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30th April 2017
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  • India and Cyprus call for decisive global action against nations sustaining violence factories in their regions; Both the countries ink pacts in field of  air services, agriculture and shipping among others.
  • Centre informs the Supreme Court that it will not hold talks with separatist elements in Jammu and Kashmir.
  • Congress accuses Centre and Haryana government for selective leaks of Dhingra Commission report on Robert Vadra land deals; Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu rules out allegations and says the NDA Government believes in transparency and does not interfere in the legal process.
  • Four Congress MLAs join ruling BJP in Manipur.  
  • Goods and Services Tax to push Indian growth to over 8 per cent, says International Monetary Fund.
  • Fourteen people drown as boat capsizes in Anantapuram district of Andhra Pradesh.


India and Cyprus today called for decisive global action against nations sustaining violence factories in their regions. The two-nations also discussed the need for creating a comprehensive global legal framework particularly through early conclusion of comprehensive convention on international terrorism. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades held detailed discussion on full range of bilateral relationship, regional and global issues. In a press statement with President Anastasiades, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, there is urgent need to take on terrorism.

India itself has been battling cross border terrorism for decades.  We agreed that there is an urgent need for all countries to decisively  act against those States who generate, support, shelter and sustain these factories of violence in our regions.

Mr Modi appreciated Cyprus's support for India’s claim for a permanent seat in an expanded UN Security Council.

India and Cyprus share the common objective of bringing about an early reform of the United Nations Security Council.  Both of us believe that a reformed Security Council, reflective of the world as it is, and not as it was, is necessary to address the range of complex challenges facing the world today.

Mr Anastasiades, in his remarks, called for cooperation between the two countries in solar and renewable energy and information technology.

Prime Minister Modi and I, we share the assessment that bilateral relations are excellent. We are ready to explore and enhance co-operation in fields such as renewable energy, solar energy, Information technology and innovation where India is a pioneer.

India and Cyprus signed agreements in the field of  air services, agriculture, shipping, culture education and scientific cooperation.


The Centre today informed the Supreme Court that it is ready to talk only to recognised political parties in Jammu and Kashmir to resolve the crisis in the state. However, it ruled out talks with separatist elements or those raising the issues of accession or demanding Azadi.  Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi made the submissions before a bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar, rubbishing the claim of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court Bar Association that the Centre was not coming forward for discussion and dialogue to resolve the crisis. Mr Rohatgi said the process of a dialogue would take place only in accordance with the rules. He also made it clear that politics cannot be allowed as the talks to bring normalcy in the Valley were going on at the highest level between Prime Minister and the State Chief Minister.

The bench asked the Bar Association to come with suggestions to resolve the crisis, including stone-pelting and violent agitation on the streets of the Kashmir Valley. The apex court was hearing an appeal filed by Jammu and Kashmir High Court Bar Association against the High Court order seeking stay on the use of pellet guns

The court also took exception to the stand of the Bar that it cannot vouch for all stakeholders and could only speak on behalf of lawyers by telling it that they cannot take such a stand when they have come to the court.

A bench also comprising Justices D Y Chandrachud and S K Kaul made it clear that the next step would come only if the bar comes out with workable suggestions. The court posted the matter for further hearing on 9th of May.


The Congress today accused the Centre and the Haryana government over the selective leaks of he Dhingra Commission report on Robert Vadra land deals. Replying to a media query in New Delhi, party spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi said, the allegations against Robert Vadra and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra are baseless and politically motivated. Yesterday, in a statement, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra had said that her finances had nothing to do with those of her husband Robert Vadra's or his company Skylight Hospitality. The company is under Haryana government's scanner over its alleged shady land deals with realty major DLF.

Meanwhile, Union Urban Development Minister, M Venkaiah Naidu today rejected the Congress' allegation over leakage of the Dhingra Commission report.  He said we don't have the habit of leaking out. He said the NDA government believes in transparency and does not interfere in the legal process. The Commission had submitted its 182-page report to Chief Minister Manohar Lal on August the 31st, last year.


The Enforcement Directorate has registered a money laundering case in the Narada 'sting' operation in which a number of the Trinamool Congress leaders, including MPs and ministers, were allegedly caught on camera taking money. The agency has registered the case against them under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act based on a CBI FIR. The CBI's criminal FIR had been registered against 13 TMC leaders.

A case of alleged criminal conspiracy and corruption has been registered against Rajya Sabha MP Mukul Roy, Lok Sabha MPs Sultan Ahmed, Saugata Roy, Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar and Aparupa Poddar, among others.


In Manipur, four Congress MLAs have joined BJP this afternoon. The MLAs are Yengkhom Surchandra Singh who got elected from Kakching Assembly Constituency, Oinam Lukhoi Singh from Wangoi, Ngamthang Haokip from Saitu and Sanasam Bira Singh from Kumbi. They were accorded a warm welcome at a function held at the BJP Pradesh Office in Imphal in presence of the party's state unit President Kshetrimayum Bhabananda Singh and Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren Singh among others. Now, the BJP has 28 MLAs in 60-member Assembly.


