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India and US decide to take ties to comprehensive global strategic partnership level, says Prime Minister Narendra Modi            US President Donald Trump says, both countries committed to protecting their people from radical Islamic terrorism            Talks between Modi-Trump held in five major categories of security, defence, energy, technology and people to people contact            India and United States finalise defence deals worth three billion dollars and sign three agreements, including in health and oil sectors            Home Minister Amit Shah urges political parties and people to exercise restraint to restore peace in affected areas of north-east Delhi           

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  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeks cooperation ofall political parties to ensure smooth functioning of both Houses of Parliamentduring Monsoon session.

  • Supreme Court directs centralgovernment to enact a law to deal with the incidents of mob lynching.

  • Women and Child Development Minister, Maneka Gandhidirects States to ensure that all childcare institutions are registered andlinked to Central Adoption Resource Authority within a month.

  • US President Donald Trump and his Russiancounterpart Vladimir Putin express satisfaction over their first one-on-onemeeting.

  • And In Cricket : One Dayfinal International between India and England to be played at Leeds today.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi has sought cooperationof all political parties to ensure smooth functioning of both the Houses ofParliament during its Monsoon session. Talking to media, Parliamentary AffairsMinister Ananth Kumar said that all parties have assured the government oftheir cooperation.


He said, during the meetingthe government sought opposition's support for the smooth conduct ofproceedings in both the Houses of Parliament. Home Minister Rajnath Singh,Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Vijay Goel, Congress leaders AnandSharma and Ghulam Nabi Azad, NCP leader Sharad Pawar and CPI leader D Raja areamong those attending the meeting.

Monsoon sessionwill begin from tomorrow and continue till 10th of August. The session willhave 18 sittings. During the session, Triple Talaq Bill, which has been passedby the Lok Sabha and is pending in the Rajya Sabha, will be among the toppriorities of the government. The government will also push for constitutionalstatus for the National Commission for OBCs. Other bills including NationalMedical Commission Bill and Transgender persons (Protection of Rights) Billwill also be taken up during the session.


On the eve of the session, News Services Divisionof All India Radio will broadcast a special programme, “Sansad Ke SamakshMudde” and “Issues Before Parliament.” The programme in Hindi can be heard on the FM Gold and Indraprasthachannel from 9.30 PM followed by the English programme from 10.00 PM on boththe channels.


Supreme Court today asked Parliament to considerenacting a new law to effectively deal with incidents of mob lynching. A benchheaded by Chief Justice Dipak Misra said, horrendous acts of mobocracy cannotbe allowed to become a new norm and has to be curbed with iron hands. More fromour correspondent:


"The apex court also passed a slew ofdirections to provide preventive, remedial and punitive measures to deal withoffences like mob violence and cow vigilantism. The bench, which also comprisedjustices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chadrachud, said it is the duty of stategovernments to ensure law and order in society and State cannot turn a deaf earto such incidents. The top court passed the order on a plea seeking formulationof guidelines to curb such violent incidents in the country. The court postedthe matter for further hearing on August 28. It asked the Centre and stategovernments to take steps to deal with such offences in pursuance of itsdirections. Deeksha Saksena, News Desk. "


Centre today informed Supreme Court that the Lokpalselection committee has convened a meeting on July 19 for the purpose ofconstituting a search panel. Government said, the search committee will have torecommend a panel of names for appointing a Lokpal.


The apex court posted the matter for furtherhearing on July 24th. It said since the selection committee is scheduled tomeet on July 19, it will not pass any direction. The committee comprises ofPrime Minister, the Chief Justice of India, Lok Sabha Speaker, Leader of thelargest opposition party and an eminent jurist.


Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhihas asked all States to get the childcare homes run by Mother Teresa-foundedMissionaries of Charity inspected immediately. An official release said, MrsGandhi also directed the States to ensure that all childcare institutions(CCIs) are registered and linked to Central Adoption Resource Authority  (CARA) within a month. The move comes after cases of alleged illegal adoptionscarried out by the childcare homes run Missionaries of Charity in Jharkhandcame to light recently. The shelter home in Ranchi has allegedly been involvedin selling three children and giving away another one.


