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  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi to interact withmembers of Self Help Groups through video conferencing at 9:30 this morning.

  • Internet to remain free and fair in India asGovernment approves Net Neutrality.

  • Enforcement Directorate moves special PMLA courtseeking declaration of diamond traders Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi as 'fugitiveeconomic offenders'.

  • India becomes 69th shareholder of the European Bank for Reconstruction andDevelopment, paving way for more joint investment with Indian companies.

  • In FIFA World Cup, Croatia beat England to enter theFinal for the first time; To play France for the title on Sunday.

  • Roger Federer makes shock quarterfinal exit fromWimbledon Tennis Championships.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi willdirectly interact with the members of Self Help Groups through videoconferencing at 9:30 AM today.  Theinteraction will be available on the Narendra Modi App, Doordarshan and NIC webcast.

The groups, which will take partin the interaction, are under the Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana-National RuralLivelihoods Mission, Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana and RuralSelf Employment Training Institutes.

The interaction is expected toprovide an opportunity to the Prime Minister to know, directly from themembers, about the various activities being undertaken by them and how it hasimpacted their lives.

Some of the selectedbeneficiaries are working on anti-alcohol movement, maize value chain andmarketing from Bihar, brick making unit from Chhattisgarh.

Speaking exclusively to AIR,Rural Development Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said, the Government is focusingon alleviating rural poverty through Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana and Self HelpGroups are contributing in a big way in this endeavour.

"पंडित दीनदयाल उपाध्याय राष्ट्रीय आजीविका मिशन में 41 लाख से अधिक महिलाओं के स्व सहायता समूह देश भर में काम कर रहे हैं जिनमें 5 करोड़ से अधिक महिलाएं जुड़ी हुई हैं। भारत सरकार का लक्ष्य आने वाले कल में हम इस मिशन से नौ करोड़ महिलाओं को जोड़ें।"  

The Minister said, along withdevelopment of villages the SHGs are playing an important role in promoting andimplementing many Government schemes like Swachh Bharat Mission.

Mr Tomar said, through Deen DayalUpadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana, youths from rural areas are gettingtraining as well as job.

"पंडित दीनदयाल उपाध्याय ग्रामीण कौशल योजना के माध्यम से लगातार गांव में रहने वाले नौजवान जुड़ रहे हैं। अभी तक 5 लाख 70 हजार नौजवानों ने प्रशिक्षण प्राप्त किया है और तीन लाख 54 हजार से अधिक नौजवान अपना जॉब पा चुके हैं। हम तेजी के साथ प्रधानमंमत्री नरेंद्र मोदी जी के नेतृत्व में इन दोनों योजनाओं पर काम कर रहे हैं।"


Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the newHeadquarter building of the Archaeological Survey of India at Tilak Marg in NewDelhi today. An official release said, the new building is equipped withstate-of-the-art facilities, including energy efficient lighting and rainwaterharvesting. It will also include a Central Archaeological Library with acollection of about one lakh 50 thousand books and journals.


The Telecom Commission (TC) hasapproved net neutrality rules that bar service providers from discriminatingagainst Internet content and services by blocking, throttling or granting themhigher speed access. The decision that intends to ensure open and free Internetin the country was taken at a meeting of the Commission, the highest decision-makingbody in the Department of Telecommunication in New Delhi. Telecom CommissionChairman Aruna Sundararajan told reporters after the meeting that some criticalapplications or services like remote surgery and autonomous cars will be keptout of the purview of net neutrality framework. We have a report:

"The TelecomRegulatory Authority of India had recommended restrictions on service providersfrom entering into agreements which lead to discriminatory treatment of contenton the Internet. The Department of Telecom will set-up a multi-stakeholder bodyto monitor and enforce net neutrality. The Commission Chairman said,  that TC also approved the National DigitalCommunications Policy 2018 -- and will now seek the Cabinet's approval. The newpolicy aims to attract investments worth 6 lakh 50,000 crore rupees, 40 lakhnew jobs, 50 megabit per second broadband access to every citizen in thedigital communications sector by 2022. TRiptiSrivastava, News DESK , AIR NEWS."


