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Activists read a manifesto in front of the Parliament House of Bangladesh during a recent protest, in Dhaka.(AFP/ FILE)

More lawmakers faced human rights violations in 2020: IPU

Hindustan Times, London | By Prasun Sonwalkar
UPDATED ON DEC 05, 2020 07:55 PM IST
No such violation was reported from India during the year, the IPU it said in its annual report ahead of the Human Rights Day on December 10. Its committee on human rights of parliaments examined 552 cases against MPs in 42 countries; compared to 533 in 2019
It was on December 14, 2017, the Central Government constituted 12 special courts. Accordingly, high courts were directed to transfer cases against MPs and MLAs to such special courts.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
It was on December 14, 2017, the Central Government constituted 12 special courts. Accordingly, high courts were directed to transfer cases against MPs and MLAs to such special courts.(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)

‘Why not increase this number’: SC on special courts for tainted lawmakers

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Abraham Thomas
UPDATED ON SEP 10, 2020 10:08 PM IST
The observation came from a bench of Justices NV Ramana, Surya Kant and Hrishikesh Roy while hearing a PIL filed by BJP leader Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay seeking expeditious trial against MPs/MLAs facing criminal charges.
Many U.S. airlines are cancelling between 60% and 80% of their flights, and under federal law passengers on those flights are entitled to full refunds.(Unsplash)
Many U.S. airlines are cancelling between 60% and 80% of their flights, and under federal law passengers on those flights are entitled to full refunds.(Unsplash)

U.S. airlines sitting on $10 billion owed to consumers for cancelled flights, lawmakers say

Reuters | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 18, 2020 12:04 PM IST
U.S. airlines are estimated to be sitting on more than $10 billion in travel vouchers that should have been cash refunds from canceled flights, a group of senators released on Friday.
Influential Indian-American lawmaker Ami Bera said it is important for India to retain its standing as a secular democracy that sets it apart from other countries in the region(Ami Bera/Twitter)
Influential Indian-American lawmaker Ami Bera said it is important for India to retain its standing as a secular democracy that sets it apart from other countries in the region(Ami Bera/Twitter)

Important for India to retain stand as a secular democracy: Indian-American lawmaker

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rezaul H Laskar
UPDATED ON FEB 19, 2020 11:35 PM IST
Referring to the Indian government’s revocation of Jammu and Kashmir’s special status last year and the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA), congressman Ami Bera said democratic institutions around the world are being tested even as there was “push back on some of this”.
Hamid Ansari lamented that Parliament and assembly sessions have become more of a “ritual”.(HT Photo)
Hamid Ansari lamented that Parliament and assembly sessions have become more of a “ritual”.(HT Photo)

When Parliament makes bad laws, judges do lawmakers’ job: Hamid Ansari

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON JAN 19, 2020 10:03 AM IST
Addressing an event here, he also said that good laws are made when Parliament and assemblies are not called to endorse the views of the ruler of the day.
The recent elections were for 90 seats in the Haryana state assembly and 288 in the Maharashtra state assembly.(PTI)
The recent elections were for 90 seats in the Haryana state assembly and 288 in the Maharashtra state assembly.(PTI)

Most of the winning incumbents, new lawmakers from BJP

New Delhi | By Basim Nissa, Mohit Kumar, Saloni Bhogale and Priyamvada Trivedi
UPDATED ON OCT 27, 2019 10:52 AM IST
This is slightly higher than the last assembly where 78% were candidates contesting for the first time. In the Maharashtra elections, 3237 candidates contested the elections for the 288-member strong Maharashtra state legislative assembly, of which 84% (2730) contested their first election.
While criticising Modi led centre, Congress lawmaker Asha Kumari said rupee has devalued so much that it is now lower than even the Bangladeshi Taka said Congress lawmaker Asha Kumari.(HT Photo)
While criticising Modi led centre, Congress lawmaker Asha Kumari said rupee has devalued so much that it is now lower than even the Bangladeshi Taka said Congress lawmaker Asha Kumari.(HT Photo)

Modi government has destroyed country’s financial system: Asha Kumari

Hindustan Times, Dharamshala | By HT Correspondent, Accuses Govt Of Regional Bias
UPDATED ON OCT 09, 2019 11:36 PM IST
Kumari targeted the Jai Ram Thakur-led state government, terming it as a complete failure on all fronts.
A big snake disrupted the Parliament session. (Representational image).(AFP)
A big snake disrupted the Parliament session. (Representational image).(AFP)

Guess what chased out lawmakers during Nigerian Parliament session. A snake

Lagos | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON JUL 26, 2019 06:04 PM IST
The snake appears to have fallen from the roof into the plenary chamber.
Former Vice President and one of the Democratic presidential candidates Joe Biden.(AFP PHOTO.)
Former Vice President and one of the Democratic presidential candidates Joe Biden.(AFP PHOTO.)

