19th March, 2018
ministerial meeting of World Trade Organisation begins in New Delhi today; Representatives from 50 countries to take up global
- India sends 13th Note Verbale to Pakistan on
harassment and intimidation of its high commission officials in Islamabad.
- A special CBI court in Ranchi to pronounce its
judgment today in fourth fodder scam case involving RJD President Lalu Prasad
- President Ram
Nath Kovind to inaugurate Festival of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at
Rashtrapati Bhawan today.
- Vladimir Putin
wins historic fourth term as Russian President, giving him another six years in
- International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde
warns United States against putting up trade barriers saying they leave no
- India clinch
Nidahas Cricket Trophy by defeating Bangladesh in nail biting final in Colombo.
Representatives from 50 countries will gather in New
Delhi today for a two-day informal World Trade Organisation (WTO) ministerial
meeting. The meeting will provide an opportunity to engage in free and frank
discussions on global trade issues with the hope that it will lead to political
guidance on some major issues. A report:-
"This informal meeting of WTO ministers,
without a pre-announced agenda, is aimed at facilitating an exchange of views
on various challenges facing the multilateral trading system. The meeting will
provide an opportunity for ministers to explore in greater detail the options
on different issues for re-invigorating the WTO. This is the second WTO
mini-ministerial meeting being hosted by India, after the first one in 2009.
The meeting assumes significance after the collapse of WTO Buenos Aires
ministerial talks in December last year. The meeting will strive to find a
permanent solution to the food stock-holding by WTO member countries. Under the
WTO norms, a member-country's food subsidy bill should not exceed 10 per cent
of the value of production. India has been seeking amendment to this formula. Tanvi taneja, news desk."
Nitin Gadkari will arrive in Goa today to meet stakeholders from the mining
industry. Speaking at a press conference in Panaji, Union Minister of state for
Ayush, Shripad Naik said, Mr Gadkari will meet MLAs and ministers this evening
before speaking to other stakeholders including mine and truck owners and
labourers tomorrow. State BJP president Vinay Tendulkar said, both state and
central governments are trying to find a solution to the mining issue in Goa.
extraction activity in Goa was closed down on the 16th of March following a
Supreme Court directive quashing the second renewal of iron ore mining leases
in the state.
A special CBI court in Ranchi is likely to pronounce
its judgment today in the fourth fodder scam case involving RJD President and
former Bihar Chief Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav. The case relates to fraudulent
withdrawal of over 3 crore rupees from the Dumka treasury between December 1995
and January 1996. Besides Lalu Prasad, another former Chief Minister Jagannath
Mishra and 30 others are accused in this case.
Lalu Prasad has already been convicted in three other
fodder scam cases. He was awarded a five-year jail term in the first case,
three-and-a-half years in the second, and another five-year imprisonment in the
The multi-million-rupee fodder scam surfaced in the
1990s when Lalu Prasad was the Chief Minister of undivided Bihar. The probe was
handed over to the CBI on Patna High Court's order.
Nath Kovind will inaugurate a Festival of Innovation and Entrepreneurship and
present Gandhian Young Technological Innovation awards at Rashtrapati Bhavan
today. The five day festival is an initiative to recognise, respect, reward
innovations and to foster a supportive ecosystem for innovators. Our
correspondent reports the festival is being organised by Rashtrapati Bhavan in
association with the Department of Science and Technology and the National
festival will provide a platform for innovators for building linkages with
potential stakeholders whose support can improve their prospects in coming
years to develop their ideas into implementable projects for the larger social
good. It will also help in promoting lateral learning and linkages among the
innovators to enrich the ecosystem for sharing of ideas. It will provide a
window to showcase creative and innovative solutions for social development
through innovation emerging from grassroots, student ideas and other
technologies. These innovations can positively impact fields such as
agriculture, rural development, sanitation, health, women and child
development, biotechnology and medicine. WITH SHASHANK KUMAR's THIS IS SANJEEV
JASROTIA, AIR NEWS, DELHI.
leader and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has said the current agrarian crisis is the result of
Congress mis-rule. Responding to the
allegation of Congress President Rahul Gandhi at the party's plenary
session in New Delhi, Ms Sitharaman said his speech sounded like the rhetoric
of a loser, devoid of substance. She said, at a time when technology is making
lives easier and simpler, Congress is against it because it does not believe in
transparency. Mocking Mr Gandhi, Mrs Sitharaman asked he who himself is out on
bail in the National herald case, shares a surname with the father of the
nation, is that a reflection on the Mahatma?
जो खुद उनके मां और वो दोनों, पर्सनल बॉन्ड में बेल में बाहर घूम रहे हैं वो भी क्रिमिनल कॉन्सपरेसी नेशनल हेराल्ड के केस में पचास हजार का बेल पर्सनल बॉन्ड देकर के बेल दिया गया। उनको जो खुद बेल में है वो डाल रहे हैं जिनके ऊपर एलिगेश्न कुछ भी नहीं है कोर्ट के द्वारा साबित हो गया है वो बात आप देख लीजिए कितना झूठ पुलिंदा बोलने में वो माहिर हैं।
Gandhi alleged that the Centre is diverting people's attention from issues such
as unemployment and farm distress.
of Persons (Prevention, Protection and Rehabilitation) Bill, 2018 and the
Banning of Unregulated Deposit
2018 are scheduled to be introduced in the Lok Sabha today. Women and Child Development
Minister Maneka Gandhi will move the Trafficking of Persons Bill to prevent trafficking of persons, especially women
and children. The Fugitive Economic Offenders Bill, 2018 and
the Chit Funds (Amendment) Bill, 2018 will come
up for consideration and passing in the Lower House.
