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  • 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.

  • The Directorate General of GST Intelligence Hqrs. (DGGI Hqrs.) has arrested one person, namely, Shri Anupam Singla son of Shri Krishan Kumar Singla, permanent resident of Sirsa, Haryana, who had created about 90 fake firms for the purpose of issuing bogus invoices without supply of goods thereon.

  • INS Tarkash, a frontline warship of the Indian Navy, made a port call at Karlskrona, Sweden today, on 19 July 2019. This marks the first visit of an Indian Naval Ship to Swedish shores after a gap of more than 15 years.

  • In Badminton, the Indonesia Open Women's Singles summit clash between Indian ace shuttler P.V. Sindhu and Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi is underway in Jakarta.

  • 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.

  • Over seven crore 32 lakh farmer families across the country have received the first and second instalments of 2 thousand rupees each under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana amounting to 14 thousand 646 crore rupees.

  • The countdown for India’s second lunar mission Chandrayaan-2 is set to begin this evening. The launch of the landmark mission is scheduled to be at 2.43 PM tomorrow.

  • Veteran Congress leader and former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit will be cremated this afternoon.

  • 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 are in line to get the Asian Games gold in 4x400 mixed relay as Kemi Adekoya of Bahrain, who was part of the gold winning team, has been handed a four-year ban for failing a dope test.

  • In the Shooting Junior World Cup, Aishwarya Pratap Singh Tomar clinched gold with a junior world record in the final of rifle 3-position event in Suhl Germany, yesterday.

  • The Trump Administration has expressed doubts over Pakistan's intentions in arresting terrorist Hafiz Saeed, the mastermind of the 2001 Parliament attack and the 2008 Mumbai attack.

  • Indian men defended their crown beating England while the women blanked Singapore for their maiden title at the Commonwealth Table Tennis Championships at Cuttack today.

  • 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.

  • The Last rites of Former Delhi chief minister and Delhi Congress President Sheila Dikshit will be performed today; She passed away on Saturday of a cardiac arrest at the age of 81; Her body will be kept at the party headquarters for final respects before her last rites to be performed in the afternoon. she will be accorded state funeral.

    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.

  • A total of 10 candidates including BJD's Sabitri Agarwalla, the lone woman candidate, BJP's Bijoy Mohapatra and Congress Assembly nominee Jayanta Kumar Mohanty are contesting in the election.

    Over two lakh 44 thousand voters will exercise their franchise in Patkura poll. Counting of votes will take place July 24th.

    he elections were delayed due to death of BJD candidate Bed Prakash Agrawal.  

  • During his day long visit, the defence minister will interact with troops and review situation along Line of Actual Control with China.

    The Defence Minister will also inaugurate two bridge projects on the rivers Ujh in Kathua district and Basantar in Samba district of Jammu division.

    These two bridges are significant from the border point of view as well as connectivity for locals.

  • Bounedjah, who missed a penalty in the quarter-final against Ivory Coast and spent the last few minutes of that game in tears after being substituted, stunned the Lions of Teranga with a shot which took a wicked deflection off Salif Sane and looped over the bewildered goalkeeper Alfred Gomis and into the net.

    Algeria, who committed 32 fouls according to official match statistics, sat back after that and had to scrap for their win in a match that was certainly not a classic but was tense and gripping throughout.

    Senegal, beaten by Cameroon on their only previous appearance in the final in 2002, were awarded a penalty for handball in the second half but the decision was revoked following a VAR review.

    The final whistle provoked wild celebrations among the large contingent of travelling Algeria fans. It was a fitting end to a tournament that, with 24 teams for the first time, produced plentiful drama even if quality was sometimes lacking.

    "This has been tough," said Algeria coach Djamel Belmadi, who has restored order to the team after a turbulent period which saw them employ seven coaches in three years.

    "I am very, very happy, for the country, for the people who have waited for this for a long time. It's the first time we have won it outside our country, it's simply extraordinary.

    "They say you don't play finals, you win them, I don't really believe that," he added. "We prepared and wanted to play against this talented team, Senegal. It wasn't our best match. We didn't have ball possession nor impose our play."

    Senegal were missing Kalidou Koulibaly, arguably Africa's finest defender, through suspension and his absence was quickly felt.

