- Winter Session of Parliament begins; Lok Sabha
adjourned for the day after paying tribute to its sitting and former members
who passed away recently.
- Rajya Sabha adjourned twice over disqualification of
two rebel JD(U) MPs.
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi expresses hope that
winter session of Parliament will be productive.
- Supreme Court
extends deadline till March 31st next year for mandatory linking of Aadhaar
with various services and welfare schemes.
raises customs duty on electronic items including TV, mobile phone, projector
and water heater to boost domestic manufacturing.
- NGT imposes
complete ban on certain plastic items in towns located along Ganga river
including Haridwar and Rishikesh in Uttarakhand.
- Sri Lankan government orders release of 16 Indian
The Winter Session of Parliament began today. Lok
Sabha was adjourned for the day after paying tributes to three of its sitting
members who passed away recently. Rajya Sabha witnessed two adjournments till
2.30 PM following opposition uproar over some issues including disqualification
of two rebel JD(U) members. Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan paid tributes to
Sultan Ahmad, Chand Nath and Tasleemuddin and seven other former members.
Earlier, the newly elected Congress MP Sunil Jakhar took oath.
Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu adjourned the
House as opposition members trooped into the well of the House protesting
against disqualification of rebel JD(U) members Sharad Yadav and Ali Anwar.
Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad and Naresh Agarwal of Samajwadi Party
tried to raise the issue which was objected to by the Chair saying that such
issues are not for discussion in the House. Following this the agitating
members came into the well raising slogans and forced the Chairman to adjourn
the House for 40 minutes till noon. When the House reassembled again, Mr Azad
raised the issue of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's allegation during Gujarat
Election campaign against his predecessor Dr Manmohan Singh and others over
their recent meeting with a Pakistani delegation in New Delhi. Terming the
allegations as serious, the Congress leader demanded suspension of question hour to discuss the issue. This
was rejected by the Chair and House was adjourned till 2:30 pm.
Earlier, Rajya Sabha also paid tributes ten of its
former members including Air Marshal Arjan Singh. Prime Minister Narendra Modi
introduced the newly inducted members in the Council of Ministers in both
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today hoped that winter
session of Parliament will be productive. Speaking at the start of winter
session, Mr Modi said constructive debate and innovative solutions will come up
to help solve nations's problems during the session.
"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. Mr. Modi said, at
yesterday's all party meeting, everyone was clear that there is a need to take
the country ahead and the session should be used positively to achieve that.
Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan has also expressed
the hope that the winter session will be fruitful and will have good
has extended the deadline till March 31st next year for mandatory linking of
Aadhaar with various services and welfare schemes. In an interim order today, 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. More from our correspondent:
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"
Apex Court today
dismissed the pleas of activist Teesta Setalvad, her husband and her two NGOs
challenging the Gujarat High Court order rejecting their pleas for de-freezing
of their personal bank accounts. Setalvad, her husband Javed Anand and their
two NGOs --Sabrang Trust and Citizens for Justice and Peace had challenged the
October 7, 2015 verdict of the High court in the alleged misappropriation of
funds received by their NGOs for Gujarat riot victims of 2002.
One of the
residents of Gulberg society, had filed a complaint against Setalvad and others
alleging that money raised to make a museum at Gulberg Society for 2002 Gujarat
riot victims had not been utilised for the purpose. After initiating a probe in
the case, the crime branch of the Ahmedabad police froze six accounts belonging
to Setalvad and others. They were accused of embezzling 1 crore 51 lakh rupees
collected to convert Gulbarg Society into a museum.
The Finance Ministry has raised customs duty on some
electronic items including television, mobile phone, projector and water heater
in order to boost domestic manufacturing. As per a government notification,
customs duty on television set has been increased to 15 per cent from the
existing 10 per cent. Similarly, the duty on monitors and projectors has been
doubled to 20 per cent, said the notification issued by Department of Revenue
of the ministry. For the push button telephone or mobile, the duty has been
raised to 15 per cent from nil while water heater and
hair dressing instrument duty has been doubled to 20
per cent. Customs duty on some other items like electric filament and discharge
lamps was also tweaked.
Green Tribunal (NGT) today imposed a complete ban on use, sale, purchase and
storage of plastic items such as carry bags, plates and spoons along the river
Ganga in Haridwar's Har Ki Pauri and Rishikesh till upper areas of Uttarkashi
A bench headed
by NGT chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar also imposed 5,000 rupees fine on
those violating the order and said the action will be taken against erring
officials too. The move was taken to to tackle and prevent pollution of the
The NGT passed
the direction after noting that despite its earlier order, plastic was being
used in these areas causing pollution to the river. The green panel was hearing
a plea of environmentalist MC Mehta.
