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Venkaiah Naidu suspends 8 opposition MPs, including Derek O Brien, Sanjay Singh, over ‘unruly behaviour’


He said he was ‘deeply pained’ on the ruckus and passed a motion of suspension against eight opposition MPs over their ‘unruly behaviour.  

The Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu on Monday expressed grief over the incident that unfolded in the House yesterday. He said he was ‘deeply pained’ on the ruckus and passed a motion of suspension against eight opposition MPs over their “unruly behaviour”.

“I was deeply pained yesterday. All social distancing and Covid protocols were violated yesterday. Whatever happened, defied logic. It was a bad day for the Rajya Sabha. The Deputy chairman was physically threatened. I was worried about his physical being,” Naidu said.

Chairman today announced the suspension of eight opposition MPs for a week namely Derek O Brien, Sanjay Singh, Raju Satav, KK Ragesh, Ripun Bora, Dola Sen, Syed Nazir Hussain and Elamaran Karim.

“The notice period of 14 days is required. I rule that the motion by LoP and other members is not admissible,” Naidu said.

The Parliamentary Affairs Minister of State V. Muraleedharan had moved the motion for suspension of these leaders in the House.

Yesterday, amid the course of the passage of farm bills in the Rajya Sabha, the Trinamool Congress MP Derek O’Brien attempted to tear the rule book and snatch off Deputy Chairman Harivansh Narayan’s microphone.

He rushed to the well of the House amid the proceedings to register his protest against the bill.

Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu has also rejected a no-confidence motion against Deputy Chairman on grounds that it was not in a proper format.

Yesterday, after unprecedented uproar and ruckus, the contentious farm bills have been deemed passed in the Rajya Sabha by voice vote.

The Upper House has passed two of the three farm bills of the government.

The Farmers Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020; and The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020 were passed by the house.




10 killed, dozens feared trapped as three-storeyed building collapses near Mumbai; PM prays for quick recovery


The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has rescued 11 people from the site of the accident including one child.

In an untoward incident on Monday morning, ten people were killed and around 25 were feared trapped after a three-storeyed building collapsed in Bhiwandi near Mumbai.

Initial reports suggest that 31 people have been rescued from the rubble of the building in Patel Compound area. The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has rescued 11 people from the site of the accident including one child.

Over 40 emergency workers, including a team of 30 rescuers from the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), are at the accident site.

Reacting on the incident, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “Saddened by the building collapse in Bhiwandi, Maharashtra. Condolences to the bereaved families. Praying for a quick recovery of those injured. Rescue operations are underway and all possible assistance is being provided to the affected.”


The Directorate General of NDRF shared the updates on Twitter:

 




LAC crisis: Corps Commander-level meeting to be held on Chinese side today


As per the reports, the Corps Commander-level meeting will be held at Moldo on the Chinese side of the LAC near eastern Ladakh.

In order to dilute the ongoing tensions at the LAC, the military commanders of India and China will meet this morning on the Chinese side.

As per the reports, the Corps Commander-level meeting will be held at Moldo on the Chinese side of the LAC near eastern Ladakh.

Today’s meeting is the sixth round of Corps Commander-level talks that focuses on implementing agreements reached between the two countries on disengagement and de-escalation in eastern Ladakh, news agency PTI reported quoting unnamed government sources.

It further added that for the first time, a joint secretary-level officer from the Foreign Ministry is expected to be part of the Indian delegation. India is looking for some concrete outcome from the dialogue.

Reports suggest that the Indian delegation at the talks is set to be led by Lieutenant General Harinder Singh, Commander of the Leh-based 14 Corps.

The Chinese side is likely to be headed by Major General Liu Lin, commander of the South Xinjiang military region.

In Rajya Sabha, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh addressing on the China border crisis said no power on earth can stop the Indian Army from patrolling.

On a question by the opposition that the Chinese are not allowing Indian soldiers to patrol traditional posts, he said, “That is the reason for our fight with China.”

He assured the opposition members that there would be no change in patrolling patterns in eastern Ladakh, the site of the dispute.

