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PM Modi says work on making New India progressing at fast pace            Campaigning for assembly elections in Maharashtra, Haryana gains momentum            ED summons NCP leader Praful Patel in connection with money-laundering probe            America ready to destroy Turkey's economy for military offensive in northern Syria: Trump            FIFA WC Qualifier match between India, Bangladesh ends in a draw           

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Morning News

0815 HRS
10.10.2019
THE HEADLINES 
  • Union Cabinet doubles the honorarium for ten lakh Asha workers; Government to set up 40 thousand wellness centers this year under Ayushman Bharat scheme.
  • Jammu and Kashmir government to conduct 10th, 12th and college examinations from last week of this month.
  • Turkey's military offensive against Kurdish forces in Syria attracts worldwide condemnation; UN Security Council and Arab league call emergency meeting to discuss the issue.
  • Lovlina Borgohain and Jamuna Boro enter quarterfinals of the World Women's Boxing Championships.
  • Second Cricket test match between India and South Africa to begin at Pune this morning.

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Union Cabinet has doubled honorarium for ten lakh Asha workers from the existing 1000 rupees to 2000 rupees per month. Briefing media persons after the Cabinet meeting, Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar said the government has also decided to provide other benefits to ASHA workers in addition to the hike in their monthly honorarium. Mr Javadekar said the government will open 40,000 wellness centres across the country this year under Ayushman Bharat Scheme.
"10 lakh Asha worker who are the main change agents are also rewarded their the maan dhan which has been increased by double form one thousand to two thousands and they will get additional facilities also. At the same time, the community participation, the committees are existing in 5 lakh plus villages and they are working good and achieving this result, vaccination is more. There are 21,000 wellness centers and over 40,000 will be established this year."
The government also announced five per cent Dearness Allowance (DA) for Central Government employees and pensioners. The Cabinet has also approved relaxation of the mandatory requirement of Aadhaar-seeded data as a pre-condition for release of funds to the beneficiaries under the PM-Kisan scheme. The relaxation will be till 30th November this year.
The government has also sanctioned a relief package for displaced Kashmiri families who had come from areas of Pakistan Occupied Jammu and Kashmir. An amount of 5.5 lakh rupees will be given per family.

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Jammu & Kashmir government has announced to conduct 10th, 12th and college examinations from the last week of this month. It has asked the JK State Board of School education, College & University authorities to ensure the conduct of all ensuing secondary, 12th and University examinations before the onset of winters in Kashmir region. The directions issued during separate review meetings held under the chairmanship of Advisors to Governor Khursheed Ahmad Ganai and Farooq Khan.
The pending papers of the semester-IV 2017 Batch students as well as Semester 1st (2019 batch students) will also be conducted from the last week of this month. It was also informed that all the PG exams of the Cluster University Srinagar shall be conducted in the first week of November this year while as study material to all the under graduate students of the University shall be issued through the Principals of the respective constituent colleges from 15th of this month.

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Mamallapuram in Tamil Nadu is getting decked up for the second informal meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and China’s President Xi Jinping, on Friday and Saturday. After the success of first informal meeting between the two leaders in Wuhan in April 2018, this meet has raised the expectations of exploring new possibilities. The old seaport town of Mahabalipuram, now known as Mamallapuram, is a UNESCO World Heritage site and the meeting between the two leaders can open the doors for exploring the historical and cultural connection between Mamallapuram and China. More from our correspondent:
"Mamallapuram, a major sea port, was used to establish trade links with South-East Asian countries, including China around 6th century. According to historians, Chinese used to visit this place a long time ago for trade and pilgrimage. It is expected that the visit will make these ancient cultural connections strong and will help in increasing the people to people contact which has largely remained unexplored between two big Asian neighbors. Trade and tourism between Mamallapuram and China are expected to get a big fillip. Wuhan summit in 2018 opened the doors for high level engagements at an informal level, a format in which the two leaders can engage in discussions on varying subjects. It remains to be seen how Mamallapuram summit can move beyond managing the differences to actively shaping and cementing bilateral relations for the world to see. With Jaya Singh, this is Anshuman Mishra, AIR News, Chennai."

