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  • Home Minister Amit Shah says Jharkhand is progressing to become free from menance of Naxalism .

  • In Jammu and Kashmir, Block Development Council elections to be completed by the end of October.

  • Centre gives approval for initiating work of writing the history of the country’s borders.

  • Saudi Arabia join United States-led coalition for securing the Mideast's waterways  after  attack on its crucial oil installations.

  • India to take on South Africa in second T20 cricket match at Mohali this evening.

  • Vinesh Phogat becomes first Indian wrestler to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.


BJP President and  Home Minister Amit Shah has said that Jharkhand is progressing to become free from menace of Naxalism. He attributed the change to the developmental works done by the BJP Governments at the Centre and State.

झारखण्ड नक्सलवाद से ग्रसित था. आज झारखण्ड पूर्णतयः नक्सलवाद से मुक्त होने की दिशा में आगे बढ़ रहा है, विकास के रास्ते पर आगे बढ़ रहा है.

Flagging off Johar Jan Ashirvaad Yatra from Jamtara, Mr Shah listed out series of welfare works done by Narendra Modi Government and Raghubar Das regime and urged people to give another chance to the BJP in the upcoming assembly elections. He said, 1.26 crore Jan-dhan accounts have been opened, electricity has been provided to 20 lakh households and free LPG connections given to 29 lakh tribals in the state in the last five years.

The Home Minister said, 4.5 lakh poor people got their own homes and 70 Ekalvya Model Residential Schools have been opened in the state to provide quality education to tribal children.

देवघर में AIIMS की स्थापना की, देवघर और दुमका में एयरपोर्ट रहा है. डाकिया योजना की तरह हर आदिवासी परिवार को 35 किलो अनाज घर तक पहुंचाने की शुरुआत हुई.


External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar 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. 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 table for any talks with Pakistan has to be the terrorism issue. He was briefing media in Delhi on first 100 days of his Ministry.

The External Affairs Minister reiterated that Pakistan occupied Kashmir, PoK, is part of India and New Delhi expects to have physical 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."

The Minister said, there is no need to worry about what people will say on abrogation of Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir as it is India's internal issue on which its position has prevailed and will prevail.

Talking about performance of the ministry in first 100 days, he said, one of the key achievements of the government in this period has been a strong connection between national security and foreign policy goals.


In Jammu and Kashmir, the process of holding the Block Development Council (BDC) elections will be completed by the end of October, 2019. This was revealed in a meeting convened by Chief Secretary, B V R Subrahmanyam, last evening,  with Deputy Commissioners of Kashmir, Jammu and Ladakh divisions.

During the meeting, the Chief Secretary reviewed the preparations for upcoming Block Development Council (BDC) elections, implementation of Back to Village Programme, availability of essential commodities, winter stocking and the status of major developmental projects and Apple procurement etc. He asked the Deputy Commissioners to gear up for the upcoming BDC elections for which preparatory work has already begun and the necessary notification relating to the schedule of the elections will be issued shortly.

The Chief Secretary stressed on the DCs to make efficient use of the grants of five crore rupees released for each District for implementation of the Back to Village Programme.


Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir Director General of Police Dilbagh Singh during his visit to Kishtwar has said that elements across the border are continuously attempting to foment trouble in Jammu and Kashmir. However, he said that our forces are capable enough to deal with any challenge adding that the graph of terrorist activities in the state are decreasing on each passing day with continuous efforts and sacrifices of Police and Security Forces.


Jammu and Kashmir National Conference has strongly condemned the arrest of National Conference President and former J&K Chief Minister Dr Farooq Abdullah under Public Safety Act, PSA. The party has described his detention under PSA as a repressive act and assault on the democratic polity and ethos of the largest democracy of the world.


Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has given approval for initiating work of writing the history of the country’s borders. The Minister held a meeting yesterday with eminent personalities of Indian Council of Historical Research, officials of Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, Directorate General of Archives, Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of External Affairs and Ministry of Defence.

The work will cover various aspects of borders including tracing its making, unmaking and shifting of borders, role of security forces, and socio-economic aspects of their lives. The project is expected to be completed within two years.

Mr. Singh emphasized the importance of writing history of Indian borders reiterating that it would provide better understanding of the borders to the public in general and officials in particular.


Supreme Court today said parties to the Ram-Janmabhoomi Babri Masjid land dispute case can amicably resolve the matter through mediation if they want. The court also said that that it wants day-to-day hearings in the case to be concluded by 18th of October this year. A five-judge Constitution Bench headed by Chief Justice, Ranjan Gogoi said that day-to-day proceedings in the matter will continue as its hearing has reached an advanced stage. It, however, said the mediation process under the chairmanship of former Apex Court Judge, F M I Kalifulla can still continue and proceedings before it will remain confidential.


Meanwhile, The Apex Court today expressed concern over people dying during manual scavenging and sewage cleaning in India saying nowhere in the world people are sent to such gas chambers to die. While making scathing observations, the Apex Court said though more than 70 years have passed since Independence, caste discrimination still persists in the country.


Union Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri has said that a paradigm shift is required in urban planning which places sustainability at the core of development. Mr Puri was speaking at the inaugural session of a National Seminar on Emerging Trends in Public Architecture in New Delhi today.

