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14th December, 2019


  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi chairs first meeting of National Ganga Council in Kanpur; reviews progress of various projects.

  • Campaigning for fourth phase of Jharkhand Assembly elections concludes.

  • Situation improves in Assam as no untoward incident reported during last 48 hours; flight operations normal in North East. 

  • Former Sudanese President Omar-al-Bashir sentenced to two years in jail for corruption.

  • In Cricket, India to take on West Indies in 1st ODI of three match series in Chennai tomorrow.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi today chaired the first meeting of the National Council for Ganga and reviewed the progress of the Namami Gange Project aimed at cleaning river Ganga. Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath, Chief Minister of Uttarakhand Trivendra Singh Rawat, Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar Sushil Modi participated in the meeting. Several Union Ministers including Prakash Jawdekar, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Dr. Harshvardhan, RK Singh, Prahlad Patel, Mansukh Mandavia, Hardeep Singh Puri and concerned officers of Central and State Governments were also present in the meeting.

During the meeting, Prime Minister Modi reviewed the progress of work done and gave some suggestions for cleaning the Ganga river. Giving more information about the meeting Environment Minister Prakash javdekar said that the Prime Minister also suggested innovative ideas to clean river Ganga.

"जहां 14 करोड़ लीटर रोज गंदगी नदी में आती थी वो कैसे बंद हुई है वो हमने देखा। तो प्रधानमंत्री ने उसका जायजा लिया आज कि बैठक में भी उन्होंने सारे मुद्दों को स्पर्श किया। नई नई कल्पनाएं भी बताई तो ये एक जनआंदोलन बन चुका है तो गंगा साफ होती रहेगी।"

Mr Javadekar added that the flow of industrial effluent has been reduced and afforestation work and sewage treatment plants costing more than 28 thousand crores are being done for rejuvenation of river.

Our Correspondent reports that the Prime Minister also visited the exhibition on Namami Gange Mission showcasing the work done for the cleanliness of River Ganga before the meeting.

"After the meeting PM accompanied with Union ministers, and chief ministers of the states reached newly built Atal Ghat near Ganga Barrage to asses changes achieved under Namai Gange in past few years. Mr Modi also inspected seesmau nullah which was the largest drain falling in river Ganga and now its flow into the river Ganga has been completely stoped. The 128-year old drain was major contributer to the river's pollution. The Kanpur stretch of river Ganga is considered to be most polluted segment of the river in its course from Gaumukh to Gangasagar. However Under Namami Gange Programme 13 out of 16 major drains in Kanpur have been completely tapped and the sewage and industrial effluent has been diverted to Common Effluent Treatment Plants CETP. SUSHIL CHANDRA TIWARI, AIR NEWS, KANPUR."


Campaigning for the fourth phase of Jharkhand Assembly elections ended this evening. Star campaigners of various political parties made last ditch efforts to woo the voters.

Addressing an election rally at Giridih, BJP President and Union Home Minister Amit Shah said, opposition parties are confusing people over Citizenship Amendment Act. He said, BJP is not anti-Muslim and the Centre is committed to protect the rights and interests of the community.

"एक कांग्रेस पार्टी कहती है कि ये मुस्लिम विरोधी हैं। कोई मुस्लिम विरोधी नहीं देखी। हमने 370 हटाई, आप कहते हो मुस्लिम विरोधी है और अब हम सीटीजनशिप अमेंडमेंट बिल लेकर आए आप नॉर्थर्इस् के अंदर आग लगाने में पड़े हो मगर मैं आज इस मंच से असम और नॉर्थईस् के सभी राज्यों को कहना चाहता हूं कि नॉर्थईस् के भाइयों-बहनों की संस्कृति, उनकी भाषा, उनकी सामाजिक पहचान और उनके राजनीतिक अधिकार अक्षुंण रहेंगे।"

JMM leader Hemant Soren said, if his alliance is voted to power, 27 per cent reservation will be given to OBCs and loans of farmers will be waived.

Jharkhand Vikas Morcha Chief Babulal Marandi alleged that the state government cancelled over five lakh cards of poors.

Leaders of RJD, Congress and left parties also addressed rallies in favour of their party candidates.

