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News at Nine

2100 HRS
15.10.2019
THE HEADLINES :
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi says government laid foundation of development in last five years; work on making New India progressing at a fast pace. 

  • Campaigning for Assembly elections in Haryana and Maharashtra gains momentum, with top leaders of political parties holding rallies.

  • Enforcement Directorate summons NCP leader Praful Patel in connection with a money laundering probe into assets owned by a close aide of gangster Dawood Ibrahim.

  • US imposes sanctions on Turkey over its military operation in Northern Syria.

  • FIFA World Cup qualifiers match between India and Bangladesh underway in Kolkata.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi says the government laid the foundation of development in the last five years and work on making New India is progressing at a fast pace. He addressed election rallies at Charkhi Dadri and Kurukshetra in Haryana today.


"बीते पांच वर्षो में विकास की बुनियाद हमने रखी। उस पर विकसित और सशक्‍त नए भारत के निर्माण का काम तेजी से शुरू हो चुका है। नए भारत के निर्माण का यह निश्‍चय हमारे गांवों में दिख रहा है, गरीबों के घरों में दिख रहा है। हमारे गांव ही देश में हो रहे सामाजिक परिवर्तन को आज गति दे रहे हैं, नई ऊर्जा दे रहे हैं।


The Prime Minister said that people are feeling happy about various decisions taken by the Central government in the national interest, but leaders of Congress always criticise them. In Kurukshetra, Mr. Modi said Congress is making hue and cry over the decision of abrogation of Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir and promoters of terrorism are targeting the country by using it.


"कांग्रेस के नेताओं का रवैया हमेशा नकारात्‍मक ही रहता है। आर्टिकल 370 को लेकर भी ये लोग देश और दुनिया में हाय तौबा मचा रहे हैं। आतंक के सरपरस्‍त इनके बयानों का सहारा लेकर भारत पर ही निशाना साध रहे हैं। चुनाव आते हैं, जाते हैं लेकिन देश तो अजर अमर होता है।"


Mr Modi highlighted the schemes initiated by the BJP government for women to make them financially independent. He said this Diwali should be dedicated to daughters who are making their families, societies and the country proud with their achievements.


The Prime Minister said, the government's sports policy has benefited sportspersons in the state. He said, during his recent informal meeting, Chinese President Xi Jinping told him that he watched the 'Dangal' movie which showed what wonders daughters are capable of making. Mr Modi said, these words from the Chinese president made him feel proud about Haryana.

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Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal also campaigned extensively today. Addressing a rally at Rai in Sonepat, he said, his government is for development. Congress leader and former Chief Minister Bhupender Singh Hooda campaigned in various villages of Sonepat. He alleged that the BJP government did nothing for the development of the state. Aam Aadmi Party State President Naveen Jaihind campaigned in Palwal. He criticised the government on  unemployment

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Campaigning for Assembly Elections has intensified in Maharashtra. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi today addressed two rallies in Yavatmal and Wardha. In Yavatmal, Mr Gandhi accused the government of favouring the rich and ignoring the plight of the poor and farmers. Stating that the proposed NYAY scheme was to jump-start the economy, Mr. Gandhi reminded the government that the economy is not run by industrialists, but by farmers, labourers and mid-size businesses. Attacking the union government at the rally in Wardha, Mr. Gandhi said Congress government gave 35,000 crore rupees to the poor through MNREGA and waived farm loans worth 70,000 crore rupees.


"इस देश को पैसे की कोई कमी नहीं है। बस पूरे का पूरा पैसा 15-20 लोगों के हवाले किया जा रहा है। मनरेगा गया, भोजन का अधिकार गया, आरटीआई गया, जमीन अधिकरण बिल गया, आदिवासी बिल गया, जो भी गरिबों की मदद करने की योजनाएं थी एक के बाद एक कटती गई।"



Rahul Gandhi asked the people of Maharashtra to vote for a government that will work for the betterment of the poor, farmers and small businesses.


"Even as the Congress leader claimed that he was confident that Maharashtra would elect a new government that would work for the benefit of poor, farmers, and small and medium enterprises, the Bhartiya Janta Party, in its manifesto promised to work towards building a drought free Maharashtra, set up a separate maintenance department for the national and state highways, focussing on building infrastructure and the Marathwada drinking water grid project. Meanwhile, as campaigning hits its final phase, big wigs from all political parties have hit the road. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is also scheduled to address multiple rallies in the state, beginning tomorrow and ending with the big rally in Mumbai on Friday, the last day for campaigning. Nishar Raney, AIR News, Mumbai."

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The Congress today approached the Election Commission accusing the CBDT of paralysing the party's official accounts in the poll season. A party delegation led by senior Congress leaders Kapil Sibal and Anand Sharma met the Commission in New Delhi and alleged that officials of CBDT are not allowing the transfer of money to party candidates in Haryana and Maharashtra. Talking to reporters, Mr Sibal accused the Government of misusing CBDT, CBI and ED against the Opposition. He said, Congress has demanded the poll panel to ask CBDT to take prior permission before any action and raid.

