09:07 am Bhopal: A debt ridden farmer has committed suicide in Madhya Pradesh by jumping in front of a speeding train, police said. Worried about loan repayment, Govind Singh, 50, a Sagar district resident of Chhapri, jumped in front of the train on Tuesday. Rajkumar, a member of the family, said Singh had received from two banks a loan of around Rs 5 lakh. He was concerned that he received the credit repayment notice commonly. A probe was instructed in the event. An official said family conflict might also be the reason for the extreme move taken by Singh.
11:07 pm Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati on Tuesday suspended the party's lone Karnataka MLA for indiscipline as he did not participate in the crucial trust vote in the state Assembly despite having clear instructions to vote in favour of the H.D. Kumaraswamy government. "BSP MLA N. Mahesh, who was instructed to vote in favour of the Kumaraswamy government in Karnataka remained absent from the House during the trust vote which is a clear case of indiscipline and the party has taken it seriously. And thus Mahesh has been suspended from the party with immediate effect," Mayawati tweeted. Twenty of the 225-member Karnataka Assembly did not attend the floor test in the House. The state coalition government faced a significant crisis over the past two weeks after 17 rebel MLAs resigned.
08:07 pm Kolkata, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee here on Tuesday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to stall and reverse the move to corporatise all the ordinance factories, including the Ordinance Factory Board, headquartered in Kolkata. Noting that industrial policies under the Modi government have gradually been made more and more friendly towards the private companies, Banerjee said some core and strategic areas, like the ordinance factories, should be kept under the state's purview for the interest of the country's national security. I have been receiving reports regarding a decision that the central government has apparently been taking to corporatise all the ordinance factories, including the Ordinance Factory Board. It is also suggested that this will finally lead to privatisation of these great national assets, Banerjee wrote in her letter to the Prime Minister. I would request you to kindly stall and reverse the process of corporatisation and privatisation in the interest of the national security and defence of our country. There are some core and strategic areas where the state is yet to abdicate its paramount role. I urge to keep the role of national custodianship unaffected, she noted. The Bengal Chief Minister also said she was shocked and surprised to know that this vital pillar of the country's defence was being contemplated to be privatised without holding any consultations with the stakeholders. She said the Bengal government had not received any written information in this regard from the centre. Set up in 1975, the Ordinance Factory Board has 41 factories all over the country, nine training institutes and about 1.6 lakh officers and employees and is considered to be the world's largest government setup for manufacturing arms and ammunitions. source:ians
09:07 am Bengaluru, A miffed Karnataka Assembly Speaker K.R. Ramesh Kumar on Monday night set 6 p.m. on Tuesday as the last deadline for the floor test to prove majority by Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy in the House. "The session is adjourned to 10 a.m. on Tuesday for concluding the debate by 4 p.m. and conducting the floor test at 6 p.m.," Kumar told the members and left the Assembly in a huff. The opposition BJP members, however, protested adjourning the House without the floor test by the Speaker and bowing to the demand of the ruling Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) and Congress to give more time for concluding the debate on the motion. Earlier, Karnataka's beleaguered ruling JD-S and Congress members beseeched Ramesh Kumar to grant two more days for the floor test on the confidence motion their Chief Minister Kumaraswamy moved on July 18 to prove majority in the House. "In view of the changed circumstances since July 19 and a few petitions pending or coming up in the Supreme Court on Tuesday for hearing and ruling on issues pertaining to the state and the prevailing political crisis, we request you to defer the floor test to Wednesday," Kumaraswamy told the Speaker. Admitting that Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader Siddaramaiah and he had assured the House on Friday of completing the debate for the floor test, the Chief Minister alleged that a fake resignation letter with his forged signature and address to state Governor Vajubhai Vala was being circulated in the social media like WhatsApp, Twitter and Facebook since late evening when he was in the Assembly. "I don't know who is so desperate for my resignation that a fake letter was prepared with my forged signature and shared in the social media. It also made it to the print and electronic media, which brought it to my office's notice. This mischief needs to be investigated to find who all are behind this," Kumaraswamy told the Speaker in Kannada.
10:07 pm Kolkata, In fresh relief for former Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar, the Calcutta High Court on Monday extended, by a week, his interim protection from arrest and coercive action with regard to a CBI notice, asking him to appear before it in connection with a multi-billion rupee ponzi scheme scam probe. Kumar, currently the Additional Director General, CID, had headed the Special Investigation Team (SIT) of the West Bengal Police that initially probed the scam. Justice Madhumati Mitra extended the interim protection, slated to expire on Monday, by a week or until further orders. The judge also adjourned, till Tuesday, the hearing on a plea by Kumar seeking quashing of the Central Bureau of Investigation notice issued in May for his appearance before its officers in connection with the probe. Earlier this month, Kumar's counsel had accused the CBI before the high court of being selective in issuing summons to him in the case as the SIT had 121 officers who investigated the fraud perpetrated on lakhs of investors. Kumar has been grilled by the CBI multiple times in Kolkata and Shillong under directions of the Supreme Court which asked him to cooperate with the probing agency. Earlier, despite multiple summons from the CBI, Kumar had failed to appear before it. The investigative agency had issued a lookout notice for Kumar in May directing all airports and immigration authorities to alert it if they spot him leaving the country. Following this, Kumar moved the Calcutta High Court seeking quashing of the CBI notice against him. The court granted him interim protection from coercive action, but asked him not to leave Kolkata and cooperate with the agency in the ongoing probe. The CBI is seeking custodial interrogation of Kumar as it believes that certain documents seized by the state police's SIT during the initial stages of investigation into the Saradha scam, were not handed over to them.
