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1400 HRS

15th December, 2017


  • 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.
  • Government 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 fishermen.


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 houses.


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 discussions.


Supreme Court 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:

"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"


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.


The National 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 in Uttarakhand.

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 Ganga.

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.


President 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 उच् कोटि के विद्वान मौजूद थे। ऐसे विद्वानों से भरी हुई सभा में भी बाबा साहेब की चर्चा सबसे अधिक विद्वान सदस् के रूप में होती थी। शायद इसीलिए उन्हें संविधान सभा की ड्राफ्टिंग कमेटी का अध्यक्ष चुना गया।"

President 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 Lucknow.          

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. Sawant added.


Congress has 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.

The 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.


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