Daily wrap: PM Modi meets Lankan leaders; monsoon hits Kerala

Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the St Anthony's Church, during his visit to Colombo on June 9. PTI photo

PM Modi meets Lankan leadership; describes terrorism as a joint threat

A day after his trip to Maldives, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday (June 9) visited the island nation of Sri Lanka, the first time after the Easter Sunday attacks in the country. In a meeting with Sri Lanka’s top leadership including President Maithripala Sirisena, the two sides agreed that terrorism is a “joint threat” that needs collective and focussed action, weeks after the island nation witnessed the worst jihadi attack. Modi is the first foreign leader to visit Sri Lanka after the deadly Easter terror attacks in April. His visit is considered as a sign of India’s affirmation of solidarity with Sri Lanka in the aftermath of the attacks.

Ferry service to connect India and Maldives for the first time

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India and the Maldives plan to launch a ferry service between Kochi and the Maldivian capital Male. It will be a passenger-cum-cargo service to strengthen connectivity between the two countries and boost tourism. The initiative was announced during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s two-day state visit to Maldives. A MoU was signed between the two countries for the establishment of passenger and cargo services by sea.

PM’s surgical strike against babudom: 40% of joint secs to be non-IAS

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his second term is keen to improve the efficiency of bureaucracy by expanding the policy of lateral entry that would facilitate recruitment of at least 40 per cent of officers at the Joint Secretary from outside the system. The joint secretaries who form the backbone of various administrative ministries in Delhi are so far sourced from IAS cadre officers. The Prime Minister feels that the lateral entry will help bring in domain experts into the administrative system in place of the generalists who have been ruling the roost so far.

MLA’s outburst calling for single leader part of EPS efforts to sideline OPS

After the drubbing it received in the Lok Sabha polls, an AIADMK MLA has raised the banner of dissent, publicly. Madurai North representative Rajan Chellappa said on June 8 that it was time for the party to move to a single leadership. He meant that the present power sharing arrangement between Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam should go and there should be only one top leader. He said dual leadership was delaying decision-making in choosing party functionaries and candidates in elections.

Azim Premji, a compassionate capitalist with an eye for picking leaders

In Amalner, Maharashtra everyone has a Premji story. Amalner is where Wipro started its journey in 1945 by setting up a factory there to produce vegetable oil. The company was also perhaps the first one to share its wealth among its workers by distributing shares to all the residents there. Today, Amalner accounts for 20 per cent of the total public shareholding of Wipro, according to FactorDaily. If at all the description of a compassionate capitalist in the country fits anyone it is Premji and NR Narayana Murthy, and other co-founders of the cross-country rival, Infosys. The fact that Bengaluru has produced two of the biggest giants in the IT industry may have less to do with the place than with the fact that these gentlemen chose a different path while building IT behemoths.

Vijayashanti back to silver screen after a failed political career

After a failed political career, popular South Indian actor of yesteryear Vijayashanti, known in the film circles as ‘Lady Amitabh’ for her action-packed roles, is set to don the greasepaint again after a gap of 13 years. The firebrand actor’s tryst with politics ended on a disastrous note during the December 2018 Assembly elections in Telangana. As the chairperson of the state Congress campaign committee, she was the star campaigner for the party. However, the Congress failed miserably at the hustings.

Monsoon sets in Kerala, brings cheer to all of south

With the onset of southwest monsoon in Kerala on Saturday (June 8), Indian Meteorological Department on Sunday (June 9) said several parts of Kerala, coastal Karnataka, south Konkan and Goa, Lakshadweep, Assam and the north east are likely to receive isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall in the next three to four days. The IMD has also reported of low pressure over southeast Arabian Sea and adjoining Lakshadweep area and eastcentral Arabian Sea which may concentrate into a depression over the next 48 hours, move north-northwestwards and intensify into a cyclonic storm.

GST Council may fix ₹50cr turnover threshold for e-invoice

The Finance Ministry is likely to propose ₹50 crore as the turnover threshold for entities to generate e-invoice on a centralised government portal for business-to-business (B2B) sales as it looks to curb GST evasion, an official said. The GST Council, which will meet on June 20, will take a final decision on the turnover threshold for issuance of e-invoice for B2B sales after consultation with states. Analysis of return filing shows that as many as 68,041 businesses have reported a turnover of over ₹50 crore and accounted for 66.6 per cent of total GST paid in 2017-18.

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