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India condemns drone attacks on oil facilities in Saudi Arabia            SC asks Centre, J&K administration to restore normalcy in Valley            Centre to give support of Rs 8,500 crore to ECGC: Piyush Goyal            India, Slovenia sign seven agreements and MoUs in various fields            Railways enter quarts of Senior Women’s National Football C'ship           

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Morning News

0815 HRS
20.08.2019
THE HEADLINES:-
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi emphasizes on creating environment free from terror and violence in telephonic conversation with US President Donald Trump.

  • Situation across Kashmir Valley remains peaceful; government to open all middle schools from tomorrow.

  • Chandrayaan-2 moon mission ready to enter the lunar orbit today.

  • Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa to expand his cabinet today.

  • Government directs all Central Armed Police forces to adopt a uniform retirement age of 60 years for all ranks.

  • Northern parts of country continue to reel under heavy rain and floods.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi highlighted the importance of creating an environment free from terror and violence and eschewing cross-border terrorism without exception. In the first highest-level interaction after India's announcement on Jammu and Kashmir, the Prime Minister held a telephonic conversation with United States President Donald Trump yesterday and conveyed that extreme rhetoric and incitement to anti-India violence by certain leaders in the region was not conducive to peace.


Mr. Modi's comments assume importance in the wake of Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan's provocative comments against the Government of India and Indian action in the last few days. White House said during the talks, the two leaders discussed regional developments and ways to strengthen US-India economic ties through increased trade.


During his conversation, Prime Minister Modi recalled their meeting in Osaka on the sidelines of the G-20 summit earlier this year. He expressed hope that India's Commerce Minister and the US Trade Representative would meet at an early date to discuss bilateral trade prospects for mutual benefit.


In a later development, President Trump, called Mr. Khan and urged him to moderate his rhetoric with India over the situation in Jammu and Kashmir in an effort to reduce tensions.

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Vice President M.Venkaiah Naidu said that Latvia and India have enjoyed friendly and cordial relations since the establishment of diplomatic relations. He was addressing the Indian diaspora at the capital Riga last evening.


"Our relations have been growing steadily in diverse spheres since the establishment of our diplomatic relations in 1991. India is committed to strengthen its relations with Latvia in all spheres, including business and investment, cultural,academic cooperation and people to people connect".

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External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar reached Dhaka yesterday on a three-day visit to Bangladesh. He was received at the airport by the Foreign Minister, Dr AK Abdul Momen.


India's High Commissioner to Bangladesh Riva Ganguli Das was also present at the airport to receive the External Affairs Minister in Dhaka.


Mr Jaishankar will be holding talks on bilateral issues of mutual importance with his Bangladeshi counterpart today. He will also call on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. A report:-


"The visit marks the neighbourhood first policy of the Modi government. Bangladesh has been a reliable friend of India. The visit of the External Affairs Minister is the reaffirmation of the strong ties between the two neighbours. During the visit the two sides will discuss issues of mutual importance especially those related to connectivity, security and people to people contact related aspects of India Bangladesh Relationship. Rajesh Jha for AIR News, Dhaka."

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In Jammu and Kashmir, the situation remains largely peaceful as no major law and order incident was reported from any where across the valley. The government has also decided to re-open all middle level schools across the Kashmir valley from tomorrow. This was stated by Director, Information Dr. Syed Sehrish Asgar along with other senior officials during a joint media briefing in Srinagar yesterday.


The official said that the presence of staff at all primary schools was an encouraging sign. As such, the administration has decided to open all middle schools across Kashmir from tomorrow as well. It also informed that the Civil Secretariat, Srinagar recorded 98 per cent attendance, which is picking up rapidly in other government offices also. 

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After the decision to scrap Article 370 and 35-A, the Prime Minister in his Independence Day Speech, had said that now Jammu and Kashmir will see real development. He said that after several decades, people who have been deprived of rights, will get a new hope to prosper. The Prime Minister said that now women from J&K will get their wings in the true sense.

