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0815 HRS
19.07.2018
THE HEADLINES:-
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi to interact with beneficiaries of village electrification schemes through video-conferencing this morning.
  • Government approves special remission scheme for prisoners as part of Commemoration of Mahatma Gandhi's 150th Birth Anniversary.
  • Enforcement Directorate files supplementary chargesheet against former Air Force Chief S P Tyagi and others in Agusta Westland chopper scam.
  • Turkey lifts state of emergency after two years.
  • And in Asian Junior Wrestling Championships, Viresh Kundu bags Bronze in Greco Roman category.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will interact with the beneficiaries of Deendayal Upadhyay Gram Jyoti Yojana and Saubhagya Yojana through video conferencing at 9:30 this morning. In a tweet, Mr Modi said, he is looking forward to interacting with the citizens from villages that have been electrified in the last 4 years. He said, these villages were in the dark even after 70 years of Independence, adding that his government had the honour of lighting them up and giving wings to the aspirations of several people.
People can join the programme through the Narendra Modi App and watch it live on DD News, BJP's Facebook page and live blog.

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The Union Cabinet has approved a remission scheme for certain categories of prisoners, including women, transgenders and physically disabled, under which they will be set free on satisfying the given criteria. The remission is part of commemoration of 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. The decision was taken at a Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi yesterday. A report:
"The scheme will cover those women and transgenders who have crossed the age of 55 years, and men over 60 years, prisoners with over 70 per cent disability, irrespective of their age and terminally ill prisoners, provided they all have served 50 per cent of their total sentence. The scheme, however, is conditional. Those convicted of murder, acts of terrorism, kidnapping for ransom, rape, dowry death and human trafficking will not be covered in it. The prisoners will be released in three phases, starting 2nd October this year. In the phase two, on 10th April next year, the anniversary of Champaran Satyagrah and in third phase on 2nd October, next year. TRIPTI SRIVASTAVA, AIR NEWS."

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The Cabinet has cleared a bill providing for stringent punishment, including death penalty, for those convicted of raping girls below the age of 12 years. Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad told reporters in New Delhi that the bill will be introduced in the ongoing Monsoon Session of Parliament.
The Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2018, once approved by Parliament, will replace the Criminal Law (Amendment) Ordinance promulgated on 21st April. 

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The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has approved the proposal of Uttar Pradesh government for establishment of new medical college at Deoria at a cost of 250 crore rupees under Phase-II of the Centrally Sponsored Scheme.

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Finance Minister Piyush Goyal introduced the Fugitive Economic Offenders Bill, 2018 in Lok Sabha yesterday. The bill has been brought in to help the government in confiscating properties of economic offenders who have absconded the country to avoid prosecution. Introducing the Bill, Mr Goyal said, offences involving amounts of 100 crore or more will fall under the purview of this bill.

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A bill proposing ban on unregulated deposits and up to 10-year jail term for perpetrators of ponzi schemes was introduced in the Lok Sabha yesterday.  The bill provides for punishment for fraudulent default in repayment to depositors and attachment of assets of entities engaged in such activities.

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In Uttar Pradesh, the death toll in Tuesday's collapse of two multi-storey buildings in Greater Noida has risen to nine as one more body was recovered from the debris this morning. Commandant of National Disaster Relief Force PK Shrivastav told AIR that relief and rescue operations are on in full swing. Four NDRF teams, rescuers from ITBP, Fire Brigade and Provincial Armed Constabulary of the State police are engaged in the operations.
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has announced financial assistance of two lakh rupees each to the next of kin of those killed.
Four persons, including the builder and owner of the land, have been arrested. Two officials from Greater NOIDA Authority have been suspended in connection with the case.
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The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has filed a supplementary chargesheet in a Delhi court against former Air Force Chief SP Tyagi and others in the Agusta Westland VVIP chopper bribery scam. The chargesheet was filed before special judge Arvind Kumar yesterday and it will be taken up for consideration tomorrow. The chargesheet, filed through special public prosecutor NK Matta, names as accused the Tyagi brothers, including SP Tyagi, lawyer Gautam Khaitan, Italian middlemen Carlo Gerosa and Guido Haschke, and Finmeccanica, the parent company of Agusta Westland.
The court was hearing a money laundering case connected with the 3,600-crore rupee VVIP chopper deal.

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People from all walks of life, particularly the under-privileged and farmers, are benefitting from various flagship schemes of the central government. In West Tripura district, the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana has brought a positive change in the lives of farmers. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had recently presented an award to the district for the successful implementation of the scheme. Here is a ground report from our Agartala correspondent:
"Laxman Bhowmik is a farmer in Ishan Chandra Nagar village of West Tripura district. He is receiving the fruits of Pradhanmantri Fasal Bima Yojana. Talking to AIR, he said, the farmers are reaping the benefits of this scheme.
 
We are happy as the government has introduced this scheme. Whatever amount we received from this scheme has been very useful for us.
Farmer Sunil Chandra Sarkar from Dukli block says, the farmers are receiving protection and they have been benefitted under this scheme.
We are being benefitted by this Pradhanmantri Fasal Bima Yojana and this is very useful for farmers. I received rupees 1,021 this year under this scheme.
District Magistrate and Collector of West Tripura district Dr. Sandeep Mahatme talked about various initiatives taken by the District administration for successful implementation of the scheme.
Our state government has already declared that in the high-risk areas, the premium component would be borne by the state government. Accordingly, around almost 10 crore rupees budgetary provision is already made in the state budget for the entire state.
After launching this scheme, the farmers have become confident and they have started taking risks in farming as they get an assurance to get compensation against the damage of their crops. NISHITH JOSHI, AIR NEWS, AGARTALA."

