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State departments should make Rajasthan ODF: CM Vasundhara Raje

Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje presided over the 7th Raj Vikas Meeting on Thursday and reviewed the progress of various schemes across the state. She also directed officials to work on war path to include Rajasthan cities in top 50 cleanliest cities of the country. “The government is working to make Rajasthan an ODF State by March,18. The State departments should make ODF State as well as bring its cities in the Top-50 cleanest cities. The initiative under Swacch Bharat Abhiyan has picked up massively in the state,” said a statement quoting Raje as saying. Through video conferencing, the collectors informed the CM of the progress of works in their respective districts during the meeting. Raje, meanwhile, directed Principal Secretary, LSG Manjit Singh and Panchayati Raj Secretary, Naveen Mahajan to monitor the progress of ODF in various districts and form special units and cells to speed up work. She expressed satisfaction and voiced appreciation on the swift action on issues discussed in the previous meetings. Raje stated that the impressive growth and progress of projects under the Centre and State’s flagship schemes is an indication that Rajasthan is on the path to becoming a model state and the officials should continue to work with dedication. She said the state of Rajasthan has shown improvement in various indicators and now time has come for re-engineering current systems to simplify lengthy processes that often become a hindrance to investment and growth.

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Lok Sabha adjourned after Congress disruption, govt introduces five bills

Lok Sabha proceedings were adjourned for the second day today amid Congress protests over insinuations by Prime Minister Narendra Modi against his predecessor Manmohan Singh even as the government managed to introduce five Bills in the ruckus.Members from the Congress and the Left, who also sought to raise certain issues, trooped into the Well during the Zero Hour. Amid the uproar by the Opposition, five Bills were introduced after the papers listed for the day were laid. Various standing committee reports and statements by ministers were also tabled. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley tabled the ‘Supplementary Demand for Grants – Second Batch for 2017-18’. Congress members raised slogans against the Prime Minister and demanded an apology for his remarks against Singh. Left members were trying to raise certain issues which could not be heard in the din.As the protests continued, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan adjourned the proceedings for the day. The five Bills which were introduced are ‘The National Council for Teacher Education (Amendment) Bill’, ‘The Payment of Gratuity (Amendment) Bill’, The Dentists (Amendment) Bill’, ‘The Indian Forest (Amendment) Bill’ and ‘The Representation of the People (Amendment) Bill’. Earlier soon after the House assembled for the day, the proceedings were adjourned till noon following noisy scenes amid sloganeering from both sides of the House.Also readCongress to raise ‘Pakistan interference’ remark in ParliamentWhile BJP members raised slogans hailing the Prime Minister and the party, the opposition raked up the remarks made by him against Singh. Some other opposition members raised the issue of floods in Odisha.As soon as the House met, Mahajan referred to the death of people in a boat accident in Andhra Pradesh, the devastation caused by the Ockhi cyclone, earthquakes in Mexico and Iran-Iraq border and terror attacks in various parts of the world, including the US, the UK, Afghanistan and Egypt. The Speaker also congratulated Indian men’s and women’s hockey teams, boxer Mary Kom and weightlifter Mirabai Chanu for their “outstanding achievements” as well as wished them success. When the House met for the day, it stood in silence in the memory of the departed souls.

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Gujarat elections 2017: On poll day, Amdavadi fought to get ‘custody’ of voter slip

The Gujarat Assembly Elections 2017 had some tales of name of voters missing from the list, non-functional EVMs etc. But, an Amdavadi had a unique problem this time- custody of his voter slip.The slip is issued by the election officials to voters and can be used as a proof of identity while voting. Giriraj Goenka, a voter from Danilimda, was taken aback when election officials told him that he had to deposit his voter slip with them after voting.”I had never heard of it before. The voter’s slip is like an identification document. I could not figure out why would the election officials want to keep it with them,” said Goenka. He said when he went to his booth at the muster station in Danilimda to vote, the officials told him his voter slip will not be returned.”When I asked, they said it was as per the instruction from the EC. I talked to the Booth Level Officer (BLO) who too said they cannot return the voter slip because they had been instructed to collect it,” said Goenka.He said he inquired as to what the election officials did if someone did not have a voter slip. “The officials said they let them vote after they showed any other valid identification like a driving licence or Aadhar card. I asked if they also confiscate these items, to which they said no,” said Goenka.He said he also wanted to talk to the observer but the officials did not give him the contact details. “I then called up the Gujarat Election Watch helpline.They too talked to someone,” said Goenka who works as a sub-editor with the Majdoor Sandesh, a publication of the Majoor Mahajan Sangh.Meanwhile, he said the officials promised to return him the slip in the evening. “I went there again at around 5.30 pm but they were very busy wrapping up. I also took with me a written complaint about the matter, which they did not accept. I told them that if my voter slip was not returned, I would pursue the matter further,” said Goenka.To his surprise, Goenka found his voter slip waiting for him at his home in Danilimda when he returned from a walk on voting day at around 6.30 pm. “The election officials returned the voting slip of my wife and me. Voting slip is a form of identification and I was afraid of it being misused. Moreover, I have collected the voting slips of all the elections, since voting slips were first introduced,” claimed Goenka.SIGNIFICANCEThe slip is issued by the election officials to voters and can be used as a proof of identity while voting. In the slip’s absence, a voter is allowed to vote after they show any other valid identification document like a driving licence or an Aadhar card.

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Alpha to Bravo

The joint exercises between the Indian and the British Armies, third in the series, culminated on Thursday at the Mahajan Field Firing Ranges near Bikaner.Meanwhile, heli-borne exercises were also conducted while methods of insertions were also taught followed by actual practice for the intended target. As the days progressed officers of both the armies started focusing on specific counterterrorism operations with lectures and demonstrations by UK contingent on search and destroy mission while cordon and search demonstration by Indian contingent. Interestingly the contingents were shown handling of venomous snakes during jungle survival training.In his closing remarks, Lieutenant General Ranbir Singh of the Indian Army conveyed that in the current flattened world and the ever-changing militancy environment, such joint endeavors are the need of the day to find a solution to this global menace and such exercise are a small but concrete step in the right direction.The closing ceremony was attended by observers and senior military dignitaries from both the Armies. Sir Dominic Asquith KCMG, British High Commissioner in India and Major General Robert Harry Talbot Rice from the United Kingdom and Lieutenant General Ranbir Singh, General Officer Commanding STRIKE 1 and Major General Rupinder Singh, General Officer Commanding Cockerel Division from Indian Army were present.

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Winter Session of Parliament: Govt convenes all-party meet tomorrow

The government has convened an all-party meeting tomorrow, ahead of the winter session of Parliament where the opposition is likely to raise the issue of a delay in calling the session.The parliamentary affairs ministry has sent out invites to the leaders of major political parties that have representatives in both Houses of Parliament for the meet.The winter session will be held from December 15 to January 5. There would be a total of 14 working days.Last year, the session began on 16 November and ended on 16 December, with 22 sittings.The opposition has claimed that the ruling BJP delayed the session fearing that it would raise various issues ahead of the Gujarat assembly polls government.The government has, however, maintained that there were precedents of session dates being changed in view of elections.Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan will also host a dinner for the leaders of all parties tomorrow.Two ordinances on insolvency code and amendment to the Forest Act have to be approved by Parliament in the winter session.

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Maha BJP MP Nana Patole resigns, denounces BJP over farmer’s distress

BJP MP from Maharashtra Nana Patole, who has been critical of the state government and taken potshots at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, today said he has resigned from the party and the Lok Sabha.Patole has been a member of other parties, including the Congress, in the past. He had joined the BJP before the 2014 Lok Sabha elections in which he defeated NCP heavyweight Praful Patel from Bhandara-Gondiya constituency.He had denounced the BJP over a host of issues, including farmers’ distress.In a letter to Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, he cited 14 issues related to agriculture, economy and unemployment as reasons for his resignation.He alleged that he had time and again raised the issues with the prime minister but they were ignored.

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India, UK armies begins Ajeya Warrior ’17

Ajeya Warrior 2017 — the two-week-long joint training exercise between the Indian and the British Army — began on Friday at the Mahajan Field Firing Ranges in Bikaner district of Rajasthan.Conducted in the backdrop of UN mandate of anti-terrorism, the joint exercise started with a sombre, impressive opening ceremony. It started with an address by Lt Colonel Sangram Yadav and Major David Granfield. They gave a brief of the events that would comprise the two-week exercise scheduled to be held from December 1 to 14.According to sources, both India and UK are facing the scourge of terrorism and have joined hands to participate in this combined military exercise. The exercise will see the two forces carrying out multiple tactical maneuvers jointly to hone their skills. They will understand each others’ concept of anti terrorist operations and imbibe the adaptable aspects. The troops will jointly patrol and lay ambush in a simulated terrorist infested environment.The training contingent comprises one company each from the Indian Army and the British Army. Approximately 120 personnel each from the 20th Battalion of The Rajputana Rifles from the Indian Army and The Royal Anglian Regiment of the British Army.Both the forces have vast experience in the field of anti-insurgency and anti-terrorism. While Indian troops bring on table their experiences in Sri Lanka and Jammu and Kashmir, the 1st Battalion of Royal Anglian Regiment boasts of vast experience operating in Iraq and Afghanistan.Defence spokesperson Lt Col Manish Ojha, said, “The exercise will be conducted in multiple modes to achieve complete integration. It also aims to enhance inter-operability while sharing skills and experiences.”Ajey Warrior 2017 is the third joint biannual Indo-UK war exercise. The first exercise was conducted in Belgaum Karnataka in 2013. The second exercise was in 2015 in UK.
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Prez worried over lack of diversity in judiciary

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>President Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday expressed his concern over the low participation of women, OBCs and SC/STs in the judiciary, and said that the judiciary should take remedial measures to stop that.”There is unacceptably low representation of traditionally weaker sections such as OBCs, SCs and STs especially in the higher judiciary,” the President said while speaking at the inaugural function of a two-day conference jointly organised by the Law Commission of India and NITI Aayog to commemorate National Law Day. Chief Justice Dipak Mishra, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, Niti Aayog Vice-Chairman Rajiv Kumar, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad were also present at the event.”Like our other public institutions, our judiciary too has to be judicious in being representative of the diversity of our country, and the depth and breadth of our society. Of the 17,000 judges in our subordinate courts, High Courts and Supreme Court, only about 4,700, roughly one in four, are women,” Kovind said. He further said that the only way to unclog the higher courts is to place greater trust in the lower courts and their judgments.Minister of State for law and justice PP Chaudhary said, “Judicial activism by itself is a necessary outcome of judicial independence, and may be lauded, especially when it is undertaken to protect those who may not otherwise have ready access to justice. But quite apart from this, is another species of judicial activism where the judiciary is also stepping into areas that are, strictly speaking, in the realm of policy.”However, the CJI took an opposing view to this and said that it is the duty of the judiciary to help those in need. “There is a perception that there is a judicial activism… I must clarify protection of fundamental rights of each and every citizen is the sacrosanct duty of the judiciary that has been conferred on by the Constitution. Fundamental rights have been expended from the date the Constitution came into existence,” he said.

