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Govt agenda for Parliament during ensuing Monsoon Session

Items of Government Business identified for being taken up in both the Houses of Parliament during ensuing Monsoon Session, 2018

Parliament of India


I- Bills for Introduction, Consideration and Passing

1. The Homoeopathy Central Council (Amendment) Bill, 2018;

2. The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code Amendment Bill, 2018;

3. The Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2018

4. The Commercial Courts, Commercial Division and Commercial Appellate Division of High Courts (Amendment) Bill, 2018

5. The Airports Economic Regulatory Authority of India (Amendment) Bill, 2018

6. The Banning of Unregulated Deposit Schemes Bill, 2018

7. Central Goods and Services Tax (Amendment) Bill, 2018

8. Integrated Goods and Services Tax (Amendment) Bill, 2018

9. Union Territory Goods and Service Tax (Amendment) Bill, 2018

10. Goods and Services Tax (Compensation to States) Amendment) Bill, 2018

11. The Protection of Human Rights (Amendment) Bill, 2018

12. The Arbitration and Conciliation (Amendment) Bill, 2018

13. The Micro Small and Medium Enterprises Development (Amendment) Bill, 2018

14. The Right to Information (Amendment) Bill, 2018

15. The DNA Technology (Use and Application) Regulation Bill, 2018

16. The National Trust for Welfare of Persons with Autism, Cerebral palsy, Mental Retardation and Multiple Disabilities (Amendment) Bill, 2018.

17. The Dam Safety Bill, 2018

18. Trafficking of Persons (Prevention, Protection and Rehabilitation) Bill, 2018

II- Bills for Consideration and Passing

(A) Bills pending in Lok Sabha

1. The Constitution (One Hundred and Twenty-Third Amendment) Bill, 2017;

2. The Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorised Occupants) Amendment Bill, 2017;

3. The Dentists (Amendment) Bill, 2017;

4. The Representation of People (Amendment) Bill, 2017;

5. The National Council for Teacher Education (Amendment) Bill, 2017;

6. The Negotiable Instruments (Amendment) Bill, 2017.

7. The Consumer Protection Bill, 2018;

8. The New Delhi International Arbitration Centre Bill, 2018;

9. The Fugitive Economic Offenders Bill, 2018

10. The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2016.

11. The Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2016.

12. The Major Port Authorities Bill, 2016.

13. The National Sports University Bill, 2017.

14. The Rights of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (Second Amendment) Bill, 2017

15. The National Medical Commission Bill, 2017.

(B) Bills pending in Rajya Sabha

1. The Whistle Blowers Protection (Amendment) Bill, 2015;

2. The Factories (Amendment) Bill, 2016.

3. The National Commission for Backward Classes (Repeal) Bill, 2017.

4. The State Bank (Repeal and Amendment) Bill, 2017.

5. The Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains (Amendment) Bill, 2017.

6. The Requisitioning and Acquisition of Immovable Property (Amendment) Bill, 2017.

7. The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2017

8. The Specific Relief (Amendment) Bill, 2018

9. The Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2017;

10. The Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Bill, 2013.

III- Financial Business

1. Supplementary Demands for Grants (including Railways) for 2018-19

2. Demands for Excess Grants for 2015-16.

IV- Bills for Withdrawal

(A)Lok Sabha

1. The Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development (Amendment) Bill, 2015.

(B)Rajya Sabha

1. The Armed Forces Tribunal (Amendment) Bill, 2012; and

2. The Nalanda University (Amendment) Bill, 2013.

Newspapers Scan – July 17

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Several newspapers prominently highlighted Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s direct attack on Mamata Banerjee’s rule in West Bengal at his rally in Midnapore where 90 people were injured in the makeshift tent collapse. “90 hurt as tent fall sparks panic at PM’s Bengal rally” headlines the DNA.

“PM attacks TMC: syndicate raj in Bengal, be hopeful like Tripura”, writes the Indian Express.

Upping the ante ahead of the Monsoon Session of Parliament, “Rahul asks Modi to pass women’s quota bill”reports the Asian Age. The DNA, in its lead, writes”Government calls RG’s push for women’s Bill a gimmick”.

Amid hectic negotiations for aunited opposition alliance ahead of 2019 general elections, the Times of India reports “All or none : BSP pushes Congress for tie-up in 3 states”, “Congress’s Rajasthan unit not keen, MP and Chattisgarh are”.

US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin’s historic summit at Helsinki, Finland dominates front page newspapers headlines.

