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Parliament Winter Session Highlights: Decisions on Covid vaccine booster dose, vaccination of kids after scientific advise, says Health Minister

🔴 Parliament Winter Session Highlights: Reacting to the Opposition's attack on Centre for not revealing the actual number of Covid-19 fatalities during the second wave, Mandaviya said that all states were asked for the death toll and only Punjab reported 4 “suspected’ deaths due to oxygen shortage.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: December 3, 2021 6:44:27 pm
Union Health Minister Dr Mansukh Mandaviya in Lok Sabha on Friday.

Parliament Winter Session Highlights: Speaking in the Lok Sabha, Union Health Minister Dr Mansukh Mandaviya on Friday said that the decisions on booster dose of vaccine against Covid-19 and vaccination of kids will be taken after scientific advise. He further asked the Opposition parties to trust the scientists, news agency PTI reported.

Reacting to the Opposition’s attack on Centre for not revealing the actual number of covid-19 fatalities during the second wave, Mandaviya said that all states were asked for their respective death numbers. Out of the 19 states that responded to this request, Mandviya said, only Punjab reported 4 “suspected’ deaths due to oxygen shortage.

The Opposition had demanded that that the government should inform the House about the roadmap to vaccinations and clarify the number of actual deaths caused by the virus.

Earlier today, opposition MPs staged a protest outside the Parliament over the suspension of 12 Rajya Sabha MPs who were shunted out on Monday due to their “unruly” conduct in the previous session. The Opposition has described the suspension as “undemocratic and in violation of all the Rules of Procedure” of the Upper House.

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More discussions on Covid-19 management in Rajya Sabha, Lok Sabha today; Oppn parties demand ban of foreign flights; Follow this space for latest updates:

18:34 (IST)03 Dec 2021
Most productive day in Lok Sabha history

On December 2, the House registered a productivity of 204 per cent which made it the most productive day in history of Lok Sabha. In over 11 hrs 3 mins,96 MPs participated in discussion under Rule 193 on Covid-19 pandemic.

18:08 (IST)03 Dec 2021
Lok Sabha adjourned till Monday

Lok Sabha adjourned till Monday, December 6.

17:48 (IST)03 Dec 2021
Global Hunger Index doesn't reflect India's true picture; index flawed measure of hunger: Govt

The Global Hunger Index (GHI) does not reflect India's true picture as it is a flawed measure of hunger, the government said on Friday. In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha, Minister of State for Food and Consumer Affairs Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti said the India's ranking is 101st in the Global Hunger Index (GHI) 2021 brought out by Concern Worldwide and Welthungerhilfe. Nepal and Bangladesh are ranked 76 and Pakistan is at the 92nd place, she said.

As per the GHI report, the composite GHI scores of India have improved from 38.8 in 2000 to 27.5 in 2021. Thus, the country has shown consistent improvement over the years.

"The calculation of GHI is based on four indicators - Undernourishment, Child Stunting, Child Wasting and Child Mortality. Global Hunger Index (GHI) does not reflect India's true picture as it is a flawed measure of 'Hunger'. Only one indicator, which is undernourishment, is directly related to hunger," Jyoti said.

"The two indicators i.e. stunting and wasting are outcomes of complex interactions of various other factors like sanitation, genetics, environment. and utilisation of food intake apart from hunger which is taken as the causative/outcome factor for stunting and wasting in the GHI. Also, there is hardly any evidence that the fourth indicator i.e. child mortality is an outcome of hunger," the minister said. (PTI)

17:08 (IST)03 Dec 2021
Rajya Sabha adjourned till Monday

Rajya Sabha adjourned till Monday, December 6.

16:11 (IST)03 Dec 2021
16000 passengers from 'at-risk' countries tested for Covid and 18 found positive: Health Minister

16000 passengers from 'at-risk' countries tested for Covid and 18 found positive; genome sequencing for Omicron underway, said Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya in Lok Sabha.16000 passengers from 'at-risk' countries tested for Covid and 18 found positive; genome sequencing for Omicron underway: Health Minister— Press Trust of India (@PTI_News) December 3, 2021

15:38 (IST)03 Dec 2021
'Without blaming pervious govts that ignored health infrastructure, Modi govt working to strengthen it', Health Minister

"Under Modi Govt,work is going on to strengthen weak health infrastructure.Without blaming pervious govts that ignored health infrastructure,Govt worked for results. In last 2 yrs, decisions under leadership of PM Modi show that this govt works with willpower&not power," Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya told Lok Sabha

15:07 (IST)03 Dec 2021
Covid-19: '25,000 cases and 340 deaths per million population in India, one of the lowest in the world', says Health Minister

Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Friday stated in the Lok Sabha that 3.46 crore Covid-19 cases and 4.6 lakh deaths have been reported in India so far.

