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  •  The Commission has decided to hold Biennial Election to the Maharashtra Legislative Council from said Local Authorities Constituencies and a bye election to Andhra Pradesh Legislative Council from Chittoor Local Authorities’ Constituency, in accordance with the following programme: -

     

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    Days and Dates

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    Issue of Notifications

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    26th April, 2018 (Thursday)

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    Last date of making nominations

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    3rd May, 2018 (Thursday)

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    Scrutiny of nominations

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    4th May, 2018 (Friday))

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    Last date for withdrawal of candidatures

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    7th May, 2018 (Monday)

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    Date of poll

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    21st May, 2018 (Monday)

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    Hours of poll

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  • Newly built 6th Battalion ITBP Headquarter of Jalalpur in Bihar has been inaugurated by Sh. Rajnath Singh, Union Home Minister and Sh. Nitish Kumar, Chief Minister, Bihar today. Sh. Sushil Kumar Modi, Dy. Chief Minister, Bihar, Sh Rajiv Pratap Rudy, MP, Sh Janardan Singh Sigriwal, MP, Sh Janak Ram, MP, Sh Om Prakash Yadav, MP and many MLAs and MLCs were present on the occasion.

  • The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that Share and Care has been the core of our philosophy. He was addressing the gathering after inaugurating Hare Krishna Temple, in Hyderabad today.

  • Union Minister for Minority Affairs Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi today said that for the first time after the Independence, a record number of Muslims from the country will go to Haj this year and that too without any subsidy.

  • Fugitive Economic Offenders Ordinance, 2018 has come into force as the President of India has given his assent to the Union Cabinet’s decision to promulgate the said Ordinance. Earlier, the Union Cabinet, in its meeting held on 21st April, 2018, had decided to approve the proposal of the Ministry of Finance to promulgate the Fugitive Economic Offenders Ordinance, 2018.

  • Following is the Full Text of the Statement by Dr. Urjit R. Patel, Governor (On behalf of Mr. Arun Jaitley, Member, IMFC representing the Constituency consisting of Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Sri Lanka) at the International Monetary and Financial Committee (IMFC)? in Washington DC, USA yesterday, 21st April, 2018

     

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  • Shri Subhash Chandra Garg, Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs (DEA), Ministry of      Finance, Govt. of India said that countries in India’s constituency in the World Bank – Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Sri Lanka – now are the highest growing block in South Asia and the World at large.

  • On the sidelines of 2018 Spring Meetings of the World Bank and IMF, Shri Subhash Chandra Garg, Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs(DEA), Ministry of Finance held bilateral meeting with the US Under Secretary of Treasury for International Affairs, Mr. David Malpass in Washington D.C. yesterday.

  • Following is the text of the Statement by Mr Subhash Chandra Garg, Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, Govt. of India and Alternate Governor of the World Bank and the IMF, representing the Constituency of Bangladesh, Bhutan, India & Sri Lanka at the 97th Meeting of the Development Committee, World Bank in Washington DC, USA yesterday, 21st April, 2018:

     

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  • The 6th edition of Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS) and Conclave of Chiefs is being hosted by Iran at Tehran from 23 to 25 April 2018. The Chief of the Naval Staff is leading a four member Indian delegation for the event.

  • ‘’On EarthDay, let us reaffirm our commitment towards creating a better planet for our future generations. Let us work together to mitigate the menace of climate change. This would be a great tribute to our beloved Mother Earth.

  • An exhibition titled "Dhvani se SabdaurChinh” was inaugurated at National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai today evening. Curated by AdwaitaGadanayak and his team, the exhibition speaks to us about southern sensibilities and singular identities that were forged through scholarly adaptations, multiple skills and experiments that were seeking to juxtapose the notions of the modern with the traditional.

  • Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh held a meeting with Shri N K Singh, Chairman of the 15th Finance Commission and members of the Commission on 19.04.18. Ministers of State for Home Affairs, Shri Hansraj Gangaram Ahir and Shri Kiren Rijiju, Union Home Secretary Shri Rajiv Gauba and Senior Officers from MHA were present during the meeting.

  • The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that urban rural divide in providing medical care must end adding that people living in rural areas must have access to affordable and quality healthcare.

  • The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today addressed Civil Servants on the occasion of Civil Services Day. He said the occasion is one of Appreciation, Evaluation and Introspection. He described the Prime Minister's Award as a step towards motivating civil servants, and congratulated the awardees.

  • The Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh has said that the Union Territory of Diu is on the way to soon emerge among the league of Smart Cities. Addressing a function after inaugurating and laying foundation of various development projects in Diu today, Shri Rajnath Singh said the tiny Union Territory was selected for the Smart Cities Project during the final phase of bidding and is today on the verge of realising this dream.

  • The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, received the first copy of the book “Adi Shankaracharya: Hinduism’s Greatest Thinker”, from the author Shri Pavan Varma, at Rashtrapati Bhavan today (April 21, 2018).

  • The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today addressed Civil Servants on the occasion of Civil Services Day. He said the occasion is one of Appreciation, Evaluation and Introspection. He described the Prime Minister's Award as a step towards motivating civil servants, and congratulated the awardees.

  • The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, graced and addressed the 17th convocation of the Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetha in New Delhi today (April 21, 2018).

    Speaking on the occasion, the President said that Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri was a national icon and an exemplar of simple living, sacrifice and virtue.

  •             The Election Commission of India organized a 3-day Training and Certification Programme for State Level Master Trainers (SLMTs) from April 19-21, 2018 at New Delhi. About 280 SLMTs from across the country attended the training, who in turn would deliver cascaded training to various functionaries in the States/UTs and would also conduct certification course for Electoral Registration Officers (EROs) and Assistant Electoral Registration Officers (AEROs).



