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  • Chapter IV of the Scheduled Tribes and other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006 (FRA Act in short) provides that the Gram Sabha shall be the authority to initiate the process for determining the nature and extent of individual or community forest rights or both that may be given to the forest dwelling Scheduled Tribes and other traditional forest dwellers within the local limits of its jurisdiction under this Act by receiving claims, consolidating and verifying them and preparing a map delineating the area of each recommended claim in such manner as may be prescribed for exercise of such rights and the Gram Sabha shall, then, pass a resolution to that effect and thereafter forward a copy of the same to the Sub-Divisional Level Committee.

  • In so far as land related issues are concerned, the Ministry of Rural Development, Department of Land Resources (DoLR), is the nodal Ministry at the Centre, which plays a monitoring role in the field of land reforms, Land and its management fall under the exclusive legislative and administrative jurisdiction of States as provided under the Constitution of India (Seventh Schedule)-List-II (State List)-Entry No. (18).

  • The National Policy on Skill Development and Entrepreneurship 2015 has highlighted the challenge of non-employability of large sections of the conventionally educated youth, who possess little or no job skills.

  • Scheduled Tribe Component (STC) / Tribal Sub-Plan (TSP) is the dedicated source of fund for tribal development across the country including Bihar.  40 Central Ministries has been mandated to earmark Tribal Sub-Plan funds in the range of 4.3% to 17.5% of their total Scheme allocation every year for tribal development.

  • Ministry of Tribal Affairs through its scheme “Support to Tribal Research Institutes (TRIs)” and “Tribal Festival, Research Information and Mass Education” provides funds to Tribal Research Institutes and Centres of Excellence (CoEs) for Research project on various issues including Healthcare Research Programme for Scheduled Tribes.

  • The National Skill Development Mission (NSDM) was launched by the Hon’ble Prime Minister on 15th July, 2015, to provide a strong institutional framework to implement and scale up skill development efforts across the country.

  • The Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) is implementing Short Term and Long Term Training programs for skilling/re-skilling and up-skilling of the youth. The major programs include namely Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY); Jan Shikshan Sansthan (JSS); National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme (NAPS); Craftsman Training Scheme (CTS) etc.

    Under its flagship program PMKVY, one crore people  are to be trained under Short Term Training (STT), Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Special Project (SP) programmes over period  from 2016 to 2020.

  • To promote electric and hybrid vehicles (xEVs) in the country, the Government notified Phase-I of FAME India Scheme [Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid &) Electric Vehicles in India] in March 2015.

  • Various new steps taken by the Government to ensure self-reliance in procuring the defence equipment include introduction of ‘Buy [Indian-Indigenous Design Development Manufacture (IDDM)]’ as the most preferred acquisition category in the Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP), “Strategic Partnership” model to enhance indigenous defence manufacturing capabilities through the private sector, simplification of Make-II procedure & introduction of ‘Suo-Moto’ proposals.

  • In May, 2001, the Defence Industry sector, which was hitherto reserved for the public sector, was opened up to 100% for Indian private sector participation through licensing.  442 licenses for manufacturing of defence items have been issued so far.  The Defence Product List has been progressively rationalised and trimmed and licensing procedure has been further simplified.

  • This Ministry has initiated a Skill Development Programme in collaboration with the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship and National Skill Development Corporation to provide alternative livelihood to beedi workers and their dependents.

  • Details of Ex-servicemen rehabilitated in Rajasthan and Gujarat during the last three years are as under:

    Year

    Details of Rehabilitation of Ex-servicemen in Rajasthan

    Details of Rehabilitation of Ex-servicemen in Gujarat

    2016

    1031

    61

    2017

    144

    1001

    2018

    894

    1066

    Total

    2069

    2128

    Recruitment of Ex-servicemen in the State Police Forces falls within the ambit of concerned State Government as “Police” is a State Subject falling in List-II (State List) of the Seventh Schedule of the Constitution of India.

  • Various provisions exist in Labour Acts for securing dignity and security of a woman worker. The Equal Remuneration Act, 1976 provides for payment of equal remuneration to men and women workers for same work or work of similar nature; The Minimum Wages Act, 1948 provides for minimum wages and The Payment of Wages Act, 1936 ensures timely payment respectively to both male and female workers without any gender discrimination.

  • As per National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM), Indian IT/ITES industry employs 41.38 lakhs persons as of FY 2018-19(E), adding around 1.7 lakhs employees from last year. The technology automation has not replaced workers, but improved productivity and provided workers the time to focus on other tasks involving complex decision making and social interactions.

  • The Government of India is implementing the National Child Labour Project (NCLP) Scheme for rehabilitation of child labour.  The funds allocated to the NCLP Scheme, year-wise, during 2014-15 to 2018-19 is as under:

     

    Year

    Funds Allocated (in Rs. crore)

    2014-15

    110.

  • Text of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s message on the launch of Chandrayaan 2 is as follows:

    “Special moments that will be etched in the annals of our glorious history! The launch of Chandrayaan 2 illustrates the prowess of our scientists and the determination of 130 crore Indians to scale new frontiers of science.

  • The Budgetary requirements of Sports Authority of India (SAI), inclusive of the activities to be run under its 12 Regional Centres and the sub-centres there under, are considered as a whole and after examination of the consolidated proposal of SAI, the Government makes the budgetary allocation.

  • Sports infrastructure and other sports facilities at five stadia of Sports Authority of India (SAI) in New Delhi and Regional Centres of SAI are of international standards. Upgradation of sports facilities at SAI stadia and regional centres in terms of infrastructure and equipment is carried out as an ongoing process.

  • The Schemes/Programmes of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports are being implemented for encouragement and development of youth and sports in the country as a whole. Hence, the funds are allocated scheme-wise.

  •             Domestically Manufactured Iron and Steel Products Policy has been notified on 8th May, 2017 and subsequently revised on 29th May, 2019 with a objective to encourage Make in India for steel and steel products.

  • The powerful booster GSLV-Mark-Three carrying Chandrayaan-2 on-board zoomed into space at 14.43 hours by puffing out thick smoke and leaving trailblazers amidst thundering sound from the second launch pad of the Satish Dhawan Space Centre.

  • The Narendra Modi Government has completed fifty days in office in its second term.

  • Warning has been issued in Kerala as Heavy rain continues to lash the state.

  • Karnataka Legislative Assembly Speaker Ramesh Kumar informed media persons in Bengaluru today that the floor test will be held today.

  • Japan's ruling coalition has retained its grip on the country's upper house but failed to secure a "supermajority" that would ease the path to constitutional reform.

  • The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has announced the three Indian squads (ODIs, T20Is and Tests) for the upcoming tour of the West Indies.

  • The mortal remains of former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit were consigned to flames this afternoon.

  • Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has said that those responsible for Sonbhadra firing incident will not be spared.

  • In Badminton, P V Sindhu's hopes of breaking a seven-month title drought came crashing down as the Indian lost in straight games to Akane Yamaguchi in the finals of Indonesia Open BWF Tour Super 1000 tournament in Jakarta today.

