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CPI-M blames government for parliament paralysis
The CPI-M on Thursday blamed the government for the near paralysis of parliament in the monsoon session, and said it was a ploy to stall the Goods and Services Tax (GST) and the land acquisition bills. "They wanted to delay the land acquisition bill before the Bihar elections, and the AIADMK is opposed to the GST bill. Hence, in order to get around these issues, they stalled parliament," CPI-M general secretary Sitaram Yechury told a press conference in New Delhi. "It is a political ploy," he said. Questioned on the demand for the resignation of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, he said the NDA could have ensured that the minister concerned did not attend office for the duration of parliament session.
Source: IANS2015-08-13 05:59:12 PM
Congress behaved as it did during Emergency: PM
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday that the Congress behaviour during the monsoon session of parliament was similar to that during the Emergency, a union minister said. Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Rajiv Pratap Rudy said Modi made the statement during a speech at an NDA meeting. "During the NDA meeting, the prime minister reminded of the Emergency and how he had worked against it. He said the way the Congress behaved during Emergency, it had behaved during the parliament session - by creating obstructions," said Rudy.
Source: IANS2015-08-13 05:56:18 PM
Hope suspension will not be required in future: Speaker
Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Thursday brought up the issue of suspension of 25 Congress MPs during the monsoon session, saying she hoped the chair would not have to resort to such a step in future. "Ever since the session began (on July 21), some members have been coming into the well of the house and disrupting proceedings. I requested them not to show placards and come into the well of the house, though they have a right to register their protest," Mahajan said in her valedictory speech just before she adjourned the house sine die. "I also impressed upon the leaders that under the parliamentary system, every issue can be discussed and a solution can be found. But since the members continued to persistently disrupt the proceedings, I had to suspend them for five days". "I had to take this tough action as a last resort and last option. I am sure that the chair will not be forced to resort to this step in future," she said. Source: IANS2015-08-13 05:53:00 PM
CPI-M blames government for parliament paralysis
The CPI-M on Thursday blamed the government for the near paralysis of parliament in the monsoon session, and said it was a ploy to stall the Goods and Services Tax (GST) and the land acquisition bills. "They wanted to delay the land acquisition bill before the Bihar elections, and the AIADMK is opposed to the GST bill. Hence, in order to get around these issues, they stalled parliament," CPI-M general secretary Sitaram Yechury told a press conference here. "It is a political ploy," he said. Source: IANS2015-08-13 05:51:19 PM
NCP will remain in grand alliance, say JD-U, RJD
A day after rumblings of discontent in the NCP over seat-sharing, Bihar's ruling JD-U and its ally RJD on Thursday said that Sharad Pawar's party will remain part of the grand alliance to take on the BJP-led NDA in the coming state assembly elections. Leaders of both the Janata Dal-United (JD-U) and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) said that the issue would be sorted out soon. Senior Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Tariq Anwar, party MP from Katihar in Bihar, on Wednesday expressed displeasure after his party was given only three of the 243 assembly seats to contest and threatened that the NCP may go it alone. "The NCP is a part of our alliance and will be a part. We will talk to the NCP leaders to redress their grievances," JD-U spokesperson Ajay Alok said. Alok is considered close to Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. He said the JD-U was in favour of talks with NCP leaders over the issue of seat sharing. "There is no question of the NCP pulling out of the grand alliance," he said. Source: IANS2015-08-13 05:49:43 PM
Modi to visit UAE's Sheikh Zayed Mosque
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is to visit the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi on Aug 17 during his visit to the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Modi, who is visiting the UAE on Aug 16-17, will visit the mosque on the second day of his visit, an external affairs ministry spokesman said. The mosque is the largest in the UAE. A large portion of the 2.6 million Indians in the UAE are from Bihar and many are Muslims. Modi had visited a dargah during his visit to Turkmenistan in June, and a photograph of him standing at the shrine alongside two Muslim clerics tweeted a lot. Source: IANS2015-08-13 05:46:02 PM
Lok Sabha adjourned sine die
The Lok Sabha was on Thursday adjourned sine die after a 23-day monsoon session. The session which began on July 21 was a complete washout due to protests by the opposition, chiefly the Congress, demanding the resignation of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj for allegedly helping former IPL chief Lalit Modi and the Vyapam scam. Members of the Congress party were absent on Thursday when Speaker Sumitra Mahajan adjourned the house sine die. Source: IANS2015-08-13 02:25:51 PM
Congress, TMC protest outside parliament
Members of the Congress and Trinamool Congress on Thursday protested outside parliament over the Lalit Modi controversy and the Vyapam scam. The opposition members stepped up their attack against the government and demanded the resignations of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje for their alleged links with former IPL chief Lalit Modi. They also demanded Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan's resignation over the Vyapam scam. Both the houses of parliament were adjourned sine die on Thursday.
Source: IANS2015-08-13 01:53:06 PM
Rajya Sabha adjourned sine die
The Rajya Sabha was adjourned sine die on Thursday after a brief sitting. Chairman M. Hamid Ansari adjourned the house sine die when it met at noon after the first adjournment. Earlier, the house bid farewell to three of its members, who are going to retire. Congress member from Puducherry, P. Kannan, will retire on October 6, while two nominated members, Ashok. S. Ganguli and H.K. Dua's term will end on November 17. Ansari said: "They significantly contributed to its deliberations and enhanced its dignity. I wish them good health, happiness and success in their future endeavours." H.K. Dua commented on the functioning of the house and said: "Tolerance has been missing in the house. I urge the treasury and opposition benches to evolve a consensus on running parliament smoothly."
