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0815 HRS
11.07.2019
THE HEADLINES,
  • Congress splits in Goa; 10 of 15 MLAs join BJP.
  • In Karnataka, BJP Legislature Party meets today to discuss political situation in the state.
  • Cabinet approves bill to merge all labour laws into single code.
  • US House of Representatives passes bill removing country cap on green card.
  • Men's Singles semi-final line up drawn at Wimbledon Tennis Championships.
  • And in ICC Cricket World Cup, Australia take on England in second semi-final at Birmingham this afternoon.

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In Goa, 10 of the total 15 Congress MLAs have split to merge with the BJP, effecting a two-third merger. They met speaker of the Goa legislative assembly Rajesh Patnekar in the presence of Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant yesterday. Mr Patnekar confirmed receiving a letter from the 10 MLAs for merger with the BJP and said that he had accepted it. Talking to AIR News, Mr Sawant said the MLAs have joined the bJP for the development of the State:-
 
"The ten MLA's from the Congress party, the two third of the legislative wing of the Congress, they have join for the Bharatiya Janata Party in state of Goa. It is a very much stable government. They have joined by their own to strengthen the government for the development of the state for the development of their constituency. Today we are in Delhi, will meet Home Minister Mr Amit Bhai Shah to discuss the further issue and also to the JP Nadda Ji the party's visit Karya adhyaksh for further decisions, so according to that the state unit will take the decision".

The Congress group which has split from the party is led by leader of opposition Chandrakant Kavlekar. The ten Congress MLAs are expected to meet the BJP central leadership in New Delhi today. More from our correspondent:-

"The move of 10 Congress legislators merging with BJP significantly increases BJP’s strength in the Goa Legislative Assembly from 17 to 27 MLAs, while also consolidating the BJP-led state government, which is also supported by three legislators each from Goa Forward Party and independents. It means the BJP-led government now enjoys the support of 33 of the 40 MLAs in the house. Following the move, the Goa Assembly currently has 27 BJP legislators, five Congress MLAs, three each from Goa Forward Party and independents, and one each from Nationalist Congress Party and Maharasthrawadi Gomantak Party. Saikat Sarkar, FROM Goa FOR AIR."

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In Karnataka, the BJP Legislature Party will meet in Bengaluru today to discuss the situation arising out of a spate of resignations by Congress and JD(S) MLAs. The party lawmakers are also expected to work out strategies in case the HD Kumaraswamy government collapses. A delegation of BJP leaders met Governor Vajubhai Vala at Raj Bhawan yesterday and sought his intervention for a floor test in the assembly as according to the party the Kumaraswamy government has lost majority.
The Supreme court will hear a petition today filed by rebel Congress and JD(S) MLAs alleging that the Karnataka assembly speaker has been deliberately not accepting their resignations. The Counsel for the rebel MLAs told a bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi that these lawmakers have already resigned from their membership of the assembly and wanted to contest fresh elections.
Meanwhile, the political crisis in the state has further deepened after two more Congress MLAs MTB Nagaraj and K Sudhakar submitted their resignations to the Assembly Speaker yesterday. With this, the number of rebels has gone up to 18.
The Karnataka Government has called a cabinet meeting today. More from our Correspondent:-

"The Cabinet meeting today to be chaired by Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy is likely to discuss the next course of action after deepening political crisis. The Speaker has asked eight of the MLAs to resubmit their resignations, however they have moved the Supreme Court and that will also play a crucial role in deciding the future course. D K Shivakumar who returned from Mumbai after failing to meet the rebels can be seen in action in Bengaluru today. The session on Friday may see some dramatic developments. Sudhindra, AIR News, Bengaluru."

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The Union Cabinet has approved a bill to merge 13 central labour laws into a single code which will apply to all establishments employing 10 or more workers. This consolidation can potentially benefit large sections of the 40-crore workforce. The proposed Code on Occupational Safety, Health and Working Conditions Bill, will enhance coverage of workers manifold. Labour minister Santosh Gangwar said the code will be applicable to all business entities dealing in the port and mining sector even if they have only one employee. The proposed changes are intended to improve ease of business and giving enhanced protection to employees by mandating certain norms.
The bill provides for a single licence regime for staffing firms, thus significantly improving their ease of doing business. Mr Gangwar said that a comprehensive change in labour law, which the government will bring through legislation, will make appointment letters mandatory. The decision comes a week after the Cabinet gave its go-ahead to a labour code on wages, which has the provision of mandatory compliance of minimum wage and timely payment.
Both the bills will be introduced during the current session of Parliament.

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The Supreme Court will hear a petition today seeking early hearing in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land dispute case. A bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices SA Bobde, DY Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and Abdul Nazeer will hear the matter. The plea has been filed by Rajendra Singh, son of Gopal Singh Visharad, one of the plaintiffs in the original civil suit regarding the Ayodhya land. In his application, Mr Singh alleged that no progress has been made in the mediation ordered by the apex court to settle the issue. The plea also urged the apex court to start hearing appeals against the September 30th, 2010 verdict of the Allahabad High Court in the matter.
The court had on March the 8th constituted a three-member committee, chaired by former Supreme court judge Fakkir Mohamed Ibrahim Kalifulla, for exploring possibilities of an amicable settlement to the land dispute. The panel also comprised spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and senior Madras High Court advocate Sriram Panchu.

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In Jammu and Kashmir, on the 10th day of the ongoing Shri Amarnath Yatra, over 9 thousand 300 Yatris paid obeisance at the Holy Cave shrine yesterday. Shri Amarnath Shrine Board officials said since the commencement of annual Yatra on the 1st of July, One Lakh 30 thousand 500 Yatris had darshan of the Shivling at the Holy Cave, till yesterday evening.
The Yatra will conclude on August 15th coinciding with Raksha Bandhan and Shravan Purnima.

