• Exercising powers vested in him under Article 75 (1) of the Constitution of India, the President, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, today appointed Shri Narendra Modi to the office of Prime Minister of India. He requested Shri Modi to: 



    1. In a spectacular Passing out Parade (POP) held at Indian Naval Academy (INA), Ezhimala, on Saturday, 25th May 2019, 264 trainees comprising Midshipmen and cadets of Indian Navy, Indian Coast Guard, and ten international cadets passed out with flying colours, marking the culmination of their ab-initio training.

  • Chief Election Commissioner, Shri Sunil Aroraalong with  Election Commissioners Shri Ashok Lavasa and Shri Sushil Chandra, called on the Hon’ble President of India at 1230 hrs today (May 25, 2019).A copy of the Notification issued by the Election Commission of India in terms of Section 73 of the Representation of People’s Act, 1951, containing the names of Members elected to the House of the People – following General Elections to the 17thLok Sabha – was submitted by them to the Hon’ble President.

  • The Chief Election Commissioner, Shri Sunil Arora, accompanied by Election Commissioners Shri Ashok Lavasa and Shri Sushil Chandra, met the President of India at 1230 hrs today (May 25, 2019).  A copy of the Notification issued by the Election Commission of India in terms of Section 73 of the Representation of People’s Act, 1951, containing the names of Members elected to the House of the People – following General Elections to the 17th Lok Sabha – was submitted by them to the President.

  • The Cabinet in its meeting held on 24.05.2019 has advised The President to dissolve the 16th Lok Sabha with immediate effect. 

    The President has accepted the advice of the Cabinet on 24.05.2019 and signed the Order dissolving the 16th Lok Sabha in exercise of the powers conferred upon him by Sub-clause (b) of Clause (2) of Article 85 of the Constitution.

  • Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi continued to receive congratulatory messages today from leaders across the world.  These included telephone calls from H.E. Maithripala Sirisena, President of Sri Lanka; H.M. Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the King of Saudi Arabia; H.E. Donald Trump, President of the United States; and H.E. Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’, former Prime Minister of Nepal.

  • With a view to redress genuine hardship faced by the deductors due to the severe disruption of normal life and breakdown of communication systems caused by cyclone "Fani" hitting the State of Odisha on 3rd of May, 2019, CBDT has provided the following relief in TDS compliance to the deductors in the State of Odisha.

  • Sub-section (1C) of section 197A of the Income-tax Act, 1961 (the Act) read with rule 29C of the Rules, inter alia, provides that no deduction of tax shall be made in case of a resident individual, who is of the age of sixty years or more, if he furnishes a declaration in Form 15H to the person responsible for paying any income of the nature referred to in section 192A, 193, 194, 194A, 194D, 194DA, 194EE, 194-I or 194K, to the effect that the tax on his estimated total income will be nil.

    Further, Note 10 to Form No 15H provides for non-acceptance of declaration if the amount of income of the nature referred to in section 197A(1C) or the aggregate of the amounts of such income credited or paid or likely to be credited or paid during the previous year in which such income is to be included exceeds the maximum amount which is not chargeable to tax after allowing for deduction(s) under Chapter VIA, if any, set off of loss, if any, under the head “income from house property” for which the declarant is eligible.

  • The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, today gave its approval to the Resolution advising the President to dissolve the Sixteenth Lok Sabha, which was constituted on 18.05.

  • The Central Government vide notification dated 23rd May, 2019 has banned the Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh or Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen India or Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Hindustan and all its manifestations under clause (a) of sub-section (1) of section 35 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 with immediate effect.

  • The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, met and greeted the officers and staff of the Prime Minister's Office, at South Block today. 

    Senior officers of the PMO, including Principal Secretary to PM, Shri Nripendra Misra, NSA Shri Ajit Doval, Additional Principal Secretary Shri PK Mishra, and Secretary Shri Bhaskar Khulbe, felicitated the Prime Minister on his resounding victory in the recently concluded General Elections.

  • The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, met the President today and tendered his resignation along with the Council of Ministers. 

    The President has accepted the resignation and requested Shri Narendra Modi and the Council of Ministers to continue till the new Government assumes office.

  • Today, IAF’s formidable workhorse, the Russian made AN-32 aircraft was formally fleet certified to fly on blended aviation fuel containing up to 10% of indigenous bio-jet fuel. The approval certificate was received at the aero-engine test facilities at Chandigarh by Air Commodore Sanjiv Ghuratia VSM, Air Officer Commanding, 3 BRD, AF on behalf of the IAF from Mr P Jayapal, Chief Executive CEMILAC.

  • The Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has expressed anguish over fire tragedy in Surat. He has also asked Gujarat Government and local authorities to provide all possible assistance to those affected.

  • A  BrahMos Supersonic Cruise Missile was successfully test-fired by a Unit of Eastern Command, Indian Army from Car Nicobar Islands at 1450 hr on 22 May 2019 as part of joint training by Indian Army, Indian Navy and Indian Air Force.

  • Defence Research and Defence Organisation (DRDO) successfully flight tested a 500 kg class Inertial Guided Bomb today from Su-30 MKI Aircraft from the Pokhran test range in Rajasthan. The guided bomb achieved the desired range and hit the target with high precision.

  • Hon'ble Lt Governor of Delhi Shri Anil Baijal inaugurated the Sahara Naval Hostel for the ‘Veer Naris’ at Vasant Kunj, New Delhi, today. Admiral Sunil Lanba, PVSM, AVSM, ADC, Chief of the Naval Staff and Mrs Reena Lanba, President Naval Wives Welfare Association (NWWA) were also present in addition to several senior naval and civilian officials.

  • The Second Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Mass Media Forum is being held at Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan from 23-26 May, 2019. A Delegation from I&B Ministry comprising of Shri TVK Reddy, Addl. Director General and Shri Ankur Lahoty, Asst.

  • International Centre for Automotive Technology (ICAT) organized aninternational seminar-cum-workshop on Automotive Noise, Vibration and Harshness (iNVH) on 23rd – 24thMay, 2019 at ICAT, Manesar.

    This event was the fifth in a series of biennial training programmes on Automotive NVH, organized by ICAT.

  • The Central Statistics Office (CSO), Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation has released the press note on Employment Outlook of the country covering the period September, 2017 to March, 2019, based on the administrative records available with selected government agencies to assess the progress in certain dimensions.

  • In Andhra Pradesh, YSR Congress Chief YS Jagan Mohan Reddy will take oath as new Chief Minister of the state on May 30 in Vijayawada. Along with the party leaders, Jagan Reddy met Governor ESL Narasimhan,  in Hyderabad yesterday and handed over the copy of resolution electing him unanimously the leader of the legislature party.

    Later, Jagan Mohan Reddy met Telangana Chief Minister K Chandra Sekhar Rao and his cabinet ministers and invited them for his oath-taking ceremoney on May 30. On the occasion, Chandra Sekhar congratulated Jagan Reddy for his landslide victory in the elections.

    YSR Congress Party president and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister designate Y S Jaganmohan Reddy is scheduled to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the national capital on Sunday.

    Earlier on Saturday, YSR Congress legislature meeting was held in the state party office in Amaravathi and all the newly elected MLAs elected Jagan Mohan Reddy as their leader.

    Speaking on the occasion, the YSR Congress Chief exhorted party MLAs to supplement his efforts in achieving good governance in the state. 
    Jagan Mohan Reddy to take oath as CM on May 30.

    Meanwhile, In Odisha, Governor Prof. Ganeshi Lal has accepted the resignation of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and his council of Ministers to pave the way for the formation of the new government in the State. 

    The Governor has requested the chief minister and his council of ministers to continue in office till the new council of ministers is sworn in. 

    The state cabinet had on May 18 recommended dissolution of the 15th Odisha Legislative Assembly.

    Naveen Patnaik is all set to take oath as chief minister of the State for a record fifth term in a row.  Newly elected MLAs of the Biju Janta Dal are likely to meet in Bhubaneswar today and elect Naveen Patnaik as the leader of the BJD legislature party.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Gandhinagar in Gujarat today to seek the blessings of his mother. This will be PM Modi's first visit to his home state after the results of 2019 Lok Sabha polls.  

    Besides, PM Modi will also visit Varanasi on Monday morning to thank the people of his constituency for reposing their faith in him. Surpassing his previous record of 3.37 lakh votes in 2014 Lok Sabha polls, PM Modi retained his seat by a margin of 4.79 lakh votes. 

  • President Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday appointed Narendra Modi to the office of Prime Minister of India. President requested Narendra Modi to advise him about the names of others to be appointed members of the Union Council of Ministers and indicate the date and time of the swearing-in-ceremony to be held at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
    PM Narendra Modi was formally intimated when he called on the President at Rashtrapati Bhavan in his capacity as leader of the BJP Parliamentary Party, which has majority support in the House of the People following the general election to the 17th Lok Sabha. Prime Minister said that the new Government will leave no stone unturned to meet the expectations of the People of India 

    Earlier in the evening, a delegation of the National Democratic Alliance led by BJP President Amit Shah, and comprising  Prakash Singh Badal, Rajnath Singh, Nitish Kumar,  Ram Vilas Paswan, Sushma Swaraj,  Uddhav Thakeray,  Nitin Gadkari, K. Palaniswami,  Conrad Sangma and  Neiphiu Rio, called on President Ram Nath Kovind at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
    A letter stating that Narendra Modi has been elected leader of the BJP Parliamentary Party was handed over to the President. Letters of support from NDA constituent parties were also handed over to the President.

