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Reverse countdown of Modi government has begun: Sonia

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi's rhetoric shows his "desperation" reflecting that the "reverse countdown" of the Modi government has begun, United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Chairperson Sonia Gandhi said on Sunday.
 
Attending a meeting of the new Congress Working Committee (CWC), the party's highest decision-making body, she also cautioned about the reign of despair and fear heaped upon the country's poor.
 
"Sonia Gandhi cautions about the reign of despair and fear heaped upon India's deprived and poor. Points out that rhetoric of Modi shows his desperation reflecting that reverse countdown of Modi government has begun," Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala tweeted.
 
The meeting was also attended by former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who rejected the culture of constant self praise and 'jumlas' of the Prime Minister.
 
This, Manmohan Singh said, stood against solid policy framework necessary for growth.
 
Manmohan Singh pointed out that claim of doubling farm income by 2022 would require an agricultural growth rate of 14 per cent, which was nowhere in sight.
 
Sonia Gandhi and Manmohan Singh are the senior members of the new CWC that will form the core team of the party for the state elections this year and the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.
 
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Rainy Sunday morning in Delhi

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It was a rainy Sunday morning in the national capital with the minimum temperature recorded at 26 degrees Celsius, a notch below the season's average, said the Met office.
 
"The sky will remain mostly cloudy with light to moderate rain throughout the day in the National Capital Region (NCR)," an India Meteorological Department (IMD) official said.
 
Delhi has received 7.9 mm rain in the last 24 hours, the official added.
 
The maximum temperature is expected to hover around 33 degrees Celsius. The humidity at 8.30 a.m. was 94 per cent.
 
Saturday's maximum temperature settled at 34.4 degrees Celsius, normal for this time of the season, while the minimum temperature was recorded at 28 degrees Celsius, a notch above season's average.
 
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States asked to link registered Child Care Institutions to Specialized Adoption Agencies within a month.

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As a step to curb illegal adoption and child trafficking, the Ministry of Women and Child Development has instructed that all the States and Union Territories (UTs) link registered Child Care Institutions (CCIs) to Specialized Adoption Agencies (SAAs) within a month.
 
The Ministry said the State and UT governments should ensure that all the registered Child Care institutions, whether run by a State Government or by voluntary or non-governmental organizations (NGOs), are linked to Specialized Adoption Agencies and are reflected in the online portal CARINGS within one month. 
 
This applies to all CCIs which are meant, either wholly or partially, for housing children in need of care and protection or children in conflict with the law.
 
The Ministry said the step was to address the grave concerns that have come to its notice, through media reports, that some organizations have been propagating illegal adoption outside the domain of the Juvenile Justice Act, 2015, which is tantamount to child trafficking.
 
For speedy execution, the State Governments/UTs have also been asked to publish this direction in the local newspapers to ensure compliance by the institutions within the stipulated period, failing which action may be taken against such institutions.
 
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They have also been asked to issue instructions for conducting an inspection of all homes run by Missionaries of Charity and also identify all potential institutions/organizations which could be involved in unlawful activities. Conduction of timely inspections of the Institutions, as per the provisions of Section 54 of the Act, has also been advised.
 
Besides, in order to check the illegal adoptions, the State Governments/UTs have been asked to keep a close watch on the maternity hospitals and other facilities, which may also act as potential places for illegal and child trafficking. A Status report has been asked from the States/UTs by July 31.
 
Section 41 of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015 mandates that all institutions, whether run by a State Government or by voluntary or non-governmental organizations, which are meant, either wholly or partially, for housing children in need of care and protection or children in conflict with law, shall be registered under the Act.
 
Section 65 of the Act mandates the State Government for recognizing one or more institutions or organizations in each district as a Specialized Adoption Agency (SAA) for the rehabilitation of orphan, abandoned and surrendered children through adoption and non-institutional care. 
 
The Juvenile Justice Act, 2015 recognizes the Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA) as the nodal agency for promoting and regulating in-country and inter-country adoptions, which is being facilitated through an online portal (CARINGS).
 
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Rajnath launches Student Police Cadet programme for nationwide implementation

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Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh launched the Student Police Cadet (SPC) programme for nationwide implementation at a ceremony here today.
 
In his address on the occasion, the Home Minister expressed hope that the SPC would lead to a silent revolution over the years by focusing on character building by imparting moral values to budding minds. 
 
He expressed concern that education these days stressed more on mere book reading with little attention being paid towards character building of students, which shows negative effects on society in terms of increased crime.
 
The Minister said that coping with rapid modernization and cut-throat competition, schools have focused all their attention towards building careers and rising incomes, creating tremendous pressure among the young minds,
 
While the dawn of new technologies, internet and social media have helped our children keep pace with the changing times, it has adversely impacted our society as we witness the breakdown of the traditional family system and worrying rise in incidents of crimes and rapes, he added.
 
Mr Rajnath Singh said the SPC programme would help in making students responsible citizens by inculcating values of respect to the elderly, discipline, social responsibility and through police-student interaction. 
 
The SPC programme will provide a healthy interface between schools and police peace and inculcate in the students' aspects of public safety, discipline, patience, tolerance, empathy, respect of senior citizens, social harmony, traffic sense and a corruption-free environment.
 
