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News at Nine

2100 HRS
20.02.2019

THE HEADLINES:
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman hold talks to expand ties; Saudi Arabia to invest 100 billion dollars in India.
  • The two countries agree to increase pressure on nations promoting terrorism, says Prime Minister; Saudi Arabia to cooperate with India in tackling terrorism including through intelligence sharing.
  • US President Donald Trump describes Pulwama attack as horrible; asks Pakistan to punish those responsible.
  • Supreme Court fixes hearing in Ayodhya land dispute case on 26th  February.
  • President and Prime Minister condole the passing away of noted hindi writer and critic Namvar Singh.
  • Government to invest over 48,000 crore rupees in 12 PSU banks this fiscal for maintaining regulatory capital requirement.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi and visiting Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman today held talks in New Delhi to expand bilateral ties. Briefing the media on the talks,  Secretary (Economic Relations) T S Tirumurti said Saudi Arabia will invest 100 billion dollars in India in a range of areas, including energy, refining and petro-chemicals. Mr Tirumurti said:
 
"The Prime Minister welcome the announcement of His Royal Highness, the Crown Prince, to invest US Dollar 100 billion in India in the range of areas, like energy, refining, petro chemical, infrastructure, agriculture and manufacturing. This is a clear reflection of the confidence of Saudi Arabia in the vibrancy of the Indian economy and the tremendous opportunities available in India for investment."

Mr Tirumurti said, the two leaders condemned in the strongest terms the recent terror attack in Pulwama. He said, the complicity of Pakistan in Pulwama terror attack was very much underlined during talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Crown Prince.
 
"The complicity of Pakistan in Pulwama attack was very much underlined and what they agreed was, the need for creating the necessary conditions for any resumption of talks."
Mr Tirumurti informed that to enhance cooperation in counter terrorism efforts, including intelligence sharing, the two countries will start a comprehensive security dialogue at the level of national security advisors. A joint working group on counter-terrorism will also be set up. 
 
In his press statement after the talks, Prime Minister said that India and Saudi Arabia have agreed to cooperate further to fight against terrorism and put pressure on countries supporting terror to deal with its growing threat.
"इस खतरे से प्रभावशाली ढंग से निपटने के लिए हम इस बात पर सहमत हैं कि आतंकवाद को किसी भी प्रकार का समर्थन दे रहे देशों पर सभी संभव दवाब बढ़ाने की आवश्यकता है। आतंकवाद का इन्फ्रास्टक्चर नष् करना और इसको समर्थन समाप् करना और आतंकवादियों और उनके समर्थकों को सजा दिलाना बहुत ही जरूरी है।"

Prime Minister said, Saudi Arabia is one of the most crucial strategic partners of India and both the countries will further increase their cooperation in the defence sector and improve their economic ties.

"परमाणु ऊर्जा के शांतिपूर्ण उपयोग विशेष रूप से वाटर डिसनेलेशन और स्वास्थ् के लिए हमारे सहयोग का एक और आयाम होंगे। विशेषकर अपने स्ट्रटीजिक वातावरण के संबंध में हमने आपसी रक्षा सहयोग को मजबूत करने और उसका विस्तार करने पर भी सफल चर्चा की है।"

Mr Modi said, time has come to take energy relations between the two countries to higher level.
   
"हमारे ऊर्जा संबंधों को स्ट्रटीजिक पार्टनरशिप में तबदील करने का समय गया है। दुनिया की सबसे बड़ी रिफाइनरी और स्ट्रटीजिक पेट्रोलियम रिजर्व में सउदी अरब की भागीदारी हमारे ऊर्जा संबंधों को बायर-सेलर रिलेशन से बहुत आगे ले जाती है।" 
In his press statement, Crown Prince said his country will cooperate with India in its fight against terrorism. Prince Mohammad said both countries can collaborate in several areas, including agriculture and culture.  
The two countries signed five agreements in various areas.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said, India is a victim of terrorism sheltered and supported from across the border and calls on all nations to reject its use against others, dismantle its infrastructure and stop its financing. In an interview to Arabic newspaper 'Okaz' and English newspaper 'Saudi  Gazette' published today, the Prime Minister said, the menace of extremism and terrorism threatens all nations and societies and reject any attempt to link this universal phenomenon to any particular race, religion or culture.

