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Morning News

0815 HRS


  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi calls upon business leaders from BRICS nations to invest in India, particularly in infrastructure development.

  • Prime Minister holds bilateral meetings with Presidents of Russia, Brazil and China.

  • Supreme Court brings Chief Justice of India Office under Right to Information Act.

  • India International Trade Fair to begin today at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi.

  • In cricket, India to take on Bangladesh in the first Test of the two-match series at Indore this morning.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called upon business leaders from the BRICS nations to invest in India, particularly in infrastructure development. Mr Modi said, India is the world's most open and investment friendly economy due to political stability, predictable policy and business friendly reforms.

"भारत में पोलिटिकल स्टेवेलिटी है। प्रेडिक्टेबल पॉलिसी और बिजनेस फ्रेंडली  रिफॉर्म के कारण दुनिया की सबसे ओपन और इन्वेस्टमेंट फ्रेंडली इकनॉमी है। 2024 तक हम भारत को पांच ट्रिलियन डॉलर की इकनॉमी बनाना चाहते हैं। सिर्फ इन्फ्रास्ट्रक्चर में ही 1.5 ट्रिलियन डॉलर निवेश की आवश्यकता है। भारत में असीम संभावनाएं है। अनगिनत अवसर है। इनका लाभ उठाने के लिए मैं ब्रिक्स देशों के बिजनेस को आमंत्रित करता हूं कि वे भारत में अपने मौजूदगी बनाएं और बढाएं।"

Mr Modi was addressing the closing ceremony of the BRICS Business Forum in Brasalia, the capital of Brazil, last night. Mr Modi said, the BRICS has led to economic development despite the global economic slowdown.

"विश्व में मंदी के बावजूद ब्रिक्स देशों ने आर्थिक विकास को गति दी है। करोड़ों लोगों को गरीबी से बाहर निकाला है और टेक्नोलॉजी तथा इनोवेशन में नई-नई सफलताएं हासिल की है। अब ब्रिक्स की स्थापना के दस साल बाद  भविष्य में हमारे प्रयासों की दिशा पर विचार करने के लिए यह फोरम एक अच्छा मंच है।"

Prime Minister said, BRICS accounts for 50 per cent of the world's economic growth. Mr Modi called upon BRICS business leaders to exploit the opportunities among member countries.

"हम पांच देशों के बीच टैक्स और कस्टम्स परिक्रियाएँ सरल होती जा रही हैं। इंटेलेक्टुअल प्रॉपर्टी राइट्स पर और बैंक्स के बीच सहयोग से बिज़नेस एन्वॉयरन्मेंट आसान हो रहा है ब्रिक्स बिज़नेस फोरम से मेरा अनुरोध है की वो इस प्रकार उत्तपन अवसरूं का पूरा लाभ उठाने के लिए ज़रूरी बिज़नेस पहलूं का अध्यन करें"


The meeting of working groups of BRICS Business Council concluded on the first day of BRICS 2019. In this meeting, leaders of working groups have agreed on 30 important proposals related to different areas. Out of which, 10 proposals have been placed on priority and all these proposals will be submitted to BRICS leaders tomorrow. Secretary General of FICCI Dilip Chinoy told AIR that working groups have come up with the proposals to remove regulatory difficulties in bilateral trade, normalise phytosanitary meaures for agriculture exports and to increase mutual cooperation in digital literacy.

"The digital economy working group came up with four proposals , the first let to helping connect rural and other areas. Can we share best practices, Can we get economic models. The second recommendations was that a lot of people in BRICS nation including India are not digitally literate. So can we share best practices."

President of New Development Bank, K V Kamath told AIR that bank has decided to open new regional branch in India which will facilitate Indian businesses. He also said that bank has opened the funding for non government project also.

"We have quality staff that is on rolls and they also have facilitated a  flow of projects which we have  been funding so with that sort of support we are off to a quick start and we will  end the year with role book of around 14 or 15 billion dollars and I think the bank is on a good foundation of a growth in the future."


Prime Minister held bilateral meetings with top leaders from Russia, Brazil and China last night on the sidelines of BRICS summit in Brasalia. During his talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Mr Modi expressed happiness at the pace of growth of bilateral relations. This is the 4th time the two leaders have met this year. During the meeting both leaders reviewed the progress made in the bilateral relationship since PM's visit to Vladivostok.

The two leaders noted with satisfaction that the 25 billion US Dollar target of bilateral trade by 2025 has already been achieved.

During the meeting between Prime Minister Modi and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, the two leaders spoke about diversifying cooperation for the benefit of their people. Both leaders agreed that on this occasion the two countries can comprehensively enhance our strategic partnership. Mr. Modi also outlined areas for potential investment from Brazil, including in areas of agricultural equipment, animal husbandry, post-harvest technologies and biofuels. Mr Modi welcomed the decision of Brazilian President to grant visa free travel to Indian citizens. The Prime Minister invited the Brazilian President as chief guest for the Republic Day celebrations in 2020 and he accepted the invitation with pleasure.

Later, Mr Modi also met Chinese President Xi Jinping for the second time in two months, on the margins of the BRICS Summit. In a tweet, Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson, Raveesh Kumar said, both leaders had forward looking discussions on various aspects of the multifaceted India-China relationship. President Jinping invited Mr Modi for the 3rd informal summit in China in 2020. The date and venue for the summit will be determined through diplomatic channels. Both the leaders agreed on the importance of maintaining close dialogue on matters relating to trade and investment. President Jinping thanked the Prime Minister for India's substantial participation in the just concluded China Import Export Expo in Shanghai. The two leaders agreed that the new High Level Mechanism on Trade and Economy should meet at an early date.


