• Union Minister for Food Processing Industries Smt Harsimrat Kaur Badal has today said that World Food India 2019 will be the biggest gathering of all global and domestic stakeholders in Food Processing Sector.

  • PiyushGoyal meeting with Industry stakeholders on e-Commerce and data localization

    Union Minister of Commerce and Industry & Railways, PiyushGoyal is holding a meeting with Industry stakeholders on e-Commerce and data localization in New Delhi today.

  • The Government of India has announced the Sale (Re-issue) of (i) ‘7.32 per cent Government Stock, 2024’ for a notified amount of Rs.5,000 crore (nominal) through price based auction,(ii)‘7.26 per cent Government Stock, 2029’ for a notified amount of  Rs.6,000 crore (nominal) through price based auction,(iii) ‘7.69 per cent Government Stock, 2043’ for a notified amount of Rs.2,000 crore (nominal) through price based auction,and (iv) ‘7.72 per cent Government Stock, 2049’ for a notified amount of  Rs.4,000 crore (nominal) through price based auction.

  • Union Minister for Human Resource Development Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ and Minister of State for HRD, Shri Sanjay Dhotre took oath as Members of Lower house of Parliament in Lok Sabha today.

    After taking oath, Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ met Secretaries, Joint Secretaries and other officers of the Ministry.

  • Union Environment Minister today said that we as a country make targets not under any global pressure but for our own country’s real sustainable development, and as in the past India will play a leadership role and will lead by example in combating desertification.

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  • The Prime Minister, Shri  Narendra Modi, today, welcomed all the new MPs ahead of the first session of 17th Lok Sabha.

    In the media statement before the start of session, Prime Minister said ,“Today marks the start of the first session after the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

  • There are six casual vacancies in the Council of States from Bihar, Gujarat and Odisha occurred due to reasons as mentioned below:



     Name of Member

    Cause of vacancy

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    Union Minister of State for Shipping (Independent Charge) and Chemical & Fertilizers, Mansukh Mandaviya convened a review meeting regarding supply and availability of fertilizers in Jammu and Kashmir.


    Addressing floor leaders of various parties in the Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha here today, ahead of the Budget Session of Parliament 2019 beginning tomorrow, Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi called on leaders of all political parties in Parliament to work cohesively with the government in running the House smoothly and to collectively address issues related to the welfare of people.

  • The fifth meeting of the Governing Council of NITI Aayog was held under the chairmanship of the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi at Rashtrapati Bhawan today. It was attended by the Governor of Jammu & Kashmir, 26 Chief Ministers and the Lieutenant Governor of Andaman & Nicobar Islands, apart from Union Ministers, who are ex-officio members and special invitees.

  • Operations to retrieve the mortal remains of the personnel onboard the ill fated An-32 are on. The rescue team of 17 IAF, Army SF and civilian members is present at the crash site. The rescue operations are being curtailed due to incessant rains and heavy clouding.

  • ‘India is implementing one of the largest Renewable Energy expansion programs, Energy Efficiency programmes and moving towards the achievement of our target to fulfill our commitments made in Paris Agreement on Climate Change’ said Shri RK Singh, Minister of State for Power and New & Renewable Energy (IC) and Skill Development & Entrepreneurship today.

  • The Minister of State for Finance & Corporate Affairs, Shri Anurag Thakur held the Pre-Budget Consultation with the representatives of various Trade Unions and Labour Organisations here today in connection with the forthcoming General Budget 2019-20.

  • “While the Center is extending all support to the state of Bihar for the containment and management of the recent surge of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) and Japanese Encephalitis (JE) cases, I shall be going to Muzaffarpur tomorrow to take stock and review the situation at the site with the State Government.

  • Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa PVSM AVSM YSM VM ADC, Chairman Chiefs of Staff Committee and Chief of the Air Staff was the Reviewing Officer for the Combined Graduation Parade at the Air Force Academy, Dundigal on 15 Jun 19.

    152 cadets were awarded the President’s Commission as they passed through the portals of the Academy parade ground.

  • The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi today delivered the opening remarks at the fifth meeting of the Governing Council of NITI Aayog, in RashtrapatiBhawan Cultural Centre in New Delhi.

    Welcoming the Governor of J&K, Chief Ministers, Lieutenant Governor of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, and other delegates, the Prime Minister reiterated that NITI Aayog has a key role to play in fulfilling the mantra of SabkaSaath, SabkaVikas, SabkaVishwas.

  • In view of the recent assault on doctors in West Bengal, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare today wrote a letter to the Chief Ministers of all States and UTs drawing their attention for strict action against any person who assaults doctors.

  • The Minister of State for Finance & Corporate Affairs, Shri Anurag Thakur held the Pre-Budget Consultation Meeting with the representatives of Digital Economy and Start-ups here today in connection with the forthcoming General Budget 2019-20.

  •  Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Shri G. Kishan Reddy visited the National War Memorial here today and paid tribute to the jawans who laid down their lives for the country post-independence. 

    While paying homage, he assured the families of Defence Forces and Central Armed Police Forces that the whole nation stands firmly with the Jawans and appreciates the hardships and sacrifices being made by them.

  •  A vacation bench of Justices Deepak Gupta and Surya Kant agreed to list the matter for Tuesday after the counsel appearing for the petitioner, advocate Alakh Alok Srivastava, sought an urgent hearing. The plea was filed on Friday in the wake of protests by doctors in West Bengal against the assault on their colleagues allegedly by the relatives of a patient, who died on June 10 at a Kolkata hospital.

    The petition has also sought directions to Union ministries of home affairs and health and West Bengal to depute government-appointed security personnel at all state-run hospitals to ensure safety and security of doctors. Due to the protests, healthcare services in the country have been badly disrupted and many people are dying because of the absence of doctors, the plea said.

    "The Indian Medical Association has supported the agitation of the doctors and has directed its members of all its state branches to stage protests and wear black badges on Friday. Many senior doctors have resigned from their government posts in order to express solidarity with the agitating doctors," it said.

    The plea also sought directions to Bengal government to take the strictest legal and penal action against those who assaulted junior doctors at NRS Medical College Hospital in Kolkata. "As per the study conducted by IMA, more than 75 per cent of doctors across the country have faced some form of violence. This study concluded that 50 percent of violent incidents took place in the Intensive Care Unit of hospitals and in 70 per cent of cases, the relatives of the patients were actively involved," it said.

    The plea sought directions to formulate appropriate guidelines or law to ensure the safety and security of doctors at government hospitals and to ensure its compliance. "The doctors are our saviours and particularly the doctor working in government hospitals are doing great national service, particularly to the poor and downtrodden of this country, in extremely adverse circumstances," it said.

