Morning News (12-07-2019)
- Supreme Court to hear Karnataka Assembly Speaker’s application seeking modification of its order on rebel MLAs resignation issue.
- Six candidates from Tamil Nadu elected unopposed to Rajya Sabha.
- Flood situation remains grim in Assam as new areas inundated following breach of river embankments.
- No Confidence Motion against Sri Lankan government defeated in parliament by 27 votes.
- In ICC Cricket World Cup, England fix summit clash against New Zealand defeating Australia in second semi-final.
- And in Wimbledon, Serena Williams and Simona Halep reach women’s singles final; men’s singles semi-finals to be played this evening.
Supreme Court will take up today the Karnataka Assembly Speaker’s application with regard to its directives fixing time-frame for deciding on the rebel MLAs resignations. Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar had moved the Supreme Court yesterday saying that the issue can not be decided during the course of a single day and sought modification of the order.
The Karnataka legislative Assembly Speaker received the resignation letters re-submitted by 10 Congress and JD(S) MLAs yesterday. He said he will take a decision based on genuineness of the letters and whether they were voluntary in nature.
Meanwhile, monsoon session of Karnataka Assembly will commence today at a time when 16 ruling parties MLAs have submitted their resignations. The Speaker has said, he will go by the set procedure to look into the resignations and inform the Supreme Court about it. A report-
“Only obituary reference is mentioned today in the list of business in the legislative Assembly, but all important Finance Bill has to be passed for the salaries to be disbursed among the State Government employees after July. If the House is adjourned today after the obituary reference the vote on Finance bill will be taken up on Monday. But, before that the Supreme Court ruling will be crucial in deciding whether this Government conduct the session till July 26th as scheduled. Meanwhile the rebel MLAs are not likely to attend the session today despite the whip being issued by the parties. Sudhindra, AIR News, Bengaluru.”
The Lok Sabha sat till almost midnight to conclude discussion on demands for grants for the Railway Ministry. During the debate, the Opposition accused the NDA Government of trying to sell off Railways’ assets instead of focusing on services, but the BJP asserted that Indian Railways is breaking new ground everyday, especially in areas of infrastructure and safety.
Initiating the discussion, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury of Congress said, Railways is in a pathetic condition and termed the government’s measures for improving amenities in the Railways as inadequate.
Sunil Kumar Singh of the BJP said, NDA Government has taken several unprecedented steps to improve condition of Railways in the country and provide better facilities to the passengers.
Kanimozhi of DMK said, her party will oppose any attempt to privatize the Indian Railways. Sudip Bandyopadhyay of TMC said, more attention needs to be given to complete dedicated freight corridor projects.
Railway Minister Piyush Goyal is likely to reply to the debate this afternoon, following which the demands for grants will be put to vote.
In the Rajya Sabha, discussion on Union Budget will resume today.
In Tamil Nadu, six candidates were elected unopposed to the Rajya Sabha last evening. They include two candidates each from the AIADMK and DMK and one each from the PMK and MDMK.
From the ruling AIADMK, the former State Minister Mohamed Jan and the party’s Salem town functionary Chandrasekharan were elected along with Dr Anbumani Ramadoss of the PMK, its ally. From the DMK, the former Additional Solicitor General P.Wilson and the party’s trade union leader Shanmugam were elected to the Upper House along with the leader of its ally MDMK, Mr Vaiko.
Notification for the election of Vellore Parliamentary Constituency in Tamil Nadu was issued by the Election Commission of India yesterday. Polling will be held on the 5th of next month.
Nominations can be filed until the 18th of this month. Counting of votes will be held on 9th August.
The 5th India-EU High Level Dialogue on Migration and Mobility was held in New Delhi yesterday. External Affairs Ministry in a release said the discussion was held in a highly friendly and constructive spirit. It encompassed a wide range of issues of mutual interest in the context of migration and mobility along the India-EU corridor. Both sides reaffirmed that migration and mobility are important dimensions of the strategic partnership between India and EU and exchanged views on further initiatives and steps aimed at realizing the full potential of further strengthening cooperation in this area.
India and US will hold trade talks in New Delhi today to discuss bilateral and economic issues. The US delegation is being led by Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for South and Central Asia, Christopher Wilson. The Indian side is being led by Additional Secretary level officer from Commerce and Industries Ministry.
The visiting USTR delegation will also call on Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal today. This would be the first meeting on trade issues after the meeting of Prime Minister Narendra Modi with US President Donald Trump in Japan on the sidelines of the G20 summit.
US India Strategic and Partnership Forum has said, the bilateral trade between India and the US could reach 238 billion Dollars by 2025 from the current 143 billion Dollars given the present dynamics of the commercial engagement. In a report released on the occasion of its second annual leadership summit, the US-based group USISPF said, this growth will occur if trade grows by 7.5 per cent each year, as has been the trend for the last seven years.
The overall flood situation remains grim in Assam as new areas have been inundated due to breach of river embankments. Over four lakh people are reeling under the fury of flood in 17 districts. Our correspondent reports that the NDRF and SDRF teams have been deployed for rescue operations.
“Road communication badly affected in Assam due to flood causing massive problem to the people. Temporary relief camps have been set up to shelter flood affected people and around two thousand people are taking shelter. District Administrations are also distributing relief materials at a few places. Chief Minister Sarbanand Sonowal has reviewed the flood situation with all Deputy Commissioners yesterday and instructed to set up 24x 7 control room in all the districts. Manas Pratim Sarma, AIR NEWS, Guwahati.”
