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21.11.2017


tHE HEADLINES:

  • Prime Minister congratulates Justice Dalveer Bhandari on his re-election to the International Court of Justice; says it is a proud moment for the country; Mr Modi credits the efforts of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj for the re-election.
  • Today is the last day for filing of nominations for the first phase of Gujarat Assembly Elections.
  • In Jammu and Kashmir, three Lashkar-e-Toiba terrorists killed in an encounter in Handwara in Kupwara district.
  • Assam government suspends 10 officers for their alleged involvement in cash for job scam under Assam Public Service Commission.
  • In IFFI, the Indian Panorama inaugurated at Panaji by noted actress Sridevi.
  • In AIBA Women Boxing Championship in Guwahati, five Indian pugilists to open their campaign today.                       

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has congratulated Justice Dalveer Bhandari on his re-election to the International Court of Justice, saying it is a proud moment for the country. Mr Modi credited the efforts of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and MEA officials for the re-election of Dalveer Bhandari. He also expressed gratitude to members of the UN General Assembly and the UN Security Council for their support and trust in India.

Dalveer Bhandari, India's nominee to the International Court of Justice was re-elected to the the world court this morning after Britain withdrew its candidate from the election. He received 183 out of 193 votes in the General Assembly and secured all the 15 votes in the Security Council after separate and simultaneous elections were held at the UN headquarters in New York. The elections were held after United Kingdom, in a dramatic turn of events, withdrew from the race for the Hague-based ICJ. It paved the way for seventy-year old Bhandari's re- election to the prestigious world court.

Justice Bhandari and Britain's Christopher Greenwood were locked in a neck-and-neck fight for re-election for the nine-year term.

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Today is the last day for filing nominations for the first phase of polling for Gujarat Assembly Elections. The scrutiny will be held tomorrow. A total of 377 candidates filed their nominations yesterday. Polling for this phase will take place on December 9 in 89 constituencies.

The Congress released the second list of 13 candidates yesterday replacing candidates in four seats from the previous one. Our correspondent tells more on nominations being filed today.

"Today, BJP state president Jitu Vaghani filed his nomination for Bhavnagar West constituency in the presence of BJP National president Amit Shah. Before filing nomination, he addressed a huge public meeting at Gulistan maidan in Bhavnagar. On this occasion talking to media, BJP president Amit Shah said that the congress is doing casteism politics. He also said that Rahul Gandhi should tell that during the ten years of UPA regime what they have done for Gujarat. On the other side, talking to media at Ahmedabad at Congress office, State President Bharat Sinh Solanki said that BJP has given false promises to the people of Gujarat and people are getting affected from Demonetisation and GST. Nishith Joshi, AIR News, Ahmedabad."

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In Uttar Pradesh, voting for first phase of three phased Urban Local Bodies election will be held tomorrow. A total of 26 thousand 356 candidates including 10317 women are in the fray. Our correspondent reports that 230 local bodies including municipal corporations of Meerut, Agra, Kanpur, Faizabad and Gorakhpur, 71 Nagar Palika Parishad and 154 Nagar Panchayats spread over in 24 districts will go for polls under this phase. A report:

"A total of 230 local bodies including municipal corporations of Meerut, Agra, Kanpur, Faizabad and Gorakhpur , 71 Nagar Palika Parishad and 154 Nagar Panchayats  spread over in 24 districts will go for polls under this phase. All major political parties of the state including ruling BJP, main opposition Samajwadi Party, BSP and Congress have fielded their nominees for the polls and their leaders have also conducted intensive campaigning. Election Commissioner SK Agrawal has reviewed the poll preparedness. Elaborate security arrangements are in place. In addition to state police 35 companies of central Para Military forces and 70 companies of PAC are deployed to insure free and fair voting. Sunil Shukla AIR news Lucknow."

