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  • The re-poll will be held from 7 AM to 6 PM on Wednesday.   The Commission has also ordered transfer of the Gondia collector for dereliction of duty. The new collector has assumed charge in the district.

  • The two leaders have held several bilateral meetings and have also met on the sidelines of multilateral for a like India-ASEAN summits and East Asia summits. In his pre departure statement, PM Modi wrote This is my first visit to Indonesia as Prime Minister. I am looking forward to my discussions with President Widodo on 30 May, as also to our joint interaction with the India-Indonesia CEOs Forum. I will also address the Indian Community in Indonesia. India and Indonesia enjoy strong and friendly ties and share deep historical and civilizational linkages. Both countries are multi ethnic, multi religious, plural and open societies. I am confident that my visit to Indonesia will create greater synergy between Asia's two largest democracies and further elevate our bilateral ties. Prime Minister's first official engagement was a visit to the KALIBATA Heroes CEMETRY in South Jakarta, where he would  pay homage to the Indonesian national heroes who died fighting in Indonesia's war of Independence, and whose mortal remains are buried. He was then accorded a ceremonial reception at the Presidential Palace. Talks between him and the Indonesian President took place. Both sides inked 15 agreements in the fields of defence, space and science and technology.  Think of Jakarta and the first thing that comes to mind is MONAS - an abbreviation for Indonesian term Monumen Nationaal or National Monument. After the red carpet at the Presidential Palace and talks with the Indonesian President Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Monas - the main landmark of Jakarta, next to the Presidential Palace. The two leaders also jointly inaugurated a Kite Festival and witnessed a Kite Exhibition that showcased the strong civilizational linkages between the countries. PM Modi and President Widodo will interact with Indian and Indonesian CEOs with the aim of boosting bilateral trade and commercial ties India-Indonesian trade has grown over 4 times in the last 10 years alone to 18 billion dollars. Indian companies have invested over 15 billion dollars in Indonesia and created 2,50,000 jobs here. But the balance of trade is heavily in Indonesia's favour - an imbalance that India seeks to correct   People to people ties between India and Indonesia are set to get a boost too during the course of the PM's visit as PM Modi will address the Indian diaspora at a community reception in Jakarta India and Indonesia have a Strategic Partnership since 2005. Especially over the last couple of years a lot of vibrancy has been injected into the bilateral partnership with frequent high level visits. Prime Minister's visit to Indonesia is expected to take bilateral ties and partnership in the Indo Pacific region to new heights.

  • The two military commanders reviewed the prevailing situation along the Line of Control and International Border in J&K during a conversation over the hotline at 6 PM. After that, the two armies issued identical statements saying both sides agreed to fully implement the 15-year-old ceasefire understanding.  This comes a day after External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj reasserted that talks and terror can't go hand in hand. The Pakistan Army, in a statement, said both the DGMOs agreed to undertake sincere measures to improve the existing situation to ensure peace and avoidance of hardships to the civilians along the borders.  The LoC has been witnessing increasing hostilities in the last few months. India has been giving a befitting reply to these incidents.  A total of 908 incidents of ceasefire violations by Pakistan Army were reported till Tuesday in the current year as against 860 incidents during 2017.

  • The BJP President met constitution expert Subhash Kashyap at Kashyap's residence in Delhi. Earlier, he met former Army chief Dalbir Singh in New Delhi and gave him details of initiatives and achievements of the Modi Government. As part of the initiative, BJP's National President  Amit Shah will reach out to 50 people personally with details of initiatives and achievements of the Modi Government whereas each karyakarta will contact atleast 10 people and aware them about the achievements.

