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Sonia Gandhi Writes to PM Modi Highlighting Nine Key Issues for Special Session

“Sonia Gandhi’s letter to Prime Minister Modi was sent this morning, outlining nine key issues that we intend to raise in Parliament,” added Ramesh.

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New Delhi: The Congress party expressed its disappointment on Wednesday regarding the Central government’s decision to convene a special session of Parliament without sharing the agenda. Congress Parliamentary Party (CPP) chairperson Sonia Gandhi has taken the initiative by writing a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in which she has highlighted nine critical issues that require in-depth discussion.

During a press conference held in New Delhi, Congress General Secretary Jairam Ramesh stated, “A meeting of the Parliamentary Strategy Group took place on Tuesday, with Sonia Gandhi presiding and Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge in attendance. The primary purpose of this meeting was to discuss the agenda for the forthcoming Parliament Special Session. Subsequently, Kharge convened a meeting of floor leaders from both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha to deliberate on India’s strategy during the session.”

Ramesh emphasized, “We have decided not to boycott the session, as it presents an opportunity for us to raise important issues. We intend to encourage different parties to address various concerns. Furthermore, Sonia Gandhi will communicate the outcomes of the INDIA meeting to the Prime Minister through a letter.”

“Sonia Gandhi’s letter to Prime Minister Modi was sent this morning, outlining nine key issues that we intend to raise in Parliament,” added Ramesh.

In her letter, Sonia Gandhi expressed her concern over the special five-day session of Parliament scheduled to commence on September 18, 2023. She pointed out that this session was convened without any consultation with other political parties, leaving them unaware of the agenda. The communication received merely indicated that all five days were allocated for Government Business.

Sonia Gandhi emphasized the Congress party’s desire to participate in the Special Session to address matters of public importance, including the current economic situation with a focus on rising prices of essential commodities, increasing unemployment, growing inequalities, and the distress faced by MSMEs. She also mentioned the commitment made by the Government of India to farmers and their organizations regarding Minimum Support Prices (MSP) and other demands, as well as the demand for a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) to investigate Adani Group’s transactions in light of recent revelations.

In addition to these concerns, Sonia Gandhi listed five other demands, including the ongoing troubles faced by the people of Manipur and the breakdown of Constitutional machinery and social harmony in the state. She also highlighted the rise in communal tension in various states, the continued occupation of Indian territory by China, and challenges to India’s sovereignty on its borders in Ladakh and Arunachal Pradesh. The letter also stressed the urgent need for a Caste Census, the damages being inflicted on Centre-State relations, and the impact of natural disasters, such as extreme floods and droughts in different states.

“I earnestly hope that in the spirit of constructive cooperation, these issues will be addressed during the upcoming special session,” Sonia Gandhi stated in her letter.

Ramesh further noted that various state-specific issues, such as Tamil Nadu’s NEET and Maharashtra’s reservation issue, should also be considered during the session.

“We anticipate a response from the government, and we hope that the Parliament session will not be limited to government business alone, which would be unfortunate,” Ramesh concluded.

When asked about Prime Minister Modi’s statement regarding his re-election in the upcoming general elections, Ramesh commented, “The Prime Minister’s recent actions and decisions, such as the INDIA Group meetings and the unilateral call for a Special Session, reflect panic and fatigue on his part. He seems to have become anxious following these meetings in Bihar’s Patna, Karnataka’s Bengaluru, and Maharashtra’s Mumbai. His exhaustion and unease are quite evident.”

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Karnataka Council Passes FAR Amendment Bill

Karnataka Council approves FAR Bill amidst uproar. Premium FAR capped at 0.4%, Transferable Development Rights at 0.6%.

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The Legislative Council approved the bill enabling the sale and purchase of premium Floor Area Ratio (FAR) despite the BJP members staging a walkout during the session on Thursday.

Presented by Deputy Chief Minister DK Shivakumar, who oversees Bengaluru City Development, the Karnataka Town and Country Planning (Amendment) Bill 2024 received passage in the Council after its prior approval in the Assembly. This legislation permits developers to augment building floors by acquiring additional FAR through a fee payment equivalent to 40% of the guidance value, as sanctioned by local planning authorities. Furthermore, the bill sanctions the sale of FAR.

According to Shivakumar, the inclusion of premium FAR provision is anticipated to augment the revenues of local planning authorities, enabling investment in developmental endeavors. The premium FAR allotment is capped at 0.4%, with Transferable Development Rights limited to 0.6%.

