- Commonwealth countries unanimously agree
to take action on cyber security by 2020; In a landmark declaration, CHOGM
leaders adopt a six-point agenda to boost trade and investment links.
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi discusses several bilateral and global issues
with German Chancellor Angela Merkel during a brief stop-over in Berlin.
- External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj
leaving for China today to participate in Shanghai Co-operation Organisation
- North Korea says, it will not carry out more nuclear tests and shut down
its atomic test site.
- Government decides to roll out an initiative for prevention and control
of viral hepatitis.
- MeT department warns of strong winds and rough seas along West Bengal,
Odisha, western coasts and Lakshadweep today.
- In IPL Cricket, Chennai Super Kings beat Rajasthan Royals by 64 runs at Pune.
The Commonwealth countries have
unanimously agreed to take action on cyber security by 2020. In a landmark
declaration at the end of Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in
London, the leaders of 53 countries agreed to work closely to evaluate and
strengthen their cyber security frameworks and response mechanisms. A release
issued last night termed the declaration as the world's largest and most
geographically diverse inter-governmental commitment on cyber security
co-operation. More from our correspondent:
"The leaders of the
Commonwealth nations also expressed their strong support for the multilateral
trading system and adopted a six-point connectivity agenda to boost trade and
investment links across the Commonwealth. The leaders committed themselves to
the vision of increasing intra-Commonwealth trade to 2 Trillion dollars by 2030
and expanding intra-Commonwealth investment. The leaders also agreed on a bold,
co-ordinated push to protect oceans from the effects of climate change,
pollution and over-fishing. The declaration followed an announcement by the UK
government pledging upto 15 million pounds to help the Commonwealth nations
strengthen their cyber security capabilities. It also aims to tackle criminal
groups and hostile state actors who pose a global threat to security. WITH
MANAS PRATIM SARMA'S REPORT FROM LONDON, LALIMA ANEJA DANG, AIR NEWS."
Prime Minister Narendra Modi met German Chancellor Angela Merkel during
a brief stop-over in Berlin last night, after wrapping up his visit to London,
where he attended CHOGM and held a series of bilateral meetings. During the
talks, Mr Modi and Ms Merkel discussed multiple aspects relating to bilateral
cooperation as well as other global issues. In a tweet, External Affairs
Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said, Mr Modi's visit demonstrates India's
mutual desire to strengthen the strategic partnership. He said, the Prime
Minister was warmly welcomed by Ms Merkel at the Chancellery ahead of the
The Prime Minister, in a tweet, termed the meeting with the German
Chancellor as wonderful.
Mr Modi returned home this morning after concluding his 2-nation
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj
is leaving for China today on a four-day visit. During her stay, Mrs Swaraj
will participate in a meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the Shanghai
Co-operation Organisation. She will hold talks with her Chinese counterpart
Wang Yi tomorrow. This will be Mrs Swaraj's first meeting with Mr Wang after he
was elevated last month to be the State Councillor.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry had said,
on Wednesday, that the visit of Mrs Swaraj will further enhance political trust
between the two countries and elevate the China-India strategic co-operation
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will confer the awards for excellence in
Public Administration during the valedictory session of the Civil Services Day
function in New Delhi today. Our correspondent reports that the awards will be
given for effective implementation of identified priority programs and
innovation to districts units and other central and state organisations.
"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,
Inaugurating the event yesterday, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu said,
there is an urgent need to re-think about the existing governance paradigm of
"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
President Ram Nath Kovind has greeted all civil servants and their
families on the 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.
Government has decided to roll out the 'Integrated initiative for
prevention and control of viral hepatitis'. In a tweet, Health Minister JP
Nadda said, the National Health Mission has decided to roll out the initiative
with a budget of over 500 crore rupees. More from our correspondent:
"Viral hepatitis is a liver inflammation due to a viral infection
and it is recognised as a public health problem worldwide. Under the
initiative, health ministry intends to scale up to 100 treatment and 665
testing centres over a period of next three years across the country.
Components such as surveillance, awareness generation, immunisation, safe blood
injection, safety infection control, diagnosis of viral hepatitis, capacity
building, research and monitoring would be addressed under the initiative. It is also
proposed to establish 15 model treatment centres, which will function as
referral centres for diagnosis and treatment of hepatitis C and assist in
capacity building. India is committed to eliminate the viral by 2030. Vasundhra, News Desk."
Petrol prices in Delhi have touched 74 rupees 21 paise per litre.
According to the price chart of Indian Oil, the price of petrol in Kolkata is
76 rupees 91 paise, it is 82 rupees 6 paise in Mumbai and 76 rupees 99 paise in
Diesel prices also touched 65 rupees 46 paise in Delhi. The price of
diesel in Kolkata is 68 rupees 16 paise, 69 rupees 70 paise in Mumbai and 69
rupees 6 paise in Chennai.
The new rates came into effect from midnight last night.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has announced that Pyongyang will not
carry out more nuclear or intercontinental ballistic missile tests and will
shut down its atomic test site. This has been reported by the North's state
The declaration, long sought by the US, is being seen as a crucial step
in the fast diplomatic developments in the Korean peninsula.
It comes less than a week before Kim meets South Korean President Moon
Jae-in for a summit in the Demilitarized Zone that divides the peninsula, and
ahead of a much-anticipated meeting with US President Donald Trump.
