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  • Finance Minister Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman handed over a antique Bronze Idol of Buddha to Minister of State for Culture & Tourism (IC) Shri Prahlad Singh Patel today in New Delhi. This Buddha statue is documented as "Seated Buddha in Bhumisparsha Mudra'' Ht. 6.5" Circa 12th Century AD.

    The Bronze Idol of 'Buddha seated in the Bhumisparsha Mudra' was stolen on 22nd August, 1961 from Nalanda Museum of ASI and had resurfaced at an auction in Masstricht (organized by a London based dealer Rossi & Rossi in Feb 2018).

  • Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh has said the Government is committed to work towards achieving a USD 26 billion Defence industry by 2025. Addressing the second annual session of Society of Indian Defence Manufacturers here today, he said the Defence sector has been identified as one of the most prominent sectors under “Make in India” Initiative to realize USD 5 Trillion Economy by 2024.

  • In the final of U-17 Junior Boys Subroto Cup International Football Tournament, Hopewel Elias Higher Secondary School, Meghalaya defeated Bangladesh Krida Shiksha Prothishtan (BKSP) by a score line of 1-0 at Dr. Ambedkar Stadium, New Delhi today.

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  • Union Minister for Home Affairs, Shri Amit Shah presided as Chief Guest over the 5th International Ramayan Festival organized by Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), in New Delhi today.

    The Home Minister said that ICCR was established with the vision of propagating Indian culture and its values to the whole world.

  • Union Minister of State for Culture& Tourism (Independent Charge), Shri Prahlad Singh Patel inaugurated the exhibition 'Shashwat Maharathi : The Eternal Seeker' on Chitracharya Upendra Maharath at newly renovated Jaipur House in National Gallery of Modern art New Delhi today.

  •  Union Finance & Corporate Affairs Minister Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman handed over 12th Century Buddha statue, which was stolen 57 years ago and finally traced at an auction in the United Kingdom (UK), to Shri Prahlad Singh Patel, Union Minister of State (IC) of Culture, here today . Shri Ajay Bhushan Pandey , Revenue Secretary , Senior officers of Central Board of Indirect Taxes & Customs, Ministry of Culture , Archaeological Survey of India and Directorate of Revenue Intelligence were present on the occasion.

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    The Minister of Chemicals & Fertilizers Shri Sadananda Gowda inaugurated the Annual Health Conference "Pharma Med HD 2019 Transforming the perception of Indian Health Care Industry" in New Delhi today.

  • With Government of India working towards a Divyangjan-friendly nation, participants of San-Sadhan Hackathon, organized by Ministry of Jal Shakti and the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (Divyangjan) in association with Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), NITI Aayog came out with thought-provoking ideas for accessible toilets for Divyangjans.

  • Contract for coal gasification plant for urea project at the erstwhile Talcher unit of FCIL was awarded today.  The Minister of Chemicals & Fertilizers Shri Sadananda Gowda and the Minister for Petroleum Shri Dharmendra Pradhan presided over the contact Award Ceremony in New Delhi today.

  • As a part of Nationwide Awareness Campaign during ongoing 'Construction Technology Year', Central Public Works Department is organizing a National Seminar on “Emerging Trends in Public Architecture on September 18, 2019 at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi.

  • Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has joined hands with Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) for development of human centric systems for the Human Space Mission to demonstrate its human space flight capabilities.

  • On the concluding day (September 17, 2019) of his visit to Slovenia, the President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, attended the Indian community and Friends of India reception in Ljubljana, hosted by Shri Param Jit Mann, Ambassador of India to Slovenia.

  • Climate change is one of the most compelling global challenges. The urgency for global climate action cannot be overemphasised. In this background, on 23 September, 2019, the Secretary-General of the United Nations Mr António Guterres will host the Climate Action Summit in New York to ramp up the climate actions worldwide.

  • The Indian Army Medical Corps under the aegis of DGMS (Army) conducted an “AMC Motorcycle Expedition” to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Kargil War as well as the “55th AMC Biennial Conference”, honouring the real heroes of the Indian Army.

  • Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas & Steel Shri Dharmendra Pradhan met Mr. Igor Sechin, Chairman of the Management Board and CEO, Rosneft and Former Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation today in New Delhi.

  • Minister of Railways and Commerce & Industry, Shri Piyush Goyal flagged off new passenger Train No. 53561/53562 between Dumka and Poreyahat in Jharkhand today i.e. 17.09.2019 through Video Conference in New Delhi.

  • The way ACs run and power supply is done in railway coaches is to transform. Such new technological transformation is also to bring in foreign exchange saving of about 1400 Crore Rupees per year.

     

    In the new technology called - Head on Generation technology, the power will be drawn from the Overhead Electric supply.

  • “The Ayushman Bharat journey which began on 14th April 2018 with the inaugural of a HWC at Jangla, a remote place in Chattisgarh, culminated in the launch of the second pillar of Ayushman Bharat- the Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY) on 23 Sept, 2018 in Ranchi, Jharkhand.

  • Chairman Railway Board, Shri Vinod Kumar Yadav alongwith Member Rolling Stock, Shri Rajesh Agrawal, Member Traffic, Shri P.S Mishra, General Manager, Northern Railway, Shri T.P Singh and other senior officers of Railway Board and Northern Railway participated in Shramdaan at New Delhi Railway Station.

  • In Cricket, India will be up against South Africa in the second T20 International of the three-match series in Mohali today evening. The match will begin at 7 p.m.

  • Saudi Arabia's energy minister has said that more than half of the country's daily crude oil production that was knocked out by an attack had been recovered.

  • In Uttar Pradesh, low lying areas close to major rivers in the state are facing fury of flood. The situation emerged after heavy rains in the catchment areas and water released into rivers from various dams and barrages.

  • Indian Air Force has successfully flight-tested air-to-air missile Astra off the coast of Odisha. The missile was launched from a Sukhoi Su-30 MKI combat aircraft on Monday as a part of User trials.

  • External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said, India has a unique challenge from one neighbour and it would remain a challenge until the neighbour starts acting normally and acts against cross-border terrorism.

  • Four Indian boxers advanced to the quarterfinals with impressive victories in an all-win outing at the AIBA Men's World Boxing Championships in Ekaterinburg, Russia today.

  • In Afghanistan, at least 26 people have been killed and more than 42 injured when a suicide bomber on a motorcycle targeted an election rally by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in Charikar, the capital of Parwan province, north of Kabul.

  • Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan has said that 22 thousand health and wellness centres have been made functional and 10 crore beneficiaries have received e-cards under the Ayushman Bharat scheme.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said the government's decision on Article 370 concerning Jammu and Kashmir was inspired by the vision of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.

  • President, Vice President, several Ministers, leaders cutting across party lines, sportspersons, legends from various other fields and common people have greeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his birthday today.

  • The Election Commission team will visit Mumbai today to review of the state's poll preparedness.

  • Union Home Ministry has said that the construction work on Kartarpur Corridor on Indian side at Dera Baba Nanak will be completed before the scheduled time.

  • Addressing a rally at Azara near Guwahati in Assam, Javadekar said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah have strengthened the unity of the country by scrapping the Article 370.
     

  • Tuesday saw External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar addressing his first media briefing after taking ministerial office in South Block to put forth the MEA's work during the first 100 days of the Modi 2.0 govt.

    He said one of the key achievements of the govt during this time has been the strong connection between national security and foreign policy..He said India's voice is now heard much more than earlier at the global stage.

    Targeting pakistan, the External Affairs Minister said India has a ""unique challenge" from one neighbour who needs to act normal and take action against cross-border terrorism. He added that Pakistan only talks about tackling terrorism without ever acting on it.

    On abrogation of article 370..the Minister said there's no need to worry about what people might say at the upcoming UNGA..India's stand has been clear on the issue since 1972..He added that the world community has been explained India's stand on the subject and all are backing India.

    On the subject of Pak Occupied Kashmir..he said it's an unalienable part of India and hoped that some day India will have full physical control of this territory..

    The Minister also spoke about Indo-US relations which have only strengthened over the years..He also said that some unresolved matters do remain which could be resolved soon..

    Speaking about the mega event in Houston where the PM will share the stage with the american President Donald Trump who accepted the invitation from the India community there..Dr Jaishankar said this also tells us the importance of the India community in US.

    INDIA'S FOREIGN POLICY IN MODI GOVT 2.0

    -- The External Affairs Minister also spoke about India-China relations and said both nations are understanding each-others' concerns

    -- On Kulbhushan Jadhav..the external affairs Minister said that India's purpose was to get him cousellor access and now efforts will be made to bring him home

    -- On Zakir Naik..It was said the Minister engaged with his Malaysian counterpart on the sidelines of the multilatral meet in Vladivoktok

    -- Speaking about Prime Minister Modi's foreign visits..he said the PM has strengthened ties with several nations during the first 100 days

    -- He added that the govt has been very active over Africa over the first 100 days

    -- adding the MEA has been on the right path in fulfilling the govt's commitments towards african nations

    It was also said that be it G 20 or Climate conferences..India's stature and importance has been increasing on the world stage.

  • Addressing a press conference in New Delhi, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare Dr Harsh Vardhan said that within one-year, more than 45 lakh poor people have been treated under Ayushman Bharat scheme. 

    18,073 hospitals have been empanelled, and more than Rs 70,500 crore has been spent. 

    One important aspect of Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY) is that benefits of the scheme are portable across the country and a beneficiary can visit any empaneled public or private hospital for cashless treatment. 

    Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare also released Village Health Sanitation and Nutrition Day Guidelines. 
     

  • The meeting comes on the heels of PM Modi's recent visit to Russian Far East in the first week of September. 

    India has expressed interest in exploration of oil and natural resources in the Russian state. 

    Indian interests includes investment and collaboration in Oil, coal, timber, diamonds and other natural resources.

    India is world's third largest energy consumer nation and growing demand has pushed policymakers to look for new avenues to secure its energy supply in long terms.

    Rosenoft has significant share of collaboration with Indian oil PSUs like ONGC Videsh Limited.

    Rosneft, has also bought  Essar oil in one of the largest buy out in the history of Indian petroleum industry.
     

  • The beyond-visual-range missile was launched from Sukhoi-30 MKI as a part of user trials. 

    A defence official said as part of the trial, the live aerial target was engaged accurately demonstrating the capability of the first indigenous air-to-air missile. 

    Various radars, electro-optical tracking system and sensors tracked the missile and confirmed its engagement with the target. 

    Astra has been designed by the DRDO, the premier research and development organisation of the armed forces in the country. 

    The Astra is capable of engaging targets of different ranges and altitudes including long-range as well as short-range targets. 

    Raksha Mantri Rajnath Singh congratulated DRDO and Air Force teams for the successful test.
     

  • Labour and Employment Minister Santosh Kumar Gangwar, while addressing the gathering in New Delhi on the occasion of presentation of Vishwakarma Awards said that with abrogation of article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir, his Ministry has planned to set up regional offices of technical wing of the Ministry namely Directorate General Factory Advice Service and Labour Institute which will benefit the workers in the region.

    The Vishwakarma Rashtriya Puraskar & National Safety Awards for the Year 2017 were given away. 28 awards were given for Vishvakarma Rashtriya Puruskar while 81 winners bagged the National Safety awards.
     

  • Kartick was watching the DD News at his Ahiritola home in Calcutta and spotted son Sahil among the inmates at the home and contacted officers. The sleuths obtained the details from DD News  and got in touch with Nirmal Hriday.

    Kartick and wife Suman rushed to Nakashipara and reunited with their son Sahil, who had gone missing on February 10th, 2017 from a playground near his home .

  • Indian Army and Royal Thailand Army contingents put up a brilliant march past demonstration &  weapons and equipment was displayed for  the RTA Contingent.
     

  • Official sources said, the meeting was about to be addressed by President Ashraf Ghani in Parwan province, north of the capital, Kabul. 

    Mr Ghani's campaign chief said, the President was present at the venue but was unharmed. 

    Just hours later, an explosion struck near the U.S. Embassy in Kabul with reports of three people killed. 

    No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks. 

    The violence comes as Afghanistan faces presidential elections on September 28. 

    The Taliban has warned that polling stations and election campaigns would be targeted. 

    Campaigning for the Afghan elections resumed last week after US President, Donald Trump declared that the US - Taliban talks which had been going  for months in the Gulf Arab state of Qatar, are over. 
     

  • It was a second consecutive defeat for Vinesh against the Japanese this season after losing to the two-time world champion at the Asian Championship in China.

    Vinesh has Commonwealth Games and Asian Games titles to her name but is yet to win a medal at the Worlds. 
     

