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MIDDAY NEWS

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16th October, 2017

THE HEADLINES:

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi to participate in Gujarat Gaurav Mahasammelan at Gandhinagar this afternoon.
  • Filing of nominations begins for Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections.
  • Indigenously-built anti-submarine warfare, INS Kiltan commissioned into the Indian Navy.
  • Wholesale inflation falls to 2.6 per cent in September from 3.2 per cent in August.
  • Sensex and Nifty scale all-time intra-day highs.
  • Centre directs all state food safety commissioners to take strict action against those involved in food adulteration.
  • And, in Under-17 Football World Cup, Colombia to take on Germany, and US to meet Paraguay in the Round-of-16 today.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi is visiting his home state Gujarat today. During his stay, Mr Modi will participate in the Gujarat Gaurav Mahasammelan to be held at Bhat gam near Gandhinagar this afternoon. He will also address a rally of BJP workers gathering from across the state. The function will mark the conclusion of the 15-day long Gujarat Gaurav Yatra. BJP had started the yatra from two routes - one from Karamsad on the first of this month and another from Porbandar on the next day. Our correspondent reports that BJP National President Amit Shah will also be present at the concluding ceremony.

"The Gaurav Yatra was meant to highlight the achievements of the BJP government in the State. The first leg of the yatra started from Karamsad, the native place of Sardar Patel on October 1, and travelled through districts of Central and North Gujarat, whereas the Second leg started on October 2 from Porbandar, the birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi, which passed through Saurashtra and South Gujarat. Various Union Ministers including Home Minister Rajnath Singh, I&B Minister Smriti Irani addressed rallies at different places during the yatra. APARNA KHUNT, AIR NEWS, AHMEDABAD."

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The notification for the single-phase Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections has been issued. Candidates can file their nominations from today till the 23rd of this month. Scrutiny of nominations will take place on the 24th. Polling will be held on the 9th of next month, while the counting of votes will be taken up on 18th December. Chief Electoral Officer Pushpender Rajput said, voter-verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT) machines will be used in all polling booths for the first time in the polls. Our correspondent reports that two major political parties - BJP and Congress - are yet to announce their candidates for the 68-member Assembly.

"The Congress and BJP are still in the discussion process regarding their candidates. The CPM has announced to contest in 30 assembly constituencies and has declared nine candidates so far. Meanwhile, an NGO Umang Foundation has raised the issue of Divyangs by releasing Public Manifesto. The President of foundation Ajay Shribvastwa has appealed all the political parties contesting elections to include different issues of Divyangs in their manifestos. Shishu Sharma Shantal, AIR News, Shimla".

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INS Kiltan was commissioned into the Indian Navy today. Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman commissioned the indigenously-built anti-submarine warfare stealth corvette at the Naval Dockyard in Visakhapatnam. The ceremony was also attended by Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba and a host of other dignitaries. Speaking on the occasion, Ms Sitharaman said, INS Kiltan strengthens India's defence system and will be a shining armour in the 'Make in India' programme as it has totally been built indigenously. Our correspondent reports that INS Kiltan is the latest indigenous warship after Shivalik Class, Kolkata Class and sister ships INS Kamorta and INS Kadmatt to have joined the Indian Navy's arsenal.

"The commissioning of INS Kiltan marks another milestone in the history of Indian Navy. Keeping in Indian Navy's commitment to Make in India, Kilton joins a long list of warships being built indigenously. MAHESH, AIR NEWS, VISHAKHAPATNAM."

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In Jammu and Kashmir, two Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists and one Over Ground Worker (OGW) have been arrested by police. Talking to reporters in Srinagar today, Inspector General Police (Kashmir) Munir Ahmad Khan said, the three were arrested from Kund belt in Qazigund area and Kulgam district. Arms and ammunition were also recovered. The IG said, one of the three arrested persons helped terrorists attack the police vehicle in Damhal Hanjipora in Kulgam district in which one cop was killed on Saturday.