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In Jammu and Kashmir, three non-local Lashkar-e-Toiba terrorists were killed in a brief encounter in Magam area of Handwara in Kupwara district this morning. A senior police official told AIR that the anti militancy operation is in progress. Details are awaited.

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The Assam government has suspended 10 officers for their alleged involvement in cash for job scam under Assam Public Service Commission. All of them belong to Assam Civil Service and are in police custody now. A report:

"Police have arrested 23 officers who have qualified under Assam Public Service Commission following their alleged involvement in the scam. During the course of investigation, it was found that answer sheets of 25 candidates were fake or did not match with their handwritings. Police are still trying to arrest remaining 2 officers. Police already arrested the Chairman of the Commission Rakesh Paul along with several others for their alleged involvement in cash for job scam. WITH MANAS PRATIM SHARMA FROM GUWAHATI, ANUJA KUMAR, AIR NEWS."

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A remotely piloted aircraft of the Indian Navy on a routine surveillance mission crashed while taking off North of Naval airfield at Wellington Island near Kochi this morning. No damage to life or property is reported. Defence spokesperson informed that a Board of Inquiry is being constituted to investigate the cause of accident.

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In Punjab, death toll in the fire in a plastic factory in Ludhiana has risen to 10. Two persons were rescued from the debris and rescue operations continued today. An official associated with rescue operations said, few more persons are feared still trapped under the debris. Ludhiana Deputy Commissioner of Police Dhruman Nimble said, six bodies pulled out of debris have been identified. Several teams of NDRF, SDRF, the Army and Punjab Police are involved in the rescue operations.

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In International Film Festival of India, IFFI the most sought after Indian Panorama, was inaugurated today at Panaji in Goa by noted actress Sridevi. Declaring the Indian Panorama open, she said, IFFI is one of the most exciting festivals of the world. 26 feature films and 16 non-feature films selected from different languages and regions will be screened in the Indian Panorama section. Vinod Kapri-directed Hindi film 'Pihu' was the opening movie in the feature film category, while 'Pushkar Puran' by Kamal Swaroop opened the non-feature film category:
"India's official entry to the Oscars, 'Newton', and the highest grosser till date in the country, 'Baahubali 2:The Conclusion' are among the movies to be screened in the feature film section of the Indian Panorama. Akshay Kumar-starrer 'Jolly LLB 2', Amshan Kumar directed 'Manusangada', and Nila Madhab Panda's 'Kadvi Hawa' are among other movies included in the section. Marathi film 'Kaasav', which won the National award for Best Feature Film, has been given direct entry into the list. In the non-feature film category, 'Fireflies in the Abyss', which won the Best Non-Feature Film Award this year, will also be screened at the festival. At the inaugural function, jury members of both - Feature film and Non-Feature film sections were felicitated by Sridevi. With Vasundhra, Ashok Shukla, AIR News, Goa." 

Bollywood actor Salman Khan will bring down the curtains on IFFI  on November 28. He will be accompanied by his "Tiger Zinda Hai" co-star Katrina Kaif and child artiste Matin Rey Tangu.

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President Ram Nath Kovind reached Imphal to inaugurate the Manipur Sangai Festival, 2017 this afternoon. He was accorded a warm welcome at the Imphal Airport by State Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren Singh and his cabinet colleagues. The 10-day state festival will be opened today at the Bhagyachandra Open Air Theatre at Palace Compound in Imphal.

Galaxy of foreign dignitaries including ambassadors of South-East Asian countries and some western countries and senior officials of different union Ministries has arrived at Imphal to attend the Festival.

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Defence Ministry has decided to remove the condition of remarriage with the late husband’s brother for continuation of monetary allowance of the widow’s of Gallantry Awards recipients. The Ministry said in a statement today, the allowance will be admissible to the recipient of the award and on his death to his widow lawfully married. The widow will continue to receive the allowance until her death. The Ministry took this decision after receiving representations from various quarters.

