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20 April, 2018


  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi stresses on achieving sustainable development goals and climate change issues at CHOGM meeting in London; Will leave for Berlin on last leg of his three nation visit before returning home.
  • Oppostion parties submit impeachment notice against Chief Justice of India to Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu.
  • Supreme Court terms as very unfortunate the public statements on impeachment of judges.
  •  Former BJP minister Maya Kodnani acquitted, Babu Bajrangi found guilty in the Naroda Patiya massacre case in Gujarat.

    In Karnataka, Congress state leaders MLA N Y Gopalakrishna and Chalawadi Narayanaswamy join BJP.

  • Direct phone link between South Korea and North Korea starts from today.
  • the final match of Super Cup Football to be played between East Bengal and Bengaluru in Bhubaneswar.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi has underlined the importance of looking at the concerns of the small and island states on the first day of the crucial Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, CHOGM which is underway in London. India announced a number of initiatives in the direction through doubling of contribution for Common Fund for Sustainable Development Goals, taking up small projects in the small and island countries, capacity building and training programmes in areas including trade, cricket and skill development.Briefing media in London last night, after the formal executive sessions, Secretary West, Ministry of External Affairs, Ruchi Ghanshyam said that, Prime Minister  Narendra Modi focused on achieving sustainable development goals and climate change issues during its interventions at the CHOGM.

  "The issue they fall under four categories, These would be the strengthening of democracy and rule of law. The state of the international treading system and what commonwealth members should be doing together to cope with the crisis in the international treading system. The third broad theme was centered around achieving the SDGs and climate action that must be under taken and fourthly security issues of the particular concerns to the common wealth countries."

Prime Minister Modi emphasised the need for catering to the interests of small states like trade, youth and concerns on crime, skill and training needs. A series of bilateral interactions the Prime Minister held with leaders of various member-countries including Australia, Bangladesh, South Africa, Gambia, Trindad and Tobago and Mauritius mainly focussed on development, maritime and security concerns of the small states. Mr Modi will interact with the Commonwealth leaders again during the retreat of the CHOGM on a number of issues in an informal manner. The Prime Minister will continue his bilateral interactions with leaders of member countries. More from Our Correspondent:-

"India has been playing crucial role in setting the agenda for the future course of commonwealth. At the same time, UK also assertively working together with India in rejuvenation of commonwealth. Prime Minister Modi is the only leader to get an opportunity to have bilateral meetings twice with his UK counterpart Theresa May and an audience with Queen Elizabeth II during his three day visit to UK. India has made it clear through the prime Minister’s bilateral and multilateral engagement with a number of states to bring member-relevant issues into more focus besides its core issues of shared values, inheritance in language, culture and the rule of law, respect for all states and people-in tune with the changing global scenario. With ManAs Prathim Sharma, Lakshmi, Airnews, London."

Mr Modi will leave for Berlin on the third and last leg of his three nation visit to have bilateral meeting with the German Chancellor before returning home. India's ambassador to Germany, Mukta Dutta Tomar said, the visit of the Prime Minister will provide an opportunity for both the leaders to have an exchange of views on matters of mutual interest.

"The visit will provide an opportunity for both leaders to consult and have an exchange of views on matters of mutual interest. Right at the very beginning of chancellor Markel's new term in office. The visit demonstrates the commitment of the two countries to maintain the momentum of high level exchanges. It is an important dialogue between two important leader, two strong democratic nations."


Congress and some other parties leaders today met Vice President and Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu and gave notice for impeachment against Chief Justice of India. Later, briefing reporters in New Delhi today, Senior Congress Leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said, seven political parties in the Rajya Sabha have signed the motion. He said, 71 MPs including seven retired members belonging to various political parties have signed the notice for impeachment proceedings.

"On behalf of seven political parties in the Rajya Sabha who have signed the motion and also on behalf of the ones who have not signed the motion. We met honorable chairman at his residents today at 12 noon. So we have moved a motion for impeachment for the removal of chief justice of India and five listed grounds of misbehavior."


The Supreme Court today termed as very unfortunate the public statements, including those made by lawmakers, on impeachment of judges. A bench comprising Justices A K Sikri and Ashok Bhushan said this after the counsel appearing for the petitioner raised the issue of politicians making public statements on impeachment of judges. The apex court has posted the matter for further hearing on 7th of May. However, during hearing today, no reference to the CJI was made during brief arguments.  The apex court asked Attorney General K K Venugopal to assist it to deal with the plea, which has also sought a gag on the media from reporting such statements.


Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu today said there is an urgent need to re-think the existing governance paradigm of the country. Inaugurating the 12th Civil Services Day event in New Delhi today, 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 the effectiveness and efficiency of the administrative structures and processes.

"Many of them have a forward looking strategic vision to guide policy formulations under drive to make a difference in the service of the country. The essential gap today is between the grandiose conception on the ground level implementations that is the key issue."

On the second day tomorrow, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will confer the Awards for Excellence in Public Administration for effective implementation of identified Priority Programmes and Innovation to districts, implementing units and other Central and State organisations.


