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22.05.2018

THE HEADLINES:

  • Home Minister Rajnath Singh announces compensation of not less than one crore rupees to a paramilitary jawan who dies in action.
  • Seven civilians injured in Pakistani firing along the International Border in Jammu region on second straight day.
  • Civil Aviation Ministry releases draft passenger charter; Air passengers to get compensation or ticket refund if flight cancellation is airline's fault.
  • Assam government to provide pension to 16 lakh senior citizens.
  • US tightens financial sanctions on Venezuela following President Nicolas Maduro's controversial election victory.
  • In IPL, first Qualifier match between Hyderabad and Chennai Super Kings this evening.  

 

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Home Minister Rajnath Singh today announced the family of a paramilitary jawan who dies in action will not be given a compensation less than one crore rupees. He said, the families of martyrs should not face any difficulty. Addressing the BSF investiture ceremony in New Delhi, Mr Singh said, it is the duty of the Border Security Force (BSF) to protect the country's borders, but their duties have no boundaries. He said, the first bullet should not be fired upon the neighbours, but if BSF receives a bullet, no one will ask them why they fired.
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पहली गोली तो पड़ोसी पर नहीं चलनी चाहिए, उधर से चल जाती है तो क्या करना इसका फैसला आपको करना है। फिर नहीं कोई पूछेगा कि आपने ऐसा क्यों किया और मैं कह सकता हूं कि इस जिम्मेदारी का बखूबी निर्वाह कर रहे हैं और अपने शौर्य और प्राक्रम का परिचय देते हुए जिस तरीके से हमारे बहुत सारे जवान शहीद हुए हैं, बेहद तकलीफ होती है। राष्ट्र के लिए बलिदान देना मैं समझता हूं कि इससे बड़ा बलिदान किसी भी समाज के लिए, किसी राष्ट्र के लिए और कोई दूसरा नहीं हो सकता।"
The Home Minister presented gallantry awards to BSF jawans and officers. He commended the work done by BSF, saying it is not just the first line of defence but the first wall of defence. Mr Singh said, most of the borders with Bangladesh and Pakistan have already been sealed.

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The Home Minister has said, discrimination on the basis of religion or sect is not allowed in India. He was replying to a media query on the remarks of Archbishop of Delhi that Christians face discrimination in the country. Mr Singh said, minorities are safe in India. The Archbishop has written a letter to priests asking them to pray for the country ahead of Lok Sabha elections next year.


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Heavy cross-border shelling by Pakistani troops along the entire International Border in Jammu, Samba and Kathua districts is continuing on the second day today. Seven civilians have been injured in heavy mortar shelling in RS Pura, Arnia and Hiranagar sectors since last evening. A BSF spokesperson in Jammu told AIR the troops have been giving a befitting reply to Pakistani shelling. More from our correspondent:
"Over forty border outposts and around fifty villages and hamlets are affected due to shelling. The administration has activated relief camps at safer places all along the IB especially in R S Pura and Arnia sectors which witnessed heavy mortar shelling by Pakistan over the past two days. Hundreds of the affected people have been evacuated to these camps set up in educational institutions and other government buildings. All the schools have been closed along the IB as a precautionary measure. Yogesh Sharma, air news, Jammu."


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Prime Minister Narendra Modi returned home this morning after a successful visit to Russia. Mr Modi held informal summit talks with President Vladimir Putin in Sochi yesterday. The two leaders discussed a host of bilateral issues, including defence cooperation, and global issues of common concern.


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The Civil Aviation Ministry unveiled a draft passenger charter today. Speaking to media in New Delhi, Civil Aviation Minister Jayant Sinha said, in a major relief to air travellers, if a flight is cancelled and it is the airlines' fault, passengers will be compensated or their tickets refunded. Mr Sinha said, airlines blocking seats for disabled passengers are among various other proposals under the draft.
Another major thing in the draft is that there will be no fees if a passenger cancels his ticket within 24 hours of booking. There will be no cancellation charges of a ticket 96 hours before travel. The Minister said the provisions of the draft will be effective within 30 to 60 days.

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The Assam government will provide pension to 16 lakh senior citizens of the state. Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has directed the Panchayat and Rural Development Department to take necessary steps in this direction to empower senior citizens. Under the initiative, the state government will provide pension to all senior citizens who are 60 years and above. The pensioners would get 250 rupees per month which would be transferred online.


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As part of the special series on NDA government completing four years in office, we will bring you an interview with Union Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thawarchand Gehlot tonight at 9.30 on FM Gold channel. The theme of today’s programme is “Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas.” Mr Gehlot said, the government has mandated that all multi-storey buildings have to be conducive for Divyangjans.
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दिव्यांगजनो के लिए हमने सुगम्य भारत अभियान भी प्रारंभ किया है, देश के पचास बडे महानगरों मे प्रत्येक मे सौ सौ ऐसे बहुमंजिले इमारतें जो बहुपयोगी है वो रेलवे स्टेशन, हवाईअड्डे, बस स्टाप ये सब सुगम्य आवागमन की दृष्टि से बनाने वाले हैं।" 


