CM Mamata Banerjee releases Trinamool Congress' election manifesto for the upcoming West Bengal Assembly polls 2021
Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday unveiled a "development-oriented" manifesto for the upcoming assembly polls in West Bengal, promising an income scheme for all families, a student credit card and constitution of a task force to examine the inclusion of several communities under the OBC category.
Meanwhile, the Centre today said it has not taken any decision on the nationwide roll-out of the National Register of Citizens (NRC). Union Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai was replying to a question in the Rajya Sabha on whether the central government had any plans to implement the NRC throughout the country.
Earlier in the day, BJP MP Ram Swaroop Sharma was found dead inside his house in Delhi’s North Avenue. The police suspect that Sharma died by suicide. His body has been sent for postmortem. Meanwhile, the Bharatiya Janata Party cancelled its Parliamentary Party meeting, scheduled for this morning, after learning about Sharma’s death.
Eight people, including at least six Asian women, were shot dead at three day spas in Atlanta, Georgia area on Tuesday, police said, and man suspected of carrying out all of the attacks has been taken into custody.
Back home in India, the Lok Sabha today passed the Appropriation Bill 2021-22, authorising the government to draw funds from the Consolidated Fund of India for its working as well as implementation of its programmes and schemes.
Stay tuned for the latest news of the day.
Mamata releases TMC manifesto, promises income for all families, student credit card
TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday unveiled the partys manifesto for the assembly polls promising a monthly Universal Basic Income for all families, a credit card scheme for students to pursue higher studies and formation of a task force to examine the inclusion of several backward communities under the OBC category.
Amid the allegation by the BJP that the TMC is engaged in the politics of appeasement, the manifesto, unlike previous years, did not have any special scheme or project for the minority community, which has been a major support base of the party till the 2019 Lok Sabha election.
The manifesto also vowed to build a "model Nandigram" with the supply of electricity 24X7, piped water and well connected roads. Banerjee, who had announced this recently, is contesting the poll from the Nandigram seat where she has been pitted against her protg-turned-adversary Suvendu Adhikari.
Claiming that her government has reduced poverty in the state by 40 per cent, the manifesto promised to increase annual financial aid to farmers from Rs 6,000 to Rs 10,000.
Christened as "Didi'r 10 Angikar (10 Resolutions of Didi)", the manifesto also listed projects for improving the economy and the health sector, creation of jobs, food security and providing affordable housing, electricity and piped drinking water to people.
The BJP, however, termed the manifesto as a "jumla" (false promise) to fool the people of the state ahead of the elections.
Taking a leaf out of the Congress's promise of Universal Basic Income promise during the Lok Sabha polls of 2019, Banerjee reached out to the 49 per cent women electorate of the state by promising that the woman guardian of every general category family will get Rs 500 every month, while the amount will be Rs 1,000 for SC/ST/OBC families.
The chief minister also announced a pension of Rs 1,000 to widows above 18 years of age.
Fed sees growth surge, jump in inflation in 2021 but no change on rates
The Federal Reserve on Wednesday repeated its pledge to keep its target interest rate near zero for years to come after projecting a rapid jump in US economic growth and inflation this year as the Covid-19 crisis winds down.
The US central bank now sees the economy growing 6.5% this year, which would be the largest annual jump in gross domestic product since 1984, and the unemployment rate falling to 4.5% by year's end. That compared with projections in December of 4.2% GDP growth and 5% unemployment.
The pace of price increases is now expected to exceed the Fed's 2% target for the year, hitting 2.4% by year's end before falling back in 2022.
"Indicators of economic activity and employment have turned up," the central bank's policy-setting Federal Open Market Committee said in a statement that kept the benchmark overnight interest rate in a target range of zero to 0.25%.
The improvement in the Fed's economic outlook did not immediately alter policymakers' expectations for interest rates, though the weight of opinion did shift. Seven of 18 officials now expect to raise rates in 2023, compared to five in December.
Four of them now feel rates may need to rise as soon as next year, a change from zero as of the last projections in December. Read more
S&P 500 ends at record high after Fed projects stronger economy
The S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at record highs on Wednesday after the Fed predicted a fast economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic and said it would maintain its interest rate at close to zero.
In its statement following its two-day policy meeting, the Federal Reserve projected a rapid jump in U.S. economic growth and inflation this year as the COVID-19 crisis winds down, and repeated its pledge to keep its target interest rate near zero for years to come.
