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26th June, 2019


  • US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo calls on Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi; External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar holds talks with Mr. Pompeo.

  • Prime Minister to leave for Japan this evening to attend G20 Summit in Osaka.

  • Additional NRC Draft Exclusion list comprising over one lakh names published in Assam.

  • Asia-Pacific Group of United Nations unanimously endorse India’s candidature for non-permanent seat in UN Security Council for 2 years.

  • In Cricket, New Zealand to take on Pakistan in ICC World Cup at Birmingham.


US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo today called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi at his residence in New Delhi. In a tweet, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said, Secretary Pompeo exchanged views on various aspects of Indo-US relationship with the Prime Minister. The two sides are working together to further strengthen the strategic partnership. Mr Kumar said, Prime Minister Modi will meet US President Donald Trump on the sidelines of the upcoming G-20 Summit to be held in Osaka Japan.

External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar held talks with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Dr. Jaishankar  welcomed Mr Pompeo as the first US dignitary to visit India after elections. The two leaders exchanged views on a range of bilateral and regional issues of mutual interest.

The Secretary of State arrived in New Delhi last night on a three-day visit to India. He is also scheduled to meet Indian and US businesses in a round table format and deliver a policy speech at the India International Centre.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi will reply in Rajya Sabha today to the debate on Motion of Thanks on President's Address. Replying to the debate in the Lok Sabha yesterday, Prime Minister asserted that there is no place for corruption in the country and the government will continue its fight against it.

He said that Government is comm.itted towards ensuring Ease of Living for all its citizens and urged everyone to work towards creating a New India. The Prime Minister also asked for a collective endeavour to make India a five trillion dollar economy.

"भारत दुनिया की पहली पांच इकॉनोमी में कैसे प्रवेश करे। भारत एक्सपोर्ट में कैसे बढ़ावा दे। मेक इन इंडिया में कैसे बढ़ावा दे। स्टार्टअप की दुनिया में हमारे नौजवान बहुत कर रहे हैं। जय जवान जय किसान जय विज्ञान और अब जय अनुंसधान। हम देश में इन चीजों का कैसे बल दे और हम हमारे नौजवानों को रोजगार भी दे हमारे देश में टुरिज्म की बहुत संभावना है और भारत में रोजगार की संभावनाएं बढ़ सकती हैं। आने वाले दिनों में देश को आधुनिक करके देश को वहां ले जाना है लेकिन इतने बड़े सपनों को लेकर के हमने आगे बढ़ना है।"


Prime Minister Modi will leave for Japan today to attend the 14th G20 Summit in Osaka on the 28th and 29th of this month. The theme of the summit is Human centered future society. Food security, energy security, financial stability, terrorism related issues, Innovation in digital economy and artificial intelligence will be discussed.

Former Union Minister Suresh Prabhu is the Prime Minister's Sherpa at the summit. Yesterday, he attended the G20 Sherpa meeting to prepare for the Prime Minister's Summit with G-20 leaders.

More than 20 countries will be participating in the G20 Summit.

"Around 25 thousand security personnel are deployed in and around venue. Nine areas of Osaka will have heavy traffic restrictions from June 27 to 30. Roads will be blocked when the VIP motorcades get their police escorts to and from Kansai or Itami airports. Ten sections of the Hanshin Expressway will be closed to traffic during the G20 summit. The Hanshin Expressway is the main transport artery in the Kansai metropolitan area. Traffic to and from the International Exhibition Center-INTEX Osaka, the summit’s main venue on Sakishima will also be prohibited. SANJEEV SHARMA, AIR NEWS, OSAKA JAPAN."


Punjab cadre IPS officer Samant Goel has been appointed new chief of Research & Analysis Wing (R&AW). Assam Cadre IPS officer Arvind Kumar will be new Director of Intelligence Bureau. While Mr Goel played a key role in planning the February 2019 Balakot airstrikes and the 2016 surgical strikes, Arvind Kumar is known as the government's Kashmir expert. Both are IPS officers from 1984 batch.


Union Home Minister Amit Shah will be on a two day visit to Jammu and Kashmir from today. He will reach Srinagar in the afternoon. This is Mr Shah's first visit to the state after assuming charge as Home Minister in the second successive stint of BJP led NDA government at the Centre. Mr Shah is scheduled to co-chair a meeting of the Unified Headquarters with Governor Satya Pal Malik.


In Jammu & Kashmir, one terrorist was killed in an encounter with security forces in the forest area of Tral subdivision in Pulwama district today. The gunfight broke out between security forces an terrorists following the launch of a cordon and search operation in the Branpathri forest area of Tral this morning. Security sources said that the body of slain terrorists was recovered alongwith one AK 47 rifle.


In Assam, the Additional NRC Draft Exclusion list published today consists of 1 lakh 2 thousand 462 persons. Official sources said that the persons whose names appear in the Additional Draft Exclusion List are those persons whose names were included in the Draft NRC published in July last year, but have been subsequently found ineligible due to various reasons.

"Over 1 lakh person who have been excluded will be informed individually through Letters of Information to be delivered at their residence along with the reason of exclusion. Such persons will get the opportunity to file their claims which will be disposed through a hearing by a Disposing Officer. The hearings will start from 5th of July. All the claims will be disposed off before the publication of the Final NRC on 31st of July. The entire NRC process is being carried out in Assam under the monitoring of the Supreme Court. The NRC authority already announced, all genuine Indian citizens as per cut of date of Midnight of 24th March, 1971 will be included in the Final NRC. On 30th July last year, name of 40 lakh people did not appear in the NRC draft list. MANAS PRATIM SARMA, AIR NEWS, GUWAHATI."


