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23.08.2019

tHE HEADLINES:

  • India and France to work together to combat terrorism and radicalisation and ensure peace; Prime Minister Narendra Modi is addressing Indian community in Paris today.

  • Pakistan blacklisted by Asia-Pacific Group of Financial Action Task Force for its failure to comply with terror funding standards.

  • No immediate relief from Supreme Court  to former Union Minister P. Chidambaram in INX Media case; Court adjourns CBI hearing to Monday.

  • Women and Child Development Ministry sets target to connect 44 crore people through Poshan Abhiyaan to tackle malnutrition.

  • In West Bengal, five devotees killed in stampede at Lok Nath temple in North 24 Parganas district.

  • And in Sports, Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja to resume India's first innings in the opening Test match against West Indies in Antigua.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that terrorism and radicalisation are affecting India and France. In his tweet, Mr.Modi said, both the countries will continue to work together for peace.


The Prime Minister, who reached France yesterday, met the French President Emmanual Macron and held bilateral talks. In his statement yesterday after the talks, the Prime Minister appreciated France's support to fight against cross border terrorism and vowed to work for peace in the region.


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.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the Indian Community at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, UNESCO building in Paris, in a short while from now. Mr. Modi will also inaugurate the memorial of the Air India crash victime from the UNESCO headquarters. Homi Jehangir Bhabha, the father of Indian Nuclear Program passed away in the accident in 1966.


More than a lakh Indians from different parts of the country have been living in France for more than four generations.


Earlier in the day, Mr. Modi met the Prime Minister of France Eduardo Philippe.


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The Asia-Pacific Group (APG) of the global watchdog for terror financing and money laundering has put Pakistan in the Enhanced Expedited Follow Up List (Blacklist) for its failure to meet its standards. The APG of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has also found that Pakistan was non-compliant on 32 of the 40 compliance parameters of terror financing and money laundering. The FATF APG meeting was held in Canberra, Australia and discussions lasted over seven hours over two days. Here is a report :


Pakistan has suffered another setback at the international stage today. On 11 effectiveness parameters of terror financing and money laundering, Pakistan was adjudged as low on 10. Pakistan could not convince the 41-member plenary to upgrade it on any parameter. Now, Pakistan has to focus on avoiding the blacklist in October, when the 15-month timeline ends on the FATF's 27-point action plan. Since June 2018, Pakistan has been on the "grey list" of countries whose domestic laws are considered weak to tackle the challenges of money laundering and terror financing. India and other member countries of the FATF  charged Pakistan with failing to take concrete action against Hafiz Saeed, Maulana  Masood Azhar and other UN-designated terrorists. This will add financial burden to Pakistan, which is seeking aid from all possible international avenues to overcome a slump in economy. With Naseem, Anand Kumar, AIR News Delhi


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India and the United States reviewed the progress and development of bilateral relations cross-cutting defence, security, and foreign policy areas in the Two Plus Two inter-sessional meeting. The two countries explored further possibilities of cooperation in these fields based on common interest.


The Inaugural 22 Ministerial Meeting was held at New Delhi in September last year. The Inter-sessional meeting mechanism was set up pursuant to the 22 Ministerial.  


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President Ram Nath Kovind has said that education needs to go beyond mere literacy. He said it must facilitate and challenge the young to search deep within themselves and build their inner strength to sympathise with the suffering of others. Inaugurating the first World Youth Conference on Kindness in New Delhi today, he said the education can play an important role in overcoming  prejudices.


He said Mahatma Gandhi was not just a great leader and visionary, but remains extremely relevant to present day concerns such as peace, tolerance, terrorism and climate change.


"I am happy to be here to inaugurate the First World Youth Conference on kindness. Few weeks from now on October 2nd we will celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of our father of nation Mahatma Gandhi. This event of kindness value synonymous with Gandhiji is very relevant for us. I Congratulate the UNESCO, Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development, Ministry of Human Resource Development and other organisations that have come together to organise this event."


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Women and Child Development Minister Smriti Irani has said that the government has set a target to connect 44 crore people through Poshan Abhiyaan to combat malnutrition.  She was speaking at the 2018-19 Poshan Abhiyaan Awards function in New Delhi.  Speaking on the occasion, Mrs Irani expressed hope that  challenges of malnutrition will be addressed and the country will become malnutrition free.


"यशोदा को कृष् की मां समझते है। आंगनवाड़ी की हमारी दीदी किसी यशोदा से कम नहीं और अगर कंस की भांति कोई चुनौती है तो वो है कुपोषण। इसलिए आज इस शुभ अवसर पर मैं प्रभु से प्रार्थना करती हूं कि जैसे उन्होंने कंस पर विजय पाई, वैसे ही हमारी यशोदा आंगनवाड़ी के माध्यम से कुपोषण पर विजय पाएंगी। "


Mrs. Irani, said, from next month, a month long Poshan Abhiyaan will begin in which the government is set to double the number of people connected through this campaign. She said, last year, 22 crore people were added through this programme.