  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be in China on Friday and Saturday for an informal summit meeting with President Xi Jinping. External Affairs Minist...




  • Delhi Police has traced about 3,000 missing children in just four days by using facial recognition system (FRS). Delhi Police has started using the FR...




  • Students from Classes IX to XII of CBSE schools will have to attend a mandatory health and physical education class every day. This will be a...



  • RBI Governor Urjit Patel has said, the country's growth is expected to expand at 7(point)4 per cent in the next fiscal. Addressing the International Monetary Finance Committee in Washington, Mr Patel said, the Indian economy turned in a resilient performance in 2017-18, and it is expected to accelerate in 2018-2019.



  • Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu today sets in motion the process of consultation regarding impeachment notice against Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra. Official sources said Mr Naidu has spoken to former Lok Sabha Secretary General, Subhash Kashyap, former Law Secretary PK Malhotra, former Legislative Secretary Sanjay Singh and senior officials of Rajay Sabha Secretariat over the issue.



  • At least eleven migrants died at sea and another 263 were rescued today in two separate operations off the coast of Libya, the country's navy said.



  • Petrol price has hit 74 rupees 40 paise a litre, while diesel rates touched a record high of 65 rupees 65 paise.



  • In Jammu and Kashmir, more than 14300 cases were disposed of during the National Lok Adalat held across the state today, an official said.



  • In IPL Cricket, Rajasthan Royals beat Mumbai Indians by 3 wickets at Jaipur last night to hand the defending champions their fourth defeat in 5 games.


  • The shooting happened on Sunday afternoon. Three of the victims died at the spot while the fourth died at hospital. four others injured in the incident and are being treated. The shooter remained at large.

    Murder warrants have been issued against the shooter. He was arrested last year after entering a restricted area near the White House.

  • Rajya Sabha Chairman held extensive consultations with top legal and constitutional experts before taking the decision.

    Seven opposition parties led by the Congress had last week moved a notice before him for impeachment of the Chief Justice of India (CJI) on five grounds of "misbehaviour".

    This is the first time ever that an impeachment notice has been filed against a sitting CJI.

  • Ministry of External Affairs said that this is not only an attack on innocent civilians but also an attack on the democratic rights of the Afghan people.

    MEA also said that our thoughts and prayers are with the family members of the victims, and we wish quick and complete recovery to the injured.

    Besides, MEA also said that India stands ready to extend all possible assistance, including for treatment of those injured.

  • The dead includes 21 women and five children. The blast occurred in front of a local school where a voter registration site is located.

    Several people were near the building before the blast waiting for registering to get voting cards.

    The site also distributes national identification cards for voters, who have no IDs yet.

    ISIS group claimed responsibility for the attack via its online news portal.

    Afghan election officials have slated Oct 20 as the date for the upcoming parliamentary and district council elections, which has been delayed a couple of times over the past years.

    The voter registration process started on April 14 for the polls.

  • The rally was held hours after officials in Lahore detained several PTM leaders late Saturday following raids on Punjab University and a hotel.
          

    The rapidly growing Pashtun Protection Movement has rattled Pakistan's powerful military since it burst onto the scene three months ago with a nationwide campaign against alleged abuses against ethnic Pashtuns by security forces.

    The movement has drawn thousands of supporters, in one of the strongest challenges to Pakistan's security establishment for years.

     

  • This was announced after delegation level talkes between External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi in Beijing.

    In another major development, India and China have agreed to resume the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra through the Natha Lu route in Sikkim, 10 months after the pilgrimage was stopped.

    The decision was made during delegation level between External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Chinese foreing minister Wang Yi in Beijing.

    India said maintaining peace in the border areas with China was an "essential pre-requisite" for the smooth development of bilateral ties.

    Kailash Mansarovar Yatra was stopped by China in the aftermath of the military face-off with India last year at Doklam.

    Ministry of external affairs organises the yatra from June to September each year through two different routes - Lipulekh Pass in Uttarakhand  and Nathu La Pass in Sikkim.

    The yatra, which holds religious value, cultural significance, is undertaken by hundreds of people every year.

    Diplomats and anlaysts have hailed the latest development in Sino-Indian ties

    Besides, China also agreed to resume sharing of hydrological data of the Brahmaputra and Sutlej rivers.

    Sharing of hydrological data crucial to predict floods in India's northeast region, prone to natural calamities.

    China provides flood season data of the Brahmaputra river between May 15 and October 15 every year.

    Swaraj, who is visiting Beijing to take part in the foreign ministers' meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), also exchanged views on cooperation on multilateral arena and discussed their perspectives on counter-terrorism and collaborative efforts to address other global challenges, such as climate change and sustainable development.
     

  • India's Garima Chaudhary won gold in -70 kg. She defeated Farina Khanam of Bangladesh in the final. In -78 kg C. Jina Devi won gold by beating Punam Shrestha of Nepal. Tulika Maan won 7th gold for the country. She defeated Milani Silva of Sri Lanka in +78 kg. In men's section India won 3 gold medals.  Divesh won first gold for the country.

    He defeated Sanjay Maharajan of Nepal in the final of -81 kg. Vijay Kumar Yadav won gold in -60 kg beating Milinda Senevirathne of Sri Lanka in the final. The last gold for India was won by Ajay Yadav in -73 kg. He defeated Sanjit Dongol of Nepal in the final. Indian men also got one bronze medal today.

    Indian women had won 4 gold while men bagged two bronze the first day of the championship on yesterday. The team events will be held tomorrow.

