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  • Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has said today that no changes have been made in any of the Income-tax Return (ITR) forms including ITR-2 and ITR-3 since the notification made on 1st April 2019, i.e. on the 1st day of the Assessment Year 2019-20.

  • Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas today signed contracts for 32 blocks awarded under Open Acreage Licensing Programme (OALP) Bid Rounds – II & III. The Government had launched OALP Bid Rounds-II and III on 07th January, 2019 and 10th February, 2019 respectively.

  • Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh awarded Raksha Mantri Trophy for the Best and Second Best Command Hospitals of the Armed Forces Medical Services (AFMS) for the year 2018, heretoday. Command Hospital Air Force Bengaluru and Command Hospital Central Command Lucknow adjudged Best and the Second-Best Command Hospital respectively.

  • Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh reviewed the progress of two Defence Industrial Corridors here today. During the meeting a Power Point Presentation was made highlighting the following points; Indian defence market, introduction of defence corridors, Uttar Pradesh & Tamil Nadu Defence Corridors & its ecosystem, stakeholders interaction, policy support for defence industry, anchor investment in Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh corridors, appointment of consultant for preparation of Detailed Project Report & initiatives taken by state Governments.

  • The restoration work of Markandeshwar temple in Maharashtra   by the Archaeological Survey of Indiais in full swing. Known as the “Khajuraho of Vidarbha”,the temple of Markandadeo is situated on the bank of River Wainganga in district Gadchiroli of Maharashtra.

  • The Election Commission of India has appointed Ex- DG IT Chennai Sh B Murli Kumar (ex IRS - 1983) as Special Expenditure Observer for 8-Vellore Parliamentary Constituency that goes to polls now on 5th August 2019.

  • Secretary, DPIIT, Ramesh Abhishek and Ambassador of Italy to India, Lorenzo Angeloni exchanging documents on setting up fast track mechanism

    In order to facilitate Italian companies and investors in India and Indian companies and investors in Italy, it has been decided to establish fast-track system for companies and investors of both the countries.

  • The Directorate General of GST Intelligence (DGGI),Gurugram Zonal Unit, Gurugram has arrested one person namely Shri Ajit Jindal, Proprietor of M/s. Shree Balaji Enterprises, A-43, SaraswatiVihar, North-West, Delhi-110034.

  • According to Reserve Bank of India (RBI) guidelines, banks do not have any Minimum Balance requirement for Basic Savings Bank Deposit accounts (BSBD), including accounts opened under Pradhan Mantri Jan DhanYojana (PMJDY).

  • Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) has apprised that “The Aadhaar and Other Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2019” has been passed by the Parliament.  The bill, inter-alia, has the  provision for allowing the use of Aadhaar authentication on voluntary basis as acceptable Know Your Customer (KYC) document, by inserting Section 11A under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002.

  • Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has informed that the Complaint Management System (CMS) was launched on June 24, 2019. The total number of complaints received against banks and NBFCs as on July 05, 2019 are given below:-

     

    Complaints received against

    Grand Total

    Banks

    10,249

    NBFCs

    133

    Total

    10,382

     

    CMS is an application for filing of complaints with RBI against any of the regulated entities.

  • The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Finance (2003) in its 55th Report recommended that Government may consider the setting up of an apex body viz. National Rural Bank of India.  Government has been receiving various representations from time to time in this regard.

  • As per Reserve Bank of India (RBI)’s data on global operations, aggregate gross advances of Public Sector Banks (PSBs) increased from Rs. 18,19,074 crore as on 31.3.2008 to Rs. 52,15,920 crore as on 31.3.

  • In order to provide short term crop loans upto `3.00 lakh to farmers at a concessional interest rate of 7 per cent per annum, the Government of India in the Department of Agriculture Cooperation and Farmers Welfare (DAC&FW) implements an interest subvention scheme which provides interest subvention of 2% per annum to lending institutions viz. Public Sector Banks (PSBs), Private Sector Commercial Banks (in respect of loans given by their rural and semi urban branches only), Regional Rural Banks (RRBs) and Cooperative Banks on use of their own resources.

  • The Reserve Bank of India has advised all Scheduled Commercial Banks to adopt Education Loan Scheme, formulated by Indian Banks’ Association (IBA), vide circular RPCD.PLNFS. BC. NO.83/06.12.05/2000-01 dated April 28, 2001.

  • With regard to growth, it is stated that the Finance Minister, in her speech on the budget for the financial year 2019-20 has stated: “Having addressed legacy issues, Public Sector Banks are now proposed to be further provided 70,000 crore capital to boost credit for a strong impetus to the economy.

  • In terms of Reserve Bank of India (RBI) guidelines on Priority Sector Lending (PSL) a target of 40 percent of Adjusted Net Bank Credit (ANBC) or Credit Equivalent amount of Off-Balance Sheet Exposures (OBE), whichever is higher, as of preceding March 31st, has been mandated for lending to the priority sector by domestic scheduled commercial banks and foreign banks with 20 branches and above.

  • Under Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY), account holders are provided banking services free of charge and without any requirement of maintaining minimum balance. As per the information provided by banks, district-wise number of accounts opened under PMJDY in Gujarat as on 03.07.

  • As per inputs received from Reserve Bank of India (RBI), as on 31.3.2019, there were 1,938 unique borrowers with funded amount outstanding (FAO) of more than Rs. 25 crore who had defaulted on their loans.

  • As per Reserve Bank of India (RBI)’s data on global operations, aggregate gross advances of Public Sector Banks (PSBs) increased from Rs. 18,19,074 crore as on 31.3.2008 to Rs. 52,15,920 crore as on 31.3.

  • Union Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Sekhawat today said that the Centre would extend all support to Assam to tackle the flood situation.

  • In Maharashtra, at least ten persons were killed after a four-storey residential building collapsed in south Mumbai's congested Dongri area this morning.

  • The Supreme Court has reserved its order on the plea of Karnataka rebel MLAs. The Apex Court will now pronounce the judgment tomorrow morning.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi today called upon BJP MPs to take up public work in their constituencies and not just focus on politics.

  • Union Panchayat Raj Minister Narendra Singha Tomar informed Lok Sabha today that over one lakh 28 thousand Gram Panchayats linked with optical fibre under Bharat Net programme .

  • The Enforcement Directorate has summoned six people, including Trinamool Congress MP Satabdi Roy and suspended party leader Kunal Ghosh, for interrogation in connection with the Saradha chit fund scam.

  • The National Investigation Agency has arrested 14 people after they were handed over to India by Saudi Arabia recently for allegedly attempting to set up a terror outfit in Tamil Nadu.

  • China's economic growth slowed to a record low of 6.2 per cent in the second quarter of this year. This is the weakest growth rate in nearly three decades for the world's second-largest economy, in the midst of a trade war with the United States and weakening global demand.

  • Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today asked the youth to take advantage of several government schemes to improve their skills.

