- The bills which govt was trying to pass stating 'urgency', we failed to stop those bills as well
- There were few discussions on the economy and on inflation
- As far as bills were concerned- Food Security Bill, Land acquisition and pension bills - these 3 important bills we passed
- But the govt was trying to pass a few bills like the RTI in 'hadbadahat'(hurry)
- They wanted the Judicial appointment bill to be passed in a hurry too. We said we wanted it to be sent to the standing committee.
- When the bill came up in Rajya Sabha, we walked out
- In Lok Sabha, the bill didn't even come up
- We were successful in sending three bills to the standing committee for wider consultations
- The economy is dipping, there are no solutions, and the govt claims external factors are responsible. But manufacturing is down and there is no foreign investment.
- We tried our best to bring in discussions on economy
- We tried to force a reluctant Prime Minister to answer questions on these topics
- Lack of leadership and corruption- this is all the govt is today
- 'Netritvahinta and corruption'-this is all the govt is today
- The PM says he is not custodian of the coal files and walks out after making a statement
- He knew that the govt has no answers in coal scam and the missing coal files
- It's a govt without credibility
- Our objective was that these two issues- coal scam and missing coal files- be highlighted
- We led the attack on behalf of the country on the issue of missing coal files- the issue was taken up three or four times.
- On nomination of JPC members, we made our protest clear.
- I wrote to the chairman and the government to reconsider as they were fixing JPC numbers to fix report. One extra member matters.
- In the past few months we have raised forces
- On one side we will strengthen relations with China, but there will not be any let up - we will continue to improve capabilities in the border areas
- Diplomatically we are trying to settle long-pending border issues with China
- Successive government's have continued this policy but it will take some time
- Borders can't be an area of permanent tension. Our min attempt is to maintain peace and tranquility
- Now infrastructure is coming to border areas, so both armies' patrols are coming closer
- It happens - they come they go, we come we go. Channels reported a face-off that was old... many face-offs take place of which the longest was Depsar
- Unlike in the past India is catching up with China. That's why every year we are complaining of incursions
- On the one side, since China has built up enough capabilities and are still continuing, regarding that there is no compromise
- We will strengthen our capabilities, we will protect every Indian inch of land
- At the same time, we want a peaceful solution to the long-standing border issues
- I can understand Parliament is concerned and members are agitated
- Shyam Saran has himself said he has not given such a report
- There is not a single line that says Chinese Army is occupying Indian territory
- I assure the house - no compromise on national interests
- The report is primarily focused on border infrastructure
- The report reviews the progress in development of border infrastructure required to ensure connectivity betn the neighbouring areas
- For construction, maintenance and up gradation of roads
- Also deals with requirements of air facilities
- Availability of modern machinery for maintenance and upgrade of roads has been discussed
- Report also deals with air connectivity, better facilities for ITBP
- Shyam Saran has not said China has occupied any part of Indian territory
- No question of India ceding territory to China, government keeps a constant watch
- No doubt the Chinese incursion is a serious issue
- Many rumours are spread however
- The government, however, has nothing to hide. It will not suppress the truth.
- Yeh sarkaar na kamzor hai, na nikammi hai
- Government soft on Chinese aggression
- Forget price hikes, scams, save our borders
- Any collegium is as good as its members
- Judicial activism is welcome but activism and restraint are two sides of the same coin.
- Supreme Court is not infallible but it is final.
- Above the Supreme Court there is God and God doesn't correct judgements
- Activism, restraint two sides of the same coin
- Supreme Court can't have an economic policy
- Courts can enlarge jurisdiction, legislatures can't
- Nobody can check the jurisdiction of courts
- We're going too far now in creating post-retirement jobs
- Temptation to occupy a Lutyen's bungalow is very serious
- Fees of a college is an accountant's job, not of retired judges
The Lok Sabha today passed the Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority Bill 2011, which will open the doors for foreign investment in pension funds. The bill aims to create a regulator for the pension sector and extend the coverage of pension benefits to more people. The Pension Bill has been hanging fire since 2005 when it was first introduced in the Parliament. It was again reintroduced in 2011.
- I acknowledge their right voice their concerns about the bill but I am confident that they will support the bill.
- I have no doubt that when it comes to supporting the bill final, our colleagues will come around. You can't turn back the clock - 26 states have already joined the new pension scheme
- The states have over 17 lakh subscribers and cumulative contribution runs to 34,965 crores
- Accepted all standing committee recommendations save one which would have converted NPS into a current account. NPS offers a wide choice
- Every standing committee recommendation that has a bearing on the capacity to take risks has been accepted.
