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21st April,2018


  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi to confer awards for excellence in Public Administration in New Delhi today.
  • External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj leaves for China to participate in Shanghai Cooperation Organisation meeting.
  • Met department warns of strong winds and rough seas along West Bengal, Odisha, Lakshadweep and southern parts of west coast; advises fishermen not to venture into the sea.
  • US President Donald Trump describes North Korea's decision to suspend all nuclear tests as good news for Pyongyang and the World.
  • And, in IPL Cricket, Kolkata Knight Riders to take on Kings Eleven Punjab; Royal Challengers Bangalore to clash with Delhi Daredevils today.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi will confer the awards for excellence in Public Administration at the valedictory session of the Civil Services Day function in New Delhi today. The awards will be given for effective implementation of identified priority programs and innovation to district units and other central and state organisations. More from our correspondent:

"The awards have been instituted with a view to acknowledge, recognize and reward the exemplary work for citizen's welfare. The four priority programs identified for the award are Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana, Promoting Digital Payments, Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana and Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana. The Prime Minister will also  release two books on the occasion. The book titled- New Pathways is a compilation of Success stories on implementation of identified Priority Programmes and  Innovations while the other book-  Aspirational Districts: Unlocking Potentials, is an account of evolving strategies for transforming Aspirational Districts. The Prime Minister  will also address the Civil Servants on the occasion. Anand Kumar, AIR NEWS, Delhi."

Inaugurating the event yesterday, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu said, there is an urgent need to re-think the existing governance paradigm of the country.

$C91A3B8B-ACD7-4157-9C38-9ADA8E4208D0$"There is a need for honest  introspection to effectiveness and efficiency for our administrative structures and processes. It is this introspection and refraction that has made many civil servants, some of who are getting awards  to come up with the alternative strategies for improving the system. I wish and hope that many more civil servants would also think afresh and keep raising the bar through innovative solutions."

President Ram Nath Kovind has greeted all civil servants and their families on Civil Services Day today. In a tweet, the President expressed confidence that the hard-working and independent civil servants will re-dedicate themselves to the country's development.


President Ram Nath Kovind has said that, Sanskrit is the language of science and spirituality. Adressing the 17th convocation of the Lal Bahadur Shastri Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeeth in New Delhi today, he said works of Aryabhatt Bhaskar Charak,  Sushruta and other scientists and mathematicians were composed in Sanskrit. The President said, the real test of education is to make a good human being.

"अच्छे मनुष् का निर्माण करना शिक्षा की असली कसौटी होती है। यह आवश्यक है कि शिक्षा व्यवस्था मूल्य केन्द्रित हो ना कि केवल ज्ञान केंद्रित हो। शिक्षा का प्रमुख उद्देश् है व्यक्ति का संवेदनशील और चरित्रवान होना। सुशिक्षित व्यक्ति वो है जिसमें परोपकार की भावना और लोकहित के प्रति उत्साह होता है।"  


BJP President Amit Shah is holding a rally at Raibareily district today in which Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Party state President Dr. Mahendra Nath Pandey and other state ministers are also present. Our Correspondent has filed this report.

"Considered as Congress Bastion Raibareily district is today clad in saffron colour to welcome BJP national President who will address the rally in Government Inter College a short while from now. Amit Shah first reached Lucknow where he was welcomed by Chief Minister, Deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya, Dinesh Sharma and other ministers. After a brief discussion at airport all leaders flew to Railabreily where they will address the rally. BJP organization In-charge of Raibareily Heero Bajpeyi told AIR correspondent that some important Congress leaders including Party MLC Dinesh Pratap Singh from Raibareily are scheduled to join BJP in the presence of Amit Shah. Congress MLA Rakesh Pratap Singh and party’s lone Chairman of Zila Panchayat in state Avdhesh Singh will also come into BJP’ fold today. 

Sushil Chandra Tiwari, AIR News, Lucknow


In Karnataka, BJP leader and Lok Sabha MP, B Sriramulu today filed his nomination from Molakalamuru assembly constituency. The BJP Chief Ministerial candidate B S Yeddyurappa and Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivaraj Singh Chavan accompanied Mr Sriramulu.

The Congress launched an augmented reality political campaign app called CMTalks in Bengaluru. Speaking during the launch event, Congress General Secretary K C Venugopal said survey predictions of a hung assembly in the state are not true. Speaking to media persons earlier in Mysuru, Chief Minister Siddarmaiah said a decision on his contesting from a second constituency in Badami will be decided later in the day.


In West Bengal, forty live bombs have been recovered from an abandoned house at Chandrapur in Howrah district.   Police said that acting on a tip off, it raided the house and recovered the bombs under Amta police station last night. A bomb squad came from Kolkata and defused the bombs.  Two bikes found in front of the house were seized, the police said.


A CRPF personnel was killed in an encounter with Maoists in Sukma district of Chhattisgarh last night. A CRPF team was on a routine search operation in Kistaram area. Maoists ambushed the team. Security personnel retaliated and in the gun battle, an ASI of CRPF's 212 battalion was killed.