Regional News Unit, Jammu talked to the President of the West Pakistan Refugees, Labha Ram, who hailed the decision of the Prime Minister.


"भारतवर्ष पूरा एक हो गया है, जिस चीज की हमें जहां जरूरत थी, वो आजादी जो है हमें मिल चुकी है। आज हमारे जो बच्चे हैं, हमारे जो नौजवान साथी हैं, वो एमएलए खड़े हो सकते हैं, पंच, सरपंच खड़े हो सकते है,एजुकेशन ले सकते है, नौकरियां ले सकते है, नागरिकता मिल गई है उनको।"


Advocate Monika Kohli, talking to AIR News said that now women will not be deprived of their rights even if they marry a person from outside the State.


"जम्मू-कश्मीर की महिलाएं, उनके जो बच्चे थे, inheritance rights से वंचित किये जाते थे। उसके लिए जो अब ये धारा 370 और 35 का जो abrogation हुआ है। उससे वह अपने सारे अधिकार, जो उनके नहीं मिलते थे, उनके बच्चों को नहीं मिलते थे, वो सब उनको मिल सकते हैं और इसके जाने से यह हुआ है कि जो भी कानून जो सेंटर में बनता है, वह खुद--खुद जे. एंड के. में लागू हो जायेगा।"

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The Indian Space Research Organisation Chairman Dr. K Sivan has informed that Chandrayaan-2 moon mission will have lunar orbit ion today at around 9.30 am. The liquid engine on-board the spacecraft will be fired to slow down the spacecraft until Moon’s gravity captures it. After ion into the lunar orbit, four more orbit maneuvers will be carried out between August 21st and September the 1st to bring it closer to the Moon’s surface in the proximity of 100 kms of lunar orbit.


Chandrayaan 2 was launched on July the 22nd by GSLV Mark III-M1 launch vehicle. Its ion into lunar orbit today will be considered another milestone for ISRO, before the Lander Vikram and rover Pragyan soft-land on the south pole of the moon on September the 7th.

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Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa will expand his Cabinet with the Governor administering the oath of office to the new ministers in Rajbhavan today morning. Seventeen Cabinet members will be inducted today in the cabinet size of 34. Govind Karajol, C N Ashwath Narayan, R Ashok and B Sreeramulu are among those who will be sworn in today. The lone Independent MLA H Nagesh will also be inducted.

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All personnel working in Central Armed Police Forces, will now retire at a uniform age of 60 years. A Home Ministry order issued yesterday has corrected the anomaly where personnel between the ranks of Constable to Commandant in the four forces - the Central Reserve Police Force, the Border Security Force, the Indo-Tibetan Border Police force and Sashastra Seema Bal -superannuated at the age of 57. Officers from the rank of Deputy Inspector General up to the top-most rank of Director General in these four forces retired after attaining the age of 60.  However, in two other forces of the Central Industrial Security Force and the Assam Rifles, all personnel retired at the age of 60. A Report:-


"The latest Home Ministry direction comes in the wake of a January order of the Delhi High Court where it had called the policy of different age of superannuation as discriminatory and unconstitutional, and said it created two classes in the uniformed forces.Yesterday's order also directed all the forces to comply with the court order and amend provisions of rules. It said that those who have retired at 57 years in between the court order and the Home Ministry directive will have two options -- either to join service after returning all pensionary benefits or straightaway get all pension benefits as due to them as on completion of 60 years of service.Those personnel who had retired and approached court for clarification or were granted stay will be deemed "not superannuated" and will continue to serve till 60 years of age. Suparna saikia, AIR NEWS, DELHI".

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The nation is paying homage to former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on his 75th birth anniversary today. This day is also observed as Sadbhavna Diwas to promote national integration and communal harmony. Several programmes are being organised in different parts of the country to mark the occasion. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress Interim President Sonia Gandhi, former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, all paid tributes to the former Prime Minister.