  • Four years ago, on may 26, 2014, the Modi government took office with only one goal, development of the country. With a clear mandate the government set about its task of development, in right earnest. On the internal security front, the government has been working towards eliminating the naxal problem in the country. Operations against left wing extremists have been going on, side by side, with development and infrastructure projects in the affected areas. There has been a special focus on building infrastructure like roads, bridges, mobile towers, school buildings, anganwadi centers and primary health centers… the result is there for all to see.  Government has a two pronged approach, of providing security to people in naxal-hit areas and at the same time empowering them. In the latest move, the union cabinet has approved a program to install 4072 mobile towers in 96 districts affected by left-wing extremism across 10 states. The towers will cost Rs. 7330 crore and will provide 4g and broadband facilities. Another area of focus has been building infrastructure. road and transport ministry has made huge strides in 48 months  From the expansion of national highways network, the ambitious Bharatmala project, special emphasis on road safety, making highways  eco friendly, launching e-friendly initiatives and expanding international partnerships, the achievements of the road and transport ministry are there to see.  The sagarmala project focuses multi-modal transport connectivity. It aims at developing ports by connecting them to railways and roads. It also includes creating Special Economic Zones and cold storage networks… and the govt's achievements don't end there.  Talking of the defence sector, it has seen a major Make in India push. The INS Kalavari submarine, Aakash Missile are examples of this. The Navika Sagar Prikrama or circumnavigation by an all women crew of INSV Tarini has also made the the nation proud. There has been a huge step up in joint exercises with nations like Russia, USA, England, Sri Lanka and Japan over the last 4 years.  Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution Minister Ram Vilas listed out the achievements of his ministry. The launch of the revolutionary universal health care programme Ayushman Bharat is the biggest achievement of the health ministry under the Modi govt. Recently, the programme was lauded at the global level at the World Health Organisation Assembly in Geneva. On the Minority affairs ministry front, 2.66 crore scholarships have been given since 2014. The total number of scholarships till 2014 stood at 3.06 crore beneficiaries. Nearly 5 lakh 43 thousand 600 (5,43,594)) people have benefitted from skill development and training opportunities since 2014. Till 2014 there were 20,164 beneficiaries. For the first time after independence, Haj quota is at a maximum level of 1,75,025.  In another first, women hajis can go for haj without Mehram or a Male companion. Web portal and Haj mobile app for online application facility for Haj pilgrims has started making Haj applications simpler.  Haj subsidy now being used for girl child education.  End to triple talaq.  

  • The main function was held at Army Pavilion in Kathmandu, which was attended by President Bidya Devi Bhandari, Vice President Nanda Bahadur Pun, Prime Minister K.P.Sharma Oli , diplomats from various countries and other dignitaries. President Bhandari and Prime Minister Oli has greeted people of Nepal on the occasion of Republic Day. In her message, President Bhandari said that this historic day will inspire and unite all Nepali people to work for the national integrity and prosperity through Federal Democratic Republic form of governance. Prime Minister Oli in his message said that Republic is not limited to a word, it is a journey of prosperity and development to bring happiness in the lives of common people. On May 28, 2008, the Constituent Assembly of the Himalayan nation declared Nepal a Federal Democratic Republic, abolishing the 240 year-old monarchy.

  • Interacting with Mudra Yojana beneficiaries through the Namo app, Prime Minister said that centre trusted the small entrepreneurs and traders by extending loans to them.  He further added that  Mudra Yojna is also acting as a job multiplier and that many people would not have had to migrate had the scheme been started earlier. PM Modi added that the mudra scheme had done remarkably well in helping the poor to break away from the clutches of the loan sharks. He said six lakh crore rupees loans have been given under the Mudra scheme to 12 crore families. Prime Minister also urged the beneficiaries of the sheme to encourage others to use the BHIM app.

