Human trafficking case - All party meet on Tuesday
An all-party meeting has been convened by Speaker Somnath Chatterjee on Tuesday to decide on the alleged involvement of some MPs in the human trafficking case.
"This unfortunate incident puts all Parliamentarians in bad light. We have to take decisions fast to re-assert that Parliament is firm on issues which concern the conduct of MPs, as we have taken in other instances like the cash-for-query scam", CPI(M) leader Mohd Salim told reporters here.
He said the case had brought "disrepute to the institution of Parliament", not only within the country but abroad too because the concerned MPs were using their official passports to take people out of the country.
"It is not merely a criminal case, but a case involving our cultural and political ethics", Salim said.
The CPI(M) leader also hit out at the BJP for trying to "dilute" such issues by saying there were other MPs against whom criminal cases were pending.
"We cannot turn a blind eye when Parliamentary privileges and opportunities are misused by MPs. People get these privileges only after being elected to the House. We hope all parties will come together like in the case of the cash-for-query scam in which MPs' privileges were misused".
Condemning the frequent disruption of proceedings, Salim said issues reflecting "conflicting interests" were being raised regularly, instead of common issues affecting the people.
Several crucial bills, like on women's quota and social security for unorganised workers, had not even been listed for consideration, he said.
As Delhi has been reporting 5-10 daily coronavirus fatalities in the last few days, Delhi lieutenant governor (L-G) VK Saxena on Tuesday said the pandemic is far from over and appealed to people to adhere to Covid-appropriate behaviour. On Sunday, Delhi reported 2,162 cases, five deaths and over 1,800 recoveries. The Delhi government has formed two teams of revenue department officials for the management of Covid-related data.
Food plays an important role in Janmashtami as Lord Krishna is said to be fond of traditional delicacies. So if you're hoping to please the Blue Lord on this auspicious day, here are some recipes you can try at home: Anjeer walnut ladoo Ingredients: ½ cup walnut kernels, 8 to 10 anjeer, ¼ cup deseeded dates, ¼ cup almonds, 2 tsp ghee Method: Finely chop the almonds, walnuts, anjeer and dates.
In line with the Centre's signature DigiYatra programme, the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport here will roll out the digital processing of passengers as a proof of concept through the DigiYatra platform from August 18 for three months, a press release from the GMR Hyderabad International Airport said on Tuesday. Read Bengaluru to Hyderabad in 2.5 hours soon through high-speed railway track: Report The DigiYatra Technical Team has developed an exclusive mobile app for enrolment.
Mumbai Rebel Shiv Sena legislator Prakash Surve has received a lot of flak after a video clip of him asking his supporters to take on Shiv Sainiks and attack them physically went viral on social media. Surve, a two-term legislator from Magathane in the western suburbs, is among those who shifted loyalties to the camp led by Eknath Shinde. The speech was reportedly made at Magathane on August 14.
The Chhattisgarh police is setting examples in gender diversity after the force recruited nine transgender people in its 'Bastar Fighters' special unit that will be deployed in the Maoist-affected division, officials said on Tuesday. Officials claimed that they received 53,336 applications from seven districts in BBastar of which 16 were from the transgender community, 37,498 men and 15,822 women. Of the 16, nine were selected as constables.