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  • “The central and state teams have finalized the site and design of 100 bedded PICU at Muzaffarpur, which will be supported under a centrally sponsored scheme.” Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare stated this after reviewing the status of AES cases of Bihar with senior officers of the health Ministry, here yesterday.

  • The National Small Industries Corporation  signed an MoU with  Common Service Centres (CSC)  e-Governance Services India in New Delhi today, for enhancing new offerings  for the MSME sector by synergizing each  others'  competence.

  • To promote water conservation across the country ahead of the monsoon season, the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, recently wrote letters to all Sarpanches, urging them to undertake Rainwater Harvesting and Water Conservation activities in rural India.

  • The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today attended an interactive session with over 40 economists and other experts, organized by NITI Aayog, on the theme “Economic Policy – The Road Ahead.”

    During the session, participants shared their views, in five distinct groups, on the economic themes of macro-economy and employment, agriculture and water resources, exports, education, and health.

  • The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today attended an interactive session with over 40 economists and other experts, organized by NITI Aayog, on the theme “Economic Policy – The Road Ahead.”

    During the session, participants shared their views, in five distinct groups, on the economic themes of macro-economy and employment, agriculture and water resources, exports, education, and health.

  • Halwa ceremony marking the commencement of Budget printing process for the General Budget 2019-20 was held in North Block here today afternoon in the august presence of the Union Minister of Finance & Corporate Affairs, Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman.

  • It has been brought to notice that an internal Confidential Office Order pertaining to the Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance is being circulated in various social media platforms.

    It is clarified and informed that the Department of Expenditure 's Order dated 18th June 2019 relating to the disbursal of salary for the month of June 2019 is applicable to only an attached office under the Department of Expenditure namely, the O/o Controller General of Accounts (CGA) and the officials working in the PFMS Project Cell and is temporary in nature to avoid exceeding the Vote on Account limit.

  • Shri Hardeep Singh Puri, Minister of State (I/c) for Civil Aviation today inaugurated the Air Traffic Flow Management - Central Command Centre at Vasant Kunj, New Delhi in the presence of Chairman, AAI; Board Members and senior AAI officials.

  • Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Science and Technology and Earth Sciences called on the Vice President of India today, in New Delhi.

    The minister briefed Shri Naidu about the various initiatives of Health Ministry to ensure accessible and affordable health care.

  • A minor electric fire broke out in the wee hours of today morning at the Dr Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, Delhi. It was doused immediately by the trained staff on duty with effective and efficient fire fighting system.

  • The 35th GST Council Meeting was held here today under the chairmanship of Union Finance & Corporate Affairs Minister Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman. This was the first meeting of the Council after the swearing in of the new Government.

  • The 35th GST Council Meeting was held here today under the chairmanship of Union Finance & Corporate Affairs Minister Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman. This was the first meeting of the Council after the swearing in of the new Government.

  • The 35th GST Council Meeting was held here today under the chairmanship of Union Finance & Corporate Affairs Minister Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman. This was the first meeting of the Council after the swearing in of the new Government.

  • The Ministry of Panchayati Raj organized a seminar on Yoga and Yoga practice program in the Premises of Jeevan Prakash Building in New Delhi today, on the occasion of International DayofYoga. The Chief Guest ShriSanjay Singh,Additional Secretary said on this occasion that Yoga is a 5,000-year-old tradition of India that combines physical, mental and spiritual activities to achieve the harmony of body and mind.

  • The 35th GST Council Meeting was the First Meeting of the Council after the swearing in of the new Government. The Meeting took place in a cordial and professional manner.

    At the start of the Meeting, the Council passed a resolution acknowledging the stellar role played by Shri Arun Jaitley, the former Chairperson of GST Council and expressed its gratitude and appreciation for the exemplary contribution made by him in making the GST Council a shining example of co-operative federalism that it has become today.

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    Dairy Division has been supplementing efforts of the State Governments to develop dairy infrastructure across the country by providing financial support through following Dairy Development Schemes to increase the income of farmers:

     

    National Programme for Dairy Development (NPDD)
    Dairy Entrepreneurship Development Scheme (DEDS)
    National Dairy Plan-I (NDP-I)
    Dairy Processing and Infrastructure Development Fund (DIDF)
    Supporting Dairy Cooperatives and Farmer Producer Organizations engaged in dairy activities(SDCFPO)

    Brief outline of these schemes is givenAnnexed.

  • The National Animal Disease Control Programme for Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) and Brucellosis has been approved by the Cabinet on 31.05.2019 as a new Central Sector Scheme for a total outlay of Rs.13,343.

  • Funds have been sanctioned under RashtriyaGokul Mission for setting up of 21 Gokul Grams as Integrated Cattle Development Centres. As on date, 4 Gokul grams (Varanasi, Mathura, Patiala and Phora) have been completed and work is under progress in remaining 17 gokul grams.

  • A group of Chartered Accountants have contributed Rs.75 lakh to the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund through Dr Jitendra Singh, Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region (I/C), Prime Minister’s Office, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space.

  • The Directorate General of GST Intelligence Hqrs. (DGGI Hqrs.) has arrested one person, namely, Sh. Munish Kumar, Partner of M/s Sushil Kumar Munish Kumar, Hisar, Haryana and controller of M/s Sushil Kumar Munish Kumar & Co., Ahmedabad.

  • The service is now available in all nine Provinces of Sri Lanka. External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar addressed the gathering through a special video message.

    He recalled his personal connect with the project since its inception and  noted that the service has become a brand in itself.

    The minister also recalled how the service had helped Sri Lanka during floods and the recent terrorist attacks. He also pointed out that the project was a great example of what India and Sri Lanka can achieve together.

    High Commissioner of India Taranjit Singh Sandhu in his address, mentioned that the project symbolizes the spirit of India, which is nothing but the spirit of sharing.

    He also noted that India will forever remain the ‘First Responder for Sri Lanka’. The emergency ambulance service was first announced during the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Sri Lanka in March 2015.

    Accordingly, service was launched in two provinces in July 2016 under an Indian grant of 7.5 million US dollars covering purchase of 88 ambulances, operational expenditure of the service for one year and setting up of an emergency response centre.

    Given the positive impact of the project, Prime Minister of Sri Lanka Ranil Wickremesinghe requested PM Modi for extension of the service all across the island which he did during his next visit to Sri Lanka in May 2017.

    An additional grant amount of 15.02 million US dollars was provided by India to undertake island-wide expansion which covered purchase of 209 ambulances, operational expenditure of the service for one year and training costs.

    The emergency ambulance service which can be obtained by simply dialing toll free no ‘1990’ on any network in Sri Lanka, is the largest Indian grant project in Sri Lanka after the Indian Housing Project.

    The service has been appreciated well, given the quick response time, efficiency of operations, and employment and training involving local people.

