24 March, 2017
- Four private
airlines bar Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad from flying by carriers for
assaulting an Air India officer; Civil Aviation Minister says MPs are not above law and they have to follow
- Uttar Pradesh
Government asks Sugar mill owners to ensure payments of arrears to farmers
within a month at any cost.
- Social Justice and
Empowerment Minister Thaawar Chand Gehlot dismisses opposition allegations that
NDA government is against reservations.
- Government says
allowances and pensions are the rights of MPs and ex- MPs and Parliament has
every right to decide on it.
- US House of
Representatives to vote today on a new healthcare legislation brought in by
President Donald Trump.
Shiv Sena Member of Parliament Ravindra Gaikwad was
today barred from flying by four private Indian carriers for assaulting an Air
India officer. The Federation of Indian Airlines, which has Jet Airways,
IndiGo, SpiceJet and GoAir as its members has decided to blacklist Gaikwad who admitted to his unruly
behaviour with Air Indian staffer. The incident took place on Thursday morning
inside Air India's Pune- Delhi flight AI 852, when the aircraft landed in
Delhi. Gaikwad refused to disembark despite attempts of persuading him to do
so. Meanwhile, taking serious note of Gaikwad’s behavior Shiv Sena has asked
him to give an explanation over the issue. Shivsena President Uddhav Thackeray
also sought AIR INDIA’s version over the incident.
Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju today
said the MPs are not above the law and
they have to follow the law of the land. Reacting to Shiv Sena MP Ravindra
Gaikwad’s alleged thrashing of an Air India employee, Mr. Gajapathi Raju said
action will be taken in the matter. He said it was an unfortunate incident and
it should not have happened. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar said
that MPs represent people and therefore they should behave properly in public. Lok
Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan said the incident occurred outside Parliament and
she will take action only when there is a complaint in this regard.
Uttar Pradesh Government has directed the Sugar mill
owners to ensure payments of arrears to Sugar cane farmers for the previous and
current crushing seasons within a month at any cost. State Government has said
that if millers fail to do so, strict actions will be taken against them. More
from our correspondent:-
"Yogi Government has taken initiative as per
BJP`s Sankalp Patra promises for making payments to sugarcane farmers. Party
has assured the farmers during the elections that they will be paid within 14
days after purchase of their sugarcane by the millers. A total of 4160 crore
rupees are pending as arrears for current crushing season at sugar mill owners
for payment to sugarcane farmers. In view of Chief Minister Adityanath Yogi's
priorities the Sugarcane Development Commissioner has issued fresh directions
to the millers. Similarly a total of 223 crore rupees arrears are still not
paid to thousands of sugarcane farmers for previous crushing Season of
2015-2016. Sunil Shukla, AIR News
Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prashad
Maurya today said that the anti-Romeo squads of policemen to protect women and
to check eve teasing will bring a sense of security among the women of the
state. Talking to media outside Parliament, Mr Maurya assured that no innocent
person will be harassed or punished by such squads. He said, providing safety
and security to the women in the state remains a priority for the Uttar Pradesh
After Uttar Pradesh, Bihar government has now sought
report from District Magistrates on illegal slaughterhouses operating in their
respective districts despite a ban on unauthorised slaughterhouses in the state. The Animal Husbandry Minister
Awadhes Kumar singh told AIR there is a committee in every district headed by
the DM to monitor cattle slaughter. DMs have been instructed to submit a report
on illegal slaughterhouses so that steps can be taken to stop such illegal
Prime Minister Narendra Modi met BJP MPs from states
like Gujarat, Rajasthan, Goa, Andaman and Nicobar and Daman and Diu at his
residence in New Delhi today. Later, talking to media outside Parliament,
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar said, discussions were held on the
strategy for 2019 general elections and the upcoming Assembly polls in Gujarat.
Mr Kumar said events lined up for BJP foundation day as well as celebration to
be held in view of Bhim Rao Ambedkar’s birth anniversary were also discussed.
Telangana Legislative Assembly Speaker
Madhusudhanachary today suspended the BJP members for the rest of the week for
obstructing the proceedings of the House. Party floor Leader Kishan Reddy and
Party Telangana President Dr. Lakshman were also among the five who were
In the Rajya Sabha, Social Justice and Empowerment
Minister Thaawar Chand Gehlot has dismissed opposition allegations that the NDA
government is anti-reservations. He said Prime Minister Narendra Modi has, a
number of times, assured that the Central reservations for Backward Classes,
Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes will continue. Mr Gehlot described as
historic the government’s decision to give Constitutional status to the
National Commission for Backward Classes. He said this was pending for a long
Government has asserted that the allowances and
pensions are the rights of MPs and ex- MPs and Parliament has every right to
decide on it. Parliament Affairs
Minister Ananth Kumar said the rights and privileges of Parliament are
sacrosanct. He was intervening in the matter raised by TMC MP Saugata Roy
during Zero Hour in the Lok Sabha on Supreme Court’s notice to the Centre and
the Election Commission. Members from different parties expressed concern over
the issue. Mr. Kumar urged Speaker Sumitra Mahajan to look into the matter.
Health Minister J P Nadda today said that the state
governments should ensure a secure environment for doctors in the hospitals.
Replying to supplementaries in the Lok Sabha during the Question Hour, he said
that the state governments have been asked to provide security to doctors.
