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  • In Tamil Nadu, nine people killed and 95 injured in clashes between police and Sterlite factory protesters in Thuthukkudi; Chief Minister announces an ex gratia of 10 lakh rupees each to the families of the deceased.
  • JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy to be sworn-in as Karnataka Chief Minister tomorrow; G Parameshwara of Congress to take oath as his Deputy.
  • BJP president Amit Shah says government electrified more than Sixteen Thousand Five Hundred villages during Gram Swaraj Abhiyan between 14th April to 5th of May.
  • 20 civilians injured as Pakistan resort to heavy mortar shelling along the International Border in Jammu.
  • Home Minister Rajnath Singh announces minimum compensation of one crore rupees to a paramilitary jawan who dies in action.
  • Health Minister J P Nadda reviews Nipah Virus outbreak situation in Kerala; assures all support to the state government.
  • In IPL cricket, Sunrisers Hyderabad set a target of 140 runs for Chennai Super Kings in the first Qualifier in Mumbai.


In Tamil Nadu, the death toll in police firing against Sterlite factory protesters in Thuthukkudi has risen to nine. The incident occurred today when protesters started pelting stones at the police and disobeying Section 144 orders. Sources said, 65 protesters and 30 police officials were reportedly injured in the incident. Protesters have also picketted the district administration head quarters. Traffic has also been disrupted on the Thuthukkudi Tirunelveli highway. Additional police forces have been rushed to Thuthukkudi.

"The state administration in Chennai has requested people to remain calm. The government has reiterated that people’s sentiments will be taken into account and a solution, within the parameters of law, will be found with regard to the Sterlite industries problem. In a related development, Chief Minister Edapadi K Palanisamy has announced an ex gratia payment of 10 lakh rupees each to the families of the deceased. He said, one person from each of these families will be offered government jobs commensurate with their qualifications. The Chief Minister has also announced relief of three lakh rupees each for persons with serious injuries and one lakh rupees each for persons with minor injuries. Dr K Parameswaran for AIR News from Trichy."


In Jammu and Kashmir, at least 20 civilians were injured today as Pakistani forces resorted to unprovoked heavy mortar shelling in Arnia, R.S.Pura, Ramgarh and Hiranagar sectors along the International Border in Jammu Samba and Kathua districts.

The BSF spokesperson in Jammu told AIR that incidents of cross border firing and shelling have been reported from almost entire Indo-Pak International Border along the state since this morning.

"Troops have been giving befitting reply to Pakistan’s shelling along the border and major loss has been inflicted on the forces across the border. Relief and rescue operations were intensified in the affected areas as there was a brief let up in the shelling this afternoon. Affected people are being evacuated to the relief camps set up in the safer places. Huge loss to livestock, houses, buildings and other infrastructure has been reported from most of the affected areas. Advisories have been issued to the people in the border areas to remain in the houses during shelling. Yogesh Sharma, AIR News, Jammu."


Home Minister Rajnath Singh has announced that the family of a paramilitary jawan who dies in action will be given a minimum compensation of one crore rupees. He said, the families of martyrs should not face any difficulty. Addressing the BSF investiture ceremony in New Delhi today, Mr Singh said, it is the duty of the Border Security Force (BSF) to protect the country's borders, but their duties have no boundaries. He said, the first bullet should not be fired upon the neighbours, but if BSF receives a bullet, no one will ask them why they fired.

"पहली गोली तो पड़ोसी पर नहीं चलनी चाहिए, उधर से चल जाती है तो क्या करना है इसका फैसला आपको करना है। फिर नहीं कोई पूछेगा कि आपने ऐसा क्यों किया और मैं कह सकता हूं कि इस जिम्मेदारी का बखूबी निर्वाह कर रहे हैं और अपने शौर्य और पराक्रम का परिचय देते हुए जिस तरीके से हमारे बहुत सारे जवान शहीद हुए हैं, बेहद तकलीफ होती है। राष्ट्र के लिए बलिदान देना मैं समझता हूं कि इससे बड़ा बलिदान किसी भी समाज के लिए, किसी राष्ट्र के लिए और कोई दूसरा नहीं हो सकता।"

The Home Minister presented gallantry awards to BSF jawans and officers. He commended the work done by BSF, saying it is not just the first line of defence but the first wall of defence. Mr Singh said, most of the borders with Bangladesh and Pakistan have already been sealed.


