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Lok Sabha Speaker: Hurt over unruly behaviour of some opposition MPs | India News – Times of India
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Lok Sabha Speaker: Hurt over unruly behaviour of some opposition MPs | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla on Thursday adjourned the House proceedings till 11:30am amid protests, and also expressed displeasure over unruly behaviour by some opposition members on Wednesday. As the House convened for the day, the Speaker said he was "very hurt" over Wednesday's incident. On Wednesday, when papers were being laid in the House, Congress members Gurjeet Aujala, TN Prathapan, Hibi Eden and some others threw business papers of the day as well as torn pieces of paper and placards at the Chair. A piece of the torn placard landed in the press gallery just above the Speaker's podium. Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, the leader of the Congress in the Lok Sabha, said the opposition has not been able to put forth it point due to the stubborn attitude of the government. Parliame...
India ordered 100 crore Covid vaccine doses till July 16: Centre | India News – Times of India
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India ordered 100 crore Covid vaccine doses till July 16: Centre | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The government has so far ordered about 100 crore doses of Covid vaccine, two-thirds of that in the last two weeks. This was revealed in a health ministry response to a question in Rajya Sabha. According to the reply, 66 crore doses were ordered on July 16 out of 100.6 crore doses ordered so far by the central government. Junior health minister, Bharati Pravin Pawar, was answering a question from Congress MP Kapil Sibal on Covid vaccines ordered by the government so far from various manufacturers. The data does not include doses that India got from Covax (a global mechanism for pooled procurement for various countries), those procured by the states and the doses directly procured by private hospitals from the two manufacturers. Till March 12, the government had ordered only 1...
Unruly scenes in Lok Sabha; Congress MPs throw papers at Chair, treasury benches | India News – Times of India
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Unruly scenes in Lok Sabha; Congress MPs throw papers at Chair, treasury benches | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Lok Sabha's monsoon session on Wednesday witnessed unruly behaviour by opposition party MPs as they thre threw tore papers, files in the chair and also on the treasury benches targeting parliamentary affairs minister Pralhad Joshi. As the Lok Sabha met in the morning, the House took up the Question Hour amid continued slogan-shouting by opposition members. As the opposition protests intensified, Congress members were seen throwing papers at the Chair and Treasury benches. Rajendra Agrawal, who was chairing the proceedings, took up matters under Rule 377. Realising gravity of the situation, Rajendra agarwal, who was presiding in the zero hour, adjourned the house for half an our although Speaker Om Birla managed to complete the question hour amid din. As opposition MPs mainly ...
‘Opposition unity will take shape on its own’: Mamata Banerjee on Day 1 of her Delhi visit | India News – Times of India
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‘Opposition unity will take shape on its own’: Mamata Banerjee on Day 1 of her Delhi visit | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Mamata Banerjee, who is once again on a mission to unite opposition parties against the BJP, held a series of political meetings on Day 1 of her stay in the national capital. The West Bengal chief minister's visit to Delhi, the first after her impressive win against the BJP in the state, is part of her efforts to try and bring the opposition parties on one platform ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha polls. On Tuesday, after a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Mamata said "opposition unity will take shape on its own." When asked about leading the opposition, Mamata intelligently sidestepped a direct response and said "The country will lead the opposition, we will follow." In the first of her political meetings on Day 1, Mamata met senior Congress leaders Kamal Nath and Anand...
West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee meets PM Modi in Delhi | India News – Times of India
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West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee meets PM Modi in Delhi | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi at his residence. This is Mamata's first meeting with the Prime Minister after her assembly poll victory in Bengal. Earlier today, the Trinamool Congress supremo met Congress leaders Kamal Nath and Anand Sharma. After the meeting, Kamal Nath said they did not discuss any strategy and he only congratulated her victory in the Bengal elections. "We have not discussed any strategy. That will be discussed by the leader of our party. We just discussed the current situation and the issue of rising prices," Nath said. Mamata will also be meeting another Congress leader and Rajya Sabha MP Abhishek Singhvi in the evening. She is also scheduled to meet Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi tomorrow....