“Trump, Putin bond, tout resetin ties at summit” headlines the Asian Age. On the question ofRussia’s alleged interference in 2016 US presidential elections, the Timesof India quotes Vladimir Putin “Wanted Trump to win, but did’t meddlein US prez polls”. The Hindustan Times lead headline reads “AtPutin’s side, Trump gives Russia clean chit”.

The Times of India, in its lead story, writes that the existing framework for data protection is “not sufficient” according to TRAI. “Users own’ their data, not Google or Facebook: says TRAI”.

Shafey Kidwai of AMU get prestigious Iqbal Samman



Prof Shafey Kidwai of Aligarh Muslim University AMU, has been conferred with the prestigious Iqbal Samman 2018 by Madhya Pradesh govt for his contribution in the field of Urdu literature and culture.

Instituted in 1986-87, by Madhya Pradesh government, Iqbal Samman is a prestigious annual award given in the field of creative Urdu writing and carries a cash prize of Rs 2 lakh and a plaque of honour.

Some of the recent recipients of this award include Shaharyar (2004-05), Quazi Abdul Sattar (2005-06), Sheen Kaf Nizam (2006-07) and Iqbal Majid (2007-08), Mohammad Sayyed Ashraf(2012-13).

Prasad asks Rahul Gandhi to support bills prohibiting Triple talaq, nikah halala



Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has written to Congress President Rahul Gandhi over reservation of seats for women in Parliament and state assemblies.

In a letter, the Minister welcomed Mr Gandhi’s initiative to support Women’s Reservation Bill. He, however, said there cannot be double standards in dealing with women rights.

Mr Prasad stressed that the Bill should be passed along with anti-triple talaq and Nikah Halala bills. He sought the support of the Congress party for laws prohibiting triple talaq and nikah halala.

The Congress President had yesterday written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi asking him to ensure the passage of the Women’s Reservation Bill in the Monsoon Session of Parliament.

French soccer team holds victory parade in Paris


The FIFA World Cup-winning French national team has staged a home-coming parade in the heart of city here, drawing cheers from a large number of supporters.

The French squad defeated Croatia 4-2 in Sunday’s final. It is the country’s second World Cup title and its first since 1998.

The team members rode open-top buses from the Arc de Triomphe down the Champs Elysees in Paris on Monday, with cheerful spectators trying to get a glimpse of them.


French media say about 300,000 people gathered to watch the parade.

Among the national team members smiling and waving from the bus top were 19-year-old Kylian Mbappe, who won the World Cup Young Player award, and Paul Pogba, who netted the team’s third goal in the final.

A woman who was taking video of the parade with her smartphone said she is proud of France for winning the World Cup title. She said she was happy to be there watching the parade.

A man said that he felt a strong link with the players when he saw them in the flesh.

He said that he will never forget his country’s victory in the World Cup.

Centre opposes PIL barring candidates from contesting election from more than one constituency



The Centre has opposed in the Supreme Court a PIL for barring candidates from contesting from more than one constituency in a general election.

In an affidavit, filed by Deputy Secretary with the Ministry of Law and Justice, KK Saxena, the government said, the plea failed to establish that fundamental rights of citizens were being infringed upon in any way. The affidavit, which would be considered by a bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, said a person has been allowed under the Representative of Peoples Act to contest election from two constituencies simultaneously and the law has to be amended for disallowing the same.

The PIL, filed by BJP leader Ashwani Upadhyay, had sought directions to the authorities to take appropriate steps to discourage independent candidates from contesting Parliamentary and state Assembly elections as suggested by the National Commission to Review the Working of the Constitution. It had said, the question of independent candidates is often connected with the issue of fragmented voting and instability in the electoral system.

The Election Commission, in its affidavit in December last year, had quoted its 2004 proposals on electoral reforms and said that the law should be amended to ensure that a person cannot contest from more than one seat.

US arrest Russian woman for spying

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The US Justice Department has said that it has arrested a Russian woman on suspicion of conspiracy. In a statement released on Monday, the department said Maria Butina, a 29-year-old Russian citizen residing in Washington, was arrested on Sunday.

Butina allegedly developed relationships with individuals and infiltrated organizations in the United States that have influence in American politics from early 2015 through at least February 2017.

She is suspected of operating at the direction of a senior Russian government official, who was designated as a target of US sanctions last April.

The Justice Department suspects that her activities were aimed at advancing Russian interests.

The move follows the US indictments of 12 Russian intelligence officers last week over meddling in the 2016 US presidential election.

Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump accepted Russian President Vladimir Putin’s denial of Russian interference in the election when the 2 met in Helsinki, Finland, on Monday.

Trump criticised for backing Putin’s denial


trump 2US President Donald Trump has become target of criticism at home for backing Russia’s claim that it did not interfere in the 2016 presidential election.