  • As PM Narendra Modi is all set for a second term, he expressed his gratitude to the people of the country, the commonman, and everybody who made his victory possible. In his address to the NDA leaders Narendra Modi highlighted the key agenda and issues that he would focus on, in his next term. The first and foremost being the end of VIP culture which prevails in the country. He said that the people choose leaders to serve not to rule.

    Narendra Modi said, it was a positive election and this election saw a pro-incumbency which is achieved only when the people trust their government.

    Addressing the other key issues, the Prime Minister shifted his focus to the poor and minorities, saying that they will no longer be duped by any government nor they would be neglected. Modi said that  for a new developed India, we need to focus on every individual irrespective of their caste, colour, creed.

    Dedicating his victory to the people, the Narendra Modi said that he will take India of the 21st century to new heights. He also laid emphasis on National Ambition, and Regional Aspirations as crucial factors for development. With the hope for a better future, the PM thanked everyone for their support and trust in him.

  • Indian shooters Apurvi Chandela, Anjum Moudgil and Elavenil Valarivan will be vying for top honours at the year's third International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup Rifle/Pistol in Munich, Germany, starting today.

    The opening day of the competition will see women's 10m Air Rifle final.

    A total of 919 athletes from 98 countries will be competing for the 17 Tokyo Olympics quota places available, besides a coveted ISSF World Cup medal.

    India has entered a 35-member squad, 23 of them competing for medals in the 10 events lined up over the next five days. 

    India already has five quota places in Rifle and Pistol competitions.

  • Cyril Ramaphosa, the head of the African National Congress, was sworn in for a five-year term as South Africa's president after being elected unopposed by Parliament following the sixth general elections this month.

    The 66 year old Ramaphosa swore allegiance to the Constitution in the presence of thousands of dignitaries and citizens at the swearing in ceremony in the capital, Pretoria after being voted unopposed in a process overseen by Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng as the country's leader in the National Assembly this week.

    Several heads of state, former heads of state and heads of international and regional organisation attended the swearing in ceremony. It is the first time that a President's inauguration was open to the public and not just invited guests.

    The ANC, facing factionalism and public outcries about inaction against senior officials accused of corruption, won the May 8 general election but its share of the vote fell. 

  • The CWC meeting, chaired by Congress president Rahul Gandhi, is being attended by UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, former prime minister Manmohan Singh, Uttar Pradesh (East) in-charge Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and chief ministers of four party-ruled states Punjab, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and of the Union Territory Puducherry.

    The meeting of the party's highest decision-making body will go into the reasons behind the party's debacle and discus as to why its poll narrative failed to convince the people.

    There were speculations that Congress president might offer his resignation taking moral responsibility for the party's poor performance in the polls. However, a Cong source said that reports about Gandhi offering to resign "is wrong".

    Senior leader and former Union minister P Chidambaram was also present in the meeting alongside other party colleagues including AK Antony, Ahmed Patel, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Sheila Dikshit, Mallikarjun kharge, Ambika Soni, Anand Sharma and Jyotiraditya Scindia.

    Punjab CM Amarinder Singh and Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot also attended the meeting along with their Chhattisgarh counterpart Bhupesh Baghel. Though the Congress improved on its 2014 tally of 44, it could win just 52 Lok Sabha seats this year.

    In 18 states and Union Territories, the party could not open its account. Murmurs are already appearing within the party over taking responsibility for its poor performance, with some of its leaders already sending in their resignations. Uttar Pradesh Congress chief Raj Babbar and Odisha Congress president Niranjan Patnaik have announced their resignations from the post.

  • The IEDs, weighing 10 kg each and packed in cookers, were unearthed from a dirt track near a well between Uparchandeli and Khalichandeli villages under Keshkal police station when a joint team of security forces was carrying out a de-mining operation on Friday to detect explosives planted by ultras, a senior police official told.

    Acting on specific inputs, the operation was carried out by District Reserve Guard (DRG), Special Task Force (STF), Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and local police towards Uparchandeli and Khalichandeli area, located around 250 km away from here, he said.

    The Improvised Explosive Devices were planted near the well to target security personnel when they look for water resources during patrolling in forests, the official said, adding that the explosives were later destroyed by a bomb disposal squad.

  • BJP led NDA is all set to begin its second term at the Centre following a magnificent victory in the Lok Sabha elections. There were a series of factors which led to NDA under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, registering a bigger victory than what it secured in 2014.

    The first five years of the Modi government concretised people's belief that a clean, strong and decisive government is possible which they saw under PM Modi.

    A number of welfare schemes launched by Modi government were successful in transforming the lives of beneficiaries. These included Swachhta Abhiyan, Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana, Saubhagya Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana and Ujjwala Yojana. The benefits reached those the schemes were meant to benefit and this went in favour of the Modi government.

    Prime Minister Modi said that 'Sabka Sath, Sabka Vikas' is the core of his government's philosophy. The idea of taking everyone along and ensuring welfare of all, took concrete shape instead of merely remaining a slogan.

    Youth form a significant part of not only the country's population but also the electorate. The steps taken by the Modi government struck the right chord among the youth and they voted for the NDA in large numbers. This was key to change the poll numbers in its favour.

    Nationalism and national security were among the key issues during Lok Sabha elections. Through its actions and decisions, the Government was successful in making people believe that it can best deal with governance issues. 

    While the BJP-led NDA had an undisputed leader in Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the opposition had no such face as there appeared to be many contenders for the post. In fact, Prime Minister Modi in his rallies slammed the opposition camp over its Prime Ministerial aspirants. There was no answer to the Modi Verses Who question.

    Team Modi-Shah was the biggest force behind the massive NDA win. The opposition doesn't seem to have a counter to the strategy of PM Modi and BJP President Amit Shah. The phase by phase strategy for Lok Sabha developed by the Modi-Shah team worked as per plan.

    A scattered and divided opposition stood nowhere against a united NDA. Congress was a junior partner in most of the states and many key opposition players preferred not to board the boat Congress was sailing in.

    Other than these, measures like GST, demonetisation and 10% reservation for the economically backward also cemented NDA's win.

  • Efforts to form a new government at the Centre has gained momentum. BJP parliamentary party will meet in New Delhi today to formally elect Prime Minister Narendra Modi as its leader.

    After this, Mr Modi will be elected leader of the newly elected NDA MPs in a meeting at the Central Hall of Parliament in the evening. Prime Minister is also expected to address the gathering.

    Mr Modi yesterday called on President Ram Nath Kovind and tendered his resignation along with his council of ministers. The President accepted the resignation and asked Prime Minister and his council of ministers to continue till a new government is formed.

    President Ram Nath Kovind hosted a dinner for the members of outgoing Council of Ministers at Rashtrapati Bhavan last night. Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Ministers including Rajnath Singh, Sushma Swaraj and Nitin Gadkari were present on the occasion.  

    Earlier yesterday, Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister recommended the dissolution of 16th Lok Sabha. After the meeting, Mr Modi also participated in a meeting of the council of ministers, which expressed its gratitude to the Prime Minister. Mr Modi also appreciated the role of his colleagues and their contribution.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah met party veterans Lal Krishna Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi, a day after BJP led NDA secured a landslide victory in Lok Sabha elections. Prime Minister visited Mr Advani's residence and sought his blessings.

    In a tweet, Mr Modi said the BJP's successes today are possible because greats like Mr Advani and Mr Joshi spent decades building the party and providing a fresh ideological narrative to the people. Mr. Joshi also congratulated Mr Modi on his victory.

    Formation of the new government will kick off after the election commission notification which will have the names of newly elected Lok Sabha MPs.

    Once the notification gets President Ram Nath Kovind's approval, the process of constitution of 17th Lok Sabha will formally begin. Election Commission is likely to meet today to finalise the list of winning candidates to be handed over to the President.

    The EC sources said once the list is finalised, the three commissioners will seek an appointment with the president. The term of the present Lok Sabha ends on June 3.

    Polls were held in 542 of the 543 seats and the election in Vellore parliamentary seat was cancelled by the Election commission citing excessive use of money power. BJP has won 303 seats surpassing its previous record of 282 in 2014. The BJP-led NDA has secured 351 seats as against their previous tally of 336.

    The UPA got 90 seats. This is the first time that a non-Congress party will take over at the Centre for the second term consecutively. 

  • Defence Ministry said in New Delhi that the guided bomb achieved the desired range and hit the target with high precision.

    The ministry said, all the mission objectives have been met during the test firing of the bomb, adding it is capable of carrying different warheads.

    The test firing of the guided bomb came two days after the Indian Air Force successfully test fired the aerial version of the supersonic BrahMos cruise missile from a Sukhoi jet at the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. 

    The 2.5-tonne air-to-surface missile has a range of around 300 km, and it will significantly enhance the IAF's combat capability.

  • In Gujarat, at least 19 children died and 16 others injured in a major fire that broke out in a building in Sarthana area of Surat on Friday.

