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JNPT at Mumbai hit by ransomware

According to reports, one of the three terminals of JNPT Mumbai was impacted by ransomware attack. JNPT official reported that the operations at Gateway Terminals India, GTI, have come to a standstill due to the malware attack. The Shipping Ministry has confirmed that one of the terminal of JNPT has come under ransomware cyber attack. The ministry is closely monitoring the situation.

Netherlands backs India's UNSC and NSG bids

According to reports, the Netherlands has backed India's entry into the Nuclear Suppliers Group, NSG, and other multilateral export control regimes. According to the joint communique issued after the meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Dutch counterpart Mark Rutte in Hague, the Netherlands also supported the country's bid for a permanent UN Security Council seat. India and the Netherlands also strongly condemned the use of double standards in addressing the menace of terrorism, saying there can be no justification for acts of terror on any grounds.

Supreme Court refuses to pass any interim order against mandatory Aadhaar for social welfare schemes

According to reports, the Supreme Court has refused to pass any interim order against the Centre's notification making Aadhaar mandatory for availing benefits of various social welfare schemes. Additional Solicitor told the bench that the Centre has extended the June 30 deadline to September 30 for those who do not have Aadhaar and are availing the benefits of various social welfare schemes. The apex court posted the matter for further hearing on July 7.

India and United States pledge commitment to the India-US strategic partnership

According to reports, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Donald Trump vowed to strengthen efforts to fight terrorism and eliminate safe havens for terrorists. In the joint statement issued after the meeting, the leaders affirmed their support for a U.N. Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism. They also pledged to work together to prevent proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and their delivery systems and to deny access to such weapons by terrorists and non-state actors. As global partners, the United States and India resolved to further strengthen their collaboration in health, space, oceans, and other areas of science and technology.

Eid-ul-Fitr being celebrated across country

According to reports, Eid-ul-Fitr was celebrated across the country with religious fervour and enthusiasm. Prime Minister and President wished the people on the occasion of Eid. The faithful attired in their best thronged Eidgahs and mosques to offer Eid prayers. Later they exchanged Eid greetings. 

Reports of Eid celebrations have also come in from different parts of the country. In Delhi, main congregations were held at the Jama Masjid, Fatehpuri Masjid and Shahi Eidgah.

Panel set up to work on new education policy
According to reports, the Union Human Resource Development ministry has appointed a new nine-member panel, headed by space scientist K Kasturirangan, to work on a New Education Policy.
An official release said, besides Kasturirangan, the panel includes former IAS officer KJ Alphonse Kanamthanam. The Ministry has chosen experts and educationists from wide ranging backgrounds to be part of the panel that is expected to recast India's education policy.
India, Portugal to increase bilateral collaboration in cutting edge technology
According to reports, India and Portugal have agreed to set up a joint fund of four million Euros to support bilateral collaboration in cutting edge technology. This was disclosed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his press statement at Lisbon last night after a meeting with his Portuguese counterpart Antonio Costa.
Report also suggests that Prime Minister Modi also thanked Portugal for supporting India’s bid to permanent membership of UN Security Council.
Govt will do everything possible for safety of Indians in Qatar

According to reports, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had stated that the government of India,  will do everything possible for the safety and well-being of Indians in Qatar.The reports says that the Minister has tweeted that her Ministry is in touch with the Ambassador. Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt had imposed a boycott on Qatar, accusing it of supporting terrorism.

PM Narendra Modi reaching Portugal as part of his three-nation tour

According to reports, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be reaching Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, on the first leg of his three-nation tour. Modi will meet the Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa. The two leaders will also review the progress of various joint initiatives and exchange ideas about the new areas of partnership. 

According to reports, the Prime Minister will interact with the Indian community before heading for the US.

India, Russia agree to roadmap for development of defence co-operation

According to reports, India and Russia has reached an agreement to a road map for development of bilateral defence cooperation. This was discussed at the 17th meeting of the India-Russia Inter-Governmental Commission on Military Technical Cooperation held in Moscow. 