Govt clueless on how to handle China: Rahul Gandhi | India News – Times of India
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Govt clueless on how to handle China: Rahul Gandhi | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Former Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Monday slammed the Narendra Modi government over reports of China's action in Demchok, saying the government is clueless on how to handle China and is ignoring their actions which will cause problems. "Government of India (GOI) is clueless on how to handle China. Ignoring their actions now will cause huge problems in the future," he said in a tweet. He also attached a news report that claimed: "In Demchok, China's tents on India side; no date yet for talks". Rahul Gandhi has been critical of the Modi-led Centre over its handling of China's actions in Ladakh and other areas. Source link
Rajasthan cabinet rejig likely soon, Sachin Pilot may be shifted out | India News – Times of India
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Rajasthan cabinet rejig likely soon, Sachin Pilot may be shifted out | India News – Times of India

JAIPUR/NEW DELHI: A reshuffle of the Rajasthan cabinet is likely to take place anytime between August 1 and Independence Day while former deputy CM Sachin Pilot is likely to be given responsibility outside the state, possibly as AICC general secretary. Sources in Congress said the move, which has been talked about for a long time now, is primarily to adjust members of the Pilot faction in the state government to end the uncertainty and bring focus back on governance. Following the Punjab experience, the Congress brass is concerned that it has to improve the image of the government to make it attractive for new voters in future elections, sources said. There is a feeling that CM Ashok Gehlot has dragged his feet on the ministerial reshuffle despite nudges from the AICC, and it is being v...
Regional parties should form national front for 2024 Lok Sabha polls: Sukhbir Singh Badal | India News – Times of India
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Regional parties should form national front for 2024 Lok Sabha polls: Sukhbir Singh Badal | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Regional parties should come together and form a national front to take on the BJP in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, Shriomani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Singh Badal said on Sunday and asserted that his party's story with the saffron party was over. Underlining that issues of farmers are at the core of the SAD ideology, Badal said his party can never compromise on these and, therefore, severed its decades-old alliance with the BJP and moved out of the government at the Centre over three contentious farm laws. "SAD is a farmers' party and their issues are core of our ideology. Whatever may happen and whatever cost we may have to pay, we wouldn't let these laws be implemented in Punjab," Badal told PTI in an interview. The Centre's three farm laws have triggered a protest...
New PCC chief Sidhu faces protest by Punjab farmers | India News – Times of India
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New PCC chief Sidhu faces protest by Punjab farmers | India News – Times of India

Patiala: Farmers in Punjab’s Rupnagar district protested on Saturday against PPCC chief Navjot Singh Sidhu, who visited Chamkaur Sahib and Morinda area of the district to meet Congress functionaries, including cabinet minister Charanjit Singh Channi. Later, during a brief interaction with the media where he spoke about low yields and low incomes in agriculture forcing farmers to agitate, he said, “Whenever the farmers call me, I will go to them barefoot and ask them to give suggestions on how the strength of our state can help the farmers’ agitation.” At Chamkaur Sahib, the farmers, raised slogans against him and waved black flags. They were protesting against Sidhu’s statement, made in the context of farmers, in which he had said a thirsty person goes to the well, the well doesn’t come...
Speculation rife about Rajasthan cabinet rejig next week | India News – Times of India
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Speculation rife about Rajasthan cabinet rejig next week | India News – Times of India

JAIPUR: There is intense speculation that there will be a cabinet reshuffle in Rajasthan next week. AICC general secretary (organisation) K C Venugopal and general secretary in charge of Rajasthan Ajay Maken are expected to meet CM Ashok Gehlot to give the final touches to the cabinet reshuffle, appointment of district presidents of the party and other political appointments. Congress leader Sachin Pilot had met both leaders during his Delhi visit a few days ago and pressed for the process to be expedited. A couple of days ago, Pilot had indicated that the Congress leadership would take suitable steps soon to address issues raised by him. “The Punjab crisis has been a lesson for Congress. It allowed the crisis to pester and blown up in its face before the elections. Now, the crisis has ...
