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  • HD Kumaraswamy of JD(S) sworn-in as Karnataka Chief Minister and G Parameshwar of Congress as Deputy Chief Minister; BJP observes the day as Janamat Virodhi Diwas against JD(S)-Congress coalition.
  • Union Cabinet approves scheme to set up over 4,000 mobiles tower in Naxal-hit areas; Clears ordinance to set up country's first National Sports University in Manipur.
  • Five civilians killed while over 30 people, including five BSF personnel, injured in Pakistan shelling along International Border in Jammu; BSF retaliating with appropriate fire inflicting heavy damage.
  • In Tamil Nadu, the death toll in protests against Sterlite plant at Thuthukkudi rises to 11, with one more person killed in police firing today.
  • US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says, the historic summit between President Donald Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong-un is set to take place on 12th of June.
  • In Sports; Veteran batsman, AB de Villiers announces retirement from all forms of international cricket.
  • In IPL, Kolkata Knight Riders set a target of 170 runs for Rajasthan Royals in the Eliminator in Kolkata.


JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy was sworn in as Chief Minister of Karnataka by Governor Vaju Bhai Vala in Bengaluru this evening. Mr Kumaraswamy took the oath at a ceremony held on the grand steps of Vidhana Soudha, the state Secretariat building.

Congress leader Dr.G Parameshwar took oath as the Deputy Chief Minister. Soon after the announcement of state assembly results, Congress and JD(S), had come together to form the coalition Government.

In a show of unity, leaders of many non-BJP parties including Chief Ministers were present at the oath taking ceremony. Addressing media persons after the swearing in ceremony, Mr Kumaraswamy claimed the support of 117 MLAs. He said, the floor test to prove his majority will be held on Friday. On smooth running of the coalition Government, he informed that a coordination committee will devise a common minimum programme.

Meanwhile, the BJP observed the day as Janamat Virodhi Diwas and staged protests across the state today


Prime Minister Narendra Modi has congratulated HD Kumaraswamy and Dr Parameshwara on taking oath as Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister of Karnataka. In a tweet, Mr Modi extended his best wishes for their tenure ahead. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh also congratulated them. In a tweet, Mr Singh expressed hope that state will move forward towards peace, progress and prosperity under the new government.


Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has approved Universal Service Obligation Fund supported scheme to provide mobile services at 4,072 tower locations in Left Wing Extremism affected areas. The Home Ministry has identified locations in inhabited uncovered areas of 96 districts in ten states.

Briefing reporters on the decisions of the Cabinet in New Delhi, Union Minister  Ravi Shankar Prasad said, the network will be used by the security personnel deployed in the naxal affected areas. Under the project, mobile services will also be provided to residents in unconnected inhabited villages which would improve the economic activities in the region. He said, the cost of the total project will be 7,330 crore rupees.

"यह सैकन्‍ड फेज है दा डिफरेंश बीटविन दा फस्‍ट फेज एण्‍ड सैकन्‍ड फेज इज कि फस्‍ट फेज में हमने सिर्फ टू जी ही दिया था ऑनली क्‍यूनिकेशन। इन दा सैकन्‍ड फेज वी ऑलसो प्रपोज फॉर जी एण्‍ड ब्रॉडबैण्‍ड दा टोटल इनवेस्‍टमेंट विल बी सेवन थाऊजेंट 330 करोड्स।"

The Cabinet also gave its approval for the Implementation of a Comprehensive Telecom Development Plan for the North Eastern Region in Meghalaya. This project will cost 3,911 crore rupees. Strengthening of telecom network will help in increasing the penetration of mobile connectivity in Meghalaya resulting in affordable and equitable access of communication, information and governance to people.

In another important decision, the Cabinet approved an ordinance to set up the country's first national Sports University in Manipur.

Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said, a bill to set up the University in Imphal is already pending in Parliament. He said, the State government has already allocated land for the proposed University. Mr Prasad said, things will start moving fast once the President signs the ordinance.

"आपको मामूल है कि मणिपुर बहुत ही एक ऐसा प्रदेश है जहां के बच्‍चे-बच्‍चों ने स्‍पोर्टस में बहुत बडा काम किया है। तो प्रधानमंत्री जी की इच्‍छा की नॉर्थईस्‍ट में स्‍पोर्टस को और सघन तरीके से प्रमोट करने के लिए वी नीड टू हेव ए नेशनल स्‍पोर्टस यूनिवर्सिटी और यह भारत में पहली स्‍पोर्टस यूनिवर्सिटी होगी।"


Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, CCEA has also given its approval for restructuring of balance sheet of Scooters India Limited, Lucknow (SIL). It will be done by way of reducing the equity of 85.21 crore rupees in the share capital of SIL, held by Government against accumulated losses.  CCEA has also given its nod for waiving of Penal Interest on Government Loans to Paradip Port Trust.  It also approved waiving of Penal Interest on Government Loans to Visakhapatnam Port Trust.


Five civilians were killed while over 30 people, including five BSF personnel, were injured as Pakistan forces continued heavy shelling along the International Border in Jammu region for the third day. Heavy mortar shelling by Pakistani Rangers targeted RS Pura, Arnia, Ramgarh, Samba and Hiranagar sectors as well as Samba and Kathua districts. In retaliation, the BSF inflicted heavy damages on Pakistani troops.  Heavy exchanges at some places lasted till this evening.

