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No need to beg… this is independent India: M Venkaiah Naidu

Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu presiding over his first full session as Chairman of the Rajya Sabha urged MPs to give up colonial terms like ‘I beg to’ while laying papers.”No need to beg… this is independent India,” he said.Presiding over the Upper House proceedings on the opening day of the Winter Session of Parliament, Naidu said, “Just say I raise to lay on the table” the listed papers.He made the observation after the ministers called to lay the listed papers on the table, began their sentences by saying “I beg to lay on the table the papers listed against my name in today’s revised list of business.”Naidu, however, was quick to clarify that this was only a suggestion and not an order.This was not only the change that Naidu suggested on the first day as the presiding officer of the House.He also stood up while reading out obituary references.His predecessors Hamid Ansari and Bhairon Singh Shekhawat used to read the obituary references while being seated. Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan too stands while reading out obituary references.Naidu in August took over as the Vice-President of India in August — also the presiding officer of the Rajya Sabha.

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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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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 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.

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.)

Sumitra Mahajan hosts farewell dinner for Vice-Prez Hamid Ansari

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<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Wednesday hosted a farewell dinner for outgoing Vice-President Hamid Ansari.The dinner was attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his cabinet colleagues including Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar. Samajwadi Party patron Mulayam Singh Yadav and Leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha Gulam Nabi Azad were also present on the ocassion, according to sources in the Lok Sabha secretariat.Mahajan presented a painting to Ansari, and also gifted a memento to his wife Salma Ansari. Ansari has served as the 12th Vice-President of the country and also as the Chairman of the Rajya Sabha. He will demit his office on August 10.

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.)

MPs’ suspension: Youth Cong workers held en route Mahajan’s

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Some Youth Congress members were detained by the police today when they were marching towards the residence of Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan here to protest against suspension of six Congress MPs. They started their march from the Congress headquarters, the 24 Akbar Road, and headed towards Mahajan’s residence nearby. They were stopped at a barricade and later on detained by the police. Indian Youth Congress president Amarinder Singh Raja dubbed the suspension of MPs as “insult” to democracy. “It is disheartening to see how the government is openly acting like a tyrant and, even in Parliament, the Opposition is not being heard,” he said. The detained activists were taken to the Parliament Street police station and released later on, said Indian Youth Congress spokesman Amrish Ranjan. He alleged the police used force to disperse the workers, some of whom got injured, a claim the police denied. Earlier this week, six Congress MPs were suspended for five days from the ongoing session of the Lok Sabha by the Speaker. They were suspended for causing “grave disorder” by storming the Well of the House, tearing papers and throwing them towards the Chair during their protest over incidents of “lynching by cow vigilantes”. “Our protest was not against any individual. It was aimed at strengthening democracy that is under attack in the present regime,” Ranjan said.(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.)

Opposition temporarily prevents Sushma from speaking on Mosul hostage crisis

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Opposition on Wednesday temporarily prevented Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj from giving a statement on the ongoing Indian hostage crisis in Mosul, Iraq. As she initially rose to give her statement on the prevailing situation in Mosul with regard to the 39 Indian hostages, the Opposition shouted her down to the point where Swaraj said, ?I am ready to speak as the matter is serious, can’t give a statement in such uproar. They (opposition0 must not storm the well.? The ruckus forced Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan to adjourn proceedings in the House for a little while. Swaraj was due to give a statement on behalf of the government on the status of the missing Indians and to respond to Congress privilege notice against Sushma Swaraj In 2014, 39 Indian labourers, mostly from Punjab, were taken hostage by ISIS when it overran Iraq’s second largest city Mosul. The workers were trying to leave Mosul when they were intercepted. The Congress had earlier said it would submit a privilege motion against the minister in the Lok Sabha for “misleading the nation, parliament and families” on the kidnapped Indians. Alleging that Ms Swaraj had “lost all credibility”, Congress leader from Punjab Partap Singh Bajwa had said that Swaraj had said that these hostages were held in a dilapidated jail in Badush. Swaraj?s statement was also to reveal details of her talks with visiting Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari. There has been no word on them but the government has insisted that without information otherwise, the workers are still considered alive. Swaraj had told family members that an Iraqi official quoting intelligence sources had told Minister of State for External Affairs General (Retired) V.K. Singh that the kidnapped Indians were deployed at a hospital construction site and then shifted to a farm before they were put in a jail in Badush. More than 10,000 Indians fled Iraq amid the upsurge in violence in 2014, including dozens of nurses who were held briefly by suspected ISIS terrorists in Tikrit and Mosul before being allowed to return home. (ANI with inputs) Ends AD NNNN ANI(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

