- Prime Minister Narendra Modi bats for
concerns of small and island states in the Commonwealth; Doubles Indian
contribution for Common Fund for Sustainable Development Goals.
- Mr Modi in his bilateral talks with
Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina
focuses on development cooperation.
- Transport Ministers of thirteen states
adopt Guwahati Declaration, aiming at harmonisation of tax and permits.
- Fiscal needs of every state will be assessed keeping in view their
special characteristics says Finance Commission Chairman N K Singh.
- NDMA alerts people living along West
Coast of India, Lakshadweep, South Tamil Nadu, Bay of Bengal and Kerala as the areas are likely to experience high
energy swell waves from tomorrow.
- And in IPL Cricket, Chris Gayle's stormy century guides Kings Eleven
Punjab to a victory over Sunrisers
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has
underlined the importance of looking at the concerns of the small and island
states in the Commonwealth. He announced a number of initiatives in this
direction which include doubling of India’s contribution to the Common Fund for
Sustainable Development Goals, taking up small projects in the small countries
through the permanent mission for the UN, capacity building and training
programmes in areas including cricket and skill development.
Briefing the media in London last night,
Secretary West, Ministry of External Affairs, Ruchi Ghanshyam said that, India
focused on achieving sustainable development goals and climate change issues
during its interventions at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting,
CHOGM, which began yesterday.
"We are focusing on capacity
building in an area of great interest to commonwealth states, as you would
realise the broad membership, large
membership of the commonwealth consists of small island developing states."
Replying to a question, she said
promoting youth activities among Commonwealth countries was also focused upon
and India has announced to provide training to 30 boys and 30 girls cricketers.
He further said, the under 16 youth cricketers will be provided training
Meanwhile, on the sidelines of the
CHOGM, Prime Minister Modi held a series of bilateral interactions with
member-countries including Australia, Bangladesh, South Africa, Gambia, Trindad
and Tobago and Mauritius. External Affairs Ministry official spokesperson
Raveesh Kumar said that these interactions and bilateral discussions mainly focused
on development, maritime and security concerns of the small states.
The spokesperson said, India and
Bangladesh focused mainly on development cooperation during the bilateral talks
between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bangladesh counterpart Sheik
Hasina. He said, the broad contours of the discussions were the action plans
that the two sides agreed on during their earlier visits to each other’s
countries and now discussed their follow ups and how to further them.
Spokesperson said Prime Minister Narendra Modi did not meet his Pakistani
counterpart Shahid Khaqan Abbasi at the CHOGM.
expressed deep anguish on the issue of the tearing of the country's tricolour in London. Talking
to the media in London last night, MEA
Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said that the matter was taken up with the
United Kingdom. He said that the UK has also expressed its regret on this
issue. The Spokesperson said, India wants legal action against those who were
involved in tearing up of the national flag.
We now bring you glimpses from the Prime Minister's 'Bharat Ki Baat,
Sabke Saath' programme at Westminster's central hall in London. In this unique
event, Mr Modi interacted with the Indian diaspora on a spectrum of issues and
apprised them about his government's performance and programmes, and the
country's foreign policy. Here is a report:
"The NDA government has done a lot of work to improve the
sanitation situation of the nation. Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke with the
conviction about the sanitation issue. He said, so many women do not have
access to toilets and these realities did not let him sleep. In his interaction
in Bharat Ki Baat Sabke Saath, the Prime Minister said he was determined to
bring about a positive change in the lives of India's poor.
शौचालय जाने के लिए सूर्योदय से पहले जंगल जाने के लिए सोचती हैं और दिन में कभी जाना पड़े, शारीरिक पीड़ा सहती हैं लेकिन सूरज ढलने तक का इंतजार करती हैं। वो शौचालय के लिए नहीं जाती हैं। उस मां को कितनी पीड़ा होती होगी? कितना दर्द होता होगा? उसके शरीर पर कैसा जुल्म होता होगा? क्याहम टॉयलेट नहीं बना सकते? ये सवाल मुझे सोने नहीं देते थे। और तब जा करके मुझे लगा कि मैं लालकिले पर से जा करके अपनी भावनाओं को बिना लाग-लपेट बता दूंगा, देश ने बहुत response दे दिया। आज तीन लाख गांव open
defecation free हो गए और काम तेजी से चल रहा है।
Minister Narendra Modi said it is amazing that close to 1.25 crore families
gave up their gas subsidies.
