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  • Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh said that the Government would have regular interaction with the armed forces veterans and work with complete dedication on their issues.

    Speaking at an event on Kargil Vijay Diwas organised here today, by the ‘Veterans India’, an organisation led by ex-servicemen, Shri Rajnath Singh said "I will work for you,  and I am sure we will succeed".

  • The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has urged doctors belonging to the Indian diaspora to give back to the society by adopting their native villages and strengthening Primary Health Centres (PHCs).

  • In consideration of the prevailing situation, the proposed visit of Dr.Nand Kumar Sai, Hon’ble Chairperson, National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST) along with a team of Commission in Umbha village of Sonbhadra District of Uttar Pradesh on 22.07.

  • The 11th biennial edition of DefExpo India- 2020 is scheduled to be held for the first time in Uttar Pradesh capital Lucknow.  It offers an excellent opportunity for the Indian defence industry to showcase its capabilities and promote its export potential.

  • Among the many milestones recorded by Election Commission of India during the recently concluded Lok Sabha Election 2019, Electronically Transmitted Postal Ballot System (ETPBS) is one of its kind. Compared to 13,27,627 number of registered Service Electors of last General Election in 2014, a record highest number of 18,02,646 were enrolled as Service Electors in 2019 in the world’s largest democratic election process.

  • Ushering in vast improvement in the connectivity of roads and bridges in border areas, Raksha Mantri ShriRajnath Singh inaugurated the One kilometre long Ujh bridge in Kathua district, 617.40 Metre long Basantarbridge in Samba district of Jammu & Kashmir today and dedicated these to the nation.

  • The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has called for stepping up indigenous production of defence equipment under the ‘Make in India’ programme.

    Delivering the Valedictory Address at the First-Ever Foundation Course for Military Engineer Services Probationers, in Hyderabad today, Shri Naidu stressed the need for reducing import of defence equipment.

  • The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has approved the appointment of Shri Ajay Bhadoo, IAS (GJ:1999) as Joint Secretary to the President for a tenure co-terminus with the President.

  • •        Centre of Excellence for Plumbing to be set up in Greater Noida, Centre of Excellence for Services Sector to be set up Varanasi

    •        India Institute of Skills (Kanpur) to be operational soon

    •        Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (State component) to be scaled up for wider reach of skill development in the State

     

    Ina strategic meeting between Dr. Mahendra Nath Pandey, Minister of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship and Shri Yogi Adityanath, Honourable Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, in Lucknow, a joint decision was made to set-uptwo Skill Centre of Excellence (CoEs) – one in Greater Noida for Plumbing and one in Varanasi for the Services Sector.

  • Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Science and Technology and Earth Sciences, Dr Harsh Vardhan inaugurated the Next Generation Sequencing (NSG) facility at the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology in Hyderabad today.

  • Speaking at the International conference cum awards on  civil aviation and cargo, held today at the national capital, Shri Hardeep Singh Puri, Minister of State(I/c)  for Civil Aviation, Housing & Urban Development said that his Ministry would not tolerate any compromise on Air Safety and standards.

  • The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has condoled the demise of former Delhi Chief Minister, Smt. Sheila Dikshit.

    “Deeply saddened by the demise of Sheila Dikshit Ji. Blessed with a warm and affable personality, she made a noteworthy contribution to Delhi’s development.

  • Giving further fillip to  Regional Connectivity in the country, 8 more routes (including 2 DoNER Routes) became functional Under Regional Connectivity Scheme/UdeDeshKaAamNagrik- UDAN scheme of the Ministry of Civil Aviation.

  • The Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh visited the Kargil War Memorial at Dras in Jammu and Kashmir today. The Raksha Mantri commenced his visit by laying a wreath in memory of the gallant martyrs of Operation VIJAY at the iconic Kargil War Memorial, which was followed by observing of one minute silence as a mark of respect for the fallen heroes.

  • The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has cautioned the media against breaching the standards of ethical and independent journalism and urged the Fourth Estate to be a beacon light of uprightness and objectivity.

  • The President of India is pleased to make the following appointments/ changes:- 

    (i)          Smt. Anandiben Patel, Governor of Madhya Pradesh is transferred and appointed as Governor of Uttar Pradesh

    (ii)        Shri Jagdeep Dhankhar as Governor of West Bengal

    (iii)       Shri Ramesh Bais as Governor of Tripura

    (iv)       Shri Lal Ji Tandon, Governor of Bihar is transferred and appointed as Governor of Madhya Pradesh

    (v)         Shri Phagu Chauhan as Governor of Bihar

    (vi)       Shri R. N. Ravi as Governor of Nagaland 

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  • To mark the 20th anniversary of victory in ‘Operation Vijay’, the Kargil War – all formations of Border Security Force will be conducting series of activities involving the stakeholders of border areas.

  • 124 teams of NDRF have been deployed in the various parts of the country to respond to any type of disaster emergency be it natural or man-made. In view of monsoon season and as a part of proactive measures, 84 teams have been pre-positioned in 23 states at 71 locations as per the flood vulnerability profile of the states, whereas 40 teams are permanently deployed in 27 Regional Response Centers (RRCs) for prompt response to any eventuality.

  • Indian Army has successfully carried out summer user trials of third Generation Anti-Tank Guided Missile NAGat Pokhran Field Firing Ranges. The trials of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) developed Missile were conducted between July 7-18, 2019.

  • Minister of State for Culture (I/C) Shri Prahlad Singh Patel inaugurated the illumination of the historic Safdarjung Tomb in New Delhi today.With the illumination the architectural beauty of the 17th century Mughal era monument will display its historic reflection on Delhi after sunset.

  • In Uttar Pradesh, 32 people were killed and 13 injured due to lightning on Sunday.

  • In Karnataka, the coalition Government partners Congress and JD(S) are making last-ditch efforts for surviving the floor test that is likely to be held today.

  • The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has announced the three Indian squads (ODIs, T20Is and Tests) for the upcoming tour of the West Indies.

  • Prime Minister Theresa May will hold a meeting of Britain's emergencies committee today to discuss Iran's seizure of a UK-flagged oil tanker in the Gulf.

  • India’s expedition to the moon is all set to begin today with the launch of Chandrayaan-2 by using the heavy-lift launch vehicle GSLV-Mark-Three.

  • The mortal remains of former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit were consigned to flames this afternoon.

  • Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has said that those responsible for Sonbhadra firing incident will not be spared.

  • In Badminton, P V Sindhu's hopes of breaking a seven-month title drought came crashing down as the Indian lost in straight games to Akane Yamaguchi in the finals of Indonesia Open BWF Tour Super 1000 tournament in Jakarta today.

  • Japan is voting today in an election for the Upper House of Parliament. A total of 370 candidates are vying for 124 seats in the house.

  • Madhya Pradesh Governor Anandi Ben Patel will now be the new Governor of Uttar Pradesh while Lal Ji Tandon, who is the Governor of Bihar, has been shifted to Madhya Pradesh.