    Junior doctors in West Bengal are on strike since June 11, demanding better security at the workplace after the attack on their colleagues in Kolkata.

    The IMA declared Friday as the "All India Protest Day" and launched a three-day nationwide protest. It also called for a strike on June 17 by withdrawal non-essential health services. Over 100 senior doctors of various state-run hospitals across West Bengal resigned from service.

    Doctors across the country went on protest to express solidarity with the doctors agitating against the attack on their colleagues in West Bengal. Scores of doctors in government and private hospitals in the national capital, including those at AIIMS, have decided to boycott work for a day on Monday.

    Resident Doctors' Association of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences announced the withdrawal of nonessential services from noon after a junior doctor at its trauma centre was assaulted early Monday. 

  • "Fourteen deaths were reported at the scene of the accident, 33 injured were transferred to the hospital in Villa del Rosario, where four of them died," police said.

    The accident occurred on Sunday in a rural area of Zulia state which borders Colombia. According to a preliminary investigation, a tire burst while the bus was travelling "at an excessive speed."

    The bus was carrying 58 passengers, according to witnesses interviewed by the local Panorama newspaper. Venezuelan roads are often in a deplorable state due to lack of maintenance, and passenger vehicles are frequently very dilapidated.

    Around 10,600 people died in road accidents in Venezuela in 2016, according to World Health Organization estimates in its 2018 global road safety report. Its road fatality rate of 33.7 per 100,000 inhabitants is among the worst in the world. 

  • In the media statement before the start of the session, Prime Minister said, “Today marks the start of the first session after the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. I welcome all new MPs. With them come new hopes, new aspirations and new determination to serve”.

    The Prime Minister expressed happiness in the increased number of women Parliamentarians in the 17th Lok Sabha. PM said that the Parliament is able to fulfil the aspirations of people when it functions smoothly.

    The Prime Minister also underlined the importance of opposition in parliamentary democracy. PM Modi expressed hope that the opposition will play an active role and participate in House proceedings. The opposition need not worry about their numbers in the Lok Sabha, the PM said.

    “When we come to Parliament, we should forget Paksh and Vipaksh. We should think about issues with a ‘Nishpaksh spirit’ and work in the larger interest of the nation”, PM added.

  • BJP MP Virendra Kumar will oversee the oath-taking of newly elected Lok Sabha members on Monday and Tuesday. On Wednesday, as soon as a new speaker of the 17th Lok Sabha is elected, his role will cease to exist.

    Lok Sabha Protem Speaker Kumar, 65, won the Lok Sabha election from Tikamgarh in Madhya Pradesh on a BJP ticket. He was a minister of state in the previous BJP government.

    As pro-tem speaker, Virendra Kumar will preside over the first sitting of the Lok Sabha and administer the oath to the newly elected MPs.

    The first session of the newly constituted Lok Sabha will be held from June 17 to July 26.

  • The cut, which began just after 7:00 am, also caused short, localized losses of power in Paraguay, but didn't impact Tierra del Fuego in Argentina's extreme south because the region is not part of the national system. The episode was the first time a power cut had affected the majority of Argentina, with a population of more than 44 million, and the entirety of Uruguay, which has 3.4 million inhabitants.

    "These are failures that occur (even) with diligence. The amazing thing is the chain of events that took place to cause the total disconnection," Argentina's Energy Ministry Gustavo Lopetegui told a press conference. He said the outage took place "automatically to protect the system." "We don't have any more information right now on how it occurred. We're not ruling out any possibility, but a cyber attack is not among the main alternatives being considered."

    Argentina's energy secretariat said that the "interconnection system" had "collapsed," producing "a massive power cut" for which its generators had been unable to compensate, but that the causes had not been determined. Sources from the official energy agency of Paraguay, which borders Argentina to the northeast inform that cuts there had been "momentary."

    A spokesperson for RGE, the biggest energy distributor in Brazil's southern Rio Grande do Sul state that borders both Argentina and Uruguay, said they'd had no reports of cuts. Earlier in the day, power had returned to some sectors of Buenos Aires but the metro and trains were still halted. Public hospitals and private clinics were running on generators. "The only inconvenience is the elevators. We only have one working, but all services are operating without problems," said an employee at the Fernandez Hospital.

    People shared messages on WhatsApp with advice on how to prepare for a lengthy outage, such as collecting water. In the interior plains region of Junin, residents stocked up on drinking water sold in supermarkets.

    In Cordoba, Argentina's second city, people headed to bakeries looking to buy supplies for the traditional Father's Day barbecue. "We decided to open because we need to work, but early on we lost seven or eight tables of customers because we couldn't prepare coffee or bake bread," the owner of a bakery said.

    Argentines also went to the polls in several provinces on Sunday to elect governors, with some local media reporting voters cast ballots by candlelight. In Montevideo, some restaurants in the downtown area had power back by 11:00 am (1400 GMT). More than an hour after the blackout, UTE said its system was being brought back "from zero."

    Argentina and Uruguay have a common power grid centred on the bi-national Salto Grande dam, 450 kilometres (280 miles) north of Buenos Aires.

  • In 1994, the United Nations General Assembly declared June 17 the "World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought" to promote public awareness of the issue, and the implementation of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification in those countries experiencing serious drought and/or desertification, particularly in Africa.

    Ever since, country Parties to the Convention, organizations of the United Nations System, international and non-governmental organizations and other interested stakeholders have celebrated this particular day with a series of outreach activities worldwide. The end goal is to protect our land, from over-use and drought, so it can continue to provide us all with food, water and energy. 

    Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar will deliver a keynote address at a programme on World Day to Combat Desertification and release a COP-14 logo at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi. 

    India will host the 14th session of Conference of Parties (COP-14) of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), during 7 to 18 October 2019, at the Vigyan Bhavan, in New Delhi. 

    The World Day to Combat Desertification is a unique occasion to remind everybody that desertification can be effectively tackled, that solutions are possible, and that key tools to this aim lay in strengthened community participation and co-operation at all levels.

    The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development declares that “we are determined to protect the planet from degradation, including through sustainable consumption and production, sustainably managing its natural resources and taking urgent action on climate change, so that it can support the needs of the present and future generations”.

    World Day to Combat Desertification 2019 will be celebrated under the theme of 25 years of implementation of the Convention and beyond, focusing on the path the Convention has taken, and the future the Convention could bring.

    The slogan for World Day to Combat Desertification 2019 is Let's grow the future together!

  • The session will continue till 26th of next month. Since it is the first session of the new Lok Sabha, it will mainly be devoted to Oath taking of newly elected MPs, the election of Lok Sabha Speaker, the Motion of Thanks on the President’s Address and financial business relating to Union Budget.