  • Malaysia said last week the search by Texas-based company Ocean Infinity would end today after two extensions of the original 90-day time limit. Australian Transport Minister Michael McCormack said the four-year search had been the largest in aviation history and tested the limits of technology and the capacity of experts and people at sea. "Our thoughts are with the families and loved ones of the 239 people on board MH370," McCormack's office said in a statement. "We will always remain hopeful that one day the aircraft will be located." Malaysia signed a "no cure, no fee" deal with Ocean Infinity in January to resume the hunt for the plane, a year after the official search in the southern Indian Ocean by Australia, Malaysia and China was called off. No other search is scheduled. Australia, Malaysia and China agreed in 2016 that an official search would only resume if the three countries had credible evidence that identified a specific location for the wreckage. Malaysia said last week an Ocean Infinity ship Seabed Contractor operating underwater sonar drones had searched more than 96,000 square kilometers of sea. The search area deemed by experts to be the most likely crash site was only 25,000 square kilometers, roughly the size of Vermont. Ocean Infinity did not immediately reply to a request for comment. The Boeing 777 vanished on March 8, 2014, while flying from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to Beijing. The original search focused on the South China Sea before analysis revealed the plane had made an unexpected turn west and then south. Australia coordinated an official search on Malaysia's behalf that scoured 120,000 square kilometers (46,000 square miles) and cost 200 million Australian dollars (USD 150 million) before it ended last year. Danica Weeks, an Australian resident who lost her husband on Flight 370, urged Foreign Minister Julie Bishop to call on the new Malaysian government to be more transparent about what they knew about the mysterious disappearance. "There've been so many theories and rumors and ... we don't know what is true and what isn't," Weeks told Australian Broadcasting Corp. "I want Julie Bishop to say to the Malaysian counterparts now: what do you have? Where is the investigation at?" she added. The director of the official seabed hunt that ended last year, Peter Foley, told an Australian Senate committee hearing last week that he still hoped that Ocean Infinity would be successful. "If they're not, of course, that would be a great sadness for all of us," Foley said.

  • As part of the campaign, all the party Karyakarta including the party President Amit Shah and booth level workers will take part in the Initiative. BJP's National President  Amit Shah will reach out to 50 people personally with details of initiatives and achievements of the Modi Government whereas each karyakarta will contact atleast 10 people and aware them about the achievements. There will also be a special session of ''Sampark for Samarthan'' on the NaMo App to help Karyakartas under the initiative.  

  • The results will be available on the websites- www.results.nic.in, www.cbseresults.nic.in and www.cbse.nic.in. The results can be seen on UMANG mobile application and on www.results.nic.in, cbseresults.nic.in The students can also view their results on UMANG mobile application. It can also be accessed through telephone number- 011 - 24300699 or by sending SMS on mobile number- 7738299899.  Over 16 lakh students appeared for Class 10 exams this year. 

  • The COMRA also released a series of videos showing activities of rarely-seen deep sea creatures in the seamounts during an international conference hosted by the association and International Seabed Authority in Qingdao City of east China's Shandong Province, scheduled between Monday and Tuesday. The video shows a shoal of red deep sea shrimps moving together; it also shows long-tail deep sea cod which are usually found in a region over 5,000 meters below surface. A cutthroat eel twists its body and tries to bit the bait besides the camera. A ratfish wanders past the camera, with a pair of impressive big eyes. Yet its eyes can see nothing, and uses lateral line to sense the change of current. "In recent years, with the development of technology, we have generally found over 30 kinds of new species through the application of Jiaolong Submersible and underwater remotely-operated vehicle (ROV). We have a general idea of the biological diversity of seamounts, including the kinds of species that live there and how they are distributed. It provides a solid foundation for the protection of seamounts," said Wang Chunsheng, chief scientist of COMRA.

