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By Newsgram Staff Writer

In a decision taken in the meeting of the Business Advisory Committee of the Rajya Sabha on Monday, the Upper House of the Parliament will sit beyond its scheduled working hours in the coming week to complete all pending business, including passing of the General and Railway Budgets and the Mines and Coal Bills. This was confirmed by an official release Saturday.

The Rajya Sabha is said to sit beyond 7.00 p.m. to take up the governments and other businesses, stated the official release.

While discussions on Railway Budget have reached it concluding stage, the Rajya Sabha is all set to hold discussions on the General Budget 2015-16 and related appropriation bills after they are passed by the Lok Sabha in the coming weeks.

Ahead of the session, the government had listed 20 Bills for introduction and 19 Bills for consideration and passing, including six to replace an ordinance.

The Rajya Sabha is also set to take up consideration and passing of the much debated Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2015 and the Coal Mines (Special Provisions) Bill, 2015 as passed by Lok Sabha and to be reported by the respective select committees.
The Parliament will be adjourned on March 20th, 2015 after two select committees submit their reports on the respective ordinance replacement bills by March 18th, 2015.

The Business Advisory Committee of Rajya Sabha has prearranged one hour for dialogues on the Mines Bill, two hours for the Coal Mines Bill next week and 10 hours for the General Budget. Companies (Amendment) Bill, 2015 and The Regional Rural Banks (Amendment) Bill, 2015 have also paved way to be passed next week.

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Ukraine’s New Leader Gets Sworn In, Immediately Dissolves Parliament

The 41-year-old Zelenskiy had upended the traditions of Ukrainian politics

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Ukraine's New Leader, Parliament
Ukrainian President-elect Volodymyr Zelenskiy greets supporters before inauguration ceremony in Kyiv, Ukraine, May 20, 2019. VOA

Ukrainian TV star Volodymyr Zelenskiy was sworn in as the country’s new president on Monday, promised to stop the war in the country’s east against Russian-backed separatists and immediately disbanded parliament, which he has branded as a group only interested in self-enrichment.

Even before he disbanded the Supreme Rada, which had been one of his campaign promises, the 41-year-old Zelenskiy had upended the traditions of Ukrainian politics.

He ditched the idea of a traditional motorcade to his inauguration, walking to the parliament through a park packed with people. Flanked by four bodyguards, he was giving high-fives to some spectators and even stopped to take a selfie with one of them.

Before he made the announcement, Zelenskiy asked the Supreme Rada to adopt a bill against illegal enrichment and support his motions to fire the country’s defense minister, the head of the Ukrainian Security Service and the Prosecutor General. All of them are allies of former President Petro Poroshenko, who lost the presidential election in a landslide to the comedian with no previous political experience.

Ukraine's New Leader, Parliament
Ukrainian TV star Volodymyr Zelenskiy was sworn in as the country’s new president on Monday. Flickr

In a feisty speech after his inauguration, Zelenskiy told the Rada that his main goal for the presidency is to bring peace to eastern Ukraine, where government troops have been fighting Russia-backed separatists for five years.

“I’m ready to do everything so that our heroes don’t die there,” he said. “I’m ready to lose my popularity and, if necessary, I’m ready to lose my post so that we have peace.”

Zelenskiy garnered 73% of the vote at the presidential election last month in a victory that reflected Ukrainians’ exhaustion with politics-as-usual. For years, he has played the Ukrainian president in a popular television show.

The new president wrapped up his speech at parliament by referring to his career as a comedian.

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“Throughout all of my life, I tried to do everything to make Ukrainians laugh,” he said with a smile. “In the next five years I will do everything so that Ukrainians don’t cry.” (VOA)