     

     

     

     

  • Shah said that BJP is working hard to make India a world leader. He added that party workers must keep in mind that BJP's sole purpose is not to win elections only but to take the country forward.

  • Although the real GDP growth was moderated to 6.6 percent from 7.1 percent a year ago, there was a strong rebound in the second half of the year on the back of a turnaround in investment demand, the Reserve Bank of India Governor said.

    Patel was addressing the International Monetary Finance Committee in Washington on Saturday.

    The Indian economy gave a resilient performance in 2017-18, Patel said. This was supported by an acceleration in manufacturing, rising sales growth, a pick-up in capacity utilisation, strong activity in the services sector and a record agricultural harvest, the RBI governor added.

    "Several factors are expected to help accelerate the pace of growth in 2018-19. There are now clearer signs that the revival in investment activity will be sustained," he said.

    Global demand has been improving, which should encourage exports and boost fresh investments, Patel said, adding that on the whole, real GDP growth was expected to expand at 7.4 percent in 2018-19, with risks evenly balanced.

    In his address, Patel said since November 2016, headline consumer price inflation had generally remained below the medium-term target of four percent.

    Patel said several factors were likely to influence the inflation outlook, including a possible moderation in food prices if the monsoon turned out to be normal and was supported by an effective food supply management.

    "Countervailing this, upside risks emanate from the distinct hardening bias in crude oil prices, the steady firming up of inflation excluding food and fuel mirroring pick up in domestic demand, and spillovers from financial volatility as markets re-price the path of monetary policy normalisation by systemic central banks," he said.

    Noting that risks to inflation are tilted to the upside, the monetary policy rate was kept unchanged at 6.0 percent in April 2018 with a neutral stance, Patel said.

    Asserting that the government is committed to fiscal prudence, the RBI governor said aided by buoyancy in tax revenues and rationalisation of subsidies, the gross fiscal deficit (GFD) of the central government has been steadily brought down since 2013-14 to 3.5 percent of GDP in 2017-18 without compromising on public investment requirements and social sector spending.

    The government has accepted a debt rule that will bring down the debt-to-GDP ratio to 40 percent over a period of time by 2024-25.

    Patel said the goods and services tax (GST), which was implemented from July 2017 has reformed the system of indirect taxes by simplifying payments and credits, and improving the efficiency of movement of goods across the country.

    Automation of tax payments and 'team-based assessment with dynamic jurisdiction' without direct interface with tax payers has improved overall efficiency and transparency of revenue administration, he said.

    Patel said with the pace of import growth relative to that of exports, the current account deficit (CAD) expanded from 0.7 percent in 2016-17 to 1.9 percent for the first nine months of 2017-18.

    External financing conditions remained comfortable, boosted mainly by robust inflows of foreign direct investment (FDI), he said.

    The UNCTAD's survey of multinational enterprises ranked India as the third most favoured destination for FDI for 2017-19.

    Reflecting these developments, India's foreign exchange reserves at USD 424 billion were equivalent of 11 months of imports, he added.

    "India has persevered with structural reforms over a wide area ranging from a flexible inflation targeting framework for monetary policy; liberalisation of FDI flows; a unique identification (Aadhaar) backed direct benefit transfers; an insolvency and bankruptcy code; the GST; realty reforms; and a swathe of measures for improvement in the ease of doing business more generally," he said.

    These factors have improved India's global ranking in the World Bank's Ease of Doing Business, Patel added.

  • According to a finance ministry data, the deposits, which have been steadily rising since March 2017, were at Rs 80,545.70 crore on April 11, 2018.

    Pradhan Mantri Jan-Dhan Yojana (PMJDY) accounts had come into focus during the demonetisation period when the deposits witnessed a meteoric rise.

    The latest report of the World Bank titled Global Findex Report, 2017 released last week cited the success of the Jan Dhan Yojana.

    India's financial inclusion efforts have won recognition from the World Bank as their data indicate that 55 percent of new bank accounts opened are from India, Financial Services Secretary Rajiv Kumar had said.

    The deposits increased in the later part of November 2016 to over Rs 74,000 crore from about Rs 45,300 in the beginning of the month as people rushed to deposit the scrapped currency notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000, as per the government data.

    Thereafter, deposits in the accounts dipped before picking up again in a steady manner from March 2017.

    It increased to Rs 73,878.73 crore in December 2017 , to Rs 75,572 crore in February 2018 and further to Rs 78,494 crore last month. The number of people joining the financial inclusion programme too is on rise.

    The number of account holders increased to 31.45 crore on April 11, 2018 from 26.5 crore at the beginning of 2017.

    As per the data, the number of such account holders was 25.51 crore on November 9, 2016, the day demonetisation came into effect.

    As per the Global Findex Report, adult bank account holders in India increased to 80 percent in 2017 as compared to 53 percent in 2014 and 35 percent in 2011.

    Women at the forefront, highlights a sharp fall in gender gap from 20 percent in 2014 to 6 percent in 2017 in bank accounts due to government's efforts.

    The report acknowledges impact of government policy in reducing gaps in bank account ownership between rich and poor to 5 percent in 2017, down from 15 per cent in 2014.

    The report noted the rapid increase in financial inclusion that has taken place in India and how the number of account holders in the country has risen from 35 percent of the adults in 2011 and 53 percent in 2014 to 80 percent in 2017.

  • Police said a team of C-60 commandos, a specialised combat unit of the Gadchiroli police, carried out the operation.

    "Fourteen Naxals were killed in the encounter. Combing operations are still on," Sharad Shelar, Inspector General of Police, said.

    The official said that two district-level commanders of the proscribed outfit, identified as Sainath and Sainyu, were among those killed in the encounter.

