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Parliament Highlights: Both Houses adjourned for the day, will commence 11 am tomorrow

Parliament Highlights: The Lower House also witnessed a heated discussion between the Home Minister and AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi over the NIA (Amendment) Bill.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 15, 2019 10:37:42 pm
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 Home Minister Amit Shah said that the Narendra Modi-led government will never misuse the National Investigation Agency (NIA) law. (PTI)

Parliament Session 2019 Highlights: The Lok Sabha on Monday passed The National Investigation Agency (Amendment) Bill, 2019 which gives powers to the NIA to probe terror attacks targeting Indians and Indian interests abroad.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah said that the Narendra Modi-led government will never misuse the National Investigation Agency (NIA) law, but in turn, use it to finish off terrorism in the country.

The Lower House also witnessed a heated discussion between the Home Minister and AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi over the NIA (Amendment) Bill. The spat started when several opposition leaders, including Owaisi, started interrupting BJP’s Satyapal Singh in the middle of his speech. Singh alleged that the then Hyderabad Police Commissioner was threatened to be transferred if he did not change the course of the investigation of a particular case.

Opposing his claim, Owaisi demanded that Singh should place all records related to his claim in the House. On this, the Home Minister got up from his seat and said that the treasury members did not disturb opposition members during their speeches so they should also do the same.

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    22:34 (IST)15 Jul 2019
    Lok Sabha adjourned till tomorrow

    Lok Sabha has been adjourned for the day, will commence tomorrow at 11 am.

    22:30 (IST)15 Jul 2019
    Lok Sabha discusses Demands for Grants under Ministry of Road Transport and Highways's control

    Lok Sabha discusses the Demands for Grants under the control of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways for 2019-20.

    18:33 (IST)15 Jul 2019
    Rajya Sabha adjourned for the day

    Rajya Sabha has been adjourned for the day, will commence tomorrow at 11am.

    17:52 (IST)15 Jul 2019
    Discussion on working of Ministry of Ayurveda underway in RS

    A discussion on the working of Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Sidhha, and Homeopathy (Ayush) underway in the Rajya Sabha.

    17:42 (IST)15 Jul 2019
    Lok Sabha passes bill to strengthen NIA

    The Lok Sabha on Monday passed the National Investigation Agency (Amendment) Bill, 2019, which will empower the agency to probe terror attacks targeting Indians and Indian interests on foreign soil. During a discussion on the NIA (Amendment) Bill, 2019, 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. Read more

    17:29 (IST)15 Jul 2019
    Neeraj Shekhar resigns from Rajya Sabha

    Samajwadi Party leader Neeraj Shekhar, son of former Prime Minister Chandrashekhar, resigns from Rajya Sabha. His resignation has been accepted by Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu.

    16:27 (IST)15 Jul 2019
    Lok Sabha passes NIA (Amendment) Bill

    Lok Sabha passes The National Investigation Agency (Amendment) Bill, 2019, giving powers to the NIA to probe terror attacks targeting Indians and Indian interests abroad.

    16:07 (IST)15 Jul 2019
    Heavy rains outside the Parliament

    Heavy rains lashed the Parliament premises on Monday evening

    16:05 (IST)15 Jul 2019
    Rain lashes Parliament premises

    Heavy rain lashed the Parliament premises

    Express photo by Renuka Puri
    15:19 (IST)15 Jul 2019
    Lok Sabha discusses The National Investigation Agency (Amendment) Bill, 2019

    The discussion on The National Investigation Agency (Amendment) Bill, 2019, started in the Lok Sabha. MoS G Kishan Reddy said that the bill is brought in the national interest to broaden the investigating powers of the NIA as part of its zero tolerance policy against terrorism. Meanwhile, Congress leader Manish Tewari accused the government of trying to turn India into a "police state."

    14:10 (IST)15 Jul 2019
    Congress raises issue of illegal mining in Rajya Sabha

    In his Zero Hour mention, Congress' P Bhattacharya talked about illegal coal mining in the country and demanded a CBI inquiry to find out people behind such activities. He said many labourers work in illegal mines and they do not even get compensation.

