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Morning News

0815 HRS
29.02.2020

THE HEADLINES:

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi to launch 10 thousand Farmer Producer Organizations from Chitrakoot today; Also to lay foundation stone for Bundelkhand Expressway.

  • Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman asserts resurgent economy will make government go forward with more confidence.

  • Delhi Police says, strict action will be taken against those found circulating hate material on Social Media.

  • India says New Delhi stands with Afghanistan for national unity and territorial integrity.

  • And in Cricket, India _135   for _4_ against New Zealand on opening day of second test at Christchurch.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch 10 thousand Farmer Producer Organizations, FPOs all over the country from Chitrakoot in Uttar Pradesh today. These FPOs will help in collectivization of small, marginal and landless farmers to give them  strength to deal with issues like lack of access to technology, quality seed, fertilizers and pesticides including requisite finances. Talking to reporters at a function in New Delhi yesterday, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said, these FPOs will make a revolutionary change in the life of farmers.


"प्रधानमंत्रीजी ने अभी पिछले दिनों कहा था कि पी.एम. किसान के जो लाभार्थी हैं वो सब किसान क्रेडिट कार्ड प्राप्त करने के अधिकारी होंगे। किसान क्रेडिट कार्ड योजना के अंतर्गत अभी साढ़े छह करोड़ किसानों के पास क्रेडिट कार्ड है। शेष किसान अभी बचे हुए हैं और इसलिये पी.एम. ने कहा कि इसको अभियान के रूप में लेना चाहिये।"


Mr Tomar said that the Prime Minister will also hand over Kisan Credit Cards to farmers from different states at the event.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi will also lay the foundation stone for the Bundelkhand Expressway at Chitrakoot.  More from our correspondent :-


"The projects which Prime Minister will launch today at Gonda village in Bharatkoop area of Chitrakoot district will be a game changer for the Bundelkhand region which is one of the backward areas of state. Atal Bhujal Yojna will be implemented in six districts of Bundelkhand along with Har Ghar Jal Scheme for better water management in this draught hit region. The 296-kilometre long Bundelkhand Expressway will pass through the districts of Chitrakoot, Banda, Hamirpur and Jalaun. This Expressway will link the Bundelkhand area to the national capital Delhi through Agra-Lucknow Expressway and Yamuna Expressway as well as play a vital role in the development of Bundelkhand region. The Expressway will be supplementing the nodes of the UP Defence Industrial Corridor announced by the Prime Minister himself in February 2018 during Investor’s summit in Lucknow. Sushil Chandra Tiwari, AIR News, Chitrakoot."


Prime Minister Narendra Modi will also visit Prayagraj to distribute Assistive Aids and Devices to Senior Citizens under the Rashtriya Vayoshri Yojana and Divyangjans at a mega camp. More from our correspondent:


"All preparations have been put in place at historic Parade ground near holy Sangam where Prime Minister Narendra Modi will distribute Helping  Aids and Devices to  almost 27 thousand  Senior Citizens  and Divyangjan. This is the biggest ever distribution camp in terms of the number of beneficiaries covered, number of appliances distributed and value of aids and appliances distributed. Over 56 thousand helping Aids and Devices at a cost of over 19 crore rupees will be given to the needy people. Elaborate security arrangements have been put in place in view of Prime Minister's visit and additional force have been called from other places. MS Yadav, AIR News, Prayagraj."


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Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has said that the economy is doing well in the difficult circumstances and this will make the government go forward with more confidence. Speaking at a private news channel's awards event in Mumbai yesterday, Ms Sitharaman said that the Centre has loosened its purse strings as much as it can on fiscal deficit worries and is also willing to consider further requirements. The Finance Minister added that the government is mulling creating a Development Finance Institution (DFI) to help fund the  102-lakh crore rupee infrastructure funding, but hinted at a larger reliance on the private sector in doing so.


To a question on the ways of driving of consumption, where there was a fall in growth numbers, Ms Sitharaman said, there are multiple policies including corporate tax cuts, personal tax cuts and direct benefit transfers.


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The government is planning to fill around one lakh forty thousand vacancies by the March next year. Chairman of the Staff Selection Commission, Braj Raj Sharma  met the Union Minister, Dr. Jitendra Singh and apprised him that both gazetted and non-gazetted posts, besides non-technical ones will be filled up in a phased manner.


Mr. Sharma informed that the commission has already recommended 14,611 candidates for appointment so far. He said, the commission is likely to declare results for filling up of about additional 85 thousands posts by June this year. He also said, an additional 40 thousands vacancies are likely to be filled up by the Commission by March 2020.


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Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of New Zealand Winston Peters said that his country recognizes India as one of the fastest growing economies with the second largest population. Mr Peters and New Zealand Minister of Trade and Export Growth David Parker chaired the India-New Zealand Trade for All session at Bombay Stock Exchange in Mumbai yesterday. He added that India plays an important role on world stage. He also said that New Zealand is committed to invest more in its relationship with India.


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In the wake of incidents of stone pelting, arson and damage to property in some pockets of North-East Delhi area, a lot of hate material is being circulated on social media to flare up communal tension, which is an offence under the law. Delhi Police is constantly monitoring social media and will take strict legal action against those found indulging in it. People are hereby advised not to post anything incriminating. If they come across any such hate material, they may complain at CYBER HELPLINE - 155260 or www.cybercrime.gov.in.


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A day ahead of signing of a landmark peace deal between the US and the Taliban, Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla travelled to Kabul and conveyed to the top Afghan leadership India's unstinted support to a peaceful and stable Afghanistan. He met President Ashraf Ghani and handed over to him a letter from Prime Minister Narendra Modi.


