The union Commerce ministry is likely to announce the new foreign trade policy for the next five years on September 29, reported PTI. Notably, the current FTP (2015-2020) will expire on September 30. This is a highly anticipated move, because the policy which was supposed to end in 2020, was postponed twice due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The new foreign trade policy is expected to promote the country’s outbound shipments.
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A parliamentary commission interrogated top Twitter executives over a whistleblower's claims about the company's India operations, and the responses on data security and privacy were "unsatisfactory." According to the reports, firm authorities contested the whistleblower's assertions and denied any data security breach in India. On August 26, top Twitter officials testified before the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information and… read-more
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Kerala assembly sessions are scheduled to being on August 22, and the sessions will be carried out for 10 days. Also, bills to replace 11 ordinances which are lapsed, will be discussed as per the agenda of the state government. Notably, Kerala Governor Arif Mohammad Khan had earlier refused to give assent to 11 ordinances that lapsed without studying them in detail.
In the Lok Sabha, the Central Government introduced a bill to amend the Electricity Act, allowing non-discriminatory open access to distribution networks of power suppliers. The Electricity (Amendment) Bill 2022 was introduced by Power Minister RK Singh, on August 8, amid the opposition's protest. Notably, opposition leaders claimed that the newly amended bill would take away the rights of state governments, to provide electricity. The bill… read-more
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The government is set to introduce Data Protection Bill (Amended) 2022, after withdrawing the previous one. On August 3, the House of Parliament introduced the new bill with 81 amendments, for passing it in the Lok Sabha. Notably, the 2019 bill was introduced to regulate the use of personal data of individuals by the government and companies, in India. In 2019, the bill was withdrawn after protests of the opposition.
Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said the Government of India is taking action against dubious digital loan apps, including those originating from outside the country. During the Parliament session, Sitharaman clarified these loan apps, saying Indians who helped in setting them up will also be facing strict actions. On August 2, Rajya Sabha proceedings, Union FM said, many Indian borrowers are being harassed and money is being… read-more
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Two Cafeterias In Pakistan's Parliament House Shut After Lawmakers Complained Of Finding Cockroach In Food
In Pakistan's parliament House, two cafeterias have been shut after finding vermin in the eating area and unsanitary conditions in the kitchen. Reportedly, the lawmakers complained of being served unhygienic food, and some also found cockroaches in their food. Also, this is not the first time such incidents have occurred at Pakistan's Parliament house cafeterias, as in 2014, a cockroach was found in a ketchup bottle.
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The Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena party issued a suspension business notice in the Rajya Sabha, on August 1. The notice was issued in view of the arrest of Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut. Notably, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) arrested Raut in connection with the land scam in the Mumbai chawl project. The party condemned the arrest and… read-more
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Three more MPs were suspended from Rajya Sabha, for allegedly "disrupting" the assembly proceedings. The suspension is valid for this week. The suspended members include AAP MP Sushil Kumar Gupta, AAP MP Sandeep Kumar Pathak and independent MP Ajit Kumar Bhuyan. With this, a total of 23 MPs have been suspended from Rajya Sabha since July 26. Meanwhile, four MPs… read-more
Renowned philanthropist D Veerendra Heggade took oath as a new member of the Rajya Sabha, on July 21. He is also the administrator of the Dharmasthala temple in Karnataka's Dakshina Kannada district. Besides Heggade, legendary music composer Ilayaraja, athlete PT Usha and screenwriter V Vijayendra Prasad also sworn in as new Rajya Sabha members. Notably, Heggade was honoured with the prestigious Padma Bhushan award in 2015.