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Guru Purnima being celebrated across the Nation

‘I am You, You are Me’ : Sri Sri 

The relationship with the Guru is beyond action, speech & feelings. It’s a connection of the very being. When you know this, you become calm & confident :
Sri Sri ravi Shankar

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Protect TN coast from more disasters: Congress leader Jairam Ramesh in RS

  • I raised a Zero Hour Mention today on issue of imminent environmental destruction of Ennore Pulicat ecosystem, owing to a proposed megaport complex in North Chennai by a pvt company with a dubious record.
  • I urge Ministry of Environment and Forests to reject the proposal & protect TN coast from more disasters tweeted Congress leader Jairam Ramesh

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They more they attack me the more I’ll keep fighting: Rahul Gandhi

  • Congress leader Rahul Gandhi spoke to the media after the court hearing in Ahmedabad, Gujarat.
  • They have filed cases against me in Bihar, Gujarat and are trying to scare me, but I am not the one to be scared.
  • The more they attack me I will keep fighting, but with love.
  • This is a fight for the country, it’s future, the constitution and a fight against corruption.
  • They are bringing down Governmnets’ using money and power. It’s the BJP’s way of doing things. They did it in Goa and North-East and are trying to bring down the Govt in Karnataka. The Congress will keep fighting against this.

Have a three year common stream for Allopathy and Ayush students in the 5 year Medical education course: Jairam Ramesh – Congress leader

  • There are 12 lakh registered Doctors in the country. The number of registered Ayush practitioners is 8 lakhs.
  • In six States of the country Ayush Doctors exceed Allopathy Doctors which include Bihar, Haryana, UP, MP and Telangana.
  • 80% of Ayush Doctors end up practicing Allopathy according to a study.
  • Several states permit ‘Crosspathy’ where Ayush Doctors are permitted to prescribe Allopathy medicine.
  • Why can’t all Medical colleges for the first three years of Medical education have a common stream for Allopathy and Ayush, later on they could specialise.
  • We should not be exporting Medicinal Plants, we should export finished products.
  • The Govt should include Tribal system of Medicines in the acronym ‘Ayush’.

Andhra Pradesh to review Power Purchase Agreements with Solar and Wind Power generators: Ajaya Kallam – Principal Advisor to AP CM

  • Andhra Pradesh to review Power Purchase Agreements
    with Solar and Wind Power generators, said the Principal Advisor to AP CM Ajaya Kallam, addressing the media.
  • This move the Govt. says is aimed at cleansing the system with public interest in mind.
  • According to the Economic Survey the per unit cost of Solar Power came down from Rs 18/- in 2010 to Rs 2.44 in 2018-19.
  • The cost of Wind Power in 2017 was at Rs 2.43 down from Rs 4.20.
  • Contrary to this the average price at which the PPA has been signed in AP is very high.
  • In addition there is a back down cost of Rs 1.25 to be paid to generators as per PPA.
  • In last 2 years 2MW of Wind Power was purchased at Rs 4.84.
  • AP had adequate power at a lesser cost available to it through conventional mode.
  • Media reports that investors in power will not come to AP
    if PPAs are reviewed has no basis. Solar Power of 5000 MW
    is being offered to the State at Rs 2.70 without signing PPA.
  • Power Engineers Federation has welcomed the move to
    renegotiate the PPAs.
  • Govt. of India has reviewed PPAs’, States too should follow.

Credit for KIA’s foray into AP should go to YS Rajashekara Reddy: AP Finance Minister

  • Former AP CM Chandrababu Naidu told the AP Assembly that he worked right from morning till night for the State of AP and to bring investments into the State.
  • To counter this AP Finance Minister Buganna reads a letter from CEO of KIA Motors to highlight that credit for KIA Motors foray into AP should go to former CM YS Rajasekhara Reddy.

