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No bold initiatives: Chidambaram 

Congress leader P Chidambaram on Thursday tore into the Union Budget 2019-20, terming it “directionless” with no bold initiatives during a debate in the Rajya Sabha. “The economy is weak… the Budget speech is insipid,” said Chidambaram referring to the budget-presentation speech. TNS

Javadekar, Sharma exchange barbs      

Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar and Congress member Anand Sharma on Thursday exchanged barbs in the Rajya Sabha on political developments in Karnataka and Goa, evincing intervention by House Chairman Venkaiah Naidu to restore order. Immediately after Naidu directed for continuation of the debate on the Union Budget 2019-20, Sharma said the BJP wanted to topple the elected government in Karnataka. TNS

CJI wants HC judges to retire at 65: Prasad

The CJI has sent a proposal to increase the retirement age of HC judges to reduce pendency of cases, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad told Rajya Sabha. The minister, however, did not respond in either yes or no to a question on “whether the government is considering raising the retirement age of judges”. A constitutional amendment Bill moved by the UPA government in the LS to increase the retirement age of judges from 62 to 65 years had lapsed as it never came up for discussion or voting. 

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