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US President Donald Trump has described Pulwama attack as horrible and offered full support to India to combat terrorism. He asked Islamabad to punish those responsible for the heinous act. Talking to reporters at Oval Office in White House, Mr Trump said, it would be wonderful if the two South Asia neighbours get along.
At a separate news conference, the State Department said the US has been in close communication with the Indian government to express not only the condolences but its strong support.

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The National Investigation Agency, NIA, has taken over the probe of Pulwama terror attack and registered the case today. Forty CRPF personnel had lost their lives in the terror attack on 14th of this month. The NIA has already taken samples of the explosives and evidence from the area. Director General NIA, Y C Modi along with a team of officers visited the place of occurrence where CRPF officers and local police were also present. He was briefed by the officers about the progress made in the investigation so far. 

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The Supreme Court today fixed 26th February as the next date of hearing in Ayodhya's Ram-Janmabhoomi Babri Masjid land dispute matter. It will be heard by a five-judge Constitution Bench headed by the Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi.
The bench will hear the appeals against the 2010 Allahabad High Court judgment, delivered in four civil suits, that the 2.77-acre land in Ayodhya be partitioned equally among three parties -- the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla.

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DMK and Congress have signed a seat-sharing agreement in Tamil Nadu for forthcoming Lok Sabha elections. Congress is to contest nine Lok Sabha seats in Tamil Nadu and the lone seat of Puducherry in the neighbouring Union Territory.

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Noted Hindi writer Namvar Singh passed away in New Delhi last night. He was 92. Professor Namvar Singh was ill for sometime and was being treated at the AIIMS.
President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh and other eminent leaders have condoled the death of Namvar Singh.
Here is a glimpse of his life and works:
"Born on 28th July, 1926 in a village in Varanasi, Namvar Singh  was the first chairman of JNU's Centre of Indian Languages. He authored over a dozen books including 'Kavita Ke Naye Pratiman', 'Chhayavad' and 'Dusri Parampara Ki Khoj' among others. In 1971, Namvar Singh received Sahitya Academy Award for 'Kavita Ke Naye Pratiman'. He had unsuccessfully contested Lok Sabha election as a candidate of Communist Party of India in 1957. Gulshan Rawat, News Desk"

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India today said its national Kulbhushan Jadhav has been sentenced to death by Pakistan on the basis of an extracted confession by authorities there. Former Solicitor General of India, Harish Salve said this while presenting India's case before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) during the second round of hearing at Hague, the Netherlands. Mr Salve said, Pakistan's three attempts to derail proceedings in the ICJ have failed.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi is embarking on a two-day state visit to the Republic of Korea tonight. The visit is part of growing momentum of high level exchanges between the two countries. Here is a report from our correspondent covering the PM's visit:
   
"After reaching Seoul early morning tomorrow, Prime Minister will address the  India-Korea Business Symposium and launch  India-Korea Startup Hub. After that, he will meet mayor of Kimhae city - which has been declared as sister city of Ayodhya. As part of the global celebrations of 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, Prime Minister will unveil a bust of Mahatma at the Seoul Campus of Yonsei University. On Friday, Prime Minister Modi will have bilateral meeting with President Moon. Mr. Modi will also be conferred with the Seoul Peace Prize. With Raj Kumar from Delhi, this is Anshuman Mishra, AIR News Seoul

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The government has approved 48 thousand 239 crore rupees in 12 public sector banks in this fiscal to help them maintain regulatory capital requirements and finance growth plans. In a tweet, Financial Services Secretary Rajiv Kumar said the recapitalization will help these banks perform better.

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The GST Council deferred a decision on rationalisation of tax rates on real estate till February 24 as some states wanted a physical meeting before a final decision is taken on the issue. Briefing media after the 33rd meeting of GST Council held in New Delhi today through video- conferencing, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the report of the Group of Ministers on real estate was considered and a final decision on the issue will be be taken after a physical meeting.

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Reversing a nine-session losing streak, the Sensex today rebounded 404 points as investors snapped up recently hammered stocks amid optimism in global markets. A report:
"The Sensex at the Bombay Stock Exchange surged 404 points to trade at 35,756. The Nifty at National Stock Exchange also appreciated 131 points to trade at 10,735. The rupee today appreciated 24 paise to 71 rupees and 12 paise against the US dollar. Lalima Aneja Dang with Sanjio Singh for AIR News."       

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Curfew was relaxed in entire Jammu city today for the first time since its imposition on Friday following protests and violence over Pulwama attack. Authorities said relaxation was given as situation showed considerable improvement.
District Magistrate, Jammu, Ramesh Kumar said prohibitory orders will remain in force to maintain law and order.

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