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Morning News

0815 HRS
18.09.2019
THE HEADLINES,
  • External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar rules out any talks with Pakistan till it becomes normal nation, acting against cross-border terrorism. 
  • India successfully test fires indigenous air-to-air missile Astra.
  • Flood fury continues in Uttar Pradesh after water released from various dams and barrages.
  • Saudi Arabia says crude oil production capacity at its plants to be fully restored by month end.
  • And in Sports, India to take on South Africa in second T 20 International at Mohali this evening.
  • P V Sindhu and Saina Nehwal to lead India's campaign in China Open Badminton at Changzhou today. 

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External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar has said, India has a unique challenge from one neighbour and it would remain a challenge until the neighbour starts acting normally and acts against cross-border terrorism. He was briefing the media in Delhi on the first 100 days of his Ministry. Mr. Jaishankar also made it clear that with Pakistan, the issue is not Article 370 but cross-border terrorism and the first thing that has to come to the table for any talks with Pakistan has to be the terrorism issue.
"Part of the problem with Pakistan is it has been only doing talking. They think that nice words are sort of answer to the real problem. And the real problem is dismantlement of this industry, that they have created. Our position is completely normal, rational. They are a set of people whose behaviour is an aberration."
The External Affairs Minister reiterated that Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) is part of India and New Delhi expects to have jurisdiction over it one day
"Our position on POK is, has always been and will always be very clear. POK is part of India and, we expect one day that we will have a physical jurisdiction over it."
Amidst concerns expressed by some countries and the UN human rights organisation over situation in Kashmir, he said, international audience understands what were India's reasons for abrogating Article 370. Talking about performance of the ministry Dr Jaishankar said, one of the key achievements of the government in this period has been a strong connection between national security and foreign policy goals.

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Jammu and Kashmir police chief Dilbagh Singh has said, elements across the border are consistently trying to foment trouble in the state, but the security forces are efficient enough to tackle them. Talking to AIR, the state DGP said, with continuous efforts and sacrifices of police and security forces, the graph of terror activities in J&K is decreasing with each passing day. 
"A couple of terrorists who are active, who move around and resort to  militant activities. We have launched a major offensive in that area. There are efforts by Pakistan from across to foment trouble including in Jammu region also. This area is being used in big way. But our forces and police department are on ground and are capable enough to tackle their nefarious designs. "
The DGP, who was in Kishtwar district, interacted with the police and army personnel besides reviewing the security scenario at a high-level meeting with officials.

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Defence minister Rajnath Singh has said, India will achieve a 26 Billion dollar Defence Industry by 2025. Speaking at the annual function of Society of Indian Defence Manufactures in New Delhi, Mr Singh said, the Defence sector has been identified as one of the most prominent sectors under Make in India initiative to realize a 5 Trillion dollar Economy by 2024. He said, performance of the Indian defence industry has not been commensurate with its potential in the past. The Minister said, a country with such a size and global prominence cannot rely on imports for arms. He said, investment of 10 billion US dollars and creation of 2.3 million employment opportunities is envisaged.

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Indian Air Force has successfully flight-tested air-to-air missile Astra off the coast of Odisha. The missile was launched from a Sukhoi Su-30 MKI combat aircraft on Monday as a part of User trials.
According to the Defence Ministry, a live aerial target was engaged accurately by the Astra, while the mission profile was executed in a text book manner. The missile was tracked using radars, electro-optical tracking sensors and struck its target successfully.  The missile has been developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), the premier research and development organisation of the armed forces.  Defence Minister Rajnath Singh congratulated DRDO and Air Force teams for the successful test.


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Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant has said that structural reforms in agriculture and exports are needed to bring the growth rate back to higher levels. Addressing a function in Mumbai, Mr. Kant said, the fundamentals of the economy are intact and the government is conscious about the fact that it has to take India back to its high growth trajectory soon despite the global slowdown. He said, its a privilege that the country has a very vibrant private sector and has a government which is committed to reforms.

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In Uttar Pradesh, low lying areas close to major rivers in the state are facing fury of flood. The situation emerged after heavy rains in the catchment areas and water released into rivers from various dams and barrages. Seventeen people lost their lives in the state in last 24 hours in lightening and other rain related incidents. More from our correspondent:
"Almost all major rivers in state are in spate and flowing above or close to the danger mark. Ganga, Yamuna, Betwa, Chambal, Ghaghara and Sharda rivers are wreaking havoc in low lying areas of various districts including Hamirpur, Ballia, Prayag raj, Varanasi and Agra. In Varanasi, almost all major Ghats are inundated in water and venue of famous Ganga Arti has been shifted. MeT Department has predicted heavy rain in central and eastern part of state in next 24 hours. SUSHIL CHANDRA TIWARI, AIR NEWS, LUCKNOW."
In Madhya Pradesh, due to incessant rains and release of water from various dams, flood risk has increased again in many districts of the state. A report:-
"Seven Army teams are working day and night to rescue the people trapped in the floods. Necessary facilities like food, water and medicine are also being provided by the Army. The Chambal River in Morena is in spate due to water being released from Kota barrage in Rajasthan. About 89 villages of Morena and 44 villages of Bhind are still flooded. Around 1900 people have been evacuated from these villages to safe places. Meanwhile, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar also visited flood-hit areas of Morena. Sanjeev Sharma, AIR News, Bhopal."

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In Andhra Pradesh, 26  bodies have been retrieved so far in Sunday's boat mishap in the Godavari river at Devipatnam in East Godavari District. 
Search and rescue operations are still on for the remaining missing people. Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy has ordered a high-level probe into the mishap.

