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Morning News

0815 HRS
08.11.2018
THE HEADLINES:
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi says government is taking several steps to strengthen Defence sector.
  • A  high-level Election Commission team to visit Mizoram tomorrow to end standoff following protests against Chief Electoral Officer.
  • Reserve Bank of India liberalises norms governing external commercial borrowings for infrastructure creation.
  • In Sri Lanka, three new Ministers sworn in.
  • And, in Badminton, Kidambi Srikanth and pair of Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy enter pre-quarterfinals of China Open. 

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi says numerous steps are being taken by the government to strengthen the defence sector. He said, India is making great strides in the sector. Mr Modi was speaking after celebrating Diwali with Army and ITBP jawans at Harsil which is one of the remotest border posts in Uttarakhand yesterday. He also spoke of various measures being taken for the welfare of ex-servicemen, including OROP (One Rank, One Pension).
THe Prime Minister commended the jawans for ensuring the nation's security and spreading a sense of fearlessness among the people. Greeting the jawans on the occasion, Mr. Modi said their devotion to duty in remote icy heights is enabling the strength of the nation, and securing the future and dreams of 125 crore Indians.
"धरती के किसी भी हिस्‍से की सुरक्षा नहीं होती। ये सवा सौ करोड़ देशवासियों की सुरक्षा है। ये सवा सौ करोड़ देशवासियों के सपनों की सुरक्षा है। ये सवा सौ करोड़ देशवासियों के उज्‍ज्‍वल भविष्‍य के लिए आपकी तपस्‍या है।"
Mr Modi highlighted how the Indian forces are admired globally for their skills. He said the forces draw admiration and appreciation across the world, in UN peacekeeping operations.

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Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman yesterday cautioned jawans not to believe what appears on social media. She was interacting with the troops along the Line of Actual control at Hayuliang in Arunachal Pradesh during a Diwali celebration. She advised them to stay away from negative news about forces, appearing on Facebook and Twitter. Ms Sitharaman also reiterated government's commitment to give the latest weapons, such as AK-47,to all jawans manning border posts.

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The air pollution level in the National Capital has once again deteriorated to very poor category. According to Central Pollution Control Board, air quality index was recorded at 325 this morning. The air pollution was in poor category yesterday. Our Correspondent reports that Delhites woke up to a morning filled with smog today post Diwali celebrations.
"A thick haze engulfed the national capital this morning. Online indicators of the pollution monitoring stations in the city glowed red, indicating a very poor air quality. The Supreme court had set a two-hour window from 8 to 10 PM, to burn green crackers. The residents across the national capital felt the beginning was promising with the neighbourhoods reporting much lesser noise and smoke till 8 pm. But as the festivities picked up, the echo of crackers started growing louder. All construction activities involving excavation have been stopped in the national capital till Saturday. With Dipendra Kumar, GULSHAN RAWAT, AIR News Delhi."

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Election Commission will send a high-level team to Mizoram tomorrow to hold further discussions with the state government officials and leaders of the NGO Coordination Committee on the current stand-off in the state. The team will be headed by Deputy Chief Election Commissioner Sudeep Jain. For the last two days, the NGO coordination committee, led by YMA, was protesting against the removal of the Principal Secretary (Home) Lalnunmawia Chuaungo and demanding removal of Chief Electoral Officer SB Shashank. Sources said the committee  called off the protest last evening for the time being.
In a statement, the Commission said, it has accepted the broad contours of the resolution passed by the Committee after deliberations with the delegation of the poll body. The Commission also expressed its serious concerns on the violence in Kolasib district during protests against the CEO. Talking to AIR news, Chief Election Commissioner  OP Rawat said:-
"इस टीम में डिप्टी इलेक्शन कमिशनर सुदीप जैन होंगे। एक एडिशनल सीईओ जो वहां पर मिजोरम में ही है, वो होंगी और जो हमारे सीईओ झारखंड ऑलरेडी वहां  Khiangte  गये हुए थे वो भी होंगे। तीनों लोग वहां पर एनजीओ कोर्डिनेशन कमिटी से डिस्कशन करेंगे ताकि उनकी जो भी भ्रान्तिया हो वो और दूर हो जाए और जैसे मिजोरम में हमेशा की तरह बिलकुल पीसफुल इलेक्शन होते रहे हैं उसी तरह के इलेक्शन इस बार भी हो पाये।

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In Chhattisgarh, candidates for assembly elections in Maoist affected areas of the State are adopting innovative methods of campaigning for the forthcoming Elections. Eighteen constituencies in the state will go to polls on the 12th of this month in the first phase. More from our correspondent:-
"There are virtually no traditional election meetings as contestants of all parties try to meet the voters at weekly markets and community gatherings without venturing deep into the remote forest villages of Bastar region of Chhattisgarh.  Amid Maoist call for boycott of elections, parties are concentrating more on one to one meetings instead of organizing large meetings.
As far issues are concerned, BJP has been raising development as their main poll plank, pointing out the infrastructural development carried out in Bastar during the last 15 years. Opposition Congress and other parties are mainly focusing on the tribals’ right on Jal, Jungle and Jameen besides problem of unemployment. Vikalp Shukla, AIR, News, Raipur
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Election Commission has asked the Odisha government to seal its border with the poll bound Chhattisgarh in order to ensure a free and fair elections. Assembly elections in Chhattisgarh will be held in two phases - on November 12 and 20. Odisha government has also asked authorities of eight districts  to go for frisking in border areas and keep an eye on the movement of Maoists and people carrying liquor, cash and other materials. These eight districts are Sundergarh, Jharsuguda, Bargarh, Nuapada, Nabarangpur, Malkangiri, Kalahandi and Koraput.

