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People take part in a protest rally against Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2019, in Jorhat, Assam, Friday.pti
8 bills were introduced in the Lok Sabha and 14 were passed, while the Rajya Sabha passed 15 bills. (PTI)
8 bills were introduced in the Lok Sabha and 14 were passed, while the Rajya Sabha passed 15 bills. (PTI)

Productive winter session ends on controversial note

  • Lok Sabha registers productivity of 116%, Rajya Sabha at 99%; 15 bills cleared by both
  • Lok Sabha chairman Om Birla’s concluding remarks was cut short by protesting members

As the amendments are prospective, applications filed by single homebuyers that were admitted in the NCLT would continue.
TDP Chief N, Chandrababu Naidu (File photo; ANI)
TDP Chief N, Chandrababu Naidu (File photo; ANI)

TDP moves privilege motion against Andhra Chief Minister

  • TDP and YSRCP have been involved in a bitter verbal spat since Thursday after TDP supremo N. Chandrababu Naidu was not allowed to enter the Assembly premises by the chief marshal
  • Naidu and his son Lokesh carried a black flag and went to the Assembly on Friday

India’s aluminium industry has sought increasing import duty on aluminium scrap. Photo: Reuters
Karnataka CM B.S. Yediyurappa  (Photo: Mint)
Rajya Sabha (PTI)
Silli: Voters stand in queues to cast votes during the ongoing third phase of Jharkhand Assembly elections, in Silli.  (PTI)
Silli: Voters stand in queues to cast votes during the ongoing third phase of Jharkhand Assembly elections, in Silli. (PTI)

62.6% voter turnout in third phase of Jharkhand polls

  • Amid tight security, 62.60% of 56,18,267 voters exercised their franchise in the 17 seats across eight districts, they said
  • Fourth-phase polling for 15 seats is scheduled on December 16 and the last phase for 16 seats will be held on December 20

K. Chandrashekhar Rao (Photo: Hindustan Times)
The meeting took place at `Matoshree', the Thackeray family residence in suburban Bandra. (@OfficeofUT)
The meeting took place at `Matoshree', the Thackeray family residence in suburban Bandra. (@OfficeofUT)

Will study and decide, Uddhav Thackeray tells Branson on Hyperloop project

  • The meeting took place at `Matoshree', the Thackeray family residence in suburban Bandra
  • Branson's Virgin Hyperloop One had stunned all by announcing the project when Fadnavis was chief minister, and promised to get the project going by 2020

Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri speaks in the Lok Sabha during the Winter Session of Parliament. (PTI)
Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri speaks in the Lok Sabha during the Winter Session of Parliament. (PTI)

Govt to sell 100% stake in Air India, says Hardeep Singh Puri

  • Air India's net loss in 2018-19 is provisionally estimated to be 8,556.35 crore
  • The national carrier, which has a debt burden of more than 50,000 crore

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray. (ANI )
The government is of the view that Ujjwala is part of the ambitious agenda for behavioural change that will help India transit to a $5 trillion economy by 2024.. Photo: Mint
The government is of the view that Ujjwala is part of the ambitious agenda for behavioural change that will help India transit to a $5 trillion economy by 2024.. Photo: Mint

CAG raises concerns about diversion of cooking fuel and benefits under Ujjwala

  • CAG pointed out instances wherein bank account of others were linked with the Ujjwala scheme beneficiaries
  • This led to the transfer of subsidy in the bank accounts of others rather than the intended beneficiary

Chief Minister of Assam Sarbananda Sonowal.  (ANI)
Shiv Sena member Sanjay Raut speaks in the Rajya Sabha during the Winter Session of Parliament, in New Delhi. (PTI)
Shiv Sena member Sanjay Raut speaks in the Rajya Sabha during the Winter Session of Parliament, in New Delhi. (PTI)

Abstained from voting as govt didn't give satisfactory answers: Shiv Sena MP

  • The Shiv Sena is in alliance with the ideologically opposite Congress and NCP, both of whom voted against the bill
  • The change in the stance comes a day after Congress leader Rahul Gandhi expressed displeasure over the Shiv Sena backing the bill in Lok Sabha

Congress President Sonia Gandhi is seen in the Lok Sabha during the Winter Session of Parliament.  (PTI)
Congress President Sonia Gandhi is seen in the Lok Sabha during the Winter Session of Parliament. (PTI)

CAB passage marks victory of bigoted forces: Sonia Gandhi

  • The Bill was tabled for discussion in the Upper House by Union Home Minister Amit Shah. The CAB was passed in the Lok Sabha on Monday
  • Sonia Gandhi also took a dig at the government over passing the Bill in the 150th birth anniversary year of Mahatma Gandhi

IIFCL was set up in 2006 for providing long-term finance to viable infrastructure projects across various sectors.
Special mention account (SMA) was introduced by the banking regulator to identify the loans that have the potential to turn bad and show signs of stress.
Special mention account (SMA) was introduced by the banking regulator to identify the loans that have the potential to turn bad and show signs of stress.

Tweaks to non-banks liquidity scheme, IBC get cabinet’s approval

  • NBFCs and HFCs came under stress after the breakdown of IL&FS in September, 2018
  • Special mention account (SMA) was introduced by the banking regulator to identify the loans that have the potential to turn bad and show signs of stress

The amendments also make it difficult for small creditors to drag companies to courts over small delays or over non-payment of small amounts.
The amendments also make it difficult for small creditors to drag companies to courts over small delays or over non-payment of small amounts.

Cabinet nod to ring-fence firms undergoing insolvency

  • The amendments also make it difficult for small creditors to drag companies to courts over small delays or over non-payment of small amounts
  • This will prevent unnecessary clogging of the bankruptcy courts

While the clean fuel protects the users from the hazards of smoke inhalation, it also helps the poor from having to go to unsafe areas to collect firewood. (Pradeep Gaur/Mint)
While the clean fuel protects the users from the hazards of smoke inhalation, it also helps the poor from having to go to unsafe areas to collect firewood. (Pradeep Gaur/Mint)

CAG report raises concerns about Ujjwala scheme

  • The government is of the view that Ujjwala is part of the ambitious agenda for behavioural change that will help India transit to a $5 trillion economy by 2024
  • This comes in the backdrop of the Ujjwala scheme that provides free cooking gas connections to poor families