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Inviting global investors to India, Finance Minister says there is no better place in world            Campaigning for Assembly Elections in Haryana, Maharashtra reaches peak; Rajnath Singh accuses Congress of internationalising Kashmir issue            Kerala extends maternity leave benefits to teachers, other staff of private educational institutions            Odd-Even scheme to be implemented in Delhi from Nov 4 for 12 days; no exemption for private CNG vehicles            Sri Lanka's Jaffna international airport receives its inaugural flight from Chennai           

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Morning News

0815 HRS
24.06.2019
THE HEADLINES:
  • Both Houses of Parliament to take up Motion of Thanks on President's Address today.
  • Government develops a National Strategic Plan to eradicate TB by the 2025.
  • Rajasthan government orders inquiry into tent collapse incident which claimed 15 lives in Barmer district.
  • ITBP recovers bodies of seven missing mountaineers on their way to Nanda Devi peak in Uttarakhand.
  • And, Pakistan beat South Africa by 49 runs in ICC Cricket World Cup at Lords in London.

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Both Houses of Parliament will take up the Motion of Thanks on the President's address today. President Ram Nath Kovind addressed the joint sitting of both Houses on the 20th of this month.
While newly appointed BJP working president J P Nadda will open the debate in the Rajya Sabha, Union Minister Pratap Chandra Sarangi will lead the charge in the Lok Sabha.
The Jammu and Kashmir Reservation (Amendment) Bill, 2019 is scheduled to be introduced in the Lok Sabha today. The Aadhaar and Other Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2019 is also likely to be introduced.
The Parliament session will continue till the 26th of July.

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The government has developed a National Strategic Plan with the goal to end Tuberculosis (TB) by the 2025. In his reply to a question in the Lok Sabha, Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare Ashwini Kumar Choubey said, India accounts for 27.4 lakh estimated new TB cases annually, which is the highest in terms of absolute numbers. He said, the estimated cases of TB in the country is the 204 per lakh population for the year 2017 as per last year's Global TB report. However, India ranks 35th in the world in terms of TB cases per lakh population. Over 5 lakh 62 thousand patients were cured of TB last year.

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The government has conducted several studies to measure and quantify the adverse effects of climate change on agriculture. Extensive field and simulation studies were carried out in agriculture and allied sectors by several network centers consisting of ICAR Institutes located in different parts of the country. Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha that clear indications of change in climate are being noticed in the country. He added that the last three decades saw a sharp rise in all India mean annual temperature. The major crops classified as risk prone under the impact of climate change with reduced productivity are rice and wheat, especially in the Indo Gangetic plains, maize in mid Indo-Gangetic plains and Southern Plateau, sorghum and potato in West Bengal and Southern Plateau.

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The Indian Railways operates special trains to clear extra rush of passengers during peak season, special events and festivals. During the period between April and May this year, Indian Railways has operated 6,544 trips of special trains. Minister of Railways, Piyush Goyal said this in a written reply in Rajya Sabha.
He said except restriction in certain trains, elderly women above the age of 58 years are entitled for 50 per cent concession on basic fare in regular trains. Further, students are also entitled for concession ranging between 25 percent to 100 percent on basic fare in regular trains depending on the type of journey, and the category of students.  

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The Rajasthan government has ordered an inquiry into the tent collapse incident in Barmer district which claimed 15 lives yesterday. 50 others were injured after a tent fell on them due to strong winds during a religious programme at Jasol village under Balotra sub division. According to the administration, a large number of people were present when the incident took place. People may have died of suffocation or due to electrocution. More than 40 injured are being treated at Balotra Hospital, while 10 people have been referred to Jodhpur Medical College.
The State Government has announced an assistance of 5 lakh rupees each to the families of deceased persons and two lakh rupees to the injured persons.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has termed the collapse of a ‘Pandaal’ as unfortunate. In a tweet, Mr Modi said, his thoughts are with the bereaved families and wished for the quick recovery of the injured.
Union Home Minister and BJP President Amit Shah has also expressed grief over the loss of lives in the Pandaal collapse.

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In Bihar, a campaign against malnutrition will be launched on a large scale.This move has been taken after the deaths of children due to Acute Encephalitis Syndrome(AES). Director of Integrated Child Development project( ICDS) Alok Kumar said awareness programme is being undertaken in Encephalitis affected 20 districts including Muzaffarpur, Vaishali and Samastipur.

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An Indo Tibetan border Police (ITBP) team has recovered seven bodies of mountaineers who had gone missing on way to Nanda Devi peak in Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand. Talking to AIR News, Pithoragarh DM Vijay Kumar Jogdande said the seven bodies include one of a woman also.

"ITBP Search and rescue team was able to successfully retrieve seven bodies. Out of those seven bodies they have identified one body of a female mountaineer which belongs to Australian national and one of the seven bodies belongs to an Indian national and Search and rescue mission for the eighth missing person is still on and today probabley they will be trying to retrieve the eighth person as well."

The bodies were traced at an altitude of appx 21000 feet near the peak from where the mountaineers went missing on the 26th of last month. The ITBP had launched a  search operation last week from Pithoragarh to search the missing mountaineers in which 4 were British, 2 were Americans, and 1 each from Australia and India. Some mountaineering equipment was also recovered from the site by the search team.

