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  • The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today addressed the Indian community in Korea. 

    He thanked the Indian community in Seoul for the warm welcome they had accorded him.  

    He said ties between India and Korea are not just on the basis of business contact.

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    Suresh Prabhu with Ministers and Heads of Delegation from ASEAN countries

     

    Minister of Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation, Suresh Prabhu, inaugurated the 4th India-ASEAN Expo and Summit 2019 in New Delhi today.

  • NITI Aayog’s Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) and Drona Aviation, an IIT Bombay start-up, launched the ‘ATL Drone module: Get, Set, Go’ for Atal Tinkering Labs at the ongoing Aero India 2019 in Bengaluru.

  • The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu today initiated a series of railway projects including the inauguration of the much-awaited new railway line between Venkatachalem -Vellikallu and Obulavaripalle - Cherlopalli (part of Krishnapatnam - Obulavaraipalle rail line project) and laid the foundation stones for redevelopment of Nellore railway station and passenger amenities at all railway stations from Krishnapatnam to Rapuru station.

  • The water storage available in 91 major reservoirs of the country for the week ending on   February 21, 2019 was 64.369 BCM, which is 40% of total storage capacity of these reservoirs. This percentage was at 41% for the week ending on February 14, 2019.

  • Shri K.J. Alphons, Union Minister for Tourism chaired the 2nd meeting of the reconstituted National Tourism Advisory Council (NTAC) at ‘Statue of Unity’, Kevadia, Gujarat today.  The NTAC acts as think tank of the Ministry of Tourism and advises the Government on various tourism related policy matters.

  • Navratna Defence PSU, Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) and Hughes India have entered into a Teaming Agreement for design, development, supply, installation, integration and commissioning of Satellite Communication solutions for helicopters under the Ministry of Defence, Government of India at Aero India 2019, Bengaluru.

  • Dr. Rajiv Kumar, Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog, will inaugurate the event.  Other eminent speakers include Shri Rajiv Kumar, Secretary, Department of Financial Services, Ministry of Finance, Dr. K.V. Subramanian, Chief Economic Advisor, Government of India, Dr. Andreas Bauer, Senior Resident Representative, IMF, Dr. Marius Vismantas, Lead Financial Sector Specialist, World Bank, Shri Sunil Mehta, Managing Director, Punjab National Bank, Shri  Nandkumar Saravade, CEO, Reserve Bank Information Technology Pvt Ltd (ReBIT), and Dr. Arvind Virmani, Chairman, EGROW Foundation.

  • Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas & Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Shri Dharmendra Pradhan today rolled out the allotment of New Retail Outlets (RO) by Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) by handing over the Letter of Intent(LOI) to a few eligible applicants.

  • Petroleum and Natural Gas & Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Minister Shri Dharmendra Pradhan addressed a Press Conference here today on reforms in Exploration and Licensing Policy for Enhancing Domestic Exploration and Production of Oil and Gas. Addressing the Press Conference, Shri Dharmendra Pradhan gave details on the policy reforms:

    Main highlights

    Increasing exploration activities in unexplored/unallocated areas.

  • The 224th meeting of the Central Board of Trustees, EPF was held here today under the chairmanship of Union Minister of State for Labour and Employment (I/C) Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar.  The Central Board recommended crediting of 8.65 % rate of interest on the EPF accumulations in the EPF member’s account for the year 2018-19.

  • In exercise of the powers conferred by Section 14 of the Customs Act, 1962 (52 of 1962), and in super-session of the notification of the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs (CBIC) No.09/2019-CUSTOMS (N.T.

  • The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, unveiled a statue of Mahatma Gandhi at the Dakshina Bharat Hindi Prachar Sabha in Chennai today (February 21, 2019).

    Delivering a speech in three languages – Tamil, English and Hindi - on the occasion, the President said that it is a matter of immense happiness that the Dakshina Bharat Hindi Prachar Sabha, founded by Mahatma Gandhi, has completed 100 years.

  • The President of India, today, gave his assent to the Amendments to the Indian Stamp Act, 1899 which were introduced as part of the Finance Act 2019. The was in fulfillment of the commitment made in the last Union Budget 2018-19 to take reform measures with respect to Stamp Duty regime on financial securities transactions in consultation with the States and make necessary amendments to the Indian Stamp Act, 1899.

  • Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) made a spectacular entry at the Aero-India 2019 with the first ever ‘Drone Olympics' competition for UAV's held on today at Air Force Station, Yelahanka, Bengaluru. The Aero India exhibition, with the theme - ‘The Runway to a Billion Opportunities’ designed to bolster business in the international aviation sector and provide a platform to showcase India’s aeronautical advancements, has already garnered a huge number of registrations from both India and abroad.

