In the News today – 18 July 2019

DMK MP Kanimozhi asks the Centre to give up the proposed National-level exam for final year medical students

The Union Cabinet yesterday gave its consent to a National-level examination for final year medical students. In my speech in the Lok Sabha today urged the Government to abandon it completely: DMK Lok Sabha MP Kanimozhi


DMK President MK Stalin urges State Government to adopt another resolution on NEET

State Govt is adopting a dual stance in the NEET issue : TTV Dhinakaran, AMMK General Secretary

Conduct Local body election without further delay : DMK President MK Stalin in TN Assembly

DMK President MK Stalin urges the TN State Government to hold the local body elections atleast now without any further delay. He said this in the context of :

  • The Union Panchayat Raj Minister RS Tomar in a reply to DMK MP A.Raja stating that starting from the year 2016-17 the performance subsidy for Tamil Nadu has been withheld.
  • The Panchayat elections in the State should be held before October 2016, since the State Goverment has not held the Panchayat elections, the Centre has withheld the performance subsidy.

It is proposed to provide a deduction of up to 1.5 lakh for interest paid on loan taken for the purchase of an affordable house, in addition to the existing interest deduction of 2 lakhs:
Nirmala Sitharaman – Finance Minister in Lok Sabha

  • Incentives are being provided for the purchase of electric vehicles and therefore it is an important step on concerns that we express on environmental consciousness.
  • The condition for carry forward and set off of losses in cases of eligible start ups is proposed to be relaxed enabling them to carry forward their losses. This is one demand that has come from start ups.
  • With a view to further incentivising the IFSC, it is proposed to provide several direct tax incentives to an IFSC, including 100% profit linked deduction u/s 80 LA in any 10 year block within 15 yr period.
  • We have come up with a proposal that interest on bad and doubtful debts in the case of deposit taking NBFCs and systemically important non-deposit taking NBFCs shall be charged on tax on receipt basis and not on accrual basis.
  • Facilities are being extended for low-cost electronic payments because digitisation and less cash usage is a priority for this government. Every attempt is being made for people to use electronic payment.
  • It is proposed to provide a deduction of up to 1.5 lakh for interest paid on loan taken for the purchase of an affordable house. This shall be in addition to the existing interest deduction of 2 lakhs.
  • Increase in effective tax rate applies only to individual taxpayers, including other forms of FPIs such as trusts. FPIs organised as companies will not be affected by the increase in effective tax rate & the fear of flight of FPIs from India is not well-founded.

AP CM YS Jagan speaking about Prajavedika Demolition in AP Assembly

AP CM YS Jagan justified the demolition of Praja Vedika while speaking in the AP Assembly today.

  • He said he wanted to make it clear that the law applies uniformly to all starting from the common man to the most powerful. That was reason behind the starting the work of demolishing unauthorised constructions from Praja Vedika.
  • He said notices have also been given to all the unauthorised constructions in that area to vacate.
  • He found fault with the leader of Opposition Chandrababu Naidu for speaking about his forty years of experience in Politics. He said Leaders with such a long experience should set an example in Politics for others to emulate instead of finding faults with demolition of unauthorised constructions.

Kulbhushan Jadhav is innocent and no forced confession will change this fact : External Affairs Minister, Dr. S Jaishankar in the Lok Sabha

Highlights of External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar’s speech in Lok Sabha :

  • International Court of Justice (ICJ) delivered judgement in Kulbhushan Jadhav case yesterday, ruling in favour of India, declaring Pakistan should provide councellor access to India.
  • The ICJ said that Pakistan breached Vienna laws without informing India. The judgement was not only in favour of India but all those who believes in law.
  • Kulbhushan Jadhav is innocent and no forced confession will change this fact.

First Meeting of the High Powered Committee on ‘Transformation of Indian Agriculture’

Chaired by Maharashtra CM Dev Fadnavis, first Meeting of the High Powered Committee for Transformation of Indian Agriculture underway in NITIAayog.

Chief Ministers Vijay Rupani, ML Khattar, Pema Khandu, Kamal Nath, Union Minister Tomar and Amitabh Kanth are among the attendees.

