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News at Nine

2100 HRS
22.10.2018
THE HEADLINES:
  • Election Commission team led by Chief Election Commissioner O P Rawat reviews preparedness for upcoming Assembly elections in Telangana.
  • Around 400 petrol pumps and CNG dispensing units remain shut in national capital in protest against Delhi government's refusal to reduce VAT on petrol and diesel.
  • Number of Income Tax returns registers over 80 per cent growth in last four financial years.
  • India and Croatia sign two agreements to promote cultural and diplomatic cooperation.
  • European Commission urges US and Russia to pursue talks to preserve nuclear weapons treaty.
  • And, in Sports: Bajrang Punia to grapple with Takuto Otoguro of Japan for gold in the final of 65-kg World Wrestling Championship in Budapest tonight.

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The full Election Commission of India led by Chief Election Commissioner O P Rawat held a meeting with representatives of political parties in Hyderabad today to review preparedness for the upcoming Telangana Assembly elections. It held separate meetings with the representatives of all recognised political parties, including BJP, BSP, CPI, CPI(M), Congress, MIM, TDP and TRS. The 11-member high level team, including Election Commissioners Sunil Arora and Ashok Lavasa, reached Hyderabad this evening on a three day visit to the state. Telangana is scheduled to go to polls on the 7th December. More from our correspondent:

The full election Commission of India reached Hyderabad with a heavy agenda on its hand ahead of Assembly elections in Telangana. The high level team will be in Hyderabad for next three days and review the poll preparedness like deployment of personnel, measures to ensure fair elections, and relevant training to the poll personnel. On the first day, the commission interacted with the representatives of all recognise parties . The commission will hold a day long interaction with the  District Electoral Officer, DEOs and  Supreintendent of Police, SPs from all districts tomorrow. The Commission will also meet authorities of Income tax, excise and transport departments besides the state authorities before concluding its three day visit to the poll bound Telangana, the day after. Lakshmi, AIR News, Hyderabad."

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Around 400 petrol pumps and CNG dispensing units remained shut in the national capital today in protest against the Delhi government's refusal to reduce VAT on fuels. In a statement, the Delhi Petrol Dealers Association said, the pumps will remain closed till 5 AM tomorrow.
Last month, the central government slashed the rate of petrol and diesel by 2 rupees and 50 paise per litre each. This was followed by reduction of VAT by various states, including Haryana and Uttar Pradesh. However, the Delhi government refused to reduce VAT. As a result, fuel became more expensive in Delhi than in the two bordering states.
Hitting out at Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for not reducing tax on fuel, Delhi BJP President Manoj Tiwari said, 100 out of 400 petrol pumps in the city are on the verge of closure as customers have started buying fuel from neighboring states.

"दिल्ली में एक पैसे का भी वैट कम नहीं किया, जबकि केन्द्र की सरकार भी वो जनता को राहत देना चाहती है। अरविंद केजरीवाल जी से मैं प्रार्थना करता हूं इस वैट को कम करो, क्योंकि पूरी दिल्ली के लोग जनता से जुड़ा मामला है। त्राहि-त्राहि कर रहे हैं।

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi today attended the fourth edition of NITI Lecture Series organised at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi. The keynote address was delivered by Jensen Huang, President and Co-Founder of NVIDIA Corporation. This year's theme was 'Artificial Intelligence for All: Leveraging Artificial Intelligence for Inclusive Growth'. 
Union Ministers, policy makers and experts along with NITI Aayog Vice Chairman and other senior officials attended the event.

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Congress President Rahul Gandhi today alleged that the Central Government could not provide sufficient employment to the youth and failed to keep its promises. Addressing a public meeting at Raipur today, Mr Gandhi kicked off the party's election campaign in Chhattisgarh.
Meanwhile, BJP has announced a list of its star campaigners for assembly elections in the state. As per the list, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP President Amit Shah and other senior leaders of the party are among the star campaigners.

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 Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram said that the party has never said officially that its president Rahul Gandhi should be the prime minister if an opposition alliance formed the next government. Talking to a TV Channel, Mr. Chidambaram said, the Congress' focus was on dislodging the BJP government and bringing in a progressive alternative. He said, the decision on who will be the prime minister in the event of an opposition alliance winning next year's Lok Sabha election will be taken by its constituents.

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BJP today attacked Congress following the registration of a rape case against former Kerala Chief minister Oommen Chandy saying that Congress president Rahul Gandhi should now stop mocking  Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao scheme. Party  spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi said, Oommen Chandy and another accused former Union Minister K C Venugopal are Mr. Gandhi's friends and the opposition party should answer on such a serious charge against  them.
Meanwhile, Congress has said it will not defend or protect anybody and the law should take its due course in the matter. 

