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PM Modi leads nation in expressing people's resolve to fight COVID-19            Prime Minister Modi’s ‘9pm 9minute’ appeal evokes massive response            Centre issues guidelines for quarantine facilities amid COVID-19 pandemic            Civil Aviation Minister calls reports of flights resumption after April 14 as 'mere speculation'            Govt asks States to facilitate truck drivers, labourers reach their workplace to ensure smooth movement of essential items           

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0815 HRS
18.02.2020

THE HEADLINES:

  • Prime Minister says his government is ensuring development without harming environment.

  • Over 150 prominent citizens including former judges, bureaucrats, army officers and academicians write to the President against anti-CAA protesters.

  • World Health Organization says Covid-19 is not as deadly as other coronaviruses; warns against blanket measures over the outbreak.

  • Financial Action Task Force says terrorist groups continue to benefit from funds through illegal activities despite tightening of measures on money flow.

  • And in Sports, Asian Wrestling Championship begins in New Delhi today.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that his government firmly believes in the path of sustainable development and is ensuring that development happens without harming the environment. Mr Modi said, India is one of the few countries whose actions are compliant with the Paris Agreement goal of keeping rise in temperature to below two degrees Celsius. He was addressing the 13th Conference of Parties (COP) of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) at Gandhinagar in Gujarat. Prime Minister said, India has been championing climate action based on values of conservation, sustainable lifestyle and green development model. This has been reflected in the slogan theme for the CMS COP 13  - "Migratory species connect the planet and together we welcome them home " he said.

"With a view to conserve the birds, along the Central Asian Flyway and their habitats, India has prepared a national action plan for conservation of migratory birds along the Central Asian Flyway. India would be happy to facilitate preparations of action plan for other countries in this regard."

Prime Minister stressed the need for cooperation in conservation of wildlife as several protected areas in country share common boundaries with other nations.

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Over 150 prominent citizens including former judges, bureaucrats, army officers and academicians wrote to President Ram Nath Kovind against anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protesters. They said that a false and motivated campaign is being launched against the law, the National Population Register, NPR and National Register of Citizens, NRC to harm the nation. In a letter, they urged the government to look into the ongoing protests with all seriousness, safeguard the nation's democratic institutions and take stern action against people behind them.

The signatories include 11 former judges of different High Courts, 24 retired IAS officers, 11 former Indian Foreign Service officers, 16 retired IPS officers and 18 former Lieutenant Generals.

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The Supreme Court has said that people have a fundamental right to protest peacefully and lawfully but blocking public roads is a matter of concern as it might lead to chaotic situation. It stressed that there has to be a balancing factor. The court was hearing pleas yesterday, over the road blocks due to the ongoing protests at Shaheen Bagh in Delhi against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).

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In a significant development that exposes cracks in the ruling Maha Vikas Aghadi government in Maharashtra, the state government is likely to conduct a parallel investigation into the Elgar Parishad-Bhima Koregaon case. Speaking to reporters in Mumbai, State Home Minister Anil Deshmukh said his department will seek legal opinion in the matter and try to set up a Special Investigating Team, SIT.

Earlier, Nationalist Congress Party spokesperson and state’s Minority Affairs Minister Nawab Malik announced that Article 10 of the NIA Act allows formation of a separate committee to conduct a parallel probe into any incident.

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Now moving on to our series "Har Kaam Desh Ke Naam" we take a look at the programmes and policies of the government aimed at reaching out to the last mile development and welfare of all. Today, we take a look at the Soil Health Card Scheme which is completing five years tomorrow. Launching the scheme in 2015, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said farmers' produce will be good only if the soil health is intact. Mr Modi has on numerous occasions stressed on the importance of soil management, saying that a holistic approach should be adopted to increase productivity.

"अब ये बात सही है कि जनसंख्या बढ रही है, जमीन बढ़ने वाली नहीं है। कम होने वाली है। तब स्वाइल मैनेजमेंट ये बहुत  अहम आवश्यकता बन गई है। होलिस्टिक एप्रोच कैसे हो इसके लिए हमारी प्रोडेक्टिविटी कैसे बढे। हमारे पास मार्जिनल फार्मर्स 85  परसेंट हैं देश में। ऐसी स्थिति में हमारे किसान कम जमीन में भी ज्यादा उत्पादन और उत्पादित चीजें भी सिर्फ  खुद  के पेट भरने के लिए नहीं उसके अपनी इसकी मार्केट वैल्यू ऐसी हो ताकि क्वालिटी ऐसी हो ताकि वो अपनी रोजी-रोटी कमा सके।"

Encouraged by the benefits that the farmers are getting through Soil Health Cards, the Telangana State Government is making efforts to scale it up by five times during the coming financial year. Over 1.10 lakh Soil Health Cards have been distributed to farmers so far in the state. Assistant Director in State Agriculture Department Sri Devi informed that one village in each block has been covered as a pilot project during the current year.

"In this way we will be able to create awareness among the farmers that we are issuing a soil health card specific to that farmer's field. And by following the fertilizers recommendations mentioned in that soil card, farmers will be able to reduce investment on fertilizers and he would be able to re-put in the harvest."

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US President Donald Trump will arrive on a two day state visit to India on 24th of this month. This will be his first visit to India. He will be accompanied by First Lady Melania Trump. President Trump and the First Lady will attend official engagements in New Delhi and Gujarat, and interact with a cross-section of Indian society.

US President Donald Trump has said he is looking forward to his first visit to India.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also noted in a tweet that India and the US share a common commitment to democracy and pluralism. More from our correspondent.

