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13th September, 2018

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi says, Ayushman Bharat programme to be rolled out from 25th of this month will benefit country's poor people; Reiterates commitment for development of every Indian with inspirational mantra Sabka Sath Sabka Vikas.

  • BJP asks Rahul Gandhi to explain his family and Congress party's links with fugitive Vijay Mallya as he was given loans violating norms.

  • Justice Ranjan Gogoi appointed as new Chief Justice of India.

  • In Jammu & Kashmir, eight terrorists killed in separate operations in Kupwara, Baramulla and Jammu.

  • External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj reaches Moscow to hold meeting of India-Russia Inter-Governmental Commission.

  • In Japan Open Badminton: Kidambi Srikanth enters quarter final beating Wong Wing Ki of Hong Kong in Tokyo.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said country's poor people will get benefits of the Ayushman Bharat programme which will be rolled out from 25th of this month.  Over 10 crore poor and vulnerable families are the target beneficiaries under the Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Abhiyaan under Ayushman Bharat. Mr Modi was addressing BJP workers of five Lok Sabha constituencies - Arunachal West, Ghaziabad, Hazaribagh, Jaipur Rural and Nawada through NaMo app today. Mr Modi said, efforts should be made to increase number of young people in the party and party workers should connect with people and must inform them about various schemes of the government.

The Prime Minister reiterated that Sabka Sath Sabka Vikas is not merely a slogan but an inspirational mantra towards development of every Indian.

"सबका साथ, सबका विकास ये हमारे लिए सिर्फ नारा कभी नहीं था, ये हमारा प्रेरणा मंत्र है। समाज का हर वर्ग, देश का हर कोना, समाज का हर तबका, ये हमारा अपना है और इसलिए हमारा मानना है कि देश का विकास तभी हो सकता है, जब सबका साथ हो, सबका विकास हो।" 

Mr Modi said, other political parties are indulging in vote bank politics but BJP is ensuring that every Indian should get equal opportunities. He said, opposition is trying to forge a grand alliance not for the development but for opportunistic politics.

The Prime Minister said, Indian economy is one of the fastest growing economies. He said, in last four years, economy is growing at a faster pace.

Mr Modi asked the BJP workers to continue their efforts towards development of the nation. The Prime Minister exhorted party workers to follow the mantra of 'Mera Booth Sabse Mazboot' to ensure victory in the next general elections.

Mr Modi said, the government is giving highest priority to develop north eastern states. He said, Delhi is now connected to North East and the Central government is in constant touch with the people of these states. 


BJP today slammed Rahul Gandhi's demand for resignation of Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on fugitive Vijay Mallya's claim saying it is the Congress president who should resign from his post as there are serious allegations against him in the National Herald corruption case. Briefing media in New Delhi, senior party leader and Union Minister Piyush Goyal said, any comment or claim of any fugitive or criminal offender can not be considered as credible. While showing a video of the then Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh talking about bailing out cash trapped Kingfisher airlines of Vijay Mallya, Mr Goyal said, since 2010 the UPA Government violated all norms for Mallya and Kingfisher Airlines.

"वायलार रवि जो सिविल एविएशन मिनिस्टर थे उस समय वो दो टूक बात कर रहे हैं कि किंगफिशर के बारे में चिंता है उसको किसी किसी तरिके से समस्या से निकालना है। उस समय के प्रधानमंत्री सिविल एविएशन मिनिस्टर सभी की मिलीभगत थी कि कैसे किंगफिशर को बचाया जाए। बार-बार उनको लोन दिए जाते थे। "

Mr Goyal asked Rahul Gandhi to explain what links his family and party had with Mallya as he was given loans by violating the norms.  Mr Goyal said, Mr Gandhi needs to answer why RBI and banks were pressurized to relax all norms. He alleged that instead of answering all the questions Congress is just resorting to lies. He also questioned credibility of the claim of Congress MP P L Punia who had claimed that he had seen Mallya and Mr Jaitley talking at Parliament House.


Justice Ranjan Gogoi will be the next Chief Justice of India. Law Ministry today notified the appointment of Justice Gogoi. He will succeed Chief Justice Dipak Misra, who will retire on 2nd of next month. Justice Gogoi is the senior-most judge of the Supreme Court after Chief Justice Misra. He will assume charge on 3rd October and will have a tenure of nearly 13 months.

Justice Gogoi joined the Bar in 1978 and practiced mainly in the Gauhati High Court. He was appointed as Permanent Judge of Gauhati High Court in February 2001. He was transferred to Punjab and Haryana High Court in 2010 and later was appointed as Chief Justice there. He was elevated as Judge of the Supreme Court in April 2012.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend Ashara Mubaraka, the commemoration of martyrdom of Imam Hussain, organized by the Dawoodi Bohra community at Indore  tomorrow. Mr Modi will address the gathering. Spiritual head of the Dawoodi Bohra community Dr Sayedna Mufaddal Saifuddin and Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan will also address the event.


In Jammu & Kashmir, eight terrorists were killed in separate operations in Kupwara, Baramulla and Jammu today. Three unidentified terrorists have been eliminated in a fierce gunfight after army foiled a major infiltration bid along LoC in Keran sector of frontier district Kupwara. Army sources said, the bodies of armed terrorists are lying close to the LoC  and the counter infiltration operation is still on. Earlier in the day, two Pakistani Jaish e Muhammad terrorists were killed in an operation at Sopore area in Baramulla district. A police spokesman said, one of the killed terrorist was the mastermind behind the Sopore IED blast in which four policemen were killed. In another incident two terrorists were apprehended by J&K Police in Ganderbal district. In Jammu, three JeM terrorists were killed in an ongoing encounter in Jhajar Kotli area.  Director General of Police Dilbagh Singh gave this information to AIR.

