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Centre calls all-party meeting on September 17 ahead of Parliament special session

The central government has invited leaders of all-party for a meeting on September 17 at 4:30 pm, a day before Parliament’s special session begins.

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The central government has invited leaders of all-party for a meeting on September 17 at 4:30 pm, a day before Parliament’s special session begins.

The Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi informed about the same through a social media post. The minister took to x, formerly known as Twitter and said an all-party meeting has been called on September 17 ahead of the special session of Parliament, starting from September 18. The invitation for the same has been sent to concerned leaders through email, the union minister added.  

On August 31, the Union Minister of Parliament affairs, Pralhad Joshi announced a special session of Parliament starting from September 18 to 22. This will be the 13th session of the 17th Lok Sabha and the 261st session of Rajya Sabha, he said. The Union Minister added amid Amrit Kaal, looking forward to having fruitful discussions and debate in Parliament. 

According to reports, during the special session of the Parliament, the staff from the houses will be seen in new uniforms for their respective departments. Reports further suggest that the new uniform of the Parliament employees gives special importance to khaki colour and lotus flower, depicting an Indian touch. 

The chamber attendants, officers, security personnel, drivers and Marshals will be seen donning the new uniforms. Furthermore, the secretariat employees of the Parliament will be seen wearing magenta or dark pink Nehru jackets instead of closed-neck suits. Reportedly, the employees, who sit in front of the Speaker in the House, will also be seen in the same dress code. Their shirts will also be dark pink in colour with lotus flowers printed on them along with Khaki coloured trousers.

Earlier on September 6, Congress parliamentary party chief Sonia Gandhi, wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi requesting, during the upcoming special session of Parliament later this month, to discuss nine issues, including the Manipur issue, the current state of the economy with a focus on inflation and unemployment, recent information about the Adani group, the demand for a JPC, and the urgent need for a caste census, party leader Jairam Ramesh said during the press conference.

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AAP, Congress finalise Lok Sabha seat sharing in Delhi

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The Aam Aadmi party and Congres, who are INDIA bloc partners in New Delhi, have finalised their seat-sharing agreement for the Lok Sabha elections on Saturday, sources said. The official announcement by the parties is likely to be made today.

As per the agreement AAP will be contesting in four constituencies, namely New Delhi, South Delhi, West Delhi, and East Delhi. However, Congress will fight in three constituencies, namely Chandni Chowk, North East Delhi, and North West Delhi.

Both the parties have also finalised  the seats that they will contest in Gujarat, Haryana and Chandigarh, as per a report. The AAP is to contest two seats and the Congress will get the sole Lok Sabha seat in Chandigarh and the South Goa seat. Aditionally, the AAP will get at least one seat in Haryana.

In the last elections, Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) won all 26 seats in Guajart and all 10 in Haryana. In Goa which has only two seats in Lok Sabha, BJP won North Goa seat.

The agreement between the two parties came after AAP declared that it would contest all 14 lok Sabha seats in Punjab and Chandigarh alone. The party also declared that it would contest three seats in Assam and named its candidate for one Lok Sabha seat in Goa.

In Uttarpradesh, Congress and Samajwadi Party have also finalised their deal of Lok Sabha seat-sharing. Congress will fight for 17 seats while other 63 seats will be contested by candidates of Akhilesh Yadav’s SP party and oher INDIA alliance candidates.

Meanwhile, INDIA bloc seat sharing agreement in Maharashtra will be announced soon. Maharashtra Congress President Nana Patole said on Friday that the discussions between Congress, Uddhav Thakrey’s Shiv Sena and and Nationalist Congress Party are underway and a decision will be announced soon.

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AIUDF MLA says Himanta Biswa Sarma government doesn’t have courage to bring Uniform Civil Code in Assam

Islam said bill passed in Uttarakhand is not Uniform Civil Code. He said Uniform Civil Code cannot be implemented in Assam because there are people from many different castes and communities. He said BJP followers themselves follow these practices. Islam said the BJP government is employing these tactics as the Lok Sabha elections are approaching.

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AIUDF MLA Hafiz Rafiqul Islam on Saturday said Himanta Biswa Sarma- led Assam government doesn’t have the courage to bring the Uniform Civil Code in the state as it has been implemented in Uttarakhand. He reacted to the Assam government’s decision to repeal the Assam Muslim Marriages and Divorces Registration Act and added the move had been taken to target Muslims.

Islam said bill passed in Uttarakhand is not Uniform Civil Code. He said Uniform Civil Code cannot be implemented in Assam because there are people from many different castes and communities. He said BJP followers themselves follow these practices. Islam said the BJP government is employing these tactics as the Lok Sabha elections are approaching.

The Assam government gave its approval to repeal the British Raj-era law on Friday. Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma took to X and wrote this act contains provisions which allow marriage registration even if the bride and groom had not reached the legal ages of 18 and 21, as required by law. This move marks another significant step towards prohibiting child marriages in Assam.

This law gives authority to Muslim registrars to register voluntary declaration of marriages and divorces. After this law has been repealed, the district authorities will take over the custody of the registration records which have been held by 94 muslim marriage registrars.

The Assam government said it is not mandatory to register marriages and divorces as per the Act and the machinery of registration is informal, which leaves a lot of scope for non-compliance with extant norms. Earlier, the Uttarakhand government got the Uniform Civil Code Bill passed in the state assembly.

The bill seeks to replace personal religious laws governing marriage, divorces and inheritance, with a common set of rules applicable to all religious laws governing marriage, divorces and inheritance, with common set of rules applicable to all religions equally.

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Manipur violence: One dead, another injured in bomb blast near Imphal College

An unidentified miscreants exploded a strong bomb at the office of AMSU around 9:30 pm.

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In an incident on Friday night, a person was killed and another person injured in an IED explosion at the premises of the All Manipur Students’ Union (AMSU) situated inside the DM College complex in Manipur’s Imphal West district.

According to reports, on Friday night, an unidentified miscreants exploded a strong bomb at the office of AMSU around 9:30 pm, resulting in hurting two people. After arrival at the city hospital for treatment, one victim, identified as Oinam Kenagy, 24, died and another, identified as Salam Michael, 24, is currently undergoing treatment.

After the explosion, a police team quickly arrived at the location to assess the situation. The police are currently conducting further investigations as the attackers have not yet been identified.

It is worth noting that since September 10, 2022, prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the CrPC have been imposed on the area where the explosion occurred. This is due to an ongoing dispute.

Meanwhile, unidentified people set fire to the office of an NGO, United Committee Manipuri (UCM), in Lamphel, Imphal Valley, Manipur and miscreants also burnt down Macha Lekma School in Palace Compound.

The administrative section of a school in the Imphal East district was damaged and set on fire by unknown individuals, resulting in the destruction of a parked vehicle.

Earlier in January, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) filed two separate chargesheets against five accused in connection with the case of two missing students in Manipur, who were feared killed during the ethnic violence in the northeastern state.

On September 25 last year, photos showing their bodies surfaced on various social media platforms, leading to protests, mainly by students.

Among the five accused, Paolunmang was arrested from Pune, and Paominlun Haokip, Smalsawm Haokip and Lhingneichong Baitekuki were arrested from Churachandpur district. Nohgin Baitekuki was still on the run and no confirmation of his arrest.

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