A day left for Parliament begin, Congress indecisive on its Lok Sabha leader
The Centre has sanctioned the release of Rs 1,496 crore to 30 central universities for implementation of the 10% quota for the economically weaker section in the general category from the 2019-20 academic session. Some universities like Delhi University and Visva Bharati have already received the sanction letters from the ministry of human resource development.
The impasse in West Bengal showed signs of easing as agitating doctors said late Saturday night that they were open for talks with West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee to end their stir, but they would decide on the venue of the meeting later. On Saturday evening, they had turned down an invite for a closed-door meeting with Mamata at the state secretariat.
Aurangabad civil surgeon Dr Surendra Prasad said at least 25 people died due to heatwave in the district. Nawada DM Kaushal Kumar confirmed death of three people due to heat stroke. One person has died in Gaya as well. Bihar CM Nitish Kumar expressed grief over the deaths and announced an ex gratia payment of Rs 4 lakh to the next of the kin of the deceased
With a promise of «protection», Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee on Saturday asked «willing» junior doctors to resume work, while appealing to the others to come to the negotiating table at the state secretariat for the sake of «humanity». But she ruled out going to the NRS Medical College and Hospital campus as demanded by the striking junior doctors.
In his opening remarks at the fifth governing council meeting of Niti Aayog, Modi said one of the major aims of the Centre's integrated approach to water-related issues under the jal shakti ministry is to provide piped water to every rural home by 2024. To spread awareness of water conservation, government may deploy «jaldoots» (volunteers), sources said.
India has finalised the plan to acquire 30 weaponised Sea Guardian (or Predator-B) drones in yet another proposed mega defence deal with the US, even as New Delhi remains steadfast about going ahead with its deal inked for the Russian S-400 Triumf missile systems despite mounting pressure from the Trump administration.
The Centre on Saturday issued two separate advisories to West Bengal - first on rising incidents of political violence that have claimed 26 lives so far this year and the second on the ongoing strike by doctors in West Bengal - and sought a report from the state on correctives on both counts.
Cyclone Vayu is moving towards westwards and is «likely to hit Kutch as a deep depression,» said IMD director Jayant Sarkar on Saturday. The IMD director also assured that the Cyclone will not cause any substantial damage in the areas where it will come. The cyclone is expected to move towards North Gujarat in a weakening state on June 18.
The goal of making India a $5 trillion economy by 2024 is «challenging, but achievable» with the concerted efforts of states, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said at the fifth meeting of Niti Aayog's Governing Council. Modi stressed that Niti Aayog has a key role to play in fulfilling the mantra of «Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas».
Alleging that «jungle-raj» was prevailing in UP, SP president Akhilesh Yadav met governor Ram Naik over the poor law and order situation and asked him to «wake up» the Yogi Adityanath govt as he used to do during the SP regime. «Bar council chairperson is being murdered in her chamber. There is murder in jail...How these are happening?» he said.
PM Modi's radio programme «Mann Ki Baat» will resume on June 30 at 11:00 am. This will be the first Mann ki Baat episode after Modi assumed office for the second time. The first episode of the second season will be broadcast on All India Radio. For this edition, the PM has asked everyone to share their thoughts on themes and issues that matter to the public.
Arriving in Bishkek for the SCO summit, Modi was extended a ceremonial welcome by the Kyrgyzstan President Sooronbay Jeenbekov when the rains came down. Photographs from the event showed Jeenbekov holding an umbrella for the PM. Similar scenes played out last Sunday when PM Modi was being accorded a ceremonial welcome by Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena in Colombo.
Earlier on Thursday, NIA had arrested Mohammad Azarudheen, leader of the 10-member module and a Facebook friend of Sri Lankan suicide bomber Zahran Hashim.
The NDA government in Manipur seems to be heading for a crisis after dissident ministers, MLAs, and MPs left for New Delhi on Friday to lobby with BJP central leadership for a change of guard in the state.
The government will soon unveil a new smart card that can be used across all Metro rail networks for limited number of trips. What the passenger would require is to charge them at the counter when they go to avail the services in different Metro networks. This will be in addition to the «One Nation One Card» the government recently launched which can be used for any mode of transport and even for retail purchases.
In a letter addressed to party chief Nitish Kumar, Alok said he did not want to be a source of «embarrassment» to the CM.Alok, who also resigned from the post of JD(U) state general secretary, told .
«The committee, headed by the Controller General of Defence Accounts (CGDA) and including representatives from the three services, will submit its report in a month,» said a defence ministry official.
Indian Medical Association and some doctors' bodies like the Alliance of Doctors for Ethical Healthcare (ADEH) have urged the government to frame a central law to check violence against health care workers in hospitals. In a letter to home minister Amit Shah, IMA requested him «to bring a central legislation in the form of special law against violence on doctors and health care establishments».