India Politics

India Politics

Insurance bill passed by Lok Sabha, suspense in Rajya Sabha

New Delhi/Chennai : The Lok Sabha on Wednesday passed the insurance sector amendment bill, which seeks to hike the foreign equity cap on domestic companies from 26 percent to 49 percent, despite opposition protests.

Formally called the Insurance Laws (Amendment) Bill, it seeks to replace an ordinance that was promulgated earlier.

The bill now faces a crucial test in the Rajya Sabha, the upper house, where the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) does not enjoy a majority.

PMO app development contest launched

New Delhi : The government along with online search giant Google launched on Wednesday a nationwide contest to develop a mobile app for the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), Communications and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said here.

Google will partner MyGov in this contest to build the PMO mobile app.

“This is the government, which not only engages, it also acts upon the suggestions,” the minister said while launching the app.


Lok Sabha passes coal allocation bill

New Delhi : The Lok Sabha on Wednesday passed the coal allocation bill providing for vesting mining leases to successful bidders through a transparent bidding process.

Replying to the debate on the bill, Coal Minister Piyush Goyal said there was no provision for denationalization and workers interests will not be compromised.

He said the bill has been brought to ensure continuity in coal mining operations and for promoting optimum utilization of coal resources.


Uproar in Rajya Sabha over BBC interview of rapist

New Delhi : The Rajya Sabha witnessed uproar on Wednesday on the interview of a December 16 gang-rape convict to BBC, as members sought to know from the government how this was permitted.

While some members said it was wrong to allow the interview in which the rapist blames the victim, others were of the view that it reflected the mentality of a large section of the society, stressing on the need to correct it.

The issue was raised by Janata Dal-United (JD-U) member K.C. Tyagi during zero hour as he questioned how permission for the interview was granted.


CBI raids Trinamool MP Tapas Paul's home, 42 Rose Valley locations

Kolkata/Agartala : The CBI on Wednesday raided the Kolkata residence of Trinamool Congress actor-MP Tapas Paul and 42 other locations of the Rose Valley Group across India in connection with a multi-crore-rupee chit fund scam.

Paul, who represents Krishnanagar in the Lok Sabha, was a former director of the group which has been under the scanner of various central agencies, including market regulator SEBI, the Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED).

Neither split nor quit AAP: Yogendra Yadav

New Delhi : AAP leader Yogendra Yadav on Wednesday said that he would "neither split nor quit" the party.

He refused to comment on Arvind Kejriwal's offer to quit as party convenor.

Yadav said that for the past three days there have been many messages from party volunteers on social media asking them to stay united.

"I am sure that in the evening we will be able to tell you that we have moved step forward and not backward," Yadav told reporters ahead of the meeting of the 21-member national executive.


HC rejects Ashok Chavan's plea in Adarsh scam

Mumbai : The Bombay High Court on Wednesday rejected a plea by former chief minister Ashok Chavan challenging its ruling refusing permission to CBI to delete his name as an accused from the charge-sheet in the Adarsh Society scam.

The CBI had approached the court in November 2014 with a plea seeking to drop Chavan's name from the Adarsh Society case charge-sheet on grounds that the governor had declined to sanction his prosecution.


Kejriwal offers to quit as AAP's national convenor

New Delhi : Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has offered to quit as the national convenor of the AAP which he led to power in the capital barely a month ago, party sources said Wednesday.

Kejriwal's offer comes on a day when the party's top leadership meets amid internal squabbling.

Aam Aadmi Party leader Yogendra Yadav, one of the two leaders in the eye of the storm, however said Wednesday that he would "neither split nor quit" the party.


Miffed Sajad Lone refuses to join Mufti's cabinet

Jammu : Upset over the portfolio allocated to him, Sajad Gani Lone of the Peoples Conference (PC) on Wednesday refused to join the council of ministers in the PDP-BJP government headed by Mufti Muhammad Sayeed.

Lone was miffed over allocation of the animal husbandry department portfolio to him by Sayeed Tuesday.

He did not attend his office in winter capital Jammu on Wednesday and instead chose to fly back to the Valley.

BJP demands action against Azam's bus ride

Lucknow : The BJP Wednesday demanded legal action against Uttar Pradesh Urban Development Minister Mohd Azam Khan for driving a bus without having a license to drive a heavy passenger vehicle.

Slamming Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav for his "continued silence on the misdemeanour" of his cabinet colleague, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state spokesman Vijay Bahadur Pathak said Yadav's silence reflected his "inability and helplessness" to control Azam Khan and it "spoke volumes" of how Khan continued to run berserk, trampling all laws.