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J&K: Postpaid mobile services restored in remaining areas this afternoon            Pakistan under scanner as FATF meets in Paris; NSA Ajit Doval says Islamabad must rein in terror groups operating from its soil            Govt to achieve 10% blending percentage of ethanol in petrol by 2022, to boost farm economy says Petroleum Minister            Uttar Pradesh: 13 persons died in powerful blast; magistrate inquiry ordered            Campaigning gains momentum in Haryana and Maharashtra with senior party leaders addressing election rallies           

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21.09.2019

THE HEADLINES:-

  • Maharashtra and Haryana go to assembly polls on 21st October; counting of votes on 24th October.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi  on his  way to United States on a seven-day visit; to attend the UN General Assembly.

  • External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar holds talks on terrorism and regional issues with Finnish Leadership.

  • Moody's Investor Service terms Centre's decision to cut corporate tax rate as credit positive move.

  • In Boxing; Asian Champion Amit Panghal to take on Shakhobidin Zoirov of Uzbekistan in the finals of the World Men's Championship in Russia today.

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Assembly elections in Maharashtra and Haryana will be held on the 21st of October and the counting of votes will take place on 24th October. Announcing the poll schedule in New Delhi today, Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora said, the election process in both the states will be completed by the 27th of October. Maharashtra has 288 seats and Haryana has 90 seats. The five year term of the legislative assembly of Haryana will expire on 2nd November and Maharashtra on  9th November.Mr. Arora said, special security arrangements have been made in naxal affected areas.


"Special security arrangements will be done for LW affected areas for example, Garhchirolli and Bundiya in Maharashtra. Adequate CCTV Cameras and Web casting in polling stations in sensitive areas will be ensured. All the Police Checkposts across the state will be under 24 by 7 webcasting videographing for the entire periods of elections." 


Keeping in view the hazardous impact on the environment, he asked political parties to avoid  use of plastic in their campaigns.


"The Election campaigns often impose environment costs upon us. The Commission appeals to reject plastic and use only environment friendly material in their election campaigns." 


The Model Code of conduct in these states has come into force with immediate effect. Notification will be issued on the 27th of this month and the last date for filing nominations will be the  4th of October.  Scrutiny will be held on 5th October and the last date for withdrawal of the nomination will be by the 7th of October.

By elections to 64 assembly constituencies across the country will be held simultaneously on the 21st of October and counting on 24th of October.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi is on his way to the United States on a seven-day visit to attend the UN General Assembly meet and various other programmes. He made a brief halt in Frankfurt en route  USA this morning.

This year, the UN General Assembly has the theme Galvanizing multilateral efforts for poverty eradication, quality education, climate action and inclusion. In his pre departure statement, the Prime Minister reiterated India's commitment to reformed multi-lateralism, which is responsive, effective and inclusive. Mr Modi said that through his participation in UN events, he will showcase India's success in realizing the Sustainable Development Goals.

Prime Minister Modi will address the Indian community at Houston tomorrow where he will be joined by  US President Donald Trump. Mr Modi said, the maiden appearance of US President in an Indian community event marks a new milestone in India's outreach to them.

As the Prime Minister arrives in Houston about 10 hours from now, The Indian American Community is all geared up to welcome him in the energy capital of USA. More from our Correspondent in Houston.


"Shared dreams, bright future is the theme for Howdy Modi event & aptly for the Indian Americans who have worked hard for over three months to give it the final shape. India  is important and it has been reflected by President Trump joining the Mega diaspora event. Analysts in US have also linked it to the ambitions of Republicans to garner votes from Indian Americans in the US elections next year. The two leaders are also expected to take a call on the trade related matters. Energy is the key sector where Prime Minister Modi will seek the more investment, technology & participation from US CEOs.  Atul K Tiwary, AIR News, Houston."


The Indian American community in Sugarland, Greater Houston is quite upbeat hours ahead of the arrival of Prime Minister Modi in the city. Children and their parents showed their enthusiasm with chants of Bharat Mata ki Jai and Vande mataram.

The Prime Minister will also interact with CEOs of leading energy companies in Houston. At a UN event on Universal Health Coverage, Prime Minister will share India’s achievements in providing health care for the needy through many initiatives, including the Ayushman Bharat Programme. Prime Minister Modi will be honoured with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's Global Goalkeeper Award during this visit. The award recognises his leadership in the field of sanitation through Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.

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Moody's Investors Service today termed central government's decision to cut corporate tax rate as a credit positive move. The rating agency said  the tax cut would give a boost to the net income of Indian firms. Speaking to media, Senior Vice President of the Moody's Investors Service Vikas Halan said, that eventual impact of the corporate tax cut on credit profiles of Indian corporates will hinge on whether they utilise the surplus earnings for reinvestment in business, debt reduction or high shareholder returns. Moody's said, the cut in corporate tax is credit positive for companies because it will enable them to generate higher post-tax incomes.

