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Parliament to discuss on crimes against women

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday said the government is ready for a discussion in LokSabha on the issue of crime against women and willing to explore stringent provisions in laws to check incidents like the Hyderabad rape and murder case.

Responding to a discussion during Zero Hour in the wake of the rape and murder of a veterinarian in Hyderabad, Singh said he was falling short of words to condemn the heinous crime.

As soon as the House met for the day, Speaker Om Birla said he would allow members to raise the “serious issue” in Zero Hour.

Uttam Kumar Reddy (Cong) raised the issue of the rape and murder of the 26-year-old veterinarian and slammed the Telangana Home Minister for his purported “insensitive” remarks.

He also slammed the state police for initially delaying to lodge a case.T R Baalu (DMK) raised the issue of sexual assault of a school girl in Coimbatore.Saugat Roy (TMC) said rape convicts should be hanged.

PinakiMisra (BJD) questioned the delay in executing the death sentence awarded to convicts in the “Nirbhaya” gang-rape case.He said laws and establishment on fast track courts will not make a differences till the time the death sentences are not executed.

On November 29, four men, aged between 20 and 24, were arrested on charges of raping and killing the young woman veterinarian in Hyderabad.

Inner Line Permit (ILP)

Simply put, an Inner Line Permit is a document that allows an Indian citizen to visit or stay in a state that is protected under the ILP system.

Context: Union Home Minister Amit Shah has assured the civil society groups that the Citizenship Bill would provide protection to such regions and states where the Inner Line Permit (ILP) is applicable, and autonomous administration has been granted under the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution.

The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill aims to make it easier for non-Muslim refugees from Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Afghanistan to obtain Indian citizenship.

  • If it is implemented with provisions for excluding from its ambit the states under the ILP regime, it means that beneficiaries under CAB will become Indian citizens but will not be able to settle in these three states.
  • As a matter of fact, the same restriction applies to existing Indian citizens.

Now, on these lines, even Assam, Tripura and Meghalaya are demanding the implementation of ILP system.

The ILP is obligatory for all those who reside outside the protected states;

  • Currently, the Inner Line Permit is operational in Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram and Nagaland.
  • It can be issued for travel purposes solely.
  • An ILP is issued by the state government concerned.

Origin of ILP:

ILP’s origin dates back to the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulations, 1873- It prohibited “British subjects” or Indians from entering into these protected areas.

After Independence, in 1950, the word “British subjects” was replaced by Citizens of India and the focus of the ban on free movement was explained as a bid to protect tribal cultures in northeastern India.

Nationwide vaccination to be conducted under Mission Indradhanush 2.0

Centre is launching nationwide vaccination drive to prevent eight diseases under Intensified Mission Indradhanush 2.0 across the country today.

The government’s flagship scheme is aimed at immunizing children under the age of 2 years and pregnant women against eight vaccine preventable diseases.

The IMI covers vaccines for diphtheria, whooping cough, tetanus, poliomyelitis, tuberculosis, measles, meningitis and Hepatitis B. Vaccines for Japanese encephalitis and hemophilus influenza are also being provided in selected areas.

The IMI 2.0 aims to achieve targets of full immunization coverage in 272 districts spread over 27 States. The IMI 2.0 will be carried out between December 2019 and March 2020.

The campaign will be carried out in 260 development blocks of 43 districts of the state including the capital Bhopal and Indore. In addition , the mission will be running in four-phases in state. Children will be vaccinated under the National Mission Indradhanush in the months in January , February and March next year.

Public Health and Family Welfare Minister Tulsiram inaugurated this campaign in Indore district. The Project Officers of the District Urban Development Agency has been made the nodal officer for the successful operation of the mission.

Australia’s points-based visa policy

Context: In what is seen as an effort to block entry to unskilled people, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has promised to introduce an Australian style points-based visa policy from January 1, 2021.

Generally, for visas that are points-tested, points may be given for different categories ranging from age to proficiency in English and amount of work experience. To be granted such visas, the individual’s score must reach a cutoff fixed by the authorities.

For workers with an “eligible skilled occupation” there are 10 categories of visas available. Applications are tested with points awarded in various categories. One of these is “Skilled Independent Visa”.