State-run telecom firm BSNL hasunveiled the country's first internet telephony service. It will allow users todial any telephone number in India through its mobile app.

BSNL customers will be able tomake calls using the company's mobile app "Wings" to any phone numberin the country. The service was inaugurated by Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha inNew Delhi yesterday.


The Enforcement Directorate hasmoved Mumbai’s special Prevention of Money Laundering Act court seeking todeclare diamond traders Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi as 'fugitive economicoffenders'. Two separate applications under the recently promulgated FugitiveEconomic Offenders Ordinance were filed in the PNB fraud case. The application alsoseeks to confiscate their assets worth 3,500 carore rupees.

The move has been made on thebasis of the chargesheet filed by the agency recently.


Bihar government has approvedamendments in stringent provisions of the Prohibition and Excise Act 2016. ACabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar yesterday approvedscrapping of harsh provisions to confiscate property including house, land andvehicle in case of recovery of liquor.


In Uttar Pradesh, Samekit ShikshaYojana of the Central Government is empowering differently-abled children andbringing them into the mainstream. The objective of the scheme is to give freeeducation to such children along with providing them aids and assistivedevices. Under the initiative, teachers also get special training andphysiotherapists are being hired for these children. We have a ground reportfrom Lucknow correspondent:

"InUttar Pradesh, around 2 lakh differently abled children aged between 6 years to14 years, got admissions in schools under SAMEKIT SHIKSHA YOJANA this year.More than 32 thousand children were examined for disability in at least 444medical camps organized this year. Son of Kailash Prakash, a resident of Meerutdistrict was mentally challenged and he was worried about his education.Kailash told AIR that now his son is getting education under this scheme.

(शुरू से ही मेरा बच्चा दिमाग से कमजोर था और उसे पढ़ने में बड़ी दिक्कते थी। आज मेरा बच्चा जो कक्षा तीन में है, वो समझने लगा है और वह लिखने भी लगा है और पढ़ने भी लगा है। मुझे बड़ा गर्व है इस बात का कि जो भारत सरकार है उसने ऐसा शिक्षक रख दिया है जो बच्चों को अच्छी तरह से पढ़ा रहा है।)

Daughter of Ombeer, a resident of Rajpura in Meerut is unable to walk andwas not going to school. Now she is getting education under this scheme.

(सरकार ने ऐसा अच्छा कदम उठाया है, इन बच्चों के लिए भी मुझे व्हील चेयर दी स्कूल पहुंचाने के लिए और टीचरों ने भी हमारा साथ दिया  उसे पढ़ाने के लिए और जैसे सब आम बच्चे पढ़ते हैं, उन्हीं के साथ मेरी बच्ची पढ़ती है अब।)

This year, more than 29 thousand special need equipment such as brail kits,wheelchairs and hearing aids were distributed among 15 thousand differentlyabled children. Sushil Chandra Tiwari,AIR News, Lucknow."


India has become the 69th shareholder of the EuropeanBank for Reconstruction and Development, paving the way for more joint investmentwith Indian companies across the bank's regions of operation. European BankPresident Suma Chakrabarti said in London yesterday that India had applied forthe membership in December 2017. The Board of Governors, voted unanimously infavour of the country's application in March 2018, with the entire membershipprocess completed this week.

London-headquartered EBRD is a multilateral developmentbank set up in 1991 after the fall of the Berlin Wall. It aims to promoteprivate and entrepreneurial initiative in emerging Europe and invests in 38emerging economies.


India and the United Kingdom havesigned an agreement on exchange of experience by legal professionals andgovernment functionaries for resolution of disputes before various courts andtribunals. The agreement was signed by Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad andUK's Secretary of State for Justice David Gauke in London.


