Heavy rain stays on in many parts of Kerala as the Meteorological department anticipates high intensity rain for the next 48 hours in Central Kerala and northern districts. The heavy rain wreaked havoc in the state, biggest in "50 years", killed 26 people while red alert was issued for the Idukki water reservoir, the gates of which was opened yesterday after 26 years. The army, navy and the NDRF teams have been working extensively in the river bank regions to avert any further damage and they are working on a war basis as more amount of water opened from the Idukki dam. Many places were affected in landslides yesterday along with the heavy rain, which doubled the devastating rain effects. A 15-member team of the NDRF team has brought in Wayanad yesterday in a helicopter. Another team of 48 men arrived at Wayanad today morning while two teams of 28-men each have started working in Malappuram and Kozhikode respectively. Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke with Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan yesterday and offered all assistance to the state. Tamil Nadu chief minister Edappadi Palaniswamy announced a financial assistance of five crore rupees to rain affected Kerala.
Sandra Jose Marathi communities have begun their bandh in Maharashtra to press their demand for reservation in jobs and education. The organisers behind the protest have been conducting a rally at Vasai along with a strong slogan "Adivasi bachao Adivasi padhao " The Navi Mumbai region gets a concession this time as the city was affected mostly in the band organized on the 25th of last month. Amol Jadhav Rao, leader of the Sakaal Maratha Samaj comprising various Maratha unions, has said that the protest will be held in a peaceful manner from 8 am to 6 pm and all essential services, schools and colleges have been excluded from the protest, but many schools have announced holiday today citing violence. The Maratha organisations have been standing in two roads since the assurance made by the Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis that final decision regarding reservation will come out within November. One section of the Maratha organsiation stays with CM's promise while the other section goes ahead with their protest as they demand that the CM should pen his promise instead of his verbal assurance. Many educational institutions in Pune will remain shut today as the city had suffered the heat of protest during the bandh on July 25.
The Maratha community in Maharashtra has called for a bandh to press their demand for reservation in jobs and education. The Navi Mumbai region gets a concession this time as the city was affected mostly in the band organized on the 25th of last month. Amol Jadhav Rao, leader of the Sakaal Maratha Samaj comprising various Maratha unions, has said that the protest will be held in a peaceful manner from 8 am to 6 pm and all essential services, schools and colleges have been excluded from the protest, but many schools have announced holiday today citing violence. The Maratha organisations have been standing in two roads since the assurance made by the Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis that final decision regarding reservation will come out within November. One section of the Maratha organsiation stays with CM's promise while the other section goes ahead with their protest as they demand that the CM should pen his promise instead of his verbal assurance. Many educational institutions in Pune will remain shut today as the city had suffered the heat of protest during the bandh on July 25.
Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) President M Karunanidhi passed away at 94 on Tuesday. Due to dip in his blood pressure Karunanidhi was shifted from his Gopalapuram residence to Kauvery Hospital. The Tamil Nadu government rejected proposal to bury Karunanidhi at Marina Beach citing legal issues. DMK moved to Madras High Court over Karunanidhi's memorial at Marina Beach. The Madras High Court acting Chief Justice Huluvadi G. Ramesh reportedly agreed to hear case at 10:30pm.
The President Ram Nath Kovind inaugurated the ‘Festival of Democracy’ in Thiruvananthapuram to mark the conclusion of the diamond jubilee celebrations of the Kerala legislative assembly. Speaking on the occasion, the President said that politics, public life and the quality of democracy are a reflection of the essential ethos of a society. As such, the Kerala assembly and its debates and discussions, the humanistic values that it has historically advocated and legislated on, are a mirror to the traditions of this state. The President said that even in previous centuries, Kerala’s social framework has encouraged debate and dialogue. This was the way of farsighted reformers such as Adi Shankaracharya, Sri Narayana Guru and Ayyankali. This was the motivation for the discourse between people of so many great faiths and spiritual traditions – Hinduism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam and others that have counted Kerala as among their earliest homes. The President said that a person may believe in one faith or the other – or he or she may not believe in any faith at all. That is not important. What is important is that the culture of educated and informed debate and of mutual accommodation that has been part of Kerala’s DNA continues to be preserved. Praising the civil and learned conduct of the Kerala legislative assembly over the past 60 years, the President said that nevertheless there remains the paradox of political violence in Kerala, especially in some regions of the state. This is unfortunate and does little justice to the glorious traditions of the state and its people. It is important for all political groups and all enlightened citizens to do their utmost to curb the development of such tendencies. Debate, dissent and disagreement are perfectly acceptable and should be welcomed in our polity. But violence has no place in our Constitution.
