24th May, 2018
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi says poorest of the poor
have benefited in over 16 thousand villages in 20 days through Gram Swaraj
- Prime Minister and his Dutch counterpart Mark Rutte hold
talks in New Delhi; several agreements to be signed, enhancing economic and
- One CRPF
sub-inspector killed and another jawan injured in IED blast by Naxals in Sukma
district of Chhattisgarh.
- Power supply to Sterlite plant in Thuthukkudi suspended in the
wake of killings in police firing.
- North Korea renews threat to cancel meeting between
its leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed happiness
that through Gram Swaraj Abhiyan, the fruits of development were taken to the
poorest of the poor in 16,850 villages from the 14th of last month to the 5th
of this month as a tribute to Dr B.R. Ambedkar. In a series of tweets, Mr Modi
said, as part of the Abhiyan, various teams went across villages and ensured
complete coverage of seven leading Central government schemes. The Prime
Minister said, during the period, over 20 lakh 53,000 Jan Dhan beneficiaries
and more than 16 lakh 14,000 Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana
beneficiaries were added. He said, over 26 lakh 10,500 beneficiaries were also
added under the Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana. More than 7 lakh 50,000
Ujjwala connections were distributed and over five lakh 2,000 households were
electrified under the Saubhagya Yojana. Over 25 lakh LED bulbs were also
distributed across 16,700 villages. Mr Modi also said, over 1 lakh 64,000
children and 42,000 women were immunised under Mission Indradhanush.
The Prime Minister said, Gram Swaraj Abhiyan was a
success due to the active participation of Ministers, MPs, MLAs,
representatives of various local bodies, officials of the state governments,
topmost officers of the Central government, civil society members and Self Help
Groups. He said, the movement is a great example of effective service delivery
at the doorstep and enhancing ease of living.
Narendra Modi is now holding talks with his Dutch counterpart Mark Rutte in New
Delhi. The two leaders will review the entire gamut of bilateral relations and
discuss issues of mutual interest. Several agreements are expected to be signed
after the talks. Both Prime Ministers will also address the India-Dutch CEOs
Later in the
evening, the visiting dignitary will leave for Bengaluru. Mr Rutte will visit
the ISRO campus in the city.
Mr Rutte arrived
in New Delhi this morning on a two-day visit to India. The visit aims to boost economic and political co-operation between
the two countries.
The Dutch Prime
Minister's visit comes within a year of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to
the Netherlands last June.
a CRPF sub-inspector was killed and another jawan injured in an IED blast by
Naxals in Sukma district this morning. Police said, the incident occurred in a
forest near Puswada village around 7.45 am,
when a road opening party of the 206th CoBRA battalion was on a patrol.
While the security personnel were cordoning off the area, a pressure bomb,
planted by Naxals, beneath the dirt track exploded, killing one and injuring
another CRPF personnel.
The power supply
to the Sterlite Copper Smelter plant in Tamil Nadu's
Thuthukkudi has been suspended. 13 people, protesting against the plant, have
been killed since Tuesday in police firing. The decision to suspend power was
taken following the orders of the State Pollution Control Board. The board had
instructed its Joint Chief Environmental Engineer, Tirunelveli to conduct an
inspection of the plant. The District Collector
and the Superintendent of Police have been transferred in connection with the
incident. More from our correspondent :-
"Day to day
life in the district has been seriously affected. Shops are still not
functioning on the third consecutive day. Buses and auto rickshaws are not
plying. The newly transferred District Collector of Thuthukkudi Shri Sandeep
Nandoori assured news persons today that normalcy will be restored within a day
or two in the district. In a related development, the state administration has
cancelled all Internet based services like email, Facebook, Whatsapp etc in
Thuthukudi and neighboring districts of Kanniyakumari and Tirunelveli since
last evening. In the meantime, the Tamilnadu Pollution Control Board has
ordered the suspension of power connection to the Sterlite factory. This is Dr
K Parameswaran, AIR News, Tiruchirapalli."
Home Minister Rajnath Singh has appealed to people to
remain calm and maintain peace.
has taken cognisance of the incident and sought a report and the prevailing
situation from the state government. My thoughts are with the bereaved families
and I pray for the speed recovery of the injured. I appeal to the people in
Thuthukkudi to remain calm and maintain peace in the area."
Mr Singh said,
the Prime Minister has expressed concern over the situation and is pained by
the loss of lives.
As part of the special series on the NDA government
completing four years in office, we will bring you an interview with Minister
for Commerce and Industry, Suresh Prabhu at 9.30 tonight on FM Gold channel.
The theme of today’s programme is “Make in India”. The Minister said e-commerce
policy focuses on benefiting small scale businesses, traders and shopkeepers.
"ई-कॉमर्स पॉलिसी में हम लोग इस बात पर ध्यान दे रहे हैं कि किस तरह से मार्किट एक्सेस बने। सभी लोगों को इसका ज्यादा से ज्यादा लाभ मिले। हम यह भी कोशिश करें कि हमारे जो उपभोक्ता हैं उनको भी उसका प्रोटेक्शन मिलना चाहिए। साथ ही हमारी यह कोशिश है कि ई-कॉमर्स द्वारा जो छोटे छोटे कारोबारी हैं, जो छोटे छोटे दुकानदार हैं उनको भी उसके साथ जोड़ दे रहे हैं ताकि उनको भी उसका लाभ मिले।"
In Sikkim, more
than 76,000 hectares of land have been converted into certified organic farms
under the Organic mission providing
employment to over 400 local youths. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had
officially declared Sikkim a fully organic state in 2015. The state agriculture
department has said, six centers have been established to certify farming land
following international standards. Our correspondent has filed this report:
"The state government has recently announced
the cash award of one crore rupees to a local farmer for qualitative organic
farming. In addition, the state is also considering a “Kisan Pension Scheme”
with the provision of pension for all the Organic farmers in Sikkim. The
farmers, who are actively engaged in organic farming upon reaching the age of
50 years, will be provided a monthly pension of 1,000 rupees. This benefit will
be provided to one person in the family. Efforts are also being made to connect
agriculture with tourism. AJIT SINGH, AIR NEWS, SHILLONG."
