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Morning News

0815 HRS
07.12.2018
THE HEADLINES,
  • Polling begins to elect Assemblies of Telangana and Rajasthan.
  • Cabinet approves Agriculture Export Policy to double farmer's income by 2022.
  • OPEC to consider Prime Minister Narendra Modi's views on deciding global oil prices.
  • And in sports; In Cricket, Australia were 57 for 2 at lunch in reply to India's first innings score of 250 in Adelaide.
  • In Men's Hockey world Cup, Australia face China and Ireland play England in Pool-B matches today.

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Voting for the 119- seat Telangana Assembly and for the 199- member Rajasthan Assembly began this morning.
In Telangana, Polling began at 7 AM and will conclude at 5 PM. Nearly 2.8 crore electors including 4.6 lakh differently abled voters are exercising their franchise at 32 thousand 815 polling stations across the state. A total of 1821 candidates including 139 women are in the fray.
The TRS is contesting in all 119 seats while the BJP is fighting in 118 seats. The Congress is contesting in 99 seats, TDP-13, TJS-8 and CPI in 3 seats. MIM is in the contest for 8 seats, NCP for 22 while BSP is contesting for 107 segments. More from our correspondent.
 
"Polling in Telangana took off smoothly at most places amidst elaborate arrangements. Though the initial technical snags during the mock polling delayed the process a bit at some poling stations, the engineering teams have taken no time to set right the EVMs. I am right now at a polling location where 5 polling stations were set up nearby a residential area at Panjagutta in Hyderabad. Electors are coming to the polling booths and casting their vote within no time and small groups of electors are just forming into queues. Most of them are coming to the polling stations along with the voter slips which the election commission authorities distributed three days back. Some are carrying the photo identity cards like Aadhar and Driving licences too. LaksHmi, airnews, Hyderabad."

In Rajasthan, polling began at 8 in the morning and will continue till 5 in the evening. Over four crore 74 lakh voters are exercising their franchise which include over 20 lakh voters who will cast their vote for the first time in the polls. Nearly 52,000 polling booths, including at least one all- women booth in each constituency, have been set up.
Two thousand 274 candidates including 187 women are in the fray for 199 out of total 200 assembly seats in the state. Election for Alwar district's Ramgarh seat was postponed due to the death of the BSP candidate. More from our correspondent;
   
"Elaborate security arrangements have been made for free, fair and peaceful poll. 640 companies of paramilitary forces along with police personnel have been deployed across the state. Special arrangements have been made for more than 4 lakh 36 thousand specially-abled electors.  Fate of 2 thousand 274 candidates including Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, Speaker of State Assembly Kailash Meghwal, former Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, PCC chief Sachin Pilot, former central ministers C.P. Joshi, Girija Vyas and many ministers of state government will be stored in EVMs. Jitendra Dwivedi, AIR News, Jaipur."
Talking to AIR, Chief Electoral Officer Anand Kumar said, arrangements have been made for differently abled citizens regarding transportation, ramps and voter slips in Braille. He said:
 
"राज्य में कुल तेरह हजार तीन सौ बैरासी क्रिटिकल मतदान केंद्र हैं, जिनमें से 4982 मतदान केंद्रों पर माइक्रोआब्जर्वर, 3948 मतदान केन्द्रों पर वीडियोग्राफर, 3138 मतदान केंद्रों पर वेबकास्टिंग तथा 7791 मतदान केन्द्रों केन्द्रीय सुरक्षा बल की तैनाती की हुई है!"
The Counting of votes in both states will be taken up on Tuesday along with Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Mizoram.
Our correspondent reports that Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting, Youth Affairs and Sports Col Rajyavardhan Rathore will vote at the Tagore public school, Vaishali Nagar in Jaipur.
Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje will vote in Jhalawar. Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmer's Welfare Gajendra Singh Shekhawat will cast his vote in Jodhpur and Chief electoral officer Anand Kumar in Jaipur.

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The Union Cabinet has approved the Agriculture Export Policy in line with the government's commitment to double farmer's income by 2022. Speaking to media in New Delhi after the meeting of the Cabinet yesterday, Commerce and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu said, farmers will get the benefit of export opportunities through a stable trade policy regime. He said, the policy will remove export curbs on most organic and processed food. Mr Prabhu said:
"दो तरह के जो एग्रीकल्चर प्रोडक्ट्स हैं ऑर्गेनिक और एग्रो प्रोसेस्ड, इसमें से पूरी मात्रा में निकाले जाएंगे बाकी के जो एग्रीकल्चर प्रोडक्ट्स हैं उसके ऊपर टाइम टू टाइम रिव्यू किया जाएगा, क्योंकि हमारे यहां पे कोई उसकी कमी है तो उसको स्वाभाविकतया नहीं किया जाएगा। ऑर्गेनिक प्रोडक्ट की कोई ऐसी स्थिति आती नहीं क्योंकि उसकी कोई शॉटेज होगा इसकी कोई स्थिति आती नहीं। एग्रो प्रोसेस उसके ऊपर ऐसे की संभावना नहीं है क्योंकि वह प्रोसेस करने के बाद बेचा जाता है। तो इसलिए जो प्राइमरी फॉम में एग्रीकल्चर प्रोडक्ट्स है जिसके ऊपर इसी तरह की कोई संभावना पैदा हो सकती है ऐसे प्रोडक्ट्स को छोड़ के सभी के ऊपर सभी रिस्ट्रिक्शन हटाएगी।"

