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Prime Minister Narendra Modi

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday held talks with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on the sidelines of the G7 summit. It is the first in-person meeting between the two leaders after the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February last year.

The Quad leaders on Saturday called for the resolution of the Ukraine conflict through dialogue and diplomacy while asserting that it must not be an era of war, a formulation that echoed Prime Minister Narendra Modi's position. Modi, US President Joe Biden, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and his Australian counterpart Anthony Albanese held talks on pressing global challenges including the Ukraine conflict at the annual Quad summit in Hiroshima.

Congress leader Siddaramaiah was sworn in as Karnataka Chief Minister in a grand ceremony here on Saturday and the new dispensation held its first Cabinet meet that gave an in-principle approval to implement its poll promises, estimated to cost the exchequer about Rs 50,000 crore annually.

The bitter tussle over control of administrative services in Delhi has again reached the Supreme Court as the Centre sought a review of its judgment which ruled in favour of the AAP government and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced moving the apex court against a central ordinance that he alleged was brought in to "overturn" the verdict.



11:31 PM

G7 calls on majors economies to go net zero by 2050, let emissions peak by 2025

The G7 countries have asked all major economies, including India and China, to commit to reaching net zero emissions by 2050 and let their emissions peak by 2025.

They also committed to work together with other developed countries to fully meet the goal of jointly mobilising USD 100 billion annually in climate finance (for the period from 2020 to 2025) this year --three years late -- to help developing and poor countries fight climate change, according to a communique.

However, the communique released on Saturday after the meeting of G7 leaders in Hiroshima, Japan, doesn't mention if this amount will be increased for the post-2025 period.

11:12 PM

At G7 summit, PM Modi proposes 10-point action plan to address challenges

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday called for building an inclusive food system to provide relief to the world's most vulnerable people as part of his 10-point action plan to address challenges in the area of food, fertilisers and healthcare.

In an address at a session of the G7 summit in Hiroshima, Modi also pitched for checking the "expansionist mentality" occupying the fertiliser resources and strongly batted for the democratisation of technology.

The prime minister's 10-point action plan included curbing wastage of food, depoliticisation of global fertilizer supply chains, promoting millets, encouraging holistic healthcare, strengthening digital health care and building development models inspired by the needs of developing countries.

10:55 PM

Projects worth more than Rs 16,000 cr completed in 4 years in Gandhinagar LS seat: Shah

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday claimed projects worth more than Rs 16,000 crore were completed within four years in his Gandhinagar Lok Sabha constituency after 2019 while projects worth Rs 5,200 crore are in the pipeline in the fifth year.

Underlining BJP's strong push for development, Shah also took potshots at Congress over the alleged slow pace of work when that party was in power.

The Gandhinagar Lok Sabha constituency comprises seven Assembly segments of Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad districts.

Shah, who is on a two-day visit to his home state Gujarat from Saturday, launched various projects worth Rs 400 crore of the Gandhinagar Municipal Corporation in the state capital.

10:22 PM

Quad leaders express deep concern over war in Ukraine; mourn its terrible humanitarian consequences

The Quad leaders on Saturday mourned the "terrible and tragic" humanitarian consequences of the war in Ukraine and called for ending the conflict through dialogue and diplomacy while asserting that it must not be an era of war, a formulation that echoed Prime Minister Narendra Modi's position.

Modi, US President Joe Biden, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and his Australian counterpart Anthony Albanese, the leaders of the four Quad nations, discussed the situation in Ukraine along with other pressing global challenges at the annual summit of the grouping in Hiroshima.

In his address at the summit, Modi described the Indo-Pacific region as an "engine" of global trade, innovation and development and said its success and security are important for the whole world.

10:04 PM

NGT says no objection to installation of lighthouse by DDA in Yamuna floodplain

The National Green Tribunal has said that it has no objection to the installation of a lighthouse in the greenway adjacent to the Yamuna floodplain for additional surveillance and security.

The NGT was hearing an application filed by the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) seeking permission for the installation of the lighthouse. According to the DDA's counsel, the plea was necessary in the background of the tribunal's earlier order prohibiting any construction activity in the demarcated floodplains.

A bench led by chairperson Justice A K Goel said, "...we are of the view that in principle there can be no objection to the proposal if it is approved by the high-level committee (HLC) and is meant for protection of floodplain zone and is within the purview of permissible activity in terms of...the order of this tribunal dated January 13, 2015, and River Ganga (Rejuvenation, Protection and Management) Authorities Order, 2016.

9:53 PM

PM Modi meets British PM Sunak, Indonesian President Widodo and UN chief in Japan

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday met his British counterpart Rishi Sunak, Indonesian President Joko Widodo and UN chief Antonio Guterres on the sidelines of the G7 summit here in this Japanese city.

Modi is here to attend three sessions at the G7 summit.

Modi said he had a productive discussion with Sunak on the sidelines of the Hiroshima G-7 Summit. The two leaders are expected to meet formally on Sunday.

