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Parliament Winter Session 2019, Constitution Amendment Bill (CAB) Today LIVE Updates: Rajya Sabha passed the Bill with lively debates between the government and opposition parliamentarians. Ghulam Nabi Azad stated that political empowerment is vital to all communities including the Anglo Indian.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: December 12, 2019 6:00:37 pm
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Parliament Winter Session 2019 LIVE Updates: The Constitution (Amendment) Bill got passed in the Upper House of the Parliament Thursday with opposition questioning the government’s agenda of not continuing the reservation provision to the Anglo Indian community.

Earlier on Wednesday, the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill was cleared by the Rajya Sabha with a 125-99 margin. The nearly eight-hour fiery debate saw the Opposition opposing the controversial Bill on several grounds. The Congress, which led the charge, focused largely on Constitutional aspects. The Trinamool Congress focused more on West Bengal linking CAB with the NRC while the DMK raised the issue of the exclusion of Sri Lankan Tamils from the Bill.

The Shiv Sena, which had supported the Bill in Lok Sabha changed its stance and its three members walked out before voting. Given its hard Hindutva background, the party could not have opposed the Bill and its tactical walkout ensured that it does not ruffle the feathers of its newfound allies NCP and the Congress in Maharashtra.

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17:56 (IST)12 Dec 2019
Rajya Sabha passes Citizenship (Amendment) Bill

The Constitution (Amendment) Bill got passed in the Upper House of the Parliament Thursday with opposition questioning the government’s agenda of not continuing the reservation provision to the Anglo Indian community.

17:44 (IST)12 Dec 2019
Half of the recipients of the Ujjwala Yojana are SC/ST: Ravi Shankar Prasad

Informing the Upper House about benefits extended to the Dalit community, Union Minister for Law and Justice Ravi Shankar Prasad stated that 8 crore LPG connections were provided to the needy, out of which 50 per cent were availed by SC/ST.

17:34 (IST)12 Dec 2019
It took 41 years to bestow Bharat Ratna to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel: Ravi Shankar Prasad

Replying to Ghulam Nabi Azad's remarks on Constitution (Amendment) Bill,  BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad stated that development of the marginalised communities is his government's top priority. He also added that the Congress party's agenda has never helped in political empowerment of Dalits. "I want to ask who were the people who prevented Ambedkar and Vallabhbhai Patel from being honoured with Bharat Ratna? Ambedkar died in 1956 and got the honour in 1990, Patel died in 1950 and got the honour in 1991. Both these awards were given by non-Congress governments," he said. 

17:13 (IST)12 Dec 2019
Rajya Sabha nominates 10 members for joint par panel on personal data protection bill

The Rajya Sabha on Thursday passed a resolution to nominate its 10 members for a joint parliamentary committee which would review the Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019. The Lok Sabha on Wednesday had referred the bill to a joint select committee of both Houses of Parliament. A resolution moved by Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad in this regard was passed by the Rajya Sabha by a voice vote. The panel will have 20 members from the Lok Sabha and 10 from the Rajya Sabha. The Upper House had to give the names of the members it wanted to send to the panel.

17:07 (IST)12 Dec 2019
Political empowerment is vital to all communities: Ghulam Nabi Azad

While talking about Constitution (Amendment) Bill, Congress MP Ghulam Nabi Azad stated that political empowerment is vital to all communities and raised objections about government's agenda to not to extend reservation to the Anglo Indian Community.  He added that while the reservation is being extended for SC/STs, it's alarming that the same provisions are being discontinued for the Anglo Indian community. 

16:43 (IST)12 Dec 2019
Administrative, financial approval given for 12 new nuclear reactors for power generation

The government has given administrative and financial sanction for 12 new reactors with a capacity of 9000 megawatt to expedite nuclear power generation in the country, Rajya Sabha was told on Thursday. During the Question Hour in the Rajya Sabha, Union minister for Atomic Energy Jitendra Singh said there are presently nine reactors under construction and pre-project activities are in progress at the 12 reactors accorded sanction.

"The government has accorded administrative approval and financial sanction for 12 new reactors with a capacity of 9000 Mw, in addition to the reactors already under construction to speed up nuclear power capacity addition," Singh said. (PTI) 

16:24 (IST)12 Dec 2019
Govt creating framework for deployment of secure 5G services: Ravi Shankar Prasad

The government is creating an enabling framework for deployment of affordable and secure 5G services in India, Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said on Thursday. No case of any first world countries disapproving 5G spectrum services due to security reasons has come to its notice, he added. During the question hour in the Rajya Sabha, the minister said the standards for IMT (International Mobile Telecommunications) 2020, also known as 5G technologies are being finalised. (PTI) 

15:58 (IST)12 Dec 2019
Adhoc committee formed to study issues related to pornographic content online

The informal group of MPs constituted to study issues related to pornographic content on internet and social media platforms will be converted into an adhoc committee, Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu announced on Thursday. He also said the committee will submit a report on the matter within a month. The group, with Congress MP Jairam Ramesh as coordinator, was formed by the chairman on December 5.

