- 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
- JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy to be sworn-in as
Karnataka Chief Minister tomorrow; G Parameshwara of Congress to take oath as
- 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
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.
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.
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."
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
"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
"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
"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
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.