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49th International Film Festival of India begins in Panaji tomorrow.            Home Minister Rajnath Singh chairs high-level security meeting in New Delhi over Amritsar blast            All arrangements in place for final phase of Chhattisgarh Assembly polls            Deadline for filing of nominations ends in Rajasthan, Telangana            PM Modi launches grand challenge for improving Ease of Doing Business           

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News at Nine

2100 HRS
23.10.2018

2100 HRS


23.10.2018


 
THE HEADLINES:
 
  • Home Minister Rajnath Singh  appeals  to  People of Kashmir to stay away from gunfight sites to avoid loss of civilians lives.
  • Supreme Court refuses total ban on firecrackers; allows green crackers with permissible sound limits on Diwali and other festivals.
  • Nominations for first phase of Assembly elections in Chhattisgarh comes to an end.
  • Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says, murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was pre-planned.
  • In Hockey India play Malaysia in  Asian Champions Trophy round robin match at Muscat, Oman a short while from now.
  • In Badminton, P. V Sindhu advances to the pre-quarter finals of  French Open in Paris.

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Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh today appealed to me people of Kashmir, particularly youth to stay away from gunfight sites during counter- terrorist operations to avoid loss of civilian lives. He also appealed to the people to participate with fervour in forthcoming Panchayati elections to strengthen democracy and governance at grassroots level.
 
Mr Singh was addressing a press conference in Srinagar after concluding his day-long visit to Jammu and Kashmir .
 
The Home Minister complimented people of the State for participation in the Municipal Elections. He appealed to all political parties to participate in Panchayati elections.
Mr Rajnath Singh reviewed overall security situation in the Valley and also at LoC and borders with neighbouring country Pakistan at a high level meeting in Srinagar.
 
"जहां तक जम्‍मू और कश्‍मीर की सिक्‍योरटी सिचुवेशन का सवाल है तो पिछले चार महीनों में एक बड़ा शिफ्ट देखने को मिला है। पत्‍थरबाजी की घटनाओं में भी कमी आई है। मिलिटेन्‍ट के रिक्रूटमेंट में भी मुझे जानकारी प्राप्‍त हुई है कि कुछ कमी आई है। पिछले कुछ महीनों में जम्‍मू और कश्‍मीर में जिन्‍दगी जीने के लिए लोगों को जद्दोजहद न करनी पड़े इसके लिए सेन्‍टर और स्‍टेट गवर्नमेंट दोनों ही कदम से कदम मिलाकर आगे बढ़ने की कोशिश कर रहे हैं।"

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The high level Election Commission of India team headed by Chief Election Commissioner OP Rawat today reviewed the law and order situation and poll preparedness in Telangana. The 11-member team of the ECI, which is on a three- day visit to Hyderabad, held day-long review of preparedness with the District Electoral officers and Superintendents today.
 
Speaking on the occasion, the CEC asked the district authorities to be professional and objective in conducting free and fair poll in Telangana. Expressing satisfaction over the improvement in the poll preparedness, Mr Rawat asked them to fill the gaps in the next few weeks.
 
The Commission asked the district authorities to be fair, absolutely neutral and act with responsibility with utmost consciousness as the eyes and ears of the ECI in ensuring free and fair election in the state.
 
The district authorities have been asked to follow the procedure in cleansing the electoral rolls
and bring all cases of cash seizures to a logical conclusion.
 
Earlier, the commission reviewed with the DEOs and SPs over district election plans in a marathon interaction. The Commission will meet the authorities in Income tax, excise, transport, bankers coordinators and senior  state  government officials tomorrow.

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The Supreme court today refused to impose a blanket ban on sale and manufacture of firecrackers. The court however, permitted sale and manufacture of green crackers with low emissions, across the country. The apex court also fixed the 8 pm to 10 pm time period for bursting of firecrackers on Diwali and other festivals.
 
"The apex court's order came on a plea seeking a ban on manufacture and sale of firecrackers across the country to curb air pollution. Refusing to impose a nationwide blanket ban, the court said, firecrackers with only permissible decibel sound limits would be allowed to be sold in the market. The court also restrained e-commerce websites like Flipkart and Amazon from selling firecrackers which are beyond the permissible limit. The court asked the Centre to encourage community cracker bursting during Diwali and other festivals in Delhi-NCR. Meanwhile, the Environment Ministry has launched the Harit Diwali, Swasth Diwali campaign to minimise bursting of crackers. The campaign has been merged with Green Good Deeds, a movement launched to protect environment and promote good living in the country. Valsa  Williams, News Desk."

