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Midday News

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15.07.2019

THE HEADLINES:

  • Supreme Court to hear rebel Congress MLAs' plea tomorrow seeking direction to Karnataka Assembly Speaker to accept their resignations.

  • Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill 2019 tabled in Lok Sabha.

  • Wholesale inflation declines to nearly two-year low at 2.02 per cent in June.

  • Flood situation in Assam and Bihar remains grim; Rescue operations on.  

  • And in Shooting, India bag six medals on day two of ISSF Junior World Cup in Germany.

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The Supreme Court has agreed to hear tomorrow a plea of five more rebel Congress MLAs along with the pending petition of 10 legislators seeking a direction to the Karnataka Assembly Speaker to accept their resignations. A bench, headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, took note of the submission of senior advocate Mukul Rohtagi, appearing for the rebel MLAs, that they be also made parties to the pending petition.

Five more rebel Congress MLAs moved the apex court on Saturday against the Speaker not accepting their resignations.

The court had on Friday restrained the Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar from taking any decision till Tuesday, that is tomorrow, on the resignation and disqualification of 10 rebel MLAs of the ruling Congress-JD(S) coalition.

BJP MLA Suresh Kumar met Karnataka Assembly Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar and asked him to fix a time for the floor Test. Mr Kumar said, all the 105 BJP MLs are together and Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy should prove his majority in the House.

The Congress Legislative Party meeting was held in Bengaluru this morning amid the political crisis in the state. Former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah presided over the meeting to plan a strategy to garner the support of resigned rebel MLAs.

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Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan introduced the Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2019 in the Lok Sabha today. The Bill had been passed by the last Lok Sabha but lapsed after dissolution of the House. The Cabinet earlier approved the introduction of the Bill that aims to prohibit commercial surrogacy in India.

The Bill proposes to regulate surrogacy in the country by establishing a National Surrogacy Board at the central level and state surrogacy boards and appropriate authorities in the state and Union Territories. The purpose of the Bill is to ensure effective regulation of surrogacy, prohibit commercial surrogacy, and allow ethical surrogacy.

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Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari introduced the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2019 in the Lok Sabha today. The Bill seeks to amend the Motor Vehicle Act, 1988. Increasing penalties of traffic violations, address issues on third-party insurance, regulation of cab aggregators, road safety are among the changes proposed in the amendment. The amendment Bill proposes to omit a clause of the Motor Vehicle Act to decide how to maintain their registers for driving licenses, to centralize vehicle registration data and achieve standardization. It also proposes a National Transportation Policy for ushering guidelines on the transportation of goods and passengers.

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The National Investigation Agency (Amendment) bill 2019 was moved in the Lok Sabha today by Minister of state for Home Affairs G Kishan Reddy. Making a preliminary submission, the Minister said, the amendment will strengthen the investigation agency and speed up trials in terrorism related cases. He further noted that the agency will be able to investigate terrorist acts against our embassies or assets abroad and take up cases of drug, arms and women trafficking apart from cyber terrorism.

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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh today said, the AN-32 planes of Indian Air Force are completely airworthy. In reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha, Mr Singh said, at present there are 118 AN-32 aircrafts which are in operation. He said, of them, 55 aircraft have been upgraded but it does not mean that those which have not so far been upgraded are not airworthy.

In his reply about AN-32 plane which crashed in Arunachal Pradesh recently, the Defence Minister said, every aircraft accident is analysed through a Court of Inquiry and remedial measures undertaken accordingly.

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President Ram Nath Kovind has appointed Kalraj Mishra as the Governor of Himachal Pradesh. In a press communique, the President's house said, Acharya Devvrat has been transferred from Himachal Pradesh and appointed Governor of Gujarat. The appointments will take effect from the date they assume charge of their respective offices.

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Wholesale price-based inflation declined for the second consecutive month to its 23-month low of 2.02 per cent in June, helped by decline in prices of vegetables as well as fuel and power items. 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.

WPI inflation data for April has been revised upwards to 3.24 per cent from provisional 3.07 per cent.

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A special judge holding trial in the demolition case of a disputed structure at Ayodhya moved the Supreme Court today seeking six more months to conclude the trial. The special judge, in a letter written, has informed the apex court that he is due to superannuate on 30th September this year.

The matter came up for hearing today before a bench headed by Justice RF Nariman. The bench asked the Uttar Pradesh government to apprise it by Friday about a mechanism by which the tenure of the special judge could be extended till he delivers the verdict.

In April, 2017, the top court had ordered day-to-day trial to be concluded in two years in the case.

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The Enforcement Directorate (ED) moved a Delhi court today seeking cancellation of bail to Rajeev Saxena, a middleman-turned-approver in a money laundering case related to the AgustaWestland chopper scam. The agency told the court that Saxena is not co-operating in the probe. Special Judge Arvind Kumar issued notice to Saxena and put up the matter for hearing on Thursday.

The court had earlier allowed Saxena to turn approver and his plea for grant of pardon on the condition that he will fully disclose all information in the case.  

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The flood situation in Assam remains grim as new areas have been inundated. Several rivers, including the Brahmaputra, are maintaining a rising trend. Surging water has badly affected vehicular movement in the state as floods have submerged several important roads. Over 26 lakh people are reeling under floods in 28 districts. Barpeta, Morigaon and Dhubri are among the worst-hit. Relief camps have been set up in various districts for the displaced people.