Wall Street extended gains after Fed Chair Jerome Powell said during a news conference that it is too early to discuss tapering-off measures to support the struggling economy.
"The Fed statement today was more optimistic than some expected, they raised their outlook for both economic growth and the labor market. The marketâ€™s view of the statement is that it was fairly optimistic," said David Carter, chief investment officer at Lenox Wealth Advisors in New York.
A $1.9 trillion spending stimulus and the rollout of vaccines have fueled a rotation into so-called value stocks that are viewed as likely to outperform as the economy recovers from the coronavirus pandemic.
At the same time, worries that the stimulus could overheat the economy and lead to higher inflation rates have triggered a strong rise in long-duration Treasury yields and made technology and other growth stocks less attractive.
Following the Fed's statement, the yield on 10-year Treasuries ticked lower to 1.6374%.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.58% to end at 33,015.37 points, while the S&P 500 gained 0.29% to 3,974.12.
The Nasdaq Composite climbed 0.4% to 13,525.20.
The Nasdaq remains down about 4% from its Feb. 12 record-high close.
Amazon.com Inc rose 1.4% and Tesla Inc added 3.7%, with the two companies giving the greatest lift to the S&P 500.
Six out of 11 S&P 500 sector indexes rose, with industrials and consumer discretionary the strongest performers and both up over 1%.
Powell says Fed will announce update on SLR exemption in coming days
Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell said on Wednesday that the US central bank will share an update on a bank liquidity rule in the "coming days."
An exemption on the "supplemental leverage ratio" was put in place at the start of the coronavirus pandemic to encourage big banks to lend and support bond and short-term funding markets.
The exemption, which reduced the amount of capital banks must hold against Treasurys and some deposits, is currently set to expire on March 31.
US Fed chief Jerome Powell
Fed sees higher growth, above target inflation; rates remain steady
The Federal Reserve on Wednesday projected a rapid jump in US economic growth and inflation this year as the Covid-19 crisis winds down, and repeated its pledge to keep its target interest rate near zero for years to come.
The US central bank now sees the economy growing 6.5% this year, and the unemployment rate falling to 4.5% by year's end, compared to growth of 4.5% and unemployment of 5% projected at its December policy meeting.
The pace of price increases is now expected to exceed the Fed's 2% target for the year, hitting 2.4% by year's before falling back in 2022. Read more
Sindhu wins; Srikanth, Kashyap knocked out of men's singles in All England
World champion P V Sindhu made an impressive start at the All England Badminton Championships but compatriots Kidambi Srikanth and Parupalli Kashyap suffered early exits after losing their respective opening round men's singles matches here on Wednesday.
Air Marshal Zaheer Ahmad Sidhu appointed new chief of Pak Air Force
Pakistan on Wednesday appointed Air Marshal Zaheer Ahmad Babar Sidhu as the new chief of Pakistan Air Force, an official statement said.
Sidhu will assume charge from March 19 after the retirement of incumbent PAF Chief, Air Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan.
The outgoing PAF chief will hand over the command to his successor at a change of command ceremony scheduled to be held at the Air Headquarters in Islamabad.
Sidhu, who joined the PAF in 1986 as a fighter pilot, has served in fighter squadrons, operational airbases and regional commands, the statement said.
He attended Combat Commanders School and Air War College as well as the Royal College of Defence Studies in the United Kingdom.
He also served as Assistant Chief of the Air Staff (Operations Research and Development), Assistant Chief of Air Staff (Training Officers) and Director General of Projects at Air Headquarters Islamabad. Sidhu also served as additional secretary in the ministry of defence, the official statement said.
Subramanian exhorts pvt sector to invest in R&D-led innovation
Chief Economic Adviser K V Subramanian on Wednesday called up on the private sector to start investing in R&D-led innovation for their own benefits and to secure their future for the long-term from competition.
Had our software companies ploughed back a portion of their profits into research and development and innovation on time, we also could have our own Googles and Facebooks and Whatsapps long ago, he said and rued that they did not do it in the past nor are they doing enough today.
Addressing a virtual event organised by the Indian Private Equity and Venture Capital Association late this evening, he said since basic research will always have a market for application in the real economy, it all the more makes it urgent on the part of the private sector to invest more in R&D. Even there is market for applied research, he said.
