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18.06.2019
THE HEADLINES :-

  • Centre to set up permanent multi-disciplinary expert group to deal with outbreak and control of Encephalitis.

  • A special court at Prayagraj awards life term to four accused in 2005 Ayodhya terror attack case.

  • Government compulsorily retires 15 senior officials of Customs and Central Excise.

  • Pre-monsoon showers in several parts of the country bring respite from heat.

  • In ICC Cricket World Cup, Hosts England set a target of 398 runs for Afghanistan in Manchester.

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The Center will set up a permanent multi-disciplinary expert group in the Health Ministry to recommend measures to control and deal with cases of outbreak of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) and Japanese Encephalitis (JE). It will have experts from National Centre for Disease control, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), Ministries of Science and Technology and Women and Child Development. Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan directed the constitution of the group while chairing the meeting of a multi-disciplinary group of experts in New Delhi today. The group discussed the factors causing high child mortality in the reported cases of encephalitis at Muzaffarpur in Bihar and measures to be taken to prevent it. The Minister said, the group should meet regularly to monitor the recommendations of the two central expert teams presently stationed in Muzaffarpur.


Dr. Harsh Vardhan said the, Centre is actively supporting the Bihar Government to contain AES and JE and also searching long term solutions.


Meanwhile, the state government has decided to deploy additional doctors at Sri Krishna Medical College Hospital (SKMCH) in Muzaffarpur to provide better treatment to children affected by encephalitis.


The decision was taken at a high level review meeting chaired by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in Muzaffarpur.


State Chief Secretary Deepak Kumar said, doctors from Darbhanga and Patna Medical College Hospitals will be mobilized to SKMCH to assist the group of doctors there. 34 doctors are already treating the affected children along with experts and pediatricians from AIIMS, ICMR and other institutions.


Our correspondent reports the Chief Minister has ordered officials to step up several preventive measures.


"Chief Minister Nitish Kumar asked officials to equip SKMCH on priority basis with 1500 beds in next one year. A team of specialist would start door to door study and research drive of encephalitis from tomorrow.Under this drive, study of socio economic conditions, source of income, pattern of sanitation and food habits of more than 400 affected families would be undertaken in Muzaffarpur. It would help to pinpoint exact reason of disease and cause of deaths. Findings of the report would be used for government intervention. Dharmendra Kumar Rai, AIR NEWS, Patna"


AES is an epidemic which can be prevented from further transmission by taking preventive measures like isolating the person who has visible symptoms like fever, headache, seizures, epileptic attacks and drowsiness. Talking to All India Radio News, Dr. MV Padma Srivastava, Head of Neurology Department at All India Institute of Medical Sciences said, any visible symptom should be taken seriously.


The interview can be heard on FM Gold Channel of All India Radio at 9.15 tonight.

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Election of the Lok Sabha speaker will be held tomorrow. BJP has nominated its MP Om Birla for the post. Mr Birla, a two-time MP from Kota in Rajasthan, filed his nomination today. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Ministers Rajnath Singh, Amit Shah and Nitin Gadkari proposed the name of Mr Birla. BJD, Shiv Sena, Akali Dal, LJP, YSR Congress, JD(U) and AIADMK supported his nomination.


Congress has also moved a motion supporting the ruling party candidate for the post of Speaker of Lok Sabha. The decision was taken at a meeting of the UPA allies in parliament this evening. In the meeting, the leaders also discussed the opposition strategy during the Parliament session.

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Newly elected members of the Lok Sabha continued to take oath on the second day of the 17th Lok Sabha session today. The House was adjourned for the day after completion of the oath taking ceremony.  Prominent among those who took oath are Sonia Gandhi, Mulayam Singh Yadav, Maneka Gandhi, T R Baalu, A Raja, Dayanidhi Maran, Kanimozhi, Karti Chidambaram, Col Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Om Birla, Sunny Deol, Manish Tewari, Parneet Kaur and Shashi Tharoor.

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West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress Chief Mamata Banerjee has said, she will not attend the all party meeting in New Delhi tomorrow. The meeting has been called by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss One Nation, One election initiative. In a letter to the Parliamentary Affairs Minister Prahlad Joshi, Ms. Banerjee instead demanded a white paper on the matter. She said, political parties should be given adequate time to express their views on the subject.

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Trinamool Congress MLA Biswajit Das and 12 TMC Councillors joined the BJP today. They were inducted in the party in the presence of BJP leaders Kailash Vijayvargiya and Mukul Roy at the party headquarters in New Delhi.

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A special court at Prayagraj in Uttar Pradesh today sentenced four accused to life imprisonment and acquitted one in a 2005 Ayodhya terror attack case. The verdict was announced by Special judge Dinesh Chandra in the Naini Central Jail at Prayagraj. A fine was also imposed on the four convicts.


The Uttar Pradesh police had arrested five people, who went under trial in the case. Our correspondent has filed a report:


" The long awaited  judgement comes after 14 years. On July 5, 2005, 5 terrorists attacked Ramjanmabhoomi with sophisticated weapons, rocket launchers and grenades. Due to vigilance of security forces, the terrorists could not succeed in their mission and all were killed before reaching the Site of Ramjanambhoomi.Two civilians were also killed and half a dozen security personnel  injured in the incident. The security agencies had then detained five persons for conspiring to carry out the attack and providing arms, vehicles and other help to the terrorists. with MS Yadav from lucknow anupam mishra for AIR News

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The Government has ordered compulsory retirement of 15 senior officers of the Indian Revenue Service, Customs and Central Excise. The Finance Ministry in a statement said, the officers who were retired compulsorily are of the ranks of Principal Commissioner, Commissioner, Additional Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner.


