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NARENDRA MODI - DAY 79 IN OFFICE


13-08-2014NARENDRA MODI - DAY 79 IN OFFICE


  • The National Judicial Appointments Commission Bill, 2014, was today passed by voice vote in Lok Sabha. The bill seeks to overturn the collegium system and ensure that only people with merit are appointed as judges to the higher courts. Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that the proposed law doesn’t interfere with the independence of the judiciary. "We are for maintaining the sanctity of the judiciary ... We have said this House respects independence of judiciary. That should be assuring," he said.
  • AIADMK leader M Thambidurai was today unanimously elected as the deputy speaker of the Lok Sabha. Home Minister Rajnath Singh moved the motion for his election. PM Narendra Modi congratulated him and said, “He is an academician, activist and an agriculturist too. I assure the government will give complete cooperation to you".
  • Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj launched a website to ease the repatriation of bodies of Indians who die abroad. It has always been difficult to bring back the dead body from foreign shores. Swaraj said that the website was an important step to help Indians, especially those who work in emigration check required countries such as Qatar, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Sudan, Iraq, etc. she also said that the website was launched after several representations was made by relatives of expatriate Indians who die abroad.
  • The government downgraded this season’s rain forecast from earlier 93% to 87%, i.e. from “below normal” to “deficient” monsoon. This is despite the fact that monsoon picked up recently. The government, though, ruled out any possibility of drought.  The downgrade was done due to shortage of rain during the month of June. In a news conference, Jitendra Singh, Minister of State for Earth Science said, “The latest estimate suggests the 2014 southwest monsoon rainfall over the country as a whole is likely to be 87 per cent of the LPA”.
  • The Supreme Court today rejected the plea by Pradeep Sharma, a senior Gujarat cadre IAS officer who is currently under suspension. He sought transfer of investigations from the state police to CBI in five cases filed against him. His contention that he was being targeted because his brother, a senior IPS officer in the state, had refused to follow the illegal orders of politicians in the state was rejected. Justice Ranjana Prakash Desai and Justice N.V. Ramana said, "Allegation of malafide has not been substantiated”.
  • Congress in Lok Sabha today demanded for an early debate on communal violence in the country. It also questioned the delay behind holding the same. Congress leader in the Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge said that his party has been asking for a debate on communal violence but his demands are not given importance for one or the other reason. Parliamentary Affairs Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu said that the government was also interested in holding a debate on the same at the earliest.
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