  • Karnataka Assembly Speaker K.R.Ramesh Kumar announced in the Assembly today that the confidence motion will be taken up on Thursday at 11.00 A.M.

  • The Lok Sabha today passed the National Investigation Agency (Amendment) Bill, 2019. Intervening in the debate on the bill, Home Minister Amit Shah assured the Lok Sabha that it will not be misused.

  • The fourth anniversary of the Skill India Mission is being observed today.

  • According to official data released today, the Wholesale Price Index (WPI)-based inflation was at 2.45 per cent in May. It was 5.68 per cent in June last year. Inflation in food articles basket eased marginally to 6.98 per cent in June from 6.99 per cent in May. 

    Vegetable inflation softened to 24.76 per cent in June, down from 33.15 per cent in the previous month.Inflation in the fuel and power category cooled substantially to minus 2.20 per cent from 0.98 per cent last month. 

    Manufactured items too saw a decline in prices with inflation at 0.94 per cent in June, against 1.28 per cent in May. WPI inflation data for April has been revised upwards to 3.24 per cent from provisional 3.07 per cent.

  • Seven people have been killed and over 40 are feared trapped after a decades-old, four-storey building collapsed in south Mumbai's crowded Dongri neighbourhood around 11:40 am today. Eight people have been rescued so far.

    Three large teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) are at the site, looking for survivors. The area, full of dilapidated buildings on narrow lanes, was also flooded in heavy rain in the past weeks.

    Ten ambulances and fire trucks have arrived and are parked some distance away from the building as the lanes are too narrow for them to enter.

  • They all hail from different parts of the state and are said to have been deported from Saudi Arabia for mobilizing money in support of the terror group Ansarullah. They were brought in a special aircraft and produced before NIA Special Judge Senthur Pandian in Poonamallee near Chennai on Monday. The court remanded all of them to NIA custody till the July 25.

    On Saturday, two people from Nagapattinam were arrested following searches there and in Chennai, for establishing the radical group Ansarullah that aims at creating an Islamic order through terrorist attacks. The fourteen people arrested in the latest case are said to have collected money in the Gulf in support of the group, mainly from the Indians working there, to strengthen the radical ISIS-inspired module.

    Further probe are expected to give more leads in the case. 

  • Addressing a programme in Nuwara eliya on Sunday, Sirisena said drug barons carried out the attack to discredit him and discourage his anti-narcotics drive.  He said illegal drug trafficking is the simplest and the easiest way to destroy a country but added that he will not be deterred.

    His comments came as President has taken a tough stand against drug traffickers and ordered death penalty to be implemented for four accused but the matter has been stayed by court amidst opposition by some political parties and international organizations. Investigations so far have revealed that the Easter Sunday attacks were carried out by local fundamentalist groups though ISIS had claimed responsibility for it. Over 260 people including 45 foreigners were killed in coordinated attacks on churches and hotels across the country.

  • In the Individual section of the category, Elavenil Valarivan claimed the top honours with a total score of 251.6, while another Indian Mehuli Ghosh settled for a Silver with 250.2 points. India also clinched a Gold in the team section by creating a junior world record.

    The effort ensured that India remain at the top of the medals tally with 14 medals, six Gold, six Silver and two Bronze. China is second with two Gold and a total of six medals.

  • 27 persons including 17 army personnel have been rescued so far while rescue operation continues as some Army personnel are still trapped inside.

    Himachal Chief Minister Jairam Thakur visited the site Monday morning. 

    Speaking to media, he said that magisterial inquiry has been ordered. He added that as per info received till now, the building structure was not as per specifications.

  • Earlier, Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar today said in the apex court that he would decide on both disqualification and resignation of the rebel MLAs by tomorrow. He also requested the court to modify its earlier order directing him to maintain status quo on the matter.

    Senior Advocate A M Singhvi, appearing for the Speaker, submitted before a bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi that nobody is saying that Speakers are not fallible, but he cannot be asked to decide the matter in a time-bound manner.

    He also said that a valid resignation should be submitted to the Speaker personally and the MLAs appeared before him only on 11th July, five days after they submitted their resignations to his office.

    The rebel MLAs told the court that the Speaker kept their resignation pending just to disqualify them and there was nothing wrong in resigning to escape disqualification.

    Earlier, Senior Advocate Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for the rebel MLAs, submitted before the bench that the Speaker can be directed to decide on the resignation of the MLAs by afternoon and he can take a call on their disqualification later.

    He had also told the court that the Speaker has to only see if the resignations were voluntary or not. He said, there is a vote of confidence in assembly and the rebel MLAs may be forced to follow whip despite resigning.

    A bench, headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, yesterday agreed to hear today a plea of five rebel Congress MLAs along with the pending petition of 10 legislators. The five MLAs had moved the apex court on Saturday against the Speaker not accepting their resignations.

  • Over 26 lakh people are affected in the current wave of flood in 103 revenue circles in  28 districts of Assam.

    The worst hit districts are Dhemaji, Dhubri and Morigaon. The state Government has set up over 300 relief camps and more than 16,000 inmates are taking shelter in the camps. 

    Over 87,000 hectares of cropped area have been affected due to flood. Vigil has been intensified in the Kaziranga National Park and other wildlife areas to prevent poaching as most of the parks are under water now. 

    A total number of 10 persons lost their lives due to flood and landslide so far. The Army, NDRF, SDRF and local people are carrying out the rescue operation. Relief materials including baby foods are being distributed in the flood hit areas. 

    Assam Additional Chief Secretary for Revenue and Disaster Management, Kumar Sanjay Krishna said, so far the state Government has released an amount of 56 crore rupees to the flood affected districts.

  • 180 makeshift community kitchens have been opened in Sitamarhi, Sheohar and Araria. 10 district have been hit by floods in the state. NDRF & SDRF teams have been pressed into service for relief & rescue work.

    Chief Minister Nitish Kumar undertook an aerial survey of flood affected areas. Earlier, he chaired a high level meeting in Patna.

    He directed officials to open community kitchens and shelters for affected people and speed up repairing of damaged roads in flood ravaged regions.

    So far, 28 deaths have been reported from flood affected areas.

  • The celebrations of 20th Anniversary of the victory in Operation Vijay at Kargil began in Delhi on Sunday. 

    Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Army Chief General Bipin Rawat paid tributes to the martyrs at National War Memorial where a Victory Flame was illuminated. 

    The Victory Flame will traverse through eleven towns and cities, to finally culminate at Dras wherein the flame will be merged with the eternal flame at the 'Kargil War Memorial'. 
     

  • Eoin Morgan''s boys are the new world champions in the 50-over format of the gentleman''s game and the crown couldn''t have come at a better place than the historic Lord''s, the home of cricket.

    Ben Stokes will go down in history as one of England''s best all-rounders. After all, he managed what even the great Ian Botham failed to achieve in Australia in 1992.

    England''s Mark Wood being run out off the last-ball of the innings saw the game end in a tie and a Super Over followed. The first-ever Super Over in a World Cup final saw England score 15 runs before the Kiwis also ended on 15, but the hosts won due to more boundaries scored in the game.

