- Winter Session
of Parliament begins today; Muslim Women Right on Marriage bill and
Constitutional status to Backward Class Commission to be taken up for
discussion and passage.
- Supreme Court to pronounce interim order on mandatory
linking of Aadhaar with various welfare schemes today .
- Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman says, transparency and speeding up acquisition her priority; Defence
Acquisition Council to clear procurement backlog by 31st December this year.
- External Affairs Ministry says India is open to
looking at any suggestion on One Belt One Road project if its sensitivities are
taken into account.
- US Federal
Communications Commission votes to rollback net neutrality rules.
- And in Dubai World Super Series Final Badminton tournament,
ace shuttler P V Sindhu advances to knockout stage of Women's Singles.
Session of Parliament will begin today. The session will have 14 sittings of
both Houses. During the session, the Muslim Women Right on Marriage Bill
related to triple talaq and legislation
on granting Constitutional status to the Backward Class Commission are among
the important bills which will be taken
up for discussion and passage. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar
Supplementary Demand for Grants and three ordinances including GST compensation to
states will be taken up. Our
Correspondent reports, that the session will conclude on the 5th of January
first day today, both the houses will pay tributes to its sitting and former members who passed
away after the Monsoon Session. In Lok Sabha, The National Council for Teacher
Education (Amendment) Bill, The Payment of Gratuity (Amendment) Bill, The
Dentists (Amendment) Bill and The Indian Forest (Amendment) Bill is scheduled
to be introduced in the house. The Repealing and Amending Bill and The Central
Road Fund (Amendment) Bill will be taken up for consideration and passage. In
the Rajya Sabha, no government business is scheduled for today and it will take
up private members business being Friday. In a message, Chairman M Venkaiah
Naidu has appealed to the government to
give opportunity to the opposition to raise their issues. He also asked the
opposition to co-operate with the ruling bench so that Parliament can fulfill
the aspirations of the people. With SANT
BAHADUR, ANUPAM MISHRA, AIR NEWS, DELHI."
The Government has sought cooperation from all political
parties to ensure the smooth functioning of both Houses of Parliament.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar told reporters after an all party
meeting yesterday that Prime Minister Narendra Modi requested for cooperation
by all to make the session fruitful.
"प्रधानमंत्री जी ने इस सत्र को सार्थक बनाने के लिए सबका सहयोग के लिए निवेदन किया .प्रधानमंत्री जी ने उनका जो एक विचार है हम सबके और सभी विधानसभाओं के एक साथ चुनाव होना चाहिए.इसका भी उन्होने जिक्र किया.उन्होने कहा इन्हें पांच साल में एक बार देश में सभी चुनाव खास कर के संसद के विधानसभाओं के चुनाव एक साथ हो जाए.उससे विकास के और जनहित के काम करने के लिए पूरा अवसर मिलेगा. "
Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said, the opposition
will raise the issue of curtailing the duration of the session, Mr Modi's
remarks against former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh and others. Lok Sabha
Speaker Sumitra Mahajan also held a meeting of floor leaders of various
political parties yesterday. Talking to reporters after the meeting, she said
she would strive to ensure that a healthy discussion is held on all issues.
Opposition parties also had a separate meeting to chalk out their strategy to counter
the government on various issues.
The Delhi High Court will today hear a plea of former
Janata Dal (United) President Sharad Yadav challenging his disqualification
from the Rajya Sabha. He has made a plea for an interim order permitting him to
attend the Winter Session which begins today. However, the court enquired how
the Rajya Sabha Chairman was made a party in the case by the petitioner. The
query was posed by Justice Vibhu Bakhru.
In Gujarat, over 68 per cent voter turnout has been recorded in polling for the second and
final phase of Gujarat assembly
elections in 93 constituencies yesterday. Briefing reporters in New Delhi last
evening, Deputy Election Commissioner Umesh Sinha said, polling was peaceful
barring a few incidents. Polling for the
first phase of elections in the state was held on the 9th of this month.
Counting of votes will be taken up on Monday, alongwith the Himachal Pradesh
Assembly, which went to polls on the 9th of last month. Exit polls for Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh
assembly elections have predicted a victory for the BJP with a clear majority
in both the states.
Arun Jaitley has said that strengthening public sector banks is the most
important agenda for the next year. Addressing FICCI's Annual General Meeting
in New Delhi yesterday, Mr Jaitley said,
there are important tasks for the next year and strengthening the public
sector banks is unquestionably one of the most important agendas on the
"We already announce the detailed
recapitalisation plan and the idea behind this plan is to ensure that the ability
of the banks to support growth. Their lending capacity more particularly. Their
lending capacity as far as the MSME sector's is concern because if want to
formalise the economy we want this sector also to be strengthen."
Jaitley said, the Railway and urban infrastructures need improvement. He said,
India has had one of the highest spending on infrastructure in the world but
the momentum needs to be sustained. He further said, the country has witnessed
more structural changes this year compared to previous years and the process will continue.