    Director General of Police Satish Mathur congratulated the C-60 team which participated in the encounter.

    "This is a major operation against Naxals in recent times," Mathur said.

  • Public Health Ministry spokesman Wahid Majro confirmed the toll from Sunday's attack, originally placed at four dead and 15 wounded.

    The Taliban denied involvement in the attack, which indicates it may have been carried out by an Islamic State affiliate.

  • Gruesome footage of the alleged toxic attack on April 7 in the town of Douma, just outside Damascus, horrified the world and prompted unprecedented Western strikes on Syrian military installations.

    Just hours after the joint missile strikes, a team from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) arrived in Syria to investigate the claims.

    But they had been unable to access Douma itself, which fell from rebel hands into joint Syrian and Russian control after the suspected chemical attack.

    United Nations security experts deployed to the town on Tuesday to check it was safe, but were forced to pull out after an explosion went off and they were shot at.

    Investigators finally collected evidence from the site for the first time on Saturday, the OPCW said.

    "The samples collected will be transported to the OPCW Laboratory in Rijswijk and then dispatched for analysis to the OPCW's designated labs," the body said in a statement, adding it could plan another visit.

    Russia's foreign ministry had earlier announced the inspectors reached Douma after guarantees by Syria and its own forces, and said it expected them to carry out an impartial investigation.

    Moscow, a key ally of President Bashar al-Assad, has said its own probe into the events in Douma found no traces of chemical use.

    Assad's government, too, has repeatedly denied using toxic weapons, and accused the West of fabricating the claim to justify bombing Syria.

    Medics and first responders in the town say more than 40 people were killed on the night of April 7, reporting foaming at the mouth, pinpoint pupils and difficulty breathing.

    Investigators reached Syria a week later at the country's invitation, arriving just hours after a coordinated wave of French, American and British missile strikes.

    But they spent a week in the capital, unable to access Douma just a few miles to the east, even as groups of journalists visited the town on government tours.

    Western powers slammed Syrian and Russian authorities, saying proof that chemicals were used in Douma was probably being hidden.

    "It seems likely that this attitude is intended to make proof and material evidence linked to the chemical attack disappear," Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Saturday, shortly before the OPCW got access to Douma.

    Analysts say that if toxic chemicals were used, OPCW inspectors would still be able to find important traces in clothes, walls, rocks and soil in Douma, although their potency decreases with time.

    "Nerve agents like sarin can be present in the environment for many weeks after use and particularly if you look near the site where a weapon has exploded," said Alastair Hay, professor of environmental toxicology at the University of Leeds.

    Crucial evidence can also linger in victims' blood, urine and organs.

    The "White Helmets", a Syrian rescue force that works in opposition-held areas, said it had given the OPCW details on the burial site of the Douma victims.

    But a top official from Jaish al-Islam, the rebel group that controlled Douma during the alleged chemical attack, accused the regime of raiding the graves.

    The OPCW does not have a mandate to establish who is responsible for chemical attacks. The joint OPCW-UN taskforce that did was shut down by Russia last year after it blamed Syria's regime for another gas attack.

    Experts say it may take between two and three weeks to analyse evidence collected in Douma.

    The town was the last in the Eastern Ghouta suburb to fall to Syria's regime, after a blistering two-month offensive backed by Russia.

    Since securing Ghouta, Syrian troops have shifted their focus to a pocket of territory in southern Damascus still held by the Islamic State group.

  • Interacting with BJP MPs and MLAs through the Narendra Modi App, the Prime Minister said, every MLA should undertake at least one developmental work for villages under them which will help take villages forward.

    He said, there is a need to focus on skill development. Prime Minister Modi further added that Mudra Yojna is also helping people and 11 crore people have already been benefitted from the scheme.

    The Prime Minister cautioned MPs and MLAs against making irresponsible public statements. He said BJP leaders should be involved in every work that is being undertaken in the society for the welfare of people.

     

  • The Earth Day is dedicated to providing the information and inspiration needed to fundamentally change human attitude and behavior about plastics.

    The annual event celebrated every year on April 22 to promote harmony with nature and the Earth to achieve a just balance among the economic, social and environmental needs of present and future generations of humanity.

    First celebrated in 1970, Earth Day is significant as it's a day of political action and civic participation towards preserving the planet. People march, sign petitions, meet their elected officials, plant trees, clean up their towns and roads.

    On Earth Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi called on people to reaffirm the commitment towards creating a better planet for the future generations.

    The Prime Minister in a tweet urged people to work together to mitigate the menace of climate change.

    He said, it will be a great tribute to the beloved Mother Earth. He also complimented all those individuals and organisations who are working towards promoting harmony with nature and ensuring sustainable development. 

  • It will be the 43rd episode of the monthly radio programme. People can share their ideas and suggestions on the Narendra Modi App, My Gov Open Forum and can dial the toll free number 1XXX-XX-7800 to record their messages in Hindi or English. 

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

  • Zarif told reporters in New York that Iran is not seeking to acquire a nuclear bomb, but that Tehran's probable response to a US withdrawal would be to restart production of enriched uranium - a key bomb-making ingredient.

    "America never should have feared Iran producing a nuclear bomb, but we will pursue vigorously our nuclear enrichment," Zarif said.

    US President Donald Trump has set a May 12 deadline for the Europeans to "fix" the 2015 agreement that provides for curbs to Iran's nuclear program in exchange for relief from financial sanctions.

    Zarif's comments marked a further escalation of rhetoric following a warning earlier this month from Iranian President Hassan Rouhani that Washington would regret withdrawing from the nuclear deal, and that Iran would respond within a week if it did.

