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News at Nine

2100 HRS
17.06.2019
THE HEADLINES:
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi urges parliamentarians to think about issues with impartial spirit and work in the larger interest of the nation.
  • Senior BJP leader J P Nadda appointed as the party's working President.
  • In West Bengal, agitating junior doctors call off their week long strike following meeting with the State Government.
  • Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar says, people can realize full potential of land by turning its degradation into restoration.
  • NHRC issues notice to Union Health Ministry and Bihar government over increasing deaths of children due to Acute Encephalitis Syndrome.
  • And, in ICC Cricket World Cup, West Indies set a victory target of 322 runs for Bangladesh at Taunton.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has urged parliamentarians to think about issues with an impartial spirit and work in the larger interest of the nation. Addressing media outside Parliament in New Delhi before the beginning of the first session of the 17th Lok Sabha today, the Prime Minister hoped that all political parties will participate in debate during the Parliament session. He said,
"जब हम उस चेयर पर बैठते है। एमपी के रूप में बैठते है। तब पक्ष, विपक्ष से ज्यादा निष्पक्ष का spirit बहुत महत् रखता है और मुझे विश्वास है कि पक्ष और विपक्ष के दायरे में बटने की बजाय निष्पक्षभाव से जनकल्याण को प्राथमिकता देते हुए हम आने वाले पांच साल के लिए इन सदन की गरिमा को ऊपर उठाने का प्रयास करेंगे।"
Prime Minister Modi said, the role of an active Opposition is important in a Parliamentary democracy. He said, the Opposition need not bother about their numbers and hoped that it will speak actively and participate in house proceedings.
Prime Minister Modi expressed happiness that the new house has a high number of women MPs. The Prime Minister said, his experience also suggests that when the Parliament functions smoothly, the Government is able to fulfil numerous aspirations of the people of the country.
During the first session of the newly elected Lok Sabha which began today, Prime Minister and Leader of the House Narendra Modi, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Home Minister Amit Shah, several other Union Ministers and members took oath. Mr Modi was the first to take oath and  after it, he signed the roll of Members and greeted the members.
Cabinet Ministers including, Nitin Gadkari, D V Sadananda Gowda, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Smriti Irani, Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Santosh Gangwar, Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, Dr Harsh Vardhan among others took the oath as Members of the Lok Sabha. Pro-tem speaker Dr. Virendra Kumar administered the oath to the members. The panel of the presiding officers - Kodikunnil Suresh, Brijbhushan Sharan Singh and Bhartruhari Mahtab took oath. Kodikunnil Suresh of Congress was the second to take oath as Lok Sabha member, after the Prime Minister. The House also observed silence for a short while to mark the solemn occasion of the first sitting of the 17th Lok Sabha.
Congress President Rahul Gandhi who has been elected from Wayanad Lok Sabha seat in Kerala also took oath. Other members who took oath include Kaushalendra Kumar, Chirag Paswan, Sushil Kumar Singh, Gautam Gambhir, Meenakshi Lekhi, Gitaben Rathva, Mansukhbhai Vasava, Pragya Singh Thakur, Poonam Mahajan, Supriya Sule and Rajashree Mallick. The House witnessed linguistic diversity as some members preferred to take oath in their respective mother tongues and a few members took oath in Sanskrit.
Later the House was adjourned for the day. The swearing in of members will resume tomorrow.

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Senior BJP leader J P Nadda has been appointed as the BJPs working President. The decision was taken at the BJP Parliamentary Board meeting held at party headquarters in New Delhi this evening. Mr Nadda will remain the working president till the BJP’s membership drive and organisation elections are over. Briefing reporters after the meeting, Senior party leader and Union Minister Rajnath Singh said, BJP won several elections under leadership of Amit Shah.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, Thawar Chand Gehlot and other senior party leaders attended the meeting.

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 In West Bengal, the agitating junior doctors have called off their week long strike following a meeting with the State Government. The representatives of junior doctors of all medical colleges and hospitals of the state met Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at the State Secretariat this afternoon and discussed their problems. Later the Chief Minister termed the meeting as fruitful. More from our correspondent:-
"The state administration has accepted most of the demands of the junior doctors including their safety and security. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee assured the representatives of junior doctors for taking steps to check recurrence of assaulting doctors at hospitals. She also committed strengthening of grievance cell and security system at all hospitals. Junior doctors expressed satisfaction with the meeting. Arijit Chakraborty, AIR News, Kolkata."

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National Human Rights Commission, NHRC has issued notices to the Union Health Ministry and Bihar government over increasing deaths of children due to Acute Encephalitis Syndrome. Taking suo moto cognizance of media reports, the Commission sought a detailed report within four weeks in the matter. NHRC also sought the status of the treatment being provided to the children, who are presently hospitalized.
Expressing serious concern over the spread of fatal viral infection, NHRC said, it has observed that Encephalitis has claimed lives of a large number of children in India.
Meanwhile, the Bihar government has said that it will bear the full cost incurred in the treatment of the children suffering from encephalitis in the state. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today took decision in this regard at a high level review meeting with officials in Patna. Our correspondent reports that several measures have been taken to tackle the menace including free carriage of Encephalitis affected children by ambulances to hospitals.
"Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi said, he will ask Union Finance Ministry for central assistance to tackle the situation due to outbreak of encephalitis. He said, it will be raised before Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in pre-budget meeting of state Finance Ministers on 21st of this month. Request would be submitted for separate budget allocation for AES management and treatment. 12 districts are affected by this disease. Dharmendra Kumar Rai, AIR News, Patna."

