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  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi asks Chief Ministers of BJP ruled states to work in mission mode to realise the vision of a New India by 2022.
  • US President Donald Trump in his address to the nation on Afghanistan policy says US will deepen its strategic partnership with India; hits out at Pakistan for being a safe haven for terrorists.
  • Foreign direct investment into the country grows by 37 per cent in the first quarter of the current financial year.
  • Government to replace physical Police verification of Passport applicants with online verification within a year.
  • US based Indian doctor discovers a new way to prevent sepsis in new born babies.
  • Indian shuttlers make a promising start at the BWF World Championship in Glasgow.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked chief ministers of BJP-ruled states to work in mission mode to realise the vision of a New India by 2022. In a meeting with Chief Ministers and Deputy Chief Ministers of the party ruled states in New Delhi yesterday, Prime Minister pushed for speedy implementation of pro-poor schemes and boosting transparency in government schemes.

Mr Modi and the party Chief Amit Shah held the meeting attended by 12 BJP Chief Ministers and six Deputy Chief Ministers to review the progress of welfare works being done by the NDA government as well as the State Schemes. Senior Union Ministers Rajnath Singh and Sushma Swaraj also attended the meeting.

Talking to reporters after the meeting Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh said, that the Prime Minister and the party chief Amit Shah will review works of the party-run state governments every three months in this regard.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath told reporters that Mr Modi and Mr Shah asked the Chief Minister to work in a mission mode to double farmers' income and implement pro-poor schemes.

Our correspondent reports, the meeting was organized just days after Amit Shah discussed the blue print for 2019 Lok Sabha elections.


The US today ruled out a hasty withdrawal of its troops from Afghanistan and sought an enhanced role for India to bring peace in the war-torn country. US President Donald Trump, in a prime-time televised address to the nation, laid out his South Asia policy saying a "critical part" of it was developed to further US' strategic partnership with India.

The US President reached out to India seeking an enhanced role for New Delhi, especially in the economic field, to bring peace and stability in Afghanistan. He said the world's largest democracy, is a key security and economic partner of the US and appreciate India's important contributions to stability in Afghanistan.         

Trump slammed Pakistan for its continued support to terrorist groups and warned Islamabad of consequences if it continues to do so. In an apparent warning to Pakistan Trump said Pakistan has much to gain from partnering with our effort in Afghanistan.

"Today 20 US designated foreign terrorist organisations are active in Afghanistan and Pakistan; the highest concentration in any region anywhere in the world. For its part, Pakistan often gives safe haven to agents of chaos, violence and terror."

Mr Trump said after a "comprehensive review", it has been decided that the American strategy in Afghanistan and South Asia will change dramatically.


 Foreign direct investment in the country grew by 37 per cent to 10.4 billion US Dollars during the first quarter of the current fiscal. According to the figures of the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, DIPP, India had received 7.59 billion US Dollars FDI during the same period last year. A bulk of the FDI came in from Singapore, Mauritius, the Netherlands and Japan. The main sectors which attracted the highest foreign inflows include services, telecom, trading, computer hardware and software and automobile. 


Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet young CEO’s today in a 'Champions of Change' programme organised by the NITI Aayog. The Prime Minister along with his Cabinet Ministers and Secretaries will interact with over 200 CEOs seeking their inputs for expediting growth and promoting job creation.        

Our correspondent quoting sources reports, the meeting will focus on reviewing the relationship between public and private sectors in the country at present. The meeting will also focus on finding answers to key challenges face by young business leaders.

 The CEOs will make presentation to the Prime Minister on action points which will be incorporated in the 15-Year Vision Document being prepared by the NITI Aayog. They will focus on six themes - New India by 2022, Doubling Farmer’s Incomes, Creating Cities of Tomorrow, Taking Forward Make in India, Reforming Financial sector and Building World- Class Infrastructure. The young CEOs began their deliberations on these themes yesterday. They also interacted with Union Ministers including Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Secretaries of Government of India. ANUPAM MISHRA, AIR NEWS, DELHI.

Today's programme is the second such event to be conducted by the Prime Minister. Earlier on 17th August, he had met with the entrepreneurs of various start-ups.


Physical police verification for passports will not be needed from next year as the Centre is planning to connect the procedure with the Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and Systems, CCTNS. Speaking at an event in New Delhi yesterday, Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi said, CCTNS is expected to be linked with the passport service of the External Affairs Ministry allowing online police verification for passports within a year. He said, Police in some states are already using CCTNS for passport credentials. The CCTNS project finally got off the ground yesterday with Home Minister Rajnath Singh launching the Digital Police portal that  integrates the country's over 15,300 police stations online and allows citizens to report crimeS and request antecedents verification online.


The Supreme Court is likely to pronounce today its verdict on the legality of the Islamic personal law practice of triple talaq and whether it is fundamental to the religion or not. The Court will also decide whether the practice is violative of the fundamental and human rights of gender equality and dignity of Muslim women. A report:

A five-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar, held a marathon hearing during the summer vacation. It heard seven pleas, including five separate petitions by Muslim women. It was argued before the court that triple talaq was a discriminatory and abhorrent to the tenets of the Quran. The bench reserved its verdict on 18th may. The Centre has told the bench that it will come out with a law to regulate marriage and divorce among Muslims if triple talaq is held invalid and unconstitutional by the apex court. TRIPTI SRIVASTAVA NEWS DESK."


