22 April, 2017
- Death toll in Mazar-e-Sharif terror attack in Afghanistan
rises to over 130; Prime Minister Narendra Modi calls the attack by the Taliban
a cowardly act.
Minister Arun Jaitley says, US-India ties have become stronger and mature over
last few decades.
Amma faction leader TTV Dinakaran to appear before Inter-State Crime branch of
Delhi police today in a case related to alleged attempt to bribe Election
of Goa Crime Branch issues summon to former Chief Minister Digambar Kamat in
connection with alleged mining scam.
day is being observed the world over today.
- Tennis, Rohan Bopanna
and his team-mate Pablo Cuevas to play the semi-finals of ATP Monte Carlo
Masters tournament at Monaco this evening.
In Afghanistan, the death toll in yesterday's Taliban attack on an army
base has risen to more than 130. Most of them are government soldiers. At least
10 Taliban militants were killed in the fighting and one attacker was detained.
Fighting lasted for several hours yesterday near the city of Mazar-e-Sharif in
northern Balkh province. The Army said, insurgents targeted those leaving
Friday prayers at the base's mosque and others in a canteen. A military
spokesman said, the Taliban fighters wore army uniforms and drove through
military checkpoints before launching the raid. He said, the death toll could
rise further.The Taliban said in a statement that the attack was retribution
for the recent killing of several Taliban leaders in northern Afghanistan.Prime Minister
Narendra Modi has strongly condemned the terror attack. In a tweet, Mr Modi
said, it is a cowardly terror attack. He said, India prays and offers
condolences to the families who lost loved ones.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has said, the US-India ties have
significantly improved over the last few decades, becoming more stronger and
matured that defied changes in the governments in both the countries. Speaking
at a reception hosted by India's Ambassador to the US Navtej Sarna today, Mr.
Jaitley said, the Indian Government is
looking forward to working with the Trump Administration to strengthen the
various dimensions of the bilateral ties. Mr Jaitley yesterday met US Commerce
Secretary Wilbur Ross, the first cabinet-level interaction between the two
countries under the Trump Administration. He said, the US-India relationship
over the last few decades has significantly improved. During the meeting, Mr
Jaitley strongly raised India's concerns over the Trump administration's move to
tighten the H-1B visa regime, highlighting the key role played by Indian
professionals in boosting the American economy.Mr Jaitley, leading an Indian
delegation, reached Washington on Thursday to attend the annual Spring meetings
of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.
TTV Dinakaran of the AIADMK Amma faction has reached the national
capital for inquiry before the inter-state crime branch of Delhi Police in the
alleged attempt to bribe Election Commission officials case. He was served the
summon on Wednesday in Chennai by the Assistant Commissioner of Delhi Police
Crime Branch Sanjay Saravat to appear for grilling in the case in Delhi. The
FIR against Dinakaran says, he tried to influence the Election Commission
through a tout to retrieve the frozen symbol “Double Leaves” before the Dr
Radhakrishnan Nagar Assembly seat bye-election that has since been
countermanded. Dinakaran earlier announced that he has stepped aside from the
affairs of the ruling faction of the AIADMK and the government. More from our
"Mr Dinakaran’s name cropped up during the interrogation of a
self-styled middleman Sukesh Chandrasekhar, who told the Delhi police he was on
a mission to help the AIADMK Amma faction to retrieve the frozen double leaves
symbol. He is said to have informed the police, Mr Dinakaran was ready to spend
50-crore rupees for the task and 1.3 crore rupees was seized from him. Mr
Dinakaran has since denied the charges. Both the rival factions of the AIADMK
have decided to come to the negotiating table for their merger, even as the
local body election schedule is being finalized by the state Election
Commission. Jayasingh, AIR News,
The Special Investigation Team (SIT) of Goa Crime Branch has summoned
former Chief Minister Digambar Kamat on Monday in connection with
investigations into the illegal mining scam. Senior Crime Branch official told
PTI that Mr Kamat will be questioned in relation with the illegal mining
activity. This is the second summon issued to him in connection with the case.The
Congress leader, who is named in the FIR filed by the Crime Branch was summoned
on Tuesday but had failed to appear before it claiming to be out of station. He
was first questioned in the case by the SIT in February 2014. According to the
report of Justice MB Shah Commission, illegal mining to the tune of 35,000 crore
rupees took place in Goa from 2005 to 2012, when the Supreme Court banned iron
ore extraction in the state.
In Uttar Pradesh, newly appointed Director General of Police Sulkhan
Singh has said that police will act in an impartial manner and each and every
criminal will be dealt strictly. He has said that FIR will be lodged on every
criminal act and people will be given better treatment at police stations.
Talking to media persons this morning after assuming the charge at his office
Mr Singh said, nobody will be spared if he or she is found in criminal
activities. He said, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has directed him to work
fearlessly and without being biased to anyone. Replying to a question, Mr Singh
said, nobody will be allowed to take law into his hands in the name of cow
protector. He said, lawlessness will not be permitted at any cost.The 1980
batch IPS officer of UP cadre was appointed DGP last evening replacing S Javeed
Delhi Police have
busted an illegal firearm trading racket. Police arrested a 25-year-old man and
recovered 20 semi-automatic sophisticated pistols of 7.65 mm from him. The
accused was arrested yesterday from near Harkesh Nagar Bus stand, Mathura Road.
The weapons have USA 32 engraved on them. It is being probed whether the
recovered illegal arms had any link to the MCD polls.Police said, they came to
know that arms manufacturers and suppliers from Madhya Pradesh and Bihar are
supplying sophisticated firearms to NCR and adjoining areas of Uttar Pradesh.
