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  • Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh has approved certain decisions regarding re-organisation of Army Headquarters. The approval has been given based on a detailed internal study conducted by the Army Headquarters.

  • The Vice President today made it clear that the recent measures taken by the Indian Government in regard to the status of Jammu and Kashmir are purely internal administrative matters. “India would not allow any outside interference in its internal affairs”, he said.

  • Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh had a telephonic conversation with U.S. Secretary of Defence, Dr. Mark T. Espertoday. Raksha Mantri congratulated Dr. Esper on his appointment as the U.S. Secretary of Defense.

  • Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) handed over the design of Mobile Metallic Ramp (MMR) to the Indian Army at a ceremony held at DRDO Bhawan here today.Secretary Department of Defence R&D and Chairman DRDO, Dr G Satheesh Reddy handed over the design of MMR to Vice Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Devraj Anbu.

  • The Indian Coast Guard held a High-Level Meeting (HLM) with the Sri Lanka Coast Guard at Coast Guard Headquarters here today. The Indian side was led by Director General, Coast Guard K Natarajan, while the Sri Lankan delegation was headed by Rear Admiral Samantha Wimalathunge.

  • The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind planted a sapling of Maulsari in the Rashtrapati Bhavan Estate today (August 20, 2019) and launched a plantation drive as part of 'Van Mahotsav' celebrations.

  • Inaugurating the “Housing for all 2022: NAREDCO 15th National Convention: Real Estate Reflection Point: Readying for the future", the Minister for Housing & Urban Affairs, Shri Hardeep Singh Puri said that “RERA has seen a  resounding success, RERA is here to stay & has begun to show effect.

  • The one-day National Conference of Tourism Ministers concluded successfully in New Delhi today. Organized by the Union Ministry of Tourism, it was inaugurated by Union Minister of State for Tourism & Culture (Independent Charge),Shri   PrahladSingh Patel.

  • Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare today wrotea letterto the Union Minister of Law and Justice, Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad and the Union Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment,Shri Thaawarchand Gehlot, seeking amendment of the existing discriminatory laws against persons affected by leprosy.

  • The 9th Session of the India-Kenya Joint Trade Committee (JTC) was held on 19th – 20th August 2019 in New Delhi. The Indian delegation was led by Union Minister of Commerce & Industry and Railways, Piyush Goyal.

  • A meeting of the National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC), chaired by the Cabinet Secretary, Shri PK Sinha, was held today to review the prevailing flood situation in the states of Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Haryana and Delhi.

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    The Chief Minister of Meghalaya Shri Conrad Sangma today called on the Union Minister for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying Shri Giriraj Singh in New Delhi to discuss various issues related to animal husbandry in the State.

  • The second moon mission of India, the Chandrayaan-2 has been precisely inserted in defined orbit. It reached in defined lunar orbit at 09.02 am today. This was stated by the Chairman, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), Dr K. Sivan, while addressing a press conference after the  Lunar Orbit Insertion of Chandrayaan-2, in Bengaluru, today.

  • On the basis of the result of written part of the Combined Medical Services Examination, 2019 held by the U.P.S.C. on 21.07.2019 the candidates with the under mentioned Roll Numbers have qualified for Interview/Personality Test.

  • Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh today emphasised the need to progressively reduce dependence on foreign manufacturers and indigenously develop comprehensive capabilities in the defence sector. Delivering the inaugural address at the seminar on 'Modernisation and Indigenisation plans of the Indian Air Force' in New Delhi, Shri Rajnath Singh urged the private industry to take advantage of the policy initiatives of the Government and engage with defence services, Defence Public Sector Undertakings (DPSUs) and Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) for meeting their indigenisation demands.

  • Union Minister of Home Affairs, Shri Amit Shah reviewed the issues related to final publication of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam, on August 19, 2019. The review meeting was attended by the Chief Minister of Assam, Union Home Secretary, Chief Secretary Assam and senior officers.

  • The High Level Committee (HLC), chaired by the Union Minister for Home Affairs Shri Amit Shah, met in New Delhi on 19th August 2019 to consider additional central assistance to three states, which were affected by drought (rabi) of 2018-19, avalanches, hailstorms, landslides and cyclone ‘Fani’ during 2019.

  • The Vice President today said that India, which represents one sixth of the global population, has a rightful claim to the permanent membership of the United Nation’s Security Council and thanked the Lithuanian Prime Minister for extending support to India in various multilateral fora.

  • Natural resources form the backbone of any economic development. India, as one of the fastest growing economies with GDP at 2.6 trillion USD, has increased its material consumption to six times, from 1.18 billion tonnes (BT) in 1970 to 7 BT in 2015.

  • H.E. Mr. Hamid Karzai, Former President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, met Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi today.

    The Prime Minister conveyed heartfelt greetings  to the people of Afghanistan on behalf of 1.3 billion people of India and on his own behalf on 100 years of Independence of Afghanistan today.

  • Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram, who is facing threat of arrest in the INX Media case, failed to get any immediate relief from Supreme Court today.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi is now holding delegation-level talks with President of Zambia Edgar Chagwa Lungu. Mr Lungu yesterday arrived in New Delhi on a three-day visit to India.

  • Indian men's hockey team won the Olympic Test event beating New Zealand 5-0 in Tokyo today.

  • External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar arrived in Kathmandu today on a two-day visit to Nepal. He was received at the airport by Foreign Secretary of Nepal, Shanker Das Bairagi, Indian Ambassador to Nepal Manjeev Singh Puri and Nepal's Ambassador to India Neelambar Acharya.

  • In Jammu and Kashmir, situation remained peaceful across the State especially Kashmir Valley where restrictions were eased in some more areas.

  • In Jammu and Kashmir, the situation remained peaceful across the State especially Kashmir Valley today where restrictions were eased in some more areas.

  • The US has appreciated India’s position that the recent developments in Jammu and Kashmir are an internal matter of India.

  • The Indian Space Research Organisation, ISRO, has successfully manoeuvred Chandrayaan-2 satellite into lunar orbit today at 0902 hours using the on-board propulsion system.

  • The Delhi High Court today said the INX media case involving former Union minister P Chidambaram is a classic case of money laundering and it was of the prima facie opinion that his custodial interrogation is required for an effective investigation in the matter.

  • Indian men's and women's hockey teams entered the finals of the Olympic Test Event in Tokyo today.

  • Karnataka Chief Minister B.S.Yediyurappa today expanded his Cabinet with the induction of 17 new Ministers.

  • The Supreme Court today agreed to hear a plea of Facebook Inc. for transfer of cases related to demands for linking of social media profiles of users with Aadhaar number, pending before the high courts of Madras, Bombay and Madhya Pradesh to the apex court.

  • They said the alert notice against the Congress leader, whose anticipatory bail was cancelled on Tuesday, has been sent to all land, air and seaports and law enforcement agencies at these facilities. It says the ED should be alerted in case the person is found on their premises.? It also asks them to not allow the Congress leader to cross the Indian border without the permission of the ED.?

