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  • The Government has shortlisted Six Institutions of Eminence (IoEs)  including 3 from Public Sector and 3 from Private Sector. An Empowered Expert Committee (EEC) in its report recommended selection of 6 institutions (3 from public sector and 3 from private sector) as Institutions of Eminence.

  • India and South Korea today signed five MoUs in the field of Science & Technology. Union Minister for Science & Technology, Dr Harsh Vardhan and his South Korean counterpart,Mr. You Young Min signed three MoUs for (i) Programme of Cooperation 2018-21; (ii) Establishment of Future Strategy Group; (iii) Cooperation in Biotechnology & Bioeconomy.

  • Shri Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation, Shipping, Road Transport & Highways held a meeting with Shri Hardeep Singh Puri, Minister of State in the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs in New Delhi today,  to discuss the progress of   Solid Waste Management (SWM) projects in towns along the River Ganga.

  • Minister of Steel,Chaudhary Birender Singh, chaired a meeting on land issues in New Delhi today. The Minister expressed serious concern over encroachments of land in different Plants and Units of SAIL in the country.

  • Shri RK Singh takes review of the project in a meeting; says tenders should be issued by the first week of October

  • The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, and the President of the Republic of Korea, Mr. Moon Jae-in, today jointly inaugurated a large mobile manufacturing facility of Samsung India Electronics Pvt. Ltd, at Noida.

  • The Minister of State (I/C) for Tourism, Shri. K. J. Alphons announced today that the Tourism Ministry in partnership with the  Federation of Associations in  Indian  Tourism and  Hospitality  (FAITH)  and with the support of State /UT Governments  will organize  the  ‘first ever’ India  Tourism  Mart (ITM)  from  16th  to  18th September, 2018  at  Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi.

  • Under the guidance of Shri Piyush Goyal, Minister of Finance, Corporate Affairs, Railways and Coal, in order to capture the lost traffic through new delivery model for domestic cargo, Indian Railways has introduced Double Stack Dwarf Container Services.

  • Union Minister for Chemicals & Fertilizers and Parliamentary Affairs, Shri Ananthkumar will be inaugurating the CIPET:  Centre for Skilling & Technical Support (CSTS) at ITI Building and laying the foundation stone of new Central Institute of Plastics Engineering &Technology (CIPET) Building at Doiwala, Dehradun tomorrow.

  • The Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh has asked the North-Eastern states to expedite work on long pending projects of the North Eastern Council (NEC) and ensure maximum utilisation of funds. Addressing the 67th Plenary Session of the NEC in Shillong today, he said NEC and the eight North-Eastern States would have to ensure that all the ongoing projects were completed in a time bound manner.

  • Suresh Prabhu and South Korean Trade Minister at the signing of early harvest package

     

     Suresh Prabhu, Minister of Commerce and Industry and Civil Aviation and Mr. Kim Hyun-chong, the Minister for Trade, Industry and Energy, Republic of Korea, had a meeting over breakfast today morning at the Commerce Minister’s residence in New Delhi.

  •             Sh. Hardeep S Puri, MoS(I/C), Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs has stated that Smart cities fellowship and internship program will provide the youth an opportunity to experience the aspects of Urban planning and governance.

  • Ladies & Gentlemen,

     

    1.    It gives me great pleasure to be a part of this opening session, which is a curtain raiser for the Round table conference on “Data for new India”.

     

    2.    As you are all aware, data needs keep increasing with the increasing role of the Government in development activities.

  • Union Minister of State (I/C) Youth Affairs and Sports Col Rajyavardhan Rathore has sanctioned financial assistance of Rs. 5 Lakh (Five Lakh) to National Level Archer Ms.  Gohela Boro for her medical treatment.

  • The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has congratulated Dipa Karmakar on winning Gold in vault event at FIG World Challenge Cup.

    “India is proud of Dipa Karmakar! Congratulations to her on winning a well-deserved Gold in the vault event at the FIG World Challenge Cup in Mersin, Turkey.

  • The 7th UGC NET examination has been conducted by CBSE on 08th July 2018 across 91 cities in the country. The examination was conducted in 84 different subjects. A total number of 11,48,235 candidates were registered for this examination.

  • This is in reference to an article published in a Delhi based English daily newspaper on 8th July 2018 citing some incomplete figures for the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana - Urban. The correct figures are stated as below-

               Under PMAY (U)  so far more than 51 Lakhs dwelling units have been sanctioned against the validated demand of 1 crore in last 3 years of implementation.

  • The Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has expressed grief over the demise of former Meghalaya Governor Mr. M.M. Jacob.

    “Saddened by the demise of former Meghalaya Governor Mr. M.M. Jacob. He made notable contributions to the nation as a Parliamentarian, Minister and Governor.

  • The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that quality of education in our medical colleges is the life blood of India’s healthy future and asked the medical professionals to be empathetic towards patients while giving treatment.

  •  Human Resource Development Minister Shri Prakash Javadekar will inaugurate the 17th World Sanskrit Conference to be held at Vancouver, Canada from 9th July to 13th July, 2018.

    More than 500 scholars and delegates from over 40 countries will be participating in this conference and exchange their knowledge by presenting papers on various subjects followed by discussions from amongst the members.



  • Finance Minister Piyush Goyal has said that independent asset management companies (AMCs) and steering committees will be set up for faster resolution...




  • The CBI has charge-sheeted 51 people for alleged rioting at the residence and office of Haryana minister Abhimanyu Singh during protests to demand res...




  • BJP chief Amit Shah will arrive in Kerala today on a day-long visit to gear up the party for the 2019 general elections. BJP sources said, o...



  • Afghan envoy to New Delhi Shaida Abdali has said that India and Afghanistan must stand together to free the two countries from terrorism. Speaking in New Delhi on Monday, Abdali condemned the terror attack in Jalalabad in which several people, including a number of Sikhs, were killed.



  • In Thailand, all 12 boys and their soccer coach have been confirmed alive after going missing in a flooded cave network in northern province.