- We will ensure NPS is made more secure, more attractive for the subscribers. This has been with us for nine years - all this bill does is make a non-statutory authority a statutory authority.
- Govt must procure the essence of the files from the CAG... who had examined the files
- Why has the government not registered an FIR?
- Either the files are there or they aren't there... everything in the world in not 'maya'
- If the guilty have to be brought to book, an FIR has to be filed?
- Documentary evidence is destroyed, oral evidence is not allowed
- The PM made it sound the like the case of missing files is not a reality is hypothetical
- How is this investigation going to proceed if oral evidence is not allowed?
- Oral evidence of the most relevant witness who took the decisions
- Government should answer how will the investigation go forward
After a report that an officer investigating the coal allocation scam suggested that the PM should be questioned, the BJP today said in Parliament that the PM should volunteer himself for CBI questioning.
- The Coal Minister has changed his statements on the missing coal files and the Prime Minister gave a statement which did not have any details of the files that are missing. Why is the government not transparent?
- The big question today is how many files are missing, whose files are missing. What all files does the government have?
- Why are the files missing? They are missing because someone is trying to escape.
- Parliament needs to function for laws to be enacted.
- PM says he is not custodian of files. I say he is the custodian of the country. If he gives up, what are we going to do?
- This government does not seem to act on anything.
- Why doesn't the government speak in one voice? The ministers seem to be blinded by the visual media.
- The Coal Ministry said 189 files were missing. PM came to Parliament yesterday and accepted that some files are missing and efforts were on to locate them. We want to ask if an FIR was lodged? This is not a case of missing files but that of files being stolen.
- This is a case of stolen files, not missing files
- A key CBI investigating officer has now said that the PM must be questioned
- PM was the coal minister when the incident happened. Therefore, he becomes directly responsible for the missing, stolen files.
- PM should volunteer himself for CBI questioning so that the truth comes out
- I demand that an FIR be lodged immediately
With a belligerent BJP keeping up the heat in Parliament over "Coal-gate", the government says it may go for another extension of the monsoon session to pass at least five key bills. The session, which was earlier extended by a week, ends on Friday.
- Many political parties will not be happy with Monsoon Parliament extension, better to call early Winter session
- Government wants to discuss the Land Acquisition Bill
- We really don't know what is in the mind of the government
- Many political parties will not be happy with Monsoon Parliament extension
- Better to call early Winter session
- As a result of deregulation of petrol and diesel, the companies are increasing the prices every month and this time, the increase is approximately Rs 3.
- This has a cascading effect when the country is facing inflation.
- This government has increased the burden on the common man.
- The price of LPG has been increased by Rs 50.
- Petroleum Minister should make a statement immediately.
The Bharatiya Janata Party or BJP will decide this morning whether it will continue to disrupt Parliament over missing coal files in the last three days of the monsoon session, which ends on Friday.
The Prime Minister has invited top BJP leaders Arun Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj and LK Advani to his home tonight. Sources said the meeting is aimed at finding an end to the stand-off with the opposition over "Coal-Gate".
- Problem with the opposition is that unless they are satisfied, they will not allow the house to function
- The Opposition says that the PM must admit that the files are missing
Ravi Shankar Prasad:
- Supreme Court is saying the files are missing, CBI is saying the same
- Without answering, suddenly the PM walks away
- Govt is trying to suppress, conceal the whole fact because they want to help the accused
- Sorry to say that PM has been economical with truth today
- The govt is making all efforts to retrieve all papers requisitioned by the CBI
- Majority of paper have been submitted to the CBI
- Government has nothing to hide- more than 2000 pages of documentation has been already handed over to CBI
- Our intention of facilitating the investigation cannot be questioned. Govt has provided full support to CAG and later CBI.
- Govt will carry out a thorough investigation and ensure that the guilty are brought to book
- The ongoing investigation by the CBI is closely being monitored by the Supreme Court
- The govt shall do its best to find and locate the papers and will hand over the papers to CBI within the stipulated time frame as directed by SC
- If govt is unable to locate some of those papers than as directed by the SC, a report will be filed with the CBI
- The government shall follow the directions of the Supreme Court in letter and spirit
- Request honourable members of Parliament not to draw hasty conclusions
Would like to ask the PM, why no action has been taken so far against the officials who were responsible for these files? Why the govt hasn't files an FIR? Even the Supreme Court has to give directions on this.
