- Prime Minister Narendra Modi and German
Chancellor Angela Merkel discuss trade, investment and security issues in
South-Asia; Both leaders to participate in Inter governmental Consultations
and Indo-German business summit.
- Prime Minister announces ex-gratia relief to
next of kin of E-rickshaw driver beaten to death in Delhi for stopping two
persons from urinating in public; directs authorities to punish culprits.
- Senior BJP leaders L K Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Uma Bharti to
appear before special CBI court in Lucknow in the Ayodhya demolition case;
Charges to be framed today.
- Uttar Pradesh government sets up Special
Investigation Team to probe Saharanpur violence incidents.
- Several parts of Odisha, West Bengal and
Tripura likely to witness heavy rainfall today under the influence of cyclonic
- In Badminton, Saina Nehwal and B Sai Praneeth to
start their campaign at Thailand Grand
Prix Gold qualifier today.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi discussed issues relating to trade, investment and
security with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin last evening. 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.
also discussed some regional and international global issues. They reviewed the
Brexit the future of the European Union and Prime Minister reiterated the
atmust value that India attaches to the European Union cohesiveness which is a
major factor of stability in global politics."
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. A cremonial welcome will be held in honour of Mr Modi this
morning. Our Correspondent reports that
Mr. Modi and Ms. Merkel will be participating in the 4th Indo-German
consultations and other programmes.
"The two leaders will meet at the
consultations and hold ministerial level talks in various sectors at the Inter
governmental Consultations . The India German Business summit is set to address
the concerns in implementing FDI projects. It will be followed by a joint
declaration. The Prime Minister will then call on the President Frank Walter
Steinmeier at Castle Believue before leaving for Madrid today. With Manas Pratim Sarma, Joy REPORTING for Air
News from Berlin."
The Prime Minister has announced an
ex-gratia relief of one lakh rupees to the next of kin of the E-rickshaw driver
beaten to death in Delhi for espousing the social cause of Swachha Bharat. Mr
Modi, who is on a four-nation tour has sanctioned the amount from the Prime
Minister's National Relief fund to the next of kin of the E-rickshaw driver
Ravindra Kumar, who was beaten to death for stopping two people from urinating
in public in New Delhi. Mr Modi condemned the incident and directed the
authorities to bring to book and punish the culprits for committing such inhuman act.
Urban Development and Information and
Broadcasting Minister M Venkaiah Naidu yesterday visited the family of the
victim and handed over a cheque of fifty-thousand rupees from his salary.
Condemning the incident, Mr Naidu said
the culprits must be punished and proper compensation should be made keeping in
view the condition of the victim's wife.
Meanwhile, the Delhi government has
announced a 5 lakh rupee compensation for the family of Ravider Kumar. Deputy
Chief Minister Manish Sisodia yesterday said, the amount will be provided from
the LG-CM's relief fund. A senior government official said Mr Sisodia spoke to
Lt Governor Anil Baijal before approving the compensation amount.
The Centre will launch a new campaign called Darwaza
Band from today to promote toilet usage in rural areas across the country.
Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan, who
leads the campaign, will be joined by Union Minister for Drinking Water and
Sanitation Narendra Singh Tomar and Maharashtra
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis at the formal launch event to be held
in Mumbai. It is designed to encourage behaviour change in men who have toilets
but are not using them.
A special CBI court in Lucknow will frame charges today against
senior BJP leaders L K Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Uma Bharti in the
Ayodhya demolition case. The leaders will appear today before the Special CBI
judge S K Yadav. The court had also asked BJP leader Vinay Katiyar, VHP's
Vishnu Hari Dalmia and Sadhvi Ritambara to present themselves before the court
in person. While directing the accused to present themselves in person, the
judge had said no application for adjournment or exemption from personal
appearance shall be entertained.
Minister Bandaru Dattatreya has said that 40 crore workers from the unorganised
sector will be covered under social security schemes such as the Employees
State Insurance and Employees Provident Fund.
Addressing a function on the three year
achievements of his ministry in New Delhi yesterday, Mr Dattatreya said the
government is committed to ensuring jobs and social security for all workers
including the unorganised sector.
In Uttar Pradesh, the government has set up
a Special Investigation Team to probe into the incidents of Saharanpur caste
violence. Our Correspondent reports that the newly constituted SIT will probe
into the series of incidents of violence and arson reported from the 5th to
23rd May in the district.
"Additional Superintendent of
Police crime Saharanpur will supervise the SIT. 10 well experienced police inspectors
are included in it to probe the incidents. A total of 40 FIRs are lodged by the
police in the connection with violence and arson incidents. About 60 persons
have been arrested till now for their alleged involvement in the incidents of
cast violence in the district which has left killing of three youths and
several injured. No fresh incident of violence is reported for last four days.
The government has already suspended then District Magistrate and District
Police Chief Saharanpur and transferred Divisional Commissioner and DIG police
following the incidents. Sunil shukla,
air news, Lucknow."
