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Daily News Update 4/07/15

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One-third of rural households are landless and depend on manual labour - says Government Socio Economic and Caste Census.
Supreme Court orders that of 35 crew members of  a US Vessel, arrested in 2013, will be tried under the Arms Act for allegedly carrying weapons.
Government to convert about 90 thousand kilometres of National Highways into green corridor - says Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari.
India says there is no change in its long standing position on support to Palestinian cause.
IN SPORTS:India suffer a 0-4 defeat  against Host  Belgium  in the semifinal of the FIH Hockey World league.

The Government has released the first ever Socio-Economic and Caste Census. According to the census, one out of three families living in villages is landless and depends on manual labour for their livelihood. There are a total of 24.39 crore households in the country, of which 17.91 crore live in villages. Of these, 10.69 crore households are considered  deprived. The deprivation data reveals that 5.37 crores or 29.97 percent households in rural areas are landless deriving a major part of their income from manual labour.

About 30 per cent of rural households belong to the Scheduled Caste (SC) and Scheduled Tribe(ST) group. As per the census, 29.43 per cent of the households belong to the SC and ST category across the country.

The census, which was released by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in New Delhi yesterday, also showed that over one-third of the population living in rural areas is illiterate. Mr Jaitley said, the document will be essential for policy makers both at the Centre and state level and will form the basis for helping the government target groups for support in terms of policy planning.

"This document will form a basis of helping us to target groups for support in terms of policy planning. I am sure it will be a wonderful document and give us an opportunity to measure the progress which households in India will create, who are the ones, who have qualitatively moved up in terms of quality of life and which are the ones both in terms of geographical regions socio groupings, which in future planning needs to be targeted."

Speaking on the occasion, Rural Development Minister Chaudhary Birendra Singh said the data addresses the multi dimensionality of poverty and provides an opportunity for evidence based planning with a Gram Panchayat as the unit.

"Idea is to deal with all  the aspects of poverty of the families simultaneously, be it food, housing, shops, education and skills , socio groupings or giving to poor boys and the village or the panchayat."

The Government, however refrained from releasing the caste-based data in the Census.


The Supreme Court has said that 35 crew members of a vessel owned by a US firm, arrested in 2013 for allegedly carrying a huge cache of weapons illegally on board, will be prosecuted under the Arms Act.

"The apex court said this while setting aside an order of the Madras High Court which had quashed the charges under the provisions of the Arms Act. A bench of justices Vikramajit Sen and Abhay Manohar Sapre noted that the high court's observations were wholly unwarranted and cannot be upheld. The bench also directed the lower court in Thoothukudi in Tamil Nadu to complete the trial in the case within six months from the date of receipt of the copy of its judgment.THIS IS PATRICIA FOR NEWS DESK."

The Supreme Court has refused to cancel the bail granted by the Andhra Pradesh High Court to Telangana TDP MLA  A. Revanth Reddy, the prime accused in a cash for vote case. A bench headed by Chief Justice HL Dattu dismissed the plea of the Telangana government’s Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) seeking cancellation of the bail to Mr. Reddy and two co-accused, Bishop Harry Sebastian and R. Uday Simha.

Earlier, the special court for ACB cases had rejected the bail pleas of Mr.Reddy and the two others.


The government has said that Indians against whom information has been received from foreign nations on overseas accounts or assets won't be eligible to use the compliance window to make voluntary disclosures under the stringent new black money law. The Finance Ministry has said it will also not be available for persons against whom any information has been received from foreign nations on or before the 30th  of June.

The three categories of persons barred from availing the compliance window ending September 30 include foreign account holders .They will not get immunity from the 120 per cent tax and penalty and upto 10 year jail term prescribed in the new law.

The benefit will not also accrue to those availing benefits under the Double Taxation Avoidance Agreements and Tax Information and Exchange Agreements with foreign countries and jurisdictions. The disclosures made in the 90-day compliance window would attract 30 per cent tax and an equivalent amount of penalty, while escaping criminal prosecution and jail term.


The Government will soon implement an ambitious policy under which one per cent of the road construction cost of highways will go towards planting trees along the highways. Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari said yesterday this will help transform India's 90,000 kms of national highways into green corridors. He said, the government plans to rope in 1,000 contractors, who will have their own nurseries and will plant new trees and create a green area on the National Highways. Speaking on the sidelines of programme on waste management in New Delhi  Mr Gadkari said, planting trees in any particular area will depend on the soil suitability there, beside the climate and success stories. He said, the new green policy will enable creation of employment as well as contribute towards the economic growth of the country.

The Maharashtra State Election Commission has issued show-cause notices to as many as 19 registered political parties for failing to submit their annual financial audits and statements of income tax returns. As per rules, a political party is expected to submit the documents to the election commission by the 30th of June. Prominent among these parties are RPI (A) led by Ramdas Athawale, Peasants and Workers Party, Swabhimani Paksha, Lokbharati party and Jan Surajya Shakti party.


