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Morning News

0815 HRS
17.08.2019

THE HEADLINES:

  • Entire UN Security Council barring China, backs India at informal meeting on Jammu and Kashmir.

  • Difficult to persuade UNSC members to back Chinese request on Jammu and Kashmir, says Pakistani Media.

  • Communication services being restored in phases in Kashmir valley as the state returns to normal.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi's two day visit to Bhutan begins today.

  • Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu embarks on three Baltic nations tour to Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia today.

  • Assam gets its first ever CNG fuel station in Dibrugarh.

  • And, in Olympic Test event in Tokyo, Indian men's hockey team to open its campaign against Malaysia; Women's team to take on the hosts Japan. 

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Pakistan's attempts at cornering India on Kashmir issue at the United Nations failed miserably yesterday when most of the permanent members of United Nations Security Council backed India at an informal closed door meeting. India has categorically told the international community that its move to scrap Article 370 of the Constitution revoking the special status of Jammu and Kashmir was an internal matter and has advised Pakistan to accept the reality.  


Briefing the media following the conclusion of the meeting requested by China and Pakistan, India's permanent representative to the United Nations, Syed Akbaruddin said India's position was and remains that matters related to Article 370 of the Constitution are entirely an internal matter of India and these have no external ramifications. Mr. Akbaruddin also said that India is committed to ensure that situation remains calm and peaceful.


Slamming Pakistan without naming it, Mr. Akbaruddin said there are some who are trying to project an "alarmist approach" to the situation in Kashmir, which is far from the ground realities. Akbaruddin said, one state is using the terminology of 'jihad' and promoting violence in India including their leaders.


"We have said that terrorism is being fuelled language and incendiary talk of Jihad is being mentioned by people who should know better. All of you are understanding of the situation here. I do not need to tell you what was the outcome of the close consultations. You will yourself know about it. We stand ready to continue our efforts towards peaceful resolutions of all issues in an atmosphere free of terror environment".


Syed Akbaruddin hit out at Pakistan for interfering in the internal matters of India. He asserted that there are normal diplomatic ways when countries deal with each other but using terror to thrive and push your goals is not the way that normal states behave. He asked Pakistan to stop terror to start talks. He said that violence is no solution to the problems that all of us face.


He also said that the recent decisions taken by the Govt of India and our legislative bodies are intended to ensure that good governance is promoted and social-economic development is enhanced for our people in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.


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As Pakistan get snubbed at United Nations Security Council, its own media has shown it the mirror. Leading Pakistani newspaper 'Dawn' yesterday commented that UN Security Council's current composition does not seem to favour Islamabad as the Council discusses India's revocation of the special status to Jammu and Kashmir.


While reporting from UN headquarters, Dawn noted that only China is "openly favouring" Pakistan at UNSC. The remaining four permanent members - Britain, France, Russia and the US - want India and Pakistan to address the Kashmir dispute in a bilateral set-up, said Dawn. The newspaper added that out of 10 non-permanent members who are elected for a two-year term by the UN General Assembly, it will be difficult to persuade them to back the Chinese request.


Meanwhile, another Pak newspaper, the News International noted that though the Pakistan government was going all out to muster global support, the responses and reactions received from the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and the Muslim nations individually are very weak. The Indian trade and business prowess within the OIC member states is relatively too large to be ignored by its trading partners none of whom is currently paying any heed to Pakistan's pleas.


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Jammu and Kashmir Chief Secretary B.V.R. Subramaniam has announced a gradual and caliberated easing of restrictions on the movement of people and communication services. He said that the government offices have already started functioning and the schools will be opened area-wise from Monday.


"Keeping in view the evolving situation as well as the cooperation of the people in maintaining peace. We are now taking measure to ease the restrictions in a gradual caliberated manner. Schools will be open after the weekend areawise, so that children studies do not suffer".


The Chief Secretary thanked the people of the valley for their cooperation in the last fortnight while reasonable restrictions were imposed as a precautionary measure to maintain law and order. He reiterated that there was no loss of life in the valley from August 5th onwards when the decision about revocation of Article 370 was taken and state's reorganisation was approved.


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The Defence Ministry has clarified that there is no proposal to privatise Ordnance Factory Board (OFB). It said that the proposal under consideration of the Government is to make it a Defence Public Sector Undertakings (DPSU) which is 100 per cent Government owned. It said, the rumours being spread that OFB is being privatised are misguiding with the intent to mislead the workers.


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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will embark on a two day visit to Bhutan today. Ahead of his visit, the Prime Minister said that India-Bhutan partnership today is of a special character and substance and forms an important pillar of Government of India’s Neighbourhood First policy. Mr. Modi said, his visit to Bhutan in the beginning of the current term reflects the high importance that the Government attaches to India’s relations with that country which is a trusted friend and neighbour. He expressed confidence that his visit will promote India's time-tested and valued friendship with Bhutan and consolidate it further for the prosperous future and progress of the people of both the countries. He said, the two countries enjoy excellent bilateral ties exemplified by our extensive development partnership, mutually beneficial hydro-power co-operation and strong trade and economic linkages.


He said, both countries jointly celebrated the Golden Jubilee of the establishment of formal diplomatic relations last year. Mr Modi said, he looks forward to having fruitful discussions with the King, the Fourth Druk Gyalpo and the Prime Minister of Bhutan on the entire gamut of bilateral relations. Our correspondent reports from Thimphu that Bhutan is all set to recieve its best friend from India.


