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Morning News

0815 HRS
23.08.2019

THE HEADLINES,

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi holds talks with French President Emmanuel Macron ; India and France to expand cooperation in areas of counter terrorism and security.

  • French President says India and Pakistan should resolve Kashmir issue bilaterally and no third party should interfere or incite violence in the region.

  • CBDT says small start-ups with turnover upto 25 crore rupees to continue to get the promised tax holiday.

  • Chandrayaan-2 sends first picture of moon’s surface taken by Vikram lander.

  • In Badminton, PV Sindhu advances to quarterfinals of BWF World Championships in Basel, Switzerland.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi held talks with French President Emmanuel Macron last night. The two leaders, first held one-on-one meeting which was followed by the delegation-level talks at Chateau de Chantilly, about 50 kms north of Paris. The two leaders reviewed the entire gamut of the dynamic and multi-faceted bilateral relations during their more than 90-minute long one-on-one meeting. After the delegation level talks, the two countries signed four MoUs.

Addressing a joint press conference with French President, Prime Minister Modi said the relationship between India and France is not based on any selfishness, but on solid ideals of Liberty, Equality and Fraternity. He said, India and France stand firm together to meet the challenges of climate change, environment, and technology inclusive development.

"फ्रांस और भारत कंधे से कंधा मिलाकर आजादी और लोकतंत्र की रक्षा की है। फाजिज्म और एस्टीटिज्म का मुकाबला किया है। फर्स्ट वर्ल्ड वार के दौरान हजारों भारतीय सैनिकों का बलिदान आज भी फ्रांस में याद किया जाता है। आज आतंकवाद, क्लाइमेट चेंज एनवायरमेंट  और टेक्नोलॉजी के समावेशी विकास की चुनौतियों का सामना करने के लिए फ्रांस और भारत एक साथ मजबूती से खड़े हैं।"

He said India and France will expand cooperation in counter terrorism and security.

"दोनों देशों को आतंकवाद और रेडिकलाईजेशन का लगातार सामना करना पड़ रहा है। क्रॉस बॉर्डर टेरेरिज्म का मुकाबला करने में हमें फ्रांस का बहुमूल्य समर्थन और सहयोग मिला है। इसके लिए हम प्रेजिडेंट मेक्रों का धन्यवाद देते हैं। हमने सिक्यूरिटी और काउंटर टेरेरिज्म पर सहयोग को व्यापक बनाने का इरादा किया है। मैरेटाइम और सायबर सिक्यूरिटी में भी हमारे बढ़ते सहयोग को और मजबूत करने का फैसला भी हमने किया है।"

Both leaders reaffirmed that terrorism cannot be justified on any grounds whatsoever and it should not be associated with any religion, creed, nationality and ethnicity. Both leaders also agreed to work for early convening of the Global Conference, proposed by India, to tackle the threat of terrorism around the world. The two leaders also agreed to enhance their cooperation and launch fresh efforts to prevent and fight radicalisation, especially online radicalisation.

Identifying defence industrial cooperation as one of the mainstays of the strategic partnership between India and France, the two leaders reaffirmed their commitment to further strengthen cooperation in this field.

The French President said that India and Pakistan should resolve the Kashmir issue bilaterally and no third party should interfere or incite violence in the region.  He said France will deliver first of the 36 Rafal fighter jets to India next month.

"बहुत ही जरूरी है कि हम आतंकवाद के खिलाफ लड़ सकें। हम पूरे क्षेत्र में जो है शांति बनाए रख सकें और हम सॉवरेनिटी को भी बनाए रखें। आप जानते हैं कि पहला जो रफाल का जो विमान है वो अगले महीने भारत पहुंच जाएगा और ये हमारे लिए बहुत बड़ी बात है।"

Our correspondent covering the Prime Minister's visit has filed this report:

"India and France have decided to  further their friendship bond in areas including Space, Digital Technology, Civil Nuclear, Skill Development and Cyber Security. French president Emmanuel Macron wanted Bollywood films shooting to take place in France. India's achievement in Chandrayaan mission research in Venus and Mars was highly praised by the French President. Prime Minister Modi applauded Mr. Macron for having a new vision in development in key sectors. He will be meeting with Prime Minister of France Eduard Charles Philippe. He will also address the Indian Community and later depart for United Arab Emirates. With Nitin Kelkar Joy reporting from Paris."

From France, Mr. Modi will travel to the United Arab Emirates where he will receive the 'Order of Zayed', the highest civilian decoration conferred by the UAE Government. He will hold talks with Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and also formally launch RuPay card to expand the network of cashless transactions abroad.

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The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has clarified  that small start-ups with turnover upto 25 crore rupees will continue to get the promised tax holiday as specified in the section of the Income Tax Act. The Act provides deduction for 100 per cent of income of an eligible start-up for 3 years out of 7 years from the year of its incorporation. According to the Finance Ministry, the CBDT also clarified that all the start-ups recognised by Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade-DPIIT which fulfilled the conditions specified in the DPIIT notification did not automatically become eligible for deduction. It said, a start-up has to fulfill the conditions specified in Section 80-IAC of Act for claiming this deduction.