DNA Morning Must Reads: Ram Nath Kovind to take oath, Insights on Mithali Raj, Karan Johar’s web streaming plans, and more

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>1. LIVE Updates | Ram Nath Kovind to swear-in as 14th President of India todayPresident-elect Ram Nath Kovind will be sworn-in as the 14th President of India at the Rashtrapati Bhawan today in a glittering ceremony. Read more here2. After Speaker suspends 6 unruly Congress MPs, Oppn to protest todayLok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Monday suspended six Congress MPs for five days for “highly unbecoming” conduct and causing “grave disorder” by storming the Well and tearing and throwing papers during a ruckus over not being allowed to speak on cow vigilantism. Read more here3. JeM leader spews venom at Modi, incites Indian MuslimsIn the latest instance of Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed overtly pursuing its anti-India terror agenda, the outfit’s journal Al-Qalam’ has published a column written by its chief Maulana Masood Azhar, inciting Indian Muslims and spewing venom against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. Read more here4. Women’s World Cup: The Mind Of Miss CricketMithali Raj has led India to two World Cup finals without winning any but with her steely resolve and calm demeanour, she has proved to be one of grittiest captains. Read more here5. Karan Johar is keen to produce a web seriesThe filmmaker explains why he is staying away from it for now. Read more here

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.)

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.)

Mauritius is home away for Indians, says LS Speaker

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Mauritius is a home away for Indians, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan said today as she met President of Mauritius Bibi Ameenah Gurib-Fakim here. Mahajan, who is leading an Indian Parliamentary delegation to Mauritius, said the relationship between the two countries is “of hearts and sentiments” as the two countries are connected by strong cultural links and shared heritage. She noted that India and Mauritius have historically enjoyed excellent, unique and extra-ordinary relations and that the Strategic Partnership and co-operation between them in the international fora augurs well. The Speaker said India has accorded special status to Mauritius in several areas like tax matters and OCI-related issues. Blue economy, marine research and education, information technology and climate change are the areas where the two countries have common interests, she said. She said that because of its strategic location, political and economic stability, Mauritius is ideally placed for development as an IT hub to act as a Gateway to Africa . The President of Mauritius appreciated the relationship with India and expressed the confidence that it will continue to flourish even further. During the meeting, Mahajan presented a copy of the Constitution of India to the President of Mauritius. The Speaker, along with the members of her delegation, also visited the Apravasi Ghat, one of the biggest attraction centres in Mauritius. This is the place where about 183 years ago, the first group of 36 immigrant workers from India landed in Mauritius on-board the Atlas named ship. After visiting the museum at the Apravasi Ghat, Mahajan said, “we have seen the museums of Raja, Maharajas and the winners, but this museum honours the hard work of the labourers and depicts the contribution of the people standing at the last rung of society in the nation-building of Mauritius,” according to a statement issued by the Lok Sabha secretariat.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

