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Opposition paralyses RS, disrupts LSJD(U) chief Sharad Yadav speaks in the Rajya Sabha in New Delhi on Monday. — PTI/TV grab

Opposition paralyses RS, disrupts LS

Seeks answers from Modi on black money, job creation22 Dec 2014 | 5:27 PM

NEW DELHI: After stalling the Rajya Sabha for the most of last week, the Opposition today paralysed the House, as it went beyond the demand for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s reply to a debate on conversion by seeking answers from him on the issues of black money and job creation.

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New Delhi, December 22

After stalling the Rajya Sabha for the most of last week, the Opposition today paralysed the House, as it went beyond the demand for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s reply to a debate on conversion by seeking answers from him on the issues of black money and job creation.

The Opposition also disrupted the Lok Sabha, accusing the government of allowing conversions and remaining silent on poll promises like bringing back black money and providing employment opportunities.

Facing uproar, Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu insisted in the Lok Sabha that the government or BJP has nothing to do with conversions and if any individuals were violating the law, state governments were empowered to take action.

The Upper House failed to transact any business as members of SP, JD-U and TMC created pandemonium, shouting slogans and holding placards like “Pradhanmantri kala dhan wapas lao” and “Pradhanmantri jawab do-jawab do”. Some members of Congress were also on their feet shouting “No PM, No House”.

The House saw four adjournments before being adjourned for the day soon after 3 PM. The Lok Sabha saw two adjournments.

In the Rajya Sabha, Sharad Yadav (JD-U) raised the issue of conversions, saying government’s focus is on “ghar wapsi” campaigns instead of fulfilling promises made to people ahead of elections.

“You had promised incentive to farmers for their produce.

“Now a new thing has come... you did not say you will launch ‘ghar wapsi’ (conversion) campaigns. Your party ministers and MPs are saying this. You did not fulfil the promises made to people. You have forgotten them. That is why this House is not functioning,” he said.

Ramgopal Yadav (SP) said the government made so many promises but did not fulfil any. “There are over 5 crore unemployed in the country. You did not create any job. Many parties are today sitting on dharna and we have given notice under Article 266 after suspension of all business to discuss this,” he said.

He was supported by Sitaram Yechury (CPI-M) and Derek O’Brien (TMC) who said they fully support the SP on the issue.

“The Prime Minister has not fulfilled any promise and he sought a 10-year moratorium on communal riots and communal polarisation, but the things that are happening are not good for the nation,” Yechury said.

Leader of the House and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the notice for the motion was “inadmissible” as a discussion had already taken place on the issue. He cited Rule 169 which states that a discussion once held cannot be done again.

“The discussion has already taken place. The motion on a discussion itself is inadmissible,” he said, adding that if there is any other issue the government is ready to discuss.

Anand Sharma (Cong) demanded that the Prime Minister should come to the House and reply to the members after hearing them on the issue of conversions.

“The Prime Minister should assure the House on conversions.

The government is running away from a discussion on the issue, it is not the opposition which is running away. It is unfortunate,” he said, adding it is the responsibility of the government to bring the House to order.

O’Brien said he was in favour of the SP demand for discussion and the Prime Minister should come and reply. “You don’t need a 56-inch chest to come to the House and reply,” he said.

D. Raja (CPI) alleged that in the name of conversions and re-conversions certain organisations are flexing muscles.

Deputy Chairman P.J. Kurien made several appeals to the opposition members to allow taking up the National Capital Territory of Delhi Laws (Special Provisions) Amendment Bill 2014, but his pleas went unheeded.

Amid the din, Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu urged members from both the Opposition and ruling sides to allow taking up of a Bill which was related to dwelling of lakhs of people in unauthorised colonies.

“I appeal to the entire House. There is one important Bill, which is pending ... its timeframe is December 31. It concerns lakhs of people ... in unauthorised colonies. Give permission to take it up,” Naidu said, while Opposition members continued with their uproar.

Kurien kept asking members to cooperate as the Bill is very important. “We are not passing the Bill in din. I request you to cooperate. Displaying placards and posters is prohibited.

“Parliament is not for shouting but for debate and discussion.

“I have no choice but to adjourn,” he said.

In the Lok Sabha, members of Samajwadi Party, RJD and JD-U staged a walkout after Mulayam Singh Yadav (SP) accused the government and Prime Minister Narendra Modi of not fulfilling promises to people who had voted this government to power.

As members protested holding posters, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan allowed Yadav to speak.

The SP supremo said promises were made that farmers would get money in their accounts and that land encroached by China and Pakistan would be taken back. But “these promises have not been fulfilled... Ek kaam karke dikhaye (at least fulfil one promise),” he said.