Are the allegations of irregularities in Polavaram project true? : YSRCP MP

  • YSRCP MP Vijaya Sai Reddy wanted to know if allegations of irregularities in Rehabilitation and Resettlement of those displaced by Polavaram project are true.
  • He also wanted to know if the center will order a CBI probe if the allegations are true.

Lord Jagannath offers Rasagola to Goddess MahaLakshmi

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Today on the occasion of Niladri Bije, Lord Jagannath offers Rasagola to Goddess Mahalakshmi. This Day is cekebrated as Rasagola Dibasa in Odisha.

Acclaimed Sand Artist Sudarsan Pattnaik creates a sand art in Puri beach, Odisha.

Tamil Nadu Live -News Headlines – 14 July ’19

  • BJP President Amit Shah appoints BL Santhosh as National General Secretary – Organisation of  BJP

  • DMK appoints a committee to study the New Education Policy. Based on the recommendations of the committee the party will convey its views on the policy to the Union Human Resources Ministry: DMK President MK Stalin

  • India takes a giant leap to where no country has gone before –– the Moon’s south polar region. Live stream from 2.45 am 15 July: ISRO

  • PMK steps into its 31st year today

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President Kovind offered prayers at the Hill temple of Lord Venkateswara in Tirumala

  • President Ramnath Kovind along with his family and entourage, offered prayers at the Hill temple of Lord Venkateswara in Tirumala on Sunday.
  • The first citizen of India, who was on a two-day maiden visit to Tirumala, followed the temple tradition. He first offered prayers in Sri Bhu Varaha Swamy Temple located adjacent to Swami Pushkarini and later reached the Tirumala temple.
  • The Prez was welcomed by TTD Trust Board Chairman Sri YV Subba Reddy, EO Sri Anil Kumar Singhal and Special Officer Sri AV Dharma Reddy on his arrival at Mahadwaram.
  • The temple priests offered him traditional Isthikaphal welcome amidst the chanting of Veda mantras accompanied by melam.
  • He was greeted by the Honourable Governor of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana State Sri ESL Narasimhan who accompanied him for darshan.
  • President offered prayers in front of Lord Venkateswara, along with his spouse Savita Kovind and daughter Ms.Swati.
  • One of the chief priest’s of the temple Sri Venugopala Dikshitulu explained the significance of the presiding deity and the importance of jewels adorned to the Mula Virat.
  • After darshan of Lord, the EO explained the President about the Retractable Roof arranged from Padikavili to Dhwaja Mandapam to shield pilgrims from inclement weather conditions.
  • Later at Ranganayakula Mandapam, Vedasirvachanam was rendered to the Honourable President and His family. The Teertha prasadams, laminated photo frame of Lord and Sesha Vastram were presented to the President by TTD Chairman and EO.
  • H.H. Tirumala Pedda Jiyar Swamy, H.H. Chinna Jiyar Swamy were also present during the prayers.

YSR Congress State party office in Tadepalli to be fully functional in ten days: V Vijaysai Reddy

  • YSR Congress senior leader and RS MP V Vijaysai Reddy visited the party’s new state office nearing completion in Tadepalli.
  • He inspected the premises and told the media that the office will be fully functional in ten days.
  • Party activities in all the 13 districts of the State will be coordinated from here he said.
  • He also said that the party is preparing itself to face the Local bodies elections slated for Oct-Nov.

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DMK President MK Stalin’s speech at the launch of Poet Vairamuthu’s book Tamizhattrupadai

If there is no water scarcity, why is water being brought in train wagons : Karti Chidambaram

INC TamilNadu Chief KS Alagiri and Sivaganga MP Karti Chidambaram speaking to the press at Madurai Airport

Tamil Nadu Congress is organising demonstrations in every district today to register strong protest of Tamil Nadu People against BJP for conspiring to destabilise elected Govt in Karnataka thru blatant misuse of money/central agencies & to express our solidarity with INCKarnataka.

