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  • Indian American Abhijit Banerjee, his wife Esther Duflo, and Michael Kremer jointly win 2019 Nobel Prize for Economics; President, Vice President and Prime Minister congratulate the winners.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi says Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh are moving on path of development.

  • Post paid mobile phone services restored in Kashmir.

  • Enforcement Directorate seizes assets worth nearly four thousand crore rupees in PMC Bank money laundering case.

  • In Cricket; Former captain Sourav Ganguly set to be new BCCI President.

  • Indian women make a clean sweep of three-match ODI series against South Africa.


The 2019 Nobel Prize for Economics has been jointly won by Indian-American Abhijit Banerjee, his wife, Esther Duflo, and Michael Kremer of the United States for their experimental approach to alleviating global poverty.

58-year-old Banerjee was educated at the University of Calcutta, Jawaharlal Nehru University and Harvard University, where he received his Ph.D in 1988. He is currently the Ford Foundation International Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, according to his profile on the MIT website. Speaking exclusively to AIR News, Prof Abhijit Banerjee's brother Anirudh expressed happiness over his brother's stupendous achievement.

In 2003, Abhijit Banerjee founded the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab, along with Duflo and Sendhil Mullainathan, and he remains one of the lab's directors. He also served on the UN Secretary-General's High-level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda.


The President, the Vice President and the Prime Minister have extended their congratulations to the Nobel Prize winners. In his message, President Ram Nath Kovind said their research has helped economists better understand how to fight poverty in India and the world.

Vice President Venkaiah Naidu said he is sure the Mr Banerjee's experimental approach to alleviating global poverty will help the world community to understand and address the formidable challenge of poverty.

In a tweet, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, Mr Banerjee has made notable contributions in the field of poverty alleviation.


Campaigning is in full swing for assembly polls in Haryana and Maharashtra with senior party leaders addressing election rallies.

Addressing his first election rally at Ballabgarh in Haryana today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said, Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh are moving on the path of development.

"आज जम्मू कश्मीर और लद्दाख विकास और विश्वास के एक नए रास्ते पर चल पड़ा है। इस का श्रेय आप 130 करोड़ देशवासियों को जाता है, हिन्दुस्तान के मतदाताओं को जाता है कि मुझे ये ताकत मिली है आपके सपने पूरे करने की।"

Mr Modi again targeted the Opposition on the issue of abrogation of special status of Jammu and Kashmir.  He challenged the Congress to show courage and declare in their manifesto that they will restore Article 370 and 35A, if voted to power. He also slammed the party for not supporting the triple talaq bill. On Opposition’s allegations on Rafale aircraft deal, he said his government will not compromise on national security.

Holding a public meeting at Nooh, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi alleged that farmers are not getting MSP for their crops under the BJP government in the state. He said, when Congress came to power in Rajasthan, Punjab and Madhya Pradesh, farmers' loans were waived immediately. He said if elected to power in Haryana, Congress will waive farmers' loans there as well.

Over 1,160 candidates are in the fray for 90 seats of the Haryana assembly. Besides prominent leaders from various political parties, many celebrities are also trying their luck in the assembly elections.

"Chief Minister and BJP candidate Manohar Lal is again contesting from Karnal. In the last elections, he had defeated his nearest rival by over 63,000 votes. Former CM and Congress candidate Bhupinder Singh Hooda is trying his luck from Garhi Sampla-Kiloi seat in Rohtak district. Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala is contesting from Kaithal. INLD leader Abhay Singh Chautala from Ellenabad is another prominent candidate. Renowned international wrestler Babita Fogat from Dadri, Olympian Yogeshwar Dutt from Baroda and Indian Hockey team’s former Captain Sandeep Singh from Pehowa are trying their luck on BJP tickets. BJP candidate Sonali Phogat taking on Congress candidate and former Chief Minister Bhajan Lal’s son Kuldeep Bishnoi from Adampur constituency. With Ashwni Kumar's report from Chandigah,Trpti Srivastava AIR News."

In Maharashtra, leaders of major parties, including the BJP, NCP, and Congress are criss-crossing the State. Senior BJP leader and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh addressed a rally in Mumbai. He said if India had Rafale fighter jets before the Pulwama terrorist attack which killed 40 CRPF jawans, it would have been easier for India to identify launch pads of militants and destroy them.

Former Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan accused the ruling BJP of sidestepping core issues like economic downturn and instead raising rhetoric over abrogation of Article 370 in the run-up to the state assembly elections. He was addressing a press conference in Mumbai this afternoon. Chavan, is in the fray from Karad South seat in Satara district.

