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25.11.2017

 

THE HEADLINES,

  • India strongly condemns the terror attack near a mosque in Egypt; Prime Minister Narendra Modi says, India resolutely supports the fight against terrorism; Death toll due to the blast mounts to 235.
  • US asks Pakistan to make sure that Mumbai terror attacks mastermind Hafiz Saeed is arrested and charged for his crimes.
  • Chief Economic Adviser Arvind Subramanian says, GST may have fewer rates in the future by collapsing 12 and 18 percent tax slabs into one.
  • 12th Standing Committee meeting of Inter-State Council to be held in New Delhi today.
  • India is committed to an open, safe and inclusive cyber space, asserts External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.
  • And in Sports, Three Indian pugilists to play their semi-final bouts of Women Youth Boxing championship in Guwahati today.
  • And, PV Sindhu to play Ratchanok Intanon for a place in Hong Kong Open Badminton Final.

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India has condemned in strongest terms the terror attack near a mosque in the North Sinai region of Egypt. In a tweet, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, India resolutely supports the fight against all forms of terrorism and stands with the people as well as the government of Egypt.

External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said, the incident is another stark reminder of the need to develop a global strategy to fight the menace of terrorism.
Congress President Sonia Gandhi also strongly condemned the attack.

The United Nations and a number of world leaders, including US President Donald Trump, have also extended their condolences.
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he death toll due to the blast has mounted to 235, with over 100 people injured. The State media had yesterday reported that the bomb, which was planted near al-Rowda mosque in Al-Arish city, went off during Friday prayers. Security sources said, gunmen also opened fire on the people who tried to leave the mosque after the explosion. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, so far.The government has announced three days of mourning.

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The United States has asked the Pakistan government to make sure that Mumbai terror attacks mastermind and Jamaat-ud-dawa Chief Hafiz Saeed is arrested and charged for his crimes. State department spokesperson Heather Nauert said, US is deeply concerned that Saeed has been released from house arrest in Pakistan. Saeed walked free after his 10-month detention. India reacted strongly to the release saying that Pakistan has been exposed once again. It had said, India and the entire international community is outraged that a self-confessed and UN proscribed terrorist is being allowed to walk free and continue his evil agenda.  

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In Jammu and Kashmir, security forces arrested a Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist from a forest area in Kupwara district yesterday. An Army official said in Srinagar that the terrorist was arrested during a joint search operation by the Army and the police in Magam area. The official said, the terrorist is being interrogated.

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The Central government's Special Representative on Jammu and Kashmir, Dineshwar Sharma called on Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and Governor NN Vohra in Jammu yesterday. They discussed various issues on the current scenario of the state and the recent confidence building measures taken by the Centre for the state. Mr Sharma also briefed them about the measures he had recommended to the Centre after his first visit. Our correspondent reports that Mr Sharma reached Jammu yesterday on his second visit to the state to hold talks with the stakeholders.

"Yesterday, Mr Sharma also visited Jagti Migrant Township in Nagrota in the outskirts of Jammu city and interacted with the Kashmiri Pandit migrants there and listened to their problems. Today, Mr Sharma is scheduled to visit Talwara area of Reasi district and interact with the militancy affected people of Jammu region. He will also meet the border dwellers of both Line of Control and International Border and take stock of their issues today. He would also meet refugees from West Pakistan and some others delegations. YOGESH SHARMA, AIR NEWS, JAMMU."

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Chief Economic Adviser Arvind Subramanian has said, going forward, the Goods and Services Tax (GST) may have fewer rates by collapsing 12 and 18 per cent tax slabs into one. He was delivering a lecture at the ICFAI Institute of Higher Learning in Hyderabad yesterday. Mr Subramanian also said, the new tax regime, rolled out from the 1st of July, will stabilise in the next six to nine months and become a model for other countries.

Admitting there were some technical glitches in the filing systems under the regime, the Chief Economic Adviser said, the new system is a bit complicated as states have different IT systems and these issues are being addressed by the GST Council.

Mr Subramanian described the GST implementation as a transformational fiscal reform that the country had not seen in the past.

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India is committed to an open, safe, inclusive, democratic and dynamic cyber space. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said this during her valedictory address at the closing ceremony of the Global Conference on Cyber Space in New Delhi yesterday. She said, the dynamic and evolving nature of cyber space has brought cyber issues to the centre-stage of development polity, crime prevention and investigation, expansion of economy and trade, national and international security. Mrs Swaraj said, all forms of activities which are now conducted and connected in cyber space has not only expedited the pace of growth, but also brought forth a new set of challenges for which no pre-set solutions exist. She said, the global gathering of cyber experts at the conference is a testimony to the fact that the nations need to engage with each other to redefine concepts and align traditional processes to the new paradigms.

"Our government is committed to using the cyber and digital platform's to foster growth in the empowerment of the people to an open inter operable secure free and reliable cyber space environment. Turn out the internet and engine for innovation, economic growth and trade and commerce."

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The 12th Standing Committee meeting of the Inter-State Council will be held in New Delhi today under the Chairmanship of Home Minister Rajnath Singh. At the meeting, the views of the State Governments and the Union Ministries and Departments will be considered along with the recommendations made by the Punchhi Commission on Centre-State Relations, and then the Standing Committee will finalise its recommendations.

The last meeting was held in April after a gap of 11 years. The Committee is chaired by the Union Home Minister and the members of the committee include External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. Chief Ministers of Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Punjab, Tripura and Uttar Pradesh are also the members of the committee.

