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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
27.06.2019

THE HEADLINES
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  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi reaches Osaka for G20 Summit; to hold talks with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe this morning.
  • Prime Minister asks all parties to participate in the dialogue on 'One nation One Election' to save time and money for development.
  • Government to provide broadband connectivity under BharatNet project to all gram panchayats in the country.
  • Home Minister Amit Shah to review security situation in Jammu and Kashmir today.
  • And in ICC Cricket World Cup, Pakistan beat New Zealand to keep semi-final hopes alive; India to face West Indies today.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached the Japanese city of Osaka this morning to attend the G20 Summit to be held tomorrow and the day after. On the sidelines of the summit, Mr Modi will meet with the leaders of major partner countries. The Prime Minister will hold talks with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe this morning. He is scheduled to meet US President Donald Trump tomorrow and discuss important issues of bilateral and global importance.
In his departure statement, Mr Modi said he is looking forward to discussing with other global leaders major challenges and opportunities faced by the world. The Prime Minister said, G20 summit will also be a platform for sharing India's strong developmental experience of the last five years. Mr Modi added that the summit will be an important stepping stone for India towards hosting the G-20 Summit in 2022, when the country will usher in a New India in the 75th Anniversary year of the Independence.
Our correspondent, covering the Prime Minister's visit, reports that the theme of Osaka summit is 'Human-centred future society'.

"There was drizzle and cloudy sky when the Prime Minister landed at Kansai International airport in Osaka. From there, he straight headed to hotel where G-20 Sherpa Suresh Prabhu and hundreds of Indian origin people welcomed him. The Prime Minister will attend nearly 30 programmes during his 57 hours stay in this visit. Issues related to artificial intelligence, common efforts to address major global challenges such as terrorism and climate change form the rich agenda of the summit. Free trade and economic growth, global economy and taxation, finance, digital economy, energy, global health will be discussed during the four sessions of the summit. G-20 summit will provide an important opportunity to reiterate and reinforce India’s strong support to reformed multilateralism. With Sanjeev Sharma, Souvagya Kar, AIR News, Osaka."

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Prime Minister Modi has called upon all political parties to participate in the dialogue on 'One nation One election' to save time and money for development. Replying to the debate on Motion of Thanks to the President's address in the Rajya Sabha yesterday, Mr Modi said:
"क्या ये समय की मांग नहीं है कि हमारे देश में कम से कम मतदाता सूची तो एक हो। आज देश का दुर्भाग् है जितने चुनाव उतने मतदाता सूची। कितना देश का खर्च हो रहा है, कितना मैनपावर उस मतदाता सूची में लग रहा है। हमारे देश में पहले एक देश एक चुनाव होता था। ये बात में गड़बड़ होने के बाद डिरेल हुआ।"

Mr Modi appealed to all Members of Parliament to work together to fulfill the aspirations of people who elected them. He said, Opposition should allow the Lok Sabha to function seamlessly.
The Prime Minister said, India is aiming to become a five trillion dollar economy and appealed to all states to take part in the economic development of the country.
Mr Modi said, there should be a uniform yardstick for all acts of violence, whether it takes place in Jharkhand, West Bengal or Kerala. He termed the Jharkhand lynching incident as painful and said the guilty should be given a harsh punishment.

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The government plans to provide broadband connectivity under BharatNet Project to all gram panchayats in the country. In a written reply in the Lok Sabha, Electronics and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said, over one lakh 28 thousand gram panchayats have been connected with optical fibre till date. He said, WiFi spots have been installed in over 44,000 gram panchayats.
The Phase-I of the project was completed in December 2017, and one lakh gram panchayats were made service ready. The Phase-II is under implementation, and a total of 2 lakh gram panchayats are targeted to be completed by March next year.

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Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat has reiterated the NDA government's commitment to provide clean drinking water to all by 2024. Replying to a short duration discussion in the Rajya Sabha on the challenges of water crisis in the country, the Minister said, there is a need to create more awareness about individual efforts in this direction instead of only focusing on government's initiatives.
Members of various parties had expressed concern over the water crisis and emphasized the need for more concrete efforts to address the challenge.

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The Aadhaar and Other Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2019 will be taken up for consideration and passing in Lok Sabha today. It will replace an ordinance issued in March this year and proposes stiff penalties for violation of norms.
The Central Educational Institutions (Reservation in Teachers' Cadre) Bill, 2019 is listed to be introduced the House. It provides for the reservation of posts in appointments by direct recruitment of persons belonging to the SC, ST, socially and educationally backward classes and the economically weaker sections, to teachers' cadre in certain central educational institutions.
In Rajya Sabha, the Special Economic Zones (Amendment) Bill, 2019 will be taken up for consideration and passing. It was passed in the Lok Sabha yesterday.

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Ram Kumar Kashyap, sitting Indian National Lok Dal MP in the Rajya Sabha has joined the BJP in the presence of party working President JP Nadda. Besides him, two-time former MP from Kannur in Kerala AP Abdullakutty and TDP spokesperson Lanka Dinakar also joined the party.

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Union Home Minister Amit Shah will review the security situation in Jammu and Kashmir in Srinagar today. The meeting will be attended by Governor Satya Pal Malik, Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba and top brass of various security and intelligence agencies among others. Our correspondent has filed this report:

"Home Minister Amit Shah is scheduled to review the overall security situation including counter militant and counter infiltration operations at a high level Unified Headquarters Meeting at Sher I Kashmir International Convention Centre in Srinagar. Home Minister is also meeting several delegations of people. He is also meeting families of those political workers and policemen who lost their lives in the militant attacks in the state. TARIQ RATHER, AIR NEWS, SRINAGAR."