"This is 1.36% of total cases. 25,000 cases and 340 deaths per million population reported in India - this is one of the lowest in the world," he said. 

13:52 (IST)03 Dec 2021
Rajya Sabha, Lok Sabha adjourned till 2:30

Both the Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha proceedings have been adjourned till 2:30 pm on Friday. 

12:58 (IST)03 Dec 2021
Congress says bills being introduced to bring 'electoral autocracy'

The Congress opposed both the Delhi Special Police Establishment(Amendment) Bill and the CVC Amendment Bill calling them as attempts to bring malafide legislation. Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said that the bills are only being introduced to bring “electoral autocracy” by the ruling party.

12:52 (IST)03 Dec 2021
CBI being used by Center to harass Opposition: TMC

The Trinamool Congress on Friday said that the Central Bureau of Investigation(CBI) is being used by the Centre to harass Opposition parties. “CBI is no longer the premier investigative agency of the country,’ Sougata Ray said.

12:50 (IST)03 Dec 2021
Delhi Special Police Establishment(Amendment) Bill to be passed in LS today

The Delhi Special Police Establishment(Amendment) Bill , 2021 is set to be introduced in Lok Sabha on Friday.

12:45 (IST)03 Dec 2021
CVC Amendment Bill to be introduced in LS today, Opp objects

The Central Vigilance Commission(Amendment) Bill , 2021 is set to be introduced in Lok Sabha on Friday. Members of the Opposition parties including Congress have objected to the bill. 

12:37 (IST)03 Dec 2021
PM Modi's infrastructure policies give special attention to states like Odisha, Bengal: Ashwini Vaishnaw

Minister of Railways Ashwini Vaishnaw on Friday said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's infrastructure policies have always paid special attention to states like Odisha, West Bengal and the north east region among others.  



12:15 (IST)03 Dec 2021
States were asked for actual covid death numbers, only Punjab responded: Mansukh Mandaviya

Reacting to the Opposition attacking the Centre for not revealing the actual number of covid-19 fatalities in the country during the second wave, Union Health Minister Dr Mansukh Mandaviya on Friday said that all states were asked for their death numbers. Out of the 19 states that responded to this request, Mandviya said, only Punjab reported 4 “suspected’ deaths due to oxygen shortage. 

12:09 (IST)03 Dec 2021
Lok Sabha: Discussions on Covid-19 underway

The Lok Sabha went into session on Friday, and resumed the discussion on Centre's covid-19 management in the country. The Opposition parties have hit out at the government over its Covid-19 management, slow pace of vaccination and mishandling the second wave. 

12:00 (IST)03 Dec 2021
Speaker OM Birla, MPs pay tribute to Dr. Rajendra Prasad on birth anniversary

Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla and MPs Friday payed tribute to Dr. Rajendra Prasad on his birth anniversary at the central hall of Parliament.

11:44 (IST)03 Dec 2021
Photos| Opposition MPs stage protest outside Parliament over suspension of 12 RS MPs

Take a look at Opposition MPs stagging a protest outside the Parliament Friday over the suspension of 12 Rajya Sabha MPs. The members were were suspended on Monday due to their “unruly” conduct in the previous session. (Photos by Anil Sharma)

11:09 (IST)03 Dec 2021
Watch| Opposition protests outside Parliament over suspension of 12 RS MPs

Opposition MPs on Friday staged a protest outside the Parliament over the suspension of 12 Rajya Sabha MPs who were shunted out on Monday due to their “unruly” conduct in the previous session. The Opposition has described the suspension as “undemocratic and in violation of all the Rules of Procedure” of the Upper House.

10:37 (IST)03 Dec 2021
Opposition parties give 'Suspension of Business Notice' to discuss alleged rigging in Tripura polls in RS

Opposition parties including the Congress, Congress, RJD, CPI, CPI(M), NCP, DMK and AAP on Friday jointly gave Suspension of Business Notice under rule 267 in Rajya Sabha and demanded a discussion on the "alleged rigging of Municipal elections in Tripura."

Bring in law to implement Uniform Civil Code: BJP MP

IN WHAT could be the next contentious issue to rock the political discourse, senior BJP MP Nishikant Dubey urged the central government to expedite the process to bring in a law to implement Uniform Civil Code while Opposition MPs demanded compensation for farmers who lost their lives during the protests against the farm laws as Lok Sabha took up Zero Hour on Wednesday.

Raising the issue, Dubey said Allahabad High Court had last month asked the Centre to consider setting up a panel to implement the mandate of Article 44 of the Constitution, which speaks about a Uniform Civil Code for people across the country.

“Even after 75 years of Independence, we have not been able to bring in a Uniform Civil Code. I urge the government to soon bring a law to implement a Uniform Civil Code,” the BJP MP said, adding that the move is necessary for a united India and that is the reason why the court suggested it.

 

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