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  • 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".


Union Minister 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 correspondent:

"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 road" issues.

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 Felipe VI.

"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."


Civil Aviation 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  Noakhali.


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 afternoon deals.


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.


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