Minister Narendra Modi leaves for Portugal on the first leg of his 3-nation
tour; Says, he will discuss ways to enhance engagement in economic
co-operation, counter-terrorism and people-to-people ties.
and Russia agree to a roadmap for development of defence co-operation.
- RBI amends Banking Ombudsman
Scheme to penalise
banks for mis-selling insurance and mutual funds via mobile or electronic
intergovernmental financial watchdog established by G-7 slams Pakistan for its
complicity in financing terrorist entities.
Saudi Arabia, security forces foil an attack on Mecca's Grand mosque; 11
injured in a suicide attack.
in Badminton, Kidambi Srikanth to play his Australian Open semi-final in Sydney
Narendra Modi left for Portugal this morning on the first leg of his 3-nation
tour. He will reach Portuguese capital, Lisbon in the afternoon. Ahead of his
visit, Mr Modi said in a Facebook post that during his visit, India and
Portugal will discuss ways to further enhance the bilateral engagement in the
areas of economic cooperation, science and technology, space collaboration and
people-to-people ties. The Prime Minister said, the two nations will deliberate
upon the means to intensify their cooperation in counter-terrorism and other
international issues of mutual interest. Mr Modi said, he and his Portuguese
counterpart will review the progress of various joint initiatives and
decisions, and build on the recent discussions they had during Mr Antonio
Costa’s visit to India in January this year.
After Portugal, Mr
Modi will visit the United States capital, Washington where he will meet US
President Donald Trump. In the final leg of his tour, Mr Modi will visit The
Netherlands. Our correspondent, covering the Prime Minister's visit, has filed
Portugal, enhancing cooperation in economic, scientific and cultural areas will
be on the agenda. Prime Minister’s visit to the Netherlands is significant as
the two countries are celebrating 70 years of establishment of official relationship.
The focus, however, will be on Mr Modi’s US visit. During the past three years,
India US relations have grown rapidly with a new energy with increasing
convergence of interests on bilateral, regional and global issues. Last year,
the two countries described it as an Enduring Global partnership in the 21st
Century. The bilateral cooperation is broad based and covers areas such as
civil nuclear energy, defence, counter terrorism, trade and economy, space,
energy, science and technology and health. As this will be the first meeting
between Prime Minister Modi and President Trump, it will be an opportunity for
the two leaders to establish their own rapport, review the relationship, impart
a new vision and set priorities for future bilateral relations. Among other
prominent issues that are likely to figure in talks include Terrorism,
promoting economic and commercial cooperation, H1B visa rules and security in
Indo-pacific region. Rajeev Jain, AIR News, Delhi.
India and Russia
have agreed to a roadmap for the development of bilateral defence cooperation.
The agreement was reached at the 17th meeting of the India-Russia
Inter-Governmental Commission on Military Technical Cooperation held in Moscow
yesterday. The meeting took place under the Co-Chairmanship of the Defence
Minister Arun Jaitley and his Russian counterpart Sergei Shoigu. More from our
includes specific activities to be concluded by both sides, and aims to enhance
cooperation in the field of political and military dialogue, exercises,
exchange of visits, military cooperation and training of military personnel.
Defence Minister Arun Jaitley conveyed the utmost importance of having a robust
and reliable after-sale support mechanism for serviceability of Russian origin
equipment and new opportunities for Russian companies in defence manufacturing
sector, as part of the 'Make in India' programme. India and Russia agreed to
conclude various on-going negotiations for different platforms, as well as
restructure the Inter-governmental Commission to enhance military to military
cooperation.With Sant Bahadur, Shiela, AIR News, Delhi."
RBI has amended the
Banking Ombudsman Scheme under which banks could be penalised for mis-selling
third-party products like insurance and mutual funds via mobile or electronic
banking. The central bank said, under the amended scheme, a customer would also
be able to lodge a complaint against the bank for its non-adherence to RBI
instructions. As per the amendment, the pecuniary jurisdiction of the Banking
Ombudsman to pass an award has been doubled to 20 lakh rupees.
