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Parliament Winter Session highlights: Both Houses adjourned for the day

Parliament Winter Session 2019 highlights: The Rajya Sabha discussed the Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill and the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill. The Lok Sabha passed the Chit Funds (Amendment) Bill. 

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 20, 2019 7:29:33 pm
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Parliament Winter Session 2019 Highlights:

At least 5,161 people in Jammu and Kashmir have been arrested since August 4, the Ministry of Home Affairs told Parliament today. Reiterating that the situation in Jammu and Kashmir is “normal”, Home Minister Amit Shah told Rajya Sabha that internet facilities will be restored at an “appropriate time after inputs from the local administration.” The Home Minister also pointed out that not a single person has died due to police firing since the Centre’s decision.

In the morning, the withdrawal of Special Protection Group cover to former prime minister Manmohan Singh and the Gandhi family was the focus of discussion. While Congress urged the government to put issues of personal safety above “partisan politics,” the Centre said there was nothing political about the decision. “According to the threat perception, security is given and withdrawn. This is not done by a politician, it is done by the Home Ministry,” BJP leader JP Nadda said. Before the session began, Sonia Gandhi chaired a meeting of Lok Sabha MPs to discuss Parliament strategy. The Opposition wants to corner the government over issues like economic slowdown, farmer issues, unemployment among others.

The Rajya Sabha discussed the Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill and the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill. The Surrogacy Bill bans commercial surrogacy and allows only altruistic surrogacy by close relatives for married, infertile couples.

The Lok Sabha passed the Chit Funds (Amendment) Bill.

The Winter Session of Parliament began on November 18 and will continue till December 13. This marks the 250th Session of Rajya Sabha.

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Parliament Winter Session 2019 highlights

19:25 (IST)20 Nov 2019
Lok Sabha adjourned for the day

The Lower House of Parliament has been adjourned till 11 am tomorrow. 

19:09 (IST)20 Nov 2019
No proposal for one nation-one language: MoS Home

Union Minister of State for Home Affairs G Kishan Reddy in a written reply to a question on 'One Nation-One Language' said: "There is no proposal for one nation-one language. Constitution accords equal importance to all the languages of the country." (ANI)

18:37 (IST)20 Nov 2019
Lok Sabha session extended till 7pm

Lok Sabha session on the third day of the Winter Session has been extended till 7 pm.

18:26 (IST)20 Nov 2019
Lok Sabha speaker Om Birla inaugurates MP health check-up centre

Lok Sabha speaker Om Birla inaugurates the MP health check-up centre in Parliament. Union Ministers Harsh Vardhan, Anurag Thakur and Ashwini Kumar Chaubey also present. 

18:14 (IST)20 Nov 2019
Chit Funds (Amendments) Bill, 2019 passed in Lok Sabha

Lok Sabha passes Chit Funds (Amendments) Bill, 2019.

18:14 (IST)20 Nov 2019
Rajya Sabha adjourned for the day

The Upper House of Parliament has been adjourned for today. 

17:53 (IST)20 Nov 2019
No proposal to link people's social media accounts with Aadhaar: Prasad

The government has no proposal of linking Aadhaar with social media accounts of individuals, Parliament was informed on Wednesday. "There is no such proposal with the government for linking Aadhaar with social media accounts of individuals," Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said in a written reply in the Lok Sabha.

Prasad was replying to a specific query on whether the government proposes to enact a law for linking Aadhaar with social media accounts of individuals. (PTI)

17:33 (IST)20 Nov 2019
Jaya Bachchan says provisions in Transgender rights Bill discriminatory and humiliating

Samajwadi Party MP Jaya Bachchan in Rajya Sabha on Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill: The provision of certification as a transgender is discriminatory and humiliating. We can't segregate them this way. The Bill doesn't pay attention to sensitive details. Let it please go for revision. 

17:25 (IST)20 Nov 2019
Orientation Programme for Lok Sabha MPs tomorrow

Orientation Programme for Lok Sabha MPs to be held on November 21, from 9:30 - 10:30 am at PRIDE (erstwhile BPST), Main Lecture Hall, First Floor, PLB, New Delhi. V Muraleedharan, MoS, External Affairs, and Shashi Tharoor, MP,  to deliver lecture on 'In the larger context of Indian Foreign Policy - Role of Parliamentary Diplomacy'. 

16:22 (IST)20 Nov 2019
Land availability hurdle in setting up more CNG pumps in Delhi: Pradhan

Amid concerns over long queues at IGL gas stations in the national capital, Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Wednesday said in Rajya Sabha that the government is in the process of setting up 69 more stations, but land availability has been a big
constraint.  (PTI)

16:18 (IST)20 Nov 2019
RS Prasad: WhatsApp believes 121 Indians may have been targetted by spyware

Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad in Lok Sabha on whether the government had received prior intimation about spyware targetting Indians from social media owners like WhatsApp, Facebook: 'WhatsApp believes it is likely that devices of approximately 121 users in India may have been attempted to be reached.'  (ANI)

15:26 (IST)20 Nov 2019
Standing Committee meet on Information Technology begins

Meeting of Standing Committee on Information Technology begins in Parliament. To deliberate on issues of citizens’ data security and privacy. Union Home Secretary Ajay K Bhalla and Secretary Ministry of Electronics and IT Ajay Prakash Sawhney to brief the Committee. 