    14:07 (IST)15 Jul 2019
    Rajya Sabha BJP member suggests one nation, one electricity tariff

    Earlier in the day, BJP Rajya Sabha member Swait Malik suggested uniform electricity tariffs across the country to ensure affordable power for all. Raising the issue during the Zero Hour in the House, he highlighted that power tariffs varies across states. He said while one has to pay Rs 8 per unit of electricity in Punjab, consumers in neighbouring states of Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir were paying much less. Malik said because of high power tariff, poor people in Punjab are forced to switch off appliances like fan to save money. He also said that industrial units were migrating from the state due to high cost of power. The BJP member said like GST, one nation one tax, there should be 'one nation, one electricity tariff'.

    14:03 (IST)15 Jul 2019
    Proceedings resume in Rajya Sabha

    Proceedings have resumed in Rajya Sabha.

    14:02 (IST)15 Jul 2019
    Bengal chief secy asked to convene meeting of committee monitoring central schemes

    Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla today said that he has asked the chief secretary of West Bengal to convene a meeting of a committee which monitors implementation of central schemes in states. Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury had recently complained that District Development Coordination and Monitoring Committee, also called Disha committee was not meeting regularly. The Speaker was responding to Chowdhury's complaint.

    13:47 (IST)15 Jul 2019
    Rajya Sabha MPs want discussion on inter-linking of rivers

    Satyanarayan Jatiya (BJP) raised the issue of inter-linking of rivers to solve the problem of drought. A K Selvaraj (AIADMK) raised similar demand.

    13:34 (IST)15 Jul 2019
    TMC's Shanta Chhetri raises Kolkata metro incident in Rajya Sabha

    Addressing the Upper House, TMC's Shanta Chhetri raised the issue of death of a person after his hand got stuck between two sliding doors of the Kolkata Metro on Saturday last. She alleged passenger safety was being compromised with by the Railway Ministry and demanded immediate allocation of funds for proper maintenance and upgrade of the metro rail.

    13:26 (IST)15 Jul 2019
    Rajya Sabha: Vijayasai Reddy speaks on fishermen languishing in Pakistan jail

    Raising the issue of fishermen languishing in Pakistan jails, V Vijayasai Reddy (YSR-Congress), in Rajya Sabha, said 46 fishermen were captured by Pakistan maritime security agency in October-November last year after illegally entering into Indian waters. According to Pakistan, as many as 483 fishermen are languishing in its jails, he said, adding 22 out of the 46 fishermen captured in October/November 2018 were from Andhra Pradesh who had gone to Gujarat for working on fishing trawlers. "What was the Indian Coast Guard doing when Pakistan intruded into Indian waters," he asked. He said when the issue was first raised, the then External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had promised to get consular access. "But neither the fishermen were released nor consular access given to families," he said, asking the Government to urgently intervene to get families consular access.

    13:19 (IST)15 Jul 2019
    'Terrorism not a political issue': BJP's Satya Pal Singh

    MP from Baghpat in UP, Satya Pal Singh, said, "Terrorism is a serious crime against humanity. It cannot be treated as a political issue. When we discuss terrorism and laws to tackle it, we should be totally apolitical." 

    13:07 (IST)15 Jul 2019
    Rajya Sabha: Jairam Ramesh opposes construction of mega port complex in Chennai

    Congress' Jairman Ramesh, while speaking in Rajya Sabha, asked the Environment and Forest Ministry to reject clearance to building of a mega port complex in North Chennai which, he said, poses danger to the fragile ecosystem in the region and livelihood of thousands of fishermen.

    13:05 (IST)15 Jul 2019
    'Loot by airlines': CPM on price hike in airfares

    CPM's K K Ragesh demanded roll back in steep hike in airfares in the Kerala-Gulf sector which, he said, was a "loot" by airlines by exploiting migrant workers. While the Calicut-Dubai flight costs Rs 6,000, a Dubai to Calicut flight costs Rs 40,000, he said, adding airfares are jacked up during festive seasons and holidays when migrant workers seek to return to their hometown.

    13:04 (IST)15 Jul 2019
    Rajya Sabha adjourned till 2 pm

    Rajya Sabha was adjourned till 2 pm after the Question Hour was over.