    The officials said this is a preventive measure exercised by the agency as Chidambaram's whereabouts are not known at present and he is required by them to take the probe forward in the INX Media case, being investigated under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). 

    Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram, who is facing threat of arrest in the INX Media case, on Wednesday failed to get any immediate relief from a Supreme Court bench which said his petition will be put before the Chief Justice of India for considering urgent listing.

    Chidambaram's petition seeking protection from arrest was mentioned before a bench comprising Justices N V Ramana, M Shantanagoudar and Ajay Rastogi who said the case will be put before CJI Ranjan Gogoi. "I am sending it to the Chief Justice of India. He will pass orders," the bench told senior advocate Sibal, who appeared as lead advocate. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the CBI and ED, told the bench that it was a case of money laundering of "monumental magnitude".

    One of the law officers assisting Mehta said, "We are ready and fully prepared to oppose any move by Chidambaram". At the outset, Sibal told the apex court that Chidambaram's plea was dismissed by the Delhi High Court on Tuesday. He said Chidambaram was granted protection from arrest for more than a year in the INX case lodged by the CBI and ED.

    Sibal said the high court had also refused to grant any protection from arrest to Chidambaram to enable him to approach the apex court. "The matter should be heard. I (Chidamabaram) should not be arrested in the meanwhile," Sibal said. He also told the court that at 2 am on Wednesday the probe agencies pasted a notice on Chidambaram's house that he has to appear before them within two hours. When Sibal said they have got their petition numbered from the Registry, the bench said, "You finish all formalities". 

  • Briefing media persons in Srinagar yesterday, J&K Government Spokesperson Rohit Kansal said that the attendance of students in Primary Schools across Kashmir was good. He said that encouraged by the response of the students and on the request of the parents, the Government has decided to re-open Middle Schools in the areas today while Primary Schools have been opened from Monday.  

    Mr Kansal said, day restrictions have been lifted from areas falling under 136 Police Stations. Meanwhile, the state government has set into motion a process to work out different modalities by constituting three high-level committees for formal establishment of Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh. 

    These  Committees will devise modalities for functioning of proposed Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir and deal with financial matters and staff-related issues in both the proposed Union Territories. 

  • In his first engagement, Dr. Jaishankar will pay courtesy call on Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli. Later in the day External Affairs Minister will co-chair the 5th Meeting of India-Nepal Joint Commission with his Nepalese counterpart Pradeep Kumar Gyawali.

    The Commission will review overall state of bilateral relations and various areas of cooperation. The main focus will be on economic partnership, trade and transit, connectivity, power, water resources and inundation. Nepal’s Minister for Foreign Affairs will also host a dinner in honour of Dr. Jaishankar.

  • The Saudi dignitaries, diplomats, Saudi nationals and members of Indian diaspora attended the event in large numbers. Dr. Ausaf Sayeed, Ambassador of India to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia inaugurated the event. 

    Speaking on the occasion, Ambassador highlighted the historic people to people contacts between India and Saudi Arabia and mentioned that ‘India Day’ would further enhance the understanding of the Indian Cultural Diversity among the Saudi nationals. He also thanked the Diplomatic Quarter General Authority for their association and cooperation in organizing this event. 

    A wide range of cultural performances ranging from Classical dance forms such as Kuchpudi, Kathak, Bharatnatyam to Instrumental and Carnatic Music to Martial Arts to Magic Show was organized enthralling the audience across ages. 

    The Photo Exhibition titled ‘Paradise Unexplored’ comprised photographs from the 8 North-Eastern States of India, under the themes of People, Festivals, Architecture, Natural Beauty and Dances. 

    The photos gave an opportunity for the dignitaries to have a glimpse of the culture, tradition, architecture, lifestyle and wildlife of North-Eastern India. 

    The Cuisine part had display of authentic and traditional Indian dishes by the local Indian restaurants (LuLu, Saravana Bhavan, Mumtaj Restaurant, Fahad Restaurant, Al Kabeer and Darbar), which added flavour and fervour to the taste buds of the visiting dignitaries and audience.  

    The visiting women had their hands decorated with the Indian Henna/Mehendi. The traditional Kerala Boat displayed allured audience to click pictures with the boat in the background.
     
    It was one of the events of its kind and reflects the growing strategic relations between India and Saudi Arabia especially after the historic visit of Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi to the Kingdom in 2016 and the state visit of HRH Crown Prince, Prince Mohammed bin Salman to India in February this year.

  • In Delhi, the Yamuna river continued to swell and was flowing above the danger level.

    Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha chaired a high-level meeting of top officials and reviewed the prevailing flood situation in Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Uttarakhand and Delhi. 

    He directed officials to provide immediate assistance as sought by the states to meet the crisis. 

    As of now, 28 teams of the National Disaster Response Force are deployed in these states and resources from the Army and the Air Force, have been pressed into service. 

    Cabinet Secretary also directed the officials to make necessary financial assistance available from the State Disaster Response Fund. Meawhile, in some good news, IMD has said that  the intensity of rain fall is likely to decline in the coming days.

    Several parts in Northern India are facing the brunt of heavy rains and floods affecting normal life, however, with the decline in rain intensity there has been improvement in some parts. 

    In hill states of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh, floods and landslides have caused heavy losses. At least 35 people have been killed in rain related incidents. In Punjab and Haryana too, many areas are facing a flood like situation. 

    In Delhi, Yamuna river is flowing above the danger mark leaving many of the nearby areas and houses inundated. 

    At around 1 pm on Tuesday, the water level was at 206.8 meter. In view of rising water levels, the old iron bridge over the Yamuna river has been closed for road and rail traffic. 

    People living in the vicinity of the overflowing river have been shifted to more than 22,000 temporary camps set up by various agencies of the Delhi government. 

    Worst hit is the state of Uttarakhand where all the rivers are overflowing due to incessant rains over past two days. 

    The Ganges is flowing above the danger mark in Haridwar. Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat visited the areas battered due to cloudburst in Uttarkashi district and took stock of the situation. 

    He directed officials to take necessary measures and pace up relief and rescue operation. The Chief Minister said that at least 15 people have lost their lives while 6 are still missing. Several others are injured. 

    The ITBP carried out a search operation following the disaster in Uttarkashi. One body was recovered in Arakot area near Tikochi. Search for the missing persons is still on... Relief material is being delivered with the help of helicopters. 

    In Himachal Pradesh, situation is getting back to normal with no rains reported. However, a building collapsed in Hamirpur due to floods. 

    In Uttar Pradesh, its a flood like situation due to overflowing Ganga, Yamuna and Ghaghra rivers. This has led to the increase in water levels of rivers in neighbouring states... 

    No casualties were reported from Punjab and Haryana on Tuesday, but due to incessant rains in the last few days, flood-like conditions continues in several parts. 

