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Tihar prisoner commits suicide

According to the police, the deceased pensioner, identified as Soniram, booked for a case of robbery, hung himself to end his life in jail number five. As other inmates raised alarm, authorities brought him down he was rushed to the jail hospital where he was declared brought dead. Police was then informed and the body was sent for a post-mortem examination. The victim's family was informed and inmates are being questioned to find out the motive behind the death.”
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<!–end of artlbotbor–><!–end of artlsocl–>Written Bydna Correspondent <!–end of artlbotbor–>Sunday 24 December 2017 4:06 ISTMust readGirls in Rohini Ashram force fed intoxicants: DCW chiefMetro’s technical audit is good news for Blue Line<!–end of artlmustredbx–><!–end of articllftpbx–>An under trial prisoner at Tihar Jail allegedly committed suicide on Saturday by hanging himself. However, police have not found any suicide note and the motive behind suicide is being probed into.According to the police, the deceased pensioner, identified as Soniram, booked for a case of robbery, hung himself to end his life in jail number five. As other inmates raised alarm, authorities brought him down he was rushed to the jail hospital where he was declared brought dead. Police was then informed and the body was sent for a post-mortem examination. The victim’s family was informed and inmates are being questioned to find out the motive behind the death.

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AAP women’s wing meets L-G Anil Baijal

The action comes after the party had alleged on Friday that BJP leaders and the Delhi police were involved in the running and illegal confinement of women and girls in the ashram, in the name of religious preaching. The party said that despite receiving several complaints the police had not taken any action till date.”
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<!–end of artlbotbor–><!–end of artlsocl–>Written Bydna Correspondent <!–end of artlbotbor–>Sunday 24 December 2017 3:29 ISTMust readGirls in Rohini Ashram force fed intoxicants: DCW chiefMetro’s technical audit is good news for Blue Line<!–end of artlmustredbx–><!–end of articllftpbx–>The women’s wing of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) met the Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal expressing concern over the security of women in the national Capital in the backdrop of the alleged sexual assault of minor girls and women by self-styled godman Virendra Dev Dikshit in his ashram located in northwest Delhi’s Rohini and many other areas. The members urged the L-G to ask the concerned agencies to take swift action in the matter and rescue the inmates from all these ashrams spread across the city. They also urged Baijal to personally monitor the investigation in the case.The action comes after the party had alleged on Friday that BJP leaders and the Delhi police were involved in the running and illegal confinement of women and girls in the ashram, in the name of religious preaching. The party said that despite receiving several complaints the police had not taken any action till date.

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DTC bus runs over woman in Kalindi Kunj

The deceased was identified as Ruby. She used to live in Madanpur Khadar slums. According to the police, the incident took place around 10 pm when she was trying to cross a road, but a speeding DTC bus ran over her. Even though the locals rushed her to a nearby hospital but she was declared dead on arrival. Her family members were informed and the body was sent for post-mortem.”
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<!–end of artlbotbor–><!–end of artlsocl–>Written Bydna Correspondent <!–end of artlbotbor–>Friday 22 December 2017 3:32 ISTMust readDelhi’s Max Hospital that wrongly declared baby dead resumes services after 10 daysDelhi High Court directs CBI to probe Rohini Ashram’s activities<!–end of artlmustredbx–><!–end of articllftpbx–>A 20-year-old woman was crushed to death by a DTC bus in southeast Delhi’s Kalindi Kunj area late on Monday night. Police have arrested the driver.<!– /11440465/DNA_Mobile_Article_300x250_BTF_1 –>The deceased was identified as Ruby. She used to live in Madanpur Khadar slums. According to the police, the incident took place around 10 pm when she was trying to cross a road, but a speeding DTC bus ran over her. Even though the locals rushed her to a nearby hospital but she was declared dead on arrival. Her family members were informed and the body was sent for post-mortem.

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Venkaiah Naidu: Don’t make a mockery of House

The Winter Session of Parliament was again disrupted as the Opposition continued to ask for an apology from Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his allegations that former PM Manmohan Singh had conspired with Pakistani officials to influence the Gujarat elections.The PM was in the Lok Sabha that was adjourned temporarily. After the adjournment, the Lok Sabha passed two bills. The Opposition-dominated Rajya Sabha was adjourned for the day amid slogan-shouting.In the Rajya Sabha, Chairman Venkaiah Naidu’s said nobody will tender an apology because nothing happened in the House. “Don’t make a mockery of the House. Already wrong message is going out,” he said.”There was no mention of conspiracy as alleged by the Opposition in PM’s speech,” said Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.Opposition parties, which disrupted Parliament for two days, had finally allowed government business on Tuesday, after back-to-back hectic parleys. But the sword of disruptions remained.In the meetings outside the House on Tuesday, Opposition leaders had made it clear to Jaitley that the blockade would be resumed unless Modi regrets, clarifies and withdraws his insinuation.They however relented to an extent. “We understand the stature of the PM office. We will not insist on his apology. But he must clarify and regret,” said a top Opposition leader.