The Home Minister has said, discrimination on the basis of religion or sect is not allowed in India. He was replying to a media query on the remarks of Archbishop of Delhi that Christians face discrimination in the country. Mr Singh said, minorities are safe in India.

The Archbishop has written a letter to priests asking them to pray for the country ahead of Lok Sabha elections next year.


JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy will be administered the oath of office as Chief Minister of Karnataka tomorrow at 4.30 pm on the grand steps of the Vidhana Soudha, the state secretariat. Congress President Rahul Gandhi and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi will be present on this occasion. Chief Ministers of non-BJP states and heads of regional parties have accepted the invitation to attend the swearing in ceremony.

"The Congress state party President and Dalit leader Dr. G Parameshwar will be sworn in as Deputy Chief Minister tomorrow along with H D Kumaraswamy as Chief Minister. Congress legislator Ramesh Kumar will be the Speaker. This was decided in the senior leaders meeting of Congress and JD(S) now. The cabinet will comprise 22 ministers from Congress including Deputy Chief Minister and 12 from JD(S) including the Chief Minister. The probable names will be decided later. On the other hand, accusing Congress-JD(S) of forming unholy alliance, BJP is staging Janamata Virodhi Diwas across the state tomorrow. Informing this to the media persons in Bengaluru, BJP state General Secretary C T Ravi said, party workers will tie black band and hold protests. There will be traffic diversions tomorrow as Ambedkar road in front of Vidhana Soudha will be blocked for the ceremony."


BJP president Amit Shah has said that 16850 villages were electrified and other facilities were provided by the Government during the Gram Swaraj Abhiyan which lasted from 14th April to 5th of this month. Speaking to media in New Delhi this evening, Mr Shah said, the programme was an unique experiment.

"नरेन्‍द्र मोदी सरकार के प्रयास से 16 हजार 850 गांवों में हर घर के अंदर बिजली पहुंची है, गैस का सिलेंडर पहुंच गया है, हर घर के अंदर जो बच्‍चा है, उसको टीका लगाने का काम समाप्‍त कर दिया गया है। बीमा योजना से सुरक्षित करने का काम किया गया है। उजाला योजना एलईडी बल्‍ब को लगवाने का काम भी समाप्‍त कर दिया है। आजादी के बाद किसी भी सरकार ने 16 हजार 800 गांवों को समस्‍या मुक्‍त करने का काम पहली बार हाथ में लिया है।"

Mr Shah mentioned that due to assembly election in Karnataka and panchayat election in West Bengal, the campaign did not run there.

On a media query on rising oil prices, Mr Shah said, the government is taking the matter of oil prices seriously.

"सरकार इसको गंभीरता से ले रही है। कल पेट्रोलियम मंत्री का सभी तेल कंपनियों से भी मीटिंग है और फॉर्मूले के तहत दाम बढ़े है। इस पर सरकार में उच्‍चतम स्‍तर पर चिंता हो रही है। दो-चार दिन में इस पर कोई न कोई समाधान ढूंढ़ने के लिए हमारी सरकार प्रयास कर रही है।"


The Centre is closely monitoring the situation arising out of reported cases and deaths due to Nipah Virus in Kerala. Reviewing the situation, Health and Family Welfare Minister J P Nadda directed to extend all support to the state government in the prevention and management of the disease. He said, a multi-disciplinary Central team from National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) is in Kerala and constantly reviewing the situation. Mr Nadda has urged citizens not to believe in rumours posted on social media and not to spread panic.

In an official release, Health Ministry said, the NCDC team visited the house in Perambra in Kozhikode district of Kerala from where the initial death was reported. It said, 60 different samples have been collected from the spot and sent for examination.

"The Nipah virus has so far claimed 10 lives in Kozhikode and Malappuram districts in north Kerala while  the condition of two persons undergoing treatment for the viral disease is said to be critical.The State health Minister KK Shailaja  said that the World Health Organisation (WHO) has been informed about the outbreak of the virus. Meanwhile, the central teams visited Malappuram district today. Families staying close to the affected dwellings have been evacuated to safer places and domestic animals are being kept under observation.The state health department said it will be setting up isolation wards in government and private hospitals to contain the deadly virus that has a fatality rate of 70 percent. Mayusha for AIR News from Thiruvananthapuram."


