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Parliament Winter Session 2019 HIGHLIGHTS: Earlier in the day, facing opposition fire for her remarks on Nathuram Godse, Bhopal MP Pragya Singh Thakur apologised twice in the Lok Sabha on Friday.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 29, 2019 7:15:50 pm
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Parliament Winter Session 2019 HIGHLIGHTS: Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Parshottam Rupala in Rajya Sabha on Friday said that the central government is formulating a scheme to find a permanent solution to end practice of stubble burning by farmers. He also said that a committee will come out with a report on the matter in the coming month or two.

Earlier in the day, facing opposition fire for her remarks on Nathuram Godse, Bhopal MP Pragya Singh Thakur apologised twice in the Lok Sabha on Friday. Issuing her second apology, Thakur said, “Never described Nathuram Godse as a patriot, never took his name but if someone is hurt I apologise.”

Thakur had earlier claimed that her statements were ‘misinterpreted’ after which Speaking Om Birla called a meeting of floor leaders of different political parties to end the row over the legislator’s statement.

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17:42 (IST)29 Nov 2019
Centre to come out with permanent solution to stubble burning: MoS Agri

Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Parshottam Rupala in Rajya Sabha on Friday said that the central government is formulating a scheme to find a permanent solution to end the practice of stubble burning by farmers.

He also said that a committee will come out with a report on the matter in the coming month or two.

17:31 (IST)29 Nov 2019
Rajya Sabha adjourned

The Rajya Sabha has been adjourned for the day

17:29 (IST)29 Nov 2019
MPs demand that private members' bills be taken up on Wednesdays

Several members in Lok Sabha said that private members' bills should be taken up on Wednesdays instead of Fridays. Many members in Lok Sabha on Friday said that private members' bills should be taken up on Wednesdays instead of Fridays, news agency PTI reported.

16:38 (IST)29 Nov 2019
India's apparel exports to EU face a duty disadvantage: Smriti Irani

India faces competition from countries like Vietnam, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka that enjoy preferential or duty-free access to key markets like the European Union, Union Textiles Minister Smriti Irani said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha on Friday.

"Apparel exports from competing countries enjoy zero/preferential access to the European Union whereas India faces a duty disadvantage. Besides Bangladesh and Vietnam have a large and productive labour force," Irani said. (PTI)

16:18 (IST)29 Nov 2019
Trials on to convert diesel engines into electric: Goyal

The entire rail network will be electrified in India which is the only country in the globe that is experimenting to convert diesel engines into electric, Railways Minister Piyush Goyal said in Rajya Sabha on Friday.

This is being done in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's commitment towards environment protection, Goyal said during Question Hour.

"Till now six old diesel locomotives have been converted into three twin electric locomotives at Diesel Locomotive Works, Varanasi which is a production unit of Indian Railways," Goyal said. (PTI)

15:43 (IST)29 Nov 2019
Dip in rail accidents in last two years: Piyush Goyal

Railway Minister Piyush Goyal Friday said that the last 2.5 years have been safest in the history of Indian Railways as there has been least number of accidents during this period.

Replying to supplementaries during the Question Hour in Rajya Sabha, the minister also said a Real-time Train Information System (RTIS) developed in collaboration with ISRO is being installed on locomotives for automatic acquisition of train movement timings at stations, including arrival and departure or run-through.

15:01 (IST)29 Nov 2019
Pragya Thakur tenders apology in LS for second time

Facing opposition attack for her comments on Nathuram Godse, BJP MP Pragya Thakur again tendered an apology in Lok Sabha. "I did not call Nathuram Godse a 'deshbhakt'. I did not even mention his name. I apologise again if I have hurt any sentiments," she said.

Earlier today, she said that her remark was taken out of context, adding that former Congress leader Rahul Gandhi should tender an apology for calling her a “terrorist”.

(ANI)
14:02 (IST)29 Nov 2019
Rs 9,046 crore earmarked for 'Poshan Abhiyan'

The government has earmarked a budget of Rs 9,046 crore for the 'POSHAN Abhiyaan', a three-year nutritional programme for children and women. Union Minister for Women and Child Development Smriti Irani said in Lok Sabha that the government has set up the 'POSHAN Abhiyaan' on December 18, 2017 for a three year time frame commencing from 2017-18 with an overall budget of Rs 9,046 crore. "To ensure a holistic approach, all 37 states and union territories and districts have been covered. The goal of 'POSHAN Abhiyaan' is to achieve improvement in nutritional status of children from 0-6 years, adoloscent girls, pregnant women and lactating mothers in a time-bound manner during three years with fixed targets," she said.

13:37 (IST)29 Nov 2019
Watch: Sadhvi Pragya apologises in Lok Sabha

"I apologise If I have hurt any sentiments. My statements are being distorted and taken out of context. A member of the House referred to me as 'terrorist' without proof. It is an attack on my dignity," BJP MP Pragya Singh Thakur said in Lok Sabha.

13:22 (IST)29 Nov 2019
Rajya Sabha: PMK wants Tamil Nadu govt to declare 'State of Climate Emergency'

In Rajya Sabha, Anbumani Ramadoss of the PMK wanted the the government to declare a 'State of Climate Emergency' and undertake measures to reduce usage of fossil fuel, cut coal based thermal power generation, raise share of electricity generated from renewable sources, increase public transport and check rearing of cattle for human consumption as it causes methane generation.

