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Parliament Highlights: Both Houses adjourned, proceedings to resume on Monday

Parliament Monsoon Session Highlights: Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad too demanded an apology from Khan and said either he should tender an apology or he should be suspended from the House.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 26, 2019 8:03:46 pm
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in the Lok Sabha today. (Screengrab LSTV)

Parliament Monsoon Session Highlights: The Lok Sabha on Friday passed the Companies (Amendment) Bill, 2019, which was moved by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. The bill will amend the Companies Act, 2013 under which certain classes of public companies are required to issue shares in dematerialised form only. The Bill states this may be prescribed for other classes of unlisted companies as well, according to PRS Legislative.

Both the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha have been adjourned for the day. The proceedings of the Upper House and the Lower House will begin on Monday, July 29, at 11:00 am.

Earlier in the day, during the Zero Hour, members of Parliament demanded an apology from Samajwadi Party MP Azam Khan for his ‘sexist remark’ against Bihar MP Rama Devi. Condemning the remark, Finance Minister Nirmala said, “there is no democracy in the house if a man can get away for abusing a woman or judging her.” Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad too demanded an apology from Khan and said either he should tender an apology or he should be suspended from the House.

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    20:03 (IST)26 Jul 2019
    ‘Govt hurriedly passing bills without scrutiny’: 17 Oppn parties write to RS chairman

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    19:50 (IST)26 Jul 2019
    Lok Sabha adjourned for the day

    Lok Sabha has been adjourned for the day, will resume on Monday, July 29, at 11:00 am

    19:07 (IST)26 Jul 2019
    Public Accounts Committee constituted for term ending on April 2020
    18:33 (IST)26 Jul 2019
    Private member bill on euthanasia introduced in Lok Sabha

    A Bill on euthanasia and another which seeks to abolish the death penalty in India were among the 44 private members' bills introduced in the Lok Sabha on Friday. Kanimozhi Karunanidhi (DMK) introduced a Bill for abolishing death sentence in the country. (PTI)

    18:23 (IST)26 Jul 2019
    What is the Companies Act, 2013?

    Lok Sabha has passed The Companies (Amendment) Bill, 2019. The Bill was introduced in the House by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on July 25, 2019. What exactly is the Companies Act, 2013? Read here

    18:11 (IST)26 Jul 2019
    LS discusses private member's bill The Compulsory Voting Bill

    Discussion on private member's bill The Compulsory Voting Bill underway in Lok Sabha.

    18:09 (IST)26 Jul 2019
    Om Birla appoints Meenakashi Lekhi as Chairman of the Committee on Public Undertakings for 2019-20

    Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla appoints Meenakashi Lekhi as the Chairman of the Committee on Public Undertakings for the term 2019-2020, reports news agency ANI. The Committee consists of 15 Lok Sabha members and 22 Rajya Sabha members.

    17:10 (IST)26 Jul 2019
    Rajya Sabha adjourned for the day

    Rajya Sabha has been adjourned for the day, will resume on Monday, July 29, at 11:00 am

    16:15 (IST)26 Jul 2019
    Lok Sabha passes The Companies Amendment Bill, 2019

    Lok Sabha passes The Companies Amendment Bill, 2019

    16:08 (IST)26 Jul 2019
    Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman speaks on The Companies Amendment Bill, 2019

    "In the larger picture, we are looking at Companies Act which will be far more friendlier for companies to keep in mind and comply, rather than worry about the implementation of it," says Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman as she talks on The Companies Amendment Bill, 2019 in the Lok Sabha.

    14:57 (IST)26 Jul 2019
    17 opposititon parties write to Rajya Sabha chairman

    17 opposition parties write to Rajya Sabha chairman M Venkaiah Naidu expressing serious concerns over the passage of bills in Parliament without any scrutiny.

    14:52 (IST)26 Jul 2019
    Nirmala Sitharaman appeals for exemplary action against Azam Khan

    Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman appeals for exemplary action against Samajwadi Party's Azam Khan for his yesterday's comments on Lok Sabha Speaker Rama Devi.'

    Participating in the debate on triple talaq Bill in the Lower House, Khan had made an objectionable remark against the Speaker. His remarks came as an uproar in the House as BJP demanded an apology from him, while SP leader Akhilesh Yadav, who was defending Khan, did not relent and walked out of the House.

    "I did not make any objectionable remarks. They must have made it. I don’t know," Khan later told the media outside the House.

    14:19 (IST)26 Jul 2019
    Companies Bill introduced in hurry: Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury

    Leader of Opposition Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said, the bill is being introduced in a hurry and that opposition is moving into a "one mission one session" strategy.

    14:16 (IST)26 Jul 2019
    FM Nirmala Sitharaman moves Companies Amendment Bill, 2019 to be passed

    Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman moves the Companies Amendment Bill, 2019 to be passed.

    "If we pass this bill today, 12 new amendments are being added to already existing 31 making it 43 in total. It is one of the very important bills for ease of doing business," she said. Sitharaman added that this bill is important because its an ordinance that will expire this month.

