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21.07.2019
THE HEADLINES:-
  • Last rites of veteran Congress leader and former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit to be performed this afternoon with full state honours.
  • Over seven crore 32 lakh farmer families receive first two installments of 2 thousand rupees each under Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana.
  • Countdown for India’s second lunar mission Chandrayaan-2  set to begin this evening; Launch of the landmark mission from Sriharikotta scheduled at 2.43 PM tomorrow.
  • In Japan, voting underway for election for the Upper House of Parliament.
  • In Badminton, P.V. Sindhu faces Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi in the women's singles final of Indonesia Open in Jakarta.

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Last rites of veteran Congress leader and former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit will be performed at the Nigam Bodh Ghat this afternoon. She will be accorded a state funeral.  Dikshit passed away yesterday at a private hospital in the national capital after suffering cardiac arrest.
Prominent leaders continued to pay their respects to Sheila Dikshit. Veteran BJP leaders LK Advani, Sushma Swaraj and former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, today visited her residence in the city. Yesterday, several leaders including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi paid their last respects. Her body was kept at Congress Headquarters today, where a large number of people including party leaders paid their homage.
A tribute:-

Delhi government has declared a two-day mourning in the national capital as a mark of respect  to the 81-year-old Congress leader.The three-time Chief Minister is  credited with giving the national capital its modern look.  Known as a warm and affable politician, Sheila Dikshit carried out massive infrastructure development of  the city during her tenure. She  had served as Delhi's Chief minister for 15 years from 1998-2013. With V M Rao, Anuja AIR News Delhi .

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi today expressed condolence over the death  of the former  Delhi BJP President Mange Ram Garg. He said, Mange Ram Garg had a deep connect with Delhi and that was seen in the manner in which he selflessly served the people. In a series of tweets, Mr Modi said that Garg played a pivotal role in strengthening BJP in the national capital and added that the good work by him will continue to be remembered for years.
BJP Working President JP Nadda and other party leaders also condoled the passing away of Garg. Mange Ram  Garg  was ailing and breathed his last this morning at a private hospital in the city. His body was kept at Delhi BJP office where several leader and workers paid floral tributes to the departed leader
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Over seven crore 32 lakh farmer families across the country have received the first two installments of 2 thousand rupees each under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana amounting to 14 thousand 646 crore rupees. Official sources said, Uttar Pradesh with over two crore twenty lakh farmer families topped the list followed by Andhra Pradesh with 72 lakh and Maharastra 50 lakh farmers. PM-KISAN envisages to cover approximately 14 crore 50 lakh beneficiaries across the country subject to exclusion criteria.

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Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath today met family members of victims of Sonbhadra shooting incident and assured them all possible help from government. He also met family members of the victims and listened to their demand. Our correspondent reports that the Chief Minister reached Ummah village this afternoon along with DGP and Chief secretary of state to meet family members of the victims. Villagers put forward their demands to Chief Minister at a meeting. The Chief Minister will also go to district hospital Sonbhadra where he will meet injured persons. He is scheduled to address  a press conference in Sonbhadra later today.
Ten people were killed and several sustained injuries on Wednesday in the shooting incident at Ummah village. 29 persons have been arrested in this connection including the prime suspect.

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BJP working president JP Nadda has called upon the party workers to follow the footsteps of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Addressing the Maharashtra state executive meeting in Mumbai today, Mr. Nadda said a new political culture has developed  because of Prime Minister Modi. Attributing the success of Ayushman Bharat scheme, Mr. Nadda, the former health minister said it was the political will of Mr. Modi which enabled the launch of such a huge scheme in the country.

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Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu today called upon medical professionals with Indian origin who are working in other countries to adopt villages and develop primary health services in India. He Asked them to be partners with the government in developing primary medical services across the country. He was speaking at the Global Health Care Summit 2019 organised by the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) in Hyderabad. He emphasised the need to adopt alternative medical practices and also focus on the research to benefit common people.

India has also launched Ayushman Bharat set to be the world's largest health insurance scheme under the ages. 10 lakh people have already received free treatment under the scheme. India's health sector has numbers of competitive advantages. From a large pool of well trained medical professionals, to flourishing pharma industry,which excels in generic drugs manufacturing, to cost affective and positive medical procedures.

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The countdown for India’s second lunar mission Chandrayaan-2 is set to begin this evening. The launch of the landmark mission is scheduled to be at 2.43 PM tomorrow. It will zoom into space onboard the rocket GSLV-Mark-Three from the launch pad at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikotta.
The booster GSLV-Mark-Three having a lift-off mass of 640 tons will initially carry Chandrayaan-2 to an elliptical orbit around the earth. The revised timeline released by the ISRO says, Chandrayaan-2 will encircle the earth for 23 days. Gradually, it will be made to leave the earth’s sphere of influence, by staging a series of manoeuvres. On the thirtieth day of the launch, it will reach an orbit around the moon. For thirteen days, Chandrayaan-2 will be on a lunar bound phase.
The Chandrayaan-2 lander is scheduled to detach from its orbiter on the 43rd day and descend in slow motion. On the 48th day, it is expected to touch-down on the South Pole of the moon, that falls on September 7. It will be followed by the rover emerging from the lander to venture out for the study of the lunar terrain. The mission life of the orbiter at a 100-km radius from the moon would be a year. The lander and the rover will carry out experiments for a lunar day, which is equivalent to 14 days on the earth.
More from our correspondent:-

