Daily Bulletin: Modi in Japan for G-20 Summit; verdict on Maratha quota expected; Amit Shah to review security situation in Kashmir; day's top stories

Modi reaches Japan for G-20 Summit

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was accorded a warm welcome by members of the Indian community in Japan on Thursday after he arrived in Osaka, Japan for the G20 Summit, being held on 28-29 June.

In a tweet that the prime minister put out shortly after arriving in Osaka, the venue of the G20 summit, he thanked the "dynamic Indian community" for a warm welcome.

The Ministry of External Affairs also tweeted out pictures from Osaka and laid out Modi's plan for the day.

 Daily Bulletin: Modi in Japan for G-20 Summit; verdict on Maratha quota expected; Amit Shah to review security situation in Kashmir; days top stories

Modi was welcomed by the Indian community in Osaka on his arrival. Twitter/@ANI

This will be Modi's sixth G20 Summit. He will attend important plurilateral meetings and hold bilateral discussions with several world leaders, including US President Donald Trump.

HC verdict on Maratha quota expected today

The Bombay High Court is expected to pronounce its judgment on Thursday on a clutch of petitions challenging Maharashtra government’s decision to provide 16 percent reservation to the influential Maratha community in government jobs and educational institutions.

The Devendra Fadnavis government had bowed down to the long-standing demand last year on 30 November after massive statewide protests. The government granted 16 percent quota for the community in education and government jobs under the Socially and Educationally Backward Classes (SEBC) Act. On 8 March, the government had issued a notification to implement the reservation in educational institutions.

India to face West Indies in ICC Cricket World Cup with hopes of sealing semi-final spot

India had a near walkover in its first few matches against South Africa, Australia and Pakistan before it faced a tough contest from the underdog, Afghanistan. The team managed to secure the match after what was some stellar cricket on Hampshire Bowl grounds in Southampton. They are unbeaten in the World Cup till now and will look to seal the semi-final spot when they meet West Indies in Manchester.

West Indies, on the other hand, have struggled after a winning start, against Pakistan. They have lost four out of five matches after their initial win, with one ending in a no result. They have a very slim chance of qualifying and need to win all their three remaining matches and then hope the other results go their way.

Health minister to introduce The Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Bill, 2019; RS to discuss SEZ bill  

Health Minister Harsh Vardhan will on Thursday introduce a bill to further amend the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956. The Bill seeks to amend the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956. The Act provides for the constitution of the Medical Council of India (MCI) which will regulate the standards of medical education, and the medical education, including the course structure, the number of seats being offered and the registration of doctors among other things.

In the Rajya Sabha, meanwhile, Commerce and Industries Minister Piyush Goyal will seek the passage of the Special Economic Zones (Amendment) Bill, 2019. It amends the Special Economic Zones Act, 2005 and replaces an Ordinance that was promulgated on 2 March, 2019. The Act provides for the establishment, development and management of Special Economic Zones for the promotion of exports.

Home Minister Amit Shah in Jammu and Kashmir

Today is the second day of Amit Shah’s visit to Jammu and Kashmir. He will review the overall security situation in the state, particularly in the Kashmir Valley ahead of the Amarnath Yatra.

On his maiden visit to the state, Shah will meet BJP leaders and also members of Panchayats at the Nehru Guest House in Srinagar's Cheshma Shahi area. He will also meet delegations of civil society members, the delegation of people connected with tourism and some youth delegations. The Home minister is slated to visit the holy cave shrine of Amarnath in south Kashmir Himalayas. He is also scheduled to meet the families of policemen killed in militant attacks in the state.

Before flying back to Delhi, the Shah is likely to address a press conference in Srinagar Thursday.

Mindtree's CEO Rostow Ravanan to resign in coming weeks

Mindtree Chief Executive Officer Rostow Ravanan is likely to resign in the coming weeks with infrastructure major L&T becoming a majority shareholder in the mid-sized IT company, sources told PTI.

Larsen and Toubro (L&T) had initiated a hostile takeover of Mindtree Ltd in March and has since then expanded its shareholding to a majority stake with large investors, like Nalanda, selling their shares in the ongoing open offer.

Mindtree founders had resisted the bid and had tried rallying support from Singapore-based Nalanda Capital and others.

Vivo launches its first Augmented Reality glasses at MWC Shanghai 

Vivo, a company better known for their smartphones, just announced its foray into the AR wearable space with the launch of the Vivo AR Glass at MWC Shanghai. The augmented reality glasses from Vivo come with support for the company’s Jovi digital assistant.

With inputs from agencies

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Updated Date: Jun 27, 2019 08:35:49 IST