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FASTags mandatory for all vehicles comes into effect from today            No plan to use Artificial Intelligence in decision-making process in courts says CJI            All arrangements in place for the fourth phase of Assembly elections tomorrow in Jharkhand            Cold wave conditions continue in several parts of North India            India to take on West Indies in first ODI in Chennai this afternoon           

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Morning News

0815 HRS
18.11.2019

THE HEADLINES,

  • Winter Session of Parliament begins today.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi expresses hope for constructive debates in both houses.

  • Justice SA Bobde to take over as 47th Chief Justice of India this morning.

  • Gotabaya Rajapaksa to be sworn in as new president of Sri Lanka.

  • And in Sports, Indian women clinch five gold medals in the Asian Youth Boxing Championship.

  • And, Greek tennis player Stefanos Tsitsipas wins the ATP Finals title in London. 

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The Winter Session of Parliament will begin today. The Session will have 20 sittings. It will end on the 13th of next month.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed hope that both Houses of Parliament will have constructive debates on ways to empower citizens and to further India’s development. Mr Modi also assured an all-party meeting that the government is ready to discuss all issues.

During the meeting in New Delhi, the Prime Minister said, the most important job of Parliament is to discuss and debate. Briefing reporters after the meeting, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi said that Mr Modi urged political parties to make the Winter Session of Parliament productive, like the last one.

"माननीय प्रधानमंत्री जी ने यह कहा है कि इश्‍यू टू डिस्‍कस इन पार्लियामेंट, पार्लियामेंट का प्रमुख काम डिस्‍कसन का है और इस स्‍ट्रक्‍चर्ड डिबेट से ब्‍यूरोक्रेसी को एक सतर्कता महसूस होना चाहिए। ऐसा डिबेट होना चाहिए।"

Mr Joshi said the Prime Minister also talked about Constitution Day to be observed on the 26th of this month. Mr Modi said the Constitution and the democratic system of the country are unique.

The meeting was attended by senior party leaders of various political parties including BJP Chief Amit Shah, Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad TMC leader Sudip Bandopadhyay. Ram Gopal Yadav of the Samajwadi Party, and TR Baalu of the DMK.

Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu also held a meeting of leaders of several parties in the Upper House yesterday. A meeting of the ruling NDA allies was also held in Parliament House.

In a tweet, the Prime Minister said, he had an extensive meeting with the BJP Parliamentary Party. Mr Modi said no stone will be left unturned in ushering in a qualitative change in the lives of farmers, youth, Nari Shakti and the poorest of the poor. 

"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 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."

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The filing of nominations for the second phase of assembly elections in Jharkhand will end today. 20 constituencies will go to the polls in this phase on the 7th of December. Scrutiny of nominations will take place tomorrow. November 21 is the last date for withdrawal of candidature. The 81-member Jharkhand assembly will go to the polls in five phases between November the 30th and December the 20th Counting votes will be taken up the December the 23rd.

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Nationalist Congress Party Chief Sharad Pawar will meet Congress President Sonia Gandhi in New Delhi today, to discuss government formation in Maharashtra. A decision to this effect was taken at the NCP core committee meeting at Mr Pawar’s residence yesterday evening.

"Nationalist Congress Party spokesperson Nawab Malik said the NCP core committee's meeting, which lasted for over two hours, was attended by senior party leaders Jayant Patil, Dilip Walse Patil, Chhagan Bhujbal, Ajit Pawar, Supriya Sule, Sunil Tatkare, Dhananjay Munde and other senior leaders. He added that today’s talk between Pawar and Sonia Gandhi, in New Delhi is to discuss the possibility of formation of government in Maharashtra. After the meeting, leaders of both the parties are likely to meet in a day or two to discuss the future course of action. SONALI GHADYALPATIL, AIR NEWS, MUMBAI."

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Justice SA Bobde will take over as 47th Chief Justice of India (CJI) today. President Ram Nath Kovind will administer the oath of office to him at Rastrapati Bhavan at 9:30 AM. Justice Bobde will succeed justice Ranjan Gogoi, who retired yesterday. He will have a tenure of around 18 months till his retirement on April the 23, 2021. Justice Bobde was elevated as a Judge of the Supreme Court on April 12, 2013. He was part of the five-judge constitution bench which delivered the landmark Ayodhya verdict.

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Gotabaya Rajapakasa will be sworn-in as new President of Sri Lanka at Anuradhapura today. Swearing-in will take place at 11 AM. Mr Rajapakasa  won over 52 percent votes in the Presidential elections held on Saturday. He defeated his nearest rival Sajith Premadasa.

"The swearing in of Gotabaya as seventh President of Sri lanka also signifies the return of Rajpaksa family to power. Gotabaya’s elder brother Mahinda Rajapksa served as President for two terms but lost during 2015 elections. Both brothers take credit for ending the LTTE war as Gotabaya served as defence secretary during the period. His taking over as President also marks his entry into active politics as he has never held membership of any political party. Meanwhile, half a dozen of ministers under PM Ranil Wickremsinghe has resigned putting government stability under question. SANTOSH KUMAR FOR AIR NEWS FROM COLOMBO."

