02nd July, 2018
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi rejects
opposition charge of lack of employment generation; Says the country has
witnessed a vibrant growth in jobs.
- Manufacturing sector growth jumps to six-month high in June on robust
- Supreme Court agrees for listing of
petitions challenging practices of
polygamy and nikah halala among Muslims.
- Interpol issues a red corner notice against fugitive businessman Nirav
Modi, in connection with multi-crore PNB fraud case.
- In the FIFA World Cup: Brazil face Mexico while Belgium take on
Japan in the round of 16.
- In Wimbledon Tennis: Roger Federer,
Marin Cilic and Donna Vekic advance to second round.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has rejected the opposition charge of lack of
employment generation. In an interview to Swarajya Magazine, Mr Modi wondered,
if the States are creating good number of jobs how could the centre create
joblessness. Giving examples, Mr. Modi said, the previous Karnataka government claimed to have created 53 lakh jobs.
The West Bengal government said, it created 68 lakh jobs in the last term. He asked, if states are all creating good
numbers of jobs, is it possible that the country is not creating jobs. Mr. Modi
pointed out that the issue is the lack of data on jobs, not the jobs.
The Prime Minister said, the country has
seen a vibrant growth in jobs. He said, more than 41 lakh formal jobs were
created from September 2017 to April 2018 based on EPFO payroll data. According
to a study based on EPFO data, more than 70 lakh jobs were created in the
formal sector last year. He said, informal sector constitutes around 80 per
cent of all jobs and job creation in the formal sector can have a spin off
effect on job creation in the informal sector also.
The Prime Minister said, India had
around 66 lakh registered enterprises since Independence till July last year
and in just one year, 48 lakh new enterprises got registered. He said, more
than 12 crore loans have been given under the Mudra scheme. He added that more
than one crore houses have been constructed in the last one year and the pace
of road construction has doubled per month and it has also generated a lot of
employment. Mr Modi said, a recent international report showed how quickly
poverty in India is declining and it is not possible without people having
The Prime Minister has said, India can
play a major role in today's unstable world to achieve global peace and
prosperity. Mr Modi was addressing the 9th Heads of Mission Conference being
held in New Delhi.
In her remarks, External Affairs
Minister Sushma Swaraj said, India's global profile and prestige have gone up
significantly since Prime Minister Narendra Modi has assumed office.
Ministers of State for External Affairs
Gen V K Singh,M J Akbar, senior officials and Heads of Missions were present on
India’s manufacturing conditions improved in June at the strongest pace
in 2018 so far, amid the sharpest gains in output and new orders. The Nikkei
India Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index, or PMI, rose to 53.1 in June
from 51.2 in May.
This is the 11th consecutive month that the manufacturing PMI remained
above the 50-point mark. In PMI parlance, a print above 50 means expansion,
while a score below that denotes contraction.
The Supreme court today agreed to consider listing of a bunch of
petitions challenging the practices of polygamy and 'nikah halala' among
Muslims. A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra considered the
submissions of senior advocate V Shekhar that the petitions be listed before a
five-judge constitution bench for final adjudication.
Appearing for one of the petitioners Sameena Begum, Mr Shekhar and
lawyer Ashwini Upadhyay, alleged she was threatened and asked to withdraw her
The bench has allowed Additional Solicitor General, Tushar Mehta who is
appearing for the Centre, to file a response to the petition on the issue.
"In her petition, the Delhi-based woman, said, by virtue of the
Muslim Personal Law, Section 494 of the IPC pertaining to marrying again during
lifetime of husband or wife was rendered inapplicable to Muslims. She said,
therefore no married woman from Muslim community has the avenue of filing a
complaint against her husband for the offence of bigamy. Under Nikah-halala, a
man cannot remarry his former wife without her having to go through the process
of marrying someone else, consummating it, getting divorced and observing a
separation period called 'Iddat' before coming back to him. Swati Rakheja, News
The Supreme Court today extended its June 30 deadline for publication of
the final draft of Assam's National Register of Citizens (NRC) by a month,
after the Centre and the state coordinator agreed to publish it within the new
time limit. The Court considered the report of state NRC coordinator Prateek
Hajela and extended the deadline. Hajela had last week said, it would not be
possible to release the final draft of the NRC as scheduled on June 30 due to the
floods in state. The next hearing will be held on 31st of July.
"The National Register of Citizens of 1951 is being updated to
detect illegal citizens staying in Assam. As per the Assam Accord, whosoever
came to Assam after midnight 24th of March, 1971 is considered as foreigner.
Over 40 thousand government employees have been engaged in the NRC verification
process. The first draft of the NRC was published on 31st of December with the
inclusion of the name of 1.9 crore citizens. The Assam government already said
that, it is committed for an error free NRC. Manas Ppartim Sarma, AIR News,
In another decision, the Apex Court
dismissed two petitions challenging the appointment of KV Chaudhary as Central
Vigilance Commissioner and TM Bhasin as Vigilance Commissioner. It said, there
are no grounds to quash the two appointments. The PILs had challenged the
appointments on the ground that they were made arbitrarily.