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Thailand Foreign Minister, Don Pramudwinai arrived in New Delhi last night on a three-day visit to India with an aim to boost bilateral relations. Mr. Pramudwinai will hold a meeting with External Affairs Minister Dr. S Jaishankar today. The visiting dignitary is also scheduled to attend the 8th Joint Commission Meeting between India and Thailand. Several agreements are also likely to be signed following the Meeting.

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Campaigning for assembly elections is gaining momentum in Maharashtra with leaders of various political parties holding rallies across the state. The campaigning for assembly polls will end on the evening of October 19 and votes will be counted on October 24. We have a report from our Correspondent:-
"Leaders across the political spectrum have hit the poll campaign ahead of the Oct 21 Maharashtra assembly elections. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will be addressing total four rallies in Maharashtra today including two in Mumbai, one in Parbhani and one in Raver while Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee President Balasaheb Thorat will address five rallies in the state. BJP President Amit Shah will also be holding four rallies in the state including in Latur, Sangli, Solapur and Usmanabad districts. NCP Chief Sharad Pawar will also hold three rallies while Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis will address six rallies and Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray will hold five rallies across the state today. SWEETY JAIN, AIR NEWS, MUMBAI."
In Haryana too the campaign for assembly elections has further intensified. Addressing a election rallies yesterday, BJP President Amit Shah launched a blistering attack on Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and his party for criticising Shastra Pooja performed by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh during delivery of first Rafael in France.  On the other hand, Kumari Selja of Congress accused government of failing to check unemployment in the state. Former Chief Minister Bhupender Singh Hooda also dared CM Manohar Lal to have public debate on farmers distress, unemployment and law and order. A report:-
"Chief election commissioner Sunil Arora along with his team had a meeting with representatives of political parties yesterday evening. The representatives of Congress told AIR that they have raised the issue of advertising 334 in the Food Corporation of India after the polls were announced and demanded  issuing postal ballot papers to all the employees. Congress has also demanded deployment of paramilitary forces on sensitive booths and demanded to announce Rohtak, Uklana, kiloi Kalka, Adampur, Panchkula Narayangarh hypersensitive constituencies. Ashwani Kumar Sharma, AIR News, Chandigarh."

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Congress has appointed Former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah as Leader of Opposition in Karnataka Assembly. The party appointed SR Patil as  Leader of Opposition in State Legislative Council.

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A Mumbai court has extended the police custody of three of the accused arrested in the 4,355 crore rupees PMC scam till 14th October. Chairman and Managing Director of Housing Development Infrastructure Limited, Rakesh Wadhawan and his son Sarang were arrested on the 3rd of this month, while former chairman of Punjab and Maharashtra Cooperative Bank (PMC Bank) Waryam Singh was held on Saturday. The trio was produced before Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate S G Shaikh yesterday where the Economic Offences Wing of the Mumbai Police sought more time for interrogation.

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Refuting social media claims, Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) has assured millions of its policyholders that their money is safe and secure. The clarification came after messages on social media claimed that LIC is in heavy losses. In a statement, LIC said, the news on social media is factually incorrect, uncorroborated and intends to tarnish its image and also create panic in the minds of policy holders.

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The ambitious Pradhan Mantri Innovation Learning Programme  - DHRUV - will kick start at ISRO in Bengaluru today and conclude on 24th of this month at IIT, Delhi. Sixty brightest and talented students from Science, Mathematics and Performing Arts have been chosen for the programme.
It aims to further sharpen innovative imagination, skills and knowledge of the students who are expected to contribute to bringing solutions to socio-economic, political and environmental issues in the country. 