Last week, twelve senior officers of the Income Tax Department including one of the rank of joint commissioner, were compulsorily retired by the government on charges of corruption and professional misconduct.

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It has been decided to remove the requirement of minimum educational qualification for transport vehicle drivers. At present, according to the Central Motor Vehicle Rules, 1989, a transport vehicle driver needs to have passed class eight.

Road Transport and Highways Ministry in a release said, the new move will benefit skilled persons from economically backward areas. The decision will also help meet the shortage of nearly 22 lakh drivers in the transport and logistics sector.


However, while removing the requirement of a minimum educational qualification, the Ministry emphasized that training imparted by a school or establishment should ensure that the driver can read signs and perform logistical duty.

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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh today paid tributes to Major Ketan Sharma in New Delhi. The Major had lost his life in an encounter with terrorists at Anantnag in Jammu and Kashmir yesterday. In a tweet, Mr Singh said, Major Sharma made the supreme sacrifice while fighting against the terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir. Army Chief General Bipin Rawat also paid his tributes to Major Sharma by laying a wreath.

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Pre-monsoon rain lashed several parts of the country in the last 24 hours, bringing relief to people from the sultry heat. Heavy to very heavy rain was witnessed in Gujarat, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi today.


Cyclone Vayu has weakened and crossed Kutch district in Gujarat this morning, causing rainfall at some places in the state. Remnant of the Cyclonic Storm now lies as a low pressure area over Kutch and adjoining areas over southwest Rajasthan. The MeT office said, rain is likely to continue till tomorrow in Kutch, Saurashtra and north Gujarat regions because of its impact.  We have a report:


''Following the weakening of cyclone Vayu in to low pressure, the warning for ports has been lowered, but the advisory for fishermen will continue till Wednesday. The low pressure system is going to further weaken by tomorrow. Weather office has also predicted strong winds over northeast Arabian Sea and adjoining Saurashtra and Kutch regions with a speed of 30 to 40 kilo meters per hour. Meanwhile, up to 50 millimeter rains have been reported in coastal areas of Saurashtra, Kutch and North Gujarat during the last 24 hours.''YOGESH PANDYA, AIR NEWS, AHMEDABAD


Our Jaipur correspondent reports, pre-monsoon rains lashed parts of Rajasthan due to the effect of Cyclone Vayu. 


"There was a moderate rain in capital Jaipur this morning. News of rains also reported from Banswara, Tonk, Sirohi, Jhalawar Rajasmand and Sawai Madhopur. Meanwhile, the Met Department has predicted light to moderate rain at many places in next 24 hours. Jitendra Dwivedi, AIR News, Jaipur"


In Madhya Pradesh, light showers occurred in Indore, Gwalior and Bhopal divisions and some other places. More from our correspondent:


"Light showers occurred in Indore, Gwalior and Bhopal divisions and some other places in the last 24 hours. Because of the rains, the maximum temperature in most parts of the state dropped below 40 degrees Celsius. Sporadic light showers are expected in some parts of the state in the next 24 hours so the temperature is likely to dip further over this week. Pandhana in Khandwa district received the highest 5 cm rainfall in the last 24 hours.Sanjeev Sharma, AIR News, Bhopal"

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In the run-up to the International Yoga Day on Friday, a mega demonstration was organized in Puducherry. Around 300 children from special homes participated in the event. Parents and Teachers also performed yoga. More from our correspondent:


"Puducherry Lieutenant Governor Dr. Kiran Bedi participated in the event and thanked the students, teachers and parents for their enthusiastic participation and stressed them to perform yoga regularly. A national seminor cum work shop on ‘Divyanga yoga - yogic approach to special needs’ was also organized. It was the part of the events hosted as per the guidelines issued by UGC and AYUSH. A series of events like yogasana competitions, seminor, workshop also line up till June 21 st Friday. <><>Chandra mohan,AIR NEWS, Puducherry."

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In Jammu and Kashmir, the CRPF will launch a 'save environment' campaign during the upcoming Amarnath Yatra in the South Kashmir Himalayas. The yatra is starting from Jammu on the 30th of this month. A report:


"To convey the message for saving the environment, CRPF has  prepared hoardings and banners and will display these on prominent places along the yatra route, including Jammu Tawi railway station, airport, bus stands, various base camps and community kitchens points before the yatra begins. The hoardings will be in both English and Hindi to convey a powerful message for the need to preserve the nature by avoiding plastic and polythene to dispose off the waste in a proper manner."

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The Sensex at Bombay Stock Exchange climbed 86 points to end at the 39,046. The Nifty at National Stock Exchange also added 19 points to close at 11,692.

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In the ICC Cricket World Cup, hosts England have set a 398 run victory target for Afghanistan at Manchester. Electing to bat after winning the toss, England scored 397 for 6 in the stipulated 50 overs. Chasing the target, Afghanistan were 125 for 3 in 30 overs when reports last came in.

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The Indian Women's Hockey team has registered an impressive 11-nil victory over Fiji in their last pool A match to enter the semifinals of the Series Finals at Hiroshima in Japan. The winner of the crossover match between Uruguay and the team that finishes second in Pool-B will face India in the semi-final on Saturday. Chile leads the Pool with 6 points, while Russia and Japan are on three points each. Russia is second because of its superior goal difference.

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