QUEEN ELIZABETH’s PAY WILL BE HIKED BY 8% WHICH WILL BOOST HER FUNDING FROM UK TAXPAYERS BY 6 MILLION :

Britains Queen Elizabeth II is set for an 8 per cent pay rise this year, which will boost her funding from UK taxpayers by 6 million.  Latest accounts show that the 91-year-old monarch owned Crown Estate profits rose by 24 million and official net expenditure last year increased by 2 million, to almost 42 million.  According to the latest accounts released this week, the Queen and the Royal Familys official travel cost the UK taxpayer 4.5 million during 2016/17, up 500,000 from the previous year. Rediff.com : 27th. June,17

ARE NITISH & LALU PARTING WAYS IN BIHAR ?

Janata Dal-United general secretary KC Tyagi  hinted that the days of the ruling grand alliance in Bihar may be numbered and said the Chief Minister Nitish Kumar was much more comfortable when the party was in NDA.  The reaction came after News18 reported that Kumar is readying to snap ties with Lalu Prasad Yadav.  He said that JD-U was not part of the UPA and Congress and endorsed it by saying that Mahagathbandhan was meant only for Bihar.  So, its clear that my party is free to take any decision on national level, he said. He also warned alliance partner RJD and Congress to desist from criticising Nitish as his party wont tolerate it.  The fate of the grand alliance became uncertain after Kumar announced that the JD-U would support NDA candidate Ramnath Kovind in the Presidential elections.  Rediff.com : 27th. June,17

 

‘WAR ROOM’ EQUIPPED WITH MULTIPLE PHONE LINES & COMPUTER SYSTEMS & TECH-SAVVY YOUNGSTERS WILL BE SET UP TO DEAL WITH GST CRISIS :

Equipped with multiple phone lines and computer systems and manned by tech-savvy youngsters, a “mini war room” has been set up in the finance ministry to deal with crises related to the implementation of GST.  Central Board of Excise and Customs chief Vanaja N Sarna said that the unit will act as a quick resource centre for central and state government officials to address their queries on the historic tax reform scheduled to be implemented from July 1.   “The finance ministry has set up a GST feedback and action room specifically for government officials to approach it with any urgent queries related to problems of GST in any area,” she said.  Sarna said the action room, which will function from 8 am to 10 pm, will provide prompt response to queries raised by states and central government officials.  Rediff.com : 27th. June,17

CHINA MEDIA SAYS INDIA-US ALLIANCE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO CHECK CHINA :

Any attempt by India to become US ally to counter China will not be in its interests and could even lead to “catastrophic results”, a state-run Chinese daily said as Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump held their maiden meeting.  “Washington and New Delhi share anxieties about China’s rise. In recent years, to ratchet up geopolitical pressure on China, the US has cozied up to India,” an article in the Global Times said.  Underlining that India is not a US ally like Japan or Australia, it said, “To assume a role as an outpost country in the US’ strategy to contain China is not in line with India’s interests. It could even lead to catastrophic results.”  The daily said if India regresses from its non-alignment stance and becomes a “pawn” for the US in countering China, it will be caught up in a strategic dilemma and new geopolitical frictions will be triggered in South Asia.  Rediff.com : 27th. June,17

A LEADING ISRAELI BUSINESS DAILY ‘THE MARKER’ DESCRIBED NARENDRA MODI AS THE WORLD’s MOST IMPORTANT PRIME MINISTER :

“Wake up: the most important PM of the world is coming”, is how Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s forthcoming visit to Israel, the first by an Indian premier, is described in an article in one of the leading Israeli business daily.  Business daily ‘The Marker’ in a feature story in its Hebrew edition discussing Indo-Israel ties says that Israelis had set up huge expectations from US President Donald Trump’s visit to the Jewish state but “he didn’t say much” while Modi, a leader of 1.25 billion people enjoying massive popularity and representing one of the fastest growing economies of the world deserves a lot of attention.  “Next week, the Indian Prime Minister, my friend, Narendra Modi will arrive in Israel. This is a historic visit to Israel. In the 70 years of the country’s existence, no Indian Prime Minister has ever visited and this is further expression of the state of Israel’s military, economic and diplomatic strength,” Israeli PM Netanyahu stressed, adding, “”This is a very significant step in strengthening  relations between the two countries.”  Modi’s three day visit starting July 4 is aimed at commemorating 25 years of establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries.  The Indian prime minister is scheduled to have dinner with Netanyahu following his arrival to Israel on July 4. He would be meeting the Israeli Premier again for discussions the following day. Modi would also call upon Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin on July 5 and the leader of opposition, Isaac Herzog. Around 4,000 people of Indian origin would be attending an address by Modi in the evening of July 5 in Tel Aviv.  Rediff.com : 27th. June,17

FORMER INDIA TEAM DIRECTOR RAVI SHASTRI IS GOING TO APPLY FOR INDIA’s HEAD COACH POSITION :

Former India team director Ravi Shastri has decided to apply for the position of the team’s head coach. “Yes, I have decided to apply for the job,’ he confirmed to The Indian Express.   Amid speculation and uncertainty about who would be replacing Anil Kumble, who resigned from the post on June 20 after differences with captain Virat Kohli, the Board of Control for Cricket in India had invited further applications.   Shastri also rubbished claims that he will apply only after he is assured of getting the job.  Shastri was director of the Indian cricket team between 2014 and 2016 in which he led the team to the semi-final of the 2015 World Cup and 2015 T20I World Cup. He had also applied for the job in 2016 but Anil Kumble was chosen over him. Kumble resigned on June 20.   Rediff.com : 27th. June,17

OMAR ABDULLAH VISITED RESIDENCE OF SLAIN DSP MUHAMMAD AYOUB PANDITH AT NOWPORA KHANYAR IN SRINAGAR :

National Conference working president Omar Abdullah today visited the residence of a senior police officer who was lynched by a mob outside Jamia Masjid here and demanded swift action to bring the perpetrators of the “heinous crime” to book. “Abdullah visited the residence of slain DSP Muhammad Ayoub Pandith at Nowpora-Khanyar (locality of Srinagar) and expressed his solidarity with the bereaved family,” a statement issued by National Conference said. The police officer was stripped naked and stoned to death by a mob in downtown Srinagar on Friday while he was on duty at the grand old mosque on the occasion of ‘Shab-e-Qadr’.  Paying glowing tributes to the officer, the former chief minister said the “heinous crime” was an onslaught against the basic tenets of “humanity and Kashmiriyat” and it needed to be condemned unequivocally and unconditionally by every conscientious person.  Abdullah offered ‘Fateha’ (special prayers) for the departed soul and prayed for patience and strength for the family to bear the loss. He said he stood in solidarity with the family and would eagerly await swift action. Rediff.com : 27th. June,17