The youth of tomorrow who emerge out of such a programme would bear the ethical values of social commitment and be aware of social evils such as drugs, alcohol abuse, intolerance and vandalism. He expressed confidence that this programme would result in the overall development of a student’s personality and bring a big change in society.
 
The Home Minister appealed to all stakeholders- teachers, parents, students, police and officials- to participate with enthusiasm and execute the SPC as a Mission Mode project. The SPC project will also help the police assess their image in the public eye and strive for improving confidence and winning the trust of the people. Initially, it will be launched as a pilot programme in all States and Union Territories.
 
Earlier, Mr Rajnath Singh launched the theme song and training manual of SPC prepared by the Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPR&D). He also presented cash awards to winners of logo and motto competition. He also handed over the SPC flag to Haryana Platoon Commander.
 
The SPC programme focuses on students of Classes 8 & 9 and special care has been taken to ensure that it does not lead to an increase in the workload of the students. The programme does not have any prescribed textbook nor is any exam. Only one class in a month is proposed. The programme seeks to cover broadly two kinds of topics, - crime prevention and control; and values and ethics.
 
Speaking on the occasion, Union Minister for Human Resource Development Prakash Javadekar said SPC is a very good initiative which will be launched initially in Government schools and later expanded to cover all schools. He said talent alone is not sufficient for success. Students need discipline and hard work which will be imparted through SPC. He said SPC will cover around 4 crore students.
 
Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said the SPC will assist in social construction through personality building of students. He said the students who have undergone the training will be given an advantage in police recruitment.
 
The ceremony at Tau Devi Lal stadium was attended by thousands of students from all over the country. The gathering was also addressed by Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Hansraj Gangaram Ahir and Union Minister of State for Planning Rao Inderjit Singh and BPR&D Director General, AP Maheswari. Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba, along with senior officials of the Home Ministry and Haryana State Government were present during the function.
 
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India will always remain first responder for Sri Lanka: Modi

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said India is and would always remain the first responder for Sri Lanka.
 
Delivered an address over a live video link, on the occasion of the expansion of the National Emergency Ambulance Service in the island nation with Indian assistance, Mr Modi said, “India has the privilege to be Sri Lanka’s partner in establishing this first responder service and in its expansion. In good times and bad, India has been, and will always be the first responder for Sri Lanka.”
 
Addressing the launch function being held in Jaffna, the Prime Minister termed it as marking another major achievement in the development partnership of India and Sri Lanka.
 
“My friend Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had talked to me during my visit to Sri Lanka in 2015 about establishing such a system in Sri Lanka. I am very happy that in July 2016, the first phase of this service began in the Western and Southern Provinces.
 
“During my visit last year, I had promised the friendly people of Sri Lanka that India will work for expanding the pre-hospital Emergency Ambulance Service all over the island. I am happy that India has completed its promise in a timely manner and we have marked today the beginning of the second phase of the Service,” he added.
 
“I am also happy that this phase of expansion begins with the Northern Province. India is happy to work together with you for wiping tears from the past and ushering in a bright future. I understand that the people associated with this service have been trained in India.  The required skills and the local employment will also receive a boost,” he said.
 
“As leaders of two democracies full of diversity, both Prime Minister Wickremesinghe and I believe in delivering benefits of development to all sections of the society,” he added.
 
Mr Modi said he also had the good fortune of being the first Indian Prime Minister to visit Jaffna. “When I look at Sri Lanka, I see not only a neighbour, I see a very special and trusted partner of India in South Asia and in the Indian Ocean family.”
 
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BJP-Congress war over Rahul hugging PM intensifies

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Soon after Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday took a dig at Congress President for the "unwanted hug" during the debate on the no- confidence motion in Parliament by Congress President Rahul Gandhi, the BJP and the Congress traded barbs over the issue.
 
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) described Gandhi as a leader "incapable" of holding any public office, while the Congress said that Gandhi's hug was full of grace and Modi's attack on him exposes "politics of hate".
 
Addressing a Kisan Kalyan rally in Uttar Pradesh's Shahjahanpur, Modi without taking any names mocked Gandhi for hugging him in the Lok Sabha on Friday during the no-confidence motion against the NDA government, which it won easily.
 
"We asked the reasons for their no confidence motion but they failed to give it and then they ended up giving an unwanted hug," Modi said, referring to Gandhi's embrace.
 
"Even a beginner in politics, but Gandhi being what he is I think he has demonstrated his ineligibility and incapability to really hold any public office," BJP leader G.V.L. Narsimha Rao said here.
 
Congress leader Ashok Gehlot hit back, seeking to remind the Prime Minister said that he has given hugs to various leaders across the globe.
 
"Modi has hugged various leaders during his visit to foreign countries. Were they unwanted hugs?" he asked.
 
Congress spokesperson Jaiveer Shergill said: "Modi is mocking Rahul Gandhi's hug, which was given out of pure grace."
 
"This completely exposes Modi's politics of hate," he said.
 
Meanwhile, former Finance Minister and ex-BJP leader Yashwant Sinha, who is a critic of the Modi government also took a dig at Modi over the hug.
 
"The serial hugger has been taken for a hug," Sinha said in a tweet.
 
Earlier in the day, Gandhi said that he would tackle Modi's "hate and fear" with love and compassion.
 
"The point of yesterday's debate in Parliament...Prime Minister uses hate, fear and anger in the hearts of some of our people to build his narrative. We are going to prove that love and compassion in the hearts of all Indians is the only way to build a nation," Gandhi tweeted.
 