Banking Ombudsman is
a quasi judicial authority functioning under the Banking Ombudsman Scheme,
In Rajasthan, the
agitation by the Jat community disrupted rail and road traffic in the eastern
parts of the state for the second day yesterday. Our correspondent reports that
the protesters are demanding inclusion of Jats of Bharatpur and Dholpur
districts in the OBC category.
tracks on the Alwar-Mathura and Bandikui-Agra routes passing through
Bharatpur's Deeg-Kumher area were under the protestors' forceful occupation
since Thursday evening. Traffic on the Delhi-Mumbai rail route too was
affected. The traffic on national and state highways connecting Mahua,
Bharatpur and Agra was badly affected. The Rajasthan Roadways as well as the
private operators had to divert their buses to alternative routes. Meanwhile,
the second round of discussion between agitators and state government may be
held today." Murari Gupta, AIR
Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office,
Jitendra Singh has said, the lynching of a police officer in Jammu and Kashmir
is an unholy act in the pious month of Ramazan. Talking to news agency PTI in
New Delhi yesterday, Mr Singh said, the tragic death of the officer was yet
another eye-opener for the innocent masses of Kashmir. He said, militants are
under tremendous pressure and in desperation they are resorting to acts like
these. The Minister demanded strict action against those involved in the lynching.
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The Financial Action
Task Force (FATF), an intergovernmental financial watchdog, established by the
G-7 Summit in 1989, has slammed Pakistan for its complicity in financing
terrorist entities. The six-day FATF Plenary, which concluded in Valencia
yesterday under the presidency of Spain, discussed a report on Pakistan's hand
in terror financing. A report:
Financial Action Task Force said, certain UN-designated terror groups in
Pakistan receive money due to lack of government control. At the plenary, the
International Co-operation Review Group (ICRG) requested the Asia Pacific Group
(APG) to provide the revised follow-up report on Pakistan to it next month. In
case, the APG decides not to provide the report, the ICRG has permitted its
co-Chairs to ask Pakistan to comprehensively report to it directly in September
on updates regarding it’s implementation of UN Resolution with respect to
designated terror groups. The FATF was established to set standards for
combating money laundering, terrorist financing other related threats to the international
financial system. Swati Rakheja, News Desk,."
Saudi Arabia, 11 people were injured when a
suicide bomber targeting Islam's holiest site of Mecca blew himself up
yesterday. The injured include 6 foreign pilgrims and five security personnel. The Interior
Ministry said, security forces, however, prevented the attack on the
Grand Mosque. It said, five people suspected of involvement in the plot have
been arrested. The Ministry said three groups, two based in Mecca and one in
Jeddah, planned the attack. Similar incidents occured last year near the end of
Ramadan in the city of Medina where four security officers died in an explosion
close to Islam's second holiest site, the Prophet's Mosque.
Qatar is reviewing the 13-point list of demands of
four Arab countries and a formal response would be made by the foreign ministry
and delivered to Kuwait. A Qatari official spokesman, however, said the demands
were not reasonable or actionable. Kuwait is helping mediate the dispute. The
demand by four Arab States, Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab
Emirates asked Qatar to reduce tie with Iran and close a Turkish military base
and shut down its broadcaster, Al Jazeera. According to the list, Qatar must
refuse to naturalize citizens from the four countries and revoke Qatari
citizenship for existing nationals where such citizenship violates those
In China, around 100 people feared buried in
landslide. According to Chinese media reports, at least 40 homes in the village
of Xinmo have also been destroyed by the natural disaster in the Maoxian County
of China’s Sichuan Province. The government of the province said the landslide
from a mountain fell onto the village in early morning today. It blocked a 2
kilometer section of a river. The incident was reportedly triggered by heavy rain
around 6am local time. The county
government's website says search and rescue efforts are under way.