  • Extending losses for the second session, the rupee weakened by 16 paise to trade at 68.96 against the US dollar in early trade on Tuesday on sustained capital outflows amid strengthening of the American currency overseas.



  • In the FIFA World Cup, Brazil and Belgium registered contrasting victories last night to seal a place in the quarterfinals and set up a last-8 clash on Friday.


  • They paid tribute to the father of the nation, and listened to a few of his favourite bhajans sung by classical singer Vidya Shah.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi welcomed him at Gandhi Smriti in the heart of the National capital. Gandhi Smriti was earlier known as Birla House. This is the place where Bapu was shot at as he headed for his daily prayer meeting. 

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi was seen deep in conversation with the South Korean President as they walked up to the World Peace Gong. President Moon and Prime Minister Modi symbolically rang the Gong. 

    A symbol of brotherhood, peace and nature it was inaugurated at Gandhi Smriti to commemorate the centenary of Gandhiji's first Satyagraha. It bears the national flags of all United Nations member countries and symbols of prominent religions of the world. 

    President Moon penned his thoughts in the visitors book....also sharing his message with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. 

    Union Minister Mahesh Sharma presented both leaders with momentos including a charkha that is synonomous with Bapu. 

    The two leaders also went around the Memorial. They saw the room in which Mahatma Gandhi lived as well as the various exhibits. 
    Walking along the path that Bapu tread before he was assasinated, the two leaders were seen deep in conversation. 

    Prime Minister Modi playing the perfect host explained the significance of the white foot marks depicting Bapu's last steps. 

    President Moon and Prime Minister Modi paid floral tributes to Mahtma Gandhi. The two leaders then listened to Bhajans performed.

    The visit to Gandhi Smriti gains significance as President Moon is seen as a face of peace. 

    He is leading the peace talks with North Korea that have resulted in a historic denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. 

  • Both sides have agreed to put concerted efforts to complete Jayanagar to Janakpur-Kurtha and Jogbani to Biratnagar Customs Yard railway lines by October this year. 

    They have also agreed to take forward work in the remaining stretches of Kurtha-Bijalpura-Bardibas and Biratnagar Customs Yard-Biratnagar sections on priority.  

    The decision was taken during the 6th  meeting of Project Steering Committee (PSC) on India-Nepal Cross Border Rail Link Projects held in Kathmandu today.

    The meeting also stressed upon early finalization of the MoU for Preliminary Engineering cum Traffic Survey of Raxaul-Kathmandu rail line. 

    The Governments of India and Nepal are committed to strengthen cross-border infrastructure to enhance connectivity between the two countries and to promote trade, commerce and economic cooperation through smooth movement of people, goods and services.

  • Trade and commerce Minister Suresh Prabhu met with his Korean counterpart Kim Hyun Chong over the breakfast on Monday. 

    Both the leaders also agreed on three MoUs related to strengthening the current trade ties, remedy for better trade balance and also establishing a group for future trade engagements.

  •  Nirbhaya rapists will be hanged till death. Supreme court has rejected the review petition against death penalty and upheld the sentence given by Delhi HC and trial court.  

    Three judge bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices R Banumathi and Ashok Bhushan disposed off the review petition filed by 3 of the 4 convicts on the death row. 

    The bench rejected pleas filed by Mukesh , Pawan Gupta and Vinay Sharma. Apex court said that no grounds have been made out by them for review of the verdict.

    Court observed that review is applicable only when there is an apparent error or a miscarriage of justice. SC said the death row convicts failed to point out "error apparent on the face of record" in the judgement.

     The bench also said that these three convicts were heard elaborately during the stage of their appeal and concluded that no case has been made out by them for review of the apex court's verdict. It said that convicts cannot be allowed to re argue thier case in a review petition. 

    The fourth death row convict, Akshay Kumar Singh did not file a review . The apex court in its 2017 verdict had upheld the capital punishment awarded to them by the Delhi High Court and the trial court. While parents of Nirbhaya have expressed satisfaction after the verdict, many woman activists have whole heartedly welcomed it. 

    Nirbhaya was gangraped on the intervening night of December 16-17, 2012 inside a running bus in and severely assaulted. She succumbed to injuries on December 29, 2012. While one accused Ram Singh allegedly committed suicide in Tihar Jail , a juvenile has already served a 3 year term in a reformation home. 

    Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi has expressed satisfaction on the Nirbhaya Verdict, upholding death penalty for the 4 convicts.

     Meanwhile, BJP leader Meenakshi Lekhi has said that judgment has raised and restored people's faith in judiciary. She added that we as society need to send a very strong message to the culprits and accused in cases of rapes.

  • NEC is a regional planning body of eight Northeastern states.DoNER Minister Jitendra Singh, Governors and Chief Ministers of all the Northeastern states will also take part in the meeting, being held for the first time after the Union Cabinet brought NEC under direct control of the Home Ministry.

    Presentations and discussions will be held during the meeting, on issues related to the all-round development of the Northeast.In the two day plenary sessions various issues related to all over development of the northeastern region will be discussed.

    Some of the major issues to be discussed are transformation of several districts in the region, strengthening livelihood programmes, water resources management, doubling farmers' income by 2022, road connectivity, 'Poshan Abhiyan' Ayushman Bharat and security-related matters pertaining to the northeastern states.

    The plenary will also discuss continuation of NEC schemes till March 2020 as approved by the Cabinet.      
                            

  • The 24-year-old from Tripura, who had finished fourth in the vault event at the 2016 Rio Olympics, scored 14.150 to win gold on Sunday.

    This is Karmakar's first medal in a World Challenge Cup.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Dipa Karmakar for her gold in vault event in Gymnastics World Challenge Cup in Turkey.

    Extending his congratulations on her winning a well-deserved gold, PM in a tweet said that India is proud of Dipa Karmakar.

    PM said this win is a prime example of her tenacity and never-say-die attitude. 

