Morning News (12-06-2019)
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi to chair the Cabinet followed by Council of Ministers meet in New Delhi today.
- Government raises import limit on Tur Dal to four lakh tonne for private traders till October to check artificial price rise.
- High-level medical team set up by the Centre to visit Bihar today to tackle rising Encephalitis cases.
- Five crore minority students to get scholarships in next five years, says Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi.
- Cyclone VAYU intensifies into Very Severe Cyclonic Storm; likely to hit Gujarat coast tomorrow morning.
- And in ICC Cricket World Cup, defending champions Australia to play Pakistan at Taunton.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold the first meeting of new Council of Ministers in New Delhi today. During the meeting, Mr Modi is likely to outline the road-map and action plan of his government. The meeting of Council of Ministers was a regular feature in the previous tenure of the Narendra Modi government.
The Union Cabinet will also meet today ahead of the Council of Ministers’ meeting.
On Monday, the Prime Minister had interacted with all Secretaries to the Union Government and asked them to prepare a five-year plan document for each Ministry with well-defined targets.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Kyrgyzstan beginning tomorrow to attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit at Bishkek will be a landmark visit in the relations between the two countries. Talking to our correspondent at Bishkek, Indian Ambassador to Kyrgyzstan Alok Dimri said, both nations enjoy strong historical and cultural ties and the visit will further deepen the relations in trade, commerce and business as well.
“We have had very high level exchanges since 2015 and this is the message of India that we seek to replicate, see, expand in this geography to strengthen our bilateral linkages between India and Kyrgyz progress.“
The Prime Minister will share his thoughts with the people in India and abroad in his Mann Ki Baat programme of All India Radio on the 30th of this month at 11 AM. It will be the 54th episode of the monthly programme.
According to the MyGov Open Forum, Mr Modi looks forward to sharing his thoughts on the themes and issues that matter to the people.
Nripendra Misra has been re-appointed as Principal Secretary to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. PK Mishra has also been re-appointed as Additional Principal Secretary to Mr Modi. The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet approved both the appointments with effect from 31st May. They will be assigned the rank of Cabinet Minister.
Union Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment Thawarchand Gehlot has been appointed as the leader of Rajya Sabha. He will replace senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley who opted out of the government citing health reasons. Mr Gehlot is a Rajya Sabha member representing Madhya Pradesh.
The Centre has decided to raise the import limit on Tur Dal to four lakh tonnes for private traders till October and asked co-operative Nafed to offload two lakh tonnes of the lentil in the open market. A decision in this regard was taken at the inter-ministerial committee meeting chaired by Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan in New Delhi yesterday. Talking to reporters after the meeting, Mr Paswan said, the measure will help increase the availability of Tur Dal and check price rise, which has been created psychologically assuming production might fall on likely delay in monsoon rains. He rejected media reports about price rise in Tur Dal saying that the government has enough buffer stock of pulses. He said, there will be a close watch on hoarders and black marketers of pulses, and the government will not allow anyone to cheat consumers.
The Centre has constituted a multi-specialist high-level team to visit Bihar today to assist the state government in containment and management of the rising cases of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) in Muzaffarpur and Japanese Encephalitis (JE) in Gaya. Experts comprising those from the National Centre for Disease Control, National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme, Indian Council of Medical Research and AIIMS, Patna are part of the team. More from our correspondent:-
“The central team would hold parleys with the doctors and district administration officials to ascertain the cause of death of children and the areas from where most of the cases were reported. 41 deaths have been reported so far. Maximum casualties have been reported from Muzaffarpur. Sixty children have been admitted in Sri Krishna Medical College Hospital and Kejriwal hospital in Muzaffarpur. Condition of four children is serious. Cases of AES have also been reported from Samastipur and Vaishali district. In view of alarming situation, the health department has been put on . Chief Minister Nitish Kumar instructed the health department officials to create awareness among people in the affected districts. WITH KK Lal FROM PATNA, GULSHAN RAWAT AIR News, DELHI.”
Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan reviewed the status of AES and JE cases at a meeting in New Delhi yesterday.
The government will provide scholarships to five crore minority students in the next five years to ensure their socio-economic-educational empowerment. The scholarships include pre-matric, post-matric and merit-cum-means. Union Minister for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said this while chairing the Governing and General Body meetings of Maulana Azad Education Foundation in New Delhi yesterday. He said, the NDA government is committed to inclusive growth with trust.
“We have decided to provide scholarships to five crore boys and girls belonging to minority community. It includes 10 lakh scholarships to be given to girls by Maulana Azad Foundation. Of the five crore students, 50 per cent of girl students will be given scholarships.”
The Minister also announced that Padho-Badho Awareness Campaign will be launched across the country. The campaign will be launched in 60 minority concentrated districts during the first phase.
The Centre has set a target of providing clean drinking water to all by 2024. Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat told this to reporters in New Delhi yesterday after holding discussions with officials and Ministers from several states looking after water-related issues. Mr Shekhawat said, in states like Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Odisha, the coverage of clean drinking water is less than five per cent. He said, only in Sikkim 99 per cent of households get tapped water.