- Why are you not proceeding with a proper recorded investigation? That increases the bar of suspicion
- If documents are with the CAG, why isn't the govt asking them to provide the files?and clearly shows intent to facilitate investigation can't be called into question
The BJP says it has helped the government pass its flagship bills on food and land acquisition in Parliament and now the ruling UPA must keep its promise for a debate on missing files relating to controversial coal block allocations.
Despite being in a minority, the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government succeeded in getting the National Food Security Bill passed in the Rajya Sabha through a voice vote. The landmark bill is being seen as the Congress's trump card ahead of the 2014 general elections due by May.
With just four days to go before this session of Parliament expires, nine members of parliament were suspended today for "grave disorder" for disrupting proceedings by shouting and protesting against the decision to make Telangana India's 29th state.
- The government is not sincere, they are trying to be populist on the eve of the elections.
- After 67 years, 67 crore people need food security? What happened to all our five-year plans?
- Suddenly you realise that two-thirds of the population needs food security.
- Planning Commission says poverty has come down, then how do you justify the need for food security?
- Forty years ago, Indira Gandhi gave a slogan 'Garibi Hatao' but nothing was done in that direction.
- You should be ashamed of neglecting the downtrodden after 57 years of being in power
- The minister said the curfew on petrol pumps was a suggestion. Parliament is on. Should ministers make such suggestions?
- Your Food Bill is not going to get you any good will, it is going to get you big bill
- Your government called it a gamechanger, it is just a poll gimmick
Food Bill moved in Rajya Sabha; House adjourned till 2 pm, breaks for lunch.
- The ordinance will be brought in if there is a matter of utmost urgency that is when the government uses ordinance issuing power
- On July 5, the ordinance was brought in
- In a matter of 30 days not sure what would have happened
- Is there something so important that the government wants food bill passed in 30 days?
- Guidelines are still to be framed and issued. Nothing would have happened in 30 days. So why the ordinances?
- The ordinance may have been a political decision but is not in line with the Constitution
- The monitoring and rules to be framed for the Food Bill is to be done by the state government.
- The powers to implement this policy lies with the state governments, different chief ministers are giving different suggestions.
- Many chief ministers say their existing schemes are better that the proposals under the Food Security Bill.
- The chief ministers have indicated the peculiarities of their states and their suggestions should have been taken on board.
- At times the devil is in the detail. Entitlement will now become a right.
- 75% of the population is a cap, not the base. And the decision to set this limit lies with the central government and not the states.
- Effectively, this is repackaging of all existing food schemes.
- The current budget has a provision of Rs 1,24,844 crore for all food schemes even without this bill.
- Under current schemes, subsidised foodgrain are provided to 82.99 crore people. This will become 81.37 crore if we take 75% of the rural and 50% or urban population. So the numbers will actually go down.
- States are running their own schemes and states like Chhattisgarh not only provide foodgrain but also salt, pulses, etc.
- The government should show their large-heartedness and concede that schemes in states better than theirs and should go on as is.
- What was the urgency that the ordinance issuing powers were misused in this case?
Protests over missing coal allocation and a proposal to check fuel demand by shutting petrol pumps early may stall the government's plan to debate and pass its ambitious Food Security Bill in the Rajya Sabha today, a critical step before it can become law.
A bill seeking to amend the Right To Information (RTI) Act to shield political parties from providing information under the transparency law is scheduled to come up for discussion in Lok Sabha on Monday.
The landmark bill, aimed at providing rice at Rs 3 per kg, wheat at Rs 2 per kg and coarse cereal at Re 1 per kg to almost 800 million Indians, is expected to cost the national exchequer Rs 1.25 lakh crore.
- I am not the custodian of files (referring to missing coal files)
- PM attacks BJP, says, "I command a certain respect despite what some members say"
- Economy not going back to the 1991 level
- Do not be influenced by speculative inflows, trust the government
- Consensus building is the duty of both government and Opposition
- Opposition should allow government to rule and oppose where necessary
- Opposition has not reconciled to their defeat in 2004
- Have you heard of any parliamentary democracy where the Opposition does not allow PM to introduce his ministers?
Criticising the UPA government, Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley said that the Centre must decide whether "we must get back to prudence or should we continue to follow populism".
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said in Parliament on Friday that the sharp depreciation in the Indian rupee was a matter of concern, but he reiterated that the currency has overshot its true value, and promised a reversal.
- We are losing the confidence of the investing community
- If political environment is not built up for consensus on economic issues, it will be a daunting task
- Consensus on economic issues depends on political environment, which is being fractured by the government
- The whole world warned us
- Why did we lose the trust of international and domestic investors?