  • The meeting of the Advisory Council of the Fifteenth Finance Commission was held in New Delhi today. The meeting which was chaired by Shri N.K. Singh, Chairman of the Commission, was attended by the Commission’s Members Dr. Anoop Singh, Dr. Ashok Lahiri, Prof.

  • Union Minister of Electronics and IT, Law and Justice Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad said digital India journey has evinced global interest and people are eager to learn from Indian experience. He said   National Informatics Centre has responsibility to deploy technology for improving governance and make growth more inclusive and sustainable.

  • The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu today inaugurated Nellore All India Radio FM Station in Andhra Pradesh and asserted that radio broadcasting has made a comeback in the era of continuous bombardment of visual content by myriad channels.

  • The  Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh said that the elders should set example in their conduct before the younger generation,  so that the youth can inherit these values naturally by emulating their elder generations.

  • Navratna Defence PSU Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL) has unveiled its new product, the Atmospheric Water Generator (AWG), an innovative solution to meet the ever-increasing need for drinking water worldwide, today at Aero India 2019.

  • Speaking during the debate, President Sirisena said the council is not adhering to guidelines and has overruled its choice of nominations for judges without assigning any reasons.

    He added that he has not received any report of the council as is mandated every quarter. This is the second time President has criticized the working of CC in parliament.

    Speaker Karu Jaysurya, who heads the CC, had earlier rejected President’s charges saying the council follows its procedures.

    The government MPs also defended the CC functioning in parliament with one MP demanding that the composition of CC should be changed in order to keep politicians out of it. 

    MP Jayampathi Wickramaratne said what the President should do is to get the opinion of the Chief Justice and the Attorney General prior to making any nomination.

    Tensions between President and CC having majority of government nominees, escalated after President nominated judges were rejected by the CC.

  • The decision will immediately benefit approximately 780,000 personnel of CAPFs in the ranks of Constable, Head Constable & ASI who were otherwise not eligible earlier.

    This includes journey on duty and journey on leave, i.e; while going on leave from J&K to home and return.

    This facility is in addition to the existing air courier services for CAPFs that have been steadily extended in all sectors by the MHA to help the jawans cut down on travel time during their journey to and fro from home on leave.

     

  • Prime Minister Modi gifted a Bodhi tree sapling as a mark of close ties between the two countries.

    Gimhae and Ayodhya have sister-city relationship. Princess Suriratna of Ayodhya had gone there many years ago.

  • President Moon Jae-In and Former Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki Moon were also present on the occasion.

    Prime Minister said that Bapu's life was a lesson in sustainable living.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that India is transitioning from agri dominated economy to one lead by manufacturing and services.

    From an economy that is known for its red tape, India is now known for its red carpet.

    Terming South Korea as a natural partner in India's growth journey, Prime Minister called for increased collaboration in manufacturing, infrastructure sectors, as well as in achieving the 4th Industrial revolution.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 3rd interaction with South Korean Industry and Business heads in just 12 months and his very first engagement on his second visit to Seoul.

    The importance given by India to business and trade ties with Republic of Korea clearly illustrated.

    START UP HUB LAUNCHED

    Prime Minister launched the India-Korea Startup Hub at the India Korea Business Symposium. India has introduced the flagship program Start-up India with 1.4 billion Dollars fund for four years.

    PM said that South Korea too has unveiled a program to spend 9.4 billion Dollars by 2020 in a bid to boost startups.

    A Korea specific facilitation cell "Korea Plus" under 'Invest India' was launched after PM Modi's visit to Korea in 2015.

    Today, Hyundai, Samsung, LG electronics have become trustworthy brands in India. Over 600 Korean companies have invested in India.

    Prime Minister Modi described South Korea as a natural partner for India especially in meeting the growing investment demands in the infrastructure sector in India.
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi said India has emerged as a land of opportunities and invited South Korea to be apart of this growth journey.

    PM said, India is among top 10 trade partners of Korea and India is the 6th largest export destination for Korean goods.

    India is set to become a 5 trillion dollar economy in the near future. Hard policy decisions such as the Goods and Services Tax have been taken.

    India has received FDI worth over 250 billion Dollars over the past four years. Strong initiatives like the JAM trinity for financial inclusion have been taken.

    India is the sixth largest producer of renewable energy in the world and is spearheading the International Solar Alliance

    An estimate pegs India's investment requirements in Infrastructure at over 700 billion Dollars by 2022. More than 500 million of India population will be urban by 2025

    Trade Minister of Korea too called for increased collaboration in the manufacturing sector.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to South Korea will most certainly take the fast growing partnership between the two countries to the next level.
     

  • The MoU was signed by High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka Taranjit Singh Sandhu, and Secretary, Ministry of Development Strategies and International Trade S. T. Kodikara in Colombo in presence of Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe.  

