Rajya Sabha returns Aadhar bill to Lok Sabha after amendments by Opposition

first_imgRajya Sabha today returned the Aadhar Bill to Lok Sabha with several amendments, with Opposition parties also objecting strongly to treating it as a money bill.The amendments to the Aadhar Bill 2016, which was moved by Congress leader and former Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh, were today passed with majority votes in favour.  The ruling BJP-led NDA does not have majority in the House. Members of BSP, TMC and BJD also walked out of the House raising objections on several issues concerning the measure. The process of return of the bill saw an animated debate over why it was brought as a money bill, with a number of opposition members also raising concern over privacy and national security on the biometric data of Indians so collected through the scheme.However,  Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the Aadhar Bill was a money bill as it dealt with the way public money or subsidy will be distributed among the needy under various government schemes. Moving the Bill in Rajya Sabha, Jaitley said Parliament cannot abdicate its right to legislate just because the issue is pending in the Supreme Court.The Minister also emphasised that the present bill was different from the one brought by the UPA government as it had further tightened the privacy provisions with regard to sharing of information of individuals collected by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI).Several Opposition members including Sitaram Yechury (CPI-M), Jairam Ramesh (Cong), Naresh Agrawal (SP) and KC Tyagi (JD-U) among others, opposed the government’s decision to label the Aadhar bill as a money bill. Refuting the objections in a debate marred by acrimony, Jaitley said the Lok Sabha Speaker had the final authority under the Constitution to declare a bill as money bill and nobody can question that.advertisementThe Lok Sabha had passed the bill on March 11.”One, the purpose of this bill is distribution of government money by subsidies and the rest is incidental, so it is a money bill. Two, merely because the executive action is challenged and pending in the Supreme Court, the powers of Parliament cannot suspend the right to legislate. Three, learning from UPAs experience, we have further tightened privacy laws much more than the UPA had in its bill,” Jaitley said.Also ReadJaitley, Yechury spar in Rajya Sabha on Aadhaar as a Money Bill Lok Sabha passes Aadhaar bill to further empower citizens Political football over Aadhaar: Why is Congress opposing its own brainchild?last_img read more

James Harden Scores 26 to Help Houston Beat Toronto

Jeremy Lin poured in 31 points and James Harden scored 10 of his 26 points after regulation as the Houston Rockets outlasted the Toronto Raptors in a 110-104 double-overtime thriller at the Toyota Center.Lin finished 10-of-17 from the field and netted nine of his points in the two overtimes to help Houston bounce back from two straight home losses. The Rockets were nearly dealt a third after Toronto rallied from a 17-point third- quarter deficit to force extra time.Dwight Howard and Chandler Parsons each had 18 points in the win, with Howard pulling down 24 rebounds and blocking five shots.“We just have to stick with it,” Howard said. “Second half we didn’t play as good as we wanted to, but we got a good win. We needed on especially at home, and I’m glad we got it.”Rudy Gay put up 29 points and 10 rebounds for the Raptors before fouling out in the final stages. DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry had 22 and 16 points, respectively, in the loss, with Jonas Valanciunas notching a double-double of 10 points and 13 rebounds.After missing out on a chance to win at the end of regulation and failing to hold onto a four-point lead in the first overtime, the Rockets finally put a game Toronto squad away in the second extra session.Lin ended Houston’s opening possession with a successful jumper and Harden buried a 3-pointer with 3:19 left for a 100-95 advantage. Lowry sank a pair of triples around another Harden basket, however, and Gay was fouled while canning a short jumper and sunk the bonus shot for a 104-104 tie with 1:50 remaining.The Raptors didn’t score again, however. Howard grabbed an offensive board and fed Terrence Jones for a go-ahead layup with 1:13 left, and Lin scored in the lane after an unsuccessful offensive trip for Toronto for a four-point spread with 33.4 seconds on the clock.“We fought with them obviously through two overtimes and shots that we usually hit, weren’t falling, you could say fatigue or a lot of different things but they are a great team and they played well,” Gay said. “I just wish I would’ve hit the easy ones (shots) and maybe things would’ve worked out differently.”This was the seventh straight loss in Houston for the Raptors.Source: SportsNetwork.com read more

Budget debate set to resume on Wednesday all ears tuned in for

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, June 6th 2017: One week after presenting its first Budget Communication to the people of The Bahamas, debate on its allocation and measures will commence on Wednesday in the House of Assembly.While it’s expected that line ministers will present their allocations and how they intend to spend in each area in the new fiscal year, many ears will be tuned in to hear how Government intends to reduce VAT and taxes in certain areas.So far measures outlined in reducing taxes include a .25 percent reduction in business license tax down from 1.5 percent. Hotels seeing turnovers exceeding US$400m, will now see their business license tax fall from 1.25 percent to one percent of turnover. Minister Turnquest added that excise duty on electric motorcycles will be reduced from 65 percent to 25 percent, as government looks to champion the new mode of affordable transport.The new government won the elections on the premise of repealing taxes implemented by the previous administration. However, during his budget presentation last week, DPM and Finance Minister, Peter Turnquest says his government was unable to remove all taxes as promised after finding what it describes as a “bare cupboard”, hinting that any tax reduction moves will have to be delayed.During the Speech from the throne, the government promised to repeal VAT on breadbasket items, all baby and children’s clothing, electricity, water, all health coverage and insurance, while creating tax free zones in Over-the-Hill communities.The debate on the Budget Communication 2017 2018 will commence tomorrow June 7th.#MagneticMediaNews#BahamasBudgetDebate20172018#BahamasGovernmentTaxRepealsOrTaxDelays Related Items:last_img read more