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The Centre has decided to immediately send another high level multi-disciplinary team to Bihar in view of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES). The team will undertake the necessary ground work for setting up state-of-the-art multi-disciplinary research centre at Muzaffarpur. Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan today reviewed the situation arising out of the  reported cases of AES and Japanese Encephalitis at a high level meeting with officers of his Ministry in New Delhi. According to an official  release, Dr Vardhan said,the research team will work with the children suffering from AES and JE looking at various aspects including periodicity, cycle of disease, environmental factors besides other factors. During his recent visit to Bihar, he has instructed to set up a 100-bedded paediatric ICU at S K Medical College and Hospital  by the State Government.

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Today is the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought. The day is observed to promote public awareness of international efforts to combat desertification. This year the theme is “Let’s Grow the Future Together”.
On the occasion, Minister for Environment, Forests and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar said in a message that people can realize the land's full potential by turning its degradation into restoration. He said, healthy and productive land can bring not only environmental but also significant economic gains.
 Later addressing a function on the occasion in New Delhi, Mr Javadekar said, India will set an example in combating desertification and cooperate with the world in this direction. He emphasised the need for proper water management. The Minister said, in the last five years forest cover in the country has increased and the government is committed to improving it further.
"In last five years, forest cover and tree cover outside forest, both is increasing and both are very important because this is how you combat desertification."
 During the event, Mr Javadekar also launched a logo of COP-14 which will be held in India in September this year.
In his address NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant reiterated the government's commitment for betterment of farmer as well as environment protection.
"About 29.3 percent of our land is affected by land degradation. About 25 percent of the land is being exclusively impacted by desertification and therefore India has the biggest and the highest stakes in this process of combating desertification and we stand strongly committed to the convention because it has a huge impact on the lives of people, of the poor, of the marginalised and impacting our biodiversity."

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In Jammu and Kashmir, a counter terrorist operation concluded with the killing of a terrorist and martyrdom of an Army Major at Bidoora Akingam Achhbal area of South Kashmir’s Anantnag district. Three army personnel were also injured during the operation who are undergoing treatment at Army’s Hospital in Srinagar. Security sources said, the identity and group affiliation of the slain terrorist is being ascertained.

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Diamond businessman Mehul Choksi, a key accused in the multi-crore Punjab National Bank (PNB) scam, today told the Bombay High Court that he left India for medical check-up and not to avoid prosecution in the case. Choksi, currently based in the Caribbean nation of Antigua, filed an affidavit today in this regard, through his advocate Vijay Aggarwal. Choksi filed the affidavit in connection with two petitions submitted by him in the HC seeking dismissal of an application filed by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in a special court for declaring him a fugitive economic offender. In his petition, Choksi has said he is unable to return to India due to persisting health problems.

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In Tamil Nadu, Prison inmates in Tiruchirappalli have attested that yoga has had a wonderful effect on calming their troubled consciousness and moulding them into good citizens. Here is a report from our Trichy correspondent:
"Yoga acharya and personality development expert M S Pargunan has been conducting special yoga sessions for prisoner in Trichy, for the last few year. The classes are being held within the prison complex regular, with assistance from the state police as well as jail authorities. Prisoners who often undergo guilty consciousness as well as fear psychosis have said yoga asanas have helped them bring such negative emotions under control. Dr K Parameswaran from Trichy "

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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 “Yoga for Healthy Life”
This can be heard on FM Gold Channel and additional frequencies from 9.30 PM.

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In Mizoram, voluntary blood donation has become a social movement. In this movement, youth are playing a key role. A special report from our Aizawl correspondent:
"So far, 85 percent of state demands for blood units have been met through voluntary donations in 2018- 19. The Church and NGOs along with government blood transfusion cells are playing a big role in motivating youths towards blood donations. Official records revealed, 40 years old Mr. Lalremruata donated blood highest number of times. He has donated blood more than 70 times since his 18 years of age. Talking to AIR News, he expressed hope that he would donate as much blood as possible during his lifetime. President of Association for Voluntary Blood Donation C. Lalnunnema said they need regular blood donors to come forward to meet the need of sick patients of the state. Irene, Aizawl."

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In the ICC  Cricket World Cup, West Indies have set a 322 run victory target for Bangladesh in the league match now underway at Taunton, England. 
Chasing the target, Bangladesh were  153 for 3 in 23 overs when reports last came in. Earlier, put into bat, West Indies scored 321 for 8 in the stipulated 50 overs.

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