  • Earlier in the day, Modi, who arrived in Gujarat late on Monday, inaugurated the Namami Devi Narmade Mahotsav, celebrating the overflowing of the Sardar Sarovar dam. After that event, Modi reached his mother's residence and had food with her.

    TV visuals showed the PM paying obeisance with folded hands to his mother, who was seen blessing her now world- famous son. PM Modi was to meet his mother early on Tuesday before the Sardar Sarovar event but there was a change in the schedule.

  • Sarah Thomas, 37, could be seen in a video posted on Facebook arriving at Dover on the southern English coast with a group of supporters cheering her on. "I feel a little sick," she is heard saying in the video.

    In a post on Saturday before setting off, Thomas wrote: "This swim is dedicated to all the survivors out there. "This is for those of us who have prayed for our lives, who have wondered with despair about what comes next, and have battled through pain and fear to overcome," she wrote.

    Thomas completed treatment for cancer a year ago. Thomas told the news agency the hardest part of the swim was dealing with the salt water, which left her throat and mouth sore. She said she also got stung in the face by a jellyfish.

    Endurance swimmer Lewis Pugh wrote on Twitter that her achievement was "extraordinary, amazing, super-human". "Just when we think we've reached the limit of human endurance, someone shatters the records," he wrote.

  • Speaking at the Namami Devi Narmade- Mahotsav at Sardar Sarovar Dam in Narmada district, PM Modi said that we have proved that the development is possible with protection of environment also. He said that nature is over our ornament and we are worshiping it.

    Referring to the raising of height of Sardar Sarovar Dam up to 138.68 meters in last five years and water storage with its full capacity, PM Modi said that this ambitious project will also benefit  Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Rajasthan along with Gujarat.

    PM Modi said that Sardar Sarovar Dam was the dream of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, which is fulfilled in front of the Statue of Unity- the world’s tallest statue of Sardar Patel.

    PM Modi said that credit of success of the completion of Sardar Sarovar Dam goes to lakhs of people and now it is the responsibility of the people to utilize the water very judiciously.

    PM Modi also expressed satisfaction over the completion of the work of canal network of Sardar Sarovar Dam in Gujarat.

    He also termed the Sardar Sarovar Dam and Statue of Unity as the emerging tourist spot of the world.

    He said that the development will provide the employment to the local tribles and appeal the people to make such places free from single use plastic.

    Prime Minister Modi said that his government has taken important decision during the last 100 days and we will continue to work with similar pace for the welfare of the people. Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani also spoke on this occasion.

    Earlier, Prime Minister performed the puja to welcome the Narmada water at Sardar Sarovar Dam at Kevadia in Gujarat. State Government is celebrating - Namami Devi Narmade- Mahotsav throughout the state to mark the historic overflowing of Sardar Sarovar Dam- the life line of the state at its maximum height.

    The event coincides with the 69th birthday celebrations of Prime Minister Modi today. PM Modi reached at Dam site in Narmada district and visited various ongoing projects at Sardar Sarovar Dam and the Statue of Unity.

    PM also visited and reviewed the progress of jungle safari, Ecotourism, cactus garden, Ekta nursery, western India’s first river rafting point, Nutrition Park, mirror maze and butterfly park.
     

  • Speaking to the news agency in Baghdad on Monday, Stoltenberg's comments were his first on the strikes on two major Saudi oil facilities, which were claimed by Yemen's Huthi rebels but which both Washington and Riyadh have blamed on Tehran.

    The Secretary General said, they call on all parties to prevent any such attacks occurring again because that can have negative consequences for the whole region.

    Iran has denied involvement in the attacks.

  • Speaking at an event, Birla said that with changing times the core business philosophy is rapidly moving away from shareholder capitalism to stake holder capitalism which includes investors, customers, employees and value chain partners.

    "For India to reshape the global economic order, Indian companies will have to hold themselves accountable to global standards of governance. I believe this cannot happen by running roughshod over minority shareholders," Birla said.

    Issues such as professional CEOs acting as promoters and founders wielding undue and disproportionate clout also need to change, he added. Birla said that increasingly all the the stakeholders are demanding a higher value, order, accountability and additionally the businesses will have to earn their license to operate in the society as a whole.

    "As ease of doing business improves, the way of doing business needs to change... If we want to make our mark in the world we have to be prepared for the world to leave its mark on us," he noted. Birla said there were various sectors in India which had the potential to grow into billion dollar business over a period of time.

    "There is one severely under-exploited sector and that is tourism. Only 11 million foreign tourists come to India annually. This is roughly the same as Bali and possibly close to half of what Barcelona gets," he said.

    If Stonehenge in UK can get close to million tourists in a year, the historic world heritage sites of Hampi and Gaya and Ajanta Caves have potential to get ten times more, he added. "Tourism alone, I believe can be a USD 100 billion industry. Same is the story with various sectors in India. The country for example can be centre for development of healthcare solutions, in the digital domain India can generate trillions of data points due to its sheer size and hence it could position itself as a hub for data analytics industry globally," Birla said.

    So from tourism to health care to data sciences, the sheer scale of Indian economy will ensure that India's imprint is felt on the world, he added. "It will be a two-way engagement with the world, global companies will seek to harvest India's growing and robust consumption market which is slated to cross USD 6 trillion in the next ten years," Birla noted.

    Commenting on global trade, Birla said that globalisation is here to stay. "The current climate of protectionism and trade friction will make you believe that globalisation is under retreat. I don't believe so, I believe it is a process and trend that is irreversible," he added. 

  • Extending his best wishes and greetings, President Ramnath Kovind wished PM Modi good health, happiness and many more years of dedicated service to the nation.

    Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu said, under PM Modi's exemplary leadership, people have accepted the creative mass movements for New India. He said, every citizen is hopeful and committed to the success of his vision of nation-building.

    Home Minister Amit Shah in a message said, PM Modi, as a reformist not only gave a new direction to politics but also made everyone proud by finding a permanent solution to the problems that have been going on for decades.

    Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said PM Modi has been instrumental in building and strengthening India’s position in the comity of nations. Rajnath Singh said Modi Ji's visionary leadership has helped India in scaling new heights of glory.

    I&B Minister Prakash Javadekar said it has been the privilege of working under his inspiring leadership. He said Modi will always remain the inspiration of all.

    Congress President Sonia Gandhi wished PM Modi on his 69th birthday and wished him a happy, healthy and long life. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal wished PM Modi a long and healthy life.

