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Morning News

0815 HRS
17.06.2019
THE HEADLINES:
  • First session of 17th Lok Sabha begins this morning; Rajya Sabha to meet from Thursday.
  • Striking doctors in West Bengal to hold talks with Chief Minister this afternoon to end deadlock in state run hospitals.
  • NIA alleges hardline separatist leaders of Jammu and Kashmir received funds from abroad and utilised them for personal gains.
  • In the ICC Cricket World Cup, India beat Pakistan by 89 runs; Virat Kohli becomes fastest cricketer to score 11 thousand runs in ODI.
  • Monsoon expected to advance further in next 24 hours after weakening of Cyclone Vayu.

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The first session of the 17th Lok Sabha is commencing this morning. The Rajya Sabha will sit from Thursday. The session will continue till 26th of next month. Since it is the first session of the new Lok Sabha, it will mainly be devoted to oath taking of newly elected MPs, election of Lok Sabha Speaker, the Motion of Thanks on the President’s address and financial business relating to Union Budget.
Our correspondent has the details:

"The session will have 30 sittings of the Lok Sabha and 27 sittings of the Rajya Sabha. The Election of Speaker will be held on Wednesday while  President Ram Nath Kovind will address both the Houses of Parliament on Thursday. The Union Budget will be presented on 5th of next month. 46 Bills have lapsed on dissolution of 16th Lok Sabha which were various stages in both the Houses and some of these important bills are likely to be revived and brought before Parliament. Ten Ordinances have been promulgated during the inter-session period which are to be replaced by Acts of Parliament. Besides Triple Talaq Bill, the legistations set to be introduced in the session are the Central Educational Institutions (Reservation in Teachers Cadre) Bill and Aadhaar and Other Laws Bill 2019. Souvagya Kar, AIR News, Delhi."

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Addressing the floor leaders of various parties in the Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha in New Delhi yesterday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged them to work cohesively with the government in running Parliament smoothly and collectively. He said, the government is always receptive to the issues raised by political parties and is ready to discuss  issues of national importance. Mr  Modi said, all parties must keep political differences aside and commit themselves to tirelessly work in the direction of Nation's progress.

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Striking doctors in West Bengal will meet Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today. The meeting will take place at the state secretariat Nabanna in Kolkata at 3 in the afternoon to end the week-long standoff between doctors and the state government. Indian Medical Association (IMA) has called for a nationwide strike today to express solidarity with the doctors agitating against the attack on their colleagues in West Bengal. According to IMA, three lakh 50 thousand doctors are expected to participate in the strike which is likely to affect non-essential health services across the country today. It said, all non-essential services including OPDs have been withdrawn for 24 hours from 6 this morning today, while emergency and causality services will continue to function. West Bengal doctors are on strike for a week after two of their colleagues were attacked and seriously injured by relatives of a patient at the NRS Medical College and Hospital in Kolkata.

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National Investigation Agency (NIA) has alleged that its probe into terror financing in Jammu and Kashmir has revealed that hardline separatist leaders received funds from abroad. In a statement, the Agency said, it interrogated several top leaders of Hurriyat Conference and other organisations who  confessed to receiving funds from Pakistan to fuel separatist sentiments among the people of Kashmir Valley. It said, during interrogation the leader of Dukhtaran-e-Milat, Asiya Andrabi admitted that she had been collecting funds and donations from foreign sources. Another hardline separatist leader, Shabbir Shah, had to face tough time when he was confronted about his businesses, including a hotel in Pahalgam which is allegedly funded through foreign funds received by him from Pakistan.
The agency has so far charge-sheeted 13 accused, including leader of Jammat-ud Dawah Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, head of proscribed organisation Hizb-ul-Mujahideen Syed Salahuddin, seven separatist leaders, two hawala conduits and some stone-pelters.

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In Jammu and Kashmir, two civilians including a girl were injured when Pakistani troops resorted to unprovoked firing on Indian forward posts along the Line of Control in Poonch district of Jammu division yesterday evening. According to Defence spokesperson, Pakistani troops initiated ceasefire violation starting with firing of small arms followed by shelling with mortars in Shahpur sector of Poonch around 7.30 PM. Alert Indian troops immediately retaliated.

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In the ICC Cricket World Cup, brilliant knocks from Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli before the magnificent spells by the bowling unit guided India to beat Pakistan by 89 runs by Duckworth-Lewis-stern method at the Old Trafford in Manchester last night.

 Chasing a stiff target of 337 runs, Pakistan faced an early hiccup. The rain interrupted the match after 35 overs. However, after almost 50 minutes, the match was curtailed to 40 overs and the run-chase was adjusted to 302 runs based on the Duckworth-Lewis (DLS) method.
Earlier, put into bat first, India made 336 for five in 50 overs riding on Rohit Sharma's 140 run off 113 balls and skipper Virat Kohli's 77 off 65 balls. Rohit Sharma has been adjudged Man of the Match for his brilliant knock.
For India, Vijay Shankar, Hardik Pandya and Kuldeep Yadav took 2 wickets each. The Indian captain became the fastest player to make 11,000 ODI runs in his 222nd innings. Kohli's milestone smashed master-blaster Sachin Tendulkar's record which he had completed in his 276th innings. With this win, India's head-to-head record against Pakistan in World Cup matches now sits at 7-0. Today, Bangladesh will take on West Indies at Taunton at 3 PM Indian Time. Navin Saxena, Sports Desk."

