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0815 HRS
16.03.2019
THE HEADLINES
  • Election Commission holds meeting to discuss clean elections and curbing abuse of money power. 
  • Congress releases third list of 18 candidates for Lok Sabha elections.
  • BJP Central Election Committee to meet in New Delhi today; likely to release first list of candidates for General Elections.
  • BMC suspends two civil engineers in Thursday's bridge collapse; Enquiry ordered against two former Chief Engineers also.
  • France says it has raised the issue of imposing sanctions and freezing assets of JeM chief Masood Azhar with European Union.
  • And, India to host Under-17 Women's Football World Cup in 2020.

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Election Commission held a meeting of Multi Departmental Committee on Election Intelligence and discussed ensuring clean elections and curbing abuse of money power. Speaking on the Occasion, Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora  said, it is the constitutional mandate of the Commission to conduct free and fair elections. He said, conducting clean elections is now one of the biggest challenges in the democracy given the prevalent abuse of money power, particularly when it manifests in inducement of voters. Mr Arora said, the Commission is determined to curb this menace and has issued detailed guidelines to monitor election expenditure incurred by candidates and political parties.
Election Commissioners Ashok Lavasa and Sushil Chandra were  also present on the occasion.  

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Deputy Election Commissioner Sudip Jain will review the election preparedness of West Bengal in Kolkata today. Giving this information, State Additional Chief Electoral officer Sanjay Basu said that Mr Jain will meet all the District Magistrates, Superintendents of Police and Commissioners in this regard. The Deputy Election Commissioner will also meet the representatives of all registered Political parties besides meeting of the top brass of the State Administration to take stock of the situation. More from our correspondent:-
West Bengal is going for seven phased polls this time . The Deputy Election Commissioner Sudip Jain will take stock of law and order situation in view of the complaints of the opposition political parties . 10 Companies of Central Para Military force have already arrived in the State . Central Force have started root march at sensitive areas as a confidence building measures among voters . Arijit Chakraborty ,  AIR News ,  Kolkata .


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The Congress has released its third list of 18 candidates for the Lok Sabha elections. The list was released after a meeting of the party's central election committee in New Delhi yesterday. The list of candidates declared by the Congress include five from Assam, two from Meghalaya, one each from Uttar Pradesh, Sikkim and Nagaland, besides eight from Telangana.
The party has fielded former Meghalaya chief minister Mukul Sangma from the Tura Parliamentary constituency. All India Mahila Congress chief Sushmita Dev has been given the ticket from the Silchar Lok Sabha seat and Gaurav Gogoi from the Kaliabor seat in Assam.
Former Union Ministers Vincent H Pala and Paban Singh Ghatowar have also been fielded from Shillong and Dibrugarh in Assam.
Senior leader PL Punia's son Tanuj Punia has been nominated to contest from Barabanki (SC) seat in Uttar Pradesh.

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Congress will contest 11 seats in the Lok Sabha elections in Bihar. The decision to this effect was taken at the party's state election committee in Patna. Party leader Akhilesh Prasad Singh said the list of candidates will be announced tomorrow along with the grand alliance.

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Dalit leader Prakash Ambedkar has released a list of 37 Lok Sabha candidates who will contest the upcoming polls under the banner of his new political front. Addressing a press conference in Mumbai, Mr. Ambedkar said he has joined hands with the AIMIM led by Asaduddin Owaisi and they will jointly contest polls under the banner Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi.

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The BJP Central Election Committee will meet in New Delhi this evening. The party is likely to release its first list of candidates for the Lok Sabha polls after the meeting. The list will have the names of most of the candidates for the first phase of polling, which will be held on April 11 in 91 seats. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, party president Amit Shah and other top Bharatiya Janata Party leaders will attend the central election committee meeting.

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Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has said that the government's priority for the future will be infrastructure development and clearing backlog of defence procurement, among others. Speaking at a media award function in New Delhi, Mr Jaitley said, development of rural India and improvement of healthcare and education will be other priority areas. He said, the two areas where the country seriously need to concentrate is healthcare and education. He said, in the last five years, there has not been a single incidence of increase in tax rate and rates in both direct and indirect taxes have been lowered.
Talking about Ayushman Bharat programme, he said 16 lakh people have benefited from this cashless insurance scheme in the first four months of its launch.    

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Mumbai Municipal Commissioner Ajoy Mehta has suspended two civic engineers AR Patil and SF Kakulte in connection with collapse of foot-over-bridge on Thursday. Our correspondent reports that a departmental inquiry has also been ordered into the incident in which Six persons killed and 31 injured.
BMC Commissioner Ajoy Mehta ordered a probe against civic engineers and a departmental inquiry against two retired chief engineers of the BMC. Charges will be framed against the officers accordingly.  Meanwhile,  the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation's vigilance department has submitted its preliminary report in the matter, stated that the structural audit of the bridge was not conducted in a responsible and fair manner. It added that the tragedy could have been avoided if the structural audit had been done diligently. Nivedita Bhorkar Air News, Mumbai

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Government has constituted Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Tribunal for the hearing regarding declaration of Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) as an Unlawful Association under the provision of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967. The Tribunal comprises of the Delhi High Court Judge Justice Mukta Gupta. The Registrar of the Tribunal has issued notices to SIMI to appear before it on 15th of next month for further proceedings.
In a notification, the Centre had extended the ban on SIMI for next five years over its involvement in acts of terrorism.