Quoting the latest Credit Suisse report, he said the country, which is home to the third largest number of startups, has 100 startup unicorns now, and credited private capital for the fete. But he was quick to add that if the private sector invested more of their profits to fund innovation, the country can easily become the startup capital of the world.
It was the sheer strength of the ideas of the startup founders that made these 100 unicorns possible and with more private capital we can have many more unicorns, he said.
NIA conducts searches at Waze's house in Thane
The NIA on Wednesday conducted searches at the residence of suspended Mumbai police officer Sachin Waze in connection with the recovery of an explosives- laden SUV near industrialist Mukesh Ambani's house last month, an official said on Wednesday.
A team of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) conducted the searches at Waze's place in Saket area of neighbouring Thane city in the afternoon, he said.
"Later, another NIA team took Waze to his residence from Mumbai around 8 pm as part of the probe," the agency official said.
"The team, which took Waze to his house, was there for some time and left for Mumbai again," he added.
Before that, the investigators took Waze along and visited Babulnath area of south Mumbai, the Mahim creek and some other spots as part of the investigation, he said.
Waze is at the focus of the NIA probe in the recovery of the Scorpio with explosives near Ambani's house on February 25.
Arrested in the case on March 13 for his alleged role in the crime, Waze was attached to the Crime Intelligence Unit (CIU) till recently. He was suspended after NIA arrested him.
Bengal polls: Jhargram's elderly woman casts first vote through doorstep facility
Eighty-two-year-old Basanti Shit in West Bengal's Jhargram district was among the first to have exercised her franchise in the assembly elections through doorstep voting facility, an official said on Wednesday.
The octogenarian cast her vote from the comfort of her home on Tuesday as the Election Commission has made provision for voting through postal ballot for senior citizens above 80 years of age and persons with disability.
Seven others from her ward, including six octogenarians and another person with disability, have also cast their votes through postal ballots.
"A team of poll personnel and agents of parties, along with a few CRPF personnel and policemen went to the woman's house on Tuesday morning. A cardboard structure was set up at her residence so that she can cast her vote in secret.
"Her family members were not allowed to enter the room where the poll was conducted. The ballot paper was kept in an envelope and sealed in front of her. The polling process was videographed," the EC official said.
Four assembly constituencies in Jhargram will go to the polls in the first phase on March 27.
PM Modi arrives at BJP headquarters for Central Election Committee (CEC) meeting
PM Modi to address rallies in Bengal, Assam tomorrow
A day before addressing rallies in poll-bound West Bengal and Assam, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Wednesday that there is a desire for a change in Bengal with the BJP's agenda of good governance striking a chord among the people.
"Glad to be getting the opportunity to be among my sisters and brothers of West Bengal tomorrow, 18th March. I would be addressing a rally in Purulia. Across West Bengal, there is a desire for change. BJP's agenda of good governance is striking a chord among the people," he tweeted.
In another tweet, Modi said, "Will be in Assam tomorrow, 18th March. Looking forward to being among the people of this great state during the rally in Karimganj. Assam has witnessed positive changes across various sectors over the last 5 years. NDA seeks people's blessings to continue the development agenda."
While the BJP is running a campaign to end the running Trinamool Congress' 10-year rule in Bengal, it is working to retain power in Assam.
J P Nadda met family of BJP MP Ram Swaroop Sharma who was found hanging at his residence in Delhi today
BJP President JP Nadda met the family members of BJP MP Ram Swaroop Sharma who was found hanging at his residence in Delhi today pic.twitter.com/pNiyAnvdon
BJP-led NDA and Cong-led UDF joined hands to stop developmental activities in Kerala: CM Vijayan
Setting out on the campaign trail in Wayanad district, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Wednesday attacked the Congress-led UDF and the BJP-NDA fronts alleging that they have joined hands in an attempt to stop the developmental activities in the state.
Vijayan claimed central agencies were trying to destroy the Kerala Infrastructure Investment Fund Board (KIIFB) which has changed the development prospects of the state.
After nine days of campaigning in his home constituency Dharmadam in Kannur district, Vijayan addressed three rallies in Wayanad in the three constituencies-- Mananthawady, Sulthan Bathery and Kalpetta.
Congress releases a list of two candidates for West Bengal Election 2021
West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee releases TMC manifesto, promises income for all
Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday unveiled a "development-oriented" manifesto for the upcoming assembly polls in West Bengal, promising an income scheme for all families, a student credit card and constitution of a task force to examine the inclusion of several communities under the OBC category, according to a PTI report.