  • Japan is voting today in an election for the Upper House of Parliament. A total of 370 candidates are vying for 124 seats in the house.

  • Madhya Pradesh Governor Anandi Ben Patel will now be the new Governor of Uttar Pradesh while Lal Ji Tandon, who is the Governor of Bihar, has been shifted to Madhya Pradesh.

  • Eight more routes have started operations under the regional connectivity scheme UDAN.

  • This is the fourth time emergency provisions have been imposed after the attacks which killed 268 people including 45 foreigners.

    A gazette notification issued by President Maithripala Sirisena today extended said President is of the opinion that the extension was necessary in the interest of public security and the preservation of public order.

    The emergency was initially imposed on April 22nd, a day after the attacks and extended on two occasions.

    Government has claimed that the emergency provisions are to grant armed forces necessary powers to act against terrorist activities and doesn’t affect normal life. 

  • Union Ministers and BJP leaders took to twitter and hailed ISRO scientists.Home MInister Amit Shah in his congratulatory message said our scientists at ISRO have set another benchmark in the field of space technology.  He also thanked PM Modi for encouraging our institutions for setting new standards everytime.

    Union Information and Broadcasting minister Prakash Javadekar in his message congratulated ISRO team and said that Chandrayaan-2 is India's first rover-based space mission targeted to reach the Moon's south polar region.

    Union Minister Piyush Goyal congratulated the scientists and said that ISRO and its women led team made the ambitious moon mission Chandrayaan- 2 launch a reality.

    Senior BJP leader and former External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj also  congratulated the ISRO scientists and said that she salutes ISRO scientists for making India a space super power by successfully launching Chandrayaan-2.

     

  • In a series of tweets, President Ram Nath Kovind said, the historic launch of Chandrayaan-2 is a proud moment for all Indians.He said, Chandrayaan-2 will be the first spacecraft to land close to the moon’s South Pole in some 50 days from now.The mission is expected to lead to new discoveries and enrich the knowledge systems. President congratulated the scientists and engineers for furthering India's indigenous space programme.He hoped that ISRO will continue to master new technologies and conquer new frontiers.

    Vice President Naidu said, the successful landing of Chandrayaan-2, on the moon in a few weeks will make India the fourth country to do so.He also conveyed his best wishes for the successful culmination of the mission.Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the launch of Chandrayaan-2 illustrates the prowess of country's scientists and the determination of 130 crore Indians to scale new frontiers of science. 

    In a series of tweets, PM Modi said, Chandrayaan-2 is unique because it will explore and perform studies on the South pole region of lunar terrain which was not explored and sampled by any past mission.

    He said, it is a matter of great happiness that Chandrayaan- 2 is a fully indigenous mission. He said, this mission will offer new knowledge about the Moon.

    Prime Minister said, efforts such as Chandrayaan-2 will further encourage India's youth towards science, top-quality research and innovation. He said, every Indian is immensely proud today. 

    PM Modi said, India's Lunar Programme will get a substantial boost, thanks to Chandrayaan.

    He said, the existing knowledge of the moon will be significantly enhanced and added, it is a special moment that will be etched in the annals of the country's glorious history. 
     

  • The powerful booster GSLV-Mark-Three carrying Chandrayaan-2 on-board zoomed into space at 14.43 hours by puffing out thick smoke and leaving trailblazers amidst thundering sound from the second launch pad of the Satish Dhawan Space Centre.

    In just 16 minutes into the sky, it ed the high-stake lunar probe into the designated highly elliptical orbit.From the earth-bound orbit, Chandrayaan-2 will be navigated by the ISRO scientists to near the South Pole of the moon, which is an unexplored area as yet.

    It will be the first soft-landing of a probe by India, that is expected to be on 7th September. India would become the fourth ever nation to have a soft-landing on the moon, once Chandrayaan-2 reaches there.

    Originally Chandrayaan-2 was scheduled to be launched on 15th July, but had to be rescheduled after a leakage in the cryogenic upper stage of the rocket GSLV-Mark-Three had been observed.

    However, the loss of seven days due to the rescheduling is being compensated by the ISRO by way of tweaking the flight path of the probe.\

    ISRO Chairman Dr K Sivan said the scientists would perform fifteen crucial manoeuvres to navigate it to achieve the feat.

    The mission objectives of India’s second expedition to the moon using Chandrayaan-2 include studying mineralogy and chemical composition of lunar soil, to search for water or ice in the near-South Pole of the moon, examining its atmosphere, studying lunar seismic activities and to carry out mapping of the moon using high-resolution cameras.

  • The scheme started in 2017-18 awards scholarship to one thousand students each at the higher secondary and undergraduate levels every year.

    The Undergraduate students will get a onetime amount of Taka 50,000 and Higher Secondary students Taka 20,000 under the scheme.

    In a Press statement today  High commission of India in Dhaka said that it has partnered with the Ministry of Liberation War Affairs, Government of Bangladesh to select deserving students covering all districts of Bangladesh.

    The last date for submitting application is 22 of the next month.

  • The 43-year-old actor said his parents Wanda Ventham and Timothy Carlton ''scrimped and saved'' so that he could get the best education and become a "doctor or lawyer".

    ''They scrimped and saved to get their only son the very best education possible. And I took that education threw it all in their face and became an actor anyway. To this day, one of the reasons I get out of bed in the morning is to make them proud of me,'' Cumberbatch told The Lady magazine.

    The actor, who was last seen in "Avengers: Endgame", will be reprising his role as Sorcerer Supreme Doctor Strange in the recently announced second stand-alone on his Marvel Cinematic Universe character.

    Titled "Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness", the film will be directed Scott Derrickson. The Marvel Studios project is scheduled to be released on May 7, 2021.

  • Artemis is named after the twin sister of Apollo who is also the Goddess of the Moon and the hunt. NASA said the mission "encompasses all of our efforts to return humans to the Moon, which will prepare us and propel us on to Mars."

    The programme to return astronauts to the lunar surface is planned to launch by 2024, according to the US space agency. "Through the Artemis programme, we will see the first woman and the next man walk on the surface of the Moon. As the 'torch bringer,' literally and figuratively, Artemis will light our way to Mars," the US space agency said in a statement.

    With the mission, NASA plans to explore regions of the Moon never visited before, unlock mysteries of the universe and test the technology that will extend the bounds of humanity farther into the Solar System.

    "We go now to the Moon, not as a destination, but as a proving ground for all the technology, science, and human exploration efforts that will be critical for missions to Mars.

    "On the lunar surface we will pursue water ice and other natural resources that will further enable deep space travel. From the Moon, humanity will take the next giant leap to Mars," NASA said.

  • Camila revealed how as a child she would never perform in front of her family and friends as she would get "flustered" when they would ask her to.

    "... I sang in my room when my parents left for Walmart and cried when one day I saw them filming me through the crack of the door, I got teary eyed when people sang happy birthday to me because people looking at me actually made me overwhelmed. I was generally incredibly nervous and socially anxious when I was little; and people always have this look of disbelief when I tell them that," she wrote.

