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  • Supreme Court says 15 rebel MLAs of the Congress - JD(S) in Karnataka should not be compelled to take part in the proceedings of the State Assembly.

  • Mumbai terror attack master mind Hafiz Sayeed arrested by counter terrorism department in Punjab province of Pakistan.

  • India and China  respect bilateral pacts to ensure peace along the border says Defence Minister Rajnath Singh.

  • Ace Indian shuttlers PV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth  advance to pre-quarterfinals of the Indonesia Open Badminton tournament at Jakarta.

  • 21st edition of Commonwealth Table Tennis Championship begins in Cuttack today.


The Supreme Court today directed that the 15 rebel MLAs of the Congress - JD(S) coalition in Karnataka should not be compelled to take part in the proceedings of the State Assembly. The Assembly is slated to decide on the confidence motion moved by the HD Kumaraswamy-led government in the state tomorrow. A bench, headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, also said, Assembly Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar was free to decide on the resignations of the rebel legislators within the time-frame decided by him. The court said, the Speaker's decision be put before it.

Reacting to the judgment, Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar said, he will take a decision that in no way will go contrary to the Constitution, the court and the Lokpal.

The BJP has welcomed the verdict. Party General Secretary Murlidhar Rao said in a tweet that the apex court while accepting Assembly Speaker as the authority to decide the resignation issue, has clearly directed him to do it fast without delay. Mr Rao said there is no question of disqualification now. BJP's State President BS Yeddyurappa said, it is a victory of the Constitution and democracy and a moral victory for the rebel MLAs.

"supreme Court has given very good verdict. All 15 MLA's those who have resigned, they can't issue any whip and there is no condition to attend the Vidhan Sabha. That means KumarSwami lost his mandate. It is a victory of constitution and democracy."


Mumbai terror attack mastermind and Jama'at-ud-Da'wah (JUD) Chief Hafiz Saeed was arrested today by the Counter Terrorism Department of Pakistan's Punjab Province. According to local media reports, Saeed, who has several cases pending against him was traveling to Gujranwala from Lahore to appear before an anti-terrorism court when the arrest took place. He has been moved to an unknown location.

Saeed-led JuD is believed to be the front organisation for the Lashkar-e-Taiba which is responsible for carrying out the 2008 Mumbai attacks that killed 166 people.


The International Court of Justice, ICJ will deliver its verdict today in the case relating to Indian national, Kulbhushan Jadhav, currently on death row in Pakistan. 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. On the 18th of May, 2017, the ICJ had restrained Pakistan from executing Jadhav till adjudication of the case. India had also challenged Jadhav's trial by the military court of Pakistan. After hearing the final arguments from both sides, in February, the ICJ had reserved the judgment. 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.


In Mumbai, the death toll in yesterday's building collapse at Dongri  has gone up to 13. NDRF, Mumbai Police, Fire Brigade and locals are still carrying out rescue operations as there is possibility of more people being trapped under the rubble. More from our correspondent:

''The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation informed All India Radio that 13 PEOPLE HAVE LOST THEIR LIVE and 10 injured were admitted to the state-run J J hospital and also Habib hospital. The Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has announced 5 lakh rupees compensation for the kins of the deceased while 50,000 rupees  have been announced for the injured. He also tweeted that all medical expenses of the injured will be borne by the Government of Maharashtra. SONALI GHADYALPATIL, AIR NEWS, MUMBAI"


Defence Minister Rajnath Singh today informed the Lok Sabha that India and China are respecting bilateral pacts to ensure peace and tranquillity along the border. He was replying to the issue raised by Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhary who alleged that the Chinese civilians entered the Demchok Sector on the Line of Actual Control during the Dalai Lama’s birthday on the 6th of this month.

Mr Singh said there is complete restraint by the armed forces of India and China at Doklam. He pointed out that at the summit-level meeting in April last year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping had worked on strategic guidelines towards confidence building measures. The Defence Minister said, infrastructure such as railways, airways and road connectivity heve been improved at the borders and the Government is with regular review of the situation.


Coal minister Prahlad Joshi informed the Lok Sabha today that there is a plan to increase the total production of coal in the country to one billion tones by 2022-23. Mr Joshi said, the gap between demand and supply of coal cannot be bridged completely as there is insufficient domestic availability of coking coal.

The Minister asked members to bring to his notice any instances of illegal mining or violation of environmental norms by mining companies, so that his ministry can act against them in consultation with the respective states. He further added that 14 dedicated corridors are being developed for the transportation of coal and plans are being made to improve transportation of coal through conveyor belts.


The government has taken several measures to check illegal migration in the country. These include erection of fencing on the international boundary, enhanced vigil by border guarding forces as well as use of technology for border guarding and smart fencing.

