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Government hikes minimum support price of Rabi crops for 2020-21            Union cabinet approves regularisation of unauthorised colonies in Delhi            All set for counting of votes for Maharashtra, Haryana assembly polls tomorrow            CBI registers case against former Uttarakhand CM, Harish Rawat for alleged horse-trading of MLAs            Praveen Kumar becomes first Indian man to win gold at Wushu World Championships           

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  • Supreme Court orders status quo in Karnataka rebel MLA resignations; to hear the case on Tuesday.

  • The Apex Court seeks Maharashtra government response on Maratha reservation in educational institutions and government jobs.

  • Finance Minister Nirmala Sitaraman's reply to the debate on Union Budget in Rajya Sabha.

  • First train carrying 25 lakh liters of water from Vellore reaches Chennai.

  • In the US Open badminton, H S Prannoy and Sourabh Verma to clash against each other in the men's singles quarterfinals.

  • In Wimbledon Tennis, men's singles semi-finals to be played this evening.


The Supreme Court has directed Karnataka Assembly Speaker K. R. Ramesh Kumar to maintain status quo as on today with regard to resignation and disqualification of 10 rebel MLAs. The matter would be heard again on Tuesday 16 July.

The Apex Court asked whether the Speaker had the power to challenge its order, while hearing a plea moved by the Speaker against the top court order asking him to take a decision on the resignation of 10 rebel MLAs yesterday.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi concluded hearing on a bunch of pleas moved by the speaker and the rebel Congress and JD(S) MLAs.

The MLAs told the bench that the speaker had not taken any decision on their decision to step down, adding that he had no immunity with regard to the acceptance of the resignations. However, the counsel appearing for the Karnataka Assembly speaker said he was constitutionally obligated to decide on a plea for disqualification of the rebel MLAs.


Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy has volunteered for a floor test in the legislative Assembly today. During the obituary reference, the Chief Minister said owing to the situation arising out of resignation of Congress and JD(S) MLAs, he is willing to face the floor test and asked the Speaker to fix a date for this.


Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar today said that Speaker of Karnataka Assembly should play an unbiased role in the ongoing political crisis in Karnataka. Talking to reporters outside Parliament, Mr Tomar said, the speaker should verify the resignation letters of the MLAs who met last evening. He said, the situation in the state is the internal matter of Congress and JDS and BJP has nothing to do with it.


The Supreme Court today sought the Maharashtra government's response on pleas challenging a Bombay High Court order that upheld the grant of reservations to the Maratha community in education and jobs.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi did not stay the Bombay High Court order upholding the constitutional validity of the Maratha quota law, but made it clear that the aspect allowing the reservation for Marathas with a retrospective effect from 2014 would not be made operational.

The bench was hearing two appeals, including one filed by J Laxman Rao Patil challenging the high court order that upheld the constitutional validity of the quota for the Maratha community in education and government jobs in Maharashtra.

The Bombay High Court, in its June 27 order, had said the 50-per cent cap on total reservations imposed by the Supreme Court could be exceeded in exceptional circumstances. It had also accepted the Maharashtra government's argument that the Maratha community was socially and educationally backward, and it was duty-bound to take steps for its progress.

The high court's verdict came on a bunch of petitions challenging the Maharashtra government's decision to grant 16 per cent reservation to Marathas.


Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has said that government’s target to make India a five trillion dollar economy by 2024-2025 is based on a proper plan. Replying to the Budget discussion in the Rajya Sabha, Ms Sitharaman listed out several measures proposed in the Union Budget in this direction. She said the big picture presented in this Budget is backed with a plan to increase investment without compromising on the fiscal consolidation roadmap. She said the Budget shows government’s commitment to boost investment in agriculture, social and health sectors. The Minister highlighted several measures taken by the Centre for the welfare of the farmers saying steps of the NDA government for agriculture is focused not just on a single scheme, but on the recovery of the sector as a whole.

Rejecting opposition criticism with regard to government estimations of different sectors, the minister asserted that every  projection mentioned in the budget is realistic. She also said there is no cut in fund allocations for SCs/STs, Women, MGNAREGA and Housing but even they have been increased. The Finance Minister said the inflation has been kept under check and NPAs issue is being comprehensively dealt with.


Lok Sabha has passed the Demands for Grants under the control of the Ministry of Railways for 2019-20. Replying to a debate on the Demands for Grants, Railways Minister Piyush Goyal today assured the House that Railways will not be privatized. He said, the government has accorded high priority to the safety of railway passengers. The minister said, the government has allocated over 5640 crore rupees for passenger safety for this year as against over 2100 crore rupees in 2009.


Eighty-two new medical colleges are to be established under the central sponsored schemes in two-phases. Replying to supplementaries in Lok Sabha, today. Minister of Health and Family Welfare Dr. Harsh Vardhan said under the Phase-1 of the scheme, 58 districts in 20 states and UTs have been identified and approved by the Central government.

Dr Harsh Vardhan also informed the House that around four thousand 800 seats of MBBS seats are reserved for economically weaker and backward section candidates in various medical colleges who cleared NEET examination this year.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi today met women MPs of the BJP over breakfast at his residence. This is the fifth in the series of meetings with a cross-section of parliamentarians from the party.

