- Government to take
additional measures to improve growth, if needed in view of present economic
situation; Finance Minister Arun Jaitley says fuel price hike is temporary and
will be normalized soon.
- Union Cabinet
approves additional investment of 12 thousand crore rupees towards
supplementary nutrition for children; decides to merge 17 government presses
into five; also approves
revamping of "Khelo India" programme.
- Security forces arrest Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist
wanted in several cases from Anantnag district; one army jawan martyred in
firing by Pakistani troops along LoC in Kupwara district.
- Madras High Court orders stay on trust vote in
Tamil Nadu Assembly until further orders in view of fluid political situation.
- Frantic rescue operations in full swing in Mexico
after a powerful earthquake leaves more than 200 dead.
- PV Sindhu, Saina Nehwal, K. Srikanth, H S Prannoy
and Sameer Verma enter 2nd round of Japan Open Superseries Badminton in Tokyo.
Minister has said, the government will take additional measures, if needed, in
view of the present economic situation
to improve the growth. Replying to a media query after Union Cabinet meeting,
Arun Jaitley said, he had held a series of meetings with concerned Ministers and
Secretaries in the last two days and discussed the factors relating to the
Arun Jaitley has termed the hike in the prices of petrol and diesel as
temporary phenomena, saying it will soon be normalized. Replying to a media
query over the issue, Mr. Jaitley said, the recent spike is due to shrinking of
refining capacity which has been affected due to Hurricane in the US. He also targeted Opposition parties for
questioning the Centre over the issue, saying why they are not reducing taxes
on petroleum products if they are so serious.
Minister, gave no indication of any cut in excise duty on petrol and diesel to
cushion the spike in rates. He said the government needs revenue to support
public spending. Mr. Jaitley said, the government has increased public spending
on infrastructure and whatever GDP growth is there, it is fueled by public
spending and FDI.
Union Cabinet has
approved increase of cost norms for supplementary nutrition provided in Anganwadis
and for out of school adolescent girls under Integrated Child Development
Services. It will involve an additional investment of 12 thousand crore rupees
over the next three years. Briefing reporters after the meeting in New Delhi
today, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said, the revised cost norms for children
upto six years will be eight rupees, for adolescent girls, pregnant women and
lactating mothers, it will be 9.5 rupees
and for severely malnourished category 12 rupees will be given.
The Cabinet has
approved productivity link bonus of 78 days wages for Railway employees. About
12.3 lakh non-gazetted employees are likely to benefit from the decision. This does not include Railway
Protection Force and Railway Protection Special Force personnel. The payment
will be made before the Dussehra puja holidays.
The government also
decided to merge existing 17 government presses into five to rationalize and
modernize them. Mr Jaitley said, the surplus employees will be re-deployed in
the new presses. He said, 468 acres of land of merged presses will come to
central land pool after merger.
The Cabinet has also approved the revamped
"Khelo India" programme at a cost of 1,756 crore rupees for the
period 2017-18 to 2019-20. The programme aims at mainstreaming sports. Speaking
on the revamped programme, Sports Minister Col Rajyavardhan Rathore said, it will impact the entire sports eco-system,
including infrastructure, community sports, talent identification, coaching for
excellence, competition structure and sports economy.
The Cabinet was apprised of progress under the National Health Mission and decisions of
Empowered Programme Committee and Mission Steering Group of National Health
Mission. Speaking on it, Union Health Minister J P Nadda said, rate of decline
of under-5 Mortality rate during National Health Mission period has nearly
doubled. He said, Millennium Development Goal-6 of halting and reversing
incidence of Malaria, HIV-AIDS and TB has been achieved. He said, National
Health Mission has been a successful scheme.
The Cabinet today also approved extension of time
period of the scheme Special Industry Initiative for Jammu and Kashmir, UDAAN
till 31st of December next year. Initially, the time period of Udaan was upto
2016-17. Udaan is a national integration scheme with the goal to mainstream
youth of Jammu and Kashmir with a rest of the country.
In Jammu & Kashmir, an army Jawan was killed
and at least two others injured in firing by Pakistani troops along the LoC in
Kupwara district this morning. A senior police officer told AIR Srinagar that
Pakistan Rangers violating ceasefire agreement opened fire at army’s forward
post in Keran sector in the district.
Meanwhile, security forces have arrested Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist,
Aadil Ahmad from Bijbehara area of Anantnag. He was wanted in several cases of
attacks on security forces and panchayat officials.