A division bench of the Gujarat High Court today acquitted former BJP minister Maya Kodnani in the Naroda Patiya massacre case. The Court found Babubhai Patel alias Babu Bajrangi guilty and upheld his conviction. Suresh Langado alias Richard Chhara was also found guilty. Maya Kodnani has been convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment by a trial court for inciting a mob to exact revenge for the deaths of kar sevaks killed in the Godhra train carnage in 2002. The court was hearing 11 appeal petitions moved by the convicts, the Supreme Court-appointed Special Investigation Team (SIT) and the families of the victims of the riots.


The Supreme Court today dismissed a plea by fugitive don Dawood Ibrahim's mother Ameena Bi Kaskar and sister Haseena Parker challenging the attachment of their properties in Mumbai by the government. A bench of justices R K Agrawal and A M Sapre dismissed the plea, saying the properties belonged to Dawood Ibrahim. His mother and sister both dead now had challenged the attachment order of their residential properties in Mumbai.


Former Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court Rajinder Sachar passed away at a private hospital in New Delhi today. He was 94. Son of veteran freedom fighter and former Chief Minister of Punjab Bhim Sen Sachar, he served as the Chief Justice of Delhi High Court from August to December, 1985.


In Karnataka, five time MLA from Congress N Y Gopalakrishna and another prominent Congress leader Chalawadi Narayanaswamy joined the BJP today in the presence of party state President B S Yeddyurappa.Chief Minister Siddaramaiah will file nomination this afternoon for the Assembly election to be held in Karnataka on the 12th of next month. He is contesting election from Chamundeshwari assembly constituency in Mysuru district. Congress Working President Dinesh Gundu Rao has filed his nomination in Bengaluru. JD(S) Chief Minister candidate H D Kumaraswamy has also filed his nomination from two constituencies today. More from our correspondent:-

"Siddaramaiah has said a decision to contest from Badami will be taken tomorrow. He was addressing the press in Mysuru today. He said united Opposition cannot defeat him from Chamundeshwari. In an interesting development JD(S) has decided to field Hanumanthappa Mavinamarad from Badami assembly constituency. BJP is yet to announce its candidates in both Chamundeshwari and Badami where Siddaramaiah is to contest election. It has to be seen whether a united Opposition will fight against Siddaramaiah in these two constituencies. Sudhindra, AIR News, Bengaluru.

In another development,  a case has been lodged against Belagavi rural BJP candidate Sanjay Patil for inciting communal hatred.


Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA) has decided to make bank account details and mobile number mandatory to provide ease of operation for the benefit of subscribers and make the process of Exit from National Pension System hassle free. PFRDA has been established by the government for regulation and development of Pension Sector in order to protect the old age income security of subscribers. The Finance Ministry in a release said, PFRDA takes various initiatives from time to time to simplify and improve the operational issues in the National Pension System.


In Uttar Pradesh, Pradhanmantri Ujjwala Yojna Day is being observed in the state today as part of the Gram Swaraj Abhiyan. Free LPG connections are being provided to women of selected 3387 villages spread over 75 districts. Our Correspondent has filed this report:-

"On this special observation day Camps as well as UJJWALA PANCHAYATS are being held in all districts of the state and free LPG connections are being given to rural women. It is targeted to hold 15,000 LPG Panchayats in which rural women are being sensitized about safe and sustained usage of LPG. Union Ministers, MPs and State Ministers are also part of this campaign. Union Minister Santosh Gangwar distributed connections to women in Bareily District. Sushil Chandra Tiwari, AIR news, Lucknow." 


British authorities have apologised over an incident in which an Indian flag in Parliament Square in London was pulled down, torn and stomped on by groups protesting during the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.  A senior Indian official associated with the Prime Minister's visit said in London that India has expressed concerns to the British authorities and they have apologised for the incident. 


A direct phone link between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will start operating from today. Stating this South Korea's presidential spokesperson Kim Eui-keyom said the line will be connected today, and  working-level officials will conduct a trial call. He said, the date of the first talks between the two leaders is not yet fixed.


Sensex at the Bombay Stock Exchange fell 25 points or 0.07 percent to 34,403. Nifty at National Stock Exchange was also down 20 points or 0.13 percent at 10,552. The rupee at Forex market continued its losing streak for a fifth straight session to hit a fresh 13-month low to trade above 66 rupees against the US currency.


The final match of the  Super Cup Football will be played between East Bengal and Bengaluru in Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneswar today.  All India Radio will broadcast live commentary on the match  alternately in Hindi and English  from 3.55 p.m till the end of the match. The commentary will be broadcast on the national hook-up and FM Rainbow network. It will also be available on one of the primary channels of  multi-channel All India Radio stations across the country.


In IPL cricket, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) will take on Rajasthan Royals in Pune at 8 PM today. CSK's home matches were moved out of Chennai over security concerns following protests on the Cauvery issue.


The Birmingham Organising Committee of CWG has decided to exclude shooting from the 2022 Games, citing logistical issues. Olympic gold medallist Abhinav Bindra has said dropping of shooting from 2022 games will be a huge setback for India, especially for its young shooters.


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