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Lok Sabha disrupted, AIADMK wants action against Chidambaram's son

AIADMK alleged that the prime minister was kept in the dark and action was delayed into the Aircel-Maxis deal issue

 

The Lok Sabha on Tuesday witnessed repeated adjournments as AIADMK members created a ruckus to demand action against former union minister P. Chidambaram's son Karti on corruption charges in the Aircel-Maxis case.
 
Soon after the house reassembled at 2 p.m. after three adjournments earlier in the day, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan allowed AIADMK member P. Venugopal to speak. 
 
He alleged that the prime minister was kept in the dark and action was delayed into the Aircel-Maxis deal issue.
 
Soon after he made his statement, the AIADMK members again trooped near the speaker's podium and shouted slogans like "we want justice, take action, take action".
 
Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Rajiv Pratap Rudy said: "It's a matter of corruption and the government is not going to protect anyone."
 
Mahajan said: "I allowed you to speak but this is not fair to disturb the house after speaking. I have done justice."
 
However, the AIADMK members did not relent and continued with their protest.
 
Amid the din, Mahajan allowed the members to raise their respective issues.
 
The speaker again urged the agitating AIADMK members not to disturb the proceedings of the house so as to allow other members to speak on the motion of thanks on the president's address, but the noisy scenes continued.
 
AIADMK members were demanding action against Chidambaram's son Karti Chidambaram over the recent income tax and enforcement directorate raids, which allegedly revealed that he had built a massive empire through investments across the world.
 
Mahajan then adjourned the house for the day.
 
Earlier, when the house met at 12 noon after two brief adjournments in the question hour, apart from agitating AIADMK members, the Congress parliamentarians too raised the demand for a privilege motion against union Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani.
 
The Congress members sought to know from the speaker the status of their notices on the privilege motion against Irani.
 
Amid the din, the Speaker laid the papers on the table of the house.
 
"I have received the notices but those are under my consideration," Mahajan said.
 
As the Congress members didn't relent and AIADMK members continued with their protest, Mahajan adjourned the house till 2 p.m.
 
Earlier, during question hour, Parliamentary Affairs Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu also urged the AIADMK members to raise the issue after giving proper notice.
 
"The issue being raised here is very important. But please go to your seats. Give a notice. The government has no problem in discussing the issue," he said.
 
The speaker tried to conduct the question hour but the AIADMK members were unrelenting.
 
She then adjourned the house till 11.15 a.m and then again till 12 noon.
 
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S A Narayan

1 year ago

If its the responsibility of the Speaker to maintain discipline and decorum of members in the house, why can't she give notice to the entire house that with effect from a particular date, anyone found disrupting the house proceedings from their seats or from the well of the house, shall be expelled from the house for the day and if necessary physically taken out of the house. If she can take out all members by adjournment, surely she can do this to individual members!

D S Ranga Rao

1 year ago

Once again, lack of timely and visible action on the part of the government against well-known corruption cases, would not only agitate the parliamentarians but also the public at large giving rise to disruptions in Parliament and unrest on the streets.

Piramal Enterprises acquires US firm for $24.5 mn

"Piramal Enterprises' step-down wholly owned subsidiary in the USA, Decision Resources Group today announced the acquisition of all of the assets of Adaptive Software and entire control and ownership of its wholly owned subsidiary, AdaptiveRx on February 29, 2016," it told the Bombay Stock Exchange in a regulatory filing

 

Piramal Enterprises on Tuesday said it has acquired US-based healthcare software firm Adaptive Software for $24.5 million.
 
"Piramal Enterprises' step-down wholly owned subsidiary in the USA, Decision Resources Group today announced the acquisition of all of the assets of Adaptive Software and entire control and ownership of its wholly owned subsidiary, AdaptiveRx on February 29, 2016," it told the Bombay Stock Exchange in a regulatory filing.
 
"Total potential consideration to be paid to Adaptive is $24.5 million," the statement said.
 
Adaptive Software, located in Kansas City, currently offers to health plans and pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) a suite of software solutions that streamlines formulary management, pharmacy networking, pricing, and pharmacy benefit design.
 
“No governmental or regulatory approvals are required for this transaction,” the statement added.
 
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CBI to set up cyber-crime investigation branch in Mumbai

For this, the Maharashtra government has been requested to notify the CBI for taking up investigation of offences under the Information Technology Act, 2000

 

The Central Bureau of Investigation is planning to set up a cyber-crime investigation branch here, its director Anil Sinha said here on Tuesday.
 
For this, the Maharashtra government has been requested to notify the CBI for taking up investigation of offences under the Information Technology Act, 2000, he said, while inaugurating the agency's new city headquarters at Bandra-Kurla Complex here.
 
Addressing the gathering, he said that though the CBI started as an anti-corruption agency, in the past few decades, its scope has increased to cover economic offences, serious frauds and sensational cases.
 
"CBI is now a federal investigative agency which can probe most of the offences which affect public life in general and which have a direct bearing on the quality of life of the common man," Sinha said.
 
In this context, he said that the number of cases handed over to CBI by the courts and various state governments has been mounting over the years.
 
Discussing graft, Sinha said corruption flourishes due to three factors - opportunities, social acceptance and freedom from risks.
 
"It is the duty of the Vigilance setup to reduce opportunities, it is the duty of the citizens to complain, inform and be intolerant of corruption, and is the duty of investigative agencies like CBI and state ACBs to effective detect and prosecute the guilty to instill fear in them,"he stressed.
 
Noting Mumbai is the country's financial capital with headquarters of all major public and private sector banks, financial institutions, major gateway for imports-exports which directly impinge on the Indian economy besides a very high density of key government departments like banks, railways, customs, central excise, oil companies, defence establishments and PSUs, he said these offer an umpteen number of interactions between the citizens, businessmen, professionals and middlemen on one side and government departments, banks and financial institutions on the other.
 
He urged all officers to work harder to provide better services and be responsive to public complaints and informants, make witnesses feels safe and secure.
 
Keshav Kumar, CBI joint director, Mumbai Zone, said the new building will house all CBI branches like Anti-Corruption Branch, Economic Offences Wing, Banking & Securities Fraud Cell, Special Task Force and Special Crime Branch.
 
The ground plus 13 storey green building also has two basement floors and other top-class modern amenities, constructed on a 1,500 sq. metres plot at a cost of Rs.103 crore, said Kumar.
 
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