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0815 HRS
21.01.2019
THE HEADLINES:
  • 15th Pravasi Bhartiya Divas begins today at Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh.
  • Home Minister Rajnath Singh says 10 per cent quota for economically backward among general category is in tune with government's commitment to ensure development of all sections.
  • Army Chief General Bipin Rawat calls for incorporating Artificial Intelligence and big data computing into defence system.
  • Second main bath of Kumbh Mela at Prayagraj being held today on the occasion of Paush Purnima.
  • Security forces kill 14 militants in an operation in Sinai Peninsula of Egypt.
  • And, India's Ankita Raina wins International Tennis Federation's Women's tournament in Singapore.

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The 15th edition of the Pravasi Bhartiya Divas begins at Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh today. Around 6,000 NRIs are expected to take part in the three-day event which is being organised in Varanasi for the first time. The theme this year is, 'Role of Indian Diaspora in building New India'. Several world leaders of Indian origin, including the Prime Minister of Mauritius, Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, will take part in the event and share their insights on the theme. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will formally inaugurate the event tomorrow, with Mr Jugnauth being Chief Guest. The valedictory address and the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Awards will be given by President Ram Nath Kovind on Wednesday. The Youth Pravasi Bhartiya Divas and the Uttar Pradesh Pravasi Bhartiya Divas will be held on the opening day today. Information and Broadcasting Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore yesterday inaugurated several exhibitions including a digital exhibition on the theme of 'Ek Bharat Swacch Bharat: Sardar Patel and Gandhi ke Sapno ka Bharat. Speaking on the occasion, Col. Rathore said:-
"केन्द्र सरकार ने जिस तरह से काम करा है पूरे देश के अंदर उसका एक छोटा सा रूप यहां पर एक एग्जिबिशन में लगाया गया है बीएचयू में। एक अनोखे ढंग से एक इंगेजमेंट के तहत, इंट्रस्टिंग तरीके से, अलग-अलग योजनाएं उसमें कितनी  प्रगति हुई है, आंकड़ों सहित यहां पर दी गई है। हम यहीं चाहेंगे कि ज्यादा से ज्यादा स्टूडेंट इस पूरे क्षेत्र में जो रहने वाले लोग है आये और इस एग्जिबिशन को देखे।  
"Kashi is all set to welcome NRI guests who have reached Varanasi from all over the world to participate in the PBD 2019. The annual cultural event Ganga mahotsava also started yesterday in tandem with the PBD to showcase the spiritual aspect of the ancient city. The Ghats of Ganga have specially been decorated to welcome the guests. Numerous cultural activities have been embedded in such a way that the delegates may get a very fulfilling experience. In afternoon delegates will go to Banaras Hindu University to have an interaction with students there. Later in the evening there will be cultural events showcasing dance and music of Uttar Pradesh. SUSHIL CHANDRA TIWARI, AIR NEWS, VARANASI."

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has termed the Opposition Alliance as a grouping for corruption, scams, negativity, instability and inequality. Mr Modi said, the Opposition is staring at defeat in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections and looking for excuses ahead of their impending loss and thus are vilifying electronic voting machines.
The Prime Minister was interacting with BJP booth-level workers from Hatkanangale, Kolhapur, Madha, Satara in Maharashtra and from South Goa Parliamentary constituencies through video-conferencing yesterday. Mr Modi said, the BJP's biggest contribution to Indian polity is organization based politics.
Talking about the Government's decision to give 10 percent reservation to the economically weaker sections in the upper caste, the Prime Minister said the Opposition parties would not have been so anxious if this decision was not effective. Mr Modi rejected the allegation that the decision has been taken in view of the polls.