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In the last four years, the welfare schemes launched by the Centre for minorities, particularly Muslims, are getting good results. Children, especially girls, are getting opportunities for higher education because of these schemes. We spoke to some of the youth of Assam.
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मैं पिनाज अख्तर हूं और मैं ग्रेजुएशन कर रही हूं। प्रधानमंत्री शादी शगुन योजना से हम लड़कियों के लिए एक वरदान जैसा हो गया है। क्योंकि सरकार ने इस स्कीम में शादी के साथ-साथ जो पढ़ने की बात लगाई है। अभी इस स्कीम के द्वारा ग्रेजुएशन तक पढ़ सकते हैं और बतौर शगुन तक हमलोग को 51,000 मिल भी रहा है। प्रधानमंत्री द्वारा अभी तक जितनी भी स्कीम्स हुए मुस्लिम सोसायटी के अपलिफ्टमेंट के लिए उसमें से मेरे लिए ये बेस्ट स्कीम है।"
Another beneficiary who is a teacher appreciated the schemes:
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मैं रुहुल अमीन लस्कर एक प्राइमरी स्कूल का टीचर हूं। केन्द्रीय सरकार द्वारा माइनॉरिटी बच्चों के लिए स्कॉलरशिप दी जा रही है। इसे हमारे समाज को बहुत फायदा मिल रहा है और गरीब बच्चे भी अच्छे स्कूल में पढ़ने लगा है। इस तरह की योजना से देश में असमानता खत्म करने में मदद मिलेगी और इससे नई भारत के निर्माण का सपना भी पूरा होगा।"
Our Silchar correspondent has filed this report:
"More than 10 thousand girls from Assam have benefited from these scholarships given by the Central Government for better education to girls belongs to Muslim community. In the year 2014-15, 2 thousand 4 hundred and 57, in 2015-16, 2 thousand three hundred thirty two and in the year of 2016-17 around 2 thousand 2 hundred 83 Muslim girls of Assam have received scholarship from the Maulana Azad Education Foundation under the Ministry of Minority Affairs. Sanjeev Sharma, AIR News, Silchar."


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In Kerala, two more deaths were reported today from Kozhikode district due to the outbreak of Nipah virus. Our  correspondent reports the state continues to be on a high alert:
"State Health Minister K K Sahailaja said that 12 people who are presently under treatment in Kozhikode are confirmed to be infected by the Nipah virus, out of which two are in critical condition. Meanwhile the reason of two deaths in Malappuram district last week is ascertained to be of Nipah virus contamination. Three central teams are visiting the infected regions of the district and working in close connection with the state health department. Meanwhile, the government urged the public not to panic and said that the situation is in control. This is Mayusha for AIR News from Thiruvanthapuram."

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Union Health Minister JP Nadda has reviewed the situation arising out of the outbreak of Nipah virus in the state. The Minister also spoke with Kerala Health Minister KK Shailaja and assured all possible help to the state government. In a tweet, Mr Nadda said, a team headed by Director National Centre for Disease Control reached Kerala and another one consisting of doctors from AIIMS and RML Hospital is reaching today.

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Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu today laid the foundation stone of the Southern Campus of National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM) at Kondapavuluru in Krishna District of Andhra Pradesh. Speaking on the occasion, Mr Naidu said, NIDM would become a Centre for excellence in the future and save people from cyclones and other disasters. He said the effort should be to minimize damages due to natural calamities.
"Natural calamities are not in your hands. Sometimes, they are man-made, sometimes they are nature-made. So, what the human beings can do, is minimize the damage, minimize the effects. We need to have an understanding how to go about it, how to take such challenges also."


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In Karnataka, election to Rajarajeshwari Assembly constituency will be held on the 28th this month. Counting will take place on the 31st. The election to the constituency was postponed after more than 9,000 voters IDs were found in an apartment and a case of unfair practices was registered against the Congress candidate. The election to Jayanagar Assembly constituency will be held on the 11th of June and counting will be on the 13th. The election to the constituency was countermanded after a BJP candidate passed away before the Assembly election held on the 12th of this month.

 

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The United States has tightened financial sanctions against Venezuela following President Nicolas Maduro's victory in Sunday's election. In an order, President Donald Trump has restricted Venezuela’s ability to liquidate state assets and debt in the US. The sanctions include the sale, transfer, assignment, or pledging as collateral by the Venezuela government of any interest in any entity in which it has a 50 percent or greater ownership interest. The Venezuelan President is facing an international backlash after winning his second six-year term. In a joint statement at the G20 foreign ministerial meeting in Buenos Aires yesterday, six countries, including the US and Argentina, said they did not recognize the election results which excluded the participation of key political players. Fourteen countries, including Argentina, Brazil and Canada have recalled their ambassadors from Caracas in protest. Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin has congratulated Maduro on his re-election.

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The United States has asked Iran to make sweeping changes from dropping its nuclear program to pulling out of the Syrian civil war or face severe economic sanctions. In his first major speech since becoming Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo said in Washington that the sting of sanctions will only grow more painful if Iran does not change course. He said US sanctions lifted after the 2015 deal would be re-imposed and those and new measures would together constitute unprecedented financial pressure on the Iranian regime.
Reacting to Pompeo's demand, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said, the world today does not accept America to decide for the world, as countries are independent. Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said, America is regressing to old habits but his country is working with other partners to the nuclear deal in order to find a solution. Meanwhile, European Union Foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini criticised the US, saying Pompeo had failed to show how dropping the 2015 nuclear deal would make the Middle East safer. She said there was no alternative to the agreement and EU would stick by it if Iran met its commitments.

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A Turkish court has sentenced 104 former military officers to life in prison for their involvement in the 2016 coup attempt. State media Anadolu said, the former military personnel were given aggravated life sentences, which come with tougher terms than a normal life sentence.

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In IPL Cricket, Sunrisers Hyderabad will play Chennai Super Kings in the first Qualifier this evening. The match will be played at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai at 7 PM. Hyderabad had finished the league stage at the top of the 8-team points table, while Chennai was second. Chennai had, however, won both the league matches played between the two sides. The winner of today's match will enter the title clash, while the losing team will have another chance of making it to the Final.


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