In Assam, National Investigation Agency (NIA) yesterday filed its first charge sheet naming ten accused in the massacre of over 80 Adivashi villagers in a string of attacks by the Sangbijit faction of the NDFB. The charge sheet was filed before the Special NIA court in Guwahati.  Our correspondent reports that the case pertains to the NDFB (S) attack on innocent people of Pakriguri village under Serfanguri Police Station in Kokrajhar district.


India says there is no change in its long standing position on its support to the Palestinian cause. Responding to a question on India's vote on a resolution in the Human Rights Council yesterday, External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup said, the resolution had reference to the International Criminal Court (ICC). He said, New Delhi’s general approach has been to abstain, whenever a Human Rights Council resolution made a direct reference to the ICC, as had happened in the resolutions on Syria and North Korea.

"India abstained from a vote against Israel on the resolution which had welcomed the UN Human Rights Council report. The report had found evidence of alleged war crimes committed by both Israel and Hamas during the Gaza conflict in 2014, particularly calling for accountability of Israeli officials. India was one of five countries including Kenya and Macedonia that abstained from voting on the resolution. Forty one countries voted in favour, while the US voted against.WITH SANT BHADUR THIS SHWETA SAMARIA FOR AIR NEWS. "

In Jammu & Kashmir, the death toll in the ongoing operation in North Kashmir’s Uri sector in Baramulla district has reached two. One soldier and an armed infiltrator were killed when the Army foiled an infiltration bid in the LoC area yesterday. An army spokesman in Srinagar told AIR that the injured army soldier succumbed to his injuries late last night. Yesterday, the army foiled an infiltration bid along Line of Control (LoC) in North Kashmir’s Baramulla district killing one infiltrator and injuring another. Our correspondent reporst that an encounter broke out early yesterday after the army detected a group of insurgents who tried to sneak into this side of the Line of Control in Boniyar area.


India suffered a 0-4 defeat as their defence succumbed under the pressure mounted by an aggressive Belgium side in the semifinal of the FIH Hockey World League.

In the final tomorrow, Belgium will play the winner of the second semifinal between World champions Australia and Great Britain, while India will go into the bronze medal contest.

All four semifinalists from this World League Semifinals  have sewered a passage to the 2016 Olympics, with India’s qualification assured from their Asian Games gold medal in Incheon.


The Maharashtra State Election Commission has decided to allow online filing of nomination papers for civic polls. Chief Electoral Officer of the State, JS Saharia said that candidates in civic elections can fill forms online and make corrections, if any, through a special software uploaded on the commission's website. Our correspondent reports that after verification of all the details, candidates can take the print out and submit it to the returning officer.


President Pranab Mukherjee has extended his greetings and felicitations to the Government and people of the United States of America on their 239th Independence Day. In his message to US President Barack Obama, Mr Mukherjee said, shared values of democracy, pluralism and rule of law underwrite the India-U.S. Strategic Partnership. He said, Mr Obama's presence as the Chief Guest at India’s Republic Day in January this year reflected the strength of the friendship and mutual commitment.


Data revealed by the Socio-Economic and Caste Census 2011 grabs front page attention.  "7 in 10 homes rural, most live on less than 200 rupees a day" reports the Indian Express. Drawing attention to the fact that the government has held back the caste data, the Times of India questions "Caste data held back due to social upheaval fears?"
Disclosures made by A S Dulat, former chief of India's external intelligence agency, Research and Analysis Wing or RAW ,in his yet to be released book 'Kashmir: The Vajpayee Years' are keenly noticed in the papers. "RAW, ISI had collaborated in the past, claims ex-spy chief" reports the Asian Age. The Hindustan Times says that in an exclusive interview with  the paper, Mr Dulat claimed that Indian intelligence agencies regularly pay terrorists, Hurriyat leaders and mainstream Jammu and Kashmir political parties.
The Pioneer quotes the former Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission Chairman Brijendra Singh as saying Power Tariff could have been lowered between 2011 and 2013. But was never done as the them state government favoured discoms to deprive relief to the people of Delhi.
The on-going students protest at the FTII against the appointment of Gajendra Chauhan as director of the institute is taken note of by many papers. "FTII row: govt. firm on Chauhan's appointment" states the Hindu.
The road accident involving actress and BJP MP Hema Malini in which a 4 year old girl was killed, is widely reported. "Hema,66, undergoes surgery as driver held" states the Asian Age. The Pioneer writes "Girl's kin allege negligence, say help came late".
The government clearing defense license proposals worth 613 crore rupees and the BJP forming a separate OBC wing in the party ahead of forthcoming elections in important states are the other stories that are highlighted in most papers.
The Financial Express informs us that the government is planning to launch an online green channel to sensitise people on environmental and forest issues.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalitha has ordered the setting up of separate rooms in bus terminals across the state where lactating mothers can feed their babies while they are travelling reports the Hindustan Times.


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