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Navjot Singh Sidhu Mentions Reason of Resignation from Rajya Sabha

Former Rajya Sabha BJP MP Navjot Singh Sidhu has addressed the media at his CWG residence in New Delhi for the first time after he stepped down from his position. He mentioned that he was asked by the BJP to stay away from Punjab, and he was absolutely not in support of that as he has his roots in the state. He also mentioned that this was the fourth time something like that happened. After his resignation, speculations were there of him joining AAP, whereas, Congress leader Amarinder Singh said Sidhu can join Congress if he wants to.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh calls for building Emotional Relationship with Kashmir

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh today chaired high level security meeting, met Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti along with delegations of political parties (including ruling PDP and opposition NC) to bring an end to the ongoing Kashmir unrest.  Congress boycotted meeting Rajnath. Former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has urged Rajnath to solve the Kashmir problem politically. CPI-M leader Mohammed Yousuf Tarigami met Rajnath and asked him to open an unconditional dialogue with all stakeholders especially the voices of dissent for bringing peace in the valley. Rajnath Singh in a press meet negated the need of involving 3rd party for improving current situation in Kashmir and went on to emphasise that union government wants emotional relationship with Kashmir and not a need based one. He also asked Kashmiri youth to avoid getting engaged in stone pelting.

Sushma slams Pak PM on Kashmir, Gets Cong Support

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj hit out at Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif criticising his recent comment where he hoped for Kashmir becoming a part of Pakistan. In a press conference, with MoS Retd. Gen V.K. Singh and M.J. Akbar by her side, Sushma said that Pakistan’s dream and design of capturing Kashmir will never come true and went on to ask Pakistan not to lecture India on matters of military and police as it itself was involved in using weapons against its own citizens. She also asked Pakistan to desist from fuelling violence in Kashmir.  Congress has supported Sushma Swaraj's statement.

Vedanta-Cairn India Merger Deal Sweetened to appease Minority Shareholders

Boards of Vedanta and Cairn India met yesterday to revise final terms for their merger deal to make it more attractive for the minority stakeholders, who termed the earlier deal unfair. The merger terms have been sweetened by promising each minority stakeholders of Cairn India 1 equity share along with 4 redeemable preference shares (having face value of Rs 10) in Vedanta. The preference shares can be redeemed after 18 months with an option of redeeming them within 30 days of allotment.

Gadkari offers Tesla Land near major Indian ports to Make in India

Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari has wooed US-based electric car major Tesla to set up its Asia manufacturing hub in India by offering land near major Indian ports so that they can export manufactured cars easily to South and South East Asian countries. With a view to introduce pollution-free road transport in India, Road Transport and Highways Minister Gadkari offered to promote joint ventures between Tesla and Indian automobile companies. Senior Tesla executive said that the Indian government’s offer will be considered at an appropriate time.

Jet Airways to Charge Money for Extra Cabin Bags

Jet Airways is going to charge Rupees Nine Hundred on every extra cabin bag carried by the passengers. Every passenger will be allowed to carry 10 kgs of cabin bag, depending on the type, whether the ticket is of business class or economy. This is going to be implemented from Friday.

Nasscom vouches for Full Flexibility for Apps and Websites on Giving Free Data to Customers

In response to TRAI’s consultation paper, Nasscom has opined that the telecom operators shouldn’t have any control (neither direct nor indirect) on the content that the customers view online. The IT body said that they are not in favour of any kind of discrimination between websites and apps that may arise from any kind of conditions attached to rewards by the platform. Nasscom has not only invoked net neutrality issue but also pressed for giving complete flexibility to websites and apps for rewarding free data.

India achieves New height with ISRO's 20 Satellite Launch in 26 Minutes

ISRO achieved new heights of success by launching 20 satellites into orbit in one go on June 22. This not only made India better its previous best of launching 10 satellites in one go but also close its gap with Russia’s 33 satellite (2014) and NASA’s 29 satellite (2013) launches in one go. Out of the 20 satellites launched, 13 were from companies and organisations belonging to the USA. While one satellite (Cartosat-2 for earth observation) was from India, other 6 satellites were from Indonesia, Canada, and Germany.

