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0815 HRS.

17th November, 2019


  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi says, he looks forward to a productive winter session of Parliament, where people-centric and development oriented issues will be discussed. 

  • Finance Ministry takes up extensive exercise to further simplify GST forms and make the filling process more user- friendly.

  • First Night trial of  surface-to-surface medium range missile Agni-II  conducted successfully.

  • Maharashtra Government announces financial relief and exemption from land revenue to farmers affected by unseasonal rains. 

  • In sports, India  records best-ever nine medals haul at the World Para Athletics Championship in Dubai.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that he looks forward to a productive winter session of Parliament, where people-centric and development oriented issues will be discussed. In a tweet, Mr Modi said, he had a wonderful interaction with leaders and MPs across party lines at the all-party meeting convened by Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla yesterday.

Leaders of different political parties assured the Lok Sabha Speaker of all cooperation in the smooth functioning of the house. Briefing reporters after the meeting, Mr Birla said, the opposition parties will be allowed to raise any issue in the House after discussion in the Business Advisory Committee.

"हम सब मिलकर कोशिश करें की सदन सुचारू रूप से चले। व्यवस्ित चले, अच्छी वाद-विवाद हो, चर्चा हो। जनता के मुद्दे यहां पर उठाये जाएं और सभी राजनीतिक दलों ने विश्वास दिलाया है कि हम सब मिलकर सबकी सहमति से ठीक से चलाने का प्रयास करेंगे।"

Union Ministers Prahlad Patel and Arjun Ram Meghwal, Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, DMK leader TR Balu and TMC leader Sudip Bandyopadhyay, LJP's Chirag Paswan, BSP's Danish Ali and AIMIM's Asaduddin Owaisi among others attended the meeting.


Meanwhile, the Government has convened an all party meeting in New Delhi this morning. Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu has also convened a meeting of leaders of different political parties in the Upper House today.

The winter session of Parliament will conclude on 13th of the next month. The government is expected to lay thrust on its legislative agenda, whereas the opposition parties are likely to raise the issues of their concern.


Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman yesterday chaired a meeting on simplification of GST forms and returns. In a series of tweets, Finance Ministry said, as a part of the ongoing efforts to address concerns raised on the process of filling GST forms, Mrs Sitharaman met Rajasthan Tax Consultants' Association, the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, Confederation Of All India Traders and Laghu Udyog Bharti in New Delhi yesterday. The aim of the exercise was to further simplify GST forms and make the filling process more user friendly. The Finance Minister directed that extensive nation-wide consultations should be held on the new GST return system to be launched from the next financial year.


Home Minister Amit Shah has said that the development of the tribal communities is a priority for the Narendra Modi led government. Inaugurating the National Tribal Festival - Aadi Mahotsav in New Delhi, he said, whenever the BJP has come to power, it always worked for the welfare of tribal communities. Hitting out at the Congress, Mr Shah accused the party of using the tribal communities for vote banks. He said, the government has decided to open Eklavya Model  Residential Schools in the densely populated tribal areas.

"देश का जो फेफड़ा है जो इस देश को ऑक्सीजन सप्लाई करने का काम कर रहा है। हमारे जो जंगल हैं हमारे जो वन हैं उन वनों को संभालने का काम मेरे आदिवासी समाज के भाई और बहन कर रहे हैं। करोड़ो आदिवासी भाईयों को बहनों को मैं आश्वस् करना चाहता हूँ कि आपका विकास नरेन्द्र मोदी सरकार की प्राथमिकता है।"

Speaking on the occasion, Tribal Affairs Minister Arjun Munda said, the Van Dhan Scheme has been started by the government to empower the tribals. The endeavour of the Ministry is to connect the unique culture, arts and crafts of the tribals to the international market.

Minister of State for Tribal Affairs Renuka Singh said, the concept of organizing the Aadi Mahotsav in major cities has proved to be a boon for tribal artisans by eliminating the middle men and providing direct access to large markets.

Our correspondent reports that the theme of the 15-day Mahotsav is celebration of the Spirit of Tribal Culture, Craft, Cuisine and Commerce.


India  successfully conducted the first night trial of 'Agni-II', its versatile surface-to-surface medium range nuclear capable missile from Dr Abdul Kalam Island off Odisha coast. Quoting defence sources, our correspondent reports that the test was aimed at re-establishing the operational effectiveness of the weapon system. The successful launch once again proved reliability of the medium range surface to surface missile.  

The Agni missile series being developed by the DRDO as a deterrent against nuclear armed neighbours are among India’s most sophisticated weapons.

"The 20-metre long two stage ballistic missile has a strike range of 2000 km, already been inducted into the armed forces. Weight of 17 tonnes, the missile can carry a payload of 1000 kg has been equipped with an advanced high accuracy navigation system and propelled by solid rocket propellant. The last trial Agni-II was carried out from the same defence base in February 2018. SN Pattnaik, AIR News, Sambalpur."


Governor of Maharashtra Bhagat Singh Koshyari yesterday took stock of the crop damage in the state caused due to unseasonal rains. He also announced financial relief package and exemption from land revenue for the affected farmers.

