Last Updated : May 26 2019 11:06PM     Screen Reader Access
News Highlights
Narendra Modi to be sworn-in as Prime Minister for 2nd term on May 30            PM Modi says coming five years is the time to regain lost position of India in world order            SKM leader Prem Singh Golay to take oath as Chief Minister in Gangtok tomorrow            Odisha Guv invites Naveen Patnaik to form next govt in state            Apurvi Chandela bags gold medal in 10m Air Rifle in ISSF World Cup           

Text Bulletins Details


Midday News

1400 HRS
18.02.2019
THE headlines:
  • In Jammu & Kashmir security forces kill the mastermind of Pulwama terror attack in an encounter in Pulwama district; four Army personnel, including an officer martyred.
  • Finance Minister Arun Jaitley says country needs fewer and mega banks for optimum utilisation of economies of scale.
  • Supreme Court refuses to allow reopening of Sterlite plant in Tamil Nadu; asks CBI to probe killing of 13 persons in police firing last year.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi holds talks with Argentina's President Mauricio Macri in New Delhi. Several agreements expected to be signed between the two countries.
  • And in Boxing, Indian pugilists assure themselves of five medals in the 70th Strandja Memorial tournament at Sofia in Bulgaria.

<<>>


In Jammu and Kashmir, secirity forces have killed the CRPF convoy attack conspirator Kamran in an encounter in Pulwama. Four Army personnel, including an officer have been martyred in the encounter.
Security sources said the search operation at the encounter site is going on as one more terrorist is likely to be trapped inside the residential area.
In the initial phase a civilian was killed near the gunfight site during the cross firing. The gunfight was triggered after security forces zeroed in on the hiding place of the terrorists in the early hours today.

<<>>


Home Minister Rajnath Singh today said security forces are being successful in neutralising terrorists. Commenting on the encounter in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama on the sidelines of a function in Delhi, Mr Singh said the morale of the security forces is very high.

<<>>


The last rites of Major Chitresh Bisht who was martyred while defusing an IED planted by terrorists in Rajouri District of Jammu and Kashmir was performed with full military honors at Kharkhari cremation grounds in Haridwar today. More From our Correspondent:
"Amid rain the last rites were performed at the bank of Ganga River. Earlier, the Army personnel gave Guard of Honors to the martyr. The State Tourism Minister Satpal Maharaj paid homage to the martyr. Among those present at the funeral include Member of Parliament, Bhagat Singh Koshyari MLAs, Senior State Government and Military Officers. Earlier, Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Ravat visited the Martyr’s Residence in Dehradun and paid floral tribute to the martyr. A large number of people gathered at his residence to pay homage to the departed soldier. Uttarakhand Assembly members also paid rich tributes to the martyr. Raghwesh Pandey, AIR News, Dehradun."

<<>>

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today said India needs fewer banks and mega banks which are strong to meet the needs of the common man. He said economies of scale are of great help in the banking sector. He was briefing media after the post-budget meeting of the Central Board of the Reserve Bank in Delhi. Mr Jaitley said there has been a reasonably high growth as far as revenues are concerned in the last 5 years.
"Our experience in the past really has been of the SBI merger now is the second one which is taking place. I think india needs fewer and mega banks which are strong because in every sense from borrowing rates to optimum utilisation the economies of scale as far as banking sector are concern our great help."
Speaking on the occasion, RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das said transmission of rate cut by banks is an important issue. He informed that RBI will hold meetings with banks on the issue on the 21st of this month.

<<>>


The Supreme Court has refused to allow reopening of Vedanta's Sterlite plant in Tuticorin, setting aside National Green Tribunal's December 2018 order. The apex court also asked CBI to conduct a fair and impartial investigation into the police firing that killed 13 persons during the anti-Sterlite Copper plant protest in Tamil Nadu last year.
A bench, headed by Justice R.F. Nariman, said, NGT has no jurisdiction to order reopening of the plant. The court said, it is allowing Tamil Nadu's appeal against the NGT order only on grounds of maintainability. The bench added that Vedanta has liberty to approach the Madras high court with its plea for reopening of the plant.
The court was hearing a plea by Vedanta group seeking a direction to Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board to implement the NGT order which had set aside the government's decision to close the plant.
The Tamil Nadu government had ordered permanent closure of the Sterlite plant after 13 people were killed during protests over the pollution being caused by the unit. 

<<>>


India and Argentina today signed ten MoUs in several areas including Defence, Tourism and agriculture. The agreements were exchanged following talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Argentinian President Mauricio Macri at Hyderabad House in New Delhi. The two leaders reviewed the progress in bilateral ties and explored new areas of co-operation. Prime Minister Modi is now addressing the media after the talks.
President Ram Nath Kovind will host a Banquet in honour of the Argentinian President. Mr Macri will also address the Plenary Session of India-Argentina Business Forum. He is scheduled to visit Mumbai tomorrow.
Earlier today the visiting dignitary was accorded a ceremonial reception at the forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhavan. President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi welcomed him. Mr Macri paid homage to Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat.  

