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Big news right now: The Monsoon session of Parliament will commence from July 18 and end on August 10, the Cabinet Committee of Parliamentary Affairs recommended today. The CCPA, chaired by Home Minister Rajanth Singh, met here today to recommend the dates. The President will now formally convene the session. The session will have nearly 18 sittings, Parliamentary Affairs minister Ananth Kumar told reporters.
Jun 25, 2018 2:24 pm (IST)

Monsoon Session from July 18 | The monsoon session of Parliament will be held from July 18 to August 10, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar said here on Monday. The decision was taken at a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Political Affairs.  During the session, which will have 18 working days, the government is expected to push for bills including those related to triple talaq and constitutional status for the National Commission for Other Backward Classes. 

Jun 25, 2018 2:22 pm (IST)

Arun Jaitley Compares Indira Gandhi to Hitler on Emergency Anniversary | Accusing Indira Gandhi of turning democracy into constitutional dictatorship, Union Minister Arun Jaitley on Monday said the common man who did not understand dictatorship understood it because of forced sterilisation during Emergency.  Indira Gandhi imposed Emergency on June 25, 1975 on account of international disturbances, suspending key fundamental rights guaranteed under the Constitution to every citizen. "Both Hitler & Mrs. Gandhi never abrogated the Constitution. They used a republican Constitution to transform democracy into dictatorship. Hitler arrested most of the opposition Members of Parliament & converted his minority Government in Parliament into a 2/3rd majority govt. The Representation of People Act was retrospectively amended to insert those provisions so that the invalid election of Mrs. Gandhi could be validated by changes in law. Unlike Hitler, Mrs. Gandhi went ahead to transform India into a ‘dynastic Democracy,’" wrote Jaitley in a Facebook post.

Jun 25, 2018 2:20 pm (IST)

Don't Confront Centre, SC on Cauvery: Deve Gowda's Advice to HDK | When Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi, the latter was full of praise for his 86-year-old predecessor and the CM’s father, Deve Gowda.  According to Kumaraswamy, the PM described the JD(S) chief as the “walking encyclopaedia” of water disputes and irrigation projects in the country and praised his in-depth knowledge of the 140-year-old Cauvery water row between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. After returning from the national capital, Kumaraswamy said the Centre had constituted the Cauvery Management Authority to oversee distribution of the river water among three riparian states and a Union Territory — Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Pondicherry — without taking Karnataka's concerns into consideration.

Jun 25, 2018 1:04 pm (IST)

BJP MLA Accused of Abducting Ex-Serviceman's Daughter | An ex-serviceman, identified as Rajinder Singh, here accused a BJP legislator of abducting his daughter in Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday, a charge denied by the girl. The politician termed the allegation as an attempt to defame him. In a dramatic turn of events, the girl appeared before a select group of media persons on Sunday, hours after her father levelled the charges, and refuted the allegation of her being kidnapped by RS Pura BJP MLA Gagan Bhagat. She defended Bhagat saying he is a good person and she is living with a friend. The girl also claimed that she is facing "death threat" from her family who wanted to marry her to a person against her wishes.

Jun 25, 2018 1:02 pm (IST)

Class 9 Boy Found Murdered in Karnataka School Toilet | A schoolboy was found murdered in the washroom of a top military school in Karnataka's Kodagu district on Saturday. The 14-year-old boy was a Class IX student of Sainik School in Kodagu.  The incident came to light a day after another Class IX student was found dead inside the toilet of a school in Gujarat’s Vadodara on Friday with multiple stab wounds on his body. Upon finding the boy unconscious in the washroom, the school officials took him to a government hospital where he was declared brought dead. Police have registered a case of murder. The vice principal and four other staff members of Kodagu's Sainik School, 231 km from Bengaluru, are under the scanner. A few days ago, the boy’s father, who works as hockey coach in the same school, had told the school authorities that his son was being harassed by a few teachers. It is now alleged that the vice principal of the school reportedly ignored the father's complaint.