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One killed, 3 injured in wall collapse in Noida

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A 4-year-old boy was killed and three others, including his parents, both labourers, injured when the basement wall of an under construction building collapsed here, police said on Saturday.
 
The incident took place in Sector 63 on Friday.
 
"An FIR has been filed," a senior police official told IANS.
 
Those injured include Prakash and his wife, who were working as labourers at the site, while their son, who was also near the wall, died.
 
The third labourer has been shifted to AIIMS as his condition was critical.
 
"We are investigating the matter," the officer said.
 
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TV, refrigerator, washing machines to get cheaper, GST rate cut on 50 items

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In a relief for the common man, the GST Council on Saturday reduced tax rates on over 50 items including refrigerators, washing macines and small televisions, which would now be taxed at 18 per cent, down from the current 28 per cent.
 
Apart of bringing down rates, the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council also exempted GST on sanitary napkins, rakhis, fortified milk and idols of deities made of stone, marble and wood.
 
The changes would come into effect across the country from July 27 onward, Finance Minister Piyush Goyal told media after the 28th meeting of the GST Council.
 
"Refrigerators, small televisions, of upto 25 inches, lithium ion batteries, vacuum cleaners, domestic electrical appliances, such as food grinders, mixers....storage water heaters, immersion heaters, hair dryers, hand driers, electric smoothing irons," among others have been brought to the 18 per cent slab," Goyal said. 
 
The council also gave a major relief to the hotel industry by providing that tax rate shall be based on transaction value instead of declared tariff. 
 
Earlier, there was a lack of clarity on the issue causing a lot of trouble for consumers booking hotels with 'declared tariffs' of Rs 7,500 and above which incurred 28 per cent GST. 
 
While hotels with tariff below Rs 1,000 are exempted from GST, those with tariff between Rs 1,000-2,500 are taxed at 12 per cent, those between Rs 2,500-7,500 at 18 per cent, and above Rs 7,500 at 28 per cent.
 
However, it often happened that hotels offered discounts and hence the actual transaction cost would be much lower than the declared cost, but tax would still be charged at the declared cost.
 
Another significant decision the council made was regarding easing of return filing procedure by approving two new simplified forms called 'Sugam' and 'Sahaj', the minister said.
 
Also, enterprises with annual turnover of upto Rs 5 crore would have to file quarterly returns instead of the current monthly filing, although they would continue to pay tax on a monthly basis. 
 
However, the implementation of the revamped return filing process would take some time as corresponding changes would have to be made into the GST network, the minister clarified.
 
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The council also deferred the implementation of reverse charge mechanism by another year and now it will come into force from October next year.
 
The minister further informed that the council would have a special meeting on August 4 to address concern of small and medium enterprises.
 
Among other tax-reduction decisions, Goyal said, tax rate on handicraft items such as handbags, pouches and purses, jewellery box, wooden frames of paintings and photographs among others have been brought under the 12 per cent slab, from 18 per cent.
 
GST on handmade carpets and handmade textile floor coverings has been reduced from 12 per cent to 5 per cent.
 
The tax rate on ethanol, which is used in the blending of petrol and diesel also has been brought down to 5 per cent from 18 per cent.
 
During the meeting, the council also made certain amendments to the GST Act including raising the upper limit of turnover for opting for composition scheme from Rs 1 crore to Rs 1.5 crore.
 
It also approved an amendment which will enable taxpayers to opt for multiple registrations within a state in respect of multiple places of business located within the same state. 
 
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Will tackle Modi's hate with love: Rahul

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A day after surprising the Prime Minister with a hug, Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Saturday said he would tackle Narendra Modi's "hate and fear" with love and compassion.
 
"The point of yesterday's debate in Parliament...Prime Minister uses hate, fear and anger in the hearts of some of our people to build his narrative. We are going to prove that love and compassion in the hearts of all Indians is the only way to build a nation," Gandhi tweeted.
 
The no-confidence motion against the Modi government was defeated in the Lok Sabha after a 12-hour long heated debate which saw the treasury and opposition benches trade charges.
 
But what stole the show was the moment when Gandhi, after a blistering speech, walked over to hug a surprised Prime Minister.
 
He said love and tolerance, not hatred and lynchings, was the way forward for India.
 
"I have not an iota of hatred or hard feelings against you. You hate me. You may call me Pappu, you can use a stream of expletives for me. But I don't hate you or have even slightest of anger for you. I am the Congress," Gandhi said at the end of his nearly 40-minute fiery speech.
 
Modi hit out at him accusing the Congress chief of arrogance, negativity, childish conduct and a burning desire to become Prime Minister. 
 
Modi said he was extending best wishes to the Congress and other opposition parties to bring another no-confidence motion in 2024.
 
The Prime Minister replying to the debate on no-confidence motion, moved by the TDP, against the government in the Lok Sabha, said the Congress lacked self-confidence and had no faith in the Chief Justice of India, Election Commission, Electronic Voting Machines, Reserve Bank of India and programmes like Swachh Bharat.
 
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GST on refrigerators, washing machine reduced to 18%

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The GST Council on Saturday reduced tax rates on a slew of items incuding refrigerators, washing macines and small televisions from 28 per cent to 18 per cent, giving relief to the common man.
 