    The fire broke out in the Smart design Studio where children taking drawing and art classes. It was situated on the third to top floor of 3 storied Takshshila Arcade.

    Fire Brigade sources said that they received call at around 4 pm and fire was controlled in around 2 hours.

    Injured children have been admitted in Municipal and other nearby hospitals. Chief Minister Vijay Rupani also rushed to the spot on Friday night to overview the rescue and treatment of injured children.

    He ordered high level inquiry in the incident. Meanwhile, Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel said that action would be taken against whoever found guilty for violation of norms after the detailed probe.

    Meanwhile local authorities have ordered to close all the tuition classes in Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Rajkot and other cities of the state till detailed checking of the fire safety.

    State Government has announced Rs. 4 lakh cash assistance to the families of each victim.

    According to the eye witnesses, following the fire spread on the stairs, many students started jumping from the third floor of the complex.

    There were 16 girl students among the total death. According to some survivors, there was no way out for students to escape from the spot.

    Local Authorities in Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Rajkot and other cities have ordered the closer of all the education institutions till the full fire safety measures implemented.

  • After setting a new record with an emphatic win in the 2019 assembly elections, BJD chief Naveen Patnaik is likely to take oath as the chief minister of Odisha for the fifth consecutive term on May 27.

    Much before the swearing-in ceremony, speculations are now rife over who will find berth in the Naveen's new cabinet. Hectic parleys have reportedly begun amidst speculations that several old and new faces and women leaders will be given prominence in Naveen Patnaik's new council of ministers.

    A meeting of the newly elected BJD legislators is scheduled to be held on Saturday, and the new Cabinet is likely to be sworn-in on Monday, May 27, party officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

    The oath-taking ceremony will be a low key affair as the State is still recovering from the devastation caused by Cyclone Fani, which hit Odisha on May 3.

    The final Election Commission (EC) tally shows that the BJD won 112 of the 146 Assembly seats for which elections were held. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) bagged 23, the Congress nine, the CPI(M) one and a solitary Independent was also elected.

    Though the State Assembly has a total of 147 constituencies, the election to Patkura had to be postponed following the death of the BJD candidate.

  • The Trinamool Congress earlier in the day suspended Roy for six years for anti-party comments. Subhrangshu, the TMC legislator from Bijpur, is the son of BJP leader Mukul Roy.

    "Now, I will breath freely. Many in the TMC feel suffocated," he said, claiming that several others from the party will "follow his footsteps". "My father has advised me to be careful, as I may be implicated in a false criminal case, or may be attacked... I will join the BJP within two to three days," Subhrangshu said.

    At an earlier press conference, he said he was keen to start a new innings. Subhrangshu also said he did not get due respect in the TMC. "Now, I only want peace in Bengal," the two-time MLA from Bijpur assembly constituency, which is part of the Barrackpore Lok Sabha seat, said.

    He hailed his father's organisational skills and said he had tried to give a lead to his party from his assembly segment, but failed to do so as his father was a better organisational player than him.

    "Today, I have no qualms in accepting that I have lost to my father. He is a real Chanakya of Bengal politics. Our party has lost and people voted against us. We should accept it," Subhrangshu said.

    Mukul Roy, once considered to be the second-in-command of the Trinamool Congress, joined the BJP in November 2017 after a fallout with party supremo Mamata Banerjee. He is being credited for the stellar show of the BJP in Bengal in the just-concluded Lok Sabha elections.

  • Trump envisaged making the controversial pardons during the Memorial Day weekend, when Americans honour those who died while serving in the military.

    Reportedly among those being considered is Edward Gallagher, a Navy SEAL accused of shooting unarmed civilians and stabbing a teenage captive to death, who is due to stand trial starting next week.

    Trump is also said to be eyeing a pardon for Matt Golsteyn, an ex-member of the elite US Army Green Berets, charged with premeditated murder in the shooting death of an alleged Taliban bomb-maker in 2010.

    Three Marines, arrested after video footage showed them urinating on the bodies of dead Taliban fighters in 2011, are also reportedly under consideration for a pardon, as well as a former Blackwater employee convicted of killing a teenaged Iraqi civilian in 2007.

    "We're looking at a lot of different pardons for a lot of different people," Trump told reporters on the White House lawn Friday, when asking why he was considering pardoning war criminals.

    "Some of these soldiers are people that have fought hard, long, you know. We teach them how to be great fighters and when they fight sometimes they get really treated very unfairly. So we're going to take a look at it," Trump added.

    Trump confirmed he was considering two or three cases that were "a little bit controversial," adding that he may let trials of these people proceed and then decide afterward.

    "I haven't done anything yet. I haven't made any decisions," he said. Retired Navy admiral James Stavridis was among those who came out strongly against Trump's reported plans.

    "I commanded several of the servicemen Trump may pardon," the former NATO Supreme Allied Commander wrote. "Letting them off will undermine the military."

    This type of pardon, he argued, "strengthens enemy propaganda, as they will correctly say that we do not hold ourselves accountable for our own standards," and "spurs our enemies on to even more barbaric behaviour."

    Such pardons would be "disgusting," warned Democratic presidential hopeful and Navy veteran Pete Buttigieg. It would be "an affront to the idea of good order and discipline and to the idea of the rule of law, the very thing we believe we're putting our lives on the line to defend," said Buttigieg, who served as a naval intelligence officer in Afghanistan in 2014.

    Gallagher, 39, is slated to face a military tribunal May 28 at the San Diego naval base. He is accused of stabbing a wounded 15-year-old Iraqi prisoner to death in 2017, while an American medic was treating him.

    He is also accused of shooting a young girl and an old man with a sniper rifle in 2017 and 2018, and of firing a heavy machine gun into a residential area. Golsteyn is to be tried at court martial but a date has not been set yet.

    According to court document excerpts, Golsteyn worried that the Taliban suspect, whom he was unable to detain for more than 24 hours, might make more bombs and kill an Afghan tribal leader who had identified him.

    Investigators have said Golsteyn and another soldier eventually took the suspect back to his house and killed him. They then burned the body.

    A third controversial case involves Nicholas Slatten, 35, who worked as a security guard for the US private military contractor Blackwater and was convicted in December of killing a teenaged Iraqi civilian in the 2007 Nisour Square massacre in Baghdad, which sparked global outrage.

    "Bad message. Bad precedent. Abdication of moral responsibility. Risk to us," tweeted retired Army general Martin Dempsey. "The wholesale pardon of US service members accused of war crimes signals our troops and allies that we don't take the law of armed conflict seriously."

    Trump has used his power of pardon before, and critics say he wields it for the benefit of people who back him or his ideas. Earlier this month, he pardoned Conrad Black, a disgraced British media mogul who served more than three years in prison in the US for fraud and obstruction of justice and is an outspoken fan of Trump.

    Last year, Trump granted a full pardon to Dinesh D'Souza, a conservative author and firebrand. In 2017, Trump pardoned Joe Arpaio, a former sheriff convicted of violating a court order to halt traffic patrols that targeted suspected unauthorized immigrants.

  • "There is no longer any alternative to using the weapon of a general strike," the Alliance for Freedom and Change umbrella group said in a statement Friday.

    It said the strike, affecting "public and private institutions and companies", would be accompanied by civil disobedience and was "an act of peaceful resistance with which we have been forced to proceed".

    The group, which led a nationwide protest movement against long-time leader Omar al-Bashir that led to his ouster on April 11, is at odds with the ruling military council over the form of a new governing body.

    Talks between the two sides have been suspended since Monday after a disagreement over who should lead the new authority a civilian or an officer.

    The generals who seized power after Bashir was toppled have resisted calls from the demonstrators and the international community to step down.

    The protest alliance said Thursday it would launch a campaign to urge demonstrators who have been rallying for weeks outside the army complex in Khartoum, and in other cities, to come up with a solution to overcome the impasse.

  • The clash started when inmates, many armed, refused to let authorities enter, fearing they would be robbed, said Humberto Prado of the Venezuelan Prison Observatory. At least 18 guards were injured in the clash, he said, adding there were reports of at least one explosion.

    Prado called on authorities who run Venezuela's prisons to stop the violent deaths, saying more than 130 inmates have died since 2017 in three separate riots across the country. "We have this situation because those responsible are converting these cells into dungeons," Prado said in a video posted on Twitter.

    "Prisoners in Venezuela will continue to die unless something is done." The prison is in the central state of Portuguesa, some 350 kilometers from the capital of Caracas. It's designed to hold 250, but bulges with 540 inmates, he said.

    Venezuelan authorities have not commented on the incident. Last year, a jail riot in the city of Valencia left 68 inmates dead, many of whom were burned alive. At least 39 died two years ago inside a jail in the state of Amazonas, the prisoner rights group said.

    Venezuela is in the throes of a historic political and social crisis marked by shortages of food and medicine that's driving millions to flee the country. Critics say about 30 prisons spread across Venezuela are severely overcrowded, housing 57,000 inmates. They're often run by gangs that traffic drugs and weapons.

  • Following a landslide victory, the National Democratic Alliance, NDA has initiated the process to form government at Centre. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday chaired a meeting of the Union Cabinet.

