24th July, 2017
- Outgoing President Pranab
Mukherjee to address the nation this evening before demitting office; Ram Nath
Kovind to take over as the country's 14th President tomorrow.
- Uproar by Congress in the
Lok Sabha on the issue of cow vigilantism.
- Government assures Rajya Sabha to look into anomalies in conducting NEET
- At least 20 people arrested, so far, in the recent lynching of a DSP in
- Both Sensex and Nifty hit fresh record intra-day highs.
- In Afghanistan, 35 people killed in capital Kabul in a suicide car
bombing by Taliban.
- And, boxer Sachin
Siwach wins Gold at Commonwealth Youth Games in the Bahamas.
President Pranab Mukherjee
will address the nation this evening before demitting office. The address will
be broadcast from 7:30 PM on the national network of All India Radio and
telecast over all channels of Doordarshan in English, followed by the Hindi
version. It will be followed by the broadcast in regional languages by regional
channels of Doordarshan.
Mr Mukherjee is demitting
office after completion of his five-year term. In his farewell address last
evening, Mr Mukherjee said, Parliament stands for debate, discussion and
dissent adding that disruption hurts opposition more than the government. He
hailed the passage of Goods and Services Tax as a shining example of
"The recent passage of Goods and Services Tax and its launch on 1st
July is a shining example of co-operative federalism and speaks volumes for the
maturity of Indian Parliament. To be a part of this system is a unique
experience and I am grateful to the people of this great country for giving me
The outgoing President also
said, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is driving transformational changes with
passion and energy.
Mr Ram Nath Kovind will
take over as the country's 14th President tomorrow. He will be administered the
oath of office by Chief Justice of India Justice JS Khehar at a special
function in the Central Hall of Parliament.
The Lok Sabha witnessed uproar during the zero hour today when the
Opposition members surged into the well and demanded the Prime Minister’s
presence to discuss the incidents of lynching in the name of cow protection.
Congress members tore and flung papers on the Chair and raised slogans against
the government. The Speaker's repeated appeals for calm went unheeded and she
adjourned the House for lunch. The ruling party members demanded the re-opening
of the Bofors case.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today introduced the Banking Regulation
Amendment Bill, 2017 in the Lok Sabha seeking replacement of Ordinance
promulgated in this regard in May this year. The objective of the amendment is
speedy resolution of Non Performing Assets in the banking system. Introducing
the Bill, Mr Jaitley said banking Regulation Act, 1949 is being amended for
authorising the Reserve Bank of India to issue directions to banking companies
for timely resolution of stressed assets.
The Government has said,
OBC students will be given priority to get admission in Jawahar Navodaya
Vidyalayas across the country. Informing this in the Lok Sabha, Minister of
State for Human Resource Development Upendra Kushwaha said, SC and ST category
students are already getting priority in the admission. He said, similarly, the
government is considering for to give the same facility to OBC students.
The Minister also said, the employees of the Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti
had been given the benefits of Contributory Provident Fund scheme since its
Union Health Minister JP Nadda today assured the Rajya Sabha that the
government will look into the issue of anomalies in conducting National
Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) examination for entry into medical courses in
the country. He said, two days back members belonging to Tamil Nadu had met him
over the issue.
Earlier, Derek O’ Brien of the Trinamool Congress and AIADMK members
criticized the government saying that different sets of distorted question
papers were sent to states which led to poor performance of students of West
Bengal and Tamil Nadu in the exam.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi met BJP MPs from Rajasthan at his residence
in New Delhi today. The meeting with party MPs from different states during
Parliament session to discuss governance and political issues a routine.
Last week, the Prime Minister had met BJP MPs from Uttar Pradesh and
asked them to shun the mindset of Red Beacon culture.
The Supreme Court today refused to entertain a plea seeking probe and
prosecution of various persons, including separatist leader Yasin Malik, for offences
including murder of over 700 Kashmiri Pandits during militancy in the Valley in
1989-90. A bench, headed by Chief Justice JS Khehar, said almost 27 years have
passed and it will be very difficult to gather evidences in cases of murder,
arson and looting which had led to mass exodus of Kashmiri Pandits from the
The petitioner has alleged that 215 FIRs had been lodged relating to the
murder of over 700 Kashmiri Pandits and none of the cases reached a logical
The Supreme Court has issued notice to the Centre on a plea seeking its
permission to allow a 10-year-old rape survivor to terminate her 26-week-old
pregnancy. A bench, headed by Chief Justice JS Khehar, also asked the member
secretary of Chandigarh Legal Services Authority to assist it as an amicus
curiae and get the rape survivor examined by a board of doctors on Wednesday.
The bench said, the medical board will have to examine the aspect whether if
they allow the girl to abort the fetus, then what could be the possible risk to
The Jammu and Kashmir police has, so far, arrested at least 20 persons
in connection with the recent lynching of a DSP in Srinagar. Addressing a press
conference in Srinagar, Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kashmir Range, Munir
Khan said, one of the accused identified as Hizbul terrorist from downtown
Srinagar, was killed on 12th of this month in an encounter in Budgam district.
"One accused involved in lynching of DSP by the name of Sajjad
Gilkar, Resident of Nowhatta was killed in an encounter with police and
security forces at Badgam. This individual was involved in around 14 cases and
was detained under PSA thrice."
