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BJP releases second list of candidates for Lok Sabha polls            J&K: Eight terrorists killed in counter-terror operations            ED slaps over Rs 14 lakh penalty on Hurriyat leader Geelani            CBDT refutes media reports on alleged payoff to BJP leaders            Death toll rises to 64 in China chemical plant explosion           

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0815 HRS
21.02.2019
THE HEADLINES:-
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives in Seoul on a two-day visit to South Korea; To hold bilateral talks with President Moon Jae-in and receive Seoul Peace Prize.
  • Saudi Crown Prince orders release of 850 Indian prisoners lodged in his country's jails; India to extend e-Visa facility to Saudi nationals. 
  • President Ram Nath Kovind says terrorism is the gravest threat to humanity and needs to be dealt with firmly and decisively.
  • Jammu & Kashmir government withdraws security to 18 more Hurriyat leaders.
  • Government to soon start water transport in Yamuna river in Uttar Pradesh.
  • Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore to inaugurate ISSF Shooting World Cup in New Delhi today.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Seoul this morning on a two-day visit to South Korea. Mr. Modi will hold bilateral talks with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and receive Seoul Peace Prize in recognition of his dedication to international cooperation, global growth and human development. Besides summit meeting with President Moon Jae-in, Prime Minister Modi will also have a number of engagements with the Korean leadership, businesses and Indian Community. Our correspondent covering the event has filed this report:-    
"Prime Minister will address the India-Korea Business Symposium and will also launch India-Korea Startup Hub. It will be a great push and assurance for more Korean companies to invest in India and a boost for bilateral trade. At present bilateral trade is around 21 billion dollars and is targeted to reach 50 billion dollars by 2030. Prime Minister will meet mayor of Kimhae city which is believed to have ancient ties with the city of Ayodhya. As part of the global celebrations of 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, Prime Minister will unveil a bust of Mahatma at the Seoul Campus of Yonsei University. He will interact with the Indian community in South Korea. Bilateral talks with President Moon will take place tomorrow. With Raj Kumar, Anshuman Mishra, AIR News, Seoul."

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Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman has  ordered the release of 850 Indian prisoners lodged in his country's jails on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's request as the two leaders held extensive talks in New Delhi yesterday. According to the Ministry of External Affairs, India has decided to extend e-Visa facility to Saudi nationals. The Crown Prince also announced an increase in quota for Indian Haj pilgrims to 2 lakh.
A joint statement issued after the talks said, both sides noted the potential of cooperation in the renewable energy sector, not only in investment but also in research and development.
In another significant move, Saudi Arabia has also agreed to resolve issues relating to Indian workers who are currently stranded in the kingdom due to the closure of a foreign company. The two sides called on all states to reject the use of terrorism against other countries, dismantle terrorism infrastructures and to cut off any kind of support and financing to the terrorists. They also noted the need for concerted action by the international community against terrorism including through early adoption of the UN Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism.
The Prime Minister and the Crown Prince condemned in the strongest terms, the recent terrorist attack on Indian security forces on the 14th of February in Pulwama.
They expressed satisfaction at the progress made in diverse fields including trade, energy, security and cultural spheres. The Crown Prince conveyed his appreciation for the Indian model of ethos of inclusiveness, pluralism and tolerance.

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President Ram Nath Kovind has said that terrorism is the gravest threat to humanity today and needs to be dealt with firmly and decisively. He said India, Saudi Arabia, and the global community, must come together to defeat and destroy the evil forces and combat radicalisation. He was speaking at the banquet hosted in honour of the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud at Rashtrapati Bhavan yesterday evening. Mr Kovind said,  those responsible for such acts have no place in society.
Meanwhile, the President will be on a two day visit to Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh today. In Tamil Nadu, Mr Kovind will unveil the statue of Mahatma Gandhi at the Dakshina Bharat Hindi Prachar Sabha in Chennai.
The President will attend the 18th anniversary celebrations of the Swarna Bharat Trust at Venkatachalam in Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh tomorrow. He will also visit Akshara Vidyalaya in Venkatachalam.

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The Jammu and Kashmir government has downgraded and withdrawn the security of 18 more Hurriyat leaders in the state. A Home Department spokesperson said, it was felt that providing security to the separatist leaders is a wastage of scarce state resources which could be better utilised elsewhere. This is in addition to the 4 persons whose security was withdrawn on Sunday. The security of 155 political persons and activists, who did not require the security provided to them based on their threat assessment and their activities, has also been withdrawn. Over 1000 police personnel and over 100 vehicles are now available for regular police work.

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Water transport will soon start in the Yamuna river in Uttar Pradesh. Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, and Ganga Rejuvenation Nitin Gadkari made the announcement yesterday. He said a water port will be set up in Baghpat district. Mr Gadkari inaugurated and laid the foundation stone of many highway projects in Meerut, Baghpat and Moradabad yesterday. More from our correspondent:-
"While laying the foundation stone of work related to NH334B in Baghpat, Nitin Gadkari said that the government is planning to export sugar from western UP to Bangladesh through Yamuna water transport which will be connected to Allahabad and the DPR for this project is also ready. In Meerut and Moradabad he laid the foundation stone for road projects and various schemes related to sewage treatment and river cleaning. He said that after completion of these projects it will take only 40 to 45 minutes to reach Delhi from Meerut. On his second consecutive day in Western UP, The Minister will inaugurate and lay the foundation stones for 331 km length of National highways and Sewage Treatment Plants under Namami Gange works at Muzaffarnagar and Bulandshahar districts where Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will also accompany him. SUSHIL CHANDRA TIWARI, AIR NEWS, LUCKNOW."