    The centre would provide opportunities and enhance the enabling environment for Information Communication Technology (ICT) and other professional services in the Northern region inhabited by minority Tamils. 

    The ongoing development projects in the province under India’s grant assistance include construction of Cultural Centre in Jaffna, school buildings to 27 schools, 3000 rain water harvesting units and 25 model villages among others.

    It is part of Government of India’s continued efforts to assist and cooperate with Government of Sri Lanka in people-oriented development projects.

    India’s overall commitment of development assistance to Sri Lanka stands at a total of around 3 billion US$, out of which 560 million US$ is pure grant assistance.

  • During his visit to South Korea, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold bilateral talks with President Moon Jae-in.

    Prime Minister also will be conferred with the 2018 Seoul Peace Prize during a ceremony. 

    Seoul Peace Prize Cultural Foundation had announced the decision to award Prime Minister Modi with this prestigious Prize in October last year.

    The award recognizes PM Modi's dedication to international cooperation, global growth and human development.

    During his visit, Prime Minister will be gifting a sapling of the Holy Bodhi Tree to the people of Kimhae.

    PM will  also unveil a bust of Mahatma Gandhi at the Seoul Campus of the Yonsei University which is one of the premier universities of South Korea.
     

  • Since the Pulwama terror attack, several countries have come out in India's support and against cross-border terrorism.

    India and Saudi Arabia too have committed to increase counter-terror co-operation.

    The declaration was made after talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and visiting Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman.

    Prime Minister said that India and Saudi Arabia have agreed on the need to build all kinds of pressure on countries supporting terrorism.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that India and Saudi Arabia agreed on the need to counter extremism and prepare a detailed plan for it.

    The Crown Prince Of Saudi Arabia assured that Saudi Arabia will co-operate with India in every possible way to counter terrorism and extremism, including intelligence sharing.

    They include a Memorandum of Understanding on investing in the National Investment and Infrastructure Fund.

    Cooperation in the field of Tourism, Housing, Enhancing Bilateral Investment Relations, and in the field of Broadcasting between Prasar Bharati and Saudi Broadcasting Corporation.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that in the context of the regional strategic environment....both the countries agreed to enhance bilateral security co-operation.
     

    He said it is time to transform the bilateral energy partnership into a strategic partnership...

    PM Modi said that Saudi Arabia is one of India's most valuable strategic partners...and both sides have decided to take their economic partnership to new heights.

    Prime Minister said that a decision was taken to set up a mechanism to facilitate institutional investment from Saudi Arabia to India.

     
    Welcoming Saudi Arabia's entry into International Solar Alliance, PM said that both the countries have agreed to promote co-operation in renewable energy.

    He announced that India would extend e-visas to Saudi Arabian nationals to give a push to trade and tourism from India to Saudi Arabia...

    Earlier in the day, a Ceremonial Reception was accorded to the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia at Rashtrapati Bhavan....where he inspected a guard of honour in the presence of President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.... 

    Referring to the traditional friendship between the 2 countries...the Crown Prince said on the occasion that the relationship between India and Arabian peninsula is in our DNA.

    That was followed by talks between the visiting dignatory and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj  on adding momentum to the strategic partnership...from trade & investment to defence & security, and regional cooperation....

    India accorded a warm reception to the Crown Prince, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi setting aside protocol to receive him...upon his arrival in Delhi...on his first state visit to India.

    The visit assumes significance in the wake of the Pulwama terror attack.

    In a shot in the arm for India...both countries called upon countries to crackdown on terror infrastructure, funding and armed support...and backed comprehensive sanctioning of terrorists and terror organisations....which assumes significance in the wake of India's demand for a UN ban on Jaish chief Maulana Masood Azhar.

  • Putting India's stand at the ICJ at Hague, in the Netherlands, India's counsel, Harish Salve said, Pakistan's three attempts to derail proceedings in the ICJ have failed.

    Salve also strongly objected to the abusive language used by Pakistan's counsel in the case and urged the court to draw a redline in this regard.

    India pleaded that Pakistani military court's ruling be annulled and Jadav be freed.

  • Sri Lankan education minister Akila Viraj Kariyawasam and Indian High Commissioner Taranjit Singh Sandhu gave the scholarships at a special ceremony held in Colombo on Wednesday. 

    This is the twelfth year in continuum that India has provided Mahatma Gandhi scholarships to bright students across Sri Lanka.

    The minister appreciated the assistance provided by India including for the new trilingual school in Polonnaruwa and Saraswathy College in Kandy.

    He also thanked India for providing training to teachers in Sri Lanka. High commissioner of India said that it was special occasion where 150 Sri Lankan students were awarded the Mahatma Gandhi scholarships while the world is celebrating the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

    He urged the students in Sri Lanka to connect with the youth of India and told them to take advantage of scientific and educational developments in India.

