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12.01.2019

THEHEADLINES,

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi to address the concludingsession of BJP National Convention in New Delhi today; Party passes resolutionson welfare of farmers and poor.

  • Bill to provide 10 per cent reservation toEconomically Weaker Sections does not contravene basic structure of theConstitution, asserts Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.

  • India says, there is no seriousness in Pakistan'sstatement on talks as it continues to support terror organisations.

  • External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to leave forUzbekistan today for the first India-Central Asia Dialogue.

  • In Cricket, Australia win the toss, opt to bat againstIndia in the first ODI at Sydney; MS Dhoni makes a comeback.

  •  Bengaluru Raptors storm into the Final of PremierBadminton League, beating Awadhe Warriors.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address theconcluding session of the BJP National Convention in New Delhi today. Thetwo-day convention was inaugurated by party President Amit Shah at RamlilaMaidan yesterday.At the Convention, the party passed resolutions on the welfareof farmers and poor. Moving the first resolution, Union Home Minister RajnathSingh said, the NDA government makes policies taking into account the need ofthe poor and farmers. He said, a provision of 14 lakh crore rupees has been madein the budget for strengthening the rural economy. Mr Singh said, during2018-19, the government has enhanced agriculture credit to 11 lakh crorerupees. Moving the second resolution, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swarajsaid, the NDA government's schemes, such as Jan Dhan Yojana and Ujjwala Yojana,are aimed at uplifting the poor and empowering women. She said, one-third ofthe population did not have bank accounts when the NDA government came topower. Earlier, Mr Shah said, the Constitution 124th Amendment Bill providing10 per cent reservation in jobs and education to Economically Weaker Sectionsin general category will benefit crores of youth. He accused the Congress ofplaying politics over the government's initiatives which have been pending foryears. Seeking another term for the BJP-led government at the Centre, the BJPChief termed the present dispensation as transparent, corruption-free, decisiveand sensitive. He described the proposed grand alliance of Opposition partiesas a mirage.

 

The BJP Chief assured the nation that economicoffenders, such as Nirav Modi, Mehul Choksi and Vijay Mallya will be broughtback to the country to face the law. He also said, the party is making effortsso that the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title suit case in the Supreme Courtis resolved swiftly.Mr Modi, his Cabinet Ministers, BJP Chief Ministers, MPsand senior party leaders were also among those present at the convention.Around 12,000 delegates from across the country are attending the event.

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Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has said, theConstitution 124th Amendment Bill does not contravene the basic structure ofthe Constitution. In a Facebook post titled - Reservation for the EconomicallyWeaker Sections, Mr Jaitley termed the bill the single greatest recognition forthe poor in the general category and the need to eliminate poverty. He said,the original Constitution (unamended) in its Preamble mentions equality ofopportunity and justice for all whether political, social or economic to beensured by the state. The Minister also highlighted other governmentinitiatives like housing for every rural poor, Ayushman Bharat and interestsubvention, for economic upliftment of the poor.

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The Election Commission-appointed Committee has submittedits report on digital media and campaigning during the last 48 hours beforepolls to the Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora. The Committee wasconstituted under the chairmanship of Deputy Election Commissioner Umesh Sinha.The panel was  mandated to review andsuggest modifications in the provisions of Section 126 of the Representation ofthe People Act dealing with campaigning in the last 48 hours and relatedprovisions of the Model Code of Conduct.In a statement, the Election Commissionsaid, the task of maintaining campaign silence during the last 48 hours ofpolling is becoming increasingly onerous due to the influence of digital media.It said, proactive support and sustained effort by all stake holders, includingpolitical parties, will be necessary to contain the evil impact.

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Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu will inaugurate thePartnership Summit 2019 in Mumbai today. The two-day summit will provide aplatform for discussions between Indian and global leaders on economic policyand growth trends in India. It will also offer new partnerships and investmentopportunities in sectors like Artificial Intelligence, big data, agri and foodprocessing, defence and aeronautics, renewable energy and tourism.

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An agreement on Renukaji Dam Multipurpose Project hassigned in the national capital yesterday between the Centre and the states ofUttar Pradesh, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Delhi, Rajasthan and Uttarakhand. Theagreement was signed in the presence of Water Resources and River DevelopmentMinister Nitin Gadkari and Chief Ministers of all the six states. Under theagreement three storage projects are proposed to be constructed on the riverYamuna and two of its tributaries - Tons and Giri in the hilly regions ofUttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh. These include Lakhwar project on river Yamunain Uttarakhand, Kishau on river Tons in Uttarakhand and  Himachal Pradesh and Renukaji on river Giriin Himachal Pradesh. Speaking on the occasion, Mr Gadkari said, the projectwill meet the drinking water and irrigation needs of these states. He said, thewater dispute between states will also end after the completion of the project.

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The special CBI court at Panchkula has convictedself-styled godman Gurmit Ram Rahim and three others in journalist Ram ChanderChhatrapati murder case. Special CBI Judge Jagdeep Singh convicted Dera SachaSauda Chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, Krishan Lal, Nirmal and Kuldeep Singhunder section 302 and 120-B of the Indian Penal Code. The quantum of punishmentwill be pronounced on January 17th.

