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21st July, 2018

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi says, ensuring remunerative prices to farmers for their produce is the top priority of government; Recounts the decisions taken recently for the welfare of sugarcane farmers.

  • Mr Modi inaugurates the expansion of Emergency Ambulance Service for Sri Lanka via video conferencing from Delhi.

  • GST Council reduces tax rates on over fifty items; Exempts six items from GST.

  • In Jammu and Kashmir, body of an abducted cop recovered from south Kashmir’s Kulgam district.

  • Heavy rain continues to disrupt normal life in several parts of Odisha; Chief Minister orders relief measures in affected areas.

  • In Badminton, Indian shuttler Lakshya Sen storms into the finals of Asia Junior Championships at Jakarta.

  • India start their women's Hockey World Cup campaign with a 1-1 draw against England.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said, ensuring remunerative prices to farmers for their produce is the top priority of the government. Addressing a farmers' rally at Shahjahanpur in Uttar Pradesh this afternoon, Mr. Modi said, the Centre has taken a number of decisions recently for the welfare of sugarcane farmers.

"देश के हर किसान के श्रम का सम्मान हो, यही केन्द्र में भारतीय जनता पार्टी, उत्तर प्रदेश की सरकार हम सब के लिए, यह हमारी प्राथमिकता है। यही कारण है कि देश के करीब पांच करोड़ गन्ना किसान परिवारों के हित में हाल में अनेक फैसले लिए गए हैं।"

The Prime Minister said, government has raised the price of sugarcane to 275 rupees per quintal which is 80 per cent more than the cost of production. Mr Modi said, his government has also imposed 100 per cent import duty on sugar and allowed export of 20 lakh tonne of sugar. This will leave sugar mills with no excuse to delay the payment of sugarcane arrears in time.

Mr. Modi said, his government is taking all possible measures to ensure that sugarcane dues are cleared by sugar mills at the earliest. He said, previous governments left thousands of crores of sugarcane arrears which was cleared by his government in time-bound manner. The Prime Minister said, his government also raised Minimum Support Price of 14 crops between 200 to 1800 rupees per quintal which is a record in itself.

धान, मक्का, दाल और तेल वाली 14 फसलों के सरकारी मूल्य में 200 रुपये से 1800 रुपये की बढ़ोत्तरी इतिहास में पहले कभी भी नहीं हुई। आज किसानों के नाम पे जो घडि़याली आंसू बहा रहे हैं ना ये करने के लिए उनको भी मौका था लेकिन वो घडियाली आंसू बहाने वाली सरकारों को आपके लिए निर्णय करने की फुर्सत नहीं थी चिंता नहीं थी।

Slamming opposition parties, Mr Modi said, they were running after the prime minister's chair, ignoring the poor, youth and farmers.


The Prime Minister today said, Sri Lanka is not just a neighbouring country, but a very special and trusted partner of India in South Asia and in Indian Ocean. Addressing the programme marking the expansion of Emergency Ambulance Service over the entire island of Sri Lanka via video conferencing, Mr Modi said, the event marks another major achievement in the development partnership of India and Sri Lanka.

I am happy that India has completed his promise in a timely manner and we have marked today the beginning of the second phase of the service.  I am also happy that this phase of expansion begin with the Northern province.

Mr Modi expressed happiness that India has fulfilled its promise in a timely manner and the second phase of the service has begun. He said, India has been and will always be the first responder for Sri Lanka in both good and bad times.

It is not just the co-incidence that India has the privilege to be Srilanka's partner in establishing this first responder service and in its expansion.  In good times and bad, India has been and will always be the first responder for Srilanka.

Our Columbo correspondent reports, the emergency ambulance project funded by India has been appreciated by one and all.


Sri Lankan Prime Minister thanked Prime Minister Modi for making it possible while terming the relations between two countries as unique which cannot be matched by any other country. He also announced that both countries are working together for a joint plan to develop Tamil majority northern province. Earlier, Sri Lankan Minister Harsha Desilva termed the ambulance service as a great gift which has saved hundreds of lives. The project is the second largest one after Indian housing project, funded by grant assistance from India. Santosh Kumar, from Columbo


The GST Council today reduced tax rates on over 50 items and  exempted sanitary napkins, rakhis, stone, marble, wooden deities and Saal leaves from GST. Briefing media after chairing the 28th GST Council meeting in New Delhi today, Finance Minister Piyush Goyal said, GST on footwear priced below 1,000 rupees will attract 5 percent rate.

Mr Goyal said, lithium ion batteries, vacuum cleaners, food grinders, mixers, hair dryers,  paint, varnishes, water cooler, among others have been brought to 18 from 28 percent slab. He said, the decisions taken today will be applicable from 27th of this month.

Mr Goyal said, traders with a turnover up to 5 crore rupees will deposit GST monthly but they will have to file the returns quarterly. He said, exemption limit for traders in Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and Sikkim has been increased from 10 lakh to 20 lakh rupees. Mr Goyal said, soon government will link RFID tags with Goods and Services Tax Network for transporters and this will reduce harassment of transporters at toll plazas.