Source: IANS2015-08-13 01:50:25 PM
Lok Sabha adjourned sine die
The Lok Sabha was on Thursday adjourned sine die after a 23-day monsoon session. The session which began on July 21 was a complete washout due to protests by the opposition, chiefly the Congress, demanding the resignation of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj for allegedly helping former IPL chief Lalit Modi and the Vyapam scam. Members of the Congress party were absent on Thursday when Speaker Sumitra Mahajan adjourned the house sine die.
Source: IANS2015-08-13 01:48:17 PM
NCP threatens to pull out of the anti-BJp alliance in Bihar
Hours after the alliance meeting held at the NCP Chief Sharad Pawar's residence in New Delhi, the party threatened to pull out of the anti-BJP alliance to contest Bihar assembly polls. The reason behind the pulling out is said to be NCP's dissatisfaction over the number seats allotted to it to contest in the elections. Earlier in the meeting attended by JD (U), RJD, Congress, Trinamool Congress, NCP and the regional parties, it was decided that the ruling JD (U) and the RJD would contest 100 seats each out of the total 243. While the Congress would test itself in 40 seats and the rest of the three will be left for the NCP to contest. The seat sharing plant seems not to have gone down well with the NCP though. Tariq Anwar, NCP leader, said that the party might contest the polls all on its own.
Source: News Reports2015-08-13 10:14:34 AM
Cabinet approves Rs.1,750 crore to strengthen drug regulation
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA), chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Wednesday approved Rs.1,750 crore for strengthening drug regulatory systems at both central and state levels. Of the amount, an amount of Rs.900 crore will be spent on strengthening central structures and Rs.850 crore will be made available to the state governments, said a cabinet communique. The regulatory upgradation will give additional equipment and manpower to the existing drug testing laboratories, establish new labs for testing drugs, medical devices and cosmetics and introduce mobile drug testing laboratories, it added. The upgradation also includes the creation of additional manpower for regulatory structures in the emerging areas of stem cell, regenerative medicine, biologicals and medical devices.
Source: IANS2015-08-13 09:58:59 AM
Rahul Gandhi expert without knowledge: Jaitley
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday ruled out the resignation of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj over the Lalit Modi issue and hit out at Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, saying he was an expert without knowledge. In a strong counter-attack on the Congress, Jaitley said former IPL chief Lalit Modi was largely being probed by the UPA under the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA), which had far softer provisions compared to the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). Without naming Lalit Modi, Jaitley said the Enforcement Directorate served him notice over the money spent on the Indian Premier League held in 2009 in South Africa as financial transactions took place without permission of the Reserve Bank of India.
Source: IANS2015-08-13 09:56:10 AM
Trinamool, JD-U, SP, NCP leaders meet over Bihar polls
A meeting of leaders of the Trinamool Congress, JD-U, SP and National Conference was held on Wednesday at NCP chief Sharad Pawar's residence in New Delhi with an initial aim to join hands to contain the BJP in the forthcoming Bihar elections, informed sources said. A senior leader privy to the proceedings told nedia that the first such meeting was aimed at Bihar assembly polls but "in future something substantial and larger may emerge". "The parties have to contribute to containing BJP in the Bihar polls. If BJP wins this election, it will have bearing on the future," the leader said. The Rashtriya Janata Dal and Janata Dal-United on Wednesday announced they will contest 100 seats each in the Bihar assembly elections, leaving 40 seats to the Congress and three to the Nationalist Congress Party.
Source: IANS2015-08-13 09:52:47 AM
Not involved in quid pro quo: Sushma Swaraj
Attacking the Congress on its charge that she benefited by helping former IPL chief Lalit Modi, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday said "it was the Congress that allowed Warren Anderson to escape as part of a quid pro quo arrangement with the US". "My husband did not take any money from Lalit Modi," she said in her speech in the Lok Sabha during a debate held under an adjournment motion on extending favours to former Indian Premier League chief Lalit Modi. There is no conflict of interest in my case. My husband and daughter didn't take even a rupee in the Lalit Modi passport case. There is a conflict of interest in P. Chidambaram's case. He was the finance minister when his wife Nalini Chidambaram was the lawyer in the Saradha chit fund scam case, whose file was with his ministry.
Source: IANS2015-08-13 09:47:52 AM
Chandrababu Naidu urges PM to do justice to Andhra
Under pressure to get special statue to Andhra Pradesh, Chief Minister N.Chandrababu Naidu on Wednesday spoke to Prime Minister Narendra Modi over phone and urged him to do justice to the state. Naidu told reporters in Vijaywada on Wednesday evening that he conveyed his views to the prime minister over the issue of special status. "I conveyed to him that injustice was done to Andhra Pradesh at the time of bifurcation and reminded him that BJP had then raised its voice for doing justice and he (Modi) had made the promise. I told him that it is now the time to fulfill it," he said. Modi invited Naidu, also the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) chief, to come to New Delhi after August 15 to meet him.
Source: IANS2015-08-13 09:38:06 AM
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