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All preparations in place for assembly elections in Maharashtra and Haryana tomorrow            Bypolls also to take place for two LS constituencies and 51 Assembly seats in 17 States            PM Modi appeals to entertainment fraternity to use its creative spirit for nation-building            Finance Minister asserts India will continue to ensure inclusive development despite global slowdown            India off to a good start at World Military Games in China           

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Morning News

0815 HRS
16.09.2019
THE HEADLINES,

  • US President Donald Trump to join Prime Minister Narendra Modi's mega rally in Houston on 22nd of this month.
  • British Member of Parliament, Bob Blackman backs India on the Kashmir issue, says Islamabad should vacate the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.
  • Navy joins search operation to trace the missing persons in the boat accident at Godavari river in Andhra Pradesh.
  • Heavy rain creates flood like situation in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.
  • And, Pankaj Advani clinches a record 22nd world title; wins IBSF Billiards Championship in Myanmar.

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US President Donald Trump will join Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Houston's mega "Howdy, Modi!" event on the 22nd of this month. White House Press Secretary Stephanie Griesham said in a statement, Modi-Trump joint rally will be a great opportunity to emphasize the strong ties between the people of the United States and India. Griesham said, the event will reaffirm the strategic partnership between the world's oldest and largest democracies and ways to deepen their energy and trade relationship.
Indian ambassador to the US Harsh Vardhan Shringla called Trump's participation in the event historic and unprecedented. He said, it is reflective of the strong bond of friendship and cooperation that has developed between India and the US.
More than 50,000 Indian-Americans from across the US have registered for the September 22nd mega event, "Howdy, Modi! Shared Dreams, Bright Futures", to be held at the sprawling NRG Stadium in Houston.
This will be the third meeting between the two leaders this year, the previous two being in Japan in June on the sidelines of the G-20 Summit and the other one in August in France.


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One of Britain's most outspoken MPs on the Kashmir issue Bob Blackman has said that Jammu and Kashmir is a sovereign part of India and Pakistan should vacate the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir first. Addressing a Balidan Divas or Day of Sacrifice event organised by UK-based Kashmiri Pandits in London, Blackman asserted that India has a sovereign right over the entire region.
"The whole of Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India. So, therefore the internal affairs of India are a matter for India, not for interference by the United Kingdom or anyone else. Now, I strongly support the provision of removing Article 370 because what it does mean in the whole of Jammu and Kashmir could then gain from the economic power house that india has become".
Conservative Party MP from North London said, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has shown strong leadership in honouring the manifesto of the BJP.
Indian High Commissioner to the UK Ruchi Ghanashyam thanked Mr Blackman for his commitment and support to the issue.

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President Ram Nath Kovind will hold talks with his Slovenian counterpart Borut Pahor in the capital Ljubljana today. He arrived in Slovenian capital last night after concluding his visit to Iceland and Switzerland. President will also be present during the delegation level talks and signing of agreements between the two countries. Mr Kovind will visit the war memorial and lay wreath.
During his two-day visit, the President will also take part in the India-Slovenia business event and grace a reception to be hosted by the Indian community.
This is the first ever visit by an Indian President to Slovenia after it gained Independence in 1991. During 2014 and 2018, trade between the two countries registered high growth, with India enjoying a trade surplus.  

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has accepted invitation of the Gujarat government to remain present at Sardar Sarovar Dam site in  Kevadiya on his birthday tomorrow. Mr. Modi will participate in the main function of statewide ‘Namami Devi Narmade Mahotsav’ to be held at Kevadia to mark filling up of the Dam for the first time after raising its height.
Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said Sardar Sarovar Dam was the dream of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, which has been fulfilled by Prime Minister Modi. Our Ahmedabad correspondent reports that the water level of the Dam has crossed 138 meters, which is a few centimeters below its maximum height. Sardar Sarovar Dam is considered as the life line of Gujarat.

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Navy has joined the rescue and search operation to trace those missing in a boat accident in Godavari river in Andhra Pradesh. A diving team, two Navy helicopters, Gemini boat and associated equipment have been deployed from Indian Naval Station Dega to augment search operations following a request from state administration. A private boat carrying around 60 tourists capsized in the swollen river, leaving eight people dead and 25 others missing near Devipatnam in East Godavari district yesterday.
Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has announced 10 lakh rupees ex-gratia to the families of each deceased. More from our correspondent:-
"Rescue operations have been resumed this morning to find about 25 missing tourists in River Godavari. According to officials, total 27 tourists have been brought to safely by last evening. Authorities have found 8 bodies so far. The State Government has made relief and rescue arrangements including setting up a District control room. Two NDRF teams have been deployed and a deep divers’ team of the Indian Navy are in rescue operations. With SubbaRao in Kakinada, Lakshmi, from Hyderabad for air news".
President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have expressed grief over the loss of lives.

