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On the Rafale Deal, Rahul Gandhi attacked BJP, See how Arun Jaitley responded to RAGA’s allegations

On the Rafael Deal, Rahul Gandhi attacked BJP, See how Arun Jaitley responded to Rahul Gandhi’s allegations

Once again in the Lok Sabha, there was a debate between the Government and the opposition on the Rafael airline deal. Like the last monsoon session of Parliament, in the current winter season, the Rafael deal has created the land of a political war between the Congress and the Modi Government. Congress has attacked the Modi government against on the Rafael airline deal.

What did Rahul Gandhi say in the Lok Sabha?

1) Hours before the debate was to start under a rule does not provide for voting, the Congress had upped the ante and released what it called, was a conversation of an unnamed individual with Goa Minister Vishwajit Rane. In this, Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said, the minister is heard claiming that Goa CM Manohar Parrikar told his cabinet colleagues that he had a file on Rafale “lying in his bedroom”. Randeep later told reporters that the tape is doctored and was a “desperate attempt” by the Congress. Rahul Gandhi sought permission to play this tape but did not agree to authenticate it, a requirement when a document is presented in parliament. In the pandemonium that followed, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan briefly adjourned the house.

 2) Even after saying this, He alleged that the Prime Minister himself cancelled France’s old deal of Rafael by going to France. After this, the contract with Hindustan Aeronautical Limited (HAL) was terminated and got the deal with Anil Ambani’s company. When Rahul Gandhi was taking the name of Anil Ambani, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan refused to do so. Sumitra Mahajan said that the person who is not a member of the parliament can not named the charge and take charge in the house. After this, Rahul Gandhi used code word ‘AA’ instead of the name of the company owner.

3) Rahul said, “There are new disclosures made on the issue related to the Rafael scam, but the Modi government has made a silence about this issue. The Prime Minister last long prolonged speech in this House but did not say a word on Rafael’s deal.

4) The Congress President said that initially, he thought about the deal, ‘there is some black in the dal’ but as the time passed and the layers attached to it became clear, it became clear that there is nothing black in the pulse but the whole The whole dal is black. ‘

5) Rahul Gandhi, while targeting the Modi government, said that this government changed the deal of 126 aircraft to 36. Rahul Gandhi also said why the list of requirements of Air Force was changed.

6) He called it a huge scam and said that it should be investigated by the Joint Committee of Parliament (JPC) so that ‘milk of milk and water of water’ can happen. He said that PM Modi is not only getting the finger on this deal but it is clear that he has made a big scandal in this deal. They have violated all rules related to defence procurement.

7) Rahul said that the Prime Minister said that Rafael is not raising any question in the matter, the country is asking him the questions directly.

8) Party President Rahul Gandhi said that the Prime Minister does not have the courage to face questions (Rafael) in the Parliament.

9)Rahul Gandhi also asked why these aircraft have not come so far.

Arun Jaitley responding to Rahul Gandhi’s allegations

1) On  the other hand, Arun Jaitley reversed Rahul Gandhi and said that it is the misfortune of the country that the leader of the old party does not know anything about the Rafale aircraft. Some families of the country understand the math of money, they have no connection with the security of their country. Attacking Congress on the Bofors and Herald, he said that the Congress had conspired. The conspirators of defense deals are blaming us today. Jaitley said that the Rafale aircraft are needed for the country so that the army can be strengthened.

2) Responding to Rahul Gandhi’s allegations, Arun Jaitley used ‘Q’, ‘Mrs. Gandhi’ and ‘R’ code in Parliament. Arun Jaitley said that when he was younger then why he was playing in the ‘Q’ lap, which is related to the Bofors scandal. At that time an email had said that ‘Q’ must definitely be avoided. After this, some bank accounts were also brought out by the name ‘Q’. Arun Jaitley said why the words ‘Mrs. Gandhi’, ‘R’, ‘Italian Lady’, ‘son of Italian Lady’ were used in that email. The Finance Minister said that from the National Herald case to the Augusta Westland case, the name of the same family came out.

3) The topic of party politics comes in JPC. In the Bofors case, the JPC had said that no bribe was given in it. Now they are demanding JPC to get a chance to form a case against a clean government. While interfering in discussions on the issue of the Rafael aircraft deal, Jaitley said, “This is a case in which from starting till end. whatever has been said, is completely false Arun Jaitley said.

4) Jaitley said that today they have brought a tape and are not confirming it because it is wrong. It is completely concocted. These things are wrong and flawed.