    The high commissioner noted that India has recently launched a new Portal titled “Study in India” and more than 25000 seats are earmarked in Indian Institutions for foreign students.

    He expressed hope that Sri Lankan youth would make full use of the opportunities in India.

  • Singh, who was not keeping well for a month and was admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, breathed his last on Tuesday, his family said. The last rites will be performed at 3 pm on Wednesday at the Lodhi Road crematorium. Condoling his death, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he was a towering figure of Hindi literature and gave it new direction through his literary criticism.

    Born on July 28, 1926 in Varanasi's village Jiyanpur (now in Chandauli), Singh completed his MA and PhD in Hindi literature from the Banaras Hindu University. Singh shaped literary criticism in Hindi. His notable writings include "Chhayavaad", "Itihas Aur Alochana", "Kahaani Nayi Kahaani", "Kavita Ke Naye Pratimaan", "Dusri Parampara Ki Khoj". He also worked as a professor in his alma mater BHU as well as Jodhpur University and the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). Singh served as the editor of two Hindi magazines, Janyug and Alochana. 

  • The apex court held that the RCom chairman and Reliance Telecom chairman Satish Seth and Reliance Infratel chairperson Chhaya Virani breached the undertaking given to the court and the related orders.

    The court said the RCom chairman and others will have to purge the contempt by paying 453  crore rupees to Ericsson in 4 weeks. 

    A bench comprising  Justices R F Nariman and Vineet Saran said if the contemnor failed to make the payments within the specified period, they will undergo a jail term of three months.

    The court also directed Reliance Telecom and Reliance Infratel to pay  1 crore rupees each in four weeks to the apex court's registry or the chairman will have to undergo an additional jail term of one month.

    It directed that the 118 crore rupees already deposited by Reliance Group in the apex court's registry be disbursed to Ericsson.

    The Supreme Court specified that any unconditional apology given by Reliance needs to be rejected as they have breached the undertaking and order.

  • Robert Vadra, husband of Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, reached ED office in New Delhi Wednesday morning for questioning. 

    The case against Vadra relates to allegations of money laundering in the purchase of a London-based property worth 1.9 million pounds.

    Vadra was questioned by the ED in the same case earlier this month. He has been asked by a Delhi court to cooperate in the probe being conducted by the agency.

  • The visit is a part of the growing high-level exchanges between the two countries. Prime Minister Modi will meet  South Korean President Moon Jae-in. 

    South Korea has become a very important partner in India’s economic modernization. In the last two years, bilateral trade has grown from 15 to 21 billion dollars and is targeted to reach 50 billion dollars by 2030. 

    Many big Korean companies are operating in India and joining in national initiatives like Make in India, Smart India and infrastructure projects. 

    Now, the focus is on inviting medium and small Korean businesses also.  Defence and strategic cooperation between India and Korea is also growing after the New Southern Policy of South Korea. 

    Prime Minister’s visit will highlight this s

  • President Ram Nath Kovind on Wednesday said energy and environment are the areas of concern in today's era of rapid technological development. He was addressing the International Conference and Exhibition on Energy and Environment in New Delhi. 

    He urged the policymakers to come up with actionable ideas on environmental issues. President Kovind sad, the government is committed to providing power to citizens at affordable rates. 

    The President said, India made a number of commitments at the Paris Climate conference including lowering the emissions intensity by 2030.

    Earlier, speaking on the occasion, Science and Technology Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan said, the government is according highest importance to clean energy as it is the precursor of sustainable energy. 

    He said, India is growing at a faster pace, therefore, access to clean energy and water is a must. 

  • The proposal will be a boost to New Delhi's efforts to designate Azhar as a global terrorist by the UN. Pakistan-based outfit JeM has claimed responsibility for the Pulwama terror attack that left 40 CRPF personnel dead. 

    The French decision was discussed between Philippe Etienne, Diplomatic Advisor to the French President and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval in New Delhi yesterday. 

    The proposal, when moved, will be fourth such bid at the UN in the past ten years. In 2009 and 2016, India moved the UN's Sanctions Committee 1267 to ban Azhar, also the mastermind of attack on the airbase in Pathankot in January 2016.

    India was joined by P3 countries, the US, the UK and France in the 2016 proposal. In 2017, these P3 countries moved a similar proposal at the United Nations. However, China has always blocked the proposal from being adopted by the UN.

    Sources said France, a permanent member of the UN, is expected to be joined by other countries in the proposal. Sources also said that the country will insist on maintaining Pakistan on the "grey list" of countries at the ongoing meet of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) in Paris. 

    Pakistan was placed on the FATF grey list in June 2018 and put on notice to be blacklisted by October 2019 if it did not curb money laundering and terror financing. 

