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# Xi to visit India in 2019 for Wuhan-style informal meet
Modi extends invitation to Chinese President at talks during SCO summit
India and China have expanded on the “spirit” of the Wuhan informal summit, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday agreeing on a string of official engagements ranging from a fresh round of boundary talks to a new mechanism to step up exchange of films.

Briefing the media after the two leaders held talks for nearly an hour on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said the meeting was “positive and forward looking and underpinned the spirit of the Wuhan summit”.

Mr. Xi also accepted Mr. Modi’s invitation for another “informal summit”, in India, next year and described the Wuhan summit as a “new starting point” in India-China relations.

In tune with the on-going “strategic communication” between the two leaders, China’s defence minister, Wei Fenghe and the Minister of Public Security, Zhai Kezhi, will meet their Indian counterparts — Nirmala Sitharaman and Home Minister Rajnath Singh —during the course of the year.

Following the meeting with Mr. Xi, Mr. Modi said he had detailed discussions with the Chinese President on bilateral and global issues, which would add further vigour to the India-China friendship after their “milestone” informal summit in Wuhan.

An MoU on sharing hydrological information on the Brahmaputra river by China and another pact on amendment of the protocol on phytosanitary requirements for exporting non-Basmati rice from India to China were signed after the talks.

(With PTI inputs)

# La Liga coaches to visit Anantapur from June 11
They will interact with players and distribute equipment
Good news to the youngsters of Anantapur who wish to learn and play football. Officials from La Liga and Fundación La Liga from Spain are visiting the town, as part of its partnership with the Rural Development Trust (RDT), from June 11 to 13 to promote the sport .

                                                                 Pic Source : The Hindu

The visiting team includes José Antonio Cachaza, country manager of La Liga in New Delhi, Elena Montoro of La Liga Foundation, Virginia Herrero, Female Football Department and Irene Guerrero, professional footballer from Real Betis in Spain.

The Anantapur Sports Academyorganises the Anantapur Football League, a five-month long competition which sees close to 1,600 players from marginalised communities in Anantapur participate every year. “The 2018-19 season will be supported by La Liga and Fundación La Liga,” it says.

Pedro Malabia, Director, Female Football Department, La Liga, said: “La Liga and Fundación La Liga have been leading projects to promote women’s football and the role of women in sport. It is joy to promote football at the grassroots with RDT. It also fulfils one of our main goals of using football as a tool to promote teamwork and social inclusion among rural youth.”

The first leg of the partnership has already seen audio-visual interaction between coaches and players in Anantapur with coaches and female footballers from Spain. The team will travel to centres in Atmakur and Hindupur where they will interact with players and distribute equipment. Irene Guerrero will play friendly matches with the U-15 girls team and hold a football clinic addressing the players’ questions.

La Liga and Fundación La Liga Foundation will distribute football equipment to 20 ASA centres.

# Spat in State Cong continues
Kurien says Chandy carried out his personal agenda
With Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman P.J. Kurien and former KPCC president V.M. Sudheeran, besides some of the young turks, continuing their attack on the State party leadership, the Congress in Kerala continued to be rocked on Saturday by vociferous dissent and resentment over the decision to give the lone Rajya Sabha seat that the Opposition United Democratic Front (UDF) is certain of winning to the Kerala Congress (M).

Mr. Kurien, who had gone public with his anger and dismay at having been denied another term in the Upper House, went one step further on Saturday making a pointed attack on AICC general secretary Oommen Chandy, accusing him of having carried out his personal agenda with the help of the KC(M).

Mr. Chandy, he said, had given the Rajya Sabha seat on a platter to the KC(M), which had never expected to get the seat.

He said that Mr. Chandy had all along treated him with hostility and tried his best to harm him.

Meets Chennithala

Leader of the Opposition Ramesh Chennithala met Mr. Kurien at his residence in Pathanamthitta, apparently to mollify him.

Mr. Kurien’s interaction with the media was noteworthy also for his silence about whatever role Mr. Chennithala had played in ‘gifting’ the Rajya Sabha seat to the KC(M). He told reporters that Mr. Chennithala had apologised to him.

In Thiruvananthapuram, Mr. Sudheeran termed the manner in which the Rajya Sabha seat decision was taken an ‘act of subversion,’ which also amounted to betrayal of the Congress workers in the State and the United Progressive Alliance at the national level.

“The United Progressive Alliance has lost a seat in the Rajya Sabha. Is this the way to strengthen the Congress,” he asked. Recalling the serious charges raised by KC(M) leader K.M. Mani against the Congress after the last Assembly elections, he demanded to know whether Mr. Mani still stuck to that stand.

# Thief drives off with police vehicle!
Cocking a snook at the cops, and daring all security and surveillance, an unidentified person drove off with a police vehicle in broad daylight here on Saturday.