5)The Finance Minister said that on the basis of the deal that was done in 2016, the price of bare aircrafts was 9% lower than the cost of UPA and talked about arms with aircraft, it was also 20 compared to the UPA Percent was cheap.

6) Jaitley said that whether an industrial household has benefited. The Congress party is also unaware of the offset, it is sad. Offset means that if you deal with a foreigner then you have to buy some goods in your country. It is about buying 30-50% of the goods of Rafael in India.

7) The total offset of Rs. 29 thousand crore rupees and the charge of Rs. 1.30 lakh crore is being imposed. The offset is for the aircraft manufacturer.

8) HAL was seeking 2.7 times more time. The army was seeking the aircraft soon. In this regard, in 2016, at the current government level, the agreement was reached on better terms than UPA. The Finance Minister said that the Supreme Court was satisfied with the Rafale aircraft, but the Congress’ electoral need was not satisfied.

9) The whole process was followed during Rafael’s purchase There were 74 meetings of the contract negotiation committee, price negotiation committee etc. This information was given to the Supreme Court. After this, it went to the Defense Purchase Council and then the approval of Cabinet Committee on Security was taken.

10) Arun Jaitley said that he was asked why the Rafale aircraft has not come so far, let me tell them that the UPA had a compromise that the aircraft would be supplied after 11 years of the agreement.

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Amit Shah slams Congress leaders during Debut Speech in Upper house

 Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Amit Shah, who recently entered the Rajya Sabha as a first-time Member of Parliament, on Monday delivered his maiden speech in the upper house.

Speaking in the House with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in attendance, Shah said most of the NDA government’s time in power has got wasted in undoing the wrongs committed by the previous Congress-led UPA government.

“Sarkaar ne jab kaam-kaaj sambhala, tab sarkaar ke paas virasat me kya tha? Jis prakaar ka gaddha tha, wo gaddha bharne mein hi sarkaar ka bahut saara samay gaya hai aur gaddha bharne ke baad in uplabhdhiyon ko ek alag najariye se dekhein (When the government took charge, what did it get in legacy? The kind of ditch it was, most of the government’s time went in filling that ditch. So, government’s achievements should be looked at in that context),” Shah said in Rajya Sabha.

He also sought to reject the claim that the Modi government was arrogant. “For the first time after Independence, a non-Congress party was given mandate by the public and it was BJP government led by PM Modi. In spite of getting the absolute majority, we formed the government with NDA members,” the BJP president said.

Hitting out at Congress leader and former finance minister P Chidambaram’s Pakoda jibe, Shah said: “Abhi mai Chidambaram sahab ka tweet padh raha tha ki ‘mudra bank ke saath kisi ne pakode ka thela laga diya, isko rozgari kehte hain?’ Haan main maanta hu ki bheekh maangne se to accha hai ki koi mazdoori kar raha hai. Uski dusri pidhi aage aayegi to udyogpati banegi (I was reading Chidambaram’s tweet in which he said ‘somebody put up a pakoda stall near Mudra bank, is this called employment?’ I agree it is better to run a stall than beg on the streets. Their coming generation will become industrialist).”

Lauding PM Modi’s achievements, Shah said, “Chai waale ka beta aaj Pradhan Mantri bankar is sadan me baitha hai (A tea-seller’s son is sitting in Parliament as prime minister).”

The BJP president further described the Modi government’s move to provide free health insurance to around 50 crore people as unprecedented and courageous.

“Nowhere in the world has any government shown the courage to provide Rs 5 lakh health insurance to 50 crore people free of cost. That is why, ‘Ayushman Bharat’ will be known by the name of ‘Namo healthcare’,” Shah said.

On Goods and Services Tax (GST), he refuted claims that the BJP had opposed it. “BJP never opposed GST, it had only opposed its implementation. UPA had conceptualised GST. States suffered due to lowering of cess. UPA was supposed to compensate but it was NDA which compensated Rs 37,000 crores,” Shah stated.

He also hit out at Rahul Gandhi for calling GST, Gabbar Singh Tax. “The decision to introduce GST was unanimous. And what was it called? Gabbar Singh Tax! Who is Gabbar Singh? He was a dacoit in ‘Sholay’ film. Does a tax brought in legally called dacoity?” he asked.

Counting surgical strikes in PoK as a “historic moment”, the BJP president said “the world started seeing India differently afterwards. They realised that after America and Israel, India is the only country which can protect its soldiers and Army.”

