Turmoil in Parliament over scribe’s meeting with Hafiz

News4u-News Desk-The turmoil over the meeting of a journalist with terror mastermind Hafiz Saeed stalled Parliament for the second consecutive day on Tuesday, with Government stating it has nothing to do with it and terming it as “diplomatic misadventure of a private individual”.

Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha saw disruptions as soon as the two Houses met for the day, with opposition Congress seeking suspension of Question Hour to get government’s response over the serious matter.

Both Houses were again disrupted during the Zero Hour with Congress members expressing concern over the meeting and entering the Well raising slogans.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley told Rajya Sabha that the government has nothing to do with either the visit or the meeting between Ved Pratap Vaidik and Saeed.

“It is a diplomatic misadventure of a private individual,” he said.

In Lok Sabha, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said government has nothing to do with a journalist meeting India’s one of the most wanted terrorists Hafiz Saeed in Pakistan recently.

“Allegation that the government facilitated the journalist’s meeting with Hafiz Saeed is false and baseless,” Swaraj said.

The issue led adjournment of the Rajya Sabha twice and Lok Sabha once.

Jaitley said in the Upper House that the concerns of the Leader of the Opposition are also the concerns of the entire country.

“Yesterday, I clearly said in unambiguous terms that Government of India has nothing to do with either his visit or his meeting with someone whom we regard as a terrorist,” he said.

“The person or his views has nothing to do with either the government or my party,” Jaitley said leading to uproar with slogan-shouting Congress members storming the Well.

As soon as the Lok Sabha assembled for the day, Congress members led by Mallikarjun Kharge were on their feet demanding a reply from the government on the reported meeting of the journalist with Saeed, India’s one of the most wanted terrorists who was also the mastermind of the 26/11 attack.

When Speaker Sumitra Mahajan declared that Question Hour will not be suspended, Congress members trooped into the Well shouting slogans like ‘Vaidik ko mat bachao’ (Don’t save Vaidik), ‘Home Minister jawab do’ (Home Minister give reply), ‘Hafiz ka sach batao’ (Tell us the truth on Hafiz affairs).

Amid uproar, Jammu and Kashmir People’s Democratic Party members Mehbooba Mufti and Tariq Hameed Karra too came to the Well protesting against the killing of innocent in Gaza due to the bombing by Israel.

Mahajan asked the members not to disturb Question Hour and warned the PDP members not to show placards as it was against the Parliamentary rules.

Earlier, Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said government would make a statement on the issue of journalist meeting Saeed only when the Chair allowed.

The Speaker told the opposition members not to take the House for granted by staging protests during Question Hour.

“Suspension of Question Hour is not done. Question Hour is for all the members. If you do not want the Question Hour, drop it. I do not have any objection. But do not make it (disruption) a precedent,” she said.

Congress leader Kharge said they tried to raise the issue on Monday at least twice but in vain as there was no response from the government which forced them to stage protest today.

Members of Left parties too supported the PDP protest against Israel’s bombing in Gaza and stood in the aisle demanding a reply from the government.

RJD member Rajesh Ranjan alias Pappu Yadav opposed the introduction of a new examination pattern by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) and asked the government to intervene.


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President presents Gandhi Peace Prize 2013

News4u-News Desk-Environmentalist and social activist Chandi Prasad Bhatt has been awarded the prestigious Gandhi Peace prize for 2013.

President Pranab Mukherjee presented the award to him at a function in Rashtrapati Bhavan on Tuesday.

The annual award was instituted by the government in 1995 on the occasion of the 125th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. It carries a plaque, citation and a cash prize of one crore rupees.

Speaking on the occasion, Mukherjee said that as a true Gandhian, 80-year-old Bhatt realized aspirations of people and dedicated himself to improving lives of villagers.

The President said Bhatt fought against government’s wrong policies on forests through non-violent means and his life is in itself a message.

Mukherjee said the Gandhi Peace Prize is an expression of belief in the ideals of Gandhiji.

He said the award is part of the collective heritage and celebration of diversity, plurality, unique culture and different modes of life in the country.

The Gandhi Peace Prize is given to individuals and institutions for their contributions towards social, economic and political transformation through non-violence and other Gandhian methods.


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Vaidik did not represent govt or BJP

News4u-News Desk-Calling it a diversionary tactics of Congress, the government on Tuesday distanced itself from the meeting between Ved Prakash Vaidik and Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed, saying the journalist was “neither authorised nor representing the government or BJP”.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu alleged that Congress was trying to divert the attention of the people and the entire episode was part of the “disinformation campaign against this government and BJP”.

“I feel that the Congress party is trying to make an issue of one of the journalists meeting with Hafiz Saeed, the mastermind of the terrorist attack. That’s a private affair.

“The government has nothing to do. He has been neither authorised nor representing the government or the party. We have nothing to do with that meeting. It’s a free country, people are going to different places,” Naidu told reporters on Tuesday.

He said that the people who were now making a hue and cry over this issue had kept silent when Yasin Malik had met the same Saeed.

