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  • Union Cabinet approves 1600 crore rupees for Dibang Multipurpose Project in Arunachal Pradesh; Also gives nod to a bill to scrap 58 redundant laws.

  • Congress-JD(S) coalition government to face trust vote in Karnataka Assembly today.

  • India welcomes International Court of Justice's verdict on Kulbushan Jadhav; says New Delhi's claim that Pakistan violated Vienna Convention on Consular Access upheld.

  • Sprinter Hima Das bags gold medal at Tabor Athletics Meet in the Czech Republic.


Union Cabinet has approved 1,600 crore rupees for Dibang Multipurpose Project in Arunachal Pradesh. Briefing media persons in New Delhi after the meeting, Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar said the project is envisaged as a storage-based hydro-electric project with flood moderation as the key objective.

"देश के सबसे बड़ा Hydro Project, जल विद्युत प्रकल्प प्रोजेक्ट, मंजूर हुआ है, अरुणाचल में दिबांग प्रोजेक्ट 2880 मेगावॉट का ये प्रोजेक्ट है, multipurpose है और इसमें 1600 करोड़ रुपये वहां rehabilitation, afforestation, वहां तक पहुंचने के सड़के और bridges और ये सारा तैयार किया है।"

Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, also approved a bill to scrap 58 redundant laws. The move is aimed at weeding out archaic and dead statutes which have lost their relevance. The NDA government in its two terms has sent to the chopping block 1,824 old laws which had become redundant.

Cabinet also approved the doubling of a vital railway line connecting Guwahati with New Bongaigaon at a cost of 2,042 crore rupees. The project will be completed by 2022-23 and will be executed by the construction organisation of the North East Frontier Railway.

Cabinet also gave its nod to extend the term of 15th Finance Commission by a month and approved a bill to amend the Companies Act, 2013 that would replace an ordinance issued earlier this year.

It also cleared seven amendments to the insolvency law that seek to put in place a 330-day deadline for corporate resolution process.Experts said the changes would help in clearing various road blocks for resolution process and smoothen the process as well as save time.


In Karnataka, the Congress-JD(S) coalition government will face trust vote in the Legislative Assembly at 11 AM today. Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy will seek to prove the majority of his government by moving the confidence motion, as announced by the Speaker KR Ramesh Kumar. The opposition BJP had also moved a no confidence motion, but the Speaker allowed the trust vote as the motion was moved first by the Chief Minister.

The fate of 13-month old Kumaraswamy government hangs in balance as the rebel Congress-JD(S) MLAs refused to yield after Supreme Court held yesterday that they cannot be compelled to attend the assembly session. Armed with the court order, the rebel Congress-JDS MLAs camping in Mumbai said there is no question of stepping back on their resignations or attending the session.

As many as 16 MLAs - 13 from the Congress and three from JD(S) - have resigned, while two independent MLAs R Shankar and H Nagesh have withdrawn their support to the coalition government.

The ruling coalition's strength is 117 in the 225-member House.  If the resignations of the 16 MLAs are accepted, the ruling coalition's tally will plummet to 101, reducing the Kumaraswamy government to a minority.

On the other hand, the opposition BJP has 107 MLAs including two independents who extended their support to the party recently.

Meanwhile, ruling JD(S)  and Congress have issued Whip to their MLAs warning  that anti-defection law will be applied on those who absent themselves during the trust vote.


The Supreme Court is likely to peruse today a report on the progress of mediation in the politically sensitive Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case in Ayodhya. A five-judge Constitution bench, headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, had last week sought a report on the issue and said that a day-to-day hearing may commence from 25th July, if the court decides to conclude the mediation proceedings.

The bench had requested former Apex Court judge Justice FMI Kalifulla, Chairperson of the three-member mediation panel, to apprise it by 18th July the progress of mediation till date and its present stage. It passed the order while hearing an application filed by a legal heir of one of the original litigants, Gopal Singh Visharad, seeking a judicial decision on the dispute and conclusion of the mediation process, alleging that nothing much was happening there. It had said that the court would pass appropriate orders on 18th July after perusing the report filed by the mediation committee.


India has hailed the verdict of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in the case relating to Indian national Kulbushan Jadhav. The Hague-based ICJ yesterday stayed death sentence awarded to Kulbushan Jadhav by a Pakistani military court and directed Islamabad to provide consular access to him.

In a statement, the Ministry's Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said, the court by a vote of 15-1 has upheld New Delhi's claim that Pakistan is in egregious violation of Vienna Convention on Consular Relation, 1963 on several counts. 

"We welcome the judgement delivered by the International Court of Justice in the Hague in favour in India in the case relating to Sri Kulbushan Jadhav. The court by a vote of 15-1 has upheld India's claim that Pakistan is in egregious violation of Vienna Convention on Consular Relation, 1963 on several counts. We also appreciate the direction by International Court of Justice that Pakistan should review and reconsider the conviction and sentence given to Sri Jadhav by the Pakistani military court."

India's advocate in the Jadhav case at ICJ, Harish Salve expressed gratitude to the court on behalf of India for the manner in which it intervened in the case. Talking to media persons in London last night, Mr Salve said, ICJ ruling has protected Kulbhushan Jadhav from being executed. He said, New Delhi will go back to ICJ if Pakistan defies the order.  

"The victory is the victory of the rule of law. The next of Jadhav is Consular Access. Hopefully, we might be able to secure, may be I am being ambitious. A secure meeting his family which is unhindered and Jadhav protests his innocence. I am sure, if it is a fair trial with the correct legal assistance, we be able to secure his release, and if the trial is not fair, we can go back and knock at the door of the ICJ".

Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have hailed the ICJ ruling in the case.

In a tweet, Mr. Naidu said, he appreciates the government for its relentless efforts to secure justice for Kulbhushan Jadhav and expressed hope that this verdict would serve as a source of solace to the family members.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said truth and justice have prevailed. In a tweet, the Prime Minister said, he is sure Kulbhushan Jadhav will get justice. Mr Modi said, his government will always work for the safety and welfare of every Indian.

Leaders across the political spectrum also welcomed the judgement, calling it a victory of truth and justice. 

Welcoming the verdict, Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar said, it is the result of continuous efforts of the Narendra Modi government and the manner in which India's lead counsel Harish Salve represented the case in the ICJ.

The Congress has also welcomed the ICJ ruling, calling it a big win for India.


Kulbhushan Jadhav's neighbourhood friends in suburban Parel in Mumbai and natives in Anewadi village in Wai taluka in Satara district of Maharashtra rejoiced as the International Court of Justice ruled in favour of India. Many of them termed it as the victory of truth. Legal experts in the city too have hailed the ICJ verdict. Details from our correspondent:-

"Friends and family of Kulbhushan Jadhav distributed sweets and released balloons in the air to celebrate the ICJ verdict that came yesterday. Jadhav's natives also condemned Pakistan and demanded his immediate release. Ujjwal Nikam, who was the special public prosecutor in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack case, described this verdict as a "historic" one, especially since Pakistan based its case mainly on Jadhav's confession. He said, the consular access will help India know under what circumstances Jadhav gave the confession. SONALI GHADYALPATIL, AIR NEWS, MUMBAI."


The Prime Minister’s Kaushal Vikas Yojana is enabling lakhs of youth to acquire industry-relevant skills. The Union Government has allocated 12-thousand crore rupees for the mission to benefit ten million youth till 2020. In Tamil Nadu, nearly 54-thousand youth have been imparted skills in different vocational trades in just two years, and most of them have been either absorbed in the industry or become entrepreneurs. A report:-

"India is a vibrant and youthful nation. More than one-third of her population are expected to be in the range of 15 to 24 years of age by 2020. When they are properly trained, the nation can serve as a global repertoire of skilled manpower. The PM Kaushal Vikas Yojana is significantly contributing to this goal. Ms Selva Arunthathi from Tuticorin, who got computer hardware training, has this to say:-

“I passed B.Sc. Maths, and looked for jobs but did not get any job opportunity. I heard about PMKVY training programme and joined the computer hardware program. Women can also get trained in computer hardware and do servicing, as I myself do after the training. They also teach us how to approach a job interview. Now I am placed in a computer servicing firm."

There are many training centres under the mission-mode programme. The director of one such accredited centre at Tuticorin, Mr Kathiresa Pandiyan says his Vetri Training Centre has enabled many women to get self-employed as well.

 “In two years we trained over five hundred people, one is in tailoring for women and the other in servicing of computers. Many women trainees have become entrepreneurs. We helped them get bank loans. I am proud to see them as successful businesswomen.”

In short, Prime Minister Kaushal Vikas Yojana is creating waves across the nation. Jayasingh, AIR News, Chennai".


The monsoon session of Uttar Pradesh assembly will begin today. During the seven-day session, the state government will seek the supplementary budget for the current 2019-20 fiscal in the assembly on July 23. More from  our correspondent:-

"On the first day of the monsoon session today there will be no business due to obituary references. Government will table the first supplementary budget on July 23 and  arrange funds for newly launched schemes and Central Government schemes. An all-party meeting was held yesterday which was attended by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, leaders of Samajwadi Party, Bahujan Samaj Party and Congress. The Speaker Hridaya Narayan Dixit sought the cooperation of the opposition parties for the smooth conduct of  the proceedings of the house. SUSHIL CHANDRA TIWARI, AIR NEWS, LUCKNOW."


The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the Ebola crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo as a public health emergency of international concern. The WHO made the declaration yesterday following a meeting of its emergency committee in the Geneva. The UN health agency made the announcement days after the virus was confirmed in Goma, a major regional crossroads in northeastern Congo on the Rwandan border.


Star Indian sprinter Hima Das clinched gold medal in 200m race with a creditable timing at Tabor Athletics meet in Czech Republic yesterday. Hima won the race in 23.25 seconds, which had a mediocre field with most of the competitors representing clubs of Czech Republic. It is her fourth gold medal in a fortnight. Hima's compatriot VK Vismaya was second with a season of best 23.43 seconds.

Hima has a 200m personal best of 23.10 seconds. This was 19-year-old Hima's fourth gold since July 2 when she ran her first competitive race in Europe.   


Newspapers Headlines

  • Hindustan Times headlines "ICJ tells Pakistan to review Jadhav death penalty".  "Justice in International Court" says The Indian Express.

  • "ISRO may attempt Chandrayaan-2 launch on July 21-22" writes The Times of India

  • The Economic Times leads with "Jalan Panel Wants Transfer of RBI's Surplus Reserves Over 3.5 Years".

  • "Goa to make HIV test must before marriage" informs The Pioneer.

  • Say 'hello' to the new saree emoji.  Well, The Times of India reports that on the occasion of World Emoji Day, both iOS and Android announced a new saree emoji that is coming to their respective keyboards very soon. 



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