Apart of bringing down rates the council also exempted sanitary napkins, rakhis, fortified milk and deities made of stone, marble and wood from GST.
 
Addressing the media after the 28th meeting of the council, acting Finance Minister Piyush Goyal said: "Refrigerators, small televisions, of up to 25 inches, lithium ion batteries, vacuum cleaners, domestic electrical appliances, such as food grinders, mixers....storage water heaters, immersion heaters, hair dryers, hand driers, electric smoothing irons," among others have been brought to the 18 per cent slab. 
 
Another significant decision the council made was regarding easing of return filing procedure for small enterprises, the minister said.
 
Enterprises with annual turnover of upto Rs 5 crore would have to file quarterly returns instead of the current monthly filing, although they would continue to pay tax on a monthly basis. 
 
However, the implementation of the revamped return filing process would take some time, the minister clarified.
 
Among other tax-reduction decisions, Goyal said, tax rate on handicraft items such as handbags, pouches and purses, jewellery box, wooden frames of paintings and photographs among others have been brought under the 12 per cent slab, from 18 per cent.
 
GST on handmade carpets and handmade textile floor coverings has been reduced from 12 per cent to 5 per cent.
 
The tax rate on ethanol, which is used in the blending of petrol and diesel also has been brought down to 5 per cent from 18 per cent.
 
The minister further informed that the council would have a special meeting on August 4 to address concern of small and medium enterprises.
 
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Opposition blinded by lust for power: Modi

Flush with a decisive victory in the no-confidence vote in the Lok Sabha, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday tore into the opposition parties, alleging that their leaders were "blinded by lust for power".

 
Modi taunts Congress, asks which reduced Re 1 to 15p
 
 
Flush with a decisive victory in the no-confidence vote in the Lok Sabha, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday tore into the opposition parties, alleging that their leaders were "blinded by lust for power".
 
He said that when a dal (party) joins another dal (party) then it becomes dal-dal (swamp). "Where there is a lot of dal-dal, you can expect a blooming lotus (BJP's symbol)," he said while addressing a Kisan Kalyan rally in this northern district of Uttar Pradesh. 
 
Without taking any names, Modi mocked at Congress President Rahul Gandhi for hugging him in the Lok Sabha on Friday, saying when "they cannot tell the reason of no-confidence, they hug me." 
 
The Prime Minister said the Opposition brought the no-trust motion when the "nation was trusting me and my government".
 
"Their allegations and data are as weak as their conduct is," he said. 
 
"One Prime Minister from Congress had said that of the one hundred rupees sent from Delhi, only 15 paise reached the people," Modi said, asking the crowd whether they knew which 'hand' it was that did the magic trick. 
 
The Prime Minister said the no-confidence motion had exposed all parties "be it the cycle (Samajwadi Party's symbol) or elephant (BSP's symbol).
 
He also explained various schemes and policies of his government and informed the people as to how 18,000 villages have been electrified in the past four years of his regime. 
 
He said his government would deliver on its promise to supply power to every household by 2019. 
 
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Modi voices confidence over winning 2019 polls; calls Rahul childish

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday strongly hit out at Congress President Rahul Gandhi accusing him of arrogance, negativity, childish conduct and a burning desire to become PM.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday strongly hit out at Congress President Rahul Gandhi accusing him of arrogance, negativity, childish conduct and a burning desire to become PM.
 
Modi said he was extending best wishes to the Congress and other opposition parties to bring another no-confidence motion in 2024. 
 
Intervening in the debate on a no-confidence motion, moved by TDP's Jayadev Galla against the government in the Lok Sabha, Modi said the Congress lacked self-confidence and had no faith in Chief Justice of India, Election Commission, Electronic Voting Machines, Reserve Bank of India and programmes like Swachh Bharat.
 
The motion was defeated by 325 votes to 126.
 
Modi highlighted the work done by his government for different sections including farmers, youth, women and weaker sections to boost BJP's prospects in the state elections later this year and the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. 
 
Replying to barbs of Gandhi, Modi taunted him, saying he is a "kaamdar" and "not a naamdar" and could not look the Congress leader in the eye.
 
"They have confidence in nothing. Today the nation has seen the negativity expressed by some members. India saw how some people are so deeply opposed to development. What we saw among members of the opposition was sheer arrogance. The only thing they have to say --remove Modi. To remove one Modi, see who all they are trying to bring together," he said.
 
Modi, who was loudly cheered by treasury benches, attacked Gandhi over his remarks on the Doklam stand-off with China and the Rafale fighter jet deal with France.
 
"One of the leaders spoke about Doklam. The same leader, who believed the Chinese Ambassador over our forces. What have we come to? Everything does not merit a childish conduct. Due to one careless allegation in the House on Rafale, both nations had to release statements. My appeal to the Congress is please do not bring politics in national security," the Prime Minister said. 
 
He alleged the Congress had described the surgical strike of 2016 as "jumla strike". "We have seen how the Army chief was insulted by their leaders. You have called surgical strike a jumla strike, the country will not forgive you. You can abuse Modi but not the forces. Stop insulting the jawans of India," he said.
 
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Modi, who spoke for nearly 90 minutes also attacked UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi over her remarks on Wednesday that the opposition had the numbers in the no-confidence vote.
 