    Legendary India cricketer Sachin Tendulkar recalled PM Modi's clean India mission that has been an inspiration to millions. Current India captain Virat Kohli wished the Prime Minister success in his pursuit of achieving his missions for the country.
     

  • The 30-share index was trading 147.66 points, or 0.40 per cent, lower at 36,975.65 at 0930 hours, while the broader Nifty fell 43.30 points, or 0.39 per cent, to 10,960.20. In the previous session, the BSE barometer settled 262 points, or 0.70 per cent, lower at 37,123.31, while the Nifty closed 79.80 points, or 0.72 per cent, down at 10,996.10.

    Top losers in the Sensex pack in early trade on included Tech Mahindra, HCL Tech, Hero MotoCorp, Axis Bank, Bajaj Auto, HDFC, Bharti Airtel, M&M, TCS, Tata Motors, ICICI Bank and Maruti, falling up to 1.86 per cent. On the other hand, Vedanta, Yes Bank, Asian Paints, Tata Steel, ONGC, SBI and IndusInd Bank, rose up to 2.22 per cent.

    On Monday, foreign portfolio investor sold shares worth a net of Rs 751.26 crore, while domestic institutional investors bought equities worth Rs 308.56 crore, provisional data showed. Investor sentiment remained weak amid geopolitical uncertainties over the Saudi oil turmoil, US-China trade war and looming global economic slowdown, experts said.

    Market is now awaiting cues from the upcoming trade talks between China and the US as well as a much-anticipated policy meeting of the Federal Reserve, scheduled to begin later in the day. Elsewhere in Asia, Shanghai Composite Index, Hang Seng and Nikkei were trading in the red in their respective late morning sessions, while Kospi was in the positive territory.

    On Wall Street, bourses ended on a negative note on Monday. The rupee, meanwhile, depreciated 17 paise against its previous close at 71.77 in early session. Global oil benchmark Brent crude fell 0.93 per cent to 68.38 per barrel (intra-day).

  • He was addressing the Slovenia-India Business Forum in Lubliyana, the capital of Slovenia on Monday. He called upon the business community in Slovenia to participate in the Make in India programme by setting up the manufacturing units in India. The President also added that Clean Ganga Programme, urban infrastructure and renewable energy are other areas in which both the countries can work together.

    ASSOCHAM delegate  Kishore Kumar Sharma said that bilateral trade increased by 33 per cent in 2018-19 with trade increasing from 270 million Euros to 361 million Euros. He said, the possibility of direct link with the port of Koper in Slovenia from India could be worked out for easier sea connectivity.

    President of Slovenia Borut Pahor graced the meeting during the business forum interactions. On the concluding day of his visit to Slovenia, President Kovind will meet the Indian community and address them before leaving for New Delhi today.

  • In a statement issued on Monday in Seattle,USA, the Gates Foundation said, PM Modi will receive its annual Goalkeepers Global Goals Award for providing 500 million people in India safer sanitation. PM Modi will be in the United States next week to receive the foundation's award.

    The Swachh Bharat Mission was launched in 2014 and its components include the construction of household toilets, community and public toilets and solid waste management.

    According to the latest government data, the rural sanitation coverage has reached 99.99 per cent till now from 39 per cent in 2014. Over ten crore household toilets have been built so far under Swacchh Bharat Mission while 35 States and Union Territories have been declared Open Defecation Free.

  • Experts said, although the RBI takes into account the Consumer Price Index-based inflation while deciding its monetary policy stance, the decline in core inflation has strengthened the case for a rate cut.

    According to the data released yesterday by the Ministry of Commerce & Industry, the increase in prices of certain food items was partially neutralized by static prices of manufactured goods during August 2019. The Wholesale Price Index based inflation was 1.08 per cent in July and 4.62 per cent in August last year.

    Inflation in food articles rose to 7.67 per cent during the month as against 6.15 per cent in July mainly on account of rise in prices of vegetables and protein-rich items. Vegetable inflation went up at 13.07 per cent from 10.67 per cent in the previous month. However, fuel and power basket continued to witness deflation at 4 per cent in August as against 3.64 per cent in July.

    The retail (CPI) inflation in August rose marginally to 3.21 per cent as against 3.15 per cent in the previous month mainly due to costlier food items, government data showed last week.

    The Reserve Bank has cut key repo rate by 110 basis points during this year by effecting a total of four cuts so far.
     

  • Polls opened at 7:00 am (0400 GMT) and were due to close in most areas at 10:00 pm. At one Jerusalem polling station, a trickle of voters arrived to cast ballots just after opening time. The stakes could not be much higher for the 69-year-old right-wing leader who, as in April polls, faces a strong challenge from ex-military chief Benny Gantz and his centrist Blue and White alliance. Ex-defence minister Avigdor Lieberman, Netanyahu's former right-hand man turned rival, could play a kingmaker role with his campaign to "make Israel normal again."

    Some 6.4 million people are eligible to cast ballots. The first exit surveys will be released just after polls close, while official results are not expected until Wednesday. Opinion polls have indicated another tight race, showing Netanyahu's Likud and Blue and White winning around 32 seats each in the 120-seat parliament.

    Both Netanyahu and Gantz paid a last-minute visit Monday night to Jerusalem's Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews are allowed to pray. Netanyahu enters the election after having suffered one of the biggest defeats of his political career following the April vote.

    His Likud along with its right-wing and religious allies won a majority of seats, leading Israeli President Reuven Rivlin to task the premier with forming a new government. But following weeks of discussions, Netanyahu failed, leading him to opt for an unprecedented second election rather than risk having Rivlin choose someone else.

    The danger for Netanyahu extends beyond remaining prime minister, a post he has held for a total of more than 13 years. If he wins, many believe he will seek to have parliament grant him immunity from prosecution while facing the possibility of a corruption indictment in the weeks ahead. Israel's attorney general has said he intends to indict Netanyahu for fraud, bribery and breach of trust pending a hearing expected only days after the election in early October.

    A final decision would come later. Netanyahu would not be required to step down if indicted, only if convicted with all appeals exhausted. Recognising the stakes, Netanyahu spent the final days of the campaign seeking to appeal to right-wing nationalists -- key to his re-election bid -- and to boost turnout among his base

  • Earlier, Prime Minister reached Kevadia at Dam site in Narmada district and visited various ongoing projects at Sardar Sarovar Dam and the Statue of Unity. PM Modi also visited and reviewed the progress of jungle safari, Eco tourism, cactus garden, Ekta nursery, western India’s first river rafting point, Nutrition Park, mirror maze and butterfly park.