  • In her inaugural remarks at the Aero India 2019, the 12th edition of Asia's premier air show at the Yelahanka air base, Sitharaman made a strong pitch for 'Make in India" and referred to a slew of initiatives taken by the government, including permitting 100 per cent Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Defence manufacturing.

    Explaining the possibilities in the aero space and defence sectors, she said the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM)s could find joint venture partners so that the production could be scaled up and they could have a captive market and could export from India. She also noted that during the last four years and the current financial year, 150 contracts worth about Rs 1,27,500 crores have been signed with the Indian vendors for procurement of defence equipment for the armed forces.

    The five-day mega event began on a sombre note, a day after two aircraft of Surya Kiran, Indian Air Force (IAF)'s aerobatics team, collided mid air, killing a pilot and injuring two others who ejected to safety.
    The biennial event, which would showcase India's air defence prowess, would also act as a platform for aviation companies, the defence sector and government to forge new alliances and contracts.

    Besides the Tejas, the HTT-40 (Basic Trainer Aircraft), first indigenously upgraded Hawk Mk132- named as Hawk-i, Civil Do-228, Advanced Light Helicopter (Rudra), Light Utility Helicopter (LUH),Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) are scheduled to fly in the air show.

    Also, aerobatic teams like India's Sarang (ALH-Dhruv) and UK-based Yakovlevs are expected to enthrall the audience.
    On static display would be HAL's Light Utility Helicopter (PT-1), Light Combat Helicopter (TD-2), Advanced Light Helicopter (Rudra) and ALH MICU (Medical Intensive CareUnit).
    The Sukhoi SU-30, Rafale, F-16 Fighting Falcon, F/A-18 Super Hornet and the mighty B-52 Stratofortress bomber would be part of the air show.
    The Aero India official website said a total of 61 aircraft would be on display and 403 exhibitors would be part of the show.
    CEO's round table, drone Olympics, startup manthan and women's day (to celebrate women achievers) are some of the highlights of Aero India-2019.

  • UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR) Michelle Bachelet is also saddened by the further loss of life from subsequent gun battles in the same area on Monday, the spokesperson for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) Rupert Colville said in Geneva Tuesday.

    "The High Commissioner strongly condemns the suicide bomb attack against Indian security forces in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir on 14 February and calls on authorities to bring those responsible to justice," Colville said.

    A suicide bomber from the Jaish-e-Mohammed group drove his explosives-laden vehicle into a CRPF bus last week, killing 40 jawans and critically wounding others.

    In a major encounter in Pulwama's Pinglan area Monday, two Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorists, including a Pakistani commander of the group being investigated for his role in the February 14 attack, and an Army major were among the seven people killed.

    The gun battle took place in Pinglan area, about 12 km from the spot of last week's terror attack. The encounter also claimed the lives of three other Army personnel, officials said. The slain terrorists were identified as Kamran, a Pakistani national and top commander of the Jaish, and Hilal Ahmad, a local recruited by the terror group, they said.

    The UN Human Rights chief expressed hope that escalating tensions between the two nuclear-armed neighbours "will not add further to the insecurity in the region".

    In the wake of the Pulwama terror attack, Colville said the High Commissioner is also "concerned" by reports from India that "some elements" are using the attack as "justification for threats and potential acts of violence" targeting Kashmiri people living in different parts of India.

    In New Delhi, India's Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday directed officials to ensure the protection of innocent Kashmiris living in different parts of the country.

    "We acknowledge actions taken by the Indian authorities to tackle these incidents and we hope that the Government will continue to take steps to protect people from all forms of harm that may be directed at them on account of their ethnicity or identity," Colville said. 

  • Separately, State Department Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino expressed "strong support" for India and asked Pakistan to "punish anyone responsible" for the February 14 attack. 

    The suicide attack has led to an escalation of tension between India and Pakistan and Trump told reporters at the Oval Office of White House that it would be "wonderful" if the two South Asia neighbours get along.

    "I have watched. I have got a lot of reports on it. We will have a comment (on it) at an appropriate time. It would be wonderful if they (India and Pakistan) get along," Trump said in response to a question.

    "That (the terrorist attack) was a horrible situation. We are getting reports. We will have a statement to put out," Trump said.

    At a separate news conference, the State Department Deputy Spokesperson said the US has been in close communication with the Indian government "to express not only our condolences but our strong support".

    "We urge Pakistan to fully cooperate with the investigation into the attack and to punish anyone responsible," Palladino said. In the aftermath of the Pulwama attack, the US has also been in contact with Pakistan, he said. 

    Following the terrorist attack, Trump's National Security Advisor, John Bolton, has supported India's right to self-defense. 

    Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, Bolton, and the White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders in separate statements have asked Pakistan to immediately take action against the JeM and its leaders and end support to terrorist safe havens. 

    The CRPF personnel were killed when a JeM terrorist rammed an explosive-laden car into a vehicle carrying them in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama. 

