportunity to meet and interact with like minded people.

This year, the event has also attracted unique publishers who are seeking to highlight and promote the literature of marginalized tribes like the Lepchas who are mostly found in parts of Sikkim and West bengal. Chairman of the Lepcha Development Board, Lyangsong Tam Sang, said for a community to truly prosper, development not only in terms of infrastructure but also intellectual is equally important.

Other attractions of the event include a stationary fair, seminars, reading sessions, book release and cultural programmes. With Bhupendra Sanjeev Jasrotia AIR News Delhi."


Information and Broadcasting Minister, Prakash Javadekar today announced implementation of accessibility standards for TV programmes for hearing impaired persons. This will be done through the provision of captioning and Indian Sign language. Mr Javadekar also announced that accessibility standards for films for the visually impaired through provision of narration facility in between dialogues, are also under examination.


In Cycling, India's Ronaldo Laitonjam won his fourth gold medal on the concluding day of Track Asia Cup competition in New Delhi today. India emerged overall champions as its players picked up three medals in the day, two gold and one bronze.

Overall, India topped the medals tally, with 10 gold, 8 silver and 7 bronze as the tournament came to an end at the IGI Sports Complex.

Uzbekistan finished second, with 4 gold and 3 silver. Malaysia secured third place, with 4 gold and 1 silver.


In Badminton, India's Siril Verma and Subhankar Dey have reached the second round of the men's singles of Vietnam Open BWF Tour Super 100 in Ho Chi Minh City. In the first round today, Siril defeated Malaysia's Iskandar Zulkarnain Zainuddin 21-18, 21-7. Subhankar entered the second round by getting a bye. 


In Football, Tamil Nadu defeated Chhattisgharh 5-0 in the 25th Senior Women’s National Championship at Pasighat in Arunachal Pradesh today. Kerala thrashed Chandigarh 8-0, while Goa beat Uttar Pradesh 7-0.


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