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24.06.2017

 

THE HEADLINES,

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi leaves for Portugal on the first leg of his 3-nation tour; Says, he will discuss ways to enhance engagement in economic co-operation, counter-terrorism and people-to-people ties.
  • India and Russia agree to a roadmap for development of defence co-operation.
  • RBI amends Banking Ombudsman Scheme to penalise banks for mis-selling insurance and mutual funds via mobile or electronic banking.
  • An intergovernmental financial watchdog established by G-7 slams Pakistan for its complicity in financing terrorist entities.
  • In Saudi Arabia, security forces foil an attack on Mecca's Grand mosque; 11 injured in a suicide attack.
  • And in Badminton, Kidambi Srikanth to play his Australian Open semi-final in Sydney today.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi left for Portugal this morning on the first leg of his 3-nation tour. He will reach Portuguese capital, Lisbon in the afternoon. Ahead of his visit, Mr Modi said in a Facebook post that during his visit, India and Portugal will discuss ways to further enhance bilateral engagement in the areas of economic cooperation, science and technology, space collaboration and people-to-people ties. The Prime Minister said, the two nations will deliberate upon the means to intensify their cooperation in counter-terrorism and other international issues of mutual interest. Mr Modi said, he and his Portuguese counterpart will review the progress of various joint initiatives and decisions, and build on the recent discussions they had during Mr Antonio Costa’s visit to India in January this year.

After Portugal, Mr Modi will visit the United States capital, Washington where he will meet US President Donald Trump. In the final leg of his tour, Mr Modi will visit The Netherlands. Our correspondent, covering the Prime Minister's visit, has filed this report:

"In Portugal, enhancing cooperation in economic, scientific and cultural areas will be on the agenda. Prime Minister’s visit to the Netherlands is significant as the two countries are celebrating 70 years of establishment of official relationship. The focus, however, will be on Mr Modi’s US visit. During the past three years, India US relations have grown rapidly with a new energy with increasing convergence of interests on bilateral, regional and global issues. Last year, the two countries described it as an Enduring Global partnership in the 21st Century. The bilateral cooperation is broad based and covers areas such as civil nuclear energy, defence, counter terrorism, trade and economy, space, energy, science and technology and health. As this will be the first meeting between Prime Minister Modi and President Trump, it will be an opportunity for the two leaders to establish their own rapport, review the relationship, impart a new vision and set priorities for future bilateral relations. Among other prominent issues that are likely to figure in talks include Terrorism, promoting economic and commercial cooperation, H1B visa rules and security in Indo-pacific region. Rajeev Jain, AIR News, Delhi. 

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India and Russia have agreed to a roadmap for the development of bilateral defence cooperation. The agreement was reached at the 17th meeting of the India-Russia Inter-Governmental Commission on Military Technical Cooperation held in Moscow yesterday. The meeting took place under the Co-Chairmanship of the Defence Minister Arun Jaitley and his Russian counterpart Sergei Shoigu. More from our correspondent:

 

"The roadmap includes specific activities to be concluded by both sides, and aims to enhance cooperation in the field of political and military dialogue, exercises, exchange of visits, military cooperation and training of military personnel. Defence Minister Arun Jaitley conveyed the utmost importance of having a robust and reliable after-sale support mechanism for serviceability of Russian origin equipment and new opportunities for Russian companies in defence manufacturing sector, as part of the 'Make in India' programme. India and Russia agreed to conclude various on-going negotiations for different platforms, as well as restructure the Inter-governmental Commission to enhance military to military cooperation.With Sant Bahadur, Shiela, AIR News, Delhi."

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RBI has amended the Banking Ombudsman Scheme under which banks could be penalised for mis-selling third-party products like insurance and mutual funds via mobile or electronic banking. The central bank said, under the amended scheme, a customer would also be able to lodge a complaint against the bank for its non-adherence to RBI instructions. As per the amendment, the pecuniary jurisdiction of the Banking Ombudsman to pass an award has been doubled to 20 lakh rupees.

Banking Ombudsman is a quasi judicial authority functioning under the Banking Ombudsman Scheme, 2006.

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In Rajasthan, agitation by the Jat community disrupted rail and road traffic in the eastern parts of the state for the second day yesterday. Our correspondent reports that the protesters are demanding inclusion of Jats of Bharatpur and Dholpur districts in the OBC category.

"The railway tracks on the Alwar-Mathura and Bandikui-Agra routes passing through Bharatpur's Deeg-Kumher area were under the protestors' forceful occupation since Thursday evening. Traffic on the Delhi-Mumbai rail route too was affected. The traffic on national and state highways connecting Mahua, Bharatpur and Agra was badly affected. The Rajasthan Roadways as well as the private operators had to divert their buses to alternative routes. Meanwhile, the second round of discussion between agitators and state government may be held today." Murari Gupta, AIR news, JAIPUR".

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Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office, Jitendra Singh has said, the lynching of a police officer in Jammu and Kashmir is an unholy act in the pious month of Ramazan. Talking to news agency PTI in New Delhi yesterday, Mr Singh said, the tragic death of the officer was yet another eye-opener for the innocent masses of Kashmir. He said, militants are under tremendous pressure and in desperation they are resorting to acts like these. The Minister demanded strict action against those involved in the lynching.

