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20.04.2018

THE HEADLINES:

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi bats for concerns of small and island states in the Commonwealth; Doubles Indian contribution for Common Fund for Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Mr Modi in his bilateral talks with Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina  focuses on development cooperation.
  • Transport Ministers of thirteen states adopt Guwahati Declaration, aiming at harmonisation of tax and permits.
  • Fiscal needs of every state will be assessed keeping in view their special characteristics says Finance Commission Chairman N K Singh.  
  • NDMA alerts people living along West Coast of India, Lakshadweep, South Tamil Nadu, Bay of Bengal and Kerala  as the areas are likely to experience high energy swell waves from tomorrow.
  • And in IPL Cricket, Chris Gayle's stormy century guides Kings Eleven Punjab to a victory over Sunrisers Hyderabad.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has underlined the importance of looking at the concerns of the small and island states in the Commonwealth. He announced a number of initiatives in this direction which include doubling of India’s contribution to the Common Fund for Sustainable Development Goals, taking up small projects in the small countries through the permanent mission for the UN, capacity building and training programmes in areas including cricket and skill development.

Briefing the media in London last night, Secretary West, Ministry of External Affairs, Ruchi Ghanshyam said that, India focused on achieving sustainable development goals and climate change issues during its interventions at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, CHOGM, which began yesterday.

"We are focusing on capacity building in an area of great interest to commonwealth states, as you would realise the broad membership,  large membership of the commonwealth consists of small island developing states."

Replying to a question, she said promoting youth activities among Commonwealth countries was also focused upon and India has announced to provide training to 30 boys and 30 girls cricketers. He further said, the under 16 youth cricketers will be provided training through BCCI.

Meanwhile, on the sidelines of the CHOGM, Prime Minister Modi held a series of bilateral interactions with member-countries including Australia, Bangladesh, South Africa, Gambia, Trindad and Tobago and Mauritius. External Affairs Ministry official spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said that these interactions and bilateral discussions mainly focused on development, maritime and security concerns of the small states.

The spokesperson said, India and Bangladesh focused mainly on development cooperation during the bilateral talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bangladesh counterpart Sheik Hasina. He said, the broad contours of the discussions were the action plans that the two sides agreed on during their earlier visits to each other’s countries and now discussed their follow ups and how to further them.

The MEA Spokesperson said Prime Minister Narendra Modi did not meet his Pakistani counterpart Shahid Khaqan Abbasi at the CHOGM.

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India has expressed deep anguish on the issue of the tearing  of the country's tricolour in London. Talking to the media in London last night, MEA  Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said that the matter was taken up with the United Kingdom. He said that the UK has also expressed its regret on this issue. The Spokesperson said, India wants legal action against those who were involved in tearing up of the national flag.

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We now bring you glimpses from the Prime Minister's 'Bharat Ki Baat, Sabke Saath' programme at Westminster's central hall in London. In this unique event, Mr Modi interacted with the Indian diaspora on a spectrum of issues and apprised them about his government's performance and programmes, and the country's foreign policy. Here is a report:

"The NDA government has done a lot of work to improve the sanitation situation of the nation. Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke with the conviction about the sanitation issue. He said, so many women do not have access to toilets and these realities did not let him sleep. In his interaction in Bharat Ki Baat Sabke Saath, the Prime Minister said he was determined to bring about a positive change in the lives of India's poor.

शौचालय जाने के लिए सूर्योदय से पहले जंगल जाने के लिए सोचती हैं और दिन में कभी जाना पड़े, शारीरिक पीड़ा सहती हैं लेकिन सूरज ढलने तक का इंतजार करती हैं। वो शौचालय के लिए नहीं जाती हैं। उस मां को कितनी पीड़ा होती होगी? कितना दर्द होता होगा? उसके शरीर पर कैसा जुल् होता होगा? क्याहम टॉयलेट नहीं बना सकते? ये सवाल मुझे सोने नहीं देते थे। और तब जा करके मुझे लगा कि मैं लालकिले पर से जा करके अपनी भावनाओं को बिना लाग-लपेट बता दूंगा, देश ने बहुत response दे दिया। आज तीन लाख गांव open defecation free हो गए और काम तेजी से चल रहा है।

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said it is amazing that close to 1.25 crore families gave up their gas subsidies.