In the wake escalated tension along the border, a major chunk of border population has temporarily migrated to safer places. People have shifted to their relatives and the relief camps set up by the administration in panchayat ghars, schools, temples, community halls etc. Arrangements have been made to provide basic facilities at the relief camps. The injured are being treated at GMC in Jammu the district  and other hospitals. So far, 11 people including two BSF Jawans have lost their lives while around hundred others have been injured in the Pakistan’s shelling and firing along the International Border in Jammu region since 15th of this month. Yogesh sharma, AIR News Jammu."


India today lodged a strong protest with Pakistan at the loss of life of a seven month old infant in unprovoked ceasefire violations by Pakistan forces on Monday in Bhimber Sector across the Line of Control in Jammu and  Kashmir. External Affairs Ministry in a statement said, Pakistan's Deputy High Commissioner Syed Haider Shah was today summoned and strong protest was lodged in the matter. The Ministry said, it was conveyed that the deliberate targeting of innocent civilians by Pakistan forces using small arms and high caliber weapons is highly deplorable and condemnable in the strongest terms. The MEA said, the targeting of innocent civilians including young children is against all established humanitarian norms and professional military conduct. It said, Pakistan authorities were called upon to investigate into such heinous acts of killing innocent civilians and instruct its forces to desist from such acts immediately.


In Tamil Nadu, the death toll in protests against Sterlite factory in Thuthukkudi has risen to eleven with one more protester killed in police firing today. Ten protesters were killed yesterday. Our correspondent reports that attempts were made to attack police forces in Anna nagar area of Thoothukkudi this evening. Police resorted first to lathi charge and later to tear gas firing to disperse the crowd. Finally they fired rounds to the air which resulted in the causality. Meanwhile, persons admitted to the hospital were visited by several prominent leaders. DMK working president and Opposition Leader M K Stalin has demanded resignation of Tamil nadu Chief Minister Edappadi Palanisamy on moral grounds.


BJP today attacked Congress President Rahul Gandhi for dragging RSS into the Thuthukkudi incident in Tamil Nadu. Speaking to media in New Delhi, party spokesperson Sambit Patra said, it is the habit of Mr Gandhi to link any happening with the RSS. He said, Mr Gandhi is trying to derive some political mileage out of a tense and sad situation.

"एक शोक के अवस्‍था को किस प्रकार से मिल्‍ग करते हुए, निचौडते हुए उससे भी राजनीतिक बेनिफिट कैसे लिया जाए मिल्‍किंग ए सिच्‍वेशन विच स्‍केन्‍स मिस्‍टर राहुल गांधी इज ट्राईंग टू ड्राइव सम पॉलिटिकल माइलेज आउट ऑफ इट।


On completion of four years of NDA government in office, the News Services Division of All India Radio is broadcasting a special series “Chaar Saal Modi Sarkar”.  As a part of the series, today we will bring you an interview with Niti Aayog Vice Chairman Dr. Rajiv Kumar. The theme of today’s programme is “Economic Reforms in the country." Dr Rajiv Kumar believes that India’s economic growth can be augmented further by speeding up reforms in land and labour sectors. In an exclusive interview to AIR, Dr Kumar said, the investment rate can be raised by focusing on the household sector.

"A lot of investors have raised money from the IPOs and corporate debt, which is, there is huge rise in that and also form the alternate investment fund, AIF. So the investment activity has pickedup for sure."

The full interview can be heard on 100.1 FM Gold Channel tonight at 9.30


Several people, across the country, are reaping the benefit of the MUDRA Yojana, which was initiated by the Modi Government to reach out to the poor and the last person of the society. In Tripura, people have taken loans and started their small businesses and they are earning well. Agartala based Cosmetologist Dr. Anamika Goswami who runs the clinic talks about her experience of getting loan under MUDRA Yojana and said this scheme has helped to convert so many people’s ideas into realities.

While with the help of MUDRA Yojana, Mrs. Mistu Das was able to expand her business. She thanked the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said this scheme will empower the women of the country and the country will be developed.

DGM and Chief Regional Manager of United Bank of India Mahendra Dohare told AIR that 1,492 crore rupees credits have been sanctioned covering more than four lakh people across the state  under MUDRA scheme till 31st March, 2018.  NISHITH JOSHI, AGARTALA, AIR NEWS.


US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said, the historic meeting between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jongun is set to take place on the 12th of next month. Testifying before a powerful Congressional committee today, Mr Pompeo identified de-nuclearisation of North Korea as one of the top national security priority of the Trump Administration.


Former South African captain and one of modern day cricket's best batsmen AB de Villiers has retired from all forms of international cricket with immediate effect. The middle order batsman announced his retirement on Twitter.


In IPL Cricket, chasing a target of 170 runs, Rajasthan Royals were 32  for no loss in 3.5 overs against Kolkata Knight Riders in eliminator match at Kolkata when reports last came in. Earlier put into bat, Kolkata Knight Riders made 169 runs, losing seven wickets.


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