    The "Senorita" hit maker recalled giving an interview recently where she was asked how she ended up here amid mental health struggles, and she said: "I feel like my whole life there's been two Camila's in me".

    "There's little Camila that is terrified of the unknown, is aware of all the ways everything can go wrong... and thinks it's safer to stay home than to play ball. Then there's the other Camila.
    "And she knows what she wants out of life, is aware of how little time I have to let little Camila run the show while time passes by, and grabs young me by the hand and forces her out the door saying 'Let's go. You'll survive, and I'm not going to miss out on this."

    The singer wrote this is how she has navigated up till now. "The truth is you decide who you're going to be. Every day. I'm not talking about talent or success. I just mean the type of person you're going to be. If you haven't been very brave, or very social, or wild, or an adventure seeker, if you describe yourself as the opposite of those things... it doesn't mean you can't be. The other you needs to grab little you by the hand, yank you by the hairs and tell you, 'Let's go'. Little I hasn't left."

    Cabello said she still gets "a little anxious" but is having the best time of her life and making irreplaceable memories. "The essence of me is the same, but I've changed so much as a person. You choose who you're going to be. Force yourself to do what you're afraid of, always - and go after what you want and who you want to be, because you're worth that. You're worth the fight. It's the most worthwhile one there is."

  • There are three broad approaches to treating chronic migraine: lifestyle and trigger management, acute treatments (i.e. those taken during attacks or exacerbations of chronic pain), and preventive treatments (medication or other interventions designed to reduce the tendency to have attacks).

    While many patients find that lifestyle adjustments such as regularising meals and sleep can reduce the frequency of their attacks, some form of medication or other treatment is almost invariably necessary in patients with migraine.

    When patients have chronic severe headaches, it can be difficult to recogniae specific triggers. Paradoxically it is often the case that as chronic headaches start to improve with treatment, triggers become more obvious. Regularity of regimen regarding meals, hydration, sleep and stress is always helpful in reducing the tendency to migraines; recognizing that this is helpful is straightforward butmaking the requisite changes in a modern busy life may be more difficult.

    Many patients with chronic migraine will have other problems that exacerbate their tendency to headaches: these include depression, anxiety, other pain syndromes such as fibromyalgia, localized pain in head and neck structures, and conditions that create 'metabolic' strain such as sleep apnoea or postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome.

    Proper management of these is necessary to maximize the effect of any other migraine treatments. It is particularly important to recognize and manage medication overuse (including caffeine overuse) as failure to do so will render most attempts at preventive treatment ineffective.

    One of the simplest but most important things to do in the management of migraines is to manage your migraine triggers. While it seems an obvious thing to do, it may not always be easy. Some things are obvious: eat regular meals, maintain good hydration, get enough sleep. Things that are not as easy to accomplish, although we "know we should" are keeping a regular schedule and a regular bedtime, exercising regularly, and maintaining a moderate caffeine intake.

    There are many things that count as lifestyle triggers, but if you follow a generally healthy lifestyle, it covers most of them. Getting enough sleep is important, although many people try to skimp on sleep, most adults need 7 to 8 hours of sleep a night. One must follow a regular bedtime. Drinking enough water dehydration causes headaches, eating regular meals, exercising regularly play an important role.

    Sleep disorders deserve special attention. There have been two studies which have identified sleep disorders as a risk factor for the development of chronic daily headache and improving sleep can help with the control of migraine. If getting on a good sleep schedule does not help, and you are still having trouble sleeping, discuss this with your doctor.

    A sleep study may be helpful in making a proper diagnosis, as the problem may be more complex than simple insomnia. Maintaining a healthy weight can also be important in controlling headaches. There have been several studies that have identified obesity as a risk factor for the development of chronic daily headache, as well as several studies linking obesity to the increased frequency and severity of migraine.

    If you can maintain a regular schedule, you will be one step ahead of the game in keeping your headaches at bay. Managing lifestyle triggers can go a long way toward reducing migraine headache frequency and severity and decreasing the amount of medication you might need.

    Patients suffering from migraine should consume foods, which are rich in complex carbohydrates, omega-3 fatty acids and magnesium. Low fat foods should be eaten. Vegetables like dark green leafy vegetables, fresh fruits, whole grains and cereals, lean chicken and fish meats, beans, sea food, sardines, trout, turkey and duck meat, fish oil and olive oil are recommended as they help with migraine.

    Other food supplements such as Vitamin C and Vitamin B complex, calcium, fish oil supplements can be prescribed by the doctor. Foods which trigger migraines are known as migraine food triggers and these include foods containing monosodium glutamate and other food items such as tea, coffee, red wine, chocolate, cheese, peanuts, processed meats all are migraine food triggers.

    Some individuals may develop craving for food, such as high carb foods, before the onset of migraine. This is known as migraine food craving and should not be confused with a trigger.

  • In yet another win for Disney, the movie landed the best domestic launch for a PG film and set a new record for the month of July. That figure represents the second-best domestic debut of the year behind Disney and Marvel’s “Avengers: Endgame” ($357 million). The Buena Vista company now holds five of the top six biggest movies of 2018 so far.

    Overseas, “The Lion King” felt the love with $269 million for a global start of $433 million. The film launched in China last weekend and has since earned $98 million, boosting the worldwide haul to $531 million.

    “We have a lot to celebrate,” Cathleen Taff, Disney’s president of global distribution, said on a Sunday morning call. “‘The Lion King’ has such a resonance in pop culture that you see all different types of people coming out. People wanted to be part of this.”

    The state-of-the-art technology used to bring the Pride Lands and its inhabitants to life drew a polarizing response from reviewers, but the newest version of Disney’s crown jewel proved to be critic-proof, and the prospect of hearing Donald Glover’s Simba and Beyonce’s Nala harmonize to Disney classics was irresistible. Moviegoers flocked en masse to see Simba’s grand return to the big screen, and to much enthusiasm. “The Lion King” holds an A CinemaScore.

    Audiences also shelled out to see the hyper-realistic movie in the best quality possible. Imax theaters accounted for $25 million of tickets sold, while 36% of global ticket sales came from 3D screens.

    “The Lion King” provided a much-needed jolt to the domestic box office. Heading into the weekend, box office receipts were pacing over 9% behind last year. Now, theatrical earnings are down just over 7%, according to Comscore.

    “The Lion King” is already one of the most recognizable stories across the world, but the remake benefited from an equally buzzy voice cast including Glover as Simba, Beyonce as Nala, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, and Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen as Timon and Pumbaa. James Earl Jones reprised his role as Mufasa from the original movie. The updated version also includes a new song from Beyonce.

  • The STAR Market, China's Nasdaq-style tech board, started trading Monday, with the first batch of 25 tech companies listed.

    The most eye-catching innovation is the registration-based initial public offering (IPO) system, marking a gradual maturation of China's securities issuance over the past 20 years.

    This IPO mechanism is developed from China's examination and approval system and authorizing system. Under the previous systems, an issuer needs to apply for listing and submit materials for the supervision department to review. Then the commission would allow it to go public after making a judgment on the authenticity of the materials and the investment value.