The Supreme Court has sought the Centre's response on a plea by Dalit Christians seeking parity in quota with their counterparts among the Hindu, Sikh and Buddhist communities. A bench comprising Chief Justice J S Khehar and D Y Chandrachud issued the notice yesterday while hearing a plea filed by All India Catholic Union.


The Supreme Court has observed that no meaningful dialogue is possible in Jammu and Kashmir unless violence stops in the strife-torn Valley. A bench of Chief Justice J S Khehar and Justice D Y Chandrachud observed this while hearing an appeal against the september 2016 order of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court rejecting the bar body's plea seeking a ban on use of pellet guns. The apex court fixed the plea for final hearing for the 4th of October.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi will make an aerial survey of the flood affected areas in Bihar. According to Deputy Chief Minister of the state Sushil Kumar Modi the PM has assured that he will visit the state. The Deputy Chief Minister has briefed the PM about flood situation in the state during the meeting with Chief Ministers and Deputy Chief Ministers of BJP ruled states last evening. The flood situation is still grim in the northern parts of Bihar. More from our correspondent:

"Flood situation has further aggravated in Muzaffarpur, Darbhanga, Sitamarhi, Madhubani, Betia and Motihari. Many villages of Muzaffarpur and Darbhanga have been inundated following the breach of Ring bandh. Low lying areas of Munger and KHAGARIA have also been flooded. Ganga, Burhi Gandak and Kareh rivers have wreaked havoc in affected areas. 323 people have so far died in flood related incidents. Over Two hundred animals have also been killed. Meanwhile Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has instructed officials to further intensify relief material among the marooned people. WITH K K Lal REPORT FROM PATNA, TANVI TANEJA FOR AIR News."


Dr. Pinaki Panigrahi, a US-based doctor has discovered an inexpensive prevention technique against sepsis. He along with members of his team has found that feeding babies with probiotic bacteria dramatically reduces the risk of sepsis in newborns. This is a breakthrough study and an inexpensive treatment that could possibly save hundreds of thousands of newborns from a top killer- Sepsis. Sepsis is a life-threatening illness caused by your body’s response to an infection. In early infancy it results in one million annual deaths worldwide, most of them in developing countries. No efficient means of prevention is currently available. It is primarily caused by bacterial infections.


A 3.6-magnitude earthquake rattled the Italian resort island of Ischia just before 9 p.m. local time, collapsing some buildings, cutting electricity and sending panicked residents and tourists into the streets. Doctors reported that at least one person was killed and about 20 people suffered slight injuries. Officials fear many people may be trapped in the rubble.


Millions of Americans gazed in wonder through telescopes, cameras and protective glasses as the moon blotted out the sun in the first full-blown solar eclipse to sweep the US from coast to coast in nearly a century. The temperature dropped, birds went quiet, crickets chirped and the stars came out in the middle of the day as the line of darkness raced 2,600 miles across the continent in about 90 minutes bringing forth exclamations. In Boise, Idaho, where the sun was more than 99 percent blocked, people clapped and whooped, and the street lights came on briefly. The rest of North America was treated to a partial eclipse, as were the Central American countries and the top of South America.


In Badminton, India made a promising start at the BWF World Championship in Glasgow yesterday. Eighth seed Srikanth defeated Russia's Sergey Sirant 21-13; 21-12 in a less than half an hour match. Sameer Verma, also reached the second round after his opponent Spain's Pablo Abian retired midway. In the women's singles first round, Tanvi Lad fought back to beat England's Chloe Birch 17-21, 21-10, 21-19. In other matches the young mixed doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Maneesha and the Indo-Malaysian pair of Prajakta Sawant and Yogendran Khrishnan also won their respective matches.


Newspapers Headlines

  • Merger of the two AIADMK factions is the main story in many dailies today. "Chennai Express heads for Rajdhani," headlines Mail Today. "Move to purge Sasikala loyalists, all eyes on Dinakaran," says The Indian Express.
  • "Malegaon blast: Purohit gets bail after 9 years in jail," reports The Tribune, "Citing differences in chargesheets SC grants Purohit Bail," says The Indian Express. "Purohit will report back to unit, but with riders," notes DNA.
  • "Supreme Court to deliver verdict on triple talaq today," is a front page story in the Hindu and other dailies.
  • "President dedicates maiden Ladakh visit to armed forces"; "Presents colours to Ladakh scouts," The Tribune and The Statesman report with photographs.
  • "Blue alert! Schools across NCR issue strict guidelines and are hiring counsellors to detect and dissuade children from falling prey to the game of suicide," reports Mail Today.
  • "Chhattisgarh to probe if oxygen shortage led to three newborn children's death," mentions Hindustan Times.
  • The Times of India reports that the Delhi Government "issued notices on Monday to 449 Schools that have either not repaid or partially paid back excess fees with 9% interest."
  • "Gross GST Revenue: government mops up 40,000 crore rupees," says The Financial Express. "Curious case of Kolkata's GST registration surge, surprises many, because as per official record the state is a laggard when it comes to business," notes The Business Line.
  • And finally, the iconic "Big Ben falls silent" in London on Monday ahead of four years' renovation work, The Asian Age says in a photo story. And in India, it looks like farewell time for McDonalds, which is closing 169 outlets in north and east India.


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