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PM Modi says work on making New India progressing at fast pace            Campaigning for assembly elections in Maharashtra, Haryana gains momentum            ED summons NCP leader Praful Patel in connection with money-laundering probe            America ready to destroy Turkey's economy for military offensive in northern Syria: Trump            FIFA World Cup qualifiers match between India and Bangladesh underway in Kolkata           

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0815 HRS
20.09.2019
THE HEADLINES,
  • Pakistan fails to get support of a single country on Kashmir issue at United Nations Human Rights Council meeting.
  • Pakistani troops resort to heavy shelling and mortar fire along LoC in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir.
  • RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das says sharp rise in crude oil prices to have limited impact on inflation.
  • Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana achieves a significant milestone by crossing one crore beneficiaries.
  • And in China Open Badminton, B Sai Praneeth to take on Anthony Sinisuka Ginting of Indonesia in Men's Singles quarterfinals today.

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Pakistan once again faced a major embarrassment over its stand on Jammu and Kashmir. Pakistan's attempts at pushing through a resolution in United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) against India with regard to alleged human rights violation in Kashmir fell flat as it did not get support of even one country. Pakistan had earlier claimed that it will gather support of more than 50 countries. This has exposed Pakistan's isolation in international community.
India's first secretary in the permanent mission at the UNHRC, Kumam Mini Devi lashed out at Pakistan over its human rights record. She said all the decisions of India on Jammu and Kashmir are totally internal issues and Pakistan is trying to misrepresent the facts. 


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Indian envoy to the United Nations, Syed Akbaruddin has slammed Pakistan for raising Kashmir issue at the United Nations General Assembly. He was addressing a press conference in Newyork which was live streamed across the globe on Facebook. Mr. Akbaruddin asked Islamabad to shun terrorism and stop mainstreaming the hate speeches. He said, India will soar high if Pakistan "stoops low".
"They may stoop low, we soar high. And what I have told you are examples of how we will soar high. What they want to do is their call. We have seen them mainstream terrorism in the past and what they now telling me is, they may want to mainstream Hate Speech. Its their call, if they want to do that."


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Pakistani troops once again violated ceasefire and resorted to indiscriminate and unprovoked firing along LoC in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir yesterday evening. Officials said, Pakistani forces started heavy shelling and fired mortars in Shahpur and Kerni sectors at about 8 in the evening. Alert Indian troops gave a befitting reply to the Pak firing. No loss or damage has been reported to the Indian side.

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India's Ambassador to USA, Harsh Vardhan Shringla has said that India is building a more prosperous Kashmir with its latest decision to abrogate Article 370 which was discriminatory in nature. He blasted Pakistan for its vested interests by aiding and abetting terrorism to see to it that prosperity does not reach Kashmir.
In an exclusive op-ed published by Newyork Times today the Indian Ambassador lamented that the Pakistan Prime Minister can take its own economy into the ground but not that of its neighbour. He came down heavily on Pakistan for harbouring and spreading the terrorism role & then trying to cover it up with the victim card.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will embark on a seven-day visit to United States tomorrow. During his visit, Mr. Modi will be in Houston and New York and address the United Nations General Assembly on the 27th of this month.
Briefing reporters in New Delhi, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said, the Prime Minister will address the Indian community on 22nd of this month and President Donald Trump will also be there.
"The visit has three main pillars to it, first the multilateral engagements at the United Nations, second the bilateral component of the visit in the United States, covering political meetings, interaction with the business community and with the Indian diaspora, thirdly the bilateral meetings that he will have with world leaders in New York."
Preparations are in full swing ahead of the big Indian community event - “Howdy Modi” in Houston. The organizers- Texas India Forum have said that this will be the largest gathering for an invited foreign leader visiting the United States other than the Pope. Our correspondent covering the event has filed this report:-
"Two days ahead of the mega diaspora event, “Howdy Modi” in Houston- huge digital billboards are on display on major highways. Several yard signs have appeared in the city welcoming Prime Minister Modi. Indian flags are seen fluttering outside homes of Indian Americans across the city. All are eagerly waiting for a grand spectacle on 22nd September. The theme of the event is "Shared Dreams, Bright Future". The focus is on the success of Indian-Americans and their contributions to the United States, as well as the strength of the US-India relationship. The news of joint address by the leaders of the world’s two largest democracies- Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Trump has created a lot of buzz in the media space and among the people. This will be the third Major address by the Prime Minister to the Indian-American community in USA. The previous two occasions were at the Madison Square Garden in New York in 2014 and then in Silicon Valley in 2016. Atul K Tiwary, AIR News from NRG Stadium in Houston."
On 24th September, India will organize an event to commemorate the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi in the UN. Mr. Modi will be joined by heads of some countries including President of South Korea, Prime Ministers of Singapore, New Zealand, Bangladesh and Jamaica as well as the UN Secretary General.
During the visit, Mr. Modi will also be honoured with Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's Global Goalkeeper's Award for his leadership in the field of sanitation through Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.

