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Parliament Highlights: RS passes bill paving way for two new central universities in Andhra Pradesh

In Rajya Sabha, the Airports Economic Regulatory Authority of India (Amendment) Bill, 2019, the Central Universities (Amendment) Bill, 2019 and the New Delhi International Arbitration Centre Bill, 2019 are scheduled to be passed.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 17, 2019 12:05:39 am
parliament, parliament live, parliament live today, lok sabha live, parliament monsoon session live, monsoon session live, monsoon session live today, parliament monsoon session, rajya sabha live, nia bill, nia amendment bill, live news, indian express On Monday, the Lok Sabha passed the National Investigation Agency (Amendment) Bill, 2019. (Express photo by Anil Sharma)

Parliament Session : Rajya Sabha Tuesday passed the Airports Economic Regulatory Authority Bill, 2019,  empowering the Civil Aviation Ministry to bid out private airport projects on the basis of pre-determined tariff. While replying to the discussion on the Bill, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said, “As many as 16 airports will be in the purview of AERA. All other airports continue to be looked after by the Civil Aviation Ministry.”

Rajya Sabha proceedings were adjourned twice earlier — first till 12 pm and the second time till 2 pm —following vociferous protests by Tamil parties led by the AIADMK against holding of recruitment exam for postmen only in English and Hindi language. Soon after listed papers were laid on table of the House, AIADMK members shouted slogans demanding that the government cancel the postal department exam for recruitment of postmen and other posts and hold it afresh by including Tamil as a language of exams. Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu first ordered stopping of the transmission of House proceedings on television and then adjourned proceedings.

In the Lok Sabha on Tuesday, Minister of State for Home Affairs G Kishan Reddy will make a statement on “Security Situation in the North Eastern States of India” while his Cabinet colleagues, Santosh Ganwar and Harsh Vardhan, will move a motion to include two members from the House to the Employees’ State Insurance Corporation and Indian Nursing Council, respectively. Also, the House will take up for discussion the demand for grants under the control of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways and Ministries of Rural Development and Agriculture and Farmers Welfare.

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    00:04 (IST)17 Jul 2019
    Lok Sabha adjourned till 11 AM tomorrow

    Lok Sabha adjourned till 11 AM on July 17.

    22:04 (IST)16 Jul 2019
    Rajya Sabha passes the Central University (Amendment) Bill, 2019

    Rajya Sabha passes the Central University (Amendment) Bill, 2019. The bill paves the way for the establishment of two central universities in Andhra Pradesh. These will be known as Central University of Andhra Pradesh and the Central Tribal University of Andhra Pradesh. The tribal university will take additional measures to provide higher education and research facilities in tribal art, culture, and customs to the tribal population of India.

    19:06 (IST)16 Jul 2019
    Universities across Inda facing shortage of staff: Congress MP L Hanumanthaia

    Congress MP L Hanumanthaia alleged that universities across the country are facing shortage of staff.  "A number of universities are being run on contractual basis. Many are run by honorary professors," he said. Politics has surpassed academics in educational institutions of the country, he alleged.

    18:49 (IST)16 Jul 2019
    Introduce Rohit Act to tackle institutional discrimination: RJD's Manoj Jha

    Rajya Sabha member from RJD Manoj Jha, while speaking during a discussion on Central Universities (Amendment) Bill, 2019, in Rajya Sabha, proposed to introduce Rohit Act to tackle institutional discrimination.

    18:26 (IST)16 Jul 2019
    Rajya Sabha session was marred by protests by Opposition on decision to extend duration of House

    Rajya Sabha session was marred by protests by the Opposition on the decision of the deputy chairman to extend the duration of the House. Trinamool Congress leader Derek O' Brien said while making the decision to extend the time of the House, opinion of only the BJP MPs were taken. "The decision was made after taking the opinion of the BJP who has a thumping majority here. The sense of the Opposition was not taken. We are not here to be counted as numbers," he said.

    17:54 (IST)16 Jul 2019
    Meagre amount of fund allocated to education sector: AITC MP in Rajya Sabha

    Abir Ranjan Biswas, Trinamool Congress MP to Rajya Sabha MP,  tried to draw the attention of the government to the fact that apart from Visva Bharati University, no other central university has been set up in West Bengal and urged that the matter should be looked upon. He also raised concerns regarding vacancies in the central universities and allotment of meagre amount of fund to the education sector.

