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0815 HRS

0815 HRS.

25th August, 2019


  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi holds talks with King of Bahrain Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa on various bilateral and regional issues; Conferred " The King Hamad Order of the Renaissance award".

  • Prime Minister to share his thoughts in 'Mann Ki Baat' programme of All India Radio at 11 this morning.

  • Last rites of senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley to be perforrmed at  Nigambodh Ghat in New Delhi this afternoon.

  • Brazil deploys 40,000 troops and Military aircraft to contain Amazon forest fires.  

  • In Badminton, P V Sindhu to face Nozomi Okuhara of Japan in summit clash of BWF World Championships in Switzerland.


"Prime Minister Narendra Modi held talks with King of Bahrain Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa in Manama on various bilateral and regional issues. The two leaders discussed ways to strengthen the friendship between India and Bahrain, with a focus on business relations and cultural exchange. Mr Modi also held a meeting with his Bahraini counterpart Prince Khalifa Bin Salman Al Khalifa. The two countries signed a string of Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) in the fields culture, space, solar energy and RuPay card. This was disclosed by Secretary (Economic Relations in External Affairs Ministry TS Tirumurti. 

"The MoUs were signed between ISRO and the Bahraini Counterpart in order to assist in building the Q-SAT, establishing ground stations, data sharing and training. Both sides referred to the strong security cooperation and dialogue between the Deputy National Security advisors. Two rounds of which has already taken place. The Bahrain side expresses support for India's candidature to UN Security council."

Mr Modi's visit to Bahrain is significant as it is the first visit of an Indian Prime Minister to the country.  A report: 

"India and Bahrain will work together in the field of space technology, renewable energy, culture and also  to enhance economic activities on both sides. Prime Minister’s visit has reactivated the age-old cultural and trade ties during the ancient period. Both countries enjoy the age old cultural and maritime trade ties with each other have reaffirmed, their commitment on regional and international issues. On the first day of his visit, Mr. Modi was given a grand welcome at the airport and at the royal palace. The delegation level talks ended with the signing of three agreements. With Joy this is Sanjeev Sundriyal from Bahrain."

Mr Modi was also honoured with "The King Hamad Order of the Renaissance." Expressing his gratitude for this unique gesture, Prime Minister said, it is an honour for entire India and a symbol of the close and friendly relations between the Kingdom of Bahrain and India. Mr Modi also addressed an Indian community event at the Bahrain National Stadium.

आज उस भारत का टैलेंट भारत की वैश्विक पहचान बन रहा है। भारत के लिए भी और दुनिया के लिए भी ऐसे चमत्कार कर रहा है जिसको लेकर हर कोई अचम्भित है। विश्व के बड़े-बड़े प्रोजेक्ट में भविष्य से जुड़ी तकनीक के सोध में बड़े-बड़े संस्थानों में भारतीय प्रतिभा अपने जौहर दिखा रही है। 

Today, Prime Minister will witness the formal beginning of the re-development of Shreenathji temple, the oldest in the Gulf region. Mr Modi arrived in Manama on the third leg of his three-nation tour to France, the UAE and Bahrain. He was received at the airport by Prince Khalifa. Prime Minister Modi arrived in Bahrain after wrapping up his visit to the UAE where he held talks with the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and discussed measures to improve trade and cultural ties between the two countries.

From Bahrain, Mr Modi is scheduled to return to France today to attend the G7 Summit meeting.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi will arrive in Biarritz, France tonight where the G7 summit is going on and top leaders of the world are present. India is invited as Biarritz partner and the French media is expecting a bigger role of India in fighting inequality which is the theme of the summit.

"Olivier da Lage, a French journalist who works for RADIO FRANCE, spoke exclusively to AIR and said that world has seen the special attention given to PM Narendra Modi at the recent visit for bilateral talks in Paris and India is a key actor in fight against global warming. Another french Journalist Ranvir Nayyar who works for MEDIA INDIA says that this is golden opportunity for India to send the message to the world.

"Prime Minister Narendra Modi should take advantage in the presence of everyone there to communicate about very strident measures, India has taken or in the progress or India has already made or is making or in order to make, in meeting its Paris climate-deal agreement commitments ahead of time."

Sushil Chandra Tiwari, AIR News, G7 summit city, Biarritz, France."


The last rires of former Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will be performed at the Nigambodh Ghat in New Delhi today. The 66-year old senior BJP leader passed away at AIIMS yesterday following prolonged illness. He was admitted there on August 9. BJP's working president JP Nadda said, the mortal remains will be taken to the BJP headquarters this morning and cremation will take place in the afternoon.

President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, BJP chief Amit Shah and a host of politicians cutting across party lines paid tributes to Jaitley at his residence in south Delhi.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid an emotional tribute to the former Finance Minister. Addressing a Indian community at the Bahrain National Stadium, Mr Modi said, he cannot imagine that he was far away from India in Bahrain, while his dear friend and party colleague passed away in New Delhi. Prime Minister described Jaitley as a valued friend whose insights and nuanced understanding of matters had very few parallels.

