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Morning News

0815 HRS
18.10.2019

THE HEADLINES


  • Government probing foreign-owned Flipkart and Amazon for alleged predatory pricing during discount sales, says Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal.

  • Campaigning for Assembly elections in Haryana and Maharashtra enter last phase with only two days left to woo the voters. 

  • Andhra Pradesh government decides to do away with personal interviews for staff recruitment.

  • Turkey agrees to ceasefire in northern Syria, says United States.

  • India to face Britain in their final league stage match of Sultan Johor Cup Junior Hockey Tournament in Malaysia.

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Union Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal has said that the government is probing WalMart-owned Flipkart and Amazon over the alleged predatory pricing. Speaking to media in Mumbai, Mr. Goyal said detailed questionnaires have been sent to these companies and their response is awaited.

Stating that e-commerce companies have no right to sell products at discounts that will result in retail sector incurring major loss, Mr Goyal said these platforms are only allowed to connect potential sellers and buyers.

"केन्द्र सरकार ने कॉमर्स में गाइडलाइन् बनाई है कि मल्टी प्राइम रिटेल का साधन अगर कोई कॉमर्स को बनाएगा तो सख् से सख् कार्रवाई होगी। कॉमर्स एक मार्किट प्लेस है और उस प्लेटफार्म के उपर जो बेचना चाहे सामान वो आके बेच सकता है, जो खरीदना चाहे वो खरीद सकता है लेकिन कॉमर्स कंपनी को कोई अधिकार नहीं है। वो उसके प्रोडक् को सस्ते में बेचके और जो हमारी रिटेल की व्यवस्था है उसको नुकसान पहुंचाए।"

The matter comes after the Confederation of All India Traders had written to the Ministry seeking an audit into the business model of all e-commerce firms and the foreign-owned Amazon and Flipkart in particular. The letter had asked the government to verify Amazon and Flipkart’s claims that individual brands are offering discounts and not them.

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Campaigning for the Assembly elections in Haryana and Maharashtra has entered the last phase as only two days are left for it. Campaigning for the polls will end tomorrow evening.

In Haryana, senior leaders of various political parties are leaving no stone unturned to woo the voters. Here is more from our correspondent:-

"Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be holding election rallies in Gohana and Hisar today. Senior BJP leader Rajnath Singh will address three Public meetings today at various places. BJP leaders Manohar Lal, General V. K. Singh, Hema Malini and Manoj Tiwari are also scheduled to campaign for the party today. Senior Congress leader Rahul Gandhi will address a Public meeting in Mahendragarh. Leaders of INLD, Jannayak Janta Pary and BSP are scheduled to address public meeting at various places. Jitendra Dwivedi, AIR News, Karnal, Haryana."

Moving to Maharashtra,

Prominent leaders across all political parties are busy campaigning in the run-up to the state assembly election.

The two states will go to polls on the 21st of this month. Counting will be taken up on the 24th October.

Campaigning for by-elections to 11 assembly seats in Uttar Pradesh has also reached it peak. Our correspondent has filed this report-

"All eyes are on Rampur assembly seat which is considered as bastion of samajwadi party and its senior leader Azam khan. The seat got vacant after Azam Khan becoming MP from Rampur Parliamentary seat and now his wife Tanzim Fatima is SP candidate here in by election. Chief Minister of state Yogi Adityanath will hold three rallies today. BJP leader and actress Jayaprada will also campaign on second consecutive day. State Congress president Ajay Kumar Lalloo and Senior congress leader Pramod Tiwari will hold rallies today at Saharanpur and Pratapgarh districts respectively. Sushil Chandra Tiwari, AIR News, Lucknow."

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Andhra Pradesh government has decided to do away with personal interviews for recruitment of staff and limit the process only to the written examination. The state Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has directed the Andhra Pradesh Public Service Commission to conduct the recruitment process in a transparent and foolproof manner. He held a review meeting yesterday on the proposed annual recruitment calendar for filling vacant government posts.

The Chief Minister had announced last month that all recruitment tests for filling government posts would henceforth be conducted from January 1 to 31 every year.

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A Mumbai court has remanded PMC Bank's former director Surjit Singh Arora in police custody till the 22nd of October in connection with the multi-crore scam. Arora was arrested by Mumbai Police's Economic Offences Wing on Wednesday and was produced before Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate SG Shaikh. According to the investigating agency, Arora abused his official position to facilitate the fraud.

The court also remanded PMC’s former managing director Joy Thomas in 14-day judicial custody, after his police remand ended yesterday.