    17:15 (IST)16 Jul 2019
    Rajya Sabha passes AERA (Amendment) Bill

    Rajya Sabha passes AERA Bill empowering government to bid out private airport projects based on pre-determined tariff. Discussion on the Central Universities (Amendment) Bill, 2019, is underway in Rajya Sabha.

    17:12 (IST)16 Jul 2019
    Taxmen detect Rs 37,946 crore fraud in financial year 208-19

    Tax officials detected Rs 37,946 crore worth of tax fraud in 2018-19 and Rs 6,520 crore in the April-June period of the current financial year after the GST implementation, the Finance Ministry told Parliament on Tuesday.
    Besides, cases of tax credit availment by issue of fake invoices were of Rs 11,251 crore in 2018-19 and Rs 2,805 crore in April-June of the current fiscal, Minister of State for Finance Anurag Thakur said in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha. (PTI)

    16:24 (IST)16 Jul 2019
    Introduction of AERA Bill a sharp U-turn of government from its responsibilities

    The introduction of Airports Economic Regulatory Authority Bill in the Parliament talks of sharp U-turn of the government from its responsibilities, says Congress' B K Hariprasad in Rajya Sabha. Opposing the privatisation of aviation industry, he said to not underestimate the strength of public sector. "Pubic sector has social responsibility while the private sector runs with profit-making motive."

    16:06 (IST)16 Jul 2019
    India's renewable energy capacity crosses 80GW-mark, says R K Singh

    India's renewable energy capacity has crossed the 80GW-mark, which includes 29.55 GW of solar energy and 36.37 GW wind power, Parliament was informed Tuesday. The government has set an ambitious target of having 175 GW of clean energy capacity by 2022, including 100 GW solar and 60 GW of wind energy.

    "The Government is regularly monitoring the progress being made to achieve the target of 175 GW by 2022. "A total of 80.46 GW of renewable energy capacity has been installed in the country as on June 30, 2019 which includes 29.55 GW from Solar & 36.37 GW from Wind power," Power and New & Renewable Energy Minister R K Singh said in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha. (PTI)

    16:05 (IST)16 Jul 2019
    Discussion on demand for Grants under Control of Ministries of Rural Development and Agriculture and Farmers Welfare underway in Lok Sabha

    Discussion on demand for Grants under Control of Ministries of Rural Development and Agriculture and Farmers Welfare for 2019-20 is underway in Lok Sabha.

    16:01 (IST)16 Jul 2019
    Citizenship Bill aims to give Indian nationality to minorities from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan: Government

    The basic objective of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019, was to facilitate granting Indian citizenship to members of six minority communities from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan even if they do not have valid documents, the government told
    Lok Sabha Tuesday.  Union Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai said the bill was initially introduced in Lok Sabha three years ago as Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016, and was then referred to a Joint Parliamentary Committee.

    Union Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai said the bill was initially introduced in Lok Sabha three years ago as Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016, and was then referred to a Joint Parliamentary Committee.

    The committee submitted its report to Parliament on January 7 this year, he said. "The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 was taken into consideration and passed by Lok Sabha on January 8, 2019. It was pending for consideration and passing by the Rajya Sabha. Consequent to the dissolution of 16th Lok Sabha, this Bill has lapsed," he said in a written reply to a question by Congress MP Pradyut Bordoloi.  (PTI)

    15:11 (IST)16 Jul 2019
    Discussion on Airports Economic Regulatory Authority Bill underway in Rajya Sabha

    Discussion on Airports Economic Regulatory Authority Bill is underway in Rajya Sabha.

    13:34 (IST)16 Jul 2019
    Working on a new green expressway from New Delhi to Mumbai: Gadkari

    Gadkari also informed the House that the ministry is working on a new green expressway from New Delhi to Mumbai, which can be covered in 12 hours. It will pass through most backward and tribal areas of Rajasthan, Gujarat and Maharashtra and also save Rs 16,000 crore in land acquisition.

