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Congress, Rahul Gandhi Responsible For Triple Talaq Bill Not Being Passed: Ananth Kumar

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After the triple talaq bill could not be taken up in the Rajya Sabha on Friday, the government blamed Congress President Rahul Gandhi for thwarting passage of the bill, while the Congress accused it of playing politics on every issue.

Attacking the government, the Congress said: “The government plays politics on every issue … it should have built a consensus taking all (parties) along on the bill.”

However, Minister of Parliamentary Affairs Ananth Kumar said even though the bill could not be taken up in the monsoon session, the government would keep on trying to protect the interests of Muslim women.

“We will keep the struggle on to give justice to Muslim women. Congress President Rahul Gandhi and his party are directly responsible for delaying the passage of the bill. They have blocked it from day one. They unnecessarily raised the issue of sending the bill to the select committee,” Kumar told reporters outside the Parliament.

UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi said her party’s position is absolutely clear on the bill.

“Our party’s position is absolutely clear on this. I will not say anything on this further,” she said.

“In Lok Sabha, there was absolute consensus when it was passed. Congress and other parties were also part of the discussion there. There was no division there. Then why they are blocking it in Rajya Sabha? This is the double standard of the Congress party … they do something in Lok Sabha and the opposite in Rajya Sabha,” Kumar said, adding this is the true face of the Congress party.

“This is an injustice done to crores of Muslim women. Triple Talaq is a big issue of gender justice. It is a social issue. I would urge the Congress to understand it and pass the bill with a consensus,” Kumar said.

He also said if the Congress party’s intention was right, they should have discussed the issue. “Time was already allotted for it. It has been pending for the last two sessions.”

“Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and Congress party don’t want to give protection to the Muslim women. They are just shedding crocodile’s tears, and they will keep betraying (the Muslim women),” said the Minister.

The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2017 has been deferred to the next session of Parliament as the Rajya Sabha decided to not take it up on Friday, the last day of the monsoon session, Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu announced.

Towards the evening, Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad insisted that the bill be taken up, but the Chairman said he would not proceed without a consensus on the issue.

Replying to a question on Triple Talaq Bill, Congress spokesperson Pawan Khera said: “This government plays politics on every issue. They have always done poor politics on everything. If a few of their bills are not getting passed, then it was the responsibility of the government to find a way and build a consensus taking all (parties) along. Don’t do politics.”

“If you are really committed about any cause, then you should work for it. If they don’t have commitment, they will keep doing politics and their true face will be exposed,” he added.

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Indian Air Force chief in Israel to enhance military ties

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Indian Air Force chief Air Chief Marshal R.K.S. Bhadauria reached Israel on Tuesday. The visit is aimed at enhancing military cooperation between the two countries.

In Israel, Air Chief Marshal Bhadauria and his counterpart Major General Amikam Norkin, Commander Israel Air Force, will discuss the military ties and cooperation between two countries.

Indian Air Force in a statement said, “As strategic partners, India and Israel enjoy strong, multi-dimensional ties, an important pillar of which is defence cooperation and military level exchanges.”

“Both sides will discuss enhancement in the depth and scope of bilateral exchanges between the two Air Forces.”

Prior to his visit to Israel, Air Chief Marshal Bhadauria called on Major General Ibrahim Nasser M. Al Alawi, Commander UAE Air Force and Air Defence (UAE AF & AD) on August 1.

They noted the rapid progress made in bilateral engagements and had wide-ranging talks to identify avenues and measures for further strengthening the robust relationship between the two Air Forces.

Air Chief Marshal Bhadauria also visited major UAE AF & AD units during the two-day goodwill visit.

In March this year, Indian Air Force chief visted Colombo to attend the 70th anniversary celebrations of the Sri Lankan Air Force. He was in the island nation on an invitation from Sri Lankan Air Force commander Air Marshal Sudarshana Pathirana.

The presence of the IAF chief during the inaugural day of the air show reinforced the strength of IAF-SLAF ties and his visit further strengthened the existing cooperation and opened up newer avenues of mutual interest.

Over the last two years, India has been enhancing military cooperation with friendly nations. Indian military top brass have been visiting these friendly countries and making defence cooperation ties.

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‘Official work’: Sharad Pawar says amid speculation over meeting with Amit Shah

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NCP supremo Sharad Pawar on Tuesday met Union Home and Cooperation Minister Amit Shah in New Delhi, sparking off speculations.

Pawar himself sought to clear the air, terming it an official meet. “Had a brief meeting with Union Co-operation Minister Shri Amit Shah in New Delhi today along with Shri Jaiprakash Dandegaonkar, President of NFCSF (National Federation of Cooperative Sugar Factories Ltd) & Prakash Naiknavre to discuss issues faced by the sugar co-operative sector,” he said.

The meeting gained significance as it came on the same day as Pawar’s daughter Supriya Sule attended the breakfast meeting of opposition leaders hosted by Congress leader Rahul Gandhi.

The Congress and the Shiv Sena, who are the Nationalist Congress Party’s allies in the Maharashtra, however, dismissed any political significance of the meeting.

The meeting came a day after Shiv Sainiks went on a rampage, tearing down a brand new hoarding erected by the Adani Airport Holding Ltd (AAHL) outside Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA) to protest against what they alleged was AAHL’s unilateral move to abruptly ‘change’ the name of CSMIA and replace it with the Adani Group brand name.

Pawar has been meeting the ruling party leaders and ahead of monsoon session on July 17, met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and talked for about 50 minutes, the Prime Minister’s Office said.

The meeting took pace amid reports over fissures in the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) coalition government in Maharashtra.

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Delhi Cabinet approves increased salary of MLAs

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The Delhi Cabinet on Tuesday approved salary hike of the members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs) after getting approval from the Centre.

With the approval from the cabinet, Delhi MLAs will now get a salary of Rs 30,000 per month.

As per a provision of the Bill cleared by the Delhi Assembly in 2015, the basic salary of legislators will increase from the current Rs 12,000 to Rs 50,000.

However, the AAP government said that the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has scuttled the proposal and restricted it and capped the salary of the MLAs to only Rs 30,000. They will be getting a total of Rs 90,000 per month including Rs 30,000 basic salary and other allowances.

The restriction imposed by the Centre has forced Delhi’s MLAs to be amongst the lowest paid among all states in the country.

“The salary of Delhi’s MLAs hasn’t increased since 2011 and the Delhi Government had requested the MHA that it should be at par with MLAs of other states, however the MHA refused to do so,” said Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) in a statement.

The Delhi Government had proposed a salary of Rs 54,000 for the MLAs.

“Now the salary plus allowances of the MLAs of Delhi has been restricted by the MHA to Rs 90,000,” it said.

Proposal for an increase in salary and allowances of Delhi MLAs was pending with the MHA for the last 5 years.

The cabinet has also approved salaries and other allowances of Ministers of Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi, (Amendment) Bill, 2021 and MLAs under the Legislative Assembly of Delhi (Amendment) Bills, 2021.

“After Cabinet approval, the proposal and draft bills will be sent for MHA’s approval before being placed in the Delhi Assembly,” CMO said.

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