The National Medical Commission Bill 2017 was introduced in the Lok Sabha on the third day after the Christmas break in the Winter Session of Parliament on Friday by Health Minister J.P. Nadda. The bill, which is seen to overhaul India’s medical education will replace the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956. Besides, the government will also seek amendments to Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code which was passed in the Lok Sabha on Thursday, reports IANS.
As the Health Minister moved the Bill for introduction, opposition members said that the Bill should be sent to a Standing Committee.Nadda, however, said that the Bill has been prepared based on the suggestions of a Parliamentary Committee, after which it was introduced.
Meanwhile, the triple talaq bill or the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriages) Bill 2017 which was supossed to be tabled today in the Rajya Sabha for discussions, will be tabled next week, reports ANI.
5: 10 pm: Both the Houses of Parliament adjourned till 11 am January 2, 2018, reports ANI.
1:50 pm: Union Health Minister JP Nadda introduces National Medical Commission Bill 2017 in Lok Sabha. The Bill would lead to the constitution of a National Medical Commission for development and regulation of all aspects relating to medical education, medical profession and medical institutions and a Medical Advisory Council to advise and make recommendations to the Commission, reports IANS.
1:30 pm: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley rulesout giving income tax exemption to profit-making cooperative banks saying they functioned like commercial banks and should be treated on par. Jaitley said in Lok Sabha that the cooperative banks functioned like any other commercial bank and the principle of mutuality, which is central to granting exemption under Section 80P of the Income Tax Act, does not apply to them because their area of operations extends even to non-members, reports PTI.
1:08 pm: Ritabrata Banerjee, who was recently expelled from the CPI(M), today in the Rajya Sabha, raised a demand to declare January 23, the birth anniversary of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, as ‘Desh Prem Diwas’ (Patriotism Day) and a national holiday.
Raising the issue through a Zero Hour mention, Banerjee narrated the heroic tales of Bose who had made a daring escape from house arrest by the British rulers in Calcutta and made his way to Germany via Afghanistan and then on to Japan in a German submarine, reports PTI.
1:05 pm: Parliament not to function on January 1. The decision has been taken after many MPs sought postponement due to new year.
12:55 pm: BJP MP Kirit Somaiya raises issue of Kamala Mills Fire in Lok Sabha, calls it a death trap.
Today I raised the issue of Kamala Mills Fire in Loksabha, Parliament. The illegal construction of Kamala Mill Compound and also Phoenix Mall. It’s death trap. Wants Fire Security Audit and action against BMC corrupt officials and the owner
— Kirit Somaiya (@KiritSomaiya) December 29, 2017
12:47 pm: Shiv Sena MP Arvind Sawant, while speaking in the Lok Sabha, demands a judicial inquiry in the Kamala Mills fire incident, reports ANI.
12:30 pm: Argument erupts between BJP MP Kirit Somaiya and Shiv Sena MP Arvind Sawant in Lok Sabha over Kamala Mills fire, reports ANI. At least 14 people lost their lives while 19 others were injured in a major fire that broke out late night on Thursday at a building in Kamala Mills Compound in Lower Parel.
12:00 pm: The draft of the National Medical Commission Bill 2017 provides for the constitution of four autonomous boards entrusted with conducting undergraduate and postgraduate education, assessment and accreditation of medical institutions and registration of practitioners under the National Medical Commission. READ MORE
11:40 am: Triple talaq bill or the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriages) Bill 2017 to be tabled in Rajya Sabha next week, reports ANI.
11:30 am: List of bills to be introduced in Lok Sabha: The National Medical Commission Bill.
Bills for consideration and passing in Lok Sabha: The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code(Amendment) Bill; The Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorised Occupants) Amendment Bill; The Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains(Amendment) Bill;The High Court and the Supreme Court Judges (Salaries and Conditions of Service) Amendment Bill. The Payment of Gratuity (Amendment)Bill; The Dentists (Amendment) Bill.
11:10 am: The government will also introduce a bill to overhaul India’s medical education in the Lok Sabha. The National Medical Commission Bill 2017, to be introduced in the lower house, will replace the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956.
10:40 am: The proposed law, which makes talaq-e-biddat a “cognizable and non-bailable offence”, has provisions of “imprisonment for a term which may extend to three years and fine” for any Muslim man who divorces his wife by uttering talaq three times in quick succession. It also provides for “subsistence allowance” to Muslim women and custody of minor children as “may be determined by the magistrate”.
10:30 am: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Thursday slammed Pakistan for the “discourteous” behaviour meted out to the mother and wife of Kulbhushan Jadhav in Islamabad when they went there to meet him. She said, “In the name of security, Pakistani authorities forced his mother and wife to change clothes and take off their jewellery, including the ‘mangalsutra’, and bindi.”