मैंने एक दिन लालकिले पर से कहा- कि जो afford करते हैं, उनको गैस सब्सिडी क्यों लेनी चाहिए? हमारे देश में गैस सिलेंडर की संख्या के आधार पर चुनाव लड़े जाते थे। कोई कहते थे कि मुझे प्रधानमंत्री बनाइए, अभी 9 सिलेंडर मिलते हैं, मैं 12 सिलेंडर दूंगा; ये घोषणा की गई थी 2014 में। मैंने लोगों को उलटा कहा, मैंने कहा भाई जरूरत  नहीं है तो छोड़ दीजिए ना सब्सिडी, क्या जरूरत है। और आप हैरान हो जाएंगे, हिन्दुस्तान के करीब-करीब सवा करोड़ से ज्यादा परिवारों ने गैस सब्सिडी छोड़ दी।

Mr Modi said, 40 lakh senior citizens have written to him saying that they will voluntarily not avail the subsidy available for them in Indian Railways.


भारत में सीनियर सिटिजन के लिए रेलवे के अंदर concession है टिकटों में। मैंने करके सरकार में कहा कि भाई अंदर लिखो तो सही, आप जो रिजर्वेशन के लिए फॉर्म भरते हो, लिखो तो सही कि भई मैं सीनियर सिटिजन हूं, मुझे बेनिफिट मिलता है, लेकिन मैं मेरा बेनिफिट जाने देना चाहता हूं।  आप सबको आश्चर्य होगा, जो हिन्दुस्तान की विशेषता देखी है, हिन्दुस्तान के सामान् मानवी की देशभक्ति देखी है, अभी-अभी हमने ये निर्णय किया था, अब तक 40 लाख senior citizens, जो एसी में ट्रैवल करने वाले लोग हैं, उन्होंने voluntarily subsidy नहीं लेंगे, ऐसा लिख करके दिया

During the long interaction, Prime Minister Modi talked about several measures taken for the welfare of Farmers including proper availability of urea.

हमने ठान लिया है कि हम 2022, जब भारत की आजादी के 75 साल होंगे, तब तक हम देश के किसान की इन्कम डबल करना चाहते हैं। अब उसके लिए उसकी लागत कम होनी चाहिए, उसका जो input cost है, वो कम होना चाहिए। आप हैरान होंगे, मैंने efficiency में परिवर्तन किया। कुछ गलत काम हो रहे थे उसको रोका है। र्इमानदारी को बल दिया, बिना कोई एकस्ट्रा नया कारखाना लगाए 20 लाख टन यूरिया का उत्पादन बढ़ गया।Anupam Mishra, AIR NEWS DELHI.

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In Uttar Pradesh, Pradhanmantri Ujjwala Yojna day is being organized in the state today. During the programme free LPG connections will be provided to women of 3387 selected villages spread over 75 districts. Camps for free LPG connections will be held to cover additional households in the state under the GRAM SWARAJ ABHIYAN.

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Transport Ministers of thirteen states met in Guwahati and adopted a nine-point Guwahati Declaration, aimed at harmonisation of tax and permits. The meeting discussed road safety measures and implementation strategies for strengthening the state road transport undertakings.  Addressing a press conference at the end of the two-day meet yesterday in Guwahati, Chairman of the Group of Ministers and Rajasthan Transport Minister Yoonus Khan said, a major decision was taken on the recommendation for a 'one nation, one tax' which would ease travel as well. 
Meanwhile, the Centre has asked states to allow drivers to use private licence for driving taxis and light vehicles for commercial purposes. However, commercial driving licences would be required for trucks, buses, heavy commercial vehicles and other medium.

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15th Finance Commission Chairman, N K Singh has said the fiscal needs of each state will be individually assessed keeping in view their special characteristics. He made this assurance to a delegation led by Tamil Nadu Deputy Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam yesterday in New Delhi yesterday. The delegation submitted a memorandum putting forward its view points regarding the Terms of Reference of the Commission.

During the meeting, Mr. Singh said, a progressive state like Tamil Nadu which has contributed greatly to India’s prosperity will certainly receive the Commission’s careful consideration.

