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Parliament Winter Session HIGHLIGHTS: Bill to merge UTs Daman and Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli passed

Parliament Winter Session 2019 HIGHLIGHTS: The Special Protection Group (Amendment) Bill, 2019 was passed in Rajya Sabha even as the Opposition led by Congress staged a walkout, terming the Bill as driven by political vendetta against the Gandhis.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: December 3, 2019 8:03:15 pm
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Parliament Winter Session 2019 HIGHLIGHTS: The Rajya Sabha on Tuesday passed the Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu (Merger of Union Territories) Bill, 2019, which seeks to merge two Union Territories — Daman and Diu, and Dadra and Nagar Haveli — into one unit. The Bill was was already passed by the Lok Sabha on November 27. The Lok Sabha also passed Recycling of Ships Bill, 2019.

The Special Protection Group (Amendment) Bill, 2019 was passed in Rajya Sabha even as the Opposition led by Congress staged a walkout, terming the Bill as driven by political vendetta against the Gandhis. Home Minister Amit Shah said the Bill was not brought keeping in mind the Gandhi family and that even current Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s security under SPG would be removed if he does not return to power after five years. He also chided the Congress for showing no protest when SPG security cover of Manmohan Singh and other non-Gandhi families was withdrawn.

On the security breach at Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s house, Amit Shah said a high-level inquiry has been ordered into it and three personnel have been suspended.

Meanwhile, the BJP MPs Tuesday asked for an apology from Congress MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury over his description of Prime Minister Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah as “infiltrators” and Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman as “Nirbala”.

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    19:40 (IST)03 Dec 2019
    Lok Sabha adjourned for the day

    Lok Sabha has been adjourned for the day.

    19:40 (IST)03 Dec 2019
    Govt given in-principle approval for deployment of CISF at Visva-Bharati

    The government has given in-principle approval for the induction of CISF at Visva-Bharati University in West Bengal, Union Minister Nityanand Rai said in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday.

    No CISF personnel has been deployed till now at the University, established in 1921 by Rabindranath Tagore.

    "The government has approved in-­principle the induction of the CISF at Visva-Bharti University, West Bengal based on security assessment and the commitment received from Ministry of Human Resource Development that the University will bear the cost of deployment of the CISF," he said in reply to a written question. (PTI)

    19:15 (IST)03 Dec 2019
    Criticised over GDP remark, BJP MP Nishikant Dubey urges Parliament to ban social media

    Facing criticism for his statement on the relevance of GDP, BJP MP Nishikant Dubey Tuesday urged the Parliament to frame a law for banning social media as his remarks were distorted to the extent that users abused his family members. On Monday, Dubey had said in Parliament that the parameter of GDP shouldn’t be treated as gospel like the “Bible or Ramayana” as it won’t be of much use in the future. Read more

    18:43 (IST)03 Dec 2019
    Supriya Sule bats for provisions for field reporters

    Supriya Sule, NCP: Last month when Maharashtra govt formation was underway, a reporter carrying a heavy camera intercepted our vehicle on a two-wheeler. This is very dangerous as the cameraperson sitting behind cannot wear security gears due to heavy camera."

    Sule proposed to bring some provisions for field reporters, especially women, who work overtime.

    18:30 (IST)03 Dec 2019
    Parliament passes bill to merge UTs Daman and Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli

    The Parliament on Tuesday passed a bill which seeks to merge two Union Territories -- Daman and Diu, and Dadra and Nagar Haveli -- into one unit.

    The Rajya Sabha passed the Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu (Merger of Union Territories) Bill, 2019 through voice vote. Lok Sabha had passed this bill on November 27.

    The merged Union Territory will be named Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu.

    18:28 (IST)03 Dec 2019
    Zero hour begins in Lok Sabha

    Zero hour begins in Lok Sabha

    18:17 (IST)03 Dec 2019
    'Make in India' should not become 'Dump in India': Lok Sabha members on Recycling of Ships Bill

    The Recycling of Ships Bill, 2019 was introduced was introduced in the Lok Sabha Tuesday. Speaking during the debate, NCP leader Supriya Sule said that 'Make in India' could become 'Dump in India', expressing apprehensions over ship breaking's impact on the environment.

    BSP's Danish Ali stressed that safety of workers should not be compromised in the name of generating employment. He also said 'Make in India' should not become 'Dump in India' or 'Break in India'.

    A Samanta (BJD) said ship-breaking is a dangerous occupation and hence should be subject to strict safety guidelines.