    Several villages of Ludhiana, Rupnagar and Jalandhar are still submerged because of cracks in dams. Rescue operations were carried out in Jalandhar to evacuate stranded people...

    Relief and rescue operations are being carried out in all the affected states. At the National Disaster Management Committee meeting, Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha reviewed the flood situation in Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Haryana and Delhi. 

    Apart from 28 teams of NDRF, army and air force teams are also continuously involved in relief and rescue operations. 

    In another High Level meeting chaired by Union Home Minister Amit Shah, an announcement was made to provide assistance of Rs 4432 crore to Odisha, Karnataka and Himachal Pradesh. 

    The meeting also reviewed the situation in flood affected areas in other parts of the country. The Home Minister instructed all concerned agencies to remain vigilant and extend all possible assistance to the states.
     
    Meanwhile, relief and rescue operations are underway in flood affected states and the priority is to ensure safety of the people.
     

  • The situation has remained peaceful since the abrogation of article 370 and normalcy is becoming the norm.

    Barricades were removed from Srinagar's landmark Lal Chowk for the first time today after 15 days..Authorities informed that will attedance in school and offices picking up and becoming lively middle schools will also reopen in the valley starting on Wednesday..here's more..

    Jammu and Kashmir continues to move on the fast track to complete normalcy. Restrictions are being gradually eased after the abrogation of article 370 in J&K.

    Almost 75% of fixed telephone services have been restored by the administration..Principal Secretary, Planning and Development..Rohit Kansal said 73,000 telephone connections are now operational..he also said middle schools will open in some areas of the Valley from Wednesday..

    He also said that day time restrictions have been eased from most of the Police stations in Srinagar ..he said inter-district transportation is also normal..and adequate supplies of essential items and medicines is being provided to people.

    Barricades were also removed from the commercial centre of Srinagar Lal Chowk after a gap of 15 days and vehicles were allowed to ply. Markets opened and vehicles were plying. 

    Arrangements have been made by the administration to ensure the people are provided with the necessary material. Work has also resumed in the government offices too..

    J&K POLICE REQUESTS PEOPLE TO INFORM ABOUT RUMOUR-MONGERS 

    Jammu and Kashmir Police has appealed to the people to inform the police control room regarding any person spreading rumours or malicious content.

    The police requested the citizens to share information regarding such people by contacting PCR Jammu telephone number 0191-2542001, 2542000, 2560401, 2544581 and helpline numbers 2560244 and 100

    Colleges saw a good turnout of students on Tuesday.

    Schools have also opened in Jammu..children have been expressing their happiness at the schools being reopened.

    Restoration of telephone services has also come as a big relief for the people of the state.. In Doda..for the benefit of the people..telecom services were made available at the office of the deputy commissioner..where people came in large numbers to connect with their loved ones.

    And these visuals from Reasi in Jammu say it all. The Divisional Commissioner of Jammu addressed a Gram Sabha in the Panthal block of Reasi. Hundreds of locals participated with great enthusiasm.

    The situation is normal in the state and is only expected to get better in the days to come.
     

  • A double whammy for Congress leader and former Union minister P Chidambaram on Tuesday...the Delhi High Court declined not just his anticipatory bail plea but also interim protection from arrest  for approaching the Supreme Court in the corruption and money laundering cases related to the INX Media scam.

    Justice Sunil Gaur, who dismissed Chidambaram's anticipatory bail plea in the corruption and money laundering cases related to the INX Media scam, said that granting bail in such cases will send wrong message to the society.

    He also noted that the Congress leader was evasive in replies to the probe agencies when he was under protective cover given by the court.

    This sent the senior Congress leader and his legal team into a tizzy. Senior advocates Kapil Sibal, Abhishek Manu Singhvi and Salman Khurshid rushed to the apex court following the high court order. They were asked to mention the case in the Supreme Court on Wednesday for urgent hearing.

    CBI had registered an FIR on May 15, 2017 alleging irregularities in the FIPB clearance granted to the media group for receiving overseas funds of Rs 305 crore in 2007 during Chidambaram's tenure as finance minister.  

    The ED had in 2018 lodged the money laundering case in this regard and CBI summoned him for questioning. On 30th of May 2018, Chidambaram moved Delhi High Court seeking anticipatory bail plea in the corruption case of CBI. 

    And on 23rd July he moved Delhi HC for anticipatory bail in the money laundering case of ED. He got interim protection from arrest in both cases on 25th July 2018. In January 2019, the High Court reserved his anticipatory bail in both cases.
     

  • Earlier in the day the External Affairs Minister held discussion with his Bangladeshi counterpart Dr. A K Abdul Momen.

    Talking to media after the meeting Jaishankar said that the purpose of the visit is to affirm a very strong relationship of partnership and prepare for the Bangladeshi Prime Minister’s visit to India. He stressed upon the importance of enhancing connectivity between the two countries. 

    He said India Bangladesh relations are a model of neighbourly relationship that goes much beyond strategic relationship between the two countries. Dr. Jaishankar also reiterated India's commitment towards cooperation in sectors like energy and infrastructure with Bangladesh.

    Speaking about Rohingya refugees he said India wants a safe, sustainable and speedy return of the displaced persons which is in the interest of all the three countries. 

    Dr. Jaishankar said India is looking forward to  a mutually acceptable formula on water sharing of common rivers between the two countries. He will be leaving for Kathmandu tomorrow in the morning after concluding his three day visit to Bangladesh.

    From being a partner in the Bangladesh's liberation struggle to partnering in its development agenda, the relationship between India and Bangladesh has rightly been called a model of neighbourly friendship between countries. 

    After visiting the memorial of Bangabandhu Mujibur Rahman in Dhaka External Affairs Minister very pertinently said that India is proud to partner with Bangladesh to fulfil the vision of Bangabandhu.

    While the visit has been seen as a reaffirmation of the strong ties between the two countries, the atmosphere of warmth and reciprocal respect was palpable during all the interactions of the External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar in Dhaka on Tuesday. Indeed as Dr. Jaishankar said,

    India-Bangladesh relation is in its Shonali Adhyay(Golden Chapter) on Tuesday.
     

  • He said our partnership has transcended strategic partnership and it had attained a new level. He said the purpose of this visit is to affirm the strong relationship between the two countries and also to prepare for the forthcoming visit of Prime Minister Hasina to India .Dr Jaishankar said that the partnership between the two countries will benefit by controlling terror,crime and extrmimism.

    He was addressing the media after holding bilateral discussion with the Bangladeshi Foreign Minister Dr A K Abdul Momen in Dhaka on Tuesday. During the talks both the countries discussed a gamut of issues of mutual interest. Dr Jaishankar said increased connectivity in rail, road and air benefits both sides . India will step up the relationship in this sector and realise all the potential it offers. 

    He said india and bangladesh will take forward their relationship in the energy sector as well .He said India looks forward to a mutually acceptable formula on water sharing of common rivers between the two countries. Talking about people to people ties he said India wants a seamless travel arrangement to be in place between the two countries.

