Talk in Parliament: From Taj pollution to gossiping MPs

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: May 13, 2015 20:30 IST

‘Around 9% of cases on harassment of women false’

Around 9% of the cases of cruelty or harassment of women registered in 2013, were false or bad in law, the government told the Rajya Sabha.
"There is no direct evidence or study available to suggest that this (section 498A of IPC) is one of the most abused laws in the country," Chaudhary, however, said.

‘No ban on cell phones in Delhi police stations for general public’

There is no ban on bringing devices such as mobile phones and pen drives to police stations in the national capital, the Rajya Sabha was informed on Wednesday.

"There is no inconvenience to public or common men going to police stations for registration of FIRs as no such ban is exercised at the places which are accessible to general public like Reporting Room, Women Help Desk etc," minister of state for home, Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary, said in reply to a written question.

MPs seek action against alleged air fare cartelisation

Expressing concerns over the conduct of airlines, a group of 20 parliamentarians asked the government to look into the issues of steep hike in air fares during festival season and high ticket cancellation charges.

The demand of the MPs come less than a week after many members in Rajya Sabha asked the government to put in place a regulatory mechanism to ensure that Indian carriers do not charge "arbitrary" and "exorbitant" air fares.

Access of foreign journalists to prisons

Access of foreign journalists and filmmakers to Indian prisons will soon be curtailed as the government has decided to revisit the rules in this regard.

This assumes significance in the wake of the documentary "India's Daughter" which was based on the December 16 gangrape victim. The director of the film, Leslee Udwin had interviewed the convict in the case, Mukesh Singh, whose statement created huge uproar in Parliament as well as in society.

Chaudhary said an advisory was issued on December 6, 2012, by the government for regulating access of foreign journalists and other agencies to prisons in the country.

Taj Mahal not turning yellow

The Taj Mahal is not turning yellow due to pollution and the necessary steps are being taken for the preservation of the historic Agra monument, Parliament was informed.

The required actions are being taken to reduce pollution in the vicinity of the 18th century monument and it is in a good state of preservation, culture minister Mahesh Sharma said.

Gossiping MPs face Chair's wrath in Lok Sabha

A bunch of gossiping members from the treasury benches on Wednesday attracted the ire of the Deputy Speaker in the Lok Sabha who asked them to go out if they had to talk. As the House was discussing amendments to the Negotiable Instruments Act, Deputy Speaker M Thambidurai said members from the treasury side were talking in the House when an important bill was being discussed.

BJP MP hits out at private schools, Irani promises inquiry

Members in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday voiced concern over the "unethical" practices of private schools after a BJP member alleged that a leading institution in Patna was "blackmailing" parents by deliberately failing students, many of whom had to seek counselling.

Sanjay Jaiswal (BJP) accused DPS, Patna of failing students on purpose or not promoting them to higher classes so that it could force parents to cough up money.

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