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  • Speaking on the NRC issue in Rajya Sabha, Union Home Minister Amit Shah today said that all illegal residents who are staying in India will be deported according to international laws. NIA (Amendment) Bill was also introduced in Rajya Sabha.   

  • Star shuttlers PV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth registered contrasting victories to advance to the second round of the Indonesia Open badminton tournament in Jakarta.  Kidambi Srikanth won his first round match against Japan's Kenta Nishimoto by 21-14, 21-13. In women's singles, World Championship silver medallist PV  Sindhu had to fight back from a game down to beat Japan's Aya Ohori 11-21, 21-15, 21-15. However, there was disappointment in store of B Sai Praneeth as he went down 21-15, 13-21, 21-10 against Wing Ki Vincent Wong of Hong Kong.  

  • The 2008 Mumbai attack mastermind and chief of the banned terror group Jamaat-ut-Dawa, Hafiz Saeed has been arrested in Pakistan.  The arrest has been made by the Counter Terrorism Department of the Punjab province Police.  According to Pakistani media reports, the Counter Terrorism Department on July 3 registered 23 FIRs against 13 leaders of the JuD including Saeed on the charges of "terror financing" in different cities of Punjab province.  He was travelling to Gujranwala from Lahore to appear before an anti-terrorism court when the arrest took place. He has been moved to an unknown location.  Saeed-led JuD is believed to be the front organisation for the Lashkar-e-Taiba which is responsible for carrying out the 2008 Mumbai attacks that killed 166 people.  The US Department of the Treasury has designated Saeed as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist, and the US, since 2012, has offered a USD 10 million reward for information that brings Saeed to justice.  Under pressure from the international community, Pakistani authorities have launched investigations into matters of the JuD and LeT regarding their holding and use of trusts to raise funds for terrorism financing.

  • The Supreme Court said that the 15 rebel Congress and JD(S) MLAs "ought not" to be compelled to take part in the proceedings of the Karnataka Assembly, which is slated to decide the confidence motion moved by the H D Kumaraswamy-led state government on Thursday.  A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi further said Karnataka Assembly Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar was free to decide on the resignations of the rebel legislators within such time-frame as deemed appropriate by him. The bench, while pronouncing the order, said it was necessary to maintain the constitutional balance in the matter.  The court said other issues raised in the matter would be decided at a later stage. The top court had, on Tuesday, heard all the parties, during which Kumaraswamy and the speaker questioned its jurisdiction on entertaining the rebel MLAs, who alleged that they were being forced to act in a particular manner so as to save the coalition government in Karnataka that had lost majority. Kumaraswamy and Speaker Ramesh Kumar had contended that the court could not enter into the speaker's domain by asking him to first decide on the resignation of the MLAs and thereafter, the applications seeking their disqualification. BJP has welcomed the Supreme Court verdict on the pleas of Karnataka rebel MLAs. The party has said that Chief Minister Kumaraswamy has lost the majority and he has no right to continue. Congress has said that Supreme Court order on Karnataka political crisis nullifying the whip and providing "blanket protection" to MLAs who have betrayed public mandate sets a "terrible judicial precedent". Karnataka Assembly Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar has welcomed the Supreme Court decision, giving him the freedom to decide on the resignations of rebel MLAs, and said he would conduct himself responsibly in accordance with the principles of the Constitution. Meanwhile, Karnataka Assembly will meet tomorrow at 11 am to hold a floor test where Chief Minister Kumaraswamy will prove the strength of the coalition government.  With a total of 16 MLAs have resigned - 13 from Congress and 3 from the JDS, be it acceptance or disqualification either ways the strength of the ruling coalition will come down to 101 including the Speaker Ramesh Kumar who can vote in a floor test only if it ends in a tie. If the strength of the assembly goes down to 209 the magic number would be reduced to 105.

  • A retired Indian Navy officer, Jadhav was sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court on charges of espionage and terrorism in April 2017. India approached the Hague based-ICJ in May 2017 against Pakistan for denying consular access to Jadhav. On 18th May, 2017, the ICJ had restrained Pakistan from executing Jadhav till adjudication of the case. India had also challenged Jadhav's trial by the military court of Pakistan. After hearing the final arguments from both sides, in February, the ICJ had reserved the judgment.President of the Court Judge Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf will read out the verdict during a public sitting which will take place at 6.30 p.m. Indian time at the Peace Palace in The Hague, Netherlands. 

