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Ajit Mohan, vice-president and managing director, Facebook India | Facebook

Grilled by IT parliamentary panel on hate speech, Facebook India head says company is neutral

Facebook India head Ajit Mohan says platform has removed 22.5 million hate speech posts globally, but doesn't respond to suggestions of an India-specific standard for the same.
Congress MP Shashi Tharoor and BJP MP Nishikant Dubey | ThePrint team

Privilege vs privilege — Shashi Tharoor, BJP MP take Facebook hate speech row to Speaker

Shashi Tharoor sent a letter to the LS Speaker against BJP MP Nishikant Dubey for making ‘disparaging remarks’, while the latter alleged Tharoor violated Parliament rules.
Kozhikode: Students outside a school after giving a Board examination, May 27, 2020 | PTI

Current academic session not likely to be treated as zero year, govt tells parliamentary panel

Higher Education Secretary Amit Khare tells Rajya Sabha panel the govt will provide all logistical support to ensure that school and college exams are held.

Reduce gratuity payment period to 1 yr, extend it also to daily wagers — Parliament panel says

Parliamentary panel on labour wants 'inter-state migrant workers' to be mentioned as a separate category in the Code on Social security, 2019.
The Parliament building in New Delhi | Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Illegal to increase factory work hours from 8 to 12 — parliamentary panel to labour ministry

Members of the panel on labour, which met Monday, also said there should be a social security number for all migrants so that they can register in the proposed national portal.
The Parliament building in New Delhi | Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Rajya Sabha allows reporters at standing panel meetings, restricts ministry officials to 2

While issuing protocols for holding meetings, the Upper House also restricted participation of the number of support staff servicing different committees in the meetings.
The Parliament building in New Delhi | Praveen Jain | ThePrint

5 officials, soft copies, audio recordings: New rules for Parliamentary panel meetings

Lok Sabha secretariat issued protocols to ensure members stay safe during the pandemic as Parliamentary panel meetings are resuming from next week.
A view of Parliament building, New Delhi | Bloomberg News

Parliamentary committees — the ‘mini Parliaments’ that vet legislation and policy changes

Modi govt has set up parliamentary committees after being slammed in the budget session, which saw a record number of bills being passed, by bypassing these panels.

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File photo of Bihar CM Nitish Kumar | Facebook/NitishKumarJDU

The curious case of Nitish Kumar — 87% anger, 100% victory

In the supposedly most-politicised state in India, people say they don’t have ‘options’ this election.
RBI

RBI reschedules Monetary Policy Committee meeting, new dates to be announced soon

The panel was scheduled to meet for three days beginning 29 September for RBI's bi-monthly monetary policy review. RBI did not give any reason for rescheduling the meet.

Defence

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh releases the New Defence Acquisition Procedure (DAP) at the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) meeting, in New Delhi on 28 September 2020 | @DefenceMinIndia | Twitter

Govt scraps offset policy for govt-to-govt deals, allows leasing of defence equipment

The new Defence Acquisition Procedure 2020, which was unveiled by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Monday and kicks in on 1 October, also cuts down procurement time.
Narendra Modi and Amit Shah | File photo: T. Narayan | Bloomberg

Partners dispensable in Modi-Shah construct if they do not bring additional votes

In the Modi-Shah construct, if partners do not bring additional votes, they are dispensable. However old or loyal, either they become supplicants, or die.