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Sonia condoles former minister Handique’s death

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New Delhi: Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Sunday condoled the death of former union minister B.K. Handique, saying his journey in public life was “remarkable”.

Gandhi in a message said Handique was a valued member of the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance governments and the void created by his death would be hard to fill.

Handique, a Congress leader from Assam, died at the Jorhat Medical College and Hospital on Sunday. He was 80.

A contemporary of Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, he represented the Jorhat Lok Sabha constituency for six consecutive times since 1991. He held several portfolios in the union government.

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Union Budget Session to commence on February 29

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New Delhi: The capital will witness the onset of Budget Session of the Parliament on February 23. The joint session will be addressed by President Pranab Mukherjee.

The railway budget will be presented on February 25 while the Union Budget will be presented on February 29.

The meeting of Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs (CCPA) saw the decision being taken in this regard. The Union home minister Rajnath Singh headed the meeting.

The first session will end on March 16. The second session will start from April 25 and end on May 13.

The session will see the government pushing its legislative agenda this time as well, just they did in the last two sessions.

The Opposition will be seen raising a number of issues in this budget session, including the ongoing crisis in J&K. Moreover, the PhD scholar Rohith Vemula’s suicide case and the imposition of President’s Rule in Arunachal Pradesh will also be seen getting discussed.

Earlier on Wednesday, Sonia Gandhi, the Congress president held a meeting to chalk out the party’s strategy to be adopted in the Budget session. The party’s core committee members on parliamentary affairs attended the meeting.

The government blames the Opposition of turning out to be a hindrance in the House proceedings and significant legislations.

M Venkaiah Naidu, desiring to seek advice on the Budget Session, invited several political parties for an informal meeting later in the day. M Venkaiah Naidu is the Union parliamentary affairs minister. (Inputs from Agencies)

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Netaji will live in our hearts for his patriotism: Sonia Gandhi

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New Delhi: On the occasion of 119th birth anniversary of great Indian leader, Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, Congress President Sonia Gandhi said that he will always live in the hearts of all Indian for his unmatched patriotism.

On Netaji’s birth anniversary, she remembered him as one of the greatest sons of the country.

“He (Bose) will always live in the hearts of all Indians for his patriotic fervour and dedication to the Indian Republic,” she said.

The death of the former Congress President and once a close associate of Mahatma Gandhi, Bose, reported in a plane crash in Formosa, now Taiwan, in 1945 has remained a mystery.

His patriotism and struggle for a free India made him the hero of the country. Not only did he led the India National Congress in late 1920s and 1930s but also formed an India Army with the captured Indian soldiers in Singapore.

Sonia Gandhi said that the nation and the Congress Party can never forget his contribution to the national struggle for freedom.

All the political parties paid homage to Subhas Chandra Bose. PM Narendra Modi also declassified some of the files related to the leader and his mysterious death. Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also had disclosed some files earlier this week.

(IANS)

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Swamy’s plea to summon documents in National Herald case accepted

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New Delhi: BJP leader Subramanian Swamy’s appeal for summoning the documents from the Ministries of Finance, Urban Development and Corporate Affairs, Income Tax Department and other agencies regarding the National Herald case was accepted by the Delhi court today.

Swamy was asked by the Metropolitan Magistrate to file the processing fee for sending the notification to the following departments including Delhi Development Authority and the Registrar of Companies.

In order to advance the order’s in this case, he needed these documents which are under these ministries, Swamy told the court during the hearing.

“The documents are under the ministries and they can be summoned”, he added.

The judge asked Swamy to file the process fee (PF) and then the application will be allowed.

On December 19, 2015, the court granted bail to Congress President Sonia Gandhi, his son Rahul Gandhi, former Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh Motilal Vora, Congress leader Oscar Fernandes, and Suman Dubey.

The case was lodged by Swamy based on a private criminal complaint. It was filed against them of deception, cheating and criminal breach of trust.

As per the court’s order, he gave the copies and the annexures of the complaint to the accused who are refusing to accept the same, Swamy told the court.

“They did not accept the documents and instead said that it was incomplete. I do not know what is incomplete. We have acted in accordance to the court’s order and we are ready to provide the incomplete documents if they will tell me what is incomplete,” he added.

“You send it to their offices through a post,” replied court.

The documents sought by him pertains to Associated Journal Ltd.

The five accused, Suman Dubey, Moti lal Vora, Oscar Fernandez, Sam Pitroda and Young India Ltd, challenged the summons issued on Swamy’s complaint.

(Inputs from agencies) (Picture Courtesy:janpratinidhi.com)