NEW DELHI: The Lok Sabha secretariat on Friday issued guidelines on holding meetings of parliamentary standing committees with the physical presence of members in Parliament House with some restrictions, as the government explores the possibility of convening the monsoon session in August-end or September amid the coronavirus pandemic. In view of the Covid-19 outbreak, chairpersons of various panels had requested both Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla and Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu for holding virtual meetings, but were not granted permission. In its guidelines, the Lok Sabha Secretariat said, "With further relaxations in the lockdown made with effect from July 1, the sittings of the parliamentary committees can now be held while observing some restrictions." The secretariat has instructed that
NEW DELHI: CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury has written to the Election Commission of India objecting to the "unilateral measures" being taken by the poll panel in "altering" electoral procedures without consulting political parties, and asked if the "tearing hurry" was due to the upcoming Bihar assembly polls. "We are greatly disturbed by the media reports that the Election Commission of India (ECI) bypassing the established practice of consulting political parties, is unilaterally initiating measures to provide voters aged over 64 years, the use of postal ballots," he said in the letter addressed to the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC). Keeping in mind the safety of senior citizens amid rising cases of coronavirus, the age limit for voters to opt for
SRINAGAR: The new domicile law for Jammu and Kashmir is “illegal and unconstitutional” and it is not acceptable to the people of Jammu and Kashmir, National Conference leader and Lok Sabha MP from Srinagar Farooq Abdullah said on Sunday. “When we are saying that we are united against everything that they have done, which is illegal, unconstitutional, how do you think am I going to accept what is unconstitutional,” Abdullah said in Anantnag district of south Kashmir in response to a question by reporters on the new domicile law for the union territory. As per the new domicile law, non-permanent residents who have residency proof of at least 15 years in J&K are entitled to get domicile certificates. Prior to
NEW DELHI: The procurement process for production of chip-enabled e-passports is underway and their introduction will greatly strengthen the security of Indian travel documents, external affairs minister S Jaishankar said on Wednesday. In his address on the occasion of the Passport Seva Divas, Jaishankar also said the government intends to open a Post Office Passport Seva Kendra in every Lok Sabha constituency. "We have so far been able to provide for 488 Lok Sabha constituencies," he said. That process has stopped on account of the Covid-19 pandemic, but it will move forward as the lockdown eases up, he said. Jaishankar said his ministry is working with Indian Security Press, Nashik and National Informatics Centre for chip-enabled e-passports with advanced security
NEW DELHI: Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot has demanded that Congress leader Rahul Gandhi should take over as party chief again. According to sources, Gehlot raised the demand in the Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting held today. Youth Congress president Srinivas BV also backed Gehlot's recommendation and said that AICC should call a virtual session and make Rahul party chief. Gandhi, who took the charge of Congress president in 2017 resigned from the post following disastrous defeat in 2019 Lok Sabha elections. After his resignation, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi was elected as Congress interim president.
BHOPAL: BJP's Lok Sabha member from Bhopal Pragya Singh Thakur on Sunday attributed her health issues, including alleged loss of vision, to "torture" she suffered under the Congress regime. Thakur, who participated in the International Yoga Day event at the state BJP headquarters here, told reporters that she had "swelling and pus from retina to brain", adding she lost vision from one eye. "I sustained several injuries due to torture by the Congress for nine years. Many injuries resurface due to this torture. There was formation of pus and swelling in my eyes and brain. I have blurred vision in the right eye and I cant see at all from the left one," she said, apparently referring to her imprisonment
NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday reviewed various development projects in his Lok Sabha constituency of Varanasi, where he batted for turning it into a hub of national waterway. The presentation also highlighted the progress made in the Kashi Vishwanath Mandir complex by using a drone video of the layout. Earlier today, held an in-depth review meeting to take stock of the development works underway in Varanasi. We also… https://t.co/m81lAay9Uz— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) 1592585366000The efforts undertaken on effective management of COVID-19 were also discussed, an official statement said. The presentation dwelled upon development of world-class communication and connectivity infrastructure in Varanasi. "The prime minister directed that Varanasi should become a hub of national waterway connecting Haldia. Planning should
KOLKATA: The Enforcement Directorate has sent a notice to Bengal chief secretary Rajiva Sinha seeking appearance/reply of four senior officials at the state secretariat Nabanna before June 22 over the sale of the state government’s shares in Metro Dairy to Keventer Agro Ltd. The agency wants to question these officers about the share-value at which the state government divested its 47% stake in Metro Dairy to the food and beverage company. As per sources, the Bengal government had allegedly sold its 47% share to Keventer Agro at Rs 85 crore in 2017. The four officials have been given the option to send their written replies to the ED as personal appearance is not mandatory due to the coronavirus pandemic.
NEW DELHI: The situation arising out of the Corona pandemic has revived the unity of opposition parties, after their joint efforts were dismantled following the 2019 Lok Sabha victory of the BJP-led NDA, to take on the Centre over issues arising out of the national crisis. The 22 parties which met virtually through e-conference decided to have more such meetings in future to put forward their demands to the Narendra Modi government, while charting out a list of demands on Friday after a 4 hour meeting. Twenty-two like-minded parties exchanged views on Friday on the extraordinary situation in the country arising out of the Covid-19 pandemic to agree that the economy has collapsed, all sections of society are facing acute
नई दिल्ली: कोरोना वायरस (coronavirus) के प्रकोप के कारण संसद का आगामी सत्र देरी से शुरू होने संबंधी आशंकाओं के बीच लोकसभा अध्यक्ष ओम बिरला ने रविवार को कहा कि संसद का मॉनसून सत्र समय पर होने की संभावना है, जो सामान्य तौर पर जून के अंतिम सप्ताह या जुलाई के पहले सप्ताह में शुरू होता है. पिछले साल मॉनसून सत्र 20 जून से सात अगस्त तक चला था. लोकसभा अध्यक्ष ने कहा कि कोविड-19 के कारण यह परीक्षा की घड़ी है. हालांकि, उन्होंने उम्मीद जताई कि सत्र सामान्य रूप से होने की संभावना है. बिरला ने से कहा, ‘कोविड-19 के संकट के बावजूद मुझे उम्मीद है कि सत्र समय पर हो सकता है. लेकिन यह उस समय मौजूदा हालात पर भी निर्भर