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Prasar Bharti Chairman A Suryapakash has announced that Prasar Bharati would soon be introducing two awards - the Neelum Sharma Tejaswini award and the Achyutananda Sahoo Award. Mr. Surya Prakash said this at a solemn condolence meet yesterday at DD News in New Delhi to remember Senior DD News anchor Neelum Sharma who passed away on the 17th of August. The meet was attended by senior officials of Prasar Bharati and the the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, among others.

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The Northern parts of the country continue to reel under heavy rain and flood. In Uttarakhand, the death toll in Mori subdivision of Uttarkashi district has risen to 12. Our correspondent reports that a search is also underway for five missing people.


"Rescue and relief operation is in full swing in affected areas.  A rehabilitation Center has been setup at Aarkot where the administration is providing shelter to nearly 350 villagers. Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Ravat will visit the disaster affected areas today. He met to Home Minister Amit Shah in New Delhi Yesterday and informed him about the natural calamity in Uttarkashi. Raghwesh Pandey, AIR News, Dehradun."


Meanwhile, in Himachal Pradesh, death toll has risen to 25 after one more death was reported from Chamba district due to heavy rain. Chamba , Kullu, Shimla, Sirmaur and Solan districts are the worst hit. More than 800 roads are closed and hundreds of vehicles are stranded in Lahaul Spiti due to unexpected snowfall which triggered landslides.

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The Enforcement Directorate has arrested Ratul Puri, the nephew of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath, in connection with a 354-crore rupee bank fraud case. Last Sunday, CBI had booked Ratul Puri, who is a former executive director Moser Baer in the bank fraud case. The Delhi High Court had on August 14 granted the interim protection from arrest to Puri till today.

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Veteran music director-composer Khayyam, best known for his music in classic films such as 'Umrao Jaan' and 'Kabhi Kabhi', passed away after a prolonged illness at a hospital in Mumbai yesterday. Mohammed Zahur Khayyam Hashmi was 92. His funeral will take place with full state honours. Here is a tribute:-


"Veteran music-director composer Khayyam began his career in music from the city of Ludhiana at the tender age of 17. Besides ‘Kabhi Kabhi’ and ‘Umrao Jaan’, the musician's other notable works include films such as "Trishul", "Noorie" and "Shola Aur Shabnam". In 2007, Khayyam was honoured with Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in Creative Music by the Sangeet Natak Akademi. Four years later, he was conferred with Padma Bhushan, the country’s third highest civilian award. He won three Filmfare Awards for Best Music in 1977 for Kabhi Kabhie and 1982 for Umrao Jaan, and a lifetime achievement award in 2010. In 2016, the veteran composer established Khayyam Jagjeet Kaur KPG Charitable Trust and pledged to donate his entire wealth to the trust to support budding artists and technicians in India. SWEETY JAIN, AIR NEWS, MUMBAI."

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OVERVIEW OF TODAY'S NEWSPAPERS,
  • The unfolding fury of the Monsoon in the country is covered extensively by the Press. Hindustan Times writes, 'all major roads blocked in Himachal, Sutlej breaches banks in Phillaur and Yamuna crosses danger level in Delhi. Yamuna waters enter low lying areas in Karnal, Panipat and Yamuna nagar'.
  • PM Modi's telephonic conversation with Donald Trump is also given extensive coverage. The Asian Age writes in an interesting development Prime Minister Modi spoke to US President Donald Trump for half on hour on Monday evening. The Prime Minister Office stated that the interaction was marked by warmth and cordiality.
  • A Pioneer headline reads "Bhagwat's quota debate-call fires Opposition with anger". Opposition leaders accused the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh of being an organisation with an 'anti dalit mindset', after its chief Mohan Bhagwat sought an open hearted debate pertaining to reservation given to SC/ST and OBC's.
  • And finally, The Times of India writes - "Corporation gear up to weed out single-use plastic". The three Municipal Corporation in the Capital have intensified their drive and started penalising violaters.

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