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19th October,2017

THE HEADLINES :-

  • US says, Washington and New Delhi are committed to building ambitious partnership to benefit nations working towards peace and stability.
  • Deepawali, the festival of lights being celebrated across the country with pomp and show; President, Vice President and Prime Minister greet the nation.
  • Centre reduces call rates on Satellite Phone used by armed forces; abolishes monthly charge of 500 rupees.
  • Maharashtra government releases 4,000 crore rupees under the first phase of its farm loan waiver scheme.
  • Income Tax Department launches an online chat service for taxpayers.
  • Saina Nehwal, Kidambi Srikanth and H S Prannoy enter second roumd of Denmark Open badminton tournament.
  • Quarter-final fixtures of FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 drawn.

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The United States has said that President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi are committed to building an "ambitious" partnership that benefits not just their countries but also other nations working towards peace and stability. US Secretary of State Rex W Tillerson said this yesterday, in a major India policy speech before the Center for Strategic and International Studies, CSIS, ahead of his maiden visit to India next week. Tillerson made an impassioned plea for closer ties with India while casting China as a threat to the world order and saying Pakistan needed to do more to fight terrorism.

Tillerson also supported New Delhi's opposition to the One-Belt One-Road initiative of China. India is opposed to the project as it passes through Pak-occupied Kashmir. He also said China's financing of  infrastructure projects results in enormous level of debt and underscored the need for an alternative financing model. 

Speaking on defence ties with India, the top US diplomat said the US values the role India can play in global security and stability and are prepared to ensure they have even greater capabilities. He said Washington has offered a number of proposals to India in the defence sector that can be "potential game changers" for  bilateral commercial and military cooperation.

Tillerson said his visit could not have come at a more promising time for the US-India partnership, as this year marks the 70th anniversary of relations between the two countries.

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Diwali, the festival of lights is being celebrated across the country with pomp and show today . In the national capital, people gear up to celebrate a Cracker less and pollution free Diwali. The Supreme Court has temporarily banned the sale of firecrackers in the national capital region till the 31st October to control air pollution during diwali. Our correspondent reports that last year, the air quality of Delhi had deteriorated and a dense blanket of smog had kept the city shrouded for over a week, soon after the Diwali festivities.

"People in the national capital are in festive mood to celebrate the festival of light, Diwali. They have decorated their houses with fancy lights and are preparing to worship Goddess of wealth, Lakshmi. People have also dotted the entrances of their houses with rangolis. Elaborate security arrangement have been made by the Delhi Police and administration to make Diwali incident- free. All the fire stations in the city have been put on alert and city government has made special arrangements for treating the burn victims in different hospitals. With Dipendra Kumar's report, from delhi,gULSHAN RAWAT, Air News.

Delhi Metro services will be available till 10 PM today. The last Metro train service will start at 10 PM from terminal stations of all Metro Lines. Services will run as usual for rest of the day.

Kali puja will also be celebrated tonight in several states including West Bengal, Odisha, Tripura, Bihar and Jharkhand. Reports of Diwali celebrations are also coming in from Abroad including Dubai and Sri Lanka.

President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have extended their greetings to the people on Deepawali. The President, in his message urged people to take a resolve to celebrate the festival in a clean and pollution free manner as well as build a healthy, prosperous and sensitive nation and society.

The Vice President wished that the festival will light  up our lives and usher in peace, prosperity and happiness.

In a tweet message, Prime Minister Modi hoped that this auspicious festival brighten the lives of people with prosperity and good health.

In a video message, Home Minister Rajnath Singh has urged the people to light one lamp for the jawans of security forces on the occasion.

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, who is in Andaman and Nicobar for two days to celebrate Diwali with soldiers, visited the Military Station in Port Blair last night. The Defence Minister witnessed a cultural programme and interacted with the troops and their families. She will visit Car Nicobar today.

As a Diwali gift to personnel of the military and the paramilitary, the Government has abolished the monthly charges on Digital Satellite Phone Terminal, DSPT and also reduced call rates to 1 rupee a minute. Briefing the media in New Delhi, Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha yesterday said Defence as well as paramilitary personel will be able to make calls to their families using satellite phones at 1 rupee a minute from today, instead of the existing 5 rupees per minute. He said, Defence personnel can now talk to their families and their Headquarters without worrying about expenses. 

The DSPT service provided by BSNL is used by soldiers and officers of various army and para-military units deployed in remote and far flung areas as no other means of communications are available in such areas.

In Tamilnadu, several villages including Koothankulam in Tirunelveli district, celebrated Diwali without bursting firecrackers to avoid scaring birds in their areas. For a long time, people of Koothankulam, which has a bird sanctuary, have avoided bursting firecrackers during the festival.

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The Maharashtra government has released a sum of 4,000 crore rupees under the first phase of the over 34,000 crore rupee farm loan waiver scheme. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said that in the first phase the disbursal will cover more than 8 lakh farmers across the state. More from our correspondent :-

"At an event organised for disbursement of the loan waiver amount into accounts of farmers, Chief Minister announced that in the first phase, the disbursal will cover more than 8 lakh farmers. He added that the remaining Rs 800 crore will be in the form of incentive for 3.78 lakh farmers who are paying their loans on time. The CM informed that 75-80 per cent of the disbursement will be completed by November 15. Fadnavis further said that from Rs 21,000 crore in 2011-12, investment in the agriculture sector  in the state had increased by almost three times to Rs 63,000 crore. Pooja Pal/air news Mumbai."