    Cometh the hour, cometh the men. First it was Jos Buttler who rose to the occasion by hitting a swashbuckling 60-ball 59 and then all-rounder Ben Stokes (84* off 98 balls) took off from where he left to help England win their maiden World Cup title. Their 110-run partnership was the backbone of a well-earned win for the Three Lions.

    Chasing New Zealand''s score of 241/8, the hosts returned home victorious in front of the jam-packed crowd that would have sore throats walking into office on Monday.

    Sadly for New Zealand, it was another case of finishing runners-up after their loss to Australia in the 2015 World Cup final. But this time they competed well and it was a game that had the fans on their toes till Buttler and Stokes took the game away with their calculated power hitting.

    Losing Jason Roy (17) early meant that Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow needed to stitch a partnership and while they did try their best, the Kiwi bowlers bowled a tight line to ensure that the scoreboard didn''t move as the Englishmen would have liked. Frustration finally seeped in as Root (7 off 30 balls) went for a wild drive outside off to edge one to Tom Latham behind the stumps.

    That brought Bairstow and skipper Eoin Morgan together but the duo failed to keep up the tempo and it looked like New Zealand would once again run away with the game as they did in the semifinal against India.

    In fact, with Matt Henry dismissing Bairstow (played on for 36) and James Neesham sending back Morgan (9), caught brilliantly Lockie Ferguson, it looked like New Zealand might pull this off.

    But Buttler and Stokes knew just when to hit the fifth gear and bring England back into the game.

    Earlier, winning the toss and batting first in overcast conditions New Zealand scored 241/8 in their 50 overs. The conditions weren''t most suited for batting, but the Kiwis did well, especially considering the occasion.

    If Henry Nicholls started well at the top with a dogged half-century, Tom Latham made it count at the end with a knock of 47. For England, it was another quality show from Liam Plunkett as he pegged the Kiwis back every time they looked to take the attack to the English bowlers. Plunkett finished with figures of 3/42 from his 10 overs and he was ably supported by Chris Woakes (3/37) and Jofra Archer (1/42).

    Earlier, with incessant drizzle delaying the final by 15 minutes, it was a brave decision by Williamson to bat first. And openers Martin Guptill and Nicholls looked to repose the faith shown in them by their skipper as they held fort and looked to play off the new ball. But the partnership was broken in the seventh over when Woakes trapped Martin Guptill (19) plumb in front. While the batsman did go a review, it proved to be a complete waste.

    The in-form Williamson joined Nicholls in the middle and it was all about a steady show as the scoreboard read 29/1 as the two looked decently comfortable with the odd delivery moving disconcertingly and causing trouble to the batsmen. They kept rotating the strike by picking the ones and twos before Plunkett struck.

    Getting one to move enough after pitching to take the edge of Williamson''s bat, Plunkett had the Kiwi skipper caught behind by Jos Buttler. While the onfield umpire -- Kumar Dharmasena -- refused to raise his finger, the Englishmen called for a review and Williamson (30) had to walk back with the score reading 103/2 in the 23rd over.

    Nicholls also failed to make much headway after spending quality time in the middle and was dismissed by Plunkett soon after he notched up his fifty. Squeezing in between bat and pad, the ball disturbed the timber as the Englishmen celebrated once again.

    New Zealand''s semifinal hero Ross Taylor too failed to make it count as he was caught plumb in front by Mark Wood with the score reading 141/4 in the 34th over. Taylor walked back for just 15.

    Even as the Kiwi batsmen looked to up the ante, the English bowlers kept striking at the right moments to peg them back. And that was the case when James Neesham looked like he would play a cameo in the middle overs. Just when he started to look in control, Plunkett dismissed him, caught by Joe Root at mid-on.

    With the score reading 179/5 after 40 overs, New Zealand needed Tom Latham to stay till the end and guide the innings to a perfect finish. While Latham was dismissed by Woakes in the 49th over, Kiwis still managed to score 62 runs in the last 10 overs.

    Brief scores: New Zealand: 241/8 in 50 overs (Henry Nicholls 55, Tom Latham 47; Liam Plunkett 3/42, Woakes 3/37); England: 241 all out in 50 overs (Ben Stokes 84*, Jos Buttler 59; Lockie Ferguson 3/50)

    Super Over: England: 15 (Stokes 8*); New Zealand: 15

  • On a Centre Court, with an atmosphere that felt at times more akin to football than tennis, Djokovic won 7-6 1-6 7-6  4-6 13-12. 

    The Serbian world number one has now won 16 Grand Slam titles.    

    The clock hit four hours 57 minutes when Federer scooped a shot high to hand Djokovic victory.
     

  • In a tweet, ISRO said "A technical snag was observed in launch vehicle system at T-56 minute. As a measure of abundant precaution, #Chandrayaan2 launch has been called off for today. Revised launch date will be announced later."

    The lift-off of the three-component spacecraft weighing 3,850 kg and comprising an orbiter, the lander and the rover was scheduled for 2.51 am from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre from Sriharikota.

    However, the countdown was held back with 56.24 minutes to go for the launch.

    Monday's mission was to follow the successful maiden Lunar Mission Chandrayaan-1 launched in 2008. The rocket (Chandrayaan-1) which made more than 3,400 orbits around the moon, was operational for 312 days till August 29,2009.

    The Rs 978 crore Chandrayaan-2 onboard Geosynchronous Launch Vehicle GSLV-MkIII-M1 was scheduled to take 54 days to accomplish the task of landing on the Moon through meticulously planned orbital phases.

    After a full dress rehearsal last week, the countdown for the mission commenced at 6.51 am on Sunday and scientists underwent various stages of propellant filling to power the rocket ahead of the launch.

  • Thirty persons are still missing and fifty have been injured. Our Kathmandu correspondent reports normal life in 31 districts, mostly in Tarai region affected due to heavy rainfall. Hundreds of houses have been damaged and thousands of people were displaced due to floods and landslides in last six days.

    Transportation, electricity, water and communication services were also disrupted in many parts of the country. Relief and rescue operation is in full swing in the affected areas. Nepal Army and Police personnel have safely rescued more than 3000 people so far. Efforts are on to restore all essential services. Relief materiel is being distributed in the rain hit areas and medical teams have been sent to prevent waterborne diseases.

    Meanwhile, situation is slowly improving. According to Flood Forecasting Division water in major rivers is likely to remain at normal level in next three days. Meteorological Forecasting  Division forecast rain at some places. There are also chances of heavy rainfall at one or two places of the eastern and western regions.

  • This was Halep's second ever Grand Slam title having only previously won the French Open back in 2018. Williams was looking to equal Margaret Court but she was never allowed a foothold in this final.

    Halep appeared relaxed and ready before this final as she stood smiling outside of the locker room. With a double break, she led 4-0 inside 11 minutes.

