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Rahul 'thanks' Sushma for recognising Cong legacy        Bangla govt dismisses reports about plot to kill Hasina        India beat Aus by 5 wkts to clinch ODI series, grab No. 1 spot        Pak's UN envoy tries to pass off Gaza image as Kashmir        Kerala minister Thomas Chandy rejects encroachment charges; opposition press for resignation        Shiv Sena takes to streets against inflation, fuel price hike        Journalist KJ Singh, mother found dead: Punjab Police sets up SIT to probe case, IJU condemns the murder        We created institutions of excellence, Pakistan created terror factories: Sushma at UN General Assembly        Early count puts Bill English ahead in New Zealand election        Another powerful aftershock jolts Mexico with 6.1 magnitude        Pakistan name five upcapped players in 16-man squad for Sri Lanka Tests        Rajasthan's 'Falahari Baba' arrested for rape        LDF entry of BDJS: : Kanam breaks silence        Chandy issue: Achuthanandan takes a dig at Pinarayi        Malappuram genital chopping case: Police confused        Injustice being done, says Manju        Thomas Chandy alleges conspiracy in encroachment row        Medium-intensity earthquake in Kashmir Valley        IRCTC denies reports of some banks cards barred for payment        We don't indulge in vote bank politics: Modi        
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Kerala News
LEDs to light up Parliament; Central Hall cleaned, re-carpeted ahead of GST launch
 
(NEW DELHI,June 29, 2017):: Standing on a long wooden table, Manoj is putting the finishing touches to Red Fort — a painting showing an elaborate gathering of people turning up for an Independence Day event.

Just behind him, labourers are busy carrying the dark green coloured carpet, broken chairs, old upholstery and dilapidated wooden panels from the Central Hall of Parliament outside into the gallery.

Parliament is being decked up for an unprecedented midnight sitting.

Central Hall, the venue which would play host to about 800 guests on Friday, has been scrubbed clean and carpeted again. Though the plan to refurbish the Central Hall was finalised last year, it has been expedited for the function. The biggest challenge was re-carpeting the Central Hall and cleaning the pillars and floor — a technique used exclusively for conserving heritage building helped in cleaning the pillars and floor. The sound system has been changed with better microphones and headsets being provided on seats.

Outside the CentralHall, the galleries are being cleaned and paintings touched up inside Parliament. The entire building and pillars have been studded with LED bulbs to be lit up on the day of the grand function. “The refurbishing work has been expedited to be ready for the function,” said a parliamentary affairs ministry official.

The government’s decision to hold a midnight sitting in Parliament made the secretariats scramble for the rulebook. It was only after some consultations both secretary generals told the parliamentary affairs ministry that only logistical support could be provided and it would have to be the ministry’s function.

“This function had no precedent. It is really a government function to mark a tax rollout. It
has nothing to do with parliamentarians or Parliament. So we had to refuse lest the Opposition should raise objections on points of propriety,” said a senior official.

No secretariat official attended the dress rehearsal conducted on Wednesday by the Ministry.


LDF entry of BDJS: : Kanam breaks silence
Chandy issue: Achuthanandan takes a dig at Pinarayi
Malappuram genital chopping case: Police confused
Injustice being done, says Manju
Thomas Chandy alleges conspiracy in encroachment row
BDJS stays away from NDA convention: BJP reacts
Congress leader abuses policeman, exempted fearing protests
Huge cache of ganja unearthed
RSS against Pinarayi Vijayan's remarks
RSS trying to weaken federal structure: Pinarayi Vijayan
Fresh infant death in Attappady
Kottayam press club witnesses dramatic arrest
Changanassery student drowns in pond
Youth's genitals chopped off in Malappuram
Plea in Supreme Court to stall NIA probe into Hadiya case
Asianet News office attacked
Noose tightens around Dileep; Crucial witnesses to prove his hand
Kannur teacher rapes minor, gets arrested
Sandalwood hunt: Two arrested from train
Nepotism case: Relief for EP Jayarajan
ENTERTAINMENT NEWS
'Newton' is India's official entry to Oscars 2018
 (Mumbai, Sep 22, 2017): Hindi film "Newton", a black comedy on the foibles of democracy, has  
This Malayali made Tamil music video is the new You Tube sensation
Title song of 'Julie 2' out
Rajinikanth first choice if I make 'King Lear': Bhardwaj
INTERNATIONAL NEWS
Bangla govt dismisses reports about plot to kill Hasina
 (Dhaka, Sep 24, 2017):The Bangladesh government today dismissed as "baseless" media reports t
We created institutions of excellence, Pakistan created terror factories: Sushma at UN General Assembly
Early count puts Bill English ahead in New Zealand election
Another powerful aftershock jolts Mexico with 6.1 magnitude
NATIONAL NEWS
Rahul 'thanks' Sushma for recognising Cong legacy
 (New Delhi, Sep 24, 2017):Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi today thanked External Affairs
Shiv Sena takes to streets against inflation, fuel price hike
Journalist KJ Singh, mother found dead: Punjab Police sets up SIT to probe case, IJU condemns the murder
Rajasthan's 'Falahari Baba' arrested for rape
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