Claiming that her government has reduced poverty in the state by 40 per cent, the manifesto also promised to increase annual financial aid to farmers from Rs 6,000 to Rs 10,000.
"For the first time, every family in Bengal will be extended a minimum basic income. Under this, 1.6 crore general category families will get Rs 500 a month, whereas SC/ST category families will get Rs 1,000. The money will be directly transferred to the woman head of a family," Banerjee said.
A new student credit card scheme will be introduced with a credit limit of Rs 10 lakh and an interest rate of only 4 per cent will be charged, the West Bengal chief minister said. "We will set up 10 lakh new MSMEs and 2000 new big industrial units in the next five years," she said.
Hemant Nagrale takes charge as the Commissioner of Mumbai Police
Lok Sabha passes Appropriation Bill, completing two-thirds of budget exercise
The Lok Sabha on Wednesday passed the Appropriation Bill 2021-22, authorising the government to draw funds from the Consolidated Fund of India for its working as well as implementation of its programmes and schemes.
This completes two-thirds of the exercise for approval of the Budget for 2021-22.
The Appropriation Bill authorising payment and appropriation of specified sums from the Consolidated Fund of India for 2021-22 was introduced by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. The bill was later approved by voice vote. The Lok Sabha earlier discussed demands for grants of different ministries, including railways, education and health.
Tamil Nadu CM Palaniswami campaigned on a vehicle amid large gathering of supporters in Thanjavur
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami campaigned on a vehicle amid a large gathering of supporters earlier today in Thanjavur pic.twitter.com/gC2pbZ12Xz
West Bengal election: What voters want; a ground report from Kolkata
Campaigning for the West Bengal Assembly elections has intensified with the poll date inching closer. Voting is slated to be held from March 27 to April 29 in 8 phases. The counting will take place on May 2nd. Business Standard's Sukanya Roy went around the streets of Kolkata to find out what people think about the upcoming State election. Watch the video to know more
The Appropriation Bill, 2021 passed in Lok Sabha
The Appropriation Bill, 2021 passed in Lok Sabha
Will form special task force to examine, propose OBC status to all unrecognised communities: Mamata Banerjee
We will form special task force to examine and propose OBC status to all communities who are not recognised: West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee
Will decrease unemployment; 5 lakh job opportunities will be created in a year: Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee
We will decrease unemployment; 5 lakh job opportunities will be created in a year: West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee
Pakistan sending weapons through drones, govt tells Rajya Sabha
The government Wednesday said some instances of supply of weapons through drones from Pakistan have come to light and security agencies were taking action on it. Union Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy said this in Rajya Sabha, while responding to a question on whether the central government is aware that Pakistan has started supplying weapons to infiltrators via drones.
"Certain instances of supply of weapons via drones from across the Pakistan border have come to the notice of security and law enforcement agencies," he said in his written reply.
Reddy said the government has been taking various steps to meet such challenges, which include round the clock effective surveillance, streamlining the intelligence set up, capacity building of forces, patrolling on the borders along with sensitization of local population in border areas, establishment of observation posts, border fencing, flood lighting, deployment and use of modern and hi-tech surveillance equipments, etc.