    The Romanian could not be stopped in the first set. She took it 6-2 in 26 minutes. It was at the 2005 Australian Open the last time Williams came from behind to win a Grand Slam final.

    Halep withstood the barrage at the start of the second set then broke Williams when the American fired the simplest of forehands at the net long.

    Halep made it a double, leaving her to serve out the set. In fitting with the theme of the match, she made no mistakes.

    Halep was the Wimbledon champion, and Williams will remain on 23 Grand Slams.

  • Shah directed the senior officers to take every possible measure to deal with the situation and extend all necessary assistance to the flood affected states.

    After the meeting MoS Home affairs Nityanand Rai said that the situation of floods is not severe.This was a meeting to alert the NDRF, IMD and other management to be on their toes for any requirement from states.

    Director General of National Disaster Response Force, NDRF has said that 73 NDRF teams have been pre-positioned in vulnerable areas of flood affected states along with all necessary equipments.

    The Home Ministry said, NDRF Teams have rescued about 750 persons in Assam and Bihar.

  • With an aim of taking Kartarpur corridor development inches closer to its final stage, Officials from India and Pakistan met to finalise the modalities of the Kartarpur corridor and related technical issues.

    The Indian delegation was led by SCL Das, joint secretary, ministry of home affairs and comprised of other representatives. Key issues such as connectivity at 'Zero Point' and the number of pilgrims to be allowed through the corridor were on the agenda. Both sides agreed to maintain a channel of communication and work towards early finalisation of the agreement on the modalities. 

    On the second round of talks, India reiterated its request to Pakistan for allowing 5,000 pilgrims to visit Gurudwara Kartarpur Sahib using the corridor everyday given the expected high demand on our side, while India also requested that 10,000 additional pilgrims be allowed to visit on special occasions. 

    Besides, it was also reiterated that not only Indian nationals, but also the Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs) holding OCI cards be allowed to use the Kartarpur Corridor facility. 

    The Indian side also said that the movement should be visa free and Pakistan should reconsider charging any fee or introducing any permit system. It also said that provisions should be made for preparation and distribution of langar and prasad for the pilgrims. 

    INDIA'S STANCE AT SECOND ROUND OF KARTARPUR TALKS 

    ---  5,000 pilgrims should be allowed to visit gurudwara Kartarpur everyday  
    ---- 10,000 additional pilgrims should be allowed to visit on special occassions 
    ---- Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs) holding OCI cards to be allowed 
    ---- visa-free movement 
    ---- Pakistan to reconsider charging any fee or introducing any permit system 
    ---- Provisions for preparation and distribution of langar and 'prasad' 

    To ensure smooth, hassle free, all-weather pilgrimage to the Holy Gurudwara Kartarpur Sahib, throughout the year, Pakistan agreed, in principle, to build a bridge at the earliest. 

    Pakistan also agreed to look at the issue of encroachment of the Gurudwara land raised by the Indian side. India also handed over a dossier to Pakistan to highlight its concern regarding individuals or organisations based in Pakistan who may try to disrupt the pilgrimage and misuse the opportunity to play with the sentiments of the pilgrims.

    The construction work on the 4.19 kilometres long four-lane highway connecting the zero point of the Kartarpur corridor to Gurdaspur-Amritsar Highway will be completed by September 30, while that on the Passenger Terminal Complex at Dera Baba Nanak will be completed by October 31. Built with a budget of Rs 500 crore on a 15 acre land, the Passenger Terminal Complex have all public amenities to enable smooth passage of approximately 5,000 pilgrims per day. 

    KARTARPUR CORRIDOR

    ---- 4.19 km long four-lane highway to be completed by Sept 30
    ---- Passenger Terminal Complex at Dera Baba Nanak to be over by Oct 30 
    ---- Terminal will be built at cost of Rs 500 crore 
    ---- Passenger Terminal Complex to have all public amenities 

    Fully committed to commence the pilgrimage through Kartarpur corridor on the auspicious occasion of the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev, Government has made significant progress to build a state of art infrastructure. Also at the meet, both sides have agreed upon that the technical teams would meet again to ensure a seamless connectivity for the Kartarpur corridor is operational in time so that the pilgrimage can begin in November 2019.

  • The use of solar energy was confined previously but India is accelerating in the direction of solar energy with the initiative taken by the government to double the income of farmers. In a report released by International Renewable Energy Agency, India is producing the cheapest solar energy whereas Canada is the most expensive producer in the list.

    Since last few years, India is continously pacing forward in solar energy sector.

    With constantly rising consumption of electricity per person in India, its high time that India must start boosting it's feet in Renewable energy.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called for investments to the tune of $100 billion in the solar sector by 2022. The government has also targeted to reach capacity of 175 gigawatts in 2014, which can reduce carbon.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi was awarded with the United Nations' highest environmental award 'Champions of Earth Award' for his positive initiatives for pioneering work and environment is a proof of how much the government is moving forward towards solar power.

    In a country like India, where renewable energy is cheap is a positive sign which can lead to a revolution of clean energy. Along with this, it can be a major halt, where the countries which are dependent on fossil fuel, will lead their path towards Green Energy.  

  • BJP leader Michael Lobo, who had resigned as Deputy Speaker earlier, is the only BJP MLA who was sworn-in as minister.

    Earlier in the day, Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant dropped four alliance Ministers from his cabinet, hours before the swearing-in of four new Ministers at the Raj Bhavan.

    State Secretariat said that the four Ministers, including Deputy Chief Minister Vijai Sardesai, Vinod Palienkar, Jayesh Salgaocar (Goa Forward Party MLAs) and Rohan Khaunte (Independent MLA) were dropped from the Cabinet. This was the second cabinet reshuffle by Sawant since he took over as the Chief Minister three months ago.

    On Wednesday, ten Congress MLAs had joined the BJP, increasing the strength of the party to 27 on the floor of the House.
     

  • Speaking on the occasion, president said that our legal system has a reputation for being expensive and prone to delays. He stressed on the need to work for easier access to legal services by the common man to ensure social and economic justice.

    Expressing concern over reports of obtaining expensive justice for the litigant, president said that the legal profession must continue to address this collectively.

  • FLOOD SITUATION WORSENS IN ASSAM  

    The flood situation in Assam remains unchanged and new areas have been inundated. More than 14 lakh people have been affected by the recent wave of floods in 25 districts. Several rivers are in spate due to incessant rains.

    NDRF teams have been deployed in flood affected areas for search and rescue operations. Presently, 68 Relief Camps are operational with over twenty thousand people taking shelter.

    Food items and drinking water are being distributed among the affected people in the state.

    Meanwhile, six persons lost their lives in the current wave of flood and landslide.

    LUMDING-SILCHAR TRAIN SERVICES AFFECTED

    Train services between Lumding and Silchar have been affected due to landslide in the Dima Hasao district.

    The Train service will remain cancelled till the 16th. Long distance trains from Agartala and trains from Silchar will be affected.
     

