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  • Water Crisis In Chennai, Desperate Locals Pay Double For Private Supply: 10 Points
    Chennai is facing an acute water crisis after its four reservoirs - that are the main sources for drinking water in the city - have turned dry and ground water levels have plummeted due to scanty rain. Authorities in the Tamil Nadu capital have piped water supply by 40 per cent. The shortage of water has hit IT companies, five-star hotels and high-rise residential buildings. Among the dried-up reservoirs is the Chembarambakkam lake, Chennai's largest source of drinking water. The lake is bone dry with a parched and cracked bed. Chief Minister E Palaniswami said his government is taking necessary steps to supply drinking water.
  • "Forget Numbers, Your Every Word Valuable": PM Reaches Out To Opposition
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi today underscored the constructive role of the opposition in a healthy democracy as the 17th Lok Sabha began. Speaking to reporters outside the Parliament House, PM Modi said, "Every word of the opposition is valuable... The Opposition need not bother about their numbers. I hope they speak actively and participate in the house proceedings". The opposition has been in disarray after their shock defeat in the national elections and is yet to hold a strategy session - customary before every session of parliament. The monsoon session started today with PM Modi and other members taking oath. Over the coming days, the government will present the budget and focus on a few key bills.
  • Bengal Doctors End Strike After Meeting With Mamata Banerjee: 10 Points
    Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's meeting with protesting doctors on Monday ended with a breakthrough, with the medics calling off their strike. While the doctors said the Chief Minister had "good intentions" and dubbed her a "guardian", Ms Banerjee accepted their demands, suggesting a 10-point plan to ensure security at the hospitals. The meeting, held in presence of the media, came as hospitals around the country suspended all but essential services in solidarity with the Bengal doctors. The matter has reached the Supreme Court, which agreed to hear a petition about the safety of doctors.
  • All-India Doctors' Strike Today: Your 10-Point Guide
    Parts of the country are bracing for a strike by doctors today - to be held in solidarity with the doctors in Bengal, who after six days of protest, on Sunday said they were ready for talks with the government. The Mamata Banerjee government has given a 3 pm appointment to the junior doctors of the NRS Medical College, who went on strike after a colleague was assaulted by the relatives of a patient who died. Hospitals from several states have responded to the call of the Indian Medical Association, the top organisation of doctors, for a nationwide strike.
  • First Day Of Parliament After Polls Today, Budget On July 5: 10 Points
    Parliament's first session after the national elections begins today, during which the government will present the Union budget and introduce several key bills. The budget will be presented by Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on July 5. The interim budget was announced ahead of the elections in February. Ahead of the parliament session, Prime Minister Narendra Modi held an all-party meeting on Sunday to seek support on the smooth running of parliament. In a tweet, he called the meeting "fruitful". Among the bills likely to be introduced in this session is one that would make the practice of Triple Talaq illegal.
  • No "Honest Initiative" From Mamata Banerjee, Say Bengal Doctors: 10 Facts
    The strike by doctors in West Bengal is likely to continue into a sixth day today after junior doctors, in a late-night meeting on Saturday, said they would not return to work. This came after yet another appeal by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who also said her government would not force them to return to their duties despite having the power to do so. Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan also wrote to all Chief Ministers, calling for strict action against anybody who assaults doctors. The doctors' strike, triggered by an attack on two junior doctors by a patient's family on Monday, has spilled over to other states.
  • Bihar Encephalitis Deaths Reach 73, Minister To Visit Today: 10 Points
    Acute Encephalitis Syndrome has claimed the lives of 6 more children in Bihar on Saturday as the state grapples with the deadly disease. The number of deaths in Muzaffarpur now stands at 73 this month. Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan will visit Muzaffarpur today to take stock of the situation. The state health department had cited hypoglycemia, a condition caused by very low level of blood sugar, as the main reason for the deaths. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had said earlier this week that there is a lack of information and awareness among the people on how to tackle the disease.
  • Mamata Banerjee's Return To Work Appeal Turned Down By Doctors: 10 Points
    With the doctors' strike in West Bengal inching towards a sixth day, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday said she accepts all valid demands of the protesting doctors and requested them to return to work. Ms Banerjee, addressing the media this evening, said, "We are not going to take any strict action against the doctors". The doctors, however, are in no mood to relent and have refused to call of their protest. Meanwhile, the central government has asked for a report from the state, sources said on Saturday. Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan also wrote to all Chief Ministers, calling for strict action against anybody who assaults doctors. The doctors' strike, triggered by an attack on two junior doctors by a patient's family on Monday, has spilled over to other states.
