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Morning News

0815 HRS
17.07.2019
THE HEADLINES,
  • Supreme Court to pronounce judgement on Karnataka's rebel MLAs' plea today.
  • Flood situation worsens in five districts of Bihar; improves in upper Assam.
  • International Court of Justice to deliver verdict in Kulbhushan Jadhav case this evening.
  • Indian entries bag six awards at SAARC Film Festival in Colombo.
  • And in Badminton, four Indians including PV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth to begin their Indonesia Open's singles campaign.

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The Supreme Court will pronounce this morning its judgement on Karnataka's ruling Congress-JD(S) rebel MLAs' plea regarding their resignations. A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi reserved its judgement after a day long hearing in the case yesterday.
During the hearing, senior advocate A M Singhvi, appearing for the Karnataka Assembly speaker, said, the speaker will decide on both disqualification and resignation of the MLAs by today but the court should modify its earlier order regarding maintaining the status quo.
Senior advocate Mukul Rohtagi, appearing for the rebel MLAs, argued that the speaker cannot keep the resignations pending and by doing so he is acting in a partisan manner.
15 rebel MLAs had moved the apex court alleging that the Karnataka Assembly Speaker was deliberately not accepting their resignations.
Karnataka Assembly Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar yesterday said that he is not above the Supreme Court and he was just doing his duty within the framework of the Constitution.

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In Bihar, flood situation has worsened after some new areas inundated in Sitamarhi, Madhubani, Katihar, Purnea and Muzaffarpur districts. Due to enormous pressure and over topping of flood water, embankments have been broken in Benipatti sub division in Madhubani and Muzaffarpur. More from our correspondent-

"State health department has said boat ambulances with doctors and paramedics staff would be sent in flood affected areas where it is difficult to reach. In relief camps anti snake bite vaccines have been kept in view of incidents of snake bites. Veterinary Van's with medicines, vaccines and fodder are also being sent for livestock. Met department forecast says there will be some respite from heavy rain in catchment areas of major rivers in next 5 days. Dharmendra Kumar Rai, AIR News, Patna."

Chief minister Nitish Kumar yesterday took stock of the situation in East and West Champaran. Over 26 lakh people have been affected due to floods in the state.
Assam Chief Minister Sarbanand Sonowal will undertake an aerial survey of the flood-affected Barak valley today. The Chief Minister will also review the flood situation with district administrations.
Flood situation in Upper Assam has started improving due to receding of water but situation in Lower Assam remains unchanged. 18 persons, so far, have lost their lives due to flood and landslides. More than 50 lakh people are affected in 30 districts and over one lakh people have taken shelter at relief camps. Five columns of the army are pressed into rescue work.
Centre has released 251 crore rupees to Assam for disaster management.

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The death toll in yesterday’s building collapse at Dongri area in Mumbai has gone up to 12. According to officials, the nine injured people taken out of the debris are being treated in nearby hospitals. More from our Mumbai correspondent:-

"The Mumbai civic body informed that rescue operations were still on at the accident site at Dongri in Mumbai and fear that more people could be trapped under the fallen structure. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has opened a shelter in a nearby vicinity. A news agency report said that the, Mumbai Building Repair and Recosntruction Board has said that the portion of the kesarbhai building that collapsed yesterday was unauthorised. SONALI GHADYALPATIL, AIR NEWS, MUMBAI."

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Delhiites today woke up to a pleasant morning as overnight light showers in various areas brought down the minimum temperature. The weatherman has predicted cloudy sky with light rain during the day.

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The Centre will launch a public awareness campaign in Delhi today to accelerate vector control measures. The three day campaign aims to sensitize and mobilise the community on measures for prevention and control of Vector Borne Diseases like Malaria, Dengue and Chikungunya.

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Home Minister Amit Shah will move the National Investigation Agency (Amendment) Bill, 2019 in Rajya Sabha today. The Lok Sabha has already passed the bill.

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Maharashtra government has decided to increase the compensation from 25 lakh to one crore rupees for families of security personnel hailing from the state who lay down their life in the line of duty. The state cabinet took the decision in its meeting yesterday. The cabinet note stated that personnel wounded in a conflict will get monetary compensations ranging from 20 lakh to 60 lakh rupees each, depending on the severity of their injury. The Cabinet also decided to raise the allowances for special teachers attached with the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan.

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The Himachal Pradesh Cabinet has decided to continue Market Intervention Scheme for procurement of apple to ensure remunerative prices for farmers. The State Cabinet under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur also decided to enhance the procurement price from 7 rupees  50 paise to 8 rupees per kilogramme. 279 procurement Centres will be opened to facilitate the apple growers.

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Himachal government has introduced many schemes aimed at promoting self-employment for youths to become self-reliant. Our correspondent reports that Bamboona Project has been launched in Una district bringing positive results.

"Bamboona project has been started to give hand on skills to the women of Lamlehdi panchayat of Una district has been helpful to the women. After forming a self help group, the women are being trained in group of seven with the help of district administration and forest department.

"I am Yeshudeep Singh, DFO, we had started this project in February and till now we have told over 50 to 60000 product at present seven girls are being important training regular the product by degradable and environment friendly."
 
Women, who have made bamboo products under the project, said it is a medium for earning money.