    13:33 (IST)16 Jul 2019
    Land acquisition process is very slow in West Bengal and Bihar: Nitin Gadkari

    Underlining that land acquisition is a major problem in road construction projects, Gadkari urged that state governments should come out with solutions and help find a way out. The minister said his ministry was not moving forward with the project without 80 per cent of land acquisition and this principle is being followed very strictly. Gadkari said land acquisition process is very slow in West Bengal and Bihar. Noting that more than 400 projects worth 3.85 lakh crore were closed when he assumed charge of the ministry in 2014, Gadkari said the Modi government saved NPAs worth 3 lakh crore during the past five years by beginning work on these projects. "There were 403 projects pending when the Narendra Modi came to power involving a cost of 3,85,000 crore. It is a great achievement of Indian government that we saved bankers of Rs 3 lakh crore of NPAs and now 90 per cent of projects are moving fast," he said.

    13:25 (IST)16 Jul 2019
    Nitin Gadkari: People will have to pay toll if they want good roads.

    Union minister Nitin Gadkari Tuesday said people have to pay the toll if they want good roads. He, hence, made it clear that the toll system would stay as the government does not have enough funds. He said money collected through toll from those areas which have the capacity to pay is utilised for building roads in rural and hilly areas. "Toll system can never end though rates may vary from time to time. Toll is my brainchild. If you want good services, you have to pay for it. The government does not have money," Gadkari said.

    12:53 (IST)16 Jul 2019
    PM Modi asks BJP MPs to play lead role in development of constituency

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday asked BJP MPs to nurse their constituency by playing a leading role in its development and advised them to take up a cause of human sensitivity like eradication of leprosy or tuberculosis, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi told reporters. First impression is often the last impression, Modi told MPs, a large number of them first-timers, at the BJP parliamentary party meeting, sources said, as he asked them to work passionately for the development of their areas. Modi also asked Union ministers to carry out their Parliament roster duty, when they are meant to be present in one of the Houses as a government representative, and said he should be informed if they skip their duty, the sources said.

    12:52 (IST)16 Jul 2019
    Over 40,000-kilometre highways built in last 5 years: Nitin Gadkari

    In Lok Sabha, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said, "Road Transport and Highways Ministry built over 40,000-kilometre highways in the last 5 years, which is 60 per cent higher than the previous five years."

    12:50 (IST)16 Jul 2019
    Rajya Sabha adjourned till 2 PM now!

    Rajya Sabha adjourned till 2 PM over demand for postal department exam in Tamil language. The House got adjourned barely 10 minutes after it Assembled as AIADMK MPs protested seeking to include Tamil as a language to write postal examinations. As the House reconvened at 12 pm, Members were again on their feet and in the Well. Deputy Chairman Harivansh asked the Members to go back to their seats, but loud sloganeering continued. 

    12:21 (IST)16 Jul 2019
    Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury gives adjournment notice in Lok Sabha

    Congress MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury has given Adjournment Notice in Lok Sabha on "Chinese incursion into Indian territory."

    Amit Shah, Amit Shah in Lok Sabha, Parliament news, NIA bill, National Investigation Agency, NIA amendment, narendra modim indian express Amit Shah, NIA in LokSabha, Amit Shah on NIA, National Investigation Agency (Amendment) Bill, Amit Shah in Parliament, Parliament live, Parliament news, Indian Expres news  Parliament LIVE: Home Minister Amit Shah said that the Narendra Modi-led government will never misuse the National Investigation Agency (NIA) law. (PTI)

    On Monday, the Lok Sabha passed the National Investigation Agency (Amendment) Bill, 2019 which seeks to empower the agency to probe terror attacks targeting Indians and Indian interests on foreign soil. Besides this, the amendments will also allow the NIA to probe cybercrimes and cases of human trafficking. During the discussion, Parliament also witnessed a spat between Home Minister Amit Shah and AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi, with the BJP chief asserting that he is not frightening anyone but cannot help when someone has fear in their minds.

    Defending the amendments, Union Home Minister Amit Shah countered opposition claims over “misuse” of the NIA law. He asserted that the Narendra Modi-led government will never misuse it on the basis of religion and said instead it will ensure the menace of terrorism is uprooted irrespective of the religion of the guilty.

    He also targeted the previous Congress-led UPA government for repealing anti-terror act POTA, saying it was not done because of its alleged misuse but to “save its vote bank”. Shah further said terror attacks witnessed an upsurge after the Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA) was repealed resulting in the same UPA government being forced to constitute NIA after the Mumbai attacks.

    Seeking all-party support for the bill’s passage, Shah said a division in the House on the issue of strengthening the agency will send out a wrong message and boost the morale of terrorists. Parliament should speak in one voice in giving powers to the NIA to send out a message to terrorists and the world, he asserted.

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