The party's MPs have been divided into seven groups and Prime minister has already met party parliamentarians belonging to the OBC, SC and ST categories, and those who were ministers once. Our correspondent quoting sources reports, the meetings have been planned so that BJP MPs from both the houses get an opportunity to directly interact with the Prime Minister, who can guide them and discuss various issues, especially related to Parliament.


Urban Development Minister Hardeep Singh Puri today said, CPWD has emerged as a market leader in sustainable infrastructure development and  adoption of green technologies. Recognizing the crucial role played by CPWD ever since its formation in July 1854 in constructing infrastructure essential to the growth of the country, Mr Puri said the development of the iconic ‘Sadaiv Atal’ Samadhi as a memorial to former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee, in 45 days without cutting a single tree; installation of solar roof top panels on government buildings to help reduce their carbon footprint, and installation of wastewater treatment plants in Sir Visvesvaraya Kendriya Bhawan (Bangalore) for horticulture use - are insightful examples.


The first train carrying 2.5 million litres of water from Jolarpet in Vellore district has reached Chennai this afternoon. The special train with fifty wagons unloaded the water at Villivakkam in Chennai from where it will be taken through pipelines to the pumping station of Metrowater for distribution in the parched city.Our correspondent reports that Chennai is facing severe water shortage following continuous drought for two consecutive years.

 "The water-special rake is capable of running for two to three trips a day, earning up to 7.74 crore rupees revenue a month for the Railways. Preparatory works like laying pipelines to pump in water from the source at Jolarpet and evacuate the water at Villivakkam in Chennai went on for over two weeks, which have fructified today with the arrival of the first train today. It is expected to quench the thirst of the metropolis partially. Jayasingh, AIR News, Chennai." 


In Assam, the overall flood situation remains unchanged today due to continuous rain. Around 4.5 lakh people are affected in the second wave of flood in the state. Official sources said, Dhemaji, Barpeta and Bongaigaon are among the badly affected districts. AIR spoke to Deputy Commissioner, Nalbhari, Bharat Bhushan Devchauwdhari regarding the flood situation:

"More than 55 villages are affected now and almost 8 hundred hectors of cropland including fisheries and animals are badly affected and there is serious erosions at various points of the river and people have been shifted to the relief camps set up in different parts of the district."

Flood water also inundated around 40 percent of the World heritage site Kaziranga national park. NDRF and SDRF teams have been deployed for rescue works and essential food items are also being distributed by the local administration. .

In West Bengal, Normal life has been severely affected in districts of North Bengal due to continuous rains since last couple of days. Several areas at Duars, Maynaguri under Alipurduar and Jalpaiguri Districts have been inundated.

In Uttar Pradesh, Meteorological department has predicted  heavy to very heavy rainfall in eastern part of state in coming 24 hours. A report...

"In state capital Lucknow countinous rains from last 3 days broke record of last 59 years. City areas in many districts are flooded due to torrential rain from last 72 hours. Water logging and fall of trees on roads has disrupted traffic. In many districts schools have been closed till Sunday due to torrential rains. At least 14 people lost their lives in rain related incidents. SUSHIL CHANDRA TIWARI, AIR NEWS, LUCKNOW."

Meghalaya has been continuously receiving heavy to very heavy rainfall since last week. A report:

"Heavy rainfall still continued in many parts of the state. A number of water bodies are flowing above the danger level The situation is also grim in the low lying areas of the West Garo and khasi Hills district as many rivers are flowing above the danger mark and people living in low-lying areas have been advised to evacuate. Several villages in the districts have been cut off from capital Shillong, as roads were damaged in a flash flood. The government is carrying out survey of the areas affected for relief assistance. Samir Verma, AIR News, Shillong."


In Karnataka, volunteers in Dharwad are putting all their efforts like water warriors to rejuvenate water bodies in the District. Their efforts are also bringing awareness and hope for tomorrow. A report:

"Jeerigewada, a tiny hillock just 25 kilometers away from Dharwad, witnessed the dedication of 10 volunteers who offered their services for 12 days to clean up two unused wells. This kind gesture of water warriors triggered empathy in the village elders, who did not appreciate it in the beginning. Prabhakar, a graduate hails from Jeerigewada planned the water mission, motivated friends and decided to clean up two wells un-used for almost two decades. Out of two un-used wells, one well contained sweet water. Gurudatt Deshpande who is one of the team members shared his thoughts with AIR News on how the fool proof action plan materialized.

"Every morning from 6 to afternoon 1 continuesly for 12 days almost ten volenteers offered their dedicated service in the village of Jeerigewada, went to cleanup the well. A dumping yard has been turn into a portable water point is at top of village now."

Apart from conserving water bodies these efforts also bring water awareness among the youngsters. K.Y JAYANTI, AIR NEW, DHARWAD."


Moving on to sports:

In the US Open badminton tournament, H S Prannoy and Sourabh Verma set up an all-Indian clash against each other in the men's singles quarterfinals. 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 last night.

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.


In Wimbledon Tennis, in the men's singles semi-finals today,  Roger Federer will face Rafael Nadal while Novak Djokovic will meet Roberto Bautista Agut. In women's singles, Serena Williams will take on Simona Halep in the summit clash tomorrow. In the semifinal last evening, Serena Williams made light work of Barbora Strycova to reach the final and stand one win away from a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title.


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