To stem slide in polls, Biden apologises for remarks on segregationist lawmakers

Hindustan Times, Washington | By Yashwant Raj
UPDATED ON JUL 07, 2019 10:28 PM IST
Harris had attacked Biden pointedly on the issue of working with segregationists and also accused him of opposing busing, a desegregation tool in the 1970s and 80s, at the party’s presidential debate on June 27, rendering the most severe blow yet to his invincibility as a frontrunner with a double-digit lead over everyone else in the polls.
Jagan Mohan Reddy on Thursday announced that he would neither engineer nor encourage defection of any lawmaker from the opposition into his party.(Pic:Style Photo service.)
Jagan Mohan Reddy on Thursday announced that he would neither engineer nor encourage defection of any lawmaker from the opposition into his party.(Pic:Style Photo service.)

On defections, Jagan Reddy says won’t repeat Chandrababu Naidu’s ‘mistake’

Amaravati | By Srinivasa Rao Apparasu
UPDATED ON JUN 13, 2019 10:13 PM IST
The chief minister recalled how Naidu had allegedly purchased 23 MLAs and three MPs of YSRCP like cattle. “He even gave cabinet berths to four of the MLAs defected from our party, thereby giving a complete go bye to democratic spirit.
The U.S. actions were the latest by the Trump administration as it highlights what it sees as a threat of potential attack by Iran, and follows decisions to speed the deployment of an aircraft carrier strike group as well as send bombers and additional Patriot missiles to the Middle East.(AP)
The U.S. actions were the latest by the Trump administration as it highlights what it sees as a threat of potential attack by Iran, and follows decisions to speed the deployment of an aircraft carrier strike group as well as send bombers and additional Patriot missiles to the Middle East.(AP)

‘Can sink U.S warships using two new secret missiles’:Iranian military

Reuters | By Reuters
PUBLISHED ON MAY 25, 2019 02:34 PM IST
The United States on Friday announced the deployment of 1,500 troops to the Middle East, describing it as an effort to bolster defenses against Iran as it accused the country’s Revolutionary Guards of direct responsibility for this month’s tanker attacks.
The analysis means it is harder for younger candidates to break into electoral politics in states like Kerala and West Bengal that tend to vote in older members of Parliament and assemblies than the rest of India.(PTI/ Representative Image)
The analysis means it is harder for younger candidates to break into electoral politics in states like Kerala and West Bengal that tend to vote in older members of Parliament and assemblies than the rest of India.(PTI/ Representative Image)

Lok Sabha elections 2019: Kerala, West Bengal prefer older lawmakers

Hindustan Times, Shijith P Kunhitty | By Shijith P Kunhitty
UPDATED ON MAR 15, 2019 01:28 PM IST
Looking at the average ages of winners in Lok Sabha and assembly elections since 2008 in each Lok Sabha seat, the average age of winning candidates in Kerala is 55.4 years while that of West Bengal is 54.7
Lawmakers in US want fair treatment for Indian students -(Photo by Manoj Kumar/Hindustan Times/Representative Image)(HT Photo)
Lawmakers in US want fair treatment for Indian students -(Photo by Manoj Kumar/Hindustan Times/Representative Image)(HT Photo)

Lawmakers in US want fair treatment of Indian students

Washington | By Yashwant Raj
UPDATED ON FEB 08, 2019 09:37 AM IST
Indians diplomats, who met the University of Farmington students, were struck by their lack of reluctance to meet them and be helped to get out of a situation they never expected to encounter in their “pursuit of regular middle-class aspirations of a better career, a better life”.
Indian-American Democratic Congressman Ro Khanna has been appointed to several key Congressional committees, reflecting his growing stature within his party and the Congress.(Ro Khanna)
Indian-American Democratic Congressman Ro Khanna has been appointed to several key Congressional committees, reflecting his growing stature within his party and the Congress.(Ro Khanna)

Indian-American lawmaker joins key Congressional committees

Washignton | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON JAN 25, 2019 07:59 AM IST
One of the first such investigations will focus on the ongoing issues of security clearance at the White House, a statement issued by the office of Khanna said.
U.S. President Donald Trumphas rejected Republican lawmakers’ appeal to end the shutdown (File Photo)(REUTERS)
U.S. President Donald Trumphas rejected Republican lawmakers’ appeal to end the shutdown (File Photo)(REUTERS)