    HOME MINISTER AMIT SHAH SPEAKS TO ASSAM CM

    Union Home Minister Amit Shah spoke to Assam CM over phone Saturday morning. CM Apprised him of the prevailing flood situation in Assam and measures taken by the state govt.  Amit Shah assured him of all possible support from the Centre to deal with the situation.

    HEAVY RAIN, LANDSLIDES HIT NORMAL LIFE IN NORTH BENGAL

    Incessant rains over the past three days have jeopardized normal life in north Bengal, creating a flood-like situation in the low-lying areas and triggering landslides in the Hills. Conditions are likely to worsen in the region with the Met department forecasting heavy to very heavy rain till Sunday in the five districts of sub-Himalayan West Bengal -Darjeeling, Kalimpong, Jalpaiguri, Coochbehar and Alipurduar.

    Heavy precipitation has also been predicted in north Dinajpur, south Dinajpur and Malda areas till Monday morning.

    Due to landslides triggered by continuous rainfall, Sikkim and Dooars region of north Bengal have been cut off from Siliguri.
     

    NORTH BIHAR: RIVERS FLOWING ABOVE DANGER MARK
     

    In Bihar, connectivity of several villages with block and district headquarters has snapped due to flood waters and damage to roads. The Disaster Management Department has declared 26 blocks in six districts, flood affected. Damage to roads, rail tracks, electricity lines and buildings has been widely reported from several places. East Champaran, Sitamarhi, Madhubani, Kishanganj, Araria and Sheohar districts are the worst affected.

    Intermittent rain has affected normal life in various parts of Uttar Pradesh. House collapses, snapping of electricity wires, uprooting of poles and trees, and water logging has been reported from several locations. The Eastern part of the state is the worst hit by torrential rains.

    CM NITISH KUMAR REVIEWS SITUATION

    Meanwhile, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Friday reviewed the situation of flood and rainfall in the state.

    He directed officials of Water resource and Disaster management department keep watch on water level of rivers, discharge from barrage and condition of embankments round the clock to respond to any kind of emergency.

    Met department has issued red warning for heavy rainfall in these districts for next two days.
     

  • Deputy Speaker Michael Lobo submitted his resignation to Speaker Rajesh Patnekar at noon.

    "I resigned from the post as I will be inducted into the cabinet later in the day," Deputy Speaker said.

    Apart from Deputy Speaker Michael Lobo, Chandrakant Kavlekar, Philip Nery Rodrigues, Atanasio Monserratte, who had quit the Congress and joined the BJP Wednesday, would be sworn in as ministers at Raj Bhavan on Saturday.

    The swearing-in ceremony of new ministers is scheduled to be held at 3 pm.

    Goa CM Pramod Sawant would induct the new members into his cabinet by dropping three members of ally Goa Forward Party (GFP) and an Independent legislator as ministers.

  • The 5.8-magnitude quake struck the northeast coast of Mindanao island at 4:42 am (2042 GMT Friday) at a depth of 11.8 kilometres (7.3 miles), with the Philippine seismology office also recording seven less intense aftershocks.

    Officers at the police station in Madrid town, near the epicentre, ducked beneath tables as the glass door of a filing cabinet splintered and a television set fell and shattered off a table, said its police chief Lieutenant Wilson Uanite.

    "We saw people running out of their homes. A number of residences sustained minor damage like cracked walls," Uanite said. Patients were also evacuated at the Madrid District Hospital, which sustained cracks on its concrete walls, he added.

    The roof of an old car park in Madrid collapsed, causing slight damage to the town's two fire trucks and three cars, Uanite said. The impact was also felt in four neighbouring towns, damaging homes, two Catholic churches, a hotel, a gym, a bridge and a public market, the civil defence office in the region said in a written report.

    A restaurant tipped over into a nearby river in Cantilan town, while residents reported broken plates and glass and ceramic decorative figurines in their homes, police officer Johannes Tipon said.

    Rescue officials listed 25 injured people across the region, including six in Madrid and a girl and her father who were struck by falling masonry that fell through a roof and into their bedroom in Cantilan.

    The Philippines is part of the Pacific "Ring of Fire", an arc of intense seismic activity that stretches from quake-prone Japan through Southeast Asia and across the Pacific basin.

    The country's most recent deadly quake occurred in April when at least 11 people were killed in a 6.3-magnitude temblor that hit a region north of the capital Manila, causing a supermarket to collapse.

  • The panellist Vinod K Jose, Executive Editor of 'The Caravan' magazine, used the platform on Thursday to claim that religious minorities were being persecuted in India.

    To buttress his argument, he showed clips of media coverage of attacks on minorities. During his presentation, Jose claimed that "a hundred Christians were murdered in India" and "the RSS engineered the pogram against the Sikhs in 1984".

    After his presentation, when the discussion was thrown open to the floor, Prasar Bharati Chairman Dr A Surya Prakash stood up and debunked the presentation made by Jose.

    Prasar Bharati Chairman said many of the statements made by 'The Caravan' editor were "false" and cautioned the audience about the "inaccuracies" in the presentation.

    Prasar Bharati Chairman Dr A Surya Prakash said India was not only the world's largest democracy, but also the most vibrant. It was also the most diverse society in the world. India had 900 million electors, of whom 600 million had voted in the recent parliamentary election.

    Prasar Bharati Chairman warned that if the audience left the hall believing Jose, democracy across the world would be in jeopardy.

    The Prasar Bharati Chairman said there were a few activists in the world who were uncomfortable with the electoral decision made by the voters of India in the recent parliamentary election and used such fora to peddle their theories. The conference was organised jointly by the governments of the UK and Canada. "I am pained by the decision of the organisers to have given a platform for such a blatantly anti-India presentation. I don't think anyone is furthering the cause of democracy by running down the most vibrant democracy in the world," Prasar Bharati Chairman Dr A Surya Prakash said.

    Prasar Bharati Chairman Dr A Surya Prakash said some time ago there were race riots in some parts of the US, but that cannot be taken as an example to brand America as a non-democratic nation or a racist nation. Further, India's diversity was not just confined to the social space, he said, adding, "over 20 political parties govern India at the federal level and in the states, so it is wholly incorrect to state that one party runs the country." 

    The Chairman also pointed out that it was a free and responsible media in India which reported on social tensions and attacks on minorities and, ironically, all this reportage was used by the presenter to debunk India's free and alert media!

    The Chairman of the session and the Minister of State for the Commonwealth and the UN, Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, immediately took note of Prasar Bharati Chairman Dr A Surya Prakash's observations and said he had the highest respect for India's democracy and while ethnic and other conflicts could be debated, India's standing in the democratic world should not be in question.

  • The newspaper said the Federal Trade Commission approved the settlement in a 3-2 vote, with the two Democratic members of the consumer protection agency dissenting.

    According to the report, the deal, which would be the largest penalty ever imposed by the FTC for privacy violations, still needs approval from the Justice Department before it is finalized.

    Although details have not yet been released, the deal will likely include restrictions on how Facebook is able to use personal data.