PM Modi’s ‘Mann ki Baat’ now analysed in a book, President to get first copy

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s radio programme ‘Mann Ki Baat’ will now be available in a book.President Pranab Mukherjee will received the first copies of books ‘Mann Ki Baat: A Social Revolution on Radio’ and ‘Marching with a Billion- Analysing Narendra Modi’s Government at Midterm’ from Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, who will formally release it at a function to be held at Rashtrapati Bhavan on May 26. Vice President Mohd Hamid Ansari, Defence and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, among other dignitaries would be present during the function.The book ‘Mann Ki Baat: A Social Revolution on Radio’ by Rajesh Jain is a compilation of the prime minister’s addresses to the nation on radio every month under the programme ‘Mann Ki Baat’.
ALSO READ Mann ki Baat has evoked ‘huge response’ from NRIs: All India RadioIt contains a comprehensive, qualitative and academic analysis of ‘Mann Ki Baat’ — the themes, the choice of topics, the salient features, a press release issued today by Rashtrapati Bhavan said. It illustrates how ‘Mann Ki Baat’ has connected with the ‘New India’ the youth in particular. It also presents a coherent narrative about the manner in which ‘Mann Ki Baat’ has created mass movements, be it in cleanliness, in promoting India’s tourism potential, safer roads, drugs free India etc, the release said.The book ‘Marching with a Billion- Analysing Narendra Modi’s Government at Midterm’ analyses the monumental changes that Modi has brought on multiple fronts as the prime minister on India’s governance landscape by ushering in an unprecedented culture of transparency to create a level playing field so necessary in a developing country. The book is written by eminent journalist Uday Mahurkar.

21 killed as bus carrying pilgrims plunges into Bhagirathi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>At least 21 pilgrims from Madhya Pradesh were killed when their bus fell into Bhagirathi river near Nalupani this evening while returning from Gangotri shrine in the Himalayas. The mishap occurred at around 6 pm as the bus fell 300 metres down the road into the river, Uttarkashi District Magistrate Ashish Shrivastava said. Twenty bodies have so far been recovered from the spot and one of the seven injured died at the hospital, he said. Rescue efforts by the SDRF, the ITBP and police personnel under the supervision of senior officials are continuing in darkness. There were around 29 pilgrims, mostly from Indore, in the bus at the time of the accident, he said. On Chardham yatra since May 12, these pilgrims had already visited Yamunotri and Gangotri and were on way to Haridwar from where they had to go to Kedarnath, he said. Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh each to the next of kin of the deceased. Meanwhile, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan experssed grief over the tragedy and issued instructions for immediate aid to the victims.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Graft damages credibility of public reps: Adityanath

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A crisis of credibility is haunting public representatives because of corruption charges and absenteeism, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said today as he asked the state’s legislators to set high standards. Addressing newly elected MLAs of UP at an orientation programme at the Vidhan Bhawan complex here, he said if there is any one institution in parliamentary democracy that is answerable and accountable to the people, it is the legislature. “We have to go back to people after five years. Hence, we are answerable and accountable. Can we expect any judge or any executive official going to people after every five years? Certainly not,” he said. He said even people who retire from the judiciary, armed forces or bureaucracy become MLAs or MPs. Yet, fingers are pointed at only MPs and MLAs as they are held accountable. “A crisis of credibility which is haunting us can be attributed to our absence from the House and allegations of corruption levelled against public representatives. The bad deeds of an individual brings bad name to the entire system,” the chief minister said. He said the orientation programme had been organised so the people’s representatives become a symbol of credibility. It is my earnest desire that the UP Legislative Assembly becomes a model for all legislative assemblies in the country, he said. Sharing his experience as Gorakhpur MP, Adityanath said, “Instead of shouting and creating ruckus in the Assembly, it is better that the point is conveyed properly and effectively. It has the power to find solutions to many problems.” He said the Assembly must meet for at least 90 days in a year. “In recent years, the House sat for 20-25 days. Can we run the House for 90 days? This is a challenge,” he said. Adityanath said that the House functioning for 90 days would also mean that all tehsil offices or police stations too would function better as the respective MLAs would raise in the Assembly if there is any issue. He told the legislators that every word spoken by them should be a source of inspiration for the future generations. “The words spoken by you will become a property of the Vidhan Sabha. Your words and behaviour will determine your ‘krititva’ (deeds) in future,” he said. Addressing the MLAs, UP Governor Ram Naik said the Legislative Assembly has three important components — the speaker, members and ministers of ruling party and members of the opposition. “To maintain the sanctity of the House, the government (ruling party) should present a development programme, while the opposition should give its suggestions. The Assembly speaker should ensure that the House functions smoothly,” Naik said. The UP governor also said, “The Opposition should be allowed to voice its opinion, while the government should be allowed to function.” He also asked the newly elected MLAs to use their local area fund in a transparent manner, while staying away from corruption. 238 newly elected MLAs were among the legislators who attended the training and orientation programme. During the two-day programme, the MLAs will be informed about legislative procedures by veteran parliamentarians, senior legislators and also speakers of other state assemblies, Principal Secretary of Vidhan Sabha Pradeep Dubey said. Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan will address the valedictory session tomorrow.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Have done nothing wrong, says Geete after Raju gherao

