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24th June, 2018


  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi to share his thoughts in his Mann Ki Baat programme of All India Radio at 11 this morning.
  • Mr Modi to inaugurate Mundka-Bahadurgarh corridor of the Delhi Metro today.
  • Home Minister Rajnath Singh discusses bilateral relations and security cooperation with Mongolian Prime Minister in Ulaanbaatar.
  • In Maharashtra, legal heir or wife of martyred soldier to get two hectares land.
  • Turkey to hold first simultaneous Presidential and Parliamentary elections today.
  • Zimbabwe President survives bomb attack at an election rally in Bulawayo.
  • In FIFA, Germany come back from brink to beat Sweden 2-1.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi will share his thoughts with the people in the country and abroad in his Mann Ki Baat programme of All India Radio at 11 this morning. This 45th episode of the monthly radio programme will be broadcast on the entire network of AIR and Doordarshan. The programme will also be streamed on the YouTube channels of the Prime Minister’s Office, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, AIR and DD News. It will be simultaneously broadcast on AIR's website - <>. AIR will broadcast the programme in regional languages immediately after the Hindi broadcast. Regional language versions of the programme will be repeated at 8 this evening.

Earlier, in a tweet, the Prime Minister said, the diverse thoughts and inputs received for this programme have greatly enriched the platform.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the 11.2  kilometre long fully-elevated Mundka-Bahadurgarh corridor of  Delhi Metro's Green Line today. He will inaugurate the facility through  Video Conferencing.  Union Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Puri and Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar will attend the function in Bahadurgarh.

The Mundka - Bahadurgarh stretch, with seven stations, will be an extension of the existing Green Line from Inderlok to Mundka.  This section will be metro's third line of connectivity to the neighbouring state of Haryana. Metro services are already operational in Gurgram and Faridabad. The services on the new corridor will begin from 4 PM for the public. After the opening of this corridor, the entire Inderlok-Bahadurgarh section will become 26.33 km long and the Delhi Metro network will expand to 288 km with 208 stations. With Diwaker, arti rana, AIR News, Delhi.


Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has announced that the state will give a compensation of two hectares of agricultural land to the legal heir of martyred soldiers, in case their spouses are not alive.

"On March 20 this year, the Maharashtra government had decided to give two hectares of land to the wives of martyred soldiers. A statement from the Chief Minister's office has said that legal heir has also been included in the list and in case the spouse of the martyred soldier is not alive, the land could be given to the legal heir of the soldier. The changes, required in land allotment rules to implement this decision, were approved by Mr Fadnavis yesterday.  The decision would apply to the Army as well as the other armed forces of the Union. WITH  Pooja Pal, RITU SRIVASTAVA, AIR News."


The Odisha government has decided to regulate operations of country boats in Chilika lake from tomorrow. State Chief Secretary A P Padhi yesterday directed the District Collectors of Puri and Khurda districts to ensure that each and every passenger wears a life jacket while undertaking a journey in any water body, including the Chilika lake. He also asked the district authorities to ensure that all the boats operating in the lagoon must be registered under the Directorate of Ports and Inland Water Transport.


Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh called on the Prime Minister of Mongolia, Mr. Ukhnaagiin Khurelsukh and discussed with him a wide range of bilateral issues including border management, disaster management and cyber security. He is on a three-day visit to Mongolia to further strengthen bilateral relations and security cooperation.

In a tweet, Mr. Singh yesterday said that he hoped these deliberations added to New Delhi's efforts in deepening the India-Mongolia bilateral relations. Mongolia broke ground on Friday for the construction of the country's first oil refinery with the help of a one billion US dollar loan from India.


Turkey holds its first simultaneous Presidential and Parliamentary elections today. This is in line with last year's constitutional changes that will transform the country's Parliamentary system to an executive Presidential one. President Tayyip Erdogan faces his biggest electoral challenge, from former teacher Muharrem Ince, who has revitalised the opposition in less than two months.

Mr Erdogan, 64 called early polls as they were originally set for November 2019. Fifty-four-old Mr Ince, a former physics teacher from northwest Turkey, is an outspoken lawmaker of the secularist Republican People's Party. Voting at diplomatic missions outside the country ended on June 19th. The elections are taking place under a state of emergency, in place since July 2016 following a failed deadly coup blamed by the government on the movement of Fethullah Gulen, a US-based self-exiled religious leader.


Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa has survived an apparent bomb attack at an election rally of the ruling party in Bulawayo. He said an object exploded yesterday a few inches away from him, but it was not his time. State broadcaster  ZBC reported that 42 people were injured, six of them seriously. The seventy-five year old President visited the injured in hospital. He condemned the violence as senseless and pleaded for unity.

Mr Mnangagwa was in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe's second largest city and also an opposition stronghold, to campaign for his Zanu-PF party ahead of nationwide elections on the 30th of July. He took power in November 2017 after longtime leader Robert Mugabe stepped down following a military intervention.