    Union Sports Minister Rajyvardhan Singh Rathore also extended his congratulatiosn to Dipa Karmakar. Rathore in a tweet said that "Dipa Karmakar is the stuff champions are made of!  After battling an injury for the past 2 yrs, she makes a heroic comeback by clinching her first gold medal in the Gymnastics World Challenge Cup in Turkey. Many Congratulations to her for making India proud!"

  • Japanese government spokesman Yoshihide Suga said the whereabouts of 92 other people were unknown, mostly in the southern area of Hiroshima prefecture.

    More than 100 reports of casualties had been received, such as cars being swept away, he said.

    Some 40 helicopters were out on rescue missions.
    apanese government spokesman Yoshihide Suga said the whereabouts of 92 other people were unknown, mostly in the southern area of Hiroshima prefecture.

    More than 100 reports of casualties had been received, such as cars being swept away, he said.

    Some 40 helicopters were out on rescue missions.

  • The leader of the operation to rescue 12 boys and their soccer coach from a cave in northern Thailand says the operation is going "better than expected."

    Thirteen foreign divers and five members of Thailand's elite navy SEAL unit are trying to bring the rest of the boys through narrow, submerged passageways that claimed the life of a former Thai navy diver on Friday.

    Meanwhile, Union Minister Rajyvardhan Singh Rathore hailed the efforts of divers and resuers involved in operation to save the football players trapped in Thailand Caves.

    Rathore in a tweet said "Hats off to the divers & the rescue operation team working with their heart & soul to save the football players trapped in #ThailandCaves.

    Our prayers and best wishes are with them, they epitomize the real idea of One World, One People."

  • A key accused in the Dhule lynching incident was arrested on Sunday.

    Search for 15 more accused underway.

    The lynching incident in Rainpada on July 1, is believed to have been triggered by rumours that the nomads were child-lifters who sold kidneys of their captives.

  • More than 500 scholars and delegates from over 40 countries will be participating in this conference and exchange their knowledge by presenting papers on various subjects followed by discussions from amongst the members.

    The purpose of this conference is to promote, preserve and practice the Sanskrit language all over the world by the people.

    The World Sanskrit Conference is being held in various countries across the globe once in every three years and so far it has been held thrice in India.

    Besides the Minister, 10 scholars and two officers are part of the Indian delegation participating in the 17th World Sanskrit Conference.

  • Sunday's meeting, held in Delhi's Bihar Bhawan, was attended  by all the senior leaders of the party. 

    During the meeting, Nitish Kumar was vested with the powers to take political decision for the party ahead of the Parliamentary elections. 

    JD(U) leaders sought to play down reports of strain in its ties with the BJP over allotment of seats among the NDA parties for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls and asserted that the ruling alliance will fight the election together and sweep it.

    The party's national executive at its meeting, attended by its top leaders including Kumar, also favoured simultaneous polls, a proposal being backed strongly by the BJP government.

    It, however, called for evolving a consensus through talks with other parties, sources said.

    In the meeting, JD(U) leaders also agreed to acknowledge and abide by any decision taken by the party president.

  • Sunday saw RLD, SP, TDP, DMK and Forward Bloc putting forward their views before the Law Commission. SP came out in favour of the concept with conditions, while DMK and Forward Bloc opposed the idea.

    The Law Commission had met representatives from Trinamool Congress, Goa Forward Party, CPI, AIUDF, Shiromani Akali Dal and AIADMK on  saturday.

    While on 10th July, YSRCP and BJD will meet the Commission. The draft concept has been welcomed by ruling BJP as well as Shiromani Akali Dal and JDU

    According to experts, there are many benefits of holding simultaneous polls which includes:- 

    - political stability and momentum to development

    - saving poll expenditure and other resources

    - Administrative convenience

    -Less impact on normal life

    - Increasing participation of common people in the elections
     

  • Security forces launched a cordon and search operation in a forest area in Handwara in the north Kashmir's Kupwara district.

    Search operation turned into an encounter after militants fired upon the security forces.

    As per iniatial reports, 2 to 3 militants are believed  to be trapped there. 

  • He was received by minister of state for external affairs General VK Singh.

    His four-day visit, from July 8 to 11, is expected to open new avenues for expanding the bilateral partnership, particularly in the economic domain.

    South Korea President is accompanied by First Lady Kim Jung-sook. 

    Later, South Korean President Moon Jae-in paid a visit to the Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple in Delhi on Sunday.

    Timeless Hindu spiritual messages, vibrant devotional traditions and ancient architecture all are echoed in its art and architecture.

    The temple is a humble tribute to Bhagwan Swaminarayan, the avatars, devas and great sages of Hinduism.
     

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi and South Korean President Moon Jae-in took a metro ride to the world's largest mobile manufacturing unit in Noida. Eager crowds jostled to greet the leaders. The two leaders exchanged notes perhaps on Make in India and Make for India. President Moon and Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the plant after its expansion. It will now produce 1.2 crore phones a month and will employ 70,000 people.

    This Samsung unit is the world's largest mobile unit. It isn't a surprise that South Korean giant chose India to set up this unit. There are nearly 40 crore smartphone users here and with Prime minister Modi's Digital India revolution, the number is growing exponentially. 

    The two leaders went around the plant and interacted with workers on the floor. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that India's growing economy and the burgeoning Neo Middle Class provides vast opportunities for investment. 

    Over the last 4 years, the number of mobile factories have jumped from 2 to 120. More than 50 of these are here in Noida. This has lead to employment opportunities for nearly 4 lakh youth.

     Recounting his govt's digital India push, PM Modi said: Internet data is available at very low rates, fibre network connected to over 1 lakh Gram Panchayats of the country.  All this indicates the ushering in of the digital revolution in the country. 

    GeM or Government e Market is enabling the Government to procure commodities directly from producers. 