RSS-affiliate body accuses Niti Aayog of misleading govt

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Swadeshi Jagran Manch (SJM), a RSS-affiliated body, on Tuesday attacked Niti Aayog for pushing packed dietary supplements for malnourished children instead of supplying fresh, home-cooked meals by seeking Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s intervention in tackling the problem. SJM has long been opposing ready-to-use therapeutic foods (RUTF) provided by several states to malnourished children.Talking to DNA, SJM national co-convener Ashwani Mahajan said Niti Aayog is trying to mislead the government by pushing for RUTF which would benefit certain private entities.”We, however, will continue to oppose the move tooth and nail as RUTF is not a sustainable solution to malnutrition. There are no studies to indicate its long-term health risks,” Mahajan said.In a letter to the PM, Mahajan said, “We are concerned about the decision taken, especially with inputs from Niti Aayog — who had recently constituted a working group on nutrition riddled with conflicts of interests. This is inspite of the fact that National Nutrition Strategy — launched by the Deputy Chairperson of Niti Aayog in September — recommends avoiding conflicts of interest in its guiding principles.””These food supplements will only serve the corporate interests rather than treating the malnourished children,” Mahajan wrote in the letter.He also stated that evidence is not in favour of use of RUTF adding that Union Health Minister JP Nadda had said RUTF may not benefit a common household in developing appropriate food habits for children against home-cooked food.RUTF food packets or supplements are a mixture of protein, carbohydrate, lipid and vitamins and minerals.In August, the Women and Child development ministry issued a circular to state governments telling them that the use of RUTF food to tackle Severe Acute Malnutrition is not ‘accepted policy’ of the Centre.In his letter, he also stated that in a response to parliament question in 2010, then Minister of External Affairs SM Krishna stated that UNICEF distributed RUTF in contravention to Government of India guidelines and was asked to ship it out.As a proof of that, the ministry referenced a February 2009 circular issued by the health ministry. The circular came a few days after the RSS-linked Swadeshi Jagran Manch objected the use of packet foods as RUTF because they felt that the move will only benefit corporate bodies and in states where it has been launched, RUTF have proved to be an expensive affair.However, WHO deputy director and former ICMR chief Soumya Swaminathan had told DNA that there is no health issue with the usage of RUTF food.”In several cases that we have observed, RUTF food has helped severely-malnourished children regain back their health without side-effects. I would recommend it,” said Swaminathan.WHAT IS RUTFRUTF food packets or supplements are a mixture of protein, carbohydrate, lipid and vitamins and minerals.

RSS gives another shot to end ‘separatist’ narrative in Kashmir

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has made yet another attempt to expand the dialogue on Kashmir and end the “separatist narrative” that identifies the state with just the Valley as an affiliated body would be celebrating the birth centenary of the best known Buddhist lama of Ladakh Kushok Bakula Rinpoche.The RSS has always maintained that the mainstream narrative regarding Kashmir was exclusivist, having over-emphasised the significance of the Valley, while not giving due pride of place, political as well as social, to the other regions of the state, such as Kargil and Ladakh, which constitute majority of the state. Such, narrative, RSS believes gives more say to the separatists voices. The move attains political significance as the Centre had recently appointed former top spy Dineshwar Sharma as interlocutor in Kashmir.RSS’ primary affiliate working in Kashmir, Jammu Kashmir Study Centre (JKSC), in association with Himalayan Sanskriti Sanrakshan Sabha would be celebrating the 100th birth anniversary of 19th Kushok Bakula Rinpoche on November 23.According to JKSC functionaries, while Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan would inaugurate the event, RSS leader Suresh Soni would be the chief guest on the occasion. What lends more weight to the commemoration is the representation of the state, most probably by deputy chief minister Nirmal Singh.”Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan will be inaugurating the centenary celebrations of Buddhist saint Kushok Bakula. The 19th Kushok Bakula is recognized by the 13th Dalai Lama as a direct disciple of Gautam Buddha and is popularly considered as the architect of modern Ladakh, the largest region of the state of Jammu and Kashmir. Kushok Bakula Lobzang Thupten Chognor is considered as GOD figure in Ladakh, Russia, Tibet and Mongolia because of his social and spiritual contributions,” said Abha Khanna, JKSC’s Director (Media).The acclaimed Buddhist saint was also a statesman and diplomat. He was elected to the Parliament, and was deeply engaged with welfare, education and rights of Scheduled Castes and Tribes of India. In his later years, he became India’s Ambassador in Mongolia. In 2005, the Leh airport was renamed as the Kushok Bakula Airport.

Min apologises for sexist remark

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After his sexist comments calling for liquor brands to be renamed after women kicked up a row, water resources minister Girish Mahajan issued an apology and said he did not mean to offend anybody.”I said this in humour. I had no motive except this,” said Mahajan on Monday. “I am saying it clearly, it was an inadvertent mistake… I am apologising in case it has hurt anybody,” Mahajan noted, adding he had no vices and did not even drink tea.On Saturday, Mahajan, who was speaking at a function at the Satpuda co-operative sugar factory at Nandurbar, had advised the unit to rename its liquor brand as ‘Maharani’ instead of ‘Maharaja’ to boost sales. The statement was condemned by political parties.Mahajan was also taken to task by the Shiv Sena. In an editorial on Monday, the Sena organ Saamna lashed out at the minister and said that his advice on increasing liquor sales ran counter to the state government’s stated objective of prohibition.The Shiv Sena said Prime Minister Narendra Modi had supported Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s decision to impose prohibition last year despite the two then being at loggerheads.If you want to cut, it can be cut from hereThis is not the first time that Mahajan, who represents Jamner in Jalgaon in the state assembly for five terms, has found himself in the thick of a controversy. Earlier this year, the former ABVP worker, who is considered close to chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, had been criticized after he attended the wedding of a relative of fugitive underworld don Dawood Ibrahim.In 2015, Mahajan, who is a black-belt holder in karate, had been spotted with his revolver tucked in to his waist at a childrens’ event.PAST CONTROVERSYThis is not the first time that Mahajan, who represents Jamner in Jalgaon in the state assembly for five terms, has found himself in the thick of a controversy. Earlier this year, the former ABVP worker, had been criticized after he attended the wedding of a relative of fugitive underworld don Dawood Ibrahim.

Senior India lawyer quits over mob lynching case

He was giving improper help to lawyers of a man accused of killing a Muslim teenager, a judge says.

Netas @ SMS: Toll reaches 14

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Khatolai village transformer blast toll on Wednesday reached 14 with four more succumbing to their injuries while the condition of seven injured was reported to be critical.Politicos thronged the hospital and blast site near Shahpura a day after the incident. Meanwhile, bodies five women victims were handed to the family members after post-mortem at NIMS hospital. An elderly woman and her granddaughter were cremated on the same pyre.MP from Jaipur Rural Rajyavardhan Rathore reached SMS hospital where he spoke with the doctors and the relatives of the patients. The MP then travelled to the site of the incident and met with the aggrieved family members. BJP state president Ashok Parnami also met the doctors and family members at the SMS hospital.Meanwhile, PCC Chief Sachin Pilot also reached the hospital along with other politicos from Congress party and took stock of the treatment and facilities provided to the injured.It should be noted that on Tuesday 10 people, including a five-year-old girl and a newborn child, were killed in a blast in an electric transformer installed in Khatolai village near Shahpura town. More than 20 people sustained serious injuries.A family was holding a function for the upcoming marriage of two sisters of the family at the spot when the incident occurred. As the news of the incident spread, cops, administrative officials, politicos and locals rushed to the spot. Villagers refused to remove the bodies from the spot.District collector Siddharth Mahajan rushed to Khatolai and announced a compensation of Rs10 lakh to deceased’s family. Furthermore, he also assured that the injured would get a compensation based on the percentage as prescribed.

Govt hosps reduce OPD timings by an hour

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after 15,000 resident doctors from the Delhi government hospitals announced a complete shutdown of OPDs November 1 onwards, after waiting for a response from the Delhi government to their letter against extending OPD hours, their proposed demands were agreed upon in a meeting held at the Delhi Secretariat, and they have now called off the decision to go on strike.The meeting between Principal Health Secretary, Health Secretary, Additional Secretary Health, Dr. Punita Mahajan, MS, Ambedkar Hospital, and Dr J C Passey, MD, Lok Nayak Hospital, in the presence of the representatives of the FORDA, decided that the OPD registration will be reduced by one hour i.e. 7:30 am to 12 noon. Doctors will get a 45 minutes lunch break any time after 12:30. Another 10-15 minutes may be taken by them later.In December first week, the OPD timings will be reviewed and the OPD will start functioning at 9 am. Special clinic registration will be from 1 to 2 pm and those coming at 8 am can leave the hospital at 3 pm.Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain had on October 9 directed the medical superintendents of all city hospitals to increase the consultation time from four hours to six hours. He had said,”This is to ensure that there is sufficient time for the patients to be attended to. Towards achieving the above, the registration counters shall open at 7:30 am and close at 1 pm.”This decision had upset the resident doctors and they had been boycotting the six hours until they announced to go on an indefinite strike.

If people can stand in queue to buy movie tickets, why can’t they stand for 52-second national anthem: Anupam Kher

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Commenting on the ongoing debate on whether to standing for the national anthem to be made mandatory, veteran actor Anupam Kher on Sunday stated that if people can stand in queues to enter into cinema halls, party venues and restaurants they why can not they stand for 52 seconds for the national anthem in cinema halls.Kher was in Pune on Sunday to receive Pramod Mahajan memorial award at the hands of union human resource development minister Prakash Javadekar. Along with Kher, Shayara Bano who knocked the doors of the Supreme Court to end the Triple Talaq system was also given the award.During his speech Kher slammed those who are opposing the idea of making it mandatory to stand up for the national anthem in cinema halls. He said, “There are some people who are of opinion that standing up for the national anthem should not be forced on them. However, for me, standing up for the national anthem shows the upbringing of the person. We stand to give respect to our father or our school teachers because it has been taught to us. Similarly, by standing up for the national anthem we are showing respect to the nation.””If people can stand in queues for hours to get into cinema halls, party venues then why can not they stand for 52 seconds for the national anthem. The inner personality and nationalism of the person is reflected in those 52 seconds,” Kher added.Digging up the topic of ‘Award Wapsi’ Kher said, “When I failed in class tenth, my father took me to a eatery shop and celebrated the failure. At the age of 15, he taught me how to deal with failure then now this ‘Award Wapsi gang’ can not intimidate me. I am not doing anything extra ordinary, I am only speaking the truth.”Call the country as his big brother, Kher said, “India got the independence in 1947 and I was born in the year of 1955 and therefore I think that my country is only eight year older than me and consider it as my elder brother. When my country is my elder brother, it becomes my duty to protect my brother.”

Court ‘decisions’ to go online from Nov 1

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The “cause list” and the “decisions” of hearings in district courts will be available online at Revenue Court Management System (RCMS) portal from November 1, 2017.District collector Siddharth Mahajan, while addressing a meeting with revenue officers on Wednesday, directed them to ensure optimum arrangements for the online system. He also asked them to remain prepared with the required updates so that the portal is up to date.In addition to this, Mahajan asked the sub-divisional magistrates to complete the remaining work, in the rural and municipal areas of the district, related to making Jaipur district ‘ODF’ (open defecation free), as quickly as possible. At the same time, the sub-divisional officers were asked to take necessary action about the collection, transport and disposal, of solid waste under solid waste management programme. According to reports, Chaksu, Dudu, and Jamwa Ramgarh need most attention on the same.The collector, while reviewing the outstanding cases of accounts under Tehsildars, asked the officers to form a team and handle the same in a time bound manner. The SDMs were also instructed in respect of outstanding revenue collections, random verification of pensioners, and shift of state pensioners to national pensioners. They were also asked to send a report regarding exceptional cases. Issues like agriculture input subsidy payment, outstanding cases of Sampark helpline, map digitisation, land convergence, route and encroachment, along with cases related to accounts and court branches, and national highway authorities problems were also discussed.Mahajan also took a report from the sub-divisional officers about the preparation of certification camps starting on Friday, October 27, under the second phase of Pt. Deendayal Upadhyay Special Salvation Campaign. The officials have been instructed to make proper arrangements so that each specially-abled can be benefited.

