- Senior BJP leaders LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi,
Uma Bharti and others granted bail by special CBI court
in Lucknow in Ayodhya demolition case.
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi participates in 4th
Indo-German inter-governmental consultations in Berlin; Mr. Modi to arrive in
Madrid on a two-day visit to Spain tonight.
- Southwest monsoon hits Kerala coast and the North
East, two days ahead of its due date.
- Cyclone Mora hits Bangladesh's Cox's Bazar coast.
- At least 15 people killed and 27 injured in a car
bomb explosion in Iraqi capital Baghdad.
- And in Tennis, world number one Andy Murray to
begin his campaign in French Open today.
Senior BJP and VHP leaders,
including LK Advani, Dr Murli Manohar Joshi, Union Minister Uma Bharti, MP
Vinay Katiyar, Vishnu Hari Dalmiya and Sadhvi Ritambhara have been granted bail
by Special CBI court in Lucknow in the Ayodhya disputed structure
demolition case. They appeared today
before the court for framing of the
charge of criminal conspiracy in the
case. Special CBI court judge S K
Yadav is hearing two cases relating to the 1992
demolition following the Supreme
Court order restoring the serious criminal conspiracy offences against BJP and
VHP leaders. The
Supreme Court had on April 19 directed that Mr. Advani, Ms.Uma Bharti and Mr. Joshi will face trial
on conspiracy charges. It had also transferred their case from Raebareli to
Lucknow. Besides the BJP three leaders, the conspiracy charge would now be
invoked against BJP MP Vinay Katiar, Sadhvi Ritambara and Vishnu Hari Dalmia,
who were being tried at Raebareli. Our correspondent filed this report:
"Special CBI court has granted bail to the BJP and VHP leaders on
personal security of 50 thousand rupees. Twelve senior BJP and VHP leaders and
22 others appeared before the court and moved their bail applications. After
hearing the arguments of the defence,
the court granted the bail to them. In their bail applications, BJP
leaders have denied allegations of conspiracy.
Special CBI court, which is hearing two separate cases relating to the
demolition of the disputed structure would also frame charges against Mahant
Nritya Gopal Das, Mahant Ram Vilas Vedanti, Baikunth Lal Sharma alias Prem Ji,
Champat Rai Bansal, Mahant Dharma Das and Satish Pradhan in the second matter.
Before appearing before the court , BJP
MP, Sakshi Mahraj has said that he has not committed any crime. Sunil shukla AIR News Lucknow".
Venkaiah Naidu has expressed confidence that
senior BJP leaders facing conspiracy charges in the Babri Masjid
demolition case, will come out unscathed in court hearing today. Talking to
media in New Delhi, Mr Naidu said, the legal process should be allowed to take
its own course. He claimed that the party leaders are innocent.
"We are of the opinion from the beginning that their is no substance
in this case. It is and old case. It is quite natural that they get bail."
The fourth Indo-German inter-governmental
consultations is underway in Berlin, Germany. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and
German Chancellor Angela Merkel are participating in the consultations. The
consultations will be followed by a joint declaration. The Indian Prime
Minister will also call on the President Frank Walter Steinmeier at Castle
Believue before leaving for Madrid. The Prime Minister was given a cremonial
welcome this afternoon. More from our
"Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on the 2nd leg
of his visit to Germany, has been accorded a ceremonial welcome at the Office of
the German Chancellor Angela Markel in Berlin. Union Ministers Harshvardhan,
Nirmala Sitharaman, M. J. Akbar and Piyush Goyal were also present at the
ceremonial welcome. Several German ministers also attended the programme. Mr.
Modi will meet top senior executive officers of the German industry to
encourage them to partner in Make-in-India programme. With Joy, this is Manas
Pratim Sharma, AIR News, Berlin."
Earlier yesterday, the two leaders discussed issues
relating to trade, investment and security. They also reviewed the role of both nations in
maintaining peace in South-Asia. The Indian Ambassador to Germany Mukta Dutta
Tomar told media persons that the Chancellor appreciated the fast track
mechanism for FDI projects which had
earned nearly two billion dollars for the past two years. She said the two
leaders also discussed issues relating to BREXIT, Afghanistan’s reconciliation
process and "one belt- one
The Indian Ambassador said, Mr Modi and Ms Merkel
also discussed issues of terrorism and radicalisation. The Prime Minister
appreciated the presence of Germany in Afganistan to provide stability and
underlined the need for reconciliation.
