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Matter Of Hours Whether Harivansh Singh Or Hariprasad Will Occupy Chair Of Dy Chairman Of The Rajya Sabha

New Delhi: It is clear with the nomination of Harivansh Narayan Singh of the Janata Dal (United) and BK Hariprasad of the Congress after they filed their nomination as NDA and UPA candidates respectively for election to the Rajya Sabha deputy chairman’s post. Now, both the groups are trying to manage the necessary numbers. The position fell vacant after PJ Kurien retired in July.

All eyes will on the election to the post of deputy chairman of the Rajya Sabha today as the NDA, which despite lacking the numbers in the Upper House, seems pretty confident of pulling off a surprise.

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Last Icon Of Dravidian Movement, M Karunanidhi Dies Of Prolonged Illness

New Delhi: DMK president and five-time chief minister of Tamil Nadu M Karunanidhi died at a private hospital in Chennai on Tuesday after prolonged illness. He was 94. The Kauvery Hospital said Karunanidhi died at 6.10pm.

“Despite the best possible efforts by our team of doctors and nurses to resucitate him, he failed to respond,” said the hospital in a statement, expressing “deep anguish”. The Madras High Court, meeting at the acting chief justice’s residence, deferred till 8am Wednesday a decision on a DMK petition challenging Tamil Nadu government’s decision refusing permission for Karunanidhi to be buried at Chennai’s Marina Beach.

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Now Electoral Battle In Rajya Sabha Over Appointment Of Its Deputy Chairman!

New Delhi: Yet another clash is on the sight with the election of deputy chairman of the Rajya Sabha. This will be the second electoral battle between the two camps in this Monsoon session in Parliament.

The much-awaited election for the post of the Rajya Sabha’s Deputy Chairman will be held on August 9, House Chairman Venkaiah Naidu announced on Monday, setting the stage for an electoral battle between the ruling National Democratic Alliance and the Opposition.

As things stand, the NDA has support from 93 members while the Opposition has 118 MPs on its side in the 244-member strong Upper House. But the former is banking of 33 fence-sitters including members of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam and the Biju Janata Dal to sail through. The Opposition is banking on cross voting of disgruntled ruling-coalition lawmakers in the poll where no party whip is applicable.The Deputy Chairman’s poll will see the second electoral battle between the two camps in this session.

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Senior SC Judges Upset With Government For Altering Seniority Of Justice Joseph

New Delhi: Controversy over appointment of Justice KM Joseph as Supreme Court justice, altering seniority granted to him by the government caused anger among several senior justices of the Supreme Court of India.

The judges, who met informally to discuss the appointments, have decided to take the matter up with the Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra on Monday to urge him to try and remedy what they consider to be interference by the government in judicial appointments, added the people cited above.

“Judges of the top court met and discussed Justice Joseph’s matter and the government’s decision to alter his seniority by placing him below Justices Indira Banerjee and Vineet Saran. Justice Joseph’s name was sent first and his name should have been first in the appointment notification. We have decided to take up the matter with the CJI,” a Supreme Court judge said on the condition of anonymity.

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HC Compares Working Of Delhi Govt With Lewis Carrol’s Alice In Wonderland

New Delhi: In a blow to the AAP government, its much-touted March 2017 order revising the minimum wages for all classes of workmen in scheduled employment was on Saturday quashed by the Delhi High Court which said the "hurried" decision was taken without hearing the employers or employees who would be affected and was violative of the Constitution."

 In its 218-page verdict, a bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar also set aside a September 2016 notification by which a Minimum Wages Advisory Committee for all scheduled employments was set up, saying that its constitution was "completely flawed".