“Yasin Malik on an earlier occasion also met Hafiz Saeed. At that time all these people were keeping quite. Now they are trying to make a hue and cry and trying to link it with the government.

“(It is being said) Vaidik is an RSS man….Mani Shankar Aiyer is a Congressman if they could understand. Man is a man whatever organisation you belong to. How is that RSS has come into the picture, I do not understand. They are trying to divert the attention of the people,” Naidu said.

Vaidik had met the chief of Jamaat-ud-Dawa, said to be the parent organisation of terror outfit Lashkar-e-Toiba, in Lahore on 2nd July while touring Pakistan along with a group of journalists and politicians invited by a peace research institute.

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday described Vaidik as a “RSS man” and questioned whether the Indian High Commission in Islamabad had facilitated the meeting between him and Saeed.


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I’m not sidelined in ‘Kick’: Jacqueline Fernandez

News4u-Entertainment Desk- Mumbai: Actress Jacqueline Fernandez agrees that ‘Kick’ is a Salman Khan-starrer all the way, but she is also confident that she`s not sidelined in the movie due to his presence.

“I don`t even know why people are even asking me this question,” Jacqueline said here to a question about whether she fears being sidelined in the film.

“Salman is a superstar. People come to watch him in the movies and just for me to be part of a movie like this and to be with Salman Khan gives me such an advantage. So, no, I am not sidelined at all in this film,” added the Sri Lankan beauty.

Jacqueline considers ‘Kick’, directed by Sajid Nadiadwala, as a “huge break” in her career.

“It goes without saying that obviously it`s a big break…even for an established actress, it`s a very big deal (to work with Salman) and the same is for me. I am no different,” she said. IANS


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48 industrial units polluting Ganga asked to close down

News4u-News Desk-Directions have been issued to about 48 industrial units polluting River Ganga to close down, the Rajya Sabha was informed on Monday.

The Ministry of Environment & Forests has identified 764 grossly polluting industries discharging 501 million litres per day of waste water into Ganga and its major tributaries, Minister of State for Water Resources and Ganga Rejuvenation Santosh Kumar Gangwar said in his written reply “704 industries have been inspected under National Ganga River Basin Authority (NGRBA) programme by NGRBA Cell, CPCB till May, 2014. Directions have been issued to 165 industries, of which 48 are closure directions under Section-5 of E(P) Act, 1986,” he said.

The State Pollution Control Boards (SPCBs) are required to implement effluent discharge standards by the industries.

Gangwar said action has to be taken against defaulting industries by SPCBs under powers delegated to them by the Central Government under relevant provisions of Water (Prevention & Control of Pollution) Act, 1974 and Environment (Protection) Act, 1986.

To another question on jurisdiction of NGRBA, he said, the Ministry of Environment and Forests has informed that on the recommendations of NGRBA, three power projects - Loharinag Pala, Pala Maneri and Bhaironghati hydro power projects were halted in 2010.

“Further, stage 1B project was also halted in 2010, after National Environment Appellate Authority quashed environmental clearance for the project. In the last three years, no hydro power project has been halted by the Government,” Gangwar said.

Replying to a related question, the Minister said “A comprehensive River Basin Management Plan for Ganga is being prepared by a consortium of seven IITs (Kanpur, Delhi, Madras, Bombay, Kharagpur, Guwahati and Roorkee).

“The objective of the plan is to suggest comprehensive measures for restoration of wholesomeness of Ganga system and improvement of its ecological health, with due regard to the issue of competing water uses in the river basin.”

“The plan would take into consideration requirements of water and energy in the Ganga Basin, while ensuring that fundamental aspects of the river system are protected. The IIT consortium is proposing to submit its report by the end of August,” he said.


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NDMC launches malnutrition drive in capital

News4u-News Desk-The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) on Saturday launched a health-awareness campaign in the capital to check malnutrition among children residing in slums.

The six-month-long drive have been set up in two places — at the slum cluster near Talkatora Stadium and at Shankar Camp near New Moti Bagh.

The move comes three days after Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, while presenting the Budget, expressed concern over malnutrition levels in the country and underlined the need for a national programme in “mission mode” to bring the situation under control.

“Our attempt is to provide every resident access to basic amenities such as water, sanitation and healthcare. This initiative focuses on health, especially that of children. At the two camps, there are about 250 children, who are going to benefit from this scheme,” Neeraj Bharti, Director, Monitoring and Health Enforcement (NDMC), said.

While a large part of the NDMC area is dotted with colonial structures and government offices, there are around 28 slum clusters in the zone. These JJ clusters are home to nearly 50,000 people. The NDMC initiative will cover those in the 0-21 years age bracket, Bharti said.

Elaborating on the initiative, Bharti said, “The first step is the setting up of these health awareness camps. Doctors in these camps will conduct basic weight, height and blood tests. They will also check for patterns of illnesses in a child’s family and see if there is any history of chronic illness.”

“Based on the findings, the children who need further medical attention will be looked after. We will take the help of anganwadi workers and local health officials in the areas in the next stage of the scheme.”