  • A migrant with this visa can live and work permanently anywhere in Australia, study in Australia, sponsor eligible relatives for permanent residence and if eligible, enroll in Australia’s health-care system and subject to eligibility, also become an Australian citizen.

Some of the skilled jobs that come under the ambit of the skilled migration program include: accountant, actor, aeronautical engineer, advertising manager, air conditioning and mechanical services plumber, author, baker, swimming coach, urologist and vegetable grower.

What are the advantages of points systems? 

The ability to qualify without an employer sponsor- workers entering under the Australian points system are less dependent on their employers and do not need permission to switch between jobs as they do in the UK; as a result, they are expected to have more bargaining power and to operate in a more competitive labour market.

Steel imports have increased over a period of 5 years ,claims govt.

Government today said import of steel has increased during the last few years.

Replying to questions in the LokSabha, Steel Minister DharmendraPradhan, however, said domestic production has consistently increased regardless of such imports. Mr Pradhan said, in the current year, country is a net exporter.

He said, to counter import of cheap steel, anti-dumping duties have been imposed on various grades of steel which were dumped into the country.

Mr Pradhan further said, import of steel grades which are not manufactured in adequate quantity in the country is essential for supporting manufacturing sector.

The Minister informed the House that the total number of steel plants in the country is 977. He said, work is currently going on in NMDC steel plant in Nagarnar, Chattisgarh, which is a Greenfield project.

In reply to another question, the Minister said, the production of iron ore in the country is sufficient to meet the current demand by domestic steel industry. Mr Pradhan said, the supply of iron ore during last year 2018-19 was 207 metric tonne against its demand of 189 metric tonne.

Centre plans listing of single-use plastics

The Centre is likely to identify as many as eight articles as ‘single-use plastic’ items that will be discontinued on a priority basis, including plastic cutlery, plastic bags and certain Styrofoam items.

Defining single-use plastic is the first step in the direction of doing away with such products in India by 2022, as called for by Prime Minister NarendraModi during his Independence Day address.

While many states have banned plastic, there are wide variations in implementation and the range of products covered.After consulting stakeholders, the environment ministry is close to announcing a clear and uniform definition of single-use plastic.

The idea is to completely phase out single-use plastic where it is replaceable with environment friendly alternatives and to bring in a robust segregation, collection and disposal mechanism for single-use plastic.

The ministry wrote to the states in September asking them to curb production of plastic bags, irrespective of thickness and size, and Styrofoam (thermocol) cutlery and to encourage manufacturers and consumers to shift to other environmentally friendly material.

Every village will be asked to start waste segregation. They will send plastic waste to block-level units that will convert the aggregated waste into bales, shred them and transport them to aggregators for recycling to build in a sustainable mechanism.

India –Sweden to expand cooperation at delegation level talks

Prime Minister NarendraModi held delegation level talks with King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden at Hyderabad House in New Delhi today.

The meeting is aimed at giving a boost to bilateral co-operation in various sectors. Several agreements are expected to be signed between the two countries.

King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia arrived on a state visit to India this morning at the invitation of President Ram NathKovind. They were given a ceremonial welcome at RashtrapatiBhawan. This is His Majesty’s third visit to India. The King will meet President Ram NathKovind this evening.

Earlier, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar called on the King and Queen after their arrival and held discussions on ways to deepen bilateral ties.

Apart from the official programme in Delhi, the royal couple is scheduled to visit Mumbai and Uttarakhand. Several documents on furthering bilateral engagement are likely to be signed during the five day visit.

UN chief urges to improve efforts to counter climate change

United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres has said that the world’s efforts to stop climate change have been utterly inadequate so far.

There is a danger global warming could pass the point of no return. He was speaking before the start of a International Climate Conference in Madrid scheduled for today.

The U.N. Chief noted that the world has the scientific knowledge and the technical means to limit global warming, but the political will is lacking.

Mr Guterres said, he hoped the meeting in Madrid would see governments make more ambitious pledges ahead of a deadline to do so next year.

Delegates from almost 200 countries will try to put the finishing touches on the rules governing the 2015 Paris climate accord at the two-week meeting.

Govt. considering satellite mechanisms to monitor forestation

A satellite-based mechanism to monitor areas under green cover and the growth of saplings planted there is being developed by the government, Union Environment Minister PrakashJavadekar said on Saturday. The Environment minister said some states have made significant achievements in nurturing planted saplings to their full growth.

The Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning Authority (CAMPA) funds to the tune of Rs 47,000 crore will be utilised for greening India, he said after a meeting with the forest ministers and officials of various states.

The minister said “very positive discussions” on issues like the use of CAMPA fund for forestation, water conservation, fodder augmentation and moisture management in the forests, besides the eradication of Lantana weed were held in the meeting.

In August this year, the Environment minister handed over Rs 47,436 crore of CAMPA funds to various states for the promotion of afforestation and achieving green objective of the country.

In the wake of under-utilisation of money for compensatory afforestation, the Supreme Court in 2001 had ordered for coming up with CAMPA fund.

In 2009, the Supreme Court permitted release of Rs 1,000 crore every year to the states and Union territories for compensatory afforestation and other activities.

Jnanpith Award

Context: Eminent Malayalam poet Akkitham has been chosen for 55th Jnanpith Award for the year 2019, Instituted in 1961.

Eligibility: Any Indian citizen who writes in any of the official languages of India is eligible for the honour.

Operation ‘Clean Art’

It is first pan India operation to crackdown on the smuggling of mongoose hair. Conceived by WCCB

Aim: To ensure that the mongoose hair brush trade should be closed down across the country.

Protection: Mongoose is listed in Schedule II Part 2 of the Wildlife Protection Act. Any smuggling or possession of its body part is a non-bailable offence.

Gurpreetsingh and Sunil Kumar wins national wrestling championships

In wrestling, Asian Championships silver medallists Gurpreet Singh and Sunil Kumar clinched gold medals on the final day of the senior national championships in Jalandhar yesterday.

Gurpreet defeated two-time world junior championships medallist SajanBhanwal, who was representing the Railways, by a 3-1 margin, in the 77 kilogram category. This was Punjab grappler’s fourth senior national title.

Sunil also managed an easy win over Punjab’s Prabhal. The Railway’s grappler used all his experience to crush the Punjab wrestler 5-1 in the 87 kg final. In the 55 kg category, Arjun, representing Services, won against Ajay by technical superiority.

Source: The Hindu/Indian Express/Times of India/PIB

The Hindu Newspaper today 23 October 2019

Sonia Gandhi meets Karnataka Congress leader D.K. Shivakumar in Tihar jail  

One in every six missing children from Bengal: NCRB

Paralympic champion Marieke Vervoort ends life by euthanasia

Deepavali rush: Monumental increase in omnibus fares

Mettur dam at full reservoir level thrice in three months

Politics Live | Sonia Gandhi meets Karnataka Congress leader D.K. Shivakumar in Tihar jail

Woman killed in house collapse in Chitradurga

MeT forecasts heavy rain in Telangana 

Sanjay Kumar launches Gandhi Sankalp yatra

Road accident deaths eight times more than murders in Andhra Pradesh

Politics Live | No question of constructing any detention centre in West Bengal: Mamata

Rains damage crops ready for harvesting in Telangana

No question of constructing any detention centre: Mamata

Only BJP is committed to people’s welfare, says Kanna Lakshminarayanan 

Good response to mega job mela in Karimnagar

Hong Kong government to withdraw bill that sparked protests

Development has taken a hit during BJP rule, says A.P. Congress leader Sailajanath

BSNL offers triple play services in Vizag

UEFA Champions League: Tottenham get shot of confidence as Liverpool trip looms 

Duping gold trader: 10 held

Former A.P. Minister Akhila Priya accuses police of foisting cases

Statue of former IAS officer Sankaran unveiled

Telangana Governor Tamilisai Sundararajan to worship at Tirumala

Latest Moon flyby finds no trace of India’s Chandrayaan-2 Vikram lander: NASA

Morning digest: Boris Johnson to pause Brexit legislation, NCRB says 30% jump in ‘crimes against state’, and more 

Transport workers in T.N. up in arms over Deepavali bonus

U.S. lawmakers grill State Department officials on extended curbs in Kashmir 

‘Worse than British rule’

Suspect whose case led to Hong Kong’s unrest leaves prison

ED custody of HDIL promoters extended

Media should be cautious while reporting suicide incidents’

