- Union Cabinet
clears proposed bill to make instant triple talaq void and illegal; Approves continuation of National
AYUSH Mission till March 2020; Also clears 2,600 crore rupees special package
for leather and footwear sector.
- Government to bear Merchant Discount Rate charges
on digital transactions of up to 2,000 rupees for two years from 1st January,
- Winter Session of
Parliament begins on a stormy note; Rajya Sabha witnesses repeated
adjournments; Lok Sabha adjourned after paying obituary references to its
sitting and former members who passed away recently.
- Delhi High Court
refuses stay on former JD(U) President Sharad Yadav's disqualification as Rajya
- Supreme Court extends deadline for mandatory
linking of Aadhaar with various services and welfare schemes to 31st March.
- the apex court rejects Congress' plea for counting of at least 20 per cent
paper trail slips along with EVM votes in Gujarat.
- Sensex surges 216 points at 33,463; Nifty gains 81
points, to close at 10,333.
- In Badminton, PV Sindhu reaches the top of Group
A in Women's singles of Dubai Super
Series Finals Tournament.
The Union Cabinet
today approved the propsed Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage)
Bill, 2017 which seeks to make instant triple talaq void and illegal.
Addressing media in New Delhi, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said, the bill
is designed to provide a shield for Muslim women. The bill will be introduced in the current
session of Parliament.
The Cabinet also gave its approval for continuation
of centrally sponsored scheme of National AYUSH Mission from April 2017 to
March 2020. The scheme is being implemented by the Central government to provide
cost effective AYUSH services. The mission was launched in September 2014.
It cleared 2,600 crore rupees special package for
leather and footwear sector. Briefing media in New Delhi, Union Law Minister
Ravi Shankar Prasad said, the package has potential to generate 3.24 lakh jobs
in three years and assist in formalisation of two lakh jobs as cumulative
impact in the sector. The scheme would lead to development of infrastructure
for the leather sector, address environmental concerns and facilitate additional
investments, job creation and production.
The government gave its nod for continuation of
non-lapsable central pool of resources scheme for North-Eastern region till
March 2020 with an outlay of 5,300 crore rupees.
It also cleared introduction of another
initiative-North East Special Infrastructure Development Scheme from 2017-18.
The scheme is aimed at filling up the gaps in creation of infrastructure in
The government has decided to bear the Merchant
Discount Rate (MDR) charges on transactions of up to 2,000 rupees made through
debit cards, BHIM UPI or Aadhaar-enabled payment systems. The decision was
taken at a Union Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narenda Modi.
Briefing reporters after the meeting, Minister of
Electronics and IT Ravi Shankar Prasad said, MDR will be borne by the
government for two years with effect from 1st of January, 2018 by reimbursing
the same to the banks.
It is estimated that the MDR to be reimbursed would
be 1,050 crore rupees in 2018-19 and 1,462 crore rupees in 2019-20.
The Cabinet also
approved National Medical Commission Bill, 2017. It will replace the Medical
Council 1956 Act and enable a forward movement in medical education reform. It
is a move towards outcome based regulation of medical education rather than
process oriented. Opening up the medical education sector will lead to
significant addition in the number of Undergraduate and Post-graduate seats and
substantial new investment in this infrastructure sector.
The Winter Session
of Parliament began today on stormy note in Rajya Sabha while the Lok Sabha was
adjourned for the day after paying tributes to its sitting and former members
who passed away recently.
Congress members in
the Rajya Sabha forced repeated adjournments of the House on the allegations
leveled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi against former Prime Minister Dr.
Manmohan Singh for conniving with the Pakistani delegation during Gujarat
"The Rajya Sabha witnessed three adjournments
before adjourning finally for the day. When the House resumed at 2.30 PM to
take up the Private members' legislative business, Anand Sharma of the Congress
tried to raise the issue of Prime Minister's allegations, which was disallowed
by Deputy Chairman Prof. P J Kurien. Immediately after that, Congress members
trooped into the well of the House raising slogans against Mr. Modi forcing the chair to adjourn the
House for the day. In the pre-lunch session, Leader of Oppostion Ghulam Nabi
Azad also raised the same issue terming
the allegations as serious and demanded suspension of question hour to discuss the issue which
was rejected by Chairman M Venkaiah
Nadiu. Earlier, Mr. Azad and Naresh Agarwal of Samajwadi Party also raised the issue of disqualification of rebel
JD(U) members Sharad Yadav and Ali Anwar. It was objected to by the
Chairman saying that such issues are not
for discussion in the House". With Sant Bahadur, Anand Kumar, AIR News
The Lok Sabha paid
tributes to its sitting members Sultan Ahmad, Chand Nath and Tasleemuddin and
seven other former members who passed away recently. The newly elected Congress
MP Sunil Jakhar took oath.
The Rajya Sabha
also paid tributes to ten of its former members including Air Marshal Arjan
Singh. It also paid tributes to the victims of recent Boiler explosion incident
in an NTPC Unit in Rae Bareli and Cyclone Ockhi in the coastal areas of Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Lakshadweep.
On the first day of
the session today, Prime Minister introduced the newly inducted members in the
Council of Ministers in both houses.
Narendra Modi hoped that winter session of Parliament will be productive.