एक गहरा दर्द मैं दबायकरके आपके बीच खड़ा हूँ। विद्यार्थी काल से जिस जोश के साथ सार्वजनिक जीवन के एक के बाद एक कदम मिलकर के चले, राजनीतिक यात्रा साथ-साथ चली। बहरीन की धरती से भाई अरुण को आदर पूर्वक श्रद्धांजलि देता हूँ। उनको नमन करता हूँ, उनके परिवारजनो को इस दुख की घड़ी में ईश्वर शक्ति दे। 

Mr Modi also spoke to the wife and son of Jaitley yesterday and expressed his condolences. Both of them insisted that Prime Minister does not cancel his foreign tour.


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 at 11 AM today. It will be the third edition of the programme after Mr Modi assumed office during the second term. The programme will be broadcast on the entire network of AIR and Doordarshan and AIR website, <<www.allindiaradio.gov.in>>. It will also be streamed live on the YouTube channels of the PMO, I&B Ministry, AIR and DD News.

AIR will broadcast the programme in regional languages immediately after the Hindi broadcast. The regional language versions will also be repeated at 8 PM.


The Block Development Council (BDC) elections will be held soon in Jammu and Kashmir and the administration is preparing for it. State government spokesperson Rohit Kansal said, the schedule for the BDC polls, the second tier of panchayati raj system, is being drawn up. Secretary in Rural Development Department Sheetal Nanda said the elections will be held in 316 block councils across the state and the administration is targeting to complete the process by September end.


Jammu and Kashmir Police chief Dilbagh Singh and BSF Director General Rajnikant Mishra visited south Kashmir yesterday and took stock of the security scenario there. After a first-hand assessment of the security situation, they expressed satisfaction over the relative peace in the region. They also praised the collective efforts of the police and all security personnel in containing the situation and expressed their resolve to continue the fight against terrorism. The two top brass chaired a high-level security meeting in Anantnag, where they were briefed about the security scenario in the region.


An inter-Ministerial Central Team, IMCT, will inititate on-the-spot assessment of flood situation in the affected States. Ministry of Home Affairs had recently constituted a team to visit Assam, Meghalaya, Tripura, Bihar, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Kerala affected by recent floods.

Till now, the IMCTs used to visit the affected States only once after the receipt of memorandum from the concerned State.


Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa has informed inter-ministerial central team that the state incurred losses worth over 30,000 crore rupees due to flood and rain. The seven member central team headed by Joint Secretary in the ministry of home affairs Shri Prakash met the Chief Minister yesterday in Bengaluru. The team will be heading to the calamity hit Belagavi today to assess the damages. It will be visiting other rain affected places till coming Tuesday.


Over 2 lakh bio-toilets have been installed in 60,906 train coaches of Indian Railways. Railway Ministry said the work is going on at a rapid pace to install it in the remaining coaches as well. The 'Bio-Toilet project' of Indian Railways is an innovative and indigenous development of technology. The Bio-toilet project is aligned with Swachh Bharat Mission, launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The technology for Bio-toilets have been innovated, designed and is 'Made in India'. It has been developed jointly by Indian Railways' Engineers & DRDO's scientists.


Vice President Venkaiah Naidu has said, the New Education Policy currently being finalized will help create an India-centered education system. He was addressing at the 150th birth anniversary celebration of prominent philanthropist and educationist Sri Calavala Cunnan Chetty in Chennai yesterday.  Mr Naidu said, the Policy would facilitate transforming the nation into an equitable and vibrant knowledge society, providing high-quality education to all.


Brazil has pressed 40,000 troops and military aircraft into action to fight massive Amazon forest fires. After international pressure to contain fires, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro authorised the use of military to battle the huge blazes, saying he is committed to protecting the Amazon region. The armed forces will collaborate with public security and environmental protection agencies to douse the forest fires.


India's star-shuttler PV Sindhu will take on Nozomi Okuhara of Japan in the final of BWF World Championships at Basel in Switzerland today. Sindhu has faced World No. 4 Okuhara 15 times in her career and has a slender lead of 8-7 in head-to-head results. This will be the third straight year Sindhu has reached the final of the tournament.


India were 185 for three at stumps on the third day of the opening Test against the West Indies at North Sound in Antigua last night. Skipper Virat Kohli  on 51 and Ajinkya Rahane on 53 are on the crease. Earlier, in reply to India's 297 all out, West Indies were bowled out for 222 in their first innings yesterday.  India now enjoy an overall lead of 260 runs over the West Indies.



  • Former Union Minister and BJP leader Arun Jaitley passing away after prolonged illness is the story that dominates headlines this  morning. "Legacy of a reformer" leads Mail Today. "Troubleshooter lays down arms" headlines Financial Express. "Firefighter goes down fighting" says The Indian Express.

  • The Tribune quoting Prime Minister Narendra Modi in UAE writes "End of J&K's isolation."

  • "Opposition delegation turned back from Srinagar airport" informs The Hindu.

  • "CBI has fresh evidence to grill P Chidambaram again" reports The Asian Age.

  • "US-China trade war likely to dominate Modi-Trump talks" notes The Hindu.

  • The Statesman quoting experts writes "Deforestation major cause of Amazon fores fires."

  • And finally, people who think juices are not good for their kids health, take note! Well, The Asian Age reports that juices are indeed good for children and improve their overall diet quality, claim a study in the journal of the American College of Nutrition.


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