- NDA candidate Ram
Nath Kovind files nomination for Presidential election in the presence of top
NDA leaders including the Prime Minister.
- ISRO successfully
launches earth observation satellite Cartosat-2 Series along with 30
nano-satellites into orbit.
- In Jammu &
Deputy Superintendent of Police stoned to death by mob in Srinagar.
- Government announces
30 more cities for development as smart cities.
- CBSE declares
NEET-2017 results for admission to MBBS and BDS courses.
- in the US, a bill seeking to revoke Pakistan's status
as major non-NATO ally to the US introduced in House of Representatives.
- In Australian Open
Badminton, Kidambi Srikanth to take on Sai Praneeth in all Indian quarterfinal
NDA candidate Ram Nath Kovind today filed his
nomination papers for Presidential Election in the Parliament House. 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. Senior BJP leaders Lal Krishna Advani and Murli
Manohar Joshi, Chief
Ministers of some BJP ruled states and the heads
of some other parties were also present on the occasion. 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 said, office of
president is the highest constitutional post and in the past it has been
adorned by eminent personalities like Dr Rajendra Prasad, Dr Radhakrishnan and
Dr A P J Abdul Kalam.Stating that the post of President is above party
politics, Mr Kovind 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 27th
of this month. 28th of 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 20th of July.
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. 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. Around 16 minutes after lift-off, the rocket
placed its main payload -Cartosat-2 Series Satellite in orbit. Cartosat-2
series satellite provides spot-specific pictures in high resolution.The imagery
of Cartosat-2 series satellite will be useful in cartographic applications and
urban and rural applications. The data gathered by it will also be useful for
utility management like road network monitoring, water distribution, Land
Information System and Geographical Information System applications. ISRO
chairman AS Kiran Kumar congratulated the scientists after the mission was
declared a success. He said, it comes just 18 days after the fruitful maiden
test flight of GSLV Mark-III. Our correspondent has more on this:
"Today’s success of the PSLV mission reinforces
the trust of global space technology users on the highly versatile launch
vehicle PSLV. The Cartosat-2 series satellite is set to be an agile ‘eye in the
sky’ for India to devise development plans. Another highlight of today’s
mission is the re-ignition of the rocket’s engine during its flight and
meticulously reaching all the intended goals of the technology demonstration.
This is the third time such a novel experiment has been put to use during ISRO
space flights. The scientists of the space agency say, the novel technology has
given the confidence to launch several satellites in different classes of
orbits in a single shot. It testifies to the novelty that is in the air in
ISRO’s ambience. Jayasingh, AIR News, Chennai."
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has congratulated ISRO on
its 40th successful Polar satellite launch. In a tweet, Mr Modi said ISRO has
made the country proud. Congress President Sonia Gandhi also congratulated ISRO
and the space scientists and engineers for the successful launch of PSLV-C38
In Jammu & Kashmir, a deputy superintendent of police was
stoned to death by a mob outside Jamia Masjid
in Srinagar in
the early hours today. The police officer has been identified as Mohammad Ayub Pandit who was deputy
Superintendent in the Security wing of police. The police spokesman said, he was on duty when
the mob attacked him. DGP SP Vaid confirmed that the official was killed by the
mob while he was performing his duties. He said the matter is being
"The matter is being investigation and who ever
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."
According to some reports, the mob attacked Pandit
after he allegedly opened fire at a group of people. Another report said ,the
irate mob of people caught him clicking pictures near Jamia Masjid in the early
hours today.Reports said the incident happened when Shab-e-Qadr prayers were
under way in the historic mosque.Meanwhile, Chief minister Mehbooba Mufti paid
tributes to the police officer. She said the crime of lynching is actually a
murder of trust and described it as a shameful incident.
