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Monsoon Session important as nation will elect new Prez, V-P: Modi

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Ahead of the Monsoon Session of Parliament, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday urged all the MPs to follow parliamentary procedures saying the session is important as the nation is going to elect a new President and Vice-President.

“Elections for the office of President and Vice-President are being held in this session. Voting (for the Presidential election) is taking place today. During this session, the new President and Vice-President will begin guiding the nation,” he said.

Prime Minister Modi said that this is the period of ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’ and special significance of the Independence day for the coming 25 years – when the nation would celebrate the hundred year of independence.

The government has listed 32 bills to be passed in this session and in which 24 are new. The opposition has objected to it citing time constraint.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi said that the bills will not be passed in a hurry and adequate time will be given for debate.

The Congress, this morning, moved adjournment motion in Lok Sabha on LPG price hike and suspension of business notice in Rajya Sabha on Agnipath scheme.

A total of 24 new bills will be introduced in the upcoming monsoon session, including Press and Registration of Periodicals Bill, 2022.

“The Bill seeks to replace the Press and Registration of Books (PRB) Act, 1867 by decriminalisation of the existing Act, keeping the procedures of the extant Act simple from the view point of medium/small publishers and uphold the values of Press Freedom”.

It may see stiff opposition as it is said that this bill is being brought to control the small publishers and digital media. The Opposition has already alleged that the government is trying to stifle the voice of dissent in the country.

Another important bill is Energy Conservation (Amendment) Bill, 2022, which seeks to provide a regulatory framework for Carbon Trading in India, to encourage penetration of renewables in energy mix, and effective implementation and enforcement of the Energy Conservation Act.

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Delhi hit-and-drag case: Victim was drunk at the time of incident, sources

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 Delhi Police have received the ‘viscera examination report’ of 20-year-old Anjali, who met a painful end after being dragged by a car for several kms on the outskirts of the national capital in the early hours of January 1, said an official on Friday.

Sources said that as per the report, she was drunk at the time of incident.

According to Sagar Preet Hooda, the Special Commissioner of Police (law and order), the report of the victim, Anjali prepared by the Forensic Science Laboratory, Rohini, Delhi was received on January 24.

“The result of the report is part of the ongoing investigation. Further probe in the matter is in progress,” said the Special CP.

Anjali along with her friend Nidhi was returning home after a party at a hotel in Rohini when her scooty was hit by a car at around 2 a.m. She was then dragged for several kms by the car leading to her death. Her naked body was found lying on the road in the Kanjhawala area at around 4 a.m. by a passerby, who informed the police.

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I-T dept raids over 30 locations of five builder groups across Jaipur

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The Income Tax department on Thursday raided over 30 locations of five builder groups across Jaipur. The teams also conducted search operations at two locations of a builder group in Gurugram.

Officials said that the I-T department had received a tip-off that these builders were engaged in making cash deals while selling flats in multi-storey buildings, plots and commercial properties in Jaipur.

After verification, 40 teams of the investigating branch of the I-T department raided their locations on Thursday morning. Raids have been conducted at the premises of Manglam Group, Sanjivani, R-Tech, Jugal Derewala and Haridutt, including their offices, corporate offices and residential premises.

The I-T teams have raided places in Jaipur including Tonk Road, Mansarovar, Rajapark, Jagatpura, C-Scheme, Civil Lines, Ajmer Road, Delhi Road, Agra Road and Sanganer.

Sources said that the department had received complaints of undisclosed income running into crores of rupees. All the five builders were using cash to buy and sell land. So the I-T teams raided around 38 targets simultaneously. According to the information received so far, huge amount of cash, and documents of land purchase and sale have been found from their premises.

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Facebook alert helps police foil youth’s suicide bid in Ghaziabad

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A Facebook alert helped save a youth’s life in Ghaziabad.

The young man was about to commit suicide on an Instagram live, when Meta Headquarters, the parent company of Facebook and Instagram based in California, reviewed the video and sent an alert to the Uttar Pradesh police, who reached his house by tracing his mobile’s location in around 15 minutes.

The 23-year-old has been identified as Abhay Shukla, who was counselled for 6 hours before being sent back to his family.

The UP police had tied up with Meta in March last year to alert them immediately if a post related to suicide was seen on Facebook or Instagram.

On Tuesday night, Shukla came live on Instagram and started tying a noose.

Seeing the video, the headquarters sent an email alert to the social media centre of the state’s police department, along with Shukla’s registered mobile number.

The social media centre transferred the alert to the Ghaziabad Police Commissionerate, when the phone’s location was found to be in the city.

The message was then forwarded to Vijay Nagar police station.

Shukla is a resident of Kannauj and currently lives in Vijay Nagar area of the state.

He worked in Gurugram’s Cashify company and left his job to start his own business in the same field.

As per the police, Shukla took the extreme step when he had to borrow Rs 90,000 from his mother, who had saved the amount for his sister’s marriage, to compensate for the loss he suffered in his venture.

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