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President Ram Nath Kovind will today confer the remaining Padma awards on prominent personalities at a civil investiture ceremony in Rashtrapati Bhawan. This year, 112 personalities were selected for the Padma awards, which was announced on the eve of Republic Day. The first set of padma award were given on 11th of this month in which Mr Kovind had presented one Padma Vibhushan, eight Padma Bhushan and forty-six Padma Shri Awards.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh met award winners and said they are the source of inspiration for the countrymen.

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France says it has raised the issue of imposing sanctions and freezing assets of Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar with the European Union. In a telephonic conversion with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, French Foreign Minister Le Drian informed her about his country imposing sanctions on JeM chief.
In a tweet, External Affairs Ministry said that Mr. Drian informed Mrs Swaraj about the action taken by Paris against the leader of JeM which had claimed responsibility for the Pulwama attack. It said France has always been on India's side in the fight against terrorism.

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said that nuclear disarmament negotiations with North Korea will continue following reports that Pyongyang is considering suspending the talks. Talking to reporters in Washington, Mr Pompeo said the US is hopeful that both countries can continue to hold conversation. Mr Pompeo said, President Donald Trump told a post-summit press conference in Hanoi earlier that the North Korean leader had promised he would maintain his moratorium on missile and nuclear tests.

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In Afghanistan, a local TV journalist was shot dead in Khost province yesterday. The killing comes less than a week after another journalist in the southern Helmand province was wounded by a bomb attached to his car. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack.
Last year 17 journalists and media workers were killed in Afghanistan.

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The Dutch police has arrested two men in Amsterdam with suspected links to weapons used in deadly attacks in Paris in 2015 that killed 130 persons. The public prosecution service in a statement said, these men were arrested during an investigation into the origin of weapons used by Islamic State terrorists in the Paris attack.

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In Mozambique, at least 19 people died and more than 70 injured after cyclone Idai hit the central part of the country. The tragedy has cut off Beira, a city of half a million from the rest of the country after the roads were swamped and power lines were damaged. The airport was also shut down as the navigation system and runway were damaged by the storm. The flooding had already killed 66 people and displaced more than 17 thousand in the country during the days preceding the cyclone.

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India will host the Under-17 Women's Football World Cup in 2020. This was announced by the President of International Football Federation (FIFA) Gianni Infantino after the council meeting in Miami, USA last night. Infantino said, FIFA is delighted to announce that India has been confirmed as the host of the Women's World Cup.
This will be the second FIFA tournament India will be hosting, after the U-17 Men's World Cup in 2017.

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Saudi Arabia’s female Bocce team won its first two World Games matches at Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019. It is for the first time that Saudi Arabia has sent women athletes to participate in these Games. 21 women athletes from Saudi Arabia are participating in the Games.
Hosts UAE football team got its first win of the World Games with a 4-0 triumph over South Africa, while the UAE’s mixed volleyball side won 52-30 against Team USA.
With more than 7,500 athletes from over 190 nations set to compete between 14-21 March, Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019 is the largest sports and humanitarian event of the year.

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NEWSPAPERS HEADLINES:

  • Brutal killings at two New Zealand mosques and France's stern move against Masood Azhar post China's resistance against his listing at the UNSC are the top stories  on the front pages across national dailies this morning.
  • "49 killed in racial 'terror' attack on 2 mosques in New Zealand" is the lead headline in The Asian Age with superions, Aussie gunmen charged, 3 others held; 9 Indian-origin people missing' The Indian Express writes, "Terror streamed live: 49 killed in two New Zealand mosques" coupled with another headline that reads, "Christchurch counts its victims: 1 Indian among dead, 2 injured, 6 missing"
  • The Asian Age in another headline writes, "France imposes key sanctions on JeM chief Azhar" adding a subtext 'Big success for India, snub to China', reporting on the same story The Hindu writes, "France slaps sanctions on JeM chief Azhar"
  • Writing on India-Myanmar joint military-operation to wipe out rebel militants The Hindustan Times says, "India-Myanmar target insurgents in joint ops" The paper adds '10 thousand troops deployed; Rebels threatened key project'
  • Supreme court's latest directive to the Election Commission is noticed by The Hindu that writes, "SC issues notice to EC on plea to verify at least 50% VVPATs"
  • The Times of India, about the probability of holding J&K assembly elections, writes, "J&K admin, MHA pitch for assembly elections in June".
  • Discreet land-grabbing by Pakistan at Kartarpur Gurudwara is noticed by The statesman and the Indian Express informs "Pak govt surreptiously usurped land belonging to Kartarpur Sahib Gururdwara"
  • In a Follow up on the 737 MAX-crash story The Statesman writes, "Boeing suspends 737 MAX deliveries as France probes black boxes"
  •  And Finally, "Hip-hop music is best bet for a cheese that will please" You heard it right. That's a headline in The Times of India that reports of a study by  Swiss researchers, who say, exposing cheese to round-the-clock music could improve its flavour.

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Union Minister Nitin Gadkari has said shortage of water is the main problem in Maharashtra, but the issue is being addressed by the state and central governments. He said both governments are doing a considerable amount of work to address this problem by increasing irrigation potential and stop farmer suicides in drought-prone areas.

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