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  • Defence Minister Rajnath Singh warns Pakistan of disintegration, if it continues promoting terrorism.

  • Government announces fresh incentives to boost exports and housing sectors.

  • GST Network decides to make Aadhaar authentication or physical verification mandatory for new dealers from January next year.

  • Three Maoists killed in an encounter with security forces in Sukma district of Chhattisgarh.

  •  In Sports, Indian shuttler Lakshya Sen clinches men's singles title of Belgian International Challenge.

  • India to take on South Africa in their first T-20 cricket International  at Dharamshala this evening.


Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has asked Pakistan to stop promoting terrorism, otherwise no one will be able to prevent its disintegration. Speaking at a felicitation programme in Surat for families of 122 soldiers who lost their lives on the line of duty, Mr Singh warned Pakistan that if its people cross the Line of Control, the Indian Army is ready and will not allow them to return.

"पाकिस्‍तान जिस तरीके से आतंकवाद को बढ़ावा दे रहा है, यह आतंकवाद को बढ़ावा  देना बंद करे, नहीं तो इस हकीकत को कोई टाल नहीं सकता है कि पाकिस्‍तान के  और अधिक टुकड़े होकर रहेंगे।"

The Defence Minister said Pakistan is unable to digest India's decision to abrogate Article 370 and went to the United Nations to mislead it. The international community is not willing to believe what Pakistan is saying, he said. Mr Singh said, population of minorities in India has increased since Independence, while human rights violations keep taking place in Pakistan against Sikhs, Buddhists and others. He said, minority communities in India were safe, are safe and will remain safe, adding that India does not divide people on basis of caste or religion.


Baloch rights activists have organised a poster campaign in Geneva to highlight atrocities by Pakistan's Balochistan where enforced disappearances and killings have assumed epidemic proportions. The 'Stop Baloch Genocide' poster campaign, organised by the Baloch Human Rights Council at the Broken Chair monument area coincides with the 42nd session of the United Nations Human Rights Council. 


Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has announced a fresh set of measures worth around 70,000 crore rupees to boost exports and the housing sector. She said that the government will provide a 10,000 crore rupees special window with an aim to help complete ongoing affordable and middle-income housing projects. The housing projects considered for the special window have been limited to non-NPA and non-NCLT  projects. This will benefit roughly 3.5 lakh projects across the country.

"A special Window for affordable and middle income housing is being created. In that, a special window will provide the last Mile funding requirements for housing projects which are non NPA and non NCLT projects and are net worth positive in affordable and middle income category to be set up."

The other key incentives include extending the scheme of reimbursement of taxes and duties for export promotion, fully automated electronic refund for Input Tax Credits (ITC) in GST, revised priority sector lending norms for exports and expanding the scope of the Export Credit Insurance Scheme (ECIS). An inter-ministerial working group has also been formed to monitor export finance.

Accordingly, the scheme for Remission of Duties or Taxes on Export Product (RoDTEP) was announced which will replace Merchandise Exports from India Scheme (MEIS) for textiles. In effect, RoDTEP will more than adequately incentivise exporters than existing schemes put together.

"This is a new scheme which is coming and it shall replace MEIS, MEIS not just for textile but for all goods and services for which the goods particularly, for which the coverage was given both by the Textile Ministry and Commerce Ministry. The existing dispensation in textiles which is MEIS plus old ROSL will continue upto December 31 2019."

Mrs Sitharaman also announced that Export Credit Guarantee Corporation (ECGC) will expand the scope of export credit insurance service (ECIS).

The Finance Minister also said that India will organise annual mega shopping festivals at four locations with four themes across the country in March, 2020.


Indian industry has welcomed the incentives announced by the finance minister for exports and housing sector.

CII Director General Chandrajit Banerjee said, the measures are decisive as well as comprehensive, and will provide a boost to the economy in the near-term.

Assocham President BK Goenka said, the steps on helping exports will go a long way in making Indian exporters competitive in the global market.

The President of the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) BC Bhartia said the best part of the announcement is the creation of various inter-ministerial working groups to monitor strict implementation of the announcements in a time bound manner.


The GST Network has decided to make Aadhaar authentication or physical verification mandatory for new dealers from January next year to check malpractices in GST. This was announced by Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar Sushil Kumar Modi, who heads the Group of Ministers of GST Network. Addressing the media in Bengaluru, he said Aadhaar authentication was earlier optional. 

Mr Modi said the decision was taken after noticing in the last two years that there is a good number of fly-by-night operators, who make fake invoices. He said for those who do not want Aadhaar authentication, physical verification will be carried out, which will be completed in three days. He further said that no State government is in favour of slashing the GST slab for the Automobile sector from 28 percent to 18 percent, fearing loss of revenue. He said the next GST Council meeting is scheduled to take place in Goa on September 20.


The Enforcement Directorate has questioned Karti Chidambaram's Chartered Accountant in money laundering cases against senior Congress leader P Chidambaram.  S Bhaskararaman, a key witness in the money laundering cases against former finance minister, was questioned about his role as the chartered accountant, who allegedly manipulated a maze of accounts and payments.

Bhaskararaman was the chartered accountant of Chidambaram’s son Karti Chidambaram, who is a co-accused in the AircelMaxis money laundering case.


Enforcement Directorate (ED) has raided multiple locations in connection with disproportionate assets case against Indian Revenue Service officer Neeraj Singh. The ED said, it raided six locations, two each in Kolkata, Mumbai and Patna, after it booked Singh under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA).

