- Parliament to host a farewell function
in the Central Hall for outgoing President Pranab Mukherjee today.
- IRCTC forms new Catering Policy
to improve food quality in trains and stations after CAG report raises question
on the food quality.
- CBI registers two FIRs in the alleged rape and murder of a minor girl in
Shimla; forms three member SIT to probe the incident.
- In Nagaland, factional fight within ruling NPF escalates; 19 MLAs
expelled, 10 others who voted for CM TR Zeliang suspended by the party.
- And in sports ; India
to take on England in the Final of ICC Women's World Cup at Lords Cricket
Ground in London today.
- HS Prannoy and
P. Kashyap set up an all Indian Final at the US Open Grand Prix Badminton
Parliament will be hosting a farewell
programme today inside its Central Hall for outgoing President Pranab
Mukherjee. Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan has requested all the members to
attend the function. The programme will begin at 5:30 in the evening and will
be addressed by the Speaker Ms. Mahajan and Vice President Hamid Ansari,
Chairman of the Rajya Sabha. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will also attend the
Last evening, the Prime Minister hosted
a dinner at Hyderabad House in New Delhi in honour of the outgoing President.
Union Ministers, Chief Ministers of some states, and senior politicians
attended the programme.
Mr. Mukherjee's five-year term of office
at the top constitutional post ends tomorrow. The President-elect Ram Nath
Kovind will be sworn in on Tuesday.
Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation Ltd. (IRCTC) has formed
a new Catering Policy by unbundling, the process to seperate food distribution
and cooking, of the current catering services on trains. This comes after the
Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) released a report criticising the food
served in stations and trains. In its report, CAG had said, the food served in
unfit for human consumption and the hygiene standards at railway catering units
are below par.
In a statement, the Railway Ministry said, that as per the new catering
policy 2017, the IRCTC will manage catering services on all mobile units, and
pantry car contracts will also be reassigned to railways' catering arm. A
"More than two crore passengers travel with Indian Railways
everday and railways provide approximately 11 lakh meals, out of which 10 lakh
are provided on board itself. In order to to improve the quality of catering
services in Railways, IRCTC has formed new catering policy. It will set up new
kitchens and upgrade existing ones. IRCTC will be responsible for management of
Food Plaza, Food Courts, Fast food units within the ambit of this policy. Under
the new policy it has been mandated to take regular feedback from passengers
and linking the payment to the performance of the vendor. As per new policy,
IRCTC will not have the right to outsource or issue licenses for provision of
catering services to private licensees. With Dipendra Kumar's report Tripti
Srivastava AIR News, Delhi."
The Comptroller and Auditor General
(CAG) has slammed the Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) for critical deficiency in
availability of ammunition to the Army. In its report, tabled in the Parliament
on Friday, CAG also criticised OFB for inadequate quality of ammunition
supplied to the Army since March of 2013. CAG said, despite serious concerns
highlighted in a high-level report on 'Ammunition management in Army' in 2015,
no significant improvement took place in the critical deficiency in
availability of ammunition and quality of ammunition supplied by the OFB.
Meanwhile the CAG has also found that
the essential drugs for patients were not available in 24 states and medicines
were issued without prescribed quality checks or observing their expiry dates,
exposing patients to health risks. In its report on 'Performance Audit of the
Reproductive and Child Health under National Rural Health Mission it found the
shortage of doctors and paramedical staff in almost all selected facilities.
Bureau of Investigation, CBI has registered two separate FIRs into the alleged rape and murder of a minor
girl in Shimla and custodial death of one of the accused. The agency also
constituted a three-member Special Investigation Team led by a SP rank officer
to probe the incident. More from our correspondent:-
"The Special Investigation Team has proceeded to the scene of
the crime for further investigation. So far, six accused have been arrested by
the police. Out of which, one died under alleged mysterious circumstances in
the police custody. On 4th of July, a minor girl had gone to school but did not
return home and the next day her body was found in the nearby forest area.
Shishu Sharma Shantal, AIR News Shimla."
The Central government will provide 20,000 crore rupees to promote infrastructural development and
research to the educational sector. This was stated by Human Resource
Development Minister, Prakash Javadekar in Kolkata yesterday. In a programme
organised by the Indian chamber of Commerce, he said, the Centre has undertaken
plans to extend more autonomy and empower the renowned academic institutions of
the country for research and innovation potential. He said, his
government is committed to stop brain drain of research scholars and turn it
into 'brain gain. Mr Javadekar said the Centre
is also planning to set up a national academic depository to stop fake certificates.
In Nagaland, the Naga People's Front (NPF) has expelled 19 MLAs from the
party and suspended 10 others after they voted for T.R Zeliang on Friday during
the trust vote. Despite the ongoing infighting ruling NPF, newly appointed
Nagaland Chief Minister T.R Zeliang expanded his ministry yesterday by
appointing 10 Cabinet Ministers, most of whom are either expelled or suspended
by the party.
T R Zeliang was sworn-in on Thursday after the governor sacked the then
Chief Minister Shurhozelie Liezietsu, who failed to turn up for the vote of
confidence. A report:
Naga People's Front President had said yesterday that the 19 legislators
were expelled from the party for an indefinte period for anti-party activities.
These MLAs had demanded resignation of the NPF President and former Chief
Minister Shurhozelie, who failed to turn up to prove his majority in the State
Assembly on July 19, following which his government was dismissed. The expelled
legislators further voted in favour of the motion of Vote of Confidence moved
by Zeliang on Friday despite the NPF's decision to vote against. Altogether the
NPF has now expelled 20 MLAs including TR Zeliang, the Chief Minister of
Nagaland. The NPF has spared only five MLAs excluding Speaker Imtiwapang Aier
who voted in favour of TR Zeliang. The Nagaland Assembly is a House of 60
members. ANENLA JAMIR, AIR NEWS, KOHIMA.
