PRINCE WILLIAM ARRIVED IN JORDAN AS HE HAS STARTED HISTORIC MIDDLE EAST TOUR :

 

Prince William arrived in Jordan on Sunday on the first stop of a five-day Middle East tour that will make him the first British royal to pay an official visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories.The Duke of Cambridge will meet with Crown Prince Hussein, the son of Jordan’s King Abdullah II, and other Jordanian leaders during his two days in the kingdom.On Monday night, he will leave for Israel, where he can expect his every move to be closely watched.After a Tuesday morning visit to Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center, Prince William will hold meetings with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin.On Wednesday, he will meet with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah, in the West Bank.The following day, William is expected to visit Jerusalem’s Old City, the Mount of Olives and the Church of St. Mary Magdalene in the Garden of Gethsemane, where his great-grandmother, Princess Alice — Prince Philip’s mother — is buried.Events with children are also a focus of the royal visit. William will meet with young Syrian refugees and Jordanian students while in Jordan and play soccer with children in Jaffa, Tel Aviv.His wife, Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, who gave birth to their third child in late April, will not be joining him on the visit. The Rediff.com  : 24th. June,18

 

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PAKISTAN REJECTED ALLEGATION OF PREVENTING INDIAN ENVOY FROM VISITING GURUDWARA :

Pakistan today rejected the allegations that Indian High Commissioner Ajay Bisaria was denied access to a famous Sikh gurudwara near Islamabad, saying the diplomat had agreed to cancel his visit following the protests by the Sikh pilgrims against the release of controversial movies in India.India  summoned Pakistan’s Deputy High Commissioner in New Delhi Syed Haider Shah and lodged a strong protest over the denial of access to its envoy in Islamabad and consular officials to visit Gurdwara Panja Sahib and meet visiting Indian pilgrims.It was conveyed to the Pakistan side that preventing the Indian High Commission officials from discharging their consular responsibilities was in violation of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations of 1961, and the 1974 bilateral Protocol on visit to religious shrines.Foreign Office spokesman Dr Mohammad Faisal today tweeted that Sikh pilgrims “were protesting against maltreatment in India & release of controversial movies.”He said the Indian  high commissioner was informed about the heightened pilgrim  sentiments and he agreed to cancel his visit due to this concern.Faisal said that more than 300 Indian Sikhs are visiting Pakistan for the death anniversary of Raja Ranjit Singh and a special train was arranged from Attari to Wagah for the Sikh yatris “who are always welcome to Pakistan for their religious and cultural ceremonies”. Earlier, media reports had said that Bisaria and his wife were denied entry by Sikhs who were protesting over controversial movie Nanak Shah Fakir.The Rediff.com  : 24th. June,18

A LGBT CHURCH IN PHILIPPINES CONDUCTED MASS WEDDING FOR SAME-SEX COUPLES :

A LGBT church in the Philippines’ Quezon city on Sunday held a mass wedding for same-sex couples.The mass wedding at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Straight (LGBTS) Christian Church started at 8 a.m. in the morning, reports Efe news.The Church, which had been at the forefront of a campaign urging the Philippines government to pass a marriage equality bill, holds mass LGBT weddings, known as Holy Unions, every year.The Church’s website clarifies that the ceremony is pure rituals, without the legal sanctity of a heterosexual marriage ceremony.“Unfortunately, in the Philippines we have no Marriage Equality Law or the Same-Sex Marriage Law yet,” a guideline on the same sex Holy Union on the website said.The country’s Supreme Court on June 19 began hearing a petition that urged the government to legalise same-sex marriage in the country.IANS : 24th. June,18

WILL AIRTEL AND BSNL BE ABLE TO SURVIVE IN INDIAN MARKET BEFORE RELIANCE JIO’s NEW CHEAP PLANS ?

