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  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi to embark on a four nation visit today; trade and commerce, economic cooperation and counter terrorism high on agenda.
  • Army Chief says Indian Army is facing dirty war in Jammu and Kashmir which has to be fought through innovative ways.
  • Finance Minister Arun Jaitley says Centre to announce electoral bonds scheme soon.
  • Deep depression over Bay of Bengal to further advance arrival of southwest monsoon; also expected to turn into a "severe cyclonic storm" by tonight; likely to cause heavy rain in North-East and Odisha.
  • World Table Tennis Championships begin in Dusseldorf, Germany.
  • In French Open Tennis, defending champion Novak Djokovic and 9-time winner Rafael Nadal to begin their campaigns today.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi will embark on a four nation visit today. Trade and commerce, economic cooperation and counter terrorism will be high on the agenda during the Prime Minister’s visit to Germany, Spain, Russia and France.

In a statement, the Prime Minister hoped that this visit will open a new chapter in bilateral relations with Germany and further deepen the strategic partnership. Mr Modi said, India will seek active participation of Spanish industry in various Indian projects including infrastructure, smart cities, digital economy, renewable energy, defence and tourism. Mr. Modi also expressed his commitment to strengthening and advancing India's multi-faceted partnership with France which is India's 9th largest investment partner. The Prime Minister further said, he is looking forward to visit St.Petersburg in this special year as India and Russia celebrate the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations.

Our correspondent covering the Prime Minister's visit reports that Mr Modi will reach the Greman capital Berlin this evening on the first leg of his four nation visit. 

"Prime Minister Narendra Modi will take part in the 4th Indo- German Inter-governmental Consultations and will also meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel to strengthen bilateral relations. Mr. Modi will be the first Indian Prime Minister to visit Spain almost after 30 years. Mr. Modi will meet leadership of Spain and also interact with group of CEOs who are interested to invest in India. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will  also attend St. Petersburg International Economic Forum in Russia and meet Russian President Vladimir Putin. He will also attend the 18th India-Russia Annual Summit. Before wrapping up his tour, Mr. Modi will visit France and meet newly elected President Emmanuel Macron. Manas Pratim Sarma, AIR NEWS, Delhi."


Union Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has said that the younger generation should volunteer for more start ups and assist in developing the country’s economy. In an exclusive interview to AIR in Berlin, Ms.Sitharaman said that market access strategies would be devised during the Inter governmental consultations between India and Germany. Explaining the various steps to improve trade and investments, she said that GST will improve the investment climate.

"GST will be helpful for trade and commerce particularly because there won't be too many taxes on raw materials which are used for export. Exporters will benefit from simpler tax structure and as it is they are exempt from many of the taxes and there are also processes through which SEZ's can benefit. The tarrif free area can be helped. The small and medium industry will also benefit from this opportunity through the GST.


Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has said that the Centre will shortly announce the nature of the electoral bonds scheme. Addressing BJP workers in Bengaluru, he said that in the budget 2017-18, the government had proposed an amendment to the RBI Act to enable issuance of electoral bonds. Mr Jaitley said, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had told them to take some steps in the budget to cleanse political parties, and out of that the electoral bonds scheme was born.

On GST, he said that from July 1, India will become a uniform market, where goods and services will flow freely across the country and curb tax evasion.


The News Services Division of All India Radio in its weekly bilingual live phone-in programme “PUBLIC SPEAK” will bring you a discussion tonight on  वस्तु और सेवाकर के लाभ” (Vastu Aur Sevakar Ke Labh).

This can be heard on the FM Gold Channel and additional frequencies from 9.30 p.m. Listeners can ask questions to the experts sitting in our Studio on Toll Free Telephone No: 1800-115767 (Repeat 1800-115767).  You can also ask questions on telephone number: 011: 2331-4444 (Repeat 011: 2331-4444) and post queries on our Twitter handle @airnews alerts by #tag Askair. This programme is also available on Doordarshan DTH.


Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat has said that the Indian Army is facing a dirty war in Jammu and Kashmir which has to be fought through innovative ways. He stoutly defended the use of a Kashmiri as a human shield  by a young officer. In an interaction with PTI, Mr Rawat said, though a Court of Inquiry was finalising its probe into the incident, the main objective of awarding Major Leetul Gogoi was to boost the morale of young officers of the force.

Talking about the complexity of the security challenge in the state, he suggested it would have been easier for the armed forces if the protesters were firing weapons instead of throwing stones. He also emphasised on the need for taking harsh measures to stop infiltration and counter-terrorism.


The National Investigation Agency, NIA, has summoned two separatist leaders from Jammu and Kashmir to its headquarters in Delhi today. Those summoned are Farooq Ahmad Dar alias 'Bitta Karate' and Javed Ahmed Baba alias 'Gazi' of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat. They have been summoned in connection with a case related to the funding of terror and subversive activities in Jammu and Kashmir. The two leaders have been asked to bring certain bank and property documents, besides other papers. Earlier this month, the NIA had questioned them in Delhi for four consecutive days.


In Jharkhand, Maoists have blown railway track of Delhi- Howrah main route under the Dhanbad railway Division. The explosion occurred around 12:40 last night at a point in between Chichaki and Karmabaand railway stations. The route has been disturbed and trains are being halted at different Stations. Track repair works are in progress.


The Meteorological Department says the onset of the southwest monsoon is likely to advance further due to a deep depression over the Bay of Bengal, which is expected to turn into a severe cyclonic storm by tonight. Talking to AIR, Director General of the India Meteorological Department, KJ Ramesh said the deep depression would help in the advancement of the monsoon over Kerala and northeast India. He said, the deep depression is likely to intensify into a severe cyclonic storm by tonight and cross Chittagong by the noon tomorrow. 