    The pilot registration-based IPO system, on the other hand, relies on information disclosure by issuers, which is a common practice in western stock markets. The market itself will decide the value of the companies.

    Experts say after more than 20 years' development, Chinese stock market is mature enough to try on the new system in the STAR Market.

    "Trying the new system in the newly-established sci-tech innovation board means smaller risks and more intense reform. If it goes well here, we can promote it. The STAR Market is a point for breakthrough and a test field for reform," said Li Jizun, director of market department under the China Securities Regulatory Commission.

    The new sponsorship system is another highlight of the STAR Market. The securities brokers have to invest their recommended stocks, which connects the interests of broker, private investors and listed companies together.

    "We established a system to connect the sponsor qualification with the quality of information disclosure. If the sponsor institution performs badly, we will suspend its practicing qualification in the STAR Market. If the circumstances are especially serious, we will suspend its practicing qualification on the Main Board or the Growth Enterprise Market," said Gao Runheng, a divisional head of the Institutional Department of China Securities Regulatory Commission.

  • Temperatures reached as high as 98 degrees Fahrenheit (36.7°C) by midday in Washington, DC and New York City, though it felt more like 110 degrees F (43.3°C) with the humidity, according to the National Weather Service.

    The heat wave is due to break on Monday in a burst of thunderstorms and cooling rain brought on by a cold front, the National Weather Service said.

    On Saturday (July 20), new one-day temperature records were recorded in at least half a dozen places, including a high of 99 F (37.2°C) at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport and a high of 97 F (36.1°C) at Detroit Metropolitan Airport.

    In New York, the streets were unusually empty, and anyone outside was doing their best to keep cool with children running through park fountains and open fire hydrants.

    In Washington, dozens of people beat the heat by indulging at a National Ice Cream Day event while others took to local water parks and swimming pools.

  • The artistic performance, organised by Paris' Theatre of Centaur, features the story of two "centaurs", Camille and Manolo, who wander around the Gare de l'Est train station in search of each other.

    The project, part of a series of summer cultural events organised by the French capital, aims to evoke the rich emotions that take place in a train station, including "happy reunions and painful separations," according to a news release for the performance.

    Manolo said the performance aims to encourage the public to seek "symbiosis with nature" and to believe in "childhood dreams."

    "Centaurs don't exist, it's all in a utopia," Manolo said. "I believe we're in a world that needs a utopia, that needs to believe in impossible things."

  • Yasuhiko Funago, a vice president of a company that provides elderly and patient care, has Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), a progressive neurological disease in which patients gradually lose control of most of their muscles.

    Although a lower house lawmaker in the past was diagnosed with ALS after winning a seat, no one had previously begun a career in parliament after being diagnosed with the disease, according to the Japan ALS Association.

    The other candidate is Eiko Kimura, who has cerebral palsy. Both of them were running from a small opposition group, the Reiwa Shinsengumi.

    “We will of course have specialists accompany them and look after them,” Taro Yamamoto, head of the Reiwa Shinsengumi, told a commercial broadcaster after polls closed on Sunday evening.

    “But primary responsibility to take care them falls on parliament, which will be called on to provide them with reasonable accommodation.”

    Besides Funago and Kimura, Rie Saito, who lost her hearing as an infant, was running from the largest opposition Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan.

    Media had not yet called her race, but if Saito wins, she will be the first deaf member of parliament in post-World War Two Japan.

    Experts in disability issues said before Sunday’s election that these rare candidacies were welcome developments but also were intended to signal greater change is needed, even as Japan prepares to host the Paralympic Games next year.

    During the election campaign, Funago and Kimura said they would seek education reforms as lawmakers to help create a society where people with disabilities can lead better lives.

    People with physical or intellectual disability as well as with mental disorder, account for about 8% of the Japanese population.

  • Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar on Monday addressed media on completion of 50 days of Modi government 2.0.

    He said that the government has made significant decisions for every section of society under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to ensure a five trillion dollar economy.

    the I&B Minister said that historic decision for farmers to include all eligible farmer families irrespective of the size of land holdings under PM-Kisan Scheme has been taken.

    He also said that decision have been made for welfare of labourers as well. These include cabinet nod to labour safety code that will benefit 400 million workers in organised, un-organised sectors.

    The I&B Minister also said that army men will be benefited under various categories of armed forces. He added that scholarship has been increased for children of army personnel and police martyrs.

    Javadekar said that investment of 100 lakh crore will be made towards power and water. The Minister also said that focus is to ensure "Nal se Jal" or water from the tap for each house in villages in the next five years.

    He also said that steps are being taken to deal with the menace of corruption. Javadekar said bill has been brought to help people affected by various ponzi schemes.

  • India's tour of the West Indies will begin with a three-match T20I series starting August 3rd in Florida. Virat Kohli will lead the team in all three series after the captain made himself available for the full tour.

    Our correspondent reports, it was initially reported that Kohli would be rested for the limited-overs series but the 30-year-old has decided to play all three formats in the West Indies.

    Rohit Sharma has been brought back in the Test squad while Jasprit Bumrah has been rested from the limited-overs series along with all-rounder Hardik Pandya.

    Wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant is a part of the ODI, T20I and Test squads along with Kohli and Rohit. Wriddhiman Saha will rejoin the Test side after a gap of more than a year.

    All will be missing the services of MS Dhoni in the limited-overs series after the former captain made himself unavailable for the next two months. 

    Jasprit Bumrah has been rested for the limited-overs series against the Windies but has been named in the Test squad alongside Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Ishant Sharma.

    The selectors have also picked Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav as the spinners for the Test series.

    The West Indies tour will also be a litmus test for coach Ravi Shastri after India's exit in the semi-final stage of the World Cup 2019.

  • Going by the buzz on the Street, here some factors that are likely to chart market direction in the coming week. The upcoming week may witness more volatility as market participants will adjust their F&O positions as July series contracts expire on July 25.

    On the global front, market participants would watch key macroeconomic data from the US. The slowing economy concerns were further heightened as consumer good sales in rural areas have slowed down amid delayed monsoon rains. The market will also react to June quarter earnings.

  • Keen on timely execution of the Rs 8.41 trillion ambitious Bharatmala project that aims to lay a grid of highways pan-India, the Road Transport and Highways Ministry has been looking to harness various sources of finances including pension and insurance funds.

    Gadkari said the Bharatmala programme will be funded through cess, toll revenue, market borrowings, private sector participation, insurance fund, pension funds, masala bonds and other initiatives and the LIC credit line was one such initiative.

    Also, the budget allocation for Road Transport and Highways ministry has increased by about Rs 5,000 crore, he said.

  • The ministry had launched the UDAN (Ude Desh ka Aam Nagrik) scheme on October 21, 2016 to stimulate regional air connectivity and make air travel affordable to the masses.

    "With this, the total UDAN routes (that are) operational as on date (have) increased to 194.

    These routes include Mysore-Hyderabad, Hyderabad-Mysore, Goa-Mysore, Mysore-Goa, Cochin-Mysore, Mysore-Cochin, Kolkata-Shillong and Shillong-Kolkata.

