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Talks between Sri Lanka's Gotabaya Rajapaksa and independent MPs inconclusive on interim government
World

Talks between Sri Lanka's Gotabaya Rajapaksa and independent MPs inconclusive on interim government

Last week, the entire Sri Lankan cabinet resigned apart from Mahinda Rajapaksa at a time when the country was facing its worst economic crisis since gaining independence from the UK in 1948

BJP Foundation Day: Narendra Modi asks MPs to dedicate themselves to 'seva', urges them to push for welfare schemes
Politics

BJP Foundation Day: Narendra Modi asks MPs to dedicate themselves to 'seva', urges them to push for welfare schemes

Party MPs will be highlighting the impact of health insurance programme 'Ayushman Bharat' and 'Jan Aushadhi Kendra', and the the centre of the campaign will be schemes to build houses for the poor and to bring piped water to every household

Narendra Modi urges retiring Rajya Sabha members to inspire coming generations
Politics

Narendra Modi urges retiring Rajya Sabha members to inspire coming generations

Bidding farewell to 72 Rajya Sabha members retiring till July, the prime minister said experience has its own importance, and the MPs should take it forward in the service of the nation.

Winter Session of Parliament: Suspension of 12 Opposition MPs biggest in Rajya Sabha history
Politics

Winter Session of Parliament: Suspension of 12 Opposition MPs biggest in Rajya Sabha history

Previously in 2020, eight MPs were suspended which was the second-highest number.

High Court sanction must before withdrawing cases against legislators, orders apex court
India

High Court sanction must before withdrawing cases against legislators, orders apex court

The order comes in response to a 2016 PIL filed by lawyer and BJP leader Ashwini Upadhyay on fast-tracking criminal trials against lawmakers and banning convicted politicians from contesting polls

COVID-19 impact: In a first since 1947, Union Budget documents not to be printed this year
India

COVID-19 impact: In a first since 1947, Union Budget documents not to be printed this year

All Members of Parliament will get soft copies of the budget and Economic Survey that contains an account of the state of the economy

Parliament complex gears up against coronavirus, announces colour-coded passes, restrictions on visiting hours from 11 March
India

Parliament complex gears up against coronavirus, announces colour-coded passes, restrictions on visiting hours from 11 March

In the wake of coronavirus outbreak, the movement of visitors and their entry into Parliament will be restricted when it reassembles after Holi on 11 March.

Winter Session of Parliament: PDP MPs protest in Parliament premises against scrapping of J&K’s special status; placard terms ‘UT not acceptable’
Politics

Winter Session of Parliament: PDP MPs protest in Parliament premises against scrapping of J&K’s special status; placard terms ‘UT not acceptable’

Two MPs urged the government to 'respect' special status of the region, 'Bring back normalcy in Kashmir. UT status not acceptable', one of the placards read while another said, 'detentions are no solution'

Parliament session should be productive with high-quality debates, says Narendra Modi as Winter Session gets underway
India

Parliament session should be productive with high-quality debates, says Narendra Modi as Winter Session gets underway

'This is the 250th session of the Rajya Sabha. During this session on 26 November, there is Constitution Day, when our Constitution completes 70 years. The Constitution inculcates the unity, integrity, diversity and beauty of the country and is a driving force for the country', said Narendra Modi ahead of Parliament's Winter Session

Lok Sabha panel cracks whip on ex-MPs overstaying at official bungalows, asks them to vacate residences within a week
India

Lok Sabha panel cracks whip on ex-MPs overstaying at official bungalows, asks them to vacate residences within a week

Former MPs overstaying at their official bungalows in Lutyens' Delhi, were ordered to vacate their residence by a Lok Sabha panel.

Where is India’s pharma market headed? Regulatory infrastructure must be put in place to ensure global quality
Business

Where is India’s pharma market headed? Regulatory infrastructure must be put in place to ensure global quality

The pace at which the “pharmacy of the world” is growing, there’s no denying that India is utilising its full potential.