Cyclone VAYU over East-Central Arabian sea has intensified into a Very Severe Cyclonic Storm. The MeT department said, the Cyclone is very likely to cross the Gujarat coast between Veraval and Diu by early tomorrow morning. It is likely to inundate the low lying coastal areas of Kutch, Devbhoomi, Dwarka, Porbandar, Junagarh, Diu, Gir Somnath, Amreli and Bhavnagar districts at the time of landfall. Heavy to very heavy rain is likely at several places in Saurashtra, South Gujarat, Diu, Daman and Dadra Nagar Haveli in the next two days. Gujarat Chief Secretary said, approximately 2 lakh 80 thousand people from vulnerable areas along the coast will be evacuated from today. More from our correspondent:-
“Chief Minister Vijay Rupani Yesterday held a meeting to review the state’s preparedness to minimize the impact of Cyclone Vayu. 36 teams of the NDRF, along with 34 teams of the Indian Army, Coast Guard, BSF and other agencies have all been deployed in the state in view of the cyclone. Schools and colleges will remain closed for two days from today in all the 10 districts of Saurashtra. People from the likely affected areas will be evacuated today. APARNA KHUNT, AIR News, Ahmedabad.”
Heat wave continues unabated in several parts of North and Central India.
In Uttar Pradesh, at most places, the mercury is hovering around 45 degrees Celsius. More from our correspondent:-
“With 49 degree Celsius, seven notches above normal, Banda was again the hottest place in the state yesterday. Jhansi recorded 48 degrees and Churk 46.4 degrees. However, thunderstorms with gusty winds and rain last night brought temperatures down at isolated places. According to the MeT department, heat wave is very likely to prevail in the state today. Dust and hailstorm with gusty winds and rain have also been forecast at isolated places. MS Yadav, AIR News, Lucknow.”
Entire Madhya Pradesh is also reeling under scorching heat. Our correspondent has filed this report:-
“Six people died so far in the state due to acute heat wave in which three people died in the Sheopur district and one each in Jabalpur, Satna and Bhopal. Pachmarhi, the only hill station in the state is also in the grip of heat wave. On the other hand, Tapti River in Burhanpur has dried up due to stern heat. In view of the intense heat wave, the school education department has extended the leave in government and non-government schools till June 23. The MeT Department has issuing a red warning for strong heat wave in 23 districts including capital Bhopal. Sanjeev Sharma, AIR News, Bhopal.“
In Jammu and Kashmir, a terrorist was killed in an encounter with security forces in Baramulla district last night. The gunfight broke out after the forces launched a cordon and search operation following inputs about the presence of terrorists there. Two militants were believed to be trapped in the area.
Over 3 lakh 60 thousand LPG connections have been given to eligible households in Jammu Division under the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana. This was disclosed by Divisional Commissioner, Jammu Sanjeev Verma in a meeting convened to review the implementation and status of the scheme in the districts of Jammu division. Our correspondent has filed this report:-
“The Divisional Commissioner asked the concerned officers to make people aware about the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana scheme so that eligible people can avail the benefits of the scheme. He asked the Deputy Commissioners to hold meeting with concerned departments and organize special camps at block and Panchayat level for spreading awareness about the scheme among the people. He further passed directions for covering all left out eligible households. RK Raina, air news, Jammu.”
The Reserve Bank of India has constituted a six-member committee to review the entire gamut of ATM charges and fees. In a press release, the RBI said, Chief Executive of Indian Banks’ Association VG Kannan will chair the committee.
The Jnanpith award for the year 2018 will be given to noted English writer Amitav Ghosh. Former Governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi will present the award to him at a function in New Delhi today. The award is given for outstanding contribution in literature.
Today is International Day Against Child Labour. The day brings together governments, employers and workers organizations, civil society as well as millions of people to highlight the plight of child labourers and measures to help them.
The theme this year is, ‘Children should not work in fields, but on dreams’.
In the ICC Cricket World Cup, defending champions Australia are scheduled to play Pakistan at Taunton this afternoon. The match is slated to begin at 3 PM (Indian Standard Time). Heavy rain has forced three no-results in the tournament, so far, including yesterday’s game between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. Rain could play spoilsport today as well, as the weather in the Taunton area is cloudy and there is a forecast of rain.
All India Radio will broadcast live commentary on today’s game from 2:30 pm onwards.
- Newpapers have picked up different stories for their lead today.
- “Supreme Court frees journalist, says liberty is sacrosanct, non-negotiable” reports The Times of India on the journalist who was arrested by the UP government for sharing a post against Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.
- “AN-32 wreckage finally found in Arunachal hills,” writes The Tribune on the findings of search operation for missing aircraft.
- “Panel may recommend splitting 27 per cent OBC quota into three bands,” writes Hindustan Times. The paper adds, “The panel will divide the community into three sub-categories on the basis of benefit they have got from quotas.
- The Indian Express writes, “Plan to import talent: A third of Deputy Secretaries from outside.”
- The Business Standard writes “Nripendra Misra, PK Mishra get cabinet rank.”
- “India staring at longest heatwave in three decades,” headlines Hindustan Times. while The Mail Today writes, “Delhi’s double whammy- The culprit behind the killer heat and dust.” Experts say Aravalli’s mindless destruction is leading to desertification in NCR.
- And finally, The Tribune informs, “All 30 science varsity posts vacant for 5 years- No laboratory too for Rewari students.”