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News at Nine

2100 HRS
17.07.2019

2100 HRS



17th July, 2019


 

THE HEADLINES:-


  • International Court of Justice rules in favour of India; Stays Kulbhushan Jadhav's execution.

  • Union Cabinet approves setting up of National Medical Commission replacing Medical Council of India; Also gives nod for doubling of 143 Kms of rail line in Assam.

  • Home Minister Amit Shah says, all illegal migrants in the country will be identified and deported.

  • Parliament passes National Investigation Agency (Amendment) Bill with Rajya Sabha approving it unanimously.

  • Indian archer Deepika Kumari clinches silver at 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games test event.

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International Court of Justice, ICJ has ruled in favour of India and stayed Kulbushan Jadhav's death sentence. In its verdict today, the Court at the Hague directed Pakistan to provide effective review and reconsideration of his conviction and sentences. It affirmed Jadhav’s right to consular access and notification and directed Pakistan to give him consular access.


15 out of 16 judges ruled in favour of India on merits in the case relating to Indian national Kulbushan Jadhav who is currently on death row in Pakistan. The ICJ said that Jadhav’s death sentence should remain suspended until Pakistan effectively reviews and reconsiders the conviction and sentence in light of Islamabad's breach of Art 36(1) that is denial of consular access and notification.


In its order, ICJ said that Pakistan deprived India of the right to communicate with and have access to Kulbhushan Jadhav, to visit him in detention and to arrange for his legal representation and thereby breached obligations under Vienna Convention on Consular Relations.


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.


India has welcomed the verdict of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in its favour in the case relating to Kulbushan Jadhav. In a statement, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar, said, the court by a vote of 15-1 has upheld New Delhi's claim that Pakistan is in egregious violation of Vienna Convention on Consular Relation, 1963 on several counts.


"We welcome the judgement delivered by the International Court of Justice in the Hague in favour in the case relating to Sri Kulbushan Jadhav. The court by a vote of 15-1 has upheld India's claim that Pakistan is in egregious violation of Vienna Convention on Consular Relation, 1963 on several counts. We also appreciate the direction by International Court of Justice that Pakistan should review and reconsider the conviction and sentence given to Sri Jadhav by Pakistani military court."


Mr Kumar said, New Delhi also noted that the Court has directed that Pakistan is under an obligation to inform Mr Jadhav without further delay of his rights to get access to Indian consular officers in accordance with Vienna Convention. The spokesperson said, India expects Islamabad to implement the directive immediately. He said, the judgement validates India's position on the case and it will continue to work vigorously for Kulbushan Jadhav's early release and return to India.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi has welcomed ICJ's verdict in the Hague and congratulated the ICJ for a verdict based on extensive study of facts.


In a tweet, the Prime Minister said, truth and justice have prevailed. He said, he is sure Kulbhushan Jadhav will get justice. Mr Modi said, his government will always work for the safety and welfare of every Indian.


External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar spoke to Kulbhushan’s family. In a tweet, Dr Jaishankar said, he applauds their courage.


Congress has also welcomed the ruling by the International Court of Justice in the Kulbhushan Jhadhav case. The party said, it is a big win for India and will continue to pray for his early return.

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The Union Cabinet has approved National Medical Commission Bill, 2019. The bill provides for setting up of a National Medical Commission in place of Medical Council of India and repeal the Indian Medical Council Act 1956. The features of the bill include, the Common final year MBBS Exams will be know as National Exit Test(NEXT) which would serve as Licentiate Exam, for entrance to Post Graduate medical course and as screening test of foreign medical graduates. Briefing media in New Delhi this afternoon, Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar said, the bill provides that the national entrance test that is NEET, common counselling and NEXT will also be applicable to Institutes of National Importance (INIs) like AIIMS to have common standards in the country.


"Presently, NEET examination as well as the examination by All India Medical Council are being held; examination are multiple at present. Now, there will be an exit exam that will allow students to practice as medical practitioners."


Mr Javadekar said, the Commission will regulate fee and all other charges for 50 percent seats in private medical colleges and deemed universities. These measures will ensure a transparent admission process and also bring down admission fee.


Mr Javadekar said, Cabinet Commitee on Economic Affairs, CCEA has approved 2880 Megawatt Dibang Multipurpose Project in Arunachal Pradesh at the cost of 1600 crore rupees. He said, this will be the highest dam in the country with a height of 278 metres, once completed. The estimated completion period for the project will be nine years. On completion, Arunachal will get 12 per cent free power from the project.