    17:57 (IST)03 Dec 2019
    Rajya Sabha adjourned

    Rajya Sabha has been adjourned.

    17:20 (IST)03 Dec 2019
    What is SPG (Amendment) Bill?

    The Special Protection Group (SPG) (Amendment) Bill proposes to also rescind protection provided to family members of former PMs soon as they lose the SPG cover.

    The Bill says SPG will provide security to “the Prime Minister and members of his immediate family residing with him at his official residence; and any former Prime Minister and such members of his immediate family as are residing with him at the residence allotted to him, for a period of five years from the date he ceases to hold office of Prime Minister.”

    In the existing law, the provision concerned limits itself to protection for “immediate family members” and does not speak about where they should reside. It also guarantees protection for only one year after demitting office, and then continuation of the SPG cover beyond that period based on threat perception reports given by central intelligence agencies.

    The Bill, in that sense, guarantees SPG protection to former PMs for five years. 

    16:56 (IST)03 Dec 2019
    Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu (Merger of Union Territories) Bill discussed in RS

    Discussion underway in Rajya Sabha over The Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu (Merger of Union Territories) Bill, 2019 that was passed in Lok Sabha last week.

    16:48 (IST)03 Dec 2019
    High level enquiry ordered into security breach at Priyanka Gandhi's house: Amit Shah

    On the security breach at Priyanka Gandhi Vadra's house, Amit Shah said a high-level inquiry has been ordered into it and three personnel have been suspended.

    16:46 (IST)03 Dec 2019
    SPG Bill passed in Rajya Sabha

    The Special Protection Group (Amendment) Bill, 2019 was passed in Rajya Sabha Tuesday even as the Opposition led by Congress staged a walkout, terming the Bill as driven by political vendetta against the Gandhis. Home Minister Amit Shah said the Bill was not brought keeping in mind the Gandhi family and that even current Prime Minister Narendra Modi's security under SPG would be removed if he does not return to power after five years. He also chided the Congress for showing no protest when SPG security cover of Manmohan Singh and other non-Gandhi families was withdrawn.

    On CPI's Binoy Viswaam's remark that the Bill is driven by political vendetta, Shah said 120 workers of BJP and RSS were killed in Kerala, adding that it is only BJP workers are killed wherever it is a non-BJP government.

    16:33 (IST)03 Dec 2019
    There is a difference between formality and protest: Amit Shah quips Congress

    Speaking on the SPG Bill, Home Minister Amit Shah said why the Congress not protest when the security cover of family members of other ex-prime ministers was removed. Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad protested by saying the party filed a formal complaint when former PM Manmohan Singh was removed. To this, Shah said, "There is a difference between formality and protest. We did not see such protest from you when security of families of other former PMs was removed."

    16:16 (IST)03 Dec 2019
    Amit Shah on SPG Bill: This amendment is not brought in by keeping Gandhis in mind

    Amit Shah in Rajya Sabha: "This amendment is not brought in by keeping Gandhis in mind, but, one thing that I can say for sure is that the previous 4 amendments were done by keeping only one family in mind."

    16:13 (IST)03 Dec 2019
    Jab aap karein to rasleela hai, koi aur kare to character dheela hai: BSP MP targets Congress in Rajya Sabha

    Satish Chandra Mishra, BSP: "Our party believes that security should be given based on threat analysis. Since SPG has been reserved for the prime minister only for 5 years, it should be looked how much security affected leaders need and how it is going to be provided."

    Targeting the Congress, BSP's Satish Chandra Mishra said, "Six of our leaders had won their respective Assembly seats in Rajasthan and had given support to the Congress-led government in the state. But recently the government traded our MLAs into their fold."

    "When we decided to go there, some of our senior party members warned us of not coming there unless we have a security. They said all the security personnel provided by the government have been withdrawn and there is some planning. I was not given permission to go there but our party members faced issues in a planned way when they protested against this illegal move by the government."

    "It is like 'Jab aap karein to rasleela hai, koi aur kare to character dheela hai'. When somebody else does that you feel the pain, but when you do it yourself you feel it as your right," he said.

    15:45 (IST)03 Dec 2019
    No family of any ex-prime minister provided with SPG, so why Gandhis: Subramanium Swamy

    Subramanium Swamy, BJP supported the SPG Bill in Rajya Sabha, saying it was overdue. "The question here being raised is for only one family of an ex-prime minister. Because no other family of any ex-prime minister has been provided with such security. We are all equal before the law unless you have a separate category," he said.