Iran says it will do its best to ensure security of oilsupply to India as it has been a reliable energy partner for New Delhi. Theclarification by Iranian Embassy came a day after Iran's Deputy Ambassador andCharge d'Affaires Massoud Rezvanian Rahaghi cautioned New Delhi that it willstand to lose special privileges if it cuts import of Iranian oil following US sanctions.In a statement in New Delhi yesterday, the embassy said Iran will do its bestto ensure security of oil supply to India by offering various flexible measureswhich facilitate bilateral trade, particularly Indian exports to Iran.


US President Donald Trump hasshocked its NATO allies at a summit in Brussels by demanding that membersdouble their defence spending commitments. White House spokeswoman SarahSanders said, Mr Trump suggested that the countries not only meet their commitmentof two per cent of their GDP on defence spending, but that they increase it tofour percent.


News from the FIFA World Cup

"Luka Modric-led Croatia has created history as they defeated Englandin a pulsating semi-final at Moscow last night to reach their first ever WorldCup Final. The Croats came back from a goal behind and won it, 2-1 inextra-time, dashing England's hopes of sealing a place in the title clash forthe first time since 1966. Kieran Trippier had put the Three Lions in a frenzywhen he curled a brilliant 20-yard free kick in the 5 minute.


Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic made things square in the second half, withan athletic finish, sending the match into extra-time.

Juventus forward Mario Mandzukic, then, scored the winner in the 109thminute sending England into tears and helping Croatia to better its 1998performance when they had reached the semi-finals in France.

Croatia will now face France in the summit clash in Moscow on Sunday.France had defeated Belgium, 1-0 in the first semi-final. The third-placeplay-off match between England and Belgium will be played on Saturday at SaintPetersburg. SAVVY HASAN KHAN, AIR NEWS."


In the Wimbledon TennisChampionships, defending champion and 8-time winner Roger Federer made ashocking quarterfinal exit last night. The 20-time Grand Slam champion, who wasthe top seed, was stunned by South African Kevin Anderson who fought back fromtwo sets down to beat the Swiss, in a five-setter.

Federer, who has won theWimbledon Singles trophy more than any other man, was aiming to equal MartinaNavratilova's all-time record of 9 titles.

Second seed Rafael Nadal andNovak Djokovic also won their last-8 matches to set up a sensational last-4encounter.


In Cricket, the first One DayInternational of the 3-match series between India and England will be played atNottingham today. The match will begin at 5 PM Indian Time.


Newspapers Headlines

  • The Central Government telling theSupreme Court that it would leave it to judges wisdom to decide theconstitutionality of the controversial section 377 of the Indian Penal Courtthat criminalises homosexuality makes for front page news in all the dailiesthis morning. "Government sits out on Section 377, leaves it to SupremeCourt's wisdom" headlines the Hindustan Times.

  • In another story The Asian Age quotingthe government writes "Adultery must stay crime for sanctity ofmarriage".

  • "Bid to divert focus from Jiorow" leads The Pioneer adding "HRD Ministry may releaseanother list of private colleges under Institutions of Eminence".

  • "Government backs NetNeutrality framework" says The Economic Times. The paper writesthat Telecom Commission allows fast lanes for critical services, but not walledgarden.

  • Referring to the IAS officer fromKashmir Shah Faesal who has been pulled up for his 'rapistan' tweet the DNA writes"Kashmiri IAS officer has done it in past too".

  • "Restore Taj to its glory ordemolish it, Supreme Court tells government" informs The Asian Age adding"Supreme Court to have day-to-day hearing from July 31".

  • Football world hailsThai cave 'heroes'. Well, The Statesman reports that they may not makeit to the World Cup final, but the schoolboy team rescued from a flooded cavein Thailand have been hailed as 'heroes' by top footballers and clubs aftertheir dramatic ordeal.


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