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PM Modi addresses media on the first day of the special session of Parliament, in New Delhi, Monday, Sept. 18, 2023. (PTI Photo/Manvender Vashist Lav)

PM Modi addresses media on the first day of the special session of Parliament, in New Delhi, Monday, Sept. 18, 2023. (PTI Photo/Manvender Vashist Lav)

A bill to ensure reservation of 33 per cent seats for women in the Lok Sabha and state legislative assemblies was cleared by the Union cabinet this evening, sources have told NDTV. The government, however, is yet to announce it and skipped the customary briefing after the cabinet meet. The meeting had spiked interest in view of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's comment earlier today that "historic decisions" will be taken in this special session. A series of key meetings were also held ahead of it -- Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi met Home Minister Amit Shah. BJP chief JP Nadda was also present at the meeting. There was speculation that the cabinet may clear anything from reservation for women or Other Backward Classes, "One Nation One Election" and even a change of name of the country.

The Ministry of Finance on Monday approved welfare measures for LIC agents and employees. These include increase in gratuity limit, eligibility for renewal commission, term insurance cover and a uniform rate of family pension for LIC agents and employees.

Expressing confidence about the party faring well in the upcoming assembly polls in five states, some Congress leaders on Sunday called for delaying the seat-sharing talks with INDIA bloc partners for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections till November so as to do it from a position of strength, said PTI citing sources. The call from a section of leaders, particularly those from states where the Congress is directly in contest with some INDIA bloc partners, came while the top party leadership pitched for strengthening the Congress as well as the opposition bloc.

Several opposition leaders on Sunday criticised the bill on the appointment and service conditions of the chief election commissioner and election commissioners at an all-party meeting as "anti-Constitution" and "anti-democratic", said PTI citing sources. The official sources said there is a rethink in the government on whether to take up the bill for discussion and passage in the five-day session, beginning Monday.

The United Nations has amended the previous death toll from Libya floods, stating that at least 3,958 people have died instead of 11,300 as was earlier reported by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), CNN reported. According to the revised report updated on Sunday morning from the OCHA, the UN has now pegged the toll at 3,958, citing the World Health Organization (WHO). As per the updated report, over 9000 people are still missing, according to CNN.
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CRPF foils pistol-borne terrorist attack in Khanyar, Srinagar

"There was an attempted attack by pistol born terrorist on BP vehicle of CRPF in khanyar area which was repelled by alert personnel. The terrorist was chased away by personnel, who showed wise restraint due to potential collateral damage. No injury to life or property reported," Srinagar Police said on X.
 
10:13 PM

Militant fires on CRPF vehicle in Srinagar, none injured

A militant opened fire Monday on a moving security forces' vehicle in the Khanyar area of the city but no one was injured, officials said, as per PTI report.
 
The lone militant fired from his pistol on the CRPF vehicle at the Khwaja Bazaar chowk around 7.00 pm, the officials said.
 
He fled from the spot after firing, they said, adding there was no death or injury in the incident. 
 
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Concerns that global growth is likely to slow in 2024 after outperforming expectations in 2023: RBI Bulletin

Looming concern is that global growth is likely to slow in 2024 after outperforming expectations in 2023 so far, according to RBI bulletin. 
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SC tells Maha speaker to set timeline for pleas for disqualification of Shiv Sena MLAs of Shinde faction

Supreme Court on Monday asked the Speaker of Maharashtra Legislative Assembly to list before him for hearing the disqualification petitions against 56 MLAs including Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde within a week and set down a time schedule to decide disqualification pleas.
 
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Gujarat: Machhannala dam in Dahod overflows due to heavy rains

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PM Modi, Amit Shah meet key ministers ahead of Cabinet meet today

A key meeting of the Union Cabinet has been called this evening at 6:30 pm on the first day of the Parliament's five-day special session, sources said, though the agenda is not known yet. Key meetings are being held in the Parliament ahead of the cabinet meeting. Commerce and Industries Minister Piyush Goyal and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi met Home Minister Amit Shah. BJP chief JP Nadda was also present in the meeting. Goyal and Joshi are scheduled to meet PM Modi now.
 
A list of eight bills which will be taken up for discussion in the special session was given to the opposition by the government in an all-party meeting on Sunday. The controversial bill for the appointment of election officers, which was previously believed to be part of the agenda, was dropped amid protests by the opposition.
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PM Modi, Amit Shah meet key ministers ahead of Cabinet meet today

A key meeting of the Union Cabinet has been called this evening at 6:30 pm on the first day of the Parliament's five-day special session, sources said, though the agenda is not known yet. Key meetings are being held in the Parliament ahead of the cabinet meeting. Commerce and Industries Minister Piyush Goyal and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi met Home Minister Amit Shah. BJP chief JP Nadda was also present in the meeting. Goyal and Joshi are scheduled to meet PM Modi now.
 
