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  • Winter Session of Parliament begins tomorrow; Prime Minister Narendra Modi says, government is ready to discuss all issues. 

  • All India Muslim Personal Law Board to file a review petition against Supreme Court verdict on Ayodhya issue.

  • Home Minister Amit Shah launches special winter-grade diesel for high-altitude regions of Ladakh.

  • Gotabaya Rajapaksa wins Sri Lanka Presidential election.

  • In Tennis, first-time finalists Dominic Thiem and Stefanos Tsitsipas to clash in ATP Finals in London tonight.


The Winter Session of Parliament begins tomorrow. The Session will have 20 sittings. It will end on the 13th of next month. Ahead of the Session, the government today held an all party meeting in New Delhi to seek support for ensuring smooth functioning of both houses of Parliament. Taking part in the meeting, Prime Minister Narendra Modi assured that the government is ready to discuss all issues.  Briefing reporters after the meeting, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi said, Mr Modi affirmed that most important job of the House is to discuss and debate.

"माननीय प्रधानमंत्री जी ने यह कहा है कि  issues to be discussed in the Parliament, पार्लियामेंट का प्रमुख काम discussion का है और structure debate bureaucracy को एक सतर्कता का महसूस होना चाहिए।  ऐसा debate  होना चाहिए।"

Mr Joshi said, the Prime Minister has urged political parties to make Winter Session of Parliament productive, like the last one. He said, Mr Modi stated that the constructive discussions in Parliament also keep the bureaucracy .

Mr Joshi said the Prime Minister also talked about the Constitution Day to be observed on 26th of this month.

Later in a series of tweets, the Prime Minister expressed hope that both the Houses of Parliament will have constructive debates on ways to empower citizens and further India’s development. He said this time the Rajya Sabha will mark its 250th Session.

Mr Modi said he had an extensive meeting with the BJP Parliamentary Party. He said the party will utilise the Session to further views on various developmental issues and contribute to transforming people’s lives.

Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha and Congress MP Ghulam Nabi Azad, who attended the all party meeting said, detention of Lok Sabha MP Farooq Abdullah was raised by the Opposition and demanded that he be allowed to attend the session. Another Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said, the Opposition demanded that the issues of economic slowdown, job losses and farm distress must be discussed during the session. 

"On which subjects should be given priority ranging from unemployment, economic crisis to farmers distress. Members have expressed their concern on the environmental issues, the pollution that has been engulfing various states and cities."

The meeting was attended by senior leaders of several political parties including BJP Chief Amit Shah, Derek O Brien of TMC and Ram Gopal Yadav of Samajwadi Party.

Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu also held a meeting of the leaders of different parties at his residence in Delhi today. Addressing the meeting, Mr Naidu requested all political parties to ensure that the positive momentum of the last session of Parliament is maintained during the Winter Session. He informed that various events have been planned to celebrate the landmark 250th session of Rajya Sabha beginning tomorrow.

A meeting of the ruling NDA allies was also held this afternoon in Parliament House.

Yesterday, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla had sought cooperation of all political parties to ensure smooth functioning of the House. Our Correspondent reports that several important issues are likely to be raised during the nearly month-long Winter Session:

"The situation in Jammu and Kashmir, economic slowdown, unemployment and the government's plan to bring the Citizenship bill are some of the issues that are likely to figure in the session. The government also plans to convert two ordinances into law. One ordinance reducing corporate tax rate for new and domestic manufacturing companies . The second ordinance, banned the sale, manufacture and storage of e-cigarettes and similar products. The first session was very productive which saw both the Houses adopting key legislations such as the one to penalise the practice of instant Triple Talaq and the other giving more powers to the National Investigation Agency. The two Houses had also passed a resolution scrapping special status accorded to Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcating the state into two union territories of Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh. SOUVAGYA KAR, AIR NEWS, Delhi"


On the eve of the Winter Session of Parliament, the News Services Division of All India Radio will bring you a discussion tonight on “Issues Before  Parliament”  and  “Sansad Ke Samaksh Mudde”.

The “Issues Before  Parliament”  programme can be heard on Rajdhani Channel from 9.30 pm. “Sansad Ke Samaksh Mudde” will be broadcast on Indraprastha and FM Gold from 9.30 pm.


The All India Muslim Personal Law Board, AIMPLB, will file a review petition against the Supreme Court verdict on the Ayodhya issue. The decision was taken at the executive body meeting of the AIMPLB in Lucknow today. Briefing media after the meeting, Borad Secretary, Zafaryab Jilani raised objections on several points in the apex court judgement, and said the petition will be filed within stipulated time of thirty days after the verdict.

Sunni Central Waqf Board has already said that it would not file any review petition in the case.

In a unanimous decision, a five judge Constitution bench of the apex court on 9th of this month ruled that the 2.77 acres of the disputed land in Ayodhya will remain with the Central government and be handed over to a Trust for the construction of a temple. The bench also ruled that an alternative five-acre plot must be found for a mosque at a prominent place in the town.


Home Minister Amit Shah today launched a special winter-grade diesel, developed by Indian Oil Corporation, for use in the high-altitude regions of Ladakh. Motorists in high-altitude sectors like Ladakh, Kargil, Kaza and Keylong face the problem of freezing of diesel in vehicles when winter temperatures drop to as low as minus 30 degree Celsius.

Addressing the people of Ladakh through video conferencing from Delhi, Mr Shah said the new Union Territory status of Ladakh will accelerate the pace of holistic development of the region and bring prosperity to the people at par with the rest of the country.

"दोनों UTs की जनता को आश्वस् किया था कि आपके विकास की गति और बढ़ेगी आपका विकास और द्रु गति से आगे बढ़ेगा और सारी आपकी जरूरतों को संवेदना के साथ समझकर उसका निराकरण लाने का हम प्रयास करेंगे।"

The Home Minister said, the government has initiated a number of development projects for Ladakh with an estimated investment of 50 thousand crore rupees.

