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0815 HRS
12.10.2018
THE HEADLINES:
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi says, Fourth Industrial Revolution, and the expansion of Artificial Intelligence will lead to better health care.
  • Three-day Silver Jubilee celebrations of National Human Rights Commission begin in New Delhi today; Prime Minister to address the main function.
  • CycloneTITLI gradually weakens, moves towards North East direction; thousands of passengers stranded at Visakhapatnam and Puri Railway Stations.
  • Government hikes import duty on certain communication items.
  • States and Union Territories release over 900 prisoners as part ofcommemoration of 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.
  • And in Cricket, the second and final test match between India and West Indies to be played in Hyderabad from today.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said, Fourth Industrial Revolution and the expansion of Artificial Intelligence will lead to better health care, and reduce expenditure on health. Addressing an event to mark the launch of the Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution in New Delhi yesterday, Mr Modi said, the components of “Industry 4.0” actually have the ability to transform the present and future of human life. He said the launch of this Centre, the fourth in the world after San Francisco, Tokyo and Beijing, opens the door to immense possibilities in the future. The Prime Minister said emerging fields, including Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Internet of Things, Blockchain, and Big Data, can take India to new heights of development. He said:-

"ऑर्टिफिशियल इंटेलेजंस, मशीन लर्निंग, इंटरनेट ऑफ थिंग्, ब्लॉक चेंज, बिग डेटा और ऐसी तमाम नई तकनीकें भारत के विकास को नई ऊंचाई पर ले जाने, रोजगार के लाखों नए अवसर, बनाने और देश के प्रत्येक व्यक्ति के जीवन को बेहतर बनाने की क्षमता है।"

Mr Modi said, it will also help farmers, and prove beneficial in the areas of agriculture, transportation and smart mobility and other sectors. He said that for India, this is not just an industrial transformation, but a social transformation. The Prime Minister  said, the Digital India movement has brought data to villages of India.  

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The three-day Silver Jubilee celebrations of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) will begin today to mark the occasion. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the Silver Jubilee function in New Delhi. He will also launch the new version of the NHRC website, which will be more user-friendly and accessible to persons with special needs. Mr Modi will issue a Postage Stamp and Special Cover on the occasion. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Communications Manoj Sinha will also take part in the event. Our correspondent reports on the contribution of the national human rights body. 
   
"The NHRC was set up on this day in 1993, The mandate of the commission is to work for the promotion and protection of human rights and take cognizance of such complaints wherein the actions, inactions and omissions of government functionaries, cause human rights violation. Till now, the commission has disposed off more than 17 lakh cases and Payment of more than one hundred crore rupees has been disbursed to the victims of human rights violations by various state agencies. With Dipendra Kumar, NIKHIL KUMAR, AIR News Delhi.

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President Ram Nath Kovind will inaugurate the 13th Annual Convention of the Central Information Commission in New Delhi today. The Convention will deliberate on three specific subjects - Data privacy and Right to Information, Amendment in the RTI Act and Implementation of the RTI Act.

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The cyclonic storm TITLI is gradually weakening and moving towards the North East direction. Due to its effect, heavy rain with lightning lashed the coastal Odisha. Capital Bhubaneswar experienced heavy rain with Thunder shower last night. The relief and rescue operations in Gajapati, Ganjam and Rayagada district is underway inspite of heavy rain.

On the other hand, due to cancellation of train service,  thousands of passengers have been standard at Viskhapatanam and Puri Railway Stations. Meanwhile, Home Minister Rajnath Singh has assured to provide all required assistance to Odisha.

In Andhra Pradesh, Titli Cyclone has created havoc in many areas. With one more death, the toll has risen to eight as strong winds battered many parts, particularly north coastal areas of the state. The situation is pathetic in several fishermen villages in sea bed villages  of Srikakulam district. Chief Minister, N Chandrababu Naidu rushed to Srikakulam yesterday night and held a review meeting. He will visit the district today as well.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik regarding the cyclone related situation in parts of both states. Mr Modi yesterday assured all possible help from the Centre. He also prayed for the safety and well-being of those affected by the cyclone.

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In Uttar Pradesh, heavy rainfall accompanied with hailstorm and strong winds lashed many cities of western and Tarai region the of state causing widespread damage to the crops. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has asked officials to provide financial assistance to the farmers under the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana within 48 hours. A report:-

"Saharanpur and Muzaffarnagar districts are worst affected from the rain and hailstorm. Many districts in western, tarai and some in central part of state witnessed the sudden change in weather. Rain accompanied by high wind and isolated hailstorm damaged the crops and drenched harvested produce in farms. Strong winds flattened paddy and sugar cane crops in the  region and affected harvesting alongwith sowing of potato in central region. Relief commissioner of state Sanjay Kumar told AIR that district Magistrate of all the affected districts have been ask to provide the details of damage to the crops as soon as possible. Sushil Chandra Tiwari, AIR news, Lucknow."

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More than one hundred Members of Parliament have contributed over 43 crore rupees from their fund of the MP Local Area Development Scheme, MPLADS for rehabilitation works in flood affected areas of Kerala. Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation in a release said, 56 Rajya Sabha Members have contributed around 30 crore rupees, while 46 Lok Sabha Members have contributed rest of the amount.