"मेरा नाम संतोष कुमारी है। यह काम अच्छा है। इसलिए हम खुद से सामान बनाकर बेचेंगे तो इसका अच्छा हमें दाम मिलेगा।"
Under the project, the farmers are also getting additional income by growing bamboos which is in turn playing vital role in conservation of water and soil erosion as well. Sanjeev Sundriyal, AIR News, Shimla".

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International Court of Justice, ICJ will deliver today its verdict in the case relating to Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav, currently on death row in Pakistan. President of the Court Judge Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf will read out the verdict during a public sitting which will take place at 6.30 p.m. Indian time at the Peace Palace in The Hague, Netherlands.
A retired Indian Navy officer, Jadhav was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of espionage and terrorism in April 2017. India approached the Hague based-ICJ in May 2017 against Pakistan for denying consular access to Jadhav. The ICJ had restrained Pakistan from executing Jadhav till adjudication of the case.

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The 8th meeting of India-Uzbekistan Joint Working Group on Counter Terrorism was held in New Delhi yesterday. The Group discussed measures to strengthen bilateral cooperation in the sphere of counter terrorism through information sharing, mutual capacity building and sharing of best practices.
Cooperation in multilateral fora including UN, Shanghai Cooperation Organisation's Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure and EAG was also discussed.
The next meeting of the Joint Working Group will be held in Uzbekistan on a mutually convenient date.

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India and Italy have decided to set up fast track mechanism to facilitate investors and companies. Commerce and Industry Ministry said, a meeting was held in New Delhi yesterday in this regard. The meeting was attended by Ambassador of Italy to India, Lorenzo Angeloni and Secretary, DIPP, Ramesh Abhishek. The fast-track system in Italy aims to identify and solve problems faced by Indian companies and investors.

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The US has banned visits by Myanmar's Army Chief and three other top officers due to their role in the "ethnic cleansing" of the Rohingya minority. The State Department said, it took action against Army Chief Min Aung Hlaing and the others after finding credible evidence. It said, they were involved in the violence that led over 7 lakh Rohingya to flee across the border to Bangladesh.

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The UAE has said, the oil tanker MT RIAH, which allegedly gone missing in the Arabian Gulf close to Iranian water, is not owned by the UAE. The Emirates News Agency quoting an official said, the tanker is neither owned nor operated by the UAE.
Still, It is not clear as to what happened to the tanker while it was allegedly passing near the Strait of Hormuz on Saturday night.

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German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen has been elected as the European Commission's first female President. The German minister's nomination was approved by 383 votes, just nine votes over the required number, through a secret ballot at the European Parliament. She will succeed Jean-Claude Juncker, who has served as President since 2014.

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International Monetary Fund, IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde has resigned ahead of a decision on her nomination to become head of the European Central Bank, ECB. Her resignation has been accepted by the IMF Executive Board, which will come into effect from 12 September.
If the European Council approves Ms Lagarde's ECB nomination, she will become the Central Bank's first ever female leader. She has been heading the IMF since 2011.

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Indian entries bagged six awards including the Best Feature Film for the movie Nagarkirtan at the 9th SAARC Film Festival held in Colombo. In a series of tweets, Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar congratulated the cast and crew of the Bengali film for which Kaushik Ganguly got Best Director Award. Riddhi Sen won the best actor award for the movie while Prabuddha Bannerjee bagged Best Original Score at the film Festival.

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Top Indian shuttlers PV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth will begin their singles campaign in Indonesia Open Badminton today. Sindhu, seeded fifth, will face Japan's Aya Ohori while Srikanth , who is placed eighth, will face Japan's Kenta Nishimoto.
B. Sai Praneeth and HS Prannoy are the other Indians who will be seen in action. Praneeth will take on Wong Wing Ki of Hong Kong while Prannoy will meet second seeded Chinese Shi Yuqi.
On the opening day yesterday, Indian pair of S Rankireddi and C Shetty defeated their Malaysian opponents in the men's doubles category. Pranav Jerry Chopra and N Sikki Reddi have entered into second round of the mixed doubles.

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The 21st Commonwealth Table Tennis Championship will begin in Cuttack today. Twelve countries including Australia, England and Malaysia are participating in the event. The event will conclude on 22nd of this month.

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NEWSPAPERS HEADLINES
  • Pakistan reopening its airspace makes for the top headline across newspapers this morning.
  • "Pak lifts airspace ban imposed after Balakot" is the headline in the Hindustan Times. The Asian Age headline reads, "Pak opens airspace, India lifts all curbs".
  • On Building collapse in Mumbai The Indian Express informs, "10 die in Mumbai building collapse, 3-yr-old survives in his grandmother's arms".
  • Government urging for extension of deadline on the final NRC-list finds mention in The Hindu that writes, "Centre, Assam move SC for sample re-verfication of NRC".
  • Writing on the fake currency menace at the Bangladesh border Mail Today says, "Bangla border new entry point for fake notes"
  • PM's warning to truant ministers is noticed by the Statesman that writes, "PM pulls up 'absentee' ministers" 
  • And finally, Want to live long? "Cut 300 calories per day to boost health" reports the Times of India of a research, published in the journal the Lancet, which says it helps check cholesterol, brings down BP and sugar levels.

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In some more news,
The 62nd All India Police duty meet started in Lucknow yesterday. Our correspondent reports that Police personal of 22 states and various central police forces are meeting in Lucknow for the enhancement of policing.

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