In Uttar Pradesh, torrential rain from last few days has thrown normal life out of gear in many districts. Our correspondent reports, 14 people have lost their lives in rain-related incidents in the last 24 hours.
“Water-logging on streets and by lanes, disruption in power supply, roads caving-in, traffic jam and flash flood, these are the common sights nowadays in many districts of state. Continuous rain from last few days has affected normal life badly. In many cities like Gorakhpur, Sitapur, Kushinagar, Basti, Varanasi, Chandauli and state capital Lucknow, it’s raining continuously from last 72 hours disrupting the normal routine of people here. In many districts schools have been closed till Sunday due to torrential rains. Major rivers are swelling and few are close to danger mark. Sushil Chandra Tiwari, AIR News, Lucknow.”
President Ram Nath Kovind will be on a four-day visit to Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh from today. An official release said, the President will present Doctor of Laws degree to Justice (Retd) P. Sathasivam, former Chief Justice of India, and current Governor of Kerala tomorrow. He will also present the degree to Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde, Supreme Court judge and Justice Vijaya Kamlesh Tahilramani, Chief Justice of Madras High Court, at a special convocation of the Tamil Nadu Dr Ambedkar Law University in Chennai.
The President will visit the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota and witness the launch of Chandrayaan-2 lunar mission being undertaken by the ISRO on Monday.
Our correspondent reports that the President will reach Chennai this afteroon and visit the famous Athivaradhar temple in Kanchipuram.
“The deity Athivaradhar emerges from under water only once in forty years, as per the tradition. After 1979, the deity is on a pedestal since the 1st of this month for 48 days and lakhs of people are having darshan and offering pujas. In accordance with the tradition, Athivaradhar will go back under the temple pond after the 48 days. In view of President Ramnath Kovind’s visit to the famous temple this afternoon, tight security has been put in place in Kanchipuram. Jayasingh, AIR News, Chennai.”
In Sri Lanka, a no-confidence motion against the government was defeated in parliament by 27 votes. A total of 119 members voted against the motion while 92 members voted in favour of no confidence motion. Our correspondent reports that the debate on the motion continued for two days and voting took place last evening.
“The no-confidence motion was brought by opposition party JVP, which has six MPs in parliament. The motion was against government failure to prevent Easter Sunday attacks despite intelligence inputs. However, the motion failed to unite the opposition and several MPs were absent during the voting. Tamil National Alliance voted against the motion saying they were not sure of what kind of government will come if the current government is defeated. Several opposition MPs questioned the motive of JVCP saying it failed to support 52-day government under Mahinda Rajapaksa, who failed to prove his majority in parliament and had to resign. Santosh Kumar for AIR News from Colombo.”
A UAE court sentenced seven years in jail to the bus driver who caused the deaths of 17 people including 12 Indians in a road crash. The driver was also ordered to pay 3.4 million dirhams in compensation to the families of the victims.
The tragedy took place last month when the passengers were returning to the UAE from the Omani capital of Muscat.
After a break from tradition last year, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis today performed the ceremonial Mahapuja of Lord Vitthal at Pandharpur temple with his wife Amruta. He prayed for the Natures support to the efforts of the Government for Drought-free Maharashtra.
As part of a long-standing tradition on ‘Ashadhi Ekadashi’, the CM, on behalf of the entire state, offers prayers at the temple.
Earlier, Mr. Fadnavis inaugurated agriculture exhibition organised in Pandharpur on the occasion of Ekadashi last evening.
Film Divisions will launch KSHITIJ, a documentary film club in Mumbai today. An acclaimed documentary film “Secret Life of Frogs” by Ajay and Vijay Bedi will be screened as the inaugural film. Public screenings will begin at 5:30 PM on the second and fourth Friday of every month.
In the ICC Cricket World Cup, England stormed into the final after beating defending champions Australia by eight wickets in the second semifinal at Birmingham last night.
England chased down the victory target of 224 runs in 32.1 overs riding on opener Jason Roy’s 85 off 65 balls and Joe Root’s 49 not out. Captain Eoin Morgan also contributed unbeaten 45.
England will now face New Zealand in the final at Lord’s on Sunday.
In Wimbledon, men’s singles semi-finals will be played today. Roger Federer will face Rafael Nadal while Novak Djokovic will meet Roberto Bautista Agut.
In women’s singles, Serena Williams will take on Simona Halep in the summit clash tomorrow. In the semifinal last evening, Serena Williams beat Barbora Strycova 6-1, 6-2. She is just a win away from her 24th Grand Slam title. In other semi-final, Simona Halep defeated Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina 6-1, 6-3.
- The political drama in Karnataka and Goa is splashed across the front pages of the dailies along with other stories.
- “Karnataka Speaker fails to toe Supreme Court line” writes The Pioneer while Hindustan Times headlines, “Speaker meets Karnataka rebels, says will study resignations ‘all night’.
- “CBI raids Jaising house, NGO run by her husband,”writes The Asian Age on Indira Jaising’s house being raided in a case linked to FCRA violations.
- The Cabinet approving amendments to the POCSO Act is covered by The Hindu on its front page. “Centre redefines child porn, moots stiff penalties,”writes the daily.
- The global MPI 2019 report of the United Nations is also given traction by The Indian Express. The paper reports, “Lifting 271 million out of poverty in ten years, India fastest, Jharkhand No.1 area, says UN.”
- And finally, Re-examination of a skull found in the 70s has put back the clock on mankind’s arrival in Europe by over 150,000 years! The Hindustan Times writes, “Europe’s first human advent.”