In Darjeeling, Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) general
secretary Roshan Giri today resigned from the executive committee of Gorkhaland
Territorial Administration, GTA. Yesterday, in a bid to step up their stir for
a separate state in the Darjeeling Hills, GJM leaders had decided to quit the
Territorial Administration. GTA is a semi-autonomous administrative body for
the Darjeeling and Kalimpong hills in West Bengal. Meanwhile, the overall
situation in Darjeeling area remained tense but under control. No fresh
incidence of violence has been reported today. The West Bengal Government
convened an all party meeting in Siliguri today but neither Gorkha Janamukti
Morcha nor any opposition parties took part in the meeting. In another
development, the state police has filed a suo moto case against Morcha chief
Bimal Gurung. He has been charged with murder and criminal conspiracy. Criminal
cases have also been lodged against 24 Morcha leaders.
The Supreme Court today constituted a medical board of
seven doctors of the SSKM Hospital in Kolkata to ascertain health of a 24-week
pregnant woman wanting to undergo abortion on the grounds of foetus
abnormality. The court directed the medical board to submit the report by June
29 after ascertaining the health of the mother and the foetus.The woman and her
husband have approached the apex court seeking permission to abort their
24-week foetus on the grounds that it suffers from serious abnormalities which
could be fatal to the health of the mother.
The 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 announcing the new
batch of smart cities at a National Workshop on Urban Transformation in New
Delhi 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 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
Mr Naidu said, 20 cities will be contesting for the
remaining 10 slots under smart city mission. The Minister informed that the 30
cities announced today proposed a total investment of 57 thousand 393 crore
rupees under respective smart city plans.
Union Ministers Sushma Swaraj and Manoj Sinha today
unveiled commemorative postage stamp to mark the completion of 50 years of the
Passports Act-1967. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said, passport
rules have been reformed in the recent past and efforts are being made to
provide passport to the citizens at the earliest and at their door steps. Mrs Swaraj announced that the government has decided
to issue passports in Hindi and English.
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) today
announced the results of the National Eligibilty cum Entrance Test 2017 for admission into MBBS and BDS courses.
The result is available on its official website <<www.cbseneet.nic.in>>. Around 12 lakh students aspiring to join
medical and dental colleges across the country appeared for the exam.The result
of NEET-2017 has been declared following the directives of the Supreme Court.
In a relief to thousands of students, the Apex Court last month had allowed the
CBSE to declare the NEET results. The bench had stayed a Madras High Court
judgement that had asked CBSE to not declare the results.The NEET examination
for admission to MBBS and BDS courses was held on the 7th of May.
bill seeking to revoke Pakistan's status as major non-NATO ally (MNNA) to the
US has been introduced in the House of Representatives. The bill has been
introduced by Republican Congressman Ted Poe and Democrat lawmaker Rick Nolan.
The legislation calls for revoking MNNA status of Pakistan, which was granted
to it in 2004. It was given to Pakistan to get the country to help the US fight
against al-Qaeda and the Taliban.
In Pakistan, at least 11 people were killed and 21 others injured in an explosion at Quetta
today. Four policemen were also among victims. Police said, the powerful
explosion took place near office of Inspector General of Police at Shuhda Chowk
on Gulistan Road in Quetta. The area is considered a high alert zone due to the
offices of high police officials.
In Australian Open Badminton tournament in Sydney today, Kidambi Srikanth
entered the semifinals of Men's singles. He defeated his compatriot B. Sai
Praneeth in straight sets 25-23,
21-17 in an all-Indian quarterfinal. In the women's singles quarter-finals, Rio Olympic
Silver Medalist P.V. Sindhu has bowed out
of the tourament.
In Cricket, India will face West Indies in the first ODI at Queen's Park Oval, Port of Spain, at 6.30
in the evening today. The Indian team led by Virat Kohli arrived in the
Carribbean on Wednesday to play 5 ODIs and one T20 match against the West
At the stock markets, the Sensex at the Bombay Stock Exchange quickly gave up
all its morning gains, and declined 104 points to 31,187 a short while ago. The
Nifty at the National Stock Exchange had dropped 43 points, to 9,587.