    The game got off to an extraordinary start when Bounedjah collected the ball, burst forward and unleashed a shot that took a deflection off Sane.

    Gomis stayed rooted to the spot, seemingly thinking that the ball was going out, but it dipped under the bar.

    But Algeria sat back and allowed Senegal to claw their way back into the game.

    They had a major let off in the second half when Ismaila Sarr burst down the right and fired a low cross into the middle.

    It struck Adlene Guedioura's arm and, although it seemed impossible for the Algerian to get out of the way, the referee pointed to the spot but then changed his mind after a VAR review.

    Algeria had another let off shortly afterwards. Cheikhou Kouyate sent Mbaye Niang clear and he took the ball around Rais Mbolhi but shot into the side-netting.

    Youssouf Sabaly then produced a vicious dipping shot which Mbolhi did well to tip over the bar before Sarr volleyed over with the goal at his mercy.

    "We conceded way too early," said Senegal coach Aliou Cisse, who played in the side beaten on penalties in the 2002 final and grew up in the same Parisian suburb as his opposite number.

    "I think over the course of the match, we deserved to equalise. Tonight, I wanted to congratulate my players. We've been here for 46 days. We wanted it, but it wasn't our night."

     

  • Saudi Arabia's King Salman approved hosting U.S. forces in the country to boost regional security and stability.
     

    On Friday, Iran confirmed that they had seized a British oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz, but denied Washington's assertion that the U.S. Navy had downed an Iranian drone nearby earlier this week.

  • Iran's Revolutionary Guards announced on Friday that they had confiscated a British tanker in the strategic Strait of Hormuz for breaking ‘international maritime rules’.

    The tanker was confiscated by the Revolutionary Guards at the request of Hormozgan Ports and Maritime Organisation when passing through the strait of Hormuz. it further said that the The tanker "was led to the shore and handed over to the organisation to go through the legal procedure and required investigations."

    The Swedish owners of the Stena Impero said that they have been unable to contact their vessel, which had 23 personnel on board and was "heading north towards Iran". The Stena Impero sails under the UK flag and is registered in London.

    A second British-owned Liberian-flagged tanker was boarded by armed guards but is now free to continue its journey. The Mesdar's Glasgow-based operator said communication had been re-established with the vessel after it was boarded by armed guards on Friday and its crew was "safe and well".

    These latest developments come amid heightened tensions between the UK, the US, and Iran.

    Condemning the incidents as "unacceptable" ... British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said he was "extremely concerned" by the incidents. He further added that  London would respond in a considered but robust way to the seizure of the British tankers by Iranian guards, and warned that Tehran would be the biggest loser if freedom of navigation is restricted.

  • For the past four years, Modi has directly invited ideas and suggestions from people for his Independence Day speech which is made from the ramparts of Red Fort. 

    "I am delighted to invite you all to share your valuable inputs for my speech on 15th August," he tweeted. 

     

     

  • Sindhu defeated Japan's N Okuhara in straight games 21-14,14-07 in the quarter final. In Semifinals, Sindhu will take on China's Chen Y tomorrow. Chen Y defeated Zhang B of US 21-14, 21-17, 16-21 in quarter finals.  

    In the Men's Singles pre-quarterfinal match, India's top ranked men's singles shuttler and 8th seed Kidambi Srikanth was knocked out of the tournament. 

    He lost to Angus Ng Ka Long of Hong Kong. In men's doubles, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty of India lost to Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sukamuljo of Indonesia.

  • In the order issued, the AIU, the international federation's body for combating doping, said the athlete admitted to her first violation resulting in disqualification all past results since June 29, 2018. The suspension period also commenced from June 29, 2018.

    Disqualification of the Athlete's results since 29 June 2018 with all resulting consequences including the forfeiture of any titles, awards, medals, points and prize and appearance money pursuant to Article 10.8 ADR.

    India's National Anti-Doping body NADA has the right to appeal against the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne. She had failed a dope test in November 2018 when her sample taken during the National Inter-State Athletics Championships was found to contain Probenecid, a masking agent.

