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Commander-level talks between India, China begin at Chushul Border post in Eastern Ladakh            Political crisis continues in Rajasthan; Congress calls another legislative party meet in Jaipur today            Govt aims to increase public health expenditure to 2.5% of GDP by 2025            COVID-19 recovery rate improves to 63.02% in country            WHO calls upon countries for comprehensive strategies to deal with Covid pandemic           

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  • Parliament expresses outrage over gruesome gang rape and murder case in Hyderabad; MPs call for stern action against the perpetrators.

  • Centre says it is ready to amend laws to ensure justice; asks Telangana government to speed up the probe in case.

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi holds delegation level talks with visiting Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf to bolster co-operation. 

  • Nationwide vaccination drive launched to prevent eight diseases under Mission Indradhanush 2.

  • Heavy rains throw life out of gear in parts of Tamilnadu ; death toll mounts to 17  in a house collapse in Coimbatore 

  • And, UN Secretary General warns that ramifications of  climate change across the globe may reach a point of no return; says urgent action is needed. 


Both Houses of Parliament have expressed outrage over the gruesome gang rape and murder case of veterinary doctor in Hyderabad and called for stringent punishment to the perpetrators.  Condemning the incident, members from different political parties in Rajya Sabha demanded stringent punishment and change in the legal and police system to check crime against women.  Chairman, M. Venkaiah Naidu expressed serious concern over such incidents saying merely making laws is not enough. He said, the Hyderabad incident is a disgrace.

"What is required is not a new Bill, what is required is political will, administrative skill and then change of mindset and then go for the kill of the social evil. In that direction we must all move the entire country."

Leader of the Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad said, the country and society must stand against such heinous crimes. He said, there is a need to sensitize people on this.

"सबसे बड़ी जरूरत जो है कि जब भी ऐसा कोई दोषी पाया जाये तो पक्षपात से हटकर तो चाहे वो धर्म का पक्षपात हो, पार्टी का पक्षपात हो उससे ऊपर उठकर सख् से सख् कार्रवाई करनी चाहिए और सख् से सख् सजा देनी चाहिए।"

Ms Jaya Bachchan of Samajwadi Party demanded action against the security officer posted in the area where the Hyderabad rape incident happened. She called for stringent action against the perpetrators of the gruesome crime.

"These people need to be ashamed in front of the entire country and the people who have not done their jobs properly, the guys who have committed the crime definitely, I think these kind of people need to be brought out in public and lynched."

Mr Santanu Sen of TMC also demanded strict action against culprits. Echoing same view, Mr Sanjay Singh of the Aam Adami Party said, merely framing laws is not enough to curb crime against women. Mr Manoj Jha of the RJD stressed on the need to change the mindset of the people in the society. Ms Vijila Sathyanathan of AIADMK demanded to increase the number of fast track courts dealing with such incidents. Mr Amar Patnaik of the BJD also highlighted the need to change the mindset of society.  

Mr Naresh Gujral of Akali Dal drew the attention of the House towards the pendency of the cases in courts and delay in justice in such matters. Mr T.K. Rangarajan of CPI (M) urged the media to create awareness on crime against women.

Lok Sabha  unanimously condemned the brutal rape and killing and burning of veterinary doctor in Telangana.

The government assured the Lower House that  it is ready to discuss the subject and is ready to frame stricter laws to punish the perpetrators of the crime in an expeditious manner.

Defence Minister Raj Nath Singh said the Government is not averse to discuss the issue, and also is ready to frame stricter laws to punish the culprits.  He said that he also shares similar sentiments of the house that the accused should be punished with an exemplary punishment.

"सारे सदन की भावनाओं को देखकर इस प्रकार की घटना के लिए जो भी जिम्मेदार है, जो भी अपराधी हैं उनके खिलाफ कठोरतम कार्रवाई करने के लिए जो भी Provision करना होगा यह सरकार वह Provision करने को तैयार है।

Talking to reporters outside the Parliament,  Union Minister of State for Home Affairs G. Kishan Reddy  said that speedy justice must be provided to the family of Hyderabad rape victim. Mr Reddy  met with the officials of the State Government and the victim’s family members and has asked the State Government to speed up the investigation.

"जितना जल्दी हो सकती है उतना सजा मिले उसके लिए Fast track court  का भी व्यवस्था किया है। Separate court  में इस केस का Separate prosecute होगा। जल्दी से जल्दी सजा मिलना चाहिए। इसके लिए state government पूरा तैयार करे। Central government के द्वारा जो भी help चाहिए पूरे देने को हम तैयार हैं।"


Rajya Sabha is scheduled to resume discussion on the Prohibition of Electronic Cigarettes Bill, 2019. The Bill has already been passed by Lok Sabha.  The legislation seeks to prohibit the production, trade, transport, storage and advertisement of electronic cigarettes.  It is aimed at protecting the people from harmful effects of e-cigarettes.We have a report --

"E-cigarettes are the most common form of Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems. These are basically devices that do not burn or use tobacco leaves. Instead, they vaporise a solution using a battery. This vapour is then inhaled by the user. Recent studies have shown that E- cigarettes are not a safe alternative for tobacco and can cause respiratory complications. The Bill has provision of punishment of one year imprisonment and a fine of one lakh rupees or both for the first time offenders. No person will be allowed to store e-cigarettes and if anyone does so will have to face the punishment of six months, or a fine of up to fifty thousand rupees or both. With Diwaker, Bhupendra Singh, AIR News, Delhi."


Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari has said that there is a marked improvement in the pace of works relating to National Highways. Replying to a query during Question Hour in Rajya Sabha, he said, the speed of works has increased from two kilometres a day earlier to 30 kilometres now, which is a 15-fold increase. To another question, he replied that air pollution in Delhi will significantly reduce as the new National Highways projects including those connecting the Airport will check fuel emissions.


Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today said at present no new tax on petrol and diesel is being considered. Replying to questions in Lok Sabha, she, however, said, at present there is no proposal to reduce taxes on petrol and diesel.


The government today said import of steel has increased during the last few years. Replying to questions in Lok Sabha, Steel Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, however, said domestic production has consistently increased regardless of such imports. Mr Pradhan said, in the current year, the country is a net exporter. He said, to counter import of cheap steel, anti-dumping duties have been imposed on various grades of steel which were dumped into the country.   


Prime Minister Narendra Modi held delegation level talks with King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden at Hyderabad House in New Delhi today. The meeting is aimed at giving a boost to bilateral co-operation in various sectors. Several agreements are expected to be signed between the two countries.

King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia arrived on a State visit to India this morning at the invitation of President Ram Nath Kovind. They were given a ceremonial welcome at Rashtrapati Bhawan. This is the king's third visit to India. The King will meet President Ram Nath Kovind this evening.

Earlier, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar called on the King and Queen after their arrival and held discussions on ways to deepen bilateral ties.

Apart from the official programme in Delhi, the royal couple is scheduled to visit Mumbai and Uttarakhand. Several documents on furthering bilateral engagement are likely to be signed during the five day visit.

Our correspondent reports that India and Sweden have a bilateral trade turnover of 3.37 billion dollars and cumulative investments of about 2.5 billion dollars.


The Centre is launching nationwide vaccination drive to prevent eight diseases under the Intensified Mission Indradhanush 2.0 across the country today. The government's flagship scheme is aimed at immunizing children under the age of two  years and pregnant women against eight vaccine preventable diseases. The IMI covers  vaccines for diphtheria, whooping cough, tetanus, poliomyelitis, tuberculosis, measles, meningitis and Hepatitis B. Vaccines for Japanese encephalitis and hemophilus influenza are also being provided in selected areas. The IMI 2.0 aims to achieve targets of full immunization coverage in 272 districts spread over 27 States. The IMI 2.0 will be carried out between December 2019 and March 2020.  In Rajasthan, the Intensified Mission Indradhanush- 2 campaign has been launched today.A report from our correspondent:

"Through this campaign, Government aims to reach each and every child up to two years of age and all those pregnant women who have been left uncovered under the routine immunisation programme.  88.5 per cent children and pregnant women have been vaccinated under routine immunization in the State and a target has been set to reach 100 per cent under this campaign. Under first phase, 6 thousand 71 vaccination sessions will be conducted and more than 10 thousand pregnant women and more than 42 thousand children will be immunized. Jitendra Dwivedi, AIR News, Jaipur."

Similar reports of launching of the programme are also coming from various parts of the country.


Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi Palanisamy has announced an ex-gratia of four lakh rupees to the family of those deceased in the  house collapse due to heavy rainfall at Coimbatore early this morning. Seventeen persons died in the house collapse due to heavy rains. He took a review meeting with senior Ministers of the Cabinet this morning. He has asked the District Administrations of the rain affected districts to immediately release the insurance amount for the farmers whose agricultural lands are flooded.  According to the Met officials, heavy rainfall is predicted for the southern districts. A report from our Correspondent --

"Heavy to very heavy rains have thrown normal life out of gear in more than ten districts of the State. The advent of the north east monsoon has by hit the southern and the western districts heavily. Storage in the reservoirs and water bodies are increasing steadily. District Administrations have been asked to take necessary action in situations endangering lives. Revenue officials, State Electricity Department and Health Department officials have been coordinating with the State Disaster Management Authority officials to take immediate remedial measures. Joy, AIR News, Chennai"


In Jharkhand, today is the last date for withdrawal of nomination papers for the fourth phase of Assembly polls scheduled on the 16th of this month. Total 230 candidates have filed their nominations in 15 constituencies.

Meanwhile, campaigning for the second and third phase has intensified. Twenty constituencies will go to the polls in the second phase on the 7th of this month. Polling for seventeen constituencies spread over eight districts, will be held in the third phase on 12th of this month. Star campaigner of different political parties are holding election rallies and public meetings in support of their candidates.


United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres has said that the world's efforts to stop climate change have been utterly inadequate so far. There is a danger that global warming could pass the point of no return. He was speaking before the start of an International Climate Conference in Madrid scheduled for today. The U.N. Chief noted that the world has the scientific knowledge and the technical means to limit global warming, but  the political will is lacking.

Mr Guterres said, he hoped the meeting in Madrid would see governments make more ambitious pledges ahead of a deadline to do so next year.

Delegates from almost 200 countries will try to put finishing touches on the rules governing the 2015 Paris climate accord at the two-week meeting.



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