    The fate of the Iran deal will be a key issue during French President Emmanuel Macron's state visit to Washington beginning Monday, followed by talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Washington on Friday.

    Zarif said the European leaders must press Trump to stick to the deal if the United States "intends to maintain any credibility in the international community" and to abide by it, rather than demand more.

    The foreign minister warned against offering any concessions to Trump.

    "To try to appease the president, I think, would be an exercise in futility," he said.

    European leaders are hoping to persuade Trump to save the deal if they, in turn, agree to press Iran to enter into agreement on missile tests and moderating its regional influence in Yemen, Syria and Lebanon.

    If the United States buries the deal, Iran is unlikely to stick to the agreement alongside the other signatories -- Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia --- said the foreign minister.

    "That's highly unlikely," he said. "It is important for Iran to receive the benefits of the agreement and there is no way that Iran would do a one-sided implementation of the agreement."

    Zarif, who will attend a UN meeting on sustaining peace this week, warned of "drastic measures" under discussion in Iran.

    He declined to be more specific, pointing to "what certain members of our parliament are saying about Iran's options."

  • Televised video showed one of the long, narrow boats packed with paddlers going over on Saturday on a stretch of a river near the city of Guilin where the current appeared to be strong.

    Another dragon boat arrived at the scene, also full of paddlers, and it too capsized, the video showed.

    The accident happened around 1:32 pm (0532 GMT) in an area where two flows of the river converge causing a powerful current, the CCTV broadcaster said. Most of those who went into the river were not wearing life jackets, media reported.

    Xinhua news agency said 57 people had gone into the water and 200 rescuers were sent to help. The rescue effort went on late into the night.

    Dragon boat racing is popular in various parts of Asia and the Dragon Boat Festival is a traditional holiday in China, this year on June 18.

  • Union Panchayati Raj Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch Rashtriya Gram Swaraj Abhiyan scheme on April 24 in Mandla in Madhya Pradesh on the occasion of National Panchayati Raj Day.

     

  • They allegedly launched a fraudulent scheme on the pretext of high returns on bitcoin investment.

    As per the information, the accused have cheated thousands of people through their online portal. Under their scheme, the returns to the tune of 12 percent in a month were offered. They also offered a monthly payout and referral income for the persons on the top line.

  • It said the KYC norms have been revised following the government's decision to update the 'Prevention of Money Laundering' rules in June last year.

    In a circular issued in Mumbai, the RBI made linking of national biometric ID Aadhaar to bank accounts mandatory. However, it said this will be subject to the final decision of the Supreme Court on making of Aadhaar mandatory.

    Till now, an Officially Valid Document for address proof together with Permanent Account Number issued by the Income Tax department and a recent passport size photograph were the key KYC documents. But in the amended Customer Due Diligence procedure, the Aadhaar number, the PAN or Form No. 60 need to be obtained from an individual who is eligible for applying for the biometric ID.

  • Addressing a mega rally at Rae Bareli in Uttar Pradesh, the BJP President said that the grand old party has insulted the Hindu culture. Shah's remark comes in the backdrop of the verdict in 2007 Mecca Masjid blast case in which all the five accused were acquitted.

    Amit Shah also said that Centre has allocated a sufficient fund for carrying out developmental work in all districts of Uttar Pradesh.

     

  • Earlier, the Cabinet on Saturday approved the promulgation of an Ordinance to amend Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act 2012 to introduce the death penalty for rape of children younger than 12 years.

    The decision was taken at a cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi. In case of rape of a girl under 16 years, minimum punishment increased from 10 years to 20 years, extendable to life imprisonment. Several political leaders cutting across party lines hailed Centre's move.

    The President also promulgated the Fugitive Economic Offenders Ordinance 2018.

    The Ordinance, approved by the cabinet yesterday, would lay down the measures to empower Indian authorities to attach and confiscate proceeds of crime associated with economic offenders along with their properties. Thereby deter such offenders from evading the process of Indian law by remaining outside the jurisdiction of Indian courts.

    The Ordinance is expected to re-establish the rule of law with respect to the fugitive economic offenders as they would be forced to return to India to face trial for scheduled offences. This would also help the banks and other financial institutions to achieve higher recovery in case of frauds.

    If at any point in the course of the proceeding prior to the declaration, however, the alleged Fugitive Economic Offender returns to India and submits to the appropriate jurisdictional Court, proceedings under the proposed Act would cease by law.

  • India's L. Sushila Devi got first gold medal for the country in minus 48 kg category. She defeated Humaira Ashiq of Pakistan in the final. Within few minutes Kalpana Devi Thoudam also won gold in minus 52 kg. Kalpana beat Maryam of Pakistan.

    In minus 57 kg. category A. Anita Chanu bagged third gold for the country by defeating Lila Adhikari of Nepal. In the last bout of the day H. Sunibala Devi defeated Phupu Lhamu Khatri of Nepal in minus 63 kg category and won fourth gold medal for India.

    In men's section Pakistan won two gold and host Nepal got one gold. India bagged two bronze medals. Besides host Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka participating in a 3 day championship.

    A total 102 players including 13 from India are competing for 7 gold, 7 silver and 14 bronze medals each in men’s and women’s individual categories. While they will also contest for one gold, one silver and two bronze each in the men’s and women’s team events. This is the fourth time Nepal is hosting South Asian Judo Championship. 

     

  • PM Modi said that the lives of people will change if they are kept at the centre of all decisions. PM Modi further said his government's priority is to make Ease of Living a reality for the common man. He said innovation and technology can become country's additional strength. He pointed out that India will fall behind if it cannot cope with the changing technologies of time.

