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Beginning today’s evening bulletin with the top national news: As the Shiva-Sena-BJP government in Maharashtra cleared the floor test with a majority of 164 votes in the 288-member House, Chief Minister Eknath Shinde said development and Hindutva are on the new regime’s agenda. Speaking in the Assembly, Shinde broke down remembering the period after the 2019 state elections, and said he was very disturbed at the way he was treated during the polls. Shinde alleged that the Sena faction, led by Uddhav Thackeray, attacked his house, used derogatory language against the rebel MLAs and compared them with animals while they were camping in Guwahati. He also pointed out the problems faced because of the “unnatural” alliance between the Shiv Sena and the Congress, which formed the government under the banner of Maha Vikas Aghadi.
Meanwhile, Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who faced trolling over his impassioned “I will return” assertion before the 2019 state Assembly polls, said he will avenge such trolls by forgiving them. Fadnavis made the statement in the state Assembly after Chief Minister Eknath Shinde won the floor test in the House. Before the Maharashtra Assembly elections in 2019, senior BJP leader and former CM Fadnavis had said “Me punha yein” (I will return), which had evoked many social media memes. After the polls, the Shiv Sena snapped ties with the BJP over the issue of sharing the chief ministerial post. The Sena had then tied-up with the NCP and Congress to form government.
Next up: The Delhi Assembly has passed five bills to increase the salaries and allowances of ministers, MLAs, and others by 66.67 per cent. The proposal will now be sent to the President and once it is approved, the salaries of the legislators and others will increase from Rs 54,000 to Rs 90,000, including all allowances. The basic pay of the MLAs and ministers will now increase from Rs 12,000 to Rs 30,000 and allowances like travelling, telephone bills and others will go up to Rs 90,000. About five different bills were tabled on the first day of the two-day Delhi Assembly session to increase the salaries of the chief minister, MLAs, Chief Whip, Speaker, Deputy Speaker, and the Leader of Opposition. The bills were passed after three hours of debate and discussion by the members of the Legislative Assembly. The decision to increase the salary was backed by all members, including the Leader of Opposition Ramvir Singh Bidhuri.
Moving on: Hitting back at joint opposition candidate for Presidential polls Yashwant Sinha for his “rubber stamp Rashtrapati” comments, BJP national General Secretary C T Ravi said a feeling that an Adivasi woman is not capable for the position, itself depicts one’s “nasty mindset”. He was reacting to a question regarding Sinha urging BJP-led NDA’s nominee for the elections, Droupadi Murmu, who belongs to a tribal community in Odisha, to make an affirmation that she will not be a “rubber stamp Rashtrapati”. Speaking to reporters, he said, “Murmu, an Adivasi woman has already proved her capabilities, as the Governor of Jharkhand, as a minister and MLA in Odisha and as a lecturer in a college.” Murmu will be visiting Karnataka on July 10 to seek votes, Ravi said, as he also stated that based on the current numbers, her victory is certain in the July 18 presidential polls.
The Kotwali city police has added sections of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act against all accused in the murder of Umesh Kolhe, who was killed allegedly for supporting BJP leader Nupur Sharma’s controversial comments on Prophet Mohammed. The case will be officially handed over to the National Investigation Agency. Atib Rashid, one of the seven accused, was sent to judicial custody. The police custody of four of the accused ended today and the NIA will seek their further custody. The sixth accused, Dr Yusuf Khan is in police custody. The seventh accused, Irfan Khan, the alleged mastermind behind the cold-blooded murder of Kolhe, was arrested on Saturday night and was produced before a magistrate court on Sunday afternoon and remanded in police custody till July 7.
In news from the South: In a major development in Karnataka’s police sub-inspector recruitment scam, the Criminal Investigation Department has arrested senior IPS officer Amrit Paul after the primary probe allegedly revealed his role, officers said. Amrit Paul was ADGP of the state police’s recruitment wing when the scam took place. Earlier today, the CID officers took custody of Paul before taking him to a government hospital for medical examination. Sources said he might be taken into police custody for further questioning. According to a police source, the rigging of a strong room and evidence collected regarding tampering with the question paper as well as the OMR sheets led to the arrest of Paul. DSP Shantha Kumar, who was responsible for the strong room, was arrested earlier. According to the police probe, the scam involves more than Rs 100 crore.
Shifting focus to international news: A news report by a Pyongyang-backed agency has alleged that people touching ‘alien things’ that fell near the border with South Korea led to the Covid-19 outbreak in North Korea. KCNA agency, announcing the findings of an investigation, revealed that two residents got infected with coronavirus upon coming in contact with unidentifiable objects near its South Korea border in Ipho-ri. The North Korean authorities ordered its citizens “to vigilantly deal with alien things coming by wind and other climate phenomena and balloons in the areas along the demarcation line and borders,” according to KCNA. Without invoking South Korea, the authorities warned against balloons bearing humanitarian aid and posters that have been flown across the border by North Korean defectors and activists.
And finally: The Kremlin has said that the deadly unrest that has broken out in Uzbekistan’s Karakalpakstan region was an “internal matter” for Tashkent. Speaking to reporters, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said that Russia considered Uzbekistan a “friendly country” and had no doubt that its leadership would work to resolve the issue. Eighteen people were killed and 243 wounded during unrest in Uzbekistan’s Karakalpakstan province last week over plans to curtail its autonomy, Uzbek authorities said.
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