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Morning News

0815 HRS
23.10.2019
THE HEADLINES:
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi says, people’s participation a guiding tenet of policy making for his government.
  • Indian Air Force carries out successfully twin firings of BrahMos surface to surface missiles.
  • All preparations in place for counting of votes tomorrow for Maharashtra and Haryana assembly elections.
  • British Parliament rejects Prime Minister Boris Johnson's attempt to fast-track Brexit deal.
  • Former Indian Cricket captain Sourav Ganguly to take over as BCCI  President today.
  • In Badminton, Saina Nehwal, Sameer Verma, Parupalli Kashyap and Kidambi Srikanth to be seen in action in first round of French Open.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said people’s Participation remained a guiding tenet of policy making for his government. The Prime Minister stated this during his meeting with JP Morgan International Council in New Delhi yesterday.
The Council comprises global statesmen like former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, former Australian Prime Minister John Howard and former US Secretaries of State Henry Kissinger and Condoleezza Rice. During his meeting, Mr Modi discussed with global statesmen his vision for making India a five trillion dollar economy by 2024. He said, the development of world-class physical infrastructure, improvements in affordable health care and providing quality education are some other policy priorities for his government.
On foreign policy front, India continued to work together with its strategic partners and close neighbors to build a fair and equitable multi-polar world order.
After 2007, this was the first time that the International Council met in India.

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Two BrahMos surface to surface missiles were fired by Indian Air Force  at Trak Island in the Andaman Nicobar group of islands. The missiles were fired yesterday and day before. The twin firings have been carried out as a part of the routine operational training.
In a tweet, Indian Air Force said, the missile engaged the designated mock targets close to 300 Kilometres away. A direct hit on the target was achieved in both the cases. The firing of the missiles has enhanced Air force capability to engage the grounds targets with pinpoint accuracy from a mobile platform.

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All preparations are in place for the counting of votes tomorrow for Maharashtra and Haryana assembly elections. The polling for 288 seats in Maharashtra and 90 in Haryana was held in a single-phase on Monday.
In Maharashtra, 61 per cent polling was recorded by the end of the day. Our correspondent reports that the term of Maharashtra Assembly ends on 9th of next month.
"The fate of 3,237 candidates, including 235 women candidates in the fray for Maharashtra Assembly elections will be decided tomorrow, when counting of votes will be taken up. Heavy police bandobast has been made at various counting centres across the state. Besides, in the three-tier security system, the 1,12,328 used EVMs and VVPAT machines are under a 24-hour CCTV surveillance. The Administration too has geared up for counting of votes. Forty eight counting centres have been set up in the headquarters of all the Assembly constituencies. The entire counting process will be video recorded. SWEETY JAIN, AIR NEWS, MUMBAI."
In Haryana, all arrangements are in place for counting of votes. More from our correspondent:
"In Haryana, all preparations have been completed for counting of votes. Ninety strong rooms have been set up at 59 different locations in the state. The EVMs and VVPAT machines have been kept in the strong rooms, where fool-proof three-tier security has been provided. Section 144 has been imposed around the counting centres. Ashwani Kumar Sharma, Chandigarh."

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Re-polling is underway at one booth each in Uchana, Prithla, Kosli, Been and Narnound Assembly segments of Haryana. The re-polling is being held on the direction of the Election Commission. The polling which started at 7 AM will continue till 6 in the evening.

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In Jammu and Kashmir, election for the Block Development Councils (BDC) will be held tomorrow. The campaigning for BDC polls came to an end last evening. In all, 1,065 candidates are in the fray for elections of Chairpersons for BDC. A total of 1,092 nominations were found eligible after the scrutiny and withdrawal, out of which 27 candidates blonging to various political parties were elected unopposed.  For the smooth conduct of  elections, there will be one polling station for one Block Development Council. Our correspondent has filed this report:-
"Polling parties are being despatched today to the polling booths. The counting of votes will be taken up tomorrow and results are expected by late tomorrow evening. The BDC elections will be the last electoral exercise in the state before it is formally bifurcated into two union territories on the midnight of 31st October. Necessary arrangements have been put in place for the smooth conduct of elections. Police and Security Forces are being deployed around the polling stations to ensure peaceful polling. The ballot boxes would be used during the elections of the Block Development Council's as the election shall be held through secret ballot. RK RAINA, AIR NEWS, JAMMU."

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s plan to fast-track his Brexit deal through Parliament in time for 31st October deadline was blocked by MPs last night even after he threatened to pull it and press for a general election.
The lawmakers rejected the three-day deadline for debating the Brexit Bill after passing it in principle. They voted against wrapping up the debate tomorrow by 322 to 308. This was against the wishes of Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who said, he was pausing the legislation until he had spoken to European Union leaders. The Commons supported the Withdrawal Agreement Bill, but voted against the short time-table for debate.
Expressing his disappointment, Mr Johnson said, they now face further uncertainty.
"If Parliament refuses to allow Brexit to happen and instead decides to delay everything until January, or possibly longer, in no circumstances then the government continue with this. And with great regret I must say that the Bill will have to be pulled and we will have to go forward to a general election".
Meanwhile, in a tweet, the President of the European Council Donald Tusk said  last night that he will recommend to EU leaders that they postpone Brexit beyond the current  deadline.

