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16th November, 2019


  • Leaders of all political parties assure Lok Sabha Speaker of smooth functioning of Winter session of Parliament.

  • Home Minister Amit Shah says, development of tribal communities is a priority of Narendra Modi Government.

  • Swachh Bharat Mission led to significant decline in mortality due to Malaria and Diarrhoea, says Union Health Minister.

  • External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar says Pakistan does not deny sending terrorists to India.

  • In Cricket, India beat Bangladesh by an innings and 130 runs in the first test at Indore.


An all party meeting convened by Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla ahead of the winter session of Parliament was held in New Delhi today. The session begins from Monday and will conclude on the 13th of December. Briefing reporters after the meeting, the Speaker said, all political party leaders assured him to cooperate in ensuring smooth functioning of the house. He said, whatever issue, the opposition parties want to raise will be allowed after discussion in the Business Advisory Committee.

"हम सब मिलकर कोशिश करें की सदन सुचारू रूप से चले। व्यवस्ित चले, अच्छी वाद-विवाद हो, चर्चा हो। जनता के मुद्दे यहां पर उठाये जाएं और सभी राजनीतिक दलों ने विश्वास दिलाया है कि हम सब मिलकर सबकी सहमति से ठीक से चलाने का प्रयास करेंगे।"

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Prahlad Patel, Congress Leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, DMK leader T R Balu and TMC leader Sudip Bandyopadhyay among others attended the meeting. 

Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu has also called a meeting of leaders of different parties in the Upper House tomorrow. An all party meeting has also been convened by the government on the same day ahead of the session.


Home Minister Amit Shah has said, development of tribal communities is priority of the Narendra Modi government. Inaugurating the National Tribal Festival - Aadi Mahotsav in New Delhi today, Mr Shah said, whenever the BJP came to power, it always worked for the welfare of tribal communities. Hitting out at the Congress, Mr Shah accused the party of using the tribal communities as vote banks. He said, Congress neglected the development and welfare of tribals. The Home Minister stressed on the need to conserve nature saying Van Dhan Vikas Yojana is transforming the lives of tribals.

"देश का जो फेफड़ा है जो इस देश को ऑक्सीजन सप्लाई करने का काम कर रहा है। हमारे जो जंगल हैं हमारे जो वन हैं उन वनों को संभालने का काम मेरे आदिवासी समाज के भाई और बहन कर रहे हैं। करोड़ो आदिवासी भाईयों को बहनों को मैं आश्वस् करना चाहता हूँ कि आपका विकास नरेन्द्र मोदी सरकार की प्राथमिकता है।"

"The theme of the 15-day Mahotsav is celebration of the Spirit of Tribal Culture, Craft, Cuisine and Commerce. The Aadi Mahotsav is an effort to take tribal commerce to the next level of digital and electronic transactions. The tribal textiles manufactured by master tribal craftsmen from Jammu and Kashmir in the North to Tamil Nadu in the South and from Gujarat in the West to Nagaland and Sikkim in the East will be the main attractions. For the first time, the Aadi Mahotsav is showcasing a wide range of products from the tribal artisans from Leh in Ladaakh. 254 stalls have been set up and one thousand tribal artisans and artists are participating in the tribal festival.  Anand Kumar, AIR News, Delhi."


The BJP today attacked the Gandhi family after the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal rejected Congress leader Rahul Gandhi's plea to consider Young India as a charitable institution. Briefing reporters in New Delhi, Union Minister and Senior party leader Ravi Shankar Prasad accused the Congress of hiding the truth and indulging in corruption in the matter related to Associated Journals Limited, AJL. He said, they amassed properties worth more than two thousand crore rupees through investment of just 50 lakh rupees in AJL.

"आपने तथ्यों को सही नहीं किया। आपने सच्चाई छुपाई, आपने जिस समय 2010 में चेरिटेबल इंस्टूयूशन के लिए अप्लाई किया तो उस समय आपने ये नहीं कहा आपके पास 2 हजार करोड़ से अधिक की संपत्ति, मात्र 50 लाख में 90 करोड़ की देनदारी पर गई। इस मॉडल की जांच होनी चाहिए।"


The BJP today held country-wide protests against the Congress, demanding an apology from its leader Rahul Gandhi in the wake of the Supreme Court's clean chit to the Modi government on the Rafale deal. In a statement, the party said, its workers held protests in district headquarters across the country. It also organised demonstrations in Lucknow, Chandigarh, Delhi, Shimla, Jaipur, Varanasi and Thiruvananthapuram.


Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari today took stock of the damage to crops caused by unseasonal rains in the state during October - November and announced financial relief to the affected farmers. The Governor announced a relief of 8,000 rupees per hectare up to 2 hectare for agricultural Kharif crops and a relief of 18,000 rupees per hectare up to 2 hectares for horticulture perennial crops.

In addition to the above relief package, the Governor further announced exemption of land revenue for the affected areas and exemption of examination fee of school and colleges for the wards of farmers whose crops suffered damages.

The Governor also directed the state administration to disburse relief immediately.

Former Chief Minister and BJP legislative party leader Devendra Fadnavis yesterday met the Governor to request release of funds to the farmers affected due to unseasonal rains.


Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor, G C Murmu has approved bringing 1 Lakh 30 thousand new pension cases of widows aged, and physically challenged persons in the ambit of the Integrated Social Security Scheme and National Social Assistance Programme of the Union Government. With this, the total number of beneficiaries in the Union Territory now stands at around 7 lakh 43 thousand. The Lieutenant Governor directed the Social Welfare Department to ensure 100 per cent coverage of the beneficiaries by the next financial year and to take up the matter with the Union Government.


Union Minister of Health Dr. Harsh Vardhan today inaugurated the sixth National Summit on 'Good and Replicable Practice and Innovations in Public Healthcare System in India’ at Mahatma Mandir in Gandhinagar, Gujarat. The 3 day summit was organized under the aegis of the Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Harsh Vardhan said that aim of Modi Government is Health for all and the government needs cooperation of all to achieve it. He said that the incidence of killer diseases like Malaria, Cancer and Diarrhoea has significantly fallen during the last one year.


India today successfully conducted the first night trial of 'Agni-II', its versatile surface-to-surface medium range nuclear capable missile from Dr Abdul Kalam Island off Odisha coast. Quoting defence sources, our correspondent reports that the missile has a strike range of 2000 km. The test was aimed at re-establishing the operational effectiveness of the weapon system. The successful launch once again proved reliability of the medium range surface to surface missile.  

'Agni-II', an intermediate range ballistic missile has already been inducted into the armed forces.


External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar, in an interview to French daily Le Monde in Paris this week said that Pakistan does not deny sending terrorists to India. He further added that if Islamabad is serious about establishing friendlier relationship with New Delhi it must hand over wanted criminals and terrorists like Dawood Ibrahim and Hafiz Saeed.

The External Affairs Minister said, the relationship between the two countries has been difficult for many years, mainly because Pakistan has developed a terrorist industry.

Mr Jaishankar was in Paris to attend a Peace Forum that counts Canada and New Zealand among its attendees.


The Meghalaya Government today held a bi-lateral talk with Ambassador of the Republic of Korea, Shin Bong-kil, in Shillong. It is looking towards tying up with a Korean company to deal with the environmental issues created by unscientific mining in the State and solid waste management.

Addressing media after the meeting, the Ambassador said, the Meghalaya Chief Minister will be visiting South Korea from the 23rd to the 27th of November to meet concerned authorities and officials of the Korean company.


In Sri Lanka, counting of votes is underway for Presidential elections held today. Chairman of Election the Commission Mahinda Desapriya has said, they expect to announce the final results by tomorrow evening. He said, the polling today was the most peaceful in the country's history with minor incidents of violence reported and no major injuries.

"Election commissioner termed today’s election as first without any major incident and may also register higher voter turnout in the final count. Tamil-dominated areas of north and east also registered relatively higher voter turnout of around 70 percent. Now, all eyes are set on the election results which start coming tomorrow with final verdict expected by evening. Results are declared for every electorate and initial results by tomorrow morning may indicate the trend. There is a tight contest between former defence secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa and minister Sajith Premadasa. A candidate needs to get over 50 percent of valid votes otherwise second preference votes have to be counted."


Moving on to the world of cinema:

With the Golden Jubilee edition of IFFI, barely 3 days away, All India Radio News will bring the latest s from the festival. Today we take a look at the high points from the festival's section on Restored Indian Classics.

"The IFFI aims to cherish India's rich cinematic heritage and share it with new audiences. Introducing to them the glories of the past,  the Restored Classics Section aims to showcase great films made by Indian filmmakers. Two pioneering movies have been restored by Martin Scorsese Film Foundation. One is by world renowned dancer Uday Shankar,  Kalpan - a film about dance. The story revolves around a young dancer's dream of setting up a dance academy, a reflection of Shankar's own. He founded an academy at Almora where he invented his unique dance form.  Entirely shot as a dance ballet and fantasy, Kalpana was the first film to present an Indian classical dancer in the lead. (background music :<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kr4-Bpx7MaU>.

The other film is by one of the most talented Bengali directors, Ritwik Ghatak. He was a part of the famed Ray-Ghatak-Sen Troika whose films propelled the New Wave in post-independent India. Ritwick Ghatak’s Titas Ekti Nadir Naam will seek to delight audiences. (<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M7HycMMnsyY> , use it from the beginning) Be a part of IFFI 50’s attempt to bring back the nostalgia of classics. Catch these 2 films in a unique chance to savor them on the big screen. IFFI Desk, Air News.


India defeated Bangladesh by an innings and 130 runs within three days in the first Cricket Test at Indore today, riding on the stunning performance of pacers.

After Bangladesh was bowled out for 150 in their first innings, India declared its first innings after amassing 493 for six, on the back of brillian double ton by Mayank Agarwal. He was adjudged man of the match. Hosts then bundled out visiters for 213 in the second innings. In both the innings, Mohammed Shami hauled 7 wickets, Umesh Yadav 4 while Ishant Sharma took 3 wickets. Ravichandran Ashwin's haul of 5 wickets helped pacers wreak havoc taking wickets at regular intervals.

The victory gave India 60 points, and they strengthened their position in the World Test Championship table with 300 points in their kitty. The victory for India also completed a hat-trick of innings wins for them, having beaten South Africa in the second and third Test in the previous series.

The second Test will take place in Kolkata from 22nd November as the first Day and Night game.


Kidambi Srikanth was knocked out of the Hong Kong Open following a straight-game semifinal defeat to Lee Cheuk Yiu  9-21, 23-25 today.  With Srikanth's defeat, the Indian challenge Hong Kong Open also came to an end.


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