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Midday News

1400 HRS
13.12.2019

THE HEADLINES:

  • Winter Session of  Parliament concludes with both Houses adjourned Sine Die.

  • Assam Government assures that interests of  people of Assam will be protected.

  • Nation pays  tribute to martyrs of 2001 terrorist attack on Parliament.

  • British Prime Minister Boris Jhonson wins General Elections in UK.

  • Cold wave conditions intensify in Himachal Pradesh ; Kargil receives fresh snowfall.

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Both Houses of Parliament adjourned sine die. In his observation, Lok Sabha Speaker, OM Birla said, the Houses functioned 130 hours 45 minutes in this Session. He also said, the productivity of the House was 115 per cent. The Speaker said, during the Session, several important Bills were passed and issues were discussed.


In Rajya Sabha, in his valedictory address, Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu said, the Session registered around 100 per cent productivity and passed 15 important Bills. The Bills include the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill and Prohibition of Electronic Cigarettes Bill. He said, over 11 hours were wasted in the Session due to disruptions, however, members sat beyond scheduled hours to complete the business. Both Houses paid homage to the martyrs of the Parliament terror attack in the morning.


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In Lok Sabha, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh objected to the remarks of Rahul Gandhi saying people who make such remarks have no moral right to be member of this House.


"मेक इन इंडिया इन शब्दों की तुकबंदी सदन के वरिष् सदस् जो कांग्रेस पार्टी के राष्ट्रीय अध्यक्ष रह चुके हैं, राहुल गांधी के द्वारा की गई है। मैं तो आहत हुआ हूं, पूरा सदन आहत हुआ है। और मैं समझता हूं की सारा देश आहत होगा। कांग्रेस के इतने वरिष् नेता के द्वारा इस प्रकार के शब्दों का प्रयोग किया जा रहा है। तो क्यों नहीं उनको सदन में आना चाहिए और पूरे सदन के ही जरिए माफी मांगनी चाहिए बल्कि सारे देश से माफी मांगनी चाहिए।"


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The Nation pays rich tribute today to the martyrs who laid down their lives in defence of Parliament during a terrorist attack on this day in 2001. President Ram Nath Kovind ,Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah, former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, Opposition Leader in Rajya Sabha Gulam Nabi Azad and several other Ministers and Members of Parliament paid floral tributes to portraits of the martyrs in the Parliament complex.


Blood Donation Camp was also organised in the Parliament premises to commemorate the supreme sacrifice of the martyrs.


On 13 December, 2001 terrorists of Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed stormed the Parliament complex and fired indiscriminately. They were gunned down after a fierce battle in which five of the Delhi police personnel, a woman CRPF trooper and two of the Parliament Watch and Ward staff and a gardener were killed. A journalist who sustained injuries died later.


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The Assam government has assured that the interest of the people of the State will be protected. Chief Minister Sarbanand Sonowal has said that Committee has been constituted under the Chairmanship of Justice Biplab Sarmah, who has been given the task to prepare recommendations for ensuring constitutional safeguards for the people of Assam. He said, the Centre has categorically stated that the recommendations of Clause 6 of the Assam Accord will be fully implemented within a time-frame.


Our correspondent reports that the apprehension among protestors is that the language, culture and identity of the Assamese people will be compromised once the Hindu Bangladeshi people are allowed to settle in the State. The protesters say that, this is also against the spirit of the Assam Accord and recently concluded NRC.


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Curfew has been relaxed in the Dibrugarh municipal town area for 5 hours from 8 am to 1 p.m. today. However, indefinite curfew continues at Guwahati for the 3rd day today. The army and para-military forces have been deployed in violence hit areas to maintain law and order. A large number of tourists are stranded as train and flight movement has been badly affected due to protests. Business establishments and educational institutions remain closed.


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The Citizenship Amendment Act will benefit thousands of displaced persons from Pakistan living in Rajasthan. Our correspondent reports that about 50 thousand people are living in the State who came from the neighboring country in the past 5 to 6 decades due to adverse circumstances. Here is a report:


"As per the data received from State Home Department, about 18 thousand people have been displaced from Pakistan to Rajasthan in Last  Eight Years. But, the organization working for displaced persons is saying that about 25 thousand people came to Rajasthan after the year 2000 will be benefitted.  The number of Persons came before 2000 is also in thousands. out of them, many are still waiting for Indian citizenship from 4 to 7 decades. Most of these persons are living in border districts.  Jitendra Dwivedi, AIR News, Jaipur "


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In Jharkhand, campaigning has been intensified for the fourth and fifth phase of State Assembly elections.


In the remaining two phases polling would be held for a total of 31 seats. Most of these seats fall under Koylanchal and Santhal Pargana region.


In the fourth phase polling would be held in 15 Assembly segments spread over 4 districts . In the fifth phase, 16 Assembly constituencies spread over 6 districts will go to polls.


Tomorrow campaigning will come to an end for the fourth phase of Assembly elections. A report:


"Leaders of all political parties are busy with hectic schedule of rallies and meetings. Dhanbad, Jharia, Baghmara, Nirsa, Sindri, Bokaro, Chandankiyari, Bagodar and Giridih Assembly constituencies have become epicenter of electioneering for the fourth phase. Senior BJP leader and Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath, Union Minsiter Nitin Gadkari are holding series of election rallies. Congress leader and Deputy Chief Minister of Rajasthan Sachin Pilot is canvassing in Koylanchal region. Dharmendra Kumar Rai, AIR News Ranchi"


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The mother of the 2012 Delhi gangrape-murder victim Nirbhaya, today, moved the Supreme Court to oppose a review plea by one of the four men sentenced to death in the case.


