Parliament Monsoon Session Highlights: Both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha were adjourned till Friday following sloganeering by opposition members over various issues. Stay tuned for all the updates
End protest and come for talks: Tomar to agitating farmers at Jantar Mantar
With a group of farmers reaching Jantar Mantar here to protest against the three new farm laws, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar on Thursday urged them to leave the path of agitation and come for talks. Tomar said farmers across the country have favoured the three farm laws. After getting special permission from Delhi Lt Governor Anil Baijal, a group of 200 farmers reached Jantar Mantar -- adjacent to the Parliament Complex -- in central Delhi to protest against the Centre's three contentious farm laws amid the ongoing Monsoon session of Parliament. They have got permission to protest till August 9 amid heavy security.
Pegasus snooping story "concocted, fabricated, evidence-less": BJP
The BJP on Thursday claimed that the story on the alleged snooping through Israeli spyware Pegasus is "concocted, fabricated and evidence-less" and that the new reports based on it call for "defamation". Union minister and BJP leader Meenakshi Lekhi cited reports to claim that Amnesty International, the human rights group associated with Pegasus Project, has denied the existence of a list of potential targets of the alleged snooping.
Union Govt will request the chair in Rajya Sabha to suspend TMC MP Shantanu Sen for misbehaving with IT Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw while he was reading the statement on 'Pegasus Project' report: Sources
Government to bring privilege motion against TMC MPs who misbehaved with IT Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw while he was reading the statement on 'Pegasus Project' report in Rajya Sabha: Sources
LS member urges govt to address issues faced by Indian students pursuing courses in China
Lok Sabha member V K Sreekandan on Thursday urged the government to take steps to address the issue of Indian students, who are pursuing courses in China, being stranded in India amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Congress member from Kerala also moved a notice for an adjournment motion on the issue in the Lower House.
Lok Sabha adjourned till Friday amid continued protests by Opposition
The Lok Sabha proceedings were repeatedly adjourned on Thursday amid sloganeering by Opposition members over various issues, including three recent farm laws. When the House re-assembled at 4 pm after the repeated adjournments, the uproarious scenes continued even as Bhartruhari Mahtab, who was in the Chair, asked the protesting members to go back to their seats.However, the Opposition members did not relent, forcing the Chair to adjourn the proceedings for the day. The Lok Sabha will meet at 11 am on Friday.
Road ministry built 13,327km of highways in FY21: Gadkari
The Road Transport and Highways ministry has constructed 13,327 km of National Highways in 2020-21, which works out to about 37 km per day, Parliament was informed on Thursday. In a written reply to the Lok Sabha, Gadkari said to mitigate COVID-19 pandemic effect, his ministry took initiatives under Atmanirbhar Bharat and provided several COVID-19 relief measures to contractors, concessionaires and consultants, including extension of time for 3-9 months.
The Opposition especially members of TMC & Congress will stoop so low as to while being political opponents, they'll do things to damage country's reputation. Today in the House one of the members snatched papers from the Minister who was making statement: MoS MEA Meenakshi Lekhi
Protesting farmer leaders say they suspect govt snooping on them
Farmer leaders protesting against the Centre's contentious farm laws on Thursday said they suspect that they were being snooped on by the government using Israeli software Pegasus. "It is an unethical government. We suspect that our numbers are also on list of those being snooped on," farmer leader Shiv Kumar Kakka said. "The government is behind the snooping. That's clear and the issue is gaining traction. We know that they are keeping an eye on us too," he alleged.
#WATCH | TMC MP Sukhendu Sekhar Roy evades a question on the MPs of the party snatching away a paper from the hands of IT Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw and tearing it, while he was speaking on 'Pegsus Project' media report in the House.
Financial bids for Air India likely to be received by September 15:Minister
Financial bids for Air India are likely to be received from qualified interested bidders (QIBs) by September 15 this year, Minister of State for Civil Aviation V K Singh said on Thursday. The Centre had invited Expression of Interests (EoIs) for Air India on January 27, 2020. The last date of submission -- after multiple extensions due to COVID-19 pandemic -- of EoIs was December 14, 2020. "Multiple EoIs were received by Transaction Advisor. The EoIs were evaluated by the Transaction Advisor for selection of QIBs. Request for Proposal (RFP) along with draft Share Purchase Agreement (SPA) have been shared with QIBs by the Transaction Advisor on March 30, 2021, for submission of financial bids," Singh stated.
TMC MPs tear papers as Vaishnaw reads statement in Rajya Sabha on snooping
Opposition TMC MPs on Thursday tore papers and flung them into the air, throwing the Rajya Sabha into bedlam as IT Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw read a statement on the alleged snooping using an Israeli company spyware Pegasus. TMC and other opposition party members rushed into the well of the House as Vaishnaw was called to make a statement over the issue.They shouted slogans and tore papers that appeared to be copies of the statement that the minister was to make. As papers were flung into the air, the minister could not complete his statement and instead laid a copy of it on the table of the House
Rajya Sabha adjourned for the day
Rajya Sabha adjourned till tomorrow, amid uproar in the House by the Opposition MPs which began as soon as Electronics and Information Technology Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw rose to speak on 'Pegasus Project' media report.
