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  • Ushering in vast improvement in the connectivity of roads and bridges in border areas, Raksha Mantri ShriRajnath Singh inaugurated the One kilometre long Ujh bridge in Kathua district, 617.40 Metre long Basantarbridge in Samba district of Jammu & Kashmir today and dedicated these to the nation.

  • The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has called for stepping up indigenous production of defence equipment under the ‘Make in India’ programme.

    Delivering the Valedictory Address at the First-Ever Foundation Course for Military Engineer Services Probationers, in Hyderabad today, Shri Naidu stressed the need for reducing import of defence equipment.

  • The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has approved the appointment of Shri Ajay Bhadoo, IAS (GJ:1999) as Joint Secretary to the President for a tenure co-terminus with the President.

  • •        Centre of Excellence for Plumbing to be set up in Greater Noida, Centre of Excellence for Services Sector to be set up Varanasi

    •        India Institute of Skills (Kanpur) to be operational soon

    •        Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (State component) to be scaled up for wider reach of skill development in the State

     

    Ina strategic meeting between Dr. Mahendra Nath Pandey, Minister of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship and Shri Yogi Adityanath, Honourable Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, in Lucknow, a joint decision was made to set-uptwo Skill Centre of Excellence (CoEs) – one in Greater Noida for Plumbing and one in Varanasi for the Services Sector.

  • Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Science and Technology and Earth Sciences, Dr Harsh Vardhan inaugurated the Next Generation Sequencing (NSG) facility at the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology in Hyderabad today.

  • Speaking at the International conference cum awards on  civil aviation and cargo, held today at the national capital, Shri Hardeep Singh Puri, Minister of State(I/c)  for Civil Aviation, Housing & Urban Development said that his Ministry would not tolerate any compromise on Air Safety and standards.

  • The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has condoled the demise of former Delhi Chief Minister, Smt. Sheila Dikshit.

    “Deeply saddened by the demise of Sheila Dikshit Ji. Blessed with a warm and affable personality, she made a noteworthy contribution to Delhi’s development.

  • Giving further fillip to  Regional Connectivity in the country, 8 more routes (including 2 DoNER Routes) became functional Under Regional Connectivity Scheme/UdeDeshKaAamNagrik- UDAN scheme of the Ministry of Civil Aviation.

  • The Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh visited the Kargil War Memorial at Dras in Jammu and Kashmir today. The Raksha Mantri commenced his visit by laying a wreath in memory of the gallant martyrs of Operation VIJAY at the iconic Kargil War Memorial, which was followed by observing of one minute silence as a mark of respect for the fallen heroes.

  • The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has cautioned the media against breaching the standards of ethical and independent journalism and urged the Fourth Estate to be a beacon light of uprightness and objectivity.

  • The President of India is pleased to make the following appointments/ changes:- 

    (i)          Smt. Anandiben Patel, Governor of Madhya Pradesh is transferred and appointed as Governor of Uttar Pradesh

    (ii)        Shri Jagdeep Dhankhar as Governor of West Bengal

    (iii)       Shri Ramesh Bais as Governor of Tripura

    (iv)       Shri Lal Ji Tandon, Governor of Bihar is transferred and appointed as Governor of Madhya Pradesh

    (v)         Shri Phagu Chauhan as Governor of Bihar

    (vi)       Shri R. N. Ravi as Governor of Nagaland 

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  • To mark the 20th anniversary of victory in ‘Operation Vijay’, the Kargil War – all formations of Border Security Force will be conducting series of activities involving the stakeholders of border areas.

  • 124 teams of NDRF have been deployed in the various parts of the country to respond to any type of disaster emergency be it natural or man-made. In view of monsoon season and as a part of proactive measures, 84 teams have been pre-positioned in 23 states at 71 locations as per the flood vulnerability profile of the states, whereas 40 teams are permanently deployed in 27 Regional Response Centers (RRCs) for prompt response to any eventuality.

  • Indian Army has successfully carried out summer user trials of third Generation Anti-Tank Guided Missile NAGat Pokhran Field Firing Ranges. The trials of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) developed Missile were conducted between July 7-18, 2019.

  • Minister of State for Culture (I/C) Shri Prahlad Singh Patel inaugurated the illumination of the historic Safdarjung Tomb in New Delhi today.With the illumination the architectural beauty of the 17th century Mughal era monument will display its historic reflection on Delhi after sunset.

  • The Directorate General of GST Intelligence Hqrs. (DGGI Hqrs.) has arrested one person, namely, Shri Anupam Singla son of Shri Krishan Kumar Singla, permanent resident of Sirsa, Haryana, who had created about 90 fake firms for the purpose of issuing bogus invoices without supply of goods thereon.

  • INS Tarkash, a frontline warship of the Indian Navy, made a port call at Karlskrona, Sweden today, on 19 July 2019. This marks the first visit of an Indian Naval Ship to Swedish shores after a gap of more than 15 years.

  • In its efforts towards improving flood preparedness during the monsoon season amidst rising water level in the rivers of Uttar Pradesh, National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) conducted the largest Mock Exercise on floods in conjunction with the Uttar Pradesh State Disaster Management Authority (UPSDMA) and the Government of Uttar Pradesh on July 18, 2019.

  • The 15th Finance Commission headed by Chairman, Shri N.K. Singh will visit the State of Chhattisgarh from 23rd July to 25th July, 2019.

    During its stay, the Commission is scheduled to have meetings with the representatives of the State’s Panchayati Raj Institutions and Rural Local Bodies, representatives of the Urban Local Bodies and the representatives of the Political Parties of the State.

  • The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has decided to declare all lanes in all Toll Fee Plazas on National Highways across the country as dedicated ‘FASTag Lanes’ from 1st of December this year.

  • Madhya Pradesh Governor Anandi Ben Patel will now be the new Governor of Uttar Pradesh while Lal Ji Tandon, who is the Governor of Bihar, has been shifted to Madhya Pradesh.

  • Eight more routes have started operations under the regional connectivity scheme UDAN.

  • Veteran Congress leader and three-time Delhi Chief Minister Shiela Dikshit is no more. She passed away in New Delhi this afternoon following cardiac arrest. She was 81.

  • Ushering in a new revolution in the connectivity of roads and bridges in border areas, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh today inaugurated 1000 meter long Ujh Bridge in Kathua district and 617.40-meter Basantar Bridge in samba district and dedicated them to the nation.