"See her arrogance. I was reminded about 1999 when she stood outside Rashtrapati Bhavan and said, 'We have 272 and more are joining us'. She destabilized Atal Ji's government and never formed one herself," he said. 
 
He blamed the Congress for the huge non-performing assets of banks, saying that loans disbursed had increased to Rs 52 lakh crore during UPA rule.
 
"I want to tell you about the NPA problem. Much before Internet Banking, Congress Party invented Phone Banking and this caused the NPA mess. A phone call would get loans for their cronies and the nation suffered," he said. 
 
Referring to the triple talaq bill, Modi said the government stands with the Muslim women in their quest for justice. 
 
He also condemned mob lynchings and said any instance of violence brings shame to the nation. "I will once again urge the state governments to punish those who indulge in violence." 
 
Modi said India is seeing the record pace of work in various sectors such as roads and railways. "We are here because we have the blessings of 125 crore Indians." 
 
Taking a dig at Rahul Gandhi over winking to a party colleague after hugging him, Modi said: "The entire nation saw what the eyes did. It is clear in front of everyone. In the morning, the voting was not over, the debate was also not over one member comes running to me saying - Utho Utho Utho... 
 
"What is his hurry to come to power? Let me tell this member it is the people who elected us. That is how we have come here," he said referring to Gandhi coming to hug him. 
 
Countering Gandhi's jibe that Modi was not a "chowkidar" but a "bhagidaar" in the gains of corporates, Modi said he was a bhagidar in the march of poor for development, but not a "saudagar" or "thekedar" like the Congress. 
 
He also accused the Congress of practicing the politics of "emotional blackmailing Dalits and the deprived". 
 
"There is a conspiracy to push the country towards violence. These were the people who made fun of Baba Ambedkar but are now singing his praises. Whoever came in front of the dreams and aspirations of one family was pushed to the sidelines."
 
He blamed the Congress for partition between India and Pakistan and said the country was still suffering because of that. 
 
He slammed Congress over the way it had bifurcated Andhra Pradesh and said the government was committed towards its development as also of Telangana. 
 
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Modi government passes no-trust test comfortably

The Narendra Modi government on Friday passed the no-confidence motion moved by the oppostion with an overwhelming majority, with the government getting 325 out of a total 451 votes.

The Narendra Modi government on Friday passed the no-confidence motion moved by the oppostion with an overwhelming majority, with the government getting 325 out of a total 451 votes.
 
Only 126 MPs voted in favour of the motion.
 
The no-confidence motion was put to vote after a 12-hour heated debate which saw the government and opposition trading charges and a moment of drama when Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, after a blistering speech, walked up to the treasury benches to give a hug to Prime Minister Modi.
 
The result indicated that the parties not formally part of the BJP-led ruling coalition, the NDA, also voted in the government's favour. 
 
The AIADMK voted for the government, while the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) walked out minutes before the voting on the no-trust motion took place. 
 
The Biju Janata Dal walked out of House earlier in the day to abstain from voting, while the Shiv Sena, one of the constituents of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), boycotted it.
 
Soon after the government won the no-confidence motion, PM Modi said that the NDA has the confidence of 125 crore people.
 
"NDA has the confidence of the Lok Sabha and the 125 crore people of India. I thank all the parties that supported us in the vote today. Our efforts to transform India and fulfil the dreams of our youth will continue. Jai Hind!," he said in a tweet.
 
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Modi government passes no-trust test comfortably by 325-126 votes

The Narendra Modi government on Friday passed the no-confidence motion moved by the Oppostion with an overwhelming majority with the government getting 325 out of a total 451 votes. Only 126 MPs voted in favour of the motion.

The Narendra Modi government on Friday passed the no-confidence motion moved by the Oppostion with an overwhelming majority with the government getting 325 out of a total 451 votes. Only 126 MPs voted in favour of the motion.
 
The no-confidence motion was put to vote after a 12-hour heated debate which saw the government and opposition trade charges and a moment of drama when Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, after a blistering speech, walked over to hug the Prime Minister.
 
The result indicated that parties not formally part of the BJP-led ruling coalition, the NDA, voted in the government's favour. 
 
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Not a naamdar, can't look you in the eye: Modi taunts Rahul

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Hitting back at Rahul Gandhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that he indeed could not look the Congress leader in the eye as he was not a "naamdar" (from a privileged background) like the Congress chief.
 
He said that there a was long list of people who tried to look the "first family" in the eye and were "humiliated" as a result, including former President Pranab Mukherjee. 
 
"He (Rahul) says I cannot look him in the eye. Yes, I cannot do so because I am not a naamdar. I come from a poor background, I am not privileged like you," Modi said while replying to the no-confidence motion moved by the opposition.
 
"It is widely known what happened to those who tried to look you in the eye. What happened to Chadhary Charan Singh, to Chandra Shekhar, Deve Gowda and I.K. Gujaral. What happened to Sharad Pawar and even to Pranab Mukherjee?
 
"In the past too, the fate of those who tried to look you in the eye  was no different be it Sardar Patel or Subhash Chandra Bose. They were all thrown out, they were humiliated. I cannot look you in the eye," Modi said.
 
Earlier in the day, Gandhi had said that Modi could not look him in the eye (for his alleged failure to fulfil his promises made to the public).
 