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CCEA has given its approval to the doubling of 142.97 km long railway line between New Bongaigaon and Agthori via Rangiya in Assam. The total estimated cost of the project is around 2042 crore rupees and will be completed by 2022-23. It will traverse through Bongaigaon, Baksa, Barpeta, Nalbari and Kamrup districts of the state.


The CCEA has also given its approval for construction of a 81 kilometer long new railway line between Sahjanwa and Dohrighat in Uttar Pradesh at an estimated cost of around 1319 crore rupees.


The CCEA has also given its approval for construction of 150 km long third railway line between Allahabad and Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya junction, previously known as Mughalsarai junction in Uttar Pradesh. Briefing Media, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said, these projects will generate direct employment.


"The purpose behind these three projects is economic viability and necessity and enhancing Railways capacity. The projects will create about 90 to 100 lakh man days work in infrastructure development."

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Home Minister Amit Shah today said that the government will identify illegal immigrants staying in any part of the country and deport them as per international law. Replying to supplementaries on National Register of Citizens (NRC) like register in other states  besides Assam, Mr Shah said in the Rajya Sabha that  the NRC is part of the Assam Accord and was also in election manifesto of BJP on which the government came to power.


In a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha, Minister of State for Home, Nityanand Rai said, NRC in Assam will be published as per the direction of the Supreme Court. He also said, the government has taken several measures to check illegal migration in the country. He said, these include erection of fencing on international boundary, enhanced vigil by border guarding forces as well as use of technology for border guarding and smart fencing.  

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Parliament has passed the National Investigation Agency (Amendment) Bill, 2019 with the Rajya Sabha approving it today unanimously. The Lok Sabha has already passed the bill. The legislation aims at enhancing the jurisdiction of NIA to investigate scheduled offences committed outside India targeting Indians as well as Indian assets.


The latest amendment will enable the NIA to additionally investigate offences related to human trafficking, counterfeit currency, manufacture or sale of prohibited arms, cyber-terrorism and offences under the Explosive Substances Act, 1908. It also provides for constituting special courts for the trial of scheduled offences such as human trafficking and cyber terrorism.


Replying to a debate on the bill, Home Minister Amit Shah assured the House that the NIA will be able to deal with the cases related to terrorism against Indian citizens abroad and against the interest of the country. He said, it is not appropriate to raise fingers on the efficiency of this agency. Mr Shah also assured the House, the Narendra Modi led government will not allow misuse of the Act.

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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.


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 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 constitution and democracy and a moral victory for the rebel MLAs.


"Kumaraswamy lost his mandate. Tomorrow he is going to move confidence motion. When there is no majority, automatically, he must resign tomorrow. I welcome the Supreme Court decision. It is a victory of the Constitution and democracy."

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The Congress has termed the Supreme Court order on the political crisis in the state as bad judgment, which seemed to protect the defectors and encourage horse-trading. In a series of tweets, Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) president Dinesh Gundu Rao termed it an extraordinary order.


"Welcoming the Supreme Court direction on Karnataka political crisis, rebel Congress-JDS MLAs camping in Mumbai, said that there was no question of going back on their resignations from the Assembly or attending the session. In a video released to the media  today, rebel Congress MLA B.C.Patil, said that they are happy with the decision of the Supreme Court. Flanked by 11 other Congress-JD(S) MLAs who have quit, he said that they are all  together and whatever decision  they  have taken,  at any cost no question of going back  on their resignation or attending the Assembly. R.MURTHY, AIR NEWS, BENGALURU."

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The Assam government has intensified relief and rescue measures in flood hit areas. 57 lakh people in 29 districts are reeling under the fury of flood though most of the rivers are receding. 10 persons lost their lives due to flood in last 24 hours. The army, NDRF, SDRF and civil administrations evacuated over 14 thousand people today.


In Bihar, government would start disbursing Rs 6000 to each flood affected family from 19th July. Principal Secretary of Disaster management department Pratyaya Amrit (प्रत्यय अमृत) told media persons in Motihari that the amount would be given directly in bank accounts of aggrieved families. Large scale damage has been reported to public and private properties and standing crops in 12 districts. 27 lakh people have been affected due to floods.

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India's top-ranked woman archer Deepika Kumari today clinched a silver medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games test event after going down to 18-year-old Korean An San in straight sets. Ranked fourth in the qualification round, Deepika found the going tough against the second seed, who produced fine shooting including a flawless third set to clinch the match 6-0 in her favour.

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At the ISSF Junior World Cup, Anish Bhanwala today claimed gold in 25m rapid fire pistol competition to continue India's dominance in the

tournament in Suhl, Germany.

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