20th April, 2018
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi to hold bilateral
talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin tonight during a brief
stopover after concluding his two-nation European tour.
- BJP slams Congress over impeachment motion against
Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra; Union Minister Arun Jaitley accuses
Opposition parties of using impeachment as a political tool.
- In Karnataka, BJP releases third list of 59
candidates for assembly polls; Chief Minister Siddaramaiah files nomination
from Chamundeshwari seat.
- Calcutta High Court directs Election Commission to
reschedule dates of panchayat elections in West Bengal.
- Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu emphasizes the need
to review administrative structures and processes.
- In Football, Bengaluru FC wins Super Cup tournament
by defeating East Bengal 4-1 in the final at Bhubaneshwar.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold bilateral
talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin tonight. Mr Modi will be making
a brief stopover in Germany on his way home after concluding his visits to the
United Kingdom and Sweden.
India's ambassador to Germany, Mukta Dutta Tomar
said, the Prime Minister's visit will provide an opportunity for both leaders
to exchange views on several bilateral, regional and global issues.
Earlier in the day, the Prime Minister attended the
retreat session of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) at the
Windsor Castle in London along with top leaders of the Commonwealth countries.
"Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his UK
visit held meeting with his British counterpart on redefining and infusing new
energy into India-UK relations especially post Brexit. Several MoUs and
agreements including Cyber-relationship framework, River rejuvenation of Ganga
and arrangement on safe nuclear energy use have been used during the
visit. The Prime Minister also
interacted with Indian diaspora in a unique conversation program - Bharat Ki
Baat, Sabke Saath. Giving a stern message against terrorism, Mr. Modi said -
India will not accept terrorism and will give befitting reply who export
terror. Mr. Modi said, he could make mistakes but would not do any works in
wrong intention. During the program, the Prime Minister also emphasised that
the need of the hour is to make development a mass movement. On the other
hand, in Commonwealth Heads of
Government Meeting in London yesterday, Mr. Modi has underlined the importance
of looking at the concerns of the small and island states. WITH REPORT OF MANAS PRATIM SARMA, FROM LONDON, NUPUR GOSWAMI, AIR NEWS, "
The BJP today hit out at the Congress party
over impeachment motion against the Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra.
In a Facebook post, Union Minister Arun Jaitley
said, Congress and other opposition parties are using impeachment motion as a
political tool. Mr Jaitley said, it is a revenge petition after the falsehood
of the Congress was established in the Justice Loya death case. The Minister
said, the motion is an attempt to intimidate a Judge and send a message to
other Judges, that if you don’t agree with them, fifty MP’s are enough for a
revenge action. He said, the impeachment of a Judge of the Supreme Court is to
be done only in the case of either his incapacity or on proven misconduct. Mr
Jaitley said, charges leveled by the opposition are those issues which have
been settled by judicial orders or by precedent.
Briefing media in New Delhi this evening, party
spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi said, Congress is politicizing the judiciary.
Earlier in the day, Opposition parties led by
Congress submitted the notice for the impeachment of Chief Justice of India to
Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu.
Briefing reporters in New Delhi, Senior Congress
Leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said, seven political parties in the Rajya Sabha have
signed the motion. He said, 64 MPs and seven retired members have signed the
notice for impeachment proceedings.
"On behalf of seven political parties in the
Rajya Sabha who have signed the motion. We met honorable chairman at his
residents today at 12 noon. We have moved a motion for impeachment for the
removal of chief justice of India and five listed grounds of misbehavior."
The BJP today announced the third list of its 59
candidates for the Karnataka Assembly elections. Former Speaker of Karnataka
assembly KG Bopaiah will contest from Virajpet, while sitting MLA NY
Gopalkrishna who had recently switched to BJP from Congress has been fielded
from Kudligi. The names were finalized by the Central Election Committee of the
party. Janata Dal Secular also released a list of 58 candidates for the
Karnataka polls.The elections to the 225-seat assembly are scheduled for
the 12th of next month.
"As on date Congress has released the names of
218 candidates, BJP has announced 213 and JD(S) has announced the names of 184
candidates out of 224 seats available in the state. April 24th is the last day
to file nominations. The parties are waiting for each other’s move on selection
of candidates in a few of the remaining constituencies in which the candidates
are not yet announced.S udhindra AIR
Chief Minister Siddaramaiah today filed his
nomination from Chamundeshwari assembly constituency. Speaking to media in
Mysuru, Mr Siddaramaiah said, the decision on contesting from Badami will be
taken tomorrow after discussion with Congress President Rahul Gandhi. He said,
a win in Karnataka will be a stepping stone for revival of national politics
and boost the morale of all like-minded parties
On the other hand, Union Minister Ananth Kumar has
alleged that people will reject the Chief Minister in assembly elections as he
cannot stick to one ideology or one constituency. Addressing a press conference
in Bengaluru today, Mr Kumar claimed that Siddaramaiah is migrating from one
constituency to another as he is facing defeat.
BJP has swept the local bodies election in
Jharkhand. The party has won all the posts of five Mayors and five Deputy
Mayors. Overall, praty candidates have won 21 posts, out of the total 35 posts
of Head of local bodies as Chairman or Mayors, while rest are shared between
Indian National Congress, JMM, JVM, AJSU, RJD, and two Independents.
