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Parliament HIGHLIGHTS: Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2019 passed by Rajya Sabha

Parliament HIGHLIGHTS: Motor Vehicles Amendment Bill passed in Rajya Sabha on Wednesday. On Tuesday, the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2019 got the stamp of Parliament when it was cleared by Rajya Sabha, five days after it got the nod from Lok Sabha.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 31, 2019 10:24:25 pm
parliament live, parliament live updates, parliament news, unnao rape case, unnao rape case lok sabha, uapa bill, lok sabha, rajya sabha In Rajya Sabha, the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2019 and the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Bill, 2019 will be up for consideration. (Express photo by Ravi Kanojia)

Parliament Today HIGHLIGHTS: Rajya Sabha on Wednesday passed the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2019 through a voice vote with 108 votes in favour and 13 against. The Bill aims at improving road safety. Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari moved the Bill in the Upper House. In Lok Sabha, Inter-State River Water Disputes (Amendment) Bill, 2019, was passed. The Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorised Occupants) Amendment Bill, 2019 was also passed in the lower house by a voice vote.

During the zero hour, members from the Congress, DMK, NCP, RSP and IUML walked out of Lok Sabha protesting over the alleged threats to the life of the rape survivor and her family. Leader of the Congress in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury demanded a response from Home Minister Amit Shah on the matter. He said the Parliament opposed the sexist remarks made against a woman member, but why is it not on the same page when a woman’s life is under threat.

On Tuesday, the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2019 got the stamp of Parliament when it was cleared by Rajya Sabha, five days after it got the nod from Lok Sabha. The Bill was passed with 99 votes in favour and 84 opposed after BJD came out in support, allies JD (U) and AIADMK walked out while the Opposition BSP, TDP and TRS did a no-show.

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20:15 (IST)31 Jul 2019
Voting on Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill underway in Rajya Sabha

A voice vote on Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2019 is currently underway in the Rajya Sabha. The upper house of Parliament witnessed noisy scenes over the Bill as INC and TMC MPs questioned the government's conduct over hasty passing of Bills.

19:55 (IST)31 Jul 2019
Lok Sabha passes bill for speedy eviction of illegal occupants from govt accommodation

Lok Sabha on Wednesday passed a bill which seeks to crackdown on unauthorised occupants of government residential accommodations. Responding to the debate on the Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorised Occupants) Amendment Bill, 2019, Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri said it was good time to push through the legislation as many MPs were waiting for their new accommodation.

Of the total 15,416 residential accommodation under the government quota, "currently 3081 cases were under litigation," which was a matter of concern, he told the House. The proposed amendments would enable the estate officer to apply summary proceedings for evicting unauthorised occupants from residential accommodations and to levy damage charges for accommodation held during the period of litigation. The bill was passed by the Lower House by a voice vote. (PTI)

19:47 (IST)31 Jul 2019
Discussion on matters of urgent public importance in Lok Sabha

A discussion on matters of urgent public importance is underway in Lok Sabha. Speaker Om Birla is looking after the proceedings of the House.

18:57 (IST)31 Jul 2019
Motor Vehicles Bill: Cong alleges govt 'hoodwinked' Rajya Sabha

The Congress on Wednesday alleged that the Centre has "hoodwinked" Rajya Sabha on the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill as it was "defective" and not in the form passed in Lok Sabha last week, a charge rejected by the government. Senior Congress leader B K Hariprasad raised a point of order in this regard just before Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari moved the bill for consideration and passage in the Upper House.

"Sir, it is a defective bill. The minister has brought an amendment under the clause 94 and sub-section 4 of the bill. "The clause 94 was not there in the 1989 Act nor it is there in the Act which was passed in Lok Sabha. It has come to this House without taking approval from the other House," Hariprasad said raising the point of order under Rule 258.

He alleged that "the government has hoodwinked the House and brought the bill here". Congress leaders were standing on their feet demanding that the Chair should not allow the minister to move the bill. (PTI)

18:22 (IST)31 Jul 2019
Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthoried Occupants) Amendment Bill in Lok Sabha

The Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthoried Occupants) Amendment Bill, 2019 is under consideration in the Lok Sabha now.

18:20 (IST)31 Jul 2019
Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill gets mixed response in Rajya Sabha

The Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2019, that was moved by Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari in Rajya Sabha today, is getting a mixed response in the house. Derek O' Brien, the TMC MP who has criticised the government over hurried passage of bills, strongly opposed the Centre today also.

Senior Congress leader Anand Sharma also cornered the government over hurried passing of bills. 

18:12 (IST)31 Jul 2019
Govt allocated Rs 20,000 cr for 'Namami Gange' in last 5 yrs

The government on Wednesday asserted in Rajya Sabha that it is committed to cleaning the river Ganga and has earmarked Rs 20,000 crore for the 'Namami Gange' programme in the last five years.

Minister of State in Jal Shakti Ministry Rattan Lal Kataria said various efforts were being made in this direction, including rehabilitation of previous schemes. (PTI)

17:52 (IST)31 Jul 2019
Meeting of Cong general secretaries postponed for tomorrow

The meeting of Congress general secretaries which was scheduled to be held today has been postponed for tomorrow due to Parliament proceedings, reports ANI.

17:41 (IST)31 Jul 2019
Lok Sabha passes 'The Inter-State River Water Disputes (Amendment) Bill, 2019'

'The Inter-State River Water Disputes (Amendment) Bill, 2019' to streamline adjudication of river water issues has been passed by the lower house. 