The Madras High Court has ordered a stay on holding
any trust vote in the Tamil Nadu Assembly until further orders. It has also
barred the Election Commission of India from initiating the process of holding
by-elections to the 18 seats that were notified by the Speaker as vacant. The
notification was made following the disqualification of the MLAs loyal to the
AIADMK’s sidelined leader TTV Dhinakaran on Monday.
The disqualified MLAs filed petitions before the
High Court yesterday, seeking to declare the Speaker’s order null and void. The
petitions were clubbed with DMK leader MK Stalin’s writ petition seeking to
convene the state Assembly at the earliest to test the majority of the AIADMK
Government. They were heard by Justice M Duraiswamy today.
"All political activities based on the
disqualification of the 18 AIADMK dissident legislators have effectively been
put on hold by today’s direction of the Madras High Court. It includes holding
any trust vote on the floor of the state Assembly. The trust vote has been the
main demand of the Opposition prior to the disqualification of the MLAs. Now,
they prefer a trust vote only after the disposal of the present case. However,
the court avoiding any specific direction today against the disqualification is
viewed by political analysts as a setback for the Dhinakaran side for the time
being. Jaya singh, AIR News, Chennai
President Ram Nath Kovind has said that education
is crucial to harness the energy of young people and make the country a
developed society. Addressing the inaugural function of the golden jubilee
celebrations of Jesus and Mary College in New Delhi today, Mr Kovind said, the
goal of education is not just to acquire knowledge, but to enhance the welfare
of the less-privileged among people. The President said, truly educated are not
ones who collect degrees, but those who use the degrees and underlying scholarship
to become nation-builders. He stressed the need to upgrade the higher
educational system and to the extent possible, make it future-proof. Mr Kovind
said, Indian education infrastructure, curricula and modes of teaching have to
become 21st century compatible and dynamic enough to constantly embrace change.
In Mexico City, thousands of soldiers, rescuers and
civilians -- including college students -- are working side by side to dig
through tall piles of rubble from dozens of crumbled buildings due to strong
earthquake. Hundreds of volunteers have joined emergency services and rescue
operations in the search for survivors. A huge earthquake has killed more than
200 people in central Mexico.
Hurricane Maria, the devastating storm pushing
north-west through the Caribbean, has landed in Puerto Rico today. The US National Hurricane Center (NHC) said,
it arrived in Yabucoa in the east of the US territory, producing winds of 250
kilometre per hour. The hurricane is now around 32 kilometre west of San Juan,
Puerto Rico's capital. The governor of Puerto Rico has told the island's 3.5
million people to seek shelter. There are also concerns that heavy rain could
cause landslides in some places.
Back Home, Mumbai city and its suburbs have been
witnessing intermittent rainfall since morning. Our correspondent reports
flight operations at the Mumbai airport that the remain affected for the second
"The Mumbai Police had issued high tide
warning and fishermen have been warned against venturing into the deep sea.
Flight operations at the Mumbai airport remained affected for the second day
today. Due to the downpour, five long distance trains of the Western Railways
have been cancelled. Two other trains of the Western Railways have been
diverted via Manmad-Daund route. While the vehicular movement on both the
Eastern and Western Express Highways is normal, traffic snarls are witnessed on
few roads of the city in low lying areas due water-logging. The bus services of
the BEST are running smoothly. The ‘dabbawalas’ of Mumbai today cancelled their
delivery of over two lakh tiffins to office-goers in the city. With
Prarthna, this is Pooja Bhatt Pal, AIR
In Sports, Indian singles shuttler Parupalli Kashyap failed
to qualify for the Japan Open Badminton Superseries in Tokyo. Satwiksairaj
Rankireddy advanced to the main draws in both the men's and mixed double
categories, partnering Chirag Shetty and Ashwini Ponappa today.Kashyap first
got past Denmark's Emil Holst but lost to Japanese Yu Igarashi in the second
qualifying match.Olympic medallists P.V. Sindhu and Saina Nehwal will begin
their campaigns today. Sindhu will face Japanese Minatsu Mitani while Saina
will clash with Thai Pornpawee Chochuwong.
The Indian Cricket Board has nominated Mahendra
Singh Dhoni for the country's third highest civilian award -- the Padma Bhushan
-- for his contribution to the game.
Dhoni is already a recipient of the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna
and the Padma Shri award.