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News at Nine

2100 HRS
16.07.2019
THE HEADLINES:-
  • Supreme Court to give verdict tomorrow on rebel Karnataka MLAs' plea seeking direction for Assembly Speaker to accept their resignations.
  • Rescue operation by NDRF underway at Mumbai building collapse site as forty feared trapped in the debris.
  • India to be free of Tuberculosis by 2025, says Prime Minister Narendra Modi; urges MPs to work beyond sphere of politics.
  • Centre assures all support to Assam to tackle flood situation.
  • In Bihar, rescue and relief operations intensified in flood ravaged areas; 26 lakh people affected.
  • Vijayveer Sidhu picks third gold at ISSF Junior World Cup in Germany.

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The Supreme Court has reserved its order on the plea of Karnataka rebel MLAs. The Apex Court will now pronounce the judgment tomorrow morning. During the proceedings, Senior advocate A M Singhvi, appearing for the Karnataka Assembly speaker, told a bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi that the speaker will decide on both disqualification and resignation of the rebel MLAs by tomorrow but the court should modify its earlier order asking him to maintain status quo.

Earlier, Senior advocate Mukul Rohtagi, appearing for the rebel MLAs, argued that the Speaker cannot keep the resignation of these MLAs pending and by doing so he is acting in a partisan manner.

The rebel MLAs told the court that the state government has been reduced to minority and the Speaker by not accepting their resignations has attempted coercing them to vote for the government during  trust vote. The five more lawmakers have sought from the Supreme Court which is already hearing plea of ten rebel MLAs, identical relief that Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar accept their resignations as well.

The top court had on Friday restrained the Speaker from taking any decision till today on the resignation and disqualification of the rebel MLAs

Meanwhile, the Assembly Speaker said that he is working in accordance with the Constitution and was performing his duty. Speaking to media in Kolar, Mr. Ramesh Kumar said that  after seeing the verdict of the Supreme Court, he will respond. 

On the other hand, Karnataka BJP chief B S Yeddyurappa said Chief Minister Kumaraswamy does not have numbers to prove majority in the Assembly:
"We have confidence, we have got sufficient number and he doesn't have sufficient numbers to get majority. 101 percent we will get relief."

Our correspondent takes a look at the political development taking place in the state:
"The Congress today shifted its MLAs from a hotel in Bengaluru to a resort on the outskirts, amid fears that some more legislators may resign. Reacting to the State BJP President Yeddyurappa’s reported statement claiming that another 2 to 3 MLA’s were likely to resign ahead of the confidence motion, Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee President Dinesh Gundu Rao alleged that the resignation of Congress-JDS MLAs were with malafide intent. In a tweet Dinesh Gundu Rao said that the Speaker has enough material to disqualify the rebel MLAs who have  fallen into a trap. R.MURTHY, AIR NEWS BENGALURU."

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In Maharashtra, at least ten persons were killed after a four-storey residential building collapsed in south Mumbai's congested Dongri area this morning. BMC officials said nine others were also injured. The rescue operation to bring out as many as 40 people trapped inside the rubble is currently in progress with the help of NDRF and Mumbai Fire Brigade. Talking to AIR News, Director General of NDRF, SN Pradhan said, NDRF have so far rescued seven persons.
 
"Three teams of NDRF immediately rushed to the site. They are working since morning tirelessly and they have so far rescued 7 persons alive including women and children. It is a very narrow area so the machinery and vehicles of NDRF can not go there so that has made it a little difficult. But we are still at it and hopefully by late night, we should be able to complete the operation."
Our correspondent has filed this report on the mishap:
 
"The rescue operation was taken on a war-footing by the Mumbai fire-brigade, NDRF, police and good Samaritans to pull people out from the rubble. In a bid to provide relief to the injured the  disaster management cell of the Mumbai civic body has opened a shelter at Imamwada Municipal Secondary Girls' School in the nearby vicinity. The building which was 100 years old was classified as C1 structure i.e to be evacuated for demolition at the earliest by the Mumbai civic body in July 2017.KUNAL SHINDE, AIR NEWS, MUMBAI."
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed condolences to the families of those who lost their lives in the building collapse. In a tweet, Mr Modi said the incident is very anguishing. He hoped for the speedy recovery of the injured.

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President Ram Nath Kovind has appointed Anusuiya Uikey as Governor of Chhattisgarh. Biswa Bhusan Harichandan has been named as Governor of Andhra Pradesh. An official release said, the appointments will take effect from the dates they assume charge of their offices.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi today called upon BJP MPs to take up public work and not just focus on politics in their constituencies. He was addressing party MPs in the Parliament Library Building.

Briefing mediapersons after the meeting, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi said the Prime Minister asked the members to sit with officials and listen to public grievances in their respective constituencies. He said the Prime Minister spoke about diseases like leprosy and tuberculosis and stressed on the need to eradicate them.
"The Prime Minister has suggested that BJP MPs take up a social cause or an issue of human sensitivity as a mission apart from carrying out their duties as Members of Parliament. He advised them to work for eradication of Leprosy. The Prime Minister also noted that India has fixed a deadline of 2025 for eradication of TB against the global deadline of 2030 and asked MPs to work towards it."

Mr. Joshi informed that the Prime Minister expressed concern about Ministers' absence from their roster duty in the House. He added that the MPs were told to disseminate information to the people about new government schemes, emphasizing that the first impression is the last impression. Mr Modi, also said that every MP should come up with an innovative idea for the people in his area.

