Raj Thackeray Lessons Airtel For Not Highlighting Marathi

Few days back the Supreme Court objurgated MNS leader Raj Thackeray for his hatred remarks and to this, there seems to be no impact upon MNS chief Raj Thackeray whose party men under his instruction went again on a rampage against the renowned telecom service provider  Airtel for not observing Marathi language.

Non-observance of Marathi language by Airtel telecom in customer interactive voice system, agitated Raj Thackeray stated in MNS’ fourth anniversary that if other cellular companies are offering Marathi as the first option then why not Airtel.
Reacting to this spill of anger of Thackeray his supporters in Mumbai and Thane went on the rampage, targeting two stores of Airtel for not having Marathi in the pre-recorded messages of their customer interactive voice system.

According to sources report the miscreants entered the Airtel store and smashed all its glasses and distorted the peaceful environment while in another incident Thakery’s party men followed same attack in Thane’s Naupada telecom showroom also. In observance to this violation, the Police has registered cases against unknown miscreants.

The Bandra store manager revealed that he had received initial threats on an MNS letterhead and one of the stones that smashed the glass facade was wrapped in an MNS flag.

In regard to this outrageous act by MNS men the Airtel telecom on Tuesday accepted their demand to have Marathi as the first language option in its customer interactive voice system for its Mumbai customers.

In a written communication from Bharti Airtel it stated that the telecom company  has incorporated the necessary changes and it further added, “We are in receipt of a communication from your office to have Marathi as the first language option in our customer interactive voice system…We wish to inform you that we have incorporated the necessary changes.

Initially the telecom company cited that due to a technical problem they are unable to proceed with Marathi language but after indirect physical MNS chief’s intervention they were immediately able to resume his instruction.

Pakistan’s ‘State Actors’ Involved In 26/11 Attacks

In the 26/11 trial, Special Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam quoted the incident as “a classic case of sponsored terrorism” by the “State actors involved in the security apparatus of Pakistan.”

Ujjwal Nikam directly pointed that the 26/11 attack which killed 166 people was a planned attack by the “state actors”. Nikam stressed more on the confession of Pakistani terrorist Ajmal Amir Kasab’s confession in which he mentioned about the involvement of unidentified Major General. He also pointed out that the identity of this attackers are tried to be concealed.

Mr. Nikam said, “The November 26 attack was not an ordinary attack by 10 indoctrinated terrorists. It was well orchestrated, meticulously planned and [reflected] a deep-seated hatred for our country. It was a classic case of sponsored terrorism. Evidence by the prosecution has successfully established that the attack was sponsored by Pakistan. Irrefutable inference [can be drawn] that it was sponsored by State actors involved in the security apparatus of Pakistan.”

Nikam also put light on the fact that attackers were not revealed about the major general’s name, “undoubtedly because he was from the Pakistan Army, He is an entity separate from the Lashkar-e-Taiba [LeT]; he must have been the supreme authority running the training camp.”

Based on Mohammad Ajmal Amir Kasab’s confession on February 20, 2009, Nikam also said that the Major General frequented the training camps where the terror attackers were trained in order to supervise the mission by LeT.

The attackers had fake identity cards, Mr. Nikam said, “Usually any terrorist group takes pride in its operations and claims responsibility, including the LeT. However, in the case of 26/11, the authority that hatched the conspiracy along with the LeT did not want its identity to be revealed. So the attackers were given bogus cards, named and addresses.”

“Till today Pakistan has not claimed the bodies of the nine [deceased] terrorists. What do they fear? That the parents of the [deceased terrorists] will give something out?” Nikam added.

Swami Nithyananda’s Sex Tapes Should Not Be Aired, Petition Filed In Karnataka High Court

The sex scandal case against Nithyananda, registered by Karuppa Lenin, a former Nithyananda devotee, is yet to be transferred to Karnataka. Though the complaint has been registered in Chennai, the case will be transferred to Bangalore as the offence of “misbehaving” with “beautiful” women and “forcing” them into sexual acts with him, as alleged in Lenin, happened in Bidadi in Karnataka, as said by Chennai police commissioner T Rajendran.

The Chennai Police, however, is waiting for Director General of Police, Letika Saran to resume duty on Wednesday after her visit to her native state, Kerala. The Chennai Police insists that the case will be transferred to Karnataka only after she resumes duty.