The signature police patrol vehicle parked outside G shopping mall on the busy M.G. Road in Suryapet disappeared, when the officer and the driver who had gone inside returned around 3 p.m.

Police teams went scurrying in different directions but could not trace the vehicle till the evening, and the police were looking at CCTV footage collected from various points. Red-faced, the police who assumed from the GPS tracker that the vehicle was moving in the town, zeroed in only to find the GPS equipment linked with the Rapid Cop app dumped near the Hyderabad-Jangaon bypass on the highway.

According to an official, the stolen ‘Atmakur S police station’ sporting vehicle is believed to be on the outskirts or near Hyderabad in the evening.

It’s a wild goose chase for now.

Sources said the vehicle was presently being used by Suryapet Rural circle inspector Praveen Kumar Reddy.

# Cong. cracks whip on Karnataka dissidents
Deputy CM post unlikely for M.B. Patil
In damage control mode, the Congress high command on Saturday asked party senior leader and former Minister M.B. Patil to refrain from dissident activity and not make attempts to weaken the Janata Dal (S)-Congress coalition government in Karnataka, headed by H.D. Kumaraswamy.

Mr. Patil, leading a group of disgruntled legislators who missed out on ministerial berths at the Cabinet expansion on Wednesday, was summoned to New Delhi. According to sources, he met AICC president Rahul Gandhi and explained to him the situation in the State unit of the party in the throes of dissidence.

Sources, however, said Mr. Patil did not get any assurance from the Congress president on his demand to be made the Deputy Chief Minister or the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee president.

Mr. Gandhi reportedly assured Mr. Patil that he would be made a Minister during the next phase of the Cabinet expansion.

Mr Gandhi separately met State Congress working president Dinesh Gundu Rao and Rural Development & Panchayat Raj Minister Krishna Byre Gowda to get inputs on the ways and means of resolving the resentment within legislators over Cabinet expansion.

Speaking to The Hindu , Mr. Rao said “We came to New Delhi for some other work. We discussed internal matters of the party with Mr Gandhi.”

Before calling on Mr Gandhi, Mr. Patil met AICC general secretary Ahmed Patel, sources said.

# Fingerprint verification must for availing PDS
Contract for recorders by August
Beneficiaries of the Public Distribution System (PDS) in the State will not be able to get essential commodities through “proxies” in the near future when the Civil Supplies Department instals fingerprint recorders at fair price shops.

Under the new system, every time the benefit is availed, one of the beneficiaries enumerated in the family card should visit the ration shop concerned and get his or her fingerprint recorded.

The proposed system would be in place in a few months, said a senior official of the Civil Supplies Department. All the 34,772 shops will have the devices. Only a week ago, the Department floated bids for procuring the recorders. It is planning to award the contract by August.

At present, the shops have been provided with PoS machines, which serve as billing units at the time of distribution of essential commodities.

# Cong. cracks whip on Karnataka dissidents
In damage-control mode, the Congress high command on Saturday asked party senior leader and former Minister M.B. Patil to refrain from dissident activity and not make attempts to weaken the Janata Dal (S)-Congress coalition government in Karnataka, headed by H.D. Kumaraswamy.

Mr. Patil, leading a group of disgruntled legislators who missed out on ministerial berths at the Cabinet expansion on Wednesday, was summoned to New Delhi.

Situation in State unit

According to sources, he met All India Congress Committee president Rahul Gandhi and explained to him the situation in the State unit of the party in the throes of dissidence.

Sources, however, said that Mr. Patil did not get any assurance from the Congress president on his demand to be made the Deputy Chief Minister or the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee president. Mr. Gandhi reportedly assured the senior Congress leader that he would be made a Minister during the next phase of the Cabinet expansion.

# T.R. Suresh back as Mangaluru Police Commissioner
T.R. Suresh back as city Police Commissioner
The government has posted T.R. Suresh back as the Mangaluru Police Commissioner.

He had been transferred ahead of the Assembly elections as Deputy Inspector General of Police, Police Fire Services, Bengaluru.

A government notification issued on June 8 said that Mr. Suresh has been transferred back with immediate effect.

# Dinesh Gundu Rao strong contender for KPCC post
With the Congress leadership keen on appointing a new head for the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) ahead of the 2019 general elections, KPCC working president Dinesh Gundu Rao is being seen as a strong contender for the post.

The incumbent KPCC president, G. Parameshwara, is set to quit the post as he has been inducted into the ministry and also holds the Deputy Chief Minister’s post.

# Woman washed away as rain continues in coast
Moderate to heavy rain continued to lash coastal districts of Dakshina Kannada, Udupi and Uttara Kannada on Saturday. A 50-year-old woman was washed away in a stream in Venur, Belthangady taluk, in Dakshina Kannada. There were reports of damage to houses, tree falls and washing away of a portion of roads in the three districts.


Source:- The Hindu

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