14:53 (IST)20 Nov 2019
Shiv Sena's Sanjay Raut questions why his seating position in Rajya Sabha changed

Shiv Sena's Sanjay Raut in a letter to Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu: Astonished to know that my seating position in RS chamber is changed from 3rd to 5th row. This decision was taken by someone deliberately to hurt Shiv Sena's sentiments and suppress our voice. I also fail to understand the reason for this unwarranted step, since there is no formal announcement about our removal from NDA. This decision has affected the dignity of the House. I request to allot us 1/2/3 row seat and uphold House decorum. 

14:51 (IST)20 Nov 2019
Govt committed to protecting right to privacy: RS Prasad in Lok  Sabha on Pegasus spyware

Union Minister RS Prasad in Lok  Sabha on 'whether govt has taken cognizance of reports of alleged use & purchase of Pegasus spyware by govt agencies': Some statements have appeared, based on media reports, regarding this. These attempts to malign govt for reported breach are misleading. Govt is committed to protect the fundamental rights of citizens, including the right to privacy. Govt operates strictly as per provisions of law & laid down protocols. There are adequate provisions in IT Act, 2000 to deal with hacking, spyware etc. (ANI)

14:47 (IST)20 Nov 2019
NRC different from Citizenship Bill, will cover everyone irrespective of religion: Amit Shah

Home Minister Amit Shah says in Rajya Sabha NRC different from Citizenship Bill, will cover everyone irrespective of religion.  "NRC has no such provision which says that certain religions will be excluded from it. All citizens of India irrespective of religion will figure in the NRC list. The NRC is different from Citizenship Amendment Bill," said Shah. 

14:22 (IST)20 Nov 2019
Sena MP seeks re-look at 'national security' definition

During the Question Hour in Lok Sabha, Rahul Shewale, Shiv Sena MP, demanded that the definition of "national security" be re-looked at.

"I am an MP and my father was a Naval officer... but I am unable to repair my own house," Shewale said. The House was discussing a question about defence establishments and restrictions on buildings in their vicinity. Finance Minister and former Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said the situation is not that no permissions have been given for projects. (PTI)

13:53 (IST)20 Nov 2019
Lok Sabha adjourned till 2.30 pm

Lok Sabha adjourned till 2.30 pm

13:10 (IST)20 Nov 2019
Rajya Sabha adjourned till 2 pm

Rajya Sabha adjourned till 2 pm

13:06 (IST)20 Nov 2019
NRC different from CAB, includes all religions: Shah

Addressing the Rajya Sabha Wednesday, Home Minister Amit Shah said the National Register of Citizens (NRC) has no provision that excludes certain religions.  All citizens of India irrespective of religion will figure in the NRC list. The NRC is different from Citizenship Amendment Bill, he said. 

"Hindu, Buddhist,Sikh,Jain, Christian, Parsi refugees should get citizenship, that is why Citizenship Amendment Bill is needed so that these refugees who are being discriminated on basis of religion in Pakistan, Bangladesh or Afghanistan, get Indian citizenship."

12:44 (IST)20 Nov 2019
Amit Shah's Kashmir challenge to Ghulam Nabi Azad

While talking about the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, Amit Shah had a challenge for Ghulam Nabi Azad. "I challenge Ghulam Nabi Azad sahab to counter these facts which I presented, why don't you object to these figures on record? I am willing to discuss this issue for even an hour."

Opposition protests adjournment, government reaches out to Congress JNU protest issue was raised in Lok Sabha

Noisy scenes prevailed in Parliament Tuesday as Opposition raised Jammu and Kashmir issue in Rajya Sabha and the removal of SPG cover of the Gandhi family and the JNU protest in Lok Sabha.

Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu adjourned the House in the morning after disallowing notices given by some Opposition members to suspend all business and discuss issues such as the JNU students’ protest and the situation in Jammu and Kashmir.

Soon after the House was adjourned till 2 pm, senior Opposition leaders including Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad, Sharad Pawar, Anand Sharma, Sukhendu Sekhar Roy, Tiruchi Siva and Sanjay Singh met Naidu and conveyed their anguish over the adjournment without Opposition members getting a chance to raise issues of concern to them.

Opposition leaders insisted on an informal mechanism between the government and the Opposition to address such issues. Railway Minister Piyush Goyal and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi then met Azad and Sharma at the Leader of the Opposition’s chamber. Sources said Azad and Sharma emphasised the need to establish a regular informal dialogue between the Opposition and government to ensure better coordination.

In Lok Sabha, raising the SPG issue during Zero Hour, Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said, “There is a threat to the lives of our leaders.” Chowdhury, who had given a notice on the issue, said that the Gandhi family was given SPG security from 1991 to 2019, and two earlier NDA governments had not removed it. Later, the Congress members staged a walkout.

Raising the issue of police action on protesting JNU students, BSP’s Danish Ali demanded an inquiry into the incident and an apology from the government.

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