    This has benefitted medium and small entrepreneurs resulting in transparency in public procurement. Be it paying for electricity-Water bills, school college admissions, PF and Pension, nearly all such services are being provided online. Nearly 3 lakh common service centres across the country are working serving the villagers.

    Addressing the gathering, South Korean President Moon Jae recalled the decades long relations between India and South Korea and said that India and Korea can are now riding the digital wave to achieve growth.
     

  • Chiang Rai governor Narongsak Osottanakom said that 13 international cave diving experts and five elite rescuers from Thai Navy SEAL joined the operation, adding that the trapped boys will be dived out one by one and each boy will be escorted by two divers.

    He said it would take about 11 hours to totally bring a boy out of the cave. Narongsak said the first boy may come out of the cave at about 9 PM local time.

    He said it will take about two to four days to bring all the 13 out of the cave.

    The Governor said the boys are ready to face any challenge and the water level in chamber one to three of the cave is at a most satisfying level right now. He said medical teams are well prepared for further operation.
    The boys aged 11-16, and their 25-year-old coach were exploring the cave in northern Thailand's Chiang Rai Province, when they became trapped by rising waters since June 23.

    Rescuers have begun a mission to evacuate 12 boys and their football coach from the cave where they have been trapped for two weeks. 

    An international contingent of 13 specialist divers and five Thai Navy Seals descended into the watery network of underground tunnels below the Mae Sai mountains.

    The boys were exploring the cave on 23 June when they were cut off by water.

  • United States Secretary of State Mike  Pompeo said he had "lengthy discussions" about complete denuclearisation with North Korean officials.

    On Saturday, Pompeo said that talks with his North Korean counterpart on how to dismantle Pyongyang's nuclear programme had been "very productive".

    However, hours later, North Korea accused Washington of trying to unilaterally pressure the country into abandoning its nuclear programme, and rejected what it called a "gangster-like" demand.

  • Koppu was studying at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He moved to Missouri earlier  this year to pursue higher studies.

    The Kansas Police announced a reward of 10,000 US dollars for providing information about the suspect in regard to the robbery and murder of Koppu.

    The police released CCTV footage on their Twitter handle, where the murder suspect can be seen.

    Meanwhile, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has expressed her heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family. The MEA is following up with the Police and provide all assistance to the family.

  • Japanese government spokesman Yoshihide Suga said the whereabouts of 92 other people were unknown, mostly in the southern area of Hiroshima prefecture. More than 100 reports of casualties had been received, such as cars being swept away, he said. Some 40 helicopters were out on rescue missions.

    "Rescue efforts are a battle with time," Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told reporters. "The rescue teams are doing their utmost."

    The Japan Meteorological Agency said three hours of rainfall in one area in Kochi prefecture reached an accumulated 26.3 centimeters (10.4 inches), the highest since such records started in 1976.

    The assessment of casualties has been difficult because of the widespread area affected by the rainfall, flooding and landslides. Authorities warned that landslides could strike even after rain subsides as the calamity shaped up to be potentially the worst in decades.

    In Hiroshima prefecture, water streamed through a residential area, strewn with fallen telephone poles, uprooted trees and mud. Some homes were smashed.

    A woman who was reported as missing after getting trapped in her car was found but was pronounced dead, Kyodo news service reported. In another area in Hiroshima, 12 people went missing when a residential area got sucked into a landslide, and one body was later found.

    Kochi prefecture, on Shikoku, issued landslide warnings almost over the entire island. Public broadcaster NHK TV showed overturned cars on roads covered with mud. A convenience store worker, who had fled to a nearby rooftop, said water had reached as high as his head.

    The Japanese government set up an emergency office, designed for crises such as major earthquakes. Military paddle boats were also being used to take people to dry land.

    Okayama prefecture said in a statement that four people had died, eight others were missing and 11 were injured, at least one of them seriously. Seven homes were destroyed, dozens more were damaged, while more than 570 were flooded.

  • As part of Silver Jubilee celebrations bank has rolled out number of new initiative.

    Indian Ambassador to Nepal Manjeev Singh Puri and Chairman of the bank Sujit Kumar Varma inaugurated branch-less banking service in Kathmandu last evening.

    The branch-less banking provides banking services to the target customers through a device without establishing physical branch.

    It is a cheaper alternative to conventional branch based banking and will be very beneficial for the people living in far flung and geographically difficult areas.

    The latest version of "PARI" a humanoid Robot was also unveiled. PARI is an interactive robot that can recognize human faces and assist them by responding to their queries.

    Ambassador Puri congratulated Nepal SBI for its significant contribution for better life and healthier economy in Nepal.

    He said that bank has played an important role in strengthening bonds between India and Nepal.

    The Nepal SBI Bank Ltd was established in 1993 as a subsidiary of State Bank of India with paid up capital of Rs.12 crore. Now it has become one of the leading bank in Nepal having Rs.805 crore paid up capital and over 8 lakh customers.

  • According to the Mumbai Traffic Police, a road over-bridge in Ghatkopar area was closed for vehicular traffic as a precautionary measure after a crack was spotted in one of its pillars.

    Since long-distance and local trains pass under the Ghatkopar bridge, the decision to close it was taken to avoid an incident like the bridge collapse in Andheri last week.

    Several roads were waterlogged and rail tracks submerged at some places as heavy rains continued in the city and the suburbs since last night.

    The low-lying areas of Parel, Dharavi, Matunga and King's Circle in Mumbai and towns in the neighbouring Thane district, including Diva, Dombivali, Kalyan and Ambernath, were flooded due to copious rains.
     

  • More than 500 scholars and delegates from over 40 countries will be participating in this conference and exchange their knowledge by presenting papers on various subjects followed by discussions from amongst the members.

    The purpose of this conference is to promote, preserve and practice the Sanskrit language all over the world by the people.

    The World Sanskrit Conference is being held in various countries across the globe once in every three years and so far it has been held thrice in India.

    Besides the Minister, 10 scholars and two officers are part of the Indian delegation participating in the 17th World Sanskrit Conference.