  • Eight more routes have started operations under the regional connectivity scheme UDAN.

  • In Karnataka, the coalition government of Congress-JDS got two more days to prove majority on the floor of the Assembly as Speaker adjourn the house till Monday.

  • India's tour of the West Indies will begin with a three-match T20I series starting August 3rd in Florida. Virat Kohli will lead the team in all three series after the captain made himself available for the full tour.

    Our correspondent reports, it was initially reported that Kohli would be rested for the limited-overs series but the 30-year-old has decided to play all three formats in the West Indies.

    Rohit Sharma has been brought back in the Test squad while Jasprit Bumrah has been rested from the limited-overs series along with all-rounder Hardik Pandya.

    Wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant is a part of the ODI, T20I and Test squads along with Kohli and Rohit. Wriddhiman Saha will rejoin the Test side after a gap of more than a year.

    All will be missing the services of MS Dhoni in the limited-overs series after the former captain made himself unavailable for the next two months. 

    Jasprit Bumrah has been rested for the limited-overs series against the Windies but has been named in the Test squad alongside Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Ishant Sharma.

    The selectors have also picked Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav as the spinners for the Test series.

    The West Indies tour will also be a litmus test for coach Ravi Shastri after India's exit in the semi-final stage of the World Cup 2019.

  • Going by the buzz on the Street, here some factors that are likely to chart market direction in the coming week. The upcoming week may witness more volatility as market participants will adjust their F&O positions as July series contracts expire on July 25.

    On the global front, market participants would watch key macroeconomic data from the US. The slowing economy concerns were further heightened as consumer good sales in rural areas have slowed down amid delayed monsoon rains. The market will also react to June quarter earnings.

  • Keen on timely execution of the Rs 8.41 trillion ambitious Bharatmala project that aims to lay a grid of highways pan-India, the Road Transport and Highways Ministry has been looking to harness various sources of finances including pension and insurance funds.

    Gadkari said the Bharatmala programme will be funded through cess, toll revenue, market borrowings, private sector participation, insurance fund, pension funds, masala bonds and other initiatives and the LIC credit line was one such initiative.

    Also, the budget allocation for Road Transport and Highways ministry has increased by about Rs 5,000 crore, he said.

  • The ministry had launched the UDAN (Ude Desh ka Aam Nagrik) scheme on October 21, 2016 to stimulate regional air connectivity and make air travel affordable to the masses.

    "With this, the total UDAN routes (that are) operational as on date (have) increased to 194.

    These routes include Mysore-Hyderabad, Hyderabad-Mysore, Goa-Mysore, Mysore-Goa, Cochin-Mysore, Mysore-Cochin, Kolkata-Shillong and Shillong-Kolkata.

    A total of 705 routes have been awarded under the UDAN scheme up till now by the Ministry of Civil Aviation

  • Incidents of mob lynching are reported from Tangail, Natore, Bogura, Naogaon and Cumilla districts over the last few days. A woman was beaten to death by mobs in Dhaka Sunday on the suspicion of being a child lifter.

    Another man who was severely injured in mob beating succumbed to his injuries in Dhaka on Sunday. The mob lynching is taking place on the rumour that children were being beheaded as part of sacrificial rituals necessary for the construction of Padma Bridge.

    Police has asked people not to spread rumour and take law in their own hands. 14 people have been detained for interrogation by the police for the incidents near Dhaka.

  • National Medical Commission Bill 2019 will be introduced in Lok Sabha on Monday. Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Dr Harsh Vardhan said that he will introduce the bill in the lower house.

    The new NMC Bill has been approved by the Cabinet on last week. The NMC Bill proposes reforms in medical education, and seeks to replace Medical Council of India by NMC, which will have four autonomous bodies.

    Also,  The Right to Information (Amendment) Bill, 2019, The Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2019 and The Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Bill, 2019 will be taken into consideration and passing in the lower house.

  • Hong Kong descended into chaos on Sunday night as riot police fired tear gas and rubber bullets at anti-government protesters.

    Acrid clouds of tear gas wafted through the city's densely packed commercial district as police battled masked protesters after another huge protest march, with seemingly no end in sight to the turmoil engulfing the finance hub.

    A group of masked, stick-wielding government supporters also descended on a group of protesters in a train station, beating multiple people including reporters who live-streamed the assaults. At least 36 people were injured in the violence.

    Hong Kong has been plunged into its worst crisis in recent history by weeks of marches and sporadic violent confrontations between police and pockets of hardcore protesters.

  • The Guerrero state prosecutor's office says the shootings took place Sunday morning at a watering hole called Mr Bar, which is located on the city's broad coastal avenue across the street from high-rise beachside hotels.

    The victims were all Acapulco residents. Forensic examiners recovered 21 bullet casings from the scene. One suspect was arrested. Authorities were interviewing witnesses to determine whether the shooting may have been the result of an attack or a dispute between patrons.

    Guerrero state and Acapulco have seen high violence and homicide rates. Fashionable decades ago for many in the Hollywood jet-set, the resort city has fallen off among international tourists.

  • Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling coalition secured a majority in Japan's upper house of parliament in elections, according to vote counts by public television and other media. Media reports said that Abe's Liberal Democratic Party and its junior partner Komeito had won 64 seats in the upper house after two hours of vote counting.

    The two-thirds majority needed for constitutional revision could be within reach if the ruling bloc can gain support from members of another conservative party and independents. Up for grabs were 124 seats in the less powerful of Japan's two parliamentary chambers.

    There are 245 seats in the upper house, which does not choose the prime minister, about half of which are elected every three years. The results appeared to match or even exceed pre-election polls that indicated Abe's ruling bloc was to keep ground in the upper house.

  • Back home, President Ramnath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Sprinter Hima Das for winning 5 Gold medals in a month in international competitions.

    Both the President and the Prime Minister expressed hope for a glorious performance in coming years.

    Hima Das claimed her fifth gold of the month, as she returned to her pet 400m competition, with a season-best time of 52.09 seconds in Nove Mesto in Czech Republic.

    It was Hima's fifth gold medal since July 2, when she ran her first competitive race in Europe.

  • UK Prime Minister Theresa May will hold a meeting of Britain's emergencies committee on Monday to discuss the seizure of the Swedish-owned Stena Impero. Earlier on Sunday, British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt spoke to his French and German counterparts over Iran's seizure of UK-flagged oil tanker.

    Later in a statement, the Foreign Secretary's office said that both ministers agreed with the foreign secretary that safe passage for vessels through the Strait of Hormuz is a top priority for European nations, while avoiding any possible escalation.

    In other development, an Iranian flag was hoisted atop the seized oil tanker docked in Iran's Bandar Abbas port on Sunday. The British-flagged Stena Impero was seized by Iranian Revolutionary Guards in the Strait of Hormuz on Friday in apparent retaliation for the British capture of an Iranian tanker two weeks earlier.

