Parliament News Updates: Harivansh Narayan Singh re-elected as Rajya Sabha Chairman

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Updated: September 14, 2020 6:54:21 pm

The Monsoon Session of Parliament will have 18 sittings. It will culminate on October 1.

Monsoon Session of Parliament begins today.

Harivansh Narayan Singh was on Monday re-elected as Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha. A voice vote was conducted for the election of Deputy Chairman. Commenting on his re-election, PM Modi said: “The respect I hold for Harivansh ji, each member of the House shares. He has earned this respect. His unbiased role in the Parliament strengthens our democracy.”

Earlier in the day, the Opposition parties condemned the government’s decision to remove the Question Hour session. Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, Congress MP in Lok Sabha, said that the Question Hour is the golden hour but the government said that it can’t be held due to the circumstances. “You conduct the proceedings but single out Question Hour. You are trying to strangulate the democracy,” he said. Parliamentary Affairs minister Pralhad Joshi defended the removal of the Question Hour, saying that the government is not running away from discussion.

In view of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Monsoon Session will be held in two shifts – 9 AM to 1 PM and 3 PM to 7 PM. Except today, Rajya Sabha will sit in the morning shift and Lok Sabha will sit in the evening. The Session will take up 47 items during its 18 sittings till October 1. This will be the first Parliament session being held amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

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    18:05 (IST)14 Sep 2020
    PM Modi on re-election of Harivansh as Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman

    PM Modi in Rajya Sabha: The respect I hold for Harivansh ji, each member of the House shares. He has earned this respect. His unbiased role in the Parliament strengthens our democracy. After becoming an MP, Harivanshi ji has always ensured how all MPs can become more dutiful. The journalist inside him has stayed alive.

    17:59 (IST)14 Sep 2020
    Harivansh re-elected as Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman

    Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu: I declare that Harivansh ji has been chosen as the deputy chairman of the Rajya Sabha . A voice vote was conducted for the election of Rajya Sabha deputy chairman.

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    15:48 (IST)14 Sep 2020
    Rajya Sabha pays tributes to Pranab Mukherjee, others

    Rajya Sabha pays tributes to former MPs Pranab Mukherjee, Beni Prasad Verma, Amar Singh and others who passed away recently.

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    15:47 (IST)14 Sep 2020
    New Rajya Sabha MPs take oath

    New members of the Rajya Sabha, including JMM's Shibu Soren and DMK's T Siva, take oath as Monsoon Session begins. Pens used by MPs to sign being changed after every use, in view of Covid19.

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    15:46 (IST)14 Sep 2020
    Rajya Sabha MPs seated in the visitor's gallery

    Rajya Sabha MPs seated in the visitor's gallery to ensure social distancing in view of COVID19.

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    15:46 (IST)14 Sep 2020
    17 MPs test positive for COVID19

    17 MPs, including Meenakshi Lekhi, Anant Kumar Hegde and Parvesh Sahib Singh, test positive for COVID19.

    15:45 (IST)14 Sep 2020
    Rajya Sabha proceedings begin

    Rajya Sabha proceedings begin on the first day of Monsoon Session.

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    15:44 (IST)14 Sep 2020
    YSR Congress Party to support Harivansh for Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman post

    YSR Congress Party to support to NDA candidate Harivansh for the post of Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman: YSR MP Vijay Sai Reddy

    15:42 (IST)14 Sep 2020
    TRS to abstain from voting during Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman election

    Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) will abstain from voting during Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman election: TRS MP K Keshava Rao

    14:34 (IST)14 Sep 2020
    Lok Sabha adjourned till 3 pm tomorrow.

    Lok Sabha adjourned till 3 pm tomorrow.

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    14:34 (IST)14 Sep 2020
    Farooq Abdullah leaves from the Parliament - Watch

    National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah leaves from the Parliament after attending first day of the Monsoon Session. He was put under detention after the abrogation of Article 370 in August last year and was released on 13th March.

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    14:32 (IST)14 Sep 2020
    AAP to support Manoj Jha for Rajya Sabha deputy chairman post

    AAP MP  Sanjay Singh said that the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) will support Opposition candidate Manoj Kumar Jha for the post of Deputy Chairman in Rajya Sabha.

    14:25 (IST)14 Sep 2020
    Pralhad Joshi asks TMC's Saugata Roy to apologise for comments in Sitharaman

    Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi opposes TMC MP Saugata Roy's remark on FM Sitharaman. "Commenting on personal attire...being a senior member, what is he talking? He should apologise unconditionally. It is an insult to womenfolk," he said. The TMC MP's remark has been expunged from record.

    14:25 (IST)14 Sep 2020
    FDI inflow from China declines to USD 163.77 million in FY20

    There has been decline in foreign direct inflow from China in the last three years with FDI coming down to USD 163.77 million in 2019-20, Minister of State for Finance Anurag Singh Thakur informed Lok Sabha on Monday. Giving details of the total foreign direct investment (FDI) inflow from Chinese companies in India, he said, it was USD 350.22 million in 2017-18, while it declined to USD 229 million in the following year. During 2019-20, FDI further came down to USD 163.77 million, he said in a written reply on the first day of the monsoon session.

