- 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.
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
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
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 ई-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.
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
- 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
- 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
- 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."