There have been multiple attempts by the Chinese forces to drive the Indian troops out of the key heights at the mountainous Ladakh region in last few days.

Both sides blamed each other of firing in the air as shots were fired for the first time in 45 years.

A recent talk between the Defence Ministers at both the sides in Moscow on the sidelines of the SCO summit has brought again the series of accusation and blame game between the two Asian giants.




‘I am also a farmer’: Rajnath Singh on farm bills ruckus; says opposition trying to ‘confuse’ them


Union Minister Rajnath Singh said that the Opposition In Rajya Sabha was trying to “confuse farmers”. He said, “ I’m also farmer, never believe the government will hurt farmers.”

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, along with his cabinet colleagues Prakash Jawdekar, Prahlad Joshi, Piyush Goyal, Thawar Chand Gehlot, and Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi held a press conference on Sunday to address the farm Bills and the ruckus in the Rajya Sabha.

Union Minister Rajnath Singh said that the Opposition In Rajya Sabha was trying to “confuse farmers”. He said, “ I’m also farmer, never believe the government will hurt farmers.”

Two farm Bills were passed in the Upper House, in an unprecedented manner in which Opposition parties MPs alleged that deputy chairperson Harivansh Singh did not allow several opposition members to speak or consider extending the session.

The Opposition parties MPs who rushed into the Well of the House tried to tear up the rule book and pull away the microphone.

Union Minister Rajnath Singh questioned the Opposition party’s MPs behaviour and said,” “Let’s assume what they are saying is correct, that they weren’t heard, but even then is it okay to behave in a violent manner or to climb the chair or break the mic?

Hr further added, “Their behaviour has hurt the dignity of the Parliament and is a reflection on themselves,”

The minister assured the farmers that minimum support price (MSP) and APMC will continue. He said, “I want to assure farmers that minimum support price and APMC will continue. These will never be removed at any cost,”

The Defence Minister addressed the issue of Cabinet minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal resignation over the Bills and said that are trying to make everyone understand. He said, “Each person makes decisions based on political reasons.”

The Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu on Monday expressed grief over the incident that unfolded in the House yesterday. He said he was ‘deeply pained’ on the ruckus and passed a motion of suspension against eight opposition MPs over their “unruly behaviour”.

Chairman today announced the suspension of eight opposition MPs for a week namely Derek O Brien, Sanjay Singh, Raju Satav, KK Ragesh, Ripun Bora, Dola Sen, Syed Nazir Hussain and Elamaran Karim.




India records over 86,000 fresh cases in 24 hours; death toll crosses 87,000 mark


As many as 43,96,399 patients have recovered from coronavirus ,taking the country’s recovery rate to 80.12 per cent.

With a new spike of 86,961 coronavirus cases, the Covid-19 tally in India has reached 54,87,580 cases, according to Ministry of Health.

The  coronavirus death toll in the country has reached 87,882 with 1,130 fatalities recorded in the last 24 hours. India, which continues to remain the second worst affected country has, 10,03,299 are active coronavirus cases, out of the total 54,87,580 Covid-19 cases.

As many as 43,96,399 patients have recovered from coronavirus ,taking the country’s recovery rate to 80.12 per cent. In the last 24 hours, 93,356 patients have recovered from Covid-19 in the country.

Maharastra remains the worst affected state in India with a total of 12,08,642 coronavirus cases, followed by Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi.

Delhi’s coronavirus cases load has reached 2,46,711 with 3,812 new Covid-19 cases recorded in the last 24 hours. The city has also recorded 3,742 recoveries, taking the tally of recovered coronavirus patients to 2,09,632.

India has conducted a total of 7,31,534 tests, taking the total tally of Covid tests conducted to 6,43,92,594.




Virtual meeting of Executive Committee of SAARC Journalists Forum SJF was held successfully


A virtual meeting of the Central Executive Committee of the SAARC Journalists Forum SJF, an international organization of journalists comprising journalists from eight SAARC countries in South Asia, was held last night.

Editor of Trinomul Barta and Hello Dhaka News of Bangladesh, Secretary General of "Dui Bangla Online Journalist Forum", Secretary General of "Bangladesh Online News Portal Owners Forum"- Md. Abdur Rahman presented the program.

