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  • Rajya Sabha chairman Venkaiah Naidu has constituted a six-member committee for the merger of Lok Sabha TV and Rajya Sabha TV with a view to cut costs and reduce extra spending on coverage of parliamentary proceedings. Officials said the panel will examine all relevant issues pertaining to the merger.

    So for those aware of its past, the Shiv Sena, known for its firebrand Hindutva stance, quitting the NDA on Monday and seeking support of the Congress and the NCP does not come as a surprise. In the assembly polls held last month, the BJP won 105 seats, followed by the Shiv Sena (56), the NCP (54) and the Congress (48) in the 288-member House.

    The code aims to regulate the employment of workers, including those engaged by contractors, and their working conditions across sectors. It envisages setting up a National Occupational Safety and Health Advisory Board to advise the government on the standards, rules and regulations on worker safety, besides overseeing implementation.

    The three-party coalition, a new experiment in Maharashtra involving outfits with diverse ideologies, will be led by the Shiv Sena, leaders in the Uddhav Thackeray-party and the NCP said, marking a progress in power-sharing negotiations. They have already prepared a draft common minimum programme (CMP).

    In comparison, the Congress raised just Rs 146 crore in 2018-19, as per the data it submitted to the Election Commission of India (ECI). The Progressive Electoral Trust – also the largest donor to the Congress – gave Rs 55 crore to the party as against the Rs 346 crore it gave the BJP, as per the party’s submissions to the ECI.

    President Ram Nath Kovind signed the proclamation approving the Union Cabinet’s recommendation to impose President’s rule and keep the legislative assembly under suspended animation on the evening of November 12.

    A railway official told PTI that a train chugged between Baramulla and Srinagar this morning. The train service in the valley was suspended due to security reasons on the morning of 5 August – hours before the Centre announced its decision to abrogate Article 370 of the Constitution and to bifurcate the erstwhile state into two Union territories.

    Senior Congress leaders Ahmed Patel, Mallikarjun Kharge and KC Venugopal are reaching Mumbai on Tuesday morning to hold parleys with NCP chief Sharad Pawar.

    The announcement by Arvind Sawant, who is Lok Sabha MP from Mumbai South, is a clear indication that ties between BJP and Shiv Sena are set to snap. The two parties having similar Hindutva right-wing leanings had a troubled relationship since 2014.

    The Grand Old Party had spent Rs 516 crore in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections while the BJP had pumped in Rs 714 crore. BJP is yet to submit its Lok Sabha expense statement to EC and is expected to outdo the Congress as has been the trend since 2013. The latest records show that the Congress’ headquarters raised Rs 856 crore ahead of the Lok Sabha polls across the poll-bound states.

    The BJP, led by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, managed to form a minority government with the support of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) to clear the floor test. The Sena opted to sit in the Opposition for around a month, and then walked lock, stock and barrel into the treasury benches, leaving even the NCP dazed.

    Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari asked the BJP, the single largest party in the new Assembly, to "indicate the willingness and ability" to form government. BJP won 105 seats in the October 21 polls, while the majority mark in the 288-member Assembly is 145. Its ally Shiv Sena won 56 seats, but the two parties are bickering over the CM's post.

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