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  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi reaches Kyrgyz capital Bishkek to attend Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit; to hold bilateral meetings with Presidents of China, Russia and Kyrgyzstan.

  • Cyclone Vayu changes course; may not hit Gujarat coast but likely to pass through some coastal areas.

  • Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman holds pre-budget consultations with representatives of Financial sector and Capital markets.

  • No survivors in An-32 aircraft crash in Arunachal Pradesh, says Indian Air Force. 

  • And in ICC Cricket World Cup, unbeaten teams India and New Zealand to face off at Nottingham in a short while from now; light showers predicted.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan to attend the meeting of Council of Heads of States of Shanghai Cooperation Organization- SCO beginning today. This is Mr Modi's first multi-lateral summit after his re-election as the Prime Minister. Presidents and Prime Ministers of 8 member countries will participate in this multilateral international forum which will also be attended by 4 head of states as observers. The SCO is a China-led eight-member economic and security bloc. In July 2015 in Ufa, Russia, the SCO decided to admit India and Pakistan as full members and both the countries officially joined SCO as full members during the Astana Summit in 2017.

The Council of Heads of State-CHS meeting is scheduled for today and tomorrow. The CHS is the supreme decision-making body in the SCO. This will be the second CHS meeting after India became member of SCO.

Our correspondent covering the PM visit reports that on the sidelines of the summit, Prime Minister Modi is scheduled to meet many world leaders including Chinese President Xi Jinping, Russian President Valdimir Putin and President of the Kyrgyz Republic and SCO Chair Sooronbay Jeenbekov.

"After reaching at Bishkek, Prime Minister Modi has very hectic schedule today. Prime Minister will first hold bilateral meetings with Chinese President at Ala Archa State Guest House. After that Mr Modi will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin. In the evening, Prime Minister will meet President of Kyrgyzstan Sooronbay Jeenbekov on informal dinner hosted for him. Later, Mr. Modi will also attend Gala Concert organized at Kyrgyz National Philharmonic. Prime Minister will also meet Presidents of Kazakhstan, Belarus, Mongolia and Iran tomorrow on the sidelines of SCO Summit. Prime Minister will also jointly inaugurate India Kyrgyz business forum before holding delegation level talks and signing and exchange of agreements. YOGESH PANDYA, AIR NEWS, BISHKEK-KYRGYZSTAN."

The Prime Minister will address the plenary session of the SCO Summit, where he will present his vision for the regional cooperation and development through the SCO forum.


Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman is holding pre-budget consultation meeting with representatives of Financial sector and Capital markets in New Delhi. Later, she will meet with representatives of Infrastructure sector and experts of climate change. Mrs Sitharaman will present the budget on 5th of next month. Earlier, Mrs Sitharaman held pre-budget consultation meeting with the representatives of farm bodies, Industry and Trade.


BJP President Amit Shah is holding a meeting with party State Chiefs and General Secretaries in New Delhi. The meeting will discuss the schedule for organizational elections in its units, membership drive and other party related issues. The BJP's national office bearers and senior party leaders including Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Raman Singh, Vasundhra Raje and J P Nadda are present in the meeting. The meeting will also chalk out party strategy for assembly elections in Haryana, Jharkhand and Maharashtra. Mr Shah will also meet with party General Secretaries (Organization) of states tomorrow.


The Indian Air Force today confirmed that there are no survivors from the recent crash of AN-32 aircraft. The officials said that eight members of the rescue team reached the crash site near Lipo in Arunachal Pradesh this morning. IAF PRO, Wing Commander Ratnakar Singh said,

"It is a matter of deep sorrow that AN-32 which has been missing since last eight days and was found day before yesterday by MI-17 Aircraft, all passengers who were onboard the missing aircraft have been declared dead by the airforce. The team which reached today morning at the sight finally confirmed this information."

Paying tribute to the brave Air-warriors who lost their life during the crash on 3rd June, the IAF said the Force stands by with the families of the victims.

The wreckage of the AN-32 aircraft of the Indian Air Force was spotted on Tuesday 16 km north of Lipo, eight days after it went missing after taking off from Assam's Jorhat.


Director General of Central Reserve Police Force RR Bhatnagar today met Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba in New Delhi and briefed him about yesterday's terror attack in Anantnag of Jammu and Kashmir. In this attack, five paramilitary personnel including two ASI rank officers were martyred. One terrorist was also killed in the retaliatory action by the security forces.


India Meteorological Department (IMD) has said Cyclone Vayu may not hit the Gujarat coast but it will pass through coastal areas of Porbandar, Dwaraka and Gir Somnath. Talking to AIR News, senior scientist, K Sathi Devi of IMD said, the cyclone will affect Saurashtra coast.  

"Very severe cyclonic storm Vayu at present is lying over northeast and adjoining east central arabian sea. This particular system is not making landfall. It is scurting along the coast. We are expecting the system to move further northnorthwest ward for some time and then northwest ward. It is affecting Saurashtra region and districts to be affected are Gir Somnath, Diu, Junagarh, Porbandar and Devbhumi Dwarka."

