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25th March, 2017

THE HEADLINES :-

  • Asom Gana Parishad writes to PM to make public the provisions of framework agreement with NSCN (IM); Centre refutes reports that it agreed to carve out a larger Nagaland state.
  • Prime Minister to share his thoughts in the Mann ki Baat Programme of All India Radio tomorrow.
  • Reserve Bank of India directs all banks to function on all days including holidays till 1st April.
  • Court orders trial against Arvind Kejriwal and five AAP leaders in the defamation case filed by Arun Jaitley.
  • Vice President says freedom of universities is challenged by narrow considerations of what is perceived as public good; suggests universities to take necessary legal action to defend academic integrity and freedom.
  • In Cricket: Debutant Kuldeep Yadav's 4 wicket haul help India to dismiss Australia for 300 in the first innings of the fourth and final test at Dharamsala.

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The coalition partner of ruling BJP in Assam,  Asom Gana Parishad has written to the Prime Minister to make public the provision of the Framework Agreement which was signed in 2015 between the Centre and NSCN -IM faction. Assam Agriculture minister and Chief of the Asom Gana Parishad Atul Bora today said that the Centre should make the Framework Agreement public.

Meanwhile, the Centre has strongly refuted as erroneous the reports that it has agreed to carve out a larger Nagaland state. A Home Ministry official said that no such decision has been taken. The official said, such reports are erroneous and it is clarified that there is no such agreement or decision by the Government in this regard. Thuingaleng Muivah, General Secretary, NSCN-IM (Naga insurgent group) was quoted recently that the 'Framework Agreement' signed with the Centre two years back has recognised the outfit's demand for territorial integration of all Naga inhabited areas in the region. 

Assam BJP President Ranjeet Kumar Dass said in a statement, that the BJP is committed to protect the integrity of the state.

 Earlier, Chief Minister Sarbanand Sonowal has also said that territorial integrity of the state will not be compromised.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will share his thoughts on a number of themes and issues in Mann Ki Baat programme of All India Radio at 11 AM tomorrow. The programme will be broadcast on the entire network of All India Radio and Doordarshan. Akashwani will broadcast the programme in regional languages immediately after the Hindi broadcast. People can dial a four-digit toll-free number 1922 to listen to Prime Minister Modi's Mann Ki Baat programme if one missed listening it on radio.

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 The Reserve Bank of India has instructed all nationalised as well as private banks to function on all days from 25th March to 1st April. The RBI in a notification stated yesterday that the direction aims to ease the banking functions related to the government while the financial year is nearing an end. The order is applicable to all Banks including Government establishments with financial services.

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A Delhi court has ordered trial against Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and five leaders of Aam Admi Party in the defamation case filed by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. Mr. Jaitely had filed a suit in 2015 seeking 10 crore rupee damage from Mr. Kejriwal and others, claiming they made false and defamatory statements in the case involving Delhi District Cricket Association, DDCA. The judge framed notice against Mr Kejriwal and others after they pleaded not guilty and claimed trial. The trial in the case will commence on May 20th.

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The Central Bureau of Investigation, CBI has registered a case against former senior officers of Syndicate Bank and others for allegedly causing a loss of about 209 crore rupees to the bank by way of cheating. According to the CBI, a case of criminal conspiracy, cheating, forgery and corruption has been registered against two former Assistant General Managers and two former Chief Managers  of the bank. It alleged in the complaint that the accused in criminal conspiracy with each other availed home loans and credit facilities from Jaipur and Udaipur branches of Syndicate Bank on the basis of forged documents. The investigating agency also conducted searches at four places including Jaipur and Ajmer at the residential and official premises of accused persons.

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Vice President Hamid Ansari has called for defending universities as free spaces, as independent critical repositories of knowledge. Delivering the 66th Convocational Address at the Punjab University in Chandigarh today, he said, freedom of our universities has been challenged by narrow considerations of what is perceived to be public good. Sharing his thoughts on the importance of universities in our society, the Vice President said, universities are sources of liberal values that provide avenues of social mobility and equality to people.

The Vice President said, universities should take all legal action necessary to defend their academic integrity and freedom. Mr. Ansari said, the right of dissent and agitation are ingrained in the fundamental rights under our Constitution, which sets out a plural framework and refuses any scope to define the country in narrow sectarian, ideological or religious terms. He said, a University must foster an environment that prizes intellectual freedom.

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Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Adityanath Yogi has said, he will implement Prime Minister Narendra Modi's vision of Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas. Addressing a public reception on his first visit to Gorakhpur after assuming office, Mr Adityanath said, his Government will work for the development of all-but appeasement for none will be done. He said, women's safety and law and order are the key areas of focus of his ministry. Regarding the development of Uttar Pradesh, the Chief minister said, some decisions in the interest of farmers, labourers and youth have been taken and more programmes will be launched for them. About the Anti- Romeo Squad, Mr Adityanath clarified that instructions have been issued not to harass a boy and a girl sitting or going together with mutual consent, but strict action will be taken against eve-teasers.

Adityanath Yogi rendered all the credit to P.M. Narendra Modi and Bhartiya Janata Party President Amit Shah and the people of Uttar Pradesh, for the huge mandate to the party.

