Parliament Monsoon Session highlights: Lok Sabha adjourned till 6 pm tomorrow

Rajya Sabha on Tuesday passed six Bills including the Indian Institutes of Information Technology Laws (Amendment) Bill, Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill, 2020 and Banking Regulation (Amendment) Bill, 2020, the Companies (Amendment) Bill, 2020 and the National Forensic Sciences University Bill, 2020. Chaos erupted in Lok Sabha regarding the Farm Bills as Opposition parties demanded the withdrawal of the Bills and led by Congress, boycotted the Lok Sabha session as they did in Rajya Sabha. On the same day, Lok Sabha passed three Labour Code Bills, The Jammu and Kashmir Official Languages Bill, the Occupational Safety, Health and Working Conditions Code, 2020, the Industrial Relations Code 2020 and the Code on Social Security Bill, 2020. The Monsoon Session is likely to end on September 23.
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  • 23:04

    Rajya Sabha passes bill providing relief to taxpayers on compliance front amid Covid-19

    The Taxation and Other Laws (Relaxation and Amendment of Certain Provisions) Bill, 2020, which seeks to replace an ordinance and make few other changes in direct and indirect tax laws, was returned by a voice vote in Rajya Sabha. The bill was returned amid several opposition parties boycotted the House proceedings protesting the suspension of eight members.

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  • 22:47

    Lok Sabha proceedings adjourned till 6 pm tomorrow.

  • 22:31

    Lok Sabha passes three Labour Code Bills amid absence of Opposition

    However, opposition parties – Congress, Trinamool Congress, DMK, NCP, Left parties among others were missing from the Lok Sabha, protesting against the Agri Reform Bills and suspension of eight Rajya Sabha members.

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  • 21:53

    Taliban rule in going on in West Bengal, we need protection: Arjun Singh

  • 21:47

    AIADMK to seek explanation from RS MP who opposed Farm Bills

    Chief Minister and AIADMK joint coordinator Edappadi K Palaniswami said Balasubramaniam, who was nominated to Rajya Sabha by former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa months before her death in December 2016, will be sought an explanation on the issue.

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  • 20:52

    Parliament's Monsoon session likely to end on Sept 23

    The Monsoon Session of Parliament is likely to conclude on Wednesday, eight days before it is scheduled to end, amid concerns of spread of coronavirus among lawmakers, sources said.

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  • 20:36

    Lok Sabha passes The Jammu and Kashmir Official Languages Bill, 2020

  • 20:22

    By passing the anti-farmer black laws by violating all rules and regulations of Parliament, it is BJP govt that should apologise and not the suspended MPs. If the government goes ahead with such anti-democratic measures, I will continue to protest: Suspended CPI(M) MP KK Ragesh.

  • 20:14

    The House will be convened at 6 pm tomorrow: Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla.

  • 20:00

    Rajya Sabha boycott will not end till govt brings another bill making it illegal for pvt players to buy foodgrains below MSP from farmers, all state agencies comply with MSP and procurement price is fixed as per Swaminathan Commission's recommendations: Congress.

  • 19:53

    Opposition's 3 conditions for returning to Parliament

    The Opposition announced the boycott of the proceedings in Rajya Sabha by Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad while in Lok Sabha, it was done by Leader of Congress Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury.

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  • 19:42

    Lok Sabha passes the Occupational Safety, Health and Working Conditions Code, 2020, the Industrial Relations Code 2020 and the Code on Social Security Bill, 2020.

  • 18:25

    Disruptions in Parliament: A case of dissent or rebellion?

    It was a repeat of the 2010 incident when eight Rajya Sabha MPs of Opposition parties were suspended on Monday for the Sunday ruckus in the Upper House for their noisy protest against the two contentious farm bills passed by the Upper House.

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  • 17:51

    Bengal has always been the home of workers' protests. But workers have never received any kind of advantage, political leaders have benifitted from the movements: BJP leader Dilip Ghosh.

  • 17:48

    From The Newsroom: Opposition boycotts Rajya Sabha proceedings; Upper House passes 7 key bills in 3.5 hours

    In your evening news brief, From the Newsroom, The Opposition on Tuesday announced the boycott of Rajya Sabha till suspension of its eight MPs gets revoked; Rajya Sabha in a matter of three and half hours passed seven key bills including one that removes cereals, pulses and onion from the essential commodities list; The sixth round of military talks between India and China that lasted 14 hours focused on ways to defuse rising tensions ahead of a harsh winter.