Gujarat has evacuated about 3 lakh people and Diu has evacuated over 10,000 people from low lying areas to safer places. More from our correspondent:-

"Additional Chief Secretary Pankaj Kumar told media that despite the change in course of the cyclone, there are risks of heavy storm, rainfall in the Saurashtra coastal region. The administration as well as relief agencies are on high to minimize the casualty and loss of property due to cyclone. He added that no casualties have been recorded due to Cyclone Vayu till now. Flight and train service in the affected areas will remain closed till midnight. Meanwhile, strong winds are blowing in several parts of the state. Rainfall occurred in many parts of Saurashtra, North Gujarat and South Gujarat in the morning. Sea near Saurashtra coast especially near Dwarka and Somanth is getting rough since morning which is leading to high storms. APARNA KHUNT, AIR NEWS, AHMEDABAD."

The Coast Guard, Army, Navy, Air Force and the Border Security Force are on high . National Disaster Response Force, NDRF has deployed 52 teams in Gujarat and Diu for relief and rescue operations.

NDRF has appealed the people not to pay any attention to rumours regarding landfall of Cyclone Vayu. Talking to AIR News, DG, NDRF, S N Pradhan requested people who have been evacuated to remain for at least next 24 hours.

"As per the IMD report, there is a curve northwest wards of the cyclone path and it is possible that it is just scurt the coastline of Gujarat. But I would like to appeal to the people of Gujarat who are in the potential affected zones not to take it lightly and not to come out and start going back to their houses. Because of wind potential trees might fall, might still be uprooted, kachha roof might still fly and kachha wall still fall. So all this is going to have lot of damage potential and will expose to the damage if you take lightly. My appeal from NDRF is not to take lightly and if you have hailed the patience for so long, then you can hold patience for another 24 hours so that the entire system passes the indian landmass and we are certain that worst is over."

Railways have cancelled 77 trains and short terminated 33 others due to Cyclone Vayu. <><><>

In Bihar, 14 people including three children were killed and nine others injured due to thunderstorm and lightning in several parts of the state. Maximum six deaths have been reported from Nalanda followed by five in Patna and three from East Champaran. Rail and road services have been disrupted in affected areas due to falling of trees and electric wire on track and roads. The MeT department has forecast more thunderstorm in the next 24 hours in several parts of the state.


The Bihar Government has deployed additional doctors at Muzaffarpur in view of alarming situation of Encephalitis in the district and it's adjoining areas. They have been deputed at Sri Krishna Medical college Hospital and Kejriwal Hospital in Muzafarpur. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar reviewed the situation and instructed health officials to provide all medical facilities to the ailing children.


In Uttar Pradesh, veteran journalist and former Rajya Sabha Member Rajanath Singh 'Surya' died in Lucknow today. He was 82. Mr Surya, a well-known columnist, had worked in various newspapers. His mortal remains will be handed over to King George's Medical University in Lucknow as he had made a will to donate his body to the institution.  


The city of palaces Mysuru in Karnataka is chosen one among the five cities for holding the national programme of the International Yoga Day this year. A report:-

"The cultural capital of Karnataka, Mysuru is gearing up for hosting the International Yoga Day on June 21st. The member of legislative Assembly from Mysuru SA Ramdass spoke to Akashwani about the city’s contribution to Yoga.

"Mysuru has made great contribution to Yoga by giving many yogis to the world. Since four years we are making guinness record for yogas. We already crossed sixty thousand yogis at one time one place. This time we are planning for more than one lakh yogis will come to one place. We will make a record this year also. We are requesting the Prime Minister to give a yoga university to Mysuru."

An ancient science of combining the mind, the body and the soul is Yoga and its benefits have been proven by its practitioners. A Yoga University for Mysuru will definitely benefit the community at large. SUDHINDRA, AIR NEWS, BENGALURU."


India and Bangladesh held the Director General Level Talks between the Border Security Force and  Border Guard Bangladesh yesterday. The two delegations discussed various issues related to control of fake currency, narcotics trade and cattle smuggling on the India-Bangladesh international border and confidence building measures between the two forces.


The UAE and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) have condemned the terrorist attack targeting Saudi Arabia’s International Airport, allegedly by the Houthi rebels which have resulted in the injury of many civilians.

In a statement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said the UAE strongly condemned this terrorist act which utilised military projectile capabilities and deemed it as new evidence of the Houthi's hostile and terrorist tendencies that seek to undermine security and stability in the region.


In the ICC Cricket World Cup, India are scheduled to play New Zealand in their third round-robin match at Nottingham in a short while from now. All India Radio will broadcast live commentary on the game. It can be heard on Rajdhani and FM Rainbow Network and DTH (Hindi) from 2:30 pm onwards. We have a report:-

"Virat Kohli and Company will look to continue their unbeaten run today when they face the Black Caps, the team which too is yet see a defeat in the tournament, so far. Rain could play spoilsport as there is a forecast of light showers throughout the day. Nottingham has been witnessing incessant rain for the last three-four days and already three matches in the tournament have ended without any result. New Zealand are currently at the top of the 10-team points table with three wins from as many games. With two victories from two matches, Team India is fourth behind second-placed Australia and hosts England. India will be without the services of opener Shikhar Dhawan as he has suffered a hairline fracture on his left thumb. Lokesh Rahul is expected to open with Rohit Sharma in the absence of Dhawan. India's Assistant Coach Sanjay Bangar said, a final decision on Dhawan's availability will be taken only after 10 to 12 days. The statement means that Dhawan will be out of the games against New Zealand today, Pakistan on Sunday, Afghanistan on the 22nd and the West Indies on the 27th of this month. SAVVY HASAN KHAN, AIR NEWS."


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