Here is an example of a “Calling Attention” Motion in the TN Asssembly

It’s imperative that every citizen “knows” & UNDERSTANDS what happens inside the State Legislative Assembly. It would empower the voter to “Choose Wisely”. Here is an example of a “Calling Attention” Motion in the TN Asssembly


Digital Edition – July 5

  • Vision for the decade : From 1.85 trillion dollars in 2014, the economy has reached 2.7 trillion US dollars in five years; it is well within our capacity to reach 5 trillion dollars in the next few years : FM Nirmala Sitharaman
  • Special Court convicts MDMk Chief Vaiko found guilty under sedition charges in a case filed by DMK back in 2009, sentenced to one year jail term along with 10,000 rupees fine
  • Budget 2019 – In a departure from the past, the conventional way of carrying the Budget papers in a briefcase gives way to the Indian tradition of a ‘Bahi khata’ – a ledger
  • Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to present the Union Budget 2019 in Lok Sabha today
  • Lok Sabha Election to Vellore Constituency to be held on Aug 5th: ECI

Editor’s Pick

PM Modi:

The meeting with President Putin was excellent. We had wide-ranging discussions on ways to further boost the India-Russia strategic relationship. We look forward to increased trade and people-to-people linkages with Russia.

Pic Credit: @narendramodi

PM Modi:

Had an extremely fruitful meeting with President Xi Jinping. Our talks included the full spectrum of India-China relations. We shall continue working together to improve economic and cultural ties between our nations.


Pic Credit: @narendramodi

Pictures of meeting of BJP National Office Bearers, State Incharges, State Presidents and General Secretaries (Org), presided over by National President Amit Shah at BJP HQ in New Delhi

Pic Credit: @BJP4India

DMK President MK Stalin at Karur today, thanking voters

President Kovind hosted a banquet in honour of the Union Council of Ministers, led by PM Modi, at Rashtrapati Bhavan last evening

Pic Courtesy : @rashtrapatibhvn

Hardeep Singh Puri‏: 

After a long day in office, I managed to make a brief appearance at a dinner hosted by friend Vikram Kirloskar to celebrate his election as President of CII. I am glad I did so, because I managed to meet many old friends, diplomats & corporate stalwarts.



No individual to be compelled to provide proof of Aadhaar number unless provided by law

Cabinet approves The Aadhaar and Other Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2019

In a major move aimed at making Aadhaar making people friendly, the Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved “The Aadhaar and Other Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2019” to replace the Aadhaar and Other Laws (Amendment) Ordinance, 2019. The amendments proposed are the same as those contained in the Ordinance promulgated by President on 2nd March, 2019. The Bill will be introduced in ensuing session of Parliament.

  • No individual to be compelled to provide proof of Aadhaar number unless provided by law.
  • Aadhaar number on voluntary basis to be accepted as KYC document.

The decision is expected to go a long way in meeting the people friendly and citizen centric nature of Aadhaar.


The decision would enable UIDAI to have a more robust mechanism to serve the public interest and restrain the misuse of Aadhar.

Subsequent to this amendment, no individual shall be compelled to provide proof of possession of Aadhaar number or undergo authentication for the purpose of establishing his identity unless it is so provided by a law made by Parliament.

For the convenience of general public in opening of bank accounts, the proposed amendments would allow the use of Aadhaar number for authentication on voluntary basis as acceptable KYC document under the Telegraph Act, 1885 and the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002.


The salient features of the amendments are as follows—

Provides for voluntary use of Aadhaar number in physical or electronic form by authentication or offline verification with the consent of Aadhaar number holder;

Provides for use of twelve-digit Aadhaar number and its alternative virtual identity to conceal the actual Aadhaar number of an individual;

Gives an option to children who are Aadhaar number holders to cancel their Aadhaar number on attaining the age of eighteen years;

Permits the entities to perform authentication only when they are compliant with the standards of privacy and security specified by the Authority; and the authentication is permitted under any law made by Parliament or is prescribed to be in the interest of State by the Central Government;

Allows the use of Aadhaar number for authentication on voluntary basis as acceptable KYC document under the Telegraph Act, 1885 and the Prevention of Money-laundering Act, 2002;

Proposes deletion of section 57 of the Aadhaar Act relating to use of Aadhaar by private entities;

Prevents denial of services for refusing to, or being unable to, undergo authentication;

Provides for establishment of Unique Identification Authority of India Fund;

Provides for civil penalties, its adjudication, appeal thereof in regard to violations of Aadhaar Act and provisions by entities in the Aadhaar ecosystem.