  • Glimpses Of "Vision 2024" In PM Modi's NITI Aayog Address: 10 Points
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday spelt out his government's vision 2024 at the NITI Aayog's fifth governing council meeting at Rashtrapati Bhavan. In his opening remarks, he said the goal to make India a 5 trillion dollar economy by 2024, was challenging, but achievable. He also underscored the role of state governments in developing the economy, saying their focus should be on the promotion of export. This is the first meeting of the NITI Aayog after the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance formed a new government at the centre after a stellar win in the recently concluded Lok Sabha election. The NITI Aayog meeting was attended by chief ministers, lieutenant governors of union territories, union ministers and senior government officials. Three Chief Ministers - Mamata Banerjee, K Chandrashekar Rao and Amarinder Singh - skipped the meet.
  • 300 Doctors Quit In Bengal, Centre Blames Mamata Banerjee: 10 Points
    Nearly 300 doctors resigned from government hospitals in West Bengal as their protest against an attack on their colleagues earlier this week in Kolkata escalated on Friday. Demanding better security at hospitals, doctors in Bengal and across India skipped work and held demonstrations. The country's top medical body also announced a nationwide strike on Monday. Blaming the Mamata Banerjee government for the stalemate, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan appealed to her to "not make it a prestige issue". Ms Banerjee, meanwhile, invited the agitating junior doctors for a meeting, which they declined.
  • All-India Doctors' Strike Monday, Centre Blames Mamata Banerjee: 10 Facts
    Nearly 300 doctors resigned from government hospitals in West Bengal on Friday as their protest against an attack on a colleague earlier this week in Kolkata escalated. Doctors across the country will boycott work on Monday to express solidarity with their Bengal counterparts whose strike continued for the fourth day. Junior doctors in several states boycotted work, affecting medical services on Friday. Blaming the Mamata Banerjee government for the doctors' strike in Bengal, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan appealed to her to "not make it a prestige issue". The striking doctors have said they want an unconditional apology from Ms Banerjee to withdraw their protest.
  • Assam BJP's Social Media Member Arrested For Provocative Posts: 10 Points
    A member of the ruling BJP's social media cell in Assam was arrested yesterday for allegedly provocative posts on Facebook. Nitu Bora, who was released on bail today, is also accused of making insulting remarks against Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal in posts on Facebook. Another person, a BJP supporter, was also arrested yesterday for allegedly defaming Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Deb on the social media platform. The arrests come amid a nationwide outrage over the recent arrests of five people - including journalist Prashant Kanojia - on charges of defaming Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, triggering a heated debate over freedom of expression.
  • Striking Doctors Set Terms After Mamata Banerjee's Ultimatum: 10 Points
    Striking junior doctors of Kolkata's government hospitals today defied Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's 2 pm deadline to get back to work, saying that won't happen until they get better security. They also met Governor Kesari Nath Tripathi to discuss the situation. Mamata Banerjee has accused the BJP and the CPM of engineering the strike and playing "Hindu-Muslim politics". The strike started after a junior doctor was assaulted at a government-run hospital in Kolkata by the relatives of a deceased patient. The BJP said the Chief Minister is not taking action as the miscreants are "her voters". Doctors at Delhi's All India Institute of Medical Sciences and the Delhi Medical Association have called for a strike on Friday.
  • Cyclone Vayu Won't Hit Gujarat, Changes Course Overnight: 10 Points
    Cyclone Vayu will not hit Gujarat as it changed its trajectory overnight and moved further into the sea, the weather department said. However, coastal areas in the state continue to be on high alert as strong winds and rough seas are expected for the next 24 to 48 hours. Over three lakh people were evacuated from coastal district and the union territory of Diu on Wednesday. As many as 52 teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been deployed for rescue and relief operations.Prime Minister Narendra Modi also tweeted to say that the centre was constantly monitoring the situation. Apart from the NDRF, the Coast Guard, Army, Navy, Air Force and the Border Security Force too have been put on high alert.
  • PM Modi Leaves For Shanghai Summit, Won't Use Pak Airspace: 10 Points
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi this morning left for the two-day Shanghai Cooperation Organisation or SCO summit, which is being held in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. The summit will be keenly watched for any interaction between PM Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Imran Khan, who are expected to come face to face for the first time. The foreign ministry has ruled out any bilateral meet - New Delhi's views on talks and terror not going hand in hand has gained strength after terror attack in Pulwama. On Wednesday evening, after the ministry said PM Modi won't fly over Pakistan on his way to Bishkek -- a move seen as a snub -- Islamabad said its airspace was open for the VVIP flight. Pakistan had closed its airspace in February after the Balakot air strikes.

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