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22 June, 2018


  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi stresses on the need to work towards achieving double digit growth to make India a five trillion dollar economy.
  • Four terrorists killed and a policeman martyred in an encounter in Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir.
  • An all-party meeting called by J&K Governor N N Vohra in Srinagar this evening to discuss the situation in wake of Governor's rule in the state.
  • Iran stages walkout of OPEC meet over its rift with Saudi Arabia on increasing the cartel's oil output.
  • FIFA World Cup; Brazil takes on Costa Rica, Iceland faces Nigeria and Serbia battles it out against Switzerland in Russia today.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said, it is the need of the hour for India to work on achieving double digit GDP growth rate.  Mr Modi was speaking after laying  the foundation stone of Vanijya Bhawan, a new office complex of the Department of Commerce, in New Delhi this morning. He said, India has achieved 7.7 percent GDP growth and the way it has made progress, the world looks up to it for motivation.

"सात प्रतिशत, आठ प्रतिशत की विकास दर से आगे बढ़कर हमें डबल डिजिट की विकास दर प्राप्त करने के लक्ष्य पर काम करना समय की मांग है। दुनिया की नजरें आज भारत को इस दृष्टि से भी देख रही है कि भारत कितने वर्षों में फाइव ट्रिलियन डॉलर के क्लब में शामिल होता है।"

Highlighting the economic growth of the country, Mr Modi said, the FDI inflow and foreign exchange reserves are at a record high in the last four years. He said, the Goods and Services Tax and other measures taken by the NDA government have brought about a number of positive changes in the economy.

"स्वतंत्रता के बाद से हमारे देश में इन-डायरेक्ट टैक्स सिस्टम से जहां सिर्फ साठ लाख लोग जुड़े हुए थे, वहीं जीएसटी के बाद के 11 महीनों में ही अब तक 54 लाख से ज्यादा लोगों ने रजिस्ट्रेशन के लिए आवेदन दिया है और इनमें से 47 लाख से ज्यादा रजिस्टर हो चुके हैं।"

The Prime Minister said, the country has moved away from the culture of delaying work. He said, technology has eased the ways of doing business and this is going to grow. He also stressed on the need for reducing dependent on imports in electronic goods and called for making the country self dependence in the sector. Commerce Minister Suresh Prabhu, Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri also shared their views on the occasion. The Vanijya Bhawan will be a completely paperless office with state of the art facilities such as smart access control, video conferencing, central air-conditioning and completely networked systems. The layout of this green building has been planned so as to minimise the number of trees that would have to be cut for its construction.  


In Jammu & Kashmir, four terrorists were killed and a policeman martyred in an encounter in Srigufwara area of Anantnag district this morning. A civilian was also killed in the incident. Security sources said, a cordon and search operation was launched in the area after receiving specific intelligence input about the presence of terrorists in the area. During the operation, a gunfight broke out after terrorists hiding in a house fired upon the forces. The owner of the house was also killed in the crossfire. Mobile Internet services have been snapped in Srinagar, Anantnag and Pulwama districts of the valley as a precautionary measure to maintain law and order.


Jammu and Kashmir Governor N N Vohra has called an all-party meeting in Srinagar this evening to discuss the situation in wake of the imposition of the Governor's rule in the state. According to the officials, all party heads, including the heads of the state units of the national parties have been called by Mr Vohra for this meeting.Jammu and Kashmir was placed under the Governor's rule on Wednesday, a day after the PDP-BJP government collapsed as the BJP snapped its three-year-old alliance with the regional party citing larger national interest and deteriorating security situation in the state.


Union Minister Arun Jaitley today said, terrorists are threatening the human rights of the citizens of Kashmir.  In a Facebook post, Mr Jaitley said, the region, on the strength of its natural beauty, artisans and agriculture, has the potential of being the wealthiest per capita State in the country, but the  terrorists have destroyed it. He said, the Maoist are another threat to the Human rights, saying they do not allow development activity to be undertaken in those tribal regions where they have a presence. He added that the Maoist sponsored human rights organisations only espouse the cause of separatism and violence be it Kashmir or Chhattisgarh. The Minister asserted that NDA government  policy has to be-Save the Human Rights of every Indian,  be it a tribal or a Kashmiri from terrorists.


The BJP today lashed out at the Congress over its leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and Saifuddin Soz's remarks on Jammu and Kashmir. Briefing reporters in New Delhi, senior party leader Ravi Shankar Prasad said, Mr. Azad has insulted  Indian Army by saying that it is killing more civilians than terrorists.

"The utterances of Mr. Gulam Nabi Azad seeks to break the morale of the forces, bring them into disrepute and seriously impinge upon the security of the country.

Mr Prasad said, his remarks are   irresponsible and Congress President Rahul Gandhi and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandi should answer on it. He alleged that the Congress is strengthening the hands of divisive forces by making such statements.


Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu has said, there is a need to take more efforts in the interest of farmers. Mr Naidu was speaking with media persons at Baramati in Pune district of Maharashtra today. The Vice President said, he is visiting many educational and research institutes all over the country and he is hopeful that work going on in these institutes will help in building modern India. 


Union Minister of Labour and Employment Santosh Gangwar inaugurated a new building of Employees Provident Fund organisation (EPFO) in Jalandhar this afternoon. Addressing the gathering, Mr Gangwar said, the NDA government is totally committed to the welfare of all sections of the society.


