Oppn set to join hands in House to take on govt before polls
With an eye on a string of assembly elections due early next year in several states, including Uttar Pradesh and Punjab, opposition parties are preparing to join ranks to take on the central government on a host of common issues during the winter session of Parliament starting Monday.
France-UK acrimony over Channel crossings deepens further
French President Emmanuel Macron told Britain on Friday it needed to “get serious” or remain locked out of discussions over how to curb the flow of migrants escaping war and poverty across the Channel. France cancelled an invitation to British home secretary Priti Patel to attend a meeting on the issue in Calais, underlining how fraught its ties with Britain have become, with post-Brexit trading rules and fishing rights also at stake.
Constitution Day: Opposition boycotts Central Hall event
Alleging that the government is riding roughshod over the Constitution in governance and law-making, the opposition on Friday boycotted the Constitution Day function in the Central Hall of Parliament. Congress, Trinamool Congress, Left parties, RJD, NCP, Shiv Sena, SP and DMK among others stayed away from the function after Leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge spoke to them on Thursday evening with the plan for boycott.
Dynastic parties threat to democracy, says PM Modi
Amid a boycott by opposition parties of “Constitution Day” celebrations and ahead of Parliament’s winter session beginning next week, PM Narendra Modi savaged dynastic parties calling them a threat to a healthy democracy and elaborated that problems arise when a party is run by the same family, generation after generation.
Report on rising anaemia may force govt to rethink strategy
With the National Family Health Survey-5 (2019-21) data showing a rise in anaemia cases among children, women and men, a major review of the ongoing strategy under the “Anaemia Mukt Bharat” programme is on the cards. A view is said to be emerging within the government about the need to take a “good, hard look” to see if there is a need to re-think policies and outcomes.
Pocso court hears, convicts, sentences man in 1 day
A suspect in the rape case of a minor girl was tried, heard, convicted and sentenced to a life term in prison by a Pocso court in Bihar’s Araria district in a single day’s proceedings, reportedly setting a new record and benchmark for speedy trials in a country besieged with pendency of cases in courts. The judge, Shashikant Ray, also directed the convict to pay Rs 7 lakh as compensation for the girl’s rehabilitation. The order was passed on October 4.
Jittery nations rush to restrict travel as new variant emerges
European countries on Friday joined Singapore, Israel and others in restricting travel from southern Africa in a frantic effort to keep a newly identified, and apparently significantly evolved, variant of the coronavirus from crossing into their borders. This time, restrictions came within hours of South Africa’s announcement — at least 10 countries had announced measures before South African scientists had finished a meeting with WHO experts about the variant on Friday.
'അന്നേ പറഞ്ഞതാണ്, എന്നിട്ടും ചിലര് വിവാദങ്ങളുമായി വന്നു'; ഈശോയെ കുറിച്ച് സംവിധായകന് നാദിര്ഷ
കൊച്ചി: നടന് ജയസൂര്യ നായകായെത്തുന്ന ഏറ്റവും പുതിയ ചിത്രം ഈശോയ്ക്ക് സെന്സര് ബോര്ഡ് യു സര്ട്ടിഫിക്കറ്റ് നല്കിയതില് പ്രതികരിച്ച് സംവിധായകന് നാദിര്ഷ രംഗത്ത്. സിനിമയുടെ പേരില് വിവാദങ്ങള് ആരംഭിച്ച സമയത്ത് ഞാന് പറഞ്ഞിരുന്നു, അത് അനാവശ്യമാണെന്ന്. അത് ചെവികൊള്ളാതെ വിവാദങ്ങളുമായി പലരും വന്നു. സെന്സര് ബോര്ഡ് ഇപ്പോള് ഈ സിനിമയില് ഒരു വിവാദവും കണ്ടെത്താന് സാധിക്കില്ലെന്ന് പറഞ്ഞു. അതില് സന്തോഷമുണ്ടെന്നും നാദിര്ഷ അറിയിച്ചു.
Regular international flights from Dec 15, with ‘risk’ grading
The Centre has allowed resumption of regular international flights from December 15, nearly 21 months after services were suspended. Now both Indian and foreign airlines can add capacity. Air bubbles, that gave limited flights to some countries during Covid, will burst on December 14, allowing passengers flying between India and rest of the world to also take connections from nearby hubs as per air service agreements with those countries.
Sensex plunges 1,688 pts as new virus variant spooks global markets
A new variant of Covid-19 virus, first found in Botswana which can possibly resist available vaccines, pushed global investors onto the backfoot, that in turn led to a sell-off in risky assets. As a result, investors on Dalal Street too pressed the panic button, leading to a 1,688-point slide in the sensex — the biggest single-session loss in over seven months — which closed at 57,107. In late trades, the index had even entered the sub-57k mark, its first foray in that territory in 3 months.
Over RS 4Kcr laundered via cryptos unearthed by ED in 1 year
Virtual crypto currency exchanges have emerged as the new tax havens laundering large amount of illegal cash with anonymity as more than Rs 4,000 crore of such transactions have been unearthed by ED in the past one year alone. The government listed a bill in Parliament to ban all private crypto currencies not only to curb increasing instances of money laundering in the country using the virtual currency but also to meet the standards set by FATF, the Paris-based intergovernmental watchdog.
India to Pakistan: Expedite 26/11 trial, give up double standards
Underlining that it is not ready to accept any sort of "closure" on the 26/11 Mumbai attacks, the government gave a renewed push to punish the guilty on the 13th anniversary of the terror strikes by summoning a senior Pakistani diplomat and calling for an expeditious trial in the long pending case. In a note verbale, it also asked Pakistan to abide by its commitment to not allow territories under its control to be used for terrorism against India.
Jewar airport builder to pay Rs 10 lakh per day for delay
A penalty of Rs 10 lakh a day will be imposed on the concessionaire building Noida international airport if it exceeds the deadline of September 29, 2024. A day after the airport project was launched by the PM, officials said when the concessionaire, Zurich AG, and the UP government had signed the final agreement, it had been decided the company would be liable to pay 0.1% of the bank guarantee it had deposited every day as liquidated damages if the project breached the deadline.
RBI keeps big business houses out of banking
Reserve Bank of India has not accepted a proposal to consider large corporates or industrial houses for a banking licence. It has however allowed promoters of banks to hold up to 26% in their banks, which is a positive for many lenders including Kotak Mahindra Bank, IndusInd Bank, Bandhan Bank and CSB Bank. The new norms allow those who have already diluted stakes to hike their shareholding.