Ethiopia’s new Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed escaped a grenade attack yesterday at a rally in the capital that killed one person and left scores wounded. The attack was launched moments after Prime Minister Abiy, a former soldier who took office in April, finished his speech in the centre of the capital Addis Ababa. Federal Police Commission said, six suspects are currently under investigation for involvement in the attack.


The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, OPEC and non-OPEC oil producers have agreed to jointly increase the oil production. The meeting in Vienna between OPEC and non-OPEC oil producers including Russia yesterday decided to stick to 100 per cent conformity of the oil production cap set in the meeting in 2016 in which the agreement to cut oil output by a total of 1.8 million barrels per day had been reached. The agreement would be implemented in July.


Now, news from the FIFA World Cup:

"Defending champions Germany avoided a humiliating exit from the tournament last night, as they came back from behind to beat Sweden, 2-1 in a thrilling Group-F match to revive their hopes of securing a place in the knock-out stage. Marco Reus gave Germany a lifeline in the second half when he cancelled out Ola Toivonen's 32nd minute strike. The holders were hanging by the thread when Jerome Boateng was sent off, but Toni Kroos hit a free-kick in the final minute of injury-time giving Germany hopes of becoming the first side to retain the World Cup since 1962.

In the other Pool-F game, Mexico defeated South Korea, 2-1 to strengthen their chances of sealing a place in the Round-of-16. In Group-G, Belgium crushed Tunisia, 5-2 to all but book a place in the pre-quarterfinals. Romelu Lukaku, who netted a brace along with Eden Hazard, joined Cristiano Ronaldo as the leading goal scorer of the tournament with 4 goals, and also became Belgium's all-time top scorer in major tournaments. Today, England will face Panama in Pool-G, with Japan battling it out against Senegal, and Poland playing Colombia in Group-H. SAVVY HASAN KHAN, AIR NEWS."


In Men's Hockey, India will take on Argentina in their second round-robin match of the Champions Trophy at Breda, the Netherlands today. All India Radio will broadcast a live commentary on the match from 3:25 PM. In the opening games last evening, while India blanked arch-rivals Pakistan 4-0, Argentina beat the Netherlands, 2-1. Australia and Belgium played out a 3-3 draw.

Besides the India-Argentina match, the Netherlands will play Belgium at 5:30 this evening, with Australia taking on Pakistan at 7:30 PM.


World champions India cruised to a 48-19 win over Kenya to pick their second successive win and lead group A in the Kabaddi Masters in Dubai today. India were brilliant in both offence and defence while Kenya struggled to hold India's tsumani of points. Earlier, in the day's first match, Iran, who came into the tournament without their star players, produced a commanding performance with a 54-24 victory over Argentina in a Group-B match.


The three-day annual Sindhu Darshan Festival celebrated on the bank of Indus River starts from today in Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir. The Festival organised by Sindhu Darshan Yatra Samiti and Ladakh Phandey Tsogspa, Leh, will be inaugurate by RSS General Secretary Bhaiya Ji.

"The aim of the Sindhu Darshan festival started by the centre government in 1990 is to promote Ladakh as a tourists' destination in the country.  The programme of the festival is also focused at national integration, communal harmony and national pride. It will be marked by holy dip in the Indus River, hosting of national flag and cultural programme of different areas of the country. This year mark the 22nd Sindhu Darshan festival and it was started by the former deputy prime minister L K Advani in 1997. Yangchan dolma for AIR news from Leh Ladakh."



  • "Plastic disappears from shops on Day 1 of Maharashtra ban" reports The Tribune. Though most reports suggest that penalties have been put off till Monday, DNA reports "Maharashtra plastic ban, Rs 7.27 lacs were collected in fines on day 1".
  • In its lead story, The Indian Express quotes the BJP President Amit Shah, as saying in a rally at Jammu yesterday "Mehbooba govt discriminated against Jammu and Ladakh regions".
  • In a story headlined "Clock ticks for paperless Indians", The Hindu reports that the US crackdown on illegal immigrants is set to hurt around five lakh undocumented Indians in the United States.
  • The Pioneer headline reads "Envoy barred from Pak Gurudwara, India lodges strong protest". The paper writes that, the Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan and other consular officials were not allowed to visit Gurdwara Panja Sahib and meet Indian pilgrims despite having the necessary travel permission.
  • The Asian Age features a picture of an exultant Indian player after scoring a goal against Pakistan in yesterday's Champion's Trophy hockey match. India won by a comfortable margin of 4-0 in the opening match, the caption adds.
  • "Travel light as airlines hike luggage fees" warns the Business Standard. Leading airlines have raised the charges for luggage to Rs 400 per kg for anything beyond 15 kg from the existing Rs 300 per kg. The cost of pre-booked excess luggage has also risen by 33 percent in a few airlines.
  • Delhiites who have been reeling under a severe heat wave for the last couple of days can hope for relief after 3 days, reports the Times of India.
  • "Blind lawyer gets disabled clients into IAS" reports Mail Today.


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