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Parliament HIGHLIGHTS: LS discusses Bihar Encephalitis deaths, coastal erosion in Kerala

Parliament HIGHLIGHTS: "The issue is not about religion, but about the protection of women and rights of Muslim women will be protected," said Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.

The Lok Sabha house is chaired by BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi. (Source: LSTV)

Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Friday introduced the Triple Talaq bill in the Lok Sabha saying rights of Muslim women will be protected. He said, the issue is not about religion, but about the protection of women. He quoted Article 15 of the Constitution to emphasise his point and said the law is to give justice to women who were victims of instant talaq.

However, the move was opposed by the opposition. MP Shashi Tharoor said he is against instant talaq but is opposed to consider a civil offence a criminal offence. He suggested the scope of the Bill should be extended to women of all communities.

Other than triple talaq bill, the Homeopathy Central Council (Amendment) Bill 2019 was also introduced in the House by union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan. Meanwhile, in Rajya Sabha, Chairman and Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu suggested that any bill pending for more than five years in the Upper House should be considered lapsed. He also called for a debate on the rule that provides for automatic lapsing of any bill passed by the Lok Sabha but pending in the Rajya Sabha with the dissolution of the lower house of Parliament.

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Lok Sabha adjourned for the day

Lok Sabha has been adjourned for the day. The House will sit next on June 24 at 11 am. 

132 MT fly ash utilised in infra projects out of 196 MT generated in 2017-18: Govt

Utilisation of fly ash, a byproduct of burning pulverized coal in power plants, in infrastructure projects across the country has increased from 66.6 million tonnes (MT) in 2008-09 to 132 MT in 2017-18, Union Environment Minister Prakash Javdekar told Lok Sabha on Friday. "As per the Central Electricity Authority (CEA) report, fly ash generation and utilization was 196 MT and 132 MT, respectively, from 167 coal/lignite based thermal power plants in the country during 2017-18," Javedkar said in written response to a question put forth by a Member of Parliament. (With PTI inputs)

Rajya Sabha adjourned for the day

Rajya Sabha has been adjourned for the day. The House will next sit on June 24 at 11 am. 

Three pc of India's adult population aware about e-cigarettes: Govt in LS

Minister of State for Health Ashwini Choubey informed the Lok Sabha today about the use of e-cigarettes in the country. In written reply to a question, Minister of State for Health Ashwini Choubey said, "As per the second round of Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS-2) 2016-17, about 3 pc of adults (aged 15 years and above) in India are aware about e-cigarettes and there are 0.02 pc estimated e-cigarette users."

BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi chairs Lok Sabha

Lok Sabha resumes. BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi chairs the house. 

Farmers can now form cooperatives

Farmers in the country can now practise cooperative farming by forming groups and the Center has made a law that promotes such type of farming, the government Friday informed the Rajya Sabha. Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Purshottam Rupala said the law has been sent to states and farmers can now form cooperatives or sign MoUs to practise cooperative farming.  

Parliament (Enhancement of Productivity) Bill, 2017 defeated by voice votes

The Parliament (Enhancement of Productivity) Bill, 2017 was defeated by voice votes. The Bill was introduced by Naresh Gujaral, who wanted to ensure the House functions at least for 100 days. Union Minister Piyush Goyal said " the government appreciates the intention. The Council of Ministers will consider the proposal."

Rajya Sabha resumes. Takes up private bills

Rajya Sabha reassambled. The House took up Private Members Bill. Rajya Sabha member of Parliament T Subbirami Reddy moved two Bills to amend MSME Act and Railways Act. He also moved Employment Bill to provide employment to at least one adult member in every family.

LS adjourned till 3:40 pm

Lok Sabha adjourned. The house will resume at 3:40 pm. 

Triple Talaq bill unconstitutional: AIMIM MP Asaduddin Owaisi

AIMIM MP Asaduddin Owaisi called Triple Talaq bill unconstitutional. He said the bill violates Article 14 and 15. " If the bill is passed, it will be a greater injustice to women. If a man gets arrested, how will he give allowance from jail? Govt says if a Muslim man commits this crime the marriage will remain intact&he'll be jailed for 3 years if punished by court. He'll be jailed for 3 years but marriage will be intact! What law is Modi forming," he asked

SP's Azam Khan on Triple Talaq Bill: My party supports what Quran says

Congress's opposition on Triple Talaq bill a matter of distress: Ravi Shankar Prasad

Speaking on the opposition of Tripal Talaq bill, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said, "It was a matter of great distress that Congress chose to oppose introduction of Triple Talaq Bill. Earlier they had not opposed it, last time they had walked out from Lok Sabha. But today they were siding with the likes of Mr Owaisi who were opposing it" 

He added: " A woman leader like Sonia Gandhi is the leader of Congress party, yet the Congress party takes an anti-women position in the Lok Sabha, opposing even the introduction of the Bill, I must say it is not only painful but deeply regrettable." 

Shashi Tharoor demands funds to protect coast of Kerala


Thiruvanthapuram MP Shashi Tharoor urged the govt to dedicate funds to protect the coast of Kerala. He said many fishing hamlets are losing their houses as the sea is taking away kilometeres of land and to protect this he demanded funds to build a sea wall. 

Concerns raised over Acute Encephalitis Syndrome in LS

In reference to AES outbreak in Muzaffarpur, a member of parliament said, "even when the cause of encephalitis is not known, many have assumed Litchi to be the cause of it and because of this, many farmers have been affected."

They demanded for a virology department in AIIMS Patna and that all the aganwadi centres should be able to serve food in the night as well. 