In Kerala, one
more person succumbed to the Nipah virus in Kozhikode district today, taking
the death toll in the state to 11. Chief
Minister Pinarayi Vijayan chaired a high-level meeting in Thiruvananthapuram
and reviewed the steps taken by the state government to contain the outbreak of
the virus. An official release said, directions have been given to continue
vigil and strengthen the state's monitoring mechanism, besides increasing
awareness about the virus and strengthening precautionary measures. More from
district medical officer, Dr Jayasree said that 160 samples were sent for
testing at the Pune virology institute out of which 13 cases have been found to
be positive and around 18 people are under observation. The
distribution of two thousand Ribavirin
tablets imported from Malaysia have started. Meanwhile the State government issued an advisory that
travelling to any part of Kerala is safe and the situations is under control.
However, if travelers wish to be extra cautious, they may avoid visiting the
four districts of Kozhikode, Malappuram, Waynad and Kannur. Mayusha, AIR News,
Women and Child
Development Minister Maneka Gandhi conferred Nari Shakti Puraskar to all the
six members of INSV Tarini team in New Delhi today. She congratulated the
all-woman crew for sailing across the world. The mission was led by Lieutenant
Commander Vartika Joshi and the crew comprised Lieutenant Commander Pratibha
Jamwal, P Swathi, Lieutenant S Vijaya Devi, B Aishwarya and Payal Gupta.
Talking to AIR,
Lt Commander Vartika Joshi said, it was not an easy journey and everyone in the
crew knew at the very start of the voyage that there is a daunting task ahead.
She said, the Indian Navy and the family members of the crew supported them to
complete the circumnavigation. The Lt Commander said, Prime Minister Narendra
Modi has asked them to write their experiences about the journey.
her experiences, Lieutenant Commander Pratibha Jamwal said, the crew members
celebrated the festival of Holi at Capetown in South Africa and also celebrated
the birthdies of the crew members on the sea.
In International News, North Korea has renewed threat
to cancel the much-awaited meeting between its leader Kim Jong Un and Donald
Trump, after the US President said, the fate of the talks will be decided next
week. In a statement released by state-run KCNA news agency, Vice-Minister of
Foreign Affairs Choe Son Hui said, Pyongyang will neither beg Washington for a
dialogue nor take the trouble to persuade them if they do not want to sit
together for talks. She said, she would recommend Kim to cancel the talks if US
continues to make such threats. Ms Choe also called US Vice-President Mike
Pence ignorant for his warnings over the Kim-Trump summit.
Pence had, earlier, warned Kim Jong Un that it would
be a great mistake to try and play Trump. He also said, if Kim doesn't make a
deal, North Korea could end up like Libya whose former leader Moamer Qaddafi
was killed by US-backed rebels years after giving up atomic weapons.
Trump and Kim are due to meet in Singapore on the 12th
of next month. But potential success of the meeting has been thrown into doubt
in recent days with both Washington and Pyongyang raising the prospect of
cancelling the talks and trading threats.
In Iraq, at
least seven people, including a policeman, were killed and 16 wounded in a
suicide attack in Baghdad today. Police said, a suicide bomber blew himself up
at a park in Shoala district. The police said, they intercepted the bomber
along with emergency workers, but he managed to set off the bomb before being
caught. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, so far.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today accepted Indian
skipper Virat Kohli's fitness challenge. Replying to Kohli, Mr Modi said in a
tweet that he will be sharing his own fitness challenge video soon. A report :-
Kohli had challenged Mr Modi for the hash tag fitness campaign #HUM FIT TO
INDIA FIT. The cricketer had also challenged his actress wife Anushka Sharma
and former captain MS Dhoni. Kohli uploaded his fitness video on social media
after accepting the challenge by Information and Broadcasting as well as Sports
Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore.
Earlier, the Minister and Olympic silver medalist, had
posted a video urging everyone to shoot
a video of their "fitness mantra" and share it on social media.
मैं जब भी प्रधानमंत्री जी को देखता हूं तो उनसे प्रेरित होता हूं। एक जबरदस्त ऊर्जा है, दिन-रात काम करते हैं और वो चाहते है कि पूरा भारत फिट हो जाए। आपके फिटनेस का मंत्र क्या है। एक वीडियो बनाइए पिक्चर खीचिंए और सोशल मीडिया पर डालिए।
Besides Kohli, the Minister had challanged actor
Hrithik Roshan and shuttler Saina Nehwal to join in. With Ritu raj, Savvy Hasan
Khan, AIR News."
In IPL Cricket, Kolkata Knight Riders have set up the 2nd Qualifier
clash with Sunrisers Hyderabad tomorrow. Kolkata beat Rajasthan Royals by 25
runs last night. Chasing
a target of 170 runs, Rajasthan finished with 144 for four.
Chennai Super Kings will play the final with the winner of tomorrow's qualifier
in Kolkata. The Final will be played on Sunday in Mumbai.
At the stock
markets, the Sensex at the Bombay Stock Exchange gained around 310 points to
34,655. The Nifty surged 73 points to 10,504, a short while ago.