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PM Modi reviews situation in violence-hit N-E Delhi; appeals for peace            NSA Ajit Doval takes stock of situation in violence affected areas            18 FIRs filed, 106 people arrested: Delhi Police            Cabinet gives its nod to order on adopting central laws in concurrent list for J&K            FM Nirmala Sitharaman stresses on need for strong action by banking sector for recovery of bad loans           

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  • GST Council decides to reduce rate on Electric Vehicles from 12 per cent to 5 per cent.

  • In Jammu & Kashmir,  top most Jaish commander killed in an encounter with security forces.

  • Heavy torrential rain plays havoc in Mumbai and entire  Konkan region; NDRF team rescues over 500 stranded people from mahalaxmi express in maharashtra's thane district.

  • In Boxing: India's Nikhat Zareen and Deepak Bhoria win silver at THE Thailand Open International Championship.


The GST Council has decided to reduce GST Rate on Electric Vehicles from 12 per cent to 5 per cent. In its 36th meeting today in New Delhi, the Council also decided to reduce the rate on Electric Vehicle Chargers from 18 per cent to 5 per cent. The new rates will come into effect from 1st of next month. The Council also approved exemption from GST on hiring of Electric Buses by local authorities.

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman held the meeting through video conferencing. This is the first GST Council meeting after the presentation of Union Budget in Parliament on 5th of this month.

In its last meeting, the GST Council had approved the use of Aadhaar by businesses to register under GST and the imposition of a penalty of up to 10 per cent  on entities not passing on the benefits of GST rate cuts to consumers.


In Jammu & Kashmir, top most Jaish commander of South Kashmir namely Munna Lahori from Pakistan was killed in an encounter with security forces in Shopian district. Lahori was known as IED making expert and was pushing recruitment in the southern belt.

Another terrorist identified as Zeenatul Islam of Turkwangan area of Shopian district was also killed in the encounter. Speaking exclusively to AIR News, Director General of Police Dilbagh Singh said:-

We had launched an operation on a specific input last evening which is culminated today morning. In which two militants have been killed one of them is top Jaish Commander he belongs to Pakistan and he called Munna Lahori he was active in this area for while some time and he was responsible for Banihal car blast. He was also responsible for a large number of civilian killing along with him his associate called Zeenat is also killed. He was responsible for motivating a large number of local youth into joining militancy.


Still with Jammu & Kashmir, an army soldier was killed in Machil sector of frontier Kupwara district after Pakistani forces resorted to unprovoked firing in the sector in yetanother cease-fire violation.

Defence sources said that Pakistani forces attacked the army's posts in Machil sector this morning leading to injuries to a soldier. They said the soldier later succumbed to his injuries in the hospital. Sources said the Indian army responded in a befitting manner.


India along with other BRICS nations called on all states to prevent the financing of terrorist networks and terrorist actions from their territories. The five nations Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa condemned terrorism in all its forms and manifestations during the meeting of the BRICS Foreign Ministers at Rio de Janeiro in Brazil yesterday. The BRICS nations called for concerted efforts to fight terrorism under UN auspices on a firm international legal basis. India was represented by Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways VK Singh.

"Terrorism is one issue which concerns everybody in the world. We emphasis that. We also emphasis that restructuring of the United Nations as such and to bring it in sync with the realities of the world today. So, we said that BRICS needs to take these issues more positively."

The five nations recognised the primary role of states and their competent bodies in preventing and countering terrorism. The ministers of these countries expressed their conviction that a comprehensive approach is necessary to ensure effective results against terrorism.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend a function to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of Kargil Vijay Diwas in New Delhi today. Celebrations were marked across the country yesterday as a grateful nation remembered the victory of Indian armed forces in Operation Vijay in 1999, when they evicted the infiltrators backed by Pakistani army from high outposts in kargil sector.

In an emotion filled atmosphere at the Kargil War Memorial in Dras, the three chiefs of armed forces, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat, Navy chief Admiral Karambir Singh and Air Chief Marshall Birender Singh Dhanoa, paid tributes to the martyrs in the Operation Vijay by laying floral wreaths. As a build up to the 20th Anniversary, celebrations in the national capital had begun on July 14th with the illumination of a 'Victory Flame' from the National War Memorial.


Central Reserve Police Force- CRPF is celebrating its 81st raising day today. Home Minister Amit Shah has extended his warm wishes to the CRPF personnel and their families on the occasion. In a tweet, Mr Shah said that the commitment and dedication of the CRPF while protecting the nation at different terrains is exceptional. He said, the country is extremely proud of their valour and courage.


Heavy rains continue to lash Mumbai for the fourth consecutive day today. The torrential rains resulted in flooding several areas and affecting air and rail traffic in the city. 17 flights were diverted from the Mumbai airport yesterday due to incessant downpour. 