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Amar Singh for action against Jet Airways

In the ongoing Winter Session of Parliament on Tuesday, Rajya Sabha MP Amar Singh raised the issue of aircraft safety, especially in Jet Airways, and sought answers from Union Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju. At about 5 pm, Singh called the issue to attention and said, “I would like to draw the attention of the House to the functioning of Jet Airways aircraft. Lately, they have been involved in several incidents of ground collision, tail strike, reports of pilots coming in late for duty, inordinate delays in flights, and in general, causing great inconvenience to passengers.” He added that these instances had often been reported in press, but no action had been taken against the management. “Attention is also invited to the audit report of United Nations aviation watchdog, which has placed our country’s aviation sector in the list of its 13 worst performing nations. This has been ruinous to the country’s aviation sector image, so I request the minister to inform the House about the remedial steps taken in the matter against Jet Airways and their management.”

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Scare as ‘drone’, flight nearly clash

The security agencies were thrown into a tizzy on Friday, when a drone-like unidentified flying object (UFO) and an Air India (AI) flight about to land at the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) almost collided.Seconds later, another flight to Leh, which had taken off from another runway at IGIA, also spotted the flying object.The ATC then immediately alerted the Airport Operations Control Centre (AOCC), which roped in the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) and Delhi Police.The incident affected some departures and arrivals as a CISF search team of armed commandos was rushed to the spot to look for this flying object, which according to the two pilots was spotted not far from runway 27-9.The team, however, could not locate the UFO within the periphery of the airport.The incident sparked panic among the intelligence agencies as it was the first day of Parliament’s Winter Session and the airport was witnessing heavy VIP movement.According to sources at the airport, around 10 am, pilot of the AI 914 Dammam-Delhi flight, Sandeep Kumar, reported a “flight safety hazard”, saying that when he was about to land at runway 27 and was at a height of 2,100 ft, he saw a drone-like object flying “slightly right on the central approach path of the runway”.”The pilot immediately reported the matter to the Delhi ATC, which alerted the AOCC and the CISF and Delhi Police were roped in. The pilot also gave a hand-written complaint in this regard at the police station. Surprisingly, the object was observed by another pilot as well,” a senior officer said.Drone-like UFO sighting at the IGIA is is not something new but such incidents leave the security and intelligence sleuths rattled. In October this year, a Jet Airways Singapore-Delhi flight, while preparing to land on runway 29, reported a drone flying in the proximity, nearly 300-400 meters above the ground.Earlier, three such incidents were reported in 2016, while two were reported in 2015.UFO MENACE AT IGI AIRPORTOct 7, 2017 Jet Airways’ Singapore to Delhi flight reports a drone flying near the airport. Mar 31, 2016 UFO spotted over the apron area but disappears before security forces arrive. Mar 13, 2016 A balloon-like structure spotted close to an operational runway at Delhi airport.

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Udaipur: Peace & net get a chance to log in

Few groups had previously claimed that on Thursday, the demonstration was in support of the Rajsamand hate crime accused, Shambhulal while others held it to be against the anti social slogans. Even as the exact cause and those to be behind the notorious social media messages are still to be identified, police and administration have sought to levy ban on mobile internet and imposition of Section 144 to keep the situations under control. The prohibitory orders were though called off as city remains peaceful since Thursday evening clash. ”
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<!–end of artlbotbor–><!–end of artlsocl–>Written ByAvanindra Mishra <!–end of artlbotbor–>Sunday 17 December 2017 4:08 ISTMust readMeat prep, damage to temple during film shoot irk localsRadheshyam Garg is new RPSC chief<!–end of artlmustredbx–><!–end of articllftpbx–>Prohibitory orders and Internet restrictions were waived at Udaipur district on Saturday after three days of unrest and confusion. Communal tension had gripped the city following the incident of Rajsamand hate killing and demonstration of right wing organisations protesting anti- national slogans allegedly raised by at public gathering. The demonstration on Thursday had turned violent as the demonstrators clashed with police leaving several injured. Social media though has emerged as a major culprit in the incident. “Many of those protesting on Thursday were unaware of the exact cause of their protest. They had arrived following stray messages on social media calling for gathering at the city,” police superintendent Udaipur told DNA.Few groups had previously claimed that on Thursday, the demonstration was in support of the Rajsamand hate crime accused, Shambhulal while others held it to be against the anti social slogans. Even as the exact cause and those to be behind the notorious social media messages are still to be identified, police and administration have sought to levy ban on mobile internet and imposition of Section 144 to keep the situations under control. The prohibitory orders were though called off as city remains peaceful since Thursday evening clash.

