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13thJuly, 2018


·        Home MinisterRajnath Singh to visit Bangladesh today to discuss security, and cooperation incountering illegal activities.


·        Reserve Bank makes it compulsory to incorporatepurchaser’s name on the face of payment instrumentalities to prevent moneylaundering.


·        Government allows photography at all protectedmonuments or sites except Ajanta Caves, Leh Palace and Taj Mahal.


·        Road Transport and Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari tolaunch various development projects in Vishakapatnam  worth over 6600 crore rupees.


·        Industrialproduction growth slips to 3.2 per cent in May while retail inflation rises to5 per cent in June.


·        In Cricket, India beat England by eight-wickets intheir opening ODI in Nottingham.


HomeMinister Rajnath Singh will embark on a three-day visit to Bangladesh today.According to officials, Home Minister and his Bangladeshi counterpart will holdtalks on various issues including security, border management, cooperation incountering illegal activities and travel arrangements. The Rohingya issue isalso expected to figure in the meeting.


TheHome Minister is also scheduled to pay a courtesy call on the Bangladesh PrimeMinister Sheikh Hasina. He, alongwith the Prime Minister, will also inauguratea new, state-of the art, integrated Indian Visa Application Centre inDhaka.  Tomorrow, the Home Minister willvisit Rajshahi to jointly inaugurate the Bangladesh-India Friendship Buildingat the Bangladesh Police Academy, Sardah. During his stay in Bangladesh, MrSingh will co-chair the 6th meeting of the India-Bangladesh Home Minister LevelTalks.


The Reserve Bank of India has directed banks toincorporate the name of purchaser on the face of payment instrumentalities toaddress concerns of money laundering. Notification to this effect was issued bythe RBI yesterday.

"In orderto address the concerns arising out of the anonymity and prevent moneylaundering, the Reserve Bank of India has now made it compulsory to incorporateeven the purchaser’s name on the face of demand draft, pay order, banker’scheques, etc. The Reserve Bank has made required changes in this regard in theKnow Your Customer norms, which will come into effect from September 15th thisyear. SWEETY JAIN, AIR NEWS, MUMBAI."


The Archaeological Survey of India has issued an orderallowing photography within the premises of all centrally protected monumentsor sites, except at Ajanta Caves, Leh Palace and Taj Mahal. The order cameafter Prime Minister Narendra Modi said this in his Speech at ‘Dharohar Bhawan’in New Delhi yesterday.

"आजस्पेस टेकनोलॉजीसे हजारोंमील ऊपरसे दिल्लीकी किसगली मेंकौन सास्कूटर पार्ककिया हुआहै उसकानंबर क्याहै, फोटोले सकतेहैं। हमलेकिन मेनुमोंटपर बोर्डलिखा हैयहां फोटोखींचना मनाहै। अबवक्त बदलचुका है।जी टेक्नोलॉजीबदल चुकीहै। मैंनेएक बारजब हमारेयहां सरदारसरोवर डैमबन रहाथा, डैमपर लोगआने चाहतेथे, लोगदेखना चाहतेथे।   वहांपर बड़े-बड़ेबोर्ड लगेथे फोटोखींचना मनाहै तोमैंने उलटाकिया मैंमुख्यमंत्रीथा तोकर सकताथा। मैंनेकहा यहांजो फोटोबढ़िया खिंचेगाउसको इनामदिया जाएगा।"


In Assam, digital empowerment of  people is getting a huge push through theDigital India programme of the Central Government. The ambitious project waslaunched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2015 with the aim to increasedigital connectivity and make governance more transparent, participative andresponsive. The scheme stresses on  theuse of technology to empower people in areas such as health, education, labourand employment and commerce. The objective of the scheme is to transform thecountry into a digitally empowered knowledge economy.

"In Assam,the Digital India programme has become a mass movement, touching the life ofcommon and poor people. The programme includes projects that aim to ensure thatgovernment services are available to citizens electronically and people getbenefit of the latest information and communication technology. ParishmitaGogoi, a post graduate student in Dibrugarh University said, purchasing anyitem has become easier through cashless payment.