The event was presided over by Ramnath Vidrohi, President of the Indian Journalists Association, a prominent senior journalist in India.

Also present at the virtual meeting were Raju Lama, President of the Indo-Nepal Journalists Forum and Editor and Publisher of the timesasian. Saghirahmed Qamar, News Editor and prominent senior journalist in Pakistan, Khalil Rahman Omaid, a senior journalist who is a member of the Kabul Press Club and a member of the board of Afghanistan,

Rinzin Wangchuk, a senior journalist from Bhutan and president of the Journalists Association of Bhutan, Ismail Shaahu, a prominent journalist with ABM News in the Maldives.

In the virtual meeting of the SAARC Journalist Forum cocern on the next International Journalist Conference was discussed. If the situation in Corona improves, the next International SAARC Journalists Conference will be held in Delhi, India or Kathmandu, Nepal.

The current coronavirus update information of the SAARC countries was discussed in the virtual meeting. The negotiators noted the massive loss of tourism in the Maldives and Nepal, as well as the economic collapse of the SAARC countries. In many countries, journalists are laid off and many are laid off.

Journalists from SAARC countries in a virtual meeting, called for working together to take it to a higher level. It was mentioned that the freedom of journalists should be defended and united. The virtual meeting ended with the conviction that "the world is a safe place for journalists." 




NIA nabs 9 Al-Qaeda terrorists from Kerala, Bengal; were motivated to attack locations including Delhi


Six terrorists were arrested from Bengal, three terrorists were arrested from Kerala in the early morning raids, the probe agency said.

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has arrested nine Al-Qaeda terrorists in multiple raids in Kerala and Bengal, the agency said on Saturday.

“NIA had learnt about an inter-state module of Al-Qaeda operatives at various locations in India, including West-Bengal and Kerala. The group was planning to undertake terrorist attacks at vital installations in India with an aim to kill innocent people and strike terror,” an official statement by the NIA read.

As per the officials, the raids were conducted in West Bengal’s Murshidabad and Kerala’s Ernakulam.


 
Six terrorists were arrested from Bengal, three terrorists were arrested from Kerala in the early morning raids, the probe agency said.

“Large quantity of incriminating materials including digital devices, documents, jihadi literature, sharp weapons, country-made firearms, a locally fabricated body armour, articles and literature used for making home-made explosive devices have been seized from their possession,” the NIA said.

“These individuals were radicalised by Pakistan-based Al-Qaeda terrorists on social media and were motivated to undertake attacks at multiple places including Delhi-NCR,” it said.

“As per preliminary investigation, these individuals were radicalised by Pakistan-based Al-Qaeda terrorists on social media and were motivated to undertake attacks at multiple places including the National Capital Region. For this purpose, the module was actively indulging in fund raising and a few members of gang were planning to travel to New Delhi to procure arms and ammunition. These arrests have pre-empted possible terrorist attacks in various parts of the country,” NIA said.

As reported by Indian Express, the accused from Kerala have been identified as Murshid Hasan, Iyakub Biswa and Mosaraf Hossen, while those from West Bengal have been identified as Najmus Sakib, Abu Sufiyan, Mainul Mondal, Leu Yean Ahmed, Al Mamun Kamal and Atitur Rehman.




UP cop beats, pushes on ground physically handicapped e-rickshaw driver in Kannauj; suspended


As per the reports, the victim drives an e-rickshaw and he told that constable abused and assaulted him for picking up passengers by the side of a road.

An Uttar Pradesh policeman has been suspended and a probe in on against him for beating up and misbehaving with a physically handicapped man in Kannauj.

The incident has been captured in a video and is taking rounds on social media.

In the video, the police constable is seen slapping the differently-abled man at the back of the head and pushing him to the ground at a police station in Kannauj.

As per the reports, the victim drives an e-rickshaw and he told that constable abused and assaulted him for picking up passengers by the side of a road.

However, the constable claimed that the differently-abled man misbehaved when he was asked to move to the side of the road to pick up passengers.

He further accused the rickshaw puller of abusing him.