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The Financial Action Task Force (FATF), an intergovernmental financial watchdog, established by the G-7 Summit in 1989, has slammed Pakistan for its complicity in financing terrorist entities. The six-day FATF Plenary, which concluded in Valencia yesterday under the presidency of Spain, discussed a report on Pakistan's hand in terror financing. A report:

"The Financial Action Task Force said, certain UN-designated terror groups in Pakistan receive money due to lack of government control. At the plenary, the International Co-operation Review Group (ICRG) requested the Asia Pacific Group (APG) to provide the revised follow-up report on Pakistan to it next month. In case, the APG decides not to provide the report, the ICRG has permitted its co-Chairs to ask Pakistan to comprehensively report to it directly in September on updates regarding it’s implementation of UN Resolution with respect to designated terror groups. The FATF was established to set standards for combating money laundering, terrorist financing other related threats to the international financial system. Swati Rakheja, News Desk,."

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In Saudi Arabia, 11 people were injured when a suicide bomber targeting Islam's holiest site of Mecca blew himself up yesterday. The injured include 6 foreign pilgrims and five security personnel. The Interior Ministry said, security forces, however, prevented the attack on the Grand Mosque. It said, five people suspected of involvement in the plot have been arrested. The Ministry said three groups, two based in Mecca and one in Jeddah, planned the attack. Similar incidents occured last year near the end of Ramadan in the city of Medina where four security officers died in an explosion close to Islam's second holiest site, the Prophet's Mosque.

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Qatar is reviewing the 13-point list of demands of four Arab countries and a formal response would be made by the foreign ministry and delivered to Kuwait. A Qatari official spokesman, however, said the demands were not reasonable or actionable. Kuwait is helping mediate the dispute. Four Arab States, Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have asked Qatar to reduce ties with Iran, close a Turkish military base and shut down its broadcaster, Al Jazeera. According to the list, of demands Qatar must refuse to naturalize citizens from the four countries and revoke Qatari citizenship for existing nationals where such citizenship violates those countries' laws.

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In China, around 100 people are feared killed in a landslide at Maoxian County of Sichuan Province early this morning. Local media reports said, at least 40 homes in the village of Xinmo been destroyed. The landslide also blocked a 2 kilometer section of a river. The incident was triggered by heavy rain. Search and rescue operations are underway.

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The External Affairs Ministry has said, some difficulties are being experienced in movement of pilgrims going for Kailash Mansarovar Yatra via Nathu La pass. The Ministry's spokesman Gopal Baglay said, the matter is being discussed with the Chinese side. Reportedly, around 50 people in Sikkim were stuck near the Pass after the Chinese side closed the gates, citing landslide in Tibet.

The Nathu La pass route was opened to Indian pilgrims in 2015. After crossing over the pass, Indian pilgrims are ferried by Chinese transport to Kailash.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will share his Mann Ki Baat on All India Radio with the people in the country and abroad tomorrow. It will be the 33rd episode of the monthly programme. It 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>>.

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The admissions into the undergraduate courses of Delhi University will begin today. The first cut-off list was released last evening. Applicants can apply for admission today and on Tuesday and Wednesday into colleges and courses of their choice. Students who have registered for the admissions can visit the official website <<www.ug.du.ac.in>> to check the merit-based cut off marks. Similar to the registration process, selection of courses and colleges can be made online. Admission fee can also be paid online.

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And now, news from the world of Sports:

"Kidambi Srikanth will play his semi-final match of the Australian Open super series Badminton tournament in Sydney today. Srikanth, who had won the Indonesian Open recently, is ranked 11th in the world, and will take on world number four Yuqi Shi of China for a place in the Final. Both shuttlers have met just once in the past, with Srikanth winning that Singapore Open quarter-final earlier this year in straight games. PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal had bowed out in the quarterfinals yesterday. Over to cricket the 11th edition of ICC Women's Cricket World Cup begins today. India will take on hosts England in the opening round-robin match at Derby. The match will begin at 3 pm Indian Time. There are eight teams competing for the trophy, with Australia being the defending champions. In today's other fixture, New Zealand will face Sri Lanka in Bristol. And in Men's Cricket, the first ODI of the five-match series between India and the West Indies was called off last night due to persistent rain at Port of Spain. The Windies had won the toss and invited India to bat at the Queen's Park Oval. The Men in Blue got off to strong start and were 199 for 3 in the 40th over when the game was called off. The second match will be played tomorrow.SAVVY HASAN KHAN, AIR NEWS".

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NEWSPAPERS HEADLINES

  • Two lynching incidents in the country make top headlines this morning.
  • "Mob kills Kashmir cop near Srinagar mosque" reports the Hindustan Times. "Outrage as police officer lynched at J&K mosque" writes the Asian Age.
  • "Accused of carrying beef, teen killed in train" is the lead in the Times of India, of another lynching incident on a Mathura - bound train. "Train journey home after Eid turns fatal for brothers" states the Indian Express.
  • On the run-up to the Presidential Election, the Statesman reports "Kovind files nomination, vows to uphold dignity of Presidential office". On the Opposition fielding Meira Kumar as their candidate, the Indian Express notes  "Lalu, Nitish in war of words : Bihar ki Beti vs Opposition's losing strategy."
  • "China denies entry to Kailash via Nathu-La pass, MEA steps in" reports the Pioneer.
  • "Punjab amends law for liquor sale near highways" reports the Hindu. The Pioneer observes "Punjab to obey 'spirit' of law but removes highway hiccups".
  • "India's bread basket has no dough" is the lead in the Hindu Business Line, as 86 per cent of Punjab's farmers, including those with large holdings, are buried under debt.
  • "10 capitals among 30 new Smart Cities; Thiruvananthapuram tops list announced by Urban Development Minister" highlights the Pioneer.
  • "Cut-offs see a marginal dip across DU colleges" is a front page story in the Hindu. "DU cutoffs drop by up to 4 per cent in some courses" informs the Times of India.
  • And finally, "Supreme Court favours relaxing abortion deadline" beyond the current limit of 20 weeks, taking into account quality of life of the mother after pregnancy, notes the Times of India.

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