Terming the strike of doctors in Maharashtra a serious issue, he said that the
state government has been asked to take active steps on the issue.Mr. Nadda
informed the House that the Centre is increasing health budget in a phased
manner. He assured that the Centre will provide all possible help to the state
governments in the expansion of health services.
Minister of State for Health Anupriya Patel today said
that Injectible contraceptive Medroxy Progesterone Acetate (MPA) will be rolled
out in the country in a phased manner. Replying to supplementaries during the Question Hour in
the Lok Sabha, she said that the government has approved Injectible
contraceptive for introduction recently under the National Family Programme. It
is being introduced first from the government medical hospitals and district
hospitals. She said that there are no long term impacts and serious side
effects of Injectible MPA. The government had set up a Technical Resource Group
which discussed the safety concerns in detail and recommended its inclusion in
the National Programme.
Government has said it will not conduct an audit on
the impacts of demonetisation of high value currency notes. This was stated by
Minister of State for Finance, Arjun Ram Meghwal in a written reply in the Lok
Sabha today. He was asked whether the government proposes to conduct an audit
on the impacts of demonetisation. In November last year, the government had
demonetised 500 and 1000 rupees notes
to curb black money, fake
currency and corruption in the country.
Budget session of Uttarakhand Assembly began today
with the address of Governor KK Paul. In his address, the Governor stressed on the issues which were
incorporated in the vision document of the BJP presented at the time of going
to State Assembly elections. More from our correspondent:-
"The Governor said that his government will
provide corruption free governance and clean administration. For this Lokayukt
will be appointed and special courts will be constituted to dispose of economic
offences. Besides, a dedicated helpline will be started to register public
complaints regarding corruption in the government. On the issue of the state
capital, the Governor said his government will declare Gairsain as its summer
capital with consensus after developing infrastructure facilities there.
Emphasizing on the need to develop health services in the state, he said that
the government will focus on providing these facilities particularly in the
hill areas. He said that the government will give preference to production of
cash crops such as fruits, vegetables and medicinal plants in the hill areas. Sanjeev Sundriyal, AIR News, Dehradun."
In Himachal Pradesh, Border Road Organisation (BRO) has started its snow
clearing operation on Manali-Leh National highway from Gulaba and Sissu in the
tribal district of Lahaul-Spiti. BRO commander Lt. Col. Mayank Mehta said that
most parts of the road are covered with several feet high snow. The BRO has set
up mid-May as target to open this strategically important road. Our
correspondent has filed this report:-
"The Border Road Organization every year clear
snow from nearly 222 kilometres stretch up to Sarchu of Manali-Leh road crosses
over from the Lahaul-Spiti district. This time the operation has been although
delayed by nearly fortnight due to the inclement weather in past few days. BRO
men begin their works on both sides of the road after traditional puja in
Gulaba near Manali. In the freezing cold conditions the BRO men with their high
morale are using snow cutter and other latest machinery to cut the ice wall. Shishu Sharma Shantal, AIR News, Shimla."
Today is World Tuberculosis Day.
This year’s theme is “Unite to End TB”. This year's focus is to increase
awareness of the TB national response among patients and healthcare providers
in order to strengthen the active surveillance of TB to improve diagnosis and
treatment. More from our correspondent:-
Tuberculosis Day is observed on 24th March to commemorate the day in 1882 when
Dr. Robert Koch discovered the TB bacillus.
Tuberculosis is one of the top 10 causes of death across the globe,
ranking above HIV and malaria. According to the World Health Organization in
2015, there were over 1 crore new cases of TB worldwide. On the eve of World Tuberculosis (TB) Day, a
candlelight vigil was organised at India Gate yesterday to pay tribute to the
nearly 5 lakh lives lost due to the disease last year. Participants pledged to
lent their complete support to achieve India's goal to eliminate TB by 2025. To
tackle the critical problem of TB in the country, the Government will launch
National Strategic Plan for TB Control which will pave the way for achieving
the elimination goal. VASUNDHRA, AIR NEWS, DELHI"
President, Pranab Mukherjee in a series of tweet called upon all stakeholders to
redouble their efforts for an early achievement of goal of TB elimination. He
said that TB continues to be one of the major health challenges in India.
At the stock markets, after a positive opening, the
Sensex at the Bombay Stock Exchange remained firm, and had gained 106 points,
or 0.4 percent, to 29,438 a short while ago. The Nifty at the National Stock
Exchange had advanced 27 points, to 9,113. And at the for ex market, the rupee
had appreciated 7 paise, to at 65.45 against the dollar in afternoon deals.
US President Donald Trump has demanded a make-or-break
vote today on a new health care legislation in the US House of Representatives.
Speaker of the House of Representatives, Paul Ryan, told Republican lawmakers
last night that negotiations are finished and Trump wants a vote on the
American Health Care Act today. He said for seven and a half years the
administration have been promising the American people that it will repeal and
replace the broken "Obamacare" law because it is collapsing and it is
failing families. The Republican bill would halt tax penalties against people
who do not buy coverage and cut the federal-state Medicaid programme for low
The fourth and final
cricket Test between India and Australia
will be played in Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh, from tomorrow. The series is level at 1-1 after the third test
ended in a draw in Ranchi. Both the
teams have arrived in the city.