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Stormy start to winter session
Both Houses adjourned
PM calls all-party meet to break FDI logjam TMC’s no-trust motion fails
New Delhi, November 22
It was a day of high drama and no work in both Houses of Parliament on Day 1 of the winter session. Both Houses were adjourned for the day after repeated disruptions following the Opposition’s demand to debate the issue of FDI in multi-brand retail and quotas in government job promotions for SCs and STs.
Opposition leaders in the Lok Sabha on Thursday
Opposition leaders in the Lok Sabha on Thursday. — PTI

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Why govt wants debate, but no voting on FDI

New Delhi, November 22
The washout of Day 1 of the winter session of Parliament was a foregone conclusion. Much before it began, contours of a stand-off between parties in the Opposition and the ruling coalition were drawn with the former insisting on a discussion on foreign direct investment on multi-brand retail under rules that entail voting. The Government was not in agreement and the result: a stalemate.

Cong speaks in two voices over House’s right
New Delhi, November 22
The Congress is speaking in two voices on the issue of Parliament’s right to debate executive decisions taken by the Cabinet.

US says Kasab got fair trial
Washington, November 22
Ajmal Kasab, the lone surviving terrorist involved in the 2008 Mumbai attacks who has been hanged to death, received due process of law in a full and transparent trial, the US said today, asserting that it wants to see the terrorists behind 26/11 brought to justice.

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Haryana, HP crack whip on ‘teaching shops’
Chandigarh/Shimla, Nov 22
Coming down heavily on the mushrooming of “teaching shops” operating in the form of study centres and off-campus centres, run through franchise centres of outside universities, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh have issued directions to end the practice. Haryana has asked all centres to close shop or face action. At the same time, the Himachal Pradesh State Private Educational Institutions Regulatory Commission has put in place a grievance redressal mechanism to ensure prompt action on the complaints of students.

More MBBS seats in Patiala, Amritsar colleges on cards
Chandigarh, November 22
The Punjab Government has decided to enhance the number of seats in the MBBS course at the Government Medical Colleges at Patiala and Amritsar by 100 each from the forthcoming academic session. A decision to this effect was taken by the governing body of Punjab Institute of Medical Sciences which met under the chairmanship of Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal here today.

Court clears decks for Army Major to marry his Sinhalese ladylove
K’taka HC dismisses Defence Ministry pleas challenging verdict in his favour

Bangalore November 22
This is one alliance between a Sri Lankan and member of the Indian armed forces that parties in Tamil Nadu would not take exception to. Armed with an order from the Karnataka High Court, Major Vikas Kumar, an officer with the Corps of Signals, is all set to marry his Sinhalese ladylove Arnila Ranamali Gunaratne, who is pursuing her MPhil degree in Bangalore.





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