    A total of 705 routes have been awarded under the UDAN scheme up till now by the Ministry of Civil Aviation

  • Incidents of mob lynching are reported from Tangail, Natore, Bogura, Naogaon and Cumilla districts over the last few days. A woman was beaten to death by mobs in Dhaka Sunday on the suspicion of being a child lifter.

    Another man who was severely injured in mob beating succumbed to his injuries in Dhaka on Sunday. The mob lynching is taking place on the rumour that children were being beheaded as part of sacrificial rituals necessary for the construction of Padma Bridge.

    Police has asked people not to spread rumour and take law in their own hands. 14 people have been detained for interrogation by the police for the incidents near Dhaka.

  • National Medical Commission Bill 2019 will be introduced in Lok Sabha on Monday. Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Dr Harsh Vardhan said that he will introduce the bill in the lower house.

    The new NMC Bill has been approved by the Cabinet on last week. The NMC Bill proposes reforms in medical education, and seeks to replace Medical Council of India by NMC, which will have four autonomous bodies.

    Also,  The Right to Information (Amendment) Bill, 2019, The Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2019 and The Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Bill, 2019 will be taken into consideration and passing in the lower house.

  • Hong Kong descended into chaos on Sunday night as riot police fired tear gas and rubber bullets at anti-government protesters.

    Acrid clouds of tear gas wafted through the city's densely packed commercial district as police battled masked protesters after another huge protest march, with seemingly no end in sight to the turmoil engulfing the finance hub.

    A group of masked, stick-wielding government supporters also descended on a group of protesters in a train station, beating multiple people including reporters who live-streamed the assaults. At least 36 people were injured in the violence.

    Hong Kong has been plunged into its worst crisis in recent history by weeks of marches and sporadic violent confrontations between police and pockets of hardcore protesters.

  • The Guerrero state prosecutor's office says the shootings took place Sunday morning at a watering hole called Mr Bar, which is located on the city's broad coastal avenue across the street from high-rise beachside hotels.

    The victims were all Acapulco residents. Forensic examiners recovered 21 bullet casings from the scene. One suspect was arrested. Authorities were interviewing witnesses to determine whether the shooting may have been the result of an attack or a dispute between patrons.

    Guerrero state and Acapulco have seen high violence and homicide rates. Fashionable decades ago for many in the Hollywood jet-set, the resort city has fallen off among international tourists.

  • Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling coalition secured a majority in Japan's upper house of parliament in elections, according to vote counts by public television and other media. Media reports said that Abe's Liberal Democratic Party and its junior partner Komeito had won 64 seats in the upper house after two hours of vote counting.

    The two-thirds majority needed for constitutional revision could be within reach if the ruling bloc can gain support from members of another conservative party and independents. Up for grabs were 124 seats in the less powerful of Japan's two parliamentary chambers.

    There are 245 seats in the upper house, which does not choose the prime minister, about half of which are elected every three years. The results appeared to match or even exceed pre-election polls that indicated Abe's ruling bloc was to keep ground in the upper house.

  • Back home, President Ramnath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Sprinter Hima Das for winning 5 Gold medals in a month in international competitions.

    Both the President and the Prime Minister expressed hope for a glorious performance in coming years.

    Hima Das claimed her fifth gold of the month, as she returned to her pet 400m competition, with a season-best time of 52.09 seconds in Nove Mesto in Czech Republic.

    It was Hima's fifth gold medal since July 2, when she ran her first competitive race in Europe.

  • UK Prime Minister Theresa May will hold a meeting of Britain's emergencies committee on Monday to discuss the seizure of the Swedish-owned Stena Impero. Earlier on Sunday, British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt spoke to his French and German counterparts over Iran's seizure of UK-flagged oil tanker.

    Later in a statement, the Foreign Secretary's office said that both ministers agreed with the foreign secretary that safe passage for vessels through the Strait of Hormuz is a top priority for European nations, while avoiding any possible escalation.

    In other development, an Iranian flag was hoisted atop the seized oil tanker docked in Iran's Bandar Abbas port on Sunday. The British-flagged Stena Impero was seized by Iranian Revolutionary Guards in the Strait of Hormuz on Friday in apparent retaliation for the British capture of an Iranian tanker two weeks earlier.

    A top British representative to the United Nations has declared in a letter to the Security Council that Iran's seizure of a British-flagged tanker amounted to "illegal interference" and he rejected Tehran's version of events.

    Iran said the tanker had turned off its transponder after hitting an Iranian fishing boat and was detained after failing to respond to distress calls. But in a letter dated Saturday, British Chargé d'Affaires Jonathan Allen rejects each of the Iranian claims.

    He called on Iran to release the tanker while diplomatic efforts to resolve the situation continue. "Our priority," he said, "is to de-escalate."

  • Four people have died and three, including two fishermen from Tamil Nadu, are still missing as rains continued to lash Kerala, with red alert being sounded in Kasargod, Idukki, Kozhikode and Kannur districts till July 23.

    The Indian Meteorological Department has issued a red alert in Kozhikode, Wayanad and Kannur districts, and predicted extremely heavy rain fall during the day on Monday. Central and southern districts are also expected to receive heavy rainfall over the next five days and are on orange alert.

    The weatherman has also issued orange alert in Kottayam, Ernakulam, Thrissur and Malappuram till July 25. Shutters of Pambla, Peringalkuthu, Kallarkutty, Bhooththankettu and Malankara dams in Idukki Districts are opened. The rains have caused a flood-like situation in many parts of the state.

    In Assam, with the respite from downpour in the last few days, flood situation has improved significantly in the state. However, major river Brahmaputra in Jorhat, Goalpara and Dhubri districts along with Dhansiri River in Golaghat district and Kopili River in Nagaon district are flowing above danger marks maintaining a receding trend at the same time.

    Eighteen of the state's 33 districts still remain submerged, affecting over 38 lakh people. The floodwater receded in five districts but 2,669 villages, 1.35 lakh hectares of crop land and a portion of the Kaziranga National Park in Golaghat district continued to remain submerged.  The death count of animals at the Kaziranga National Park stood at 141.

    Assam Governor Prof. Jagdish Mukhi and state forest minister Parimal Suklabaidya on Sunday visited flood relief camps in Bokakhat of Golaghat district of the state. The governor took stock of the situation and reviewed the relief and rescue operation being undertaken in the state.

    Flood situation is also improving in Bihar with water levels in many rivers are receding. Over 72 lakh people in 12 districts were affected by the floods that have hit the state in the wake of torrential rainfall in the catchment areas of neighbouring Nepal.

    Of the 12 affected districts, Sitamarhi remained the worst-affected, followed by Madhubani, Araria, Sheohar and Darbhanga. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Sunday visited relief camps in Sitamarhi and Darbhanga. Meanwhile Relief and Rescue operations are underway in the flood affected areas.

  • Running since the 1960s the gastropod games are held on top of a table, which has a special damp cloth spread out on it.

    Three circles mark the top, with snails placed around the middle rim which is the starting line. The first one to reach the outer circle wins. Competitors can choose to bring their own snails or select one from the organiser's on the day.

