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  • GoverningCouncil of NITI Aayog to meet for the first time in Prime Minister NarendraModi's second tenure in New Delhi today.

  • Resident Doctors of AIIMS Delhi resume work amidstultimatum to West Bengal Government to resolve the issue of striking doctorswithin 48 hours.  

  • AirForce Chief BS Dhanoa says, data of voice recorders of crashed AN-32 aircraftbeing analysed to prevent recurrence of such incidents. 

  • Indiato clash with South Africa in the title clash of the Hockey Men's Series Finalsat Bhubaneswar this evening.

  • In ICC Cricket World Cup, Australia take on Sri Lankawhile South Africa face Afghanistan.


Governing Council of NITI Aayogwill meet for the first time in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's second tenure inNew Delhi today. Our correspondent has the details:-

"The agenda before the Fifth Council Meeting includerain-water harvesting, drought situation and relief measures, aspirationaldistricts programme, transforming agriculture with special emphasis onAgriculture Produce Marketing Committee (APMC) Act and Essential CommoditiesAct and security related issues with specific focus on Left Wing Extremismdistricts. The Governing Council will review the action taken on the agendaitems of the previous meeting and deliberate upon the future developmentalpriorities. The Governing Council of NITI Aayog comprises the Prime Minister,Chief Ministers of all the States, Lt. Governors of Union Territories, andother special invitees. The Governing Council presents a platform to discussinter-sectoral, inter-departmental and federal issues in order to acceleratethe implementation of the national development agenda, in the spirit of EkBharat, Shrestha Bharat. ANUPAM MISHRA, AIR NEWS, DELHI."   


Ahead of the meeting, senior Congress leader and former PrimeMinister Dr Manmohan Singh met with Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath,Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamyand Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayansamy in New Delhi today. They discussedthe proposed agenda and issues of the states governed by the Congress and itsallies to be taken up with the Prime Minister in today's meeting.


Chief Ministers of Chhattisgarh,Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Puducherry, Meghalaya and Nagaland called onPrime Minister Narendra Modi at his residence in New Delhi today. The meetinghas been described as a courtesy call on the Prime Minister.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi will share his thoughts with the people inIndia and abroad in his Mann Ki Baat programme of All India Radio on the 30thof this month at 11 AM. It will be the first Mann Ki Baat episode after Mr Modiassumed office for the second time. In a tweet, Mr Modi said, he and thecountrymen will meet once again through the radio to share joy, positivity andcelebrate the collective strength of 130 crore Indians.

People can share their innovative suggestions and insights directly withthe Prime Minister through the Narendra Modi App open forum and MyGov openforum. People can also dial the toll-free number 1800-11-7800 and record theirmessage for the Prime Minister in either Hindi or English.


Minister of State for Finance andCorporate Affairs Anurag Thakur is chairing the Pre-Budget Consultations withthe representatives of Digital Economy and Start-Ups today. This is being donein connection with the forthcoming General Budget 2019-20.

Consultations with Trade Unions and LabourOrganizations are scheduled later in the day.

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had met with leading economistsyesterday. The main areas of discussion included boosting economic growth, Joboriented growth, increased Macro-economic Stability, Fiscal Management andincrease in investments.

Ms Sitharaman will present the budget on the 5th of next month.


Resident Doctors of AIIMS Delhi have resumed work amidst ultimatum toWest Bengal Government to resolve the issue of striking doctors within 48hours. In a statement, the Resident Doctor's Association (RDA) said, it wouldbe forced to resort to indefinite strike at AIIMS from Monday if their demandsare not met.

A delegation of Indian Medical Association met Union Health Minister DrHarsh Vardhan over the ongoing strike of doctors in West Bengal.

The strike of the protestingmedical practitioners in West Bengal entered its fifth day today. Turning downChief Minister's request to meet her at the state secretariat today, the juniordoctors of Nil Ratan Sircar Medical College and Hospital urged Ms MamataBanerjee to visit the hospital and apologise for terming the protestors asoutsiders.

A few senior doctors had met theChief Minster last evening but with no apparent solution.


Air Force Chief Marshal BirenderSingh Dhanoa today said, the air force is probing the details of what led tothe recent crash of AN-32 aircraft in Arunachal Pradesh. The Air Chief Marshalwas talking to reporters on the sidelines of the Combined Graduation Parade atthe Air Force Academy at Dundigal near Hyderabad. He said, data of voice recordersof crashed AN-32 aircraft are being analysed to prevent recurrence of suchincidents. 

"We have recoveredflight data recorder and the cockpit voice recorder and we will go into thedetail, what happened and how do we make sure that it doesn't happen again, inArunachal Pradesh the way we fily, the terrain is very treacherous and most oftime it is cloudy but we have  proceduresto make sure that it doesn't happen, we need to review as to what happened, wedon't have such accident again."


Total 152 flight cadets,including 24 women, have passed out after completing their training at theacademy. Navin Kumar Reddy has been presented the President's Plaque and Chiefof the Air staff Sword as he came out meritorious in the pilots' course.


India has lodged a strong protest with Pakistan over its refusal togrant visa to 87 Indian pilgrims who wanted to visit the neighbouring countryto observe the death anniversary of fifth Sikh Guru Arjan Dev on the occasionof Shahidi Jor Mela. Official sources said, New Delhi expressed its concern atthe disregard shown by the High Commission of Pakistan on the religioussentiments and devotion of the Indian pilgrims. The sources said, Pakistan hadunilaterally granted restrictive visa by rail only to a private group of Indianpilgrims. The External Affairs Ministry has called upon Pakistan to immediatelygrant visa without any restriction.

