National News

Centre withdraws Bill to declare countries, including Pakistan, ‘sponsors of terrorism’

Officials said the proposal made by BJP MP Rajeev Chandrasekhar violates provisions of the Geneva Convention.

The Centre on Friday withdrew a Bill that proposed to declare several countries including Pakistan to be “state sponsors of terrorism”. The move follows the introduction of a similar Bill in the United States Congress. Independent Rajya Sabha MP Rajeev Chandrasekhar (pictured above) had introduced the private member’s Bill.

Chandrasekhar’s Bill had proposed to suspend “economic and trade ties with such a country and to impose legal, economic and travel restrictions on its citizens”. He had said that the Uri attack should be considered a determining factor in passing the legislation.

However, Minister of State for Home Gangaram Ahir asked the member to withdraw the Bill, citing enough “provisions to deal with citizens of a terrorist country,” PTI reported. While withdrawing the Bill, Chandrashekar said the “status quo should not continue.”

Officials said the Bill was rejected on the basis that it would violate the provisions of the Geneva Convention, Times Now reported. The Bill received support from a few members of the House including Congress leader Abhishek Singhvi (who had suggested that it be made stronger) and Samajwadi Party member Javed Ali Khan. Khan recommended that Israel also be included in the list as a “state sponsor of terrorism”.

BJP MP Subramanian Swamy suggested that India should intervene in Pakistan like it had done in 1971. The military confrontation had led to the creation of Bangladesh. “The time has come to take a decision,” Swamy said.

Support our journalism by subscribing to Scroll+ here. We welcome your comments at letters@scroll.in.
Sponsored Content BY 

Get ready for an 80-hour shopping marathon

Here are some tips that’ll help you take the lead.

Starting 16th July at 4:00pm, Flipkart will be hosting its Big Shopping Days sale over 3 days (till 19th July). This mega online shopping event is just what a sale should be, promising not just the best discounts but also buying options such as no cost EMIs, buyback guarantee and product exchanges. A shopping festival this big, packed with deals that you can’t get yourself to refuse, can get overwhelming. So don’t worry, we’re here to tell you why Big Shopping Days is the only sale you need, with these helpful hints and highlights.

Samsung Galaxy On Nxt (64 GB)

A host of entertainment options, latest security features and a 13 MP rear camera that has mastered light come packed in sleek metal unibody. The sale offers an almost 40% discount on the price. Moreover, there is a buyback guarantee which is part of the deal.

Original price: Rs. 17,900

Big Shopping Days price: Rs. 10,900

Samsung 32 inches HD Ready LED TV

Another blockbuster deal in the sale catalogue is this audio and visual delight. Apart from a discount of 41%, the deal promises no-cost EMIs up to 12 months.

Original price: Rs. 28,890

Big Shopping Days price: Rs. 10,900

Intel Core I3 equipped laptops

These laptops will make a thoughtful college send-off gift or any gift for that matter. Since the festive season is around the corner, you might want to make use of this sale to bring your A-game to family festivities.

Original price: Rs. 25,590

Big Shopping Days price: Rs. 21,900

Fashion

If you’ve been planning a mid-year wardrobe refresh, Flipkart’s got you covered. The Big Shopping Days offer 50% to 80% discount on men’s clothing. You can pick from a host of top brands including Adidas and Wrangler.

With more sale hours, Flipkart’s Big Shopping Days sale ensures we can spend more time perusing and purchasing these deals. Apart from the above-mentioned products, you can expect up to 80% discount across categories including mobiles, appliances, electronics, fashion, beauty, home and furniture.

Features like blockbuster deals that are refreshed every 8 hours along with a price crash, rush hour deals from 4-6 PM on the starting day and first-time product discounts makes this a shopping experience that will have you exclaiming “Sale ho to aisi! (warna na ho)”

Set your reminders and mark your calendar, Flipkart’s Big Shopping Days starts 16th July, 4 PM and end on 19th July. To participate in 80 hours of shopping madness, click here.

Play

This article was produced by the Scroll marketing team on behalf of Flipkart and not by the Scroll editorial team.