1. CJI Kabir’s final judgment comes as boon for private medical colleges, SC Bench Scraps Single-Window Entrance Test : New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday quashed the single-window National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET), dealing a body blow to uniform admission norms for MBBS, BDS and MD seats in all medical colleges and allowing private ones to frame their own admission norms and charge, in many cases, stiff capitation fees. [TOI p1]

2. Collegium stalls outgoing CJI’s bid to install judge : New Delhi: In an
unprecedented step, Chief Justice of India (CJI) Altamas Kabir had — a
fortnight before his retirement — proposed before a collegium of four
senior-most Supreme Court judges for recommending to the Centre to
appoint a high court Chief Justice as judge of the apex court. [TOI p9]
3. 4 dead, 42 hurt as BSF fires on J&K protesters :
Jammu/Srinagar/Delhi: Four people were killed and 42 wounded after
BSF personnel fired on a group of villagers protesting against the alleged
desecration of the Quran at Dharam village in Jammu & Kashmir’s remote
Ramban district on Thursday. [TOI p1]
4. SC rejects common medical entry exam : New Delhi : Rejecting the
one-nation-one-test proposal of previous human resource development
minister Kapil Sibal, the Supreme Court Thursday held the all-India
common entrance test for medical admissions as illegal and
unconstitutional, saying it interfered with the rights of private, minority and
linguistic institutions to admit students. [IE p1]
5. Joshi will lead BJP’s panel on poll manifesto : New Delhi : The BJP
Parliamentary Board on Thursday decided to set up more than 10 subcommittees
to handle different responsibilities related to the campaign for
the next Lok Sabha election. While the exact composition and
responsibilities will be announced Friday, sources said Murli Manohar
Joshi will lead the manifesto committee for the 2014 elections. [IE p5]
6. Uddhav in Delhi, set to meet L.K Advani : New Delhi : Signalling a
change in his party’s style of functioning, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav
Thackeray arrived in the Capital on Thursday evening. Besides calling on
BJP leader L K Advani, he has a series of engagements lined up for the
next two days. [IE p5]
7. BJP poll duty roster ready, to be revealed today : New Delhi : The
BJP is set to formally hand over “functional responsibilities” to its leaders
for the 2014 Lok Sabha election on Friday. “We are just filling in some
blanks and will make a formal announcement on Friday,” said a senior
BJP leader soon after the party’s top decision-making body – the
parliamentary board – discussed the issue for more than two hours.[HT
8. BJP to set up dozen panels for 2014 polls : New Delhi: The BJP has
decided to set up 10-12 committees to oversee aspects of the 2014 Lok
Sabha campaign management like coordination with allies, planning of
rallies, drafting of manifesto, media strategy and social media. [TOI p12]
9. Modi factor forces Mulayam Digvijaya to change tone : New Delhi :
Regret for the killing of Muslims in the 2002 Gujarat riots was expected
from Narendra Modi, but it was Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh
Yadav who eventually expressed regret two days back for the firing on
Hindu Kar Sevaks at Ayodhya in 1990.[HT p10]
10. Rahul to address media workshop for select leaders : New Delhi :
The Congress is planning a major media outreach to hardsell the UPA
government’s “success stories” ahead of Assembly polls later this year
and general election in 2014. It has handpicked around 200
spokespersons who will be given a refresher course on economy, food
security initiative and lessons in handling conventional and new media. [IE
11. Raising corps along China border pragmatic : Khurshid : New Delhi :
Terming as ‘pragmatic’ the government’s decision to raise a mountain
strike corps along the Chinese border, external affairs minister Salman
Khurshid on Thursday said the country prepares for peace as much as for
‘tough’ times.[Millennium Post p5]
12. Former Gujarat DGP wants Prez to ensure a free hand to CBI :
Mumbai : The turf war between the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI)
