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BJP leaders give breach of privilege notice against Rahul Gandhi in LS, seek action over ‘serious contempt’ of House

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By Amit Kumar
New Delhi [India], February 12 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party leaders on Friday gave a breach of privilege notice in Lok Sabha against Congress leader Rahul Gandhi over his leading his party members to brief silence in the House without permission of the Chair “in utter disregard of rules”.
Jaiswal and BJP MPs Rakesh Singh and PP Chaudhary said Gandhi had committed “serious contempt” and “serious breach of privilege” and demanded action against him.
Raising the matter, Jaiswal said Gandhi had asked his party MPs to stand in silence while speaking on new farm laws and farmers’ protest and this was “insult to the dignity of the House”. He said action should also be taken against all those who stood up on Gandhi’s directions.
Rakesh Singh said that Gandhi has hurt the dignity of the House and said if Gandhi wanted members to stand in silence, he should have taken permission of the Chair.
Singh said Gandhi was a four-time MP but was still not familiar with rules . His action is “unconstitutional” and “breach of privilege”.
“We won’t tolerate disrespect to parliament. If a newcomer doesn’t understand rules we would understand but he has been elected more than once. The House is not Congress office,” he said.
Referring to Gandhi’s remarks on the farm laws, Singh said he had not spoken the truth and alleged that the Congress leader “does not let go of an opportunity to show the country in poor light”.
He sought stern action so that a strong message is sent.
Chaudhary said Gandhi had committed “gross misconduct” and sought to “undermine the authority of parliament”.
The sources said Jaiswal has written a letter to Speaker Om Birla, saying Gandhi’s conduct was “contempt of House which is a serious offence” and punishable under the rules.
They said Jaiswal in his written complaint to the Speaker said Gandhi, who was participating in the discussion on union budget, digressed from the subject and sought to cast aspersions on the “integrity of Prime Minister without any evidence”.
The BJP member also complained that Gandhi’s “rhetoric reached such a point that he forgot that he was speaking in Lok Sabha” and added that the discussions are regulated strictly in terms of Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business, Directions issued by the Speaker and relevant provisions of the Constitution of India.
Sources said Jaiswal noted that Rahul Gandhi had “once again exhibited his reckless behaviour and the childish act of spreading rumours” concerning the protest against the three new farm laws.
Jaiswal complained that “in the midst of his provocative speech”, Rahul Gandhi instructed his party members, sitting in the chamber to stand up in silence to mourn the demise of some of the farmers.
The BJP leader said this resulted in a very awkward situation in the Lok Sabha Chamber in view of the fact that such types of collective mourning are invariably performed under the directions, advice and guidance of the Speaker.
Speaker Om Birla had on Thursday expressed his disapproval Gandhi’s move of leading Congress members to stand in silence briefly over deaths of farmers during the agitation against farm laws and said the Chair should be consulted on any such proposal.
Birla had said the members had given him the responsibility to run the House and they should not arbitrarily take a decision about proceedings.
“This kind of behaviour in the House is not right. It is not dignified,” he had said.
He had also said that if members have a proposal, they should give it in writing on which consultations can be held.
Gandhi, who slammed the farm laws, said at the end of his speech that he will not comment on the Union Budget.
He said “200 farmers” had died during the protest and alleged that the “government has not paid tributes to them”.
He then led members of Congress and some other parties to observe brief silence. (ANI)

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UP’s Lalitpur to have airport soon, says Yogi Adityanath

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Lalitpur (Uttar Pradesh) [India], March 9 (ANI): Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday announced that an airport will be constructed in Uttar Pradesh’s Lalitpur.
“An airport will be constructed in Lalitpur. Now, wherever you want to go from here, you will be able to visit in a short time,” Adityanath said.
He added that a medical college will also be constructed soon in the district.
The Chief Minister was speaking at the launch of ‘Bandai Dam’ in Lalitpur today. (ANI)

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Delhi HC directs DGCA to ensure strict compliance of its COVID-19 guidelines

