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  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina to attend Convocation of Visva Bharati University and inaugurate Bangladesh Bhavan at Shanti Niketan in West Bengal this morning; Mr. Modi to lay foundation stone of several developmental projects in Jharkhand later in the day.
  • Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy to seek Vote of Confidence in Assembly this afternoon.
  • E-Way Bill system for intra-state goods movement comes into force in seven more states and Union Territories.
  • UGC approves online degree and diploma courses from this academic session.
  • North Korea says still willing to talk with United States after President Donald Trump cancelled summit meet with Kim Jong-un.
  • And in IPL Cricket, Kolkata Knight Riders to take on Sunrisers Hyderabad in the second Qualifier this evening.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit West Bengal and Jharkhand today. During his visit, he will grace the convocation of Visva Bharati University at Santi Niketan in West Bengal this morning. Mr Modi will also inaugurate the Bangladesh Bhavan - a symbol of the cultural ties between India and Bangladesh- at Shanti Niketan. Visiting Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will be present at both the events.

In Jharkhand, Mr. Modi will visit Ranchi, Sindri and Dhanbad this afternoon, for laying foundations for several development projects worth about 27 thousand crores rupees. Our correspondent reports that these includes laying foundation stones for rejuvenation of Sindri Fertilizer factory and All India Institute of Medical Science at Deoghar. 

"Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit will give impetus to various new developmental project. There is sense of expectations and enthusiasm among the people. Today's visit will also signify start of construction of pipeline for distribution of domestic gas to Ranchi as the first phase, which is a part of creating pipelines network for gas supply in Eastern part of the country from Gorakhpur to coastal areas of Odhisa. Also 250 medicine shops for cheap medicine under 'Jan Aushadhi Kendra' would be established in Jharkhand. Rajesh Sinha, AIR News, Dhanbad, Jharkhand."


Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy will seek Vote of Confidence on the floor of the state Legislative Assembly today. He was sworn-in as the 24th Chief Minister of the state on Wednesday. Forming a Coalition Government with the Congress, Mr Kumaraswamy has claimed to have the support of 117 legislators including one BSP and one independent member. BJP has 104 MLAs in the present 222 member Assembly. The House will commence with the election of the Speaker. Ramesh Kumar from the Congress and Suresh Kumar from the BJP have filed their nominations for the post. Our correspondent reports after election of the Speaker, Mr Kumaraswamy will move the Confidence Motion in the Assembly. 

"After the fractured mandate in the Karnataka Assembly election, Congress-JD(S) coalition Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy will seek trust vote today afternoon. The elected Speaker will conduct the floor test. After the trust vote, a meeting of senior officers from Finance department is called by the Chief Minister to discuss the possibility of waiving off farmers loans, which has turned into a big political issue. In the Congress camp lobbying for ministerial berth has intensified. Out of possible 34 portfolios, 22 will be shared by Congress and 12 by JD(S). Sudhindra, AIR News, Bengaluru."


India and the Netherlands have agreed that terrorist and extremist organisations need to be denied the space to radicalise, recruit, and conduct attacks on innocent people. In a joint statement after the 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 Netherlands also reaffirmed its support to building consensus among members of the Nuclear Suppliers Group over India's bid to be part of the elite grouping.The statement said, the two sides reaffirmed their commitment to strengthening disarmament and global non-proliferation efforts.


E-Way Bill system for intra-State movement of goods will be implemented in seven more states and Union Territories from today. The States are Maharashtra, Manipur, Chandigarh, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu and Lakshadweep. With this, the number of States, where the system is being implemented, will go up to 27.

According to an official release, as on 23rd of this Month, e-Way Bill system has been rolled out in 20 States including  Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh.


University Grants Commission has approved regulations for online courses by universities. In its meeting held yesterday, the Commission decided that the higher educational institutions and universities will be able to offer graduate, postgraduate and diploma programmes online from this academic session.

Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar in a tweet said, it is a landmark reform in the field of higher education. He said the  decision will help top rated institutions to offer certificate, diploma and degree programmes in full-fledged online mode in only those disciplines in which it has already been offering the same or similar programmes or courses at graduation level in regular mode.

The Ministry of Human Resources Development in a statement said, online Programmes requiring Practical or Laboratory Courses as a curricular requirement shall not be permitted.


In Jammu and Kashmir, a resident of Hajin Bandipora was killed by a group of unidentified gunmen. Police recovered his body in the wee hours today. Security sources told AIR that three to four unknown gunmen barged into the house of the victim and abducted him. Police have registered a case and investigations are on.

Meanwhile, in another incident, at least three persons, including two police personnel, sustained minor injuries when unidentified terrorists lobbed in grenade on a police gypsy in Jammu late last night. The injured have been rushed to the GMC hospital.


The NDA Government is completing four years at the Centre. News Services Division is broadcasting  a special series  “Chaar Saal Modi Sarkar” to highlight the achievements of various ministries. The theme for today’s programme is “Digital India”.
In an exclusive Interview to All India Radio, Electronics and Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said, the government wants to make Digital India a mass movement.
डिजिटल इंडिया एक बदलाव का कार्यक्रम है जो टेक्नोलॉजी के माध्यम से आम हिन्दुस्तानी को मजबूत करने का साधन है। एक सौ  तीस करोड़ के हिन्दुस्तान में एक सौ इक्कीस करोड़ मोबाइल फोन है। एक सौ इक्कीस करोड़ आधार है। पचास करोड़ इंटरनेट है। आज डिजिटल गेलरी ऑफ सर्विसेस है। आज देश के लगभग तीन सौ इकतीस अस्पताल -हॉस्पिटल है जिनको आप फोन से अपना कंमड दे सकते हैं। डिजिटल इंडिया एक उदयमान भारत का एक कार्यक्रम है और गरीबों को विकास के रास्ते पर लाने का एक प्लेटफार्म है डिजिटल इंडिया।"

Tune into 100.1 FM Gold channel of All India Radio at 9.30 tonight to listen to the interview.