    Gujarat Government is celebrating - Namami Devi Narmade- Mahotsav throughout the state to mark the historic overflowing of Sardar Sarovar Dam- the life line of the state at its maximum height. Namami Devi Narmade - Mahotsav is also coincided with the 69th birthday celebrations of Prime Minister Modi today.

  • Five pigs found dead at a farm in Paju, a city near the inter-Korean border, were confirmed to have been infected with the virus, an official with Seoul's agriculture ministry told AFP. "At this point, it's too early to confirm if the case stemmed from the North," the official added.

    Seoul's agriculture Minister Kim Hyun-soo said 3,950 pigs from three farms in Paju were to be culled. The virus is not harmful to humans but causes haemorrhagic fever in pigs that is almost always fatal. There is no antidote or vaccine and the only known way to prevent the disease from spreading is a mass cull of affected livestock.

    The confirmed cases in the South came around three months after Pyongyang told the World Organisation for Animal Health that dozens of pigs had died from the disease at a farm near the Chinese border, according to the South's agriculture ministry. In June, Seoul said the disease was "highly likely" to enter the country from the North and ordered fences to be erected at farms along the border to prevent possible contact between pigs and wild boar.

    There are around 6,700 pig farms across South Korea and pig farming accounts for 40 percent of the total livestock industry. In May, the UN's Food and Agricultural Organization said pork prices had risen by up to 50 percent both in China and on the Chicago futures exchange as a result of the outbreak. Last month, it said almost five million pigs in Asia had died or been culled because of the spread of the disease.

  • The Statue of Unity, billed as the tallest in the world, was inaugurated by him on Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel's birth anniversary on October 31 last year. There were reports that he filmed a video of the Statue of Unity from his helicopter.

    Earlier on Tuesday, PM Modi arrived at Kevadiya to take part in the 'Namami Narmada' festival being celebrated by the Gujarat government to mark the filling up of the Sardar Sarovar Dam on Narmada river to its full reservoir level of 138.68 metres.

    For the first time since the height of the dam was raised in 2017, the water level reached its highest peak at 138.68 metres on Sunday evening.

    The PM, who would be addressing a gathering near the dam, visited various developmental projects being carried out near the dam and Statue of Unity to boost tourism. These projects include river rafting, a jungle safari park, a butterfly park and Ekta Nursery, an officila said.

    PM Modi also visited the Khalvani Eco-Tourism site. In the safari, he apparently spotted deer. Modi is also expected to visit Dutt Mandir at nearby Garudeshwar village on the banks of Narmada.

  • Traffic snarled as more than 600 stoplights went dark in the capital, Tegucigalpa. Leonardo Deras of Honduras' state electric company said at a news conference that the problem arose from an overload at a substation on the Caribbean coast.

    Salvador Mansell, president of Nicaragua's state power transmission company, Enatrel, said the blackout hit his country's capital, Managua, and its main departments, or provinces.

    There are about 600,000 paying customers for electricity in the country. Internet service and water distribution in parts of the capital, which relies on pumps, were also knocked out. Power began to be restored in the afternoon. Honduras' government said the process would take three or four hours.

    El Salvador and Guatemala also had partial outages. The four nations plus Costa Rica and Panama have shared a linked electrical network since the late 1980s.

  •  "I have no meeting scheduled (with Rouhani). I know they (Iranians) want to meet," Trump told reporters at the White House.

    "I know they are not doing well as a country. Iran has got a lot of problems right now.. but two and half to three years ago they were causing a lot of trouble... and we'll see what happens," he said. After coming to power, Trump had withdrawn from the Iranian nuclear deal and imposed stringent sanctions on Iran.

    Trump said certain conditions had to be met for talks with the Iranians. "The biggest thing you can talk about are the sanctions, and the sanctions are massive.

    There's never been sanctions put on a country like that. I think they have a tremendous future, but not the way they're behaving," he said. Responding to a question, Trump said the evidence from the recent attack on the oil units in Saudi Arabia indicated foul play from Iran.

    "It's looking that way. We are having some very strong studies done, but it's certainly looking that way at this moment. And we'll let you know. As soon as we find out definitively, we'll let you know. But it does look that way," he said. On Saturday, air attacks targeted Abqaiq, the site of the largest oil processing plant run by the Saudi state oil company,

    Aramco, and the Khurais oilfield. Iran has denied involvement in the air attacks, which were claimed by Iran-aligned Houthi rebels in Yemen. Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo and other US officials will be visiting Saudi Arabia to hold talks in the aftermath of the attacks. Trump said:

    "We have a lot of options, but I'm not looking at options right now. We want to find definitively who did this. We're dealing with Saudi Arabia. We're dealing with the Crown Prince and so many other of your neighbours, and we're all talking about it together. We'll see what happens," he said. 

  • In a tweet, PM Modi said, he will refer to some of them during his remarks. He said, there is great enthusiasm towards the Howdy Modi programme in Houston. 

    He urged the people to express their thoughts on the special open forum on the NaMo application.

    PM Modi expressed delight that US President Donald Trump will join him in the India community programme at Houston. 

    PM Modi on Monday said he is looking forward to join the Indian origin community in welcoming the US President at the programme.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi waved to people gathered outside on the road as his convoy passed from the airport to the city.

    PM will visit Gujarat's Sardar Sarovar Dam on the Narmada river on Tuesday. The water level has reached its highest level till date of 138.68 metres. The PM will launch the "Namami Narmade" festival. 

    The Prime Minister will visit the dam site at Kevadiya in Narmada district on his 69th birthday to attend the "Namami Narmade Mahotsava" to celebrate the water level milestone.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit the Sardar Sarovar Dam In Narmada in Gujarat and offer prayers there on his 69th birthday on 17th September.

    The Water Level In Sardar Sarovar Dam In Kevadiya In Narmada District reached Its Highest Capacity at 138.68 Metres on Sunday, Since its height was raised in 2017.

