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"Sajha Virasat Bachao Sammelan" to be held today in Delhi to protect 'composite culture'

In order to protect and preserve 'composite culture' which is the soul of the constitution, Janata Dal United [JD(U)] leader, Sharad Yadav is set to coordinate “Sajha Virasat Bachao Sammelan.” He referred to the constitution as a holy book which was given to the nation by the members who framed it in such a manner that our people should live together without any differences on the basis of caste and creed. He further said that there is fear among the citizens of the country which is quite paradoxical to what the Constitution of India promises. Talking about the sammelan Sharad Yadav said, “The 'sajha virasat bachao sammelan' is not against anybody but in the interest of 125-crore people of the country.” In order to elucidate that contemporary times are tough for the citizens of India, Sharad Yadav cited the instances of the suicides of farmers across the country, disappearance of Jawaharlal Nehru University's student Najeeb Ahmed and the suicide of Rohith Vemula. According to media reports, the gathering (sammelan) will be attended by leaders of the opposition parties, intellectuals, farmers, Dalits and tribals from across the country.

Venkaiah Naidu sworn in as the 13th Vice President of India
After winning the Vice Presidential elections on 5 August, today M Venkaiah Naidu took oath as the 13th Vice President of India. A brilliant orator and former Union Minister, Venkaiah Naidu defeated the former West Bengal Governor, Gopalkrishna Gandhi by 272 votes. On Friday morning he was administered as the 13th Vice President of India at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. He was administered the oath of office and secrecy by the President of India, Ram Nath Kovind. He will also take oath as the Chairman of the Upper House of Parliament. He had served as the minister of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, Urban Development and Information and Broadcasting in the cabinet of Prime Minister Modi.
Amit Shah, Smriti Irani and Ahmed Patel make it to the Upper House from Gujarat

BJP-Congress tussle intensified yesterday during and after the Gujarat Rajya Sabha polls. With each passing moment the politics for power showed its colors. The MLA's of both the parties made innumerable visits to the Election Commission (EC) and countered each other's claims. In the midst of  turmoil and speculations, BJP President Amit Shah, Smriti Irani and Congress party's Ahmed Patel won the elections. Patel needed 44 votes to win and he got 44, a win which was aided by the Election Commission (EC). Ahmed Patel would be returning to the Rajya Sabha for the fifth time. Prime Minister Modi congratulated Amit Shah and Smriti Irani for their victories.

Gujarat Rajya Sabha elections; BJP likely to win

In a battle for three Rajya Sabha seats in Gujarat, four candidates are there on the ground. While BJP is battling for its three candidates BJP President Amit Shah, Union Minister Smriti Irani and Balwantsinh, Ahmed Patel is the Congress party's candidate for the Gujarat Rajya Sabha polls. BJP has 122 legislators in the Assembly out of 176 making it to be the majority party. With such high numbers, BJP's Amit Shah and Smriti Irani are likely to emerge as clear victors. However, it will have to go for cross-voting for the third seat. 44 MLA's of the Congress party are in support of Ahmed Patel as he needs 45 votes to win. The polling for today's Gujarat Rajya Sabha elections is being held at The Swarnim Sankul in Gandhinagar.  

Vice presidential poll: Mock voting for NDA MPs

In the light of the recent Presidential election where 21 invalid votes were polled out of which many of them were from the BJP, a meeting has been called for the NDA MPs on Friday for a mock voting preceding the Vice Presidential elections scheduled for Saturday. In the meeting, the Prime Minister will participate as an MLA. At the G.M.C. Balayogi Auditorium, PM Modi is likely to meet all the MP's of NDA and the parties that have pledged support for NDA's Vice Presidential Candidate M Venkaiah Naidu. The meeting would be quite a different one as it is likely to involve mock voting process which will have replicas of ballots.