In Gujarat, heavy rain has thrown normal life out of gear in many parts
of Saurashtra and the Southern part. Following three more deaths due to floods,
the total death toll in rain related incidents during the current monsoon in
the state has gone up to 65. Our correspondent reports that relief and rescue
works are in full swing.
"Three more NDRF teams have been called for relief and rescue
works following review of flood situation by Chief Minister yesterday. State
will also get 6 new boats from NDRF headquarter. Army, Air Force and NDRF are
also busy in relief and rescue works in the worst affected areas. Total 6370
people have been shifted to the safer places, out of which 3400 people are from
Surendranagar district alone. Yogesh Pandya, AIR News, Ahmedabad."
Meanwhile, in Maharashtra, Mumbai city is witnessing continuous rain
showers over the past fortnight. It is however, among the rainfall-deficient
zones in the state. Six other Met stations in the state, Satara, Sangli,
Kolhapur, Malegaon and Ahmednagar are rainfall-deficient despite overall
monsoon in the state being above normal. Here is a report:
"In Mumbai, the downpour in the past 24 hour triggered
waterlogging in certain low lying areas and led to traffic snarls at several
places. However, an official of the India Meteorological Department said,
regional variability and uneven distribution of rainfall had caused the
deficiency in some places though rainfall in Maharashtra as a whole had been in
excess. According to IMD data till 20th of July, 18 districts in the state had
received less than normal rainfall. Meanwhile, the weather bureau has predicted
heavy rainfall in Thane and Navi Mumbai area over the next two days. LUBNA YUSUF MOOSA, AIR NEWS, MUMBAI."
Amid tight security arrangements, the 24th batch of Amarnath pilgrims of
about one thousand people left for Kashmir Valley from Jammu this morning.
According to police sources the batch including 727 men, 225 women and 50
Sadhus and Sadhvis left for Kashmir Valley from Bhagwati Nagar Jammu base camp,
in a cavalcade of 30 light and heavy vehicles, around 3 this morning.
Iran has rejected US demand to release
detained Americans, saying it had no control over the judiciary. Foreign
Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi in a statement said, the judiciary, courts
and judges in Iran are completely independent as in any other country. Mr
Ghasemi said, any interventionist and threatening statement by American
officials and institutions has no effect on the country's judicial system to
try and punish criminals and violators of the country's laws and national
British Sikh judge Sir Rabinder Singh has been promoted to one the
senior-most posts, the seven-member Court of Appeal in the UK judicial system.
He became the first Indian-origin judge to occupy the top post after new
judicial appointments were unveiled by the UK government this week.
India will take on England today in the
Final of the ICC Women's World Cup at Lords Cricket Ground in London. The match
will begin at 3 PM Indian Time. All India Radio will broadcast live bi-lingual
commentary of the match from 2:30 PM onwards. This can be heard on FM Gold,
Rajdhani Channel and on national hook-up.
This is Indian eves second appearance in
a World Cup Final, they had finished as runners up in the 2005 edition.
In Badminton, it will be an all Indian men single's final at the US Open
Grand Prix at Anaheim, California. In the first semi-final played, second seed
HS Prannoy defeated Tien Minh Nguyen of Vietnam in straight games, 21-14,
21-19, this morning, to sail into the Final. In the second semi-final played,
unseeded Parupalli Kashyap after losing the first game came back and beat
Korea's Kwang Hee Heo 15-21, 21-15, 21-16. The Final will be played tonight.
In the doubles, the Indian pair Manu Attri and Sumeeth Reddy failed to
enter the finals as the top seeds Lu Ching Yao and Yang Po Han of Chinese
Taipei beat the duo in a close game 21-12, 12-21, 22-20.
- The women's world cup final figures on the front pages of newspapers.
'Can Indian women conquer the world? asks the Times of India, while the
Tribune writes "Mithali's girls take a shot at cricket Raj today -
women's team gets a chance to re-live the 1983 Kapil Dev led victory moment'.
Already celebrities, the Business Standard says 'Queries from companies
start pouring in for Mithali and Harmanpreet for endorsements.'
- Nitish Kumar in Delhi for Pranab Mukherjee's farewell and his meeting
with Rahul to discuss saving the alliance in Bihar is reported by the Hindustan
Times and the Indian Express, but the Times of India writes
'CM doesn't relent on Tejashwi'.
- The Business Standard, the Asian
Age and the Indian Express have a picture of the full dress
rehearsal for the July 25th swearing in ceremony of the new President elect Ram
- 'Armymen back from Amarnath Yatra clash with police, 6 injured' reports
the Indian Express. The Army has described the incident as a 'minor
altercation' says the Tribune.
- 'Indians in Mosul dead or alive, an enigma' is the Pioneer headline
of the 39 missing Indians in Iraq. The paper adds that there is 'no sign of
missing citizens at razed jail they languished in'.
- On the India-China Stand off, the Indian Express writes' US
approaches Delhi, Beijing. Seeks talks, peaceful solution'. 'Hope rests on
Doval's China visit' writes the DNA.
- The conviction of Pandher and Koli in the Nithari case is reported by
- And finally, Delhi's Connaught place is all set to go car free and
become pedestrian friendly from August, writes the Hindustan Times on
its front page.