  • The residents and political activists blamed Islamabad for providing shelter and training to groups like Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM).

    "We have loudly said that the non-state actors, who are being smuggled to Jammu and Kashmir by Pakistan's secret agencies, have sabotaged our struggle.

    The world is now seeing it as an act of terrorism. Nobody is listening to us. After 9/11 incident, our efforts were abolished.

    When international community put pressure on Pakistan to eliminate Lashkar-e-Taiba, they activated Jaish-e-Mohammed led by Maulana Masood Azhar. Now, JeM is getting promoted in PoK," Senior leader, Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Sardar Jagir Khan said.

    In Tarar Khel region of PoK, the locals took to the streets protesting against decades of misrule, discrimination and oppression by Islamabad.

    Disillusioned with the local leadership, that has largely acted as a stooge of Islamabad, people of the region raised anti-establishment and anti-administration slogans.

    Denied of basic rights and amenities for years, the residents of Tarar Khel have been demanding construction of roads and a hospital.
     

     

  • A senior HRD Ministry official said, the panel had sought an extension to give final shape to the policy and the minister has approved it.

    The panel headed by the former ISRO chief was supposed to submit its the report by June 30.

    This is the third extension granted to the panel. Initially, it was supposed to submit its report by December 2017.

    The existing National Education Policy was framed in 1986 and revised in 1992.

    A new National Education Policy was part of the BJP manifesto. Apart from Kasturirangan, the committee has eight members, including mathematician Manjul Bhargava.

    The panel will also take into account the report of a panel headed by former cabinet secretary Late TSR Subramanian, formed by the HRD ministry.

  • Taking to the media after taking part in the discussion, Samajwadi Party was supportive of the move to hold both elections together.

    But the SP added a caveat that this process should begin from 2019 Lok Sabha polls itself.

    JDU, Shiromani Akali Dal,  Telangana Rashtra Samithi TRS as well have supported this concept.

  • "In the show of force we see coming to bear... between the United States on the one hand and China on the other, who represent two totally different forms of capitalist impetus, Europe can play a very particular card," Lagarde told an economic forum in the southern French city of Aix-en-Provence.

    "Europe is strategic for the one as for the other (the United States and Russia)" when it comes to trade, said Lagarde a week ahead of a bilateral EU-China summit which the latter will host July 16 and 17 in Beijing. She added Europe had the power to balance out the commercial powerplay between Washington and Beijing with neither enjoying sufficient leverage to swing it to either camp.

    "The Europeans together are a force, a power. When they are united they have a true voice" which can count, said Lagarde, adding that the EU could be a "source of inspiration for many other countries in the world."

  • Nishikori managed to counter the Australian's powerful serve to respond with a number of perfectly placed returns into the back corners of the court.

    He will face Ernests Gulbis in the fourth round, who beat Alexander Zverev in five sets.

  • The announcement came as dark monsoon rainclouds loomed over the mountainous north of the country early on Sunday, potentially heightening risks at the cave where rescuers were still waging a "war with water and time" to save the 12 trapped boys and their assistant coach.

    The boys, aged between 11 and 16, went missing with the 25-year-old chaperone after soccer practice on June 23 as they set out to explore the Tham Luang cave complex in a forest park near the border with Myanmar.

    Mae Sai police commander Komsan Sa-ardluan ordered the media to leave the cave area over a loudspeaker.

    A large media contingent began packing up equipment including tripods and cameras, and moving down a muddy hill away from the mouth of the limestone cave.

  • Ivan Rakitic stroked home the winning penalty to send Croatia into a semi-final against England after a night of unremitting tension in Sochi, ending the remarkable campaign of a team ranked 70th in the world.

    Fyodor Smolov saw Russia's first penalty saved by Danijel Subasic and, although Russia goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev saved a Mateo Kovacic kick, the hosts' fate was sealed when Mario Fernandes fired completely wide from their third attempt.

    In the previous 120 minutes, Denis Cheryshev rifled Russia in front with a long-range thunderbolt, his fourth goal of the tournament, in the 31st minute before Andrej Kramaric headed Croatia level six minutes before halftime.

    Croatia then went ahead with a soft header in the eleventh minute of extra time but Brazilian-born Fernandes headed the hosts level with five minutes of play remaining to send the game to penalties.

    Russia had already surpassed expectations by reaching the last eight, ousting Spain on the way.

    After the win, Croatian captain, Lukas Modric, said, "We expect a very difficult, tight and demanding match every match at this World Cup. I'm sure we will prepare well. We watched the game (England vs Sweden) today, we saw how good they (England) are from dead ball situations. We will have to focus more on defending set pieces because we conceded towards the end of the game today from a set piece and we will have to improve that element of our game."

  • The Japanese public broadcaster has the death toll at 52 with 44 missing, with possibly millions displaced or forced to flee their flooded homes.

    A weather front had settled between western and eastern Japan and the risk of heavy rains and warnings were lifted for some of the worst hits regions but also along with the rain to other parts of Japan such as the southern Kagoshima, Ehime, Kofu and Gifu prefecture, the Japanese Meteorological Agency said on Sunday.

  • According to officials, they had gone to Chinchoti waterfall near Vasai for a picnic and were trapped there following heavy rain. 

    Teams of fire brigade and NDRF had been engaged in relief and rescue operations. Air Force choppers had also been pressed into service to rescue the people trapped in the waterfall.

  • Sepoy Vineesh C. was deployed at a forward border post in Naushera sector sustained gun shot injuries from other side of the Line of Control. He is under treatment at Northern Command Hospital in Udhampur and his condition is said to be stable.

    Meanwhile, DGP of Jammu and Kashmir S P Vaid took stock of the security of the Amarnath Yatra... In view of the Hartal called by separatists tomorrow, the sacred Amarnath Yatra has been suspended.  S P Vaid appealed to the pilgrims to cooperate.

  • Leicester defender Maguire headed in the opening goal from a corner on 30 minutes, with Alli adding a second just before the hour.