    Speaking about Rohingya refugees he said India wants a safe, sustainable and speedy return of the displaced persons whuch is in the interest of all three countries. He said India is ready to provide more assistance to the displaced persons in Bangladesh. 

    He said India is wiling to help Bangladesh in realising it's development goals. He said India Bangladesh ties are in their golden phase thanks to the leadership of PM Modi and Sheikh Hasina.  Earlier visiting the Bangabandhu memorial museum in Dhaka the minister said in a tweet that India is proud to partner with Bangladesh to fulfill the vision of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

    Dr Jaishankar wil call on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina later in the afternoon today. He will leave for Kathmandu tomorrow in the morning. 

  • After visiting the disaster affected areas, Secretary, Disaster Management, Amit Negi told media in Dehradun that rainfall has caused a loss of around 100 crore rupees in the state till now. Rescue and relief opration is in full swing in affected areas .A rehabilitation Center have been setup at Parajit where the administration is providing shelter to nearly 350 villagers with medical help and food facilities .Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat  will visit the affected areas today .Earlier he met to Home Minister Amit Shah in New Delhi Yesterday and appraised him about the natural calamity in Uttarkashi. 

    Meanwhile, in Himachal Pradesh, death toll has risen to 25 after one more death was reported from Chamba district due to heavy rain. Chamba , Kullu, Shimla , Sirmaur and Solan districts are the worst hit. More than 800 roads are closed and hundreds of vehicles are stranded in Lahaul Spiti due to unexpected snowfall which triggered landslides.

    In Uttar Pradesh, many rivers are swollen and danger of flood is looming large in the catchment areas of rivers. The district administrations have issued and people  in catchment are going to safer places.
    According to the reports of Central water Commission, river Ganga is flowing over danger mark at Kachhla Bridge in Badayun and at Naraura in Bulandshahar  and in  Balia district it is near to the red mark. Sharda River at Palia kala in Lakhimpur khiri and Ghagra at Alginbridge in Barabanki have crossed red level.

    The water of Ghagra river is below the red mark at Ayodhya and Turtipar of Balia. The Chambal is also near red level in Agra and Etawah districts but in receding trends. The river Yamuna is flowing near  danger mark in Auriya and Jalaun and Hamirpur districts. 
    The weather department has made forecast of rain very likely  at many places over the state during two three days. After release of lacks of cusecs water from Hathinikund barrage, the river yamuna has started swelling in Shamli and other districts. Thousand acres agricultural land and crops have been innundated. The river is swiftly eroding its banks and embarkments. The Shamli district administration has ed people in catchment areas and keen civil on situation is underway. Yamuna has crossed danger level in Jalaun district and more than one dozens villages  have cut their road connect to the district headquarters and people are using boats. 

    In Delhi, Yamuna breached danger mark last evening, flooding a portion of the Nigambodh Ghat in the eastern part of the national capital. More than 10,000 people living in low-lying areas along the Yamuna were evacuated by government agencies.  In Punjab, Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh announced 100 Crore rupees for emergency relief for flood-hit people. He said a special survey of agricultural land will be conducted to asses damage to ensure compensation for affected farmers. 

    The Maharashtra government also announced a slew of relief measures for people affected by the recent floods in the state. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said, a committee will ascertain causes for the floods and suggest measures to avoid their recurrence.

  • Indian men's hockey team today booked a summit clash berth in the Olympic Test Event being held in Tokyo by trouncing hosts Japan. Striker Mandeep Singh struck a fine hat-trick to help the Indian team beat Japan 6-3. 

    Mandeep hit the target in the 9th, 29th and 30th minutes while Nilakanta Sharma, Nilam Sanjeep Xess and Gurjant Singh were scored for India in 3rd, 7th and 41st minutes. From the Japan side, Kentaro Fukuda, Kenta Tanaka and Kazuma Murata scored the goals. India will face New Zealand in the summit clash tomorrow.

     

     

  • Governor Vajubhai Vala administered the oath of office and secrecy to the new Ministers in a function held in  Raj Bhavan on Tuesday.  Prominent leaders including  Govind Karajol, C N Ashwath Narayan, Laxman Savadi, K S Eeshwarappa, R Ashok, Jagadish Shetter and B Sreeramulu are among those who sworn in today. The lone Independent MLA H Nagesh  has also  been inducted into the cabinet.  Among the 17 Cabinet Ministers,  Jolle  Shashikala Annasaheb is the only woman minister.  Yediyurappa announced that a Cabinet meeting will be held after the expansion.

    Twenty six days after assuming office, Chief Minister B.S.Yediyurappa expanded his ministry today.  This is the first  expansion of the Council of Ministers after he assumed office on 26th July and proved his government’s majority on the floor of the Assembly on 29th of July after the previous coalition government collapsed due to the resignation of their 17 MLAs.

  • After this ion into the lunar orbit, four more orbit maneuvers will be carried out till September 1st to bring it closer to Moon’s surface in the proximity of 100 km of lunar orbit. Chandrayaan 2 was launched on July 22 by GSLV Mark III-M1 launch vehicle. Its ion into lunar orbit today is another milestone for ISRO, before Lander Vikram and rover Pragyan soft-land on the south pole of the moon on September 7.

  • In the first highest-level interaction after India's announcement on Jammu and Kashmir, Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a telephonic conversation with US President Donald Trump and conveyed that extreme rhetoric and incitement to anti-India violence by certain leaders in the region was not conducive to peace. 

    Prime Minister Modi's comments assume importance in the wake of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan's provocative comments against the Government of India and Indian action in the last few days. A Prime Minister's Office (PMO) release said, the 30-minute conversation between Modi and Trump covered bilateral and regional matters. In Washington, the White House said, the President conveyed the importance of reducing tensions between India and Pakistan and maintaining peace in the region. It said that during the talks, the two leaders discussed regional developments and the ways to strengthen US-India economic ties through increased trade. 

    During his conversation, Prime Minister Modi recalled their meeting in Osaka on the sidelines of G-20 summit earlier this year. He expressed hope that India's Commerce Minister and the US Trade Representative would meet at an early date to discuss bilateral trade prospects for mutual benefit.

    In a later development, President Trump, called Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan and urged him to moderate rhetoric with India over the situation in Jammu and Kashmir in an effort to reduce tensions. Trump's call with Khan - the second in less than a week - came soon after his conversation with Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday. The White House said in a readout of the telephone call that Trump reaffirmed the need to avoid escalation of the situation.

  • The six day customized training course is organised on the request of Government of Nepal. The training is fully supported by Government of India under the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) Programme. It is yet another example of Government of India’s commitment to support the capacity development of Nepali officers.

    A total of 60 officers from various regulatory agencies in Nepal will be trained under this latest initiative. The two batches of 20 officers each will be trained at NACIN in October and December 2019. This initiative is likely to enhance the capacities of agencies of Nepal on the matters pertaining to Anti Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism.