  • An estimated number of 700,000 objects larger than one centimeter and 170 million objects larger than one millimeter are expected to reside in Earth orbits, according to the European Space Agency (ESA).

    Due to the risk of collision, operators have been forced to change the direction of some satellites in use or change their position, included the International Space Station (ISS), Woerner told the crowd at the committee.

    In April 2017, experts on the matter met in the German town of Darmstadt for the 7th European Conference on Space Debris, and talks addressed acute issues like practices in debris avoidance, novel concepts for removing debris, and the deployment of large constellations of several thousand satellites for telecommunications.

    One of these approaches is the Dutch Orbit-ED, designed to capture an out of control satellite and remove it from harms way. It is being tested using a robot and a satellite model.

    Another approach is using deployable nets to catch derelict satellites as they tumble in space.

    Onoosa Directo Simonetta Di Pippo said the final goal was to create a "safe commercial space" to protect the so-called "space economy" and guaranteeing a commercial activity for those private entities entering the market.

    Woerner said it was necessary to stop polluting and remove all the garbage.

    "I can't discuss is this a German debris, is this a Portuguese debris or a Chinese debris. It doesn't matter, we have to get rid of it," he told the audience .

  • Professor Vincent Janik of the Scottish Oceans Institute (SOI) said the study of three young seals could be used as a new model to study speech disorders by providing a "better understanding of the evolution of vocal learning."

    The three seals - Zola, Gandalf and Janice - were first trained to mimic common seal sounds, before the pitch and tone were slowly shifted to replicate human-like speech. Their ability to learn the new sounds was analysed by monitoring for a shift in formants - sounds that determine the phonetic quality of a vowel and encode most the information in human speech.

    Zola was particularly adept at mimicking melodies, replicating a series of notes from the nursery rhyme 'Twinkle, Twinkle, Litter Star,' while Gandalf and Janice were also taught to accurately reproduce combinations of human vowel sounds.

    Lead researcher Dr Amanda Stansbury, now working at El Paso Zoo in Texas, said the study builds upon previous anecdotal evidence of how flexible seal vocalisations are.

    Using seals as a test subject overcomes a significant ethical issue in studying humans, in that you cannot isolate a newborn from birth and control their aural environment. There is no such problem with seals pups, which are naturally separated from their mother two or three weeks after birth.

    Professor Janik told in an interview that there are enough physiological similarities between humans and seals to build a workable model for tackling speech disorders, which is surprisingly not possible with most nonhuman primates, whose abilities in this field are quite limited.

    "You can test which sounds are learnt, and in what quantities and combinations," Janik said. "You can then identify which sounds help slower learners to develop and use that as a blueprint for working with humans."

  • V K Saraswat, who is also a former DRDO chief, said "Indian companies producing bulletproof jackets import Chinese raw materials due to price advantage. There are efforts going on now to invite collaboration from foreign companies who are willing to set up companies in India to produce some of the raw materials used for manufacturing bulletproof jackets for the Army."

    "So far, four to five foreign companies have shown interest to set up units in India. It will be premature to give their names at this stage," the Niti Aayog member added.

    The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) had asked the Niti Aayog to prepare a road map for "incentivising" domestic manufacturing of lightweight body armours (bulletproof jackets). The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) has also finalised quality norms for body armours to be used by Indian forces, according to Saraswat.

    He said it has been agreed that future tendering of bullet proof jackets will be as per BIS norms. According to government projections, more than 3 lakh bulletproof jackets will be required by Indian armed forces, Saraswat said, adding that "based on that, armed forces have already placed order with private companies in India for production of bullet proof jackets".

    Indian companies were earlier procuring raw materials for bulletproof jackets from the US and Europe. Now, most of them are being obtained from China due to lower prices. The idea of manufacturing lightweight body armours in India was mooted as the bulletproof vests currently in use by the Indian forces are very heavy.

    Indian companies like Kanpur-based MKU and Tata Advanced Materials export body armours to armed forces of many countries. If the lightweight bulletproof vests and helmets are produced in bulk in the country, it will ensure low-cost supplies and end to the endless wait for foreign vendors to supply the equipment.

  • Siddhant also said he is set to collaborate again with Excel Entertainment, who launched him in "Gully Boy", for a film. "I have two films in my hand. One is an action film, (where I will be) trained in taekwondo. Another one is a proper comedy film," the actor said.

    "I am doing a film with Excel. But it is not my next film. The film with them is huge. It is a lead role," Siddhant added. Asked if any of the upcoming films is with Yash Raj Films, as reported, he refused to comment on it.

    Speculations are rife about director Zoya Akhtar planning a prequel for Siddhant's character MC Sher. But the actor dismissed reports and said he would not like to cash in on the popularity of the role.

    "I would rather not touch it as it is too scary. I don't want to cash in on that character, I want to move on. If I had to repeat myself I would have done 9 am to 5pm job," he said.

    "Zoya Akhtar is interested in making 'Gully Boy' (sequel), maybe something on the Delhi chapter. There is a huge pop scene in Delhi as well so she may do a part two," he added. Siddhant said he wants to prove himself as lead and is carefully choosing scripts.

    "I am not related to anyone in the film industry and I can't afford to miss the flight. I am an outsider, there is nepotism and other things also happen. I am taking time to read scripts. I happen to read at least three to four scripts a week.

    "I want to prove myself in a lead role and that script has to be bang on, so I take time to choose the right one. I believe every film is your first film. I haven't done much, I am yet to prove myself," he said.

  • "Remembering Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee on his Balidan Divas. A devout patriot and proud nationalist, Dr Mukherjee devoted his life for India's unity and integrity," Mr Modi tweeted.

    Prime Minister also wrote that the Late Mookerjee's "passion for a strong and united India continues to inspire us and gives us strength to serve 130 crore Indians".

    Union Home Minister and BJP chief Amit Shah also paid tributes to the Late Mookerjee. Both Mr Shah and party's newly appointed Working President J P Nadda paid floral tributes to "great patriot" Bharatiya Jana Sangh founder at the party headquarters here.

    In his Twitter missive, Mr Shah recalled Mookerjee's contribution in ensuring One Nation, One Constitution norms in Jammu and Kashmir. "If today we have a permit-less system in Jammu and Kashmir, it is because of Syama Prasad Mookerjee" he tweeted in Hindi.

    In his missive in the micro blogging site, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, also a former BJP chief, wrote: "My humble tributes to the Jana Sangha founder, Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee on his punyatithi. His immense contribution to our country will always be remembered."

    Earlier in the day, Mr Nadda paid floral tributes to the legendary leader at Shahidi Park, near Firozshah Kotla Stadium here. "I pay tributes to Bharatiya Jana Sangh founder, educationist and a great patriot. His contribution for country's unity and integrity is unique," Mr Nadda tweeted in Hindi.