Now itbecomes easier to purchase any item that I want without fear of having shortageof money in pocket. Simply go to the market with the ATM card and make anypurchase using the POS machine. Nowadays, make online purchase also and that isvery convenient."


Anotherbeneficiary of the scheme, Tapoban Goswami, who is a retail trader in Dibrugarhsaid, with the use of ATM and online money transfer, he is able to save a lotof time.

 “I am happythat I can make any transaction online now. It was not possible even a fewyears back. And ATMs are also there. So, I need not go to the bank every timefor deposit or withdrawal. Thanks to the Digital India effort.”

Digital India isconnecting rural areas with the mainstream by spreading  digital literacy.The initiative istransforming the lives of millions in Assam and making life of people hasslefree.  It is also benefiting smallbusinesses in Assam. With DebojitKotoky's report from Dibrugarh, VALSA WILLIAMS, for AIR News."


BJP President Amit Shah will visit Hyderabad today toreview  party's  preparedness for next year's generalelections. He will take feed back from over hundred party Vistaraks of the AssemblyConstituencies in Telangana state and have a meeting with about 50 top leadersof the BJP, RSS and other frontal organisations. He is scheduled to have aclosed door meeting with 17 Lok Sabha Constituency in-charges of the BJP aswell. The state BJP leaders are scheduled to give him a presentation onsocio-political situation in the state and highlight where the party haspotential to perform. 

He will meet International Badminton Player SainaNehwal and a few eminent industrialists and chairmen of media houses under theparty's ‘Sampark Se Samarthan’ campaign before leaving for Delhi.


Road Transport and Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkariwill lay foundation stones and inaugurate various developmental projects worthover 6600 crore rupees in Viskhapatnam today. Arrangements have been made forfoundation stones to various development projects aiming to develop RoadConnectivity that includes four lane of NH-16 from Ichapuram to Narasannapetaand six-lane widening of Ranasthalam to Narasannapeta at a cost of 3,813 crorerupees and four lane widening of port connectivity road at a cost of 549 crorerupees.

The Minister will also launch grade separator atVisakhapatnam port under Sagarmala on NH-7 to reduce Traffic congestion. Hewill also inaugurate two new panama rail mounted quary cranes and alliedequipment at an estimated cost of 150 crore rupees at Visakha containerterminal private limited followed by the inauguration of Modernized iron orehandling complex one of the biggest in the country  set up at a cost of 580 crore rupees.


Industrialproduction growth slipped to a seven-month low of 3.2 per cent in May mainlydue to sluggish performance of manufacturing and power sectors and otherreasons, according to the data released by the Central Statistics Officeyesterday. 

The manufacturing sector, which constitutes77.63 per cent of the index, grew by just 2.8 per cent in May, marginally upfrom 2.6 per cent in the corresponding period last year.

Themining sector output recorded an impressive growth of 5.7 per cent in May asagainst 0.3 per cent in May last year.

TheFMCG sector was the worst performer among the user based goods segment.


Retailinflation spiked to a five-month high of 5 per cent in June this year oncostlier fuel, despite easing food prices. The retail inflation based onConsumer Price Index stood at 4.87 per cent in May. It was 1.46 per cent inJune 2017.

Theearlier high was in January this year at 5.07 per cent.

Asper the data released by the Central Statistics Office, the inflation in thefood basket was 2.91 per cent, compared to 3.1 per cent in May.


In Madhya Pradesh, in a first of its kind initiative,the state govt will appoint girls as a district Brand Ambassador who have  recorded significant achievements in anyfield under the Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao scheme. A Bhopal correspondent reportsthat instructions to this effect were given in a workshop recently organized onthe implementation of Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao campaign.


In Cricket, India crushed England by 8 wickets in thefirst One Day International of the three match series at Trent Bridge,Nottingham. Chinaman Kuldeep Yadav's six wicket haul and Rohit Sharma'sunbeaten 137 cruised the visitors to the victory and 1-0 lead in the series.