Responding to Yadav’s comment, Naidu said it is not an election rally but Parliament. Modi was present in the House that time. — PTI

Failure of spy agencies resulted in 26/11: Report

Failure of spy agencies resulted in 26/11: Report

22 Dec 2014 | 4:27 PM

NEW YORK: The 26/11 Mumbai attacks happened as a result of one of the “most devastating near-misses in the history of spycraft” in which the US, British and Indian spy agencies failed to pull together all the strands gathered by their high-tech surveillance to thwart the assault on India’s financial capital.

Dense fog disrupts flight, train services

Dense fog disrupts flight, train services

22 Dec 2014 | 1:34 PM

NEW DELHI/CHANDIGARH: The minimum temperature today plunged to 4.2 degrees Celsius in the national Capital, the coldest December 22 in the last five years and also the lowest this season, even as a thick blanket of fog disrupted normal life in the city and hit flight and train operations.

Bird flu alert in UP; import of poultry products banned

Bird flu alert in UP; import of poultry products banned

22 Dec 2014 | 3:45 PM

LUCKNOW: Following reports of a bird flu case in Chandigarh, Uttar Pradesh banned the import of chicken, eggs and all forms of poultry from other states, an official said on Monday.

RS condemns bail to 26/11 accused Lakhvi

RS condemns bail to 26/11 accused Lakhvi

22 Dec 2014 | 1:50 PM

NEW DELHI: The Rajya Sabha today adopted a resolution condemning the bail granted to Mumbai attack mastermind Zaki-ur Rehman Lakhvi and asked Pakistan to ensure that no perpetrator of any terrorist activity went unpunished.

Pak to execute 500 convicted militants

Pak to execute 500 convicted militants

22 Dec 2014 | 1:11 PM

ISLAMABAD: Pakistani Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has said that nearly 500 terror convicts will be hanged to death within the next two to three weeks.

Tendulkar named ICC World Cup ambassador

Tendulkar named ICC World Cup ambassador

22 Dec 2014 | 1:06 PM

DUBAI: Indian cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar, who is the all-time leading run-getter in World Cup history, was today named the event’s ambassador for the second successive edition.

Navjot Sidhu tenders written apology before Akal Takht

Navjot Sidhu tenders written apology before Akal Takht

22 Dec 2014 | 3:12 PM

AMRITSAR: Cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu today tendered a written apology before Akal Takht over the Gurbani row that was sparked by his speech at an event in Ludhiana last month.

NC rules out post-poll alliance with BJP

NC rules out post-poll alliance with BJP

22 Dec 2014 | 7:10 PM

SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Monday ruled out a post-poll alliance with the BJP given its stand on issues like Article 370, Uniform Civil Code and Babri Masjid as also with any other party.

SAD ally BJP seeks Majithia’s ousterDrug probe

SAD ally BJP seeks Majithia’s ouster

22 Dec 2014 | 12:40 PM

CHANDIGARH: Shiromani Akali Dal’s alliance partner BJP today joined the Punjab Congress and the Aam Adami Party (AAP) in seeking Revenue Minister Bikram Singh Majithia’s resignation to ensure a “free and fair probe” into his alleged involvement in the drug scam.

Punjabi culture patron Jagdev Singh Jassowal dead

Punjabi culture patron Jagdev Singh Jassowal dead

22 Dec 2014 | 5:03 PM

LUDHIANA: Former MLA Jagdev Singh Jassowal, much recognised for promoting the Punjabi culture and folk arts, died at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital in Ludhiana on Monday morning.

Nothing wrong with reverse conversions: Sena

Nothing wrong with reverse conversions: Sena

22 Dec 2014 | 1:17 PM

MUMBAI: The Shiv Sena today said there’s nothing wrong with reverse conversions and flayed “those who kept mum when Hindus were converted to Muslims.”

Janata Parivar slams ‘divisive’ politics of BJP

Janata Parivar slams ‘divisive’ politics of BJP

22 Dec 2014 | 5:05 PM

NEW DELHI: Pitching for larger Opposition unity, six constituents of the erstwhile ‘Janata Parivar’ today shared dais at a “Mahadharna”, slamming BJP’s “divisive” politics and accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi of “telling lies” and “not fulfilling” poll promises on black money.

Key Bills stuck in RS logjam

22 Dec 2014 | 1:45 AM

NEW DELHI: The government hopes to push through the Insurance Bill, along with other Bills cleared by the Lok Sabha, in the Rajya Sabha on Monday and Tuesday, the last two days of the ongoing winter session.

Sensing hung House, J-K leaders descend on Delhi

Sensing hung House, J-K leaders descend on Delhi

22 Dec 2014 | 12:41 PM

JAMMU Top Kashmir politicians are now in New Delhi holding pre-result consultations to work out new permutations and combinations to form the new government in the state.

