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Congress, Trinamool stage walkout in Lok Sabha


New Delhi: Congress members on Thursday staged a walkout from the Lok Sabha while demanding the suspension of BJP member Virendra Singh unless he tendered an “unconditional apology” for making certain remarks against Congress leaders.

Trinamool Congress parliamentarians too walked out of the Lok Sabha, saying the government had not risen to the occasion to resolve the impasse in the house.

Raising the issue after Question Hour, Congress leader in the house, Mallikarjun Kharge, alleged that the government seemed to be supporting the BJP member.

“Unless you suspend (the member) or there is an unconditional apology, it will affect the dignity of members. Please suspend him,” Kharge said.

“If the government supports such people, we are not going to tolerate,” Kharge added.

The Congress leader said there was intolerance during the present government’s rule and it was indulging in political vendetta against its opponents.

“We are walking out for the day,” Kharge said.

The Congress on Wednesday complained to Speaker Sumitra Mahajan about Virendra Singh’s remarks. The Speaker told the members on Thursday that she had expunged the objectionable part of Virendra Singh’s remarks.

Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Rajiv Pratap Rudy responded to Kharge’s remarks and said the house was discussing the drought situation for the past two days but the Congress members were continually laying siege to the speaker’s podium.

He said Congress members had also raised slogans with their back to the prime minister but did not express any regret over their behaviour.

“How long will these double standards continue,” he wondered.

Participating in a debate in the Lok Sabha on the drought situation in several parts of the country, parliamentarian Virendra Singh on Wednesday challenged the Congress leaders on their knowledge about the farmers in the country.

In his speech, he made certain remarks against Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Jyotiraditya Scindia to which the Congress members objected.

Trinamool Congress MP Saugata Roy said that Virendra Singh should apologise for his remarks and added that the speaker had also suggested he do so.

Mahajan said she cannot force the member to apologise. She noted that papers were thrown at the chair on Wednesday. “Who all should I tell to apologise? Is it right to throw papers,” she said.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu said there cannot be two set of rules for the members.

“Coming to the well (of the house) and raising slogans against the prime minister,it should be avoided,” he said.

Naidu said Deputy Speaker M. Thamburai’s patience was tested by the protesting members on Wednesday.

Naidu said the entire country was watching and crucial bills, like the one on Goods and Services Tax, were pending and urged members of the Trinamool Congress and the Congress to return to the house.

Referring to Wednesday’s protests, Biju Janata Dal member Bhartruhari Mahtab said that not only were papers thrown while the deputy speaker was in the chair but his desk too was thumped repeatedly.

“His patience was tested, again and again,” he said, adding that visual recordings would show that it was a serious matter.

The BJD member urged the government to ensure that no bill was passed amid din in the house.

Naidu responded by saying that the government was not keen to get the bills passed amid the din.

However, he said the ongoing parliament session should not conclude without the passing of the crucial bills.

Referring to Congress protests against the government over perceived “political vendetta” in the National Herald case, he said members of the opposition party should not come near the speaker’s podium to protest.(IANS)

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BHU gender based bias:Another case adds to the saga

Restrictions on Wi-fi,Non veg only for females


Lok Sabha discussed the alleged matter of restrictions in one of the leading universities in the nation-Banaras Hindu University.
It is to be noted here that the allegations were that the female students were facing certain restrictions in one of the central universities of the nation.
According to published reports, female students from the university alleged that they were not allowed access to free Wi-Fi in their rooms while there was no such restriction for male students.
The students also said they were not allowed to eat non-vegetarian food in the campus, make telephone calls after 10 p.m. and wear shorts to the mess.
Women were also not allowed to take part in protests, demonstrations or even political debates.

However,the government answered the Lok Sabha by stating that there were “no bans in BHU”
HRD minister,Mr. Prakash Javedkar himself asserted that there were no restrictions put on the female students.
“I have collected information from the BHU. There are no restrictions or discrimination there,” Javadekar informed the Lok Sabha in response to a supplementary question during the Question Hour.

Replying to the other questions raised by the Lok Sabha members,Javedkar agreed with the fact that Indian Educational institutions do not rank highly on the global scenario which is a cause of worry

“There is scope for improving the ranking internationally,” he said and added there is a possibility that the situation will improve as international faculties are coming to the Indian institutions.

Telling about the Modi government’s policies regarding education and to set some standards for evaluating the quality of eduction in the nation ,the minister stated that the government has launched the National Institutional Ranking Framework on September 29, 2015.

The NIRF ranks the institutions using data on five broad parameters: teaching learning resources, research and professional practice, outreach and inclusivity, graduation outcomes and perception, he said.
What is the true picture will soon be revealed!!

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Lok Sabha to discuss ‘incidents of intolerance’ today

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New Delhi: The Lok Sabha is scheduled to discuss on Monday the “situation arising out of incidents of intolerance” in the country, an official statement said.

“A Motion of Notice given under rule 193 by P. Karunakaran (CPI-M) and K.C. Venugopal (Congress) in this regard has been listed in the business of the house for Monday,” the parliamentary affairs ministry said in a statement.

Rule 193 relates to the short duration discussion sought by a member desirous of raising a matter of urgent public importance.

The government has also proposed six bills — The Bureau of Indian Standards Bill, The Carriage by Air (Amendment) Bill, The Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development (Amendment) Bill, The National Waterways Bill, The Electricity (Amendment) Bill, and The Factories (Amendment) Bills — for consideration and passing in Lok Sabha during the second week of the current winter session.

The Rajya Sabha will on Monday resume the discussion on ‘Commitment to the Constitution’ as part of the 125th birth anniversary celebrations of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar. The debate began on Friday and remained inconclusive.

Legislative business proposed to be taken up in the Rajya Sabha during the second week includes The Negotiable Instruments (Amendment) Bill, The Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Bill, The Whistle Blower Protection (Amendment) Bill and The Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Amendment Bill.