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
- 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
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
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।"
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
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
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
"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.
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