Gloomy markets pin hope on Diwali

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Diwali is just a couple of weeks away and people are waiting to get into the buying spree. Even then, traders say the prolonged economic slowdown coupled with effects of demonetisation and faulty implementation of GST has robbed markets of the usual festive sheen.Businessmen added that if the business does not improve, the situation will worsen after Diwali.Traders are complaining that business is worse even compared to 2016 or after demonetisation. “There are absolutely no footfall in the market. In the previous years, we would not be free to respond to phone calls. This year, on most days we have no one to attend to them. While we have seen a slowdown previously, this is unprecedented,”said Sunil Motwani, president of Relief Road Electronics Market.He said sales had dropped by as high as 70 per cent. Traditional retailers are facing the brunt of organised retail as well as online shopping.The textile market also complained of a gloom. The markets, which are usually abuzz with activity from Navratri onwards, have been quiet even after Dussehra. Not only Ahmedabad, but other centres in the state and the country are also facing a similar situation.I was in Bhilwara and it is full of traders from Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh. This time, there are hardly any traders,” said Kirit Patel, president of Panchkuwa Kapad Mahajan.Jewellers are the worst affected as restrictions on buying gold in cash is an additional factor that decreased sales. At Manekchowk market, which is normally crowded, traders are awaiting customers, which are few. Jewellers say the overall spending power of households has decreased and additional taxes like the Goods and Services Tax (GST) is adding insult to injury.At least after demonetisation, people transacted in cheques. Now it seems that most of them have run out of money,” said Chinubhai Shah, president of Shree Manekchowk Choksi Mahajan.

After RSS chief, SJM snipes at Niti Aayog

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s veiled criticism of Niti Aayog and his take on economic policies during his Vijayadashmi speech, it Swadeshi Jagaran Manch’s turn to fire yet another salvo on the plan panel on Tuesday.”Economic planners sitting in the Aayog have de-humanised growth and economy,” Ashwani Mahajan, SJM national co-convenor, told DNA as he accused the current dispensation in Niti Aayog of pursuing the same economic policies as the UPA government that led to lack of jobs in India.”Niti Aayog is populated by the wrong kind of economists and people. Those who sit there to deliberate and suggest policies to government must know the feelings of farmers, workers, small traders, landless labour. Policy-making is not a technical affair; it has to be a humane process. Mere growth in GDP is not development,” Mahajan said.”The approach of the Niti Aayog has been GDP-centric so far. SJM has been saying from the beginning that this model of development adopted since the advent of the new economic policy is faulty. The proponents of the philosophy that increasing the GDP will be panacea of all the problems have been proved thoroughly wrong. The presumption that benefits will percolate down to the last man have been proved wrong as between 1980 and 2014, most of the benefits have been cornered by top 10 per cent of the population, while 29 per cent of the resources are concentrated in the hands of only 1 per cent of the people of India,” Mahajan said.Mahajan felt that the PMO had done a better job than the Aayog. “Better programmes have been devised by the PMO such as Mudra Yojna, Jan Dhan Yojna, Ujjwala etc. We welcome that as they are devised to improve the lot of the people. But the philosophy of GDP-based growth needs to be discarded,” he said and insisted that the mindset of the government, policy makers and the Finance Ministry needs to change.”

Diwali sparkle: Silver imports rise 10,000% in Sept

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Silver imports in Ahmedabad surged by a whopping 100 times or 10,000 per cent for the month of September, continuing the strong trend seen in the current financial year. Silver imports at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport increased from 0.25 tonne (September 2016) to 25.56 tonne in September 2017, according to GSECL, which handles cargo at the city airport.There has been a huge rise in silver imports at Ahmedabad in the current financial year. From 2.15 tonne in the first half of 2016 (April-September), imports have gone up to 89 tonne, an increase of 41 times or 4,100%. The data shows that silver imports went up by 232 times in the month of May, and about 44 times in July. Experts say that the upcoming Diwali festival is just one of the reasons for the rise in silver imports. “Silver is used widely for gifting during Diwali, especially by corporates. Moreover, silver is being used widely in pharma and other industries, which has also led to the surge,” said Chinubhai Shah, president of Shree Choksi Mahajan Ahmedabad.Jigar Soni, secretary of Jewellers Association, Ahmedabad, said that in addition to being a popular gifting option, many people also buy silver coins or other silverware products for their own consumption to mark auspicious occasions. While silver imports have shown a turnaround in the current year, they is still a fraction of the imports seen until just three years ago. According to GSECL statistics, silver imports at Ahmedabad airport stood at 1,425 tonne in 2014-15, 486 tonne in 2013-14, and 988 tonne in 2012-13.

‘Godhra made me realise my strengths’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Speaking at a panel discussion on Sunday at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIMA), IAS officer Jayanti Ravi spoke about the various incidents that shape and enable a woman.Sharing her journey as a child who changed many schools apart from being homeschooled, she said, “I used to get extremely upset but now I realise that those learnings have stayed with me till today. In conventional schools, a child is overfed but in homeschooling the onus is on you.”Going back to 2000 and 2002, Ravi spoke about being the collector of Panchmahal at the time and being the first to enter the train during the Godhra riots. She said, “A lot of times in our career we realise that we have immense abilities but need a platform. When the occasion comes, when there is no time to think but just act, one often wonders where the strength came from.” She added, “At that point, Muslim League MP professor GM Banatwala said to me that God will reward me for the work I was doing. Appreciation came at a later stage from late Pramod Mahajan as well. If you think what you are doing is right and work sincerely towards it, that is all that matters.”She even credited one of the students who helped Ravi in her project of making Gujarat open defecation free (ODF). She said, “When I started this project in 2015, 57 per cent of Gujarat was yet to be ODF. We had to not only deal with infrastructure but also the mindset of people. IIMA students helped us and on Gandhi Jayanti the state will be declared ODF.”

Ramganj erupts: 1 dead, thana stoned, cops injured

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Ramganj thana was attacked by a mob and police vehicles set to fire after an altercation between the police and local residents. The police resorted to firing in the air tear gas was also fired. According to police sources teargas.One person has been killed and 4 policemen critically injured in the incident. 3 vehicles including a 108 ambulance and an electricity transformer was set on fire by the irate mob. Several other vehicles were also damaged.The tension erupted when a youth was allegedly detained from the Ramganj area by the police. His family reached the police station and the fight escalated. It is alleged that the police hit one of the family members, a woman with a lathi. The family them called local residents who collected in large numbers, pelted stones at the police station and set vehicles on fire. There was an ongoing law and order situation and a mob attacked the Ramganj police station. As a preventive measure police had to resort to firing in the air. One person has been killed in the incident and eight policemen are injured. Out of these four policemen are seriously injured informed a highly placed police official. Senior officials including Jaipur commissioner Sanjay Agarwal rushed to the spot to contain the situation. Moreover, the deceased has been identified as Ameen.“Police is investigating the matter and strict action will be taken against the guilty,” Siddharth Mahajan, Jaipur, collector, said. RAC battalions and forces from the police lines were called in to control the situation. The police urged the people to stay indoors and sought cooperation from local peace committees to contain the situation. Till reports last came in the situation was tense but under control.

Dera violence: 552 arrested, death toll rises to 36; curfew to be relaxed

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a big crackdown, the Haryana government sealed over 30 congregation centres of the Dera Sacha Sauda across the state even as it came under attack from the high court over yesterday’s violence that claimed 36 lives.Four rifles, including an AK-47, pistols and petrol bombs were among the weapons seized from the supporters of the sect whose chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh was convicted yesterday in a 2002 rape case that sparked violence and arson, mainly in Panchkula and Sirsa, police said. Two cases of sedition were also registered against Dera followers, it added but did not give details.Facing flak over the violence, the Haryana government suspended Ashok Kumar, the Deputy Commissioner of Police in Panchkula, alleging that his “defective” prohibitory orders allowed the crowd build-up in the district.Dera followers had started pouring in at the headquarters here in run-up to the verdict but the sprawling campus is now witnessing a steady exodus of the devotees.The district administration has decided to give a relaxation in the curfew from 6 AM to 11 AM tomorrow after no violence was reported by Dera followers in the area today, a state government official said.”We will relax the curfew in and around the Dera headquarters here from 6 Am to 11 AM tomorrow so that people can purchase essential goods,” a senior government official said this evening.The official said shops will be allowed to open during the curfew relaxation period.Tension had gripped the locals yesterday as the frenzied followers of the sect asserted they were in for the long haul and ready to go to any extent to avenge their spiritual leader’s conviction.But today, several devotees made their way out, first in small groups, and as the day progressed, in larger numbers.The local police, which had been urging those inside to vacate the sprawling premises through loudspeakers, said they were expecting the premises to empty out soon.The situation in Haryana remained tense but under control even as the state government said there was no report of fresh violence in the state todayState authorities are now trying to ensure that there are no untoward incidents tomorrow or on Monday when the special CBI court judge Jagdeep Singh will be flown from Panchkula to the district jail in Sunaria in Rohtak where Ram Rahim is lodged for pronouncing the quantum of sentence.The Army, meanwhile, said it has no immediate plan of entering Dera Sacha Sauda sect headquarters in Sirsa and that it is focusing on maintaining law and order, reacting to reports that it had entered the premises.In a related incident, the state government sacked its deputy advocate general for “accompanying” Ram Rahim after his rape conviction yesterday by a CBI special court in Panchkula.The state government terminated the services of DAG Gurdas Salwara on the recommendations of Advocate General Baldev Raj Mahajan.”It is found that yesterday the DAG accompanied the baba,” Mahajan said.The action from the AG office came after a video clip surfaced purportedly showing Salwara in lawyer’s robes carrying a suitcase of the Dera head after his conviction.At a special hearing, the Punjab and Haryana High court court minced no words in slamming Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar for “protecting” the Dera followers and extending political patronage to them.The court said the Khattar government had “surrendered” before the followers of the dera head for “political considerations”.”Thirty-six people have died, out of which six casualties are in Sirsa and remaining are in Panchkula,” DGP B S Sandhu said this evening. Earlier, the death toll was put at 32.Four rifles, including an AK-47, pistols and petrol bombs were among the weapons seized from the Dera supporters.”Over thirty ‘Naam Charcha Ghars'(congregation centres) in various districts have been sealed,” Haryana’s Additional Director General of Police, R C Mishra said.Giving more details, he said among the centres which have been locked included 13 in Ambala, 10 in Kurukshetra and 8 in Yamunanagar.He said over 3,000 ‘lathis’ (wooden staffs), were recovered along with diesel and petrol which have been seized from Kurukshetra alone.Punjab police also said that ‘lathis’, rods, axes etc were also recovered from 98 Dera centres spread across the state.”We have recovered one AK 47 rifle and one Mauser (rifle) from the vehicle of a Dera follower and two rifles and five pistols from another vehicle during the operations,” Sandhu said. As many as 552 persons have been arrested in connection with the violence and further investigations are underway, he added.Sandhu was addressing a joint press conference in Chandigarh along with Haryana Chief Secretary D S Dhesi and Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Ram Niwas.Dhesi disclosed that two cases of sedition had been registered against Dera followers.Haryana government conducted searches and checking at several Dera centres “suspecting weapons could have been hidden,” Niwas said.At the press conference, Niwas was asked if searches were also being carried out at the Dera headquarters in Sirsa to which he replied in the negative.”Security personnel are patrolling the outer area of the sect headquarters and keeping a close vigil,” he said.Baldev Raj Mahajan, Haryana’s Advocate General, told the high court that arrests of as many as 524 persons have been made in Panchkula.”24 vehicles have been seized, five pistols with 79 rounds; besides, 2 rifles with 52 rounds were recovered. Moreover, iron rods, ‘dandas’, hockey sticks and ten petrol bombs were also recovered.”Eight FIRs have been registered in Panchkula. The details of FIRs registered at other places would be furnished,” Petrol pumps, banks, shops were closed in the area in view of the curfew.

