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26th May, 2017

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  • Marking the third anniversary of NDA government at the centre Prime Minister Narendra Modi says every region of India is important for the government; reiterates his commitment to double the income of farmers by 2022.
  • PM launches a number of infrastructure projects in Assam today; inaugurates India's longest Bhupen Hazarika bridge over Brahmaputra river.
  • BJP President Amit Shah says corruption free governance is Modi government's biggest achievement in the past three years.
  • President Pranab Mukherjee says without social justice political freedom, political justice and political liberation are meaningless.
  • In Jammu & Kashmir two heavily armed gunmen belonging to Pakistan's Border Action Team killed by Army in Baramulla district.
  • Former Punjab Police chief, K.P.S. Gill, passes away.
  • Markets climb to new record high; sensex breaches 31000 mark.
  • In Sri Lanka over 90 people killed in heavy floods and landslides.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said every region of India is important for the NDA government. Addressing a public meeting at Khanapara in Guwahati marking the third anniversary of NDA government  Mr Modi said the launching and laying foundation for projects worth 3500 crore rupees shows the commitment and approach of his government which commands pubic support and is run by public participation.

The Prime Minister reiterated his commitment to double the income of farmers by 2022. Mr Modi said government wants to ensure value addition of agri-products through Sampada Yojana. He expressed gratitude that people made Swachhata a mass movement. He said media too played a key role in furthering the message of cleanliness. The Prime Minister said NDA government has taken several steps to uplift the OBCs. He said ceiling of OBC creamy layer will be increased from 6 lakh to 8 lakh.

Earlier, Prime Minister launched number of projects in Assam. He inaugurated India's longest  three lane, 9.15 Kms Bhupen Hazarika bridge over Brahmaputra river.

Addressing a public meeting at Dhola, the Prime Minister said that the inauguration of the bridge marks the end of a long wait for the people of the area. He said enhanced connectivity between the North-East and other parts of the country is a priority for the Union Government.

The Prime Minister said infrastructure is extremely important for development, and the effort of the Union Government is to fulfill the dreams and wishes of the people.

Prime Minister laid the foundation stone for two key projects an All India Institute of Medical Sciences at Changsari in Kamrup district  and an extended campus of Indian Council for Agricultural Research at Gogamukh in Dhemaji district of Assam.

Addressing a rally, the Prime Minister said, new technology should enrich the fields. He said, benefits of government's policies should culminate in betterment of farmers' earnings. He recalled his government's commitment to doubling their incomes by 2022.

Mr. Modi said that North East has high potential of becoming the world largest Organic Hub. He said India should not go for the 2nd Green revolution but for an Evergreen Revolution.

On the occasion, Governor of Assam Banwarilal Purohit, Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh, Chief Minister Sarwananda Sonowal and other state Ministers were  present.  

A number of functions were organised across the country to mark the occasion.

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BJP President Amit Shah today said Narendra Modi government has achieved new milestones in the past three years and corruption free government is its biggest achievement. Addressing media in New Delhi, Mr Shah said, Prime Minister Narendra Modi showed political will and Indian Army displayed their valour by surgical strikes.

Mr Shah said Modi government has rooted out policy paralysis from governance and nepotism, casteism, and appeasement from Indian politics. He said even Opposition cannot make allegation of corruption against the Centre.

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The News Services Division of All India Radio in its  weekly programme “Current Affairs” tonight will bring you a   discussion on: Initiatives & Achievements of NDA Government on Completion of Three Years At the Centre. 

This can be heard on Rajdhani/ FM Gold channels and additional frequencies from 9.30 p.m.

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President Pranab Mukherjee today said social justice is most important in the development process of a developing country. He said political freedom, political justice and political liberation are nothing unless there is social justice. He was addressing the gathering after giving away Dr Ambedkar National Award for Social understanding and Upliftment of Weaker Sections in New Delhi. Mr Mukherjee said Dr B R Ambedkar dreamt of an India where every one equally enjoys the fruits of development.

Political democracy cannot last long unless there lies at the base of it a social democracy. What does social democracy mean? It means a way of life which recognizes liberty, equality and fraternity as the principles of life.

 The President lauded Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment for encouraging people and organisations to provide justice, equality and liberty among the downtrodden sections of society.

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Congress President Sonia Gandhi today hosted a luncheon meeting of leaders of opposition parties at Parliament House. It is believed they explored the possibility of putting a joint candidate for the upcoming Presidential election. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamta Banerjee, JD (U) leader Sharad Yadav, RJD Chief Lalu Prasad, CPI (M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury, NCP Chief Sharad Pawar and BSP President Mayawati were among those who attended the meeting.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who did not attend the meeting, had earlier floated the name of President Pranab Mukherjee for the second term. However, Mr. Mukherjee has hinted that he may not accept the second term.