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President Ram Nath Kovind will award the prestigious Presidents Colour to the Army Aviation Corps (AAC) at the Combat Army Aviation Training School (CAATS) in Nashik today. Mr Kovind is on a five-day visit to Maharashtra, Karnataka and Gujarat.  Our correspondent has filed this report:
"Presentation of colour is an acknowledgment of the meritorious service rendered by the Army Aviation Corps over the years. The honour is a visible symbol of excellence and has been earned by the Army Aviation Corps through dedication and worthy contribution both during war and peace. The ceremonial parade will be commanded by Brigadier Sarabjeet Singh Bawa Bhalla, Commandant, CATS. The Army Aviation Corps has proved their mettle and lived up to the motto of Swift and Sure. They have made their presence felt from the highest battlefield of Siachen Glacier to the Rann of Kutch in Gujarat. Kunal Shinde, AIR News, Nashik."
Later in the day the President will attend the birth centenary celebrations of Maharaja Sri Jayachamaraja Wadiyar of Mysore in Karnataka.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said each police officer should understand citizens' perspective about the force and work towards making it citizen friendly and approachable. In an interactive session with 126 IPS Probationers in New Delhi, Mr Modi asked the officers to imbibe service orientation and dedication in their day-to-day work. He stressed on the importance for the police force to be connected with ordinary citizens.

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Turkey's military offensive against Kurdish Forces in Syria has  attracted World-wide condemnation. UN Security Council and Arab League have called emergency meetings to discuss the situation arising out of the Syrian Military operation. 
NATO Chief Jens Stoltenberg has urged Turkey to show restraint in its operation, warning that the fight against the Islamic State group should not be put at risk.
The assault has been strongly criticised by France and Germany, which warned it risked an IS resurgence.
United Arab Emirates also strongly condemned the Turkish military aggression in Syria.   Two civilians were killed in airstrikes conducted by Turkish forces in Misharrafa village in northeastern Syria yesterday.

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Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu will embark on a five-day visit to Comoros and Sierra Leone today. It will be the first high-level visit from India to the two African countries.
Mr. Naidu will reach in Moroni, the capital of Comoros today and will hold a detailed bilateral meeting with country's President Azali Assoumani on the next day.

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 India's Lovlina Borgohain (69kg) and debutant Jamuna Boro (54kg) marched into the quarterfinals of the World Women's Boxing Championships with comprehensive victories in the pre-quarters at Ulan-Ude, Russia, yesterday. Borgohain is last edition's bronze-winner. In the quarterfinals today, Boro will take on Germany's Ursula Gottlob. Next up for Borgohain is sixth-seeded Karolina Koszewska.

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In Men's Cricket, India and South Africa will clash in the second Test at Pune from today. The match will begin at 9.30 AM. India lead the three-match series 1-nil as they defeated South Africa by comprehensive 203 runs in the first test at Visakhapatnam. All India Radio will broadcast bilingual live commentary on the match in Hindi and English from 9 AM.

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NEWSPAPERS HEADLINES

  • The second informal summit with China beginning on Friday is the story that dominates headlines this morning. "Modi-Xi 'informal summit' to be held in Chennai from tomorrow" leads the Hindu. While the Indian Express says, "Wrinkle in Xi's red carpet: China and Pakistan raise Kashmir, India objects."
  • "Global slowdown effects more pronounced in India says IMF" reports the Tribune.
  • "Mobiles back in J&K soon, Net block to remain" informs the Asian Age.
  • "Bihar cops close sedition case against 49 celebrities" reports the Statesman.
  • The Times of India quoting the Supreme Court says, "Marriage can be dissolved if it breaks down irretrievably".
  • "Post-Dussehra pollution in Delhi lowest in 5 years" states the Hindustan Times.
  • High-tech jacket allows deaf people to feel the music. Well, the Times of India reports that the "sound shirt", created by London based fashion company Cute Circuit, has 16 sensors embedded in its fabric.

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