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Rajya Sabha adjourned sine die




The Upper House proceedings on Friday were adjourned sine die. The monsoon session of the Rajya Sabha turned out to be productive. The chairmen of Rajya Sabha Mohammad Hamid Ansari termed the session as highly productive.

Ansari told the members of Rajya Sabha to self-observe and introspect regarding interruptions which ruined some sessions but he was satisfied with the work and decisions of the house.

“I am glad to say the session was highly productive. There were debates of national concern and discussions on many subjects,” Ansari said in his farewell remarks.

“Various procedural devises were effectively used to raise issues, reflect public sentiments and legislate through constructive debates,” he said.

The Chairman told that the Upper House had 20 sittings during which it worked more than 112 hours.

Ansari also stated that 300 starred questions were raised and 333 supplementary questions were taken up. He called it an “interesting facet”.
“It is heartening to know that almost all parties got opportunities to raise supplementary and participate in the question hour,” he narrated.

The session saw 120 zero hour submissions, of which 21 were instantly responded to by ministers, and 91 special mentions. While 300 starred questions were raised, 333 supplementary were also taken up.

“It is very heartening to note that almost all parties got opportunities to raise supplementary and participate in Question Hour,” he said.

The Upper House passed 14 bills which included the GST bill, a bill for compensatory afforestation fund and to extend maternity leave from 12 to 26 weeks. The Rajya Sabha also passed resolution on peace in the Kashmir Valley.

Rajya Sabha also took time to discuss and debate about the problems in the country, discussing and debating on the issues like atrocities on dalits, price rise, and status of implementation of Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014, role of Governors following the developments that took place in Uttrakhand and Arunachal Pradesh, and Draft Education Policy.

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Unhappy Naresh Agarwal joins BJP, says SP prefered Bollywood actress over me as RS candidate



Naresh Agarwal
Naresh Agarwal joins BJP (Photo-ANI)

The Samajwadi Party leader, Naresh Agarwal on Monday joined BJP in the presence of Railway Minister, Piyush Goyal and BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra.

While joining BJP, Naresh Agarwal who is currently the Rajya Sabha member of Samajwadi Party said, “I am joining the BJP as I think that until you are in National Party, you cannot do anything for the society. I am also impressed by PM Modi, BJP president Amit Shah and UP CM Yogi. I still respect Mulayam Singh Yadav and Ram Gopal Yadav, but the current scenario in SP where it is doing a coalition with Congress and sometimes BSP is very sad.”

The leader joined BJP after the Samajwadi party nominated actor and politician Jaya Bachchan for the upcoming Rajya Sabha election in April. The party had to choose between Naresh Agarwal and Jaya Bachchan as they don’t have enough legislators in the assembly to support their candidate.

Talking about Samajwadi Party’s Rajya Sabha candidate, Jaya Bachchan he said, “My comparison was drawn with those working in films… I was rejected for those who dance in films, work in films. I found it not proper. Nobody found it proper.”

Agarwal became tv channels and newspaper’s headline for making controversial statements. In July 2017, he courted controversy in Rajya Sabha by associating Hindu Gods with alcohol, while speaking on the issue of mob violence related with cow protection. However, after his statement, he was made to apologise by BJP.


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India, Pakistan should decide to think of peace: Farooq Abdullah on ceasefire violations



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National Conference party leader, Farooq Abdullah (File Photo)

Kashmir:  National Conference party leader Farooq Abdullah on Tuesday spoke about the situation on the India- Pakistan border in Kashmir. 

The leader speaking on the continous ceasefire violation said,”this will continue to happen.”

The leader urging both the countries to find a diplomatic solution said,”firing will continue to happen on both sides unless the two nations decide to think of peace.”

“The sooner they think about it, the sooner it will stop,” he added.

However this is not the first time when Abdullah has asked for diplomatic solutions, earlier the leader stated that war is not the solution of the Kashmir issue.


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Kabul seeks closure of Taliban’s Qatar office



Taliban office in Qatar
Taliban office in Qatar (Photo- The Newyork Times)

Doha, Feb 24: Kabul has started discussions with the Qatari government to close the Taliban office in Doha as it has had “no positive consequence in terms of facilitating the peace talks with the group in Afghanistan”, a senior government official has said.

“There is no need to keep the office open”, said Mohammad Hanif Atmar, National Security Advisor to President Ashraf Ghani, in an interview with Middle East newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat earlier this week.

“The aim behind opening (Taliban’s) Qatar office was to start official peace negotiations with the terror group from the address, but so far no official negotiation from the office has been started with government. Even a single step has not been taken forward in the peace process through this office,” Qadir Shah, a spokesman for Atmar’s office said.

“It had no benefit for us even after seven years… It is better to close it,” Atmar said.

He also said that Kabul has so far witnessed no sign of “sincere” cooperation from Islamabad in counter-terrorism efforts.

The Taliban had earlier reached out to the US with an offer for talks and urged people to pressurize Washington to bring an end to the invasion of Afghanistan.

The Taliban had said that they preferred to resolve the conflict that began in 2001 through peaceful dialogue and warned that the use of force alone would complicate the problem in Afghanistan.

The group had called on the “American people and the peace-loving Congressmen” to pressurize US leadership to end the occupation of the Asian country, a precondition that Taliban has always maintained to begin any negotiation.


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