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Parliament Highlights: LS passes bill seeking to institute uniform safety procedures for dams

Parliament Highlights: Earlier in the day, the Rajya Sabha adjourned for the day after passing the Wages Code Bill which seeks to define the norms for fixing minimum wages for workers of organised and unorganised sectors.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: August 2, 2019 10:20:18 pm
parliament, parliament live updates, Lok Sabha live updates, Rajya Sabha live updates, UAPA bill in Rajya Sabha, Congress BJP UAPA bill Parliament, Monsoon session Parliament live updates, indian express Parliament Highlights: Earlier, while addressing the Rajya Sabha, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said that the UAPA Bill is to fight terror and has no other purpose. (File)

Parliament Monsoon session LIVE updates: The Lok Sabha Friday passed the Dam Safety Bill aiming to institute uniform safety procedures for dams in India. If the bill is made into a law, then dam owners will have to provide a dam safety unit in each dam. The dam safety unit will be required to inspect the dam before and after the monsoon session, and also during and after natural disasters such as earthquakes and floods.

Explained | How India intends to make its dams safer

Earlier in the day, the Rajya Sabha adjourned for the day after passing the Wages Code Bill which seeks to define the norms for fixing minimum wages for workers of organised and unorganised sectors, except government employees and MNREGA workers. As many as 85 votes were polled for the motion and eight against it.

The Lok Sabha Friday also passed the Jallianwala Bagh National Memorial (Amendment) Bill, 2019 that seeks to remove the Congress president as a permanent member of a trust running the Jallianwala Bagh National Memorial. While tabling the bill in the lower house of Parliament, Culture Minister Prahlad Patel said the government wants to end politics involved with regard to the Trust. “It is our belief and principle that politics should be removed from the national memorial hence the amendments were brought to the 1951 Act,” he said.

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22:19 (IST)02 Aug 2019
Lok Sabha adjourned till 11 am on Monday

Lok Sabha adjourned till 11 am on Monday.

21:59 (IST)02 Aug 2019
Congress walks out of Lok Sabha, saying not being allowed to speak on CAG report on GST

Congress members walked out of Lok Sabha on Friday, saying they were not allowed to raise the issue of a CAG report that criticised the Central government on the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax.
"The Comptroller and Auditor General of India has pointed out lacuna in the Goods and Services Tax regime. …(Interruptions). The CAG is saying that even after two years of rollout of GST, system validated Input Tax Credit through invoice matching is not in place and non-intrusive e-tax system still remains elusive. (PTI)

20:32 (IST)02 Aug 2019
AERA Bill tabled in Lok Sabha

Minister Hardeep Singh Puri tables Airports Economic Regulatory Authority of India (Amendment) Bill, 2019, in Lok Sabha. Discussions underway.

20:15 (IST)02 Aug 2019
Lok Sabha passes the Dam Safety Bill

The Lok Sabha passes the Dam Safety Bill. The bill aims to institute uniform safety procedures for dams in India.  The Bill applies to over 5,000 dams across the country, many of which are currently in poor conditions. If the bill is made into a law, then dam owners will have to provide a dam safety unit in each dam. The dam safety unit will be required to inspect the dam before and after the monsoon session, and also during and after natural disasters such as earthquakes and floods.

19:59 (IST)02 Aug 2019
Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu accepts Samajwadi Party MP Surendra Nagar's resignation from the Rajya Sabha

Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu accepted the resignation of Samajwadi Party MP Surendra Nagar from Rajya Sabha.

19:45 (IST)02 Aug 2019
Wages Code Bill passed in Lok Sabha

Lok Sabha passed the Wages Code Bill seeking to pave the way for the introduction of minimum wage for workers besides addressing issues like delay in payments. 

As per the Bill, minimum wages will be linked only to factors such as skills and geographical regions. Before passing of the bill, minimum wages were fixed on the basis of categories such as skilled, unskilled, semi-skilled, high skilled, geographical regions, and nature of work such as mining and were applicable for 45 scheduled employments in the central sphere and 1709 scheduled employments in states.

14:44 (IST)02 Aug 2019
War of words in LS as bill to amend Jallianwala Trust law moved for consideration

Acrimonious scenes were witnessed in Lok Sabha on Friday during the debate on a bill which seeks to remove the Congress president as a permanent member of a trust that runs the Jallianwala Bagh National Memorial. Seeking the passage of the bill, Culture Minister Prahlad Patel said the government wants to end politics involved with regard to the Jallianwala Bagh National Memorial Trust.
"It is our belief and principle that politics should be removed from the national memorial hence the amendments were brought to the 1951 Act," he said. (PTI)

14:09 (IST)02 Aug 2019
Express Explained | What are the amendments to UAPA Act?

The Unlawful Activities Prevention Amendment (UAPA) Bill is an anti-terror legislation that seeks to designate an individual as a “terrorist”. On July 24, Lok Sabha cleared the changes to the existing law, but Opposition parties and civil liberties lawyers have criticised the Bill, arguing it could be used to target dissent against the government, and infringe on citizens’ civil rights. READ MORE HERE

13:44 (IST)02 Aug 2019
Rajya Sabha adjourned

The House has been adjourned till 2:45 pm.

