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No consensus in House,Triple Talaq Bill deferred to next session of Parliament

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New Delhi, Aug 10 : The Modi government on Friday deferred the introduction of the Triple Talaq Bill in the Rajya Sabha till next Parliament session due to massive uproar by the Congress-led opposition parties over Rafale deal .

Vice President Venkaiah Naidu said  that the draft law making triple talaq, or instant divorce, a criminal offence is likely to be taken up in the next session of parliament as parties in the Rajya Sabha failed to reach an agreement over it.

The opposition parties sought more time to read the amendments that were introduced yesterday.

As per the government sources ,Modi government is mulling to introduce an ordinance, or emergency executive order to enact the law.

Sonia Gandhi said, “Our party’s position is absolutely clear on this, I will not say anything on this further”.The BJP has directed all its MPs to be present in the Rajya Sabha on Friday.

BJP strategy meeting was held in the morning over Triple Talaq Bill in Parliament which was attended by President Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh , Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and other senior leaders.

The move comes just a day after the cabinet signed off on changes to the triple talaq law, officially called Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill 2017, to dilute two contentious provisions.

The bill must be passed by both the Lok Sabha and th Rajya sabha, ciminalises the practice of divorcing by uttering the word -‘Talaq’ thrice in succession.

The Central government also conceded to one of the main demands of Opposition parties to ringfence the proposed law on instant triple talaq against misuse.

On Thursday, the Cabinet proposed three changes in the Muslim Women Protection of Rights on Marriage Bill, 2017

  1. Only the victim, a blood relation or relation by marriage are allowed to lodge FIR in the case
  2. The case can be dropped if husband and wife agree to settle their differences .
  3. A  magistrate can grant bail to men found guilty of giving instant triple talaq to their wives. However, the offence still remains non-bailable.

If the government introduces more amendments in the Rajya Sabha, it will have to go back to the Lower House for approval of the amendments.

The Union Cabinet Thursday approved inclusion of provisions that the complaint in such a case can only be filed by the victim (wife) or blood relations, and that a magistrate can grant bail with terms and conditions.

On December 29, the Lok Sabha passed the bill which seeks to make instant triple talaq a criminal offence, a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government tabled it in the lower house.

The Bill proposes a three-year jail term for a Muslim man who divorces his wife in any form of spoken, written or by electronic means such as email, SMS, and WhatsApp.

Repeated disruptions by Rajya Sabha MPs who sought to attack the Narendra Modi government over the Rafale deal has compelled Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu to adjourn the House till 2.30 pm.

Massive uproar in Rajya Sabha over Rafale deal as  the Congress led Opposition parties raised slogans against the Modi government.  UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi on Friday, the last day of the Monsoon session of the Parliament, joined the Opposition protests outside Parliament   over Rafale deal.

MPOs from different political parties :Congress, CPI, RJD and AAP held protest outside Parliament over Rafale deal issue.

The Congress also boycotted breakfast which was  hosted by Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu to felicitate newly elected Deputy Chairman Harivansh.Congress MPs on Thursday demanded a probe by a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) into the purchase.

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The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) has demanded a Bharat Ratna for its patriarch M Karunanidhi, who died on Tuesday, calling him an “epoch”.

 

 

 Opposition MPs including Congress MPs and AAP MP Sushil Gupta held protest outside Parliament over Rafale deal issue.

The Congress members yesterday in Lok Sabha asked for a JPC probe in Rafale deal. In the Rajya Sabha, Congress members trooped into the well and created an uproar.

Congress floor leader Mallikarjun Kharge flagged the issue as soon as zero hour got under way.  Congress members came to the well waving placards and raising slogans, vociferously seeking a JPC probe and a reply from Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The Speaker adjourned the House for 20 minutes till 1 pm. When the House met afresh, the protests continued and Mahajan adjourned it again, this time till 2 pm.

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ARMY ORGANISES INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATIONS : 2018

The efforts of the battalion were highly appreciated one and all.

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Rumlidhara Battalion under the aegis of 80 Infantry Brigade organized the 72nd ‘Independence Day Celebrations’ in Govt Girls Middle School, Bareri. Independence The country celebrates the day with traditional joviality and zeal with the aim to remember our Martyrs and forefather who made supreme sacrifices while fighting for the freedom of the nation. Independence Day celebration in schools and various Govt institutes facilitates inculcating patriotism and reongnise their contribution towards Nation building.

Indian Army Independence Celebrations

Indian Army with aim to remember Martyrs celebrates Independence Day with joviality:

The event was organised at large scale witnessing overwhelming response form the locals, school children, teaching staff and parents. Shri Shamsher Chand, Zonal Education Officer, Naushera, Shri Chander Mohan Sharma, Planning Officer Naushera, Shri Mukand Lal, Sarpanch Bareri, 312 students from three different schools, 32 Teachers, 300 parents & 158 villagers participated in the celebrations of Independence Day.

The Flag was hoisted by the Commanding Officer, Rumlidhara Battalion to commemorate the occasion. A Painting Competition, Yoga Acrobatics, March Past and various cultural programmes were enthusiastically performed by the participants who were felicitated with exciting prizes by the battalion. The efforts of the battalion were highly appreciated one and all. Conduct of such events help in nurturing the sense of nationalism and camaraderie amongst the future generation & population of the country.