    14:25 (IST)14 Sep 2020
    No proposal for raising FII limit in PSBs to 49%: Anurag Thakur

    There is no proposal for raising Foreign Institutional Investment (FII) ceiling in public sector banks to 49 per cent from 20 per cent for capital mobilisation, Minister of State for Finance Anurag Singh Thakur informed the Lok Sabha on Monday. No amount has been raised by the government in the current financial year for recapitalisation of public sector banks (PSBs) through issuance of recapitalisation bonds, he said in a written reply.

    14:24 (IST)14 Sep 2020
    Indications of major revenue loss due to COVID-19: Tourism ministry

    The Ministry of Tourism informed Parliament while no formal study has been conducted to assess the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the tourism sector, discussions with stakeholders have indicated that the sector has suffered a massive loss in revenue. "No formal study has been instituted for assessment of the impact on the tourism sector and job losses. However, several rounds of discussions and brainstorming sessions with industry stakeholders indicate massive loss of revenue, foreign exchange and jobs. In view of the highly unorganised nature of the sector, the impact in numerical terms can only be ascertained in due course," Tourism Minister Prahlad Patel said in a written reply in Lok Sabha.

    14:24 (IST)14 Sep 2020
    Lok Sabha: Om Birla asks MPs to remain seated while speaking

    Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla asked MPs to remain seated while speaking in the House and follow social distancing norms in view of the "extraordinary situation" amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

    14:24 (IST)14 Sep 2020
    Only banks under cooperative societies to be covered by Banking Regulation (Amendment) Bill: FM

    While defending the Banking Regulation (Amendment) Bill, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said, "We are looking at those cooperatives those who use the word bank, banker or banking. It is not meant for all cooperative institutions."

    14:24 (IST)14 Sep 2020
    Shashi Tharoor slams Banking Regulation (Amendment) Bill

    Congress MP Shashi Tharoor also slammed the Banking Regulation (Amendment) Bill. He said, "The bill proposes alterations in banks. It infringes upon the federal structure of the society."

    14:23 (IST)14 Sep 2020
    TMC opposes Banking Regulation (Amendment) Bill

    TMC MP Sougata Roy opposed the Banking Regulation (Amendment) Bill. Roy said that the horrible state of the economy has led to the introduction of this bill. "Through this ordinance, power has been taken to alter the financial structure of the bank. The motive is all financial regularities should be under the control of the central government."

    14:23 (IST)14 Sep 2020
    Nirmala Sitharam introduces Banking Regulation (Amendment) Bill

    The Banking Regulation (Amendment) Bill introduced in the Lok Sabha by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharam.

    14:23 (IST)14 Sep 2020
    New bill introduced in Lok Sabha

    The Salary, Allowance and Pension for Members of the Parliament bill introduced in the Lok Sabha. The Epidemic ordinance also introduced in the Lok Sabha.

    14:23 (IST)14 Sep 2020
    Rate of Covid infection low in India: Harsh Vardhan

    Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan said that maximum cases and deaths primarily reported from Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, UP, Delhi, West Bengal, Bihar, Telangana, Odisha, Assam, Kerala and Gujarat. All these reported more than one lakh cases. "With our endeavour to manage COVID19, India has been able to limit its cases and deaths per million to 3,328 cases per million and 55 deaths per million population respectively, which is one of the lowest in the world as compared to similarly affected countries," he said.

    12:48 (IST)14 Sep 2020
    Supriya Sule speaks on economy, unemployment

    NCP's Supriya Sule in Lok Sabha said that biggest challenge right now in the country is economy and unemployment. "I think on the first first day, what we should have debated today in Parliament is the state of the economy, pandemic & challenges of unemployment. This is a global scenario & we're not the only country going through it. But it should be priority of govt. I don't see this govt at the Centre talking extensively either about the economy or unemployment challenges. We should put it on priority."

    12:45 (IST)14 Sep 2020
    BJP MP Ravi Kishan raises drug trafficking issue in Lok Saha

    Ravi Kishan, BJP MP in Lok Sabha, said that problem of drug trafficking/addiction is on a rise. "Conspiracy is being hatched to destroy country's youth, our neighbouring countries are contributing. Smuggling of drugs from Pakistan and China is done every year - it is brought via Punjab and Nepal," he said. "Drug addiction is in film industry too. Several people have been apprehended, NCB is doing very good work. I urge central govt to take strict action, apprehend the culprits soon, give them befitting punishment & bring an end to conspiracy of neighbouring countries."

    12:14 (IST)14 Sep 2020
    BJP to support Harivansh for Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman post

    Prasanna Acharya of the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) said that the party will support National Democratic Alliance's candidate Harivansh for the post of Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman.

