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India and US decide to take ties to comprehensive global strategic partnership level, says Prime Minister Narendra Modi            US President Donald Trump says, both countries committed to protecting their people from radical Islamic terrorism            Talks between Modi-Trump held in five major categories of security, defence, energy, technology and people to people contact            India and United States finalise defence deals worth three billion dollars and sign three agreements, including in health and oil sectors            Home Minister Amit Shah urges political parties and people to exercise restraint to restore peace in affected areas of north-east Delhi           

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  • Government convenes an All Party Meeting today ahead of the Monsoon sessionof Parliament; Lok Sabha Speaker also to hold an All Party meet.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi says, stature of Indiahas risen in last four years and the country is on path to touch new heights.

  • Centre opposes PIL in Supreme Court barring candidates from contestingelection from more than one constituency.

  • In their first summit, US President Donald Trump and Russian leaderVladimir Putin vow for a fresh start to troubled relations.

  • In Cricket, the deciding final ODI of India-England series to be playedat Leeds today.


The Government has convened an all party meeting in NewDelhi today ahead of the Monsoon session of Parliament beginning tomorrow.During the meeting, theCentre will seek Opposition's support for the smooth conduct of proceedings inboth the Houses.
Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan has also called an all-party meet in theevening to seek co-operation from the floor leaders of different politicalparties to ensure smooth transaction of business in the House. Here is a report:

"Leadersof Opposition parties met in New Delhi yesterday to formulate a joint strategyto corner the government on various issues during the session. All the partieswhich attended the meeting had reached a consensus to allow both Houses runsmoothly. Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs, Vijay Goel also metvarious leaders of opposition parties yesterday and sought their cooperation inthe smooth functioning of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha. The Monsoon session, whichwill have 18 sittings, will continue till the 10th of next month. Triple TalaqBill, which has been passed by the Lok Sabha and is pending in the Rajya Sabha,will be among the top priorities of the government during the session. Thegovernment will also push constitutional status for the National Commission forOBCs. Bills, including on National Commission for Medical Education andTransgenders, will also be taken up during the session. With Dipendra Kumar REPORT, SANJEEV JASROTIA, AIR News Delhi."


Prime Minister Narendra Modi hassaid, the stature of India has risen in the last four years, and the country ismoving forward to touch new height in the 21st century. Addressing the NewIndia Conclave in New Delhi last evening, Mr Modi asserted that the nation is going through an important phase of change, and 125 crore people haveknocked at the world scene saying India is ready to take off.

"परिवर्तन के एक महत्वपूर्ण कालखंड से गुजर रहा है,पिछले चार साल में आपने भी महसूस किया है कि कैसे देश इक्कीसवीं सदीं में नई उंचाईयों को छूने के लिए आगे बढ रहा है,चार साल में देश की साख बढी है, गौरव बढा है"

The Prime Minister said earlierIndia was considered to be among the fragile five countries, but now it isrecognised as the fastest growing economy of the world. He said, New India 2022is related to hundred of million of Indians, but its base is Young India. Mr.Modi said, while the government can only play the role of anenabler, it is the youth, who are not only making use of the availableopportunities, but also creating new ones themselves.

"चलता है attitude अब चला गया, This is our new india. सवा सौ करोड़ देशवासी है, लेकिन उनका आधार यंग इंडिया है। युवाओं की व्यय शक्ति है जो पुरानी व्यवस्थाओं को, उसकी कार्य प्रणाली को, पुराने तौर तरीकों को, पुरानी सोच से, उस बोझ से मुक्त हो। ये वो नौजवान वर्ग है जिसने व्यवस्थाओं को बदलने के लिए प्रेरित किया है। युवाओं यही समूह आज उभरते भारत की पहचान बन रहा है।"

The Prime Minister said, the proof of changed times isthat after the government's action against black money and corruption, andafter the implementation of GST, a record number of people are coming forwardto pay taxes.


The Centre has sought a reportfrom the West Bengal government on the tent collapse incident during PrimeMinister Narendra Modi's rally in Midnapore yesterday. Several people wereinjured in the incident after a section of a tent caved in during Mr Modi'sspeech. The Prime Minister, later, visited the injured atthe hospital.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said, the state governmentwould provide all medical assistance to those injured in the incident.


The Centre has opposed in the Supreme Court a PIL forbarring candidates from contesting from more than one constituency in a generalelection. In an affidavit, filed by Deputy Secretary with the Ministry of Lawand Justice, KK Saxena, the government said, the plea failed to establish thatfundamental rights of citizens were being infringed upon in any way. Theaffidavit would be considered by a bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra.It said a person has been allowed under the Representative of Peoples Act tocontest election from two constituencies simultaneously and the law has to beamended for disallowing the same.

The PIL had sought directions to the authorities to takeappropriate steps to discourage independent candidates from contesting Parliamentaryand state Assembly elections as suggested by the National Commission to Reviewthe Working of the Constitution. 


Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu has said, womenempowerment is central to achieving the objective of inclusive, equitable and sustainabledevelopment. Mr Naidu said this while inaugurating a two-day internationalconference on Empowering women in New Delhi yesterday. He said, women's activeparticipation in decision-making has a positive impact on education, health,nutrition, employment and social protection.


US President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpartVladimir Putin vowed a fresh start to troubled relations between the twocountries, at their first one-on-one summit in Helsinki, Finland yesterday.Both leaders held a two-hour long closed door meeting during which theydiscussed a number of issues, including Russian meddling in the 2016 USPresidential elections, Syria, Ukraine and China to trade tariffs and the sizeof their nuclear arsenals. They expressed a desire to co-operate on globalchallenges.