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  • 17:29

    Opposition parties boycott Lok Sabha proceedings

    Various opposition parties, including the Congress and the TMC, on Tuesday, boycotted Lok Sabha in solidarity with the eight Rajya Sabha members who were suspended for unruly behaviour.

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  • 17:28

    Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu lauds Deputy Chairman Harivansh for showing restraint when opposition members were agitating in the House, disapproves of conduct of protesting leaders, saying "my way or the highway" approach unacceptable.

  • 17:05

    Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla is holding a meeting with members of Opposition parties after they announced boycott of the session in solidarity with suspended Rajya Sabha MPs and in opposition of the Farm Bills.

  • 17:00

    Delhi: Opposition MPs, inlcuding Congress' Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury and NCP's Supriya Sule, hold a meeting in Parliament premises after boycotting the ongoing Lok Sabha session.

  • 16:50

    Opposition parties are boycotting Lok Sabha in support of suspended RS members: Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury.

  • 16:41

    Government will consider revoking suspension of Rajya Sabha MPs if they apologise, says Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad

    "We will consider withdrawal of suspension only after suspended members apologise for their behaviour in Rajya Sabha," Ravi Shankar Prasad told reporters outside Parliament.

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  • 16:39

    Rajya Sabha passes 7 key Bills in three and half hours

    In one of the most productive days in its history, Rajya Sabha on Tuesday in a matter of three and half hours passed seven key Bills including one that removes cereals, pulses and onion from the essential commodities list and another that abolishes penalty for certain offences by companies.

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  • 16:35

    Opposition parties led by Congress boycott Lok Sabha session, in support of Rajya Sabha MPs who have been suspended for one week and Farm Bills issue.

  • 16:34

    Congress ke daant khane ke aur hain, dikhane ke aur: Narendra Singh Tomar

    Congress ke daant khane ke aur hain, dikhane ke aur. They say one thing in the House and another outside. Those protesting aren't farmers, they are related to Congress, nation knows it. The reforms will help farmers & boost their income: Narendra Singh Tomar, Agriculture Minister.

  • 16:27

    What happens in the other House, has never been discussed in another House: Pralhad Joshi

    What happens in the other House, has never been discussed in another House. This is highly unfortunate that it is being discussed now. Deputy Chairman ki pitai karne ki hadd tak ye log gaye, par main iski charcha nahi karna chahta: Pralhad Joshi, Parliamentary Affairs Minister.

  • 16:24

    Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha are like twin brothers: Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury

    Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha are like twin brothers...if one is in pain, the other has to be concerened. Our issue is related to the farm bills, we want it to be taken back. If Tomar ji agrees to take it back, we have no problem with session continuing: Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, Congress.

  • 16:04

    Bills to set up Forensic Sciences University, Rashtriya Raksha University passed in RS

    The proposed University would facilitate and promote studies and research, and help achieve excellence in the field of forensic science in conjunction with applied behavioural science studies, law, criminology and other allied areas.

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  • 16:01

    Opposition boycotts Rajya Sabha; BJP-led NDA seeks to turn it into battle of 'Bihar pride'

    The Opposition on Tuesday announced the boycott of Rajya Sabha till suspension of its eight MPs gets revoked even as the BJP-led NDA sought to play the 'Bihar pride' card ahead of the Assembly elections in the state with Deputy Chairman Harivansh going on a 24-hour fast, serving tea to protesting lawmakers and Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeting in his support.

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  • 15:16

    Lok Sabha adjourned amid chaos; Opposition raises slogans

  • 15:11

    Rajya Sabha passes Banking Regulation Act amendments to bring cooperative banks under RBI supervision

    The Banking Regulation (Amendment) Bill, 2020, which replaces an ordinance that was promulgated on June 26, was passed by a voice vote in Rajya Sabha. The amendment had got approval from Lok Sabha on September 16.

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  • 14:59

    Parliament on Tuesday passed legislation to declare the five new IIITs in Surat, Bhopal, Bhagalpur, Agartala and Raichur as institutes of national importance, enabling them to award degrees.

    The Indian Institutes of Information Technology Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2020, was introduced in Rajya Sabha by Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank on Monday. The bill was passed by Lok Sabha in March.

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  • 14:41

    Parliament passed the bill to remove cereals, pulses, oilseeds, edible oils, onion and potatoes from list of essential commodities.

