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Cauvery water management authority to meet on June 22

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The Cauvery Water Management authority’s first meeting for the current year will be held on June 22. Tamil Nadu chief minister M.K. Stalin had written to union minister of Jal Shakti, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat to ensure the state’s share of water.

Stalin in his letter to the Union Jal Shakti Minister has requested him to take steps to advise the Cauvery Water Management Authority (CWMA) to ensure that Tamil Nadu is supplied of its share of water. “The water to Tamil Nadu be supplied according to the monthly schedule prepared by the Supreme Court of India,” Stalin pointed out in the letter.

According to the schedule of the Supreme Court, the state is to get 9.19 million cubic feet (tmcft) and till July 31, the state is to get 24 tmcft.

As per a statement issued by the chief minister’s office, the Cauvery water regulation authority will meet online on June 17 and discuss the finer points to be presented in the Cauvery Water Management authority’s meet on June 22.

Both the meetings will be held online and with the onset of South West Monsoon, the meetings are necessary and important as Cauvery water sharing has been a major issue in South India.

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Indian Air Force chief in Israel to enhance military ties

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Indian Air Force chief Air Chief Marshal R.K.S. Bhadauria reached Israel on Tuesday. The visit is aimed at enhancing military cooperation between the two countries.

In Israel, Air Chief Marshal Bhadauria and his counterpart Major General Amikam Norkin, Commander Israel Air Force, will discuss the military ties and cooperation between two countries.

Indian Air Force in a statement said, “As strategic partners, India and Israel enjoy strong, multi-dimensional ties, an important pillar of which is defence cooperation and military level exchanges.”

“Both sides will discuss enhancement in the depth and scope of bilateral exchanges between the two Air Forces.”

Prior to his visit to Israel, Air Chief Marshal Bhadauria called on Major General Ibrahim Nasser M. Al Alawi, Commander UAE Air Force and Air Defence (UAE AF & AD) on August 1.

They noted the rapid progress made in bilateral engagements and had wide-ranging talks to identify avenues and measures for further strengthening the robust relationship between the two Air Forces.

Air Chief Marshal Bhadauria also visited major UAE AF & AD units during the two-day goodwill visit.

In March this year, Indian Air Force chief visted Colombo to attend the 70th anniversary celebrations of the Sri Lankan Air Force. He was in the island nation on an invitation from Sri Lankan Air Force commander Air Marshal Sudarshana Pathirana.

The presence of the IAF chief during the inaugural day of the air show reinforced the strength of IAF-SLAF ties and his visit further strengthened the existing cooperation and opened up newer avenues of mutual interest.

Over the last two years, India has been enhancing military cooperation with friendly nations. Indian military top brass have been visiting these friendly countries and making defence cooperation ties.

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‘Official work’: Sharad Pawar says amid speculation over meeting with Amit Shah

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NCP supremo Sharad Pawar on Tuesday met Union Home and Cooperation Minister Amit Shah in New Delhi, sparking off speculations.

Pawar himself sought to clear the air, terming it an official meet. “Had a brief meeting with Union Co-operation Minister Shri Amit Shah in New Delhi today along with Shri Jaiprakash Dandegaonkar, President of NFCSF (National Federation of Cooperative Sugar Factories Ltd) & Prakash Naiknavre to discuss issues faced by the sugar co-operative sector,” he said.

The meeting gained significance as it came on the same day as Pawar’s daughter Supriya Sule attended the breakfast meeting of opposition leaders hosted by Congress leader Rahul Gandhi.

The Congress and the Shiv Sena, who are the Nationalist Congress Party’s allies in the Maharashtra, however, dismissed any political significance of the meeting.

The meeting came a day after Shiv Sainiks went on a rampage, tearing down a brand new hoarding erected by the Adani Airport Holding Ltd (AAHL) outside Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA) to protest against what they alleged was AAHL’s unilateral move to abruptly ‘change’ the name of CSMIA and replace it with the Adani Group brand name.

Pawar has been meeting the ruling party leaders and ahead of monsoon session on July 17, met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and talked for about 50 minutes, the Prime Minister’s Office said.

The meeting took pace amid reports over fissures in the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) coalition government in Maharashtra.

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Delhi Cabinet approves increased salary of MLAs

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The Delhi Cabinet on Tuesday approved salary hike of the members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs) after getting approval from the Centre.

With the approval from the cabinet, Delhi MLAs will now get a salary of Rs 30,000 per month.

As per a provision of the Bill cleared by the Delhi Assembly in 2015, the basic salary of legislators will increase from the current Rs 12,000 to Rs 50,000.

However, the AAP government said that the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has scuttled the proposal and restricted it and capped the salary of the MLAs to only Rs 30,000. They will be getting a total of Rs 90,000 per month including Rs 30,000 basic salary and other allowances.

The restriction imposed by the Centre has forced Delhi’s MLAs to be amongst the lowest paid among all states in the country.

“The salary of Delhi’s MLAs hasn’t increased since 2011 and the Delhi Government had requested the MHA that it should be at par with MLAs of other states, however the MHA refused to do so,” said Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) in a statement.

The Delhi Government had proposed a salary of Rs 54,000 for the MLAs.

“Now the salary plus allowances of the MLAs of Delhi has been restricted by the MHA to Rs 90,000,” it said.

Proposal for an increase in salary and allowances of Delhi MLAs was pending with the MHA for the last 5 years.

The cabinet has also approved salaries and other allowances of Ministers of Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi, (Amendment) Bill, 2021 and MLAs under the Legislative Assembly of Delhi (Amendment) Bills, 2021.

“After Cabinet approval, the proposal and draft bills will be sent for MHA’s approval before being placed in the Delhi Assembly,” CMO said.

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