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Parliament Highlights: Rajya Sabha adopts motion against starred questions in view of Covid-19

Parliament Monsoon Session Highlights: Lok Sabha will sit from 9 am to 1 pm on the first day, and thereafter from 3 pm to 7 pm. Rajya Sabha will sit from 3 pm to 7 pm on the first day, and thereafter from 9 am to 1 pm.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: September 14, 2020 10:27:49 pm
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Parliament Today Highlights: On the first day of monsoon session of parliament, Rajya Sabha adopted motion against starred questions and introduction of ‘private member business’ in the house during this session, in view of COVID-19. The Upper House was adjourned at 7.05 pm and will resume again on Tuesday 9 am.

NDA candidate Harivansh Narayan Singh was re-elected as Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha through a voice vote on Monday. “I declare that Harivansh ji has been chosen as the Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha,” said Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu. Speaking on Harivansh’s election and his previous term, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “Harivanshji’s unbiased role in the Parliament strengthens our democracy.”

Around 30 members of Parliament and 50 other staffers have tested positive for coronavirus as they took mandatory Covid test before attending Parliament monsoon session that commenced on Monday, news agency PTI quoted sources on Monday.

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Rajya Sabha adjourned till Monday 9 am

Rajya Sabha adjourned till Monday 9 am.

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Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri introduces Aircraft (Amendment) Bill in Rajya Sabha

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19:03 (IST)14 Sep 2020
Harsh Vardhan introduces Epidemic Diseases Amendment Bill 2020, Homoeopathy Bill in Rajya Sabha

Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan introduces Epidemic Diseases Amendment Bill 2020, Homoeopathy Bill in Rajya Sabha.

18:59 (IST)14 Sep 2020
Rajya Sabha adopts motion against starred questions and introduction of 'private member business'

Rajya Sabha adopts motion against starred questions and introduction of 'private member business' in the house during this session, in view of COVID-19.

18:42 (IST)14 Sep 2020
Grateful to all for considering me fit to give this responsibility: Harivansh on his re-election Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman

"I am grateful to all of you that you considered fit to give this important responsibility to a person who hails from a very ordinary family based in a village and who never went to an English-medium school," Harivansh after his re-election as Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman.

18:39 (IST)14 Sep 2020
Derek O' Brien moves motion contending govt's decision to do away with Question Hour

AITC MP Derek O' Brien moves motion contending the government's decision to do away with Question Hour in the Parliament. "Zero Hour is the heart of Parliamentary democracy. We have lost 18 hours of Question Hour," he argued.

18:03 (IST)14 Sep 2020
Journalist inside him (Harivansh ji) has stayed alive: PM Modi

"After becoming an MP, Harivanshi ji has always ensured how all MPs can become more dutiful. The journalist inside him has stayed alive," PM Narendra Modi.

18:01 (IST)14 Sep 2020
Harivansh ji's unbiased role in the Parliament strengthens our democracy: PM Modi

"The respect I hold for Harivansh ji, each member of the House shares. He has earned this respect. His unbiased role in the Parliament strengthens our democracy," Prime Minister Modi said in Rajya Sabha on the election of Harivansh as Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman.

17:47 (IST)14 Sep 2020
PM Narendra Modi, Rajya Sabha MPs congratulate Harivansh Narayan Singh

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Rajya Sabha MPs congratulate Harivansh Narayan Singh on his new post as Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha.

17:20 (IST)14 Sep 2020
Harivansh Narayan Singh elected as Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha

NDA candidate Harivansh Narayan Singh elected as the Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha.

17:01 (IST)14 Sep 2020
Along with Hindi, let us try to learn and use as many language possible: Naidu

"No language is inferior, no language is superior. Along with Hindi, let us try to learn and use as many language possible. There's no impositopn, no opposition. This should be the postion of the languages," says Naidu. "I always advise children to learn one more language other than their mother language and am happy many of them are trying to do so."

16:50 (IST)14 Sep 2020
Venkaiah Naidu thanks MPs, frontline workers, essential service providers for their work during pandemic

Rajya Sabha chairman and Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu thanked all the MPs, frontline workers including doctors, other healh workers, police, media, and essential service providers including farmers for their services towards public during the Covid-19 pandemic.

16:47 (IST)14 Sep 2020
Rajya Sabha resumes after an hour

Rajya Sabha resumed after an hour and observed silence over deaths of several people in natural calamities across the countries.