Under-surface tension visible as Sidhu & Capt share stage | India News – Times of India
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Under-surface tension visible as Sidhu & Capt share stage | India News – Times of India

CHANDIGARH: The much hyped meeting between Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh and new PCC chief Navjot Singh Sidhu finally happened on Friday, but many party leaders continue to wonder if the bonhomie between the warring factions is for real. As his name was called out at the installation ceremony, Sidhu rubbed his hands in anticipation, eager for the speech. He went past the CM, seated next to him, then touched the feet of party leaders Rajinder Kaur Bhattal and Lal Singh sitting at the end of the first row on the dais. Even though the Congress high command may have intervened to paper over the cracks, many leaders remain uncertain of the united face of the state unit lasting till the assembly polls due in 2022. “One could sense a cold vibe when Amarinder and Sidhu posed with the la...
Congress to protest in front of Gandhi statue in Parliament over farmers agitation, Pegasus issue | India News – Times of India
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Congress to protest in front of Gandhi statue in Parliament over farmers agitation, Pegasus issue | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Congress MPs will hold protest in front of Mahatma Gandhi's statue in Parliament over farmers' agitation and the 'Pegasus Project' media report on Friday. Prior to joining the protest, the Congress MPs will attend a meeting at Parliamentary Party (CPP) office. Several Congress leaders, including former party president Rahul Gandhi, staged a protest against the Centre's farm laws in front of the Gandhi statue in the Parliament premises on Thursday. Congress held protest marches in different states seeking a Supreme Court-monitored probe into allegations of surveillance using Pegasus spyware. The party has also demanded the resignation of Home minister Amit Shah. The Opposition has alleged that names of several Indian politicians, journalists, lawyers, and activists have appear...
SC: Can’t have parallel legal system for rich | India News – Times of India
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SC: Can’t have parallel legal system for rich | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Slamming the Madhya Pradesh government for “shielding” a BSP MLA’s husband accused of the murder of Congress leader Devendra Chourasia, the Supreme Court on Thursday cancelled his bail and underlined that there cannot be two legal systems — one for the rich and powerful and other for small men. A bench of Justices D Y Chandrachud and Hrishikesh Roy also noted that even the trial court judge who passed the order against BSP MLA Rambai Singh’s husband Govind Singh was being targeted at the behest of a politically influential accused and directed the HC to hold inquiry on its administrative side. Source link
PIL in SC seeks SIT probe into ‘snooping through Pegasus’ | India News – Times of India
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PIL in SC seeks SIT probe into ‘snooping through Pegasus’ | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The snowballing controversy over alleged snooping of telephones of politicians, activists and journalists through spyware Pegasus reached the doors of the Supreme Court on Thursday with serial PIL litigant and advocate M L Sharma being the first to file a petition seeking SC-appointed SIT probe into the politically hot scandal. Often being the first to reach the court ahead of advocate Prashant Bhushan’s clients in filing PILs in SC on important public controversies, including the coal scam and alleged irregularities in Rafale deal, Sharma requested the apex court to inquire why and under what procedure the Union government purchased the spyware for snooping purposes. He also demanded to know the expenses incurred for the purchase of the Israeli spyware, which is sold by its ...
Pegasus spyware India: Stand by findings of Pegasus Project, says Amnesty International | India News – Times of India
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Pegasus spyware India: Stand by findings of Pegasus Project, says Amnesty International | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The Amnesty International on Thursday said it stands by the findings of the Pegasus Project and asserted that the data is "irrefutably linked" to potential targets of NSO Group's Pegasus spyware. The human rights group rejected reports claiming that Amnesty never said that the leaked list specifically includes numbers of those who were targeted by the Pegasus spyware. It claimed that the "false rumours" being pushed on social media are intended to distract from the widespread unlawful targeting of journalists, activists and others that the Pegasus Project has revealed. "Amnesty International categorically stands by the findings of the Pegasus Project, and that the data is irrefutably linked to potential targets of NSO Group's Pegasus spyware. The false rumours being pushed on...