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The Prime Minister has requested those who make contradictory statements on Ram Temple issue to have faith in the judicial system of the country. Addressing the Vijay Sankalp rally in Nashik, Prime Minister urged people to have faith in the Supreme Court which has agreed to sit extra-time to complete the hearing on the Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi matter. Mr. Modi Highlighted his government's achievements during first 100 days of his second term as Prime Minister.
"पहले शतक में देश, समाज और दुनिया में नए भारत के नए दृष्टिकोण की झलक है. कठिन चुनौतियों से टक्कर की ललक भी है, वेलफेयर का विश्वास भी है और देश के अर्थ तंत्र में सुधार का , रोज़गार के नए अवसरों के निर्माण का प्रयास भी है."

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Mongolian President Khaltmaagiin Battulga will jointly unveil the Lord Buddha's statue at Gandan Monastery in Ulaanbaatar via video-conferencing today. The Mongolian President, who arrived in New Delhi yesterday on a five-day state visit to India, will also meet President Ram Nath Kovind and Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu. During the meeting between the Mongolian President and Mr. Kovind, India and Mongolia is expected to sign and exchange agreements in different fields. A report:-
"This is the first state visit by a Mongolian President in last ten years. During the meetings between Mongolian President and Indian leadership, the two sides will hold in-depth discussions on a range of bilateral, regional and global issues. They will also review ongoing cooperation in fields of infrastructure, energy, disaster management, defence, security, culture and capacity building. India and Mongolia had established a strategic partnership in 2015 during the visit of Prime Minister Modi to Mongolia. The partnership between the countries has seen considerable progress during the last few years which is based on ideas of freedom and democracy and on a strong foundation of shared Buddhist heritage. Diwaker, AIR News, Delhi."


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Reserve Bank Governor Shaktikanta Das has said that only a limited impact on inflation is expected in view of spiked crude oil prices amidst the ongoing crisis in Saudi Arabia. Drone attacks on the world's largest oil refinery in Saudi Arabia have resulted in a massive 20 percent surge in crude prices.
Speaking at an economic summit in Mumbai, Mr. Das said, the full impact will only be visible in the long run. Mr. Das said, he expects inflation to remain below 4 percent in the next 12 months and there is room for more rate cuts given the growth slump.

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Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana (PMMVY) has achieved a significant milestone by crossing one crore beneficiaries. The PMMVY is a direct benefit transfer scheme under which cash benefits are provided to pregnant women in their bank account directly to meet enhanced nutritional needs and partially compensate for wage loss. More from our correspondent:-
"According to Women and Child Development Ministry, total amount disbursed to the beneficiaries has crossed four thousand crore rupees. The scheme, under which the beneficiaries receive five thousand rupees in three installments, was launched in January 2017. Eligible beneficiaries also receive cash incentive under Janani Suraksha Yojana. Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Rajasthan are the top five States and Union Territories in implementing the scheme. Odisha and Telangana are yet to start the implementation. Tripti Srivastava, News Desk."

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In Uttar Pradesh, flood situation continues to remain grim in low lying areas close to Major rivers. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will take stock of the flood situation in Prayagraj, Gazipur and Varanasi districts today. More from our correspondent:-
"In Varanasi, Ganga and Varuna rivers are flowing above danger mark, submerging low lying city areas as well as all major ghats. DM surendra singh has appealed people in flood affected areas to vacate their houses and ordered night patrolling by police. Around 2 thousand people have taken shelter in 13 camps and teams of NDRF and SDRF are countinously involved in rescue operation. People in Hamirpur district are facing double whammy of Yamuna and Betwa rivers, whose water has submerged hundreds acres of land. Yamuna is flowing 3 to 4 meters above danger level in Jalaun and Hamirpur districts. SUSHIL CHANDRA TIWARI, AIR NEWS, LUCKNOW."


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In China Open Badminton, B Sai Praneeth will take on Indonesian seventh seeded Anthony Sinisuka Ginting in men's singles quarter-finals today. World Championship bronze medalist Praneeth is the only Indian left in the fray. In the pre-quarter finals, he defeated Lu Guangg Zu of China in straight set 21-19, 21-19.

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NEWSPAPERS HEADLINES:

  • Almost all the dailies have mentioned the Prime Minister's efforts to reach out to the people of Kashmir. The Hindu quotes the PM "Hug each Kashmiri, build new paradise".
  • On PM Modi leaving for the mega event 'Howdy Modi' in the US, The Indian Express states, "PM will not discuss Article 370 at UN". The Pioneer adds, Modi Trump may discuss reinstatement of duty free entry of Indian goods to US".
  • The Economic Times reports of open houses in 400 districts to push loans.  The paper writes "Public Sector Banks to go on lending spree".
  • "Govt plans to boost mineral output by 200%" reports The Statesman.
  • "Air Marshal RKS Bhaduria will be next Chief of the Air Staff" is a headline in The Asian Age.
  • In a positive impact of amended Motor Vehicles Act there has been a "nine fold rise in cases seeking PUC in Bihar, Uttarakhand", reports The Times of India.

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