    A top British representative to the United Nations has declared in a letter to the Security Council that Iran's seizure of a British-flagged tanker amounted to "illegal interference" and he rejected Tehran's version of events.

    Iran said the tanker had turned off its transponder after hitting an Iranian fishing boat and was detained after failing to respond to distress calls. But in a letter dated Saturday, British Chargé d'Affaires Jonathan Allen rejects each of the Iranian claims.

    He called on Iran to release the tanker while diplomatic efforts to resolve the situation continue. "Our priority," he said, "is to de-escalate."

  • Four people have died and three, including two fishermen from Tamil Nadu, are still missing as rains continued to lash Kerala, with red alert being sounded in Kasargod, Idukki, Kozhikode and Kannur districts till July 23.

    The Indian Meteorological Department has issued a red alert in Kozhikode, Wayanad and Kannur districts, and predicted extremely heavy rain fall during the day on Monday. Central and southern districts are also expected to receive heavy rainfall over the next five days and are on orange alert.

    The weatherman has also issued orange alert in Kottayam, Ernakulam, Thrissur and Malappuram till July 25. Shutters of Pambla, Peringalkuthu, Kallarkutty, Bhooththankettu and Malankara dams in Idukki Districts are opened. The rains have caused a flood-like situation in many parts of the state.

    In Assam, with the respite from downpour in the last few days, flood situation has improved significantly in the state. However, major river Brahmaputra in Jorhat, Goalpara and Dhubri districts along with Dhansiri River in Golaghat district and Kopili River in Nagaon district are flowing above danger marks maintaining a receding trend at the same time.

    Eighteen of the state's 33 districts still remain submerged, affecting over 38 lakh people. The floodwater receded in five districts but 2,669 villages, 1.35 lakh hectares of crop land and a portion of the Kaziranga National Park in Golaghat district continued to remain submerged.  The death count of animals at the Kaziranga National Park stood at 141.

    Assam Governor Prof. Jagdish Mukhi and state forest minister Parimal Suklabaidya on Sunday visited flood relief camps in Bokakhat of Golaghat district of the state. The governor took stock of the situation and reviewed the relief and rescue operation being undertaken in the state.

    Flood situation is also improving in Bihar with water levels in many rivers are receding. Over 72 lakh people in 12 districts were affected by the floods that have hit the state in the wake of torrential rainfall in the catchment areas of neighbouring Nepal.

    Of the 12 affected districts, Sitamarhi remained the worst-affected, followed by Madhubani, Araria, Sheohar and Darbhanga. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Sunday visited relief camps in Sitamarhi and Darbhanga. Meanwhile Relief and Rescue operations are underway in the flood affected areas.

  • Running since the 1960s the gastropod games are held on top of a table, which has a special damp cloth spread out on it.

    Three circles mark the top, with snails placed around the middle rim which is the starting line. The first one to reach the outer circle wins. Competitors can choose to bring their own snails or select one from the organiser's on the day.

    The championship heats are held throughout the afternoon, with a grand final at the end with all the various heat winners.

    English teacher Maria Welby was crowned winner in in the final when her chosen competitor 'Sammy the snail' crossed the line first.

    In 1995, the Guinness World Record was set when a snail called "Archie" completed the 13 inch (33 centimetres) course in two minutes and 20 seconds.

    The Championships are held as part of a local fete and entrants pay 20p for each snail to race. All money raised goes to a local charity.

    The next World Championships will be held in July 2020.

     

  • The fate of H D Kumaraswamy led Congress-JDS coalition government in Karnataka is likely to be decided on Monday on the floor of the assembly after it defied on July 19 the two deadlines set by Governor Vajubhai Vala to prove majority.

    The assembly was adjourned till Monday, after the Governor's 1.30 PM deadline, and the second one to conclude the confidence motion process by Friday itself was ignored.

    As many as 16 MLAs, 13 from the Congress and three from JDS had resigned, while independent MLAs R Shankar and H Nagesh have withdrawn their support to the coalition government.

    Meanwhile, Chief Minister Kumaraswamy on Sunday appealed to the rebels to attend the legislature session on Monday.

    However, rebel MLAs also released a new video stating they will not return to coalition govt. On the other hand, Congress Legislative Party met on Sunday evening, ahead of the floor test likely to be held on Monday.

    Earlier on Friday, Kumaraswamy and the Congress had moved the Supreme Court, accusing the Governor of interfering with the Assembly proceedings when the debate on the trust vote was underway and sought clarification on its July 17 order.

  • India's second moon mission Chandrayaan-2 seeking to explore the unchartered lunar South Pole by landing a rover will be launched Monday.

    The Moon mission, which has been rescheduled for Monday after scientists corrected the glitch in the rocket, will be launched at 2.43 p.m. from the second launch-pad at Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh.

    A 20-hour countdown for the launch began at 6.43 pm on Sunday. This will be the second attempt to launch the mission after an earlier lift-off scheduled on July 15 was called off due to a technical glitch in the rocket's cryogenic stage.

    According to Indian Space Research Organisation, everything has been checked and the launch preparations are going according to plan.

    During the countdown, propellant filling operations will be carried out in the 44 metre tall three-stage vehicle. The launch process is expected to last about 16 minutes after lift-off, after which Chandrayaan-2 will be injected into an earth parking orbit.

    The Chandrayaan-2 mission will help ISRO gain a better understanding of the origin and evolution of the Moon.

  • Malik, the winner of 80 kg category, was adjudged best bodybuilder among the winners of nine senior men's weight categories. Afghanistan won team championship by securing a top position with 535 points. Host Nepal finished second with 445 points, while India remained third with 380 points. 

    Afghanistan won a total 15 medals including six gold, four silver and five bronze. Nepal bagged three gold, seven silver and six bronze and India claimed four gold, five silver and one bronze medal. The Maldives won three gold and two bronze medals, Pakistan bagged one gold, two silver and two bronze, while Bhutan finished last with a bronze medal. 

    A total of 91 bodybuilders participated in the championship organised by South Asian Bodybuilding and Physique Sports Federation under the auspices of Nepal Bodybuilding and Fitness Association.

  • Indian sprinter Hima Das extended her sensational run by claiming her fifth gold of the month as she returned to her pet 400m competition with a season-best time of 52.09s on Saturday.

    The timing is slower than her personal best of 50.79 seconds, which she managed at the Jakarta Asian Games and she also narrowly missed out on the World Championships qualifying mark of 51.80. However, it was better than the timing of 52.88 seconds, which she managed earlier in the season.

    It was Hima's fifth gold medal since July 2 when she ran her first competitive race in Europe. In her first competitive 200m race of the year, she clocked 23.65 seconds on her way to gold at the Poznan Athletics Grand Prix in Poland on July 2.

    After that, she won her second 200m gold at the Kutno Athletics Meet, also in Poland, on July 7 with a time of 23.97 seconds. On July 13, she won her third 200m gold at the Kladno Athletics Meet in Czech Republic with a time of 23.43 while her fourth gold came at the Tabor Athletics Meet in the same country on Wednesday.