Jun 25, 2018 1:00 pm (IST)

Four Punjab Boys Killed in 3 Days Due to Drug Overdose | After a video of a mother wailing for her 22-year-old son who died due to drug overdose in Kotkapura went viral, three more deaths have been reported in the state within a span of two days. In the first incident, two youths were found dead at their homes in Amritsar’s Chheharta. Police officers said that they died due to overdose of 'chitta' (synthetically produced drug that includes heroin and LSD) on Saturday. In a similar incident, the body of a youth, foaming at the mouth, was found near Amritsar’s Verka rail line on Sunday. Earlier also many cases of death due to drug overdose have been reported in the area. Ironically, Amritsar happens to be the same city in which the controversial Bollywood film Udta Punjab was shot that highlighted Punjab’s drug menace

Jun 25, 2018 12:59 pm (IST)

UP Girl Gets Acid Attack Threat | A girl student was allegedly sexually harassed by a youth, who also threatened to throw acid on her when she turned down his proposal of marriage, the police said on Monday. The incident took place in Brahmapuri locality under Civil Lines Police Station area here on Saturday. According to the complaint lodged by the girl's family, the youth, Shakir Ali, pressured the girl to marry him and when she said no to the proposal, the accused sexually harassed her and also threatened to throw acid on her, a police official said.

Jun 25, 2018 12:58 pm (IST)

5 Killed in Mumbai Rains | At least five people were killed on Monday after heavy rains lashed the metropolis and Thane district following Southwest Monsoon's increased momentum in Mumbai. Heavy rains continued throughout the night and Monday morning, causing water-logging at several places and slowing the movement of suburban trains, thus causing inconvenience to office-goers. Two persons were killed on Sunday evening when a tree fell on them near Metro Cinema in south Mumbai, said an official from the disaster management unit of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).

Jun 25, 2018 12:56 pm (IST)

Yashwant, Shatrughan Sinha at AAP Rally | CLICK TO READ: Yashwant Sinha Backs Out of AAP's Anti-Modi Rally, Taps Shatrughan Sinha as Replacement

The AAP will launch the first phase of its five-phased padyatra from the Beniabagh Maidan against in Varanasi. The first phase, called the Janadhikar Andolan, will end on July 8 in Ballia.

Jun 25, 2018 12:45 pm (IST)

As many as 723 trees in Kasturba Nagar would be cut, 750 trees in Sriniwaspuri, and 93 in Tyagraj Nagar. The move has angered environmentalists and residents of the area, who are demanding that the decision be withdrawn. "There are other ways to redevelop the area that do not involve cutting of trees," Swati Chaturvedi, another local and a landscape architect, said. The government earlier defended its decision by saying that the redevelopment would lead to an increase in the green area coverage by about three times and the compensatory plantation of trees will be done in the ratio of 1:10, thereby resulting in an enhanced tree-coverage area.

Jun 25, 2018 12:45 pm (IST)

The Forest department recently gave permission to chop off at least 14,000 full-grown trees to make way for the re-development of residential facilities for central government employees. According to a government statement, in Sarojini Nagar, 8,322 of the 11,913 trees would be cut while in Nauroji Nagar, 1,465 of the 1,513 tress would be chopped. In Netaji Nagar, 2,315 of the 3,906 trees would be cut, while in Mohammadpur, 562 trees would be felled.

Jun 25, 2018 12:43 pm (IST)

About 1,500 protesters hugged the trees in Sarojini Nagar, launching their own "Chipko Movement", a forest conservation movement where people embraced trees to prevent them from being cut in Uttarakhand (then Uttar Pradesh) in the 1970s. They also tied green ribbons, which symbolise "Rakhi", thereby promising to protect the trees. A velfie (video-selfie) booth was also set up to create awareness through social media. People were holding placards with messages like "Save Trees, Save Delhi", "We want clean air" and "Save the trees, they will save you". "We will not let the trees be cut. Delhi's air quality level is deteriorating and instead of finding a solution to it, we are cutting more trees," Ramesh Singh, a local, said.

Jun 25, 2018 12:34 pm (IST)

A day after protests erupted in the national capital against government's order to fell over 14,000 trees for the re-development of seven south Delhi colonies, high court has stayed the decision to axe trees till the next of hearing. State-owned construction firm NBCC has given in writing that trees won't be cut till the next date.