    The session will have 30 sittings of the Lok Sabha and 27 sittings of the Rajya Sabha. The Election of Speaker will be held on Wednesday while President Ram Nath Kovind will address both the Houses of Parliament on Thursday. 

    The Union Budget will be presented on the 5th of next month. 46 Bills have lapsed on the dissolution of 16th Lok Sabha which was in various stages in both the Houses and some of these important bills are likely to be revived and brought before Parliament. 

    Ten Ordinances have been promulgated during the inter-session period which is to be replaced by Acts of Parliament. 

    Besides Triple Talaq Bill, the legislation set to be introduced in the session is the Central Educational Institutions (Reservation in Teachers Cadre) Bill and Aadhaar and Other Laws (Amendment) Bill 2019.

  • Union Health Minister along with his deputy Ashwini Kumar Choubey and Bihar Health Minister Mangal Pandey visited the Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital (SKMCH). "I assure the people of the area, especially the affected families, that the government will extend all possible help and measures to the state government," the Union health minister told reporters. 

    According to a release issued by the district administration on Sunday evening, 93 children have died so far at Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital (SKMCH) and the Kejriwal hospital in Muzaffarpur. Out of these, 76 children have died at SKMCH.

    State government officials, however, maintained that the majority of the victims had died due to hypoglycemia, a condition caused by a very low level of blood sugar and electrolyte imbalance. Acknowledging the paucity of paediatric ICU at SKMCH, Union Health Minister announced that the medical college will have a 100-bed paediatric ICU in a separate building that will be constructed within the same campus in a year. A "state-of-the-art" research centre will also come up at Muzaffarpur, UHM Dr Harsh Vardhan said.

    Attributing heat and humidity as a possible reason behind the disease, the minister said the Ministry of Earth Sciences would help formulate an action plan with the state government to deal with the situation. The India Meteorological Department's observatory in Muzaffarpur will be also be upgraded, he said. The Minister asked health officials to expedite and complete the super-speciality block of the SKMCH so that other departments of the facility could extend help and cooperation in tackling the disease.

    The minister said he met around 100 ailing children at the medical facility and their parents. "I went through each individual's case sheet," Union Health Minister said. Seven children admitted at SKMCH and four in Kejriwal hospital were stated to be in serious condition, the release said.

    Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has already announced Rs 4 lakh ex gratia to the next of the kin of the deceased.

  • Members from various NGOs, women and youth groups of Solukhumbu district, officials of Sagarmatha National Park and a large number of local people enthusiastically participated in the programme.

    Besides Indian Ambassador Manjeev Singh Puri and officials of the embassy many foreign tourists, mountaineers and researchers also joined Yoga Day celebrations.

    Yoga teacher from Embassy of India performed different asanas from common yoga protocol.

    The main objective of the programme was to highlight the importance of Yoga in daily life and to bring peace and harmony across the continents, nations and people.

    First time, the International Day of Yoga celebrations were also held at the base camp of Mount Everest.

    India's Mount Everest climber Bharat Sharma and other mountaineers from various countries created history by performing Yoga at 17600 feet in the backdrop of mighty Mount Everest.

  • The release said that the Urban Development Department of Tripura government had submitted the projects' details to the ADB through the Central government on which the ADB gave its nod on Sunday.

    "The ADB would give 80 per cent of the amount as grant-in-aid and the Tripura Government would have to repay back only 20 per cent loan in due course of time," the release added.

    The district headquarters towns where the ADB funded projects would be executed include Ambassa (Dhalai district), Dharmnagar (North Tripura), Kailashahar (Unakoti), Udaipur (Gomati), Bishramganj (Sepahijala), Belonia (South Tripura) and Khowai (Khowai).

    The release said that the Urban Development Department of the Tripura government would start preparing a detailed project report with the support of the ADB for speedy execution of the projects.

    "Such ADB-assisted ambitious infrastructure development project, first of its kind in Tripura, is expected to modernise all the district headquarters and would boost tourism and trade prospects in future so as to fulfill the dreams of model state of Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb", it added.

  • The al-Qaida-linked extremist group al-Shabab claimed responsibility of the attacks. Police chief Gen Bashir Abdi Mohamed told reporters that first car bomb went off near a security checkpoint for the presidential palace and was responsible for nine deaths.

    The second car bomb killed the driver and his accomplice near a checkpoint on the road to the heavily fortified airport, he said. The airport is home to a number of diplomatic offices. 

  • Earlier, India’s captain and vice-captain ran the show in their much-awaited World Cup clash against Pakistan in Manchester on Sunday; While Rohit Sharma smashed a masterful 140 off 113 balls (4×14, 6×3), skipper Virat Kohli hit a 65-ball 77 (4×7) as India scored 336/5 in the allotted 50 overs. 

    Put into bat by Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed, K.L. Rahul walked out with Rohit to open the innings for India. Rahul quelled any doubts as to whether he can fill injured Shikhar Dhawan’s shoes at the top of the order by holding up one end as he and Rohit gave India a perfect start.

    The openers put up 136 runs with Rohit doing the bulk of the scoring. Both players crossed their half-centuries and it was the fourth instance of an Indian pair recording a century stand against Pakistan in a World Cup.

    Pakistan finally got the breakthrough in the form of Rahul. Bowling the 24th over, Wahab Riaz changed his angle to round the wicket after he got a warning from umpire Marais Erasmis for running into the protected area of the pitch in his follow through. He sent in a full delivery and Rahul was early to his drive. He ended up hitting it straight to Babar Azam at cover after having made 57 off 78 deliveries (4×3, 6×2).

    But Pakistan were never let off the hook throughout the Indian innings. Kohli replaced Rahul and played second fiddle as Rohit continued the onslaught. The pair also put pressure on the Pakistan fielders with swift running between the wickets and soon Rohit notched up his 23rd ODI century.

    Rohit raced to the three-figure mark in just 85 balls after which he uppped the ante. The pair continued to pick singles and doubles as Rohit attacked spinners Imad Wasim and Shadab Khan.

    The Indian vice-captain’s dismissal, however, came completely against the run of play with Rohit looking set to cross 150 and even get to a fourth ODI double hundred. In the 39th over, Rohit looked to scoop Hasan Ali over short fine leg, only to find Wahab Riaz placed at that paricular position. The dismissal ended a 98-run second wicket stand between Rohit and Kohli.

    Pakistan picked up wickets more frequently after that but could not manage to dismiss Kohli. The Indian captain soldiered on and soon crossed 11,000 ODI runs, becoming the fastest to reach the milestone.

    Hardik Pandya came in at number four and tried to accelerate the Indian innings. He was successful to a certain extent, putting up 51 runs with Kohli before falling to Mohammad Amir by holing out at long-on for 26 (24 balls; 4×2, 6×1).

