- Prime Minister Narendra Modi says, his
government awarded more Padma awards to common people in its three-years in
power; Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi says, NDA government
has taken a U-turn on development issues.
- Campaigning reaches its peak for the
second phase of assembly elections in Gujarat; BJP President Amit Shah, Union
Ministers Rajnath Singh and Smriti Irani and NCP leader Praful Patel addressing
- Haryana Police
registers FIR against Gurugram's Fortis hospital in a case of death of a 7-year
old dengue patient.
- In Nepal, Left
alliance heading for absolute majority in Parliament elections.
- United Nations
tells North Korea to keep communication channels open to avoid risk of war.
- World Human
Rights Day being observed today.
- And in Cricket; Indian batting collapses in
first ODI against Sri Lanka; Seven wickets lost for just 29 runs.
the second and final phase of Gujarat Assembly elections has reached its peak,
with just three days left for it to end. Star campaigners of all major
political parties are leaving no stone unturned to win the voters. Addressing a
rally in Palanpur, Prime Minister Narendra Modi refuted Congress charges that
BJP is a party for the rich and not for the poor. He asked people to look at
the list of people who were awarded Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and
Padmashree in the last three years. Mr Modi said, NDA government has awarded
more common people in its 3 years in power than UPA did in ten years. He
expressed confidence that BJP will emerge victorious in the polls. The Prime
Minister stated that the entire nation is seeing the wonders of Banaskantha in
agriculture, particularly in potato cultivation. He expressed confidence that
with the coming of the Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor, Banaskantha will
become a transport hub. He said, it will provide opportunities to the youth of
Minister is scheduled to address rallies in Sandand, Kalol and Vadodara later
Amit Shah, Union Ministers Rajnath Singh and Smriti Irani are also addressing
gatherings in several places today.
rally at Dakor, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi said, the NDA government
has taken a U-turn on development issues. He also criticised the Prime Minister
for his foreign tours. In a tweet, Mr Gandhi said GST and demonetisation have
made traders in Gujarat incur heavy losses.
Praful Patel is also campaigning for his party in Modasa, Kathlal, Nadiad and
correspondent reports that of the total 182 constituencies, 93 seats spread
over North and Central Gujarat will go to polls in the second phase on Thursday.
"A total of
851 candidates are in the fray in the second phase. Prominent candidates
include Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel who is contesting from Mehsana,
Congress leader Alpesh Thakore from Raghanpur, and BJP Minister Shankar Bhai
Chaudhary from Vav. Polling for the first phase was held in 89 constituencies
of Saurashtra, Kutch and South Gujarat yesterday. Over 68 per cent voter turn
out was recorded. The counting will be held on the 18th of this month. With
Yogesh Pandya, Suparna Saikia, AIR News, Ahmedabad."
The Centre has
refuted the allegations by an NGO that there was a delay on its part in
releasing funds under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee
(MGNREGA) scheme for drought-hit farmers. The issue was raised before the court
by the NGO Swaraj Abhiyan which claimed that there was a high percentage of
delay over payment under MGNREGA made from the time when fund transfer order
was made till the time the payment was actually given to the beneficiaries.
After the government disputed these facts, the court asked Attorney General KK
Venugopal, representing the Centre, to file an affidavit within four weeks in
this regard. The bench posted the matter for further hearing on the 18th of
Aviation Ministry and the Directorate General of Civil Aviation has sought
details from Vistara Airlines over actor Zaira Wasim's alleged molestation
attempt incident. The case had surfaced after the Dangal actor took to
Instagram and described how a man tried to molest her during the Delhi-Mumbai
Vistara flight. Vistara said, they support Zaira Wasim and have zero tolerance
for such behaviour.
Police today registered an FIR against Fortis hospital, Gurugram in a case of
death of a 7-year old dengue patient. The FIR was registered at Sushant Lok
Police Station under section 304(2) of the Indian Penal Code. State Health
Minister Anil Vij said, as per the probe, grave negligence on the part of the
hospital led to Adhya's death. The death of the 7-year old had sparked
controversy after the hospital charged about 16 lakh rupees from her family.
