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How many extra hours Rajya Sabha MPs will have to work to complete pending work?

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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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‘Delhi Metro Cruelly Killed my ‘Achhe Din” : Here is why Passengers are dumping the popular mode of travel

The author shares her take on shifting to Delhi from Kolkata and her experience with the Delhi Metro

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Delhi Metro. Wikimedia

– By Somrita Ghosh

New Delhi, November 5, 2017 : Delhi Metro cruelly killed my “acche din”.

Metro fares have been doubled in just four months, forcing me to give up my favorite mode of transport and take to crowded DTC buses.

Besides putting the new fares beyond my budget, I have also been stripped off the safety of travelling in the Metro. And I am not the only one.

My biggest shock came two days after the latest Metro fare hike. I commute daily between Green Park in south Delhi and Noida Sector 16 where I work.

As I punched my smart card while leaving the Sector 16 station, my heart skipped a beat — Rs 37 had been deducted from my card.

By the time I reached my office, the mental calculation was already done. I realized every month I would have to spend double of what I was shelling out only five months ago if I wanted to use the Delhi Metro.

When the year began, I was spending Rs 18 on my Metro ride — one way. The Metro then hiked the fares and my one-way cost shot up to Rs 27. The latest hike had taken it to Rs 37!

This was hard for me to digest. The sudden hike of almost Rs 20, that too one way, was surely going to painfully pinch my wallet.

When I landed in Delhi five years ago, my friends advised me to avail the Metro, not just because it is safe for women but comfortable too, never mind the crushing rush during peak hours.

Most important, as I realized very soon, the Metro was affordable. It was so cheap that while an auto-rickshaw would charge me a minimum of Rs 25 from my home to the nearest Metro station, the Metro charged me only Rs 18 all the way from south Delhi to Noida in Uttar Pradesh. This was too good to be true.

Since I came from Kolkata, where the minimum Metro fare was only Rs 4 and the maximum Rs 12, Delhi Metro initially seemed costly.

But I realized the full story in no time once I started using the Delhi Metro. The infrastructure, service and overall facilities provided by Delhi Metro were far better compared to Kolkata.

Delhi Metro offers free WiFi, its stations have coffee shops and the bigger ones even host fast food chains. Travel is hassle-free despite the odd technical snags that hit the Blue Line that I use.

But suddenly charging a salaried person like me Rs 40 more, or Rs 1,200 a month, just because the Metro needs to finance itself better is something I cannot appreciate.

Like numerous others, I have changed my mode of transport. It is now the DTC buses. The DTC’s frequency may not match the Metro’s and DTC rides can be bumpy too, not to talk of unending traffic jams. But do I have a choice?

(Editorial note : This article has been written by Somrita Ghosh of IANS. She can be contacted at somrita.g@ians.in)

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Catalonia Independence : Spanish PM plans to remove Catalonia’s leaders to take control

Many Catalans who want to remain in Spain will approve of this strident action. But those who want independence for their region are likely to see this as a provocation rather than a solution

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The Spanish Prime Minister said one of his aims is to restore peaceful co-existence to Catalonia by removing its leaders. VOA

Madrid, October 22, 2017 : Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has outlined plans to remove Catalonia’s leaders and take control of the separatist region.

Speaking after an emergency cabinet meeting on Saturday, Rajoy stopped short of dissolving the region’s parliament but put forward plans for elections, BBC reported.

The measures must now be approved by Spain’s Senate in the next few days.

Large crowds have gathered in Barcelona to protest against direct rule from Madrid. It comes almost three weeks after Catalonia held a disputed independence referendum.

Spain’s Supreme Court had declared the vote illegal and said it violated the constitution, which describes the country as indivisible.

Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont has ignored pleas from the national government to abandon moves towards independence.

Rajoy said the the Catalan government’s actions were “contrary to the law and seeking confrontation”. He said it was “not our wish, it was not our intention” to impose direct rule.

This will be via Article 155 of Spain’s constitution, which allows it to impose direct rule in a crisis on any of the country’s semi-autonomous regions.

Spanish law dictates that elections must be held within six months of Article 155 being triggered, but Rajoy said it was imperative that the vote be held much sooner.