Public Forecast for The Bahamas and the Turks Caicos Islands December 27

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, December 27, 2017 – Nassau – THIS IS THE BAHAMAS PUBLIC FORECAST FOR THIS AFTERNOON AND TONIGHT WEDNESDAY 27TH DECEMBER 2017GENERAL SITUATION:  THE REMNANTS OF A STATIONARY FRONT IN THE VICINITY OF THE NORTHWEST BAHAMAS WILL LIFT NORTHWARDS AS A WEAK WARM FRONT WHILE A HIGH PRESSURE EXTENDS ACROSS THE AREA MOONRISE:    1:09PMMOONSET:     1:54AM THUR Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp HIGH TIDE:     2:10PM             2:57AM THURLOW TIDE:      8:33PM             9:17AM THUR FOR ALL AREAS FORECASTER: ORSON NIXON/rs SEAS:  2 TO 4 FEET IN THE NORTHWEST AND CENTRAL BAHAMAS AND 4 TO 6 FEET IN THE SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS AND THE TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS OVER THE OCEAN.center_img DAYTIME HIGH TEMPERATURE            82°F       28°C      OVERNITE LOW TEMPERATURE           66°F       19°C       WEATHER: MOSTLY SUNNY AND WARM WITH A FEW ISOLATED SHOWERS MAINLY ACROSS THE NORTHWEST AND CENTRAL BAHAMAS THIS AFTERNOON. TURNING FAIR TONIGHT. WINDS:  NORTHEAST TO EAST AT 10 TO 15 KNOTS IN THE NORTHWEST AND CENTRAL BAHAMAS AND EASTERLY AT 15 TO 20 KNOTS IN THE SOUTHEAST BAHAMAS AND THE TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS OVER OPEN WATERS. SUNSET:          5:29PMSUNRISE:         6:54AM THUR WEATHER OUTLOOK: HIGH PRESSURE WILL CONTINUE TO DOMINATE THE WEATHER THROUGH THURSDAY AS A WEAK COLD FRONT PUSH INTO THE NORTHWEST BAHAMAS BEFORE SHIFTING EAST OF THE AREA BY FRIDAY. Related Items:last_img read more

Neighborhood feud escalates after a recent dog attack in Santee

first_imgSANTEE (KUSI) — It’s one of the most horrifying things you’ll ever see.  A German shepherd and a pit bull ripping each other apart. It’s nasty enough to see this kind of thing once.  But twice?  Brutal.“I witnessed by neighbors dog getting attacked by the pit bull, locked on his neck,” said George Scott of Santee.The same thing happened with the same dogs two years ago.The latest drama began when Mike Clinger was playing baseball with his son in their front yard.  Suddenly, a bicycle rider and his pit bull stopped in front of the house, for some reason.“He stopped and started doing something.  No reason to stop except to cause trouble,” said Mike Clinger, owner of the German shepherd named Zuess.And trouble it was.  Clinger’s German shepherd heard the pit bull outside and darted out the front door for a nasty battle.  Both dogs needed medical help and so did the owner of the German shepherd.“He attacked me, he started punching me and kicking my dog.  Then he threw an aerosol can at my chest,” Clinger said.The Clingers don’t deny fault.  They admit that they should have locked the door to keep Zuess inside.  But they didn’t.“I would have paid for their vet bill, I know we were in the wrong, but after he assaulted me, I’m done with it,” Clinger said.Instead, the Clinger family has filed assault charges against the owner of the pit bull who attacked him.  They also want a restraining order to keep him away from their home and family.“I am shaken, Elise Clinger said.  “He’s putting up hundreds of flyers with our address, saying we have a killer dog.  Our kids walk to school every day and see these flyers.  I’m worried about this man.”Making matters even uglier.  The owner of the pit bull has been calling the city and blowing the whistle on “code violations” around his neighborhood.  The Clinger family was forced to take down a small home office in their garage and lay down rocks under their jets skis after the complaints were filed.“This man is a terrorist,” Clinger said. “The guy rides by our house three times a day, taunting and trying to get our dog to react.”The Sheriff’s Department has the case, but it does not appear to be urgent.  As for the Clinger family.“He’s basically disrupted our lives, we can’t do the things we normally do.  I feel like law enforcement needs to help,” Elise said.As for the owner of the pit bull?  He appears to be unapologetic and aggressive. “I’m not done yet”, he told me over the phone.  He’s referring to harassing his neighbors about “code violations.”As for the dogs, both will survive after receiving medical care.  Stay tuned. Dan Plante April 25, 2018 Neighborhood feud escalates after a recent dog attack in Santee Posted: April 25, 2018center_img Dan Plante, Updated: 6:19 PM Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more