10:07 pm Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh Health Minister Tulsi Ram Silawat has told the Food and Drug Administration officials to act tough against those who make synthetic milk and milk products under the National Security Act (NSA). While meeting the departmental officials Minister said, "Synthetic milk and its by-products are extremely harmful. We won't let adulterators play with the lives of people. Flying squads will be formed to arrest them." He said all the Divisional Commissioners, District Collectors and Superintendent of Police have been asked to take strict action against such people as per NSA. He said disciplinary action will be taken against those officials also who don't perform their duties well.
01:07 pm Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik on Monday retracted his comment that the militants should kill corrupt politicians and bureaucrats who have robbed Kashmir. Addressing a gathering at the inauguration of the Kargil and Ladakh tourism festival on Sunday, Malik said: "These boys with guns are killing their own people for no reason. They kill PSOs (personal security officers), SPOs (special police officers). Why are you killing them? Kill those who robbed your country; those who robbed the whole wealth of Kashmir. Have you ever killed anyone of those?" Malik's remark ruffled many a feather in the state. Reacting to his comment, former chief minister Omar Abdullah tweeted: "This man, ostensibly a responsible man occupying a constitutional position, tells militants to kill politicians perceived to be corrupt. Perhaps the man should find out about his own reputation in Delhi these days before sanctioning unlawful killings and kangaroo courts." The Governor on Monday told a media organisation: "As Governor, I should not have made such a comment, but my personal feeling is the same as I said. Many political leaders and big bureaucrats are steeped in corruption. Whatever I said was in a fit of anger and frustration due to rampant corruption here." The news outlet also quoted Malik's reaction to Abdullah's tweet. "He is a political juvenile tweeting on everything. See the reaction to his tweets and you will find out," Malik was quoted as having said. source:ians
11:07 am Thiruvananthapuram, With the monsoon getting stronger in Kerala, the Meteorological Department has issued red and orange alerts for a few districts until Monday. While a red alert has been issued in Kasargode district today, Kozhikode and Wayanad are expected to get more rains tomorrow. Already, three fishermen have been reported missing at sea since Thursday morning. According to officials, seven fishermen -- including three from Tamil Nadu -- had gone fishing from Neendakara in Kerala's Kollam district when their boat capsized at sea. While four of them swam for 12 kms and saved themselves, there was no word from three others. Two rescue camps have been set up in Kannur district, after rains flooded certain low lying areas. At Chellanam near Kochi, 80 homes were damaged by huge waves hitting the coast. However, the residents living near the sea shore were unwilling to move to the rescue camps. "We won't move to any rescue camp. We demand a sea wall of rocks and stones, not plastic bags, which is of no use, as the waves have started going above it," said the angry residents. The monsoon, which arrived a week late in June, was inactive and 40 per cent less than previous years so far. It is expected to improve in the second half of the season.
10:07 am Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will visit Sonebhadra on Sunday to meet the family members of the victims of the firing incident. Ten people were killed and several sustained injuries on July 17 in a shootout over a land dispute at Murtiya village in Sonebhadra district. The Chief Minister, in the state Assembly on Friday, had said that 29 people have been arrested and four officials have been suspended in connection with the incident. "Till now, 29 criminals have been arrested. A single barrel gun, three double-barrel guns and a rifle have been seized. Whoever is found responsible for this incident, strictest action will be taken against them," he had said. The state government has announced an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh each for the families of the victims. On Saturday, Sonebhadra District Magistrate Ankit Agarwal, who disbursed the relief funds, said: "According to the instructions of Chief Minister, Rs 5 lakh was made available to the families of the ten deceased in the Sonebhadra firing case. Eight of the affected parties were present today while two were not available." Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi also met the families of the victims on Saturday and announced an ex-gratia of Rs 10 lakh each to the kin of the deceased from Congress party. She urged the state government to give Rs 25 lakh as ex-gratia to the victims. The Sonebhadra carnage has turned into a major controversy after Priyanka Gandhi Vadra was detained on Friday and kept in detention for more than 24 hours. The families of the carnage victims walked nearly 70 kilometres and came to meet her at the Chunar guest house where she was detained. Priyanka Gandhi later ended her dharna and returned to Delhi after meeting the victim
10:07 pm Kolkata, Reiterating her demand for use of the ballot paper instead of the electronic voting machines (EVMs), West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said here on Saturday electoral reforms were must for ensuring transparency and preventing black money in polls. Stating that she has been rooting for electoral reforms since 1995, Banerjee said, "For preventing black money (in polls), restoring democracy, ensuring transparency on the part of political parties, the reforms are must. It should include state funding. Why should a party collect funds? Why should black money be there?". Stating that EVMs have been discarded by many countries, like England, France and Germany, the Chief Minister said, "Those who introduced EVMs are not using it. When there are so many complaints, ballot papers should be revived. We are saying no to EVM, and asking for return of ballot papers." She was talking to mediapersons at the venue of annual Martyrs' Day rally. It's organised in memory of the 13 Congress workers killed in the firing in 1993 during a Writers' Buildings (state secretariat) blockade agitation. Banerjee reminded reporters the rally on July 21, 1993, was held on the slogan "no I-card, no vote". source:ians