"And it was seen by the people what your eyes said today," Modi said, blinking his fingers to portray Gandhi's winking gesture.
 
At the end of his around 40-minute speech, Gandhi walked across to the treasury benches and hugged Modi who was surprised. Gandhi then returned to his seat amid applause from Congress MPs, and then winked at fellow Congress MP Jyotiraditya Scindia who was sitting next to him.
 
Modi said that the Congress was so power hungry that it had pulled the rug from under the feet of any non-Congress government whenever any attempt to form such a government was made.
 
"What did the Congress do with governments of Charan Singh, of Chandra Shekhar and of I.K. Gujral? It pushed the country into phases of instability again and again for greed of power (by pulling out support from coalition governments)," he said.
 
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No-confidence motion against Modi government defeated

The no-confidence motion against the Narendra Modi government was defeated in the Lok Sabha on Friday after a 12-hour heated debate which saw the government and opposition trade charges and a moment of drama when Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, after a blistering speech, walked over to hug the Prime Minister.
 
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NDA committed to development of Andhra, Telangana: Modi

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said his government is committed towards the development of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, "the states which the Congress divided in closed doors for political gain".
 
"I want to tell the people of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana that we will keep working for them. We will do everything possible for the development of the states," he said while replying to the debate on the no-confidence motion in the Lok Sabha.
 
Modi also said then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee created three states: Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand after talking to the people concerned and taking their consent.
 
"It was done peacefully. These states are peaceful and prospering. They are contributing in the development of the nation.
 
"On the other hand, the Congress divided Andhra Pradesh behind closed doors and their conduct then was shameful. Andhra Pradesh was divided for political gain," he added.
 
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Rajnath suggests states frame anti-lynching laws, calls 1984 riots biggest one

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Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday suggested to the states that a "strict law, if needed" should be framed by them to stop mob lynching incidents and assured them of all support to fight the menace.
 
He also hit out at the Congress, terming the 1984 anti-Sikh riots as the "biggest" such incident after Independence. 
 
Condemning these rumour mongering incidents for the second consecutive day, the minister, in his speech during the debate on the no-confidence vote in Lok Sabha, said such incidents should not happen. 
 
Rajnath Singh said law and order was a state subject, but the Centre would provide whatever assistance required, while calling on state governments to take stringent steps to curb lynchings.
 
"I had spoken over the issue yesterday (Thursday) too. I had asked to take stern action against mob lynching incidents. I had also assured that the Central government would provide all support to stop such incidents. And, I want to tell the state governments too that strict law, if needed, should be made to stop these incidents," he said. 
 
Several people have been lynched by mobs in the last few months on the basis of rumours or fake news that they were child lifters. Earlier, people have been attacked and murdered on allegations of cow slaughter and possessing beef, banned by the law.
 
Countering opposition attack on the BJP-led government over the issue, Rajnath Singh also hit out at the Congress, which be blamed for the 1984 riots but "now, those people are teaching us the lessons on mob lynching incidents". 
 
He also assured the Sikh community that an SIT (Special Investigating Team) was working on the issue and he would "surely provide justice" to them.
 
Rajnath Singh for the first time on Thursday had admitted in the Lok Sabha that fake news on social media has resulted in many mob lynching incidents in the country and said the government has asked service providers to put a check on rumour mongering on social media. Not satisfied with his response, the opposition walked out.
 
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On the no-confidence motion, Rajnath Singh said the opposition parties did not have confidence among themselves and they were in doubt over who would be their leader and what would their policies be.
 
"Against whom are you bringing no-confidence? The appeal of the prime minister is such that several people gave up the gas subsidy after he urged them do so. They (the opposition) do not trust each other. And when it comes to talking about the leadership, then 'gayi bhains paani mein' (they lose their steam)," he said.
 
Expressing displeasure at the Opposition for introducing the no-confidence motion despite numbers favouring the government, Rajnath Singh said the BJP never thought of doing so while it was in opposition from 2004-2014 as it was convinced that Manmohan Singh was safe.
 
Hitting out at Congress leader Shashi Tharoor's 'Hindu Pakistan' remark, the senior BJP leader asked: "Where do they (Congress) want to take the country and what do they want India to become?"
 
Terming India the only country where minorities are prospering, he asked: "Do they not want such an India?"
 
Giving example of opening of 120 mobile telephone factories, the minister said that India has now been the most attractive place for the industrialists across the world today.
 
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SC says third party insurance for two, four wheelers be made mandatory

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Concerned over poor compliance of third party insurance of vehicles that puts all road users at risk, the Supreme Court on Friday said three-year insurance policy for four wheelers and five-year policy for two wheelers at the time of sale and registration should be made mandatory.
 
A bench of Justice Madan B. Lokur and Justice Deepak Gupta said that third party insurance for three and five years be made mandatory for four and two wheelers, respectively, so that victims of road accidents could get compensation.
 
"Third party insurance has to be mandatory," they said.
 
The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) however told the bench that third party insurance should not be made mandatory and the regulator was also looking into the issue and sought eight months time to decide on the issue.
 
Referring to the recommendations of the Supreme Court Committee on Road Safety, the bench said that over one lakh people were dying in India every year and three per minute in road accidents.
 
"You are looking at it from the point of insurance companies. Now, there are people who are dying and there are people who have already died in road accidents. Number of deaths in road accidents is more than one lakh per year in India. Three people are dying per minute in road accidents," the bench said.
 
