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Parliament winter session Higlights: The government Thursday referred the Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2019 to a Select Committee of Rajya Sabha. The Bill seeks to ban commercial surrogacy.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 21, 2019 7:38:10 pm
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Parliament winter session Highlights: The government Thursday referred the Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2019 to a Select Committee of Rajya Sabha. The Bill, which seeks to ban commercial surrogacy, was passed by the Lok Sabha in the monsoon session and was taken up for discussion in the Upper House on Tuesday. It was deferred by the government Wednesday following objections by Opposition MPs on some of its provisions.

Meanwhile, former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Farooq Abdullah, who is under detention in Kashmir, has been made a part of the 21-member parliamentary consultative committee on defence. Abdullah has been detained under the Public Safety Act (PSA).

Both Houses held a discussion on the rising levels of pollution in Delhi-NCR and the issue of stubble burning.

Meanwhile, the Congress raked up the issue of the electoral bonds scheme in the Lok Sabha, with senior party leader Manish Tewari saying it has made corruption official. Alleging that electoral bonds have turned out to be a black money recycling and political bribery scheme, the Congress on Wednesday had demanded that the government disclose the identity of all donors and reveal in Parliament information regarding donations received by all political parties.

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Parliament Winter session LIVE updates: The Rajya Sabha will again take up for passage the Surrogacy bill today. Rising levels of pollution will be discussed in both houses of the Parliament. Follow LIVE updates

18:26 (IST)21 Nov 2019
Lok Sabha adjourned

Lok Sabha adjourned for the day, to resume tomorrow at 11 am

18:11 (IST)21 Nov 2019
Rajya Sabha adjourned

Rajya Sabha adjourned for the day, to resume tomorrow at 11 am

17:36 (IST)21 Nov 2019
RS discusses The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2019

Rajya Sabha discusses The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2019

17:03 (IST)21 Nov 2019
Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2019 referred to Select Committee by Rajya Sabha

Rajya Sabha refers the Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2019 to Select Committee.

16:51 (IST)21 Nov 2019
'India's green cover increased in the last 5 years': Prakash Javadekar

“I thank all the states which have taken a step towards planting trees. India’s green cover has increased by 13,000 sq km in the last five years,” says Union Minister Prakash Javadekar in Rajya Sabha on air pollution issue.

Video grab from Rajya Sabha TV
16:44 (IST)21 Nov 2019
Hope we could work together and come up with a solution: Shashi Tharoor on air pollution

“The fact is that this national crisis cannot be addressed only after Diwali. We should understand that this is a national health crisis and hope that we would come up equitable and collaborative solutions. I believe we have the will and the capacity and we should work together to solve this,” says Shashi Tharoor in Lok Sabha.

16:39 (IST)21 Nov 2019
NCAP started in 122 cities: Prakash Javadekar

“There are 122 cities which are way ahead than the average air quality index. We have started the National Clean Air Programme (NCAP) in these cities,” says Union Minister Prakash Javadekar in the Rajya Sabha.

Video grab from Rajya Sabha TV
16:35 (IST)21 Nov 2019
'Delhi-Punjab debate misses the larger point': Shashi Tharoor on air pollution

“The Delhi-Punjab debate misses the larger point that it is a perennial issue which bothers the whole country. Our GDP would be higher if we dealt with the issue of our air pollution," says Congress leader Shashi Tharoor in Lok Sabha.

Video grab from Lok Sabha TV
16:28 (IST)21 Nov 2019
Mann, Anupriya say farmers shouldn't be blamed for stubble burning

AAP member Bhagwant Mann and Apna Dal leader Anupriya Patel on Thursday said in Lok Sabha that farmers should not be blamed for stubble burning, considered as one of the main reasons for air pollution in Delhi-NCR region, and demanded that they should be encouraged to grow crops which do not leave stubble. They also said that the government should explore ways of using stubble in biogas and cardboard manufacturing to encourage farmers to sell it. Participating in a discussion on "air pollution and climate change", Mann said farmers should be encouraged to grow crops including pearl millet (bajra) and sunflower as they do not leave stubble after harvest. Patel said stubble can be used for biogas and cardboard manufacturing and farmers should be encouraged to sell it. (PTI)

16:23 (IST)21 Nov 2019
Farooq Abdullah nominated to 21-member Parliamentary committee on defence

Detained Lok Sabha MP and former J&K chief minister Farooq Abdullah has been included in the 21-member Parliamentary Consultative Committee of the Ministry of Defence, news agency PTI reported. The 81-year-old was detained under the stringent Public Safety Act (PSA) at his Srinagar residence on August 5 after the abrogation of Article 370 that grants special status to J&K. Other committee members include former defence minister and NCP chief Sharad Pawar and controversial BJP MP Pragya Thakur. Read more

16:17 (IST)21 Nov 2019
'Declare environmental emergency,' says Jaya Bachchan in RS

"Please declare an environmental emergency. Hold people responsible and punish them,” says Jaya Bachchan in Rajya Sabha

16:06 (IST)21 Nov 2019
'Install air purifiers in both Houses': Rajiv Pratap Rudy

“We should install air purifiers in both the Houses so that we get to know how bad the air around us is and we can work together for a solution,” says BJP leader Rajiv Pratap Rudy in Lok Sabha.