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In Madhya Pradesh, filing of nominations for assembly elections will end tomorrow. A total of 593 nominations have been filed so far for the November 28 elections. While BJP has announced 192 candidates so far, Congress has declared 211 candidates for 230 member assembly. More from our correspondent:
"Deliberations are still on in both the parties in some high profile seats and they may announced some more names today.  The Congress released a fourth list of 29 candidates on Wednesday night.
There are 27 new names in it, whereas two candidates have been changed. The most prominent name in the list is name of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh's brother-in-law Sanjay Singh, who has recently joined Congress. He has been given ticket from Varaseoni.
The party has so far announced 211 names. At present, names of 19 candidates are yet to be declared. The Congress had declared 155 names in the first list, 16 in the second list and 13 candidates in the third list. As of now, the BJP has announced 192 candidates. Sanjeev Sharma, AIR News,Bhopal
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Reserve Bank has liberalised the norms governing external commercial borrowings (ECBs) for infrastructure creation. A notification said, the minimum average maturity requirement for the ECBs in the infrastructure space raised by eligible borrowers has been reduced to three years from earlier five years. Additionally, the average maturity requirement for mandatory hedging has been reduced to five years from earlier ten years.
The move comes amid concerns surrounding the availability of funds following a liquidity squeeze and the difficulties being faced by non-bank lenders, especially those facing asset liability issues due to heavy reliance on short term funding for long term assets.

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Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana has been formulated with the vision of extending the coverage of irrigation and improving water use efficiency. Here is a Ground Report from our Panaji Correspondent:-
"In Goa, the Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana has helped farmers and farm labourers in the hinterland in sourcing irrigation facilities. A resident of Dabhal village of Dharbandora taluka, Ramakant Tilu Gaonkar speaks about how subsidies under the scheme have helped him run a profitable business.
Our  Main business was mining business. It was closed down in the year 2012. Then we went back to our traditional business ie agriculture . In the year 2013 we started cultivation in around 10,000 acres of land.  We cultivated  arecanut trees , papaya trees and  banana trees. WE started getting Income  and profit from this cultivation . We got our irrigation project done  through the loans and subsidies received from Government of India Pradhan mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana. We received around 6 to 6.5 lacs rupees’ subsidies. We constructed open well for which we  received a subsidy of rupees two lacs.   
The benefits available under the Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana have also encouraged many people in Goa to take up farming activities for livelihood. Saikat Sarkar from Goa for AIR."

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has greeted the people on the occasion of Gujarati New Year today. In a tweet, Mr Modi hoped that the coming year lead to the fulfillment of all their aspirations.

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In Sri Lanka, three new ministers were sworn-in last evening amidst doubts over the stability of new government. Brother of new Prime Minister and former Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa was among those  sworn in by President Maithripala Sirisena.
Meanwhile, Parliament Speaker Karu Jayasuriya said, an opportunity must be provided for majority opinion on a stable government when Parliament meets next Wednesday. More from our correspondent:-
"The new ministers were sworn in amidst rumors that President may dissolve the house and call early elections. However, it was denied by government in a late night press release. A government minister has said the first day of parliament session on 14th will only have president’s address while a date to prove majority will be decided later. This is contrary to speaker’s view who wants majority to be tested on the first day itself. Meanwhile, USA has urged President to convene parliament immediately to resolve the political crisis. It said further delay compounds uncertainty in Sri Lanka and undermines its international reputation.  SANTOSH KUMAR. FOR AIR NEWS FROM COLOMBO."

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In Badminton, ace Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth and the pair of Chirag Shetty and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy entered pre-quarterfinals of China Open at Fuzhou yesterday. In the Men's Singles opening round, fifth seeded Srikanth defeated Frenchman Lucas Corvee. HS Prannoy, however, bowed out.
In Women's Singles, Vaishnavi Reddy Jakka made a first round exit after losing to Thai Pornpawee Chochuwong. Rio Olympics Silver medalist and third seed PV Sindhu has already booked a place in the pre-quarterfinals, while Saina Nehwal is not taking part in the tournament.
In Men's Doubles, Chirag and Satwiksairaj made it to the Round-of-16 with a stunning win over the seventh seeded Danish team of Mads Pieler Kolding and Mats Conrad-Petersen.

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NEWSPAPERS HEADLINES
  • On account of Diwali, very few newspapers have published their electronic versions while most issues weren't published today.  Here's a review of a couple of e-papers.
  • Keeping with his tradition of celebrating Diwali with men in uniform, Prime Minister Narendra Modi grabs headlines.  The Statesman writes, "PM celebrates Diwali with Jawans."
  • The crucial US mid-term elections, have intensified the political bitterness and fighting between the two major parties in the run up to the 2020 presidential poll. Democrats capture the House of Representatives while President Donald Trump's Republican Party retains its majority in the Senate.  The Statesman headlines, "Democrats capture House in US midterms."  The Hindustan Times reports, "America divided: Democrats take House, GOP wins Senate" adding "Trump calls it 'big day' for Republicans, Democrat Pelosi may be next House Speaker."  The Times of India writes, "Trumped: One party rule ends in US as Democrats recapture House."
  • The Statesman carries a story that despite the Apex Court giving a deadline to burst firecrackers, Delhiites were openly flouting the orders.  The paper says, "Delhiites burst crackers beyond Supreme Court deadline."  Mumbaikars too didn't pay heed to the court's order.  The Times of India says, "Two-hour window for bursting crackers goes up in smoke."  The  paper also carries a picture of people revelling at Marine Drive after 10 p.m., bursting crackers.
  • And finally, in some heartening news the Times of India writes that India not only has the highest percentage of women airline pilots in the world, but the percentage of women pilots in India is more than double the global average, according to latest data released by International Society of Women Airline Pilots.  The paper says, "Desi Women Pilot percentage twice that of world."

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