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  • Government refutes in Parliament US President's claim on mediation in Kashmir issue; Prime Minister Narendra Modi never asked President Trump to mediate, says External Affairs Minister Jaishankar. 

  • Congress-JD(S) government in Karnataka falls; Chief Minister Kumaraswamy resigns after losing trust vote by 99 to 105.

  • Supreme Court extends NRC deadline in Assam by one month to August 31st.

  • Former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson to be new British Prime Minister.

  • Badminton, Sai Praneeth advances into second round of men's singles of Japan Open.


External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar today said, it is India’s consistent position that all outstanding issues with Pakistan are discussed only bilaterally. Making a brief statement in the Rajya Sabha on US President Donald Trump’s claim with regard to Jammu and Kashmir, he assured the House that no such request of mediation was made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi  to the US President. He said, any engagement with Pakistan will require an end to cross-border terrorism.

"Remarks by President Donald Trump in a meeting with Prime Minister Imran Khan of Pakistan to the press that he is ready to mediate if  requested by India and Pakistan on Kashmir issue. I would like to categorically assure the House that no such request has been made by the Prime Minister to the US President. I would also reiterate that it has been India's, consistent position that all outstanding issues with Pakistan are discussed only bilaterally."

Earlier, Anand Sharma of Congress raised the issue saying the entire country is shocked to hear the claim made by US President. He said, the Prime Minister should come to Parliament and verify the US President’s statement. D Raja of CPI also echoed same view and added that mere denial by the External Affairs Ministry is not enough and Prime Minister must clarify the issue in Parliament.


The  Rajya Sabha witnessed repeated adjournments over issue. When the House met after a third adjournment over the issue, at 3 PM, Opposition stuck to its demand for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s statement in the House. Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad said Mr. Modi must clarify in the House. Deputy Chairman ruled that  External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar has made the statement over the issue and the House should move on to other business. Protesting over it, members from Congress, Left, Samajwadi Party, TMC and others staged a walk out from the House.

Earlier, Leader of the House Thawarchand Gehlot rejected the Opposition demand for Prime Minister’s statement, saying the  External Affairs Minister has already clarified the issue and the opposition should not obstruct the proceedings.


The US President's claim about mediation in the Kashmir issue was also raised in the Lok Sabha. As soon as the House met for the day, Opposition members created uproar and shouted slogans demanding the presence of the Prime Minister to clear the air.

While raising the issue, Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said India cannot bow its head before anyone and Prime Minister Narendra Modi should come to the House and clarify.


Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar has criticized the Opposition for creating ruckus in the Rajya Sabha over the Kashmir issue. Talking to media outside Parliament, Mr Javadekar said, the government has already clarified its position that there will be no mediation on the Kashmir matter.

"The way Congress and some opposition parties have protested in the house, came into the well and created disorder just to demand that Prime Minister must be present about the alleged asking American President to mediate, which America itself has denied , which our Foreign Minister stoutly denied and made it official. To continue  with sloganeering just because  they have little more numbers in Rajya Sabha compared to their Lok Sabha position and therefore this kind of attitude is completely condemnable. When the nation should speak in one voice, congress is putting polities above national interest."


US Congressman Brad Sherman apologized to India's envoy to US for President Donald Trump's remarks on Kashmir. Sherman, who is a prominent Democrat, said he apologized to Indian Ambassador Harsh Shringla for what he called Trump's amateurish and embarrassing mistake. In a tweet, he said, everyone who knows anything about foreign policy in South Asia knows that India consistently opposes third-party mediation in Kashmir. He said, everyone knows Prime Minister Modi would never suggest.


In Karnataka, the coalition Government of Janata Dal Secular and Congress collapsed today after it lost the vote of confidence in the Assembly, ending the nearly three-week long high political drama in the state. Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy resigned this evening after suffering defeat. With this, the four days long debate on the motion of confidence moved by him came to an end. After the Division of vote process, Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar announced that 99 MLAs had voted in favour of the motion and 105 against it. Speaking after the confidence vote, BJP leader B S Yeddyurappa said democracy has won. More from our correspondent:

"The BJP members rejoiced in the House after the motion fell. Speaking to media persons outside the House, B S Yeddyurappa said that democracy has won today. He added that the era of development will begin and farmers who are victims of drought will be brought relief. The Karnataka assembly had taken up the confidence motion on last Thursday after 16 ruling coalition MLAs had resigned. During the discussion today, both Congress and JD(S) announced that they will not take back the rebels even if they want to come back. Siddaramaiah and H D Kumaraswamy both expressed regret over defections and said the members who defect, weaken the democracy. Sudhindra AIR News Bengaluru."

Meanwhile, the BJP sources say the party will stake claim to form the Government after the collapse of the coalition government. Tentatively, BJP legislative party leader BS Yeddyurappa is said to meet the Governor day after tomorrow.


The Lok Sabha today passed the Motor Vehicles (Amendment), Bill, 2019 by a voice vote. The bill seeks to amend the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988. Provisions related to increasing penalties of traffic violations, addressing issues on third-party insurance, regulation of cab aggregators and road safety are proposed in the amendment.