    NACIN is the apex training institution of the Government of India in the field of financial investigations and anti money laundering matters. It is an accredited Regional Training Centre of World Customs Organization for Asia/Pacific Region and also works in collaboration with other international organizations like UNEP, UNODC and SASEC etc.

  • The accident took place near Nimgul village on the Shahada-Dondaicha road around 10.30 pm on Sunday when a container truck collided with a state transport bus coming from the opposite direction.
     

  • Jagannath Mishra was three-time chief minister of state. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has expressed grief on the death of Mishra. 

    The government has declared a three-day state mourning in Bihar. The former CM will be cremated with state honours.
     

  • Several Union ministers including Rajnath Singh, Dr. Harsh vardhan, Smriti Irani and Jitendra Singh visited AIIMS on Sunday to enquire about the health condition of former finance minister Arun Jaitley.

  • A bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra asked Goa's lower court to complete the trial preferably within six months in the case against Tejpal.

    Tejpal is alleged to have sexually assaulted a former woman colleague inside the elevator of a five-star hotel in Goa in 2013.

    Tejpal was arrested by the crime branch after his anticipatory bail plea was rejected by the court in November, 2013. He has been out on bail since May 2014.

  • Upon his arrival at Seimas (Lithuanian Parliament) The Vice President of India, M Venkaiah Naidu, and his high-level delegation were welcomed by Viktoras Pranckietis, The Speaker of the Seimas. Parliamentary delegations from both sides held talks on procedures, conventions, and traditions relating to parliamentary systems in both the nations.

    The Vice President of India, who is also the Chair Person of the Upper House of Parliament of India and his counterpart  Viktoras Pranckietis, who is the speaker of the Unicameral Parliament of Lithuania went around the parliament and visited galleries displaying the history of the house.

    Naidu also visited the Parliament hall that hosts the plenary sessions of the newly elected government and hosts sessions on important occasions. 

    Earlier, The Prime Minister H.E. Mr. Saulius Skvernelis also met the Vice President. Mr. Naidu had earlier visited the cemetery and laid the wreath at the Memorial to those who died in the struggle for Lithuanian Independence.
     

  • The delegation discussed the issues relating to co curriculum design of a community based inclusive development course and joint leadership development programme.

    Union Minister said that through MoU, the governments of  both the countries will move forward towards welfare and protect the interest of Divyangjan.
     

  • Addressing the media persons in Kathmandu this afternoon on forthcoming 5th India-Nepal Joint Commission meeting, he said Prime Ministers of both the countries have made a clear cut blue print about future course of bilateral relations.

    Mr. Gyawali said the meeting of joint commission will discuss entire aspect of Indo-Nepal relations especially connectivity, energy, freight, irrigation, inundation and many more. He added that meeting is also scheduled to take concrete decisions to make further substantive progress on the economic partnership.

    Replying to a question about Govt of India's decision on Jammu and Kashmir, Mr. Gyawali said Nepal is very optimistic and hopeful that peace and stability will be there and everything will be settled smoothly.

    The 5th Meeting of India-Nepal Joint Commission will be held in Kathmandu on 21- 22 August. Minister for External Affairs Dr. S. Jaishankar and Nepal’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Pradeep Kumar Gyawali will co-chair the meeting.

    During the visit, Dr. Jaishankar will pay courtesy calls on President of Nepal Bidya Devi Bhandari and Prime Minister Mr. K P Sharma Oli. Nepal’s Minister for Foreign Affairs will also host a dinner in honour of  Dr. Jaishankar.

    Established in June 1987, India-Nepal Joint Commission is a high level bilateral mechanism to comprehensively review India-Nepal relations. Its meetings are held alternately in India and Nepal. The last meeting of the Commission was held in New Delhi in October 2016.

     

  • Addressing India-Lithuania Business Forum in Vilnius, he added that bilateral trade between the two countries is below potential and efforts must be made to improve it. 

    The Vice President also invited Business delegation from Lithuania to participate in India-Europe 29 Business Forum. 

    Vice-President Naidu also said India's growing market offers immense business opportunities & is the fastest growing economy in the world.
     

  • Restrictions have also been relaxed in 35 police station areas of Kashmir while 17 telephone exchanges out of 96 have been made functional. 

    Briefing media persons in Srinagar on Sunday, Jammu and Kashmir Government Spokesperson Rohit Kansal said that govt will try to restore landline communication services as soon as possible in the valley.

    He said the duration of relaxation was also increased from six hours to eight hours. He said the relaxation hours were increased keeping in view the response and the request by traders and this process will continue in the days to come.

    Union Minister Jitendra Singh while expressing his thoughts on scrapping Article 370, said that after the revocation of  special status of Jammu and Kashmir, people should now pray for the integration of the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir with India in their lifetime.
     

  • Australia survived with four wickets in hand to go into the third Test at Headingley, leading the series 1-0. For England, Archer and Leach were brilliant. This is the first draw at Lord's since June 2016.

    Earlier, England declared their innings on 258/5 (lead by 266) after Ben Stokes slammed his 7th Test ton. For Australia the target was 267 in the remaining 48 overs. 

    Stokes and Jos Buttler put up an unbeaten 61-run stand in the morning session to help England take lunch on Day 5 with score on 157/4. 

    After declaring the innings on 258/5, the Three Lions came out all guns blazing to put Australia under immense pressure. However, somehow managed to survive and take their lead into the next match.
     

  • He will be holding meeting with his Bangladeshi counterpart Dr A K Abdul Momen on Tuesday. He is also scheduled to call on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday.

    India and Bangladesh enjoy excellent bilateral relations with a number of important projects in the field of railways, power and infrastructure sector being run in Bangladesh with Indian assistance and co-operation. 

    However, issues like river water sharing remain to be finalised. Both the leaders are expected to discuss issues of mutual importance during the visit of the External Affairs Minister to Bangladesh.

    It will be the first Bangladesh visit  of External Affairs Minister after the new government took oath in India in May.

  • He will be holding meeting with his Bangladeshi counterpart Dr A K Abdul Momen tomorrow. He is also scheduled to call on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday. India and Bangladesh enjoy excellent bilateral relations with a number of important projects in the field of railways, power and infrastructure sector being run in Bangladesh with Indian assistance and co-operation.

    However, issues like river water sharing remain to be finalised. Both the leaders are expected to discuss issues of mutual importance during the visit of the External Affairs Minister to Bangladesh.It will be the first Bangladesh visit  of External Affairs Minister after the new government took oath in India in May.

  • Muhammed Anas, on the other hand, won the men's 300m race in 32.41 seconds. 
     

  • In a statement, the External Affairs Ministry said perpetrators of the heinous terror attack as well as those providing shelter to terrorists must be brought to justice expeditiously. 

    The MEA in a statement said that India strongly condemns the horrific bombing in Kabul on Saturday at a wedding hall in which innocent civilians lost their lives.
     