The Calcutta High Court today directed the State
Election Commission to reschedule the dates for the panchayat election process in West Bengal and
accordingly conduct the polls.
The court also quashed the Commission's order
cancelling the notification for extension of deadline for filing nomination for
The court held that that petitions, filed by the
BJP, CPI(M) and other opposition parties, challenging the cancellation of
notification are maintainable. It directed the poll panel to issue fresh
notification extending the date for filing nominations.
The panchayat elections in West Bengal were to be
held in three phases from 1st to 5th of next month and the counting of votes
was scheduled to take place on 8th of May.
The nomination process for the polls ended on 9th
of this month but it was extended by a day the same evening following a Supreme
Court court order on pleas alleging that candidates backed by opposition
parties were being prevented from filing nominations. However, the notification
referring to the apex court order, was later withdrawn.
The Jharkhand High Court today sought the medical
reports of jailed RJD chief Lalu Prasad from AIIMS-Delhi, where he is
undergoing treatment. The court was hearing his interim bail plea on medical
grounds in fodder scam cases. It has fixed the date as 4th of next month for
hearing Lalu's bail petition.Lalu Prasad is lodged at Birsa Munda Central Jail
in Ranchi since December 23rd last year after being convicted in the Deoghar
treasury case. He was admitted to AIIMS in New Delhi on 29th of last month. The
Special CBI court allowed him to seek specialised treatment at the premier
institute after he complained of uneasiness in the jail.
Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu has said, there is
an urgent need to re-think about the existing governance paradigm of the
country. Inaugurating the 12th Civil Services Day event in New Delhi, Mr Naidu
said, the essential gap today is between the grandiose conception and the
ground level implementation. He said, there is a need for honest introspection
into effectiveness and efficiency of the administrative structures and
processes. Mr Naidu called for collectively transforming India into a nation
that we can all be proud of.
"We must collectively transform India
in to a nation that we can all be proud
off, the Centre the state the local bodies all of us together have to join this
National Mission for transformation. That the way forward to make a new
On the second day of the event tomorrow, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will confer the awards for excellence in
Public Administration for effective implementation of identified priority
programs and innovation to districts units and other Central and State
organisations. He will also address the Civil Servants on the occasion.
As part of the Gram Swaraj Abhiyan, Ujjwala Day was
celebrated all over the country today. Under it, Ujjwala Panchayats were held
in different states and free LPG connections were given to the eligible women
from BPL families. Our correspondent reports, several Union Ministers attended
Ujjwala Diwas event in different parts of the country.
"Minister for Petroleum and
Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan and Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan attended the
Ujjwala Diwas event at Darbhanga in Bihar. Home Minister Rajnath Singh in Dadra
and Nagar Haveli, Commerce Minister Suresh Prabhu at Ratnagiri in Maharashtra,
Culture Minister Dr Mahesh Sharma in Noida and Health Minister J P Nadda at
Solan in Himachal Pradesh attended the event and distributed LPG connections to
women from BPL families. Around 15 thousand LPG Panchayats were
organized on the occasion. Under the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana, the
government has set a target to cover eight crore households by March 2020. So
far, over 3.5 crore families have been provide free LPG connections. The
initiative this will go a long way in eliminating health hazards caused by
bio-mass cooking. With Anupam Mishra , Anand Kumar, AIR NEWS, DELHI.
The Key benchmark stocks today closed
almost flat with marginal losses amid decline in major global share markets.
The rupee weakened to a fresh thirteen month low.
Sensex at Bombay Stock Exchange fell 12 points to
34,416. Nifty at National Stock Exchange ended one point down at 10,564. The rupee closed at 66 rupees 12 paise, down
by 33 paise against the US dollar. Gold
prices, snapping three-session rising streak, today recorded a fall of 240
rupees to 32,390 rupees per 10 grams at the bullion market in New Delhi. Silver
followed suit and declined by 180 rupees to 41,300 rupees per kg. And.. Oil prices today witnessed modest fall from yesterday's point which was the
highest since late 2014. With Sanjio Kumar Singh this is ARJUN CHOUDHURY for AIR News.
Sri Lanka Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has
commissioned the second Advanced Offshore Patrol Vessel (AOPV) which was built
at Goa Shipyard Ltd and handed over to
Sri Lankan Navy recently. The new vessel
has been designated as Sri Lanka Navy Ship - Sindurala. Vice Admiral of Indian
Navy P Ajit Kumar and Indian High commissioner to Sri Lanka, Taranjit Singh
Sandhu were present at the ceremony held in Colombo.
Bengaluru FC have lifted the inaugural Super Cup
football tournament title. In the final at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar
today, they defeated East Bengal 4-1. At
half-time, the teams were at One-One.
Skikpper Sunil Chettri netted twice for the
winners. The other two goals were scored by Rahul Bheke and Nicolas Fedor
declared the Hero of the match, while Miku was declared the hero of the
In the IPL match, now under way in Pune, Chennai
Super Kings were 153 for 3 in 14 overs against Rajasthan Royals a short while
ago. Earlier, Rajasthan Royals opted to field after winning the toss. With two
wins and two defeats, Rajasthan Royals are now placed fifth with four points in
the eight-team competition. Chennai also have an equal number of points with
two victories from three matches.They are placed fourth because of better net