Robert Vadra decries CBI probe into Bikaner land deals

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra has dubbed the Rajasthan government’s recommendation of a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) inquiry into the alleged land scams in Bikaner, involving his company, as another “attempt of malicious prosecution.” In a Facebook post, Vadra said, ?Another attempt of malicious prosecution exposed. First, Rajasthan police filed an FIR on 26 August 2014. In 3 years, they filed the chargesheets, summoned documents, as also company officials, yet found not an iota of evidence. Neither the FIR nor the chargesheets accuse the companies associated with me in any manner whatsoever.? He alleged that having failed with the police FIR and chargesheets, they (the government) unleashed the Enforcement Directorate to ?harass and hound?. ?Enforcement Directorate has conducted raids, seized documents and harassed in every possible manner. As they fail, they make one more sinister attempt to rope in the CBI. Has the Rajasthan government lost faith in its own police and investigation?! Please hound, prosecute and harass as much as you want, such lies will never undermine the truth,? he added. The Rajasthan government had yesterday written to the CBI for a probe into alleged land scams in Bikaner, including those involving a company of Vadra. “As many as 18 FIRs are registered and four of them are against Vadra’s company which was allegedly involved in illegal purchase of nearly 275 bigha land. All the 18 FIRs are in connection with purchase of close to 1400 bigha land in fake names,” Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria had said. The state government, after finding irregularities in the land deals, had cancelled mutations (transfer of land) of nearly 374.44 hectares of land in Bikaner. The state revenue department had found that the allotments were made in the names of “fake private persons”. The Congress, however, accused the BJP governments at the Centre and in the state of misusing the CBI. The issue dates back to 2007, when 1,400 acres of land in Bikaner was illegally sold to private companies. The land was meant to be given as compensation to farmers whose plots were acquired by the government to set up the firing range at Mahajan. But instead, it allegedly went to fictitious beneficiaries. Among the companies that bought land was Skylight Hospitality – the firm acquired 60 hectares in 2009.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Raj recommends CBI probe into Vadra land deals

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Rajasthan government on Tuesday recommended to the Centre to initiate CBI investigation into the alleged land scams in Bikaner, involving Robert Vadra, son-in-law of Congress president Sonia Gandhi, said state Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria.”The matter is a complicated one and spread over several years. We have conducted our investigations and even arrested several persons but have come to the conclusion that the case needs to be further investigated by the CBI,” said Kataria. Vadra companies are involved in the purchase and sale of 275 bighas of land and there are four FIRs against them, he told DNA.”The lands in question were sold and resold by the owners since 2010. We feel that this large-level scam of usurping land, given as compensation to those whose land was acquired for Mahajan Firing Range, involves many more people. Involvement of government officials cannot be ruled out as the land was registered under fake names and identities. This necessitates a CBI inquiry,” he said.The Vadra land deals had been a major campaign issue for the BJP during 2013 poll campaign and the CBI recommendation has been welcomed by the party. “We welcome the decision. The CBI is an independent body and we hope for a fair inquiry. Congress should welcome the decision,” said state BJP chief Ashok Parnami.PCC chief Sachin Pilot welcomed the decision, but demanded that findings of the state inquiry be made public. “We are open to all inquiries. Rajasthan government has initiated an inquiry, the findings should be made public,” said Pilot. Bikaner MP and union minister Arjun Meghwal, who had been concertedly raising the issue, too welcomed the decision. “We are sure the CBI will bring all the culprits to book. The issue needs thorough holistic investigation by the specialised agency,” said Meghwal.The issue is related to land given as compensation to those displaced by the Mahajan Firing Range. Actual beneficiaries had not got the land, instead it had been allotted to false persons. The land had subsequently been sold and resold till 2012. The land was subsequently sold to solar power companies.The matter was raised in the state assembly in 2014 and subsequently a total of 18 FIRs had been registered for the 1,400 bighas of land. Out of these, four FIRs for 375 bighas were against Robert Vadra’s companies.

Bihar flood: Death toll rises to 98, health dept launches toll free number ‘104’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The flood situation in Bihar worsened on Thursday as the death toll mounted to 98 due to the deluge which has affected nearly 93 lakh people in 15 districts, forced postponement of examination and cancellation of trains.The toll due to the floods triggered by rains in Nepal and northern parts of the state was 72 yesterday, and 73.44 lakh people in 14 districts were hit. Saharsa was the latest district to be affected, officials said.Though the Met office has forecast possibility of rain in southern Bihar for one more week, there would be less rainfall in Nepal and northern parts of Bihar.The health department has launched a toll free number 104, officials said, adding hospitals have been directed to maintain a sufficient stock of anti-snake and anti-rabies injections.Araria district accounted for 20 deaths, followed by East Champaran (14), West Champaran (13), Madhepura (12), Sitamarhi (11), Kisanganj (8), Purnea (5), Madhubani (5), Darbhanga (4), Saharsa (3), Sheohar (2) and Supual (1), said Disaster Management Department Principal Secretary Pratyay Amrit.Amrit said 3.59 lakh people have been rescued to safer places. Out of them, 2.13 lakh were put up in 504 relief camps in different places while 1,112 community kitchens are feeding 3.19 lakh flood victims.Food packets are being airdropped in inundated areas while in places where flood waters have receded they are being supplied through panchayats.Amrit said 114 boats of NDRF (National Disaster Response Force), 92 of SDRF (State Disaster Response Force) and 70 of the Army are deployed for relief and rescue related works.Principal Secretary (Health) R K Mahajan said ‘boat ambulances’ are also being operated by the administration.In case of shortage of doctors in primary health centres, administration would hire private doctors on payment, Mahajan added.Mahajan, also Principal Secretary of Education, said examination in Bihar University, Muzaffarpur, was scheduled to start tomorrow but it has been postponed.Principal Secretary, Road Construction, Amrit Lal Meena said 124 roads, including national highways, have been damaged in floods.Rural Works Department Principal Secretary Bipin Kumar said 222 hand pumps have been disinfected in Araria and 219 in Kisanganj so that citizens could get purified drinking water.Animal Husbandry Principal Secretary Vijaylakshmi said 50 ambulatory vans are working in flood-hit areas to attend to sick animals and 196 veterinary doctors have been deputed.Meanwhile, train services continued to be affected.An East Central Railways statement said 39 trains have been cancelled as water overtopped tracks. The cancelled trains included 12235 Dibrugarh-New Delhi Rajdhani, 12424 New Delhi-Dibrugarh Rajdhani till August 20.Many trains have been short-terminated.Vijay Sinha, Commandant of 9th battalion of NDRF, said the force’s personnel rescued 25 pregnant women, 55 animals and saved eight from drowning.The NDRF team yesterday facilitated the birth of a baby girl on its boat in Madhubani district.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

2017 monsoon session ends on a good note

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Both Houses of Parliament adjourned sine die after completion of the monsoon session on Friday. The 26-day session comprised 19 sittings.Scoop of the Last DayM Venkaiah Naidu chaired the Rajya Sabha session for the first time after being administered oath of office as the Vice-President by the President, Ramnath Kovind, in the Rashtrapati Bhawan.Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar expressed happiness after 14 Bills were passed. It was an achievement considering a short session, he said. “The monsoon session has been a successful session in terms of the legislative businessës conducted and wide participation of all political parties in discussions on various issues of national importance,” he said.Speaker Sumitra Mahajan noted in her conclusive remarks that nearly 30 hours were wasted due to disruptions”. The House had to meet for over 10 hours more than scheduled.No common resolutionThe ideological differences reflected in the two varying resolutions passed on August 9 on Quit India, one in the Lok Sabha where the PM’s speech and the BJP’s thumping majority showed the effect while the agreed Rajya Sabha resolution clearly showed sway of the Opposition having the majority.The resolution read out by Speaker Sumitra Mahajan in the Lok Sabha also laid stress on dedicating to a prosperous, clean and corruption-free India. Mahajan also said that with a progresive mindset, the people of the nation must patriotic value.’Secular Sadbhav’The one moved by Chairman Hamid Ansari on behalf of the Rajya Sabha said: “On this day, we solemnly take a pledge to uphold and safeguard the values and ideals of the freedom movement and re-dedicate ourselves to build an India that is strong, self-reliant, inclusive, secular and democratic.” It preferred the political works such as secular and inclusive instead of “sadbhav” (harmony) used in the Lok Sabha resolution.Mixed feelingsParliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar expressed happiness after 14 Bills were passedSpeaker Sumitra Mahajan noted said nearly 30 hours were wasted due to disruptions. The House had to meet for over 10 hours more than scheduled.

Lok Sabha adjourned sine die

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Lok Sabha was adjourned sine die on Friday. Speaker Sumitra Mahajan said the monsoon session of the Lower House had had 19 sittings which lasted 71 hours. She said during these period, the House passed Supplementary Demands for Grants (General) and Demands for Excess Grants (General). She said during this monsoon session, 17 Bills were introduced and 14 Bills were passed. Mahajan said nearly 30 hours were wasted due to disruption. She, however, said the House sat over 10 hours extra to discuss matters of public importance. After Question Hour and papers were laid, the Speaker adjourned the house sine die.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Speaker corrects member’s Hindi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>People have not been “murdered” but “killed” in the floods. This was what Speaker Sumitra Mahajan told a Congress member during a discussion on the natural calamity in the Lok Sabha today. Gaurav Gogoi (Cong) said in Hindi that “750 people have been murdered (hatya hui) in the floods.” Mahajan immediately pointed out that the term should be “mrityu (death)”. Gogoi, who belongs to Assam, told the Speaker “thank you for correcting my Hindi.” He was initiating the discussion on a calling attention motion on floods.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Poonam Mahajan launches ‘Bharat Jodo’ campaign

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Bharatiya Janta Yuva Morcha (BJYM), the youth wing of the BJP, today launched the ‘Bharat Jodo’ (unite India) campaign, with an aim to connect the youth with the “nation-building” process. The campaign, launched by BJYM chief and MP Poonam Mahajan, comes in the wake of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call to the party to launch nation-wide campaign to mark the 75th anniversary of the Quit India movement. “As the ‘Quit India’ movement was a watershed moment in the history of struggle for Independence, Bharat Jodo Abhiyan will be a landmark in bringing the youth together in the nation building process. We will write a new history with the help of history,” Mahajan was quoted as saying in a statement. Union ministers Ananth Kumar, Kiren Rijiju, Babul Supriyo, Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari and large number of ex-servicemen were present at the programme held at Vijay Chowk, BJYM spokespersons Shivam Chhabra and Rohit Chahal said in a statement. Bharat Jodo aims to put the idea of creating a New India , as envisioned by Modi, unified in the quest for development and equality for all, at the centre of India’s development agenda, Mahajan said. She claimed that the campaign is also against divisive forces within the nation, which are threatening the cohesiveness of India. Mahajan ‘outdated violent ideologies” of the West are trying to attach a negative connotation to the idea of nationalism, a pet theme of the BJP. She handed over ‘tiranga’ to all the BJYM state presidents and urged them to organise similar events across the country, the statement said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Lok Sabha mourns death of sitting MP Sanwar Lal Jat

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Lok Sabha today paid glowing tributes to former Union minister and BJP MP from Ajmer Sanwar Lal Jat who passed away here this morning. Jat breathed his last at the AIIMS where he was undergoing treatment following a cardiac arrest. “We deeply mourn the loss of our colleague,” Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan said while making a brief note about Jat’s political career. The members stood in silence for a minute as a mark of respect to the departed soul. The House was then adjourned for the day. Jat had served as Minister of State for Water Resources in the Narendra Modi government from November 2014 to July, 2016. He was also an MLA for five terms in Rajasthan.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

BJP youth wing to launch ‘Unite India Campaign’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The BJP’s youth wing will launch a ‘Bharat Jodo Abhiyan’ (Unite India Campaign) to mark the 75th anniversary of the Quit India Movement, as part of which its president Poonam Mahajan will present tricolour to its state presidents to organise ‘tiranga yatras’. According to a Bhartiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) statement, it will hold an event tomorrow evening in the national capital as part of the campaign. The campaign is aimed at strengthening the belief of “One India, Great India” among the masses and sending out a “strong” message to “separatist and anti-national” forces, the statement said. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had earlier asked the party to carry out a nationwide exercise between August 9 and August 15 to mark the Quit India Movement anniversary and launch a ‘sankalp’ (pledge) yatra between August 15 and August 30.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

