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Midday News

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18.07.2019

THE HEADLINES:

  • Karnataka Assembly Session begins to consider confidence motion moved by Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy; fifteen Congress-JD(S) rebel MLAs abstain defying their party whips.

  • India calls upon Pakistan to release and repatriate Kulbhushan Jadhav following the judgment of International Court of Justice.

  • Supreme Court allows the time for mediation process in Ayodhya case till 31st July; fixes 2nd August to decide future course of action.

  • ISRO reschedules the launch of India's Moon mission Chandrayaan-2 to 22nd of July.

  • And in Indonesia Open Badminton tournament, Ace Indian shuttler P V Sindhu to take on Mia Blichfeldt today.

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Karnataka Chief Minister H.D.Kumaraswamy today moved the one-line confidence motion in the State Assembly. As soon as the motion was moved, BJP leader and Leader of Opposition B S Yeddyurappa stood up and said the trust vote process should be completed in a single day.

Mr. Kumaraswamy insisted that doubts had been created about the Congress-JDS coalition and it had to be brought before the country. More from our correspondent:

"During the confidence motion Congress Legislature Party Leader Siddaramaiah raised a point order on the absence of legislators and the anti-defection-law.  Speaker K.R.Ramesh Kumar intervened in the discussion and said that the Point of Order is the most powerful weapon in the Parliamentary democracy. Earlier speaking to  media Karnataka BJP President B.S.Yeddyurappa said that there is no doubt that their motion will be defeated. R.MURTHY, AIR NEWS, BENGALURU."

The JDS-Congress coalition government has been reduced to minority after 16 rebel MLAs of the coalition submitted their resignation to the speaker. Two independent MLAs also have withdrawn their support, thereby bringing down the strength of the coalition to 101. BJP with the strength of 107 including two Independents is the single largest party in the House. The trial of strength is taking place a day after the Superme Court ruled  that the 15 rebel Congress-JDS MLAs ought not to be compelled to participate in the proceedings of the ongoing session of the State Assembly.

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India has called upon Pakistan to release and repatriate its national Kulbhushan Jadhav following International Court of Justice’s judgment. Making a statement in the Rajya Sabha, today External Affairs Minister Dr. S Jaishankar  said the ICJ’s judgment is not only a  vindication for India and Jadhav but for all those who believe in the rule of law and the sanctity of international treaties.

He asserted that Jadhav is innocent of the charges made against him and his forced confession without legal representation and due process will not change this reality. The Minister said the ICJ pronounced that Pakistan had breached relevant obligations under the Vienna convention on Consular Relation. He said the Court also declared that Pakistan is under an obligation to inform Jadhav without further delay of his rights and to provide India consular access to him.

"We once again call upon Pakistan to release and repatriate him. I can assured the government would be vigorously continue its efforts to ensure Shri Jadhav's safety and well being as well as his early return to India."

External Affairs Minister Dr. S Jaishankar's statement pertaining to Kulbhushan Jadhav's illegal confinement in Pakistan was also made in Lok Sabha. The External Affairs minister read out his written reply in both the Houses today.

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The first Meeting of High Powered Committee of Chief Ministers for Transformation of Indian Agriculture has begun in New Delhi. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis is the convenor of the Committee. Apart from him, Chief Ministers of Haryana, Arunachal Pradesh, Gujarat and Union Agriculture, Rural Development and  Panchayat Raj Minister Narendra Singh Tomar are attending the meeting.

The Committee is discussing measures for transformation of agriculture and raising farmers’ income, modalities for adoption and time bound implementation of agriculture sector reforms. The Committee will submit its report in two months. In keeping with his promises and following the deliberations of Governing Council meeting of NITI Aayog, the Prime Minister recently set up the High Powered Committee of Chief Ministers for ‘Transformation of Indian Agriculture.

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The Supreme Court has today allowed mediation process in Ayodhya land dispute case to continue and sought a report from the mediation committee on its outcome on 31st of July.

A five-judge Constitution bench, headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, said that after perusing the report filed by the mediation panel, it will take a call on 2nd of August, on whether hearing is required in the case.

Justice Kalifulla, chairman of mediation committee submitted the interim report in Supreme court today. The bench, which perused the interim report about the progress of mediation process till today, said its contents will remain confidential as per its earlier order.

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Delhi High Court today sought response of Sushen Mohan Gupta, an alleged defence agent arrested in a money laundering case related to AgustaWestland VVIP chopper scam, on ED's plea challenging his bail. Justice Sunil Gaur issued notice to Gupta and listed the matter for further hearing on 12th September .

The ED has challenged the order of a trial court issued on 1st of June which granted bail to Gupta, arrested by the agency on 26th  March under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.

The trial court had granted him relief on a personal bond of 5 lakh rupees and two sureties of the like amount.

According to the ED, Gupta's role in the case came to light on the basis of disclosures made by Rajeev Saxena, who turned an approver after he was deported from the UAE and arrested by the agency.

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The Supreme Court today agreed to reconstitute a bench for hearing cases on alleged Manipur extra-judicial killings by the Army, the Assam Rifles and the Manipur Police in the insurgency-hit state.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said it will try to reconstitute the bench as Justice M B Lokur who was hearing the matter has retired in December last year.

