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Parliament Monsoon Session Highlights: Both Houses adjourned till 2 pm; Opposition protests price rise

Parliament Monsoon Session Highlights, July 19: The Congress is set to demand a discussion on the recent surge in the cost of essential commodities, party leader Manickam Tagore said on Tuesday.

Opposition protests against price rise outside Parliament. (ANI)

Parliament Monsoon Session 2022 Highlights: Amid sloganeering by Opposition leaders over the recent surge in prices of essential commodities, both the Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha were adjourned till 2 pm on Tuesday morning, moments after proceedings commenced. “As per rules, it is not allowed to bring placards inside the House,” Speaker Om Birla pointed out in the Lok Sabha.

The Congress is set to demand a discussion on the recent surge in the cost of essential commodities, party leader Manickam Tagore said on Tuesday. “Today the Opposition led by the Congress will demand discussion on urgent issue of continuing, intolerable increase in prices of essential commodities, Hope Parliament works and discuss people issues,” he tweeted.

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Tuesday morning briefed leaders of various political parties on the crisis in Sri Lanka during an all-party meeting.

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Parliament Monsoon Session Highlights: LS adjourned till 2 pm; Opposition protests price rise; Centre calls for all-party meet to discuss Sri Lanka crisis; Congress to demand discussion on increase of prices of essential goods

13:09 (IST)19 Jul 2022
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Modi sarkar unwilling to have debate on intolerable price rise: Jairam Ramesh

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Watch | Rahul Gandhi joins protests against price rise outside Parliament

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi joined Opposition protests near the Gandhi statue outside the Parlaiment building against the recent surge in prices of essential commodities. Earlier today, Lok Sabha proceedings were adjourned till 2 pm amid widespread sloganeering by Opposition MPs. 


11:23 (IST)19 Jul 2022
Amid sloganeering, LS adjourned till 2 pm

Amid sloganeering by Opposition leaders over the recent surge in prices of essential commodities, Lok Sabha was adjourned till 2 pm on Tuesday morning, moments after proceedings commenced. “As per rules, it is not allowed to bring placards inside the House,” Speaker Om Birla pointed out.

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Opposition protests against price rise

Opposition leaders, including Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, protested outside the Parliament against the rise in prices of essential commodities. Take a look. 

09:09 (IST)19 Jul 2022
Centre calls for all-party meet to discuss Sri Lanka crisis

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar will brief leaders of various political parties on the crisis in Sri Lanka during an all-party meeting on Tuesday. 

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No proposal to absorb ad-hoc teachers as permanent faculty in central universities: MoE

The University Grants Commission (UGC) is not considering any proposal to absorb ad-hoc teachers as permanent faculty in central universities, according to Ministry of Education. The information was shared by Union Minister of State for Education Subhas Sarkar in response to a written question in Lok Sabha on Monday.

"No proposal is under consideration in University Grants Commission (UGC) to absorb ad-hoc teachers as permanent teacher. However, Ministry of Education and UGC from time to time has requested all the Central Universities to fill up the posts on regular basis," he said. According of data shared by Sarkar, as many as 3,904 teachers are employed in central universities in temporary posts – 122 on ad-hoc basis, 1,820 on contract basis while 1,931 are working as guest faculty. (PTI)

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“As some people have come determined not to allow the House to function and also enable members to go and vote in the Presidential election, I am adjourning the House for the day,” Naidu said.

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First published on: 18-07-2022 at 09:54:13 am
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