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28th March, 2017


  • Government says Goods and Services Tax bill is revolutionary; Hopes its passage will be ensured in the current budget session of Parliament. 
  • Rajya Sabha adjourned till 2 PM after uproar on issue of reconstitution of various commissions dealing with Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, Minorities and Backward Classes. 
  • Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad says, Aadhaar card is important to avail government benefits but it is not mandatory.
  • External Affairs Minister seeks reports from Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister on the alleged attack on African students in Greater Noida; Chief Minister assures fair and impartial investigation into the incident. . 
  • In Jammu & Kashmir, an encounter is underway between terrorists and security forces in Chadoora area of central Kashmir's Budgam district.
  • U.S. President Donald Trump to sign an executive order to undo a slew of Obama-era climate change regulations
  • In cricket: India beat Australia by 8 wickets in the Dharamsala Cricket Test, to clinch the four Test series 2-1 and reclaim the Border Gavaskar Trophy.


Government today said the Goods and Services Tax bill is revolutionary and hoped that its passage will be ensured in Parliament in the current budget session. Briefing media after BJP Parliamentary party meeting in New Delhi, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar said that discussion on the GST bill will take place in Lok Sabha tomorrow. During the meeting, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the government wants to pass the GST tax reforms through consensus. Quoting Mr Jaitley, Ananth Kumar said, the Finance Minister in detail explained the four bills--Central GST, Integrated GST, Union Territory GST and the Compensation Law--to the MPs and how these legislations would be beneficial. Mr Kumar said, the passage of GST bill will benefit people as well as economy. The Minister said, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has already made an appeal to the Parliamentarians to support the government on GST.


The issue of reconstitution of various commissions dealing with Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, Minorities and Backward Classes rocked the proceedings in the Rajya Sabha in the pre-lunch session today. The House witnessed four brief adjournments on the issue and was adjourned till 2 PM. This is for the second day that the issue was raised in the House. Congress-led opposition trooped into the well raising slogans as soon as the House met for the day. Responding to this, Information and Broadcasting Minister Venkaiah Naidu said, the government is in the process of reconstituting the commissions. He said, the opposition wants to mislead the country on the issue. He said, these commissions are functioning and the process to fill up vacancies is on. Mr. Naidu said, the opposition is not ready to hear the truth.

He said, the country has given a clear mandate to the ruling party and backward classes have supported the NDA in recently held elections in Uttar Pradesh and Uttaranchal. Earlier opposition members including Ram Gopal Yadav of SP, Mayawati of BSP and Sharad Yadav of the JD-U alleged that senior posts in these commissions are vacant and people are not getting relief from them.    

The situation was no different when the House re-assembled at 1230 hrs to take up Question Hour. Again, the Congress-led opposition members trooped into the well raising slogans. Some ruling party members also raised counter slogans from their seats.  As noisy scenes continued, Chairman Mohammed Hamid Ansari adjourned the House till 2 PM.


Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has said, Aadhaar card is important to avail government benefits but it is not mandatory. Talking to media outside Parliament, Mr Prasad said, if Aadhaar is not available, other identity proofs like a driving license or ration card can be used to avail government benefits. He said, the delivery of benefits through the Aadhaar card is transparent and safe.

Yesterday, the Supreme Court had said that Aadhaar card cannot be made mandatory by the government for extending the benefits of its welfare schemes to the people. It, however, said the government cannot be stopped from using Aadhaar in other schemes like the opening of bank accounts. The court said it will set up a seven-judge bench to hear the pleas challenging Aadhaar but right now it is not possible.


The government has said, Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) is providing security cover to 59 airports in the country and additionally CISF deployment has been approved for 3 more airports. Informing this to the Lok Sabha today, Minister of state for Home Kiren Rijiju said, deployment of CISF at airports is considered on the basis of threat assessment and requirement of ministry of civil aviation.

Replying to supplementaries in the Lok Sabha, Mr Rijiju said, presently CISF is providing security cover to 329 installations such as airports, industrial units, national monuments and government buildings. He said, the capabilities of CISF are continuously enhanced through training and providing requisite equipments. The minister, however, declined there is no such proposal at present to raise any separate wing within the CISF.


Consumer Affairs, Food and Public distribution minister Ram Vilas Paswan said, government has taken various measures from time to time to stabilize prices of essential food items as well as to protect the interest of farmers. Replying to questions in the Lok Sabha today, Mr Paswan said, changes in prices of 22 essential food items including moong dal, potato and onion vis a vis the prices on the day of demonetization are being monitored on daily basis.