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Shiv Sena leader and Union Minister Anant Geete, who was seen angrily shouting at his ministerial colleague Ashok Gajapathi Raju in the Lok Sabha, insisted that he had done “no wrong” and his party and TDP would remain NDA constituents. Geete’s remarks came after he, along with his party MPs, had surrounded TDP leader and Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju, after the latter refused to heed their demand for revoking the flying ban on Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad. “As a Shiv Sena leader, I need to take care of the rights of the party MPs. I have not misbehaved with anybody. I have not done anything wrong. Me and Rajuji are ministers and allies in NDA and will remain allies,” the Heavy Industries minister said outside the Parliament. At the same time, he insisted that the flying ban should be lifted from Gaikwad. Following the chaos in the lower house, Geete and his party MPs sat with Raju and other TDP leaders to resolve the issue. Both sides had also been called by the Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan to find a way out in the matter. Earlier in the Lok Sabha, BJP members, including several union ministers, watched in shock as their ally Shiv Sena MPs hit Raju’s bench in anger and did not let him leave. Several leaders, including Home Minister Rajnath Singh, tried to placate Geete and his colleagues while Raju was ushered out. Gaikwad had tendered an apology to Parliament but insisted that he owed no apology to the airline officials as he sought removal of the ban imposed on him by domestic airlines after he allegedly beat up an Air India officer with slippers.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Ravindra Gaikwad-AI staff row can’t be solved in Parliament: Sumitra Mahajan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Thursday said the matter cannot be solved in the Parliament, adding that both Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad and the Air India must sit together and come out with a solution.”Getting angry is normal so I had to adjourn the House. This matter cannot be solved in the session. Both the sides have to sit and talk and come up with a solution,” Mahajan told the media here. She added that Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju said the ban happened according to law which is same for all.”So, everybody was a bit angry with this because everybody thought he would say something that the matter will be considered,” she said. The Shiv Sena MPs earlier in the day surrounded Raju over the flying ban on Gaikwad and threatened that unless it is lifted they ‘won’t allow the airlines to fly from Mumbai’.The incident happened after the Lok Sabha was adjourned by Mahajan till 12.45 p.m. over the Shiv Sena protest.Earlier, Shiv Sena MPs were agitated over a statement of the Civil Aviation Minister, who reiterated that the ban was not aimed at a Member of Parliament, but for a passenger and safety was most important in flights. This led to a protest by Shiv Sena members, and the House was adjourned.Gaikwad, who was banned from flying after he assaulted an Air India staff, said that he had been provoked and alleged that the airlines staff misbehaved with him.Speaking on the issue during Zero Hour Gaikwad demanded that the flying ban on him be lifted. He got support from other opposition parties. The Shiv Sena MP also said that he can apologise to Parliament but will not apologise to the airline staffer.

Presidential polls | I work for RSS, don’t want to go to Rashtrapati Bhavan: Mohan Bhagwat

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat has quashed all rumours and said that he is not in the ‘not in race for President.”Speaking to ANI, Bhagwat said, “Sangh mein kaam karte hain,humein wahan jana nahi. Prastav aata bhi hai toh swikar nahi karna.” (I work for Sangh, I do not want to go there. Even if there is a proposal, I am not going to accept it).He also went on add that the rumours making rounds in media won’t come true. “Media mein jo chal raha hai, woh hoga nahi,” he added.Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut had on Tuesday put forth a suggestion that Bhagwat would be a good choice for President to make India a “Hindu Rashtra”. “Somebody with a clean image should occupy it. We have heard that Mohan Bhagwat’s name is being discussed for President. If India has to be made a ‘Hindu Rashtra’, Bhagwat will be a good choice for President,” he had said.
ALSO READ If India has to become ‘Hindu Rashtra’, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat good choice for President: Shiv Sena According to reports, the names of Sushma Swaraj, Sumitra Mahajan and LK Advani are also being considered by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).Incumbent President Mukherjee is due to retire on July 24. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will host a dinner for all NDA MPs on Wednesday, a move aimed at seeking their support for the NDA Presidential candidate.
ALSO READ True ‘sabka saath, sabka vikas’ only if poorest of the poor get benefit: Mohan BhagwatBorn in Chandrapur in Vidarbha region of Maharashtra, Bhagwat, 66, has headed the RSS since March 2009.(With agency inputs)