    With the Union Cabinet meeting, the process of dissolving the current Lok Sabha and outgoing government has also begun. The Union Cabinet forwarded to the President, a recommendation to dissolve the lower house. After the meeting, the Prime Minister also participated in the meeting of the council of ministers. The Council of Ministers expressed its gratitude to the Prime Minister. Prime Minister Modi also appreciated the role of his colleagues and their contribution.

    After the two meetings, the Prime Minister called on the President and tendered his resignation along with the Council of Ministers. The President accepted the resignation & requested the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers to continue till new Government assumes office.

    Formation of new government will kick off after the election commission notification which will have the names of newly elected Lok Sabha MPs. Once the notification gets President's approval, the process of constitution of 17th Lok Sabha will formally begin.

    Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah met party veterans Lal Krishna Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi, a day after BJP led NDA secured a thumping victory. Prime Minister visited L K Advani's residence and sought his blessings. He tweeted a picture and wrote-- Called on respected Advani Ji. The BJP's successes today are possible because greats like him spent decades building the party and providing a fresh ideological narrative to the people.

    The Prime Minister also called on Murli Manohar Joshi. PM Modi tweeted -- Dr. Murli Manohar Joshi is a scholar and intellectual par excellence. His contribution towards improving Indian education is remarkable. He has always worked to strengthen the BJP and mentor several Karyakartas, including me. Met him this morning and sought his blessings.

    Joshi greeted Prime Minister Modi and the BJP President for the historic win of BJP and said the nation wants a strong government.

    Meanwhile, rounds of meetings also continued in the BJP. Party president Amit Shah held several meetings with party leaders.

    On Saturday evening, BJP parliamentary party will hold its meeting. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will formally be elected the leader of the BJP parliamentary party in the meeting. After this, PM Modi will be elected leader of the newly elected NDA MPs in a meeting at the Central Hall of the Parliament. Prime Minister is also expected to address the  gathering.

  • The report titled, "The Impact of US-China Trade Tensions" said that if the dispute continues, it will "subtract about 0.3 percent of global GDP in the short term".

    The ongoing tension have damaged the economies of both countries, reducing overall trade and hurting companies on both sides.

    Calling it a loss for consumers in both the nations, the report warned that if the tariffs are escalated, consumer goods will become less affordable, harming low-income households.

    The report further stated that the tariff revenue collected has been borne almost entirely by US importers. It also revealed that the tariffs have reduced trade between the U.S. and China, but the bilateral trae deficit remains broadly unchanged.

  • In a major breakthrough in the fight against terror in Jammu and Kashmir, security forces have eliminated Zakir Musa, the chief of Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind, a group affiliated with Al-Qaeda. Musa was killed in an encounter in a village in South Kashmir's Tral. His body was recovered on Friday morning.

    Musa was eliminated in the same area in Pulwama where in 2016 the security forces had eliminated Hijbul commander Burhan Wani. Security agencies had been for a long time on the hunt for Musa. He was also involved in many attacks on the forces in the valley. Experts opine that this is a major breakthrough for the security forces.
    An all-out operation was started by the security forces and they got successive breakthroughs in their fight against terror. The operation got more momentum after the Pulwama attack. The efforts of the security forces have dented the nefarious designs of the terrorists in J&K.




  • At least 16 persons were killed and several others injured when a major fire broke out at a commercial complex in Surat. The fire broke out on the second floor of Takshshila apartment, where a number of students were attending private tuition classes.

    About 17 teams of fire fighters rushed to the spot to control the fire and conduct rescue works. The injured were rushed to the hospitals.

    Meanwhile, State government has ordered the inquiry of the incident.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed grief at the fire tragedy in Surat. In a tweet, he said his thoughts are with the bereaved families and hoped that the injured recover quickly. The Prime Minister asked the Gujarat government and local authorities to provide all possible assistance to those affected.

    Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh also expressed anguish over the incident. The Home Minister tweeted - Deeply saddened by the loss of precious lives due to fire in Surat. My thoughts are with the families of the deceased. I pray for the speedy recovery of the injured.

    Union Health Minister J P Nadda has assured Gujarat government of all possible help in view of fire incident. He has asked the Director AIIMS New Delhi to be ready with all necessary arrangements. A team of burn  trauma doctors has been constituted and they have been put on alert. Nadda spoke to State Chief Minister Vijay Rupani following the incident.

  • Rahul Mahajan: If you look at the elections, it’s a unique election in a way that the people who analyse the election have to reinvent the way they look at the outcome of the elections.

    Shashi Shekhar Vemapti: Definitely, I think this is a path breaking, defining moment in India's democratic history, if you look at it historically, the kinds of mandates that various governments have got and the high turnout figure which the Prime Minister also highlighted in his speech. It creates a very unique set of circumstances. To put in a perspective right, we are the largest democracy in the world. We have probably about 800 to 900 million voters and about 60 odd percentage of turnout and if you look at kind of mandate that has been given today, that roughly should be around 300 million people,  and you then look at the next biggest democracy which is United States which is 300- 350 million people democracy, so your mandate is almost the size of next biggest democracy in the world and that sort of puts in a perspective that how critical and how historically significant this moment is, both for the democracy in India and democracy in the world and hence rightly I think the Prime Minister mentioned in the speech that this is something that world has to take notice of, because it is historic moment for the democracy in the world.

    Rahul Mahajan: But, if you look at the Prime Minister's speech, he also spoke about the bigger responsibility which has been trusted in him by the country and if you look at the various news items coming out of the world, whether it is about economy or India's relations with the neighbourhood. Those issues will also come up before the next government and these are bigger issues which the new government has to take care of.

    Shashi Shekhar Vemapti: Absolutely, I think it’s a very unique moment for India that this rising aspiration, you have an economy which is relatively among the fastest growing economies in the world but then there are the challenges and the mandate also raises the bar on the expectations. So clearly all of this become a big factor on the road ahead and getting a decisive mandate of this kind gives leadership of the country the necessary wherewithal to take the decision that are needed - To put India on high growth trajectory, To take advantage of economic opportunities that are likely to develop in the geo-political space. For example, you have two of the largest economic powers- the United States and China, headed to some sort of trade war of sorts and that is going to throw up all sorts of opportunity and that is where the opportunity lies for India. To get on right trajectory, to build our exports, to grow our economy, to grow the jobs and this kind of mandate creates that expectation, also empowers the leader to take right decision to realise that promise.

    Frank Rausan Pereira: Absolutely, there is huge opportunity there, as far as tariff war between US and China is concerned, but talking about challenges is another big looming situation, the fragile situation in West Asia. It remains to be seen how India strikes a balance because we are friends with everybody now.

    Shashi Shekhar Vemapti: In fact, those are the kind of questions, I think India now needs to take a place in the world order and not just be a participant in the deliberation that happen in various multilateral platforms. But also set the course for the kind of change that we would like to see in the world and if you see the last five years, there are number of areas where India took leadership position, be it solar alliance. For example, climate change which happened in Paris treaty that's a another example, be it taking Yoga across the world and putting the spotlight on the how Indian spirituality can be a force for greater good across the planet. These are various initiatives you have seen in last 5 years where India took the leadership and tried to set a course for the rest of the world. Now, with this kind of mandate and this unique set of global circumstances, I think expectation is even higher that India would take up its role, be it in extended neighbourhood that you are referring too in west Asia. Be it the larger issue of global trade, be it emerging technology, areas like artificial intelligence, space exploration and so on.

    Rahul Mahajan: If may I ask, you must be getting various reactions from outside India also, you have worked outside India. What you think, how world has been seen this Indian elections?

    Shashi Shekhar Vemapti: I think world looks at India, as a very unique experiment. We are democracy which is barely 75 year old and we are so large in size. So there is no parallel anywhere on the planet. Anytime India goes through this process of deciding its future course, its global event and the world looks up to India, to understand how this process works. Having said that, I must also add that it has been a tad disappointing that the global media specially some of the western media outlets have tendered to view India through a very narrow prism and have tendered access the democratic discourse in India through stereotypes which perhaps now need to be shed and India needs to be looked at in different light.

    Frank Rausan Pereira: But you know world leaders looked at it very differently, at around 1:30-2 pm itself, congratulatory messages stated coming from world leaders - China, Russia, Japan , Israel, United States are immediate neighbors in the neighborhood, everybody sent out congratulatory messages, what does that say?

    Shashi Shekhar Vemapti: If you look at the world leadership today, you have whole generation of strong leaders that has emerged from different nations, be it Japan, Russia, Australia just went to polls, Indonesia, which finally settled electoral process. So you have group of leaders, very strong leaders and among them, I think India leadership Prime Minister Modi stands out uniquely because of the size of mandate that he can claim to, speaks for 100 million people and billion people democracy. I think that is kind of heft and weight that India’s voice will carry and that is reflected in series of messages that you are referring to.

    Frank Rausan Pereira: Talking about the mandate. What message does this mandate send out to the world and world leaders? Maybe to some of troublesome to our neighbours as well!

    Shashi Shekhar Vempati: I think it sends out very clear message that India wanted a strong and decisive leadership, so that India is able to take to kind of decisions that it needs to take to put its economy on track, to secure its interest, be it on territorial front, be it on national security front and to advance Indian values, so that the various problem we see at global level perhaps have a unique Indian way of solving it and opportunity is for India to take that leadership role.