16:48 (IST)31 Jul 2019
What the government intends to do to improve road safety?

Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari has been in the news as he pushes the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2019 in Parliament. The Bill was introduced in Lok Sabha on July 15. The amendments proposed by the government to the existing Motor Vehicles Act of 1988 essentially focus on improving road safety.  What are the key elements of the proposed amendment? READ

16:28 (IST)31 Jul 2019
Discussion underway on Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2019
Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari speaking over the Bill in Rajya Sabha (RSTV grab)
Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari speaking over the Bill in Rajya Sabha (RSTV grab)

The Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2019 has been introduced in Rajya Sabha. Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari is currently discussing the bill.

15:14 (IST)31 Jul 2019
Existing river dispute tribunals fail to resolve issues: govt

Union Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat Wednesday said the existing tribunals constituted for resolution of river water disputes among states have failed to resolve the conflict and needed to change the approach on how to resolve such issues.

Moving The Inter-State River Water Disputes (Amendment) Bill, 2019 for consideration and passage in Lok Sabha, the union minister said there have been instances when a tribunal could not resolve a dispute between states for 33 years.

Shekhawat said the 1956 Act was amended in 2002 setting a target of five years for resolution of any river water dispute. However, the very purpose of bringing the amendment was defeated when the tenure of tribunals were given one after another extension, he said. The minister also rued irregular sittings of tribunals, leading to long delay in giving awards. (PTI)

14:29 (IST)31 Jul 2019
BJP MP demands renaming Bakhtiyarpur railway station

BJP's Gopal Narayan Singh demanded in Rajya Sabha today that the name of Bakhtiyarpur Railway Station in Bihar to be named after Buddhist names such as Nalanda and Rajgir. He argued that the station, named after ruler Bakhtiyar Khalji, was an "oppressor" who destroyed the Nalanda University and killed 2,000 to 3,000 Buddhist monks.

14:21 (IST)31 Jul 2019
Discussion on Inter-State River Water Disputes Bill underway in Lok Sabha

Discussion on Inter-State River Water Disputes (Amendment) Bill, 2019 is underway in Lok Sabha. 

14:13 (IST)31 Jul 2019
Short duration discussion on affordable cancer treatment underway in Rajya Sabha

In Rajya Sabha, short duration discussion is underway on the need to ensure basic facilities and affordable treatment to poor patients. RJD's Manoj Kumar Jha says: "Poor have to deal with two types of cancer; one the dreaded disease itself and the other, the abject poverty."

13:05 (IST)31 Jul 2019
Lok Sabha adjourned till 2:05 pm

Lok Sabha has been adjourned till 2:05 pm.

13:05 (IST)31 Jul 2019
Rajya Sabha adjourned till 2 pm

Rajya Sabha adjourned till 2 pm. The Upper House will take up discussion on Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2019 at 3:30 pm after lunch hour. 

12:35 (IST)31 Jul 2019
Are we delivering pizzas, Derek O' Brien asks over hurried passing of bills

TMC MP Derek O'Brien criticised the government over the speed with which bills have been passed this Parliament session.

"Parliament is supposed to scrutinize Bills. This chart explains the bulldozing of this Session. Are we delivering pizzas or passing legislation?" he tweeted on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, the Trinamool Congress MP had said the way the bills were being passed amounted to a "mockery of Parliament" and was the government's way of "smothering" the Opposition.

(PTI)

11:59 (IST)31 Jul 2019
Manish Tewari raises CCD owner V G Siddhartha's suicide case in Lok Sabha

Congress' Manish Tewari in Lok Sabha said, "I want to draw the attention of the government towards the suicide of businessman V G Siddhartha who in his letter stated that he faced harassment of income tax officials..."

Speaker Om Birla cut short his statement, telling him to not speak of issues which have not been investigated yet.

11:56 (IST)31 Jul 2019
BJP MP Nishikant Dubey raises Uniform Civil Code in Lok Sabha

BJP MP Nishikant Dubey raises the demand of Uniform Civil Code in Lok Sabha. "We have done enough politics on caste and religion. If we have a uniform CrPC and law, then why not UCC," he said.

Triple Talaq Bill was passed in Rajya Sabha on Tuesday

Nearly two years after the Supreme Court set aside the centuries-old practice of instant triple talaq or talaq-e-biddat calling it un-Islamic, arbitrary and not an integral part of religious practice, The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2019 got the stamp of Parliament when it was cleared by Rajya Sabha Tuesday, five days after it got the nod from Lok Sabha.

The passage of the instant triple talaq Bill is a major win for the government given that ruling NDA lacks numbers in Rajya Sabha. The Bill was passed with 99 votes in favour and 84 opposed after BJD came out in support, allies JD (U) and AIADMK walked out while the Opposition BSP, TDP and TRS did a no-show.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, taking to Twitter, hailed the passage of the Bill: “An archaic and medieval practice has finally been confined to the dustbin of history! Parliament abolishes Triple Talaq and corrects a historical wrong done to Muslim women. This is a victory of gender justice and will further equality in society. India rejoices today!”

“I thank all parties and MPs who have supported the passage of The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2019 in both Houses of Parliament. They have risen to the occasion and this step of theirs will forever be remembered in India’s history,” he said.

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