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  • In UK, Nineteen killed and about 50 injured in a suspected terror attack following a pop concert in Manchester; Prime Minister Narendra Modi expresses grief.
  • Prime Minister to participate in the inaugural session of the Annual Meeting of the African Development Bank in​​ Gandhinagar today.
  • Election Commission postpones the Rajya Sabha Election to ten seats scheduled for the 8th of June.
  • NHRC issues notice to Jharkhand Government on the reported lynching of seven persons last week; state government orders probe, twenty arrested.
  • Uttar Pradesh government decides to recommend CBI probe into the mysterious death of IAS officer Anurag Tiwari in Lucknow.
  • Delhi High Court says CBSE's move to scrap the grace marks policy is  unfair and irresponsible.
  • And the Met Department issues warning of heavy rain in the hilly districts of Uttarakhand today.


In UK, Nineteen people have been killed and about 50 injured in a blast at the Manchester Arena, the greater Manchester police said. Witnesses said they heard two loud bangs, reported to be in the foyer, after a pop concert by Ariana Grande. The cause of the explosion is unknown but the North West Counter Terrorism Unit is treating it as a possible terrorist incident. BBC Home Affairs Correspondent Daniel Sandford said senior counter-terrorism officers are assembling in London and are liaising with the Home Office.

Manchester Victoria station, which is close to the concert venue, has been closed and all trains cancelled.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May issued a statement saying that said they are working to establish the full details of what is being treated by the police as an appalling terrorist attack. She added, all her thoughts are with the victims and the families of those who have been affected.               

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has strongly condemned the attack in Manchester. In a tweet, Mr Modi said, he is pained by the attack and India's thoughts are with the families of the deceased and prayers with the injured.

We spoke to former Indian High Commissioner to UK, Lalit Mansingh on the attack.

"Terrorists attacks have taken place in England in recent years because there have been pockets of Pakistani extremism within Britain amongst people of Pakistani origin. Often they have  been inspired by Al-Qaeda and more recently by isis. So, it is not surprising that Britain has been a venue for such attacks in the recent past."

Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Colonel Rajyavardhan Rathore has said he is appalled and shocked by the terror attack in Manchester. In a tweet, Colonel Rathore said, all the nations of the world must unite against terror in all forms, worldwide.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the 52nd Annual Meeting of African Development Bank (AfDB) today at Mahatma Mandir in Gadhinagar Gujarat. The core theme of the Annual Meeting is ‘Transforming Agriculture for wealth creation in Africa’. President of the African Development Bank Akinwumi Adesina  said the main focus of the meeting will be on achieving sustainable growth which includes agriculture, energy, industrialization, regional connectivity and improved quality of life. This is the first time that African Development Bank is holding its annual meeting in India with a view to bolstering ties.

Our correspondent reports that on the sidelines of the event, India is also organizing an Africa India Cooperation event. The government has organised this exhibition with an objective to showcase the capabilities of Indian companies in terms of technology, innovation, and start-ups for African countries. More from our correspondent:

"India joined the African Development Bank in 1983, however, it is for the first time that we are hosting the annual meetings of African Development Bank and its sister institutions, including of finance ministers of member countries. The meetings, which opened in Gandhinagar yesterday, are important for India as it will be seen as a logical follow-up to the India-Africa Forum Summit held in New Delhi in 2015, which was attended by 40 African heads of state and representatives of all 54 countries from the continent. The five-day event will see about 3 thousand delegates from Africa and other countries. The Gujarat government is also keen to exploit opportunities for local businesses as it has seen registration by 5,000 Gujarat-based business executives - representing industries like education, mining, health-care, pharmaceuticals and energy. WITH Yogesh Pandya'S REPORT FROM Ahmedabad, taNVI tANEJA, AIR NEWS."                     

The Prime Minister who is on two day visit to Gujarat, launched a series of development projects at Kandla Port and dedicated a Pumping Station on Narmada Sub-canal near Bhachau in Kutch district yesterday.


The Election Commission has withdrawn its notification to hold biennial elections to ten seats from Goa, Gujarat and West Bengal for the Rajya Sabha, citing a clash with the presidential polls due in July and the EVM challenge beginning on June 3.

The term of six members of the Rajya Sabha from West Bengal and three from Gujarat was due to expire in August and one from Goa in July this year. Earlier the elections were scheduled for the 8th of next month. In a press note issued yesterday, the commission said, the fresh programme for holding elections to the Rajya Sabha seats from these states will be announced in due course.


The National Human Rights Commission has issued a notice to the Director General of Police in Jharkhand over the reported lynching of seven persons on suspicion of being child kidnappers. Of the seven, four were killed in Seraikela Kharsawan district and three in Nagadih area of East Singhbhum district. Expressing serious concern over the incidents, the commission has asked for a detailed report within four weeks. The commission has taken suo motu cognisance of the case based on a media report.          

Meanwhile, in Jharkhand, twenty people have been arrested in this connection. State Home Secretary S K G Rahate said in Ranchi yesterday that a probe has been ordered into the two incidents of vigilantism. The report of the probe, to be conducted by the Kolhan division commissioner and DIG, will be submitted within a month.

ADG, Police R K Malik told AIR this morning that investigation is on and situation is under control.