    Charlotte Slaiman of the consumer group Public Knowledge thinks it is unlikely the restrictions will be overly harsh. "We don't yet know key aspects of the settlement: whether Facebook must make any changes to its business model or practices as a result," said Charlotte Slaiman, the group's Competition Policy Counsel. "By itself, this fine will not be sufficient to change Facebook's behaviour."

    The outlook was more optimistic at the Center for Democracy and Technology, whose president Nuala O'Connor said the fine underscored the importance of "data stewardship" in the digital age. "The FTC has put all companies on notice that they must safeguard personal information," O'Connor said. 

    The FTC announced last year it reopened its investigation into a 2011 privacy settlement with Facebook after revelations that personal data on tens of millions of users was hijacked by the political consultancy Cambridge Analytica, which was working on the Donald Trump campaign in 2016.

    Facebook has also faced questions about whether it improperly shared user data with business partners in violation of the earlier settlement. The leading social network with more than two billion users worldwide has also been facing inquiries on privacy from authorities in US states and regulators around the world.

    The settlement would be in line with Facebook's estimate earlier this year when it said it expected to pay USD 3 billion to USD 5 billion for legal settlements on "user data practices." The fine is unlikely to hurt Facebook, which logged a profit of USD 2.4 billion on revenue that climbed 26 per cent to USD 15.1 billion in the first three months of this year.

    Facebook's stock value increased 1.8 per cent after the fine was announced, closing at nearly USD 205, the highest it has been all year. Some Facebook critics have argued the company should face tougher sanctions including monitoring of its data practices, or that chief executive Mark Zuckerberg should be personally liable for penalties. Faced with criticism, Facebook's head of global affairs, Nick Clegg, called on governments to do more to regulate social networks, instead of leaving the work to companies.

    "It's not for private companies, however big or small, to come up with those rules. It is for democratic politicians in the democratic world to do so," Clegg said. But there are increasing calls to dismantle the massive social network.

    In May, one of Facebook's co-founders called for the social media behemoth to be broken up, warning that Zuckerberg had become far too powerful. "It's time to break up Facebook," said Chris Hughes. He also added that it had become necessary to separate the social network from Facebook's Instagram and WhatsApp services.

    Zuckerberg's "focus on growth led him to sacrifice security and civility for clicks," said Hughes.

  • In a special statement issued last evening, the Prime Minister said he was called before the Committee and he is not afraid to go before it and reveal what he knows. 

    The prime minister accepted intelligence information on the attack was not communicated properly to the relevant units and PSC has been set up to look into the failure of intelligence communication. 

    His comments came as President Maithripala Sirisena has rejected the utility of PSC proceedings terming it as drama.

    Srilankan PM however said the PSC will discover the truth. He said they do not expose the truth targeting particular individuals or political parties but take action to prevent it from happening in future.

    Several key officials have already testified before the PSC in presence of media which President has been critical of. 

  • A bench, headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, said it has decided to take suo motu cognisance of various reports of newspapers and portals on rising incidents of child rape.

    The bench appointed senior advocate V Giri as amicus curiae and asked him to assist it in framing guidelines on the kind of directions that can be issued to states on infrastructure and video-recording of the proceedings.

    It made clear that no third party except Giri and Solicitor General Tushar Mehta would be allowed to intervene in the matter.

    The bench directed the apex court registry to register the case as a writ petition titled as "In-re Alarming Rise in The Number of Reported Child Rape Incidents" and posted it on Monday for issuance of directions.

  • SBI MD will be responsible for financial and risk management of the organisation.

    Her work will include oversight of financial reporting, risk management, and working closely with the World Bank CEO on the mobilization of the International Development Association (IDA) and other financial resources. IDA is the part of the World Bank that helps the world's poorest countries.

    President of the World Bank David Malpass said Anshula Kant brings more than 35 years of expertise in finance, banking and innovative use of technology. 

    He said he looks forward to welcoming Anshula Kant to the World Bank management team as it works to increase the effectiveness in supporting good development outcomes.
     

  • The Army was called for assistance in Assam as the flood situation in the state worsened on Friday with the toll rising to six and affecting nearly 8.7 lakh people across 21 districts.

    Officials said the Army's assistance was sought to aid the personnel of National Disaster Response Force and State Disaster Response Force in rescuing marooned people. 700 people have been shifted to safer places.

    It said about 8.7 lakh persons have been hit by the deluge in Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Biswanath, Sonitpur, Darrang, Baksa, Barpeta, Nalbari, Chirang, Bongaigaon, Kokrajhar, Goalpara, Morigaon, Hojai, Nagaon, Golaghat, Majuli, Jorhat, Sivasagar, Dibrugarh and Tinsukia districts. 

    Over 4 lakh people were reeling under the fury of flood in 17 districts as per data till Friday. Barpeta is the worst hit with 3.5 lakh people affected, followed by Dhemaji where 1.2 lakh people are hit. They are followed by Bongaigaon where the number of affected is 62,500, ASDMA said. 

    Massive erosions have taken place at various places in Chirang, Barpeta and Baksa due to the floods, which has submerged a total 1,556 villages and damaged 27,864.16 hectares of crop area, embankments, roads, bridges, culverts and other infrastructure in the affected districts.

    Temporary relief camps have been set up to shelter flood affected people. 

    Road communication are badly affected due to flood which are causing massive problems in rural areas. The swirling flood waters have forced the railway services to come to a halt.

     

  • Ten Congress MLAs had on Wednesday joined the BJP increasing the strength of the party to 27 on the floor of the House.

    The chief minister said the three members from coalition partner Goa Forward Party and an Independent MLA Rohan Khaunte would be dropped from the cabinet. Goa CM refused to name the MLAs who would be inducted but said all the four would be from the BJP, with three of them from the legislators who joined the party on Wednesday.

    Speculations are rife that former leader of opposition Chandrakant Kavlekar, Philip Nery Rodrigues and Atanasio Monserratte would be inducted in the cabinet along with Deputy Speaker Michael Lobo.

    In his first cabinet reshuffle, Goa CM had inducted MGP's breakaway MLA Deepak Pauskar after dropping then deputy chief minister Sudin Dhavalikar.

    Asked why allies are being dropped from the cabinet, the chief minister said the decision has been taken as per directives of the central leadership. "I don't want to go into details. We have taken this decision to give good governance to the people," Goa CM said. Goa CM Pramod Sawant has the support by three MLAs from the Goa Forward Party and an Independent.

    Goa Forward Party (GFP) chief and Deputy Chief Minister Vijai Sardesai had during the day said they are hoping for an amicable solution to the crisis. "The GFP is a part of the NDA and had joined the BJP-led government after talks with the saffron party's national leadership," the minister said.

    The Deputy Chief Minister addfurther said, "The present state BJP leaders were not part of the discussions then. As such, we will take appropriate steps only after talking to NDA leadership at the Centre." "We have not yet received any official communication from the BJP leaders. On the contrary, we have received indications that the matter will be sorted out amicably," Deputy Chief Minister Vijai Sardesai  said.