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India’s second lunar craft Chandrayaan-2 has sent a picture of the moon’s surface to the earth yesterday. This is the first picture it has sent after reaching the lunar-bound orbit. A tweet from the national space agency ISRO says, the picture has been taken by the camera on-board the lander of Chandrayaan-2, from 2650 kilometres above the lunar surface. It may be noted that the lunar craft earlier sent the pictures of the earth when it was revolving around it on the fourth of this month. More from our correspondent:

"The stunning picture taken by Chandrayaan-2’s lander Vikram testifies to the high resolution of its camera. It also reinforces the reliability of the communication link between the lunar craft and the ISRO centre. The maiden snap of Chandrayaan-2 reveals the 900-kilometre diameter “Mare Orientale” basin and a crater almost diagonally opposite called Apollo, on the moon. The crater is at the far side of the moon, which is not visible to the telescopes mounted on the earth. More spectacular pictures of the earth’s only natural satellite and valuable data are in the offing from India’s second lunar expedition. Jayasingh, AIR News, Chennai."

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Minister of New and Renewable Energy RK Singh has approved a proposal to declare ocean energy as Renewable Energy. The decision will give boost to the ocean energy in the country. New and Renewable Energy Ministry has also clarified to all the stakeholders that energy produced using various forms of ocean energy such as tidal, wave and ocean thermal energy conversion will  be considered as Renewable Energy. It will be eligible for meeting the non-solar Renewable Purchase Obligations.

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In West Bengal, CBI interrogated State Tourism Secretary Atri Bhattacharjee in connection with Saradha Chit fund scam in Kolkata yesterday. A team of CBI officials went to the office of Mr Bhattacharjee and interrogated  for over three hours. According to sources, the CBI officials asked the IAS officer on releasing of State Government's advertisements to the Saradha Group run media when he was the Information and Cultural Affairs Secretary. Sources said, the investigating agency also asked him regarding releasing money for the salary of the Saradha Group run newspaper employees from Chief Minister's relief fund.

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Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) President Raj Thackeray was grilled by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in a money laundering case yesterday. The officials said that enquiry officer allowed Raj to leave after recording his statement in the case. The officials said that the MNS chief was in the ED office for around 7 hours.

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Prasar Bharati Chairman Dr A Surya Prakash has expressed concern over growing phenomena of fake news, saying it has great elements of disturbing the country's communal harmony. He said, any attempt to disturb India's diversity and communal harmony  should be resisted. Dr Surya Praksh was chairing a session on Fake News and its impact on National Security during a function in New Delhi.

"Fake news attempted by anybody to disrupt the harmony is something which we have to totally resist, so that we preserve our nation the way it is and feel very proud of our diverse nation and therefore, I will say that citizens have tremendous responsibility in this area. It is not just job of the government."

The Chairman said, citizens have a great role in countering fake news which hit the country's plurality.  Dr Surya Prakash said, India's constitution gives guarantee to every citizen to profess his religious and cultural beliefs. On regulating media, he said, there should be self-regulation and media must be conscious of it.

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UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said yesterday that  he was "deeply concerned" by wildfires that have devoured large sections of the Amazon rainforest, blanketing several Brazilian cities in thick smoke.

The Secretary General tweeted that in the midst of the global climate crisis, we cannot afford more damage to a major source of oxygen and biodiversity.He further said the Amazon must be protected.

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In Badminton, two-time silver medallist PV Sindhu produced yet another commanding performance as she demolished Beiwen Zhang of United States in straight games to advance to the quarterfinals of the BWF World Championships in Basel, Switzerland yesterday. Sindhu won 21-14, 21-6 in the women's singles pre-quarterfinals match that lasted just 34 minutes. Sindhu now face second seed Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei in the quarterfinals.

In the men's singles, B. Sai Praneeth dished out a superlative performance to stun World No. 8 Anthony Sinisuka Ginting and progress to the quarterfinals but K. Srikanth and H.S. Prannoy suffered defeats to bow out of the showpiece event.

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In Cricket, put into bat, India were 203 for six at stumps on the opening day of their World Test Championship encounter against the West Indies at Antigua last night. Ajinkya Rahane top scored 81. The other significant contribution came from opener KL Rahul, who made 44. Earlier, West Indies won the toss and elected to field first.

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The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has suspended the accreditation of the India's National Dope Testing Laboratory (NDTL) for six months in what could be a massive blow to anti-doping movement in the country with less than a year left for Tokyo Olympics. It is understood that National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) can still carry on with sample collection of blood and urine but will have to get it tested by a different WADA accredited laboratory outside India during the suspension period of NDTL.

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NEWSPAPERS HEADLINES,

  • Former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram's remand to CBI custody grabs top headline space across national dailies this morning.

  • "CBI gets Chidambaram custody for 4 days, his plea in SC today" reads the lead headline in The Indian Express."

  • DRDO's plan to add a heavier stand-off capacity weapon to IAF's arsenal is noted in the Hindustan Times which writes, "Indegenous light combat aircraft targeted by 2022".

  • The latest warning from the intelligence agencies is noticed in The Hindu which writes, "Afghan, Pashtun fighters poised to enter J&K". The paper adds "over 100 trained militants positioned by Pak at LoC".

  • "Indices hit 6-month low as stimulus hope fades" reports The Business Standard on the latest fall in the equity markets.

  • Wondering what gets sent into space next? Well....the Times of India has the answer. It writes "Meet Fedor: First Russian humanoid bot goes to space".

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