Trump rejects loyal Republican lawmakers’s appeal to end government shutdown

Hindustan Times, Washington | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON JAN 15, 2019 12:12 AM IST
Legal challenges are bound to follow, for one, experts have said. And, two, Republicans have opposed it in principle, with some of them arguing that declaring national emergency to deal with this stalemate could open the door for Democrats to use the instrument to push their agenda, such as climate change
Maharashtra’s longest-serving assembly member, Ganpatrao Deshmukh, 92, on Tuesday announced his retirement from electoral politics.(HT Photo)
Maharashtra’s longest-serving assembly member, Ganpatrao Deshmukh, 92, on Tuesday announced his retirement from electoral politics.(HT Photo)

At 92, Maharashtra’s longest serving lawmaker to quit electoral politics

UPDATED ON NOV 13, 2018 03:59 PM IST
Maharashtra’s longest-serving assembly member, Ganpatrao Deshmukh, 92, has said he plans not to contest next elections, 59 years after he was first elected as a lawmaker in 1962
Democrat for Congress candidate Sri Kulkarni (centre) , who was one of the 12 Indian-Americans contesting for the House of Representatives in the US midterm polls 2018. While the four sitting members were re-elected, Kulkarni and five other Democrats and two Republicans were defeated (File Photo)(AP)
Democrat for Congress candidate Sri Kulkarni (centre) , who was one of the 12 Indian-Americans contesting for the House of Representatives in the US midterm polls 2018. While the four sitting members were re-elected, Kulkarni and five other Democrats and two Republicans were defeated (File Photo)(AP)

Indian-American lawmakers retain house seats, new challengers disappointed

Hindustan Times, Washington | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON NOV 08, 2018 09:29 PM IST
All four sitting House members, who are Democrats, won comfortably. Ami Bera, the senior-most among them, won a record fourth-term from California, that took him past third-term member Dalip Singh Saund, the first Indian- American ever elected to US Congress
Indicting the developer on at least eight counts, the committee has said that the extension given to the township by the previous government should be revoked and no further development agreement should be signed till existing projects are completed.(Representative image)
Indicting the developer on at least eight counts, the committee has said that the extension given to the township by the previous government should be revoked and no further development agreement should be signed till existing projects are completed.(Representative image)

Impound passport of the Ansal API developer: lawmakers' panel

Hindustan Times, Lucknow | By Umesh Raghuvanshi/M Tariq Khan, Lucknow
PUBLISHED ON SEP 18, 2018 12:18 PM IST
The five-member lawmakers’ panel set up to probe anomalies in Sushant Golf City hi-tech township on Sultanpur Road, Lucknow on home-buyers complaints has found the developer guilty on various counts and recommended that his passport should be impounded, according to a member of the committee.   
Chief minister Yogi Adityanath directed the state investigation agencies to complete probe against corrupt lawmakers and officers within two months.(HT)
Chief minister Yogi Adityanath directed the state investigation agencies to complete probe against corrupt lawmakers and officers within two months.(HT)

UP govt tightens noose around corrupt lawmakers, officers

Hindustan Times, Lucknow | By Rajesh Kumar Singh, Lucknow
PUBLISHED ON AUG 02, 2018 02:15 PM IST
Lawmakers and officers involved in corrupt practices are on the radar of the state investigation agencies.
The SC collegium, a body of top judges headed by the Chief Justice of India, appoints high court and Supreme Court judges right now.(AFP file photo)
The SC collegium, a body of top judges headed by the Chief Justice of India, appoints high court and Supreme Court judges right now.(AFP file photo)

Lawmakers want National Judicial Appointments Commission Act to be brought back

New Delhi, Hindustan Times | By Jatin Gandhi
UPDATED ON AUG 01, 2018 11:26 PM IST
The law amended the constitution and replaced the system of top judges of the Supreme Court making appointments to the higher judiciary. The top court struck it down in October 2015 as “unconstitutional.”
US secretary of state Mike Pompeo arrives to testify before the Senate foreign relations committee in Washington on May 24, 2018.(NYT)
US secretary of state Mike Pompeo arrives to testify before the Senate foreign relations committee in Washington on May 24, 2018.(NYT)

India central to US policy in Pacific, Pompeo tells lawmakers

Hindustan Times, Washington | By Yashwant Raj, Washington
UPDATED ON MAY 24, 2018 11:42 PM IST
Pompeo also spoke about the upcoming 2+2 joint meeting of the defence and foreign affairs ministers of the two countries, which he said was “very, very important”.
Christopher Wylie, a whistle-blower who formerly worked with Cambridge Analytica, speaks at the Frontline Club in London, Britain.(REUTERS)
Christopher Wylie, a whistle-blower who formerly worked with Cambridge Analytica, speaks at the Frontline Club in London, Britain.(REUTERS)

British lawmakers publish evidence from Cambridge Analytica whistle-blower

Reuters, London | By Reuters
UPDATED ON MAR 29, 2018 07:45 PM IST
Christopher Wylie, who worked for Cambridge Analytica, alleges that the data was used to help to build profiles on American voters and build support for Donald Trump in the US presidential election.
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