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  • Crude prices fall sharply as Saudi Arabia assures normal production in a few weeks. Prices fall by 5.4% to $65.30 per barrel
  • Sensex tumbles 700 points over fears that rising crude prices will deal a body blow to the tottering Indian economy
  • As Rajeev Kumar fails to appear before the CBI despite several notices, the agency forms a special team to locate and apprehend him
  • S Jaishankar says Pakistan is not a normal neighbour and its behaviour is a "set of aberrations"
  • External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar says PoK in Indian territory and the country hopes to have physical jurisdiction over it one day
  • Barasat Sessions court near Kolkata rejects Rajeev Kumar anticipatory bail application citing lack of jurisdiction as the reason
  • PM Modi celebrates his birthday with Narmada aarti and later has lunch with his mother.
  • All 6 Bahujan Samaj Party MLAs merge with the Congress in Rajasthan
  • Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee to meet PM Modi on Wednesday, state issues on the agenda
  • Pakistan to open Kartarpur corridor on Nov 9
  • Rajeev Kumar, ex-police commissioner of Kolkata and wanted for questioning in the Sarada scam does not appear before the CBI despite the state administration requesting him to do so
  • Supreme Court asks the Centre to restore normalcy in J&K but keeping national interest in mind
  • As Trump accepts the invitation to attend a programme in Houston with PM Modi, India rushes to settle trade issues with US
  • After drone attack on Aramco's Suadi Arabia facility, oil prices jump 19% in intra-day trading causing worries for India
  • Imran Khan raises nuclear war bogey again, says if Pakistan loses a conventional war, it might fight till the end with its nuclear arsenal
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Let Parliament Function Smoothly and Get Business Done

By Sunil Garodia

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Sunil Garodia Editor-in-Chief of indiacommentary.com. Current Affairs analyst and political commentator. Writes for a number of publications.
The second phase of the monsoon session of Parliament begins today. Both the government and the opposition have a huge responsibility to ensure that it is not washed out in unnecessary fighting over inconsequential and frivolous issues. There are urgent matters that require the attention of our lawmakers.

The Congress will now be confident in both the houses because it has won three major victories outside parliament. First, it convinced Supreme Court that the Centre had dismissed its government in Arunachal Pradesh in an unconstitutional manner and got the court to pass several adverse remarks about the handling of the issue by both the Governor and the Centre. Then, it scored a major court victory in the national Herald case when the court decided not to make some documents available to petitioner Subramaniam Swamy. Finally, in a swift move, the party changed the CLP leadership in Arunachal to outfox the BJP and get a breather for its government there. The Congress is hence brimming with confidence and should be in a better mood to listen to the government in matters of public importance.

As for the BJP, its confidence after the victory in Assam and good showing elsewhere got dented for the above three reasons. Hence, it has tried to reach out to the opposition. Finance minister Arun Jaitley held meetings with the Congress and other opposition parties to narrow down the differences over the GST bill. This legislation needs to be passed in the current session to bring about a huge reform and make India one marketplace with easy and transparent indirect tax laws.

There are other important legislations that need to be passed. Hence, it will be good if the opposition takes cognizance of the lessening of arrogance on part of the NDA government and works with it to ensure smooth functioning of both the houses of parliament.