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Midday News

1400 HRS
23.10.2019

THE HEADLINES:

  • Al-Qaeda Unit in Jammu and Kashmir eliminated, Zakir Musa's successor Hamid Lelhari among 3 terrorists killed in Awantipora encounter.  

  • India issues advisory to tourists visiting Turkey; asks to exercise utmost caution.

  • Government launches first national protocol to enumerate snow leopard population in the country.

  • Heavy rains lash parts of Tamilnadu, Puducherry and adjoining regions.

  • Hong Kong legislature formally withdraws extradition bill that sparked mass protests.

  • And, Former Team Indian Captain Sourav Ganguly takes charge as BCCI President.

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Jammu and Kashmir Director General of Police Dilbag Singh today said that Abdul Hameed Lelhari, identified as the successor to Zakir Musa, was one of the three terrorists killed in an encounter in the Rajpora-Awantipora area of Pulwama district last evening. Addressing a press conference at Police Headquarters in Srinagar today, the DGP said, the three local terrorists belong to Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind, a terror outfit linked to al Qaeda. He said, Lelhari, had succeeded AGH founder chief Zakir Musa killed this year in Tral area.


"यह तीन के तीन लोकल मिलटेंट हैं और अनसार गजतुल हिन् के साथवा बस स्टैंड  तीनों मिलटेंट अवन्तीपोरा पुलवामा बेल् के रहने वाले हैं जैश के साथ आजकल कोडिनेशन में काम कर रहे थे, क्योंकि जैश--मोहम्मद धीरे-धीरे लश्कर के साथ, हिजबुल के साथ, यह सबके साथ अपना रास्ता जोड़ रही है."


The Police Chief said, with the killing of these terrorists, the outfit AGH has almost been wiped out from Kashmir adding there could be some remnants of the outfit. He identified the other two slain terrorists as Junaid Rasheed and Naveed Tak.


A joint team of security forces had launched the counter terrorist operation on the basis of specific information about the presence of terrorists in the Awantipora area.


The DGP said that Pakistan is desperately trying to destabilize the situation in Kashmir and create unrest particularly after the abrogation of Article 370. He said the security grid is well aware of the same and taking all measures to counter Pakistani designs. The Police Chief said terrorist recruitment during the past over two & half months has not increased as was apprehended after the abrogation of Article 370 and bifurcation of the state into two union territories.


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Nearly 1.6 lakh students of Jammu and Kashmir would appear in School Board Examinations in the Valley beginning next week. Class 10 exams will begin from 29th October in which 65,000 candidates would appear at 413 centres. Class 12 exams would commence from the 30th of this month in which 48,000 students would appear at 633 centres.


The exam for class 11 would be held from the 10th of November. Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Baseer Ahmad Khan chaired a high-level meeting to review the logistic arrangements for the upcoming Board of School Education exams across the Valley. He also issued directions to all the Deputy Commissioners to establish District Level Exam Control Rooms.


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India has issued a travel advisory asking people to exercise utmost caution while traveling to Turkey. India's Embassy in Turkey, in its advisory, said although there have been no reports of untoward incidents in the country, travelers should be cautious. It said the government has been receiving queries from Indian nationals on traveling to Turkey in view of the situation in the region.


Those requiring assistance may get in touch with Embassy of India, Ankara through helpline numbers - 90312 4408259 and 90312 4382195 and Consulate General of Istanbul at helplines 90212 2962131 and 90212 2962132.


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The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change today launched the first national protocol to enumerate the snow leopard population in the country on the occasion of the International Snow Leopard Day. The Day is celebrated on the 23rd of October every year to protect and conserve the snow leopard and preserve the beautiful Himalayas. Giving the key-note address at the Inaugural session of the 4th steering committee meeting of the Global Snow Leopard and Ecosystem Protection Program in Delhi, Mr. Javadekar expressed confidence that all range countries can work together and enumerate the number of snow leopards.


"We can think of capacity building, because of I, belive in training, continues training and also start thinking about green economy the green pathway even in the snow leopards areas in Himalayan range and cross country corporation, that is the basis for all range countries. This year India is having 2, 967 tigers 77 percent of the world tiger population."


India is believed to have 400 to 700 snow leopards spread across Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kahmir and Ladakh. Project Snow Leopard is an initiative of the Environment Ministry which aims to safeguard and conserve India's unique natural heritage of high altitude wildlife populations and their habitats.


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Former Finance Minister P Chidambaram today moved the Delhi High Court seeking bail in the INX Media money laundering case. Yesterday, he was granted bail from Supreme Court in the INX media corruption case. He is currently in the ED's custody in connection with a separate money laundering case.


The CBI arrested Chidambaram in connection with the graft case on the 21st of August.


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The Supreme Court has said that Justice Arun Mishra will not recuse from hearing a Constitution bench matter challenging provisions of the Land Acquisition Act. A five-judge Constitution bench headed by Justice Mishra pronounced the order.