    Amir then dismissed Mahendra Singh Dhoni for just one in the 46th over as Vijay Shankar, playing in place of the injured Shikhar Dhawan, joined Kohli in the middle. Shankar was given out off Wahab after seemingly edging one to the wicketkeeper, but he successfully reviewed the decision.

    There was a temporary halt in the proceedings after that with the rain coming down, as was the forecast on the eve of the match. But the rains did not last long and the teams were back in the middle without any over being deducted.

    After resumption in the 48th over, Amir banged one short as Kohli looked to pull the delivery. He only got what looked like a faint edge and Sarfraz made no mistake behind the stumps. Interestingly, it was Kohli who walked while the umpire never raised his finger. Replays indicated there was gap between bat and ball.

    After the skipper’s dismissal, Shankar and Kedar Jadhav added 22 runs to take India to 336/5 at the end of 50 overs.


  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired the meeting, attended by representatives of all parties, including Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad, National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah and TMC leader Derek O'Brien.

    The Prime Minister has called a meeting of chiefs of all parties having representatives in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha on June 19 to discuss "one nation, one election" issue, celebration of 75 years of India's Independence in 2022, 150 years of Mahatma Gandhi's birth anniversary this year and issues of "aspirational districts", Parliamentary Affairs Minister Prahlad Joshi said after the meeting.

    He said the PM has also called a meeting of MPs to discuss the issues on June 20.

    Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Azad said that all those bills which are in the interest of the people "we are not opposed to them".

    There should be a discussion on farmers distress, unemployment and drought, he said.

    He also called for early conduct of Assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir, currently under President's rule, asserting that if Lok Sabha polls can be held then why not state polls.

    It appears that the Centre wants to run the state through the Governor's administration, he alleged.

    Congress's Adhir Ranjan Choudhary and K Suresh were also present at the meeting.

    TMC's O'Brien demanded that the Women's Reservation Bill, which seeks to reserve one-third of all seats for women in Lok Sabha and state Assemblies, be brought immediately in the session.

    The first session of the newly-constituted 17th Lok Sabha will be held from June 17 to July 26.

  • The goals were scored in the 2nd, 11th, 25th, 36th and 50th minutes.

    In FIH Women's Series Finals, India comfortably beat Uruguay 4-1 in its first Pool-A match at Hiroshima in Japan.

    India will next face Poland on Sunday in its second Pool-A match.

  • The advisory stated that "the continued trend of political violence from 2016 through 2019  is indicative of the failure on the part of the law enforcement machinery of the State.

    Govt. of India is seriously concerned over the prevalent situation in West Bengal.

    Meanwhile, the Home Ministry has also issued another advisory to West Bengal government on the ongoing strike by doctors and sought a report on the matter urgently.

    The advisory stated that the Ministry is in receipt of a number of representations from doctors, health care professionals and medical associations from different parts of country for their safety and security in view of the ongoing strike by doctors in West Bengal.

    It is requested that a detailed report be sent urgently on the representations and ongoing strike by the doctors.

  • Expressing deep concern over the recent act of violence against doctors, the Union Health Minister stated that incidents of assaults on doctors are reported from different parts of the country and this leads to sudden strike by doctors, gravely affecting the healthcare services.

    Meanwhile, West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi on Saturday wrote to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee advising her to take immediate steps to provide security to medicos and find out a solution to the impasse arising out of junior doctors' agitation across the state.

  • Prime Minister Modi in a tweet said that "We will meet once again thanks to the radio, share joy, positivity and celebrate the collective strength of 130 crore Indians.  I am sure you have lots to say for #MannKiBaat. Share it on the NaMo App Open Forum.

    For the 'Mann Ki Baat' this month, dial the toll-free number 1800-11-7800 to record your message. You could also write on the MyGov Open Forum and pen your inputs. Looking forward to a great interaction."

    We will meet once again thanks to the radio, share joy, positivity and celebrate the collective strength of 130 crore Indians.

    I am sure you have lots to say for #MannKiBaat. Share it on the NaMo App Open Forum.

    For the #MannKiBaat this month, dial the toll-free number 1800-11-7800 to record your message.

    You could also write on the MyGov Open Forum and pen your inputs. Looking forward to a great interaction.

  • The Prime Minister said that everyone at this platform has a common goal of achieving a New India by 2022. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the goal to make India a 5 trillion dollar economy by 2024, is challenging, but can surely be achieved. States should recognise their core competence, and work towards raising GDP targets right from the district level. He said there is immense untapped export potential in several States, including the North Eastern States.

    A thrust on export promotion at the State level will provide a boost to both income and employment.  Describing water as an important element for life, the Prime Minister said that the poor bear the brunt of insufficient water conservation efforts. He said that the newly created Jal Shakti Ministry will help provide an integrated approach to water. He urged States to also integrate their efforts towards water conservation and management. PM said that the aim is to provide piped water to every rural home by 2024. \

    The Prime Minister called for effective steps to tackle drought. He said that the spirit of per-drop, more-crop needs to be promoted.

    Reiterating the Union Government's commitment to double incomes of farmers by 2022, PM said there is need for structural reform in agriculture, the Prime Minister spoke of the need to boost corporate investment, strengthen logistics, and provide ample market support. 

    Turning to aspirational districts, the Prime Minister said that the focus should be on good governance. He said improvement in governance has led to remarkable progress in several aspirational districts.

    Many aspirational districts are affected by Naxal violence. He said the battle against Naxal violence is now in a decisive phase. He said violence will be dealt with firmly, even as development proceeds in a fast-paced and balanced manner. 

    On the health sector, the Prime Minister said that several targets have to kept in mind, to be achieved by 2022. He also mentioned the target of eliminating TB by 2025. The Prime Minister urged those States who have not implemented PMJAY under Ayushman Bharat, so far, to come onboard this scheme at the earliest. 

    The Prime Minister said that we are now moving towards a governance system characterized by Performance, Transparency and Delivery. He said proper implementation of schemes and decisions is vital.

  • Ambassador of India to Saudi Arabia H.E. Dr Ausaf Sayeed graced the Event & opened the Event by lighting of the traditional Lamp.

    Padmashree Yogacharinee Ms Nouf Marwaii, President of Arab Yoga Foundation (a resident of Jeddah), Ms Lina Khaled Almaeena, Member of Shoura Council & Board Member of Saudi Mass Participation were also present.

    Many Saudi friends & Indian nationals participated in large number. Mass Yoga Practice was also conducted, led by Yoga Instructors of Arab Yoga Foundation & Consul General of India in Jeddah Mr Md. Noor Rahman Sheikh, who also performed Sirsasana (Head Stand posture) at the end of the Mass Yoga Practice.

