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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



Is operating ratio of Indian Railways the worst: Chidambaram



P Chidambaram

New Delhi, April 21: Congress leader P. Chidambaram on Saturday asked if the operating ratio of Indian Railways is the worst and added that if the ratio is close to 100 per cent or has exceeded it, that indicated a “comprehensive failure of management.”

He also asked if it was true that the accounts are being “dressed” to show an Operating Ratio just a little less than 100 per cent.

“What is the Operating Ratio of Indian Railways in 2017-18? Is it the worst ratio in recent years,” Chidambaram tweeted.

“Is it correct that the true Operating Ratio has exceeded 100 per cent? Is it correct that the accounts are being ‘dressed’ to show an Operating Ratio just a little less than 100 per cent,” he asked.

“If the Operating Ratio is close to 100 per cent or has exceeded 100 per cent, that indicates a comprehensive failure of management of the Indian Railways,” Chidambaram said.


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No parole for mafia don Abu Salem to get married



A file photo of gangster Abu Salem being taken to jail after a Mumbai court sentenced him life imprisonment in the Pradeep Jain murder case in 2015.

Mumbai, April 21: The Maharashtra government on Saturday rejected an application by incarcerated mafia don Abu Salem seeking 45 days parole for getting married, official sources said here.

Among the grounds cited by the authorities are that parole is not permitted for those accused or convicted of terror charges under the revised parole rules of the Maharashtra government in 2016, an official, who declined to be identified, told IANS.

Abu Salem, who is currently undergoing life imprisonment in Taloja Central Jail, Navi Mumbai, had applied in March to the Konkan Divisional Commissioner for parole for his second marriage with Sayed Bahar Kauser alias Heena.

The marriage was scheduled for May 5 in Mumbai and he had also provided the names and details of two of his cousins who were willing to stand guarantee for him.

He planned to stay temporarily at the Mumbai home of his prospective wife Heena during the parole duration.

In his application, Abu Salem cited how he was in jail continuously since the past more than 12 years without stepping out on parole/furlough even once.

In September 2017, Abu Salem – a close confidante of absconding mafia don Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar – was convicted and sentenced to a life sentence for his role in the March 1993 serial bomb blasts in Mumbai which killed 257 and wounded over 700 others.


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Cabinet approves restructured scheme for making local bodies self-sustainable



Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (File Photo: IANS)

New Delhi, April 21 (IANS) The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs on Saturday approved a restructured Rashtriya Gram Swaraj Abhiyan (RGSA) scheme aimed at making rural local bodies self-sustainable, financially stable and more efficient.

Addressing a press conference here, Union Panchayati Raj Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said Prime Minister Narendra Modi — who chaired the CCEA meeting — will officially launch the scheme on April 24 in Madhya Pradesh’s Mandla.

The total outlay for the scheme during 2018-19 to 2021-2022 would be Rs 7,255 crore, of which 60 per cent would be borne by the Centre.

Tomar said the RGSA will help more than 2.55 lakh Panchayati Raj Institutions to develop governance capabilities to deliver on sustainable development goals through inclusive local governance, with a focus on optimum utilisation of available resources.


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