Congress, AAP are ignoring ‘mushrooming’ mosques in Delhi, claims BJP MP Parvesh Sahib Singh
Politics

Congress, AAP are ignoring ‘mushrooming’ mosques in Delhi, claims BJP MP Parvesh Sahib Singh

A day after claiming that mosques were 'mushrooming' on roads and government land in the national capital, West Delhi BJP MP Parvesh Sahib Singh Verma Wednesday accused the Congress and AAP of ignoring the issue for vote bank politics. Congress and AAP leaders hit back at the BJP accusing it of 'communalising' the issue for political gains in the Delhi Assembly polls, scheduled to be held in early 2020. The AAP won the 2015 Delhi elections by bagging 67 of the 70 Assembly seats, while the BJP had won just three seats.

Boris Johnson launches campaign to be Britain's next PM; MPs move to stop former foreign secretary from delivering 'no deal' Brexit
World

Boris Johnson launches campaign to be Britain's next PM; MPs move to stop former foreign secretary from delivering 'no deal' Brexit

Boris Johnson launches his campaign Wednesday to replace Theresa May as Britain's next leader, as lawmakers moved to stop him and other hardliners from delivering a 'no deal' Brexit.

Narendra Modi asks newly-elected BJP MPs to stay away from lobbying, bribery for ministerial berths
Politics

Narendra Modi asks newly-elected BJP MPs to stay away from lobbying, bribery for ministerial berths

Ahead of the formation of the new Council of Ministers by the NDA government, Narendra Modi cautioned his colleagues.

SC fast tracks criminal cases against sitting and ex-MPs, MLAs in Kerala and Bihar; special courts to prioritise life term cases
India

SC fast tracks criminal cases against sitting and ex-MPs, MLAs in Kerala and Bihar; special courts to prioritise life term cases

The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed that special courts for trial of cases against present and former members of Parliament and legislative assemblies in Bihar and Kerala will prioritise life term cases. The two states together have 600 pending criminal cases.

IDBI Bank gets SEBI nod for preference share allotment to LIC; Bank board to meet today to approve share issue
Business

IDBI Bank gets SEBI nod for preference share allotment to LIC; Bank board to meet today to approve share issue

The shareholding of LIC in IDBI Bank will increase to up to 51 percent after the preference share issue.

Media outlets express concerns about SC judgment on disqualification of politicians facing criminal charges
India

Media outlets express concerns about SC judgment on disqualification of politicians facing criminal charges

Media outlets across the country took to express their views on the Supreme Court's decision and discuss the realistic possibility of successfully implementing it.

Full text: Supreme Court judgment on disqualification of politicians facing criminal charges from contesting elections
India

Full text: Supreme Court judgment on disqualification of politicians facing criminal charges from contesting elections

The Supreme Court on Tuesday left the matter of disqualification of politicians carrying criminal charges against them, to the Parliament saying that the Court cannot add to the grounds of disqualification.

Supreme Court dismisses plea seeking to keep MPs, MLAs from practicing law, says Bar Council of India doesn't prohibit them
India

Supreme Court dismisses plea seeking to keep MPs, MLAs from practicing law, says Bar Council of India doesn't prohibit them

A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud on 9 July had reserved the order on the PIL filed by BJP leader and advocate Ashwini Upadhyay seeking to bar lawyer-lawmakers (MPs, MLAs, MLCs) from practising in courts during their tenure in legislature.

'Not in position to add disqualification of candidates with pending criminal cases': Supreme Court verdict on tainted MPs, MLAs
India

'Not in position to add disqualification of candidates with pending criminal cases': Supreme Court verdict on tainted MPs, MLAs

The Supreme Court on Tuesday passed a verdict on the disqualification of MPs and MLAs against whom a chargesheet has been filed, and said that the apex court is "not in a position" to order the disqualification of 'tainted' politicians.