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12.10.2018

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12th October, 2018

 

THE HEADLINES:

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the Silver Jubilee celebrations of National Human Rights Commission; Says government is committed to improve  the lives of people by ensuring their rights.

  • Centre to set up a committee of senior judicial persons to examine all issues emanating from #MeTooIndia movement.

  • Terrorism remains the most overwhelming threat to the common goals of development and prosperity; says Sushma Swaraj at the SCO meeting.

  • Madras High Court transfers alleged corruption case against Tamilnadu Chief Minister E K Palaniswamy to CBI.

  • India continue to shine in the Asian Para Games adding 5 gold on the penultimate day.

  • In cricket, West Indies close day one at 295 for seven against India in the Hyderabad test.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi said National Human Rights Commission has an important role to play in the government's efforts to achieve sustainable development goals. Addressing an event in New Delhi today to mark the 25th anniversary of the founding of the NHRC, Mr Modi said the government is committed to improve the lives of people by ensuring their rights.

Mr Modi cited Ayushman Bharat, Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana, Swachh Bharat and  Saubhagya Yojana as schemes aimed towards providing dignified life for all.

Prime Minister said NHRC has acted as the voice of the weaker sections and played an important role in nation-building.

He said during the last four years, serious efforts have been made to raise the dignity of the oppressed section of the society.

"मानवाधिकार की रक्षा हमारे संस्कृति का अहम हिस्सा है। हमारी पंरपराओं में हमेशा व्यक्ति के जीवन क्षमता, समानता उसकी गरिमा के प्रति इसमें सम्मान इसमें स्वीकृति मिली हुई है। अधिकारों को सुनिश्चित करने वाले एनएचआरसी जैसे अनेक संस्था, कमीशन और डिमिनल भी है। हमारी संस्था और व्यवस्थाओं की आभारी है जो हर देशवासी के अधिकार को संवरक्षित करने के लिए प्रतिबद्ध है"

The Prime Minister said, the government believes in the mantra of Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas.

"हमारी सरकार सबका साथ सबका विकास इस मंत्र को सेवा का माध्यम मानती है। यह अपने आप में मानव अधिकारों की सुरक्षा की कारती की तरह काम कर रही है। बेटी बचाओं बेटी पढ़ाओं की अभियान की वजह से हरियाणा, राजस्थान सब अनेक राज्यों में बेटियों की संख्या में भारी वृद्धि हुई है। प्रधानमंत्री आवास योजना के तहत 2022 में जब भारत के आजादी के 75 साल होंगे। हर उस व्यक्ति को मकान मिलना चाहिए जिसके सर पर छत नहीं है"

Speaking on the occasion, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said, NHRC has a very important place in country's institutional framework. He said, women rights are equally important and government is working towards providing safe environment to women.

In his address, NHRC Chairman Justice HL Dattu said, the commission's constant endeavor has been to make itself more accessible to people.

On the occasion, Mr Modi issued a Postage Stamp and Special Cover. He also launched the new version of the NHRC website, which is more user-friendly and accessible to persons with special needs.

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The Ministry of Women and Child Development will set up a committee of senior judicial and legal persons as members to examine all issues emanating from the #MeTooIndia movement. The panel will look into the legal and institutional framework which is in place for handling complaints of sexual harassment at workplaces and advise the Ministry on how to strengthen the frameworks. Mrs. Maneka Gandhi said, sexual harassment cases at workplaces will be dealt with zero tolerance.

The Minister urged working women across all sectors to come out fearlessly and report cases of any form of sexual harassment. She assured that the government will ensure all possible assistance in such cases.

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External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today said, terrorism remains the most overwhelming threat to the common goals of development and prosperity. Speaking at the SCO-Meeting of the Council of Heads of Government in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, Mrs Swaraj said,  the Governments must assume their national responsibility and cooperate with each other. She said, India is determined to work together in SCO on environmental  friendly energy alternatives to ensure sustainable development. 

Mrs Swaraj said, India shares the desire of the SCO members for enhanced connectivity.

"We believed that all connectivity initiatives must be based on the principles of respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity, consultations, good governance, transparency, viability and sustainability".

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Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has said that the presence of terror infrastructure and state support to terrorists in the immediate neighbourhood is constantly testing India's patience. In an address at the Institute of Strategic Research in Paris, she said concerted efforts are required to choke financing and supply of arms to the terror groups besides disrupting the recruitment and mobilisation of "foreign terrorists".

Delivering her lecture on the theme, "India-France Defence Engagement in a Multipolar World", Mrs. Sitharaman said her visit is a reaffirmation of India's commitment to the strategic partnership with France, especially in the critical area of defence cooperation.  

The defence minister is on a three-day visit to France to further bolster Indo-French strategic ties.

