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Special Panel To Decide On Penalty For Parliament Chaos: Sources – dot newz

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CCTV footage showed Opposition members jostling security personnel inside Rajya Sabha (File)

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A committee of MPs, from the ruling alliance and the opposition, can be formed to take action against members who create a ruckus in Rajya Sabha, sources told NDTV. Seven or nine senior members can be part of this committee. They may be asked to submit their report and recommendations within a month.

Sources said the government is determined to make an example of the MPs who created ruckus in parliament during the monsoon session, leading to non-stop disruption. Towards the end of the session, the government pushed through 22 bills. During the session, sources had said the disruptions had led to the loss of more than Rs 130 crore in public money.

On Sunday, the government sent a written complaint to Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu, who is also the chairman of the Rajya Sabha, naming the MPs. A delegation of seven Union ministers met Mr Naidu and gave him the complaint, which contains the names of more than 15 MPs from the Congress, Trinamool Congress, Shiv Sena, the Left parties and the Aam Aadmi Party.

The names were the Congress’s Deepinder Hooda, Rajmani Patel, Akhilesh Prasad Singh, Pratap Singh Bajwa, Ripun Bora, Syed Nasir Hussain, Phoolo Devi and Chhaya Verma. From the Trinamool Congress, the government named Abir Ranjan Biswas, Dola Sen, Arpita Ghosh, Shanta Chhetri and Mausam Noor. Shiv Sena’s Anil Desai and Priyanka Chaturvedi, Ilamaram Karim of Left parties and Sanjay Singh of Aam Aadmi Party have been named in the complaint as well.

Similar written complaint will also be lodged by allies of BJP like JD(U), AIADMK, RPI, NPP, AGP etc.

According to the government, they climbed on the table and shoved the female marshal during the proceedings.

The opposition has repeatedly slammed the government over its reluctance to discuss the Pegasus spyware issue in parliament and a tug-of-war over issue had marred the session. Amid the acrimonious stand-off, Rajya Sabha saw chaotic scenes on August 11 when the General Insurance Business (Nationalisation) Amendment Bill was passed despite demands to refer it to a select committee.

CCTV footage of the proceedings showed opposition members jostling security personnel inside the Rajya Sabha.

While the government accused the opposition of manhandling women marshals, the opposition, in a joint statement, said, “Outsiders, who were not part of Parliament security, were brought in to manhandle opposition leaders and members, including women MPs who were only protesting the government’s conduct, highhandedness and muzzling of their voice”.

The joint statement was handed to Mr Naidu on August 12, and the opposition members, including Congress’s Rahul Gandhi, held a protest outside parliament.

According to sources, the government wants such strict action against the MPs who created ruckus so that it can become an example.

Some leaders have even cited the case of the 2005 cash for questions scam, in which the MPs who took bribe to ask questions in parliament had their membership terminated.

According to sources, the Rajya Sabha Chairman is not in favor of such extreme action. The penalty, however, will be strict and for this reason, the committee is being formed, they said.

The opposition has blamed the government for the ruckus, pointing to its “authoritarian attitude and undemocratic actions”. The government, it said, “deliberately” derailed the monsoon session even though the opposition “unanimously conveyed (the need) to discuss important national issues” like the Pegasus scandal, they said.



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1 Crore Jabs Till 1:30 PM. On PM’s Birthday, Government Aims At Record – dot newz

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The vaccination campaign is key to BJP’s three-week celebrations to mark PM’s birthday.

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As the government raced to deliver a vaccination record on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s birthday today, the country clocked over 42,000 vaccinations a minute, a senior health official said. Vaccinations crossed one crore in the afternoon – for the fourth time in less than a month – setting up a milestone by the end of the day.

Aiming at 2 crore vaccinations as PM Modi turns 71, the government added a ticker to track Covid shots being given across the country.

“Celebrating the relentless efforts of India’s vaccinators against COVID-19, we have added a ticker to show vaccinations happening in near real-time. We are currently clocking over 42,000 vaccinations/minute or 700/second,” tweeted National Health Authority chief RS Sharma, sharing the new feature.

The vaccination campaign is key to the BJP’s three-week celebrations to mark the Prime Minister’s birthday.

“Let’s do #VaccineSeva and give him (PM Modi) birthday gift by getting vaccinated those who have not taken the dose so far,” Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya had tweeted yesterday, urging people to get the shots.

To achieve its target, the BJP had prepped health volunteers “to ensure that the maximum number of people get their COVID-19 vaccines on the day”.

In recent days, India has reported more than one crore Covid shots in a day more than once.

Senior BJP leaders say the party wants to see the day “recorded in history” as one that saw a record number of Covid vaccines given.

By noon, over 94,00,000 vaccinations had been achieved. PM Modi’s home state Gujarat had crossed five lakh doses, more than the daily doses in the last seven days.

By afternoon, Bihar had given Covid shots to 7.3 lakh people, three times more than the average of the last three days. Madhya Pradesh was at more than 5 lakh doses – 75 per cent of the last two days’ average.





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Under-Construction Flyover Collapses In Mumbai’s Bandra, 14 Injured – dot newz

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The under-construction flyover collapsed at about 4.40am.

At least 14 people were injured after a portion of an under-construction flyover collapsed in Bandra Kurla Complex in Maharashtra’s Mumbai today. The injured were taken to the VN Desai Hospital and their condition is stable, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation said.

The flyover collapsed at about 4.40am.

Visuals shared by news agency ANI showed police personnel and fire departments on the spot as the rescue work is underway.

There has been no loss of life and no person is missing due to the collapse, Deputy Commissioner Of Police Manjunath Singe told news agency ANI.

The flyover is located at MTNL junction in suburban Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) and will connect the complex’s main road and Santa Cruz- Chembur link road. The construction work of the flyover is being undertaken by Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA).

Further details related to the flyover’s collapse are awaited.





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On PM Modi’s 71st Birthday, President Kovind, BJP Leaders Extend Wishes – dot newz

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Today marks the 71st birthday of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi turned 71 on Friday as President Ram Nath Kovind and other dignitaries and politicians greeted him with BJP leaders hailing his leadership.

Wishing him a long and healthy life, President Kovind said may he continue to serve the nation with his spirit of relentless service.

Home Minister Amit Shah lauded Modi, saying he not only gave the country the idea to think ahead of time and fulfil its resolve with hardwork but also made it a reality.

In PM Modi, the country has got a strong and decisive leader who gave a dignified life to those who were deprived of their rights for decades, he said.

PM Modi brought them in the mainstream of development, Mr Shah added.

The prime minister has shown the world what people-loving leadership is like, he said.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said PM Modi has written many new chapters in development and good governance in his tenure so far and wished that he fulfil his dream of making India a strong, prosperous and proud country.

Born in Gujarat in 1950, PM Modi joined Hindutva organisation Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) at an early age and was later drafted into the BJP.

Made Gujarat chief minister in 2001, PM Modi has never suffered an electoral setback when votes were cast on his leadership, leading the BJP to power in the state for three consecutive terms and then at the Centre back to back in 2014 and 2019.

The BJP embarked on a mega 20-day public outreach, “Seva and Samarpan”, from Friday to mark his 71st birthday and it will continue till October 7 to also commemorate his 20 years in public life, including as Gujarat chief minister.

It has asked its workers to facilitate the COVID-19 vaccination drive as it eyes record-breaking numbers on Friday.





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