In the meanwhile, advocate and former President of the Advocates’ Association, KN Subba Reddy has filed a petition in the Karnataka High court to restrict TV channels from airing the controversial sex tapes that show ‘Godman’ Nithyananda indulging in sexual activities. He named actress Ranjitha in his petition. He also pointed at the chief secretary, police commissioner and the association of Broadcasting Company Private Limited as respondents.

Reddy argues that the sex tapes have not only tainted the image of all spiritual leaders but it is also likely to mislead children and teenagers. He said the tapes had embarrassed viewers enough so it should not be aired anymore.

The Nithyananda Dhyanapeetam in the meantime has sought advice to initiate legal action against Lenin, who apparently released the controversial sex tapes of Nithyananda. The ashram has also postponed the Mahakumbabhishekam scheduled for 21st March to a later date due to the scandal, as said by Sri Nithya Pranananda, a senior executive of the ashram.

IIM A, B, C Students Placed With Salary Packages Of Over 1 Crore!

The IIMs have shown excellent placement records so far with most of the students being places within a week of the commencement of placements. Not just that, the highest package offered so far is more than a whooping crore!

The placement scene in IIMs A, B, C were most encouraging with students from these schools bagging record offers of more than a crore. A student of IIM C bagged the highest offer of Rs. 1.65 crore followed by an IIM A student who was offered Rs.1.44 crore and an IIM B student who bagged Rs. 1.14 crore

IIM-Bangalore showed 100% placement in just five days and also had a 41% increase in slot zero placements. Its chief recruiters were Mckinsey, Bain & Company, AT Kearney, Boston Consulting Group, Nomura, and Temasek Holdings. The percentage of different sectors offering jobs were 27% from the banking, financial services and insurance (BFSI) sector, 20% from the information technology and systems, 12% from the marketing segment and 22% from consulting. The highest salary package of course was Rs.1.14 crore.

IIM Calcutta is having an excellent run with a record highest pay package of Rs.1.65 bagged by its student. Almost 410 students have been offered jobs at the Indian School of Business (ISB), which offered packages of around Rs 90-95 lakh. Key recruiters were from the Investment banking and consulting sectors. Investment banking companies included Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, and McKinsey. From the consulting sector, BCG and Bain Capital offered the best jobs. There were some big IT recruiters as well including Cognizant, Accenture, IBM and Infosys. Other big recruiters were Pepsi and Hindustan Unilever. The highest domestic pay package too is more than a handsome Rs.60 lakh p.a. The average domestic pay package is between Rs. 16-17 lakhs. The institute has already placed 260 students in four days and is expected to place the remaining students by today.

IIM Kozhikode also recorded 100% placement in 2 weeks. The top recruiters were from the manufacturing, consulting, and banking sectors with the consulting sector recruiting 30% of the 300 students. The average salary package is Rs 14 lakh p.a which is 24% more than last year. The highest salary package offered is Rs 50 lakh per year which again is up by 46% since last year.

India likely to be diabetic capital of world: expert

Hyderabad:  Indian Society of Organ Transplantation (ISOT) President Professor A Gopala Krishna today claimed that going by the present indications, India is likely to be the diabetic capital of the world.

Addressing a press conference in connection with the World Kidney Day being celebrated on March 11, he said over the past 25 years, the prevalence of type-two diabetes in the United States had almost doubled while there had been a three-to-five fold increase in India, Indonesia, China, Korea and Thailand.

He said in 2007, there were 246 million people with diabetes in the world, but by 2015, the number was estimated to reach 380 million.

People with impaired glucose tolerance, a ‘pre-diabetic state’, were 308 million in 2007. This would increase to 418 million by 2025. The increase in prevalence of diabetes would be greater in developing countries, he opined.

According to World Health Organisation (WHO), China and India would have about 130 million diabetic patients by 2025 and they would consume about 40 per cent of their countries’ healthcare budget in addition to reducing productivity and hindering economic growth.

The United Nations General Assembly had unanimously passed a resolution on December 21, 2006, declaring diabetes as an ‘international public health issue’ and identifying World Diabetes Day as a United Nations Day.

Mr Krishna also said diabetes and hypertension leads to kidney failure and it was difficult for the people to spend huge sums of money on kidney transplantation. The easy way to reduce the risk of developing kidney diseases was to keep regular control of blood sugar level and blood pressure, eating healthy food and keeping weight in check.

ISOT and Indian Medical Association of Hyderabad Chapter were celebrating the ‘World Kidney Day’ to create awareness about kidney and diabetes on March 11 and free kidney checks and blood pressure checks would be conducted at various places in the city.

