House passes vote-on-account
The Delhi assembly on Wednesday passed a vote-on-account for a period of three months before the main budget is passed after the general elections.
Finance minister A.K. Walia asked for one-fourth of the total estimated expenditure of Rs 23,043 crore for 2009-10. The assembly passed the vote-on-account for Rs 5,760.75 crore.
The Bharatiya Janata Party-led Opposition staged a walkout after its demand for a discussion on the supplementary budget was not met. Leader of Opposition V.K. Malhotra said nowhere in the country did budget sessions last for a day.
The BJP kept disrupting the proceedings from time to time demanding discussions. Earlier, Malhotra had objected to Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit’s congratulatory motion for the success of the film Slumdog Millionare at the Oscars, refusing to join in the celebrations. “Have the 25 lakh slumdogs of Delhi received low-cost housing?” he asked.
The government also cleared the Members of Legislative Assembly of the National Capital Territory of Delhi (Salaries, Allowances, Pension etc) Bill, 2009 that allows ex-MLAs to draw two government pension.
Hindustan Times had reported the change on February 23.
On Monday, the Central Consumer Protection Authority prohibited eateries from automatically or by default levying service charges on food bills. This decision has left restaurateurs feeling anxious as they think this isn't in the best interests of their staff. Divyam Oza, co-founder of Gosip-The Happy Bar, Viman Nagar, is extremely disappointed with the decision. Oza shares, “Service charge keeps employees motivated to work harder in such a huge, short-staffed environment.”
Himachal Pradesh got scattered showers on Thursday with the meteorological department warning of heavy rain till July 11 and issuing an orange alert for Friday and Saturday even as rescuers searched for the four men who went missing after flashfloods destroyed three camping sites at Chonjh village in Kullu district on Wednesday.
She was married when was only 2.5 years old but her dreams to become a teacher gave her strength to break the shackles of child marriage. Now after 18 years, Samta is a free bird after annulment of child marriage by a family court in Jodhpur. She was married in 2003 to a young man from Osian tehsil, when she was two-and-a-half years old.
A 24-year-old biker was mowed down by a trailer at Mankoli in Bhiwandi on Wednesday night. The incident occurred near the bridge at Mankoli Naka when Shah was on his way to Thane. A passer-by informed the police about the incident. The police admitted Shah to Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital, where he was declared dead before arrival.
Karnataka chief minister Basavaraj Bommai on Thursday said he spoke to district deputy commissioners regarding the torrential rains, especially in coastal districts, and assured that all necessary precautions had been taken. The India Meteorological Department has predicted heavy rain along the Karnataka coast - in Kodagu, Dakshina Kannada, Udupi and Uttara Kannada. Schools and colleges in Alur, Arakalagud and Sakleshpura also remained shut. The state's revenue minister R Ashoka, who is in Kodagu district has also distributed relief cheques to those affected.