Ramnath Kovind has said that every citizen is indebted to the society and the
country and hence should pay it back. He was addressing the 7th Convocation
function of Baba Saheb Bhimrao Ambedkar university at Lucknow today. The
President said Dr Ambedkar did a lot for country and students should have a
feeling of great respect to such a great personality.
"भारत की संविधान सभा में अनेक उच्च कोटि के विद्वान मौजूद थे। ऐसे विद्वानों से भरी हुई सभा में भी बाबा साहेब की चर्चा सबसे अधिक विद्वान सदस्य के रूप में होती थी। शायद इसीलिए उन्हें संविधान सभा की ड्राफ्टिंग कमेटी का अध्यक्ष चुना गया।"
distributed medals to four meritorious students. A total of 1079 degrees and
192 medal were distributed on the occasion. Governor Ram Naik also addressed
the convocation. On this occasion President inaugurated newly constructed
Ambedkar Bhawan at the university campus and also inspected an exhibition in
The President is
on a two day visit of Uttar Pradesh. Earlier today the President paid homage
homage to mortal remains of Buddhist monk Pragyanand ji at Bauddha Vihar in
capital city, who died recently. Monk Pragyanand had inspired Dr Bhimrao
Ambedker towards Buddism.
Minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi
today inaugurated a two day national workshop in New Delhi on the role of One
Stop Centres-Sakhi in strengthening multi sectoral response to violence.
Speaking on the occasion, Mrs Gandhi said, One Stop Centres, OSCs are designed
to help the victims as in most of the cases of violence women hesitate to file
complaint because of fear.
"There are large number of women who, even
rape, they won't complaint because hamari Izaat chali jayegi,
if I complain then I don't have a money for a lawyer, the police people will
persue this at rendom or not. So 51
percent of the population is now un-represented because they are frightened."
Mrs. Gandhi said, OSCs will prove beneficial for rape
victims in the rural areas as they are unaware of whom to approach. She said,
once the case is registered, police will look into the case on the behalf of
OSC and lawyer will represent the victim free of cost and will be paid by OSC.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will dedicate the 60 Mega
Watt Tuirial Hydro Electric Power Project to the Nation at Aizawl in Mizoram
tomorrow. The Prime Minister will also launch MyDoNER App and will distribute
cheques to the Start-up Entrepreneurs.
The Tuirial Hydro Electric Power Project has been
constructed as a Central Sector Project and implemented by North Eastern
Electric Power Corporation (NEEPCO) which is under the administrative control
of the Ministry of Power.
Maharashtra Government has started efforts to adopt
Clinical establishment (Registration and Regulation) Act with an aim to ensure
the minimum standards of facilities and services provided by them. Health
Minister Dr. Deepak Sawant, while answering a call attention motion in
legislative assembly stated that this step would regulate all clinical
establishments in the state. The draft Clinical Establishment Bill has been
pending in the state since 2010 due to opposition from medical fraternity. This
bill will pave way to control unethical practices adopted by some of the
private hospitals. The proposal is pending with the Planning Department, Dr.
said that Sonia Gandhi has retired as president of the party and not from
politics. In a tweet, party spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said, Mrs
Gandhi's blessings, wisdom and innate commitment to Congress ideology will
always be the guiding light for the party.
clarification has come amidst reports in a section of media today about Sonia
Gandhi's retirement from politics.
Sri Lankan government has ordered release of 16 Indian
fishermen from custody while process is on to release 144 others. Government
sources told our correspondent that orders have been issued to Kayts court for
release of 16 fishermen, who were arrested on charges of poaching into Sri
Lankan waters. More from our correspondent:
"Indian High commission in Colombo had
initiated diplomatic procedure to secure release of the fishermen few weeks
back which has materialized now. The fishermen are likely to be handed over to
Indian consulate in Jaffna to be followed by their repatriation next week.
Legal procedure is on to get rest of the 160 fishermen released from Sri Lankan
custody, at the earliest. The release comes few months after more than 70
fishermen were released in July end. Sri Lankan government has been releasing
fishermen on humanitarian grounds but their boats are retained for longer
period Santosh Kumar for AIR News from Colombo"
The World Muhajir
Congress (WMC) has said Pakistan must tender an unconditional apology to
Bangladesh for the "genocide" committed by its troops during the 1971
war. In a memorandum submitted to the Pakistani Embassy in Washington on
Wednesday, WMC demanded that the stranded Pakistanis in Bangladesh be
repatriated to Pakistan with dignity and honour.