Tension escalated at OU

HYDERABAD: Tension escalated at the Osmania University and surrounding areas on Tuesday, after an engineering student hanged himself in his hostel room demanding the formation of a separate Telangana State.

Police said Saikumar Meegada, a second year student of Chemical Engineering and a boarder of the Technology hostel was found hanging by his room mate Amarendar. Saikumar was rushed to Gandhi Hospital, but was declared dead.

As news of the suicide spread, hundreds of students rushed to Gandhi Hospital and were arguing with the police insisting that they would take his body to the Osmania Campus.

Anticipating outbreak of violence, additional forces were being rushed to Osmania University campus and Gandhi Hospital.

Saikumar, who hails from Kapugal village in the neighbouring Nalgonda district is the son of a farmer and earns his pocket money by giving home tuitions. On Tuesday, he told his roommate that he would go home for Ugadi.

Amarendar, the room mate who returned to the hostel in the morning, found that the room was locked from inside and broke it open to find him hanging. Other hostellers who lowered him found him breathing and rushed him to Hospital.

In a suicide note purportedly written by him, Saikumar maintained that he was sacrificing his life for the cause of four crore people of Telangana. He maintained that the youth should take lead for the cause of Telangana rather than leaving it in the hands of politicians.

Situation on the University campus had returned to near normal for the last one week, with the students taking the examinations.

GHMC tax raids in full swing

Continuing the drive against top property tax defaulters, officials of the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) on Monday swooped down on the Balayogi Paryatak Bhavan of the APTDC that houses the Katriya Hotel besides targeting a few other establishments in Begumpet and Ameerpet areas of Circle X.

GHMC staff led by Deputy Municipal Commissioner, Circle X, Ravi Kiran descended on the hotel and asked the management to clear the dues of Rs 1.18 crore that included current tax, arrears and penalty.

As there was no response from the management side, the tax and enforcement wing of the GHMC seized the premises and took away the movable properties like computers, servers, sofa sets, furniture and 15 other articles in their vehicles to the Central Zone office at Khairatabad. Ravi Kiran said the hotel officials had promised to clear the dues by evening but none had come to the GHMC office till dusk.

Later, the enforcement team went to Vijay Textiles in Ameerpet which owed tax to the tune of Rs 8 lakh. As the GHMC staff started seizing the articles and shifting them into the vehicles, the owner issued a cheque on the spot.
From there, the team went to Axxom Hospital located in SN Colony, Ameerpet and took possession of the property. The hospital management immediately issued a cheque for the tax arrears of Rs 21 lakh to the GHMC officials following which the warrant on them was lifted.

With just a few days left for the current financial year to end, the GHMC has decided to take stringent against the defaulters of property tax.
The officials, for the next three weeks, will target top defaulters who owe above Rs 5 lakh in tax arrears to the GHMC.

Student’s “suicide” leads to tension

Tension escalated at the Osmania University and surrounding areas on Tuesday, after an engineering student hanged himself in his hostel room demanding the formation of a separate Telangana State.

A student of College of Technology on Osmania University campus ended his life on Tuesday rekindling pro-Telangana passions on the campus on Tuesday. Tension gripped the Gandhi hospital where autopsy was to be held, when the police caned students who tried to take out the body in a procession to the university.

Twenty-year-old Meegada Sai Kumar, in a suicide note purportedly written by him, stated that he was sacrificing his life for Telangana. “Without reposing the trust in politicians, the youth should achieve Telangana. Take out my funeral procession up to the Assembly,” the note said.

A second year student of Chemical Engineering branch, Kumar is from Kapugal village in Kodad mandal of Nalgonda. He told his roommate in the morning that he would not attend classes since he was going home for the Ugadi festival.

Doors of his room no. 108 were bolted from inside when his classmates returned. “We forcibly opened the doors and saw him hanging from the ceiling,” Amarender, his roommate, told reporters.

They rushed him to the Gandhi hospital believing he was still alive. But the doctors pronounced him dead on arrival. As the news spread, emotionally charged students began to assemble in large numbers at his hostel and Arts College. Anticipating trouble, police rushed additional forces, including contingents of para-military units, to the campus sealing the Tarnaka and NCC gate entry points.

They did not allow students to come out of the campus, but the latter managed to reach the hospital through other routes. Tension escalated as students did not allow shifting of the body to the morgue for post-mortem.