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The Supreme Court today directed the Rajasthan government to stop illegal mining in a 115.34-hectare area in Aravalli hills within 48 hours. A bench, comprising Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta, said it was compelled to pass the order because Rajasthan has taken the issue very lightly. The apex court also referred to a central empowered committee report that 31 hills have vanished in the state's Aravalli area. The court said that the disappearance of hills in Rajasthan could be one reason for the rise in pollution levels in Delhi. The bench directed the chief secretary of Rajasthan to file an affidavit regarding compliance of its order. The court was hearing a matter related to illegal mining activities in Aravalli hills.

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At least fourteen people were injured, while two persons succumbed to injuries in a stampede in West Bengal’s Howrah on Tuesday following heavy rush of passengers on a footbridge. The incident was reported at 6 pm, at the Santragachhi junction, confirmed CPRO South Eastern Railways Soumitra Majumdar. As per the reports, passengers from three trains had crowded over the bridge, which led to the incident.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will interact with IT and electronic manufacturing professionals and key industry leaders from across the country in New Delhi tomorrow. Professionals from about 100 locations across India, are expected to join the event through video-conference. Mr Modi will also address the gathering.
The Prime Minister will launch  the “Main Nahin Hum” Portal and App on the occasion. The portal based on the theme "Self for Society" will enable IT professionals and organizations to bring together their efforts towards social causes, and service to society, on one platform.

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In Chhattisgarh, today was the last day for filing of nominations for the first phase of Assembly elections in 18 constituencies. As per the data received so far, 230 nominations have been filed in 18 constituencies which are going to poll in the first phase on November 12. Scrutiny of nomination papers will take place tomorrow and the last date for withdrawal of nomination papers is October 26.
 
AIR correspondent reports that these 18 assembly segments include 12 seats of all seven districts of Maoist affected Bastar division and 6 constituencies of Rajnandgaon district. These constituencies are in the most Maoist affected region of Chhattisgarh.
 
Key contestants who filed nominations today were Chief Minister Raman Singh from Rajnandgaon seat and Karuna Shukla, niece of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, as a Congress candidate from the same seat.
 
Chhattisgarh has 90 constituencies and the assembly elections are scheduled to be held in two phases on November 12 and 20.

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The government is committed to reducing tax rates which can be cut further if the number of tax payers keeps on increasing at the same pace in coming years. In an exclusive interview to All India Radio News, Chairman CBDT, Sushil Chandra said, the major focus of the government is the welfare of taxpayers. He added tax evaders will not be spared.
 
You can tune into the FM Gold channel of AIR tonight at 9.30 PM to listen to the interview.

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Under the Stand-Up India scheme, bank loans from 10 lakh rupees to one crore rupees are provided to at least one Scheduled Caste or Scheduled Tribe borrower and at least one woman borrower per bank branch. The loan is provided for setting up a greenfield enterprise. Here is a ground report from our correspondent:
 
"In Goa, owners of various businesses have availed of loans for their enterprises under the Stand-Up India scheme. These include business owners from the far-flung and backward areas of the state. A woman entrepreneur from Valpoi in North Goa’s Sattari taluka, Anjali Vinod Barve availed of financial assistance under the scheme for her Cashew Processing Industry. She speaks about the benefits…
 
 (I am Anjali Vinod Barve, I took a loan under Stand up India scheme through State bank of India’s. I have Started my Agro processing Unit ie Cashew processing Industry. I can repay my monthly loan installment easily  from the Income which I receive from my Agro processing Unit.)
 
The Stand up India scheme has provided a fillip to women entrepreneurs. It has also promoted greenfield businesses across diverse sectors and empowered rural women. Saikat Sarkar from Goa for AIR."

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was a planned murder and called on Saudi Arabia to extradite 18 suspects to Turkey to face justice for the crime.
 
Erdogan’s highly anticipated comments, during a speech to his ruling party in the capital Ankara contradicted Saudi accounts that Khashoggi was killed when an argument inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul escalated into a fistfight.  Erdogan urged the Saudi authorities to reveal whether senior officials had been involved in planning the killing, suggesting Turkey was unsatisfied with the explanations that Saudi authorities had so far provided.

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In Badminton, ace Indian shuttler, P.V. Sindhu has moved into the pre-quarter finals of the French Open that began in Paris today. In her opening match a short while ago, Sindu seeded third  beat Beiwen Zhang of the United States 21-17,21-8. It was a sweet revenge for Sindhu as she was beaten by Zhang in the opening round of the Denmark Open last week.
 
Other top Indian shuttlers, including Kidambi Srikanth and Saina Nehwal, will begin their campaign tomorrow.

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In hockey, India play Malaysia in the Asian Champions Trophy round robin match at Muscat, Oman today. The match will start at 10.40 p.m. at the iconic Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex. India have won all three of their group encounters so far and top the table with 9 points.

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Continuing its slide for the fourth straight session, the BSE Sensex today slipped to end at almost seven-month low. It closed below 34,000-mark- tracking plunge in global markets.

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