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India has extended the Visa-on-Arrival facility to nationals of the United Arab Emirates. However, Pakistan Origin UAE nationals will not be eligible for this facility. "Visa-on-Arrival will be available for a period of up to 60 days with double entry for business, tourism, conference and medical purposes. However, the nationals of the UAE have to obtain a prior e-Visa or a normal paper Visa for India. This facility will be available at six designated International Airports namely, Bangaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Mumbai. According to Ambassador Pavan Kapoor , this is a ‘special gesture’ for the UAE with whom India has a comprehensive strategic partnership. KANCHAN PRASAD, AIR NEWS, DUBAI."

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The 6th ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting-Plus the (ADMM-Plus) will be held in Bangkok in Thailand today. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh along with 17 other Defence Ministers of ADMM-Plus countries will attend the meeting.

On the sidelines of ADMM-Plus yesterday, Rajnath Singh held bilateral meetings with US Secretary of Defence Mark Esper and defence Minister's of three other countries. Mr Singh reviewed the entire gamut of bilateral defence relations with the respective leaders and discussed ways to further improving their relationships.

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Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has inaugurated North India's first sugar mill which will produce ethanol direct from sugarcane. The mill was inaugurated in Pipraich area of Gorakhpur yesterday. Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said his government is working to restore the pride of the Sugar Bowl’ of east Uttar Pradesh.

"Pipraich sugar mill which was closed earlier has been revived by present government and it will have the crushing capacity of 50000 quintals per day generating employment to at least 45,000 people. Mill will produce sulphur-free sugar and 27 megawatt electricity will also be produced, which will generate income of Rs 30 crore rupees. Very soon a modern distillery will be installed in the Pipraich sugar mill. SUSHIL CHANDRA TIWARI, AIR NEWS, LUCKNOW."

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Karnataka Chief Minister B.S.Yediyurappa will inaugurate a three day Bengaluru Tech Summit at the Bangaluru Palace today. More than 3500 delegates, 12,000 visitors and 200 speakers will be part of  the three day Bengaluru Tech Summit.  250 Exhibitors will showcase their services, products, and technologies to the visitors.

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The 50th International Film Festival of India opens on Wednesday, 20th November in Goa.

The Film festival caters to over twelve thousand delegates. But don't worry if you are not a delegate ! There is an Open Air Screening section, where you can enjoy some of the blockbusters for free.

"The theme of the Open Air Screenings in the Golden Jubilee year is ‘The Joy of Cinema’. 14 films including classics as well as comedies along with the movies from the related genres will be screened in this section.

Kishore Kumar's all-time hit, Padosan alongvwith Chalti ka naam gaadi, lead the pack of movies.

Recent releases like  Badhaai Ho and Total Dhamaal are bound to tickle the Goans and  tourists alike !

The open air screenings have been organised at two venues from 21st to 27th November. Joggers Park at Altinho, Panjim will screen movies on comedy and related genres. Miramar Beach is the other venue . It will screen those from the Indian Panorama section. Goa's very own Nachom-ia Kumpasar in Konkani will be screened. Hindi action film Uri : The Surgical Strike will also be another major attraction.

The open air screenings are open to everyone and you need not have any registration. The entry would be free for all. IFFI  desk,  AIR NEWS."

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Indian women have clinched five gold, while men bagged two silver at Asian Youth Boxing Championship in Mongolia yesterday. All five women finalists, Naorem Chanu (51kg), Vinka (64kg) Sanamacha Chanu (75kg), Poonam (54kg) and Sushma (81kg) won Gold for the country in a phenomenal sweep.

Among the men, Selay Soy (49kg) and Ankit Narwal (60kg) settled for the second place after going down in their respective summit clashes.  

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Greek tennis player Stefanos Tsitsipas won the ATP Finals yesterday beating Austria's Dominic Thiem 6-7, 6-2, 7-6. This was the debut of Tsisipas in ATP Finals. The match, which was held at the O2 Arena in London, lasted for 2 hours and 36 minutes.

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The News Services Division of All India Radio in its weekly bilingual live phone-in programme “PUBLIC SPEAK” will bring you a discussion tonight on “Adoption in India - initiatives on finding a family for every child.” This can be heard on FM Gold channel and additional frequencies from 9.30 PM. Listeners can ask questions from the experts in our studio on Toll Free Telephone No: 1800-115767.

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NEWSPAPER HEADLINES,

  • The Muslim Law Board wanting a review of the Ayodhya verdict is mentioned in most headlines.  The Indian Express writes "Mosque Side set to file review plea against SC order, rejects 5-acre plot".

  • The Times of India headline reads - "Jolted by bloody Easter, Lanka chooses strongman Gotabaya", who as Defence Secretary led the final assault on the LTTE.

  • On Kashmir The Tribune reports that authorities are seeking an undertaking from institutional internet subscribers that they will have to provide complete access to all content, so that internet is restricted to business purposes only. "Rail services resume in Kashmir" writes The Statesman

  • The Hindustan Times says that at an event in New Delhi yesterday, Bill Gates said, "If there was one wish I had for India, it would be to get rid of malnutrition".  The Tribune reports of a book published by UNICEF to provide nutritious and cheap food, costing less than rupees 20, with items such as paneer rolls and uttapams for children.

  • And finally The Times of India informs us that the ravines of the Chambal, once a hideout for dreaded dacoits, is soon to be landscaped and turned into a hub of eco-tourism and improved farm practices by the Madhya Pradesh Government.

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