- Nitish Kumar resigns as Bihar Chief Minister; says it became difficult
to run the government in the wake of political crisis following CBI FIR against
Tejaswi Yadav; the Governor accepts his resignation.
- Prime Minister compliments Nitish Kumar for his anti-graft stand; says
125 crore Indians support his decision.
- Bihar BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi says his party not in favour of
mid-term polls in the State.
- Nation remembers Kargil martyrs on Vijay Diwas; President and Prime
Minister pay tributes to martyrs for their sacrifices.
- Delhi court sends Kashmir separatist leader Shabir Shah to 7-days
custody of Enforcement Directorate in money laundering case.
- Flood situation in Odisha and Rajasthan slightly improves; relief and
rescue operations in full swing in Gujarat.
- Nifty closes above 10-thousand mark for the first time; BSE Sensex
touches a new high.
- And in Cricket, Shikhar Dhawan's quick-fire 190 gives a commanding start
to India in the first Test against Sri Lanka.
Chief Minister Nitish Kumar resigned from his post today, citing irreconcilable
differences with ally RJD on the issue of corruption charges against his deputy
Tejaswi Prasad Yadav. Talking to reporters outside Raj Bhavan in Patna after
submitting his resignation to Governor Keshri Nath Tripathi, Mr Kumar said,
present circumstances compelled him to resign from his post. Mr. Kumar said, he
tried his best to lead the grand alliance government but political situation
did not permit him to continue the government.
Governor has accepted his resignation. Nitish Kumar took the decision to tender
his resignation after JD(U) legislators' meeting at his residence in Patna. Party
sources said, Mr Kumar took the drastic decision due to ongoing political
crisis arising after CBI lodged an FIR
against Deputy Chief Minister Tejaswi Prasad Yadav in a land graft case.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has hailed Nitish Kumar
for his decision to resign from the post of Bihar Chief Minister over the issue
of corruption. In a series of tweets, Mr Modi congratulated him for joining the
fight against corruption, saying that 125 crore people of the country are
welcoming and supporting honesty. He said, it is the need of the hour to set
aside political differences and fight collectively against corruption for the
country, especially for the bright future of Bihar.
BJP leader Sushil Modi has said the party does not favour mid-term polls in
Bihar, and wants all legislators to complete their term. He told reporters in
Patna that the party is happy that Nitish Kumar did not compromise on the issue
of corruption and did not bow down to the RJD.
The BJP Parliamentary Board met in New Delhi this
evening. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP President Amit Shah were among those
who attended the meeting. Speaking to media after the meeting, Secretary of the
Board and Union Minister J P Nadda said, BJP welcomes battle against corruption
in Bihar and the party is not in favor of mid-term elections.
Chief Lalu Prasad has alleged that murder and arms act cases are pending
against Nitish Kumar. Talking to reporters in Patna after the resignation of
Nitish Kumar, the RJD chief said, Mr Kumar has no moral right to talk about
zero tolerance against corruption. Lalu Prasad said if, Nitish Kumar can
continue as Chief Minister despite objectionable pending cases against him why
not Tejaswi Prasad Yadav. Mr Prasad said, the demand for resignation of Tejaswi
was irrelevant as CBI has only filed FIR against him. Accusing Nitish Kumar of
hobnobbing with BJP, Lalu Prasad said, chief minister's resignation was
Congress today expressed disappointment over the resignation of Nitish Kumar as
Bihar Chief Minister. The party said, it will continue to strive to resolve the
differences in the 'grand alliance'. Congress chief spokesperson Randeep
Surjewala said, the 'grand alliance' was given a mandate for five years and the
Congress will strive to respect that.
The Lok Sabha was adjourned for the day amid
uproar by Congress members over the suspension of its six MPs. When the House
re-assembled at 2.15 after lunch, Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge raised the
issue, urging Deputy Speaker M Thambidurai to revoke the suspension of the MPs.
In reply, the Deputy Speaker said he cannot overrule the Speaker in the
matter. He appealed to the agitating members to participate in the proceedings
of the House. Not satisfied, Congress MPs trooped into the Well shouting
slogans. The Deputy Speaker tried to conduct the listed business, but Congress
members were unrelenting, forcing him to adjourn the House till tomorrow.
Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar expressed concern over the behaviour of Congress
members for disrupting the proceedings of the House. He said, instead of
tendering apology, the Congress is creating ruckus in the House.
"Tearing of the papers and making them balls and throwing on the
honorable speaker is highly condemnable sir. They should have apologised, they
have not apologised, whatever they have done, it is against the parliament,
against the tradition and against the democracy".
Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan
Singh affirmed in the Rajya Sabha today that it was the UPA government which
had introduced private companies in the crop insurance sector. Replying to a
short duration discussion on farmers’ distress leading to a rise in the
incidents of farmers suicide, the Minister assured the House that the
government is very much concerned about their hardships. He said, the problems
faced by the farmers will be addressed in consultation with the concerned state
governments. He said, pulse production in the country has increased.
