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Visibly upset Modi leaves Lok Sabha amid uproar
A visibly upset Prime Minister Narendra Modi left the Lok Sabha on Wednesday as opposition members created a din demanding the sacking of minister V.K. Singh.
 
After some 40 minutes of uproar, during which Speaker Sumitra Mahajan's repeated requests to the protesting MPs to calm down fell on deaf ears, Modi left the house.
 
The opposition MPs said they wanted Minister of State for External Affairs V.K. Singh out of the government for making "derogatory comments" against Dalits.
 
The trouble began soon after the house met for question hour as opposition members assembled near the speaker's chair shouting slogans against the minister.
 
"V.K. Singh should resign!" they shouted. Mahajan tried to pacify them on one hand and asked the rest of the house to continue with parliamentary business.
 
Modi, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Minority Affairs Minister Najma Heptullah looked on from the front rows of the treasury benches.
 
Parliamentary Affairs Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu also tried to pacify the agitated members, saying the minister had already clarified the issue and there was no point stretching it further.
 
As the question hour got over amid the din, the speaker again requested the opposition to let the house function but the protesting MPs instead walked out.
 
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manoharlalsharma

1 year ago

the opposition forgets the CITIZENS look and see live the reason left only 40 from 400 will not be 40 at next election they raise unfit subjects and only to stall proceedings,Rules to make stricter to stick only listed business.

Anand Vaidya

1 year ago

Congress led opposition has converted Parliament into a fish market where hooliganism rules. Voters should remember this behaviour during next election and kick out these anti-nationals

Madan Mohan Gupta

1 year ago

LET ALL WEAKER SECTIONS ON CASTE/ECONOMICAL BASIS BE GIVEN +7% MARKS AND LOCAL CANDIDATES +5% MARKS THEN LET THEM COMPETE EQUALLY ON THE BASIS OF MARKS OBTAINED.

Road agreement with Myanmar, Thailand soon: Gadkari
Union Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari on Wednesday said the central government was working towards inking an agreement with Myanmar and Thailand for seamless flow of traffic across the region.
 
Addressing participants in a car rally, held to promote the Bangladesh-Bhutan-India-Nepal (BBIN) agreement on uninterrupted cargo movement in the region, Gadkari said the central government is investing Rs.1 lakh crore in the northeastern region for road projects.
 
"Going forward, we would want to have roads from northeast to Burma (Myanmar) and then Thailand. We are trying to settle in an agreement. The routes will help tourism and trade will flourish," he said at the concluding ceremony of the BBIN Friendship Motor Rally here.
 
The rally covered about 4,500 km following the route of road networks laid out during the BBIN-Motor Vehicle Agreement signed between the four nations at Thimpu in Bhutan in June.
 
Stressing the importance of road network, Gadkari said the central government was keen to develop the infrastructure in the northeast.
 
"We have decided to invest Rs.1 lakh crore in northeast for road projects. We are also very happy to announce that road construction worth Rs.16,000 crore has already started. I hope the northeast will benefit a lot from this," he said.
 
The minister said the Kolkata-Dhaka-Agartala bus service that was flagged off in June has strengthened tourism and the mutual ties.
 
"We have also made an agreement with Bangladesh over using the Brahmaputra, which will also help in business and economy. We also hope in future that we will have water-passenger transport for travelling from India to Bangladesh," he said.
 
"We will not only build bridges, but bridge hearts as well," added the minister.
 
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After spending Rs.200 crore, Haryana to do away with agro-malls
After having spent over Rs.200 crore ($30 million) on constructing farmer-specific agro-Malls, the Haryana government has 'realised' that marketing of agricultural produce through them is not "practical".
 
The new BJP government in Haryana is considering converting the agro-malls into general malls so that these can be utilised.
 
The agro-malls were launched at four places - Panchkula, Karnal, Panipat and Rohtak - by the previous Congress government of chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda. The agro-malls were announced in 2008 and were completed in 2013-14.
 
Haryana Agriculture Minister O.P. Dhankar felt the concept of agro-malls was "not practical" and they had thus remained a non-starter.
 
The agro-mall in Rohtak, Hooda's hometown, was built for over Rs 76 crore and the other three for Rs.50 crore to Rs.55 crore each, agriculture department officials told IANS.
 
The then government had proposed that the ground floor of the malls would be used to sell agricultural goods and equipment to farmers while the top floor was to have multiplexes.
 
And there lies the hub. A facility that was essentially meant for rural folk was located in urban areas where farmers would rarely tread. Then, city folk would hardly venture into a multiplex located in a building from whose ground floor agricultural produce and equipment were being sold.
 
"The decision of the previous government to set up four agro-malls was unsuitable as there is a huge difference in marketing of agricultural and industrial produce. Marketing of agricultural produce through agro-mall is not practical," Dhankar said.
 
"The government is considering converting these agro-malls into general malls. But the revenue generated through the malls would be utilized for the welfare of farmers," the minister said.
 
The malls have been in controversy earlier too.
 
A Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report in March 2013 had rapped the Haryana government for initiating work on the agro-malls without even finalizing the project reports and other details.
 
"The works were conceived and allotted without finalizing their actual requirements, detailed project reports, approved designs and drawings and assessing the complete scope of work," the CAG report pointed out.
 
"There was also lack of planning in formulating the projects and contract agreements as the main conditions of levying of penalty on account of non-completion of work in time and deduction of welfare cess were not incorporated in the contract agreements," the report said.
 
Haryana, along with neighbouring Punjab, is a leading state in foodgrain production. It has seen the record arrival of nearly 5.6 million tonnes of paddy this season compared to a target of only 3.6 million tonnes.
 
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