"केन्द्र की भाजपा सरकार ने इतनी बड़ी पहल की है। संविधान में संशोसन करके सामान् वर्ग के गरीबों को शैक्षणिक संस्थाओं और सरकारी सेवाओं में 10 प्रतिशत आरक्षण की व्यवस्था की गई है। किसी के साथ अन्याय नहीं होगा, एससी हो, एसटी हो या ओबीसी हो सबके आरक्षण वैसे के वैसे ही बने रहेंगे। "


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Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has said, the new law guaranteeing 10 per cent reservation to Economically Weaker sections of the general category in jobs and education is in tune with the government's commitment to ensure development of all sections. Mr Singh was addressing a public rally at Nagpur in Maharashtra yesterday on the concluding day of the national convention of the BJP's Scheduled Caste cell. He said, Prime Minister Narendra Modi introduced the new reservation to realise Babasaheb BR Ambedkar's dream of an egalitarian society. The Home Minister said, the Congress is trying to secure votes in the name of BR Ambedkar, but nothing for him.
Mr Singh also said, India became the fastest growing economy in the world in just 55 months under Mr Modi, adding that this is the truth accepted by economists across the world.


"आज हमारा भारत दुनिया में सबसे तेजी से आगे बढ़ने वाली अर्थव्यस्था के रूप में खड़ा हो गया है। इतना ही नहीं दुनिया के 10 देशों में जो भारत साढ़े चार वर्ष पहले नौवें स्थान पर था, अर्थव्यवस्था के आकार की दृष्टि से आज वो हमारा भारत नौवें स्थान से उछलकर छठें स्थान पर गया है और अगले वित्तीय वर्ष में यह पांचवें स्थान पर पहुंचेगा। 2030 आते-आते हमारा भारत रूस, चाइना, अमरीका में किसी को पीछे छोड़कर दुनिया के टॉप तीन देशों में आकर के खडा हो जायेगा।

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Army Chief General Bipin Rawat has called for incorporating Artificial Intelligence and big data computing into the Armed forces' system. General Rawat said that future wars are going to be fought in the cyber domain and it is important to start understanding the relevance of Artificial Intelligence and Big Data computing and how to incorporate this into the defence system. The Army Chief was addressing the valedictory function of the National Conference on 'Self Reliance in Defence Manufacturing' in Hyderabad yesterday.
"We have to understand that, we have disputed land borders on Northern frontiers partially  unsettle borders on our the Western sector and the neighbor on the western sector has been indulging in the proxy war for the past 30 years or so to be don't see peace on the horizon any where in the near future and therefore armed forces have to be above prepared and prepared by imbibing new technologies keeping pace with the advancement in warfare."
General Rawat said rapid advances in technology necessitated incorporation of the industrial sector into defence manufacturing. The Army Chief further said the defence forces needed equipment that was capable of deep viewing of adversaries' territories.

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The second main bath of the Kumbh Mela is being held today at Prayagraj in Uttar Pradesh on the occasion of Paush Purnima. Massive security and other arrangements have been made by the Mela administration for peaceful bathing. The Administration said, over 60 lakh devotees are expected to take the holy bath, which marks the beginning of the month-long Kalp Vas.
Our correspondent has filed this report:

"Large number of devotees are taking dip of trust and faith in Sangam. One month long from Paush Purnima to Maghi Purnima Kalpvas also begings today. Devotees spend one month on the banks of Sangam in worshipping their Lords and taking holy dip in the river Ganga and Sangam. Kalpvasees are one of the major part of the Prayagraj Kumbh Mela. Large number of devotees and Kalpavasees were continuously reaching the Mela area from yesterday.  8 kilometre long Ghat has been developed at Sangam and 35 bathing areas  are developed on the banks of river Ganga. Shashank Kumar, kumbh mela, prayagraj."

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A severe cold wave is sweeping Himachal Pradesh following fresh snowfall in high-altitude tribal areas and rain at a few places. More from our correspondent:-
"The entire state is in a grip of cold wave condition due to light snowfall and rain in tribal areas. Meanwhile Light spell of snowfall is being experienced at high altitude areas of lahol-spiti, kullu, chamba and Shimla since last night. Weather department has issued the warning of heavy rain and snowfall at isolated places of high and mid hill of the state during next 36 hours. In view of heavy snowfall all district administration has advised the locals and tourist to take precaution and not to venture high altitude areas of the state. Sanjeev Sundriyal, air news, Shimla."