The deep depression will bring heavy to very heavy rainfall in Assam, Meghalaya, Tripura, Mizoram, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland. Several parts of Odisha are also likely to experience rain and thunderstorm in the next 24 hours under the impact of the depression.


In Bihar, the death toll in rain related incidents has gone up to 31. The state government has announced an ex-gratia of four lakh rupees each to the next of kin of those who were killed due to the natural calamity. According to the Met office, thunderstorm coupled with rain are likely to continue in several districts including Purnia and Bhagalpur.


Heavy rain and powerful winds have disrupted normal life in several districts of Uttar Pradesh including Lucknow and Allahabad. Our correspondent reports that electricity supply, road traffic and Telecom services have been badly affected at several places.

"Electricity supply, road traffic and Telecom services are badly affected as trees and hoardings are uprooted on highways.  Power supply disrupted  last night in many parts of Lucknow, Allahabad and adjoining districts has not been restored till now.  It has also affected crops of oil seeds and vegetables as hailstorm lashed several parts of the state including Lucknow, Allahabad, Varanasi Chitrakoot and many districts of eastern and central regions. Crops Of mango are also affected due to untimely rains and storm. Although it has given much waited relief to people from scorching heat. Sunil shukla air news Lucknow."


The black box of the Sukhoi-30 MKI fighter jet that went missing on Tuesday after take off from the Tezpur Air Force station,  has been recovered from a dense forest in Arunachal Pradesh. Disclosing this, Indian Air Force spokesperson Wing Commander Anupam Banerjee ,however, said  the fate of the crew was not yet known. Further search is in progress. The  wreckage of the plane was found on Friday.


In Gujarat, residents of Vadodara created a new Guinness world record yesterday with maximum number of people sweeping public places. In a tweet, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, Vadodara Municipal Corporation has broken the record for the maximum number of people sweeping any public place. He said, Vadodara has celebrated its inclusion in the list of ten cleanest cities in a very inspiring manner.


World Table Tennis Championships begin in Dusseldorf, Germany today with the Qualification matches. The main draw will start from tomorrow. Top-ranked Indian in the world, Achanta Sharath Kamal will lead the 8-member Indian squad. The team also includes Soumyajit Ghosh, Harmeet Desai, reigning national champion Madhurika Patkar, Manika Batra and Mouma Das.

Onto French Open Tennis, the second Grand Slam of the season, defending champion Novak Djokovic and 9-time winner Rafael Nadal will begin their campaigns today. In the Women's Singles, second seed Karolina Pliskova and fourth placed Spaniard Garbine Muguruza also be seen in action. Yesterday, world number one Angelique Kerber bowed out of the tournament in the opening round.

Still with Tennis, Asian Junior Championship, the most reputed under-18 tournament in the Asian circuit, will begin today in Pune. Other than hosts India, players from China, Japan, Thailand, Iran and 6 other countries will participate in the competition.

And in Cricket, India defeated New Zealand by 45 runs via the Duckworth-Lewis method in the opening warm-up game of the Champions Trophy at London last night. India will play its second practice match against Bangladesh tomorrow. The tournament begins on Thursday. SAVVY HASAN KHAN, FOR AIR NEWS.


Swedish satire "The Square", a send-up of political correctness and the confused identity of the modern male, won the Palme d'Or top prize at the Cannes film festival. The nine-member jury led by Spanish director Pedro Almodovar awarded the trophy to the movie's director, Ruben Ostlund.

Sofia Coppola became only the second woman in history to win best director for her battle-of-the-sexes thriller "The Beguiled" with Nicole Kidman and Colin Farrell.

Diane Kruger clinched best actress for Fatih Akin's "In the Fade".

Three-time Oscar nominee Joaquin Phoenix nabbed best actor for "You Were Never Really Here".



  • Army Chief Bipin Rawat's interaction with news agency PTI gets top billing in most of the papers. The Hindu quotes General Rawat as saying "Need innovations to fight dirty war". The paper adds "Army chief defends use of a human shield in Kashmir". Meanwhile amidst a shutdown call by separatists in the Kashmir Valley, The Hindustan Times notes "800 youth defy bandh, call for army exam".
  • The CBSE Class 12 results declared yesterday are prominently noticed in the press. The Times of India writes "Noida's Raksha tops CBSE Class 12, 5 girls and 2 boys get 99% or more". With some state boards having declared their results without moderating their marks before the Delhi High Court's order to CBSE to put off its decision to not moderate marks, The Hindustan Times reports "Lack of moderation may hit us, fear other boards".
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi's radio address to the nation, 'Mann Ki Baat" as his government completes three years in office is widely reported in the press. The Statesman observes "Constructive criticism strengthens democracy, says Modi on 3 years".
  • The sexual molestation of two girls in UP is prominently noticed in the press. The Times of India reports on its front page "14 men molest 2 girls, post video online". The Pioneer notes "Cops swing into action, arrest 1".
  • The press keenly tracks developments in the lead up to the forthcoming Presidential polls. The Asian Age writes "BJP to consult allies after June 15". The Times of India notes "Confident of winning Prez polls with at least 54 per cent votes, says BJP".
  • On India's delayed reporting of three cases of Zika virus in Gujarat to the World Health Organization or WHO, The Tribune writes "India should have kept WHO in loop". The Hindustan Times, highlighting Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani's response, reports "Rupani downplays concerns over keeping Zika report under wraps".


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