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Morning News

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  • Campaigning in full swing for the fourth phase of Lok Sabha elections.

  • Two terrorists killed in an encounter in Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir.

  • North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and Russian President Vladimir Putin to hold first summit talks in Vladivostok today.

  • In Asian Athletics Championships at Doha; India bag four medals including a gold on final day; Finish fourth.

  • In IPL Cricket; Royal Challengers Bangalore register 17-run win over Kings Eleven Punjab at Bengaluru.


Campaigning is in full swing for the fourth phase of Lok Sabha elections. Seventy one constituencies, spread over nine states, will go to polls in this phase on Monday. Star campaigners of various political parties are making whirlwind tours at different places garnering support for their candidates.

Senior BJP Leader and Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address public rallies at Darbhanga in Bihar and Banda in Uttar Pradesh today. The Prime Minister will also hold a road show in Varanasi in the afternoon.

Our correspondent reports that Mr Modi is currently a sitting MP from Varanasi and he will file his nomination from the seat tomorrow.

"Senior BJP Leader and Prime Minister Narendra Modi will arrive in Varanasi today and will lead a roadshow  from Banaras Hindu University's iconic Lanka Gate where Modi will first pay floral tributes on the statue of Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya. In evening PM is scheduled to participate in Ganga Aarti at Dashashwamedh Ghat. Shalini Yadav from Samajwadi party is alliance candidate here who is fighting against Narendra Modi on this seat while congress is yet to announce it’s candidate. Varanasi goes to polls in the seventh and final phase of elections on May 19. SUSHIL CHANDRA TIWARI, AIR NEWS, VARANASI."

BJP President Amit Shah will also be in UP, addressing rallies at Ghazipur and Unnao.

Congress President Rahul Gandhi will hold public meetings at Jalore, Ajmer and Kota in Rajasthan. Our Jaipur correspondent has filed this report:

" Congress President Rahul Gandhi will address three election rallies today in Ajmer, Jalore, and Kota. Many other senior leaders also canvassing for the party candidates including Ashok Gehlot, Sachin Pilot, Avinash Pandey and Anand Kumar. BJP president Amit Shah will address a public rally in Jalore and also participate in a Road Show in Jodhpur tomorrow. Prakash Javdekar, Vasundhara Raje, Avinash Rai Khanna, Sudhanshu Trivedi are among leaders from BJP who are campaigning for the party. Jitendra Dwivedi, AIR News, Jaipur."

Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra will be campaigning in Jalaun in UP.

BSP Chief Mayawati is scheduled to address public rallies in Shahjahanpur and Kannauj in the state.

In the fourth phase, voting will take place for 17 Parliamentary seats in Maharashtra; 13 each in Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan; 8 in West Bengal; 6 each in Odisha and Madhya Pradesh; 5 in Bihar; 3 in Jharkhand. Voting will also be held in all the polling stations falling in Kulgam district under the Anantnag Lok Sabha constituency in Jammu and Kashmir.

Here is a profile of the Chhindwara Parliamentary seat in Madhya Pradesh:

"Chhindwara is one of the important Lok Sabha seats in Madhya Pradesh. There are 14 candidates in this election from Chhindwada. Most of them are independents. The Congress fielded Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath’s son Nakul Nath against the BJP’s tribal leader Nathan Shah and BSP’s Gyaneshwar Gajbhiye while the Chief Minister Kamal Nath will also contest the assembly by poll from Chhindwara assembly constituency. A traditional Congress bastion, Chhindwara elected a non-Congress candidate only once - in the 1997 by poll when it elected BJP’s Sundar Lal Patwa. The party’s sitting MP, Kamal Nath, has won from the Chhindwara constituency 9 times since the 1980 Lok Sabha elections. Sanjeev Sharma, AIR News, Bhopal."

Besides the 71 Lok Sabha seats, 41 of the total 147 Assembly seats in Odisha will also go to polls in this phase.

Meanwhile, re-polling is being held today in nine booths located in eight Assembly constituencies in Odisha. The constituencies are: Sorada, Bonai, Sundargarh, Daspalla, Attabira, Bargarh, Padampur and Brajarajnagar. Voting was affected in these booths due to various reasons, including procedural errors and damaging of an EVM by a candidate.

Re-polling is also taking place at one polling station in 37-Tyui Assembly Constituency in Wokha district of Nagaland.

Re-polling is also being held at a polling booth in Agra Lok Sabha seat in Uttar Pradesh. It was ordered by the Election Commission after the presiding officer wrongly d some votes after the polling by pressing a button of the control panel of the EVM.

In Maharashtra, in order to attract and encourage Mumbaikars to come and vote in large numbers, the state election commission has made elaborate plans. We have a report:

"With an aim to encourage more and more Mumbaikars to participate in the festival of democracy, when the city goes for polling on Monday, the state election commission has informed that each assembly constituency in suburban Mumbai will have a 'Sakhi matdan kendra'. These polling booths will be managed entirely by women. Rangoli and other art forms would be used to make these booths more attractive. Mumbai District Collector in association with state election commission had also organised a flash mob at Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus yesterday to urge commuters to vote and fulfill their social

responsibility. SWEETY JAIN, AIR NEWS, MUMBAI."


In Jammu and Kashmir, two terrorists were killed in an encounter with security forces in Bijbehara area of Anantnag district this morning. The encounter broke out during an anti-terror operation which was launched by the forces late last night on the basis of specific information about the presence of terrorists in the area. Talking to AIR News this morning, State Director General of Police Dilbagh Singh said:

"Militants were active in that area for quite some time, as they had created terror for the people in that area. They are responsible for a large number of militant related activities. With their neutralisation people would feel a sigh of relief."


