RS adjourned again over Karnataka crisis

first_imgNew Delhi: The Rajya Sabha was adjourned for the third time till 3 PM on Wednesday amid uproar by opposition Congress members over the Karnataka crisis. The Upper House was adjourned till 3 PM barely five minutes after it reconvened at 2 PM following two adjournments in the pre-lunch period. As soon as the Rajya Sabha reconvened at 2 PM, Deputy Leader of Opposition Anand Sharma sought to raise the issue of developments in Karnataka crisis. Also Read – IAF Day: Tributes paid to soldiers killed in line of duty in Jammu However, Deputy Chairman Harivansh said he cannot allow a discussion on any other issue except on the Budget, and told Congress leader P Chidambaram to speak on the Budget. As protests and sloganeering from Congress members continued in the Well of the House, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi said if Rajya Sabha was not allowed to function it will be “inevitable” to extend Parliament session beyond July 26 so that all business can be completed. Also Read – ED can withhold names of tax evaders in Panama Papers: CIC “Let them (Congress) say whatever they want on the Karnataka issue or any other state issue but let them allow the business to continue and let them allow the Budget discussion to continue. “After that we have many Bills, otherwise it will be inevitable to extend Parliament beyond July 26. I appeal to them earnestly to allow the Budget discussion,” Joshi said. He said Karnataka’s minister DK Shivakumar was not allowed to enter the hotel in Mumbai where Congress MLAs are lodged, as they have alleged that there is a threat to their life from him and have sought police protection. “They are there in Mumbai and they have given complaint to the police commissioner of Mumbai not to allow Shivakumar. It is none of our business,” he said. Harivansh again appealed to Chidambaram to speak on the Budget and said he cannot allow discussion on any other issue. However, when the former Finance Minister did not get up to speak, Harivansh told former Commerce Minister Suresh Prabhu to address the issue. Prabhu began speaking on the Budget but as the uproar in the House continued, Deputy Chairman Harivansh was forced to adjourn the Rajya Sabha till 3 PM. Earlier the House saw two adjournments in the pre-lunch period that saw washing out of the Zero Hour and the Question Hour. This is the second day in a row during the current session of Parliament that the Rajya Sabha failed to transact any business. Congress members were up on their feet as soon as listed papers were laid and obituary reference was made, but a stern message from Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu made them retreat. Soon thereafter Congress members stormed into the well of the House, forcing Naidu to adjourn proceedings till noon. When the House met at noon for Question Hour, Congress members were again on their feet. Chairman Naidu urged members to allow the Question Hour to function and asked them to take their seats. As his pleas went unheeded, he adjourned the House in the wake of continued din created by Congress members. “This is not the way. The Question Hour is very important. So much money has been spent on this. The entire country is watching us,” the Chairman said, as he urged members creating the din to allow the House to function. Congress member Anand Sharma sought to raise a point but the chairman disallowed him. Seeing the Congress members trooping into the well and continuing to create din, Naidu adjourned the House till 2 PM, within a minute of the house assembling. Earlier at the start of proceedings, Naidu said he has not admitted notices by Congress members including Kapil Sibal under rule 267 seeking suspension of rules to take up their issue. “Let us not put democracy in danger,” he told agitated Congress members. As they continued to protest, he said, “You don’t want to allow democracy to function here?” This prompted members to take their seat and the House took up Zero Hour where submissions of urgent public important are taken up. Barely had four members made their Zero Hour submission when Congress members were up on their feet again, seemingly bolstered by the presence of their deputy leader Anand Sharma. Sharma, who was not present in the House at the start of the proceedings, sought to raise the 267 notice given by his party colleagues but Naidu said the ruling of the chair is final. “If any member has any problem, he can come and see me (later),” he said. As Congress members moved into the well of the House shouting slogans, Naidu said, “You are taking of defections, have affection for this House.” “Horse trading band karo (Stop horse trading of MLAs),” Congress members shouted from the well as Naidu ordered that nothing they say would go on record. “Please allow democracy to function,” he pleaded. “I cannot allow this in House.” “What is defection (and) affection) is for the Speaker (of the State Assembly) to decide,” he said before adjourning the proceedings. The year-old Congress-Janata Dal (S) coalition government in Karnataka is on the brink of collapse after a spate of resignations by MLAs. The Karnataka Assembly has 225 members, including one nominated MLA. The halfway mark in the 225-member Assembly is 113. Naidu said the ruling of the chair is final and this is what was followed during previous Chairmen as well. As Congress members shouted slogans against the BJP, Naidu said he has in the past expunged references to the ruling party, Congress, Left and others when they were objected to. Bhupender Yadav of the BJP said only matters related to the Government of India can be raised in the Rajya Sabha. How can indiscipline in the Congress be allowed to be raised in the House, he said. Earlier, when the House met for the day, it mourned the death of its former member R Ramakrishnan. Ramakrishnan, who represented Tamil Nadu in the Upper House from June 1980 to June 1986, passed away on July 7 at the age of 73.last_img read more


Liebherr and KAMAZ start production of new diesel engines

first_imgOn March 25, 2014 in Ehingen (Germany), KAMAZ and Liebherr signed a cooperation agreement for the development of a new range of 6-cylinder in-line diesel engines with the power output ranging from 300 to 520 kW (400 to 700 hp). In the course of three years, the KAMAZ engine production site has undertaken large-scale adaptations to facilitate the manufacturing of the new engines: production facilities for the machining of cylinder blocks and heads, as well as a state-of-the-art assembly line including test benches and painting area have been installed. In December 2017, the first components of the new engine KAMAZ 910.10 were manufactured and put onto the assembly line.“In order to produce the most advanced range of KAMAZ vehicles an innovative approach behind our projects was required”, – remarked the general director of the KAMAZ, Sergey Kogogin. “We are striving to optimise our product for customers and to enter new markets. The new powerful and reliable engines, which are based on advanced global technologies and created in collaboration with our partner Liebherr, who has extensive experience in development and manufacturing of engines for difficult climatic and operational conditions, will allow us to significantly improve the technical and consumer-oriented characteristics of vehicles and to build trucks that are safer for people and the environment”.In the process of engine development, special attention was paid to the reduction of fuel consumption, optimisation of operational weight, improvement of reliability and extension of service lifetime. With a capacity of twelve litres, the new 6-cylinder in-line engine is equipped with a Common Rail system as well as an engine control unit (ECU) developed by Liebherr. Engines with similar configuration have successfully proven themselves in a variety of Liebherr machines. Some of the advantages of the new engine include a very economical fuel consumption and high environmental friendliness. As a result, the new engine complies with the Euro V emission standard and also provides sufficient capacity to comply with the requirements of Euro VI emission standard in the future. In addition, the engines’ service intervals have been increased to 150,000 km.“Our companies have been cooperating for many years, starting from the moment of the development of production facilities for KAMAZ gearboxes. Therefore, it is a particular pleasure to be present at birth of a new engine, which is the direct result of the mutual hard work of the developers and engineers. The impressive, cutting-edge production and assembly line has been constructed exclusively for the new engine series. I would like to express special gratitude to all Liebherr and KAMAZ workers, who have made this project possible, and wish them success with the new engine”, – remarked the president of the Liebherr Group, Willi Liebherr.Today, all the new assembly lines are working in start-up mode. The industrial production of the 6-cylinder in-line engine will be launched at the KAMAZ production site in March 2018. The new line is designed to produce 12,000 powertrains a year. Within the framework of the project, 150 new workplaces have been created at KAMAZ. These engines will be on board the K5 KAMAZ trucks of the next generation, which are planned for production in 2019.last_img read more