Rajya Sabha passed Negotiable Instruments Bill Rajya Sabha on 7 December, 2015 passed the Negotiable Instruments (Amendment) Bill, 2015. The Bill provides for filing of cheque bounce cases at the place where a cheque is presented for clearance and not the place of issue. The Bill seeks to amend the Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881. If a complaint against a person issuing a cheque has been filed in the court with the appropriate jurisdiction, then all subsequent complaints against that person will be filed in the same court.
New IPL teams – Pune, Rajkot Teams from Pune and Rajkot will compete in the Indian Premier League (IPL) replacing the suspended Chennai Superkings and Rajasthan Royals for a period of two years. The Pune franchise was bought by New Rising, Kolkata based Sanjeev Goenka Group while the Rajkot franchise was won by Intex Mobiles. A meeting of the IPL Governing Council finalised the IPL-9 dates between April 9 to May 29, 2016.
Sushma Swaraj visit to Pakistan External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj visited Pakistan on 8-9 December, 2015. She went to Islamabad to attend the ‘Heart of Asia’ 5th Ministerial Meeting on Afghanisthan held in Islamabad on 9 December. During her visit to Pakistan, she met with Pakisthan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and External Affairs Minister Sartz Aziz and held bilateral talks to improve the bilateral ties between the two nations.
Heart of Asia meet in Islamabad Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process meeting started on 8 December to finalise the agenda for a ministerial conference to be held on 9 December. Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani will jointly inaugurate the Fifth Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process meeting on 9 December. The conference aims to cement regional ties through a set of confidence building measures. Foreign ministers of 10 countries, including India, China, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Iran will attended the meeting. Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj reached Islamabad on 8th December to attend the meeting. Sushma Swaraj will also meet Sharif and Aziz at the sidelines of the Heart of Asia meeting. The main objective of the process is to foster efforts for regional cooperation and connectivity with a view to promoting long-term peace and stability as well as progress and development in Afghanistan and the region.