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Parliament Highlights: Both Houses adjourned for the day

Parliament Winter Session Highlights: Members of the Shiv Sena had earlier walked out of the Lok Sabha over the farm distress in Maharashtra. The Lower House also saw Opposition parties protesting against the situation in Kashmir.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 18, 2019 7:39:02 pm
Parliament LIVE Updates: PM Modi addresses 250th session of Rajya Sabha Parliament Winter Session 2019 highlights: Prime Minister Modi addressing Rajya Sabha on Monday

Parliament Winter Session highlights: The Trinamool Congress and Shiv Sena Monday sought a discussion on the “economic crisis” in the country after the winter session of Parliament began on a stormy note with the Opposition benches raising slogans over the situation in Jammu-Kashmir. A notice was submitted to Rajya Sabha chairman Venkaiah Naidu by the two parties.

Earlier, the Opposition had demanded Farooq Abdullah be allowed to attend the House session, saying it was his constitutional right. MPs from the Congress, National Conference and the DMK protested in the well of Lok Sabha. Meanwhile, Shiv Sena staged a walkout over farm distress in Maharashtra.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the 250th session of the Rajya Sabha.  The PM has said the Rajya Sabha is eternal as it is never dissolved, and represents both the federal nature of India’s polity and its diversity.

Both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha began by paying tributes to former Union ministers Arun Jaitley and Ram Jethmalani, former external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj and former CPI leader Gurudas Dasgupta.

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Parliament Winter Session 2019 began today. Here are the highlights of the first day.

19:03 (IST)18 Nov 2019
Rajya Sabha adjourned for the day

After the Lok Sabha, the Upper House of Parliament has also been adjourned for the day. 

18:21 (IST)18 Nov 2019
Lok Sabha adjourned till 11 am on Tuesday

The Lower House of the Parliament has been adjourned till 11 am on November 19. 

17:41 (IST)18 Nov 2019
BSP's Danish Ali raises JNU protests in Lok Sabha

BSP leader Danish Ali in the Lok Sabha raised the issue of JNU students protesting against a fee hike.  Ali said education was being increasingly privatised under BJP rule,  and demanded that the government ensure poor students were not denied higher education for want of money. 

16:59 (IST)18 Nov 2019
India still fastest-growing economy in the world: Anurag Thakur

India continues to be the fastest-growing economy in the world, Union Minister Anurag Thakur said in Lok Sabha on Monday. During Question Hour, Thakur also said that a number of steps are being taken by the government to strengthen the economy, including merger of banks and tax concessions to industries.

"There is no 5 per cent slump. Where did you get the figure. Show us," he countered, when Aam Aadmi Party MP Bhagwant Mann said the country is facing a slump in the economy. (PTI)

16:07 (IST)18 Nov 2019
Opposition parties, Sena give notice to Chairman for discussion on economic situation

Trinamool Congress (TMC) along with other parties, including Shiv Sena, give notice to Chairman of Rajya Sabha M Venkaiah Naidu, seeking a discussion on 'Economic Crisis in India and how to improve the situation'.

15:30 (IST)18 Nov 2019
Misuse of Money Bill provision must be avoided: Former PM Manmohan Singh

"We have seen instances of misuse of the Money Bill provision by the Executive, leading to the bypassing of the Rajya Sabha on important matters. Those in treasury benches must ensure this is avoided," Former PM Manmohan Singh in Rajya Sabha.  

15:19 (IST)18 Nov 2019
If not for Nehru's efforts, Rajya Sabha would have been relegated to a secondary position: Former PM Manmohan Singh

Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in Rajya Sabha: If not for the efforts of our first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, the Rajya Sabha would have been reduced to a mere revising House, relegated to a secondary position in the functioning of our democracy. He ensured the closest cooperation between the two Houses, and if that cooperation is not maintained, it will affect the working of our Constitution.

15:04 (IST)18 Nov 2019
PM Modi: Appreciate NCP and BJD for their conduct in Parliament

PM Modi commends NCP and BJD for their conduct in Parliament. "Today I want to appreciate two parties: NCP and BJD. These parties have wonderfully adhered to Parliamentary norms. They have never ventured into the well. Yet, they have made their points very effectively. Much can be learnt from these practices, including by my own party." 

14:56 (IST)18 Nov 2019
PM Modi: Checks and debates essential, but difference between balancing and blocking

"In 2003, Atal Ji had said that the Rajya Sabha may be the second House but no one should think of it as a secondary House. Today, I echo the sentiments of Atal Ji and add that the Rajya Sabha must be a vibrant supportive House for national progress. The Rajya Sabha is about checks and balance. This is absolutely essential for our democracy. Debates have to be many and effective. But there is also a difference between checking and clogging. Balance and blocking," says PM Modi in Parliament. 

