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·        PrimeMinister Narendra Modi says his government is trying to change the life offarmers and soldiers through various schemes.

·        Centre files itsaffidavit in Supreme Court in section 377 case; Leaves it for the Apex Court todecide the validity of the matter.

·        Special CBICourt sentences Captain Salam Singh Rathore to seven years rigorousimprisonment in 2006 Navy War Room leak     case.

·        Local trainservices resumes in Mumbai and its suburbs after rain subsides.

·        Death toll inlast night's Peshawar suicide blast rises to 20; Pakistani Taliban claimsresponsibility.

·        In FIFA WorldCup, Englandto clash with Croatia in the secondsemi-final in Moscow tonight.


PrimeMinister Narendra Modi today said, his government is trying to change the livesof farmers as well as soldiers through various schemes. Addressing a KisanKalyan Rally at Malout in Muktsar district of Punjab, Mr Modi said, the NDAgovernment at the Centre has hiked the Minimum Support Price of Kharif crops by200 rupees per quintal for the benefit of farmers.

MrModi said, his government also cleared the long-pending One Rank One Pensionscheme for the Army personnel.

ThePrime Minister criticised the Congress for doing nothing for the farmers of thecountry for the last 70 years.

"किसानोंसे सिर्फवायदे किएगए औरचिंता अगरकी गई,70 साल काइतिहास बताताहै सिर्फऔर सिर्फएक परिवारकी हीचिंता कीगई। किसानोंके लिएऐसी-ऐसीयोजनाएं बनाईगईं, लेकिनव्यवस्थाएंखुद केपरिवार केलिए तोबेहतरीन सेबेहतरीन बनातेगए।." 

MrModi also thanked the farmers for the filing the food bowl of the country.

"बीतेचार वर्षोंमें जिसप्रकार आपदेश केअन्भंडारों कोरिकॉर्ड पैदावरसे भररहे हैं,उसके लिएमैं, मेरेदेश केकिसानों को,आप सबको सिरझुका करनमन करताहूं। गेहूंहो, धानहो, चीनीहो, कपासहो, याफिर दालेंहों, उत्पादनेपिछले सारेरिकॉर्ड टूटरहे हैं।"

Earlier,Mr Modi had said in a tweet that the farmers of Punjab have an invaluablecontribution in the growth of the country's agriculture sector.

The rally comes in the backdrop of recored increase in the Minimum SupportPrice for the kharif crops and the Prime Minister's promiseto double farmers’ income by 2022.

UnionMinisters Harsimrat Kaur Badal and Vijay Sampla, former Punjab Chief MinisterParkash Singh Badal, Shiromani Akali Dal Chief Sukhbir Singh Badal, Punjab BJPChief Shwet Malik and Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar are amongthose attending the rally.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi will directly interactwith the members of Self Help Groups through video conferencing at 9:30tomorrow morning. The groups, which will take part in the interaction, areunder the Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana-National Rural Livelihoods Mission(DAY-NRLM), Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana (DDU-GKY) and Rural SelfEmployment Training Institutes (RSETIs). The interaction is expected to providean opportunity to the Prime Minister to know, directly from the members, aboutthe various activities being undertaken by them and how it has impacted theirlives. The interaction will be available on Doordarshan and NIC webcast.

Some of the selected beneficiaries are working onanti-alcohol movement, maize value chain and marketing from Bihar, brick makingunit from Chhattisgarh, business correspondent Sakhi and tamarind value chainand marketing and one beneficiary from Jharkhand.


Probationers of Indian Defence Estates Service, IndianTelecommunication Service and P and T Building Works Service called onPresident Ram Nath Kovind at the Rashtrapati Bhavan today. Addressing theprobationers, Mr Kovind said, their services provide them an enormous platformfor serving the nation. He said, they should be responsible for managingimportant projects in different domains and serve crucial sectors such asDefence and Telecommunications. The President said, India has the world’ssecond largest telecom network based on the total number of users. He said,this sector is a critical component for achieving rapid economic progress andsocio economic development.


TheCentre today told the Supreme Court that it would leave it to the wisdom of itsjudges to decide on the constitutional validity of Section 377 on the issue ofcriminalising unnatural intercourse between two consenting adults. A five-judgeconstitution bench, headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, was told by AdditionalSolicitor General Tushar Mehta that the Centre has no objection with the courtdealing with the validity of this penal provision.

Thebench is hearing a batch of petitions challenging its 2013 verdict that hadre-criminalised consensual sex between two consenting adults of the samegender.

Thebench, also comprising Justices RF Nariman, AM Khanwilkar, DY Chandrachud andIndu Malhotra, said it made it clear yesterday that only the constitutionalvalidity of Section 377 will be dealt with by it.


TheSupreme Court today refused to pass an interim order against its earlierverdict which dealt with the application of the creamy layer for reservationsto SC and ST categories in government job promotions. A bench, headed by ChiefJustice Dipak Misra, said a seven-judge Constitution bench is needed toconsider the 2006 verdict. Attorney General KK Venugopal, appearing for theCentre, said the matter should be heard urgently by a seven-judge Constitutionbench as lakhs of jobs in Railways and services are stuck due to confusion overvarious judicial pronouncements. The bench said one Constitution bench isalready seized of various matters and the issue can only be taken up in thefirst week of next month.