The visa for the pilgrims was sought under a 1974 bilateral protocol on visitto religious shrines.


Bangladesh has reiterated itscommitment not to allow use of its soil for terrorist activities against India.In a joint record of communication issued in Dhaka today at the end of 48th DGlevel border conference, India and Bangladesh agreed for effectiveimplementation of the Coordinated Border Management Plan to curb cattle anddrug smuggling, illegal border crossing and trans-border crimes. In a pressstatement, both countries also agreed to take effective steps for preventingsmuggling of arms and explosives, drugs, gold and other such items across theborder.

Indian Delegation was led by DGBSF Rajni Kant Mishra. The next round of the DG level border conference will beheld in November this year. Our correspondent has the details:


"India andBangladesh have expressed their resolve to bring down the killing incidents onthe border to zero by increasing patrols. On the concluding day of the 48th DGlevel meeting of border security forces of the two countries in Dhaka today,both sides decided to carry out intensive vigilance to prevent border crossingby forcibly displaced nationals from Myanmar. The two countries also agreed todeclare new areas as crime free zones in phases beginning with Sarail region onthe Tripura border with Bangladesh Rajesh Jha, AIR News, Dhaka."


In Sri Lanka, a group of 160defence officers and their families reached Colombo today while same number ofSri Lankan officers and their families are on their way to India on afamiliarization visit under defence exchange programme. Our correspondentreports that the visit is part of a high-level defence co-operation between thetwo neighbours and to show solidarity with Sri Lanka after Easter Sundayattacks.


"This is the first time such a large defence contingent alongwith families from India is visiting Sri Lanka and they will be going to Kandyand Galle during their four-day stay. Sri Lankan contingent visit was organizedfor the first time last year and they will visit Bodh Gaya, Nalanda and Rajgirduring the current visit. The visit is primarily aimed at increasinginteraction and bonhomie between armed forces personnel of both countries. Itfollows close on the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Sri Lanka onSunday to express solidarity with Sri Lanka after Easter attacks. Santosh Kumar, Air News,colombo"


Hong Kong's Chief ExecutiveCarrie Lam today said, a divisive bill that would allow extraditions to Chinahas been suspended. It is a major climbdown from her government after a week ofunprecedented protests. She told reporters that the government has decided tosuspend the legislative amendment exercise. Ms Lam said, the LegislativeCouncil will halt its work in relation to the bill until their workingcommunication explanation and listening to opinions is completed and they haveno intention to set a deadline for this work.


Elaborate arrangement are inplace to deal with Cyclone 'Vayu' in view of its likely landfall on Kutch coastin Gujarat on Monday or Tuesday. The MeT department has said, Cyclone Vayu islikely to change its course and may hit the Kutch coast. It said, the intensityof Vayu is likely to get reduced and may hit the coast as a cyclonic storm or adeep depression. Ahmedabad Meteorological Centre Additional Director ManoramaMohanty said, it is also possible that the Cyclone may weaken and dissipate inthe sea itself. The state government has asked people not to panic. AdditionalChief Secretary Pankaj Kumar said, the government is closely monitoring themovement of the Cyclone and that necessary precautions are being taken. CycloneVayu had earlier skirted the Gujarat coast affecting Gir, Somnath, Diu,Junagarh areas of the state. A report:-


"Thepowerful cyclone of its time, the Vayu has made the state government, civicauthorities, security forces and relief agencies swung into action right fromday one. The government chalked out comprehensive strategy considering eachstakeholder in order to reduce difficulty during the crisis. It shifted around3 lakh people from the low lying areas to the safer place which is the highestdisplacement by the state so far.

Here is afisherman Ramesh Baria from Amreli district describing his experience ofcyclone:


The humanitarianapproach shown by the government administration as well as relief agenciescertainly reduced the pain of the people of losing their home and helped themtackle the natural disaster in a better way. Withthe inputs from PTC Amreli Haresh Tank, This is Aparna Khunt, AIR News,Ahmedabad."


In Jammu and Kashmir, stateadministration has approved the second phase of a comprehensive plan for floodmanagement work on the Jhelum river at a cost of over 5,400 crore rupees. Morefrom our correspondent:-


"Amultipronged strategy under Prime Minister Development Package (PMDP) wasadopted for flood mitigation in Kashmir valley following devastating floods ofSeptember 2014. Over 399 Crores were approved in Phase-I of the strategyand  in phase II, the detailed projectreport (DPR) costing over Rs 5400 Crores has been submitted to the Central Water Commission (CWC). Under the longterm measures, the expertise of international agencies  is employed to conduct detailed morphologicalstudy of River Jhelum. TARIQ RATHER, AIR NEWS, SRINAGAR"


India will clash with SouthAfrica in the title clash of the International Hockey Federation (FIH) Men'sSeries Finals at Bhubaneswar, Odisha this evening. The match will start at 7:15PM at the Kalinga Stadium.
Winning their respective semi-finals, India and South Africa had set up thesummit clash yesterday and sealed their berths in the Olympic Qualifiers.


In the ICC Cricket World Cup, defending champions Australia will take onSri Lanka, while South Africa face Afghanistan today. The Australia -Sri Lankagame will be played in London at 3 PM, with the South Africa-Afghanistan matchscheduled to begin at 6 PM at Cardiff.
All India Radio will broadcast live commentary on the match between Australiaand Sri Lanka. It can be heard on DTH (Hindi) and additional frequencies from2:30 pm onwards.
India will play arch-rivals Pakistan tomorrow in their fourth match atManchester.


In Football, the Netherlands willplay Cameroon and Canada meet New Zealand today in the two Group-E matches ofthe FIFA Women's World Cup being held in France.


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