According to the Juvenile Justice (Care andProtection of Children) Act, 2015, registration of childcare institutions andtheir linking with the CARA is mandatory, but some orphanages have challengedthe validity of the clause. Approximately 2,300 CCIs have been linked to CARAsince December last year, while about 4,000 more are still pending for linkage.


Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare MinisterRadha Mohan Singh is holding a review meeting on Development ofAgri-horticultural sector of Assam in Guwahati. The Union minister is reviewingthe progress of various agricultural schemes. Mr. Singh has emphasised ontimely utilization of funds with proper planning for the benefit of thefarmers.


Assam Agriculture minister Atul Bora said thatseveral measures are being taken by the state government to double the farmersincome.


Soil Health Card Scheme, launched by the Governmentof India in February 2015, is bringing a smile to faces of farmers byincreasing productivity and their income. The Scheme is aimed to test the soiland suggest the farmers about crop wise nutrients and fertilizers. Samplecollected under the scheme, are tested in various testing labs across thecountry. Here is a Ground Report from our correspondent:


"The target for distribution of SoilHealth Card was 5000 in the first quarter of the current fiscal year in thedistrict of Cachar. Out of that, 3500 cards have been distributed so far. Over3000 samples have also been collected. In the last fiscal year, 34000 cardswere distributed and 9000 samples were collected.

"पहले मैं अपना माटी से फसल उगाकर साल में 40-50 हजार रुपए कमाता था, लेकिन इस बार साइल हेल्थ कार्ड बनने के बाद एक लाख 10 हजार रुपए कमाया. उम्मीद है कि आने वाले साल में इस स्कीम से और फ़ायदा होगा."

"पहले फसल लगाने से मुझे धान मिला 25 क्विंटल और आलू सब्जी बिक्री कर के मिला 25 हजार, सब मिलाके 48 हजार मिला था. लेकिन इस बार सोइल हेल्थ कार्ड मिलने के बाद जिला से कृषि ऑफिसर लोग आया, मेरा खेती परिक्खा किया और बहुत कुछ .. दिया है, इसके बाद मेरा खेती में इस बार 75 क्विंटल धान फला और सब्जी भी दोगुना से ज्यादा हुआ. इस सबका बिक्री करके इस बार मुझे 98 हजार रुपया मिला."

Timely testing of soil is making farmers capable tocultivate appropriate crops and bringing prosperity to them. Ritesh Pathak, AIRNews, Silchar.



US President Donald Trump and his Russiancounterpart Vladimir Putin have expressed satisfaction over their firstone-on-one meeting in Helsinki last night. While Trump described the meeting  as a very constructive, Putin termed it asfirst important step. In his  post-summitpress conference, Trump told reporters that he spent a great deal of timetalking about the allegation of Russia meddling with US Presidential elections,which was categorically denied Putin.


Russian President said there is no evidence when itcomes to the actual facts and the two countries have to be guided by facts notby rumours. Putin also denied the accusation that Trump colluded with Russia inthe presidential campaign of 2016. Russian president said his country has neverinterfered and is not going to interfere in American internal affairs. In thiscase, Trump sided with his Russian counterpart by openly questioning his ownintelligence agencies' findings that Moscow was behind the 2016 US elections.


On Syria crisis, they agreed that the two countriesshould cooperate, but failed to reach any concrete details. Putin called on theUnited States to work together to resolve the Syrian conflict, saying Russiaand the US can take the lead on this issue.


The International Monetary Fund has said, tradeconflicts between the United States and its trading partners are an increasingthreat to global economic growth. In its latest world outlook, the IMF said,growth is becoming more uneven and risks are mounting. It said the rate ofexpansion appears to have peaked in some major economies. The IMF also warnedthat an escalation of trade tensions could undermine the stability of financialmarkets.