    Rahul Mahajan: Now we have unique relationship as far as China is concerned and with US and China having a trade war, there is some apprehension that China will start dumping their goods in India and India is in very strange situation as far this is concerned. So how you think that will be a challenge for this government?

    Shashi Shekhar Vempati: In fact I have read a very opposite perspective some time back in Financial Times which argued that perhaps it is opportunity for Indian export into China. So, I think the opportunity exists but we have to be imaginative, we have to accelerate our decision making process which will now happen, thanks to the mandate.

    Frank Rausan Pereira: Talking about making up mind and taking decisions, I want to draw your attention to procurement, ever since the Bofors scandal broke, the area of Defence procurement has been a tricky one for subsequent governments. Are we going to see a change now as for as Defence procurement is concerned?

    Shashi Shekhar Vempati: I think it has been demonstrated in the last few months that irrespective of whatever have been the media narratives, there was clear sense of purpose, with which the leadership acted and you could see that manifest, in the most recent, you know, defence procurement decisions, that have happened. Having said that, let me also bring out another aspect, which is the role of the public broadcaster in this environment. I think often there's been a lot of debate, especially in the run up to these elections around fake news, but it is also important to pay attention to false narratives. And I think this is where the public broadcaster, be it Doordarshan or All India Radio or Rajya Sabha TV, comes in, that there is a certain importance that we need to attach. Truth and facts cannot have two opinions. And so truth needs to be highlighted, truth needs to be reinforced. And it would go a long way in countering that sort of false narratives that hurt national interest.

    Rahul Mahajan: As far as BJP is concerned, they started a unique experiment of managing the country, especially in the bureaucracy. They started inducting professionals at the posts in the bureaucracy. How far do you think that this experiment will go?

    Shashi Shekhar Vempati: I don’t want to comment on specific step or specific issue, but I think I can say in general sense that the kind of mandate we witnessed today underscores that fact which you just pointed out that Nation is ready for tough decision and nation wanted the kind of decisive leadership that can make those decision so that we can see the changes we want which put India in the trajectory that it richly deserves given its size as a largest democracy, one of the most ancient civilization, so it has certain role to play in the world order and it has rightful claim to a space in world order and I think that calls for lot of tough decision internally as well and we should see that happen.

    Frank Rausan Pereira: All this talks about the kind of reforms that have undertaken by the government for the last 5 years, be it digital India, be it GST, be it Demonetization or for that matter so many other things. IBC was another very important reform which was undertaken, so it is very clear that Prime Minister Modi is going to head in that direction and bring out more reforms because the idea is very clear, specially from what we heard just now that nation building and nation development is going to be key agenda as far as this government is concerned.

    Shashi Shekhar Vempati: Absolutely, I think he laid out very well from a very broader national sense that there are only two communities, there are the poor, then everyone else, who is willing to entrepreneur energy and trying to eliminate poverty and which essentially means that lot of efforts needs to go in wealth creation and this will require lot of policies and schemes and all sort of initiative which will grow the economy, create jobs, create entrepreneurship, innovation and so on, so you are absolutely right.

    Frank Rausan Pereira: Talking about creation of jobs in the economy, it clearly looks like the job creation is going to be the focus area of this government, because that is something over which the government has received a lot of flak about over the years from the opposition, so that is going to be the key focus area. The other one being the economy, let’s look at it from the world perspective. The Chinese economy is slowing down, there are reports of other economies that are going to slowdown. So does India have an opportunity here, is India going to play a leading role in the growth area.

    Shashi Shekhar Vempati - It’s important to recognize the technological changes that are happening. And the notion of jobs we traditionally had is changing and the work is growing because different types of opportunities are being created by the growing technologies. So it’s very important for India to stay ahead of the curve, specifically if you take technologies like say 5G, Artificial Intelligence. Today you have nations like USA and China which have taken leadership position. So we will have to think out of the box. We have to hedge against the various risks of being left out of the changes that are happening around us. At the same time, we will have to create avenues for innovation, entrepreneurship, so that work gets created, economy grows, and the nature of jobs as technology is changing them, are our youth adapted, are effective and competitive, as the most youngest work force on the planet.

    Rahul Mahajan –Another area that the government had earlier focused were health, taking the benefits directly to the people, are these areas where focus will grow in a wider way.

    Shashi Shekhar Vempati – Using technology for targeted delivery of welfare, improves its effectiveness, increases transparency, and eliminates corruption. That’s how you can measure outcome. So each of these innovative initiatives, be it on the healthcare side Ayushman Bharat or be it direct transfer of benefits, leveraging Aadhar and so on and the whole payment infrastructure, through UPI. So, all of this come together creates that delivery mechanism, so that people have this safety net. There are two things, there is this ladder of opportunity so that you can improve your economic well-being. At the same time, there are risks, there are uncertainties, so you need safety net. So this combination of safety net and ladder of opportunity is really what will pull everyone, and will deliver the kind of India the Prime Minister talked about where we eliminate poverty.

    Rahul Mahajan – In these elections, we have seen that various political parties have targeted the institutions which are otherwise considered sacrosanct in a way. After the results, where do you think, this issue is going?

    Shahsi Shekhar Vempati – I think the Prime Minister has touched upon it lightly during his speech as well, where he talked about our constitutional culture and constitutional values. Ultimately, the constitutional values will ensure the endurance and resilience of our institutions. And we will come out stronger. The election was a test of our democracy and a reflection of the strength of our democracy. We can discuss issues threadbare, but after the verdict is out there, the debate has been settled, then the institutions come out stronger.

    Frank Rausan Pereira: One problem area over last few years has been the social media. The spread of fake news, fake narrative. Social media platforms had recently came together to create regulations. Do you think it should continue or maybe by the time, individuals get more responsible, the government and the organizations need to take a lead and ensure that everything goes smoothly, Then again the other side of the debate is about what happens to free speech. This is something that keeps coming up and confuses everyone.

    Shashi Shekhar Vempati – I think you raised a very important point, we are not only largest democracy, we are also the largest open market where the global tech major can come here and offer their platforms, offer their services but at the same time today we also have this other risk that the entire computing infrastructure on which these platforms operate besides out of India and servers in different countries and not in the Indian jurisdictions. Now if you are looking at India as a market then that very narrow view you are taking and we need to leverage the strength of our democracy, the strength of the power of the market, that’s where we have to ensure that the global platforms play by rules, that they don’t hurt the Indian national interest. So we need to engage with these platforms, we clearly are the beneficiaries of what their innovations are doing. At the same time it needs to happen in framework that enhances Indian interest and that is the conversation we need to have with these platforms. At the same time, I think we also have to create an enabling innovation environment that tomorrow Indian startups are able to take that global leadership goal in the digital space.  

    Frank Rausan Pereira: And one final question before we let you go, you know the use of the word "New India" has been used quit often today as well, so do you believe the idea of the new India is going to change or is it going to remain the same?

    Shashi Shekhar Vempati: I think the idea of new India is about the kind of values that we will achieve to cherish and build upon and draw strength from for this century to beIndia century. A lot has been written that India and china this century belongs to them and so on. There was an interesting column I read in the financial times sometimes back that this is about civilization state that we as several thousand years civilization are our natural beneficiaries of such a direction in that world may take but for all of that to happen we have to abide by certain values and I think the idea of new India is those values, I think those values will be rooted in what the PM was talking about, that it is about giving back to the nations, wealth creation, contributing to that larger national building projects where we lift the masses out of poverty and everyone's aspirations are realized and doing so with the greater global good in mind. I think that is what this new India is all about and so it is rejuvenating, renewing all that our culture that we always stood for.

    Rahul Mahajan: Looking at these elections one thing is unique about this elections all those calculation of caste and everything failed. So do you think that other elections that will come after this, wether that is state elections, the topics of the debates and the issues will be different from that of the previous elections? 

    Shashi Shekhar Vempati: I think the responsibility is on all of us, especially us across the table as public broadcasters, we need to center and locate the public debate on those issues which take it away from these considerations that how elections to come will be focused on the issue that matters rather than the issues that divide us.  




  • The notification states that the Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh and its formations like Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen India or Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Hindustan and their manifestations have committed acts of terrorism, promoted acts of terrorism and have been engaged in radicalisation and recruitment of youth(s) for terrorist activities in India.

  • The Forum was inaugurated by the President of Kyrgyz Republic S. Jeenbeko. The President in his inaugural address highlighted the importance of Mass Media organizations of SCO countries in accomplishing the SCO objectives of mutual trust, friendly relations with neighbors and regional security in line with the “Shanghai Spirit”.

    Speaking at the Forum, the Indian Delegation highlighted the vital role of Ministry of Information and Broadcasting in the development of the mass media landscape within the country.

    The Delegation emphasized the need for media collaborations and exchange of best practices amongst the various mass media agencies, organizations and associations across the SCO partner states.

    The Delegation suggested that media personnel exchange programmes may be undertaken along with joint international press conferences. The idea of working together to counter the problem of fake news was also highlighted. The Delegation invited all the SCO member delegates to the Golden Jubilee edition of International Film Festival of India to be held in Goa in November 2019.

    The SCO Member States also adopted the Resolution of Media Forum which calls for establishing successful collaborations of Mass Media Organizations of the SCO member Countries.


