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  • India seeks to help improve security networks with countries in the Asean region, using strong bilateral relations and economic and physical integration with the member countries.
  • Delivering the keynote address at an event by Research and Information Systems (RIS) to celebrate 25 years of India-Asean relations, external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj said, "India has been working with Asean towards evolving regional security architecture in the Asia-Pacific that hinges on emphasising the peaceful settlement of disputes, finding collaborative solutions to emerging and non-traditional challenges, and support for the centrality of Asean.
  • India's remarks come at a time when China is rapidly establishing dominance over the South China Sea with barely any pushback from either the US or any other power.
  • The minister's remarks come days before Prime Minister Narendra Modi is to meet Donald Trump during which India hopes to get a better understanding of how the US approaches its "pivot" to Asia.
  • While India cannot match the economic heft China brings to the table, India is hoping to build collaborative security structures, extending its security cooperation to all Asean countries.

  • A large number of people including those from the Indian community have participated in special yoga sessions organised by the Indian Consulate here to commemorate the third International Yoga Day.
  • Consul General Riva Ganguly Das led the Yoga Day celebrations at the Consulate premises on Monday and participated in the yoga and Art of Living (AOL) sessions.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi's message on Yoga Day was played before practitioners led the gathering through the two-hour yoga and meditation sessions.
  • "Our message is to take yoga to the world. New York is the crossroads of the world and in its fast-paced life, we feel that yoga has much to contribute," Das told PTI.
  • The Consulate had planned a flagship event for the day at the city's historic and popular Battery Park where hundreds of people were expected to participate in the Yoga Day celebrations.

  • The country's low-cost Mars mission spacecraft that is on a rendezvous with the Red planet for an extended period completed 1,000 earth days in its orbit on june 19
  • "MOM completes 1,000 earth days in its orbit, on Monday June 19, 2017 well beyond its designed mission life of six months. 1,000 earth days corresponds to 973.24 Mars Sols (Martian Solar day) and MOM completed 388 orbits," ISRO said.
  • The satellite is in good health and continues to work as expected, it said, adding that scientific analysis of the data received from the Mars Orbiter spacecraft is in progress.
  • India on September 24, 2014 successfully placed the Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) spacecraft in orbit around Mars in its very first attempt, breaking into an elite club.
  • ISRO had launched the spacecraft on its nine-month-long odyssey on a homegrown PSLV rocket from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh on November 5, 2013 and it had escaped the earth's gravitational field on December 1, 2013.

  • Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday said GST rollout will not be impacted by any delay in security clearance to GST Network, the IT backbone provider for the new indirect tax system.
  • "It (GSTN) is already functioning," he told reporters here. Security clearance to GSTN is a "procedural matter".
  • "These are all procedural matters, they go on," he said. "That doesn't defer the (GST rollout)."
  • It won't derail "the fate of Constitution amendment", he said.
  • The GST Constitutional (101st Amendment) Act 2016 mandates introduction of a national Goods and Services Tax in India. The Centre and states have agreed to roll out the new indirect tax regime, which will subsume excise, service tax, VAT and other local levies, from July 1.

  • Payal Kapadia’s film Afternoon clouds was screened to a packed auditorium at the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) in Pune.
  • Payal’s film was the only Indian film shortlisted at Cannes recently, and also won 'Special Mention' in the Official Competition at FILMADRID (2017) in Spain .
  • This film was in the Cinéfondation selection of the 70th Cannes film festival this year. The screening of the film was followed by an interaction with Kapadia, a student of FTII, where she explained that the film was made as a dialogue exercise for her second year project at the institute and it was shot inside the campus.
  • The film depicts two women of different ages who are living together and how they deal with their ideas of love.

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Council of Ministers

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi: Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions; Department of Atomic Energy Department of Space; All important policy issues and all other portfolios not allocated to any Minister
  • CABINET MINISTERS

    1. Rajnath Singh: Home Affairs
    2. Sushma Swaraj: External Affairs, Overseas Indian Affairs
    3. Manohar Parrikar: Defence
    4. Suresh Prabhu: Railways
    5. Arun Jaitley: Finance, Corporate Affairs, Information & Broadcasting
    6. M. Venkaiah Naidu: Urban Development, Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, Parliamentary Affairs
    7. Nitin Gadkari: Road Transport and Highways, Shipping
    8. D.V. Sadananda Gowda: Law & Justice
    9. Uma Bharati: Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation
    10. Dr. Najma A. Heptulla: Minority Affairs
    11. Dr. Harsh Vardhan: Science and Technology, Earth Sciences
    12. Ramvilas Paswan: Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution
    13. Kalraj Mishra: Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises
    14. Maneka Gandhi: Women and Child Development
    15. Ananthkumar: Chemicals and Fertilizers
    16. Ravi Shankar Prasad: Communications and Information Technology
    17. Jagat Prakash Nadda: Health & Family Welfare
    18. Chaudhary Birender Singh: Rural Development, Panchayati Raj, Drinking Water and Sanitation
    19. Ashok Gajapathi Raju: Civil Aviation
    20. Anant Geete: Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises
    21. Harsimrat Kaur Badal: Food Processing Industries
    22. Narendra Singh Tomar: Mines, Steel
    23. Jual Oram: Tribal Affairs
    24. Radha Mohan Singh: Agriculture
    25. Thaawar Chand Gehlot: Social Justice and Empowerment
    26. Smriti Irani: Human Resource Development

