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Rajya Sabha approves changed time for question hour

New Delhi : The Rajya Sabha Wednesday gave its nod to a proposal to shift the question hour from 11 a.m. to 12 noon, a change made with an aim to ensure that it does not fall prey to protests that start as soon as the house meets.

The motion was moved by Deputy Chairman P.J. Kurien and passed through voice vote to approve the 13th report of the Committee on Rules for change in timings of the businesses conducted in the upper house.

The house also approved shifting the time for calling attention motions to 2 p.m. from 5 p.m.


Saradha scam: Trinamool MP Bose's CBI custody extended

Kolkata : A court here Wednesday denied Trinamool Congress Rajya Sabha member Srinjoy Bose, arrested in connection with the multi-crore rupee Saradha scam, bail and extended his CBI custody by three days.

Bose was presented before the court of Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate Haradhan Mukherjee, after the expiry of his Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) custody granted by the court Nov 22.

While Bose's counsel pressed for his bail on health grounds, the court ordered his extension of CBI remand by three days.


ULFA plot to trigger blasts ahead of Modi visit unearthed

Guwahati : Insurgent outfit ULFA had planned to carry out serial blasts and other subversive activities here ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's scheduled visit to Assam, police said Wednesday.

Senior Superintendent of Police (City) A.P. Tiwary said two militants from the anti-talk faction of the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) were targeting city buses in Guwahati.

Opposition corners government in Rajya Sabha on black money

New Delhi : Opposition leaders attacked the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi Wednesday over the issue of bringing back black money as a debate on the issue was taken up in the Rajya Sabha.

The main opposition Congress launched an attack on the government, and said that the real work in getting information on black money stashed abroad was done by the previous Congress-led government.

Initiating the debate on black money in the upper house, Congress leader Anand Sharma also questioned the BJP's poll promise of bringing back black money in 100 days.


Congress attacks government over black money

New Delhi : The Congress Wednesday attacked the government over the black money issue and asked it to "apologize" to the nation for making the "false promise" of bringing it back from foreign banks.

"You had said that there are 50,000 names (of account holders) and they are not disclosing the names. You had made these allegations," Congress leader in the house Mallikarjun Kharge said while opening the debate on the black money issue in the Lok Sabha.


Lok Sabha passes bill to amend CBI chief's selection process

New Delhi : The Lok Sabha Wednesday passed a bill to amend the Delhi Special Police Establishment Act to include leader of the single largest opposition party as a member of the selection committee to choose the CBI chief, instead of the leader of opposition.

The amendment will also do away with the requirement of quorum in the high-powered committee to select the Central Bureau of Investigation chief.


Text of Modi's speech at Saarc summit

Kathmandu : The following is the full text of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's speech at the 18th Saarc Summit Wednesday:

Koiralaji, congratulations on organising an excellent Summit.

Thank you, Nepal, for your warm hospitality once again.

Greetings to the Observer countries present here.

Lok Sabha speaker rejects adjournment motion over black money

New Delhi : Speaker Sumitra Mahajan Wednesday rejected a notice by the Congress party for an adjournment motion in the Lok Sabha on the issue of black money.

She also refused to suspend the question hour to discuss the matter.

Mahajan, however, agreed to let the matter, which is already listed in the business of the day, be discussed at the earliest.

The adjournment motion was moved by Congress members, including leader of the party in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge, M. Veerappa Moily and Kamal Nath.


High voter turnout success of democracy: Omar

Srinagar : Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and working president of the National Conference (NC) Omar Abdullah Wednesday said the high voter turnout in the state assembly polls is a success of democracy.

He filed his nomination papers for the Sonawar assembly constituency in Srinagar district Wednesday. He was accompanied by senior party leaders and supporters.

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