Since Reliance Jio entered the telecom industry, things have been changed and daily data usage of people has taken a bigger leaf. It even forced the other players in the industry like Airtel and BSNL to change their market strategy and even to come up with different plans at cheaper prices.Giving another offer to its customers, Reliance Jio has once again come up with three different plans.Reliance Jio is now offering something called JioLink, which is an indoor 4G Wi-Fi hotspot offering high-speed internet access and best for use in homes, shops, malls and offices, BGR India reported.JioLink is expected to launch it officially soon. It is reportedly available in some areas for testing under preview offer, priced at Rs 2,500, reports TelecomTalk. Those who owns Reliance JioLink can avail these three new plans.The first plan is at Rs 699 with 28 days validity, where one get 140GB data with a daily limit of 5GB.The second plan is at Rs 2,099 which offers 5GB daily data with a validity of 98 days. In case you each your daily limit, here you can continue browsing at reduced speed of 64Kbps.The third plan is at Rs 4,199 and which ensures 5GB daily data with a validity of 196 days.It is important to note that all plans come with complimentary subscription to Jio apps. However, the plans don’t include any voice and SMS benefits, BGR India reported.The Odisha TV : 24th. June,18

AIR INDIA LAUNCHED ‘MAHARAJA DIRECT’, A WHOLE NEW EXPERIENCE FOR AIR INDIA’s BUSINESS AND FIRST-CLASS PASSENGERS ON INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS :

Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu on Friday launched ‘Maharaja Direct’, a whole new experience for Air India’s business and first-class passengers on long-haul international flights with revamped products and services.The latest makeover exercise involves ‘Maharaja’ business class seats with an upgraded ambience and upholstery besides variety cuisines and new uniforms for the crew.Addressing the gathering at the launch event here, Prabhu called the facilities under the new plan “stunning” and said the airliner will “do wonders” in years to come.Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha, Civil Aviation Secretary R.N. Choubey, Air India CMD Pradeep Singh Kharola were among those at the event.Sinha said air travel was going to get better and more comfortable with ‘Maharaja Direct’.At present, Air India has 17 per cent market share on international routes and has over 2,500 international prime-time slots per week spread across 44 overseas destinations.The government’s plans to privatise the national carrier flopped last month after no bidder came forward to take over the reins of the debt-ridden airline.  IANS : 22nd. June,18

KERALA IS THE THE ONLY INDIAN STATE HAVING FOUR INTERNATIONAL AIRPORTS :

Union Minister for Civil Aviation Suresh Prabhu on Saturday, following a meeting with Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, announced the opening of the Kannur International Airport Ltd (KIAL) in September. Vijayan had met Prabhu in the morning along with his team of officials to discuss the finalisation of the Rs 1,892 crore-airport located at Mattanur, near Kannur, fast nearing completion in 2,000 acres of land.“I have asked the Chief Minister to see that he posts someone in Delhi to follow-up on things connected with the Kannur airport. I have also asked my officials to see that everything goes forward and the airport can open in September,” said Prabhu to the media in Delhi soon after the meeting. With this, Kerala will be the only state in the country to have four international airports with the others at Thiruvananthapuram, Kochi and Kozhikode.The Kerala government has 35 per cent stakes, 25 per cent by public sector undertakings, 10 per cent with the Airport Authority of India and the remaining 30 per cent is with Cooperatives, banks and individual shareholders. The first trial operation took place in February 2016, when an Indian Air Force aircraft landed for the first time at the airport and was received by then Chief Minister Oommen Chandy. Once completed the apron of the airport will have parking bays for 14 Code E aircraft or 20 Code C aircraft.The airport will be able to handle at a time 2,000 passengers and it is anticipated that KIAL will serve more than 1.5 million international passengers annually, besides changing the face of north Kerala with tourism and business activities especially handloom, textiles and floriculture. This airport will start off with a runway of 3,050 metres and in another 18 months after it opens, it will see its runway length increase to 3,400 metres and eventually it will touch 4,000 metres, making it one of the four biggest airports in the country, an official said.IANS : 24th. June,18

BJP PRESIDENT AMIT SHAH SAID HIS PARTY WILL NEVER ALLOW THE SEPARATION OF JAMMU AND KASHMIR FROM INDIA :

