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PDP MP meets Modi, demands release of Mehbooba Mufti

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New Delhi, March 16 (IANS) After the release of former Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah, People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Member of Parliament Nazeer Ahmed Laway on Monday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and demanded that party chief and former Cheif Minister Mehboba Mufti should also be released along with Omar Abdullah.

After the meeting speaking to IANS, Laway said, “There are two Chief Ministers and many youths who are under detention and I have demanded that all of them should be released.”

He said that the Prime Minister has assured him of more affirmative action and the detainees will be released soon.

The PDP MP has also said that he hopes “the political process in Jammu and Kashmir starts soon”. Laway hailed the Prime Minister for taking the initiative on the issue of COVID-19 and said that the Prime Minister has done good work.

On the question of Pakistan raising Kashmir issue during the video conferencing with Prime Minister modi over coronavirus, Laway said, “We should not take Pakistan seriously.”

Former Chief Minister and Lok Sabha member, Farooq Abdullah was set free on Friday after authorities said his detention under the Public Safety Act (PSA) had been revoked.

Abdullah on Friday promised to be in the Parliament in the next two weeks as he said he is recovering from an eye surgery.

Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad met Abdullah on Saturday, and sought early restoration of political process in Jammu and Kashmir. Azad had said, “the political process has to start. Only with political process, elections are held and the government is chosen by the people.”

Talking to the media along with Abdullah at the latter’s residence, Azad said India was not famous for its size but democracy. But it was no democracy when three former chief ministers were under detention for over seven months, and the fourth had to seek the Supreme Court’s permission for a visit, he added.

The Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday had announced that the government will formulate a domicile policy for Jammu & Kashmir, a demand many have made since the revocation of its special status last year after meeting with the 24-member delegation of the newly formed Apni Party led by Altaf Bukhari in New Delhi.

The Home Minister assured the delegation that Jammu and Kashmir will have a better domicile policy than other states in the country and a reasonable economic development policy will be drafted soon after widespread consultations, official sources told IANS.

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Delhi Gymkhana Club turned from ‘vyayamshala’ to ‘madhushala’: Govt

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New Delhi, Jul 14 : The Central government has filed an appeal challenging the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) order, which allowed it to appoint two members (Central government nominees) to the Board (General Committee) of the Delhi Gymkhana Club (DGC), instead of appointing an administrator to manage its affairs.

In an appeal before the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT), the Centre said that the NCLT has erred in not granting effective safeguards and an efficacious remedy.

“While allotting membership of the Club, the company has been treated like a ‘Riyaasat’ (kingdom) of the persons, especially the GC members, by misusing MoA and the AoA of the company. It is not out of place to submit here that over the years, the activities of the Club have been turned over from a ‘vyayamshala’ to a ‘madhushala’ and the functioning of the General Committee is like ‘siyasat’,” the Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) said in the plea in the NCLAT.

The MCA argued that the violations are of extremely serious and grave nature, which indicates the GC members have been acting autocratically to the benefit of a few chosen members of the club, at the expense of the general public.

“It has to be borne in mind that the Board of companies function on majority decisions, here by permitting appointment of only two nominees, the Tribunal has provided inadequate relief and cosmetic representation on the Board will not cure mismanagement and the gravity of the rot that has set deep in the management of DGC,” it contended.

The plea said that the continuing management of affairs by successive GCs, “have pervasively twisted the objects of the company, to benefit a select few, who managed to remain in control of the DGC, through an unauthorised and complicated hereditary succession mechanism”.

“The admission process can only be described as ‘parivaar-vaad’. The general public applicants are being made to wait for decades (in some cases since 1972) for membership of the club, all the while (the club) having unauthorisedly collecting lakhs of rupees in the form of registration fees, process fees, enhanced registration fees etc, over and above the entrance fee,” it said.

The plea contended that the NCLT accepted most of MCA’s submission and also agreed with its allegations, yet it refused to grant interim relief sought.

“Till quite recently the unauthorisedly collected fee was not even refunded to the unsuccessful or waitlisted applicants. These nefarious activities by the GC of DGC are being carried out on prime land of 27.03 acres in New Delhi, all the while paying a miniscule amount of rent on the perpetual lease from the Ministry of Urban Affairs,” contended the plea.

