Nation Current Affairs 19 Jun 2019 News Digest: A sharp ...

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

Published Jun 19, 2019, 3:20 pm IST
Updated Jun 19, 2019, 9:24 pm IST
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Mumbai: Have you missed any news today? Here are the top national, international headlines of the day.

Centre to launch committee for 'one nation, one election': The government will form a committee to study the feasibility of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "One Nation, One Election", Union Minister Rajnath Singh said after Prime Minister Narendra Modi's all-party meeting today. Most parties, he said, had supported the idea.

READ | Centre announces committee to examine ‘one nation, one election’

Centre rejects Subramanian's GDP projections: The Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister (EAC-PM) on Wednesday rejected the claims of former CEA Arvind Subramanian regarding over-estimation of GDP growth after 2011, saying his analysis ignores data on services and agriculture and shows blind trust in a private firm CMIE.

READ | EAC-PM rejects Subramanian's claim on over-estimation of GDP

Heatwave in Telangana: Heat wave is likely in some districts of Telangana while thunderstorm accompanied by gusty winds (30 to 40 kmph) and lightning are expected in remote places of the state Thursday, according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD).

READ | Heat wave likely in some areas of T'gana, thunderstorm in rest

Maharashtra Budget: Devendra Fadnavis-led Maharashtra government presented its financial budget on Tuesday for 2019-20 which projected that state’s total debt will exceed Rs 4.72 lakh crore by March 20, forcing the government to spend whooping Rs 35,207 crore in 2019-20 on servicing this debt.

READ | Maharashtra: Budget focuses on agriculture, investment; no new taxes

Kumaraswamy in pain: The differences in the ruling Congress-JD(S) alliance were exposed once again on Wednesday. Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy on Wednesday said that he is “going through pain everyday”.

READ | Coalition or collision? Kumaraswamy ‘in pain’ to run state (with Congress)

Congress-JD(S) rift: Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy on Wednesday said that he is “going through pain everyday”.

Read | Coalition or collision? Kumaraswamy ‘in pain’ to run state (with Congress)

Roshan Baig's suspension from Congress: Disgruntled Congress MLA in Karnataka Roshan Baig on Wednesday alleged that he was being targeted, saying that former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah could be the reason behind his suspension from the party.

Read | Siddaramaiah could be reason behind my suspension from Congress: Roshan Baig

Karnataka Congress dissolved: Amid growing rumblings in the Karnataka Congress, the grand old party dissolved its unit in the southern state on Wednesday, while retaining its president and working president.

Read | Congress dissolves its Karnataka unit, retains state chief, working president

Bengal’s caste nerve: A day after four departmental heads and three deans resigned in protest against casteist slurs hurled at four professors belonging to the scheduled caste (SC) community, state education minister Partha Chatterjee visited Kolkata’s Rabindra Bharti University on Tuesday.
The protests were triggered as the students and faculty owing allegiance to the Trinamool Congress hurled the insults,

Read |  West Bengal: HoDs, Deans resign from University positions over casteist remarks

Lok Sabha Speaker: Newly-elected Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla on Wednesday said he will run the House in an impartial manner, while asserting that the chair should not be biased.

Read | Will run House impartially, safeguard interests of all members: Om Birla

Weekly off for Andhra police: All police personnel in Andhra Pradesh, including constables and inspectors will get a weekly off suggested the official statement from the Andhra Pradesh police. The long-pending weekly off system in the Police Department will be implemented in the State from Wednesday, benefiting about 67,804 personnel.

Read | Andhra kickstarts police reforms, gives weekly off police personnel

New Telangana secretariat: Telangana government on Tuesday decided to construct a new Assembly and Secretariat at the old site after the Centre denied permission for construction at Bison Polo Ground.

Read | New Telangana secretariat to be constructed for Rs 400 crore

Monsoon not so soon: India’s monsoon has progressed more slowly than usual after hitting Kerala nearly a week late. Monsoon rains have been 44% lower-than-average so far in June, delaying the sowing of summer-sown crops and raising concerns that parts of the country could face a worsening drought.
This shortfall could have a major impact on consumer demand, the overall economy and financial markets.

Read | What does monsoon hold for India?

Special court warns Zakir Naik: Special Prevention of Money-Laundering Act (PMLA) court has ordered Zakir Naik to physically appear on July 31, failing to which non-bailable warrant would be issued against him. This came after Enforcement Directorate (ED) sought a non-bailable warrant against the controversial Islamic preacher.

Read | Appear on July 31 or face consequences: Special court warns Zakir Naik

Samajwadi Party leader killed: Maoists killed a Samajwadi Party (SP) leader in the insurgency-hit Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh, police said on Wednesday.
”Santosh Punem a resident of Marimalla who also worked as a contractor was abducted from his construction site in Marimalla village on Tuesday late evening” DIG (anti-Naxal operations) Suderaj P said

Read | SP's Santosh Punem killed by Maoists in Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur

Euthanasia now legal in Victoria: Terminally ill Australians can for the first time apply to end their own life, after new laws went into effect in the state of Victoria on Wednesday. The country's second most populous region made voluntary euthanasia legal under closely specified circumstances, a first for the country. Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews -- who supported the bill after his father's death from cancer in 2016 -- said the laws were about giving patients a "dignified option at the end of their life".

Read | Euthanasia now legal in Australian’s Victoria for the terminally ill

Donald Trump launches his 2020 campaign: US President Donald Trump formally launched his 2020 re-election campaign on Tuesday by presenting himself as the same political insurgent who shook up the Washington establishment four years ago and who is now a victim of an attempted ouster by Democrats.

Read | Donald Trump launches 2020 re-election campaign, presents himself as 'victim'

Britain and European Union: Boris Johnson, the frontrunner to be Britain's prime minister, repeated his pledge on Tuesday that he would take the United Kingdom out of the European Union by October 31, saying otherwise the government would face a catastrophic loss in trust.

Read | Britain must leave EU by October 31 or pay the price: Boris Johnson

Angela Merkel trembles: German Chancellor Angela Merkel was seen visibly shaking, standing in sweltering heat while a military band played the national anthems during a ceremony in Berlin to welcome new Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Tuesday.

Read | Angela Merkel sparks health concerns as she trembles during ceremony



Location: India, Maharashtra


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