  • The four-day hearing in the Jadhav case opened on Monday at the ICJ headquarters in The Hague. 

    Pakistan asked the judge to adjourn the case, citing the illness of its ad-hoc judge. However, the world court declined Pakistan's plea and asked it to continue argument in the absence of the ad-hoc judge.

    Tassaduq Hussain Jillani, the ad-hoc judge for Pakistan in the ICJ suffered a cardiac attack ahead of the hearing. 48-year-old Jadhav, a retired Indian Navy officer, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of espionage and terrorism in April 2017. 

    India moved the ICJ against the verdict the same year. On the first day of the hearing, India urged the ICJ to annul Jadhav's death sentence and order his immediate release. It said that the verdict by a Pakistani military court was based on a 'farcical case' and that it hopelessly fails to satisfy even the minimum standards of due process. 

  • The two sides will also hold delegation level talks. Several agreements are expected to be signed following the talks between the two leaders. 

    The Crown Prince was accorded ceremonial reception at the Rashtrapati Bhawan Wednesday morning. 

    Speaking to the media, the Crown Prince said that he wants the relationship between India and Saudi Arabia to be maintained and improved for the sake of both countries. He also expressed confidence that the leadership of the two countries can create good things for Saudi Arabia and India.

    External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj also called on Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. They discussed ways to add momentum to the relationship in various fields including trade, investment, defence, security, and regional cooperation. 

    The Crown Prince will also call on President Ram Nath Kovind this evening. The Crown Prince, who is also the Vice President of the Council of Ministers and Minister of Defence of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, is accompanied by a high-level delegation, including Ministers, senior officials and leading Saudi businessmen. 
      
     In recent years, there has been significant progress in bilateral cooperation in key areas of mutual interest. The bilateral trade was 27.48 billion dollars during the last financial year 2017-18, making Saudi Arabia, India’s 4th largest trading partner. 

    Saudi Arabia contributes significantly to India’s energy security needs by supplying about 20 percent of crude requirements to India. 

  • He also inspected an exhibition on locomotives at DLW campus. Such locomotives will be more economical and will increase the speed of goods trains.

    Laying the foundation stone of Ravidas Janmasthali area development project in Varanasi, the Prime Minister said all should get benefits of government schemes irrespective of caste, creed and other factors.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi invoked Sant Ravidas on his birth anniversary to urge people to end caste discrimination and identify those who promote it for self-interest.

    PM Modi said caste discrimination is an impediment in achieving social harmony.

    He said Guru Ravidas envisioned an India where there is no discrimination and that everyone is taken care of. PM Modi said his government has worked on this principle in the last four-and-a-half years for the betterment of the people and the country's development. He hoped that the teachings of great saints inspire the young generation.

    PM Modi said his government focused on "panchdharma" (five tenets), with emphasis on education, income, medicine, irrigation and addressing public grievances. PM Modi said his government tried to change Chalta hai mentality that had crept in people.

    PM Modi also dedicated two hospitals, newly constructed Mahamana Madan Mohan Malviya cancer hospital at BHU and Bhabha cancer hospital, Lahartara worth rupees 1140 crores.

    With the inauguration of both cancer hospitals, Varanasi becomes an important centre for quality treatment and care in Cancer-related ailments. These hospitals will bring comprehensive yet affordable cancer care to the patients not only in Uttar Pradesh, but also from other states like Jharkhand, Bihar, Uttarakhand and, even, neighbouring countries like Nepal.

    City Command and Control Center and sewerage treatment plants will transform the shape of the town and help to make Kashi Smart City.

  • Speaking on the birth anniversary of Sant Ravidas. He was a social reformer part of the Bhakti movement who stood for the empowerment of the deprived sections.

    Sant Ravidas was born in the 15th century in Varanasi.

    Lakhs of his followers from Punjab, Haryana, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and UP visit Sant Ravidas Janam Sthan Mandir to offer prayers on his birth anniversary every year. Prime Minister Narendra Modi too paid a visit to the temple in February 2016.

    He said Guru Ravidas envisioned an India where there is no discrimination and that everyone is taken care of. PM Modi said his government has worked on this principle in the last four-and-a-half years for the betterment of the people and the country's development. He hoped that the teachings of great saints inspire the young generation.

  • Briefing media in Srinagar on an encounter in Pinglena area of the district, the commander of the 15th Corps, Lt General K S Dhillon said the JeM leadership was controlled by Pakistan and its spy agency ISI.

    He said Kamran, the top commander of the JeM which carried out the attack on the CRFP convoy in Lethpora area of Pulwama on the 14th of this month has been eliminated.

    He said the role of those involved in the attack is being investigated. General Dhillon informed that the injured CRPF jawans are doing well. He appealed to parents in the Valley to ask their children involved in militancy to surrender.