On the first day of his visit yesterday, the Home Minister took stock of the security and other arrangements related to upcoming Amarnath Yatra. He also reviewed the progress of various development schemes and projects in the state.

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In Bihar, thunderstorm and lightning have claimed 31 lives in different parts of the state in the past 24 hours. Maximum deaths were reported from Bhagalpur, Begusarai and Muzaffarpur districts. 11 people are also injured. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has announced an ex-gratia of four lakh rupees each to the next of the kin of those killed and ordered free treatment for the injured.
The MeT department has forecast more thunderstorms in the next 24 hours in the state.

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The Enforcement Directorate has conducted searches at 10 locations of Parekh Aluminex Limited and its promoters in Mumbai in a bank fraud case. The agency yesterday also attached assets worth around 47 crore rupees. The case relates to the diversion of the loan amounts taken by accused for manufacturing purpose to non manufacturing related activities with an intention to defraud the banks and get personal benefits. Investigation conducted so far has revealed that the loan amount was further illegally siphoned off to various entities amounting to over 1,500 crore rupees.
The CBI has registered 6 FIRs against the firm for defrauding Indian Overseas Bank and others.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will share his thoughts with the people in the country and abroad in his Mann Ki Baat programme on All India Radio this Sunday. It will be the first Mann Ki Baat programme after Mr Modi assumed office for the second term. Mr Modi has been raising several important issues through the monthly programme which is aired on the last Sunday of every month at 11 AM. 
In his address on 14th December, 2014, the Prime Minister had expressed serious concern over growing menace of drugs among the youth in the country. He had termed drug addiction as a psycho-socio-medical problem and said it is leading the youth to darkness, destruction and devastation.  

"बालक जब इस बुराई में फंसता है तो कभी-कभी हम उस बालक को दोषी मानते हैं। हकीकत यह है कि नशा बुरा है। बालक को ही दुत्कार देंगे तो वो तो और नशा करने लग जाएगा। ये अपने आप में एक साइको, सोशियो मेडिकल प्राब्लम हैं। अब उसको हमने साइको, सोशियो मेडिकल प्राब्लम के रूप में ही ट्रीट करना पड़ेगा।"

Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment Thaawarchand Gehlot said, the government started a survey programme across the country last year to determine the number of people addicted to drugs.

"A survey is being conducted in all the states. The initial report of the survey is very worrisome. We are all citizens of India and it is our duty to keep the country healthy and therefore, it is necessary that everyone stays healthy."

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The government has given a two-year extension to the construction work related to Polavaram multipurpose project in Andhra Pradesh. Talking to reporters in New Delhi, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar stressed that the project is very important to the people of the state as it will irrigate nearly three lakh hectares of land.

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In International news,
In Madagascar, at least 16 people were killed and dozens injured in a stampede at a stadium hosting national independence day celebrations in capital Antananarivo. The accident occurred last night outside the Mahamasina stadium, where several thousand people had gathered for a concert following the traditional military parade held to mark the national holiday.

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In the United States, Republican-led Senate has approved bipartisan legislation to address the humanitarian crisis along the US-Mexico border with more than 4 billion dollar in supplemental funds and new requirements for the care of detained migrants. The approval comes less than 24 hours after the House of Representative passed a measure that was similar, but had more restrictions on how the Trump administration could use the money. That House bill was rejected in the Senate.

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And now, news from the ICC Cricket World Cup:

"Pakistan kept their hopes of sealing a semi-final berth alive when they defeated New Zealand by six wickets at Birmingham last night. Opting to bowl, Pakistan first restricted the Kiwis to 237 for 6, with 19-year old paceman Shaheen Afridi ripping through the top order with pace and swing. He bagged three wickets and gave away just 28 runs in 10 overs, including three maidens. Then, with the bat, Pakistan overhauled the target with five balls to spare, riding on man of the match Babar Azam's unbeaten 101, which was his maiden World Cup century and 10th in ODIs. In the process, he became the second fastest batsman to reach 3,000 ODI runs in terms of innings. He reached the milestone in 68 matches, one less than West Indies great Vivian Richards. South African Hashim Amla is still the fastest to achieve the feat in 57 innings. Team India will look to maintain their unbeaten streak when they take on the West Indies in their sixth round-robin match at Manchester today. All India Radio will broadcast live commentary on the game from 2:30 pm. India are on the verge of sealing a semi-final berth. They just need two more wins in four matches. SAVVY HASAN KHAN, AIR NEWS."

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NEWSPAPERS HEADLINES
  • India and US playing down their differences in a friendly spirit through dialogue occupies the front page story in all the dailies. "India's interest to rule S-400 deal" headlines The Pioneer.
  • On the PM speaking out on Jharkhand attack, The Indian Express writes, "Saddened, guilty must be punished."
  • The Times of India cites the Prime Minister mentioning the AES deaths in Bihar as a matter of shame.
  • Reversing a year old protocol, Supreme Court released a new work roster of top five judges being given PIL cases. "CJI tweaks Supreme Court roster, 5 top judges will hear PIL's" writes the Hindustan Times.
  • Government looking for sites in Bathinda, Patiala to meet the rising energy requirements,The Tribune says, "Centre for Nuclear Plants in Punjab."
  • And finally, "Now, call or chat without network"  reports The Asian Age about a new technology dubbed MeshTalk that would allow users to call or chat across medium distances without using traditional methods such as WiFi or Bluetooth.

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