Watch: Brazen Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad refuses to apologise for assaulting Air India staff

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad, who assaulted an Air India Duty Manager at Delhi Airport on Thursday, has refused to apologise. He was unapologetic and said it that it’s wasn’t his mistake, he also went on to alleged that it was the Air India official who hit him first.”I will not apologise, why should I? First ask him (victim) to apologise then we will see,” he said.On being asked about the legal procedures, he said his lawyer and Uddhav Thackeray will look into the case and seemed confident that he will fly back by the 4.15 PM Air India flight scheduled for today (Friday). He also dared the Delhi Police to arrest him in the case.The incident took place inside Air India’s Pune- Delhi flight AI 852, when the aircraft landed in Delhi, Gaikwad​ refused to disembark despite attempts of persuading him to do so. An Air India official also tried to pacify the MP, who vociferously complained about the morning flight to Delhi from Pune, not having business class. The MP, who was unapologetic about his actions, even boasting about it on national TV, claimed it was the officer’s threat to complain about it to Prime Minister Narendra Modi that made him lose his cool.
ALSO READ FIA mulls action on Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad for assaulting Air India staff”I first asked him to lower his voice as his blood pressure would shoot up. He then said he would complain to Modi. Then I slapped him. I hit him 25 times with my sandal. I am Shiv Sena MP, not of BJP, to tolerate abuses,” he said. Gaikwad, bragging about the incident, said,”I was about to throw him off the plane.” He boastfully claimed he held up the plane for “full one hour” and did not allow the maintenance staff to clean the aircraft.In this shocking footage, it is seen that individuals had to restrain the Shiv Sena MP who almost throws the officer off the plane!
ALSO READ Here’s why Speaker cannot intervene in Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad-Air India case…On Thursday, Gaikwad wrote a letter to Civil Aviation Minsiter Ashok Gajapathi Raju and Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, while listing out the problems faced by him in the flight. Gaikwad in his letter said that he was misled by the Air India and stated that he was given business class ticket, but later he came to know that there was no business class section in the flight.
ALSO READ Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad beats up AI staffer, says I hit him 25 times, not onceListing his problems, the Shiv Sena MP asked the Aviation Minister and the Speaker to probe the matter and to find the reason behind these issues highlighted by him. Meanwhile, Air India registered two FIRs against Gaikwad for hitting an Air India staffer with his slipper over sitting issue and for forcibly holding the flight and delaying it for 40 minutes.(With agency inputs)

FIA mulls action on Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad for assaulting Air India staff

