- 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
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 मनुष्य 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 उद्देश्य 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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.