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24th July, 2017


THE HEADLINES:

  • 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 examination.
  • At least 20 people arrested, so far, in the recent lynching of a DSP in Srinagar.
  • 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.

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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 cooperative federalism.

"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 this opportunity."

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.

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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.

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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.

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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 inception.

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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.

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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.

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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 Valley.

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 conclusion.

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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 her life.

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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 attack.

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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.

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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 Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Israel has said, it will not remove the metal detectors, but could eventually reduce their use.

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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.

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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.

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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 AGIF.

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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 correspondent:

"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 water level in check following heavy rain upstream. with SN Patnaik from BHUBANESHWAR, THIS IS ANUJA KUMAR, FOR AIR NEWS."

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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