Jun 25, 2018 11:51 am (IST)

Former union minister Yashwant Sinha, who quit BJP in April this year, on Monday told News18 that he wont be able to attend AAP rally in Varanasi due to health issues but his outfit Rashtra Manch was open to consider supporting opposition candidate against PM Modi in the next Lok Sabha election. "Shatrughan Sinha will represent Rashtra Manch in the rally. I was prepared to go but had to cancel due to health related issues. As far as the question of contesting or supporting opposition from Varanasi seat is concerned, we are open for that but modalities would be decided in the coming months," former Union minister said.

Jun 25, 2018 10:53 am (IST)

Talking to reporters on Sunday in VVIP Guest House, AAP spokesperson Sanjay Singh said that besides this, the padyatra has been planned in all zones of the state. The main issues of the yatra include demand to curb inflation, unemployment, provide adequate price for farmers' produce, harassment problem of Rehari track shoppers, hike in school fees, Ganga cleaning, weavers' problem and reinstatement of old pension system. Request to absorb contractual employees into regular posts and other issues of teachers will also be raised.

Jun 25, 2018 10:28 am (IST)

According to news agency ANI, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) declared that it will observing a ‘Black Day’ today. 25th of June marks the day when former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi declared the Emergency in 1975. Several senior BJP leaders including those who are Members of Parliament will reportedly be observing the day. BJP leaders, including Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, have often cited the Emergency and Indira Gandhi to attack Congress whenever allegations of anti-democratic decisions are made against the ruling party.

Jun 25, 2018 10:13 am (IST)

A day ahead of the Emergency anniversary, Union Minister Arun Jaitley recalled how more than four decades ago the government led by Prime Minister Indira Gandhi imposed 'phoney' Emergency, turning democracy into constitutional dictatorship. Indira Gandhi imposed Emergency on June 25, 1975 on account of international disturbances, suspending key fundamental rights guaranteed under the Constitution to every citizen. "It was a phoney emergency on account of proclaimed policy that Indira Gandhi was indispensable to India and all contrarian voices had to be crushed. The constitutional provisions were used to turn democracy into a constitutional dictatorship, said Jaitley in a Facebook post, the first part of the three-part series titled 'The Emergency revisited'. The second part of the series will come today.

Jun 25, 2018 9:51 am (IST)

BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha is often seen at loggerheads with his own party. Recently, he slammed the BJP government over Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s dharma at the Lieutenant Governor’s office. In a series of tweets, Sinha lashed out at the Centre for not letting the Chief Ministers of West Bengal, Kerala, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh meet Kejriwal at the L-G’s office. Highlighting that the CM’s were ‘elected and not selected’, Sinha said that by denying them entry, the government had made a ‘blatant show of autocracy, despotism, autarchy and use of power’.

Jun 25, 2018 9:47 am (IST)

Shatrughan and Yashwant, along with socialist thinker Raghu Thakur, will join senior AAP leaders on the dais of Jan Adhikar rally at Varanasi's Beniabagh Park. According to a report in The Times of India, east UP unit chief of AAP Sanjeev Singh said, “The rally is being organised against an undeclared emergency-like situation created by PM Narendra Modi and UP CM Yogi Adityanath in the country and the state. This situation is posing threat to the constitutional institutions of the country.”

Jun 25, 2018 9:42 am (IST)

Both Shatrughan and Yashwant Sinha had recently announced the formation of Rashtra Manch, a political action group and had shared the stage with mahagathbandhan leaders in Patna in the month of April. While Yashwant Sinha had already distanced himself from the BJP, where as BJP MP Shatrughan had recently stated at an Iftar party hosted by Tejaswi Yadav that RJD wants him to contest on their symbol.

Jun 25, 2018 9:41 am (IST)

The padyatra will be conducted in five phases —Varanasi to Ballia (June 25-July 8), Ayodhya to Lucknow (August 28- September 6, Bareilly to Amroha (September 11 to September 18), Lalitpur to Jhansi (September 25 to October 2) and Aligarh and to Agra via Mathura (October 20 to October 26).

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