INC TamilNadu Chief KS Alagiri will be leading the agitation in Ramanad district, CLP Leader KRRamasamy, Congress MPs/MLAs in their respective constituencies, TNCC functionaries & other leaders in assigned DCCs & I will be participating in Chennai : Sanjay Dutt , Secretary AICC – Incharge Tamil Nadu & Puducherry.

President Kovind presents LL.D to three eminent judges

President Kovind attends special convocation of Tamil Nadu Dr Ambedkar Law University conferring LL.D. (Honoris Causa) on Justice Sathasivam, Governor of Kerala & former CJI; Justice Bobde, Judge, Supreme Court of India; and Justice Tahilramani, Chief Justice of Madras High Court.

Speaking at the function President Kovind said, Our legal system has a reputation for being expensive and for being prone to delays. There are some who tend to use and abuse the instrument of adjournments as a tactic to slow down proceedings, rather than a response to a genuine emergency.

This makes obtaining justice costly for the litigant. It would be a travesty of our republican ethic if a poor person did not get the same access to the law as a rich person. The legal profession must continue to address this collectively, he added.

Swachhata Abhiyan at Parliament House

Speaker, Lok Sabha Om Birla, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan and other dignitaries during SwachhataAbhiyan, at Parliament House, in New Delhi.

The soon to be handed over 2BHK Dignity Housing program of Mandepalli Village in Rajanna Siricilla district

 

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TN CM EPS made two major announcements in TN Assembly today that could change the way of Governance

  • Zero proof Identity based predictive Govt. service delivery.

  • Establishment of a Blockchain backbone infrastructure for the Govt of Tamil Nadu

 

Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman replies to Budget 2019 debate in Rajya Sabha

Congress leader T Subbarami Reddy speaking during the discussion on the Union Budget in Rajya Sabha

0% loan scheme for farmers – exchanges between YS Jagan and Naidu in the AP Assembly

  • AP Assembly witnessed a verbal duel between AP CM YS Jagan and former CM Chandrababu Naidu over the interest paid towards the 0% interest scheme for farmers.
  • Mr Naidu quoted from the Socio-Economic Survey to say that his Govt had met its Commitment.
  • Mr Jagan retorted by saying that the TDP Govt had contributed only Rs 630 crores towards the scheme where Rs 11,600 cr was payable.
  • The AP Assembly witnessed exchanges from both sides on the issue.

What Structural reforms will the Govt. do, What Bold decisions will they take, How will they improve investments?: Former Finance Minister P Chidambaram on Union Budget

Former Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram’s speech in the Rajya Sabha on the Union Budget, Excerpts:

  • Very unhappy democracy is suffering a blow every day.
  • Condemn what is happening in Karnataka and Goa.
  • This could have a very damaging effect on the economy.
  • I appeal to them to respect Democracy.
  • Quotes Bharatiyar and says I am very Happy she is the first Woman Finance Minister of India and doubly Happy she is from Tamil Nadu.
  • Refers to the Macro economic figures missing from the Budget Speech.
  • Economy could grow between 6.5 to 6.8%, which is not good for the bottom 20% of the population.
  • The projections of Tax collections are unrealistic.
  • The Economy is weak the Budget Speech is unsipid.
  • Expect the Govt to tell us
  • What Structural reforms, they will do
  • What Bold decisions they will take to revive the economy
  • How they will improve investments
  • To spur India’s growth to 8 % this year and to raise it to double digit 10% …

 

How does the Govt. propose to attract 5 lakh cr per year of private investments for the Railways?: Su Thirunavukkarasar

Former TN Congress President and Trichy MP Su Thrirunavukkarasar spoke during the discussion on Demand for Grants for Ministry of Railways, Excerpts:

  • Speaking in the Lok Sabha today, former TN Congress President Su Thirunavukkarasar quoted Railways performance figures to counter the ruling party’s claim that Congress Govts’ have done nothing for the Railways.
  • He asked the Govt how they propose to attract Rs 5 lakh cr investments/year for the next ten years for the Railways from Private investors, especially when the Railways are making losses. He said this is an indirect route to privatisation.
  • He also raised passenger convenience issues related to his Trichirapalli constituency.

