THE HEADLINES :-
Gana Parishad writes to PM to make public the provisions of framework agreement
with NSCN (IM); Centre refutes
reports that it agreed to carve out a larger Nagaland state.
Minister to share his thoughts in the Mann ki Baat Programme of All India Radio
Bank of India directs all banks to function on all days including holidays till
- Court orders trial against Arvind Kejriwal and five AAP
leaders in the defamation case filed by Arun Jaitley.
- Vice President says freedom of universities is challenged
by narrow considerations of what is perceived as public good; suggests
universities to take necessary legal action to defend academic integrity and
Cricket: Debutant Kuldeep Yadav's 4 wicket haul help India to dismiss Australia
for 300 in the first innings of the fourth and final test at Dharamsala.
The coalition partner of ruling
BJP in Assam, Asom Gana Parishad has
written to the Prime Minister to make public the provision of the Framework
Agreement which was signed in 2015 between the Centre and NSCN -IM faction.
Assam Agriculture minister and Chief of the Asom Gana Parishad Atul Bora today
said that the Centre should make the Framework Agreement public.
Meanwhile, the Centre has
strongly refuted as erroneous the reports that it has agreed to carve out a
larger Nagaland state. A Home Ministry official said that no such decision has
been taken. The official said, such reports are erroneous and it is clarified
that there is no such agreement or decision by the Government in this regard.
Thuingaleng Muivah, General Secretary, NSCN-IM (Naga insurgent group) was
quoted recently that the 'Framework Agreement' signed with the Centre two years
back has recognised the outfit's demand for territorial integration of all Naga
inhabited areas in the region.
Assam BJP President Ranjeet Kumar
Dass said in a statement, that the BJP is committed to protect the integrity of
Earlier, Chief Minister Sarbanand Sonowal has
also said that territorial integrity of the state will not be compromised.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will share his thoughts
on a number of themes and issues in Mann Ki Baat programme of All India
Radio at 11 AM tomorrow. The programme will be broadcast on the entire network
of All India Radio and Doordarshan. Akashwani will broadcast the programme in
regional languages immediately after the Hindi broadcast. People can dial a
four-digit toll-free number 1922 to listen to Prime Minister Modi's Mann Ki
Baat programme if one missed listening it on radio.
The Reserve Bank of India has instructed
all nationalised as well as private banks to function on all days from 25th
March to 1st April. The RBI in a notification stated yesterday that the
direction aims to ease the banking functions related to the government while
the financial year is nearing an end. The order is applicable to all Banks
including Government establishments with financial services.
A Delhi court has ordered trial against Chief Minister
Arvind Kejriwal and five leaders of Aam Admi Party in the defamation case filed
by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. Mr. Jaitely had filed a suit in 2015
seeking 10 crore rupee damage from Mr. Kejriwal and others, claiming they made
false and defamatory statements in the case involving Delhi District Cricket
Association, DDCA. The
judge framed notice against Mr Kejriwal and others after they pleaded not
guilty and claimed trial. The trial in the
case will commence on May 20th.
Central Bureau of Investigation, CBI has registered a case against former
senior officers of Syndicate Bank and others for allegedly causing a loss of
about 209 crore rupees to the bank by way of cheating. According to the CBI, a
case of criminal conspiracy, cheating, forgery and corruption has been
registered against two former Assistant General Managers and two former Chief
Managers of the bank. It alleged in the
complaint that the accused in criminal conspiracy with each other availed home
loans and credit facilities from Jaipur and Udaipur branches of Syndicate Bank
on the basis of forged documents. The investigating agency also conducted
searches at four places including Jaipur and Ajmer at the residential and official
premises of accused persons.
Vice President Hamid Ansari has called for defending universities as free
spaces, as independent critical repositories of knowledge. Delivering the 66th
Convocational Address at the Punjab University in Chandigarh today, he said,
freedom of our universities has been challenged by narrow considerations of
what is perceived to be public good. Sharing his thoughts on the importance of
universities in our society, the Vice President said, universities are sources
of liberal values that provide avenues of social mobility and equality to
The Vice President said, universities should take all legal action
necessary to defend their academic integrity and freedom. Mr. Ansari said, the
right of dissent and agitation are ingrained in the fundamental rights under
our Constitution, which sets out a plural framework and refuses any scope to
define the country in narrow sectarian, ideological or religious terms. He
said, a University must foster an environment that prizes intellectual freedom.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Adityanath Yogi has said, he will implement
Prime Minister Narendra Modi's vision of Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas. Addressing a
public reception on his first visit to Gorakhpur after assuming office, Mr
Adityanath said, his
Government will work for the development of all-but appeasement for none will
be done. He said, women's safety and law and
order are the key areas of focus of his ministry. Regarding the
development of Uttar Pradesh, the Chief minister said, some decisions in the
interest of farmers, labourers and youth have been taken and more programmes
will be launched for them. About the Anti- Romeo Squad, Mr Adityanath clarified
that instructions have been issued not to harass a boy and a girl sitting or
going together with mutual consent, but strict action will be taken against
Yogi rendered all the credit to P.M. Narendra Modi and Bhartiya Janata Party
President Amit Shah and the people of Uttar Pradesh, for the huge mandate to
the programme more than one hundred fifty people including Bhartiya Janata
Party workers were allowed to come to the stage to garland him. After the
felicitation programme he reached Gorakhnath temple, where at first he had
darshan of Guru Gorakhnath and then paid tribute to his Guru Brahmhleen Mahanth
Awaidyanth. He will stay at night in temple premises only and tomorrow he will
be present in the programme organised there only on the death anniversary of
Yogiraj Gambheer Nath Ji. R.C. Shukla, AIR News, Gorakhpur.