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The number of Income Tax returns filed in the last four financial years has registered a growth of over 80 per cent. The number was 3.79 crore in the financial year 2013-14, which has increased to 6.85 crore in 2017-18. According to direct tax statistics released by the CBDT today, the number of taxpayers showing income above one crore rupees has also registered a sharp increase of 60 percent in four years. The CBDT said, there has been a constant growth in direct tax-GDP ratio over the last three years. The ratio of 5.98 percent in the financial year 2017-18 is the best direct tax GDP ratio in the last 10 years.
We spoke to senior editor Jayanta Roy Chowdhury:
 
"More or less this reflects that the Indian economy is strengthening day by day, though there are still worries that the ratio of tax to GDP  is still 5.98 per cent in 2017-18, its mean we still have a long way to go. The average ratio of OECD countries are usually about 9 per cent similarly we have to, in that case, look to try and see where untapped income can be taxed."

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India and Croatia signed two agreements to strengthen cultural and diplomatic cooperation between the two countries. The agreements were signed after External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj met Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Croatia Marija Pejčinović Burić in New Delhi this afternoon. Both leaders discussed ways to step up cooperation in trade and  investment, health, science and technology, education, tourism and culture.
Minister Burić reiterated Croatia’s support for India’s accession to the Nuclear Suppliers Group. Both sides affirmed their commitment to fight the scourge of terrorism, its financing and safe havens.

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The first India-China high level meeting on bilateral security cooperation was held in New Delhi today. During the meeting, the two sides discussed issues of mutual interest including bilateral counter-terrorism cooperation. An agreement on security cooperation was also signed by Home Minister Rajnath Singh and State Councilor and Minister of Public Security of China, Zhao Kezhi.  

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President Ram Nath Kovind today inaugurated a three-day Vishwa Shanti Ahimsa Sammelan at Mangi Tungi in Nashik district of Maharashtra. Addressing the gathering, the President emphasized the relevance of the teachings in Jainism which focuses on non violence. More from our correspondent:

"The event has been organised by the Bhagwan shri Rishabhdev 108 feet vishalkai digambar Jain Murti Nirman Committee. President Kovind spoke about the vital aspects of Jainism as how it emphasises Non violence for human welfare. The President  also said that in Jain Tradition the principle of Ahimsa Paramodharma is distinguished for the welfare of mankind.

Mr Kovind also spoke about the teachings of Bhagwan Mahavir’s importance to Apirigraha which means not taking what is more essential to life. With Israr this is Kunal Shinde, AIR News, Mumbai".

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A witness in the Kerala nun rape case, Father Kuriakose Kattuthara was found dead under mysterious circumstances in Punjab's Hoshiarpur district today. Kuriakose had testified against accused former Jalandhar bishop Franco Mulakkal in the rape case.
Police said, the cause of the death of Kuriakose would be known after postmortem. They said, no visible injury marks were found on the body. They said, police was investigating the case from all the angles.
Meanwhile, supporters of the rape victim urged the Kerala government to provide security to the complainant in view of the mysterious death of a key witness in the case.

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Prime Minister Jan Arogya Yojana, Ayushman Bharat, provides free medical treatment, upto five lakhs rupees per year to more than ten crore families, totaling about 50 crore people. In Jharkhand, Ayushman Bharat is proving beneficial to the poor. Here is a ground report from our correspondent:
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"The poor of Jharkhand is getting benefits of medical treatment under Prime Minister Jan Arogya Yojana, Ayushman Bharat. In Hazaribagh district five Hospitals have been enlisted for this. We visited the hospitals to find out about the scheme. Lokanath work as a manual workers in a klin factory and he is happy that his pregnant wife treatment and operations where done completely free under Ayushman Bharat.
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Similarly Jirva Devi of Barkagaon is being treated for stomach pain.
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Sunshine Hospital is one of the hospitals listed under the scheme. Hospital manager Neelkamal Pathak told that after Ayushman Bharat was launched last month , twenty patients have benefited for their operations and treatments.
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So it is clear that Ayushman Bharat scheme is providing big medical relief to the poor. Rajesh Sinha AIR news Ranchi."

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The European Commission today urged the United States and Russia to pursue talks to preserve a Cold-War era nuclear weapons treaty after President Donald Trump said Washington was withdrawing from the deal.
Spokeswoman Maja Kocijancic told reporters in Brussels that US and the Russian Federation need to remain in a constructive dialogue to preserve this treaty and ensure it is fully and verifiably implemented.

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On to sports now, Bajrang Punia will clash with Japan’s Takuto Otoguro in the final of the Senior World Wrestling Championships in Budapest, Hungary tonight. He won a bronze medal in the 2013 edition of the tournament.  If Bajrang manages to win gold, it will be a rare achievement to win titles at all major championships in a single season.

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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 'त्योहारों के दौरान खान - पान सम्बन्धी सावधानियां।'. This can be heard on FM Gold Channel and additional frequencies from 9:30 pm.

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