  • IAF Chief's comments come days after the wreckage of the IAF aircraft was found in a remote area in Arunachal Pradesh more than a week after it went missing with 13 people on board.

    "We have recovered the flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder. We will go into the detail (to ascertain) as to what happened and how do we make sure that it does not happen again," IAF Chief said while addressing the gathering of Combined Graduation Parade at Air Force Academy in Dundigal, Hyderabad.

    IAF Chief, B.S. Dhanoa was responding to a query on the accident involving the AN-32 transport aircraft in Arunachal Pradesh, which left 13 people dead. "In Arunachal Pradesh, the terrain is very treacherous and most of the time, it is cloudy. When you are flying in that terrain, in that cloudy weather, there have been many, not only Air Force, even otherwise, Pawan Hans and all, accidents, because of controlled flight into terrain," IAF Chief claimed.

    The Russian-origin aircraft went missing in the afternoon of June 3, around 33 minutes after taking off from Jorhat in Assam for Menchuka in Arunachal Pradesh. After eight days of a massive search operation, the wreckage of the plane was spotted by an IAF chopper on Tuesday at a height of 12,000 feet near Gatte village on the border of Siang and Shi-Yomi districts.

  • Stoinis, who has suffered a side strain that is preventing him from bowling, will be travelling with the Australian squad to Nottingham, the venue for their next match and the final decision on whether he would remain in the World Cup would be taken there.

    Skipper Aaron Finch said Mitchell Marsh, who is on standby and has started training, would be ready if he is included into the official squad. "Yeah, that's why he's here, but as a bit of a precaution more than anything, if Stoinis doesn't recover well enough over the next couple of days," Finch said. "There is confidence that Mitch will come in and do well if selected, if Stoinis doesn't recover properly," he added.

    Finch admitted that injury to an all-rounder upsets the balance of a side. "Yeah, it's tough when guys, especially all-rounders who balance out your side really well and give you that extra fast-bowling option, as well as a top six batter.

    So it's a little bit difficult trying to decide whether you go the extra batter or the extra bowler, depending on conditions," Finch said. "So I think it does make it a little bit tougher, a bit more of a challenge, no doubt. But we also did plan for that, if it did happen throughout the tournament. So it wasn't a total surprise. Obviously, it's not ideal, but it's not a surprise to us because we had already thought about things like that. But just game to game, it totally changes depending on the conditions," he added

  • During their World Cup match against the West Indies here on Friday, Morgan left the field in the 41st over of West Indian innings, joining Roy on the treatment table, who had earlier hobbled off with a hamstring strain.

    "It is sore. I have had back spasms before and it normally takes a few days to settle down. It is unclear, we will know more in the next 24 hours. You normally get a good indication the following day. If it settles down then the improvement is there straight away. "

    Jason had a tight hamstring and will go for a scan, it will be 48 hours until we know more. "I think when any two players go down it is a bit of a worry but it is not panic stations yet," Morgan said while addressing the post-match media interaction standing because of discomfort due to back spasm.

    Chasing 213 for victory against the West Indies, England did not require the services of either Morgan or Roy as Joe Root stepped into Roy's shoes at the top of the order, scoring an unbeaten 100 of 94 balls to help the hosts post a comfortable eight-wicket win.

    "Like everybody, we have to see how it pulls up. We will see how risky it is and do a risk assessment going into that game, baring in mind we will have two games in a few days," said Morgan. Despite injuries, England still head to Old Trafford next Tuesday for their match against Afghanistan brimming with confidence having swept aside the West Indies with minimal fuss.

    West Indies were all out for 212, with Jofra Archer (3/30) and Mark Wood (3/18) polishing off the tail and Morgan admitted that his 90mph bowlers make them stand out. "It is one of the trends of the tournament we are fortunate we have three guys who touch 90mph. It is something we are going to use and it is a strength of ours but we also have a very good leg-spinner and off-spinner. "Trends can change and later in the tournament the spinners might come into it," said Morgan.

  • In a tweet, PM Modi said, ''I and the countrymen will meet once again through the radio to share joy, positivity and celebrate the collective strength of 130 crore Indians." Prime Minister expressed confidence that people have lot to say for Mann Ki Baat. The Prime Minister said, he is looking forward to a great interaction.

    People can share their innovative suggestions and insights directly with the Prime Minister through NaMo App open forum and MyGov open forum. People can also dial the toll-free number 1800-11-7800 and record their message for the Prime Minister in either Hindi or English. 

    Some of the recorded messages may become part of the broadcast. Some of the suggestions would be referred by the Prime Minister during his address. People can also give a missed call on 1922 and follow the link received in SMS to directly give your suggestions to the Prime Minister.

  • "I love badass women" and "Eliminate the patriarchy" figured among the messages on posters and banners, as women poured into the streets to vent their frustration with persistent gender discrimination and wage gaps in the wealthy Alpine nation.

    The action comes nearly three decades after women held the country's first nationwide strike for equal pay. Pram marches, whistle concerts and giant picnics were planned around the country, with the day's events set to culminate in giant demonstrations in several cities. Tens of thousands of women dressed in purple filled the square in front of the government and parliament buildings in Bern.

    In Lausanne, the events kicked off overnight, with women ringing the bells of the cathedral, which was lit up in purple, and lighting a "bonfire of joy", with some women tossing in their bras. On Saturday, some 500 people gathered for a massive breakfast celebration, blocking traffic on one of the town's main bridges.

    In Zurich, demonstrators pulled a giant, pink clitoris perched on a cart through the city, while in Basel they projected the clenched-fist feminist symbol onto the skyscraper headquarters of pharmaceutical giant Roche. In Geneva, protestors replaced street signs bearing men's names with women's ones. While 548 streets in Geneva Canton are named after men, only 41 have female names.

    The organisers of Friday's action, say things have barely improved since the major 1991 strike, insisting women need to demand "more time, more money, more respect". Women in Switzerland on average still earn 20 percent less than men. And for men and women with equal qualifications, the wage gap remains nearly eight percent, according to the national statistics office. "Wage equality has not been achieved. That is a good reason to go on strike," Ruth Dreyfuss, who in 1998 became Switzerland's first female president said. 

    Riding the wave of the global #MeToo movement, a new generation of women is attacking lingering discrimination, harassment, sexual abuse and wage inequality with renewed vigour. Thursday's strike was born out of frustration at a bid to change the law to impose more oversight over salary distribution, after a watered-down version passed through the Swiss parliament last year.