ADelhi court today awarded seven-year rigorous imprisonment to retired captainSalam Singh Rathore in the 2006 Navy War Room leak case. Special CBI Judge SKAggarwal handed down the jail term to Rathore for the offence of spying underthe Official Secrets Act. The judge said, Rathore committed the offence againstnational security. The court considered the submission of the prosecutor thatseveral secret documents were recovered from the possession of Rathore which hecould not account for.

Another accused in the case, Commander (retired) Jarnail Singh Kalra was,however, acquitted by the court.


Rain has subsided in most parts of Mumbai and itssuburbs. The local train services, that were badly affected on a section of theWestern Railway yesterday due to inundation of tracks, has resumed functioning.

"WesternRailway is running its services on some routes with restricted speed as thetracks are still flooded. Services between Virar and Dahanu Road have alsocommenced. The Central Railway's local train services on its main line andharbour line are running late by 5 to 10 minutes today. The road traffic isalso moving smoothly. The weather department has said that heavy to very heavyrainfall is likely to continue in the city and its neighboring areas tillSaturday. Mumbai suburban guardian minister Vinod Tawde is scheduled to holdsome important meetings in Mumbai to discuss the arrangements being made totackle the monsoon menace. Madhuri PangeAIR News, Mumbai."

In Uttarakhand, seven people were killed in Dehradunlast night due to heavy rain. Four people lost their lives after a housecollapse in Simadwar, while three died due to drowning in a river. Major riversand rivulets have swollen following rain. As many as 41 interior roadsconnecting villages have been blocked due to landslides.

Met department has predicted heavy rain in some parts of the state in the next24 hours. Schools in some districts have been closed for today. All districtmagistrates have been asked to remain vigilant and keep disaster responsemechanism ready to deal with emergency situations.

In Manipur, seven people were killed in a landslide atNew Salem Village in Tamenglong District in the wee hours today. Police said,several houses collapsed due to the landslide triggered by heavy rain. Ninepeople were buried in the house collapse, and bodies of seven of them have beenrecovered, so far.

"Manipur Police and FireBrigade personnel along with local volunteers are continuing search operationsfor the two missing persons who got buried in the house collapse at New SalamVillage of Tamenglong District Headquarters. About seven houses got collapsed atthree places in the District Headquarters at the wee hours today due tolandslide caused by heavy rainfall the last night. Seven dead bodied have beenrecovered from the debris so far.Ibomcha Sharma, AIR News, Imphal."


Tripura is reaping the benefits of MissionIndradhanush, one of the flagship programmes of the central government. Theprogramme aims to vaccinate each and every child under two years of age and allthose pregnant women who have been left uncovered under the routineimmunisation programme. The drive aims to ensure full immunisation to more than90 per cent of the country by December this year.

"ShantaBhoumik from Agartala is a mother of 1.5 years old son. Talking to AIR she saidthis scheme seems very helpful for the poor people as the children and motherare vaccinated at free of cost.

While TripuraNHM Mission Director, Dr. Shailesh Kumar Yadav apprised about the latestachievements under the scheme.

TripuraGovernment is also taking help of NCC, NSS and Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan tocreate awareness among the people living in remote areas of the state overnecessity of vaccination programs under Mission Indradhanush. Nishith Joshi, AIR News, AgartalA."


Domestic stocks gained for fourth straight session inafternoon deals today despite negative Asian and European share markets. In asteady session, the Sensex at the Bombay Stock Exchange added 66 points to36,306, while the Nifty at the National Stock Exchange was up 10 points at10,957.

At the foreign exchange market, the rupee appreciatedsix paise to 68 rupees 77 paise against the US dollar in afternoon deals.


In Pakistan, the number of those killed in lastnight's suicide blast in Peshawar has increased to 20. The toll was initiallyreported to be 13, but it rose to 20 overnight. The Police Chief of PeshawarCity said, Awami National Party leader Haroon Bilour was among those killed,and more than 30 people were injured. The blast took place shortly beforemidnight last night when Bilour, who was contesting elections from PK-78constituency in Peshawar, along with other party workers gathered for a cornermeeting in Yakatoot area. Pakistani Taliban have claimed responsibility for theblast.


NowNews From The FIFA World Cup:

"Itwill be a wait for France till late tonight to know whether they meet Croatiaor England in the FIFA World cup final on Sunday. In an absorbing first semifinal last night at St Petersburg France defeated Belgium 1-0, when at 51stminute, Samuel Umtiti powered a corner by Griezmann to the goal. In the secondsemi final tonight at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow at 11.30 p.m. England would be looking to reach the final after 1966.They have no injury concerns going into the semi-final, with Gareth Southgatelikely to stick with the same team that made it past Sweden in thequarterfinal. But the challenge posed by Croatia is likely to be more demanding, especiallyas Zlatko Dalic's side features one of the best midfield pairings around, inLuka Modric and Ivan Rakitic.

 Real Madrid playmaker Modric, who was atTottenham Hotspur earlier in his career at the same time a young Kane wasstarting out, has been a particular inspiration. Though Croatia are sweating on the fitness of right-back Sime Vrsaljkoand goalkeeper Danijel Subasic, both of whom were injury concerns in the matchagainst Russia. Thatallowed Croatia to reach the semi-finals for the first time since the 1998World Cup in France, which was their first as an independent nation. WITHTRIPTI SRIVASTAVA, SAIRA MUJTABA, SPORTS DESK."


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