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Further as per a case study, only 241 quintals (11%) were distributed in 2009-10,Pune 93. 2017 8:59 am Top News IN yet another instance of violence against medical practitioners," the Bexar County Veterans Service Office in Texas said in a statement late on Thursday. "Her contributions to our country and community will never be forgotten" it said After the war Coffey remained in the Pacific region working as an Army civilian in Japan She then transferred to Kelly Air Force Base in San Antonio in 1958 where she worked as an accountant until retiring in 1971 Honor Flight a group that provides trips to Washington for World War Two veterans flew Coffey to the nation’s capital last summer where she met President Barack Obama at the White House The WAAC accepted women aged 21 and 45 to fill military support roles and free up more men for combat according to the US Army About 400000 women served in uniform during World War Two the White House said (Reporting by Jon Herskovitz; Editing by Susan Heavey) This story has not been edited by Firstpost staff and is generated by auto-feed Written by Chakshu Roy | Published: August 8 2016 12:04 am Some experts point out the inadequacy of office space for political parties in the building They also refer to major and minor incidents which are a cause of concern Top News Last week newspapers reported that the government is agreeable to the idea of a new parliament building For some time the idea behind a new parliament building has been gaining momentum Last year Speaker Sumitra Mahajan wrote to the urban development ministry stating that the iconic circular building was showing “signs of distress” In 2012 Meira Kumar the then Lok Sabha speaker said that the parliament building is “weeping” Some experts point out the inadequacy of office space for political parties in the building They also refer to major and minor incidents which are a cause of concern A fire in the parliament house complex earlier this year and the disruptions of Rajya Sabha proceedings in 2012 due to a stench in the house being two of them Other experts believe that with proper restoration and upkeep the parliament building can continue to function for many more years In this debate we overlook that there is more to the institution of parliament than the building it is housed in Equally if not more important than the circular edifice of parliament are the rules of procedure that govern its functioning The last major procedural change was in the early 1990s when the standing committee system was introducedOur constitution empowers both houses of parliament to make their own procedures The two houses have their own rule book which guides their functioning Therefore the rules applicable in the two houses while being broadly similar differ on some aspects For example Rajya Sabha MPs are required to declare their financial interests in a register maintained by their committee of ethics However Lok Sabha MPs do not have a similar requirement The houses can change their procedures based on the recommendation of the rules committee of their house The rules committee of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha have produced a total of 14 reports in the past 15 years recommending changes in the functioning of the two houses Our constitution empowers both houses of parliament to make their own procedures The two houses have their own rule book which guides their functioning Therefore the rules applicable in the two houses while being broadly similar differ on some aspects For example Rajya Sabha MPs are required to declare their financial interests in a register maintained by their committee of ethics However Lok Sabha MPs do not have a similar requirement The houses can change their procedures based on the recommendation of the rules committee of their house The rules committee of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha have produced a total of 14 reports in the past 15 years recommending changes in the functioning of the two houses Some of these improvements can help streamline parliamentary functioning For example currently all bills are not referred to standing committees for scrutiny When thegovernment wants to push certain legislation through parliament quickly it can request the presiding officer of a house to not refer the bill to a committee While this ensures quick passage of legislation it also means that parliamentary scrutiny is compromised Changing the rules of procedure making it mandatory for all bills to be examined by committees will strengthen parliament’s law making ability Similarly at times the government tries to introduce discuss and pass a bill on the same day Suspension of certain procedures in the rule book gives the government the ability to do so Mandating that bills can only be passed after members of the house have been given a reasonable time to study the bills will ensure that MPs are able to contribute effectively to legislative discussions Parliamentary procedure has been reformed and updated in many countries In the UK a committee on modernisation of the House of Commons was established in 1997 Based on its recommendations programming of legislation and more scrutiny of legislative proposals have started taking place in the UK parliament Another important change based on this committee’s recommendation was advance planning of the parliamentary calendar Overhauling parliamentary procedure will also have a cascading effect on state legislatures A new building of parliament will have no meaning if the procedures of parliament are also not modernised Overhauling parliamentary procedure will also have a cascading effect on state legislatures A new building of parliament will have no meaning if