GN Bureau | July 31, 2015
Leader of Congress in the Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge says it is the government's responsibility to run the House. Meanwhile, after Thursday's unsuccessful attempt to break the parliament impasse by speaker Sumitra Mahajan, the government has convened an all-party meeting this afternoon (Friday) to make an attempt to end the stalemate. The meeting has been convened by union parliamentary affairs minister Venkaiah Naidu."The honourable Home Minister said that they will try to call a meeting and we try to resolve the issue that is the two-sentence response that he has given. Now, it is left to the government, the ball is in their court," Kharge told the media yesterday.
Sensex up over 250 points, Nifty above 8,450
The BSE Sensex climbed over 250 points in opening trades and was ruling above 27,800-mark. The NSE benchmark index too was trading and hovering around its psychological level of 8,450. The BSE Midcap index rose 0.4 per cent, while the BSE Smallcap index was up 0.3 per cent.
AAP govt in Delhi notifies witness protection policy
The Delhi government on Thursday notified a policy regarding protection of witnesses with provisions for a protection fund and processing of such requests by competent authority. The AAP government said that ‘Delhi Witness Protection Scheme’ will ensure protection of witnesses in “crucial” cases.” Delhi becomes the first state to do that,” Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Twitter.
After farmers its film institute: Rahul Gandhi to visit FTII today
Responding to students request, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi will visit the Pune-based Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) on Friday. The students are on agitation against the appointment of Gajendra Chauhan as its head. The FTII students had written to Rahul seeking his intervention to check the "assault on institutions of higher learning".
LS may not pursue privilege notice against Vadra
Lok Sabha may not pursue any further action on the privilege notice it issued to Robert Vadra over his remarks on Parliament disruptions with speaker Sumitra Mahajan saying it was not such a big issue. Vadra had replied to the notice saying that there was no attempt on his part to hurt anybody and he was only exercising his right to freedom of expression.
Rat forces Air India flight to make unscheduled landing
A rat forced an intercontinental flight of Air India to return to India after flying for four hours on Thursday. The incident occurred when AI-123, with almost 200 people on board, was on its way from Delhi to Milan. As per rules, an aircraft on which a rat has been spotted has to land at the earliest.
Centre says Aadhaar not mandatory and opposes contempt plea
The government on Thursday opposed in the supreme court a plea seeking initiation of contempt proceedings for allegedly insisting on Aadhaar cards to grant benefits of various schemes to citizens, saying it was not mandatory. Mathew Thomas, one of the PIL petitioners, had filed an application seeking initiation of contempt proceedings against the Centre and others including RBI and the Election Commission.
Security of Yakub Memon's case judges beefed up
Security of three supreme court judges (justices Dipak Misra, Prafulla Chandra Pant and Amitava Roy), who dismissed the petition to stay Yakub Memon's death warrant leading to his execution on Thursday morning, has been beefed up as a precautionary measure. The three-judge bench had upheld the death warrant against the 1993 Mumbai blasts convict and had dismissed a petition filed in the wee hours of Thursday seeking stay on his execution.
Microsoft says 14 million computers now running Windows 10
Microsoft says its' new Windows 10 operating system is now running on more than 14 million computers, two days after the software was released as a free download. Microsoft said it has not yet delivered Windows 10 to everyone who requested a free upgrade. The company's goal is to get Windows 10 onto a billion devices within three years.
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