- Janata Dal
(United) under leadership of Nitish Kumar decides to join BJP led National
- RBI calls for
recapitalisation of State run banks to help them resolve the NPA issues in a
time bound manner; Finance Minister Arun Jaitley says Government is making
special efforts to ensure that effective infrastructure is in place.
approves enhanced pay scales for medical officers and specialists in Army.
- Flood situation
remains grim in Bihar; Chief Minister Nitish Kumar orders intensive airdropping
of food packets in worst affected areas of Araria; In Uttar Pradesh, 37
districts hit by flood.
- US lawmakers
express concern over human rights violations in Pakistan's Sindh province.
The Janata Dal (United) has decided to join the BJP
led National Democratic Alliance at the Centre. The decision was taken at the
party's National Executive meeting in Patna today. The meeting was chaired by
Party President Nitish Kumar. Our correspondent reports that BJP President Amit
Shah had earlier offered Mr Nitish Kumar to join the National Democratic
Alliance at the Centre.
part of the NDA after a gap of four years. Participants at the meeting were
informed about the circumstances leading to the break up with the RJD and new
alliance with BJP. Loyalists of Sharad Yadav, who have opposed joining hands
with the BJP, have also organised a
programme - Jan Adalat in Patna. Mr.Yadav said he is not against any body but
he is with the people of the state.He said Nitish insulted the mandate given to
the grand alliance in the 2015 assembly polls. Mr said he is still with grand
alliance. The two meetings make it clear that battle lines within the JD(U) are
drawn and the party may be heading for a split after the disintegration of the
grand alliance in Bihar.
secretary general KC Tyagi, however, maintained that there is no split and that
Mr Yadav has left the party voluntarily. With the report of kk Lal from Patna,
Sanjeev Jasrotia for AIR News.
Reserve Bank Governor Urjit Patel today called for
recapitalization of state-run banks to help them resolve the Non-Performing
Assets issue in a time-bond manner as bad loans at 9.6 per cent of the system
is not acceptable. He said this while addressing a national conference in
Mumbai in presence of Union Minister of Finance Arun Jaitley. Mr Patel said
that gross NPA ratio of the banking system at 9.6 per cent and stressed
advances ratio at 12 per cent as of March 2017 is indeed a matter of concern.
Mr Jaitley said that the Insolvency and Bankruptcy
Code had changed debtor - creditor relationship with regard to NPA. He said
that the ultimate object of IBC is not liquidation of business but to save
business. The Finance Minister assured that the Government is making special
efforts to ensure that effective infrastructure is in place.
I think that the
law has been put in place, the competent authority, the NCLP has been
constituted. We are taking the special efforts to make sure that the
infrastructure there will also be strengthened and brought in consonance with
the requirements of this particular law.
Union Minister for textiles Smriti Irani has
inaugurated a ceremony at Jamshedpur in Jharkhand for laying foundation stones
of 70 new companies. This initiative is under the ongoing Momentum Jharkhand
initiative of state government whose theme is ease of doing business in the
state. The ongoing ceremony, named as "Second Groundbreaking
Ceremony" foundation stones for 70 companies were laid whose permissions
have been granted after receiving the proposals few months ago.
Chief Minister Raghubar Das said that this will usher
a new era of development in the state. Our Correspondent reports that this is
part of Jharkhand government emphasis to boost manufacturing in the state.
Mrs Irani also inaugurated a modern handloom
manufacturing unit in Ranchi.
The Government has approved enhanced pay scales for
medical officers and specialists in the Army. In a tweet, the Army said,
medical and dental officers will get 75 thousand rupees per month. All
specialists working in the Ex-servicemen Contributory Health Scheme-ECHS
polyclinics will receive 87 thousand and 500 rupees for the first year and One
lakh rupees for the second year with effect from 16th of this month. Army also
said, ECHS is looking forward to quality doctors and dedicated care of veterans
and their dependents.
Army Chief General Bipin Rawat will pay a three-day
visit to Ladakh beginning tomorrow. During the visit, he will take stock of the
security preparedness along the border with China. Sources said, General Rawat
is likely to discuss key operational matters with the top Commanders.
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today inaugurated a motorable bridge at
Pushkum and Purik Guest House at Kurbathang in Karagil. After becoming the
Chief Minister, she arrived in Kargil today, on her maiden visit. She was
accompanied by Deputy Chief Minister Dr Nirmal Singh and others in her two-day
tour. She also laid foundation stone of Link Road Tharumsa Pashkum, lecture
hall and a Girl Hostel at Degree College, Kargil.
In Bihar, there is no improvement in the flood
situation. Over one crore people spread over 19 districts are reeling under the
impact of flood. 164 people have so far died in flood related incidents. Relief
and rescue operations are in full swing. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has
ordered intensive airdropping of food packets in the four worst hit blocks of
Araria district - Kursakanta, Palasi, Sikta and Jokihat and one block of East
Champaran district - Sugauli. The Chief Minister has also directed the road
construction department to restore the Kishanganj - Araria road to facilitate
rescue and relief operations. Over 4 lakh 60 thousand people have been
evacuated from the flood affected areas. About 4 lakh persons have taken
shelter in 1,290 relief camps. Cooked food is being served to about 3 lakh
people at 1,646 community kitchens set up across the state. Twenty eight teams
of NDRF along with 16 SDRF teams are conducting the relief operations.