    Switzerland was one of the last countries in Europe to grant women the right to vote, in 1971. Over the past three decades, women's rights advocates in Switzerland have made some gains. Abortion was legalised in 2002, and 2005 saw the introduction of 14 weeks of paid maternity leave. But Switzerland still offers no paternity leave, and limited access to expensive daycare is seen as a major hindrance to women's integration into the labour market.

    Christa Binswanger, a gender studies professor at St. Gallen University, said she was optimistic that Friday's strike would make a difference. "It has already shown an impact during the last weeks," she said. "The strike has mobilised a sense of solidarity." 

  • The officers along with families reached Colombo on Saturday through an air force flight which will bring the Sri Lankan contingent to BODH GAYA.

    The visit is part of high level defence cooperation between the two neighbours and also to show solidarity with Sri Lanka after Easter Sunday attacks. It comes soon after Prime Minister Narendra Modi visit to Sri Lanka on Sunday where he paid respects to the victims of Easter attacks.

    This is the first time a defence contingent along with families from India are visiting abroad as part of exchange programme. Earlier, a contingent of Sri Lankan defence forces had visited Bodh Gaya last year for the first time. Indian High commissioner to Sri Lanka Taranjit Singh Sandhu said the visit highlights that Sri Lanka is getting back to normalcy as the officers will visit different parts of the island country.

    Sri Lankan army chief Lt. Gen. Mahesh Senanayake said the visit will further boost understanding among defence forces at the senior as well as lower levels. He said such exchanges benefit both sides and is a model to other countries for cooperation in defence sector.   

  • Assange, who is currently serving 50-weeks imprisonment at Belmarsh Prison, appeared in London's Westmegistrate court on Friday via a video link.

    The 47-year-old Assange faces an 18-count indictment issued by the US Justice Department last month. The US prosecutors had initially charged Assange with a single count of computer intrusion, but later added 18 new counts, including controversial charges under the Espionage Act for encouraging, receiving and publishing national defence information in concert with former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning.

    The hearing came a day after Britain's Home Secretary Sajid Javid signed the extradition request sent by the US Justice Department.

    "Julian Assange was arrested in relation to a provisional extradition request from the United States of America. He is accused of offences including computer misuse and the unauthorised disclosure of national defence information," Javid had said after signing the extradition request.

    Assange is currently serving 50 weeks imprisonment sentence in UK's Belmarsh prison for skipping bail to avoid being sent to Sweden over sexual assault allegations. The Australian whistleblower has denied the allegations against him, asserting that they were politically motivated.

  • For safety reasons, the mass led by Archbishop of Paris Michel Aupetit will be celebrated on a very small scale. Worshippers will be expected to don hard hats but priests will be wearing their ceremonial garb.

    The mass will broadcast live on Catholic TV channel KTO. It will take place at 6:00 pm (11:30 pm IST) in the Chapel of the Virgin on the east side of the cathedral behind the choir, which has been confirmed to be safe. Aupetit will be joined by the rector of Notre-Dame, Patrick Chauvet, canons, volunteers, people working on the restoration as well a handful of lay worshippers.

    The date has been chosen as it is the anniversary of the consecration of the cathedral's altar, which is celebrated every year on June 16. The date is "highly significant, spiritually," Chauvet said, adding that he was happy to be able to show that "Notre-Dame is truly alive". President Emmanuel Macron has set an ambitious target of five years for restoring Notre-Dame, which was gutted by a fire on April 15 that felled its steeple and consumed the lattice of beams supporting the roof.

    The diocese is awaiting a response from the French authorities over whether it can re-open the esplanade in front of the cathedral to the public. If the authorities approve the plan, the idea is to celebrate evening prayers there, the diocese said. The church has also floated the idea of erecting a temporary structure in front of the cathedral to welcome worshippers while the building is repaired.

    Up to 150 workers have been working at the cathedral daily since the fire, continuing to remove debris and stabilise the structure. Two large white canopies have been placed above the nave and the choir to ensure the edifice is protected, including from the rain.

    Meanwhile, legislation over the reconstruction has been blocked in parliament over disagreements between the upper and lower houses and is now only expected to be adopted at the end of July. Pledges of some 850 million euros ($960 million) had been made from prominent French businessmen and ordinary citizens but only around 10 percent has been donated so far.

    France Information public radio said just 80 million euros had been paid, with businessmen giving the money in tranches and some private individuals renouncing their pledges due to the apparent success of the campaign.

  • Chandan Sinha, the district police chief said the attackers were on two motorcycles and opened fire at the policemen who were on patrol. “We have reached the spot and brought in additional forces. The looting of arms and weapons indicate that it is handiwork of Maoists, we are trying to ascertain the Maoist squad involved in the gruesome killings,” Sinha, Seraikela-Kharsawan superintendent of police (SP), said.

    Chief Minister Raghubar Das condemned the attack and said, symbolizes desperation on part of Maoists who are on verge of being wiped out from the state.

    “The government is firmly with the family of the policemen killed in the incident. This is an act of desperation and the government would continue with its firm action against the banned organization,” CM added.

    Earlier on May 28, nearly 26 security personnel of central police force and state police were injured after Maoists triggered a series of IED blasts early morning in Rai Sindri hills under Kuchai police station limits of the district. There have been series of encounters in Sonua in West Singhbhum and Kuchai in Searikela-Kharsawan district since last year.

    The martyrs include two Assistant Sub-inspectors and three Constables. District Superintendent of Police of Saraikela Kharsawan has said that this could be an act of Naxals.

  • The first batch of 108 students drawn from all states and Union Territories recently completed their exposure in its laboratories in Bengaluru, Sriharikota, Thiruvananthapuram and other places. 

    The training module has been devised as part of its new Young Scientists Programme, or Yuva Vigyanik Karyakram, YUVIKA. 

  • Showing solidarity with protesting doctors in Kolkata, doctors at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) wore bandages and helmets as a sign of protest on Friday. 

    Condemning the attitude of West Bengal govt, the executive body of Resident Doctors Association of AIIMS in a statement said that it remains committed to fight atrocities being borne by the young doctors and that it stands in solidarity with all the associations across the nation.

    The RDA also expressed gratitude to union health minister Dr. Harsh Varshan for his prompt and proactive steps to resolve the issue. 

    Earlier on Friday, Junior doctors at the premier AIIMS met Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan seeking the Centre's intervention in the matter. The Health Minister responded after meeting the striking doctors appealing to West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee to sort out the entire situation. 

  • Cyclone Vayu was to hit the Gujarat coast on Thursday, but it changed course on the intervening night of Wednesday and Thursday. 

    The intensity of the very severe cyclonic storm is likely to reduce and it may hit the coast as a cyclonic storm or a deep depression. Gujarat government has been alerted about the possible recurvature of the cyclonic storm.