  • In Badminton, P.V. Sindhu defeated Chen Yu Fei 21-19, 21-10 this evening to book her place in the finals of the Indonesia Open.

  • In Karnataka, the coalition government of Congress-JDS got two more days to prove majority on the floor of the Assembly as Speaker adjourn the house till Monday.

  • India are in line to get the Asian Games gold in 4x400 mixed relay as Kemi Adekoya of Bahrain, who was part of the gold winning team, has been handed a four-year ban for failing a dope test.

  • In the Shooting Junior World Cup, Aishwarya Pratap Singh Tomar clinched gold with a junior world record in the final of rifle 3-position event in Suhl Germany, yesterday.

  • The Trump Administration has expressed doubts over Pakistan's intentions in arresting terrorist Hafiz Saeed, the mastermind of the 2001 Parliament attack and the 2008 Mumbai attack.

  • Indian men defended their crown beating England while the women blanked Singapore for their maiden title at the Commonwealth Table Tennis Championships at Cuttack today.

  • The Government has said that there is no proposal to cut fertilizer subsidies.

  • In Afghanistan, at least six people were killed and 27 injured in a powerful bomb explosion outside the gates of Kabul University today morning.

  • Dikshit served as the Chief Minister of Delhi from 1998 to 2013. She was the second woman chief minister of Delhi.  She also represented the Kannauj Parliamentary Constituency in Uttar Pradesh. She also served as Governor of Kerala in March 2014.

    However, she resigned in August 2014. Dikshit, was appointed as president of the Delhi Congress in January after Ajay Maken stepped down.

    Dixit's last rites will be performed tomorrow at 2.30 in at Nigam Bodh Ghat in New Delhi.

    PRESIDENT EXPRESSES CONDOLENCE OVER SHEILA DIKSHIT'S DEMISE

    Tributes started pouring in for Sheila Dikshit after her demise. President Ram Nath Kovind in his condolence message said that "Sad to hear of the passing of Smt Sheila Dikshit, former Chief Minister of Delhi and a senior political figure. Her term in office was a period of momentous transformation for the capital for which she will be remembered. Condolences to her family and associates

    @rashtrapatibhvn
    Sad to hear of the passing of Smt Sheila Dikshit, former Chief Minister of Delhi and a senior political figure.
    Her term in office was a period of momentous transformation for the capital for which she will be remembered. Condolences to her family and associates

    VICE PRESIDENT M VENKAIH NAIDU EXPRESSES GRIEF

    Expressing his sorrow over demise of Shield Dixit, Vice President M Venkaih Naidu said that "I express my profound sorrow and grief over the demise of former Chief Minister of Delhi, Sheila Dikshit today. She was a good administrator."

    @VPSecretariat
    I express my profound sorrow and grief over the demise of former Chief Minister of Delhi, Smt. Sheila Dikshit today. She was a good administrator.

    PM MODI EXTENDS CONDOLENCE OVER SHEILA DIKSHIT'S DEMISE

    PM Narendra Moi has condoled the demise of former Chief Minister Sheila Dixit. In his tweet PM said that: Deeply saddened by the demise of Sheila Dikshit Ji. Blessed with a warm and affable personality, she made a noteworthy contribution to Delhi's development. Condolences to her family and supporters. Om Shanti.

    RAJNATH SINGH OFFERS CONDOLENCE OVER DEMISE OF SHEILA DIKSHIT

    Defence Minister Rajnath Singh in his condolence message said that "The passing away of former Chief Minister of Delhi, Smt. Sheila Dixit is deeply saddening. She was a tall Congress leader known for her congenial nature. He added that Sheilaji was widely respected cutting across party lines. My thoughts are with her bereaved family & supporters. Om Shanti!

    @rajnathsingh
    The passing away of former Chief Minister of Delhi, Smt. Sheila Dixit is deeply saddening. She was a tall Congress leader known for her congenial nature. Sheilaji was widely respected cutting across party lines. My thoughts are with her bereaved family & supporters. Om Shanti!

    UNION MINISTER MUKHTAR ABBAS NAQVI REMEMBERS SHIELA DIKSHIT

    Expressing his condolence, Union Minority Affairs Minister and senior BJP leader, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that Shiela Dixit's political career is an inspiration for people of the country.

    BJP leader Syed Shahnawaz Hussein also expressed his condolence.

    DELHI CM ARVIND KEJRIWAL EXPRESSES HIS CONDOLENCE

    Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Admi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal also expressed his condolence. Kejriwal said that Just now got to know about the extremely terrible news about the passing away of Mrs Sheila Dikshit ji. It is a huge loss for Delhi and her contribution will always be remembered. My heartfelt condolences to her family members. May her soul rest in peace

    @ArvindKejriwal
    Just now got to know about the extremely terrible news about the passing away of Mrs Sheila Dikshit ji.
    It is a huge loss for Delhi and her contribution will always be remembered. My heartfelt condolences to her family members. May her soul rest in peace

    RAHUL GANDHI EXTENDS CONDOLENCE On DEMISE OF SHIELA DIKSHIT

    Extending his condolence over demise of Shiela Dixit, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said that "I'm devastated to hear about the passing away of Shiela Dikshit Ji, a beloved daughter of the Congress Party, with whom I shared a close personal bond.

    My condolences to her family & the citizens of Delhi, whom she served selflessly as a 3 term CM, in this time of great grief."

    @RahulGandhi

    I'm devastated to hear about the passing away of Shiela Dikshit Ji, a beloved daughter of the Congress Party, with whom I shared a close personal bond. My condolences to her family & the citizens of Delhi, whom she served selflessly as a 3 term CM, in this time of great grief."

    CONGRESS PARTY EXTENDS CONDOLENCES

    While, Congress party in a tweet said that We regret to hear of the passing of Sheila Dikshit. Lifelong congresswoman and as three time CM of Delhi she transformed the face of Delhi. Our condolences to her family and friends. Hope they find strength in this time of grief.

    @INCIndia
    We regret to hear of the passing of Sheila Dikshit. Lifelong congresswoman and as three time CM of Delhi she transformed the face of Delhi.
    Our condolences to her family and friends. Hope they find strength in this time of grief.

