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Parliament’s monsoon session likely to be curtailed, may end by mid-next week

The Lok Sabha has passed six Bills, including three agriculture-related legislations — the approval of which led to the exit of Shiromani Akali Dal leader Harsimrat Kaur from the Narendra Modi cabinet.

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All political parties have unanimously agreed to cut short the monsoon session of Parliament that was scheduled to end on October 1, at an emergency business advisory committee meeting called by Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, owing to the rising number of COVID-19 cases.

The parties left it to Mr. Birla’s discretion on when to end the session, although sources indicated that it could end on Wednesday. A final decision will be taken by the Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs.

At the beginning of the session, the government had listed 23 new legislations for consideration and passage, including 11 Bills replacing ordinances issued since March, when the Budget session ended.

The Lok Sabha has passed six Bills, including three agriculture-related legislations — the approval of which led to the exit of Shiromani Akali Dal leader Harsimrat Kaur from the Narendra Modi cabinet.

On Sunday, these three Bills — The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill, 2020; Farming Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020 and the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020, will come up in the Rajya Sabha, where it is expected to sail through, since the Opposition barely has the numbers to put up a reasonable resistance.

According to sources, the Congress has demanded a discussion on COVID-19. The Rajya Sabha has already held a debate on the pandemic and its management. DMK MP T.R. Baalu has sought a discussion on the National Education Policy. The Trinamool Congress, meanwhile, has asked for a debate on GST in both Houses of Parliament. It is up to the presiding officers of both Houses to accommodate these demands within the next few days.

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Over 1700 challans issued on Dussehra for violating Covid norms

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New Delhi, Oct 25: The Delhi Police issued over 1,793 challans on Sunday on the occasion of Dussehra for violation of COVID-19 norms, officials said.

A total of 1,711 challans were issued to those who were found not wearing masks, 18 challans for spitting and 64 challans were issued to those found violating social distancing norms, according to the Delhi Police data.

A total of 1,793 challans have been issued for various violations till 4 p.m. on Sunday, officials said.

Citing the collective data, the Delhi Police said since June 1,54,26,561 challans have been issued for mask violation, 3,112 challans for spitting and 33,439 challans for violation of social distancing norms.

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IndiGo bars nine journalist for 15 days for ‘unruly behaviour’

The incident occurred onboard flight ‘6E 264’, which was on its way to Mumbai from Chandigarh, on September 9.

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New Delhi, Oct 25 : IndiGo has banned nine journalists for 15 days for alleged unruly behaviour on a flight with Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut onboard.

The development comes after the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) asked the airline to take action against the passengers responsible for unruly behaviour and protocol violations on the flight.

The incident occurred onboard flight ‘6E 264’, which was on its way to Mumbai from Chandigarh, on September 9.

The ban is underway and would end on October 30.

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RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das tests positive for coronavirus

RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das tests positive for coronavirus

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Mumbai: Reserve Bank of India Governor Shaktikanta Das tested positive for Covid-19 on Sunday, he announced in a Twitter post.

“I have tested COVID-19 positive. Asymptomatic.Feeling very much alright.Have alerted those who came in contact in recent days.Will continue to work from isolation. Work in RBI will go on normally. I am in touch with all Dy. Govs and other officers through VC and telephone,” Governor Das wrote.

Governor Das is one of the many high-profile individuals who have been infected by Covid-19 in recent months in India as the pandemic raged. However, the rate of growth of positive cases has come down off-late.

India now has recorded a total of 77,61,312 COVID-19 cases, as per the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare data. The death toll from COVID-19 has now touched 1,17,306.

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