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0815 HRS
11.08.2018
THE HEADLINES:
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi to address convocation of IIT Bombay today; also to inaugurate two new buildings at the Campus.
  • Monsoon session of Parliament ends; Important Bills like SC/ST Amendment bill and Fugitive Economic Offenders Bill passed; Rajya Sabha defers triple talaq bill.
  • Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to launch defence industrial corridor in Aligarh.
  • Monsoon fury in Kerala continues; flood in six districts  of Tamil Nadu also issued.
  • And in Vietnam Open Badminton tournament, Ajay Jayaram and Mithun Manjunath to play men's singles semifinals today.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Mumbai today. Mr Modi will address the 56th annual convocation of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay. Prime Minister will also inaugurate the new building of the Department of Energy Science and Engineering; and Centre for Environmental Science and Engineering at IIT Bombay. Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar, Maharashtra Governor Vidyasagar Rao and Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis will also be present on the occasion.

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The monsoon session of Parliament concluded yesterday. It was one of the most productive sessions in almost two decades. Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan said the Lok Sabha passed 21 bills. The Lower house utilized 110 per cent of the scheduled hours and the Upper house for 66 per cent. However, the Rajya Sabha could not take up the discussion on The Triple Talaq Bill. Our Correspondent has filed this report:
"Among the important bills passed by Parliament were granting the constitutional status to National Commission for Backward Classes, Fugitive Economic Offender Bill and the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Bill. The SC/ST bill seeks to overturn a Supreme Court order that struck down the provision for immediate arrest. The Parliament also passed the  Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code Bill that seeks to aid quick resolution of bankrupt firms. Parliament passed the Commercial Courts, Commercial Division and Commercial Appellate Division of High Courts Bill allowing state governments to establish commercial courts to adjudicate commercial disputes with a value of three lakh rupees. Ashish, AIR News, Delhi."

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Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will launch a defence industrial corridor in Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh today. The move is part of the government's efforts to develop specialised zones dedicated to defence production in the state. More from our correspondent: -
"The function for launching of projects of UP defence corridor will be attended by around 500 industrialists, senior representatives from the Defence PSUs, Ordnance Factories and DRDO. There will be Interactive sessions along with an exhibition of products by the armed forces, DPSUs and DRDO which are planned to be indigenised over the next five years. In UP six nodal points have been identified for the corridor. They are Agra, Aligarh, Lucknow, Kanpur, Chitrakoot and Jhansi. Sources told AIR correspondent that Land measuring 550 hectares has been identified by the administration in Tappal area for the proposed defence corridor. Sushil Chandra Tiwari, AIR news, Lucknow."

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The government has modified the due date for filing of final GST sales returns by businesses with the turnover exceeding 1.5 crore rupees to the 11th day of the succeeding month. Earlier, it was the tenth day of the suceeding month. In a notification issued yesterday, Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs stipulated that details of outward supplies for July 2018 to March 2019 has to be filed by the 11th of the succeeding month.
For businesses with turnover up to 1.5 crore rupees, and who are required to file quarterly returns, the GSTR-1 giving details of outward supplies has to be filed by the last date of the subsequent month.

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BJP President Amit Shah will address a rally in Kolkata at 11 this morning. West Bengal BJP President Dilip Ghosh has written to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and the State Chief Secretary Malay De requesting them to ensure the safety and security of its party workers who will arrive in the city for Mr Shah's rally. The ruling Trinamool Congress has announced protest rallies across the state, except in Kolkata, today against the complete draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam. State BJP vice-president Jay Prakash Majumdar said, the TMC has called its rallies to attack BJP cadres and stop them from reaching the rally venue. He said BJP have told the chief secretary that if any untoward incident takes place, the TMC and the state government will be held responsible for it. 