  • 14:32

    As per National Commission for Protection of Child Rights, information of 420 cases of child sexual abuse has been received by NCPCR from 1st March 2020 till 31st August 2020: Union Minister of Women & Child Development Smriti Irani in a written reply in Rajya Sabha.

    "As reported by Childline India Foundation (CIF), 3,941 calls have been received by CIF regarding child sexual cases from 1st March 2020 to 15th September 2020," she added.

  • 14:15

    Rajya Sabha passes six bills and returns a finance bill on Tuesday amid Opposition boycott:

    - Indian Institutes of Information Technology Laws (Amendment) Bill
    - Companies (Amendment) Bill
    - Banking Regulation (Amendment) Bill
    - Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill
    - National Forensic Sciences University Bill
    - Rashtriya Raksha University Bill

  • 14:06

    Congress workers hold protest against the Farmers' & Produce Trade & Commerce (Promotion & Facilitation) Bill, 2020 and Farmers (Empowerment & Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020, passed by the government.

    "We're protesting for farmers, labourers, the country, & for humanity. We'll keep fighting till the people who're selling this country are out of power. Suspension isn't a big deal. The entire Opposition's united & we'll boycott the House session," said Dola Sen, Rajya Sabha member, TMC.

  • 14:04

    Rajya Sabha adjourned till 9 am tomorrow; Lok Sabha session to start at 3 pm

  • 14:03

    Rajya Sabha returned the Taxation and Other Laws (Relaxation and Amendment of Certain Provisions) Bill to Lok Sabha after passing.

  • 14:01

    At the time of the US President’s visit (24-25 Feb), there was no requirement of mandatory Covid-19 test for travellers from foreign countries. Pandemic status to diseases is given by WHO which declared Novel Coronavirus a pandemic on 11 March: MoS MEA in a written reply in Rajya Sabha.

    "Therefore, during US President Donald Trump's visit to India, established norms and protocols for handling such high level visits were followed by the Government of India," he added.

  • 13:52

    Rajya Sabha tables the Taxation and Other Laws (Relaxation and Amendment of Certain Provisions) Bill, 2020.

    The Ordinance provides certain relaxations related to compliance, such as extension of time limit and waiver of penalty, in relation to certain specified laws. These laws include the Income Tax Act, 1961 (IT Act), some Finance Acts, the Central Excise Act, 1944, the Customs Act, 1962, and the Prohibition of Benami Property Transactions Act, 1988.

  • 13:51
  • 13:49

    Rajya Sabha passes the Rashtriya Raksha University Bill, 2020.

  • 13:38

    Rajya Sabha tables the Rashtriya Raksha University Bill, 2020.

  • 13:36

    Rajya Sabha passes the National Forensic Sciences University Bill, 2020.

  • 13:15

    Rajya Sabha tables the National Forensic Sciences University Bill, 2020.

  • 13:15

    Rajya passes the Companies (Amendment) Bill, 2020.

  • 13:01

    Rajya Sabha extends session beyond 1 pm.

  • 13:00

    Many co-operative banks came under stress during Covid-19; their finances being closely monitored by regulator RBI: FM in Rajya Sabha

  • 12:58

    We will consider revoking suspension only after suspended RS members apologise for their behaviour: Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad

  • 12:57

    Sujeet Kumar, BJD, Odisha terms Companies (Amendment) Bill as draconian, says, companies won't care about CSR.

  • 12:49

    Rajya Sabha tables the Companies (Amendment) Bill, 2020.

  • 12:46

    Rajya Sabha passes the Banking Regulation (Amendment) Bill, 2020

    The Act regulates the functioning of banks and provides details on various aspects such as licensing, management, and operations of banks.

  • 12:44

    'This is timely and required': Nirmala Sitharaman on the Banking Regulation (Amendment) Bill, 2020.

  • 12:38

    Sharad Pawar holds press conference after Opposition boycotts Monsoon Session

  • 12:27

    Sharad Pawar to fast today in solidarity with 8 suspended Rajya Sabha members.

  • 12:27

    DMP MP A Raja gives adjournment motion notice in Lok Sabha, demanding discussion on draft Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) Notification 2020 and its impact on sustainable development.

  • 12:26

    DMP MP A Raja gives adjournment motion notice in Lok Sabha, demanding discussion on draft Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) Notification 2020 and its impact on sustainable development.