  • According to official data released today, the Wholesale Price Index (WPI)-based inflation was at 2.45 per cent in May. It was 5.68 per cent in June last year. Inflation in food articles basket eased marginally to 6.98 per cent in June from 6.99 per cent in May.  Vegetable inflation softened to 24.76 per cent in June, down from 33.15 per cent in the previous month.Inflation in the fuel and power category cooled substantially to minus 2.20 per cent from 0.98 per cent last month.  Manufactured items too saw a decline in prices with inflation at 0.94 per cent in June, against 1.28 per cent in May. WPI inflation data for April has been revised upwards to 3.24 per cent from provisional 3.07 per cent.

  • According to Ministry of Home Affairs, 84 persons have lost their lives in last one week due floods and landslides triggered by heavy rains. Thirty four persons are still missing and forty one have been injured. Normal life in 34 districts, mostly in Tarai region has been affected due to heavy rainfall. More than 13000 household displaced by floods and landslides. Over 3000 people have been safely rescued by the security personnel. Relief materiel is being distributed in the affected areas and medical teams have been sent to prevent waterborne diseases. According to Flood Forecasting Division water level in all major and medium rivers is at alert or normal level and likely to recede tomorrow. Weathermen forecast rain at some places in the country and there are chances of heavy rainfall at one or two places.

  • Addressing a programme last afternoon, President everyone connected to the attacks were arrested and investigations are still continuing. He said punishments should be implemented to create a good society adding that it will reduce wrongdoings in a society. President Sirisena has taken a tough stand against drug dealers and ordered execution of death penalty for four accused. The move was opposed by human rights and several western nations followed by a  court ruling to defer the execution till October. President in another speech on Monday had accused international drug dealers to be behind Easter Sunday attacks to discredit him. 

  • She was confirmed by a margin of 383 votes to 327. She needed the backing of 374 out of 747 MEPs to win. With her vision of a greener, fairer and rule-based Europe, the first female EU Commission President will replace Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on 1 November. She secured the backing of more than half of the members of the European parliament on Tuesday evening. The Commission drafts EU laws, enforces EU rules and has the power to impose fines on member states if necessary. She is further expected to tackle controversial issues such as climate change, trade and maintaining democracy in the bloc.

  • IMD said that he sky will remain generally cloudy with light rain or drizzle expected.The department further added that winds over Delhi and NCR have changed to easterly and so intensity of rains will increase gradually. Since the onset of monsoon on July 5, the national capital has recorded 54.2 mm rainfall. The Met department has also forecasted heavy to very heavy rainfall at isolated places very likely over Kerala and Coastal Karnataka and heavy rainfall at isolated places over Tamilnadu, Puducherry, Lakshadweep, Karnataka, Coastal Andhra Pradesh, Rayalaseema, Konkan and Goa, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh & Delhi, West Uttar Pradesh and Odisha. Further rough to very rough sea conditions are likely to prevail over southwest and central Arabian Sea, along and off Gujarat and Maharashtra coast, Maldives, Lakshadweep and Kerala coast.Squally weather is likely to prevail over north Andaman Sea and adjoining east central Bay of Bengal. Fishermen are advised not to venture into these areas.  

  • The star sprinter, who is presently in Europe, participating in training camps and competitive meets, deposited the amount to the Assam Chief Minister’s Relief Fund on Tuesday. In a tweet , Hima also made an appeal to corporates and wealthy individuals to come forward with assistance. Flood situation in Assam turns critical with all 33 districts of the state facing deluge. 17 deaths have been reported so far and over 45 lakh people affected. Hima Das has become an icon in her home state ever since she became the first Indian sprinter to win a gold at a global athletics meet in July last year.  Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has also appealed to the people of the state to donate for the relief fund.

  • However there was some relief with rains easing up on Tuesday. This meant a fall in water levels of most rivers in the region that are in spate. Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat accompanied by Assam CM Sarbanda Sonowal undertook an aerial survey of the state. He also visited flood relief camp in Majauli and assured of all possible help from the Centre and stressed on the urgent need for long term measures to tackle floods. Meanwhile, the monsoon session of the Assam legislative assembly has been postponed due to severe flood conditions in Assam. Meanwhile, flood waters have submerged 33 of all the 33 districts of Assam,, with over 40 lakh people affected. Tributaries of Brahmaputra have started falling and the main river Brahmaputra is still rising from Guwahati to Dhubri,as per the latest report by Central Water Commission. The road connectivity to various districts has also snapped due to flood waters. Ninety per cent of the Kaziranga National Park in Golaghat and Nagaon districts of Assam is still submerged. In Bihar, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said 25 people have so far been killed in flash floods, that have affected 25.71 lakh people in the state. National Disaster Response Force is rescuing people stranded in flood hit regions and taking them to safer places in Baksa and Golaghat in Assam and Madhubani in Bihar, among other areas. NDRF teams and personnel were seen rescuing affected people on boats from the submerged areas and moving them to other places. In some relief, little to no rain was reported in Bihar.   