In the Rajya Sabha, the Motor Vehicles (Amendment)
Bill, 2017, the Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Bill, 2013 , the State
Banks (Repeal and Amendment) Bill, 2017 and the Payment of Gratuity (Amendment)
Bill, 2018 are listed for consideration and
The Indian High Commissioner in Islamabad has sent
another note verbale to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan protesting
against the intimidation and harassment of Indian High Commission officials.
Official sources said, this is the 13th note verbale this year on the subject.
Three incidents of harassment were highlighted by the Indian Embassy. The
website of the High Commission also continued to be intermittently blocked
causing inconvenience and affecting the normal functioning of the Mission. The
High Commission has asked the Pakistan government to investigate these
incidents and ensure that these do not recur.
President Vladimir Putin stormed to victory in the presidential election,
giving him another six years in power. Putin, who has ruled Russia for almost
two decades, won more than 75 per cent of the vote according to preliminary
results. He was well ahead of his nearest rival Communist Party candidate Pavel
Grudinin at 13.2 per cent. But opposition cried foul alleging ballot stuffing
and other cases of fraud. The Kremlin pushed for high turnout to give greater
legitimacy to Putin's historic fourth term.
came with Russia facing increasing isolation on the world stage over a spy
poisoning in Britain and a fresh round of US sanctions.
The International Monetary Fund chief Christine
Lagarde has cautioned the United States against putting up barriers to trade
and said trade wars leave no winners. She was responding to a question during
an interview with Argentine newspaper about US President Donald Trump's recent
decision to slap tariffs on imported steel and aluminum. Ms. Lagarde said, poor
countries and poor people in rich countries have benefited from the surge in
global trade over the past decade, but acknowledged that some regions and
industries have suffered.
Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh will
celebrate its first year in office today. Yogi government assumed office on
this day last year. A programme is being organised at the Lok Bhawan in Lucknow
to mark the completion of one year in office. A film 'Ek Saal-Naee Misaal' will
be screened and a booklet with the same title will be released at the programme
to highlight the achievements of the state government. Our correspondent has
filed this report:
booklet containing achievements and roadmap of progress and development of the
State is being released today in a function organised at lok Bhawan at lucknow.
It will attended by the State Governor Ram Naik, Chief Minister Yogi
Adityanath, both deputy chief ministers Keshav Prasad Maurya and dr Dinesh sharma and ministers of the
State government and senior leaders of BJP and its allies. Posters, banners and
hoardings highlighting the achievements of Yogi government have been put at
important places across the state. Sunil
Shukla AIR News LUCKNOW."
Singh Rawat government in Uttarakhand also completed one year in office
yesterday. On this occasion, the Chief Minister has reiterated his resolve to
make the state corruption free. He has sought the cooperation of the people in
eradicating corruption from the state. More from our correspondent:-
the completion of one year in office, Chief Minister presented a report card on
the works and achievements of his government done for the state at a function
held at parade ground. He presented the model of good governance of his
government on the occasion. Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat gave
information about the work done by his government in the fields of women
empowerment, medical, health, law and order, Information technology, water
conservation, power, education, cleanliness and social welfare sectors. He also
shared his vision regarding the overall development of the state. Sanjeev Sundriyal,AIR News ,Dehardun."
Bangladesh by four wickets to win the Nidahas Cricket Trophy final in Colombo
last night. Here is a report:
a nail biting final, the visitors clinched the T20 Tri-series title with Dinesh
Karthik's last-ball six. Needing five runs off the last ball, Karthik hit a
flat-bat six over extra cover to keep India's T20 record against Bangladesh
intact. He was named man of the match for his great knock scoring 29 off just
eight balls. Chasing 167 runs, skipper Rohit Sharma also laid the foundation
with a brilliant half century. India were under pressure right from the start,
especially after losing Shikhar Dhawan and Suresh Raina early in the chase.
Earlier put into bat, Bangladesh made 166 for 8 in the stipulated 20
Kumar for Air News from Colombo."
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- Rahul Gandhi's address at the AICC
plenary session and BJP reaction to it are the lead stories in newspapers
- The Hindustan Times headline
reads " Rahul says will build a new Congress to fight BJP".
"Rahul's 2019 battle cry : It's truth versus lies, like Pandavas versus
Kauravas" writes the Indian Express.
- 'Rahul speech is the rhetoric of a
loser' DNA quotes Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. "Congress
engaged in fake news, retorts BJP" reports the Pioneer.
- "Lok Sabha showdown likely today on
no-trust move" notes the Asian Age asking "will TRS, AIADMK
let Lok Sabha function?"
- "Pak firing kills couple, 3 kids;
India hits back" is the lead in the DNA.
- 3 AIIMS doctors killed in Yamuna
express-way crash, is a story, highlighted byalmost all newspapers. "No
one hurried to save lives of emergency specialists" observes the Times
- "Nifty may fall below 10,000 as
fear-factor rises on Dalal-Street",
writes DNA Money.
- "Higher Demand, Fewer Planes set to
Drive up Summer fares" notes the Hindustan Times. The Hindu reports
"Two more IndiGo jets grounded".
- And finally, the Times of India
reports on a strange event "Yagya of 500 quintals of wood to 'curb
pollution' " in Meerut city.