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New Delhi [India], March 9 (ANI): The Delhi High Court on Tuesday directed the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) authorities to accord adequate publicity to its guidelines in order to ensure strict compliance.
A single-judge bench of Justice C Harishankar directed that the DGCA would ensure circulations of these guidelines to all airlines, for strict compliance therewith. Periodical review of the situation should be undertaken, to ensure that no laxity creeps into the system, he said in his direction.
The court also directed that DGCA, the ministry of civil aviation, and the ministry of home affairs, as well as all airlines operating in the domestic sector, should take all steps in order to ensure that these guidelines are complied with. In case the airlines repeatedly fail to ensure compliance with the said guidelines, penal action will be initiated in accordance with the law, the court said.
The high court took the suo moto cognisance after noting an alarming situation on March 5, where people were traveling from Kolkata to Delhi on an Air India flight without wearing a mask.
“To the perception of the court, such a situation, in the present scenario, when the country is seeing a resurgence of COVID-19 cases after they had shown signs of ebbing, is completely unconscionable.”
The court further said that passengers in a flight are in a closed air-conditioned environment, and, even if one of the passengers suffers from COVID-19, the effect on other passengers could be cataclysmic. “It is a matter of common knowledge that being. Within arm’s length distance of a COVID carrier, even if he is asymptomatic and is merely speaking, is more than sufficient to transmit the virus.”
“It is the duty of each of us to contribute towards this end. Pointing fingers at the central and state governments, who have formidable tasks to deal with, and are doing all they can, is of no use whatsoever. Each of us, as members of a conscious and conscientious citizenry, is required to be sensitive and sensitized in equal measure, and to strain every sinew to keep the pandemic at bay. If the citizenry becomes complacent, no government, howsoever activated and alive to the situation, can help,” said the bench.
“It was noticed that, though all the passengers had worn masks, many passengers had worn the masks below their chin and were exhibiting a stubborn reluctance to wear their masks properly. This behavior was seen not only in the bus transporting the passengers from the airport to the flight but also within the flight itself. It was only on repeated entreaties made by me (Justice C Harishankar) to the offending passengers that they condescended to wear their masks properly,” it added. (ANI)

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Toolkit case: Delhi court extends interim protection from arrest till March 15 to Muluk, Jacob

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New Delhi [India], March 9 (ANI): A Delhi court on Tuesday extended the interim protection from arrest to Shantanu Muluk and Nikita Jacob till March 15 in the ‘toolkit’ document case related to the farmers’ protest.
Additional Sessions Judge in the Patiala House court Dharmender Rana also directed the Delhi Police not to take coercive action against both the accused till March 15, the next date fixed for hearing.
Meanwhile, the Delhi Police filed the reply on the anticipatory bail plea of Muluk and Jacob.
During the hearing, Muluk’s defence counsel Vrinda Grover sought an adjournment in the case on the ground that she needs time to go through the document filed by the Delhi Police.
Jacob’s defence lawyer and senior counsel Rebecca John and Grover further urged the court to extend the interim protection from arrest to their client.
Muluk and Jacob are having interim protection granted by the Bombay High Court.
A Non Bailable Warrant was issued against Muluk by a Delhi court and thereafter, he had moved to the Bombay High Court for transit bail and the same was granted to him on February 16.
After being granted the transit bail, Shantanu had reached Delhi on February 19 and upon receiving summons on the same day, joined the investigation on February 22. He has cooperated with the investigation and has handed over all his devices, namely, laptop, iPad, and phone to the police, although no seizure memo was prepared, Muluk said in his bail plea.
Muluk also submitted that he would abide by every condition imposed by the court.
The bail application also said that Muluk is not a political person and he has no religious or political goals apart from exhibiting sympathy for farmers. The applicant believes in peaceful protest and condemns any and all violence whatsoever. He has been concerned about the environment and that is the only reason he has been working with the extinction rebellion movement, stated his bail application.
The applicant got to know that some ‘toolkit’ has been shared with Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg only after he was informed about the same by others, the bail petition said.
Muluk is a suspect in the ongoing ‘toolkit’ document case related to the farmers’ protest.
Muluk had joined co-accused 21-year-old “climate activist” Disha Ravi at the Delhi Police Cyber Cell office in the national capital for further probe in the ongoing case.
A Delhi court had earlier granted bail to Disha Ravi.
The 21-year-old activist was arrested from Bengaluru in connection with the formulation and dissemination of the ‘toolkit’ document, in the ongoing farmers’ protest. She was one of the editors of the ‘toolkit’ document.
On February 3, Thunberg had shared this ‘toolkit’ in a tweet, which she later deleted. She had also extended support to the protest by farmer unions on the borders of Delhi against the new farm laws.
Farmers have been protesting on different borders of the national capital since November 26 last year against the three newly enacted farm laws – Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020; the Farmers Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and farm Services Act 2020 and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.
The implementation of the three laws was, in January, put on hold by the Supreme Court. (ANI)