  • Prime Minister Modi's first stop will be the UAE on 23-24 August where he will meet the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan to discuss bilateral, regional and international matters of mutual interest.

    On the second leg of his visit, Prime Minister Modi will arrive in Bahrain on 24 August for a two-day visit. this will be  the first-ever Prime Ministerial visit from India to Bahrain. 

    During the visit, Prime Minister would be meeting and holding talks with His Royal Highness Prince Shaikh Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, Prime Minister of Bahrain to discuss entire spectrum of bilateral relations and also regional and international issues of mutual interest.
     

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi Bhutaan visit had been a packed, productive and futuristic one. Prime Minister Modi had about 13 programmes in his 27 hours that he was in Bhutan.

    In a special gesture, Bhutanese Prime Minister  Lotay Tshering himself received as well as seen off Prime Minister Modi at the airport.

    Prime Minister visit began with a grand welcome on the streets from Paro to Thimpu, where people from all walks of Bhutanese society, especially children, were out on the roads to catch a glimpse of Prime Minister Modi. The 45km long journey was virtually filled with people. 

    CHANGING CONTOURS OF INDIA-BHUTAN RELATIONSHIP

    Earlier, discourse around India-Bhutan friendship revolved mostly around hydro-power. Prime Minister Modi has added the dimension of people power by ensuring big outcomes in education, innovation and space.  The MoUs, inauguration of the Ground Space Station reflect Prime Minister Modi's emphasis on making this partnership about sectors that impact the common citizen more directly. 

    ENGAGEMENT WITH ALL LEVELS OF BHUTANESE LEADERSHIP

    Prime Minister had an audience with His Majesty the King of Bhutan, where the Queen also joined the meeting. He met the fourth King of Bhutan Jigme Singye Wangchuk, who came specially from overseas so that he could meet the Prime Minister. 

    There were detailed talks with Prime Minister Tshering and a call on by the Leader of Opposition as well. Two elaborate banquets were also held in the honour of PM Modi.

    On the 17th, the cultural programme highlighted the histories of India, Bhutan and even a performance on the life of Prime Minister Modi, from childhood to the transformative work done in the last five years.

    ICONIC VISIT AND PRESS STATEMENTS AT SEMTOKHA DZONG

    Later, PM Modi's visit to Semtokha Dzong, an important spiritual and cultural landmark in Bhutan was not an ordinary visit. Usually the joint press meet that leaders have is held in the same venue as the place where delegation talks are held but the joint press meet between PMs Modi and Tshering was held at Semtokha Dzong. 

    This is the first time ever in the hundreds of years of history of the Semtokha Dzong that such a programme has taken place. It is also believed in Bhutan that such an honour will not be accorded to any other leader at all. 

    IMPROMPTU WALK WITH MONKS

    After the programmes at the Semtokha Dzong ended, a group of monks were waiting to greet PM Modi but instead of the formal greeting, PM Modi decided to walk with them and talk to them. He also told PM Tshering that he likes being in places associated with spirituality, while the two leaders were walking. 

    PM'S INSPIRING UNIVERSITY ADDRESS

    PM's speech at the Royal University of Bhutan was admired widely by the students. The children referred to PM's book Exam Warriors and how they were inspired by it.

    MAN VS WILD A HIT IN BHUTAN

    Apart from formal engagements, it is to be noted that the episode of Man vs Wild featuring PM Modi and Bear Grylls is a hit in Bhutan.

    People including top echelons on Bhutanese politics, business and judiciary were heard complimenting PM Modi on the show. They liked the fact that the show was refreshing and gave out a positive message on climate change. 

  • Heavy rains remained unabated in Himachal Pradesh, leaving at least 24 people dead and nine others injured in rain-related incidents in the state. 

    Due to heavy rains, district officials in the state have ordered closure of all educational institutions in Shimla and Kullu today. 

    Gates of the Pandoh and the Nathpa Jhakri dams in Himachal Pradesh are being opened as the water level in the Beas and Sutlej rivers is very high. 

    People have been requested to stay away from rivers, rivulets and streams to avoid any untoward incident.

    UTTARAKHAND: 8 KILLED IN UTTARKASHI CLOUDBURST

    In Uttarakhand, at least eight people have been killed 10 others were missing in flash floods following the cloud burst in Mori Block in Uttarkashi on Saturday night. 

    Dozens of houses were damaged due to cloudburst. Water electricity and communication facilities have been badly hit. NDRF ,SDRF,ITBP and district administration are engaged in rescue operations. 

    Meanwhile schools are closed in 12 Districts of the state following the Weather alert. Chief minister Trivendra singh rawat has directed all the district magistrates to stay alert in view of heavy rain prediction in the coming days. 

    WATER LEVEL INCREASING IN RIVERS OF UP

    With incessant rainfall continuing in the Himalayan range, the brunt of increased water level is laid on the plains. Water levels have been rising in Yamuna and Ganga Rivers in Prayagraj. Various other districts in the state are also suffering from increased water level.

    Heavy rains remained unabated in Haryana and Punjab on Sunday causing floods in some parts, while authorities sounded high alert in the two states. Floods were reported from areas like Rupnagar, Fatehgarh Sahib and Pathankot in Punjab.
     

  • The situation remained peaceful across the state on Sunday. Restrictions have been relaxed in 35 police station areas of Kashmir while 17 telephone exchanges out of 96 have been made functional. 

    More than 50,000 landline phones have been operational now. The services will be restored in other areas in a calibrated manner. 

    Briefing media persons in Srinagar on Sunday, Jammu and Kashmir Government Spokesperson Rohit Kansal said that government  will try to restore landline communication services as soon as possible in the valley.

    J&K: 1ST BATCH OF 300 HAJ PILGRIMS ARRIVE AT SRINAGAR AIRPORT

    The first batch of 300 Haj pilgrims arrived in two flights on Sunday at Srinagar International Airport after completing their pilgrimage.

    The pilgrims were received at the Airport by the Advisor to J&K Governor Farooq Khan, who was accompanied by Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Baseer Khan, Inspector General of Police Kashmir SP Pani and other concerned officials. 

    The Hajis expressed their satisfaction over the elaborate arrangements put in place by the government to ensure that they could perform their religious duties without facing any hassles. 

    The Advisor also took stock of the arrangements put in place for the arrival of Hajis so that they could reach to their destinations without inconvenience.
     

  • Minister for External Affairs of Dr. S. Jaishankar and Nepal’s Minister of Foregn Affairs Pradeep Kumar Gyawali will co-chair the meeting and lead their respective delegations.

    According to Nepal’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Joint Commission Meeting will review overall state of bilateral relations and various areas of cooperation such as connectivity and economic partnership, trade and transit, power and water resources, culture, education and other matters of mutual interest.

    India-Nepal Joint Commission was established in June 1987. Its meetings are held alternately in Nepal and India. The last meeting of the Commission was held in New Delhi in October 2016.