The police complaint was registered after the Health department removed Fortis
from the list of its empaneled hospitals.
M. Venkaiah Naidu today said, farmers should be given more focus in the
country. He said this after conferring the Yerarignar award to renowned
agriculture scientist Dr MS Swaminathan at a function in Chennai. The Vice
President said, agriculture is the basic culture of India adding that the
electronic National Agriculture Market system, e-NAM, which is being
experimented in 40 mandals, should be expanded nationwide to avoid middlemen
exploiting farmers. He insisted that agriculture should be made a viable and an
appealing profession for the next generation. Mr Naidu also asked the media to
give more importance to agriculture rather than getting drawn towards
sensationalism. He also asked research institutions to transfer new
technologies to farmers.
In Nepal, the
left alliance is heading for an absolute majority in Parliament elections and
is leading in most of the provincial assemblies. Of the 165 constituencies of
the House of Representatives, results of 95 seats have been declared, so far.
The Left alliance has won 75 seats and is leading in 40. Ruling Nepali Congress
has got just 11 seats and is leading in 11 places. Sanghiya Samajwadi Forum Nepal
has got 4 and Rashtriya Janta Party Nepal has won 3 seats. Our correspondent
has filed this report:
"CPN (UML)and CPN (Maoist Center)
alliance is also leading in provincial assemblies. Except province no. 2
alliance is much ahead in remaining 6 provinces. So far results of 174 seats of
state assemblies out of 330 have been declared. Left alliance has won 133,
Nepali Congress got 25 others have won 16 seats. Though results of 110 seats of
House of Representative and 220 seats of provincial assemblies under
proportionate representation is yet to come but keeping in view the results of
direct election, left alliance is expected to get absolute majority in 275
member parliament and most of the state assemblies. Raj Kumar AIR News
Nations has told North Korea that there is an urgent need to keep communication
channels open to avoid the risk of war. The UN said this in a statement after
the visit of its under-secretary-general for political affairs Jeffrey
Feltman's to Pyongyang. This was the first highest-level trip by a UN official
to the isolated nation in six years. The statement said, during the visit, Mr
Feltman had a series of meetings with North Korean Foreign
Minister Yong Ho and his deputy PAK Myong Guk. They exchanged views on the
Korean Peninsula and agreed that the current situation was the most tense and
dangerous peace and security issue in the world. The UN envoy emphasised the
need for the implementation of all relevant Security Council resolutions. He
said, there can only be a diplomatic solution to the situation, achieved
through a process of sincere dialogue. North Korea said, it has agreed to
regular communication with the UN. Mr Feltman's visit came after the US and
South Korea launched their biggest-ever annual joint air exercises.
The Arab foreign
ministers have urged the United States to abandon its decision to recognize
Jerusalem as Israel's capital, saying the move will increase violence
throughout the region. The Council of the Arab League held an extraordinary
session on Jerusalem last night. The session which was called on the behest of
Jordan was attended by all its 22 members in Cairo. In a statement after the meeting, the council said, the
announcement by President Donald Trump was a 'dangerous violation of
international law', had no legal impact and was void.
US decision on Jerusalem, head of the Arab League said that it was ‘dangerous
and unacceptable’ and described it as a 'flagrant attack on a political
solution' to the Israeli-Palestinian Arab conflict.
In China, eight
people have been killed in a fire at a township in Haifeng County of Guangdong
province. The fire broke out in a community in Gongping Township and was later
doused. State-run Xinhua news agency said, one person died on the spot and
others later succumbed to their injuries. The cause of the fire is under
Rights Day is being observed today. On this day in 1948, the United Nations
General Assembly adopted and proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human
Rights at the Palais de Chaillot in Paris. It is a milestone document that
proclaimed the inalienable rights which everyone is inherently entitled to as a
human being. Drafted by representatives of diverse legal and cultural
backgrounds from all regions of the world, the Declaration sets out universal
values and a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations. It
establishes the equal dignity and worth of every person. The theme this year
is, 'Let's stand up for equality, justice and human dignity'.