Trump said after meeting Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki on Monday that although he has great confidence in US intelligence, Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial.

Trump said he didn’t “see any reason why it would be” that Russia was involved.


House Speaker Paul Ryan, a Republican, said in a statement that there is no question that Russia continues attempts to undermine democracy in the United States and around the world.

Former CIA director John o Brennan in tweet said :”Donald Trump’s press conference performance in Helsinki rises to & exceeds the threshold of “high crimes & misdemeanors.” It was nothing short of treasonous. Not only were Trump’s comments imbecilic, he is wholly in the pocket of Putin. Republican Patriots: Where are you???

Veteran Republican Senator John McCain called Trump’s news conference with Putin “one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory.”

ABC News reported that Trump declined the opportunity to hold Russia accountable for crimes that took place in a country where he presides.

Trump has defended the summit as a success. He told Fox News that the US and Russia were doing horribly before now, but that he thinks he and Putin “really came to a lot of good conclusions.”

Trump-Putin summit signals warmer ties

US President Donald Trump and Russian leader Vladimir Putin vow for a fresh start to troubled relations



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US President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin pledged a fresh start to troubled ties between the two countries, at their first one-on-one summit in Helsinki, Finland on Monday.

Both leaders held a two-hour long closed door meeting during which they discussed a number of issues, including Russian meddling in the 2016 US Presidential elections, Syria, Ukraine and China to trade tariffs and the size of their nuclear arsenals. They expressed a desire to co-operate onglobal challenges.

At a joint news conference after the meeting, Trump said US-Russian ties had never been worse than before their meeting but that has now changed. Putin echoed Trump’s view, saying the 2 sides have outlined the first steps to improve bilateral relationship.

And Putin again denied alleged collusion between Russia and Trump’s election campaign. He said Russia has never interfered with and is not going to interfere with US elections.

Trump said neither he nor Putin see any reason why Russia should do that. While they stressed their commitment to improving bilateral ties, the leaders apparently failed to reach concrete agreements on Syria, nuclear disarmament and other key issues.

Standing alongside Mr Putin at a joint news conference, Mr Trump said, theRussian President delivered a powerful denial of any meddling in US elections. He said, Mr Putin privately made an incredible offer to help American investigators in their prosecution of 12 Russian intelligence officers accused of hacking crimes during the elections.

The US President did not elaborate on the offer, although Mr Putin himself suggested that special counsel Robert Mueller could ask Russian law enforcement agencies to interrogate the suspects.

Later, in an interview to Fox News, the Russian President termed the probe by Robert Mueller as political games that should not be permitted to interfere with the US-Russia relations. Speaking through a translator, he said, the ties should not be held hostage to Mueller probe.

NSD extension centre set up in Varanasi

By Utpal Borpujari/ New Delhi

With Lok Sabha elections less than a year away, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s constituency Varanasi has got a new extension centre of National School of Drama (NSD) which will start operating from this academic session.

Considered a hub of classical music, theatre and several other forms performing arts, Varanasi has been seen several prominent cultural events since 2014 when Narendra Modi won the Lok Sabha polls from there.

The NSD extension centre will provide one year training on Indian Classical Theatre and Natyashashtra. Initially, it will run from a rented accommodation at Shree Nagri Natak Mandali, Kabeer Chawra, and the session will commence from August, NSD said in a statement.

The centre’s curriculum will include Introduction to the Classical Theatre of the World (Greek, Roman etc.) and Introduction to Indian Classical Theatre, Natyashashtra, Bhas (Urubhangam, Swapanavasavadattam), Kaalidasa (Abhijnanashakuntalam or Malavikagnimitram), Shudraka (Mrichchhkatikam), and Bodhayana (Bhagwadjjukiyam or Mattavilasam).

The centre will also teach study of Navras, theatre music, folk theatre traditions, NSD said. In Study of Navras, there will be conversations with directors on recorded Sanskrit plays such as Urubhangam, Abhijnanashakuntalam and Madhyamvyayog.

Among folk theatre traditions to be taught at the centre are Ramleela (Ramnagar), Rasleela, Nautanki – Uttar Pradesh, Bhavai – Gujarat, Dashavatar, Tamasha – Maharashtra, Ankiya Nat – Assam, Khyal – Rajasthan, Kathakali – Kerala, Terekuttu – Tamil Nadu, Sumang Leela, Ramleela – Manipur, Yakshgan – Karnataka, Chhau – Odisha,

The centre will have a capacity of 20 studetns, who will get a monthly scholarship of Rs 4,500.