A day after taking oath as Prime Minister for the historic third term, Narendra Modi signed the first file on Monday, June 10, authorising the release of the 17th instalment of the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi. PM Narendra Modi said the scheme will benefit 9.3 crore farmers and distribute around 20,000 crore. Modi took the charge of Prime Minister for the third term earlier on Monday. “Ours is a government fully committed to Kisan Kalyan. It is, therefore, fitting that the first file signed on taking charge is related to farmer welfare. We want to keep working even more for the farmers and the agriculture sector in the times to come,” PM Narendra Modi said. Dig deeper

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Somnath Bharti, who had earlier vowed to shave his head if Narendra Modi came to power and became the prime minister again, has now taken a U-turn and refused to make good on his promise, claiming the latter's third term solely his own but rather a coalition government. “I stated that I would shave my head if he were elected for a third term. However, he has not won on his own, he has won the election with the support of his alliance. I stand by my words. If he did not win on his own, it's not his victory. So, as I said, if he has not won independently, I will not shave my head,” Somnath Bharti told news agency PTI. Dig deeper

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A horrific attack occurred when armed terrorists opened fire on a bus carrying pilgrims in Jammu and Kashmir's Reasi district on June 9. Bollywood artistes, including actor-turned-politician Kangana Ranaut, strongly condemned the incident. Varun Dhawan, Siddharth Anand, and Anupam Kher offered their condolences to the families of the victims who died in the attack. Dig deeper

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Priyanka Chopra is here with yet another sartorial triumph. The actress, who serves as the brand ambassador for Bulgari, recently featured in the docufilm "An Emperor's Jewel — The Making of the Bulgari Hotel Roma." As the esteemed guest of honour at the hotel's inauguration, she was filmed experiencing the hotel as its very first guest. She was captured wearing a high jewellery necklace to mark the hotel's opening. What caught the eyes of fashion lovers was Priyanka's stunning look in a blue shirt dress exuding pure chic. The Desi Girl never fails to hit fashion goals like a pro, and her latest look is a testament to that. Dig deeper

That’s all we have at this hour in our Afternoon briefing. Catch you in the evening.

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