    It was first competition in 400m for the 19-year-old from Assam, fondly called the 'Dhing Express', in the 400m event since she struggled to finish the Asian Athletics Championship in April this year because of a back issue.

  • The 36th meeting of the Council, which will happen through video conferencing, is also likely to decide the valuation of goods and services in solar power generating systems and wind turbine projects for the purposes of levying GST.

    The Council, which has state finance ministers as members, in its meeting last month, had referred the issue relating to Goods and Services Tax (GST) concessions on electric vehicle, electric chargers and hiring of electric vehicles, to an officers committee.

    The recommendations of the officers committee is likely to be placed before the Council on July 25, officials said. To push domestic manufacturing of e-vehicles, the Centre proposed to the Council to slash GST rates to 5 per cent from 12 per cent.

    GST rate for petrol and diesel cars and hybrid vehicles is already at the highest bracket of 28 per cent plus cess. The Council will also consider tax structure for solar power projects. The Delhi High Court had in May asked the GST council to take a relook at the taxation structure following industry petition.

    The government had earlier this year said that for the purpose of taxing solar power projects, 70 per cent of contract value would be treated as goods -- taxable at 5 per cent, and balance 30 per cent as services -- taxable at 18 per cent.

    The solar industry has been pitching for a different ratio for splitting goods and services for levying GST. Further, the Council may also look at taxation of lotteries. In the previous meeting, the Council had decided to seek legal opinion of the Attorney General for levying GST. Currently, a state-organised lottery attracts 12 per cent GST, while a state-authorised lottery attracts 28 per cent tax.

  • Bangladesh Prime Minister Hasina has also asked the Home Minister to ensure safety of the village house of Priya Saha. This was stated today by the Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader in Dhaka.

    In the meanwhile, the two courts in Dhaka today rejected the sedition case hours after they were filed against minority rights activist Priya Saha. The courts said that the cases were rejected as the permission from state was not taken before filing sedition cases.

  • Zelensky's newly-created party is expected to win the largest share of the votes in the early polls expected to usher in a new era in the country dominated up to now by politicians who grew up in the Soviet Union. The leader's party Servant of the People -- named after a sitcom in which he played a president -- is predicted to get roughly half of the vote even though it barely existed before Zelensky won a landslide victory in an April presidential vote.

    Zelensky, however, may not secure a majority and would need to form a coalition, possibly with rock star Svyatoslav Vakarchuk's newly-created party Golos (Voice). After casting his ballot, the 41-year-old leader said he would make a decision about possible coalition partners after the results of the vote are out. "We do not see a coalition with the old authorities," Zelensky said in the capital Kiev, wearing a casual blue shirt.

    The outgoing parliament, dominated by Zelensky's predecessor Petro Poroshenko, has been hostile to the actor, who called a snap election during his swearing-in as president. The Ukrainian president must share power with parliament, which will nominate a prime minister and form a government. Many said they voted for the leader's party. "He was elected but he can't do anything. They (lawmakers) constantly put sticks in his wheels and dump his ideas," Valentyna, an 82-year-old pensioner told the news agency in central Kiev.

    Roman Andreykiv, 58, cast his vote for Zelensky's party because he wants the president and parliament to work in unison. "Only then can they improve our lives," he said in the Western city of Lviv near the Polish border.

    The rise of Zelensky and his party has been viewed as a rejection of Ukraine's political elite for failing to improve living standards, root out corruption and end the conflict with Russian-backed separatists that began in 2014 after a popular uprising ousted a pro-Moscow president.

    Some said they wanted the former comedian and the rock singer to join forces to push through much-needed reform. "I believe we have to make way for the young," 65-year-old Valentyna Moroz, who voted for the singer's party, said in Lviv. "I don't trust old politicians." Oleksandr Zaporozhets, a 52-year-old builder from Kiev, said he also voted for Golos hoping the two anti-establishment politicians can help change the country of 45 million people. "I hope together they can try and do something," he said

  • Addressing the Maharashtra state executive meeting in Mumbai today, JP Nadda said a new political culture has developed because of Prime Minister. The senior BJP leader said the agenda of his party is to make Congress Mukt Bharat and added that the agenda has a new dimension to it and that is to make BJP Yukt Bharat. 

    He alleged that when Congress was in power they only focussed on take away the cream of the country but whenever BJP ruled the country it has only served the nation. Mr Nadda said by saying Congress Mukt Bharat it means to make the country free of corruption. Whereas, the BJP Yukt Bharat means to render service to the people of the country with various schemes launched by the Centre which are Ujala Yojana, Saubhagya Yojana and several others. 

    Attributing the success of Ayushman Bharat scheme, Nadda, the former health minister said it was the political will of PM Modi which enabled the launch of such a huge scheme in the country.

  • Star badminton  player P.V. Sindhu had to be content with a runner-up finish at the Indonesia Open after losing the title clash in straight games to Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi, in Jakarta on July 21.

    Sindhu lost the final of the BWF Tour Super 1000 tournament 15-21 16-21 to the fourth seed.

    The Olympic silver medallist had come into the contest with a favourable 10-4 head-to-head record against the Japanese.

    Nevertheless, it was season’s best performance for the world number five Indian, who had reached the semifinals at Singapore and India Open earlier.

  • In a statement posted by the central bank today, the Financial Stability and Development Committee said China will remove shareholding limits on foreign ownership of securities, insurance and fund management firms in 2020, a year earlier than originally planned. 

    The statement said foreign investors will also be encouraged to set up wealth management firms, currency brokerages and pension management companies. It also said that foreign-owned credit rating agencies will also be allowed to evaluate a greater number of bond and debt types

    Beijing has long promised to further open up its economy to foreign business participation and investment. US President Donald Trump has launched a damaging tariff war in an attempt to force Beijing to further open up its economy and limit what he calls its unfair trade practices.

    The US and China have hit each other with punitive tariffs covering more than USD 360 billion in two-way trade. Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed to revive fractious trade negotiations when they met on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Japan on 29th June and the top US and Chinese negotiators have held phone talks this month.

  • The squad for three T20 matches will include skipper Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant, Krunal Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Rahul Chahar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, Deepak Chahar, and Navdeep Saini. 

    Ajinkya Rahane, R Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Mohammad Shami, and Jaspreet Bumbrah has been roped in for two Test matches against the West Indies. MS Dhoni will not be part of this tour. 

  • A large number of leaders including LK Advani and Sushma Swaraj along with other party workers paid their condolences to the departed soul. Garg had pledged his organs to the 'Dadhichi Deh Dan Samiti' for which his body was taken to Lady Hardinge Medical College hospital.