 

Inputs: TimesNow

Highlights of 2018: Budget Session of Parliament

The first leg of the budget session of the Parliament begins on January 29 and will go on until February 9. The Economic Survey is presented today and the Union Budget will be presented on February 1. The second leg of the session will run from March 5 to April 6.

The all-party meeting was attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union ministers Rajnath SinghArun Jaitley and Ananth Kumar, besides leaders of the opposition and other parties.

Here are the highlights of the 1st session:

  • Baba Saheb Ambedkar had said that without economic and social democracy, political democracy is unstable: President Kovind
  • We will realise the dream of ‘New India’ in 2018, says President Kovind.
  • It is our duty to make our country completely clean by the time we celebrate Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary in 2019: President Ram Nath Kovind
  • President Kovind highlights the actions undertaken by the government, including approving a bill granting working woman paid maternity leave for 26 weeks.
  • The government is committed to double the income of farmers by the year 2022: President
  • 2.70 lakh Common Service Centres have been set up across the nation. These centres provide digital services at low rates, even in the far-off remote areas: President Ram Nath Kovind
  • I hope the Triple Talaq Bill will be passed soon so that Muslim women can live a life of dignity and without fear: President
  • To bring everyone closer to development, work under ‘Pradhanmantri Gram Sadak Yojana’ is being done speedily. In 2014 only 56% villages were connected by roads, today more than 82% villages have road connectivity with the majority being in remote areas: President Kovind
  • Empowerment, and not appeasement of minorities, is our government’s mantra: President
  • It is a matter of pride for us that UNESCO recognised Kumbh Mela as ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity’, says the President of India
  • The government has increased minimum wage of labourers by more than 40 percent: President Ram Nath Kovind
  • With help of Aadhaar, facilities are reaching poor beneficiaries directly without involvement of middlemen, says the President.
  • There should be more discussion on simultaneous state and Lok Sabha elections: President Kovind
  • Our fight against corruption is continuing. In the past one year, registration of about 350,000 suspicious companies have been cancelled: President
  • I appreciate the soldiers and offer condolences to those who lost their lives in action. J&K Police, defence and paramilitary forces are working together to fight terrorism in J&K: President Ram Nath Kovind
  • “Under the ‘Jan Dhan Yojana’, so far, about 31 crore bank accounts have been opened for the poor. Women have especially benefitted from the scheme with the percentage of savings bank accounts held by them going up to more than 40% from the earlier 28%.”

At the end of the session Economic survey records states that India’s economy to grow at 7-7.5 percent in 2018-19, from 6.75 2017-18. For now, Lok Sabha adjourned for the day; to meet on February 1 and Rajya Sabha is adjourned till February 1, 2018.

 

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Sachin Tendulkar, Unheard in Rajya Sabha, Takes Facebook to deliver speech

After cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar was not able to deliver his maiden speech in the Rajya Sabha on Thursday, the Master Blaster took to social media platform Facebook on Friday with the message of ‘transforming India from being a sport loving nation to a sport playing nation’.

In the 15-minute long video, Tendulkar talked about his vision of a healthy and a fit India. He went on to say that being a sportsperson, he would talk about sports, health and fitness, for it has a telling impact on India’s economy.

India – Sport playing nation

It is my endeavour to transform India from being a sport loving nation to a sport playing nation. I urge you all to participate in this effort and help make my dream, our dream. Always remember, dreams do come true! Jai Hind 🇮🇳

Posted by Sachin Tendulkar on Friday, 22 December 2017

Sachin Tendulkar delivered his Parliament speech on Facebook reiterating his desire to transform India from being a sport-loving nation to a sport-playing nation. He spoke of how fitness must be the primary priority of a young and developing India and how playing an active sport would help the nation achieve its fitness goal.

Rajya Sabha member Sachin Tendulkar was supposed to make a rare speech in the Rajya Sabha, of which he is a nominated member, on Thursday. But shouting Congress MPs drowned him out. So the cricket legend delivered his Parliament speech on Facebook Live on Friday, saying, “There were things that I wanted to say yesterday but couldn’t.”

Tendulkar also appreciated the North-East of India for its sporting culture. “The North-East of India, which has only 4 percent population of India, has a vibrant sporting culture,” he said.