The National Investigation Agency (NIA) conducted raids in Amroha district of Uttar Pradesh last night and arrested five people in connection with their alleged links with the Islamic State (IS) terror module. In a joint operation with UP Anti-Terrorism Squad, the agency raided a number of houses in Saidpur Imma village.

It was NIA's fifth raid after it busted the IS linked module in December last year.


Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has called for an all party conference today to discuss the current situation and future steps in wake of Sunday's attacks that killed 359 people. The President will also hold a meeting of Inter-religious advisory committee. Our Colombo correspondent has filed this report:

"Security situation in Sri Lanka is slowly returning to normalcy as investigations in Sunday’s attacks continue. The countrywide crackdown on suspects is on and several people were arrested in overnight operation different areas. Defense minister has said that nine suicide bombers were involved in attacks including one woman. most of the attackers were from well to do families and one of them even received his college education in Britain. Several suspects had travelled abroad in the past and their links with foreign terrorist organisations including ISIS is under probe. SANTOSH KUMAR, AIR NEWS, COLOMBO."


North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet for their first summit talks in the Pacific port city of Vladivostok today. The Kremlin said, the two leaders will talk about the Korean peninsula's nuclear programme.

Mr Kim reached the Russian Far East on his private train yesterday. He is believed to be seeking support after failing to reach an agreement with US President Trump on Pyongyang's nuclear weapons programme at Hanoi earlier this year.


India bagged four medals, including a Gold, on the final day of the Asian Athletics Championships at Doha in Qatar yesterday. PU Chitra successfully defended her Women's 1,500 metres Gold she had won in 2017, while Ajay Kumar Saroj in Men's 1,500 metres and the Women's 4x400 metres relay team clinched a silver each. Sprinter Dutee Chand added a bronze in Women's 200 metres race.

In the Men's 4x400 metres relay, India was initially declared to have won a Silver, but the jury later disqualified the team for impeding an athlete after protest by China.

India ended at the fourth spot in the medals tally. Bahrain topped the table with China second and Japan, third.


In IPL Cricket, South African AB De Villiers powered Royal Challengers Bangalore to a 17-run win over Kings Eleven Punjab at Bengaluru last night. Put in to bat, Bangalore posted 202 for 4 riding on De Villiers' 44-ball 82 not out.

In reply, Punjab managed to make 185 for 7 in the alloted 20 overs, falling short by 17 runs. De Villiers was named man of the match.

Today, sixth-placed Kolkata Knight Riders will play rock bottom side Rajasthan Royals in Kolkata at 8 PM.


Olympic medalists PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal are among the seven Indian shuttlers who will play their pre-quarterfinal matches of the Badminton Asia Championships at Wuhan in China today. In Women's Singles, while fourth seed Sindhu will take on Indonesia's Choirunnisa, seventh placed Saina will face Kim Ga Eun of South Korea.

In Men's Singles, Sameer Verma will meet Hong Kong's Angus Ka Long.

The Mixed Doubles pairs of Venkat Prasad and Juhi Dewangan, and Karishma Wadkar and Utkarsh Arora will also be seen in action.


Thirteen Indian pugilists will play their semi-final bouts of the Asian Boxing Championships in Bangkok today. The boxers -- seven men and six women -- are assured of Bronze medals after they advanced to the last-four stage of the marquee continental championship.

The pugilists include L Sarita Devi in 60 kilogram category, Shiva Thapa also in 60 kgs, Pooja Rani in 75 kgs, Amit Panghal in 52 kgs, Satish Kumar in 91 kgs, Sonia Chahal in 57 kgs and Nikhat Zareen in 51 kgs.

This is for the first time that the tournament is being held simultaneously for men and women.


Newspapers Headlines

Different papers cover varied stories today.

  • All dailies have given prominence to the CJI row and have quoted the apex court in its headlines; The Tribune writes, "Will probe and re-probe conspiracy till end says Supreme Court". While The Pioneer reports, "Supreme Court ropes in CBI, IB, Police" adding, "Agencies asked to unravel alleged conspiracy against CJI."

  • The Times of India notices the Prime Minister's and Mamata Banerjee's quotes in its headline after the former's interview to Akshay Kumar. The paper writes, "Mamta sends gifts, says PM; He won't get votes says Didi."

  • Papers have also noticed the murder of Congress leader N. D. Tiwari's son by his wife. The Asian Age says, "Wife held for killing Tiwari's son Rohit". Hindutan Times headlines, "Rohit Shekhar's wife smothered him while he was drunk, says police."

  • The probe into Lanka blasts has also been given traction by the press.  The Indian Express reports, "Sri Lanka blasts mastermind was radical preacher, on police radar", while The Economic Times says, "Indian sleuths in Lanka to aid probe into Easter attacks".

  • "Potato farmers cry foul as Pepsi Co sues them" is a report in The Hindu.  The multi-billion conglomerate sued four Gujrati farmers, asking them to pay 1.05 crores as damages, for "infringing its rights" by growing the potato variety used in Lays chips.

  • Music knows no boundaries. Come April 30 and sarod maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan and his sons Amaan and Ayaan are set to perform at the Royal Festival Hall of London's South Centre.

  • The Asian Age writes, "The sound of sarod to come alive in UK soon".



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