Corporation Bank observes Linguistic Harmony Day

Here is a new way by which industry and academia seek to bridge the skill gap 

If I-T searches my house, it will find documents on BSY: HDK

Meet the white bellbird, the world’s loudest bird

Khaira withdraws resignation as MLA

BSP leaders garlanded with shoes, paraded on donkeys

Nagaland to act against officials who criticise govt. policies

Dhoni ‘riskiest’ celebrity to search online 

Corpn. School students receive Kalam’s book

Share financial burden of Kartarpur pilgrims: Dal Khalsa

Bank staff strike affects ₹350 crore businesses

Corporation goes in for app to combat dengue

Si’Tarc plans to set up solar panel testing facility

The woman behind building 5,000 toilets 

Board exam duration extended by 30 minutes

Sizzling Sterling bags hat-trick as Man City thumps Atlanta

When Omni buses loom ominously

Deepavali shops are here, so are the rains

Proteas paying the price for lack of vision

CPI (M) tackles crisis in Tripura’s tribal council, asserts support of majority

India vs South Africa | Pacers pull a fast one on visitors

Ganguly set to begin his new innings

Chennai city has a poor record on road safety

Smart watches to make Chennai Metro rides easier

Indian Express News today 23 October 2019

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Plea in HC says Gurmeet Ram Rahim ‘mentally harassed’ in jail  

Court orders FIR against Kathua rape investigators    

Humanitarian crisis in J&K…Pak has to act on terror: DC’s Delhi tightrope  

UP: Ayodhya Deepotsva gets ‘state fair’ status with 133 crore budget

Under scanner: Deal between Mirchi’s son and Bhushan Steel

15th Finance Commission meets UP CM: Panel flags economy, lauds decline in poverty

Kamlesh Tiwari killing: Trail littered with clues, prime suspects held

Apex court tears into CBI claims as it grants bail to Chidambaram

In Haryana, it’s advantage BJP — but on the ground, some fault lines are blurred

Ramachandra Guha declines paycheck for cricket stint

Assam announces two-child limit for jobs in govt

Shameful UP tops the list of crimes against women: Priyanka Gandhi Vadra

Senior officials skip meet, Governor asks if there is ‘censorship’ in Bengal  

No detention camps will be set up,  religion can’t be basis for citizenship: Mamata

Kamlesh Tiwari murder case: Bareilly cleric and Pilibhit youth detained for ‘speaking with accused’

Prachi demands security, says threat to her life

Kamlesh Tiwari murder hate posts: 32 FIRs filed, 10 held in three days

Rajasthan: Two BSP leaders paraded on donkey by party workers

Two girls escape from Motihari shelter home

Delhi HC bars Twitter, media from publishing on allegations against Luv Ranjan

MHA on NCRB report: Data on 25 categories withheld as it was unreliable  

In Sivakasi, fireworks makers say caught in green cracker haze

J&K govt employees to get salaries as per 7th Pay Commission from October 31

Kashmir situation, if not arrested, will have serious implications: Yusuf Tarigami

Signing of Kartarpur agreement deferred

JCO killed in Pakistan shelling in Nowshera

Home Ministry revokes NSA imposed on Ujjain adulterator

Pressure, there’s fear of Delhi… a Governor is very weak: Satya Pal Malik

J&K: Three militants killed in Avantipura

PMC Bank scam: ED gets custody of Wadhawan till tomorrow

Rajnath Singh: ‘Will give befitting reply to anyone who casts evil eye on India’  

Two-child policy in Indian states

Delhi HC seeks EC reply on plea over Tamang’s disqualification

Pankaj Kumar appointed CEO of UIDAI

Nobel laureate Abhijit Banerjee calls on PM Modi, gets red-carpet welcome in Kolkata

BJP leader Muniraju Gowda’s disqualification period reduced by poll panel

Officials skip meet again, Governor asks if there is ‘censorship’ in Bengal

Ex-BJP MLA Surendra Nath warns of massacre over ‘love jihad’, booked

Online banking and ATM fraud: Mumbai tops among 19 metros

Highest number of country’s death penalty convicts is in Maharashtra

Indian Express News today 22 October 2019

PM joked about media trying to trap me into saying ‘anti-Modi’ things: Abhijit Banerjee