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Rahul Gandhi and senior leaders of the Congress Party protest outside the Parliament against horse-trading by the BJP

In the Lok Sabha today

K Kanimozhi, DMK:

  • A Railway committee report says that accounting in Railways is neither scientific nor accurate.
  • Also, modernisation of the Railways does not matter, if the employment of manual scavengers continue.

P K Kunhalikutty, IUML:

  • If Kerala is not a part of your political map, it should not be so in the railway map.

‘Today’s good news from SC’

Dr. Subramanian Swamy:

Today’s good news from SC is that day to day hearing commence on the Ayodhya Temple matter from July 25 th day to day hearing after the Court reviews the progress made by the Mediation Committee starting next Thursday.

Ruling party is pulling our functionaries towards it to divert peoples’ attention from pressing issues: TTV Dhinakaran

  • AMMK General Secretary TTV Dhinakaran spoke to the media today at Kalayar Koil.
  • He said only few functionaries for their own selfish reasons have left the party. Several strong and loyal functionaires are still with the party.
  • We draw our strength from cadres who are loyal to the party, he said.
  • The ruling party is drawing our functionaries towards it to divert the attention of the people from pressing issues, he further said.

A magnanimous gesture by KCR: AP CM YS Jagan in AP Assembly

  • AP CM YS Jagan spoke in the AP Assembly about the understanding with Telangana CM KCR on water sharing.
  • He said that it was a magnanimous gesture by KCR to release waters from his state to AP.
  • He explained that water from Telangana coming into Srisailam and Nagarjuna Sagar will stabilise Agricuture in Krishna Ayacut and will also benefit some districts in Telangana.
  • He found fault with former CM Chandrababu Naidu for criticizing the arrangement instead of appreciating it.
  • The Kaleeshwaram project was started and completed in NCBN’s tenure as CM, why he didn’t take any initiative against the project then, he asked.

‘US isn’t serious about making Pakistan end its sponsorship of terrorism’: Brahma Chellaney

Strategic thinker, author, commentator

US’s new courtship of Pakistan has been underlined by a $6-billion IMF bailout and by the US designation of a Baloch separatist group as “terrorist.”

Trump’s upcoming meeting with Imran Khan further confirms US isn’t serious about making Pakistan end its sponsorship of terrorism.

What makes the GSLV Mk-III India’s most capable launch vehicle to date…

 

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TN Law Minister did not inform the Assembly about rejection of NEET Bills says MK Stalin

  • The Central Govt on 22.09.2017 has informed TN Law department that the NEET bills have been rejected.
  • The Law Minister CV Shanmugam without revealing this, has informed the Assembly that the Bills have been rejected by the Court.
  • It came to light after we questioned about it and got it out.
  • The DMK chief demanded the resignation of the Law Minister.
  • DMK stages walkout from Tamil Nadu Assembly on this issue.

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DMK President MK Stalin’s interaction with media today:

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman replies to the debate in Lok Sabha on the Union Budget

  • Growth of the economy is as important as national security.
  • Total resources transferred to States including for the various transfer of schemes is Rs.13 ,29,428 cr.
  • The govt is committed to continue on the path of fiscal consolidation and our focus is on boosting agriculture, health and education sector.

 

Punjab CM welcomes ban on Sikhs For Justice

  • Happy with Govt of India’s decision to ban Sikhs For Justice as unlawful but what we need is a war against the terror outfit.
  • SFJ’s threat is grave and nobody, including Akali Dal, should play it down.
  • Nations allowing SFJ to use their soil for anti-India activities must stop at once!

 

Clarification on media reports alleging that media persons have been banned from entering the Ministry of Finance, North Block: @nsitharamanoffc

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The Editors Guild of India has issued a statement on the Finance Ministry’s clarification:

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VP Venkaiah Naidu receives UNESCO’s Map of World Heritage Sites of India

Happy to have received UNESCO’s Map of World Heritage Sites of India from Mr. Eric Falt, Director, UNESCO in New Delhi today.