Prime Minister Narendra Modi will share his thoughts with the people in the country and abroad in his Mann Ki Baat programme on All India Radio this Sunday. It will be the first Mann Ki Baat programme after Mr Modi assumed office for the second term. Prime Minister has been raising several important issues through the monthly programme which is aired on the last Sunday of every month at 11 AM. 

Our Correspondent reports that Prime Minister in his Mann Ki Baat address in June 2015 had said that we should have smart cities, comparable to world standards and at the same time, the poorest of the poor person should have an accommodation of his own.

"हमारे देश में करीब पांच सौ छोटे मोटे शहर हैं हम घरों को जीवन जीने योग्य बनाने के लिए बड़ा अभियान उठाया है। उसी प्रकार से दुनिया की बराबरी कर सके  ऐसा देश भी तो होना चाहिए। देश में दुनिया की बराबरी कर सके ऐसे स्मार्ट सिटी होने चाहिए और दूसरी तरफ देश के गरीब से गरीब व्यक्ति को भी रहने के लिए अपना घर होना चाहिए और घर भी वो जिसमें बिजली हो, पानी हो शौचालय हो, नजदीक में पड़ने के लिए स्कूल का प्रबंध हो। 2022 में जब भारत आजादी के 75 साल मनाएगा हम देशवासियों को घर देना चाहते हैं।"

Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Puri said, more that 81 lakh houses have been sanctioned under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Urban so far.

"In Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana we section 81 lack home part of these 81 lack home there are something like 48 lack which are a various stages. The technologies which are using are those where after the grounding it, should take not more than 15-18 months to complete the target before completion date of 2022. I am more-less confident that we can have all the sanctioning done.  


In Mizoram, Khawlailung village has earned a name for robust sugarcane cultivation. A 80-year old sugarcane cultivation now produces tasty jaggery too because of the hard toil of the farmers of this village.

"Khawlailung village with population of only 520 families in Serchhip district has set an instance of success in sugarcane cultivation. After Prime Minister Modi in his 'Mann Ki Baat' Program in 2015 took the name of this successgul village, a positive impact has swayed the village. The community and all farmers got inspired by PM Modi's words of appreciation that they have been tirelessly working towards making it a model village. The government is also helping farmers in different ways, that ensured increased production every year. Agriculture department has provided machineries at subsidised rate for juicing sugarcane to 22 families. The farmers are now producing and marketing tasty jaggery too. Talking to AIR, Village Council President, VCP Thangbawiha said:

(Since becoming a model village, we have constructed market shed. It has generated income for the village council. The village has become exam centre for High School Leaving Certificate. Mizoram Rural bank has set up it's branch here. Also, more than 30 Self Help groups are being set up, and a computer learning centre has been set up by NIELIT which imparts free training.

Local people said they are now keenly desiring for Indian Institute of Sugarcane Research to help set up a sugarcane processing unit. Last 2 years, the villagers organized Kurtai or Jaggery Festival, the first of its kind in Mizoram, to celebrate the bumper harvest of sugarcane. IRENE, AIR NEWS, AIZAWL."


Today is the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. The day is observed every year on 26th June since 1987 to raise awareness about the major problem that illicit drugs pose to society. This year the theme is Health for Justice,  Justice for Health, which highlights that justice and health are two sides of the same coin when it comes to addressing drug problems.

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, in a tweet, has appealed to the people to create awareness on the dangers of substance abuse and collectively strive to end the menace.

Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment flagged off the 17th Run against Drug Abuse at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in the national capital with an objective to raise awareness against drug abuse. Mr Gehlot said, government started a survey programme across the country from 2018 to know the number of people who are drug addicts.

"To make the country drug free, special initiative are been taken. A mega survey programme has been started across the country since 2018. To know the exact number of drug addicts, after getting the reports we will better organise this campaign and will move towards making this country drug abuse free. On this day, I appeal to the countrymen to give up drug addicts and to try to make your surroundings drug abuse free as well."


Union Minister Piyush Goyal has said that NDA government will ensure that Indian industry and trade will always be protected. In a reply to a question in Lok Sabha on withdrawal of Generalised System of Preferences by the US, the Minister said government will never compromise on national security and sovereignty. He said these are issues that come up in international trade from time to time and trade negotiations are going on. Mr Goyal added that India has a strong and healthy relationship with the US and diplomatic and trade engagement will get stronger in the time to come.


The Asia-Pacific Group of the United Nations has unanimously endorsed India’s candidature for a non-permanent seat of the UN Security Council for a 2 year term in 2021-22. India's Permanent Representative to the United Nations Syed Akbaruddin informed this in a tweet. He thanked all 55 members for their support.

The countries include Afghanistan, Bangladesh, China, Pakistan, Cambodia, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Malaysia, Mongolia, Oman, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Uzbekistan and Papua New Guinea among others.


New Zealand will take on Pakistan in the ICC Cricket World Cup at Birmingham. The match will begin at 3 PM Indian time. All India Radio will broadcast live commentary on the match. It can be heard on DTH (Hindi) and additional frequencies from 2:30 pm.

Last night, reigning champions Australia thumped England by 64 runs at Lord's to book a place in the semi-finals. India next play the West Indies tomorrow in Manchester.


Sensex at Bombay Stock Exchange climbed 93 points to trade at 39,528 a short while ago. Nifty at National Stock Exchange also surged 29 points at 11,825. Both stocks added 0.24 per cent.


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