    Goalkeeper Jordan Pickford then produced a series of crucial saves in the final half-hour to seal England's long-awaited spot in the last four. It was just a second England victory over Sweden in nine competitive meetings, and sets up a clash with either hosts Russia or Croatia on July 11 in Moscow for a place in the final.

    Southgate stuck with the same team that overcame Colombia on penalties in the last 16, while Sebastian Larsson returned for Sweden after missing the 1-0 win over Switzerland through suspension. Viktor Claesson drilled over for Sweden early on with an ambitious attempt from distance, while Harry Kane, the tournament's leading scorer with six goals, dragged wide after a penetrating run by Raheem Sterling. Sweden manager Janne Andersson had warned his side England were a match for them at set-pieces, and so it proved when Maguire connected with Ashley Young's corner after a low-key first half hour.

    Maguire outjumped the much smaller Emil Forsberg to nod low into the corner, as England scored for the eighth time in Russia from a dead-ball situation.

    The lively Sterling should have doubled the lead on the stroke of half-time when he brilliantly controlled Jordan Henderson's lofted pass, but he was unable to find a way past Robin Olsen and his follow-up was blocked by Andreas Granqvist.

    Pickford had relatively little to do in a quiet first half, but the England goalkeeper produced a vital stop to claw away a Marcus Berg header minutes after the restart. England promptly cranked up the pressure and pulled further ahead on 59 minutes when a completely unmarked Alli sent a thumping header past Olsen after a first-time cross by Jesse Lingard.

    Maguire then lashed over after a scene of panic in the Sweden area as England chased a third goal, although they were twice indebted to Pickford for preserving their two-goal lead.

    The Everton shot-stopper thrust out a hand to superbly keep out Claesson's low strike from 10 yards following a neat lay-off by Berg. Pickford then showed terrific reflexes to tip over an effort from Berg, who shot on the turn after being picked out in the area by substitute John Guidetti.

    Southgate withdrew Henderson for Eric Dier in the closing stages and will have a full squad to choose from in the semi-final, injuries permitting.

  • England are preparing for their biggest game in over a decade as they face Sweden in the World Cup quarter-final on Saturday night.

    England have not reached the last eight of the World Cup since 2006. But Gareth Southgate's side now have the country believing following their dramatic shootout win over Colombia in the last 16 in Moscow on Tuesday night; their first win on penalties in World Cup history. Sweden stand in their way of a semi-final, but England's record against the Swedes reads as just two victories in 15 games. Janne Andersson's side beat Switzerland in the last 16, and are looking to reach the last four for the first time since 1994.

    Sweden's strengths will undoubtedly come from their defence, which has conceded only two goals in the whole tournament so far - the lowest of any of the remaining nations, with both coming in their 2-1 defeat to Germany in the group stages. 

    This will be the 25th meeting between these sides. England have won eight to Sweden's seven, with nine draws. Both of the previous World Cup meetings between Sweden and England have finished level, with a 1-1 draw in 2002 and a 2-2 in 2006. 

    What will hold England in good stead is the maturity the team has shown. A young squad, not bothered by the history of the team's performance at the grand stage, have shown that they have calms heads on developing shoulders. Jamie Vardy could not play a full part in training on Friday due to the groin strain suffered in the win over Colombia, taking part in his own recovery exercise, but Southgate suggested he may be ready to play a part pending a fitness test on Saturday morning.

  • The 25 per cent tariffs on Chinese machinery, electronics and high-tech equipment including autos, computer hard drives and LEDs mark a significant escalation in the trade dispute between China and US.

    Meanwhile, China has said it has already imposed retaliatory measures on US goods after the US activated its tariff measures. Spokesman for the foreign ministry, Lu Kang said that China's measures against the US took with immediate effect.

    Beijing accused Washington of launching the largest trade war in economic history and vowed to take the case to the World Trade Organization.

  • He added that they've also been asked to act on EC's requests if steps taken by them are not sufficient.

  • Naidu hailed IIRSI for their effort to bring together Ophtha-mologists to discuss the advancement in technology towards the treatment of preventive blindness.

    Tamil Nadu has become the medical tourism hub of the country, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu said.

    Inaugurating the Indian Intraocular Implant and Refractive Surgery Convention-2018, he said the younger generation in the country was being affected by various eye problems.

    Observing that this was because of increase in the usage of electronic gadgets like phones and video games, Naidu said parents should guide their children about the ill-effects of geting hooked to such gadgets.

    Noting that one-third of 45 million blind people in the world were from India, he said as the studies warn that the number of blind people was set to triple, it was time for ophthalmologists to look in to the concept of artificial intelligence, which was not new, but growing exponentially over the past several years.

    Naidu also said lack of physical movement, including exercises, has led to increase in number of diseases in the last decade.

    ''Conferences like this will help improve the present treatment methods and will bring in new ideas to solve the existing problems,'' he added.

    He also said Tamil Nadu has become the Medical Tourism hub of the country with people from across the globe visiting the State for treatment of various ailments.

    In his address, State Health Minister C Vijayabaskar said the Tamil Nadu government has taken various measures that could prevent and control blindness.

    Intraocular Implant and Refractive Society of India (IIRSI) Secretary General Dr Amar Agarwal said the aim of the convention was to promote advancements in ophthalmology among the
    medical fraternity and make the country a sought-after destination for eye care in the world. ''Over 2,000 ophthalmologists from around the world were participating in the two-day event
    organised by the IIRSI to showcase their skills and present the latest advancements in the field of ophthalmology, especially cataract and refractive surgery."

    A book titled, "Pre Descemets Endothelial Keratoplasty" and written by Dr Amar Agarwal, who is also the Chairman of Dr Agarwal's Group of Eye Hospitals, was released by the
    Vice President on the occasion.

  • The Commission has prepared a draft paper on "Simultaneous Elections - Constitutional and Legal Perspectives" and has sought opinions of all stakeholders including political parties, constitutional experts, bureaucrats, academia and public on the paper, before finalising its report and sending it to the government.