  • The Computer-Based Test, CBT for recruitment to 1,923 posts of Para-Medical categories will be conducted over three days. In this dive, more than 4.39 lakh candidates will be taking the test which will be held in 345 centres in 107 towns or cities across the country. 

    This is the first recruitment by Indian Railways in which reservation for Economically Weaker Sections will be available to eligible candidates. The questions of the test will be available in 15 different languages, including English and Hindi. 

    The largest number of candidates applied for this recruitment is from Uttar Pradesh around 64,000 followed by Rajasthan 62,000, Maharashtra 38,000 and Kerala 35,000. The female candidates constitute 62 per cent of the total candidates. 

  • BJP continues to demand division of votes today itself. Blame game between the ruling side and the opposition continues. The trust motion was not put to vote in Karnataka assembly for the second consecutive day.

    The fresh deadline set by the Governor also expired when the House was adjourned around 8 PM today. Meanwhile state Congress President and the Chief Minister moved the apex court.
    While the CM sought a direction to the Governor to not interfere in House proceedings when the House is in session.

    The KPCC President sought a clarification on the implications of its 17th July interim order on the power of political parties to issue whips.
     

  • The ICC has directed that the elected Zimbabwe Cricket Board be reinstated to the office within three months and progress in this respect will be considered again at the October Board meeting.

    ICC Chairman Shashank Manohar said what has happened in Zimbabwe is a serious breach of the ICC Constitution and they cannot allow it to continue unchecked.

    The Croatia, Morocco and Zambia Cricket Union have both also been suspended for continuing to be non-compliant.
     

  • Sensex and Nifty, both, logged losses for second session in a row even as cues from global equity markets were positive. 

    Sensex at Bombay Stock Exchange declined 560 points or 1.44 per cent to close at 38,337. Nifty at National Stock Exchange was also down 178 points or 1.53 per cent to end at 11,419. 
     
     

  • While addressing the media, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said all the operators should lawfully abide to run Doordarshan on their platforms.

  • The drone was immediately destroyed afterwards, as per President Trump, as it approached within 1000 yards of the ship. Tehran's top diplomat, Mohammad J Zarif, said he had "no information about losing a drone today."

    The USS Boxer, an amphibious assault ship, "took defensive action" against the Iranian drone on Thursday to "ensure the safety of the ship and its crew," Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman said.

    The drone was "immediately destroyed" after it approached within 1,000 yards (914 meters) of the Boxer, US President Donald Trump told reporters. "This is the latest of many provocative and hostile actions by Iran, against vessels operating in international waters," he added.

    "The United States reserves the right to defend our personnel, our facilities and interests and calls upon all nations to condemn Iran's attempts to disrupt freedom of navigation and global commerce." But Iran denied losing any drones. Armed forces spokesman Brigadier General Abolfazl Shekarchi described Trump's statement as "baseless and delusional claims," according to the Tasnim news agency.

    "There have been no reports of a confrontation with the American USS Boxer," he was quoted as saying by Tasnim. Deputy foreign minister Abbas Araghchi tweeted:

    "I am worried that USS Boxer has shot down their own (drone) by mistake!" The apparent confrontation came as Iran defended its detention Sunday of a "foreign tanker" believed to be the Panamanian-flagged vessel Riah and its 12 crew for allegedly smuggling fuel.

    "The vessel was en route to deliver contraband fuel received from Iranian boats to foreign ships in farther regions when it was intercepted," Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps said on its Sepah News website.

    The incident comes after a series of low-level attacks in the region blamed on Tehran's forces, including placing limpet mines on several tankers and actions by what Washington calls Iranian proxies in Syria and Yemen. In May, the Pentagon announced the deployment of an aircraft carrier strike group and a bomber task force to waters near Iran in response to "indications of a credible threat by Iranian regime forces."

    Tehran downed an American surveillance drone in June, prompting Trump to order air strikes against Iran. But he called them off at the last minute, saying the plan was not "proportionate" and casualties would have been too high. On July 4, Britain seized a fully loaded Iranian oil tanker near Gibraltar, allegedly headed for Syria in violation of sanctions.

  • TRQ is a quota for a volume of exports that enter the US at relatively low tariffs. After the quota is reached, a higher tariff applies on additional imports. 