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Government today cancelled the recent Postal Department Examination conducted for recruitment of postmen and other posts following the protest by opposition led by AIADMK and DMK in the Rajya Sabha. The opposition were protesting against the examination conducted only in English and Hindi on 14th of this month. When the Upper House met after adjournment at 2.32 PM, Communication and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said a fresh examination will now be conducted in all regional languages, including Tamil. He asserted that the NDA government has respect for regional languages. 

Earlier, the Upper House faced repeated adjournments over the issue since morning. The members from AIADMK, DMK, Congress, TMC and Left obstructed the proceedings by trooping into the well and raised slogans over the issue. 
Union Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Sekhawat today said that the Centre would extend all support to Assam to tackle the flood situation. Talking to newspersons in Guwahati after holding a review meeting, the Minister said that he would submit a report on Assam floods to Prime Minister Narendra Modi tomorrow. Earlier, Mr Shekhawat made an aerial survey in Upper Assam and also visited a relief camp at Majuli. Our correspondent has filed this report:

"Jal Shakti minister Gajendra Singh Sekhawat said, the  Assam government would  make an assessment on the extend of damages caused by flood and after that a Central team will visit the state. The Minister said that the Centre has released around 252 crore rupees yesterday to Assam for disaster management. He also emphasised on setting up  the North East Water Management Authority as recommended by the high level committee headed by Vice Chairman of the NITI Aayog. The Minister appreciated the step of setting up of high rise platform and stressed to build more such platforms to take shelter during flood. Assam Chief Minister Sarbanand Sonowal expressed gratitude to  the Prime Minister Narendra Modi or giving priority to the flood and erosion problem of Assam. MANAS PRATIM SARMA/AIR NEWS/GUWAHATI

18 persons have lost their lives due to floods and landslides in the state. Over one lakh people are taking shelter in relief camps. 52 lakh people are reeling under the fury of flood in 30 districts. 
In Bihar, rescue and relief operations have been intensified in the flood affected areas of northern and eastern parts of the state. NDRF teams have evacuated several people trapped in Madhubani, Darbhanga, Araria and  Muzaffarpur due to flash flood.

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today said in the Legislative Assembly that all possible help is being provided to affected people. He said appropriate compensation would be provided to affected people. Mr. Kumar said crop damage and loss of livestock would also be compensated.
26 lakh people have been affected due to floods in 12 districts. 41 deaths have been reported so far due to floods. Our correspondent has more:
"335 rural roads have been badly damaged.  Portions of national highways are swept away at several places. National Highway number -57 which is called life line of Darbhanga, Araria, Kishanganj has been severely damaged in many villages. In Sitamarhi, Sheohar and Madhubani power supply has been broke down in several villages due to uprooting of transmission lines and submerged power sub stations. Dharmendra Kumar Rai, AIR News Patna."

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As monsoon strengthens in Kerala, s have been issued across the state anticipating heavy rains in the next few days. IMD has forecast very heavy rains in the coming days. More from our correspondent:
"Red’, ‘orange’ and ‘yellow’ s have been announced in various districts of Kerala on July 17, 18, 19 and 20. Red indicating extremly heavy rain, will be in force on July 18 at Idukki and Malappuram districts, on July 19th in Idukki, Malappuram, Wayanad and Kannur districts and on July 20th in Idukki, Ernakulam, Thrissur and Malappuram. The Central Meteorological Department, issuing the , has given an advance warning to the government machinery and people to be prepared and arrange camps to face any eventuality.As sea along the Malabar Coast in Kerala is expected to be very rough, fisherfolks are advised not to venture into the sea. This is Mayusha for AIR News from Thiruvananthapuram."

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Parliament has passed the Central Universities (Amendment) Bill, 2019 with the Rajya Sabha approving it today. The Lok Sabha has already passed the bill. The legislation  seeks to establish two new universities- the Central University and the Central Tribal University in  Andhra Pradesh.

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Union Agriculture and Farmer Welfare Minister Narendra Singh Tomar today said, about 561 lakh farmer applicants were covered under Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana in the country during 2018-19. In a written reply in Lok Sabha, Mr Tomar said, out of 561 lakh, about 85 lakh farmers got insurance claims due to loss of their insured crops. The Minister said, it is government's endeavour to increase the coverage to at least 50 per cent of gross cropped area in the country.

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Former Samajwadi Party leader Neeraj Shekhar joined BJP in presence of party general secretary Bhupender Yadav in New Delhi this afternoon. Mr Shekhar had resigned as a Rajya Sabha member as well as from the Samajwadi party yesterday. He is the son of former Prime Minister Chandra Shekhar.   

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Tabla Maestro Zakir Hussain and dancer Sonal Mansingh are among the four eminent personalities who have been selected for the prestigious Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowships in the field of performing arts. The two other personalities are dancer and choreographer Jatin Goswami and Bharatnatyam exponent K.Kalyanasundaram Pillai.
The decision on the names was taken at the General Council meeting of the Sangeet Natak Akademi last month.

Forty-four artistes were also selected from the field of Music, Dance, Theatre, Traditional, Folk, Tribal Music, Dance, Theatre, Puppetry and Overall contribution or scholarship in the Performing Arts for the Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards for the year 2018.

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Vijayveer Sidhu picked up his third gold medal of the ongoing ISSF Junior World Cup in Suhl, Germany, combining with Rajkanwar Singh Sandhu and Adarsh Singh to clinch the men's 25m pistol event today.

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Sports Minister Kiren Rijuju today gave Arjuna Awards to Cricketer Smriti Mandhana and Tennis player Rohan Bopanna in a ceremony held in New Delhi.
The two players were selected for Arjuna Awards 2018 for their outstanding achievements in the sports disciplines of Cricket and Tennis. An official release said, they could not receive the Arjuna Awards from President Ram Nath Kovind during the Award Ceremony, as they were out of the country taking part in international tournaments.

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