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Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Minister Ram Vilas Paswan has asserted that there is a need to spread awareness to curb plastic usage. Talking to the media in New Delhi, the Minister informed that 95 lakh tonnes of plastic waste is generated by single use plastic out of which 6 lakh tonnes go into the sea contaminating the waters. He said the aim of the Ministry is to phase out plastic use in packaging and move towards 100 percent use of jute in packaging foodstuffs.

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Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan met Igor Sechin, Chairman of the Management Board and CEO, Rosneft and Former Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation yesterday in New Delhi. This visit is aimed at furthering discussions between Rosneft and Indian oil and gas companies. This visit also follows the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Vladivostok as the Chief Guest at the Eastern Economic Forum. India and Russia had issued a Joint Statement on Cooperation in Hydrocarbon Sector for 2019-24 during the visit of Prime Minister to Russia earlier this month.
Speaking on the sidelines of the event, Mr. Pradhan said, India is concerned about the volatility in the crude oil prices after attacks on Saudi Arabia’s oil production facilities. 
"अभी फिलहाल एक sentimental price hike हुई है , देखते हैं उसकी क्या actual impact  आने वाले सप्ताह में आएगा, लेकिन भारत अपने सारे विषयों को खुल के रखा है, उसके लिए जो करना है वो हम कर रहे हैं."

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Saudi Arabia's energy minister has said that more than half of the country's daily crude oil production that was knocked out by an attack had been recovered. He said that the production capacity at its targeted plants would be fully restored by the end of the month.
The attack early Saturday struck a Saudi oil field and the world's largest crude oil processing plant in the kingdom's eastern region. The oil field was taking out 5.7 million barrels of crude oil production per day for the kingdom, about 5 per cent of the world's daily production.
The Minister's briefing to reporters was highly anticipated around the world, with oil prices spiking more than 14 per cent on Monday, the first day of trading after the attacks.

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In Israel, exit polls following second general election in five months predicted a stalemate. The final unofficial results were only expected this afternoon, but according to exit polls, neither Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's  Likud party nor Blue and White alliance of former military chief Benny Gantz had a clear path.
An exit poll released by Israel's public broadcaster Kan early today projected that Blue and White would win 32 seats and Likud 31 in the 120-seat Knesset.  Mr Netanyahu called the snap vote after failing to form a governing coalition in the wake of an election in April.


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In Afghanistan, at least 48 people have been killed and dozens others injured, in two separate attacks. The first attack took place at Charikar, the capital of Parwan Province during a campaign rally by President Ashraf Ghani. President  is reported to be safe and unharmed. Other blast occurred in the capital, Kabul, where the defence ministry, US embassy and NATO headquarters are located. Taliban claimed responsibility for both the blast.

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In US, a bipartisan group of 44 influential lawmakers has urged the Trump administration to reinstate India's designation as a beneficiary developing nation under the key Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) trade programme. The Trump administration terminated India's designation as a beneficiary developing nation under the GSP in June.
The GSP is the largest and oldest US trade preference programme and is designed to promote economic development by allowing duty-free entry for thousands of products from designated beneficiary countries.
Led by Congressmen Jim Himes and Ron Estes, the letter to US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer has been signed by 26 Democrats and 18 Republicans, showing the strong, bipartisan support for reinstating GSP benefits for imports from India.

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In Cricket, India will be up against South Africa in the second T20 International of the three-match series in Mohali this evening. The match will begin at 7 p.m. All India Radio will broadcast a live commentary on the game alternately in Hindi and English from 6.30 p.m. The opening game of India's home season was washed out in Dharamshala on Sunday after a heavy downpour.

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In China Open Badminton, world champion P V Sindhu and World No.8 Saina Nehwal will look to reassert their supremacy when they spearhead the Indian campaign at Changzhou in China today.
In the women's singles, Sindhu will take on China's Li Xuerui ,while Saina Nehwal will clash with Busanan Ongbamrungphan of Thailand.
In the men's singles,  Sai Praneeth will  face Suppanyu Avihingsanon of Thailand while P Kashyap will clash with Brice Leverdez of France.

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Four Indian boxers advanced to the quarterfinals with impressive victories in an all-win outing at  the AIBA  Men's World Boxing Championships  in Ekaterinburg, Russia yesterday. They are Amit Panghal (in 52kg category), debutant duo of Manish Kaushik (in 63kg category) and Sanjeet Singroha (in 91kg category) and Kavinder Bisht (in 57 kg category).

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NEWSPAPERS HEADLINES:
  • The External Affairs Minister's comments on the PoK issue and yesterday's market-crash are the two major stories that stand out among other headlines across dailies this morning.
  • The Indian Express quotes the External Affairs Minister as saying, "PoK a part of India, one day will have physical jurisdiction.  The Lead headline in the Tribune reports the minister as saying, "No talks till Pak curbs terror."
  • "Markets slip as crude oil worries spook investors" writes the Hindustan Times. The Economic Times headline says, "Bulls stay on slippery ground over oil spill"
  • BSP MLAs breaking away from the party ranks is noted in the Asian Age that writes, "Boost for Gehlot as 6 BSP MLAs join Congress in Rajasthan"
  • Govt's latest push to revive the rural economy is the lead story in the Hindu. The paper writes, "Govt. to peg MGNREGA wages to inflation in bid to hike incomes"
  • Hard to imagine a society that's gender neutral, isn't it? Well, the first step in this direction has been taken. A Times of India headline says, "A british couple is raising its baby to be gender-neutral" 

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