- Prime Minister Narendra Modi to chair
the meeting of NITI Aayog's Governing Council today; Says he looks forward to
hear from Chief Ministers on their unique developmental efforts to transform
- Mr Modi to address BJP Chief Ministers
and top organisation leaders today as part of his government's focus on good
governance and development.
- Polling begins for three Municipal
Corporations of Delhi.
- In Nepal, United Democratic Madhesi Front decides to participate in
local polls, after government agreed to revise constitution amendment bill.
- France goes to polls today to elect a new President.
- And in Tennis, Rohan Bopanna and his partner Pablo Cuevas to clash with
Spanish pair of Feliciano and Marc Lopez in Men's doubles final of Monte-Carlo
Masters tournament in France.
Minister Narendra Modi will chair the third meeting of NITI Aayog's Governing
Council today. During the meeting, action taken on decisions of the earlier two
meetings of the Governing Council will be discussed in detail. The day-long
meeting will be attended by Chief Ministers of different states among others.
In a series of tweets, the Prime
Minister said, he is looking forward
to wide ranging discussions on key policy. Mr Modi said, he looks forward to hearing from the state Chief
Ministers on their unique developmental efforts to transform India. He said,
states have carried out reforms in many areas and the meeting is an opportunity
to learn best practices from each other. Mr Modi said, the NITI Aayog Vice
Chairman will speak about the way ahead for India’s rapid transformation and
there will also be a presentation on the GST. Mr Modi, praised Madhya Pradesh
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh , saying that he revolutionised agriculture in his
state. He said, Mr Chouhan will share a presentation on the roadmap to double
income of farmers.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will
address BJP Chief Ministers and top organisation leaders today as part of his
government's focus on good governance and development. BJP President Amit Shah
will also speak to the leaders, who will include 13 Chief Ministers, five
Deputy Chief Ministers and several Union Ministers.
Party General Secretary Bhupender Yadav
said that Mr Modi will exhort them to focus on the development agenda with an
emphasis on poor sections of the society.
Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal has urged the Prime Minister to
ensure early construction of the Sutlej-Yamuna Link Canal. He also sought a
loan waiver scheme for farmers of the state and pleaded for speedy development
of the Hisar Airport. Interacting with media persons after calling on Mr Modi
in New Delhi yesterday, the Chief Minister said the Prime Minister lent him a
patient hearing on all aspects related to the SYL Canal.
leader TTV Dhinakaran was questioned by the Delhi Police for about seven hours
in the national capital over an alleged attempt to bribe an Election Commission
official for retaining the 'two leaves' party symbol. A senior police official said, an ACP ranked Investigating Officer
yesterday quizzed Dhinakaran, the nephew of jailed AIADMK chief Sasikala and
his associates. He said Dhinakaran was given a questionnaire that had queries
about the money trail, his association with Sukesh Chandrasekar, the middleman
who has already been arrested in the case. The AIADMK leader has been summoned again for the questioning today.
Dhinakaran came under scanner after the arrest of alleged middleman
Sukesh. Since then, he has maintained he does not know Sukesh and has never met
The Medical Council of India has issued
a public notice to all physicians to prescribe drugs only by generic names and
warned them of action if they fail to adhere to its guideline. The Council has
also asked the medical practitioners to ensure that there is rational
preion and use of drugs failing which strict disciplinary action will be
taken. It reiterated its 2016 directive, in which it had amended the clause of
the Indian Medical Council Regulations mandating the doctors to prescribe
medicines by generic names in place of brand names.
In Assam, public sector telecom company BSNL is all set to revamp
network connection at border and interior areas at a cost of 2,000 crore
rupees. Participating in an AIR talk show in Guwahati, Chief General Manager of
BSNL Assam MK Seth said that the proposal has been sent to the Centre under the
Digital India programme for this purpose. He said all Gram Panchayats in Assam
will be connected through optical fibre network by this financial year. There
are 1,518 Gram Panchyats in Assam and 1,060 have already been covered.
Polling has begun for 270 wards of three
Municipal Corporations of Delhi from 8 this morning. The voting will continue
till 5:30 this evening. Our correspondent has the details:
"Over 2500 candidates are in
the fray. More than 1.3 crore people to cast their vote today and of them over
1.1 lakh are first-time voters. For the first time in MCD elections, the None
Of The Above (NOTA) option will be available. Delhi Election Commission has set
up over 13 thousand
polling booths out of which over three thousand have been identified as
sensitive while around 15 hundred booths are hypersensitive. Around 57 thousand police personnel have been deployed
to ensure free and fair poll. The result of
the poll is bound to have an impact beyond the borders of the captial. BJP, Aam
Aadmi Party and Congress are main contenders in this poll. WITH SHASHANK KUMAR
REPORT THIS IS REETU SRIVASTAVA, AIR NEWS, DELHI."
Meanwhile, Delhi unit of the BJP has
filed a police complaint against Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal over his
comments that voting for the BJP will put the lives of the city's children at
risk. In the complaint, the party alleged that Mr. Kejriwal has violated the
Model Code of Conduct by posting offending election material on his Facebook
wall and campaigning beyond the prescribed time through his social media
In Nepal, United Democratic Madhesi Front has agreed
to participate in local polls. Our correspondent reports that the decision was
taken after government accepted their demands and agreed to revise constitution
"After a series of hectic talks held at Prime Minister’s
residence since Friday morning the ruling parties and Sanghiya Gathbandan an
alliance of Madhesi and Janjati parties finally reached on an agreement last
night. The Government has accepted demand of constitution amendment on
re-demarcation of provincial boundaries,
more representation, language and citizenship. Both sides also agreed to have
local elections in two phases. The first phase polls will be held as per
schedule on May 14. The date of second phase elections will be decided in consultation
with the election commission. After the agreement Sanghiya Gatbandhan has
decided to postpone its agitation. The agreement will be endorsed in the
cabinet meeting to be held today. Raj
Kumar, AIR News, Kathmandu"
France will go to polls today to elect a new President. A total of 11
candidates are in the race in this election. If none of the candidates wins
more than 50 percent votes today, the voters will go for a second round on the
7th of May.
