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Parliament Winter Session 2019: The Winter Session of Parliament that started on November 18 and will conclude on December 13. Follow this space to track the latest on proceedings in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 28, 2019 9:25:39 pm
delhi authorised colonies, rk puram unauthorised colonies, delhi unauthorised colonies, delhi city news Anant Ram Dairy is one of the 69 ‘affluent’ unauthorised colonies that won’t be regularised. (Express Photo)

Parliament LIVE updates:  The Lok Sabha on Thursday passed a bill to grant ownership rights to residents of Delhi’s 1731 unauthorised colonies. Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri told the Lower House the government will deal with the issue of 65 affluent unauthorised colonies in Delhi later.

“Had we taken up the issue of affluent colonies, you would have termed us as ‘suit-boot ki sarkar’,” the minister said on a lighter note. He had said the mapping of 1,731 unauthorised colonies of Delhi will be completed by December 31. The minister was responding to a debate on the bill.

Earlier in the day, the Rajya Sabha on Thursday passed the Chit Funds (Amendment) Bill, 2019 bill which seeks to raise the monetary limits for chit funds and commission for the foreman. The bill which got Lok Sabha’s nod on November 20 was passed by voice vote in the Upper House.

Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad Thursday addressed Rajya Sabha on WhatsApp snooping row. Stating that the Government is committed to safeguarding the data, Prasad said the Centre will try to make messaging platforms more secure. Congress’ Digivijaya Singh, however, questioned the government’s role in the breach and demanded a Joint Action Committee report.

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Parliament Winter Session 2019 LIVE updates: Follow this space to track the latest on proceedings in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha.


    19:05 (IST)28 Nov 2019
    Rajya Sabha adjourned

    The Upper House has been adjourned. The session will start tomorrow at 11 AM. 

    18:45 (IST)28 Nov 2019
    Unauthorised colonies bill, 2019 passed in LS

    Lok Sabha passes bill to grant ownership rights to residents of Delhi's 1731 unauthorised colonies. 

    18:24 (IST)28 Nov 2019
    Bilateral ties with neighbouring countries on priority: Jaishankar

    "Our bilateral efforts with Nepal is improving smoothly. Neighbourhood ties are our priority and our foreign ties with all our neighbouring countries have improved. I accept it is a bit different with Pakistan and is, in fact, unique from other neighbouring countries," Jaishankar added. 

    18:16 (IST)28 Nov 2019
    Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwaas' is the guiding principle for our foreign policy as well: EAM S Jaishankar

    Speaking in the Rajya Sabha External Affair Minister S Jaishankar on Thursday presented a report of India's global engagement. He said, " To shape the global agenda more effectively, India has to engage countries large&small across all regions. It is not only a matter of advancing our own national interest, the expectation that the world has from India are also very much higher."

    " 'Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwaas' is the guiding principle for our foreign policy as well," he added.

    18:11 (IST)28 Nov 2019
    Unauthorised doesn't mean illegal possession: Union Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri

    The work on unauthorised colonies will be undertaken smoothly. Both of power of attorney and possession will be looked into before registering the property, said Union Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Unauthorised Colonies bill, 2019.

    "With authorising the colonies, there'll be an improvement in cleanliness and authority. Unauthorised doesn't mean illegal possession and we will make sure, each and every property in unauthorised colonies gets registered," he added. 

    18:04 (IST)28 Nov 2019
    No initiative is poll sighted: Union Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri

    "No initiative is poll sighted. Unauthorised colonies was in agenda for long and it was initiated even before the Delhi elections were announced," said  Union Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri

    18:03 (IST)28 Nov 2019
    Airport in Ayodhya: UP govt initiates discussion with Centre

    (Uttar Pradesh) Government has initiated discussions with Government of India for development of Airport at Ayodhya, said Union Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri.

    17:06 (IST)28 Nov 2019
    Parliament passes Chit Funds (Amendment) Bill, 2019

    Parliament on Thursday passed a bill which seeks to raise the monetary limits for chit funds and commission for foreman. The Chit Funds (Amendment) Bill, 2019 was passed by voice vote in Rajya Sabha. The bill got Lok Sabha's nod on November 20.