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Maharashtra to crack down on tuition classes

The State could soon regulate the fees of private coaching classes, as per the draft of the Maharashtra Private Coaching Regulation Bill 2018 which is likely to be tabled in the Winter Session of the Assembly next week.As per the draft, the State will form a designated body to periodically set and regulate the fee structure for private coaching classes from region to region. Coaching institutes would have to abide by this structure; and they will also have to accept fees only by cheque.The draft bill also states that only a class with five or less students can be considered a home tuition class; if the number of students exceeds this, it would fall under the ambit of a private class. Each such class would have to abide by the norms set by the state government.”Each private class needs to have adequate seating capacity and can have a maximum of 80 students per class,” the draft states, “It should have a separate toilet for girls and boys, and enough parking space. The guidelines stated in the bill will be applicable to classes which cater to students up to class XII.”If the bill is passed, every private class would have to reserve 5% seats for students from lower economic backgrounds and give 50% discount in fees for students coming from government schools or institutes run by local self-government bodies.The draft bill continues the recent policy of not allowing integrated coaching — coaching classes run within the premises of educational institutes and during school/college hours.Private classes would have to take the requisite permissions while setting up classes and would have to keep accounts and audit reports ready for government scrutiny at any time. They would also have to donate 5% of their income for educational funds of the state government.Trustee of Science Parivar, prof Subhash Joshi, said that the bill, if passed in its existing form, would completely end the autonomy of coaching institutes. “The government should realise that coaching classes run on a competitive basis and are not compulsory in nature,” says Joshi, “How can the government decide everything from fees to teacher appointments when it is not giving us any financial or any other kind of support?” He added that the government should ensure good quality teaching in schools and colleges so that students don’t have to turn to coaching institutes.Alka sinha said that home tutors like her, who charge much less than commercial classes, would be at a loss with the new rules. “We cannot provide parking and separate washrooms as the income from fees is very small,” she said.Draft rulesState govt will fix and regulate fees of pvt coaching classes Classes can take fees only by cheque Only classes with 5 or less students to be considered home tuition Students cannot be charged separately for books, notes or study material 5% seats to be reserved for poor; Classes to provide separate loos for boys and girls and adequate parking

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Congress disrupts Rajya Sabha over PM Modi’s remark

Parliament’s Winter Session got off to a fiery start with frequent disruptions in the Rajya Sabha on Friday, as the Congress demanded an apology from Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his insinuation that his predecessor Manmohan Singh conspired with Pakistan to meddle in the Gujarat elections.The Opposition protested and raised slogans. There were three adjournments as Opposition leaders did not allow the proceedings to continue before the House was adjourned at 3 pm. The ruckus followed the Prime Minister’s comment earlier in the day that he hoped for a constructive debate in the Winter Session. The Lok Sabha was adjourned after obituaries.Modi had alleged during an election rally in Gujarat that some Pakistani leaders met Singh at a dinner hosted by Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar on December 6, suggesting they were hatching a conspiracy to influence the Assembly elections in the state.”This is not an ordinary allegation… against a former PM, Vice-President and Army chief,” Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said. He gave a notice under rule 267, seeking suspension of the listed business to discuss the issue.Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu, presiding over his first full session after being appointed Vice-President, rejected the notice and asked the member to sit down. With more commotion, the House was adjourned.Naidu, known for his wit, did not hold himself back as there was continuous shouting by agitated members who also protested against the disqualification of JD (U) chief Sharad Yadav and Ali Anwar of the same party.”I don’t appreciate the conduct of coming to the Well. … There is a saying that all is well, not well. Try to understand this.”Amid the shouting, Naidu said there cannot be any discussion on the decision of the Chair. “There is no discussion on the ruling of the chairman. Please sit down.” “This is a political issue which you are raising, which you discuss outside the House.”When the House met again, Azad raised the issue amid uproar and it was adjourned again till 3 PM by Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien.Several Congress members, including Oscar Fernandes, Shamsher Singh Dullo, Renuka Chowdhury and Sanjay Singh, trooped into the Well of the House, shouting slogans.Kurien pleaded with members to take up the private members’ business but Samajwadi Party member Naresh Agarwal raised the issue of the Centre’s move to set up special courts for cases against MPs and MLAs, questioning the move.When Kurien said it was a decision of the Supreme Court, Agarwal said he had not criticised the top court but his questions were directed at the government.Congress leader Anand Sharma also got up and in support of Agarwal. Amid the chaos, Congress members once against tried to corner the government by shouting slogans demanding an apology from the Prime Minister.This is when the House was adjourned for the day.Private members’ bills including ‘The Educational Innovations Commission Bill 2017’ by Vinay Sahasrabuddhe and ‘The Prevention of Enforced Disappearance Bill 2017’ by V Vijayasai Reddy were introduced.