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Monsoon has covered most parts of eastern Uttar Pradesh and is expected to reach state capital Lucknow in the next 24 hours. Our correspondent has filed this report:
"Districts in eastern part of state are receiving heavy rainfall from last 24 hours. Maximum downpour recorded in Sultanpur district was 65.3 millimetres. Rains gave much needed respite from the scorching heat and at some places like Bahraich temperature was recorded 7 degrees below normal. Farmers in eastern UP are now happy with the ample rains; as they were earlier worried because of monsoon coming a bit late and delay in paddy sowing. Due to heavy rains there are reports of wall collapse and deaths due to lightening. Central and other parts of state are still waiting for monsoon to advance. State capital Lucknow received pre monsoon showers yesterday and as per MeT officials monsoon is expected to reach here in next 24 hours. Sushil Chandra Tiwari, AIR News, Lucknow."

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In Jammu and Kashmir, Mata Vaishno Devi shrine will get a dedicated in-house disaster response force by September next year. Chief Executive Officer of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board Simrandeep Singh said training of the board staff who will be the first respondents in case of any eventuality has already begun at the headquarters of the 7th battalion of the National Disaster Response Force in Punjab. More from our correspondent :

"The CEO said that the shrine board is planning to train 180 employees by September next year to prepare a dedicated disaster response force for the shrine. The shrine board is also planning to set up an emergency operation centre as part of its disaster preparedness. Mata Vaishno Devi shrine is a religious pilgrimage atop the Trikuta hills in Reasi district of Jammu region that attracted 86 lakhs pilgrims from across the world last year. Yogesh Sharma, AIR News, Jammu."

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An event to commemorate 20 years of high altitude operations during the Kargil conflict is underway at Air Force Station Gwalior. Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal B S Dhanoa is gracing the event as a Chief Guest. Serving and retired Kargil war veterans are attending the event. A static display and a flypast has also been organised on the occasion.

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And now news from the world of sports:

"In ICC Cricket World Cup,
Pakistan knocked South Africa out of the tournament with a 49-run win at Lord's, keeping alive their slender hopes of making it to the semifinals. Winning the toss and electing to bat first, Pakistan posted a daunting 308 for seven in the stipulated 50 overs with Haris Sohail blasting 89 from 59 balls. Chasing the victory target, the Proteas collapsed at just 259 for 9 in 50 overs. Skipper Faf du Plessis scored 63 while Quinton de Kock scored 47 for South Africa. Shadab Khan and Wahab Riaz picked up 3 wickets each while Mohammad Amir took 2 wickets for Pakistan. In today's fixture, Bangladesh will take on a spirited Afghanistan in a do-or-die World Cup encounter at Southampton. The match will begin at 3 PM Indian Standard Time. Rain is expected to play a spoilsport. All India Radio will broadcast live commentary on the game. It can be heard on DTH (Hindi) and additional frequencies from 2:30 pm. And; India clinched the Women's FIH Series Finals hockey tournament beating Japan 3-1 in the summit clash at Hiroshima. Gurjit was adjudged the highest scorer of the tournament with 11 strikes to her name while captain Rani Rampal was declared player of the tournament. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has congratulated the Indian team for winning the tournament. In a tweet, Mr Modi said this stupendous victory will further popularise hockey and also inspire many young girls to excel in the sport. ANUJA BHARDWAJAN, SPORTS DESK."

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Indian skipper Virat Kohli has been fined 25 per cent of his match fee for aggressive appealing during the World Cup match against Afghanistan at Southampton on Saturday. An official ICC release said, Kohli was found to have breached the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to excessive appealing during an international match. The incident occurred in the 29th over of the Afghanistan innings, when Kohli advanced towards umpire Aleem Dar after pacer Jasprit Bumrah struck Rahmat Shah on his pads and appealed for an LBW decision.

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said he wants to build a global coalition against Iran during urgent consultations in West Asia. Talking to reporters in Washington, just before leaving for Saudi Arabia, Mr Pompeo said there is a need for a coalition not only throughout the Gulf states, but in Asia and in Europe, to challenge world's largest state sponsor of terror. He said that the goal of his upcoming talks is to deny Iran the resources to foment terror, to build out their nuclear weapon system and missile programme in order to keep American people safe all around the world.
Mr Pompeo will be making stops at Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates on his way to India.

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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 “Admissions in Colleges - issues and way forward”.
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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NEWSPAPERS HEADLINES
  • Newspapers focus on different stories this morning.
  • "MEA rejects US report on state of religious freedom in India" is the lead in The Hindu.
  • "Modi 2.0: Financial inclusion set to get a leg-up" headlines The Financial Express, on the government working on revamping some key schemes to target beneficiaries better.
  • 'If talks are initiated, there will be positive response' The Indian Express quotes the Hurriyat's response, a day after the Jammu and Kashmir Governor's signal.
  • The Times of India brings hope with its lead "After slow start, Monsoon covers 10 States in 4 days".
  • "Maya's brother, nephew named to key BSP posts" highlights The Asian Age.
  • The Pioneer prominently covers "Elderly couple, help found killed in South Delhi apartment". "City worries as Murder cases Spiral" with 9 cases in 24 hours, says The Mail Today.
  • And finally, "Record 7.3 lakh visit Kedarnath in just 45 days" reports The Times of India. Authorities credit PM Modi's visits to the shrine, making people follow his path.

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