The Finance Minister informed that the Special meeting of GST council will be held on 4th of next month in Delhi.


In Jammu and Kashmir, the body of a cop who was abducted by unknown terrorists, has been recovered from south Kashmir’s Kulgam district late this afternoon. Earlier, the cop undergoing training at Kathua district in Jammu, was abducted from his residence at Mutalhama area in south Kashmir's Kulgam district. He had come home on leave. Security sources said, the trainee cop identified as Mohammad Saleem Shah was abducted from his residence last night. Police have registered a case and initiated further investigations. No terrorist group claimed responsibility so far.

Meanwhile, security forces launched combing operation after terrorists this afternoon fired upon an army patrol party in Hawoora Redwani area of Kulgam district.

Security forces have arrested two overground workers of Lashkar e Toiba outfit from Sopore area of north Kashmir's Baramulla district. A police spokesman said, Tanveer Ahmad Mir and Tanveer Ahmad Najar were arrested from Dangerpora area of Sopore today. He said, a huge cache of arms and ammunition was also recovered from their possession.


Janaushadi Kendras under the Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana, are proving highly beneficial to people in Kannur district in Kerala. Through this novel project, Government aims at providing quality medicines at affordable prices to the masses through these Kendras.

There are 12 such Janaushadi in Kannur district in Kerala.They are providing quality medicines at 30 to 80% lesser price. This is a great relief to common man who are to pay high prices for life saving drugs. A beneficiary Mr Balan from Kannur said that he found Janaushadi stores very useful as he was able to get good quality medicine at very low rate.

"My name is Balan. I am a retired teacher, I am also a heart patient and diabetic.  Now, I got medicine from Janaudhadi.  It is very cheap and outside all medicines are very very costly.  This medicine at cheap rate i bought".

In this time of life style diseases a major chunk of common man's income goes for buying medicines. There is a high need to have more Janaushadi stores and to spread awareness about them such that it's benefit reaches more people. Mayusha with reports from K O. Sasidharan from kannur.


In Odisha, heavy rain continued to disrupt normal life in several parts of the state prompting Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to order relief measures in the affected areas. The incident comes a day after seventeen people were killed by lightning strikes in Mayurbhanj and Balasore.

 The low pressure- induced rain has led to a flood-like situation in Malkangiri and Kalahandi districts. Schools in the Bhubaneswar, Cuttack and Puri remained closed today due to rainfall.

Our Correpondent quoting Met Office reports, heavy rainfall is likely to occur tomorrow at one or two places over Sambalpur, Jharsuguda, Bargarh and Nuapada.

During last 24 hours almost all districts of the state have received moderate to heavy rainfall. River HATI is over flowing. In Cuttack city low areas of 59 Wards are submerged. Public transport has been affected. District Administration is providing cooked food to the affected people at some areas  in the city.  Heavy rain in Jajapur district has paralyzed normal life. Thousands of pilgrims who have come from all over the world to witness return car festival of Lord Jaggannath in Puri tomorrow, are facing problems.  World famous Sun temple in Konark is under three feet water. With Sudhansu Dhada from Bhubaneshwar, Meenaksi Bahuguna for AIR news.

In Uttarakhand, weather department has forecast heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places of the state. According to the department, heavy to very heavy rain may occur at some part of the state tomorrow.

Parts of Delhi and the National Capital Region witnessed rain in the afternoon even as humidity levels continued to remain high.


A Pakistani high court judge today alleged that the country's powerful ISI spy agency is pressuring the Chief Justice and other judges to get favourable verdicts in different cases, including against ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Speaking at the Rawalpindi Bar Association today, Islamabad High Court judge Justice Shaukat Siddiqui lashed out at the Inter Services Intelligence for controlling the judiciary and media.


In Badminton, rising Indian shuttler Lakshya Sen stormed into the finals of the Asia Junior Championships at Jakarta today. Sixth seed Sen disposd off fourth-seed Indonesian Ikhsan Leonardo Imanuel Rumbay 21-7, 21-14 in the semi-finals on the fourth day of the individual events. Lakshya had stunned second seed Li Shifeng in quarterfinals yesterday.

 In the title showdown tomorrow, Lakshya will meet top-seeded Indonesian Kunlavut Vitidsaran.


It was fairly a good start for 10th ranked India to the Women's Hockey World Cup as they drew 1-1 against hosts and World No.2 England in London today. After trailing 0-1 at half-time, England women came in with flurry of attacks in the third and the fourth quarters. The Indian defenders restricted England for the most part of the second half. For India, Neha Goyal was the lone scorer, netting the ball in the 25th minute. India will next take on World No.16 Ireland on 26 July followed by World No. 7 US on 29 July in their group B stage matches.


Indian women's compound team settled for a silver medal in the fourth and concluding stage of the Archery World in Berlin today. Eyeing a maiden gold at the World Cup circuit, Jyothi Surekha Vennam, Muskan Kirar and Trisha Deb had a promising 59-57 lead but they slipped in the third end as the French trio eventually clinched the gold with a score of 229-228.


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