    During the visit, the Minister of External Affairs Dr. Jaishankar will pay courtesy calls on President of Nepal Bidya Devi Bhandari and Prime Minister Mr. K P Sharma Oli. 

    Nepal’s Minister for Foreign Affairs will also host a dinner in honour of Dr. Jaishankar.

  • Speaking at an event in New Delhi on Sunday, Shah defended the law criminalising triple talaq, asserting that it establishes gender equality.
     

  • Organisers said they hoped the assembly would be peaceful, which would make for a rare calm weekend in a months-long movement that has been marked by violent clashes with police. 

    While police had granted approval for the rally, they didn't approve an accompanying march. 

    Demonstrators nevertheless fanned out and filled the streets, as there was not enough space at the designated assembly area. 

    Public transit trains did not stop at stations near the assembly because of overcrowding.
     

  • The deal was signed by Hemeti and Lt-Gen Abdel Fattah Abdelrahman Burhan for the military council, and Ahmed al-Rabie for the Alliance for Freedom and Change umbrella group of pro-democracy protesters. 

    The prime ministers of Ethiopia and Egypt and the South Sudanese president were among regional leaders attending ceremony. 

    The agreement ushers in a new governing council, including both civilians and generals, to pave the way towards elections and civilian rule. 

    Sudan has seen pro-democracy protests and repression since long-time ruler Omar al-Bashir was ousted in April.

  • Speaking at the 28th BASIC Ministerial Meeting on Climate Change in Sao Paulo, Brazil, the environment minister said. The BASIC Group could play an important role in making Paris Agreement accepted by all the countries in its true letter and spirit. 

    He added that  BASIC countries would be united and speak in one voice and the joint statement which was issued has highlighted all the issues which are relevant today.
     

  • Addressing a rally in Rohtak, Hooda also slammed the Congress party saying the party has lost its way and that he will compromise when it comes to patriotism and self-respect.
     

  • The Vice President,  who who is on three-nation visit to the Baltic region, also briefed the Lithuanian President on the recent decision of the Indian Government to abrogate Article 370 of the Constitution that conferred special status upon Jammu and Kashmir. 

    He also informed the Lithuanian President that more than 100 progressive legislations have now become applicable to the two Union Territories. 

    They include reservation of seats for women in Panchayats (Local Self Governments), implementing child protection programs, ensuring right to education for children and protecting women from domestic violence. 

    Vice President is on a five-day trip to Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, the first ever high-level visit from India to the three Baltic countries.
     

  • The 15,000 square feet underground bunker museum has virtual reality booths in which visitors can "time travel" to the 19th century. 

    The bunker was created in the 19th century to fire cannons at approaching enemy ships. Another section depicts the history of Raj Bhavan. 

    The museum will be opened for the general public with an online booking facility later this year.
     

  • More than 50,000 landline phones were operational now. The services will be restored in other areas in a calibrated manner. 

    Security forces continued to man barricades on roads but allowed people to move after checking their credentials. 

    Briefing media persons in Srinagar on Sunday, Jammu and Kashmir Government
    Spokesperson Rohit Kansal said that govt will try to restore landline communication services as soon as possible in the valley.

    The Government Spokesperson also said that over 190 primary schools will reopen in Srinagar tomorrow and all necessary arrangements in this regard have been made.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has penned 'Exam warriors' a unique book that acts a a guide to life for students. Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering wrote a Facebook post about the book a few days before PM Modi's visit.

    He wrote, I flipped through the pages of the book directed at young people, as he de-constructs the idea of exam which many view as "life determining".

    Woven with personal anecdotes, the content is so simple for a child to comprehend yet so profound and practical.

    Such is Shri Narendra Modiji. In this book, as he highlights many life's lessons, he says, "forget dreaming about becoming a prime minister, I was never even a class monitor".

    He exudes so much positivity, not just in the book but even in person. For someone who has to think for billions of people and represent them on the global stage, he takes time out to prepare children on handling exams. Is it not empathy, an intrinsic quality of a good leader?

    Prime Minister thanked Prime Minister Lotay Tshering for his Facebook post. He said that Buddhism was the inspiration behind the mantras he shared in the book.

    Students at the Royal Bhutan University also appreciated both the book as well as Prime Minister Modi's address.

    Prime Minister Modi's mantra of success for youngsters is simple. Find innovative solutions to over-come challenges. Let no limitation constrain you. Find your real calling and pursue it with full passion, for the larger good.

  • Shahidul Alam was arrested on August 5 last year under the controversial ICT Act on charges of spreading rumours and provoking people during an agitation for safer roads by students in Dhaka . He spent over 100 days in jail before he was released after being granted bail by the High Court.

    His arrest and imprisonment sparked outrage at home and abroad.

    The ICT Act was replaced by a new law called the Digital Security Act in September last year. While the government claimed that the new law was historic, media organisations and human right bodies have criticised it for containing harsh provision allowing police officials to search or arrest anyone without warrant.

    Shahidul Alam is a renowned photographer and  founder of the Drik Gallery, Pathshala and the South-Asian Media Institute in Bangladesh.

  • Day two of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bhutan visit began with an address to students at the Royal University of Bhutan.

    He said Bhutan's past, present and future share common and constant threads of deep spirituality and youthful vigour.

    He also described India and bhutan as natural partners who are close not just due to geography but also the great attachment people of both countries share with each other. 

    Prime Minister said the history, culture and spiritual traditions of India and Bhutan have created unique and deep bonds between our peoples and nations.

    The Prime minister of the world's largest democracy addressing what is perhaps the World's smallest University.....the Royal Bhutan university....the sentiment beautifully put by this young student

    The bond of education that India and Bhutan share is an ancient one and remains a central to the ties the two nations share.

    This is evident from the fact that out of the 9 MoUs inked on Saturday, 7 were in the field of education.

    The inter-connection between Indian National Knowledge Network and DrukRen was also inaugurated. This will enable collaborative research, development and enable knowledge and information sharing.

    Addressing the young minds a the Royal Bhutan University, Prime Minister said that the bond of learning between India and Bhutan is as modern as it is ancient.

    Another aspect of India Bhutan ties that has seen a filip is space co-operation.

    The Thimphu Ground Station of the South Asia Satellite was also jointly inaugurated. Prime Minister Modi said that India and Bhutan are moving beyond the traditional sectors of cooperation and are exploring new frontiers for collaboration, from schools to space, digital payments to disaster management.

    Through satellites, benefits of tele-medicine, distance education, resource mapping, weather forecast & even warning of natural disasters and reach even remote areas.

    Prime Minister Modi spoke of India's moon mission, Chandrayaan two and expressed hope that Bhutan's space scientists will benefit from our experiences and learnings.

    Prime Minister hailed Bhutan as a land of happiness, harmony, togetherness and compassion. He said that Bhutan is known across the world for the concept of Gross National Happiness. Prime Minister said that this very spirit radiated from the adorable children who lined the streets to welcome him on Saturday.