    In 2014, Permission Was granted to raise the height of this mega Dam from 121.92 metres to 138.68 Metres

    This Means There Shall be no water scarcity in Gujarat For At least next 2 years

    Narmada is considered to be the lifeline of Gujarat

    ---Close To 10,000 Villages In Gujarat gets Potable Water Because of this Project

    ---There is canal Network of 75,000 Kms In Gujarat ,Through which People get Water for irrigation

    ---Installed Capacity Of Sardar Sarovar Hydro Power Project is 1450 MW

    The Namami Devi Narmade Mahotsav will be celebrated across the state with over 5,000 events which marks the filling up of the Sardar Sarovar Dam to its full capacity.PM Modi Will offer prayers at the dam site

    PM Modi Will also review Various Developmental Projects like 

    ---Eco Tourism Site

    ---Jungle Safari

    ---Butterfly Garden

    ---Cactus Garden, where more than 500 species Of Cactus are there

    ---Ekta Nursery

    ---Garudeshwar Dutt Temple

    The Statue of Unity is on a spree of setting benchmarks. Days after it made its place in the Time's 100 greatest places in the world, it registered a record 34,000 tourists visiting the location in a single day on 25th August. PM Modi's Visit To Kevadiya On His Birthday will further play a significant role in Boosting Tourism In Gujarat 
     

  • A Home Ministry team has visited the construction site at Dera Baba Nanak site and reviewed the construction work there on Monday.  

    There are three major construction works at Indian side, the construction of a 3.5 KM long 'four lane highway' from Gurdaspur to  International Border which is being built  by the National Highways Authority of  India. 

    Out of 3.5 KM stretch, around 70 percent of construction work has been completed and rest of the 30 percent will be finished before 31st October. 

    The MHA team also visited and took stock of the progress of construction of main terminal building for the Sikh pilgrimage and  a separate building for the security forces at Indian side.
     

  • They discussed development-related issues of the state. Home minister Amit Shah also took stock of the situation in a two-hour long meeting attended by National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba among others... Details in this report...

    The situation in Jammu and Kashmir continues to improve every day. Most areas of the valley are restriction-free. In Delhi, Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and is believed to have briefed him about the security situation in the state.

    On another front, Union home minister Amit Shah took stock of the situation and was briefed about the steps taken to maintain peace along border areas as well as in the Valley. 

    During the two-hour long meeting, also attended by National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba among others, the home minister was given a detailed presentation on the prevailing security situation in Jammu and Kashmir, particularly along the International Border and the Line of Control. 

    The meeting came amidst report that around 230 terrorists were brought to terror launch pads by Pakistan to push them into Jammu and Kashmir. Lieutenant General K J S Dhillon, General Officer Commanding, 15 Corps, which looks after the Kashmir Valley, had recently said there have been infiltration attempts from across the border.

    Restrictions were first imposed across Kashmir on 5th August when the Centre announced its decision to abrogate Article 370 of the Constitution and bifurcate the state into two Union territories. The restrictions were lifted in phases from many parts of the valley as the situation improved with the passage of time.

    Meanwhile, the Supreme Court has agreed to entertain a petition filed by the Jammu and Kashmir People's Conference challenging President's Rule imposed in the state and abrogation of provisions of Article 370, which gave special status to the state.  

    A bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and justices S A Bobde and S A Nazeer tagged the petition filed along with petitions which have been referred to a five-judge Constitution bench for examining the legal validity of the Presidential order on abrogation of Article 370 from the state.  However, the bench declined to entertain other fresh petitions on the issue of scrapping of Article 370. 

    The Supreme Court has also allowed Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad to visit four districts -- Srinagar, Jammu, Baramulla, Anantnag -- to meet people but said he cannot hold any political rally. It also allowed CPI(M) leader Mohd Yusuf Tarigami to go back to his home state Jammu and Kashmir. The ailing leader was on September 9 shifted from Srinagar to AIIMS for treatment.

    The apex Court asked the Centre to make all endeavours to restore normalcy in Kashmir as soon as possible. A bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and justices S A Bobde and S A Nazeer was told by the Centre that all Kashmir-based newspapers were running and the government had been offering all kinds of assistance.  

    It also said that TV channels like Doordarshan and others private ones along with FM networks are working in the state.  The bench asked Attorney General K K Venugopal, appearing for the Centre, to put details of these steps taken on an affidavit. 
     

  • In a meeting of IIT Joint Admission Board (JAB) several key decisions have been taken regarding the JEE (Advanced) to be held in 2020. 

    In the JAB meeting, which was held on Sunday (15th September, 2019) at IIT Delhi, it has been decided to conduct the JEE (Advanced) 2020 on May 17 (Sunday). 

    The IIT JAB also decided to hold the JEE (Advanced) 2020 for the first time in the US also. 

    For this, an examination centre will be set up in San Francisco. 

    The Board has decided to shortlist Two Lakh Fifty Thousand students (including all categories) from JEE (Main) 2020 to appear for JEE (Advanced) 2020.

  • The award citation lauded Prime Minister Hasina for her vision of a peaceful and prosperous South Asia, free of tension, conflicts and terrorism. It acknowledged her contribution in fostering cooperation between India and Bangladesh.

    Speaking after receiving the award Prime Minister Hasina said that the award will inspire her government to strive for the achievement of greater inclusive development of people.

    Chief Adviser of the Dr Kalam Smriti International Advisory Council former Ambassador T.P. Sreenivasan handed over the award to Sheikh Hasina.

    The award is given every year to honour statesmen or leaders who have shown excellence in respective fields to achieve the best for their countries.

    The Presidents of the Maldives, Ghana and Mauritius earlier received the prestigious award since its introduction in 2015.

  • President arrived in South Central European country of Slovenia after concluding his visit to Iceland and Switzerland. 

    In Slovenia, the President will hold talks with his counterpart Borut Pahor.  President Kovind will also be present during the delegation level talks and signing of Agreements for wider Cooperation in the areas of mutual interest between the two countries. 

    The President will lay wreath at the memorial of the war victims. During his two days stay, the President will also take part in the India Slovenia business event and grace a reception to be hosted by the Indian community. This is the first ever visit by any Indian President to Slovenia after it gained Independence in 1991. 
     

  • Emphasising the new bonhomie in the India-US ties under the Trump administration, this is for the first time in recent history that the leaders of the two largest democracies would be addressing a joint rally anywhere in the world.

    More than 50,000 Indian-Americans from across the US have registered for the September 22 mega "Howdy, Modi! Shared Dreams, Bright Futures" event to be held at the sprawling NRG Stadium in Houston.