In the video, a lady who is looking to be the victim’s wife was also seen requesting the policemen to spare her husband.

On the incident, Kannauj district’s Superintendent of police, Amarendra Pratap Singh, said the constable has been removed from duty and an enquiry has been ordered over the incident.

He further added that police officers are trained to control themselves and not misbehave with the public even if there is a provocation.

Later in the night, the Kannauj Police’s Twitter handle had announced the suspension on the constable.

“Strict action was taken by the accused following the report of Inspector Saurikh, in charge of the police station where the unfortunate incident to the person with a disability took place. The accused of abusing Divyang (differently-abled person) was suspended with immediate effect and an inquiry has been ordered against him,” the Kannauj police tweeted.




Peace deal won’t lead to honourable solution without separate flag, constitution: Naga group


A meeting was held at the central headquarters in Hebron near Dimapur in Nagaland deliberated on the historical and political rights of the Naga people and how the Indo-Naga political talks reached this far.

The Nagaland’s armed rebel group – NSCN-IM — which is involved in the peace talks, said yesterday in a meeting that without a separate flag and constitution, the peace deal with the central government will not lead to an honourable solution.

A meeting was held at the central headquarters in Hebron near Dimapur in Nagaland deliberated on the historical and political rights of the Naga people and how the Indo-Naga political talks reached this far.

The hardened stand of the NSCN-IM comes at a time when the peace talks have been hit a deadlock because of differences between the group and the interlocutor RN Ravi, the governor of Nagaland.

“The house had unanimously adopted the resolution to reiterate the stand of NSCN-IM that the ‘Naga national flag and Yehzabo (constitution) must form a part of the Indo-Naga political solution in order to qualify the Naga deal as honourable and acceptable,” NSCN-IM said in a press note.

Centre and the NSCN-IM must seek a “final agreement” based on the historic Framework Agreement signed on August 3, 2015, it added.

At the same time, a delegation of top leaders of NSCN-IM, including General Secretary Thuingaleng Muivah, are camping in New Delhi for taking forward the talks with officials of the Home Ministry and the Intelligence Bureau.

Last month NSCN-IM had claimed that the centre had recognised the sovereignty of the Naga people through the framework agreement signed in 2015 which agreed that the Nagas will co-exist but not merge with India.




Record 95,880 patients recovered from Covid in 24 hours, cases cross 53-lakh mark


According to the health ministry data, the recovery rate of India stands at 79.28 per cent which is the highest in the world.

In a positive development in the coronavirus crisis in the country, a record 95,880 patients have recovered from the deadly virus in the last 24 hours while 93,337 fresh infections were reported, the Health Ministry data showed.

Overall, above 42 lakh people have recovered from COVID-19 till now.

According to the health ministry data, the recovery rate of India stands at 79.28 per cent which is the highest in the world.

India’s Covid tally, the second-highest in the world, stands at 53,08,014. In terms of fatalities, the country recorded 1,247 deaths in the last 24 hours. With this, the total number of deaths in the country is recorded to be 85,619.

India has also doubled its testing in the past month to a total of 6.24 crore tests, with 8.81 lakh tests conducted in the last 24 hours, the Health Ministry said.

According to the data, about 60 per cent of the country’s active coronavirus cases are concentrated across five worst-hit states of Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh.

Union Health Minister Harsh  Vardhan, in his address in Rajya Sabha, had said that India’s coronavirus mortality rate (CMR) is at 1.64 per cent, which is the lowest in the world, and the government further wants to reduce it below 1 per cent.

In his address to the Rajya Sabha, the minister said, “India is making efforts just like other countries. PM Modi is handling the Covid-19 meticulously.”

“Under PM Modi’s guidance, an expert group is looking at it and we have advanced planning in place. We are hopeful that by the beginning of the next year, a vaccine will be available in India,” Health Minister said.

Dr Harsh Vardhan said that all the chief ministers have fought this battle along with the Prime Minister, adding that detailed advisories were circulated even before the first coronavirus case was detected in the country on January 30.

Minister contended that from January 8, the Prime Minister, the ministers and state health ministers have been addressing the situation.




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