Standing alongside Mr Putin at a joint news conference,Mr Trump said, the Russian President delivered a powerful denial of anymeddling in US elections.

"Iwill tell you that president Putin was extremely strong and powerful in hisdenial and what he did is incredible offer. He offer to have the people workingon the case come and work with there investigator with respected 12 people. Ithink that's incredible offer, the probe is a disaster for our country and Ithink there was no collusion at all."

Later, in an interview to Fox News, the Russian President termed theprobe by Robert Mueller as political games that should not be permitted tointerfere with the US-Russia relations.


The Islamabad High Court willtoday hear the appeals filed by jailed former Pakistan Prime Minister NawazSharif, his daughter Maryam and son-in-law Captain (retired) Muhammad Safdarchallenging the verdict in a corruption case. The three had filed their appealsyesterday.
Sharif, and his daughter were arrested in Lahore on Friday on their arrivalfrom London after an accountability court found them guilty over his family'sownership of four luxury flats in London. They were taken to Adiala Jail inRawalpindi. Sharif's son-in-law, who was arrested on the 8th of this month, isalso lodged in the same jail.

The court had sentenced Nawaz to11 years in prison, Maryam to eight years and Safdar to one year.

Meanwhile, Pakistani Senators have criticised authorities for allowing members of thehardline and banned outfits to contest the general elections to be held on 25thof this month.

Former chairman Senate and now Senator Raza Rabbani ofPakistan Peoples Party pointed out that members of banned outfits were takingpart in the elections. He lamented the deteriorating law and order situation inthe country ahead of the polls.


The Egyptian Parliament hasapproved a bill that would allow authorities to monitor social media users withthe aim to combat fake news. Under the new law, people whose social mediaaccounts have more than 5,000 followers could be placed under the supervisionof the Supreme Council for Media Regulations. The Council would be authorisedto suspend or block any personal account which publishes or broadcasts fakenews or anything inciting violating law, violence or hatred.


The Income Tax sleuths searched over 20 premises of afirm engaged in highway construction and its associate companies in Tamil Naduyesterday and seized 160 crore rupees in cash and 100 kilograms of gold. IT sourcessaid, the searches at various places in Chennai, Madurai, Aruppukottai andVellore were taken up over suspected tax evasion after inputs about unusualcash movement were received.


The Central government's DigitalIndia mission is bringing a revolution in every field. Prime Minister NarendraModi launched the scheme in July 2015 to promote high speed internet anddigital literacy in rural areas. In Himachal Pradesh, the scheme has broughtabout a positive change in the lives of people. Here is a ground report fromour Shimla correspondent:

"In Himachal Pradesh, there has been new change in the lives of thepeople with the implementation of the digitization mission from urban area tovillage level. People from remote and urban region are getting many facilitiessitting at home, which is also saving their time and money.

Jyoti and Apoorva from Dib village of jhaniyara panchayat in Hamirpurdistrict expressed her happiness for the digitization in LPG and in the bank oftheir village.

Sanjeev, the resident of kangara district says that various type ofcertificates and land related documents are being received online bydigitization.

Earlier in Himachal Pradesh, where people had to travel many kilometers togather information regarding government schemes and for their work and had topay more. Now the same work has been done through mobile while sitting at homeor at any place. All these steps proved that the Prime minister vision ofpromoting complete digital literacy is being realised. Sanjeev Sundriyal, AIR News, Shimla."


In Cricket, the deciding final One- Day International ofthe 3-match series between India and England will be played at Leeds today. Thematch will begin at 5 PM Indian Time.

All India Radio will broadcast live commentary on thematch, alternately in Hindi and English, from 4:30 PM onwards.


Newspapers Headlines

  • US President Donald Trump andRussian President Vladimir Putin's historic summit meeting at Helsinki, Finlanddominates front page newspapers headlines.

  • "Trump, Putin bond, tout resetin ties at summit" headlines the Asian Age. On the question ofRussia's alleged interference in 2016 US presidential elections, the Timesof India quotes Vladimir Putin "Wanted Trump to win, but did't meddlein US prez polls". The Hindustan Times lead headline reads "AtPutin's side, Trump gives Russia clean chit".

  • Several papers also prominentlyhighlight Prime Minister Narendra Modi's direct attack on Mamata Banerjee'srule in West Bengal at his rally in Midnapore where 90 people were injured inthe makeshift tent collapse. "90 hurt as tent fall sparks panic at PM'sBengal rally" headlines the DNA. "PM attacks TMC: syndicateraj in Bengal, be hopeful like Tripura", writes the Indian Express.

  • Upping the ante ahead of the MonsoonSession of Parliament, "Rahul asks Modi to pass women's quota bill"reports the Asian Age. The DNA, in its lead, writes"Government calls RG's push for women's Bill a gimmick".

  • Amid hectic negotiations for aunited opposition alliance ahead of 2019 general elections, the Times ofIndia reports "All or none : BSP pushes Congress for tie-up in 3states", "Congress's Rajasthan unit not keen, MP and Chattisgarhare".

  • The Times of India, in its lead story, writes that theexisting framework for data protection is "not sufficient" according toTRAI. "Users own' their data, not Google or Facebook: says TRAI".

  • In some relief, youwill now be able to carry just the e-versions of your car papers. The Timesof India reports - the Centre is set to ammend the Motor Vehicle Rules toallow the transport authorities to accept the digital versions of your drivingLicense and RC.


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