    Ten of the 15 Congress MLAs, led by Leader of Opposition Chandrakant Kavlekar, switched sides and joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Wednesday.

    While the 10 MLAs and Lobo returned here from Delhi, Goa CM Pramod Sawant stayed back to attend a high-level meeting on Friday evening on the issue of mining in Goa, which has come to a standstill following a February 2018 Supreme Court order.

  • The delegation held bilateral talks on 12 July 2019 with the Indian delegation led by Sanjay Chadha, AdditionalSecretary, Department of Commerce, which included senior officials from other Government of India Ministries.

    The meeting was cordial and aimed at providing a new impetus tobilateral trade and commercial ties, in line with the mandate given by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the U.S. President Donald Trump during their meeting at Osaka, Japanon 28 June 2019.

    Both sides discussed the broad contours of bilateral trade and commercial ties and agreed to continue their discussions for achieving mutually beneficial outcomes aimed at further growing the economic relationship and addressing mutual trade concerns.

    AUSTR also called on the Commerce Secretary and Commerce & Industry Minister during the visit.

  • In the capital Kathmandu three persons were killed when the wall of a house collapsed at Mulpani area. 

    Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli has expressed deep condolences to the bereaved families who lost their family members in the flood and landslides triggered by incessant rainfall. In a tweet, Oli said security personnel are carrying out rescue and relief work in the affected areas. He also said that opening of water flow in Sarlahi area bordering India is underway in coordination with the two countries. 

    Meanwhile, According to Meteorological Forecasting Division widespread rain is likely to continue in the country. There are chances of heavy rainfall at a few places of the eastern and central regions and at one or two places of the western region .Very heavy rain is also likely to occur at one or two places of the eastern and central terai and hilly regions.

    Flood Forecasting Section has predicting rise of water levels in various rivers and their tributaries causing inundation in lower parts of the country. The section has advised people living on the banks rivers and nearby areas to take utmost care.

  • Announcing the successful conclusion of the 6th edition of the two weeks of joint India and France Airforce excercise Garuda, the dignitaries from both the nations expressed their satisfaction. 

    Lauding the Indian pilots, the French Airforce chief says that it's has been Mission Successful.

    The two weeks saw 400 flights of Indian and France warplanes with French pilots taking  300 flights.

    After the press briefing, the dignitaries from both the nations went for the static display of Rafale, Su 30 and IL 78. IL 78 has played a crucial role for the success of Garuda 6.

    Interacting with the French Chief, the Indian pilots explained the strengths of the Indian planes.

  • The Lok Saba has passed the Central Universities (Amendment) Bill,2019 by voice vote. 

    The Bill seeks to establish two new universities- the Central University and the Central Tribal University in  Andhra Pradesh. 

    Replying to a debate on the bill, Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank said,  the Universities will be set up with a cost of  1700 crore rupees in four years in Andhra Pradesh. He said, in the first phase, 450 crore rupees  will be provided  for the Central University and 420 crore rupees for the  Central Tribal University. 

    Nishnak said, the government has accorded high priority to strengthen the education system in the country. He said, the NDA government has increased the budget of education from 67 thousand crore rupees in 2013-14 to  95 thousand crore rupees this year. 

    He said, if thirty thousand crore rupees of Higher Education Fund Agency budget is taken together then the education budget will become to the tune of 1.25 lakh crore rupees. 

    Nishank said, Jawaharlal Nehru University has proved to be a very good institution in terms of research and the government will further enhance its standard.

    Rajiv Pratap Rudy of BJP, Bhartruhari Mahtab of BJD, Sougata Roy of TMC, K Suresh of Congress and others participated in the discussion.

  • Government is looking forward at the project with high expectations and is creating all-weather facility to cater to 10,000 pilgrims on special occasions and 5000 pilgrims on a daily basis. 

    The complex will have the robust security systems with CCTV surveillance and other advance security systems and adequate parking space. 

    The area will be developed with amalgamation of rich Indian cultures and state of art infrastructure with eye soothing landscaping.

    More than Rs 500 Cr shall been spent for the development of this Complex.

  • The United Nations has hailed India for its tackling of poverty over past ten years. In a report on 2019 Global Multidimensional Poverty Index, the United Nations Development Programme noted that India has demonstrated the clearest pro-poor pattern at the sub-national level. It said that the country lifted over 271 million people out of poverty between 2005-06 & 2015-16.

    UNDP REPORT ON MULTIDIMENSIONAL POVERTY INDEX 
     
    * GLOBAL MPI HIGHLIGHTS NUMBER OF PEOPLE EXPERIENCING POVERTY AT REGIONAL, NATIONAL & SUB-NATIONAL LEVELS, REVEALING INEQUALITIES ACROSS COUNTRIES & AMONG THE POOR THEMSELVES

    * INDIA LIFTS 271 MILLION PEOPLE OUT OF POVERTY BETWEEN 2005-06 & 2015-16 AND SETS A MILESTONE GLOBALLY

    * GOVT. PROGRAMMES LIKE SWACHHTA ABHIYAAN, POSHAN ABHIYAAN & UJJWALA YOJANA HAVE IMPROVED STANDARDS IN COOKING FUEL, SANITATION & NUTRITION

    * THIS YEAR'S SPOTLIGHT IS ON CHILD POVERTY IN SOUTH ASIA WHICH HAS REVEALED CONSIDERABLE DIVERSITY

    * INDIA IS AMONG THREE COUNTRIES WHERE POVERTY REDUCTION IN RURAL AREAS OUTPACED THAT IN URBAN AREAS

  • In Lok Sabha Railway Minister Piyush Goyal replied to the Demand for grants for his ministry. He stressed on the need for increased investments to enhance capacity and efficiency via the Public Private Partnership mode.

    Piyush Goyal also apprised the House about the reduction in accidents over the last 5 years. 

  • Finance Minister replied to the debate on the Union Budget in Rajya Sabha today. She said that the aim of the Budget is to propel India to become a 5 Trillion dollar economy by 2024.

    Finance Minister said that the Budget reflects the firm commitment of the government to boost investment in agriculture and social sector particularly healthcare. 

    The Budget boosts investments without compromising on fiscal consolidation roadmap. She said the Centre's net tax revenue stood at Rs 16.49 lakh crore in 2019-20, up 11.13 % over previous year. 

    Nirmala Sitharaman said every projection of revenue and expense in Budget 2019-20 is realistic and adequately provided for. She also spelt out the 5 Rs to correct the Non performing assets in the banking sector. 

    Nirmala Sitharaman said that the government is making all efforts to reform the agriculture sector. This has helped farmers overcome challenges. They are now no longer just food providers but are also food exporters. 

  • As Karnataka Assembly session began on Friday, Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy sought time from assembly speaker to prove majority saying he wanted to prove majority in the house. 