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has sought an explanation from
Minister of State independent charge Swati Singh about the inauguration of a
bear bar by her. Taking cognisance of media reports about the function, he also
asked the officers for explanation who had attended the inaugural function for
an explanation. As per media reports Ms Swati Singh had inaugurated the bar in
the presence of Superintendent of Police Unnao Neha Pandey, SP Raebarely Gaurav
Singh and others.
Chemists across the country will shut their
shops today in protest against the alleged stringent regulations on the sale of
According to the All India Organisation of
Druggists the one-day strike was called as
several representations by them opposing regulations on the sale of medicines
in the country, submitted to the government, went unheeded. However, emergency
service pharmacies in and around hospitals will remain open. The chemists are
also opposing online pharmacy, which they claim, poses a threat to their
Powerful Cyclone Mora has hit the Bangladesh coast. Earlier authorities had
evacuated up to a million people from the affected areas.
The cyclone formed after heavy rains in Sri
Lanka caused floods and landslides that killed at least 180 people.
Meanwhile, several parts of Odisha, West
Bengal and Tripura are likely to witness heavy rainfall today under the influence
of cyclonic storm Mora. Based on the Bhubaneswar Met department’s forecast, the
revenue and disaster management department has asked the collectors of
Mayurbhanj, Balasore, Jajpur and Bhadrak to remain vigilant to the situation.
The local Met office has issued advice for hoisting the Distant Cautionary
Signal number two at Paradip and Gopalpur ports in the state and asked fishermen not to venture into the sea.
In Tripura, the Met department has issued a
warning that heavy rainfall associated with squally wind with speed of 45 to 55
kmph gusting to 65 kmph may occur today under the influence of Mora.
"The officials of MeT department
also informed that there may be a partly cloudy sky and rain thundershower
likely to occur in some areas. The rain gauges at the Regional Weather Station
measured 1 mm of rains in Tripura till 5.30 of today morning. However,
officials from the State Emergency Operation Centre informed that all the
district administrations have been informed and the information related to
cyclone is being disseminated to the field officers. Also the rescue team has
been kept alert. Nishith Joshi, AIR
Arunachal Pradesh the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana has created a ray of hope for
those people who could not afford a house for themselves. In the central
government’s effort to provide a house to all homeless people in the country by
2022, the Arunachal Urban Development Department is working on a war footing.
"Arunachal Pradesh Urban
Development Department, the nodal implementing agency for the Prime Minister’s
Awas Yojana in the state, has informed that out of the total 13871 identified
beneficiaries, 3518 dwelling units have been targeted to complete in the year
2017-18. Joint Director Urban Development Arunachal Pradesh Mr. Markony Potom
said that buying or building a house in Arunachal is very expensive due to its
hilly and difficult terrains in comparison to other part of the country but
this scheme will lessen the burden from the people in building their dream
home. The State government has also taken initiative to help the beneficiaries
by providing a certain amount of financial assistance to lessen the loan
amount. Rakesh Doley, air news,
Saina Nehwal and B Sai Praneeth will start
favourites when India begin their campaign at the 120,000 US Dollar Thailand
Grand Prix Gold starting with the qualifiers in Bangkok today. Seeded second,
Saina will open her campaign against unheralded Martina Repiska of
- The cattle slaughter trading ban by the
centre is a prominent news item across the papers today. Under the Headline
"Citing federalism, West Bengal, Kerala, object to centre's order", The
Indian Express writes that defying the centres decision to ban sale and
purchase of cattle for slaughter at animal markets, the West Bengal Chief
Minister has said that her Government will not accept the order. The Kerala CM,
also objecting to the Ban, has written to his counterparts in other states,
while the Asian Age reports "Cattle row escalates, govt may tweak
- The ISCE results declared yesterday have
been widely reported in the press Today. "Kolkata girl tops ISC class 12
with 99.5%, boys finish first in class 10", says The Hindustan Times,
while The Times of India writes "Gurgaon girl is 2nd in ISC with
- "40% decline in US Visas for
Pakistanis" writes The Pioneer, adding that the numbers of
non-immigrant Visas for India rose by 28% in March and April.
- "PSU's told to pay for government's 3rd
anniversary events" writes The Times of India, saying that the
centre has asked PSU's and government entities to pick up the tab for functions
to mark 3 years of the government across 543 districts, where events called
"Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas Sammelan" are being held from May 27th to
- The Hindu leads with the Headline:
"Confiscation of properties begins in Jaya assests case" writing that
the Tamil Nadu government has initiated this process in compliance with the
trial court order that was up held by the Supreme Court in February.
- The DNA observes, an internal probe has
revealed that more than 6 rupees are paid every month by the NOIDA authority in
Uttar Pradesh to nearly 4700 ghost contract employees.
- And finally, in an effort to focus on health
and nutrition, The Hindustan Times writes that packaged food labels are
set for an overhaul in India. All packaged food items will soon have to clearly
mention what percentage of your daily recommended level of nutrient intake is
met in a single serving of that particular item.