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Parliament Winter Session highlights: Both Houses adjourned for the day

Parliament Winter Session highlights: Rajya Sabha passes Jallianwala Bagh memorial (amendment) Bill; stormy discussion over pollution in Lok Sabha.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 19, 2019 6:42:07 pm
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Parliament Winter Session highlights: Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu Tuesday said he had asked the Rajya Sabha secretariat to revisit the new uniform of marshals. While the uniform change in the Upper House — said to be the first in five decades — was apparently because the marshals wanted a modern look, the new uniform caused outrage because of its resemblance to that of Army personnel.

Rajya Sabha Chairman Naidu also refused to allow suspension of business under rule 267 moved by CPI MP Binoy Viswan over the JNU issue. In the Lok Sabha, the Congress gave an adjournment motion notice over ‘withdrawal of Special Protection Group (SPG) cover to Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi’ by the Centre, news agency ANI reported.

The winter session of Parliament began on a stormy note Monday, with the Opposition targeting the government over the detention of National Conference leader and Lok Sabha MP Farooq Abdullah, calling it illegal and demanding that he be allowed to attend House proceedings.

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    18:38 (IST)19 Nov 2019
    Lok Sabha adjourned for the day

    Lower House of the Parliament adjourned till 11 am tomorrow. 

    18:34 (IST)19 Nov 2019
    765 held for stone-pelting in J&K since Article 370 abrogated: MoS Home

    Union Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy said in Lok Sabha that security forces had arrested 765 people in Jammu and Kashmir for alleged involvement in stone-pelting since the abrogation of Article 370.
    Reddy said a large number of troublemakers, instigators and mob mobilisers were identified and preventive measures taken against them, including detention under the stringent Public Safety Act (PSA).
    "Investigation has revealed that various separatist organisations and activists, which are part of the Hurriyat, have been behind the incidents of stone-pelting in Kashmir valley. The NIA has chargesheeted 18 persons in terror-funding cases so far," he said. (PTI)

    18:30 (IST)19 Nov 2019
    65 arrested for stone-pelting in J&K since abrogation of Article 370: MoS Home

    Union Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy said in Lok Sabha that security forces had arrested 765 people in Jammu and Kashmir since the abrogation of Article 370 for their alleged involvement in stone-pelting incidents.

    Reddy also said there was a decline in stone-pelting incidents since August 5, when Article 370 was abrogated.  He said a large number of troublemakers, instigators and mob mobilisers had been identified and various preventive measures taken against them, including detention under the stringent Public Safety Act (PSA).

    "Investigation has revealed that various separatist organisations and activists, which are part of the Hurriyat, have been behind the incidents of stone-pelting in the Kashmir valley. The NIA has chargesheeted 18 persons in terror-funding cases so far," he said. (PTI)

    18:22 (IST)19 Nov 2019
    Blaming each other over pollution won't help: Gautam Gambhir

    Blaming each other over pollution won't help. Pollution kills one child every three minutes. We need to think of long-term solutions. The state can no longer get away with gimmicks like Odd-Even and banning construction sites:  BJP MP from East Delhi Gautam Gambhir. 

    18:15 (IST)19 Nov 2019
    Rajya Sabha adjourned till tomorrow. 

    The Upper House of Parliament has been adjourned till tomorrow. 

    18:11 (IST)19 Nov 2019
    950 ceasefire violations by Pakistan in J&K since Article 370 abrogated, Lok Sabha told

    As many as 950 incidents of ceasefire violation by Pakistan have been reported along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir since the abrogation of Article 370 in August, the Lok Sabha was informed on Tuesday. Union Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy said terrorism emanating from territories under Pakistan's control remains a core concern in bilateral relations.

    Reddy said immediate and effective retaliation is undertaken by the security forces in cases of ceasefire violations and all such incidents are taken up with Pakistan at appropriate levels through established mechanisms and flag meetings. (PTI)

    18:04 (IST)19 Nov 2019
    Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2019 moved in Rajya Sabha

    Union minister Harsh Vardhan moves The Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2019 in Rajya Sabha.  The Bill prohibits commercial surrogacy. It permits surrogacy in five scenarios:  (i) for intending couples who suffer from proven infertility; (ii) altruistic; (iii) not for commercial purposes; (iv) not for producing children for sale, prostitution or other forms of exploitation; and (v) for any condition or disease specified through regulations.

    The intending couple should have a ‘certificate of essentiality’ and a ‘certificate of eligibility’ issued by the appropriate authority. The surrogate mother has to be: (i) a close relative of the intending couple; (ii) a married woman having a child of her own; (iii) 25 to 35 years old; (iv) a surrogate only once in her lifetime; and (v) possess a certificate of medical and psychological fitness for surrogacy.  Further, the surrogate mother cannot provide her own gametes for surrogacy.

