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  • Prime Minister says infrastructure, efficiency and transparency are vital pillars of economic growth; Mr Modi lays foundation stones of various projects of Kandla Port in Kutch district of Gujarat; also inaugurates a pumping station on the Narmada to provide drinking water to around 900 villages of Kutch.
  • All India Muslim Personal Law Board to issue an advisory to qazis to discourage triple talaq through nikahnama; also decides to socially boycott those resorting to saying talaq in one go.
  • Former Coal Secretary, H C Gupta sentenced to two years in prison in a coal scam case by a special court; granted bail along with two other convicts.
  • Around six lakh people employed in the textile sector during the last three years of NDA rule, says Union Minister Smriti Irani.        
  • Indian mountaineer Ravi Kumar, who went missing on Mount Everest, found dead .
  • US President Donald Trump says India is a victim of terrorism along with other nations.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi today inaugurated and laid the foundation stone of various projects of the Kandla Port in Kutch district of Gujarat. The projects include construction of  Dr. Baba Saheb Ambedkar Convention Center, 14th and 16th Cargo berths, Railway bridge at Sal junction, Mechanised fertilizer handling facility and purchase of two mobile harbour cranes.

Addressing a gathering on the occasion, Mr Modi said infrastructure, efficiency and transparency are the vital pillars of economic growth. He said, ports are essential for the country's progress.

Mr Modi said after India’s deal with Iran for the development of Chahbahar port, economic activities of Kandla port will expand all over the world in the coming days.

The Prime Minister reiterated his commitment to take India on a new height by the year 2022. Mr. Modi said, his government's aim is to provide home to all the poor during the next 5 years.

Mr Modi appealed to the authorities to initiate process of linking Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay’s name with Kandla port Trust.

Later, the Prime Minister inaugurated a pumping station built on Narmada branch canal in Bhachau for the Kutch region. It will provide irrigation to about 2 lakh 80 thousand acre farm land in 7 talukas of the Kutch district. It will also provide drinking water to 900 villages and 10 towns of the region.

Addressing a public meeting, Mr Modi appealed to the people of Kutch to use water judiciously. He said, Government has spent crores of rupees to take Narmada water to the people of the state. Now it is the responsibility of people to conserve water for the benefit of the poor. 


The All India Muslim Personal Law Board told the Supreme Court today that it will issue an advisory to qazis to discourage triple talaq. It said, at the time of execution of Nikahnama, a qazi will advise a bridegroom not to resort to pronouncement of three divorce in one sitting as it is an undesirable practice as per Shariat.

The board, in its affidavit, informed the Court that the advisory to the qazis will be issued through its website, publications and social media platforms. A report:

The board said, a dispute between a husband and a wife should be settled through a mutual interaction. It has released a code of conduct on this keeping in mind the tenets of Shariat.
To discourage triple talaq as a form of divorce, it has decided to socially boycott those Muslims who resort to saying talaq in one go. The board's affidavit will be perused by a five-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar which has reserved its verdict on the issue of triple talaq last week. Swati Rakheja, News desk.


Former Coal Secretary, H C Gupta has been sentenced to two years in prison by a special court in Delhi in connection with a coal scam case. Special CBI Judge, Bharat Parasher also awarded a two-year imprisonment for senior government officials, K S Kropha and K C Samaria in the case. The court also imposed a fine of one lakh rupees each on the three convicts. Later, they were granted bail. They will move the High Court to challenge the sentences.


Uttar Pradesh government recommended to the Center for a CBI probe into the mysterious death of IAS officer Anurag Tiwari on 17th of this month. Talking to media persons in Lucknow this evening, the Principal Home Secretary and the Director General of Police said, the government is committed for an impartial probe in the matter. They said, family members of the deceased officer met Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and sought a CBI probe, terming the mysterious death of Mr Tiwari as a murder.


The country's newest luxury train - Tejas Express - was flagged off by Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu from Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus this afternoon. Its first trip is a nine-hour long journey to Karmali station in Goa. The fully air-conditioned train has a passenger capacity of 992.