International Monetary Fund has said the ambitious Goods and Services Tax, GST to be implemented from 1st of July this year will help raise India's medium-term growth to above eight per cent. It also said  that  reforms being done are expected to pay off in terms of higher growth in the future.

Deputy Managing Director of the IMF, Tao Zhang told PTI  that the Indian government has made significant progress on important economic reforms that will support strong and sustainable growth going forward.


Union Minister for Housing and Urban Development M Venkaiah Naidu has said the National Capital Region Planning Board had sanctioned 25 infrastructure projects for Haryana related to urban transport and water supply. Mr Naidu was addressing a press conference in Chandigarh after presiding over a meeting to review various schemes of the Urban Development Ministry. He said a loan assistance of 1,552 crore rupees has been given for these projects. 

Mr Naidu advised the Opposition parties to shun negativity and be positive in the interest of the country. He said that the time has changed and the people are now showing more hunger for development. Describing the previous leadership in the country as directionless, the Minister said, now we have a stable government under the leadership of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who has enhanced the country's reputation the world over. Mr Naidu said, people from Panchayats to Parliament are supporting Mr Modi in his endeavors. With Ashwani Kumar Sharma's report from Chandigarh, Anuja Kumar for AIR News.


Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti today said that all the projects of her Ministry will be completed by 2019. She said 99 projects worth 77 thousand crore rupees have been sanctioned by her Ministry. She said this while launching the Centre’s extensive water conservation programme for drought prone areas of the country in Sagar district of Madhya Pradesh.

Union Minister Uma Bharti said there will be no problem of drought in Bundelkhand in the coming years as better irrigation facilities will be arranged. She said the Ganga River will be cleansed in the next seven years. The minister also emphasized on the role of people in the river conservation. The extensive water conservation programme will be implemented in Bundelkhand, Marathwada, Kalahandi, Bolangir and Koraput. Under the programme, the Union Water Resources and River Development Ministry has prepared a master plan for artificial recharge of ground water in these areas. Shariq Noor, AIR News, Bhopal


Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu today said a passenger could be assured of a confirmed berth on his preferred train by 2021, if the plan to augment capacity on busy routes materialises. Addressing the annual session of the CII in New Delhi, Mr Prabhu said this could be made possible once goods trains are shifted to dedicated freight corridors and infrastructure on the busy Delhi-Howrah and Delhi-Mumbai routes is upgraded to speed up trains.

Speaking on the occasion, Civil Aviation Minister Jayant Sinha said government is planning to have 200 airports in 2 to 3 years under the UDAN scheme for enhancing regional connectivity.


At the domestic stock markets, the Sensex closed below the 30,000-mark, today, while the rupee weakened for the second consecutive day against the dollar.

Falling for the second straight session, the Sensex at the Bombay Stock Exchange declined 111  points, or 0.4 percent, to close at 29,918. The Nifty at the National Stock Exchange fell 38 points, to 9,304. At the forex market, the rupee depreciated 8 paise, to 64.24 against the dollar. Gold rose 30 rupees, to 29,480 rupees per ten grams in Delhi. And Brent crude oil futures climbed 33 cents, to 51.77 dollars a barrel. Pradeep Kumar, AIR News


In Andhra Pradesh, at least 14 members of a family including four women and two children have drowned and are feared dead when the boat they were traveling in capsized in the Yerra Thimma Raju lake of Guntakal block of Anantapur district this afternoon. According to preliminary reports around 20 people were in the boat at the time of the accident. One child has been rescued as the boat sank in the middle of the lake. Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu expressed shock and directed the district collector and SP to initiate rescue operations. Further details are awaited.


A tripartite Memorandum of Understanding was signed in  Kohima today among the Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, Nagaland State Department of Transport and International Centre for Automotive Technology. It calls for setting up of the Inspection and Certification Centre at Chumukedima under Dimapur District. Manager Project ICAT, Ashish Kumar said that setting up of this Centre will help check the commercial vehicles on safety and emission compliance.


Union Labour and Employment Minister Bandaru Dattatreya has said that vacant posts of doctors and technicians in the ESIC hospitals will be filled on priority basis. He was speaking after inaugurating a 50-bed hospital in Hubli in Karnataka today. He said 8000 vacancies have been filled till now and the process of recruitment will continue. 


Vice President Mohammed Hamid Ansari has said that miracle of Indian democracy continues to shine like a beacon of hope for those who cherish freedom. On the last day of his visit to Poland today, Mr. Ansari delivered a lecture at the Warsaw University, visited Warsaw Uprising Museum and inaugurated a new Embassy Complex in Warsaw. While giving a lecture in the University the Vice President said democracy in India has taken equality and social inclusion as one of its objectives. He said Indian democracy has been a success if measured against universally accepted norms and practices. Mr Ansari has left from Warsaw to New Delhi.


Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy today demanded a bench of the Madras High Court in the Union Territory. He said the claim of the Union Territory is justified as many smaller territories have High Court Benches.


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