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Gujarat Elections 2017: SC dismisses Cong plea seeking cross-verification of VVPAT

The Congress had moved the top court earlier in the day and were represented by lawyers Abhishek Manu Singhvi and Kapil Sibal in the top court. The voting for the two-phase Gujarat Assembly election ended on Thursday and counting of votes will be held on December 18. ”
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Friday 15 December 2017 15:48 ISTMust readAfter Saudi, now Kashmir wants cinema halls reopenedMinor set ablaze by neighbours for opposing molestation in UP’s Mainpuri<!–end of artlmustredbx–><!–end of articllftpbx–>The Supreme Court on Friday dismissed the Congress Party’s plea seeking directions to the Election Commission of India (ECI) to count and cross verify at least 25% of voter-verified paper audit trail (VVPAT) with votes cast with Electronic Voting machines (EVM).The apex court said that it finds no merit in Congress’ plea and asked that the Gujarat Congress could approach it through filing a writ petition for electoral reforms. It further maintained that electoral process in a democracy is of utmost importance and the Supreme Court cannot interfere only to allay apprehension of a party. The Congress had moved the top court earlier in the day and were represented by lawyers Abhishek Manu Singhvi and Kapil Sibal in the top court. The voting for the two-phase Gujarat Assembly election ended on Thursday and counting of votes will be held on December 18.

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Winter Session: As Congress sulks over Pak allegations, PM seeks cooperation at all-party meet

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today sought the opposition’s cooperation for a constructive Winter Session of Parliament which starts tomorrow even as the Congress insisted on an apology from him for attacking his predecessor Manmohan Singh during the Gujarat poll campaign.Speaking at an all-party meeting on the session’s eve, Modi again pitched for simultaneous polls for the Lok Sabha and state assemblies saying that holding elections once in five years will boost development.Briefing reporters on Modi’s remarks, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar said the prime minister appealed to leaders of all political parties to help build a consensus on the matter.Modi has been pushing for simultaneous polls, saying an almost uninterrupted cycle of polls across the country hampers government works due to enforcement of model code of conduct and deployment of officials in elections.”He also sought their cooperation to make the session meaningful and constructive,” Kumar said.Also readGujarat Elections 2017: Congress files anticipatory complaint with EC against PM Modi’s ‘roadshow’Congress leaders raised the issue of Modi’s claim during a speech in Gujarat that Singh colluded with Pakistan to influence the state polls, and said they will raise it in Parliament. “We will raise the issue in Parliament. Either the government prove the claim or the prime minister apologise. Nothing short of an apology will satisfy us,” its leader Anand Sharma said.

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Centre calls for all-party meet

The Centre has called for an all-party meeting on Thursday, a day ahead of the beginning of the Winter Session of the Parliament. The meet, called for by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar, will be held at the Parliament Library in order to prepare a roadmap for the Session, which ends on January 5.Kumar had asked for the cooperation from across parties, specially from the Opposition, so that the session could carry on uninterrupted. The Centre has come under increasing attacks from the Opposition after the Winter Session of the Parliament was delayed because of the Gujarat polls.There are several significant bills that are up for this session. These include the bill on triple talaq and another on the constitutional status to the backward class commission.The Opposition, on the other hand, is convening its own members on the same day at the Parliament office of its senior leader Ghulam Nabi Azad. The Congress is likely to send senior members including Anand Sharma, Mallikarjun Kharge, apart from Azad to the meet.

