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Parliament Winter Session concluded: Key bills passed

The Winter session of Parliament which began on November 18 concluded today with both the Houses adjourned. The month-long session saw some controversial bills being passed. Except for Surrogacy Bill and Data Protection Bill, no other bills were sent to the select committee within Parliament.

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The Winter session of Parliament which began on November 18 concluded today with both the Houses adjourned. The month-long session saw some controversial bills being passed. Except for Surrogacy Bill and Data Protection Bill, no other bills were sent to the select committee within Parliament.

Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Prahlad Joshi, today informed the media that a total of 14 Bills were passed in the Lok Sabha with 116% productivity, whereas the Rajya Sabha passed 15 bills with 100% productivity. Vice President Venkaiah Naidu said that Rajya Sabha wasted over 11 hours in the session due to disruptions, however, members sat beyond scheduled hours to complete the business. The Lok Sabha worked for 130 hours, while the Rajya Sabha worked for 105 hours.

In the Monsoon session, Lok Sabha had worked for 281 hours which is 135% of the scheduled hours and Rajya had Sabha had worked for 195 hours which is 100% of the scheduled hours. This was higher than any other session of Parliament in the past 20 years.

The most contentious bill that was passed in the Winter session was the Citizenship Amendment Bill. The bill seeks to grant citizenship status to persecuted minorities–Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Christians, and Parsis–from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh. The legislation also reduces the pre-requisite time span required to stay in India before applying for citizenship, from 11 years to 5 years. The passage of the bill in both houses led to violent protests in various parts of the Northeast.

The Prohibition of Electronic Cigarettes (Production, Manufacture, Import, Export, Transport, Sale, Distribution, Storage and Advertisement) Bill, 2019 was also passed amid several concerns from various quarters. The Bill seeks to prohibit the production, trade, storage, and advertisement of electronic cigarettes. Any person who contravenes this provision will be punishable with imprisonment of up to one year, or a fine of up to one lakh rupees, or both.

Another contentious Bill that was passed in December was the Special Protections Group Act. It provides for the constitution and regulation of the Special Protection Group (SPG) to provide security to the Prime Minister, former Prime Ministers, and their immediate family members.

The Bill provides security to the Prime Minister, former Prime Ministers, and the immediate family members residing at the allotted residence for a period of five years from the date on which she/he demits office.

Another bill that was passed amid stiff opposition was The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2019. The Trans Bill was passed on November 26 and defines a trans-person as someone whose gender does not match the one assigned at birth. It prohibits discrimination against them in employment, education, housing, healthcare, and other services. It allows self-perception of gender identity but calls for recognition as ‘transgender’ on the basis of a certificate of identity issued by a district magistrate.

Most of the laws in the last two sessions were introduced with little or no notice, ignored proposed amendments and demands for scrutiny or references to Select Committees.

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MCD polls: 45 per cent cast vote in the MCD as of 4 pm

The BJP and the AAP have both professed confidence that they will win the elections, while the Congress is attempting to reclaim lost ground.

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MCD polls: 45 per cent cast vote in the MCD as of 4 pm

The State Election Commission announced on Sunday that the Municipal Corporation of Delhi’s (MCD) overall voting percentage for all 250 wards was approximately 45 per cent as of 4 pm.

The overall voter turnout for the Delhi civic elections on Sunday was just approximately 30 per cent, which may be considered a lukewarm response to the AAP and BJP’s high-pitched campaign. This is an increase from an even worse turnout of 18 per cent up until noon and 9 per cent up until 10.30 am.

Following a dip in temperature, the voting percentage in national capital civic bodies reached 18 per cent till 12 noon.

Just about 9 per cent of eligible voters had cast ballots as of Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m in the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) elections, said the State Election Commission. This low voter participation was a result of Delhi’s chilly winter.

Elections for civic bodies are currently taking place in the national capital under heavy security.

According to the State Election Commission, a large team of election officials and security organisations made enormous efforts to make the essential preparations for holding elections at 13,638 polling stations dispersed around Delhi.

68 model polling places have been set up with amenities including a waiting space or lounge, candy or toffee delivery to voters, a selfie station, and Civil Defence Volunteers to assist those with disabilities and senior residents.

A feeding room for nursing mothers, a creche for young children accompanying voters, swings for children, and a selfie booth are among the amenities set up in the 68 pink booths.

