Speaker hopes budget session will be smooth


The bill that seeks to criminalize the practice of triple talaq was blocked in the Rajya Sabha, where the government is in a minority, earlier this month.

"My government is committed to double the farmers' income by 2022", the President said in his address to a joint sitting of parliament on the first day of the Budget Session.

Speaking to reporters outside Parliament House, Modi said despite his governments efforts and peoples expectations the triple talaq bill could not be passed in the last session.

Congress leader Pramod Tiwari said that "These issues are important". Law is not the answer.

9am: On Sunday, at an all-party meeting, the government said it would "leave no stone unturned" to ensure the passage of the Triple Talaq bill.

South Korea hospital hit by deadly fire
Miryang Fire Station chief Choi Man-Woo apologised for "failing to rescue each and every one" of the patients caught in the fire. Song said the hospital did not have a sprinkler system and was not large enough to require one under South Korean law.

He also said that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will leave no stone unturned in talking to and convincing the political parties on the issue. "But I want to urge all the political parties to pass that bill in the Budget Session as it is meant to safeguard the rights of Muslim women", Modi told the media in Parliament. PM spoke about how this budget session was important and that committees are there to discuss issues. "Till the deliberations are going on.It is for the House to decide", Kumar said.

"It's a matter of pride for us that the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) recognised Kumbh Mela as "Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity", says President Ram Nath Kovind.

Opposition parties are also planning to corner the government on unemployment, price rise, rural distress and atrocities on Dalits.

The opposition was represented at the meeting by Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad, Mallikarjun Kharge and Jyotiraditya Scindia, Mulayam Singh Yadav (SP), D Raja (CPI), Kanimozhi (DMK), Derek O'Brien and Sudip Bandhopadhyay (TMC), Tariq Anwar (NCP) and Dushyant Chautala (INLD).

The first phase of the Budget Session is held from January 29 to February 9 and the Parliament will meet again for the second phase from March 5 to April 6.