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09.08.2018

2100 HRS.


09th August, 2018

THE HEADLINES:-
  • Parliament passes SC and ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Bill; Also passes National Sports University Bill.

  • Lok Sabha clears amendments to CGST, IGST, GST compensation bills.

  • Cabinet approves release of pulses to States at discounted rate for various Welfare Schemes; Also gives nod for continuation of Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana beyond 12th Five Year Plan period.

  • Centre asks transport authorities to accept Driving Licence, Registration Certificate and other documents presented through DigiLocker platform.

  • Death toll in heavy rain and landslides rises to 22 in Kerala.

  • In Sports: Rain delays first Day play of Second Cricket Test between India and England at Lord's.

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Parliament has passed the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Bill, 2018, with the Rajya Sabha approving it by voice vote. Lok Sabha has already passed it. The amended bill has done away with the provision of seeking prior permission for the arrest of those committing atrocities against Dalits.


Replying to a debate on the bill in the Rajya Sabha, Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thaawar Chand Gehlot  said, the government is committed to the welfare of the poor and protecting the interests of the Dalits. He said, under the legislation there is a provision for setting up special courts to deal with the cases related to atrocities against SCs and STs. Mr Gehlot rejected opposition charges that the bill has been brought under any pressure saying the government has taken several steps for the welfare of weaker section of society.


"ये कहा गया कि ये विधेयक में जो संशोधन ला रहे हैं वह किसी दबाव के कारण। मैं कहना चाहता हूं कि जब सरकार बनी थी, नरेन्द्र मोदी जी ने कहा था कि उनकी सरकार गरीबों को समर्पित सरकार है , पिछड़े वर्ग के लिए समर्पित सरकार है, उस समय कौन सा दबाव था।"


Earlier, initiating the discussion in the post lunch session, Kumari Selja of the Congress alleged the highest number of crimes against SCs and STs have taken place in the BJP-ruled states.


Dr Kirodi Lal Meena of the BJP called for greater representation of SCs and STs in the higher judiciary and demanded  abolition of the Collegium system.

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Parliament has also passed the National Sports University Bill 2018 with the Rajya Sabha approving it today. The Lok Sabha had passed the Bill last week. The Bill seeks to establish a first-of-its-kind National Sports University in Manipur for promotion of sports. Replying to the debate on the bill, Sports Minister Col Rajyavardhan Rathore said, the Chancellor of the University will be from the sports field and the academic council will also have members from the sports field. Mr Rathore said, it is a major step towards bringing to reality Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of developing a world class 360 degree sports ecosystem in India.


"मैं आज सदन को बताना चाहूंगा कि हमारे देश की प्रतिभा बहुत जबरदस् है और पोटेंशियल को ओलम्पिक पोडियम तक जोड़ने के लिए हम पैसे की कोई कमी नहीं होने देंगे। हम टेक्नॉलोजी की कोई कमी नहीं होने देंगे, हमारा समर्थन पूरा रहेगा।"

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The Homeopathy Central Council (Amendment) Bill 2018 was also passed in Parliament with the Rajya Sabha approving it. The Bill seeks to replace the Central Council of Homoeopathy with a board of Governors and is aimed at bringing accountability and quality in Homeopathy Education System. The Bill will replace the ordinance promulgated in this regard in May this year.


Speaking on the Bill, Minister for AYUSH Shripad Yesso Naik said, it will help identify bogus colleges running in the name of Homeopathy. He said, the government is committed to promoting Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy in the country.

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The Lok Sabha today passed the Central Goods and Services Tax (Amendment) Bill, Integrated Goods and Services Tax (Amendment) Bill, Union Territory Goods and Services Tax (Amendment) Bill and the Good and Services Tax (Compensation to States) Amendment Bill. The four Bills seek to amend the Goods and Services Tax  laws to make return forms simpler and raise the turnover threshold for availing composition scheme to 1.5 crore rupees.


Replying to the debate on the bill, Finance Minister Piyush Goyal said, the Government is empowering 125 crore people through GST and it is the best example of cooperative federalism.


Earlier, moving the Bill, Finance Minister said, GST collections are in-line with the budget aim and the government expects the economy to grow faster than the IMF projections. The IMF has forecast India's GDP to grow at 7.5 percent in the next financial year.

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The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has approved the release of pulses to States and Union territories at discounted rate to be utilized for various Welfare Schemes from the stock of pulses procured under Price Support Schemes. Briefing reporters in New Delhi, Electronics and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said, under the Scheme, the States are offered to lift 34 lakh 88 thousand Metric tonne of pulses.


"For 12 months the stock of 34.88 lakh metric tonnes of pulses shall be released and what we are proposing that Tur, Chana, Masoor, Moong and Urad at a discount of rupees 15 per kg shall be made available.


The Minister said this decision will enable the States and UTs to use pulses in various Welfare Schemes like PDS and Mid-Day Meal Scheme.


The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs also gave its approval for continuation of Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) beyond 12th Five Year Plan period. Briefing reporters, Mr. Prasad said, it will help in connecting 38 thousand 412 habitations at an estimated cost of 84 thousand 934 crore rupees. The Yojana was launched in December, 2000 with the objective to provide All-Weather road connectivity to the eligible unconnected habitations in rural areas of the Country.

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The Union Cabinet has approved changes in triple talaq bill including the provision of granting bail to men found guilty of giving instant triple talaq to their wives. Talking to reporters after cabinet meeting in New Delhi, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said, the cabinet approved three amendments to the Bill which has been cleared by the Lok Sabha and is pending for approval of Rajya Sabha.


