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Morning News

0815 HRS
19.08.2019
THE HEADLINES,
  • In Jammu and Kashmir, 190 primary schools to reopen in Srinagar today; Restrictions lifted in more areas of the valley.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi says India and Bhutan are natural partners in bringing prosperity to their people.
  • Heavy rain lashes several parts of the country disrupting normal life. 
  • India condemns the horrific suicide bombing at a wedding hall in Kabul which claimed 63 lives.
  • in Badminton, B Sai Praneeth and HS Prannoy to play their matches at  BWF World Championships begining today at Basel in Switzerland.

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In Jammu and Kashmir, 190 primary schools will reopen in Srinagar today and authorities have made all arrangements to ensure safety and security of students. Government spokesman Rohit Kansal said that restrictions were further eased in 50 police station areas of the Valley yesterday. He said, the duration of relaxation was also increased from six hours to eight hours. He said, the relaxation hours were increased keeping in view the response and the request by traders and this process will continue in the days to come. Mr Kansal said, there are no reports of any untoward incidents in the areas which witnessed relaxations. He, however said, some mischievous elements tried to coerce the shopkeepers in some areas to shut their shops and law enforcing agencies have taken note of the incident.
On the issue of the restoration of mobile phone services in the valley, Mr Kansal said landline telephone services have been restored in several areas of Srinagar as the process to bring more areas on the telecom map is going on. 
"We started the process of easing of communication 17 exchangers throughout the Kashmir valley have been made functional resulting in functionality of landline communication so as we speak the authorities on the job of releasing further telephone connection. We hope that nearly 23000 landline connections across Kashmir valley will be made functional."
Our Jammu correspondent has filed this report:
"The Director General of Police emphasize upon the police and civil officers to remain in close touch with people to redress their grievances and act as further requirement of the situation and maintain ness in border areas. Meanwhile, Divisional Commissioner, Jammu, Sanjeev Verma and Inspector General of Police, Mukesh Singh, have appealed people of Jammu division now to pay any heat to rumors which are being circulated to vitiate the atmosphere. They warned the action will be taken against those who found spreading false rumors. Even as action has been initiated against some persons. Both the senior officers said that mobile internet has been suspended in Jammu division region to check rumour mongering and assured people that same would be restored soon. R K Raina, AIR News, Jammu.

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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has said, India will hold talks with Pakistan only when it stops supporting terrorism. Addressing a function in Haryana yesterday, Mr Singh said, if talks are held with Islamabad, it will be only on Pakistan occupied Kashmir.
"बात यदि पाकिस्तान के साथ होगी तभी होगी जबकि जो आतंकवाद, वो संरक्षण देने का काम, पैदा करने का काम पाकिस्तान अपनी धरती पर कर रहा है। जबतक उस आतंकवाद को समाप् नहीं करता है तो पाकिस्तान से बातचीत करने का कोई कारण नहीं है और आगे भी जो बातचीत होगी पाक अधिकृत कश्मीर पर बात होगी। और किसी मुद्दें पर नहीं।"

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Former Haryana Chief Minister and senior Congress leader Bhupinder Singh Hooda has supported to the Centre's decision to abrogate Article 370, which granted special status to Jammu & Kashmir. Addressing a rally in Rohtak, Hooda said he will support the Centre if does something right. He said, Congress has lost its way as many of its leaders opposed the Centre's move on Article 370.
"मेरी पार्टी भी कुछ भटक गई थी, पहले वाली कांग्रेस नहीं रही, लेकिन जहां तक सवाल है देशभक्ति का और स्वाभिमान का, मैं किसी से समझौता नहीं करूंगा और इसी बात पर 370 का मैने समर्थन किया।"

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that India and Bhutan are natural partners in bringing prosperity to their people. Addressing the students of Royal University of Bhutan in Thimphu, he said, no two countries in the world understand each other so well or share so much.
"It is natural that the people of Bhutan and India experience great attachment to each other.  After all, we are close not just due to our geography. Our history, culture and spiritual traditions have created unique and deep bonds between our peoples and nations. India is fortunate to be the land where Prince Siddhartha became Gautam Buddha."
He said, generations of monks and scholars nurtured the special bond between India and Bhutan through their spiritual message. Bhutan's Prime Minister Lotay Tshering was present on the occasion.
Mr Modi was on a two-day visit to Bhutan. During his stay in Thimphu, he held wide-ranging talks with his Bhutanese counterpart and discussed steps to further expand the bilateral partnership across several sectors.

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Bhutan Prime Minister Dr. Lotey Tshering has said, India should not be a victim of terrorism. Talking exclusively to AIR News in Paro, Dr. Shering said Bhutan is a small and peace loving country and wants that the world should also be happy and peaceful. Reacting to Prime Minister Modi's statement during his address at the Royal University of Bhutan that happiness shall prevail over mindless hate, Dr Tshering said, Bhutan follows this principal for governance.
"We are actually not aware of what is happening too much in the world . but I really don't agree with India being target of terrorism that probably my not be right but overall we are peace loving country and we hope in creating all people on this planet lives very happily together."

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will embark on a three day visit  to United Arab Emirates- UAE and Bahrain beginning 23rd of this month. Mr Modi will first travel to UAE where he will meet the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and  discuss bilateral, regional and international matters of mutual interest. He will receive the Order of Zayed, the highest civil decoration of the UAE which was conferred earlier in April 2019 in recognition of the distinguished leadership of Prime Minister Modi for giving a big boost to bilateral relations between the two countries.
From UAE, the Prime Minister will leave for Bahrain on August 24 on a two-day visit.

