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Modi in Netherlands June 28, 2017 11:03

In the last lap of three nation tour, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has visited Netherlands. He was given a warm welcome. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the Netherlands is a natural partner in India's economic development and thanked for backing India's Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) membership. "Landed in the Netherlands. This is a visit of immense importance, which will lead to cementing ties with a valued friend," Modi tweeted after arriving in the Netherlands' capital. "I look forward to meeting Prime Minister Rutte and reviewing our bilateral relations. I would be exchanging views with PM Rutte on important global issues including counter- terrorism and climate change," Modi had said before embarking on his three-nation tour that took him to Portugal and the US. "The world is inter-dependant and inter-connected. We would discuss both bilateral issues and those concerning the world," Prime Minister Modi said ahead of talks with his Dutch counterpart Mark Rutte. "Ties between India and the Netherlands are very old. Our bilateral relations are very strong," he said. "The Dutch expertise in areas such as water and waste management, agriculture and food processing, renewable energy and ports and shipping, matches with our development needs," the prime minister had said. "Indo-Dutch economic engagement is a win-win proposition," he said, Dutch Prime Minister Rutte said India's emergence as a global power is a "welcome development from both political and economic point of views." "Political because of the values we share with respect of rule of laws and security," he said. He praised Modi for announcing major sustainable initiatives like 'Clean India' and 'Make in India'. "The Netherlands is a key partner to help India achieve its goals," he said. "India is now a global economic power. It is world's second biggest economy and Indian market has a lot of potential. We have a plenty to offer to India too," he said. By Premji

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Historic Trump - Modi meet June 27, 2017 10:28

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was welcomed to the White House by US Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump, making him the first world leader to be hosted at the White House. Leaders of world's two largest democracies, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Donald Trump, met at the White House for the first time. Both the sides stressed on eradicating terrorism which is threatening internal security of both the countries. Both India and the United States talked about enhancing trade, defense, and technological partnership. President Donald Trump praised India’s high economic growth, PM Modi called India and US global engines of growth. Trump said that India and US will together end Islamic terrorism, Modi said that fighting terrorism was their top priority. Prime Minister Narendra Modi stressed on increasing the exchange of intelligence between the two countries to combat terrorism. President Donald Trump announced on the Naval exercises between India, Japan and the United States. Trump and Modi also discussed terrorist attacks in Afghanistan. The two leaders issued a joint statement to the media. Donald Trump said: Relationship between India has never been stronger, never been better. I and PM Modi are world leaders on social media. I salute you, PM Modi and Indian people for what you are achieving. You have a big vision for infrastructural development and you are fighting corruption in governance. I look forward to working with you to create jobs. Security partnership is very important. We are both committed to destroying terrorist organisation. We will together destroy Islamic terrorism. PM Modi said: Our talks will be a very important page in the history of India-US relations. Both India and US are the global engine of growth. Fighting terrorism is mine and President Trump’s top priority. Today, I and President Trump have touched upon all aspects of India-US partnership. A strong America is in India’s interests. We will bolster our digital partnership. We had talks on terrorism, extremism, and radicalisation. We will increase intelligence-sharing. Terror incidents in Afghanistan is a matter of concern. We commend US efforts to make India’s defense stronger. President Trump, I thank you for the friendship you extend to me and the people of India. Trade, commerce and investment are key areas. Technology, innovation and knowledge economy are also areas we are actively looking at We agreed to work closely on boosting maritime trade and cooperation By Premji

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Modi’s US visit - high expectations June 26, 2017 11:13

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet US President Donald Trump, but the air is rent with modest expectations. Indian officials termed the visit as leaving it to the leaders to chart a new course and they want their American counterparts to talk it up, which they did when they spoke of Modi getting a red-carpet welcome and being the first foreign leaders to be invited for a dinner at White House. Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi met a group of Indian American CEOs and addressed the gathering ahead of his first meeting with President Donald Trump. Prime Minister told the gathering that the “implementation of the landmark initiative of GST could be a subject of studies in U.S. business schools.” “The CEOs walked away with increased confidence in India's growth prospects and the Prime Minister's leadership,” Mukesh Aghi, President of the U.S.-India Business Council said after the CEO round table. Mr. Modi said that opportunities for tourism through developing hotels in the PPP model at 500 railway stations would be a specific growth opportunity. He emphasised the importance the government has attached to efficiency and transparency, MEA spokesperson Gopal Baglay said on Twitter. Hours ahead of Mr. Modi’s arrival,  Mr Trump said, “Look forward to welcoming India’s PM Modi to @White House on Monday. Important strategic issues to discuss with a true friend!” By Premji

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Cartosat-2 launched successfully June 23, 2017 10:12