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Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu today said terrorism has no religion and boundaries and nobody should be allowed to get away with acts of violence in the name of ideology. Addressing a function to mark the 33rd Raising Day of the National Security Guard (NSG) at Manesar in Haryana, Mr Naidu said, the time has come for the international community to launch a concerted effort to isolate States which are sponsoring terrorism. He said, over last 33 years, NSG have successfully handled terrorist and hijack situations, defining role in Akshardham, Mumbai and Pathankot attacks.

"NSG is a specially trained, highly skilled and usually motivated force and we have just now saw the glimpse of it. Tasked with multifarious responsibilities, be it counter terrorists or counter high jack operations or protection of persons with high threat perception we have always rising to the occasion to ward off such challenges."

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The CBI filed a status report in the Delhi High Court today into the disappearance of JNU student Najeeb Ahmed. The court, however, expressed displeasure over the report saying there is complete lack of interest on the CBI's part in probing the case. It observed that the report shows that there is no result even on paper. The remarks by the court came after contradictions appeared in what the CBI said in court and what it had indicated in its status report on the issue of analysis of the calls and messages of the suspect students in the case.

The court had handed over the probe to the CBI five months ago.

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Wholesale inflation fell to 2.6 per cent in September as prices of food articles, led by vegetables, softened. Inflation, based on the wholesale price index (WPI) had soared to a four-month high of 3.2 per cent in August. It was 1.36 per cent in September last year. The government data released today, showed that inflation in food articles reduced to 2.04 per cent in September, as against 5.75 per cent in August on an yearly basis. Inflation in vegetable prices cooled to 15.48 per cent in September, as against a high of 44.91 per cent in the previous month. Onion prices, however, continued to rule high with 79.78 per cent increase in September. In egg, meat and fish segment the rate of price rise was 5.47 per cent.

Inflation in manufactured products witnessed a slight increase at 2.72 per cent, against 2.45 per cent in August. In fuel and power segment, inflation cooled to 9.01 per cent, against 9.99 per cent in August.

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The stock markets hit all-time intra-day highs today. After a strong opening, the Sensex at the Bombay Stock Exchange considerably trimmed its initial gains, but still climbed 77 points to 32,510, when reports last came in. In the morning, it had surged to a record intra-day high of 32,687. The Nifty at the National Stock Exchange gained 28 points to 10,195. It had touched a lifetime intra-day peak of 10,242 in opening trade.

And, at the foreign exchange market, the rupee appreciated 19 paise to 64 rupees 74 paise against the dollar in afternoon deals.

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The Centre has directed the food safety commissioners of all the states to take strict action against those involved in food adulteration. Talking to reporters at a function to commemorate World Food Day in New Delhi today, Minister of State for Health Ashwini Kumar Choubey said, the concerned officials have been asked to remain vigilant against any kind of adulteration during this festive season. He, however, also cautioned them not to unnecessarily harass sweet shop owners.

On the occasion, the Minister also launched a mobile app IFRA (Indian Food Recovery Alliance) to prevent food wastage.

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The News Services Division of All India Radio, in its weekly bilingual live phone-in programme 'PUBLIC SPEAK', will bring you a discussion tonight on 'Pradushan Mukta Tyohar'. This can be heard on FM Gold Channel and additional frequencies from 9:30 PM. Listeners can ask questions to the experts in our Studio on Toll Free Telephone No: 1XXX-XX-5767 (Repeat 1XXX-XX-5767). You can also ask questions on telephone number: 011-2331-4444 (Repeat 011-2331-4444) and post queries on our Twitter handle @airnews alerts by #tag Askair. This programme is also available on Doordarshan DTH.

