03rd July, 2018
- Government to setup
Independent asset management companies and steering committees for faster
resolution of state-run banks' NPAs.
- CBI charge-sheets 51 people for attack on Haryana minister’s
residence during Jat agitation in February 2016.
- BJP chief Amit Shah
to visit Kerala today to gear up the party for 2019 general elections.
- Afghanistan says
New Delhi and Kabul must stand together to free the two countries from
- In FIFA World Cup, Brazil and Belgium set-up a quarterfinal clash after stunning round of 16 wins.
- In Cricket, India to kick off their England
tour today with the first T20 at Manchester this evening.
Piyush Goyal has said that independent asset management companies (AMCs) and
steering committees will be set up for faster resolution of the non-performing
assets (NPAs), or bad loans, of state-run banks. He was briefing reporters in
New Delhi on the government accepting the NPAs resolution plan put forward by a
committee headed by the Punjab National Bank Chairman Sunil Mehta. Mr Goyal
said, the panel has recommended the creation of an AMC under the framework of
an alternative investment fund to deal with NPA cases of more than 500 crore
rupees. Finance Minister said, government will not intervene in the resolution
process which will be entirely led by banks.
There are about 200
such accounts, each owing more than 500 crore rupees to banks, with a total
exposure of about 3.1 lakh crore rupees.
Mr Goyal said,
Sunil Mehta panel presented project 'Sashakt' and has recommended a five
pronged strategy to deal with stressed assets.
"पूरे सशक्त प्रोजेक्ट के और गाइडिंग पिंसिपल्स जिसके बेसिस पर ये तय किया गया है वो प्रिंसिपल्स है, Transparent market based, free
from government intervention, focus on assets turnaround to ensure job
protection and creation, it is aligned with the ibc process and ibc
laws and it create for value enhancement for public sector banks."
The CBI has
charge-sheeted 51 people for alleged rioting at the residence and office of
Haryana Minister Capt. Abhimanyu Singh during protests to demand reservation
for the Jat community in February 2016. A CBI spokesperson said in New Delhi
that the accused were charged under various sections of the IPC.
"CBI has filed a charge sheet under various
sections of Indian Penal Code against 51 accused, in special CBI court
yesterday, is related to criminal conspiracy, rioting, obstructing public
servants in discharge of public function, dis-obeyance of order, sedition,
house tress pass, attempt to murder, dacoity, assault etc. hatched by the
accused persons to attack at the residence and office of Haryana Finance
Minister Captain Abhimanyu at Rohtak during an agitation on 19 & 20
February, 2016. It was also alleged that the accused persons made attempt to
murder the family members of the Minister present in the house at the time of
attack. Ashwani Kumar Sharma, AIR News,
BJP chief Amit Shah
will arrive in Kerala today on a day-long visit to gear up the party for the
2019 general elections. BJP sources said, one of the main agendas of the party
chief is to take stock of the preparations for the coming Parliament election and
to work out strategies in this regard. After arriving in Thiruvananthapuram in
the morning, Mr Shah will attend a party core committee meeting and also
address leaders from selected districts. He will also hold discussions with the
leaders from Lakshadweep.
Rajnath Singh and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval is likely to visit Jammu
and Kashmir for two days beginning tomorrow. A home ministry official said,
during the visit, Mr Singh is expected to take stock of the security situation
in the state, which is currently under the Governor's rule, and also visit the
cave shrine of Amarnath. The home minister and the NSA will have meetings with
Governor NN Vohra, top officials of the administration and the security
Human Resource Development Ministry clarified that
no final decision has yet been taken to shift the grant-related power to
itself, following the scrapping of the UGC. The Ministry had last week
announced its decision to replace the UGC with the Higher Education Commission
of India by repealing the UGC Act, 1951.
Election Commission of India is organising a two-day National Consultation
on Accessible Elections in New Delhi from today. It will be inaugurated by the
Chief Election Commissioner OP Rawat. The event is a part of the ECI’s pursuit
of its mission to leave no voter behind, with special focus on Persons with
Disabilities. During the inaugural session, a dedicated portal for the ECI’s
Systematic Voters Education and Electoral Participation initiative will also be
"The national consultation will be attended
by Chief Electoral Officers of all states, Civil Society Organizations working
in the area of empowerment of the differently abled and senior officials of the
Union Ministries of Social Justice and Empowerment, Information and
Broadcasting, Electronics and Information Technology, Youth Affairs and Sports,
Central Board of Secondary Education, Central Public Works Department and the
National Literacy Mission Authority among others. The national event is the
culmination of a nearly three-month long series of district and state level
consultations. It is aimed at identifying the barriers or gaps in the inclusion
of Persons with Disabilities in the electoral process, and to find solutions
for the challenges being faced. ANUPAM MISHRA, AIR NEWS, DELHI."
In Madhya Pradesh, the Ayushman Bharat Yojana under
the Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Swasthya Suraksha Mission will be implemented in
the state from 15th August this year. Our Correspondent report that an annual
Health Security Cover of 5 lakh rupees will be provided to each family under
"A total of 84 lakh families of deprived
section have been included in the Ayushman Bharat scheme on the basis of
socio-economic caste census in MP. An expenditure of over Rs. 16 hundred crore
at the rate of Rs. Twelve hundred per family has been estimated. A MoU has been
signed with National Health Agency for the implementation of the scheme. The
benefit of the scheme will be given in cashless form through government and
private hospitals. The Ayushman Bharat scheme will help reducing out of pocket
medical treatment expenditure of citizens. Sanjeev
Sharma, AIR News, Bhopal."
A fisherman from Maharashtra’s Palghar district,
Milan Shankar Tare has been selected for this year’s National Maritime Search
and Rescue Award. The Coast Guard press release issued in Mumbai said that Tare
saved the lives of 12 people from a sinking fishing boat in May this year.