    The Prime Minister stressed on the need for constant motivation for better performance and said that strategic thinking is a must for success. He asked those gathered to introspect on how successful they have been on resolutions taken in the past.

    The Prime Minister conferred Awards for Excellence in Public Administration for effective implementation of Priority Programs and Innovation. PM Modi gave away the awards on different categories of schemes like Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana, promoting digital payments, and Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana.

    The awards have been instituted with a view to acknowledge, recognize and reward the exemplary work for citizen’s welfare by districts and organisations of the Central and State governments. PM Modi also released two books on the occasion.

     

  • A total 102 players including 13 from India will compete for 7 gold, 7 silver and 14 bronze medals each in men’s and women’s individual categories. While they will also contest for one gold, one silver and two bronze each in the men’s and women’s team events. There will be seven categories in men's event from minus 60 kg to above 100 kg.  

    The women’s section will also have categories from minus 48 kg to above 78 kg. This is the fourth time Nepal is hosting South Asian Judo Championship. 

     

     

     

     

  • In the biggest protests in President Daniel Ortega's 11 years in office in this poor Central American country, people are angry over the plan because workers and employers would have to chip in more toward the retirement system.

    The government is willing to hold a dialogue and Ortega will issue a formal call on Saturday, Vice President Rosario Murillo said, adding: "At least 10 compatriots have died."

    Demonstrations rocked the capital Managua and nearby cities for a third day.

    The new law, besides increasing employer and employee contributions, would cut the overall pension amount by 5 percent.

    "We are against these reforms, which means we're against this government taking from the pockets of Nicaraguans," said Juan Bautista.

    He said riot police brutally attacked demonstrators like him because "the dictator does not like people to protest."

    A woman nearby shouted: "The people are tired of this repression!"

    Students from Polytechnic University have been holed up on their campus since Thursday evading police.

    Other students took refuge in nearby buildings or residences. In Las Colinas, south of the capital, demonstrators raised small barricades and with their hands raised asked the riot police not to target them.

    Four independent television outlets were taken off the air after they broadcast the demonstrations on Thursday, and two were still blocked on Friday. Murillo compared the protesters to "vampires demanding blood to feed their political agenda."

    The opposition said more than 20 people were wounded while the writers group Pen Nicaragua said that at least 11 journalists were attacked while covering the demonstrations.

    "We call on the Nicaraguan authorities to act to prevent further attacks on demonstrators and on the media," said Liz Throssell, spokeswoman for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights."

    She urged the government to let people "exercise their right to freedom of expression and to peaceful assembly and association," and urged protesters to demonstrate "peacefully."

    She also said demonstrators were attacked by government supporters in the city of Masaya.

    Miguel Mora, director of the private television channel 100% Noticias -- which the government blocked -- accused Ortega of applying the same censorship he imposed in the 1980s during the Sandinista Revolution.

  • Official sources said in New Delhi, that the criminal law amendment ordinance seeks to amend the Indian Penal Code (IPC), the Evidence Act, the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act to introduce a new provision to sentence convicts of such crimes punishment of death.

  • Deputy Director of Asia and Pacific Department in the IMF, Ken Kang said in a news conference in Washington that India's growth is rising from 7.4 percent in 2017-2018 to 7.8 percent in 2019 and there is room to increase its export orientation and to reduce further barriers.

    Answering a question on the role India can play in the development and growth of the Indo-Pacific region, Kang, said there is scope to do more on trade reform.

    He said the statutory tariff rate in India is relatively high at about 15 percent and higher than those in the rest of the region.

    The IMF in the latest World Economic Outlook (WEO) has projected India to grow at 7.4 per cent in 2018 and 7.8 per cent in 2019. China is expected to grow respectively at 6.6 and 6.4 per cent in the two years.

  • "This is very good news for North Korea and the World - big progress! Look forward to our Summit," the US leader tweeted following the announcement reported by the North's state media.

    It emerged this week that Trump's CIA chief had recently met the reclusive North Korean leader, significantly boosting the odds of the Trump-Kim summit going ahead in late May or early June.

  • Addressing the 17th convocation of Lal Bahadur Shastri Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeeth in New Delhi, the President said works of Aryabhatta, Bhaskara, Charaka, Sushruta and other scientists and mathematicians were composed in Sanskrit. The President said the real test of education is to make a good human being. 

  • Bolivian Foreign Minister Fernando Huanacuni said that Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Paraguay and Peru had decided to temporarily leave the Union of South American Nations, or UNASUR, given differences over choosing the secretary general of the group.

    "We have received a note from the six countries saying they will not participate in UNASUR meetings for a period of one year" until the leadership issue is resolved, Huanacuni said.

    Paraguay's foreign ministry said in a statement that the impossibility of electing a general secretary for UNASUR affects the bloc and that the six countries that will remain outside it until they see "concrete results that guarantee its operation." Huanacuni announced a meeting in May to discuss the matter.

    UNASUR was promoted by late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. Bolivia, Ecuador, Guyana, Surinam, Uruguay and Venezuela remain in the bloc.

  • "China believes the decision to stop nuclear tests and focus on developing the economy and improving people's living standards will help further ease the situation on the Korean peninsula and help to promote the process of denuclearisation and attempts to find a political settlement," Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said in a statement.

    "China will support North Korea ... (to engage in) dialogue and consultation with the relevant parties."

    The surprise announcement comes less than a week before the North Korean leader Kim Jong Un meets South Korean President Moon Jae-in for a summit in the Demilitarised Zone that divides the peninsula, ahead of an eagerly-awaited encounter with US President Donald Trump.

