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  • The National Judicial Appointments Commission Bill, 2014, was today passed in the Rajya Sabha along with the Constitution Amendment Bill that was cleared with 179 votes in favour. Yesterday, both the bills were already passed in the Lok Sabha. The Constitution (121st) Amendment Bill, 2014 aims to bring the proposed Commission and its composition within the ambit of Constitution. The Judicial Appointments Bill seeks to bring out the procedure to be followed by the proposed body for the appointment of Supreme Court judges, besides maintaining the procedure for transfer and appointment of chief justices and other judges of the high courts. 
  • The NDA is considering establishing an independent regulator for the railways as the sector is now opened up to overseas investment. India is now looking forward to strengthen its rail infrastructure as the attempts to attract private contribution domestically have not been successful so far. The government also wants transparency in making such investments attractive to private players. A senior railway official said, “The regulator will settle contractual disputes and any unforeseen issues that may arise between the investor and the railways".
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi today wished Pakistan on its 68th Independence Day. A tweet on Modi's twitter handle said, “On the occasion of their Independence Day, I convey my greetings to the people of Pakistan”.
  • Prime Minister is likely to speak extempore at his first Independence Day speech at Delhi’s Red Fort on Friday. If he speaks without any script on Independence Day, he will become the first PM to address the nation on 15 August in such a way. He is expected to reach the Red Fort at 7.20 am. His 45 minutes to one hour long speech is likely to be attended by more than 10,000 people.
  • Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will not address the US Congress when he visits US in September end for a summit with President Barack Obama. John Boehner, the Republican Speaker of the US House of Representatives, has sent a "welcome but" invitation to Modi.
  • Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh was today discharged from All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) as all his test results were normal. The minister was admitted to AIIMS on Wednesday evening after he complained of pain in his abdomen. Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said, “Rajnath Singh had come for a routine check up as he had some problem in his stomach for the past few days. All tests have been conducted and there is nothing to worry about. He has been discharged and all his investigations were normal".
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Last Updated on August 14, 2014, 4:51 pm