16:02 (IST)14 Sep 2020
In Photos | With Covid-19 protocols in place, how Parliament looked on first day of its monsoon session

After a considerable delay due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the 18-day monsoon session in Lok Sabha kicked off on Monday at 9 am. Minutes later, it was adjourned for an hour over the demise of former president Pranab Mukherjee. This session is witnessing many firsts, including sitting of the two Houses in shifts without any off day and members being required to display a negative Covid-19 report before entry. Click here to see more photos

15:59 (IST)14 Sep 2020
Parliament session: No data available on migrants’ deaths during lockdown, says govt

The Centre informed the Parliament on Monday that no data was available on the deaths of migrant workers caused due to the sudden nationwide lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic in the country this year. Responding to a question on whether thousands of migrant labourers lost their lives during this period, the Ministry of Labour and Employment, through a written reply, said “no such data is available”. On whether any compensation or relief was provided to the victim’s family, the government said, “Question does not arise in view of the previous question.”

15:43 (IST)14 Sep 2020
Rajya Sabha adjourned for an hour

The session in the Rajya Sabha was adjourned for an hour over the demise of former President Pranab Mukherjee, one sitting MP and 13 ex-parliamentarians. 

15:30 (IST)14 Sep 2020
17 MPs test positive for Covid-19

Seventeen members of Parliament have tested positive for Covid-19 in the mandatory tests carried out before the Parliament monsoon session commenced this morning, reported news agency ANI.

15:06 (IST)14 Sep 2020
Ajit Kumar Bhuiyan, Phulo Devi Netam, Shibu Soren take oath

Ajit Kumar Bhuiyan (IND, Assam), Phulo Devi Netam (INC, Chhattisgarh), Shibu Soren (JMM, Jharkhand) take oath in Rajya Sabha.

15:02 (IST)14 Sep 2020
Rajya Sabha session begins

Rajya Sabha session begins at 3 pm.

14:57 (IST)14 Sep 2020
Govt scraps Question Hour, private members' business; Oppn slams move

Lok Sabha Monday decided to do away with Question Hour and private members' business during the Monsoon session, sparking strong criticism from opposition members who accused the government of stifling democracy. The lower house adopted the motion to suspend Question Hour, with the government maintaining that it is not running away from discussion and will reply to all questions raised by the opposition. (PTI)

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In Loksabha, BJP member Ravi Kishan raised the issue of drug menace in Bollywood and asked the Government to take strict action against those involved in drug trafficking. After a considerable delay due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the 18-day monsoon session in Lok Sabha kicked off on Monday at 9 am. Minutes later, it was adjourned for an hour over the demise of former president Pranab Mukherjee.

Ahead of the Monsoon Session, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday exuded confidence that members of Parliament will speak in one voice to express their solidarity with the soldiers guarding the country's borders. Amid the ongoing border row with China in Ladakh, Modi said that the soldiers are bravely discharging their duties while standing guard in difficult hilly terrains with snowfall expected in the coming days and weeks.

The Congress and some other Opposition parties are preparing to oppose four Bills, including three farm-related ones that are to replace ordinances, and demand that these be sent to the select committee of Rajya Sabha. The CPM said it will oppose all 11 ordinances promulgated during the lockdown. Its members have moved notice for statutory resolutions opposing these ordinances and demanding their withdrawal in both Houses of Parliament.

Apart from following basic sanitisation protocols and social distancing in both the houses, the ministers, MPs, officials, mediapersons and others entering the Parliament have to be tested Covid negative. Lok Sabha speaker Om Birla had said all those entering the premises would have to undergo the test at least 72 hours before the start of the session.

The government is learnt to have suggested that the discussion on the Covid situation could be held on Tuesday, during the debate on The Epidemic Diseases (Amendment) Bill.

In response to the Opposition criticism of the scrapping of Question Hour and curtailment of Zero Hour, the government is learnt to have argued that the decision was taken in view of the pandemic situation and the shortened session. The Opposition also objected to the move to suspend MPLADS funds; Opposition members are likely to close ranks to oppose this decision.

“There are many important issues on which we want discussion. The Chinese aggression, the government’s management of the Covid pandemic, the slump in the economy, job losses, and the unemployment situation are among the key issues,” Chowdhury, who is leader of the Congress in Lok Sabha, told The Indian Express.

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