  • The Magenta line, inaugurated on Monday, will bring domestic terminal of the city airport on the DMRC network and cut travel time between Noida and Gurgaon by at least 30 minutes. With the opening of this section, the total operational span of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) network has reached to 277 km, officials said. Passenger services on the segment, which has 16 stations -- 14 underground, two elevated -- began today at 6 am from Kalkaji Mandir and Janakpuri West stations simultaneously. At 29 metres, the five-level new Hauz Khas station is the deepest metro station in the entire network and an engineering landmark as its tunnel goes beneath that of the existing station on Yellow Line. Hauz Khas (with Yellow Line) and Janakpuri West (with Blue Line) stations are the interchange facilities on this corridor, besides the existing Kalkaji Mandir station (with Violet Line). This section is also the longest stretch to have been opened so far in the DMRC's Phase-III project. With the opening of this stretch, the entire Janakpuri West-Botanical Garden Magenta Line corridor, covering the city's arterial Outer Ring Road, has become operational. Terminal 1 of the IGI Airport has also been connected to the metro network through this corridor, with an eponymous station on it. On December 25, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the 12.64-km-long stretch of the Magenta Line's Botanical Garden-Kalkaji Mandir corridor, cutting down the travel time between Noida and parts of south Delhi by more than 30 minutes. Now, with the opening of the remainder of the Magneta Line, the travel travel time between Noida and Gurgaon will shrink by at least 30 minutes. "After the inauguration of this vital link, the approximate time to commute between HUDA City Centre (end of Yellow Line on Gurgaon side) and Botanical Garden (on Blue Line in Noida) stations will be about 50 minutes," a DMRC official said. "Currently, a metro journey from HUDA City Centre to Botanical Garden takes about an hour and a half with the interchange at Rajiv Chowk station," they said. The corridor will operate with 24 trains which will gradually increase to 26 apart from the operating reserves. The frequency will be 5 minutes and 15 seconds during peak hours through the whole section and if passenger traffic demands shorter intermediate loops with higher frequency will be introduced after studying the traffic pattern, they said. The Delhi Metro is also touting the Magenta Line as a 'Knowledge Corridor' as four major universities of the Delhi-National Capital Region (NCR), have been connected on it. Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) and Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) are the institutions which will get metro connectivity with the opening of the new corridor and Jamia Millia Islamia in south Delhi and Amity University in Noida have already got metro connectivity with the opening of the Botanical Garden–Kalkaji Mandir section in December last year. The escalators installed at the new Janakpuri West Metro station have the highest elevation for any escalator in India, he said. These escalators have a height of 15.65 metres which surpasses the escalators installed at the Kashmere Gate Metro station which have a height of 14.575 metres. The horizontal length of the escalators are 35.32 metres, which is almost equal to a five storey building. The present station at Hauz Khas is 17 metres deep. For the construction of the new station, it was not possible to go below the existing station, as the foundation is 32 metres and there is the foundation of the flyover on Outer Ring Road also, an official said. "If the new station had to be constructed below the existing station, we would have to go deep up to about 42 metres, which would have been very difficult. So, the new station has been built adjacent to the existing station at a depth of 29 metres with a length of 265 metres. "It has been designed as a five level station (rail – platform – intermediate – intermediate - concourse). Generally interchange stations have three or in some cases four levels only," he said

  • The 22-year-old Mamoudou Gassama received widespread praise for his act of heroism after a video of his feat went viral on social media. It was a miracle rescue in Northern Paris on Saturday evening. In just 30 seconds, France got its own friendly neighbourhood Spiderman. As images of 22-year-old Mamoudou Gassama clambouring up four floors to rescue a 4-year old went viral on social media, it earned him an invitation to visit Elysee Palace to meet French President Emannuel Macron who gave him a medal for his bravery and rewarded him with French citizenship. Paris Fire Brigade is reported to have offered Gassama a job. The rescued child's father, on the other hand, had gone shopping while leaving the child home alone has been arrested.

  • The onset of monsoon over the southern state marks the commencement of the four-month long rainy season in the country. June 1 is the official onset date for arrival of monsoon in the country and it takes more than a month-and-half to cover the entire country. The IMD has made a forecast of "normal" rainfall this season. According to the IMD, if after May 10, 60 per cent of the available 14 stations --Minicoy, Amini, Thiruvananthapuram, Punalur, Kollam, Allapuzha, Kottayam, Kochi, Thrissur, Kozhikode, Thalassery, Kannur, Kudulu and Mangalore -- report 2.5 mm or more rainfall for two consecutive days, the onset of monsoon over Kerala can be declared on the second day. This is one of the main parameters for declaring the arrival of monsoon.  Besides this factor, the westerly winds must be up to 15,000 feet above main sea level and outgoing long-wave radiation less than 200 wm-2 (watt per square metre) to declare the arrival of monsoon.   All the necessary parameters were met following which the onset of monsoon over Kerala was announced, Mritunjay Mohapatra, Additional Director General, IMD said.

