THE HEADLINES :-
- NDA Presidential
candidate Ram Nath Kovind files nomination; Says President's post should be
kept above politics.
- India's Earth Observation Satellite
Cartosat-2 series alongwith 30 nano satellites successfully launched aboard
PSLV; President and Prime Minister congratulate ISRO scientists.
- In Jammu & Kashmir, two persons
arrested in connection with lynching of a Deputy Superintendent of Police in
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi to leave
for 3-Nation tour including the United States tomorrow.
- In Pakistan, 38 people including six
policemen killed in three separate bomb blasts in Quetta and Parachinar.
- In Sports; Kidambi Srikanth
enters the Men's Singles semifinals of Australian Open Badminton tournament; In
Women's Singles, defending champion Saina Nehwal and P V Sindhu bow out.
NDA candidate Ram Nath Kovind today
filed his nomination papers for Presidential Elections. Three sets of
nomination were filed on his behalf. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP
president Amit Shah and several top leaders from NDA accompanied Mr. Kovind
when he filed his nomination papers in the Parliament House. Senior BJP leaders
Lal Krishna Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi and Chief Ministers of some BJP ruled states were also present on the
Speaking to reporters after filing the
nomination papers, Mr. Kovind said, the office of President is not a political
post and it should be kept beyond politics. He thanked all those who supported
him and asserted that he will try to maintain the dignity of the post.
Opposition's candidate for the post
Meira Kumar is expected to file her nomination on the 27th of this month. 28th
June is the last date for filing the nomination. The election for
the President post is scheduled for 17th of next month and counting of votes
will take place on the 20th of July.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today
said Presidential election should not be made an issue of political
confrontation. After attending Iftar Party at residence of RJD Chief Lalu
Prasad Yadav in Patna, Mr. Kumar, who is also the President of JD(U), said Congress led opposition parties should
re-think over the presidential candidature of Meera Kumar. He said, supporting
of Ramnath Kovind has no relation with Bihar's grand alliance government. Mr.
Kumar said, he had already intimated his sentiments towards Mr. Kovind to Lalu
Prasad and Congress President Sonia Gandhi. He said, opposition parties should
focus on unity for 2019 Lok Sabha elections. The JD(U) President however refused to comment on RJD Chief's
remark that his decision to support the NDA presidential candidate is a
Meanwhile, Mr. Kovind will start a nation-wide tour on Sunday starting from Uttar Pradesh, where he will
talk to members of the electoral college that votes for the new President. He
will be accompanied by senior BJP leader and Union Minister Nitin Gadkari
during his UP tour.
Indian Space Research Organisation, ISRO
today successfully launched rocket PSLV C-38 carrying earth observation
satellite Cartosat-2 Series and 30 other nano-satellites into their orbits. The
highly reliable Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle lifted off from the Satish
Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikotta at 9.29 am. It put the main payload in a
505-km orbit within 16 minutes 43 seconds after its launch. This was the 40th
flight of PSLV.
Of the 30 nano-satellites, 29 are from
14 different countries including France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Britain and the
United States. The other is a domestic payload of a private educational
institution. Cartosat-2 series satellite provides spot-specific pictures in
high resolution. Our correspondent reports that ISRO chairman AS Kiran Kumar
congratulated the scientists after the mission was declared a success.
"The hands of ISRO is full
with a series of launches in the pipeline. Within eighteen days of the maiden
and successful test-flight of the 4-ton class GSLV Mk III, it has achieved the
39th consecutively successful journey of the PSLV today. In another five days,
it is all set to launch another communication satellite using Ariane rocket
from Kouru in French Guiana. As the ISRO Chairman AS Kiran Kumar has said, the
current target is two flights each of the two variants of the GSLV and eight to
ten flights of the PSLV. As it makes many innovations and keeps on updating its
launch technologies, the space agency is steering towards launching all kinds
of its satellites into space from within India. Jaya Singh, AIR News,
President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime
Minister Narendra Modi have also congratulated the ISRO team for the successful
Jammu & Kashmir Police chief Dr S P
vaid today said that two persons have been arrested over the alleged lynching
of Dy SP Mohammad Ayub Pandit in Srinagar. Mr. Vaid told media after laying
wreath on the mortal remains of the
police officer that a third one involved in the case has been
"The matter is being
investigated and whoever would be responsible will be taken to law. We have
identified three people and two of them have been arrested. The third one will
also be arrested soon."
The DSP was allegedly beaten to death
outside Jamia Masjid in downtown Srinagar last night. The incident happened
when Shab-e-Qadr prayers were under way in the historic mosque. Paying tributes
to the police officer, Chief minister Mehbooba Mufti said, the crime is murder
of trust and a shameful incident.
Enforcement Directorate has registered a money laundering case against
dreaded terrorist Hafiz Saeed
and members of Hurriyat Conference,
Hizb-ul-Mujahideen, Dukhtaran-e-Millat and
Lashkar-e-Taiba under Prevention of Money Laundering Act. Sources said,
the ED will investigate flow of funds through Hawala and other illegal routes
in the country and abroad for funding to
separatists and terror activities. Last
month, the National Investigation Agency had raided at several places in
Srinagar and Delhi over terror funding issue and recovered some documents and
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will embark
on a three nation visit tomorrow early morning. In the first leg of his four
day tour, he will reach Lisbon, the Portuguese capital tomorrow late afternoon.
