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Congress leaders to hold talks with Sharad Pawar over govt formation in Maharashtra            PM Modi leaves for Brazil to attend BRICS summit            Union Cabinet discusses political situation in Maharashtra            550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev, Kartik Poornima being celebrated today            European countries express concern over Iran's decision to re-start nuclear activities           

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Morning News

0815 HRS
15.10.2019

THE HEADLINES:


  • Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu says, reorganization of Jammu and Kashmir leads to inclusive development and reduction in cross-border terrorism.

  • Minister for Communication and IT, Ravi Shankar Prasad stresses the need for low-cost and indigenous technology to achieve digital inclusion.

  • Reserve Bank raises withdrawal limit for PMC bank account holders from 25,000 to 40,000 rupees.

  • Margaret Atwood and Bernardine Evaristo jointly win the Booker Prize for 2019.

  • In Sports, Priyanshu Rajawat claims men's singles title at Bahrain International Series Badminton.

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Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu has asserted that the reorganization of Jammu and Kashmir into two Union Territories will promote inclusive development and reduce the negative impact of cross-border terrorism. He was addressing Indian diaspora in Freetown, capital of Sierra Leone, yesterday. Mr Naidu expressed concern that one of India’s neighbors has been fomenting trouble in this region.

"Our neighbour is aiding, abetting, funding, training terrorists and separatist tendencies are being encouraged. And the focus is more on controlling it rather than development. So India after considerable thought and discussion, the government of India has decided to reorganise Jammu and Kashmir.  We have not change the boundaries of the State, boundaries are remain the same".

He also urged the world community to unite in isolating nations which sponsor terrorism and ensure that funding for such activities was stopped.

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National Investigation Agency (NIA) chief YC Modi has said that Jamaat-ul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) is trying to spread its tentacles across India. He was addressing a meeting of the chiefs of the Anti Terrorism Squads (ATS) in New Delhi. He said, the JMB has spread its activities in states like Jharkhand, Bihar, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Kerala. Mr Modi said, the NIA has shared a list of 125 activists with the concerned states. They are suspected to have close links with JMB leadership.

Meanwhile, Inspector General of the NIA, Alok Mittal said the JMB has set up about 20 hideouts in Bengaluru from 2014 to 2018, and tried to spread its base in South India. He added that the outfit even conducted a trial of rocket launchers in Krishnagiri hills along the Karnataka border.

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President Ram Nath Kovind has invited Dutch companies to partner India in its growth story. He said the economic partnership is a key pillar of India-Netherlands bilateral ties. Mr Kovind was speaking at a banquet hosted at Rashtrapati Bhawan in honour of Dutch King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima yesterday.  He said, the Netherlands is India’s 4th largest trading partner in the European Union and also among the leading investors in India. The President also appreciated the country's support for Indias membership to different Export Control Regimes and claim to a permanent Security Council seat.  

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Minister for Communication and IT, Ravi Shankar Prasad has said that digital inclusion is the most important process and it must be achieved through low-cost and homegrown technology. Addressing an event in New Delhi, he said, India now has a larger vision where it will reform and perform in order to transform. Mr Prasad called the Aadhaar card a digital supplement to one's physical identity, the security for which the Government has ensured. The Minister also hailed Aadhaar as the future of digital India. He said data is emerging as a big asset, and its availability, utility, innovation, commerce and privacy must work in coordination.

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Secretary (East) in the Ministry of External Affairs Vijay Thakur Singh has said India wants countries to find common ground on cyber norms, which encourage international cooperation toward security, while fostering equitable access to cyber space. Speaking at the inaugural session of India-ASEAN Track 1.5 Dialogue on Cyber Issues in New Delhi, Ms Singh said, it is in common interest to maintain a peaceful, secure and resilient cyber space.

She said, recognizing the convergence of risks and technologies, India will fund a Child Online Risks Awareness Campaign through the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications of Cambodia under a Quick Impact Project next year.

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A Delhi court will pronounce its order today on the Enforcement Directorate's plea seeking to arrest and interrogate former Finance Minister P Chidambaram in the INX Media money laundering case. The senior Congress leader is in judicial custody till October 17 in the case filed by the CBI.

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Reserve Bank has enhanced withdrawal limit for account holders of Punjab and Maharashtra Cooperative Bank or PMC Bank to 40 thousand rupees from 25 thousand rupees. This is the third time the RBI has raised withdrawal limit since its clamp down on PMC Bank last month. RBI stated that it has decided to further enhance the limit after reviewing the bank's liquidity position and its ability to pay depositors. With the revised relaxation, about 77 per cent of the depositors of the bank will be able to withdraw their entire deposits. A report :

"Providing further relief to the customers, the move comes after the weekend assurance by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. She had said that she will urge the Reserve Bank to look into the woes of the depositors of the cooperative bank with urgency. Punjab and Maharashtra Cooperative Bank, which is among the top 10 urban cooperative banks, was placed under an RBI administrator on September 23 for six months due to massive under-reporting of dud loans. The bank had come on regulatory radar after Housing Development & Infrastructure Ltd (HDIL) and its directors failed to repay a loan of  Rs 4355 crore putting the bank under liquidity stress. WITH SONALI GHADYALPATIL, THIS IS PRARTHNA FOR AIR NEWS, MUMBAI".

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Elections to the Legislative Assemblies of Haryana and Maharashtra are scheduled for the 21st of October.