Speaking at the function, Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said people of Ladakh special winter-grade diesel, will further facilitate the local economy as well as tourism in the region.

"देश में पहली बार winter-grade की minus 30 डिग्री की तापमान में भी बिना बर्फ डीजल रहे। इसी की आज हमने पवित्र लद्दाख से ही लेह से आज शुरू कर रहे हैं। आज का दिन सबके लिए गौरव का दिन है।"


In Jammu and Kashmir, one army jawan was martyred and two more injured in a suspicious IED blast in Phalanwala sector of Akhnoor region today. A defence spokesperson said the blast took place when troops were moving around in an Army truck. The injured personnel are being treated at a military hospital. More details are awaited.


Information and Broadcasting Minister and senior BJP leader Prakash Javadekar visited Jharkhand today. He met the party’s media team members and gave necessary tips for ongoing Assembly elections. He also inaugurated the party media centre in Ranchi for the polls.

Addressing media, Mr Javadekar expressed confidence that BJP would return to power in the State with a thumping majority.


Sri Lanka's former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa has won the Presidential election. He is the brother of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Gotabaya got 52.25 per cent of the total valid votes. His main rival, Sajith Premadasa has conceded defeat and congratulated Gotabaya on his victory. Gotabaya will be sworn in as the new President tomorrow.

After his defeat, Premadasa resigned from the post of deputy leader of the United National Party led by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremsinghe.

Meanwhile, Mahinda Rajapaksa has hinted at a change of government following the election results. Our correspondent has filed this report:   

"As the dust of Presidential elections settles in Sri lanka, talks have begun for change in government and holding of parliamentary elections. MR. Gotabaya’s party, led by his brother and former President Mahinda Rajapksa had made it clear that they expect PM Ranil Wickremsinghe to step down in event of Mr. Gotabaya’s victory. Several ministers of Wickremsinghe government allied with Gotabaya’s rival Sajith Premadasa have already resigned. But PM Wickremsinghe has not hinted of resigning, instead he issued a statement saying general elections will be decided after discussion with speaker and government MPs. It has to be seen what decision new President takes after his swearing in tomorrow. Santosh Kumar for AIR News from Colombo."

Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Gotabaya Rajapaksa on victory in Presidential elections.


NCP President Sharad Pawar will meet Congress president Sonia Gandhi and other senior Congress leaders in New Delhi tomorrow. They leaders are expected to discuss various possibilities of government formation in Maharashtra.

Sharad Pawar held a meeting with senior leaders of his party at his residence in Pune this evening. The leaders unanimously expressed that the  President's Rule should end in Maharashtra and an alternate government should be formed.

Speaking to reporters, Party spokesperson Nawab Malik said the next decision will be taken only after discussion with the Congress.


And now news from the world of Cinema. Real life has been depicted on screen in many forms. New Wave of Indian Cinema is one of them. The Golden Jubilee of International Film Festival of India, IFFI in Goa is recalling the great film makers of this genre. Beginning on 20th of this month, IFFI has curated a special section on the Retrospective of the New wave in Indian Cinema.  Here is a sneak peek into this section:

"The decade of late 1950’s to the late 1970’s, saw a new breed of film makers charting a new territory. Mrinal Sen, Mani Kaul, Kumar Shahani, Shyam Benegal & Adoor Gopalakrishnan were the proponents. The narrative, style and budget was different compared to the mainstream Bollywood. 12 films of this genre will be screened under the ‘India’s New Wave Cinema Retrospective’ in Goa. It opens with Ritwik Ghatak's Bangla film Ajantrik & Meghe Dhaka Tara.

Mrinal Sen's Hindi movie, ‘Bhuvan Shome’, released in 1969 is a story of a lonely widower and strict disciplinarian, and how a journey changes him.

1977 Tamil movie ‘Agraharathil Kazhuthai’ directed by John Abraham is another eye opener. It tells a story of what ensues when a donkey strays into a village dominated by upper caste Brahmins. Shyam Benegal's Bhumika and Ankur, Mani Kaul's Uski Roti and Adoor Gopalakrishnan's Swayamvaram are among other movies to be screened at IFFI in this section.

The films from the New wave in Indian Cinema blurred the boundaries between the documentary and fiction. No wonder, Mrinal Sen once termed them as the "Signature of the film maker". This retrospective in a way is an ode to the craft of these Indian  film makers. Stay tuned for more such s with us. IFFI desk, AIR News. (Iffi tune fade out)"


In Uttarakhand, the portals of Badrinath Shrine were closed today for the winter season, amid chants and hymns. The shrine was decorated with flowers for the closing ceremony which was witnessed by a large number of devotees from the country and abroad. The palanquin of idols will leave for Narsimh Temple early tomorrow.

Badrinath is the last shrine of the Char Dham Shrines in Uttarakhand  to close for the winters after Gangotri Yamunotri and Kedarnath.


In Tennis, first-time finalists Dominic Thiem and Stefanos Tsitsipas will meet in the summit clash of ATP Finals in London  tonight.

Austrian fifth seed Thiem defeated defending champion Alexander Zverev in the Men's Singles semifinals yesterday. In the other semi final, Greek sixth seed Tsitsipas beat six-time champion Roger Federer.

The ATP Finals will have a first-time champion for the fourth year in a row.


Indian women clinched five gold while two men bagged silver at Asian Youth Boxing Championship in Mongolia today. Naorem Chanu (51kg), Vinka (64kg) Sanamacha Chanu (75kg), Poonam (54kg) and Sushma (81kg) won Gold for the country in a phenomenal sweep. India signed off with 12 medals in the event.


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