Earth observation satellite Cartosat-2 series and 30 co-passenger satellites are launched by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. India's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, in its 40th flight (PSLV-C38), has launched the 712 kg Cartosat-2 series satellite for earth observation and 30 co-passenger satellites together weighing about 243 kg at lift-off into a 505 km polar Sun Synchronous Orbit (SSO). PSLV-C38 was launched from the First Launch Pad (FLP) of Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota. This is the seventeenth flight of PSLV in 'XL' configuration (with the use of solid strap-on motors). The co-passenger satellites comprises of 29 Nano satellites from 14 countries namely, Austria, Belgium, Chile, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia, United Kingdom and United States of America as well as one Nano satellite from India. The total weight of all these satellites carried on-board PSLV-C38 is about 955 kg. The 29 International customer Nano satellites were launched as part of the commercial arrangements between Antrix Corporation Limited (Antrix), a Government of India company under Department of Space (DOS) and the commercial arm of ISRO and the International customers. Cartosat-2 is a remote sensing satellite with the resolution of 0.6 metres which can spot even smaller objects within a square of 0.6 m by 0.6 m. The ISRO official succinctly defined it as ‘High-resolution scene specific spot imagery.’ Once the satellite becomes operational, it will be handed over to the defence forces, which have their own infrastructure, that includes ground stations and trained manpower to access data. Defence surveillance will get a leg-up because it can be used for identifying terrorist camps and bunkers. Earlier, India has created history after NASA has launched the world’s lightest satellite, built by 18-year old Tamil Nadu student Rifath Sharook and his team. Named as Kalamsat, after former President APJ Abdul Kalam, the tiny satellite weighs around 64 grams. The satellite was flown into the space in a NASA sounding rocket from a NASA facility in Wallops Island. By Premji

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Tubelight Movie Review June 22, 2017 19:21

Tubelight is the story of two brothers Bharat (Sohail Khan) and Laxman (Salman Khan) who are orphans. They share a close bonding with each other that they live for each other. Things change completely after Bharat joins army and heads for the India - China war. This is during this time, Laxman misses his brother badly and starts his journey for him. The rest of the film is all about the people he meets and bonds during this journey. Watch Tubelight to know if Laxman meets his brother Bharat.

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Air India may complete the full circle June 22, 2017 10:17

As the Central government is mulling for the privitisation of the national carrier ‘Air India’, the Tata group is open to purchasing stake in Air India, which JRD Tata launched in 1932. If the talks fructify, the national carrier's history may come full circle. The Tata group is believed to have held preliminary discussions with the senior government officials for participating in the privatisation process. It is not known whether the talks were held at the behest of the government or the Tata group. Tata group spokesperson said, “We do not comment on such matters.” There is no certainty that the deal would go through, but the Tatas’ acquisition would bring a lease of life for Air India and increase competition in the Indian skies. The Tatas run two joint venture airlines — AirAsia India and Vistara — both of are relatively small operations when compared to Air India. Being late entrants, the rise of both carriers has been hindered by slot constraints and pilot shortage. Air India is an established brand and has the third largest share in the domestic market and second largest share in the international market (ex-India) with prime slots in domestic and international airports. The Tatas have a long history in aviation. JRD Tata began the first air mail service by an Indian company by operating a flight between Karachi and Mumbai in October 1932. This was followed by passenger services within the country and heralded the birth of Air India. Tata Airlines became a public company in 1946 and was renamed Air India. After Independence, the government has bought 49 percent stake in Air India in 1948 and nationalised the carrier in 1953. JRD Tata remained its chairman until 1978 and was removed from the post by the Moraraji Desai-led Janata Party government. A decade later, Ratan Tata was named the chairman of Air India. He held the post for three years, from 1986 to 1989. By Premji

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June 21 - International Day of Yoga June 21, 2017 12:25

Cities across India rolled out yoga mats at various venues to mark the importance of yoga on the third International Yoga Day. Union Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu said “Yoga is becoming part of people’s life, it brings discipline.” “If people have come in large numbers even in a rainy weather that suggest how much people have a belief and resolve toward yoga. The kind of awakening that Prime Minister Modi has spread regarding yoga can be seen here as people have come here for yoga in this adverse weather also. This suggests that there is an awakening for yoga among people,” Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) Jitendra Singh said in Jammu. “I am happy to see so many Yoga institutes being opened over the last three years. Demand for Yoga teachers is increasing. Apart from fitness, wellness is important. Yoga is a medium to achieve wellness,” Prime Minister Modi said. Despite rains, PM Modi led the International Yoga Day celebrations from Lucknow. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath also attended the event. "I welcome all yoga lovers present here and those performing yoga in various corners of the world. Today, yoga has become a part of so many lives. Yoga's popularity out of India is high and it has connected the world with India," PM Modi said. In Ahmedabad, BJP president Amit Shah joined yoga guru Baba Ramdev to celebrate the day where over four lakh people are expected to participate throughout the day. In Delhi, Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu, Delhi Lt Governor Anil Baijal and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal took part in the celebration. Union Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya took part in yoga day in Hyderabad. M J Akbar attended yoga celebration at Puducherry. Assam Chief Minister Sarbanand Sonwal kicked off the celebrations at Gurdon field in Nalbari district. Minister for Power Piyush Goyal was in Visakhapatnam to mark his presence. IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad in Patna did asanas to inspire people to take part in the celebration. HRD minister Prakash Javadekar twisted and turned in Imphal to preside over the yoga celebration. By Premji