मैंने एक दिन लालकिले पर से कहा- कि जो afford करते हैं, उनको गैस सब्सिडी क्यों लेनी चाहिए? हमारे देश में गैस सिलेंडर की संख्या के आधार पर चुनाव लड़े जाते थे। कोई कहते थे कि मुझे प्रधानमंत्री बनाइए, अभी 9 सिलेंडर मिलते हैं, मैं 12 सिलेंडर दूंगा; ये घोषणा की गई थी 2014 में। मैंने लोगों को उलटा कहा, मैंने कहा भाई जरूरत नहीं है तो छोड़ दीजिए ना सब्सिडी, क्या जरूरत है। और आप हैरान हो जाएंगे, हिन्दुस्तान के करीब-करीब सवा करोड़ से ज्यादा परिवारों ने गैस सब्सिडी छोड़ दी।
Mr Modi said, 40
lakh senior citizens have written to him saying that they will voluntarily not
avail the subsidy available for them in Indian Railways.
भारत में सीनियर सिटिजन के लिए रेलवे के अंदर concession है टिकटों में। मैंने आ करके सरकार में कहा कि भाई अंदर लिखो तो सही, आप जो रिजर्वेशन के लिए फॉर्म भरते हो, लिखो तो सही कि भई मैं सीनियर सिटिजन हूं, मुझे बेनिफिट मिलता है, लेकिन मैं मेरा बेनिफिट जाने देना चाहता हूं। आप सबको आश्चर्य होगा, जो हिन्दुस्तान की विशेषता देखी है, हिन्दुस्तान के सामान्य मानवी की देशभक्ति देखी है, अभी-अभी हमने ये निर्णय किया था, अब तक 40 लाख senior citizens, जो एसी में ट्रैवल करने वाले लोग हैं, उन्होंने voluntarily subsidy नहीं लेंगे, ऐसा लिख करके दिया ।
During the long
interaction, Prime Minister Modi talked about several measures taken for the
welfare of Farmers including proper availability of urea.
हमने ठान लिया है कि हम 2022, जब भारत की आजादी के 75 साल होंगे, तब तक हम देश के किसान की इन्कम डबल करना चाहते हैं। अब उसके लिए उसकी लागत कम होनी चाहिए, उसका जो input cost है, वो कम होना चाहिए। आप हैरान होंगे, मैंने efficiency में परिवर्तन किया। कुछ गलत काम हो रहे थे उसको रोका है। र्इमानदारी को बल दिया, बिना कोई एकस्ट्रा नया कारखाना लगाए 20 लाख टन यूरिया का उत्पादन बढ़ गया।Anupam Mishra,
AIR NEWS DELHI.
Uttar Pradesh, Pradhanmantri Ujjwala Yojna day is being organized in the state
today. During the programme free LPG connections will be provided to women of
3387 selected villages spread over 75 districts. Camps for free LPG connections
will be held to cover additional households in the state under the GRAM SWARAJ
Ministers of thirteen states met in Guwahati and adopted a nine-point Guwahati
Declaration, aimed at harmonisation of tax and permits. The meeting discussed
road safety measures and implementation strategies for strengthening the state
road transport undertakings. Addressing
a press conference at the end of the two-day meet yesterday in Guwahati,
Chairman of the Group of Ministers and Rajasthan Transport Minister Yoonus Khan
said, a major decision was taken on the recommendation for a 'one nation, one
tax' which would ease travel as well.
Meanwhile, the Centre has asked states to allow
drivers to use private licence for driving taxis and light vehicles for
commercial purposes. However, commercial driving licences would be required for
trucks, buses, heavy commercial vehicles and other medium.
15th Finance Commission Chairman, N K Singh has said the fiscal needs of
each state will be individually assessed keeping in view their special
characteristics. He made this assurance to a delegation led by Tamil Nadu
Deputy Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam yesterday in New Delhi yesterday. The
delegation submitted a memorandum putting forward its view points regarding the
Terms of Reference of the Commission.
During the meeting, Mr. Singh said, a progressive state like Tamil Nadu
which has contributed greatly to India’s prosperity will certainly receive the
Commission’s careful consideration.