BJP leader invokes ‘Tamil pride’, says time right for lotus in

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Invoking “Tamil pride”, BJP youth wing national chief Poonam Mahajan today highlighted the welfare initiatives undertaken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the Tamil Nadu fishermen and asserted that the time was ripe for the lotus to bloom “everywhere in the state”. Asking if “Tamil pride” was ever “respected” during the previous UPA regime at the Centre, she said though votes were garnered by invoking it, it was quickly forgotten by the political parties once they reached Delhi. That was not the case with the BJP, which had resolved to stand by the people of Tamil Nadu, she claimed. Addressing a state BJP youth wing rally here, Mahajan listed the Centre’s recent initiatives, including a Rs-1,500 crore plan to convert bottom trawlers into deep sea long- liners for the fishermen of the state. The plan was announced by the prime minister last month when he inaugurated a memorial of former president A P J Abdul Kalam at Rameswaram. Lauding the late Kalam, Mahajan said Modi had shown respect to the former president and taken forward his initiatives, including the ‘blue revolution’ for the fishermen. Modi had said his government would usher in a ‘blue revolution’ by developing the country’s coastal regions and working for the welfare of the fishermen. “The fishermen from Tamil Nadu, who were stuck in Sri Lanka, were also brought back expeditiously,” said Mahajan. She added that during his visit to the island nation, Modi had met “our Tamil brothers and sisters” there, a “first” by an Indian prime minister. Referring to the current political scenario in the state, Mahajan took potshots at DMK working president M K Stalin for “taking lessons” from Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi. Repeating the “lessons” jibe used by senior BJP leader Muralidhar Rao, who spoke before her, she wondered why did Gandhi not opt for a bulletproof car during his recent visit to Gujarat’s Banaskantha district, where a cement brick was hurled at the Congress vice-president’s car. “We don’t want to throw stones at people who do nothing for the nation. We would use our hands to do better things for the country,” said the BJP leader. Referring to the two major Dravidian parties, she said, “The sun (DMK’s poll symbol) is setting, the leaves (two leaves, the AIADMK’s poll symbol) are falling apart and what we have to do now is see that the lotus blooms everywhere (in Tamil Nadu).” Expressing satisfaction at the turnout at the rally, Mahajan said if this was the BJP youth wing’s “trailer”, the film would be “super hit”. Likening Modi with the “real sun”, she said the prime minister was “burning himself” without even taking a single holiday to serve the people. Anyone could directly connect with the prime minister through the “Modi app”, she said and asked if it was possible to do the same with leaders like Stalin. Beginning and ending her speech with “vanakkam”, the BJP leader said she would try and speak in Tamil the next time and be a “Tamil sister”. The rally was held to urge the Tamil Nadu government to conduct the local body polls soon, shut down the state-run liquor outlets and improve the standard of education in government schools. Mahajan also called on actor Rajinikanth yesterday and visited the house of a party functionary today. Posting photographs with the actor on her Twitter handle, she wrote, “One of the most humble couples I have ever met Lathaji and Thalaiva @superstarrajini ji (sic).” The BJP has been wooing Rajinikanth of late. The actor has recently hinted that he may consider joining politics.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Incessant downpour in Amdavad brings the biz scene to a standstill

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With waterlogging affecting road transport, all major retail markets remained closed on Thursday. Industry players said major industrial clusters of Naroda, Vatva, Odhav and Narol faced heavy absenteeism as workers were unable to reach their work places.Gaurang Bhagat, president of Maskati Kapad Mahajan, confirmed that the entire garment market, comprising about 50,000 traders, remained closed on Thursday. Chinubhai Shah, president of Shree Choksi Mahajan, pointed out that apart from a few wholesale bullion traders who had to settle deals, jewelers in retail segment had their showrooms closed. “The business was already low because of GST. Now floods have aggravated the situation,” said Shah.Most pharmaceutical units were severely affected due to absenteeism, said Viranchi Shah, chairman of Gujarat chapter of Indian Drug Manufacturers Association (IDMA). While expressing concern for goods in godowns, Jaimin Vasa, president of Gujarat Chemical Association, said, “Goods in transit are also affected”.Veg supply hitSupply of vegetables in wholesale and retail markets in the city was hit on Thursday as incessant rains resulted in waterlogging and disruption of road network, said market players. While milk procurement by Amul has been hit because of floods in north Gujarat, the supply in Ahmedabad city has remained unaffected.Ahmedabad APMC sources said that supply of vegetables on Thursday was about 45 per cent down. Retail vendors also stayed away from fresh buying.

Scindia comment row: Sumitra Mahajan says her office made mistake in recording statement

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Wednesday admitted that her office had made certain mistakes in recording the statement regarding the alleged remarks by some BJP members against Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia two days ago.The Congress leader had alleged that BJP MPs Veerendra Kumar, Manohar Utwal and Nand Kumar Chauhan had levelled certain “baseless allegations” against him that pertained to the Dalit community. Mentioning the issue during the Zero Hour, Mahajan said Veerendra Kumar had not made any direct allegation against Scindia. “Is mein thodisi galti hamari office kee bhi thi (There was some mistake on the part of my office),” Mahajan said, adding that certain deletions were made by the office in the “uncorrected statement” amidst the din.”When I had asked the officers to delete the names, they had by mistake deleted the entire sentence,” she said. Scindia then said the context was “about me”, but could not be heard any further in the din. Mahajan was then heard saying she was ready to show the recordings to him. On Tuesday, Scindia had offered to quit the Lok Sabha if the allegations by the BJP MPs that he was against Dalits were proved. He had also said that these MPs should quit if they were unable to prove their charges and also demanded a public apology from them.”They (BJP MPs) have been making wrong and baseless allegations against me for the past few days. … My image has been tarnished. I seek your protection,” he had told Mahajan. On the issue of BJP member Anurag Thakur allegedly shooting a video of opposition protests on his mobile phone, Mahajan said she did not know what had happened at that point of time in the House as there was a din. However, she told the member “I am warning you… Dobara galti nahi honi chahiye (the mistake should not be repeated).” Some opposition members, including those from the Congress, had complained about Thakur shooting a video of their protests on July 24 inside the House.AAP member Bhagwant Mann, who was himself suspended for two sessions for taking a video in the Parliament complex, had also written a letter in this regard to the Speaker.

Thakur expresses regret over mobile use; Mahajan warns

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan today warned BJP member Anurag Thakur for allegedly filming video inside the House, but a dissatisfied opposition demanded action against him as was taken against AAP’s Bhagwant Mann. Some opposition members had complained about Thakur using his mobile phone inside the House to shoot a video of their protests in the Well on July 24. Mann, who was himself suspended for two sessions for taking a video in the Parliament complex, had also written a letter in this regard to the Speaker. During the protest, the Congress members had torn papers and thrown them towards the Chair, leading Speaker Sumitra Mahajan to suspend six of the party’s 44 MPs in the House. Earlier today, Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge wanted to know why action was not being taken against Thakur, even though Mann had faced suspension for two sessions for shooting a video outside the House but in the Parliament complex. Speaker Sumitra Mahajan then said although nothing had come to her notice, but asked Thakur to tender apology in the House. “Mobile se agar kisiko aapattee hai to … mein khed vyakt karta hoon (If someone has objections to (my) mobile, then I express my regret),” Thakur said amid noisy protest by the opposition. Mahajan then told Thakur: “I am warning you… Dobara galti nahi honi chahiye (the mistake should not be repeated)”. As the House assembled around 1415 hours after two adjournments, the Congress members stormed the Well demanding revocation of suspension of six of its members and similar punishment for Thakur as was given to Mann. As the House discussed the Indian Institutes of Information Technology (Amendment) Bill, 2017, Congress members demanded that since the House was not in order, the proceedings should be adjourned. While participating in a discussion on the Bill, TMC MP Sougata Ray raised the issue of suspension and videography and said that “injustice” had happened as the ruling party MP has been “let off with just a warning”, while Mann was suspended from the House for two sessions. “Please withdraw the suspension of six members. We see another case of injustice. While Mann was suspended for two sessions for filming video… one ruling party member was let off with a warning. Meet out equal justice to Mann and the member of the ruling party,” Roy said. As Congress members continued to protest shouting slogas like ‘We want justice’, ‘Revoke the syuspension order’, Deputy Speaker Thambidurai said since the Speaker has already passed an order, the matter has to be dealt with by her. “The Speaker has given a ruling. I can’t overrule it… I can convey to the Speaker (your demands).. Please let the House function,” Thambidurai said. In December last, the Lok Sabha had adopted a motion to suspend Mann from the House for filming a video of Parliament complex as a parliamentry panel set up to probe the matter felt that it had put the security of Parliament House at risk. Later, N K Premachandran (RSP) then read out Rule 349 which states that while the House is not in order, it should be adjourned. The House was discussing Indian Institutes of Information Technology (Amendment) Bill, 2017. However, Thambidurai observed that no other member was protesting. The House was adjourned for the day after the bill was passed amidst the din.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Mobile phone use in LS: Thakur expresses regret; Mahajan warns

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan today sent out a stern warning to members against using mobile phones inside the House after BJP member Anurag Thakur expressed regret for allegedly shooting opposition protests in the Well using his mobile two days ago. Some opposition members had complained about Thakur shooting video of their protests in the Well on July 24 and AAP member Bhagwant Mann had written a letter in this regard to the Speaker. While stating that nothing has come to her notice, Mahajan said if someone had done so, then it is condemnable. “If you have done it, then you have to tender an apology (to the House),” she said. Thereafter, Thakur gave a statement and expressed regret. “Mobile se agar kisiko aapattee hai to … mein khed vyakt karta hoon (If someone has objections to (my) mobile, then I express my regret),” Thakur said amid noisy protests by opposition members. A visibly peeved Mahajan warned against such actions in the future. “I am warning you… Dobara galti nahi honi chahiye (the mistake should not be repeated),” she told the member. On July 24, Mahajan had suspended six Congress members from attending the House for five days after they threw papers towards the Chair. During those protests in the Well, it was alleged that Thakur had shot the scenes using his mobile phone. As the House met after adjournment at 1245 hours, Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge wanted to know why action was not being taken against Thakur whereas Mann had faced suspension for two sessions for shooting video outside the House but in the Parliament complex.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Govt-Opposition on collision course, Lok Sabha adjourned without any major transaction

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Lok Sabha was on Tuesday adjourned for the day, virtually without transacting any substantial business, after Congress members created an uproar over a range of issues, including remarks made by certain BJP MPs against its leader Jyotiraditya Scindia and the revocation of suspension of six of its members.Congress and opposition parties were also demanding a discussion on the lynching incidents in the country in the name of cow protection. Scindia said BJP MPs Veerendra Kumar and Nandkumar Singh Chouhan had levelled certain allegations against him pertaining to the Dalit community. He said if these remarks were found to be true, then he would quit as the member of the House and demanded that if the BJP leaders failed to prove their allegation, then they should tender their resignations. “My image has been tarnished,” Kharge said. Mallikarjun Kharge, the Leader of the Congress in the Lok Sabha, defended Scindia and said the Guna MP has been fighting for the well-being of the Dalits in the House over the last 15 years.As Congress members, including Scindia, Kantilal Bhuria, K C Venugopal and Ravneet Singh Bittu, rushed to the Well, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan said she was trying to accommodate everyone by allowing them to ventilate their concerns. However, members from the treasury benches also vociferously responded to the Congress charge, leading to a ruckus in the House. This led Mahajan to warn the members that if any one of the officials or the Secretary General are harmed by mistake, then consequences would not be good. Anguished over the unruly scenes, the Speaker said “if you are bent upon creating a ruckus, how will the House run? I have told you to raise your concerns under the rules … Don’t try to teach me (how to run the House)”.Kharge said the opposition also wants the House to function. He also accused Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar of trying to “pour petrol into the fire”. As the din continued, Mahajan adjourned the House for the day. Soon after the House had reassembled at 3 PM, the Speaker ordered the listed papers to be laid. The ruckus began soon after she took up the Indian Institutes of Information Technology (Amendment) Bill, 2017, and HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar moved the legislation for consideration and passage.Earlier, the House was adjourned till 3.00 PM within minutes after it had assembled at 11 AM to allow members to participate in the swearing-in ceremony of Ramnath Kovind as the 14th President of India.The proceedings, which were slated to run for some time, was adjourned as opposition members mounted noisy protests over cow vigilantes and lynching incidents. The Speaker decided to adjourn the proceedings almost immediately, saying “You don’t want the House to function…as it is, I am adjourning the House to allow members and ministers participate in the oath taking of the 14th President and other ceremonies.”As soon as the Question Hour was taken up at 11 AM, Kharge raised the issue of cow vigilantism and the “repeated” incidents of lynching in the name of cow protection, sparking the uproar.Incidentally, the first question the House was to take up was “whether it is a fact that 99.19 per cent cows and 99 per cent oxen are productive in the country”. While the question was being read out, the minister could not give an answer and the proceedings were adjourned.