Campaigning has intensified in both states. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address two rallies in Charkhi Dadri and Thanesar in Haryana today.  Areport:

"Prime minister Narendra Modi will address two rallies in Dadri and Thanesar  of Kurukshetra  today.  Rahul Gandhi has also joined the election campaign in Haryana by addressing a rally at Nuh yesterday. Dushyant Chautala of Jannayak Janta Party has also addressed a public rally at Indri to favour JJP candidates. Abhay Chautala of Indian National Lok Dal is now relying on door to door campaign. Ashwani Kumar Sharma, AIR News, Chandigarh"

In Maharashtra, ruling BJP will release its manifesto for assembly elections in Mumbai today. BJP working President JP Nadda and Chief Minister Devender Fadnavis will release the party's Sankalp Patra. Senior Congress leader Ashok Gehlot is also in the city and will hold day-long meetings, outreach sessions and public rallies. Meanwhile, the Election Commission has decided to conduct live webcasting from over 9,000 polling stations, including sensitive ones, during the Assembly elections.

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In Uttar Pradesh, FASTag services will be available on every toll lane of Agra-Lucknow expressway from the 1st of December. Vehicles using this Expressway will not have to stop at the toll plaza for toll collection. With that, UP has joined NHAI’s ‘one nation one tag’ campaign.

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Margaret Atwood and Bernardine Evaristo have jointly won the 2019 Booker Prize, after judges flouted rules by declaring a tie. Booker rules say the prize must not be divided, but judges insisted they could not separate Atwood's 'The Testaments' and 'Girl, Woman, Other' by Evaristo. The latter is the first black woman to win the prestigious award since its creation in 1969.

Rules were changed after the last tie in 1992, and organisers told this year's judges that they were not allowed to pick two winners. But Peter Florence, chair of the five-member judging panel, went ahead with the joint presentation. Seventy-nine-year-old Canadian author Atwood expressed her joy at sharing the award with a younger writer.

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International terror financing watchdog FATF may put Pakistan in its 'Dark Grey' list. Officials attending the ongoing plenary of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) in Paris said, as per indications, the country will be isolated by all members for not doing enough. Pakistan gave an inadequate performance and has managed to pass in only 6 of the 27 items. The FATF will finalise its decision on Friday.

Dark Grey'. is one essential stage between the 'Grey' and 'Black' lists. It entails issuance of a strong warning, so that the country concerned gets one last chance to improve.

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Protesting Turkey's military offensive into northeast Syria, US President Donald Trump has announced that he will authorise sanctions against Turkish officials. He stated he will also raise steel tariffs and end negotiations on a 100 billion dollar trade deal. Turkey launched a cross-border assault on Kurdish fighters on Wednesday after US decided to withdraw troops. Mr. Trump stated, Turkey's military offensive is endangering civilians and threatening peace and stability in the region.

Meanwhile, French President Emmanuel Macron has cautioned President Trump against the withdrawal of American troops. In a telephone call, he emphasised on the absolute necessity to prevent a re-emergence of jihadist group, Islamic State.

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Indian shuttler Priyanshu Rajawat claimed the men's singles title at the Bahrain International Series Badminton at Isa Town last night. The seventeen year old beat top-seed Jason Anthony Ho-Shue from Canada in the finals.

Top-seeded Indian mixed double pair of Juhi Dewangan and Venkat Gaurav Prasad also finished at the top. They defeated Thailand's Pannawat Theerapanitnun and Kanyanat Sudchoeichom.

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The International Cricket Council (ICC) has changed the super over rule for all its major events following uproar over the outcome of the men's World Cup final this year.  England were declared winners against New Zealand on boundary count in the tournament . As per new rule, in case of a super over tie, there will be a repeated super over until one team has more runs than the other.

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The nation pays homage to former President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam on his birth anniversary today. In his message, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu said, Dr Kalam made innumerable contributions to Indian defence. He said, Dr Kalam was a great scholar, teacher and earned love and respect from everywhere.

"We should stand for culture  of excellences. The excellence is not by accident, it's a process where an individual continuously strive to better oneself. The performance standards are set by themselves. They work on their dreams with focus and prepare to take calculated risks and do not get deterred by failures, as they move towards their dreams".

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Uttar Pradesh government has suspended five officers including district magistrate of Maharajganj, for alleged corruption in a state-run cow shelter. A departmental enquiry has also been initiated against all officers for inflating figures, negligence and illegal allotment of land in the district.

DM of Maharajganj, then SDM of Nichlaul and current SDM, Chief Veterinary Officer, Maharajganj and Deputy Chief Veterinary Officer of Nichlaul were suspended with immediate effect. A report:

"The action was taken after the enquiry by a committee under the chairmanship of Additional Commissioner Gorakhpur Division which found several anomalies in the number of cattle during probe. Chief secretary said that Official documents showed the number of cattle as 2,500, but during physical verification only 954 cattle were found and it was done deliberately to misuse funds in name of fodder and maintainace. It was also found that the officials had given 328 acres out of total 500 acres of land of the cow shelter to farmers, firms and other individuals in an illegal manner. SUSHIL CHANDRA TIWARI/LUCKNOW

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Newspapers Headlines

  • Indian American Abhijit Banerjee wins Nobel prize is the lead story in almost all the dailies.  "Couple Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo share Nobel for economics" writes The Indian Express adding "together with Michael Kremer, Nobel committee recognises their experimental approach to alleviating global poverty; Modi to Rahul to Mamata, India applauds."

  • Quoting Home Minister Amit Shah Mail Today reports "No shot fired in J&K after article 370 removal."

  • A new innings! Well, Hindustan Times informs that Ganguly, captain who taught team India to believe, set to be BCCI chief. 

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