To know about major issues in Maharashtra assembly elections, we are now joined by our Correspondents from Mumbai and Nagpur.

There are a total of 36 assembly segments in Mumbai and they fall under different Lok Sabha constituencies. Now when we talk about the issues per se... then they vary from constituency to constituency. However, one common and basic issue is the redevelopment of old buildings and chawls.....then there are issues of rehabilitation of koliwadas...the place where fishermen of Mumbai live...as these settlements will be deeply affected with the coastal road project. back to you Valsa..


Postpaid mobile services were restored in the remaining areas of Jammu and Kashmir today. Now, all the cellular Postpaid services are functioning normally in the valley. The move comes close on the heels of the government's decision to lift restrictions on the movement of tourists in the valley.

The valley has nearly 66 lakh mobile subscribers. Partial landline telephony resumed in the valley on 17th of August and by 4th of last month all landlines were made functional.


National Security Advisor Ajit Doval has said, Pakistan is under a lot of pressure at the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) to rein in terror groups operating from its soil.The meeting of FATF is currently under way in Paris. Mr. Doval was speaking at the National Investigation Agency's conference of Chiefs of Anti-Terrorism Squad and Special Task Force in Delhi today.


The Enforcement Directorate has seized and identified assets worth three thousand eight hundred & 30 crore rupees in connection with its probe in the PMC Bank money laundering case. The probe agency said, it is valuing a number of properties of Housing Development and Infrastructure Limited, HDIL, its directors, promoters, Punjab and Maharashtra Co-operative, PMC Bank officials and others. The identified assets will soon be attached under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, PMLA.


Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has said, the government is keeping a close watch on the Punjab and Maharashtra Co-operative (PMC) Bank issue and is trying to ensure that depositors money is paid back. She was speaking to reporters after meeting heads of Public Sector Banks in New Delhi today. Ms Sitharaman said, the RBI has repeatedly assured that it will keep the interest of customers in mind.


Earlier, the Finance Minister reviewed the performance of Public Sector Banks, PSBs, during a meeting with bank chief executives in New Delhi.


The Reserve Bank today increased the withdrawal limit for depositors of scam-hit PMC Bank to 40,000 rupees from 25,000 rupees per account over the next six months. This is the third time the regulator has increased the withdrawal limit since its clamp down on the bank on September 23.    


A Delhi court has reserved its order for tomorrow on the Enforcement Directorate, ED's, plea seeking to arrest former finance minister and Congress leader P Chidambaram in the INX Media money laundering case.

P Chidambaram is in judicial custody till 17th of this month in the INX Media corruption case filed by the CBI.


MSME Secretary, Dr. Arun Kumar Panda, has said that government schemes have brought perceptible changes in easy credit flow, market access and technological support to Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises. The Secretary was speaking exclusively to All India Radio News.

"More importantly the women entrepreneurs have been given a reservation, a specific window of 3 per cent, so that is helping women entrepreneurs to actually come on board and to sell their products and of course, as I said technology upgradation, one of those historic

announcements was about enhancing the number of technology centres."

The full interview can be heard on FM Gold and Rajdhani channels at 9:15 pm.


Former Indian cricket captain Sourav Ganguly has been unanimously nominated as the new President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India, BCCI. Board member Rajiv Shukla tweeted the names of new administrative heads for BCCI this afternoon. He said besides Ganguly, BCCI members have also unanimously selected Jay Shah as Secretary and Arun Dhumal as Treasurer. Today was the last date for filing of nominations. All these candidates are expected to be elected unopposed at the Board's Annual General Meeting to be held on 23rd of this month.

Talking to media Saurab said there is lot of work to do.

"There is a lot of work to do, you want to be Indian Cricket, specially administration to be the best in the world and that's how it has been over the years. For the last three years it was a type of an Emergency situation and hopefully its going to be normal and smooth functioning from here now on."


Indian women have made a clean sweep in the three-match ODI series against South Africa, 3-nil. The Women in Blue defeated Proteas by six runs in the third and final match at Vadodara today.

India had won the first match by eight wickets and second  game by six wickets.


The News Services Division of All India Radio in its weekly bilingual live phone-in programme “PUBLIC SPEAK” tonight will bring you a discussion on “Awareness about eye care"

This can be heard on FM Gold Channel and additional frequencies from 9.30 p.m.


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