- Winter session of Parliament to begin from the 15th of
next month; To continue till the 5th of January.
- By-poll for five state assembly seats including high
profile R K Nagar constituency in Tamil Nadu to be held on the 21st of
killed and 8 injured in a train accident in Chitrakoot district of Uttar
- Mumbai attacks
mastermind and Pakistan based JuD Chief Hafiz Sayeed walks free after over nine
months of house arrest in Lahore.
set for historic Parliamentary and Provincial Elections in Nepal.
- and in Nagpur cricket test, Sri Lanka were
131 for 4 against India a short while ago.
Winter session of Parliament will be held from the
15th of next month to 5th of January. Parliamentary Affairs minister Ananth
Kumar announced this after the meeting of Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary
Affairs, chaired by Home Minister Rajnath Singh, in New Delhi today. Mr Kumar
said, parliament session and assembly elections date should not overlap. He
said, earlier also many a times Parliament session has been scheduled,
considering assembly elections in state.
The Minister said, Government requests and seeks
cooperation from all parties, including the opposition, for smooth functioning
of both Houses to make the session fruitful.
चौदह दिन का सत्र होगा तो हम उम्मीद करते हैं जो सत्र होगा वो सार्थक होगा और विपक्ष से और सभी पार्टियों से हम अभी अपील भी करते हैं इस सत्र में कई महत्वपूर्ण मुद्दें चर्चा करना होगा जनहित में। कई महत्वपूर्ण विधेयक भी आएंगे उसके बारे में भी हमको चर्चा करके उसको पारित करना होगा।
The Minister said, key bills on triple talaq and
constitutional status to the backward class commission will be taken up for
Election Commission today announced by-poll to R K
Nagar assembly constituency in Tamil Nadu, Sikandra in Uttar Pradesh, Sabang in
West Bengal and Likabali and Pakke- Kasang constituencies in Arunachal Pradesh.
Notification for the polls will be issued on the 27th of this month. Voting
will take place on 21st of December and counting will be held on the 24th. The
high-profile RK Nagar Assembly constituency is
vacant since the death of former Chief Minister Jayalalitha. The Election
Commission had earlier cancelled the by-election to the seat in April based on
evidence of large scale bribing of voters. A report from our Chennai
Election Commission earlier fixed April 12 last as the date of bye-poll. The
two factions of the AIADMK led by Mr Panneerselvam and Mr TTV Dhinakaran then
opposed each other, and the other contenders. However, the bye-election
notification was rescinded following charges of large scale distribution of
cash for votes, as corroborated by the Income Tax raids in the properties of
certain key political personalities and their associates. The December 21st
bye-poll is considered a high-stake contest as a win in this seat will be
interpreted as a pointer to the pulse of the people in a dramatically changed
political environment in the state. Jayasingh, AIR News, Chennai.
Sikandra seat in Kanpur Dehat fell vacant due to the
death of sitting MLA Mathura Prasad Pal. Sabang seat in West Bengal was vacated
due to resignation of MLA Manas Bhunia who was elected to Rajya Sabha.
BJP today released the fifth list of thirteen
candidates for the Gujarat Assembly Election. While Chief Whip of party in
Gujarat Assembly Pankaj Desai has been fielded from Nadiad, sitting MLA Nayan
Patel will contest from Unjha. With this the party has released the name of 148
candidates so far for the
182 member Assembly which will go to polls in two-phases on 9th and 14th of
Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today said that Congress should introspect about
the steps that they have taken during their regime in the state. Talking to
media persons at the BJP media center in Ahmedabad she said that Congress has
not played the role of a responsible opposition.
On the other
hand, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi
today addressed Fishermen in
Porbandar and said if Congress wins the
elections in the state, government's doors will be open for people. He
said Congress party and he does not want
to tell them there mann ki baat, rather they want to hear their mann ki baat.
Uttar Pradesh, three passengers were killed and eight injured in a train
accident in Chitrakoot district early this morning. Our correspondent reports
that two deceased, a father and son duo
from Betia district in Bihar have been identified. Here is a report:
"The accident happened when 13 bogies of Patna bound train derailed at Manikpur
railway station in Chitrakoot district under Allahabad rail division of
Northern Central Railway. Injured are admitted at Community health centre
Manikpur and district hospital at Chitrakoot. Of them, two are in serious
condition. Helpline numbers have been opened at different stations to provide
information about the accident and passengers.
A special train has been rushed to Patna carrying all passengers of
derailed train. Efforts are on to repair the track and to remove the affected
bogies. Three trains including Allahabad Chitrakoot passenger train, Allahabad-
Jhansi and Allahabad - Satana Itarasi passenger trains have been cancelled
following the accident. Sunil Shukla,
AIR News Lucknow.
have announced financial assistance to the victims of the train accident. Five lakh rupees will be
given to the next of kin of each deceased. One lakh to seriously injured
passengers and fifty thousand rupees to the passengers who received minor
injuries will also given.
Maharashtra, one person died and five injured when a three storied building
collapsed in Bhiwandi in Thane this morning. More from our Correspondent:
18-year-old woman died and five others were injured in the incident that
occurred at around 8:30 in the morning. Rescue and relief operations are
underway. Two fire engines and 10 ambulances have reached the accident site.
Two NDRF teams have also reached the site. The injured have been admitted to
nearby a hospital.12 persons are still feared to be trapped under the debris.
Prarthna, AIR News, Mumbai."
In Delhi also, an old building collapsed in south east
Delhi's Taimur Nagar this morning. Two persons are suspected to be trapped
under the debris. Delhi Fire Services official said, a call was received at
9.50 this morning about the collapse and three fire tenders were rushed to the
spot. Rescue work is currently underway.
Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha has said that development
of backward districts is critical for the development of country as a whole. Chairing the meeting of
prabhari officers for the rapid transformation of backward districts, in New
Delhi today, Mr Sinha said, convergence of programmes is need of the hour. He
asked the prabhari officers to plan in a better way to improve the backward
districts. He called for use of funds in a proper manner for the development of
the concerned districts. He said, Left Wing Extremism affected districts have
separate line of funds.
Addressing the officers, Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba
said, transforming districts is necessary to improve socio-economic status of
the country. He said, government is ensuring
development in LWE prone districts by road construction, improving
connectivity and opening schools in the areas. He asked the prabhari officers
to reconnect with the districts and the people. He said, there is a need to
have decisive steps now to deal with left wing extremism.
The Jammu &
Kashmir government has ordered the review of cases of first time offenders of
stone pelting that were registered during past several years in Kashmir. Chief
Minister Mehbooba Mufti yesterday issued an order covering cases against the
youth for the period of 2015 to 2017 by an already constituted committee. The
Committee has been asked to furnish its recommendations within 10 days.
The review of
cases against these youths was a major demand from various sections of the
society in the State. Soon after assuming the office of Chief Minister in
April, 2016, Mehbooba Mufti had set on a process of review of cases against
youth from 2008 to 2014 which, unfortunately, got disrupted due to the
continued violence and unrest for the later part of the year. The Chief
Minister tweeted that it gives her immense satisfaction to restart the process
of withdrawing FIRs against first time offenders of stone pelting.
Pakistan has freed Hafiz Saeed, the Chief of the
banned terrorist outfit Jamaat- ud- Dawah, JuD and the mastermind of the 2008
Mumbai terror attack from detention. He was released in Lahore, after
midnight last night. Sayeed was freed
after the government decided against detaining him further in any case. He was
under detention since January this year. Punjab province's Judicial Review
Board comprising judges of the Lahore High Court on Wednesday unanimously
ordered Saeed's release on the completion of his house arrest which expired
The JuD head, carries a 10 million US Dollar American
bounty for his role in terror activities. JuD is believed to be the front
organisation for the banned Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) which is responsible for
carrying out the Mumbai terror attacks in 2008 in which 166 people, including
six Americans, were killed. Saeed was declared a global terrorist by the US and
the UN after the Mumbai attacks.
reacted to Sayeed's release order saying
Pakistan has been exposed once again. It said India and the
entire international community is outraged that a self-confessed and UN
proscribed terrorist is being allowed to walk free and continue his evil
agenda. External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar
had further said,
Pakistani government should fulfil its international obligations and take
credible and effective action against terrorists like Saeed.
stage is set for historic parliamentary and provincial elections in Nepal. In
the first phase polling will be held on Sunday for 37 constituencies of House
of Representatives and 74 seats of Provincial Assemblies in 32 districts. Chief
Election Commissioner of Nepal Dr. Ayodhyee Prasad Yadav told our Kathmandu
correspondent that all preparations have been completed.He said that Election
Commission main focus is on largest participation of voters and conducting
free, fair and peaceful elections.
हमारा फोकस है लार्जर पार्टिस्पेशन ऑफ दॉ वोटर्स फॉर दॉ स्ट्रांगर डेमोक्रेसी। इसके लिए हम लोग इंटेंसिव वोटर एज्यूकेशन भी संचालन किया है। दूसरा ये निर्वाचन शांतिपूर्ण रूप में, स्वतंत्र रूप में, सक्षम रूप में हर एक उम्मीदवार प्रचार प्रसार करे और मतदाता भी स्वतंत्र निष्पक्ष रूप में मतदान के लिए अपना विवेक प्रयोग कर कर के कैसे मतदान करेंगे-- ये हमारा बेसिक फंडामेंटल ऑब्जेक्टिव है।
for the first phase came to an end on Thursday. Polling for the second and
final round in remaining 45 districts will be held on December 7. This is the
first time that elections for state assemblies are taking place in Nepal. As
per the new constitution of Nepal local, province and parliament elections need
to be completed by January 21 next year. Local elections have already been
Court today said it will pass order on
Tuesday on a plea challenging the appointment of Gujarat cadre IPS
officer Rakesh Asthana as a special director of the CBI. A bench of Justices R
K Agrawal and A M Sapre reserved its verdict after hearing the arguments of
petitioner NGO Common Cause and Attorney General K K Vengugopal. The Petitioner alleged that Asthana's
appointment was illegal as his name had surfaced in a diary recovered during a
raid conducted by the Income Tax department. Petitioner has also sought a
direction to the Centre to transfer him out of the agency during the pendency
of investigation. Attorney General opposed the plea and said the CBI has not
named him in the FIR.
Court today granted six weeks time to Gujarat government for apprising it on
whether any disciplinary action has been initiated against policemen convicted
in the 2002 Bilkis Bano gangrape case. On the submission of Additional
Solicitor General, Tushar Mehta, that more time be given to get instruction on
the authorities, a bench headed by Chief
Justice Dipak Misra today ordered that
the matter be listed in January for hearing. However, the court said the
separate plea, seeking enhancement of compensation to be awarded to Bilkis
Bano, would be taken up next week for hearing.
After a positive
opening, the Sensex at the Bombay Stock Exchange remained firm, and had gained
109 points, to 33,697 a short while ago. The Nifty at the National Stock
Exchange had added 46 points, to 10,395. But at the forex market, the rupee had
depreciated 7 paise, to 64.65 against the dollar in afternoon deals.
Sri Lanka were 151
for 4 at tea on the opening day of the second cricket Test against India
Nagpur today. Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal won
the toss and elected to bat first.