The Vice President of India M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that scientific institutions to nurture talent and foster path-breaking innovations to transform the socio-economic landscape of the country. He was addressing the gathering after inaugurating the Platinum Jubilee Celebrations of CSIR-IICT (Indian Institute of Chemical Technology, in Hyderabad. The Vice President said though we are progressing on various fronts, incremental progress was not enough. He further said that Scientific organizations have to set ambitious goals and strategically position themselves to become leading institutions in the world. The government must facilitate this quest for excellence by providing funds, freedom and flexibility and the private sector also needs to come forward to liberally support research, he added. The Vice President emphasized the need to hugely step up investments in R & D to promote the culture of innovation and discovery. He further said that reducing procedural bottlenecks, removing hierarchical barriers and resetting priorities is also crucial and the leadership in scientific institutions should encourage bright young scientists to come up with new and unconventional ideas and projects. “Opportunities must be provided for undertaking path-breaking research that answers one or more of current societal challenges”, he added. Referring to UN’s 17 sustainable development goals which include ending poverty in all its forms, promoting sustainable agriculture and good health, the Vice President cautioned that all these ambitious goals cannot be achieved if we adopt “business-as-usual approach”. He further said that there is no dearth of talent in India and stressed on the need to create the right ecosystem for innovation to thrive. India, with 65 per cent of the population below the age of 35 years must equip the young people with scientific and technological knowledge and skills, he added. The Vice President said that science is the key lever for sustainable development and a country’s prosperity and security are directly dependent on its scientific and technological progress. He further said that historically India has been a lighthouse of knowledge. Our Ayurveda system of medicine can be traced back to 5,000 B C, Indus Valley Civilization had irrigation and sewerage systems as far back as 2,500 BC, he added. Referring to the contributions made by great Indian scientists like Aryabhatta, Varahamira, Charaka, Sushruta, Rishi Kanad and sage Patanjali, the Vice President said that there were innumerable legendary scientists of ancient India, who have enriched the world’s scientific treasure. We need to take pride in their achievements and share the knowledge we had inherited from them with the entire world, he added. The Vice President said that the spirit of enquiry and the scientific temper, the spirit of asking relevant questions and seeking practical answers must become an integral part of our school and college education systems. The quality of teaching and research in our Universities and scientific institutions must be considerably improved, he added. The Vice President said that Science has the greatest impact on people’s lives and institutions and asked institutions like IICT to focus on research on key areas such as agriculture and environment. An agriculture dependent country like India cannot progress unless the farmers’ lives are improved, he added.
India has become the first south Asian country to be added to the Strategic Trade Authorization-1 (STA-1) list after the US issued a federal notification to this effect, paving the way for high-technology product sales to New Delhi, particularly in civil space and defense sectors, reports NDTV. It is also only the third Asian country after Japan and South Korea to be given that status by the United States. Overall, India has become the 37th country to be designated the STA-1 status, which is generally given by the US to NATO allies, NDTV reported. The federal notification, issued yesterday, gains significance as the Trump Administration made an exception for India, which is yet to become a member of the Nuclear Suppliers Group or NSG. Traditionally, the US has placed only those countries in the STA-1 list who are members of the four export control regimes: Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR), Wassenaar Arrangement (WA), Australia Group (AG) and the NSG.
The President of India Ram Nath Kovind, will visit Telangana, Tamil Nadu and Kerala from August 4 to 7, 2018. The President will land in Telangana on the evening of August 4, 2018. On August 5, 2018, the President will grace and address the 7th convocation of IIT Hyderabad. On the same day, the President will visit Tamil Nadu to meet Dr M Karunanidhi in the Kauvery Hospital, Chennai. On August 6, 2018, the President will inaugurate the ‘Festival of Democracy’ in Thiruvananthapuram to mark the conclusion of the diamond jubilee celebrations of the Kerala Legislative Assembly. On August 7, 2018, the President will inaugurate the centenary celebrations of St. Thomas’ College, Thrissur, before returning to Delhi.
The elevation of Uttarakhand High Court Chief Justice KM Joseph as a Supreme Court judge has been cleared by the centre, which had objected to the move and sent back his file to a panel of senior judges, reports NDTV. The law ministry has started the process of appointing Justice Joseph as a Supreme Court judge, along with Madras High Court Chief Justice Indira Banerjee and Orissa High Court Chief Justice Vineer Saran, NDTV reported. The government's questioning of Justice Joseph's elevation -- citing inadequate representation in the top court from other states -- had set the stage for its face-off with the country's highest court. The Supreme Court collegium had reiterated its choice of Justice Joseph for a second time. The court's decision, made last month before one of its members, Justice Jasti Chelameshwar, retired, has been conveyed to the government, NDTV reported.
The President Ram Nath Kovind, presented the Outstanding Parliamentarian Award for the years 2013-2017 in New Delhi. Speaking on the occasion, the President congratulated all those being conferred with the Outstanding Parliamentarian Award – Najma Heptulla, Hukmdev Narayan Yadav, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Dinesh Trivedi and Bhartruhari Mahtab. He said that as parliamentarians, each of them has added value to the proceedings of the House. They have done so while maintaining the dignity of Parliament, using their knowledge and wisdom. They have conducted themselves in a manner that is a model for other members. The President said that the soul of Indian democracy lies in Parliament. MPs are not just representatives of a particular party or constituency. They are the trustees of our constitutional ideals. All MPs are accountable for the hopes and aspirations of millions of our citizens. This is a very big responsibility. The President said that the people of India, especially the poor and the underprivileged, look upon their representatives with great expectations. They nurture the expectation that their representatives will make every effort to improve their lives and those of their children. And for this reason they want to see their representatives busy and relentlessly at work for the welfare of common citizens. In Parliament, people expect discussions on their problems and suggestions on the resolution of these problems. To meet the expectations of the people of India is the touchstone we must use to judge the efficacy of the parliamentary system.