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Gujarat elections 2017: No low blow, but we’ll defeat Modi with love, says Rahul Gandhi

“Modiji, hum aapko Gujarat me pyar se harayenge,” Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said at a public meeting in North Gujarat’s Kalol on Sunday. He reiterated that the Congress party will fight the BJP without hitting below the belt and by respecting the dignity of the post of Prime Minister.”It is the culture of Congress… Gandhiji and Sardar Patel have taught us to defeat our enemies with love. I will not utter a word that is disrespectful to the post of Prime Minister,” said Rahul, adding that it is just a matter of days before the Congress forms government in Gujarat. He assured a 35,000-strong audience that the party will work as per the wishes of people in Gujarat and not thrust upon the people one’s own ‘Man Ki Baat’. Rahul reiterated that within 10 days of forming government, a policy to waive off farmers’ debts will be announced. He assured that the Congress government will not be for a handful of corporates but of all sections of the society. “It will be of farmers, small businessmen, youth, SCs, OBCs, Patels, tribals and all sections of the society,” he said.He said that the new government will reverse the trend of privatisation of health and education to ensure that masses can avail themselves of these services at nominal costs unlike the present when people have to spend lakhs of rupees either to get loved ones treated at a private hospital or get their children educated at a private school or college.Lashing out at PM Modi, Rahul said that he has been shifting goal posts during the course of campaign from development to Narmada to OBCs. “Of late Modiji is silent on the issue of corruption as well. Modi is not uttering a single word on Jay Amit Shah, whose company’s net worth rose from Rs 50,000 to Rs 80 crore in a matter of months,” he said.He once again took on the PM, saying that the single most reason why the Winter Session of Parliament was delayed is that the government wants to avoid getting embarrassed on the issue of Jay Amit Shah and a sudden U turn over the Rafale deal, where the Modi government “is trying to benefit a friendly corporate at the cost of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited”, which has been building fighter jets for over 70 years now.

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Gujarat elections 2017 | Congress banking on casteism: Amit Shah

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BJP national president Amit Shah pulled no punches as he confidently predicted a resounding victory for the saffron party in the Prime Minister’s home state — Gujarat.In a free-wheeling interview to Zee Hindustan, Shah said, “If you look at poll campaigns of both parties in Gujarat, you will see that the Congress has been fighting on the plank of casteism while we have been fighting on the plank of development. And we have seen that time and again the people of Gujarat have rejected casteism in favour of development.”Shah who confidently predicted a resounding victory for the BJP with 163 out of the 182 seats going to the party, stated that the party was ready to answer any issue that the Congress would raise against it. Dismissing Rahul Gandhi’s charges that GST and demonetization had been heavy for the common man, Shah contended that it had cleansed the system. He also replied to the Grand Old Party’s accusations of “corruption” and “favouritism” on the Rafale deal stating, “It is a government to government deal. Let the Winter Session of Parliament come, we are ready to answer to all charges levelled against us.” Asked as to why was the government delaying the announcement of dates for the Winter Session of Parliament, Shah said, “Do remember in the time of the UPA, the sessions of Parliament were delayed as well. It is easy to point fingers at us. We will announce it soon.”Asked about the ongoing ‘Padmavati’ controversy, Shah said. “Please note that it is not just in Gujarat there is a ban on ‘Padmavati’ in many states. History is a sensitive subject and should not be tampered with.”Asked about the issue of love jihad and the recent ongoing case in Kerala. “There has been a recent instance of ISIS operative becoming active in Kerala and using methods such as love jihad. While we endorse the right for anyone to marry, we cannot dismiss such concerns and the government needs to take it seriously.”

Winter session of Parliament begins December 15: Triple talaq, Bill to grant Constitutional Status to NCBC to come up

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Winter Session of Parliament will begin on December 15 a day after Gujarat election is over and conclude on January 5 during which key bills on triple talaq and constitutional status to the backward class commission will be taken up for passage.Announcing the dates for the parliament session recommended by CCPA after its meeting, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar sought the cooperation of the Opposition parties to make the winter session meaningful. “CCPA met under the chairmanship of Home Minister Rajnath Singh and proposed that we will have winter session from December 15 to January 5,” Kumar said.Rejecting Congress attack that the government has delayed the winter session to avoid facing tough questions on demonetization, GST and unemployment issues before Gujarat polls for fear of being exposed, Kumar reminded that earlier also many times including during the rule of Cong Prime Ministers Narasimha Rao and Manmohan Singh, winter session have been delayed and begun even from January to avoid overlapping with polls.Replying to questions, Kumar said that the issues of National Commission for Backward Classes and triple talaq are two very important issues.“The country expects that the bills pertaining to these two issues will come to Parliament in this Winter Session. If that is the aspiration of the country, Government will have to respond to it,” Kumar said.The NCBC bill, which seeks to give a Constitutional status to the national body, which recommends reservations norms for backward classes is pending before Parliament and a select committee headed by BJP leader Bhupendra Yadav has already submitted its report to Parliament on the issue in Monsoon Session.While the bill to grant constitutional status to NCBC was passed by Lok Sabha without any amenmdnet but the same could be passed in Rajya Sabha only after an amendment, dropping a clause of the bill as Opposition parties forced four amendments into it.As the bill cannot be sent to President for assent now because two different versions of the bills have been passed by the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, the bill may have to go to Lok Sabha again.In wake of some recent controversial triple talaq incidents, the government is bringing a bill, seeking to make it a punishable offence as the practice has continued despite the Supreme Court order against it.The two issues will be discussed threadbare during the three-week-long session. The session will have 14 working days. December 25, which falls on Monday and December 26 will be holidays on account of Christmas.The Parliamentary Affairs Minister said that he was hopeful that all members of Parliament will attend the session on all the working days as key issues are to discussed and bills to be passed.The announcement of Winter session dates comes daysafter a political row that saw top leaders from Government and Opposition trading barbs on each other.This could fail to relent the Opposition which has been alleging that the government wants to “run away” from facing the heat on key issues during Gujarat polls, which end on December 14, a day before the session commences now. Congress sources said that they would raise the issue in Parliament.

