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  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurates Indian Science Congress in Imphal; urges scientists to redefine scientific research for the development of the nation; also says Northeast can be the new engine of India's growth.
  • Opposition uproar stalls Parliament for tenth consecutive day today; Lok Sabha Speaker said she was unable to proceed on no-confidence motion against the government moved by YSR-Congress and TDP, as the House not in order.
  • TDP exits from National Democratic Alliance for alleged indifference of Centre towards Andhra Pradesh's sentiments; BJP says TDP resorting to lies to cover its inert governance.
  • In Punjab, Bhagwant Mann resigns as President of Aam Aadmi Party's state unit protesting against Arvind Kejriwal's apology to a former state minister; co-President Aman Arora also resigns.
  • Special CBI court in Ranchi to deliver judgment in fourth fodder scam case against former Bihar Chief Ministers Lalu Prasad Yadav and Jagannath Mishra tomorrow.
  • In cricket, Sri Lanka set a target of 160 after suffering an early collapse against Bangladesh in virtual semi-final encounter of T-20 tri-nation series in Colombo.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi today exhorted scientists to extend their research from "the labs to the land" for the greater benefit of people and said time was ripe to redefine ‘R&D' as research for development of the nation. Mr Modi was speaking after inaugurating the 105th session of the Indian Science Congress at Manipur University, Imphal. He said scientific social responsibility is need of the hour. Mr Modi called upon the scientists to develop a mechanism for interaction with school children.

"This is my personal request to all the scientists to spend 100 hours every year with 100 students of classes 10th, 11th and 12th, discussing various aspects of science and technology. Imagine how many scientists we can nurture this way."


Mr Modi laid the foundation stone of National Sports University, inaugurated Mary Kom Regional Boxing Foundation and other development projects including the newly-constructed Women's Market at Churachandpur.             Addressing a public meeting in Imphal East, Mr Modi said the North-East can be the New Engine of India’s growth. He maintained that India’s growth story shall never be complete until the eastern part of the country develops at par with the rest of the country.

I have always maintained that India's growth stories shall never be complete until the eastern part of our country progresses at par with the western part.  The North East can be the new engine of India's growth.

The Prime Minister said schemes of about 750 crore rupees have been launched today for the development of Manipur. He said these schemes are linked to the dreams and jobs of youth, women empowerment and connectivity. Mr Modi said he believed these plans will take development of the state to new heights.


Congress-led Opposition continued to rock the proceedings in both the Houses of Parliament for the tenth day today on different issues. The Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha witnessed repeated adjournments before adjourning finally for the day.

In the Lok Sabha, amidst opposition uproar, members from YSR Congress and Telugu Desam Party, who have been demanding special status to Andhra Pradesh, moved a no- confidence motion against the government. Speaker Sumitra Mahajan observed that she cannot proceed on it as the House is not in order. Amidst noisy scenes, she adjourned the House for the day. The Opposition members trooped into the well in support of their demands. TRS was raising the issue of increasing the reservation quota in government jobs in Telangana while AIADMK MPs were pressing for setting up of Cauvery Management Board.

In the Rajya Sabha, Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu expressed serious concern over the repeated disturbances faced by the House for the last two weeks failing to transact any legislative business. He said people are disillusioned over the logjam as important issues like banks scams are not being taken up for discussion. He appealed to all parties to ensure the smooth functioning of the House. As noisy scenes continued, Mr. Naidu adjourned the house till 2.30 pm. When it re-assembled to take up Private Members’ business, Deputy Chairman Prof. P J Kurien allowed TDP member Y S Chowdary to continue his speech about the grounds on which he tendered his resignation from the Council of Ministers. Mr Chowdary said the Centre should be more genuine to the demands of Andhra Pradesh as the state has become very poor in its fiscal progress. Meanwhile, several other opposition parties including Congress trooped into the well forcing the Chair to adjourn the House for the day.


Telugu Desam Party (TDP) has quit the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) at the Centre. Party leader YS Chowdary told media in New Delhi that TDP tried its best to be together but the present government ignored the sentiments of people of Andhra Pradesh. He said party president N Chandrababu Naidu took the decision to withdraw from the NDA.

The present government definitely have ignored the sentiment and emotions of the people of Andhra Pradesh. Today morning an emergency polit bureau was conducted through conference calls, through which our president has taken a decision based on the majority members opinion to withdraw from NDA."


Reacting to the move, BJP spokesperson G V L Narsimha Rao said the TDP's decision to quit was inevitable after its mischievous propaganda against the Centre. He said the people of Andhra Pradesh have now realised that the TDP is resorting to lies to cover up its inept and inert governance.

"The TDP has to explain to the people as to why they have taken a U turn on this when they have agreed to special package in 2016. We believe the TDP is finding the going tough in Andhra Pradesh. They are seeing a defeat in 2019 for themselves and therefore, they want to use this as an alibi to reclaim the lost political ground."

Meanwhile, Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) led by K Chandrasekhar Rao has ruled out its support for the no-confidence motion against the NDA government . TRS parliamentary party leader and secretary general K Keshava Rao described the move as a political gimmick.

