PM Modi posts exercise video after Kohli’s challenge, nominates Kumaraswamy

Narendra Modi fitness challenge

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday shared a video that showed his morning exercises, including yoga and breathing practices, responding to Indian cricket team skipper Virat Kohli, who had thrown a fitness challenge at him.

On Twitter, Modi said he also walks “on a track inspired by the Panchtatvas or 5 elements of nature – Prithvi, Jal, Agni, Vayu, Aakash. This is extremely refreshing and rejuvenating”.

The Prime Minister appealed to every Indian to “devote some part of the day towards fitness”.

In a separate message, he nominated Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy, table tennis player and 2018 Commonwealth Games gold medallist Manika Batra and the “entire fraternity of brave IPS officers, especially those above 40” for the #fitnesschallenge, which has become a talking point on Twitter.


Bypoll results 2018: BJP’s Lok Sabha tally down to 271 from 282 in 2014

Karnataka election result 2018, BJP

With the loss of Kairana, Uttar Pradesh and Bhandara-Gondiya, Maharashtra, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) now has 271 seats in the Lok Sabha (lower house of Parliament), down 11 from the 282 seats it won in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

The BJP managed to retain only one seat–Palghar, Maharashtra–after the bypolls results held on May 28, 2018, where the party called in Yogi Adityanath for campaigning.

While the BJP lost the Kairana seat to Rashtriya Lok Dal, it lost the Bhandara-Gondiya seat to the Nationalist Congress Party.

With its tally down to 271 in Lok Sabha after bypoll losses, BJP as a party has lost simple majority, which is 272 seats. NDA, including BJP and allies, still has majority with 315 out of 543 seats.

Since March 11, 2018, bypolls were held for seven Lok Sabha constituencies and 11 state assembly constituencies across the country. The voting for all the state assemblies were held on May 28, 2018 and the result was announced on May 31, 2018.

The BJP did not win any seats in the Uttar Pradesh Lok Sabha bypolls held earlier on March 11 and March 14, 2018, thus losing the seats of Gorakhpur and Phulpur held by chief minister Yogi Adityanath and deputy chief minister Keshav Prasad Maurya, respectively.

So, in UP, where the party had won 71 of the 80 Lok Sabha seats in 2014, the BJP is now left with 68 seats.

BSF jawan, 2 civilians killed in Pak shelling in Jammu and Kashmir: Updates

Photo of BSF Constable Sitaram Upadhyay, who lost his life in ceasefire violation by Pakistan in RS Pura sector of #JammuAndKashmir

In yet another instance of ceasefire violation, Pakistani troops on Friday fired at Indian posts along the Line of Control (LoC) in RS Pura, Bishnah and Arnia sectors of Jammu and Kashmir, killing three people, including a Border Security Force (BSF) soldier. In total, six persons, including a BSF officer, were injured in the firing.

The firing, for a third straight day, comes ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday.

A BSF officer said an assistant sub-inspector of the force had suffered a splinter injury at Pittal BoP and had been admitted to a hospital.

In the heavy Pakistan shelling in R S Pura and Arnia sectors, five civilians were also injured and evacuated to hospitals by police in bullet-proof vehicles, a police officer said. Three civilians were injured in Arnia sector, and two in R S Pura.

In January this year, residents of the RS Pura sector were forced to leave their homes in the wake of the ceasefire arrangement being repeatedly violated by Pakistan.

BSF troops retaliate

BSF troops guarding the border retaliated and exchanges were going on at the time reports last came in from the area, a senior BSF officer told PTI.

Who was the BSF jawan killed in the firing?

Karnataka election: Congress, BJP in talks with JD(S); top 10 developments

Karnataka Election 2018 LIVE: BJP's Yeddyurappa (contesting from Shikaripura), Siddramaiah from Badami and national president of the Janata Dal (Secular) party H D Gowda

With just one more day to go before the Karnataka Assembly election 2018 results, BJP president Amit Shah has asserted that his party will form the next government in the state, while the Janata Dal (Secular), or JD(s), has claimed that neither incumbent chief minister and Congress leader Siddaramaiah nor BJP chief ministerial candidate B S Yeddyurappa will become chief minister of Karnataka. Siddaramaiah, for his part, has exuded confidence that the Congress will get an absolute majority in Karnataka and has ruled out any possibility of a tie-up with the JD(S).

Meanwhile, repolling on three polling booths — one in north Bengaluru’s Hebbal constituency and two in Kushtagi in Koppal district — was scheduled to be held on Monday, according to the Election Commission (EC). The repolling was scheduled to be held from 7 am to 6 pm.

According to most of the post-poll surveys, the BJP is set to emerge as the single largest party in Karnataka, with the JD(S) likely to emerge as the kingmaker. As reported earlier, while most exit polls predicted a hung Assembly with the BJP ahead, two said the BJP would either come very close to or cross the halfway mark of 112 seats. However, the India Today-Axis exit poll said the Congress might bag a majority. No government in Karnataka since the Ramakrishna Hegde-led Janata Party in 1985 has been re-elected.

A single-day polling was held in Karnataka in 222 of the 224 Assembly segments on Saturday, with a record 72.13 per cent voter turnout. The results of the election will be declared tomorrow. The Congress had won 122 seats and the BJP 40 seats in the last Karnataka Assembly election in 2013.