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Heavy rains have created flood like situation in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.
In Madhya Pradesh, most districts of the state are experiencing incessant rain. Rescue and relief work has been started on war footing in flood affected Mandsaur, Ratlam, Agar-Malwa, Shajapur, Bhind Sheopur, Neemuch, Damoh, Raisen and Ashok Nagar districts. A report:-
"As many as 45 thousand people of flood affected areas have been evacuated to safe places. The relief and rescue work have also been going on promptly in 36 rain affected districts. SDRF, Home Guard, NDRF and State Police Force have been deployed for the relief and rescue work. The Army is also been on . A financial assistance of Rs 100 crore has been given to the flood affected districts while 325 crore Rs has been spent on relief and rescue work. On the request of State Government, the centre will soon send an Inter Ministerial Team to study loss caused by the rains. Sanjeev Sharma, AIR News, Bhopal."
In Rajasthan, heavy rains have affected southern and eastern parts of the state. The worst affected districts include Kota, Bundi, Baran, Jhalawar and Chittor Garh. Water from Chambal river has inundated many villages. More from our correspondent:-
"All the gates of Rana Pratap Sagar Dam, Jawahar Sagar Dam and Kota Barrage Dam have been opened. Due to the large amount of water drainage, many villages in Kota, Sawai Madhopur and Dhaulpur districts have been covered with water and the low lying areas have been flooded. Army have been deployed in four Districts to deal with any situation. Several trains of Delhi-Mumbai track have been canceled and many others diverted due to waterlogging on railway tracks in Jhalawar district. Jitendra Dwivedi, AIR News, Jaipur".

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India will conduct a two-week special training programme for Maldivian civil servants from today in Delhi and Mussoorie. The training is a part of a bilateral MoU on Training and Capacity Building Programme between the National Centre for Good Governance and the Maldives Civil Service Commission.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during his visit to the Maldives, in June this year, assured India's full support to the Maldives in realising its aspirations for broad based socio-economic development and strengthening of democratic and independent institutions.

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In Uttar Pradesh, children's week will be observed at all angan wadi centres across the state from today under the nutrition month campaign. Poshan Abhiyaan is a mission with the vision to address malnutrition in children, adolescent girls and pregnant ladies. More from our correspondent:-
"On the first day of the children week mamta divas will be observed today as part of bal Suposhan utsav under which mothers will bring home made food to the angan wadi centres and all children will eat it together in groups. Second day of the week will be Suposhan goonj which will include functions like march past and pledge of giving proper food to children and ladies. Other programs like cleanliness drive and awareness campaigns are also included in the week long schedule from 16th to 21st September. SUSHIL CHANDRA TIWARI, AIR NEWS, LUCKNOW."

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In Colombia, a small plane crashed near the southwestern city of Popayan last night, killing seven of the nine passengers aboard.
The incident occurred just a few minutes after the aircraft, owned by a small local company, took off from the airport in Popayan, a city surrounded by mountains.
City Mayor Cesar Gomez said, the other two passengers were injured and were being treated at a hospital.
Colombia’s civil aviation authority said it was investigating the cause of the accident.

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In Syria, a car bomb near a hospital in a town held by Turkey-backed rebels killed 11 civilians  yesterday. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the blast struck in Al-Rai near the Turkish border.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the bombing, the second such deadly blast in the wider rebel-held area since June.

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One of India's most consistent sportspersons, Pankaj Advani, has clinched a record 22nd world titles by winning the IBSF World Billiards Championship in Myanmar. Advani yesterday defeated Nay Thway of Myanmar a fourth straight final in the 150-up format . The 34-year-old has brought home a world trophy every year since 2014. In the short format of billiards, this is Advani's fifth title in the last six years.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has congratulated Pankaj Advani for the win. In a tweet, Mr Modi said the entire nation is proud of Advani's accomplishments.

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Indian shuttler Kaushal Dharmamer clinched the Myanmar International Series with a come-from-behind win over Indonesia's Karono Karono in a thrilling men's singles final in Yangon yesterday. The 23-year-old from Mumbai, who had won the Hatzor International in October last year, recovered after dropping the opening game to outwit Karono.

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In Boxing, Asian silver-medallist Kavinder Singh Bisht in the 57kg and Sanjeet 91kg advanced to the pre-quarterfinals with hard-fought wins in the World Men's Championships in Ekaterinburg, Russia yesterday. Bisht will now square off against Finland's Arslan Khataev in the round of 16.  
 

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In cricket, England defeated Australia by 135 runs in the fifth and final Ashes Test at The Oval to level the series at 2-2. Ashes ended in a draw for the first time since 1972, although holders Australia retain the urn.
Chasing a stiff target of 399 runs, Australia lost all the wickets at 263 in their second innings on the fourth day. Matthew Wade was Australia’s top scorer for the visitors with 117, while Steve Smith, who scored an astonishing 774 runs in seven innings, was out for a score of less than fifty for the first time in the series.
Earlier yesterday, the hosts were all out for 329 in their second innings but set a challenging target of 399 for the visitors.
In their first innings, England scored 294 runs while Kangaroos made 225 runs.
England's Jofra Archer was awarded man of the match for his six-wicket haul in the first innings. 

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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 “Banning single use of plastic and waste management.
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. You can also ask questions on telephone number: 011: 2331-4444 and post queries on our Twitter handle @airnews s by #tag Askair.

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NEWSPAPERS HEADLINES:

  • "India cautions Pakistan over ceasefire pact violations" is a top headline in Hindustan Times. "2 thousand Pak violations kill 21 Indians" leads the Pioneer.
  • Eight dead, 37 missing as boat capsizes in flooded Godavari" reports the Hindu.
  • "American-style airport security flies in" observed the Tribune adding "Passenger profiling, strict clearances for staff on cards, US agency training 2nd batch of 50".
  • On NRC, the Indian Express writes "Meanwhile Khattar says Haryana will have its NRC".
  • Drinking tea regularly may boost brain function. Well, The Times of India reports that regular tea drinkers have better organised brain regions which is associated with healthy cognitive function compared to non-tea drinkers, a study claims.

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