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10th August, 2018

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi announces setting up of 12 modern bio-fuel refineries across countries; Says Government to soon promote CNG vehicles in villages.

  • Parliament adjourned sine die after Monsoon Session; Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan describes the Session as productive and satisfactory; Rajya Sabha defers discussion on Triple Talaq Bill.

  • Parliament approves Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Second Amendment) Bill 2018 making home buyers as financial creditors.

  • Centre assures all possible assistance to flood affected Kerala; Met Department predicts more rain for 48 hours.

  • Supreme Court expresses serious concern over recent cases of sexual abuse at shelter homes in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. 

  • Pakistan's Prime Minister-in-waiting Imran Khan tenders apology for violating poll law, which paves way for his swearing-in. 

  • Indian shuttlers, Ajay Jayaram and Mithun Manjunath enter  men's singles semifinal of Vietnam Open Badminton. 


Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said that 12 modern biofuel refineries worth ten thousand crore rupees will be established across the country. This will provide employment to nearly one lakh 50 thousand youth. He was addressing an event on the occasion of World Biofuel Day 2018 in New Delhi.  Mr Modi said that biofuel can bring revolutionary changes in the lives of the farmers and that the government is making huge investment towards converting biomass into biofuel. He said, biofuel will play a bridge between environment and  economic development. Mr Modi said, all agricultural waste and discard can be used for ethanol production thus reducing farm wastage. 

The Prime Minister also said that the government is trying to reduce dependence on CNG import and soon it will promote CNG vehicles in the villages.


Both the Houses of Parliament were adjourned sine die today. The Monsoon session had begun on 18th of last month. In her valedictory remarks, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan described the Monsoon Session as productive and satisfactory. She said, during the session, the Lok Sabha passed 21 bills including the legislations related to granting the National Commission for Backward Classes, a  status of a constitutional authority, Fugitive Economic Offender Bill, National Sports University Bill and the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Bill. The Speaker said, the house sat around 21 hours extra to discuss issues related to public concern and passage of Bills. 

In his remarks on the conclusion of the Monsoon Session of the House, Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu said, with productivity of more than 74 per cent , this session proved to be about three times more productive than the last Budget session whose productivity was only about 25 per cent. He said, during this session, the members  could collectively address a range of issues with far reaching implications. These include positioning the cause of social justice on a higher pedestal by conferring Constitutional status on the National Commission for Backward Classes and restoring the original statutory position in respect of prevention of atrocities against Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, by addressing judicial impediments. 

Earlier, the Rajya Sabha today decided to defer the discussion on the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill 2017.  As soon as the House met post lunch, Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu announced that the discussion on the Triple Talaq Bill will not take place because of differences among political parties.

बिल के बारे में जो पहले रिस्ट्रक्ट था वो त्रिपल अभी नही ले रहे कारण क्या है कि आपस में एक एकमत नहीं हो पाया है।

During the session, the Lok Sabha passed 21 Bills and  the Rajya Sabha passed 14 Bills. . Important legislations including the SCs and STs  (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Bill, Fugitive Economic Offenders Bill and the Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill were passed during the session in Parliament.The productivity of  the Lok Sabha was 118 per cent  and that of Rajya Sabha was 68 per cent . During the session, a motion of No-Confidence moved by the opposition in the Lok Sabha was also defeated.Election to the Office of the Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha was also held  in which NDA candidate  Harivansh was elected. Anand Kumar, AIR News Delhi.


Parliament has passed the  Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Second Amendment) Bill,2018 with the Rajya Sabha approving it today. The Lok Sabha had passed it earlier. The Bill seeks to clarify that allottees under a real estate project should be treated as financial creditors. As per the bill, home buyers will get due representation in the Committee of Creditors that takes a call on resolution proposals, making them an integral part of the decision making process. The Bill allows the withdrawal of a resolution application submitted to the National Company Law Tribunal under the Code.  This decision can be taken with the approval of 90 per cent of the committee of creditors.


The Lok Sabha passed the Arbitration and Conciliation (Amendment) Bill, 2018.  It will amend the Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 1996.  The Bill seeks to establish an independent body called the Arbitration Council of India for the promotion of arbitration, mediation, conciliation and other alternative dispute redressal mechanisms.

Replying to a debate on the Bill, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said, the legislation provides for time-bound settlement of disputes as well as accountability of the arbitrator.


BJP President Amit Shah today said agricultural growth is the core focus of the NDA Government and it has take steps for it. Launching a book titled blueprint for an economic miracle, authored by Pradeep Gupta in New Delhi today, Mr Shah said agricultural boost is paramount for economic transformation. He said agricultural schemes dating back to the Congress regime are still pending and NDA has reinitiated 184 schemes. Mr Shah said 12 crore people have been given employment opportunity's through MUDRA , Skill India and other schemes.


The Centre is ready to give all possible assistance to Kerala in the wake of unprecedented rainfall and floods. Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and offered him all possible help in this regard.  In a tweet, Mr Modi said he had discussed the situation arising due to floods in various parts of the state. He added that the nation stands shoulder to shoulder with the people of the state.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh will visit Kerala on Sunday..Earlier today he spoke to Mr Vijayan and assured all possible assistance. In a tweet, Mr Singh said the Centre has been closely monitoring the situation in Kerala .