Source : MIB

Subramanian Swamy on Ram Setu

My WP for Ram Setu being declared as National Heritage Monument is Committee Nguyen for hearing on July 1st. I hope Namo Govt will announce soon that since the Setu meets the criteria in the AMASR Act the Govt recognises it as such:
Subramanian Swamy, @swamy39



YS Jagan’s first speech in Andhra Pradesh Assembly

  • In his first speech in the new AP Legislative Assembly AP CM YS Jagan recalled the engineered defection of 23 of his party MLAs and three MPs by the TDP and in the current elections the TDP winning exactly the same number of MLA and MP seats they had weaned away from YSRCP.
  • The AP CM also said that when some people suggested that the YSRCP could wean away four or five MLAs from the TDP in order to deny TDP Chief Chandrababu Naidu the position of the Leader of Opposition. He said he will not do such a thing. In the event of anyone defecting to their side they will be asked to resign their seat before joining or will be disqualified by the Speaker.
  • YS Jagan also said four of their MLAs’ from their ranks were made to shift to the treasury benches and were even made Ministers. His representation to disqualify them went unheeded.
  • He also spoke about empowering the backward communities and said as per the party’s assurance the Backward Communities will be transformed to Backbone Communities for the society.


Jammu SSP, Sandeep IPS’s ‘Project Dreams’ provides free coaching to UPSC aspirants

Starting ‘Project Dreams’ in Shopian Friday. Free coaching classes. No documents/forms to be filled. COME, GRAB A CHAIR, STUDY, LEAVE. Striving for a dignified career is a duty towards self & ur family. Don’t let this environment become an excuse : @Sandeep_IPS_JKP , S.S.P. Shopian, J&K.

Editor’s Pick

PM Modi:

Before his visit to Bishkek

I shall join the meeting of the Council of Heads of State of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation in Bishkek, on 13th and 14th June. We attach great importance to SCO and I look forward to a productive Summit. 

After the SCO Summit, I shall be holding extensive talks with President Jeenbekov of the Kyrgyz Republic as a part of a bilateral visit.

I will jointly address the first meeting of India-Kyrgyz Business Forum, an endeavour to promote commercial linkages between our nations.

TN CM EPS called on TN Governor Banwarilal Purohit

TN CM EPS called on TN Governor Banwarilal Purohit this evening at Raj Bhavan. He was accompanied by TN Minister D Jayakumar and Chief Secretary Girija Vaidyanathan

Pic Credit: @TNGOVDIPR

AIADMK Ministers, MPs’, MLAs’, party functionaries, Spokespersons met at the party HQ under the leadership of party coordinators OPS and EPS

  • AIADMK restrains party’s spokespersons from talking to TV channels.
  • Adopts a resolution congratulating Modi for his second term in office
  • Thanks BJP for giving an opportunity to AIADMK to second the proposal for his Prime Ministership.
  • Status quo on AIADMK leadership issue

Pic Credit: @CMOTamilNadu



DMK President MK Stalin’s speech at a public meeting in Pollachi today


DMK President MK Stalin’s speech in Kovai after unveiling the portraits of party frontliners M Ramanathan and KR Subbaiyan

Actor Radha Ravi meets TN CM EPS and joins AIADMK


Pic Credit: @CMOTamilNadu

TTV Dhinakaran:

June 12 – there is not enough water to open the gates of Mettur Dam: Condemn the EPS Govt for not taking any action to get Cauvery water from Karnataka!

AP Chief Minister YSJagan taking oath as member of the AP Legislative Assembly today

YSG1.jpgPic Credit: @AndhraPradeshCM



Amit Shah:

Union Home Minister & BJP President

Called on Rashtrapati Shri Ram Nath Kovind ji this morning. It is always a pleasure to meet him.

Pic Credit: @AmitShah

Hardeep Singh Puri

Union Cicil Aviation Minister

Delighted to meet Shri Rahul Bhatia, CMD of IndiGo Airlines in my office. We held extended discussions on the aviation sector.


