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Parliament of India

New Delhi, July 26 : Lok Sabha is discussing The Trafficking of Persons (Prevention, Protection and Rehabilitation) Bill, 2018, while the Rajya Sabha is discussing the role of social media in spreading rumours that led to lynching in various parts of India.

Monsoon Session day 7 live updates:

Debate on anti-trafficking bill:

Sreemathi Teacher (CPI-M): Trafficking must include forced marriages also.

Satabdi Roy (Trinamool): Children over six years are being separated from their mothers in camps housing Bangladeshi migrants. Many mothers have approached me wanting to know about their children.

Kaushalendra Kumar (RJD): Agents who facilitate such trafficking must be severely punished.


Rajya Sabha defers discussion on The National Trust for Welfare of Persons with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Mental Retardation and Multiple Disabilities (Amendment) Bill, 2018

Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar issued clarification in the Parliament on the seventh day of the Monsoon session on the issue of  granting tag of eminence to Jio institute.

Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar said that the Jio institute has not been granted any status of eminence. He added it has been selected under greenfield category and only given letter of intent.

After facing criticism for granting the “Greenfield or Institution of Eminence” status to proposed Jio Institute of Reliance Foundation and #JioInstitute began trending on Twitter, the Narendra Modi government accused the critics of carrying ‘ misinformation campaign’ in social media.

Maneka Gandhi proceeds to move The Trafficking of Persons (Prevention, Protection and Rehabilitation) Bill.

Union Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi asked, “How can we sit silent when we see women and children being bought and sold like slaves?”

 Gandhi goes on to provide data on number of trafficking incidents reported. She says while the current laws define trafficking an offence, there are lots of gaps.

 Gandhi says that the Bill allows police officers to undertake rescues as and when they receive information.

The Bill also put the victim in witness care to ensure effective prosecution, says the Minister.

Mallikarjun Kharge picks holes in appointment and promotion of professors. He says the roster system is a way to surpass reservation. He also says the SC/ST reservation was diluted by a Supreme Court judgement and cries foul at the judge who delivered the judgment being made the Chairperson of NGT.


BJP MP Maheish Girri, prior to the adjournment of the upper house, raises the issue of death of three girls due to starvation. He added that the Delhi government is trying to cover up the incident.

Mallikarjun Kharge picks holes in appointment and promotion of professors. He says the roster system is a way to surpass reservation. He also says the SC/ST reservation was diluted by a Supreme Court judgement and cries foul at the judge who delivered the judgment being made the Chairperson of NGT.

Yashwant Sinha, former Union minister and a senior BJP leader, also slammed the decision to bestow the recognition on Jio Institute. He tweeted, “Jio Institute has not even been set up. It is not in existence. Yet govt grants it eminence tag. That is the importance of being M Ambani.”

The Ministry stated that the purpose of this provision is to allow private investment to come into “building global class educational infrastructure”.

On Wednesday, following the Congress party’s footsteps, Telugu Desam Party (TDP) too moved the privilege motion against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Finance Minister Piyush Goyal for “misleading the House” on the 14th Finance Commission.

The privilege motion pressed against Modi and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman by the Congress on the Rafale deal was taken up by the Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan for “consideration”.



Punjab to start Covaxin’s Phase-3 trials





Punjab’s three Government Medical Colleges will participate in the Phase-3 trials of Bharat Biotech Ltd’s Covaxin, the first indigenously-developed vaccine candidate against coronavirus, in collaboration with the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), an official said on Tuesday.

The trials are scheduled to commence from October 15.

This was disclosed by a government spokesperson fter a virtual Covid review meeting chaired by Chief Minister Amarinder Singh.

The Chief Minister has directed the Medical Education and Research Department to ensure full care and strict adherence to all precautions to be taken during the trials, for which the consent of the participants will be mandatory.

He issued stern directions to also ensure that poor persons are not pulled into the trials without consent, knowledge and understanding of the possible repercussions and dangers.

Bharat Biotech Ltd, which had approached the state government a few days back, has announced Rs 75 lakh insurance cover for the participants in case of any adverse event or effects or death.

The possible side effects of the vaccine could include fever, pain at the site of the intramuscular injection and malaise.

Two doses of the inactivated virus injection would be given to the participants (0 and 28 days) as part of the Phase-3 human trials.

Source: IANS

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HC reserves order on plea seeking early hearing in 2G case



Delhi High Court

New Delhi, Sep 22 (IANS): The Delhi High Court on Tuesday reserved its order on a petition filed by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) seeking early hearing of its leave to appeal application against the acquittal of the accused persons in the 2G spectrum case.

After hearing the arguments of all the accused persons and the probe agencies, a single judge bench of the high court presided over by Justice Brijesh Sethi reserved its order.

During the course of hearing, Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Sanjay Jain, representing the probe agencies, submitted that substantial public time has already been consumed and since Justice Sethi, who is hearing the matter currently, is all set to demit office in November, the matter should be heard immediately.

“A judge can always decide how much time is required to hear a matter… If genuine efforts are made and assistance is rendered, it’s possible to take this matter to a logical conclusion,” said the ASG while responding to the submissions made by the counsels of the accused persons, who had opposed the petition for early hearing saying that they won’t get required time to put forth their stand if the matter is hurried.

“It’s my duty to unravel the truth,” said Sethi while hearing the submissions made by Jain and, adding that in his last four years at the high court, he had never stopped a counsel from arguing.

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IYC activists protest over Farm Bills outside Parliament




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New Delhi, Sep 22 (IANS): Amid the uproar over the controversial Agriculture Bills, Indian Youth Congress (IYC) workers on Tuesday staged a protest outside Parliament House.

The IYC workers were detained by the Delhi police. Hundreds of IYC activists led by its National President Srinivas B.V. staged the protest outside Parliament House against rising unemployment among the youth and the “anti-farmer” Agriculture Bills.

Lashing out at the government while leading the protest march, Srinivas said,”The Central government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi is anti-youth and anti-farmer.”

He accused Modi of suppressing the voice of the countrymen to benefit a few of his industrialist friends.

“I want to say that the anti-farmer black law has been passed at the whims of Prime Minister Modi and if these anti-people laws are not withdrawn, there will be a fierce protest and satyagraha on the streets,” Srinivas added.

He said the IYC workers surrounded Parliament to awaken the “deaf and dumb” government to listen to the voice of the common people of India. During the protest, the IYC workers also burnt effigies of Modi.

The Congress has also planned nationwide protests from September 24 to November 14 over the passing of the Farm Bills. It has planned to submit two crore signatures of farmers opposing the the Bills. The IYC is already running a ‘Rozgar Do’ (give employment) campaign to awaken the Central government to the rising unemployment among the youth.

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