Prime Minister will arrive Madrid, Spain on a two
day visit tonight in second leg of his four Europeans nation visit. During his
stay, he will meet the top leadership of the country and discuss issues of
mutual interests. Our correspondent covering the Prime Minister's visit to
Spain reports that tomorrow Mr Modi will also call on King of Spain - King
"During his stay in
Madrid, the Prime Minister will be discussing ways to enhance bilateral
engagement, especially in economic sphere, and cooperation on international
issues of common concern, particularly in combating terrorism. Mr Narendra
Modi will also meet top Chief Executive
Officers of the Spanish industry and
encourage them to partner in the ‘Make in India’ initiative of his government.
Prime Minister's visit to the country is expected to take relations between the
two sides to a new level in various fields such as political, strategic,
defence, energy and people to people contacts. A number of agreements are
expected to be inked during Mr Modi’s tour. Spanish reputation in the fields
like renewable energy, high speed rail, infrastructure, civil aviation, water
waste management and air space management is well known. New Delhi will make
all efforts to get benefit of this. This is Shiela for AIR News, Madrid, Spain."
Minister Ashok Gajapati Raju today said Niti Ayog has suggested making Air
India a strong and viable airline. He was briefing media on achievements of his
ministry in the last three years. Mr Raju said that fifty more airports will be
operational from next year. He said cargo registered impressive growth of 10
percent in the last three years. Speaking on the occasion, Minister of State
for Civil Aviation, Jayant Sinha said government is considering all
alternatives to make Air India a sustainable airline and Finance Ministry and
Civil Aviation Ministry are on the same page regarding this. He said there has
been a complete transformation in the aviation sector in the last three years.
He informed India is the third largest domestic aviation market in the world.
Minister of Statistics and Programme
Implementation, D.V. Sadananda Gowda today said, there has been tremendous
growth in the services sector which
demands collection of reliable data. Inaugurating Sankhiyiki Bhawan in Delhi,
Mr. DVS Gowda said, a focused survey on
services sector has been incorporated in the 74th round of National Sample
Survey during 2016-17. He further added, the experience gained during the
survey will be used to carry out annual survey of Services sector on the lines
of Annual Survey of Industries. The new Sankhiyiki Bhawan building in Shahadra,
Delhi will host all the offices of National Sample Survey Organization under
one roof. Previously the offices were scattered all over Delhi.
Southwest monsoon hit Kerala and the North East
today, two days before its normal onset date. Director General of the India
Meteorological Department K J Ramesh said monsoon has hit Indian peninsula as
Cyclone Mora aided the advancement of
the seasonal rainfall. Heavy
rains lashed several parts of north Kerala including Kannur and Kasaragod.
Met Department has pegged this year’s monsoon rain at 96 percent of the
50-year average of 89 cm for the four-month season from June to September. It
also indicated that the threat to the monsoon from El Nino may have receded.
However, it is not clear yet if this will lead to improved rainfall. Met
Department officials said it will update its numbers in June when the picture
is likely to get clearer.
In Tripura, Met department has warned of heavy rainfall associated with squally wind
with speed reaching upto 65 km per hours today. More from our Correspondent :
"The rain gauges at the Regional Weather
Station measured 1 to 5 mm of rains in Tripura till noon today. Officials from the State Emergency Operation
Centre informed AIR that they are keeping and eye on the situation . They also
informed that as of now, no
untoward situation occurred in the
state. However, rescue teams have been kept alert . Nishith Joshi/ AIR News/ Agartala."
