FORMER JDU PRESIDENT SHARAD YADAV MOVED DELHI HIGH COURT AGAINST DISQUALIFICATION FROM RAJYA SABHA :

Former Janata Dal-United President Sharad Yadav today moved the Delhi high court seeking immediate setting aside of his disqualification from the Rajya Sabha.  Yadav, in his plea, said he was not given any chance by the Rajya Sabha Chairman before passing an order against him and his party colleague and MP, Ali Anwar, on December 4. He sought interim stay of the decision of Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu. Yadav had joined hands with the opposition after JD-U president and Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar dumped the Grand Alliance with the Rashtriya Janata Dal and the Congress in Bihar and tied up with the Bharatiya Janata Party in July this year. While disqualifying Yadav and Anwar, the chairman had agreed to the JD-U’s contention that the two senior leaders had “voluntarily given up” their membership by defying the party’s directives and attending events of opposition parties. The JD-U had sought their disqualification on the grounds that they had attended a rally of opposition parties in Patna in violation of its directives. Yadav was elected to the House last year and his term was scheduled to end in July 2022. Anwar’s term was to expire early next year. Advocate Nizam Pasha, who filed the plea on the behalf of the leader, said the matter regarding which faction is the real Janta Dal was sub-judice and a final decision was yet to be passed by the competent court. The Rediff.com : 12th. Dec,17

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NATIONALIST CONGRESS PARTY SHARAD PAWAR ASKED FARMERS IN MAHARASHTRA NOT TO PAY POWER BILLS UNLESS GOVT. DEPOSITS LOAN WAIVER AMOUNT :

Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar today asked farmers in Maharashtra not to pay outstanding loan or dues like electricity bills to the government unless it deposits the “much-touted” loan waiver amount into their bank accounts. Speaking at a public rally — ‘Halla Bol’ — organised by the Congress and the NCP in Nagpur on the issues of agrarian crisis, Pawar said if the government is “of no use to people”, then people should not cooperate with it. “Unless the loan waiver amount is deposited into the bank accounts of farmers, I appeal to the farming community not to pay any dues or even electricity bills to the state government,” the former Union agriculture minister, who turned 77 today, said. The Maharashtra government had announced a mega agri loan waiver of Rs 34,022 crore on June 24 after a state-wide agitation by farmers. On July 9, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said around 36 lakh farmers in the state will have their entire debt waived. Pawar asked Fadnavis to “stay away” from “blackmail politics”. “The Maharashtra chief minister uses the language of blackmailing the opposition. We respect the mandate of the people who chose you to govern,” Pawar asserted. “But if he thinks blackmailing is a part of people’s mandate to his government, then he should remember that people can oust him from power.” Speaking to reporters in Nagpur ahead of the winter session of state legislature, which began on Monday, Fadnavis had said, “I have enough evidence against the leaders of opposition and I will disclose it at the right time.” Pawar also criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for “deliberately” misconstruing a meeting at the residence of suspended Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar on December 6 and presenting it as a conspiracy by Pakistan to interfere in the Gujarat polls. “Shame on you Prime Minister for making such allegations! You have made the allegations against this country’s former prime minister (Manmohan Singh) and former defence officials,” Pawar, a former defence minister himself, said. The Rediff.com : 12th. Dec,17

BSE ASKED ASSET MANAGEMENT COMPANIES TO ENSURE THAT INDIVIDUAL CLIENTS COMPULSORILY SUBMIT THEIR AADHAAR DETAILS :

Leading bourse BSE today asked asset management companies to ensure that individual clients compulsorily submit their Aadhaar details from January onwards as part of compliance with anti-money laundering rules.  The instruction has been issued after the government amended, in June, the Prevention of Money Laundering (Maintenance of Records) Rules with regard to collection of Aadhaar number from clients.  Various requirements related to the amended rules have been “made mandatory, with effect from January 1, 2018”, according to a BSE circular issued for the mutual fund segment. In case a client is an individual who is eligible to be enrolled for Aadhaar, he or she will have to submit the Aadhaar number to the reporting entity — asset management company (AMC), the exchange said. Further, if Aadhaar number has not been assigned to a client, the client will have to furnish proof of application for enrolment of Aadhaar and in case the PAN is not submitted, one certified copy of an officially valid document will have to be furnished.The Rediff.com : 12th. Dec,17

