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  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi to attend East Asia Summit in Singapore today.
  • Election Commission to webcast poll proceedings at 14 thousand polling booths during assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh.
  • Over six crore income tax returns filed so far this year; Registers 54 per cent jump over previous year.
  • Cyclone Gaja to make landfall around Nagappattinam in Tamil Nadu this evening.
  • Sri Lankan President rejects No-Confidence Motion passed by Parliament against new government.
  • And, Women's World Boxing Championships begin in Delhi today.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend the 13th East Asia Summit in Singapore today. The summit is a regional forum held annually by leaders of 18 countries in the East Asian, Southeast Asian and South Asian regions, including Russia and the United States. Since its inception in 2005, the summit has played a significant role in the strategic, geopolitical and economic evolution of East Asia.
In the morning, Mr Modi met leaders of 10 ASEAN countries in an informal India-ASEAN summit. He also presented awards to winners of the first India-Singapore Hackathon, which has students from both the countries providing questions and solutions. A report:-

"India Singapore Hackathon 2018 was announced during prime minister's official visit to Singapore from 31 May to 02 June this year. Mr Modi proposed to Prime Minister of Singapore about a Joint Hackathon to harness and show case the innovation potential of the youth of both the countries. The proposal was welcomed by PM Lee. Nanyang Technological University (NTU) of Singapore and All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) from India conducted the Hackathon. High Commission of India in Singapore facilitated the event in collaboration with Ministries of Education and Foreign Affairs of Singapore. 20 teams each from both countries comprising university and college students selected on nationwide basis participated in the Hackathon. Tripti Srivastava, AIR NEWS, Singapore."

Last evening, Mr Modi attended the second Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) Summit with 16 member states. He reiterated India's commitment to early conclusion of high quality, comprehensive and balanced Regional Economic Partnership agreement. The Prime Minister urged the leaders to give required mandate to their Trade Ministers so that RCEP negotiations can be concluded at the earliest.
Mr Modi held bilateral meetings with his Singaporean, Australian and Thai counterparts. He also met US Vice President Mike Pence.


Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) OP Rawat has said that proceedings at 14,000 polling booths during assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh will be webcast. Talking to reporters in Bhopal yesterday, he said, the measure is being taken as part of efforts to ensure free and fair elections. Mr Rawat and two Election Commissioners Sunil Arora and Ashok Lavasa were on a 2-day visit to Madhya Pradesh to review the preparations for November 28 assembly polls.  Mr Rawat said, for the first time in Madhya Pradesh, The Election Commission will appoint accessibility observers who will help differently-abled or Divyang persons at polling booths.
राज् विधानसभा निर्वाचन में इस बार पहली बार एक्सेसअबिलिटी आबजर्वर नियुक् किये गये हैं। क्योंकि ये साल जो है कमिशन ने सुगम् भारत थीम रखी है। इसलिए जितने भी परसन वीथ डिसएबेलिटी होते हैं। उनको सुगम तरीके से मतदान करने की सुविधा दी जाये। आईडेंटीफाई किया जाये, व्हील चेयर उपलब् कराई जाये, असिस्टेंस उपलब् कराई जाये, ब्रेल में एपिक उपलब् कराई जाये। इन सब चीजों के बारे में ऑबजर्वर भेजे हैं हर पोल गोईंग स्टेट्स में।


In Madhya Pradesh, 2932 candidates are left in the fray after withdrawal of nominations for the assembly elections. According to official information,the highest number of candidates are 158 in Rewa district and 13 is the lowest number in Alirazpur district after the withdrawal of nomination.
The Election Commission has come up with many technology applications to nail violation of Model Code of Conduct during assembly elections in poll-bound states. Chief electoral officer of Chhattisgarh Subrat Sahoo said, apart from C-Vigil, more IT tools like Suvidha, Sugam and C-TOPS are being used in the assembly elections.

एक सी-टॉप् करके सॉफ्टवेयर है जिसका कि उपयोग करते हुए सभी पोलिंग पार्टिज़ का ट्रेकिंग करेंगे और सी-वीजन एप्लीकेशन जो है वो सिटीज़न विजिलेंस के लिए है कि कोई भी आम आदमी स्पॉट पर जाकर पांच मिनट के भीतर कोई भी शिकायती बात आप दर्ज करा सकते हैं। इसी प्रकार आई टी में सुगम और सुविधा दो और एप् है। सुविधा और सुगम के जरिये हम ट्रान्सपोर्ट मुवमेंट, बसिज़ का रिक्विजिशन, गाडि़यों का उपयोग ये सब हम यूज़ करते हैं। 

In Telangana, 331 nominations have been filed on a single day yesterday across the state.  With this the total nominations filed in the state ever since the election notification was issued rose to 418.
In Mizoram, 209 candidates including 15 women have been left in the fray after withdrawal of nominations. The State will go to polls on the 28th of this month to elect a new 40-member assembly. More from our correspondent:-

Congress said if it is voted to power, the present New Land Use Policy scheme will be augmented for more livelihood benefit. The Congress leaders said in this rallies in Mamit district yesterday. On the other side, in a rally at Khawzawl, MNF Party's Sr. Vice President Tawnluia said they are committed to create 3 new districts in Khawzawl, Saitual and Hnahthial. While, in a rally at Lunglei, BJP leader Dr. Aichhunga said BJP is the only corruption-free Party. He said they will implement more schemes of Modi government for development of the state if they come to power. Irene, AIR News, Aizawl.


Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) chairman Sushil Chandra has said that over six crore income tax returns have been filed so far this year, which is 54 per cent more than the last year. He was speaking to reporters after inaugurating the pavilion of the CBDT at the India International Trade Fair in New Delhi yesterday.  Mr Chandra said, the number of direct taxpayers has increased to 6.85 crore in 2017-18 from 3.45 crore when the NDA government took office in May 2014.  


The cyclone Gaja over the South West Bay of Bengal is set to cross the Tamil Nadu coast this evening. Weather officials said, it will make landfall between Cuddalore and Pamban, around Nagappattinam. It is moving at a speed of ten km an hour in the last six hours, as said in the Met Department’s latest weather bulletin.
While Cyclone Gaja makes landfall, the wind speed is expected to be about 80 to 90 km, gusting to 100 km an hour. Rainfall at most places in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry is expected, with the possibility of isolated heavy rainfall.
Educational institutions will remain closed in many of these districts, as announced by the Collectors. More from our correspondent:-

Several Universities and polytechnics have rescheduled their examinations today. Senior IAS officers have been nominated to oversee relief measures in five of the districts having long coastlines, where the impact of the cyclone is expected to be more. Fishermen have anchored their boats as the sea would be rough. The Indian Navy has put two of its ships on standby to help authorities in rescue and relief operations. The Southern Railway has cancelled two trains from Rameswaram to Madurai and Trichy for today.  M. Jayasingh, AIR News, Chennai.


President Ram Nath Kovind will be on a day-long visit to Bihar today. Mr Kovind will attend programmes at Samastipur and Patna. The President will address the first convocation of Dr.Rajendra Prasad Central Agricultural University at Pusa in Samastipur. He will also address the 8th convocation of NIT, Patna. Elaborate security arrangements have been made in view of the President's visit.


Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana has proved a boon for those not covered under any accident insurance scheme. This scheme is available to people between 18 and 70 years of age with bank accounts. Here is a Ground report from our Pune correspondent:
People are being benefitted because of this scheme now. One of the beneficiary Sanjay Mane shared his experience with AIR.
  (Byte-Sanjay Mane)
This scheme is available to people between 18 and 70 years of age with bank accounts. It has an annual premium of just 12 rupees and in case of accidental death or full disability, nominee gets payment of 2 lakh Rupees. In case of partial Permanent disability insurance cover is of 1 lakh Rupees. Nitin Kelkar for AIR news Pune.


Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has rejected the motion of no-confidence passed by parliament yesterday against new Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa. In a reply to Speaker Karu Jayasuriya last night, the President said proper procedure was not followed when the no-confidence motion was submitted.  A report:-

"President in his letter has mentioned that he has the right to appoint a prime minster who he thinks serve the best interest of country and his decision cannot be questioned or tested. Mr. Wickremsinghe has maintained that if someone has to challenge the no confidence motion, they can bring another motion today. Amidst this, Mr. Rajapaksa has to make a statement in Parliament today but within the circumstances, whether he will be able to make it, has to be seen. Santosh Kumar, for AIR News from Colombo."
A vote on the no-confidence motion was taken in Parliament yesterday. It was passed by a voice vote and not a vote by name amidst commotion in Parliament.


The Women's World Boxing Championships begin in Delhi today. The tenth edition of the tournament is set to be the biggest ever as more than 300 boxers from 72 countries will be taking part. MC Mary Kom will be aiming for a historic sixth gold at the event, which is being hosted by India for the first time since 2006. 


In Cricket, India will clash with Ireland in their third group game of the ICC Women's World Twenty-20 at the Providence Stadium in Guyana tonight. The match will begin at 8:30 PM (Indian Standard Time). The Indian eves have won both their first two games. They defeated New Zealand by 34 runs in the opener, before beating Pakistan by 7 wickets in the second game.


  • The Supreme Court reserving its order on the Rafale petitions is the lead in many papers.
  • ''Rafale price out of SC debate'' headlines the Hindustan Times. ''Supreme Court calls IAF officers to court for expert briefing on Rafale'' writes the Times of India.
  • ''PM raises Pakistan terror, India-US defence ties at talks with US Vice President Pence'' reports the Indian Express.
  • ''Session from December 11, Government to turn up heat'' leads the Pioneer, adding, Assembly poll results to set the tone in the month-long Winter Session of Parliament.
  • Lankan government confusion after House no-trust in Rajapaksa'' is the lead in the Asian Age, on the political situation in Sri Lanka.
  • ''EPCA's bad air solution: A public commute crisis'' is a front page story in the Hindustan Times. Under the caption ''Capital Punishment'' the paper lists 3 factors why the idea to ban private vehicles is bound to fail. The DNA suggests ''Green cover in City's Homes''; Residents grow indoor plants to shield against air pollution''. "Rain washes off dust, but Delhi stares at pollution relapse today" reports the Pioneer.
  • "No lesson learned from Dussehra tragedy, Chhath Puja on rail tracks" in Bathinda along the Sirhind Canal, covers the Times of India on its front page.
  • "How to make a monkey out of simians at Parliament," remarks the Pioneer, on the Lok Sabha Secretariat's circular advising people not to make direct eye contact with monkeys and not cross the path between a mother and her infant.
  • "Marie Antoinette's jewels, not seen for 200 years, up for auction", states the Asian Age, on the jewellery belonging to the last queen of France before the revolution. Sotheby's termed the auction as "the sale of the 21st Century".
  • And finally, "It's official, Indian-made stents as good as the best" reports the Times of India citing a study, calling out MNCs on demand for better price for 'quality'.


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