    PM MODI THANKS US PRESIDENT FOR THE SPECIAL GESTURE

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said The special gesture of President Donald Trump to join us in Houston highlights the strength of the relationship and recognition of the contribution of the Indian community to American society and economy.

    In a series of tweets, the prime minister said A special gesture by @POTUS, signifying the special friendship between India and USA!

    Delighted that President @realDonaldTrump will join the community programme in Houston on the 22nd.

    Looking forward to joining the Indian origin community in welcoming him at the programme.

    Meanwhile, Information and Broadcasting minister, Prakash Javadekar said that the US President Donald Trump's plan to attend "Howdy Modi" event in Houston on Sept 22, shows India's growing stature at global level.

  • "Shri Satya Pal Malik, the Governor of Jammu and Kashmir called on PM @narendramodi," the prime minister's office tweeted.

    Malik is believed to have apprised Modi about the prevailing situation in Jammu and Kashmir.

    On August 5, the central government had announced the abrogation of the special status given to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 and bifurcation of the state into Union territories. The two UTs of Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh will come into existence on October 31.

     

  • Kohli, with 903 rating points, is 34 points behind Smith (937). Besides former Australia captain Smith, compatriot Pat Cummins has also retained his one position in the ICC Test bowlers' rankings.

    Both Smith and Cummins player key roles in helping Australia retain The Ashes. The Ashes culminated with a 135-run victory for England in the fifth and final Test on Sunday.

    The series ended in a 2-2 draw with Australia retaining the Urn. Smith's scores of 80 and 23 in the two innings in the final Test helped him remain at 937 rating points, an incredible effort since he started the series in fourth position with 857 points before his surge that came courtesy 774 runs in four Tests. Cummins too is well clear of other bowlers as he enjoys a lead of 57 points over second-placed Kagiso Rabada after finishing as the top wicket-taker with 29 scalps.

    India's Jasprit Bumrah is in third place. Other players from Australia to make notable gains are Matthew Wade and Mitchell Marsh. Wade's fourth Test century has lifted him 32 places to 78th, his highest since being ranked 52nd in March 2013. Marsh's maiden five-wicket haul has helped him gain 20 places to reach 54th place, his best since March 2017.

    David Warner has lost seven places after the Test to finish in 24th position among batsmen. He has slid 19 places during the five matches with a tally of 95 runs in 10 innings, starting the series in fifth position.

    For England, fast bowler Jofra Archer has moved into the top 40 for the first time after grabbing six first-innings wickets while left-arm seamer Sam Curran has gained six slots to reach 65th position with three wickets. Jos Buttler's scores of 70 and 47 has lifted him back into the world's top 30 for the first time since January this year while Joe Denly's career-best score of 94 has taken him to a career-highest 57th place. Rory Burns has also moved up five places to 56th position. 

  • According to the Press Release issued by the Indian High Commission in Dhaka on Monday, during the visit, DG Coast Guard will be calling on the Home Minister, Chief of NavalStaff, Director General of Bangladesh Coast Guard among others. 

    It said that the visit of the Chief of Indian Coast Guard to Bangladesh will strengthen defence cooperation particularly in the field of maritime domain. 

    It will also strengthen the close and fraternal ties existing between the Coast Guards of the two countries.
     

  • The deadly floods swept away cars and decimated buildings in the regions of south-eastern parts of the country.

    Thousands of police, fire-fighters and soldiers are working round the clock to help those affected.

    Meanwhile, weather conditions are now beginning to stabilise and are expected to improve over the coming days.
     

  • Weekly mass demonstrations forced veteran president Abdelaziz Bouteflika to resign in April, leaving Algeria in constitutional limbo and facing a stand-off between the protesters and the army-backed government.

    An independent electoral commission will be formed to oversee the upcoming election. The army, the strongest institution in Algeria, earlier sought for a presidential election as soon as possible to break the deadlock between the protesters and the authorities.

    Algeria is a key gas supplier to Europe and it is a U.S. partner in its fight against militant Islamist groups in the Sahara and Sahel regions.

  • After touching a low of 37,111.29, the 30-share index was trading 210.02 points, or 0.56 per cent, lower at 37,174.97 at 1000 hours, while the broader Nifty fell 64.15 points, or 0.58 per cent, to 11,011.75.

    In the previous session on Friday, the BSE barometer settled 280.71 points higher at 37,384.99, while the broader NSE Nifty ended 93.10 points up at 11,075.90.

    According to experts, domestic equities plunged after global oil benchmark Brent crude price skyrocketed as drones attacked two Saudi Arabian plants on Saturday.

    The attack by Yemen's Houthi rebels reportedly shut down six per cent of the global oil supply.

    Shares of oil and gas companies HPCL, BPCL, IOC, Castrol India and Reliance Industries plunged up to 7 per cent.

    A huge depreciation in the rupee against the US dollar too spooked investors here, traders said. The local unit cracked 68 paise to 71.60 against the US currency in early trade.

    Top losers in the Sensex pack in early trade on included Asian Paints, RIL, Yes Bank, HDFC, SBI, Tata Motors, Maruti, Tata Steel and Axis Bank, falling up to 2 per cent.

    On the other hand, ONGC, TCS, HUL, TechM, PowerGrid, Sun Pahrma, Infosys, ITC, HCL Tech and NTPC rose up to 2.45 per cent.

    Meanwhile, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday unveiled over Rs 70,000 crore of measures for exporters and the real estate sector, including about Rs 30,000 crore new spending in plans such as setting up of a stressed asset fund, as part of efforts to boost economic growth from a six-year low.

    Market participants are also eyeing wholesale price index (WPI) inflation data scheduled to be announced later in the day.

    The decision on interest rates and the statement from the US Federal Reserve chief after Federal Open Market Committee's two-day meet (starting on Tuesday) would be most crucial news for global markets, experts said.

    Elsewhere in Asia, Shanghai Composite Index and Kospi were trading in the green in their respective late morning sessions, while Hang Seng cracked 1 per cent.

    On Friday, foreign portfolio investor sold shares worth a net of Rs 405.45 crore, while domestic institutional investors bought equities worth Rs 209.56 crore, provisional data showed.

  • Addressing the SLFP convention in Ratnapura on Sunday, the party leader said regardless of the candidate, no candidate can win the next Presidential election without the support of the SLFP.

