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  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi holds bilateral talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on the sidelines of the G-20 Summit in Japan.

  • India and Japan agree to expand their strategic relationship.

  • Union Home Minister Amit Shah reviews overall law & order & security situation in Jammu and Kashmir.

  • Government extends the deadline for comments and suggestions on draft National Education Policy 2019 by one month. 

  • And in ICC World Cup, India to take on West Indies in their sixth round-robin match at Manchester today.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi today held his first bi-lateral meeting with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe in Osaka ahead of the G-20 summit. Addressing the meet, Mr Modi expressed his gratitude to Shinzo Abe for the warm welcome the Japanese government accorded to the Indian delegation. 

"भारत सरकार ने और जापान ने मेरा, मेरे डेलिग्शन का स्वागत सतकार किया उसके लिए भी मैं आपका बहुत बहुत आभार व्यक्त करता हूं। जी-20 के रूप में मुझे जो नेतृत्व दिया है विषयों पर आपने इनेसेटीव जो लिया है एक सफल कार्यकाल के लिए मैं आपका अभिनंदन करता हूं। आपको बधाई देता हूं।"

Addressing the gathering during his bilateral meeting with his Japanese counterpart, Mr Modi said Mr Abe was the first friend who congratulated him after his party won in the general elections. He also congratulated Prime Minister Abe and the people of Japan for ushering in a new era in their history.

"एथेंलीसी यह जापान का रेवा एरा का कालखंड है और उस कालखंड की ये हमारी पहली मुलाकात है। मैं आपको और जापान की जनता को, यहां के नागरिकों को इस नये कालखंड के लिए अनेक अनेक शुभकामनाएं देता हूं और मुझे खुशी है कि हिज मिनिस्ट्री का राज्यरोहण के समय हमारे राष्ट्रपति जी अक्तूबर मास में इसमें शामिल होंगे और भारत को इस बात का गर्व होगा कि इस ऐतिहासिक घटना में हम भी साक्षी होंगे।"

Speaking to reporters later, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said India and Japan today discussed various issues of mutual interest.

"PM arrived in Osaka early this morning and his first meeting this afternoon was with the PM of Japan. And they had a very constructive and very detailed discussion on the bilateral relationship. He spoke about the importance  of focusing on global economy. He referred, specifically, to PM's initiative at earlier G-20 meetings on the issue of fugitive economic offenders and he said that G-20 should deal with this problem as part of its anti-corruption measures.The PM of Japan also referred to the need to find appropriate situations for global trade and data flows."

Mr Gokhale said India and Japan agreed to expand the strategic template of relationship between the two countries.

"They both observed that they would be meeting again tomorrow morning in the context of a trilateral meeting between Japan, India and US. And there was a brief discussion on how the indo-pacific initiative, which is an important initiative which all these countries are separately pursuing and also discussing together, could be given further fillip as part of these initiatives."

Mr Gokhale said Prime Minister Modi looked forward to the visit of Prime Minister Abe to India later this year for the Annual summit.

Prime Minister Modi is scheduled to address a community event in Hyogo Prefecture Guest House in Kobe this evening. Mr Modi arrived in Osaka this morning to attend the G20 Summit which will begin tomorrow. He will also hold talks with leaders of major partner countries on the sidelines of the summit. The Prime Minister is scheduled to meet US President Donald Trump tomorrow and discuss important issues of bilateral and global importance.


In Jammu and Kashmir, Home Minister Amit Shah reviewed the overall law & order & security situation in the State at a high level meeting in Srinagar. Governor Satya Pal Malik, Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba, state administration officials and top officials of all the security and intelligence agencies attended the meeting. More from our correspondent.

"This is Amit Shah’s first visit to the state after assuming charge of home ministry in the 2nd successive tenure of BJP led NDA government at the Centre. Home Minister took stock of the law & order and overall security situation and arrangements related to upcoming 46 day Amarnath Yatra beginning on 1st July. Home Minister also took a detailed review of various development schemes and projects in the State. He also met several delegations including Sarpanches.  tariq rather, air NEWS, JAMMU"

Earlier today, the Home Minister visited the home of Inspector Arshad Khan in Srinagar and offered condolences to the bereaved family. Arshad, posted as SHO Anantnag sustained grievous injuries in a terrorist attack in the district on June 12 and later succumbed to injuries at AIIMS Delhi.


The Government will extend the deadline for comments and suggestions on draft National Education Policy 2019 by one month.  Earlier, the last date for citizens and other stakeholders to send suggestions was the 30th of this month. Replying to supplementaries in the Rajya Sabha, Human Resources Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank said it is an important issue and there has been extensive discussion over the policy for the last four years by the ministry. He said the center will extend the date to get more suggestions on it. Earlier, TMC MP Derek O'Brien raised the issue claiming that state governments have not been consulted over the policy.

The Draft National Education Policy proposes an education policy, which seeks to address the challenges of access, equity, quality, affordability and accountability faced by the current education system.


Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has said the government will look into the matter related to imposing tax on Disability pension for military personnel. He was replying to Congress member Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury who raised the issue during zero hour in the Lok Sabha. He said that defence preparedness and the interests of the armed forces personnel are the top priorities of the NDA government. Mr Singh said, it was the NDA government which implemented the One Rank One Pension which had been pending for the last 40 years.