  • In an interview, Costner said the poster that showed his character Frank Farmer, carrying Houston's Rachel Marron out of a nightclub, was actually shot by the singer's stunt double.

    "That wasn't even Whitney actually. She had gone home and that was her double, and her head was buried into my shoulder, which was appropriate anyway. She was frightened," the 64-year-old actor said.

    Costner said the credit for the poster belongs to him as he was the one who pushed the photo on executives, even though they were reluctant about it.

    "I picked that picture out because my friend Ben Glass took it... I sent it to Warner Bros, and I go, 'There's the poster.' Because it was so evocative. It wasn't special photography; it wasn't anything.
    "They didn't like it at first because you couldn't see Whitney's face. And so they sent me like five mockups where they put her head (on it) where she's looking (out). I said 'Guys, I think we had it the first time.' That it was really, and that ended up being the poster," the actor said.

    Directed by Mick Jackson, "The Bodyguard" featured Costner as a former Secret Service agent-turned-bodyguard who is hired to protect a music star, from an unknown stalker.
    The film was a box office hit, earning over USD 400 million against its USD 25 million budget.

  • Despite positive reviews, "Booksmart" failed to do a good business at the box office. In an industry poll published by a daily, Abrams, along with other leading voices from Hollywood, lamented the dwindling fortunes of the independent cinema.

    "When you have a movie that's as entertaining, well-made, and well-received as 'Booksmart' not doing the business it should have, it really makes you realise that the typical Darwinian fight to survive is completely lopsided now," Abrams said.

    "Everyone's trying to figure out how we protect the smaller films that aren't four-quadrant mega-releases. Can they exist in the cinemas?" he asked.

  • The two-time world champions have drawn just one of their first two matches in the tournament and must win Sunday's clash at Gremio Arena to have any chance of progressing to the knockout phase.

    "Even if you're the best player in the world, there's not much you can do if you receive the ball 60 meters up the pitch," Scaloni told reporters on Saturday, stressing the need for the Barcelona forward to receive the ball closer to the opposition goal.

    Messi has scored Argentina's only goal of the tournament - a penalty in the 1-1 draw with Paraguay - but the 31-year-old has mostly struggled so far.

    Scaloni declined to reveal his planned starting lineup against Qatar but indicated that Messi could be joined in attack by Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero and Inter Milan's Lautaro Martinez.

    "With those three we can cause problems," he said. "We don't need that many shots on goal when we have players of that quality."

    Argentina's tribulations in this tournament have prompted stern criticism from the nation's sports media, which views the Albiceleste's major title drought with growing impatience.

    The country's last international trophy of any significance was the 1993 Copa America, when Messi was just six years old.

  • Bencic, world No. 13, edged out top seed Kerber 2-6, 7-6 (2), 6-4 to set up a clash with seventh seed Sofia Kenin on Saturday. The 22-year-old Swiss will be playing in her second final of the season at the grass-court tournament, having won the third WTA title of her career at Dubai in February.

    Three-time Grand Slam champion Kerber has endured a difficult year - being thrashed by the unheralded Danielle Collins at the Australian Open, losing her only 2019 final to Canadian teenager Bianca Andreescu at Indian Wells, before suffering a first-round exit against Anastasia Potapova at Roland Garros.

    Earlier on Saturday, American youngster Kenin, who stunned Serena Williams at the French Open earlier this month, continued her strong form by beating Anastasija Sevastova. The 20-year-old, who won her maiden WTA title in Hobart in January, beat Latvian second seed Sevastova 6-4, 4-6, 6-2.

    Kenin, ranked 30th in the world, will face Bencic for the first time on Sunday. It will be Kenin's third final of the season, having also finished runner-up to Wang Yafan in Acapulco in March.

  • Pakistan will aim for an improved performance as they face a must-win situation against South Africa at Lord's on Sunday. While South Africa will look to produce performances similar to that of their series win against Pakistan earlier this year.

    Although, South African bowlers have troubled the opposition in each of the previous three occasions, the batsmen have failed to give them enough runs to play with.

    Pakistan, who were outplayed in all departments against India in their previous game, will aim for an improved performance as they face a must-win situation against South Africa at Lord's on Sunday.

    South Africa's chances of progressing to the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2019 semi-finals seem all but over after their narrow loss to New Zealand on Wednesday.

    While their bowlers have troubled the opposition in each of the previous three occasions, the batsmen have failed to give them enough runs to play with.

    The Faf du Plessis-led side will look to produce performances similar to that of their series win against Pakistan earlier this year, when they take the field on Sunday.

    Batsmen from both teams have failed to perform consistently which probably is one of the reasons why they are placed near the bottom of the table. The World Cup record between the two sides is just as lop-sided as well.

    Pakistan and South Africa have faced off against each other four times in the mega tournament (1992, 1996, 1999, and 2015). Pakistan only managed to win one of these matches, and lost the other three.

    With just three points from five matches, Pakistan need results of other World Cup games to go their way in order to have a chance to make it to the last four.

    South Africa, face an even worse situation. They have just one win from six World Cup outings and know that only a miracle can save them from yet another World Cup disappointment.

  • Union Minister of Textiles and Women and Child development and Member of Parliament from Amethi, Smriti Irani visited her parliamentary constituency. She interacted with BJP workers.

    She meet the family members of her close aide late Surendra Singh, who was shot dead on May 25th. Remembering him, Smriti Irani said that success of the party is a result of the hard work of workers like Surendra Singh who toiled day and night and dedicated their lives for the party.

    Addressing a gathering at Raja Vishweshwar Inter College in Tiloi, she said, she is getting a house built in Amethi. She said that the development of Amethi is her responsibility now

  • The C-ATFM system is primarily meant to address the balancing of capacity against the demand to achieve optimum utilization of the major resources, including airport, airspace and aircraft at every Indian airport where there is a capacity constraint.

    The C-ATFM system integrates flight data from various subsystems like ATC Automation System, flight updates and flight update messages. The system also displays weather information along with static information about airports, airspaces and air routes.

    After successfully implementing the Air Traffic Flow Management System, India has become the seventh country after the US, Europe, Australia, South Africa, Japan, Brazil.

  • Amid rising geopolitical tensions between the US and Iran, India's aviation regulator DGCA Saturday said Indian airlines have decided to avoid the "affected part of the Iranian airspace" and reroute their flight "suitably".

    On Friday, the American aviation regulator, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), issued a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) prohibiting US-registered aircraft from operating "in the overwater area of the Tehran Flight Information Region until further notice, due to heightened military activities and increased political tensions".

    "All Indian operators in consultation with DGCA have decided to avoid the affected part of Iranian Airspace to ensure safe travel for the passengers. They will re-route flights suitably," the DGCA (Directorate General of Civil Aviation) tweeted on Saturday.

