Parliament Winter Session updates: There must be a committee to look into pollution, Manish Tewari tells Lok Sabha

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Updated:Nov 19, 2019 7:52:05 pm

Air pollution in Delhi and neighbouring states is set to be the focus in the Lok Sabha with MPs discussing ways to combat the crisis.

lok sabha liveOpposition members protest in the Lok Sabha during the Winter Session of Parliament on Monday.

Parliament Winter Session 2019 Updates: The Congress on Tuesday once again raised the issue of SPG cover withdrawal for party president Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi in the Lok Sabha. Speaking in the House, Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chodhary said that Sonia and Rahul are not normal protectees. “Vajpayee ji had allowed Special Protection Group protection for the Gandhi family. From 1991-2019, NDA came to power twice but their SPG cover was never removed,” he said. Meanwhile, Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu has ordered to review the new dress code of marshals in the House. Naidu said that he has asked the Rajya Sabha Secretariat to revisit the new military-style uniform. The Rajya Sabha proceedings were adjourned till 2 pm after opposition uproar over alleged police action on protesting JNU students and detention of political leaders in Jammu and Kashmir. Soon after the House transact business for the day, Left and other opposition party members raised the two issues. When the House met at 2 PM, it took up discussion on the Jallianwala Bagh National Memorial (Amendment) Bill, 2019. The bill was cleared by the Lok Sabha in August. The bill seeks to remove the Congress president as a permanent member of a trust that runs the Jallianwala Bagh National Memorial. The Bill also seeks to remove the mention of president of the Indian National Congress as a trustee and empowers the government to remove nominated members.

Later, responding to whether it received any recommendation for Bharat Ratna to Veer Savarkar, the Ministry of Home Affairs informed the lower house that while it receives recommendations for Bharat Ratna on regular basis from several quarters, no formal recommendation for this award is necessary. It added that the decision regarding Bharat Ratna are taken from time to time.

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    19:06 (IST)19 Nov 2019
    Gautam Gambhir attends Lok sabha

    "The topic of discussion is something that affects everyone irrespective of our caste, creed, age & religion. It's affecting us while we stand&talk about it in Parliament. It's high time we stop politicising this issue", ANI quoteds Gautam Gambhir as saying during a debate on pollution in the Lok Sabha.

    16:56 (IST)19 Nov 2019
    Number of cars have increased in national capital: BJP MP

    BJP MP from West Delhi, Pravesh Sahib Singh said that there were 40,00,000 vehicles in 2004, currently, there are 1,10,000 vehicles in the national capital. People had to buy new vehicles as the number of buses has not been increased in the last five years.

    16:16 (IST)19 Nov 2019
    Form committee to look into pollution: Manish Tewari

    "Just like there are standing committees such as Committee on Public Undertakings and Estimates Committee, there should be a committee to look into pollution and climate change", ANI quoted Manish tewari as saying in Lok Sabha

    16:03 (IST)19 Nov 2019
    Rivers are also polluted: Manish Tewari

    'It's important that today this House gives a message to the nation that this (House), comprising the people whom they chose as their representatives, is sensitive&serious about this issue. It's not only about air pollution; our rivers are also polluted today', Manish Tewari us quoted by ANI as saying

    16:01 (IST)19 Nov 2019
    Lok Sabha begins discussions on air pollution

    The Lok sabha has began discussing on air pollution. Raising the issue, senior Congress leader Manish tewari is quoted by ANI as saying, "When the pollution issue occurs every year in Delhi then why is it that no voice is raised from govt and this House over this? Why do people need to knock the doors of the Supreme Court every year over this issue? It is a matter of grave concern."

    15:50 (IST)19 Nov 2019
    Over 2,00,00 killed in monsoon this year

    Union minister Nityanand Rai, during a debate in Lok sabha said that as many as 2,391 people have lost their lives during this year's monsoon. Rai afurther said rains had damaged over eight lakh houses.

    15:40 (IST)19 Nov 2019
    No formal recommendation for Bharat Ratna on Veer Savarkar, MHA tells Lok Sabha

    'Recommendations for Bharat Ratna are received regularly from various quarters, but no formal recommendation for this award is necessary. Decision regarding Bharat Ratna are taken from time to time,' Ministry of Home Affairs tells Lok Sabha on Veer Savarkar, reports ANI.

    15:29 (IST)19 Nov 2019
    Opposition leaders condemn police action against JNU students

    Opposition leaders in Lok Sabha on Tuesday described as "suppression of voice" the alleged baton-charge by police on JNU students who are demanding rollback of hostel fee hike. Saugata Roy (TMC), T N Prathapan (Cong) and Danish Ali (BSP), while raising the issue dueing zero hour, accused the government of using force to suppress the voice of students, reports PTI.

