- External Affairs Minister
informs Rajya Sabha that all countries support India's stand on the Doklam
issue; Says, if China unilaterally changes status-quo of tri-junction point
between India, China and Bhutan, it poses a challenge to India's security.
- Lok Sabha adjourned for the day over the issue of farmers’ plight.
- Counting of votes for
Presidential election underway at Parliament House complex; NDA candidate Ram
Nath Kovind leading over Opposition's Meira Kumar after the first round.
- At least 28 people killed in Himachal Pradesh as a bus falls into a
gorge in Shimla district; Magisterial inquiry ordered.
- Prime Minister Narendra
Modi to share his thoughts in his Mann Ki Baat programme on All India Radio on
the 30th of this month.
- A key US Congressional
panel votes for tougher conditions on Pakistan in order to receive Washington's
- And in Cricket, India to play Australia in the second semi-final of ICC Women's World
Cup at Derby this afternoon.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today said all countries support
India's stand on the Doklam issue. Replying to
supplementaries during the Question Hour in the Rajya Sabha, she said, if China unilaterally
changes status-quo of the tri-junction point between India, China and Bhutan,
it poses a challenge to India's security.
The Minister said China is developing ports and other
infrastructure facilities in the littoral countries in the region, including in
the vicinity of India’s maritime boundary as part of its objective to become a
maritime power. She said under One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative, China is
undertaking projects for developing of infrastructure facilities in several
countries in the region. Mrs Swaraj said the so-called China-Pakistan Economic
Corridor, which passes through the Indian Territory under illegal occupation of
Pakistan, has been identified as a flagship project of OBOR. She said
government’s consistent position is that Pakistan has been in illegal
occupation of parts of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir since 1947.
The Minister said, New Delhi has conveyed to the Chinese side including
at the highest level, its concern about their activities in the Pakistan
Occupied Kashmir and asked them to cease these activities. She said the
government keeps a constant watch on all developments having a bearing on
India’s security and takes all necessary measures to safeguard it.
On the H1B visa issue, Mrs Swaraj said, Prime Minister Narendra Modi
was able to convince US President Donald Trump that Indian skilled
professionals are contributing greatly to the American economy.
The Lok Sabha was today adjourned for the day following Opposition
uproar over the issue of farmers’ plight. As soon as the House met for the day,
the Opposition led by the Congress and the Left raised the issue of the
agrarian crisis in the country and trooped into the well shouting slogans.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar questioned the opposition
and said only two Congress members were present yesterday when discussion on
the issue was taking place in the Lok Sabha.
The Congress and Left members also raised the issue of alleged bribe
taken by a BJP leader in Kerala to ensure Medical Council of India’s
recognition for a private medical college in the state and demanded a probe
When the House met at noon following two adjournments, the situation
was no different as Opposition members continued the sloganeering. Amidst the
din, the Speaker adjourned the House for the day.
Meanwhile, in the Rajya Sabha, senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh
asked the government to look into the demands being raised by farmers across
the country seeking Minimum Support Prices (MSP) for their produce. Raising the
issue during the Zero Hour, Mr Singh said the BJP government had assured
farmers of providing MSP in its election manifesto.
The Government has said, Indigo airlines has submitted an expression of
interest regarding disinvestment of Air India. In a written reply in the Lok
Sabha, Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju said, no response needs to
be communicated to Indigo airlines at this stage as disinvestment of any
Central Public Sector Enterprise is done in accordance with the laid down procedures.
Mr Raju said, suggestions are being received regarding disinvestment of Air
India and these would be kept in mind while arriving at the final decision
regarding contours of disinvestment.
Samajwadi Party leader Naresh Agarwal today asked the government to
take a serious note of the issue of some airlines banning MPs from flying in
the country. Raising the issue during the Zero Hour in the Rajya Sabha, he
questioned as to how airlines can take action against MPs. Deputy Chairman,
Prof. PJ Kurian, said Parliamentarians are also citizens of the country and
they are bound by the law.
The counting of votes for
the Presidential election is underway at the Parliament House complex. The
counting, which began at 11 AM, will continue till 5 PM. NDA candidate Ram Nath
Kovind is leading over Opposition's Meira Kumar by 37,742 votes after the first
round of 8-round counting. Lok Sabha Secretary General and Returing officer
Anoop Mishra said, Mr Kovind has, so far, bagged 60,683 votes, while Ms Kumar
has got 22,941 votes. More from our correspondent:
The votes cast into the
ballot box in Parliament House have been taken up for counting first followed
by the boxes received from state assemblies in an alphabetical order. The votes
are being counted on four separate tables and there will be eight rounds of
counting. The election was held on 17th of this month and around 99 per cent
voting was recorded. 768 MPs cast their votes out of 771 Members of Parliament
of the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha. Out of 4,100 MLAs in state Assemblies,
4,075 exercised their franchise. The numbers are in favour of the ruling
coalition's nominee Ram Nath Kovind, who is the former Bihar Governor, over the
Opposition candidate Meira Kumar. With Anupam Mishra, Suparna Saikia, AIR News,
In Himachal Pradesh, at least 28 people were killed and 9 injured in a
bus accident in Shimla district today. Our correspondent reports that the incident
occurred near Khaneri of Rampur sub division around 9:30 AM when a bus fell
into a deep gorge.