The Cabinet also approved launch of the National Mission on Interdisciplinary Cyber-Physical Systems. With a total outlay of 3660 crore rupees, 15 Technology Innovation Hubs, six Application Innovation Hubs and four Technology translation Research Hubs will be set up under the National Mission.
The Cabinet approved implementation of the Shahpurkandi Dam on the river Ravi in Punjab which will help in minimising some of the water of the River which at present is going waste downstream to Pakistan.
The Cabinet has also approved Amendment of the Jallianwala Bagh National Memorial Act, 1951.
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs CCEA gave an in- principle approval for sale of the Government's stake in the Rural Electrification Corporation to the Power Finance Corporation. Briefing reporters, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said, the acquisition intends to achieve integration across power chain, create economies of scale and to have enhanced capability to support energy efficiency. He said:

"In- principle approval for the strategic sale of 52.63 per cent of the total paid up equity shareholding in Rural Electrification Corporation for its transfer to the Power Finance Corporation along with transfer of managemenet control.  ये 2017-2018 के बजट में मैने घोषणा की थी कि अगर एक ही स्पेस में मल्टीपल पीएसयू काम रही है, तो उनका Consolidation merger या acquisition हम लोग करेंगे! "

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 News just in,
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has urged all voters of Rajasthan and Telangana to participate in the festival of the Democracy with full enthusiasm and to vote in large numbers. In a tweet, Mr Modi appealed to people especially the youth to exercise their franchise.

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"Armed Forces Flag Day" is being observed across the country today. It is observed on the 7th of December every year to honour the martyrs as well as men and women in uniform, who safeguard the country’s honour.
In a tweet, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said the Armed Forces come to the rescue whenever there are perilous situations. On the occasion of Armed Forces Week, which got underway on the first of this month, the Minister asked people to show their gratitude by contributing to the Armed forces Flag Day Fund.

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As oil producing countries gathered in Vienna for the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) meet, Saudi Arabia’s energy minister said that the views of world leaders like Prime Minister Modi and US President Trump will be taken into consideration while deciding the price of oil.
Addressing media ahead of the summit, Saudi Energy Minister Khalid Al Falih said OPEC nations will consider Prime Minister Narendra Modi's consumer centric views on oil prices before taking any decision. Our correspondent has details:
   
"Although the meeting of the OPEC countries reportedly ended without deciding as to how much production in the oil is to be cut, it was a remark by the Saudi Energy Minister which revealed the efforts of Prime Minister Modi in voicing concern on behalf of the Indian people that may play a role in bringing down the prices of the crude oil. Addressing the media in Vienna, Saudi Energy Minister Khalid Al Falih said OPEC nations will consider Prime Minister Narendra Modi's consumer centric views along with the views of US President Donald Trump on oil pricing. He said PM Modi stressed on protecting Indian consumers from soaring global oil prices. KANCHAN PRASAD, AIR NEWS, DUBAI." 

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India has voiced strong opposition to Pakistan's reported move to declare Gilgit-Baltistan as it's fifth province. Replying to a media query, MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said, India's stated position on Gilgit Baltistan has been very clear and consistent. He said, the entire state of Jammu and Kashmir has been and shall remain part of India. Mr Kumar said, any attempt by Pakistan to change the legal status has no basis whatsoever. India has called upon Pakistan to vacate all occupied territory.

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In Jammu & Kashmir, senior leader of the PDP and former Finance Minister Dr Haseeb Drabu has announced his resignation from his party the Peoples Democratic Party. He sent his resignation letter to PDP president Mehbooba Mufti. Dr Drabu was considered an architect of Agenda of Alliance (AoA) between PDP and BJP. After entering into an alliance both parties had formed a coalition government in 2014. He had worked with the BJP's senior national leader Ram Madhav to stitch the alliance.

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In Cricket, on the second day of the first test at Adelaide, Australia were  57  for 2 in 27 overs in their first innings against India, at lunch. For India both Ishant Sharma and R. Ashvin took one wicket each. Australia now trail by 195 runs with 8 wickets remaining in the innings.
Earlier, resuming at the overnight score of 250 for nine, India were all out without adding a run.

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In the Men's Hockey World Cup at Bhubaneswar, Australia will lock horns with China at 5 p.m. and Ireland face England at 7 p.m in Pool-B matches today.
In a pool-A match last evening, France beat Olympic Champions Argentina by five goals to three. Another Pool-A match  between New Zealand and Spain ended in a 2-2 draw.

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NEWSPAPERS HEADLINES
  • News papers have led with different stories this morning. On Agusta Westland VVIP helicopter deal, The Hindu reports  "CBI confronts Michel with Documents". The Hindustan Times headlines  "Britain to get Consular access to Christian Michel soon."
  • The Statesmen reports "Supreme Court questions urgency in benching CBI Chief." The Times of India headline reads SC hints at middle path in CBI vs CBI case.
  • Indian Express reports 97% of Central OBC quota benefits go to just under 25% of its castes. The papers adds " Need to sub-category as per population, says Commission, to ensure a more level playing field."
  • Growing Air pollution in India is another lead in several papers. The Times of India writes "Air pollution causes 1 in every 8 deaths in India", which now contributes to a bigger burden than smoking. Hindustan Times reports that the deaths are due to air that is deadlier than cigarettes." Air pollution took life of 12.4 lakh Indians in 2017" headlines The Pioneer.
  • "Calcutta High Court says no to BJP's Rath Yatra in Bengal" - headlines The Asian Age. The papers adds - the government fears that Amit Shah's rally will stir communal tensions.
  • "Farmer groups to get land on priority" writes The Financial Express adding - ' In a bid to make the value chain more robust and to make farmers direct stake-holders in Agri-business ventures, the Maharashtra government has asked the State's Industrial Development Corporation to allot lands from its pool on a priority basis to farmer producer companies, to set up units related to farming.
  • And finally, The Times of India headline reads, "17 of the 20 fastest growing cities in the World will be from India". The list of cities expected to grow the fastest in terms of GDP is dominated by India, with Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Chennai being among the strongest performers.

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