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Government hikes minimum support price of Rabi crops for 2020-21            Union cabinet approves regularisation of unauthorised colonies in Delhi            All set for counting of votes for Maharashtra, Haryana assembly polls tomorrow            CBI registers case against former Uttarakhand CM, Harish Rawat for alleged horse-trading of MLAs            Praveen Kumar becomes first Indian man to win gold at Wushu World Championships           

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19.09.2019
THE HEADLINES,
  • European Union Parliamentarians slam Pakistan for harbouring terrorists; Back India on Kashmir issue.
  • Government  inaugurates 15 power projects in Jammu and Kashmir to achieve 24x7 uninterrupted power supply.
  • Attacks on Saudi oil industry is an act of war says US Secretary of State.
  • Prasar Bharati funded documentary Moti Bagh nominated for Oscars.
  • And, in Cricket, India defeat South Africa by seven wickets in Mohali T-20 International.

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European Union (EU) parliamentarians Ryszard Czarnecki and Fulvio Martusciello have backed India on the Kashmir issue and slammed Pakistan for harbouring terrorists. During a special debate of the plenary of the European Parliament, Czarnecki, described India as the greatest democracy of the world. He said, the European Union Parliament needs to look at terrorist attacks that took place in Jammu and Kashmir. These terrorists did not land from the Moon. They come from the neighbouring country, Mr Czarnecki said. He slammed Pakistan for providing a safe haven to terrorists despite international pressure.
"Here is one of the most beautiful areas of India and with security and stability could be so enormously prosperous. The previous 70 years, it has had an unsettled status and has been under threat affected by externally sponsored terrorism and extremism. Atlast, there is an opportunity to rectify the situation".
Another EU Parliament member Martusciello said, Pakistan has threatened to use nuclear weapons which is a cause of concern to the European Union. While accusing Islamabad of human rights violations, he said Pakistan based terrorists have been able to plan bloody terror attacks even in Europe.
Opening the debate on behalf of the Vice President of the European Commission, EU Minister Tytti Tuppurainen urged India and Pakistan to resolve Kashmir issue through dialogue.

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India has expressed regret over the decision of the Government of Pakistan to deny overflight clearance for the VVIP special flight for a second time in two weeks, which is otherwise granted routinely by any normal country.
In a  statement, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said Pakistan should reflect upon its decision to deviate from well established international practice. He said Islamabad should reconsider its old habit of misrepresenting the reasons for taking unilateral action.
 

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Union Power Minister RK Singh and Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik have jointly inaugurated 15 power projects and laid the foundation stone for 20 others worth 10,000 crore rupees in the state. Addressing a function in Srinagar, Power Minister said, the government is working to ensure 24 hours electricity supply to all the citizens of the country, including in Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh. He said, the power supply in this winter will be much better than in the past.
Speaking on the occasion, Governor Satya Pal Malik said  development works in Jammu and Kashmir will prompt People of Pakistan Occupied Kashmir to revolt against Islamabad and join India.
Meanwhile, Union Minister Jitendra Singh has said that the transition of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh to Union Territories will be smooth. He said, any arrangement or mechanism which evolves will be in the best interest of all the stakeholders. Dr Jitendra Singh was addressing the Annual Conference of Chief Secretaries and Principal Secretaries of all States in New Delhi yesterday.

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Bypoll for Martselang constituency of Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC) Leh is taking place today. The councilor seat fell vacant following the resignation by Jamyang Tsering Namgyal after he was elected as Lok Sabha MP from Ladakh constituency.  BJP has fielded Stanzin Chosphel while Congress party has given mandate to sarpanch of Stok village Tashi Nurbo and Rinchan Gyurmat is in fray as Independent candidate for the seat.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address a rally at Nashik in Maharashtra today on the concluding day of the State Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis' Mahajanadesh Yatra. The 'Mahajanadesh Yatra' was held in phases in a bid to reach out to masses ahead of assembly polls in the state, expected to be held next month. More from our correspondent:-
"There is a jubilant atmosphere among the BJP party workers in Maharashtra as Prime Minister Narendra Modi is visiting Nashik to grace Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis' Mahajanadesh Yatra. The supporters and party workers of the BJP believes that PM Modi attending the culmination programme of the yatra and addressing people will give a further impetus to the party and will channelise the grassroot party workers to work with utmost zeal for the ensuing assembly elections next month in Maharashtra. KUNAL SHINDE, AIR NEWS, NASHIK."