JD (U) leader backs suspension of six Cong MPs from Lok Sabha

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> With six Congress MPs being suspended from the Lok Sabha for unruly behavior, Janata Dal (United) leader Harivansh on Tuesday asserted that suspension was not enough and that more stringent punishment is necessary. Speaking to ANI, JD (U) MP Harivansh said, ?It is the most unfortunate incident that has happened in the Lok Sabha. MLA being suspended is a shame to the Congress Party. Also throwing paper at the Speaker and showing an unruly behavior is totally not accepted. Rather than having a good discussion the MLA?s are behaving like kids. What example are they setting??. Requesting the Centre to take action on the MLAs, Harivansh stated that suspending the ministers will not do; government should take more disciplinary measures. ?This incident shows that the Congress Party has lost its mind. Suspending them will not do?the government should take more disciplinary action on them,? Harivansh said. Earlier in the day, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi along and the rest of the Opposition, protested outside the Parliament at the Gandhi statue against the suspension of six Congress MPs by Lok Sabha Speaker yesterday. The Congress Party said that Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan should have given the six party MPs a chance to explain their stand before she suspended them. After the Lok Sabha witnessed uproar during the zero hour, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan yesterday suspended six Congress MPs for five days citing unruly behavior. The suspended MPs are Gourav Gogoi, K. Suresh, Adhiranjan Chowdhary, Ranjeet Ranjan, Sushmita Dev and MK Raghwan. The members threw pieces of paper and disrupted proceedings during zero hour when issues of mob lynching and Bofors scam were brought up. The Opposition members demanded the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s presence to discuss the incidents of lynching in the name of cow protection. Congress members tore and flung papers on the Chair and raised slogans against the government. Even after the Speaker’s repeated appeals for calm went unheeded and she adjourned the House for lunch.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Congress MPs suspended: Deeply hurt by conduct, says Speaker; Opposition cries foul

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan today said she was “deeply hurt” over the conduct of Congress MPs in the House and that she had only asked them to raise the lynching issue after Question Hour.Mahajan’s comments came shortly after she suspended six Congress MPs from the House for five days for their “highly unbecoming” conduct during protests over the lynching issue that “undermined the Chair’s dignity”. “I am sad and deeply hurt … and unable to understand why this happened, as I did not prevent them from raising any issue. I told them they can raise the issues they want but only after the Question Hour,” she told reporters outside the House.She said Lok Sabha members Gaurav Gogoi, K Suresh, Adhir Rajan Chowdhury, Ranjeet Ranjan, Sushmita Dev and M K Raghavan had torn official papers and thrown it towards the Chair.The speaker said she had told the Congress’s leader in the House, Mallikarjun Kharge, that his party can raise the issue but after the Question Hour.
ALSO READ Six Cong MPs creates ruckus in LS, suspended for five days by Sumitra Mahajan Mahajan said the Question Hour is normally not suspended, according to the rules of the Parliament’s Rules Committee which includes members of all parties and that she was only following the rules. The Speaker pointed out that President Pranab Mukherjee in his farewell speech had yesterday said the proceedings in Parliament should not be disrupted. Meanwhile, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar said if any opposition party wants to speak or raise any issue, they should give a notice in advance. Wanted to discuss cow vigilantism: Suspended MPs​ Ranjeet Ranjan, who along with four other Congress members was suspended from the Lok Sabha today, said the opposition wanted a discussion on the incidents of cow vigilantism in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home minister Rajnath Singh.Claiming that the “atmosphere of fear” prevails in the country, she said 50-60 people have been killed within a year in the mob lynching incidents.”We had given the adjournment motion. There have been incidents of mob lynching. There is fear among Dalits, adivasi and minority due to (pakhandi) fake gau rakshaks,” she said, adding we wanted a discussion in the presence of Prime Minister and Home Minister on the issue. She said even after the prime minister condemned the killing in the name of gau rakshaks, the mob-lynching incidents have been reported from the BJP ruled states.”I think this is a conspiracy. The ruling party is playing the politics of hatred,” she added. Ranjan was among six Congress members who were suspended from the Lok Sabha for five days by Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on the ground of “highly unbecoming” conduct during their protests over the lynching issue that “undermined the Chair’s dignity”.Other members suspended for their “improper behaviour” were Gaurav Gogoi, K Suresh, Adhir Rajan Chowdhury, Sushmita Dev and M K Raghavan. In her order, Mahajan said that all these members had torn official papers and thrown it towards the Chair. She said all this had happened despite her agreeing to a discussion on the issue of alleged atrocities against Dalits and Muslims. Leader of the Congress in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge and a few other members had raised the issue of atrocities and she had allowed them to speak, Mahajan said. Opposition cries foul: The Congress on Monday slammed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over the issue of suspension of its party leaders in the Parliament and said that the Centre has been trying to restrict freedom of speech of the opposition.Congress leader Shobha Oza told ANI, “The freedom of speech was restricted in the parliament when our MPs tried to protest lynching and violence over cow slaughter and were immediately suspended.” She further alleged that the BJP was somewhere involved directly or indirectly in all kinds of violent activities that were taking place in the society.The CPI(M) today attacked the Centre over suspension of six Congress MPs on the ground of their “highly unbecoming” conduct during their protests over the lynching issue, saying the opposition will not be silenced by its such “undemocratic” tactics. CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury termed the tussle as “battle” for constitutional values of the country. “The Opposition will not be silenced by such undemocratic tactics of the govt. This is a battle for Constitutional values of our country,” he tweeted.Meanwhile, CPI(M) Lok Sabha member Mohammed Salim demanded Speaker Sumitra Mahajan to reconsider her decision to suspend the six Congress members. “Not allowed to discuss #MobLynching today #LokSabha witnessed unprecedented noisy seen… members suspended. Hon Speaker should reconsider,” he tweeted.

Six Cong MPs creates ruckus in LS, suspended for five days by Sumitra Mahajan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Six Congress members were today suspended from the Lok Sabha for five days by Speaker Sumitra Mahajan for causing “grave disorder” by storming the Well, tearing papers and throwing them towards the Chair during their protests over the lynching issue.Ordering their suspension amid noisy protests by Congress members and counter-slogans of “shame, shame” from the BJP benches, the Speaker said the conduct of Gaurav Gogoi, K Suresh, Adhir Rajan Chowdhury, Ranjeet Ranjan, Sushmita Dev and M K Raghavan was “highly unbecoming” and had undermined the Chair’s dignity. Members of the Congress and some other opposition parties were in the Well raising slogans against the government and protesting lynching incidents in the name of cow protection almost since the House assembled in the morning and took up the Question Hour.However, after some time, only the Congress members remained in the Well and the ruckus continued during the Zero Hour in the afternoon, forcing an adjournment till 2.00 PM. She pronounced her order as soon as the House reassembled at 2.00 PM and again adjourned it till 2.30 PM due to the noisy protests by Congress members that followed. Congress chief Sonia Gandhi was present in the House at that time.When the House again met at 2.30 PM, Congress members were joined by the Left in protesting the suspension, prompting Deputy Speaker M Thambi Durai to adjourn the House for the day. Earlier, Mahajan said she was constrained to name these members due to their behaviour which was in “abuse” of the rules. “Gaurav Gogoi snatched papers from the table and waived them towards the Chair. K Suresh snatched papers from the table, tore them up and threw them towards the Chair. Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, Ranjeet Ranjan, Sushmita Dev and M K Raghavan tore papers and threw them towards the Chair,” Mahajan said in her order.”The conduct of the members is highly unbecoming and in abuse of the rules of the House. It seeks to undermine the dignity of the House. These members were persistently and willfully obstructing the business of the House and have caused grave disorder,” the Speaker said. These members, she said, stood automatically suspended from the service of the House for five consecutive sittings under the provisions of Rule 374A of the procedure for conducting Lok Sabha business.”They may forthwith withdraw from the precincts of the House,” Mahajan said. In her statement in the House, she said all this had happened despite her agreeing to a discussion under proper notice the issue of atrocities against Dalits and Muslims which was raised by Leader of the Congress in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge and a few other members.Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar had also agreed to a discussion on the issue, she said. Despite this, the members stormed the Well, she said while pronouncing the order. They did not stop despite her repeated requests to them to return to their seats, she said. As she pronounced their suspension, many Congress members again trooped into the Well, with K C Venugopal being heard asking her that she should suspend all the Congress members.Earlier in the day, the opposition members had created a ruckus in the House, tearing papers and raising slogans in the Well to protest the incidents of lynching by cow vigilantes, with the government saying that killing in the name of cow protection was wrong and the states should deal with them. The noisy protests by the members of the Congress and other opposition parties erupted soon after the Speaker disallowed their adjournment notice over the “barbaric and shameful” incidents of lynching.