The Supreme Court re-opened today after
the 44-day summer vacation. During the hearing, the Centre said, the
appointments were cleared unanimously by a three-member committee comprising
Prime Minister, Home Minister and Leader of Opposition.
The International Criminal Police Organization, Interpol today issued a
red corner notice against businessman Nirav Modi, in connection with the
multi-crore fraud at state-run Punjab National Bank. Interpol also issued a red
corner notice against his brother Neeshal Modi and one of Nirav's close aide
Subhash Parab. The notice has been issued in CBI and Enforcement Directorate
cases related to cheating, corruption and money laundering.
The CBI had approached Interpol last month seeking issuance of red
corner notice against Nirav. The notice empowers police and agencies of 190
member-countries to locate and arrest the person against whom it is issued.
The Sunil Mehta committee which was
formed with to tackle Non Performing Assets, NPAs and creating credit capacity
submitted its report with recommendations to Finance Minister Piyush Goyal
Briefing reporters in New Delhi this
evening, Mr Goyal said, the Sunil Mehta panel presented project 'Sashakt' and
has recommended a five pronged strategy to deal with stressed assets.
Services Secretary Rajiv Kumar said that the 180-day Non Performing Asset, NPA
norm for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, MSMEs would help reverse 15,000
crore rupees in the banking system. The Reserve Bank of India in its circular
dated February 12 said, that a bank can resolve a loan of 2,000 crore rupees or more within 180 days,
failing which insolvency proceedings will have to be invoked against the
defaulter. Mr. Kumar said, this will improve the balance sheets of banks in the first quarter of the current fiscal
with a positive entry of 2,200 crore rupees.
Domestic stocks mirrored weak global cues. Volatility ruled the roost
during the day and the indices recovered significantly in the last hour of
trade. Rupee slumps 33 paise against US dollar.
"The BSE Sensex at close was down 159 points at 35,264. The Nifty
was down 57 points at 10,657. Traders
say that unabated foreign
fund outflows and a weak rupee added to the gloom. The BSE Mid-Cap and
Small-Cap indices underperformed the Sensex. In the Forex Market , rupee
depreciated 33 paise and closed today at 68 rupees and 80 paise against the US
Currency. And Oil prices today fell 58 cents a barrel
at 78 dollars 65 cents as supplies from Saudi Arabia and Russia rose. With G. Subramanian, Tripti Srivastava for AIR News."
In Rajasthan, State government today launched Annapurna Milk Scheme for
government schools under Mid Day Meal scheme. Our correspondent reports that
under this scheme, around 62 lakh students will be benefited across the state.
"Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje launched this scheme in a
state-level function at a school near Jaipur. She said that our future will be
bright once these children start having milk as a part of their mid-day meal.
In this scheme children of up to class 5 will get 150 mili litres of fresh,
pure and nutritious hot milk thrice every week and those in class 6 to 8 will
get 200 mili litres. Jitendra Dwivedi, AIR News, Jaipur."
In Nepal, incessant rain has
claimed 7 lives and affected normal life in many parts of the country.
Incessant rain has also affected life in various parts of Tarai and hills.
More than twelve hundred Kailash Mansarovar pilgrims, mostly from India,
are stranded in Nepalgunj, Simikot and Hilsa as flights have been suspended due
to bad weather. The Embassy of India has stationed its representatives in
Nepalganj and Simikot. They are personally in touch with all stranded pilgrims
and are extending all possible support including best possible stay and
availability of food and water.
The News Services Division of All India Radio in its weekly bilingual
live phone-in programme “PUBLIC SPEAK” tonight will bring you a discussion on
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In the FIFA World Cup, the pre-quarterfinal match between Brazil and
Mexico in Samara is now under way. At half time, both the teams remained
goalless. When reports last came in, Brazil was leading 1-0.
In another match later tonight, Belgium take on Japan in Rostov Arena at
The quarter-final matches start on
Friday when France face Uruguay in Nizhny Novgorod. Russia will take on Croatia
in Sochi on Saturday. The other quarter-final matches on Friday and Saturday
will be played from amongst the winners of remaining 4 Round of 16 matches
played today and tomorrow.
The third grand slam of the year, Wimbledon Tennis Championship got
underway in London today. Top seeded Roger Federer, third seeded Marin Cilic of
Croatia advanced to the second round of the Men's Singles. The swiss defeated
Dusan Lajovic of Serbia, 6-1, 6-3, 6-4 while Cilic beat Yoshihito Nishioka of
Japan 6-1, 6-4, 6-4.
The match between India's lone challege in men's singles, Yuki Bhambri
and Thomas Fabbiano of Italy is underway. Bhambri won the first set 6-2.
However, in the first major upset of the tournament in women's singles,
Croatia's Donna Vekic defeated fourth seeded Sloane Stephens 6-1, 6-3 in the
first round today.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh today
felicitated medal winners of 17th World Police and Fire Games 2017 at an event
in New Delhi this evening. The games were held at Los Angeles, California in USA
from August 7th to 16th last year.