The ill-fated bus was on its way to Solan from Recong Peo. The State
Transport Minister GS Bali has ordered a magisterial inquiry into the incident.
Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh has directed the administration to provide all
the necessary relief to the kin of deceased and to the injured. Prime Minister Narendra
Modi has condoled the loss of lives due to the accident. Mr Modi in a tweet
said that his thoughts are with those who lost their loved ones. He wished for
a speedy recovery of the injured. With Shishu Sharma's report from Shimla,
Meeqat for AIR News.
In Jammu and Kashmir, at least six people have been killed and some are
missing following a cloud burst in Thathri area of Doda district today. The
rescue operation is being carried out as some houses and buildings have been
damaged in the flash floods. Police sources told AIR that five people have been
rescued, so far.
Nagaland Governor PB Acharya has summoned a special session of the
State Legislative Assembly tomorrow. In a press communiqué, the Commissioner
and Secretary of Nagaland Assembly Secretariat N Benjamin Newmai said that the
session is called to proceed with the floor test for the newly sworn Chief
Minister TR Zeliang to prove his majority in the House.
The Governor had invited Mr Zeliang to the swearing-in ceremony
yesterday with the condition that he prove his majority on the Floor of the
Assembly on or before Saturday.
The Delhi High Court today asked the city police to file a status
report on the ongoing probe into the death of Sunanda Pushkar, wife of Congress
MP Shashi Tharoor. The court directed the police to place the report within
three days during the hearing of BJP leader Subramanian Swamy's plea for a
court-monitored probe by the CBI-led SIT into the matter.
Sunanada Pushkar was found dead in a five-star hotel in South Delhi on
17th of January, 2014.
Prime Minister Narendra
Modi will share his thoughts with the people of the country and those living
abroad in his Mann Ki Baat programme on All India Radio on 30th of this month. In a tweet, Mr Modi asked people to share their ideas and suggestions
on the Narendra Modi App. People can share their views, ideas and suggestions on the My Gov Open
Forum and can also dial the toll free number 1XXX-XX-7800 to record their
message for the Prime Minister in Hindi or English. People can also give a
missed call on the number 1922 and follow the link received in SMS to directly
give the suggestions to the Prime Minister.
The programme will be
broadcast on the entire network of AIR and Doordarshan at 11 AM.
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has projected India's growth rate of
7.4 per cent this year and 7.6 per cent next year on strong consumption demand.
ADB said in a supplement report that South Asia will be the fastest growing of
all sub-regions in Asia and the Pacific, with growth on track to meet original
projections of 7 per cent in 2017 and 7.2 per cent in 2018.
A key US Congressional panel has voted to impose tougher conditions on
Pakistan to receive Washington assistance. The House Appropriations Committee
yesterday approved the 2018 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill by
voice vote. The legislation seeks certification from Secretary of State Rex
Tillerson for disbursement of US aid to Pakistan. Under the bill, Mr Tillerson
is asked to certify that Pakistan is cooperating with the US in
counter-terrorism efforts against the Haqqani network, Lashkar-e-Toiba,
Jaish-e-Mohammed and Al-Qaeda.
The bill now heads to the House of Representatives for consideration.
The glory of the first
armed farmer-warriors' uprising in Odisha against the East India Company in
1817 known as Paika Rebellion is being celebrated today. The rebellion
originated under the leadership of Bakshi Jagabandhu.
The Ministry of Culture is
organising a function in New Delhi this evening to pay tribute to the martyrs
on the occasion of Bicentenary Celebration of the rebellion. President Pranab
Mukherjee will inaugurate the function.
In Cricket, India will take on Australia in the second semi-final of
the ICC Women's World Cup at Derby in England today. The match will begin at 3
PM Indian Standard Time. Record six-time winners Australia had finished the
round-robin stage on the second spot, behind England, in the 8-team points
table, while India was third. In their robin-robin match, Australia had
defeated India by 8 wickets.
India had played the Final of the World Cup only once in the 2005
edition, when they lost to the Aussies.
Top Indian shot putter Manpreet Kaur has been provisionally suspended
by the Athletics Federation of India after she tested positive for banned
substances for the second time.
The suspension means Manpreet will miss out next month's IAAF World
Athletics Championships hosted by London.