In its June 27 order, the NCLT declined to suspend the club’s General Committee and also the appointment of an administrator as sought by the Centre, but instead directed it to appoint two of its nominees in the GC to monitor the affairs of the club, along with other GC members and give suggestions.

The ministry had moved the NCLT asking for replacement of the directors of the club with government nominees to run the affairs of the company, and in the interim relief, asked for suspension of the GC and for appointment of an administrator until the final order is granted.

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Covid positive staff at PAC meet sparks scare among MPs

Now, calls are being made to all those who attended the meeting, asking them to remain quarantined as a matter of precaution.

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New Delhi, July 14 : In what could spell trouble for different Parliamentary committee meetings which have resumed after almost four months, all those who attended the Department Related Standing Committee for Public Accounts or PAC meet have been advised to go into quarantine after a staff who was present at the meeting tested positive for Covid-19.

Most members like Congress’ Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury or DMK’s T.R. Baalu, who attended the meet and went back after meeting several people, have been informed about the official who was present at the PAC meet and later tested positive.

The meeting took place on July 10, while the official tested positive on Tuesday, which essentially means that the 18 MPs who attended the meeting carried on with their normal life for the last few days. The PAC has a total of 20 members, out of which 15 are from the Lok Sabha and 5 from the Rajya Sabha.

Among the 18 MPs who attended the meeting were the committee’s chairperson Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, senior DMK leader and former Union Minister T.R. Baalu, BJP’s Rajya Sabha member Rajeev Chandrashekhar, senior BJP leader Bhupender Yadav and Trinamool MP Sukhendu Shekhar Ray, among others.

Now, calls are being made to all those who attended the meeting, asking them to remain quarantined as a matter of precaution.

On Tuesday evening, Rajeev Chandrashekhar tweeted, “Ok, so I came to Delhi. Attended Parliamentary Committee meeting on 10th. Turns out one staff of Committee secretariat has tested COVID positive today. So I am headed to 7 days quarantine.”

With the gradual resumption of different committee meetings, the government is exploring the possibility of convening a short Monsoon Session of the Parliament.

Both the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha secretariats have explored all the possibilities, including using a substitute venue like Vigyan Bhawan, to ensure seating with “do gaaz ki doori”, but none were big enough to accommodate the entire Parliament together.

With this incident, many parliamentarians believe that the fate of other parliamentary committees and even the Monsoon Session has now become uncertain.

Earlier, Congress leader Jairam Ramesh had complained about thin attendance, arguing for a virtual meeting, which both the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha secretariats have turned down.

Significantly, on Tuesday, two key BJP leaders — MoS Jitendra Singh and party General Secretary Ram Madhav — went into self quarantine after BJP’s Jammu and Kashmir chief Ravinder Raina tested positive for coronavirus.

Just two days back, Raina had accompanied both the leaders to offer condolences to the family of Wasim Bari, a local BJP leader who was killed along with his father and brother by terrorists in Bandipora town in north Kashmir.

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Hundreds of paramilitary troopers in North Eeat test Covid-19 positive

Many Indian Army personnel have also tested positive in Nagaland and other northeastern states.

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Shillong/Aizawl/Agartala, July 14 : Several hundred central paramilitary troopers and personnel of other central agencies in the northeastern states have tested positive for coronavirus, ministers and officials said on Tuesday night.

Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma, in a tweet on Tuesday night, said that of the total of 318 Covid-19 patients in the state, 186 are Border Security Force (BSF) troopers.

State Health Minister A.L. Hek said that two Indian Air Force employees and two staffers of other central paramilitary forces have tested positive for Covid-19 in the state so far.

Health officials in Mizoram said that 26 National Disaster Response Force, 21 Assam Rifles and 19 BSF troopers had tested positive in the state. The NDRF personnel had recently returned from Assam, Manipur, Haryana and Andhra Pradesh. In all, 238 people were infected in Mizoram but 159 of them have recovered.

Many Indian Army personnel have also tested positive in Nagaland and other northeastern states.

In Tripura, around 200 BSF personnel, and their family members had been infected by coronavirus but all of them have recovered.

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