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18.06.2019
THE HEADLINES:
  • Oath taking of newly elected members of 17th Lok Sabha to continue today.
  • Centre decides to send another high level team to Bihar in view of Encephalitis.
  • Supreme Court to hear today a plea seeking safety and security of doctors in government hospitals in the country.
  • In Gujarat, Kutch and other areas of Saurashtra receive rains due to depression.
  • And, In the ICC Cricket World Cup Bangladesh defeat West Indies by 7 wickets.

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The swearing in of newly elected members of the 17th Lok Sabha will resume when House meets for the second day today. On the first day, yesterday 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. Pro-tem speaker Dr. Virendra Kumar administered the oath to the members. The House witnessed linguistic diversity as some members preferred to take oath in their respective mother tongues and few members took oath in Sanskrit language.

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The Centre has decided to 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 a state-of-the-art multi-disciplinary research centre at Muzaffarpur. Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan reviewed the situation arising out of the reported cases of AES and Japanese Encephalitis at a high level meeting in New Delhi yesterday.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar will visit Muzaffarpur today to take stock of the situation. Mr Nitish Kumar chaired a high level meeting at Patna in which he ordered several steps to be taken to contain the disease. Here is more from our correspondent:

"Chief Minister has asked officials to ensure 100 percent coverage of toilets and drinking water facilities, fortify health related amenities in AES affected villages. State government has decided to set up a special team which will thoroughly study the social background, and malnutrition and sanitation related aspects of victim’s families. It will also evaluate economic condition of affected villages. Dharmendra Kumar Rai, AIR News Patna."

Meanwhile, toll in the state has reached 129 due to Encephalitis. National Human Rights Commission, NHRC has issued notice to the Union health Ministry and the Government of Bihar over increasing deaths of children due to Encephalitis.

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The Supreme Court will today hear a plea seeking safety and security of doctors in government hospitals across the country. A vacation bench of Justices Deepak Gupta and Surya Kant agreed to list the matter for today. The plea was filed on Friday in the wake of protests by doctors in West Bengal against the assault on their colleagues by a patient's family members. The petition has also sought directions to the Union ministries of home affairs and health and Government of West Bengal to depute security personnel at all state-run hospitals across the country.
Meanwhile, in West Bengal junior doctors in government run hospitals have resumed their duties following withdrawal of week-long strike last evening. The representatives of Junior doctors met the State Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at the State Secretariat yesterday and discussed their demands.
The State administration has accepted most of the demands of junior doctors including the one about their safety and security.

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Trinamool Congress MLA Sunil Singh and 12 TMC Councillors yesterday joined the BJP. They were inducted in the presence of party leaders Kailash Vijayvargiya and Mukul Roy at party headquarters in New Delhi.

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In Jammu and Kashmir, a gunfight has raged between terrorists and joint forces at Marhama Bijbihara in Anantnag district of South Kashmir in the wee hours today. Security sources said that two to three terrorists are believed to have be trapped in the area. One army man was injured in initial phase of gunfight. They said the counter terrorist operation is underway. Further details are awaited.

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The Indian Army has said that the reports of attack on its convoy in Pulwama district of Jammu & Kashmir are unfounded and baseless. Srinagar based Army spokesman Lt Col Rajesh Kalia clarified that a failed attempt was made by terrorists last evening on a mobile patrol vehicle of 44 Rashtriya Rifles regiment with a Vehicle Based IED in Arihal area of Pulwama district.
He said, damage was minimised due to the ness of the patrol party and troops are safe with a few minor injuries. The Spokesman added that the area has been cordoned off and search operation is in progress.

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The Home Ministry has asked the Delhi police to submit a detailed report in connection with the reported clash between a tempo driver and policemen in Mukherjee Nagar area of Delhi. Minister of state for Home G Kishan Reddy spoke to Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik and instructed him to take immediate action in the case.

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Yoga has become very popular with the youth of the country. Several youngsters are now looking at teaching Yoga as a job prospect, and enrolling for professional courses. Talking to AIR, Director at Morarji Desai Yoga Institute, Dr  Basavaraddi said, there is a huge demand of yoga courses which provide lots of career opportunities.
     
AIR News talked to several yoga students who are embracing it as a career opportunity.

The International Day of Yoga will be celebrated on the 21st of this month. Ranchi has been chosen to organise the main event which will be led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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In Gujarat, the depression emanated from cyclone Vayu is moving east-northeastwards. According to Met Department, the depression weakened into a Well Marked Low pressure area over northeast Arabian Sea and adjoining Saurashtra & Kutch. A report from our correspondent

"Kutch and adjoining areas are getting moderate rain showers since early morning due to depression condition centred in bay of Kutch. Disaster response teams are ready to face any eventuality in the district. Adjoining districts like Morbi and Surendranagar are also getting light showers since morning. Public including fishermen are advised to be away from sea looking to high tide. North Gujarat is also put on high for heavy rainfall as depression is likely to pass upto Rajasthan via Patan, Sabarkantha and Banaskantha. In Kutch, all the ports have flagged signal number three showing danger sign for seafarers and ships. With Jagadish Patadiya- Aparna Khunt/AIR News/Ahmedabad."