13:35 (IST)02 Aug 2019
Rajya Sabha passes UAPA Amendment Bill, 2019

The Rajya Sabha Friday passed the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Bill 2019 Bill with 147 votes in favour and 42 against it.

Replying to a debate on the amendment, Home Minister Amit Shah said a four-level scrutiny has been provided in the amendment and no human rights will be violated.  He also said declaring individuals as terrorists is require as they float different organisations once an institution is banned.

13:24 (IST)02 Aug 2019
RS rejects proposal to send UAPA Bill to a select committee

Rajya Sabha rejects opposition-sponsored motion to send amendment to terror law to select committee with 104 votes against it as compared to 85 in favour.

13:10 (IST)02 Aug 2019
UAPA Bill Amendments: Voting begins in Rajya Sabha

Voting begins in Rajya Sabha on Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act(UAPA) Amendments. Voting to happen through slips.

(RSTV)
13:02 (IST)02 Aug 2019
When we were in opposition, we supported previous UAPA amendments: Amit Shah in RS

"When we were in opposition, we supported previous UAPA amendments, be it in 2004,'08 or '13 as we believe all should support tough measures against terror. We also believe that terror has no religion, it is against humanity, not against a particular Govt or individual," Union Home Minister Amit Shah said in the Rajya Sabha.

12:56 (IST)02 Aug 2019
Amit Shah to Digvijaya Singh: "He seems angry, it is natural, he just lost elections"

"Digvijaya Singh seems angry, it is natural, he just lost elections...he said 'in 3 cases of NIA no one was punished.' I will tell you why, because earlier in these cases political vendetta was done&attempt was made to link a particular religion to terror," the Union Home Minister said.

12:54 (IST)02 Aug 2019
Anti-terror bill in RS: Amit Shah attacks Congress

"What happened during emergency? All media was banned, all opposition leaders were jailed. There was no democracy for 19 months, and you are accusing us of misusing laws? Kindly look at your past," Amit Shah said.

12:48 (IST)02 Aug 2019
Till when will we keep banning organisations: Amit Shah in RS

Home Minister Amit Shah in Rajya Sabha: P. Chidambaram asked why to name an individual as a terrorist when the organization they are affiliated to is already banned. It is because we ban one org, another one comes up by same individuals. Till when will we keep banning organisations?

12:45 (IST)02 Aug 2019
This act is to fight terror: Amit Shah in Rajya Sabha

Addressing the Rajya Sabha, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said that the act (UAPA Bill) is to fight terror and has no other purpose.  

"Out of 278 terror cases registered by NIA, charge sheet filed in 204 cases; conviction in 48 out of 54 cases so far," Shah told the Upper House.


(RSTV)
12:39 (IST)02 Aug 2019
Amit Shah addresses Rajya Sabha on UAPA Bill

Union Home Minister Amit Shah is currently addressing the Rajya Sabha on the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Bill, 2019. 

(RSTV)
12:36 (IST)02 Aug 2019
Ramdas Athawale on UAPA Bill

Supporting the UAPA Bill, MP Ramdas Athawale, in his known-style said that there is a need to teach a lesson to people who shout 'Pakistan zindabad' in Kashmir.

12:35 (IST)02 Aug 2019
We doubt BJP's intent: Digvijaya Singh in RS

Digvijaya Singh in Rajya Sabha on the UAPA Bill: We doubt their(BJP) intent. Congress never compromised on terrorism that is why we had brought this law. It is you who compromised on terror, once during release of Rubaiya Saeed and second by letting off Masood Azhar.

Health Minister Harsh Vardhan in Rajya Sabha. (PTI)

It also passed the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Bill 2019, an anti-terror legislation that seeks to designate an individual as a “terrorist”. Addressing the Rajya Sabha on Friday, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said that the UAPA Bill is aimed at fighting terror and has no other purpose. Shah also justified the amendment seeking to declare individuals as terrorists, saying that they (individuals) create new organisations once banned. He added that there will be a four-stage scrutiny and that human rights wouldn't be violated.

Explained | What are the amendments to UAPA Act?

On Thursday, the much-debated National Medical Commission Bill was passed in Rajya Sabha amid uproar from Opposition benches, while the Lok Sabha saw the passage of Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Amendment) Bill, 2019 and POCSO (Amendment) Bill, 2019.

Also read | Rajya Sabha nod to Motor Vehicles amendment Bill

The NMC Bill seeks to replace the Medical Council of India with a 25-member commission headed by the Cabinet Secretary. It also provides for a common medical entrance test across the country, single exit exam (the final MBBS exam, which will work as a licentiate examination), a screening test for foreign medical graduates, and an entrance test for admission in postgraduate programmes.

Calling the National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill as one of the biggest reforms under the Modi government, Health Minister Dr Harshavardhan said it would go down in the history as the Bill that transformed medical education in India.

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