    17:54 (IST)19 Nov 2019
    Lok Sabha pollution debate: Shiv Sena MP brings up Aarey tree-cutting

    Shiv Sena MP Arvind Sawant during Lok Sabha's discussion on pollution and climate change: "2,700 trees were chopped in Mumbai in one night [in Aarey colony for a Metro rail car-shed]. No one has thought of e-waste. We want to bring in battery-operated cars. But is there a plan to manage the waste they generate?"

    17:17 (IST)19 Nov 2019
    TMC MP Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar: Like Swachh Bharat mission, can't we have a Swachh hawa mission?

    TMC MP Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar in Lok Sabha: Out of the 10 most polluted cities in the world, 9 are in India. When we have a 'Swachh Bharat mission', can't we have a 'Swachh hawa (clean air) mission'? Shouldn't we be ensured the right to breath clean air? In Delhi, we might be staring at a situation of mass asphyxia.

    17:09 (IST)19 Nov 2019
    Govt must not divest its stake in BPCL: CPM MP

    CPI(M) MP AM Aarif in the Lok Sabha asks the government not to divest its stake in Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL), as the move will have huge repercussions on employees. "Privatisation will result in loss of employment....Government should desist from privatising BPCL," he said.

    17:04 (IST)19 Nov 2019
    Lok Sabha debates air pollution: 4 out of 7 Delhi BJP MPs present in House

    Debate on pollution: Out of the 7 BJP MPs from Delhi, four are present in the Lok Sabha. While Ramesh Bidhuri and Hans Raj Hans are absent, Union minister and MP Dr Harsh Vardhan is speaking in the Rajya Sabha on the Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2019. 

    17:01 (IST)19 Nov 2019
    Rajya Sabha passes Jallianwala Bagh National Memorial (Amendment) Bill

    Rajya Sabha passes The Jallianwala Bagh National Memorial (Amendment) Bill.  The Bill amends the Jallianwala Bagh National Memorial Act, 1951, which provides for the erection of a National Memorial in memory of those killed or wounded in the Jallianwala Bagh massacre, and a Trust to manage the National Memorial.

    The Bill seeks to remove the president of the Indian National Congress as a Trustee.  Further, it clarifies that when there is no Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha, then the leader of the single largest Opposition party will be the Trustee. The Bill also allows the Centre to terminate the term of a nominated trustee — among the three the Act provided for — before the expiry of their term without giving any reason.

    16:55 (IST)19 Nov 2019
    Delhi West MP on air pollution: Delhi govt blames stubble burning, but major cause vehicles

    BJP MP from West Delhi, Parvesh Sahib Singh Verma, on air pollution: Delhi government blames stubble burning for the capital's poor air, when the major causes are vehicular pollution and factories. In 2004, Delhi had 40 lakh vehicles, this has gone up to 1,10,00000 today. In the past five years, the Delhi transport department did not buy a single bus, forcing people to buy vehicles.

    16:15 (IST)19 Nov 2019
    Lok Sabha: Congress cites Beijing, BJD London as examples in fight against air pollution

    Discussion on air pollution in Lok Sabha: Congress says tougher law needed to tackle pollution, cites how Beijing cleaned up its air. BJD cites how London tackled smog, says 100 trees must be planted for every tree cut. 

    16:02 (IST)19 Nov 2019
    Manish Tewari on Delhi pollution: Important we tell the people this House is serious about the issue

    Congress leader Manish Tewari in Lok Sabha: Delhi air gets very polluted every year. Why is there no word from the govt and this House over it? Why do people have to knock the Supreme Court's doors every year? Not only air, our rivers too are polluted. It's important that today, this House gives a message to the nation that their representatives are sensitive and serious about this issue. 

    15:48 (IST)19 Nov 2019
    Rajya Sabha takes up Jallianwala Bagh National Memorial (Amendment) Bill, 2019

    Rajya Sabha takes up Jallianwala Bagh National Memorial (Amendment) Bill, 2019.  The Bill seeks to amend the Jallianwala Bagh National Memorial Act, 1951, which provides for the erection of a National Memorial in memory of those killed or wounded on April 13, 1919, in Jallianwala Bagh, Amritsar.  In addition, it creates a Trust to manage the National Memorial.

