New Delhi: Lok Sabha on Tuesday passed a resolution to set up a joint committee on offices of profit which will have members from both the Houses. The main function of the committee is to recommend what constitutes an ‘office of profit’. Holding an office of profit may lead to disqualification of a member of Parliament. A legislator is disqualified for holding an office of profit under the government as he or she might be susceptible to government influence, and may not discharge the constitutional mandate fairly, explains legislative think tank PRS India. Also Read – Ratul Puri’s ED custody extended by 4 more days Advertise With Us The joint committee on offices of profit is constituted for the duration of the Lok Sabha and consists of 15 members — ten from Lok Sabha and five from Rajya Sabha. The motion was moved by Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and passed by a voice vote. Lok Sabha passed another motion to elect two members to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences. The motion was moved by Minister of State for Health Ashwini Chaubey. As per AIIMS Act, two MPs from the lower house serve as members of the institute.
Srinagar: Leaders of the mainstream political parties in Kashmir will hold an all-party meeting Sunday evening here to discuss the prevailing situation in the Valley. Kashmir has been on the edge following the deployment of additional troops and the state administration’s order asking the Amarnath Yatra pilgrims and the tourists to leave the Valley owing to security reasons. Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti said the leaders of various political parties had decided to meet at a hotel here, but the police asked it not to allow any political meeting in its premises “The political parties here had decided to hold a meeting at a hotel today. But, police has issued an advisory to all hotels not to let political parties hold any meeting in their premises. Also Read – Trinamool, BJP activists scuffle at Dilip Ghosh’s event Advertise With Us Now we are holding the meeting at my residence at 6 pm today,” she told reporters here. Mehbooba said she talked to Nation Conference president Farooq Abdullah about the meeting and he committed that party’s vice president Omar Abdullah would attend it. “I talked to Farooq Sahab, he is unwell. But he made the commitment that Omar sahib will attend the meeting. I have talked to other leaders. It is very important for J&K that mainstream parties, civil society, trade unions, religious organisations and even separatists come together to fight this scourge,” The PDP president said. Also Read – NRC in Assam to be released: list to finalize if a person is Indian or Foreigner Advertise With Us She said the Centre was not bothered to speak on the situation in Jammu and Kashmir. “We had made an effort to tell the people of this country and the government about the consequences if they toy with Articles 35A and 370 (of the Constitution). We made an appeal too, but no assurance has been given yet from the Centre. They are not bothered to say anything, to say that everything will be alright,” Mehbooba said. Asked about the situation on the Line of Control (LoC), the PDP president said. Advertise With Us “We have heard about the situation on the border. The civilian casualties are condemnable, we are hearing that cluster bombs are being used. This is very wrong. This is done by Israel. Our country is Gandhi’s country and if this is happening, then it is very wrong.” The former chief minister accused the Centre of using corruption as a tool against the leaders of the mainstream political parties in the valley. “They (Centre) did whatever they had to with separatists. Now, they are using many tactics against mainstream political parties. When they got a hint of an all-party meet, Farooq (Abdullah) was taken to Chandigarh (for questioning by the ED in cricket association scam). “They are using corruption as a tool against political parties, crackdowns are being done, workers are being harassed, detained in police stations and their security withdrawn,” she alleged. “They (Centre) are making them (mainstream political leaders) vulnerable so that if anything happens tomorrow and people get angry, they (people) direct it at the mainstream parties rather than the Centre, and, god forbid, they are creating a civil war-like situation. It is a very sinister design that is going on,” Mehbooba added.
New Delhi: Senior counsel appearing for Nirmohi Akhara, one of the parties in the Ayodhya title dispute case, on Tuesday told the Supreme Court that there was a temple in the inner courtyard of the disputed site. Senior Advocate S K Jain told a bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi that Muslims were not allowed to enter the temple area. Also Read – Shah urges women to shun plastic bags Advertise With Us “There was no mosque there. As per the revenue records, it can be said that the land was in possession of the Nirmohi Akhara,” the counsel claimed. The constitution bench, also comprising Justice SA Bobde, D Y Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and S A Abdul Naseer, is conducting a day-to-day hearing in the Ayodhya title dispute case after the mediation panel failed to achieve an amicable settlement. Also Read – Free bus travel for women gets Cabinet nod Advertise With Us The apex court is hearing appeals against September 30, 2010 verdict of the Allahabad High Court in the case. The High Court in its verdict had ordered equal division of 2.77-acre disputed land in Ayodhya among the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla. The 16th-century Babri Masjid was demolished on December 6, 1992.