Trade unions, bank employees, transportation workers on two-day strike
While trade union have called for a two-day Bharat Bandh on 8 and 9 January, bank employees are also set to go on strike on the same days. Banking services are likely to be affected on 8-9 January as a section of PSU bank employees are going on a two-day strike in support of the nation-wide strike call given by 10 central trade unions against the government's alleged anti-worker policy.
Ten central trade unions — INTUC, AITUC, HMS, CITU, AIUTUC, AICCTU, UTUC, TUCC, LPF and SEWA — have also called for a nationwide general strike on 8-9 January against what they call "anti-people" policies of the Centre and have placed a charter of 12 demands before the central government.
The All India Bank Employees Association (AIBEA) and Bank Employees Federation of India have informed the Indian Banks' Association (IBA) of the two-day nationwide strike on 8-9 January, IDBI Bank said in a filing to the BSE. In a stock exchange filing, Allahabad Bank said the issues and demands are of industry level and strike call is also given at industry level.
Apart from this, transportation workers across several parts of the nation have announced that they too would abstain from work today, demanding social security and a minimum monthly salary of Rs 24,000. In several cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Kolkata, commuters may have a tough time finding cabs, buses and auto rickshaws as a result of the all-India strike. Mumbai's BEST bus service employees and Haryana Roadways workers have vowed to observe a total shutdown of services. Telangana Auto Driver Unions, including school vans and transport vehicles have also pledged to join the bandh for a day on Tuesday.
Citizenship (Amendment) Bill to be tabled in Lok Sabha today amid protests in Assam
Amid protests in Assam against granting of citizenship to non-Muslim migrants from neighbouring countries, Home Minister Rajnath Singh is scheduled to table the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in Lok Sabha today. The Bill seeks to further amend the Citizenship Act, 1955, to grant Indian citizenship to Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians, who fled religious persecution in Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan and entered India before 31 December, 2014.
Centre to introduce Bill on quota for upper caste economically backward in Lok Sabha today
On the last day of the Winter Session of Parliament today, the government is set to introduce a Bill in Lok Sabha to provide 10 percent reservation for economically weaker sections in the general category. The BJP has issued a whip for all its MPs to stay present in the Lower House.
The proposed reservation will be over and above the existing 50 percent reservation enjoyed by the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and the Other Backward Classes, and will take the total reservation to 60 percent. The Constitution, which has no mention of "economically weaker" people, will require an amendment to provide quota for them and at least two-thirds of the members in both the Houses will need to support the bill for it become a law. While the ruling NDA has required numbers in Lok Sabha, it will need support from the Opposition benches in Rajya Sabha.
SC verdict on CBI chief Alok Verma's plea against government order sending him on leave
The Supreme Court is expected to pronounce its verdict today on CBI Director Alok Verma’s plea challenging the government order divesting him of all responsibilities. An order in the case is likely to fix contours on where the CBI chief’s office stands in the CBI versus CBI battle. Verma and his deputy Rakesh Asthana were both sent on leave in October amid a bitter feud between the CBI's top two officers, both accusing the other of corruption charges. The verdict is expected to come out by 10:30 am.
Kim Jong-un departs for China, North Korean leader to hold summit with Chinese president Xi Jinping
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has left for China for a four-day trip, the North's state media reported Tuesday, amid speculation that he may attempt to coordinate his positions with Beijing ahead of his likely summit with President Donald Trump.
The Korean Central News Agency said that Kim departed for China on Monday afternoon with his wife Ri Sol Ju and top officials. It said Kim is visiting China at the invitation of Chinese President Xi Jinping. Kim's trip comes after US and North Korean officials are believed to have met in Vietnam to discuss the location of a second summit between Kim and Trump.
Kim visited China three times last year as he was engaged in a flurry of diplomacy with the United States and South Korea since he abruptly entered talks about the fate of his advancing nuclear arsenal. Nuclear diplomacy has reported little progress since Kim met Trump for a summit in Singapore last June. China is North Korea's most important trading partner and a key buffer against pressure from Washington. Tuesday is also Kim Jong-un's birthday.
Ryan Seacrest criticised for wearing Time's Up bracelet at Golden Globes
Even as a slew of celebrities at the red carpet of the 76th Golden Globe Awards ceremony flaunted new 'Time's Up x2' wristbands and ribbons, anchor-producer Ryan Seacrest drew criticism for it. Hollywood's leading women and men stepped out on the red carpet with a show of support for the Time's Up movement at the 76th Golden Globe Awards.
Seacrest wearing the Time's Up wristband became a talking point as he was accused of harassment during the #MeToo movement — a claim he has denied and a third-party investigator found to be unsubstantiated as well, reported The Hollywood Reporter.
With inputs from agencies
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Updated Date: Jan 08, 2019 07:49:52 IST