The report states that the roadmap includes specific activities to be concluded by both sides, and aims to enhance cooperation in the field of political and military dialogue, exercises, exchange of visits, military cooperation and training of military personnel.

Govt announces another 30 cities under Smart City Mission

According to reports, Central Government has announced the names of another 30 cities for development as smart cities under Smart City Mission. With this the total number of smart cities has gone up to 90.The reports suggests that, Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala has topped the list. Announcing the new batch of smart cities at a National Workshop on Urban Transformation, in New Delhi, Urban development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said, 45 cities contested for 40 available smart city slots but only 30 were selected.

TB patients to submit Aadhaar details for cash benefits

According to reports, TB patients will now have to submit their Aadhaar number to avail benefits under a central government scheme. According to notifications issued by the Health Ministry, those who do not have Aadhaar card have to get themselves enrolled by 31 August 2017. The notification also states that it is applicable in all the states and Union Territories except Assam, Meghalaya and Jammu and Kashmir.

AP government planning Airports in private sector at Amaravati, Vizag

According to reports, the government of Andhra Pradesh is planning private airports at Amaravati and Visakhapatnam. The Central government has launched the UDAN regional connectivity scheme to make air travel affordable to the common man. The AP government revived the Kadapa airport and developed international airports at Tirupati and Visakhapatnam.

International Yoga Day being celebrated world-wide today

"Yoga for Health" is the theme by the UN for this year's International Yoga day. According to reports, International Yoga Day is being celebrated world-wide. From New Delhi to New York and Paris to Panama, Yoga Day celebrations are taking place as about 5,000 events are being held across 180 countries to mark the day. The main event of Yoga Day Celebrations was held in Lucknow. Prime Minister Modi participated with many dignitaries at Ramabai Ambedkar Ground.

India ratifies UN International Convention on Road Transports

According to reports, India has become the 71st country to ratify the United Nations International Convention on Road Transports. The Convention is expected to strengthen trade and regional integration by boosting international transport of goods. The report states that TIR will help India to integrate with Myanmar and Thailand as well as Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal. The United Nations has said the TIR Convention will come into force in India in six months.

Mangalyaan Completes 1000 Earth Days in Orbit

According to reports, Mangalyaan, Indian Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), completed 1000 Earth days in its orbit today. The ISRO mission launched on 5 November, 2013, was inserted into Martian orbit on 24 September, 2014, in its first attempt. MOM escaped a major calamity early this year when it faced long eclipse duration of 8 hours which meant the on-board battery, which is designed to handle an eclipse of only 100 minutes duration, would have got drained beyond the safe limit. However, the orbital manoeuvres performed on January 17 ensured the MOM spacecraft was safely taken to a new orbit.

Indian missions abroad gearing up to celebrate International Yoga Day

According reports, Indian missions abroad are gearing up to celebrate the International Yoga Day on June 21. Ever since the declaration of June 21 as the International Yoga Day by the United Nations, Indian missions have played a major role in celebrating Yoga Day across the globe with much fanfare. Indian missions in France, the US, Switzerland, Uganda, Kenya, Australia and Sri Lanka organised yoga sessions today ahead of the International Yoga Day.

Switzerland ratifies AEOI with India
According to reports, Switzerland has ratified automatic exchange of information (AEOI) sharing with India. However, strict adherence to confidentiality and data security laws will be followed. 
The issue of black money has been a matter of big debate in India and Switzerland is perceived as one of the safest havens for the illicit wealth allegedly stashed abroad by Indians.
Prime Minister to visit Portugal, Netherlands, and the US in June
According to reports, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be visiting Portugal and the Netherlands later this month, besides his scheduled tour of the United States.
The reports says that Modi will be in Portugal on 24th, the US on 25th and 26th, and in the Netherlands on 27th June.
Polling begins for Shimla Municipal Corporation
According to reports, the polling for Shimla Municipal Corporation has begun. Around 90,000 voters are expected to select their candidates for 34 wards of the town. 
Electronic voting machines are being used in all the 34 wards. Reports suggests that counting would be taken up tomorrow.