Month: June 2021

Govt studying how to handle crypto ads: Nirmala

On a day Parliament barely functioned, cryptocurrencies generated some interest during Question Hour in Rajya Sabha on Tuesday. While several members asked Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman about the upcoming Bill on cryptocurrencies, some also raised questions about the proliferation of advertisements for such digital money and related trading and other platforms. Sitharaman assured the House […]

End Covid curbs in House press gallery: Opp leader

With Covid-19 restrictions imposed last year on access to Parliament’s press gallery still in place, leaders across party lines are now mounting pressure on presiding officers of both Houses to restore pre-Covid system for Parliamentary reporting. Denying that the media is discriminated against, officials said MPs are also being made to sit in the visitors’ […]

Jharkhand floats tender to develop Soren house as ‘heritage building’

The Jharkhand government will spend Rs 4.59 crore to convert former chief minister and Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) supremo Shibu Soren’s government residence into a ‘heritage building’. A advertisement published by the e-procurement cell of the Jharkhand Building Constructions Department on Tuesday invited tenders for the same for “renovation and restoration” work. Three-time CM Soren […]

Tracking variants: Centre asks states to send all samples from Covid hotspots

TIGHTENING ITS genome sequencing measures to ensure early detection of new variants, including Omicron, the Union Health Ministry has asked states to send “100 per cent samples” from Covid hotspots, starting with two recent clusters in Karnataka’s Dharwad and Maharashtra’s Thane, The Indian Express has learnt. On Tuesday, during a high-level review meeting chaired by […]

Core output up 7.5% in October: Natural gas, coal lead growth

The production in the eight key infrastructure sectors incceased 7.5 per cent in October, amid healthy performance by coal, natural gas, refinery products and cement segments, as per data released by the Commerce and Industry Ministry on Tuesday. In October 2020, the output of the core sectors — coal, crude oil, natural gas, refinery products, […]

Mullaperiyar dam water level at 142 ft, Idduki admin sounds alert

The water level at Mullaperiyar dam, which is at the centre of a decades-long dispute between Kerala and Tamil Nadu over the safety of the structure, on Tuesday morning reached the permissible level of 142 ft. The Central Water Commission, which acted upon an interim order of the Supreme Court, had last week allowed Tamil […]

Admiral R Hari Kumar takes charge as new Navy chief

Admiral R Hari Kumar on Tuesday took over as the new chief of Navy as Admiral Karambir Singh, who has been at the helm for two years, retired from service. Admiral Singh has served the Navy for 41 years. Admiral Kumar was the Western Naval Commander before taking over as the country’s 25th Chief of […]

Long live ‘debate-less’ parliamentary democracy: Chidambaram’s dig at govt

Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram took a dig at the government on Tuesday over the repeal of the farm laws without a debate in Parliament, saying “long live debate-less parliamentary democracy”. Parliament on Monday passed the bill to repeal the three contentious agricultural laws at the centre of protests by farmers for over a year […]

Lok Sabha adjourned till 2 pm after Opposition walks out

Lok Sabha proceedings were adjourned till 2 pm on Tuesday after the Opposition staged a walkout over the government’s reluctance to debate farmers’ issues. The session was adjourned just 10 minutes after the House met. This is the second straight day that the Question Hour has been disrupted due to protests after the Winter session […]

Corruption in recruitment has become identity of BJP govt: Priyanka on UPTET paper leak

Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Sunday attacked the Yogi Adityanath dispensation over the cancellation of the Uttar Pradesh Teachers Eligibility Test following leakage of its question paper, alleging that corruption in recruitment has become the identity of the BJP government. The UPTET examination scheduled to be held on Sunday has been cancelled following the […]