- Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar says,
Winter session of Parliament to be convened next month.
confers infrastructure status on logistics sector.
of nominations for first phase of Gujarat Assembly elections ends.
directs Haryana Government to enquire alleged
overcharging by a Gurgaon-based private hospital from a Dengue patient's
Parliament begins impeachment proceedings against President Robert Mugabe.
Women's Youth World Boxing Championships in Guwahati, Ankushita Boro, Shashi
Chopra, Jyoti Gulia and Neetu enter quarterfinals.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar has said
the Winter session of Parliament will take place next month, asserting the BJP
is committed to Parliamentary procedures. In a tweet, Mr Kumar attacked the
Congress for questioning the government over delay in convening the session. He
alleged the opposition party is suffering from selective amnesia as during the
UPA rule, the Winter Sessions were held in December in 2008 and 2013.
are committed to hold the Winter Session. It will be a normal session. Congress
is unnecessarily raising this bogey. In next couple of days, we are going to
have the Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs and decide the dates."
today accused the government of delaying the winter session of Parliament.
Briefing media in New Delhi, senior party leader Ghulam Nabi Azad alleged that
government is trying to run away from the issues which the opposition wants to
raise in Parliament. Mr Azad said it is unfortunate that even the Parliamentary
Affairs Minister is not aware when the session would be convened. He claimed
that due to elections in few state assemblies, government has delayed the
government is considering bringing a legislation in the winter session of
Parliament to put an end to instantaneous triple talaq, a Muslim way of divorce
which is still in practice despite the Supreme Court striking it down. Quoting
official sources, PTI reports that a ministerial committee has been set up to
propose a suitable legislation or amend existing penal provisions, which would
make instantaneous triple talaq an offence.
Gujarat, filing of nominations for the first phase of Assembly elections ended
today. Voting, in this phase, will be held in 89 constituencies on the 9th of
December. BJP State President Jitu Vaghani filed his nomination papers for
Bhavnagar West constituency on the last day. Senior Congress leader Shaktisinh
Gohil also filed his nomination for Mandvi constituency. Scrutiny will be held
BJP has strongly denied the Congress' allegation that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is using Defence
helicopters for electioneering. Briefing reporters in New Delhi, Union Minister
and senior BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad said the allegation by Congress
leader Ghulam Nabi Azad is baseless as Mr Modi is an SPG protectee and he can
use Defence helicopters. Mr Prasad said, Congress Prime Ministers also used Defence
helicopters for electioneering in various elections, but it had no issue on
BJP has strongly objected to a tweet by an online
magazine of Youth Congress related to the origin of Prime Minister Narendra
Modi. In a series of tweets, senior party leader and Union Minister Ravi
Shankar Prasad alleged such objectionable tweet has exposed the arrogance and shameful anti-poor stand of
Congress that a person born in poverty in the family of a tea vendor cannot
become the Prime Minister. He said, it
is an insult of popular mandate.
Meanwhile, Congress has disapproved the tweet posted by its youth
wing. Party spokesperson Randip Singh
Surjewala rejected it saying Congress culture imbibes respect for the
Prime Minister and all political opponents keeping aside differences on policy
Jammu & Kashmir, an army man was martyred and three non local
Lashkar-i-Toiba militants were killed in two separate encounters in north
Kashmir’s frontier Kupwara district today. Official sources told AIR that the
Army, Special Operations Group (SOG) of Jammu and Kashmir police and the CRPF
launched a joint search operation in Khar Mohalla of Magam area of Handwara in
the district early this morning. They said as the forces approached the
suspected spot, the hiding militants opened fire, triggering a gunfight in
which three militants were killed.
another gunfight in the Gujjarpati Zirhama forest area of the, an army man lost
his life. Defence sources said at least two army personnel were also injured.
There was no report of any militant killing in the operation which was
continuing till late.
Government has conferred infrastructure status on logistics sector, which
includes industrial parks, warehouses, cold storages and transportation. In a
tweet, Economic Affairs Secretary Subhas Chandra Garg said, Government’s strong
infrastructure push continues and the decision will help logistics sector
access longer term finance and on better financing terms.
status will help the sector get credit at competitive rates and on a long-term
basis as rising logistics cost impacts the global competitiveness of exporters.
Correspondent reports, in 2017 country’s logistics performance improved from 54
to 35 under World Bank Logistics Performance Index.
The Centre has asked the Haryana Government to
urgently initiate an enquiry into alleged overcharging by Gurgaon-based
Fortis hospital from family members of a patient who reportedly died of dengue
recently. In a letter to Principal Secretary, Health of
Haryana, Union Health Secretary Preeti Sudan said, the report in this regard
should be submitted to the Health Ministry within two weeks. She said, the
details of treatment and the charges levied by the hospital needs to be
ascertained. She said, in case of any overcharging, negligence or malfeasance
is made out on the part of hospital, exemplary action needs to be taken
immediately to reassure the general public and to lend credence to the
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will share his thoughts
with the people in the country and abroad in Mann Ki Baat programme of All
India Radio on Sunday. It will be the 38th edition of the monthly radio
Modi has asked people to share their ideas and suggestions on the
Narendra Modi App and My Gov Open
Forum. People can dial the toll free
number 1XXX-XX-7800 and record their message for the Prime Minister in either
Hindi or English.
