Kanimozhi's experience not unusual, have faced similar taunts from govt officers, citizens: Chidambaram
Monday, 10 August 2020 Stating the unpleasant experience of DMK MP Kanimozhi Karunanidhi at Chennai airport is not "unusual", former Union minister and Congress leader P Chidambaram on Monday said that he had experienced similar "taunts" from government officers and citizens who insisted that he speak in Hindi. He said Centre must insist said all Central govt employees to be bilingual.
DMK MP Kanimozhi has said that a CISF officer at the Chennai airport asked her if she was Indian, when she could not speak Hindi. The DMK MP said that they were going through security checking when she requested a CISF official to speak in Tamil or English since she did not understand Hindi. The DMK...
Congress leader P. Chidambaram said that those who wrote the letter certainly are as fiercely opposed to the BJP as I am or Rahul Gandhi is. He said, "There is always discontent, in fact, it is some discontent which brings about change. Unless there is discontent, change won't happen." He further reacted on Rahul Gandhi's alleged remark that writing letter to Sonia Gandhi for reforms in party leadership "was done in collusion with BJP", he said, "It has been clarified, nobody made that statement. Nobody alleged that anyone was colluding with BJP,"
Sanitization work was being undertaken in the Parliament premises ahead of the commencement of monsoon session on September 14. The fourth session of 17th Lok Sabha and 252nd session of Rajya Sabha is scheduled to be held today and subject to exigencies of government business, may conclude on October 01. This will be the first Parliament session being held amid the COVID-19 pandemic. All safety measures have been taken to conduct the session as per guidelines issued by government. On the other hand, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) MPs TR Balu and Kanimozhi staged protest against the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) examination in the Parliament premises ahead of monsoon session commencing today. Speaking to media, the Rajya Sabha MP of DMK, Tiruchi Siva said, "NEET deprives dreams to the poor and rural students who score high marks in school education but are unable to get through NEET exam because they are not able to get any private coaching." "11 students have committed suicide in Tamil Nadu due to the fear of this exam," he added. DMK and CPI (M) have given Adjournment Motion notice in Lok Sabha over 'suicide of 12 teenage students due to NEET'.
Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) leader and Member of Parliament Kanimozhi on August 09 took to her twitter handle and shared a recent unpleasant experience at the airport after security official allegedly asked her if she was Indian over her language preferances. While speaking to ANI, she said that CISF officers met her and issued apology. "Just because you don't belong to one religion or don't speak a particular language doesn't make you less of an Indian. I think the greatness of this country is the acceptance of its diversity and inclusiveness. Somewhere we are losing that. When I landed here officers met me and they apologised about what happened. They have promised to start an inquiry and take action. I thank them for that," said Kanimozhi.
Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) leaders paid tribute to former chief minister M Karunanidhi on his second death anniversary on August 07. DMK president MK Stalin paid homage to Karunanidhi. Party's MP Kanimozhi along with other leaders also paid tribute to the former Tamil Nadu chief minister. M Karunanidhi had the longest tenure as chief minister of Tamil Nadu and had served for almost two decades over five terms between 1969 and 2011.
U.S. House Democrats will introduce a bill next week to limit the tenure of U.S. Supreme Court justices to 18 years from current lifetime appointments, in a bid to reduce partisan warring over vacancies. Colette Luke has the latest.
Congress leader, Akhilesh Singh commented on seat sharing in grand alliance ahead of Assembly elections in Bihar. "Things are not okay on that side (NDA) also, considering Chirag Paswan's statement. These things will continue as there is certain amount of bitterness during seat sharing. All parties in 'Mahagathbandhan' will get due share of seats, said Akhilesh Singh. He made this statement while replying on Upendra Kushwaha's statement on the seat sharing. The Chief of Rashtriya Lok Samta Party (RLSP) and former Union Minister, Upendra Kushwaha has said that the RLSP will remain in the grand alliance only if there is a change in the leadership of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD).The Election Commission had announced dates for Bihar Assembly elections. The elections in the state will be held in 3 phases on October 28, November 3 and 7 and counting of votes will take place on November 10.