"A fresh infiltration took place from Hiranagar sector from Pakistan, wherein three militants crossed over to this side. We intercepted them somewhere little ahead of Jammu towards Srinagar, that is where the first contact was established . The operation continued for the whole night and today as well. Three militants have been killed. All belong to Jaish-e-Mohammed." 


Foiling an attack on Ganesh Chaturthi in Uttar Pradesh, Anti Terrorist Squad of state police with the help of NIA, today arrested an alleged terrorist of  Hizbul Muzahideen outfit from Kanpur. A native of Assam, Qamaruzzama was arrested from Chakeri area in Kanpur. Claiming the arrest a big achievement of UP Police, DGP  OP Singh said that during interrogation the nabbed terrorist revealed that he was sent by Hizbul Muzahideen to carry out reccee for attack on Ganesh Chaturthi festival. A video of local temple was also found in his Mobile Phone.


The 25th conference of DGPs, IGPs and Heads of Central Police Organizations of North Eastern Region started in Arunachal Pradesh capital Itanagar today. Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said in the inaugural session of the conference, that in the last 4 and half years the security scenario of North east has improved tremendously. He said the insurgency related incidents in the region have fallen by more than 50 percent.


In Mizoram, thousands of pregnant women and lactating mothers are benefitting under the Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana(PMMVY). Under the scheme, eligible beneficiaries get 5,000 rupees and the remaining cash incentive of 1,000 rupees for maternity benefit is given under the Janani Suraksha Yojana after institutional delivery. In total, a woman receives 6,000 rupees. Here is a ground report from our Aizwal correspondent:

 In Mizoram , PMMVY has emerged as a boon to thousands of women, especially those belonging to rural areas and poor families. According to the officials of the state social welfare department, so far, 5 thousand 7 hundreds 23 beneficiaries are being given the cash assistance of 5000 rupees through Direct Benefit Transfer mode.Ms Brenda Lalrindiki, State Coordinator, PMMVY said.

A young mother in Aizawl, Lalnunmawii has used the cash assistance for buying medicines and nutritional food for the baby and herself.

The scheme gives partial wage compensation to women for wage-loss during childbirth and childcare. Naturally, PMMV today is being welcomed by women across the state. Irene/ AIR News/Aizawl"


External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj reached in Moscow this evening to attend the 23rd meeting of the India- Russia Inter-Governmental Commission on Technical & Economic Cooperation IRIGC-TEC. She will co chair the meeting with  Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, Yuri Borisov. IRIGC-TEC is a standing body which annually meets and reviews ongoing activities of bilateral cooperation in the fields of bilateral trade and investment, science and technology, culture and other issues of mutual interest.

The Commission, after taking stock of bilateral cooperation in various fields, will provide policy recommendations and directions in the concerned fields.

Earlier, Ms. Swaraj  had a brief stopover at Ashgabat en route to Russia during which she held discussions with her Turkmenistan counterpart Rashid Meredov.


A bus service between Nepal's capital Kathmandu and Bodhgaya in Bihar has started. The first ever Bus Service between Nepal and Bihar was flagged off by  Nepal's Minister for Physical Infrastructure and Transportation Raghubir Mahaseth and Indian Ambassador Manjeev Singh Puri from Kathmandu this evening.

"The bus will leave Kathmandu daily at 7 PM and reach Bodhgaya next day around 11 in the morning. The bus fare would be Rs. 1,250. During Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Nepal visit in 2014 a Motor Vehicle Agreement for Passenger Traffic was signed. The aim of this agreement is to facilitate seamless and hassle-free movement of people of both the countries, further enhancing people to people contact and promoting tourism. The agreement envisages regular bus services between the two countries as per agreed routes, trips and time-table. The Kathmandu-Bodhgaya is the 5th bus service from Nepal side. The bus services from Kathmandu to Delhi and Varanasi, Mahendranagar to Delhi and Pokhara to Delhi had already commenced. Raj Kumar AIR News Kathmandu."


The ambitious Chandrayaan-2 programme will be a special mission because India is the only country which will land on moon near South Pole where the world has not gone. In an exclusive interview to All India Radio, ISRO chairman Dr. K Sivan said, they are aiming to launch the mission on January 3rd next year.

"This is a special mission in the sense that India is going to land on the moon near South Pole where nobody else  in the world has gone. Also scientifically, it is going to give a bigger impact in the global level. We are targeting for 3rd January launch."

Tune into the FM Gold Channel of All India Radio at 9.30 tonight to listen to the interview.


In Japan Open Badminton, Kidambi Srikanth has entered the quarter final defeating Wong Wing Ki of Hong Kong in Tokyo today. Srikanth defeated Wong 21-15, 21-14.

However, PV Sindhu and H S Prannoy lost their second round singles encounters. The Men's Doubles pair of Manu Attri and B. Sumeeth Reddy and the Mixed Doubles team of N. Sikki Reddy and Pranaav Jerry Chopra also lost.


Sixteen year old Udhayveer Singh won an individual Gold Medal in Junior Men's 25 metre pistol event in the World Shooting Championships in South Korea  today. 


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