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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will embark on a five-nation visit today which will cover Afghanistan, Qatar, Switzerland, the US and Mexico. Modi will begin his trip with Afghanistan to inaugurate India-funded Salma Dam which has been constructed at a cost of about 1,400 crore. From Afghanistan, he will proceed to energy-rich Qatar and then to Switzerland where black money is likely to be on the agenda. In the United States, PM Modi will meet President Barack Obama and also address a joint meeting of the US Congress.

Mathura under police watch after clashes, uneasy calm prevails

Uneasy calm prevailed in areas around Jawahar Bagh in Uttar Pradesh a day after violent clashes between police and members of a sect claimed 24 lives as a large posse of police and paramilitary personnel kept strict vigil, forcing locals to stay indoors. Jawahar Bagh, which had been teeming with thousands of encroachers who set up their tents for over two years, wore an eerie silence as policemen blocked its only entry point, through which thousands of protesters fled on Thursday night. Read More

PM Modi signs off on one-year vision for skill development

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has signed off on a one-year target for the Skill India Mission, which will lead to addition of 5,000 more Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) to India’s existing pool of over 13,000 such institutions, export trained manpower abroad and make skill training aspirational, among other things. In a review meeting with different stakeholders, including state governments, Central ministries and some industry representatives, on Thursday evening, Modi gave a roadmap for the sector so that it can scale up faster. Read More

Kerala, Tamil Nadu get new assembly speakers

The Communist Party of India (Marxist), or CPM, member P. Sreeramakrishnan was on Friday elected as the speaker of the 14th Kerala assembly. Sreeramakrishnan (LDF), who represents Ponnani constituency, secured 92 votes against UDF’s candidate V.P. Sajeendran, who got 46 votes in the 140-member house.

The ruling All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam’s (AIADMK) nominee P. Dhanapal was on Friday unanimously elected speaker of the 15th Tamil Nadu assembly, the first to be elected for a consecutive second term in the state’s legislative history even as chief minister J. Jayalalithaa said her government will respect the opposition’s constructive views. Read More

Suresh Prabhu, Piyush Goyal, P. Chidambaram elected to Rajya Sabha

Railway minister Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu, Union power minister Piyush Goyal and senior Congress leader and former finance minister P. Chidambaram were on Friday elected unanimously to the Rajya Sabha. Joining Suresh Prabhu in the Rajya Sabha from Andhra Pradesh were Union minister of state for Science and Technology Y. Satyanarayana Chowdary and two other candidates, T. G Venkatesh and V. Vijaysai Reddy, who were elected unopposed in the biennial election. Read More

Vijay Mallya case: Debt recovery tribunal adjourns 7 June hearing

A debt recovery tribunal (DRT) in Bengaluru on Friday adjourned the 7 June hearing in a case where a consortium led by India’s largest lender State Bank of India (SBI) is trying to recover unpaid dues of 9,000 crore from indebted businessman Vijay Mallya. Read More

Afforestation bill may be passed in next Parliament session: Piyush Goyal

The Compensatory Afforestation Fund (CAF) Bill, which aims to pave the way for “unlocking" of 41,000 crore earmarked for forest land, would be passed in the upcoming session of Parliament, power minister Piyush Goyal said on Friday. Read More

Pakistan not taking action against LeT, JeM: US

Pakistan has not taken “sufficient action" against terror groups like LeT and Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), blamed for attacks in India, the US has said while noting that these outfits continue to operate, train, organise and raise fund in that country. Read More

Global oil giants seek inroads into India’s retail fuel market: Dharmendra Pradhan

Global oil firms, including Saudi Aramco and Total plan to tap the retail fuel market in India, its oil minister said on Friday, reflecting the expanding role of the world’s fastest-growing large economy on the global crude landscape. Read More

IITs blacklist six start-ups from campus placements

Six start-ups that went back on their word to hire graduates from the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) will be blacklisted across all IITs in the upcoming placement season, placement heads of 16 institutes decided at a meeting of the All IIT Placement Committee held in Mumbai on Friday. Read More

UNSC remains a captive of its 5 permanent members: Hamid Ansari

Indian vice president Hamid Ansari on Friday said that emerging economies like India had managed to secure a say in the global economic architecture but forums like the United Nations Security Council remained closed groups, hampering efforts to deal with new and evolving security challenges. In a speech to the Tunisian Institute of Strategic Studies, Ansari who is on a two-day visit to Tunisia said that the world was witnessing “the ease with which regional and sub-national conflicts have spiraled into broader conflict and become a global security challenge". Read More

Govt working towards two gender justice laws

The last two weeks have seen the women and child development (WCD) ministry propose two key laws aimed at redefining gender justice—the draft Trafficking of Persons (Prevention, Protection and Rehabilitation) Bill, 2016 and the draft National Policy for Women, 2016. Both the draft bills bring with them many firsts. While the bill on trafficking, released on 30 May, is the first to have covered the subject of trafficking for purposes other than sex work and provides victims with a legal right to rehabilitation, the draft National Policy for Women, released on 17 May, brings the focus on women’s reproductive rights, redistribution of gender roles and the recognition of the rights of single women for the first time. Read More

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