Centre has proposed to remove cancellation fee on flight tickets cancelled within 24 hours of booking.  Minister of State for Civil Avaition Jayant Sinha today unveiled 1st ever ‘Passenger Charter of Rights’ draft, defining and  augmenting the rights, entitlements and compensation during air travel to provide hassle-free air travel experience. Briefing reporters in New Delhi today, Mr Sinha said, according to the charter, if a domestic airline cancels a flight or delays it for more than four hours, the passenger will be eligible for a full refund. He said, the draft charter has been placed in the public domain for comments.
Another major thing in the draft is that there will be no fees if a passenger cancels his ticket within 24 hours of booking.

"पूरा दिन आपको दे रहे है, अगर आपको लगता है कि नहीं मैं आठ बजे नहीं, छह बजे जाना चाहता हूं, तो आप जाइए और अपना रिजर्वेशन बदल दीजिए और आपको कोई कैंसलेशन चार्ज नहीं देना होगा। इसमें बहुत जरूरी बात ये है कि अगर आपको अपना रिजर्वेशन बदलना है और कैंसलेशन चार्ज नहीं देना है, तो नाइटी सिक्‍स ऑवर्स जाने के पहले आपको ये करना होगा। यूनीफॉर्म टेक्‍नीकल स्‍टैंडर्ड्स हम लोगों ने तैयार किये है, जिसके द्वारा हर एयरपोर्ट में उसका कोड़ डिजिटल एक्‍सेस मिलेगा, डिजिटल रिपोर्टिंग मिलेगी।"


The NDA government at the Centre is completing four years in office. News Services Division of All India Radio will broadcast a special series  “Chaar Saal Modi Sarkar” to highlight the achievements of various ministries.

In the special series, today we will bring you an interview with the Union Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thawarchand Gehlot. The theme of today’s programme is “Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas.” 100 buildings each from 50 metropolitan cities will be covered under the Accesible India Campaign. In an exclusive interview to All India Radio, Mr Gehlot said, in last 4 years his ministry has created 5 Guinness Book world records.

"अनुसूचित जाति वर्ग के लोगों के हित में हम अनेक योजनाएं बना करके उनका भला करने का काम कर रहे हैं। विशेषकर दिव्‍यांगजनों के सशक्‍तीकरण के लिए हमने ऐतिहासिक निर्णय लिये है, ऐतिहासिक उपलब्धियां प्राप्‍त की हैं। विभाग को जीवंत बनाया है, सक्रिय बनाया है और विभाग की देश और दुनिया में पहचान बनाई है। पांच गिनिज  बुक ऑफ वर्ल्‍ड रिकॉर्ड भी चार वर्षों में मेरे दिव्‍यांगजन सशक्‍तीकरण विभाग की ओर से बनाया गया है।"

Tune into 100.1 FM Gold channel of All India Radio tonight at 9.30 to listen to the full interview.


The Deen dayal differently abled rehabilitation scheme provides financial assistance for providing various services to people with disabilities, such as special schools, vocational training centres, community based rehabilitation, pre school and initial interference.

In Tamilnadu, the total population of differently abled is 11 lakh 79 thousand, nine hundred and sixty three and cards have been distributed to 11 lakh 59 thousand and twenty one people which constitutes  98.23 percent.

"Skill training was given to 200 beneficiaries under the differently abled empowerment scheme. Jayakumar, the district welfare officer told that the schemes were implemented for the enrolled disabled persons. He said, 50 thousand applications were received from differently abled in the district. He said, under the Deen Dayal Upadhyay disabled rehabilitation scheme five special schools were set up and the workers were paid through banks. He also said, national identity cards were distributed to 500 disabled persons. With Joy's report from Chennai, Meenakshi for AIR News."


In IPL Cricket, playoffs started today after 56 matches spread over 45 days.  In the first qualifier at the Wankhede Stadium in  Mumbai, table toppers Sunrisers Hyderabad set second placed Chennai Super Kings a victory target of 140 runs. In reply, Chennai were 20 for 1 in 3.3 overs when reports last came in.


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