    15:30 (IST)03 Dec 2019
    Rajya Sabha: CPI leader says SPG Bill driven by political vendetta

    Binoy Viswaam, CPI called the SPG (Amendment) Bill, 2019 based on political vendetta. Speaking in Rajya Sabha, he said the government's reason of cost effectiveness behind the Bill is unnecessary as lakhs of crores of money is being wasted through NPAs. "It is their vendetta against Nehru, his principals, that they are bringing this Bill," he said.

    15:23 (IST)03 Dec 2019
    RJD's Manoj Jha objects to breach of security at Priyanka Gandhi's house

    Manoj Kumar Jha, RJD, objecting Special Protection Group (Amendment) Bill, 2019 said in Rajya Sabha, "In 1984, we lost Indira Gandhi. The other day there was some breach in the house of Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi. Some people in the media said they were from the same party. But a breach is a breach. After all, Indira Gandhi was assassinated by her own bodyguard."

    14:25 (IST)03 Dec 2019
    Govt mere spectator as onion prices soar: CPI-M member Ragesh

    A Rajya Sabha MP on Tuesday accused the government of remaining a "mere spectator" as onion prices soared and hoarders benefited from the situation. Raising the issue during the Zero Hour in the Upper House, K K Ragesh (CPM) said onion prices have touched Rs 120 a kg in several parts of the country. Quoting a government statement, he said 32,000 tonne of onion rotted in godowns, but was not released in the market so that prices could come down. He futher said onion prices rises during October and November every year.

    14:15 (IST)03 Dec 2019
    Speaker Om Birla rebukes Union Minister Danve

    Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla on Tuesday rebuked Union Minister Raosaheb Patil Danve for not paying attention to proceedings of the House. The Speaker's disapproval of the conduct of the Union Minister of State for Consumer Affairs came during the Question Hour. When Shiv Sena member Hemant Tukaram Godse asked a supplementary, Danve asked the MP to repeat the question. At this, the Speaker told the minister "Honourable Minister, pay attention to questions, listen carefully".

    13:53 (IST)03 Dec 2019
    'One Nation One Ration Card' to be effective nationwide from June: Ram Vilas Paswan

    The government's 'One Nation One Ration Card' initiative that will largely cover migrant labourers and daily wagers will come into force across the country from June 1, 2020, Union minister Ram Vilas Paswan said on Tuesday. Under the initiative, eligible beneficiaries would be able to avail their entitled food grains under the National Food Security Act from any Fair Price Shop (FPS) in the country using the same ration card.

    13:50 (IST)03 Dec 2019
    Price ceiling on 4 medical devices: Govt tells Lok Sabha

    Four medical devices -- cardiac stents, drug-eluting stents, condoms and intrauterine -- have been included in the national list of essential medicines and ceiling on their prices have been fixed, Union Minister Mansukh L. Mandaviya said in Lok Sabha on Tuesday. Mandaviya said the maximum retail prices of 20 other medical devices are monitored by the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) to ensure that no manufacturer increases the maximum retail price of a drug more than 10 per cent of the MRP during preceding 12 months.

    13:47 (IST)03 Dec 2019
    Incidents of terrorist violence declined after August 5: MHA in Lok Sabha

    MHA in Lok Sabha on Infiltration and attacks after removal of Article 370, in Kashmir: Incidents of terrorist violence declined after August 5. From August 5, 2019-November 27,2019, there have been 88 such incidents as compared to 106 such incidents from April 12, 2019- August 4, 2019. There has been increase in the number of infiltration attempts from across the border. During the 88 day period from August 5, 2019 - October 31, 2019, there have been 84 such attempts as against 53 such attempts from May 9, 2019 -August 4, 2019.

    13:20 (IST)03 Dec 2019
    Keep culprits in jail permanently: Hema Malini on Hyderabad vet rape-murder

    BJP MP from Mathura, Hema Malini on rape & murder of woman veterinarian in Telangana: Everyday we are hearing these things happening to women, women being harassed. My suggestion is to keep the culprits in jail permanently, once they go in jail they should not be released at all.

    13:19 (IST)03 Dec 2019
    AAP MPs Sanjay Singh, Sushil Gupta hold protest in Parliament premises against rise in onion prices

    Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MPs Sanjay Singh and Sushil Gupta hold protest in Parliament premises against rise in onion prices. MP Sanjay Singh says, "32000 tonnes onions rotted away, why didn't Centre take action? You can let onions rot away but cannot sell it at lower prices?"