Winter session of Parliament to be held from December 15 to January 5

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs has decided to hold the Winter Session of Parliament from December 15 to January 5.”This will be a 14-day session, 25th and 26th December will be Christmas holidays”, said parliamentary affairs minister Ananth Kumar on Friday.”I request political parties to cooperate and make the winter session successful and fruitful. We expect that we will have attendance on all 14 days, including the New Year’s day,” Kumar said.The Committee met on Friday in the morning to finalise the schedule and agenda for the Winter Session. Earlier on Wednesday, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had said that the schedule of the Winter Session and the Assembly Elections won’t overlap.The Opposition, especially the Congress had been attacking the government for delaying the Winter Session.The Congress party had alleged that in view of the Gujarat Assembly Elections, the Centre is trying to evade a discussion on issues the Opposition want to raise during Winter Session like scams of ministers, Rafale deal, GST and note ban.The BJP, however, rejected the Congress’s tirade as a “chorus of baseless allegations” and insisted that previous governments, including the UPA, had also scheduled sessions after state polls as politicians were busy campaigning.On Thursday, Sitaram Yechury, the Marxist leader, while speaking at an event also attacked the government for delaying the Winter Session of Parliament.Yechury accused the government of “playing with parliamentary democracy for the sake of victory in a state assembly election”.

Modi govt has cast dark shadow on democracy by sabotaging Winter Session: Sonia Gandhi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Monday launched a scathing attack on Narendra Modi government over the delay in holding the winter session of the Parliament. “The Modi-government in its arrogance has cast a dark shadow on India’s Parliamentary democracy by sabotaging the Winter Session of Parliament on flimsy grounds,” said Sonia Gandhi addressing the Congress working committee at her 10 Janpath residence.The Congress chief also said that the Prime Minister had the audacity to have a midnight celebration in Parliament to launch an ill prepared and flawed GST but today he lacks the courage to face Parliament.”A year later, demonetization has done nothing but rub salt on the wounds of distressed farmers, small traders, housewives, and daily workers. The Prime Minister continues with greater vigor, to make false promises, and to quote facts and figures that have nothing to do with the reality on the grounds,” she added.The CWC meeting took place to clear the decks for the elevation of Rahul Gandhi as party president.Here’s Sonia Gandhi’s full statement.I welcome you to this Congress Working Committee. We have before us an important agenda.Over the last 18 months, the election process that has concluded in all but six States has elected block presidents, an equal number of delegates, primary units and party members. This has provided an opportunity for the Party to interact with lakhs of workers across the country, starting from the booth level. This reaffirms that the party’s roots are spread across every district of the country and that no other political party can match the plurality and diversity of the Congress Party.The electoral process, which began in May 2016, has now come to its culmination. The schedule for the election of the Congress President will be read out by General Secretary.On behalf of the Party, I thank the Chairman, Shri Mullapalli Ramachandran, members of the Central Election Authority and other party workers for carrying out this huge exercise with utmost diligence, integrity, and impartiality.Friends,The Modi-government in its arrogance has cast a dark shadow on India’s Parliamentary democracy by sabotaging the Winter Session of Parliament on flimsy grounds. The Government is mistaken if it thinks that by locking the temple of democracy, it will escape constitutional accountability ahead of the assembly elections. Parliament is the forum in which questions should be asked – questions about corruption in high places, conflict of interest of serving ministers and dubious defense deals. The government will be obliged to answer these questions, but in order to avoid the questions and answer ahead of Gujarat elections, the government has taken the extraordinary step of not holding a winter session when should be held.The Prime Minister had the audacity to have a midnight celebration in Parliament to launch an ill prepared and flawed GST but today he lacks the courage to face Parliament.Unemployment, rising inflation, falling exports and GST are causing tremendous suffering to millions of people. A year later, demonetization has done nothing but rub salt on the wounds of distressed farmers, small traders, housewives, and daily workers. The fortunes of a handful are being built by destroying the future of the poor and the oppressed. Yet the Prime Minister continues with greater vigor, to make announcements, false promises, and to quote facts and figures that have nothing to do with the reality on the grounds.The Modi government is also forcefully trying to change the history of modern India by systematically erasing the contributions made by Pandit Nehruji and Indira Gandhi – be it through rewriting school text books, through malicious misinformation and propaganda, or ignoring with disdain the importance of the birth centenary of Indiraji. This vilification is blatant and for all to see.Friends,Rahul and many of you colleagues here and in Gujarat are working hard for a positive result in that State. Let us do our best to prove that people are not fooled and that they will make the right decision and defeat the present dispensation there.