    PRIYANKA GANDHI REMEMBERS SHIELA DIKSHIT’S CONTRIBUTION AS DELHI CM
    Expressing condolence over death of Shiela Dixit, Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra remembered her contribution as Chief Minister of Delhi. Expressing grief, Congress leader Anand Sharma remembered her contribution for Congress party.

    PRASAR BHARATI CHAIRMAN EXPRESSES HIS CONDOLENCE

    Prasar Bharati Chairman, A. Surya Prakash expressed his condolence over demise of Shiela Dixit. Surya Prakash in a tweet said that "Heard with deep sadness about the passing of Sheila Dikshit, a great democrat who set an example for others in public life & the longest serving CM of Delhi who contributed to the Capital's development."

    @mediasurya
    Heard with deep sadness about the passing of Sheila Dikshit, a great democrat who set an example for others in public life & the longest serving CM of Delhi who contributed to the Capital's development.

  • Anandiben Patel to serve as Governor of Uttar Pradesh, Jagdeep Dhankhar as Governor of West Bengal, Ramesh Bais as Governor of Tripura, Lal Ji Tandon as Governor of Madhya Pradesh, Phagu Chauhan as Governor of Bihar and R. N. Ravi as sGovernor of Nagaland.

  • Districts of Idukki, Kasargode, Kozhikode, Kannur and Ernakulam districts have been receiving heavy rains. Coastal areas have been severely affected with heavy sea erosion.

    Seven fishermen have been reported missing in Thiruvananthapuram and Kollam districts after they went to sea. Search operations are on to find them.

    Met department has already issued a warning for the fishermen.

    Malankara, Pambla and Kallarkutty Dams in Idukki have already been opened and more dams are likely to be opened, depending on the rains. 
     

  • Priya Saha met President Trump of US  as part of a group sent from Bangladesh and complained that in Bangladesh 37 million religious minorities have disappeared.

    She made a request to the US President to help the remaining 18 million minorities in Bangladesh to retain their homes and property.

    The video clip of the meeting had become viral on Friday.In a press release issued today, the ministry of foreign affairs of Bangladesh said that it strongly protests the blatant lies told by Priya Saha to President Trump.

    It said there was an ulterior motive behind her statement. In a Facebook post on Friday, State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam said that Bangladesh is a shining example of religious harmony and many people damage it for personal interest.Rana Dasgupta, the head of the council of minorities in Bangladesh said that Priya Saha’s comments were personal and not the statement of the organisation.

    He however declined to comment on her allegations.Priya Saha is among the five Bangladeshis and two Rohingyas sent by the US embassy in Dhaka to attend the second ministerial meeting  on advancing religious freedom hosted by the US department of state in Washington.

    They also met President Trump in Washington on Wednesday.
     

  • This is the first transnational petroleum pipeline form India and first South Asian oil pipeline corridor. It is also the first oil pipeline in Nepal.

    Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) and Nepal Oil Corporation (NOC) have successfully completed testing transfer of the pipeline.

    The diesel released from Motihari in Bihar received at Amlekhgunj in Nepal on friday. The pipeline is now technically commissioned and ready for launch.

    The oil pipelinewill ensure smooth, cost effective and environment friendly supply of petroleum products to Nepal.

    The prestigious project is expected to be inaugurated soon by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Nepalese counterpart K P Sharma Oli.

    The two Prime Ministershad launched ground-breaking ceremony of the pipeline in April last year during Oli's visit to India.

    The 69kms long pipeline has been constructed by India in just 15months, half of its 30 months deadline.

    India and Nepal have age old close and friendly relations and completion of pipeline much ahead of its schedule shows India's commitment to further strengthen bilateral ties.The cost of pipeline is around Rs.350 crore and it is entirely borne by IOC.

    Twenty eight technical and non technical officials of NOC have also been trained by IOC.Besides constructing pipeline, IOC has also refurbished two storage tanks of NOC at Amelkhgunj depot.

    In the second phase it will built two storage tanks, a laboratory and 24bays for supply of petroleum products. At present NOC lacks storage facility and for optimal utilization of pipeline NOC needs to enhance its storing capacity.

    Since 1974 Nepal has been sourcing its entire major petroleum products including petrol, diesel, ATF and LPG from IOC.

    The annual worth of petroleum products exported to Nepal is over Rs.8,500 crore. IOC has also submitted a study report to NOC for laying a LPG pipeline along Motihari-Amelekhgunj pipeline.

  • He also assured parents that their children will be protected from the menace of ragging. He also talked about the helpline number where student can register complaints against ragging.

    College and University authorities have also taken steps to fight ragging. Posters have been raised in college premises spreading awareness on the issue.

    Perpetrators of ragging can be subjected to stringent punishments including suspension and cancellation of degree.

    Officials from Delhi Police and lawyers also played a role in spreading awareness against ragging.Besides this, students can register their complaints against ragging online on helpline@antiragging.in, proctor@du.ac.in and  infocentre@du.ac.in.Integrated control rooms have also been set up for North Campus and South Campus.

    011-24119832 is the helpline number for South Campus whereas 011-27667221 is available for North Campus.

  • There are no reports of any injuries or casualties. According to the Indian Meteorological Department, the quake struck at 4:24 am with a depth of 10 KMs.

    As per reports, the tremors were also felt in parts of Assam. The Deputy Commissioner of East Kameng  G.S.Rajawat told DD news that no report of any loss of life and damages of property so far.

    He said detail reports are being collected from different remote  areas of the district including distrct headquarter Seppa.

    Rajawat said field teams are on job and assessing the situation.The earthquake of the same magnitude had hit the state on Friday afternoon.

    The earthquake measuring 5.5 on the Richter Scale hit the northeastern state of Arunachal Pradesh.

    The epicentre of the quake was located at a depth of 64 km at the northeast of Bomdila of West Kameng district.

  • The NIA raided the home of Mohamed Sheik Maitheen who was arrested on July 15 for his alleged links with the case.

    The case pertains to forming a terror organisation with an intention to carry out terrorist activities in India by some people allegedly associated with proscribed terrorist organisations like ISIS, Al-Qaeda and SIMI.

    Earlier on Friday the NIA identified the 14 terror suspects, who were deported this week from UAE and alleged that they were associated with varied ideologies of Al Qaeda, Islamic State and Students Islamic Movement of India.2 other were arrested from Tamil Nadu.