    Prime Minister Modi's message over his two day visit was clear. As Bhutan soars high in its endeavours, 1.3 billion Indians will partner with the land ofthe thunder dragon....share with nation of happiness and and learn from it.

  • He said that he is confident that business and industry leaders of Kaunas, would be in the forefront to expand and strengthen the trade and commercial ties between Indian and Lithuania, especially in sectors such as food and agro-processing, IT, textiles, chemicals and pharmaceuticals.

    Talking about 150th Birth Anniversary celebration of Mahatma Gandhi, Naidu said Mahatma Gandhi belongs not just to India, but to the entire world.

    His philosophy and universal teachings continue to be relevant. In these times of strife, his powerful message of non-violence and peaceful co-existence stands all the more relevant.

    He further added that India is grateful to the Government of Lithuania for installing the   monument in Rusne that immortalized the friendship of Gandhi and Kallenbach.

    Mahatma Gandhi considered Kallenbach as not just a friend but his soulmate, who played an important role in evolution of Gandhi’s socio-political doctrine.

    The Vice President said that India is one of the fastest-growing major economies of the world. This has happened due to determined efforts and policy initiatives taken by the government to make India one of the world’s most open destinations for investment, a leading hub of technology start-ups, and an easier place to do business.

    He also talked about India’s ranking in the World Bank’s Doing Business Report 2018 showed an improvement of 30 places in one year.

    The Vice President also talked about GST and informed that how it has led to uniform, simpler and digitally-enabled taxation in India.

    Later, he Visited Kaunas University of Technology in Sanataka Valley and went around the Laboratory Area of the Institute of Materials Science and the Ultrasound Research Institute.

  • The hide traders and tanners are blaming each other for the worst rawhide season the sector has seen in a decade.

    The price of raw hide slumped this year after Eid-Ul-Zuha during which over 1 crore animals were sacrificed across the country.  A large part of the demand for leather in Bangladesh is fulfilled through the rawhides of animals sacrificed on Eid-Ul-Azha.

    Opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) accused the government that its decision to allow for export of raw hide will destroy the leather industry. 

    The leather industry is the second largest export-earning sector of Bangladesh garnering over 1 billion dollar annually. The domestic demand for leather goods is above 16,000 crore Taka.

    The leather industry generates employment for close to 8,50000 people in Bangladesh out of which 70 percent are women.

  • Addressing a function in Haryana today Defence Minister said, talks with Pakistan will be held only when it stops harbouring terrorists. 

    Union Minister Rajnath Singh said, the government would never let down the country. Referring to abrogation of article 370 and 35-A the minister said, BJP government is implementing its poll manifesto. 

    The function was organised to flag off "Jan Ashirvaad Yatra" from Kalka in Panchkula district.

  • Addressing the students of the Royal University of Bhutan, Prime Minister Modi said the world had a lot to learn from Bhutan where development, environment and culture are not at loggerheads but in synergy.

    "In any part of the world, if we ask the question what do you associate with Bhutan, the answer will be the concept of Gross National Happiness. I am not surprised. Bhutan has understood the essence of happiness," PM said.

    "Bhutan has understood the spirit of harmony, togetherness and compassion. This very spirit radiates from the adorable children who lined the streets to welcome me yesterday. I will always remember their smiles," PM Modi said.

    PM Modi arrived in Bhutan on Saturday on a two-day state visit. This is his second visit to the country and the first since his re-election. Gross National Happiness is a term coined by the fourth King of Bhutan Jigme Singye Wangchuck in 1972. The concept implies that sustainable development should take a holistic approach towards progress and give equal importance to non-economic aspects of wellbeing.

    "Bhutan's message to humanity is happiness. Happiness which springs from harmony. The world can do with a lot more happiness. Happiness, which shall prevail over mindless hate. If people are happy, there will be harmony, where there is harmony, there will be peace. And it is peace that will help societies achieve progress through sustainable development," PM Modi said.

    PM said in a time where development is often seen in conflict with traditions and the environment, the world has much to learn from Bhutan.

    "Here, development, environment and culture are not at loggerheads but are in synergy. With the creativity, energy and commitment of our youth, our nations can achieve all that is required for a sustainable future, whether it is water conservation or sustainable agriculture or making our societies free of single-use plastic," PM Modi said. 

  • Addressing the students of the prestigious Royal University of Bhutan here, PM Modi said it is natural that the people of Bhutan and India experience great attachment to each other. After all, they are close not just due to their geography.

    Their history, culture and spiritual traditions have created unique and deep bonds between our peoples and nations, PM said. "India is fortunate to be the land where Prince Siddhartha became Gautam Buddha. And from where the light of his spiritual message, the light of Buddhism, spread all over the world.

    Generations of monks, spiritual leaders, scholars and seekers have burnt that flame bright in Bhutan. They have also nurtured the special bond between India and Bhutan," the prime minister said in the majority Buddhist country. "As a result, our shared values have shaped a common world-view," PM Modi said in the presence of Bhutan Prime Minister Lotay Tshering.

    "And as people, we are fortunate to be the living vehicle of this great legacy. No other two countries in the world understand each other so well or share so much. And no two countries are such natural partners in bringing prosperity to their peoples, PM said.

    Anyone visiting Bhutan is struck as much by its natural beauty as by the warmth, compassion and simplicity of its people, the prime minister said. "During this visit, I have had the opportunity to interact closely with the present leadership of Bhutan. I once again received their guidance for the India-Bhutan relationship, which has always benefitted from their close and personal attention," said PM Modi, who is here on his second visit to Bhutan and the first since his re-election in May this year.

    "Now, today, I am here, with the future of Bhutan. I can see the dynamism, and feel the energy. I am confident that these will shape the future of this great nation and its citizens. Whether I look at Bhutan's past, present or future, the common and constant threads are - deep spirituality, and youthful vigour. These are also the strengths of our bilateral relationship," PM said.

    "Today, I stand here among the best and brightest youth of Bhutan. His Majesty (Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck) told me yesterday that he interacts with you regularly and had addressed the last convocation. It is from you all that Bhutan's future leaders, innovators, business persons, sports persons, artists and scientists will emerge," PM Modi said.

    "India-Bhutan cooperation in hydro-power and energy is exemplary. But the real source of power and energy of this relationship are our people," PM said. So, it is people first, and people will always be at the centre of this relationship.

    This spirit is clearly seen in the outcomes of this visit, PM said. Going beyond the traditional sectors of cooperation, the two countries are seeking to cooperate extensively in new frontiers, from schools to space, digital payments to disaster management, PM said.

    "Our cooperation in all these sectors will have a direct impact on young friends like you,?the prime minister said. "Democracy and education both aim to set us free. Neither can be complete without the other. And both help us to achieve our fullest potential, and be the best we can," PM said.

    "As Bhutan soars high in these endeavours, your 1.3 billion Indian friends will not only just look on and cheer you with pride and happiness. But also they will partner you, share with you and learn from you," the prime minister added.