  • During the talks, the Iranian Foreign Minister sought India's support in salvaging Iran's nuclear deal with leading world powers in the wake of the US pull out from it. The Iranian Foreign Minister visited China, Russia and some European countries in the last three weeks after President Donald Trump announced Washington's withdrawal from the nuclear deal. Earlier in the day, Swaraj said India will continue its trade with Iran not withstanding the US sanctions, adding that New Delhi only recognises UN sanctions.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Indonesia Malaysia and Singapore from May 29 to June 2. The historic visit of PM Modi is set to give a substantive boost to India's Act East Policy and Indonesia's Free and Active Foreign Policy. The two leaders have held several bilateral meetings and have also met on the sidelines of multilateral fora like India-ASEAN summits and East Asia summits. Prime Minister's first official engagement would be a visit to the Kalibata Heroes Cemetry in South Jakarta, where he would  pay homage to the Indonesian national heroes who died fighting in Indonesia's war of Independence, and whose mortal remains are buried here. He will then be accorded a ceremonial reception at the Presidential Palace, which will be followed by talks between him and the Indonesian President. Both sides are expected to ink agreements in the fields of defence, space and science and technology. The 2 leaders will jointly inaugurate a Kite Festival and witness a Kite Exhibition that will showcase the strong civilizational linkages between the 2 countries. PM Modi and President Widodo will interact with Indian and Indonesian CEOs with the aim of boosting bilateral trade and commercial ties. People to people ties between India and Indonesia are set to get a boost too during the course of the PM's visit as PM Modi will address the Indian diaspora at a community reception in Jakarta Prime Minister Narendra Modi will make a brief stopover in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday on his way to Singapore during which he will meet his newly elected Malaysian counterpart Mahathir Mohammad. During their meeting, both leaders are expected to deliberate on ways to deepen bilateral relationship in a range of areas, including trade and investment. On June 1, on the last leg of his visit, PM Modi will hold extensive talks with Singaporean PM Lee Hsien Loong. PM will address CEOs of top 20 companies and is likely to ink a number of pacts in the areas of defence, space and skill development. PM Modi will also participate at an interaction with the president and board members of the Nanyang university, one of the premier educational institutions globally, and inaugurate a plaque at a place where Mahatma Gandhi's ashes were immersed.  A key highlight of PM Modi's visit to Singapore will be his key note address at the Shangri-La dialogue.  He is the first Indian PM who has been invited to deliver the key note address at the forum Prime Minister Modi's three nation tour is expected to focus on strengthening economic ties and  defence cooperation. The spotlight will also be on maritime cooperation and the Indo-Pacific region, besides push for greater connectivity and people-to-people contact.

  • The met department has said that the heat wave is expected to continue for the next couple of days and a loo alert has been issued for North India.  The Met has, however, forecast  that temperatures in areas other than Rajasthan could see a drop of two to three degrees celsius after the 30th of May. National capital Delhi too experienced scorching heat. On Monday the mercury crossed 44 degrees celsius in many places. In Lucknow the maximum temperature was 42 degrees celsius while in Varanasi it touched 43 degrees. In Kanpur it crosssed 43 degrees celsius. In Rajasthan's Jaipur it was 45 degrees celsius while the state's Bundi recorded the highest temperature of 47 degrees Celsius. Haryana's Shri Ganganagar recorded a maximum temperature of over 45 degrees celsius while Madhya Pradesh too experienced scorching heat with the maximum temperature in Bhopal recorded at 45 degrees celsius. In Indore it hovered around 42 and 43 degrees celsius. Meanwhile, the monsoons could hit Kerala within the next 24 hours before the predicted date while a low depression area formed on the Bay of Bengal is slowly advancing towards the North. As the monsoon progresses, heavy rains are expected in the next 24 to 48 hours in Lakshadweep, Kerala, coastal Karnataka, south-interior Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Andaman and Nicobar islands.  