"Look at it from human point of view and not from your commercial interest. Do it within a reasonable time of two-three weeks," the top court told IRDAI and asked it to take a decision on the issue on or before September 1.
 
The Supreme Court Committee has recommended that at the time of sale of two or four wheelers, third party insurance should be made mandatory for a period of five and three years respectively instead of one year.
 
Amicus curiae Gaurav Agarwal, assisting the court in the case, told the court that around 18 crore vehicles were plying on the roads of the country out of which only six crore have third party insurance.
 
Victims of road accidents were not getting the compensation as vehicles do not have third party cover, he added during the hearing of PIL relating to road safety.
 
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SC stays Madras HC order for extra marks in NEET

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The Supreme Court on Friday stayed the Madras High Court order directing additional 196 marks to those who appeared for the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) in Tamil medium as 49 questions were wrongly translated. NEET is an all-India entrance exam for admission to medical colleges.
 
Keeping in abeyance the July 10 order of the Madurai bench of Madras High Court, the bench of Justice S. A. Bobde and Justice L. Nageswara Rao said that it would hear the appeal by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) in two weeks to find some solution to prevent recurrence of the situation. 
 
The HC had ordered CBSE to award four marks each for 49 questions that were wrongly translated in Tamil.
 
The apex court bench issued notice to T. K. Rangarajan, Communist Party of India-Marxist leader, on whose PIL the High Court had passed the order awarding each student additional 196 marks.
 
In his petition, Rangarajan had said the key words in the questions were wrongly translated and caused great confusion.
 
The High Court had ordered CBSE to draw a revised ranking list before starting the admission process.
 
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SC denies bail to teenager accused of killing minor student in Gurugram

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The Supreme Court on Friday denied bail to a minor accused of killing a 7-year-old boy of a private school in Gurugram district in Haryana.
 
A bench of Justice Rohinton Fali Nariman and Justice Indu Malhotra rejected the contention that as the CBI had not filed its chargesheet within 60 days, the accused should be released on bail.
 
The court said the 16-year-old accused student has been booked in a heinous offence under Section 302 of IPC (murder) and that the time-limit for filing the chargesheet was 90 days, not 60 days.
 
On June 6, the Punjab and Haryana High Court had dismissed the bail plea of the accused. The Sessions Court and Juvenile Justice Board too had denied him bail.
 
Dismissing his plea, the high court had upheld the CBI argument that the case falls in the category where period of filing the chargesheet is 90 days.
 
The Juvenile Justice Board (JJB) has declared that the accused be tried as an adult.
 
On September 8, 2017, the body of a child was found inside the toilet of the school, with his throat slit.
 
Initially, a bus conductor of the school was booked for killing the class 2 student, but later the class 11 student of the same school was arrested for killing the kid.
 
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SC collegium reiterates recommendation on Justice Joseph's elevation

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The Supreme Court collegium has reiterated its recommendation to elevate Justice K.M. Joseph, the Chief Justice of Uttarakhand High Court, to the Supreme Court.
 
The top court collegium reiterated its January 10 recommendation at its meeting on July 16, according to the decision that was uploaded on the top court's website on Friday.
 
Reiterating its recommendation, the collegium noted that there was nothing adverse regarding suitability of Justice Joseph in the two communications sent by Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad while returning the recommendation for reconsideration. 
 
Recommending Justice Joseph's elevation to top court, the collegium had on January 10 said: "The collegium considers that at present Justice K.M. Joseph is more deserving and suitable in all respects than other Chief Justices and senior puisne Judges of High Courts for being appointed as Judges of the Supreme Court."
 
However, the Centre had invoked the principle of seniority saying that Justice Joseph stood at number 42 of the seniority of the High Court judges and there were 11 Chief Justices of various High Courts senior to him - a clear suggestion that any elevation of Justice Joseph to top court would be at their expense.
 
Besides this, the Centre had said that Kerala High Court being comparatively a small court with a sanctioned strength of 42 judges was a parent high court for Supreme Court judge Justice Kurian Joseph, Chief Justices of three High Courts -- Justice K.M. Joseph himself (Uttarakhand), Justice T.B. Radhakrishnan (Chhattisgarh) and Justice Antony Dominic (Kerala).
 
However, the top court collegium by its July 16 decision said: "We have carefully considered the observations made by the Law Minister in his letters dated April 26 and April 30 addressed to the Chief Justice of India referring back, for reconsideration, the recommendation made by us on January 10 for appointment of Justice K.M. Joseph, Chief Justice of Uttarakhand High Court, as Judge of the Supreme Court.
 
"The Collegium, on due consideration of all the aspects mentioned in the aforesaid two letters, resolves to reiterate the afore-mentioned recommendation, especially since nothing adverse regarding suitability of Mr. Justice K.M. Koseph has been pointed out in the aforesaid letters." 
 
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Rajnath to launch Student Police Cadet Programme on Saturday

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Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh will launch on Saturday a nationwide Student Police Cadet programme that seeks to build bridges between the police and the larger community through school students by inculcating values and ethics in them through classes in school and outside.
 
Union Human Resources Minister Prakash Javadekar, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal, Minister of State for Planning and Chemicals & Fertilizers Rao Inderjit Singh, Minister of State for Home Affairs Hansraj Gangaram Ahir will attend the function.
 