Speaking at the start of winter session, Mr Modi said, constructive debate and
innovative solutions during the session will help in solving nation's
"2017 में प्रारंभ हो रहा ये विंटर सेशन जो 2018 तक चलेगा और कई महत्वपूर्ण सरकार के कामकाज भी जो दूरगामी प्रभाव पैदा करने वाले हैं इस सदन में आयेंगे। सकारात्मक बहस हो, इनोवेटिव सुझावों के साथ बहस हो तो संसद के समय का उपयोग देश के लिए अधिक कारगर होता है।"
The Prime Minister
said, all political parties should cooperate in ensuring smooth functioning of
the two Houses. Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan has also expressed hope that
the winter session will be fruitful and will have good discussions.
The ruling NDA made
it clear that it will take on the opposition over their attack on Prime
Minister. Briefing reporters after the NDA parties meeting, Parliamentary
Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar demanded that the Congress should apologise for
the meeting between former prime minister Manmohan Singh, and Pakistani
officials without informing the government.
The Delhi High
Court has refused to pass an interim order on a plea seeking stay on former
JD(U) president Sharad Yadav's disqualification as a Rajya Sabha member. The
court, however, allowed Yadav to draw allowances, perks and retain his bungalow
as an MP, but restrained him from attending the Winter Session of Parliament.
The court also sought the response of the Rajya Sabha chairman besides the leader
of the JD(U) in the Upper House, Ram Chandra Prasad Singh Sharad Yadav had
filed a plea challenging the December 4 order of the Rajya Sabha Chairman
disqualifying him as a Member of Parliament. The court has fixed the matter for
hearing on 1st of March next year.
The Supreme Court has extended the deadline till
March 31 next year for mandatory linking of Aadhaar with various services and
welfare schemes. In an interim order, a five-judge Constitution Bench headed by
Chief Justice Dipak Misra also modified its earlier order with regard to
linking of Aadhaar with mobile services. The bench said, the deadline of
February 6 next year for the purpose also stood extended till 31st March.
"The Supreme Court has said for
opening new bank accounts, an applicant will not be required to provide Aadhaar
number to the bank. However, the applicant will have to show the proof to the
bank that the person has applied for the Aadhaar number. The apex court said,
the Constitution Bench would itself commence final hearing from 17th January on
the petitions challenging the Aadhaar scheme. The government on Wednesday
issued a notification to extend till March 31 the deadline for mandatory
quoting of Aadhaar and Permanent Account Number (PAN) for bank accounts and
certain financial transactions. Swati Rakheja, News desk"
The Unique Identification Authority of India,
UIDAI, has asked banks to install
fingerprint and iris scanners in 10 per cent of their branches to expedite
Aadhaar enrollment for those people who are seeking to open new bank accounts.
The CEO of UIDAI, Ajay Bhushan Pandey told this to news agency PTI after Supreme Court's interim order today. He
said, the move will enable people who do not have Aadhaar to get the Aadhaar
enrollment facility in the bank itself, and link bank accounts by 31st of March
next year. He said, so far over 3,000 enrollment centres have been set up in
bank branches all over the country, and overall they have to set up enrollment
facility in 14,000 bank branches.
The apex court
today refused to entertain a plea of the Gujarat Congress seeking counting of
at least 20 per cent of the paper trail slips manually along with votes cast in
the EVMs in each constituency of the state. It said that the court cannot
interfere unless the Election Commission of India's decision to restrict the
EVM-VVPAT paper trail to one booth per constituency is proved arbitrary,
illegal or malafide.
A three-judge bench
headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra granted liberty to the petitioner Mohammad
Arif Rajput, a Gujarat Congress leader, to file a comprehensive petition later
seeking election reforms. The apex court said that a debate on poll reforms can
only take place after the election process in the state is over.
President Ramnath Kovind today
called upon the students to discharge their responsibilities with honesty,
authenticity and commitment in their fields after completing their education.
Delivering the 14th convocation at Motilal Nehru National Institute of
Technology MNNIT Allahabad, the President said that sense of nation-building
must be instilled in the youths.
तकनीकी संस्थानों में मुख्य पाठ्यक्रम के साथ-साथ यदि नॉन टेक्निकल विषयों के अध्ययन का भी अवसर मिलता है तो मुझे लगता है वह और भी अधिक उपयोगी होगा। तकनीकी के ज्ञान के साथ-साथ उसमें कहीं न कहीं नैतिकता और राष्ट्रीय बोध का एक ज्ञान देना थोड़ा बहुत आवश्यक है।
Exit poll predictions lifted the domestic stock
markets, today, while the rupee strengthened handsomely against the dollar.
"Exit polls predicting a comfortable victory
for the BJP in both the Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh assembly elections led to
a stock market rally. So the Sensex at
the Bombay Stock Exchange climbed 216 points, or 0.7 percent, to close at
33,463. The Nifty at the National Stock Exchange advanced 81 points, to 10,333.
At the forex market, the rupee strengthened a solid 30 paise, to a 3-month high of 64.04 against the dollar.
Gold slipped 155 rupees, to 29,510 rupees per ten grams in Delhi. And Brent
crude oil futures climbed 16 cents, to 63.47 dollars a barrel. Pradeep Kumar,
In Badminton, India's P V Sindhu has reached the
top of the knockout stage in group A of
Women's singles event at Dubai Super Series Finals Tournament. She defeated Japan's A Yamaguchi 21-9, 21-13.
Sindhu will now face players who cleared the knockout stage of Group B.