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Midday News

1400 HRS
17.06.2019

THE HEADLINES:

  • First session of newly elected Lok Sabha begins; Prime Minister Narendra Modi including other Members take oath.

  • Prime Minister says role of active opposition is important in Parliamentary democracy.

  • Agitating doctors in West Bengal to meet Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today to end the week-long standoff.

  • In Jammu & Kashmir a terrorist killed and two army personnel injured in an ongoing encounter in Anantnag district. 

  • And, In the ICC Cricket World Cup, Bangladesh to take on West Indies at Taunton this evening. 

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The first session of the newly elected Lok Sabha began with the members taking oath. Prime Minister and Leader of the House Narendra Modi was among the first who took the oath. After taking oath, the Prime Minister signed the roll of Members and greeted them. When the name of Mr Modi was called out by the Secretary General for taking oath, Members from the ruling NDA thumped the desks greeting the Prime Minister with slogans such as 'Modi' 'Modi'.

Cabinet Ministers including Rajnath Singh, Amit Shah, Nitin Gadkari, D V Sadananda Gowda, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Smriti Irani, Santosh Gangwar, among others took the oath as Members of the Lok Sabha. Pro-tem speaker Dr. Virendra Kumar administered the oath to the members. Union Ministers Harsh Vardhan, Sripad Naik and Ashwini Chaubey were among those who took oath in Sanskrit. Mr Suresh of the Congress was the second to take oath as Lok Sabha member, after the Prime Minister.

The panel of the presiding officers, Kodikunnil Suresh, Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh and Bhartruhari Mahtab also took oath. The House also observed silence for a short while to mark the solemn occasion of the first sitting of the 17th Lok Sabha.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi today hoped that all political parties will participate in the debate during the Parliament session. Addressing media outside Parliament in New Delhi before beginning of first session of the 17th Lok Sabha, Mr Modi said, the role of an Opposition and an active Opposition is important in Parliamentary democracy. He said, the Opposition need not bother about their numbers and hoped that it will speak actively and participate in house proceedings. 

"अगर सरकार की आलोचना भी बहुत तर्कबद्ध से कोई सदन में सांसद करता है और वो बात देश में पहुंचती है तो लोकतंत्र को बल मिलता है। इस लोकतंत्र को बल देने में आप सबसे मेरी बहुत अपेक्षाएं हैं। "

Welcoming the MPs, the Prime Minister said, the Members should think about issues with a ‘Nishpaksh spirit’ and work in the larger interest of the nation.

"जब हम एमपी के रूप में बैठते हैं तब पक्ष, विपक्ष से ज्यादा निष्पक्ष का स्प्रिट बहुत महत् रखता है। और मुझे विश्वास है कि पक्ष और विपक्ष के दायरे में बंटने की बजाए निष्पक्ष भाव से जन कल्याण को प्राथमिकता देते हुए हम आने वाले पांच साल में इस सदन की गरिमा को ऊपर उठाने के प्रयास करें।"  

Mr Modi expressed happiness that the new house has a high number of women MPs. The Prime Minister said, his experience also suggests that when the Parliament functions smoothly, the Government is able to fulfil numerous aspirations of the people of India.

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The BJP Parliamentary Board will meet at party headquarters in New Delhi this evening. The meeting is expected to discuss the names of party candidates for Rajya Sabha bye elections. It is also likely to discuss the name of the candidate for Lok Sabha Speaker, election for which is scheduled to be held on Wednesday. 

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In West Bengal, the striking junior doctors of NRS Medical College & and other state run Medical Colleges & Hospitals are likely to attend the meeting with the West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today. The meeting is convened to settle the crisis pegged in the health service sectors in the state for the last six days. The meeting is scheduled to take place at the state administrative headquarters, Nabanna, at 3 pm today. Two student representatives of the fourteen state run medical colleges will be present in the meeting. The written invitation for the meeting as asked by the striking doctors, has also been received by them. Doctors had demanded that meeting take place before the media but it is learnt that the government has assured that the proceedings of the meeting will be recorded.

The meeting is expected to find out a solution of the prevailing partial stalemate at the state run medical colleges due to strike of the junior doctors. The junior doctors of the NRS Medical College & Hospital in Kolkata started agitation after two of their colleagues were beaten up as a consequence of the death of an aged patient.

Five people were arrested in connection with beating up the doctors and they were denied bail in the court.

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Doctors of All India Institute of Medical Sciences, AIIMS in New Delhi joined the nationwide protests today after a junior doctor at its trauma centre was assaulted in the early hours today. They had earlier decided to stay away from the protests to take care of the patients. Doctors of the AIIMS held a protest march in the campus. A meeting of its general body will be held at this evening to decide the further course of action.

In Maharashtra, more than 40 thousand doctors are boycotting work today as part of a strike call given by the Indian Medical Association, IMA. We have a report:

"Doctors, from various government and private hospitals in the state, are mainly boycotting the OPD  and other non-essential health services. The IMA official in Maharashtra has said, that the emergency services will not be affected and those already hospitalised will continue to get all the necessary medication and attention. With Sheilesh Patil, Kunal Shinde, Air News, Mumbai."

In Telangana patients in various government hospitals are facing severe inconvenience due to 24-hour long shut down of medicals services by doctors from various associations. More from our Hyderabad correspondent:

"The government hospitals, especially the referral hospitals in Hyderabad which used to be busy otherwise with hundreds of out patients wore a deserted look today as the doctors strike their work in solidarity to their Kolkata counterparts. Two days after demonstrating their protest, the Doctors in Telangana strike the work largely affecting the medical services at Government hospitals in the state. Patients have been seen returning back disappointingly after seeing notice boards that are displayed at over ten main Government hospitals. However, the emergency services remained unaffected. Lakhsmi, Airnews, Hyderabad."

