THE HEADLINES :-
- India and Portugal sign 11 MoUs for
cooperation in various areas including double taxation avoidance, investments,
science and technology and space research.
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi holds talks with his Portuguese counterpart
- Washington says, Mr Modi's US visit to strengthen fight against
terrorism and expand security cooperation in Indo-Pacific region.
- Government clears proposal to set up a new airport at Jewar in Greater
- Maharashtra government announces a mega
loan waiver of 34 thousand crore rupees for farmers; All farm loans up to one
lakh 50 thousand rupees to be waived off completely.
- Election Commission to continue proceedings
against 21 Aam Aadmi Party MLAs for allegedly holding office of profit.
- Monsoon session of Parliament to begin
on the 17th of next month.
- In Sports: India
beat Pakistan 6-1 in Hockey World League Semi-Final tournament in London.
- India's Kidambi Srikanth to take on Chen
Long of China in Men's Singles final of Australian Open Super Series badminton
India and Portugal have agreed to set up
a joint fund of four million Euros to support bilateral collaboration in
cutting edge technology. This was disclosed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi
this evening in his press statement at Lisbon after the meeting of the two
Citing a 17 per cent growth in bilateral
trade and doubling of FDI from Portugal
during past one year, the Prime Minister said economic ties between the two
countries are on an upward trajectory. He said, Portuguese economic rebound and
strong growth in India offer excellent opportunities for the two countries.
Mr Modi said the two countries have
expressed determination to deepen cooperation against terrorism and violent
extremism. The Prime Minister thanked Portugal for supporting India’s bid to
permanent membership of UN Security Council and multi-lateral export control
regimes. He also expressed deep condolences for the victims of the devastating
fire in Portugal last week.
India and Portugal have signed eleven
MOUs for cooperation in areas including double taxation avoidance, investments,
science and technology, nanotechnology, space research, administrative reforms
and culture. The instruments for cooperation were signed in Lisbon this evening
in presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Portugese counterpart
Antonio Costa. Both leaders also launched India-Portugal International Start Up
Hub, an online platform enabling collaboration between entrepreneurs of the two
After Portugal, the Prime Minister will
depart for the US capital, Washington DC. In facebook post, Mr
Modi said, he is looking forward to having an in-depth exchange of views on
further consolidating the robust and wide ranging partnership between India and
the United States.
Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s
visit to United States, Foreign secretary S Jaishankar met US Secretary of
State Rex Tillerson in Washington to discuss the US-India relationship and the
agenda for Prime Minister's meetings at the White House. A US State Department
spokesman said, Secretary Tillerson noted that Prime Minister's visit will
strengthen ties between the United States and India and advance the common
interest in fighting terrorism, promoting economic growth and prosperity, and
expanding security cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region. The two agreed that
India and US have a deep and growing strategic partnership and they hope to
work more closely on regional and global issues. Mr Jaishankar also met other
senior officials at the state department.
Indian Ambassador to US Navtej Sarna has
said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump will
exchange views on a wide variety of subjects during their meeting in Washington
on Monday. Speaking to AIR Correspondent at Washington, Mr Sarna said, there is
a tremendous expectation from both sides for a very fruitful and productive
visit. He said, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is visiting US at the invitation
of President Trump and for the first time, both the leaders will be meeting
face to face. He said, both leaders had very good and constructive telephonic
conversations thrice. Mr Sarna said, both countries will go through the entire
gamut of subjects which make the relationship rich, varied and strategic.
"we will actually
be running through the entire gamut of subjects
certainly trade and commerce is one aspect of the relationship, there is
also the security aspects, there is science and technnology, educational linkages,
there are counter-terrorism and cyber security linkages, so its a very
wide range of subjects that can be
The Ambassador said, Trade, Commerce and
Investment are important parts of the relationship. He said, Indo-US trade has
been growing and at present it is 115 billion dollars. Mr Sarna said, there is
tremendous potential for it to grow from both sides. He said, investments also
have similar potential to grow both in India and United States.
Replying to a query on Defence
collaboration between both countries, Mr Sarna said, India is a major Defence
partner of the United States and both countries have a robust defence and
"We have a very robust
defence and security relationship, We have an extensive array of exercises
between our armed forces, so certainly the defence relationship, the security
relationship, the maritime security relationship- these will form a very important
part of the discussion."