14:49 (IST)18 Nov 2019
PM Modi: Can never forget Rajya Sabha's role when it passed Bills pertaining to Articles 370 and 35(A)

"Whenever it has been about national good, the Rajya Sabha has risen to the occasion and made a strong contribution. It was believed that the Bill on Triple Talaq would not pass here but it did. Even GST became a reality after it was passed in the Rajya Sabha. We can never forget the role of the Rajya Sabha when Bills pertaining to Articles 370 and 35(A) were passed. This House has worked to further unity PM Modi in Parliament," says PM Modi in Parliament.

14:44 (IST)18 Nov 2019
PM Modi: Ambedkar could contribute to nation building through Rajya Sabha

"The Rajya Sabha gives an opportunity to those away from electoral politics to contribute to the nation and its development.  Who can forget that it was through the Rajya Sabha that a stalwart like Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar could contribute even more to national progress," says PM Modi.

14:27 (IST)18 Nov 2019
Rajya Sabha is a far-sighted house, provides intellectual richness: PM Modi

"Rajya Sabha has witnessed and created history. There have been many great leaders. This house has seen many historic moments, it has made history also and has seen history being made as well. Lok Sabha is grounded but Rajya Sabha can look beyond and far. It is a far-sighted house and has provided intellectual richness," said Prime Minister Modi. 

14:23 (IST)18 Nov 2019
Glad to be a part of 250th session of Rajya Sabha: PM Modi

Addressing 250th session of Rajya Sabha, "I am honoured to be a part of this special session. This house has witnesses many historic moments and I am glad to be a part of this 250th session."

14:15 (IST)18 Nov 2019
If my eating jalebi causes Delhi pollution, I'll quit jalebis: Gautam Gambhir

Delhi BJP MP Gautam Gambhir who has been riled in a controversy over not attending an air pollution meeting in Delhi and instead flying to Indore for commentating on the India-Bangladesh test series hit back at the trolls.

14:11 (IST)18 Nov 2019
Lok Sabha adjourned till 3 pm

Lok Sabha adjourned till 3 pm

14:11 (IST)18 Nov 2019
250th session of Rajya Sabha: House to have a special debate

To mark the landmark 250th session of Rajya Sabha, beginning Monday, celebratory functions include release of a publication titled 'Rajya Sabha: The Journey since 1952' providing glimpses of various aspects of functioning of the House and its Hindi version. Also, a commemorative volume on the evolution of Rajya Sabha and its functioning with 44 articles in Hindi and English by the sitting and former members and those associated with the functioning of the House will be released.

A silver coin of Rs 250 and a postal stamp of Rs 5 will also be released

14:01 (IST)18 Nov 2019
PM Modi to address Rajya Sabha shortly

Rajya Sabha proceedings resume, Prime Minister Narendra Modi to address shortly

13:45 (IST)18 Nov 2019
PM to address Rajya Sabha at 2 pm

The Rajya Sabha will have a special discussion marking the 250th session of this august House. PM Narendra Modi will be speaking in the House at around 2 PM.

13:44 (IST)18 Nov 2019
Rajya Sabha marshals get a new uniform

The uniform of the marshals of the Rajya Sabha has been changed

12:38 (IST)18 Nov 2019
Congress, NC leaders walkout over Kashmir

After Shiv Sena staged walk-out of Lok Sabha over farmers' distress in Maharashtra, Congress and National Conference leaders walked out of Lok Sabha over the issue of Jammu and Kashmir lockdown and detention of its leaders.

To mark the landmark 250th session of Rajya Sabha, the Upper House held a special discussion on its role in Indian polity and the need for reforms.

Among the key bills to be discussed this session is the Citizenship Amendment Bill, which the government was unable to pass in its previous tenure. As per the PRS Legislative Research, about 35 legislations, including the crucial Industrial Relations Code, will be taken up during the session.

Ahead of the session, the Opposition raised questions over the continued detention of leaders in Kashmir and demanded that National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah, who is held under the Public Safety Act, “be allowed to attend Parliament”. “How can a parliamentarian be detained illegally?” Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said, in an apparent reference to Abdullah.

In his customary remarks, the PM said the government was willing to discuss every issue in the House. Returning to power with an increased majority, the Modi government in the past two sessions pushed through the triple talaq Bill and the scrapping of special status to Jammu and Kashmir.

The session is scheduled to conclude on December 13, and will hold a special joint sitting of the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha on November 26 to commemorate ‘Constitution Day’.

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