22nd May, 2017
- Union Minister Arun
Jaitley files a fresh 10 Crore Rupees defamation suit against Delhi Chief
Minister Arvind Kejriwal.
- US President Donald Trump says India is a victim of terrorism along
with other nations.
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Launch series of developmental projects in Kutch
and address a public gathering at Gandhidham this afternoon.
- Madhya Pradesh Government bans sand mining in Narmada river till a
committee gives its report.
- Delhi High Court seeks response from former Telecom Minister Dayanidhi
Maran, his brother and others on a CBI plea challenging their discharge in the
Union Minister Arun Jaitley today filed a fresh civil defamation suit
of 10 crore rupees against the Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. Mr.
Jaitley, filed the fresh suit after Kejriwal's counsel Ram Jethmalani allegedly
abused him in open court during the proceedings of another defamation suit he
had filed against the Aam Aadmi Party chief and five other party leaders. The
noted lawyer, during the cross-examination of the union minister on 15th and
17th of May in the Delhi High Court, had used certain words which were objected
to by Mr. Jaitley.
Arun Jaitley had filed a civil defamation suit earlier seeking 10 crore
rupees in damages from Kejriwal and five other AAP leaders for accusing him of
financial irregularities in the Delhi and District Cricket Association of which
he was president from 2000 to 2013. He had denied all the allegations levelled
against him by the AAP leaders.
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 too have
nations of Africa and South America, India, Russia, China, Australia have all
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. While addressing the leaders
of 50 Muslim-majority countries on Sunday afternoon in his first speech on a
foreign soil, Trump, called on the Middle-eastern countries to combat the
crisis of Islamic extremism emanating from the region. He said the path to
peace begins in the Middle East, and that the United States is prepared to
fight alongside the countries in the region.
Leaders from across the Muslim world have applauded US President Donald
Trump's call for unity in the fight against terrorism. Saudi Arabian King,
Salman bin Abdulaziz, said he shared with Trump a will to push for constructive
cooperation to reject extremism and work on fighting all forms of terrorism.
Leaders from Egypt, Jordan, Indonesia and other countries also stressed the
importance of battling terrorism and expressed support for Trump in their
US President Donald Trump is visiting Israel and the Palestinian
territories, in the course of his West Asia trip. Mr Trump will hold talks with
both Israeli and Palestinian leaders with the aim to broker a long elusive
peace between Israel and the Palestine. He is the first sitting US President to
visit the Western Wall, Judaism's holiest site.
Meanwhile, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said,
Jerusalem was and will always be the capital of the Jewish State, Israel. He
said, the Temple Mount and the Western Wall will always remain under Israeli
Western Wall is the last remnant of the supporting wall of the second
Jewish temple. It is in the Old City of east Jerusalem, which Israel occupied
in 1967 and later annexed in a move not recognised by the international
Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) today said, it has closed another
major deal worth 630 million US dollar
with India to supply advanced long range air and missile defence systems for
four ships of the Indian Navy. State-owned, IAI said in Jerusalem that the
contract is for supplying Long Range Surface to Air Missile (LRSAM) systems.
The LRSAM is a joint development by IAI and India's Defence Research and
Development Organisation. The system provides the ultimate protection against a
variety of aerial, naval and air borne threats. The deal, a major boost to the
'Make in India' campaign, will be jointly executed with Bharat Electronics
Limited (BEL). Israel last month closed a
two billion US dollar defence deal with India.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch series of development projects
in Kutch during his two day visit to Gujarat from today. This afternoon,
Mr.Modi will reach Bhuj, where he will launch six developmental projects of
Kandla Port near Gandhidham. The projects are Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Convention
Center to be built up at the cost of Rs.15.26 crores, 14th and 16th Cargo
berths at the cost of 253 crores and 278
crores respectively, laying of the foundation stone of Railway bridge at Sal
junction in Kutch at the cost of 233 crores, opening of mechanised fertilizer
handling facility at the Kandla Port at the cost of 122 crores and announcement
of purchase of two mobile harbor crane. Mr. Modi will also address a gathering
on this occasion. AIR correspondent reports more on this :
"Prime Minister Narendra
Modi has a personal attachment with the people of Kutch. In his tweet, Mr. Modi
had said that Kutch is always in the centre of my heart. The people of arid
Kutch region are also eagerly waiting for Prime Minister’s today’s visit, as it
will going to fill up dams and reservoirs of Kutch with Narmada water.