  • 12:24

    TMC MP Saugata Roy gives adjournment motion notice in Lok Sabha over "farmers’ protest against Government policies in the farming sector"

  • 12:23

    Congress MP MK Raghavan has given adjournment motion notice in Lok Sabha demanding discussion on 'border issues with neighbouring countries'

  • 12:22

    Congress MP TN Prathapan has given adjournment motion notice in Lok Sabha demanding a discussion on the stand of the government over OBC reservation in the country.

  • 12:20
  • 12:17

    They (BJP) will keep talking of Bihar now, and the moment elections end they will forget Bihar. The PM still has not sent a central team to assess the flood situation here. As far as farm Bills are concerned, we'll hold a protest against it: RJD's Tejashwi Yadav

  • 12:04

    Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman moves Banking Regulation (Amendment) Bill, 2020.

  • 12:03

    Rajya Sabha passes the third Farm Bill — Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill, 2020.

  • 11:58

    "I read the letter which Deputy Chairman Harivansh wrote.Each word of the letter has given a new faith to our faith in democracy. This letter is also inspiring and commendable. There is truth and there are also thoughts. My insistence is, all the countrymen must read it," tweeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

  • 11:54

    8 suspended MPs end overnight sit in outside the Parliament after Azad announces boycott by Opposition parties.

    The MPs, however, reiterated that they would continue their protest in other forms.

  • 11:53

    Congress has called a meeting of its Lok Sabha MPs before the commencement of the session of Lok Sabha today.

  • 11:44

    'We'll continue our fight for farmers'

    "Opposition decided to boycott the session. Why should we attend if they don't want us to speak/vote? Govt still not ready for discussion & correct their undemocratic approach towards Parliament. We'll continue our fight for farmers & resist moves to derail Parliamentary Procedure," suspended Rajya Sabha MP Elamaram Kareem tweeted.

  • 11:43
  • 11:27

    Rajya Sabha begins discussion on the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill, 2020.

  • 11:26

    The IIIT Billseeks to declare five Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs) set up under the Public-Private Partnership mode in Surat, Bhopal, Bhagalpur, Agartala, and Raichur as institutions of national importance. Currently, these institutes are registered as Societies under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 and do not have the power to grant degrees or diplomas. On being declared institutions of national importance, the five institutes will be granted the power to grant degrees.

  • 11:21

    Rajya Sabha passes the Indian Institutes of Information Technology Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2020.

    The Indian Institutes of Information Technology (Public-Private Partnership) Act, 2017 declares certain Indian Institutes of Information Technology established under Public-Private Partnership mode as institutions of national importance. Under the Act, 15 institutes are currently incorporated as institutions of national importance.

  • 11:19

    Rajya Sabha begins voice voting on IIIT Bill.

  • 11:11
  • 11:03

    We wanted not just the suspension to be revoked but at the same time we wanted the Farm Bills to be taken back & proper voting to happen. But nothing of that sort was going to happen as the Chairman wasn't ready to listen to anyone: Syed Nasir Hussain, Congress Rajya Sabha MP

    "So all the opposition parties boycotted the rest of the session. They appealed to all the people who were sitting at the dharna to finish it & join them in boycotting the rest of the session. That is how we have ended this dharna," he added.

  • 11:02

    "India through IIIT should make hundreds of Sundar Pichais to take India forward," says Sasmit Patra during discussion on the Indian Institutes of Information Technology Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2020 in the Rajya Sabha.

  • 10:56

    All parties,except  BJD, which opposed the two contentious farm sector bills boycott Rajya Sabha proceedings.

  • 10:55
  • 10:55

    I am a senior Member of Parliament, I have apologised for what happened in the House, but I didn't get any response. I found this very insulting. My party has decided to boycott the entire session: Samajwadi Party Rajya Sabha MP Ram Gopal Yadav

  • 10:38
  • 10:36

    Rajya Sabha resumes discussion on the Indian Institutes of Information Technology Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2020.

  • 10:30

    Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha wrote to me expressing his commitment to democracy and how he was treated. He wrote to me that in order to arouse the conscious of people he wanted to observe one-day fast: Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu

  • 10:30

    Please understand the issue, Naidu appeals to Media

  • 10:29

    Talk out, walk out or vote out or democracy will be all out, says Naidu

  • 10:25

    Scenes appearing in TV paining every Indian: Naidu

    "Let everyone do some introspection," he added.

  • 10:21
  • 10:19

    Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi says if the suspended MPs regret their actions, government is not bent on keeping them away from the House.

