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  • Government received tremendous support in its efforts to curb black money and fight corruption, says Prime Minister Narendra Modi; Asserts "isolation to integration" is the only way to 'Rising India'; Reiterates centre's resolve to 'Act Fast for the North East'.
  • At the Indian Science Congress in Imphal, Prime Minister urges scientists to use their knowledge and skills for changing the lives of people for the better.
  • Mr. Modi to address farmers at the annual Krishi Unnati Mela in New Delhi today.
  • Chandigarh court holds Jagtar Singh Tara guilty in former Punjab Chief Minister Beant Singh assassination case.
  • In Badminton, PV Sindhu storms into the All England Open semi-finals.
  • In Cricket, Bangladesh beat Sri Lanka to set up a summit clash with India in th tri-nation T-20 series.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said, the government has received tremendous support in its efforts to curb black money and fight corruption. He was speaking at the Rising India Summit organised by a private TV channel in New Delhi last evening. Mr Modi said, due to the support and inspiration of the people, the government has succeeded in taking and executing bold steps. He said, there is a transformational shift in the country because of the people and their will to dream.

The Prime Minister opined that Rising India means raising the confidence of 125 crore people of the country. He said, Rising India evokes the thought of light through darkness.

"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।"

Mr Modi also envisaged the role of northeast towards Rising India.

The Prime Minister also highlighted the Ujjwala scheme which has changed the lives of crores of people.

Mr Modi reiterated the government's commitment to make health care affordable and accessible for all.
आयुष्मान भारत से देश के गरीब से गरीब व्यक्ति को बहुत बड़ी मदद मिलने वाली है। लगभग दस करोड़ परिवार यानी करीब पैतालीस से पचास करोड़ नागरिक इलाज की चिंता से मुक्त हो जाएंगे। अगर उनके परिवार में कोई बीमार पड़ता है तो एक साल में पांच लाख रुपये का खर्च भारत सरकार और इन्श्योरेंश कंपनी मिल करके उसको भुगतान करेगी।"

The Prime Minister asserted that the government has planned to invest one lakh crore rupees to improve the education system in the country.

Mr. Modi said, the power sector is undergoing several transformational changes to fight the power shortage.
"आज भारत की ऊर्जा सुरक्षा के बेस्ट सोलुशन्स के लिए पावर मिनिस्ट्री, रिन्यूएबल एनर्जी मिनिस्ट्री और कोल मिनिस्ट्री एक यूनिट के रूप में काम कर रहे हैं। यही कारण है कि पावर शॉर्टेज से पावर सरप्लस की तरफ नेटवर्क फेलियर्स से नेट एक्सपोर्टर की तरफ बढ़ रहे हैं।  

Mr Modi said, India is spearheading a solar revolution in the world, adding that in the last 4 years, India has contributed massively to the world economy.


The Prime Minister has exhorted scientists to extend their research from "labs to the land" for the greater benefit of the people and said time is ripe to redefine ‘R&D' as research for development of the nation. Addressing the inaugural session of the 105th Indian Science Congress in Imphal yesterday, he said India has a rich tradition and a long history of both discovery and use of science and technology. Mr Modi said, it is time to reclaim our rightful place among the front-line nations in this field.

Mr Modi said, it is his "personal request" that scientists spend 100 hours per annum with 100 students of classes 9th to 12th to discuss science and technology as it could help nurture scientific temperament among the youth.

The prime minster said seven out of eight states are now connected by rail network and projects are underway to connect the remaining state capitals, including Imphal, to the broad gauge network. He said the Centre had sanctioned 10 India Reserve Battalions for the north-eastern states, including two battalions for Manipur which will directly provide job opportunities to about 2,000 youths in the state.

The prime minister inaugurated 1000 Anganwadi centers in the state and a park dedicated to Rani Gaidinliu.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address farmers at the annual Krishi Unnati Mela in New Delhi today. Mr Modi will also inaugurate the Jaivik Kheti portal and lay the foundation stone of 25 Krishi Vigyan Kendras. He will also confer the Krishi Karman Award and Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhaya Krishi Vigyan Protsahan Puruskar.

"The three-day mela began yesterday with a focus on doubling the farmers' income. The objective of the event is to create awareness among farmers about the latest agriculture-related technological developments. More than 800 stalls and pavilions have been set up for farmers displaying latest technologies and government initiatives. New harvesting techniques through organic means and its successful implementation, the Jaivik Mahakumbh pavilion is a special attraction at the fair. Through a Live demo, farmers can witness actual farming at the fair. Inaugurating the Mela, Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh said, government is committed to the welfare of farmers and strengthening the rural livelihood. WITH SHASHANK KUMAR's REPORT, ARTI RANA, AIR NEWS, DELHI.


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A Chandigarh court has held Jagtar Singh Tara guilty of assassinating former Punjab Chief Minister Beant Singh.

The court of additional district and session judge J S Sidhu will pronounce the quantum of sentence today.

"Jagtar Singh Tara is one of the accused in the Beant Singh's murder case. Former Punjab Chief Minister Beant Singh and 17 others were killed on 31st of August in 1995 in a human bomb attack outside the Punjab Secretariat at Chandigarh. On January 22 in 2004, Tara and others fled from the Burai Jail and he was nabbed from Thailand in January 2015.In January this year, Tara had submitted a six page confession in the court stating that he did not regret killing of Beant Singh.He will be pronounced sentence today in the special court set up at Burai Jail. Ashwani Kumar Sharma, AIR News, Chandigarh."


