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  • JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy to be sworn-in as Karnataka Chief Minister today; G Parameshwar of Congress to take oath as Deputy Chief Minister.
  • Tamil Nadu government sets up a Commission to probe Thuthukkudi Police firing incident that killed ten persons.
  • Shelling by Pakistan continues for the third day on International Border in Jammu region; About forty thousand people migrate to safer places.
  • CBI special court orders issuance of non-bailable warrant against Mehul Choksi in PNB fraud case.
  • Income Tax Department unearths black money of over 215 crore rupees following raids against two real estate groups in New Delhi.
  • English translation of Polish novel 'Flights' wins Man Booker Prize.
  • And in IPL Cricket, Chennai Super Kings enter final for the 7th time with a 2-wicket win over Sunrisers Hyderabad.


JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy will be sworn-in as Chief Minister of Karnataka today. Governor Vajubhai Vala will administer him oath of office and secrecy at 4:30 PM at the grand steps of Vidhana Soudha, the state secretariat. Congress leader G Parameshwar will be sworn-in as Deputy Chief Minister. Congress MLA Ramesh Kumar will be the Speaker. This was decided at a meeting of senior leaders of the Congress and JD(S) yesterday. The cabinet will comprise 22 ministers from the Congress including Deputy CM and 12 from JD(S) including the CM.

A host of leaders including Congress President Rahul Gandhi, UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Chief Ministers of non-BJP states and heads of regional parties are likely to attend the swearing-in ceremony. They include Mamata Banerjee, Arvind Kejriwal, N Chandrababu Naidu, Akhilesh Yadav and Mayawati. We have a report from our correspondent:


"The Chief Minister designate H D Kumaraswamy is a five time MLA and will be sworn in as Chief Minister for the second time. Deputy Chief Minister designate Dr. G Parameshwar is also a five time MLA and longest serving State Congress President. Elaborate security arrangements have been made for the ceremony expected to be attended by non BJP Chief Ministers and regional party leaders. The area around Vidhana Soudha will be guarded by 2500 policemen apart from 35 platoons of Karnataka Reserve police, 50 platoons of City Armed Reserve and 10 platoons of Central Armed Police Force. Sudhindra AIR News Bengaluru."

Meanwhile, the BJP has decided to observe the day as Janamat Virodhi Diwas and stage protests across the state today. Party's state General Secretary CT Ravi said BJP workers will tie black band and hold protests.


 Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan has accepted the resignations of BJP MPs B S Yeddyurappa and B Sriramulu and JD(S) MP C S Puttaraju. They had resigned after they were elected to the Karnataka Legislative Assembly.


Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palanisamy has ordered an inquiry by a retired high court judge into yesterday's Thuthukkudi police firing. The incident left 10 people dead and 95 injured. The Chief Minister has also announced that each of the families of the dead persons will be awarded compensation of 10 lakh rupees. The state government clarified that the police had to take unavoidable action to bring the situation under control.

Yesterday marked the 100th day of the local protests against the Stertlite Copper mining industry in Thuthukkudi, saying that it causes serious environmental hazards.


 Pakistani forces continued heavy shelling along the  International Border in Jammu region for the third consecutive day today. The BSF is also retaliating effectively inflicting heavy damages to Pakistani troops across the border.

Our correspondent reports that nearly 40 thousand people in RS Pura, Arnia, Ramgarh, Samba and Hiranagar sectors of Jammu, Samba and Kathua districts shifted to safer a places.

"Most of the people from the affected border areas have moved to the residences of their relatives and friends and relief camps set up by the administration. The Pakistan's Rangers have been simultaneously targeting civilian population and forward posts of the BSF. Pakistani Rangers have been using both 82mm and 120mm mortar shells to hit the civilian areas. Some of the mortar shells are even crossing the aerial range of three kilometres inside. More civilian injuries are feared as over 20 people were injured in the shelling in the area only yesterday. YOGESH SHARMA,AIR NEWS,JAMMU."


BJP President Amit Shah has said that petrol and diesel prices could soon come down as the government is working on a formula to ease fuel prices at the earliest. Talking to media persons in New Delhi last evening, he said, Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan is set to meet top officials of oil companies and a formula to bring down fuel prices could be discussed.

तेलों के दाम का सवाल है सरकार इसको गंभीरता से ले रही है। पेट्रोलियम मंत्री का सभी तेल कंपनियों से मीटिंग है और एक फॉर्मूले के तहत दाम बढ़े हैं। इस पर सरकार में उच्चतम स्तर पर इसकी चिंता हो रही है। दो-तीन दिन में इस पर कोई कोई फॉर्मूले हमारे सरकार में जो बैठे हैं वो कार्यकर्ता निश्चित प्रयास करेंगे."


The NDA Government at the Centre is completing four years in office. News Services Division of All India Radio is broadcasting a special series “Chaar Saal Modi Sarkar” to highlight the achievements of various ministries. Today we will bring you an interview with Niti Aayog Vice Chairman Dr. Rajiv Kumar. The theme of today’s programme is “Economic Reforms in the country." Dr Rajiv Kumar believes that India’s economic growth can be augmented further by speeding up reforms in land and labour sectors. In an exclusive interview to AIR, Dr Kumar said it is important to note that the investment rate in the economy, a necessary trigger for sustainable growth, can be raised by focusing on the household sector. 