    16:02 (IST)28 Nov 2019
    Manoj Tiwari slams Kejriwal over unauthorised colonies, says Modi govt will register everyone's house

    Taking a dig at the Delhi AAP government on the Unauthorised colony, Delhi BJP MP Manoj Tiwari said that the Delhi govt couldn't even make demarkation of unauthorised colonies for two years.  He said it is only because of the Modi government that migrants in Delhi today will live in authorised colonies and people will have registered houses in their names. 

    15:47 (IST)28 Nov 2019
    Introduce comprehensive financial plan for labour force of our country: Digvijay Singh

    Congress leader Digvijay Singh said schemes like chit fund is made to dupe the poor. Opposing to the chit fund act and the amendment to the bill, he said the finance ministry should make amendments for the subscriber and make sufficient ways to provide insurance to these subscribers. He said that now, only middlemen are being benefitted. " There should a comprehensive financial plan for the labour force of our country. Both RBI and state governments should support and address the poor ." 

    15:15 (IST)28 Nov 2019
    No unauthorised interception done by the govt: Ravi Shankar Prasad on WhatsApp snooping

    Congress leader Anand Sharma says Whatsapp snooping is a larger issue. But he asked if the govt agencies made unauthorised use of the spyware?  Responding to Sharma,  Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said, " any violation of established procedure, it is actionable and as of now, no unauthorised interception has been done. "

    14:43 (IST)28 Nov 2019
    Unauthorised colonies Bill moved in Lok Sabha

    Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri said in Lok Sabha that the process of digital mapping of 1,931 unauthorised colonies of Delhi will be completed by December 31 this year. Moving the bill to grant ownership rights to residents of Delhi's unauthorised colonies for consideration, Puri said the process to map these colonies digitally should have started in 2008.

    14:38 (IST)28 Nov 2019
    Constitute a JPC to probe WhatsApp breach: Digvijaya Singh tells RS

    Digital players, both Indian and foreign are welcomed to contribute in the growing market but must understand that safety & security of Indians is of prime importance, says Ravi Shankar Prasad in Rajya Sabha

    Countering the Centre's claims, Singh demanded a Joint Parliamentary Committee to probe the breach. "I appeal to all the parties to constitute a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) and investigate this sensitive issue as it is connected to our fundamental rights and national security."

    14:17 (IST)28 Nov 2019
    WhatsApp snooping row: Ravi Shankar Prasad defends Centre in Rajya Sabha

    WhatsApp snooping row is being discussed in Rajya Sabha now. Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the government is committed to the data security of its people. "On 5 September, 2019 WhatsApp wrote to CERT-In providing update to the security incident reported in May 2019 stating that while the full extent of this attack may never be known, WhatsApp continues to review the available info. It also mentioned that based on WhatsApp data available, they believe that the attackers may have attempted to reach the devices of approximately 121 users in India. We are striving towards making messaging platforms more secure."

    Congress leader Digvijay Singh questions the government on who was spied upon using the software. "What was the Government's role? They should tell the House if people were spied upon. The government should tell us which journalists, activists were targeted in the breach. This is a violation of right of privacy."

    13:55 (IST)28 Nov 2019
    NC MPs staged protest in Lok Sabha over Farooq's detention

    Two National Conference MPs on Thursday protested in Lok Sabha against the detention of their party chief Farooq Abdullah, who is an MP from Srinagar. The two MPs -- Hasnain Masoodi and Mohammad Akbar Lone --came to the first row of opposition benches to lodge their protest against the continuous detention of Abdullah. "Sir, Farooq Abdullah is a senior member of the House. He has been under detention for four months. Please do something," Masoodi told Speaker Om Birla. However, the Speaker ignored their protests and continued with the proceedings of the House. The two MPs from Jammu and Kashmir then staged a walk out as a mark of protest. (PTI)

    13:36 (IST)28 Nov 2019
    16.34 cr rural households have access to toilets: govt to LS

    Over 16.34 crore rural households in the country have access to toilets and highest of them are in Uttar Pradesh, Union Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat said in Lok Sabha on Thursday. Shekhawat said out of the over 16.34 crore rural households which have access to toilets, 2.84 crore are in Uttar Pradesh, 1.59 crore in Bihar and 1.37 crore in West Bengal.