In a series of tweets, External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said, India stands with Afghanistan for strengthening national unity, territorial integrity and bringing an end to externally sponsored terrorism.


On Shringla's meeting with Ghani, Kumar said the Afghan president appreciated India's consistent support for democracy and constitutional order in Afghanistan.


The US and the Taliban are set to sign a peace deal at a ceremony in Doha today, which will provide for the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan nearly 18 years after their deployment in the country.


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US President Donald Trump has announced that the United States will sign an agreement with the Taliban as part of its efforts to bring lasting peace in war-torn Afghanistan. Mr Trump said that if the Taliban and the government of Afghanistan live up to the commitments, they will have a powerful path forward to end the war in Afghanistan and bring their troops home.


Trump said in a statement yesterday that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will witness the signing of an agreement with representatives of the Taliban, while Secretary of Defense Mark Esper will issue a joint declaration with the government of Afghanistan.


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India has pulled out of next month's shooting World Cup in Cyprus, citing the Novel Corona virus threat there. The shotgun world cup, recognized by the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF), is scheduled to be held in Nicosia from 4th to 13 th of March.

Meanwhile, China today reported 47 more deaths from the Novel Coronavirus, raising the death toll in the country to 2,835.


The National Health Commission also tallied 427 new cases, an increase from the previous day, bringing the total of number of infections to 79,251.  The virus has infected 83,670 people and killed 2,865 around the world so far. The World Health Organization (WHO) yesterday raised its global risk assessment of the virus to its highest level after the epidemic spread to sub-Saharan Africa and caused financial markets to plunge.


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Saudi Arabia has barred citizens from the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council, GCC  from entering two of Islam's holiest cities, Mecca and Medina, amid fears over the Novel Corona virus. The Foreign Ministry in a statement said that, the decision excludes GCC citizens who have been in the kingdom for 14 consecutive days and did not show signs of Corona virus infection. Meanwhile, Iran's Parliament, the Majlis, stopped work yesterday and was closed until further notice over the outbreak of COVID-19.  In all, 34 out of 388 people infected with COVID-19, including two Iranian lawmakers, have died so far.


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Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Ramdas Athawale has said that the announcement of five per cent quota to Muslims in education in Maharashtra is Nationalist Congress Party and Congress' attempt to put ally Shivsena in a fix. Speaking to reporters in Mumbai yesterday, the Minister said that the Shivsena had opposed such reservation which are based on religion and reiterated that Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, who is also the President of that party, should walk out of the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) Government and reunite with the BJP.


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In Madhya Pradesh, the two-day unique Chilli Festival begins at Kasrawad in Khargone district today. Chilli Festival is a big business opportunity for traders, investors and exporters. It will also help in fulfilling the Central Government's goal of doubling the income of farmers. Our correspondent reports that Chilli-based cuisine stalls will also be set up on the occasion.


"Thousands of farmers from many districts of the state are participating in this festival being held in Kasrawad in Khargone district. State Agriculture Minister Sachin Yadav has said that the festival aims to promote the Nimari brand of chillies. Nimar and Malwa regions are the highest chilli producing regions of the state. The red chillies of these regions are exported to China, Pakistan, Malaysia and Saudi Arabia. Sanjeev Sharma, AIR News, Bhopal."


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Gujarat is paying rich tribute to its son of soil the former Prime Minister late Morarji Desai on his birth anniversary today. Chief Minister Vijay Rupani will unveil the statue of late shri Moraraji Desai at his birth place at Bhadeli in Valsad district today.


The Late Morarji Desai had become the fourth Prime Minister of India during 1977 to 1979. Born on 29th of February in 1896, he had also actively participated in India’s freedom struggle.


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In cricket, India were _143_ for the loss of _4__wickets in the opening day of the second Test match against New Zealand at Christchurch, when reports last came in.  Earlier New Zealand had won the toss and chose to bowl. New Zealand has replaced Ajaz Patel with Neil Wagner. India have made two changes for the match. Ravindra Jadeja has replaced Ravichandran Ashwin and the injured Ishant Sharma has been replaced by Umesh Yadav.


After securing a semifinal berth, the unbeaten Indian women's cricket team faces Sri Lanka in the final Group A match of ICC T20 World Cup at Melbourne today. Match starts at 09:30 AM Indian Time. Indians Eves have so far beaten defending champions Australia, Bangladesh and New Zealand.


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NEWSPAPER HEADLINES


  • News related to violence in North-East Delhi a few days ago and the tanking of the sensex are the main headlines in the dailies today.

  • “Mobilisation, stockpiling ahead of riot caught police by surprise” headlines Hindustan TimesThe Pioneer reports that 12 thousand distress calls were made and 144 properties were gutted during the violence.

  • The headline in The Economic Times uses a pun to refer to the sensex tanking 1,448 points - “Markets can’t mask their fears”.  Financial Express calls it Corona Crash, while the headline in The Times of India reads, “Coronage:  Sensex suffers its 2nd biggest 1-day loss ever.

  • A front page story in The Statesman reveals that 600 plus Kargil pilgrims and 300 Kerala fishermen are stuck in virus-hit Iran.

  • Another report in Hindustan Times says that Coronavirus cases have now been found in Netherlands, Nigeria and Iceland.

  • Related to the Coronavirus, a front page story in The Pioneer reports that the fate of Olympic Games in Japan looks uncertain.

  • And finally, Financial Express, on its front page shows a photograph of a lioness with a leopard cub she had adopted, in Gir National Park. 


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