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24th May, 2018


  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi holds talks with his Dutch counterpart Mark Rutte; Joint statement says, both countries to deny space to terrorists and extremist organisations.
  • Samagra Shiksha scheme launched to improve quality of school education, enhancing learning outcomes and using technology to empower children and teachers.
  • In Jammu & Kashmir, army foils infiltration bid from across the line of Control in Keran sector of Kupwara district.
  • India Bangladesh border to be sealed in December, says Assam Chief Minister Sarbanand Sonowal.
  • World Bank refuses to address Islamabad's concerns regarding the Indus Waters Treaty with India.
  • US President Donald Trump cancels his next month's scheduled summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
  • In IPL Cricket, Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad to square off in the second Qualifier in Kolkata tomorrow.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi held talks with his Dutch counterpart Mark Rutte in New Delhi this afternoon. The two leaders reviewed the entire gamut of bilateral relations and discussed issues of mutual interest. After the meeting, the Netherlands signed the International Solar Agreement and became the 64th country to do so. India and the Netherlands also signed several agreements across different sectors including education, water, agrifood, horticulture, IT and Health. In his press statement, Mr Modi said, he had urged the Netherlands to join the International Solar Alliance ISA. He expressed happiness that the Netherlands became a member of the (ISA).

"नीदरलैंड इंटरनेशनल सोलर एलायंस का सदस्य बन गया है। इस निर्णय के लिए मैं प्रधानमंत्री रुत्तअ का आभार प्रकट करता हूं। वियेन सिक्योरिटी काउंसिल से लेकर मल्टिलेट्रल एक्पोर्ट कंट्रोल विज़िम्स तक भारत और नीदरलैंड्स के बीच करीबी सहयोग और समन्वय रहा है।"

Both Prime Ministers participated at the India-Dutch CEOs round table. Mr Modi said that several Dutch companies are already working in the country and India is an attractive investment destination for the Netherlands.

"दोनों देशों के सीईओ से मुलाकात बहुत ही उपयोगी रही। मुझे प्रसन्नता है कि नीदरलैंड के बिजनेस समुदाय में भारत में बन रहे अवसरों के प्रति उत्साहपूर्वक भावना है। मैंने ने भी उन्हें आश्वस्त किया है कि भारत में इकोनोमिक रिफॉर्म के प्रति मेरा मजबूत कमिटमेंट रहेगा।"

After his arrival, Mr Rutte addressed a business event. He also addressed the Indo-Dutch Ganga Forum. The Dutch Prime Minister said, cleaning the Ganges is not an easy task and the Netherlands is with India in this initiative. Mr Rutte arrived in New Delhi this morning on a two-day visit to India.  


India and the Netherlands today agreed that terrorist and extremist organisations need to be denied the space to radicalise, recruit, and conduct attacks on innocent people. The two sides deplored the violence caused by Al Qaeda, Daesh/ISIS, Jaish-e-Mohammed, Hizbul Mujahideen, Lashkar-e-Tayabba, and their affiliates as well as terrorist groups threatening peace and security in South Asia and Europe.

In a joint statement after talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte, both leaders reiterated their strong condemnation of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. Both sides also affirmed that terrorism cannot be justified on any grounds. The two sides also called for an early conclusion of negotiations and the adoption of the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism in the United Nations, as an instrument for a global alliance of nations against terrorism.

The two leaders agreed to intensify their resolve to enhance cooperation under the aegis of the MoU in the field of water management signed in June 2017 with focus on the Clean Ganga campaign.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be visiting Indonesia and Singapore from 29th of May to 2nd of June. This will be his first official visit to Indonesia and second official visit to Singapore. Briefing media in New Delhi, Secretary (East), Ministry of External Affairs Preeti Saran said, India attaches a lot of importance to both Singapore and Indonesia. India and Indonesia have age-old relations with deep rooted cultural linkages. Both nations are strong maritime and strategic partners with robust bilateral cooperation in several key areas. She said, India-Indonesia will complete seventy years of diplomatic relations next year. During the visit, the two countries are expected to sign agreements in the areas of defence, infrastructure and pharmaceuticals during his visit to Indonesia.

Ms Saran said, in Singapore, Mr Modi will deliver a keynote address at the ShangriLa Dialogue. She said, Mr Modi will be the first Indian Prime Minister to address the dialogue.

"This is the first time that an Indian's Prime Minister has been invited to deliver a key note address at  ShangriLa Dialogue. This dialogue is a platform to articulate regional security issues. Our Prime Minister will convey as expected India's views on peace and security in the region and India's role in the region."


Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar today launched Samagra Shiksha scheme for school education from pre-school to senior secondary levels. The scheme focuses on improving quality of education, enhancing the Learning outcomes and using technology to empower children and teachers. Speaking on the occasion, Mr Javadekar said, the scheme will provide holistic education for holistic development. He said, the quality of education will be improved by focusing on teachers and technology. The Minister said, annual grant of five thousand to 20 thousand rupees will be provided for strengthening of libraries in the schools.

"इसमें मूलतः तीन स्कीम थी। एक टीचर एजुकेशन, एक राष्ट्रीय माध्यमिक शिक्षा अभियान और एक सर्व शिक्षा अभियान। ये तीनों मिलकर जो बजट बनता था वो 17-18 में 28 हजार करोड़ रुपये था। लेकिन अब जब हमने समग्र शिक्षा एक किया तो इसका बजट सीधा बीस पर्सेंट बढ़कर 34 हजार करोड़ हो गया।"


In Jammu & Kashmir, the Army foiled an infiltration bid from across line of Control in Keran sector of north Kashmir’s frontier Kupwara district today.

Security sources told AIR that the soldiers manning the fence along the Line of Control noticed suspicious movement of armed infiltrators who tried to sneak in Gogledar area of Keran sector in the wee hours. 

They said after being challenged, the infiltrators opened fire triggering off a gunfight which continued for several hours. There was no report of any damage on either side when reports last came in.


Home Minister Rajnath Singh has directed all concerned officials to maintain constant vigil and security on the borders. At a review meeting in New Delhi today, Mr. Singh took stock of the progress of construction of border fencing, roads and outposts along India's borders with neighbouring countries. With regard to the Indo-Pakistan border, the Minister expressed satisfaction that 97 percent  of the sanctioned border fencing work has been completed. He stressed to utilize the space technology for strengthening the border guarding and policing.

Expressing satisfaction over the working of six newly established Integrated Check Posts, the Minister called for construction of 13 more ICPs along Indo-Nepal, Indo-Bangladesh and lndo-Bhutan borders.


Assam Chief Minister Sarbanand Sonowal has said, the Indo-Bangladesh border will be sealed by December this year. Talking to newspersons in Guwahati today, Mr Sonowal said, his government is committed to making the state free from illegal migrants. He said, the safety and development of people of Assam is his government's priority. He assured that there will be no discrimination against any one in the state while implementing any policy. Mr. Sonowal said, his government will continue its fight against corruption.


Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy will seek vote of confidence tomorrow. Forming a Coalition Government with Congress party, he has claimed to have the support of 117 legislators including one BSP and one independent member. The House will commence with the election of Speaker. Ramesh Kumar from Congress and Suresh Kumar from BJP have filed their nominations for the Speaker post.

"The legislative Assembly session will begin at 12.15 in the afternoon. Protem Speaker K G Boppaiah will initiate the process tomorrow. After the election of the Speaker, the floor will be open for the floor test.  Congress has 78 members and JD(S) has 37, two others are also supporting the coalition. In such a circumstance, the Congress candidate for the post of Speaker Ramesh Kumar is likely to be elected. BJP with 104 members is eight short of majority in the House strength of 222 members. BJP is the only Opposition in the House and B S Yeddyurappa will be the leader of Opposition.Sudhindra AIR News Bengaluru."


In Tamil Nadu, normal life  remained paralysed with shops and markets remaining closed for the third day today in Thuthukkudi town.

AIR correspondent reports that there were incidents of  hurling of petrol bombs and arson from some part of the town. Internet services like Facebook, email and Whatsapp remained suspended in Thuthukudi and neighbouring districts of Kanniyakumari and Tirunelveli. 

Meanwhile, 20 companies of Tamil Nadu State commando units, with 80 members in each group, have been deployed in Thuthukkudi.


Industries and their federations say India is developing into a manufacturing hub. The 'Make in India' initiative of the government is an issues like unpredictable tax regime, poor infrastructure, uncertain power supply.

President of the Rajasthan State council of FICCI, Atul Sharma is of the view that government is creating an environment through all the basic and major things required for industry. He said that it will boost manufacturing sector and our economy too.


The World Bank has snubbed Pakistan and said it could not address Islamabad's concerns regarding the Indus Waters Treaty with India. The World Bank decision came after a high-powered Pakistani delegation led by Attorney General Ashtar Ausaf Ali met with Bank's Chief Executive Officer Kristalina Georgieva on Monday and Tuesday.


US President Donald Trump has cancelled his proposed summit meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on June 12 in Singapore. Mr Trump blamed Pyongyang's tremendous anger and open hostility for his decision.The announcement came hours after North Korea carried out what it said is the demolition of its nuclear test site today.


In IPL Cricket, Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad will square off in the second Qualifier in Kolkata tomorrow. The match will start at 7 p.m. The winners of this match will face Chennai Super Kings in the IPL summit clash in Mumbai on Sunday.


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