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Sixty-two star tortoises seized in Nagaland

News4u-News Desk-Sixty-two live star tortoises were seized from the Railway Parcel Office in Dimapur by the Wildlife Crime Control Branch (WCCB), a WCCB official said on Tuesday.

The tortoises were found concealed under fruits in two fruit crates parcelled from Delhi, said the Officer-in-Charge, Wildlife Crime Control Branch, Ailong Phom, who led the seizure.

The seizure was made on July 12 with the assistance of the Railways Protection Force and cooperation of the parcel office staff, Phom said.

Investigation was on by the WCCB of the state forest department along with Wildlife Crime Control Bureau, Government of India, to trace the trade network and apprehend those involved in it.

An officer of the WCCB is in Nagaland to pursue the case, he said.


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Govt: 11,100 files destroyed, Gandhi assassination records safe

News4u-News Desk-Home Minister Rajnath Singh said, 11,000 files were destroyed as per Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s orders to weed out files and papers but none of these related to the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi.

Singh said this in a suo motu statement in Rajya Sabha on Friday, two days after CPI-M MP P Rajeev alleged on the basis of media reports that 1.5 lakh files including those relating to the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi were destroyed on directions of the Prime Minister.

He said the files were destroyed after the Prime Minister stressed on improving work culture and hygiene and cleanliness of work place.

A Cabinet Secretary instruction had said that “files and papers should be weeded out in accordance with rules of record keeping.”

“In accordance with the instructions, the files lying in different sections of the Home Ministry were reviewed and a total of 11,100 files were destroyed during the period June 5-July 8 this year,” he said.

“None of the 11,100 files so destroyed, relate to Mahatma Gandhi’s assassination. This is also to inform that none of the files destroyed, related to either Rajendra Prasad, Lal Bahadur Shastri or Lord Mountbatten as alleged by the MP,” the Home Minister said on Friday.

He said 52 files, 67 exhibits and 11,186 papers related to the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi were safe and secure in the national archives.


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Two dead, 18 missing as boat capsizes off Malaysia

News4u-News Desk- At least two people died and 18 others were missing after an overloaded fishing boat carrying illegal Indonesian immigrants capsized off the coast of southern Malaysia, a maritime official said on Tuesday.

The small fibreglass boat overturned and sank late Monday with around 80 people onboard as a patrolling vessel was pursuing it off the state of Johor, the official with the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency said.

“The boat carried illegal immigrants going back to Indonesia” to celebrate the end of Ramadan, the official said, adding that 59 people had been rescued.

“The boat was small and… overloaded,” said the official, who requested anonymity as he was not authorised to speak to the media.

He said the bodies of one man and a woman had so far been recovered.

The boat was heading to Indonesia’s Batam island and sank three nautical miles off Tanjung Piai, peninsular Malaysia’s southern-most point, he added, raising hopes that some of those missing could have swum to safety.

He said authorities were still investigating the accident but the boatman who is among those still missing may have panicked when he saw the agency’s patrol vessel and lost control.

He denied local media reports that the two vessels collided.

Boat accidents are common as Malaysia draws hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants from poorer regional countries who fill factory, plantation, construction and other mostly low-paid jobs shunned by locals.

Authorities have stepped up patrols along the country’s long coastline during Ramadan as many from Indonesia seek to sneak out and return in rickety boats to celebrate Eid al-Fitr in late July, Islam’s biggest festival which marks the end of the fasting month.

The government needed to crack down on agents and employers profiting from illegal labour and corruption among border authorities, said Aegile Fernandez, an official with Malaysian migrant labour rights group Tenaganita.

“Unless all this is addressed, this will happen again and again,” she said.

More than a dozen people died and about two dozen others went missing last month in two boat accidents in rough weather off Malaysia’s west coast.

The boats were also carrying Indonesians, trying to sneak out of the country for Ramadan. Both Malaysia and Indonesia are Muslim-majority Southeast Asian countries.


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Train service to Katra formally begins

News4u-News Desk- Train service to Katra, the base camp of Mata Vaishno Devi shrine from the national capital on Monday formally began with the AC superfast Shri Shakti Express embarking upon its maiden journey from New Delhi.

“The 18-coach AC train departed for Katra at 5.30 PM from New Delhi railway station here and the corresponding service from Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra station would start at 10.55 PM tonight,” said Neeraj Sharma, Northern Railway spokesperson.

He said the train has received an overwhelming response and was fully occupied. The daily service is expected to be a great convenience for the passengers desirous to travel between New Delhi and Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra stations.

The train will depart daily from New Delhi at 5.30 PM to arrive at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra at 5.10 AM the next day.

On its return leg, it would depart from Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra at 10.55 PM daily to reach New Delhi at 10.45 AM the next day.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced the train service while inaugurating the Katra station on July 4.

Consisting of one first AC, five AC two tier, nine AC three tier coaches and a pantry car facility the Shri Shakti Express would stop at Ambala Cantt, Ludhiana, Jalandhar Cantt, Pathankot Cantt, Jammu Tawi and Udhampur Stations en route in both directions.


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