"On the December 5, 2019, I had announced in the House the constitution of an informal group ... The group has held several meetings... "However, Jairam Ramesh, the coordinator of the informal group, met me and explained certain logistics problems being faced by the group being an informal one. I have considered the matter and decided to form an adhoc committee with the same composition," Naidu told the Upper House. (PTI)

15:44 (IST)12 Dec 2019
BSP MP Veer Singh targets government over lack of education opportunities for Dalits

BSP MP from Uttar Pradesh Veer Singh says that the poor Dalit students are being left out of the country's higher education system as the government is not passing funds on time and admissions on zero fees are not being facilitated. 

15:26 (IST)12 Dec 2019
JD(U) MP Ram Chandra Prasad Singh talks about introducing reservation in Judiciary

Janata Dal (United) MP from Bihar Ram Chandra Prasad Singh argues for establishing 'All India Judicial Service' in order to introduce reservations for the downtrodden sections in Judiciary. The MP said that such a Bill can be easily passed through Rajya Sabha because the Upper House has special powers to do so. 

15:15 (IST)12 Dec 2019
BJP MP Mansukhbhai Vasava enquires about loss of habitat of wild animals

In the Question Hour in Lok Sabha, BJP parliamentarian Mansukhbhai Vasva asked about the loss of forest area  of wild animals and the threat it poses to human settlements. 

14:30 (IST)12 Dec 2019
Poverty has doubled, says Congress' Adhir Ranjan in Lok Sabha

In Lok Sabha, Leader of Opposition Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said, "India ranks 102 in the global poverty index. Bangladesh is also ahead of us, they rank 88. In today's times, poverty has doubled." 

14:21 (IST)12 Dec 2019
Ravi Shankar Prasad speaks on The Constitution Bill

Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad is addressing the Upper House on The Constitution (One Hundred and Twenty-sixth Amendment) Bill, 2019. In Lok Sabha, Congress' Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury is speaking the farmers' deaths.

14:10 (IST)12 Dec 2019
Rajya Sabha chairman Venkaiah Naidu addresses House

"Yesterday, in a historic manner, we discussed the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill for eight hours. Everyone was given an opportunity to share their views, suggestions and criticisms. Union Home Minister Amit Shah also clarified everyone's doubts," Rajya Sabha chairman Venkaiah Naidu said.

14:06 (IST)12 Dec 2019
Rajya Sabha resumes session

Proceedings have resumed in the Rajya Sabha.

13:21 (IST)12 Dec 2019
No power crisis in India: Minister

Declaring that there is no power crisis in the country, Union Power Minister R K Singh said India has installed power generation capacity of around 365 GW, double the peak demand. The minister said in the Lok Sabha that states meet their demand from their own generating sources and share from central generating stations. "There is no power crisis in the country. The maximum peak demand experienced during the current year was around 183 Giga Watt (GW) whereas the installed generation capacity in the country is around 365 GW which is double our peak demand," he said during Question Hour.

13:20 (IST)12 Dec 2019
Lok Sabha adjourned till 2.15 pm

Lok Sabha has been adjourned till 2.15 pm.

13:19 (IST)12 Dec 2019
Road engineering one of the key factors for large number of accidents in country: Gadkari

Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari said road engineering is one of the key factors for a large number of accidents in the country. Gadkari said his ministry is getting around Rs 14,000 crore to fix problems in the "black spots" of highways where repeated accidents take place. "Drivers and vehicles are not alone responsible for the large number of accidents which take place in the country every year. Road engineering is also responsible for many accidents," he said during Question Hour in the Lok Sabha.

13:01 (IST)12 Dec 2019
Rajya Sabha adjourned till 2 pm

Rajya Sabha has been adjourned till 2 pm.

13:01 (IST)12 Dec 2019
Rajya Sabha: Naidu seeks report on issue of pornography on social media

Rajya Sabha chairman Venkaiah Naidu told the House that on 5 December, he had constituted an informal group to study the issue of pornography on social media and its effect on children and society as a whole. He also sought for a report in this regard within one month from today.

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From accusing the BJP government of trying to “advance its Hindutva agenda” to copying from the Nazi playbook to target Muslims and demolishing the Constitution, the Opposition Wednesday raised moral, Constitutional and historical questions to oppose the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in Rajya Sabha. And warned the government that the legislation would be struck down in court.

Unlike in the recent past, the Opposition remained united until the end. In August, many parties including the AAP and Telangana Rashtra Samithi had broken ranks when the Rajya Sabha debated scrapping the special status to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370. But this time they opposed the Bill as did the BSP which, too, had supported the Government on Article 370 and had stayed away on the triple talaq Bill in July.

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