"Voting for France most unpredictable presidential election in
decades is taking place under heightened security after the terrorist killing
of a policeman. The shooting on world-renowned Champs Elysees avenue in Paris
on Thursday thrust questions of security to the fore of campaigning after nine
months of relative calm. The polling is being seen as crucial for the future of
a deeply divided country and the beleaguered European Union. Opinion polls
suggest that far-right National Front leader Marine Le Pen and 39-year-old
centrist former banker Emmanuel Macron are leading the polls. Conservative
Francois Fillon and hard-left firebrand Jean-Luc Melenchon also have a decent
chance of advancing as the two are just a few points behind the front runners.
SWATI RAKHEJA, NEWS DESK."
Union Information Technology Minister Ravishankar Prasad has said that India's
concerns over H1B visa related developments have been conveyed at the highest
quarters in the United States. He said, the IT ecosystem is based upon
reciprocity approach, and India neither creates boundaries nor appreciates
boundaries. Mr Prasad was speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a function
organised by the Software Technology Parks of India in Bengaluru yesterday.
A western disturbance over Jammu and Kashmir has brought respite to
people of North India from the scorching heat wave. Head of IMD's Regional
Weather Forecasting Centre Ravinder Vishan said, fall of temperatures will
continue in North India for the next 4 to 5 days.
In Odisha, barring the coastal parts, the entire state sizzled amid
scorching heat as mercury crossed the 40 degree mark in 12 places yesterday.
Our correspondent reports that Jharsuguda town was the hottest place in the
state with 45 degree Celsius, which is the highest temperature of the season.
"Bhubaneswar Met office
said Interior and Western parts of the state that continued to singe under
scorching heat will witness further rise in mercury in the next few days. It
said the south-westerly wind may shift its position from land towards sea,
therefore, today onwards, the day temperature is expected to go well past the
40 degree Celsius mark in many parts of the coastal districts. What has further
aggravated the situation is drying up of the water ponds and rivers forcing
people to fetch water from contaminated sources. SN Pattnaik, AIR News, Bhubaneswar."
Rohan Bopanna and his Uruguayan partner Pablo Cuevas
have reached the Men's doubles final of the Monte-Carlo Masters tennis
tournament in France. The Indo-Uruguayan pair defeated Romain Arneodo of Poland
and Hugo Nys of France in straight sets 6-4, 6-3 in the semi final. Bopanna and
Cuevas will now face seventh seeded Spanish pair of Feliciano and Marc Lopez in
the final today.
In Men's singles, Rafael Nadal overcame Belgium's David Goffin 6-3, 6-1
in the semi-final to put himself on the brink of a 10th Monaco Masters title.
Defending champion Nadal will now face Spanish compatriot Albert Ramos-Vinolas
in the final today.
In IPL Cricket, Mumbai Indians defeated Delhi Daredevils by
14 runs at
Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai last night. Sent in to bat, Mumbai Indians scored 142 for 8 in the
stipulated 20 overs. Chasing a target of 143, Delhi Daredevils managed to score
only 128 runs for 7 in 20 overs.
Earlier in the day, Rising Pune Supergiants beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by
six wickets in Pune to register their third win in the IPL tournament.
In today's fixtures, Gujarat Lions will clash with Kings XI Punjab in
Rajkot at 4 PM while Kolkata Knight Riders will take on Royal Challengers
Bangalore at Eden Gardens in Kolkata at 8 in the evening.
- 'Over to Delhi's voters' writes The Hindustan Times, of the
municipal elections today. 'Showers cool city, heat on Kejriwal' says Mail
Today on its front page, referring to AAP, which after losing the assembly
by polls and the February elections in Punjab and Goa, faces an acid test.
- 'ISI sadhus planning terror strikes in UP' reports The Pioneer. The
Asian Age says 'Yogi security up, alert in UP'.
- Sulkhan Singh taking over as the new UP Director General Police is
reported by most dailies. 'New UP Police chief vows to crush goondagardi' says The
- The Indian Express has taken the
unrest in Kashmir as its lead story. 'Mehbooba to meet Modi on Jammu and
Kashmir situation' writes The Times of India.
- 'Taliban attack leaves 140 soldiers dead in Afghanistan' reports The
Hindu on its front page. The Statesman says that soldiers were young
- For appointment of new judges, The Indian Express reports 'Chief
Justice of India tells High Courts to send names at the earliest'.
- The Asian Age and DNA
have a write up on the police questioning Sasikala's nephew Dhinakaran for over
- Bad news for Indians wanting to work overseas. 'Foreign jobs dry up for
Indian workers' writes The Hindustan Times, adding that tighter norms in
the west and the slowdown in Gulf economy have hit Indian hands.
- Only half an hour from Delhi's Kashmiri Gate to Gurugram's Cyber City?
Yes, this will be true, but in 2023, writes The Times of India. All
thanks to a high speed railway link.
- In a box item on its front page, The Hindustan Times reports of
Sikkim Monarch Wangchuk Nangyal, who gave up his crown to be a monk. Now 64, he
has spent the last 35 years meditating. Reminds one of the Buddha.