The government yesterday slashed the income tax rate for companies by almost 10 percentage points to 25.17 per cent and offered a lower rate to 15.01 per cent for new manufacturing firms to boost economic growth.

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The US corporate sector has lauded the Indian government for substantially slashing the income tax rate to 25.17 per cent. President of US India Strategic and Partnership Forum Mukesh Aghi told Media that the move will make Indian companies globally competitive and allow global companies a good option for growing their manufacturing base in country. US-India Business Council President Nisha Biswal said, the move will provide a major boost to investor confidence, paving the way for investments in India.

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External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar has held long discussions on cross-border terrorism with the top Finnish leadership in Helsinki. The discussions were held amid Pakistan's bid to peddle fabricated stories on Kashmir after India revoked Jammu and Kashmir's special status. The External Affairs Minister is on a three-day visit to Finland, the current chair of the European Union that supported India on the Kashmir issue. Mr Jaishankar yesterday held talks with Prime Minister Antti Rinne and his Finnish counterpart Pekka Haavisto  on a broad spectrum of bilateral relations.Mr Jaishankar tweeted that during his meeting with Haavisto, they had long discussion on terrorism .The two leaders reviewed the  bilateral relationship with special focus on green technologies. They also exchanged notes on regional issues.

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Pakistani troops have yet again violated ceasefire in the border districts of Rajouri and Poonch in Jammu and Kashmir by targeting Indian Forward posts and Civilian areas along the Line of Control. Defence Spokesperson told AIR Jammu that Pakistani troops initiated unprovoked firing of small arms and shelling with mortars in Balakote sector of Poonch and Nowshera in Rajouri, drawing a befitting reply from the Indian Army. More from our correspondent:


"Pakistan first violated the ceasefire in Nowshera sector from 8 pm to 10 pm last night followed by firing of small arms and shelling with mortars in Balakote from 11.45 pm to 2 am. Pakistani troops  again resorted to unprovoked and indiscriminate  firing  by targeting Shahpur and Kerni sectors in District Poonch at 0945 hours today. There was no report of any casualty in the Pakistani firing on the Indian side. According to official sources, this year, Pakistan violated the ceasefire over 2,050 times, leaving 21 Indians dead and scores of others injured. India has repeatedly called upon Pakistan to ask its forces to adhere to the 2003 ceasefire understanding and maintain peace and tranquility along the LoC and the International Border. R K Raina, AIR NEWS, Jammu"


In Uttar Pradesh, Mobile App of Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakram has made screening and referral of malnourished children easy. During the first fortnight of Poshan Mah in the state, a total of 8 thousand 4 hundred and 5 children have been identified and referred using this App.

AIR correspondent reports that majority of these identified children were suffering from Vitamin A deficiency while some had low haemoglobin and Vitamin D. A Report :


"The General Manager of Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakram Dr. Manoj shukla said that the mobile app is very useful for the children living in far flung areas. App has made easy the identification of 38 different congenital diseases. All the information of disease is uploaded in the app with the picture and details of the child which can be checked and tracked by doctors and administration anytime. Follow up of each and every child is also d timely. Out of the identified malnourish children in state during poshan mah, more than one thousand children were found highly malnourished and referred after the screening through the app. SUSHIL CHANDRA TIWAEI, AIR NEWS, LUCKNOW."

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Railway Minister of Bangladesh, Md. Nurul Islam Sujan and High Commissioner of India, Riva Ganguly Das today laid the foundation stone at Chilahati in Bangladesh for undertaking the work of up-gradation and laying of missing tracks from Chilahati to the border with India near Haldibari. The 7.5 kilometre long railway track will help in providing connectivity from West Bengal into Assam via Bangladesh.

Construction of immigration and customs post will also be done on it. On completion this will provide a big boost to trade, travel and tourism between Bangladesh and India.

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In Boxing, Asian Champion Amit Panghal will today take on reigning Olympic champion Shakhobidin Zoirov of Uzbekistan in the finals of the World Men's Championship in Ekaterinburg, Russia.

Second seed Panghal became the first Indian to reach the finals beating Kazakhstan's Saken Bibossinov 3-2 in 52 kilogram category in the last-four stage yesterday. Panghal has assured himself of at least a silver medal. Manish Kaushik, the other Indian pugilist to reach the semi finals signed off with a bronze medal after going down to top-seeded Cuban Andy Gomez Cruz 0-5 in 63 kilogram category.

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