CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury on Tuesday questioned the decision of Rajya Sabha Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu to disqualify JD (U) rebels Sharad Yadav and Ali Anwar. Mr. Yechury questioned the alacrity with which the decision was arrived at by the Chairman without sending it to the parliamentary committee as has been the norm. “No one is questioning the right of the Chairman to decide the matter. But to help him come to an informed conclusion, these committees are there. The Ethics and Privileges committees are nominated exclusively by the Chairman to aid him,” Mr. Yechury said. Mr. Yechury has been member of both the Ethics and Privileges committees for the last 10 years. “According to my reading of the anti-defection rules, it is more to do with conduct in the House, this is not to say that outside conduct is excluded,” he added. He pointed out that since the break up of the Mahagatbandhan, there has been no Parliament session and therefore the question of impropriety on part of both Mr. Yadav and Mr. Ali did not arise. According to the Vice-President’s office, the decision not to send it to any parliamentary committee was made after analysing seven previous cases. They claimed that the Privilege committee did not do anything substantial. “It is an unfair comment and shows scant respect to established parliamentary norms. This is also against the eternal juridical principle that a person is innocent till proven guilty. To construe the due process as a delaying tactic is casting aspersion on the committees held so far,” he added.
Gonzalez’s results have been disqualified from Oct. 17, but she will keep her silver medal from the 20-kilometer walk at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics and silver from the 2017 world championships in London.The AIU says Gonzalez tested positive for trenbolone and epitrenbolone. She will be 33 when the ban expires.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsSeparately, the International Olympic Committee says it disqualified long jumper Ineta Radevica from fourth place at the 2012 London Games. The Latvian is the third athlete from the London final to be disqualified for doping following retests.Armenian weightlifter Meline Daluzyan was also disqualified by the IOC. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:06Palace: Up to MTRCB to ban animated movie Magellan in PH02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles FILE – In this Friday, Aug. 19, 2016 file photo, Maria Guadalupe Gonzalez of Mexico, reacts after crossing the finish line in second place in the women’s 20-km race walk at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Olympic silver medalist race walker Maria Guadalupe Gonzalez has been banned for four years for doping with anabolic steroids. The Athletics Integrity Unit, which prosecutes cases for the IAAF governing body, says the Mexican walker’s ban took effect last Nov. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)MONACO— Olympic race walk silver medalist Maria Guadalupe Gonzalez has been banned for four years for doping.The Athletics Integrity Unit, which prosecutes cases for the IAAF, says the Mexican walker’s ban for taking anabolic steroids took effect on Nov. 16.ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES Celtics trudge into offseason at end of challenging season MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew
Mumbai: Kriti Kharbanda was already an established star in south film industry when she decided to make her debut in Bollywood, a difficult decision that she says meant starting all over again. The actor, who made her debut with 2016 film Raaz: Reboot and went on to star in films such as Guest in London and Shaadi Me Zaroor Aana, says the most challenging aspect is fighting your own doubts. “The toughest part for to start all over again is battling your own emotions. Not just as an actor but as a human being. It is challenging to fight your own thoughts and not put yourself down. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka”Initially, it was difficult for me to come from somewhere where I was established and to start from scratch and then find my place. I have found my place here. I am pretty secure now,” Kriti said. She says she has always been critical of her own work. Kriti has two forthcoming films –Housefull 4 and Pagalpanti. She says she is not worried about being typecast as the ‘go-to actor’ for comedy films at this point but is keen to explore other genres as well. “I have done comedy films but they all have been different. The challenge is to reinvent yourself every time. I would like to explore different genres but I choose from what comes to me.”
It didn’t take long for the Alberta/British Columbia dispute to find its way to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Winnipeg town hall Wednesday evening.The prime minister was asked a question by a member of the Manitoba First Nations.Clayton Thomas-Muller began his question by telling him he supported the announcement of the British Columbia to place a new moratorium on “tar sands” shipments to the coast.“I support it because I believe in climate action, clean water and in respecting Indigenous rights,” he said.“You said yourself, only communities grant permission for massive pipelines, now it’s time for you to live up to your word. We already know that First Nation municipalities and people all across B.C. do not consent to Kinder Morgan. Now the B.C. government has made its position clear as well by blocking new tar sands shipments. Will you support the actions of First Nations, the B.C. government, and their citizens or will you stand behind big oil and tear our country apart by going against the B.C. government on the Kinder Morgan pipeline?”Trudeau rejected the premise of the ultimatum in his question and began by telling the room, provinces often have disagreements with one another on policy and programs.“My job at the federal level is to always stand up for the interests of all Canadians, that’s why we put in place a process understanding that you can’t make a choice between what’s good for the environment and what’s good for the economy, you have to make sure you’re taking care of both of them fully at the same time,” he replied.According to the prime minister, that’s why they went through the consultation process and added there have been voices both against and in favour of the pipeline in British Columbia.“We made a determination on Kinder Morgan as being in the national interest, now let me tell you something, I grew up spending my summers in B.C., my mom’s family is from B.C., I grew up on that coast. If I thought there was a danger to beautiful British Columbia’s coast we would not have approved the Kinder Morgan pipeline.”Trudeau says they moved forward on that pipeline while making historic investments into ocean protection. They also moved forward on the national carbon pricing plan that almost every province in the country has agreed to put on a national price on carbon.“Reducing our emission is essential,” he said. “Now there are folks out there who still think it’s a choice, protect the environment or grow the economy but what Canadians now, what I know and even what you know sir I’m sure is we need to both create a better future for Canadians and protect our environment at the same time.”The website reverential ecology refers to Thomas-Muller as an activist for Indigenous self-determination and environmental justice.