Akshay Kumar's plea, seeking a review of the Apex Court's 2017 verdict giving him capital punishment, is scheduled to be heard by a three-judge Bench on December 17th. Speaking to Media Persons she said:


"सात साल बड़े धैर्य के साथ हमने लड़ाई लड़ी है। कोई बात नहीं एक हफ्ता और इंतजार करेंगे, और संघर्ष करेंगे। जो मिली है उस दिन फुल एंड फाइनल होगा। हमें जहां जाना पड़े, वहां जाएंगे। आगे जितनी रूकावटें आएंगी उसको हम लड़के पार करेंगे और उनको अंजाम तक पहुंचाएंगे।"


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The Supreme Court today declined to pass any order on the pleas of two women activists seeking a direction to the Kerala government to ensure safe entry of women in the Sabarimala temple under police protection.


The top Court said the issue was very emotive and it did not want the situation to become explosive.


A Bench, headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde, said the balance of convenience required that no orders are passed in the mater today as the issue had already been referred to a seven-judge Bench.


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The Jammu and Kashmir Lt. Governor, Girish Chandra Murmu has said that the Government of the day is making headway towards attracting investments to the Union Territory. He was speaking after inaugurating the office of the J&K Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India, ASSOCHAM in Jammu. The Lieutenant Governor said that through the upcoming Global Investors’ Summit, the best sectors of J&K will be showcased to the world. He said, the Government is speeding up the development of various sectors and is also seeking private investments to make the Industry sector more vibrant. The Lt. Governor added that a comprehensive plan is also underway to develop J&K into a medical tourism destination.


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Foreign Minister of Indonesia Retno L. P. Marsudi arrived in New Delhi this morning on a two-day visit to India. She will meet External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar this evening and will co-Chair the 6th India-Indonesia Joint Commission Meeting. Later, Ms Marsudi will give her Ministerial Keynote address at the combined session of the 11th Delhi Dialogue and 6th Indian Ocean Dialogue. The Ministry of External Affairs is hosting the events in New Delhi. The theme for this year’s Delhi Dialogue is Advancing Partnership in Indo-Pacific. The theme of Indian Ocean Dialogue is Indo-Pacific: Re-imagining the Indian Ocean through an Expanded Geography.


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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has won the historic UK General Elections. His Conservative Party crossed the magic number of 326 required for a majority in the Parliament.


Johnson hailed the projected win for his Conservative Party as a powerful new mandate to move forward with his deal to leave the European Union, the 28-member economic bloc.


The latest projections put the Johnson-led Conservatives at around 363. The party can safely celebrate its victory as it comfortably crossed the half-way finish line for the 650-member House of Commons.


The Opposition Labour is projected to get 203 seats, a disastrous performance for the party which resulted in leader Jeremy Corbyn announcing that he would be stepping down.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi has congratulated British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Wishing him the best, in a tweet, the Prime Minister said, he is looking forward to work together for closer India-UK ties.


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The United States and China are close to finalising a modest trade agreement that is set to kick in on Sunday, de-escalating their 17-month old trade war. The US Chamber of Commerce, Head of International Affairs, Myron Brilliant said, they are close to a deal. He said, the administration has agreed to suspend Trump's plans to impose tariffs on 160 billion US Dollor in Chinese imports and to reduce existing tariffs.


In return, Beijing would buy more US farm products, increase Americans companies' access to the Chinese market and tighten protection for intellectual property rights.


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Overnight rains in the National Capital continued till this morning. The rains brought down the mercury and led to a significant improvement in the city's air quality. The MeT department said, Delhi received 33.5 millimetres of rain since yesterday and recorded a minimum temperature of 12.8 degrees Celsius.


The city's Air Quality Index, AQI stood at 271 at Noon which falls in the poor category as against 428 yesterday morning.


In Himachal Pradesh, cold wave conditions further intensified following rain and snowfall in many parts of the State for the last two days. The high altitude areas of of Lahaul-Spiti, Kinnaur, Kullu, and Shimla districts received heavy snowfall whereas several other areas of the State witnessed rain. More from our correspondent:


"Tourist destinations  Kufri, Narkanda and Kharapathar in Shimla district have also experienced  heavy snowfall.  In Kinnaur and Lahul Spiti district the telecommunication and electricity supply have been snapped at many places. Personnel’s from District administration have been deployed to restore power supply and road connectivity. Following rain and snowfall, the maximum temperature has decreased by 7 to 8 degrees Celsius during the last 24 hour. In the wake of fresh snowfall, major tourist spots Manali and Kufri have been flooded with tourists. Meanwhile, Met department has forecast more rain and heavy snowfall and in the State today as well. Sanjeev Sundriyal AIR News Shimla."


In Ladakh, Kargil District experienced fresh snowfall which has led to slippery Road Condition. Traffic remained suspended particularly in Kargil town.


The Kargil Srinagar Road has been closed for vehicular traffic due to heavy snowfall at Zojjila and Kargil Zanskar Higway is also closed.


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NEWS JUST IN: 


With reference to the proposed visit of Japanese PM Abe to India, both sides have decided to defer the visit to a mutually convenient date in the near future.


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Domestic Stocks today zoomed around one per cent in afternoon trade. Key benchmarks climbed amid positive cues from global equity markets. 


The BSE Sensex climbed 417 points to 40,998. Nifty at National Stock Exchange also gained 108 points to trade at 12,080.


The rupee at forex market also strengthened 14 paise to 70 rupees and 69 paise against the US dollars in afternoon deals. 


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