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Modi’s masterstroke in Presidential candidate - Rammath Kovind June 20, 2017 10:26

Ram Nath Kovind, a known Dalit figure in BJP circles and present Bihar governor is set to take over as the 14th President after the incumbent Pranab Mukherjee retires on July 24. Kovind, 71, will be the second Dalit, after the late K R Narayanan, to be President and the first from UP. A non-controversial person and a respecter of protocol, Kovind, was praised by Bihar CM Nitish Kumar for playing by the book. A former chief of BJP's Dalit Morcha who was twice nominated to the Rajya Sabha before being appointed governor of Bihar after Narendra Modi's victory in 2014, Kovind is a perfect fit for the Dalit outreach that Prime Minister Modi, BJP chief Amit Shah and RSS want. It has been a story of dedication and tireless work for the organisation for him. He even donated his ancestral house in Paraunkh village in Derapur to the RSS. Here are some facts you should know about the President waiting: Kovind was born on October 1, 1945 at Kanpur Dehat in Uttar Pradesh. He has Bachelor's degrees in Commerce and Law, both from Kanpur University. Became a Rajya Sabha MP in April 1994 from Uttar Pradesh and served for two consecutive terms for 12 years until March 2006. Advocate by profession, he was a central government advocate in the Delhi high court from 1977 to 1979 and Central Government Standing Counsel in the Supreme Court from 1980 to 1993. He became the Advocate-on-Record of the Supreme Court in 1978. He practiced in the Delhi high court and the Supreme Court for 16 years until 1993. He enrolled as an Advocate in 1971 with the Bar Council of Delhi. Served as member on several important Parliamentary Committees such as, Parliamentary Committee on Welfare of Scheduled Castes/Tribes, Parliamentary Committee on Home Affairs, Parliamentary Committee on Petroleum and Natural Gas, Parliamentary Committee on Social Justice and Empowerment, Parliamentary Committee on Law and Justice. He also chaired the Rajya Sabha House Committee. Former president of the BJP Dalit Morcha (1998-2002). President of the All-India Koli Samaj. Served as national spokesperson of the party. Served as a board member at Dr. B.R Ambedkar University in Lucknow and the Indian Institute of Management in Kolkata. Represented India in the United Nations and addressed the United Nations General Assembly in October, 2002. Married and has a son and a daughter. On August 8, 2015, Kovind was appointed governor of Bihar. By Premji

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China brazing for Yoga June 19, 2017 10:39

Beijing’s iconic Great Wall as well as numerous parks, lakes and resorts across China have become the venues for yoga events being held with active support of Chinese government bodies. The Indian Embassy which has a yoga specialist Umesh Babu, besides Indian Consulates in Shanghai and Guangzhou are organising dozens of events which would be attended by Chinese officials. Ahead of the third UN International Day of Yoga, thousands of Chinese would participate in scores of events organised across the Communist nation, which officials say will make it the second biggest celebrations of the day in the world after India. First yoga college has come up outside India with joint collaboration of India and China in Yunnan Minzu, University in Kunming, has also lined up with several yoga events. “Since UN declared yoga day June 21 has become a yoga festival day in all big and small cities in China,” Manmohan Singh Bhandari, an Indian yoga expert who along with his Chinese wife Yin Yan runs yoga training school Yogi Yoga, said at Beijing. “In terms of the quality of participation of Yoga practitioners from India, the number of events at different locations in China and the expected outreach to Chinese Yoga lovers, the series of events planned for this year are poised to reach new heights,” the embassy said. By Premji

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Lashkar commander Junaid Mattoo, two other militants killed June 17, 2017 10:21

Lashkar commander Junaid Mattu, Nisar Ahmed and a third militant were gunned down in a joint operation involving the Indian Army, Special Operations Group (SOG) and the CRPF. Bodies of the three militants were recovered from Arwani in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district. Three weapons, including AK 47 guns and six magazines were recovered from them. While this encounter took place, militants in another part of the state has laid an ambush and killed six policemen, including a Station House Officer (SHO) of the Achabal police station. Junaid Mattoo was involved in a day light attack on a police van in which three policemen including an officer was killed last year. Mattoo's involvement is suspected in the killing of a policeman in Kulgam area of South Kashmir. Mattoo a Lashkar-e-Tayiba militant was active since two years in the Valley. He carried a bounty of Rs 10 lakh on his head. Intelligence sources said that the search operation is still on but have been hampered by stone-pelters who are targeting the security forces from different sides. Police said that Junaid Mattoo is the third top militant who has been killed after Burhan Wani since last year. Buran Wani's close aid Sabzar Ahmad Bhat was the second militant who was killed in an encounter on May 27 last month. Mattoo had joined the Lashkar at the age of 18. He was part of the 12 most wanted list released by the Army recently. By Premji

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