SC, HC judges get DA hike

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The dearness allowance of judges of the Supreme Court and the 24 high courts has been increased even as proposals to give them a salary hike are pending approval of the Union Cabinet.In a letter to the secretary general of the apex court and registrars general of the high courts last month, the department of justice in the law ministry said that the DA of the judges has been revised to 139 per cent with effect from July 1 “at the same rates (139 per cent) as are admissible to the members of the all-India service”. The letter pointed out that according to the revised rates, central government employees continuing to draw their pay in the pre-revised pay scale as per the Sixth Pay Commission are entitled to the DA at the rate of 139 per cent which was revised from 136 per cent.The judges have been given the DA hike based on the 6th Pay Commission as two bills to provide them the benefits of the Seventh Pay Commission are pending approval of the Union Cabinet. The bills are likely to come up for Cabinet’s consideration in the coming days and would be tabled in Parliament in the Winter Session. While one bill deals with salary and allowances of the Supreme Court judges, the other deals with salary of the high court judges.During a hearing last week on a case relating to grant of washing allowance to apex court staff and officers, a bench of justices J Chelameswar and S Abdul Nazir had reportedly asked Additional Solicitor General P S Narasimha about the salary of judges of the Supreme Court and high courts which was to be brought on par with Seventh Pay Commission recommendations for central government employees.In 2016, the then Chief Justice of India T S Thakur had written to the government seeking a hike in salaries of the Supreme Court and the high court judges on the basis of the recommendations made by a committee of judges which was set up by the CJI to look into the issue of salary and emoluments.Sources in the government said the issue is under active consideration and a bill to amend The High Court and the Supreme Court Judges (Salaries and Conditions of Service) Amendment Act may come up in the Winter Session of Parliament. Government functionaries said the quantum of the hike will not be as recommended by the judges’ committee. They said the hike in pay packets would be applicable from January 1, 2016.The judges’ committee recommended a pay hike of Rs 2.8 lakh for Supreme Court judges, Rs 2.5 lakh for high court judges.A Supreme Court judge at present gets Rs 1.5 lakh a month in hand after all deductions from salary and allowances. The CJI gets a higher amount than this, while the judges of the high court get a lesser amount. This amount does not include the rent-free residences provided to the judges while they are in service. After the recommendations of the Seventh Pay Commission, the matter was already under the consideration of the government. the approved strength of judges in the apex court is 31, it is 1,079 in the 24 high courts. There are several vacancies.

Congress-BJP tussle affects functioning of Standing Committee

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A dispute between Congress and BJP has taken a toll on the working of Standing Committee on Science and Technology.The panel headed by senior Congress leader Anand Sharma is yet to hold a meeting as a sulking Sharma has decided not to accept the decision to replace from a different committee.Last month BJP’s Bhupendra Yadav replaced Sharma as Chairman of the Standing Committee on Personnel, Public Grievances and Law and Justice while Sharma was appointed the Chairman of the Committee on Science and Technology replacing Renuka Chowdhury of Congress.Before the reconstitution of committees in September, Congress held the Chairmanship of three committees of Rajya Sabha including Home Affairs. Congress was ready to forego one but wanted to keep hold of the Committees on Home and Law and Justice.However, the Law and Justice committee which was examining a number of key issues including that of electoral reforms and had recorded submissions of a number of Opposition parties, which had seen voices favouring a change in the electoral system, was ultimately allotted to the BJP. It’s new Chairman Yadav held a meeting this month but Anand Sharma who is now only a member in the panel did not attend it.Sources close to Sharma told DNA that Sharma has decided not to attend the meetings of Law and Justice Committee. He will not call any meeting of the Committee on Science and Technology. Former Chairman of the Committee Chowdhury told DNA that the committees were allocated this time in an “arbitrary manner”.The issue is set to create a row in Winter Session of Parliament convening in third week of November as Congress is up in arms over the issue. Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad had last month taken up the issue with Leader of House Arun Jaitley.Hot topicThe issue is set to create a row in Winter Session of Parliament convening in third week of November as Congress is up in arms over the issue.