    After the DGCA's decision, Air India's Chairman and Managing Director Ashwani Lohani said, “No substantial effect on Air India flights. Details being worked out for rerouting on incoming flights."

    As the majority of Pakistani airspace has remained closed for Indian airlines since the Balakot strike on February 26, the decision to avoid affected Iranian airspace on Saturday is going to further disturb the routes of their international flights towards middle-eastern and European countries, and the US.

     

     

  • For the first time since Mauritania's independence 59 years ago, its citizens voted on Saturday for a successor to a democratically-elected president, though a government insider campaigning on a message of continuity is heavily tipped to win.

    Abdel Aziz is stepping aside after serving the maximum two five-year elected terms and has thrown his support behind 62-year-old Mohamed Ould Ghazouani, a former general and defence minister.

    Five candidates besides Ghazouani are on the ballot. Former Prime Minister Sidi Mohamed Ould Boubacar, who is backed by Mauritania's biggest Islamist party, has drawn large crowds on the campaign trail and is considered Ghazouani's main rival.

    Located on the northwest African coast and bordered to the east by the Sahara Desert, the country of fewer than 5 million people gained independence from colonial power France in 1960.

  • Russian tourists in Tbilisi on Saturday blamed politics for President Vladimir Putin's decision to temporarily ban flights to Georgia by Russian airlines from July 8. Putin ordered the suspension of passenger flights from Russia to Georgia late on Friday following an outbreak of unrest and anti-Russian demonstrations in Tbilisi triggered by the visit of a Russian lawmaker.

    The Kremlin said it was also recommending travel agencies suspend tours to Georgia from Russia. A number of Russian and Georgian airlines are operating regular flights between Russia and Georgia including Aeroflot which has 14 flights to Georgia per week in its summer schedule.

    In 2008 Georgia and Russia fought a short war over the breakaway Georgian province of South Ossetia. The five-day war saw Russia strengthen its grip over largely pro-Russian South Ossetia, which had effectively been beyond Tbilisi's control since 1990. Russian troops pushed through South Ossetia deep into Georgia before withdrawing.

  • Speaking to reporters before leaving for Camp David on Saturday, Trump said additional sanctions would be moving forward against Iran, with some being implemented "slowly" and some "more rapidly."

    Asked if military action is still on the table, he said that "it's always on the table until we get this solved." Trump on Friday had confirmed that he authorized the military strikes against Iran in retaliation for downing a US military drone but called off the operations 10 minutes before they were to be implemented.

    In response, Iran military warned the United States against the mistake of taking military actions on Iran, saying any attack would draw Tehran's "crushing response and cost the U.S. dearly.

    The US military confirmed on Thursday that an RQ-4 Global Hawk Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) was shot down by an Iranian surface-to-air missile system on Wednesday.

    Iran, however, claimed the drone downed in the southern part of the country had crossed Iranian borders.

  • A team of Army's 44 RR, SOG Shopian and CRPF laid siege around Daramdora area. The joint team of forces encircled the suspected orchard the hiding terrorists who started firing triggering a fierce gunfight.

    As per the sources two to three terrorists are believed to present inside the orchards. Till this report was being filed exchange of firing was going on.
     

  • India skipper Virat Kohli won the toss and decided to bat first against Afghanistan on a sluggish Southampton track. Afghanistan started with Mujeeb Ur Rahman and the move worked brilliantly.

    Rohit Sharma pushed and nudged for nine deliveries before losing his off stump. Kohli and KL Rahul got the innings going with a 57-run stand but the latter continued to struggle for any sort of momentum.

    While Kohli was batting at 31 off 23, Rahul ran out of patience and ended up throwing away his wicket. An ill-timed reverse sweep against Mohammad Nabi ended his 53-ball stay, which fetched 31.

    Vijay Shankar was involved in another half-century stand with Kohli. Vijay, however, failed to kick on after his start and was trapped in front by Rahmat Shah.

    Another rash shot led to Kohli's dismissal as India slipped to 135 for 4 in the 31st over. MS Dhoni took time to settle in, as expected, and Kedar Jadhav too adopted a fairly cautious approach.

    The ploy, however, didn't yield the desired result as Dhoni was stumped in the 45th over off Rashid Khan. Jadhav was far from his fluent best but managed some late hits to push the score past 200.

    Afghanistan spun a web around India's in-form batting unit to restrict them to 224-8. Afghanistan's four spinners picked five wickets among them.

    Mohammad Nabi got two while Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Rashid Khan and Rahmat Shah picked up a wicket apiece. Captain Gulbadin Naib too picked up two wickets in the last over.

    Chasing 225 for victory against India, Afghanistan started off cautiously but soon Mohammed Shami got the first breakthrough with a pacy delivery to remove Hazratullah Zazai.

    Hardik Pandya then got the wicket of captain Gulbadin Naib. Rahmat Shah and Hashmatullah Shahidi had a 42 run partnership for the third wicket. But the 29th over by Bumrah changed the scenario completely with both batsmen falling to Bumrah. Mohammad Nabi kept the score ticking but wickets continue to fall at the other end.

    Nabi brought up his 50 but in the last over 16 runs were required in the last over. Nabi hit the first ball for a six but Shami cameback strongly to remove Nabi and then a superlative hattrick to give India a 11 runs victory.

  • In a message Sheikh Hasina said that party along with the people would build a hunger and poverty free, happy and prosperous 'Sonar Bangla' as dreamt by Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the founding father of Bangladesh.  She also recalled the contribution of other leaders of Awami League including its founder president Maulana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhasani, general secretary Shamsul Haque and Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy. She said that today Bangladesh was a role model of development in the world.

    Awami League was founded on June 23, 1949 in Dhaka of the then East Pakistan. It led a number of major movements such as the Language Movement in 1952, anti- Ayub movement in 1962 and mass surge in 1969.  Finally after the Liberation War against the Pakistani forces actively supported by India, Bangladesh emerged as an independent country in 1971.

    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will start the founding day celebrations today by placing wreath at the portrait of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in Dhaka.

  • Rai surrendered before the court of the judicial magistrate (first). An FIR was registered against Rai on May 1 on a complaint by a college student who had alleged that he took her home on the pretext of meeting his wife but sexually assaulted her.

    Rai, who has denied the rape allegations, had been on the run since the lodging of the FIR.

    The parliamentarian from the Ghosi constituency in Uttar Pradesh was declared absconder by the local court.

    The Supreme Court had on May 27 refused to grant Rai protection from arrest in the rape case while noting that 16 other criminal cases were pending against him.
     

  • ED said that in his affidavit that Choksi should mention the exact date of his intended return as he has never cooperated in investigation.

    Earlier, the ED had said in the court that the medical reasons & conditions given by Choksi appear to be facades being erected merely to mislead the court in an obvious attempt to delay the lawful proceedings.