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The West Coast of India, Lakshadweep, South Tamil Nadu, Bay of Bengal, and Kerala are expected to experience high energy swell waves from tomorrow till Sunday. The National Disaster Management Authority has issued  alerts advising communities along the sea shore particularly tomorrow and the day after as there is a possibility of surging of waves during the high tide, in the low lying areas of the coasts during such events. It has advised people to stay away from coasts and not indulge in water based recreational activity during the period.

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BJP President Amit Shah wound up his two-day visit to Bengaluru with an interaction with entrepreneurs last evening. Earlier, addressing the Shakti Kendra pramukhs on the outskirts of Bengaluru, Mr Shah charged that many civil works taken up by the state Government are not completed due to commission deals.

On the other hand, AICC Secretary Madhu Goud Yaskhi, while addressing the press in Bengaluru yesterday, claimed that the BJP has no big leaders in Karnataka and the campaign has been outsourced as the party is not confident about its own Chief Minister candidate B S Yeddyurappa. 

Polling for 224 Assembly constituencies will be held on 12th of May and counting will take place on the 15th. Our correspondent has more on the election scenario in the state:

"Polling hours of the forthcoming Karnataka Assembly Elections have been extended by an hour. Due to heat wave especially in North Karnataka and also with the intention of improving voters’ turnout, this decision is taken. Voting will be held from 7 AM to 6 pm, instead of  5 pm.  The Election Commission has named Jnanpith awardee Dr Chandrasekhar Kambar, cine star Puneeth Rajkumar and actor Praneetha as Election ambassadors to encourage voters to cast their votes. Cricketer Rahul Dravid has already been roped in for publicity for this purpose. Sudhindra AIR News Bengaluru."

Meanwhile, the Director General of Civil Aviation has announced a set of regulations for air charter operators ahead of the Assembly polls. The guidelines direct operators and flight crew to ensure that no unauthorised cash, narcotics or arms are carried in the flight.

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Sports Minister Col Rajyavardhan Rathore has emphasized transparency and good governance in sports bodies and said the government is committed to ensure clean sports. In a meeting with a delegation of the International Olympic Committee  in New Delhi yesterday, he said, the government with the help of the Indian Olympic Association has prepared a Sports Code to bring transparency in the functioning of the National Sports Federations, fair selection of players and accountability for proper utilization of funding.

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In IPL cricket, Chris Gayle's stormy century guided Kings Eleven Punjab to a victory over Sunrisers Hyderabad by 15 runs in a thrilling encounter at Mohali last night. Chasing 194 runs, Sunrisers Hyderabad managed to score 178 for 4 in the stipulated 20 overs. Earlier, Chris Gayle's unbeaten 104 off 63 balls helped Kings Eleven Punjab to post a huge total of 193 for 3 in 20 overs. Gayle's century is the first of this edition of IPL.

NEWSPAPER headlines,

The Supreme Court's judgement in the Special CBI judge B H Loya death case dominates front page headlines. The DNA quotes the apex court as saying "Judge Loya died naturally, no need for an inquiry". The Times of India reports the judgement as saying "Demand for probe meant to mislead the court". On the political slugfest between the BJP and the Congress that followed the judgement the Hindu quotes Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad as saying  "Rahul and Congress owe an apology" and the Congress party describing it as a "Sad letter day". In a possible fallout of the judgement, the Hindustan Times says "Congress, others may move motion on CJI removal".

The State Bank of India's reassurance on the ATM cash crunch is prominently noticed on the front pages of most papers. The Pioneer quotes the country's largest bank as saying "ATM cash crunch on the wane, normalcy likely today". The Hindu writes on its front page "SBI customers can draw Rs.2000/- from POS or Point of Sale machines".

In the backdrop of the incident involving lawyers trying to obstruct the police from filing a chargesheet in the Kathua rape and murder case, the Hindustan Times reports "Supreme Court slams lawyers over Kathua case". The DNA writes "Didn't support lawyers' protest : Jammu High Court Bar Association to top court".

All the papers note that the Metropolitan Judge who had resigned hours after acquitting the accused in the Mecca Masjid blast case has resumed duties. The Pioneer writes "Mecca Masjid judge's resignation rejected : Ravinder Reddy resumes duties".

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