Supreme Court okays Central Vista project: Here’s where leaders of other countries sit
Tuesday’s verdict of the Supreme Court means that if things go as planned, India will get a new Parliament building next year, in place of the existing one, which is more than 90 years old.
The Supreme Court on Tuesday gave a go-ahead to the government’s ambitious Central Vista project, which means that if things go as planned, India will get a new Parliament building in 2022.
In the light of Tuesday’s Supreme Court verdict, here’s a look at places where leaders of some other countries sit:
1. The United States Capitol: The United States Congress, which consists of the Senate and House of Representatives, meets at the United States Capitol (also called the Capitol building) in Washington, DC. Its construction started in 1793 and was completed in 1800; it was later extended in 1962. It currently houses 535 members - 100 in Senate and 435 in House of Representatives.
2. Palace of Westminster (United Kingdom): The parliament of the United Kingdom is housed at the Palace of Westminster, in the City of Westminster, London. The British parliament, though bicameral, has three parts: the ‘Crown-in-Parliament,’ the House of Lords and the House of Commons. It is the latter two houses which meet at the Palace of Westminster.
3. Palais du Luxembourg and Palais Bourbon (France): The French parliament consists of the Senate and the National Assembly. Both houses meet at different locations in Paris; while the Senate meets at the Palais du Luxembourg, the National Assembly convenes at the Palais Bourbon. The two houses have 348 and 577 members respectively.
4. Reichstag (Germany): The German parliament, called Bundestag, meets at Reichstag in Berlin. The only body elected directly by the German citizens, the Bundestag currently has 709 seats, making it the largest-ever Bundestag. It is similar to the Lok Sabha in India, the House of Commons in the UK and the House of Representatives in the US.
5. Parliament Hill (Canada): Also known colloquially as The Hill, Parliament Hill houses the parliament of Canada. The Canadian parliament has three parts: the Monarch, the Senate and the House of Commons. While the Senate has 105 members, the House of Commons has 338 members.
Finland prime minister Sanna Marin found herself in the midst of a controversy after hosting a party for her friends at her private home; a video of the party went viral on social media. The video - which features six people, including Marin - shows them dancing and singing. Sanna Marin has also reacted to the matter, clarifying that she was only partying and not using drugs herself.
Xinjiang Military Command, which oversees the border with India, tested a surface-to-air missile in a high-altitude area of Xinjiang, bringing down a targeted aircraft, reports said. China's national broadcaster, CCTV, reported on August 15, India's Independence Day, that the Xinjiang command conducted live-fire drills with a “new type of surface-to-air missile” at an altitude of more than 4,500 metres (14,760 feet), the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post said in a report.
Tanzania has installed high-speed internet services on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro, allowing anyone with a smartphone to tweet, Instagram or WhatsApp their ascent up Africa's highest mountain. State-owned Tanzania Telecommunications Corporation set up the broadband network on Tuesday at an altitude of 3,720 metres (12,200 feet), with Information Minister Nape Nnauye calling the event historic. He said the summit of the 5,895-metre (19,300-foot) mountain would have internet connectivity by the end of the year.
The 24-year-old man charged with the attempted murder of Salman Rushdie has denied being in contact with Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps and said that he acted alone when he stabbed the Mumbai-born author, whom he disliked for being "disingenuous". In a video interview to the New York Post from Chautauqua County Jail, Matar said that “When I heard he survived, I was surprised, I guess.”
A large Canadian parliamentary committee delegation is planning to visit the Chinese-claimed island of Taiwan in October, local media reported on Wednesday, a development that could further worsen relations between Ottawa and Beijing. Eight members of Canada's House of Commons standing committee on international trade are expected to travel to Taiwan, including many who are members of the Canada-Taiwan Friendship Group in the parliament, Canadian media reported.