    13:17 (IST)03 Dec 2019
    Citizenship bill as important as move to nullify Article 370: Rajnath at BJP meeting

    The BJP leadership on Tuesday underscored the significance of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill by equating its importance with the move to nullify Article 370 provisions, with senior leader Rajnath Singh asking party MPs to be present in large numbers when Home Minister Amit Shah tables it in Parliament. The issue of absenteeism among BJP MPs from Parliament was also raised at the parliamentary party meeting, as Singh underlined Prime Minister Narendra Modi's dissatisfaction over lack of their adequate presence many times, sources said.

    13:14 (IST)03 Dec 2019
    What had earlier happened to the Balwant Singh Rajoana case?

    In September, the Union Home Ministry officials had announced the central government's decision to commute the death sentence of Rajoana to life imprisonment. The decision was taken as a "humanitarian gesture" on the occasion of 550th birth celebrations of Guru Nanak Dev, the officials had said. Rajoana, a former Punjab Police constable, was convicted for his involvement in an explosion outside the Punjab civil secretariat that killed Beant Singh and 16 others in 1995.

    13:13 (IST)03 Dec 2019
    No pardon has been given to Balwant Singh Rajoana: Amit Shah

    Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday told the Lok Sabha that no pardon has been given to Balwant Singh Rajoana, who was convicted for the assassination of the then Punjab Chief Minister Beant Singh in 1995. During the Question Hour, Congress member from Punjab Ravneet Singh Bittu sought a response from Shah on why Rajoana was pardoned. Bittu is the grandson of Beant Singh.

    Asking the member not to go by media reports, the home minister said, "koi maafi ki nahi gayi (no pardon has been given)".

    13:09 (IST)03 Dec 2019
    Uproar in Lok Sabha, BJP ask for an apology from Adir Ranjan Chowdhury

    Uproar in Lok Sabha; BJP MPs ask for an apology from Congress MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury over his statements on PM Modi, HM Amit Shah and FM Nirmala Sitharaman.

    13:08 (IST)03 Dec 2019
    Adhir Ranjan Ji crossed his limits yesterday for his remarks on Sitharaman: Poonam Mahajan

    In Lok Sabha, BJP MP Poonam Mahajan said, “Yesterday all MPs stood together on the issue of rape and murder of Telangana doctor. After some time, Adhir Ranjan Ji crossed his limits and whatever he said on Sitharaman, was the worst.

    13:03 (IST)03 Dec 2019
    Welcome to our Parliament winter Session LIVE blog

    Welcome to our Parliament winter Session LIVE blog. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MPs Tuesday asked for an apology from Congress MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury over his description of Prime Minister Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah as “infiltrators” and Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman as “Nirbala”. Follow to get all the latest updates here!

    On Monday, the Rajya Sabha approved a country-wide ban on electronic cigarettes. The Prohibition of Electronic Cigarettes (Production, Manufacture, Import, Export, Transport, Sale, Distribution, Storage and Advertisement) Bill, 2019 was passed by a voice vote amid concerns that it was brought under pressure from the tobacco lobby. The Bill, which got the Lok Sabha’s nod last week, will replace the Ordinance promulgated on September 18.

    The law categorises production, manufacture, import, export, transport, sale, distribution, storage and advertisement of e-cigarettes as cognisable offences. Any contravention of the law will be punishable with imprisonment of up to one-year, or a fine of up to Rs 1 lakh, or both. For any subsequent offence, it provides for imprisonment of up to three years along with a fine of up to Rs 5 lakh.

    Meanwhile, with two legislators forced to apologise for their remarks in the two sessions of the 17th Lok Sabha, its Ethics Committee is all set to form a code of conduct for MPs in the Lower House. After BJP MP Pragya Singh Thakur triggered a controversy with her remarks on Nathuram Godse, the Ethics Committee initiated discussions on it on Monday.

    The panel, headed by BJP’s Vinod Kumar Sonkar, met on Monday and decided to seek suggestions as well as views from all political parties for the code that would oversee the moral and ethical conduct of the MPs. A code of conduct had come into force for the Rajya Sabha MPs in 2005.
    The National Capital Territory of Delhi (Recognition of Property Rights of Residents in Unauthorised Colonies) Bill, 2019 will also be discussed in Rajya Sabha.
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