Pic Credit: @HardeepSPuri

Akhilesh Yadav:

Former CM of UP and Samajwadi Party leader

Rapes, murders and political killings are increasing at an alarming rate. The CM is chairing meetings upon meetings but the law and order situation is only deteriorating.

Now the first woman head of the bar council of Agra has been shot. Even upholders of the law are not safe.

Editor’s Pick

MK Stalin – DMK President:

Thanked in person the people of Sulur – a part of Coimbatore Parliamentary constituency.

I promised them that the DMK despite being in opposition would fight for the demands of the people in the Assembly and in Parliament


Pic Credit: @MKStalin

Rahul Gandhi:

If every journalist who files a false report or peddles fake, vicious RSS/BJP sponsored propaganda about me is put in jail, most newspapers/ news channels would face a severe staff shortage. The UP CM is behaving foolishly & needs to release the arrested journalists.


Water level in Papanasan Dam rises to 27 feet, thanks to rains over the Western Ghats


TN Governor Banwarilal Purohit called on President Kovind and VP Venkaiah Naidu today


Pic Credit: @RashtrapatiBhvn, @VPSecretariat



Welcoming a distinguished predecessor, Shri Natwar Singh, back to South Block! :
Dr S Jaishankar – External Affairs Minister


Pic Credit: @DrSJaishankar


Nikhil Gowda, son of Karnataka Chief Minister Kumaraswamy, met with AP Chief Minister YS Jagan


Pic Courtesy : @AndhraPradeshCM




‘Commencement of the spiritual journey!’

External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar flags off the first batch of Kailash Mansarovar Yatra – 2019, while wishing them a safe journey. The 1st group consists of 58 pilgrims and two Liaison Officers:
MEA India


Pic Credit: @MEAIndia

Digital Edition – June 9

  • PM Modi offers prayers at Lord Venkateswara Temple in Tirumala. AP Governor ESL Narasimhan, CM YS Jagan MoS Home G Kishan Reddy accompanied him

  • PM Modi was in Sri Lanka today. His first stop in Sri Lanka today was at St. Anthony’s church in Colombo, as a mark of respect for those killed in the Easter terrorist attacks

  • The TN Assembly should be convened immediately to disucuss the important issue of water shortage says DMK President MK Stalin

  • AIADMK coordinator OPS and Joint Coordinator EPS direct party functionaries not to air their views about party affairs in public



Editor’s Pick

PM Modi offers prayers at Lord Venkateswara Temple in Tirumala, Andhra Pradesh

DMK President MK Stalin inaugurates water supply through tanker lorries in his Kolathur constituency today, North Chennai MP Dr V Kalanidhi and PK Sekar Babu MLA were present

Pic Credit: @arivalayam

AP Governor, CM YS Jagan & party leaders welcome PM Narendra Modi on his arrival at Tirupati airport today evening

Started the Sri Lanka visit by paying my respect at one of the sites of the horrific Easter Sunday Attack: PM Modi

A special gift from a special friend


President Maithripala Sirisena presented PM Narendra Modi the Samadhi Buddha Statue.

This is considered to be one of the best sculptures in the Anuradhapura era.

The original statue was sculptured between the 4th and 7th centuries AD.

This replica of the Samadhi Buddha Statue has been hand carved using white teak.

This masterpiece has taken almost two years to complete.

The meditation pose is known as Dhyana Mudra.
Pic Credit: @PMOIndia

Some glimpses of the ceremonial welcome extended to PM Modi at the President’s Office in Colombo

Pic Credit: @MEAIndia

‘Most enjoyable celebration at 70’

Swimming pool in a Delhi Govt. School


Digital Edition – June 8

  • The Southwest Monsoon has set in over Kerala today

  • PM Narendra Modi conferred with Maldives’ highest honour accorded to foreign dignitaries

  • PM Narendra Modi offers prayers and Thulabaram at Sri Krishna Temple in Guruvayoor, Kerala

  • New AP Cabinet was sworn-in today at AP Secretariat, Amaravati. Five of the twenty-five Ministers are designated as Dy Chief Ministers’

  • Today is World Oceans Day

Sri Sri at Sunrise

In the realm of mind, like attracts like.
The secret is hidden somewhere very deep, and that is what we can call Divine Love – That love, which is so total, which is so complete, and which is so fulfilling:


Pic Credit: @SriSri