Leader of Opposition Adir Ranjan chowdhary said Muzzafarpur has an abysymmal record of malnourished children and asked "where is PM's Aushman Bharat Yojana  when needed in Bihar." 

Any bill pending for over 5 years in RS should be considered lapsed: Naidu

Rajya Sabha Chairman and Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu Friday suggested that any bill pending for more than five years in the Upper House should be considered lapsed.

He also called for a debate on the rule that provides for automatic lapsing of any bill passed by the Lok Sabha but
pending in the Rajya Sabha with the dissolution of the lower house of Parliament.

Homeopathy Central Council (Amendment) Bill 2019 introduced in Lok Sabha

Health Minister Harsh Vardhan introduced the Homeopathy Central Council (Amendment) Bill 2019

Rajya Sabha adjourned till 2:30 pm

Rajya Sabha adjourned till 2:30 pm 

Lok Sabha prepares for division on introduction of triple talaq Bil


Lok Sabha prepares for division on introduction of triple talaq Bill. Each members gets to choose his/her slip — red for noes, green for ayes, yellow for abstain.

Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad introduces the Triple Talaq bill

Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad introduced the Triple Talaq bill saying rights of Muslim women will be protected. He added that the issue is not about religion, but about the protection of women. He quoted Article 15 of Constitution to emphasise his point. he said, the law is to give justice to women who were victims of instant talaq.

Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad seeks permission to move triple talaq Bill

Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad seeks permission to move the triple talaq Bill. 

Shashi Tharoor opposes Triple Talaq, says there should a universal law

MP Shashi Tharoor opposes introduction of The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill.

He suggests universal applicable law and not just for one community. He says, the bill does nothing to help the muslim women.

Member of Parliament proposed discussion of water crisis in Tamil Nadu, climate change, matter of Jet Airways. Many also proposed to implement one nation, one election. 

Lok Sabha proceeds with Zero Hour submissions

Zero hour submissions begins 

Rama Devi, KP Solanki, Rajendra Agrawal and Meenakshi Lekhi to conduct proceedings in the absence of Speaker

Rama Devi, KP Solanki, Rajendra Agrawal and Meenakshi Lekhi have been nominated as panel of Chairpersons to conduct proceedings in the absence of Speaker. The Speaker asks parties to suggest more names. 

Tamil Nadu a water deficit state: AIADMK MP Vijila Sathyananth

Meanwhile in Rajya Sabha, AIADMK MP Vijila Sathyananth says Tamil Nadu is a water deficit state.

Supplementary question hour ends

Speaker Om Birla ends Supplementary question hour. 

Smriti Irani: The nation is dedicated to eradicate malnutrition

Women and child development Minister Smriti Irani said Malnutrition is a challenge for the nation but Prime Minister's Nutrition exercise has been taking place across states to uplift malnourished children.  

She added: Whenever there's a spike of malnourished children, aganwadi services are pushed to increase nutrition exercises and she assured that any state wanting to hold nutrition exercise, her  ministry will  support it. 

Fake news and information published with malicious intent: Prakash Javadekar

The 17th Lok Sabha takes up its first Question Hour with Congress MP Gaurva Gogoi's question on fake news. Minister of Information & Broadcasting, Prakash Javadekar said, " fake news & information published with malicious intent (on social media) are important subjects and there should be a discussion on them in the House."

Shashi Tharoor demands for more Siddha medical centers in Kerala

Thiruvanthapuram MP Shashi Tharoor demnds for more Siddha medical centers in Kerala's capital. He said that there's lack of resources and facilies and there should be solution to this.

Health Minister Vardhan, meanwhile said there are six Siddha medical institues in Kerala and no compromise has been done on giving any adequate resource for the development of the same. 

RJD Rajya Sabha MP calls for attention in the AES issue in Muzzafarpur

Homeopathy Central Council (Amendment) Bill 2019 to be tabled

Along with the Triple Talaq bill, the Homeopathy Central Council (Amendment) Bill 2019 will also be tabled in the Lok Sabha today.

Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla leads yoga day celebrations at Parliament

Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, dressed in a white track suit, led yoga day celebrations at Parliament premises on Friday.

Along with staffers, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Prahlad Joshi, BJP MPs Locket Chatterjee, Poonamben Maadam and Bhupendra Yadav, and former aviation minister Suresh Prabhu were among those who participated in the celebrations at the Parliament premises.

Triple Talaq bill to be tabled today

The previous Modi government had brought three ordinances to penalise the practice of triple talaq with imprisonment up to three years. The first ordinance was brought in after the Monsoon Session of the Parliament in 2018, a second ordinance was issued after the Winter Session, and the third was announced by the last cabinet on February 19, just weeks ahead of the general elections.

The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill was passed by the 16th Lok Sabha in December after four hours of debate. The Opposition has been against certain provisions criminalising the practice. 

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi outside Parliament. (Express photo by Neeraj Priyadarshi)

The Budget Session commenced Monday with jubilant BJP members raising ‘Jai Shri Ram’ and ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ slogans as members of the 17th Lok Sabha were sworn in. Led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a total of 313 newly-elected MPs took oath Monday while 222 leaders were sworn-in Tuesday.

The Lok Sabha will have a total of 30 sittings and the Rajya Sabha 27 sittings till July 26. The Budget will be tabled by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on July 5. The budget will be preceded by the release of the Economic survey on July 4.

During this session, the NDA government is likely to introduce a slew of key legislation including a revised triple talaq Bill. All eyes are also on the contentious Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) which also currently awaits nod in Rajya Sabha. With the dissolution of the 16th Lok Sabha, the bill was dissolved last month.

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