A list of eight bills which will be taken up for discussion in the special session was given to the opposition by the government in an all-party meeting on Sunday. The controversial bill for the appointment of election officers, which was previously believed to be part of the agenda, was dropped amid protests by the opposition.
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SC issues notice to CBI on bail plea of TMC leader Anubrata Mondal

SC issues notice to CBI on bail plea of TMC leader Anubrata Mondal in connection with alleged cattle smuggling case
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Let us resolve to make India corruption-free, developed nation: Goyal

As the Rajya Sabha on Monday started a discussion on Parliament's 75-year journey, Leader of the House and Union Minister Piyush Goyal called for making India a corruption-free and developed nation.

When the House assembled for the five-day session, Chairman Jagdeep Dhankhar lauded the prime minister's vision for the successful G20 Summit.

He also announced that the House will discuss 'Parliamentary Journey of 75 Years Starting from Samvidhan Sabha -Achievements, Experiences, Memories, and Learnings'.

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RS Chairman reconstitutes panel of vice-chairpersons with 50% women MPs

Rajya Sabha Chairman and Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar on Monday announced that the panel of vice-chairpersons has been reconstituted with 50 per cent of women parliamentarians and that the percentage may go higher in future.

The eight-member panel will now have four women members, including Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MPs Kanta Kardam, Sumitra Balmik and Geeta alias Chandraprabha; and Biju Janata Dal's Mamata Mohanta.

Dhankhar made the announcement in the Upper House on the first day of the Special Session of the Parliament.

"The House members are informed that the panel of vice-chairpersons has been reconstituted with effect from September 13, 2023. Honourable members will be happy to note that 50% of the vice chairpersons happen to be women," said Dhankhar.

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SC relieves SIT probing Lakhimpur Kheri violence case

SC relieves SIT probing Lakhimpur Kheri violence case, notes it has completed investigation, submitted charge sheet in trial court
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Mumbai-Ahmedabad train traffic resumes after 12 hrs as Narmada water level drops in Gujarat: Railways

Train traffic on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad route resumed slowly around Monday noon nearly 12 hours after it was halted when the Narmada river was flowing above the danger mark between Bharuch and Ankleshwar stations in Gujarat, Western Railway said.

Sharing an update on the situation, Western Railway's Chief PRO Sumit Thakur told PTI that the operation of trains on the route from bridge no 502 resumed slowly at around 11:30 am on Monday as the water level of Narmada river receded below the danger mark.

The operation of trains on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad route between Bharuch and Ankleshwar stations under the Vadodara division stopped after Narmada river waters surged above the danger mark at brigade no. 502 at around 11:50 pm on Sunday.

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Contribution of old Parliament building to India's democratic journey unparalleled: LS Speaker

Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla on Monday said the old Parliament building has an "unparalleled" contribution to India's democratic journey as collective decisions were taken for the welfare of the nation.
 
This House has been a vibrant symbol of the culture of dialogue, he said soon after the Lok Sabha proceedings went underway.
 
"Our parliament building has been a witness to the historic moment of India's Independence and the entire process of drafting the Constitution. It has also been a witness to the glorious democratic journey of our modern nation," Birla said.
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BJP accuses Cong of 'stealing' theme song of ex-Pak PM Imran Khan's party for its MP poll campaign

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday alleged the Congress has "stolen" the theme song of Imran Khan-founded Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf for its Jan Aakrosh Yatra campaign in poll-bound Madhya Pradesh, inviting a sharp attack from the opposition party.

The Yatra is scheduled to set out from September 19 from seven places in the state, where assembly elections are due in November this year.

The row erupted after MP BJP unit secretary Rahul Kothari alleged the Congress has copied Chalo, Chalo Imran Ke Sath, which he said is the theme song of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, in its recently-released song Chalo, Chalo Congress Ke Sang Chalo Chalo for the Jan Aakrosh Yatra.

The state BJP shared the video of the theme song of the Pakistan-based party along with the Congress' poll campaign song on its official X account.

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SC to hear plea against HC order staying sale, manufacture of plaster of Paris Ganesha idols

The Supreme Court agreed to hear on Monday a plea challenging a Madras High Court order staying the sale and manufacture of Ganesha idols made of plaster of Paris.

A bench of Chief Justice DY Chandrachud and justices J B Pardiwala and Manoj Misra agreed to hear the matter at the end of the board of listed cases after senior advocate Shyam Divan cited urgency in the matter owing to the Ganesh Chaturthi festival on Tuesday.

"This is a matter which requires urgent hearing. The division bench of the high court has passed the order on Sunday evening by which it had stayed the single judge's order permitting the sale of Ganesha idols made of plaster of Paris," Divan said.

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First Published: Sep 18 2023 | 9:42 AM IST

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