15 constituencies spread over four districts of Dhanbad, Deoghar, Giridih and Bokaro will go to polls in this phase on Monday. Out of these, five constituencies - Bagodar, Jamua, Giridih, Dumri and Tundi are Naxal-infested.

"The fourth phase of Assembly elections remains to be the most crucial for both the ruling BJP and Opposition parties ahead of the government formation exercise.  During 2014 assembly elections BJP had won11 out of 15 seats. Amar Kumar Bauri won elections from ticket of Jharkhand Vikas Morcha but Mr. Bauri later joined BJP. The BJP has given 11 tickets to sittings MLAs this time. Besides BJP, UPA Alliance comprising of Congress, JMM and RJD are contesting on all 15 seats. Babulal Marandi led Jharkhand Vikas Morcha is also trying its luck on these seats. On the other hand, AJSU has put 12 candidates for this phase. Two ministers, 7 ex-ministers and 14 MLAs among the 221 candidates whose political fortune will be decided in this phase. With KK. Lal report from Ranchi, Sanjeev Jasrotia, AIR News."


Rashtrapati Bhavan hosted a conference of 46 Heads of Central Universities and Institutes of Higher Learning in several fields including agriculture, pharmaceuticals, aviation, design, petroleum and energy. Speaking at the concluding session today, President Ram Nath Kovind said, India has set itself for sustainable development as it strives to eliminate poverty and become a middle-income country. He said, each of these institutes will be instrumental to the realization of country's socio-economic goals. The President said that the Central Agricultural Universities can support the national goal of promoting sustainable agriculture, productivity and supporting farmers with useful research.


Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu today said that education alone has the ability to bring about change in people’s mindset and alter social norms. He said, we must develop a holistic education system that teaches students values of life and inculcate a scientific and innovative spirit. He was speaking at the Platinum Jubilee Celebrations of Charutar Vidya Mandal at Anand in Gujarat.

The Vice President said, India needs a world-class higher education system that enables students to become entrepreneurs. Mr. Naidu said, enabling ecosystems should be created within universities to enhance research and development. He urged private universities to impart quality education for the current and future needs.


Situation improved slightly in Assam as no untoward incident has been reported during the last 48 hours. Curfew has been relaxed for a few hours in Guwahati and Dibrugarh municipal areas today. Large number of people thronged markets in Guwahati to buy goods and vehicles were on the roads in the city during the relaxation of curfew. Long queues were seen in front of the ATMs.

North East Frontier Railway ran a special train this afternoon between Guwahati and Dimapur to help the stranded passengers.

The Assam Government has provided two telephone numbers of the Tourism Department for the help of stranded tourists for any assistance. The numbers are - 94351-83370 and 60023-77090. A strict vigil is being maintained by security agencies.

In Meghalaya, curfew was relaxed for nine hours in the areas falling under Lumdiengjri and Sadar police stations of East Khasi Hills district. A delegation of Meghalaya Democratic Alliance led by its Chairman and Chief Minister, Conrad K Sangma met Union Home Minister Amit Shah. The delegation urged the Home Minister to implement the Inner Line Permit in the State.

Meanwhile, flight operations are normal in North East except Dibrugarh. Talking to AIR, Regional Executive Director of Airports Authority of India of the Northeast region Sanjiv Jindal said that passengers are allowed to use guest houses, lounges in the airport 24 hours even if there is no flight operation.

"पुरे नॉर्थईस् में 10 एयरपोर्ट हैं जो फंक्शनल हैं अब उस दस के दस एयरपोर्ट में सिर्फ एक एयरपोर्ट डिब्रूगढ़ को छोड़के बाकि सभी जगह पर एयरपोर्ट के अंदर जो फ्लाईटस हैं वो नार्मल तरीके से चल रही हैं लेकिन कल सारी फ्लाइट डिब्रूगढ़ से भी ऑपरेट होंगी और उसमें जो असम गॉवरमेंट है उन्होंने बसेंस और कुछ टेंपो ट्रेवलर वगैरह की व्यवस्था कर दी है।"


The Joint CSIR-UGC National Eligibility Test, NET, for candidates scheduled to appear in Assam and Meghalaya has been postponed due to unrest in the region. The National Testing Agency, which conducts the test, announced that the exam in other states will be held tomorrow as per the schedule. Revised date of examination will be announced soon for Assam and Meghalaya.