This year, the
Human Rights Day kicks off a year-long campaign to mark the upcoming 70th
anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
In his message,
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has urged people and leaders everywhere
to stand up for all human rights and for the values that underpin hopes for a
fairer, safer and better world.
see the disturbing hostility towards Human Rights in all regions. Lets stand
against those negative forces. Universal Declaration is the most translated
document in the world. Let us together make sure, the words are translated into
action.Let us stand up and speak out for Human Rights. It protect us all."
Aadivasi Mahotsav is starting today in Chhattisgarh capital Raipur. The
festival aimed at displaying the rich and diverse tribal traditions of the
central state will be inaugurated by Union Tribal Affairs Minister Jual Oram
and Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh in the evening. More on this from our
Aadivasi Mahotsav is being organized in memory of 1857 revolutionary from
Chhattisgarh, Shaheed Veernarayan Singh on his martyrdom day. During the event, tribal cultural, literature
& food festivals, tribal olympiad and hackathon will be held. Different folk dances of North-eastern India
will be presented by cultural troupes
from respective states. In addition, discussions on issues related to tribals
are also being held as part of the Mahotsav. Tushar
Karmarkar, AIR News, Raipur.
and Faridabad, Bahadurgarh has become the third city of Haryana which would get
the metro rail service. The test run of the metro from Mundka of Delhi upto
Bahadurgarh was conducted yesterday. BJP MLA from Bahadurgarh Naresh Kaushik
said, the trial run of the metro will soon be conducted. He said, the state
government had taken up the project on a priority basis and provided adequate
funds for its completion.
The 139th birth
anniversary of Chakravarthi C. Rajagopalachari, Mahatma Gandhi's confidante and
the last Governor General of India, is being observed throughout the nation
today. Special reading sessions of Rajaji’s retelling of Indian Classics
Ramayana and Mahabharatha, in English, are being held in various parts of Tamil
The ASEAN India
Connectivity Summit (AICS) will begin in New Delhi tomorrow. The theme of the two-day Summit is Powering
Digital and Physical Linkages for Asia in the 21st Century. The AICS aims at
accelerating existing connectivity prospects, identifying issues of concern,
evolving suitable policy recommendations and developing strategies to enhance
economic, industrial and trade relations between ASEAN and India. Its focus
areas are Infrastructure, Roadways, Shipping, Digital, Finance, Energy and
Aviation. In addition, the AICS will be bringing together, policymakers, senior
officials from the Government, investors, industry leaders, representatives of
trade associations and entrepreneurs on the same platform.
In Cricket, the Indian batting collapsed in the first
one day international of the 3-match series against Sri Lanka at Dharamsala
today. Sri Lanka had won the toss and put India into bat before its bowlers,
led by paceman Suranga Lakmal, wreaked havoc. They sent 7 Indian batsmen back
to the pavilion at the score of just 29. Lakmal bagged 4 of those wickets. When
reports last came in, India were 85 for 8 in 31 overs, with MS Dhoni on 38 and
Jasprit Bumrah at the crease.
India is without its regular skipper Virat Kohli in the series. Rohit Sharma is
leading the side. India had won the Test series against the Lankans, 1-0. The
ODI series will be followed by 3 Twenty-20 matches.
In the Hockey World League Final at Bhubaneswar, India
will take on Germany for the Bronze medal today. The match will begin at 5:15
PM. In the semi-finals, India had lost to Rio Olympics Gold medalist Argentina,
0-1. India has won just once in this tournament, so far, against Belgium, lost
on three occasions and drew against world champions Australia in their first
group match.The title clash of the tournament will also be played today, with
Australia locking horns with Argentina at 7:30 PM.