    They also alleged that they had come together to form a terror group called Ansarulla and the 16 accused had also collected funds and made preparations to carry out terrorist attacks in India with the intention of establishing Islamic rule in India.

  • A total of 10 candidates including BJD's Sabitri Agarwalla, the lone woman candidate, BJP's Bijoy Mohapatra and Congress Assembly nominee Jayanta Kumar Mohanty are contesting in the election.

    Over two lakh 44 thousand voters will exercise their franchise in Patkura poll. Counting of votes will take place July 24th.

    he elections were delayed due to death of BJD candidate Bed Prakash Agrawal.  

  • During his day long visit, the defence minister will interact with troops and review situation along Line of Actual Control with China.

    The Defence Minister will also inaugurate two bridge projects on the rivers Ujh in Kathua district and Basantar in Samba district of Jammu division.

    These two bridges are significant from the border point of view as well as connectivity for locals.

  • Bounedjah, who missed a penalty in the quarter-final against Ivory Coast and spent the last few minutes of that game in tears after being substituted, stunned the Lions of Teranga with a shot which took a wicked deflection off Salif Sane and looped over the bewildered goalkeeper Alfred Gomis and into the net.

    Algeria, who committed 32 fouls according to official match statistics, sat back after that and had to scrap for their win in a match that was certainly not a classic but was tense and gripping throughout.

    Senegal, beaten by Cameroon on their only previous appearance in the final in 2002, were awarded a penalty for handball in the second half but the decision was revoked following a VAR review.

    The final whistle provoked wild celebrations among the large contingent of travelling Algeria fans. It was a fitting end to a tournament that, with 24 teams for the first time, produced plentiful drama even if quality was sometimes lacking.

    "This has been tough," said Algeria coach Djamel Belmadi, who has restored order to the team after a turbulent period which saw them employ seven coaches in three years.

    "I am very, very happy, for the country, for the people who have waited for this for a long time. It's the first time we have won it outside our country, it's simply extraordinary.

    "They say you don't play finals, you win them, I don't really believe that," he added. "We prepared and wanted to play against this talented team, Senegal. It wasn't our best match. We didn't have ball possession nor impose our play."

    Senegal were missing Kalidou Koulibaly, arguably Africa's finest defender, through suspension and his absence was quickly felt.

    The game got off to an extraordinary start when Bounedjah collected the ball, burst forward and unleashed a shot that took a deflection off Sane.

    Gomis stayed rooted to the spot, seemingly thinking that the ball was going out, but it dipped under the bar.

    But Algeria sat back and allowed Senegal to claw their way back into the game.

    They had a major let off in the second half when Ismaila Sarr burst down the right and fired a low cross into the middle.

    It struck Adlene Guedioura's arm and, although it seemed impossible for the Algerian to get out of the way, the referee pointed to the spot but then changed his mind after a VAR review.

    Algeria had another let off shortly afterwards. Cheikhou Kouyate sent Mbaye Niang clear and he took the ball around Rais Mbolhi but shot into the side-netting.

    Youssouf Sabaly then produced a vicious dipping shot which Mbolhi did well to tip over the bar before Sarr volleyed over with the goal at his mercy.

    "We conceded way too early," said Senegal coach Aliou Cisse, who played in the side beaten on penalties in the 2002 final and grew up in the same Parisian suburb as his opposite number.

    "I think over the course of the match, we deserved to equalise. Tonight, I wanted to congratulate my players. We've been here for 46 days. We wanted it, but it wasn't our night."

     

  • Saudi Arabia's King Salman approved hosting U.S. forces in the country to boost regional security and stability.
     

    On Friday, Iran confirmed that they had seized a British oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz, but denied Washington's assertion that the U.S. Navy had downed an Iranian drone nearby earlier this week.

  • Iran's Revolutionary Guards announced on Friday that they had confiscated a British tanker in the strategic Strait of Hormuz for breaking ‘international maritime rules’.

    The tanker was confiscated by the Revolutionary Guards at the request of Hormozgan Ports and Maritime Organisation when passing through the strait of Hormuz. it further said that the The tanker "was led to the shore and handed over to the organisation to go through the legal procedure and required investigations."

    The Swedish owners of the Stena Impero said that they have been unable to contact their vessel, which had 23 personnel on board and was "heading north towards Iran". The Stena Impero sails under the UK flag and is registered in London.

    A second British-owned Liberian-flagged tanker was boarded by armed guards but is now free to continue its journey. The Mesdar's Glasgow-based operator said communication had been re-established with the vessel after it was boarded by armed guards on Friday and its crew was "safe and well".

    These latest developments come amid heightened tensions between the UK, the US, and Iran.

    Condemning the incidents as "unacceptable" ... British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said he was "extremely concerned" by the incidents. He further added that  London would respond in a considered but robust way to the seizure of the British tankers by Iranian guards, and warned that Tehran would be the biggest loser if freedom of navigation is restricted.

  • For the past four years, Modi has directly invited ideas and suggestions from people for his Independence Day speech which is made from the ramparts of Red Fort. 

    "I am delighted to invite you all to share your valuable inputs for my speech on 15th August," he tweeted. 

     

     

  • Sindhu defeated Japan's N Okuhara in straight games 21-14,14-07 in the quarter final. In Semifinals, Sindhu will take on China's Chen Y tomorrow. Chen Y defeated Zhang B of US 21-14, 21-17, 16-21 in quarter finals.  

    In the Men's Singles pre-quarterfinal match, India's top ranked men's singles shuttler and 8th seed Kidambi Srikanth was knocked out of the tournament. 

    He lost to Angus Ng Ka Long of Hong Kong. In men's doubles, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty of India lost to Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sukamuljo of Indonesia.

  • In the order issued, the AIU, the international federation's body for combating doping, said the athlete admitted to her first violation resulting in disqualification all past results since June 29, 2018. The suspension period also commenced from June 29, 2018.

    Disqualification of the Athlete's results since 29 June 2018 with all resulting consequences including the forfeiture of any titles, awards, medals, points and prize and appearance money pursuant to Article 10.8 ADR.

    India's National Anti-Doping body NADA has the right to appeal against the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne. She had failed a dope test in November 2018 when her sample taken during the National Inter-State Athletics Championships was found to contain Probenecid, a masking agent.