On Thursday, Sachin Tendulkar stood for almost 10 minutes in the Upper House of Parliament, waiting to make his speech. Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu, who is also chairman of the Rajya Sabha, asked the Congress’ protesting lawmakers to sit down and listen to what the cricketer had to say, but to no avail.

Watch: How Australian senator push for Burqa ban in the Parliament, gets backfired instead

Australia — Australia’s Senate is rowdy and raucous and often compared to a schoolyard. But after the leader of the anti-immigrant One Nation party walked into the chamber on Thursday wearing a burqa, the room went silent.

Then came the stunned responses: “oh” and “what on earth.”

The party leader, Pauline Hanson, took her seat as political rivals watched astounded. Senators from her party laughed.

Removing the garment, Ms Hanson, who is not Muslim, said that the burqa, a full-body and face covering, should be banned in Australia. She said that she wore the veil to draw attention to her party’s push to ban full-face coverings in public.

“I’m quite happy to remove this because this is not what should belong in this Parliament,” she said as the Senate met during the parliamentary sitting week, in which lawmakers debate legislation and other matters.

“In a speech in the chamber last year, Ms Hanson said that Australia was “in danger of being swamped by Muslims.” A recent report from the Trump administration referred to Ms Hanson in listing her party as a threat to religious freedom.

Critics say that Ms Hanson, who represents Queensland, seeks to make Australia a country where only English is spoken and where non-Christian religions are invisible.

Ms Hanson said in a statement that she wore the burqa because she thought that banning full-face coverings in public “was an important issue facing modern Australia that needed to be discussed.” Such coverings, she said, were “oppressive, presented barriers to assimilation, disadvantaged women from finding employment” and “had no place in modern Western society.”

Ms Hanson’s actions drew strong criticism in the Senate. Attorney General George Brandis, a member of the conservative Liberal Party, denounced the move in an emotional speech in which his voice broke. He said that Australia would not ban burqas.

“To ridicule that community, to drive it into a corner, to mock its religious garments is an appalling thing to do, and I would ask you to reflect on what you have done,” he said, referring to Muslims

His response elicited a standing ovation from one side of the floor.

“I would caution and counsel you with respect to be very, very careful of the offence you may do to the religious sensibilities of other Australians,” he said.

Mr Brandis said that about half a million people practice Islam in Australia, the vast majority of whom are law-abiding “good Australians.”

Ms Hanson used her speech on Thursday to address terrorism. She said that the police had uncovered 13 significant threats since Australia raised its terrorist threat level to probably in 2014, calling terrorism “a true threat to our country” and saying that “many Australians are very much in fear of it.”

Clive Bean, a political-science professor at Queensland University of Technology, said he “was not aware of a stunt quite like this happening in Parliament before.”

He said that he was surprised that the president of the Senate, Stephen Parry, let it occur. “The danger of such a strong stunt as that is that it has the opposite of the desired effect,” he said. “The fallout is stronger against than in favour.”

“You’re Like My Father Figure” PM Modi Says In A Letter To Former Prez Pranab Mukherjee

Prime Minister Narendra Modi describes Pranab Mukherjee – Pranab Da – as his “father figure” and mentor in a letter that he wrote to the veteran on his last day as President of India.

“On my last day in office as the President, I received a letter from PM @narendramodi that touched my heart! Sharing with you all,” Mr Mukherjee tweeted today.

In the letter, PM Modi says tribute to Mr Mukherjee’s “simplicity, high principles and exemplary leadership” and expresses what he calls his profound admiration and gratitude.

“Three years ago, I came to New Delhi as an outsider. The task before me was huge and challenging. In these times, you have always been a father figure and a mentor to me. Your wisdom, guidance and personal warmth have given me greater confidence and strength,” the Prime Minister writes.

“You have been so warm, affectionate and caring to me.” Describing Mr Mukherjee as a repository of knowledge, PM Modi says his intellectual prowess “constantly helped my government and me”.
The Prime Minister referred to a phone call that the 81-year-old had made to him.

“Your one phone call asking me ‘I hope you are taking care of your health’ was enough to fill me with fresh energy after a long day at meetings or on a campaign tour.”

He also commented that despite their different political journeys, they were able to work together.

“Pranab Da, our political journeys took shape in different political parties. Our ideologies, at times, have been different. Our experiences are also varied…Yet, such is the strength of your intellect and wisdom that we were able to work together with synergy.

“You belong to a generation of leaders for whom politics was simply a means to selflessly give back to society,” PM Modi writes.

