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Budget Session, Lok Sabha: Enemy bill passed amid Congress, NCP, RJD walk out



March 14:  After Congress moved an adjournment motion notice in Lok Sabha over the formation of government in Manipur and Goa, the ruling BJP issued a whip to its Lok Sabha members asking them to be present in the House today.

There was sloganeering and walk out by Congress raising an objection of formation of Government in Manipur and Goa by BJP today. NCP and RJD joined the Congress.

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi is present in the Lok Sabha. Rajya Sabha is not working today.

Question Hour started in the Lok Sabha at 11:30 and Congress’ adjournment motion was dismissed.

The questions asked were connected to farmers, environment Ministry and home ministry. TDP’s Saugata Roy asked a Supplementary question on availability of coronary stents.

Congress’ Mallikarjun Kharge slammed government over Sukma attack and asked, “Has there been an intelligence failure behind the Sukma attack.”

Making a statement on Sukma Naxal attack, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said he has demanded a report from the CRPF DG on the incident. He said government will not allow the Naxalites’ attempts to keep certain regions away from development and progress.

Earlier, Congress staged a walkout from the Lok Sabha. Meanwhile, the Party has also filed a petition in SC challenging the appointment of Manohar Parrikar as Goa chief minister. Parrkikar who has resigned from Defence Portfolio is due to be sworn in as the chief minister today evening.

Union Minister Arun Jaitley took additional charge of the Defence Ministry.

Meanwhile the Congress Legislative Party met at Congress house in Panjim, Goa today. Under leadership of Digvijaya Singh, all Congress MLAs will meet the Goa governor Mridula Sinha after the meeting.

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Besides, the Lok Sabha passed a bill to amend a 49-year-old law to guard against claims of succession or transfer by heirs of property left behind by those who migrated to Pakistan and China.

The Enemy Property (Amendment and Validation) Bill, 2016, which was passed by the Rajya Sabha on March 10 at a time when the opposition benches were almost vacant, was passed by the Lower House with voice vote.

Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti introduced the Inter-State River Water Disputes (Amendment) Bill, 2017. The draft legislation provides for subsuming all existing mechanism for water disputes settlement in the country.

Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman introduced the Footwear Design and Development Institute Bill, 2017, in the lower house.

The bill seeks to declare the footwear designing institute at Noida in Uttar Pradesh an institution of national importance.

Wefornews Bureau



10% hike in placements at IIT Delhi



New Delhi, Dec 13: In comparison to last year, the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi witnessed an increase of 10 per cent in the number of placements offered to students this season so far, the institute said on Wednesday.

Till the 10th day of the ongoing placement exercise which began on December 2,  the institute registered a 10 per cent rise in the overall jobs offered to students across streams, while for the Post Graduate (PG) students this increase was 17 per cent against last year.

“While the overall placements have been better than last year, recruitment trends of PG students is very encouraging for the future of engineering research in the country,” news agency IANS quoted, I.N. Kar, Professor-in-charge of Training and Placement at IIT Delhi, wrote in a statement.

“I am hopeful that the overall percentage increase in the recruitment of both UG (Under Graduate) and PG students will improve further”, Kar added.

The score is likely to climb up by the end of this phase of the placement season on December 15. The next phase will commence in January next year.


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Deadline to link Aadhaar with bank accounts extended till March 31




New Delhi, Dec 13: The deadline to link the Aadhaar number with bank accounts has been extended by three months till March 31, the government announced on Wednesday, as the Supreme Court is set to commence hearing from Thursday on its mandatory linking to various schemes.

The deadline was earlier December 31 for linking the 12-digit unique identification number with both Permanent Account Number (PAN) and bank accounts. However, the government extended the deadline last week for linking it with PAN till March 31.

A notification to link it with bank accounts was later issued on Tuesday by the Department of Revenue under the Finance Ministry. The notification, however, did not mention the new deadline, leaving it open-ended.

The government later issued a press release which contained the deadline of March 31.

According to the December 12 notification, the words “submit the Aadhaar number and PAN by December 31, 2017” have been substituted by “submit the Aadhaar number, PAN or Form No 60 by such date as may be notified by the Central government”.

The release said under the provisions of Prevention of Money-laundering (Maintenance of Records) Second Amendment Rules, 2017, it was provided that if a client already having a bank account or any other account-based relationship with reporting entities prior to date of this notification fails to submit the Aadhaar number and PAN by December 31, “the said account shall cease to be operational till the time the Aadhaar number and PAN is submitted by the client”.

In case of a person opening a new account, the deadline for submitting Aadhaar number and PAN was “six months from the date of the commencement of the account based relationship”.

“After considering various representations received in this regard and inputs received from banks, it has been decided to notify March 31, 2018 or six months from the date of commencement of account based relationship by the client, whichever is later, as the date of submission of the Aadhaar number, and Permanent Account Number or Form 60 by the clients to the reporting entity,” the statement said.


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J&K: Army team deployed to trace army jawans missing after LoC avalanche




Srinagar, Dec 13: The Army on Wednesday deployed a team from the High Altitude Warfare School (HAWS) to trace five soldiers went missing after a snow avalanche hit Mani Post Bagtor Gurez sector of LoC in Jammu and Kashmir’s Bandipora district.

The HAWS team from Sonamarg was deployed at the spot on the Line of Control (LoC) in Bandipora district following the avalanche on Tuesday morning, news agency IANS quoted citing Defence Ministry sources was saying.

HAWS is the Army’s training camp for special search operations in very high altitudes, glaciated, and snow-bound areas.


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