and the Intelligence Bureau (IB) in the Ishrat Jahan encounter case has
now reached Rashtrapati Bhavan.[HT p10]
13. SC junks Modi Govt’s plea on Lokayukta : New Delhi : The Supreme
Court on Thursday dismissed Gujarat government’s petition seeking reexamination
of its earlier order that quashed the appointment of Justice
(retd) RA Mehta as the state lokayukta.[HT p10]
14. VHP Set to Launch Stir for Ram Temple : KANPUR: Pressing for its
demand for the construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya, Vishwa Hindu
Parishad (VHP) said it will launch a ‘Chaurasi Kosi Parikrama’, starting
August 25. “If the government fails to enact a law for the construction of
Ram Mandir at Ayodhya in this monsoon session of the Parliament, the
VHP will launch a massive campaign,” VHP national spokesperson
Prakash Sharma said. [ET p2]
15. Acid attack victims to now get 3L, SC Gives States 3 Months To
Adopt Rules Restricting Sale Of Substance : New Delhi: Delhi’s acid
attack victim Laxmi sported a smile after an agonizingly meandering
seven-year litigation in the Supreme Court, which on Thursday hiked
compensation to victims like her to Rs 3 lakh and directed states to adopt
a central model law to severely restrict retail sale of the corrosive
substance. [TOI p9]
16. CBI tapes hint Bansal assured Kumar of posting : Chandigarh:
Suspended member of Railway Board Mahesh Kumar, who is the main
accused in the railway bribery scandal, claimed that former railway
minister Pawan Bansal had assured him of elevation to Member
(Electrical) in the Board, according to telephone conversations taped by
the CBI. TOI has accessed the CBI chargesheet with an over 500-page
corpus of transcripts of conversation among the accused. [TOI p9]
17. SC junks Modi govt’s plea to remove Lokayukta : New Delhi: Gujarat
chief minister Narendra Modi’s last hope of quashing of Justice (retd) R A
Mehta’s appointment as Lokayukta was dashed on Friday with the
Supreme Court dismissing the state government’s curative petition for reexamining
its verdict upholding the selection. [TOI p9]
18. Govt to decide on Telangana soon, assures Shinde : New Delhi: The
next step towards creation of Telangana – a resolution by the Andhra
Pradesh assembly recommending statehood – is on the cards as the
Congress leadership moves towards resolving the vexed demand. [TOI
19. TMC neta’s fresh rant: Beat CPM cadres with shoes : Kolkata: A day
after a Trinamool district president allegedly asked partymen to attack
police with bombs and burn houses of independent candidates, a TMC
MP on Thursday asked party activists to “beat up CPM workers with
shoes”. [TOI p11]
20. TN school meal leaves 147 girls ill : Neyveli: A couple of days after the
midday meal tragedy in Bihar’s Saran district, 147 students of a
governmentaided girls’ school in Neyveli in Cuddalore district fell ill after
eating their free noon meal on Thursday. [TOI p15]
21. Mulayam Not to Let Gandhis ’ve Free Run, To field candidates in
Amethi and Rae Bareli : LUCKNOW : SP is bracing to field candidates
against Congress President Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul Gandhi in
the 2014 Lok Sabha polls in a titfor-tat move. State Congress chief Nirmal
Khatri had recently said his party would consider putting up candidates
against SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and his daughter-inlaw Dimple
Yadav in Mainpuri and Kannauj, respectively. [ET p2]
22. Hemant Soren wins trust vote : Ranchi : Less than a week after he was
sworn in, Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren won the trust vote in the
Assembly on Thursday. The JMM-Congress-RJD alliance won 43 votes in
the 82-member House, while the Opposition got 37. [IE p5]
23. Assam’s people’s party’, beaten by the voter, now battered from
within : Guwahati : The party that once captured Assam’s imagination
has sunk to its lowest depths yet. The Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) has
seen 15 senior leaders either quitting or giving up party posts in the last
month alone, and a section within has challenged the leadership of its
founder president, Prafulla Kumar Mahanta, by blaming him for landing it
