Wednesday, 18 May, 2022
TopicWinter Parliament session

Topic: Winter Parliament session

Modi govt ordered blocking of 9,849 social media accounts in 2020, 2,000% more than 2014

MoS for IT Rajeev Chandrasekhar told Parliament that blocking of accounts followed 'due process', was in line with mission for 'open, safe, trusted, and accountable internet'.

164 high court proposals to appoint judges at various stages of consideration: Kiren Rijiju

Law minister Rijiju said filling vacancies in the high courts is a continuous, integrated and collaborative process between the executive and the judiciary.

Repealing farm laws without debate shows govt ‘terrified’ of discussion, says Rahul Gandhi

Gandhi said his party predicted the govt will have to take back the farm laws as the power of 'three-four crony capitalists cannot withstand the strength of farmers and labourers'.

Bill to repeal farm laws will be brought in Rajya Sabha today, says Pralhad Joshi

Joshi also urged the opposition to allow the passage of the bill without 'ruckus and disturbance' in the Upper House. Earlier in the day, the bill was passed in the Lok Sabha amid din.

Lok Sabha passes farm laws repeal bill within minutes of its introduction

PM Modi had earlier announced in an address to the nation that the laws will be repealed. Farmer groups have been protesting against the legislation for over a year now.

MPs ask Speaker Om Birla for classes on different bills, then bunk the lessons

Lok Sabha official says the classes were planned after several MPs complained they face difficulty in preparing speeches during debates on specific bills.

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Chinese President Xi Jinping | Representational image| kremlin.ru

Chinese economy is feeling the heat. Blame Xi’s political Lysenkoism, vaccination policy

Smarting from the failures of his Great Leap Forward campaign, which hit the economy hard, Mao launched the 1962 war with India to rally the nation behind him.
Congress supporters staged a protest against inflation in Ranchi on 10 May | ANI

As inflation breaks records, Modi govt plans to counter criticism ahead of anniversary & polls

While retail inflation hit an 8-year high of 7.8% in April, wholesale inflation surged to a 9-year high of 15.08% on the back of elevated food and energy prices in the same month.

Defence

Satellite image of the development on the site | Twitter | @detresfa_

China building ‘bigger, broader’ 2nd bridge at Pangong Tso that can carry armoured columns

China's People's Liberation Army aims for multiple routes to counter any possible operations by the Indian forces on the southern banks of the Pangong Tso in the future.

How Congress is like the Ambassador & why Indian politics needs a brand new set of wheels

Like the car, nothing the party has done to reinvent itself has worked. Only way forward is to offer something looking towards the future, not in image of glorious past.
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