    The championship heats are held throughout the afternoon, with a grand final at the end with all the various heat winners.

    English teacher Maria Welby was crowned winner in in the final when her chosen competitor 'Sammy the snail' crossed the line first.

    In 1995, the Guinness World Record was set when a snail called "Archie" completed the 13 inch (33 centimetres) course in two minutes and 20 seconds.

    The Championships are held as part of a local fete and entrants pay 20p for each snail to race. All money raised goes to a local charity.

    The next World Championships will be held in July 2020.

     

  • The fate of H D Kumaraswamy led Congress-JDS coalition government in Karnataka is likely to be decided on Monday on the floor of the assembly after it defied on July 19 the two deadlines set by Governor Vajubhai Vala to prove majority.

    The assembly was adjourned till Monday, after the Governor's 1.30 PM deadline, and the second one to conclude the confidence motion process by Friday itself was ignored.

    As many as 16 MLAs, 13 from the Congress and three from JDS had resigned, while independent MLAs R Shankar and H Nagesh have withdrawn their support to the coalition government.

    Meanwhile, Chief Minister Kumaraswamy on Sunday appealed to the rebels to attend the legislature session on Monday.

    However, rebel MLAs also released a new video stating they will not return to coalition govt. On the other hand, Congress Legislative Party met on Sunday evening, ahead of the floor test likely to be held on Monday.

    Earlier on Friday, Kumaraswamy and the Congress had moved the Supreme Court, accusing the Governor of interfering with the Assembly proceedings when the debate on the trust vote was underway and sought clarification on its July 17 order.

  • India's second moon mission Chandrayaan-2 seeking to explore the unchartered lunar South Pole by landing a rover will be launched Monday.

    The Moon mission, which has been rescheduled for Monday after scientists corrected the glitch in the rocket, will be launched at 2.43 p.m. from the second launch-pad at Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh.

    A 20-hour countdown for the launch began at 6.43 pm on Sunday. This will be the second attempt to launch the mission after an earlier lift-off scheduled on July 15 was called off due to a technical glitch in the rocket's cryogenic stage.

    According to Indian Space Research Organisation, everything has been checked and the launch preparations are going according to plan.

    During the countdown, propellant filling operations will be carried out in the 44 metre tall three-stage vehicle. The launch process is expected to last about 16 minutes after lift-off, after which Chandrayaan-2 will be injected into an earth parking orbit.

    The Chandrayaan-2 mission will help ISRO gain a better understanding of the origin and evolution of the Moon.

  • Malik, the winner of 80 kg category, was adjudged best bodybuilder among the winners of nine senior men's weight categories. Afghanistan won team championship by securing a top position with 535 points. Host Nepal finished second with 445 points, while India remained third with 380 points. 

    Afghanistan won a total 15 medals including six gold, four silver and five bronze. Nepal bagged three gold, seven silver and six bronze and India claimed four gold, five silver and one bronze medal. The Maldives won three gold and two bronze medals, Pakistan bagged one gold, two silver and two bronze, while Bhutan finished last with a bronze medal. 

    A total of 91 bodybuilders participated in the championship organised by South Asian Bodybuilding and Physique Sports Federation under the auspices of Nepal Bodybuilding and Fitness Association.

  • Indian sprinter Hima Das extended her sensational run by claiming her fifth gold of the month as she returned to her pet 400m competition with a season-best time of 52.09s on Saturday.

    The timing is slower than her personal best of 50.79 seconds, which she managed at the Jakarta Asian Games and she also narrowly missed out on the World Championships qualifying mark of 51.80. However, it was better than the timing of 52.88 seconds, which she managed earlier in the season.

    It was Hima's fifth gold medal since July 2 when she ran her first competitive race in Europe. In her first competitive 200m race of the year, she clocked 23.65 seconds on her way to gold at the Poznan Athletics Grand Prix in Poland on July 2.

    After that, she won her second 200m gold at the Kutno Athletics Meet, also in Poland, on July 7 with a time of 23.97 seconds. On July 13, she won her third 200m gold at the Kladno Athletics Meet in Czech Republic with a time of 23.43 while her fourth gold came at the Tabor Athletics Meet in the same country on Wednesday.

    It was first competition in 400m for the 19-year-old from Assam, fondly called the 'Dhing Express', in the 400m event since she struggled to finish the Asian Athletics Championship in April this year because of a back issue.

  • The 36th meeting of the Council, which will happen through video conferencing, is also likely to decide the valuation of goods and services in solar power generating systems and wind turbine projects for the purposes of levying GST.

    The Council, which has state finance ministers as members, in its meeting last month, had referred the issue relating to Goods and Services Tax (GST) concessions on electric vehicle, electric chargers and hiring of electric vehicles, to an officers committee.

    The recommendations of the officers committee is likely to be placed before the Council on July 25, officials said. To push domestic manufacturing of e-vehicles, the Centre proposed to the Council to slash GST rates to 5 per cent from 12 per cent.

    GST rate for petrol and diesel cars and hybrid vehicles is already at the highest bracket of 28 per cent plus cess. The Council will also consider tax structure for solar power projects. The Delhi High Court had in May asked the GST council to take a relook at the taxation structure following industry petition.

    The government had earlier this year said that for the purpose of taxing solar power projects, 70 per cent of contract value would be treated as goods -- taxable at 5 per cent, and balance 30 per cent as services -- taxable at 18 per cent.

    The solar industry has been pitching for a different ratio for splitting goods and services for levying GST. Further, the Council may also look at taxation of lotteries. In the previous meeting, the Council had decided to seek legal opinion of the Attorney General for levying GST. Currently, a state-organised lottery attracts 12 per cent GST, while a state-authorised lottery attracts 28 per cent tax.

  • Bangladesh Prime Minister Hasina has also asked the Home Minister to ensure safety of the village house of Priya Saha. This was stated today by the Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader in Dhaka.

    In the meanwhile, the two courts in Dhaka today rejected the sedition case hours after they were filed against minority rights activist Priya Saha. The courts said that the cases were rejected as the permission from state was not taken before filing sedition cases.

  • Zelensky's newly-created party is expected to win the largest share of the votes in the early polls expected to usher in a new era in the country dominated up to now by politicians who grew up in the Soviet Union. The leader's party Servant of the People -- named after a sitcom in which he played a president -- is predicted to get roughly half of the vote even though it barely existed before Zelensky won a landslide victory in an April presidential vote.

    Zelensky, however, may not secure a majority and would need to form a coalition, possibly with rock star Svyatoslav Vakarchuk's newly-created party Golos (Voice). After casting his ballot, the 41-year-old leader said he would make a decision about possible coalition partners after the results of the vote are out. "We do not see a coalition with the old authorities," Zelensky said in the capital Kiev, wearing a casual blue shirt.

    The outgoing parliament, dominated by Zelensky's predecessor Petro Poroshenko, has been hostile to the actor, who called a snap election during his swearing-in as president. The Ukrainian president must share power with parliament, which will nominate a prime minister and form a government. Many said they voted for the leader's party. "He was elected but he can't do anything. They (lawmakers) constantly put sticks in his wheels and dump his ideas," Valentyna, an 82-year-old pensioner told the news agency in central Kiev.

