No data of alleged harassment by cops during Covid-19 lockdown maintained by Centre: MHA
Wednesday, 16 September 2020 () Minister of State (MoS) Home G Kishan Reddy, in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha, said "Police and public order are State subjects as per 7th schedule of Constitution of India. Hence, the actions are taken by the respective State government."
The monsoon session of the Parliament, held under the shadow of the Covid-19 pandemic, is ending earlier than planned amid a surge in infections. But rather than the unprecedented precautions and measures taken inside the two Houses, this session might be remembered for the fierce face-off between the treasury and Opposition benches, especially over the manner of passing of two controversial agricultural reform bills. The political clash caused by the fracas in the Rajya Sabha, the suspension of some Opposition MPs, the rejected motion against the Deputy Chairman, and the boycott of proceedings is now reaching the President of India's doorstep. Opposition parties are approaching the President, accusing the government of trampling on Parliamentary tradition while pushing through a number of legislations. Watch Hindustan Times senior editor Aditi Prasad decode the significance of this short, yet stormy Parliament session with deputy political editor Saubhadra Chatterji.
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The Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha, Ghulam Nabi Azad met President Ram Nath Kovind at Rashtrapati Bhavan on September 23. Congress leader provided representation to President about farm bills claiming them to be passed in Upper House 'unconstitutionally'. Speaking to media, Ghulam Nabi Azad said, "There was no division of votes, no voice voting. Constitution was undermined in the temple of democracy." "We have given a representation to President that Farm Bills have been passed unconstitutionally and he should return these bills," he added.
Police launched a drive to search for skeletons of people who went missing in Uttarakhand's Rudraprayag in 2013 Kedarnath disaster. Search operation is underway at Gaurikund-Kedarnath tracking route to find missing people of Kedarnath tragedy. Speaking to ANI, the Garhwal Range IG Abhinav Kumar said, "There is a discrepancy in the number of missing people and bodies recovered. Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA) test of skeletons will be done." This drive is being conducted jointly by state police and SDRF (State Disaster Response Force). A total of 10 teams have been deployed at various track routes including the Gaurikund-Kedarnath by the state government for this search operation. It is worth noticing that the state government had conducted several search operations in this regard in the past six years also, in which more than 600 skeletons have been found. The search drive which started from September 16 will conclude on September 22.
Police busted an adulterated honey and 'puja' items manufacturing unit in Odisha's Cuttack and arrested one person. The accused has been sent to judicial custody. Police seized around 180 bottles of gangajal, 3,456 bottles of duplicate 'gulabjal' (rose water) and 1,196 bottles of honey. The unit used to manufacture duplicate items at Chamada Godown Gali of Ranihat Canal Road in Cuttack.
Nine tusks were recovered by Police in Shivamogga on August 29. Three persons were arrested in the alleged case of smuggling tusks. The tusks are believed to be of hippopotamus. Forest officials will conduct tests to confirm the information. Hippo tusks are considered as luxurious items in black market.