Speaker misses PM, Vajpayee in Lok Sabha
Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee on Thursday missed Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and senior BJP leader Atal Bihari Vajpayee in the House as he bid farewell to it.
Chatterjee, in his last address to the 14th Lok Sabha, made a special mention about Singh and Vajpayee being unable to attend the House because of their indisposition.
“Before I proceed, I wish to express my great personal sorrow that today our honourable Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh and Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee are unable to be present here due to their indisposition,” he said.
He congratulated the Prime Minister for his successful surgery on behalf of himself and on behalf of the House.
“I am sure he (Singh) will soon be able to resume his normal activities with perfect health and vigour,” he said.
Chatterjee also extended best wishes to Vajpayee for his speedy and complete recovery.
“We are happy that he is making good progress on his way to complete recovery,” the Speaker said.
He also extended best wishes to “my dear and young friend” Priyaranjan Dasmunsi for a speedy and complete recovery.
The court of civil judge (senior division) in Mathura will on Thursday hear the Shri Krishna Janmabhoomi matter as the Shahi Eidgah mosque management committee presses for the disposal of the application challenging the maintainability of the case. Those appearing for deity Thakur Keshav Dev Maharaj (petitioner) are pushing for the appointment of court commissioner (ameen) for survey of Shahi Eidgah mosque, the removal of which has been sought by the petitioners.
Karnataka logged 1,127 cases of Covid-19 on Wednesday, compared to the 839 cases registered the day before. As many as 1,053 of Wednesday's cases were from Bengaluru. Karnataka's cumulative Covid count is 39.75 lakh, with a positivity rate of 4.26%. Bengaluru's 1,053 cases were a big spike over the 775 reported Tuesday. Active cases in the city are 6,056. There are 29 active clusters in Bengaluru, with 26 reporting less than five cases each.
Three people have died after a landslide in Karnataka's Dakshina Kannada district, a senior police official told news agency ANI Thursday morning. A fourth is being treated in hospital, Rishikesh Sonawane, a police superintendent, said. Three people were rescued from amid the debris, Dr KV Rajendra, the deputy commissioner had said late last night. The Udupi district has called a holiday for anganwadi schools and colleges. Heavy showers are expected there till July 9.
A level-2 fire broke out in a supermarket in the Powai area of Mumbai Thursday morning, according to civic officials. The blaze was reported in the Haiko Supermarket on the main street of Hiranandani locality in Powai at around 6.05am. At least eight fire engines and five jumbo tankers were rushed to the site to douse the fire. There was no report of any casualty, the officials said.
Owing to continuous rain, educational institutions in several parts of Karnataka will remain shut on Thursday. Top officials in the 4 districts of Karnataka - namely Udupi, Kodagu, Hassan and Uttara Kannada -- have declared holiday for Anganwadi schools and colleges amid the 'red alert' issued by the weather department. The Indian Meteorological Department has predicted extremely heavy rain, ranging above 204.5 mm for these 4 cities.