Tax department raids multiple premises of media group Dainik Bhaskar | India News – Times of India
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Tax department raids multiple premises of media group Dainik Bhaskar | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Over alleged tax evasion, the Income Tax Department on Thursday conducted raids against the media group Dainik Bhaskar in multiple cities, according to official sources. The searches are being conducted in Bhopal, Jaipur, Ahmedabad and some other locations in the country. While there was no official word from the department or its policy-making body, the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), official sources said the action also involves the promoters of the major Hindi media group with operations across multiple states. Congress leader and former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Digvijaya Singh said on Twitter that tax officials "are present" at half-a-dozen premises of the group, including at its office at Press Complex in state capital Bhopal. (With inputs from agencies) S...
Kamal Nath seeks probe into Pegasus snooping case by Supreme Court judge | India News – Times of India
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Kamal Nath seeks probe into Pegasus snooping case by Supreme Court judge | India News – Times of India

BHOPAL: Madhya Pradesh Congress chief Kamal Nath on Wednesday termed the alleged snooping of politicians and journalists by the Israeli spyware Pegasus as the "biggest attack on the privacy" of people and demanded a probe into it by a sitting judge of the Supreme Court. Addressing a press conference, the former chief minister also said the Centre should file an affidavit in the Supreme Court that it did not use this spyware. He alleged that the spyware was also used for toppling the previous JD(S)-Congress government in Karnataka. Besides, the central government also made efforts to "buy" MLAs in Rajasthan, he charged. He further said WhatsApp had written a letter to Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra that her (WhatsApp) account was under surveillance. "The Pegasus spyware...
Cong drags ex-CJI Gogoi into row | India News – Times of India
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Cong drags ex-CJI Gogoi into row | India News – Times of India

Congress on Tuesday said the Pegasus spyware was used to topple the Congress-JD(S) coalition government in Karnataka, drawing a link between the alleged tapping of phones of leaders of the two parties and the family of the woman who had accused former Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi of sexual harassment. The party demanded a judicial probe claiming that then CJI Gogoi’s judgment facilitated defections from Congress and JD(S) to BJP, while the government snooped on family members of the woman. Congress claimed Gogoi was rewarded with a nomination to Rajya Sabha immediately after retirement and this proved a quid pro quo. Source link
‘Karnataka netas, ex-JNU students, activists picked for possible surveillance’ | India News – Times of India
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‘Karnataka netas, ex-JNU students, activists picked for possible surveillance’ | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Mobile phone numbers of former Karnataka deputy chief minister G Parameshwara and the personal secretaries of former chief ministers H D Kumaraswamy and Siddaramaiah were alleged to have been selected for possible surveillance ahead of the toppling of the state government in July 2019, a web portal reported on Tuesday. It also reported that telephone numbers of an anti-caste leader and several prominent activists also figured in the list of numbers which had been allegedly targeted with Israel-based NSO Group’s spyware, said a report on web portal ‘The Wire’. The report said activists whose phone numbers figure in the leaked records include Ashok Bharti, former JNU students Umar Khalid, Anirban Bhattacharya and Banjyotsna Lahiri, academic and chronicler of life in Naxal-domin...
Mamata’s July 21 address to be beamed in 32 districts in Gujarat | India News – Times of India
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Mamata’s July 21 address to be beamed in 32 districts in Gujarat | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: In her first public address beyond Bengal, since she defeated BJP to win the West Bengal assembly elections for the third term, Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee will be speaking to people across Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Assam, Tripura, Tamil Nadu and Gujarat. In Bengal too, giant screens and TV sets will be playing the address scheduled for 2 pm. With the battle for Bengal having turned into a high-pitched (Narendra) Modi versus Mamata (Banerjee) campaign, the TMC’s chief biggest outreach seems to be planned for Gujarat, the home turf of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and home minister Amit Shah. “Of the 33 districts in Gujarat Didi’s (Banerjee) speech will be beamed in 32 districts including in Ahmedabad, Vadodara and Surat,” said TMC MP Sukhendu Sekhar Roy who will be at...