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22nd May, 2017

THE HEADLINES:

  • 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 Aircel-Maxis case.

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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.

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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 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. 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 speeches.

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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 sovereignty.

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 community.

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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.

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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 News, Ahmedabad."

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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.

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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 of labourers.

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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 of August.

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. 

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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.

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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 last week.

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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 NEWS, HYDERABAD."

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The News Services Division of All India Radio, in its weekly bilingual live phone-in programme ‘PUBLIC SPEAK’, will bring you a discussion tonight on ‘Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana’. It can be heard on FM Gold Channel and additional frequencies from 9:30 pm. Listeners can ask questions to the experts in our Studio on Toll Free Telephone No: 1XXX-XX-5767. You can also ask questions on telephone number: 011-2331-4444 and post queries on our Twitter handle @airnews alerts by #tag Askair. This programme is also available on Doordarshan DTH.

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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.

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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.

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