    The first SCO Media Summit was held in Beijing on 1 June 2018. This event was held under the motto “Development of the “Shanghai Spirit” and opening of a new era in the mass media cooperation”, where over 110 media outlets from 16 countries participated, including the SCO Member States, Observer States and Dialogue Partners.



  • May’s departure deepens the Brexit crisis as a new leader, who should be in place by the end of July, is likely to want a more decisive split, raising the chances of a confrontation with the EU and potentially a snap parliamentary election.

    Her voice cracking with emotion, May, who endured crises and humiliation in her failed effort to find a compromise Brexit deal that parliament could ratify, said she would resign on Friday, June 7 with a leadership contest beginning the following week.

    “I will shortly leave the job that has been the honor of my life to hold,” May said outside her Downing Street official residence with her husband, Philip, looking on. “The second female prime minister, but certainly not the last.

    “I do so with no ill will but with enormous and enduring gratitude to have had the opportunity to serve the country I love,” said the usually reserved May as she fought back tears.

    May, once a reluctant supporter of EU membership who won the top job in the turmoil that followed the 2016 Brexit referendum, steps down with her central pledge - to lead the United Kingdom out of the bloc and heal its divisions - unfulfilled.

    “It is, and will always remain, a matter of deep regret to me that I have not been able to deliver Brexit,” May said, adding that her successor would have to find a consensus to honor the 2016 referendum result.

    Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the main opposition Labour Party, said the new prime minister must hold an election to “let the people decide our country’s future”.

  • Warmly felicitating the Prime Minister, President Sirisena noted the enhanced engagements between the two neighbours and expressed his desire to further deepen the ties between the two countries.  The Prime Minister thanked the President of Sri Lanka and expressed his readiness to work even more closely for the benefit of the people of the two countries and the region. 

    Sincerely thanking the King of Saudi Arabia for his warm felicitations and good wishes for the progress and prosperity of the people of India under the leadership of Prime Minister Modi, the Prime Minister conveyed his appreciation for the guidance of His Majesty to the bilateral relations between India and Saudi Arabia. 

    President Trump congratulated the Prime Minister on the unprecedented electoral victory. The two leaders agreed to meet at the forthcoming G-20 Summit in Osaka, Japan, to discuss bilateral relations and global matters. They also agreed to work together for further enhancing the close and strategic partnership between the two countries. 

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi received congratulatory telephone calls from leaders across the world including from Ms. Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of Bangladesh; Mr. Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuk, King of Bhutan; Dr. Lotay Shering, Prime Minister of Bhutan; Mr. K.P. Sharma Oli, Prime Minister of Nepal; Mr. Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, President of Maldives; Mr. Ranil Wickremesinghe, Prime Minister of Sri Lanka; Mr. Vladimir Putin, President of Russia;  Mr Emmanuel Macron, President of France;  Mr. Abe Shinzo, Prime Minister of Japan; Mr. Scott Morrison, Prime Minister of Australia; Mr. Pravind Jugnauth; Prime Minister of Mauritius; Mr. Mohamed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of UAE Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al Nahyan ; and Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel on the victory in the General Elections 2019. 

    Chinese President Xi Jinping congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the electoral victory under his leadership. Chinese President Xi Jinping noted the great importance he attached to the development of India-China relations and his desire to work with the prime minister Narendra Modi to take the Close Development Partnership between the two countries to new height. President Xi Jinping also expressed satisfaction at the strong momentum of development in India-China relations in recent years with the joint efforts of both sides.

    Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took to his twitter to congratulate the PM, he said: Greetings from my heart, my friend @Narendramodi, for your impressive victory in the election! The election results are another approval for your leader and the way you lead the world's largest democracy. Together we will continue to strengthen our great friendship between India and Israel and lead to new peaks. Well done, my friend!

    Sri Lankan PM Ranil Wickremesinghe tweeted : Congratulations to @narendramodi on a magnificent victory! We look forward to working closely with you.

    Warmly felicitating the Prime Minister, the leaders expressed the view that the historic mandate reflected the abiding faith of the people of India in the leadership of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

    Expressing his gratitude for their compliments and good wishes, the Prime Minister said that the general elections embodied the strength of Indian democracy, which is the world’s largest.  He thanked the global leaders for their cooperation in developing mutually beneficial bilateral relations and multilateral cooperation, and expressed his desire to continue to work further with them in fostering even stronger ties.

    The Prime Minister has also expressed his gratitude to several other leaders who have extended their felicitations to him over social media and other means.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi expresses gratitude towards people of the country for the victory in Lok Sabha polls; Says, the faith placed in NDA is humbling and gives it strength to work even harder to fulfil people's aspirations; Thanks BJP Karyakartas for their determination, perseverance and hard work.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi says, Sabka Sath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas together make a Vijayi Bharat; In a tweet, PM says, together we grow, together we prosper, together we will build a strong and inclusive India.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi says, the people of India became Chowkidars and rendered great service to the nation; In a tweet, PM says, Chowkidar has now become a powerful symbol to safeguard India from the evils of casteism, communalism, corruption and cronyism; Urges all to make word chowkidar an integral part of themselves.

    Meanwhile, Congress concedes defeat in Lok Sabha elections; Party president Rahul Gandhi congratulates Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bharatiya Janata Party saying, he respects people's mandate; Also congratulates Smriti Irani on her win in Amethi; Priyanka Gandhi, too, congratulates PM Modi.

  • Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena in his congratulatory message termed the victory as people re-endorsement of PM Modi's leadership.

    He said that Sri Lanka looks forward to continuing the warm and constructive relationship with India in future.

    Prime Minister Ranil Wickremsinghe in his message termed the victory as magnificent and said they looked forward to work with Prime Minister Modi.

    Opposition leader and former President Mahinda Rajapaksa sent heartfelt wishes and congratulations for second term in office. He wished him and people of India the very best under his dynamic leadership as he continue the journey in taking India forward. 


  • BJP makes deep inroads into Mamata bastion in West Bengal; CPM routed in West Bengal; BJP also register impressive wins in Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Bihar, Karnataka, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat.

    Meanwhile, Chandrababu Naidu-led Telugu Desam Party routed in Andhra Pradesh Assembly elections; YSR- Congress heads for a big win in state; In Odisha, CM Navin Patnaik set to retain power.

    For latest news and updates on election results follow us on: 
    Twitter: @DDNewsLive

  • The Indian cricket team has left for England early morning on Wednesday to begin their preparations for the upcoming ICC World Cup 2019, which gets underway on May 30th. 

    Here is India's World Cup plan:

    MAY 23: Rest day / Players to follow team protocol Meeting of team management followed by a full-fledged meeting of entire team. All concerns to be heard and addressed followed by a detailed session of charting out daily activity over the next eight days.

    MAY 24: First full training session at the Oval followed by media interactions of all captains, anti-corruption and anti-doping workshops with ICC, photo shoots.

    MAY 25: First warm-up game against New Zealand at the Oval.

    MAY 26: Departure to Cardiff by road; Rest; Team meeting to take stock of first warm-up game.

    MAY 27: Training at Sophia Gardens followed by press conference; Meeting of support staff with team management and senior players.

    MAY 28: Second warm-up game against Bangladesh at Sophia Gardens

    MAY 29: Team leaves for Southampton while captain Virat Kohli heads to the Buckingham Palace, London; All captains to meet the Queen at High Tea.

    MAY 30: Rest in Southampton.

    MAY 31: First pre-World Cup training session begins.

    India's schedule for ICC World Cup 2019:

    June 5: South Africa vs India, Southampton
    June 9: India vs Australia,  London
    June 13: India vs New Zealand, Nottingham
    June 16: India vs Pakistan, Manchester
    June 22: India vs Afghanistan, Southampton
    June 27: West Indies vs India, Manchester
    June 30: England vs India, Birmingham
    July 2 : Bangladesh vs India, Birmingham
    July 6: Sri Lanka vs India, Leeds

    Virat Kohli will be leading the Men in Blue for the first time in a World Cup as he eyes his first world title as a captain. Kohli will be playing his third World Cup, he has already been a part of the showpiece event twice in 2011 and 2015.In this edition of World Cup, ICC has made some changes in format as the round-robin league will make a comeback after 1992 Benson & Hedges World Cup. Under the format, each team will contest in nine group games and the top four will advance to the knockouts.

  • The Indians had earlier defeated Korea by identical margin in the opening game of the series.

    The final match of the series will be played on Friday.

    On Wednesday, skipper Rani Rampal (37th minute) and Navjot Kaur (50th) scored for India after Lee Seungju gave South Korea the lead in the 19th minute through a field strike.

    The match started on a fast-paced note with both India and Korea trading penalty corners in the first quarter but goalkeepers of both the teams made some fine saves to keep a clean slate.

  • The report also said that the Indian economy expanded by 7.2 per cent in 2018. However, GDP growth is a downward revision from the 7.4 per cent estimated in January this year.

    It says strong domestic consumption and investment will continue to support growth.  And the growth outlook for many developing economies has also weakened, adding that despite downward revisions, growth in India remains strong amid robust domestic demand.



  • Sameer Verma, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy, Chirag Shetty, Pranav Chopra and N Sikki Reddy and Saina Nehwal lost their respective matches to give China victory in Group 1D tie.

