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Parliament: Stalemate in RS over BJP CMs in 2 states; LS discusses US hate attacks, JNU dalit suicide



New Delhi, March 15: The Rajya Sabha proceedings on Wednesday began with an uproar over the formation of government in Manipur and Goa by BJP, runner-up in both the asseblies.

The upper house of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) was adjourned for a brief after Congress Parliamentarians protested against the decisions ofGovernors to invite the BJP for government formation in the two states, despite Congress being the single-largest party as a result of assembly polls.

Yesterday former Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar took oath as Goa Chief Minister while Biren today Biren Singh would be sworn in as Manipur CM.

After multiple disruptions, Rajaya Sabha was adjourned for the day.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj addressed Lok Sabha on the issue of racially motivated hate attacks on Indian-origin people in the USA. 

Sushma informed the House that the FBI is probing the hate crime in the US. She said, on March 4, Deep Rai in Seattle was killed. We heard he was told to leave the country before being shot.

The US government has assured the safety of Indian-origin people. The US government has assured us that the attacks do not reflect the mindset of the American people.

Replying to Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge, Sushma said, Indian government is not oblivion to the attacks on Indians abroad. I talked to families of Srinivas Kuchibhotla and Deep Rai. We also raised these issues with highest authorities in US. American authorities including President Donald Trump have strongly condemned these incidents, says Sushma.

Swaraj read out letter of wife of Srinivas Kuchibhotla to Indian Ambassador to the US: All help extended to me in time is deeply appreciated.

Safety and security of Indians is our top most priority: Sushma Swaraj in Lok Sabha.

After her kidney surgery Sushama had attended the Parliament for the first time. Entire House, including leaders of opposition, welcomed the senior leader.

Later on, the issue of alleged suicide by a Dalit student of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), J. Muthukrishnan, was raised in the Lok Sabha. The government assured the House of necessary action.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar condoled the death of Muthukrishnan, saying: The death has aggrieved all. A post-mortem examination is being conducted at the AIIMS. He added, After this, the cause of death will be known. The Delhi Police is investigating the matter and suitable action will be taken.

Soon after the House met for the day, the AIADMK members wanted to raise the issue, but Speaker Sumitra Mahajan did not allow it.

After the Question Hour, when Mahajan disallowed the notice of adjournment given by AIADMK member V. Elumalai, the AIADMK trooped near the Speaker’s podium.

The AIADMK members were seeking permission to raise the matter.

There are perceived discriminations of Dalit students and those from south India,” Elumalai said also raking up the other suicide cases and discrimination against Dalit students, including Rohit Vemula.

Congress member from Kerala K. Suresh also expressed shock and demanded a fair probe.

Earlier, the family members of J. Muthukrishnan, an M.Phil student of JNU, who was found hanging on Monday from the ceiling fan in his friend’s room, suspected foul play and demanded a probe.

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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