Lok Sabha grants one more extension to Committee on Land Bill

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Lok Sabha today granted ninth extension to the Joint Committee on the contentious Land Bill, extending the deadline for it to submit report till the last day of the first week of Winter Session. Ganesh Singh (BJP), who heads the committee, tabled a resolution to this effect during the Zero House and the House passed it by a voice vote. The Right to Fair Compensation and transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (Second Amendment) Bill had generated much heat in Parliament after being tabled by the government, prompting opposition parties to join ranks against it. Facing allegations of being anti-farmers, the government withdrew the bill and sent it to a parliamentary committee. Ganesh Singh was appointed its chairperson in July last after his predecessor S S Ahluwalia was made a minister.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

No official report on deaths due to demonetisation: Govt

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The government today said it has not received any “official report” on deaths during the course of currency exchange and withdrawals following demonetisation. “No such official report has been received,” Minister of State for Finance Arjun Ram Meghwal said in a written reply in the Lok Sabha. He was responding to a query on the total number of people who died during the demonetisation period and compensation that would be provided to the families of the deceased. The question was asked by CPM MP Jitendra Chaudhury and BJP MP Manoj Tiwari. The government had cancelled old Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes in November 2016 and the public was given time till December 2016 to exchange and deposit the defunct notes. Restrictions were also imposed on withdrawals, which were gradually removed. However, there is a separate deadline for NRIs and people who were abroad during this period. There were reports that several people had died in different parts of the country while standing in queues for withdrawal and exchange of the scrapped notes. The issue was repeatedly raised in Parliament during the Winter Session.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Singh, while speaking in the Rajya Sabha during the last

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Winter Session, had castigated the Prime Minister over demonetisation, saying its implementation was a “monumental management failure” and a case of “organised loot and legalised plunder.” Responding to those comments today, Modi also took a swipe at Singh using the pretext of a book. “Manmohan Singh ji had delivered a speech here… Recently a book was released in which Manmohan Singh ji had written the Foreword. Initially, I thought he is a renowned economist and it (the book) will have his contribution. But then I realised that the book was written by somebody else and he had only written the Foreword. In his speech also, I felt the same,” the Prime Minister said. This triggered an uproar from the Congress members. To this, Modi took a dig, saying, “the word I did not even utter, that too they (Congress members) have understood.” As Congress members shouted slogans, Information and Broadcasting Minister M Venkaiah Naidu took strong objection, questioning why the opposition members were so agitated when terms like “Hitler” were used against Modi in the same House. “I request you to go through the records. Prime Minister was called Hitler. Prime Minister was called Mussolini,” Naidu said. The Prime Minister, whose speech was interrupted a number of times due to opposition uproar, also took on the Congress for quoting economists to denounce demonetisation. “You are quoting economists. If you quote 10, I can quote 20. Economists have never seen such a step anywhere in the world as this has happened for the first time… In fact, this can become a case study for them,” he said. (MORE)(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

PM hopes for comprehensive discussions during Budget session

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Ahead of the start of the Budget session, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today hoped for a comprehensive discussion in Parliament. He noted that in the last few days, the government has held discussions with all political parties to ensure that House proceedings are not disrupted. There should be comprehensive discussion for welfare of society, Modi told reporters outside Parliament. The Prime Minister said he has faith that all factions will come together in Parliament for welfare of society. He said it is the first time that the Union Budget is being presented on February 1. Modi recalled that while budgets were earlier presented at 5 in the evening, it was former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee who advanced it to morning. “Today, a new tradition will begin. First, the budget is being advanced by nearly a month. And second, Rail Budget in being incorporated into this. There will be discussion on this also and the benefits that it will have in the coming times,” he said. After the Winter Session was washed out due to protests over demonetisation, Modi had yesterday reached out to the opposition at an all-party meeting called here yesterday. The meeting was attended by all major parties except Trinamool Congress, which has been unhappy over the note ban and arrest of its MPs in chit fund cases.MORE(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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