British Prime Minister Sunak also shared the picture with Modi on his Twitter handle, with the two leaders sharing a warm hug.

9:32 PM

IAF temporarily grounds MiG-21 squadrons

The Indian Air Force (IAF) has temporarily grounded its fleet of around 50 MiG-21 fighter aircraft following the crash of one of the jets in Rajasthan's Hanumangarh nearly two weeks ago, people familiar with the matter said on Saturday.

Three persons were killed after the MiG-21 aircraft crashed into a house in Hanumangarh shortly after it took off for a routine training sortie from the Air Force Station at Suratgarh on May 8.

The people cited above said all the MiG-21 aircraft are currently undergoing technical evaluation and checks, adding they will be allowed to fly only after clearance by the teams concerned carrying out the scrutiny.

The crash of the jet had again put the spotlight on the ageing fleet of Soviet-origin aircraft which were involved in around 400 accidents since their first induction in the early 1960s.

9:01 PM

PM Modi describes Ukraine conflict issue of human values; says India will try to find solution

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday conveyed to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy that India will do everything possible to find a solution to the Ukraine conflict as the two leaders held in-person talks for the first time after Russia invaded the eastern European country 15 months back.

In the meeting that took place on the sidelines of the G7 summit in Hiroshima, the prime minister said that the war in Ukraine is a "very big issue" and that it has had many different impacts on the globe.

At the same time Modi told the Ukrainian leader that he does not see the conflict as a political or economic issue and that for him, it is an issue of humanity and human values.

8:29 PM

Centre files review plea in SC as battle to control Delhi services intensifies, Kejriwal vows to challenge

The bitter tussle over control of administrative services in Delhi has again reached the Supreme Court as the Centre sought a review of its judgment which ruled in favour of the AAP government and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced moving the apex court against a central ordinance that he alleged was brought in to "overturn" the verdict.

On Friday, the Centre promulgated the ordinance creating a National Capital Civil Service Authority to deal with service conditions, transfer and posting of officials, seen as a move to wrest back control after the May 11 apex court ruling that the Delhi government has legislative and executive powers over services except for public order, police and land.

Kejriwal on Saturday alleged the ordinance was "unconstitutional" and a "direct challenge" to the Supreme Court. It's an "insult" to and contempt of the apex court, the Aam Aadmi Party chief claimed, even as the BJP asserted that the measure was in consonance with the Constitution and in line with the top court's observations.

8:19 PM

Ukraine conflict must be resolved through dialogue and diplomacy: Quad

The Quad leaders on Saturday called for the resolution of the Ukraine conflict through dialogue and diplomacy while asserting that it must not be an era of war, a formulation that echoed Prime Minister Narendra Modi's position. Modi, US President Joe Biden, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and his Australian counterpart Anthony Albanese held talks on pressing global challenges including the Ukraine conflict at the annual Quad summit in Hiroshima.

After the summit, the leaders released a joint statement that touched upon the Ukraine conflict, the situation in the East and South China seas and their vision for the Indo-Pacific region.

The leaders said they stand for adherence to international law, peaceful resolution of disputes and respect for principles of the UN Charter, including territorial integrity and sovereignty of all states.

8:09 PM

Biden aims to reassure world on US debt standoff as he consults with Indo-Pacific leaders

President Joe Biden tried to reassure world leaders on Saturday that the United States would not default as he consulted with the heads of Australia, Japan and India in a meeting of the so-called Quad partnership that had been hastily rescheduled because of the debt limit standoff back in Washington.

Hoping to avert an outcome that would rattle the global economy and prove to be a boon to Beijing, Biden opened his third day in Japan at the annual Group of Seven meeting of the world's most powerful democracies with a briefing from his staff on the latest fits and starts in talks over how to raise the federal debt limit.

The president also squeezed in meetings aimed at challenging China's buildout across the Indo-Pacific.

8:02 PM

PM conveyed to Zelenskyy that India would do everything power to find a resolution to Ukraine conflict

7:39 PM

Two Pakistani drones were shot down last night by the BSF troop

7:15 PM

231 stolen antiques brought back to India in the last 9 years: Union Minister Jitendra Singh

231 stolen antiques brought back to India in the last 9 years: Union Minister Jitendra Singh
6:56 PM

New Karnataka cabinet gives approval to implement 5 guarantees

Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said on Saturday that the first cabinet meeting has given approval in principle to implement the five guarantee schemes promised in the Congress party's election manifesto.

"The details are being worked out. The next cabinet meeting will be held next week," he said.

Addressing the first press conference at Vidhana Soudha after taking over as the Chief Minister, Siddaramaiah stated that it has been agreed upon in the cabinet to implement five guarantees.

"No matter how much money is required for the schemes, we will implement them as per our promise," he underlined.

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First Published: May 20 2023 | 10:02 AM IST

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