    The Bill seeks to remove the president of the Indian National Congress as a Trustee.  Further, it clarifies that when there is no Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha, then the leader of the single largest Opposition party will be the Trustee. The Bill also allows the central government to terminate the term of a nominated trustee — among the three the Act provided for — before the expiry of their term without giving any reason. 

    15:41 (IST)19 Nov 2019
    2,391 people killed during monsoon this year: Lok Sabha told

    Union minister of state for home Nityanand Rai informed the Lok Sabha Tuesday that 2,391 people had lost their lives during the monsoon this year. Rai also said rains had damaged more than eight lakh houses. 

    15:34 (IST)19 Nov 2019
    No formal recommendation necessary for Bharat Ratna to Savarkar: MHA in Lok Sabha

    Ministry of Home Affairs in Lok Sabha on whether the government has taken steps to confer Bharat Ratna on VD Savarkar: Recommendations for Bharat Ratna are received regularly from various quarters, but no formal recommendation for this award is necessary. Decisions regarding Bharat Ratna are taken from time to time.  (ANI)

    14:04 (IST)19 Nov 2019
    Lok Sabha adjourns till 3 pm, Rajya Sabha resumes

    Lok Sabha will meet again at 3 pm to continue with proceedings. The Rajya Sabha, which was adjourned amid uproar by Opposition MPs, has resumed

    13:17 (IST)19 Nov 2019
    BJP MP on cyber-crime in Jharkhand

    BJP MP from Godda in Jharkhand, Dr Nishikant Dubey, in Lok Sabha: Pakur, Deoghar, Godda, Sahebganj, Dumka and Jamtada have become a hub for cyber-crime. It is going to be a concern for the whole country. National Investigation Agency should have an office in this area.

    13:07 (IST)19 Nov 2019
    Arunachal MP: Don't let second Doklam happen in AP

    BJP MP from Arunachal Pradesh Tapir Gao spoke emphatically about Chinese invasion of border areas in Arunachal Pradesh. Urging the government, Parliament, and media to raise the matter, Gao warned another Doklam will happen in Arunachal.

    12:50 (IST)19 Nov 2019
    Modi's visits abroad, decision to keep out of RCEP highlighted at BJP parliamentary meeting

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "successful" visits to several countries as well as his participation in events such as the UNGA and BRICS meetings, and India's refusal to join RCEP in "national interest" were highlighted at the BJP parliamentary party meeting on Tuesday.

    External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal briefed BJP MPs on the issues in the parliamentary party's first meeting in the Winter session.

    Modi did not attend the meeting. BJP sources said Jaishankar told MPs that Modi's foreign visits have boosted India's standing and furthered the country's interests.

    He spoke in detail about Modi's participation in the United National General Assembly meeting in the US in September and the 'Howdy Modi' rally, attended by thousands of people of Indian origin (PIO), which was attended by US President Donald Trump. (PTI)

    12:48 (IST)19 Nov 2019
    Cong members raise slogans, hold protests in LS for second day

    For the second straight day, Lok Sabha continued to witness ruckus on Tuesday as Congress members sought to raise various issues and shouted slogans. More than 20 members from the Congress and the National Conference trooped into the Well of the House during the Question Hour even as Speaker Om Birla asked them repeatedly to go back to their seats.

    Amid the uproar, five questions and supplementaries were taken up during the Question Hour. Congress members raised the issue of withdrawal of SPG security cover for party president Sonia Gandhi, former party president Rahul Gandhi and general secretary Priyanka Gandhi
    Vadra.

    12:41 (IST)19 Nov 2019
    Request govt to provide infrastructure for gender neutral toilet: TMC MP

    TMC  MP, Pratima Mondal in Lok Sabha: "Toilets are a basic necessity. Use of public toilets is one of the most common things but it isn't easy for transgender/3rd gender people. Finding gender-neutral toilet in India is next to impossible. Request govt to provide infrastructure for it."

    12:23 (IST)19 Nov 2019
    Congress rakes up SPG cover withdrawal to Gandhis in Lok Sabha

    Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury on Tuesday raised the issue of withdrawal of SPG security cover to the Gandhi family, but the government said he cannot raise the matter in Zero Hour as he had not given a notice for the same.

    After the notice of adjournment motion given by the party on the withdrawal of Special Protection Group (SPG) cover to Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and former party president Rahul Gandhi was rejected by Speaker Om Birla, Chowdhury raised the issue in the Zero Hour.

    He said the family faces threat to life and the cover by the elite security organisation should not have been withdrawn. The Congress leader said the previous NDA government led by Atal Bihari Vajpayee also did not remove the SPG cover of the Gandhis.

    Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Arjun Ram Meghwal said Chowdhury cannot raise the issue in Zero Hour as he had not given notice in this regard. "You have rejected the notice for adjournment on the issue. He did not give notice to raise the issue in Zero Hour," the minister told the Chair.

    12:02 (IST)19 Nov 2019
    Lok Sabha question hour: Discussion on doubling farmers' income by 2022

    Proceedings in the Lok Sabha started with the question on steps being taken by the Centre in doubling farmers' income by 2022 amid uproar by Opposition MPs. 

    11:49 (IST)19 Nov 2019
    'Will be forced to take action': Lok Sabha Speaker warns Oppn MPs protesting in Well

    Amid sloganeering by Congress over various issues in Lok Sabha, Speaker Om Birla on Tuesday warned that he will be forced to take action against members protesting in the Well.

    As soon as the House met for the day, Congress and other Opposition parties, including DMK and TMC, wanted to raise certain issues.
    With the Speaker taking up the Question Hour, more than 20 members from the Congress trooped into the Well and began shouting slogans against the central government.

    Birla repeatedly requested the protesting members to go back to their seats as the questions were about farmers' issues. Opposition MPs stormed in well of the Lok Sabha amid debate on farmers' issue.  Speaker Om Birla warned the MPs not to "storm into the well from now or will take action." 

    11:34 (IST)19 Nov 2019
    Lok Sabha echoes with 'We want justice' chants by Oppn

    The Lok Sabha reverberated with chants of 'We want justice' and 'tanashahi nahi chalegi' by Opposition MPs even as Speaker Om Birla continued the proceedings in the lower house. 

    11:17 (IST)19 Nov 2019
    Amid row, Naidu asks Rajya Sabha secretariat to revisit new dress code of marshals

    Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu said he has asked the Rajya Sabha secretariat to revisit the new dress code of marshals. Naidu says he has received some observations on the new uniform from some politicians as well as certain well meaning people. While the uniform change in the Upper House — said to be the first in five decades — was apparently because the marshals wanted a modern look, the new uniform caused outrage because of its resemblance to that of Army officials.

    11:11 (IST)19 Nov 2019
    Rajya Sabha adjourned till 2 pm

    Rajya Sabha adjourned till 2 PM amid disturbance. Some of the opposition members wanted to raise the JNU issue.

    11:03 (IST)19 Nov 2019
    Congress MPs from Assam protest against privatisation of Numaligarh Refinery

    Congress MPs from Assam, including Ripun Bora protest in front of Mahatma Gandhi statue in Parliament premises against the privatisation of Numaligarh Refinery.

    10:53 (IST)19 Nov 2019
    Rajya Sabha: MPs give zero-hour notice over air pollution

    Rajya Sabha MPs RK Sinha, Vijay Goel, KTS Tulsi, GVL Narasimha Rao and Narendra Jadhav have given zero-hour notice on the issue of air pollution in the country.

    10:40 (IST)19 Nov 2019
    Lok Sabha: Oppn parties give adjournment notice over JNU protests

    Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP), Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) and Trinamool Congress (TMC) have given Adjournment Motion Notice in Lok Sabha over 'Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) issue'

    10:32 (IST)19 Nov 2019
    Cong gives adjournment notice over withdrawal of SPG cover to Gandhis

    The Congress party has given Adjournment Motion Notice in Lok Sabha over 'withdrawal of Special Protection Group (SPG) cover to Sonia and Rahul Gandhi': ANI 

    10:27 (IST)19 Nov 2019
    CPI MP gives suspension of business notice in Rajya Sabha over JNU issue

    Communist Party of India (CPI) Rajya Sabha MP Binoy Viswan gives suspension of business notice in the upper house under rule 267, over Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) issue.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday emphasised the importance of the Rajya Sabha in maintaining checks and balances in a democracy, but said that a distinction needs to be made between checking and choking, balance and blocking.

    “The Rajya Sabha is about checks and balances. This is absolutely essential for our democracy. Debates have to be many and effective. But there is also a difference between checking and choking… balance and blocking,” said Modi.

    His comments come in the backdrop of disruptions in the House during the last session.

    Speaking after Modi, Manmohan Singh said “a crucial differentiating factor between the two Houses, is that Article 110 of the Constitution allows the Lok Sabha precedence in matters of the Money Bill”. “In the recent past, we have seen instances of misuse of the Money Bill provision by the executive, leading to bypassing the Rajya Sabha on crucial legislation of importance, without any deliberation,” said Singh.

    He said “those in the Treasury benches must ensure that such instances are avoided” as “it dilutes the stature and importance of our institutions, including the Rajya Sabha”.

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