Deeply hurt by conduct of Congress MPs: Sumitra Mahajan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan today said she was “deeply hurt” over the conduct of Congress MPs in the House and that she had only asked them to raise the lynching issue after Question Hour. Mahajan’s comments came shortly after she suspended six Congress MPs from the House for five days for their “highly unbecoming” conduct during protests over the lynching issue that “undermined the Chair’s dignity”. “I am sad and deeply hurt … and unable to understand why this happened, as I did not prevent them from raising any issue. I told them they can raise the issues they want but only after the Question Hour,” she told reporters outside the House. She said Lok Sabha members Gaurav Gogoi, K Suresh, Adhir Rajan Chowdhury, Ranjeet Ranjan, Sushmita Dev and M K Raghavan had torn official papers and thrown it towards the Chair. The speaker said she had told the Congress’s leader in the House, Mallikarjun Kharge, that his party can raise the issue but after the Question Hour. Mahajan said the Question Hour is normally not suspended, according to the rules of the Parliament’s Rules Committee which includes members of all parties and that she was only following the rules. The Speaker pointed out that President Pranab Mukherjee in his farewell speech had yesterday said the proceedings in Parliament should not be disrupted. Meanwhile, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar said if any opposition party wants to speak or raise any issue, they should give a notice in advance.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

‘Genie’ of Bofors will haunt Congress until decent burial BJP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Bharatiya Janata Party on Monday said that the ?genie? of Bofors case will continue to haunt Congress until a proper investigation is conducted. ?The genie of Bofors is back again and the basic issue remains that the investigation which should have been taken place had not taken place yet. In fact everybody collaborated to scuttle the investigation. It is for everyone to see that the skeletons will keep coming out till they have a decent burial. The decent burial of Bofors has not happened at all,? BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi told ANI. ?The documents which were received by the Swiss Banks were never worked at, bail applications were moved and unfortunately the bails were granted without looking at the law. In the absence of decent burial, as I said, the genie will keep coming back,? Lekhi asserted. She further said that the big ticket of corruption which this country saw in the age of television channels, needs to be buried decently and people who accepted the bribe, its trail needs to be found. ?When heads of states get involved in corruption then that?s a huge thing,? Lekhi added. Earlier in the day, pandemonium reined in the Parliament when the Opposition trooped into the wells of both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha to protest against the Centre?s recent actions with regard to the Bofors Gun Case, frequent incidents of mob lynching arising out of the ban on cow slaughter and the National Eligibility-cum-entrance Test (NEET). The Parliament witnessed uproarious scenes and disruptions as the opposition cornered the government on several issues and also sought a discussion on farmer suicides. In the Lok Sabha, the opposition disrupted Question Hour by raising slogans against the government over incidents of cow vigilantism. The ruckus continued for over an hour. Some the protesting members also threw papers at Speaker Sumitra Mahajan as the treasury benches countered the opposition over questions related to mob lynching and Bofors scam allegations. Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge questioned the Speaker as to why his adjournment motion on mob lynching and cow vigilantism was rejected? He pointedly asked that when the country is facing incidents of lynching and attacks on Dalits, minorities and women, it was a clear case of failure on the part of the government to protect marginalized sections of society. Union minister and BJP leader Ananth Kumar countered and retorted by saying that the country worships the cow and the cow must be protected. He said that any crime happening in the name of cow would not be tolerated. This statement caused pandemonium and led Speaker Mahajan to adjourn proceedings on the House till 2 p.m. Speaker Sumitra Mahajan then proceeded to suspend six Congress MPs for five working days citing unruly behavior. The opposition also raised objections to a six-member sub-committee of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on defence looking into non-compliance of certain aspects of the Comptroller and Auditor General or CAG report of 1986 on the Bofors howitzer gun deal. A majority of the members of a parliamentary sub-committee have asked the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to move the Supreme Court against the Delhi High Court’s 2005 order quashing proceedings in the Bofors case. CBI Director Alok Verma and Defence Secretary Sanjay Mitra were among the officials who appeared before the panel headed by BJD MP Bhartruhari Mahtab last week and faced questions from members of the sub-committee on defence attached to the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on why the premier investigating agency did not approach the Supreme Court after the Delhi High Court dismissed proceedings in the case in 2005. The Bofors scandal relating to alleged payment of kickbacks in procurement of howitzer artillery guns had triggered a massive political storm and led to the fall of the Rajiv Gandhi government in 1989. The CBI wanted to approach the Supreme Court in 2005 after the Delhi High Court quashed the Bofors case, but it was denied permission by the then UPA government. In the Rajya Sabha, opposition MPs from Tamil Nadu and West Bengal demanded answers on the National Eligibility-cum-entrance Test (NEET) and took their protest into the Well of the House.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Six Cong MPs suspended from LS for 5 days for creating ruckus

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>six Congress members from the Lok Sabha for five days by Speaker Sumitra Mahajan today on the ground of “highly unbecoming” conduct during their protests ove the lynching issue that “undermined the Chair’s dignity”. Mahajan announced her order as soon as the House met at 2.00 PM following an adjourment. She said she was constrained to name Gaurav Gogoi, K Suresh, Adhir Rajan Chowdhury, Ranjeet Ranjan, Sushmita Dev and M K Raghavan for their improper behaviour. In her order, she said all these members had torn official papers and thrown it towards the Chair, prompting members of the treasury benches to shout “shame, shame”. Some of these members had picked up papers from the Lok Sabha secretariat staffers’ table and had torn and thrown them, Mahajan said. She said all this had happened despite she agreeing to a discussion on the issue of alleged atrocities against Dalits and Muslims. Leader of the Congress in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge and a few other members had raised the issue of atrocities and she had allowed them to speak, Mahajan said. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar had also agreed to a discussion on the issue, but despite that many members stormed the Well, she said while pronouncing the order. They did not stop despite her repeated requests to them to return to their seats and instead, indulged in the improper conduct, she said, while adjourning the House till 2.30 PM. As she pronounced their suspension, many Congress members again trooped into the Well, with K C Venugopal being heard telling her that she should suspend all Congress members. Congress President Sonia Gandhi was also present in the House. When the House reassembled at 2.30 PM, Congress members were joined by the Left in protesting against the suspension, prompting Deputy Speaker M Thambi Durai to adjourn the House for the day.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Six Congress MPs suspended from Lok Sabha for five days for unruly behaviour

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Monday suspended Six Congress MPs from Lok Sabha for five days due to their unruly behaviour.The six MP who have been suspended are Gaurav Gogoi, K Suresh, Adhir Rajan Chowdhury, Ranjeet Ranjan, Sushmita Dev and M K Raghavan.”Suspended MPs had stormed the well, torn papers and thrown it towards the Chair,” said Speaker Sumitra Mahajan.Earlier in the day, Parliament witnessed uproarious scenes and disruptions as the opposition cornered the government on several issues and also sought a discussion on farmer suicides. In the Lok Sabha, the opposition disrupted Question Hour by raising slogans against the government over incidents of cow vigilantism.

HC gives state three months to revise policy to regulate trekking camps

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Bombay High Court directed the state government to revise, within three months, the policy to regulate and monitor organisers of holiday and adventure camps.A division bench of Justice Naresh Patil and Justice Bharati Dangre, while setting the time limit, said “Safety and security of the public at large must be one of the paramount considerations of the state. At the same time, state must take steps to promote and not discourage the participants of adventurous sports.”The direction was given after the court was informed that in 2015, the government had sought to relook the policy issued by it in 2014, but things had not moved forward. As per the policy, the government had made it mandatory for organisers to register themselves with the appropriate authority which was to be headed by a District Sports Officer. However, district committees could not be formed due to unavailability of sufficient experts in the field.Avid trekker, Vasant Limaye, challenged the policy. Senior counsel Ram Apte appearing for him argued, “Adventure sports activities must be governed and regulated in a prescribed manner. However, the guidelines issued in the said policy notified through the government resolution issued by the tourism department are not practical.”As per the policy, operators have to register themselves and employ only qualified and experienced trainers and instructors. Specifications for use of equipment, a list of recognised institutions for training, and instructions on how medical risks could be minimised were set out. It has also laid down a code of conduct for the organisers and warned that any breach of conditions would result in cancellation of their registration and penal action.This had followed while hearing a public interest litigation filed by a couple, Anil and Sunita Mahajan, whose only son Harshal (15) died on a trek-cum-adventure trip to Kullu-Manali conducted by a private operator.

‘Guru’ of parliamentary polity exits

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The atmosphere was solemn in the historic Central Hall of the Parliament on Sunday when President Pranab Mukherjee entered it for, perhaps, the last time in his official capacity.On his way to the Central Hall, President Mukherjee could be seen sharing lighter moments with Prime Minister Narendra Modi illustrating the respect the two share for each other.Almost all the parliamentarians, including BJP veteran LK Advani, and former prime minister Deve Gowda had turned up on a wet Sunday evening to bid adieu to President Mukherjee whose 42 years of illustrious association with parliament — 37 years as an MP and 5 years as the President — comes to an end on Monday.Mukherjee was ushered in by Vice President Hamid Ansari, Speaker of the Lok Sabha Sumitra Mahajan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Ananth Kumar and the Secretary Generals of both the Houses.Looked up across all sections by parliamentarians for his terrific career as a member of both the Houses, former finance minister, defence minister and finally as the President, Mukherjee was presented with a farewell address on behalf of all the members of the Parliament by Mahajan that described him as a ‘Guru’ from whom generations of parliamentarians have received lessons on the operational dynamics of parliamentary polity.The letter that was presented to President Mukherjee in the form of a scroll by Mahajan, described his long journey beginning as a college teacher then a journalist and subsequently in national politics as always striving for excellence and selfless service.”With your thoughtfulness and wisdom, you brought dignity and respect to the august office of the President which gained new prominence as political leaders of all hue and affiliations sought your guidance on crucial matters affecting the nation,” the farewell letter said.It credited him for “extraordinary contribution” in democratizing the Rashtrapati Bhawan through multiple programmes, innovative initiatives and opening its gates to welcome common man.Applauding President Mukherjee’s role in enhancing the stature of the highest office, Vice President Hamid Ansari recalled Mukherjee’s words, “Our tradition has always celebrated the ‘argumentative Indian’, not the ‘intolerant’ Indian. Multiple views, thoughts and philosophies have competed with each other peacefully for centuries in our country.”

Oppn raises slogans on farm issues in LS, forces adjournment

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The proceedings of the Lok Sabha were adjourned today for 20 minutes after opposition parties raised slogans on the plight of farmers and related issues. As soon as the House assembled and took up the Question Hour, opposition members, largely from the Congress, trooped into the Well raising slogans saying the Prime Minister should answer. Parliamentary Affairs minister Ananth Kumar said the Lok Sabha had last night concluded a discussion on the issue by sitting late. But the slogan shouting continued, forcing Speaker Sumitra Mahajan to adjourn the house till 1130 AM, just about ten minutes after it assembled at 11 AM.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Pro-actively considering two time zones in country: Govt

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The government today said it is “pro-actively” considering the matter of having two separate time zones in the country. The issue was raised in the Lok Sabha by BJD member B Mahtab who highlighted that there was a gap of nearly two hours in sunrise timings between the eastern and the western parts of the country. “Sun rises at 4 am in Arunachal Pradesh while offices open at 10 AM. The Ministry of Science and Technology has also done a study on this in the past,” Mahtab said. He said some 2.7 billion units of electricity could be saved if there are two separate time zones and added that only the Centre can take a call on office timings. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar said the government has taken Mahtab’s suggestion very “seriously”. “He has raised a very important and sensitive matter. The government is pro-actively considering the issue,” he said. As the Lok Sabha was earlier adjourned after the opposition alleged that the government was ignoring the well- being of farmers, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan expressed happiness over the matter being discussed, saying “some constructive work” is happening in the House.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Oppn. stages walkout in Lok Sabha after first adjournment

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The members of the Opposition belonging to the Congress, the Trinamool Congress (TMC), Left, the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) staged a walkout in the Lok Sabha after the House met at 12 noon after the first adjournment. As the House resumed, in the Zero Hour, Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge demanded immediate discussion on farmers? plight and suicides. Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, while rejecting the adjournment motion, said the issue would be discussed as it is listed under 193 in the business of the House. Parliamentary affairs minister Ananth Kumar also pleaded with the opposition members saying the Government is committed for welfare of farmers. However, unrelenting opposition members staged a walkout.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

BJYM holds protests over gangrape, murder in Himachal

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Members of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) today took out a candle march at Jantar Mantar in memory of a suspected gang-rape and murder victim of Himachal Pradesh. The 15-year-old girl was gang-raped and then brutally murdered on July 4 in Kotkhai village of the hill state, BJYM, the BJP’s youth wing, said. BJYM’s general secretaries Saurabh Chaudhary and Abhijat Mishra, its Delhi unit chief Sunil Yadav, media head Shivam Chhabra were among the leaders who led the protests, it said. In a statement, BJYM president Poonam Mahajan condemned the crime and attacked the Congress government in Himachal Pradesh for rising cases of crime against women there. The Himachal government had done nothing to bring the accused in this crime to justice, she alleged, asking if “this is because the victim was poor and the accused are rich and well-connected?”(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