Meanwhile, our correspondent reports that death toll due to rain and landslides has reached 29 as 25 people lost their lives in landslides and four in flash floods.

As per latest reports more than 53000 people have been shifted to  439 relief camps set up in the rain affected districts. As many as 71 houses are fully destroyed . With no respite to heavy rain  red s have been  issued in seven districts. With the opening of all the five floodgates of the Idukki dam , water is rushing down the Periyar river causing huge loss to the crops and properties. Around 200 families who live on the sides of the Periyar river, have already been evacuated and State chief secretery said  6500 more  families need to be evacuated .

Meanwhile, the rescue operation Met Department predicted the heavy rain fall to continue for another 48 hours in the state. Shamila for AIR news from Thiruvananthapuram.


The Supreme Court today expressed serious concern over recent cases of rape and sexual abuse of girls at shelter homes in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. The court's observation came while hearing a matter relating to sexual abuse of children at orphanages.

A bench of justices Madan B Lokur, S Abdul Nazeer and Deepak Gupta while referring to the recent incident at Pratapgarh in Uttar Pradesh where 26 women have been reported to be missing from shelter homes asked when these horrific incidents will stop.

The apex court on May 5 last year, had passed a slew of directions including setting up of a data base of children living in orphanages and child care institutions to ensure their safety and welfare. The court has posted the matter for hearing on 21st of this month.


In Assam, forms for claims, objections and corrections of the draft National Register of Citizens have been made available at the NRC Seva Kendras from today. The forms can also be downloaded from The submission and receipt of claims, objections and corrections forms will be held between 30th of August and 28th of September. Nearly 40 lakh names have not appeared in the complete NRC draft. Official sources said that applicants who do not find their names in the complete NRC draft.


Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana comes under Pradhana Mantri Jeevan Suraksha Bima Yojana and is offered/administered through both Public and Private Sector Insurance companies, in a tie-up with scheduled commercial banks, Regional Rural Banks, and Cooperative Banks.

Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana comes under Pradhana Mantri Jeevan Suraksha Bima Yojana launched in 2015 and is successfully implemented in Dharwad District. Since implementation in Dharwad District 1,500 death claims have been settled and an amount of Rs 24,74,42,089 is collected through premium. shri S.R.kulkarni senior Branch Manager, LIC, Dharwad explained in detail about the implementation of the scheme.

Suman kadam of  Dharwad District had taken Jeevan Suraksha Policy 2 years back and she got the benefit of Rs 2 lakh after her husband’s death. By this she could help her mother - in law financially and keep some savings for her children’s education she says.

Similarly, Anitha Hiremath from Savadatti taluk of Belagavi District explains how the Jeevan SurakSha policy taken by her husband for an annual premium of Rs 330/- helped her after his death in an accident. She is using this Rs 2 lakh benefit amount for her children's education.

Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyothi Bima Yojana is a pure term insurance policy, which covers only mortality with no investment component. Arati Devashikhamani Reporting from AIR Dharwad.


External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today met Foreign Minister of Swiss Federation Ignazio Cassis in New Delhi. The two leaders reviewed the entire spectrum of the relationship at the delegation-level talks. Discussion was held on trade and investment, financial and tax matters, vocational education and training, tourism and consular matters. Both countries are celebrating the 70th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Friendship.


Pakistan's Prime Minister-in-waiting Imran Khan today tendered a written apology for violating the secrecy of the ballot, prompting the election commission to withdraw its notice to him, paving the way for his swearing-in next week.  Dawn news reported the Election Commission of Pakistan, in a 3-1 vote, accepted the apology submitted by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairperson.  It also ordered the issuance of notification for his victory in Islamabad's NA-53 constituency, where he stamped the ballot paper publicly instead of going behind the voting screen.


After hitting record high and 38,000 mark yesterday, Sensex today slipped below the mark. It fell 155 points to 37,869. Nifty-50 also dropped 41 points to 11,430.


Ajay Jayaram and Mithun Manjunath progress to the men's singles semifinals of the Vietnam Open Super Tour 100 Badminton tournament.  In Ho Chi Minh City today,  former World No. 13 Jayaram dished out a spirited performance to outwit Canada's Sheng Xiaodong 26-24, 21-17 in a thrilling contest. The 30-year-old Indian will next face seventh seeded Japanese Yu Igarashi tomorrow.

In another match, young shuttler Mithun saw off China's Zhou Zeqi 17-21, 21-19, 21-11. The 20-year-old will square off against Indonesia's Shesar Hiren Rhustavito.


India were reeling at 15 for three at tea on day two of the second Cricket Test at Lord's.  After a complete wash-out on day one, England skipper Joe Root won the toss on the second day, putting India into bat in overcast conditions. Fast bowler James Anderson took the wickets of  Murali Vijay for a duck and KL Rahul for 8 runs.


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