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10th January, 2019


  • Selection Committee chaired by the Prime Minister removes Alok Verma as CBI Chief.

  • Cabinet approves setting up of three more All India Institutes of Medical Sciences.

  • GST exemption limit doubled to give relief to small businesses; Fixed at  20 lakh rupees for north eastern states and 40 lakh rupees for rest of the country.

  • BJP will favour a coalition Government despite getting majority in upcoming general elections, says Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

  • In Jharkhand, over one lakh youths given jobs during Global Skill Summit in Ranchi.

  • In Khelo India Youth Games, Maharashtra leads the medal tally with 10 golds; Mizoram's Zakhuma sets a new national record in 61 kg category of weightlifting.

  • India to play against United Arab Emirates in second group stage football match of Asia Cup campaign in Abu Dhabi a short while from now.


CBI Director Alok Verma, who was reinstated to the post by the Supreme Court on tuesday, has been transfered and appointed Director General, Fire Services, Civil Defence and Home Guards. The Selection Committee, headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, which appoints the CBI chief took the decision this evening. The three-member committee also comprises Leader of the single largest Opposition party in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge and Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi's nominee, Justice A K Sikri. Sources said the committee found Alok Verma's continuance in the post detrimental to institutional integrity. The decision was taken by a majority with Mallikarjun Kharge opposing the move. 

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet said M Nageshwar Rao, presently Additional Director, CBI will look after the duties of the Director. 

Alok Verma was sent on forced leave by the government in a late-night order on 28th October last year in the wake of a feud between him and his deputy Special Director Rakesh Asthana. Later, he challenged the order in the Supreme Court which reinstated him, quashing the government order.


The Cabinet today approved establishment of three more All India Institute of Medical Sciences, AIIMS to boost healthcare infrastructure in the country. Two of them will be set up in Jammu and Kashmir's Samba district and Awantipora in Pulwama district. The third AIIMS will come up at Rajkot in Gujarat.


The Government today doubled the GST exemption limit to give relief to small businesses. Speaking to media after the meeting of the GST Council in New Delhi, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said, the GST Council raised the exemption limit to 20 lakh rupees for north eastern states and 40 lakh rupees for rest of the country.

"अब दो प्रकार की exemption limits होंगी। पहली वाली का स्लैब 40 लाख होगा, यानी कि जो 20 लाख था उसको double कर दिया गया है। और छोटे राज्यों के लिए जो 10 लाख की limit थी उसको 20 लाख पे रखा गया है लेकिन इसमें एक ऑप्शन दे दी गयी है जो पहले छोटे राज्यों को थी कि वो अगर 20 लाख के स्थान पे अपनी लिमिट raise करके 40 लाख पे लाना चाहे तो opt out करने की उनको discretion दी गयी है।

The Finance Minister said, the scope of GST Composition Scheme, under which small traders and businesses pay a small tax based on turnover rather than value addition is raised to 1.5 crore rupees from 1 crore rupees. Mr Jaitley said the twin move would give relief to micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs).

"1st अप्रैल 2019 से composition की जो exempt limit है वो one and a half crore तक हो जाएगी। और क्योंकि composition scheme का लाभ उठाने के लिए कई छोटे व्यावसायिक आये हैं, तो इसको बढ़ाने का ये एक logic था। दूसरा लॉजिक भी था कि, पुरानी एक्साइज स्कीम में 1.5 करोड़ तक उनको छूट थी एक्साइज़ से, इसलिए GST structure में उसको at par 1.5 करोड़ ले आये "

The Minister said, those who come under this scheme will pay tax quarterly, but the return will be filed only once a year. Mr Jaitley said that a committee has been set up to consider real estate GST rates.

The Minister said, the council has allowed the state of Kerala to impose a cess of up to 1 percent on intrastate sales for two years.


BJP will favour a coalition Government even if it gets majority on its own in the Lok Sabha elections. This was stated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi while interacting with the party workers of Tamil Nadu through video conferencing today. Responding to a question on alliance, Mr Modi said a strong NDA is an article of faith for the BJP.

"BJP has always followed the path Atal ji had shown us Strong NDA  is an article of faith for us. It is not a compulsion. Even when the BJP won a majority on its own, we preferred to run the  government with our allies. We cherish our old friends and our doors are always open for parties. But more than all these political issues, the winning alliance is, an alliance with the people. दलों से मिले ना मिले दिलो से मिलना जरूरी है "

On defence, the Prime Minister said middlemen played significant role in procurement for armed forces during the previous UPA regime. He blamed the Congress for not augmenting the capacity of the Indian Air Force while a few of the neighbouring countries kept multiplying their fleet strength.


The Jharkhand High Court today rejected the bail petition of RJD president Lalu Prasad Yadav in three cases of the multi-crore fodder scam. CBI lawyer Rajeev Sinha said, Justice Aparesh Kumar Singh turned down the bail plea of Yadav. The court had on January 4 reserved its order on the RJD supremo's bail plea after hearing arguments of his counsel Kapil Sibal and that of the CBI. The RJD president is currently lodged in the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) in Ranchi.

The fodder scam is related to fraudulent withdrawal of government funds from the treasuries of various districts of undivided Bihar in the 1990s when Lalu Prasad Yadav was the chief minister.

Yadav was lodged in Ranchi jail in December 2017 in these cases.