    In its draft, the law panel has recommended several amendments to the Constitution and the Representation of People's Act, 1950 to facilitate and sustain the simultaneous polls.

    The Commission is of the view that any major law reform must be undertaken after taking the stakeholders and the general public into confidence.

  • Addressing a press conference, Javadekar said that the Joint Engineering Entrance (JEE) and National Eligibility and Entrance Test (NEET) for admissions to medical and dental programme will now be conducted twice a year.

  • This is his first visit to Goa as the President of India.

    During his two-day visit to Goa, President will attend a civic reception hosted by the State government in his honour in evening today. President will also visit the Basilica of Bom Jesus, a UNESCO World Heritage site in old Goa and Mangueshi Temple in Mardol near Panaji, before returning to Delhi tomorrow.

    Addressing the convocation, President hailed Goa University for promoting girl's education. He also said that education helps us to know the world changing around us.

  • Enthusiastic crowds greeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Amroodon wala bagh in Jaipur.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi reciprocated the warmth by inaugurating or laying the foundation stone for thirteen urban infrastructure projects, with a total outlay of over Rs. 2100 crore 

    This includes a 2.7 km long Elevated Road Project for Ajmer under the Smart City Mission which will be completed within 2 years.

    He also inaugurated a water Supply project for Ajmer under the Amrut Mission.

    Another project is the Integrated Infrastructure package for walled city of Udaipur. This includes drinking water supply, sewerage and road network and underground electrification of Udaipur. It will cost Rs 537 crore.

    The upgradation of STPs in Dholpur, Nagaur, Alwar and Jodhpur costing Rs 122 crore was also unveiled. The second phase of sewerage project in Sikar under the Amrut Mission, Rs 370 crore worth STP in Bhilwara , Rs 68 cr STP for Mt Abu, Gangashahar STP and Hanumangarh sewerage and water project worth Rs 281 cr have also begun.

    Construction of phase 2 of the Dussehra Maidan in Kota will cost Rs 33 crore and will be completed within a year.

    A Project for expansion of green cover under Amrut Mission in Nagaur, Jhalawar, Chittorgarh, Kishangarh and Sajangarh was also inaugurated.

    Several projects under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban) in the districts of Bundi, Ajmer and Bikaner were also inaugurated.

    Addressing the gathering, Prime Minister Narendra Modi reiterated his government's commitment to ‘Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas’.

    Next year Rajasthan completes 70 years. Prime Minister Modi called on the people of the state and the government to reaffirm their commitment to create a developed Rajasthan, one which will play a pivotal role in the building of a New India.

    PM: Govt committed to double farmers' income by 2022

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacted with farmers from across Rajasthan. Farmers from Jodhpur and Bikaner presented him Jowar and a plough. Farmers from Jaisalmer and Nagore also gifted their produce to the Prime Minister as did another group of maize farmers. 

    Prime Minister said that the government is committed to double the income of farmers by 2022. He also hailed the recent Cabinet decision which substantially hiked the MSP for Kharif crops.

    Listing out various schemes launched for farmers, PM said that 14 crore 50 lakh soil health cards have been given to farmers which have led increase in production of crop.

    PM Modi also saw an audio-visual presentation of experiences shared by 12 beneficiaries of various Central and state government schemes. He also interacted with some of them on stage. PM talked about flagship schemes PM Gram Swaraj Yojna and said that scheme is revolutionalising development around the country.

    PM reiterated his government's resolve for making the benefits of development percolate the last standing man in the queue. He said that centre is working on the philosophy of inclusive development for all.

    Sharing the achievements of the Centre and Rajasthan government, Prime Minister reminded the people of the lackluster performance of the previous govt in the state and exhorted them to remember that stark difference between the working and performance of both the governments. 

    PM also ridiculed the opposition party, calling it the 'Bail Gadi Party'. He subsequently defined that the meaning implying that many Congress leaders are out on bail.

    The function was also addressed by Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje. Slamming Congress, she said that during Congress regime, corruption was at its peak. She added Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given a strong impetus on the use of technology to minimize leakages during funds transfer and offer benefits directly to the citizens.

     

  • The court on Thursday granted anticipatory bail to Tharoor in connection with the death case of his wife Sunanda Pushkar.

    Tharoor will have to furnish a bail bond of Rs. One lakh, and only then he will be granted anticipatory bail by the Delhi court.

    "He (Tharoor) has been granted bail on two conditions i.e he cannot travel abroad without prior permission of the court and that he could not tamper with the evidences and witnesses. He also has to file Rs. 1 lakh in the court which it demands," advocate Vikas Pahwa told media here.

    On Wednesday, the court reserved its order on Tharoor's anticipatory bail plea in connection with the same.

    Meanwhile, the Special Investigation Team  opposed Tharoor's anticipatory bail plea.

    Earlier on May 24, the Delhi court, which was hearing the case, transferred the matter to the Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (ACMM), Samar Vishal.

    On May 14, the Delhi Police had filed a charge sheet in the court, in which it named Tharoor as an accused, under sections 306 (Abetment of suicide) and 498A (Husband or relative of husband of a woman subjecting her to cruelty) of the Indian Penal Code .

  • The construction of the tallest statue in the world that began in December 2015, is nearly complete.

    The Statue of Unity,being built near the Sardar Sarovar dam on the Narmada river, in memory of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.

    The construction of plinth and pillars of the 182m tall structure is over. The ambitious Statue of Unity, supposed to be the tallest statue in the world.

    The construction of the Rs 2,989 crore project began in December 2015.

    The Statue of Unity is being built with 5,700 Metric tonne structural steel, 68,000 Metric tonne of concrete and 1,900 MT of bronze.

    World's tallest statue dedicated to country's first Home Minister Sardar Vallabbhai Patel will give more scope to new generation to learn and know about his life and journey.

    Memorials, museums and research centres were built where the statue is installed. 
     