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India has said, there is noseriousness in Pakistan's statement on talks as it continues to support terrororganisations. External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar saidthis in New Delhi yesterday while replying to a media query on reportedcomments made by Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan that India has refused theoffer of talks. Mr Kumar said, if Islamabad is ready for talks, then why hasnot any action been taken till now against the perpetrators of Mumbai andPathankot terror attacks. The spokesperson said: OnImran Khan's statement on treatment of minorities in India, Mr Kumar said,Pakistan should be the last country in the world to lecture India on the topicof plurality and inclusive society. He said, everyone is fully aware how theminorities are treated in India.

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The inaugural round of the India-US two-plus-twointer-sessional meeting was held in New Delhi yesterday. The meeting was afollow up on the decisions taken during the Ministerial two-plus-two Dialogueand also seek to make continued progress on bilateral cooperation oncross-cutting defence and foreign policy issues of interest of both sides. Thetwo sides also exchanged views on regional developments as partners andstakeholders for a free, open, inclusive, peaceful and prosperous Indo-Pacific.

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External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will be on atwo-day visit to Uzbekistan from today. Ms Swaraj will be in Samarkand for theFirst India-Central Asia Dialogue which she will co-chair with Uzbek ForeignMinister Abdulaziz Kamilov. The Foreign Minister of Afghanistan willparticipate in the Dialogue as a special invitee for the session dedicated toconnectivity issues in the region. The External Affairs Ministry said, boundtogether by shared history and cultural linkages, India and the Central Asianstates look forward to the Dialogue as an important initiative to enhance theircooperation in wide-ranging spheres.

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In Afghanistan, seven Islamic State terrorists werekilled in an airstrike in Nangarhar province. Local media reports an equal, thesame number of terrorists from the Taliban were detained during a raid carriedout by Afghan forces. The Afghan National Defence and Security Forces supportedby the US-led coalition have been conducting joint operations to combatterrorism across the country.

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Elaborate arrangements are being made for the Kumbh Melawhich begins in Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh from Tuesday. Over the course of 50days, till March 4, millions of people from around the world are expected totake a bath at the Sangam, the confluence of river Ganga, Yamuna and Sarasvati.Our correspondent has filed this report:

 

"Yesterday, the Sobha Yatra of PanchaytiAkhara entered the Kumbh area through various streets in the town with grandshow. As a tradition to pay respect The Yatra was received by Mela officerVijay Kiran Anand and Senior superintendent of police. The administration madea mock drill for disaster management during the Kumbh in which besides police,paramilitary force, NDMA and volunteers of civil defence took part. MS Yadav, AIR News, Lucknow."

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In Cricket, Australia were 35 for 1 in 7.5 oversagainst India in the first ODI of the 3-match series at Sydney when reportslast came in. Australia had won the toss and opted to bat. Mahendra SinghDhoni, who was dropped initially for the tour, has made a come back to theplaying eleven. Team India would be high on confidence as they had recentlylifted the Border-Gavaskar Test trophy for the first time ever on Australiansoil. With the World Cup less than five months away, the Men in Blue will lookto fine tune their preparations for the event.

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Bengaluru Raptors have stormed into the Final of thePremier Badminton League with a victory over Awadhe Warriors in Bengaluru.Bangalore's Men's Singles combination of Kidambi Srikanth and Sai Praneeth onceagain put up impressive shows. While Srikanth went past world number five HoSon to record his seventh straight win, Praneeth beat Dong Keun. The Men'sDoubles pair of Mohammed Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan sealed the fate of the tiewith a victory over Yang Lee and Mathias Christiansen. The second semi-final clash between Hyderabad Hunters and Mumbai Rocketswill be played today.

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NEWSPAPERS, HEADLINES

  • The BJP's two day national convention thatbegan in Delhi yesterday gets top billing in most papers. On party presidentAmit Shah's address at the convention, the Asian Age writes "Shah saysModi invincible, calls poll 'battle of Panipat". The Tribune quotes Shahas saying "Battle of ideologies, BJP win certain, Modi isinvincible".

  • The Hindu leads with a storyon ousted CBI director Alok Verma which is also noticed on the front pages ofmost other papers. The paper writes "Alok Verma opts for retirement, saysnatural justice scuttled ; refuses new position". In what papers describeas a setback to CBI Special Director Rakesh Asthana, the Hindustan Times reports"Delhi High Court declines to quash FIR against Asthana".

  • The conviction of Dera Sacha Sauda chiefGurmeet Ram Rahim in a 2002 murder case of a journalist is prominently noticedon the front pages of most dailies. "Sacha Sauda chief, 3 dera aidesguilty of Chhatrapati's murder ; Quantum of sentence of January 17"reports the Tribune.

  •  On the likely announcement of a formal tie upbetween the Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samajwadi Party today for the 2019general elections, the Asian Age quotes SP chief Akhilesh Yadav assaying "SP-BSP will get math right, beat BJP". The Pioneer notes"Congress ready to go solo as SP-BSP deal today".

  •  Most papers take note of a report submittedby a retired Supreme Court judge to the Gujarat State government regarding somefake encounters in the state. The Indian Express observes "HS Bediprobe report finds three Gujarat encounters fake, says prosecute guiltycops".

  • The chargesheet filed against senior Congressleader P Chidambram's wife, Nalini Chidambaram by the CBI gets wide traction inthe press. The Times of India quotes the CBI as saying "PC's wifetook 1.4 crore rupees to 'manage' Saradha probe".

  • Indian Space Agency ISRO's announcement thatit's planning to send the country's first manned mission into space inDecember, 2021 is prominently covered. Taking note of the fact that the missionwill have at least one woman, the DNA writes "Nation's giant leapfor womankind".And with that, it's back to you, Sanjay.THANK YOU Subhadra.

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