<<>>


President Ram Nath Kovind has said each region in the country has a distinct cultural identity. He said this does not divide but unites and harmonises the entire country. The President was addressing a function in New Delhi today after presenting the Tagore Award for Cultural Harmony. The President said the award is a celebration of Indian tradition and culture. The President said Gurudev was a remarkable genius, who became the first Indian Nobel laureate. He said Gurudev Tagore is remembered every day as a poet who gave India its national anthem.
"Gurudev was a remarkable genius. He was a writer of renown. When he won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913, he became the first Asian Nobel laureate. However, he was more than just a writer - he was a musician, artist, educationist and spiritual scholar of rare sensitivity. He is remembered every day as the poet who gave India its national anthem. And he remains one of our foremost cultural icons."
In his speech, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said culture is the lifeblood of any nation as it gives identity to it.
"संस्कृति किसी भी राष्ट्र की प्राणवायु होती है। इसी से राष्ट्र की पहचान और अस्तित्व को शक्ति मिलती है। किसी भी राष्ट्र का सम्मान और उसकी आयु भी संस्कृति की परिपक्वता और सांस्कृतिक जड़ों की मजबूती से ही तय होती है। भारत के पास तो हज़ारों वर्षों का एक सांस्कृतिक विस्तार है, जिसने गुलामी के लंबे कालखंड का, बाहरी आक्रमण का भी बिना प्रभावित हुए सामना किया है। ये अगर संभव हो पाया है तो उसके पीछे स्वामी विवेकानंद जी और गुरुदेव रबिंद्रनाथ टैगोर जैसे अनेक मनीषियों का योगदान रहा है।"
Mr Modi said Gurudev understood the multicoloured and diverse culture of India and translated it into Rabindra Sangeet.
Exponent of Manipuri dance Rajkumar Singhajit Singh was given the award for the year 2014. Chhayanaut, a cultural organization of Bangladesh was given the award for 2015 for its role in the promotion of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore’s works and Bangla arts. Renowned sculptor and scholar Ram Vanji Sutar was given the award for 2016. 

<<>>


External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will meet top leaders of Morocco in capital Rabat today to consolidate the strategic partnership in various sectors of mutual interest. Ms Swaraj will meet her Moroccan counterpart Nasser Bourita, King Mohammed VI, Prime Minister Saad Dine El Otmani among other leaders. Three MoUs for co-operation in areas of counter terrorism, housing and human settlements and youth matters are expected to be inked.
Addressing the Indian community in Rabat last night, the External Affairs Minister said, Morocco has been a leader in counter-terrorism efforts and is a pioneer in fighting radicalisation.
"उन्होने कहा कि आप मोरक्को जा रही हैं, मोरक्को वो मुल्क है जो टेरेरिज्म के खिलाफ हमेशा हमारे साथ खड़ा है,मोरक्को वो मुल्क है जो काउंटर टेरेरिज्म की दिशा में हमारे साथ समझौता करने जा रहा है। और मोरक्को वो मुल्क है, जो Radicalisation के खिलाफ लड़ाई लड़ रहा है। इसलिए आप जरूर जाइए।"
The External Affairs Ministry said in a statement that Mrs Swaraj's visit is in pursuit of India's objective of enhanced engagement with Morocco and will provide an opportunity to hold in-depth discussions on bilateral, regional and global issues.
Ms Swaraj reached Rabat from Bulgaria last evening. She will visit Spain on the final leg of her tour.

<<>>


The International Court of Justice, ICJ, will hold from today, public hearings in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case at The Hague. India and Pakistan will present their arguments before the top UN court during four days of public hearings. Harish Salve, who represents India in the case, is expected to argue first today. Khawar Qureshi will make submissions from Islamabad's side tomorrow. A report:
"48-year-old Jadhav, a retired Indian Navy officer, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of espionage and terrorism in April 2017. India moved the ICJ against the verdict, maintaining that the trial of Jadhav by Pakistan was farcical. A 10-member bench of the ICJ had restrained Pakistan from executing Jadhav till adjudication of the case. Pakistan claims that its security forces arrested Jadhav from restive Balochistan province in March, 2016. However, India maintains that Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran where he had business interests after retiring from the Navy. FARHAT NAAZ, NEWS DESK."

<<>>


In Boxing, Indian pugilists have assured themselves of five medals in the 70th Strandja Memorial tournament at Sofia in Bulgaria. In the 49 kg category, Asian Games gold medallist Amit Panghal will play his semi final bout this evening. He defeated Ukraine's Nazar Kurotchyn, 3-2 yesterday.
Commonwealth Games gold medallist Gaurav Solanki in 52 kgs and Naman Tanwar in 91 kgs both advanced to the quarter-finals.
Besides Panghal, four medals were guaranteed by Indian women pugilists at the end of the third day yesterday.

<<>>


PM’s Exclusive Interview to DD News

Live Twitter Feed

Listen News

Morning News 26 (May) Midday News 26 (May) News at Nine 26 (May) Hourly 26 (May) (2300hrs)
समाचार प्रभात 26 (May) दोपहर समाचार 26 (May) समाचार संध्या 26 (May) प्रति घंटा समाचार 26 (May) (2305hrs)
Khabarnama (Mor) 26 (May) Khabrein(Day) 26 (May) Khabrein(Eve) 26 (May)
Aaj Savere 26 (May) Parikrama 26 (May) Lok Ruchi Samachar 26 (May)

Listen Programs

Market Mantra 26 (May) Samayki 26 (May) Sports Scan 26 (May) Spotlight/News Analysis 26 (May)
    Public Speak

    Country wide 28 (Mar) Surkhiyon Mein 4 (Apr) Charcha Ka Vishai Ha 15 (May) Vaad-Samvaad 7 (May) Money Talk 7 (May) Current Affairs 22 (Mar)