Minister Narendra Modi reaches German capital Berlin on the first leg of his
four nation tour; To Participate in 4th Indo-German Inter-governmental
Consultations tomorrow; Trade, economic cooperation and counter terrorism high
on the agenda.
registers cases against unidentified officials of Civil Aviation Ministry and
Air India for alleged irregularities in purchase and lease of aircraft during
storm ‘MORA’ likely to cross Bangladesh
coast near Chittagong by tomorrow forenoon; Met department issues severe
weather warning for next three days at several parts of North East.
- Sports Minister Vijay Goel says no bilateral cricket
series with Pakistan till terrorism continues from across the border.
- In French Open Tennis, defending champion Novak
Djokovic and 9-time winner Rafael Nadal enter second round of Men's Singles.
In the first leg of his four nation tour to Germany, Spain, Russia and
France, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has reached German capital, Berlin. Trade
and commerce, economic cooperation and counter terrorism will be high on the
agenda during Mr Modi's visit to the European countries. In a tweet message, Mr
Modi expressed hope that his visit to Germany will lead tobeneficial outcomes
and deepen Indo-German friendship. He will have an informal dinner with German
Chancellor Angela Merkel in the official country retreat in Berlin tonight.
The Prime Minister will take part in the 4th Indo-German
Inter-governmental Consultations tomorrow and meet German Chancellor to
strengthen bilateral relations. The inter governmental consultations will
identify areas of mutual interest in bilateral trade and investment to
strengthen their relationships. Speaking to AIR exclusively, Union Commerce and
Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said, since trade and investment related
agreements of the countries belonging to the European Commission have to be
done through it, Germany being a part of
the European Union, needs to take up the issue so that FDI projects from the 27 partners of the Union
Germany being a part of the European commission, trade and investment
related agreements will have to be done through the EC only. On behalf of all
members, France, Germany and other 27 partners, it is the commission which will
have to talk with India on any FDI or investment promotion We are also talking
with the Commission. The German support in having this done at the earliest will
be beneficial both for India and for the European Community countries.
The Minister said, FDIs will be allowed in areas in which India has
strength in goods and manufacturing sectors and also the services sector. Our
correspondent reports that India and Germany will also hold ministerial level
talks on various issues including trade and industry, technology, medicine and
"India's initiative in improving bilateral trade ties with
Germany has been gaining momentum after the Inter Governmental Consultations.
Germany, one of the leading trade partner of India and also an important role
player in the European Commission will divulge in bilateral talks in many
sectors including defence, health and pharmaceuticals. Prime Minister Narendra
Modi's visit will not only invigorate trade ties between both countries but
also encourage countries in the European Union to look forward to investing in
India. As procedures have been simplified in improving the investment climate
and doing away with red tapism investments in states will become more easy and
simple making India to stride forward as a stronger economy. Joy, AIR News,
Later, on the second leg of his tour, Mr Modi will be reaching Madrid,
Spain on a two day visit tomorrow. The visit to Spain by the Indian Prime
Minister is happening almost after 30 years. Talking to our correspondent,
Indian Ambassador to Spain D B Venkatesh Varma exuded confidence that Prime
Minister's visit will take relations between the two countries to a new level
in all fields such as political, strategic, defence, energy and people to
On issue of terrorism, Mr Varma said, India and Spain have to work
together to develop a strong international response to counter terrorism.
India and Spain have both been hit by terrorism for over several decades.
There is a common desire and will to work together to develop a strong global
response to counter international terrorism both in terms of bilateral
cooperation and also working together at the United Nations.
Asked about the growing economic relations between New Delhi and Madrid,
he said, there are possibilities that Spanish investments will increase in
Spain is one of the fastest growing economies in the EU. India is one of
the fastest growing economies among the large economies of the world, that
provides a large common ground for taking our economic partnerships to a new
level. There are about 200 to 250 Spanish companies in India involved in a
number of projects. There are number of possibilities for further Spanish
investments in India, including in the government's flagship programmes.
The Indian Ambassador said, a number of agreements are expected to be
inked between the two sides during the visit.
CBI today registered three FIRs and a
preliminary enquiry to probe alleged irregularities in Indian Airlines-Air
India merger and purchase of 111 aircraft, leasing of planes and giving up of
profit-making routes by Air India.
The agency spokesperson said, the FIRs have
been registered for criminal conspiracy and corruption against unidentified
officials of the Civil Aviation Ministry and Air India. He said, the cases
relate to decisions taken during the tenure of the UPA causing a loss of tens
of thousands of crore of rupees to the exchequer. The Ministry had purchased
aircrafts worth 70 thousand crore rupees
between 2004 and 2008. A preliminary inquiry was also registered to
probe the merger of Indian Airlines and Air India that led to a loss of crores
CBI today took custody of controversial Rashtriya Janata Dal, RJD,
leader Shahabuddin in connection with murder case of journalist Rajdeo Ranjan.
According to CBI sources, Shahabuddin, who is accused in the case, was brought
to the agency headquarter for questioning. Shahabuddin is facing trial in more
than 45 criminal cases and is presently lodged in Tihar prison. The four-time
RJD MP from Siwan is alleged to have been involved in the murder of Ranjan, a
journalist of a prominent Hindi daily in Siwan last year.