In Jammu and Kashmir the Army jawan injured in Pakistan's firing in Sunderbani sector along the LoC succumbed to injuries yesterday. Defence sources told AIR that Havildar Charanjeet Singh had sustained grievous bullet injuries in the exchange of fire on the 17 th of this month. He was immediately evacuated and provided intensive medical care in a Military Hospital. However despite all efforts the gallant soldier succumbed to his injuries yesterday. The martyr was from Naoshera area of dstrict Rajouri, in J&K.


Union Petroleum and Naural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar launched the "extended Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana" in Patna yesterday. Under the scheme 8 crore LPG connections will be given to beneficiaries across the country. Union minister Ram Vilas Paswan was also present on the occasion.  Speaking to reporters in Patna, Mr. Pradhan said earlier, the target under the Centre's flagship scheme was to give 5 crore LPG connections across the country which was raised to 8 crore with additional allocation of funds in the current fiscal.

He said that 3.60 crore LPG connections have been given in past two years in the country under the scheme. 50 lakh connections have been given under Ujjwala scheme in Bihar alone, he added.


The Met department has warned of strong winds and rough seas along the coasts of West Bengal, Odisha, southern parts of the western coast and Lakshadweep today and advised fishermen not to venture out in to the sea.  It said, the coasts of West Bengal and Odisha are likely to witness strong wind speeds occasionally reaching 40­-50 kmph with moderate to rough sea conditions.


The Tamil Nadu government has started disbursal of 131 crore Rupees compensation to fishermen whose livelihood was affected due to an oil spill in Chennai last year following a collision of two ships. The Madras High Court had last week directed the state  government to disburse the amount within four weeks.

The spill had affected the livelihood of fishermen along the eastern coast from Ennore Port to Mahabalipuram, a distance of about 70 km from Chennai, involving three districts of Chennai, Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur.


External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has left for China to participate in a meeting of the foreign ministers of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO). Ms Swaraj will hold talks with her Chinese counterpart Wang Yi tomorrow. This will be Ms. Swaraj's first meeting with Wang after he was elevated last month to be the state councillor.

China, on Wednesday, had said that the upcoming visit of the External Affairs Minister will further enhance political trust between the two countries. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying had said that the visit would also elevate the China-India strategic cooperation partnership.


US President, Donald Trump today said North Korea decision to suspend all Nuclear Tests and close up a major test site, is very good news for Pyongyang and the World. In a tweet, President said he is looking forward to the US-Korea  Summit.

Earlier, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said his country has suspended nuclear and missile tests from today and will also shut down a nuclear test site. North Korea's Central News Agency (KCNA) today said that Kim made the announcement at a plenary meeting of the ruling Workers' Party central committee in Pyongyang yesterday. He also said the mission at the nuclear test site in Punggye-ri in North Hamgyong Province has ended.  North Korea said it will cooperate and hold dialogues with neighboring countries and the international community to ensure peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula and throughout the world. 

The surprise announcement comes as Kim is due to meet his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in next week for the first inter-Korean summit in over a decade, and US President Donald Trump by June this year.

China has welcomed North Korea's decision to halt nuclear tests and intercontinental missile launches. Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson  Lu Kang said in a statement that China believes the decision to stop nuclear tests and focus on developing the economy and improving people's living standards will help further ease the situation in the Korean peninsula and help to promote the process of denuclearisation and attempts to find a political settlement. The Spokesperson said Beijing will support Pyongyang to engage in dialogue and consultation with the relevant parties.


International Monetary Fund , IMF has said India's role in the development of the Indo-Pacific region will continue to expand because of its robust growth. Deputy Director of Asia and Pacific Department in the IMF, Ken Kang said in a news conference in Washington that India's growth is rising from 7.4 percent in 2017-2018 to 7.8 per cent in 2019 and there is room to increase its export orientation and to reduce further barriers. Answering a question on the role India can play in the development and growth of the Indo-Pacific region, Kang, said there is scope to do more on trade reform. He said the statutory tariff rate in India is relatively high at about 15 percent, and higher than those in the rest of the region. The IMF in the latest World Economic Outlook (WEO) has projected India to grow at 7.4 per cent in 2018 and 7.8 per cent in 2019.


Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors from G20, the Group of 20 economies, have agreed to aim for economic growth by promoting trade. In their two day meeting at Washington the financial leaders agreed to work together to promote trade and global economic growth. The delegates expressed  concern that protectionist policies and a further escalation of US-China trade friction could slow down the global economy.


Kolkata Knight Riders will take on Kings Eleven Punjab, while Royal Challengers Bangalore will clash with Delhi Daredevils  in IPL cricket today. The match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Kings XI Punjab will be played at Eden gardens in Kolkata at 4 PM. Second match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Daredevils will be played at Chinnaswamy stadium in Bengaluru at 8 PM.  Yesterday, Chennai Super Kings beat Rajasthan Royals by 64 runs in Pune. Chasing a target of 205 runs, Rajasthan Royals were all out  for 140 in 18.3 overs. 


News just in, Cabinet has approved ordinance to award death penalty to those convicted of raping children up to 12 years of age.


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