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Delhi will bid for 2048 Olympics, says Delhi CM

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New Delhi [India], March 9 (ANI): Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that the national capital will bid to be the host of the Olympics in 2048 adding that a vision has been provided for the same in the Delhi Budget presented on Tuesday.
“A vision has been provided in the Budget (Delhi Budget) that 2048 Olympic games should be held in Delhi. Delhi will bid for the 2048 Olympics. We will take up whatever infrastructure and other necessities that are needed to be created for it,” he said.
“Delhi’s Finance Minister Manish Sisodia has made a great budget. The budget was prepared keeping in mind people of all sections of the society,” Kejriwal said.
Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Tuesday presented a budget worth Rs 69,000 crore for the financial year 2021-22 and said that the Aam Aadmi Party-led government aims to increase the per capita income of the national capital to Singapore’s level by 2047.
“We are aiming towards making Delhi’s per capita income equivalent to Singapore’s per capita income by 2047. A growth of 16 pc in the income would be required to successfully achieve this goal. It will be difficult but we will work towards making it a success,” said Sisodia during his budget address.
The Delhi government has allocated Rs 50 crores in this year’s budget to provide free COVID-19 vaccines to the people of the national capital.
“COVID-19 vaccines will be available free of cost for people of Delhi in government hospitals in the union territory. We have allotted Rs 50 crores in the budget for the same,” said Sisodia.
The budget session of the Delhi assembly is scheduled to continue till March 16. (ANI)

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Indian farmer thrashed by Bangladeshi nationals in West Bengal

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New Delhi [India], March 9 (ANI): An Indian farmer was on Monday thrashed by two Bangladeshi nationals after he tried to stop them from fishing in the Indian territory, a Border Security Force (BSF) official has informed.
The matter will be raised by the BSF in the upcoming flag meeting with Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) of Bangladesh.
According to the BSF sources, “On March 8, an Indian farmer in Dangapara, Murshidabad of West Bengal went for cultivation ahead of fencing. He observed that some Bangladeshi nationals were fishing from his pond near the international border when he objected and asked Bangladeshi civilians to stop fishing and go back to Bangladeshi, they did not pay any heed and thrashed him badly and also tried to push him into the pond.”
“In the meantime, the BSF OP on duty near the area noticed the incident and immediately informed the troops. On seeing the BSF party, both the Bangladeshi nationals fled away towards Bangladesh and also took away belongings of the Indian farmer,” BSF official said.
A protest note has been lodged by the unit and a flag meeting will also be conducted. (ANI)

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Two thief suspects beaten to death by public in Delhi’s Azadpur Mandi area

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New Delhi [India], March 9 (ANI): Two persons died after they were beaten by the public over a suspected theft in the Azadpur Mandi area of the national capital on Tuesday morning.
“Two persons who were suspected to have committed theft were beaten by the public in the Azadpur Mandi area of Delhi early morning today,” said a Delhi Police official.
The suspects were taken to the hospital, however, where they were declared brought dead.
The Delhi Police officials are investing further and analysing the CCTV footage of the area.
“They (suspects) were taken to a hospital where both of them were declared brought dead. CCTV footages of the locality are being analysed,” it added. (ANI)

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