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0815 HRS
25.02.2020

THE HEADLINES

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump to hold extensive talks in New Delhi today; trade, investment, situation in the Indo-Pacific region to dominate the agenda. 

  • Prime Minister Modi describes India and the US as natural partners and calls President Trump special friend of India.

  • President Trump says both India and the US are united in defending their citizens from the threat of radical Islamic terrorism. 

  • First anniversary of National War Memorial is being observed today.

  • Mumbai's twin-sisters bag four medals in swimming at the Khelo India University Games in Odisha.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi and visiting US President Donald Trump will hold extensive talks in New Delhi today. The two leaders are likely to discuss a wide variety of bilateral and regional issues including trade and investment, defence and security, counter-terrorism, energy security and situation in the Indo-Pacific region. India and the United State are set to sign bilateral agreements mostly in the defence and energy sectors. More from our correspondent:

"President Donald Trump will be today accorded a ceremonial reception at Rashtrapati Bhavan. Trump and the first lady will then make a visit to Rajghat marking their respect to Mahatma Gandhi. Later in the day a high level talk on defence, security and trade, is slated to take place in Hyderabad House. Deal on Integrated Air Defence Weapon System is also likely to be finalized. Few other pacts in energy, IPR, trade and homeline security are also likely to be inked. The high level delegation with President Trump includes US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross which hints at a negotiation on the much talked about trade sector and the GSP scheme. Presence of Adam Boehler indicates likelihood of discussion on Blue Dot Network aimed at infrastructure and development projects across the region. Meeting with President Ram Nath Kovind and later attending the state banquet hosted at Rashtrapati Bhavan in the evening will mark the final element of this historic visit. Anand Chaturvedi, AIR News, New Delhi."

In his address at a massive Namaste Trump rally at the Motera stadium in Ahmedabad yesterday, the US President strongly pitched for becoming India’s premier defence partner by providing it with the most advanced weapon system feared across the globe.

"I am pleased to announce our representatives will sign deals to sell over 3 billion dollars in the absolute finest  state of the art military helicopters and other equipment to the Indian Armed Forces. I believe that the United State should be India's premier defence partner and that is the way it is working out. Together we will defend our sovereignty , security and protect every and open Indo-Pacific region for our children and for many many generations to come."

Mr Trump, accompanied by his wife Melania, daughter Ivanka, son-in-law Jared Kushner and top brass of his administration, arrived in Ahmedabad yesterday on a two-day visit to India. Prime Minister Modi received the visiting dignitaries at the airport. In Ahmedabad, the US President attended a 22-km-long roadshow, paid tributes to Mahatma Gandhi at the Sabarmati Ashram and addressed the mega gathering with Prime Minister Modi at the Motera Stadium.

During their speech at the Namaste Trump event, the two leaders lavished praise on each other and vowed to a better future for people of the two democracies. Addressing the gathering, Prime Minister Modi said:-

"आज मोटेरा स्‍टेडियम में एक नया इतिहास बन रहा है। आज हम इतिहास को दोहराते हुए भी देख रहे हैं। पांच महीने पहले मैंने अपने अमेरिका यात्रा की शुरूआत ह्यूस्‍टन में हुए 'हाउडी मोदी' कार्यक्रम कार्यक्रम से की थी और आज मेरे दोस्‍त प्रेसिडेंट डोनाल्‍ड ट्रंप अपनी ऐतिहासिक भारत यात्रा का आरम्‍भ अहमदाबाद में 'नमस्‍ते ट्रंप' से कर रहे हैं।"

Describing India and the US as natural partners, Prime Minister Modi called Mr Trump a special friend of India. Mr Modi said President Trump's visit to India has created a new history in Indo-US relations.

"प्रेजिडेंट ट्रंप का अपने परिवार के साथ यहां आना भारत-अमरीका रिश्तों को एक परिवार जैसी मिठास और घनिष्ठता की पहचान दे रहा है। India-USA relations are no longer just another partnership it is far greater and closer relationship."

The Prime Minister also asserted that new India has brought many new opportunities for a resurgent America.

In his address, Mr Trump praised India's unity in diversity, called it an inspiration to the world. Hailing India's diversity, the US President said its unity is an inspiration to the world as it is known for its democracy, tolerance and peace.

Mr. Trump said both India and the US are united in defending their citizens from the threat of radical Islamic terrorism. He said, Washington is working with Islamabad to crack down on terrorist groups operating from Pakistan.

"The United States and India are also firmly United in our ironclad resolve to defend our citizens from the threat of radical Islamic terrorism. Both of our countries  have been hurt by the pain and turmoil of terrorism."

From Ahmedabad, the US president travelled to Agra to have a glimpse of the Taj Mahal. The Trump family spent about an hour at Taj Mahal before sunset. They arrived in Delhi from Agra at around 7:30 PM yesterday. 

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US First Lady Melania Trump will today interact with students at a Delhi government school and witness various activities being conducted as part of the happiness curriculum. Sources said, Melania Trump will reach the school in South Delhi around noon and spend over an hour there. All roads leading to the school have been fortified, and trees have been pruned.

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Now moving on to our series "Har Ek Kaam, Desh Ke Naam". In this series, we take a look at the programmes and policies of the government aimed at reaching out to the last mile of development and welfare of all.

Today, we take a look at the iconic National War Memorial in Delhi. 

The first anniversary of the National War Memorial is being observed today. The memorial is a fitting tribute to those heroes who sacrificed their lives in the line of duty during various wars and internal security challenges since Independence. The monument was dedicated to the nation by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 25th of February last year. Speaking on the occasion, Mr Modi had said, the memorial was built in the memory of those who had laid down their lives for the nation.  