Watch: Army defuses three mortar shells along LoC in Poonch

PM joked about media trying to trap me into saying ‘anti-Modi’ things: Abhishek Banerjee

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Madras HC: Must always believe child rape victim’s testimony

Exit polls call it for the BJP: NDA set to sweep Maharashtra and Haryana

NCRB leaves out data on lynchings, Khap and religious killings

Distress signal: Share of youngest workers in NREG begins to rise

Kamlesh Tiwari killing: Suspect forged Aadhaar card to enter his party fold

Internet disrupting democratic polity, new rules in 3 months: Govt

Siachen area now open to tourists, says Rajnath Singh

Action taken in Dussehra 2018 train tragedy, says Amarinder Singh 

Penniless, under debt, Mexico deportees stare at uncertain future

Tarun Tejpal trial: Defence lawyers start cross-examination of victim

Supreme Court stays trial in Chhattisgarh sex CD case

Kartarpur corridor: Harsimrat slams Pakistan for $20 fee, asks Punjab government to bear it

Kamlesh Tiwari murder: Nagpur suspect gave passage to killers, says ATS

Heavy rain lashes parts of Kerala, IMD issues red alert for five districts

Muslims should hand over all disputed sites to Hindus: UP Shia Waqf Board chief

Madhya Pradesh HC frowns on changes to honey trap SIT

US Congress panel to discuss Jammu and Kashmir today

At hamlet near LoC, 16-year calm shattered in one night

After Army strike, J&K Governor asks Pak to behave

Indo-US trade: Piyush Goyal says contours of deal worked out

Pakistan troops violate ceasefire in Poonch

Digvijay Singh suggests new system of counting votes

Kartarpur pact tomorrow, India asks Pakistan to scrap $20 fee

How Bihar PSC cleaned its act: Codes, late choices

No stay on construction of Aarey metro shed: Supreme Court

Kamlesh Tiwari Murder: Police trail ‘killer duo’ to Bareilly town, announce Rs 2.5 lakh award

Gujarat Confidential: Bonus Vacation

INX Media case: Court takes cognizance of charge sheet

Bengaluru: Mechanic held for killing ex-V-C

Gujarat has highest number of Pakistani undertrial prisoners in India: NCRB 

Shun Malaysia, India’s palm oil buyers told amid Kashmir standoff 

‘English-speaking liberal media’ didn’t present ‘fair picture’ on Art 370: Jaishankar

Chinmayananda writes to UP Police, wants law student booked under Gangster Act   

Exponential rise in hate speech, fake news and anti-national activities due to internet: Centre to SC

Murder case of Unnao rape survivor’s father: Court pulls up CBI for submitting incomplete evidence

Moderate turnout in bypolls to 51 assembly and 2 Lok Sabha seats, rains mar polling in Kerala

PM mementos auction date extended once again  

SC to pronounce verdict on Chidambaram’s bail plea in INX Media corruption case

Siachen area in Ladakh now opens for tourists: Rajnath Singh

Siachen area now opens for tourism: Rajnath Singh

If Pakistan doesn’t end terror activities, Army will go deep inside: J&K Governor

Evening news briefing: Maharashtra, Haryana polls ends, SC on Mumbai’s Aarey trees and more

J&K: Day after India destroyed terror camps, Pakistan violates ceasefire in Poonch

Over 75% of Indians have personal wealth below $10,000: Report

Sadhvi Pragya calls Mahatma Gandhi ‘son of soil’, says she follows his footsteps

Kerala: Student, critically injured after hammer fell on his head during athletics meets dies

Kartarpur agreement to be signed on October 23: MEA

Kerala records ‘excess’ rainfall in October so far, red alert in five districts on Tuesday

Pakistan stopping postal mail to India violates international norms: Ravi Shankar Prasad

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Not stopping Aarey metro shed, interim order against tree felling to continue: Supreme Court

In a first, IRCTC to pay Rs 1.62 lakh compensation for Tejas Express’ delay

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BSNL CMD expects revival plan to be in public domain within a month

Savarkar an accomplished man, played part in freedom struggle: Congress leader Abhishek Singhvi

Parliament Winter Session to be shorter this year      

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Supreme Court stays trial against Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel in ‘sex CD case’