|Parliament kicks out all 11 stung members
The Parliament on Friday expelled all 11 MPs involved in the cash-for-question scam. While the Lok Sabha sacked 10 of the tainted members, the Rajya Sabha terminated the lone member, Chhattrapal Singh Lodha, who was caught taking money for raising questions in the august House. The ruling UPA coalition made a forceful plea for expelling the 10 MPs caught in a cash-for-queries TV sting, but the BJP opposed this, saying that “proper procedures” must be followed.
Maintaining that “every decision cannot be determined in a court”, Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee, who moved the expulsion motion as leader of the House, said: “Certain duties ought to be discharged, however painful.”
Meanwhile the Upper House, upholding the recommendation of the Ethics Committee, expelled BJP member C.S. Lodha from the House finding him guilty.
|Few women on top in India
Women constitute only 6 per cent of the total workforce in India, says a survey conducted by CII. The survey, which covers 149 companies, focused on medium and large companies.
“The figures would be quite different if we considered services, particularly the IT and media sectors, but we don’t have any reliable data on this,” admitted Anu Aga, who headed the CII national committee on women’s empowerment.
The study covered the following industrial segments: financial Services; construction; computer and telecom services; consulting research; food products & beverages; basic metals; fabricated metal products; motor vehicles and parts; chemicals and machinery and equipment.