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United Opposition To Chalk Out Its Strategy On Working Of Parliament

New Delhi:Opposition political parties of the country will meet on Monday to formulate a joint strategy to corner the government on various issues. Monsoon Session of Parliament is starting on July 18 where slew of issues are expected to be taken up by the government if runs properly.

Topmost on the agenda will be to finalise a joint candidate for the RajyaSabha deputy chairman’s post which fell vacant after the end of the term of P J Kurien from the Congress on July 1.Leaders from the Congress and various other parties will meet Monday evening in the office of the Leader of the Opposition GhulamNabi Azad in Parliament House.

“Opposition leaders will meet tomorrow to decide on issues which will be taken up in the Monsoon Session. They will plan a strategy to seek answers from the government on issues related to increasing bank frauds, women safety and threats to national security,” deputy leader of the Congress in the RajyaSabhaAnand Sharma said.

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Three-Day RSS Session In Somnath To ‘Avoid’ Politics

New Delhi:The three-day annual meeting of office-bearers of the RashtriyaSwayamsevakSangh (RSS) that started in Somnath on Sunday will avoid discussions on political issues. The RSS will focus on the organisational matters.

Top Sangh leaders, including RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat and general secretary Bhaiyyaji Joshi, apart from 200 delegates of the Hindutva fountainhead that is also the ideological mentor of the ruling BharatiyaJanata Party (BJP) at the Centre, are attending the “PrantPracharak” meeting.

The annual meet takes stock of the overall performance and policies of the organisation that runs more than 58,000 sakhas across the country, and formulates its strategy for the next one year.

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Ravi Shankar Prasad Says, Try And Hack Aadhaar Database A Billion Times You Won’t Succeed

New Delhi:The government assures that Aadhaar database are safe when Union minister for electronics and information technology Ravi Shankar Prasad said that even if you were to try and hack the Aadhaar database a billion times you won’t succeed.

Displaying his pocket-sized unique identification card at a function to launch Goa’s IT policy, the union minister said the Aadhaar data did not contain information that could be used by trolls.“It contains my photograph, (that) I’m a male and my permanent Patna address. What does it not contain? My religion, my income, my medical record, my caste, my community and my other private information by which I can be trolled,” he said.

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Sonal Mansingh, Rakesh Sinha Make It To Rajya Sabha

New Delhi:  President Ram Nath Kovind today nominated four persons to the Rajya Sabha. They are farmer leader Ram Shakal, Author and Columnist Rakesh Sinha, Sculptor Raghunath Mohapatra and Classical Dancer Sonal Mansingh.

Four seats of the upper house were vacant after the retirement of cricketer Sachin Tendulkar, veteran actress Rekha, social activist Anu Aga and veteran lawyer K. Parasaran.

Rakesh Sinha is a widely read author who is the founder and honorary director of the think-tank "Indian Policy Foundation". Sinha is a regular columnist in various publications. Ram Shakal is a public leader who has worked for the well-being and upbringing of the Dalit community. Shakal has been a Member of the Parliament in the past, representing the Robertsganj constituency. Raghunath Mohapatra, a renowned architect and sculptor who is recipient of Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan.

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Israel Carries Out Heaviest Strikes On Gaza Since 2014

New Delhi:  The Israeli military carried out its largest daytime air strike campaign in Gaza since the 2014 war yesterday as Hamas militants fired dozens of rockets into Israel throughout the day. Two Palestinian teenagers were killed in an airstrike in Gaza City, while three Israelis were wounded from a rocket that landed on a residential home. Twenty-five people were wounded across Gaza, authorities said.

However, Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said a ceasefire had been reached late in the day. He said, the Islamist movement, which runs the Gaza Strip, had agreed to an Egyptian offer to return to a ceasefire to stop this escalation. An Israeli military spokesman declined to comment, but said its actions would depend on what happens on the ground.