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Midday News

1400 HRS
18.06.2019
THE HEADLINES:-

  • BJP MP Om Birla is  NDA's nominee for the  Speaker's post.

  • Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar visits Muzaffarpur: directs officials to take all necessary steps for better treatment of chidren affected with Encephalitis.

  • In Jammu and Kashmir, two Jaish -E- Mohammad terrorists killed and an army Jawan martyred in an encounter in Anantnag district.

  • Information and Broadcasting Ministry  advises private satellite TV channels to  represent children appropriatly in dance-based reality shows.

  • In  ICC Cricket World Cup, hosts England to take on Afghanistan at Manchester in  a short while from now.

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BJP MP Om Birla is the NDA's nominee for the Lok Sabha Speaker's post. Mr Birla is a two-time MP from Kota, Rajasthan. He filed his nomination for the post today and the election is scheduled for tomorrow. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi said, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Ministers Rajnath Singh, Amit Shah and Nitim Gadkari proposed the name of Mr Birla. He said, parties including BJD, Shiv Sena, Akali Dal, LJP, YSR Congress, JD(U) and AIADMK have signed the proposal. The Minister said, the Congress has not signed the proposal yet but the party will not  oppose Mr Birla's candidature.

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Newly-elected members of the Lok Sabha continued to take oath on the second day today. Members from Rajasthan, Sikkim, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh and other states took oath. Notable among them are BJP’s Om Birla, Rajyavardhan Rathore and Sunny Deol; Congress' Karti Chidambaram and Manish Tewari; DMK leaders A Raja and Kanimozhi; Samajwadi Party's Mulayam Singh Yadav; and Asaduddin Owaisi of AIMIM. The members took oath in English, Hindi as well as regional languages including Tamil, Telegu, Punjabi, Nepali and Oriya. Pro-tem speaker Dr Virendra Kumar administered the oath. The oath-taking is still underway.


Yesterday, Prime Minister and Leader of the House Narendra Modi, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Home Minister Amit Shah and several other Union Ministers and members took oath during the first session of the newly elected 17th Lok Sabha.

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Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today visited Muzaffarpur and reviewed the situation due to outbreak of encephalitis. Along with Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, Mr Kumar visited different wards, pediatrics ICU at Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital in Muzaffarpur where Encephalitis affected children are undergoing treatment. The Chief Minister directed doctors and health officials to take all necessary steps for better treatment.


Mr Kumar also held a review meeting with the Secretary of the state health department, superintendent of hospital, Chief Medical Officer of the district and other senior experts. A report from our correspondent:


"During review meeting with doctors, health officials and experts Chief minister Nitish Kumar assured all possible help to hospital administration in terms of additional resources & medicines. He stressed upon depth analysis of pattern of the disease which aggravates with heat & humidity. Mr Kumar also asked special team to visit four blocks Minapur, Mushari, Motipur and Kanti in Muzaffarpur district which is said to be epicentre of Encephalitis. Dharmendra Kumar Rai, AIR News, Patna."


The death toll has reached 132 in the state due to Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES). 107 children died in two hospitals in Muzaffarpur alone. 12 districts are affected by AES.

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The Supreme Court today deferred the hearing on a plea seeking protection of doctors in government hospitals. A bench of Justices Deepak Gupta and Surya Kant said, since doctors have called off their strike in West Bengal and other states, there is no urgency to hear the matter. The bench said, it will not issue notice to the Centre but is keeping the larger issue of protection of doctors open.


Meanwhile, the Indian Medical Association also filed an impleadment application seeking the court's intervention into the plea already filed, saying protection needs to be provided to doctors across the country. The bench said it needs to take a holistic view in providing security to doctors.

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In Jammu and Kashmir, two terrorists were killed and an army Jawan was martyred in an encounter in Anantnag district early this morning. Security sources said, another Army man has sustained injuries in the encounter which is still on at the Marhama Bijbehara area. The terrorists belonged to Jaish-e-Mohammed. One of them was Sajad Bhat, the owner of a vehicle that was used in February's terror attack on a CRPF convoy that claimed the lives of 40 personnel. Security forces described Sajad's killing as a big success.


Meanwhile, two Army soldiers who were injured in an IED blast in Arihal Pulwama yesterday, have succumbed to injuries. At least  nine Army personnel were injured after terrorists carried out a vehicle based IED blast in the area. One civilian was also injured. An Army spokesman said, other injured personnel are undergoing treatment at a hospital.

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A meeting of the Congress top brass, including Sonia Gandhi and Party Chief Rahul Gandhi, was held in New Delhi today. The meeting was held to decide the strategy on matters such as Lok Sabha Speaker's election. Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said, the issue of appointment of the leader of the Congress party in Lok Sabha was not discussed during the meeting.

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The Supreme Court has agreed to hear tomorrow a plea of Gujarat unit of Congress challenging the decision of the Election Commission to hold separate bypolls to two Rajya Sabha seats. A vacation bench of Justices Deepak Gupta and Surya Kant agreed to list the matter for tomorrow after senior advocate Vivek Tankha mentioned it for urgent hearing.


The Rajya Sabha seats of Gandhinagar and Amethi fell vacant following the election of BJP Chief Amit Shah and party leader Smriti Irani to the Lok Sabha.