Janata Party will host the next meeting of the party's national executive
committee in Bhubaneswar on April 15 and 16. Speaking to media persons at
Bhubaneswar today, Union Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas
Dharmendra Pradhan said, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP national president
Amit Shah, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and
several other Union Ministers besides all chief ministers of BJP-ruling states
are scheduled to attend the two-day meeting.
Tripura, at least 4 persons died and two injured and about 700 houses damaged
in a thunderstorm coupled with heavy rain. Electricity supply was snapped
across four districts. Police said, 3 persons died and 2 injured in West
Tripura when a gusty storm hit their jeep which was going to Boxanagar from
correspondent reports in another incident one women died when the gusty storm
uprooted a big tree in Abhoynagar area.
rain and squally wind with speed of 50 km per hour and thunderstorm has swept
away many parts of the state in the early hours of the day. It caused damages
of kuchha houses in Unakoti, Dhalai, Sepahijala and a part of West Tripura
districts. The Meteorological department has issued alarm for bad weather
including thunderstorm for next two days. Nishith
Women's Press Corps, IWPC, has sought Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K.
Palaniswami's intervention to take action against the land mafia, who has
allegedly threatened Chennai-based lady journalist for writing about sand
IWPC has urged protection for the journalist and to have the matter of alleged
threats probed. Another city-based grouping of journalists recently issued a
statement asking all journalist unions to raise their voices in support of her.
Sandhya Ravishankar is said to have sent a questionnaire seeking details on
extraction of minerals through sand mining from an industrial firm involved in
the activities in southern districts of the state.
Earth hour is being celebrated in India from 8:30 to 9:30 P M today. During
this period lights are switched off by
individuals, communities and organizations to help address the impact of
climate change which is earth's biggest environmental challenge as of now.
an Earth Hour Superhero' is the campaign of Earth Hour India. It focuses on
inspiring individuals, corporates and other organizations to become superheroes
for the planet, undertaking five simple
actions and lending their voice to the
world’s largest grassroots movement for the environment. 2017 marks the tenth anniversary of Earth
Hour which started as a symbolic event in 2007.
will join the rest of the world in observing Earth Hour 2017. State Governor PB Acharya has stated that
Earth Hour is all about taking steps towards positive change. By switching off
lights for an hour, the state would be mitigating emission of Green House Gas
by about 43000 kilograms.
West Asia Correspondent reports UAE has also joined 175 countries of the world
in observing the earth hour today:
of shimmering lights on Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world will be
shut off tonight to mark the Earth Hour. One million of the five million LED
lights of Dubai Garden Glow will also be switched off for an hour. Burj Al Arab
, the Sheikh Zayad Grand Mosque and many
such landmark buildings will fade into darkness as a symbolic gesture to mobilise individuals, communities and
organizations globally to do their part to help check climate change. Humanity
today is facing unprecedented levels of climate change that threaten both
present and future generations. KANCHAN PRASAD/AIR NEWS/DUBAI
President Pranab Mukherjee today said world has moved
towards pro active protection of environment. Addressing World Conference on
Environment in New Delhi, the President said environment degradation and its
impact on health and climate changes are no longer theoretical but people are
facing the adverse impact in everyday lives.
and rising sea levels are no longer in the realm of future, environmental
degradation and its impact on health as also climate changes are no more,
theoritical premises, we are facing the adverse impact in on everyday life.
The President lauded the National Green Tribunal for facilitating the World Conference on
Environment for wide ranging discussions on environmental issues of universal
Bangladesh, 2 civilians were killed and 28 others injured in a blast outside a
besieged suspected militant den in Shibbari area of Sylhet, northern part of
the country today. Two police personnel and a journalist were among the
injured. Police said that the blast occurred this evening in the vicinity of
the five-storey building where the para-military cammandos along with police
were conducting the anti-militant operation.
China, at least three people were killed and 25 others injured
today when part of a residential building collapsed after a gas pipeline
explosion in Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.
Local officials said, the accident happened at a multi-storey
residential building in Tumd Right Banner of Baotou City. Four of the injured
residents were in critical condition.
The cause of the accident is under investigation.
Ajinkya Rahane led Team India dismissed Australia at
300 in the first innings on the first day of fourth and final test match at
Dharamasala today. Debutant bowler Kuldeep Yadav took 4 wickets Umesh Yadav
took 2 and R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Bhuvneshwar Kumar got one wicket each.
India were yet to open their account though played one
over when stumps were drawn. Murli Vijay and Lokesh Rahul were at the crease.
Tomorrow the hosts will resume batting with all wickets in hand.
Indian skipper Virat Kohli is not playing because of
shoulder injury. For Australia, Smith scored
111, followed by Warner 56 , the second highest scorer for the team. The test will be a decider because the two teams are
now tied 1-1.