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Heavy rain lashed several parts of the country, leaving 35 people dead in Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Punjab yesterday. A flood has been sounded in Delhi, Haryana, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh as Yamuna and other rivers are in spate.
At least 24 people were killed in rain-related incidents in Himachal Pradesh. Due to heavy rain, district officials have ordered closure of all educational institutions in Shimla and Kullu today.
In Uttarakhand, 8 people died and 10 are missing after a cloudburst in Mori block of Uttarkashi district wreaked havoc in several villages.
Haryana has asked the Army to remain on standby after 8.14 lakh cusec water was released from the Hathini Kund barrage in the Yamuna river. Following heavy rain in Aol village of Punjab, three members of a family were killed when the roof of their house collapsed.
In Uttar Pradesh, several rivers, including Ganga, Yamuna and Ghaghra, are in spate.

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The NDA Government has enacted the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Act 2019 last month. In his Independence Day speech, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said that the new Act will ensure dignity and rights to the Muslim women.
"हमारी मुस्लिम बेटियां, हमारी बहनें उनके सर पर तीन तलाक की तलवार लटकती थीं। वो डरी हुई जिंदगी जीती थी। दुनिया के कई इस्लामिक देश उन्होंनें भी इस कु-प्रथा को हमसे बहुत पहले खत् कर दिया, लेकिन किसी किसी कारण से हमारे मुस्लिम माताओं, बहनों को हक देने में हम हिचकिचाते थे, अगर इस देश में हम सती प्रथा को खत् कर सकते हैं, हम भ्रूण हत्या को खत् करने के लिए कानून बना सकते हैं तो क्यों हम तीन तलाक के खिलाफ भी आवाज उठाये।"
In Telangana, many cases against the Instant Triple Talaq are being registered in police stations not only in Hyderabad, where Minorities population is considerably high but also in other Districts. Four criminal cases have been registered in Karimnagar town it self ever since the Triple Talaq Act came into being last month.
The enactment against instant Triple Talaq raised hopes for getting justice among many Talaq affected women in the state. Reshma, a resident of Karimnagar and also a victim of Triple Talaq, said she has been fighting for getting justice for her and her children for the past two years.
"मेरा शौहर दो साल पहले हमारे देवरों के साथ और मेरी सास के साथ मिलकर मुझे ट्रिपल तलाक बोलकर हैदराबाद से उन्होंने मेरी लिए नोटिफिकेशन भिजवाया है। इस सेंट्रल गवर्नमेंट ने जो भी किया अच्छा किया हैं। ऐसे ट्रिपल तलाक देने से औरत कहां जायेगी और कितना बर्दाश् करेगी? ये मोदी सरकार ये गवर्नमेंट ने बहुत अच्छा काम किया है।"
Like Reshma, many Muslim women, who are Triple Talaq victims have got new hopes for getting justice after the new Act came into force.

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Our Kolkata correspondent reports that the decision to abolish Triple Talaq system is giving confidence to Muslim Women fraternity.
"The decision to abolish Triple Talaq system is certainly giving confidence to the Muslim Women fraternity. The step taken by the government has brought a new dawn to them told some of the Muslim Women residing in Kolkata.
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This is just an example on the issue and thinking of Muslim Women. They believe that the new judgment will usher a new beginning of their life. Arijit Chakraborty, AIR News, Kolkata."

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India has strongly condemned the horrific bombing at a wedding ceremony in Afghan capital Kabul that claimed 63 lives on staturday night. In a statement in New Delhi, External Affairs Ministry said that the perpetrators of this heinous terror attack and those who provide shelter should be brought to justice expeditiously. India has also expressed its  sincere condolences to the families of the victims of this cowardly attack and wished early recovery to the injured.

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Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu has called upon the Indian community in Lithuania to serve as a bridge in strengthening economic and cultural relations between the two countries. Mr Naidu said this while addressing the Indian community at Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania yesterday. Mr Naidu is on a  three nation tour to Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. He said, Lithuania could be an important technology partner for India, especially in areas such as lasers, renewable energy, agro-food processing and life sciences.

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In Badminton, BWF World Championships begins today at Basel in Switzerland. India's B Sai Praneeth will clash with Jason Anthony Ho-Shue of Canada, while h s Prannoy will take on Finnish Eetu Antti Oskari Heino today.
In women singles, PV Sindhu will look to produce another masterclass when she resumes her quest for an elusive gold at the BWF Championships. She received a bye in the first round and will open her campaign against either Chinese Taipei’s Pai Yu Po or Bulgaria’s Linda Zetchiri. If she wins her first match, Sindhu is likely to meet Beiwen Zhang of USA in the third round.

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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 “Awareness about Fake news in digital platforms.”
This can be heard on FM Gold Channel and additional frequencies from 9.30 PM. 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:

  • The Times of India leads with "Any talks with Pakistan now will only be on PoK, says Rajnath".  The paper quotes him as saying "for dialogue, Pakistan must first stop supporting terror".
  • "30 killed, dozens missing as rains lash north India" headlines Hindustan Times
  • The Statesman quoting Prime Minister Narendra Modi says "India, Bhutan are 'natural partners'".
  • "Curbs on movement back in Kashmir following clashes" writes The Hindu adding "Internet, mobile access suspended in Jammu".
  • In a related story The Asian Age writes "Major workforce crisis in Valley" adding "Seasonal labourers from Bihar, UP and Bengal flee from Kashmir".
  • And finally, The Pioneer reports that drones may soon be deployed to keep an eye on the menace of rash driving, lane change, over speeding and other traffic violations, particularly on the expressways, to minimise accidents.

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