The Supreme Court is set to pronounce its interim
order this morning on the mandatory linking of Aadhaar with various welfare
schemes. The Court yesterday reserved its interim order on a batch of pleas
seeking a stay on the government's decision on the issue. A five-judge
Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra said, the final hearing
on the petitions challenging the Aadhaar scheme itself will commence from
January 17th next year.
Nirmala Sitharaman has said, her biggest priority is to ensure one hundred per
cent transparency in defence procurement while speeding up implementation of
the long-pending acquisition process. She said, a shake up is being given to the Ministry to speed up various acquisition
projects and clear backlogs for key programmes. Addressing a function in New
Delhi yesterday, the Minister also said efforts are on to ensure that the
Defence Acquisition Council clears all the backlog relating to various
procurements by the 31st of December this year.
Ms Sitharaman said the
government is seriously examining the functioning of around 39 ordnance
factories and possible ways to boost their productivity including through
joining hands with the private sector. She said the government has been
encouraging the private sector to produce defence platforms for the armed
forces. Ms Sitharaman further said, the ministry is going to support start ups
in the defence sector.
President Ramnath Kovind will visit Lucknow today on
his two-day official tour of Uttar Pradesh. He will be the Chief Guest at Baba
Saheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University in Lucknow. Later, Mr Kovind will arrive in
Allahabad to address the 14th convocation of the Motilal Nehru National Institute
Narendra Modi today paid tributes to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel on his death
anniversary. In a tweet, Mr Modi said, the nation remembers Sardar Patel on his
Punya Tithi and every Indian is indebted to him for his monumental
service to the nation.
Minister Sushma Swaraj has announced the grant of visa to five Pakistani
children for medical treatment in India. In a tweet, she said, India is
granting visa for their treatment after receiving a request from the
congratulated the newly-elected alliance in Nepal and said it looks forward to
working with the democratically-elected government to advance close and
multifaceted partnership. External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar
yesterday welcomed the conduct of parliamentary polls and first ever provincial
elections in the Himalayan nation.
Affairs Ministry has said, India is willing to look at any suggestion on the
One-Belt One-Road, OBOR project, if its sensitivities are taken into account.
Reacting to a media query on the Russian Foreign Minister's call asking New
Delhi to find a way out to join China's OBOR connectivity initiative, MEA
Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said, India's position on OBOR is very clear.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on
Monday had pitched for India joining the project, hoping that New Delhi will find
a way out to benefit from the mega project without sacrificing its position
top media regulator has voted to rollback net neutrality rules that require
internet providers to treat all traffic equally without blocking or showing
content. The US Federal Communications Commission in Washington, adopted the
proposal of Republican appointed FCC Chairman Indian-American Ajit Pai by a 3-2
vote. Mr Pai said, his plan will end heavy-handed rules which discourage
investment and innovation.
By doing so, the
Republican-majority commission has reversed the 2015 net-neutrality rules of
the previous Obama Administration.
Delhiites woke up to a foggy morning today. The visibility in the city is low
due to fog. 25 trains have been delayed, two are rescheduled and twelve
cancelled due to the fog. The weatherman has predicted that dense to very dense
fog is expected today at isolated places in all north eastern states, Jammu
division of Jammu and Kashmir, lower
regions of Himachal Pradesh and over Punjab, Haryana, north Rajasthan and West
And in sports; Ace shuttler PV Sindhu has advanced to
the knockout stage of the Women's Singles at the Dubai World Super Series Final
badminton tournament with two consecutive wins.
medallist Sindhu took just 36 minutes to outplay Sayaka Sato of Japan 21-13
21-12 to register her second straight win in the one million US Dollar event in
Dubai last night. The 22-year-old Indian on Thursday had defeated World No. 9
He Bingjiao of China in her campaign opener. In her last and final Group A
match today, Sindhu will face World Japanese Akane Yamaguchi.
- The Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh Exit Polls predicting
the state election results make up the lead headline across papers today.
"BJP Home and Dry - writing on the wall in Gujarat and Himachal is saffron
with RaGa's spirited run falling short", says the Mail Today, while The
Tribune headlines "BJP the clear winner in Gujarat, HP: Exit
- "Supreme Court clears 12 special courts to try
cases against politicians" writes the Hindu, adding that the Fast
track courts across the country will dispose off 1,581 cases in a year.
- In its page one anchor story, the Indian Express says
"Amnesty for first time stone pelters warms homes in the valley"
writing that the identification process will begin soon and that the court will
look at individual cases.
- The Times of India reports that Indian cricketers are set for a huge pay hike, with the
salaries of top players as well as domestic ones likely to double in the coming
- The Asian Age reports that British Prime Minister Theresa May's government suffered
its first major legislative defeat on Wednesday when MP's forced through
changes to her Brexit blueprint that ministers said could endanger Britain's
departure from the European Union.
- In an interesting nugget, The Times of India writes
that Norway has completed its transition to digital India, becoming the first
country in the world to shut down national broadcasts of its FM radio network.
- And finally, the DNA writes that astronomers
have selected a new set of shapes for constellations representing stars from
sports, entertainment and politics. The paper adds that the new
constellations were created after
research showed that the traditional star formations were failing to inspire