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The government has hiked the import duty on certain communication items, including base stations, to up to 20 per cent. It's part of the efforts to check a widening current account deficit by curbing imports. According to a notification issued by the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs, the increased duties will be effective from today. The import duty has also been hiked on certain inputs used in the communication industry like Printer Circuit Board Assembly. This is the second round of import duty hike announced by the government.

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In Madhya Pradesh, the Election Commission has banned the poll campaign through SMS and Whatsapp Call from 10 in night to 6 in the morning for next month's Assembly election. The polling will be held on 28th November in a single phase. Our correspondent has the details: 
"The Election Commission is also planning to use social media platforms for the election related activities to attract young voters. There are over 2 crore 82 lakh young voters between the age group of 18 and 39 years in the state. State election commission has already opened accounts on facebook, whatsApp, Twitter and you-tube in order to utilize the activeness of youngsters on social media. Meanwhile, more than3 lakh 44 thousand complaints have been registered for defacing the properties for violation of the Model Code of Conduct. Sanjeev Sharma, AIR News, Bhopal."

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 The States and Union Territories, have released over 900 prisoners as part of commemoration of the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi had decided on 18th July this year that special remission to specific category of prisoners may be given and they may be released from prisons in three phases. Prisoners will be gifted with books relating to Mahatma Gandhi and will also be provided suitable counseling. More from our correspondent:-
   
"The categories of prisoners eligible for special remission include women and trans genders of 55 years of age and above, who have completed 50 per cent of their actual sentence period and male convicts of 60 years of age and above. Physically challenged or disabled convicts with 70 per cent disability and more who have completed 50 per cent of their actual sentence period, terminally ill convicts and convicted prisoners who have completed two-third of their actual sentence period. Special remission scheme is NOT available to prisoners who have been convicted for an offence for which the sentence awarded is death or where death sentence has been commuted to life imprisonment. WITH MOHD. NASEEM, GULSHAN RAWAT, FOR AIR NEWS. 

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Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana and Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana schemes introduced by the Centre to provide social security to common man at minimum premium, are gaining very enthusiastic response in Maharashtra. Premium for Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana and Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana is 330 rupees and 12 rupees per annum, respectively. The banks have brought all individual saving account holders under the purview of these schemes; hence most of the account holders have coverage of at least one of the schemes. Here is a ground report from our Aurangabad correspondent:-
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"Once registered the Bima Yojana benefit is available till the bank account of the beneficiary is active. Dattu Jadhav, a resident of Jalna city, says that this scheme has provided much needed security to his family.
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Over five and half Crore people in the country have gained security cover under Pradhanmantri Jivan Jyoti Beema Yojana and more than one lakh claims have already been settled under the scheme. Over thirteen and half crore people are covered under Pradhanmantri Suraksha Beema Yojana and every week more than one and half lakh new people are being included in the scheme. This gives an idea that these two social security providing schemes are proving to be quite popular in the country. Ramesh Jaibhay, AIR NEWS, Aurangabad."

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Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has held wide-ranging talks with her French counterpart Florence Parly in Paris on ways to deepen strategic and defence cooperation between the two countries. Mrs Sitharaman arrived in the capital city yesterday on a three-day visit to France. The talks were held under the framework of the annual Indo-French defence ministerial dialogue which was agreed to during the summit meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Emmanuel Macron in March. Officials said, Mrs Sitharaman will visit a Rafale manufacturing facility near Paris today to take stock of progress in their production.

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The second and final Cricket test between India and West Indies will be played in Hyderabad from today. The match will start from 9.30 this morning.
In the opening test at Rajkot on last Saturday, India outclassed the West Indies by an innings and 272 runs and  registered  their biggest ever win in the Test cricket.
Later, both the teams will play later five ODIs and three T-20 matches.

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NEWSPAPERS HEADLINES
  • The destruction caused by Cyclone Titli has been covered prominently in most newspapers. Many newspapers have pictures on their front page depicting the devastation. The Statesman says "Titli leaves 8 dead in AP, causes damage in Odisha".
  • Mail Today surmises that the government might drop MJ Akbar, as cry for his ouster over sex offences grows louder. The Pioneer endorses that view in its story headlined "MeToo snowballs, Akbar faces ouster".
  • "CJI shows HCs the way on pendency, corruption" headlines Hindustan Times. The paper adds that the Chief Justice has told the High Court Chief Justices to withdraw work from judges under cloud. The Times of India headline on this story reads,"To fight pendency CJI bans leave for judges on workdays".
  • Another story that finds visibility on most front pages is the death of veteran Ganga activist G D Agarwal. "87 year old Ganga activist dies while trying to save his beloved river" writes DNA.
  • The Global Rout in financial markets that led to the intra-day crash of over 1000 points in the Sensex is covered prominently in the business newspapers. "Another Dalal Street  bloodbath sees Sensex erasing 2018 gains" is how The Economic Times describes the carnage in the Indian stock markets.
  • A story that will bring hope to many homebuyers who have invested in stalled residential projects is the top court's judgement on Amrapali. "SC sets timetable for Amrapali bosses, issues contempt notice" writes DNA.
  • And finally another country sheds a vestige of colonial rule. "Malaysia govt to abolish death penalty" reports The Asian Age. Only 23 countries in the world retain the death penalty with China leading the way, adds the paper.

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In some more news,
As many as 50 thousand nominations have been received for the Padma Awards-2019. Home Ministry in a press statement said, this is the highest ever number of nomination for the awards.

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