Various farmers association and individuals have raised objection to Justice Mishra hearing the matter on the grounds that he has already expressed his mind in the judgment pronounced by the apex court in February last year. The Constitution bench asked parties in the matter to suggest legal questions which would be adjudicated upon by the court.


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All preparations are in place for the counting of votes tomorrow for the Maharashtra and Haryana assembly elections.


After peaceful polling across all the 288 constituencies in Maharashtra, more than three thousand candidates are holding their breath for the declaration of results. More from our correspondent:-


"By this time tomorrow, it will be almost clear whether the mahayuti of BJP-Shiv Sena will return to power or whether the people of Maharashtra have voted for a change in guard as predicted by veteran NCP leader Sharad Pawar. Even though the voting percentage has seen a dip and despite the challenge thrown by rebel candidates, the ruling coalition is confident of crossing 220 seats. The results will also be crucial to decide the political relevance of Raj Thackeray’s Maharashtra Navnirman Sena apart from gauging the popularity of Asaduddin Owaisi’s AIMIM and Prakash Ambedkar led Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi. Meanwhile, baring a three-tier security system, the Congress and NCP have requested the election commission to install jammers across all counting centres to prevent any chance of hacking of EVMs and VVPATs. NISHA RANEY, AIR NEWS, MUMBAI."


Haryana is also all set for the counting of votes for 90 assembly seats beginning 8 AM. More from our correspondent:-


"All eyes are kept on counting of votes to be held tomorrow.  CCTV cameras are installed to keep close watch on counting process. Senior leaders of both main political parties BJP and Congress are claiming to form the government with full majority. The political fate of many leaders including Chief Minister Manohar Lal and many members of his Cabinet, Former Chief Minister Bhuendra Hooda, Jannayak Janta Party leader Dushyant Chautala will be decided tomorrow. The political fate of three high-profile sportspersons is also to be decided these include Olympic medalist Yogeshwar Dutt, Commonwealth gold medalist Babita Phogat and former Indian Hockey captain Sandeep Singh. Jitendra Dwivedi, AIR News,  KARNAL ."


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Counting will also be taken up for Bye-Elections held in Satara and Samastipur Lok Sabha seats and 51 Assembly seats across 17 states.


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Fairly widespread rain has been witnessed in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry and it's neighbouring regions in the last twenty-four hours. The chief of the India Meteorological Department in Chennai, Dr Balachandran told reporters today, the Low Pressure Area in the Central Western Bay and it's adjoining South West Bay has moved northwards in the last twenty-four hours towards the Andhra Pradesh coast. More from our Correspondent:


"Due to the rough seas, fishermen from Ramanathapuram district in Tamil Nadu have been denied permission to set sail from the fishing harbours by officials today. A small vessel carrying food and construction materials from Tuticorin Port to the Maldives is reported to have capsized some 90 nautical miles before Mali due to rough weather. However the nine  crew members have been rescued by another vessel that was passing nearby and they have reached the shores at Tuticorin this morning. The inflow of water in the River Cauvery as measured at the village Biligundlu bordering with upstream Karnataka has gone up to 30000 cusecs. Jayasingh, AIR News, Chennai."


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Hong Kong authorities today withdrew an unpopular extradition bill that sparked months of chaotic protests that have since morphed into a campaign for greater democratic change.


The long-expected scrapping of the bill was overshadowed by the drama surrounding the release of Chan Tong-Kai from a Hong Kong prison. Kai is accused of murdering his girlfriend and told reporters he was willing to surrender to authorities in Taiwan.


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Sourav Ganguly, former India captain, took over as President of Board of Control For Cricket In India (BCCI). Ganguly was officially entrusted with the task of heading Indian cricket for the next nine months at the BCCI's General Body meeting today. Jay Shah, son of Union Home Minister Amit Shah, began his tenure as the new secretary while Arun Dhumal takes office as treasurer.


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The International Film Festival of India, IFFI, Goa celebrates its Golden Jubilee Edition this year begining from the 20th of next month. The list of films for Open-Air Screenings during the 50th International Film Festival of India in Goa has been released. In all, 14 movies will be screened at the two venues. A report:


"Old Classics- Padosan and Chalti ka Naam Gaadi will be a part of the Open-Air Screenings during the 50th International Film Festival of India in Goa. The theme is ‘The Joy of Cinema’ where select movies from the Comedy and related genre and the Indian Panorama section will be screened for the audience. The screenings will be organized  Joggers Park, and Miramar Beach in Panaji. The Jogger’s Park will screen movies on comedy and related genres while Miramar Beach will screen select movies of the Indian Panorama section. Open-Air Screenings will be open to everyone and will not require any registration and the entry will be free for all. Happy viewing classics !! ANUJA BHARDWAJAN, NEWS DESK."


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