In Jammu and Kashmir people are pinning great hopes on the second edition of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s mass contact radio program ‘Mann Ki Baat’. The people in the hilly areas of the Jammu region mostly depend on Radio for information and to put-forth their problems and grievances. A resident of the hilly Mansar area of Jammu division, Ajay Sharma wants Prime Minister to talk about the Historic Mansar Lake in the next edition of Mann Ki Baat. He says this will pave the way for speedy development of the area which has great tourism potential but lacks various basic facilities and road connectivity.

He said

" Mansar is a hilly area. Our medium for entertainment is largely radio. We used to listen to the PM's 'Mann Ki Baat' with family and friends. We are happy and we welcome that PM will again address the nation through 'Mann Ki Baat'. We hope that PM will refer to Mansar  lake in this edition.


The Dentists (Amendment) Bill, 2019 was introduced in the Lok Sabha  today. The bill aims at making  the Dental Council of India more effective by amending the Dentists Act -1948. The amendment will help restructure the Dental Councils and the representation of Central Government members and elected members would no longer be made mandatory in the Dental Councils. The Bill was introduced by the Minister of State for Health Ashwini Kumar Choubey.


Minister Ashwini Kumar Choubey also introduced the Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Bill, 2019 in the Lok Sabha today. The bill aims at  bringing in transparency, accountability and quality in the governance of medical education in the country. The bill will replace the ordinance promulgated in this regard. The Bill also provides for supersession of Medical Council of India, MCI for a period of two years with effect from the 26th of September, 2018. During this period, the Board of Governors will exercise the powers and functions of MCI as assigned under the IMC Act, 1956. The number of members in the Board of Governors will be increased from the existing seven to twelve.


Minister of State for Human Resource Development Sanjay  Dhotre  introduced the Central Educational Institutions (Reservations in Teachers’ Cadre) Bill, 2019 in the Lok Sabha today. The bill seeks to provide for the reservation of posts in appointments by direct recruitment of persons belonging to Schedules Castes, Scheduled Tribes, educationally backward classes and economically weaker sections to teachers cadre in certain Central Educational Institutions. The bill will replace the Ordinance promulgated in this regard.


A total of 81 lakh 3 thousand 196 houses have been approved under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana scheme from project proposals received so far from the States and Union Territories. This was informed by Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs, Hardeep Singh Puri in the Lok Sabha today. 47 lakh 57 thousand 987 houses are at various stages of construction and 26 lakh 7 thousand 913 have been completed  or occupied. In a written reply, he also informed that  Central Assistance under the PMAY(U) is determined on the basis of proposals submitted by the States & UTs as per their housing requirements. It is met through Budgetary Resources as well as Extra Budgetary Resources. Central Assistance of 51,113 crores rupees have so far been released under the PMAY(U).


The Minister of Road Transport And Highways Nitin Gadkari informed the Lok Sabha that the Delhi Mumbai Expressway project is progressing at the desired pace. He said that the highway would be a boon to Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Haryana. In reply to a question he said this is the first highway to cover the tribal areas of Haryana, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. The Minister also requested the members to find out for themselves the reason for any road work that is delayed. He added that the government is ready to clear any bottleneck that poses a hurdle to the work.


Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman assured that requests received for conducting  banking examinations in regional languages will be looked into. Replying to supplementaries in the Rajya Sabha the Finance Minister said there are several representations received from various states to conduct banking examinations in regional language. She said it is a matter of serious concern and her ministry is looking into it on priority. Congress MP GC Chandra Sekhar from Karnataka raised this issue.

Earlier, the Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu directed the Leader of the House Thawar Chand Gehlot to speak to the Human Resource Development Minister to find the reasons for not advertising the total vacancies of teaching staff under reservation quota in a recent notification by four central universities.


Minister of State for Civil Aviation Hardeep Singh Puri has informed  the Lok Sabha that under the Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS)-UDAN Scheme, 174 routes are operational connecting the country’s 39 Airports. Answering questions raised by various members, he said that UDAN Scheme is performing well.


Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina has accused Myanmar of deliberately delaying the process of Rohingya repatriation. Replying to a query in the Parliament Ms. Hasina said Bangladesh has signed three pacts with Myanmar for repatriation of the Rohingyas within two years. She said Myanmar is conducting propaganda at the international level that the process of repatriation is being delayed due to non-cooperation of Bangladesh.


ICC Cricket World Cup:

"Team India will look to move one step closer to a semi-final berth when they take on the West Indies in their sixth round-robin match at Manchester today. India are on the verge of entering semi-final as Virat Kohli led side just need two more wins in four matches. West Indies, on the other hand, will look to finish on a high after being knocked out despite a great start against Pakistan. In another big blow to the West Indian side, Andre Russell was ruled out due to a hamstring injury. For Kohli, to choose one between Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami will be a difficult task. Bhuvneshwar has regained his fitness and should get his spot back in the side but Shami, who replaced him against Afghanistan, became only the second bowler to claim a World Cup hat-trick.  All India Radio will broadcast live commentary on the game in a short while from now. Anupam Mishra,  Sports Desk."


Domestic Equity benchmarks witnessed gains for third session in a row in afternoon trade today. Sensex at Bombay Stock Exchange climbed 215 points to trade at 39,807 a short while ago.



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