The students argued that they should be allowed to take the body to Gun Park in Secunderabad and then to the campus. Even as police officers were holding discussions with some student leaders, a group attempted to take the body to the main road. Police had to use force to disperse them.

I Am Very Happy says Sonia Gandhi

“I am very happy,” Congress President Sonia Gandhi declared Tuesday after the Rajya Sabha passed the women’s bill to reserve a third of seats in all legislatures for women, adding the “larger picture” of women’s empowerment was worth the political risk that the ruling coalition had taken.

She hoped that “those who did not support us will understand” over time the need for the bill, which now needs to get past the Lok Sabha. She was particularly surprised about Trinamool Congress’ abstention, especially since its leader Mamata Banerjee was “enthusiastic” about supporting it when the cabinet discussed it. Gandhi, who is also chairman of the ruling United Progressive Alliance (UPA), said she was watching the parliament proceedings from her home and she felt happy the bill was passed after a lively discussion. “I am happy and relieved,” she said and added the issue had been very close to her heart, especially since it was in keeping with vision of her late husband former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.

“The first step has been taken. As a natural corollary, the next step will also be taken,” she said in reference to the bill’s passage in the Lok Sabha. Regarding opposition from some UPA allies, Sonia Gandhi said she was aware of the political risks involved but the “big picture” of empowerment of women in the country was more important and worth taking the risk.

The fissures caused by the divisions over the bill, she admitted, were a political risk. “It is a huge risk but we have taken risks before. Whenever something is revolutionary, there is opposition, there are difficulties. But the larger picture (of women’s reservation) is more important.”

She said she was not disappointed that the bill did not go through in the Rajya Sabha on Monday, the International Women’s Day. “I knew it was a difficult legislation, (that) problems may come up, one wasn’t really sure,” she said.

The Congress president gave full credit to allies DMK and Nationalist Congress Party for backing the bill fully right from the beginning. She admitted that she had a personal rapport with Rashtriya Janata Dal president Lalu Prasad and Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, the most vocal critics of the women’s bill. “But when it comes to political issues, personal relations do not count too much. I understand their problems, their compulsions. Of course, our party is committed. If we were not committed, we would not have taken the first step.”

Extra buses for Inter exams

HYDERABAD: As many as 125 special buses in addition to the existing regular route buses will be operated in the twin cities for the convenience of students attending the Intermediate Public Exams from March 10 to 30 between 8 am and 11 am and 2 pm to 5 pm.

The special buses, to be run by the APSRTC Greater Hyderabad zone, have been scheduled to reach the examination centres half an hour before the commencement of the test so as to avoid any delays and inconvenience to students.

The buses, with a destination board as `Intermediate Special’ on the left windscreen in addition to the route destination board, will cover all the examination centres in the twin cities and also Rangareddy district areas.

Additional buses will be deployed to operate these services without any cancellations, particularly during the examination timings.

Supervisors will be posted at important traffic points to monitor the special buses. Checking officials and depot managers will be moving on the route extensively to ensure that no inconvenience is caused to students during the examinations.

The buses will be operated from Afzalgunj, Secunderabad, Bahadarpura, Santoshnagar, Mehidipatnam, Shamshabad, Dilsukhnagar, Koti, Hayathnagar, Manchal, Ibrahimpatnam, Uppal, Kukatpally, ECIL X Roads, Nampally, BHEL, Charminar, Rajendranagar, ESI, Barkas, Ghatkesar, Jeedimetla, Kompally, Medchal etc.

Prophet cartoonist had $100,000 bounty on head

Stockholm: Lars Vilks’s cartoons of the prophet Muhammad (SAS) were originally created for an art exhibition.

Lars Vilks, the Swedish artist at the centre of an alleged assassination attempt, was put under police protection in 2007 when al-Qaida offered a reward for his “slaughter”. Vilks’s depiction of the prophet Muhammad with the body of a dog in a series of drawings prompted the terrorist group to put a $100,000 bounty on his head.

The sketches had sparked a furious reaction from Muslim groups and countries including Pakistan and Iran. Some Islamic traditions consider it blasphemous to make or show an image of the prophet, and Vilks’s drawings were regarded as especially derogatory as dogs are a symbol of filth for many Muslims.

In 2006 there were riots over Danish cartoons of the prophet, including one by Kurt Westergaard depicting Muhammad (SAS) wearing a turban shaped as a bomb. Westergaard was subjected to death threats and attempts on his life.