The bill mandates that the proceeds from premium FAR fees be allocated towards land acquisition and the enhancement of basic amenities. Presently, FAR determination hinges on factors like road width, zoning regulations, and other pertinent parameters.

Expressing concerns, BJP MLCs cautioned against potential traffic congestion arising from the proliferation of buildings due to additional FAR. They proposed referring the matter to a select House committee for comprehensive deliberation, while some members advocated for an in-depth discussion before tabling the bill.

Shivakumar defended the legislation, asserting its simplification aimed at benefiting all stakeholders and bolstering the revenues of local planning authorities. He underscored that the previous BJP administration under Basavaraj Bommai had intentions to amend this law.

“We’ve introduced certain amendments to the law. Premium FAR has been operational in Mangaluru for some time now, generating approximately Rs 3,000 crore in additional revenue over the past six years. This amendment extends the same benefit to the entire state,” remarked Shivakumar.

However, BJP members opposed the bill and subsequently staged a walkout from the Council.

In addition, the Council ratified the BBMP Property Tax Amendment Bill, which previously received approval in the Assembly.

Shivakumar elucidated that the bill aimed to rectify an oversight from the previous government, which led to substantial penalties on property owners. He highlighted that the 15th Finance Commission stipulated the release of grants contingent upon property tax aligning with the guidance value, necessitating the introduction of this amendment bill.

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Forest personnel in Karnataka search for leopard, find dog

Forest officials in Rajarajeshwari Nagar were on high alert on Monday and Tuesday in response to reports of leopard sightings from concerned residents.

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Forest officials in Rajarajeshwari Nagar were on high alert on Monday and Tuesday in response to reports of leopard sightings from concerned residents. However, their efforts were met with an unexpected discovery. Despite the urgency of the calls, upon investigation, officials determined that the alleged leopard was, in fact, a dog.

Responding to multiple calls from RR Nagar residents who claimed to have seen a leopard in their vicinity on February 11 and later on February 19, forest personnel conducted a thorough search operation. However, their efforts yielded no evidence of a big cat prowling the area.

Even as some residents maintained night vigils in hopes of catching a glimpse of the elusive creature, no leopard was sighted. The situation escalated when residents of a local apartment complex shared CCTV footage capturing an animal moving along the road, albeit unclearly.

With concerns mounting, residents promptly alerted forest authorities, presuming the creature to be a leopard. Forest officials mobilized their resources for a comprehensive search, only to discover that the supposed leopard was, in reality, a domestic dog.

The incident highlights the importance of accurate identification and prompt response in wildlife management, even in urban areas where encounters with wildlife are rare but not unheard of.

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Karnataka mandates state anthem for all schools

The Kannada & Culture Department reversed its decision, now mandating all schools to sing the state anthem. Confusion stemmed from a “printing mistake.

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The Kannada and Culture Department, which previously issued an order excluding private schools from singing the state anthem during assemblies, has now reversed its decision. In a new government order issued on Wednesday, it has been clarified that all schools, including private ones, should sing the state anthem. Kannada and Culture Minister Shivaraj Tangadagi attributed the confusion to a “printing mistake.”

The issue was brought up in the Assembly by Leader of Opposition R Ashoka, who questioned the initial order’s intention of excluding private schools from including the state anthem, “Jaya Bharatha Jananiya Thanujathe,” penned by Kuvempu, in their assemblies. He expressed bewilderment at why private schools were being excluded from the purview of the education department.

Ashoka criticized the officials for such decisions and expressed frustration with Minister Tangadagi’s apparent lack of control over them. The BJP state president BY Vijayendra demanded an apology from the state government, citing a recent attempt by an official from the Social Welfare Department to alter Kuvempu’s slogan in residential schools as another instance of disrespect towards the poet.

Senior BJP MLA Suresh Kumar emphasized the Kannada and Culture Department’s responsibility to safeguard the Kannada language and questioned the rationale behind such orders. Health Minister Dinesh Gundu Rao downplayed the issue, stating that it was a minor matter that has already been rectified, but his statement was met with condemnation from BJP members.

Tangadagi clarified that the confusion arose during the preparation of the government order, where the term “all schools” was inadvertently changed, leading to the exclusion of private schools. He termed it a “printing mistake” and assured that it has been rectified. Law Minister HK Patil acknowledged the lapse and promised action against those responsible for the error. The latest government order issued by the department now includes all schools, irrespective of their ownership status.

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