BJP president Amit Shah today said his party will never allow the separation of Jammu and Kashmir from the rest of the country, as he lashed out at Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and Saifuddin Soz for being on the same frequency as the terrorists.“Mr Soz, you can take hundreds of births but the BJP will not allow Kashmir to be disintegrated from India,” Shah said at rally here on his first visit to the state after his party pulled out of the coalition with PDP.“Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part (of the country), and Syama Prasad Mookerjee has integrated it by laying down his life,” he said at the public meeting held to mark the martyrdom anniversary of the Jana Sangh founder.Former J&K chief minister Ghulam Nabi Azad recently said the security forces were killing more civilians than terrorists in the Valley and Soz in his forthcoming book reportedly endorses former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf’s assessment that Kashmiris will opt for independence if given a chance.Shah said soon after Azad’s remarks, terrorist group Lashkar-e-Taiba came out with a statement supporting him.What kind of frequency matching is this between Lashkar-e-Taiba and the Congress, he said, asking party president Rahul Gandhi to explain how Azad and the LeT shared views.As Shah took potshots at the Congress, people shouted “death to traitors” slogans.He said Rahul Gandhi should tell both Azad and Soz to apologise to the people of the country. I want to reassure people of J&K that nobody can disintegrate it from India,” he said.The BJP president called Syama Prasad Mookerjee an inspiration for the entire country, particularly the youth.“Mookerjee started an agitation, set out for Jammu and Kashmir from Delhi and was arrested, he said. Shah said he didnt agree that Mookerjee died a natural death, and believed that he was assassinated in the jail in J&K.He said it was because of Mookerjee that the tricolour was unfurled in J&K and the state became an integral part of India.He said all nationalists had a love for Jammu and Kashmir but for the BJP the connection was stronger, because our founder gave his life for it.The BJP president said power held no meaning for the party.Shah said if a government falls anywhere in the country, political parties express regret. But it is only the BJP which chants Bharat mata slogans when its government falls, he said.Earlier, Shah reviewed the party’s preparations for next years Lok Sabha election.The BJP chief was accorded a rousing reception with the party’s youth wing taking out a motorcycle rally from the airport to the state guest house.PTI : 23rd. June,18

NOW RAILWAY PASSENGERS WILL BE FINED UP TO Rs.25000/- FOR VIOLATING NEW RAILWAY RULES :

The Railways today said that it would initiate action against those violating the Maharashtra government’s plastic ban which comes into effect from Saturday.“We are in touch with state government agencies to enforce the ban. After getting the nod of state authorities, we will start penalising passengers who are in possession of banned plastic items,” Central Railway Chief Commercial Manager Shailendra Kumar told PTI.Western Railway chief spokesperson Ravinder Bhakar said that its had formed teams to implement the ban and fines would be levied on violators.He added that WR, under the Swachh Bharat Mission, had installed plastic bottle crusher machines at several stations to dispose of plastic waste in an environment-friendly manner.Both WR and CR, along with IRCTC, plan to install such crushing machines at more stations and inside coaches as well, officials said.Shriprakash Kedia, a member of the Divisional Railway Users Consultative committee (DRUCC) at Central Railway, however, said that the Railways should make adequate announcements before beginning to levy fines on those violating the plastic ban.The Maharashtra government, on March 23, had issued a notification imposing a ban on manufacture, use, sale, distribution and storage of all plastic materials, including one-time use bags, spoons, plates, PET and PETE bottles and thermocol items.The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, as part of the ban, will levy a fine of Rs 5,000 for the first offence, Rs 1,000 fine for the second one and Rs 25,000 fine for every subsequent violation.PTI : 24th. June,18

SON OF HOCKEY LEGEND DHYAN CHAND ASHOK KUMAR APPEALED GOVT. TO NOTIFY HOCKEY AS NATIONAL GAME :

Ashok Kumar, son of hockey legend Dhyan Chand on Saturday rallied behind the ongoing demand to notify hockey as the national game of the country.In an exclusive interview to OTV, Kumar who himself is a former hockey player also lashed out at the Union government for failing to provide adequate funds to improve the standard of the game.It is pertinent to mention that on June 20, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, had written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking steps to officially notify hockey as the national game of the country.“Without sponsorships and government’s assistance, the game of Hockey has become incomplete. There are not even basic facilities available in schools and colleges. We are not begging before the government. This is public’s money which we are asking the authorities to spend for the development of the game,” Kumar alleged.“If hockey can’t be officially notified as national game, no other sports should be given that status,” he added.Kumar said that one hockey stick costs Rs 10,000 and a ground is worth Rs 5 crore which explains how much fund is required for hockey.His comment came barely two days after Union Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore had said no official declaration is required to make hockey the national game.In an interview to ANI, Rathore had said, “For loving sports & hockey, we don’t need official proclamation that now its national sports & let’s start loving it. Even in terms of facilities, hockey is one of the priority sports for our country.”  The Odisha TV : 24th. June,18

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