A special TADA court in Mumbai today said that it would give the final
judgment against seven accused including Abu Salem for their involvement in the
1993 Mumbai bomb blasts case, on June 16. On March 12, 1993, 12 bombs went off
at several locations in the city, killing 257 people, and injuring 713.
Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu today strongly
supported Army Chief General Bipin Rawat’s recent assertion on Kashmir. Talking
to media, Mr Naidu said, he totally agrees with Indian Army chief's statement
that the dirty war in Jammu and Kashmir calls for innovation.
Army chief Rawat yesterday came to the rescue
of Major Gogoi, and said such innovative ways are required to counter the dirty
war underway in Kashmir.
Union Minister of Labour and Employment
Bandaru Dattatreya today said Narendra Modi led government is a scam and
corruption free government which delivers best services to people. He was
addressing a seminar in New Delhi on the achievements of the Labour and
Employment Ministry in last three years.
Mr Dattatreya said, the government has shown
the country unprecedented development and it has established prestige of India
in international arena. He said, country's GDP has reached 7.5 per cent and in
coming days implementation of Goods and Service Tax will bring more development
in the country.
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Cyclonic storm ‘MORA’ now lies about 660
kilometres south-southeast of Kolkata and 550 kilometres south-southwest of
Chittagong. The system is likely to intensify further into a severe cyclonic
storm during next 12 hours. It is likely to move north-northeastwards and cross
Bangladesh coast. Our Dhaka correspondent reports that authorities are evacuating people from all coastal upzillas of
southern Chittagong district as cyclone Mora is bearing down on the shore.
Local officials have been
instructed to go to risky areas to ensure that people move to safer areas.
Chittagong port has been shut down and ferry and launch services across the
country have been suspended. Disaster Management Department Director Abu Syed
Mohammad Hashim told reporters that a total of 479 cyclone shelters capable of
accommodating over 4 lakh people have been made ready with necessary food
supplies. Medical and rescue teams have been formed in every upazilla to handle emergencies. control rooms have also been set up in every
upazilla to monitor the cyclone preparedness. Melinda Dias, AIR news, Dhaka.
Meanwhile, Indian MeT Department has issued
severe weather warning for the three days at several parts of North East.
Tomorrow, heavy to very heavy rain is likely at isolated places over South Assam
and Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura.
Director of MeT department of Tripura Dilip Saha said that, rain fall
will start from today night and from tomorrow heavy rainfall with gusty wind
with a speed of 60 to 70 kmph may occur. Officials from the State Emergency
Operation Centre said, all the district administrations have been informed and
the information related to cyclone is being disseminated to the field officers.
The rescue team has been kept alert. Nishith Joshi, AIR News, Agartala.
Several parts of Odisha are also likely to witness heavy rainfall in
coastal and interior parts of the state during the next 12 hours under the
influence of Mora.
Met office said, heavy rainfall with wind speed reaching 50 to 60
kilometre per hour likely to occur at some places in Balasore, Bhadrak,
Kendrapada, Jagatsinghpur districts in the State. It also said, the interior
pockets may face Nor'wester because of high moisture content in the air due to
Mora. The local Met department issued advice for hoisting Distant Cautionary
Signal number two at Paradip and Gopalpur ports in the state. It has also asked
the fishermen not to venture into the sea. With SN Pattnaik's report from
Bhubaneswar, Nupur Goswami for AIR News.
Election Commission has decided to launch a
special drive from 1st of next month for
registration of eligible electors and removing the discrepancies in the rolls. In tune with the theme of - No
voters to be left behind- the
Commission will utilize the period of continuous updation for maximization of enrollment of young
electors particularly in 18-19 age group
by launching a special drive in all States. The campaign will
continue till 31st July this
The domestic stock markets continued to scale new record highs for the
third straight day, today, but the rupee lost some ground against the dollar.
Extending its record breaking climb, the Sensex at the Bombay Stock
Exchange rose 81 points, or 0.3 percent, to a fresh record closing high of
31,109. The Nifty at the National Stock Exchange rose 10 points, to a new
closing peak of 9,605. At the forex market,the rupee snapped three days of gains, losing 6 paise,
to 64.50 against the dollar. Gold rose 100 rupees, to 29,350 rupees per ten
grams in Delhi. And Brent crude oil futures declined 15 cents, to 51.98 dollars
a barrel. Pradeep Kumar, AIR News.
Sports Minister Vijay Goel has said India can not play bilateral series
with Pakistan till the terrorism from across the border continues. Mr Goel
said, terrorism and cricket cannot go hand in hand. Replying to a media query
on BCCI-PCB meet in Dubai, the Sports Minister said, BCCI should first talk to
government before giving any proposal.
In French Open Tennis, the second Grand Slam of the season, defending
champion Novak Djokovic and 9-time winner Rafael Nadal began their campaigns with easy wins today.
Second seed Djokovic beat M. Granollers 6-3, 6-4, 6-2, while fourth seed
Nadal defeated B. Paire 6-1, 6-4, 6-1 to enter into second round.