Replying to a debate on the bill, Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari saidthe legislation will weed out corruption, improve road safety and usher in use of more technology to regulate traffic.


Parliament has passed the Finance Bill 2019 and Appropriation Bill 2019, with the Rajya Sabha returning them to the Lower House. The Lok Sabha has already passed the bills. The Finance bill gives effect to the financial proposals of the Central Government for the fiscal year 2019-20. While the Appropriation Bill seeks to authorise payment and appropriation of certain sums from and out of the Consolidated Fund of India for the services of the financial year 2019-20.

Replying to the debate on the bills in the Rajya Sabha, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that the government brought changes related to taxation with an aim for building a new India where there is transparency, less government and more governance.


The Supreme Court today extended the deadline for publication of final National Register of Citizens, NRC, in Assam by a month, from 31st July to 31st August.

The Apex Court also rejected the pleas seeking permission for 20 per cent sample re-verification.The Centre and the Assam government sought permission for sample re-verification to find out wrongful inclusions and exclusions of persons in the NRC.


The Narendra Modi government has completed fifty days in office in its second term. During the short span, the Centre has taken several important decisions including the formation of Jal Shakti Ministry to put focus on water conservation. Here is a report from our correspondent:

"The Centre has made water conservation its national priority. It has created a new Ministry, Jal Shakti Ministry to manage water resources and water supply in an integrated and holistic manner. It will work with State Governments to ensure Har Ghar Jal which is piped water supply to all rural households by 2024. The government also launched the Jal Shakti Abhiyan to create awareness about the benefits of water conservation and declining sources of water in the country. Prime Minister Narendra Modi  has urged people to wholeheartedly support the initiative. He said that no stone should be left unturned in strengthening the mass movement to conserve water. The initiative has two phases. The first phase will continue till 15th of September for all States and Union Territories. The second phase will be between 1st October to 30th November for States with retreating monsoon. With Suparna Saikiya, Swati Rakheja, AIR News, Delhi."


Boris Johnson was elected as the Conservative Party leader and Britain's new Prime Minister today. Johnson, the former foreign secretary, secured 92,153 votes against 46,656 of his rival Jeremy Hunt in the battle for 10 Downing Street after Prime Minister Theresa May announced her resignation amid a mounting rebellion from within the party.


Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said today the US should clarify the remarks made by President Donald Trump about Afghanistan, including a claim that he could easily win the war but didn't want to kill 10 million people.

Trump had made several controversial statements a day earlier alongside Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan at the White House, including that he had plans that would ensure a speedy end to the Afghan conflict, but which would wipe the country off the face of the Earth.


National Broadcasting day was celebrated today. On this day in 1927, the first ever radio broadcast in the country went on air from the Bombay Station under a private company, the Indian Broadcasting Company. On 8th of June, 1936, the Indian State Broadcasting Service became All India Radio. Since 1927, radio has been an important part in people's life in India.

Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar has wished the people on the occasion. In a tweet, he said, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has chosen radio for communication with public every month because of his belief that it is the only tool that has become a medium of entertainment along with news everywhere in the country.

Prasar Bharati Chairman A Surya Prakash said, All India Radio is one of the largest public broadcasting organizations in the world.

"I wish to convey my very best wishes to millions of listeners of All India Radio on national broadcasting day. AIR is one of the largest public broadcasting corporation in the world. India is the one of the most diverse nations. Indians speak 121 languages and 270 dialects. This linguistic diversity is what All India Radio, Akashwani caters to reiterate news Prasar Bharati's commitment to fullfil  the mandate to prepare objective and be forever in the service of the people of India."

In an exclusive interview to AIR, the Prasar Bharati Chairman  said All India Radio has always played a very crucial role in spreading the important news and government schemes to every nook and corner of the country. He said over the years, AIR has evolved significantly and now all its channels are available on the digital platforms.

Tune into the FM gold Channel of All India Radio at 9.45 tonight to listen to this special interview.

Principal Director General, News Services Division, All India Radio, Ira Joshi, congratulated all the broadcasters and listeners of Radio on the National Broadcasting Day.

"23rd July in a historic day in the history of broadcasting in India. 92 years back in 1927, the first Radio News was broadcast in India from Bombay, we have come a long way from there. Today we are broadcasting 607 bulletins every day in about 92 languages and dialects. I wish a warm greeting to all the broadcasters and all our listeners." 


In Badminton, Sai Praneeth stormed into the second round of men's singles of Japan Open, beating Kento Nishimoto in straight games today. Praneeth recorded a comfortable 21-17, 21-13 win over the Japanese shuttler. He next faces Kanta Tsuneyama of Japan. In the mixed doubles event, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa beat the German combine of Marvin Seidel and Linda Efler in straight games 21-14, 31-19.


In Jammu & Kashmir, the ongoing annual Amarnath Yatra has crossed last year's mark of 2 lakh 85 thousand, in the last 22 days. Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board said that cumulatively since the beginning of the pilgrimage on 1st July, over 2 lakh 94 thousand two hundred Yatris had darshan of Shivling at the Holy Cave shrine.


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