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17.09.2019

THE HEADLINES,

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi to visit Sardar Sarovar Dam to participate in Namami Devi Narmade Mahotsav in Gujarat on his birthday today.

  • Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to honour PM Modi for providing safer sanitation to 50 crore people under Swachh Bharat Mission.

  • Election Commission to review preparedness for assembly elections in Maharashtra today.

  • Centre says construction work on Kartarpur Corridor will be completed before scheduled time.

  • And in Sports, Indian Men's team books quarterfinal berth at ITTF Asian Table Tennis Championships in Indonesia.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Ahmedabad last night on a two-day visit to Gujarat. Mr. Modi was received by Governor Acharya Devvrat, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and his senior cabinet colleagues at the airport.

On his 69th birthday today, Mr Modi will meet his mother Hiraba at her Gandhinagar residence to seek her blessings. The Prime Minister will visit Sardar Sarovar Narmada Dam at Kevadia in Narmada district.

Mr Modi will participate in Namami Devi Narmade- Mahotsav and perform the Puja of Narmada water at Sardar Sarovar Dam- which was completely filled up for the first time after raising its height to 138.68 meters.

Prime Minister Modi will also visit various ongoing projects of tourist attractions near the statue of unity- the world’s tallest statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. These projects are jungle safari, Eco- tourism, Cactus Garden, Ekta nursery, western India’s first river rafting point, Nutrition Park, Mirror Maze and others. He will also address the people on this occasion.

"People of Gujarat are celebrating two big occasions today. First, the birthday of his beloved leader Prime Minister Narednra Modi. People of Surat have burst firecrackers and distributed cakes among the divyang people during late last night. State BJP has launched an exhibition on the life and work of Narendra Modi to motivate the youth. People are also celebrating the Namami Devi Narmade- Mahotsav- the historic event of overflowing of Sardar Sarovar Dam at its full height 138.68 meters. State Government has organized state wide functions at more than 100 places. Prime Minister Modi will grace the main function at Sardar Sarovar Dam at Kevadia short while from now. Yogesh Pandya, AIR News, Ahmedabad."

In Uttar Pradesh, a series of programmes are being organised in all 75 districts including Varanasi today. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath inaugurated an exhibition on Mr Modi's life and works at the state BJP headquarters in Lucknow yesterday. The BJP is celebrating 'Seva Saptah' to mark the Prime Minister's birthday. More from our correspondent :

 

"Programs of classical music, Cutting of the cake made of laddus, special religious rituals including havan and aarti and cleanliness drive are scheduled on this occasion. A mega blood donation drive is also on the cards in which more than 500 BJP workers will take part. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath along with State BJP president Swatantra Dev Singh will take part in functions at Gorakhpur. On this occasion special camps will be organised all over the state where people will get information of the various government schemes launched by PM Modi till date. SUSHIL CHANDRA TIWARI, AIR NEWS, LUCKNOW."

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Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, Home Minister Amit Shah and Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar have greeted the Prime Minister on his Birthday. 

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The Prime Minister has invited ideas from the people for his speech on Sunday's Houston rally in the United States. In a tweet, Mr Modi said, he will refer to some of them during his remarks. He said, there is a great enthusiasm towards the Howdy Modi programme in Houston. He urged the people to express their thoughts on the special open forum on the NaMo application.

Mr Modi expressed delight that US President Donald Trump will join him in the India community programme at Houston. Mr Modi said he is looking forward to join the Indian origin community in welcoming the US President at the programme.

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Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will honour Prime Minister Narendra Modi for Swachh Bharat Mission, a sanitation initiative that improved access to toilets. In a statement issued yesterday in Seattle, USA, the Gates foundation said, Mr Modi will receive its annual Goalkeepers Global Goals Award for providing 500 million people in India a safer sanitation. Mr Modi will be in the United States next week to receive the foundation's award.

The Swachh Bharat Mission was launched in 2014 and its components include the construction of household toilets, community and public toilets and solid waste management.

According to the latest government data, the rural sanitation coverage has reached 99.99 per cent till now from 39 per cent in 2014. Over ten crore household toilets have been built so far under Swacchh Bharat Mission while 35 States and Union Territories have been declared Open Defecation Free.

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President Ram Nath Kovind called upon Slovenian businessmen to discover economic energy and dynamism of New India which has third largest pool of scientists in the world.  Addressing the Slovenia-India Business Forum in Lubliyana, the capital of Slovenia yesterday, he said India attracted 44.3 billion US dollars of Foreign Direct Investment in 2018-19. He called upon the business community in Slovenia to participate in the Make in India programme by setting up the manufacturing units in India.

The President also said that Clean Ganga Programme, urban infrastructure and renewable energy are other areas in which both the countries can work together.

" The two countries must work together to reform and strengthen  multilateralism and promote a multi-polar world. I thanked him for his support to fight cross border terrorism and for his understanding for India's core concerns in this regard. We also agreed that terrorism was one of the gravest challenges confronting humanity today and that the world should come together to defeat and destroy these evil forces."

President of Slovenia Borut Pahor graced the meeting during the business forum interactions.

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The Election Commission will review the preparedness for Assembly elections in Maharashtra today. Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora and two election commissioners will interact with various stakeholders for the upcoming polls.

"Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora along with election commissioners Ashok Lavasa and Sushil Chandra will hold meetings with civil administration and police officials besides various political parties leaders and other stake holders in Mumbai today to take stock of the state's poll preparedness. The election commission officials have informed that these meetings would be spread over two days between today and tomorrow. The term of the 288-member Maharashtra Assembly ends on November 9. The EC is also likely to announce poll dates for state next week. SONALI GHADYALPATIL, AIR NEWS, MUMBAI."

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The Union Home Ministry has said that the construction work on Kartarpur Corridor on Indian side at Dera Baba Nanak will be completed before the scheduled time. Briefing reporters in Gurdaspur, Punjab yesterday, Additional Secretary of Home Ministry Govind Mohan said, out of 3.5 Kilometre-long stretch, around 70 per cent of construction work has been completed and rest of the 30 per cent will be finished before 31st of October.

A Home Ministry team visited the construction site at Dera Baba Nanak earlier in the day and reviewed the construction work. The MHA team also visited and took stock of the progress of construction of main terminal building for the Sikh pilgrimage and a separate building for the security forces at Indian side.

The Kartarpur corridor will connect Darbar Sahib in Pakistan's Kartarpur with Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Gurdaspur district of Punjab.

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Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S  Jagan Mohan Reddy has ordered a high-level probe into the boat tragedy at  Katchuluru village in Devipatnam Mandal of East Godavari District. Mr Jagan Mohan Reddy announced the inquiry after conducting an aerial survey of the accident site yesterday.

"Mr. Jagan Mohan Reddy reviewed the situation with the Officials at Rajamahendravaram yesterday. The situation in Godavri near Devipatnam in East Godavari Distrit in Andhra Pradesh is still tense, as searching operation for the drowned tourists by NDRF, SDRF, NAVAL  helicopters, Fire and Revenue Staff is still taking place. As the boat was traced at a depth of 300 feet in the river, officials are now trying to move heavy cranes to the accident spot.G. Kondala Rao, AIR News, Vijayawada."

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In Madhya Pradesh, relief and rescue operations have been going on in full swing in flood affected districts of the state.

"Leave of all officers and employees of flood affected areas has been canceled. Health camps have been set up at various places to prevent water-borne diseases. All Primary Health Centers have been kept open for 24 hours. Necessary measures have also been taken to protect animals from diseases. Survey work has been started to assess the damage caused by excess rainfall. As per the official release, in Bhind, about 90 per cent of the people have been shifted to safer places. While, in Sheopur district, 6,300 villagers of 33 villages and In Vidisha district, one thousand people of 118 villages have been have been accommodated in relief camps. SANJEEV SHARMA, AIR NEWS, BHOPAL."

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In Rajasthan, rescue operations continued in the flood affected districts of Kota, Jhalawar, Baran and Dholpur. Hundreds of people have been evacuated by the army and NDRF to safer places.  

"The situation is slowly returning to normal as water is receding from the low lying areas in Kota, Jhalawar and Baran districts. The release of water from GandhiSager Dam of Madhya Pradesh has been reduced from 6 lakh cusec to 4.5 cusec. After that, One gate of Kota barrage has also been closed yesterday late night and it is expected that situation will be improved soon. State has received 40 percent more rainfall so far. Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has requested the centre to release funds for flood affected. Jitendra Dwivedi, AIR News, Jaipur."

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In Rajasthan, all 6 BSP MLAs have decided to join the ruling Congress. They are Rajendra Gudha, Joginder Awana, Lakhan Meena, Deepchand Kheria, Sandeep Yaday and Wajib Ali. These MLAs have handed over a letter to the Assembly Speaker CP Joshi in this regard. They met Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot before handing over the letter to the speaker.

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In a consumer friendly initiative, the RBI has expanded the scope of Bharat Bill Payment System (BBPS) to cover all repetitive bill payments, which may include school fees, insurance premiums and municipal taxes. Currently, the facility of payment of recurring bills through BBPS is available only in five segments -- direct to home (DTH), electricity, gas, telecom and water. The apex bank issued the circular in this regard yesterday.

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The Indian men's team booked a quarterfinal berth at the ITTF Asian Table Tennis Championships at Yogyakarta, Indonesia yesterday. In the final of the 1st Division, they defeated Thailand 3-Nil. In the main draw, eight teams compete against each other and only the finalists of the 1st Division qualify for the Champions Division.

The Indian women did well to enter the 1st Division after winning their group stage matches against Lebanon and Jordan. In the 1st Division, they managed to register a 3-0 win against Uzbekistan but lost to Thailand 0-3.

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NEWSPAPER HEADLINES,

  • The top news in most of the newspapers states the impact of drone strikes on Saudi Arabia's crude processing facility. The Hindu writes ''Drone strikes on Saudi facility lead to jump in crude prices.''

  • All the dailies have reported the invocation of Public Safety Act (PSA) against former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Farooq Abdullah. The Pioneer writes ''PSA slapped on Farooq for detention.''

  • To plug leakage and revamp the entire Public Distribution system, an Asian Age headline asks, ''Government planning to privatise PDS?'' The paper adds, ''Over 4.9 lakh fair price shops may come under private entity.

  • In a move to take healthcare facilities to remote rural areas, the Economic Times states, ''Hospitals to get Gold, Silver, Bronze ratings based on facilities provided.''

  • And finally, The Times of India reports the discovery of a massive neutron star more than twice the mass of the sun but just 24 km in diameter.

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