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Indian, Chinese Military officials hold high delegation level talks to address current situation in border areas            North East emerged as a role model for development: Dr Jitendra Singh            COVID19 recovery rate is 48.20 per cent; over 1 lakh recovered so far            Around 65000 stranded Indian brought back home under Vande Bharat Mission            COVID-19 recovery rate is 48.20% in the country, 1,14,073 recovered so far           

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Morning News

0815 HRS
28.02.2020

0815 HRS.



28th February, 2020


THE HEADLINES:-

  • Home Minister Amit Shah reviews law and order situation in Delhi and appeals to people not to believe in rumours.

  • President Ram Nath Kovind says, India-Myanmar partnership is at the heart of India’s vision to create a connected and cooperative neighbourhood.

  • WHO says, novel coronavirus has pandemic potential as countries across the globe battle to contain the deadly outbreak.

  • New Delhi asks Islamabad to stop supporting terrorist groups and devote more attention to persecuted religious minorities in Pakistan.

  • In Khelo India University Games, Savitribai Phule Pune University consolidates its position at the top claiming three gold medals in Weightlifting and Wrestling.

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Home Minister Amit Shah has reviewed law and order situation in Delhi and appealed to people not to believe in rumours. He said, Delhi Police is mandated and obligated to provide security to all sections of society irrespective of caste and religion. The home minister held a review meeting yesterday to take stock of prevailing law and order situation in Delhi, in view of recent violence affecting the North-East District.


The Home Ministry said, no major incident has been reported in the last 36 hours in any police station of North-East Delhi. Prohibitory orders under Section 144 will be relaxed for a total of 10 hours today.


Home Ministry said so far, 48 FIRs, pertaining to clashes, loss of lives and property have already been registered. Police has detained or arrested 514 suspects for questioning. The Ministry said that 35 persons have lost their lives in these tragic incidents since February 24. Two Security personnel sacrificed their lives in the line of duty and nearly 70 Police personnel and senior officers have been injured.


Home Ministry said that nearly 7,000 Central Para-Military Forces have been deployed in the affected areas. Delhi Police has set up helpline numbers 22829334 and 22829335 - for round-the-clock assistance.


As a confidence-building measure Delhi Police has started holding Peace Committee Meetings to normalise situation and improve inter-community harmony.

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Delhi Police has appealed to all those who are witness or have any information about the violence that took place in North East District to come forward and share with it. It said that such people specifically media persons are requested to give their statements, footage or picture in their possession at DCP Office, North East District, Seelampur within seven days. They can also contact on mobile numbers 8750871221 or 8750871227. The police said, identity of the witness will be kept secret.

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Delhi Police has transfered the North-East Delhi violence probe to the Crime Branch and formed two Special Investigation Teams (SITs) for comprehensive and effective investigation. The first of these SITs will be headed by Deputy Commissioner of Police Joy Tirkey and the other one by DCP Rajesh Deo. Every SIT will have four Assistant Commissioners of Police.


Additional Commissioner of Police BK Singh will supervise the work of both the SITs.

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President Ram Nath Kovind has said that India attaches the highest priority to its partnership with Myanmar. Receiving President of Myanmar U Win Myint at Rashtrapati Bhavan yesterday evening, Mr Kovind said, India-Myanmar partnership is at the heart of India’s vision to create a connected and cooperative neighbourhood. The President said, India appreciates Myanmar’s assurances that it would not allow groups that are inimical to India’s interests to operate from its territory.


Mr Kovind also hosted a banquet in the visiting dignitary's honour.  Mr. U Win Myint arrived in New Delhi on Wednesday on a four-day visit to India. He is accompanied by the First Lady Daw Cho Cho.


India and Myanmar signed 10 agreements in various fields following talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Myanmar President in New Delhi yesterday. External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar also called on the visiting dignitary.


The President of Myanmar will also visit Bodh Gaya and Agra during his tour.

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The 24th meeting of the Eastern Zonal Council comprising of Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha and West Bengal will be held in Bhubaneswar today. Home Minister Amit Shah will chair the meeting. Chief Ministers of all the four states will participate in the meeting. The Chief Ministers will be accompanied by two Cabinet Ministers from each state as members of the Council and Chief Secretary and other senior officers of the states.


"The meeting will deliberate upon several issues including inter-state water issues, power transmission lines, royalty on and operationalization of coals mines, land and forest clearance of rail projects, investigation of heinous offenses. Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik will be the vice-chairman and host of the meeting. The Home Minister will address a rally at the Janata Maidan in Bhubaneswar in support of the amended Citizenship Act this afternoon. SN Pattnaik, AIR News, Sambalpur."

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Government has sanctioned 32 projects  in the food processing sector  under Pradhan Mantri Kisan Sampada Yojana (PMKSY). The projects are spread across around 17 states leveraging an investment worth 406 Crore rupees. They were cleared  by the Inter-Ministerial Approval Committee chaired by Food Processing Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal in New Delhi yesterday. These projects envisage the creation of direct and indirect employment for around  fifteen thousand persons along with employment opportunities in rural areas to be the focus area.