Signing off, the PM says: “Rashtrapati ji, it has been an honour to work with you, as your Prime Minister!”

Mr Mukherjee became President two years before PM Modi’s BJP came to power after decimating the Congress, the party that the veteran served for decades in various posts including union minister.

Read: Here Is The Full Transcript Of 14th President Of India Said In His Swearing In Ceremony

As Ram Nath Kovind sworn in for the top job in the country, and officially become the 14th President of India after taking the oath of office. Polling over 65 percent of the votes in the electoral college, Mr Kovind defeated his opponent, Meira Kumar.

Mr Kovind is India’s second Dalit President after KR Narayanan, but what is more significant is he is the first from politically significant Uttar Pradesh and the first person from the BJP to hold the office of President since Independence.

As Mr Kovind took the oath of his office, here is the full transcript of what he said in the Parliament:

Respected Shri Pranab Mukherjee Ji,

Shri Hamid Ansari Ji,

Shri Narendra Modi Ji,

Shrimati Sumitra Mahajan Ji,

Shri Justice J. S. Khehar Ji,

Excellencies,

Hon’ble Members of Parliament,

Ladies and Gentlemen, and

Fellow Citizens

I thank you for electing me to the responsibility of the President of India, and I enter this office with all humility. Coming here to Central Hall has brought back so many memories. I have been a Member of Parliament and here, in this very Central Hall, have had discussions with many of you. Often we agreed, sometimes we disagreed. But we learnt to respect each other. And that is the beauty of democracy.

I grew up in a mud house, in a small village. My journey has been a long one, and yet this journey is hardly mine alone. It is so telling of our nation and our society also. For all its problems, it follows that basic mantra was given to us in the Preamble to the Constitution – of ensuring Justice, Liberty, Equality and Fraternity and I will always continue to follow this basic mantra.

I bow to the 125 crore citizens of this great nation and promise to stay true to the trust they have bestowed on me. I am conscious I am following in the footsteps of stalwarts such as Dr Rajendra Prasad, Dr S. Radhakrishnan, Dr A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, and my immediate predecessor, Shri Pranab Mukherjee, whom we address out of affection as ‘Pranab Da’.

Our Independence was the result of efforts by thousands of patriotic freedom fighters led by Mahatma Gandhi. Later, Sardar Patel integrated our nation. The principal architect of our Constitution Babasaheb Bhim Rao Ambedkar instilled in us the value of human dignity and of the Republican ethic.

These leaders did not believe that simply political freedom was enough. For them, it was crucial to also achieve economic and social freedom for millions of our people.

We would be completing 70 years of our Independence soon. We are also well into the second decade of the 21st century, a century that so many of us intuitively believe will be an Indian century, guided and shaped by India and its accomplishments. We need to build an India that is an economic leader as well as a moral exemplar. For us, those two touchstones can never be separate. They are and must forever be linked.

The key to India’s success is its diversity. Our diversity is the core that makes us so unique. In this land, we find a mix of states and regions, religions, languages, cultures, lifestyles and much more. We are so different and yet so similar and united.

The India of the 21st century will be one that is in conformity with our ancient values as well as compliant with the Fourth Industrial Revolution. There is no dichotomy there, no question of choice. We must combine tradition and technology, the wisdom of an age-old Bharat and the science of a contemporary India.

As the gram panchayat must determine our consultative and community-based problem solving, the Digital Republic must help us leapfrog developmental milestones. These are the twin pillars of our national endeavour.

Nations are not built by governments alone. The government can at best be a facilitator and a trigger for society’s innate entrepreneurial and creative instincts. Nation building requires national pride:

— We take pride in the soil and water of India;

— We take pride in the diversity, religious harmony and inclusive ethos of India;

— We take pride in the culture, heritage and spirituality of India;

— We take pride in our fellow citizens;

— We take pride in our work; and

— We take pride in the little things we do every day.

Each citizen of India is a nation builder. Each one of us is a custodian of India’s well-being and of the legacy that we will pass on to coming generations.

— The armed forces that protect our borders and keep us safe are nation builders.

— Those police and paramilitary forces that fight terrorism and crime are nation builders.

— That farmer toiling in the blazing sun to feed fellow citizens is a nation builder. And we must never forget that so much of our farm labour comprises women.

— That scientist concentrating tirelessly and 24 x 7 to send an Indian space mission to Mars, or invent a vaccine, is a nation builder.

— That nurse or doctor helping the sick to recover and fighting disease in a remote village is a nation builder.