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Mishandling Kashmir: Learning little from history

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Independent India and I are both septuagenarians, but since I am a trifle older, I take the liberty of indulging in some reminiscences on the nation’s 71st birthday. My recollections are focused on Kashmir where I was born, in a town called Anantnag.

I particularly remember the traumatic night of October 30, 1947 when India was 10 weeks old and I had just turned three. In my mother’s arms I, with two elder siblings, hid under bushes in our garden as bullets ricocheted off our cottage roof. We lived in Badgam village, 30 km from Srinagar airport. The fusillade was coming from surrounding hills, occupied by Pakistani kabailis (tribals), en route from Uri and Baramulla, hoping to capture Srinagar airport.

At dawn, we piled into the family horse-drawn tonga, with just the clothes on our back and fled to the airport, where RIAF DC-3 Dakotas were disembarking Indian troops. We clambered into a departing aircraft, which flew us to Delhi, and refuge, with relatives.

Growing up in lovely little towns of the Valley in post-independence decades was idyllic and I reluctantly parted from my parents in Leh in 1959, to join college and the Indian Navy. In Jammu and Kashmir, my playmates were all Kashmiris — of Muslim, Hindu and Sikh faith. Our parents were friends; we ate in each others’ homes and celebrated festivals together. But even as children, we understood that Kashmir was not (yet) India, and that the average Kashmiri’s attitude towards India was ambivalent.

India provided huge financial assistance to Jammu and Kashmir: Food, education, clothing and medicine were either free or heavily subsidised. Kashmiris would accept the largesse, but tune in every evening to Radio Pakistan which invariably played on their religious heart-strings, spouting propaganda about “occupation” of Kashmir and “atrocities” by the Bharatiya fauj (Indian Army).

Kashmir’s first ‘Prime Minister’ (he was called Wazir-e-Azam) Sheikh Abdullah was the state’s tallest figure then; a friend of Nehru’s and a staunch secularist, he was the self-styled Sher-e-Kashmir (Lion of Kashmir). In 1953 we were startled to hear that he had allegedly conspired with the Americans to become “King Abdullah” of an independent Kashmir. He was arrested and the Valley burst into flames.

I recall seeing my father, then Magistrate of Baramulla, coming home, bleeding from the head; there had been stone-pelting in the old town, as agitators waved Pakistani flags and shouted pro-Pakistan slogans.

While the 1950s and 60s may not have witnessed wild enthusiasm for India, there was neither hostility nor bitterness amongst Kashmiris.

However, an utterly unimaginative New Delhi had little to offer them, apart from money. As much as 95 per cent of the millions that India poured into Jammu and Kashmir never reached the impoverished Kashmiri. In the absence of a politico-economic strategy for creating jobs, industry or infrastructure, Indian money merely enriched Kashmiri politicians and aggravated popular resentment and alienation, which Pakistan exploited.

India’s maladroitness did not end here. A succession of Pakistani-orchestrated incidents, between 1963 and 1999, demonstrated the ineptness of our intelligence agencies, lack of civil-military coordination and the complete strategic bankruptcy of New Delhi. This depressing sequence included the theft of Prophet Mohammad’s sacred relic, seizure of Hazaratbal shrine, capture and burning of the Charar-e-Sharif shrine, expulsion of Kashmiri Pandits from the Valley, the Kargil War and hijacking of IC-814.

This reminiscence is not a history of Kashmir’s travails, but merely a reminder to those who profess shock at recent developments in the Valley that the Indian state has, since 1947, learnt nothing from history, repeated its mistakes and failed to convince Kashmiris that they are Indian.

The French have a cynical aphorism: “the more things change, the more they remain the same”. This Independence Day, let us introspect if this is true of India’s management of Kashmir.

(The author is a former chief of the Indian Navy and Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff. The article is in special arrangement with South Asia Monitor.)

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Congress moves SC on duplicate votes: Party MP

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Jaipur, Aug 15 (IANS) Congress MP Vivek Tankha on Wednesday said that the party had moved the Supreme Court to seek a probe into duplication of names of lakhs of voters on the voter lists in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.

“We have moved the court… the case is expected to come up for hearing this week, the Congress Legal Cell incharge told the media here.

He claimed that duplication of names of around one crore voters were found in Madhya Pradesh and a complaint was made to the Election Commission. Of these, names of 27 lakh voters have since been removed.

“We were surprised to see duplication of names of over 42 lakh voters in Rajasthan later. Hence, we will urged the apex court for a thorough investigation in this matter,” the Congress leader said added.

Rajasthan’s Congress unit chief Sachin Pilot pointed out that duplication of voters names increased the chances of bogus voting. “It will be a mockery of democracy if the voter lists are not accurate. Hence, we have submitted a memorandum to the CEC to demand unbiased probe,” he said.

On April 14, a delegation of Rajasthan Congress complained to the the Election Commission against what they called 40-45 lakh bogus votes on the electoral lists in the desert state.

The delegation that met Chief Election Commissioner O.P. Rawat in Delhi included state unit President Sachin Pilot, former Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, C.P. Joshi, Rameshwar Dudi and Rajasthan party affairs incharge Avinash Pandey.

Pilot had said that 40-45 lakh of the total 4.75 crore voters in Rajasthan were fake and that the matter needed to be investigated thoroughly.

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