    However, Kim gave no indication Pyongyang might be willing to give up its nuclear weapons, or the missiles with which it can reach the mainland United States.

    For years, the impoverished North has pursued a "byungjin" policy of "simultaneous development" of both the military and the economy.

    But the leader said that now North Korea was a powerful state, "the whole party and country" should concentrate on "socialist economic construction".

  • The Indo-French duo will cross swords with third-seed pair of Austria's Oliver Marach and Croatia's Mate Pavic for a place in the summit showdown.

    Earlier, Bopanna and Roger-Vaselli eased past the Colombian team of Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah, who reached the Australian Open final this year, 6-4, 6-4 in a one-sided quarter-final clash.

    Earlier, the unseeded Indo-French duo had to work hard as they bounced back from a set down and saved three match points to clinch a 3-6, 6-4, 11-9 over two-time Grand Slam champions Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares in one hour and 22 minutes and seal a last-eight spot.

    In another semi-finals clash of Monte Carlo, the fourth-seeded Bryan brothers will also take on Italian team of Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini for a place in the finals.

  • According to the Home Ministry, the parties to the ceasefire agreement are -- the Centre, the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Neokpao-Khitovi) and the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Reformation).

    "It was decided by the Government of India to extend the suspension of operation with the NSCN-R and the NSCN-NK for a further period of one year with effect from April 28," an official of the ministry said in New Delhi.

    The pact was signed by Satyendra Garg, Joint Secretary in the Home Ministry, and Jack Jimomi of the NSCN-NK, and Viniho Kiho and Toshi Longkumer of the NSCN-R.

    The NSCN (Isak-Muivah) and the NSCN (Khaplang) are among other groups that operate in Nagaland.

    While the NSCN (I-M) had entered a ceasefire agreement in 1997 and has been maintaining it since then, the pact with the NSCN (K) ended after the group attacked a military convoy in Manipur in June 2015, killing 18 soldiers.

  • The gunfight took place on Friday night in Kistaram police station area when a team of CRPF's 212th battalion was out on a search-cum-area domination operation, Deputy Inspector General of Police (South Bastar Range) Sundarraj P said.

    The deceased was a native of Madhya Pradesh. Security forces have launched a combing operation in the area, located around 500 km away from the state capital Raipur.

  • PM Modi was received by External Affair Minister Sushma Swaraj at the airport.

    On the 5-day visit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with British Prime Minister Theresa May and Swedish PM Stefan Lofven. Prime Minister Modi also participated in an event called Bharat ki Baat, Sabke Saath and addressed the diaspora.  

  • Justice Subrata Talukdar held that petitions, filed by the BJP, CPM and other Opposition parties, challenging the cancellation of notification are maintainable and asked the poll panel to issue fresh notification extending the date for filing nominations.

    The court directed the commission to reschedule the dates for panchayat election process and accordingly conduct the polls.

    The panchayat elections in West Bengal were to be held in three phases from 1 May to 5 May and the counting of votes was scheduled on 8 May.

    The nomination process for the panchayat polls ended on 9 April, but it was extended by a day by the SEC the same evening following a Supreme Court court order on petitions alleging that candidates backed by Opposition parties were being prevented from filing nominations.

    The West Bengal government and ruling Trinamool Congress had objected to the extension by the SEC, which had cited a Supreme Court direction to "allay apprehensions of intending candidates" in its notification extending the nomination process by a day.

    The notification, which referred to the apex court order, was withdrawn by the SEC on 10 April morning.

    The BJP again moved the Supreme Court on 11 April and was directed to approach the high court with its grievances over the deadline for filing nominations.

    The BJP moved the high court challenging the withdrawal and Justice Talukdar stayed the election process on 12 April.

    Apart from the BJP, the CPM, PDS and the Congress too have moved the high court separately challenging the SEC's decision.

    The Commission and the ruling Trinamool Congress opposed the petitions claiming that these were not maintainable since the election process had started.

  • In a landmark declaration at the end of Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting (CHOGM) in London, the leaders of 53 countries agreed to work closely to evaluate and strengthen their cybersecurity frameworks and response mechanisms. 

    A release issued, termed the declaration as the world's largest and most geographically diverse inter-governmental commitment on cybersecurity cooperation. 

    It followed an announcement by the UK government pledging up to 15 million pounds to help the Commonwealth nations strengthen their cybersecurity capabilities. It also aims to tackle criminal groups and hostile state actors who pose a global threat to security.

    The leaders also expressed their strong support for the multilateral trading system and adopted a six-point connectivity agenda to boost trade and investment links across the Commonwealth. 

    They also agreed on a bold, coordinated push to protect oceans from the effects of climate change, pollution and over-fishing.

  • "We can't be satisfied," Itsunori Onodera told reporters in Washington, saying North Korea did not mention "abandonment of short-range and medium-range ballistic missiles".

    He added that Japan will not change its policy of putting pressure on Pyongyang for the "ultimate abandonment of weapons of mass destruction, nuclear arms and missiles".

    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said that his country would halt nuclear tests and intercontinental missile launches, a move welcomed by US President Donald Trump and South Korea.

    Pyongyang's declaration, long sought by Washington, comes less than a week before Kim meets South Korean President Moon Jae-in for a summit, ahead of a much-anticipated encounter with Trump himself.

  • He will also address the Civil Servants on the occasion. 

    The awards for excellence in public administration have been instituted with a view to acknowledge, recognize and reward the exemplary work for citizen’s welfare. 

    An official release said, four priority programs identified for the award are Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana, Promoting Digital Payments, Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana and Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana. 

    In addition, there are awards for innovation for Central, State organisations including districts. 

