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Nation Current Affairs 16 Jul 2019 News Digest: A sharp ...

News Digest: A sharp, speedy recap of the day's headlines

Published Jul 16, 2019, 4:17 pm IST
Updated Jul 17, 2019, 1:12 am IST
Here are the top national, international headlines of the day.
(Photo: File)
 (Photo: File)

Mumbai: Have you missed any news today? Here are the top national, international headlines of the day.

Air Force ready for another Kargil: Speaking on a seminar organised to mark 20 years of 'Operation Safed Sagar' carried out during the Kargil war, Air Chief Marshal B S Dhanoa said the Indian Air Force was "very well ready" for a full spectrum of warfare from sub-conventional to nuclear threats.


Read: If Kargil comes again, we are very well prepared: IAF Chief BS Dhanoa

President to inaugurate new SC building: President Ram Nath Kovind will inaugurate a new state-of-the-art annexe building of the Supreme Court on Wednesday. The Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and other judges of the top court will be present at the inauguration.

Read: President to inaugurate SC's new annexe building on Wednesday

Citizenship awarded to migrants in Rajasthan: As many as 1,310 migrants in Rajasthan have been given citizenship, Minister of State for Home Affairs Nityanand Rai informed the Lok Sabha on Tuesday. Rai migrants have been granted citizenship by the government of Rajasthan and the District Collectors of Jodhpur, Jaisalmer, and Jaipur.


Read: Citizenship given to 1,310 migrants in Rajasthan: MoS Home Affairs

Ex-service man man donates to Defence Ministry: A former Indian Air Force (IAF) Airman donated Rs 1.08 crore to the Defence Ministry, news agency ANI reported. Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh met Airman C B R Prasad on Monday and received the cheque from him.

Read: Former Indian Air Force employee donates Rs 1.08 crore to Defence Ministry

Kapu reservation: Andhra Pradesh Assembly on Tuesday witnessed a heated exchange of words between Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy and his predecessor Chandrababu Naidu during a debate on Kapu reservation.


Read: Chandrababu Naidu, Jagan Mohan Reddy lock horns over Kapu reservation

Karnataka Crisis: Karnataka Assembly Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar Tuesday said in the Supreme Court that he would decide on both disqualification and resignation of the rebel MLAs by Wednesday.

Read | Will decide on MLAs' resignations by tomorrow: K'taka Speaker to SC

Chandrayaan-2: A fuel leak in the rocket engine forced the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) to abort the launch of its landmark Moon mission less than one hour before liftoff, media reports said on Tuesday.


Read | Chandrayaan-2 blast-off halted over fuel leak: Reports

PM Modi upset over ministers’ lack of responsibility: At a weekly meeting of the BJP parliamentary party, PM Modi asked for the names of ministers who had been absent despite being rostered for Parliament duty.

Read | PM has asked for names of lawmakers skipping Parliament duty

Coastal Road hits roadblock: Mumbai’s ambitious Coastal Road Project’ has hit another roadblock as Bombay High Court has set aside the Coastal Regulation Zone Clearance granted by Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF) in May 2017, for the southern stretch of the project.


Read | Bombay HC quashes Coastal Regulation Zone permission for southern stretch

Govt suspends business smelling corruption: The Defence Ministry has suspended all business dealings with Switzerland-based Pilatus Aircraft Limited for one year following charges of payment of kickbacks in the sale of 75 basic trainer aircraft for the Indian Air Force.

Read | Government suspends business transactions with Pilatus inc. over corruption charges

BJP confident of forming government in Karnataka: As the Congress-JD(S) coalition government faces uncertainty over its numbers, BJP's Karnataka unit chief B S Yeddyurappa Monday said he is confident of forming the government in the next four to five days.


Read | Yeddyurappa says, ‘Confident of forming govt in 4-5 days in Karnataka’

Change in leadership: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Maharashtra president, Raosaheb Patil Danve resigned from his post earlier on Tuesday. Soon after that, Chandrakant Patil was appointed as the president of the party.

Read | Chandrakant Patil appointed as BJP prez after Raosaheb Patil Danve resigns

Residents of Dongi form human chains to help: The narrow lanes and dense neighbourhood of Mumbai’s Dongri, where the four story building collapsed on Tuesday morning, have become a huge challenge for the rescue workers. So to lend a helping hand in the rescue operations by the disaster response personnel and policemen, residents of the area formed a human chain and tried to remove the debris, brick by brick lifting slabs of concrete in their search for survivors.


Read | Mumbai building collapse: Residents form human chain to aid rescue ops

#SareeTwitter: As #SareeTwitter and #SareeSwag continued to trend, celebrities and politicians shared their photos in their favourite sarees.

Read | #SareeTwitter: Women across nation are sharing their photos, have you?

Jagan Mohan Reddy orders review into agreements by previous government: Implying anomalies in certain deals, the Government of Andhra Pradesh has decided to review the Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) entered into during the five-year tenure of past government led by TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu.


Read | AP govt orders review of Power Purchase Agreements during Naidu's tenure

Assam floods: The flood situation in Assam and several other states of the Northeast continued to remain grim on Monday. The second wave of floods raised the total number of people affected to 4.28 million in 30 of the state’s 33 districts.

Read | Assam floods: Death toll rises to 15, over 42 lakh people affected

Jacob Zuma controversy: Zuma said he had conceived the idea of having an "alternative media" in South Africa because "the media in this country is very biased; at all material times, just critical".


Read | 'It's me who put them into trouble': Jacob Zuma on Gupta family deals

Trump's racial remark: US President Donald Trump came under fire from Democrats and even some members of his own Republican Party on Monday after launching an extraordinary xenophobic attack on four progressive Democratic congresswomen.

Read | ‘We will not be silenced’: Democratic Congresswomen condemn Donald Trump’s remark

El Chapo's verdict: After a dramatic decades-long run as one of the world’s most notorious druglords, there is little suspense about what will happen in a New York courtroom on Wednesday: Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman is expected to be sentenced to life in prison.


Read | Mexican druglord El Chapo expected to get life sentence from US judge

ICJ on Kulbushan Jadhav: Pakistan legal team on Tuesday reached The Hague in the Netherlands, a day before International Court of Justice (ICJ) is expected to announce its verdict in Kulbushan Jadhav case.

Read | Pakistan legal team in Hague for Kulbushan Jadhav verdict

Workers’ strike on Amazon Prime Day: Amazon workers walked out of a main distribution center in Minnesota protesting for improved working conditions during the e-commerce titan's major "Prime" shopping event.


Read | 'We're human, not robots': Amazon workers strike as 'Prime' sales arrive


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