    13:58 (IST)26 Jul 2019
    Yeddyurappa to take oath at 6 pm; Congress cries foul

    Meanwhile, in Karnataka, drawing the curtains on Karnataka’s political crisis, BS Yeddyurappa Friday was invited by the Governor to stake claim to form the government. Yeddyurappa, a three-time chief minister of the state, will be sworn in at Raj Bhavan at around 6 pm Friday.  Follow LIVE 

    13:38 (IST)26 Jul 2019
    Rajya Sabha to resume at 2:30 PM

    The Upper House has been adjourned till 2:30 PM 

    13:35 (IST)26 Jul 2019
    Rajya Sabha extended till August 7

    Meanwhile, in Rajya Sabha,  the current Budget session of Parliament, which was to end on Friday, has been extended till August 7 to help transact essential government business, Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu informed the House.

    13:22 (IST)26 Jul 2019
    Lok Sabha to resume at 2 PM

    Following uproar in the Lok Sabha over Azam Khan incident, the Lower House has been adjourned till 2 PM. 

    13:20 (IST)26 Jul 2019
    I condemn the incident but we should listen to the other side( Azam Khan): Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury

    Condemning the incident, leader of opposition Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said, " nothing offensive can be tolerated against women in the house but also it is important to listen to the other side (Azam Khan)" 

    12:54 (IST)26 Jul 2019
    There is no democracy happening if an MP is getting away with abusing a woman in House: Nirmala Sitharaman

    Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman says when a Member of Parliament can name a woman and judge her, then there is no democracy happening in the house. Sitharaman said the speaker has all the power to take action requests speaker Om Birla to take exemplary action so that no woman can be treated badly or abused.  

    Union Minister Ravi Shankar demanded that  Azam Khan should either apologise or he should be suspended from House.  

    AIMIM president Asaduddin Owaisi brought up issue of MJ Akabar and asked the Ruling party why was the party not against MJ Akbar in the #MeToo case.

    12:35 (IST)26 Jul 2019
    Ruckus in Lok Sabha over Azam Khan objectionable remark about Rama Devi


    Matters of urgent public importance is being discussed in Lok Sabha.

    BJP MP Sanghamitra Maurya demanded an apology from Azam Khan who made objectionable remarks about Rama Devi yesterday.

    Smriti Irani said the issue is not only a woman's problem but is a shame for all the legislators. She said that regardless of the political parties or gender, "you cannot misbehave with a woman and get away with it," adding that the incident took place outside the house, it would involve police.

    The members support the motion and condemn the incident, urging the speaker to take strict action against the member.

    DMK MP Kanimozhi also condmen the incident and demanded for action. She also said reservation for women in parliament will increase the strength and help bring equality.

    12:01 (IST)26 Jul 2019
    Smriti Irani on river pollution: In many states, factory set-up is prohibited within 1 km sorrounding river

    Textile Minister Smriti Irani takes up question on factories polluting natural resources.

    Irani said National Pollution Control Board plays a very important role in designing scheme and revisiting them on treating effluents. She also said, in many states, factory set up has been prohibited within one kilometer surrounding the river.

    11:51 (IST)26 Jul 2019
    Aayushman Yojana is a completely cashless and paperless scheme: Harsh Vardhan

    Health Minister Harsh Vardhan takes up questions on Aayushman Yojana. On the availability of Aayush cards for the poor, Vardhan said that the scheme is a completely cashless and paperless scheme. If a person is ill and visits any of the 16,000 hospitals under the scheme, they can avail treatment even without the card. He also said, however, the card dispatch has been fast-tracked.

    11:30 (IST)26 Jul 2019
    Defence Minister Rajnath Singh pays tribute to soldiers of Kargil war

    In the Lok Sabha: On the 20th anniversary of Kargil, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh paid tribute to the soldiers of the Kargil war on the 20th anniversary of the Kargil Vijay Diwas. 

    11:18 (IST)26 Jul 2019
    Samajwadi MP gives Zero Hour notice over 'need for legislation to prevent mob violence'

    The Rajya Sabha is currently taking Question Hour

    11:12 (IST)26 Jul 2019
    Parliament proceedings begin

    Question hour being taken up in the Lok Sabha.  Discussion on Mangroves of Sunderbans taken up. 

    11:10 (IST)26 Jul 2019
    PM Modi plans a sapling in front of Parliament as part of tree plantation campaig

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi planted a sapling in Parliament as part of a tree plantation campaign by Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla.

    Parliament, Rajya Sabha, RTI bill in Rajya Sabha, opposition rajya sabha,parliament monsoon session, RTI Bill, RTI Amendment Bill, BJP RTI Bill, RTI Bill changes, RTI Act amendments, RTI Act changes The Rajya Sabha Thursday passed the RTI (Amendment) Bill, 2019.

    On Thursday, after a prolonged debate, Lok Sabha passed the contentious Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill 2019, commonly known as the Triple Talaq Bill with a majority of 303 votes.

    The Rajya Sabha, meanwhile, in a major setback to the Opposition, passed RTI Amendment Bill and voted against sending it to a select panel. The Congress staged a walkout from the Rajya Sabha after this calling government a bully. Earlier, the Opposition had demanded scrutiny of the RTI bill along with six other bills.

    The government also decided to extend the Parliament session till August 7. The session, which began on June 17, was scheduled to end on July 26.

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