The West Coast of India, Lakshadweep,
South Tamil Nadu, Bay of Bengal, and Kerala are expected to experience high
energy swell waves from tomorrow till Sunday. The National Disaster Management
Authority has issued alerts advising
communities along the sea shore particularly tomorrow and the day after as
there is a possibility of surging of waves during the high tide, in the low
lying areas of the coasts during such events. It has advised people to stay
away from coasts and not indulge in water based recreational activity during
BJP President Amit Shah wound up his
two-day visit to Bengaluru with an interaction with entrepreneurs last evening.
Earlier, addressing the Shakti Kendra pramukhs on the outskirts of Bengaluru,
Mr Shah charged that many civil works taken up by the state Government are not
completed due to commission deals.
On the other hand, AICC Secretary Madhu
Goud Yaskhi, while addressing the press in Bengaluru yesterday, claimed that
the BJP has no big leaders in Karnataka and the campaign has been outsourced as
the party is not confident about its own Chief Minister candidate B S
Polling for 224 Assembly constituencies
will be held on 12th of May and counting will take place on the 15th. Our
correspondent has more on the election scenario in the state:
hours of the forthcoming Karnataka Assembly Elections have been extended by an
hour. Due to heat wave especially in North Karnataka and also with the
intention of improving voters’ turnout, this decision is taken. Voting will be
held from 7 AM to 6 pm, instead of 5
pm. The Election Commission has named
Jnanpith awardee Dr Chandrasekhar Kambar, cine star Puneeth Rajkumar and actor
Praneetha as Election ambassadors to encourage voters to cast their votes.
Cricketer Rahul Dravid has already been roped in for publicity for this
purpose. Sudhindra AIR News Bengaluru."
Meanwhile, the Director General of Civil
Aviation has announced a set of regulations for air charter operators ahead of
the Assembly polls. The guidelines direct operators and flight crew to ensure
that no unauthorised cash, narcotics or arms are carried in the flight.
Sports Minister Col Rajyavardhan Rathore
has emphasized transparency and good governance in sports bodies and said the
government is committed to ensure clean sports. In a meeting with a delegation
of the International Olympic Committee
in New Delhi yesterday, he said, the government with the help of the
Indian Olympic Association has prepared a Sports Code to bring transparency in
the functioning of the National Sports Federations, fair selection of players
and accountability for proper utilization of funding.
In IPL cricket, Chris Gayle's stormy century guided Kings Eleven Punjab to a victory over Sunrisers Hyderabad by 15 runs in a
thrilling encounter at Mohali last night. Chasing 194 runs, Sunrisers Hyderabad
managed to score 178 for 4 in the stipulated 20 overs. Earlier, Chris Gayle's unbeaten 104 off 63 balls helped Kings Eleven
Punjab to post a huge total of 193 for 3 in 20
century is the first of this edition of IPL.
The Supreme Court's judgement in the
Special CBI judge B H Loya death case dominates front page headlines. The DNA
quotes the apex court as saying "Judge Loya died naturally, no need for an
inquiry". The Times of India reports the judgement as saying "Demand
for probe meant to mislead the court". On the political slugfest between
the BJP and the Congress that followed the judgement the Hindu quotes Law
Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad as saying
"Rahul and Congress owe an apology" and the Congress party
describing it as a "Sad letter day". In a possible fallout of the
judgement, the Hindustan Times says "Congress, others may move motion on
The State Bank of India's reassurance on
the ATM cash crunch is prominently noticed on the front pages of most papers.
The Pioneer quotes the country's largest bank as saying "ATM cash crunch
on the wane, normalcy likely today". The Hindu writes on its front page
"SBI customers can draw Rs.2000/- from POS or Point of Sale
In the backdrop of the incident
involving lawyers trying to obstruct the police from filing a chargesheet in
the Kathua rape and murder case, the Hindustan Times reports "Supreme
Court slams lawyers over Kathua case". The DNA writes "Didn't support
lawyers' protest : Jammu High Court Bar Association to top court".
All the papers note that the
Metropolitan Judge who had resigned hours after acquitting the accused in the
Mecca Masjid blast case has resumed duties. The Pioneer writes "Mecca
Masjid judge's resignation rejected : Ravinder Reddy resumes duties".