  • He said that Non-Resident Indians living abroad are making India proud with their work in different countries around the globe. 

    Addressing the Saurashtra Patel Cultural Samaj  Program, Prime Minister hailed the NRI comunity worldwide as rashtradoots or ambassadors of the nation.

    He said that it is because of the success stories of Indians living abroad, that India is looked up to with great respect. Prime Minister slammed the opposition for maligning India's image globally.

    Without naming any party, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that Sardar Valabh Bhai Patel's contributions to nation building were pushed under the carpet for selfish political gains.

    He said that his government alongwith the Gujarat government has set out to undo this injustice. A statue of the Iron man will be completed by 31st October this year to mark the Jayanti of Sardar Patel. It will be tallest statue in the world.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that respect for the Indian Passport has increased across the world. Prime Minister also appealed to NRIs to motivate 5 foreign families to visit India. 

    He said India is acknowledged as a global leader because of the steps it has taken to combat climate change.

    Recounting his government's achievements, Prime Minister said that GST has created a transparent business culture in India.

    Udaan Scheme has resulted in a boost for regional connectivity.  

    PM Modi said that the Swachchh Bharat Abhiyaan is also encouraging tourists to visit India. 
     

  • The remaining 160 pilgrims from Simikot and Hilsa were also airlifted this morning.

    Our correspondent reports that in a massive exercise undertaken by the Embassy of India 1430 pilgrims were safely evacuated from Simikot in last five days.

    Over 80 commercial flights and more than 150 sorties of chopper were made to airlift stranded pilgrims.

    The Indian Embassy continuously monitored the situation and provided all necessary assistance to the pilgrims.

     Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself was in touch with the MEA and other top officials, to know well being of the stranded Indian pilgrims.

    The Nepal Army, Government of Uttar Pradesh and Indian Railways also provided valuable support in the evacuation.

    Though, the situation is back to normal but a MI 16 helicopter has been kept standby in Simikot to deal with any exigency.

  • He will hold a unique interactive session at Amroodon ka Bagh where he will share the achievements of centre and Rajasthan government, and seek suggestions from the common man to make these efforts even more impactful and far reaching.

    PM will interact with beneficieries of nearly two dozen flagship schemes.

    Over 2 lakh beneficiaries from all 33 districts of the state are expected to participate in the interaction.

    Be it the message of Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao, the Swach Bharat Mission or a call to give it up Prime Minister Narendra Modi uses every possible means to communicate with people and involve them in transforming India.

    The Narendra Modi app, mygov website and his Mann ki baat programme are examples of this effort.

    He heads to Jaipur on Saturday to take this movement forward. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will interact with people at Amroodon ka bagh in the city. 

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi had visited Rajasthan on 8th of March when he launched the expansion of the Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao Abhiyan and the National Nutrition Mission from Jhunjhunu. 
     

  • This will be moderated by Chief Minister of Rajasthan Vasundhara Raje.

    During a day's visit, the Prime Minister is to interact with beneficiaries of seven central government’s flagship schemes and 5 state government’s flagship schemes.

    More than 2 lakh beneficiaries are coming to Jaipur from all 33 districts of the state to take part in this programme.

     The PM’s -Beneficiaries interaction programme is scheduled at Amrudon Ka Bagh in the city. The preparations are on full swing to make PM’s function historic. 

    The prime minister is expected to reach Jaipur around 1 pm to address more than 2 lakh beneficiaries of 12 schemes. All the district administrations have started preparations for this programme one week ago. 

    From Jaipur alone, more than 50 thousand beneficiaries will take part in the function. Jaipur Nagar Nigam has made the arrangements of lighting at main heritage buildings on the arrival of Prime Minister. 

    The Prime Minister will also lay the foundation stone for thirteen urban infrastructure projects, with a total outlay of over Rs. 2100 crore. 

     

  • Brazil have peaked at the right time and are a dangerous entity when it comes to big games.

    Belgium won't be pushovers as they exhibited their fighting spirit against Japan. Brazil go into the tie as favorites and could pose a lot of threat, given Belgium have a vulnerable defense.

    The likes of Philippe Coutinho, alongside Willian and Neymar, could be the difference between these two sides. The likes of Paulinho and Fernandinho provide steel in mid-field.

    Brazil have conceded just one goal so far and they will, once again, look for a clean-sheet. 

    Belgium have a plethora of options in attack and the presence of Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard and Dries Mertens would be the key for the side.

    All eyes will be on Hazard and Lukaku as they are expected to make a mark in the attack. Brazil will also be wary of mid-fielder Kevin De Bruyne, who is the source of the link-up play.

    Brazil have won the World Cup five times but have been knocked out in the quarter-finals in two of the last three tournaments. Both teams have played each other four times.

    Brazil has won three of the clashes, including the most recent in the Round of 16 at the 2002 World Cup.

    Brazil will look to exploit a Belgium defence that has let through four goals and has a trio of big centre backs that may be exposed for pace by the nippy Neymar, Willian and Philippe Coutinho.

    Belgium, bidding to reach their first semi-finals since 1986 in Mexico, face a huge challenge to knock off Tite's men but after surviving Japan, they already feel they are playing with house money.

  • Accountability Court announced the sentence on Friday after several delays.

    Nawaz's son-in-law Capt Safdar was given a one year sentence. Moreover, the accused were also fined 8 million pounds. After setting three deadlines, on Friday the court finally announce the verdict.

  • Be it the message of Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao, the Swach Bharat Mission or a call to give it up, Prime Minister Narendra Modi uses every possible means to communicate with people and involve them in transforming India.

    The Narendra Modi app, mygov website and his Mann ki Baat programme are examples of this effort. He heads to Jaipur on Saturday to take this movement forward. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will interact with people at Amroodon ka bagh in the city.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi had visited Rajasthan on 8th of March when he launched the expansion of the Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao Abhiyan and the National Nutrition Mission from Jhunjhunu.