in the current mess. [IE p11]
24. Kani Gets Breather as Stiffer Law Came After ‘Crime’ Date,
Conspiracy under Sec 120B of IPC became an offence under PMLA
in ’09 while ‘crime’ done in ’08 : NEW DELHI : The Enforcement
Directorate (ED) will seek legal opinion on whether it can file charges
under the stringent Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) against
the recently re-elected Rajya Sabha MP Kanimozhi, the daughter of DMK
chief M Karunanidhi, in the 2G case.[ET p3]
25. Rajasthan to implement Food Security Ordinance : Jaipur : Chief
Minister Ashok Gehlot Nearly 76 per cent of the rural population and 54
per cent of urban people in Rajasthan are set to benefit from the Food
Security Ordinance, which is being implemented by the State Government
“in [its] letter and spirit”. Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has described the
law as a “revolutionary step” in giving the right to food to the people.[The
Hindu p5]
26. Third phase of rural polls today : Kolkata : The stage is set for the third
of the five phase panchayat polls in West Bengal on Friday when the
districts of North 24 Parganas, South 24 Parganas and Howrah,
considered prone to violence will vote.[The Hindu p12]
27. Cong, BJP slam Odisha CM for Mittal pullout : Bhubaneswar : Odisha
Opposition Congress and BJP on Thursday slammed the Naveen Patnaikled
BJD Government for its “faulty industrial policy” which led to
ArcelorMittal’s withdrawal from its mega steel project in the State.[Pioneer
Daily p4]
28. BJP likely to support food law but with amendments : New Delhi :
The BJP is likely to support the Food Security Ordinance when it comes
up for voting in Parliament but will press for amendments to clauses on
which it has certain issues. On Government’s decision earlier this week to
allow more FDI in insurance (from 26 to 49 per cent) and telecom (from 74
to 100 per cent) sector, BJP has decided to oppose the move in
Parliament. [Pioneer Daily p4]
29. K’taka BJP distances itself from Yeddy : Bangalore : A day after the
bonhomie in the ongoing Assembly session between Lingayat strongman
BS Yeddyurappa and BJP members, the State BJP distanced itself from
Yeddyurappa’s overtures, saying that the party was not concerned with his
statements. Addressing a Press conference in Bangalore on Thursday,
State BJP chief Prahlad Joshi ruled out any truck with
Yeddyurappa.[Pioneer Daily p7]
30. Demand for 4% relaxation in marks for students in DU : New Delhi :
Backing the demand of four per cent relaxation in marks for school
students from the Capital in Delhi University, Delhi BJP Pradesh Yuva
Morcha (BJYM) president Gaurav Khari urged chief minister Sheila Dikshit
to accept the demand. He warned of a huge movement otherwise.[The
Statesman p5]
31. BJP mulls front to counter Cong, Eye On Polls, Party Ponders
Poorvanchali Morcha From Humbler Cell : New Delhi: With an eye on
votes belonging to the community, the Delhi BJP has announced
expansion of its Poorvanchali cell to a m o r c h a—considered up to 10
times bigger than a cell. The proposal, placed by the state party president,
Vijay Goel, will be implemented after a goahead from the national
executive. Sources said the move aims to counter the Congress’ decision
to appoint AICC general secretary Shakeel Ahmad, a noted Poorvanchali
face, in charge of Delhi for the upcoming Assembly polls. [TOI p6]
32. Chandni Chowk revamp on track : New Delhi: The work on Chandni
Chowk redevelopment plan will finally start after chief minister Sheila
Dikshit headed Expenditure Finance Committee (EFC) cleared the
finances for the project worth Rs 47.27 crore on Thursday. The committee
has also sanctioned Rs 71.72 crore for redevelopment of C-block building
of Delhi high court and Rs 21.53 crore for ITI college building at
Mangolpuri. [TOI p8]
33. Iron pills leave 200 city kids ill, 21 in hospital : New Delhi: A day after
more than 20 schoolchildren died after eating a contaminated midday
meal in Bihar’s Saran district, Delhi had its own scare when 21 kids had to
be rushed to hospitals across the city after they were given iron and folic
acid tablets during a government drive against anaemia. [TOI p1]