SNDL Nagpur has initiated a unique service for its consumers wherein the consumers can register a complaint of power cut by simply giving a missed call. SNDL Power Distribution is operating the power distribution Franchise for Nagpur. We have a report:

"Spanco Discom Nagpur Limited has initiated a unique service of service registering consumer complaint regarding power cut on missed call. Let us here it from SNDL business head.

"My name is Sonal Khurana. I am the Business head for SNDL Nagpur. Today, I am going to talk about a unique facility for the consumers. This facility is used by the consumers for registering No power complaints by simply giving a missed call. Customers do not have to make a call to our call centres for registering complaint about no power at the premises. We have introduced this unique technology where they just have to make a missed call to our number 1800-102-1825 and instantly, their complaint is registered. As a confirmation, they are also given an SMS about their complaint being received. The idea behind this initiative was to make  their life simple by introducing this never before technology. We have insured that all customers get heard. Response has been tremendous. We launched this initiative on 1st September 2017 dedicating to our 5.5 lac consumers across Urban Nagpur. More than 35 per cent complaints are received from consumer using this facility." Deepali Durge, AIR News, Nagpur."


In Tamil Nadu, Thuthukkudi district administration has clarified that power and water supply to the Sterlite Copper smelting plant has been suspended as a prelude to its closure. The district collector said that normalcy is being restored in the area. The administration confirmed the death toll in at incidents as 13 and the number of injured 102.


The India Meteorological Department Department has said, since the Cyclone Mekunu has moved away from the Indian coast, no adverse weather is expected along and off the west coast and Lakshadweep. It said, the cyclonic storm, however, will affect the wind pattern in the country mostly along and off the west coast. The wind speed will gradually increase till tomorrow.  MeT Department has advised fishermen not to venture into west-central and south-west Arabian Sea in the wake of the cyclone.


North Korea has said it is still willing to talk to the United States after President Donald Trump cancelled a summit between the two countries. North Korea's First Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye Gwan said that the abrupt announcement of the cancellation of the meeting is unexpected and North Korea finds it extremely regrettable. He said, North Korea is willing to sit face-to-face any time in any form to resolve the problem. Mr Trump yesterday cancelled his proposed summit meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on 12th June in Singapore.


ASEAN India Film Festival will begin in New Delhi this evening. Our correspondent reports that the six day event will be inaugurated by Information and Broadcasting Minister Col. Rajyavardhan Rathore.

"Thirty two films from eleven countries will be screened during the film festival. It includes this year's Best Film in the National Film Awards Village Rockstar, Singaporean film Maker Kirten Tan's film Pop Aye, first female director of Brunei Darussalam Siti Kamaluddin's movie Yasmine. Beyond films, the festival will also have panel discussions on various aspect of cinema. The Directorate of Film Festivals is organising the Film Festival in collaboration with the Ministry of External Affairs as part of the series of events to commemorate the 25 years of ASEAN and India relations.ANUPAM MISHRA, AIR NEWS, DELHI."


In IPL Cricket, two-time champions Kolkata Knight Riders will take on Sunrisers Hyderabad in the second Qualifier in Kolkata today. The match will begin at 7 p.m. The winners will face the Chennai Super Kings at the summit clash in Mumbai on Sunday.

Kolkata and Hyderabad have faced each other 14 times so far. Kolkata have triumphed on nine occasions, while Hyderabad five times.



  • The regional parties gearing up for a united show for the 'big game' in 2019 and the protests against the Sterlite plant in Tamil Nadu are some of the stories that dominate the headlines today.
  • "Tamil Nadu cuts power to Sterlite plant after protests, violence," headlines the Hindustan Times while the Pioneer writes, "Deaths leave Sterlite power-less, Tamil Nadu moves to shut down plant." And the DNA puts it as, "TN town still tense, one more victim succumbs."
  • Rahul Gandhi taking digs at Narendra Modi on fuel prices also finds prominence in papers.
  • "Rahul trolls PM, turns 'fitness challenge' into 'fuel challenge'," writes the Asian Age,  while the Pioneer says, "Rahul takes Virat cue, throws 'fuel challenge'," The Statesman headlines, "Rahul fires 'fuel challenge' at PM," and the DNA reports, "Fuels on fire, heat on government," adding "Windfall tax may be put on oil companies to control prices."
  • The Modi government showcasing its achievements of 4 years also finds space. "Modi to lead blitzkrieg on government's 4th anniversary," writes the Asian Age while the Hindustan Times says, "Saaf Niyat, Sahi Vikas' tag line for Modi governments' 4-year celebration."
  • The International Border simmering while people suffer is also covered by papers. " Lull on border, tension intact," writes the Statesman; The Hindu reports, "Top officials for Kashmir talks".
  • In an interesting story by the Times of India, Brazilian footballer "Ronaldinho to marry two women at the same time."The same paper also writes about one Alam Javed, who broke his fast to donate blood to an 8-year old Hindu boy suffering from Thalessemia. "Man breaks Ramzan fast to save boy's life," is its headline.
  • And finally, If you are a fan of author Douglas Adams, of 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy' fame,' then better celebrate May-25 with a towel for its Towel Day today. The Hindu Business Line says, "On earth or in space, a towel says it all." 


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