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Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has asked the Competition Commission of India, CCI to ensure that Indian enterprises are not subjected to abuse from entities overseas. Speaking at an event to celebrate ten years of Competition Commission of India, in New Delhi, Mrs Sitharaman said the regulator has many challenges in the context of the new economy.


"I think Competition Commission has got its job cut. You have got enough challenges. You have certain developments that are happeningat the macro level, all of which guide us both in order to protect Indian consumer and yet ensure Indian enterprises are not going to be subject to excessive abuses from companies which are existing somewherelse which do not submit themselves to the Indian law per se. "


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Congress leader and former Finance Minister P Chidambaram will continue to be in custody as the Supreme court did not intervene in the CBI case. In this case, he has been sent for custodial interrogation of the agency till August 26th. 


However, Chidambaram was granted protection from arrest by the Apex Court today in the money laundering case lodged by the Enforcement Directorate in the INX Media case.


A bench comprising justices R Bhanumathi and A S Bopanna posted both the matters for hearing on Monday.


Chidambaram is being probed in two cases of alleged corruption and money laundering linked to INX Media by the CBI and ED.  He was remanded to CBI custody for four days till August 26th yesterday, a day after the agency arrested him at his Jor Bagh residence.


Pronouncing its order, a special CBI court observed that allegations against him were serious in nature for which a detailed and in-depth investigation is required.


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The Supreme Court asked the Uttar Pradesh government to pass orders on extension of tenure of the special judge conducting trial in the Babri Masjid case. A bench of justices R F Nariman and Surya Kant said, a fresh letter has been written by the special judge on the 27th of July. The special judge had made five requests including providing him security.


The bench asked senior advocate Aishwarya Bhati, who was appearing for the state, to consider all five requests within two weeks time saying the requests appear reasonable.


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The Supreme Court agreed to examine validity of the newly enacted law on Triple Talaq. The law makes the practice of instant divorce through triple talaq among Muslims a punishable offence, entailing imprisonment of up to three years.


A bench of Justices N V Ramana and Ajay Rastogi issued notice to the Centre on a batch of petitions which has sought to declare The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Act, 2019 as "unconstitutional". It claims that it allegedly violates the provisions of the Constitution.


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Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh took oath as a member of the Rajya Sabha today. The oath was administered by Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu. 


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In West Bengal, at least five devotees were killed and several others injured in a stampede at Kachua in North 24 Paraganas District today. Thousands of devotees were assembled at Loknath Mandir on the occasion of Janmastami. According to official sources, the unprecedented footfall led to the incident.


The Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has visited the hospital in Kolkata to see the injured. The West Bengal Government has announced 5 lakh rupees compensation to the next of kin of the victims besides compensation of 1 lakh rupees to the seriously injured while 50 thousands rupees to those with minor injuries.


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In his Independence day speech this year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for efforts to realise the dream of "Ek Bharat, Shreshth Bharat". One idea cited by the Prime Minister was of "One Nation, One Election". The elections to Lok Sabha and state assemblies had been held simultaneously prior to 1967. The difference in tenure started subsequent to early dissolution of certain state assemblies and later of the Lok Sabha as well. 


BJP Spokesperspon from Assam, Dr. Numal Momin asserted that the concept of simultaneous elections is budget friendly and will go a long way in saving resources.


"Narendra Modiji's thinking 'One Nation, One Election' is a very great effort. I hope, this will bring new chapter in Indian politics. 'One Nation, One Constitution and One Election', what a great idea and people of North-East India strongly support the Prime Minister's decision to come-up with the 'One Nation, One Election' theory." 


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In Jammu & Kashmir, the Government today imposed restrictions in Srinagar and other areas under Section 144 following appearance of a poster spreading rumours. The security officials described the posters as a “rumour” saying there will be no lowering of guard to maintain law & order.


Security Forces have been deployed at many places to maintain law and order.


Restrictions were eased in most areas of Kashmir earlier this week.


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In Tamil Nadu, police is put on high following intelligence inputs that six LeT terrorists have intruded into Coimbatore in the state. Five of the terrorists are believed to be from Sri Lanka and one from Pakistan. The police sources told AIR, the terrorists have come to India via Sri Lanka.


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In Cricket, India will resume their first innings against the West Indies on the second day of the opening Test at Antigua this evening. Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja were at the crease when the first day was called off with India at 203 for 6. Only 68.5 overs of play was possible as inclement weather led to multiple interruptions on the first day of the match, a part of the World Test Championship.


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