  • Vishwas, through his advocate Amit Yadav, tendered sincere apology to Jaitley and his family members for causing any harm to them. Vishwas had earlier told the court that before making any statement or apology to Jaitley, he wanted to know if Kejriwal lied when he said his allegations against the union minister were based on documents. Arun Jaitley had lodged the Rs 10 crore defamation suit in December 2015 against Kejriwal and the five AAP leaders after they had alleged financial irregularities in the Delhi and District Cricket Association when the union minister was its president.

  • Addressing the media on four years of the government, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said, there is no change in India's stand on talks with Pakistan, and that talks and terror cannot go together. On Prime Minister Modi holding informal summits with China and Russia, she said, informal summits are new dialogue mechanism by India to strengthen and further deepen bilateral relations. The minister said government has achieved unprecedented outreach and unparalleled outcomes on the global stage. On completion of 4 years of the Modi government's Foreign policy External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj addressed a press conference in the capital and released a coffee table book titled 'unprecedented outreach, unparalleled outcomes, listing the key achievements of the Ministry of External Affairs. Sushma Swaraj said India has interacted at the Ministerial level with 186 out of 192 countries in the world. The MEA has facilitated a strong relationship with the diaspora, and connected with the common man within the country as well. Regarding Pakistan, Sushma Swaraj said government is ready for talks with Pakistan, but terrorism and talks cannot go hand in hand. She said talks cannot be held when Pakistan constantly violates the ceasefire along the International border. On Pakistan's latest statement on Gilgit Baltistan, Sushma Swaraj said India has made its protest clear. She said that a country which does not respect history and spreads terrorism, cannot preach to India. On relations with China, Sushma Swaraj said there has been no change in the situation in Dokalam. Status quo remains intact. The External Affairs Minister said the successful visit improved trust between the two countries. On India-US relations in the context of Iran, Sushma Swaraj said India's foreign policy is independent and not the result of pressure or reaction. India accepts the UN mandate that there is no Ban on Iran. On the H4 visa controversy, Sushma Swaraj said government is trying its best to resolve the problem by negotiating with the US. These are the highlights of achievements of Ministry of External Affairs - There have been ministerial level talks with 186 countries out of 192 countries around the world. - Government has developed close links with the diaspora, resolving their problems on Twitter.  Over 90,000 people have been evacuated from foreign countries. Hundreds of Indianshave been released from jails abroad. Indian Passport holders are respected abroad. 227 new passport service kendras have been opened. Foreign Policy has been taken to schools and villages through outreach programs. There has been an attempt to take foreign policy to the common man in Indian languages. The Ministry of External Affairs has been promoting all flagship programs of the Modi Government. This has resulted in a capital infusion of 14 lakh crores rupees in four years, which is 43% higher than the previous four years. A new Department of Economic Diplomacy has been created. India has become a member of three out of four International Export Control Regimes. India is also a full member of SCO. Under Prime Minister's leadership several countries of the world have formed the International Solar Alliance, and yoga has been given an important place on the world stage. The External Affairs Minister also answered questions raise by Congress party over the Modi Government's four-year tenure. Over the last four years it is clear that India's prestige on the world stage has increased and that when India speaks the world listens.

  • The village in Anuradhapura District has been named after Late  Maduluwave Sobitha Thero, who played a key role in bringing President Maithirpala Sirisena to power. The foundation stone was jointly laid by Parliament speaker Mr. Karu Jayasuriya, Minister of Housing and Construction Mr. Sajith Premadasa and Acting High Commissioner of India Arindam Bagchi in presence of other dignitaries.  The project envisages construction of 153 new houses, a multipurpose community building and alms hall, internal water supply system and renovation of Monk’s Quarters & library. It is part of India's development cooperation with Sri Lanka amounting to around 2.8 billion US dollars.  Ministry of Housing and Construction is the Implementing Partner from the Government of Sri Lanka for this project. Two other projects to construct model villages in each district and model villages in Southern Province of Sri Lanka comprising of a total of 1200 houses are also under progress.

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