  • Seven people have been killed and over 40 are feared trapped after a decades-old, four-storey building collapsed in south Mumbai's crowded Dongri neighbourhood around 11:40 am today. Eight people have been rescued so far. Three large teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) are at the site, looking for survivors. The area, full of dilapidated buildings on narrow lanes, was also flooded in heavy rain in the past weeks. Ten ambulances and fire trucks have arrived and are parked some distance away from the building as the lanes are too narrow for them to enter.

  • They all hail from different parts of the state and are said to have been deported from Saudi Arabia for mobilizing money in support of the terror group Ansarullah. They were brought in a special aircraft and produced before NIA Special Judge Senthur Pandian in Poonamallee near Chennai on Monday. The court remanded all of them to NIA custody till the July 25. On Saturday, two people from Nagapattinam were arrested following searches there and in Chennai, for establishing the radical group Ansarullah that aims at creating an Islamic order through terrorist attacks. The fourteen people arrested in the latest case are said to have collected money in the Gulf in support of the group, mainly from the Indians working there, to strengthen the radical ISIS-inspired module. Further probe are expected to give more leads in the case. 

  • Addressing a programme in Nuwara eliya on Sunday, Sirisena said drug barons carried out the attack to discredit him and discourage his anti-narcotics drive.  He said illegal drug trafficking is the simplest and the easiest way to destroy a country but added that he will not be deterred. His comments came as President has taken a tough stand against drug traffickers and ordered death penalty to be implemented for four accused but the matter has been stayed by court amidst opposition by some political parties and international organizations. Investigations so far have revealed that the Easter Sunday attacks were carried out by local fundamentalist groups though ISIS had claimed responsibility for it. Over 260 people including 45 foreigners were killed in coordinated attacks on churches and hotels across the country.

  • In the Individual section of the category, Elavenil Valarivan claimed the top honours with a total score of 251.6, while another Indian Mehuli Ghosh settled for a Silver with 250.2 points. India also clinched a Gold in the team section by creating a junior world record. The effort ensured that India remain at the top of the medals tally with 14 medals, six Gold, six Silver and two Bronze. China is second with two Gold and a total of six medals.

  • 27 persons including 17 army personnel have been rescued so far while rescue operation continues as some Army personnel are still trapped inside. Himachal Chief Minister Jairam Thakur visited the site Monday morning.  Speaking to media, he said that magisterial inquiry has been ordered. He added that as per info received till now, the building structure was not as per specifications.

  • On Saturday, five more legislators moved the Supreme Court against the Speaker for not accepting their resignation. The BJP too upped the ante demanding that CM HD Kumaraswamy seek a trust vote on Monday, a day prior to the Supreme Court hearing on a similar petition of 10 other rebel MLAs of Congress-JD (S) who have resigned.  The Supreme Court has ordered status quo on the fate of 10 rebel MLAs, directing the Assembly Speaker to refrain from taking any decision on the matter till Tuesday. Meanwhile, rebel MLA MTB Nagaraj late on Saturday night withdrew his resignation and would remain with the Congress party.  In a bid to keep their flock together, both Congress and BJP have shifted their MLAs to hotels and resorts. JD(S) MLAs have been camping at a resort for the last couple of days.

  • Over 26 lakh people are affected in the current wave of flood in 103 revenue circles in  28 districts of Assam. The worst hit districts are Dhemaji, Dhubri and Morigaon. The state Government has set up over 300 relief camps and more than 16,000 inmates are taking shelter in the camps.  Over 87,000 hectares of cropped area have been affected due to flood. Vigil has been intensified in the Kaziranga National Park and other wildlife areas to prevent poaching as most of the parks are under water now.  A total number of 10 persons lost their lives due to flood and landslide so far. The Army, NDRF, SDRF and local people are carrying out the rescue operation. Relief materials including baby foods are being distributed in the flood hit areas.  Assam Additional Chief Secretary for Revenue and Disaster Management, Kumar Sanjay Krishna said, so far the state Government has released an amount of 56 crore rupees to the flood affected districts.

  • 180 makeshift community kitchens have been opened in Sitamarhi, Sheohar and Araria. 10 district have been hit by floods in the state. NDRF & SDRF teams have been pressed into service for relief & rescue work. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar undertook an aerial survey of flood affected areas. Earlier, he chaired a high level meeting in Patna. He directed officials to open community kitchens and shelters for affected people and speed up repairing of damaged roads in flood ravaged regions. So far, 28 deaths have been reported from flood affected areas.

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