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RS panel on enemy property to hold 1st meeting tomorrow

first_imgNew Delhi, March 27 (PTI) The Select Committee of Rajya Sabha on the Enemy Property (Amendment and Validation) Bill, 2016 will hold its first meeting on Monday during which Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi will give a presentation.The Select Committee, headed by BJP member Bhupender Yadav, has been asked to carry out a detailed scrutiny of the measure that seeks to guard against claims of succession or transfer of properties left by people who migrated to Pakistan and China after the wars and amend the Enemy Property Act, 1968.The panel has been tasked to scrutinise the bill and submit its report in the opening week of the second part of the Budget Session.Since it is the maiden meeting of the committee, which was set up on March 15, besides holding preliminary discussion on the bill it will discuss and finalize its sittings.The panel will hear the presentation by the Home Secretary during the meeting where members are expected to seek clarifications regarding some provisions, which have raised eyebrows.The Upper House had on March 15 adopted a motion for referring the Bill, which seeks to amend the Enemy Property Act, 1968, and the Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorised Occupants) Act, 1971, as passed by Lok Sabha.The panel was asked to submit the report by the last day of the first week of the second part of the Budget session.The first part of the session, which began on February 23, concluded on March 16 while its second part will commence on April 25 and wrap up on May 13.advertisementAll parliamentary committees to which such Bills have been referred are expected to speedily scrutinise the bills during this recess period and submit them to Parliament when the second part of the session commences.The Bill was passed by Lok Sabha on March 9 with the government overruling demands by some opposition parties that it be sent to the Standing Committee.In the wake of the Indo-Pak wars of 1965 and 1971, there was migration of people from India to Pakistan and, under the Defence of India Rules framed under the Defence of India Act, the government took over the properties and companies of such persons as had taken Pakistani nationality.These enemy properties were vested with the Custodian of Enemy Property for India. MORE PTI AMR SK MNGlast_img read more

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Wyman: Voter fraud claim ‘ludicrous,’ refers Trump to website

first_imgOLYMPIA — Washington’s secretary of state said Monday her office referred President Donald Trump’s commission investigating alleged 2016 election voter fraud to a publicly available link of voter data, but it reiterated no private information will be shared with the panel.Trump lost the popular vote to Democrat Hillary Clinton in the November 2016 election. But he has alleged without evidence that up to 5 million people voted illegally.Secretary of State Kim Wyman, speaking to reporters after returning from treatment for colon cancer, said it was “ludicrous on its face” to suggest there was widespread voter fraud across thousands of electoral districts in the United States.Names, addresses and dates of birth of registered voters can be accessed by Trump’s commission because that information is public, Wyman said. However, Wyman, a Republican, said things like Social Security numbers, driver’s license numbers, phone numbers or email addresses are private and not releasable.Trump’s commission sent a letter to states last week asking for detailed information about voters. It also asked for party affiliations. But that information is not collected in Washington because voters don’t register by party and the state’s primary election system doesn’t require a voter to choose a specific party’s ballot.last_img read more

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