Modi: PM Modi calls for constructive winter session

NEW DELHI: A day ahead of the Parliament winter session , the Central government on Thursday said that they will discuss various important issues including the Muslim women rights and Goods and Services Tax (GST).Speaking to media after the all party meeting, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar said, "Main issues in the session will be supplementary demand for grants, Constitutional amendment Article 123 (Constitutional status to backward classes), Muslim women Right on Marriage 2017 Bill. We will also discuss three ordinances including GST compensation to states. "An all party meet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi was held on Thursday to chalk out the strategy of the winter session of Parliament to be held on Friday.During the meeting, the Prime Minister requested for co-operation by all parties in order to make the Parliament session a fruitful one. "The Prime Minister appealed to everyone for a successful Parliament winter session. He also appealed to everyone for a peaceful session following the high-pitched election," Kumar added.Parliament Winter Session which will start from December 15, 2017 and last till January 5, 2018, is expected to witness heavy fireworks as the Congress would try to corner Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government over a range of issues.Earlier, Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge had asserted that the Congress party would raise various issues in the Parliament session including Goods and Services Tax (GST), demonetisation, Rafale deal and economic condition.

December 14, 2017 17:48 UTC

Indian jails over-crowded with poor hygiene: Mallya's defence

He claimed that a jail of the size of Mumbai Central Jail, which houses around 3,000 prisoners in all, in the UK would be required to have 12 full time medical staff and 60 nurses.Today's hearing was dominated by Mitchell's witness statement, with Mallya's defence team trying to establish that India lacks any mechanism to ensure judicial orders on prison conditions are complied with.They relied on a Bombay High Court action brought by the NGO, Jan Adalat, which has thrown up over-crowding and lack of sanitation at a number of jails in Maharastra, including Mumbai Central Prison. "In many cases, the superintendent does not have the resources to comply with the court order," explained Mitchell. Judge Arbuthnot intervened to clarify that in effect the jail officials' "hands are tied".The CPS flagged institutions like the National Human Rights Commission as having oversight on jail conditions and asserted that the assurances presented by the Indian government were legally binding.Based on some reservations raised by Mitchell, the judge has sought further clarifications from the Indian side on prison conditions around the availability of natural light and medical assistance for Mallya. "The government has been very cooperative and we have had no difficulty in obtaining any information," Summers said.Earlier this week, the role of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the appointment of its special director, Rakesh Asthana , had come under the court's scanner. If she rules in favour of the Indian government, the UK home secretary will have to sign Mallya's extradition order within two months.Both sides are expected to have the chance to appeal in higher courts in the UK against the Chief Magistrate's verdict.

December 14, 2017 17:03 UTC