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0815 HRS
10.08.2018
THE HEADLINES:
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi to address World Bio-Fuel Day conference in New Delhi this morning.
  • Government to introduce Triple Talaq Bill in Rajya Sabha on the last day of Monsoon Session of Parliament.
  • Maharashtra government employees call off three-day strike following government's assurance to consider their demands.
  • Security forces bust a terrorist hideout and recover huge cache of arms and ammunition in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir.
  • IMF says India's GDP to grow by 7.3 per cent in the current fiscal and 7.5 percent during next financial year.
  • And in Sports, Indian shuttlers Ajay Jayaram, Rituparna Das and Mithun Manjunath enter quarterfinals of Vietnam Open Badminton Championship.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will today address a diverse gathering of farmers, scientists, entrepreneurs, students, officials and legislators in New Delhi to mark the World Bio-Fuel Day. World Bio-Fuel Day is observed every year on 10th of August to create awareness about the importance of non-fossil fuels as an alternative to conventional fossil fuels. The special occasion is being observed by the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas for the last three years. More from our correspondent:
"Biofuels help reduce import dependency on crude oil and further strengthening the economy. It can contribute to a cleaner environment, generate additional income and employment opportunities in rural areas. The Biofuels programme is also in synergy with the government's initiatives for Make in India, Swachh Bharat and enhancing farmers’ income. As a result of the efforts of the government, ethanol blending in petrol has increased from 38 crore litres in the ethanol supply in 2013-14, to an estimated 141 crore litres in the ethanol supply year 2017-18. The government has also approved the National Policy on Biofuels in June this year. ASHISH, AIR NEWS, DELHI."
All India Radio, Delhi will broadcast live the function of the World Bio-Fuel Day 2018 from Vigyan Bhawan. It can be heard on Rajdhani and FM Rainbow channels from 9:55 AM.

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The government will today introduce the triple talaq bill for consideration and passing in Rajya Sabha. The bill, which has been already cleared by the Lok Sabha, is set to be tabled in the upper house with the government looking to introduce all three amendments.
Yesterday, Union Cabinet approved certain amendments in the Triple Talaq bill including bail provisions for the accused before the trial. Talking to reporters after cabinet meeting in New Delhi, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said, the cabinet has approved three amendments to the Muslim Women Protection of Rights on Marriage Bill which has been cleared by Lok Sabha and pending the approval of Rajya Sabha.
"Any husband giving a tripple talaq instantaneously and breaking the marriage then the FIR shall become cognizable only and only when FIR is filed by the victim wife  or the blood relations or relations by marriage. Second, it has been made compoundable . If the wife and husband desire to settle their differences  the magistrate can compound the offence upon appropriate terms and conditions. And thirdly, Magistrate can grant bail after hearing the wife."
Other bills scheduled to be taken up by the Upper house are Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code Bill and Commercial Courts (Amendment) Bills. In Lok Sabha, government will introduce Personal Laws (Amendment) Bill and Consumer Protection Bill.   Today is the last day of the Monsoon Session of Parliament.

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In Jammu and Kashmir, security forces have busted a terrorist hideout and recovered a huge quantity of arms and ammunition in Poonch district. The move comes after a joint team of the Army and the Police launched search operations at Kath Panjal Nala in Chapriyan area following a tipoff yesterday. The cache includes one AK-56 Rifle with three magazines, four empty AK-47 magazines, 14 grenades 273 rounds of AK 47 rifle, 97 rounds of AK 56 rifle, 31 rounds of pistols and other warlike stores.

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A huge quantity of explosives, suspected to be RDX, was found at Nallasopara in Palghar district near Mumbai last night. Police said the explosives were found at Bhandar Aali in Nallasopara west. According to an official, after getting information about the explosives, officials of the Maharashtra ATS and senior officials of Palghar Police rushed to the spot and investigation was on.

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Maharashtra government employees have withdrawn their three-day old strike following an assurance from the government to consider their demands. In a meeting with the representatives of Maharashtra State Employees Organisation yesterday, State Chief Secretary DK Jain assured the employees that the government is positively considering their demands regarding implementation of the Seventh Pay Commission. The association was informed that arrears of the Seventh Pay Commission will be given with retrospective effect from January 2016, while the Dearness Allowance will be given retrospectively for the last 14 months. Around 17 lakh Class-3 and Class-4 employees of the state government were on strike since Tuesday.

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In Maharashtra, 16 out of 36 districts implemented Beti Bachao Beti Padhao Scheme. Under this scheme, various steps are being taken to prevent female infanticide and enable their education. Here is a ground report from Aurangabad on this scheme.
"The District Task Force and Block Task Force have been constituted under beti Bachao and Beti padhao scheme in all districts for More awareness of the scheme. It helps to increase female sex ratio in almost all the districts and more particularly in Beed, Jalna and Washim where the ratio was dismal say less than 900 to per 1000 male. Dr. Archana Bhosle, a Civil Surgeon from Aurangabad,  shared details about implementation of awareness programmes of the scheme.  Dr Nirmal Asolekar, a Gynaecologist from Aurangabad told AIR that hospitals in the state have completely stopped carrying out the Pre-conception test and started counselling of the patient who visit hospital for this test. 
 
Due to successful implementation of the scheme female sex ratio of Beed district has significantly improved from 789 to 927 and of  Washim district from 835 to 953 per 1000 male child. Ramesh Jaibhaye, AIR, Aurangabad."

