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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 News Bengaluru."

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 panchayat polls.

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 India."

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 Miku. 

 Chhetri was declared the Hero of the match, while Miku was declared the hero of the tournament.


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 run rate. 


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