A special CBI court in Ranchi is likely to pronounce its judgment in the fourth fodder scam case today, involving RJD Chief and former Bihar Chief Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav. The case relates to fraudulent withdrawal of over three crore rupees from the Dumka treasury between December 1995 and January 1996.

"A special court of CBI in Ranchi will deliver its judgement in Fodder scam case of the illegal withdrawal of 3 crore 76 lakh rupees in which RJD Chief Lalu Prasad and 30 others are accused. RJC Chief Lalu Prasad has already been convicted in three other cases of Fodder scam and serving his sentence in Ranchi Jail. His appeal and bail appplication against his conviction in fraudulent withdrawal case from Chawsat treasury is pending in Jharkhand High Court whereas similar application against his conviction in Devgarh case has been dismissed by Jharkhand High Court. RAJESH SINHA, AIRNEWS,  RANCHI."


After Bhagwant Mann, AAP Punjab unit co-president Aman Arora also resigned  after party convenor and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal apologised to Shiromani Akali Dal leader Bikram Singh Majithia for leveling unfounded allegations relating to his involvement in drug trade. In a tweet, addressed to Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, Mr Arora said, due to painful turn of events since yesterday, please accept his resignation from the post of co-president.

Earlier, AAP MP from Sangrur, Bhagwant Mann resigned from the post of AAP Punjab unit president. Mr Kejriwal yesterday apologised to Mr Majithia for leveling unfounded allegations of his involvement in the illegal drugs trade. Mr Kejriwal's apology drew flak within AAP cadre in Punjab. The AAP leaders and MLAs in Punjab said that the Delhi Chief Minister had not consulted them in this regard.


The government has assured the exporters that all their eligible GST refund claims will be considered and sanctioned at the earliest. In a statement, the Finance Ministry said, it has been noticed that unverified estimates of the pending GST refunds on account of exports are published in the media or put out by various trade bodies. The Ministry said, these figures are highly speculative and inaccurate. It said, the government has taken various steps, including amendments in the rules and changes in the business procedures, to overcome the delay in sanctioning refunds.


President Ram Nath Kovind will be on a two day visit to Odisha from today. Mr Kovind will commence his engagements by paying tributes to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose at his birthplace in Cuttack. Later, he will dedicate the Anand Bhawan Museum and Learning Centre - a memorial to late Chief Minister Biju Patnaik - to the people of the state. The President will also deliver the third foundation day lecture at the National Law University, Cuttack.


In sports,

PV Sindhu stormed into the semi-finals of the All England Open Badminton tournament in Birmingham last night. The Rio Olympics Silver medalist, came back from a game behind to beat Japan's Nozomi Okuhara, 20-22, 21-18, 21-18. For a place in the Final, Sindhu will today play against another Japanese, second seed Akane Yamaguchi. Sindhu leads the head-to-head record against Yamaguchi, 6-3.


In the tri-nation Twenty-20 Cricket series, Bangladesh defeated Sri Lanka by 2 wickets in Colombo last night to set up a summit clash against India. Put in to bat, the hosts had posted 159 for 7, courtesy half centuries by wicket keeper Kusal Perera and captain Thisara Perera. In reply, Bangladesh overhauled the target with just 1 ball to spare, riding on an end-of-innings cameo by Mahmudullah.  The Final will be played at the same venue tomorrow.


In foreign news,

Pakistan has failed to take decisive actions against terror groups as sought by the US administration. Stating this US warned Islamabad that Washington is prepared to take actions on its own to safeguard its personnel in Afghanistan.

A senior US official speaking to reporters in Washington criticised Pakistan of providing  safe havens to terror groups carrying out attacks in Afghanistan.




  • The news of the Telugu Desam Party finally quitting the National Democratic Alliance dominates the lead headlines this morning. "BJP calm as TDP quits NDA, moves no-confidence move" headlines the Asian Age. The Times of India writes "Opposition gathers to back no-trust move, but Modi govt looks safe".
  • The Economic Times leads with "Markets slide on Global Sentiment, Local Politics" as the benchmark indices posted their biggest single day fall since February 2nd.
  • Several papers also report about the Centre telling the Supreme Court that it won't touch the ancient coral underwater bridge, the Ram Sethu for the implementation of the Sethusamudram Shipping Canal Project. "Will preserve Ram Sethu for nation's sake: Centre to SC" writes the Pioneer.
  • Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal's apology to Shrimani Akali Dal's Bikram Singh Majithia also gets major traction in the papers. "Kejri's sorry hits AAP hard" headlines the DNA while the Tribune reports "Mann, Arora quit AAP posts".
  • "Banks leave worries behind, Disburse One lakh Crore Rupees in 2 weeks" headlines the Economic Times. The paper quoting experts writes that the trend belays fears that the Punjab National Bank fraud put a freeze on credit as lenders became excessively wary.
  • Under the headline "Govt meets farm credit target" the Pioneer writes that the actual loan disbursal to farmers in 2016-17 is 118.42% of the planned amount.
  • Singer Daler Mehendi getting a 2 year jail term in the 2003 human trafficking case is also highlighted by the papers. "2 year jail for kabootarbaaz Daler Mehendi" headlines the Pioneer.
  • "Beginning Sunday, Uber, Ola drivers say to go off roads" is a top headline in the Financial Express. The paper says the indefinite strike over repayment defaults for drivers is expected to be observed in Mumbai, Benguluru, Delhi, Hyderabad and Pune, among others.  
  • The Indian Express reports about a worrysome trend in India, in contrast to the worldwide trends. "More women have cancer than men" in India according to a study published in the new Lancet paper. The India-specific genetic biomarkers urgently need to be be identified, writes the daily.


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