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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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Morning News

0815 HRS
09.10.2019

THE HEADLINES,
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi urges people to avoid wasting food and water and conserve energy as a mission.
  • Rafale Fighter jets will boost India's air dominance exponentially, says Defence Minister Rajnath Singh.
  • Election Commission to visit Haryana today to take stock of preparations for Assembly elections.
  • Filing of nominations for Block Development Council elections in Jammu and Kashmir ends this evening.
  • China snubs Pakistan; Calls Kashmir a bilateral issue between New Delhi and Islamabad.
  • And in Women's Cricket, India to take on South Africa in first ODI of three match series at Vadodara, in a short while.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has urged the people to  conserve energy and water. Speaking at a Dussehra event in the national capital last evening, Mr Modi said that as a tribute to Mahatma Gandhi in his 150th birth anniversary year, people should take up the mission of not wasting food and avoiding single-use plastic.

"अगर मैं पानी बचाता हूं वो भी एक संकल् हो सकता है। मैं कभी खाना खाता हूं, झूठा नहीं छोड़ंगा ये भी संकल् हो सकता है। मैं बिजली बचाउं ये भी संकल् हो सकता है। मैं कभी भी देश की सम्पत्ति का नुकसान नहीं होने दूंगा ये भी संकल् हो सकता है। महात्मा गांधी की डेढ़ सौवीं जयंती हो, गुरुनानक देव जी का पांच सौ पचासवां प्रकाश पर्व हो उसी में से प्रेरणा पाते हुए हम भी कोई कोई संकल् करें अपने जीवन में।" 

Mr Modi called upon people to felicitate the daughters who have achieved something or who have inspired others during Diwali this year. The Prime Minister also stressed on the need to work for the empowerment of women.

"मां की उपासना करने वाला ये देश। शक्ति साधना करने वाला ये देश, धरती पर हर मां बेटी का सम्मान, हर मां बेटी का गौरव, हर मां बेटी की गरिमा इसका संकल् शक्ति साधना के साथ हम लोगों की जिम्मेवारी बनता है।

The Prime Minister also hailed the valour of the Indian Air Force and asked people to especially remember it on its raising day. Mr Modi said, its a coincidence that this year the two events are being celebrated on the same day.

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 Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has said that Rafale multi-role fighter jets will boost India's air dominance exponentially. Talking to media persons at Merignac in France, Mr Singh said, the aircraft will enhance the Indian Air Force's combat capability massively.
 
"रफाल एयरक्राफ्ट की डिलिवरी निर्धारित समय से हो रही है और यह विमान हमारी वायु सेना की शक्ति में वृद्धि लाएगा। हमारा फोकस वायु सेना को समृद्ध करने और उसकी क्षमता को बढ़ाने पर है। हमे विश्वास है कि फ्रांस द्वारा सभी 36 रफाल एयरक्राफ्ट और संबंधित इक्यूपमेंट्स और वेपन सिस्टम् की डिलिवरी टाइम् लाइन् को पूरा किया जाएगा।" 
The Minister said, India does not purchase arms and other defence equipments to threaten any country but to increase its capabilities and strengthen defences. Defence Minister yesterday formally took delivery of the first of the 36 French-made aircraft acquired by the IAF. Mr Singh attended the handover ceremony along with his French counterpart Florence Parly at aircraft maker Dassault Aviation facility in Merignac, southwestern France. Mr Singh performed Shastra Puja on the new aircraft and undertook a sortie in the Rafale. He said, Indian Air Force is the fourth-largest in the world and the Rafale Combat Aircraft will make us even stronger to ensure peace and security in the region. The Defence Minister said, it marks a new milestone in the Indo-French strategic partnership and indeed a new high in the bilateral defence cooperation. Mr Singh said the strong cooperation between India and France will continue to grow and contribute to global peace, prosperity and environmental sustainability.
India had ordered 36 Rafale fighter jets from France in a deal worth 59,000 crore rupees in September 2016. All 36 jets are expected to arrive in India by September 2022.

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The Election Commission will visit poll-bound Haryana today to take stock of the preparedness of assembly elections in the state. During the two-day visit, Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora along with election commissioners Ashok Lavasa and Sushil Chandra will be holding a series of meetings with various stake-holders. They will also hold meetings with the state's chief electoral officer, police and the representatives of various political parties.
With a few days to go for Haryana Assembly polls, a galaxy of top leaders from different political parties will be campaigning in the state over the next few days.

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In Maharashtra, with less than a fortnight to go for the assembly elections political parties are pulling out all the stops by reaching out to the voters. Rallies, road shows, door to door campaigns besides making use of social media for campaign trails are being undertaken by leaders of various political parties. On Vijayadashmi, several leaders organized rallies to launch their poll campaigns. More from our correspondent:-
 
"BJP president Amit Shah addressed election rally for party nominee from Beed, Pankaja Munde at Savargaon yesterday where he not only praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the issue of Abrogation of Article 370 but also lauded him for doing great work for the OBCs. Shah said that the Prime Minister addressed the issue of backward classes by setting up the OBC Commission which the previous governments couldn’t do. Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray also made a mention of abrogation of article 370 and said that it was the dream of his father and party founder Bal Thackeray. Meanwhile, the Election Commission has filed 477 cases against individuals for possessing illicit liquor, breaching of peace and security among others. Kunal Shinde, AIR NEWS, Mumbai".
The two states will go to polls on the 21st of this month. Voting will take place for 288 assembly constituencies in Maharashtra and 90 seats in Haryana. Counting of votes will be held on the 24th of October.