The ED filed a criminal case against him based on a Kolkata Police FIR for accumulation of huge wealth in the name of his associates by giving undue favours by misusing his official position. Singh has been under the scanner of the Kolkata Police and the ED for alleged links with the prime accused of the 15,000-crore rupees Rose Valley chit fund scam Gautam Kundu.


Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale will begin a two-day visit to Iran today to attend the 16th Foreign Office Consultations. MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said that during the visit, Mr Gokhale will hold talks with his Iranian counterpart Syed Abbas Araghchi. He said Foreign Secretary is also expected to call on Iranian the Foreign Minister Javed Zarif. The visit has come at a time when Iran is facing crippling sanctions from the United States aimed at crippling country's export.


In Chhattisgarh, three Maoists were killed in an encounter with security forces in Sukma district yesterday evening. Police said, the gun-battle took place around 6 PM in a forest near Tadmetla-Mukram nullah under Chintalnar police station area when a team of District Reserve Guard was out on patrolling. On getting information that naxals have dug up a road near Tadmetla, security forces launched the operation in the area. Many weapons including a rifle were recovered from the spot.


The Uttar Pradesh government has appealed to new entrepreneurs to come up with ideas for start-ups to curb single use plastic and identify alternatives for it.  Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma announced that to promote new startups the government is creating a 1,000 crore rupee Startup fund and will soon establish the country's biggest incubator in Lucknow for startup a revolution.

"The Startup conclave was first of its kind of event organised in state capital Lucknow in which hundreds of young minds, college students and entrepreneurs gathered from state and other parts of country. Deputy Chief Minister Dr. Dinesh Sharma said that government is working towards creating a positive ecosystem for the promotion of startups. He announced that government will very soon come up with comprehensive and independent startup policy in various sectors including agriculture, medical, health, power, khadi, tourism and transport. He also gave awards to the best student startup and best women entrepreneur and flagged off a start-up Bus on this occasion. SUSHIL CHANDRA TIWARI, AIR NEWS, LUCKNOW."


The Maharashtra government has launched a 'patient search campaign' in which 14,000 surveyors will cover 8.66 crore people in 1.73 crore households for early detection and diagnosis of diseases.

"State Health minister Eknath Shinde said Maharashtra is the first state in the country to implement this joint initiative. He informed that the health survey will cover all rural areas as well as 30 per cent of risk-bearing urban population. He added that the plan primarily aimed at helping leprosy and tuberculosis patients. Shri Shinde informed that during the survey, patients suffering leprosy, TB, high BP, diabetes, oral cancer, breast cancer will be examined by doctors. State, district and taluka level committees have been formed to oversee the drive. Pooja Pal, AIR News Mumbai".


In Hong Kong, atleat 25 people were hospitalized during protest yesterday. Multiple skirmishes occurred earlier in the day between anti-government protesters and pro-Beijing supporters in the city.

According to RTHK broadcaster, the conflict initially started between the two groups of protesters  in the Amoy Plaza mall, where several scuffles occurred.

A man with a Chinese flag hit a rival protester and he in turn was attacked by anti-government activists with umbrellas, which are a symbol of the pro-democracy movement. The riot police arrived at the scene, blocked the entrance to the mall and detained many people.


In Badminton, rising Indian shuttler Lakshya Sen stunned second seed Victor Svendsen of Denmark in straight games to clinch men's singles title at the Belgian International Challenge yesterday. Lakshya was at his best as he notched up a comfortable 21-14, 21-15 win over Svendsen in the title clash.

Sourabh Verma will take on China's  Sun Fei Xiang in the final of Vietnam Open today. Sourabh Verma booked his place in the men's singles final of the competition after registering a straight-games victory over Japan's Minoru Koga at the Ho Chi Minh City . Second-seeded Verma defeated Koga 22-20, 21-15 in the semi-final.


The home season of the Indian Cricket Team will kick off from today when the Men in Blue take on South Africa in the first of three games of the Twenty 20 International series. The match will be played in Dharamshala at 7 this evening. All India Radio will broadcast a live commentary on the match alternately in Hindi and English. It can be heard on FM Rainbow and additional frequencies from 6:30 PM.


Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan has said that the North Eastern region of the country has witnessed phenomenal developmental changes under the visionary leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Speaking to media persons on the sidelines of the 48th Foundation Day Celebration and Graduation Ceremony of the Regional Institute of Medical Sciences, Imphal, Dr. Vardhan said, Mr. Modi has a vision to make developmental facilities available in the region in no way less than those in other parts of the country.



  • The fresh set of stimulus measures announced by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman dominate press headlines. The Pioneer states "70,000 crore stimulus for realty, exports".

  • The Times of India highlights Union Home Minister Amit Shah's comments on Hindi as it writes "Shah pitches for Hindi as national language, draws opposition protest".

  • On developments in the Kartarpur Corridor Sikh pilgrimage project, the Hindustan Times reports "India shares draft pact on Kartarpur with Pakistan : Govt. hopes the neighbouring country will display flexibility and concur with it".

  • Taking note of the South Delhi Municipal Corporation's crackdown on plastic,  the Asian Age states that SDMC has issued around 350 challans amounting to a fine of 8.1 lakh rupees.

  • And finally....news of a bus turned into a school under the Wisdom on Wheels  initiative. The Indian Express writes "Laptops to projector : School on wheels Wows Rajkot children".


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