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The Supreme Court has said, it will hear tomorrow a plea seeking safety and security of doctors in government hospitals across the country. A vacation bench of Justices Deepak Gupta and Surya Kant agreed to list the matter for tomorrow.

The plea was filed on Friday in the wake of protests by doctors in West Bengal against assault on their colleagues by a patient's family members.

The petition has also sought directions to Union ministries of home affairs and health and Government of West Bengal to depute security personnel at all state-run hospitals across the country to ensure safety and security of doctors.

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In Jammu & Kashmir, an unidentified terrorist was killed and two army personnel including a Major rank officer were critically injured during a gunfight in Akingam Acchhabal area of Anantnag district. Security sources said the counter terrorist operation is going on. The injured personnel were shifted to the Army hospital. The operation had been launched this morning following credible inputs about the presence of terrorists in the area. Further details are awaited.

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In Bihar, several measures are being taken to provide better medical facilities to the Encephalitis affected children.

A well equipped 17 bed special ICU has been set up at the Sri Krishna Medical College Hospital in Muzaffarpur. Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan ordered to set up the ICU after reviewing the situation in Muzaffarpur and suggested several measures. More from our correspondent:

 "Surveillance has been maintained by team of doctors in the most affected four blocks of Muzaffarpur. The adjoining East Champaran district administration has set up a control room to assist ailing children with Acute Encephalitis Syndrome, AES. Ten deaths have been reported from Champaran region due to AES. So far 98 deaths have been reported from SKMCH and Kejriwal Hospital in Muzaffarpur. Three more casualties have been reported this morning. 120 children are presently undergoing treatment in these two hospitals and condition of nine is said to be critical. With Dharmendra Kumar Rai's report from Patna, Anuja Bhardwajan, Air News." 

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Severe heatwave conditions are prevailing in several parts of the state. Areas of the Magadh region, Central & Southern Bihar are facing sweltering heat conditions with temperature remaining 6 to 7 degrees above normal. Temperature during night is hovering around 37 degree Celsius and above 45 degrees during the day. More than 30 deaths have been reported from across the state due to heat in the past 24 hours. With this the death toll due to heat has risen to 90. Aurangabad, Gaya, Nawada, Patna and Rohtas district are the most affected. In Gaya, prohibitory order has been issued by district administration as a precautionary measure.

Meanwhile, in view of the severe heatwave in the state, classes have been suspended in all government schools till 22nd of this month.

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In Gujarat, cyclone Vayu is moving northeastwards. According to Met department, the cyclone is likely to hit the Kutch coast by midnight. However, the intensity of the very severe cyclonic storm is likely to reduce and it may hit the coast as a cyclonic storm or a deep depression. Kutch district administration is gearing up for disaster response as Vayu cyclone is likely to return Kutch coast. Heavy rain continued in parts of Saurashtra and Kutch even today. A report from our correspondent:

"Kutch District Collector Remya Mohan has advised people living across the coast line from Mandvi to Lakhpat, to remain highly . NDRF teams have been deployed at Gandhidham, Naliya and Mandvi, while two teams are camping in Bhuj as standby force. Two companies of BSF will be deployed as and when required. People living in coastal belt are already advised to be total ready to move for safer places at anytime. Shelter homes are being set up in school buildings and community halls. Apart from Kutch, High winds and heavy rains are likely to be experienced up to North Gujarat and Rajasthan in coming 24 hrs. With Jagadish Patadiya, Aparna Khunt, AIR NEWS, AHMEDABAD."

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Tamil Nadu local administration Minister SP Velumani has said no hotel or IT firm in Chennai has been shut down due to drinking water scarcity. He reviewed the situation in Chennai this morning with heads of water management bodies and district level officials dealing with drinking water. Later, talking to reporters, he said 525 million litres per day, MLD of water is being distributed every day in Chennai.

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Today is the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought. The day is observed to promote public awareness of international efforts to combat desertification. This year the theme is “Let’s Grow the Future Together”.

Addressing a function on the occasion in New Delhi, Union Minister of Environment, Forest and climate change Sh Prakash Javadekar said, India will set an example in combating the desertification and cooperate with the world in this direction.

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High Commissioner of India to Bangladesh Riva Ganguli Das inspected the ongoing construction of the Feni Bridge known as the Maitree Setu in Chattogram yesterday. Being developed as a corridor for trade and commerce between India's North-East and Bangladesh, the bridge will connect Tripura with the Chittagong port of Bangladesh. It will provide direct road connectivity between South Tripura and Chittagong allowing India to use Chittagong as a “port of call" and promoting trade, tourism and people-to-people ties.

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India's Ambassador to the US Harsh Vardhan Shringla has said there has been a significant increase in the popularity of yoga in the United States after the declaration of June 21 as the International Day of Yoga by the UN.

Addressing hundreds of yoga enthusiasts in Washington last morning, Mr. Shringla said yoga has been widely adopted by people all over the world, transcending linguistic and cultural boundaries, and has millions of practitioners in USA.

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In the ICC Cricket World Cup, Bangladesh will take on West Indies at Taunton today. The match start at 3 PM Indian Time.

In yesterday's match, India defeated arch rival Pakistan at Old Trafford in Manchester. Brilliant knocks by Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli followed by magnificent spells by the bowlers took India to victory by 89 runs through the Duckworth-Lewis-stern method.

With this win, India's head-to-head record against Pakistan in World Cup matches now sits at 7-0.

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