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Jalna district of Maharashtra has been facing the perennial problem of drought. Farmers at Delegavhan, Akoldev and 19 villages of Jafrabad Tehsil have joined hands and formed a federation of Agro India Group Farming to solve the crisis. The federation has proved to be shot in arm for these farmers. Here is more from our correspondent:

"This federation which is mentored by orchard  expert Dr Bhagwanrao Kapse and proved to be major success. This experiment has augmented the income of the farmers substantially making them financially independent. What Mr Kapse has to say about this experiment:

Under this initiative which was formed way back in 2000, initially the farmers planted the orchards of sweet orange. However, these orchards were withered out due to severe drought between 2011 to 2014. However, this set back did not deter these farmers from their enterprise and made them only to change pattern of the crop switching from sweet orange to cotton, ginger, turmeric, green chilly under shed-net, grapes and pomegranate. The pilot project of Innovative cotton sowing in the name of ‘Atighan’ proved to be huge success.

The Maharashtra government has also taken the note of this initiative and chief minister of state Devendra Phadnavis is going to visit Delegavhan village today to visit this experiment of Group Farming. Ramesh Jaibhaye, with Babasaheb Maske, AIR NEWS, Aurangabad."

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In Karnataka, a gas cylinder explosion brought down a two storey building in Bengaluru today killing six people and injuring six. The rescue team is clearing the debris of the building to search for any survivors. The state government has announced an ex-gratia of five lakh rupees each to the next of the kin of those killed and 50,000 rupees to the injured. More from our correspondent:

"After the water logging and flooding incidents Bengaluru woke up to another tragedy today. A gas explosion in a low income housing colony in Igipura was devastating. There were three families staying in the building. Among those rescued are tow children. Disaster Management and police personnel assisted the fire service personnels in clearing debris of the building in the narrow lanes of the locality and rescued three of the persons staying there. SUDHINDRA, AIR NEWS, BENGALURU."

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The Indian Navy has sent a reconnaissance aircraft to the Philippines to join the search operation for the 10 Indians on-board a cargo ship that sank in the Pacific off Japan. The P-8I long range maritime reconnaissance aircraft landed at the Vilamor air base in Manila to start the search operation. The 33,205-tonne cargo ship Emerald Star sank off Okinawa on Friday. Sixteen Indians have been already rescued, while search was still on for 10 other missing Indians. Indian missions in Japan, the Philippines and China are coordinating the search operation.

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In Somalia, the death toll in Saturday's bomb explosions in Mogadishu has crossed 300. The Director of the city's ambulance service said, the toll will still be higher because there are more than 300 injured and some people are still missing. Police described the bombing as the deadliest attack ever. Saturday's blast occurred at a junction in Hodan, a bustling commercial district of the capital Mogadishu which has many shops, hotels and businesses. Hundreds of people had been in the area at the time of the blast.
World leaders have strongly condemned the incident.

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In Iraq, government forces have taken control of vast areas in the oil-rich Kirkuk region without opposition from Kurdish Peshmerga fighters. According to state TV- Al-Iraqiya, oilfields and Kurdish military positions were also captured by the Iraqi forces and Federal Police. However, Kurdistan Regional Government denied the claim and said oilfields and the air base west of Kirkuk are still under Kurdish control. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has ordered security forces to impose security in Kirkuk in cooperation with the population of the city and the Peshmerga.

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The Railways will introduce a new tri-weekly special Rajdhani on the Delhi-Mumbai route from today. It will run from Hazrat Nizamuddin and will have stoppages at Kota, Vadodara and Surat stations. There will be no Flexi fare component in the fare structure of the train. The Railway Ministry said, the new train will save around two hours in journey time in comparison to the existing Mumbai Rajdhani.

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In the Under-17 Football World Cup, two pre-quarterfinal matches will be played at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi today. While Colombia will take on Germany at 5 PM, the United States will meet Paraguay at 8 PM. Tournament director Javier Ceppi has said, the event has been more successful than the 2011 Cricket World Cup in terms of spectator turnout. Talking to reporters in Kolkata, Mr Ceppi said, the spectators mark has crossed a phenomenal 8 lakh, which is more than the 2011 Cricket World Cup, and double than what the last edition in Chile had witnessed.

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