"Any husband giving a tripple talaq instantaneously and breaking the marriage then the FIR shall become cognizable only and only when FIR is filed by victim wife  or the blood relations or relations by marriage. Second, it has been made compoundable . If the wife and husband desire to settle their differences  the magistrate can compound the offence upon appropriate terms and conditions. And thirdly, Magistrate can grant bail after hearing the wife."


Tomorrow is the last day of the Monsoon Session of Parliament and the government could introduce amendments to the bill in the Rajya Sabha. If the bill is cleared by the upper house, it will have to go back to Lok Sabha for approval of the amendments.


The Cabinet also approved raising of four additional battalions of National Disaster Response Force, (NDRF) to strengthen the country's disaster response.

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Road Transport and Highways Ministry has asked the transport authorities to accept Driving Licence, Registration Certificate and other documents presented through DigiLocker platform. An official release said, the Ministry has issued an advisory to states in this regard. This is in response to a number of Grievances and RTI applications received in the Ministry where citizens have raised the issue that the documents available in DigiLocker or Parivahan app are not considered valid by the traffic police or the motor vehicles department, when asked to produce them.


The Advisory clarifies that the DigiLocker platform of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology and the m-Parivahan mobile app of the Road Transport and Highways Ministry has the facility to pull a citizen's Driving Licence or the Registration Certificate or any other certificate in an electronic form. The Ministry said, these electronic records available on Digi Locker or m-Parivahan are deemed to be legally recognised at par with the original documents as per the provisions of the Information Technology Act, 2000.

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Death toll in heavy rain and landslides has risen to 22 in Kerala. As per disaster control room sources, of the total deaths, 11 people were killed in a massive landslide in Idukki, five in northern Malappuram district, two others in Kannur, three in Wayanad and one in Kozhikode district since last night. Five people are reported to be missing. Alerts have been issued to the people residing on the banks of the rivers in the affected districts. Our correspondent reports, National Disaster Response Force and army have been engaged in rescue operations.


"Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan convened an emergency meeting today to assess the situation. Talking to reporters after the meeting, the Chief Minister said the flood situation in the state was very grim and assistance of Army, Navy and Coast Guard has been sought. A monitoring cell has been set up at the Secretariat to coordinate the relief works with various district collectors. This is Shamila AIR News from Thiruvananthapuram."

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Farmers in Gujarat are largely being benefited by the Soil Health Card Scheme. Even in rain deficit districts  of Saurashtra, farmers are able to increase production as well as income by taking benefit of the Scheme.


"Though Soil Health Card Scheme is being implemented nation wide since last two years, in Gujarat it has been implemented from year 2003, when Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi was then Chief Minister of Gujarat. Farmers of Amreli district are prosper due to this scheme.


Not only farmers of Amreli, but all over Gujarat, farmers are benefitted by Soil Health Card Scheme. Sarita Dalal, Ahmedabad."

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India today said it is in touch with Bangladesh on the National Register of Citizens, NRC draft. External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said in New Delhi that Bangladesh is of the view that NRC draft is an internal matter of India.


"At all points we have repeatedly assured the government of Bangladesh that this is still a draft list prepared under the orders of Supreme Court and that the process of identification of citizens of Assam is still underway . The Bangladesh government have taken the view that the ongoing process is an internal matter of India . We do not apprehend any impact on our ties with Bangladesh which remain excellent. "


Replying to a media query, the spokesperson said, India expects from Pakistan that it should immediately stop sponsoring terrorism against India.


Asked about bank fraud accused Mehul Choksi, he said, Antigua is examining the extradition request regarding Choksi at present.

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President Ram Nath Kovind hosted a reception in the honour of freedom fighters at Rashtrapati Bhavan this evening. The event was held to mark 76th anniversary of Quit India Day. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh were among those present on the occasion.


To mark the day, News Services Division of All India Radio will bring you a special live Radio Bridge Programme tonight on "NEW INDIA & RELEVANCE OF FREEDOM". In this programme experts sitting in our, Delhi Studio will interact with the experts sitting in our studios at Mumbai, Chennai, Guwahati, Jaipur, Jammu and Lucknow. Experts in Delhi studio are Political Analyst Ashok Tandon, Social Reformer, Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak and Paralympian Deepa Malik.  This can be heard on the FM Gold channel from 9.30 P.M.

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Benchmark Sensex soared 137 points today to close above the 38,000-mark for the first time, while the broader Nifty too ended at a fresh lifetime high on unabated buying by participants.


"Sensex climbed 0.36 percent or 137 points to 38,024. Nifty also surged 0.18 percent or 21 points to 11, 471. The rupee today appreciated five paise to close at 68 rupees 68 paise against the US dollar.  Gold prices today dipped by five rupees to 30,560 rupees per 10 grams at the bullion market in New Delhi. Paul Thottam with Sanjio Kumar Singh for AIR News." 

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address a diverse gathering consisting of farmers, scientists, entrepreneurs, students, government officials and legislators in New Delhi tomorrow to mark the World Biofuel Day 2018.

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Incessant rain delayed the start of  play in the 2nd cricket Test between India and England on the opening day at the Lord's in London today. To make up for the lost time, the match officials decided to take an early lunch, moving the scheduled break ahead by 30 minutes. Tea was taken too without the action on the field.  It was still drizzling when reports last came in .

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