     "We have eliminated the top commander who carried out the Pulwama attack," Dhillon said.

    3 JeM terrorists were killed in a 16-hour encounter in Pinglan in Pulwama district, about 12 km from the site of the February 14 attack. An Army major and five others were also killed. 

  • Asian Games gold-medallist Amit will fight it out with Kazakhstan's Temirtas Zhussupov. The lone Indian left in the fray in the men's draw defeated Morocco's Said Mortaji in a split 3-2 verdict last evening.

    Former junior world champion Nikhat Zareen defeated Poland's Sandra Drabik 3-2 in an intense see-saw battle. She is up against Magno Irish of Philippines in the final.

    While Rani got the better of Bulgaria's Emi-Mari Todorova, Devi beat Russia's Ekaterina Sycheva. Rani plays against Gabuco Josie and Devi clashes with Villegas Aira, both from the Philippines.

    Pwilao Basumatari, Neeraj and Lovlina Borgohain settled for bronze medals after losing their semifinal bouts.

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    The first blast was caused by a bomb planted under a car in the main city of the Idlib region. A motorcycle bomb detonated after ambulances arrived at the scene of the first explosion. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack so far. Idlib, the last major part of Syria still outside the control of President Bashar al-Assad's regime, is held by an alliance led by Syria's former Al-Qaeda affiliate, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham.

  • The lawsuit was filed in the court for the Northern District of California.

    California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said they were taking President Trump to court "to block his misuse of presidential power".

    Becerra says there is no emergency at the border and Trump doesn't have the authority to make the declaration.

    Trump declared a national emergency to fulfill his promise of completing the wall.

    The move allows the president to bypass Congress to use money from the Pentagon and other budgets.

    California has repeatedly challenged Trump in court. Becerra has filed at least 45 lawsuits against the administration. 

  • All eyes will be on  Raffale aircrafts which  will make their flying display . A full dress rehearsal was held at the Yelahanka Air base in Bangalore on Monday.

    This five-day event will combine a major trade exhibition of the aerospace and defence industries with public air shows.

    Aero India will provide an unique opportunity for exchange of information, ideas and new developments in the aviation industry. Besides giving a fillip to the domestic aviation industry it would further the cause of Make in India.

    Among the 43 French companies that have so far registered to participate in the airshow are Dassault Aviation, Dassault Systemes, Airbus, French Air Force and Thales. Dassault Aviation is the manufacturer of the Rafale aircraft for which India has inked a deal with France for supply of 36 aircraft .

    The second largest foreign representation is from USA with 27 companies taking part in the Aero India 2019. Boeing and Lockheed Martin are among those who have confirmed their participation.

    Boeing and Lockheed Martin are expected to showcase their aircraft as they are among the six global companies who have responded to the IAF's Request for Information (RFI) for 110 multi-role fighter. 

     

  • With the bathing of Maghi Purnima, Kalpvasees will return to their home. This will be second largest contingent of the Kumbh who leaves the Mela  prior to Mahashivratri. Mela administration has developed 40 bathing ghats for devotees. Elaborate security arrangements are in place. 

    Traffic restrictions have also been imposed in the district in view of heavy rush of pilgrims. Mela administration has also deployed magistrates and police officers at sensitive places to avoid congregation of devotees at one place in the Mela area. Educational Institutions including higher education at Prayagraj have been closed for three days.  

     

     

  • RBI governor Shaktikanta Das told the media  that he will meet the heads of public and private sector banks on feb 21st to discuss the pass over of the interest rate cut it had announced to borrowers. 

    On the issue of merger of banks Jaitley called for the need for fewer and mega banks that are strong. In addition to associated banks of the SBI work is on for the merger of the Bank of Baroda, dena Bank and Vijaya Bank.

    Reserve Bank said it will give Rs 28,000 crore to the government as interim dividend. This is the second successive year that the Reserve Bank will be transfering an interim surplus. The central bank transfers its surplus amount to the government, under Section 47 of the RBI Act, 1934.

  • BJP president Amit Shah met Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray in Mumbai and later senior leaders from both the parties addressed a joint press conference declaring the tie up. According to the agreement reached, in Lok Sabha, BJP will fight 25 seats while Shiv Sena will get 23 seats. While in assembly elections, both the parties, after accommodating other allies, will fight equal number of seats..

    BJP president Amit Shah congratulated the leaders. He reiterated that Shiv Sena has been BJP's most trusted and long time ally. He also said that all the issues which arose between the two parties have been resolved.

    Shiv Sena Chief Udhhav Thackeray justified the need to come together for the nationalist forces..

  • He said there is a need to take decisive step against terrorism at global level. The Prime Minister said that  Pulwama Terror Attack shows that now time has come to firmly and decisively deal with terrorism.

