- 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
- 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
- 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
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
Services Division of All India Radio in its weekly bilingual live phone-in
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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
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
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
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
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
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
- 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