The student cadet programme focuses on students of classes 8 and 9. Special care has been taken to ensure that it does not lead to an increase in the workload of the students. The programme does not have any prescribed textbook or examinations. Only one class in a month is proposed.
 
The students will be imparted training in crime prevention and control and values and ethics. The topics covered are Community Policing, Road Safety, Fight against Social Evils, Safety of Women & Children, Fight against Corruption and Disaster Management. The topics covered in the second part are Values & Ethics, Respect for Elders, Empathy & Sympathy, Tolerance, Patience, Attitude, Team Spirit and Discipline.
 
A handbook has been prepared by BPR&D for imparting instructions with the support of NCERT. There is greater emphasis on field demonstrations and hands-on learning of the functioning of the Police through visits to Women Police stations, Child Protection Homes including NGOs, Traffic Police and Fire Brigade Stations. There will also be learning through group discussions, audio-visual media, and so on.
 
The programme shall be steered by a State-level committee to be headed by the Principal Secretary, Home Department with the Principal Secretary, Education and Director General of Police as members. A similar committee at the district level will be headed by the District Magistrate with the District Inspector of Schools and Superintendent of Police as members.
 
An amount of Rs. 67 crore has been released to the States for implementation of the programme. An amount of Rs.50,000 will be earmarked for each school to be spent on educational aids, training and contingency. The programme will be at first implemented in Government schools in both urban and rural areas.
 
Meanwhile, way back on August 2, 2010, the Kerala Police had launched the Student Police Cadet (SPC) Project as a school-based initiative by Kerala Police, implemented jointly by the Departments of Home and Education, and supported by Departments of Transport, Forest, Excise and Local Self-Government.
 
Initially, it covered 127 high schools/higher secondary schools across Kerala, with 11176 students, both boys and girls, enrolled as Cadets and 254 teachers trained as school-level Community Police Officers (CPOs). In 2012, the project was expanded to cover a total of 249 high schools across the state, with a combined strength of nearly 16,000 SPCs and 500 CPOs.
 
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Rahul's allegations 'absolutely wrong': Nirmala Sitharaman

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Terming Congress President Rahul Gandhi's allegations over the Rafale fighter jets deal with France as "absolutely wrong", Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said the bilateral agreement was signed during the UPA time and carried a secrecy clause.
 
"On the secrecy clause...It is an agreement that was signed during the previous government on January 25, 2008. The agreement of secrecy, which is an umbrella agreement, was signed by then Defence Minister A.K. Antony," Sitharam said, flashing some papers in the House, purportedly a copy of the agreement.
 
"This agreement clearly mentions that under Article 10 of inter-governmental agreement (IGA) between India and France on the purchase of Rafale aircraft, the protection of classified information and materials exchanged under IGA shall be governed by the provisions of security agreements signed on January 25, 2008," she said.
 
Sitharaman was making an intervention after Rahul Gandhi attacked the government on the Rafale deal during the no confidence motion in the Lok Sabha and alleged that she had spoken "untruth" when she claimed that the Indian government could not reveal details of the deal due to a secrecy pact with France.
 
Referring to Gandhi's claim of a meeting with French President, Sitharaman said there was no proof of the said meeting but whatever she was saying could be double checked.
 
"The honorable MP (Rahul Gandhi) referred to a conversation between him and the French President. I don't know what transpired between the two. But I would like to say in one of the interviews to an Indian media House the French President has said: 'You have these commercial agreements and obviously you have competitors and we can't let them know the details of the deal'," she said.
 
"This can be checked. Whatever the Member (Gandhi) said, there is no record, no proof. He just threw it at me...absolutely wrong," she added.
 
India had signed a government-to-government deal with France in 2016 to buy 36 Rafale fighter jets at a cost of about Rs 58,000 crore.
 
The Congress has been demanding that its details be made public, claiming that the cost of each Rafale jet under the deal negotiated by the UPA government was much lower than that agreed upon by the Modi government in 2016.
 
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Rahul stands by his remarks on 'secrecy pact' in Rafale deal

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Even as France on Friday denied that Rahul Gandhi had been told by French President Emmanuel Macron that there was no secrecy pact with India on the Rafale jet deal, the Congress President stood by his remarks saying that these were made in presence of former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and party leader Anand Sharma.
 
"Let them deny it if they want. He (Macron) said that before me. I was there, Anand Sharma and Dr Manmohan Singh were also there," Gandhi told reporters here.
 
Following Gandhi's remarks made during the debate on the no-confidence motion in the Lok Sabha, the French government issued a statement that there was a legally-binding agreement security agreement binding the two countries which also covers the agreement to purchase the Rafale fighter jets by India. 
 
It also said that the French President had indicated publicly in an interview that the deal was very sensitive and all details cannot be revealed. 
 
Gandhi had said in Lok Sabha that there was no secrecy pact with India on the Rafale jet deal, alleging that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had lied to the nation about it.
 
"I personally met the French President and asked him if there was a secrecy pact with India. He told me that no such pact was signed between the two countries. He said he had no hesitation in saying this and that I can tell this to my country," he said.
 
Gandhi said the price per plane during the UPA regime was Rs 520 crore but when Prime Minister Narendra Modi went to France and "with some magic" powers, the price per plane increased to Rs 1,600 crore.
 
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