    PRESIDENT PAYS TRIBUTE TO SENIOR BJP LEADER
     

    President Ram Nath Kovind expressed his grief over the demise of former Delhi BJP President Mange Ram Garg. In a Tweet the President said that"
    Sad to learn of the passing of Shri Mange Ram Garg, a very senior politician and dedicated, grassroots leader in Delhi. His service to the people, particularly in the national capital, will be cherished. My condolences to his family members and many well-wishers." 

    PM MODI EXPRESSES GRIEF 
     

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed his grief on demise of Former BJP Delhi President Mange Ram Garg. He tweeted that ... "Shri Mange Ram Garg Ji had a deep connect with Delhi and that was seen in the manner in which he selflessly served the people of the city. He played a pivotal role in strengthening BJP in Delhi. His demise is saddening. My thoughts are with his family and supporters. Om Shanti. 
    Leaders like Shri Mange Ram Garg Ji are assets for any party. They work selflessly at the grassroots and touch the lives of several people through various community service initiatives. The good work Garg Ji did would continue to be remembered for years.

    DEFENCE MINISTER PAYS TRIBUTE TO FORMER DELHI BJP PRESIDENT
     

    Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has also expressed his grief over the demise of former Delhi BJP President Mange Ram Garg. In a Tweet the Union Minister said that" With the demise of senior BJP leader and former Delhi state president Mange Ram Garg ji, the party has lost a workman and a skilled organizer. He played a major role in strengthening the party. His demise is a great loss and I express my condolences to the mournful family." 

    HOME MINISTER PAYS HOMAGE
     

    Union Home Minister and BJP leader Amit Shah also paid tribute to former BJP Delhi President Mange Ram Garg at the Delhi state BJP headquarter.

  • Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan mourned the demise of his younger brother.

    President Ram Nath Kovind expressed grief over the demise of Ram Chandra Paswan. President said in a tweet that he remained committed to serving those at the grassroots and contributed much to the well being of the people of Bihar. He offered condolences to his family, constituents and colleagues.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi has express grief over the demise of sitting MP Ram Chandra Paswan. In a tweet, PM said that Paswan worked tirelessly for the poor and downtrodden. He also said that at every forum he spoke unequivocally for the rights of farmers and youngsters. His social service efforts were noteworthy. Prime Minister expressed condolences to his family and supporters.

  • Police have warned of possible violence. Security officials yesterday said that they discovered 2 kilograms of powerful homemade explosives, petrol bombs, acid, knives and metal rods. The police said they found anti-extradition bill banners on the premises.

    The protests, which began over a now suspended extradition bill, have turned into a wider democracy movement in the Chinese territory. The demonstrations have at times paralysed parts of the financial district, shut government offices and disrupted business operations across the city. Officials have also warned about the impact of the unrest on the economy.

    Meanwhile, China's state-run Global Times today said that Beijing will not allow extremists and external forces to take down Hong Kong’s legal system. 

  • This was stated by the Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan in Hyderabad yesterday, he said that a total of 1.5 lakh wellness centres are to be established in the country under this programme.

    Addressing scientists and officials of CSIR laboratories Dr Harsh Vardhan termed the Ayushman Bharat programme as a successful model in implementing universal health. 

    He asked them to work in a proactive and out of box manner to reduce sufferings of people, especially those with rare and genetic diseases. He asked the scientists to work in a focused manner so that the results of the research reach people. 
    The minister further said the government has set a target of eradicating Tuberculosis from the country by 2025. He also informed that the new National Medical Council Bill will be introduced in Parliament on Monday.

  • It will zoom into space onboard the rocket GSLV-Mark-Three from the launch pad at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota.

    The booster GSLV-Mark-Three having a lift-off mass of 640 tons will initially carry Chandrayaan-2 to an elliptical orbit around the earth. 

    The revised timeline released by the ISRO says, Chandrayaan-2 will encircle the earth for 23 days. Gradually, it will be made to leave the earth’s sphere of influence, by staging a series of manoeuvres. On the thirtieth day of the launch, it will reach an orbit around the moon. For thirteen days, Chandrayaan-2 will be on a lunar bound phase.

    The Chandrayaan-2 lander is scheduled to detach from its orbiter on the 43rd day and descend in slow motion. On the 48th day, it is expected to touch-down on the South Pole of the moon, that falls on September 7. 

    It will be followed by the rover emerging from the lander to venture out for the study of the lunar terrain. The mission life of the orbiter at a 100-km radius from the moon would be a year. The lander and the rover will carry out experiments for a lunar day, which is equivalent to 14 days on the earth.

  • Media polls have indicated that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling bloc is expected to keep the majority. Mr Abe hopes to gain enough seats to boost chances for a constitutional revision, his long-cherished goal before his term ends in 2021. 

    His ruling Liberal Democratic Party and its coalition partner, Komeito, will need a two-thirds majority to be able to begin the process of revising Article 9 of the constitution that will further legitimise the military. Meanwhile, the opposition parties have focused on concerns over household finances, such as the impact from an upcoming 10 per cent sales tax increase and strains on the public pension system amid an ageing population.

    The Upper House has a total of 245 seats about half of which are elected every three years. 

  • Malik, the winner of 80 kg category, was adjudged best bodybuilder among the winners of nine senior men's weight categories.

    Afghanistan won team championship by securing top position with 535 points. Host Nepal finished second with 445 points, while India remainded third with 380 points.

    Afghanistan won total 15 medals including six gold, four silver and five bronze. Nepal bagged three gold, seven silver and six bronze and India claimed four gold, five silver and one bronze medal. Maldives won three gold and two bronze medals, Pakistan bagged one gold, two silver and two bronze, while Bhutan finished last with a bronze medal.

    A total 91 bodybuilders partcipated in the championship organised by South Asian Bodybuilding and Physique Sports Federation under the auspices of Nepal Bodybuilding and Fitness Association.

  • Priya Saha's comment has created a political uproar in Bangladesh. On Saturday, Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader on Saturday said she will be sued on sedition charges. Ministry of Foreign affairs of Bangladesh had termed the allegations as false and motivated.Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan said Priya Saha will be interrogated after she returns to Bangladesh. Jatiya Party Chairman GM Quader has said that her statement has ‘damaged’ the country’s global image.

    Priya Saha is one of the organizing secretaries of Bangladesh Hindu-Bouddha-Christian Oikya Parishad. She was among the five Bangladeshis and two Rohingyas sent by the US embassy in Dhaka to attend the second ministerial meeting  on advancing religious freedom hosted by the US department of state in Washington who met President Trump in Washington.

    In Bangladesh allegations of discrimination and persecution of minorities have surfaced in the past also. The minority population in Bangladesh has declined over the decades giving rise to fears that many of the Hindus and other minority community members have fled the country. Government has denied these allegations saying Bangladesh staunchly defends religious rights of the minorities.

  • The former Delhi BJP president passed away here after prolonged illness.

    "Shri Mange Ram Garg Ji had a deep connect with Delhi and that was seen in the manner in which he selflessly served the people of the city. He played a pivotal role in strengthening BJP in Delhi," the prime minister tweeted.