the procedures of parliament are also not modernised The writer is head outreach PRS Legislative Research For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: July 19 2017 5:56 am The MC on Monday had decided that it would enter into a fresh MoU with the Jaypee group the company running the garbage processing plant at Dadumajra Top News The Municipal Corporation (MC) Tuesday submitted a proposal to the National Green Tribunal(NGT) of entering into a fresh Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Jaypee group of having a compost plant at Dadumajra The next date of hearing would be July 24 The MC on Monday had decided that it would enter into a fresh MoU with the Jaypee group the company running the garbage processing plant at Dadumajra As per the draft MoU the MC shall continue to pay the tipping fee of Rs 500 per ton with effect from July 15 on the quantum of waste It was said that the company shall set up a compost plant of 300 MT capacity in the existing premises within three months at own cost The company shall also be entitled to the dumping ground material for use of composting which will be supplied by the MCC free of cost at the plant of the company as and when requested by it to meet MCC’s goal of maximizing the consumption of filed material the draft MoU said The MC and Jaypee group had entered into mutual termination of the existing contract few months back Jaypee was to leave by March 2017 but later it took a U-turn saying that it would upgrade its plant and set up a compost plant as well Since Jaypee wasn’t processing the garbage NGT asked it to do so and the councillors in the general house went ahead to pass that the proposal may not be accepted and the contract be terminated They were all set to take possession of the land However when the facts were told to NGT the Tribunal observed that Jaypee may set up the compost plant and upgrade its existing plant as assured by the company Following this a MoU had to be drafted For all the latest Chandigarh News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy Virpratap Vikram Singh On Wednesday commuters on the Mumbai Metro were taken by surprise when they were subjected to a sudden monsoon downpour right inside one of the metro trains’ compartments The incident which was reported at 1130 am was recorded by several commuters and uploaded online where needless to say it went viral The video shows a large quantity of water leaking from the air conditioning ducts splashing on to the floor of the train Representational image PTI Mumbai Metro One Pvt Ltd (MMOPL) officials were quick to act and immediately took the train off the line and replaced it but not before questions began to be raised on whether the brand new Metro Rail system was strong enough to withstand Mumbai’s famed heavy showers Reliance Infrastructure one of the stakeholders in MMOPL and which is operating the service finally responded on the matter at 730 pm when it released statements on its social media pages on Twitter and Facebook stating: “It (the train) has already been replaced and will be put to service tomorrow” This comment came eight hours too late and as the video had generated a tremendous buzz by then didn’t get any forgiving readers Pressed for a comment on Thursday a spokesperson for Reliance Infrastructure stated that the problem in the train was caused from one of the AC ducts in train number 1005 The problem was quickly rectified and the train went back on the tracks on Friday The spokesperson went on to add that on Thursday night all 129 AC ducts in the 16 trains were checked thoroughly to ensure that the problem does not occur again The incident occurs just 25 days since the commencement of the Mumbai Metro services Perhaps that is why Mumbaiites who have been waiting a total of nine years for this metro rail system were not the most understanding as they made strong comments against the service operator The Metro representatives attempted to defend the firm in a late night post that stated: “The Mumbai Metro trains are of world class quality designed by ALSTOM; it has been quality tested by Indian Railways and it has no faults whatsoever The technical issue witnessed today is not uncommon worldwide It already has been rectified and the train is ready to serve tomorrow morning We regret the inconvenience caused to our passengers today #MumbaiMetro is committed to provide world class service We are witnessing a few teething problems and trying to fix these things” However while Reliance can state that trains were designed by ALSTOM a French multinational company the trains were actually manufactured by CSR Nanjing Puzhen and based of the Chinese domestic Type A design for a total of Rs 6 billion according to reports When asked to respond on where Reliance had purchased their trains from a Reliance spokesperson was unable to comment Several people however took the liberty to advise Reliance that they did indeed buy their trains from CSR Nanjing Puzhen but a lot more people seemed interested in asking Reliance to validate their vague statement that the technical problem was “not uncommon worldwide” When asked to comment on that the Reliance spokesperson clarified that the message was a miscommunication and that the intended message was to reassure people that while a problem had indeed occurred it was not one that was uncommon The spokesperson went on to mention that the Mumbai Metro is now running at “99 percent efficiency” The Mumbai Metro was completed in 2014 after nine years and at a cost of over Rs 4000 crore The project was completed through a joint venture between Reliance Infrastructure Veolia Transport and Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) It opened on 8 June 2014 and has been running for less than a month