Parliament

Parliament is the chief legislative body of India. It constitutes the President of India, Rajya Sabha, the Upper House and Lok Sabha, the Lower House. The President of India is the head of Parliament. The President has full powers to summon and prorogue either house of Parliament or to dissolve Lok Sabha. However, he can exercise these powers only upon the advice of the Prime Minister and his cabinet. The representatives in either House of the Parliament are called Members

of Parliament. Indian Parliament meets at the Sansad Bhavan in New Delhi, which stands on six acres of land. The Central hall consists of the chambers of Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha and the Library hall. Surrounding these chambers is a four-storied circular structure which accommodates the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs, Parliamentary Committees and offices. In 2001, the Parliament Complex was attacked by terrorists.

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Modi asks youths to question Rajya Sabha MPs over lack of House productivity

Modi said the productivity of the outgoing 16th Lok Sabha, where the government enjoys a big majority, was 85 per cent (20 per cent more than the previous Lok Sabha) and it passed 205 bills, as he credited the development to the full majority voters gave to the BJP in the 2014 general elections.

Explained: What is the Rafale controversy about?

The Indian Express explains the issues in the controversy over the deal to buy the Rafale warjets

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Crime against women on railways: Molestation cases jump in 2018

While the number of rape cases has increased from 7 in 2016, to 10 in 2017 and 15 in 2018, molestation and assault cases decreased from 2016 to 2017 before increasing again in 2018.

How productive was the 16th Lok Sabha? Not so much

The 16th Lok Sabha spent 40 per cent less time than the average number of hours (2,689) spent by its predecessors. Disruptions and adjournments also took up most of its time with issues ranging from agrarian crisis, inflation and the Rafale deal, taking centre stage on different occasions.

Rafale deal — Behind CAG math, three costs: benchmark, aligned, final

CAG report on Rafale deal: There were three costs considered by the INT during its deliberations: a benchmark cost, an “aligned price, and the final offer.

Explained: How MPs performed in 16th Lok Sabha — age, gender, party

Among parties having more than 10 MPs, Shiv Sena, AIADMK and Congress MPs asked a higher number of questions than the national average of 301. The Shiv Sena, BJP, and Biju Janata Dal MPs participated in more debates more than the national average of 69.

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Explained: Why the Citizenship Amendment Bill is dead, for now

With Rajya Sabha adjourned sine die on Wednesday, all Bills that have been passed by Lok Sabha but not by Rajya Sabha have lapsed. This includes The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016.

Parliament highlights: PM Modi takes veiled attack on Rahul Gandhi, says 'no earthquakes during our tenure'

Parliament Winter Session 2019 highlights: Wednesday marked the last day of the Budget session and the conclusion of the 16th Lok Sabha ahead of the General Elections.

Rajya Sabha passes interim budget without debate

The 13-day Budget session was a washout in the Rajya Sabha as Opposition parties stalled proceedings daily over issues ranging from Rafale fighter jet deal to Citizenship Bill.

Parliament Budget Session HIGHLIGHTS: Lok Sabha passes Finance Bill, Citizenship Bill pending in RS

Parliament Budget Session HIGHLIGHTS: Both Houses stand adjourned for the day; Lok Sabha passed Finance Bill, 2019, while Citizenship Bill was not tabled in the Rajya Sabha.

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Modi govt's last day in Parliament: Hugs, digs, protests, little business

The Parliament approved Modi Government’s sixth and final Budget that gave Income Tax rebate to those earning up to Rs 5 lakh, an annual cash dole of Rs 6,000 to small farmers and pension for unorganised sector workers.

In Parliament: Rajya Sabha bids adieu to retiring members, parties continue protest

The Rajya Sabha Wednesday bid farewell to 58 retiring members.The Lok Sabha has been adjourned till Monday.

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TDP continues Andhra protest, Sushma Swaraj confirms 39 Indians dead: Parliament in pictures

Three no-confidence motions against Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led NDA government, given by YSR Congress member Y V Subba Reddy and TDP MPs Thota Narasimham and Jayadev Galla, were declined by Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan. 

Budget session: Opposition turns up the heat on Government

With the row over the JNU sedition case and the death of Dalit scholar Rohith Vemula setting the stage for a stormy start to the Budget session.

Stormy start to Budget Session as govt introduces land bill

Government introduces land acquisition bill in Lok Sabha, opposition stages walk-out.

Today in pics: February 22, 2014

The sun sets over the central dome of the Parliament.

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Parliament Videos

On Doklam and surgical strikes, Modi says Congress' comments were childish

Replying to the no-confidence motion, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that when it came to Doklam, the Congress was all over the place when asked about meeting Chinese officials. And on surgical strikes, he said, the party's comments were childish.

Congress given 38 minutes, BJP gets over 3 hours to speak on the no-confidence motion

The Telugu Desam Party has moved a no-confidence motion against the Narendra Modi government. Here's the amount of time each party is allowed to speak on the issue. See more: https://bit.ly/2M2t86i

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MPs demand import duty hike on rubber in Kerala

New Delhi, Mar 01 (ANI): Kerala MPs stalled the Parliament proceedings demanding import duty hike on rubber. The MPs protested and urged the government to increase the import duty on natural rubber. Rubber growers have been distressed owing to more than 155 per cent fall in prices in the last five years.

Aircel-Maxis scam: Uproar in Parliament over Karti Chidambaram's role

New Delhi, Mar 01 (ANI): Proceedings in the Parliament were adjourned today following an uproar by AIADMK members over former finance minister P Chidambaram's son Karti Chidambaram's alleged involvement in the Aircel-Maxis scam. AIADMK members marched into the Well of the House and raised slogans against Karti, following which the Rajya Sabha was adjourned till 2.00 pm. Meanwhile, a similar situation prevailed in the Lok Sabha as well.

Petrol price reduced, diesel hiked

New Delhi, Mar 01 (ANI): The government on Monday lowered the price of petrol by Rs 3.02 per litre while the price of diesel was raised by Rs 1.47 per litre. The revised prices will take effect from the midnight of February 29 and March 1. The revision in fuel prices comes on a day when Finance Minister Arun Jaitley presented the Union Budget for 2015-16 in the Parliament. With this change, the price of Petrol in Delhi will become Rs. 56.61/litre while diesel will be available at Rs. 46.43/litre. People across the nation welcomed the reduction of petrol price, and hoped for further reduction in fuel price.

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Left MPs protest demanding hike on import duty of rubber

New Delhi, Feb 26 (ANI): Kerala Left MPs on Friday staged a protest outside the Parliament in front of Gandhi statue demanding to raise the import duty on rubber. The protestors raised slogans to curb the import of rubber and provide adequate price to the farmers cultivating rubber.

Copies of Economic Survey brought to Parliament

New Delhi, Feb 26 (ANI): Copies of the Economic Survey, to be tabled on Friday, have been brought to the Parliament. Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Friday will present the Economic Survey for 2016-2017 in the Parliament. The Economic Survey is the Finance Ministry's view on the annual economic development of the country that gives a broad idea on the macro-economic data, which will impact the budget decisions.

Copies of Rail Budget brought to Parliament

New Delhi, Feb 25 (ANI): The copies of the Rail Budget 2016 were brought to the Parliament on Thursday. The Rail Budget is expected to focus on capacity creation in the rail sector with an increased outlay of about Rs. 1.25 lakh crore. Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu, who is expected to present the Budget at 12 noon, will face a tough challenge on whether to raise the passenger fare or not.

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