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Committee on Lokpal Bill gets extension till September

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2.Committee on Lokpal Bill gets extension till September

The parliamentary committee examining the Lokpal Bill has got a two-month extension till September. This is the second extension as the panel could not finish its work by July-end.

The 31-member Parliamentary Standing Committee on Personnel, Public Grievances, Law and Justice, headed by Congress MP E.M. Sudarsana Natchiappan, is examining the Lokpal and Lokayuktas and Other Related Law (Amendment) Bill, 2014.

The Bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha on December 18 and was referred to the committee on December 22. The committee was asked to submit its report by March 25, 2015, but sought an extension till July 30 to complete its task.

The Bill provides for the establishment of an anti-corruption watchdog, Lokpal, for the Union government and the Lokayuktas for the States to inquire into graft charges against public functionaries.

2.India plans to barter surplus sugar for pulses from abroad

The Centre is planning to barter surplus sugar in the country for pulses that are being imported at high prices and the Ministries of External Affairs and Commerce and Industry are working together on the proposal, Union Minister of State for Commerce and Industry, Nirmala Sitharaman said on Sunday.

Speaking at an ‘International conference on science, technology and public policy to achieve zero hunger challenge’ organised by the M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation, she said India was now importing pulses from neighbouring countries and even from countries as far as Canada.

3.Idea came from PM’s Australia visit:

The idea to crowd-source material for the Independence Day address came from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Australia, when asked for suggestions on what he should say at the community reception held by Indians in Australia in his honour.

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