The nation celebrated the 18th Anniversary of the
‘Kargil Vijay Diwas' today. On 26th of July, 1999, the Indian Army
successfully took back its posts from Pakistan at a treacherous high altitude
and glaciated terrain across the Himalayas in the Ladakh region, after fighting
for 60 days. More than 500 Indian soldiers had
sacrificed their lives. Defence
Minister Arun Jaitley and three Chiefs of Services paid floral tributes to the
martyred soldiers at Amar Jawan Jyoti at India Gate.
President Ram Nath Kovind saluted the martyrs and their families for their sacrifice on
the occasion of Kargil Vijay Diwas. In a tweet, Mr Kovind said, the nation is
grateful to the brave men and women of the armed forces who keep the country
safe and secure. Prime
Minister Narendra Modi said Kargil Vijay Diwas reminds of India's military
prowess and the great sacrifices the armed forces make while steadfastly
keeping India safe.
The Cabinet has approved revision of guidelines of
Sovereign Gold Bonds Scheme with a view to achieve its intended objectives. Specific changes have been made
in the attributes of the scheme to make it more attractive, mobilise finances
as per the target and reduce the economic strains caused by imports of gold and
reduce Current Account Deficit.
BJP President Amit Shah will contest the Rajya Sabha
polls from Gujarat. The decision was taken at party's parliamentary board
meeting which met in New Delhi this evening. Information and Broadcasting
Minister Smriti Irani will also contest the biennial polls for the Upper House
from Gujarat. The election is scheduled for 8th of August.
separatist leader Shabir Shah was sent to seven days' custody of Enforcement
Directorate (ED) by a Delhi court in a case of money laundering for alleged
terror financing. He was arrested last night by the ED in Srinagar.
ED had issued a number of summons to Shah, but he did not depose before the
Rajasthan, the situation in flood-affected districts, including Sirohi, Pali,
Jalore, Barmer, Jodhpur and Udaipur, is gradually improving as these areas
received very light rainfall today. However, many areas are still submerged in
flood waters. Our correspondent reports that Army and NDRF teams are engaged in
ongoing rescue and relief works in affected areas.
rainfall in the Mount Abu of Sirohi district resulted in a landslide today
morning which blocked the road between Mount Abu and Abu Road railway station.
The road has been cleared this evening with help of the JCB machines and rock
crackers. Several villages, in Pali district are submerged in water due to
overflow of Bandi River in the district. The MeT department has issued a
warning of heavy rain in South and western parts of the state in next 24 hours.
The Northern Western Railway has canceled six trains and partially canceled six
others in the Jodhpur division for next few days.Murari Gupta/AIR News/Jaipur."
Odisha, the water level of rivers
Baitarani, Brahmani, Budhabalanga and Jalaka is falling due to less
rainfall in the upper catchment of the rivers. However, MeT Department said
that heavy rainfall is likely in one or two places over north Odisha during the
next 48 hours.
Gujarat, at least 16 bodies have been found from river Banas near Runi Kharia
village in flood hit Banaskantha district. The bodies were recovered after the
decrease in water level. The rescue and relief operations are in full swing.
Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the former President, Dr. APJ Abdul
Kalam’s memorial at Pei Karumbu, Rameswaram tomorrow. Mr Modi will unveil a
statue of Dr. Kalam and will hoist the National flag at the memorial, designed
and built by DRDO. More from our correspondent.
Kalam’s memorial has been constructed by Defence Research and Development
Organisation-DRDO in exactly one year. The front entrance looks similar to
India Gate, while the two domes are on the lines of Rashtrapati Bhavan. The
Memorial has four main halls each depicting the life and times of Dr
Kalam. Hall number one focuses on his
childhood and educational phase, Hall-2 the Presidential days. Hall-3 his days
in ISRO and DRDO , while Hall-4 his will display post-Presidential days, till
he breathed his last at Shillong. With Dipendra Kumar,ANUPAM MISHRA,AIR NEWS
Business News, the
stock markets resumed their record-setting climb, with the Nifty closing above
the 10,000 mark for the first time ever, today, and the Sensex also hitting a
new closing high. A report:
Nifty at the National Stock Exchange gained 56 points, or 0.6 percent, to close
at a record high of 10,021. This is the first time ever that the Nifty has
closed above the 10,000-mark. The Sensex at the Bombay Stock Exchange climbed
154 points, to a lifetime high of 32,382.
Gold declined 180 rupees, to 29,220 rupees per ten grams in Delhi. Pradeep Kumar, AIR News."
Onto Cricket now, opener Shikhar Dhawan's
quickfire highest Test score of 190 runs and an unbeaten 144 by Cheteshwar
Pujara, helped India amass their highest score on a single day of any test away from home. India were 399 for 3 at
stumps on the opening day of the first cricket Test against Sri Lanka at Galle
Indian Women's cricket team arrived in Mumbai this morning amid a rousing
welcome with fans turning out in big numbers at the Chhatrapati Shivaji
International Airport. The team returned home after a memorable campaign at the
ICC Women’s World Cup in England where India finished as runners-up after
losing to England by a mere nine runs in the final on Sunday.