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The Bombay High Court has posted for tomorrow, the hearing of two public interest litigations filed against the ongoing indefinite strike of the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation, MSRTC staff. Justice S K Shinde would hear the petitions.

The petitions were filed yesterday highlighting the problems being faced by the people due to the strike, especially in rural areas, where state transport buses are the only mode of public transport.The state-run corporation MSRTC runs 18,000 buses, some of which go to far- flung areas which are not connected by the  rail network. According to the petitions, nearly 65 lakh people travel by state transport buses on a daily basis. Over one lakh employees of the MSRTC have gone on an indefinite strike demanding a hike in salary.

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The Income Tax Department has launched an online chat service for taxpayers so that they can seek answers to their basic queries and doubts relating to direct tax issues. A window has been hosted on the main page of the department's website – <<www.incometaxindia.gov.in>> with a prominent icon stating Live Chat Online - ask your query.  IT officials said, a team of experts from the department and independent tax practitioners have been deputed to answer the general queries of a taxpayer. This first-time initiative is aimed to enhance taxpayer services in the country.

The official said that more features will be added to the online chat system based on the feedback. 

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The Bhartiya Janata Party and Congress have released the list of candidates for Himachal Pradesh Assembly Elections scheduled on the 9th of next month. While the BJP has announced candidates for all of 68 constituencies, the Congress has released names of candidates for 59 assembly seats. .

Meanwhile, 15 candidates filed their nominations yesterday. With that, the number of nominations has now gone up to 27. No nominations would be filed today. Last date for filing of nominations is 23rd October.

A report from our correspondent:

"After long wait and marathon discussions the ruling congress party in the state has released its first list of 59 candidates. Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh will contest from Arki in Solan district while state congress president Thakur Sukhwinder Singh will be party candidate from Nadaun assembly constituency in Hamirpur district. On the other hand BJP has announced its candidates for all 68 constituencies and former Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal has been fielded from Sujanpur instead of his present constituency Hamirpur. Shishu Sharma Shantal, AIR News, Shimla."    

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Even as the south-west monsoon exited from most parts of Odisha, the low pressure formed over Central and adjoining South Bay of Bengal has brushed most parts of the State. According to Bhubaneswar Met Department, the system will trigger rains in the State until Monday next week. A report:

"The well-marked low pressure formation has been intensified into a depression and under its influence heavy rain and thunder showers are occurring since last evening. Met department sources said this will continue to gather more strength over the sea and is expected to turn into a deep depression in next 12-24 hours. It also indicated the system will move central Odisha tomorrow and then turn westwards towards Keonjhar and Mayurbhanj. The intensity of the rainfall may drop from Saturday. SN Pattnaik, AIR News, Bhubaneswar." 

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In the Denmark Open badminton tournament at Odense, ace Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal knocked out Olympic champion Carolina Marin of Spain in the opening round of the women's singles competition. Saina defeated Marin in straight games 22-20, 21-18. In the men's singles, Kidambi Srikanth and H S Prannoy also made a positive start in the tournament.  However, B Sai Praneeth crashed out of the tournament.

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The quarter-final fixtures at the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 have now been drawned. On the third and final day of Round of 16 action, Ghana and Brazil booked their places alongside Germany, USA, Iran, Spain, England and Mali in the next stage of the competition. While it is the first time Iran have progressed this far, the other seven teams have all previously made it to the quarter-finals at least once in this tournament.    

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Newspapers Headlines

  • The Home Ministry's communication to the states regarding the deployment of central forces is prominently noticed on the front pages of many papers. The Asian Age reports "MHA tells states : don't rely only on Central forces". The Pioneer caption reads "Central forces can't substitute State police, warns MHA". The papers add that this communication comes in the backdrop of a tussle between the West Bengal government and the Home Ministry over the deployment of central forces in Darjeeling.
  • The killing of a school teacher in the Shopian district of Jammu and Kashmir, a week after three militants were killed in a gun battle with security forces at his house, is widely noticed in the press. The Hindustan Times reports "Militants kill J&K teacher, leave note of 'revenge' for encounter at house". In another incident of violence in the state, the Statesman reports " Rioters pelt stones at Army patrol for rescuing alleged braid chopper from being lynched by the villagers; troops open fire to disperse mob".
  • On the killing of 22 year old folk singer Harshita Dahiya in Panipat in Haryana, the Times of India states "8 bullets pumped into singer, Tihar inmate prime suspect". The Pioneer quotes the singer's sister as saying "My husband killed Harshita".
  • Writing on the ticket distribution process for the forthcoming Himachal Pradesh assembly polls, the Tribune notes "BJP ticket for 12 new faces ; 3 Congress deserters make it too ; Sonia to decide on 1 family, 1 ticket".

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