A feeding room for nursing mothers, a creche for young children accompanying voters, swings for children, and a selfie booth are among the amenities set up in the 68 pink booths.A feeding room for nursing mothers, a creche for young children accompanying voters, swings for children, and a selfie booth are among the amenities set up in the 68 pink booths. These steps are necessary to maintain electoral integrity and guarantee that all political parties and candidates have an equal opportunity to compete.

The BJP and the AAP have both professed confidence that they will win the elections, while the Congress is attempting to reclaim lost ground.

In the first municipal election held in the capital following the ward delineation, the BJP, which has controlled the civic body in Delhi since 2007, is hoping to continue its winning ways while the Aam Aadmi Party, which holds a majority in the Assembly, is hoping to gain ground.

After the new delimitation procedure, this is the first civic election. From 2012 until 2022, Delhi had 272 wards and three corporations—NDMC, SDMC, and EDMC—which were later reunified into an MCD, which had officially been established on May 22.

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Caught on Camera: Youth collapses while returning home with friends in Meerut, dies | Watch

This whole incident was captured in a CCTV camera installed on a house of that area.

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Caught on Camera: Youth collapses while returning home with friends in Meerut, dies | Watch

In Kidwai Nagar of Meerut city, Uttar Pradesh, a young man died while walking. Yes! as bizarre as this sound. But a youth on Saturday collapsed and dies on spot while walking with his friends. Everyone is shocked to know about this incident of death of a young boy on a colony road.

This whole incident was captured in a CCTV camera installed on a house of that area. Reportedly, a group of four friends was seen passing through the street on Saturday night at 11 o’clock. All four are talking among themselves meanwhile, a young man wearing a blue hoodie was seen sneezing with his hand over his mouth.

After a few moments, the young man tries to put his hand on his friend’s shoulder but slips and falls on the road. The young man’s friends tried to handle him but according to reports he died on the spot. His friends were also shocked by the sudden death of their young friend.

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They immediately took the young man to the hospital but the doctors declared him brought dead. Due to the death of the young man, there is chaos among the family members. At the same time, the video of this entire incident is going viral on social media.

Tweeple are shocked to discover the news and also expressed their grief toward the deceased. Social media users also expressed their concern over sudden deaths and cardiac arrests all over the country.

For the unversed, several cases have been recorded all over India in the past few months. Several cases of people dying in temples out of suffocation, while performing at events or even on stage has been recorded in the country. Tweeple were also noticed discussing the same and expressed their concern over poor heath approaches in India.

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MCD polls: Katewara villagers boycott elections because they are upset with the authorities

It is worth mentioning the MCD is the second-largest civic entity in the world after the Tokyo metropolitan region.

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Katewara villagers boycott elections because they are upset with the authorities

As the Delhi Municipal Corporation has turned to polls, the residents of North Katewara village in North West district are claiming to have boycoted the MCD elections.

They have alleged that the authorities have neglected their appeals of development.

They say that owing to the absence of proper roads, drains, the villagers have decided not to cast their votes. The authorities have ignored their grievances and so they will not vote.

It is worth mentioning the MCD is the second-largest civic entity in the world after the Tokyo metropolitan region.

More than 1.45 crore eligible voters in Delhi are exercising their right to vote in what is being viewed as a three-cornered race with the BJP, AAP, and the Congress as the key contenders. The city’s three civic bodies were reunited for the first time at the Municipal Corporation of Delhi elections in 2022. Given that many services are provided by the MCD and the Delhi government overlap, such as primary education and health care, the AAP wants to establish comprehensive control over the civic body’s governance of Delhi.

Municipal elections may seem less significant than state or national elections, yet they have a much greater impact on an urban resident’s daily life. No organisation has a greater impact on the lives of Delhi residents than MCD, which also manages elementary education, collects rubbish, maintains colony roads, operates crematoriums, and registers births, deaths, and weddings.

Shanti Bala Vaidya, 106, cast her ballot in the Delhi MCD among early voters

One of the early voters in the Delhi civic council elections was 106-year-old Shanti Bala Vaidya at the Deputy Ganj voting station in the Bara Hindu Rao neighbourhood, according to PTI. Since she began voting, she has never missed an election, according to her daughter Kamla. Vaidya is mute and only understands Bengali.

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