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Presidential polls prevent CATV Act CAS amendment's fresh introduction in Rajya Sabha

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NEW DELHI: The Cable TV Networks (Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2002, which was listed for re-introduction in the Rajya Sabha (Upper House of Parliament) today, will have to wait another week before its likely enaction into law. 

The Rajya Sabha was adjourned today because of the presidential elections. This is the second time that information and broadcasting minister Sushma Swaraj's bid to get the bill through the Upper House has come a cropper due to extraneous circumstances. The bill failed to clear the Rajya Sabha in the last session of Parliament (17 May) due to lack of time and was listed as part of today's business. 

As per the schedule put out by the Rajya Sabha, Swaraj was to introduce the bill as the fourth item of today's listed business and was also to move that the bill be passed.

According to I&B ministry officials that indiantelevision.com spoke to, Swaraj was now looking to move the bill next Monday.

The amendments to the Act were passed in the Lok Sabha (Lower House) on 15 May through a voice vote.

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