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Monsoon Session: Both Houses adjourned for the day

Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Wednesday accepted the notice for No Confidence Motion moved by opposition parties against the Narendra Modi government.

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New Delhi, July 18: After witnessing stormy scenes over different issues such as mob lynching cases, demand for special status for Andhra Pradesh and others, both the houses adjourned till Thursday 11 am. 

Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Wednesday accepted the notice for No Confidence Motion moved by opposition parties against the Narendra Modi government.

On first day of monsoon session, Minister of State for Home Hansraj Gangaram Ahir told the Rajya Sabha that 100 terrorists, 43 security personnel and 16 civilians have been killed in the 256 incidents in the strife-torn state between January 1 and July 8.

“The protection available to SC/STs in the Constitution cannot be snatched away either by any organisation or by any individual,” Home Minsiter Rajnath Singh assured the Upper House while replying to supplementaries during Question Hour.

Minutes before the commencement of proceeding Prime Minister Narendra Modi said ” We hope that monsoon session of Parliament functions smoothly, whatever issues any party has, it can raise on the floor of the house. Government is ready for discussion on all issues.

Many important decisions in nation’s interest will be taken up in Monsoon Session 2018 of Parliament. We hope for good suggestions and discussions from all experienced members, he added.

Ahead of the session Trinamool Congress,  RJD MP JP Yadav moved an adjournment motion notice in Lok Sabha over cases of mob lynching.

CPI MP D Raja also gave an adjournment motion notice in Rajya Sabha over cases of mob lynching and attack on Swami Agnivesh.

Meanwhile, YSR Congress MPs staged a protest at Gandhi statue in Parliament, demanding special status for Andhra Pradesh.

The session, which concludes on August 10, will have 18 sittings amid much-expected stormy scenes in both the houses – Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha.

The Congress party on Tuesday had said it will bring a no-confidence motion against the Narendra Modi government in the monsoon session of Parliament and added that it is in talks with other opposition parties on the issue. Going a step ahead, the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) had submitted a notice for no-trust motion.

However, according to Union Minister Ananth Kumar. An all-party meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi last night for smoothing functioning of the Monsoon session received a “positive” outcome.

On the other hand, the Centre plans to pass the Constitution (123rd) Amendment Bill, 2017, in the monsoon session of Parliament, which seeks to accord constitutional status to the National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBC).

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Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu spoke in 10 languages

Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu on Wednesday spoke in 10 languages in the House. He spoke, though briefly, in Bangla,Gujarati,Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Nepali, Oriya, Punjabi, Tamil&Telugu to inform members that Simultaneous Interpretation Service has been made available for members.

The Requisitioning and Acquisition of Immovable Property (Amendment) Bill, 2017 was voted and passed 

The Requisitioning and Acquisition of Immovable Property (Amendment) Bill, 2017 was voted and passed in Rajya Sabha.

In Lok Sabha, Union Cabinet approves Central Universities (Amendment) Bill, 2018.

The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (Second Amendment) Bill, 2017 passed.

BJP and TMC issues whip 

BJP and TMC issued whip over No Confidence Motion.

TMC to send all 34 Lok Sabha MPs: Derek O’ Brien

“We have decided that we will send all 34 TMC Lok Sabha MPs on a whip to be present for discussion and voting of NoConfidenceMotion in the Parliament, on Friday, said TMC leader Derek O’ Brien.

Lok Sabha debates The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (Second Ammendment) Bill, 2017. 

The Lower House held debates on The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (Second Ammendment) Bill, 2017.

Rajya Sabha discusses The State Banks (Repeal and Amendment) Bill, 2017

The Upper House discussed The State Banks (Repeal and Amendment) Bill, 2017 for consideration and passing.

Congress MP Jairam Ramesh is said we all hope State Bank will not be privatised. “Total employee strength of SBI is 2 lakh. It will become the fifth largest employer in the country after five banks are merged with mother SBI. How do you manage the transition? I would urge the government to pay attention to the human resource aspect and not the balance sheet aspect,” he said, The Firstpost reported.

No confidence motion is a very important aspect of Parliament, says TMC leader Dinesh Trivedi

TMC leader Dinesh Trivedi told media “No confidence motion is a very important aspect of Parliament. We had requested the speaker and  govt to change the date. We protested but couldn’t convince them. So, all MPs have been asked to come to Delhi. Whip also will be issued”.

“21st of July is a very important day for TMC. We observe it as a martyrs day for 14 youth TMC workers who were killed. All 34 MPs of TMC are therefore busy”, he added.

21 nuclear reactors with a total installed capacity of 15,700 Mw are currently under construction, Union Minister Jitendra Singh informs Lok Sabha

“21 nuclear reactors with a total installed capacity of 15,700 Mw are currently under construction. There are 9 nuclear power reactors at various stages of construction which are expected to be completed by the year 2024-25”, ANI quoted Union Minister Jitendra Singh.

Congress wants no-confidence motion deferred to July 23

In Lok Sabha Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge appealed to Speaker Sumitra Mahajan to defer date for the discussion on no-confidence from 20 July (Friday) to 23 JulyMonday. He said that the since Friday is the last day of the week, some MPs would be unavailable for the voting event due to other commitments.

However, the speaker refused to discuss the issue and said that she had announced her decision.

Congress MP Shashi Tharoor raises the issues like mob lynching and his office being vandalised by BJP workers  

The Thiruvananthapuram  MP said in Lok Sabha that”It (attack on his office) wasn’t only an attack on constitutionally provided office but a larger attempt by ruling party to destroy the idea of India & accepting pluralism. Swami Agnivesh was also attacked. We shouldn’t stand by as mob lynching & hooliganism rule democracy.”

