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Union Minister Athawale asks Govt to ensure Una Incident doesn't Repeat

Ramdas Bandu Athawale, Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment and President of Republican Party of India (RPI) has asked the government to ensure that atrocities on Dalits similar to that in Gujarat’s Una should not get repeated. He also felt that Dalits should convert their religion to Buddhism. He went on to question why BSP supremo and Dailt leader Mayawati hasn’t yet converted to Buddhism “if she claims to be a true Ambedkarite”. The NDA minister also asked the vigilante cow protectors why they resort to killing human beings while protecting cows.

US asks Indian Govt to Protect Citizens amid "Rising Intolerance"

US State Department Spokesman John Kirby said during a media meet that Indian government should protect “freedom of religion and expression” and confront “all forms of intolerance”. He went on to say that they are concerned by the reports of rising intolerance and violence in India. US also asked Government of India to do “everything in its power” for protecting citizens and deliver justice, after reports surfaced that vigilante cow protectors beat up Dailts and Muslims in various parts of India. During daily press conference, White House Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz underlined the deep economic and security ties between US and India and said that US President Obama “deeply values his relationship with Prime Minister Modi”.

US dossier shows Pakistan based JeM's role in Pathankot terror attack

Documents shared by the US to India’s National Investigation Agency (NIA) under Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT) indicate that Pakistan-based terror group​ Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) micro-managed Pathankot IAF base attack from Pakistan. The US dossier of over 1,000 pages consist chats and conversations the 4 fidayeen attackers of the Pathankot terror attack had with their JeM handler Kashif Jaan, stationed in Pakistan. The report also said that the attackers called from the same mobile number that was reportedly connected to the Facebook account Kashif Jaan was using.

PM Modi meets Cabinet Ministers on GST Bill

In an effort to firm up strategy for passing the long awaited Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill, Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, and BJP chief Amit Shah late last night at his residence. Jaitley, while speaking to the press, said that they are keeping their fingers crossed. Reports say 30 out of the 32 parties are in favour of the bill. GST bill will be taken up in parliament for consideration and passage next week, likely on Tuesday.

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.

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.

Arrears of Govt Employees after 7th Pay Commission to be Paid in Cash in One Installment

Finance ministry has said that the arrears of government employees and pensioners, as per the recommendations of Seventh Pay Commission, will be paid in cash in a single installment along with the salary payment for the month of August 2016. The ministry circular also said that decision has been made that arrears claims may be paid without even pre-check of fixation of pay in revised pay scales for expediting arrears disbursement.

PMO asks UIDAI to speed up Aadhaar-for-all Project

With 25 crore people yet to get an Aadhaar card even after the launch of Aadhaar-for-all project in 2012, Prime Minister's Office (PMO) has set up a strict deadline of March 2017. PMO has asked Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) to enter 10 states and union territories (earlier assigned to Registrar General of India (RGI) that was administered by Home Ministry officials) to expedite the process.

Nine Dead as Pune Building Collapsed

A cement slab of an under-construction building collapsed in Balewadi on Friday, killing at least nine labourers. Deputy Commissioner of Police, (zone-III), B Teli mentioned that the labourers were working on the 13th floor when the slab caved-in. He also said that the rescue operation is still going on.