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Morning News

0815 HRS
21.10.2019
THE HEADLINES:
  • Polling begins for Maharashtra and Haryana Assembly elections.
  • Bypoll for two Lok Sabha and 51 assemblies seats also being held today.
  • India destroys several terror launch pads in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir; Ten Pak soldiers and equal number of terrorists killed.
  • Heavy rain in Kerala and Lakshadweep as North East monsoon becomes active.
  • Canada goes to poll today to elect new Parliament.
  • And in Badminton, Kuhoo Garg and Dhruv Rawat win mixed doubles title of Egypt International 2019.

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Polling has begun for assembly elections in Maharashtra and Haryana. Voting, which began at 7 AM, will end at 6 in the evening. 
In Maharashtra, 3,237 candidates, including 235 the women, are in the fray for 288 seats. The main contest is likely to take place between BJP-Shiv Sena alliance and Congress-NCP combine. Other smaller parties in the fray include AIMIM, MNS and Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi.
The BJP is contesting 164 seats, which include candidates of smaller allies contesting on its lotus symbol, while Sena has fielded candidates on 124 seats. On the other hand, the Congress has fielded 147 candidates and the ally NCP 121.
Among other parties, MNS has fielded 101 candidates, the CPI 16, the CPM 8. The BSP has fielded candidates in 262 constituencies. A total of 1400 Independents are also in the poll arena.
Prominent candidates in the fray include Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Yuva Sena chief Aaditya Thackeray and Ashok Chavan and Prithviraj Chavan of the Congress.

To ensure free, fair and peaceful polling in the state, elaborate security arrangements have been made.  More than three lakh personnel from the state police and the central forces have been deployed. Three helicopters and drones are being used in Naxal affected Gadchiroli district. Voting in the district will be held between 7 AM and 3 PM.  At least 100 companies of SRPF and 45,000 Home Guards personnel have been deployed in the district.

In Haryana, 1,169 candidates including 104 Women are in the fray for 90 Assembly seats. The main parties in the fray are ruling the BJP, the Congress and the Indian National Lok Dal. Other parties contesting the polls include Jannayak Janta Party, Aam Aadmi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party. Both BJP and Congress are contesting all 90 seats, while Indian National Lok Dal has fielded its candidates at 81 seats in alliance with Shiromani Akali Dal.

Nearly 1.83 crore voters are eligible to exercise their franchise in Haryana. Out of them around 99 lakh are men and 85 lakh women. 

Voting has also begun for bypolls to two Lok Sabha and 51 Assembly seats spread over 17 States. The two Lok Sabha seats where by-polls is taking place are Samastipur in Bihar and Satara in Maharashtra.

Assembly constituencies for which bypolls are being held are 11 seats of Uttar Pradesh, 6 in Gujarat, 5 seats each in Kerala and Bihar, 3 in Sikkim, 4 each of Punjab and Assam, 2 each of Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh and one seat each in Odisha, Telangana, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Meghalaya, Pudducherry and Arunachal Pradesh. 

Voting has begun for bypolls to three assembly constituencies in Sikkim. The fate of 15 candidates would be determined by around 44,000 voters. Here is more from our correspondent:-

"People have started queuing up and voting at polling stations for bypolls to the Gangtok and Martam-Rumtek constituencies in East Sikkim and Poklok-Kamrang in South Sikkim since early morning. There are 12 polling booths in Gangtok and 22 in Martam-Rumtek. In Martam-Rumtek, six polling stations have been identified as critical. Of the 22 polling stations in Poklok Kamrang, four have been identified as critical, where half section of paramilitary forces has been deployed. Five all-women polling stations have been set up in Gangtok. Special arrangements such as Braille signages, wheel chairs, ramps and pick-up and drop facilities for persons with disabilities and senior citizens have been made to make the bypolls truly inclusive. With Saikat Sarkar, Anita Niraula from Gangtok."
Counting of votes for both the Assembly elections and bypoll will be held on Thursday.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has urged the voters in poll bound states to turn out in record numbers and enrich the festival of democracy. In a tweet, Mr Modi hoped that the youngsters will vote in large numbers.  