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President Ram Nath Kovind will inaugurate a two-day conference on National Law Day in New Delhi today to celebrate the adoption of the Constitution. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the valedictory session of the conference tomorrow. The Constitution of India was adopted by the Constituent Assembly on 26th November, 1949.

Law Commission Chairman Justice BS Chauhan told reporters that the conference will have four sessions to discuss the issues of Judicial Review and Parliamentary Democracy - Balancing the separation of powers, appointments to higher judiciary - constraints of collegium system and reforms ahead, structural reforms for overcoming delays in justice delivery and scope of judicial power-judicial activism.

Later in the day, President Kovind will also inaugurate the International Gita Mahotsav at Kurukshetra in Haryana. Our correspondent reports that Mauritius is participating in the Mahotsav as the partner country and Uttar Pradesh as partner state.

"President Shri Ram Nath Kovind will also participate in 'Gita Yajna' and 'Gita Poojan' ceremonies at Brahma Sarovar in Kurukshetra. He will also inaugurate and address an International seminar on Shri Mad Bhagwad Gita. The state government has also invited scholars from other religions to deliberate upon the teachings of the holy book. On 27th of  November a grand sant sammelan will also be organised in which many renowned saints and seers from all over the world would participate. Ashwani Kumar Sharma, AIR News, Chandigarh."

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Nine States and the Union territory of Lakshadweep have entered into a collaboration with the Film Facilitation Office (FFO) of the Information and Broadcasting Ministry and National Film Development Corporation (NFDC) to showcase their shooting locations to filmmakers from India and abroad. The states include Gujarat, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Karnataka and Delhi. Our correspondent has filed this report:

"The Film Offices of these States have entered into collaboration with FFO and NFDC at Film Bazaar, which was organized under the banner of International Film Festival of India (IFFI) at Panaji in Goa. The high-profile event, which was held from 20th to 24th November, has become the converging point for film buyers and sellers from all over the world. The focus of the 5-day event was on discovering, supporting and showcasing South Asian content and talent in filmmaking, production and distribution.  The Film Bazaar, which ended last night, also facilitated the sales of world cinema in the South Asian region. It has evolved as South Asia’s global film market from its humble beginning in 2007. With Saikat Sarkar, Ashok Shukla, AIR News, Goa."

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And now, news from the world of Sports:

"Three Indian pugilists will play their semi-final bouts of the AIBA Women Youth Boxing Championship in Guwahati today. Nitu will be seen in action in the 48 kg category, Sakshi in 54 kgs and Anupama in 81 kg. Jyoti in 51 kgs, Ankushita Boro in 64 kgs and Shashi Chopra in 57 kgs - stormed into their respective Finals last night and assured three silver medals for India. The final bouts will be played tomorrow.

Onto Badminton, Rio Olympics and World Championship Silver medalist PV Sindhu will play her semi-final match of the Hong Kong Open Superseries tournament at Kowloon today. Sindhu, who is seeded second, will take on sixth placed Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand. Both players have met five times in the past, with Sindhu losing four of those games.

And in Cricket, India will resume their first innings at the overnight score of 11 from 1 against Sri Lanka on Day 2 of the Nagpur Test today. Yesterday, India had bundled out the Lankans for 205 after the visitors opted to bat. ANUJA KUMAR, SPORTS DESK."

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will share his thoughts with the people of the country and abroad in his Mann Ki Baat programme on All India Radio, tomorrow at 11 AM. It will be the 38th edition of the monthly programme. The programme will be broadcast on the entire network of All India Radio and Doordarshan.

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NEWSPAPERS HEADLINES

  • The massacre by terrorists in a mosque in Egypt and US expressing deep concern over Pakistan releasing LeT leader Hafiz Saeed are some of the top newspaper stories this morning.
  • "235 killed in Egypt mosque terror attack" headlines the Statesman. The paper adds '109 others injured in deadliest attack with guns and bombs' in Egypt's North Sinai region.
  • The Times of India's lead headline reads "Hafiz must be arrested and charged, US firmly tells Pak". Writing on the same subject, the Asian Age says "Saeed freed, hits out at Sharif as a traitor".
  • "Dec 15 to Jan 5: Winter session dates are out" is one of the top headlines in the Tribune. "Session will start Dec 15, MPs to work on January1st" writes the Asian Age.
  • RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat making a strong pitch for building the temple on the disputed site at Ayodhya also gets wide coverage. The Pioneer quotes Bhagwat as saying "Only Ram Mandir at Janmabhoomi". Reporting on the same subject, the Hindustan Times writes "RSS questions Sri Sri's bid to mediate on Ram Mandir issue".
  • Another headline figuring prominently in the DNA says "4 train accidents in 12 hours, 7 dead". The paper writes that while 3 accidents were reported from UP, one occurred in Odisha.
  • The Delhi Metro losing over 3 lakh commuters a day since the fares were hiked in October this year also gets prominent coverage across newspapers. The Pioneer, making it the lead, writes "Fare hike no more gravy train for Metro".
  • The Hindustan Times, in its anchor story, reports "India could get vaccine for dengue by 2019" as the government gives a go-ahead for trials for the vaccine by Technology Development Board and drugmaker Pancea Biotech.
  • And finally, The Times of India, quoting an international study, writes "Taking 'me time' boosts creativity". The paper says seeking solitude for the right reasons is not such a bad thing.  Well, turns out that there's a bright side to missing the odd get-together! is'nt it.

           

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