People can also give a missed call on 1922 and follow
the link received in SMS to directly give their suggestions to the Prime
President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M Venkaiah
Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, former President Pranab Mukherjee and
other prominent leaders have congratulated Justice Dalveer Bhandari on his
re-election to the International Court of Justice, ICJ.
In a tweet, President Ram Nath Kovind said, Justice
Bhandari's re-election is a diplomatic milestone for India. In a tweet, Vice
President Venkaiah Naidu said, it is a joyous moment for every Indian as this
win is a reflection of India's growing stature internationally.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said it is a proud moment
for the country. He credited the efforts of External Affairs Minister Sushma
Swaraj and MEA officials for it. Mr. Modi also expressed gratitude to members
of the UN General Assembly and the UN Security Council for their support and
trust in India.
In his message, the former President Mr Mukherjee
said, this is truly a victorious moment for India. He said, the broad support
Justice Bhandari received is a major diplomatic victory for the country.
Parliament has begun formal proceedings to impeach Robert Mugabe. The Speaker
announced in the house that a motion to remove the President from office has
been brought forward by the war veterans leader Chris Mutsvangwa and seconded
by an opposition politician.
politicians arrived at Parliament to begin the impeachment proceedings,
thousands of Zimbabweans attended a rally in the capital Harare in support of
the motion. It is not clear how long impeachment would take, though the ruling
party has said it could vote Mr Mugabe out as early as tomorrow.
in a bid to show he is still in control of the country, Mr Mugabe called a
meeting of his Cabinet. But the last gasp attempt to stay in power backfired.
According to the Reuters news agency, only five ministers and the Attorney
General answered Mr Mugabe's call, with the 17 other members of Cabinet instead
were attending a meeting to plan the 93-year-old leader's impeachment.
Nigeria, at least 50 people have been killed in a suicide bombing in the
north-eastern town of Mubi. Police say, the mosque was packed with worshippers
during morning prayers when the bomber struck.
was an action packed day today at the 48th International Film Festival of India
(IFFI) in Goa. The day began with inauguration of Indian Panorama, the most
sought after section of IFFI. Veteran
actor Sridevi declared the Indian
Panorama open before a packed hall of audience and a strong presence of media
this morning in Panaji. In her inaugural speech, Sridevi termed the IFFI as one
of the most exciting festivals of the world.
Kapri-directed Hindi film 'Pihu' was the opening movie in the feature film
category, while 'Pushkar Puran' by Kamal Sawroop opened the non-feature film
category. At the inaugural function, jury members of both - Feature film and
Non-Feature film sections were felicitated by Sridevi. IFFI’s opening film Beyond
the Clouds’ director and Iranian film maker Majid Majidi held a press
conference at Kala Academy. He described Indian cast and crew of his film as
exceptionally talented and thoroughly professional. Canada is the focus country
at this year’s IFFI. Canadian film maker Johnny Ma told AIR that he always
loved India and have been here as a traveller before. Masterclass with Subhash
Ghai attracted huge audience today. Subhash Ghai also released Lensight, a
magazine of the Film of Television Institute of India at IFFI. Actor Shraddha
Kapoor inaugurated the Bioscope village, which offers an opportunity to
Non-delegates to watch movies alongside IFFI. With Saikat Sarkar, Ashok Shukla,
AIR News, Goa.
Ram Nath Kovind has said today that Manipur is set to become a tourists’
destination when the India-Myanmar-Thailand Tri-lateral Highway and railway
through the State are materialized and the upgradation of Imphal Airport to an
international one is fully operationalised.
the inaugural function of the 10-day Manipur Sangai Festival, 2017 at Imphal;
Mr. Kovind said that many Japanese tourists are coming to Manipur as the State
was an important battlefield in the Second World War. He said that Manipur is
all set to become a tourists’ destination in the near future.
"The potential for tourism is immense and prospects of
international trade with Manipur linking the Indian economy to Myanmar and the
rest of ASEAN is unamazingly big. India takes great pride in Manipur’s cultural
identity, its social diversity and economic potential. Together all of us need
to insure that Manipur realises this potential.
Indian pugilists Neetu, Ankushita Boro, Shashi Chopra and Jyoti Gulia entered
the quarterfinals of the AIBA Women's Youth World Boxing Championships in
out-witted Bulgaria's Emi-Mari Todorova in her pre- quarterfinal bout in the 48
out-punched Turkey's Cagla Aluc in an aggressive performance to fetch a unanimous
verdict in her favour in the 64 kg category.
who opened the proceedings for India this afternoon, defeated Ukraine's
Anastasiia Lisinska to make the last-eight stage in 51kg.
on the other hand, got the better of second seed
Lin Li Wei-Yi to be just one win away from ensuring a medal in 57 kg.