"Bhutan, awaits Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit with excitment and hope. The over 50 kilometer road with hair pin bends from Paro airport to Capital Thimphu is decked up with posters of a smiling Modi and fluttering Indian flags. In his short visit of about 27 hours Mr Modi will have a packed schedule. He will receive audiences with the King of Bhutan, hold delegation level talks with his counterpart, meet the Leader of Opposition, inaugurate 720 megawatt Mangdechhu hydro-power project and release a commemorative stamp to mark the 50 years of Indo-Bhutan hydropower relations. He will inaugurate the Ground Station for South Asian Satellite and launch the first phase of RuPay Card and address address the students of Royal University of Bhutan. Naseem Naqvi, AIR News, Thimphu."


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Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu will embark on a three-nation visit to Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia today. The Vice President will be accompanied by a high-level delegation. Vice President's visit will be the first ever high level visit to the three Baltic countries. The visit takes place in the context of increasing political engagement, as well as intensified trade and commercial ties. The visit of Vice President to the three Baltic countries is to advance India’s outreach to the important countries in the region.


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In Pakistan, a brother of Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Haibatullah was among five people killed when a powerful bomb ripped through a mosque inside a seminary during Friday prayers in Balochistan province.


The blast which occurred at a mosque inside the Shaikh Haibatullah Madrassah in Kuchlak area, 25 kilometres from Quetta, also injured 22 others.


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The US Justice Department has issued a warrant for the seizure of the Iranian oil supertanker Grace 1, a day after a Gibraltar judge allowed the release of the detained vessel. Gibraltar said, it had received assurances from Iran and the owners of the oil that its cargo would not be taken to Syria, which would be in breach of European Union sanctions.


The warrant says the vessel, all the oil aboard and 995,000 dollars are subject to forfeiture based on violations of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA), and bank fraud, money laundering, and terrorism forfeiture statutes.


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Back home,


President Ram Nath Kovind will attend the golden jubilee celebration of Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Science at Sevagram in Wardha District of Maharashtra today. The dignitaries including Governor of Maharashtra Vidyasagar Rao and Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis will grace the occasion.


Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Science (MGIMS) is known worldwide for its quality healthcare and community based medical education. Dr Sushila Nauar founded MGIMS in 1969 as a Gandhi centenary project. The President of India will also visit the Bapu Kuti at Sevagram Ashram of Mahatma Gandhi, the Father of the Nation.


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Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal will inaugurate the first ever CNG fuel station of the state in Dibrugarh today. With the inauguration of this clean and green fuel station, it will reduce environmental pollution. Our Correspondent reports that Mr. Sonowal has given much emphasis to make the state free from pollution. Since the CNG is an affordable fuel it will be cost effective for the users.


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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has pitched for an India that is free from single-use plastic materials. In his Independence Day address, he gave a call for bidding farewell from the highly polluting packing materials from October 2nd.


"एक छोटी सी अपेक्षा, आज आपके सामने रखना चाहता हूं, इस 2 अक्टूबर को हम भारत को single use plastic क्या इससे देश को मुक्ति दिला सकते हैं। हम निकल पड़े टोलियां बनाकर स्कूल, कॉलेज हम सब पूज्य बापू को याद करते हुए और घर में प्लास्टिक हो, single use plastic ya बहार चौराहे पर पड़ा हो वह गंदी ना हो सब इकट्ठा करें नगर पालिका में महानगर पालिका ग्राम पंचायत सब जमा करने की व्यवस्था करें और हम प्लास्टिक को विदाई देने की दिशा में 2 अक्टूबर को पहला मजबूत कदम उठा सकते हैं क्या "


Several states have already imposed a ban on such materials that do harm to the earth on a long term basis. A report about the ban in Tamil Nadu:-


"Tamil Nadu is one of the pioneers to impose a ban on the use-and-throw plastic materials. It came into force from the beginning of this year. It covers 14 items including plastic carry bags, cups, dining table coverings and sachets. A hefty fine is being slapped against those who manufacture them. Over the course of time, the ban has got encouraging support from the consumers, as evident from the widespread use of reusable and biodegradable cotton or jute bags. Besides being environment-friendly, it has also helped to rekindle the cottage industries. M. Jayasingh, AIR News, Chennai."


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In Hockey, the Indian men's team will open its campaign against Malaysia while their female counterpart will take on hosts Japan in the Olympic Test event in Tokyo today. Both the Indian teams have secured their places in the FIH Olympic Qualifiers, to be held later this year, by winning their FIH Series Finals. Being World No. 5 and the top-ranked side in the tournament among men, India start as favourites against World No. 12 Malaysia. 


Meanwhile, the 10th-ranked Indian women's team will have a relatively easy opener against Japan. Then, Indian women will face their toughest test in World No. 2 Australia, before facing World No. 11 China.


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NEWSPAPERS HEADLINE:

  • The Pioneer quoting the Union Defence Minister writes "No 'first use Nuclear Policy' may Change". The paper also says "Sticking to policy, but circumstances will decide future".

  • The Asian Age writes, "J&K curbs, phone links to be gradually eased in phases". Schools to re-open next week" adds the Times of India.

  • And finally, Terminal-2 of the Delhi International Airport has introduced "Express security check in" facility to fast track passengers without check-in luggage, reports the Indian Express.

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