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Preparations for International Day of Yoga to be celebrated on the 21st of this month have picked up momentum. Ranchi has been chosen to organise the main event which will be led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Over 30 thousand people are expected to participate in the main event which will be attended by several state dignitaries, besides the Yoga Organisations and Yoga Gurus. Mr Modi will also give away the Prime Minister’s Yoga Awards for exemplary contribution towards the development and promotion of Yoga. AYUSH Ministry has received about 200 nominations this year.
In Delhi, the main event will be at Rajpath, New Delhi which will be organized by NDMC in association with Ministry of AYUSH. This year, AYUSH Ministry is promoting usage of eco-friendly Yoga products. AIR News talked to a cross section of people about how they are embracing Yoga for its innumerable benefits, ranging from tackling mental stress to obesity.

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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 “Yoga for Healthy Life”.
This can be heard on FM Gold Channel and additional frequencies from 9.30 PM. Listeners can ask questions to the experts sitting in our Studio on Toll Free Telephone No: 1800-115767. You can also ask questions on telephone number: 011: 2331-4444 and post queries on our Twitter handle @airnews s by #tag Askair.
This programme is also available on Doordarshan DTH.

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Today is World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought. The day is observed every year to promote public awareness of international efforts to combat desertification. It is an occasion to remind everyone that land degradation neutrality is achievable through problem-solving, strong community involvement and co-operation at all levels. The theme for this year is Let's grow the future together. On this occasion United Nations Secretary General António Guterres said,

"Desertification, land degradation and drought are major threats affecting millions of people worldwide, particularly women and children. 25 years ago, when under 97 parties adopted the landmark convention aiming at mobilizing Global action yet much remains to be done. Every year, the world loses 24 billion tons of fertile soil and dryland degradation reduces national domestic product in developing countries by up to 8 per cent annually. We must urgently change such trends."

Minister for Environment, Forests and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar will deliver a keynote address at an event in New Delhi today to mark the occasion.

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Monsoon is expected to advance further during the next 24 hours after the weakening of Cyclone Vayu. Monsoon made an onset over Kerala on 8th of June, nearly a week after its usual onset date. Talking to AIR News, senior scientist in India Meteorological Department K Sathi Devi said, cyclone Vayu is expected to weaken during the next 24 hours and this will pave the way for monsoon winds to move up towards the Arabian Sea.

"Because of the presence of a Cyclonic strom in deep Arabian Sea there is some disruption in advanced of south-west monsoon, However, that Cyclone is expected to cross or weaken within another 24 hours, so after that we are expecting in the advance of south-west monsoon."

In Gujarat, cyclone Vayu is moving northeastwards. According to Met department, the cyclone is likely to hit the Kutch coast by midnight tonight. However, the intensity of the very severe cyclonic storm is likely to reduce and it may hit the coast as a cyclonic storm or a deep depression. Kutch district administration is gearing up for disaster response as Vayu cyclone is likely to return to Kutch coast.

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Lakhs of devotees today thronged Puri in Odisha to catch the glimpse of the divine bath of Lord Jagannath and his siblings Lord Balabhadra, Devi Subhadra and Sudarshan on the occasion of Deva Snana Purnima today. In the morning, the holy idols were brought out from Ratna Bedi (inner sanctum of the temple) and will be moved to the Snana Mandap by the temple servitors in a traditional procession. The month-long Rath Yatra festivities of Lord Jagannath will begin with the Deba Snana Purnima today.

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NEWSPAPERS HEADLINES
  • All the dailies have covered the news of India beating Pakistan in the World Cup yesterday with a graphic visual on their front pages. "India beat Pak by 89 runs to make it 7-0 in World Cup", headlines The Pioneer. "Rohit Rains Runs, drowns Pak hopes", writes The Times of India.
  • Another headline covered by all the dailies is on the Prime Minister inviting parties to discuss 'one nation-one election' on 19th June. "PM calls all party meet to discuss simultaneous polls", writes The Times of India.
  • On Doctors protesting against an assault on their colleague in Kolkata the Hindustan Times writes, "Stand off continues, doctors say Mamata meeting must be taped". The Tribune adds, "Strike across India by doctors today". But The Times of India mentions, "AIIMS doctors to stay away from nationwide strike today".
  • "Online payment of bills : Four fold surge in rural and semi-urban India", reports The Indian Express.
  • And finally, "Now, eco-friendly flats for members of parliament" writes The Hindu stating the buildings on North and South Avenues will be constructed using fly ash and waste bricks.

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