In the National Capital, moderate to heavy rain lashed many parts of Delhi-NCR bringing a respite from the scorching heat. Yesterday, the national capital had recorded the lowest temperature for June this year at 33.3 degrees Celsius.
In Bihar, light to moderate showers and gusty winds last night  brought some respite from the scorching heat in several parts of the state. Due to continued spell of heatwave in the state, more than 100 people have died due to heatstroke in these districts in the past four days.

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The Assam Skill Development Mission is all set to introduce Japanese language training classes in the state. Our correspondent has the details:

"Assam Industry and Skill Development minister Chandra Mohan Patowary said, the Assam government is going to organise a meeting with 150 Japanese companies in New Delhi soon. Talks with a Japanese company named Jetro  are on who are interested in setting up a "Jetro City" in Assam for manufacturing of automobile spares. Steps are being taken to set up a skill university at Mangoldoi in Darrang district which would boost the skill development sector in the region. A mobile-based app called DAKSHA would be launched soon.
Manas Pratim Sarma, AIR News, Guwahati."

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In Madhya Pradesh, Bancha in Betul district is the first village in the country with almost 100 per cent of its households using solar-powered stoves to meet their cooking needs. A report:

"The project of installing solar power plates, batteries and stoves in all the 74 houses of Bancha village was started in September 2017 and got completed by December 2018. Aarvind, a villager, who had benefitted from the scheme, said that they are now able to cook their food without hassles and it has also brought electricity to their homes.


We can now cook our meals within half an hour and that too without the tension of smoke. We also don't have to go anymore to the jungles for picking twigs and branches for the wooden stoves.

Jamuna Bai, a lady from the village termed it as a big development which has changed the lives of children and women across the village.

Earlier our eyes used to burn while cooking meals, it was due to all the smoke. Our children too had to be sent to jungles instead of schools but the situation has changed now. We all get time for ourselves and the kids can study now.


The success story of Bancha is an eye opener which shows the potential of renewable energy. Sanjeev Sharma, AIR News, Bhopal."

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In Jammu and Kashmir as many as 47,369 pilgrims paid obeisance at the holy cave shrine of Goddess Vaishno Devi on Saturday last week that is 15th June. This was the highest number of pilgrims in a day this year. According to Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board, Dr. Arvind Karwani, said that till June 15 this year, about 32.76 lakh pilgrims had paid obeisance at the cave shrine and the figure is on the rise.

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In Egypt, former president Mohammed Morsi died yesterday after collapsing during a session in court. State television reported that he was taken to a Cairo hospital but could not be revived. Morsi, who was 67, was on trial for espionage and had just addressed the court when he blacked out.

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In China, at least 11 people dead and 122 others injured in a 6.0-magnitude earthquake which struck country's southwestern Sichuan province yesterday.   State run news agency Xinhua reported, local police are trying to evacuate the people to safety and hospital staff, firemen and other rescuers were rushing to affected areas in heavy rain near the epicentre, which was located outside the city of Yibin.

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Sports News now, In the ICC Cricket World Cup, Bangladesh beat West Indies by 7 wickets in a league match at Taunton yesterday. Bangladesh achieved the victory target of 322 runs for 3 wickets in just 41.3 overs. For Bangladesh, Shakib Al Hasan was the highest scorer with 124 not out while Liton Das was also unbeaten at 94. In Today's match, England will take on Afghanistan at Manchester.

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Autistic Pride Day is being observed today. Autistic pride recognises the importance of pride for autistics and understands it not as a disease but as a difference. Autism or Autism Spectrum Disability, is a range of complex neurodevelopment disorders characterized by social impairments, communication difficulties, restrictive and repetitive pattern of behaviour.

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NEWSPAPERS HEADLINES
  • "Stir ends after medical mayhem across states" headlines The Hindustan Times, referring to the week long protest by doctors in West Bengal over an attack on doctors.
  • "RSS Chief slams didi for failing to curb violence" is an Asian Age headline. He attributes this to Mamata Banerjee's desperation for power.
  • The Times of India reports Prime Minister Modi having urged the opposition not to worry about numbers and that every word of the opposition was important.
  • "Monsoon’s tardy progress raises concerns over Kharif crops"is The Financial Express headline. 87 per cent of the country has received deficient rainfall, says the story.
  • "Air India bids adieu to A320 Classic making way for the advanced fuel efficient Airbus  320 Neo", reports a Hindu.
  • The Indian Express quotes the UN as saying that in 2027 Ïndia's population will surpass China's population".

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