    Modi said Garg's demise was saddening and his thoughts are with his family and supporters.

  • Keen on timely execution of the Rs 8.41 lakh crore ambitious Bharatmala project that aims to lay a grid of highways pan-India, the Road Transport and Highways Ministry has been looking to harness various sources of finances including pension and insurance funds.

    "LIC has offered us Rs 25,000 crore in a year and Rs 1.25 lakh crore in five years They have agreed in principle. We will rope in these funds in highways construction," Gadkari told PTI in an interview here.

    Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) Chairman R Kumar had called on Gadkari last week.

    The Minister said that the line of credit will be used to fund the ambitious Bharatmala project, the revised cost of which has reached Rs 8.41 lakh crore.

    Bhartmala was approved initially at a cost of Rs 5.35 lakh crore, which was risen later on account of land acquisition costs. In the first phase, 34,800 km including 10,000 kilometres of balance NHDP (National Highways Development Project) will be upgraded.

    Gadkari said the Bharatmala programme will be funded through cess, toll revenue, market borrowings, private sector participation, insurance fund, pension funds, masala bonds and other initiatives and the LIC credit line was one such initiative.

    The funds will be raised for 30 years and the interest rate will be revised every 10 years, as per initial plans.

    National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) and LIC officials will sit down and draw the modalities including finer details like interest rates, debt servicing and other details,' said an official.

    The borrowings will be in the form of bonds to be issued by the NHAI.

    "We don't have dearth of funds," the Minister said adding that as the projects will be completed these will be put up for monetisation and the funds will be ploughed back to highway construction.

    The NHAI is eyeing Rs 4,995 crore from monetisation of third tranche of 566 km of highways under TOT (toll, operate and transfer) model. There are nine highway stretches of 566.27 km in TOT Bundle-3 in states of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and Tamil Nadu.

    The first bundle under the TOT model had fetched NHAI Rs 9,682 crore. The first bundle had a total of nine stretches involving 681 km and was awarded to Macquarie.

    The third auction assumes significance given that this is coming after an unsuccessful second bundle where investors quoted a discount to NHAI's base price.

    Gadkari said that besides monetisation, the Ministry was also in talks with banks for funds. "Also, the Finance Ministry has given us approval to raise Rs 75,000 crore this fiscal," he said.

    Gadkari said that his Ministry has shown exponential capacity to spend allocated funds in building highways, which are the backbone of the economy.

    "At present we spend more than 80 per cent of the allocation on capital expenditure. We are contributing to the growth rate," he said.

    Apart from various sources of financing of highway projects, we are also contemplating going into the capital market and take the money from the common people like teachers, constables, poor people and give them good interest, he said.

    "We will try to give them more than 7.5 per cent to 8 per cent interest and we will use that money for construction of roads. On the one hand, we will construct the roads and on the other hand, we will give good interest to the poor people of this country," he said.

    The Minister said that the aim was to build world class transport infrastructure in the country and added, work worth about Rs 11 lakh crore were awarded by his Ministry in the last five years.

    "Over 57,000 km of highway projects were awarded and over 40,000 km of roads were constructed in the last five years," he said.

    Also, the budget allocation for Road Transport and Highways ministry has increased by about Rs 5,000 crore, he said.

  • Dhoni, who holds an honorary post of Lieutenant Colonel in the Parachute regiment of the Territorial Army, had made this commitment even before the Cricket World Cup 2019. 

  • It offers an excellent opportunity for the Indian defence industry to showcase its capabilities and promote its export potential. Main theme of the DefExpo India- 2020 will be ‘India: The Emerging Defence Manufacturing Hub’ and focus will be on ‘Digital Transformation of Defence’.

    The shows are conducted at an international level, which not only facilitates Business-to-Business (B2B) interaction with senior foreign delegations but also Government-to-Government (G2G) meetings and signing of Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs). The exhibition will also highlight emergence of UP as an attractive destination for investment in the defence sector and act as a platform for alliances and joint ventures in the defence industry.

    The northern state has a strong defence industrial infrastructure. It has four units of Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd at Lucknow, Kanpur, Korwa and Naini (Prayagraj), nine ordnance factory units, including Kanpur, Korwa, Shahjahanpur, Firozabad and one unit of Bharat Electronics Limited at Ghaziabad. One of the two Defence Industrial Corridors (DICs) of India is also planned in Uttar Pradesh. The Corridor will encourage Defence Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), including our Indian defence industry and promote Defence Public Sector Undertakings (DPSUs). The other DIC is proposed in Tamil Nadu.

    The DefExpo will provide an opportunity to the major foreign Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) to collaborate with the Indian defence industry and help promote ‘Make in India’ initiative of Hon'ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi.

    The DefExpo would provide a unique platform for Defence industry OEMs, exhibitors and private industry to display their latest innovations and capabilities.

    Ministerial level delegations from the foreign countries and visitors from all over the country as well as abroad are expected to visit DefExpo and witness India’s emergence as a major manufacturing hub providing attractive opportunities for co-development and co-production of defence equipment and systems not only for our defence forces but also for export to the world.

  • The Indian Space Research Organisation has  said that the launch rehearsal of the Chandrayaan-2 mission, which will be launched at 2:43 pm on July 22, has been completed.

    ISRO in a tweet said that it has completed the launch rehearsal of GSLV Mark III-M1, the launch vehicle of Chandrayaan 2, and its performance is normal. 

  • Indian sprinter Hima Das extended her sensational run by claiming her fifth gold of the month as she returned to her pet 400m competition with a season-best time of 52.09s at Nove Mesto in Czech Republic.

    The timing is slower than her personal best of 50.79 seconds, which she managed at the Jakarta Asian Games and she also narrowly missed out on the World Championships qualifying mark of 51.80.  However, it was better than the timing of 52.88 seconds, which she managed earlier in the season.  

    It was Hima's fifth gold medal since July 2 when she ran her first competitive race in Europe. 

  • Threat of epidemic is looming large in flood-affected areas, and the state administration has suspended the leaves of medical staff. The floods have claimed nearly 80 lives so far in the state.

    More than 55 lakh people across 12 districts of the state have been affected due to the floods. 26 teams of the National Disaster Response Force, State Disaster Response Force and SSB have been deployed to carry out rescue and relief operations.

    Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar yesterday held a meeting with senior officials to tackle the situation. The state government has declared compensation of 6000 rupees to each flood victim family.

    In Assam, too, water levels are receding in many rivers. 28 out the 33 districts of the state are still submerged. Over 57 lakh people have been displaced by the floods. The Brahmaputra river continues to flow above the danger mark but the situation is gradually improving.

  • A red warning has been issued for Idukki and Kasaragod on Sunday and Malappuram, Kozhikode, Wayanad and Kannur on Monday.

    Heavy rains have led to a flood-like situation in several places. At least two deaths have been reported due to floods in Kerala. 

    Coastal areas have been severely affected with heavy sea erosion. Met department has already issued a warning for the fishermen. 
     