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Federation of Indian Airlines (FIA) is mulling over any action on Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad, who assaulted an Air India Duty Manager at Delhi Airport on Thursday. The Federation of Indian Airlines, which has Jet Airways, IndiGo, SpiceJet and GoAir as its members, has taken a strong view of the incident, an FIA source said.Meanwhile, Budget carrier IndiGo has said it will support any move which bars unruly passengers from flying, a day after Air India said it was mulling preparing a no-fly list for such people.”We will support a no-fly list,” IndiGo President and Whole Time Director Aditya Ghosh told PTI.Spicejet also voiced its support to a no-fly list to bar unruly flyers who are a safety hazard for not just the crew, but even the traveling public. “The government needs to act on this soon. An attack on our employees and crew is an attack on us and we strongly condemn such incidents,” said SpiceJet CMD Ajay Singh.
ALSO READ Here’s why Speaker cannot intervene in Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad-Air India case…However, FIA reportedly told ANI that they do not have the powers to ban anyone. The incident took place inside Air India’s Pune- Delhi flight AI 852, when the aircraft landed in Delhi, Gaikwad​ refused to disembark despite attempts of persuading him to do so. An Air India official also tried to pacify the MP, who vociferously complained about the morning flight to Delhi from Pune, not having business class. The MP, who was unapologetic about his actions, even boasting about it on national TV, claimed it was the officer’s threat to complain about it to Prime Minister Narendra Modi that made him lose his cool.”I first asked him to lower his voice as his blood pressure would shoot up. He then said he would complain to Modi. Then I slapped him. I hit him 25 times with my sandal. I am Shiv Sena MP, not of BJP, to tolerate abuses,” he said. Gaikwad, bragging about the incident, said,”I was about to throw him off the plane.” He boastfully claimed he held up the plane for “full one hour” and did not allow the maintenance staff to clean the aircraft.
ALSO READ Watch unedited footage: Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad almost throws Air India officer off the planeIn this shocking footage, it is seen that individuals had to restrain the Shiv Sena MP who almost throws the officer off the plane! On Thursday, Gaikwad wrote a letter to Civil Aviation Minsiter Ashok Gajapathi Raju and Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, while listing out the problems faced by him in the flight. Gaikwad in his letter said that he was misled by the Air India and stated that he was given business class ticket, but later he came to know that there was no business class section in the flight.Listing his problems, the Shiv Sena MP asked the Aviation Minister and the Speaker to probe the matter and to find the reason behind these issues highlighted by him. Meanwhile, Air India registered two FIRs against Gaikwad for hitting an Air India staffer with his slipper over sitting issue and for forcibly holding the flight and delaying it for 40 minutes.(With agency inputs)

Here’s why Speaker cannot intervene in Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad-Air India case…

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The shocking incident of Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad assaulting an Air India Duty Manager is not under the domain of the Speaker, leaving the matter almost entirely in the hands of the police. According to sources, the matter is not in the Speaker’s domain because the incident took place outside the Parliament.According to the procedure the police is supposed to inform the Speaker’s office on the action against the MP.On Thursday, Gaikwad wrote a letter to Civil Aviation Minsiter Ashok Gajapathi Raju and Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, while listing out the problems faced by him in the flight. Gaikwad in his letter said that he was misled by the Air India and stated that he was given business class ticket, but later he came to know that there was no business class section in the flight.
ALSO READ Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad beats up AI staffer, says I hit him 25 times, not onceListing his problems, the Shiv Sena MP asked the Aviation Minister and the Speaker to probe the matter and to find the reason behind these issues highlighted by him. Meanwhile, Air India registered two FIRs against Gaikwad for hitting an Air India staffer with his slipper over sitting issue and for forcibly holding the flight and delaying it for 40 minutes.

Regarding the presidential election, Banerjee said, "I

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>don’t want to talk about it. Pranab Mukherjee may again be elected as president, L K Advani, Sushma Swaraj, Sumitra Mahajan may also become president. We will decide when time comes after discussing with the party.” The Chief Minister also made an appeal to the people of civil society to hit the streets against “hooliganism and intolerance”. “Bengal is a land of peace and unity. Who is anyone to decide what I will eat, watch or read?,” she said. She called upon the intelligentsia of the state to rise in protest against “growing intolerance” from a section of the people as she stressed that “there is no place for intolerance”. “Everything has its limit. Hooliganism is not the last word. People should have patience to deal with such cases in cool mind… which can’t be resolved through intolerance. “Something happened… some people ransacked the establishment without trying to resolve the issue through discussion…this can’t be tolerated. We must rise against this,” she said. “The number of complaints is growing. There should be place for making complaints. Punishments should be there if complaints are found true. Also punishments should be there against those making fake complaints,” the chief minister said. Rejecting the contention of a section of people that “the existence of Hindus in Bengal is at stake”, Banerjee said, “These people are spreading a false propaganda. People of all religious faiths coexist in Bengal amid peace and harmony. There is no ill feeling or hatred among them.” She claimed that only a section of people are trying to reap dividend by creating division between people on religious ground. “We will not allow this to happen in this state,” Banerjee said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Kanimozhi to organise protest for women’s quota bill