India’s first Tejas Express will run between Mumbai and Goa for five days a week during non-monsoon period and three days a week during monsoon. The fully air conditioned, bright yellow hi-tech train offers airline-like features including reclining seats; smoke and fire detectors, energy efficient LED lights and personal infotainment system. The train has huge glass windows, automatic doors, bio-toilets, digital destination boards, integrated braille displays, wi-fi, tea and coffee vending machine and USB charging facility. After flagging off Tejas Express, Mr. Prabhu said the train would bring in a new era of travel experience. With Nisha's report from Mumbai, Juliet Arakal for AIR News.


The Textiles Ministry has trained more than seven-and-a-half lakh individuals through Integrated Skill Development Scheme in the last three years. Addressing a press conference on the achievements of her Ministry in New Delhi today, Textiles Minister Smriti Irani said, around six lakh have been placed in wage employment while others are self-employed. She said, more than 70 per cent of the trainees are women. Mrs Irani said, the textile sector employs over 45 million people and there is an additional requirement of about 17 million by 2022.


The BJP will organize a series of events to mark the completion of three years of the NDA government. Making of Developed India (MODI) fest is also a part of these events. The events will be organized at 900  places in different parts of the country between 26th May to 15th June. The Prime Minister will kick-start the event in Guwahati on 26th of this month. Briefing reporters in New Delhi, party leader and Union Minister Smriti Irani said, people will be made aware of different welfare schemes launched by the government through the MODI fest.

The Minister said, Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikaas conferences will also be organized where people who have benefited from the schemes will take part.


Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh today said the initiatives taken by his Ministry for welfare of farmers and agriculture sector have started showing positive results. Addressing media on completion of three years of Narendra Modi government, the Minister said as compared to previous government, Modi government has increased the fund for the agriculture sector. He said foodgrain production during the year 2016-17 has broken all previous records. 


The News Services Division of All India Radio will broadcast a special series of programmes “’सेवा के तीन साल’’ to highlight the achievements of various Ministries on the completion of three years of NDA government at the Centre. In our “Spotlight and News Analysis” programme, we bring you a discussion on : Initiatives & Achievements in Employment Sector in the Last Three Years. The participants are : Santosh Tiwari, Economic Analyst and Arjun J. Chaudhury, Journalist. It can be heard on Rajdhani/ FM Gold channels and additional frequencies from  9.15 p.m.


An Indian mountaineer, who went missing on Mount Everest, has died after he fell some 200 metres on his return after conquering the world's highest peak. This is the fifth death on the mountain this season.

Director General of Department of Tourism, Dinesh Bhattarai said, 27-year-old Ravi Kumar, who is from Uttar Pradesh's Moradabad district fell from 8,200-metre altitude, which is popularly known as Balcony, and died. Balcony is the final resting spot before climbers ascend the south summit of Everest. Kumar had successfully climbed Mount Everest on Saturday. His family has been informed about his death. They are expected to reach Kathmandu tomorrow.


US President Donald Trump has said, India is a victim of terrorism. During his speech at the Arab-Islamic-US summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Trump said, the nations of Europe have also endured unspeakable horror, so have nations of Africa and South America, India, Russia, China, Australia have all been victims. Without naming Pakistan, Mr. Trump said every country must ensure that terrorists do not find any sanctuary on their lands. The US President said the first task is to deny all territory to the foot soldiers of evil.


Onto Business News:

The domestic stock markets rose for the second straight session, today, and the rupee also firmed up for the second day in a row against the dollar. A report:   


The Sensex at the Bombay Stock Exchange gained a modest  106 points, or 0.4 percent, to close at 30,571, after firm trade. The Nifty at the National Stock Exchange rose 10 points, to 9,438. At the foreign market, the rupee appreciated 9 paise, to 64.55 against the dollar.Gold advanced 50 rupees, to 29,150 rupees per ten grams in Delhi. And Brent crude oil futures climbed 48 cents, to 54.09 dollars a barrel. Pradeep Kumar, AIR News.


In our weekly live bilingual programme “Public Speak” tonight, Dr. Jaswinder Singh, Principal, Khalsa College, North Campus;  Dr. Tajamul Haque, Agri. Expert will be in our Studio and explain queries relating to प्रधानमंत्री फसल बीमा योजना(Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana). The programme will be moderated by Chandrika Joshi, AIR Correspondent.


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