    It also said that Choksi was given several opportunities to join the probe but he evaded questioning.

    ED also rejected Mehul Choksi's claim that his assets worth Rs 6129 Cr were seized. It said that during the probe assets worth Rs 2100 crore assets were attached.

    Enforcement Directorate also informed the court that it is willing to provide an air ambulance with medical experts to bring Mehul Choksi from Antigua to India and provide him all necessary treatment here.

  • Doordarshan's DTH service which is known as DD Free Dish was launched in 2004. DD Free Dish has been upgraded from time to time. At present its capacity is 104 SDTV channels along with 40 Radio channels.

    Speaking on the occasion, the Information and Broadcasting Minister said that that government is committed to work for the welfare of people of the state.

    The  said that DD Free Dish will help even those people who are living in remote and distant areas of Jammu and Kashmir. He said that the DD Free Dish plan aims to cover even those areas in the country where TV has not reached so far.

    The information and broadcasting minister also hailed Doordarshan for its credibility when it comes to news coverage and telecast.

    Addressing the audience during the launch ceremony of distribution of  DD FREE DISH Set top boxes, Prasar Bharati Chairman, Dr. A. Surya Prakash said that Prasar Bharati will continue to contribute in Jammu Kashmir's journey for prosperity and development.

    Speaking at a function in Srinagar to mark the distribution of DD FREE DISH SET TOP BOXES, the Prasar Bharati Chairman said that DD Free Dish has emerged as an empowering tool for the masses and now it has reached more than 34 million households in India.

  • Bhatpara has been marred by violence for past few weeks, where at least five people were killed since the declaration of Lok Sabha election results.

    Two people were killed and several others injured on Thursday after clashes broke out between two groups suspected to be affiliated to the TMC and the BJP.

    The BJP delegation met the families of victims and spoke to locals. Tension between the BJP and TMC has been rising constantly, which often turns violent.

    The situation remained tense with prohibitory orders in force and huge police deployment in the area while 16 people were arrested in connection with the clashes.

    BJP MP S S Ahluwalia accused the state government and the police of using brutal force against innocent people.

    He also questioned the police claims of only resorting to aerial firing saying how the bullets hit people if that was the truth.S S Ahluwalia said that local BJP leaders are collecting funds to provide financial support to families of the victims and those affected in the violence.

  • During the session, participants shared their views, in five distinct groups, on the economic themes of macro-economy and employment, agriculture and water resources, exports, education, and health.

    In his intervention, the Prime Minister thanked various participants for their suggestions and observations, on various aspects of the economy.

    The meeting was also attended by Union Ministers Piyush Goyal and Shri Rao Inderjeet Singh.

    The Vice Chairman NITI Aayog  Rajiv Kumar and senior officers from the Union Government and NITI Aayog were also present.  

  • These top defaulters together have defaulted loan amounting to Tk 50,942 crore.T

    The minister also provided a list of 14,617 individuals and institutions who have outstanding loans of over Tk five crore since 2009.

    The Minister informed parliament that the total amount of bad loan in the banks and financial institutions increased by Tk 43,210 crore since September 2015.

    In 2018, the total amount of default loans in the banking and financial institutions sector stood at 102315.19 crore up from 59,105  crore at the end September 2015.

    Earlier in March this year, the government had provided a list of top 20 defaulters to the parliament.

    According to the figures provided in March, the share of bad loans amounted to 10.3 percent of the total loans of the banking sector at the end of 2018 in Bangladesh.

  • India’s oil minister Dharmendra Pradhan expressed concerns about rising crude oil prices to his Saudi Arabian counterpart, Khalid al-Falih, on Friday amid worsening U.S.-Iranian tensions, a government statement said.

    Global oil prices rose sharply on fears of a U.S. military attack on Iran that would disrupt flows from the Middle East, which provides more than a fifth of the world’s oil output.

    Pradhan told Falih by telephone that he wanted Saudi Arabia to play an active role within OPEC and OPEC+ to keep oil prices at a reasonable level.

  • Visitors to Erhai lake say photography sets offering everything from rare animals to fields of brightly-coloured flowers are essential to creating their Kodak moment. “A lot of my friends have come here to take their photos, so I thought I would try it too,” said Zeng Xinyue, 18, a recent high school graduate.

    She decided to visit after seeing videos and photos of Erhai lake on Douyin, a video platform owned by startup ByteDance Technology. Erhai is one of China’s biggest freshwater lakes and a backdrop to the city of Dali, which drew 47 million visitors last year, more than triple the number in 2010.

    Visitors to Erhai lake say photography sets offering everything from rare animals to fields of brightly-coloured flowers are essential to creating their Kodak moment. “A lot of my friends have come here to take their photos, so I thought I would try it too,” said Zeng Xinyue, 18, a recent high school graduate.

    She decided to visit after seeing videos and photos of Erhai lake on Douyin, a video platform owned by startup ByteDance Technology. Erhai is one of China’s biggest freshwater lakes and a backdrop to the city of Dali, which drew 47 million visitors last year, more than triple the number in 2010. “But I can photoshop it,” she said.

  • The museum, which sits at the foot of the Acropolis hill in Athens, houses masterpiece sculptures of Greek antiquity, including works from the Parthenon, one of the most influential buildings in Western civilization.

    “Visitors can come down and see ancient ruins of the city of Athens, especially in the area south of the Acropolis,” Acropolis Museum Director Dimitris Pantermalis said.

    “We hope to also present the movable finds of the excavation soon, to give a picture of the daily life of ancient Athens.”

    Below the museum’s base which floats on concrete pillars, lies a neighborhood of excavated homes, workshops, baths, streets and drainage trenches, uncovered during works to build the museum.

    Walking through the site along metal ramps, visitors can see the baths of lavish mansions, which at the time included chambers where bathers could warm up before taking a dip in heated pools.

    One of the highlights is the home of a wealthy Athenian, dating back to the sixth century AD.

    “It was fascinating, an amazing experience,” said Carl Hoover, 63, a visitor from Colorado. He said he was most impressed by the mosaic floor and the sophisticated pipes and drainage systems.

    Designed by architect Bernard Tschumi with a view to reflect the mathematical and conceptual clarity of ancient Greece, the Acropolis Museum has attracted more than 14 million visitors since it opened doors 10 years ago.

    Greece has repeatedly called on Britain to release Parthenon marbles currently housed at its national museum, recently upping the rhetoric in a near 200-year-old campaign for the sculptures’ return.

  • Rashid returned 9-0-110-0, the worst bowling figures in World Cup history, against England after home captain Eoin Morgan clobbered him for seven sixes at Old Trafford.

    “Every day is different, and every wicket is different. You cannot take things for granted,” all-rounder Shankar told reporters at the Hampshire Bowl on Friday.