"Governor of Maharashtra Bhagat Singh Koshyari has announced financial help to those farmers whose crops got affected due to unseasonal rains in the month of October- November. The Governor announced a relief of Rs.8,000 per hectare up to 2 hectare for agricultural Kharif crops and a relief of Rs. 18,000 per hectare up to 2 hectare for horticultural and perennial crops. In addition to this, the Governor also announced exemption of land revenue and school fees to the farmers kids  whose crop got affected. POOJA PAL, AIR NEWS, MUMBAI."


Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant has said that the state government has decided to set up a maritime cluster with the support of the Centre. The move is aimed at tapping the coastal state's potential as a ship-building hub. The Chief Minister said, the cluster will give a big boost to the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises  and ship-building sectors. Mr Sawant said that the land has already been identified and that the government is in talks with Union MSME ministry for its help in setting up a maritime cluster.


Moving on to the world of Cinema, we now take you to Goa.

The golden jubilee of IFFI starts this Wednesday AIR NEWS brings you interesting stories about this delightful Goan journey through a specially curated section of IFFI, called,  "The Goan Story ".

"Sun, Sand and Cinema complete the troika in Goa. Add to it a dash of native language Konkani, the cycle is complete.

The Goan Story section will showcase notable Films from the host state of IFFI 2019. One can experience the rise of the Konkani Film Industry and its impact in the country.

The Konkan paradise has been Indian cinema’s apple of the eye when it comes to breathtaking locations. However, the beautiful state has more than just great natural beauty. Films produced here are not usually spoken about as much as the mainstream cinema. They have recently started to gain importance among film buffs and connoisseurs around the country and even the world.

These movies feature major issues relevant to the state of Goa. Seven such Konkani movies will be screened reflecting the nuances of Goan Society.

Amori showcases how people working for the betterment of society often face resistance.

Digant’ (Infinite’) takes viewers on the journey of a homeless boy from the Dhangar tribe who  defies all odds and grows up to become an architect in the big city.

Juze, a story  set in the 1990s  shows how situations force a common man  to confront a powerful businessman.

‘K Sera Sera’ revolves around the idea: ‘Do we live life …. Or does life live us…?’ The film explores the lives of two distinct individuals.

Three other films in this section are PALTADCHO MUNIS, A Rainy Day and Dulu. The screening of Konkani films at IFFI in a dedicated section has received a cheerful response from the film enthusiasts in Goa. So, enjoy the flavour of the season, while in Goa. IFFI DESK, AIR NEWS".


Counting of votes for Presidential elections is in progress in Sri Lanka. Polling for Presidential elections was held yesterday with over 80 percent voting reported from all over the country. Chairman of the Election Commission Mahinda Desapriya has said they expect to announce the final results by this evening.

"The former defence secretary  Gotabaya Rajpaksa has received unprecedented support in majority-dominated south but has failed to cut ice in minority areas, where his rival Sajith Premadasa has done exceedingly well. This shows extreme polarization along community lines which may pose challenge for any future government. A candidate needs to cross the  50 percent mark of valid votes to be declared winner else second preference votes are to be counted. SANTOSH KUMAR, for air news, COLOMBO."


China  deployed its troops in Hong Kong yesterday. The deployment was for the first time since the unprecedented pro-democracy protests began more than five months ago over a proposed extradition law. 

The Hong Kong administration, has distanced itself from the troop deployment, saying Beijing has sent the soldiers on its own without any request.


India has recorded its best-ever nine medals haul at the World Para Athletics Championship in Dubai. With two gold, two silver and five bronze, India secured 13 qualifying spots at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics. Until this edition, London 2017 had been India's best ever show where the para athletes had finished with five medals to settle at the joint 34th place.


The 63rd National Shotgun Shooting Championship Competitions will begin today in New Delhi. Several top shooters including Angad Bajwa, Mairaj Ahmad Khan,  Manavjit Singh Sandhu are expected to take part in the fortnight long competition.



  • Female devotees in the 10-50 age group being denied entry into Kerala's Sabarimala temple gets top coverage in newspapers today.

  • "10 women sent back from Sabarimala" headlines the Statesman. "Experts say police action a violation of SC order" writes the Hindustan Times.

  • The Sunday Express reports athe National Ganga Bill to be introduced in the upcoming winter session of Parliament. "Ganga pollution: Government plans five year jail, 50 crore rupee fine" headlines the daily.

  • "Opposition to press government over jobs, economy in winter session" reports the Hindustan Times.

  • "Loan fairs infused 1.8 lakh crore in economy" informs the Hindustan Times. The paper says Loan Melas were held in 400 districts during the festive season to boost consumption and accelerate economic growth.

  • "Air India, Bharat Petroleum Corporation to be sold by March says Finance Minister" headlines The Sunday Times.

  • Anil Ambani, along with four other directors, resigning from Reliance communication amid insolvency proceedings gets wide coverage in the dailies.

  • "Only Mumbai tap water safe to drink" writes the the Financial Express. Quoting a BIS report, the Sunday Pioneer writes "Delhiites in deep water" as the capital flunks in all 19 potable tests; whereas safest Mumbai doesn't need ROs".


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