Vilks’s dog images were drawn for an art exhibition in Sweden in July 2007, but were removed because of security concerns and rejected by several other galleries. A month later one of the drawings was used by a Swedish newspaper, Nerikes Allehanda, to illustrate an editorial that criticised the gallery’s lack of nerve.

“Muslims’ got right to freedom of religion” but said it must be permitted to “ridicule Islam’s most foremost symbols just like all other religions’ symbols”. The paper said Vilks’s drawings were different from the “rotten” cartoons published in Denmark.

Vilks said he made the drawings after being invited to contribute to an exhibition on the theme of dogs. “To begin with, the message was to make a critical contribution on the dog theme, but it took another direction,” Vilks told Associated Press in 2007. “Why can you not criticise Islam when you can criticise other religions?” He said he had not meant to insult Islam.

17 % rise in software exports

Software exports from Haryana were to the tune of Rs.21,000 crore (Rs. 210 billion/$4.5 billion) in 2008-09, a rise of about 17 percent against last year’s figure of Rs 18,500 crore (Rs.185 billion/$3.95 billion), despite recession in the developed world.

Gurgaon has contributed the most to the output of the Information Technology and Information Technology Enabled Services (IT &ITES) industry in the state as more than 90 percent of the units are located there.

“This year (2009-10) also the Nasscom-Mckinsey report has projected a growth of 11-12 percent in IT &ITES exports. The exact figures are expected by June,” said Rajendra Kataria, Deputy Commissioner of Gurgaon.

Gurgaon is fast emerging as an IT hub and there are about 400 IT and ITES companies operating in the district. The state government has opened a regional industry promotion office there to give a boost to the IT industry.

Authorities are expecting the construction of the Qutub Minar-Gurgaon Metro Corridor would help IT & ITES companies in Gurgaon.

US, India high-technology meet Monday

Top US and Indian business executives will meet here Monday to address critical issues affecting US-India High Technology Cooperation in areas like defence/strategic trade, civil nuclear cooperation, biotechnology, nano-technology and civil aviation.

The private sector business interactions hosted by the US-India Business Council (USIBC) are expected to inform the official level bilateral discussions at a meeting of the US-India High Technology Cooperation Group (HTCG) Tuesday.

Indian Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao will address the business-to-business session convened by the USIBC in partnership with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI).

Rao and US Deputy Secretary of Commerce Dennis F. Hightower will co-chair HTCG meeting, the first meeting of the group since President Barack Obama took office.

The Keynote Address at the business session will be given by Michael Froman, Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for International Economic Affairs and Development.

HTCG was conceived in November 2001 with a joint statement by then President George W. Bush and then Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee who affirmed their commitment to transform and deepen US-India relations.

Both countries agreed to take cooperative steps to create the requisite political, economic, and legal structures for successful high-technology commerce.

Apart from meetings in the Commerce Department, Rao will also be meeting senior members of the US Administration as well as the US Congress during her five-day stay in Washington.

Don’t force Hindi on us: Raj Thackeray

A day after the Supreme Court asked him to desist from making provocative speeches targeting north Indians, MNS chief Raj Thackeray today chose to speak on Hindi saying the language should not be forced on the people.

“I am not opposed to Hindi but do not force Hindi on us,” he told party workers at a function organised to celebrate the fourth foundation day of his party.

The Supreme Court had yesterday asked him not to make provocative speeches targeting north Indians which has led to several criminal cases being lodged against him in different parts of the country.

Mumbai’s water woes would aggravate due to the hordes of migrants coming here, Raj said, asking party workers to thrash those indulging in water theft by breaching pipeline supplying water to Mumbai.

The MNS chief asked party workers to ensure that announcements were made in Marathi at railway stations and airports.

Noting that MNS totally supported the women’s reservation bill, Raj ridiculed the bill’s opponents Lalu Prasad and Mulayam Singh Yadav, saying their opposition “shows what kind of culture they have”.

Pak sponsored 26/11 attack

In a pointed indictment of Pakistan’s military establishment in the November 26, 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, Special Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam, in his opening argument, on Tuesday termed the incident “a classic case of sponsored terrorism” perpetuated by “State actors involved in the security apparatus of Pakistan.”

When the Special Sessions Court trying the case began hearing the arguments from the prosecution’s side, Mr. Nikam said he was consciously using the term “sponsored terrorism.” He dwelt on the role of an unidentified Major General, and the intention of the attackers and their handlers to zealously conceal their Pakistani identity.