Incessant rain across Meghalaya for the last seven days and rising waters of two rivers have flooded the plains of West Garo Hills district. Officials today said, more than one lakh people are affected.

In Bihar, the flood situation continues to be grim in 10 districts. The Central Water Commission said, several rivers including Bagmati, Gandak, Mahananda and Kamla are flowing above the danger mark. This has caused widespread devastation and inundation in Sitamarhi, Sheohar, Madhubani and East Champaran district. 32 deaths have, so far, been reported in the flood affected areas and many are feared swept away.

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In Himachal Pradesh, death toll in yesterday building collapse at Kumarhatti in Solan district has risen to 8. The deceased include one civilian and seven Army personnel. The number of casualties may rise as many people including army personnel are still trapped in the debris. Morev from our correspondent:

"The deceased include 12 Army personnel and one civilian. The search is on for one missing army personnel who is still trapped under the debris. So far 28 people including 17 army personnel and 11 civilian have been rescued and admitted in the nearby hospitals. Search and rescue operation is underway by the NDRF. Meanwhile Chief Minister Jairam Thakur  today visited the incident site and inquired about the health of the injured. He said an magisterial enquiry has already been ordered and guilty will be punished as per the law after getting the report. . Sanjeev sundriyal, AIR News, shimla."

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A high-level committee set up by the government has proposed setting up of a National Digital Health Mission. The report of the committee entitled 'National Digital Health Blueprint' was released by Health Minister Dr Harshavardhan in New Delhi today. Both the Centre and state governments will be the owners and stakeholders in the new organisation. A combination of GST-N and UIDAI models of institutional structure has been proposed.

Launching the report, Dr Harshvardhan said, Centre proposes to implement the blueprint as part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's vision of 'New India'.

"In a year or two, we will try to integrate the data related to health workers and patients, across the country. To achieve the goal of "Health for All" on time and make the dream of our Prime Minister come true, we appeal everyone to be a part of Ayushman Bharat. In the coming years, we will be able to implement the National Health Mission successfully."

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Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has called off the launch of India's second mission to Moon - Chandrayaan-2 due to a technical snag. ISRO spokesman BR Guruprasad said, revised launch date will be announced later.

The countdown for the launch scheduled for 2.51 AM was stopped 56 minutes and 24 seconds before lift off following the announcement from the Mission Control Centre.

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The fourth anniversary of the Skill India Mission is being observed today. Several functions are being organised across the country to mark the occasion.

The main function will be held in New Delhi where Home Minister Amit Shah will deliver the keynote address. Union Ministers Nirmala Sitharaman, Narendra Singh Tomar,  Ravi Shankar Prasad, Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, Mahendra Nath Pandey and RK Singh will also be present on the occasion.

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In Jammu and Kashmir, 54 centers are imparting training to the youth in 27 sectors under the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana. The objective of the scheme is to enable a large number of semi-skilled, unskilled or unemployed youth to take up industry-relevant skill training that will help them in securing a better livelihood. More from our correspondent:

"Skill Development Mission has started registration of candidates in the second batch of Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana since last month. Over 4800 candidates have been already trained in 15 trades. Around 11 thousand candidates will be trained in the next three months in 22 skill sectors. Shakeel Malik is one among 6 members of a group from Newa Pulwama in south Kashmir, who got training as Assistant Electrician. Shakeel said:

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The News Services Division of All India Radio in its weekly bilingual live phone-in programme “PUBLIC SPEAK” will bring you a discussion tonight on Skill India - Kaushal Bharat Kushal Bharat. This can be heard on FM Gold Channel and additional frequencies from 9.30 PM.

Listeners can ask questions on telephone number: 011: 2331-4444 and post queries on our Twitter handle @airnews s by #tag Askair. This programme is also available on Doordarshan DTH.

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India has bagged six medals, including two Gold, on day two of the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) Junior World Cup at Suhl in Germany. In the Men's 50 metres Pistol event, Gaurav Rana claimed the top honours, while Arjun Singh Cheema settled for a Silver. The duo also combined with Vijayveer Sidhu to pick up the team Gold in the event.

In Women's 50 metres Pistol event, Priya Raghav won Silver, while Vibhuti Bhatia claimed the Bronze. They also clinched the team Silver combining with Harshada Nithave.

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England lifted their maiden ICC World Cup cricket trophy beating New Zealand in one of the most nail biting finals ever played.

The match was tied twice before England were crowned world champions by virtue of having scored more boundary fours and sixes - 26 to New Zealand's 17 - in the entire match.

Earlier, both the sides scored 241 in their 50 overs and were level on 15 when they batted for an extra over apiece.

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In Tennis, Serbian Novak Djokovic won his fifth Wimbledon title  after defeating Swiss tennis ace Roger Federer 7-6, 1-6, 7-6, 4-6, 13-12 in a match that lasted for more than four hours. The match had to be decided in the fifth set, as both Federer and Djokovic won two sets each in the longest ever final to be played so far. This is Djokovic's 16th Grand Slam and 5th Wimbledon title. He is now level with Bjorn Borg as a five-time Wimbledon winner.

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