Government has cleared a proposal for setting up a new airport at Jewar
in Greater Noida. Briefing media in New Delhi, Civil Aviation Minister Ashok
Gajapathi Raju said, in-principle approval for a greenfield airport at Jewar
has been granted to cater to the growing flying requirements of National
Capital Region. He said, the Noida International Airport will cater to 30 to 50
million passengers per year over the next 10 to 15 years. The Minister also said the area notified for
Noida Airport is three thousand hectares and the first phase will be developed
for one thousand hectares. He said they are expecting 15 to 20 thousand crore
rupees of investment. Mr Raju said his Ministry will continue to add
significant airport capacity all over the country.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra
Fadnavis today announced a mega farm loan waiver package of 34,000 crore rupees
for farmers in distress in the state since 2012 due to continuous drought. Named after Maratha warrior king Shivaji Maharaj, the
programme will benefit 89 lakh farmers and make 40 lakh agriculturists
Devendra Fadnavis said that farmers who have taken loan upto 1 lakh 50 thousand
will be waived off completely and those farmers who have paid back their loans
regularly, will get 25 per cent loan return benefit. CM said that the decision
will reflect upon 7/12 extract of agricultural land records of 40 lakhs
farmers. Fadnavis further said that this scheme is not applicable to the
government employees except class IV staff, ministers , ex-ministers and
taxpayers. He also said that this will surely increase the financial burden on
state but the government will tie up with banks and look for the solution.
The cut off date
for the loan waiver scheme is June 30, 2016. PARNIKA
HEDAVKAR, AIR NEWS, MUMBAI
The monsoon session of Parliament will
commence on 17th of next month, and will continue till 11th of August. The
Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs headed by Home Minister Rajnath
Singh met yesterday and recommended the dates to President Pranab Mukherjee.
Voting for Presidential elections will also take place on 17th July, the first
day of the session.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will share his Mann Ki Baat on All
India Radio with the people in the country and abroad tomorrow. The 33rd
episode of the monthly radio programme will be broadcast on the entire network
of AIR and Doordarshan at
11 AM. It will also be broadcast live on www.allindiaradio.gov.in.
Besides, the programme will be streamed on the You Tube channels of the Prime
Minister’s Office, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and DD News.
Akashwani will broadcast the programme in regional languages immediately after
the Hindi broadcast. Regional language versions of the programme will also be
repeated at 8 PM.
Mann Ki Baat is a political and
interactive broadcast focussing on welfare and well-being of the people.
Election Commission will continue
hearing a plea against 21 Aam Aadmi Party MLAs for allegedly holding office of
profit, despite the Delhi High Court setting aside their appointment as
parliamentary secretaries. The office of profit petition was filed against 21
MLAs. Later, proceedings were dropped against Jarnail Singh after he resigned
as the Rajouri Garden MLA to contest Assembly polls in Punjab. The EC order
stated that the commission was of the considered opinion that the AAP MLAs did
hold de facto the office of parliamentary secretaries from March 2015 to
Union Minister for Information &
Broadcasting Venkaiah Naidu today said emergency is a bad part of Indian history and
there is a need for systematic documentation of the emergency to make younger
generation aware of its ill effects on our country. Mr. Naidu said this after
launching a book titled ‘The Emergency-Indian Democracy’s Darkest Hour’ written
by A. Surya Prakash, Chairman Prasar
Bharati Board. The book launch was organised
as part of the day-long convention organized to mark the anniversary of
the Emergency by Megh Nirghosh Media today in Ahmedabad.
Union Minister of State for Information
and Broadcasting Col Rajyavardhan Rathore today inaugurated a Kedriya Vidyalaya
in CISF campus at Amer Kunda in Jaipur district. On the occasion, Col Rathore
said that the education is the way to develop the overall personality. He said
that through the education a person can achieve whatever he or she wants.
In their opening match of the ICC
Women's World Cup against India at Derby,
chasing a target of 282 runs,
England were 189 for 5 in 39 overs, a short while ago. Earlier,
put in to bat, the Indian women
made 281 for three in the stipulated overs.
Smriti Mandhana was the top scorer with 90 while her opening partner
Punam Raut made 86. Skipper Mithali Raj, who was out for 71,
completed an unprecedented seventh consecutive half century in One-Dayers.
In another match at Bristol, New Zealand
defeated Sri Lanka by nine wickets. The Kiwis achieved the victory target of
189, with 74 balls remaining.
Indian men's team beat arch-rivals Pakistan
6-1 in a 5th to 8th Classification match of the Hockey World League Semi-Final
in London today. India will next play
against Canada in another classification encounter which will decide the 5th and 6th places in the tournament.
Today's defeat dented Pakistan's hopes
of booking a berth to participate at the Hockey World Cup to be held in
Bhubaneswar next year.
As hosts, India are assured of their
place in this year's Hockey World League Final as well as next year's Hockey
India's Kidambi Srikanth will take on
Chen Long of China tomorrow in the Men's Singles final of the Australian Open
Super Series badminton tournament. In
the semi-final played in Sydney today, former World No. 3 Srikanth outclassed
All England finalist Shi Yuqi of China in straight games 21-10, 21-14 in only
second semi-final, reigning Olympic champion and two-time World Champion
and All England champion Chen Long prevailed over Korea's Lee Hyun II in three
games 26-24, 15-21, 21-17.