This was stated by Minister of State for Home, Nityanand Rai in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today. He said the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam will be published as per the direction of the Supreme Court. Replying to supplementaries on NRC like register in other parts of the country, Home Minister Amit Shah said, illegal migrants and  infiltrators in any part of the country will be identified and deported.


The flood situation remains critical in Lower Assam districts, however it has slightly improved at a few places in Upper Assam. Chief Executive Officer of State Disaster Management Authority said, water has started to recede across the state.Rescue and relief measures are on by various agencies.

Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal took aerial survey of the flood-affected areas of Barak Valley today. He is holding a meeting with officials of local administration. More from our correspondent:

"The chief minister reached Karimganj a couple of hours ago and did aerial survey of flood affected areas in karimganj and Hailakandi. Later he took survey of Cachar district too. Over one lakh population is affected in these three districts. The CM is taking stock of Situation with officials of these districts. Though, all rivers in valley have gone below danger level,

post flood relief needs to be done at war-footing level. Due to devastating flood in state, the monsoon session of Assam Assembly have been rescheduled and will now begin on 26th July in place of 18th july. Ritesh Pathak, AIR News Silchar"

In Arunachal Pradesh,  heavy rain continues to wreak havoc. In the capital city Itanagar, one person was reportedly buried and two were injured in a landslide triggered by torrential rain this morning. Teams of NDRF, SDRF, ITBP, CRPF and Police have been pressed into action for search and rescue operation and to clear the road and restore it for traffic.

In Bihar, the flood situation continues to be grim in 12 districts. A report from our correspondent:

"Budhi Gandak river wreaked havoc in Bandra block of Muzaffarpur district where 200 homes inundated in flood. In Kanti block heavy erosion started due  Budhi Gandak. New areas of Aurai & Katra block are facing fury of flood due to rise of water level of Lakhandei river.  Thousands of people have taken refuge on embankments. Over 1.12 lakh people have been evacuated . Dharmendra Kumar Rai,  AIR News/Patna."

The Situation in rain affected areas of Nepal  is slowly improving. Relief operation is underway and efforts are on to resume essential services.


In Jammu and Kashmir, an unidentified terrorist has been killed in an encounter with security forces in Baramulla district. The gunfight broke out after the forces launched a cordon and search operation in Gund Brath village in Sopore Tehsil early this morning. The gunfight is still on. Security sources said, one more terrorist is believed to be holed up in the area. Mobile Internet services remained snapped in Sopore as a precautionary measure.


The water conservation activities taken up by villagers of Madapur in Karimnagar district in Telangana have impressed a team of three senior officials from the Central Jal Shakti Abhiyan. The team of Jal Shakti Abhiyan led by a Nodal Officer,

"The idea is too asses the current activities which are going on far water conservation, rain water harvesting, afforestation for recharging of bore wells, etc. or rejuvenation of our traditional water bodies. So this would the focus areas that we want to involve as many people as possible, generate awareness among them and see what are the innovative practices we use in different areas, learn from each other and make this successfull campaign."


A three-day public awareness campaign to accelerate vector control measures got underway in Delhi today. The campaign aims to sensitize and mobilise the community on measures for prevention and control of Vector Borne Diseases like Malaria, Dengue and Chikungunya. Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan today visited Hauz Khas area, including schools and Resident Welfare Assosiations , and inspected domestic breeding of mosquitoes. The Minister said, this is for the first time that three governments-national, state and local bodies will converge in their efforts to mobilise the community for a public health activity.


The United States has slapped sanctions against Myanmar's Chief of Military and three other top officers for gross human rights violations, including killing of Rohingya Muslims. Following the sanctions, Army Chief Min Aung Hlaing and the others along with their immediate family members have been banned from entering the United States. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said, US is the first government to publicly take action with respect to the most senior leadership of the Burmese military. He also said, the ethnic cleansing of Rohingyas is an example of the continued and severe lack of accountability of the military and its top leadership.


Ace Indian shuttlers PV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth today advanced to the pre-quarterfinals of the Indonesia Open Badminton tournament at Jakarta. In Women's Singles, Sindhu, seeded fifth, came back from a game behind to beat Japan's Aya Ohori, 11-21, 21-15, 21-15. In Men's Singles, eighth placed Srikanth defeated another Japanese Kenta Nishimoto in straight games, 21-14, 21-13.

B. Sai Praneeth, however, bowed out after losing to Wong Wing Ki of Hong Kong, 15-21, 21-13, 10-21. HS Prannoy is the other Indian who will be looking to book a berth in the Singles second round today. The Mixed Doubles pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and the Men's Doubles duo of Manu Attri and B. Sumeeth Reddy will also be seen in action.


"Odisha Governor Prof. Ganeshi Lal opened the 21st edition of Commonwealth Table Tennis Championship at the Jawaharlal Indoor Stadium in Cuttack this morning. The event will witness the top players from India, Australia, England, Malaysia, Scotland and Singapore among other nations competing for coveted titles. The tournament will conclude on Monday."


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