  • The Computer-Based Test, CBT for recruitment to 1,923 posts of Para-Medical categories will be conducted over three days. In this dive, more than 4.39 lakh candidates will be taking the test which will be held in 345 centres in 107 towns or cities across the country. 

    This is the first recruitment by Indian Railways in which reservation for Economically Weaker Sections will be available to eligible candidates. The questions of the test will be available in 15 different languages, including English and Hindi. 

    The largest number of candidates applied for this recruitment is from Uttar Pradesh around 64,000 followed by Rajasthan 62,000, Maharashtra 38,000 and Kerala 35,000. The female candidates constitute 62 per cent of the total candidates. 

  • BJP continues to demand division of votes today itself. Blame game between the ruling side and the opposition continues. The trust motion was not put to vote in Karnataka assembly for the second consecutive day.

    The fresh deadline set by the Governor also expired when the House was adjourned around 8 PM today. Meanwhile state Congress President and the Chief Minister moved the apex court.
    While the CM sought a direction to the Governor to not interfere in House proceedings when the House is in session.

    The KPCC President sought a clarification on the implications of its 17th July interim order on the power of political parties to issue whips.
     

  • The ICC has directed that the elected Zimbabwe Cricket Board be reinstated to the office within three months and progress in this respect will be considered again at the October Board meeting.

    ICC Chairman Shashank Manohar said what has happened in Zimbabwe is a serious breach of the ICC Constitution and they cannot allow it to continue unchecked.

    The Croatia, Morocco and Zambia Cricket Union have both also been suspended for continuing to be non-compliant.
     

  • Sensex and Nifty, both, logged losses for second session in a row even as cues from global equity markets were positive. 

    Sensex at Bombay Stock Exchange declined 560 points or 1.44 per cent to close at 38,337. Nifty at National Stock Exchange was also down 178 points or 1.53 per cent to end at 11,419. 
     
     

  • While addressing the media, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said all the operators should lawfully abide to run Doordarshan on their platforms.

  • The drone was immediately destroyed afterwards, as per President Trump, as it approached within 1000 yards of the ship. Tehran's top diplomat, Mohammad J Zarif, said he had "no information about losing a drone today."

    The USS Boxer, an amphibious assault ship, "took defensive action" against the Iranian drone on Thursday to "ensure the safety of the ship and its crew," Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman said.

    The drone was "immediately destroyed" after it approached within 1,000 yards (914 meters) of the Boxer, US President Donald Trump told reporters. "This is the latest of many provocative and hostile actions by Iran, against vessels operating in international waters," he added.

    "The United States reserves the right to defend our personnel, our facilities and interests and calls upon all nations to condemn Iran's attempts to disrupt freedom of navigation and global commerce." But Iran denied losing any drones. Armed forces spokesman Brigadier General Abolfazl Shekarchi described Trump's statement as "baseless and delusional claims," according to the Tasnim news agency.

    "There have been no reports of a confrontation with the American USS Boxer," he was quoted as saying by Tasnim. Deputy foreign minister Abbas Araghchi tweeted:

    "I am worried that USS Boxer has shot down their own (drone) by mistake!" The apparent confrontation came as Iran defended its detention Sunday of a "foreign tanker" believed to be the Panamanian-flagged vessel Riah and its 12 crew for allegedly smuggling fuel.

    "The vessel was en route to deliver contraband fuel received from Iranian boats to foreign ships in farther regions when it was intercepted," Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps said on its Sepah News website.

    The incident comes after a series of low-level attacks in the region blamed on Tehran's forces, including placing limpet mines on several tankers and actions by what Washington calls Iranian proxies in Syria and Yemen. In May, the Pentagon announced the deployment of an aircraft carrier strike group and a bomber task force to waters near Iran in response to "indications of a credible threat by Iranian regime forces."

    Tehran downed an American surveillance drone in June, prompting Trump to order air strikes against Iran. But he called them off at the last minute, saying the plan was not "proportionate" and casualties would have been too high. On July 4, Britain seized a fully loaded Iranian oil tanker near Gibraltar, allegedly headed for Syria in violation of sanctions.

  • TRQ is a quota for a volume of exports that enter the US at relatively low tariffs. After the quota is reached, a higher tariff applies on additional imports. 

    Directorate General of Foreign Trade in a public notice said that additional quantity of 1,239 tonnes of raw cane sugar to be exported to US under TRQ up to September 30, 2019 has been notified. 

    The country enjoys duty-free sugar exports to the US for up to 10,000 tonnes annually under preferential quota arrangement.
     

  • The seizure is worth about 600 crore rupees in the international market. An official said, that five persons have been arrested including chemical expert.

    The members of this gang were involved in procuring narcotic and psychotropic substance from various places in India to supply to the local traffickers and also to export it to various countries. In order to identify the gang, informers were deployed and technical surveillance was mounted.

  • "EV is a priority but the incremental requirement of fuel will have to be met through a combination of (ultra-clean) BS-VI grade petrol and diesel, CNG and biofuels alongside EVs," he said at the Energy Horizon-2019 conference . 
    The world's third-largest energy consumer would need a combination of cleaner diesel and petrol, compressed natural gas (CNG), biofuels and electric vehicles (EVs) for meeting its transportation needs, he said. 

    "Development of EV infrastructure and popularising through policy support would happen, at the same time a road map has to be provided in terms of the role of all other transportation solutions," he said. 
    While the country has sufficient capacity to refine crude oil and convert it into fuel such as petrol and diesel, it will need to raise it to meet the future requirement. 

    "In India, we have a current domestic refining capacity of 250 million tonne per annum. Recent studies have pointed out that even with an aggressive EV rollout plan, India would need 450 million tonne of refining capacity (by 2040)," he said. 
    "Unless we pay attention to this demand growth, in another few years, we will have to start importing refined products along with crude." 

    Also, anyone investing in the refinery would need reasonable assurance that there will be demand for the economic life of the investment, he said. 

    Niti Aayog has reportedly proposed that after 2030, only electric vehicles should be sold in India. 

    A panel headed by Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant had earlier suggested that only EV (three-wheelers and two-wheelers) with an engine capacity of up to 150 cc should be sold from 2025 onwards. 
    The government think-tank believes that a move to allow sale of only EVs from 2030 will expand the scope of the clean fuel technology beyond two and three-wheelers in the country. 