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During the programme more than one hundred fifty people including Bhartiya Janata Party workers were allowed to come to the stage to garland him. After the felicitation programme he reached Gorakhnath temple, where at first he had darshan of Guru Gorakhnath and then paid tribute to his Guru Brahmhleen Mahanth Awaidyanth. He will stay at night in temple premises only and tomorrow he will be present in the programme organised there only on the death anniversary of Yogiraj Gambheer Nath Ji. R.C. Shukla, AIR News, Gorakhpur.

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Bharatiya Janata Party will host the next meeting of the party's national executive committee in Bhubaneswar on April 15 and 16. Speaking to media persons at Bhubaneswar today, Union Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan said, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP national president Amit Shah, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and several other Union Ministers besides all chief ministers of BJP-ruling states are scheduled to attend the two-day meeting.

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In Tripura, at least 4 persons died and two injured and about 700 houses damaged in a thunderstorm coupled with heavy rain. Electricity supply was snapped across four districts. Police said, 3 persons died and 2 injured in West Tripura when a gusty storm hit their jeep which was going to Boxanagar from Bishalgarh.

Our correspondent reports in another incident one women died when the gusty storm uprooted a big tree in Abhoynagar area.

Heavy rain and squally wind with speed of 50 km per hour and thunderstorm has swept away many parts of the state in the early hours of the day. It caused damages of kuchha houses in Unakoti, Dhalai, Sepahijala and a part of West Tripura districts. The Meteorological department has issued alarm for bad weather including thunderstorm for next two days. Nishith Joshi/AIR News/Agartala

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Indian Women's Press Corps, IWPC, has sought Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami's intervention to take action against the land mafia, who has allegedly threatened Chennai-based lady journalist for writing about sand mining. 

The IWPC has urged protection for the journalist and to have the matter of alleged threats probed. Another city-based grouping of journalists recently issued a statement asking all journalist unions to raise their voices in support of her.

Ms Sandhya Ravishankar is said to have sent a questionnaire seeking details on extraction of minerals through sand mining from an industrial firm involved in the activities in southern districts of the state.

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The Earth hour is being celebrated in India from 8:30 to 9:30 P M today. During this period lights are switched off  by individuals, communities and organizations to help address the impact of climate change which is earth's biggest environmental challenge as of now.

'Be an Earth Hour Superhero' is the campaign of Earth Hour India. It focuses on inspiring individuals, corporates and other organizations to become superheroes for the planet, undertaking  five simple actions and lending  their voice to the world’s largest grassroots movement for the environment.  2017 marks the tenth anniversary of Earth Hour which started as a symbolic event in 2007.

Nagaland will join the rest of the world in observing Earth Hour 2017.  State Governor PB Acharya has stated that Earth Hour is all about taking steps towards positive change. By switching off lights for an hour, the state would be mitigating emission of Green House Gas by about 43000 kilograms.

Our West Asia Correspondent reports UAE has also joined 175 countries of the world in observing the earth hour today:

Hundreds of shimmering lights on Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world will be shut off tonight to mark the Earth Hour. One million of the five million LED lights of Dubai Garden Glow will also be switched off for an hour. Burj Al Arab , the Sheikh Zayad Grand Mosque  and many such landmark buildings will fade into darkness as a symbolic gesture to  mobilise individuals, communities and organizations globally to do their part to help check climate change. Humanity today is facing unprecedented levels of climate change that threaten both present and future generations. KANCHAN PRASAD/AIR NEWS/DUBAI

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President Pranab Mukherjee today said world has moved towards pro active protection of environment. Addressing World Conference on Environment in New Delhi, the President said environment degradation and its impact on health and climate changes are no longer theoretical but people are facing the adverse impact in everyday lives.

Global warming and rising sea levels are no longer in the realm of future, environmental degradation and its impact on health as also climate changes are no more, theoritical premises, we are facing the adverse impact in on everyday life.

The President lauded the National Green Tribunal  for facilitating the World Conference on Environment for wide ranging discussions on environmental issues of universal concern.

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In Bangladesh, 2 civilians were killed and 28 others injured in a blast outside a besieged suspected militant den in Shibbari area of Sylhet, northern part of the country today. Two police personnel and a journalist were among the injured. Police said that the blast occurred this evening in the vicinity of the five-storey building where the para-military cammandos along with police were conducting the anti-militant operation. 

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In China, at least three people were killed and 25 others injured today when part of a residential building collapsed after a gas pipeline explosion in Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.  Local officials said, the accident happened at a multi-storey residential building in Tumd Right Banner of Baotou City. Four of the injured residents were in critical condition.  The cause of the accident is under investigation.

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Ajinkya Rahane led Team India dismissed Australia at 300 in the first innings on the first day of fourth and final test match at Dharamasala today. Debutant bowler Kuldeep Yadav took 4 wickets Umesh Yadav took 2 and R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Bhuvneshwar Kumar got one wicket each.

India were yet to open their account though played one over when stumps were drawn. Murli Vijay and Lokesh Rahul were at the crease. Tomorrow the hosts will resume batting with all wickets in hand.

Indian skipper Virat Kohli is not playing because of shoulder injury. For Australia, Smith scored  111, followed by Warner 56 , the second highest scorer for the team. The test will be a decider because the two teams are now tied 1-1.

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