"Prime Minister Modi and President Trump last met on 24th of September last year on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly session in New York. This was their fourth meeting since Mr Modi returned to power for a second term in May last year. Over the past three years, both leaders have developed a personal rapport. They met four times last year, including their historic joint address before a strong 50,000 crowd of Indian-Americans in Houston. During this visit, the two leaders are expected to jointly address a massive public rally at a newly- built stadium in Ahmedabad. President Trump will also take part in a roadshow and tour the Sabarmati Ashram. This visit is expected to further bolster the strategic ties and enduring friendship between the people of the two countries. Suparna Saikia, AIR News, Delhi."

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World Health Organization, WHO has warned against blanket measures over the novel coronavirus outbreak, pointing out the epidemic outside of China is only affecting a tiny proportion of the population. WHO also said that COVID-19 is less deadly than other coronaviruses such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, SARS or Middle East Respiratory Syndrome. WHO officials rejected the suggestion that all cruises should be halted to avoid risking a new nest of infection like the one on the coronavirus-hit Diamond Princess off Japan.

WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters in Geneva yesterday that measures should be taken proportional to the situation. Blanket measures may not help. Michael Ryan, head of WHO's health emergencies programme said, even at the epicentre of the crisis in the city of Wuhan in central Hubei Province, the attack rate was four per 100,000.

Meanwhile, Death toll from new coronavirus epidemic crossed 1,800 in China today after 93 more people died in Hubei province.

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The Financial Action Task Force, FATF has said that several terrorist groups continue to benefit from funds raised through illegal activities and from supporters worldwide despite the international terror financing watchdog tightening the standards on flow of money.

The week-long Financial Action Task Force plenary, currently underway in Paris, will decide Pakistan's fate, whether it will continue in the FATF's 'Grey List', or put in the 'Black List' or spared from listing.

India has maintained that Pakistan extends regular support to terror groups like Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammad and Hizbul Mujahideen, whose prime target is India and urged FATF to take action against Islamabad.

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External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar has reached Belgium for talks with leaders of the European Union on the bilateral issues and prepare the ground for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's planned visit for the 15th India-EU summit in Brussels in March. Dr Jaishankar, met his Belgian counterpart Philippe Goffin.

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We now move on to our special series on Nation wide campaign on Ek Bharat Shreshth Bharat.

Under the “Ek Bharat Shreshta Bharat” initiative of Government, National Integration Camp is being held in Mandya district of Karnataka from today till 22nd February. Our Correspondent talked to the head Co-ordinator of Nehru Yuva Kendra, which has organised the camp.

"Mandya in Karnataka known for sugarcane cultivation will host a National Integration camp organised by Nehru Yuva Kendra along with other supporting organisations. The district Head Co-ordinator of Nehru Yuva Kendra in Mandya Ananthappa says that the five days camp will provide scope for visiting youth to live, discuss and debate together and develop a better understanding of national integration.

"About 250 youth from various states of the country will attend camp like Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Kerala, Maharashtra, Assam, Uttrakhand, Chhattisgarh, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka."

The five days camp is designed to exchange fascinating aspects of culture, heritage and traditions among the visiting youngsters from different states to overcome religious and linguistic barriers. Sudhindra, AIR news, Bengaluru."

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With an aim to facilitate use of latest fintech innovations in capital markets, Securities and Exchange Board of India, SEBI has decided to allow live testing of new products, services and business models by market players on select customers. The decision was made at SEBI’s board meeting held in Mumbai on Monday.

"The regulatory sandbox will grant certain facilities and flexibilities to eligible entities to experiment with new business models and technologies. The idea is to help fintech startups access market-related data, particularly trading and holding data in an anonymized form to help them test innovations effectively before their introduction in a life environment. The sandbox is expected to be open for a specified period of time for each entity approved to enter it, with certain relaxations so that experiments can be created without disrupting live data. SWEETY JAIN, AIR NEWS, MUMBAI."

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Asian Wrestling Championship will begin in New Delhi today. It will be held at the KD Jadhav Hall of Indira Gandhi Stadium till 23rd of this month. The event will have a total of 30 weight classes, 10 each in Freestyle Men, Women, and Greco Roman. The Championship will begin with Greco-Roman events, followed by women wrestling and men's freestyle.

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The Alipore zoo in Kolkata has announced the arrival of a zebra and two lemurs. Zoo director Asish Samanta said that the zebra foal was named Valentina as she was born on February 14, the Valentine's Day.

With Valentina, who is doing fine, the zoo now has two male and female zebras.

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NEWSPAPER HEADLINES,

  • Most newspapers today carry a picture of beaming women officers in uniform as the Supreme Court on Monday paved the way for women in command positions in the Army. "Women Army Officers eligible for permanent Commission: The Hindu quotes the Supreme Court.

  • The news of AAP government kick starting its third term in Delhi has also been extensively covered by the newspapers today. The Hindustan Times headline reads, "Government takes charge: CM reassigns key departments of water, environment".

  • Ringing worrisome bells, the Economic Times headline reads "SC turns down Voda, Idea's plea on Bank guarantees.

  • Commenting on the right to protest but without chaos, The Times of India in its front page headline says "Supreme Court appoints mediators to get Shaheen protestors off roads.

  • And finally, "This Bihar school gives loan for hair cuts, shampoo, pencils, erasers" is the headline in the Statesman talking about a government school in Bihar which promotes cleanliness in this unique way.

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