The IGP described the lynching of the DSP as serious and the first of
its kind in the Valley. He said, the investigation is underway expeditiously
and more arrests will be made.
The DSP, Mohammad Ayub Pandit, was attacked and lynched to death by an
irate mob last month. A Special Investigation Team has been formed to probe the
In Afghanistan, at least 35 people were killed and several injured in a
suicide car bombing in capital Kabul today. Police said, a suicide attacker
detonated a car bomb in the western part of the city, although the target of
the attack remained unclear. Police cordoned off the area, located near the
house of a deputy government Chief Executive. The area is a part of the city
where mainly Shi'ite community lives.
Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack. According to United
Nations figures, Kabul has accounted for at least 20 percent of all civilian
casualties this year.
The United Nations Security Council will hold closed-door talks in New
York today to discuss the latest escalation of violence in Jerusalem. The
meeting has been convened on the request of Sweden, Egypt and France. Sweden’s
Deputy UN Ambassador Carl Skau said in a tweet that the session will urgently
discuss how calls for de-escalation in Jerusalem can be supported.
The violence occurred as Palestinians clashed with Israeli security
forces after Israel decided to place metal detectors at the entrances at
Israel has said, it will not remove the metal detectors, but could
eventually reduce their use.
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has retained India's economic
growth projections at 7.2 per cent this year, slightly up from 7.1 per cent in
the previous year. In its latest 'World Economic Outlook' survey, IMF said,
India's economic growth slowed down to 7.1 per cent last year, lower than 8 per
cent in the previous year due to the effect of demonetisation. It said, while
activity slowed following the currency exchange initiative, growth for 2016 at
7.1 per cent was higher than anticipated due to strong government spending and
data revisions that show stronger momentum in the first part of the year. The
IMF said, the growth is likely to accelerate to 7.7 per cent next year.
External Affairs Minister
Sushma Swaraj held bilateral talks with her Iraqi
counterpart Ibrahim al-Jaafari in New Delhi this afternoon. The two sides discussed the
entire gamut of bilateral relations as well as regional and international
issues of mutual interest. The issue of 39 Indians taken
hostage by the Islamic State terror group in Mosul in 2014 is also believed to
have come up during the discussions.
The Indian Army today
clarified that Army Group Insurance Fund (AGIF) has not employed any firm or
agent and asked its personnel to beware of fraudsters and not pay any amount to
them. In a statement, the Army said, certain firms are cheating retired and
serving personnel by claiming to be agents of AGIF, or having a tie up with the
fund. These fraudulent firms insist on serving and retiring personnel to become
members of their firm by paying membership money. They, then, promise to
facilitate the processing of claims or loans and refund of pending money from
The Odisha government has alerted Collectors of six districts for floods
in Baitarani, Subarnarekha, Budhabalanga and Brahmani rivers. The direction
came as heavy rain is lashing the northern districts of the state. The MeT
office has also predicted heavy rain till Wednesday under the influence of an
upper air cyclonic circulation over Gangetic West Bengal. More from our
"In view of showers in the catchments, water level in the rivers
has been on the rise. The Met office has warned fishermen to be cautious while
venturing into sea along and off Odisha coast as moderate to rough conditions
are likely to prevail due to south-westerly wind. Meanwhile, first flood waters
of this season were released from Hirakud Dam in Mahanadi yesterday to keep the
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In Gujarat, the state administration has been put on high alert
following the MeT department's warning of heavy to very heavy rain. Six
Additional teams of NDRF have been deployed in rain and flood-affected areas.
Our correspondent reports that North and Central Gujarat is witnessing heavy
rain since last evening.
The News Services Division of All India Radio, in its weekly bilingual
live phone-in programme 'PUBLIC SPEAK', will bring you a discussion tonight on
'Prevention and cure from diseases during Monsoon'. It can be heard on FM Gold
Channel and additional frequencies from 9:30 PM.
At the stock markets, both the Sensex and the Nifty hit record intra-day
highs today. The Sensex at the Bombay Stock Exchange scaled a lifetime
intra-day high of 32,252 in afternoon trade. Later, after trimming its gains,
it climbed 201 points to 32,230 a short while ago.
The Nifty at the National Stock Exchange also touched a new intra-day
peak, and later gained 46 points to 9,961.
Stocks rose on better-than-expected quarterly corporate results.
Indian boxer Sachin Siwach has won a Gold medal at the Commonwealth
Youth Games in the Bahamas. In the Final of the 49 kg category, the world youth
champion defeated Welsh James Nathan Probert, 4-1 to become the only Indian
pugilist to clinch the coveted yellow metal at the event.
Earlier, in the 56 kg division, Muhammed Etash Khan had to be content
with a Bronze medal.
In the Girls section, Jony was the lone Indian to claim a medal after
she settled for a silver in the 60 kg category.
Minority Affairs Minister
Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi flagged off the first batch of 300 Haj pilgrims from the
New Delhi Airport this morning. Speaking on the occasion, Mr Naqvi said, the
new Haj Policy 2018 will be finalised soon and from next year, Haj will be
organised according to the new policy. He said, a high-level committee
constituted in this regard will soon submit its report. The new Haj policy is
aimed at making Haj process transparent and smooth.