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Lok Sabha passes Citizenship Amendment Bill            Campaigning for third phase of Jharkhand assembly elections ends today            Govt further reduces stock limit of onion for retailers to check hoarding            India call upon more countries to join ISA to reduce dependence on fossil fuels            13th South Asian Games come to close in Nepal today           

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0815 HRS
03.12.2019
THE HEADLINES,
  • Filing of nominations for fifth phase of Jharkhand Assembly polls ends today.
  • Centre asks State Governments to crackdown on traders hoarding onions to curb rising prices.
  • NHRC issues notice to Center, States and Union Territories seeking reports on procedures to tackle sexual harassment cases.
  • Sub Lieutenant Shivangi becomes first woman pilot of Indian Navy.
  • NASA finds India's Vikram lander which crashed on Lunar surface.
  • In South Asian Games Volleyball, Indian Men to clash with Pakistan; Indian women to take on Nepal in title clash at Kathmandu.

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In Jharkhand, today is the last day of filing of nominations for the fifth and last phase of State Assembly elections. Polling would be held on 20th of this month in 16 constituencies spread over six districts. In all, 181 candidates have filed their nominations for this phase so far. Scrutiny of nomination papers would be undertaken tomorrow and last date for withdrawal of candidature will be 6th of December.
Meanwhile, campaigning is in full swing in poll-bound constituencies for the second and third phase. More from our correspondent :
"Jharkhand Mukti Morcha President Shibu Soren addressing his first public meeting at Kuchai in on-going elections claimed that only his party can better take care of Jharkhand. Senior BJP leader and Chief Minister Raghubar Das said the Assembly elections are opportunity for people to write future of Jharkhand. Jharkhand Vikas Morcha Chief Babu Lal Marandi promised revival of health facilities, electricity in rural areas and reservation of 50 per cent  for women candidates in government jobs. Leaders of the Congress, RJD, JD(U), LJP and other left parties also holding election rallies in support of their candidates. Dharmendra Kumar Rai, AIR News, Ranchi". 

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The Centre has asked the State Governments to crackdown on traders hoarding onions, create buffer stocks and distribute imported edible bulb at a reasonable rate in order to provide relief to the common man from soaring prices. Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba yesterday chaired a meeting of the Committee of Secretaries to review the issue of rising onion prices across the country.
In a video conference with the Chief Secretaries of 11 major onion producing states, Mr Gauba was briefed about the various steps being taken by them to control onion prices. He directed the states that the overall availability of onions has to be beefed up, considering the temporary shortage, to stabilize the prices. The Cabinet Secretary also asked the states to utilize their Food and Civil Supply Departments to procure and distribute onions at reasonable prices.
The Centre has already banned onion exports and decided to import 1.2 lakh tonnes of onions, besides imposing stock holding limit on traders.
The Ministry monitors prices of 22 essential commodities based on the data collected from 109 market centres spread across the country.

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Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has said that the government's decision to cut corporate tax rate for domestic companies, including new manufacturers, was taken in view of the US-China trade war. Replying to the debate on the Taxation Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2019 in the Lok Sabha yesterday, she said the move will help attract fresh investments, stimulate growth and generate employment. 
Later, the house passed the bill. It will replace an ordinance promulgated in this regard. The bill provides domestic companies with an option to pay tax at the rate of 22 per cent, provided that they do not claim certain deductions under the Income Tax Act.

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The National Human Rights Commission, NHRC, has issued notices to the Centre, all States and Union Territories seeking reports on the Standard Operating Procedures, SOPs to deal with the cases related to sexual violence against women and use of the Nirbhaya Fund.
Taking suo motu cognizance of media reports on cases of sexual assault, the rights panel issued notices to the Chief Secretaries of all states and Union Territories seeking reports within six weeks about the status of Nirbhaya Fund. It has also asked the details about availability of the fund and the money spent during the last three years.
The commission has also issued notices to the Directors General of Police of all States and UTs calling for their response about the SOPs and the best practices adopted by them to deal with matters relating to sexual abuse and atrocities against women.  
Meanwhile, both houses of Parliament expressed outrage over the gruesome gang rape and murder case of the veterinary doctor in Hyderabad and called for stringent punishment to the perpetrators. 

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Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf held extensive talks with President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi to expand the overall bilateral cooperation in diverse areas. These included trade and investment, innovation and culture.
Welcoming King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia at Rashtrapati Bhawan last evening at a banquet in their honour, President Ram Nath Kovind said that India-Sweden bilateral trade and investment relations are gaining strength. He said that India sees Sweden as a key partner in its Make in India, Start-up India, Clean India, Digital India and Smart City programmes. He invited Sweden to join the International Solar Alliance. Later, the two sides inked three pacts providing for cooperation in polar science, innovation and research and in maritime spheres.
Earlier, Prime Minister Modi and the King chaired a meeting of the India-Sweden High-Level Policy Dialogue on Innovation Policy during which both sides discussed ways to expand engagement in research and development.

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Sub Lieutenant Shivangi has created history to become the first woman pilot of the Indian Navy. A native of Muzaffarpur, Bihar, Shivangi was inducted into the Navy under the Short Service Commission Pilot entry scheme. She was commissioned into the Navy in June last year.
The Defence Ministry said, a batch of three trainee officers of the 7th Dornier Conversion Course including a lady officer qualified as Dornier pilots and were awarded at the coveted golden Wings ceremony held at INS Garuda.