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>DMK leader M Kanimozhi today said that she and her party will organise a protest in support of Women Reservation Bill, which is likely to be attended by women MPs from other parties also. “DMK will organise a protest in support of Women’s Reservation Bill on March 20 at Jantar Mantar. I am personally approaching all parties especially women MPs to take part in this protest,” Kanimozhi said. Various prominent women MPs including NCP leader Supriya Sule are likely to take part in the protest. Earlier, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan had also appealed to all the political parties to come together for passing in a respectful manner the bill for giving 33 per cent reservation to women in Parliament and state legislatures. The 108th Constitution Amendment Bill, or popularly known as the Women’s Reservation Bill, was introduced 20 years ago and has so far only managed to get the nod of the Rajya Sabha. It was introduced by the Deve Gowda government in 1996 and was passed by the upper house in 2010. The bill calls for 33 per cent reservation of seats in the Lok Sabha and all state legislative assemblies for women. As per the draft, the seats were to be reserved for women on a rotation basis and would be determined by draw of lots, in such a way that a seat would be reserved only once in three consecutive general elections.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

LS MPs concerned over racial attacks against Indians in US

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Members in the Lok Sabha today expressed grave concern over hate crimes against Indians in the US, with opposition parties questioning Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “silence” on the matter and the government saying it was being “viewed seriously”. Opposition members asked the government to spell out in Parliament how it plans to deal with the issue, prompting Home Minister Rajnath Singh to say that it has taken a serious note of these incidents and later assured that steps will be taken to ensure that “Indians abroad feel safe.” Singh also said the government will make a statement in Parliament next week. In the recent weeks, at least two Indians have been killed in suspected cases of hate crime in the US. After Speaker Sumitra Mahajan disallowed adjournment notices given by several opposition members to raise the issue, they took up the matter during the Zero Hour. Leader of Congress Mallikarjun Kharge accused the government of “failure” in raising the issue with the US, saying the recent spate of racial attacks was deeply disturbing and Modi and his government had “failed”, as neither have they condemned the incidents, nor taken up the issue with the US at a high level. “Why has the Modi government maintained a silence. The Prime Minister tweets on ever issue. Why has he kept quiet over such a serious matter,” he said. Taking a dig at the Prime Minister, Kharge said Modi is seen “hugging foreign leaders and sitting on a swing with Chinese President Xi Jinping” but has not taken up such an important issue. Saugata Roy (Trinamool Congress) said the government does not seem to be interested in protecting the interests of Indians in the US. “It is strange that our voluble, articulate prime minister is keeping silent,” he said, adding that the government should show “gumption and guts to stand up to bullies in the US”. Both Kharge and Roy said hate crimes have seen a rise since Donald Trump took over as the US President. Bhartruhari Mahtab (BJD) said the government should come out with an advisory for Indian origin people living in the US, warning them about unsafe places in that country in the same way the US has put out a travel advisory, warning its citizens against visiting India. Responding to the short discussion during which several members voiced their concern over the issue, the Home Minister said the government views the concern “seriously” and “all steps will be taken to ensure that Indians abroad feel safe.” He said External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj was unwell and the government will issue a detailed statement on the issue next week. (More)(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Women be given reservation in politics respectfully: Mahajan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan today appealed to all political parties to come together for passing in a “respectful” manner the bill for giving 33 per cent reservation to women in Parliament and state legislature. “It should be given respectfully… There should not be the case that someone is tearing papers and someone is raising slogans against it. This should not be done. “All parties should come together and clear the Women’s Reservation Bill in a respectful manner,” she said in a reply to a question on the Women’s Reservation Bill. “Please do not consider women weak. They are as capable and as intelligent as men are. But it is important that they get opportunities. So for that, reservation is required for them,” Mahajan, an eight-time MP, said on sidelines of the South-Asia Speakers Summit here. In the valedictory session of the summit, she said: “Women have a right to live with dignity and equality. They must have equal access to education, economic resources and employment.” The goal of sustainable development will not be achieved if women are denied equality, opportunity and dignity. The Bill was first introduced by the Deve Gowda government in 1996 and was passed by the Rajya Sabha in 2010. Since then, it is pending in the Lok Sabha. A number of parliamentarians over the years have opposed the passing of the Bill for various reasons.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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