Today is Earth Day.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said, on the occasion, that Earth Day is a day
of gratitude to Mother Earth and a day to reiterate firm resolve to keep the
planet clean and green. In a series of tweets, he said, it is the duty of the
people to live in harmony with the plants, animals and birds we share the Earth
with. He said, people owe this to the future generations. Here is a report:
"The day is celebrated worldwide to demonstrate support for environmental
protection. The campaign theme this year is 'Environmental and Climate
Literacy'. Mr Narendra Modi has said that he hopes that this year's theme would
help create awareness on protecting nature and natural resources. The Earth day
was proposed at the UNESCO conference in 1969 and the first Earth day
celebrations took place in 1970. Now, Earth day events are coordinated in more
than 193 countries by the Earth Day Network. Last year, on this day, the
landmark Paris Agreement was signed by the United States, China and some 120
other countries. This signing satisfied a key requirement for the entry into
force of the historic draft climate protection treaty. LALIMA ANEJA DANG, NEWS
Chief Justice of India JS Khehar has said, India is becoming a hub of
international arbitration and the government's initiative to work towards zero
interference in the process will promote confidence among foreign traders.
Speaking at a two-day seminar 'Engaging Asia Arbitration Summit' in New Delhi
today, Justice Khehar said, potential for international arbitration is
increasing due to foreign investment. The Chief Justice said, government's
'Make in India' scheme will make the country a favoured market among the
emerging ones. Justice Khehar noted that India has a talent pool of lawyers and
arbitrators and the future of international commercial arbitration in Asia must
commence from India.
Former Delhi Mahila Congress President Barkha Shukla Singh today joined
the BJP in Delhi. She was expelled from the Congress party recently for anti
party activities. Ms Barkha had accused Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi of
not meeting party leaders and said he was reluctant to address issues within
There has been a respite from scorching heat as rain and hailstorm in
some parts of Northern India have brought down the temperatures. In Himachal
Pradesh, light to moderate rain continue to lash several parts including
capital Shimla while higher reaches are experiencing fresh spell of snowfall.
The MeT office has issued warning of thunderstorm and hails in parts of mid
hills during next 24 hours. a report:
"A thunderstorm hit in the wee hours, damaging roof tops of houses,
sign boards and uprooting trees in Kangra, Mandi, Sirmour and Hamirpur
districts. Power supply has been disrupted in various parts of the state. High
velocity winds have also damaged different kinds of fruits in Shimla, Sirmour
and Kullu districts. Higher reaches of tribal areas including Kullu, Chamba and
Kangra districts are experiencing light snowfall. Shishu Sharma Shantal, AIR News, Shimla."
In Jammu and Kashmir, light to moderate rain has lashed the summer
capital Srinagar and other areas in Kashmir Valley since late morning today.
The Meteorological Department said, most parts received rain with
thundershowers last night. It said, strong winds and hailstorm continued for
about an hour that was followed by heavy rain damaging several houses, fruit
and vegetable crops. Power supply was also disrupted in many areas of Kashmir
valley including Srinagar city. Reports of light rainfall in Qazigund and
Ramban sector along Srinagar Jammu national highway were also received.
However, the one way traffic movement is smoothly underway from Srinagar
towards Jammu on strategic 300-km Srinagar-Jammu national highway. More from
"Unprecedented rain in April this year surpassed all records during
last two decades. In the first week of April in a span of 24 hours, Srinagar
recorded 83-mm rain, which is highest-ever during this month in the past two
decades. The last time heavy rains recorded in April was on April 15, 1997 when
62.2 mm rainfall was recorded. Flood Control Department declared that the water
level in River Jhelum at Ram Munshi Bagh gauge in Srinagar was recorded as 16.45
feet at 12 noon, but flowing below the danger mark. The water level in Dal Lake
is above 12 feet that normally remains between 8.5 to 9.5 feet. TARIQ RATHER, AIR NEWS, SRINAGAR."
In Gujarat also, people get some respite after last week’s severe heat wave
conditions following drop in temperature. However, day temperatures in many
areas remained above the normal. In Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh, light to
moderate rain has lowered the temperature at many places. In Pathankot district
of Punjab, heavy winds uprooted trees at some places disrupting the electricity
supply and a child was killed in Abrol nagar area, when the roof of a house
collapsed.The MeT office said, Narayangarh in Haryana witnessed maximum 20 mm
rainfall. Our correspondent reports farmers are worried due to change in
weather as the procurement season is still on in both the states.
"To start with Tennis, Rohan Bopanna and his team-mate Pablo Cuevas
will play in the semi-finals of ATP Monte Carlo Masters at Monaco this evening.
The Indo-Uruguayan pair will take on the duo of Hugo Nys and Romain Arneodo for
a place in the Final. The other semi-final will be played between the French
team of Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut, and the Spanish pair of
Feliciano and Marc Lopez. In the Singles semi-finals, Rafael Nadal will clash
with David Goffin, while Albert Vinolas will meet Lucas Pouille.Onto IPL,
Rising Pune Supergiant will take on defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad at
Pune at 4 PM today, while Mumbai Indians will play Delhi Daredevils at Mumbai
at 8 in the evening. Mumbai is currently at the top of the 8-team points table,
with Kolkata Knight Riders second and Hyderabad third. Delhi is fourth, while
Pune is at the bottom. And
in Football, the Indian Under-16 team is gearing up to face the top junior club
teams from Egypt in a couple of friendly matches this weekend. They will play
Al-Ahly club in Cairo today and Smouha club in Alexandria tomorrow. SAVVY HASAN