2 suspected patients in Chandigarh quarantined

2 suspected patients in Chandigarh quarantined

22 Dec 2014 | 1:45 AM

CHANDIGARH: A day after a Panchkula man was admitted to a hospital with symptoms of avian influenza, two more persons showed signs of being infected by the virus and are under observation.

500 crows found dead in Tarn Taran villageBird flu

500 crows found dead in Tarn Taran village

22 Dec 2014 | 12:41 PM

TARN TARAN/FEROZEPUR: Nearly 500 crows have been found dead in the past four days at Baghiari village near Tarn Taran, which is close to a bird sanctuary at Sarai Amanat Khan.


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2,400 residents examined

2,400 residents examined

22 Dec 2014 | 2:50 AM

CHANDIGARH: With two more suspected cases of bird flu in humans being reported at city hospitals from areas around Sukhna Lake a day after a 50-year-old person was identified with flu-like symptoms, a team of the UT Health Department today examined 2,400 residents in 500 houses in a 3-km radius of the lake.

NoChief Minister Parkash Singh Badal at a function to observe the martyrdom day of Baba Jiwan Singh at Bishamarpura village near Amritsar on Sunday. A Tribune photo

Ties with ally BJP strained, SAD woos Mazhabi Sikhs

22 Dec 2014 | 2:01 AM

AMRITSAR: Downplaying the summoning of Revenue Minister Bikramjit Singh Majithia by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in the Rs 6,000 core drug scam, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today said that it should not be be taken for granted that the minister was guilty.

Cops trying to implicate family: Victim’s brother

22 Dec 2014 | 1:12 AM

LUDHIANA: The parents of the 17-year-old girl who was allegedly set on fire by a group of persons in her house at Prem Nagar in Dhandari on December 4 today said the police was working overtime to implicate family members in the case.

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37,000 endorse separate identity plea for Sikhs at Amritsar camp

22 Dec 2014 | 1:12 AM

AMRITSAR: Around 37,000 persons have endorsed the “Sikhs are not Hindus” petition during a two-day camp organised outside the Golden Temple.

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Vets screen geese, shut Hisar’s Bluebird Lake

Vets screen geese, shut Hisar’s Bluebird Lake

23 Dec 2014 | 12:45 AM

HISAR/KURUKSHETRA: Veterinary experts today took samples of blood and droppings from the geese at the local Bluebird Lake for testing following the death of a goose due to avian influenza at Chandigarh’s Sukhna Lake.

90 samples of migratory birds, poultry collected in Mandi

90 samples of migratory birds, poultry collected in Mandi

23 Dec 2014 | 12:17 AM

MANDI: The Animal Husbandry Department has collected nearly 90 samples of migratory birds and poultry from various parts of the district following the outbreak of bird flu in Chandigarh.

Omar rules out alliance with BJP

Omar rules out alliance with BJP

23 Dec 2014 | 12:32 AM

SRINAGAR: On the eve of the counting of votes for the Assembly elections, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah ruled out the possibility of any alliance with the BJP even as he maintained that no party would be able to form the government on its own.

Cold wave sweeps state

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23 Dec 2014 | 12:12 AM

DEHRADUN: The high-altitude areas of Uttarakhand are reeling under piercing cold wave conditions. The mercury further dipped after light to moderate rain lashed high-altitude areas of the state. The temperature stayed between 2°C and -4°C in most of the state’s cities.

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23 Dec 2014 | 1:18 AM

PESHAWAR: Authorities in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province were warned of an imminent revenge attack on the army-run school here months before a Taliban-sponsored carnage claimed 148 lives, mostly that of children.

GST: People to benefit; states to gain from Day 1, says FM

23 Dec 2014 | 12:57 AM

NEW DELHI: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today said Goods and Services Tax (GST) will benefit most of the states from Day 1, especially the consumer states.

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Collapses and mounting losses

22 Dec 2014 | 1:41 AM

BRISBANE: After the stunning defeat in Brisbane, Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said that the team's approach to batting in overseas tours has “improved” in the last one year.

Ishant fined for poor conduct

22 Dec 2014 | 1:41 AM

BRISBANE: Indian speedster Ishant Sharma has been fined 15 percent of his match fees for breaching the ICC’s ‘Code of Conduct’ during the second Test between India and Australia while Steve Smith was fined 60 percent for his team’s slow over-rate.

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ISL, a re-launch pad for helpless Indian football

22 Dec 2014 | 1:41 AM

NEW DELHI: Football in India will never be the same again and Indian Super League (ISL) can take all plaudits for this monumental change in the country’s sporting culture.

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