  • North Korea leader Kim Jong Un said his country no longer needed to conduct nuclear tests or intercontinental ballistic missile tests because it has completed its goal of developing nuclear weapons, state media Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said.

    North Korea also said it would engage in talks with the international community, paving the way for the summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in planned for next week and a meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump in late May or early June.

    Trump on Friday welcomed the statement and said he looked forward to a summit with Kim.

    The announcement came after decades of nuclear tension on the Korean peninsula, pressure from the Trump administration, the death of American university student Otto Warmbier and attempts by then-presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton to discontinue Pyongyang's nuclear program.

    North Korea has defended its nuclear and missile programs in the face of worldwide condemnation and sanctions as a necessary deterrent against perceived U.S. hostility.

  • In his Facebook post, Finance Minister Jaitley said that the Supreme Court judgment in Judge Loya death case exposes conspiracy to generate falsehood as propaganda in public and political space.

    He added that the impeachment motion is a revenge petition after the falsehood of the Congress party established in judge Loya death case.

    Referring to the judgement, Jaitley said never ever so blatantly in the past have national political parties, a few retired judges and some senior lawyers "so closely identified themselves with the generation of falsehood that they almost come out as conspirators".

    He also said that "What has happened today is a price the Indian judiciary has to pay for misadventures of many. There is no better time for judicial statesmanship and political foresight."

    BJP Leader Meenakshi Lekhi on Friday said that when Congress was in power, they leveled baseless charges against BJP leaders and tried to corner them in false cases.

    She added that Congress is working towards tarnishing the image of judiciary.

     

  • Besides leaders and workers of RJPN, senior leaders from various political parties, government officials and representatives from different sections of the society also attended the function.

    Six major Madhes parties had announced their unification on April 20 last year and formed RJPN to have greater unity and achieve their objectives.

    Madhesi parties had been demanding constitution amendment on various issues including more representation, citizenship and language.

    RJPN contested last year's historic provincial and parliamentary elections and won 17 seats in 275 member House of Representatives, the lower house of the parliament.

    The party has also formed Government in Province 2 with its coalition partner Sanghiya Samajwadi Forum Nepal.

    Meanwhile, a dissatisfied group of RJPN has formed a new party. RJPN Vice-Chairman Ashok Kumar Yadav announced formation of Rastriya Janta Party (Loktantrik) on Friday.

    Addressing a press conference in Kathmandu he said that RJPN could not get constitution amendment. Yadav also accused RJPN presidium members for betraying the people of Madhes.  

  • Chief Minister Siddaramaiah filed his nomination on Friday from Chamundeshwari seat.

    Meanwhile, BJP's chief Ministerial candidate B S Yeddyurappa is currently on a hectic campaign trail after filing his nominations for assembly polls on Friday.

    The BJP leader filed his nominations from Shikaripura in Shimoga.

    Meanwhile, BJP chief Amit Shah took part in several programmes on the second day of his Karnataka tour.

    During the interaction with professionals and entrepreneurs in Bengaluru, BJP Chief AMit Shah discussed in detail the historic steps taken by the Modi government to motivate the young Indians towards the entrepreneurship and self employment.

    Earlier, he addressed the convention of Shakthi Kendra Pramukhs of 15 assembly constituencies in Devanahalli, and attended the 'Samaj Chintan Sabha' in Bengaluru.

  • Vice President also inaugurated an exhibition put up by Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances on identified priority programmes and innovations.

     

    The Vice President also released a book Emulating Excellence- Takeaways for Replication'.

     
    The day is celebrated for the civil servants to rededicate themselves to the cause of citizen and renew their commitments to public service and excellence in work.

    Addressing the function, Vice President said that it is our collective responsibility to work together to realise the dream of a New India.

    Union Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Jitendra Singh, also addressed the inaugural session of Civil Services Day function.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi touched down in Berlin for a very special visit. His first visit to the country after Chancellor Angela Merkel took oath for the 4th time earlier in March. This is his third visit since he took office in 2014.

    Chancellor Merkel greeted Prime Minister Modi at her Residence, the German Chancellery. The warmth clearly visible as the two leaders shook hands.

  • The apex court further clarified that Col. Purohit can raise the issue of sanction during the framing of UAPA charges before the trial court and seek discharge in the Malegaon blast case.

    The Supreme Court had in January had sought the Maharashtra government's response on Purohit's plea.

    In the plea, Purohit challenged the proceedings against him under the UAPA by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) court in the absence of valid sanction from the competent authority.

    Seeking a response from the Maharashtra government, the bench of Justice RK Agrawal and Justice Abhay Manohar Sapre had declined to interfere with the trial court's proceedings in the matter.

    Earlier, the Bombay High Court had dismissed Purohit's plea.

    The trial court in its 27 December, 2017, order, while discharging Purohit of the offences under the MCOC Act and the offences punishable under certain provisions of the UAPA, had decided to proceed against him under other provisions of the UAPA.

    Purohit has contended that proceedings against him are in the absence of valid sanction from the competent authorities, and are thus a miscarriage of justice and bad in law.

    Seven people were killed in a bomb blast on 29 September, 2008, at Malegaon in Nashik district of north Maharashtra.

  • The Centre submitted its report while responding to a PIL. Further hearing will take place on April 27.

  • The court has sought Yadav's health reports. The next hearing is on May 4. Lalu Prasad Yadav was sentenced to 7 years in jail in the fourth fodder scam case. He was also fined with Rs 30 lakhs.

    The fourth fodder scam involves fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 3.13 crore from the treasury of Dumka, now in Jharkhand, but was in Bihar when Lalu was the chief minister.