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Inviting global investors to India, Finance Minister says there is no better place in world            Campaigning for Assembly Elections in Haryana, Maharashtra reaches peak; Rajnath Singh accuses Congress of internationalising Kashmir issue            Kerala extends maternity leave benefits to teachers, other staff of private educational institutions            Odd-Even scheme to be implemented in Delhi from Nov 4 for 12 days; no exemption for private CNG vehicles            Sri Lanka's Jaffna international airport receives its inaugural flight from Chennai           

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24.06.2019
THE HEADLINES
  • Three bills, including one on Aadhar, tabled in Lok Sabha; House also takes up Motion of Thanks on President's address.
  • Supreme Court seeks response from Centre and Bihar government on issue of Encephalitis deaths in Muzaffarpur.
  • BSP to contest all elections in future alone, announces party chief Mayawati.
  • Indian Air Force to continue flying AN-32 aircraft in mountainous areas.
  • In ICC Cricket World Cup, Bangladesh to take on Afghanistan at Southampton, in a short while from now.

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Three bills, including one on Aadhar, was tabled in Lok Sabha today. Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad introduced the Aadhaar and Other Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2019 in the Lok Sabha. It will replace an ordinance issued in March this year and proposes stiff penalties for violation of norms. The Bill seeks to amend Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Act 2016, the Indian Telegraph Act 1885 and the Prevention of Money Laundering Act 2002. The Bill also proposes to give children an option to exit from the biometric ID programme on attaining 18 years of age.
Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy also introduced the Jammu and Kashmir Reservation (Amendment) Bill 2019. The bill seeks to further amend the Jammu and Kashmir Reservation Act, 2004. The Bill proposes to give reservation in educational institutions and government jobs to people living within 10 kilo meters of the International Border in Jammu. The Bill will replace the Ordinance promulgated in this regard.
Commerce and Industries Minister Piyush Goyal introduced The Special Economic Zones (Amendment) Bill 2019. The Bill seek to further amend the Special Economic Zones Act, 2005. The bill proposes to allow trusts to set up units in SEZs. It will replace the ordinance promulgated in this regard.

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The Lok Sabha has taken up the Motion of Thanks on the President's address. The motion was moved by Union Minister of State Pratap Chandra Sarangi. He said the Center and the states should work together for the progress of the nation.
"The Centre and States are all partners in the task of nation building. We are not competitors, but equal stakeholders in the progress story of our nation. We will work 24x7 in the service of all."
Mr. Sarangi highlighted the success of several development initiatives and schemes by the Narendra Modi led government. He highlighted the positive atmosphere created by the Modi Government by introducing the Direct Benefit Transfer removing middle men in every scheme. He said the people across the country have reposed the faith and given huge mandate Modi government. BJP MP Heena Gavit seconded the motion moved by Pratap Chandra Sarangi. Congress MP Adhir Ranjan Chaudhary initiated the discussion on the Motion.
The Rajya Sabha is also scheduled to take up the motion today. Newly appointed BJP working President JP Nadda will open the debate in the Upper House.
President Ram Nath Kovind had addressed the joint sitting of both Houses on the 20th of this month.
The Parliament session will continue till 26th of July.

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The Centre has chalked out a plan to provide CNG and PNG infrastructure in 406 districts of the country. Replying to supplementaries in the Lok Sabha today, Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said, till 2014, only 66 districts of the country were covered under Compressed Natural Gas and Piped Natural Gas infrastructure. He said, the government is expanding it to other cities. Mr Pradhan said, after this expansion, 70 per cent of the population will get clean energy.

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The government is supporting sportspersons through National Sports Federations for their training, foreign exposures and competitions to obtain maximum participation in the Tokyo Olympics, 2020. Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju told the Rajya Sabha today that under the Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) customized training and allied facilities are being made available to medal prospects and high achievers. Besides, ‘out of pocket allowance' of fifty thousand rupees per month is being given to the sports-persons included in TOPS for meeting their contingent and miscellaneous expenses.

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The Supreme Court today sought response from the Centre and the Bihar government within seven days on the issue of the deaths of more than 100 children in Muzaffarpur due to the outbreak of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome. A bench of Justices Sanjiv Khanna and BR Gavai directed the Bihar government to file an affidavit on the adequacy of medical facilities, nutrition and sanitation, and the hygiene conditions in the state.
During the hearing, one of the lawyers told the court that similar deaths had occurred earlier in Uttar Pradesh. The court took note of it and directed the state government to file its response as well.
The petition, filed by an advocate, also sought directions for all possible steps to stop the disease outbreak in the earlier epicentre, Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh, and to create awareness about preventive steps and first-aid. It also sought a direction to the Centre for constituting a board of medical experts and immediately sending it to Muzaffarpur. 
The matter has been posted for hearing after 10 days.

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Meanwhile in Bihar, a preliminary survey in AES affected areas there reveals that poverty and malnourishment are key reasons behind the deaths of children in Muzaffarpur and adjoining areas. The Superintendent of Sri Krishna Medical College Hospital said, majority of the children admitted to the hospital belonged to the lower socio-economic strata. The Superintendent said, 225 children have so far been discharged after treatment.
Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has directed the health department to speed up the socio-economic survey of the affected families.

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The Supreme Court has agreed to hear tomorrow a plea by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) against the permission granted to Rajeev Saxena to travel abroad on medical grounds. Saxena is an approver in a money laundering case related to the Agusta Westland chopper scam. The ED mentioned the matter before a bench comprising justices Sanjiv Khanna and BR Gavai.
The Delhi High Court had, earlier this month, allowed Saxena to go abroad for treatment for blood cancer and other ailments.
Saxena, a director of two Dubai-based firms - UHY Saxena and Matrix Holdings - was one of the accused named in the charge sheet filed by the ED in the 3,600-crore rupee AgustaWestland scam.

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The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has decided to contest all elections in future alone. After meeting her party workers in Lucknow yesterday, BSP Chief Mayawati today said in a tweet that the behavior of Samajwadi Party (SP) after the recent Lok Sabha elections was the reason behind her decision. She said, the move will benefit her party. Ms Mayawati said, the BSP made an alliance with SP even after the anti-dalit policies and poor law and order situation during the Akhilesh Yadav regime.

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Air Force Chief BS Dhanoa has said, AN-32 aircraft will continue to fly in mountainous areas till the Air Force finds a replacement. An AN-32 aircraft had crashed recently in Arunachal Pradesh, killing all 13 people onboard. Addressing a seminar in Gwalior today , the Air Chief Marshal said, the Indian Air Force is in the process of getting more modern aircraft, which will be put in a critical role once received.
On the Balakot air strike, the Air Force Chief said, after Balakot, Pakistan Air Force did not enter the Indian air space.
"We achieved our military objective. They did not achieve their military objective, and none of them crossed the Line of Control into our territory."
Our correspondent reports that the seminar was conducted to commemorate the 20 year anniversary of Indian Air Force strike on Tiger Hill during Kargil operations in 1999. During the event, Mirage 2000 fighter jets participated in the recreation of Tiger Hill attack during the war.

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External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar today said, the revolution in the passport services in the last five years will continue to be accorded high priority. Addressing a function to celebrate the 7th Passport Seva Diwas in New Delhi, Dr Jaishankar said, his ministry will continue to focus on proactive outreach and further simplification of the rules and processes for issuing passport without compromising on legitimate security concerns. He said, various initiatives have been taken by the Ministry leading to a visible change in the delivery mechanism of passport services to the people.
"The commom man or woman of the country now has a Passport Seva Kendra near his or her residence, and is not required to travel too far to submit their passport applications. The partnership between MEA and the Department of post is indeed a wonderful example of the best practices in citizen-centric governance."
The day is celebrated every year to commemorate the enactment of Passport Act on 24th June, 1967.

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A team of women peacekeepers from India has assumed duties in the UN mission in Congo with a focus on working with women and children worst affected by conflict. The Female Engagement Team from India, comprising nearly 20 women peacekeepers began its deployment with the United Nations Organisation Stabilisation Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo also known as MONUSCO, considered one of the most challenging peacekeeping missions under the UN flag.

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RBI Deputy Governor Viral Acharya has submitted his resignation, six months before the scheduled end of his term. He was in-charge of the Monetary Policy department. In a statement, the apex bank today said, Dr Acharya submitted a letter to the RBI informing that due to unavoidable personal circumstances he is unable to continue his term. The RBI said, consequential action arising from his letter is under consideration of the Competent Authority.
Dr Acharya, a New York University Economics Professor, was appointed for three years. He had joined the central bank in January, 2017.
RBI is now left with three Deputy Governors NS Vishwanathan, BP Kanungo and MK Jain.

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National livelihood mission is providing employment to the needy women in Bareily district of Uttar Pradesh and it has now given a chance to children of primary schools in the district to wear handmade uniforms. We have a report on this from our correspondent:
"In Bareily district, children of primary schools are going to wear handmade uniforms made by women of self help groups instead of factory made uniforms. Administration has taken a new initiative and handed over the contract to women of self help groups. These women will get 300 rupees for stitching one uniform. This initiative has provided employment to the women and students are also going to get well stitched uniforms.
"My name is Rukhsar. I am associated with Tabbasum women self help group. We stitch uniforms for government schools. This job helps us meet our daily needs."

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In the ICC Cricket World Cup, Bangladesh will take on Afghanistan in their seventh round-robin match at Southampton this afternoon. The match will begin at 3 PM (Indian Standard Time). All India Radio will broadcast live commentary on the game. It can be heard on DTH (Hindi) and additional frequencies from 2:30 pm onwards.

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Many parts of north and central Gujarat have received moderate to heavy rain in the last 24 hours. Official sources said, 66 talukas of 19 districts have experienced moderate to heavy rain. Kathlal taluka in Kheda district has received the maximum of 75 mm rain, while Ahmedabad city received 25 mm rain.
Local weather office has predicted more rains in south and north Gujarat today.

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