    Directorate General of Foreign Trade in a public notice said that additional quantity of 1,239 tonnes of raw cane sugar to be exported to US under TRQ up to September 30, 2019 has been notified. 

    The country enjoys duty-free sugar exports to the US for up to 10,000 tonnes annually under preferential quota arrangement.
     

  • The seizure is worth about 600 crore rupees in the international market. An official said, that five persons have been arrested including chemical expert.

    The members of this gang were involved in procuring narcotic and psychotropic substance from various places in India to supply to the local traffickers and also to export it to various countries. In order to identify the gang, informers were deployed and technical surveillance was mounted.

  • "EV is a priority but the incremental requirement of fuel will have to be met through a combination of (ultra-clean) BS-VI grade petrol and diesel, CNG and biofuels alongside EVs," he said at the Energy Horizon-2019 conference . 
    The world's third-largest energy consumer would need a combination of cleaner diesel and petrol, compressed natural gas (CNG), biofuels and electric vehicles (EVs) for meeting its transportation needs, he said. 

    "Development of EV infrastructure and popularising through policy support would happen, at the same time a road map has to be provided in terms of the role of all other transportation solutions," he said. 
    While the country has sufficient capacity to refine crude oil and convert it into fuel such as petrol and diesel, it will need to raise it to meet the future requirement. 

    "In India, we have a current domestic refining capacity of 250 million tonne per annum. Recent studies have pointed out that even with an aggressive EV rollout plan, India would need 450 million tonne of refining capacity (by 2040)," he said. 
    "Unless we pay attention to this demand growth, in another few years, we will have to start importing refined products along with crude." 

    Also, anyone investing in the refinery would need reasonable assurance that there will be demand for the economic life of the investment, he said. 

    Niti Aayog has reportedly proposed that after 2030, only electric vehicles should be sold in India. 

    A panel headed by Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant had earlier suggested that only EV (three-wheelers and two-wheelers) with an engine capacity of up to 150 cc should be sold from 2025 onwards. 
    The government think-tank believes that a move to allow sale of only EVs from 2030 will expand the scope of the clean fuel technology beyond two and three-wheelers in the country. 

  • According to a US Congressional Research Report, CRS, released ahead of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan's visit to Washington scheduled later this month, the US had suspended all its security assistance to Pakistan in January 2018. 

    Imran Khan's visit is the first high-level trip by a Pakistani Prime Minister to the White House during the Trump administration. Pakistan is hopeful that it would help repair its acrimonious relationship with the US. 

    The report also says that the Trump administration had noted Pakistan's growing debt to China and expressed opposition to any bailout that would go to reducing such debt.

  • Kabul police spokesman Ferdous Faramarz said that the early morning blast also set two vehicles ablaze although it wasn't clear if the attack was carried out by a suicide bomber or a remotely detonated bomb. 

    The university compound houses several hostels where many students stay over the summer, attending classes and conducting researches

  • Khan had fled to Dubai earlier and he was arrested on landing in Delhi. A lookout circular was issued against him by both SIT and ED. 

    Earlier, ED had filed a case of money laundering against IMA Jewels in an alleged ponzi scam in Karnataka. 

    As many as 26 thousand complaints have been filed by the investors with the police against the IMA jewels' store. 

    Mansoor Khan who is accused of duping over 45,000 investors has been on the run since June 7.

    On Monday, he had released a video announcing his return to India in 24 hours.

    Calling his decision to leave the country “a big mistake,” Khan had said that he wants to surrender and be a part of the investigation.

    Mansoor Khan had also cited medical illness as one of the reasons to come back to India. Interpol had issued a blue corner notice for his lookout. 

  • It will be the second edition of the programme after Mr Modi assumed office for the second term. 

    PM Modi is looking forward to sharing his thoughts on themes and issues that matter to people. 

    The Prime Minister has invited the people to share their ideas. They can share their views in MyGov Open Forum or also dial the toll-free number 1800-11-7800 to record a message for the Prime Minister in either Hindi or English. 

    Some of the recorded messages may become part of the broadcast. People can also give a missed call on 1922 and follow the link received in SMS to directly give their suggestions to the Prime Minister.

    Our Correspondent reports, the Prime Minister has been raising various important issues through the monthly programme which is aired on the last Sunday of every month. 

