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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 terrorism.
  • 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.


Finance Minister 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, Chandigarh."


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.


Home Minister 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 agencies.


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 launched.

"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 the scheme.

"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 Amazon.


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 assisted.



"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.


Yuki Bhambri 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 Thomas Fabbiano.



  • 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 Economic Times.


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