Afghan envoy to New
Delhi Shaida Abdali has said that India and Afghanistan must stand together to
free the two countries from terrorism. Speaking in New Delhi yesterday, Abdali
condemned the terror attack in Jalalabad in which several people, including a
number of Sikhs, were killed. In a clear reference to Pakistan, Abdali said,
India and Afghanistan have been victims of terrorism from a "common
source" and the time has come for the international community to deal with
it effectively. He said Afghanistan has been a victim of terrorism almost on a
daily basis but it has the resolve to defeat the menace. The Afghan envoy said
though the attack has been claimed by
the Islamic State group, it is a fact that terrorism into Afghanistan is
coming from across the border.
In Nepal, incessant rain has claimed 7 lives and
affected normal life in many parts of the country. More than 1,200 Kailash
Mansarovar pilgrims, mostly from India, are stranded in Nepalgunj, Simikot and
Hilsa as flights have been suspended due to bad weather. Our correspondent
reports that Embassy of India providing all necessary support including food
and water to stranded pilgrims.
"Normal life has been affected in various
parts of Tarai and hills due to heavy rains. Many areas inundated and vehicular
movement obstructed in Nuwakot, Dang and Syangja districts. In Nepalganj and
Simikot, representatives of Indian Embassy are personally in touch with the
stranded Kailash Manasarovar pilgrims and extending all possible support. The
mission is also looking at various alternative routes for evacuation. The local
airlines operating on the route have been asked to ensure availability of extra
aircraft in Nepalganj to evacuate all stranded pilgrims as soon as weather
clears up. The Embassy is also looking at the possibility of evacuating
critical cases by the helicopters. Raj
Kumar AIR News Kathmandu."
The United Nations has placed Colombia's
Chiribiquete national park on its list of world heritage sites. The park, which
straddles the southern provinces of Caquetá and Guaviare, is the country's
largest and has one of the highest rates of plant diversity in the northern
In Thailand, all 12 boys and their soccer coach
have been confirmed alive after going missing in a flooded cave network in
northern province. They entered the cave in Chiang Rai province on June 23rd
and were believed to have become trapped after heavy rains caused floods that
blocked the exit. The round-the-clock search and rescue operation involved the
country's military and police. Personnel from Japan and other countries also
NOW, NEWS FROM THE
FIFA WORLD CUP:
"Brazil and Belgium registered contrasting victories last night to seal a place in the quarterfinals
and set up a last-8 clash on Friday. In a Round-of-16 match at Rostov-on-Don,
Nacer Chadli netted an injury-time winner as Belgium came back from two goals
behind to beat Japan, 3-2. Genki Haraguchi and Takashi Inui put Japan well on
their way into the last-8, before Chadli and Marouane Fellaini were brought on
for Belgium. The substitutions bore fruit instantly as Jan Vertonghen pulled
one goal back in the 69th minute. Fellaini, then, headed home an equaliser,
before Chadli completed a remarkable revival in the 94th minute.
Earlier, in the other game at Samara, Neymar inspired five-time champions
Brazil to beat Mexico, 2-0 and reach the World Cup quarter-finals for a seventh
consecutive time. Neymar scored the opener, which was Brazil's 227th goal at
the World Cup, meaning that they have overtaken Germany as all-time top
scorers. The PSG forward, then, set up the second goal, netted by Roberto
Firmino, helping Brazil eliminate Mexico in the last-16 stage for the seventh time
in a row.
In the last two pre-quarterfinal matches today, Sweden will face
Switzerland at 7:30 PM at Saint Petersburg, with England taking on Colombia at
11:30 PM in Moscow. SAVVY HASAN KHAN, AIR NEWS."
In Cricket, Virat Kohli led Team India will kick
off their England tour with the Twenty-20 series today. India will take on the
hosts in the first of the three T20 matches at Manchester this evening. The
match will begin at 10 PM. The visitors will also play three ODIs and five Test
matches against England during their more than a month long tour.
crashed out of the Wimbledon men's singles event in London last night. The
Indian, ranked 85, lost his first round 6-2, 3-6, 3-6, 2-6 to the Italian
NOW, FOR AN OVERVIEW OF TODAY'S NEWSPAPERS HEADLINES:-
- The mysterious death of 11 members of a family in North Delhi's Burari area
is one of the story that dominate headlines this morning. "Burari Dance of
death a mass murder?" questions Mail Today. "Macabre tale of
Burari 'pipe' dream leads the Pioneer. The paper writes that 11 pipes
exiting outer wall substantiate 'occult' angle. "Burari mystery deepens,
cops probe 'godmen' link" writes Hindustan Times.
- "Court favours listing of pleas over nikah halala" writes DNA.
"Supreme Court speed up hearing of nikah halala" informs the Pioneer
adding "Woman facing eviction from her in-laws' home seeks urgent listing.
- "Supreme Court nixes plea against choice of Chief Vigilance
Commissioner, but tough on Lokpal delay" says DNA in another story.
- "Congress wants united opposition to take on joint polls plan"
leads the Asian Age adding "Party looks to build Opposition to
force wider discussion". In a related story the paper quotes the Shiv Sena
as saying "Opposition unity impossible without Congress".
- On the Cauvery water issue the Hindu writes "Cauvery authority
directs Karnataka to release water". The paper informs that at first meet,
no discussion on the State's decision to move Supreme Court against Cauvery
Water Management Authority".
- "Assam citizen list deadline pushed to July 30 by Supreme Court"
says the Asian Age.
- Brazil storming into the quarter-finals with a 2-0 win over Mexico is
covered with reports and photographs. "Naysayers Slayed, Neymar
Nails" reads the caption above a photograph of the action in the match in the