    In the last episode of the programme, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had called upon people to start a mass movement for water conservation and resolve to save every drop of water amidst water scarcity in several parts of the country. 

    PM has called for an awareness campaign which should focus on water-related problems and also propagate ways to save water.

  • Sachin Tendulkar, the most prolific batsman in history, was inducted immediately after becoming eligible for induction, which requires that a player should have played his last international match at least five years before.

    Tendulkar, who retired in November 2013, tallied 15,921 runs in Tests and 18,426 in ODIs, both of which remain records. He is the sixth Indian to be inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame.

    Allan Donald, known as the ‘White Lightening’, was arguably South Africa’s fastest bowler ever and finished with 330 Test and 272 ODI wickets. He is one of the players credited with South Africa’s success in the game after their return to international cricket in 1991.

    Fitzpatrick, the eighth woman to win the award, was the fastest bowler in women’s cricket for a period of 16 years, ending her career with 180 wickets in 109 matches, a record then. She helped Australia win two ICC Women’s Cricket World Cups and finished with 60 wickets in 13 Tests. 

    Sachin Tendulkar said “It is an honour to be inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame, which cherishes the contribution of cricketers over generations. They have all contributed to the growth and popularity of the game and I am happy to have done my bit."

    The Indian cricketer also added “I am also thankful to all my captains, fellow players and the BCCI and the MCA administrators over the years for their support and for making me enjoy the game so much and for so long. I thank the ICC for this appreciation of my cricket career and I am happy to note that cricket continues to grow with three popular formats.” 

    Allan Donald said “The biggest shock when you open an e-mail like that - it says congratulations Allan Donald, you have been inducted in the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame! It hits you, it hits you quite hard because it is a prestigious award and something that you can’t take lightly. I thank the ICC for the huge honour."

    Cathryn Fitzpatrick said “To gain recognition alongside many of the games’ giants is a huge honour. I look at the list of past inductees and what stands out most is not only their outstanding talent but that they were game-changers. They took the game on and changed the way it was played."

  • The Computer-Based Test, CBT for recruitment to 1,923 posts of Para-Medical categories will be conducted over three days. 

    In this dive, more than 4.39 lakh candidates will be taking the test which will be held in 345 centres in 107 towns or cities across the country. 

    This is the first recruitment by Indian Railways in which reservation for Economically Weaker Sections will be available to eligible candidates. The questions of the test will be available in 15 different languages, including English and Hindi. 

    The largest number of candidates applied for this recruitment is from Uttar Pradesh around 64,000 followed by Rajasthan 62,000, Maharashtra 38,000 and Kerala 35,000. The female candidates constitute 62 per cent of the total candidates. 

    Twenty-eight transgender candidates are also appearing for the test.

  • The Pakistan Foreign Ministry, in a statement on Thursday, said, pursuant to the decision of the International Court of Justice (ICJ), Jadhav has been informed of his rights as per the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations. 

    Meanwhile, India has called upon Pakistan to release and repatriate its national Kulbhushan Jadhav following the ICJ judgment. 

    Making a statement in the Rajya Sabha on Thursday, External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar asserted that Jadhav is innocent of the charges made against him and his forced confession without legal representation and due process will not change this reality.

    In April 2017, Jadhav was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of espionage and terrorism following which India had moved the ICJ, seeking a stay on his death sentence and further remedies.

  • Sindhu defeated Denmark's Mia Blichfeldt in the pre-quarterfinal on Thursday. 

    Eight seed Kidambi Srikanth and men's doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty was knocked out of the tournament. 

    In the Russian Open on Thursday, former national champion Rituparna Das in women’s singles, Siril Verma in men's singles and women’s doubles top-seed J Meghana and Poorvisha S Ram entered to the quarterfinals. 

  • Sarabjot's effort meant that India swept both the men's and women's 10 metres air pistol crowns with 14-year-old Esha Singh winning the women's event on Tuesday.

    After six days of top-class shooting and with one more day to go, India remains on top of the medal standings with nine gold, nine silver and four bronze for a total of 22 medals.

    China, who are giving India a stiff fight, are lying second with seven gold, seven silver and six bronze for a total of 20 medals.