"A large part of it, infact almost 70 per cent of it is from the decline in household investment, So what you need to do their is to really take steps to replace the speculative demand in real estate-actual user demand. The commercial bank credit has really now gone into this area and it has been into pick up and the other thing which the government beginning to do and will do much more, is to push affordable housing agenda."

Tune into 100.1 FM Gold Channel of All India Radio at 9.30 tonight to listen to the interview.


The Central government's schemes like Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana, Suraksha Beema Yojana, Jeevan Jyoti Beema Yojana, Atal Pension Yojana, Kaushal Vikas Yojana and Mudra Yojana have proved beneficial for both urban and rural areas particularly tribal villages in Andhra Pradesh. Speaking to All India Radio, Anand, a student, said that the bold decisions of the Modi government during the past four years like demonetization and implementation of GST will certainly boost the country’s economic growth.


"The Prime Minister's programmes over the last 4 years especially programmes like Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana and many others, very courageous programs like demonetisation or the implementation of the GST were taken up. Performance-wise we have been able to show greater numbers of the last four years."


A special CBI court has taken cognisance of the second chargesheet filed in the 12,636-crore rupee PNB fraud case and ordered the issuance of non-bailable warrant against a key accused Mehul Choksi. The second chargesheet has been registered for a total amount of seven thousand 80 crore rupees, covering 142 Letters of Undertaking and 58 Foreign Letters of Credit. It names 16 entities and individuals, including top PNB officials.

The chargesheet names Managing Director of Gitanjali group Mehul Choksi, former and PNB MD and CEO Usha Ananthasubramanian among others.


The Income Tax Department has unearthed black money of over 215 crore rupees after it conducted multiple raids over the weekend against two real estate groups in the national capital. They were selling land and farm houses on the Yamuna plains to high-end investors. The modus operandi undertaken by the developers  was to file their IT returns based on the sale of the property on actual circle rates but the actual transaction was priced much higher. The difference between the circle rate and actual rates was settled in cash which represented the unaccounted and undisclosed income of the sellers.


The Uttar Pradesh Cabinet has accepted the state Madrasa Board's proposal to teach English and Hindi languages besides Urdu in Islamic institutions. The decision in this regard was taken at a Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in Lucknow yesterday evening. According to an official spokesman, the Cabinet also approved the proposal to follow NCERT syllabus and books in the Madrasa. More from our correspondent:


"Last year the Yogi government had decided to introduce teaching of Maths, science, computer, English and social science subjects in Madrasa in the state to upgrade the quality of education in the Islamic educational institutions. About 8000 Madrasa are registered in the state with UP Madrasa Board and of them about 600 are fully aided by the government. The cabinet has also decided to follow the Energy conservation building code to save Energy and protect environment. Sunil Shukla, AIR News, Lucknow."


Polish author Olga Tokarczuk has won the Man Booker International Prize for her novel 'Flights'. The novel, translated by Jennifer Croft, interweaves narratives of travel with explorations of the human body. It bagged the 67 thousand US dollar prize after topping a shortlist of six titles, with Tokarczuk becoming the first Polish writer to win the award.


In Cricket, Faf du Plessis powered Chennai Super Kings to their seventh IPL final when they beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 2 wickets at Mumbai last night. Opting to bowl, Chennai first restricted Hyderabad to 139 for 7. In reply, Hyderabad produced a brilliant bowling performance, but Chennai overhauled the target with 5 balls to spare. Du Plessis, who scored an unbeaten 67, was adjudged man of the match.



  •  "Opposition to be out in full force at Karnataka oath" is the lead in the Hindustan Times. "Swearing-in today, Deputy Chief Minister and Speaker posts go to Congress" writes The Indian Express.
  • "Government working on excise cut as fuel prices hit new peak" highlights The Times of India. The Hindustan Times observes "Fuel prices to be slashed, Oil companies to share burden".
  • "At least 9 killed as police fire on anti-Vedanta protesters in Tamil Nadu" against the proposed expansion of a copper smelter of Sterlite Copper, is the lead story in The Indian Express.
  • On the draft Air Passenger Charter released yesterday, The Financial Express writes "Plane and simple: Flying to get a lot less stressful". "New passenger -friendly air travel rules" observes The Asian Age, with free cancellation in 24 hours; Airlines to pay for delays and lost baggage.
  • "Capital's Janpath Hotel to make way for government offices", which could spell the end of an iconic hotel that has fallen on hard times, informs The Hindustan Times.
  • "Delhi sizzles at 46 degrees celsius, Day temperature expected to rise; Dust storm likely tomorrow" cautions The Asian Age.
  • "3 PGI Doctors decode how MJ defied gravity", studying the biomechanics of the spine and unravelling the mystery behind a dance move by Michael Jackson, is an interesting front page story in The Times of India.
  •  And finally, a "Floating Varanasi Museum to revivify Ganga" notes The Pioneer, of a first-of-its kind floating museum on the river Ganga in PM Modi's constituency, which will move from ghat to ghat to create awareness about the need to conserve the water body, which is one of the most revered in the world.


In some more news,

 The United States has said, it supports India's emergence as a leading global power and as its key partner in the Indo-Pacific region. Speaking to PTI in Washington, State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said, the ties between US and India have never been stronger or better.






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