The Left and some other parties have decided to support the no-confidence motion. CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury said his party has decided to support the motion accusing the Centre of betraying the people on the issue of according special status to Andhra Pradesh.

The main opposition Congress is also expected to go with the motion. Party leader Mallikarjun Kharge said the Congress has been supporting Special Category Status for Andhra Pradesh  since the beginning and the people should get justice. He said, in  no-confidence motion, one has to talk about government's failures and the Congress is contacting a lot of people over the issue.

The AIADMK will decide on the party's stand on the no-confidence motion tomorrow or the day after. Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray is also expected to hold a meeting with party MPs and senior leaders soon to decide its stand on the matter.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said, the government has succeeded in taking bold steps and executed them due to the support and inspiration of the citizens. He said there has been tremendous support to its efforts to curb black money and fight against corruption.   Speaking at Rising India Summit in New Delhi organised by a private TV channel, Mr Modi said, at present, the citizens lead and the government follows. The Prime Minister said, in his opinion, rising India means soaring the confidence of 125 crore people of the country.

राइजिंग इंडिया का मेरे लिए मतलब है देश के सवा सौ करोड़ लोगों के स्वाभिमान का राइज होना। देश के आत्मगौरव का राइज होना। जब इन्हीं सवा सौ करोड़ लोगों की इच्छा शक्ति एक जुट हो जाती है, उनके संकल् एक हो जाते हैं, तो असाध् भी साध् हो जाता है। असंभव भी संभव बन जाता है, एक जुट हुई यही इच्छा शक्ति आज न्यु इंडिया के संकल् को पूरा कर रही है।


Aam Aadmi Party MP, Bhagwant Mann today resigned from the post of party’s Punjab Chief.  His decision came a day after Delhi Chief Minister and AAP convenor Arvind Kejriwal tendered an apology to former Punjab Minister Bikram Singh Majithia for levelling unfounded allegations relating to his involvement in drugs trade.

AAP Punjab unit co-president Aman Arora also resigned.

In May 2016, Majithia had filed a criminal defamation case against Kejriwal and other AAP leaders who had made allegations against him.


A special CBI court in Ranchi today fixed tomorrow as the date for pronouncement of judgment in a fourth fodder scam case involving former Bihar Chief Minister and RJD President Lalu Prasad Yadav. The case relates to fraudulent withdrawal of 3.13 crore rupees from the Dumka treasury between December 1995 and January 1996. Besides Lalu Prasad, another former Chief Minister Jagannath Mishra and 30 others are accused in this case.


The Delhi High Court today reserved its order on the bail plea of Karti Chidambaram, son of senior Congress leader P Chidamabaram, in the INX Media corruption case lodged by the CBI. Justice SP Garg heard the CBI and Karti's lawyers and reserved his decision. The CBI opposed the bail plea alleging that Karti has tampered with certain evidence and there is a possibility of him tampering more evidence and influencing witnesses in the case.


A Delhi court today allowed the Enforcement Directorate to interrogate a Kashmiri businessman in connection with a terror funding case involving LeT chief and 26/11 Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed to unearth the money trail. Additional Sessions Judge Tarun Sherawat allowed ED to quiz Zahoor Watali on March 19 and 20. Watali was arrested by NIA on charges of receiving funds from Pakistan to sponsor terror activities and stone-pelting in Kashmir. He is alleged to have friendship with Pakistani leaders and Kashmiri separatists.


The three-day annual Krishi Unnati Mela began in New Delhi today with a focus on doubling farmers' income. The objective of the event is to create awareness among farmers about the latest agriculture-related technological developments.

Speaking on the occasion, Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh said, government is committed to the welfare of farmers and strengthening the rural livelihood. He said, through a live demo, farmers can witness actual farming at the fair.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address farmers tomorrow at the Mela. He will inaugurate the Jaivik Kheti portal and lay the foundation stone of 25 Krishi Vigyan Kendras.


At the stock markets, the Sensex today posted the biggest single day fall in over a month. Markets came under pressure on global trade worries amid domestic political concerns.

Falling for the fourth straight day, the Sensex at the Bombay Stock Exchange slumped 510 points, or 1.5 percent, to end at 33,176. The Nifty plunged 165 points, to 10,195.  Key Asian indices in Japan, China, Hong Kong and Singapore fell between 0.1 and 0.6 percent. At the forex market, the rupee weakened 1 paisa, to 64.94 against dollar. And gold fell 200 rupees, to an over one-month low of 31,250 rupees per ten grams in Delhi. V. Ravi Kumar, for AIR News./


In cricket, Sri Lanka has  set a victory target of  160 runs for Bangladesh in the virtual semi-final encounter of the Nidahas Twenty20 tri-series,  now underway at Colombo.  In reply, Bangladesh were 34 for 2 in 4 overs when reports last came in.  Put into bat, Sri Lanka suffered an early collapse with 5 wickets down for just 41 runs on the board.  Kusal Perera's 61 took Sri Lanka past the 100 mark. Bangladesh wrapped up the Sri Lankan innings at 159 for 7. Bangladesh brought in Shakib Al Hasan as skipper for this crucial match while the Sri Lankan team is led by Thisara Perera. The winner of today's match  will play India in the final on Sunday.


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