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Goa Revolution Day is being celebrated today. On this day in 1946, freedom fighter Dr Ram Manohar Lohia had given a clarion call to Goans to fight for the state's liberation from Portuguese rule during a speech at Margao in South Goa. The speech provided a fillip to the Goan liberation movement, with the state finally being liberated in 1961 after around 450 years of Portuguese rule.


At the state-level programme this morning, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant paid tribute at the Martyrs’ Memorial, Azad Maidan in Panaji. 

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The Information and Broadcasting Ministry has issued an advisory to all private satellite TV channels for appropriate representation of children in dance-based reality shows. In its advisory, the Ministry said, it has noticed that several dance-based shows portray young children performing dance moves that are often suggestive and age-inappropriate. It said, such acts may also have distressing impact on children, impacting them at a young and impressionable age. The channels have been further advised to exercise maximum restraint, sensitivity and caution while showing such  reality shows and programmes.


 The Ministry said, all private satellite TV Channels are expected to abide by the provisions contained in Programme and Advertising Codes prescribed under the Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act and rules framed.


As per the rules, no programme should be carried on TV which denigrates children, and further that programmes meant for children should not contain any bad language or explicit scenes of violence.

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In a first-of-its kind initiative, the Jammu and Kashmir government is embarking on reaching out to the people at the grassroot-level through a programme named, ‘Back to the Village’. This eight-day programme has been organised across all Panchayats of the state from Thursday.  Our correspondent has filed this report:


"The programmme will involve the people of the state and government officials in a joint effort to deliver the mission of equitable development across all over the rural areas. The programme is primarily aimed at energizing the 4483 Panchayats and directing development efforts in rural areas through community participation. As part of this programme, each gazetted officer will be assigned a Gram Panchayat, where he/she will stay for at-least two days to interact and obtain feedback about their concerns, developmental needs and economic potential of the area. The feedback so obtained will help the government in delivery of village-specific services. RK RAINA, AIR NEWS, JAMMU."

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In Karnataka, International Yoda Day will be celebrated as a mega event in Mysuru on Friday. Over one lakh yoga aspirants are slated to perform on this day in the Mysore Race Club grounds at the foot of Chamundi Hill. More from our correspondent:


"Yoga rehearsals are going on in Mysuru in which members of various Yoga associations, educational institutions, industries and corporate houses are participating. Even Central Government organisations like CFTRI and BEML are taking part in the event. As many as 194 segregations are created for the participants to perform without clutter. The nodal officer for the International Yoga Day from Ayush department Dr.Harish Babu has said that people are voluntarily taking interest in the event.


"Interest in the people is very much increasing and people them self are reproaching to get part in this event. The programme happens to be from 6'o clock till 8:30 AM. In this Yoga day, we also take part, make Yoga as part of our lives, as a regular routine."


The District administration has made arrangements to ply the public road transport buses from 4 AM onwards from different parts of the town on June 21st to bring people to the event. Sudhindra, air news, Bengaluru."


In Assam, preparations are going on to celebrate International Yoga Day on Friday in a grand manner. A report from our correspondent:

"Ahead of the International Yoga Day, emphasise is being given by the experts in regular yoga practices for a healthy life. With the passage of time, more and more people from across all the age groups are embracing yoga. The jail inmates are also doing Yoga regularly. In Guwahati central jail, over 1 thousand inmates practise yoga under the guidance of 2 instructors. Various NGOs are also helping jail authorites in this regard.  Apart from these, Yoga is also being practiced at educational institutes and offices. Manas Pratim Sarma, AIR NEWS, Guwahati."

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In the ICC Cricket World Cup, hosts England are scheduled to face Afghanistan at Manchester today. The match is slated to begin at 3 PM (Indian Standard Time). All India Radio will broadcast live commentary on the match alternately in Hindi and English. It can be heard on DTH (Hindi) and additional frequencies from 2:30 pm. A report:


"The Britons, who will be without their opener Jason Roy, are currently fourth in the 10-team points table with six points, while the Afghan team, which is yet to register a win, is at the bottom. The weather is partly cloudy in Manchester today and there are fifty per cent chances of rain during the day. The points table is led by defending champions Australia. They have eight points. New Zealand is second with seven points. India also have seven points, but they are third as the Kiwis have a better net run rate. Bangladesh, which brilliantly chased down a 322-run target set by the West Indies yesterday, are fifth in the table, a place below England. Sri Lanka is sixth, followed by West Indies at seventh, South Africa at eighth, Pakistan at ninth and Afghanistan at the bottom. WITH SAVVY HASAN KHAN, ANUJA BHARDAWAJAN, SPORTS DESK."

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The Sensex at the Bombay Stock Exchange climbed 84 points to trade at 39,044, a short while ago. The Nifty at the National Stock Exchange added 23 points to 11,695. At the foreign exchange market, the rupee appreciated eight paise to 69 rupees 83 paise against the dollar in afternoon deals.

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In China, at least 12 people were killed and over 100 injured after two strong earthquakes jolted the southwest Sichuan province. While the first 6-magnitude earthquake shook Changning county of Yibin city late yesterday, the second tremor of 5.3-magnitude hit the area this morning.


A series of at least four aftershocks were felt in a span of 40 minutes after the first quake, the strongest of which had a magnitude of 5.1. More than 4,000 people were relocated as dozens of structures collapsed.

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Egypt's first democratically-elected President Mohamed Morsi was buried today amid heavy security in Cairo. He died yesterday after collapsing during a court session. Rights groups have called for an independent and transparent probe into the detention conditions and death of the former leader.

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