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President Ramnath Kovind has said in a democracy, Information overload is always preferable to information deficit. Addressing the 13th annual convention of the Central Information Commission in New Delhi. Mr. Kovind said, Right to Information is about nurturing the social contract of trust between the citizen and the state where both must have faith in each other. The President said, a related and parallel implication is to ensure rational use of public resources to check instances of corruption or waste.

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Prince Alois of Liechtenstein called on President Ram Nath Kovind at Rashtrapati Bhavan today. Welcoming Prince Alois, Mr Kovind said, his visit to India is very special as the two countries are celebrating the 25th anniversary of the establishment of their diplomatic relations. The President said, India is keen to strengthen its economic relations with Liechtenstein. He invited Liechtenstein’s companies to take advantage of the Indian growth story.

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The Madras High Court has transferred the probe into allegations of corruption against Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E K Palaniswamy to the Central Bureau of Investigation, CBI today. The court said it does not prefer to express any opinion about the case, and added, the order has been passed only to ensure free and fair investigation. The opposition DMK filed a petition saying, large scale irregularities have been committed in awarding highways works project. However, the state Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption in its report to the High Court  said, there is no material available to take cognizance of the charges.

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Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu has said that the country was currently in a "transformational phase" with expansion of basic services such as healthcare. He said, a visit to primary healthcare centres or super specialty hospitals like AIIMS would indicate there is so much that needs to be done. Addressing graduates of JIPMER Puducherry at its ninth annual convocation, Mr Naidu said, the government is focusing more and more on expanding basic services including the healthcare to all citizens.

Later addressing a book release function in Chennai, the Vice President said, India is now on a growth trajectory. he said India have highly ambitious plans for her growth. He emphasized that a large part of such plans would work only if infrastructure projects like roads, dams, power plants and living spaces are established. He said, metro rail systems, ports and other utilities are necessary to realize the country’s potential.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi emphasized the need to enhance and develop skills of the youngsters in the country to make them economically self-reliant, through  Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana. Under the scheme, the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) has become the hub of different kind of training, in various parts of the country. In West Bengal, the students of these training institutes have now started finding descent jobs. Here is a ground report from our Kolkata correspondent:-

"The training centers are paving the way for self-reliance and life of dignity. In the Bhanga Prachir Area of West Bardhaman District of West Bengal has one such Skill Development Center where candidates are taught to be Assistant Electricians, Automotive Service Technicians, CCTV Installation Technicians, Data Operators and Retail Sales Associates. Anita Hansda, a student says

Laki Barnwal,another student says:-So far, 1,469 students have been trained by this Training Center and out of them, 885 students have secured jobs. The brightest thing about these Centers is that the Skill Development Training, comes free of cost to the trainees. Sudeep Banerjee, AIR News, Kolkata".

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In Jammu and Kashmir the third phase of municipal elections will be held  tomorrow. In Jammu division, four municipal committees in district Samba will be going to polls in the third phase. All arrangements have been made for the polls. The EVMs along with polling staff have been deployed to their respective polling stations after review by the District Election Officer of  Samba. A total of 242 candidates are in the fray  for  56 wards of Samba district which include  84 female candidates.

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The Sri Lankan Parliament today paid rich tribute to Mahatma Gandhi on his 150th birth anniversary celebration. Participating in an adjourn motion President Maithripala Sirisena termed Mahatma Gandhi as a great influencer in history who will continue to guide future generations due to his extraordinary qualities.

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The Benchmark domestic stocks today bounced back strongly and recovered from big losses of previous session after European and other Asian shares logged positive trade. Rupee also registered a strong recovery.

"Sensex at the Bombay Stock Exchange climbed 732 points or 2.15 percent to 34,734. The Nifty at the National Stock Exchange also surged 238 points or 2.32 percent to 10,473. The rupee also logged strong recovery as it appreciated 56 paise to end of 73 rupees 56 paise against the US dollar. Gold maintained its upward trend for the third straight day today at Delhi bullion market, rising 140 rupees to trade at 32,120 rupees per 10 grams. Silver prices also went up by 500 rupees to 39,500 rupees per kg.  Arjun Chaudhary with Sanjio Kumar Singh for AIR News".

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In Sports, India added five gold medals in its kitty after Para athletes, chess players and a shuttler grabbed yellow metals as the country continued its impressive performance at the Asian Para Games at Jakarta today. On the penultimate day of the Games, K Jennitha Anto clinched the gold in women's individual rapid P1 chess while Kishan Gangolli in the men's individual event claimed the top spot. In para-badminton, Parul Parmar won the gold medal in the women's singles event. In  men's javelin throw event, Neeraj Yadav clinched gold while in men's club throw, Amit Kumar bagged Gold.

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In the 2nd and final Cricket test against India, West Indies were 295 for seven in their first innings on day one at Hyderabad. Earlier, electing to bat after winning the toss, the visitors lost wickets in quick succession. Kuldeep Yadav and Umesh Yadav took three wickets each and Ravichandran Ashwin one. India lead the series 1-0 after wining the first Test at Rajkot.

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