16:02 (IST)21 Nov 2019
Urge PM to call meeting of state govt leaders to find a solution on air pollution issue: Ghulam Nabi Azad in RS

Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad says in Rajya Sabha, "I want to say one thing. If we compete and oppose each other, this issue (of air pollution) will go on. We should come together and work against this.” He adds, “We should work on a solution. I suggest that the Prime Minister should call a meeting of the MPs, Chief Ministers, LGs from each corner of the country. We should discuss measures which can be taken by the central and state governments.”

15:53 (IST)21 Nov 2019
No final decision yet on merger of UGC, AICTE: Nishank in RS

No final decision has been taken yet on the merger of University Grants Commission and All India Council of Technical Education, Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank said in Rajya Sabha. "Till now no final decision has been taken on this issue," the minister said in response to a written question in the Upper House. (PTI)

15:22 (IST)21 Nov 2019
Bhagwant Mann raises the issue of cutting trees in Lok Sabha

Bhagwant Mann in Lok Sabha: "In America and Canada, you have to take permission before cutting a tree. You have to plant 50 trees before cutting one tree. But in India, the government cuts trees whenever they want. No one discusses how to plant and when to plant trees."

15:19 (IST)21 Nov 2019
'Punjab farmers have no option other than burning stubble': Bhagwant Mann

Aam Aadmi Party leader Bhagwant Mann in the Lok Sabha says, "the government has put MSP on the crop which gives out stubble. No farmer of Punjab wants to burn the stubble. But he has no other option."

15:16 (IST)21 Nov 2019
'No state in the country has fresh air to breathe': Samajwadi Party leader in RS

"The parameter of the average air quality index in the whole country is deteriorating beyond the point. Except for Goa, Kerala, Meghalaya, and Mizoram, no other state has fresh air that the people could breathe," says Samajwadi leader Ravi Prakash Verma in Rajya Sabha.

15:13 (IST)21 Nov 2019
Rajya Sabha marshals spotted without military-style caps

Rajya Sabha marshals on Thursday were seen without their military-style caps as part of the ongoing review of their new uniforms, following criticism by some ex-Army officers and remarks of opposition leaders. Uniforms of Rajya Sabha marshals were restyled from traditional Indian attire comprising turbans to dark navy blue and olive green military-style outfits with caps. As soon as the House assembled to take up the Zero Hour, some members from opposition benches pointed out to the change. To this Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu remarked, "As I have said, nothing reflects like Army...(the review) process is on". (PTI)

15:05 (IST)21 Nov 2019
Lok Sabha resumes

Proceedings of Lok Sabha resume, discussion on the issue of air pollution start.

14:59 (IST)21 Nov 2019
NCP leader Vandana Chavan says 'committees to discuss, solve air pollution issue be formed'

Discussion on air pollution in Rajya Sabha: NCP leader Vandana Chavan says, "we are bringing unnecessary politics into this issue. We need to do more than a lot more and make sure that some kind of committees of some experts or representatives should be formed and this issue is discussed and solved."

The Rajya Sabha on Wednesday deferred passage of the Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill after several members opposed certain provisions in the legislation and demanded that the Bill be modified.

The members sought changes in provisions that only a close relative can be a surrogate mother, as well as the clause that surrogacy is permitted for couples after at least five years of marriage.

The Bill, which seeks to ban commercial surrogacy, was passed by Lok Sabha in Monsoon Session and was taken up for discussion in Rajya Sabha on Tuesday.

On Tuesday, several members had argued that the government has not taken into consideration recommendations made by the Parliamentary standing committee which scrutinised the Bill. Samajwadi Party’s Ram Gopal Yadav, who headed the committee, said the government did not accept 13 major recommendations.

The government on Wednesday informed the Parliament there is neither any proposal to promote Hindi as the country’s main language nor any plans to usher in one card for all utilities,

Home Minister Amit Shah has made a mention of the two in his earlier speeches. However, his ministry told the Rajya Sabha during Question Hour that there were no such proposals.

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