Not a political, but development-oriented manifesto: West Bengal CM
This is not a political manifesto, it is a development-oriented manifesto. This a manifesto of the people, for the people, and by the people: West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee pic.twitter.com/OKtR8k92vZ
Will ensure minimum annual income of Rs 6,000 and Rs 12,000 for general category and backward community: CM
We will ensure minimum annual income of Rs 6,000 and Rs 12,000 for general category and backward community people respectively in West Bengal: CM Mamata Banerjee
Will bring credit card of Rs 10 lakh for students for pursuing higher studies: Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee
We will bring credit card of Rs 10 lakh for students for pursuing higher studies; only 4 per cent interest will be charged: CM Mamata Banerjee
We will increase annual financial aid to farmers from Rs 6,000 to Rs 10,000: Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee
We will increase annual financial aid to farmers from Rs 6,000 to Rs 10,000: West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee
We will set up 10 lakh MSME units in West Bengal: CM Mamata Banerjee
We will set up 10 lakh MSME units in West Bengal: CM Mamata Banerjee
Why are they not asking PM Modi to not go for publicity regarding vaccine? asks Bengal CM
#WATCH | Why are they not asking PM Modi to not go for publicity regarding vaccine?... : West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee on being asked about Election Commission seeking report from Purulia DM over Govt's announcement of providing ration at doorstep. pic.twitter.com/nhHUY0Ent6
West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee releases Trinamool Congress manifesto for 2021 assembly polls
I humbly present my 10 ‘Ongikars’ to build a stronger & more prosperous Bengal so that the wheels of development keep moving forward in the third term of our government. The aim is just one, to sustain Bengal as one of the leading states in the country. (1/4) pic.twitter.com/K0xNtrt7GB
It's a fraud with people: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal on Centre's bill laying more powers to L-G
The Centre has brought in a law that says 'Delhi govt means Lieutenant Governor'. If this happens, where will the CM go? Do elections, votes & our 62/70 seats don't mean anything? It's a fraud with the people: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal on Centre's bill laying more powers to L-G
केंद्र सरकार द्वारा दिल्ली की चुनी हुई सरकार को कमज़ोर करके जनता के काम रोकने की साज़िश के खिलाफ़ दिल्ली की जनता का आक्रोश | LIVE https://t.co/jwzbHUnZIY
Hemant Nagrale appointed as the new Commissioner of Mumbai Police: Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh
Hemant Nagrale appointed as the new Commissioner of Mumbai Police: Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh
I-T refunds of over Rs 2.04 lakh crore issued so far in FY21: CBDT
The Income Tax Department on Wednesday said it has issued over Rs 2.04 lakh crore worth refunds to more than 2.09 crore taxpayers so far this fiscal year.
Of this, personal income tax refunds of Rs 73,607 crore have been issued to over 2.06 crore taxpayers and corporate tax refunds of over Rs 1.31 lakh crore issued in 2.21 lakh cases.
CBDT issues refunds of over Rs 2,04,805 crore to more than 2.09 crore taxpayers between 1st April, 2020 to 15th March,2021, the department tweeted.
CBDT issues refunds of over Rs. 2,04,805 crore to more than 2.09 crore taxpayers between 1st April,2020 to 15th March,2021. Income tax refunds of Rs. 73,607 crore have been issued in 2,06,64,547 cases & corporate tax refunds of Rs. 1,31,198crore have been issued in 2,21,014 cases
No decision yet on nationwide NRC, govt tells Rajya Sabha
The Centre on Wednesday said it has not taken any decision on the nationwide roll-out of the National Register of Citizens (NRC). Union Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai was replying to a question in the Rajya Sabha on whether the central government had any plans to implement the NRC throughout the country.
"Till now, the government has not taken any decision to prepare the National Register of Indian Citizens at the national level," Rai said in a written reply.
The NRC was updated in Assam under the supervision of the Supreme Court. When the final NRC was published on August 31, 2019, a total of 19.06 lakh people were excluded out of the total 3,30,27,661 applicants, which created a ripple across India. The NRC is an Assam-specific data of bonafide Indian citizens living in the state.
Centre says it has not taken any decision on nationwide roll-out of NRC
Centre says it has not taken any decision on nationwide roll-out of National Register of Citizens. #NRC
Dropping for the fourth straight session, equity benchmark Sensex tumbled 562.34 points on Wednesday following losses in index majors Reliance Industries, HDFC Bank and ICICI Bank amid a weak trend in global markets ahead of the US Federal Reserve's policy outcome. After a volatile session, the 30-share BSE index tanked 562.34 points or 1.12 per cent to close at 49,801.62. The broader NSE Nifty slumped 189.15 points or 1.27 per cent to 14,721.30, PTI reported.
ONGC was the top loser in the Sensex pack, declining around 5 per cent, followed by NTPC, Sun Pharma, SBI, IndusInd Bank, Bajaj Auto, PowerGrid and Reliance Industries.
On the other hand, ITC, Infosys, TCS and HDFC were among the gainers.
Record seizures worth Rs 331 crore made in poll-going states, Puducherry: EC
The Election Commission Wednesday said record seizures worth Rs 331 crore have been made so far in the four poll-going states and Puducherry as part of the expenditure monitoring process. The seizures already surpass the total seizures made in assembly elections to these states and the union territory in 2016, it said.
"Significant point is that record seizures have been made even though polling is yet to start," the commission said in a statement.
