Bangles, lipstick in Delhi House
new delhi: On a day pepper spray was used in the Lok Sabha, the Delhi assembly was not far behind. A BJP legislator, RP Singh, placed bangles and lipstick before Law Minister Somnath Bharti, who was targeted by the main opposition party over his midnight raid last month, when he targeted African women he alleged were involved in a drugs and sex racket. The Congress also joined the ruckus in demanding Bharti’s sacking. A Congress MLA even walked up to Delhi Speaker MS Dhir, tore up a file lying on his table and wrenched the mike. The MLA, Asif Mohammad Khan, then walked up to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and tried to rip out his mike too. The opening day was drowned out in protests, shouting and general chaos.
Swaraj Bill gets Delhi Cabinet nod
New Delhi: Delhi cabinet today cleared the Swaraj Bill, which intends to devolve power directly to the people to curb corruption at the local level. The Delhi government plans to introduce the Bill in the ongoing Assembly session after introduction of the Jan Lokpal Bill. However, no transaction of business took place today during the first day of the Assembly session due to disruption caused by Congress and BJP MLAs demanding Law Minister Somnath Bharti’s resignation. A detailed discussion on Swaraj Bill was also held in yesterday’s cabinet meeting. Touted as a measure for achieving true ‘self-rule’, the Bill provides for decentralisation of power by setting up mohalla sabhas at ward level. Senior government officials had held a meeting on Sunday and finalised the modalities of Swaraj Bill which intends to put in place mohalla sabhas where power would be given to the common people to solve problems at the local level.
28 Indian fishermen captured by Pak, 5 boats seized
new delhi: In fifth such incident since August, Pakistan coastal authorities have apprehended 28 Indian fishermen and seized five boats, a Gujarat-based fishermen’s association has said. The fishermen were captured by Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA) off the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) in the Arabian Sea near Jakhau village in Kutch district yesterday afternoon, Porbandar Boat Association General Secretary Manish Lodhari said. Five fishing boats were also seized, he said, adding this was the fifth such incident since the fishing season began on August 15 last year.