— That young person who founds a startup and becomes a job creator is a nation builder. The start-up could be on a small farm, converting mangoes to pickles. Or in an artisans’ village, weaving carpets. Or at a laboratory lit up by giant screens.

— That tribal and ordinary citizen striving to preserve our ecology, our forests, our wildlife, to push back climate change and to advance the cause of renewable energy, is a nation builder.

— That committed and driven public servant who works beyond the call of duty, whether on a flooded road, directing traffic; or in a quiet room, poring over detailed files, is a nation builder.

— That self-less teacher who equips young children and shapes their destinies is a nation builder.

— Those countless women who take care of families with so many other responsibilities, at home and work, and raise children to become ideal citizens, are nation builders.

People elect their representatives from the Gram Panchayat to Parliament. They vest their will and hopes in these representatives. In turn, the people’s representatives devote their lives to the service of the nation.

But, our endeavours are not for ourselves alone. Down the ages, India has believed in the philosophy of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam (वसुधैव कुटुंबकम) – the World is My Family. It is appropriate that the land of Lord Buddha should lead the world in its search for peace, tranquillity and ecological balance.

India’s voice counts in today’s world. The entire planet is drawn to Indian culture and soft power. The global community looks to us for solutions to international problems – whether terrorism, money laundering or climate change. In a globalised world, our responsibilities are also global.

This links us to our global family, our friends and partners abroad, and our diaspora, that contributes in so many ways across the world. It brings us to the support of other nations, whether by extending the umbrella of the International Solar Alliance or being first responders following natural disasters.

We have achieved a lot as a nation, but the effort to do more, to do better and to do faster should be relentless. This is especially so as we approach the 75th Year of our independence in 2022. What must also bother us is our ability to enhance access and opportunity for the last person and the last girl-child from an underprivileged family if I may put it so, in the last house in the last village. This must include a quick and affordable justice delivery system in all judicial forums.

The citizens of this country are the real source of strength to me. I am confident that they will continue to give me the energy to serve the nation.

We need to sculpt a robust, high growth economy, an educated, ethical and shared community, and an egalitarian society, as envisioned by Mahatma Gandhi and Deen Dayal Upadhyay ji. These are integral to our sense of humanism. This is the India of our dreams, an India that will provide equality of opportunities. This will be the India of the 21st century.

Thank you very much!

Jai Hind

Vande Mataram

Bhangra can make anyone dance! Even Canadian MP’s could not resist dance in parliament .

You’ve seen them break out and do the bhangra while shovelling snow and dance up a storm to Ed Sheeran’s ‘Shape Of You.’ Now, Canada’s Maritime Bhangra Group is bringing their brilliant bhangra moves to Canada’s MPs and the result is a viral video that you simply cannot miss.

Canadian MP Andy Fillmore posted a short video of himself and Geoff Regan, the Speaker of the House of Commons, matching steps surprisingly well with four members of the bhangra dance group.

The video, posted to Facebook on June 2, has been viewed over 285,000 times. It has been shared over 2,900 times and collected over 2,900 reactions.

On YouTube, Maritime Bhangra Group writes the dancers were invitederform on Ottawa’s Parliament Hill by the Department of Canadian Heritage. On their own Facebook page, the group posted a video of their energetic performance.

Previously, a Canadian mayor and, yes, even Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau were spotted pulling off some neat bhangra moves. Balle balle!

Amazing! Vijay Goel reaches Parliament with football to promote FIFA-U17 World Cup

In a unique gesture, Sports Minister Vijay Goel came to the Parliamentary meet with a football to promote FIFA-U17 World Cup. Kolkata’s iconic Salt Lake Stadium will stage the final of the FIFA U-17 World Cup on October 28, while Navi Mumbai and Guwahati have been selected to host the semi-finals of the prestigious tournament which India is hosting for the first time.

In this Video Vijay goes with Arjun awardee and lady MP’s can be seen playing with the football outside the parliament. The way the sports minister is promoting football in India will get the same recognition as cricket has in India. It definitely is a huge step to bring FIFA world cup in India, but does it have the same craze among the Indians. Will surely find out once the show begins!

Tournament hosts India automatically secured their place in the competition. Additional countries from the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) to have qualified for the FIFA U-17 World Cup are Iran, Iraq, Japan and Korea DPR.

The qualified teams from South America (CONMEBOL) are Brazil, Paraguay, Chile and Colombia, followed by New Caledonia and New Zealand of the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC).