    MINISTERS OF STATE

    1. General V.K. Singh: Statistics and Programme Implementation (Independent Charge), External Affairs, Overseas Indian Affairs
    2. Inderjit Singh Rao: Planning (Independent Charge), Defence
    3. Santosh Kumar Gangwar: Textiles (Independent Charge)
    4. Shripad Yesso Naik:AAYUSH (Independent Charge), Health & Family Welfare
    5. Bandaru Dattatreya: Labour and Employment (Independent Charge)
    6. Rajiv Pratap Rudy:Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (Independent Charge), Parliamentary Affairs
    7. Dharmendra Pradhan:Petroleum and Natural Gas (Independent Charge))
    8. Sarbananda Sonowal:Youth Affairs and Sports (Independent Charge)
    9. Prakash Javadekar:Environment, Forest and Climate Change (Independent Charge)
    10. Piyush Goyal:Power (Independent Charge), Coal (Independent Charge), New and Renewable Energy (Independent Charge)
    11. Dr.Jitendra Singh:Development of North Eastern Region (Independent Charge), Prime Minister’s Office, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Department of Atomic Energy, Department of Space)
    12. Nirmala Sitharaman: Commerce and Industry (Independent Charge)
    13. Dr. Mahesh Sharma: Culture (Independent Charge), Tourism (Independent Charge), Civil Aviation
    14. Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi: Minority Affairs, Parliamentary Affairs
    15. Ram Kripal Yadav: Drinking Water & Sanitation
    16. Haribhai Parthibhai Chaudhary:Home Affairs
    17. Sanwar Lal Jat: Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation
    18. Mohanbhai Kalyanjibhai Kundariya:Agriculture
    19. Giriraj Singh:Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises
    20. Hansraj Gangaram Ahir:Chemicals & Fertilizers
    21. G.M. Siddeshwara: Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises
    22. Manoj Sinha: Railways
    23. Nihalchand: Panchayati Raj
    24. Upendra Kushwaha:Human Resource Development
    25. Radhakrishnan P.: Road Transport & Highways, Shipping
    26. Kiren Rijiju:Home Affairs
    27. Krishan Pal:Social Justice & Empowerment
    28. Vijay Sampla:Social Justice & Empowerment
    29. Dr. Sanjeev Kumar Balyan:Agriculture
    30. Manuskhbhai Dhanjibhai Vasava:Tribal Affairs
    31. Vishnu Deo Sai:Mines, Steel
    32. Sudarshan Bhagat: Rural Development
    33. Prof. (Dr.) Ram Shankar Katheria: Human Resource Development
    34. Y.S. Chowdary: Science and Technology, Earth Science
    35. Jayant Sinha: Finance
    36. Col. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore:Information & Broadcasting
    37. Babul Supriyo: Urban Development, Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation
    38. Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti:Food Processing Industries

    केंद्रित मंत्रीमंडळ

  • पंतप्रधान नरेंद्र मोदी: कार्मिक,जनतक्रार निवारण आणि पेन्शन,अणुउर्जा,अंतराळ विभाग,सर्व महत्त्वपूर्ण धोरणात्मक व्यवहार,आणि इतर कोणत्याही मंत्र्यांना विवक्षितपणे नेमून न दिलेले विभाग किंवा विषय
  • कॅबिनेट मंत्री

    1. राजनाथसिंह: गृह
    2. श्रीमती सुषमा स्वराज: परराष्ट्र व्यवहार,प्रवासी भारतीय मंत्रालय
    3. मनोहर पर्रीकर: संरक्षण
    4. सुरेश प्रभू: रेल्वे
    5. अरुण जेटली: वित्त,कंपनी व्यवसाय,माहिती व प्रसारण
    6. एम.वेंकैय्या नायडू: नगर विकास,गृहनिर्माण व शहरी दारिद्र्य निर्मुलन,संसदीय कामकाज
    7. नितीन गडकरी: रस्ते वाहतूक व महामार्ग,जलवाहतूक
    8. डी.व्ही.सदानंद गौडा: कायदा व न्याय
    9. श्रीमती उमा भारती: जलसंसाधन,नदी विकास व गंगा संरक्षण
    10. श्रीमती नतमा हेपतुल्ला: अल्पसंख्यांक विकास
    11. डॉ.हर्षवर्धन: विज्ञान व तंत्रज्ञान,भूविज्ञान
    12. रामविलास पासवान: ग्राहक आणि अन्न व सार्वजनिक वितरण
    13. कलराज मिश्र: सूक्ष्म,लघु व मध्यम उद्योग
    14. श्रीमती मेनका गांधी: महिला व बाल विकास
    15. अनंतकुमार: रसायन व खते
    16. रविशंकर प्रसाद: दळणवळण व माहिती तंत्रज्ञान
    17. जगत प्रकाश नड्डा : आरोग्य व कुटुंब कल्याण
    18. चौधरी वीरेंद्र सिंह: ग्रामीण विकास,पंचायत राज,पेयजल व स्वच्छता
    19. अशोक गजपती राजु: नागरी उड्डाण
    20. अनंत गिते: अवजड उद्योग व सार्वजनिक उपक्रम
    21. श्रीमती हरसिमरन कौर बादल: अन्न प्रक्रिया उद्योग
    22. नरेंद्र सिंग तोमर : खान व पोलाद
    23. ज्युएल ओराम: आदिवासी विकास
    24. राधामोहन सिंह: कृषी
    25. थावरचंद गेहलोत: सामाजिक न्याय व संक्षमीकरण
    26. श्रीमती स्मृती ईराणी: मनुष्यबळ विकास