    Earlier on Friday, Chief Minster Vijay Rupani has declared Closure of Alert for Cyclone Vayu. Chief Minister said the state government has decided to recall all the ministers and officials who were sent to tackle the effects of cyclone Vayu which was supposed to drastically affect 10 areas.

    Gujarat CM further added that the residents who were evacuated can now return to their homes as the danger had passed. 

  • The agenda for the Fifth Council Meeting include rain-water harvesting, drought situation and relief measures, aspirational districts programme, transforming agriculture, and security-related issues with specific focus on Left Wing Extremism districts. 

    The Governing Council will review the action taken on the agenda items of the previous meeting and deliberate upon the future developmental priorities. 

    The Governing Council of NITI Aayog comprises the Prime Minister, Chief Ministers of all the States, Lt. Governors of Union Territories, and other special invitees. Union Ministers of Defence, Home, Finance and Agriculture will attend the meeting as ex-officio members.

  • It was officially recognized by the United Nations General Assembly in December 2011 following a request by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse. It has been observed that elder abuse can take various forms such as physical, psychological or emotional, and financial abuse.

    According to the UN, around 1 in 6 older people experience some form of abuse. It is predicted to rise as populations age worldwide.

    Elder abuse can lead to serious physical injuries and long-term psychological consequences. It is a global social issue which affects the health and human rights of millions of older persons around the world.

    It is predicted to increase as many countries are experiencing rapidly ageing populations. The global population of people aged 60 years and older will more than double, from 900 million in 2015 to about 2 billion in 2050.

  • The move has come after large numbers of bats were found dead in the premises of National Fertilizers limited (NFL). Bats are considered primarily responsible for the Nipah virus.

    The Gwalior district health department has also issued an advisory. The advisory read "Chief medical and health officer of Guna informed that all staff members have been alerted and a team of veterinary experts were sent to collect samples for asserting cause of bat mortalities. People in the region are being made aware about the Nipah virus."

    Speaking to the media, Guna's Chief Medical Officer Dr P Bunkar said: "Everyone has been asked to be careful due to Nipah virus. We have conducted the post-mortem of the bats and are awaiting the report to take appropriate steps." Presently the facility to test for the virus is available only at the National Institute of Virology in Pune, he said.

    However, it is being said that bats might have died because of heat waves but  the administration is taking all necessary precautions and is waiting for the reports of veterinary experts. 


  • It also explores the power of wind in de-carbonizing our economies and boosting growth and jobs.

    Today, with more than $100 billion invested across the world in it in 2015, this sector of wind energy is one of the fastest growing. 

    The day is a "coordinated action between Wind Europe and Global Wind Energy Council and the national associations to introduce the general public to wind energy through a series of activities," according to its website. 

    Several public events, will be held all over the world to deliberate on the importance of wind and its capabilites.

  • The pair stuck 93 run partnership for the first wicket before Shannon Gabriel provided the breakthrough in the form of Bairstow's wicket.

    Woakes and Root then stitched together a 104 run partnership and brought them closer to victory. Just when they were striking distance of a win, Woakes was caught in long on.

    In the meantime Root got to his 2nd century of the world cup and with Stokes in company at the other end won the match with 8 wickets in hand.

    Earlier, Mark Wood and Jofra Archer picked up three wickets apiece to end West Indies innings at 212 all out, with over five overs left.

    For England the other notable contribution came from Joe Root who struck twice to bring England back in the game.

  • The outbreak of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome is just not coming to an end in Muzaffarpur and surrounding areas in Bihar. During the past 24 hours, six more children have succumbed to this disease and died taking the total to 56 deaths so far. The Central team that visited the affected areas of Muzaffarpur said they found that most of the affected children are in the grip of Hypoglycemia or low level of sugar in their blood. The team has called for the need of awareness campaign about this disease.

    Based on the report of a team of experts, Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister of State for Health Ashwini Kumar Chaubey and Bihar Health Minister Mangal Pandey had detailed discussion on ways of preventing the disease's spread..

    Union Health Ministry has said that both the Centre and the state government are taking all necessary steps to contain the disease's outbreak.

    Meanwhile, Bihar Health Minister Mangal Pandey toured Muzaffarpur on friday and met the children admitted in Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital and enquired about their condition. He also spoke with the doctors.

    The outbreak has shown that mainly smelly children are falling prey to AES. The main symptoms of the disease are high fever, vomiting, unconsciousness, and body shivering or Chamki.

    Doctors say that any person in the grip of Chamki fever should not get dehydrated and children should only be given healthy food.

  • Junior doctors in West Bengal remained on strike for the 4th straight day on Friday. Services in all government medical colleges & hospitals and in some private hospitals too remained affected.

    The doctors kept away from duties despite West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's warnings of strict action being taken against those on strike.

    The matter also reached the Kolkata High Court the same day, But the court denied the plea for an interim order directing the state govt to pursuade the striking doctors to return to work.

    The matter also travelled from Kolkata to Delhi. Junior doctors at the premier AIIMS and Safdarjung hospitals also went on token strike.

    They also met Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan seeking the Centre's intervention in the matter..

    The Health Minister responded after meeting the striking doctors appealing to Mamata Banerjee to sort out the entire situation.

    Apex body of doctors, the Indian Medical Association has also urged the govt to intervene seeking prioritisation of doctors' security.

    It also announced that doctors nationwide will remain on strike on the 17th of June in solidarity with their West Bengal colleagues.

    IMA has also sought enacting of Central Hospital Protection Act from the Central govt.

    Friday also saw 4,500 resident doctors in Maharashtra striking work for the day over the issue of doctors' security.

    Although it did not affect emergency services..Similar protests were also witnessed in several other states.

    It all began with a heinous assualt on two intering doctors at Kolkata's NRS Medical College and Hospital on Monday after the death of a patient.

    Doctors in the state began their protest the next day and have refused to back down despite warnings of dire consequences by the Chief Minister.

  • India and the host country Kyrgyzstan exchanged15 documents in the bilateral meet between the leaders of the two countries bringing them closer together like never before..take a look..

    Talks were held on several bilateral issues like defence, security, trade and investment. India and Kyrgyzstan agreed to take the relationship forward to a strategic level. 15 documents were exchanged in various sectors as well.

    The documents exchanged between the two countries are a Joint Declaration on Strategic Partnership, Road map on Trade and Economic Cooperation, Bilateral Investment Treaty, MoU on health, MoU on Information and Communication Technology among others.

    Apart from this, PM Modi agreed to give 200 million dollar credit line to Kyrgyzstan as part of development cooperation.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi jointly addressed the business forum in Bishkek. He said the ties with Central Asia are centuries old and dating back to the silk route.

    Prime Minister said that over the last five years an atmosphere conducive to trade, entrepreneurship and investment has been created in India.