Cyclone Mora carrying the most severe danger
warning signal number 10 hit Bangladesh coast at Kutubdia on Cox's Bazar coast
early this morning. Heavy rainfall have been reported in Cox's Bazar, Patuakhali,
Bagerhat and nearby areas. Hundreds of
homes and trees have been reported damaged in St. Martin's Island off Cox's Bazar coast. Low-lying areas in Cox's
Bazar have been flooded with 4-5 feet waves higher than normal. A 5-6 feet
storm surge is expected to inundate low
lying areas including Chittagong, Cox's Bazar, Bhola, Jalakhati, Barisal and
In Assam, the Digi Dhan Abhiyan has gained momentum
after the demonetization move of the government last year. The Ministry of
Electronics and IT started this campaign to promote cashless transactions to
enable every citizen, small trader and merchant to promote digital payment. Our
Dibrugarh Correspondent Debojit Kotoky has filed this report:
"More and more people now resort to
cashless transaction methods as it eases their day-to-day activities.
Initially, people were reluctant to
change their age -old habits but gradually they became familiar with the
process. Particularly, the younger generation takes the lead in this endeavor
which, in turn, attracts the older ones to join the system. Smti Madhabi Gogoi,
who joined the system recently, says."
"I totally appreciate the Yojana as it helps
the people in various ways. I feel free now, to move without or less cash in
hand, that may be a market place or whatever. Besides these days I do not have
to stand on long queues in the bank for getting cash, That’s a great relief,
saving time and less tension."
The Supreme Court
today refused to stay the conviction of an IPS officer in the sensational 2002
Bilkis Bano case. A vacation bench of Justices A K Sikri and Deepak Gupta said
that there is no urgency for hearing the matter as the convicted officer has already
undergone the sentence. The bench, however, listed the matter for hearing in
the second week of July .
Bihar School Examination Board( BSEB) today
declared result of class 12th. Only 30.11 percent students passed in science
stream while 37.13 percent students passed in Arts. Maximum 73.76 percent students passed in Commerce.
Ganesh Kumar topped in Arts while Khusboo Kumari is a topper of Science.
Priyanshu Jaiswal got the highest marks
in Commerce. About 13 lakhs students appeared in the class 12th
examination this year.
The stock markets have been volatile, so far today.
So after falling from a record high, the Sensex at the Bombay Stock Exchange
swung between losses and gains, and had climbed 75 points, or 0.2 percent, to 31,184 a short while ago. The
Nifty at the National Stock Exchange had added 16 points, to 9,621. But at the
forex market, the rupee had weakened 12 paise, to 64.61 against the dollar in
In Iraq, 15 people were killed and 27 injured in a
car bomb explosion in Baghdad. Security officials said, a suicide bomber
detonated an explosives-rigged vehicle outside an ice cream shop in the Karrada
district in central Baghdad last night. The bomber struck just days after the
start of the holy Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, during which Iraqis often
stay out late shopping or socialising after breaking their daily fast. The
Islamic State terror group claimed responsibility for the attack.
In US, researchers from the University of Rochester
have identified a new way to slow down the growth of cancer cells. The new
method, reported in the latest issue of the journal Science, involves a certain
protein called Tudor-SN and the gene-editing technology CRISPR-Cas9. The
findings were made in kidney and cervical cancer cells in the laboratory and
are a long way from being applied to people.
In French Open
Tennis, world number one Andy Murray will begin his campaign today. In the clay
court event, top seeded Briton is pitted against Russian Andrey Kuznetsov in
the first round of men's singles event. Stanislas Wawrinka the third seed, Kei
Nishikori the 8th seed and Jo Wilfried Tsonga the 12th seed are some of the
other top seeded players who will play
their opening round matches today. In the women's singles, 3rd seed Simona
Halep and 5th seed Elina Svitolina will play their first round matches
today.Top ranked Angelique Kerber was ousted in the first round.
With the doubles event beginning today, Indian
contention will also begin in the tournament, as no Indian qualified for the
singles event. In the men's doubles, an all Indian pair of Divij Sharan-Purav
Raja and Leander Paes and Rohan Bopanna along with their partners are in fray.
In women's doubles, Sania Mirza is the lone Indian. She along her partner is
4th seeded. In the mixed doubles, three pair will feature Indians, namely Paes-
Martina Hingis, Sania-Ivan Dodig and Bopanna-Gabriela Dabrowski.