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In Kerala, flood fury continues. At least 29 people have lost their lives. Indian Army has launched a major rescue and relief operation. Due to heavy flooding and landslides, thousands have been rendered homeless in the state. Met Department has predicted heavy rain during the next 48 hours in the state. Union home minister Rajnath Singh is scheduled to visit the state tomorrow. Mr Singh spoke to Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and assured all possible assistance. In a tweet, Home Minister said Centre is closely monitoring the situation. A Report:-
"NDRF, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, State Police and Fire Department are also engaged in rescue operations. With the opening of all the five floodgates of the Idukki dam, water is rushing down the Periyar river and thousands of families who live along the  river have been evacuated. As per latest reports, more than 53,000 people have been shifted to 439 relief camps set up in the rain affected districts. Red s have been issued in seven districts. 50 tourists, including 24 foreigners, stranded in a resort at Munnar have been rescued.  WITH SHAMILA's REPORT, ARTI RANA, AIR NEWS."

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A flood has been issued along the banks of Cauvery in six districts of Tamil Nadu with Karnataka releasing more water into the inter-state river in the wake of heavy rain there. Central Water Commission has said that the combined discharge of water of more than one lakh cusecs from Kabani and KRS dams in Karnataka is expected to reach Mettur Dam in Salem district of Tamil Nadu today. Official sources said in Chennai that Collectors of Krishnagiri, Dharmapuri, Salem, Erode, Tiruchirapalli and Thanjavur districts have issued flood s.

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In Odisha, several initiatives are being taken by the Central government for the development of waterways to provide water transport facilities to industrial hubs like Talcher, Kalinga Nagar and Dhamra Port. Developing transport system through water bodies is proving to be an economical and environment friendly option. It is also helping in reducing the burden on existing roads and rail networks. Here is a ground report from our Cuttack correspondent:
"The Central government has decided to develop six waterways in Odisha. Among them, the first phase work of National Waterway-5 is underway which will be completed within four years. With preliminary estimate amount of 1243 crores rupees, the project will cover 201 kms of waterway from Pankapal to Dhamra. In second phase, the inland Waterways Authority of India will take up implementation of 265 kms waterways from Talcher to Dhamra. A joint venture company - Inland Water Consortium of Odisha Limted has been formed with Odisha government, Paradip Port Trust and Dhamra Port Company Ltd. as partners for construction of a permanent terminal near Kalinga Nagar. The project work has already been started in Jajpur district. An intellectual from Jajpur Udayanath Sahoo says, this will boost rapid industrialisation in Odisha.
Once it becomes operational, the waterways will help industries in Kalinga Nagar and Vyas Nagar industrial hub and mines in Talcher and Daitary to transport goods using two major ports of the state. With Tapan Maharana, Satyavrata Behura, AIR News, Cuttack."

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External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has announced that a weekly news bulletin in Hindi from the UN has begun. Mrs Swaraj told reporters in New Delhi that the government is making efforts to make Hindi one of the official languages of the world body. She said as part of a pilot project, a 10-minute Hindi news bulletin on UN radio has started from the July 22nd.
"मुझे खुशी है कि एक पायलेट प्रोजेक्ट के तौर पर समाचार सप्ताहिकी बाइस जुलाई से संयुक्त राष्ट्र में शुरू कर दी गई है। अठारह को भोपाल से मॉरीशस सत्र में जब हम अपनी रिपोर्ट करेंगे विदेश नीति की, तो  सतरह की बुलेटिन हम उनको सुनाएंगे और विश्व हिन्दी सचिवालय वो स्वयं देखने के लिए सारे प्रतिभागी वहां जाएंगे।" 

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Indian High Commissioner Ajay Bisaria has called on Pakistan's prime minister-in-waiting Imran Khan at his Banigala residence in the suburbs of the capital Islamabad. In a tweet, Indian High Commission said Mr Bisaria discussed bilateral relations and voiced Indian leadership's concerns over terrorism and cross-border infiltration. He also felicitated Mr Khan on his success in the election.