  • 10:14

    Azad urges Govt to bring a bill to ensure private players don't procure foodgrains below minimum support price.

  • 10:13

    The government should come to an understanding. Both the Opposition and the Government should sit together to help run the House. Democracy should work with cooperation: H D Deve Gowda, Former Prime Minister and Rajya Sabha MP.

  • 10:08

    Ghulam Nabi Azad's statement:

  • 10:04

    H D Devegowda appeals to the government, says "we have come to a breaking point."

  • 10:04

    Democracy means debate, discussion and decision not disruption: Naidu

  • 09:59

    Don't put the blame on the Chair: Venkaiah Naidu

    "13 times, the Deputy Chairman asked suspended MPs to go out but they disobeyed... Suspended MPs justified their behaviour and confirmed that they have done it," Naidu said.

  • 09:53

    Samajwadi Party leader Ramgopal Yadav also demands to revoke suspension of 8 MPs.

  • 09:47

    RS Dy chairman Harivansh says his fast begins from Tuesday morning, will end tomorrow on birthday of 'rashtra kavi' Ramdhari Singh Dinkar.

  • 09:47

    In letter to RS chairman, Harivansh expresses deep anguish at "humiliating" conduct towards him in House, announces 24-hr fast.

  • 09:45

    Opposition boycotts Rajya Sabha till suspension of 8 MPs is revoked.

  • 09:39

    "I don't approve violence but the rushed Farm Bills broke the camel's back," Ghulam Nabi Azad points out at lack of cooradination.

    "No problem with one-nation, one-market, for god's sake don't go for one nation one party," he added.

  • 09:35

    Leader of Opposition stresses on imporatnce of time managemnet in Rajya Sbha. "Time contraint was the reason of the chaos," said Azad.

  • 09:27

    I don't think anyone is happy about what happened in the last two days," Ghulam Nabi Azad, Leader of Opposition says in the Rajya Sabha.

  • 09:19
  • 09:17

    PM Modi backs Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman Harivansh

    "To personally serve tea to those who attacked and insulted him a few days ago as well as those sitting on Dharna shows that Shri Harivansh Ji has been blessed with a humble mind and a big heart. It shows his greatness. I join the people of India in congratulating Harivansh Ji," Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeed.

  • 09:05

    Watch the live session of Rajya Sabha here

  • 09:01

    Rajya Sabha proceedings begin

  • 08:31

    "We will demand withdrawal of our suspension": Ripun Bora, suspended Rajya Sabha MP.

  • 07:58

    Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman Harivansh brought tea for the Rajya Sabha MPs who are protesting at Gandhi statue against their suspension from the House.

  • 07:47

    Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman Harivansh meets the eight suspended Rajya Sabha MPs who are protesting at Gandhi statue against their suspension from the House.

  • 07:40
  • 07:37

    Suspension of MPs: Opposition likely to boycott RS if discussion not allowed

    Opposition parties are likely to boycott Rajya Sabha proceedings on Tuesday if their demand for discussing events that led to the suspension of eight MPs on charges of unruly behaviour is not met.

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  • 07:36

    Now, farmers will be at the mercy of big corporates: Manish Tewari

    Congress has been on the warpath against the Modi government over the two farm sector bills – the Farmer’s Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill and the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill passed by both House of Parliament. Senior Congress leader Manish Tewari tells Sagar Kulkarni ofDHthat Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s assertions that the MSP regime would continue is a bogey.

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  • 07:14

    Bill for consideration and passing in the Lok Sabha today:

    - The Occupational Safety, Health And Working Conditions Code, 2020

    - The Industrial Relations Code, 2020.

    - The Code On Social Security, 2020.

    - The Factoring Regulation (Amendment) Bill, 2020.

  • 07:08

    Bill for consideration and passing in the Rajya Sabha today:

    - The Indian Institutes of Information Technology Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2020.

    - The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill, 2020.

    - The Banking Regulation (Amendment) Bill, 2020.

    - The Companies (Amendment) Bill, 2020.

    - The National Forensic Sciences University Bill, 2020.

    - The Rashtriya Raksha University Bill, 2020.

    - The Taxation and Other Laws (Relaxation and Amendment of Certain Provisions) Bill, 2020.

    - The Appropriation (No.3) Bill, 2020

    - The Appropriation (No.4) Bill, 2020.

  • 07:08

    Lok Sabha passes Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Second Amendment) Bill, 2020