    Roman Andreykiv, 58, cast his vote for Zelensky's party because he wants the president and parliament to work in unison. "Only then can they improve our lives," he said in the Western city of Lviv near the Polish border.

    The rise of Zelensky and his party has been viewed as a rejection of Ukraine's political elite for failing to improve living standards, root out corruption and end the conflict with Russian-backed separatists that began in 2014 after a popular uprising ousted a pro-Moscow president.

    Some said they wanted the former comedian and the rock singer to join forces to push through much-needed reform. "I believe we have to make way for the young," 65-year-old Valentyna Moroz, who voted for the singer's party, said in Lviv. "I don't trust old politicians." Oleksandr Zaporozhets, a 52-year-old builder from Kiev, said he also voted for Golos hoping the two anti-establishment politicians can help change the country of 45 million people. "I hope together they can try and do something," he said

  • Addressing the Maharashtra state executive meeting in Mumbai today, JP Nadda said a new political culture has developed because of Prime Minister. The senior BJP leader said the agenda of his party is to make Congress Mukt Bharat and added that the agenda has a new dimension to it and that is to make BJP Yukt Bharat. 

    He alleged that when Congress was in power they only focussed on take away the cream of the country but whenever BJP ruled the country it has only served the nation. Mr Nadda said by saying Congress Mukt Bharat it means to make the country free of corruption. Whereas, the BJP Yukt Bharat means to render service to the people of the country with various schemes launched by the Centre which are Ujala Yojana, Saubhagya Yojana and several others. 

    Attributing the success of Ayushman Bharat scheme, Nadda, the former health minister said it was the political will of PM Modi which enabled the launch of such a huge scheme in the country.

  • Star badminton  player P.V. Sindhu had to be content with a runner-up finish at the Indonesia Open after losing the title clash in straight games to Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi, in Jakarta on July 21.

    Sindhu lost the final of the BWF Tour Super 1000 tournament 15-21 16-21 to the fourth seed.

    The Olympic silver medallist had come into the contest with a favourable 10-4 head-to-head record against the Japanese.

    Nevertheless, it was season’s best performance for the world number five Indian, who had reached the semifinals at Singapore and India Open earlier.

  • In a statement posted by the central bank today, the Financial Stability and Development Committee said China will remove shareholding limits on foreign ownership of securities, insurance and fund management firms in 2020, a year earlier than originally planned. 

    The statement said foreign investors will also be encouraged to set up wealth management firms, currency brokerages and pension management companies. It also said that foreign-owned credit rating agencies will also be allowed to evaluate a greater number of bond and debt types

    Beijing has long promised to further open up its economy to foreign business participation and investment. US President Donald Trump has launched a damaging tariff war in an attempt to force Beijing to further open up its economy and limit what he calls its unfair trade practices.

    The US and China have hit each other with punitive tariffs covering more than USD 360 billion in two-way trade. Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed to revive fractious trade negotiations when they met on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Japan on 29th June and the top US and Chinese negotiators have held phone talks this month.

  • The squad for three T20 matches will include skipper Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant, Krunal Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Rahul Chahar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, Deepak Chahar, and Navdeep Saini. 

    Ajinkya Rahane, R Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Mohammad Shami, and Jaspreet Bumbrah has been roped in for two Test matches against the West Indies. MS Dhoni will not be part of this tour. 

  • A large number of leaders including LK Advani and Sushma Swaraj along with other party workers paid their condolences to the departed soul. Garg had pledged his organs to the 'Dadhichi Deh Dan Samiti' for which his body was taken to Lady Hardinge Medical College hospital.

    PRESIDENT PAYS TRIBUTE TO SENIOR BJP LEADER
     

    President Ram Nath Kovind expressed his grief over the demise of former Delhi BJP President Mange Ram Garg. In a Tweet the President said that"
    Sad to learn of the passing of Shri Mange Ram Garg, a very senior politician and dedicated, grassroots leader in Delhi. His service to the people, particularly in the national capital, will be cherished. My condolences to his family members and many well-wishers." 

    PM MODI EXPRESSES GRIEF 
     

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed his grief on demise of Former BJP Delhi President Mange Ram Garg. He tweeted that ... "Shri Mange Ram Garg Ji had a deep connect with Delhi and that was seen in the manner in which he selflessly served the people of the city. He played a pivotal role in strengthening BJP in Delhi. His demise is saddening. My thoughts are with his family and supporters. Om Shanti. 
    Leaders like Shri Mange Ram Garg Ji are assets for any party. They work selflessly at the grassroots and touch the lives of several people through various community service initiatives. The good work Garg Ji did would continue to be remembered for years.

    DEFENCE MINISTER PAYS TRIBUTE TO FORMER DELHI BJP PRESIDENT
     

    Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has also expressed his grief over the demise of former Delhi BJP President Mange Ram Garg. In a Tweet the Union Minister said that" With the demise of senior BJP leader and former Delhi state president Mange Ram Garg ji, the party has lost a workman and a skilled organizer. He played a major role in strengthening the party. His demise is a great loss and I express my condolences to the mournful family." 

    HOME MINISTER PAYS HOMAGE
     

    Union Home Minister and BJP leader Amit Shah also paid tribute to former BJP Delhi President Mange Ram Garg at the Delhi state BJP headquarter.

  • Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan mourned the demise of his younger brother.

    President Ram Nath Kovind expressed grief over the demise of Ram Chandra Paswan. President said in a tweet that he remained committed to serving those at the grassroots and contributed much to the well being of the people of Bihar. He offered condolences to his family, constituents and colleagues.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi has express grief over the demise of sitting MP Ram Chandra Paswan. In a tweet, PM said that Paswan worked tirelessly for the poor and downtrodden. He also said that at every forum he spoke unequivocally for the rights of farmers and youngsters. His social service efforts were noteworthy. Prime Minister expressed condolences to his family and supporters.

  • Police have warned of possible violence. Security officials yesterday said that they discovered 2 kilograms of powerful homemade explosives, petrol bombs, acid, knives and metal rods. The police said they found anti-extradition bill banners on the premises.

    The protests, which began over a now suspended extradition bill, have turned into a wider democracy movement in the Chinese territory. The demonstrations have at times paralysed parts of the financial district, shut government offices and disrupted business operations across the city. Officials have also warned about the impact of the unrest on the economy.

    Meanwhile, China's state-run Global Times today said that Beijing will not allow extremists and external forces to take down Hong Kong’s legal system. 

  • This was stated by the Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan in Hyderabad yesterday, he said that a total of 1.5 lakh wellness centres are to be established in the country under this programme.

    Addressing scientists and officials of CSIR laboratories Dr Harsh Vardhan termed the Ayushman Bharat programme as a successful model in implementing universal health. 

    He asked them to work in a proactive and out of box manner to reduce sufferings of people, especially those with rare and genetic diseases. He asked the scientists to work in a focused manner so that the results of the research reach people. 
    The minister further said the government has set a target of eradicating Tuberculosis from the country by 2025. He also informed that the new National Medical Council Bill will be introduced in Parliament on Monday.

