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19th August, 2017

THE HEADLINES:

  • Janata Dal (United) under leadership of Nitish Kumar decides to join BJP led National Democartic Alliance.
  • RBI calls for recapitalisation of State run banks to help them resolve the NPA issues in a time bound manner; Finance Minister Arun Jaitley says Government is making special efforts to ensure that effective infrastructure is in place.
  • Government approves enhanced pay scales for medical officers and specialists in Army.
  • Flood situation remains grim in Bihar; Chief Minister Nitish Kumar orders intensive airdropping of food packets in worst affected areas of Araria; In Uttar Pradesh, 37 districts hit by flood.
  • US lawmakers express concern over human rights violations in Pakistan's Sindh province.

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The Janata Dal (United) has decided to join the BJP led National Democratic Alliance at the Centre. The decision was taken at the party's National Executive meeting in Patna today. The meeting was chaired by Party President Nitish Kumar. Our correspondent reports that BJP President Amit Shah had earlier offered Mr Nitish Kumar to join the National Democratic Alliance at the Centre. 

JD(U) becomes part of the NDA after a gap of four years. Participants at the meeting were informed about the circumstances leading to the break up with the RJD and new alliance with BJP. Loyalists of Sharad Yadav, who have opposed joining hands with the BJP,  have also organised a programme - Jan Adalat in Patna. Mr.Yadav said he is not against any body but he is with the people of the state.He said Nitish insulted the mandate given to the grand alliance in the 2015 assembly polls. Mr said he is still with grand alliance. The two meetings make it clear that battle lines within the JD(U) are drawn and the party may be heading for a split after the disintegration of the grand alliance in Bihar.

JD(U) principal secretary general KC Tyagi, however, maintained that there is no split and that Mr Yadav has left the party voluntarily. With the report of kk Lal from Patna, Sanjeev Jasrotia for AIR News.

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Reserve Bank Governor Urjit Patel today called for recapitalization of state-run banks to help them resolve the Non-Performing Assets issue in a time-bond manner as bad loans at 9.6 per cent of the system is not acceptable. He said this while addressing a national conference in Mumbai in presence of Union Minister of Finance Arun Jaitley. Mr Patel said that gross NPA ratio of the banking system at 9.6 per cent and stressed advances ratio at 12 per cent as of March 2017 is indeed a matter of concern.

Mr Jaitley said that the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code had changed debtor - creditor relationship with regard to NPA. He said that the ultimate object of IBC is not liquidation of business but to save business. The Finance Minister assured that the Government is making special efforts to ensure that effective infrastructure is in place.

I think that the law has been put in place, the competent authority, the NCLP has been constituted. We are taking the special efforts to make sure that the infrastructure there will also be strengthened and brought in consonance with the requirements of this particular law.

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Union Minister for textiles Smriti Irani has inaugurated a ceremony at Jamshedpur in Jharkhand for laying foundation stones of 70 new companies. This initiative is under the ongoing Momentum Jharkhand initiative of state government whose theme is ease of doing business in the state. The ongoing ceremony, named as "Second Groundbreaking Ceremony" foundation stones for 70 companies were laid whose permissions have been granted after receiving the proposals few months ago.

Chief Minister Raghubar Das said that this will usher a new era of development in the state. Our Correspondent reports that this is part of Jharkhand government emphasis to boost manufacturing in the state.

Mrs Irani also inaugurated a modern handloom manufacturing unit in Ranchi.

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The Government has approved enhanced pay scales for medical officers and specialists in the Army. In a tweet, the Army said, medical and dental officers will get 75 thousand rupees per month. All specialists working in the Ex-servicemen Contributory Health Scheme-ECHS polyclinics will receive 87 thousand and 500 rupees for the first year and One lakh rupees for the second year with effect from 16th of this month. Army also said, ECHS is looking forward to quality doctors and dedicated care of veterans and their dependents.

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Army Chief General Bipin Rawat will pay a three-day visit to Ladakh beginning tomorrow. During the visit, he will take stock of the security preparedness along the border with China. Sources said, General Rawat is likely to discuss key operational matters with the top Commanders.

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Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti  today inaugurated a motorable bridge at Pushkum and Purik Guest House at Kurbathang in Karagil. After becoming the Chief Minister, she arrived in Kargil today, on her maiden visit. She was accompanied by Deputy Chief Minister Dr Nirmal Singh and others in her two-day tour. She also laid foundation stone of Link Road Tharumsa Pashkum, lecture hall and a Girl Hostel at Degree College, Kargil.

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In Bihar, there is no improvement in the flood situation. Over one crore people spread over 19 districts are reeling under the impact of flood. 164 people have so far died in flood related incidents. Relief and rescue operations are in full swing. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has ordered intensive airdropping of food packets in the four worst hit blocks of Araria district - Kursakanta, Palasi, Sikta and Jokihat and one block of East Champaran district - Sugauli. The Chief Minister has also directed the road construction department to restore the Kishanganj - Araria road to facilitate rescue and relief operations. Over 4 lakh 60 thousand people have been evacuated from the flood affected areas. About 4 lakh persons have taken shelter in 1,290 relief camps. Cooked food is being served to about 3 lakh people at 1,646 community kitchens set up across the state. Twenty eight teams of NDRF along with 16 SDRF teams are conducting the relief operations.