A maximum of Rs 127.64 crore worth seizures have been made in Tamil Nadu, while Rs 112.59 crore worth seizures have been made from West Bengal. For effective monitoring to curb black money in assembly elections in Assam, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Union Territory of Puducherry, the poll panel has deployed 295 expenditure observers.
They (BJP) can't throttle my voice, we will defeat BJP: West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee
#WestBengal CM Mamata Banerjee: They (BJP) wanted to keep me indoors so that I can't go out during elections. They have injured my leg. They can't throttle my voice, we will defeat BJP.
Cooperation must for ensuring resilience of global system: PM Modi
Noting that many infrastructure systems cover the entire world, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said the effect of a disaster in one part can quickly spread across the globe and cooperation is a must for ensuring the resilience of the global system.
Addressing the International Conference on Disaster Resilient Infrastructure, Modi said the COVID-19 pandemic has taught that in an interdependent and interconnected world, no country -- whether rich or poor, in the east or west, north or south -- is immune to the effect of global disasters.
On the one hand the pandemic has shown us how impacts can quickly spread across the world, and on the other, it has shown how the world can come together to fight a common threat, Modi said. Many infrastructure systems such as digital infrastructure, shipping lines, and aviation networks cover the entire world, he noted.
Don’t vote for BJP otherwise, you won't be able to follow your 'dharma': West Bengal CM Mamata in Jhargram
Don’t vote for BJP otherwise, you won't be able to follow your 'dharma'. You will have to say 'Jai Shree Ram', you will not be able to say 'Jai Siya Ram'. Lord Ram used to worship Maa Durga because she is much bigger in stature: West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee in Jhargram pic.twitter.com/P7aynkIgZz
Sachin Waze arrest: NIA to probe 'other players' involved in conspiracy
The case of recovery of gelatin sticks near industrialist Mukesh Ambani's residence in Mumbai has turned murkier with the National Investigation Agency (NIA) claiming there were "other players" who had been allegedly instructing arrested policeman Sachin Waze.
Waze, who was arrested by the NIA on Saturday, was working at the instruction of "some people" and that needs to be found out, officials associated with the probe said on condition of anonymity.
The Mumbai Police officer was the second investigator in the case related to the recovery of an explosive-laden vehicle and a threat letter near Ambani's residence on February 25. READ MORE...
No provision of detention centres under Citizenship Act 1955 and NRC: Govt in Rajya Sabha
There is no provision of detention centres under Citizenship Act 1955 and the National Register of Indian Citizens: Minister of State for Home Affairs, Nityanand Rai in a written reply to question in the Rajya Sabha
The steep hike in domestic cooking gas price figured in Rajya Sabha on Wednesday with a CPI(M) MP saying it has put an intolerable burden on the common people already suffering from general price rise.
Raising the issue through a zero-hour mention, Jharna Das Baidya said subsidised and non-subsidised LPG prices were raised by a steep Rs 125 per cylinder in four installments since February.
This together with a cut in fuel subsidy has put an "intolerable burden on people already suffering from price rise," she said. Calling the price hike "unjustified", she said free cooking gas connections given to eight crore beneficiaries under the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana have been rendered meaningless because of the hike in cost.
SC terms cancellation of 3 crore ration cards as serious, seeks replies from Centre, states
The Supreme Court on Wednesday termed the cancellation of around three crore ration cards by the Centre due to non-linking with Aadhaar card as too serious, and sought response from the Central government and all states on the issue.
A bench of Chief Justice SA Bobde and justices AS Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian said this matter should not be treated as adversarial as it is too serious a matter.
The bench said the matter will be put up for final hearing. At the outset, senior advocate Colin Gonsalves, appearing for petitioner Koili Devi, said the petition deals with the larger issue.
MHA shares number of infiltration from neighbouring countries during the last two years
Ministry of Home Affairs shared the number of infiltration from neighbouring countries during the last two years, in a written reply, in Rajya Sabha
Rajya Sabha adjourned till 2 pm
Rajya Sabha adjourned till 2 pm
Joint Commissioner of Police to provide a report into the matter of Ram Swaroop Sharma's death
Joint Commissioner of Police to provide a report into the matter of Ram Swaroop Sharma's death in the parliament today.
PM Modi to speak at the International Conference on Disaster Resilient Infrastructure at 2pm today
At around 2 PM this afternoon, will be speaking at the International Conference on Disaster Resilient Infrastructure. This is an important conference, which will deliberate on a subject that is of great concern for the entire humanity.
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