THE HEADLINES :-
- India and Cyprus call for decisive global action against nations
sustaining violence factories in their regions; Both the countries ink pacts in
of air services, agriculture and
shipping among others.
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
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
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
India and Cyprus signed agreements in the
field of air services, agriculture,
shipping, culture education and scientific cooperation.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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.