The EuropeanUnion's top officials will arrive in Japan today to sign the single market'sbiggest trade deal ever. They will present a united front as Washington upendsthe international trade order.


The deal, agreedlast December, is the biggest ever negotiated by the European Union. Theagreement will create an open trade zone covering nearly a third of the world'sGDP. Under the trade agreement, the EU will open its market to Japan's autoindustry, with Tokyo in return scrapping barriers to EU farming products,especially dairy.


In one of thebiggest recoveries till date, the Income Tax (IT) department has seized163-crore rupees cash and about 100-kg gold. The seizure was from raids atmultiple premises of a road construction firm in Tamil Nadu.


The searches werelaunched yesterday at the premises of SPK and Company, a partnership firm engaged in roads and highwaysconstruction on contract from the government.

A senior officialof the IT department said that the raids are still going on.


Veteran actor Rita Bhaduri, best known for herroles in Hindi and Gujarati films passed away this morning at 1.45 am. She was62.


Bhaduri passed away after suffering cardiac arrestat a hospital in Juhu,Mumbai. She had kidney ailment and was undergoingdialysis. The last rites will be performed today at Juhu cremation gound. Areport:


"With a career spanning over five decades,Rita Bhaduri has played important supporting roles in movies like Kabhi HaanKabhi Naa, Kya Kehna, Dil Vil Pyar Vyar, Virasat, Ghar Ho Toe Aisa and MainMadhuri Dixit Banna Chahti Hoon. She has also featured in several Gujaratifilms. On the TV front, her credits include popular shows like Hasratein,Sarabhai vs Sarabhai, Khichdi, Ek Nayi Pehchaan, Amanat, Ek Mahal Ho Sapnon Kaand Kumkum. She was particularly popular for playing roles of a mother orgrandmother. SONALI GHADYALPATIL, AIR NEWS, MUMBAI."


Rain lashed many parts of Punjaband Haryana today, leading to a dip in temperature by a few notches. InHaryana, Panchkula, Ambala, Yamunanagar and Karnal were among places thatreceived rains. Met Department said, Mohali, Ropar, Ludhiana, Amritsar, Patialaand Jalandhar in Punjab  also witnessedheavy rainfall.


The 17th batch of Amarnath pilgrims left theBhagwati Nagar base camp in Jammu today for the holy cave shrine in the southKashmir Himalayas. Police said, the footfall of pilgrims at the shrine locatedat an altitude of 3,880 metres is expected to cross the two-lakh mark today.The 60-day annual yatra began on the twin routes of Baltal and Pahalgam on June28 and is scheduled to conclude on August 26th, coinciding with Raksha Bandhan.


The National Minorities Development and FinanceCorporation, NMDFC, organized a workshop on financial management in New Delhitoday. The Workshop is for the heads of state channelizing agencies of NMDFC.


Addressing the workshop, Minority affairs MinisterMukhtar Abbas Naqvi said, by giving loan to minorities at affordable interestrate, NMDFC is doing remarkable job in empowering them socially andeconomically empowered.


Breaking two sessions' losing trend benchmarkdomestic share indices, Sensex and Nifty, today logged small gains in afternoondeals. Both stocks added amid mixed Asian and European markets. Sensex climbed88 points or 0.24 percent to 36,412 while Nifty surged 45 points or 0.4 percentto 10,982.


Rupee in afternoon deals at forex market alsoappreciated 24 paise to 68 rupees and 34 paise against the US dollar.           


In Cricket, thedeciding final One Day International of the 3-match series between India andEngland will be played at Leeds today. The match will begin at 5 PM IndianTime. The series is currently tied at 1-1. Team India had won the opening gameby 8 wickets, before England bounced back with an 86-run win in the second ODIon Saturday.

With a victory today, India will be eying its 10th consecutive bilateral one-day series win.


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