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Indian Army has destroyed three terror camps in Pakistan occupied Kashmir and killed ten Pakistani soldiers. In a major counter-offensive after unprovoked firing by Pakistan, Indian Army carried out heavy artillery strikes targeting four terror camps and several Pakistani military positions in Neelam Valley yesterday. Ten terrorists were also killed in the retaliatory action by the Army. Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat told media persons that the action by the Indian forces caused substantial harm to the terror infrastructure across the Line of Control. Army chief said the terror camps destroyed by the forces were located in Athmuqam, Kundal Shahi, Jura and one in Leepa Valley.
"We have picked up some definitive information that some of the terror camps north of the Peer Panjal are active. The terrorists arrived in these camps and in the retaliatory action that our forces have taken, we have caused severe damage to terrorist infrastructure across. The terrorist camps opposite Tangdhar and Keran sectors have been destroyed."

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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh left  for Ladakh this morning  to attend the inaugural ceremony of Col. Chewang Rinchen Setu. The Setu has been constructed at an altitude of 14650 feet in the forward area of Ladakh region by the Border Roads Organisation.

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In Kerala, heavy rains are likely to lash several parts of the state in the next four days as the North East monsoon became active. Several parts of Kerala and Lakshadweep received heavy showers yesterday. Orange , which implies that all recipients in the affected areas should prepare themselves in an appropriate way, has been issued for today in Thiruvananthapuram, Alappuzha, Kottayam, Ernakulam, Thrissur, Idukki, Wayanad Palakkad and Malappuram districts.
Fishermen have been warned not to put out to sea as squally weather with wind speed reaching 45-55 kmph is likely to prevail over Kerala coast.   

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Voters in Canada are going to elect 338-member House of Commons, the  lower house of Parliament today. One hundred and seventy seats are needed to form a majority government. The poll is largely seen as a referendum on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. It is expected to be a close race between Trudeau's Liberals and Andrew Scheer's Conservatives, with Jagmeet Singh's New Democratic Party making gains in the final week of the campaigning. 

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In Badminton, Kuhoo Garg and Dhruv Rawat put up a brilliant effort to win the mixed doubles title at the Egypt International 2019 in Cairo yesterday.

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South Africa will resume their first innings at the overnight score of 9 for 2 against India on day three in third and final Cricket Test at Ranchi today. Bad light yesterday forced early end of the second day play.
India declared their first innings at 497 for nine after Rohit Sharma struck his maiden double century in Tests.

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The News Services Division of All India Radio in its weekly bilingual live phone-in programme “PUBLIC SPEAK” will bring you a discussion tonight on “Awareness towards vital Health issues: Osteoporosis & Iodine deficiency disorders”.
This can be heard on FM Gold Channel and additional frequencies from 9.30 PM.

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NEWSPAPERS HEADLINE:
  • "Indian artilery targets 4 terror camps across LoC", headlines The Hindustan Times.  6-10 Pak soldiers, a dozen terrorists killed after ceasefire violations.
  • "Haryana, Maharashtra to vote today; BJP hopes high" says The Asian Age.
  • The Delhi Age reports of an Ayurvedic antibiotic called Fifatrol proving to be a major cure in bacterial injections; as disclosed by AIIMS Bhopal.
  • Several papers have covered story of a St. Stephen professor and his mother found killed - suicide pact is suspected
  • World's longest non-stop passenger plane flying 19 hours in the air from New York finally reaches Sydney; reports The Indian Express. (It had only 49 people on board to minimise weight.)
  • India's first voluntary liver transplant registry has picked up pace - having received data of 74 transplants carried out by 11 hospitals across 6 states, says The Hindu.

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