ISRO to launch 727.5 kg Cartosat-2 series satellite with 19 Co-Passengers on June 22

ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation) is all set to launch 20 satellites in a single mission on India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle from Sriharikota’s (in Andhra Pradesh) second launch pad of Satish Dhawan Space Centre on June 22 at 09:25 hrs IST. PSLV-C34, which will be making its 36th flight, will carry a Cartosat-2 series satellite for earth observation (weighing 727.5 kg) along with 19 other satellites (weighing around 560 kg at lift off). With solid strap-on motors, it’s going to be 14th flight of PSLV in ‘XL’ configuration.

Neeraj becomes First Indian Athlete to Set World Record

18 year old Neeraj Chopra, India’s javelin-thrower hailing from Haryana’s Panipat district, created history by throwing javelin at a record distance of 86.48 m, breaking previous record of 84.69 m held by Latvia’s Zigismunds Sirmais. He achieved the feat during his third attempt at the Under-20 IAAF World Championships in Poland’s Bydgoszcz. After winning gold, Neeraj said that he never expected to throw at such a long distance. With this feat, Neeraj Chopra became the first Indian ever to create a world record in athletics.

PM Modi says Sports can become Instrument for National Integration

While digitally launching country’s largest multi-city school and college sports competition, Reliance Foundation Youth Sports initiative, Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for the need of promoting sports in India. He also highlighted how sports can help in national integration. PM Modi said that “sports should be an integral part of our everyday life” and not merely a way “for physical well-being”. He said that “sports are important for overall development of an individual”. PM also underscored that sports help persons become fighter and help them learn “to deal with defeats”.

Kohli's maiden 200 with Ashwin's Ton puts India in Command in Test 1

Indian test captain Virat Kohli continued his stellar performance by hitting his maiden test double century against the mighty West Indian pacers on second day of the first test against the Caribbean team at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium of Antigua’s North Sound. Ravichandran Ashwin’s third test century, along with Wriddhiman Saha’s brisk 40, helped Team India to reach 566/8 and declare their first innings. By the end of Day 2, West Indies was struggling at 31/1 and was trailing by 535 runs.

Censor Board Clears 'Udta Punjab' After 13 Cuts Under 'A' Category

CBFC chairman Pahlaj Nihalani said that the Censor board has cleared the much talked about Bollywood film 'Udta Punjab' with 13 cuts under the 'A' category. Nihalani had been attacked by the Bollywood film industry for suggesting a large number of cuts in the movie which is themed on the drug problem of Punjab. The nine members of the Central Board of Film Certification cleared the film "unanimously" after the proposed 13 cuts.

INS Vikramaditya to be Ready for Action after Eight Months

India is going to remain without any aircraft as its only aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya is going to be ready for all operational purposes only after eight months. The aircraft is undergoing maintenance refit. The 44,57-tonne aircraft is going to perform all alone for the next seven coming years.

Government delays selecting new RBI Governor

The government has delayed the search for a new governor for the Reserve Bank of India. As per media reports, sources have revealed that a new replaced would only be announced after the Raghuram Rajan chairs his final policy meeting next month. It has also been revealed that Kaushik Basu has made it to the shortlist of candidates likely to take over when Rajan’s term expires on September 4 this year.  

Indian Refuses Renewing Journalists' Visas, China Warns of Repercussion

India has denied permission of extended stay in the country of three Chinese journalists who are representatives of state-run Xinhua News Agency. An editorial mentioned that if India is taking revenge for the NSG membership issue by not allowing the journalists for some more time, then the consequence is going to be serious for the country. On the other hand, there is no official reason of rejection of the visa renewals.