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Midday News

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16.07.2019
THE HEADLINES,
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi asks MPs to disseminate information about new government schemes in their constituencies.  
  • Four-storey building collapses in Mumbai; over 40 feared trapped.
  • Supreme Court now hearing plea of rebel Congress-JD(S) MLAs of Karnataka regarding their resignations.
  • The flood situation remains critical in Assam and Bihar.
  • Over one lakh 28 thousand Gram Panchayats linked with optical fibre under Bharat Net programme.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi today called upon party MPs to take up public work and not just focus on politics in their constituencies. He asked them to disseminate to the people in their area about the new government schemes. He was addressing party MPs in the Parliament Library Building today.
Briefing media after the meeting, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Prahlad Joshi said the Prime Minister asked the members to sit with officials and listen to public grievances in their respective constituencies. Mr. Joshi informed that the Prime Minister expressed concern about the Ministers' absence from their roster duty in the House. During the meeting, Mr. Modi, also said that every MP should plan an innovative idea for the people in their area.

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The Rajya Sabha was adjourned till 2 P.M. following ruckus by opposition led AIADMK and DMK over the issue of Postal Department Examination in Tamil Nadu. They were demanding to cancel the examination which was conducted only in English and Hindi and not in Tamil Language.
When the House met after the second adjournment at 12.21 PM, the scene was no different as the members from AIADMK, DMK, Congress and TMC trooped into the well demanding immediate cancellation of the examination. Left members were also on their feet. 
Amidst noisy scenes, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs V. Muraleedharan said Communication and Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad is examining the matter and he will explain the issue in the House tomorrow. But, the agitating members continued their protest. As pandemonium continued, the Deputy Chairman adjourned the House till 2 PM. Earlier, the House witnessed two adjournments over the same issue. It was first adjourned till 12 noon and later again for 15 minutes. 

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In Maharashtra, over 40 people are feared trapped in the debris of the four-storey building that collapsed in Mumbai’s crowded Dongri area this morning. The building situated in Baba lane of the area housed 15 families. The NDRF, Fire Brigade and Police have reached the accident spot and rescue operations are on. Our correspondent reports that two bodies have been recovered from the debris. A report:
"The NDRF has retrieved two bodies from the debris while over 40 people are still feared trapped in the debris of the Kesarbai building that collapsed in Mumbai this morning. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation Control room informed that the three injured persons rescued have been admitted to the J J hospital. Twenty ambulances have been put into service and one NDRF team is carrying out the rescue operation. The Mumbai Police is also on the accident spot. The Police fear the toll might rise. More details are awaited. SONALI GHADYALPATIL, AIR NEWS, MUMBAI."

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The Supreme Court is now hearing a plea of rebel MLAs of the ruling Congress-JD(S) coalition in Karnataka seeking directions to Assembly Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar to accept their resignations.
Earlier, Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar said in the apex court that he would decide on both the disqualification and resignation of the rebel MLAs by tomorrow. He also requested the  court to modify its earlier order directing him to maintain status quo on the matter.
Senior Advocate A M Singhvi, appearing for the Speaker, submitted before a bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi that nobody is saying that Speakers are not fallible, but he cannot be asked to decide the matter in a time-bound manner. He also said that a valid resignation should be submitted to the Speaker personally and the MLAs appeared before him only on 11th July, five days after they submitted their resignations to his office.
The rebel MLAs told the court that the Speaker kept their resignation pending just to disqualify them and there was nothing wrong in resigning to escape disqualification.
Earlier, Senior Advocate Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for the rebel MLAs, submitted before the bench that the Speaker can be directed to decide on the resignation of the MLAs by afternoon and he can take a call on their disqualification later.
A bench, headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, yesterday agreed to hear today a plea of five rebel Congress MLAs along with the pending petition of 10 legislators.
Meanwhile, hectic political parleys are on so as to save the Congress-Janata Dal (Secular) Government in Karnataka. In a surprise move last night, Karnataka Special Investigation Team, probing the multi-crore IMA Jewels Ponzi scam detained the suspended Congress rebel MLA Roshan Baig when he was about to board a chartered plane from the Bengaluru International Airport. In a tweet Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy alleged that the BJP State Chief B.S. Yeddyurappa’s Personal Assistant was also going along with Roshan Baig, when he was leaving. But, BJP refuted this allegation and accused Kumaraswamy of using the State machinery to save his government. 
Baig has moved the Karnataka High Court today challenging the SITs move. More from our correspondent--
"Hectic political activities are going on in the ruling coalition government to garner the support of the rebel MLAs to save the government. Meanwhile the rebel Congress MLA Ramalinga Reddy said that, yesterday he could not meet the Speaker due to some personal work and if the speaker office call him either today or tomorrow he will ready to meet the Speaker. Since his resignation is not accepted he will attend the session during floor test he said. It may be recalled that Speaker K.R.Ramesh Kumar summoned Ramalinga Reddy and Gopalaiah yesterday evening to find out their resignation was voluntary and genuine. But both the MLAs failed to meet the Speaker.R.MURTHY, AIR NEWS BENGALURU"