“The November 26 attack was not an ordinary attack by 10 indoctrinated terrorists. It was well orchestrated, meticulously planned and [reflected] a deep-seated hatred for our country. It was a classic case of sponsored terrorism. Evidence by the prosecution has successfully established that the attack was sponsored by Pakistan. Irrefutable inference [can be drawn] that it was sponsored by State actors involved in the security apparatus of Pakistan,” Mr. Nikam contended.

He said the Major General’s name was not revealed to the attackers “undoubtedly because he was from the Pakistan Army.” “He is an entity separate from the Lashkar-e-Taiba [LeT]; he must have been the supreme authority running the training camp.”

Citing excerpts from the judicial confession statement of lone surviving terrorist Mohammad Ajmal Amir Kasab, recorded on February 20, 2009, Mr. Nikam said the Major General visited the training camps when military and intelligence training was being imparted to the attackers. He had enquired whether the trainees had any complaints and was keen that they completed the mission given by the LeT.

The query about complaints “postulates that he was supervising the training,” Mr. Nikam argued. He said Kasab’s statement mentioned the Major General also provided trainers for the camps and personally tested the firing skills of the trainees once.

Mr. Nikam pointed to an instance in the confession statement when the Major General arrived for a training session led by Lashkar handlers Hafiz Saeed and Zaki-Ur-Rehaman Lakhvi. “They saluted him; so he must have enjoyed a position in the Pakistan Army. He also instructed Abu Kahfa to impart sea training to the attackers. The Major General has a suspicious role. The manner he in which he gave instructions shows that he was from the Pakistan Army,” Mr. Nikam said.

Hiding Pakistani identity

Referring to the fake identity cards the attackers had, Mr. Nikam said: “usually any terrorist group takes pride in its operations and claims responsibility, including the LeT. However, in the case of 26/11, the authority that hatched the conspiracy along with the LeT did not want its identity to be revealed.

Women’s Bill Pass in Rajya Sabha

The Rajya Sabha on Tuesday passed the historic Women’s Bill by division with 186 votes in favour, one against and no abstentions.

Earlier the House saw a discussion on the Women’s Reservation Bill after it was moved in the House for consideration and unruly scenes prevented the Bill being put to vote.

After three adjournments and suspension and eviction of seven disruptive members, the House took up the debate at 3 p.m. amid vociferous protests from members of the SP and the RJD, who were opposing the historic Bill and demanding withdrawal of the suspension order.

Before the discussion began, the House witnessed an unusual development wherein the Chairman put the Constitution (108th Amendment) Bill, granting 33 per cent reservation to women in Lok Sabha and State Assemblies, to voice vote but later called for a debate on it.

Mr. Ansari put the Bill, moved on Monday for consideration, to voice vote as the suspended members, squatting in the well for three hours, refused to budge and continued to chant slogans to disrupt the proceedings.

But when the Chairman called for division of votes, members of BJP and Left parties, which are supporting the Bill, objected and wanted a debate.

Meanwhile, marshals were ordered eviction of the suspended members — Subhash Yadav (RJD), Sabir Ali (LJP), Veerpal Singh Yadav, Nand Kishore Yadav, Amir Alam Khan and Kamal Akhtar (all SP), and Ejaz Ali (Unattached), who had on Monday created unprecedented pandemonium.

Normalcy was restored in the House after their forcible eviction and the Bill was taken up for discussion.

Earlier in the day, the whip was cracked on the seven disruptive members as they were suspended for the remaining part of the Budget session.

The motion for their suspension was moved by Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Prithviraj Chavan and was passed by voice vote.

The action against members under Rule 256 was taken for showing total “disregard for dignity of Council and authority of the Chair” by obstructing the business of the House.

The rule under which the seven members were suspended does not allow any adjournment or debate.

After their suspension, the House was adjourned by Ansari till 2 PM, for the second time in the day. But, the suspended members squatted in the Well and refused to leave.

When the House re-assembled at 3 pm, the seven suspended members squatting in the well for three hours, stood up and started shouting slogans against the Bill.

Amid slogan shouting, Mr. Ansari took up the discussion on the Bill and asked Leader of Opposition Arun Jaitley to speak.

But, Mr. Jaitley had to wait till the suspended members were evicted.

The members, joined by Rajniti Prasad and P.C. Gupta (both RJD) and Brij Bhushan Tiwari, Ram Gopal Yadav and Ram Narayan Sahu (all SP), continued to raise slogans ignoring repeated pleas by Mr. Ansari against it.