    13:32 (IST)28 Nov 2019
    BJP's G V L Narasimha Rao raises the issue of English replacing Telugu in Andhra Pradesh schools

    In a separate Zero Hour mention, G V L Narasimha Rao (BJP) raised the issue of English being made a medium of education up to Class VIth in Andhra Pradesh saying the move undermines regional languages and should be reviewed. "It has to be reviewed because it has been criticised from all quarters," he said, adding use of Telugu as an education medium doesn't mean fluency cannot be acquired over English.

    13:28 (IST)28 Nov 2019
    377 websites hosting child porn material taken down: Smriti Irani

    As many as 377 websites hosting child pornography material have been taken down and 50 FIRs filed, Women and Child Development Minister Smriti Zubin Irani said on Thursday as she urged immediate reporting so that swift action can be taken.

    Intervening on a Zero Hour mention by Vijila Sathyananth (AIADMK) on rise in child abuse cases due to easy access to pornography on mobile phones and Internet, Irani said methodology of reporting such incidents is being shared with the district administration for prompt action.

    13:27 (IST)28 Nov 2019
    On Godse remark, Congress wants censure motion against Pragya Thakur

    Congress leader Shashi Tharoor said the party is planning to move a censure motion against Thakur. He also said that she shouldn't be allowed back in the House until she apologises. "They (BJP) gave her ticket & brought her to the parliament, what will happen by not allowing her in parliamentary party meetings? She should not be allowed to sit in parliament till she apologises, we will demand a censure motion," Tharoor said. 

    13:05 (IST)28 Nov 2019
    Rajya Sabha adjourned till 2 pm

    Rajya Sabha adjourned till 2 pm

    Sadhvi Pragya singh thakur, Nathuram Godse, Sadhvi Pragya Godse deshbhakt, Sadhvi Pragya nathuram Godse,Nathuram Godse, BJP, Special Protection Group Amendment Bill BJP MP Pragya Singh Thakur in Parliament on Wednesday. (ANI)

    The government on Wednesday came under heavy criticism from the Opposition in Rajya Sabha over its management of the economy, with parties accusing it of living in a state of denial about the “deepening” crisis and claiming that there is an atmosphere of “uncertainty” and people and businesses are losing trust in the Indian economy.

    Countering the Opposition’s remarks on a “deepening economic crisis in the country”, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman told Rajya Sabha that growth may have slowed down but the economy will never experience a “recession”.

    “If you are actually looking at the economy with a discerning view, you see that growth may have come down, but it’s not a recession yet or it won’t be a recession ever. And therefore, consciously, all of us have to rise above, because economy also has a very big foundation in sentiments,” she said while replying to a discussion on the economic situation.

    In Lok Sabha, the Special Protection Group (Amendment) Bill, 2019 was passed with a voice vote, amid a walkout by the Congress, DMK and Left parties. Home Minister Amit Shah said the Bill would restore the law’s original intent, as enacted in 1988, which is to protect the prime minister and former prime minister.

    During the discussion on the SPG Bill, BJP Bhopal MP Sadhvi Pragya made a remark praising Mahatma Gandhi's assasin Nathuram Godse. As the angry Opposition sought an apology from Thakur and BJP members were seen persuading her to sit down, Speaker Om Birla said her remark will not go into the records of the House proceedings.

    Defence Minister Rajnath Singh in Lok Sabha said the number of terrorist incidents has come down to almost nil in Jammu and Kashmir since the abrogation of provisions of Article 370 on August 5 and normalcy is being restored at a faster pace in the Valley. Meanwhile, in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha, Minister of State (Home) G Kishen Reddy said the government had no record of any loss of income or jobs due to the decision taken by the government on August 5.

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