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Union Minister Dr. Jitendra Singh hailed the Ayushman Bharat - Pradhan Mantri Jan Aarogya Yojana as a unique and successful health insurance scheme. Addressing  the Asia Health-2019 conference in New Delhi, Dr Singh said, over 50 lakh people have been benefited from this scheme and the government is taking health-care protection to a new aspirational level. He said, it is the world’s largest government funded health-care programme targeting more than 50 crore beneficiaries. Dr Singh also emphasized on the importance of human interface in the health care sector.

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Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik inaugurated J&K Bazar, a retail showroom of authentic products and Restaurant serving Authentic Cuisine in New Delhi yesterday. The newly constructed state-of-the-art showroom at J&K House shall cater to the people who cherish the Kashmiri handicraft and relish the traditional Kashmiri food. Other handicraft products in the showroom which are on display include-Paper Mache items, carved walnut-wood items, Pashmina shawls and Kashmiri embroidered sarees.

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The air quality in the national capital has further deteriorated with air quality index in several areas falling under the very poor category. In its advisory, System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research has advised people of sensitive category to avoid morning walks and any other outdoor activities. It has asked general people to stop outdoor activity early in the morning and after sunset time. They have been advised to go for a short walk instead of a jog and take more breaks.

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The Indian defence exports have grown seven times in the last two years, reaching a value of two billion dollors. Dr. Sanjay Jaju, the Joint Secretary in the Department of Defence Production informed that the country is working out modalities to become a hub in top class defence production with efforts being made to increase defence exports to five billion dollars in the near future. Addressing a gathering of security and defence specialists in Bengaluru, he informed that 440 companies in the private sector have taken up defence production in the last five years.

On the role of start ups in the defence sector, Dr. Jaju said that Artificial Intelligence, autonomous systems, cyber-defence, smart ammunition and weapons are areas in which the start ups are going to play an innovative role.

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Turkey has agreed to a ceasefire in northern Syria to let Kurdish-led forces withdraw. The deal came after US Vice-President Mike Pence and Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met for talks in Ankara yesterday.

Mr Pence said, as per deal all fighting will be paused for five days, and the US will help facilitate the withdrawal of Kurdish-led troops from what Turkey terms a safe zone on the border.

According to Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, since Turkey launched its invasion of northeastern Syria on October 9, dozens of civilians have been killed and 3 lakh have been displaced. The cross-border offensive came after US President Donald Trump pulled US forces out of the border region.

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Mexico has deported 311 illegal migrants from India, trying to sneak into the US. This is the the first such action taken by Mexico since it enhanced efforts to crack down on people using its territory to illegally enter into the US. National Institute of Migration of Mexico (INM) said that the Indians - 310 men and one woman of different ages - left for New Delhi on a chartered flight from Toluca international airport. The flight is expected to arrive in New Delhi today. INM said, the Indian nationals do not have documents to stay in Mexico, and their deportation was arranged after their identities were verified by Indian authorities.

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International Monetary Fund chief Kristalina Georgieva has said that partial trade deal between the United States and China is good news, but does not undo their trade war's negative impact on the global economy. Talking to reporters at the start of the International Monetary Fund annual meeting in Washington, she said, the world does not need just a truce, it also need trade peace.

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The Next year's G7 summit will take place in one of US President Donald Trump's Florida golf clubs. This was informed by the the President's acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney last night. Mr Trump had previously suggested hosting the summit at one of his own golf clubs, drawing immediate criticism that he is profiteering from his presidency.

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India will face Britain today in their final round robin league stage match of the Sultan Johor Cup Junior Hockey Tournament in Malaysia. In their last match on Wednesday, India thrashed Australia 5-1 to qualify for the final of the tournament.

In other league matches, hosts Malaysia will clash with Japan while Australia will meet New Zealand. The final will be played tomorrow.

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Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has announced a 15-man squad for their upcoming T20 International series against India. Bangladesh will tour India for a three-match T20 International series, starting the 3rd November. This will be followed by a two-match Test series.

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Newspapers Headlines

  • The Delhi governments' odd even rules beginning on November 4, extending exemptions to women drivers, people taking school children and two wheelers finds front page coverage in almost all papers.

  • "No road rationing for 2 wheelers , cars on school run" says The Hindustan Times  headline.

  • "Government probing Flipkart, Amazon, over discounts" is a headline in The Business Standard. The Two companies grossed over three billion dollars during festive season and have led losses to the retail sector says the report.

  • "Supreme Court holds in Chamber proceedings to consider proposal" is a Tribune headline referring to the reserved verdict by the Supreme Court in the Ram Janam Bhoomi Babri Masjid case.

  • The Hindu reports of the world's fastest ant the Saharan silver ant that clocks 855 millimetres per second.

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