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Sushma evokes Collective Indian Will to help over 10,000 Starving Indians in Saudi Arabia

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has appealed to 30 lakh Indians living in Saudi Arabia to help over 10,000 Indian workers in the country who have lost their jobs and are facing severe food shortage due to financial hardship. Though Indian government has asked its envoy in Saudi Arabia to provide food along with other assistances to the starving Indians, Sushma tried to evoke collective will of the Indian nation to sail through the humanitarian crisis. Indian government swung into action after a man tweeted that 800 Indians are starving in Jeddah for the last 3 days.

PM Modi delivers his Mann ki Baat Today

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today addressed nation through his “Mann ki Baat” wished best of luck to the participating Indian sportspersons in the upcoming Rio Olympics 2016 and went on to speak about various other issues including better healthcare, benefits of technology, and his recent visit to the African nations. He also asked people to share their ideas through the Mobile App or MyGov so that he can incorporate ideas during his August 15 speech.

Assam Flood Situation Critical, Interim Flood Report submitted to Home Ministry

Assam’s flood situation remains critical as the current deluge has till now claimed 29 lives.  Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) has reported that 3 persons died recently, each in Goalpara district’s Lakhipur, Darrang district’s Dalgaon, and Barpeta district’s Kalgachia. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, in a press conference after making aerial survey of flood-hit Kaziranga, Nagaon, and Morigaon, said that he didn’t imagine the situation in flood hit Assam was so grave and went on to regard the problem as a “big challenge”. Interim Flood Report has been submitted to the home ministry.

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.

PM Modi flags off "Run for Rio" and bats for Desi Food during Rio Olympics

While flagging off a promotional event “Run for Rio” in New Delhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi made strong pitch for promoting sports in India and went on to question the raison d'être of paying higher daily allowance to the bureaucrats than the sportspersons, who indeed bring “glory to the country”. PM Modi said that this disparity of pay have been done away with. He went on to say that Indian team is being sent to Rio in advance so that they can aclimitize in the foreign environment. PM Modi informed that Indian contingent will get Indian food during their stay in Rio.

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”.

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.

Jammu and Kashmir Deputy CM Nirmal Singh contradicts BJP's Official Line on Burhan Killing

Senior BJP leader and Deputy Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Nirmal Singh, said that the slain Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani by the Indian security forces “was an accident”, thereby going against the official line of the BJP. His comments are pretty similar to J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s statement where she said that Burhan could have been givena second chance if security forces knew he was present in the intelligence-driven operation in the targeted house in Anantnag’s Bamdoora village. However, J&K BJP chief Sat Sharma said that security forces did know about Burhan Wani’s presence during the operation.

J&K Deputy CM Nirmal Singh contradicts BJP's Official Line on Burhan Killing

Senior BJP leader and Deputy Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Nirmal Singh, said that the slain Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani by the Indian security forces “was an accident”, thereby going against the official line of the BJP. His comments are pretty similar to J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s statement where she said that Burhan could have been givena second chance if security forces knew he was present in the intelligence-driven operation in the targeted house in Anantnag’s Bamdoora village. However, J&K BJP chief Sat Sharma said that security forces did know about Burhan Wani’s presence during the operation.

Section of BJP MPs ask Modi Government & Party to act against Hooligan Cow Protectionists

With rising political protests against the atrocities met to the Dailts by the self-proclaimed vigilante cow protectors across the country, section of BJP’s MPs (especially belonging to Dalit community) have asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi led NDA government in the center as well as party’s central leadership to send “strong message” to stop hooliganism in the name of protecting cows. While Yashwant Singh (MP from UP’s Nagina) said that it is the duty of government and party leadership to create an atmosphere for respecting human lives, another MP from UP’s Mohanlalganj Kaushal Kishore asked the party to act strongly against committees that are involved in assaulting Dalits in the name of cow protection.