  • According to a US Congressional Research Report, CRS, released ahead of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan's visit to Washington scheduled later this month, the US had suspended all its security assistance to Pakistan in January 2018. 

    Imran Khan's visit is the first high-level trip by a Pakistani Prime Minister to the White House during the Trump administration. Pakistan is hopeful that it would help repair its acrimonious relationship with the US. 

    The report also says that the Trump administration had noted Pakistan's growing debt to China and expressed opposition to any bailout that would go to reducing such debt.

  • Kabul police spokesman Ferdous Faramarz said that the early morning blast also set two vehicles ablaze although it wasn't clear if the attack was carried out by a suicide bomber or a remotely detonated bomb. 

    The university compound houses several hostels where many students stay over the summer, attending classes and conducting researches

  • Khan had fled to Dubai earlier and he was arrested on landing in Delhi. A lookout circular was issued against him by both SIT and ED. 

    Earlier, ED had filed a case of money laundering against IMA Jewels in an alleged ponzi scam in Karnataka. 

    As many as 26 thousand complaints have been filed by the investors with the police against the IMA jewels' store. 

    Mansoor Khan who is accused of duping over 45,000 investors has been on the run since June 7.

    On Monday, he had released a video announcing his return to India in 24 hours.

    Calling his decision to leave the country “a big mistake,” Khan had said that he wants to surrender and be a part of the investigation.

    Mansoor Khan had also cited medical illness as one of the reasons to come back to India. Interpol had issued a blue corner notice for his lookout. 

  • It will be the second edition of the programme after Mr Modi assumed office for the second term. 

    PM Modi is looking forward to sharing his thoughts on themes and issues that matter to people. 

    The Prime Minister has invited the people to share their ideas. They can share their views in MyGov Open Forum or also dial the toll-free number 1800-11-7800 to record a message for the Prime Minister in either Hindi or English. 

    Some of the recorded messages may become part of the broadcast. People can also give a missed call on 1922 and follow the link received in SMS to directly give their suggestions to the Prime Minister.

    Our Correspondent reports, the Prime Minister has been raising various important issues through the monthly programme which is aired on the last Sunday of every month. 

    In the last episode of the programme, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had called upon people to start a mass movement for water conservation and resolve to save every drop of water amidst water scarcity in several parts of the country. 

    PM has called for an awareness campaign which should focus on water-related problems and also propagate ways to save water.

  • Sachin Tendulkar, the most prolific batsman in history, was inducted immediately after becoming eligible for induction, which requires that a player should have played his last international match at least five years before.

    Tendulkar, who retired in November 2013, tallied 15,921 runs in Tests and 18,426 in ODIs, both of which remain records. He is the sixth Indian to be inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame.

    Allan Donald, known as the ‘White Lightening’, was arguably South Africa’s fastest bowler ever and finished with 330 Test and 272 ODI wickets. He is one of the players credited with South Africa’s success in the game after their return to international cricket in 1991.

    Fitzpatrick, the eighth woman to win the award, was the fastest bowler in women’s cricket for a period of 16 years, ending her career with 180 wickets in 109 matches, a record then. She helped Australia win two ICC Women’s Cricket World Cups and finished with 60 wickets in 13 Tests. 

    Sachin Tendulkar said “It is an honour to be inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame, which cherishes the contribution of cricketers over generations. They have all contributed to the growth and popularity of the game and I am happy to have done my bit."

    The Indian cricketer also added “I am also thankful to all my captains, fellow players and the BCCI and the MCA administrators over the years for their support and for making me enjoy the game so much and for so long. I thank the ICC for this appreciation of my cricket career and I am happy to note that cricket continues to grow with three popular formats.” 

    Allan Donald said “The biggest shock when you open an e-mail like that - it says congratulations Allan Donald, you have been inducted in the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame! It hits you, it hits you quite hard because it is a prestigious award and something that you can’t take lightly. I thank the ICC for the huge honour."

    Cathryn Fitzpatrick said “To gain recognition alongside many of the games’ giants is a huge honour. I look at the list of past inductees and what stands out most is not only their outstanding talent but that they were game-changers. They took the game on and changed the way it was played."

  • The Computer-Based Test, CBT for recruitment to 1,923 posts of Para-Medical categories will be conducted over three days. 

    In this dive, more than 4.39 lakh candidates will be taking the test which will be held in 345 centres in 107 towns or cities across the country. 

    This is the first recruitment by Indian Railways in which reservation for Economically Weaker Sections will be available to eligible candidates. The questions of the test will be available in 15 different languages, including English and Hindi. 

    The largest number of candidates applied for this recruitment is from Uttar Pradesh around 64,000 followed by Rajasthan 62,000, Maharashtra 38,000 and Kerala 35,000. The female candidates constitute 62 per cent of the total candidates. 

    Twenty-eight transgender candidates are also appearing for the test.

  • The Pakistan Foreign Ministry, in a statement on Thursday, said, pursuant to the decision of the International Court of Justice (ICJ), Jadhav has been informed of his rights as per the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations. 

    Meanwhile, India has called upon Pakistan to release and repatriate its national Kulbhushan Jadhav following the ICJ judgment. 

    Making a statement in the Rajya Sabha on Thursday, External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar asserted that Jadhav is innocent of the charges made against him and his forced confession without legal representation and due process will not change this reality.

    In April 2017, Jadhav was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of espionage and terrorism following which India had moved the ICJ, seeking a stay on his death sentence and further remedies.

  • Sindhu defeated Denmark's Mia Blichfeldt in the pre-quarterfinal on Thursday. 

    Eight seed Kidambi Srikanth and men's doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty was knocked out of the tournament. 

    In the Russian Open on Thursday, former national champion Rituparna Das in women’s singles, Siril Verma in men's singles and women’s doubles top-seed J Meghana and Poorvisha S Ram entered to the quarterfinals. 

  • Sarabjot's effort meant that India swept both the men's and women's 10 metres air pistol crowns with 14-year-old Esha Singh winning the women's event on Tuesday.

    After six days of top-class shooting and with one more day to go, India remains on top of the medal standings with nine gold, nine silver and four bronze for a total of 22 medals.

    China, who are giving India a stiff fight, are lying second with seven gold, seven silver and six bronze for a total of 20 medals.