ODISHA HAS SPENT Rs.26.55 CRORE TOWARDS AIRFARE OF CHIEF MINISTER AND MINISTERS :

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s air travel expenses have dealt a bigger dent to the state exchequer as compared to previous years. In a written reply to a query by BJP’s Rourkela MLA Dilip Ray, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Bikram Keshari Arukha today said, the state government has spent over Rs 26.55 crore towards airfares of Patnaik and his cabinet colleagues in the last three years. During 2015-17, Rs 8.43 crore was spent in 2015, Rs 11.14 crore in 2016 and Rs 6.97 crore in 2017 towards air travel expenses within and outside state, Arukha said. Worth mentioning, an application under RTI Act revealed that Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and his ministerial colleagues’ chopper rides cost the state exchequer nearly Rs 23 crore between 2011 and 2015. During the last three years, Patnaik had used a helicopter on 104 occasions for travel inside the state as compared to 45 times by his colleagues, Arukha further said. Similarly, Patnaik undertook air rides outside the state 11 times and only one minister travelled outside the state during this period, he concluded. The Odisha Sun Times Bureau ; 12th. Dec,17

THANKS TO ODISHA POLICE FOR BUSTING A SEX RACKET RUNNING FROM A RENTED HOUSE IN BARGARH DISTRICT :

Thanks a lot to the Odisha Police  for busting sex racket running from a rented house in Bargarh district. Acting on a tip-off, police raided the premises, located on Padmapur College road, and rescued two sex workers, sources said. Four people, including a couple, who was allegedly running flesh trade, were arrested, the sources added. Meanwhile, police are investigating the matter to know for how long the couple had been operating this business. The Odisha Sun Times Bureau : 12th. Dec,17

CHILD WELFARE COMMITTEE (CWC) RESCUED A 4-YEAR-OLD GIRL CHILD FROM CDA, CUTTACK AFTER TORTURE VIDEO BECAME VIRAL IN SOCIAL MEDIA :

Members of the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) rescued a 4-year-old girl child from her paternal-aunt’s house at CDA Sector 11 in Cuttack today after a video of the minor being brutally beaten went viral. The video, being shot by an unidentified person, showed the minor was being beaten with a broom by her aunt for reportedly refusing to wash clothes. CWC rescued the child after receiving a complaint based on the footage. Bruises were found on the girl’s body and she said that her aunt beats her regularly. She even said she does not want to go to her parents, who stay in New Delhi, as they also beat her.  When asked about the incident the girl’s aunt said, “I beat her because she was doing mischief and her parents know about it. She is staying with me since nine months and I have asked them to take her. They have assured to come in one or two months. She does not want to go as her parents will beat her more.” The Odisha TV : 12th. Dec,17

CELEBRATING THE SPIRIT OF NATIONALISM AND PATRIOTISM, THOUSANDS RECITED NATIONAL SONG TOGETHER IN BHUBANESWAR :

Celebrating the spirit of nationalism and patriotism, thousands of school children from in and around Bhubaneswar gathered at the OUAT Stadium at Siripur to recite National Song ‘Vande Mataram’ today morning in the 2nd Voice of Unity event. More than 25000 students were present at the venue with their teachers and other staff from their schools in this grand event organised by Initiative for Moral and Cultural Training Foundation (IMCTF), Odisha. This celebration of unity in diversity of India was attended by many well known personalities and retired army personnel including Major General G.D. Bakshi who was the major attraction in the ceremony. “The main aim today is to instil the moral values and nationalism those are not taught in schools nowadays. The students are gathered here to get motivated and know the importance of these values,” said General Secretary of IMCT Foundation, Odisha Anil Dhir.  Speaking on the occasion General Bakshi recollected his memories from the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971 and motivated the students with his inspiring words of nationalism. General Bakshi said, “I am glad to see this initiative in this sacred land of Kalinga to motivate the school students to go for the armed forces.” School students found this event very interesting and inspiring. They took oath to work for the betterment of the nation and keep the ethical, cultural and moral values of the country in their future. “We are feeling very happy to be here and recite our National Song together. Despite the heat and bright sunshine we are enjoying this celebration here,” said Srusti Mahapatra, student. Before the mass recitation of the National Song, students enjoyed the cultural programme where many well-known Odia singers enthralled the gathering with popular patriotic Hindi and Odia songs. The event concluded with the recitation of National Anthem of India. The Odisha TV : 12th. Dec,17