- External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj
says, all 39 Indians missing in Iraq found dead.
- Both Houses of Parliament adjourned for
the day following uproar by opposition over various issues.
- Government says it is ready to discuss
all the issues including no-Confidence motion; Accuses
Congress of deliberately disrupting proceedings in the Parliament.
- Supreme Court says, there is no bar in
granting anticipatory bail in cases lodged against public servants under SC/ST
Act; Says, prior sanction of appointing authority required to
- Maldives government says, it does not
intend to extend emergency beyond Thursday evening.
- A bill to protect call centre jobs in US
introduced in American Congress.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today
informed the Rajya Sabha that all the 39 missing Indians in Iraq were found killed. Making a suo moto
statement in Rajya Sabha, Mrs Swaraj said, her deputy General VK Singh will go
to Iraq to bring back the mortal remains of the Indians killed.
"जनरन वी.के. सिंह जहाज़ लेकर यहां से इराक जाएंगे। उनके पार्थिव शरीर मार्टिएस फाउंडेशन के सर्टिफिकेट के साथ कि इनका डीएनए फलां से मैच हुआ है, ताकि यह वही व्यक्ति है। जहाज़ में उनके पार्थिव शरीर लेकर आयेंगे। जहाज़ पहले अमृतसर उतरेगा, 31 लोग उसमें पंजाब के और चार हिमाचल के, उनको हम वहां बॉडीज़ देंगे। फिर पटना जाएंगे उसी जहाज़ को लेकर। जो बिहार के लोग हैं उनके पार्थिव शरीर वहां के परिवारजन को सौंपेंगे। वहां से कलकत्ता जाएंगे और जो वेस्ट बंगाल के लोग हैं, उनको सौंपेंगे।"
Mrs. Swaraj said, the government had got
the information yesterday that DNA samples of 38 people have matched and DNA of
the 39th person has matched 70 per cent.
"हमने सबके डीएनए सैम्पल चार राज्य सरकारें इनवॉल्व थीं, पंजाब, हिमाचल, वेस्ट बंगाल और बिहार। चारों राज्य सरकारों से सम्पर्क करके सबके डीएनए सैम्पल उनको भेज दिये थे। तो वो डीएनए सैम्पल उनके पास थे। उसके बाद एक के बाद एक डीएनए होता चला गया। राजनयिक खबर देते रहे आज पांच हो गये हैं, आज आठ हो गये हैं, आज दस हो गये हैं। लेकिन कल उन्होंने हमें खबर दी कि 38 लोगों का डीएनए मैच हो गया है और उनतालीसवें का डीएनए सत्तर प्रतिशत मैच हुआ है।"
The Minister said the dreaded terror
outfit Islamic State (IS) had killed the missing Indian nationals.
Both the Houses of Parliament were
adjourned for the day, amidst opposition uproar. As soon as the Lok Sabha met
for the day, members from TRS and AIADMK trooped into the well raising slogans
in support of their demands. TRS members were demanding increase in the
reservation quota for jobs in Telangana while AIADMK members wanted the setting
up of a Cauvery Management Board. Amid noisy scenes, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan
adjourned the House within minutes after it met. After the House met after its
first adjournment, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj wanted to make a
statement about the killing of 39 Indians in Iraq. Amidst noisy scenes, she
spoke about matching of DNA samples of 38 persons. However, the agitating
opposition members did not yield to her repeated requests. Speaker Sumitra
Mahajan also appealed to the members to listen to the minister. Later, the
speaker adjourned the House to meet again tomorrow.
In the Rajya Sabha, as soon as it met
for the day, Mrs Swaraj made a statement about the killing of 39 Indians, who
were reportedly missing for the last three years, in Iraq. Soon after her
statement, members from AIADMK, TDP and others surged into the well raising
slogans forcing Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu to adjourn the House for the day.
Earlier, Leader of Opposition Ghulam
Nabi Azad said the opposition wanted to run the House and discuss all issues
including bank fraud and Special Status to Andhra Pradesh. He charged the
government with not taking any initiative to break the logjam. Responding to
it, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs, Vijay Goel said that the
government was ready for discussion on any issue since beginning.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth
Kumar today accused the Congress of deliberately disrupting the proceedings in
both the Houses of Parliament. Talking to media outside Parliament, Mr Kumar
said, government has made it clear several times that it is ready to discuss
all the issues including the no-Confidence motion moved by Opposition YSR Congress
and Telugu Desam Party.
Welcome back, in a significant judgment, the Supreme Court says there
is no absolute bar in granting anticipatory bail in cases lodged against public
servants under SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989. The Court said that
safeguards have been introduced to prevent its misuse. It has held that prior sanction of appointing
authority is required for prosecuting officers for acts done by them with
respect to SC/ST Act in their official capacity. The judgment was rendered by a
Bench of Justices AK Goel and UU Lalit in an appeal against a judgment of the
Bombay High Court, which had refused to quash the prosecution of one Subhash
Kashinath Mahajan, who is the Director of Technical Education.
Government has said Indian Railways has come out with a policy to ensure
fair, transparent and competitive recruitment process. Addressing a Press
conference in New Delhi today, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said that his
Ministry has already reserved 20 per cent posts for Course Completed Act
Apprentices who were engaged in Railway establishments under the Apprenticeship
Act. He assured that the recruitment process follows the law and guidelines
laid down by Supreme Court.