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One Junior Commissioned Officer martyred while two civilians were injured as Pakistan troops yet again violated the ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC) in Rajouri and Poonch districts of Jammu and Kashmir. According to Defence Spokesman, the JCO attained martyrdom in cross border firing along the LoC in Nowshera sector of Rajouri last evening.
Meanwhile, the state police have announced a reward of 15 lakh rupees on the heads of two most-wanted terrorists of Doda district in Jammu Division. Police have asked general public to provide information to security forces about these terrorists. The two terrorists are Haroon Abbas Wani and Masood Ahmad.

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Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar will confer the National Panchayat Awards to the District, Intermediate, Gram Panchayats and States today.
The Minister has been incentivizing the best performing Panchayats at the District, Intermediate and Gram Panchayat level as recommended by the State Governments and Union Territory Administrations since 2011-12. These Awards will be given in various categories. The awards are given to the best performing Panchayats  in recognition of their good work at different levels including delivery of services and sanitation.

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The Bombay High Court has directed former Finance Minister and Congress leader P Chidambaram to file an affidavit in response to a suit filed by 63 Moons Technology company seeking 10,000 crore rupees in damages. The former Finance Minister is currently in Enforcement Directorate's custody in connection with INX Media money laundering case. The court directed Chidambaram and two senior bureaucrats - K P Krishnan and Ramesh Abhishek - to file their affidavits within eight weeks. 

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The 15th Finance Commission said, political stability and good governance in Uttar Pradesh has improved the development scenario and it is quite possible for the state to become 1-trillion dollar economy. The Commission headed by Chairman, N.K. Singh along with its members met Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, his Cabinet colleagues and senior State Government officials yesterday.
In a press conference after the meeting, Chairman N.K. Singh was appreciative of the fact that the State has shown significant improvement in achieving Sustainable Development Goals.

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The list of films for Open-Air Screenings during 50th International Film Festival of India in Goa has been released. The theme of the Open-Air Screenings for 50th IFFI would be ‘The Joy of Cinema’. Select movies from the Comedy and related genre and the Indian Panorama section will be screened for the audience. We have a report:-
"The screenings will be organized at  Joggers Park, Altinho, Panjim and Miramar Beach, from 21st  to 27th of next month where in all 14 movies will be screened. The Jogger’s Park will screen movies on comedy and related genres and Miramar Beach will screen select movies of the Indian Panorama section. Open-Air Screenings will not require any registration and the entry will be free for all. This year, IFFI, Goa is celebrating its Golden Jubilee Edition from 20th to 28th November. ashok for air news."

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One of India's most decorated captains Sourav Ganguly will take over as the 39th President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in Mumbai today at its Annual General Meeting. This will end 33-month reign of the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA). Mr Ganguly is the unanimous nomination for the post of BCCI President along with Union Home Minister Amit Shah's son Jay as the Secretary. Mahim Verma of Uttarakhand is the new Vice President. Former BCCI President and current Union Minister of State for Finance Anurag Thakur's younger brother Arun Dhumal is the Treasurer.

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In Badminton, Saina Nehwal will face Hong Kong’s Cheung Ngan Yi in the opening round of Women Singles at the BWF French Open Super 750 tournament in Paris today. Among other Indians, Sameer Verma, Parupalli Kashyap and Kidambi Srikanth will also be seen in action in Men's Singles today.
Yesterday, Subhankar Dey and P.V.Sindhu advanced to the second round.
In Women's doubles, the  pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy are in the fray. The men’s doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty and the duo of Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy will also participate in the tournament. In the mixed doubles, the duo of Satwiksairaj and Ashwini are in the fray. Their doubles matches are also slated for today.

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NEWSPAPERS HEADLINES:

  • The dailies lead with different stories this morning.
  • ''SC grants bail to P Chidambaram'' leads the Hindu adding ''It rejected Solicitor General Tushar Mehta's argument that he is a flight risk''.
  • On Canada's national election The Tribune  writes ''Jagmeet likely kingmaker in hung Canadian House''.
  • ''Government decides to sell 11 PSUs'' headline the Asian Age. The paper says ''MTNL, Bhel, ITDC's Ashok Hotel in Delhi up for disinvestment''.
  • The Times of India quoting the US writes ''Pakistan must dump terror for talks with India''.
  • On Delhi the crime capital, Hindustan Times writes ''Thousand gunshots rang in city this year. Over 100 lives lost in 310 incidents of shooting across Delhi''.
  • And finally, ''Delhi's 9 choked roads to go bottleneck-free''. Well, the Pioneer informs that Delhi's nine most congested roads will be widened, beautified and re-designed on the lines of European street model.

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