    “Tomorrow might be a completely different scenario where we’ll have to target him, or we might have to play off. So it is just about adapting ourselves to different situations as quickly as we can.”

    Most of the Indian batsmen are comfortable against the turning ball and will hope to dominate the spin-heavy Afghan attack led by leg-spinner Rashid.

    Shankar, who shares the Sunrisers Hyderabad dressing room with Rashid in the Indian Premier League, said he had tried to read the wily 20-year-old spinner at nets.

    “He’s definitely one of the best bowlers right now in limited overs, and he has done well,” Shankar said about the poster boy of Afghan cricket, who tops the list of T20 bowlers and is ranked third in the ODI list.

    “Having played with him for a couple of years, it’s very important for me to pick things from him, like whenever I bat against him in the nets, I try and pick his variations.

    “He’s a good bowler. Anyone can go for runs any day. It is about how we come back strong. So for me, it is about how I play against him tomorrow. That will be the key.”

    Shankar was picked to bat at number four but Hardik Pandya’s better ball-striking ability earned him a promotion against Pakistan.

    Shankar denied feeling under pressure to match Pandya’s power-hitting.

    “The pressure will always be to deliver whatever the situation demands. So it’s not about how powerful,” he said.

    “I’ve also played down the order. I’ve also got runs playing at number six or seven. It’s not about taking that extra pressure. It’s about taking extra responsibility and delivering it at the right time for the team.”

    Shankar made a memorable World Cup debut against Pakistan, claiming the first of his two wickets with his maiden delivery and scoring 15 not out.

    The best is yet to come, said the Tamil Nadu player.

    “The last game gave me some confidence, and especially playing against Pakistan, making my debut against them,” he said.

    “I always look to get better in all three aspects of the game as I know I can keep getting better. I know I can bowl a lot better than what I am bowling even now, so I’m just working on my bowling.”

  • Along with cricket, there is a South Indian restaurant named as Chennai Dosa is a hit in Southampton. Apart from the players of the Indian cricket team, cricket lovers and journalists are enjoying the South Indian dinner here.

    The Indian cricket team is enjoying playing good cricket in the 2019 world cup. The south Indian restaurant Chennai Dosa is a hit with Indian cricketers and also journalists covering the world cup. Indian cricket team players Dinesh Karthik and Vijay Shankar made a dash to enjoy the meals when in Southampton.

    Indian families settled in UK make a Beeline for this authentic South India restaurant as its morning buffet is a hit. Foreigners too find the food great as they feel it is authentic and tastes similar to the one they enjoyed in India during their visit.

    With the Indian cricketers coming and enjoying the food, the restaurant is now the ideal place for youngsters to hang out to catch a glimpse of their cricketing idols.

  • Hosts England suffered a big jolt to their World Cup ambitions as they lost to Sri Lanka by 20 runs in their ICC Cricket World Cup match at Headingley on Friday.

    Sri Lankan bowlers put on a brilliant performance as they successfully defended a total of 232 runs against tournament favourites England.

    England were bowled out for 212 in 47 overs as Lasith Malinga took 4 wickets. This is England's second loss in the tournament after losing to Pakistan while it's just the second win for Sri Lanka in six matches. 

  • Chinese President Xi Jinping and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reached a consensus on important issues on Friday on the second day in Pyongyang. Both the leaders agreed that they will carry forward friendly relations whatever the international situation.

    On the last day of Xi's visit to Pyongyang, the leaders discussed a series of plans for strengthening collaboration between their two countries, and talked about the "major internal and external policies" of their respective countries and exchanged views on domestic and international issues of mutual concern.

    Xi left the North Korean capital Pyongyang on Friday after a two-day visit, the first by a Chinese leader in 14 years.

  • Tens of thousands of mostly Central American migrants have been crossing Mexico to reach its northern border with the United States, with an angered U.S. President Donald Trump threatening to impose tariffs on Mexico.

    “We already have 19 countries we will meet in the next couple of weeks so that this plan and its actions will grow,” Ebrard said during the president’s regular morning news conference. “Now it is about developed countries participating.”

    Ebrard said Mexico was investigating a network of human smugglers, including that of unaccompanied minors, which he said was on the rise, and the financing of these operations.

    Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said that Mexico would evaluate the results of the deal it had reached with the United States to stem migration north.

    “We want a good relationship with President Trump,” Lopez Obrador reiterated, adding that, regardless of the often difficult and complex relationship, he had seen a willingness from Trump to come to an agreement.

  • Acknowledging the stiff competition from Financial Technology (FinTech) companies, the SBI is also contemplating introducing its YONO SBI app while having opened remittance services to all bank accounts through eRemit and remittance kiosk channels in the city state.

    "We are working on extending credit to Singapore-based SMEs, supporting their businesses both locally and regionally," said SBI Country Head Kishore Kumar Poludasu, who recently took charge of the bank in a marketplace with global trading and financial links.

    Singapore SMEs accounts for 65% of employment and contributed SGD 196.8 billion or 49 per cent to the economy in 2017, according to the Department of Statistics here.

    "We see the potential of further expanding our services to SMEs," added Poludasu, anticipating SBI's growth in line with Singapore's expansion as an Asian financial hub.

    The SBI has served the Singapore retail and corporate sectors as a qualified full bank since 2008. It has six branches and offering ATM services under ATM5 network across the island state and two remittance centers, especially serving the large pool of Indian workers at dormitories in the industrial sectors.

    Poludasu also acknowledged the stiff competition from FinTech but was quick to assure that banks, as leaders in the financial markets, are adopting technologies at a faster pace.

    The SBI plans to offer its YONO app, an omni-channel service at fingertip, to manage a wide range of financial services here. "YONO SBI has been successful in India, and we are looking at introducing it in Singapore," Poludasu said on Friday.

    He said YONO app will fit into the Singapore's banking systems where advanced technologies are being introduced at faster pace. Singapore regulatory clearance will be sought to introduce YONO, he added.

    During his visit to Singapore on May 31, 2018, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had launched three Indian apps - BHIM, Rupay and SBI app - at a 'Business, Innovation and Community Event'.

    RuPay digital payments system is linked up with Singapore's Network for Electronic Transfers (NETS), allowing both to be used for payments in the two countries.

    "Disruptive technologies are fast changing the marketing of services across the globe. We in the banking sectors are working hard on innovations and maintain a lead in applying these technologies across our network of global businesses," stressed Poludasu.

    The SBI has also opened its ATMs for remittances for account holders. "This makes it easy for industrial workers here to transmit money back home quickly through our ATM located at strategic points," he said.

    Poludasu underlined the importance of remittances, which, according to the World Bank, was India's top earnings at USD 80 billion in 2018 from the global Indian diaspora. Poludasu said the SBI has served the Singapore businesses community steadily over 42 years, having started as an offshore bank in 1977.