Pakistan has done precious little to calm the situation after the Uri tragedy Instead it is going on a limb to ratchet up tensions and provoke India Islamabad is calling it a routine air defense exercise but the "thunderous spectacle of Pakistani fighter jets touching down on a major highway on Wednesday and Thursday with commercial flights suspended and traffic blocked for hours has fueled public speculation that something much more ominous is afoot" reported The Washington Post on Thursday Helicopters take part in a Pakistani air force’s exercise Reuters "The display of military readiness which included a late-night jet flyover Thursday above this capital city (Islamabad) has come amid an unusually tense showdown with India" the report added The blatant muscle flexing with Pakistani Mirage and F-16 fighter jets closure of airspace over parts of Pakistan and cancellation of at least 10 domestic flights spooked small investors on Wednesday However safety assurances by the military calmed Pakistani investors and the Karachi benchmark-100 index bounced back to 091 percent on Thursday Pakistani officials have described the air defense exercise code-named “High Mark” as routine However security officials speaking on conditions of anonymity told the US media that the exercises were more than routine and part of a strategy to foil any possible Indian attack The Pakistani war games are ill timed They come on the back of rising tensions after the Uri assault and a war of words in the UN General assembly in New York It plays into the overcharged situation As it is Indian naval officials had issued a high alert on Thursday for coastal areas after some school children claimed to have seen four men moving “suspiciously” near a naval facility in Uran Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif gave a speech at the UN General Assembly on Wednesday which was incendiary and strident in tone “We just heard a speech full of threat bluster and rising immaturity and complete disregard of facts” India’s Minister of State for External Affairs MJ Akbar said without mincing any words Akbar blasted Pakistan’s feigned desire for talks; "Pakistan wants dialogue while holding a gun in its hand Talks and guns don’t go together" "We haven’t seen the first mile Where is the question of the extra mile" Akbar said in response to Sharif’s hypocricy that Pakistan has "gone the extra mile and repeatedly offered dialogue" Countries like the United States and Britain have unequivocally condemned the Uri terrorist attack but unlike past years haven’t underlined their condemnation with appeals for a return to dialogue The US has seen so much double-dealing by Pakistan in Afghanistan that it is now far more sympathetic to the Indian position said Myra MacDonald After years of catering to its war on terror ally Pakistan the US is batting for India providing greater security assistance to Afghanistan Diplomats from Afghanistan India and the United States met in New York on the margins of the UN general assembly to discuss ways of side-stepping Pakistan’s selective blockade of landlocked Afghanistan "The meeting provided a forum for the US Government and the Government of India to explore ways to coordinate and align their assistance with the priorities of the Afghan government They agreed that the dialogue helps advance shared values and goals" said the US state department after the trilateral meeting Pakistan continues to be a fly in the ointment According to reports Islamabad has refused to allow Indian wheat supplies and other humanitarian aid overland to Afghanistan Pakistan’s pettiness in blocking humanitarian aid from India has naturally angered Afghanistan "Afghanistan is landlocked but thinks openly Pakistan has access to the sea and thinks like a landlocked country" Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani said last week in a talk at Delhi’s Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses reported The Times of India "Why are we concerned that a country (Pakistan) can block two great nations (India and Afghanistan) from trading With the Chabahar Port (Pakistan’s) monopoly will end" scoffed Ghani Washington broadly supports India signing a deal with Tehran for a transport corridor opening up a new route to Afghanistan via the Iranian port of Chabahar as it outflanks the $46 billion China-Pakistan economic corridor project with Gwadar as its focal point Pakistan’s interests are completely different from those of India in Afghanistan Islamabad wants the return of some variant of the Taliban so that they can again use Afghanistan as a launching pad for jihadi attacks against India especially in Kashmir When the India-hating Taliban ruled Afghanistan from 1996 until December 2001 Pakistani militant groups based out of Afghanistan launched frequent cross-border attacks on Kashmir India was in all kinds of trouble when Pakistan-based Harkat-ul-Mujahideen terrorists hijacked an Indian Airlines flight on 24 December 1999 and took it to Kandahar airport in southern Afghanistan The eight day hijack drama ended only after India freed three high-profile Kashmiri separatist prisoners For the last 15 years India has refrained from aggressive responses to Pakistan sponsored terrorism which included the 2008 Mumbai attacks With 18 soldiers now dead in Uri Prime Minister Narendra Modi should toughen India’s stance against Pakistan and its sponsorship of militancy in the Kashmir valley "Through every attack from across the border the government has flipped and flopped Until India builds a coherence in its own strategy it will continue to face such challenges from Pakistan" wrote Suhasini Haidar in The Hindu "It is with great sadness we learned that our beloved Ms.

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