Teams representing countries from Europe (UEFA), North and Central America and the Caribbean (CONCACAF) and Africa (CAF) will qualify in the coming months. The draw for the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 will take place on July 7 in Mumbai.

There’s exactly no sessions in this ‘Winter Session of Parliament’, whom you blame BJP, Cong?

This ‘winter session’ is a disappointment for not only LK Advani but for all 125 crore Indians.

When a senior leader of BJP Mr. LK Advani spoke out of despair ‘I Feel like resigning’, the same feelings were running in the minds of 125 crore Indians who were hoping for something productive from the leaders they have chosen to do some good for the country. Much to the disappointment, the session turns out to be a complete failure and ‘Adjournment’ was actually the only word that surrounds the halls of lower and upper houses.

The session where Government and Opposition need to clear policies for General Sales and Entertainment Tax (GST) the policy before the arrival of PM Modi’s ‘Demonetisation Issues’ which touted as Brahmastra for Government. The same GST bill which PM Modi-led government wanted to clear way back in April 2016 now thrown in the backburner as super defensive government and over offensive oppositions were busy in ‘Demonetisation’ rants and forgets the ethical structures of Lower and Uppers which our past leaders created for the betterment of the economy.

A report published by news website Firstpost suggests that this will be the least productive session since 2010. At this stage, it is doubtful whether the GST will be able to honour the April deadline. The grand indirect tax reform is already delayed by a year since the Modi government took over charge. Originally, this government wanted to introduce GST in April 2016. The continuing delays after announcing a date will not augur well for the investor community, international rating agencies and other economy watchers.

What next? A constitutional amendment the government managed last year gives it time till September next year to introduce the new regime. By then, the government will have to regain political consensus and might even need to take another look at the agreed four-slab rate structure. It doesn’t sound like a smooth task in the changed political environment.


The amount of time ‘Session’ runs in Parliament.

The Lok Sabha, where the NDA enjoys a brute majority with more than 330 parliamentarians, has managed to pass two bills this session. The Rajya Sabha, where the NDA is in a minority, passed a single legislation.

The Lower House has been able to use 15% of the allotted time, against the Rajya Sabha’s 19%. This is a sharp fall from the previous session in which the two Houses spent 101% and 96% of their time

Going by the data, let’s count the time Delhi University made it compulsory for their students to attend lectures.

According to Delhi University rules, a student must have a minimum of 66.53 per cent attendance to be eligible for appearing in semester-end exams. This 66.53 percent decides whether or not the student gets enough knowledge about the subject. What has changed here is that the class which supposed to make a student knowledge improver hasn’t been able to put a proper class for him.

With members of both the ruling party and the Opposition shouting down each other every time when they rise to speak on the issue, the public representatives have made a complete mockery of the Parliament and the high values democracy offers to citizens, which gives a sense to the observer that neither side cared about the concerns of the general public who would have looked to the House for clarity on the issue, instead of a meaningless ruckus. There is no better phrase than ‘high political drama’ to describe both the BJP and Congress accusing each other of not letting them speak on demonetisation. It appears neither side actually wanted a productive discussion on the issue.
Both the ruling party and Opposition are to shame the blame equally for the miserable failure of the Winter Session.
Given that demonetisation is something personally announced and endorsed by Modi himself and the vast impact it had on common lives, the prime minister can’t deny the moral responsibility to speak about the government action. It is his stubbornness not to speak on the issue that irked the Opposition parties more.

“There was absolutely no reason for PM Modi to not talk about ‘Demonetisation’ issue in the Parliament”

As against this, Opposition parties, led by Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi too failed miserably to bring the government for a face-to-face discussion exerting the political pressure. Beyond optics and headline-making statements, Gandhi, the leader of the largest Opposition party, couldn’t even once engage with the opposition on the demonetisation issue in the House and failed to ask the right questions. The Opposition parties have now been reduced to a group making noises and wasting the precious time of Parliament, instead of engaging with the ruling party with constructive criticism and clever political moves. And, this opens the way of PM Modi to cry foul in front of people about the opposition and he swiftly dodges all the important questions in the process.

The important questions were left unanswered, the opposition failed to play the part strong, senior leaders showing despair on the conditions and government is busy dodging the unanswerable bullets, at last, this parliament session was the complete washout and a disappointment for 125 crore leaders. Hope next budget session would be an improvement over this fiasco.

BY: Saket Sharma