    Sameer Verma suffered a 17-21, 20-22 against Chen Long in men's singles, followed by a 5-21, 11-21 routing of Pranav Chopra and N Sikki Reddy against Wang Yafan and Huang Dongping in mixed doubles.

    Later in the day, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty went down fighting 21-18, 15-21, 17-21 to Han Chengkai and Zhou Haodong in men's doubles.

    This is India's second consecutive defeat in the Sudirman Cup 2019 as they lost 2-3 to Malaysia on Tuesday.

    In the last edition of the Sudirman Cup, in 2017, India had managed to reach quarter-finals where they lost to China.

  • President Maithripala Sirisena issued an extraordinary gazette notice today extending the emergency regulations which was imposed a month ago after suicide blasts at multiple locations in the country which killed over 250 people including 45 foreigners.

    The emergency provisions give the military sweeping powers to act against fundamentalist organizations behind the attacks, which was claimed by Islamic state.

    Meanwhile, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremsinghe has said his government will establish a new public school system within next two years that is not based on language or religion.  He said that all religious educational institutes will be regulated by education ministry.

    It was also decided to regulate madarsas by Muslim institute regulation board under education ministry. The government has sought to control the madarsas after the attacks and prohibited foreign national s form religious preaching.

  • Speaking on the occasion, the External Affairs Minister said India's commitment to regional connectivity is evident from our involvement in International North-South Transport Corridor, Chabahar Port, Ashgabat Agreement and India-Myanmar-Thailand Trilateral Highway.

    She further added that India have also operationalized air freight corridors between Kabul & Kandahar & New Delhi and Mumbai in 2017.

    She also said that India welcome regional connectivity initiatives, that are inclusive, sustainable, transparent and respect the principles of sovereignty and territorial integrity.

    Extending condolences on Sri Lanka Blasts, the External Affairs Minister said our heart goes out to our brothers and sisters of Sri Lanka, who have recently witnessed the ghastly act of terrorism.

    Earlier, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj called on Kyrgyz President Jeenbekov in Bishkek.  The Ministry of External Affairs tweeted saying, Visible enthusiasm to expand bilateral relations across all sectors, as both countries commit to explore the untapped potential.

    External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj also met Foreign Minister of China Wang Yi on the sidelines of SCO Foreign Minister's Meeting in Bishkek. The leaders discussed issues of bilateral interest, including implementation of understanding reached during Wuhan Summit.

  • They announced the elections date  after due consultation with the Supreme Court appointed amicus curiae P S Narsimha. The CoA was appointed by the Supreme Court in January 2017 to oversee the sweeping reforms recommended by the Lodha panel. 

    The CoA chairman Vinod Rai announced the date of the elections after a meeting held in New Delhi on Tuesday. The new BCCI constitution was registered in August 2018 but no elections could be held because a majority of the state associations had failed to adopt the new constitution for numerous reasons. They also approached the SC regarding the issue.

    In the meeting attended by all three CoA members, chief Vinod Rai, Diana Edulji and Ravi Thodge,  the deadline to hold state elections was set at September 14. 

  • Currently, rights issue process takes 55-58 days from the time company decides to launch the issue till listing.

    There is a need to reduce the timelines both in the pre-issue opening phase and after issue closure such that the issuer and shareholders benefit from process efficiencies according to Sebi. The watchdog has proposed reduction in period of notice for companies to set a record date from 7 to 3 working days. 

    Besides, the regulator proposed to eliminate the requirement of giving newspaper advertisement and replacing it with intimation to the shareholders through the stock exchanges and e-mail.

    It seeks to make the application and allotment process more efficient by using the banking and depository infrastructure as well as provide issuers with an efficient mechanism for raising funds. 

    Sebi has also suggested a shift to electronic modes of receiving entitlements, processing, payment and settlement in a rights issue including use of ASBA (Applications Supported by Blocked Amount) as payment mode, among others. 

  • U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May offered a "new deal" to try to break deadlock on Britain's departure from the European Union. 

    Three years since Britain voted to leave the EU and almost two months after the planned departure date, May is mounting a last bid to try to get the deeply divided parliament's backing for a divorce deal and leave office with some kind of legacy.

    Theresa May offered the prospect of a possible second referendum on the agreement and closer trading arrangements with the EU as incentives. 

    UK MPs will get a vote on whether to hold another referendum if they back the EU Withdrawal Agreement Bill. The bill also contains new guarantees on workers' rights, environmental protections and the Northern Irish border, as well a customs "compromise".

    UK MPs have rejected the withdrawal agreement negotiated with the EU three times and attempts to find a formal compromise with Labour have also failed.

  • Protesters hurled fireworks and other objects at officers in riot gear on a few streets in the capital as police retaliate with teargas and water canon.

    Protests broke out after General Election Commission confirmed unofficial counts, giving Widodo a 55.5 per cent share of votes.

    Joko Widodo won more than 85 million votes of a total of 154 million cast in the world's third-largest democracy, but his rival Prabowo told reporters he believed there had been widespread cheating.

  • The deal is likely to see ShopClues investors get one Snapdeal share if the merger goes through in this planned structure, and will likely give them a 10% stake in the combined entity.

    If the deal materializes, it will herald a big consolidation move in the long-tail ecommerce market, which has largely catered to small town customers, away from the core audience of established ecommerce companies Amazon and Flipkart.

    Products sold on long-tail marketplaces are low-priced, typically in Rs 500 to Rs 1,000 range.

  • The bravery awards presented to BSF officials. On the occasion, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval presented bravery awards to BSF officials for their outstanding work.

    Addressing the gathering, NSA Ajit Doval said that modernisation of BSF will prove to be highly beneficial in dealing with challenges that future holds.

    NSA Ajit Doval, also mentions that technology will play a pivotal role in guarding the borders in days to come as security challenges are increasing day by day. He was addressing 17th Investiture Ceremony of Border Security Force, BSF in New Delhi on Wednesday.

    Lauding the BSF, the National Security Advisor said, it is not only the biggest border guarding force of the world but has also left its mark on standards of high professionalism.

    BSF DG Rajni Kant Misra also hailed the role played by force in providing assistance in not just guarding out borders but also dealing with terrorism and naxalism related situations.

  • It’s a major setback for the Opposition. Just a day before results of the Lok Sabha elections, the Election Commission has turned down the Opposition's demand, their demand to tally the VVPAT slips before EVMs.

    The delegation had asked the Commission to conduct the VVPAT verification process before the counting of votes begins. They had also demanded that if any discrepancy is found during VVPAT verification, 100 per cent counting of the paper slips of VVPATs of all polling stations of that particular Assembly segment should be done and compared with the EVM results.

    The Commission said that the verification of EVM votes with VVPAT slips from five random polling booths in each assembly segment - made mandatory by the Supreme Court -- will be done only after the counting of votes

    Meanwhile, war of words continues. On Tuesday, a delegation comprising representatives of 22 opposition parties had asked the commission to conduct the VVPAT verification process before the counting of votes begins. In case of discrepancy, they demanded that 100 per cent votes from the assembly segment should be tallied.

    BJP President Amit Shah slammed the opposition over expressing doubts on EVMs, saying the rival parties are rattled by their likely defeat and are "tarnishing" India and its democracy by raising questions on its electoral process.

    In a series of tweets, Amit Shah posed five questions to the opposition parties. He said that the majority of these parties questioning the reliability of EVMs, having won elections sometime in the past by this system.  Why did these parties enjoy power after winning elections if they do not believe in EVMs?

    Meanwhile, the Election Commission has also said that the EVMs are completely safe.

    The commission clarified some areas of concerns:

    --- After the close of polls, all polled EVMs and VVPATs are brought under security cover to the designated strongrooms

    --- The designated strongrooms are sealed with double locks, in the presence of the candidates and in the presence of Observers of EC.

    --- Entire process of storage and sealing of the strongroom is covered under videography

    --- Continuous CCTV coverage is done till completion of counting.

    --- Each strongroom is guarded with round-the-clock security by Central Armed Police Forces.

    --- Candidates or their designated agents remain present at the strongroom for 24X7 vigil at all times.

    --- On the counting day, the strongrooms are opened in the presence of the candidates/agents and Observer under videography.

    --- Before the counting of EVMs commences, the counting agents are shown the address tags, seals and serial number of the EVMs To satisfy themselves to the genuineness and authenticity of the machines used in the actual polls.

    The Electoral process has already been made more robust after the EC installed VVPAT Machines along with EVMs in all polling booths. Voters can identify whether their votes are being cast for the right candidate.  5 VVPATs from each assembly constituency will be randomly matched with the corresponding EVM. The matching will ensure the complete transparency of the entire electoral process.


  • The Earth is the only terrestrial planet with a large amount of water and a relatively large moon, which stabilises the Earth's axis. Both were essential for Earth to develop life. The Moon was formed when Earth was hit by a body about the size of Mars, also called Theia. 

    Until now, scientists had assumed that Theia originated in the inner solar system near the Earth. The study, published in the journal Nature Astronomy, showed that Theia comes from the outer solar system, and it delivered large quantities of water to Earth. 