The Supreme Court has ruled that office of the Chief Justice of India is a public authority under the ambit of Right to Information (RTI) Act. A five-judge Constitution Bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi upheld the 2010 verdict of the Delhi High Court.

The bench, also comprising Justices N V Ramana, D Y Chandrachud, Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna, said that only the names of judges recommended by the Collegium for appointment can be disclosed, not the reasons. It said that the Right to Privacy is an important aspect and it has to be balanced with transparency while deciding to give out information from the office of the Chief Justice. We have a report:

"The Supreme Court bench, while upholding the 2010 Delhi High Court verdict, dismissed three appeals filed by Secretary General of the Supreme Court and the Central Public Information officer of the apex court. The Apex Court also cautioned that RTI cannot be used as a tool of surveillance and held that judicial independence has to be kept in mind while dealing with transparency. Justice Chandrachud, who wrote a separate judgment, said the judiciary cannot function in total insulation as Judges enjoy constitutional post and discharge public duty. Renu Kataria, News desk."


The Haryana Cabinet will be expanded today. The two coalition partners - BJP and Jannayak Janata Party have finalized the number of ministers to be included in the cabinet.

Governor Satyadeo Narain Arya will administer the oath of office and secrecy to the Ministers at Haryana Raj Bhawan in Chandigarh at 12.30 p.m.


In Karnataka, all the 17 disqualified Congress and JD(S) MLAs will formally join the BJP in Bengaluru today. Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa made the announcement yesterday. Speaking to media after attending the core committee meeting, he said it has decided to admit the disqualified MLAs into the party fold.

Supreme Court yesterday upheld the disqualification of 17 Congress-JD(S) MLAs by the then Speaker KR Rameshkumar but allowed them to contest the December 5 bypolls in the State.

Bypolls to 15 of 17 seats represented by the disqualified MLAs will be held on 5th of December.


The nation remembers the first Prime Minister, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru on his birth anniversary today. The day is also celebrated as Children's Day. In a tweet, Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tributes to Jawahar Lal Nehru.

Political leaders and eminent persons will pay tributes to him at his Samadhi, Shanti Vana in New Delhi.


39th India International Trade Fair will begin today at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi. The theme for this edition of the fair is 'Ease of Doing Business'. The fair will be inaugurated by Union Minister of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Nitin Gadkari. More from our correspondent:-

"Several countries including Australia, Iran, UK, Vietnam, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, Hong Kong and Indonesia, are participating in the 14-day trade fair. This year, the status of Partner Country has been accorded to Afghanistan while South Korea will be the focus country. Bihar and Jharkhand will be the focus states. For visitors during public days, ticket charges will be 60 rupees for adults and 40 rupees for children. Entry tickets are available at 66 metro stations. Diwaker, AIR News, Delhi."


With barely a week left for the 50th edition of the International Film Festival of India, IFFI, in Goa. The Golden Jubilee year is all set to bring new sections to cinephiles. The Oscar Retrospective has a selection of films bound to be a showstealer. Here is a report from our IFFI desk:

"Casablanca, Godfather, Silence of the lambs, Forrest Gump - you name it, these are not just films, but masterly crafted jewels. 1940's classic Casablanca directed by Michael Curtiz changed the course of fimmaking. Equally mindblowing is the Silence of the lambs. Sir Anthony Hopkins raised the standards of method acting with his portrayal of Hannibal Lector. And, when it comes to acting, Tom Hanks is another stalwart. His Oscar winning performance in Forrest Gump will be a treat to watch at IFFI. (audio clip).

 IFFI Desk, AIR News."


The Supreme Court mandated anti-pollution authority (EPCA) has ordered the closure of schools in Delhi-NCR today and tomorrow due to increased pollution levels. The Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority also extended the ban on hot-mix plants and stone-crushers in Delhi-NCR till November 15. Authority directed that all coal and other fuel-based industries, which have not shifted to natural gas or agro-residue, will remain shut in Faridabad, Gurugram, Ghaziabad, Noida, Bahadurgarh, Bhiwadi, Greater Noida, Sonepat and Panipat till November 15.


India will take on Bangladesh in the first Test of two-match series in Indore today. The match starts at 9.30 AM. All India Radio will broadcast a running commentary on the match from 9 AM. It can be heard on Rajdhani and FM Rainbow Channels.


The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) will meet top officials of the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) in New Delhi today to bring Shooting back on the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games roster.

The IOA brass, including President Narinder Batra and Secretary General, Rajeev Mehta, along with Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju will meet CGF President Louise Martin and CEO David Grevemberg to protest Shooting's exclusion from the CWG.


Newspapers Headlines:

  • Supreme Court ruling that the office of the Chief Justice of India falls within the ambit of the Right to Information Act, 2005 is the story that dominates headlines this morning. The Tribune quoting the Supreme Court headlines "CJI office under RTI Act".

  • "SC upholds disqualification of Karnataka MLAs; allows them to contest bypolls" informs The Statesman.

  • "Delhi shrouded in smog; schools closed for 2 days" reports Hindustan Times. "Supreme Court doubts efficacy as more odd-even mulled" notes The Pioneer.

  • "Congress wants Sena to shun Hindutva for alliance government" informs The Asian Age.

  • "JNU partially rolls back hostel fee hike" writes The Hindu.

  • Not keen on movies? You can still go to theaters to enjoy gourmet food. Well, Business Line reports that movie theaters like Inox in Mumbai are no more about just popcorn and samosas. On offer are dishes such as Sushi, pizzas and chaat.


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