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In Bihar, due to incessant rain in catchment areas for the past four days many rivers of the northern region are in spate. Water of Lalbakeya River has inundated Fulwariaghat diversion road in East Champaran which has disrupted vehicular traffic. The MeT department has sounded an of heavy to extreme heavy rainfall at several places in Western, Northern and Eastern Bihar for the  next three days. A report:-

"Nepal originating rivers Gandak, Bagmati, Budhi Gandak flowing  above danger mark at several places. Flood water has spread in riverine and near embankment areas. After the discharge of 1 lakh 30 thousand cusec water from Gandak barrage flood water has entered Valmiki Nagar tiger reserve. Dharmendra Kumar Rai, AIR News, Patna."

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In Telangana, many Sarpanches have started holding Gram Sabhas on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s suggestions regarding Water Conservation and plantation activities. They plans to involve people in these activities in the current rainy season. Phani Shasank Sharma, a newly elected Sarpanch of Donthi village in Medak district elaborated on the activities to be taken up in his village.

"Prime Minister has written a letter to all the village heads that is Sarpanchs on conservation of water and plantation making various suggestions. Water conservation and plantation needs a huge public participation. Prime Minister suggests all the Sarpanches and the village heads various steps like plantation of new plants and cleaning of tanks, cleaning of lakes, construction of new small check dams and various suggestions regarding the water conservation."  

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World Population Day is being observed today. The day, which seeks to focus attention on the urgency and importance of population issues, was established by the then-Governing Council of the United Nations Development Programme in 1989. This year's World Population Day calls for global attention to the unfinished business of the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development.

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The US House of Representatives has passed a bill aimed at lifting the present seven per cent country-cap on issuing Green Cards. The move will benefit thousands of highly-skilled Indian IT professionals. A Green Card allows a person to live and work permanently in the US. The bill, however, has to be passed by the Senate, wherein the Republicans enjoy a majority, before it can be signed into law by President Donald Trump. The bill, on being signed into law, will considerably shorten the agonising wait of talented professionals from countries like India who have applied for permanent residency in the United States. Indian IT professionals, most of whom are highly skilled and come to the US mainly on the H-1B work visas, are the worst sufferers of the seven per cent per country quota on allotment of the coveted Green Cards.

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UK ambassador to the US Kim Darroch has resigned following a row over leaked confidential memos, where the ambassador had described the president Trump and his  administration as inept and uniquely dysfunctional. Memos from Darroch were leaked to a British Sunday newspaper, infuriating Trump who launched a stinging Twitter attack on both the envoy and Prime Minister Theresa May who had given him her full support. Theresa May said Sir Kim's departure was a matter of deep regret after the ambassador said it was impossible for him to continue.

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In the ICC Cricket World Cup, defending champions Australia will take on hosts England in the second semi-final at Birmingham this afternoon. The match will begin at 3 PM Indian time. All India Radio will broadcast live commentary on the game from 2:30 PM. It can be heard on the Rajdhani channel, FM Rainbow network and additional frequencies. We have a report:-

"It will be a battle of nerves when the two Ashes rivals Australia and England face off in the second semi-final at Edgbaston today. Five-time world champions Australia had finished the group stage at the second spot in the 10-team points table behind leaders India, while England, who have never won the tournament, were third, a place above New Zealand. In the group stage, Australia had defeated England by 64 runs at London. England have turned into a formidable unit since their first-round exit in the 2015 edition of the World Cup. But, it will take a special effort from them to upstage the Aussies who are yet to lose a semifinal of the prestigious tournament. New Zealand broke Indian hearts last night when they defeated the Men in Blue by 18 runs at Manchester to enter the Final. The summit clash will be played in London on Sunday. SAVVY HASAN KHAN, AIR NEWS."

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The Men's Singles semi-final line up of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, the third Grand Slam of the season at London, has been decided. World number one Novak Djokovic, second seed and eight-time winner Roger Federer, third placed Rafael Nadal and Roberto Bautista Agut sealed the last-four berths last evening after winning their respective quarterfinal matches. While Djokovic defeated Belgian David Goffin, Federer beat Japan's Kei Nishikori. Nadal got the better of American Sam Querrey, Agut saw off Argentine Guido Pella.
In the semi-finals, while Federer will face Nadal, Djokovic will meet Agut.
The Women's Singles last-four matches will be played today. Seven-time champion Serena Williams will clash with Czech Barbora Strycova, with Simona Halep taking on Elina Svitolina of Ukraine.

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NEWSPAPERS HEADLINES
  • The Karnataka crisis and India's disappointing exit from the World Cup occupy prime space across newspapers.
  • "Karnataka coalition strength drops to 100 as two more MLAs resign" headlines The Times of India. "BJP tests the waters in Karnataka as more MLAs resign, meets Governor" writes The Indian Express.
  • "Cabinet clears Bill to combat Ponzi menace" reports The Pioneer.
  • The Business Standard leads with "Finance Minister rules out FPI surcharge roll back." The Economic Times observes "FPIs Mull Going 'Corporate', but Changes Won't be Easy."
  • "Slowdown deepens: sale of passenger cars fall for eighth consecutive month" states The Indian Express
  • "India's World Cup dream over in Manchester" notes The Statesman, on India's semi-final defeat yesterday.
  • The national capital may have to wait longer for rains, as "Heavy monsoon showers unlikely in city soon", The Asian Age cites the weather department.
  • And finally, The Times of India takes a look at the Government's proposed model tenancy law seeking to balance the interests of both tenants and landlords. The paper writes "Draft rent law: Cap on security amount, penalty for overstay".

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