13:20 (IST)29 Nov 2019
Rajya Sabha: PDP wants loan waiver for fruit growers

Earlier in the day in Rajya Sabha, while Shwait Malik (BJP) demanded work on the Amritsar-Ferozpur railway line be expedited so as to provide a shorter rail route to Mumbai and other neighbouring states, Nazir Ahmad Laway (PDP) wanted the government to extend financial help including loan waiver to fruit growers in Jammu and Kashmir whose crop have been hit by unexpected snowfall and lack of transport in the state.

13:16 (IST)29 Nov 2019
Speaker calls meeting of floor leaders to end impasse in LS over Pragya Thakur's remarks

Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla also called a meeting of floor leaders of political parties to end the impasse in the House over Pragya Thakur's remarks on Nathuram Godse

13:13 (IST)29 Nov 2019
Rajya Sabha: TDP raises issue of Andhra govt stalling construction at Amravati

In Rajya Sabha, earlier in the day, Tiruchi Siva (DMK) raised the issue of some disabled persons being denied jobs in Indian Railway despite clearing entry exam. Raising the issue of Andhra Pradesh's new government led by the YSR-Congress stopping construction work for building a new state capital at Amravati, Kanaka Medala Ravindra Kumar (TDP) said 28,000 farmers in 29 villages have voluntarily given 33,000 acres of land for building a new capital of the state. The foundation of the new capital was laid by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in October 2015 and central government released Rs 1,500 crore for the capital city, he said, adding the new government in the state has stopped all work for building the new capital. He wanted the central government to issue an advisory to the state government to resume work on the new state capital project.

13:10 (IST)29 Nov 2019
Pragya Thakur must say Godse isn't a 'deshbhakt': Owaisi

AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi told Lok Sabha, "You (Speaker) said that the remarks (by BJP's Pragya Thakur) aren't in the records. It is an egregious breach and goes against the basic standard of the conduct of a member. The member should categorically say that Godse isn't a 'deshbhakt', he's a terrorist and murderer of Gandhi." 

13:07 (IST)29 Nov 2019
Lok Sabha adjourned till 2.30 pm

Lok Sabha adjourned till 2.30 pm.

13:04 (IST)29 Nov 2019
Congress workers dress as Mahatma Gandhi to protest against Pragya Thakur's remark

Youth Congress Workers dressed as Mahatma Gandhi protest against BJP MP Pragya Thakur over her remark referring to Nathuram Godse as 'deshbhakt' in Parliament.

13:02 (IST)29 Nov 2019
Rajya Sabha adjourned till 2.30 pm

Rajya Sabha adjourned till 2.30 pm.

13:00 (IST)29 Nov 2019
Rajya Sabha: BJP's Vijay Goel raises parking issues in Delhi

In Rajya Sabha, BJP's Vijay Goel raised the issue of parking space constraint in the national capital, saying lack of adequate public transport and last mile connectivity had led people to flood the roads with private cars, resulting in parking chaos. "Half of the disputes will be over car parking," he said, citing rising cases of 'parking rage' as citizens fight over vehicles wrongly parked or infront of their premises. He wanted civic body authorities to jointly undertake studies on the parking problem in the national capital.

12:56 (IST)29 Nov 2019
Congress, TMC demands 'unqualified apology' from Pragya Singh Thakur

As the uproar continued in the Lower House, Leader of Congress in Lok Sabha, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said, "We just have one demand, we want an unqualified apology" (from Pragya Thakur). TMC MP Sudip Bandopadhyay also demanded the same from his Bhopal counterpart.

12:52 (IST)29 Nov 2019
Nishikant Dubey attacks Congress in Lok Sabha

BJP's Nishikant Dubey said, "Congress has made government with the Shiv Sena in Maharashtra. Shiv Sena had called Nathuram Godse a patriot in 'Saamna'. Congress satta aur lalach ke liye kisi bhi seema tak ja sakti hai (Congress can go till the end to fulfil their greed)." 

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Faced with a barrage of questions on the WhatsApp snooping controversy in Parliament Thursday, Minister for Communications, Electronics & Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad said India would never compromise on data sovereignty. Prasad also said the government wants to conduct an audit of WhatsApp’s security systems following revelations of Israeli spyware exploiting its vulnerabilities. The Indian Computer Emergency Team (CERT-In) “has clearly said that we want to audit your (WhatsApp’s) entire system… we have told them that we want to conduct an audit and inspection of WhatsApp’s security systems and processes,” Prasad said.

In response to pointed questions from Congress MPs Digvijaya Singh and Jairam Ramesh whether the government bought the Pegasus software, which was allegedly used for surveillance on over 100 people in India, Prasad said that all electronic interception of communications in India followed a standard operating procedure — and did not give a categorical denial to questions whether the government or any of its agencies had bought the spyware. When Congress MP Anand Sharma pressed on the issue that whether he was aware of government-authorised surveillance, Prasad said: “To the best of my knowledge, no unauthorised interception has been done.”

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