Here are the top ten developments around the Karnataka Assembly election 2018 results:

Modi in China to begin meet with Xi Jinping soon: Everything you must know

Modi Xi meeting

The informal, two-day Narendra Modi-Xi Jinping summit will begin today; Prime Minister Modi arrived at the Chinese city of Wuhan a little past midnight on Friday. Before departing for China, Modi said President Xi and he “will exchange views on a range of issues of bilateral and global importance” at the summit and “review the developments in the India-China relations from a strategic and long-term perspective”. The Modi-Xi meeting will be different from past such encounters as the talks will be freewheeling, instead of being choreographed. Further, only one Mandarin-speaking Indian interpreter will be present.

The Wuhan summit will see Modi and Xi reportedly discuss issues ranging from US President Donald Trump’s trade policies, protectionism, globalisation, Xi’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) to the India-China border dispute, even as the two leaders take lakeside walks and boat rides together.

With the future of Sino-Indian ties hanging in the balance, Chinese President Xi is hosting ModiInChina for the informal summit where officials said the two leaders would spend most of their time interacting in one-on-one conversations. According to official statements from both sides, the Modi-Xi summit aims to create a broad framework for India-China ties and build trust between the two leaders. The summit is being seen as an effort by India and China to rebuild trust and improve ties, which have faced stumbling blocks and were hit by the 73-day-long Doklam standoff last year.

Even though official sources have said that the Modi-Xi summit will eschew looking into specific issues in favour of the big picture of India-China ties, a section of the Chinese media has accorded high importance to the summit. The Modi-Xi Jinping Wuhan summit could be as significant as the one between former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and the then leader of China Deng Xiaoping in 1988, the official Chinese media commented on Tuesday. “The meeting can be as significant as the one in 1988 when Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping and then Indian prime minister Rajiv Gandhi met, and will set the course for bilateral ties,” an op-ed in Global Times said.

Here are the top 10 developments around the two-day Narendra Modi-Xi Jinping Wuhan summit in China that starts today:

Karnataka polls: Development over politics for BJP, says Modi via NaMo app


In the run-up to the Karnataka Assembly election on May 12, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday interacted with the Bharatiya janata Party (BJP) candidates, office bearers, elected representatives and party workers in the poll-bound state through the NaMo app. PM Modi, during the interaction, encouraged those engaged in the Assembly poll campaign in Karnataka Polls 2018 and also provided guidance to senior party leaders, MPs, and MLAs.

Meanwhile, Modi expressed his deepest condolences to the victimes of the deadly school van-train collision that took place early this morning in Kushinagar, Uttar Pradesh. PM Modi ensured that the Uttar Pradesh government and railway department would take appropriate action.

As the Prime Minister began speaking, he fostered the three-pronged agendas of BJP — development, fast-paced development and all-round development. Modi also raised the issue of caste and religion-based politics, as he said: “Development is not an issue for those who dwell on caste-based politics; they give a lollipop of fake promises to a particular community and then do same with another community in next elections. If you analyse last few elections, you will realise how few political parties have indulged only in dividing societies on religious lines. They exploit emotions of some community before elections and forget them after the elections”, reported ANI.

Here are the top highlights from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s interaction with party colleagues via NaMo app and other developments before the upcoming May 12 Karnataka Assembly elections 2018 :

Narendra Modi seeks to gag BJP’s motormouth MPs, MLAs: Top 10 developments

Prime Minister Narendra Modi seems to be fed up of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders speaking out of turn, without considered thoughts, on issues that are often sensitive — like the spate of rapes the country has seen recently, including the Kathua, Unnao, and Surat incidents. Modi expressed his displeasure on Sunday, advising BJP leaders not to provide “masala” to the media and refrain from making “irresponsible” statements by commenting on every issue as soon as they saw camerapersons.

The prime minister said such “mistakes” affect the country, the BJP and the image of the individual concerned. His statement came after a rash of remarks by BJP leaders — from internet in the mythical age of the Mahabharata to advice on why we should not be outraged by a few incidents of rape in a country as large as India.

Addressing BJP MPs and MLAs via video chat through the Narendra Modi, or NaMo, mobile app from his official residence at 7, Lok Kalyan Marg, the prime minister said that while BJP workers often said the media was doing this or that, their own mistakes sometimes provided the media with ‘masala’ (fodder). In what amounted to a gag order, ostensibly aimed at his party’s members who were more prone to firmly jamming their foot in their mouth — the latest examples being Union Minister Santosh Gangwar and Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Deb — Modi stressed that only the people trusted with the responsibility of speaking on a topic should interact with the media, adding that the issue got diverted if everyone started speaking on the topic.

However, Modi did not explicitly censure the contents of the controversial remarks — some of which sparked outrage while otyhers appeared plain silly — made by his party’s members. Neither endorsing nor rejecting BJP leaders’ controversial positions on various subjects, in what seemed a step to manage the party’s media image, Modi limited himself to ensuring that they would keep their thoughts to themselves. The prime minister said he had spoken to the particular motormouths and that the latter had mended their ways.

Here are the top 10 developments around Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s gag order against BJP’s motormouth members: