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24th June, 2019


  • Parliament takes up discussion on Motion of Thanks on President's address.

  • Aadhar (Amendment) Bill proposing stiff penalities for violation of norms, introduced in Lok Sabha.

  • Over 45 lakh people provided employment opportunities through Micro Enterprises under Prime Minister's employment generation programme.

  • In Boxing, India's junior women's team adjudged best in the Black Forest Cup tournament in Germany.

  • In ICC World Cup, Bangladesh set a target of 263 runs for Afghanistan at Southampton.


Parliament took up the discussion on Motion of Thanks on President Ram Nath Kovind’s address to the joint sitting of both the Houses. Moving the motion in the Lok Sabha, Minister of State for Animal Husbandry and Fisheries Pratap Chandra Sarangi highlighted the success of several developmental initiatives and schemes by the Narendra Modi led government. He said the people across the country have reposed faith and given a huge mandate to Modi government.

"In the year 2022, we are going to celebrate the 75th year of New India. An India, which would be clean and green, healthy and wealthy. It will be an India free from terrorism, communalism, casteism, corruption, nepotism, starvation and exploitation."

BJP MP Heena Gavit seconded the motion.

Initiating the discussion on Motion of Thanks, Congress MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury  alleged that the NDA  government has only renamed the schemes launched by the earlier UPA government.

T R Baalu of DMK accused the government of not delivering on the promises made by it during 2014 general elections. Sougata Roy of TMC raised the issues of mob lynching, unemployment rate and state of PSUs. Mithun Reddy of YSRCP reminded the government of implementing the provisions made in the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act. Members belonging to other parties including BJD, BSP, JD(U) and TRS  also participated in the discussion.

In the Rajya Sabha, BJP working President and Rajya Sabha Member J P Nadda moved the Motion of Thanks. Mr Nadda said, the government is moving on the right track and the mandate reflects it.

"जो सेंट्रल प्वाइंट था वो ये था कि गरीब के विकास के लिए और भारत को मजबूती प्रदान करने के लिए सारी पॉलिसीज गरीब को केन्द्रित करके बनेंगी और उसको हम ध्यान में लेकर के चलेंगे इस बात को हमने कहा था और इसी बात के लिए कुछ मंत्र भी तय किये थे, 'सबका साथ सबका विकास', सबको साथ ले करके चलना और सबका विकास करना इस मंत्र को लेकर हम आगे बढ़ेंगे।"

Seconding the motion, Sampatiya Uike of BJP said that every government tried to do something for the poor, but what the  Modi government did is visible.

Initiating the debate, leader of the opposition and Congress  MP  Ghulam Nabi  Azad demanded immediate Assembly polls in Jammu and Kashmir which is under President Rule. He suggested the government to focus on employment generation and economic growth of the country.


In Lok Sabha today three bills were tabled. Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad introduced the Aadhaar and Other Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2019. 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.

"All the issues he has raised have been dealt with, elaborately by the Honorable-Supreme court. Aadhar is a valid law, Aadhar is in National interest, Aadhar does not violate privacy, that they have said very clearly. And I want to just ensure, there is no mandatory compliance. Sim Card can be taken either by Aadhar or any other document."

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.


Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, MSME, is striving to increase the number of micro and small industries in the country on a sustainable basis through implementation of various schemes and programmes. Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said in reply to a question in Rajya Sabha that the Ministry provides better credit facility, technology upgradation and skill to boost the entire MSME eco-system. He said the major schemes being implemented by the Ministry of MSME include Prime Minister’s Employment Generation Programme and Micro and Small Enterprises - Cluster Development Programme. Prime Minister’s Employment Generation Programme is a credit-linked subsidy programme aimed at generating self-employment opportunities through establishment of micro-enterprises in the non-farm sector by helping traditional artisans and unemployed youth. A total of 5.45 lakh micro enterprises have been assisted, providing employment opportunities to an estimated 45.22 lakh persons till 31st March this year.


Rajasthan State BJP president Madan Lal Saini Passed away this evening at AIIMS in New Delhi. 76 years old Rajya Sabha member Mr. Saini was admitted in hospital 3 days ago due to a lung infection.

Mr. Saini  served as an MLA also from Udaipurwati assembly seat of Jhunjhunu District. He was an active member of RSS and had worked with the Bhartiya Mazdoor Sangh. In June 2018, Mr. Saini was appointed State BJP president. Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, former Chief Minister Vasudhara Raje and Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot have expressed their condolences on the sudden demise of Mr. Saini.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that passing away of Madanlal Saini is a major loss for the BJP family. In a tweet, Mr Modi said he contributed to strengthening the party in Rajasthan and was widely respected for his congenial nature and community service efforts.

Home Minister Amit Shah also expressed grief at the passing away of senior BJP leader and Rajasthan BJP state president Madan Lal Saini. In a tweet, Mr Shah said  Madan Lal Saini was a true public servant whose whole life was devoted to the party and society. He was instrumental in strengthening the BJP in Rajasthan.


Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat has called for judicious use of water to save the country from future calamities.

Speaking at the Golden Jubilee Celebrations of WAPCOS Limited, a Central government enterprise, at Chhath Ghat in New Delhi today, the Minister said, every drop of water should be saved and conserved. Mr Shekhawat said, India is one of the most vulnerable countries in terms of water availability and population explosion has added more to the problem. He said, there is a need for revival of traditional water bodies and more vigorous effort should be made for water conservation.

Minister of State for Jal Shakti, Rattan Lal Kataria said, piped water scheme will achieve similar success like Swachh Bharat Mission as Prime Minister Narendra Modi is fully committed to achieve the goal.


The News Services Division of All India Radio in its weekly bilingual live phone-in programme “PUBLIC SPEAK” tonight will bring you a discussion on “Admissions in Colleges - issues and way forward”.

This can be heard on FM Gold Channel and additional frequencies from 9.30 p.m. Listeners can ask questions to the experts sitting in our Studio on Toll Free Telephone No: 1800-115767 (Repeat 1800-115767). You can also ask questions on telephone number: 011: 2331-4444 (Repeat 011: 2331-4444) and post queries on our Twitter handle @airnews s by #tag Askair.

This programme is also available on Doordarshan DTH.


External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar today said, the revolution in passport services in the last five years will continue to get 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.

"The ministry has initiated discussions with the India's security press,  regarding the project  for issue of chip enabled e-passports to Indian citizens. We propose to pursue the manufacture of e-passports on priority."

The day is celebrated every year to commemorate the enactment of Passports Act on 24th June, 1967.


US Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo will be on a three day visit to India from tomorrow. This will be the first high level engagement with the US after the General Elections in India. During the visit, Mr Pompeo will hold talks with External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and call on other dignitaries in the government. Mr Pompeo's visit will be an important opportunity for both sides to explore ways to further strengthen the India-US Strategic Partnership.

Meanwhile, US Ambassador to India Kenneth Juster paid a courtesy call on Defence Minister Rajnath Singh at South Block in New Delhi today.


The first batch of pilgrims for annual Amarnath Yatra will be flagged off on June 30 from Bhagwati Nagar base camp in Jammu. Holy Amarnath Yatra is commencing from Srinagar on July 01. In Jammu and Kashmir, the security in and around the Jammu Railway Station has been strengthened.

46-day annual yatra will take the twin routes, traditional Pahalgam track in Anantnag district and shortest Baltal track in Ganderbal district and would conclude on August 15.


In Boxing, India's junior women pugilists clinched seven medals, including five gold, while the team was adjudged the best of the tournament in the Black Forest Cup Germany.

Haryana's Neha and K arnataka's Anju Devi  claimed the honors of best boxer and promising player of the tournament. Ten countries including India, took part in this tournament.


In the ICC Cricket World Cup, chasing the victory target of 263 runs, Afghanistan were 104 for 4 in 28 overs against Bangladesh now underway in Southampton. Put to bat first, Bangladesh made 262 losing seven wickets in the stipulated 50 overs. Mushfiqur Rahim top scored 83. Shakib Al Hasan made 51. For Afghanistan, Mujeeb Ur Rahman claimed three wickets.

Bangladesh have five points from six games and they are sixth in the 10-team points table. Afghanistan is rock bottom without a win.


Equity benchmarks Sensex and Nifty today closed with modest losses amid rising US-Iran tensions and mixed cues from global markets.

"Sensex at Bombay Stock Exchange lost 72 points or 0.18 per cent to end at 39,123. Nifty at National Stock Exchange also fell 24 points or 0.21 percent to settle at 11,700. However, the rupee at forex market appreciated 23 paise to 69 rupees and 35 paise against the US dollar. Gold prices declined by 100 rupees to 34,270 rupees per 10 gram in Delhi bullion market. Silver, however advanced by 90 rupees to 39,090 rupees per kg. And, Brent crude prices, in intra day trade were trading around 65 dollars and 10 cents per barrel. Sanjio Kumar Singh, ravi kumar, AIR News, Delhi."


China today said it would not allow the G-20 nations to discuss the mass protests in Hong Kong during their summit this week, as US President Donald Trump plans to raise the issue during his meeting with President XI Jinping in Japan. China's Assistant Foreign Minister Zhang Jun said G-20 is a platform to discuss global economy issues and focuses on the global trade finance and economic issues.

Hong Kong has been rocked by major protests over a bill that would allow people to be extradited to the mainland to face trial in courts controlled by the Communist party. The extradition bill and police reaction to the protests drew international criticism Following historic protests, the Hong Kong government retracted plans to bring about the controversial law.


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