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Among Celebrity Politicians, Kirron kher Tops in Attendance at Parliament, Rekha gets the lowest score

The national average attendance rate for lawmakers in Parliament: Lok Sabha MP 82 percent and for Rajya Sabha MP 79 percent

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Kirron Kher with her husband Anupam Kher. WIkimedia Commons

New Delhi, Sept 03, 2016: Bollywood celebrities’ attendance at the parliament house was taken into account. It shows that well-known actress BJP MP Ms.Kirron Kher is at the first place when it comes to attending the sessions whereas veteran actress Rekha is last on the list.

As studied by the PRS legislative research (a non-profit organization involved in tracking the legislative matters) Ms. Kher who is the representative of Chandigarh LS seat holds 85 percent attendance which is counted to be the most by any Bollywood celebrity.

She was accompanied by fellow actor and BJP MP Paresh Rawal who represents the  Loksabha constituency of Ahmedabad East. TMC’s  Ms. Satabdi Roy representing Birbhum and Bhojpuri actor-singer and BJP lawmaker from Northeast Delhi Manoj Tiwari were the ones registering a good attendance rate of 76 percent.

Rekha- a Bollywood actress and RS MP. Wikimedia Commons
Rekha- a Bollywood actress and RS MP. Wikimedia Commons

The national average attendance rate for lawmakers in Parliament is: Lok Sabha MP 82 percent and for Rajya Sabha MP 79 per cent.

Famous actress Hema Malini who represents Mathura had only 37 per cent attendance. Records indicate that she had participated in 10 debates and asked 113 questions.

Dev Adhikari- a TMC MP from Ghatal- scored just 9 percent attendance. The Agnishapath actor participated in just one debate.

Another TMC Rajya Sabha MP and veteran actor Mithun Chakraborty’s attendance was recorded and it was as poor as of 10 per cent. The 66-year-old actor, whose term started in April 2014, had not participated in any of the activity in the sessions.

Renown actress Rekha’s attendance was the lowest among celebrities as she clocked an abysmal 5 per cent. Nominated to the Rajya Sabha in April 2012, the actress too had not participated in any activity of asking question or debate in the sessions.

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Among others TMC’s Moon Moon Sen and Tapas Paul have a good attendance of 70 and 64 per cent respectively. Vinod Khanna, the BJP MP from Gurdaspur, Punjab scored a second class, with 59 percent attendance.

Aam Aadmi Party’s Bhagwant Mann – a comedian-turned-politician- comes from Sangrur Lok Sabha seat in Punjab. He scored an attendance of 64 percent and participated in 79 debates and asked 39 questions.

Coming to Odisha: Biju Janata Dal’s Lok Sabha MP and Odia actor Sidhant Mohapatra got 68 percent attendance to his credit. A Rajya Sabha MP Anubhav Mohanty netted 70 per cent attendance and  participated in 31 debates and asked 209 questions.

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From Uttar Pradesh, Samajwadi Party Rajya Sabha member actress Ms. Jaya Bachan had 74 per cent attendance. The famous Shotgun, ie, Shatrughan Sinha achieved 68 per cent attendance.  Sinha represents Patna Sahib Lok Sabha in Bihar. He did not participate in any debate, nor posed any question.

As the data indicate, very few celebrities had an active attendance record in Parliament.

(With input from Agencies)

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Kenya’s Parliament to Nationalize Country’s Main Airline Kenya Airways

A failed expansion drive and a slump in air travel forced it to restructure $2 billion of debt in 2017

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FILE - Kenya Airways planes are seen parked at the Jomo Kenyatta International airport near Kenya's capital Nairobi, April 28, 2016. VOA

Kenya’s parliament voted on Tuesday to nationalize the country’s main airline Kenya Airways to save it from mounting debts.

The loss-making airline, which is 48.9% government-owned and 7.8% held by Air France-KLM, has been struggling to return to profitability and growth.

A failed expansion drive and a slump in air travel forced it to restructure $2 billion of debt in 2017. The airline later proposed taking over the running of Nairobi’s main airport to boost its revenue.

Parliament’s transport committee, however, rejected that plan, recommending instead the nationalization of the airline in a report debated by the national assembly on June 18.

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Kenya’s parliament voted on Tuesday to nationalize the country’s main airline Kenya Airways to save it from mounting debts. Pixabay

In a voice vote taken on Tuesday afternoon, the majority of lawmakers in the chamber voted to accept the report.

Kenya Airways Chairman Michael Joseph told Reuters the vote was “great news.”

“Nationalization is what is necessary to compete on a level playing field. It is not what we want, but what we need,” he said, referring to competitors such as Ethiopian Airlines which are state-run and profitable.

Air France-KLM could not immediately be reached for comment.

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The government will now draw up an implementation plan, with clear time lines, said Esther Koimett, the principal secretary at the ministry of transport.

“Parliament is our boss … we will obviously take the recommendations of parliament,” she told Reuters.

Kenya is seeking to emulate countries like Ethiopia which run air transport assets from airports to fueling operations under a single company, using funds from the more profitable parts to support others, such as national airlines.

“The government is keen to take a consolidated view of aviation assets of the country in order to make sure they work in a coherent and efficient way to support the (Nairobi aviation) hub,” Koimett said.

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The loss-making airline, which is 48.9% government-owned and 7.8% held by Air France-KLM, has been struggling to return to profitability and growth. Pixabay

The committee’s report proposes that Kenya set up an aviation holding company with four subsidiaries, one of which would run Kenya Airways. Another arm of the holding company would operate Nairobi’s main international airport.

The committee’s report also recommended the holding company be given tax concessions for a period to be determined and that it be exempted from paying excise duty on all goods, including jet fuel.

Koimett dismissed concerns that nationalization could lead to further mismanagement. Kenya’s state-owned enterprises sector is riddled with corporate corpses and near failures caused by theft and poor management over the decades.

“Implementation is really the key thing … Ultimately all these things have to do really with ensuring that we get the right people in the right places,” she said.

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($1 = 103.7000 Kenyan shillings) (VOA)