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Union Minister Jitendra Singh chaired a review meeting of the activities of the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), in New Delhi yesterday. The Secretary (DoNER), Dr Inder Jit Singh and senior officers of Ministry of DoNER and North Eastern Council (NEC) were present during the meeting, where all the agenda items were taken up for review. The Union Minister expressed happiness that for the first time in many years, nearly 93 percent budget of the Ministry of DoNER has been spent for the current financial year till date and he asked the officials to achieve 100 percent target till the end of this fiscal. 

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World Health Organization has said that the new coronavirus is at a decisive point and has pandemic potential as countries across the globe battled to contain the deadly outbreak. The comments of WHO head Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus comes as countries around the world battle to prevent the virus spreading further. Saudi Arabia banned pilgrims from visiting Islam's holiest sites as the number of deaths jumped in neighbouring Iran, while Japan and Iraq ordered the closure of schools.


"China is no longer the only breeding ground for COVID-19. Other countries including South Korea and Italy are now becoming hotbeds of infection, raising fears of a pandemic. The virus has already killed more than 2,760 people, mostly in China and infected more than 81,000 in over 45 countries. Iran has reported seven new deaths over 24 hours, taking the overall toll to 26, the highest outside China. UAE has confirmed six fresh cases of coronavirus. As a preventive measure it has suspended ferry services with Iran until further notice.


World financial markets have plunged on fears that widespread lockdowns could hamper business activity, while sports matches and festivals have been cancelled to stem infections. Tourism is already feeling the pinch and supply chains reliant on China are also being affected.


We spoke to AIIMS Director, Dr Randeep Guleriya. He tells us about symptoms and preventive measures of Covid-19.

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India has asked Pakistan to stop its active support to terrorist groups and devote more attention to the well being of its own people, particularly the persecuted religious minorities in the failed state. India's strong statement against Pakistan came at the ongoing 43rd session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva last night where Pakistan raked up the amended citizenship law and the Kashmir issue. India said  persecuted religious minorities in Pakistan are suffering due to rampant mis-governance in this failed state. New Delhi informed the Council that the situation in Jammu and Kashmir is fast returning to normal despite serious provocations and attempts made by Pakistan to derail this process through its active support to terrorist groups and related entities.

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US has warned that extremists may be plotting an attack against a major hotel in Nairobi and urged its citizens to be cautious. US State Department urged US citizens to exercise increased vigilance if staying in hotels around Nairobi and to be aware of buildings' emergency evacuation plans.


Kenya has witnessed a series of bloody attacks carried out by al-Shabab, an extreme Islamist movement affiliated with Al-Qaeda that controls parts of neighbouring Somalia.


In 2013, al-Shabab raid on Nairobi's upscale Westgate shopping mall left 67 dead in a siege that unfolded over four days.

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Five Sri Lankan fishermen have been arrested by the marine police in Tamil Nadu on charges of trespassing into the International Maritime Border. The five from Talaimannaar (तलईमन्नार) in the Island nation were found to be near Dhanushkodi near Rameswaram in a boat. This is the second such incident in less than a fortnight.

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Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has postponed Class X and Class XII exams scheduled for today and tomorrow in violence-hit North-East district of Delhi. In a statement, CBSE said, examinations in the remaining parts of the national capital will be conducted as per the schedule.  It said, the next date of exam for the affected students will be notified soon.  All examinations in all the centres in the city will be held as per the schedule from 2nd March onwards.


The board also announced that it will conduct fresh exams for the students who have not been able to appear for the papers in other parts of the national capital due to the violence in North East Delhi.

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"Ek Bharat Shretha Bharat"


A cultural team from the Arunachal Pradesh led by renowned artist of the state Delong Padung participated at Taj Mahotsav 2020 at Agra in Uttar Pradesh which concluded yesterday. Team presented various forms of Arunachalee folk arts during the event. More from our correspondent:


"The 28-member team of Arunachal Pradesh comprises of Ngull Chulyu group from Lower Subansiri District and Karpum Karduk centre of arts from East Siang District. The Karpum Karduk centre performed mesmerising folk songs and dance called “Yoyo Gaga” and “Hayako Hayaye” of the Adi Tribe in the state.


Mr. Padung said that having the opportunity to present state’s traditional customs in the festival was another milestone of his destiny. The programme was facilitated by the Uttar Pradesh Tourism department under Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat campaign, a Prime Minister’s flagship programme for national integration. Rakesh Doley, AIR News, Itanagar,"

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In the Khelo India University Games, Savitribai Phule Pune University consolidated their position at the top by claiming three gold medals in weightlifting and wrestling in Odisha yesterday. Panjab University, Chandigarh is at the second position, Jain University, Bengaluru is at third with eight gold medals each. Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak won two gold in wrestling yesterday.

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NOW, FOR AN OVERVIEW OF TODAY'S NEWSPAPERS HEADLINES:-



  • Most news papers today lead with the after math of the clashes in North-East Delhi over the CAA with photographs of mourning relatives. "Death toll rises to 38 as bodies are found in drains; over 400 detained," is the lead in the Times of India while the headline in the Pioneer reads "Violence ends, Fear Reigns." The newspapers also report about the cancellation of CBSE class X and XII exams on February 28 and 29, in affected areas.

  • Taking note of all round affect of Covid-19, the Business Standard headline reads, "China Virus pushes govt to fast-track tech manufacturing."

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