    "Our approach is unique because, for the first time, it allows us to associate the origin of water on Earth with the formation of the Moon. To put it simply, without the Moon there probably would be no life on Earth," said Thorsten Kleine, Professor of Planetology at the University of Munster in Germany.

    The Earth formed in the 'dry' inner solar system, and so it is somewhat surprising that there is water on Earth. From earlier studies, it is known that the solar system became structured such that the 'dry' materials were separated from the 'wet' materials. The 'carbonaceous' meteorites, which are relatively rich in water, come from the outer solar system, whereas the drier 'non-carbonaceous' meteorites come from the inner solar system. 

    While previous studies have shown that carbonaceous materials were likely responsible for delivering the water to Earth, it was unknown when and how this carbonaceous material -- and thus the water, came to Earth. "We have used molybdenum isotopes to answer this question. The molybdenum isotopes allow us to clearly distinguish carbonaceous and non-carbonaceous material, and as such represent a 'genetic fingerprint' of material from the outer and inner solar system," said Gerrit Budde, from University of Munster.

    The measurements show that the molybdenum isotopic composition of the Earth lies between those of the carbonaceous and non-carbonaceous meteorites, demonstrating that some of Earth's molybdenum originated in the outer solar system. The chemical properties of molybdenum play a key role because, as it is an iron-loving element, most of the Earth's molybdenum is located in the core.

    "The molybdenum which is accessible today in the Earth's mantle, therefore, originates from the late stages of Earth's formation, while the molybdenum from earlier phases is entirely in the core," said Christoph Burkhardt, second author of the study. 

    The results show, for the first time, that carbonaceous material from the outer solar system arrived on Earth late. Researchers found that most of the molybdenum in Earth's mantle was supplied by the protoplanet Theia, whose collision with Earth 4.4 billion years ago led to the formation of the Moon.

    However, since a large part of the molybdenum in Earth's mantle originates from the outer solar system, this means that Theia itself also originated from the outer solar system. According to the scientists, the collision provided sufficient carbonaceous material to account for the entire amount of water on Earth.

  • Jokha Alharthi, the first Arabic-language writer to take the prize, will split the 50,000 pound (USD 64,000) purse with her UK-based translator, Marilyn Booth. Historian Bettany Hughes, who led the judging panel, said Tuesday that the winning novel was "a book to win over the head and the heart in equal measure."

    "Celestial Bodies" beat five other finalists from Europe and South America, including last year's winner, Poland's Olga Tokarczuk.

    The prize is a counterpart to the Man Booker Prize for English-language novels and is open to books in any language that have been translated into English. 

  • Prime Minister Modi was also present in the meeting. Leaders of NDA allies including Bihar Chief Minister and JD(U) President Nitish Kumar, Shiromani Akali Dal Chief Parkash Singh Badal, Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray, Lok Janshakti Party head Ram Vilas Paswan and AIADMK leader and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E K Palaniswami attended the meeting.

    NDA passed a resolution and exuded confidence in PM Modi's leadership. They resolved that he will continue as the next Prime Minister. The resolution further stated that it is our endeavour to fulfill the dreams of our great freedom fighters and give shape to the strong, prosperous, developed and inclusive India that they dreamt of.

    Addressing media following dinner meeting of NDA partners in New Delhi, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said India no more a soft state in the matter of diplomacy and security.

    NDA has further resolved for future capital investment of Rs 100 lakh crores in the infrastructure sector and Rs 25 lakh crores devoted to farm and rural sectors, and was hopeful that India is poised to be five trillion dollar economy.

    NDA also hit out at opposition on EVM issue and said that the 2019 General elections historic in changing the political discourse of the country. 

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi said NDA is an alliance of dreams and aspirations of the people of the country.

  • Security sources said that a joint team of army and Jammu&Kashmir police launched a cordon-and-search operation on the basis of specific input about presence of some terrorists in the area.

    As the forces zeroed in on the suspected place, the terrorists hiding inside opened fire triggering gunfight.

    The counter terror operation is still underway.

  • The theme for 2019 is “Our Biodiversity, Our Food, Our Health” emphasising the diversity provided by our natural systems for human existence and wellbeing on earth, while contributing to other Sustainable Development Goals, including climate change mitigation and adaptation and ecosystems restoration.

    When first created by the Second Committee of the UN General Assembly in late 1993, 29 December (the date of entry into force of the Convention of Biological Diversity), was designated The International Day for Biological Diversity. In December 2000, the UN General Assembly adopted 22 May as IDB, to commemorate the adoption of the text of the Convention on 22 May 1992 by the Nairobi Final Act of the Conference for the Adoption of the Agreed Text of the Convention on Biological Diversity.

    This year's International Day for Biological Diversity, on 22 May 2019, focus on biodiversity as the foundation for our food and health and a key catalyst to transforming food systems and improving human health. The theme aims to leverage knowledge and spread awareness of the dependency of our food systems, nutrition, and health on biodiversity and healthy ecosystems.

    The theme also celebrates the diversity provided by our natural systems for human existence and well-being on Earth, while contributing to other Sustainable Development Goals, including climate change mitigation and adaptation, ecosystems restoration, cleaner water and zero hunger, among others.

    In the last 100 years, more than 90 percent of crop varieties have disappeared from farmers' fields. Half of the breeds of many domestic animals have been lost, and all of the world's 17 main fishing grounds are now being fished at or above their sustainable limits. Locally-varied food production systems are under threat, including related indigenous, traditional and local knowledge.

    With this decline, agrobiodiversity is disappearing, and also essential knowledge of traditional medicine and local foods. The loss of diverse diets is directly linked to diseases or health risk factors, such as diabetes, obesity and malnutrition, and has a direct impact on the availability of traditional medicines.

    Biodiversity and ecosystems have a direct impact on human health. They are pivot for sustainable development. This focus on the nexus of biodiversity, food systems and health provides an opportunity to generate discussions on ways to support the post-2020 process for a global biodiversity framework and to help "bend the curve of biodiversity loss by 2030".

    In this regard, the UN Convention on Biological Diversity together with a range of partners, including the WHO, FAO, UNICEF, UNESCO, as well as other entities like EAT Foundation and the Food and Land Use Coalition (FOLU) are working together to identify transformative actions, through global food systems, to advance progress in support of biodiversity, climate, health and other related Sustainable Development Goals.

  • As the 25-hour countdown which began Tuesday concluded, the agency's trusted workhorse Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C46) blasted off at 5.30 am from the first launch pad of the Satish Dhawan Space Centre here on its 48th mission, carrying the 615 kg satellite.

    The RISAT-2B (Radar Imaging Satellite-2B), meant for application in fields such as surveillance, agriculture, forestry and disaster management support, was released into the orbit around 15 minutes after the lift-off. It would replace the RISAT-2, which was successfully launched in 2009.

    Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chairman K Sivan had earlier described the mission as a "very, very important" one for the country. "This is a very, very important mission for India. It is an excellent satellite with hi-fi earth observation (capabilities)," ISRO Chairman added.

    The RISAT-2B is equipped with a synthetic aperture radar that can take pictures of the earth during day and night, and also under cloudy conditions. With a mission life of five years, the satellite would also be used for military surveillance, ISRO sources said.

    The RISAT-2 has been actively used by India to monitor activities in camps across the border in Pakistan to thwart infiltration bids by terrorists. The PSLV-C46 was the 14th flight of the PSLV in its core-alone configuration sans the use of the solid strap-on motors.

    It was the 72nd launch vehicle mission from Sriharikota and also marked the 36th launch from the first launch pad. Wednesday's launch of the PSLV also marked the third launch in 2019. The other two were the PSLV-C45/EMISAT mission, which successfully injected the EMISAT and 29 international customer satellites into their orbits on April 1, and the PSLV-C44, which successfully placed the Microsat-R and the Kalamsat-V2 satellites in designated orbits on January 24.

    ISRO had launched RISAT-1, a microwave remote sensing satellite, on April 26, 2012 from Sriharikota. The 3.6-metre antenna is said to be an advancement in technology. The 48th mission of PSLV has cutting edge technology. 

    The Chairman Dr. Sivan said that Chandrayaan 2 would be launched between 9th to 16th July. It is also scheduled to land in the moon on  September 6th.

  • Janatha Vimukthi Peremuna (JVP) brought the motion against the entire government including President, Prime Minister and the Cabinet of Ministers for failing to take measures to prevent the attacks despite information regarding the attacks.

    JVP Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake said the Easter attacks did not happen all of a sudden and the Government was aware of these terrorists.

    He said foreign intelligence services had informed the government about everything just a few days before the attacks and had the Government acted responsibly, the attack could have been prevented.

    Sri Lankan government had accepted the lapse on part of security agencies for failing to act on intelligence shared by India.

    Meanwhile, several programmes were held today to commemorate those killed in the attacks. People lit candles at churches and other religious places to remember their friends and relatives, who became victims of the attacks.

    Some Christian schools also reopened today for the first time after attacks while Universities have started announcing recommencement.

    In related development, DNA analysis has confirmed that Zahran Hashim, the alleged mastermind  behind the attacks, was involved and killed in the suicide attack at the Shangri-La hotel in Colombo.

    Government Analyst’s Department stated that the DNA samples collected from his body parts matched with the blood sample collected from his daughter.