Officials of Custom department on September 08 seized four kilograms of pseudoephedrine, a narcotic substance worth Rs. 40 lakhs from two courier parcels, which were destined to Australia, at Chennai airport. The narcotic substance was concealed in two trophies and lumbosacral belts. The customs officials also arrested a person in this connection. Further investigation is underway.
2 people were arrested after three courier parcels destined for Singapore were intercepted at Courier terminal of Chennai International Airport on August 27. On examination 50,000, 4000, Rs 30 lakhs and other foreign currencies equivalent to Rs 1.36 crore found concealed inside sarees and shirts.
Chennai Air Customs seized pills, crystals and powder valued Rs. 1.65 crores at Chennai International Airport on August 12. The 2 postal parcels had arrived from Belgium and Netherlands at Foreign Post Office. There were 5210 ecstasy pills, 100 gms MDMA crystals, and meth powder. The shipments were seized under NDPS Act of 1985.
Opposition MPs protested in parliament premises against the agriculture bills. They held demonstrations in front of the Gandhi statue in parliament. They also took out a march from Gandhi statue Ambedkar statue in Parliament premises. Members of the Congress, Trinamool Congress, CPI, CPI-M, DMK, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Samajwadi Party and the NCP participated in the protest. They were carrying posters which read ‘save farmers, save workers, save democracy’. Opposition MPs are now set to meet President Kovind this evening to discuss the issue. They have also written to President Ram Nath Kovind, urging him not to sign the contentious Bills. Opposition has been critical of the agriculture bills while the government has said that farmers are being misled by the opposition. Opposition had earlier also demanded that their concerns be addressed by the government. The opposition has boycotted the parliament session against the passage of the agri bills and the suspension of eight opposition MPs for unruly behavior in the upper house on Sunday. Opposition had demanded revocation of their suspension. Watch the full video for all the details.
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Samajwadi Party (SP) MP Ram Gopal Yadav on September 20 said that the Central government is rushing with the agricultural bills and alleged that it did not even consult any farmers association on the issue. "They are bringing bills related to agricultural sectors on which over 60 per cent population of the country depend upon, but it appears that there is a compulsion that the ruling party does not want a debate or discussion on these Bills. They are only rushing through these bills. You have not even consulted any farmers association. You have not discussed even with RSS'S Majdoor Kisan Sangh," Yadav said during a discussion on two agriculture Bills in the Rajya Sabha. Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) MP TKS Elangovan also opposed the bill and said that the bills on agriculture sector reform will turn farmers into slaves. "Farmers who contribute at least 20 per cent to the total GDP of the country, will be turned into slaves by this bill. This bill will not help farmers. It will kill the farmers and make them a commodity," Elangovan said in the Rajya Sabha.
Congress opposed the new agriculture Bills in Rajya Sabha. Congress' Member of Parliament (MP), Partap Singh Bajwa said they will not sign on this death warrant of farmers. "Congress opposes these ill-conceived and ill-timed Bills. Congress rejects these bills. We will not sign on this death warrant of farmers," Partap Singh Bajwa at Rajya Sabha. Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmer Welfare Narendra Singh Tomar moved Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020, in Rajya Sabha. With this, Communist Party of India's (Marxist) KK Ragesh, TMC's Derek O'Brien and DMK's T Siva have moved an amendment to send the two Bills to Select Committee of the Rajya Sabha.
Apple has finally marked its first retail presence in the country by way of its very own e-commerce portal named Apple Store Online. The store offers a full range of its products and services directly to customers across India. According to Mashable, the online store offers a range of new services that haven't been available to Indian users before. The customers can now interact with Apple Specialists, who can help customers with a range of product-related queries - from custom-configuring a Mac to set up new devices. Customers can get advice, receive guidance, and learn about new products directly from Apple in Hindi and English. Through its financing options and trade-in program, the platform also offers a range of affordable services and products. Students can shop for a Mac or iPad with special pricing and receive discounts on accessories. The Cupertino giant's AppleCare+ service - which extends the standard two-year limited warranty and adds accidental damage coverage - is also being offered to Indian customers for the first time. Mashable reported that following today's launch, Apple's next steps in India include a flagship brick-and-mortar store set to open in Mumbai in 2021.