Uttar Pradesh government has decided to recommend to the center a CBI probe into the mysterious death of the 2007 batch Karnataka cadre IAS officer Anurag Tiwari on May 17 in Lucknow. He was a native of the State.

Talking to media persons in Lucknow last evening, Principal Home Secretary Arvind Kumar and Director General of Police Sulkhan Singh said, government is committed to an impartial probe into the matter. He said,the family members of the deceased officer met Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and sought a CBI probe terming the mysterious death as a murder of Mr Tiwari.

Our correspondent reports that Lucknow police has lodged an FIR against unknown persons. The body of the officer was found near State Guest house on Meera Bai Bagh road.


The Delhi High Court has termed as unfair and irresponsible the CBSE's decision to scrap its moderation policy under which grace marks are given to students in exams for difficult questions. A bench of acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Pratibha M Singh yesterday said, the CBSE's decision, which will come into effect from this year, will have a drastic effect on students. It also asked the CBSE to tell it today why it cannot implement the change in policy from next year as the results of the 2016-17 exams are expected to be announced in a few days.

The High Court will hear a PIL today contending that the policy should not be done away with this year, as decided by some states, since it would affect the students of Class 12 who have applied for admissions abroad.


The ambitious Sagarmala project of the Union Shipping Department has begun yielding dividends for the integrated development of ports with hinterland across the nation. India has over 7500 kilometer long coastline having intense economic and strategic value. Development of major and small ports and linking them through multi-modal transport system are being given focus under the scheme. The Chairman of Chennai Port Trust Mr Raveendran told AIR, different development works are being undertaken by the country’s one of the oldest port under the Sagarmala scheme.

The vision of the Sagarmala programme is to reduce logistic costs for domestic trade with minimum infrastructure investment to achieve the objective of port modernization and new port development, port connectivity enhancement, port-led industrialization and coastal community development. In the case of Chennai Port, a coastal road has been constructed at a cost of Rs 63 crore rupees providing access to the upcoming coastal berth and also giving an additional entry to the second container terminal. Future projects include development of bunker berth and dry dock ship repair facility. The overall investment plan is around Rs 800 crores in the coming years."

In total, 415 port development programmes are being undertaken under the programme including two in Tamil Nadu. Enayam Transhipment Port in Kanyakumari at a cost of over 25-thousand crore rupees is a major initiative for which the Detailed Project Report is being prepared. For the Sirkazhi Port, the Techno-Economic Feasibility Report has already been readied. More from our correspondent:

"The Sagarmala project envisages nearly eight lakh crore rupees investment infusing fresh energy into the maritime sector. The amount is to be spent till 2035, creating world class port infrastructure in the length and breadth of coastal India. They will be connected with rail and road network helping evacuate goods from ports seamlessly to different parts of the nation. The Enayam Transhipment Hub in Kanyakumari district under Sagarmals scheme is set to transform the whole region once it is realized. Sagarmala project lays stress on port-led prosperity, apart from helping in upholding the country’s glorious sea-faring tradition. Jayasingh, AIR News, Chennai."


The Met department issued an alert predicting heavy rains in the hilly districts of Uttarakhand, today. It said in Dehradun yesterday that heavy rains may lash isolated places in Uttarkashi, Chamoli, Rudraprayag, Nainital and Pithoragarh districts during the next 24 hours.

In view of the alert, Chief Secretary S Ramaswamy asked the District Magistrates to be vigilant. The alert assumes significance as thousands of pilgrims are currently performing the 'chardham yatra' by visiting the four Himalayan shrines of Kedarnath, Badrinath, Yamunotri and Gangotri located in the districts where heavy rains have been predicted.


In French Open Tennis tournament, Yuki Bhambri went down fighting while Ramkumar Ramanathan suffered a tame defeat as the two Indians bowed out of the Qualifiers yesterday.




  • On the triple talaq issue, "The Pioneer headlines, "Muslim Board climbs down." "Ready to ban Triple Talaq in one sitting," DNA quotes the AIMPLB decision. "Triple Talaq to invite social boycott," reports The Tribune.
  • "Jaitley slaps new libel case on Kejriwal," says The Hindu; Seeks "10 Crore in damages for calling him a 'crook'," reports The Hindustan Times.
  • The Asian Age reports "More trouble for AAP as EC tells Ministry of Home Affairs to probe funding in connection with alleged irregularities in funding process after IT department highlights discripansies.
  • The Pioneer writes, "Major Gogoi, who used a protester to deter Jammu and Kashmir stone pelters, honoured". The Times of India sees this as a "deliberate statement of intent by the government and the Army about their hard-nosed policy in dealing with the worsening situation in the Kashmir valley."
  • "Only 57% students pass in Punjab School Education Board Class X exam." No grace marks awarded," says The Tribune. In another 'school story' the Indian Express notes, "Four-fold rise in Kendriya Vidyalaya students opting for German, despite downgrade."
  • "Prime Minister to launch MODI (Making of Developed India) Fest, a series of 900 events to mark 3 years of NDA government in Guwahati on Friday," leads The Asian Age. "21-day blitz for NDA's third anniversary," says The Statesman.
  • And finally, "Sitting is the new smoking," reports the Pioneer. "Close to 65% of health issues across the working community of the globe arise due to what is called 'Chair addiction'." So if we want to avoid chronic diseases ranging from a bad back and arthritis to diabetes and hypertension," we need "to weave in some physical activity into our work day." 



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