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Former Chilean president Michelle Bachelet has been appointed the next UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. 193-member UN General Assembly approved her appointment last night.  She will replace Jordanian diplomat Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein.
Ms Bachelet most recently served as President of Chile from 2014 to 2018, and 2006 to 2010. She was the first Executive Director of UN-Women between 2010 and 2013. She has also served as Minister of Defence and Minister of Health in Chile.
Ms Bachelet will be the seventh High Commissioner since the Office was created in 1993.

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President-elect of the United Nations General Assembly Maria Fernanda Espinosa Garces called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi yesterday. Prime Minister congratulated Ms. Espinosa on her election to the post of President of the 73rd UN General Assembly. Mr Modi assured her of India’s full and constructive cooperation in discharging her new responsibilities. Ms. Espinosa shared her priorities for the upcoming session of the UN General Assembly.
A PMO statement said, the two leaders discussed the need for stronger UN action on major global challenges including terrorism, United Nations reform and climate change.

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Indian shuttlers Ajay Jayaram and Mithun Manjunath will today play their men's singles semi final matches of the Vietnam Open Badminton tournament, in Ho Chi Minh City. The 30-year-old Jayaram will face seventh seeded Japanese Yu Igarashi, while  20-year-old  Manjunath will square off against Indonesia's Shesar Hiren Rhustavito.
Former World No. 13 Jayaram dished out a spirited performance in a thrilling quarterfinal yesterday to outwit Canada's Sheng Xiaodong 26-24, 21-17.  In another quarterfinal Mithun saw off China's Zhou Zeqi 17-21, 21-19, 21-11.
However, it was curtains for former national champion Rituparna Das as she lost to Thailand's Phittayaporn Chaiwan in the women's singles quarterfinal yesterday.

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India crumbled to 107 all out against a top quality England seam attack on a rain-hit second day of the second cricket Test at Lord's in London yesterday. Put into bat under overcast conditions, Indian batsmen failed to counter England seamers led by James Anderson who took 5 wickets. Skipper Virat Kohli made 24 but it was Ravichandran Ashwin's 29 that ensured that India crossed the three-figure mark.
Earlier, England skipper Joe Root won the toss on the second day putting India into bat. England won the first Test by 31 runs.   

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NEWSPAPERS HEADLINES
  • Newspapers today have led with different stories. While Hindustan Times and The Times of India focused on Parliament Session, The Pioneer and The Hindu highlighted monsoon fury in Kerala.
  • Hindustan Times reports ''Parliament has its best Monsoon in 18th sessions- SC/ST, NCBC among 12 bills passed, talaq legislation put off.'' The Times of India headlines ''Lok Sabha churns out most productive monsoon session since 2000-Lower House sat for 110% of Scheduled Time.''
  • On floods in Kerala, The Pioneer reports'' Kerala still in deep water; All 5 floodgates of Idukki dam opened after 42 years.'' The Hindu headlines ''Heavy flooding puts Kerala in crisis; Red sounded in eight districts following rain warning; Heavy discharge from Idukki; toll rises to 27.'' 
  • The Asian Age highlights the Supreme Court's concern on  Kanwariya violence, its front page report says, ''This must stop, says SC on Kanwariya violence''.
  • The Tribune headlines ''Congress seeks JPC probe into Rafale, no support- Sonia leads protest over alleged corruption in deal.'' The Statesman also reports Congress demands for JPC Rafale probe - Sonia joins Opposition MPs protest as issue rocks parliament.
  • The Indian Express in a front page story report "fear and hope on day one as those out of NRC begin to file their claims". The daily also carries a story on Nehru Memorial in its front page. The story says changing colours of Nehru Memorial - Atleast 50 events in 18 months marked by presence of top BJ-RSS leaders, Union Minister.
  • And finally, Art is not just about high profile exhibitions in upmarket galleries, truck art is mesmerising people too. The Hindu writes about Lata Upadhyay an artist who tweaked the common Indian truck art to show case in wheels the contribution of migrants to the British society. ''Assam-born artist going places with truck art.'' 

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