Let Parliament run, appeals Prez
President Pratibha Devisingh Patil on Tuesday reminded the Centre and opposition that Parliament's successful functioning was their 'joint responsibility', cautioning them that public faith in democratic institutions could take a hit if disruptions continue.
Patil's advice comes in the backdrop of political parties refusing to shift their positions, ensuring that the winter session was a washout.
In her address to the nation on the eve of Republic Day, Patil called for bringing the focus back on systemic changes to effectively deal with corruption - 'the enemy of development and good governance' - rather than getting lost in the mire and the need to come up with innovative approaches to check rising food prices.
Calling for a consensus on critical national goals, Patil asked both sides to ensure that Parliament should be seen as a place where proceedings, debates and discussions take place to resolve issues.
"If this does not happen, people's faith in democratic institutions can be affected, resulting in a feeling of despondency which is unacceptable in a healthy democracy as it may derail democratic institutions," she said, reiterating dialogue as an integral part of democratic working.
"Our goal of poverty eradication and of inclusive growth that embraces the disadvantaged and marginalised sections of society can be achieved when our actions are guided by a social conscience and are not devoid of sensitivity.
"We are seeking good governance and a people-centric administration," she said and warned hat "callous and casual attitudes in the sphere of public service are unacceptable."
"Corruption is the enemy of development and governance. Instead of getting lost in this mire, it is necessary to rise above it and seriously look at bringing systemic changes to deal more effectively with corruption," she said, calling for a "genuine partnership" between the Centre and its people.
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.
The High Court of Karnataka has been informed that as many as 10 lakh children below the age of 14 in the state are out of schools and anganawadis. The survey report was submitted to the court by 'amicus curiae' in a public interest litigation senior advocate K N Phaneendra. The report says 15,338 children aged between six and 14 are out of school across Karnataka.