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The Election Commission today said Nationalist Congress Party is the only party which has shown interest in taking part in the EVM hacking challenge organized by the Election Commission on 3rd of next month. The Commission spokesperson said AAP and Congress raised some issue as per the existing framework of challenge but have not expressed their interest in participating. He said, CPI, CPI M), BJP and RLD expressed their interest to observe the challenge.

Last week, the poll panel had announced the challenge to counter allegations of EVM tampering levelled by Aam Admi Party and BSP after the Uttar Pradesh assembly polls.

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Class XII results for all the CBSE regions will be declared on Sunday forenoon. The students can access their results on websites- www.results.nic.in, www.cbseresults.nic.in and www.cbse.nic.in.  According to an official release, the result will not be available in the Board and the public are advised not to visit CBSE office for collection of results. 

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In Jammu & Kashmir, two heavily armed gunmen belonging to Border Action Team (BAT) from across the LOC were killed when they attempted to attack the Army patrol along the Line of Control in Uri area of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district. Defence spokesman told AIR that the operation against BAT militants is underway. Details are awaited.

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 The Indian Air Force today ordered a court of inquiry into the accident involving a Sukhoi jet, whose wreckage was found today 60 km from Tezpur in Assam. The Su-30 Make-I, MKI jet, with two pilots on board, had gone missing on Tuesday shortly after taking off from the Tezpur Salonibari air force station on a routine training sortie.

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Former Punjab Police chief, K.P.S. Gill, who tackled militancy in the state, died of cardiac arrest at Gangaram hospital in Delhi this afternoon. He was 82. Here is a brief profile:

An IPS officer of the Assam-Meghalaya cadre of the 1958 batch, during his two tenures as the Punjab DGP, K.P.S.Gill led from the front the fight against militancy. In May 1988, he conducted the Operation Black Thunder-II with precision and transparency, without evoking public protest. He was an author too. The Punjab Story and “Punjab, the Knights and Falsehood” were two popular books authored by Gill who played a key role in ending terrorism in Punjab. With Ashwani Kumar's report from Chandigarh, Valsa Williams for AIR News.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has condoled Gills demise, saying he will be remembered for his service to the nation in areas of policing and security.

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In Sri Lanka, over 90 people have been killed and more than 100 people are missing after torrential rains triggered heavy floods and landslides. According to the Disaster Management Centre, over 7,000 individuals from over 2,800 families were affected in the Sabaragamuwa, Western and Southern Provinces due to the torrential rains which have been lashing several parts of Sri Lanka since yesterday. Galle is the worst affected district.

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BACK HOME, In Telangana, the heat wave that has kept the state on tenterhooks for over three weeks, is likely to continue into the first couple of days of next month as well. According to a forecast issued by the Telangana State Development Planning Society in Hyderabad today, the present heat wave conditions are likely to continue over the north and eastern parts of the state.

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In Business news, the domestic stock markets soared to record highs once again, today, with  the Sensex crossing the 31,000 mark for the first time ever, and the Nifty breaching the 9,600 mark for the first time as well.

The bulls were again firmly in control of the stock markets. The Sensex at the Bombay Stock Exchange spurted 278 points, or 0.9 percent, to close at a fresh record high of 31,028. The Nifty at the National Stock Exchange surged 85 points, to also settle at a new closing peak of 9,595. During the session, the Nifty crossed the 9,600-mark for the first time. At the forex market, the rupee rose for the third straight session, appreciating 18 paise, to 64.44 against the dollar. Gold gained 100 rupees, to 29,250 rupees per ten grams in Delhi. And Brent crude oil futures climbed 28 cents, to 51.74 dollars a barrel. Pradeep Kumar, AIR News.

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India and Mauritius today discussed bilateral relations and security cooperation, including maritime security and counter terrorism.

Visiting Mauritius  Prime Minister  Pravind Kumar Jugnauth  today met Home Minister Rajnath Singh  in New Delhi. Both the leaders agreed to take the relationships  between the two countries to greater heights. Mauritius PM is on a three day visit to India.

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Union information and broadcasting minister M Venkaiah Naidu today announced the setting up of twenty four- seven satellite channel of Doordarshan for Chhattisgarh. He was addressing a press conference in Raipur after conducting review meetings of the working of his ministries' units in Chhattisgarh.

Later in the evening, the union minister launched various Smart City projects for Raipur. 

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