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In Egypt, 14 militants were killed in an operation by the security forces in the restive northern part of the Sinai Peninsula. The security forces said, their offensive involved clashes with militants in desert areas outside the city of el-Arish. They said, the extremists had intended to plant roadside bombs in areas between el-Arish and the cities of Rafah and Sheikh Zuweyid.

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In Mali, unknown gunmen have killed 10 Chadian peacekeepers in an attack on a UN camp at the Aguelhok base near Kidal. The UN spokesman said in a statement that at least 25 others were also injured in yesterday's attack.The spokesperson said, the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Mali forces responded robustly and a number of assailants were killed. The spokesman demanded a robust, immediate and concerted response from all forces to destroy terrorism.

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India's Ankita Raina has won the International Tennis Federation's 25,000-dollar Women's tournament in Singapore. In the Final yesterday, Ankita defeated top seed and world number 122 Arantxa Rus of the Netherlands, 6-3, 6-2. She toppled four seeded players in the tournament to win her first title of the season and eighth overall.
Ankita came into the tournament after competing at the Qualifiers of the ongoing Australian Open.

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The News Services Division of All India Radio, in its weekly bilingual live phone-in programme 'PUBLIC SPEAK', will bring you a discussion tonight on 'NEW REGULATORY FRAME WORK FOR BROADCASTING & CABLE SERVICES'. This can be heard on FM Gold Channel and additional frequencies from 9:30 pm. Listeners can ask questions from the experts in our Studio on Toll Free Telephone No: 1800-11-5767. You can also ask questions on telephone number: 011-2331-4444 and post queries on our Twitter handle @airnews s by #tag Askair.
This programme is also available on Doordarshan DTH.

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NEWSPAPERS HEADLINES:

  • Karnatakas Janta Dal (Secular) Congress regime's power-game refusing to ease, is covered by several papers. The DNA reports that, Congress MLA Anand Singh was sent to hospital after an alleged brawl with party colleague JN Ganesh at Bengaluru's Eagleton Resort, where the lawmakers had been shifted two day ago to keep the BJP from trying to poach them.
  • "India set to beat UK as 5th Top Economy", is a headline in The Asian Age. Within a year of surpassing France, India is now all set to beat Britain in 2019, to become the world's fifth largest economy, according to a report by global consultancy giant PwC, with data provided by the World Bank - on the GDP of countries.
  • Times of India reports that of the over 3.7 lakh children lodged in homes meant for care of children in vulnerable circumstance across India in 2016-17, over 1.2 lakh were the offspring of a single parent - who send them to care homes to ensure their safety and well being. The child often remains in touch with the parent and may later be reunited.
  • The successful completion of the second Khelo India Youth Games in Maharasthra, is prominently covered by The Times of India. The paper reports that a great deal of new talent has been identified, creating a strong pool of sports person under various disciplines. The just concluded Youth Games have gifted us a new hero, a new star and a new future medal-winner, almost every day.
  • "Freak weather to rise in India over two decades" is a top headline of Hindustan Times. Pointing towards a rise in catastrophic weather events in India, including last years Kerala floods and freak dust storms in northern India, the Indian MeT Department has said that the year 2000 was a tipping point for the impact of climate change-led warming of the country and scientists predict a cataclysmic fallout by 2040, if emissions are not contained.
  • And finally, The Hindu writes that the Flamingo Festival had a flying start on Sunday at the picturesque Pulicat lake near Nellore where over 90,000 birds have come from far away place to this second largest brackish water ecosystem in the country. Thousands of birds have built nests on barringtonia trees, to raise their offspring.

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