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In Tamil Nadu, It has been raining, almost constantly, for the past two days in most of the coastal as well as hilly districts of the state. It has thrown normal life out of gear in more than ten districts. Chief Minister Edapaddy Palanisamy is scheduled to visit the rain-affected western districts today. We have a report :
"The low pressure area that has formed in the Arabian sea, near Lakshadweep islands, is also expected to bring more rains in the districts adjoining Kerala. In the meantime, a set of First Responders, including 9,000 women, have been kept on in the 4,400 disaster prone areas of the state. This follows a decision taken at a high-level meeting of Ministers held under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Edapaddi Palanisamy. Help line numbers 1077 and 1070 have also been activated in the state. K Parameswaran, Trichy".

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Jamiat Ulama-e-Hind has filed a plea seeking review of the Supreme Court judgment in the Ayodhya land dispute case. President of Jamiat Ulama-e-Hind Maulana Syed Ashhad Rashidi filed the review plea. He said the judgment suffers from errors apparent on record and warrants a review under Article 137 of the Constitution. 

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International Day of Persons with Disabilities is being observed today. This day is observed on the 3rd of December every year to increse awareness and to promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in all spheres of society. The theme this year is - Promoting the Participation of Persons with Disabilities and their leadership: Taking Action on the 2030 Development Agenda. Our correspondent has more:-
" The World population is currently over seven billion people. Out of this, more than one billion people live with some form of disability. This year, the day focuses on their empowerment for inclusive, equitable and sustainable development as anticipated in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu will confer National Awards for outstanding work done towards empowerment of Persons with Disabilities. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had launched the Accessible India campaign in December 2015 for achieving universal accessibility for Persons with Disabilities. The campaign seeks to make government buildings and public transportation disabled-friendly. With Dipendra, Suparna Saikia, Air News Delhi".

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In Madhya Pradesh, several programmes are being organized in Bhopal today to mark the 35th anniversary of the Bhopal Gas Tragedy, one of the worst industrial disasters of the world.
A large number of people were killed due to the leak of Methyl Isocyanate gas from the Union Carbide Plant in Bhopal on the intervening night of 2nd and 3rd December in 1984, while millions of people are still affected by the tragedy. More from our correspondent:-
"All religion prayer meeting has been organized today at Barkatullah Bhawan, Bhopal in the presence of Governor Lalji Tandon on the 35th anniversary of the Bhopal Gas Tragedy. In this prayer meeting, tribute will be paid to the deceased gas victims. Meanwhile, hundreds of survivors of Bhopal Gas Tragedy formed a human chain in protest in Bhopal yesterday. The protesters said that the exposure to the toxic gas and the waste dumped in the premises of the defunct factories continued to cause health problems. They demanded that Dow Chemicals, the current owner of Union Carbide, pay compensation under the polluter pays principle. Sanjeev Sharma, AIR News, Bhopal".

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A NASA satellite orbiting the Moon has found India's Vikram lander which crashed on the lunar surface in September. The United States space agency said, NASA released an image taken by its Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, LRO that showed the site of the spacecraft's impact and associated debris field on 6th of September. NASA released a mosaic image of the site on 26th of September and invited the public to search it for signs of the lander. A person named Shanmuga Subramanian contacted the LRO project with a positive identification of debris.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has congratulated Ursula von der Leyen on taking over as the President of the European commission.  In a telephonic conversation with Ms Leyen, Modi said, that her leadership of the European Commission had special significance since she was its first woman President.
Ms Leyen invited the Prime Minister to visit Brussels for the next India-EU Summit. Prime Minister Modi has accepted the invitation.

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In Nepal, Indian men's volleyball team will clash with Pakistan in the finals of 13th South Asian Games today. The much awaited encounter of the games will be played at Dasaratha Rangshala in Kathmandu in the afternoon. In women's section, India will clash with host Nepal in the evening. More form our correspondent:-
"All eyes are on one of the much awaited encounters of the games. Expressing confidence, Indian captain Jerome Vinith said team is fully geared up and India will continue its winning streak. Coach G E Sridharan said India has outstanding record in South Asian Games and his team will beat Pakistan in the finals. In women's section India will clash with host Nepal in the evening. Though India had defeated host team in the group stage but Nepali girls had given them tough fight. Keeping in view the popularity of volleyball in Nepal, a huge numbers of supporters cheering up home team during past matches the women's final is also expected to be a thrilling one. Raj Kumar AIR News, Kathmandu."

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NEWSPAPERS HEADLINE:

  • Outrage in Parliament over the Hyderabad gang rape and murder case gets top attention in most newspapers.
  • "Outraged by Hyderabad rape, MPs call for lynchings, castrations" headlines the Times of India. Quoting Rajya Sabha Chairman, the paper writes "Publish photos of guilty, instill fear in them says Naidu".
  • The Hindustan Times leads with "open to making rape law stricter, government tells House".
  • BJP Chief Amit Shah reiterating the need for a nationwide NRC at an election rally in Jharkhand gets wide coverage. "Will identify, expel each and every infiltrator by 2024 says Shah" headlines the Tribune.
  • The Pioneer highlights Biocon's Chairperson Kiran Mazumdar's views seconding Rahul Bajaj's claim that the government doesn't want to hear criticism of economy. "As Bajaj hailed, Government says it's proof of no fear" ; "FM asserts we listen" writes the daily.
  • And finally, the newspapers are abuzz with photographs of Sub-Lieutenant Shivangi becoming Indian Navy's first woman pilot. The Mail Today captions one such photograph of proud Shivangi as "Creating her Story".

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