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Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will hold a review meeting with public sector banks today. Introduction of repo-rate linked products to step up affordable credit, doorstep banking facility, monitoring of loans to MSMEs, small traders, and collaboration of banks with non-banking financial companies, NBFCs for co-origination of loans are some of the agenda expected to come up for discussion during the meeting.
The Centre is expected to review the announcement made by the Finance Minister last month to mandate release of security documents within 15 days of loan closure.

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A central team led by Joint Secretary in the National Disaster Management Authority is on a two-day visit to Madhya Pradesh to take stock of the damages caused by the flood. Meanwhile, the flood situation has improved in the Malwa Nimar region, while it has deteriorated in Chambal division. More from our correspondent:- 
"Rising water levels in the Chambal and the Sindh River have led to flooding of villages along the rivers in Bhind and Morena districts. Around 3000 people have been evacuated safely till now. More than 750 personnel of the Home Guards, Army, Police and SDRF are continuously rescuing people to safe places. Crops are also estimated to be damaged in an area of about 700 hectares. The MeT Department has also issued an Orange for heavy rains in today in 13 districts including Sagar, Chhatarpur Damoh and Vidisha. Sanjeev Sharma, AIR News, Bhopal".
India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a red , indicating extremely heavy rainfall for Mumbai and Raigad districts. A report:-
"As a precautionary measure, the state government has declared holiday for all schools and junior colleges in Mumbai, Thane and Konkan region today. The municipal corporation has requested citizens to avoid venturing around the sea and into water logged areas. Mumbai has broken its 65 year record of highest seasonal rainfall according to BMC and state government and it is still counting. Till Sunday the city had recorded 3453.4 mm rainfall while the previous record was in 1954 when it poured 3452 mm rain from June to September. SWEETY JAIN, AIR NEWS, MUMBAI."
In Tamil Nadu, heavy rain lashed Chennai and its adjoining districts last night. Tiruvallur has witnessed a maximum of 21 centimeter rain, followed by Poondi Reservoir 20 centimeter. The rain covered almost the whole of Chennai city, leading to waterlogging in low-lying areas.

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The Department of Posts has announced commencing International Speed Post EMS Service to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Ecuador, Kazakhstan, Lithuania and North Macedonia. EMS or Express Mail Service is a premium service that enables its users to send documents and merchandise faster. An official release said the EMS service to these countries will henceforth be available at major Post offices across India.

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Jal Shakti Ministry has taken an initiative to develop National Water Museum to raise awareness among people on conservation of the natural resource. According to an official release, the Ministry is also organising a two day International Workshop from today, which will be attended by experts from India and abroad. The outcome of the workshop will be a blueprint for establishing the proposed National Water Museum under the aegis of Jal Shakti Ministry.

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In Uttar Pradesh, 30 month old Yogi government has completed half term in office today. State government is set to be celebrate the half way mark of the tenure by holding functions across the state and highlight its achievements. A Report:-
"Riding on the waves of change in regime and cashing on people's anger against the poor law and order situation, BJP came to the power in state with thumping majority 30 months back. The appointment of a man clad in saffron was also a surprise to many when Yogi Adityanath took the oath of office on March 19, 2017. Since then the mahant of the gorakhnath temple has tried his best to give good governance. Today Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath would release a booklet on achievements of his 30 month tenure and address a press conference at his official residence. SUSHIL CHANDRA TIWARI, AIR NEWS, LUCKNOW".


