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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.

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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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Lok Sabha adjourned till 11 AM tomorrow

Lok Sabha adjourned till 11 AM on July 17.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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)

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."

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)

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.

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)

Discussion on Airports Economic Regulatory Authority Bill underway in Rajya Sabha

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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."

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. 

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."

Zero per cent of bills have been scrutinised in this LOK Sabha session: Derek O Brien

TMC leader Derek O Brien said, " Parliament is supposed to scrutinise bills. Now, in the first two weeks on this Lok Sabha session, zero per cent of bills have been scrutinised. We have to scrutinise the bills, otherwise, what are we doing in Parliament."

Naidu accepts Neeraj Shekhar's resignation

Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu Tuesday said he has accepted the resignation of Samajwadi Party leader Neeraj Shekhar after being satisfied that the same was voluntary and genuine. When the House met for the day, Naidu mentioned that he had received a letter from Shekhar, son of former Prime Minister and socialist leader Chandra Shekhar, on July 15. "I made inquiries (with Shekhar) of the resignation being voluntary and genuine and having satisfied I have accepted the resignation with effect from July 15," he said. A two-time Lok Sabha MP, Shekhar, 50, was first elected to the Lower House in a by-election in Ballia in 2007 after his father's death. He retained the seat in the 2009 Lok Sabha elections. Following his defeat in the 2014 parliamentary polls, the SP nominated him to the Rajya Sabha. Shekhar's term in the Upper House was to expire in November 2020. Naidu said he had accepted the resignation under Rule 213 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in Rajya Sabha.

PM has said it's compulsory for everyone to be present in Parliament: Prahlad Joshi

Union Minister Pralhad Joshi after BJP Parliamentary Party meeting today, in Delhi: As usual, Prime Minister has urged...he has said that there are no exceptions from being present in Parliament while the session is on. It is compulsory for everyone to be present.

Bills to be passed in Rajya Sabha today

The Airports Economic Regulatory Authority of India (Amendment) Bill, 2019.

—Hardeep Singh Puri to move that the Bill to amend the Airports Economic Regulatory Authority of India Act, 2008, be taken into consideration.

The Central Universities (Amendment) Bill, 2019.

Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank' to move that the Bill further to amend the Central Universities Act, 2009, as passed by Lok Sabha, be taken into consideration. Also to move that the Bill be passed.

The New Delhi International Arbitration Centre Bill, 2019.

Ravi Shankar Prasad to move that the Bill further to provide for the establishment and incorporation of the New Delhi International Arbitration Centre for the purpose of creating an independent and autonomous regime for institutionalised arbitration and for acquisition and transfer of the undertakings of the International Centre for Alternative Dispute Resolution and to vest such undertakings in the New Delhi International Arbitration Centre for the better management of arbitration so as to make it a hub for institutional arbitration and to declare the New Delhi International Arbitration Centre to be an institution of national importance and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto, as passed by Lok Sabha, be taken into consideration. ALSO to move that the Bill be passed.

Rajya Sabha adjourned till 12 pm!

Rajya Sabha proceedings adjourned till 1200 hrs after AIADMK protests in House demanding cancellation of postal dept exam.

Welcome to our LIVE blog. Today in Lok Sabha, Minister of State for Home Affairs G Kishan Reddy will make a statement on “Security Situation in the North Eastern States of India" while 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 likely to be passed after discussion. Follow to get the latest updates here!

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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.