  • Addressing a progarmme in Kathmandu today Ambassador Puri said petroleum pipeline has been successfully completed and there is a need to lay a gas pipeline.

    He said Motihari-Amlekhgunj pipeline will help in tackling the oil storage problem in Nepal and doing away with transportation of petroleum products through tankers.

    The 69 kilometer long petroleum pipeline from Motihari in Bihar to Amelkhgunj in Nepal has been constructed by India. It will ensure smooth, cost effective and environment friendly supply of petroleum products to Nepal.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Nepalese counterpart K P Sharma Oli had launched the ground-breaking ceremony of the pipeline in April last year during Mr. Oli's visit to India.

    Meanwhile, testing of the pipeline has been completed. As part of trial diesel was released from Motihari on Wednesday which is likely to reach at Amlekhgunj on Friday.
     

  • Speaking on the occasion, the Information and Broadcasting Minister said that cinema has become a vital part of people's lives.

    He said, it is a democratic medium which can express different emotions and join people together. Cinema has become a great tool for soft power.Javadekar said, Indian films are loved and accepted globally.

    He highlighted the recent steps taken by the Ministry to promote India as a filming destination through single window clearance mechanism created through film facilitation office.

    The Minister recalled historical development of cinema  in India. He said that the Ministry is planning to bring further additions to the National museum of Indian cinema, Mumbai.

    Highlighting that cinema is people's medium, Javadekar said, the Ministry is committed to taking steps to create a conducive environment for the growth of cinema. Jagran Film Festival, JFF is an initiative by the Jagran Prakashan Group towards creating a culture of cinema appreciation and an honest and sincere attempt create a platform that connects great content with audiences across the country.

     Last year, with over 18 towns, 400 screenings, 18 cinema appreciation workshops, the festival directly touched over an audience of over 55 thousand people and the media coverage of Jagran puts the reach of JFF well beyond 50 million people across India.

  • Twenty nine persons are still missing and forty one have been injured. Heavy rainfall created havoc in the Himalayan nation last week affecting normal life in 34 districts.

    According to Ministry of Home Affairs ten people lost their lives in Rautahat district, six each in Lalitpur and Siraha and five each in Morang, Bhojpur, Dhanusha, Makawanpur and Sindhuli districts.

    Four persons each died in Okhaldhunga, Mahottari and Dolpa districts, while three each were killed in Jhapa, Khoang, Parsa, Kavre and Kathmandu districts.

    More than 13000 households were displaced by floods and landslides. Over 3000 people have been safely rescued by the security personnel.

    Relief materiel is being distributed in the affected areas and medical teams have been sent to prevent waterborne diseases.

    Meanwhile, situation in the affected areas is slowly improving.

    According to Meteorological Forecast Division of Nepal rain is likely to occur at some places in the country and there are also chances of heavy rainfall at one or two places in the eastern and central regions.

  • The Indian cargo ship MV AAI carrying stone aggregates from Bhutan arrived in Narayanganj in Bangladesh on Tuesday through the Indo-Bangladesh protocol route.

    The stone aggregates were transported by trucks from Phuentsholing in Bhutan which is 160 KMs from Dhubri jetty in Assam before being shipped to Bangladesh through Brahmaputra.

    The transport of cargo through this route will cut short travel time by 8 to 10 days, and reduce transportation cost by 30%.

    It will also be a more environment friendly mode of transport.

  • The 332-95 vote included a majority of Democrats voting along with Republicans to kill the measure.But the 95 Democrats who voted against casting aside the measure shows there has been an increase in support for moving ahead with articles of impeachment.

    By tabling the measure, Democratic Representative Al Green, was seeking to capitalize on growing criticism of Trump after the president's recent attacks on minority congresswomen.
     

     

  • Speaking exclusively to DD News, Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank said that till now 60 thousand suggestions have been received from various stakeholders on the New Education Policy.

    The committee for draft National Education Policy headed by former ISRO chairman K Kasturirangan submitted its report to the HRD Ministry on May 31.

    The Union Minister also said that all the vacant faculty positions in central higher-education institutions will be filled in the next 6 months while stressing upon the need to make the education system of the country job-oriented so that it can benefit the young generation and also help them in getting better employment.

    Born in Uttar Pradesh's Pinnani village (now in Uttarakhand), Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank is an Arts graduate of Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna Garhwal University in Uttarakhand and also holds PhD and D.Litt.

    He became the youngest Chief Minister of Uttarakhand in 2009 and post the formation of the state in 2000.

    The HRD Minister has written novels, stories and poems. He has authored over 50 books in Hindi literature. Some of his literary works have been translated to English as well as other Indian languages

  • The island farmers are today adopting hydro-phonics to grow herbs and develop kitchen garden in trays floating in lakes and swamps which are in abundance through its length and breath.

    This new innovative method of cultivation has paved the way for the people of the island to get good protein and other vitamin-rich food through cultivating in floating trays which also helps fish farming.

  • The army, NDRF, SDRF and civil administrations have evacuated over 14 thousand people on Wednesday.

    1.5 lakh people are still taking shelter at relief camps and essential food items are being distributed.

    In Nagaon district, several areas are still submerged in flood water and people are made to use boats to move from one place to another.

    Normal life continues to be affected as villages are still inundated.

    Kampur Guimari village has been completely flooded after the level of water of Brahmaputra river rose, following heavy rainfall.
     

  • In Assam, 28 out the 33 districts of the state are facing flood fury. The natural disaster has dislocated over 57 lakh people. Though the water levels of most rivers flowing across the state have receded, the Brahmaputra river continues to flow above the danger mark. With the situation gradually improving, the state is slowing limping back to normalcy.

    Meanwhile a delegation of Assam MPs met Prime Minister Narendra Modi. PM assured the delegation of help to tide over the flood crisis.

    In Bihar, after receding of water level of major rivers flood situation is improving slowly in several areas. Rescue and relief work has been intensified in the state. After receding of water threat of epidemic is looming large in flood-affected areas.

    Owing to the crisis, the state administration has suspended the leaves of medical staff. The floods have claimed nearly 80 lives so far. More than 55 lakh people across 12 districts of the state have been affected due to the floods.

    26 teams of the National Disaster Response Force, State Disaster Response Force and SSB have been deployed to carry out rescue and relief operations.

    Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Friday held a meeting with senior officials to tackle the situation. The state government has declared compensation of 6000 rupees to each flood victim family.

    Bihar Agriculture Minister Prem Kumar inspected flood-affected areas in Madhubani for damage assessment.

     

     

     

  • The meeting held at NITI Aayog, discussed measures for transformation of agriculture and raising farmers' income, modalities for adoption and time bound implementation of agriculture sector reforms.

    Addressing media after the meeting, convener of the committee, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said that discussion was held on ways to boost growth in agriculture.

    He said that private sector investment can play a key role in agricultural growth.

    He also added that there was a need to amend the APMC act.

    The Committee has been asked to submit its report in two months.Fadnavis stressed on bringing upon latest technology to the agriculture sector.

    He also called for private sector investment in food processing sectors.

  • The national space agency ISRO has announced that it will be launched onboard the booster GSLV Mark-Three on Monday, at 2:43 pm from the spaceport at Sriharikota.

    Originally Chandrayaan-2 was scheduled to be launched at 2.51 am on July 15.

    However, less than an hour before the launch, leakage of liquid fuel in the crucial cryogenic upper stage of the rocket GSLV Mark-Three has been detected, leading to aborting the mission temporarily.

    The cause of the leakage is said to have been identified so that it can be plugged. The current launch window is said to be available only till the 22nd of this month. 

  • A five-judge Constitution bench, headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, said that after perusing the report filed by the mediation panel, it will take a call on 2nd August, on whether a hearing is required in the case.

    Justice Kalifulla, chairman of mediation committee submitted the interim report in Supreme court today. 

    The bench, which perused the interim report about the progress of the mediation process till July 18, said its contents will remain confidential as per its earlier order.

    The court had passed the order while hearing an application filed by a legal heir of one of the original litigants, Gopal Singh Visharad, seeking a judicial decision on the dispute and conclusion of the mediation process, alleging that not much was happening there.

  • Making a statement in both houses of Parliament on the ICJ judgement, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said "Kulbhushan Jadhav is innocent of the charges made against him.

    His forced confession without legal representation and due process will not change this reality".

    Making a statement in Rajya Sabha, the minister said that Pakistan violated Vienna Convention and disallowed India from visiting Jadhav in detention.

    Jaishankar also made a similar statement in the Lok Sabha.

    He expressed confidence that the entire House stands united in welcoming the ICJ judgment.

    He once again called upon Pakistan to release and repatriate Kulbhushan Jadhav.

    Responding to a question on Pakistan media reports that the verdict was in Islamabad's favour, MEA spokesperson said that the 42 page verdict is very clear and each and every point is in India's favour.

     

  • Thursday saw yet another round of high drama when the CM Kumaraswamy moved the no confidence motion.

    Everyone hoped for closure with a vote on the motion, but that did not happen. Instead the Speaker adjourned the House at around 6.30 after both treasury and opposition benches had their say.

    The House convened sharp at 11 am. CM Kumaraswamy moved a one-line motion, saying the House expressed confidence in the 14-month old ministry headed by him.

    He said the rebel MLAs had cast doubts about the coalition government across the country and the truth had to be told.

    As soon as the motion was moved, opposition BJP leader B S Yeddyurappa stood up and said the trust vote process should be completed in a single day.

    Congress Legislature Party leader Siddaramaiah raised a point of order concerning the Supreme Court order on the Karnataka political crisis, saying it had infringed upon his right to issue the whip.  Siddaramaiah's intervention led to frequent heated exchanges between the BJP and Congress members.

    Amidst all this the Speaker said he would consult the advocate general and adjourned the House for lunch.

    Meanwhile a BJP delegation approached the Governor  Vajubhai Vala to direct the speaker to conclude the trust vote process on Thursday itself.

    Responding to their call, the governor wrote to the speaker to complete the process of vote of confidence moved by the end of the day.

    His message under Article 175 of the constitution added that completing the proceedings by the end of the day will uphold the highest traditions of democracy and parliamentary practice. The Speaker read out his message in the House. After which it was adjourned.

    In protest, BJP MLAs announced they would spend the night in the House.

    Adding to the worries of the ruling coalition, another Congress lawmaker Shreemant Patil was not seen in the House through out the day, amid reports that he has been admitted in a hospital in Mumbai.

    BSP MLA Mahesh, on whose support the ruling coalition was counting, also did not turn up in the House. So all in all 19 MLAs were missing from the House.

    Though in some relief for the government, senior Congress legislator Ramalinga Reddy said he would be with the Congress and support the government during the trust vote.

    Now with BJP MLAs announcing they will spend the night in the House in protest, clearly the Nataka in Karnataka will continue to play out for some more time. 
     

  • The agreement is for upgradation of over century old track of 130 km located between Colombo and Jaffna in Tamil –majority northern province.

    The contract agreement was signed by Sunil Kumar Choudhury, Chairman & Managing Director, IRCON International Limited and L.P.Jayampathy, Secretary, Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation of Sri Lanka in the presence other dignitaries.

    Sri Lankan transport minister thanked Indian government for its generous assistance in development of transport sector in Sri Lanka including railways and air.

    He said Palali airport near Jaffna is expected to be connected by air services to south India by early September.

    India has so far committed Line of Credit worth around 1.3 billion USD for development of railway sector in Sri Lanka.

    The restoration of arterial railway lines, connecting the North and the South after decades of conflict, was undertaken under Indian concessional financing.

    India has so far upgraded around 300 km of railway track and provided modern signaling and telecommunication system for around 330 km in Sri Lanka.

    India has also contributed substantially to capacity building of Sri Lankan railway personnel.

    This project is in continuation of India’s efforts to partner with Sri Lanka in people-oriented connectivity projects in Sri Lanka.

  • A five-judge Constitution bench, headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, said that after perusing the report filed by the mediation panel, it will take a call on 2nd August, on whether a hearing is required in the case.

    Justice Kalifulla, chairman of mediation committee submitted the interim report in Supreme court today. 

    The bench, which perused the interim report about the progress of the mediation process till July 18, said its contents will remain confidential as per its earlier order.

    The court had passed the order while hearing an application filed by a legal heir of one of the original litigants, Gopal Singh Visharad, seeking a judicial decision on the dispute and conclusion of the mediation process, alleging that not much was happening there