34. Def Col flyover to shrink for repair, One Carriageway To Be Closed In
September : New Delhi: The critical link between the southern and
central part of Delhi, Lala Lajpat Rai Road, may witness major congestion
in September when the public works department (PWD) of Delhi
government begins repair and rehabilitation work on the Defence Colony
flyover at an estimated cost of Rs 3.81 crore.[TOI p2]
35. Govt may ask corpns to help control sale : New Delhi: The Supreme
Court order on the clampdown on over-the-counter sale of acids has got
the Delhi government to plan for classification of acids, and take help from
the civic bodies to control their sale and purchase. .[TOI p2]
36. Govt hopeful of regularizing 1,400 colonies before polls : New Delhi:
The Sheila Dikshit-led Delhi government is now set to steer regulari zation
of over 200 colonies out of the 1,639 colonies that did not have 50% built
up ar ea on 2007. According to the 2008 guide lines laid out by the Centre,
the colonies were to have 50% built-up area as on 2007 to get a “legal”
tag. With the relaxation of norms, the state is hopeful of highlight ing
almost 1,400 colonies as regularized before the model code of conduct for
the assembly polls in declared. .[TOI p3]
37. ML Khurana in hospital : New Delhi: Former Delhi chief minis ter Madan
Lal Khurana was admitted to the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital early on
Thursday following a brain haemor rhage, hospital officials said, adding
that he was ‘showing signs of improvement’. [TOI p3]
38. Answer AAP plea for probe: SC to cops : New Delhi: The Supreme
Court on Thursday sought response from the Delhi Police on a plea
seeking setting up of its special team to probe an alleged incident of
policemen beating up Aam Aadmi Party members who were protesting
against non-registration of an FIR in a rape case. [TOI p5]
39. Onion getting costlier by the day : New Delhi: The prices of onion
started rising across the city about a month ago. While onions — central to
north Indian cuisine — are currently priced at Rs 5 to Rs 7 higher than
they were in June, their prices are only expected to rise further. [TOI
40. Female head to implement Food Security Scheme : Sheila : New
Delhi : To empower women in the Capital, the Delhi Government will
implement the ‘Food Security Scheme’ through the female head of the
family, said Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Thursday.[The Hindu p4]
41. Dec 16 gang rape: Plea to make CM Dikshit defence witness
dismissed : New Delhi : The fast track court hearing the December 16
gangrape case on Thursday dismissed the plea of accused Akshay
Thakur to call Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit as a defence witness.
Additional Sessions Judge Yogesh Khanna, while dismissing the plea,
termed the request as an “abuse of the process”.[HT p4]
42. DMs told to identify sensitive poll booths : New Delhi : The election
commission, in a bid to gear up for the upcoming Assembly polls, has
asked the district magistrates and deputy commissioners of police (DCP)
to identify sensitive and super-sensitive polling stations in their respective
areas and prepare an action plan.[HT p4]
43. 200 illegal colonies to get basic : New Delhi : The Delhi government
will soon be able to carry out development work in 200-odd unauthorised
colonies that have not been regularised yet. [HT p7]
44. Trash Modi at your peril : Kalyani Shankar : Gone are the days when
elections were fought on issues or on anti-Congressism or anti-BJPism or
communalism or any other ‘isms.’ Today, increasingly, the political parties
are moving towards personality-based politics. The 2014 Lok Sabha polls
might well turn out to be a Modi versus the rest contest. [Millennium Post
45. Bonds bleed in RBI bid to save : Mumbai: The RBI’s decision on
Monday to tame speculation on the rupee has led to one of the sharpest
falls in bond prices in years, leading to huge losses for bond fund
investors. The rupee, too, weakened by 33 paise on Thursday to close at
59.67 to the dollar, indicating that the steps taken by RBI failed to have the
desired impact. [TOI p1]

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