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Monday, July 17, 2017

BJP parliamentary board to meet tomorrow on VP candidate
The BJP parliamentary board would meet here tomorrow to pick the ruling NDA's vice presidential candiadate. A parliamentary board member said the meeting is expected tomorrow evening. An alliance of 18 opposition parties, including the Congress, has already announced Gopalkrishna Gandhi as its candidate for vice presidential poll scheduled for August 5. July 18 is the last date for filing of nominations for the post of vice-president.

Physiotherapists on hunger strike demanding a council like MCI
Members of the Indian Association of Physiotherapists (IAP) today launched an indefinite hunger strike at Jantar Mantar here, demanding an independent central council to regulate the profession. More than 700 physiotherapists from across the country took part in the agitation. There is no council, on the lines of the Medical Council of India (MCI) and the Dental Council of India, to look into professional issues, even though physiotherapy course started in India in 1953. There are 65,000 qualified physiotherapists practising all over the country and at present there are 35,000 physiotherapy students, said IAP general secretary Ketan Bhatikar.

Meat carried by Nagpur BJP man identified as beef: Police
The police have said meat seized from a BJP member brutally beaten up by alleged cow vigilantes in Maharashtra's Nagpur district has been found to be beef. The police said the meat had been sent to a forensic laboratory to be tested. The lab report identified it as beef, Superintendent of Police (Nagpur rural) Shailesh Balkawde told PTI yesterday. The police said it would initiate action against 34- year-old Salim Shaha, a member of the BJP's Katol unit, in accordance with the law.

39 abducted Indians in Iraq may be in jail: Swaraj
Thirty-nine Indians abducted in Iraq by the ISIS three years ago may be lodged in a jail in Badush in northwest Mosul, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today said, and added that her Iraqi counterpart may bring fresh information about them when he visits India on July 24. Swaraj today briefed family members of the abducted men, who are mostly from Punjab, about information gathered by the Minister of State for External Affairs, V K Singh, who was sent to the Gulf nation after its Prime Minister announced the liberation of Mosul from the dreaded terror group ISIS.

Mockdrill conducted in UP legislature building
The Uttar Pradesh police Anti- Terrorism Squad (ATS) today conducted a mock drill in the precincts of the state legislature building here to plug loopholes in security ahead of the voting for the presidential poll tomorrow. The drill was conducted days after a powerful plastic explosive was found inside the Uttar Pradesh Assembly. According to police officials, the mockdrill was conducted to cater to any emergency-like situation, evacuate people during a critical hour and to plug possible loopholes in the security apparatus.

PM asks political parties to isolate corrupt politicos
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today asked the political class to join hands against those seeking an escape route by dubbing action against graft as a political conspiracy, apparently indicating the recent graft cases against leaders of the Trinamool Congress and RJD. Addressing an all-party meet ahead of the Monsoon Session of Parliament beginning tomorrow, he said action against corrupt politicians is a must. "When the law takes its course against those who loot the nation, then we have to unite against those who seek an escape route by dubbing such an action as a political conspiracy," the Prime Minister tweeted.

IAF Chief Dhanoa on 4-day trip to France to boost defence ties
Chief of Air Staff B S Dhanoa left for France today on a four-day visit to ramp up cooperation between the air forces of the two countries in a range of areas, the Indian Air Force said today. Air Chief Marshal Dhanoa will also take stock of progress in the supply of 36 Rafale fighter jets by French aviation major Dassault to the IAF under a Euro 7.87 billion (approx Rs 59,000 crore) deal inked in September last year.

Railways biggest govt litigant with over 66,000 cases: Law Min
The railway ministry is the biggest litigant among the government departments as it is a party to over 66,000 cases pending in courts across the country, the law ministry says. Government litigation includes service matters, disputes with private entities as well as disputes between two government departments and two PSUs, according to a law ministry document of June 2017. Railways with 66,685 cases pending has the highest number of pending cases.

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