Talking to our correspondent in Lisbon,
India's ambassador to Portugal K. Nandini Singla said, Mr. Modi's visit to
Portugal signifies the accelerated momentum in the bilateral ties on multiple
fronts in recent years. The ambassador said, both countries are especially
looking to deepen the partnerships in the areas of future like Science,
technology and research, apart from the economic and trade relations.
"In January this year, we
had the Prime Minister of Portugal His Excellency Mr. Antonio Costa visiting
India and this was the first stand alone bilateral visit by Portuguese Prime
Minister since 1974 and now we have Prime Minister Narendra Modi Ji coming here,
this is also the first stand alone bilateral visit to Portugal by an Indian
Prime Minister. This represents new momentum in the relationship and interest
on both sides in deepening and expanding the scope of cooperation."
Stressing that the collaborations
between Start-ups in both countries is a key priority area, Ms. Singla said,
the two sides are working on scaling up of the ideas to connect start-ups with
industries into the successful business models.
After bilateral talks with his
Portuguese counterpart, Mr Modi will depart for Washington DC. During his two
day US visit, Mr. Modi will meet President Donald Trump. This will be the first
meeting between the two leaders. In the last leg of his tour, the Prime
Minister will visit The Netherlands on Tuesday for bilateral talks with his
counterpart. More details from our correspondent on the significance of the
Prime Minister's tour:-
"In Portugal, enhancing
cooperation in economic, scientific and cultural areas will be on the agenda.
Prime Minister’s visit to the Netherlands is significant as the two countries
are celebrating 70 years of establishment of official relationship. The focus,
however, will be on Mr Modi’s US visit. During the past three years, India US
relations have grown rapidly with a new energy with increasing convergence of
interests on bilateral, regional and global issues. Last year, the two
countries described it as an Enduring Global partnership in the 21st Century.
The bilateral cooperation is broad based and covers areas such as civil nuclear
energy, defence, counter terrorism, trade and economy, space, energy, science
and technology and health. As this will be the first meeting between Prime
Minister Modi and President Trump, it will be an opportunity for the two
leaders to establish their own rapport, review the relationship, impart a new
vision and set priorities for future bilateral relations. Among other prominent
issues that are likely to figure in talks include Terrorism, promoting economic
and commercial cooperation, H1B visa rules and security in Indo-pacific region.
Rajeev Jain, AIR News, Delhi."
The Prime Minister is scheduled to
return home on Wednesday morning.
Government today announced the names of
30 more cities for development as smart cities under Smart City Mission. With
this the total number of smart cities has gone up to 90. Thiruvananthapuram in
Kerala has topped the list. Urban development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu made
the announcement at a National Workshop on Urban Transformation in New Delhi.
He said, 45 cities contested for 40 available smart city slots but only 30 were
selected. He said, there will be no compromise in selection of cities and
quality of smart city plans. The Minister informed that the 30 cities announced
today proposed a total investment of 57 thousand 393 crore rupees under
respective smart city plans.
"The concept of smart
cities has refined the urban discourse in our country like no other idea and
initiative. In one single stroke, the Prime Minister has fired the imagination
of the people by proposing to develop 100 smart cities and he has already told
us, these 100 smart cities are going to act like light houses to inspire other
cities to follow suit."
Government has announced that bilingual
passports will be issued henceforth in Hindi and English. Chairing the Passport
Seva Diwas and Passport Officers' Conference in New Delhi today, External
Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj announced it.
Mrs. Swaraj also announced 10 percent
reduction in passport fee for applicants under 8 years and over 60 years.
Union Minister of Commerce and Industry
Nirmala Sitharaman said that central government has given enough time for
traders to file GST returns till September. Speaking to media persons in
Tiruchirapalli today, she said, government has noted the issues of GST
registration and hence more time has been given.
"Traders and industry
association members in Tiruchirapalli attended the awareness programme on GST
and interacted with Union Minister Nirmala Seetharaman. The Minister said that
there may be certain issues of registering and filing GST returns but can be
resolved in a few months. Government needs funds for implementing schemes to
help farmers and the poor and taxation is unavoidable. She said that it is not
a general policy to privatise public sector units. But government is trying to
attract private investment in PSUs with continuous loss for a period of 8 to 10
years. K DEVI PADMANABHAN, AIR NEWS, TIRUCHIRAPALLI."
In Pakistan, at least 38 people were
killed and over 120 other injured in three separate bomb blasts today. Two
back-to-back explosions rocked
Parachinar, the capital of Kurram tribal agency, this afternoon, in which at
least 25 people were killed and 100 others injured. Officials said, the
dual-explosions took place as people were busy shopping for Iftar and Eid in
the Turi Bazaar area of Parachinar. The second explosion took place as people
rushed to provide aid and rescue the injured from the first explosion.
Earlier today, 13 people, including six
policemen were killed and 21 people were injured in a suicide car bombing at
Shuhada Chowk in Quetta.
Kidambi Srikanth has entered the men's
singles semifinals of the Australian Open Super Series badminton tournament.
In all-Indian quarterfinal duel in
Sydney today, Srikanth overcame B Sai Praneeth in straight games 25-23, 21-17.
However, Olympic silver medallist PV Sindhu and defending champion Saina
Nehwal have bowed out of the women's singles.
At Port of Spain, Trinidad, India were
189 for 3 in 38 overs against the West Indies in the first One Day Cricket
match, a short while ago.