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Union Minister for Science and Technology Dr. Harsh Vardhan will visit the Aero India show in Bengaluru today. He will  witness the finale of the Drone Olympics and present awards to the winners. Around 58 teams from India, Germany, Israel, UK and Ukraine contested in the Olympics. The finals will be held  at the Air Force base in the city today.
Addressing a seminar on Indian Aerospace yesterday Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced that three dedicated ideation groups will be set up. The groups  will promote sustained interaction with the trade and industry on aircraft Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul sector, Defence R&D and Drones.  

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International Mother Language Day is being celebrated today. The day is observed on the 21st of February every year to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism. Since 2019 is also the International Year of Indigenous Languages, the theme of this year’s Mother Language Day is Indigenous Languages as a factor in development, peace and reconciliation. Our correspondent has filed this report:-
 
"At least 43 percent of the estimated 6000 languages spoken in the world are endangered. Only a few hundred languages have been given a place in education systems and the public domain. According to UN data, a language disappears every two weeks taking with it an entire cultural and intellectual heritage. UNESCO has been celebrating International Mother Language Day for nearly 20 years with the aim of preserving this linguistic diversity and promoting mother tongue-based multilingual education. Progress is being made in this direction with growing understanding of its importance, particularly in early schooling. Suparna Saikia, AIR News, Delhi."

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India has questioned the functioning of Pakistan's notorious military courts and urged the International Court of Justice (ICJ) at The Hague to annul Kulbhushan Jadhav's death sentence, which is based on an extracted confession. Joint Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs,  Deepak Mittal, urged the ICJ judges yesterday to annul the decision of the military court and restrain Pakistan from giving effect to the death sentence. Making the final submission in the ICJ on the third day of the hearing, he requested the judges to release Jadhav and ensure his safe passage to India. Jadhav, a retired Indian Navy officer, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of espionage and terrorism after a closed trial in April 2017.

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In Bangladesh, at least 45 people were killed when a devastating fire broke out in an apartment building also used as a chemical warehouse in Chawkbazar of capital Dhaka yesterday.
Bangladesh's fire service chief Ali Ahmed said 45 bodies have been recovered so far. He added that the number may increase as the search is still going on. Ahmed said the blaze which began at 10.40 PM yesterday, might have originated from a gas cylinder and quickly spread through the building where highly flammable chemicals were stored. He said the fire has been confined but not yet doused despite the efforts of more than 200 firefighters.

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Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore will inaugurate the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup in New Delhi today. Various events in the world cup will start from  February the 23rd and end on the 27th at Dr. Karni Singh Shooting Range.
The ISSF World Cup is crucial for Indian shooting as it has 16 quotas up for grabs for Tokyo 2020 Olympic qualification. Hosts India are fielding a 23-member squad with 11 shooters in the non-competition Minimum Qualification Score category.

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NEWSPAPERS HEADLINES:-

  • Most papers lead with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman's visit to India. ''Saudi Crown Prince vows 'all cooperation' against terror, 100 billion dollar investment in India'' is the headline in The Times of India.
  • ''NIA takes over attack probe from J&K Police'' to investigate Pulwama terror strike, is the lead in The Statesman.
  • ''Hizb threatens Jammu and Kashmir with more Pulwama-type hits'' reports The Asian Age. The paper adds, ''Amid rising attacks, 4,000 J & K traders, students back in Valley''. The Tribune carries a heartwarming story of help extended by members of the Sikh community in the aftermath of the Pulwama attack, under the headline ''To Punjab, with gratitude from Kashmir''.
  • ''100 years later, UK 'reflecting' on apology for Jallianwala'' notes the Hindustan Times. The Tribune writes ''Jallianwala  'deserves apology' '' with the Punjab Assembly passing a resolution seeking an apology from Britain for the massacre.
  • ''Modi government fixes poll campaign tagline for 2019: 'Namumkin Ab Mumkin Hai' " reports The Asian Age.
  • ''Congress seals poll deal with DMK; to contest 9 in Tamil Nadu, one in Pondicherry'' writes The Times of India.
  • The Supreme Court holding Reliance Communications Ltd. guilty of contempt of court is the lead in many papers. ''Anil Ambani will go to Jail Unless RCom Pays up'' observes The Economic Times .
  • ''Supreme Court bench to begin hearing Ayodhya case on Feb 26'' states The Times of India.
  • The Hindu reports, indelible ink, the purple stain that billions of Indians show off during elections, may face an invisible challenger in the near future. Delhi-based National Physical Laboratory has created a new invisible ink, which merely glows a bright orange, when a low-intensity beam of ultraviolet light is shone on it. 

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