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The filing of nominations for elections to chairpersons of Block Development Councils (BDC) in the 310 blocks of Jammu and Kashmir will end today. The scrutiny of nominations will take place tomorrow and the last date for withdrawal of nominations is Friday.
The polling will be held on 24th of October from 9 AM to 1 PM and counting of votes will be taken up from 3 PM on the same day. The process of the elections for the second tier of the Panchayati Raj system will be completed by 5th of November. The elections are being held on party basis. Twenty six thousand six hundred and twenty nine Panchs and Sarpanchs are eligible to vote and contest for the post of BDC Chairpersons.  

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In what is being seen as a snub to the visiting Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, China has significantly modified its position on the Kashmir issue by omitting its recent references to the UN charter and Security Council resolutions to the matter. Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said yesterday that New Delhi and Islamabad should take the bilateral route to resolve all issues. He said, China calls on India and Pakistan to engage in dialogue and consultation on all issues, including the Kashmir issue, and consolidate mutual trust.
The statement is a departure from the position that Beijing took when Pakistan Foreign Minister had visited China after the abrogation of Articles 370 and 35A on 5th August. China yesterday indicated that it is ready to go back to its pre-August 5th position when it had held that the Kashmir issue should be resolved bilaterally between India and Pakistan.
Explaining Beijing’s changed position, observers said, by changing its position, China is trying to soften Pakistan’s rhetoric on the Kashmir issue.

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Chinese Ambassador to India Sun Weidong has said that the two countries should jointly maintain peace and tranquility along their border before a final settlement on the issue is found. In an interview to a news agency, he said it is normal for neighbours to have differences which should be resolved through dialogue and consultation. Mr Sun called the India-China boundary question as a complex and sensitive issue left over from history. He said, over the past decades, not a single bullet has been fired at the China-India border area, and peace and tranquility has been maintained. Mr Sun said, the boundary question is only one part of China-India relations and the two countries need to keep in mind the larger picture of the bilateral ties.
Chinese President Xi Jinping is expected to arrive on Friday to hold the second informal summit with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the coastal town of Mamallapuram. The first informal summit between the two leaders took place in picturesque Chinese lake city Wuhan in April last year.

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The United States has said that it will curb visas for Chinese officials over repression of Uighurs and other Muslims in the western region of Xinjiang. In a statement, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said, the United States calls on China to immediately end its campaign of repression in Xinjiang.
The move adds to the tensions between the US and China only a day before the high-stakes trade talks resume.

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Afghan officials have confirmed that the leader of al-Qaeda’s South Asian branch was killed in a US -Afghan joint raid in southern Afghanistan in September. Asim Umar, who led al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) since its inception in 2014, was killed during a raid on 23rd of September on a Taliban compound in Helmand Province. Umar was killed along with six other AQIS members, most of them Pakistani. The raid was part of a lengthy overnight operation for which the US provided air support.

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Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan participated in the ceremony for commissioning the infrastructure facilities constructed to support the proposed oil refinery project in Mongolia. Prime Minister of Mongolia, Ukhnaagiin Khurelsukh, six Cabinet Ministers and Governor of Dornogovi Province also participated in the ceremony.

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In Women's Cricket, the first ODI of the three-match series between India and South Africa will be played in Vadodara this morning. The match will begin at 9 AM. 
Meanwhile, India yesterday dealt with a major blow as opener Smriti Mandhana is ruled out due to an injury. She suffered a fracture in her right toe after being struck by a ball during a net session. Seam bowling all-rounder Pooja Vastrakar has been drafted in as her replacement. 

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The second cricket test of a three-match series between India and South Africa will be played from tomorrow in Pune. Following the tied T20 series between the two nations, Virat Kohli led India team got a comfortable 203-run voctory in the first Test in Viskhapatnam.

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 In Tennis, India's Rohan Bopanna and his partner Denis Shapovalov entered the pre-quarterfinals of the Shanghai Masters doubles event. The pair yesterday defeated Russian pair of Karen Khachanov and Andrey Rublev 6-1, 6-4 in the opening round in Shanghai.

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NEWSPAPERS HEADLINES
  • The Defence Minister inducting the fighter jet Rafale in IAF and flying a sortie makes headlines in all the dailies today. "Rafale boost for Indian airspace", writes the Pioneer.
  • "China softens Kashmir-stance ahead of President Xi's visit" reports the Tribune. 
  • A headline on the front page of the Hindu reports, "Canadian-American, two Swiss Stargazers win Physics Nobel", for exploring the evolution of the universe.
  • "Task Force to improve India's rights record," states Hindustan Times as mandated under UNHRC.
  • The Economic Times reports of a proposed move to improve transparency and reduce litigation in corporate insolvency under the headline, "Time  Bound e-Bidding to speed up (Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code) IBC resolution."
  • Citing the Air Force Day celebration yesterday the Statesman notes, "Abhinandan, Balakot heroes lead IAF parade."
  • "In a first for Delhi, no Durga idol is immersed in Yamuna" reports the Times of India.

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