The sites represent our vibrant natural & cultural heritage. I applaud UNESCO’s efforts towards identification & mapping of the sites for conservation: Vice President – Venkaiah Naidu VN13.jpg

Pic Credit: @VPSecretariat

Chandrayaan 2 will go where no country has ever gone before: ISRO

Chandrayaan 2 India’s lunar mission will boldly go where no country has ever gone before — the Moon’s south polar region.

The aim is to improve our understanding of the Moon — discoveries that will benefit India and humanity as a whole: ISRO

 

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Lok Sabha proceedings today – excerpts

A Raja, DMK:

More than Rs 1000 cr decline in TN allotment between interim and full budget. For the first time, budget speech does not disclose total revenue, total expenditure. Only 7 % companies are to pay 30% corporate tax, 99.3 % will pay 25 %:MK

N K Premchandran, RSP:

What is the fiscal deficit, revenue expenditure, revenue receipt of my country? What is the revenue loss after exempting companies earning up to 400 cr from paying 30 % corporate tax and what is the earning after raising the petrol prices?: N K Premchandran, RSP

Varun Gandhi, BJP:

In the 1920’s, 1% of Raja-Maharajas held 25% of country’s wealth, but today 1% of Indians hold 75% of the nation’s wealth.

 Rammohan Naidu, TDP:

There is ‘Cooperative favoritism’ instead of ‘Cooperative federalism’. Developed state like Gujarat has been getting tax benefits. Govt should tell how many companies has come up due to Make-in-India, how many jobs were created.

 Rajyavardhan Rathore, BJP:

We have promoted enough startups under Make-in-India.

 

Swamy plans a Yatra!

Sanyasis and pujaris came visiting me yesterday with Prasadam from the holy Srirangam Temple in Tamil Nadu and invited me to have darshan of the Temple.  En route to Sri Lanka, Sri Rama had conducted pujas there.

So a thought crossed my mind—I will identify all the temples Rama had done pujas in from Ayodhya to Dhanushkodi and perform a Yatra :
Subramanian Swamy @Swamy39

Top News Stories – 8 June 2019

PM Modi meets Geeta Rabari, a young and prolific singer from Gujarat

Geeta Rabari is a young and prolific singer from Gujarat, whose works have enthralled Gujaratis globally! I remember encouraging her to pursue singing when she was a child and today, I had the opportunity to interact with her. It was wonderful to know more about her experiences.

People like Geeta Rabari inspire our society. Belonging to a humble background, she dedicatedly pursued her passion of singing and excelled. I am deeply impressed by her efforts to popularise Gujarati folk music among youngsters. Best wishes for her future endeavours :
PM Narendra Modi

Friendly chat with a rival!!

Ran into my BJP Kerala rival in the last elections, Kummanam, & our first conversation since that time ensued. It was a friendly chat & I sought his advice & inputs as I attempt to do my best to serve the people of Thiruvananthapuram :
Shashi Tharoor @ShashiTharoor

AP CM YS Jagan Mohan Reddy pays tributes to his father YSR on his birth anniversary at the Idupulapaaya Ghat

Shift towards EVs is inevitable & is a must : Amitabh Kant

Electronic Vehicles

One of d most progressive feature of the budget was the aggressive push for Electronic Vehicles.

1. GST Council being moved to lower rates from 12 to 5%.

2. Additional income tax deduction of Rs 1.5 lakh on interest paid for purchase of EV.

3. FAME -2 of Rs 10,000 Cr. 4. Price hike 4 petrol/diesel.

Move will help clean up our cities & provide fresh air to citizens. It will also cut India’s oil import dependence which has jumped to nearly 84 % . India spent USD 111.9 billion on oil imports in 2018-19. Shift towards EVs is inevitable & is a must, Tweeted Amitabh Kant, CEO, Niti Aayog

Pic Courtesy : @amitabhk87