Mr Goyal said applicants who completed the Apprenticeship course have
also been given an age relaxation equal to the period of apprenticeship. He
appealed to the youth to apply for these jobs.
to my young friends to apply for these large number of jobs for which the last date of application in
March21, 2018 and join the process of recruitment so that all applicants get a
fair ad equal opportunity to serve the country."
students in Mumbai called off their protest and train services resumed between
Matunga and CSMT stations around 10.30 AM. Our correspondent has filed this
" Around 400 to 500
students from several states, who have done apprenticeship with the Indian
Railways and want permanent jobs now, came out and sat on railway tracks at
about 6.45 am. The disruption forced the Central Railway to stop the suburban
as well as express train services on the affected section - between Matunga and
Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus in south Mumbai. Thousands of commuters,
who were stranded for hours in trains , alighted from the coaches and were seen
walking along the railway tracks. The sudden agitation also affected the
delivery services of 'Dabbawalas', the famed tiffin-carriers of Mumbai. MADHURI
PANGE, AIR NEWS, MUMBAI."
Union minister for road transport and
highway, shipping and water resources, river development and Ganga rejuvenation
Nitin Gadkari inaugurated this morning ferry services and a new jetty at Baina
beach, Vasco in South Goa. The first-of-its-kind service in Goa will connect
the Airport Ferry Terminal at Baina to Panjim and Sinquerim. Speaking on the
occasion, Mr Gadkari called for an integrated approach for development and
environment while taking care of the poor. He said that the country’s
approximately 7,700 km coastline can significantly contribute to development
and tourism. He said that 111 rivers across India will be converted into inland
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed deep sorrow on the demise of
Jnanpith awardee and renowned Hindi poet Kedarnath Singh. In his message,
Mr Modi said, sensibilities of public life found place in his poems. Mr. Modi said Singh's poems will always inspire the
literary world and people in general. Kedarnath Singh passed away in New Delhi
yesterday after a prolonged illness. He was 84. Kedarnath won the Sahitya
Akademi Award in Hindi in 1989 for his poetry collection Akaal Mein Saras and
the Jnanpith Award in 2013.
The budget session of Uttarakhand assembly began at Gairsain in Chamoli
district today. This is the State’s first budget session at Gairsain after its
formation. More from our Correspondent:-
"As soon as Governor addresses the session, the opposition created
uproar in the house on the issue of permanent capital in Gairsain. During the
ruckus, the Governor read out his address. In his address, the Governor said
that the Government is constantly making efforts to solve the basic challenges
and progressive development of the state. He stated that an effort has been
made by the government to give clean, transparent and corruption-free rule to
the people of the state. On the other hand Uttarakhand Kranti Dal along with
other organization protests outside Vidhansabha for declaring Gairsain as a
state capital. Sanjeev Sundriyal, AIR News, Dehradun."
The budget session of Punjab Assembly
also began today with governor's address in the house. In his address Governor
V P Singh Badnore highlighted various schemes launched by the government to
improve the condition of farmers. More from our correspondent:
in his address said that government has proposed to the Union Government to
compensate the farmers for additional cost incurred on management of crop
residue by adding rupees 100 per quintal in the MSP for paddy. He also told
that over 3 crore residents of Punjab have been issued Aadhar number and
various welfare schemes including PDS, social security, pension and state
health insurance schemes, ICDS, farmers debt relief and subsidies of 17
government departments have been linked with the Aadhar for Direct Benefit
Transfer. Ashwini Kumar Sharma, AIR News, Chandigarh."
Bihar Governor Satya Pal Malik has been given additional charge of
Odisha. Odisha Governor SC Jamir completes his tenure today. The budget
session of Odisha Assembly also began today with Governor's address.
Maldives government has said that it
does not intend to extend the emergency beyond Thursday evening, the day on
which it expires. Emergency was imposed in the country on 5th of last month for
initial 15 days and further extended by 30 days. Maldives ambassador to Sri
Lanka, Mohamed Hussain Shareef said the government has decided not to extend
emergency except for unforeseen circumstances . More from our correspondent:
government seems to have achieved the objectives behind emergency in the
country. The February 1st judgment of Supreme court has been reversed by
remaining judges while bureaucracy and security forces have been purged of
anti-government elements. However, emergency did affect tourist arrival in the
country and this has prevented any urge of further extension. Meanwhile,
criminal charges have been pressed against two judges of Supreme Court and were
produced in court yesterday. They have been charged with bribery and corruption
cases while attempting to overthrow the government. Santosh Kumar, Colombo, AIR NEWS."
A Legislation has been introduced in US Congress aimed at
protecting call centre jobs. The bill requires call centre employees overseas
to disclose their location and give customers a right to transfer their call to
a service agent in the United States. Introduced by Senator Sherrod Brown, the
legislation proposes to create a public list of companies that would outsource
call centre jobs and give preference in federal contracts to companies that
have not outsourced these jobs overseas. According to a study, the largest
communications and media labour union in the US, India and the Philippines are
the top two destinations for US companies off-shoring call center jobs.
At the Stock markets, the Sensex at the
Bombay Stock Exchange had gained 28 points, or 0.1 percent, to trade at 32951,
in afternoon session, a short while ago. The Nifty at the National Stock
Exchange rose 17 points, or 0.2 percent, to 10.111.
At the forex market, the rupee fell 3
paise, to 65.20 against the dollar, in intra-day deals.
Minister for Communications Manoj Sinha today presented scholarships to
students under Deendayal Sparsh Yojana in New Delhi. Mr Sinha also released
commemorative postage stamp on solar system and a special cover on eminent
cosmologist Prof Stephen Hawking who passed away recently.