Mumbai Police requested commuters to avoid water-logged areas and also to maintain distance from the sea. Meanwhile, according to IMD intermittent rain with heavy to very heavy downpour is expected in Mumbai and suburban areas in the next 48 hours. Our  Correspondent reports that over 500 stranded passengers of Mahalaxmi express near Kalyan in Thane district have been rescued so far:-

"Torrential rains since past four days started playing havoc with the many areas in Mumbai, Thane, Palghar Coastal Konkan are almost submerged with water and disrupting normal life. Roadside and railway traffic continue to remain affected. As many as 11 air flights were cancelled today due to low visibility. Several long and short distance rains are also cancelled or diverted on central railway. Due to heavy rains and flood like situation near Kalyan Since last night, Mumbai-Kolhapur Mahalaxmi Express is held up between Vangani and Badlapur,100 kilometres away from Mumbai. Around thousand passengers were stranded in this train. According to central railway spokesperson A K Jain as many as 550 passengers were safely rescued with the help of Team of NDRF and 8 flood rescue teams from Navy .Nivedita Bhorkar, Air News Mumbai."

In Uttarakhand, normal life has been affected due to rain in different parts of the state for the last 24 hours. Many link roads of the state are interrupted due to landslide in various areas of Garhwal and Kumaon region. Major rivers and rivulets are swollen following heavy rain in their catchment areas. Meanwhile, the Weather department has forecast moderate rainfall in the next 24 hours in different parts of the state. It says, there is possibility of heavy rain in many parts of the state till 31st July in Garhwal and Kumaon region.

In Assam, flood situation is improving in the state as water level of most of the rivers has receded. However  relief measures are on in most of the areas. Over 70 persons lost their lives due to flood in the state. Barpeta, Dhubri, Nalbari and Bongaigaon are among the worst hit districts. The District administrations is distributing essential food items among the affected people.


Prime Minister Narendra Modi will share his thoughts with the people in the country and abroad in his monthly Mann Ki Baat programme on All India Radio tomorrow at 11 AM. It will be the second Mann Ki Baat programme after Mr Modi assumed office for the second term. The programme will be broadcast on the entire network of AIR and Doordarshan and AIR website, <www.allindiaradio.gov.in>.

It will also be streamed live on the YouTube channels of the PMO, I&B Ministry, AIR and DD News.

AIR will broadcast the programme in regional languages immediately after the Hindi broadcast. The regional language versions will be repeated at 8 PM.


The Government is planning to set up Community Radio Centres at all costal places of the country. Information and Broadcasting Secretary Amit Khare disclosed this in Kolkata today after he met the regional heads of all Media units under his Ministry and took stock of their functioning.  Mr Khare said that Community Radio centres are helpful to mitigate disaster management efforts.

"Community radio we are planning to have one in every aspirational district in addition the educational institutions are being requested that they can have a community radio which will be funded 50% by government of India 50% by their own resource. And it is a very good system where the local community they can broadcast that students if it is an educational institution the students can have the own broadcast if it is an krishi vigyan Kendra we have sanction a large number to Krishi Vigyan Kendra. They can broadcast about the local condition".

He also directed more focus on use of Social Media besides working in a team spirit by all Media Units so that Government's campaign and development work reaches the grass root level.


Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Housing and Urban Affairs, Hardeep Singh Puri has said that for the first time there is a government which is looking at urban rejuvenation. In an exclusive interview to All India Radio News, he said, the first term of NDA government was spent in implementing schemes. He said, the second term will be spent in continued focus on the schemes and their completion.

Talking about the Swachh Bharat Mission he said, wet waste is segregated for compost. The ministry is also looking at techniques for the conversion of Dry waste into energy.

"Swachh Bharat is successful because you being able to succeed in brinigin about behaviour change. The number of toilet you have to build, we have almost completed that. But the real issue is second compondent is 100 % soild basis management. Our figure today is on about 56% of something. I think we will not get 100% by 2nd October, we will be closed to that".

The Minister said that the original demand for Housing was set at 1 crore which has now been revised. The minister added that the targets are set, achieved and revised.

Tune into the Indraprastha Channel of AIR at 7.35 tonight to listen to this interview in Hindi. The interview in English can be heard on the FM Gold and Rajdhani Channels at 9.15 PM tonight.


In Boxing, former junior world champion Nikhat Zareen in 51 kg and Asian silver-winner Deepak Singh in the 49 kg category won silver medals in the Thailand Open International Tournament in Bangkok today. Deepak Singh lost to Mirzakhmedov Nodirjon of Uzbekistan and Nikhat bowed out to Chang Yuan of China. Three other Indians, Ashish Kumar in 75 kg, Commonwealth Games bronze-medallist Mohammed Husammuddin in 56 kg and Brijesh Yadav in 81 kg will also play for gold medal today.

Former Asian youth silver-medallist Ashish (69kg) lost his semifinal bout to sign off with a bronze medal yesterday. He lost to Thailand's Wuttichai Masuk in a split decision after an exhausting clash. Among the women pugilists, Manju Rani (48kg) and Bhagyabati Kachari (81kg) ended with third-place finishes.


India's challenge at the Japan Open ended as Sai Praneeth bowed down to top seed and local favourite Kento Momota in the semifinals in Tokyo today.

Praneeth lost to the Japanese 18-21, 12-21. Momota had also beaten Sai at the Singapore Open earlier this year.

India's challenge in the women's singles ended yesterday when P V Sindhu lost to Akane Yamaguchi in the quarterfinals.


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