    13:01 (IST)15 Jul 2019
    Demand to raise royalty on coal in Rajya Sabha

    Demands to raise royalty on coal, roll back of steep hike in airfares between Kerala and Gulf region and government intervention to help release fishermen captured by Pakistan were among issues raised during the Zero Hour in Rajya Sabha today. BJD's Amar Patnaik said the rate of royalty paid to state governments on coal produced in states was last changed in April 2012 and as per rule was due to be revised in April 2015 but was not done.

    12:58 (IST)15 Jul 2019
    Congress raises questions over validity of NIA Act

    Opposing the Bill, Congress' Manish Tewari told those gathered in the Lok Sabha, "The NIA Bill, in 2008, came under specific circumstances after the country felt some unprecedented incidents. The constitutional validity of the NIA Act is not settled as of now. The Bombay High Court had upheld the constitutional validity of the act. The J&K court has not yet given its approval. In November 2013, a division bench of Gauhati High Court had spoken of the 'illegal organisation'."

    12:53 (IST)15 Jul 2019
    'Will fight terrorism with zero tolerance'

    While introducing the bill, Reddy said special court judges will continue to be appointed by the Chief Justice in order to fast-track the trial processes. He added that state governments must constitute special courts to tackle terrorism. "We will continue to fight terrorism with zero tolerance," he said.

    12:46 (IST)15 Jul 2019
    National Investigation Agency Amendment Bill tabled in Lok Sabha

    National Investigation Agency Amendment Bill was introduced by Home Minister (MoS) G Kishan Reddy in Lok Sabha. "This Bill is for the security of the country," he said.

    12:40 (IST)15 Jul 2019
    Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury opposes Motor Vehicles Bill

    Congress leader in Lok Sabha, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, also opposed the Motor Vehicles Bill, mainly clauses 33 and 17. However, he acknowledges that it has been overdue.

    12:33 (IST)15 Jul 2019
    TMC's Mahua Moitra opposes Motor Vehicles Bill

    In Lok Sabha, TMC's Mahua Moitra opposes the Motors Vehicle Bill on grounds that it provides the public an extension period from a month to a year upon the expiry of driving license, thereby raising questions over one's safety.

    12:28 (IST)15 Jul 2019
    'Why is Bengal govt targetted': TMC MP Sudipto Sen in Lok Sabha

    Addressing the Lok Sabha, TMC MP Sudipto Sen said, "Why is Bengal government getting targetted? Why is the central government sending its advisories to Bengal?"

    12:16 (IST)15 Jul 2019
    Rajnath Singh speaks in Rajya Sabha

    Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh is addressing the Upper House. 

    12:08 (IST)15 Jul 2019
    Assam floods: Congress MP gives Zero Hour notice in Rajya Sabha

    Congress MP and Assam Congress Committee President Ripun Bora gave a Zero Hour notice in Rajya Sabha over the flood situation in the north-eastern state.

    12:05 (IST)15 Jul 2019
    Assam Congress MPs protest against flood situation outside Parliament

    Assam Congress MPs today staged a protest in front of the Gandhi statue in Parliament over the flood situation in the state and demanded that the flood situation be declared a national problem.

    12:01 (IST)15 Jul 2019
    Congress gives Adjournment Motion Notice in Lok Sabha

    The Congress has given notice over the pension of disabled Army personnel.

    12:00 (IST)15 Jul 2019
    TMC MP Saugata Roy gives Adjournment Motion Notice in Lok Sabha

    Trinamool Congress MP Saugata Roy moved an Adjournment Motion in connection with the Kolkata metro incident in which a senior citizen was killed after his hand got stuck between the train doors.

    11:56 (IST)15 Jul 2019
    Parliament resumes after two-day break

    Both Houses of Parliament resumed on Monday. After failing to get it through Rajya Sabha in the previous term, the Narendra Modi-government is slated to introduce the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2019, in Lok Sabha on Monday. The Bill, which will be introduced by Union Minister Nitin Gadkari, proposes stricter punishment for traffic violations, simplify vehicle registration process, and overhaul the traffic and transport regulatory framework in India with a view to minimise road accidents. Follow this space for all the latest updates.

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