On September 14, Rajya Sabha proceedings begun on the first day of Monsoon Session. The proceedings had begun following the social distancing norms. The members of Rajya Sabha paid tribute to former MP and former president Pranab Mukherjee. Mukherjee passed away on 31 August at the age of 84.
The fourth session of 17th Lok Sabha began on September 14 during the Parliament's monsoon session. This is first Parliament session amid the COVID-19 pandemic. All safety measures have been taken to conduct the session as per guidelines issued by government. The Member of Parliaments (MPs) in Lok Sabha paid tribute to former President Pranab Mukherjee today. They also paid tribute to legendary Indian classical vocalist Pandit Jasraj, ex-Chhattisgarh chief minister Ajit Jogi, Madhya Pradesh Governor Lalji Tandon, Uttar Pradesh Ministers Kamal Rani and Chetan Chauhan and ex-union minister Raghuvansh Prasad Singh and others who passed away this year.
The mortal remains of former President Pranab Mukherjee were immersed in the Ganga at Har ki Pauri late Tuesday evening by his son Abhijit Mukherjee. Before the immersion of the ashes, a ritual was also performed. Noting that many people could not attend the cremation of Pranab Mukherjee because of the Covid-19 situation, his son Abhijit said the family would have considered taking the mortal remains of the former president to West Bengal for the last rites if restrictions were not in place. Mukherjee died at the Army Research and Referral Hospital in Delhi on Aug 31. He had been operated to remove a blood clot in his brain. Mukherjee was the 13th President of India from 2012 to 2017. Watch the full video for more.
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Chief Minister of Karnataka, BS Yediyurappa met Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu in Delhi. Yediyurappa met Naidu on Sep 19 before returning to Bengaluru. While talking to media persons, BS Yediyurappa said that he is expecting cabinet expansion before Karnataka Assembly session.
Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa laid the foundation stone for new building of the Karnataka Bhavan in New Delhi. Union Ministers Pralhad Joshi and DV Sadananda Gowda were also present at the event. They also performed 'puja' for construction work of Cauvery Karnataka Bhavan.
Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa participated in the 'Kalyan Karnataka' festival celebrations in Kalaburagi. The festival was organised at DRA ground to celebrate the occasion of Kalayan Karnataka Diwas on September 17. He garlanded the statue of Sardhar Vallabhbhai Patel at SVP Chowk in Kalaburagi.
Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa and Minister of State for Railways Suresh Angadi flagged off Roll on-Roll off service from Nelamangala in Karnataka to Bale in Maharashtra. RORO is Multimodal service that ensures seamless transportation of goods from one place to another. It will transport essential commodities between agriculture mandis of Bengaluru and Solapur. Roll-On-Roll-Off (RORO) service is hassle-free, environment friendly, services for the truck operators and industries.
Maldives Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid spoke in Hindi and said that amid COVID-19, India has been supportive friend. "An epidemic (COVID) that forced us to close borders, but our friends proved that it couldn't force them to close doors to their heart. Even in times like these, India remained a great friend," said Maldives Foreign Minister.
Amid a rise in coronavirus cases in England, reports have emerged that theGovernment is considering a return to tighter national lockdown measures.Under a so-called “circuit break”, extra restrictions could be imposed to slowthe spread of Covid-19 as the winter months approach.
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A former White House aide who helped coordinate the Trump administration's response to the coronavirus pandemic sharply criticized President Donald Trump in a video released on Thursday and said she planned to vote for Democrat Joe Biden. Gloria Tso reports.
Coronavirus cases among the elderly and in care homes are rising as BorisJohnson admitted there was insufficient capacity in the testing system. ThePrime Minister faced MPs as the Government was drawing up a list setting outwho will be at the front of the queue for coronavirus tests after a “colossalspike” in demand.
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Heavy rainfall lashed several parts of Karnataka on September 20. State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre has issued alert of very heavy to extremely heavy rainfall over coasts and parts of Malnad regions of Karwar. The Indian Meteorological Department has also issued an alert to stop all fishing activities near the coast. Incessant rainfall led to water logging in several low lying districts of Karnataka.
Rescue operations are underway by State Disaster Relief Force in Karnataka on September 20, following heavy rainfall in the region. SDRF along with local youth rescued people in low-lying areas of Udupi. Heavy rainfall led to severe water logging in several villages. According to Indian Meteorological Department heavy rainfall is likely expected in coastal Karnataka on September 21. Food and shelter were provided to the rescued people.
Health Ministers from member countries of the World Health Organisation (WHO) South-East Asia Region participated in a session to discuss measures to contain the Covid-19 outbreak. The 73rd Regional Committee Session of WHO South-East Asia from September 9-10 was held virtually via video conferencing. While addressing the session WHO Chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that Covid-19 vaccines will be available to all countries on equitable basis. He added that the WHO is committed to supporting all countries to reopen their societies. India’s Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan also attended the session via video conference. Watch the full video for more details.
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"We hope to have good news about vaccine for COVID-19, once vaccines are available it will be available to all countries on equitable basis," said Director-General of WHO Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus during 73rd session of WHO Regional Committee for South East Asia.
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Friday that "vaccine nationalism" would only slow the effort to quash the pandemic and called for vaccines to be used fairly and effectively. "Vaccine nationalism will prolong the pandemic, not shorten it," Tedros said. Tedros said 78 high-income countries had now joined the "COVAX" global vaccine allocation plan, bringing the total to 170 countries, and the "number is growing". He urged others to join by the Sept. 18 deadline for binding commitments. "If and when we have an effective vaccine, we must also use it effectively ... In other words, the first priority must be to vaccinate some people in all countries, rather than all people in some countries," he said.
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Criticising Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for opposing central government's farm bills, Haryana Home Minister Anil Vij said the former's job is to incite outrage among people. He further asked Kejriwal to point out the exact provision of new agriculture bills that give advantage to corporates. Anil Vij informed that all previous restrictions on farmers of having to sell their produce to specific places under set conditions will be removed. "As made clear by the Prime Minister, MSPs and all Mandis will stay. All farmers wishing to sell their produce at such rates to such places can still do so. But others will be able to sell their produce to whomsoever and where ever they'd want," he added.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Supreme Courts' decision to demolish 48,000 shanties assured pucca houses for dwellers along-side railway tracks in the national capital. Arvind Kejriwal said, "I will ensure 'pucca houses' for dwellers of about 48,000 shanties along-side railway tracks in Delhi that, as per a Supreme Court order, have to be demolished. The houses will be provided within 5-km radius of the place where shanties exist."
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal inaugurated Delhi government's E-filing consumer complaint system. The online system has been launched for filing complaints in consumer courts. The Delhi CM said that the move will prove to be a milestone especially during Covid-19 pandemic. Speaking at the event, Kejriwal said, "Delhi is perhaps the first state to start this kind of a facility. In last 5 years, Delhi government took major steps in the field of education, health, electricty and water. Those steps were discussed all over the country and the world." He added, "The online e-filing system will also prove to be a milestone. It will prove to be an important step in the times of Covid-19. We have already been asking people to stay home. This will set an example for other states to follow." The inauguration took place via video conferencing. Under this system, both advocates and people will be able to file their complaints from home. The online service will be available 24*7.
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