Last year, Pyongyang had carried out its sixth nuclear test, its most
powerful till date, and launched missiles capable of reaching mainland US. The
tests led to strict sanctions by the UN Security Council, US, European Union,
South Korea and others.
Swedish DJ Avicii, one of the world's
biggest dance music stars, has died aged 28. His representative said in a
statement that Tim Bergling, known as Avicii, breathed his last in Muscat,
Oman. The cause of the death is not yet known.
Avicii's club anthems include Wake Me
Up, Levels, and recently, Lonely Together with Rita Ora.
In poll-bound Karnataka, Chief Electoral
Officer Sanjiv Kumar has said, the intervention by the Election Commission
through Voters Awareness programmes increased voter turnout in the state from
64.9 per cent in 2008 to 71.8 per cent in 2013. The higher turnout by women
voters led to the increase. Releasing a survey report in Bengaluru yesterday,
Mr Kumar said, awareness programmes under Systematic Voters' Education and
Electoral Participation has reached almost two crore people. More from our
"In a bid to improve
voters turnout, the Chief Electoral Office decided to create Booth Level
Awareness groups. The groups comprising booth level Officers, Volunteers and
Asha workers will go door to door, seven days before the election begins and
hand over photo voters slips and relevant contact numbers. The Groups will also
educate the voters about the use of EVMs and VVPAT and encourage them to
exercise their franchise. The CEO office is also organising photo exhibition
across the state on election process. One such exhibition will be inaugurated
in Bengaluru today and a cartoon workshop from renowned cartoonists will also
be launched. Sudhindra, AIR News,
The Indian Air Force showcased its
strength and ability yesterday by landing a C130J Super Hercules aircraft on an
unused Airstrip abandoned since Second World War near Allahabad in Uttar
Pradesh. An all-encompassing coordinated and composite exercise has been named
Gagan-Shakti. The IAF yesterday conducted a mock drill of a rescue operation in
a war like or emergency situation.
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. The department said in New Delhi that the coasts of West
Bengal and Odisha are very likely to witness strong winds with speed
occasionally reaching 40 to 50 kilometres per hour. The warning said, waves
would first be experienced along the west coast of India and Lakshadweep in the
The fishermen have been advised not to venture out in the sea.
In Jammu and Kashmir, incessant rain,
hailstorm and unseasonal fresh snowfall in the hills of Chenab Valley triggered
extreme cold wave conditions yesterday. Officials said, the high altitude areas
of Chenab Valley experienced unseasonal fresh snowfall after repeated spells of
rain with strong winds during the past one week. The officials said, snowfall
in the hills and continuous rainfall coupled with hailstorms has marred the
prospect of a good yield in the region.
The ceasefire between the Centre and
National Socialist Council of Nagaland - Neopao Konyak-Kitovi (NSCN-NK) and
NSCN-Reformation has been extended for one year with effect from the 28th this
month. It will remain in effect till 27th April next year.
In IPL Cricket, Chennai Super Kings defeated Rajasthan Royals by 64 runs at Pune last
night to go at the top of the 8-team points table. Put in to bat,
Chennai posted 204 for 5 in the stipulated 20 overs thanks to Aussie all-rounder Shane Watson who smashed his third IPL
century. He scored
106 off just 57 balls.
In reply, Rajasthan were bundled out for just
140 in 18.3 overs. Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Dwayne Bravo and Karn Sharma
bagged 2 wickets each. Watson was adjudged man of the match.
Knight Riders will take on Kings Eleven Punjab in Kolkata at 4 PM, while Royal
Challengers Bangalore will meet Delhi Daredevils in Bengaluru at 8 in the
- Seven opposition parties making the
first move ever for Chief Justice Of India Dipak Misra's removal is the story
that dominates headlines this morning."Opposition submits impeachment
motion against CJI on 5 counts "leads the Tribune adding
"Congress divided; Manmohan, Chidambaram's signs missing."
- The Centre may today bring an ordinance on death for
rape of minors is the other story that
finds prominent place on the front pages of most of the dailies." Cabinet
set to clear death for child rape, new law on fugitives.'' says Hindustan
Times. "Death for children's rapists: Government to vet ordinance
soon." notes the Pioneer.
- Referring to the 2002 Naroda Patiya
massacre case DNA writes '' Court clears Kodnani in massacre. Gujarat
high court upholds ex- Bajrang Dal man Bajrangi's conviction."
- In another story DNA reports the
passing away of former Delhi High Court Chief Justice Rajinder Singh Sachar who
was Chief Justice from August 6,1985 to December 22nd,1985.
- "9 new Cabinet ministers for
Punjab, swearing-in today" reports The Tribune.
- "CPI (M) factions reach accord on
party line. Strategic ties with Congress not ruled out" reports The
- ''Arsenal without Arsene from next
season " informs Hindustan Times. The paper says that after 22
years at the helm of one of the great clubs in world football, Arsene Wenger
will step down as manager at the end of the ongoing season.
- And finally, news of actor Aamir Khan's
'shramdaan' initiative. The Hindu reports that the actor who is the
founder of Paani Foundation will on May1st, raise an army of 1 lakh
'jalmitras'. They will build water harvesting structures in arid areas of