With the BJP, Left and Team Anna disappointed with the government over the Lokpal Bill. The Parliament has extended its session till December 29, with the pressing demand of Anna the Bill be passed in this session of the Parliament itself.
A special cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh which was met on Sunday, cleared the National Food Security Bill. The bill was cleared after a lot of prodding from the Congress Party President Sonia Gandhi.
The former telecom secretary Siddharth Behura was denied bail by the Delhi High Court in the 2G spectrum allocation scam. He was arrested along with the former telecom minister A Raja on February 2 of this year. Siddharth Behura and A Raja are the only two people who are still in jail as all the other 12 accused have been granted bail by the various courts.
The constitution bench of the Supreme Court consisting of five judges has come upon with a heavy hand on Kerala and Tamil Nadu for adding fuel to the Mullaperiyar dam fire rather than dousing it. It said that the states were whipping up the emotions of the people and inciting people in their respective states.
The High Court of Bombay will deliver its judgment today (12th December) on the 2003 Mumbai twin blasts which rocked the Mumbai city and claimed the life of 57 people. The Court will pronounce judgment as regard to the confirmation of death sentences awarded to three LeT activists.
The much hyped Unique Identification ‘Aadhar’ Scheme has run into trouble as the Parliamentary Standing Committee has asked the government to redraft the Unique Identification Authority Bill. The committee which is headed by the former finance minister and senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha said that the Bill is unacceptable and have also brought forward many key objections.
The Delhi High Court has asked the Centre as well as the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) to reply to the petition filed by the NGO – Telecom Watchdog, challenging the Central Government’s move limiting the number of SMS per day per SIM to 200. The reply is to be submitted within two weeks and the matter has been posted for next hearing on January 18.
The Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Law and Justice, which has been examining the Lokpal Bill draft, Mr. Abhishek Singhvi has said that there would be no delay except of a “couple of days” for the Committee to submit the report on the anti-graft Lokpal bill before the Union Parliament. Singhvi who met with the media after his meeting with the Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari told the media said that is the report is adopted the following day, the bill is likely to be tabled in the Parliament within the next two or three days. Singhvi further added that the time extension is technical as it is rudimentarily for translation and printing of the bill and this cannot be expressed as a delay in the real sense.