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Astronomers have used an Indian telescope to discover the most distant radio galaxy ever known, located at a distance of 12 billion light-years. The galaxy from a time when the universe was only seven per cent of its current age was found using the Giant Meter-wave Radio Telescope (GMRT) in Pune. GMRT is an array of thirty fully steerable parabolic radio telescopes of 45 metre diameter. It is operated by the National Centre for Radio Astrophysics.

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President Ramnath Kovind will inaugurate one district one product summit in Lucknow today. A 3-day summit is aimed at boosting micro, small and medium enterprises by branding the special product of each and every district of the state. Our Correspondent has filed this report:
"President will visit the pavillions where one product from each district would be put on display and launch the ODOP website along with starting the toll free helpline for entrepreneurs. The President will also provide Tool kits to 78 artisans of 3 districts. On this occasion loan sanction papers worth Rs 1006 crores will be distributed to beneficiaries of ODOP scheme. President will distribute loan papers to some selected beneficiaries and rest will be distributed in various districts by Ministers in charge. Sushil Chandra Tiwari, AIR News, Lucknow."

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In Kerala, 26 people were killed in heavy rain and landslides as torrential rain continues to lash the state. Massive landslides and floods have caused heavy damages across Kerala. The northern districts are the worst affected and red have been issued in these districts. More from our correspondent:
"With water levels rising in various dams and reaching almost its maximum capacity, shutters of at least 24 reservoirs have been opened to drain out excess water, for the first time in the history of the state. People residing on the banks of rivers are asked to be vigilant and move to safer places. Road transports in various districts are affected after many roads being washed away and some being submerged. High range roads in Idukki and Wayanad were damaged due to landslides and uprooting of trees. National Disaster Response Force and Army are actively engaged in rescue operations. Shamila for AIR news from Thiruvananthapuram.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and discussed the situation arising due to floods and landslides in various parts of the state. Mr. Modi offered all possible assistance to those affected.

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The International Monetary Fund says India's GDP is poised to grow by 7.3 per cent in the 2018-19 fiscal and 7.5 per cent in 2019-20 on strengthening of investment and robust private consumption. IMF, in its latest projection, said the near-term macroeconomic outlook for India is broadly favourable. It said, headline inflation is projected to rise to 5.2 per cent in fiscal year 2018-19, as demand conditions tighten, along with the recent depreciation of the rupee and higher oil prices.

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Pakistan's election commission has declared Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan the winner from four parliamentary constituencies, including Lahore, clearing the way for his swearing in as new Prime Minister. The only constituency that the Election Commission has withheld the notification for, is NA-53 Islamabad where it has demanded a signed apology from Khan for violating the code of conduct while casting his vote during the July elections. However, the poll body came to Khan's rescue and issued a victory notification for Lahore's NA-131 constituency, declaring him the winner of the contest against Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz's Saad Rafique.

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In Yemen, at least 29 children were killed and 30 injured in an airstrike that hit a bus carrying them in the rebel-held northern region. The Saudi- led coalition said, it had carried out what it called legitimate military action in the area, targeting Huthi rebels responsible for a deadly missile attack on the Saudi city of Jizan on Wednesday. Saudi Arabia and Sunni Muslim allies have been fighting in Yemen for more than three years against the Iran-aligned Houthis, who control much of north Yemen, including the capital Sanaa and drove a Saudi-backed government into exile in 2014.

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Indian shuttlers Ajay Jayaram, Rituparna Das and Mithun Manjunath entered the quarterfinals of the Vietnam Open in Ho Chi Minh City. They will play their round-of-eight matches today. In Men's singles, Jayaram, will face Canada’s Xiaodong Sheng.
Manjunath to take on China’s Zhou Zeqi. He defeated Thailand’s Adulrach Namkul in the pre-quarterfinals. In Women's singles, former national champion Rituparna beat sixth seed Chinese Taipei’s Sung Shuo Yun to set up a meeting with Thailand’s Phittayaporn Chaiwan.

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NEWSPAPERS HEADLINES
  • Amendments made in the triple Talaq and the election of an NDA candidate for the post of Rajyasabha Deputy chairman are the two stories that stand out among other headlines this morning.
  • "NDA outwits Oppn in RS prestige fight" reads the headline appearing in The Hindustan Times whereas the pioneer has reported it under the head, "NDA win bares 'united' Opp's Achilles' heel".
  • Writing on the amendments that were made in the Triple Talaq bill, The Asian Age informs saying, "Cabinet tweaks talaq bill, okays bail for accused" "Govt yields: Triple talaq FIR only by victim, blood relatives" is the headline that appears in The Indian Express.
  • The pioneer, reporting on the grim situation in Kerala, writes, "22 die in flood, landslides as rain ravages Kerala" adding, 'Idukki dam shutter opened after 26 years but to no avail' The Asian Age carries a picture of a collapsed roof of a house to give a brief summary of the devastation caused.
  • "BCCI gets SC relief on key Lodha panel suggestions" is how The Hindustan Times has headlined the story of the reforms that were due at BCCI.
  • On the spurt in the sensex, The DNA notes, "New day, new high: Bulls 'just' 2k away from 40000". 
  • In another economic news The DNA writes, "Centre may allow crypto tokens for financial transactions".
  • And finally, "Soon, cops may NOT take away your licence" Yes you heard it right! It's a report that appears in The Times of India that The Road and Transport Ministry has asked the traffic police and state transport departments not to insist on original (hard copy) documents for verification. 

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