The minister said, the Price Stabilisation Fund, PSF was set up with an initial corpus of 500 crore rupees in 2014-15 with the objective to tackle price volatility in agri horticultural commodities including pulses through appropriate market intervention. Mr Paswan informed the House that around 3.89 lakh tones of wheat, 184.5 lakh tonnes of rice and 10.50 lakh tonnes of pulses have been procured from farmers since demonetization.


The government today said there is no official estimation of black money either before or after scrapping of 500 and 1000 currency notes on the 8th of November last year. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, in a reply in the Rajya Sabha said, the searches conducted by the Income Tax Department during 1st of April 2014 and 28th of February this year, in the 2027 groups of assesses have led to admission of undisclosed income of 36,000 crore rupees. Seizure of undisclosed assets worth the 2890 crore rupees was also made.


External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has said she has spoken to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Adityanath Yogi about the alleged attack on African students in Greater Noida. In a series of tweets, Mrs Swaraj said, the Chief Minister has assured that there will be a fair and impartial investigation into the incident. She also said, the government is seized of the matter and is taking immediate action. Foreign students had demanded swift action against the culprits involved in the incident. 

Four Nigerian students were allegedly attacked during a candlelight protest march for a 17-year-old boy who died on Saturday. Locals have alleged that the boy died after the Nigerians forced him to inhale drugs. District police chief Dharmendra Singh has said that FIR has been lodged and police has video recordings of the entire protest.


External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today said she has spoken to Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik regarding the reported abduction of a Canadian national in Koraput district of Odisha. The Minister said, she has asked for a report on the matter from the state government. The Canadian national is reportedly untraceable from the Maoist affected Chhattisgarh-Odisha border region. Police of both states are trying to trace out his identity and whereabouts.


In Jammu & Kashmir, an encounter is underway between terrorists and security forces in Chadoora area of central Kashmir's Budgam district. Police said, the encounter started around 6 A.M. after security forces launched cordon and search operation in the area on the basis of specific input about the presence of terrorists in the area. Security sources told AIR that one to two terrorists are holed up in the area and exchange of fire is going on till last reports came in.  Meanwhile, a 20 year old civilian youth was killed in the exchange of fire.


Army has rescued 71 tourists, stranded in Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir, due to an avalanche. In a statement today, a Defence Spokesman said that Indian Army troops deployed in eastern Ladakh responded to help civilians trapped at the Chang La Pass due to an avalanche that struck between Chang La and Tangtse. He said, the tourists including 21 women and children were provided medical assistance, food, clothing and accommodation.


U.S. President Donald Trump will sign an executive order today to undo a slew of Obama-era climate change regulations. The move is meant to bolster domestic energy production, but environmentalists have vowed to challenge it in court. The decree  will also rescind a ban on coal leasing on federal lands, reverse rules to curb methane emissions from oil and gas production, and reduce the weight of climate change in federal agencies' assessments of new regulations.

The wide-ranging order is the boldest yet in Trump’s broader push to cut environmental regulation to revive the oil and gas drilling and coal mining industries, a promise he made repeatedly during his campaign for the presidency.


Dr. M. Rajeevan, Secretary Ministry of Earth Sciences today said, there is mounting evidence for the increase in Heat Waves due to Global Warming. He was speaking after inaugurating National workshop on Heat Waves Forecast for State Level Preparedness in New Delhi today. Dr. Rajeevan said, in the past decade both frequency and Intensity of heat waves in India has increased. He further added the deleterious effect of heat waves on public health is a major concern and the climate forecasts and awareness among the people is the need of the hour.

The national workshop was organized by Indian Meteorology Society and India Meteorology department sponsored by Ministry of Earth Sciences, Department of Science and Technology and Climate and Development Knowledge Network, CDKN.


India beat Australia by 8 wickets in the Dharamsala Cricket Test and clinched the four Test series 2-1. India achieved the target of 106 runs for the loss of two wickets in their second innings on the fourth day of the 4th and final Test. For the hosts, Lokesh Rahul was the highest scorer with 51 not out while Ajinkya Rahane remained unbeaten at 38. Earlier, India resumed their second innings' play at the overnight score of 19 for no loss. With this victory, the hosts also regained the Border Gavaskar Trophy.

After securing a vital first innings lead of 32, India took a firm grip on the match by skittling out the visitors for a paltry 137 in their second innings. For the hosts, paceman Umesh Yadav, spinners R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja took three wickets each, while Bhuvneswar kumar claimed one wicket.  

The scores are:-   

Australia -    300 and 137 all out.  

India  -    332 and 106 for 2.


A powerful cyclone has made landfall in Queensland, northeastern Australia this morning. Cyclone Debbie, a category four storm, has left at least 45,000 homes without power and damaged buildings.



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