The Madras High Court criticized the Public Works and Forest department for allowing encroachers to put up solar fences in reserved forest and water spread area in Tamil Nadu's Erode and Coimbatore districts. The court has directed the forest department to take immediate steps to remove them. The bench posted the matter for hearing on 25th of next month.


Iran has walked out of a key meeting with the peers of the Organisation Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) over its growing rift with Saudi Arabia on increasing the cartel's oil output. Iran's Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh said in Vienna yesterday that Tehran cannot go ahead.The output curbs have been in place since January last year. But the proposal has run into resistance from Iran, Iraq and Venezuela, who would struggle to immediately raise output and fear losing market share.Meanwhile, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak has said the OPEC and non OPEC Joint Ministerial Monitoring Committee has advised the alliance to increase oil output by 1 million barrels per day. The ministerial monitoring committee will be held today and tomorrow.


The Indian mission in the US has said it has established contact with two immigration detention centres where nearly 100 Indians, mostly from Punjab, are detained for illegally entering the country through its southern border. In a statement the Indian Embassy in Washington said, that a Consular official has visited the federal detention centre in Oregon where 52 Indians are being held and another official is scheduled to visit the facility in New Mexico where 45 Indians are held.


President Ram Nath Kovind has arrived in Cuba today on final leg of his three-nation tour to Greece, Suriname and Cuba. He reached capital Havana after first arriving in Cuban city of  Santiago. Mr Kovind was  received in Santiago by Vice President of Cuba, Ms. Beatriz Johnson. The President was escorted first to the Santa Ifigenia Cemetery where he witnessed Change of Guards ceremony. He then paid respects to Jose Marti Memorial. Jose Marti was Cuba's legendary poet who led the 1895 Cuban revolution. President Kovind also paid respects at the memorials of Fidel Castro and others.


Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh attended the ground breaking ceremony of an oil refinery at Altanshiree Soum in Dornogobi province of Mongolia. The project has been financed by India through a Line of Credit of one billion dollars. Mongolian Prime Minister U Khurelsukh was also present on the occasion.The refinery will meet all of country's demand for gasoline, diesel, aviation fuel and liquefied petroleum gas. Mr Singh is on a three-day visit to Mongolia.


In London, the Charing Cross railway station was today evacuated during the rush hour following a report of a man acting suspiciously. The BBC reported that a man climbed onto the rail tracks and claimed he had a bomb. Armed police have been rushed to the spot. The man has been detained, but there is still a heavy police presence at the scene.


Back home: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate several development projects worth four thousand crore rupees in Indore tomorrow to mark the Swachhata Parv. The ambitious Urban Transport Scheme ‘Sutra Seva’ of Madhya Pradesh government will also be launched on the occasion. Our correspondent reports, Prime Minister will also give awards to winners of the Cleanliness Survey 2018.

"Prime Minister will give away awards to the representatives of first three cities Indore, Bhopal and Chandigarh, who are winners of Urban Cleanliness Survey 2018. Indore and Bhopal, two cities of Madhya Pradesh have maintained their ranking in Cleanliness Survey 2017. A report and film made on Cleanliness Survey-2018 will be displayed during the Swachhta Parv. The Prime Minister will also dedicate 23 works in 5 smart cities and drinking water schemes of 14 urban areas under Urban Drinking Water Scheme during the Swachhta Parv. Sanjeev Sharma, AIR News, Bhopal".


In Assam, the annual Ambubachi Mela began today at Nilachall hillock where the Kamakhya temple is situated. The temple will remain close from this evening and will be re-opened for public on 26th this month. More from our correspondent:-

"Inaugurating the Ambubachi mela, Chief Minister Sarbanand Sonowal said, it reflects India's spiritual, cultural and social values. He urged the people of Assam to make Amubachi mela one of the most attractive religious gatherings of the world. This year over 10 lakh devotees are expected to attend the mela. Five temporary camps have been set up in and around the temple. Special thrust is being given in maintaining cleanliness. Around three thousand security personnel have been deployed. MANAS PRATIM SARMA, AIR NEWS,GUWAHATI".


"In today's fixture , the first game takes place in Group E between Brazil and Costa Rica in Saint Petersburg at 5.30 p.m. during the white nights when the sun barely sets and it never gets completely dark. Brazil has no room for error in  this crucial match as it will try to  improve upon their 1-1 draw against Switzerland in the opening game of the tournament.  In the second match at 8.30 p.m., the  World Cup debutant Iceland will try not to melt in the fierce heat of Volgograd when it takes on Nigeria in Group D after holding two-time champion Argentina to a draw at the weekend.  In the final game of the day at 11.30 p.m., Serbia takes on Switzerland in Group E at Kaliningrad with an eye on  the Round of 16. Meanwhile,  France, one of the pre-tournament favourites, joined Uruguay, Croatia and hosts lowest ranked Russia in the knockout rounds which begin from the 30th of this month.  With R.N.Banerjee's report, this is Anuja Kumar for Sports Desk. 


The Sensex at the Bombay Stock Exchange gained 75 points and was trading at 35,507 points. Nifty at National Stock Exchange gained 22 points and was trading at 10,763 in the late afternoon trade. The rupee at forex market  strengthened 19 paise and is trading at 67 rupees 79 paise against the dollar in afternoon deals.


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