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Supreme Court cancels summer vacation, will continue work till June 19

According to sources, the apex court has also decided it will take up all kinds of pending and fresh matters, which will also include urgent matters via video conferencing during the vacation period.

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New Delhi, May 15 : The Supreme Court has cancelled its summer vacation and decided to continue working till June 19, it was announced on Friday.

Chief Justice S.A. Bobde held a full court meeting, where a consensus was reached to continue working during the summer vacation.

“In partial modification of notification of even number October 14, 2019, notifying the list of Supreme Court holidays, 2020 and the summer vacation of the court, it is hereby notified that the five-week period from May 18 to June 19 (both days inclusive) of the summer vacation of the Supreme Court calendar 2020 has been rescheduled and declared period of functioning,” said a notification issued by Registrar, Administration.

According to sources, the apex court has also decided it will take up all kinds of pending and fresh matters, which will also include urgent matters via video conferencing during the vacation period.

The Chief Justice, in consultation with other judges, will continue to track the situation connected with the outbreak of Covid-19. He may review the decision of not availing the summer vacation, added a senior official.

The Supreme Court, since March 24, against the backdrop of novel coronavirus pandemic, has been taking up matters through video conferencing where it gave priority to only extremely urgent matters.

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Brief ruckus in RS over YSRCP member’s remark against Cong

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New Delhi, Sep 20 (IANS) Even as the government introduced two of the three contentious farm Bills in the Rajya Sabha on Sunday, the Upper House witnessed ruckus for a brief period when a YSR Congress Party member used the word “dalal” for the opposition Congress.

Speaking in the House, YSRCP MP VV Reddy said that there was no reason for the Congress to oppose these Bills. He called the Congress a “party of middlemen”. Reddy brandished a Congress poll manifesto that he claimed promised to repeal the marketing committees and establish farmers’ markets to call out its alleged hypocrisy on the issue.

This comment infuriated former Union Minister and Congress member Anand Sharma, who demanded an apology from Reddy.

The Congress called the contentious Bills as “death warrants” for the peasants.

Congress member Partap Singh Bajwa, who hails from Punjab and is one of the most vociferous opponents of the Bills, said: “We will not sign on these death warrants of farmers. Agricultural markets are a State subject. APMC and MSP shouldn’t be tinkered with.”

He also raised the issue of the timing of the Bills, which were passed by the Lok Sabha, saying that the pressing need for the Bills to be brought in when India is battling the coronavirus pandemic and LAC tension was beyond comprehension.

Meanwhile, Communist Party of India-Marxit MP KK Ragesh called the Bills “corporate’s freedom”. He said: “The government is throwing the farmers at the mercy of our corporates. This is not the farmers’, but corporates’ freedom. They are prone to sell their produce according to the dictates of the corporates.”

Earlier in the day, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar moved the Farmers’ and Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020, and Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020, in the Rajya Sabha. The BJP had issued a 3-line whip to all its members to be present in the Upper House.

–IANS

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Farmers’ income won’t double before 2028, Derek tells RS

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New Delhi:  Taking a dig at the Centre’s claim to double the income of farmers by 2020, Trinamool Congress MP Derek O’Brien on Sunday said that it cannot be doubled before 2028.

Discussing the contentious farm Bills introduced in the Rajya Sabha, the TMC member said: “The Prime Minister said that the opposition is trying to mislead the farmers. You promised to double the farmers’ income by 2020. At the current rate, it won’t happen before 2028.”

He was referring to the Prime Minister’s remarks on Saturday that some persons were trying to mislead and even lie to the farmers.

Referring to the land acquisition Bill and TMC’s stance, O’Brien said: “How qualified is the TMC to speak on the Bills? Seven years ago… during the land acquisition bill… we spoke in favour of the farmers. Later, the Supreme Court said that the rights of the farmers cannot be overlooked.”

The TMC leader also claimed that West Bengal farmers’ income has doubled.

“Don’t bring the debate down to MSPs; we are opposing everything in the Bills. The Centre doesn’t have the right to implement these in the states. The states will not be able to ensure farmers’ interests. Who are you going to fool here? For the consumers too, what’s the protection? These Bills will have to be discussed and debated,” he said.

The TMC MP also moved amendments to send the farm Bills to the Select Committee of the Rajya Sabha. He said that the parliamentary committees are not to break but contribute to law-making.

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Ex-PM H.D. Deve Gowda takes oath as RS member

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New Delhi: Former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda took oath as a Rajya Sabha member on Sunday.

The Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) supremo took oath in Kannada in the presence of Rajya Sabha Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu shortly after the House convened for the day.

Gowda, 87, was elected unopposed to the Rajya Sabha from Karnataka with the support of the opposition Congress on June 12 in the biennial elections held in Bengaluru for four seats that fell vacant after the previous members’ terms ended on June 25.

Though 45 of the 61 new members took oath on July 22 in Parliament House, Gowda could not go to New Delhi then, as he was unwell and due to coronavirus-induced restrictions on travelling for senior citizens amid the pandemic.

Gowda has entered the Rajya Sabha for the second time, 24 years after he was elected when he was the Prime Minister from June 1996 to April 1997.

Meanwhile, former Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, Congress leader Ambika Soni and Samajwadi Party’s Revati Ramn Singh have sought leave from Sunday’s session.

Citing health issues, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram also sought leave.

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