    He said there are many things happening in the state's politics as a difficult situation arose because of the decisions of some MLAs, which created a difficult situation.

    Kumaraswamy said he was not there to sit in power and appealed to the speaker to allow him to move a trust motion. 

    The Speaker has taken note of his request and has added it to the Business advisory of the House. 

    The House has been adjourned till Monday.

    Before the Session began, whip notices have been pasted on all rebel MLAs houses, below their name plates. 

  • The suspense over which way the Karnataka Nataka goes remains with the Supreme Court ordering a status quo with regard to the 10 rebel MLAs. 

    The Court has said that the Speaker will not take any decision on resignation or disqualification. This means that the decision on resignation letters of rebel MLAs and the petition filed by the Congress for disqualification of rebel MLAs will remain pending. The next hearing in the matter is on Tuesday, 16th July.  

    During the hearing, counsel for the 10 rebel MLAs Mukul Rohatgi alleged that the Speaker has committed contempt of Court by telling the media that the Apex Court is nobody to give directions to him. He said that if the Speaker does not resign, he should be held in contempt. 

    Countering his arguments the Counsel for the Speaker Abhishek Manu Singhvi said that under Article 190, the Speaker has the duty to ascertain that the resignation is voluntary and the resignation letters are genuine. Adding that the Speaker needs time for this purpose, he informed the Court that out of 10 MLAs, disqualification process against 2 had begun even before their resignations. The remaining 8 resginations are now being considered.

     

  • The incident occurred at around 11 AM when Yeti Airlines Flight NYT-422 coming from Nepalgunj landed at Kathmandu. 

    All 66 passengers including 2 infant and 3 crew members on board are safe and have been evacuated. 

    The country's sole international airport has been temporarily closed following the incident. 

    Many Kathmandu bound flights have been diverted and few flights from Kathmandu have been delayed.

    General Manager of  Tribhuvan International Airport, Raj Kumar Chhetri told our correspondent that efforts are on to clear the runway and flight operations are likely to be restored soon. 

  • A train carrying 2.5 million litres of water arrived in Chennai, which has been grappling with an  acute water crisis over the past few months. 

    The train with 50 tank wagons carrying 50,000 litres of water in each of them from Jolarpettai in Tamil Nadu's Vellore district, reached the filling station at the Integral Coach Factory Yard in Villivakkam on Friday afternoon.  

    Tamil Nadu Ministers inaugurated the distribution process. Around 100 inlet pipes installed near the railway tracks would be used to discharge 2.5 million litres of water in all the wagons to be sent to a treatment plant. After this it will be sent for distribution. 

    This arrangement has been made for the next six months until the advent of the north-east monsoon. 

    Chennai is facing a daily water deficit of at least 200 million litres, and the four reservoirs supplying to the city have run dry.

     

  • According to Defence Spokesperson, Pakistani troops started targeting Indian forward posts in Mankote and Krishna Ghati Sectors of District Poonch and Baba Khori area of Nowshera Sector in  District Rajouri of Jammu region at about 8 am today. 

    Pak troops used small arms and started shelling with Mortars. However, Indian Army retaliated befittingly.

    The exchange of fire between both the armies was going on when reports last came in. 

    No report of any loss of life or any injury has been reported from the Indian side so far.

  • The case was filed by the Chairman of Ahmedabad District Cooperative- ADC Bank- Ajay Patel against Rahul Gandhi for his remark, statements and social media posts about the alleged large-scale deposit of scrapped Rs. 500 and Rs.1000 notes in the ADC Bank, of which Home Minister Amit Shah is a director. 

    Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala has also been made accused in this case.

    The court of Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate had earlier examined the witnesses and observed that prima facie it appears to be a case of defamation. 

    Meanwhile, Gujarat Congress spokesperson Manish Doshi has confirmed that Rahul Gandhi would appear in Ahmedabad court today.

    Two other defamation cases against Congress leader Rahul Gandhi are also being heard by other courts in Gujarat. 

    Both the cases are pertaining to his speech in the different election rallies.

  • Prannoy, seeded second, fought for exactly an hour to quell the challenge of Korean Kwang Hee Heo 21-16, 18-21, 21-16 in the second round on Thursday.

    Earlier, Sourabh too had to toil hard to get past young compatriot Lakshya Sen 21-11 19-21 21-12 in another second-round duel that lasted 53 minutes.

    Their respective wins mean that a slot for an Indian is assured in the last-four round as Prannoy and Sourabh will face off against each other later on Friday

  • Trade talks between the US and India continued on Friday. 

    USTR officials led by Assistant US Trade Representative Christopher Wilson held talks with their Indian counterparts. 

    The focus was on tariffs, data localisation and e-commerce rules. 

  • This is thanks to KSHITIJ, a documentary film club being launched by Films Division, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Government of India, in association with Indian Documentary Producer’s Association (IDPA).

    The public screenings will be organized on the 2nd and 4th Friday of every month during 5:00 pm - 6:30pm at Films Division Complex, followed by a short interaction of audience with the director / curator of the film. 

    The documentary film club “KSHITIJ”, will be inaugurated by the Minister of State for Urban Development, Government of Maharashtra, Shri Yogesh Sagar in the presence of noted film-makers Arunaraje Patil and Mrinal Kulkarni today in Mumbai. 

    The acclaimed documentary film “Secret Life of Frogs” by Ajay & Vijay Bedi will be screened as the inaugural film. 

    Films Division, established in 1948, has been relentlessly striving to maintain a record of the social, political and cultural imaginations and realities of the country on film.

    For more than the last seven decades, it has been actively working in encouraging and promoting a culture of film-making in India that respects individual vision and social commitment.

    It holds more than 8000 titles including priceless INRs (Indian News Review), documentaries, short films and animation films.

    The media are requested to spread the word about the film club, so that people can enjoy and participate in the film screening.

  • The overall flood situation remains grim in Assam as new areas have been inundated due to breach of river embankments.

    Over four lakh people are reeling under the fury of flood in 17 districts.

    NDRF and SDRF teams have been deployed to rescue flood-hit people. Road traffic has been badly affected due to flood causing the massive problem to villagers.

    Temporary relief camps have been set up to shelter flood-affected people. 

    Chief Minister Sarbanand Sonowal reviewed the flood situation with all Deputy Commissioners and instructed to set up 24x 7 control room in all districts.

     

     

  • A total of 119 members voted against the motion while 92 members voted in favour of no-confidence motion. 

    According to reports that the debate on the motion continued for two days and voting took place on Thursday evening.

  • They include two candidates each from the AIADMK and DMK and one each from the PMK and MDMK.

    From the ruling AIADMK, the former State Minister Mohamed Jan and the party’s Salem town functionary Chandrasekharan were elected along with Dr Anbumani Ramadoss of the PMK, its ally. 

    From the DMK, the former Additional Solicitor General P.Wilson and the party’s trade union leader Shanmugam were elected to the Upper House along with the leader of its ally MDMK, Vaiko.