Rajya Sabha witnessed unruly scenes Wednesday when Chairman Venkaiah Naidu asked BJP president Amit Shah to conclude his statement over the final draft of National Register of Citizens (NRC). With the Opposition unrelenting, Naidu was forced to briefly adjourn the House.
On Tuesday, the Upper House transacted little business after Congress MPs trooped to the Well and raised slogans over Shah’s remarks on the NRC. Shah, in his address before the House, claimed the Congress, unlike the BJP, lacked courage, to identify illegal migrants in Assam.
Meanwhile, Union Minister of Law and Justice Ravi Shankar Prasad is likely to table The Commercial Courts, Commercial Division and Commercial Appellate Division of High Courts (Amendment) Bill, 2018. The Banning of Unregulated Deposit Schemes Bill, 2018 and The National Sports University Bill, 2018 are also listed for business.
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Outstanding Parliamentarians Award for 2016 and 2017
Outstanding Parliamentarians Award for the year 2016 was given to TMCs Dinesh Trivedi and Bhartruhari Mahtab of BJP was awarded the Outstanding Parliamentarians Award for the year 2017.
President Ram Nath Kovind presents the Outstanding Parliamentarians Award
President Ram Nath Kovind presents Outstanding Parliamentarians Award for the year 2013 to Dr Najma Heptulla, the for the year 2014 the award was presented to BJP's Hukumdev Narayan Yadav. While, Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad was given the Outstanding Parliamentarians Award for the year 2015 at the Parliament House today.
Extension of Concessional Financing Scheme approved for another 5 years
The Union Cabinet has approved Extension of Concessional Financing Scheme (CFS) for another five years from 2018 to 2023. Scheme supports Indian entities bidding for strategically important infrastructure projects abroad. (ANI)
Doklam dispute resolved through 'diplomatic maturity': Sushma Swaraj in Lok Sabha
Union minister Sushma Swaraj at the Parliament. (Express photo by Prem Nath Pandey)
The India-China face-off over Doklam was resolved through "diplomatic maturity without losing any ground" and status quo has been maintained, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said today.
"We have resolved the Doklam issue with diplomatic maturity without losing any ground. There is no change in the status quo (on the ground). There is not an iota of change. The face off at sight has been resolved on August 28, 2017," she said during Question Hour.
Swaraj told the Lok Sabha that the main objective of the informal summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping (rpt Jinping) at Wuhan was to ensure mutual comfort, mutual understanding and mutual trust between the two leaders and all the three objectives have been achived.
No border dispute with Myanmar: Kiren Rijiju in LS
Union minister Kiren Rijiju at the parliament on Wednesday. (Express photo by Prem Nath Pandey)
The government said that the demarcation of nine pillars between the India and Myanmar border was being worked out in a complete understanding with the neighbouring country.
Rejecting reports about border dispute and destroying of pillars in the Manipur region as false, Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said a high-level central team has already visited the spot and reported that there is no dispute on the issue. Replying to supplementaries during Question Hour in the Rajya Sabha, he said the Indo-Myanmar boundary was 1,472 km long, out of which 171 km is to be demarcated through a boundary mechanism which both the countries have established.
Commercial Courts, Commercial Division and Commercial Appellate Division of High Courts (Amendment) Bill, 2018 passed by LS
Lok Sabha passes the Commercial Courts, Commercial Division and Commercial Appellate Division of High Courts (Amendment) Bill, 2018. The bill, which was passed by a voice vote in the Lok Sabha, also allows state governments to establish commercial courts at the district level, even in territories where high courts have ordinary original civil jurisdiction.
"We want to provide option of using commercial disput resolution to smaller traders also," said Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad in reply to opposition concerns regarding already over-burdened courts.
If we need access to justice, we need good judges: Ravi Shankar Prasad in LS
In Lok Sabha, while discussing the Commercial Courts, Commercial Division and Commercial Appellate Division of High Courts (Amendment) Bill, 2018, Ravi Shankar Prasad says, '34 high court judes were appointed in 2017. We will cross the highest this year if we appoint. If we need access to justice, we need good judges. We want to showcase the world that even small dispute, legal system is available to fast track the cases.'
N K Premchandran, RSP of Kollam, opposes the amendments to the Code and questions meaning of the Act. "The original purpose of the Act is to bring fast track courts at commercial subordinate and divisions level and to provide compulsory mediation," says Premchandran.
Rajya Sabha adjourned till tomorrow
Amidst the slogans and ruckus created by the Opposition and TMC members, Rajnath Singh said he would be willing to place his speech before Naidu since the members are not ready to listen.
Naidu further put it on record Singh's presence in the House for the last three days and adjounred the House.
No slogan is going on record: Chairman Naidu is RS
In order to simmer down the slogancheering 'Prime Minister jawab do', Naidu says, 'You don't want to hear the reply. Why did the Assam members mnot speak earlier when given the oppruntiy. This is not the way.'
No slogan is going on record.
Oppostion raise slogans again
On asking Amit Shah to conlude his statement, Opposition has started an uproar again, raising slogans.
Rajya Sabha resumes
Rajya Sabha resumes with the completion of the NRC.
West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee meets people in her room at Parliament.
(Express Photo by Renuka Puri)
Foreign entity cannot abuse data of Indians to influence elections in India: Ravi Shankar Prasad in LS
On the issue of fake news, Law and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad today said in Lok Sabha that social media platforms should themselves weed out circulation of fake news and that the government will not tolerate abuse of data by companies for influencing elections in India.
'Any foreign entity, Facebook or Cambridge Analytica, cannot abuse the data of Indians to influence elections of India. India's elections are very transparent, sanctified,' Prasad in the Lok Sabha during Question Hour.