Meanwhile, in Uttar Pradesh, 37 districts have been hit by flood. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has directed the officials to ensure airdropping of food packets in flood affected areas in case the marooned areas were inaccessible even by boats. Mr yogi is on visit today to Gorakhpur, Maharajganj and Kushi Nagar flood affected districts. It is his second visit to Gorakhpur and Maharajganj in the current spell of floods in the State. 
Our correspondent reports that flood has claimed 38 lives, especially in eastern parts of the state. 646 flood outposts have been set up and 209 relief camps were operational in which 19,564 people have taken shelter across the State. Besides, about 50,000 people have been shifted to safer places with the help of SSB, NDRF and PAC personnel.

In Gorakhpur movement of traffic on the Gorakhpur-Sonauli road towards Nepal has come to a standstill as waters of the Rohin river has inundated Maniram township and the national highway. In Bahraich district rivers Ghaghra and Saryu are continously rising and have affected several villages in Mahsi, Nanpara and Kaiserganj areas. 

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Nepal Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba has expressed sincere thanks to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his deepest condolences and sympathies to the flood victims and survivors in Nepal. In a tweet, Mr Deuba also expressed his gratitude to Mr Modi for his generous pledge of 250 million rupees in cash for flood relief. The Prime Minister had a telephonic conversation with his Nepalese counterpart Deuba yesterday. Mr Modi had expressed readiness to provide all possible relief assistance.

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In the United States, seven lawmakers have expressed concern over human rights violations in Pakistan's Sindh province. They have urged the State Department to place the issue on priority during interactions with Islamabad. Expressing concerns about it, Congressmen led by Brad Sherman, Chair of the Congressional Sindh Caucus wrote a letter to the Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asia Alice G Wells and US ambassador to Pakistan David Hale. The lawmakers urged them to place a priority on human rights and democracy in its interactions with the government of Pakistan. The lawmakers also urged them to work with the government of Pakistan to seek the release of persons held on false charges in Sindh. The Congressmen also urged to protect religious freedom of the Sindhi people, to end the forced conversions of minority Sindhi girls and women.

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The Pentagon has said that the United States and South Korea will begin a 10-day-long annual military exercise from Monday. US Department of Defence said the Ulchi Freedom Guardian drill is a computer simulated defensive exercise designed to enhance readiness and maintain stability on the Korean peninsula. It said in addition to South Korea and US forces, UN Command forces from seven states will participate in the exercise. The Ulchi Freedom Guardian drills will be the first joint military exercise between the allies since North Korea successfully flight-tested two intercontinental ballistic missiles in July and threatened to bracket Guam with intermediate range ballistic missile fire in August.

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Still, with United States, one police officer was shot and killed and another gravely injured by gunfire while checking suspicious people in the central Florida city of Kissimmee. Kissimmee Police Chief Jeff O'Dell said at a news conference that, the officers were checking three suspects when a fourth suspect opened fire. Three of the suspects were arrested, and officers were searching for a fourth. In another incident in the northern Florida city of  Jacksonville, two police officers were shot and wounded while responding to reports of a shooter in an apartment.

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The Sports Ministry has dropped para-sports coach Satyanarayana from the list of this year's Dronacharya awardees due to a criminal case pending against him. A Sports Ministry official said in New Delhi that the Ministry have chucked off the name of Satyanarayana since he has a case pending against him. Satyanarayana has coached Mariyappan Thangavelu, who won a gold in Rio Paralympics and who is one among those recommended for the Arjuna Award this year. The selection panel appointed by the Ministry had recommended 17 names, including two para-athletes, for Arjuna Awards and nominated hockey player Sardar Singh and Rio Paralympics gold medalist Devendra Jhajharia for Khel Ratna, the highest sporting honour in the country.

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President Ram Nath Kovind today visited the President’s Estate on the occasion of World Honey Bee Day. As a unique project, the apiary was established in the President’s Estate for the first time with the help of Khadi and Village Industries Commission as the government is promoting the Honey Mission in the country. At present, 200 bee boxes have been set up which will increase to 500. The apiary will produce high quality honey, wax and  pollen as well as help increase flora, fauna in Rashtrapati Bhawan through pollination.

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Today is World Photography Day. A number of exhibitions have been organised across the nation to mark the occasion. This day aims to inspire photographers across the planet to share a single photo with the world. On August 19 in 2010, World Photo Day hosted its first global online gallery. Almost 270 photographers shared their pictures and people from over 100 countries visited the website.

On this day, camera persons take stock of the different kind of photography that has come to the fore.

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