"जो ट्रेडनिशनल हमारी ब्रिक एंड मोर्टार बिल्डिंग्स है, दे अकाउंट फोर फोर्टी परसेन् और टॉक्सेसिटी और कार्बन एमीशन। तो जो हम नई बिल्डिंग बनाएंगे दे हेव टू बी एंकर्ड इन संस्टेबल एंड इकोलॉजिकल फ्रेंडली।"

Talking about the marvelous architecture works by the Central Public Works Department, CPWD, the Minister said, from providing building office space for both the Central and State Governments, to providing housing for government employees, CPWD has been the nation’s go-to organization.


Saudi Arabia today said that it has joined a United States-led coalition to secure the Mideast's waterways amid threats from Iran after an attack targeting its crucial oil installations.The kingdom's decision to enter the International Maritime Security Construct came ahead of a planned visit by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. 

Saudi officials separately planned to share information about the weapons used to attack a Saudi oil field and the world's largest crude oil processing plant on Saturday. Yemen's Iranian-backed Houthi rebels have claimed the attack, but the U.S. and Saudi Arabia say they suspect Iran carried out the assault.


Israel's ruling Likud party and its main rival Blue and White party are tied at 32 seats each, putting the country's longest serving Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on a shaky ground with his right-wing bloc falling five short of a majority in the 120-member Parliament.

According to the Times of Israel, Netanyahu called the snap election after failing to form a governing coalition with a viable majority after April's vote.


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In Uttar Pradesh, Met Department has predicted heavy rain in central and eastern part of state in next 24 hours.  More from our correspondent--

"Many parts of state are witnessing heavy rain from last evening. Situation continues to remain serious in low-lying areas close to Ganga, Yamuna, Chambal and Ghaghra rivers in many districts. Teams of NDRF and SDRF have been pushed for relief and rescue work. Hundreds of people have taken shelter in relief camps and many villages are marooned in various disticts. Schools are closed in Chitrakoot. In Prayagraj also all schools in range of 5 kilometers from Ganga and Yamuna rivers are closed till 21 september. Both rivers are flowing above danger mark. SUSHIL CHANDRA TIWARI, AIR NEWS, LUCKNOW"

In Madhya Pradesh, due to incessant rains many rivers are in spate  Crops have been completely damaged in Malwa-Nimar region. A report:

"Along with Chambal in Bhind district, now Sindh River is also in spate. There has been a flood situation in more than half a dozen villages around the Sindh River. At the same time, 150 villages have been flooded due to the Chambal River. The district administration has rescued about 15 hundred people from villages situated on the banks of Chambal River. The SP Bhind informed that the situation would be normal only after the releasing of water is stopped from Kota barrage. Sanjeev Sharma, AIR News, Bhopal."


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 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 Dharamsala on Sunday after heavy downpour. The third and last match of the T-20 series will be played at Bengaluru on Sunday. 


India's star wrestler Vinesh Phogat qualified for the 2020 Olympics after beating fancied American Sarah Hildebrandt in the World Championships in Nur Sultan, Kazakhstan today. She scored an impressive 8-2 win over the world championship silver medalist to secure her place at the Tokyo Games. Vinesh will wrestle in the bronze-medal bout against Maria Prevolaraki of Germany later today.


Reigning world champion P V Sindhu today sailed into the pre-quarterfinals with a convincing win over former Olympic gold-medallist Li Xuerui  in the China Open Super 1000 tournament in Changzhou, China. India's top shuttler  beat Li Xuerui in just 34 minutes of action. 

Earlier, Saina Nehwal crashed out of the tournament after being defeated by Thailand's Busanan Ongbamrungphan in the Women's Singles opening round.


In Arunachal Pradesh, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief Eastern Air Command Air Marshal R D Mathur and General Officer Commanding-in-Chief Eastern Command jointly inaugurated the resurfaced runway at Vijaynagar Advanced Landing Ground in Changlang District today. This has re-established the military transport aircraft connectivity at this Eastern most hamlet of India. A report:

"A defence release states that the repair of the runway at Vijaynagar, which was coordinated by Air Force Station, Jorhat, was a challenging task. There being no road connectivity, all the load had to be airlifted by helicopters. The movement of larger transport aircraft to and from this strategically important airstrip will act as a catalyst for the development of the area and facilitate movement of the locals. The airfield is important not only for the local administration in extending their reach to the residents of this remote area but also crucial from a strategic point of view.  The ALG assumes importance as it borders Myanmar and China. The landing ground will assist in effective management of the borders and will facilitate launch of joint operation by the Indian Army and Air Force. With Rakesh Doley's reports, Anuja Bhardwajan, AIR NEWS."


Today is World Bamboo Day. The day is observed every year on 18th of September by the World Bamboo Organization to generate awareness about conserving and promoting the bamboo industry. Known as poor man’s timber, bamboo is omnipresent in tribal cultures and community living. From artifacts to sustainable architecture, bamboo remains a favourite as it’s fast to grow, low on maintenance and has versatile potential. 

To address forward integration, the Mission is taking steps to strengthen marketing of bamboo products, especially those of handicraft items. India is the world’s second-largest cultivator of bamboo after China with over 130 species.



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