- From 1991 onwards till today, we as a nation succeeded in showcasing India as a economic destination
- The root cause of current account deficit is government corruption
- Benchmarks say our growth rate may fall below 4 per cent
- We now have to decide whether we have to get back to prudence or should we continue to follow populism
- We would like the PM to respond to these issues
It is at times like these that the Nation shows what it is truly capable of. PM- Dr Manmohan Singh (@PMOIndia) August 30, 2013
I urge across political parties to work towards & join in the Government's efforts to put the economy back on the path of stable growth. PM- Dr Manmohan Singh (@PMOIndia) August 30, 2013
The easy reforms of the past have been done. For more difficult reforms, we need political consensus. PM- Dr Manmohan Singh (@PMOIndia) August 30, 2013
It is important to recognise that fundamentals of the Indian economy continue to be strong. PM- Dr Manmohan Singh (@PMOIndia) August 30, 2013
The Government will do whatever is necessary to contain the fiscal deficit to 4.8% this year. -PM- Dr Manmohan Singh (@PMOIndia) August 30, 2013
I would like to assure the House and the world that the Government is not contemplating any measures for capital controls. - PM- Dr Manmohan Singh (@PMOIndia) August 30, 2013
The RBI and Government have taken a number of steps to stabilise the Rupee. PM- Dr Manmohan Singh (@PMOIndia) August 30, 2013
There are many sectors which are regaining competitiveness in export markets as a result the fall in the exchange rate. - PM- Dr Manmohan Singh (@PMOIndia) August 30, 2013
To some extent, depreciation can be good for the as this will help to increase our export competitiveness and discourage imports. - PM- Dr Manmohan Singh (@PMOIndia) August 30, 2013
The movement of the Rupee recently is a natter of concern to the Government. - PM- Dr Manmohan Singh (@PMOIndia) August 30, 2013
- The fall of the rupee has been a matter of concern, the rupee has depreciated sharply against the dollar
- What triggered sharp and sudden depreciation of rupee was markets' reaction to unexpected external developments
- This led to reversal of capital flow to emerging economies
- Rupee has been especially hit because of large current account deficit and other investment factors
- We intend to act to reduce current account deficit
- We will be able to reduce our current account deficit to 70 billion dollars
- Inflation in India has been much higher than in advanced countries
- Correction in exchange rate was necessary to correct this
- Deprecation to some extent can be good for economy
- Foreign exchange markets have a notorious history of over-shooting. This is happening not just for rupee but also for other currencies
- The Finance Minister has clarified on this matter and I take this opportunity to reaffirm our position
- Sudden decline in exchange rate is certainly a shock but will not address this through capital control
- Value of rupee is ultimately determined by the fundamentals of the economy
- Growth has slowed down in recent months
- I expect growth in Q1 of 2013-14 to pick up as effect of good monsoon kicks in
- Government will do whatever is necessary to keep fiscal deficit at 4.8 per cent this year
- Important to control expenditure and spend carefully to cut back on subsidies that do not reach the poor
- The RBI will continue to focus on bringing down inflation
- As the fruits of our efforts materialise, the rupee will start to recover
- Indian banking sector has seen some rise in bad debt
Rupee rises to 66.50 ahead of Prime Minister's speech.
The Lok Sabha tonight passed the Land Acquisition Bill, seen as yet another potential vote-getter for the ruling Congress, much like the Food Security Bill cleared by the House earlier this week.
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Sonia Gandhi had just been greeted by the thumping of desks as she attended Lok Sabha for the first time since Monday night, when Trinamool Congress MP Kalyan Banerjee nearly came to blows with the Left's Basudev Acharya during a debate on the Land Acquisition Bill today.
Mr Banerjee started shouting when Mr Acharya rose to speak. Senior leaders like SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and Union Minister Jairam Ramesh had to intervene.
Up today in Parliament is the ruling Congress' next big populist gambit - the land acquisition Bill. The bill aims to supercede a century-old law and compensate farmers and other landowners up to four times the market value when their land is acquired for industrial development.
After passing the Food Bill, the Lok Sabha will take up another landmark legislation of the UPA - the Land Acquisition Bill - today. The Bill seeks to provide "just and fair" compensation to families whose land has been acquired for industrial purposes.