FASTags or prepaid rechargeable tags for toll collection, that allow automatic payment, will become mandatory for all vehicles from tomorrow. The facility will be effective from 8 AM. National Highways Authority of India has equipped all fee plazas with Electronic Toll Collection System. All lanes, except one on each side in fee plazas, will be declared FASTag lanes. A FASTag uses radio frequency identification technology to enable direct toll payments from a moving vehicle. If anyone goes into an electronic toll collection lane without a FASTag, he or she has to pay double charges.


The CBI has booked former Chairperson of Sangeet Natak Akademi Leela Samson for alleged unfruitful expenditure of over seven crore rupees on the renovation of Koothambalam auditorium of Kalakshetra Foundation, Chennai. In a complaint, the Chief Vigilance Officer of the Culture Ministry said the contract for the renovation work was awarded at a higher rate in violation of General Finance Rules. Along with Samson, four others have been booked in the case.


Mother Dairy has increased its milk prices by up to three rupees per litre in Delhi and NCR due to lower supply and rise in procurement cost. The new prices will be effective from tomorrow. Prices of both token and poly-pack milk have been increased in a range of two to three rupees per litre.


Delhi Commission of Women Chief Swati Maliwal has written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi today demanding immediate implementation of Disha Bill in the entire country. The bill was recently approved by the Andhra Pradesh Cabinet mandating disposal of cases of atrocities against women within 21 days.


Cold wave has intensified in Himachal Pradesh following heavy snowfall in high and mid hills. State capital Shimla received season’s first snowfall. Tribal district Lahaul and Spiti, Kinnaur and Kullu districts received heavy snowfall for the last three days.

Cold wave also continued to sweep Uttarakhand after heavy snowfall in hilly areas and moderate rainfall in other parts of the state during the past 24 hours.

In Jammu and Kashmir, vehicular movement on Jammu-Srinagar National Highway remained suspended for the second consecutive day today due to snowfall and landslides.


The Ministry of Earth Sciences has developed a mobile application - Sagar Vani - to disseminate the ocean information, advisories and early warning to various user communities including the fishermen. Earth Sciences Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan gave this information in a written reply in the Lok Sabha yesterday. The Minister said, the advisories disseminated through the software application helps the fishermen in getting information on the ocean state forecast, high wave s, tsunami early warnings and thus ensuring the safety and security of the fishermen community in the coastal regions.


In Sudan, a court today convicted former President Omar al-Bashir of money laundering and corruption charges sentencing him to two years in a minimum security lock-up. This is the first verdict in a series of legal proceedings against al-Bashir, who is also wanted by the International Criminal Court on charges of war crimes and genocide linked to the Darfur conflict. The verdict comes a year after Sudanese protesters erupted in revolt against al-Bashir's authoritarian rule. Al-Bashir has been in custody since last April, when Sudan's military ousted him after months of nationwide protests.


In New Zealand, the death toll has risen to 17 as divers continued search today in the seas around the volatile White Island. Two people are still missing five days after the volcano erupted. Another 27 remain in hospital with 20 listed as being in a critical condition. Scientists monitoring the island said the likelihood of another eruption over the weekend is decreasing, but the risk remained.


In the Spanish capital city of Madrid, countries remain deadlocked in talks during the COP-25 Summit over combating climate change as United Nations talks drag on beyond the official deadline. Officials from almost 200 countries met early today to examine new texts drafted overnight.

Chile's Environment Minister Carolina Schmidt, who is chairing the two-week talks, urged countries to recognize the overall balance of the latest drafts and called on officials to show the outside world that multi-lateralism works.

Many nations and observers said, the latest versions risked backtracking on existing commitments made in the 2015 Paris Climate Accord and didn't reflect the urgent warnings from scientists that greenhouse gas emissions need to fall sharply and soon.


In Cricket, India will take on the West Indies in the three-ODI series beginning tomorrow in Chennai. India are currently at second place in the ICC ODI Team Rankings and will have a chance to dethrone England who are at the top. Earlier, India had won the T20 series against the West Indies 2-1.


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