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Rajya Sabha again disrupted, adjourned
The Rajya Sabha was marred by disruptions again on Thursday as the opposition continued to press for the resignation of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and two BJP chief ministers. Simultaneously, some members from the ruling alliance wrote a letter to Chairman M. Hamid Ansari to take action against Congress MPs disrupting the proceedings. Congress members trooped near the chairman's podium several times, raising slogans and demanding an explanation from Prime Minister Narendra Modi. They asked the prime minister to end his silence. The Congress and some other opposition parties are demanding the resignation of Sushma Swaraj and Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje for their links with former IPL chief Lalit Modi, and of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj SIngh Chouhan on the Vyapam scam.
Source: IANS2015-08-06 05:58:17 PM
Sonia, Rahul flay failure to consult states on Naga pact
Congress president Sonia Gandhi and party vice president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday attacked the government for failing to consult the chief ministers of three northeastern states before signing the Naga peace accord. "We are really shocked that the prime minister (Narendra Modi) didn't even think of taking into confidence the chief ministers of Manipur, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh which are the directly affected states," Sonia Gandhi told reporters in parliament complex. "It is the arrogance on the part of this government. How can an accord be signed without consulting the chief ministers that are directly affected even if the accord is being termed as historic?" she asked.
Source: IANS2015-08-06 05:54:35 PM
Voice of opposition being suppressed: Rahul Gandhi
The voice of the opposition is "being suppressed in parliament", said Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi as the party continued its protest for the third day on Thursday over the suspension of 25 of its MPs by Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan. Senior leaders including party president Sonia Gandhi, party vice president Rahul Gandhi, and former prime minister Manmohan Singh held a protest near Mahatma Gandhi's statue at the parliament complex. The protestors wore black bands on their arms. "Voice of the opposition is being suppressed in parliament," Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi told reporters. The Congress members continued to attack Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his inaction against the External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and BJP Chief Ministers Vasundhara Raje and Shivraj Singh Chouhan for their involvement in the Lalit Modi controversy and Vyapam recruitment scam.
Source: IANS2015-08-06 02:02:02 PM
Did not help Lalit Modi, says Sushma
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Thursday told the Lok Sabha that she did not recommend to the British government to give travel documents to former IPL chief Lalit Modi. The minister, however, verbally conveyed to the British government that if "it chooses to give travel documents to Lalit Modi it will not spoil bilateral relationships between the two countries". Sushma Swaraj also said the allegations against her of recommending travel documents for Lalit Modi were "wrong and baseless". "I never made a recommendation or request to the British government to give travel documents to him (Lalit Modi)," said Sushma Swaraj. She has been facing vociferous demands from the Congress for her resignation over her alleged help to Modi who is facing Enforcement Directorate investigations.
Source: IANS2015-08-06 01:58:17 PM
Modi pays homage to victims of Hiroshima bombings
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday paid homage to the people who lost their lives in Hiroshima bombings, during second World War, on its 70th anniversary. "My homage to all those who lost their lives in Hiroshima. The bombings remind us of the horrors of war & their effect on humanity," Modi said in a tweet. Modi said the solutions to humanity lie in peace and progress. "Let us walk shoulder to shoulder to create a peaceful world, free from violence," the prime minister said. Japan marked the 70th anniversary of the first atomic bomb being dropped by a US aircraft in Hiroshima killing at least 140,000 people in the city.
Source: IANS2015-08-06 01:54:01 PM
Rajya Sabha adjourned till 2 p.m.
The Rajya Sabha on Thursday functioned briefly when Home Minister Rajnath Singh gave a statement on the terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir. But, it was then adjourned till 2 p.m. The house was adjourned following repeated disruptions by the opposition members, demanding the resignation of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje over their links with former IPL chief Lalit Modi. Rajnath Singh gave a statement on Wednesday's Udhampur terrorist attack where one Pakistani terrorist has been nabbed alive. Soon after the statement, opposition members were on their feet again. They shouted slogans and demanded answers from Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the Lalit Modi issue and the Vyapam scam.
Source: IANS2015-08-06 01:49:55 PM
Aurangabad gram panchayat elections: 70 percent of polling recorded
People in Aurangabad district of Maharashtra flocked the polling booths in large number to cast their ballots in the gram panchayat elections. The voter turnout was a handsome 70 percent for the elections being held for 626 gram panchayats in the district. A total of 12,518 candidates are in fray whose fate has been locked in the ballot boxes, out of these 5,515 members will be elected to the gram panchayats going for polls. According to officials, 39 of the villages went for by-polls while general elections were held in 587 villages.
Source: News Reports2015-08-06 11:32:28 AM
AAP legislator booked for attacking NDMC employee
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) legislator Surinder Singh was booked for beating an on-duty New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) employee for clearing footpath areas illegally occupied by hawkers, police said on Wednesday. The incident occurred at 6.15 p.m. on Tuesday when the legislator intervened in a routine checking drive by NDMC employees in the Tughlaq Road area of New Delhi. Police said a fourth grade NDMC employee, Mukesh, was allegedly beaten up by the MLA when Mukesh along with an official team was trying to clear the footpath occupied by the hawkers. "Surinder Singh's car reached the spot when Mukesh along with 10-12 NDMC employees was in the process of sanitising the footpath and roadside area occupied by the hawkers," Deputy Commissioner of Police Vijay Singh told media.
Source: IANS2015-08-06 10:12:27 AM
BJP worker shot dead in Bihar
A BJP worker, Avinash Kumar was shot dead in Bihar's capital on Thursday morning, triggering protests by his party leaders including legislators in Patna, police said. According to local police, Kumar was shot dead when he was on his way to a tea shop near a temple in Salimpur Ahra locality. "Three people involved in his killing were identified through CCTV footage and we will arrest them soon," a police official said. With the Bihar assembly polls round the corner, Bharatiya Janata Party leaders, including local legislator Nitin Navin, have linked the incident to the deteriorating state of law and order in Patna and across the state.
Source: IANS2015-08-06 10:05:57 AM
LS passes bill on pecuniary jurisdiction, lawyers call off strike
The Lok Sabha on Wednesday passed a bill to increase the pecuniary jurisdiction of the Delhi High Court, prompting lawyers in the national capital to call off their two-week-old strike. The Delhi High Court (Amendment) Bill, 2014 will increase the pecuniary jurisdiction of the court. Pecuniary jurisdiction refers to the jurisdiction of a court over a suit based on the amount or value of its subject matter. The high court will now have jurisdiction over suits which are above the value of Rs.2 crore. Earlier, the value was Rs.20 lakh. Consequently, the bill empowers the high court chief justice to transfer any pending suit to a relevant subordinate court. The Rajya Sabha cleared the bill on May 6. Meanwhile, the coordination committee of the bar associations of district courts in Delhi welcomed the decision and called off their strike.
Source: IANS2015-08-06 10:01:35 AM
HC rejects plea seeking probe into Modi's poll expenditure
The Delhi High Court on Wednesday disposed off a plea seeking direction to the poll panel to probe if Prime Minister Narendra Modi failed to give the correct poll expenditure in Varanasi constituency during the Lok Sabha election. The plea was filed by a Congress leader. Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw refused to entertain the plea, saying the Election Commission has already been seized of the matter. During the hearing the Election Commission told the court that election results were declared on May 16, 2014, and the complaint against the alleged incorrect expenditure was first received by it on June 2, 2015, over a year later. The court said the commission is seized of the matter and examining the complaint and it will take a decision.2015-08-06 09:54:18 AM
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