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National Leaders across the Political Spectrum visit Una on Dalit Row

With Gujarat’s Una surfacing as the face of Dalit atrocity going on across the country and Gujarat Chief Secretary G R Aloria calling to stop hooliganism “in the name of self-proclaimed gau raksha samitis”, national leaders across the entire political spectrum are making a beeline in the west Gujarat town to express solidarity with the dalits. A day after Gujarat CM Anandiben Patel visited family members of the victims who were mercilessly beaten up by the so-called 'cow protectors', national leaders including Congress’s Rahul Gandhi and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal have visited Una. CPI's D Raja, CPIM’s Lok Sabha member P K Biju, senior JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav, and BSP supremo Mayawati will visit Una tomorrow. TMC’s senior leaders and grandson of Baba Saheb Ambedkar, Prakash Yashwant Ambedkar, are also expected to visit the dalit victims’ families. Meanwhile reports of dalit atrocities in Bihar's Muzaffarpur district also surfaced.    

Defence Minister visits Chennai and Monitors Search Op for Missing IAF Plane

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar today visited Chennai and monitored the search and rescue operation (carried out jointly by the IAF, Navy and Coast Guard) of the missing IAF AN-32 aircraft. The Antonov-32 transport aircraft, en route to Port Blair from Chennai, went missing yesterday with 29 people (17 military personnel, 4 officers, and 8 civilians) onboard. 18 warships and vessels, 3 Dornier aircrafts, 2 Poseidon-8I, and one C-130J Super Hercules have been deployed for the search and rescue operation in the probable crash zone. Parrikar carried out aerial survey over Bay of Bengal under rough weather conditions. Reports say, the missing IAF aircraft suffered 3 technical snags earlier this month even after undergoing life-extension, overhaul and upgrade refit not even a year back.

Rajnath to visit J&K Today, Rules out Engagement with Separatists

Home Minister Rajnath Singh today started his two-day visit to violence-torn Kashmir to take stock of the prevailing situation. Reports say he started his tour by holding a high-level security meeting in J&K capital Srinagar and was accompanied by top brass of ITBP and CRPF. He’s also scheduled to meet J&K Governor Narinder Nath Vohra and CM Mehbooba Mufti separately. Rajnath will also hear out civil society groups (including NGOs and rights activists), political parties, local businessmen, media representatives, state government officials, and security agencies. However, Union home minister will not engage with Kashmiri separatists such as Hurriyat Conference, who were seen hobnobbing with Pakistan for stalling Indo-Pak dialogue.

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.

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.

Vijender Singh wins WBO Asia Pacific Title

Indian boxing star in the commercial ring, Vijender Singh, clinched the WBO Asia Pacific Super Middleweight title after systematically dismantling 34-year-old Welsh-born Australian Kerry Hope in 10 rounds. Haryana’s Vijender became a unanimous winner after the score in his favour was 98-92, 98-92, 100-90. With this win, Vijender recorded 7 straight wins in the professional boxing circuit. Celebrities including M C Mary Kom, Virender Sehwag, Randeep Hooda, Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh, and Rahul Gandhi were present during the bout and cheered for Vijender Singh.

Ravi Shastri resigns from Anil Kumble headed ICC Cricket Committee

Former Indian cricket player and Team India director 53 years old Ravi Shastri has resigned from a cricket committee of International Cricket Council (ICC) that is headed by newly appointed head coach of India Anil Kumble. Though many media reports connect the current move of Shastri to the fall out with CAC member Sourav Ganguly and losing out to Anil Kumble in the race as head coach of Team India, the decision came after Shastri expressed his desire to resign from the committee to ICC chairman Shashank Manohar.

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.

Judith D'Souza, Indian abducted in Kabul, Rescued

External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj today tweeted that the 40-year-old-Judith who was abducted in Afghanistan’s Kabul on 9 June 2016 has been rescued. Judith D'Souza, who is a senior technical adviser at Aga Khan Foundation, was kidnapped by alleged militants from Kabul over a month back. After the abduction, Judith’s family residing in Kolkata, wrote to PM Narendra Modi, asking him to secure her release. Judith was working as a goodwill ambassador for well being of Afghan people and also participated in “developmental programmes” of Afghanistan.

Search Operations Underway for Missing IAF An-32 Aircraft

An Indian Air Force plane which was carrying 29 personnel went missing on Friday. The An-32 aircraft was on a courier flight flying to Port Blair from Chennai. Search operations are underway to track the location of the aircraft. Four Navy warships and two military planes have been dispatched in the Bay of Bengal to help in the rescue efforts.

Unclaimed Bag Found in SpiceJet Flight

An unclaimed bag was found in SpiceJet flight, which created chaos at the Sri Guru Ramdas International Airport in Amritsar on Thursday morning. The bag has been moved to a protected area, as mentioned by Central Industrial Security Force. An investigation has been started. However, an initial investigation mentioned that the bag belonged to an Indonesian Muslim woman who checked in at Dubai airport but did not board the flight.