"इस स्मारक में हजारों शहीदों के नाम अंकित हैं जो देश की वर्तमान और आने वाली पीढ़ियों को राष्ट्रसेवा और राष्ट्र निर्माण के लिए प्रेरित करती रहेगी। नया भारत आज मजबूती के साथ विश्व पटल पर अपनी भूमिका तय कर रहा है तो उसमें एक बहुत बड़ा योगदान आपके शौर्य, अनुशासन और समर्पण का है।"

Our correspondent reports that to mark the first anniversary, a ceremony will be held at the war memorial today. Chief of the Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat and veterans from the three services will lay wreaths and pay homage to the fallen soldiers. A report:

"The National War Memorial commemorates the soldiers who made supreme sacrifice during the Counter Insurgency Operations and Peace Keeping Missions. More than 25 thousand soldiers of the Indian Armed Forces have laid down their lives to defend the country's sovereignty and integrity. For the first time Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid homage to the fallen soldiers at National War Memorial instead of the Amar Jawan Jyoti on Republic Day this year. The memorial helps in strengthening the sense of high moral values, sacrifice and national pride in the citizens. With Dipendra, Bhupendra Kumar, AIR News."

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Four people were killed and several others injured in clashes between pro and anti CAA protesters in North-East Delhi yesterday. Among those killed include, one policeman and three civilians. Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal has instructed City Police Commissioner to ensure that law and order is maintained in the area.

All government and private schools in North-East Delhi will remain closed today.  Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi Manish Sishodia spoke to Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank and requested him to postpone the board examinations in a particular district. 

The CBSE, however, said that there is no change in exams schedule as there is no examination centre in North-East Delhi today. CBSE spokesperson Rama Sharma told AIR that the examinations will be held as per schedule.

"The CBSE exams will be conducted as scheduled  because we have checked that  there is no Centre in North East Delhi, so in the rest of the city the exam will go as scheduled."

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Moving on to our series of Ek Bharat Shretha Bharat

A National Integration Camp themed Ek Bharat-Shreshth Bharat was inaugurated at the Indian Himalayan Centre for Adventure and Eco-tourism Institute at Chemchey, South Sikkim yesterday. The camp is being organized by the Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan, Sikkim. Lok Sabha MP from Sikkim Indra Hang Subba inaugurated the camp. A report  from our correspondent--

Sikkim has been paired with Delhi under Ek Bharat-Shreshth Bharat. A highlight of inaugural function was a dance performance themed Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao by participants from Delhi. A member of the Delhi team, Santosh speaks about her participation at the event.

मैं  दिल्ली से आयी हूँ, हमारे कम से कम १५ लोग आये हुए हैं यहाँ पर गर्लस और boys सारे मिक्स हैं, हम बेटी बचाओ बेटी पढ़ाओ पर बता रहे हैं की जो भ्रूण हत्या हो रही है और लड़कियां मारी जा रही हैं तो हमने यहाँ पर शो कराये सिर्फ बेटी को सम्मान दीजिये वो कुछ कर सकती हैं जो एक बेटा कर सकता हैं वो एक बेटी भी कर सकती है।

Around 250 participants from 16 states are participating in the four-day national integration camp, which would showcase the vibrance of India's diversity. With Saikat Sarkar, Parijat Sharma from Chemchey,  Sikkim.

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The high level committee on the Clause Six of the Assam Accord will submit its report to Chief Minister Sarbanand Sonowal in Guwahati today. The committee headed by Justice Biplab Kumar Sarma is expected to recommend measures to protect the interest of the indigenous people of the state. The Assam government will send the report to the Home Ministry for follow up action.

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The Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir will set up a Tribal Research Institute (TRI) by the next fiscal year to promote tribal practices and their art, culture and languages. Secretary Cooperative and Tribal Affairs, Abdul Majid Bhat said in Srinagar that the TRI will be a centre of excellence to focus on studying and promoting tribal practices and their art and culture.

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At the Khelo India University Games  in Odisha, the University of Mumbai's twin-sisters Jyoti and Aarti bagged four medals yesterday on the opening day of the swimming events. The twin sisters ended up on the podium in the 200m breaststroke. Jyoti winning a gold and Aarti settling for a bronze. The duo also helped the University of Mumbai to clinch a bronze in the 4x200m freestyle relay. The Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar ended the fourth day of the Games on top with 11 medals.

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NEWSPAPERS HEADLINES:

  • The maiden visit of US President Donald Trump to India hogs the limelight in papers today.

  • "Modi-Trump hug gets tighter" headlines the Times of India.  "'True, loyal friend' : Trump affirms India relationship" write the Hindustan Times. The Asian Age and the Tribune highlight the signing of over 3 billion arms deals today.

  • Front-paging photographs of  President Trump and the US first lady in Agra, the Pioneer writes "Taj Mahal inspires awe says POTUS".

  • The Statesman, and other dailies, highlight "Sunni Board to build mosque, hospital on five-acre site" alloted to it in Ayodhya.

  • Violence between groups supporting and opposing Citizenship Amendment Act in North-East Delhi also gets wide coverage. "Policeman among 5 killed in Delhi violence over CAA" reports the Hindu.

  • Under the caption 'Covid-19 grows', the Hindustan Times writes "Virus spreads to Mid east, markets across world bank".

  • And finally, "After 200 days, (Kashmir) Valley wakes up to bustling classrooms" writes the Indian Express as schools reported near-full attendance yesterday.

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