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Day 3: After battle of placards Lok Sabha adjourned again

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New Delhi: The Lok Sabha was on Thursday virtually turned into an arena for placard battles between the Congress and the BJP, forcing Speaker Sumitra Mahajan to first adjourn the house till noon and later for the day. lok_sabha_india_hd_images_computer_background

The first two days of parliament’s monsoon session, which began on July 21, were also washed out due to several adjournments over the demand of the Congress and other opposition parties for the resignation of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and two BJP chief ministers.

The tussle between the treasury and opposition benches over the opposition demand escalated on Thursday as well, as a Bharatiya Janata Party member moved a privilege motion against Robert Vadra, son-in-law of Congress president Sonia Gandhi, over his comments in a Facebook post.

As soon as the house met after the adjournment till noon, parliamentarians from the Congress and other parties were up on their feet, demanding action from the government over their demand for the resignation of the BJP leaders.

Several Congress members moved near the Speaker’s podium, carrying placards targeted at Sushma Swaraj and raising questions over the “silence” of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The BJP members too rose from their seats and moved into the aisle, carrying placards that targeted the Congress on corruption.

Congress members occupied the space close the Speaker’s podium and raised slogans. At one point, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Rajiv Pratap Rudy was seen seemingly telling Congress member Deepender Hooda to give some space to BJP members near the podium.

BJP members stayed put for a while in the aisle but went back to their seats after an indication from Home Minister Rajnath Singh. However, they continued to show placards.

In the ruckus, BJP’s Prahlad Joshi spoke on his privilege motion against Vadra though his voice was largely inaudible.

Papers were laid in the House amid din as the Speaker asked members not to show placards.

She said some members wanted to speak, but the din continued amid slogan-shouting by Congress members.

“If you do not want to run the House, I will adjourn it,” she said and adjourned the house for the day.

Later, Joshi said he had moved the privilege motion against Vadra.

“In his (Vadra’s) Facebook post, he has belittled the image of parliament. That’s why I have moved the privilege motion against him,” said Joshi, BJP parliamentarian from Dharwad in Karnataka.

Earlier, the House was adjourned till noon after the Congress-led opposition raised a ruckus over the Vyapam recruitment scam and the controversy over BJP leaders’ association with former Indian Premier League chief Lalit Modi.

Within 10 minutes of the commencement of the Lower House’s proceedings, several members from the opposition parties took out placards and raised slogans.

Amid the din, the Speaker adjourned the House till noon. BJP member Arjun Ram Meghwal also spoke on his notice for a privilege motion.

The Congress and opposition parties are demanding the resignations of Sushma Swaraj and Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje over their alleged help to Lalit Modi, who is facing an Enforcement Directorate investigation.

They are demanding the resignation of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan over the Vyapam scam.

(IANS)

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BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi wants to know if Research being done on Goodness of Cow Urine

New Delhi MP Lekhi had a starred question to Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh in the Lok Sabha related to the quality of milk products of Delhi Milk Scheme; however, she went on a different track altogether

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  • BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi mentioned in the Lok Sabha a case about an official who got cured of a “serious” illness after consuming cow urine as medicine
  • He also asked if the government was encouraging any research on the medicinal properties that can be derived from cattle
  • Lekhi discussed the goodness of bovine by-products including cow urine and lamented how the “ancient science” had disappeared

New Delhi, August 2, 2017: BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi mentioned in the Lok Sabha a case about an official who got cured of a “serious” illness after consuming cow urine as medicine, and asked if the government was encouraging any research on the medicinal properties that can be derived from cattle.

New Delhi MP Lekhi had a starred question to Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday related to the quality of milk products of Delhi Milk Scheme (DMS). However, she went on a different track altogether, and discussed the goodness of bovine by-products including cow urine and lamented how the “ancient science” had disappeared.

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BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi. Wikimedia

Lekhi mentioned a case where a person who was a “former ASD” was taken seriously ill, and was cured after he consumed cow urine as medicine.

She said the “ancient science” of the country has disappeared and asked if the government is planning to commission research on the medicinal science related to cattle.

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Minister Radha Mohan Singh in reply said under the “Rashtriya gomang Utpadak Mission”, a centre was being established in Karnal, Haryana.

Lekhi then said that the humus content in soil is coming down due to which it converts into dust which is a threat to health. The MP said cow dung can be used as fertiliser and also suggested using cow waste for methane production.

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She also asked if the government has any plans of using cow dung for increasing humus content of soil.

Singh said the government is concerned about the environment, but added that the main question was focused on quality of milk products of DMS.

This prompted Speaker Sumitra Mahajan to say on a lighter note that it was the minister’s skill that he could answer unrelated questions.

Mahajan however added that MPs are not reading the question.

“I am sad that MPs are not reading the questions, even those who ask the question do not read it,” she said. (IANS)

 

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Tamil Nadu ministers discuss issue of having talks with rival faction led by former CM O. Pannneerselvam

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Chennai, April 18, 2017: In a late night meeting on Monday, senior Tamil Nadu ministers discussed the issue of having talks with the rival faction led by former Chief Minister O.Pannneerselvam, said Finance Minister D.Jayakumar.

Speaking to the media after the meeting, Jayakumar welcomed Panneerselvam’s remark that he is open for talks if somebody comes with the plan to merge the two factions in AIADMK.

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He said that Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker M. Thambidurai also welcomed Panneerselvam’s remark and the stand of the ministers is also the same.

The ministers belong to the faction led by AIADMK General Secretary V.K.Sasikala. (IANS)

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President Pranab Mukherjee gives his assent to the Finance Bill 2017, Tax proposals in Union Budget will now get status of Law

The Finance Bill 2017 was passed by Parliament on Thursday, with the Lok Sabha rejecting the amendments proposed by the Rajya Sabha

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New Delhi, April 1, 2017: President Pranab Mukherjee has given his assent to the Finance Bill, 2017.

With his assent, the tax proposals in the union budget get the status of law.

The Finance Bill 2017 was passed by Parliament on Thursday, with the Lok Sabha rejecting the amendments proposed by the Rajya Sabha.

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The Finance Act provides for a Rs 2 lakh cap on cash transactions to check tax evasion and makes it mandatory to quote the Aadhaar number for filing income tax returns from July 1.

It also provides for doing away with some tribunals by assigning their work to the existing ones. (IANS)