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  • The government has said in the Lok Sabha that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is seized of the row over the Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT) pattern of the UPSC examinations. He is looking for a mutually accepted and balanced remedy for this. Parliamentary Affairs Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu said he will convey the feelings of the members of Parliament (MPs) to PM Modi and will surely look up for an immediate and possible decision.
  • The opposition led by the Congress has demanded a judicial probe into the alleged bugging of ministers’ offices and houses. It has also demanded a statement by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on this issue which has put questions on the credibility of the NDA government. Sharp exchanges continued between the opposition and the treasury benches over the matter and the opposition stood firm on the debate saying that it is a breach of privilege due to which government can also be dismissed.
  • The government has said that getting the political parties under the range of the Right to Information Act (RTI) can affect their internal working and it may be misused by political rivals. In a written reply to the Rajya Sabha, Minister of State for Personnel and Training Jitendra Singh said that the bill which was passed in the 15th Lok Sabha stands to be lapsed after the dissolution of the 15th Lok Sabha session.
  • Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said that the government is looking forward to make two free bank accounts for unbanked households in India. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch the programme, “Sampoorn Vittiya Samaveshan” on 15th August 2014. Jaitley added that about 58-59 percent of the population does not have access to banking services and the government aims to create at least two bank accounts for every house.
  • US Secretary of State John Kerry, who is on a visit to India to co-chair the Indo-US Strategic Dialogue with External Affairs Minister of India, Sushma Swaraj, met Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. He also visited two laboratories of the Indian Institute of Technology and had an interaction with the students. The meeting between the two leaders is significant as it will pave the way for Narendra Modi’s US visit in the month of September. Kerry is scheduled to meet Sushma Swaraj later in the day.
  • Home Minister Rajnath Singh has assured complete Central government assistance in the rescue operation in the landslide in Pune. He said that the government is willing to provide all sorts of help at the affected village which was washed away due to heavy rains. He also said that only a proper investigation can define the exact reason for the landslide.
  • Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the Insurance Laws (Amendment) Bill which was supposed to be introduced in the Rajya Sabha by the government today has been put on hold till Monday. The government has suggested 11 amendments to the Bill which seeks to raise the share of foreign direct investment (FDI) from 26 percent to 49 percent. The Opposition asked for the formation of a select committee in this matter.


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Last Updated on July 31, 2014, 6:04 pm