Speaker accepts notice for no-confidence against Modi Govt

Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Wednesday accepted the No Confidence Motion moved by opposition parties.

Rajya Sabha adjourned till 12 pm

Rajya Sabha adjourned till 12 pm after a protest by TDP MPs over special status demand for Andhra Pradesh.

Congress MP Jyotiraditya Scindia slams Modi Government 

The government which led farmers to commit suicide, under whose regime women are being raped everyday…we move a no-confidence motion against you, said Congress MP Jyotiraditya Scindia in Lok sabha.

Newly appointed members of Rajya Sabha takes oath

Classical Dancer Sonal Mansingh, Author Rakesh Sinha and Sculptor Raghunath Mohapatra take oath as nominated members of Rajya Sabha.

Government is ready for discussion on all issues, PM Modi

YSR Congress MPs protest at Gandhi statue seeking special status for Andhra Pradesh

Ahead of the monsoon session, Telugu Desam Party(TDP) MPs held a meeting at YS Choudhary’s residence in Delhi.

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BS-IV vehicles needed for public utility services & purchased up to March 31 be registered: SC

The issue of pollution from vehicles had cropped up before the apex court which is hearing a matter related to air pollution in the Delhi-national capital region (NCR).

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New Delhi, Sep 18 : The Supreme Court Friday said BS-IV vehicles, which were purchased on or before March 31 this year and are necessary for municipal corporation in Delhi to carry out essential public utility services, should be registered.

The apex court had in October 2018 said that no BS-IV compliant vehicle would be sold or registered in India from April 1, 2020.

In 2016, the Centre had also announced that India would skip the BS-V norms and adopt BS-VI by 2020.

BS emission norms are standards instituted by the government to regulate output of air pollutants from motor vehicles.

The matter came up for hearing before a bench headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde which dealt with applications related to registration of three types of vehicles — CNG , BS-IV and BS-VI compliant — for being used for essential public utility services.

“Insofar as CNG vehicles are concerned, there cannot be any valid rejection to the vehicles, as the emission from these vehicles is within the limits. Therefore, we direct that these vehicles may be registered,” said the bench, also comprising Justices A S Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian.

It noted that BS-VI norms came into force on April 1, 2020 and vehicles purchased up to March 31 this year were BS-IV compliant.

“Admittedly the emission from BS-VI compliant vehicles is within the norms and hence the vehicles purchased on or after April 1, 2020 and which are BS-VI compliant, should also liable to be registered,” it said.

The top court noted in its order that BS-IV compliant vehicles purchased up to March 31 this year must have been registered with the E-Vahan portal of the government before the cut-off date to establish the date of purchase.

“If the purchase had been made on or before March 31, 2020 and these vehicles are BS-IV compliant, such vehicles necessary for the municipal corporation to carry essential public utility services should also be registered. But such cases shall be scrutinized by the Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA),” the bench said.

The bench said to avoid repeated applications being filed before the court just for the purpose of getting registration, “we direct that the EPCA shall scrutiny the pending cases and submit a report to this court so that a common order could be passed without the necessity for several interlocutory applications.”

The issue of pollution from vehicles had cropped up before the apex court which is hearing a matter related to air pollution in the Delhi-national capital region (NCR).

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Coronavirus: Karnataka’s Covid tally crosses 5 lakh

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Bengaluru, Sep 19 : With 8,626 fresh cases across the state on Friday, Karnataka’s Covid-19 tally crossed the 5 lakh mark, while 10,949 people were discharged after treatment in the last 24 hours.

“The number of positive cases across the state is 5,02,982, including 1,01,129 active cases, while 3,94,026 cases were discharged since March 8,” said the health bulletin.

With 179 patients succumbing to the infection during the day, the state’s toll has gone up to 7,808.

Bengaluru, which is the epicentre of the disease in the state, registered 3,623 cases during the day, taking its tally to 1,87,705, including 41,914 active cases, while 1,43,198 patients were discharged till date, with 2,725 in the last 24 hours.

With 37 deaths during the day, the city’s toll has increased to 2,592.

“The number of patients in the intensive care units (ICU) across the state is 814, including 271 in Bengaluru Urban district, Dharwad 74, Ballari 67 and Hassan 62,” the bulletin said.

Mysuru saw 600 new cases, Udupi 493, Dakshina Kannada 456, Ballari 296, Shivamogga 257 and Belagavi 221.

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Anil Dhasmana is new chief of NTRO, spy agency that keeps an eye from the sky

Anil Dhasmana is the former chief of India’s external spy agency, R&AW

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Former Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW) chief Anil Dhasmana has been appointed as National Technical Research Organisation, India’s technical body that is responsible for geospatial intelligence and satellite imagery.

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has cleared the appointment and the decision was formally conveyed to the retired Indian Police Service officer on Friday.

Dhasmana succeeds former Intelligence Bureau officer Satish Jha who demitted office on Thursday.

Dhasmana, a 1981 batch Indian Police Service officer, is a Pakistan expert and was the lead planner of the Balakot air strikes in February 2019 after Pakistan-backed terrorists killed 40 CRPF soldiers in the Pulwama car bombing.

Dhasmana had stepped down a few months later when his extended term due to the general elections ended in June 2019.

The top police officer returns to the center of action 14 months later at a time the NTRO is playing a crucial role, tracking movements of the China’s People’s Liberation Army near the many friction points along the Line of Actual Control that have seen heavy deployment of soldiers and support elements from both sides. The two countries have been speaking to each other at military and diplomatic levels to resolve the stand-off but there are some indications that the stand-off would continue for some time.

Dhasmana had joined R&AW, India’s external spy agency in 1993 from his parent cadre Madhya Pradesh and had worked extensively with the agency’s Pakistan desk.

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