    This is based on two pillars of increased connectivity and stress on b2b cooperation. This has resulted in ease of doing business in India.

    Prime Minister said that Namaskar Eurasia trade show will be organized in Bishkek.

    PM had a strong emphasis on increasing contact with Central Asia. The official visit to Kyrgyzstan is a move in this direction.

    PM Modi's visit is considered quite crucial with regard to the bilateral relations between India and Kyrgyzstan.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi's clear message to Pakistan at the19th SCO summit. And it wasn't just words. No pleasantries were exchanged between PM Modi and Pak Prime Minister Imran Khan throughout the summit although they were in the same room at least 5 times. PM Modi's body language perhaps said more than his words.

    Addressing the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Summit PM Modi highlighted the spirit and ideals of the SCO to strengthen cooperation in the fight against terror. He called on the SCO members to cooperate under the Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure against terrorism.

    Pakistan not acting against terrorism emanating from its soil also came up during PM Modi's bilateral with President Xi Jinping on Thursday.

    The significance of this meeting wasn't lost on anyone.....coming a month after China lifted its technical hold on the proposal to blacklist Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist.....allowing a UN Security Council committee to list Massod Azhar as a global terrorist.

    Sri Lanka was among Prime Minister Modi's first ports of call after he took office for the second time. It was clearly a visit in solidarity Prime Minister Modi is the first international leader to visit the teardrop island nation after the deadly Easter Sunday attacks.

    India has also been consistant with its demand to everyone to stop discriminating between good & bad terrorism.

    India-Pakistan ties have gone into the silent zone since 2016 Pathankot air base attack and this no talks with terror resolve was further cemented after the Pulwama attack on CRPF jawans which left 40 families bereft & a nation in grief.

  • He said the ties with Central Asia are centuries old and dating back to the silk route.

    Prime Minister said that over the last five years an atmosphere conducive to trade, entrepreneurship and investment has been created in India.

    This is based on two pillars of increased connectivity and stress on B2B cooperation.

    This has resulted in ease of doing business in India. Prime Minister said that Namaskar Eurasia trade show will be organized in Bishkek. 

  • Addressing the plenary session of the SCO summit PM Modi said, that along with physical connectivity people to contact is also important among member countries.

    PM Modi presented his vision for regional cooperation and development. The two-day SCO Summit began Thursday in Bishk

  • Three contenders - Mark Harper, Andrea Leadsom and Esther McVey - were knocked out in the secret ballot of Tory MPs.

    Mr Johnson received 114 votes, significantly more than his nearest rival Jeremy Hunt, who came second with 43. Michael Gove was third with 37.

    Seven candidates progress to the next round of voting next week.

    The two who prove most popular after the last MPs' ballot will go to Conservative Party members in a final vote later this month.

    The winner of the contest to succeed Theresa May is expected to be announced in the week of 22 July.

    Sources close to Health Secretary Matt Hancock told the BBC's Laura Kuenssberg he was "mulling over" whether to withdraw from the contest after coming sixth with 20 votes.

    Home Secretary Sajid Javid, who came fifth with 23 votes, is understood to be staying in the race for now. Some have suggested his candidacy - with support from Mr Hancock - could take on Mr Hunt to become second in the ballot.

  • 13 others were also injured in the attack. The Afghan arm of the Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the attack, which was committed by an assailant on foot.

    There was at least one child among the fatalities, while three others were wounded.

    The area around Jalalabad is home to fighters from both the Taliban and the IS group's Afghan affiliate.

    As talks between U.S. officials and Taliban leaders have intensified in recent months aimed at bringing and end to more than 17 years of war in Afghanistan, fighting and insurgent attacks continue to take place across the country.

  • The delegation include Vice President Faisal Naseem, cabinet members and MPs of Maldives Democratic Party (MDP) of which Nasheed is the leader.

    MDP won the parliamentary elections in April with three-fourth majority and Mr. Nasheed was chosen the speaker last month.

    The visit is primarily aimed at showing solidarity with Easter Sunday attacks and is being arranged upon the invitation of Sri Lankan government.

    Sri Lanka has always kept close relations with MDP and its leader, with the Lankan government having provided immense support and shelter for the former President during his time of exile during former President Abdulla Yameen’s rule.

  • Returning to the side after a long injury lay-off, Ramadeep Singh (23rd, 37th minutes) finally got his mojo back with a double strike, while Harmanpreet Singh (7th), Varun Kumar (14th), Hardik Singh (25th), Gursahibjit Singh (43rd) and Vivek Sagar Prasad (47) also registered their name on the score sheet.

    Japan’s goals were scored by Kenji Kitazato (2nd) and Kota Watanabe (20th).

    India will face South Africa in Saturday’s final while Japan will square off against USA in the third-fourth place play-off match.

  • Services have been affected over the past 4 days in emergency wards, outpatient facilities and pathological units of many state-run medical colleges and hospitals in the state.

    Doctors are on strike after two of their colleagues were attacked and seriously injured at the NRS Medical College and Hospital in Kolkata by a mob following the death of a patient.

    Indian Medical Association has declared All India Protest Day today against the incident and expressed solidarity with the striking doctors.

    Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan condemned the violence against doctors in Kolkata and urged patients and their attendants to exercise restraint.

    He said he will take up the matter of doctors' security with all chief ministers and asked the doctors to ensure that essential services to the people are not disrupted.

  • Official sources said the "black box" of the aircraft has been recovered from the crash site and it will help the investigators reconstruct the events leading to the crash.

    The IAF has already ordered a court of inquiry into the accident. The Russian-origin aircraft went missing on the afternoon of June 3, around 33 minutes after taking off from Jorhat in Assam for Menchuka in Arunachal Pradesh.

    Paying tribute to the brave Air-warriors who lost their lives during the crash, the Air Force said that the Force stands by with the families of the victims.

  • He said that according to IMD, the Cyclone Vayu which was going to hit Gujarat has moved towards Oman.

    The local administration remains on high alert. The schools of 10 districts will stay closed today.

    Cyclone Vayu to have its impact on Saurashtra coast this morning even though it will not have landfall.

    The wind speed up to 100 KMPH to 120 KMPH may hit some coastal districts as very severe cyclonic storm remains intense about 100 km inside Arabian sea.

    The Very Severe Cyclonic Storm 'VAYU' over northeast  and adjoining  east central Arabian Sea moved westwards  with a speed of about 3 kilo metre per hour.

  • UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid has confirmed that he has signed an order following a request from the US government to extradite Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange to face charges of computer hacking before the American courts.

    The senior minister said the decision now lay with the UK courts to analyse if the case meets all the tests required for Assange's extradition to the US.