MPs to present prez with coffee table book as farewell gift

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Parliamentarians will present outgoing President Pranab Mukherjee with a coffee table book on Sunday next as a farewell gift. “On July 23 evening, a farewell has been organised for the president. MPs will hand over a coffee table book with their signatures to him,” Speaker Sumitra Mahajan told reporters after an all party meet chaired by her ahead of the Monsoon Session of Parliament beginning tomorrow. Mukherjee’s term ends on July 24 and the next president will take oath on July 25. She said to mark the 75th anniversary of Quit India movement on August 9, plans are afoot to organise a discussion on the subject in the Lok Sabha. Mahajan told the meeting, MPs across parties were of the view that discussions on issues such as MSP for farmers, India’s foreign policy and the internal security situation must be discussed. She said members agreed that there should be no disruption of proceedings on the 19 days the House would meet during the session ending August 11.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

LS Speaker to chair all party meet tomorrow ahead of parliament’s Monsoon session

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Saturday called for an all party meeting tomorrow. During the meeting, Mahajan will seek cooperation from floor leaders of different parties in the Lok Sabha to ensure smooth transaction of business in the House during the Monsoon Session of Parliament. The monsoon session of Parliament will start from Monday and will continue till 11th of next month. The Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs (CCPA) has recommended holding the session from July 17 to August 11. The House may not function on the first day of the session on account of death of two sitting MPs?Lok Sabha member Vinod Khanna and Rajya Sabha member Pallavi Reddy.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Kejriwal seeks DDCA records; HC asks Jaitley to respond

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today sought summoning of the minutes of meetings of the DDCA between 1999 and 2014 in the Delhi High Court which asked Union Minister Arun Jaitley to respond to the plea. Joint Registrar Pankaj Gupta issued notice to Jaitley and sought his reply by July 28 on Kejriwal’s application moved in connection with the Rs 10 crore defamation suit filed against him and five other AAP leaders by the BJP leader. The Delhi Chief Minister sought summoning of the minutes of the meetings held by the General Body and the Executive Committee or Board of Directors of the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) between 1999 and 2014. In his application filed through advocate Anupam Srivastava, Kejriwal said he wished to confront Jaitley with these documents during recording of evidence on July 28 and July 31. Central government standing counsel Amit Mahajan, appearing for Jaitley, said the application has not been filed properly and a proper plea should be moved. Mahajan was objecting to the prayer sought in the plea to “pass an order summoning the concerned officer from the DDCA with documents/records as mentioned in paragraph 2 of the application”. He said if a witness was being summoned, then a list of witnesses should be given first. Srivastava admitted there was a default in the application as it appeared to be seeking summoning of a DDCA official, but said this was not the case. He said the application was worded in that manner as the documents being sought would have to be brought by someone. Besides Kejriwal, the five other accused in the defamation case are Aam Aadmi Party leaders Raghav Chadha, Kumar Vishwas, Ashutosh, Sanjay Singh and Deepak Bajpai. The AAP leaders had accused the BJP leader of corruption as the President of the DDCA, a post he had held from 2000 to 2013. Jaitley, who had denied all the allegations levelled by the AAP leaders in December 2015, had filed a civil defamation suit seeking Rs 10 crore damages from Kejriwal and the others, claiming they had made “false and defamatory” statements in the case involving DDCA, thereby harming his reputation. The AAP leaders had allegedly attacked Jaitley and his family members in various fora including social media over the alleged irregularities and financial bungling in the DDCA. Kejriwal is also facing another Rs 10 crore defamation suit filed by Jaitley in May this year over the use of an objectionable word by the Delhi Chief Minister’s lawyer, Ram Jethmalani, during the union minister’s cross examination. Jaitley, who holds twin portfolios of Finance and Defence, filed the second defamation suit alleging that Jethmalani “abused” him in open court during the proceedings in the first defamation suit. During the cross-examination of the Minister on May 17 before a Joint Registrar in the Delhi High Court, Jethmalani had used a term Jaitley had found objectionable. A day after, Justice Manmohan, who was hearing a connected matter, had termed as “scandalous” the remarks made by Jethmalani against Jaitley before the Joint Registrar during the cross-examination. Terming the word as not only “false, baseless, malicious and abusive, but is per se defamatory”, Jaitley in his fresh suit has stated that he was “subjected to numerous questions, terminologies/statements that are ex-facie abusive, malicious, offensive, irrelevant and slanderous”.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Textile traders continue indefinite strike against 5% GST

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after protesting textile traders in Surat were lathicharged by police, textile traders in various parts of the state downed their shutters on Tuesday to oppose the incident as well as the 5% GST levied on textiles.Gaurang Bhagat of Maskati Market in Ahmedabad said that the whole market remained shut in protest of the GST (Goods and Services Tax) levy. “Thousands of shops in the market remained shut. Textile traders in New Cloth Market, Panchkuva Mahajan, Sarangpur and other markets also observed a total bandh. We are not in favour of small traders being brought under GST, and as per the decision taken by All India Textile GST Sangharsh Samiti, we will keep our shops and establishments closed till July 7,” Bhagat said.According to insiders, many textile traders have not registered for the new tax system and do not have a GST number.Bhagat said that they have held talks with government officials, explaining to them the practical difficulties of bringing small traders under GST, and are hopeful that the government will reconsider.Ritesh Shah, a textile shop owner in Maskati Market, said that police action on protesters in Surat is unacceptable and accused the government of trying to use force to suppress their protests. Traders said that business to the tune of crores has been hit.—(with agencies)Surat markets remain shut tooContinuing the strike against GST on textiles, textile markets in Surat, the hub of synthetic textile production in the country, remained shut on Tuesday.Manoj Agarwal, president of Federation of Surat Textile Traders Associations (FOSTTA) said that 65,000 textile traders are continuing the strike. Anger is also brewing among traders over Monday’s lathicharge.

Naidu presents 100 volumes of collected works of Mahatma

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union minister M Venkaiah Naidu today presented 100 volumes of collected works of Mahatma Gandhi to Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan for the Parliament Library. Naidu described the collected works as a “monumental document” of Gandhi’s thoughts, which he spoke and wrote from 1884, when he was a 15-year-old boy, till his assassination on January 30, 1948. He said Gandhi’s writings played an instrumental role in weaving the freedom movement together with the morals of truth and non-violence. The minister said the collected works gave an “invaluable opportunity” to study from the life teachings of the ‘Father of Nation’. “It was our responsibility to preserve his thoughts/ writings and disseminate it to our future generations,” he said. Speaking on the occasion, Mahajan said Gandhi’s simple message to the common people during the national movement evoked a sense of popular participation, feeling of oneness and unity for the nation.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Maha CM pays tributes to Savarkar on his birth anniversary

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis today paid rich tributes to freedom fighter Veer Savarkar on his 134th birth anniversary. Fadnavis this morning visited Savarkar’s birth place at Bhagur in this North Maharashtra district and paid tributes to the revolutionary leader, said a senior official from Nashik district collectorate. Maharashtra Water Resources Minister Girish Mahajan, local BJP MP and MLAs were present on the occasion. Mahajan said an amount of Rs 65 lakh has been approved by the state government to develop a memorial at Savarkar’s birthplace. Meanwhile, police detained some farmers from Sinnar town, who had gathered at Bhagur to protest against proposed Mumbai-Nagpur Samruddhi expressway, a senior police official said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Cong, BJP youth outfits clash during stir against Kerala govt

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Youth activists of the opposition Congress and BJP today clashed during an agitation before the Secretariat here against the CPI(M)-led LDF government, which is celebrating its first year in office. Hundreds of Youth Congress and Yuva Morcha activists had gathered since last night in front of the Secretariat as part of a ’24-hour siege’ protest against the government headed by chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan, alleging that its one year rule was a “total failure.” Trouble started when the activists pelted stones at each other and tore flex boards. A policeman was injured in the stone throwing and police used water cannons to disperse them, police said. Earlier, inaugurating the Yuva Morcha rally, Poonam Mahajan, national president, said the “red terror” unleashed by marxist workers against the cadres of saffron outfits should end. Alleging that the attack against party workers had increased after LDF government came to power in May last year, Mahajan wanted the centre to hold a proper inquiry into the killings of RSS/BJP workers. Since the 1960s, in Kannur, from where the chief minister hails, over 200 RSS/BJP workers have been killed, she alleged. “No FIRs have been registered,” she said. “We request the Prime Minister, Home Minister and Kerala Governor to conduct a proper inquiry and set up a Special Investigation Team to fight the red terror,” she said. She said the one year rule of the Vijayan-led government was a failure on all fronts, and alleged that rape cases and atrocities against dalits were on the rise. BJP leaders Ram Madhav and H Raja were among those who spoke. BJP Kerala president Kummanam Rajasekharan said “there is no water nor rice in ration shops, and no jobs for the youth. What has the government done to celebrate its first year in office.” Youth Congress national president Amarinder Singh Raja inaugurated the youth congress rally. Speaking at the rally, KPCC president M M Hassan said there was nothing for the LDF government to celebrate as its policies were all “anti-people.”(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

GST: R K Mahajan, Mahender Singh appointed CBEC members

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Senior bureaucrats R K Mahajan and Mahender Singh have been appointed as members in the Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC). Mahajan is the director general of Central Excise Intelligence and Singh is the director general (audit). The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved their appointment as members in CBEC, an order issued today by the Department of Personnel and Training stated. Both of them are Indian Revenue Service (Customs and Central Excise) officers. CBEC, the apex policy-making body for indirect taxes, has only two members — Ananya Ray and S Ramesh — against the sanctioned strength of six. With the appointment of Mahajan and Singh, only two posts are left to be filled up. Senior Indian Revenue Service (IRS) officer Vanaja N Sarna is the CBEC’s chairperson. The board and its officials are key stakeholders in the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax, which is slated to be rolled out from July 1.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Public representatives should say ‘no’ to incorrect work: LS

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Public representatives should work with transparency and say “no” to any work which they feel is not correct. These were the tips given to the newly-elected legislators of Uttar Pradesh by Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan during an orientation programme here today. “The public representatives must make an effort to understand the feeling of the public, and they should refuse to do any work, which they feel is not correct. Every public representative must say ‘no’ as and when the situation arises,” she told the MLAs. “Every representative of the public must work with transparency and clarity,” the eighth-time MP said. Among other suggestions, the Lok Sabha Speaker told the MLAs that before speaking in the Assembly, they must have thorough knowledge of the issue he or she is raising. “Efforts should be made by the elected representatives so that thay meet the expectation of the public by logical analysis,” she said. The elected representatives must work honestly while upholding the parliamentary traditions and discharging their duties, Mahajan said. Praising Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, she described him as a “karmayogi” (one who is devoted to work). “Yogi has not taken any ‘sanyas’ (retirement) from ‘karma’ (work). UP has got a ‘karmath mukhyamantri’ (hardworking chief minister) in the form of Yogi, who will develop the state and take it forward,” she said. Speaking on the occasion, Adityanath said, “Efforts will be made to ensure that the UP Assembly functions for at least 90 days in a year. Smooth functioning of the Assembly is important for all of us.”(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Maha planning law to make agri purchase below MSP an offence

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Maharashtra government is mulling a law to make purchase of agriculture produce by traders below the MSP (Minimum Support Price) a punishable offence. Chairing a meeting here today of the government officials and various agencies to discuss the structure and modalities for framing a group farming policy, the chief minister directed the officials concerned to draft a law to this effect. “Fadnavis asked officials to draft a law to make purchase by traders of agriculture produce below the MSP a punishable offence,” said an official in the Chief Minister’s Office. The CM also asked to bring a group farming policy for the final approval before the stat Cabinet at the earliest. “One-stop shops (will) be opened at the sub-divisional level, which will offer guidance, solutions to farmers for dairy, cold chain, warehousing,” the official quoted the chief minister as saying. At the meeting, some agencies, SHGs like PepsiCo and Jethro gave presentations and made suggestions. State ministers Girish Mahajan, Subhash Desai, Sadabhau Khot attended the meeting.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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