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  • India and Zambia sign six MoUs following delegation level talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Zambian President.

  • Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram fails to get any immediate relief from Supreme Court; his plea  seeking protection from arrest, to be put before the Chief Justice of India.

  • Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath expands his cabinet.

  • In Jammu and Kashmir, one terrorist killed in an encounter with security forces in Baramulla district.

  • And in Sports, Indian men's hockey team win the Olympic Test event beating New Zealand 5-0 in Tokyo .


Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that the visit of Zambian  President Edgar Chagwa Lungu's visit to India will further enhance the age old relationship between the two countries. Addressing a joint press conference in New Delhi with the Zambian President, Mr Modi said both the countries will increase their participation in the fields of health care, tourism, agriculture, food processing and mining. India and Zambia also signed six MoUs in several areas including geology, defence, arts and culture.

Mr Modi said, the State visit of President Lungu will provide an opportunity to further energize India's mutually beneficial partnership with Zambia.

Zambia President Lungu said he had a fruitful discussion with Prime Minister Modi. He said the people of Zambia are truly grateful for the support received from India over the years. Mr Lungu expressed hope that more Indian companies will invest in Zambia. He reaffirmed Zambian government's commitment to enhance relations.

Earlier, Mr Modi held delegation level talks with President of Zambia Edgar Chagwa Lungu. Our correspondent reports, both the leaders reviewed the entire gamut of bilateral relations. Mr Lungu arrived in New Delhi yesterday on a three-day visit to India.


Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram, who is facing threat of arrest in the INX Media case, failed to get any immediate relief from Supreme Court today. Chidambaram's petition seeking protection from arrest was mentioned before a bench comprising Justices NV Ramana, M Shantanagoudar and Ajay Rastogi. The bench, however, said that the case will be put before the Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi to consider for urgent listing. Chidambaram moved the apex court after the Delhi High Court yesterday rejected his anticipatory bail plea.

The CBI and Enforcement Directorate (ED) teams visited Mr Chidambaram's residence four times since yesterday. However, there's no trace of him. The CBI team late last night also pasted a notice on Mr Chidambaram's residence asking him to appear before the investigation officer within two hours.

Meanwhile, the ED today issued a fresh look out circular against Chidambaram in connection with the INX Media money laundering case. The notice against the Congress leader has been sent to all land, air and seaports and law enforcement agencies at these facilities. It says the ED should be ed in case the person is found on their premises. It also asks them to not allow the Congress leader to cross the Indian border without the permission of the ED. The ED officials said, this is a preventive measure exercised by the agency as Chidambaram's whereabouts are not known at present and he is required by them to take the probe forward in the INX Media case.


External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar arrived in Kathmandu today on a two-day visit to Nepal. He was received at the airport by Foreign Secretary of Nepal, Shanker Das Bairagi, Indian Ambassador to Nepal Manjeev Singh Puri and Nepal's Ambassador to India Neelambar Acharya. In his first engagement, Dr. Jaishankar is meeting Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli. Later in the day the External Affairs Minister will co-chair the 5th Meeting of India-Nepal Joint Commission with his Nepalese counterpart Pradeep Kumar Gyawali.

The meeting will start in a short while from now. The Joint Commission will review overall state of bilateral relations and various areas of cooperation. The main focus will be on economic partnership, trade and transit, connectivity, power, water resources and inundation. The meeting is also expected to take concrete decisions to make further substantive progress on economic partnership. Established in June 1987, India-Nepal Joint Commission is the highest level mechanism to comprehensively review bilateral relations. Its meetings are held alternately in both the countries.<><>Raj Kumar AIR News Kathmandu.

Nepal’s Minister for Foreign Affairs will also host a dinner in honour of Dr. Jaishankar.


Former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister and senior BJP leader, Babulal Gaur passed away at a private hospital in Bhopal this morning after prolonged illness. He was 89.

The veteran BJP leader served as Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister between 2004 and 2005 and represented Govindpura Assembly seats 10 times.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed grief over the demise of the veteran leader. In a tweet, Mr Modi said, the former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister served people for decades. The Prime Minister said, from Jana Sangh days, Babulal Gaur worked constantly to strengthen the party. He said, as Minister and Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, Babulal Gaur undertook several efforts to transform the state.  


Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday held a telephonic conversation with his British counterpart Boris Johnson during which he raised the issue of violence against members of the Indian diaspora celebrating Independence Day outside the Indian Mission in London.

According to a statement issued by the Prime Minister's Office, Mr. Modi drew Johnson's attention to the challenges posed by vested interests pursuing their motivated agenda, including by violent means. The statement said, Prime Minister Johnson regretted the incident and assured that all necessary steps would be taken to ensure safety and security of the High Commission, its personnel and visitors.


Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has expanded his council of ministers with 23 ministers taking oath at the Raj Bhavan in Lucknow. This is the first rejig of Adityanath's council of ministers since he came to power in 2017. A report from our correspondent:

" Governor Anandiben Patel administered  the oath  of office and  secrecy to 23 new ministers at Raj Bhawan this morning.  Out of this 18 are new faces. Six were sworn in as cabinet minister.  There are two women amongst the ministers sworn in today. Four ministers were elevated to cabinet minister level they are Dr Mahendra Singh, Bhupendra Singh Chaudhary, Suresh Rana, and  Anil Rajbhar and  Neelkanth Tiwari is promoted as MOS independent charge. Now the strength of Yogi cabinet becomes 56. MS Yadav AIR News Lucknow"


In Jammu and Kashmir, the situation is showing significant improvement especially in the Kashmir Valley with authorities continuing to give day time relaxations in various areas including Srinagar city.  With administration ordering reopening of educational institutions up to the middle classes-level across the Valley from today, some students were seen going to school. According to official sources, barricades were removed from uptown and civil lines areas of the Srinagar city, but deployment of security forces continued to maintain law and order. Transport was seen plying on the roads with inter-district transport also starting to ply. More from our correspondent: 

"The government last week had ordered the reopening of primary schools across the valley from Monday and  middle schools from  today. J&K Government spokesperson Rohit Kansal  during  the media briefing last evening in Srinagar  had said that  normal functioning of large parts of the state was reported with 12 out of the 22 districts functioning normally. He had  also said that day-time restrictions were lifted from 136 police stations out of the total 197 across Jammu and Kashmir. The government spokesperson also said  that out of 93,000 landline telephones, 73,000 landlines were restored and the rest would operate soon." R.K Raina, Air News, Jammu.


Meanwhile, a Lashker-e-Toiba (LeT) terrorist was  killed in an encounter with security forces in Baramulla district today. Police said, the slain terrorist has been identified as Momin Gojri, a resident of Baramulla. A special police officer (SPO) of Jammu and Kashmir Police Billal Ahmad was also martyred in the gun-battle.

The encounter broke out after security forces launched a cordon and search operation in Ganie-Hamam area following credible information about the presence of terrorists. In the ensuing encounter, the terrorist was killed. Incriminating material including arms and ammunition was recovered from the site of encounter.


A helicopter engaged in relief and rescue operations in rain-ravaged Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand crashed today. Officials said, three persons were on board the helicopter and their fate is not immediately known. The helicopter crashed near Moldi while returning after distributing relief material among the affected people. Only crew members were on board the aircraft when it crashed.


Indian men's hockey team won the Olympic Test event beating New Zealand 5-0 in Tokyo today. Captain Harmanpreet Singh, Shamsher Singh, Nilakanta Sharma, Gursahibjit Singh and Mandeep Singh scored one goal each for India.

India had lost 1-2 to New Zealand earlier in round robin league-stage.

Indian women's hockey team also secured its place in the final. They played out a goal-less draw against China in the third and last round-robin match. With a tally of five points from their three matches, Indian eves topped the points table and will now face host Japan in the final later in the day. 


At the stock markets, after opening higher in the morning, the Sensex erased its gains to drop 194 points to trade at 37,134, a short while ago. The Nifty at the National Stock Exchange slipped 73 points to 10,944.

At the forex market, the rupee appreciated 14 paise, to 71.57 against the dollar in intra-day deals.    


Divyang Satendra Singh Lohia from Madhya Pradesh has become the first Asian swimmer to cross the Catalina Channel of America yesterday. Satendra holds the Asian record of crossing both the English and Catalina channels. Madhya Pradesh Sports Minister Jitu Patwari has congratulated Satendra on this achievement. A report:

"Gwalior born Satendra led the Indian Para Relay team along with five team mates and crossed the Catalina Channel in 11 hours 34 minutes. At that time , the water temperature was around 13 degrees Celsius. As per the official release, the Indian Para Relay Team started 42 km of swimming at 10.57 p.m. from St. Catalina Island and finished swimming at Los Angeles at 10.30 a.m. Satyendra has also honoured with the Vikram Award, the highest sports award in Madhya Pradesh.-Sanjeev Sharma, AIR News, Bhopal "


Bangladesh has said that abrogation of Article 370 by New Delhi is an internal matter of India. In a statement today, Foreign Ministry said maintaining regional peace and stability, as well as development, should be a priority for all countries. The statement comes on the day External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar left Dhaka after concluding his three day visit to Bangladesh. More from our correspondent:

Bangladesh has taken a clear and unambiguous position about the abrogation of Article 370 by India. Its Foreign Ministry today said that its an internal matter of India. The statement comes on the day when India's External Affairs Minister'S. Jaishankar left Dhaka after concluding his three day visit to Bangladesh. The statement by Bangladesh shows worldwide support for the India position that decision on Article 370 is an vindication of India's stance on this issue and further isolates Pakistan which has been trying to involve other countries in opposing India's stance on Jammu & Kashmir. Rajesh Jha/AIR News, Dhaka.


In Saudi Arabia, a landmark reform allowing women over the age of 21 to receive passports and travel abroad without permission from a male guardian has begun. The reform comes after high-profile attempts by women to escape alleged guardianship abuse despite a string of reforms by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, including a landmark decree last year that overturned the world's only ban on women drivers.

In other changes unveiled earlier this month, Saudi women were also granted the right to officially register childbirth, marriage or divorce and to be recognized as a guardian to children who are minors -- same as men.

The reform comes as the OPEC petroleum producer reels from low oil prices and seeks to boost employment opportunities for women -- currently facing chronic joblessness.



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