News for today- July 17, 2017
Roger Federer wins 8th Wimbledon title
Roger Federer won his 8th official Wimbledon title on Sunday. His wait for record-breaking No. 8 was over. Until then, Federer wasn’t focused on the notion of winning the grass-court tournament more often than any other man in the history of an event first held in 1877. All he’d been concerned with, consumed with, was being healthy enough to compete at a high level and, he hoped, to win a title, regardless of what the total count would be. Capping a marvelous fortnight in which he never dropped a set, Federer won his eighth Wimbledon trophy and 19th Grand Slam championship overall by overwhelming Marin Cilic 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 in merely 1 hour, 41 minutes on Sunday.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meets namesake baby in Syria
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Saturday met a baby of Syrian refugees who was named after him as an honour. The Prime Minister on arriving at the Calgary Stampede held the two-month-old Justin Trudeau Adam Bilan . PM Trudeau on holding the baby boy said, “‘This is Justin-Trudeau,’ and after a while, he said, “I appreciate that you named him after my name.” According to a report in CBC News, on meeting the prime minister baby Trudeau’s mother said, “It was actually very good, it was amazing. I can’t believe that I met the Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.” The family took refuge in Canada in February last year and their baby was born in Alberta, after a few months. The country welcomed 163 Syrian refugees in December 2015, and till now more than 40,000 refugees have taken shelter.
French President marks 75 years since Paris roundup of Jews
French President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday marked 75 years since the roundup of 13,000 Jews to be sent to Nazi death camps, calling France’s responsibility a “stark truth” at a ceremony attended by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Speaking near the former site of the Velodrome d’Hiver, the indoor cycle track from which the Jews were deported in 1942, Macron said: “It is indeed France that organised” the roundup. “Not a single German” took part. Netanyahu’s presence at the ceremony sparked controversy, with the Union of French Jews for Peace (UJFP) calling the invitation “shocking” and “unacceptable”.
Ram Nath Kovind expected to sweep presidential elections with 70% of votes
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday addresssed an all-party meeting ahead of the Parliament session and said it would have been better if the President had been chosen by consensus. “However, it is a matter of satisfaction and pride that the election campaign has been a dignified one. All the political parties need to be congratulated. All parties must train their MPs and MLAs to cast their votes so that not a single vote is wasted,” he added. A total of 95 candidates filed nominations for the top Constitutional post, of which 93 were rejected on various grounds, leaving only Kovind and Opposition candidate Meira Kumar in the fray. While Kumar has support of 17 opposition parties, Kovind is set to get nearly 70 per cent of the Electoral College votes.
Modi against corruption: Identify and isolate corrupt ministers
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday decried politicians who have blamed corruption charges against them on political vendetta even as he exhorted political parties to distance themselves from tainted members who had lowered the image of politicians and the country. While addressing floor leaders on the eve of the monsoon session of Parliament, Modi sent a strong message that the government would not budge to the opposition parties which have accused it of political vendetta. Modi’s strong words on corruption are seen in the context of ripening probes against opposition members Lalu Prasad, Mayawati and Mamata Banerjee and in the backdrop of some Congress stalwarts planning to raise “political vendetta” in the monsoon session. The Prime Minister’s comments make it clear that investigations will continue apace.
Four held after woman found dead in Melbourne apartment
FOUR men visiting Melbourne for a buck’s party have been released by police after a woman’s body was found in their hotel room. The group of men had are believed to have travelled interstate for the Saturday night celebration, and police are yet to identify the woman. Emergency services were called to Oaks on Market in Melbourne’s CBD about 8am Sunday, where the woman’s fully clothed body was found in the shower. Believed to be in her 20s, she was found wearing a black, long-sleeved top, blue denim shorts and white running shoes. Police are hoping the description will help identify the woman. Her death is being treated as suspicious.
Amla helps South Africa set a target of 474 for England
Hashim Amla helped South Africa pile on the runs to leave England facing what would be a record-breaking chase in the second Test at Trent Bridge on Sunday. South Africa set England 474 to win after declaring their second innings on 343 for nine late on the third day. The most made by any side to win in the fourth innings of a Test is the West Indies’ 418 for seven against Australia at St John’s, Antigua, in 2002/03. England were left with a tricky four overs to bat before stumps. South Africa nearly had a wicket with the very first ball when Alastair Cook was given out lbw to Morne Morkel.
RBI may push for resolving Rs 8 trillion worth of bad debts by March 2019
Emboldened by the Banking Regulation (Amendment) Ordinance, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is expected to push for resolution of bad loans worth around Rs8 trillion by March 2019, a move that could bring down the non performing assets (NPAs) and improve the financial health of banks, a study by Assocham said. “So, it should be safe to assume that the NPAs mess would largely be resolved by the first quarter of financial year 2019-20,” Assocham study titled ‘NPAs Resolution: Light at the end of tunnel by March 2019’ said. This would be helped by a combination of several factors–turnarounds in the economic cycle and some resolute steps by the government and the Reserve Bank of India to fix the issue, it said.