    "We are serving the credit needs of Indian businesses and will continue to do so, but we are also scaling up our services with non-Indian businesses," he said.

  • FATF maintains grey list status of Pakistan, expresses concern over insufficient steps taken to curb terror financing.

    The FATF has announced that Pakistan will remain on the grey list and asked Islamabad to take steps to "address its strategic counter-terrorist financing-related deficiencies" which basically means to act on the financing of terrorism after failing to meet deadline twice.

    Pakistan has garner support of at least three member states of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) to avoid being pushed into the financial watchdog's 'blacklist' for now, but danger persists.

    Pakistan has been able to attract the support of Turkey, China, and Malaysia, which has helped Islamabad avoid being placed on the FATF blacklist.

    The support has ensured temporary relief as it falls under the requirements of the FATF charter, which states that the support of at least three member states is essential to avoid the blacklisting.

  • The all-powerful GST Council Friday extended the tenure of the anti-profiteering authority by two years and approved imposing a penalty of up to 10 per cent on entities not passing on benefits of GST rate cuts to consumers.

    Briefing reporters after the 35th meeting of the Council, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that the meeting was conducive and fruitful. Revenue Secretary A.B. Pandey said that GST council has decided to allow the use of Aadhaar by businesses to register with GST-Network.

    The council extended the date for filing annual returns under the Goods and Services Tax regime by two months to August 30, adding the one-form new GST return filing system will be applicable from January 1, 2020.

  • The 5th International Day of Yoga was celebrated across the world on Friday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the nation in celebrating the Day in Ranch in Jharkhand. Prime Minister said that we should make efforts to take yoga from cities to villages and tribal areas.

    Addressing the yoga enthusiasts, He said that Yoga is above religion, caste, colour, gender and region, it is above everything. Prime Minister also gave the motto of "Yoga for peace, harmony and progress."

    He emphasised that health and wellness were central to Yoga and Ancient Indian philosophy and said that it requires discipline and commitment as a way of life. He added that the government has been working to make Yoga a pillar of preventive health care.

  • A fresh bill to ban the practice of instant triple talaq was introduced in Lok Sabha on Friday amid vehement protests by opposition members.

    The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill 2019 became the first legislation to be tabled in Parliament by the Narendra Modi Government in its second term. Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad asserted that the legislation was a must for gender equality and justice.

    With the dissolution of the 16th Lok Sabha last month, the previous bill had lapsed, as it was pending in the Rajya Sabha. The Bill proposes to make the practice of instant triple talaq (talaq-e-biddat) a penal offence. The bill will now be discussed on Monday.

  • Mortal remains of some of the deceased were also brought to Delhi. Rajnath Singh also met families of the deceased personnel here at the Palam Technical Area. The aircraft crashed on June 3 in Arunachal Pradesh.
     

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi's message was clear as he lead close to 40,000 people at Ranchi's Prabhat Tara ground in Jharkhand. He performed various 'asanas' throughout the 30-minute-long session marking the fifth International Yoga Day celebrations.

    Yoga connects people across boundaries and the world has taken up the Prime Minister's call to make Yoga a global movement. PM Modi gave a call to take the journey of Modern Yoga from the cities to the villages, to the poor and to every corner of the nation. He stressed that need of the hour is to make yoga an integral part of the life of every person.

    Addressing the yoga enthusiasts, Prime Minister gave the motto of "Yoga for peace, harmony and progress" He emphasised that health and wellness were central to Yoga and Ancient Indian philosophy and said that it requires discipline and commitment as a way of life. He added that the government has been working to make Yoga a pillar of preventive healthcare.

    People from all walks of life were seen performing yoga asanas and were thrilled as the Prime Minister led them in the demonstration

    Before leaving the venue, Prime Minister Modi greeted the crowd at the ground. The enthusiasm of the people made it evident that they had taken up the PM's call to make Yoga an essential part of their lives.

    President Ram Nath Kovind, inaugurated an event to mark the International Day of Yoga at Ceremonial Hall at Rashtrapati Bhawan on Friday. President said International Day of Yoga is being celebrated at Rashtrapati Bhavan since 2015. He sais that it's not just an event, it's a way to make yoga an integral part of our life.

    Vice President M Venkaih Naidu on Friday participated in Yoga Program organized by the Prajapita Brahma Kumaris Ishwariya Vishwa Vidyalaya at the historic Red Fort Grounds in Delhi.

    Vice president said that Yoga is a sublime expression of the quest for excellence, for synthesis and for harmony. It is an eloquent epitome of the Indian world view.

    He added that Yoga advocates that to the extent we reduce the external paraphernalia in our life, and even clear away the clutter of our mind, the more we will be able to concentrate and find inner peace.

    Union Information & Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar performed the Yogasana at Rajpath. Speaking on the occasion, the union minister said that the practice and propagation of Yoga has led to "Healthy life, Healthy living, Wellness and Prevention of Disease".

    Union Minister Smriti Irani performed Yoga with citizens of Bijwasan in Delhi on the occasion of 5th International Day of Yoga in Dwarka.

  • The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2019 seeks to replace an ordinance issued in February. The bill was introduced following a division of votes, with 186 members supporting and 74 opposing it.

    With the dissolution of the 16th Lok Sabha last month, the previous bill had lapsed, as it was pending in the Rajya Sabha.

    The Bill proposes to make the practice of instant triple talaq (talaq-e-biddat) a penal offence. Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad asserted the legislation was a must for gender equality and justice.

     

  • The left-handed opener contained his natural aggressive self before swinging his arms freely to build a 166-run knock, which steered Australia to a mammoth 381 for five, their second highest score in World Cup. Warner, who had hit a hundred against Pakistan as well, added 121 runs with his skipper Aaron Finch (53) in a risk-free opening partnership and then raised a 192-run stand with Usman Khawaja (89). He completed his 16th ODI hundred, his sixth 150-plus knock, which came off 147 balls with 14 hits to fence and five over the ropes. The stage was set to go after the bowlers and Glenn Maxwell produced a 10-ball 32, which had three sixes and two fours.

    Maxwell was run out after a mix-up with Khawaja, who sent his partner back sensing risk and was caught behind minutes later to miss out on a hundred. Faced with a daunting task to chase down the massive target, the 'Tigers', as expected, took the fight to the rival camp but ended up with 333 for eighth in stipulated overs. Mushfiqur Rahim (102 not out), Mahmudullah (69), Tamim Iqbal (62) and in-form Shakib Al Hasan (41) gave their all in the chase but the effort still proved insufficient though the total was their best ever in ODIs. It was Rahim's first hundred in a World Cup game and seventh overall. Paceman Mitchell Starc (2/55) and Nathan Coulter-Nile (2/58) shared four wickets between them. The win took Australia to top of the table with 10 points from six games while Bangladesh remained at number five with five points and now need to win their remaining three games.