    राज्यमंत्री

    1. जनरल व्ही.के.सिंग: सांख्यिकी आणि कार्यक्रम अंमलबजावणी (स्वतंत्र प्रभार),परराष्ट्र व्यवहार,प्रवासी भारतीय मंत्रालय
    2. इंद्रजितसिंग राव: नियोजन (स्वतंत्र प्रभार), संरक्षण
    3. संतोष गंगवार: वस्त्रोद्योग (स्वतंत्र प्रभार)
    4. श्रीपाद नाईक:आयुष (स्वतंत्र प्रभार),आरोग्य व कुटुंब कल्याण
    5. बंडारु दत्तात्रेय: कामगार व रोजगार (स्वतंत्र प्रभार)
    6. राजीव प्रताप रुडी:कौशल्य विकास व उद्यमशीलता(स्वतंत्र प्रभार),संसदीय व्यवहार
    7. धर्मेंद्र प्रधान:पेट्रोलियम व नैसर्गिक वायू (स्वतंत्र प्रभार)
    8. सर्बानंदा सोनवाल:क्रीडा व युवा कल्याण (स्वतंत्र प्रभार)
    9. प्रकाश जावडेकर:पर्यावरण,वने आणि हवामान बदल (स्वतंत्र प्रभार)
    10. पियुष गोयल:ऊर्जा,कोळसा,नवीन आणि नवीकरणीय ऊर्जा (स्वतंत्र प्रभार)
    11. डॉ.जितेंद्र सिंग:पूर्वोत्तर विभाग विकास (स्वतंत्र प्रभार)
    12. श्रीमती निर्मला सीतारमण: वाणिज्य व उद्योग (स्वतंत्र प्रभार)
    13. डॉ.महेश शर्मा: संस्कृती (स्वतंत्र प्रभाव),पर्यटन (स्वतंत्र प्रभार),नागरी उड्डाण
    14. मुख्तार अब्बास नक्वी: अल्पसंख्यांक,संसदीय कामकाज
    15. रामकृपाल यादव: पेयजल व स्वच्छता
    16. हरिभाई चौधरी:गृह
    17. सांवरलाल जाट: जलसंसाधन,नदी विकास व गंगा संरक्षण
    18. मोहनभाई कुंदरिया:कृषी
    19. गिरीराज सिंह:सुक्ष्म,लघु व मध्यम उद्योग
    20. हंसराज अहीर:रसायने व खते
    21. जी.एम.सिद्धेश्वरा: अवजड उद्योग व सार्वजनिक उपक्रम
    22. मनोज सिन्हा: रेल्वे
    23. निहालचंद: पंचायत राज
    24. उपेंद्र कुशवाहा:मानव संसाधन विकास
    25. राधाकृष्ण पी.: रस्ते वाहतूक व महामार्ग,जलवाहतूक
    26. किरण रिजिजू:गृह
    27. कृष्णपाल:सामाजिक न्याय व सक्षमीकरण
    28. विजय सांपला:सामाजिक न्याय व सक्षमीकरण
    29. डॉ.संजीवकुमार बालयान:कृषी
    30. मनसुखभाई वसावा:आदिवासी विकास
    31. विष्णुदेव साई:खाण व पोलाद
    32. सुदर्शन भगत: ग्रामीण विकास
    33. डॉ.रामकृष्ण कथेरिया: मानव संसाधन विकास
    34. वाय.एम.चौधरी: विज्ञान-तंत्रज्ञान, भूविज्ञान
    35. जयंत सिन्हा: वित्त
    36. कर्नल राजवर्धनसिंह राठोड:माहिती व प्रसारण
    37. बाबुल सुप्रियो बराल: नागरी विकास,गृहनिर्माण व शहरी दारिद्र्य निर्मुलन
    38. साध्वी निरंजन ज्योती:अन्न प्रक्रिया उद्योग