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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 demand.
  • 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 jobs.


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 the occasion.


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 petition.

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 Desk."


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, Guwahati."


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 today.

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.


Financial 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 “Barish Ke Mausam Mein Swasthya Ka Khayal Kaise Rakhen”.

This can be heard on FM Gold Channel and additional frequencies from 9.30 p.m. Listeners can ask questions to the experts sitting in our Studio on Toll Free Telephone No: 1800-115767 (Repeat 1800-115767). You can also ask questions on telephone number: 011: 2331-4444.


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 11.30 p.m.

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.


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