"The historic Chandrayaan-2 mission coincides with the golden jubilee year of man’s landing on moon and a little more than a decade after the successful Chandrayaan-One mission. It was originally scheduled to begin its historic journey on July 15. However, an anomaly in the cryogenic upper stage of the launch vehicle forced the mission to be temporarily kept in abeyance. After finding the cause of the snag and plugging it swiftly, the launch has been rescheduled for tomorrow. The total flight duration has been brought down from 54-days to 48 days so that the date of landing on moon could be kept the same. Once the mission objectives are reached, India would become the fourth country ever to join the elite club of nations to have a lunar soft-landing. The ISRO is proving its resilience by way of launching the mission in a short span of time after the initial hiccup. The home-grown technologies involved in the complex mission testify to the prowess of the nation in space science. Jayasingh, AIR News, Chennai."

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The Eleventh biennial edition of DefExpo India - 2020 is scheduled to be held for the first time in Uttar Pradesh capital Lucknow in February 2020. The four-day event, beginning from 5th of February, will offer an excellent opportunity for the Indian defence industry to showcase its capabilities and promote its export potential.
An official release said the main theme of the DefExpo India- 2020 will be  -- India - the Emerging Defence Manufacturing Hub and the focus will be on Digital Transformation of Defence.
The exhibition will also highlight the emergence of Uttar Pradesh as an attractive destination for investment in the defence sector and act as a platform for alliances and joint ventures in the defence industry.
The DefExpo will provide an opportunity to the major foreign Original Equipment Manufacturers to collaborate with the Indian defence industry and help promote Make in India initiative of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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Central Government is promoting the branding and production of Khadi in the country to boost its popularity and provide employment to people. Taking a cue from the initiative,  Uttar Pradesh government is planning to provide Khadi uniform made by solar spinning wheels to the children of primary schools .
A Report:

Khadi is very soon going to be part of primary schools in Uttar Pradesh and it will be a visual delight to see school children clad in Khadi uniforms attending the classes. State government has started a pilot project in 4 districts and by the end of July children will be provided Khadi uniforms prepared by self-help groups. In an exclusive interview Navneet Sehgal , Principal Secretary of Khadi and village industries department of state told AIR that this if the project taken with the help of solar spinning wheels becomes successful then very soon all primary schools will be provided khadi uniforms for the children.
The initiative of state government will not only pave the way for Khadi to become part of every household but also provide self-employment to lakhs of workers associated with the industry. SUSHIL CHANDRA TIWARI, AIR NEWS, LUCKNOW

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Lok Janshakti Party MP Ram Chandra Paswan passed away in New Delhi today. He was 57. He breathed his last at the Ram Manohar Lohiya Hospital. He represented Samastipur Lok Sabha seat in Bihar.

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Union Home Ministry has extended the residence permit of Bangladeshi author Taslima Nasreen by one year. A Home Ministry official said, her residence permit has been further extended till July 2020. Taslima has been getting residence permit on a continuous basis since 2004.

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In Japan, voting is underway for an election for the Upper House of Parliament. A total of 370 candidates are vying for 124 seats in the house. Media polls have indicated that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling bloc is expected to keep the majority. Mr Abe hopes to gain enough seats to boost chances for a constitutional revision, his long-cherished goal before his term ends in 2021. His ruling Liberal Democratic Party and its coalition partner, Komeito, will need a two-third majority to be able to begin the process of revising Article 9 of the constitution that will further legitimise the military.
The Upper House has a total of 245 seats about half of which are elected every three years.

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In Ukraine, polling is under way to elect a new parliament. 
Surveys suggest President Volodymyr Zelensky's 'Servant of the People' party is expected to win the largest share of the votes. Mr Zelensky is seeking a strong mandate for his party to have a shot at delivering on his promise of transforming the war-torn country by tackling pervasive corruption and implementing reforms. Without the support of the powerful parliament, he would not be able to pass any reforms or change the cabinet of ministers he inherited from former President Petro Poroshenko.

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Two sedition cases have been filed in Dhaka against Priya Saha who had complained before the US president Donald Trump that 37 million people from the minority community have disappeared from Bangladesh. She sought protection for life and property of the minority community in her meeting with President Trump.
Saha's comment has created a political uproar in Bangladesh.
Priya Saha is one of the organizing secretaries of Bangladesh Hindu-Bouddha-Christian Oikya Parishad. 

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Monsoon has been vigorous over Kerala during the past few days. A high has been sounded in the state. More from our correspondent:

"As heavy rainfall continues in Kerala, Idukki and Kasarkod are the worst hit districts.The low lying regions are flooded and landslides are reported from hilly region. Meanwhile body of a missing fishermen was found in  kollam, search operation for 2 more persons continuing. Red issued in 6 district for coming few days as met dept predict heavy rain till July 24th. Relief camps and control rooms are active in all areas. As sea expected to remain rough with  high waves and storm in these days, Warning issued to fisherfolks from venturing into the sea. This is Mayusha for AIR News from Thiruvanthapuram".

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In Badminton, the Indonesia Open Women's Singles summit clash between Indian ace shuttler P.V. Sindhu and Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi is underway in Jakarta.
World number five, Sindhu enjoys a dominant head-to-head record against Yamaguchi, whom she has beaten in the last four meetings.
The Men's Singles title match will be played between Taiwan's Tien Chen Chou and Denmark's Anders Antonsen at 3 PM Indian Standard Time.  

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