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RS passes private member's bill on transgenders: A first in 45 years

New Delhi : For the first time in 45 years, the Rajya Sabha on Friday unanimously passed a private member's bill to accolrd equal rights on transgenders.

"It is a unanimous decision of the house... This is a rare thing," Deputy Chairman P.J. Kurien announced after the bill was passed by voice vote.

The government, however, said it will bring an improved bill as DMK memebr Tiruchi Shiva's bill has some practical difficulties.

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2017-18 fiscal deficit target of 3 percent a challenge: Jaitley

New Delhi : The government's achieving the 3 percent fiscal deficit target by 2017-18 is a challenge, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said on Friday.

"I am glad we have achieved the 4.1 percent fiscal deficit target of last year. The journey to 3 percent has various challenges," he said replying to a question in Lok Sabha.

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AAP reaches out to farmer's family

Dausa (Rajasthan) : Delhi's ruling AAP on Friday reached out to the family of a farmer here who committed suicide at a party rally in the national capital.

Aam Aadmi Party leader Sanjay Singh, a confidant of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, visited Gajendra Singh's distraught family a day after he was cremated.

Emerging after meeting the family members, Sanjay Singh told the media that they had demanded "martyr's status" for Gajendra Singh and employment to a member of his family from the Delhi government.

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Action against those involved in Kerala bar scam: Congress

Thiruvananthapuram : The Congress said on Friday that action would be taken against those who were involved in the Kerala bar scam, if the probe comes out with a report having evidence against them.

State Congress president V.M. Sudheeran told reporters in Kozhikode that without any evidence, no action could be taken in the case.

"The vigilance probes the bar scam. No evidence has come out against anyone till now. No action can be taken based on allegations. If there is evidence, tough action both legal and political will be taken against them," said Sudheeran.

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A first in 45 years: RS passes private member's bill

New Delhi : For the first time in 45 years, the Rajya Sabha on Friday unanimously passed a private member's bill to give equal rights to transgenders.

"It is a unanimous decision of the house... This is a rare thing," Deputy Chairman P.J. Kurien announced after the bill was passed.

The bill envisages creation of a national commission for transgender communities, and state level commissions.

DMK member Tiruchi Shiva, who moved The Rights of Transgender Persons Bill, 2014, said: "We say human rights are for all, why some people are neglected."

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GST bill: Opposition in Lok Sabha stages walk-out

New Delhi : The Congress and some other opposition parties staged a walk-out in the Lok Sabha on Friday after the government rejected their demand to refer the goods and services tax (GST) bill to a standing committee.

Several Congress members, including its leader in the house Mallikarjun Kharge, demanded that the bill be sent to a standing committee.

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Two junior ministers elevated in Jammu and Kashmir

Jammu : Two junior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ministers - Abdul Ghani Kohli and Chering Dorjey - took oath as cabinet ministers in the Mufti Mohammad Sayeed-led BJP-PDP government in Jammu on Friday.

Jammu and Kashmir Governor N.N. Vohra administered the oath of office to Kohli and Dorjey.

The swearing-in ceremony was held at Raj Bhavan in Jammu and was attended by Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed, other ministers, Jammu and Kashmir High Court judges and senior officials.

AAP infighting trips further growth in Punjab

By Jaideep Sarin,

Chandigarh : The convulsions in the AAP have split the party's leadership in Punjab, the only state outside of Delhi where it has made a mark in electoral politics.

The latest developments in the Aam Aadmi Party have put three of its four MPs from Punjab on the side of AAP leader and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

The fourth, cardiologist, social worker and Patiala MP Dharamvira Gandhi, is in the camp of ousted rebels Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan.

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High court puts off Bengaluru civic body poll

Bengaluru : The Karnataka High Court on Friday put off elections to the city's Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) civic body.

Setting aside a single bench order, which directed the state election commission (SEC) to conduct the civic poll by May 30, a division bench headed by Chief Justice D.H. Waghela and Justice Ram Mohan Reddy told the state government to hold the elections by six months, as per the 74th constitutional amendment.

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Jaitley moves goods, services tax bill for Lok Sabha debate

New Delhi : Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Friday moved a bill for debate and passage to amend the constitution and allow a single goods and services tax regime for the cuntry that will subsume all central and state levies and create a single Indian market.

The Constitution (122nd Amendment) Bill, 2014, was placed before the Lok Sabha, the lower house of parliamment for consideration and passage, even as the opposition demanded that it be sent to the relevant standing committee since some of its provisions had undergone a change.

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