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Commuters may face hardships in the national capital today as transport bodies have called for a day-long strike to protest against various provisions of the amended Motor Vehicle Act, including steep hike in penalties for various traffic related offences. The United Front of Transport Associations (UFTA) has called for the strike. Many schools in the national capital will remain closed today.

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NITI Aayog Vice Chairman and Chairman of the National Nutirtion Mission Dr Rajiv Kumar has said, during the ongoing Poshan Maah, the government is giving  special attention to those 250 Districts of the country where the malnutrition level is higher than the national average. The entire September month is being celebrated as the Rashtriya Poshan Maah across the country to address the malnutritional challenges. In an exclusive interview to AIR News, Dr Kumar said, the focus of the government will be  towards improving the status of malnutrition in  such districts so that they can be brought at the national average.  
"Aspirational districts are special focus for all are activities because these districts have left behind in nourishment levels are low compare to the other. So they will be a focus of our compaign during this month".
Tune into the FM Gold channel of All India Radio at 9:30 tonight to listen to this exclusive broadcast.

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has criticised the  attacks on the Saudi oil industry as an “act of war” as President Trump ordered a substantial increase in sanctions against Iran, which Washington has linked to the strikes.
The comments raise the risk of a wider conflict in the  Gulf region after the weekend strikes on the heart of the kingdom's oil industry knocked out half its production.
Mr. Pompeo's comment came as Saudi Arabia displayed what it said were fragments of 25 drones and cruise missiles fired at two facilities in the country's east, leaving them engulfed in flames.  Yemen's Iran-backed Huthi rebels, who have claimed Saturday's strikes, vowed that they had the means to hit dozens of targets in the United Arab Emirates. 

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A Prasar Bharati funded short movie has been nominated for Oscars. The movie "Moti Bagh" revolving around the life and hard work of an octogenarian farmer from Uttarakhand has been directed by a three time national award winner Nirmal Chandra Dandariyal. The central character of the film, Vidyadutt Sharma lives in Saanguda village of Kaljikhal block of Pauri district. Moti Bagh is the name of farm of the Octogenarian farmer which was set up in 1967.

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In Cricket, skipper Virat Kohli's unbeaten knock of 72 runs guided India to beat South Africa by seven wickets in the second T-20  at Mohali last night.
India chased down the victory target of 150 runs in 19 overs, riding on a stunning start by both the openers, Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan. Later, Kohli and Shreyas Iyer steered their team to victory. Virat slammed unbeaten 72 runs off 52 balls. Shikhar Dhawan scored 40 runs off 31 balls.  

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In badminton, ace Indian shutlers PV Sindhu, Sai Praneeth and Parupalli Kashyap will play their pre-quarterfinal matches at the China Open in Changzhou, China, today.
Reigning world champion Sindhu beat China's Li Xuerui 21-18, 21-12 to set up a clash with Thailand's Pornpawee Chochuwong.
In the men's singles, Praneeth defeated Thailand's Suppanyu Avihingsanon ,while Kashyap beat France’s Brice Leverdez yesterday. Today, Praneeth will face China's Lu Guang Zu, while Kashyap lock horns with seventh seeded Indonesian Anthony Sinisuka Ginting.

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NEWSPAPERS HEADLINES:

  • The Times of India leads with "Fearing 'epidemic among kids, young', government bans e-cigarettes".
  • The Indian Express headlines "SC sets Oct 18th to wrap Ayodhya case arguments".  The Hindu writes "SC allows Ayodhya mediation committee to resume talks". 
  • "Drug money being used to fund terror in J&K, says DGP" reports The Tribune
  • "Government plans differential rates for delayed GST" reports the Hindustan Times
  • "Government to invite bids from global miners" writes the Financial Express adding "Move to end Coal India's near-monopoly on the fuel as India tries to cut imports".
  • And finally, now, an algorithm that can identify bullies on Twitter.  Well, the Times of India reports that scientists have developed new machine learning algorithms which can successfully identify bullies and aggressors on Twitter with 90 per cent accuracy.

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