  • P.V. Sindhu defeated Chen Yu Fei 21-19, 21-10 last evening to book her place in the final of the Indonesia Open. 

    This is the first time in her career that she made it to Indonesia Open final. Sindhu trailed initially in both the games but came back strongly to brush aside the Chinese player in the semi-final match. 

    Sindhu will now meet Akane Yamaguchi of Japan in the final of the tournament on Sunday.

  • Sheila Dikshit was born Sheila Kapoor on 31st March 1938 in Kapurthala. She did her schooling from the Convent of Jesus and Mary School, New Delhi and did her Master of Arts in History from Miranda House, Delhi University.

    Sheila Dikshit had been the longest serving Chief Minister of Delhi. She served as the Chief Minister of Delhi for three terms that is for a period of 15  from 1998 to 2013. Dikshit represented the Gole Market assembly constituency in the 1998 and 2003 Assembly elections and New Delhi constituency from 2008.

    In the December 2013 elections, she was defeated by Aam Admi Party's founder Arvind Kejriwal who replaced her as the CM of Delhi.  Subsequently she served as the 22nd Governor of Kerala from March 2014 but she soon resigned in August 2014.

    Dikshit was married to Vinod Dikshit, son of independence activist and former West Bengal Governor Uma Shankar Dikshit. Dikshit has two children, son Sandeep Dikshit and a daughter, Latika Syed.

    She started her political career from Uttar Pradesh as a Member of Parliament from Kannauj constituency between 1984 and 1989. She represented India at United Nations Commission on Status of Women for five years (1984–1989).

    She also served as a Union Minister during 1986–1989, first as the Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs and later as a Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office.

    In Uttar Pradesh, she and her 82 colleagues were jailed in August 1990 for 23 days by the state government when she led a movement against the atrocities being committed on women.

    She was also the Secretary of the Indira Gandhi Memorial Trust. Dikshit was accused of corruption regarding the 2010 Commonwealth Games. Served as Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs from 1984-1989 when Rajiv Gandhi was the Prime Minister.

    Was the member of the Indian delegation to United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (1984-1989). Assumed office as the President of the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee on 10th January 2019.

  • Sheila Dikshit's body was taken to the Congress headquarters where top party leaders including Manmohan Singh, Chief Ministers Ashok Gehlot and Kamal Nath paid their respects. Later, the body was taken to the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee office, the city unit which she was heading at the time of her death.

    Sheila Dikshit served as the Chief Minister of Delhi from 1998 to 2013. She was the second woman chief minister of Delhi.  She also represented the Kannauj Parliamentary Constituency in Uttar Pradesh. She also served as Governor of Kerala in March 2014. However, she resigned in August 2014. Dikshit, was appointed as president of the Delhi Congress in January. 

    The Delhi government has declared a two-day state mourning as a mark of respect to the former Chief Minister and veteran leader. 

    PRESIDENT EXPRESSES CONDOLENCE OVER SHEILA DIKSHIT'S DEMISE

    Tributes started pouring in for Sheila Dikshit after her demise. President Ram Nath Kovind in his condolence message said that "Sad to hear of the passing of Smt Sheila Dikshit, former Chief Minister of Delhi and a senior political figure. Her term in office was a period of momentous transformation for the capital for which she will be remembered. Condolences to her family and associates

    @rashtrapatibhvn
    Sad to hear of the passing of Smt Sheila Dikshit, former Chief Minister of Delhi and a senior political figure.
    Her term in office was a period of momentous transformation for the capital for which she will be remembered. Condolences to her family and associates

    VICE PRESIDENT M VENKAIH NAIDU EXPRESSES GRIEF

    Expressing his sorrow over demise of Shield Dixit, Vice President M Venkaih Naidu said that "I express my profound sorrow and grief over the demise of former Chief Minister of Delhi, Sheila Dikshit today. She was a good administrator."

    @VPSecretariat
    I express my profound sorrow and grief over the demise of former Chief Minister of Delhi, Smt. Sheila Dikshit today. She was a good administrator.

    PM MODI EXTENDS CONDOLENCE OVER SHEILA DIKSHIT'S DEMISE

    PM Narendra Moi has condoled the demise of former Chief Minister Sheila Dixit. In his tweet PM said that: Deeply saddened by the demise of Sheila Dikshit Ji. Blessed with a warm and affable personality, she made a noteworthy contribution to Delhi's development. Condolences to her family and supporters. Om Shanti.

    RAJNATH SINGH OFFERS CONDOLENCE OVER DEMISE OF SHEILA DIKSHIT

    Defence Minister Rajnath Singh in his condolence message said that "The passing away of former Chief Minister of Delhi, Smt. Sheila Dixit is deeply saddening. She was a tall Congress leader known for her congenial nature. He added that Sheilaji was widely respected cutting across party lines. My thoughts are with her bereaved family & supporters. Om Shanti!

    @rajnathsingh
    The passing away of former Chief Minister of Delhi, Smt. Sheila Dixit is deeply saddening. She was a tall Congress leader known for her congenial nature. Sheilaji was widely respected cutting across party lines. My thoughts are with her bereaved family & supporters. Om Shanti!

    UNION MINISTER MUKHTAR ABBAS NAQVI REMEMBERS SHIELA DIKSHIT

    Expressing his condolence, Union Minority Affairs Minister and senior BJP leader, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that Shiela Dixit's political career is an inspiration for people of the country.

    BJP leader Syed Shahnawaz Hussein also expressed his condolence.

    DELHI CM ARVIND KEJRIWAL EXPRESSES HIS CONDOLENCE

    Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Admi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal also expressed his condolence. Kejriwal said that Just now got to know about the extremely terrible news about the passing away of Mrs Sheila Dikshit ji. It is a huge loss for Delhi and her contribution will always be remembered. My heartfelt condolences to her family members. May her soul rest in peace

    @ArvindKejriwal
    Just now got to know about the extremely terrible news about the passing away of Mrs Sheila Dikshit ji.
    It is a huge loss for Delhi and her contribution will always be remembered. My heartfelt condolences to her family members. May her soul rest in peace

    RAHUL GANDHI EXTENDS CONDOLENCE On DEMISE OF SHIELA DIKSHIT

    Extending his condolence over demise of Shiela Dixit, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said that "I'm devastated to hear about the passing away of Shiela Dikshit Ji, a beloved daughter of the Congress Party, with whom I shared a close personal bond.

    My condolences to her family & the citizens of Delhi, whom she served selflessly as a 3 term CM, in this time of great grief."

    @RahulGandhi

    I'm devastated to hear about the passing away of Shiela Dikshit Ji, a beloved daughter of the Congress Party, with whom I shared a close personal bond. My condolences to her family & the citizens of Delhi, whom she served selflessly as a 3 term CM, in this time of great grief."

