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No attempt by TTP to set up bases in India, parliament told

New Delhi : The interrogation of arrested terrorists has revealed that Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence was promoting terror activities in India by providing shelter, patronage and funding to terrorists, parliament was told Wednesday.

Minister of State for Home Affairs Haribhai Parthibhai Chaudhary told the Rajya Sabha that there was no attempt by the Pakistani Taliban to set up bases in India.

Odisha BJP says suitable venue denied for Amit Shah rally

Bhubaneswar : The Odisha government did not provide a suitable venue for a public meeting by BJP president Amit Shah, state party chief Kanak Vardan Singhdeo alleged Wednesday.

Shah is scheduled to hold a public meeting in Bhubaneswar during his two-day visit to Odisha Jan 6-7.

"Amitji will hold a public meeting Jan 6 and a gathering of one lakh people is expected. But the government is not providing a suitable venue," he said.


Peshawar killings brutal massacre: Himachal CM

Shimla : Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh Wednesday described the attack on a school in Pakistan as a "brutal cold-blooded massacre".

The Pakistani Taliban Tuesday slaughtered 141 people, 132 of them children, in a brazen terror attack on an army-run school in Peshawar city.

"Spraying bullets at innocent children is the most savage act of terrorists which shows their depravity and fear," he said in a statement.

Congress Rajya Sabha member suspended for unruly behaviour

New Delhi : As the Rajya Sabha proceedings were disrupted by the opposition for the third consecutive day Wednesday, Congress member V. Hanumantha Rao was suspended from the house for the day by Chairman Hamid Ansari for unruly behaviour.

Rao went up to the chairman's podium, shouting slogans against the government when an angry Ansari asked him to leave the house under Rule 255 of the general rules of proceedings.


Companies Act amendments passed by Lok Sabha

New Delhi : The Lok Sabha wednesday passed the Companies (Amendment) Bill, 2014, after Corporate Affairs Minister Arun Jaitley told the house that some of the original provisions were only posing hurdles to doing business in the country.

"The object of these amendments is solely to ease the process of doing business in India. None of them have any ulterior motive," Jaitley, who also holds the finance portfolio, said replying to the debate on amending the Companies Act, 2013.


Government, opposition spar over Rajya Sabha disruptions

New Delhi : Both the government and the opposition Wednesday blamed each other for the continuous disruptions in the Rajya Sabha, as the conversion row stalled the proceedings of the upper house for a third consecutive day.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu said that blocking the debate and obstructing the house proceedings by the opposition is undemocratic and unacceptable to the government.

"The entire country is watching. They are blocking the house; it is totally unacceptable," Naidu told reporters in the parliament complex.


Terror incidents call for world to come together: Sushma Swaraj

New Delhi : The Sydney cafe hostage crisis and the Peshawar school horror are a call to the world to stand up and counter terror together, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj Wednesday said.

Making a statement on the two terror attacks in both houses of parliament, Sushma Swaraj said though both the incidents are seemingly "disparate" in nature, they are a call to join hands to "comprehensively and decisively defeat terrorism".

Conversion row continues to hit Rajya Sabha

New Delhi : The uproar over reported religious conversion and comments by members from the ruling BJP continued to rock the Rajya Sabha for the third consecutive day Wednesday, forcing several adjournments and stalling proceedings.

The government, however, managed to introduce in the house a bill to make stringent laws on hijacking, even as opposition members raised slogans.

A year of hope with a twist for insurers

By Venkatachari Jagannathan,

Chennai : The year 2014 was of renewed hope with a twist for private insurers with the new central government led by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) deciding to go ahead with allowing 49 percent foreign capital in the sector.


Under BJP, Goa is hub for narcotics: Congress

Panaji : Under the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) rule, Goa has become a hub for drugs and a base for Hindutva experimentation, the Congress has claimed in a five-page chargesheet on the state government's performance.

The chargesheet, which was compiled after a two-day conclave of party leaders at a resort near Panaji, claims that the Goa government had also failed on counts of economy, creation of jobs, controlling corruption, and law and order.

It also elaborates over two paragraphs about how public treasury was being used to fund Hindutva activity in the state.