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The Madras High Court has asked the Election Commission of India to hold by-election for the RK Nagar Assembly Constituency in Chennai before the end of next month. Hearing a petition filed by the Opposition DMK seeking removal of 45000 bogus voters in the Constituency, the first bench led by Chief Justice Indira Bannerjee directed the EC to notify the by-election by the first week of December and complete the election process by the month end.

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Government is observing Vasectomy Fortnight from today to raise awareness about male sterilisation and to promote the participation of men in family planning. All states and Union territories will observe the Fortnight till 4th of next month where quality male sterilisation services will be provided at public health facilities. During the event, various myths about use of contraceptives by men will be dispelled. 

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India has improved its global ranking by three notches to 51 in terms of ability to attract, develop and retain talent in the list compiled by leading global business school IMD. Switzerland is the top ranker in the list. Globally, Europe continues to dominate the rankings, with Switzerland, Denmark, and Belgium being the most competitive countries. Austria, Finland, the Netherlands, Norway, Germany, Sweden and Luxembourg made up the top 10.

The annual IMD World Talent Ranking covered 63 countries and assessed the methods the countries adopted to attract and retain talent. The rankings are based on a country's performance in three main categories - investment and development, appeal, and readiness - and India was ranked 62nd, 43rd and 29th on these terms.

From the BRICS bloc, China stayed in the lead with a ranking of 40, followed by Russia at 43 and South Africa at 48. Brazil was ranked just after India at the 52nd slot.

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In Zimbabwe, the ruling party ZANU-PF, is to launch impeachment proceedings against President Robert Mugabe today. In a statement, the party said it has instructed the chief whip to proceed with impeachment processes. It said a motion to strip Mugabe of the Presidency would be presented to Parliament today, and the process could take just two days. The motion accuses the 93-year-old of charges including allowing his wife to usurp constitutional power. Votes are expected to be cast in both the National Assembly and the Senate the two parliamentary houses on whether to begin impeachment proceedings.

Meanwhile, Zimbabwe's former vice-president, Emmerson Mnangagwa whose sacking led to last week's army takeover, today urged  President Robert Mugabe to respect public opinion and step down immediately.

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South Korea and Japan today welcomed US President Donald Trump's decision putting North Korea back on a list of state sponsors of terrorism. South Korea'a foreign ministry said in a message that it expected the listing to contribute to the peaceful de-nuclearisation of the North, and bring it to the negotiating table. Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said, he welcomes and supports the designation, as it raises the pressure on North Korea. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said the move was in line with international efforts to bring the rogue state to its senses.

The designation, announced yesterday, allows the United States to impose more sanctions on Pyongyang, which is pursuing nuclear weapons and missile programmes in defiance of UN Security Council sanctions.

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The US military has begun air strikes on opium factories in Afghanistan in an attempt to cut off narcotics funding of Taliban. US Army General John Nicholson told media yesterday that the air raids are part of a new strategy announced by US President Donald Trump. The raids carried out in association with the government forces targeted more than 10 opium factories in the southern province of Helmand, which is under the influence of the Taliban.

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Five Indian boxers will fight in AIBA youth women boxing championship in Guwahati today. Local girl Ankushita Boro will open her campaign against Turkey's Cagla Aluc. Sashi Chopra will play for quarter final berth against Lin Li Wei Yi of Taipei while hot favourite Sakshi will bout against Russian opponent. She is being seen as one of the medal prospects for the host country. Jyoti takes on Ukraine's Lisinska Anastasiia and Nitu will play against a Bulgarian opponent.

Last night Astha Pahwa entered into Quarter final. Our Correspondent reports, India will at least get two bronze medals in 80 and 81 plus categories.

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At the stock markets, after a firm opening, the Sensex at the Bombay Stock Exchange gained further ground, and had risen 190 points to 33,550, a short while ago. The Nifty at the National Stock Exchange had climbed 48 points, to 10,347.

At the forex market, the rupee had appreciated 9 paise, to 65.02, against the dollar.

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