- We do not have the mandate so we are sitting in the Opposition, and those who have the mandate are not making the right policies
- This govt blames BJP for all ills, then why do they seek our support
- If they need our support, there has to be a nice way of saying that
- All of us remember the famous statement made by the PM that 'money doesn't grow on trees'. He also said that when the fiscal deficit will increase, the CAD will increase, prices will rise leading to an increase in the unemployment rate.
- I agree with the Prime Minister that when prices will rise, unemployment rate will go up.
- Slowdown in manufacturing is the most significant - from 8% to 4%
- I'm trying to explain this economic cycle, that if you run large fiscal deficit, it will impact inflation, interest rates will go up
- This will have an impact on investment and eventually, growth will be affected
- This is a vicious cycle, and we need to find a way
- India's current account debt is Rs 390 billion dollar, out of this the short-term debt if a little over 172 billion dollars. And this is a worrying scenario as short-term debt is supposed to be repayed by 2014.
- The 1991 crisis was caused because of short-term debt, and not long-term debt
- If we are not able to bring this amount (172 billion dollars) by March 2014, it will disturb our balance of deficit.
- And whatever assurances the Finance Minister may give, there's no basis... it's khokla (empty). Our deficits are known all over the world.
- This up and down in the economic scenario is not good for the country
- Every doctor, when he gives an anti-biotic, warns of a side-effect. But this Finance Minister (talking about P Chidambaram), when the US was in crisis in 2008, said that in the name of fighting global crisis, the fiscal deficit will be hiked from 2.5 in 2007 to 6%.
- After the 2008 economic crisis, the government could have invested on infrastructure, which would have been good for our economy. But what they did? They did fizool kharchi (consumption expenditure).
- Taking a dig at Chidambaram: Like an incompetent doctor, he didn't do anything to stop the deficits in 2008.
- They didn't listen to anyone because they were eyeing power in the 2009 elections.
- The seeds to current crisis were sown in 2008 only
- Money became not only expensive, but unaffordable
- Investors' confidence was shaken, they started investing in other markets/countries.
- What we face today is the crisis of confidence and paralysis of decision making. We all know that it takes a lot to rebuild confidence.
- The situation is improving in the US, but is deteriorating in our country.
- They started Quantitative Easing (QE) and stopped buying bonds... they said they are tapering off their reserves.
- The government's inaction is responsible for the current state of the economy. It has lost control over the economy.
- There's only one solution to this problem, that this government should go
- We should go to the people. But they will not leave their seat because they are corrupt
- The country has never seen a more corrupt government.
- If services account for about 57% of GDP and agriculture 16-17, the remaining is industries
- Projects which are stalled are infrastructure projects
- We've taken a number of steps to unblock these projects
- This debate about inflation and growth is misplaced. In a developing country there has to be some degree of inflation. Larger aim must be growth and employment. Central bank's primary goal must be price stability.
- Central bank's primary goal is price stability, but what the balance will be and where it will be struck, depends on individuals
- At the moment, we believe the value of the rupee has overshot its true value. We can correct it only by taking medium and long term measures. I cannot say whether the rupee will appreciate... nobody can say that. It appreciated in February 2013. It came under pressure in May 2013. Rupee will find its level. Our inflation is high, current a/c deficit has caused concern among investors and analysts, we have to still communicate and once confident increased, true value will get reflected.
- BJP's Ravi Shankar Prasad asks: Do you attribute domestic factor for sliding rupee?
- P Chidambaram replies to Mr Prasad: No concealing of information from our side. I did say there are domestic factors. How can anyone ignore that? A few of such factors are: We allowed the fiscal deficit to breach and CAD to swell because of the certain decisions between 2009-2011 after the collapse of the US economy in 2008.
- We are on the path of fiscal consolidation
- We spend more dollars than we earn
- We have some of the best minds working on this and we will contain the CAD
- No one should doubt our capacity
- Challenges will be there but we must have the courage, patience and clear headedness to fight these challenges. And with your help, we'll overcome these challenges.
Food Security Bill: In a major victory for the government, its flagship food security bill was cleared by the Lok Sabha today. The welfare scheme, which will entitle 67 per cent of India to highly subsidised food, will cost the country Rs 1.25 lakh crores or $22 billion.
- All constructive suggestions that have come will be positively considered
- Food Bill not perfect, but as we implement we'll plug the loopholes
- State and Central government have to go hand in hand
- We'll protect the federal system
- It is very sad there is so much poverty in India
- The international media focuses only on the poverty in India
- It is shameful that crores still starve in India
- There are so many Asian countries that are ahead of us
- It is a bold move
- Happy that Sonia Gandhi spoke in Hindi
- I am scared when any scheme for the poor is introduced because I have apprehensions the benefits may not reach the poor
- We have never been against this bill. There should be efforts to pass the bill.