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The Election Commission today announced ban on exit polls on polling day for Haryana and Maharashtra assembly election. The ban will be effective from seven in the morning to 6.30 in the evening on 21st of this month when the two states go to polls. The ban will also be applicable for by polls to 51 Assembly seats in 17 states. In its order, the Commission said there will be restrictions on conduct of any exit poll and publication and dissemination of result of such exit polls during the period. The displaying of any election matter, including results of any opinion poll or any other poll survey, in any electronic media, will also be prohibited during the period of 48 hours ending with the hours fixed for conclusion of polls.

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The Election Commission has barred political parties and candidates in Maharashtra and Haryana from publishing advertisements in newspapers on the polling day and one day prior to it, without its approval. The Commission has asked them to get the advertisements pre-certified from the Media Certification and Monitoring Committee at the state and district levels before their publication. The decision has been taken in view of the past instances of advertisements of offending and misleading nature in print media on such occasions which vitiate elections.

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The Enforcement Directorate, ED has summoned senior NCP leader Praful Patel in connection with its money laundering probe in alleged illegal assets of late Iqbal Mirchi, an aide of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim. Mr Patel, a former Union minister in the UPA regime, has been asked to depose in Mumbai on October 18th.


Our correspondent reports that ED is expected to record Mr Patel's statement under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act in connection with a deal between a real estate company promoted by Patel, his wife and Mirchi's wife. ED officials said Mr Patel's Millennium Developers Private Limited constructed a building called Ceejay House in 2007 and its third and fourth floors were transferred to Mirchi's wife Hajra Iqbal.


Praful Patel has refuted the charges of an alleged land deal with Iqbal Mirchi.


Addressing a press conference in Mumbai this afternoon, Mr Patel said he is not aware of documents that media houses are talking about. Stating that all media reports are being speculative, he said neither he nor his family is involved in any property transaction with Hajra Iqbal.

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A Delhi court today allowed the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to interrogate former Finance Minister and Congress leader P Chidambaram in connection with the INX Media money laundering case. He is in judicial custody till the 17th of this month in INX Media corruption case filed by the CBI. Special judge Ajay Kumar Kuhar allowed the ED to go to Tihar jail where the Congress leader is lodged, to question him tomorrow, and, if required, arrest him. Meanwhile, the former Finance Minister today sought bail from the Supreme Court in the INX Media corruption case, saying the CBI wants to keep him in custody to humiliate him. The apex court will hear tomorrow the arguments of Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, representing the CBI.

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 The Supreme Court today set aside a Delhi High Court order restraining the Income Tax Department from taking any action against VVIP chopper scam accused Gautam Khaitan, against whom a separate black money case has been lodged. A three-judge bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra directed the Delhi high court, which had also said that the 2016 black money law cannot be allowed to operate with retrospective effect from July 2015, to decide the matter afresh. The apex court's order came on an appeal filed by the Centre against the May 16 order of the high court.

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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh today said, Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam's contribution to research and missile development programme brought India to the list of countries known for their indigenous capabilities. Addressing Directors' Conference of the Defence Research and Development Organization, DRDO, in New Delhi, Mr.Singh said, DRDO has empowered the country with cutting edge technology.

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In Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan again violated the ceasefire and resorted to unprovoked and indiscriminate firing targeting Indian forward posts and civilian areas in border district of Poonch today. A woman resident of Noona bandi area died in the firing.

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US President Donald Trump has said, America is ready to swiftly destroy Turkey's economy in response to the NATO ally's military offensive in northern Syria. President Trump's statement comes after he imposed sanctions on Turkish ministries and senior officials, proposed to raise steel tariffs and end negotiations on a 100 billion dollar trade deal with Ankara. He said, this order will enable the US to impose powerful additional sanctions on those who may be involved in serious human rights abuses, obstructing a ceasefire, preventing displaced persons from returning home, forcibly repatriating refugees or threatening the peace, security or stability in Syria.


Vice-President Mike Pence said, the President also phoned his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, to demand an immediate truce. The Turkish offensive, which began last week, aims to push the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) from the border region. Turkey considers the biggest militia in the SDF a terrorist organisation. The Turkish government wants to create a "safe zone" in the area, where it can resettle up to two million Syrian refugees currently in Turkey. According to the United Nations, dozens of civilians have been killed in the operation so far and at least one lakh sixty thousand have fled the area.


Meanwhile, Russia has said, it will not allow clashes between Turkish and Syrian forces. Russia's special envoy for Syria, Alexander Lavrentyev during a visit to the United Arab Emirates, described Turkey's offensive as unacceptable. He said, Turkish and Syrian officials were in contact to avoid any conflict.

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In Football, the match between India and Bangladesh in FIFA World Cup Qualifier match is underway at Kolkata's Salt Lake Stadium. Indian team is led by Sunil Chhetri. At half time Bangladesh was leading by 1-0. The goal was scored by Saad Uddin in the 42nd minute.

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The Indian railways today started 9 Sewa Service trains to connect small towns with their closest major cities. The service will ease the hassle of traveling for daily passengers. These trains will run between Delhi and Shamli, Bhubaneswar and Nayagarh Town, Murkongselek and Dibrugarh, Kota and Jhalawar City and Coimbatore and Palani as a daily passenger train from today. Seva Trains between Vadnagar and Mahesana, Asarva and Himmatnagar, Karur and Salem and Yesvantpur and Tumkur will operate six days a week. Minister of Railways Piyush Goyal flagged off the Sewa Service train between Delhi and Shamli at New Delhi and other trains through video conferencing.

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