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Midday News

1400 HRS
18.03.2019
THE headlines:
  • Cabinet condoles the demise of Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar; Last rites to be performed in Panaji this evening with full state honours.
  • Political parties in Goa holding talks to  elect new Chief Minister.
  • Election Commission issued notifications for first phase of Lok Sabha and four state Assemblies elections today . 
  • India and Maldives sign three agreements on visa facilitation, development cooperation and renewable energy.
  • Death toll due to flash floods in Indonesia's eastern Papua province reaches 77. 

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The final rites of Goa Chief Minister and former Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, will be performed in Panaji today with full state honours. He passed away yesterday after prolonged illness. 
Mr Parrikar's mortal remains were kept at the state Bharatiya Janata Party headquarters in Panaji earlier today. Union Ministers Nitin Gadkari and Sripad Naik and MP Narendra Sawaikar and other senior BJP leaders paid their last respects to  the departed leader.
The mortal remains are now kept at Kala Academy, Panaji for the public to pay their last respects to Mr Parrikar. The final rites will be held near Miramar beach this evening.
People have  gathered in large numbers to catch a glimpse of their beloved leader. Tight security and traffic arrangements are in place.
As a mark of respect to Mr  Parrikar, the Centre has announced national mourning today. The national flag will fly at half- mast across the country.
In Goa, seven day state mourning will be observed from today till 24th March.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah will arrive in Goa to pay their last respects to Mr Parrikar.

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Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has condoled the sad demise of Manohar Parrikar, Chief Minister of Goa. The Cabinet observed silence for two minutes in memory of late Parrikar. In a condolence resolution, the Cabinet  said, in his passing away, the country has lost a veteran and distinguished leader, affectionately called as the Chief Minister of commoners. It said, Parrikar will be remembered for his simplicity and his abilities as an exceptional administrator.
Meanwhile hectic parleys are on among BJP leaders led by Union Minister Nitin Gadkari to elect the new Chief Minister of Goa.
Mr Gadkari held talks with party leaders and alliance partner Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP).
The coalition government includes  the BJP with 12 MLAs, the Goa Forward Party-3, the MGP-3 and 3 Independents. Meanwhile Congress MLAs met Governor Mridula Sinha to stake claim to form government.

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The Indian Institute of Technology Bombay will hold a condolence meet this evening to pay tributes to their alumnus, Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, who died after a long illness. The meeting will be held at the institute's P C Saxena auditorium in Mumbai. Manohar Parrikar graduated in metallurgical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay in 1978.

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The Election Commission today issued a notification for the first phase of Lok Sabha polls. Ninety one Parliamentary constituencies spread over 20 states and Union Territories will go to polls in this phase. 
The last date for filing of nominations is 25th of this month and the scrutiny of the nomination papers will be carried out on the 26th. The last date for withdrawal of nomination papers is 28th March. For the first phase of elections, polling will be held on 11th of next month.
Other constituencies going to polls in this phase are: eight in Uttar Pradesh; five in Uttarakhand; four in Bihar; seven in Maharashtra; five in Assam; four in Odisha; two each in Jammu and Kashmir, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya and West Bengal; and one each in Chhattisgarh, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura, Sikkim, Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Lakshadweep.
In Uttar Pradesh, Saharanpur, Kairana, Muzaffarnagar, Baghpat, Ghaziabad, Meerut, Bijnor, and Gautam Buddh Nagar will go to polls in this phase.
In Assam, notification for the elections for Tezpur, Kaliabor, Jorhat, Dibrugarh and Lakhimpur constituencies has been issued today. More from our Correspondent :- 
"The Congress has already declared candidates for the seats going to polls in the 1st phase. Gaurav Gogoi, sitting Congress MP and son of former Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi will try to retain Kaliabor seat. Youth Congress leader Sushanta Borgohain  is set to fight at Jorhat seat while former Union minister Paban Singh Ghatowar is to test his luck at Dibrugarh from Congress. Other parties including BJP and its ally Asom Gana Parishad, AIUDF are yet to declare their candidates. Manas Pratim Sarma, air News, Guwahati."
Election Commission also issued the Notification for all 32 Assembly seats in Sikkim, 60 constituencies in Arunachal Pradesh and all the 175 Assembly constituencies of Andhra Pradesh. A report from our Vijayawada correspondent:
"All the leading political parties, except YSR Congress Party and BJP are busy finalising the names of the candidates for the Assembly and Lok Sabha elections. YSR Congress and BJP have already announced their candidates for all seats for both the elections. TDP has announced a partial list for assembly candidates and is yet to finalise its Lok sabha candidates. Janasena under the leadership of actor turned politician Pavan Kalyan has formed an alliance with CPI, CPI(M) and BSP. The state unit of the  Congress party has submitted its list to the AICC for its approval. Meanwhile, TDP and YSR Congress have intensified their election campaign at various places in the state. With G.Kondala Rao's report from Vijayawada, TIRPTI, AIR News."
In Jammu and Kashmir, with the issuance of notification for Jammu -Poonch Lok Sabha constituency, election process started in the state today. Our Jammu correspondent tell us more on the election scenario:
"The election process for adjoining Udhampur-Doda Lok Sabha seat will start tomorrow. Polling for the segment will be held on April 18 in second phase. The elections are scheduled to be held in Jammu and Kashmir in five phases. While Jammu-Poonch and Baramulla-Kupwara seat will have elections in Phase-I, Udhampur-Doda and Srinagar-Budgam seats will have polling in Phase-2. Anantnag-Pulwama seat of South Kashmir will go to polls in third, fourth and fifth phases while Ladakh seat will see voting in fifth phase. With R.K. Raina, Yogesh Sharma AIR News Jammu."
The counting of votes will be taken up on 23rd of May after the completion of all phases of polling.
In Uttrakhand, nomination process has commenced from today for all the five Lok Sabha seats. For Tehri Lok sabha seat the returning officer is placed in Dehradun, therefore the candidates will have to file nomination in Dehradun.