- What will happen to the states? You have put so much pressure on them through the bill
- There is no guarantee in the bill that every grain produced by the farmers will be bought
- Food Bill has been brought just with the elections in mind
- Your statistics on the number of poor is not correct. First, get a survey done on those below the poverty line
- Consult with the chief ministers of India. This will help you. Pass the bill only after consulting them
- Today Parliament has the opportunity to pass a bill that will free the country of hunger
- Both agriculture and farmers are principle points of our bill
- There are people who ask whether we have the means to implement this scheme, I would like to say that we have to figure out the means
- The question is not whether we can do it or not. We have to do it
- What were you (UPA) doing for four years? When you came to power, you were supposed to bring the bill. Now when you are bringing the bill, you are about to go out of power.
- I thought since you took so long, you will bring a comprehensive bill that covers the whole country.
- The bill reduces the entitlement of subsidised grain for the poorest families from 35 to 25 kgs
- You are hyping that the food security bill guarantees food grain to the whole nation - that is not true. This is not universal. You are covering a certain percentage.
- Look at the Chhattisgarh model - it covers 90 per cent of the state population. You should have based your bill on that model.
- What is the definition of household in your bill? How many persons in a family qualifies to be a household? What about a person living alone? There is no clarity.
- You are misleading the public with the bill, showing them an Utopian world.
- You should have brought the bill in 2009 and discussed it with the whole nation.
- Food Security Bill is actually vote security bill.
- "This has tremendous financial implications," says the bill. Yes, you do not have money for the poor, but you have it for corporate houses.
- In a survey in Dharavi in Mumbai, the world's largest slum with a population of 10 million, you found only 141 people with BPL (Below Poverty Line) cards. This is your calculation - only 141 poor people in 10 million people in the world's largest slum.
- You do not want to show the real numbers on poverty.
- Why is there wastage? Why are you not making storage facilities?
The gang-rape of a young photographer in Mumbai was raised in Parliament today with senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj demanding the death sentence for the five men arrested for the barbarous attack which has triggered outrage across the country.
- The UP government has insulted saints
- There was no politics in the yatra
- What kind of a government is this? It bans yatra and lets go of terror suspects
- BJP doesn't follow the constitution
- We are following orders of Supreme Court
- BJP doesn't follow the Supreme Court or the constitution
- Tell me, anybody got hurt in the crackdown? Nobody.
- Nobody has supported them (the BJP). Now they are standing alone. They don't know what to do
- They want to get votes through riots
The matter is with the state government. I do not have much information on this.
- Hang them, the incidents will stop
- Let us not just make laws, implement them too
- The male companion has given some vital clues
- Mumbai Police launched a massive manhunt operation and all five men have been arrested
- I condemn the incident
- I trust the Maharashtra government. They will fast track the case and justice will be done soon
The government is likely to give an explanation to the Supreme Court today on missing files related to the allocation of coal mining blocks to private parties at throwaway prices at a huge loss to the government - the scandal known as 'coal-gate'.
After promising a statement by the PM on the missing coal files, the government will be hoping to pacify a belligerent Opposition to enable it to get the vexed Food Security Bill passed which is scheduled to come up for a debate in Lok Sabha today.
- Congress responsible for Lok Sabha not running
- We have always been supporting Telangana. W
- We had said let the Congress bring the Telangana bill in parliament, we will support.
- Congress is playing games..there is uncertainty in Andhra and disbelief in Telangana.
- We demand that Cong brings the Telangana bill in the extended monsoon session
On VHP yatra:
- It is the fundamental right of every citizen to go on a yatra.
- Tension is not because of yatra but because of statements on the yatra.
- Appeal to everyone not to make such statements
On Food Security Bill:
- We will discuss it on Monday
On rape and death penalty:
- I am of the firm view and reiterate that if the guilty in the Nirbhaya get this punishment, there will be stop somewhere
- Don't politicise the issue: Rajya Sabha chairman
- It's an extremely tragic and unfortunate incident. Law and order is a state subject. We have asked for detailed report from Maharashtra government, we have asked them for immediate action: MoS Home RPN Singh
- Seven bodies recovered, the DNA test will be conducted at JJ hospital
- Remains of one more body found
- Half of the submarine is embedded in silt
- No insurance for warships, submarines
- Diving operations are still on. Navy is taking all steps to salvage submarine