  • It will zoom into space onboard the rocket GSLV-Mark-Three from the launch pad at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota.

    The booster GSLV-Mark-Three having a lift-off mass of 640 tons will initially carry Chandrayaan-2 to an elliptical orbit around the earth. 

    The revised timeline released by the ISRO says, Chandrayaan-2 will encircle the earth for 23 days. Gradually, it will be made to leave the earth’s sphere of influence, by staging a series of manoeuvres. On the thirtieth day of the launch, it will reach an orbit around the moon. For thirteen days, Chandrayaan-2 will be on a lunar bound phase.

    The Chandrayaan-2 lander is scheduled to detach from its orbiter on the 43rd day and descend in slow motion. On the 48th day, it is expected to touch-down on the South Pole of the moon, that falls on September 7. 

    It will be followed by the rover emerging from the lander to venture out for the study of the lunar terrain. The mission life of the orbiter at a 100-km radius from the moon would be a year. The lander and the rover will carry out experiments for a lunar day, which is equivalent to 14 days on the earth.

  • Media polls have indicated that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's ruling bloc is expected to keep the majority. Mr Abe hopes to gain enough seats to boost chances for a constitutional revision, his long-cherished goal before his term ends in 2021. 

    His ruling Liberal Democratic Party and its coalition partner, Komeito, will need a two-thirds majority to be able to begin the process of revising Article 9 of the constitution that will further legitimise the military. Meanwhile, the opposition parties have focused on concerns over household finances, such as the impact from an upcoming 10 per cent sales tax increase and strains on the public pension system amid an ageing population.

    The Upper House has a total of 245 seats about half of which are elected every three years. 

  • Malik, the winner of 80 kg category, was adjudged best bodybuilder among the winners of nine senior men's weight categories.

    Afghanistan won team championship by securing top position with 535 points. Host Nepal finished second with 445 points, while India remainded third with 380 points.

    Afghanistan won total 15 medals including six gold, four silver and five bronze. Nepal bagged three gold, seven silver and six bronze and India claimed four gold, five silver and one bronze medal. Maldives won three gold and two bronze medals, Pakistan bagged one gold, two silver and two bronze, while Bhutan finished last with a bronze medal.

    A total 91 bodybuilders partcipated in the championship organised by South Asian Bodybuilding and Physique Sports Federation under the auspices of Nepal Bodybuilding and Fitness Association.

  • Priya Saha's comment has created a political uproar in Bangladesh. On Saturday, Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader on Saturday said she will be sued on sedition charges. Ministry of Foreign affairs of Bangladesh had termed the allegations as false and motivated.Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan said Priya Saha will be interrogated after she returns to Bangladesh. Jatiya Party Chairman GM Quader has said that her statement has ‘damaged’ the country’s global image.

    Priya Saha is one of the organizing secretaries of Bangladesh Hindu-Bouddha-Christian Oikya Parishad. She was among the five Bangladeshis and two Rohingyas sent by the US embassy in Dhaka to attend the second ministerial meeting  on advancing religious freedom hosted by the US department of state in Washington who met President Trump in Washington.

    In Bangladesh allegations of discrimination and persecution of minorities have surfaced in the past also. The minority population in Bangladesh has declined over the decades giving rise to fears that many of the Hindus and other minority community members have fled the country. Government has denied these allegations saying Bangladesh staunchly defends religious rights of the minorities.

  • The former Delhi BJP president passed away here after prolonged illness.

    "Shri Mange Ram Garg Ji had a deep connect with Delhi and that was seen in the manner in which he selflessly served the people of the city. He played a pivotal role in strengthening BJP in Delhi," the prime minister tweeted.

    Modi said Garg's demise was saddening and his thoughts are with his family and supporters.

  • Keen on timely execution of the Rs 8.41 lakh crore ambitious Bharatmala project that aims to lay a grid of highways pan-India, the Road Transport and Highways Ministry has been looking to harness various sources of finances including pension and insurance funds.

    "LIC has offered us Rs 25,000 crore in a year and Rs 1.25 lakh crore in five years They have agreed in principle. We will rope in these funds in highways construction," Gadkari told PTI in an interview here.

    Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) Chairman R Kumar had called on Gadkari last week.

    The Minister said that the line of credit will be used to fund the ambitious Bharatmala project, the revised cost of which has reached Rs 8.41 lakh crore.

    Bhartmala was approved initially at a cost of Rs 5.35 lakh crore, which was risen later on account of land acquisition costs. In the first phase, 34,800 km including 10,000 kilometres of balance NHDP (National Highways Development Project) will be upgraded.

    Gadkari said the Bharatmala programme will be funded through cess, toll revenue, market borrowings, private sector participation, insurance fund, pension funds, masala bonds and other initiatives and the LIC credit line was one such initiative.

    The funds will be raised for 30 years and the interest rate will be revised every 10 years, as per initial plans.

    National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) and LIC officials will sit down and draw the modalities including finer details like interest rates, debt servicing and other details,' said an official.

    The borrowings will be in the form of bonds to be issued by the NHAI.

    "We don't have dearth of funds," the Minister said adding that as the projects will be completed these will be put up for monetisation and the funds will be ploughed back to highway construction.

    The NHAI is eyeing Rs 4,995 crore from monetisation of third tranche of 566 km of highways under TOT (toll, operate and transfer) model. There are nine highway stretches of 566.27 km in TOT Bundle-3 in states of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and Tamil Nadu.

    The first bundle under the TOT model had fetched NHAI Rs 9,682 crore. The first bundle had a total of nine stretches involving 681 km and was awarded to Macquarie.

    The third auction assumes significance given that this is coming after an unsuccessful second bundle where investors quoted a discount to NHAI's base price.

    Gadkari said that besides monetisation, the Ministry was also in talks with banks for funds. "Also, the Finance Ministry has given us approval to raise Rs 75,000 crore this fiscal," he said.

    Gadkari said that his Ministry has shown exponential capacity to spend allocated funds in building highways, which are the backbone of the economy.

    "At present we spend more than 80 per cent of the allocation on capital expenditure. We are contributing to the growth rate," he said.

    Apart from various sources of financing of highway projects, we are also contemplating going into the capital market and take the money from the common people like teachers, constables, poor people and give them good interest, he said.

    "We will try to give them more than 7.5 per cent to 8 per cent interest and we will use that money for construction of roads. On the one hand, we will construct the roads and on the other hand, we will give good interest to the poor people of this country," he said.

    The Minister said that the aim was to build world class transport infrastructure in the country and added, work worth about Rs 11 lakh crore were awarded by his Ministry in the last five years.

    "Over 57,000 km of highway projects were awarded and over 40,000 km of roads were constructed in the last five years," he said.

    Also, the budget allocation for Road Transport and Highways ministry has increased by about Rs 5,000 crore, he said.

  • Dhoni, who holds an honorary post of Lieutenant Colonel in the Parachute regiment of the Territorial Army, had made this commitment even before the Cricket World Cup 2019.