The External Affairs
Ministry has said, there are some difficulties being experienced in movement of
pilgrims going for Kailash Mansarovar Yatra via Nathu La pass. The Ministry's
spokesman Gopal Baglay said, the matter is being discussed with the Chinese side.
Reportedly, around 50 people in Sikkim were stuck near the Pass after the
Chinese side closed the gates, citing landslide in Tibet.
The Nathu La pass
route was opened to Indian pilgrims in 2015. After crossing over the pass,
Indian pilgrims are ferried by Chinese transport to Kailash.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will share his Mann Ki
Baat on All India Radio with the people in the country and abroad tomorrow.
It will be the 33rd episode of the monthly programme. It will be broadcast on
the entire network of AIR and Doordarshan at 11 AM. It will also be broadcast live on <www.allindiaradio.gov.in>.
The admissions into
the undergraduate courses of Delhi University will begin today. The first
cut-off list was released last evening. Applicants can apply for the admission
today and on Tuesday and Wednesday into colleges and courses of their choice.
Students who have registered for the admissions can visit the official website <www.ug.du.ac.in>
to check the merit-based cut off marks. Similar to the registration
process, selection of courses and colleges can be made online. Admission fee
can also be paid online.
And now, news from
the world of Sports:
Srikanth will play his semi-final match of the Australian Open super series
Badminton tournament in Sydney today. Srikanth, who had won the Indonesian Open
recently, is ranked 11th in the world, and will take on world number four Yuqi
Shi of China for a place in the Final. Both shuttlers have met just once in the
past, with Srikanth winning that Singapore Open quarter-final earlier this year
in straight games. PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal had bowed out in the
quarterfinals yesterday. Over to cricket the 11th edition of ICC Women's
Cricket World Cup begins today. India will take on hosts England in the opening
round-robin match at Derby. The match will begin at 3 pm Indian Time. There are eight teams competing for the
trophy, with Australia being the defending champions. In today's other fixture,
New Zealand will face Sri Lanka in Bristol. And in Men's Cricket, the first ODI of the five-match series between India
and the West Indies was called off last night due to persistent rain at Port of
Spain. The Windies had won the toss and invited India to bat at the Queen's
Park Oval. The Men in Blue got off to strong start and were 199 for 3 in the
40th over when the game was called off. The second match will be played
tomorrow.SAVVY HASAN KHAN, AIR NEWS".
- Two lynching
incidents in the country make top headlines this morning.
- "Mob kills
Kashmir cop near Srinagar mosque" reports the Hindustan Times.
"Outrage as police officer lynched at J&K mosque" writes the
- "Accused of
carrying beef, teen killed in train" is the lead in the Times of India, of
another lynching incident on a Mathura - bound train. "Train journey home
after Eid turns fatal for brothers" states the Indian Express.
- On the run-up to the
Presidential Election, the Statesman reports "Kovind files nomination,
vows to uphold dignity of Presidential office". On the Opposition fielding
Meira Kumar as their candidate, the Indian Express notes "Lalu, Nitish in war of words : Bihar ki
Beti vs Opposition's losing strategy."
- "China denies
entry to Kailash via Nathu-La pass, MEA steps in" reports the Pioneer.
- "Punjab amends
law for liquor sale near highways" reports the Hindu. The Pioneer observes
"Punjab to obey 'spirit' of law but removes highway hiccups".
- "India's bread
basket has no dough" is the lead in the Hindu Business Line, as 86 per
cent of Punjab's farmers, including those with large holdings, are buried under
- "10 capitals
among 30 new Smart Cities; Thiruvananthapuram tops list announced by Urban
Development Minister" highlights the Pioneer.
- "Cut-offs see a
marginal dip across DU colleges" is a front page story in the Hindu.
"DU cutoffs drop by up to 4 per cent in some courses" informs the
Times of India.
- And finally,
"Supreme Court favours relaxing abortion deadline" beyond the current
limit of 20 weeks, taking into account quality of life of the mother after
pregnancy, notes the Times of India.