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  • 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.  


Bihar 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.

The 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.

Senior 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.

RJD 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 pre-planned.

The 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.

Parliamentary 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.


Kashmir 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 probe agency.


In 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.

"Continuous 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."

In 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.                                                         

In 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.


Prime 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.

The 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 Delhi


In 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: 

"The 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 today. 


The 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.


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