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The flood situation in Assam and Bihar remains critical. In Assam, 30 of the 33 districts of the state are submerged in flood water affecting 43 lakh people. Four persons lost their lives in the last 24 hours, taking the death toll to 15. Ninety percent of the Kaziranga national park has been submerged.
The Chief Executive Officer of the Assam State Disaster Management Authority Aruna Rajoria said nearly 1 lakh people are taking shelter at relief camps. New areas have been inundated due to breach of embankments.
Union Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Sekhawat took aerial survey of the flood hit areas in Upper Assam. He will also hold a review meeting in Guwahati. Rescue and relief works have been intensified by the administration.
We spoke to one of the affected districts Nalbari’s Deputy Commissioner Bharat Bhusan Dev Choudhury on relief and rescue measures.
"Nalbari district of lower Assam is covered by 5 major rivers and the danger level of water at Brahmaputra is fast rising and people have taken shelter on the embankment and embankments are also getting loose. So close observation is maintained over the embankment in the other 4 rivers Bagladia, Pagladia and Bara Pagladia at several places the embankment have been breached and people have been rescued with the help of NDRF, SDRF and the Army .They have been brought to the relief centres and health treatment has been provided by the district administration . The situation is very delicate but it is under close observation."
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today informed the State Assembly that over 25 lakh people across 12 districts have been affected due to floods. Assuring people, the Chief Minister said, every effort would be made to provide assistance to the affected districts in the wake of floods in the state.
The Chief Minister said, appropriate compensation would be provided to those affected. He also said that incessant rainfall in Nepal has resulted in rivers in Bihar swelling and causing floods. Our correspondent has more on the flood situation in the state:
"Several localities in Sitamarhi city are submerged due to rise in water level of Lakhandei river. A portion of National Highway number-57 connecting Darbhanga-Sitamarhi swept away near Bishanpur. Train operation on Darbhanga-Sitamarhi rail section has been stopped after overtopping of flood water on bridge between Kamtaul and Jogiyara. Large scale damage caused to national highways and rural roads in the flood affected area. Dharmendra Kumar Rai, AIR News Patna."
In Nepal, the death toll from floods and landslides triggered by heavy rains has gone up to 78. Thirty persons are still missing and fifty have been injured. Our Kathmandu correspondent reports that normal life in 31 districts, mostly in the Tarai region was affected due to heavy rainfall.
"Hundreds of houses have been damaged and thousands of people were displaced due to floods and landslides in last six days. Transportation, electricity, water and communication services were also disrupted in many parts of the country. Relief and rescue operation is underway and more than 3000 people have been safely rescued so far. Efforts are also on to restore all essential services. Relief material is being distributed in the rain hit areas and medical teams have been sent to prevent waterborne diseases. Meanwhile, situation is slowly improving. According to Flood Forecasting Division water in major rivers is likely to remain at normal level in next three days. Weathermen forecast rain at some places. Raj Kumar AIR News Kathmandu."

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UN Chief Antonio Guterres has expressed sadness at the loss of life and destruction of property due to heavy monsoon rains in India and its neighboring countries. Mr Guterres said, the world body stands with them to provide support, if required.

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Delhi Police Special Cell has nabbed a wanted Jaish-e-Mohammad militant, carrying a reward of  two lakh rupees on his head, from Srinagar.
Our correspondent quoting sources reports, Bashir Ahmad Ponnu was arrested in Srinagar and will be brought to Delhi.
Ponnu, a resident of Jammu and Kashmir's Sopore was on the run and the search for over four years came to an end yesterday.

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A Delhi court today granted bail to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his deputy Manish Sisodia in a criminal defamation case filed by BJP leader Vijender Gupta.
Vijender Gupta, who is the leader of Opposition in the Delhi Assembly, had accused the Aam Aadmi Party leaders of maligning his image by accusing him of attempting to kill the Delhi Chief Minister.

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Union Panchayat Raj Minister Narendra Singh Tomar informed Lok Sabha today that over one lakh 28 thousand Gram Panchayats linked with optical fibre under Bharat Net programme are uploading photographic evidence of the works taken up by them and assistance given to beneficiaries.
In his reply during the Question Hour, the Minister said two lakh 19 thousand Gram Panchayats have uploaded their Development plan and the details of 16 lakh works taken up by them are on the website ensuring transparency. On empowering Panchayats further, he said, states which do not conduct local body elections are not funded under the Finance Commission.

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Government today said over three crore ten lakh 77 thousand beneficiaries have received the second installment under Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi, PM-KISAN scheme till 5th of this month with a cost of over 6,215 crore rupees.

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To improve green coverage in Assam, the state Government will plant saplings in over one thousand kilometres across the National Highways. Our correspondent has filed this report on the project.
"The Assam Government is to plant sapling spread over one thousand kilometres across the National Highways. Talking to AIR, State Forest and Environment Minister Parimal Suklabaidya said that this initiative is being taken to improve green coverage in the state. He said that the National Highway Authority of India has sanctioned the plantation in more than half the planned length and that a variety of saplings will be planted near the national highways."
"The Assam government has decided that trees would be planted along 1000 kms of national highways. So we have written to the NHAI. Till now, 810 kms have been identified and provided to us by the highway authority. In 1 or 2 days, tendering would also be done and we are trying to do this within this year itself."

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Rajya Sabha has been adjourned till 2:32 Pm.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered his warm regards to the teachers, Gurus and guides on the occasion of Guru Purnima. He said, on the auspicious day of Guru Purnima, bow in reverence to all our Gurus, who have played an important role in inspiring, moulding and shaping the society.

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