Inauguration of pumping station near Bhachau this evening will also provide
irrigation to about 2 lakh 80 thousand acre farm lands of 182 villages, while
it will also provide drinking water to 877 villages and 14 towns of this border
region. Launching of series of development works at Kandla port will boost the
economic growth and generate the employments in this region. Yogesh Pandya, AIR
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 have broken all previous records. Mr Singh said the annual growth
rate of agriculture and allied sectors have been 4.4 percent this year.
The Agriculture Minister
said government is working to double farmers' income by 2022. He said NDA
government has succeeded in creating awareness among the farmers about
initiatives taken for the development of agriculture sector. He said Ministry
is spending more than the budgetary allocation for farmers' welfare. He said,
apart from focusing on distribution of Soil Health Card, extension of
irrigation facilities and low cost organic farming, the government also focused
on agricultural education, research and extension.
In Madhya Pradesh, the state government has banned sand excavation in
the Narmada river. Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan made an announcement in
this regard in a press conference in Bhopal. He said that a committee has been
formed to suggest scientific ways of mining in the rivers. The committee will explore ways for sand excavation without
harming rivers. He said that the sand excavation through machines will be banned
in other rivers till the report of the committee comes. The Chief Minister said
that the state government will promote manufactured sand. It is made by mixing
stones. He said that the vehicles engaged in illegal sand mining will be
seized. The chief minister said that the state government will also take care
The Delhi High Court today sought response from former Telecom Minister
Dayanidhi Maran, his brother and industrialist Kalanithi Maran and others on a
CBI plea challenging their discharge in the Aircel-Maxis graft case. Justice
I.S. Mehta issued the notices on CBI plea against the 2nd February's order of a
special court discharging all the accused in the case. The high court asked the
Maran brothers to respond to the plea and fixed the matter for hearing on 29th
Earlier, a special court, while discharging all the accused, had said
no prima facie case warranting framing of charges was made out against them on
the basis of the material placed on record before it.
Himachal Pradesh Chief
Minister Virbhadra Singh today appeared in a special
court in Delhi in connection with a
disproportionate assets case, seeking bail along with his wife and other
accused. They have been charge-sheeted by the CBI in the case. CBI has asked
the Court for time to file a reply to the bail pleas. The Court fixed the
matter for argument for next Monday.
The CBI chargesheet claims that Virbhadra Singh had amassed assets
worth of around 10 crore Rupees,
disproportionate to his total income during his tenure as a Union Minister.
Science and Technology
Minister Dr Harshvardhan today took over the additional charge of Environment
Ministry. Earlier, the portfolio was held by Anil Madhav Dave, who passed away
The Indian Met
office has extended heat wave warning for all districts of Telangana till
tomorrow, while dry weather is likely to continue across the state. Hyderabad
recorded maximum temperature of 43.8 degree Celsius in Shaikpet, Marredpally
during last 24 hours. A report:
"Many other parts of Telangana have been reeling under severe heat
wave conditions. Several places in Bhadradri-Kothagudem district recorded the
temperatures of 47 degree Celsius on
Friday. Mangapet in Bhupalpally district recorded 47.4 degree Celsius followed
by Kamepalle in Khammam at 46.7. Celsius Several areas of Khammam, Bhadradri,
Suryapet, Karimnagar, Peddapalli, Warangal, Nalgonda and Bhupalpally districts
witnessed maximum temperatures above 40 degree Celsius. P. SUENDRANATH, AIR
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At the stock markets, after a strong opening, the Sensex at the Bombay
Stock Exchange trimmed its initial gains, but had still climbed 106 points, or
0.4 percent, to 30,571 a short while ago. The Nifty at the National Stock
Exchange had advanced 17 points, to 9,445.
And at the forex market, the rupee had appreciated 5 paise, to 64.59
against the dollar in afternoon deals.
In Badminton, India suffered a 1-4 loss to Denmark in their opening
match of the Sudirman Cup mixed team championship at Gold Coast, Australia
today. Up against two-time runners-up Denmark, India lost the first three ties,
mixed doubles, men's singles and men's double, to go down 0-3 in the five-match
rubber. Star shuttler P.V Sindhu's win was the only bright spot on a dismal day
for India as she won her women's singles tie.