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The Supreme Court has said, women have the right to enter and pray like men at the Sabrimala temple in Kerala as the fundamental right of freedom to practice religion is provided to all by the Constitution. A five-judge Constitution bench, headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, made the observation yesterday during the hearing on the issue of women in the menstruating age of 10 to 50 years being barred from entering the over 800-year-old shrine. The bench termed as absurd the notification of Devaswom board, which runs the temple, banning entry of women of a particular age group. 
The court was informed by the Kerala government that it also supported the entry of women of all age groups in the temple. The hearing on the plea, will continue today.

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The 10th edition of the Delhi Dialogue begins in New Delhi today. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will deliver the key-note address of the two-day event, the theme of which is, 'Strengthening India-ASEAN Maritime Co-operation'. More from our correspondent: -
"The premier annual event will discuss politico-security, economic and socio-cultural engagement between India and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). The event has been held annually since 2009 and political leaders, policy makers, senior officials, diplomats, think tanks and academicians from both sides participate in the discussions pertaining to ASEAN-India relations. Chief Ministers from the North-Eastern states have also been invited this time. The meet is aimed at finding a common ground and expanding the scope of cooperation between India and ASEAN. WITH SHASHANK KUMAR's REPORT SAVVY HASN KHAN, AIR NEWS, DELHI."

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In Turkey, the state of emergency, which was imposed after the failed coup two years ago, came to an end today. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared emergency on 20th July, 2016, five days after warplanes bombed Ankara and clashes broke out in Istanbul that claimed 249 lives. The state-run Anadolu news agency said, the measure, which normally lasts three months, was extended seven times, and it ended today, after the government decided not to ask that it be extended for an eighth time.

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Heavy rain continue to wreck havoc in Kerala. Seven more deaths have been reported in the past 24 hours in the state raising the death to more than 100 in various rain-related incidents this Monsoon season. Nearly 30,000 people are being relocated to relief camps. More from our correspondent:
"Low lying regions in kottayam and Alapuzha districts continue to be flooded. Railways cancelled several trains services through the region.Road traffic in hilly districts were affected as landslides have been reported regions. Kerala government  sought Centre’s support and urged it to send a delegation to take stock of the situation. National Disaster Response Force teams are currently deployed in Kottayam and Alappuzha.The Met department has warned downpour is likely to continue till Sunday. MAYUSHA, AIR NEWS, THIRUVANANTHAPURAM."

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Normal life continues to be affected in various parts of Gujarat due to heavy rain and floods. Thirty-two people have, so far, been killed in South Gujarat and Saurashtra. Our correspondent reports that over 4,000 people have been evacuated to the safer places. 

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Greco Roman wrestler Viresh Kundu bagged a Bronze medal on Day 2 of the Asian Junior Championships in New Delhi yesterday. The 20-year old, who hails from Uttar Pradesh, defeated South Korea's Jeongyul Kwon, 14-5 in the 97 kg Bronze medal play-off to win his first international medal. Apart from Kundu, none of the Indian grapplers managed to win a medal yesterday, as the Greco-Roman competitions came to a close.

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 The Lok Sabha congratulated sprinter Hima Das on winning gold in a track event at the World Junior Athletics Championships this year. Hima Das has covered 400 meters in just 51.46 seconds.

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NEWSPAPERS HEADLINES
  • All set for a Friday blockbuster in the Monsoon session of Parliament - the ruling NDA and the opposition to battle it out, in what is expected to be a teaser of the 2019 fight, the Mail Today says, "No trust motion: BJP sure of win", While the Asian Age writes, "Modi government to use No trust vote to dent opposition unity".
  • Questioning age restrictions on the entry of women at the Sabarimala Temple in Kerala, the Supreme Court observes "If a man can enter Sabarimala Temple, then so can a woman"- headlines the Indian Express.
  • Almost all the newspapers have covered the continuation of Sealing and demolition activity in the National Capital by the Supreme Court. "SC wants sealing resumed, developers to be blacklisted"- writes the Hindustan Times.
  • Pension Fund Regulatory Authority is seeking actuarial opinion on increase of pension slab under Atal Pension Yojana from 5000 to 10,000 rupees per month is a front page story in the DNA Money.
  • The government approaching Dubai authorities for extradition of Christian Michel, the middle man in the Augusta Westland Chopper scam is a headline in the Pioneer which reads "India seeks Augusta agent's extradition from Dubai".
  • The Jammu and Kashmir government has ordered a ban on airing of at least 30 Islamic, Pak channels in larger interest of public, reports the Hindu.
  • Announcing that Elders can now make speech in their mother tounge in all 22 languages instead of 17 and will automatically get translated into English and Hindi in the Rajya Sabha, is another story in the Pioneer.
  • And finally, on a successful experiment by the Delhi Zoo a white Tigress renamed 'Nirbhaya' is pregnant and it means the Delhi Zoo will welcome cubs from inbreeding for the first time in 27 years, reports the Indian Express.

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The Centre has sanctioned financial assistance of 300 crore rupees to the three municipal corporations of Delhi for effective solid waste management and dust control.
Stating this the Union Housing and Urban Affairs Secretary Durga Shanker Mishra said yesterday that orders for various projects worth 236 crore rupees were issued.

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