    At the delegation level talks.. both the leaders reviewed progress in areas of commerce and Science & Technology. Later India and Argentina signed 10 agreements and MoUs in S&T, culture & tourism, IT, agro-chemical and pharma sector & explored new avenues of cooperation.

    Agreement was also signed between the public broadcasters of both the nations. Prime minister said this will give a boost to cultural exchange between India and Argentina and will also augur well for tourism promotion well.. He expressed gratitude to Argentinian President for extending co-operation on international fora..He also thanked President Macri for development in agriculture to fight the challenges of climate change.

    Argentinian President Mauricio Macri strongly condemned the terror attack in Pulwama...He also extended his condolences to the victims of the attack... 

  • Prime minister will flag off the first ever Diesel to Electric Converted Locomotive at Diesel Locomotive Works in Varanasi. He will also inspect the locomotive and visit the exhibition. 

    Prime Minister will lay the foundation stone of Guru Ravidas Birth Place Development Project at Shri Guru Ravidas Janmasthan Temple, Seergoverdhanpur. He will pay homage at the statue of Guru Ravidas on his birth anniversary today. He will also address the gathering.  

    PM will inaugurate the newly constructed Madan Mohan Malviya Cancer Centre of Banaras Hindu University. The hospital will bring comprehensive yet affordable cancer care to patients in UP, Jharkhand, Bihar, Uttarakhand and, even, neighbouring countries like Nepal. Homi Bhabha Cancer Hospital Lehartara will also be inaugurated by PM. With the inauguration of both cancer hospitals, Varanasi is set to become an important centre for quality treatment and care in Cancer related ailments.

    PM Modi will inaugurate a number of development projects, aimed at boosting health and other sectors in Varanasi and nearby areas at Aaure village. He will distribute certificates to beneficiaries of various schemes. He will also distribute aid and assistive devices to Divyangans. PM will later address the gathering.

  • Briefing media after the meeting, Sushma Swaraj said, the MoUs include setting up of Joint Working Group on Counter Terrorism, Cooperation in Housing and Human Settlement, Reciprocal facilitation of procedures for issue of Business Visa and Cooperation in Youth Matters. 

    In a series of tweets, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said, both countries agreed to set up a Joint Working Group on Counter Terrorism to develop a comprehensive approach to combat the menace, including cross- border terrorism, terrorist financing and recruitment of terrorists. 

    He said, Sushma Swaraj and her Moroccan counterpart discussed ways to enhance bilateral cooperation in a number of areas, including defence and security, counter-terrorism and trade and investment.

    Sushma Swaraj reached Rabat on her maiden visit to Morocco from Bulgaria yesterday. She is on a four-day three-nation tour to Bulgaria, Morocco and Spain as part of India's efforts to strengthen ties with these countries and expand avenues of cooperation. She also handed over toNasser Bourita a letter from Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed to the country's King Mohammed VI.

    Sushma Swaraj began the second leg of her tour today with an important meeting with Prime Minister of Morocco Saadeddine Othmani. 

  • Yameen appeared before a criminal court Monday afternoon where the Prosecutor General asked the court to remand him until his trial concludes. 

    The state prosecutor said that Yameen had attempted to bribe witnesses in order to make them change their testimonies.

    After two and a half hours inside the court, the former President was taken to the custodial centre near capital Malé.

    The former President and his justice minister are accused of using money stolen from state exchequer.

    Yameen lost the Presidential elections held last September to Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, who has promised zero tolerance in corruption cases. 

  • Senior Advocate, Harish Salve represented India and Kulbhushan Jadhav's case in ICJ. In his presentation, Harish Salve said that Jadhav's continued custody without consular access should be declared unlawful. He also said that there is no manner of doubt that Pakistan was using this as a propaganda tool.

    Earlier, making the opening arguments at the International Court, Joint Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs, Deepak Mittal said Pakistan violated the Vienna Convention while hoping that the court will ensure justice in the case.

    Jadhav, 48, was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on farcical charges in 2017. India moved the ICJ in May the same year against the verdict.

    A 10-member bench of the ICJ on May 18, 2017 had restrained Pakistan from executing Jadhav till adjudication of the case.

    Pakistan violated the Vienna Convention by not giving consular access to Jadhav.

  • The petition was filed by an organization linked to opposition Sri Lanka People party (SLPP) led by former President Mahinda Rajapksa.

    SLPP had earlier announced that it will approach the court to force government for an early elections.

    Six of the nine provinces in the country are without councils now while term of another two will come to an end in April.

    Election commission has said that it cannot hold elections because the new electoral law passed by parliament in August 2017, has not come into force yet.

    President Maithripala Sirsena had introduced a cabinet resolution last month to hold elections as per the old electoral system.

    However, there is no consensus among political parties on the issue and the matter is pending.