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7 must reads: Narendra Modi announces India ready to review treaty; Government defers introduction of insurance bill

Sunday, 3 August 2014 - 11:40pm IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: dna webdesk

1. Narendra Modi announces that India ready to review 1950 Friendship Treaty with Nepal: Prime Minister Narendra Modi tonight said he was ready to consider suggestions if any to review the 1950 India-Nepal Friendship Treaty that governs the relationship between the two countries.
"My doors are open, I invite you to bring any suggestions to review the 1950 Treaty, if you so want," he said at a banquet hosted by Nepalese Prime Minister Sushil Koirala here.There have been demands lately for reviewing the treaty and both sides have been reiterating their readiness to do so without any progress. Some sections in Nepal have been critical of this treaty, arguing that it is not in the interest of Nepal. Modi also spoke about the process of Constitution-making in Nepal, saying it is moving forward. Read More

2.  Government defers introduction of insurance bill, seeks support of opposition : With the opposition demanding that the Insurance(amendment) bill be referred to a Select Committee, Government tonight deferred its plan to move the NDA's first major economic reforms legislation for the consideration of Rajya Sabha tomorrow.  Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said he and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will talk to leaders of Congress and opposition parties tomorrow on various aspects of the bill that seeks to raise the FDI cap in the Insurance sector from 26 per cent to 49 per cent. Read More

3.   India and Nepal ink three agreements during Narendra Modi-Sushil Koirala meet:  Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, today had a meeting with the Prime Minister of Nepal, Sushil Koirala. Delegation-level talks were also held between the two sides. Modi highlighted that the biggest focus of the two nations should be development. "Sabka saath, sabka vikaas" is relevant for India's neighbours too, he asserted. Stressing the need for prioritizing infrastructure in the pace of development, Narendra Modi said that the bridge of trust between the two nations should be strengthened. Read More

4.  Union Minister Prakash Javadekar to collect feedback from party workers at BJP headquarters : Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar will meet party workers tomorrow at BJP headquarters here as part of the series of meetings by Union Ministers to hear grievances and get feedback from them to ensure better government-party coordination. Javadekar, who is also the Minister of State for Environment will be at the party headquarters between 4.00 PM and 6.00 PM as part of the 'Sahyog Programme' to help redress grievances of party workers and public and also seek feedback them. Read More 

5.Arvind Kejriwal claims BJP in total control of Delhi's Lieutenant Governor:  Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief , Arvind Kejriwal today claimed that the more the BJP delays holding elections in the national capital, the better would be the prospect for his party to clinch more seats. "The more the time is delayed for holding elections,in Delhi, the chances of AAP taking its lead will gallop even higher. If elections are held now we will win 40 seats, in October we will get 50 seats, in February next year we will get 55 seats, after that if they delay then they (BJP) will face a similar situation here, like the Congress is seeking leader of opposition position in the Lok Sabha," Kejriwal said at a huge rally here at Jantar Mantar. Read More 

6. Pune landslide toll mounts, 106 bodies recovered so far: The death toll in the Malin village landslide continued to mount steadily with the recovery of 106 bodies so far, as National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF) personnel continued rescue operations for the fifth day, negotiating inclement weather, rain and slushy terrain. The dead include 43 men, 48 women and 15 children, the district control room said in Pune on Sunday. According to the original estimate by authorities, about 160 people were believed to have been trapped under the huge mound of debris after the massive landslide caused by incessant rain in the area on July 30. Mass cremations of victims continued at the site today as their relatives watched flames of funeral pyres with vacant faces and dried up tears. Read More 

7. Government assures that no significant change in flow of Kosi river:  As fear of massive floods looming large over Bihar, the Centre tonight said there was no significant change in flow of water in river Kosi so far and it has shared all technical inputs with the state government and Nepal on the emerging situation. Chief Secretary of Bihar has apprised the top Central government officials about the latest ground situation that evolved after creation of an artificial dam on river Kosi following a landslide in Nepal that triggered possibility of floods in the state. Read More

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