    Earlier, medium pacer Soumya Sarkar (3/58) took three wickets while Mutsafizur Rehman (1/69) accounted for one Australian batsman. Mashrafe Mortaza and Rehman largely remained disciplined in their opening spells, bowling wicket-to-wicket. Warner and Finch also preferred playing risk-free game and did not attack much, managing an under-six run-rate. It was only after spinners -- Shakib and Mehidy Hasan -- were introduced that the two batsmen showed some aggression. Warner launched one from Shakib for a massive six over mid-wicket while Finch punished Hasan with back-to-back shots over the ropes. Paceman Rubel Hossain bowled in good rhythm and the run-rate was under control, but both Warner and Finch were still at the crease, having completed their half-centuries.

    Sarkar brought relief for a worried Bangladesh by sending back Finch with his fifth ball in what was a soft dismissal off the medium pacer in the 21st over of the innings. But the joy was short-lived as Warner and Khawaja joined forces to raise another big partnership. They added 192 runs for the second wicket, dominating the bowlers. Sarkar again separated the batsmen by dismissing Warner but by that time, Australia had already 300-plus total on the board.

  • The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2019, which has been listed in the Lok Sabha's agenda for today, will replace an ordinance issued in February by the previous BJP-led NDA government. With the dissolution of the 16th Lok Sabha last month, the previous bill had lapsed as it was pending in the Rajya Sabha.

    The Bill proposes to make the practice of instant triple talaq (talaq-e-biddat) a penal offence. The new bill is a copy of the ordinance in force. 

    Under the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Ordinance, 2019, divorcing through instant triple talaq is illegal, void and will attract a jail term of three years for the husband.

  • Speaking on the occasion, Prime Minister stresses the need to integrate yoga with health schemes.Prime Minister Modi that in the last five years the Government has integrated yoga with health and wellness to make it a pillar of preventive health care.

    Prime Minister Modi said, in today's changing times the focus must be on wellness as well as protection from illness. He said, Yoga is discipline and dedication and it has to be obeyed throughout life. Prime Minister stressed on the need to take modern yoga to the Rural and Tribal land. He said yoga can make the poor come out of diseases and poverty.  Prime Minister Modi said yoga provides a perfect blend of knowledge, work and devotion. He also stressed on research related to yoga.

    Minister for AYUSH Shripad Naik in his address said Government is committed to spreading the benefits of Yoga for health and wellness. He said, there is a need for more Yoga teachers to take Yoga to the masses. Naik said, his Ministry has created Yoga Certification Board which will certify trainers and training schools of Yoga. 

    In the national capital, the main event was organised at Rajpath. Speaking on the occasion, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said that yoga spreads the message of humanity and it can not be linked with any religion. He said, yoga is integrating the world and it has now become the lifestyle of people. 

    In Gujarat, more than 1.51 crore people participated in the celebrations today. State level function was held at Sardar Patel Stadium of Ahmedabad in the presence of Governor of Gujarat O.P. Kohli and Chief Minister Vijay Rupani. Prime Minister also participated in the event through video conferencing early Friday morning.
    In Tamil Nadu, several programs were organised by Central Government offices, Central and state Government schools and yoga groups. 

    In Maharashtra, all 288 talukas of all the 36 districts have organised practical sessions of Yoga at open sports complexes especially to encourage youth. Around 5000 students from each talukas are participating in these sessions across the state where various yogasanas are being performed under the guidance of institutions teaching yoga in the state. 

    Reports of yoga day celebrations are also pouring in from abroad.  In Nepal, hundreds of Yoga enthusiasts including Prime Minister K. P. Sharma Oli and Deputy Prime Minister Upendra Yadav participating in Yoga Day celebrations. 

    International Day of Yoga is being celebrated with great enthusiasm in Dhaka. The Bangabandhu Stadium is filled this morning to the capacity with thousands of yoga enthusiasts participating in the programme. 

    In UAE, nearly 4000 yoga enthusiasts of various nationalities participated the yoga demonstrations at Abu Dhabi. 

  • The bus was on its way to Gada Gushaini from Kullu.

    Himachal Pradesh Governor Acharya Devvrat and Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur expressed grief over the tragic accident. In their condolence messages, they prayed for peace to the departed souls and strength to the bereaved family members.

    The chief minister has ordered a magisterial inquiry into the incident and also asked the administration to provide best possible medicare to the injured passengers.

    Most of the victims of the accident were residents of various areas in Kullu district.

  • The main function was held in the capital Kathmandu where a morning procession was carried out. Indian Ambassador to Nepal Manjeev Singh Puri and other dignitaries participated in the procession. Later a Yoga practice and preaching programme was held at city centre. Prime Minister of Nepal K. P. Sharma Oli graced the occasion as Chief Guest. On this occasion Mr Oli said Yoga is a unique gift from the ancient civilization.

    He said Yoga brings soul, speech and action together and helps in making life healthier and happy.Indian Ambassador and other dignitaries also attended the event. In Janakpur city thousands of Yoga enthusiasts including Deputy Prime Minister and Health Minister Upendra Yadav, Governor and Chief Minister of Province 2 joined Yoga Day celebration early in the morning at iconoic Janaki temple. Officials from Embassy of India Kathmandu and Consul General of India Birgunj also participated in the programme.

    The event was organised by Embassy of India, Janaki Temple Trust and Patanjali Yogpeeth Nepal. In the evening Yoga Utsav will also be held in temple premises. Patanjali Yogpeeth Nepal and many other institutions organising more than two hundred programmes in all 77 districts of the Himalayan nation.

  • According to the Superintendent of SKMCH, with this addition, number of beds in ICU has increased to 66.

    Chief Medical Officer of the hospital said administration is concentrating on better treatment at periphery level so that all 16 Primary Health Centres are equipped.

    About 114 deaths have been reported in Muzaffarpur alone due to Acute encephalitis syndrome outbreak.

  • The event is expected to witness participation of over 30 thousand people and several state dignitaries, besides the Yoga Organisations and Yoga Gurus.

    The venue of the main celebrations is the Prabhat Tara ground of Ranchi. Special attention has been given to the convenience of the participants and overall security.

    Khadi yoga mats will be used in place of the usual rubber yoga mats this year over environmental concerns. The theme of this year's event is "Yoga for Heart".

  • According to Defence sources, a team of 19 trekkers recovered the bodies.

    The team, which included Garud commandos and Special Forces of the Army, started the mission to recover the bodies last week on Wednesday, a day after the wreckage was spotted.

    The mission was affected due to inclement weather. Helicopters including Mi17, Cheetah were unable to reach the site. The aircraft had lost contact on its way to Mechuka from Jorhat on the 3rd of this month.