Former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit has been appointed as the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee president. Earlier, Ajay Maken had resigned from the post citing health issues. Announcing this, party's Delhi in-charge P C Chacko said, former Delhi Minister Harun Yusuf, former Delhi MLAs Rajesh Lilothia and Devendra Yadav have been appointed as Working presidents.


Environment Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan launched the National Clean Air Programme, NCAP in New Delhi today. On the occasion, the Minister said that the government has decided to tentatively reduce pollutants- Particulate Matter 2.5 (PM 2.5) and PM 10- by 2024. Mr Vardhan said, the Government has taken many initiatives to address the increasing air pollution across the country.


In Jharkhand, over 1 lakh youths have been given jobs in private sector during the Global Skill Summit 2019 in Ranchi. Governor Droupadi Murmu, Chief Minister Raghubar Das and other guests handed over appointment letters to some skill-trained youth symbolically during the Summit today. The chief minister said, Jharkhand became the first state to achieve the feat of giving jobs to over one lakh youths in the private sector. Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan was also present on the occasion. MoUs were also signed with many national and international organisations relating to skill development during the summit.17 countries are taking part in the summit.


Electronics and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad today inaugurated the centralised Command and Control Centre of the National Informatics Centre (NIC) in New Delhi today. Speaking on the occassion, he said the government is focused on delivering services to citizens through the digital mode. Mr Prasad said digital delivery of citizen-centric services is at the core of e-governance mechanism.

The Minister also inaugurated Centre of Excellence for Artificial Intelligence. He highlighted the role of Artificial Intelligence in detecting malpractices to prevent leakage of government subsidy meant for beneficiaries of welfare schemes. 


External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today met Minister for Foreign Affairs of Nepal Pradeep Kumar Gyawali in New Delhi. The two Ministers reviewed recent developments in bilateral ties across diverse sectors, including in the areas of agriculture, railways and inland waterways as well as pace of implementation of ongoing development and connectivity projects. They reiterated their commitment to maintain the new momentum and to further strengthen the traditionally close and friendly ties between the two countries.


The Supreme Court has fixed hearing in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land title dispute case for 29th of this month. The Constituition Bench hearing the case is to be reconstituted after Justice UU Lalit recused himself from the case. Senior advocate Rajeev Dhavan, appearing for a Muslim party, told the bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi that  Justice Lalit appeared for former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Kalyan Singh in 1994. Though Dhavan said he was not seeking Justice Lalit's recusal, the judge opted out of the hearing in the matter.

Other members of the bench comprised Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices SA Bobde, NV Ramana, and DY Chandrachud.


In Mumbai, about 33,000 employees of the Brihanmumbai Electricity Supply and Transport - BEST have been on strike since last three days, causing inconvenience to Mumbaikars. Our correspondent reports a positive outcome is expected after a meeting of union leaders with the management tonight:- 

"After suffering immense hardships for three days, Mumbaikars are now hoping for some relief from BEST as well as the civic body. A positive outcome is expected post the meeting between BEST union leader Shashank Rao and BEST General Manager Surendrakumar Bagde and Mumbai’s civic chief Ajoy Mehta. Apart from the demand of higher salary, BEST employees have asked for a merger of the  BEST with Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai Meanwhile, the Bombay High Court has issued notices to Maharashtra government, Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai and the BEST Workers' Union over a PIL against the ongoing strike. The matter will be heard tomorrow. With Nisha Raney's report from Mumbai, Tripti Srivastava for AIR News."


In Khelo India Youth games, the second day today was action-packed with a few records being broken by the young athletes. Maharashtra is leading the medal tally with 30 medals including 10 gold.

"Maharashtra is now leading Medal tally with 10 Gold 12 Silver & 8 Bronze because of there performance in Gymnastic. Delhi is on Number 2. Last Years Number one Haryana is still on Number 3. Maharashtra swept the Gymnastic event of Khelo India Today. Siddhi Hattekar, Mahish Gadhave, Krisha Cheda, Shreyas Mandlik and Shreya Bangale bagged Gold in different catagories. 6 Gold Medals of Judo were decided today out of which 3 are won by Delhi players and 1 each went to Harayana, U.P and Gujrat. In swimming Karnatak was leading with 13 medals. Zakhuma of Mizoram establishd new national record in weightlifting 61 kg category, Jacob Vanaltluanga of Mizoram got Silver in same event. Soumya Dalvi of Maharashtra clinched Gold in under 17 girls 40 kilogram category. In football under 17 girls of Kerala beat Himachal Pradesh 28 Nil but in under 21 boys football, Chandigarh hold Kerala 1-1. Nitin Kelkar For AIR News Pune."


India will play their second group stage football match in their Asia Cup campaign against the hosts United Arab Emirates in Abu Dhabi a short while from now. The match will begin at 9.30 p.m. Indian Standard Time.

The tournament is being held across 8 stadiums in the UAE. India started their AFC Asia Cup campaign in a stunning fashion, thrashing Thailand 4-1 on Sunday.


The 64th National Symposium of Poets, organised by All India Radio, started in Chennai this evening. 23 poets, representing all 22 languages in the Ninth Schedule of Indian Constitution are participating in the symposium.

The Director General of All India Radio, Mr Fayyaz Sheryar recalled the glorious tradition of the Kavi Sammelan.


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