Meanwhile, in Uttar Pradesh, 37 districts have been
hit by flood. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has
directed the officials to ensure airdropping of food packets in flood affected
areas in case the marooned areas were inaccessible even by boats. Mr yogi is on
visit today to Gorakhpur, Maharajganj and Kushi Nagar flood affected districts.
It is his second visit to Gorakhpur and Maharajganj in the current spell of
floods in the State.
Our correspondent reports that flood has claimed 38 lives, especially in
eastern parts of the state. 646 flood outposts have been set up and 209 relief
camps were operational in which 19,564 people have taken shelter across the
State. Besides, about 50,000 people have been shifted to safer places with the
help of SSB, NDRF and PAC personnel.
In Gorakhpur movement of traffic on the
Gorakhpur-Sonauli road towards Nepal has come to a standstill as waters of the
Rohin river has inundated Maniram township and the national highway. In Bahraich
district rivers Ghaghra and Saryu are continously rising and have affected
several villages in Mahsi, Nanpara and Kaiserganj areas.
Nepal Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba has expressed
sincere thanks to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his deepest condolences and
sympathies to the flood victims and survivors in Nepal. In a tweet, Mr Deuba
also expressed his gratitude to Mr Modi for his generous pledge of 250 million
rupees in cash for flood relief. The Prime Minister had a telephonic conversation
with his Nepalese counterpart Deuba yesterday. Mr Modi had expressed readiness
to provide all possible relief assistance.
In the United States, seven lawmakers have expressed
concern over human rights violations in Pakistan's Sindh province. They have
urged the State Department to place the issue on priority during interactions
with Islamabad. Expressing concerns about it, Congressmen led by Brad Sherman,
Chair of the Congressional Sindh Caucus wrote a letter to the Assistant
Secretary for South and Central Asia Alice G Wells and US ambassador to
Pakistan David Hale. The lawmakers urged them to place a priority on human
rights and democracy in its interactions with the government of Pakistan. The
lawmakers also urged them to work with the government of Pakistan to seek the
release of persons held on false charges in Sindh. The Congressmen also urged
to protect religious freedom of the Sindhi people, to end the forced
conversions of minority Sindhi girls and women.
The Pentagon has said that the United States and South
Korea will begin a 10-day-long annual military exercise from Monday. US
Department of Defence said the Ulchi Freedom Guardian drill is a computer
simulated defensive exercise designed to enhance readiness and maintain
stability on the Korean peninsula. It said in addition to South Korea and US
forces, UN Command forces from seven states will participate in the exercise.
The Ulchi Freedom Guardian drills will be the first joint military exercise between
the allies since North Korea successfully flight-tested two intercontinental
ballistic missiles in July and threatened to bracket Guam with intermediate
range ballistic missile fire in August.
Still, with United States, one police officer was shot
and killed and another gravely injured by gunfire while checking suspicious
people in the central Florida city of Kissimmee. Kissimmee Police Chief Jeff
O'Dell said at a news conference that, the officers were checking three
suspects when a fourth suspect opened fire. Three of the suspects were
arrested, and officers were searching for a fourth. In another incident in the
northern Florida city of Jacksonville,
two police officers were shot and wounded while responding to reports of a
shooter in an apartment.
The Sports Ministry has dropped para-sports coach
Satyanarayana from the list of this year's Dronacharya awardees due to a
criminal case pending against him. A Sports Ministry official said in New Delhi
that the Ministry have chucked off the name of Satyanarayana since he has a
case pending against him. Satyanarayana has coached Mariyappan Thangavelu, who
won a gold in Rio Paralympics and who is one among those recommended for the
Arjuna Award this year. The selection panel appointed by the Ministry had
recommended 17 names, including two para-athletes, for Arjuna Awards and
nominated hockey player Sardar Singh and Rio Paralympics gold medalist Devendra
Jhajharia for Khel Ratna, the highest sporting honour in the country.
Ram Nath Kovind today visited the President’s Estate on the occasion of World
Honey Bee Day. As a unique project, the apiary was established in the
President’s Estate for the first time with the help of Khadi and Village
Industries Commission as the government is promoting the Honey Mission in the
country. At present, 200 bee boxes have been set up which will increase to 500.
The apiary will produce high quality honey, wax and pollen as well as help increase flora, fauna
in Rashtrapati Bhawan through pollination.
Today is World Photography Day. A number of
exhibitions have been organised across the nation to mark the occasion. This
day aims to inspire photographers across the planet to share a single photo
with the world. On August 19 in 2010, World Photo Day hosted its first global
online gallery. Almost 270 photographers shared their pictures and people from
over 100 countries visited the website.
On this day, camera persons take stock of the
different kind of photography that has come to the fore.