    12:13 (IST)14 Sep 2020
    MPs register their attendance using 'Attendance Register' App

    In a first-of-its-kind initiative, MPs register their attendance using the 'Attendance Register' App: Lok Sabha Secretariat

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    11:24 (IST)14 Sep 2020
    TR Baalu raises students' suicide issue

    TR Baalu, DMK MP in Lok Sabha, raises the issue of students' who had committed suicide. "I would like to draw the attention of this House and the government to the plight of 12 students who had committed suicide - all from rural background - because of NEET exam. They had passed plus 2 through state board & NEET is conducted only in CBSE syllabus. Within a month after plus 2 result, they have to enter into NEET exam and they are clueless. Without knowing any subject matter of CBSE syllabus, they are helpless and committing suicide. Future doctors of India have committed suicide."

    11:23 (IST)14 Sep 2020
    Leaders of most parties agreed over no Question Hour: Rajnath

    Union Minister Rajnath Singh in the Lok Sabha said that leaders of most parties agreed over no Question Hour and Zero Hour for 30 minutes. "We apprised you (Speaker) of it following which decision was taken by you. I appeal to all members of House to co-operate as Session is being held in extraordinary situation," he said.

    11:22 (IST)14 Sep 2020
    'Extraordinary situation': Pralhad Joshi defends removal of Question Hour

    Pralhad Joshi, BJP MP in Lok Sabha, defended the removal of the Question Hour. He said, "It is extraordinary situation. When Assemblies aren't ready to meet for a single day, we -with around 800-850 MPs- are meeting here. There are so many ways to question the govt, govt isn't running away from discussion. We're ready for discussion."

    11:16 (IST)14 Sep 2020
    'Govt trying to strangulate democracy': Adhir Ranjan on Question Hour scrapping

    Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, Congress MP in Lok Sabha, said that the Question Hour is the golden hour but you say that it can't be held due to the circumstances. "You conduct the proceedings but single out Question Hour. You are trying to strangulate the democracy," he said.

    11:02 (IST)14 Sep 2020
    'Country always stood by Army': Sanjay Raut on PM Modi's remark

    Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut said that the entire country has stood by the Army irrespective of whose government is at the Centre and will always do the same.

    10:08 (IST)14 Sep 2020
    Lok Sabha schedule

    Bills to be withdrawn: The Banking Regulation (Amendment) Bill, 2020 (Bill No. 56 of 2020).

    Bills to be introduced:-The Salary, Allowances and Pension of Members of Parliament (Amendment) Bill, 2020

    -The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill, 2020

    -The Assisted Reproductive Technology (Regulation) Bill, 2020

    -The Bilateral Netting of Qualified Financial Contracts Bill, 2020

    -The Farmers' Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion an Facilitation) Bill, 2020

    Bills for consideration and passing

    -The National Commission for Homoeopathy Bill, 2020

    -The National Commission for Indian System of Medicine Bill, 2020

    10:06 (IST)14 Sep 2020
    COVID: Harsh Vardhan to make statement in Lok Sabha

    Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan to make a statement regarding COVID pandemic and steps taken by government

    09:41 (IST)14 Sep 2020
    'Nation stands behind soldiers': PM Modi ahead of Monsoon Session

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday morning expressed hope that the Parliament will send a message in one voice that the nation stands with its soldiers.

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    09:40 (IST)14 Sep 2020
    'Take nation into confidence': Shashi Tharoor on India-China border row

    Congress MP SHashi Tharoor said that the government is accountable to Parliament. "When have they reported to us on talks between Defence & Foreign Ministers (of India & China)? Nation needs to be taken into confidence by govt. Question of support for military beyond debate we're very strongly with our Army:Shashi Tharoor,Congress

    09:38 (IST)14 Sep 2020
    Monsoon Session of Parliament begins

    Entry of ex-MPs/MLCs/MLAs/personal secretaries/personal assistants/family members/personal guests and visitors accompanying MPs restricted inside the Parliament House till further orders, in view of #COVID19 pandemic.

    09:37 (IST)14 Sep 2020
    Lok Sabha adjourned for an hour

    Lok Sabha adjourned for an hour after MPs paid tributes to Pranab Mukherjee and others.

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    09:36 (IST)14 Sep 2020
    MPs pay tribute to Pranab Mukherjee, others

    MPs pay tribute to ex-President Pranab Mukherjee, legendary Indian classical vocalist Pandit Jasraj, ex-Chhattisgarh CM Ajit Jogi, MP Governor Lalji Tandon, UP Ministers Kamal Rani & Chetan Chauhan and ex-union minister Rahguvansh Prasad Singh & others who passed away this year.

    09:36 (IST)14 Sep 2020
    DMK, CPI(M) give Adjournment Motion notice over NEET suicide

    DMK and CPI(M) have given Adjournment Motion notice in Lok Sabha over 'suicide of 12 teenage students due to NEET'.

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