Reports say that Spain’s interior ministry is preparing take control of Catalonia’s Mossos police force and remove its commander Josep Lluís Trapero, who is already facing sedition charges.

The government is also considering taking control of Catalonia’s public broadcaster TV3, El País newspaper reported.

Catalan Vice-President Oriol Junqueras said Rajoy and his allies had “not just suspended autonomy. They have suspended democracy”.

Barcelona Mayor Ada Colau said it was a “serious attack on the rights and freedoms of all, both here and elsewhere” and called for demonstrations.

The president of Barcelona football club, Josep Maria Bartomeu, said the club gave its “absolute support for the democratic institutions of Catalonia chosen by its people”.

But he called for any reaction to be “civil and peaceful” and said dialogue was the only way to a solution.

Eduard Rivas Mateo, spokesman for the Catalan Socialist party — which supports the Spanish government’s stance but also wants constitutional reform — said he could not accept a “harsh application” of Article 155.

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But Ines Arrimadas, head of the centrist Ciudadanos party in Catalonia, which is against independence, said holding fresh elections would “restore goodwill and democracy” in the region.

Rajoy’s use of Article 155 had been widely anticipated, but his announcement when it came still had a huge impact. The article has never been invoked before, so there was a certain amount of mystery surrounding its potential reach and meaning.

Although Rajoy insisted that Catalonia’s self-government is not being suspended, many will disagree. The removal from office of Carles Puigdemont and all the members of his cabinet, to allow ministers in Madrid to take on their duties, amounts to a major reining in of Catalonia’s devolved powers.

The Spanish Prime Minister said one of his aims is to restore peaceful co-existence to Catalonia with these measures.

Many Catalans who want to remain in Spain will approve of this strident action. But those who want independence for their region are likely to see this as a provocation rather than a solution. (IANS)

 

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5 Apps Which Make Millennials Spend Money Wisely!

These finance apps may help the millennials in managing their expenses in a better way.

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Apps which can help Millennials save money

Millennials are leading their lives in the “tech age”, where they have their own set of generation problems. Inflation has been a common problem of all the generations, but Millennials altogether have a different approach to life. The young adults of today are much more carefree. Their expenses are not just limited to home, family and food. From going on regular vacations to spending money in hip restaurants, they want it all. Keeping all these factors in mind, it becomes necessary to set meager budgets for all the planned luxuries and at the same time increase your savings as well. This may sound difficult, but the digital era has made it easier. Below are five finance apps which would manage your expenses!

  1. Cash Envelopes! 

Keeping a strong will is tough if you always find money in your wallet. This is a world-wide problem. The solution for it is to decide your budget for various expenses and keep them inside envelopes. An excellent savings app, Mvelopes, has expertly executed this idea with the help of technology. This way, if anyone savings envelope gets vacant, you can either wait for it to refill or take money from other cash envelopes. These envelopes will get connected to maximum four bank accounts.

2. ‘Balance’ Your Way

An app called Balance is at the rescue of millennials. It helps to manage money effectively so that one can save a good amount. It has recommendations on habits of expenditures in the form of ‘recipes’. The app streamlines the documentation processes in investments; thus, making an individual aware of the risks linked to it.

3. Keep a track on money spent

Sometimes, we may just get reckless and spend our cash without keeping in mind the expenses. To control this behavior is of utmost importance. An app called Money View would help you maintain a record of all the payments you made. It also tracks the dates of your bill and never lets you miss a payment deadline.

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4. Sharing budget

Setting a good budget will better your spending habits. And, the Google Budget app helps you to understand better spending habits. It is quite like Mvelopes, except that it also facilitates sharing these budgets with close relatives. This app taps all types of payments, users are making from the connected account.

5. Tracking Your Overall Financial Position

Since Millennials grew up in the generation when technology witnessed a boom, they are expected to handle their bank accounts digitally without much panic or mulling.Mint app keeps track of your expenses, cash and income inflows. This leads to constant reminders in your mind about how much money you should or should not spend. An integrated amount of your savings also helps you in making better and bigger future decisions.

by Megha Acharya of NewsGram.