NITI Aayog's vice chairman resigns to return to the field of academics in Columbia University

rvind Panagariya, chairman of the NITI Aayog (National Institution for Transforming India), has resigned from his position to join the profession of academics in Columbia University. The 64-year-old professor of Indian Political Economy at New York's Columbia University did not have a fixed time at the Aayog. He would leave on 31 August 2017. Panagariya had been working at the NITI Aayog since January 2015. A Ph.D from Princeton University, Panagariya has worked with the Asian Development Bank, World Bank, IMF and UNCTAD in various capacities. After former RBI Governor quit his job on 4 September 2016, Arvind Panagariya is the second one to leave his esteemed job and return to academia in the US. He was awarded the prestigious Padma Bhushan award in March 2012. He said that he would be writing a sequel to his book India: The Emerging Giant which was published in 2008.

Residence and Bengaluru resort of Karnataka power minister DK Shivakumar raided by IT Dept.

The recent spotlight on Eagleton Golf Resort invites trouble for Karnataka's power minister. In the light of the recent events of 6 Gujarat Congress MLAs resigning from the party, Congress resorted to safeguard its 44 MLAs by rushing them to a resort in Bengaluru. Such event has sparked off turmoil for DK Shivakumar as he is being investigated for tax evasion. The state cabinet imposed a fine of Rs. 998 crore on the Eagleton-The Golf Village last week for allegedly encroaching on 77 acres of land. According to media reports, approx. 39 locations pertaining to DK Shivakumar were searched. Seeing this turn of events, Ahmed Patel, a Congress leader, tweeted “BJP is on an unprecedented witch-hunt just to win one Rajya Sabha seat.”

BJP President refutes any anticipations of him joining the cabinet

BJP leader Amit Shah refuted any anticipations of him joining the cabinet with the Prime Minister. Being asked whether he would quit as the party's president, he said that “the question does not arise.” He further added that he has the responsibility of running the party and he is happy, satisfied and is working whole-heartedly. At a press conference, he talked of the Prime Minister as the “undisputed most popular prime minister”. According to BJP President Amit Shah, the BJP government has succeeded in “ending the politics of family, caste and appeasement”in the country.

Planned civil unrest calender signed by the Hurriyat leader Ali Shah Geelani found by NIA

Amidst the violence and the turmoil in the Valley of Jammu and Kashmir, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has procured a planned protest calender. Protests, Violence and stone pelting in the Valley were all planned by Hurriyat. According to reports, the unrest in the Valley was created by Hurriyat along with the coordination from handlers in Pakistan. The unrest causing deaths of several civilians and a strife between the police and the civilians was an outcome of the planned protest calender of the Hurriyat. The “protest calender” was procured from Geelani's son-in-law Altaf Ahmad Shah “Funtoosh” which had ignited violence. The documents procured lists dates when the protests were to be carried out following the shootout of Hizbul Mujahideen leader Burhan Wani. The “planned calender of protest” depicted most of the activities for August 2016, the month in which maximum number of protests and stone pelting incidents were reported in Jammu & Kashmir following the killing of Burhan Wani. 

Opposition likely to trigger disruption over BJP's political maneuver in Bihar and Gujarat

In the light of the recent political events pertaining to the sudden alliances of NDA with JDU and the allegations on BJP of manipulating Gujarat Congress MLAs for the upcoming Rajya Sabha polls has left the Opposition baffled. This Monsoon Session is likely to see disruptions, debates and innumerable adjournments in the Rajya Sabha as the Opposition decides to question and corner the government. The Rajya Sabha is already scheduled to discuss the The Constitution (123rd Amendment Bill) 2017; National Commission for Backward Classes (Repeal) Bill, 2017; The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (Amendment Bill), 2017. But the sudden political turmoil is likely to cause chaos in the House.  

Nitish Kumar wins the confidence vote test in Bihar's politics of Power

The recent comradeship of Nitish Kumar with BJP sailed through the tough times as the Bihar Assembly casted 131 votes in favor of Nitish Kumar, thereby proving the majority in the state Legislative Assembly. The recent comradeship of the BJP and Nitish Kumar has added another color to the already complex politics of power in Bihar. On the occasion Nitish said, “Secularism cant mask corruption.” He further added that “ These are arrogant people. Political parties get a mandate in elections to serve the people. The people are fed-up.”