Opting to field, India restricted England at a modest268 on good batting conditions, thanks to Kuldeep's career-best figures of 6for 25. Ben Stokes and Jos Butler hit half centuries each. He was adjudged manof the match.

In reply, Indian innings was led by Rohit's 137 off114 balls and skipper Virat Kohli’s 75 to seal the deal with 59 balls to spare.The Kohli- Rohit duo added 177 runs in 25.1 overs.

The second ODI will be held at Lord’s tomorrow.


Now the news from the FIFA World Cup:

"England and Belgium will battle it outfor the third-place play-off at Saint Petersburg, Tomorrow, ahead of the titleclash on Sunday between the first time finalists, Croatia and second time cupseekers, France. Sadly, the third spot match is not the one, everyone waitseagerly for. It is called an utterly pointless exercise. English coach GarethSouthgate said, honestly, it’s not a game any team wants to play in, thesentiment corroborated by the Belgium coach Roberto Martinez. To talk aboutdisappointments, as if losing in semi finals was not an enough for England,they now have been fined 70,700 dollars for wearing wrong socks. In Saturday’squarterfinals with the Sweden, breaching the FIFA equipment regulations. Thatis not all,  FIFA is also investigating,English fan's chanting of a "possible discriminatory" nature duringthe semi-final against Croatia. FIFA has also hit the Russian soccer federationwith a 10,100 dollars fine, as its fans unfurled a neo-Nazi banner during theirteam’s 3-0 loss to Uruguay. TRIPTI SRIVASTAVA, AIR NEWS."


HimaDas ed history by becoming the first Indian woman to win a gold at theIAAF World Under- 20 Athletics Championships in Tampere, Finland yesterday. Sheclinched the top spot in the women's 400 meters final race on the third day ofthe competitions. The 18-year-old Das clocked 51.46 seconds to win the gold.

 She now joins the illustrious company of starjavelin thrower Neeraj Chopra, who won a gold in Poland in the last edition in2016.


In Wimbledon Tennis Championships, Rafael Nadalof Spain and Novak Djokovic of Serbia will clash in one of the highlyanticipated Men's singles semi-finals today. The other one will be playedbetween Kevin Anderson of South Africa and John Isner of the US. Andersonstunned the defending champion and 8-time winner Roger Federer inthe quarterfinal match on Wednesday. Isner, defeated Milos Raonic. Nadaldefeated Argentinian J. del Potro in the quarterfinal and Djokovic beatKei Nishikori of Japan.




·     Varied storieshave been given prominence by varios newspapers today. While some cover SupremeCourt's observation on Section 377, others quote the apex court's dig at thecapital's Lieutenant Governor to deal with the garbage issue.

·     "With 377,LGBT stigma will also end," headlines the DNA, quoting the SupremeCourt, while the Hindustan Times writes, "SC says will go byconstitutional, not majoritarian, morality on 377."

·     "'Superman' LG doing nothing on Delhi's mountain of garbage," reports theHindustan Times quoting the Supreme Court, while the Times of Indiasays, "SC pulls up Baijal on garbage pile - up."

·     Known for makingcontroversial remarks, Shashi Tharoor's latest comment of India becoming a'Hindu Pakistan' if BJP wins in 2019, has again brought the former ministermaking headlines. "BJP lashes out at Tharoor's 'Hindu Pakistan'remark," writes The Asian Age; "Shashi goes cattle class, getstrolled," reports the DNA; while the Times of India says,"Tharoor starts a row with 'Hindu Pak' remark."

·     "Buddhasmiles, after 11 years," writes the Tribune about the iconic statueof Buddha in Swat getting restored after it was blown up by Tehreek-e-Taliban11 years ago.

·      In aninteresting story The Hindu writes, " Prasadam will be offeredfirst to FSSAI, then God," adding that the "food safety body will standardise prasadams."

·     Asilent crusader against plastic has come up with a novel venture. NarayanaPeesapaty's edible cutlery made of jowar, rice flour and wheat flour isbecoming quite a rage among nature lovers. "Eat with them, then gobblethem up," writes the Hindu. So are you game to literally have aspoonful in the interest of environment?


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