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0815 HRS
22.02.2019
THE HEADLINES:-

  • United Nations Security Council strongly condemns Pulwama terror attack; urges international community to actively co-operate with India in dealing with terrorism.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi holds talks with South Korean President Moon Jae-In in Seoul; Also to be conferred with Seoul Peace Prize today for contribution to international cooperation.
  • Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir receives season's heaviest snowfall.
  • Top officials of the US and China begin fresh round of negotiations to reach a trade deal.
  • Supreme Court appoints former judge Justice DK Jain as the ombudsman for the BCCI.
  • women's cricket, the first match of three match ODI series between India and England to be played in Mumbai today.

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The United Nations Security Council, UNSC has strongly condemned the Pulwama terror attack, that claimed the lives of over 40 CRPF personnel last week, calling it heinous and cowardly. The condemnation also named the Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed which claimed responsibility for the attack. The 15 nation body, which also includes China, urged the international community to co-operate actively with India in bringing the perpetrators, organizers, financiersand sponsors of terrorism to justice. The UNSC members, in a statement, expressed sympathy and deepest condolences to the families of the victims and the Indian people and the government.  
Reacting to the development MEA Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar in a tweet said, Pakistan comes under international pressure to act against terrorists and terror groups operating from areas under its control and to take action against those responsible for the Pulwama attack.

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India has decided to stop its share of river waters which flow into Pakistan. In a series of tweets yesterday, Minister for Water Resources Nitin Gadkari said, India will divert water from Eastern rivers and supply it to the people in Jammu and Kashmir and Punjab.
According to the Indus Water Treaty, subject to certain conditions, India has the right to use water flowing in eastern rivers-Beas, Ravi and Sutlej while Pakistan controls the right to use water in western rivers-Indus, Jhelum and Chenab.       <><><> 
Pakistan says that it has banned the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks mastermind Hafiz Saeed-led Jamat-ud-Dawa (JuD) and its charity wing Falah-e-Insaniat Foundation. A spokesman of the Interior Ministry said, the decision was taken during a meeting of the National Security Committee chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan yesterday. It was also decided to accelerate action against proscribed organisations.
Pakistan's move to ban JuD comes amid mounting global pressure to act against terror outfits operating from its soil. 

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that India Korea relations have reached new heights. In one to one talk with Korean President Moon Jae In in Seoul, Prime Minister Modi said that Special strategic partnership between both the countries is significant not only for India but also for the world. Referring to last week's terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama, President Moon said that terrorism is a menace against civilization and humanity and it can not be justified.
Our Correspondent reports that delegation level talks are underway. On the second day of his South Korea visit, Prime Minister was given ceremonial welcome at the President House. Earlier, he visited National Cemetry of Korea and paid his tributes.  A report from our correspondent covering Prime Minister's visit:-
"Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Moon Jae-In are holding crucial bilateral talks to seek further convergence of India's Act East Policy and Korea's New Southern Policy. First time, South Korea has clearly designed a foreign policy initiative for India and officially documented it. It is an unprecedented move that highlights Korean government’s desire to shape a new paradigm in Seoul-New Delhi relations. A number of agreements are expected to be signed after the talks. Before returning to New Delhi, Prime Minister Modi will also be conferred with the Seoul Peace Prize 2018 in recognition of his contribution to international cooperation, global growth and human development. With RajKumar, this is Anshuman Mishra, AIR News, Seoul."
On the first day of his visit yesterday, the Prime Minister inaugurated India Korea start up hub and also unveiled a bust of Mahatma Gandhi at the Seoul campus of Yonseiuniversity. Mr Modi delivered a keynote address at India-Korea Business Symposium, and in the evening addressed Indian community in Korea. He asked them to inspire and motivate non Indian families to visit India. Mr Modi lauded Indian communities' efforts in the development of Korea and strengthening cultural and religious ties between the two countries.

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The winter season is expected to continue till the first week of March due to the forecast of snowfall in the north Indian states. The temperature will drop by two degrees as there are chances of rainfall from tomorrow onwards for few days.
The Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir received the season's heaviest snowfall yesterday. The nearly 10 inch thick snow disrupted normal life in Leh and air services were also suspended due to the snowfall. The MeT office has forecast more snowfall and rain. Here is a report from our correspondent:-
"District administrations of Leh and Kargil have reviewed the preparedness for any eventuality. Leh Hill Council CEC held emergency meeting with key district officials to make sure that food essentials and fodder for animals are in reach of every village. The traffic is restricted on the high passes of Leh. People are advised to clear the snow on rooftops and on trees to avoid any damages.The SDRF is put on high . Ramesh Chandra, ALL INDIA RADIO News, Leh."
In Himachal Pradesh, a fresh spell of snowfall and widespread rain is expected in various parts of the state on the 25th and 26th of February and on 1st and 2nd of March.
Similarly, it is likely to snow heavily in the neighbouring hill state of Uttarakhand over the next 48 hours. It is likely to further affect the weather in Uttar Pradesh where there is forecast of rain, thundershowers and even hailstorm.  