Nitish Kumar sworn in as the Chief Minister of Bihar for the 6th time

Barely a day after his resignation, Nitish Kumar once again becomes the Chief Minister of Bihar along with Sushil Kumar Modi as the Deputy Chief Minister. In the past 12 years, this is the 6th time that Nitish Kumar has taken oath as the Chief Minister of Bihar. He was sworn in by the Governor of Bihar Keshri Nath Tripathi as the crowd cheered at Patna's Raj Bhavan. His unexpected resignation yesterday and later on his alliance with BJP to reclaim his seat, has left the former grand alliance baffled. Governor of Bihar told Nitish Kumar to prove his majority in the state Legislative Assembly within two days of taking oath.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar Resigns

Chief Minister of Bihar Nitish Kumar has resigned. The development took place following a meeting Nitish had with Kesari Nath Tripathi, Governor of Bihar, after a standoff with RJC chief Lalu Prasad Yadav. The meeting took place after Yadav maintained that his son Tejashwi would not resign from the post of deputy chief minister of Bihar.

Ram Nath Kovind takes oath as President of India

Ram Nath Kovind took oath as the 14th President of India on 25 July 2017 at Rashtrapati Bhavan. He succeeds Pranab Mukherjee. He was sworn in by the Chief Justice of India JS Khehar. On the occasion, President Kovind said, “I feel privileged to walk on the same path as Dr. Radhakrishnan, Dr. Abdul Kalam and Pranab da.” Born on 1 October 1945, Kovind has represented India in the United Nations and addressed the United Nations General Assembly in October 2002.

Maharashtra's Protection of People from Social Boycott Act 2016 gets approved
Social boycott of any individual or groups by any informal village council would now be considered as a violation of the Social Boycott Act 2016 in the state of Maharashtra. The Act was passed by the Maharashtra Assembly on April 2016 which makes social boycott a crime. Violators would be punished with imprisonment of seven years and a fine of five lakh rupees or both. To ensure speedy justice, trial would have to be completed within a period of six months from the date of filing the charge-sheet. 
 This act by the government of Maharashtra would serve as the benchmark for similar legislation in other states. 
Maharashtra government planing to formulate guidelines for farmers loan waiver

According to reports, Maharashtra government is planning to come up with a fresh set of guidelines for an effective implementation of the loan waiver scheme for farmers. The reports suggest that the government is expected to provide the definition of a farmer, the type of loan that can be considered under the waiver scheme etc.

Gopal Krishna Gandhi is opposition party candidate for Vice President

According to reports, opposition parties have agreed on former West Bengal Governor Gopal Krishna Gandhi as their candidate for the post of Vice President of India. The reports states that the meeting, convened by Congress President Sonia Gandhi, was held in Parliament House. Former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh, and leaders of BSP, RLD, CPI(M), CPI, National Conference, NCP, Samajwadi Party and Trinamool Congress were among those who attended the meeting. Gandhi is the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi and a former bureaucrat.

Modi meets BRICS nation leaders before G-20 summit

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has met the leaders of BRICS nations before the G-20 summit at Hamburg, Germany. The discussions were held closed door in which leaders of Brazil, Russia, China and South Africa took part. They reportedly discussed an array of issues during the informal meeting held on the sidelines of the G-20 summit. The first day of the G 20 summit started with German Chancellor Angela Merkel formally welcoming the G-20 leaders to the 12th edition of the Summit. The heads of state and government of 19 world economic majors and the European Union are taking part in the summit.

Vice President election notification issued by Election Commission

According to reports, the process of election to the post of Vice President began with EC issuing notification for the same. Candidates can file nominations from 4 July till 18 of July. The scrutiny of nominations will be held on 19 July, and the last day for withdrawal of nominations is 21 July. Polling will be held on 5 August and counting will take place the same day. The Vice President is elected by an electoral college comprising members of both the Houses of Parliament including nominated members.

Sushma Swaraj Reacts to Kulbhushan Jadhav's Death Sentence

As per reports, a stern warning to Pakistan was issued by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Tuesday. She cautioned them that they should think about the consequences of carrying out Kulbhushan Jadhav's death sentence on bilateral relations between India and Pakistan.

Swaraj mentioned in the parliament that the government will do everything required to help Jadhav get the legal support he needs to fight in this case. She also said that the government will take take up the matter at the United Nations as well.




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