    CONGRESS PARTY EXTENDS CONDOLENCES

    While, Congress party in a tweet said that We regret to hear of the passing of Sheila Dikshit. Lifelong congresswoman and as three time CM of Delhi she transformed the face of Delhi. Our condolences to her family and friends. Hope they find strength in this time of grief.

    @INCIndia
    We regret to hear of the passing of Sheila Dikshit. Lifelong congresswoman and as three time CM of Delhi she transformed the face of Delhi.
    Our condolences to her family and friends. Hope they find strength in this time of grief.

    PRIYANKA GANDHI REMEMBERS SHIELA DIKSHIT’S CONTRIBUTION AS DELHI CM
    Expressing condolence over death of Shiela Dixit, Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra remembered her contribution as Chief Minister of Delhi. Expressing grief, Congress leader Anand Sharma remembered her contribution for Congress party.

    PRASAR BHARATI CHAIRMAN EXPRESSES HIS CONDOLENCE

    Prasar Bharati Chairman, A. Surya Prakash expressed his condolence over demise of Shiela Dixit. Surya Prakash in a tweet said that "Heard with deep sadness about the passing of Sheila Dikshit, a great democrat who set an example for others in public life & the longest serving CM of Delhi who contributed to the Capital's development."

    @mediasurya
    Heard with deep sadness about the passing of Sheila Dikshit, a great democrat who set an example for others in public life & the longest serving CM of Delhi who contributed to the Capital's development.

  • Anandiben Patel to serve as Governor of Uttar Pradesh, Jagdeep Dhankhar as Governor of West Bengal, Ramesh Bais as Governor of Tripura, Lal Ji Tandon as Governor of Madhya Pradesh, Phagu Chauhan as Governor of Bihar and R. N. Ravi as sGovernor of Nagaland.

  • Districts of Idukki, Kasargode, Kozhikode, Kannur and Ernakulam districts have been receiving heavy rains. Coastal areas have been severely affected with heavy sea erosion.

    Seven fishermen have been reported missing in Thiruvananthapuram and Kollam districts after they went to sea. Search operations are on to find them.

    Met department has already issued a warning for the fishermen.

    Malankara, Pambla and Kallarkutty Dams in Idukki have already been opened and more dams are likely to be opened, depending on the rains. 
     

  • Priya Saha met President Trump of US  as part of a group sent from Bangladesh and complained that in Bangladesh 37 million religious minorities have disappeared.

    She made a request to the US President to help the remaining 18 million minorities in Bangladesh to retain their homes and property.

    The video clip of the meeting had become viral on Friday.In a press release issued today, the ministry of foreign affairs of Bangladesh said that it strongly protests the blatant lies told by Priya Saha to President Trump.

    It said there was an ulterior motive behind her statement. In a Facebook post on Friday, State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam said that Bangladesh is a shining example of religious harmony and many people damage it for personal interest.Rana Dasgupta, the head of the council of minorities in Bangladesh said that Priya Saha’s comments were personal and not the statement of the organisation.

    He however declined to comment on her allegations.Priya Saha is among the five Bangladeshis and two Rohingyas sent by the US embassy in Dhaka to attend the second ministerial meeting  on advancing religious freedom hosted by the US department of state in Washington.

    They also met President Trump in Washington on Wednesday.
     

  • This is the first transnational petroleum pipeline form India and first South Asian oil pipeline corridor. It is also the first oil pipeline in Nepal.

    Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) and Nepal Oil Corporation (NOC) have successfully completed testing transfer of the pipeline.

    The diesel released from Motihari in Bihar received at Amlekhgunj in Nepal on friday. The pipeline is now technically commissioned and ready for launch.

    The oil pipelinewill ensure smooth, cost effective and environment friendly supply of petroleum products to Nepal.

    The prestigious project is expected to be inaugurated soon by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Nepalese counterpart K P Sharma Oli.

    The two Prime Ministershad launched ground-breaking ceremony of the pipeline in April last year during Oli's visit to India.

    The 69kms long pipeline has been constructed by India in just 15months, half of its 30 months deadline.

    India and Nepal have age old close and friendly relations and completion of pipeline much ahead of its schedule shows India's commitment to further strengthen bilateral ties.The cost of pipeline is around Rs.350 crore and it is entirely borne by IOC.

    Twenty eight technical and non technical officials of NOC have also been trained by IOC.Besides constructing pipeline, IOC has also refurbished two storage tanks of NOC at Amelkhgunj depot.

    In the second phase it will built two storage tanks, a laboratory and 24bays for supply of petroleum products. At present NOC lacks storage facility and for optimal utilization of pipeline NOC needs to enhance its storing capacity.

    Since 1974 Nepal has been sourcing its entire major petroleum products including petrol, diesel, ATF and LPG from IOC.

    The annual worth of petroleum products exported to Nepal is over Rs.8,500 crore. IOC has also submitted a study report to NOC for laying a LPG pipeline along Motihari-Amelekhgunj pipeline.

  • He also assured parents that their children will be protected from the menace of ragging. He also talked about the helpline number where student can register complaints against ragging.

    College and University authorities have also taken steps to fight ragging. Posters have been raised in college premises spreading awareness on the issue.

    Perpetrators of ragging can be subjected to stringent punishments including suspension and cancellation of degree.

    Officials from Delhi Police and lawyers also played a role in spreading awareness against ragging.Besides this, students can register their complaints against ragging online on helpline@antiragging.in, proctor@du.ac.in and  infocentre@du.ac.in.Integrated control rooms have also been set up for North Campus and South Campus.

    011-24119832 is the helpline number for South Campus whereas 011-27667221 is available for North Campus.

  • There are no reports of any injuries or casualties. According to the Indian Meteorological Department, the quake struck at 4:24 am with a depth of 10 KMs.

    As per reports, the tremors were also felt in parts of Assam. The Deputy Commissioner of East Kameng  G.S.Rajawat told DD news that no report of any loss of life and damages of property so far.

    He said detail reports are being collected from different remote  areas of the district including distrct headquarter Seppa.

    Rajawat said field teams are on job and assessing the situation.The earthquake of the same magnitude had hit the state on Friday afternoon.

    The earthquake measuring 5.5 on the Richter Scale hit the northeastern state of Arunachal Pradesh.

    The epicentre of the quake was located at a depth of 64 km at the northeast of Bomdila of West Kameng district.

  • The NIA raided the home of Mohamed Sheik Maitheen who was arrested on July 15 for his alleged links with the case.

    The case pertains to forming a terror organisation with an intention to carry out terrorist activities in India by some people allegedly associated with proscribed terrorist organisations like ISIS, Al-Qaeda and SIMI.

    Earlier on Friday the NIA identified the 14 terror suspects, who were deported this week from UAE and alleged that they were associated with varied ideologies of Al Qaeda, Islamic State and Students Islamic Movement of India.2 other were arrested from Tamil Nadu.

    They also alleged that they had come together to form a terror group called Ansarulla and the 16 accused had also collected funds and made preparations to carry out terrorist attacks in India with the intention of establishing Islamic rule in India.