The minister's comments come within days of rumours on social media platform Whatsapp triggering lynching incidents in the country.
Lok Sabha adjourned till 2 pm
The Lok Sabha has been adjourned after conducting the question hour.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj told the Lok Sabha about the prime objective of the informal summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinpin at Wuhan was to ensure mutual comfort, mutual understanding and mutual trust between the two leaders and all the three objectives have been achived, reported PTI.
'We have resolved the Doklam issue with diplomatic maturity without losing any ground. There is no change in the status quo (on the ground). There is not an iota of change. The face off at sight has been resolved on August 28, 2017,' she said during Question Hour.
Rajya Sabha is adjourned till 2 pm
Chairman Naidu adjourns the House after taking up 12 questions during question hour. The session would resume at 2 pm and Naidu states that NRC would be discussed post-adjournment.
Is it any less than bloodbath or civil war: BJP member
BJP Member Rupa Ganguly comments on the present situation in West Bengal and questions if it is 'any less than bloodbath or civil war'.
Is she aware that there are a lot of illegal immigrants in West Bengal? As it is what is happening in West Bengal today, is it any less than bloodbath or civil war? Doesn't she know that every other day BJP karyakartas are being killed: Rupa Ganguly, BJP on WB CM #NRCAssam pic.twitter.com/adF4PAHwio— ANI (@ANI) August 1, 2018
Question hour in RS: Women-related issues under discussions
Discussion about reservation for women and other lack women police constables are underway in Rajya Sabha. matter related to compensation to families of deceased Indian security officers, MoS Home Affair Hansraj Gangaram Ahir answered that the family would not recieve less than Rs. 1 crore.
Minister of Civil Aviation Suresh Prabhu answers a series of questions put forth by members of Parliament during question hour.
NRC: Police complaint filed against Mamata Banerjee
A police complaint has been filed against Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. The complaint has been filed by a BJP Yuva Morcha leader at Naharkatiya Police Station in Assam against the comments of Mamata regarding the National Register of Citizens (NRC) issue.
After the NRC draft was issued which excluded 40 lakh people of Assam, Mamata had said, “The NRC might lead to a civil war. There will be bloodshed. Members of minorities and dalit communities are being driven out of the country.” The complaint was filed after this comment.
(Express Photos by Praveen Jain)
Question hour starts, discussion over GST takes place among others
Chairman Naidu starts the question hour after Opposition demanded Home Minister Rajnath Singh to address the House. Issues like ATF under GST, petrol and diesel under GST, revenue base under GST, crisis in the aviation sector, petroleum products under GST, rising prices of petrol and diesel, coastal pollution, industrial plant effluents and pollution caused by textile industries.
Proceedings in Rajya Sabha commence
Chairman Naidu sits and the proceedings of the Upper House begins.
Question hour in Lok Sabha commence
During the question hour in Lok Sabha, issues like status of post offices in Mumbai, lavatory facilities on Railway stations are under discussion before Speaker Sumitra Mahajan.
Prior to the session, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury submitted zero hour notice in LS over NRC
Prior to the session, Congress MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury had given zero hour notice in Lok Sabha over the NRC.
Opposition caused ruckus when RS Chairman asked Shah to conclude his statement over NRC
Uproar in the Upper House commenced when Amit Shah was asked to conclude his statement by the RS Chairman over the final draft of NRC.
Naidu began the session expressing grief over yesterday's ruckus created by the opposition and hoped that it would not be repeated.
I was very upset yesterday when some members ran menacingly towards the well of the house, I hope it will not be repeated. I don't want to name anybody, house should function smoothly: Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu #NRCAssam pic.twitter.com/DCV8bBgSmq— ANI (@ANI) August 1, 2018
House adjourned till 12 pm
Naidu adjourns the House till 12 pmdDue to the uproar caused in the beginning of the session.
Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Second Amendment) Bill 2018 was passed on Tuesday in LS
Marking a productive day at Lok Sabha, the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Second Amendment) Bill 2018 was passed by a voice vote yesterday. The bill is meant to include home-buyers among creditors in real estate projects, and ensure speedy resolution of stressed assets.
Finance Minister Piyush Goyal defended the bill and said all provisions of the Bill were prospective, and not retrospective to benefit any company, and the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) had decided to refer back the issue of acquisition to the Committee of Creditors (CoC).
Discussion over Ronhingya community also took place in LS on Tuesday
A discussion over Rohingya community also took place in Lok Sabha on Tuesday. The government the Lower House that people from the Rohingya community living in India have been involved in illegal activities. Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju Rohingya are illegal immigrants and do not enjoy the status of "refugees".
There was little support for the Rohingya as the BJP and Shiv Sena members forcefully raised issues related to the community. Home Minister Rajnath Singh said the BSF and Assam Rifles, guarding international borders, had been “sensitised” to ensure that such illegal migrants do not enter the country.
Trinamool Congress member Sugata Bose raised concern as well, “Are we only going to export our insaniyat to Bangladesh? Will we not show some insaniyat inside our own country."
What is NRC?
On Monday, a final draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) was released listing 2.89 crore citizens. Around 40 lakh people were not a part of the draft forming questions on their identity. Assam Chief Minister and the Union Home Minister have clarified that there is scope for filing claims and objections and that no one will lose his/her citizenship rights or be sent to a detention camp for foreigners merely on the basis of the draft NRC.
Published in 1951on the basis of that year's Census, Assam is the only state to have the NRC used to identify its citizens.
TDP MPs protest demanding special status for Andhra Pradesh
TDP MPs continue their protest in Parliament demanding special status for Andhra Pradesh
(Express Photo by Praveen Jain)
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