    He said although the SLFP has received invitations from both from the United National Party (UNP) and Sri Lanka People’s party (SLPP) for an alliance, no discussions were held with the UNP and the discussions with the SLPP were held giving priority to identity of the SLFP.

    The President said the SLPP MPs had been able to retain their parliamentary seat due to a letter submitted by the United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) General Secretary MP Mahinda Amaraweera. He added that while the top leaders and grassroots level members of the SLPP were grateful for it, it was regrettable that some middle-level MPs had forgotten it.

    His comments came as SLFP is in talks with SLPP for a an alliance while President is believed to be backing the candidature of UNP deputy leader and minister Sajith Premadasa for Presidential elections scheduled for later this year.

    UNP is yet to announce its candidate amidst infighting while SLPP has named former defence secretary Gotabya Rajapksa as its candidate. 

  • Greece has bitter memories of a horrific blaze that tore through the seaside town of Mati near Athens in July 2018, killing 102 people in a matter of hours. Authorities were accused then of poor coordination and a slow response.

    Greece often faces wildfires during its dry summer months, but environmental campaigners see an increasing number of wildfires around the world as a symptom of climate change.
     

  • Addressing at Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, in Bengaluru, the minister said that govt has taken a very bold decision by abrogating Article 370, to bring prosperity in Jammu and Kashmir.

  • President Ram Nath Kovind will visit Slovania today on the final leg of his three nation tour.

    He will hold wide ranging talks with his counterpart Borut Pahor and National Assembly President today. He will also take part in India - Slovania business event and community reception by Indian Community..

    It is the first ever visit by any Indian President to Slovenia after it gained Independence in 1991.

    He will return home on September 17.

  • The decision, came a day after the manufacturer's four-year contract with workers expired without an agreement on a replacement.

    The union's previous four-year contract with GM expired this weekend, and the two sides had been holding negotiations on wide-ranging issues, including wages, healthcare, profit sharing, and job security.

    Also, the union has been fighting to stop GM from closing car assembly plants in Ohio and Michigan, which the company has said are necessary responses to changes in the market. 

    The strike is the first major stoppage at GM since 2007. 
     

  • India has expressed serious concerns over unprovoked ceasefire violations by Pakistan along LoC in Jammu and Kashmir to support cross-border Infiltration of terrorists this year. 

    The Ministry of External Affairs in a statement said: "We have highlighted our concerns at unprovoked ceasefire violations by Pakistan forces, including in support of cross border terrorist infiltration, and targeting of Indian civilians and border posts by them. This year they have resorted to more than 2050 unprovoked ceasefire violations in which 21 Indians have died. We have repeatedly called upon Pakistan to ask its forces to adhere to 2003 ceasefire understanding and maintain peace and tranquility along the LOC and IB. Indian forces exercise maximum restraint and respond to unprovoked violations and attempts at cross border terrorist infiltration."
     

  • In Andhra Pradesh, at least 11 people died after a boat carrying over 73 people capsized in the Godavari river. While 39 people are missing, 27 people were rescued.

    The boat, belonging to a private operator, was on its way to the picturesque Papi kondalu tourist spot in the middle of the river when it met with the accident. 

    Two teams of National Disaster Response Force and State Disaster Response Force were sent to the accident spot for rescue operations. 

    The state govt has announced Rs. 10 Lakh Ex-Gratia for kin of the deceased. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy has sought a complete report on the incident and asked for the release of safety guidelines prepared by an expert committee.

    President Ram Nath Kovind has expressed sadness over loss of lives in boat capsizing tragedy in Andhra Pradesh. President in  at tweet said that "Saddened to hear of capsizing of the boat in the Godavari river in Andhra Pradesh. Thoughts and prayers with the bereaved families."

    Vice president Venkaiah Naidu also expressed grief over  boat tragedy in Andra PRadesh. Vice President in a tweet said that "Deeply Saddened to learn about the loss of lives in tourist boat capsize in Godavari River near Kacchuluru village in Devipatnam Mandal of the East Godavari district of  Andhra Pradesh. Heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families and prayers for the speedy recovery of the injured.

    While, expressing his grief over loss of life in boat tragedy, Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a tweet said that 'Extremely pained by the capsizing of a boat in Andhra Pradesh's East Godavari. My thoughts are with the bereaved families.'
     

  • A meeting of the National Crisis Management Committee, chaired by the Cabinet Secretary, Rajiv Gauba, was held yesterday to review the prevailing flood situation in the states of Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.

    Cabinet Secretary took stock of the current situation, preparedness, rescue and relief operations and directed that immediate assistance, as sought by the states, be provided to meet the crisis.

    It was informed by both the States that due to extremely heavy rainfall and the consequent discharge of water from the Gandhi Sagar Dam in Madhya Pradesh and other reservoirs in the two states, there has been flooding in the upstream as well as downstream areas.

    Action to evacuate and rescue people and livestock has been taken by the states and no loss of life has been reported. Adequate teams of the NDRF and Army have also been deployed and are engaged in rescue work.

    IMD has stated that while there has been very heavy rainfall in these States over the past few days, the intensity is likely to decline from today.

    Large areas in several districts of Rajasthan were flooded after water was released from dams, forcing evacuation of thousands of stranded people, including school children.

    Teams of the army, the National Disaster Response Force and other agencies are conducting rescue operations in Chittorgarh district and Kota city, where many people are marooned on rooftops after nearly 7 lakh cusecs of water was discharged from the Kota barrage yesterday. Over 5,000 people have been evacuated so far in Kota.

    Educational institutions have been closed in affected areas and the administration has appealed to people to ignore rumours on conditions of dams and barrages.   

    While in Madhya Pradesh, around 45,000 people were
    evacuated yesterday from flood-hit areas to safer places after heavy rainfall caused water-logging in many places. 

    Heavy showers have been lashing the two neighbouring districts Mandsaur and Neemuch in western Madhya Pradesh since the last few days, crippling normal life there.

    Meanwhile, former chief minister and senior BJP leader Shivraj Singh Chouhan said his party would launch an agitation from September 22 if compensation is not paid to farmers who have lost their crops in the downpour.

    He also announced that he would be donate his MLA salary for the month for people affected by floods. 
     

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed happiness over it during inauguration of Motihari-Amlekhgunj petroleum pipeline last week and reiterated India's commitment to the development of Nepal. 

    While appreciating Govt. of India, Nepal's Prime Minister K. P. Sharma Oli termed these houses as a symbol of India's support and friendly gesture to the people of Nepal.