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In Bihar, Income Tax department has been put on to check the flow of illegal cash during Lok Sabha election process. The department has deployed over 50 officials including one each in 40 Lok Sabha constituencies across the state to gather information about misuse of black money for election purposes. A control room has been set up in Patna to monitor illegal financial transaction. Cash will be seized, if the person fails to tender satisfactory explanation or evidence.

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Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati today asked congress party to not to create confusion regarding the seven seats which it left in Uttar Pradesh for the BSP-SP-RLD alliance. In a press release BSP Mayawati re-iterated her party’s stand on not having any alliance with the Congress in Uttaer Pradesh and outside. She said that congress is free to field its candidates in all 80 LS seats in UP and the SP-BSP-RLD alliance is capable of taking on the BJP.

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In Jammu and Kashmir,  an Army Jawan was martyred and four other Army personnel injured due to shelling and firing by Pakistani forces in Sunderbani sector along the Line of Control today. Defence sources told AIR Jammu that the forces from across the LoC resorted to unprovoked mortar shelling and small-arms’ firing last night which left four Army personnel deployed at a forward post in the area injured. The Paksitan Army resumed the shelling in the wee hours today in which a jawan was martyred. Indian Army retaliated effectively. The injured jawans have been hospitalized and their condition is said to be out of danger.

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In Chhattisgarh, two Naxals were arrested from Dantewada district after an encounter between security forces and ultras yesterday.
Police said that the two were identified as Jhatel Madvi and Ware Mandavi and were held from the forest near Surnar village in Katekalyan police station limits. Dantewada Superintendent of Police Abhishek Pallava said that a patrolling team of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), District Reserve Guard (DRG) and district force was combing Surnar when it came under Naxal fire. While the ultras fled following retaliatory fire from the forces, Madvi and Mandavi were nabbed.

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External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj called on Maldives President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih today before concluding her two-day visit to Male.  She also held a meeting with country’s home minister and leader of Adaalath party Sheikh Imran Abdulla.
Mrs Swaraj met her Maldivian counterpart Abdullah Shahid and had a joint ministerial meeting yesterday. A joint statement said that three agreements were signed on visa facilitation for diplomatic and official passport holders, development cooperation and renewable energy.  A report:-
"A joint statement issued at the end of visit reiterated India’s neighborhood first and Maldives India first policy for further strengthening and deepening of bilateral relationship. Mrs. Swaraj reiterated that India attaches high importance to its relationship with Maldives and stands ready to support in its socio-economic development. Both sides agreed on peace and security in Indian Ocean region and to enhance regional maritime security. Maldives government underlined that it would remain sensitive towards India’s security and strategic concerns. This marked a big shift from previous government during which bilateral relations had taken a beating. Santosh Kumar, AIR News, Colombo."

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India has decided to divert three Indian naval ships to the port city of Beira in Mozambique  to provide humanitarian assistance to the people  affected by tropical cyclone ‘IDAI’. External Affairs Ministry in a release said  the ships will provide relief materials in the form of food, clothes and medicines. Three medical practitioners and five nurses will provide immediate medical help.
In 2017, India had provided 10 million dollars to Mozambique  for food grains after the country suffered food shortage due to natural calamities.

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In Indonesia's eastern Papua province, flash floods have killed at least 77 people. This was announced by the disaster agency today as it raised the death toll from 58.
More than three dozen people remain missing, while scores have been injured in the disaster, triggered by torrential rain and landslides.

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In Asian Youth Athletics Championships in Hong Kong, boys medley relay team won a gold medal for India on the final day to help Indian youth team finish second in the overall medals tally with a total of 26 medals including eight gold, nine silver and nine bronze medals. China topped the overall medals tally with 31 medals that included 12 gold, 11 silver and eight bronze medals and Japan finished third with 20 medals that included 6 Gold, 8 Silver and 6 bronze.

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The News Services Division of All India Radio in its weekly bilingual live phone-in programme “PUBLIC SPEAK” tonight  will bring you a discussion on “Voter awareness - key to strong democracy” (जागरूक मतदाताः सशक्त लोकतंत्र का आधार). The participants are Deputy Election Commissioner Umesh Sinha and Former Chief Election Commissioner Dr. SY Qureshi.
This can be heard on FM Gold Channel and additional frequencies from 9.30 p.m. Listeners can ask questions to the experts sitting in our Studio on Toll Free Telephone No: 1800-115767 (Repeat 1800-115767). You can also ask questions on telephone number: 011: 2331-4444 (Repeat 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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British leader Theresa May's government has warned that it might not hold a planned Brexit vote next week unless it feels it can secure a win that avoids a lengthy delay to pulling out of the EU. London has been paralysed by political inaction and chaos as it barrels toward the March 29 end of its 46-year involvement in the bloc without a plan. Parliament has twice resoundingly rejected the separation terms May reached with the other 27 EU leaders last year.

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