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Farmers' protest march from Nashik to Mumbai over agrarian concerns has been suspended after talks with the Maharashtra government. The All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS), backed by the CPI(M), announced suspension of the 180-km march after a three-and-a-half hour meeting of its representatives with state ministers Girish Mahajan and JaykumarRawal.

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In Uttar Pradesh, delegates from all over the world will visit the Sangam in Prayagraj today to see Kumbhmela. Sangam is the confluence of Ganga, Yamuna and the Saraswati rivers in Prayagraj. Our correspondent has the details:-
"Two hundred fifty delegates from 192 countries will visit holy city Prayagraj to experience the grand festival of spirituality, faith and harmony under the theme of global participation in Kumbh. They will perform Ganga Puja and taking holy dip in Sangam. These guests will  also witness various wonderful aspects of the Kumbh along with Akshay Vat and Saraswatikoop. So far, more than 20 crore devotees have visited in Kumbh. The 49-day KumbhMela, began from Makar Sankranti, will culminate on MahaShivratri -4th of March. Sanjeev Sharma, AIR News, Kumbh city, Prayagraj."

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Top trade officials from the US and China began their latest, and possibly the last round of talks in Washington to negotiate a comprehensive trade deal before their self-imposed deadline of 1st March. The Chinese delegation is led by Vice- Premier Liu He, while US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin chaired the talks on behalf of the US. 
During the two-day talks, China is expected to announce a large purchase of US agricultural and energy products. Beijing will propose buying an additional 30 billion US dollars annually of American farm products such as soyabeans, corn and wheat.
US President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping agreed in December last year to temporarily pause their trade war and arrive at a trade deal by 1st March.    

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The Asia’s biggest air show Aero India event in Bengaluru will observe Technology Day on the third day today. The Indian National Academy of Engineering will hold a knowledge seminar on Regional Technology Aircraft. A report:-
"Aero India has drawn the attention of aviation buffs as it steps on to its third day today. The employment opportunities in Aerospace industry is a biggest attraction this time. India Pavilion and Students Pavillionhas seen visits by the young entrepreneurs and students in large numbers. The show was also witness to the flying skills of Airbus 330, Saras regional transport aircraft, HTT-40 basic trainer and Light Utility Helicopter for the first time in this show. Sudhindra, AIR news, Bengaluru."

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The Supreme Court has appointed its former judge Justice DK Jain as the first court-appointed ombudsman for the BCCI under the terms of newly approved constitution of the cricket board. The role of the ombudsman would be to resolve the disputes relating to the players within the state cricket associations as also financial issues.
The apex court appointed Committee of Administrators, which has been monitoring the administrative issues of BCCI, had said there was a need for appointment of an ombudsman and an ethics officer at the earliest in BCCI.

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In women's cricket, the first match of the three match ODI series between India and England will be played at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai today. The match begins at 9 AM. After a successful ODI series in New Zealand, Mithali Raj led side will be hoping to better their ranking in the ICC Championship. India is currently placed fourth in the chart. The England side are led by Heather Knight.

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In Badminton, young shuttlerMugdhaAgrey will face top seeded Chinese Han Yue in the Women's Singles quarterfinals of the Barcelona Spain Masters today. In the Singles second round, world number 82, Mugdha defeated American Natalie Chi, 21-14, 13-21, 21-16 to progress to the last-8 stage. She is the lone Indian challenger left in the tournament.   

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NEWSPAPERS HEADLINES:-

  • "Congress , BJP begin war of words on Pulwama" is the Hindustan Times headline.
  • The Tribune on its front page says "No surplus water flow to Pak". It quotes Union Minister Gadkari as saying "will divert it to J &K , Punjab, Shahpur Kandi, is national project."
  • "EPF interest hiked to 8.6 per cent ahead of polls " is the ASIAN AGE headline.
  • "11.8 lakh title claims of tribals and forest dwellers rejected, "Implement own eviction orders, SC tells states is reported by the Times of India headline.
  • The Amount of black money stashed abroad could be anywhere between 3.6 billion dollars and 490 billion dollars according to three government reports, says Hindustan Times in a box item.
  • In a first of its kind the Aero India show in Bengaluru conducted a DRONE OLYMPICS competition which showcased how these UAV's or unmanned Aerial Vehicles could be used for surveillance or disaster management, also paving way for more start ups - reports the Business Standard.
  • " Don't believe in fake calls claiming deletion of names " is a PIONEER headline, quoting Chief Electoral officer of Delhi Dr. Ranbir Singh. He has called these calls misleading.
  • Some other Stories Covered by Newspapers:-
  • Tata Starbucks to use only fully compostable recyclable items from 5th of June.
  • The opening of waste to wonder park in Delhi yesterday where 150 tonnes of waste were used to make monuments.

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