Lok Sabha proceedings adjourned till 4pm amid opposition uproar
Lok Sabha proceedings were adjourned for the third time on Thursday following sloganeering by opposition members over various issues. As the House reassembled at 2 PM, Bhartruhari Mahtab, who was in the Chair, asked the protesting members to go back to their respective seats and engage in discussion.As they did not relent, the House was adjourned till 4 PM. Earlier, the House was adjourned till 12 PM and then till 2 PM after Opposition members resorted to sloganeering over a range of issues including demand to rollback three farm fills and the Pegasus snooping controversy.
Aero sports accidents claimed the lives of three persons in the last 10 years: Minister
Three persons have died in five accidents during aero sports activities in the last 10 years, Minister of State for Civil Aviation V K Singh said on Thursday. In a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha, Singh said: "As reported by DGCA (Directorate General of Civil Aviation), there have been five accidents involving aero sports in India during the last ten years." The minister said two accidents involving microlight planes have taken place, killing two people during the last 10 years. He added that three accidents involving glider have taken place, killing one person during the last 10 years. All aero sports activities are not regulated, Singh noted. "However, DGCA issues certificate of registration for balloons, gliders, powered hang-gliders and microlights," he stated. Aero sports have considerable potential to boost tourism in the country, he mentioned. "Aero Sports are largely being undertaken by private entities at Mysuru in Karnataka, Phagwada in Punjab, Mussoorie in Uttarakhand, Lonavala in Maharashtra, Manali in Himachal Pradesh, Shillong in Meghalaya, Panchgani in Madhya Pradesh and Goa," he stated.
COVID-19 claimed lives of 56 Air India employees: Govt
As many as 56 Air India employees have died due to COVID-19 till July 14, Minister of State for Civil Aviation V K Singh said on Thursday. "A total of 3,523 employees of Air India Limited have been affected by COVID-19. Out of this, 56 employees succumbed to this pandemic till July 14, 2021," he stated in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha.
Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri in Lok Sabha: All the projects under the development/redevelopment of Central Vista Master Plan are taken up after following due processes & obtaining necessary clearances, as per extant laws/ bye-laws, including Environment Clearance (EC).
Congress MP KC Venugopal moves Privilege Motion against an answer in the Rajya Sabha by MoS (Health) Bharati Pravin Pawar that no one has died because of non-availability of oxygen.
Union Youth Affairs &Sports Minister Anurag Thakur: We want to encourage & motivate our athletes participating in Tokyo Olympics. We want to tell players that every individual of the country is with them. MPs from different parties cheered for them when they came out of Parliament.
Bharatiya Kisan Union leader Rakesh Tikait: Farmers will run their own Parliament. Members of Parliament (MPs), irrespective of their parties, will be criticised in their constituencies if they don't raise voice for farmers in the House.
Lok Sabha proceedings adjourned for a second time amid opposition uproar
Lok Sabha proceedings were adjourned for the second time on Thursday till 2 PM following sloganeering by opposition members over various issues. As the House reassembled at 12 noon, Bhartruhari Mahtab who was in the Chair asked the protesting members to go back to their respective seats and engage in discussion. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi said that the government was ready to discuss any topic the opposition wanted.
A total of 1,734 cases of Mucormycosis has been reported in Delhi, says MoS (Health) Dr Bharati Pravin Pawar in Rajya Sabha
Earlier, Congress Lok Sabha MP Manish Tewari has given Adjournment motion notice in the House over Pegasus issue, while Congress MPs Deepender Singh Hooda & Pratap Singh Bajwa have given a Suspension of Business notice under rule 267 on the issue of farmer's agitation.
BKU Leader Rakesh Tikait on being asked about arrangements to tackle situations like Jan 26 Red Fort violence: Parliament is just 150 metres away from Jantar Mantar. We will hold our own Parliament sessions there. What do we have to do with hooliganism? Are we miscreants?
Lok Sabha has been adjourned till 12 noon amid uproar by the Opposition
Rajya Sabha has been adjourned till 12 noon, soon after it started amid uproar by the Opposition
Mallikarjun Kharge, LoP, Rajya Sabha: One can only ask for clarification if the statement is given & Govt is doing the same. Not all members will be able to speak. It is an attempt to scuttle down & save themselves & not allowing other members to speak (on the Pegasus issue).
Delhi: Punjab Congress MPs staged a protest in front of Gandhi Statue in the premises of Parliament, over three farm laws
Delhi Police tightens security at Jantar Mantar ahead of farmers' protest against farm laws
The Delhi Police on Thursday tightened the security at Jantar Mantar ahead of a farmers' protest against three farm laws amid the Monsoon Session of Parliament. Delhi Lt Governor Anil Baijal has given permission to farmers to protest with a condition that a maximum of 200 farmers can hold protests between 11 am and 5 pm till August 9.
Parliament Schedule for Thursday, July 22
Bills to be introduced
-The Inland Vessels Bill, 2021
-The Essential Defence Services Bill, 2021
Bills for consideration and passing
-The Factoring Regulation (Amendment) Bill, 2020
-The National Institutes of Food Technology,
Entrepreneurship and Management Bill, 2021.
-IT Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw to make a statement regarding the compromise of phone data of some persons as reported in the media.
Bills for consideration and passing
-The Marine Aids to Navigation Bill, 2021