The apex court had in 2017 ordered CBI probe into the alleged 1,528 extra-judicial killings in Manipur from 2000 to 2012 by security forces and police. The bench had also pulled up the Manipur government for not taking action on such alleged fake encounters by armed forces.

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The Supreme Court today declined urgent hearing on a plea seeking initiation of contempt proceedings against some states for their alleged failure in curbing lynching incidents.

A bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Deepak Gupta and Aniruddha Bose said there was no urgency to hear the contempt plea.

The bench did not allow the submission of a lawyer that the apex court judgements, laying down guidelines to deal with lynching and cow vigilantism incidents in the country, have not been followed by various state governments and such incidents are rising.

On 17th July last year, a bench headed by the then Chief Justice Dipak Misra had said that horrendous acts of mobocracy cannot be allowed to overrun the law of the land and issued a slew of guidelines to deal with lynching and cow vigilantism.

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Telangana Legislative Assembly today passed three Bills replacing ordinances relating to Municipal Laws, Regulation of Age of Superannuation, and State Commission for Debt Relief during its special session. The bills are meant for facilitating more divisions in Municipalities, increasing the retirement age of professors in Medical Colleges to 65 years and facilitating an Agriculture Expert in place of the retired High Court Judge in the State Commission for Debt Relief relating to small farmers and rural artisans.

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Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has announced that the launch of India's second mission to Moon Chandrayaan-2, has now been rescheduled at 2:43 pm IST on Monday, 22nd July, 2019. The announcement in this regard was made through a tweet today. More from our correspondent:

"Originally Chandrayaan-2 was scheduled to be launched at 2.51 am on July 15th. However, less than an hour before the launch, a leakage of liquid fuel in the crucial cryogenic upper stage of the rocket GSLV Mark-Three  detected, leading to aborting the mission temporarily. The cause of the leakage is said to have been identified so that it can be plugged. The current launch window is said to be available only till the 22nd of this month. As the next launch window would fall only in September, the ISRO has decided to utilize the current launch window itself. After bouncing back from the temporary setback, Chandrayaan-2 is set to take a billion dreams to the yet uncharted South Pole of the moon. Jayasingh, AIR News, Chennai. "

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In Goa, Under Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana skill certificate courses are offered in  industrial training institutes located in various talukas of the state. Being job oriented, training for four courses of  housekeeping, craft bakery, plumber and electrician is given in these institutes. A report from our correspondent:

"ITI centre at Farmagudi in Ponda taluka offers courses for plumbers and students succefully completing these courses get recruitment placements through the campus interview held at the centre. Reister da Costa studying asstt. electrician course at ITI Panaji expressed gratitude for the course being free.

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The Asian Development Bank today lowered India's GDP growth forecast to 7 per cent for the current year on the back of fiscal shortfall concerns.

India is expected to grow by 7 per cent in 2019 and 7.2 per cent in 2020, slightly slower than projected in April, the ADB said in its supplement to the Asian Development Outlook 2019.

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In Bihar, flood situation has started improving in most of the affected areas due to fall of water level in all major rivers of the state.

Heavy rainfall has also stopped in catchment areas of swelling rivers in Nepal and Bihar for past three days. Except Budhi Gandak & Gandak rivers all are either showing falling trend or in static condition in their water level.  More from our correspondent:

"With recent inundation of new areas due to flood around 47 lakh people have been affected in 12 districts. 70 people lost their life in flood in 92 blocks. Most of the casualties have been reported from Sitamarhi, East Champaran, Madhubani and Araria districts.

Flood water has started receding in most affected Sitamarhi and Sheohar district.

Relief works are underway in full swing. More than 1100 community kitchens have been opened for providing cooked food and water. Dharmendra Kumar Rai, AIRNews Patna."

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The Income-Tax Department has attached a benami plot worth  400 crore rupees in Noida belonging to BSP supremo Mayawati's brother and his wife. An official provisional order for the attachment of the seven-acre plot, beneficially owned by Anand Kumar and his wife Vichiter Lata, was issued by the Delhi-based Benami Prohibition Unit of the department.

Mayawati had recently appointed Kumar as the National Vice President of the Bahujan Samaj Party.

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In different areas different kinds of rain water harvesting systems are used, depending on the terrain. The ultimate motive is to conserve maximum water.

In the series of ongoing efforts in the country for water conservation, we are presenting the traditional Pat scheme of irrigation in the tribal areas of Madhya Pradesh today.

"Jhabua district in Madhya Pradesh developed the unique pat system. This system was devised according to the peculiarities of the terrain to divert water from swift-flowing hill streams into irrigation channels called pats.

Jhabua collector Prabal Sepah told AIR

The villagers irrigate their fields through this scheme by turns and it is the duty of the family irrigating the fields to take care of the pat on that day. Sanjeev Sharma, AIR News, Bhopal."

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In Indonesia Open badminton tournament in Jakarta, ace Indian shuttler PV Sindhu will take on the Danish Mia Blichfeldt in the prequarter final today while Srikanth will take on Angus Ng Ka Long  from Hong Kong. In doubles Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty of India will fight Marcus Fernaldi Gideon and Kevin Sukamuljo of Indonesia.

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