    15:17 (IST)19 Nov 2019
    Lok Sabha likely to discuss on air pollution soon

    The Lok Sabha which met at 3 pm after adjournment, is expected to discuss on air pollution in North India soon.  Several parts of North india including Delhi, Punjab and Haryana have been affected by air pollution. 

    14:58 (IST)19 Nov 2019
    BJP MP on cyber-crime in Lok Sabha

    BJP MP Dr Nishikant Dubey who is an MP from Jharkhand's Godda constituency says that places like Deoghar, Pakur, Sahebganj, Godda, Dumka and Jamtada have become a hub for cyber-crime, which will become a be a concern for the whole nation. He adds that National Investigation Agency (NIA) must have an office in the area.

    14:23 (IST)19 Nov 2019
    Jallianwala Bagh National Memorial (Amendment) Bill, 2019, tabled in Rajya Sabha

    The Jallianwala Bagh National Memorial (Amendment) Bill, 2019, tabled in the Rajya Sabha. The bill was cleared by the Lok Sabha in August. The bill seeks to remove the Congress president as a permanent member of a trust that runs the Jallianwala Bagh National Memorial. The Bill also seeks to remove the mention of president of the Indian National Congress as a trustee and empowers the government to remove nominated members.

    14:16 (IST)19 Nov 2019
    Opposition MPs condemn police action against JNU students

    Opposition members in Lok Sabha on Tuesday described as "suppression of voice" the alleged baton-charge by police on JNU students demanding total rollback of hostel fee hike. Raising the issue during Zero Hour, Saugata Roy (TMC), T N Prathapan (Cong) and Danish Ali (BSP) accused the government of using force to suppress the voice of students.

    14:02 (IST)19 Nov 2019
    Lok Sabha adjourned till 3 PM

    Speaker Om Birla has adjourned the proceedings of the Lok Sabha till 3 PM. The House is likely to take discuss ways to combat the pollution in Delhi and neighbouring states.

    14:00 (IST)19 Nov 2019
    DMK wants govt to restore SPG cover for Gandhi family

    DMK MP TR Baalu said removing the SPG cover from the Gandhis has put their lives under threat. The government should provide SPG protection to them, he said.

    13:57 (IST)19 Nov 2019
    Parliament Winter Session Live

    BJP Lok Sabha MP's Kirron Kher, Locket Chatterjee, and Queen Ojha at the Parliament, on Tuesday.

    13:35 (IST)19 Nov 2019
    Owaisi slams Mamata for her 'minority extremism' remark

    AIMIM MP Asaduddin Owaisi slammed West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee for her minority extremism remark.  he said, 'By making allegations against me, you are giving the message to Muslims of Bengal that Owaisi's party has become a formidable force in the state. Mamata Banerjee is showcasing her fear and frustration by making such comments.'

    13:10 (IST)19 Nov 2019
    ISRO chief K Sivan, NSA Ajit Doval at Parliament

    Indian Space Research Organisation Chief K Sivan and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval on Tuesday visited the Parliament.

    13:08 (IST)19 Nov 2019
    Godda MP Nishikant Dubey wants NIA to set up office in his constituency

    BJP MP from Godda in Jharkhand, Dr Nishikant Dubey, in Lok Sabha said that Pakur, Deoghar, Godda, Sahebganj, Dumka and Jamtada have become a hub for cyber-crime. "It is going to be a concern for the whole country. National Investigation Agency should have an office in this area," he said.

    13:06 (IST)19 Nov 2019
    Opposition MPs meet Venkaiah Naidu

    Opposition leaders met Rajya Sabha Chairman, Venkaiah Naidu today seeking discussion on Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) protest. Opposition leaders to continue raising the matter once the house reconvenes at 2 pm.

    12:47 (IST)19 Nov 2019
    Om Birla warns of action against MPs protesting in Well

    Amid sloganeering by Congress over various issues in Lok Sabha, Speaker Om Birla on Tuesday warned that he will be forced to take action against members protesting in the Well. As soon as the House met for the day, Congress and other Opposition parties, including DMK and TMC, wanted to raise certain issues. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

    12:36 (IST)19 Nov 2019
    Lok Sabha: Congress raises SPG cover withdrawal for Sonia, Rahul

    Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury in Lok Sabha said that Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi are not normal protectees. "Vajpayee ji had allowed Special Protection Group (SPG) protection for the Gandhi family. From 1991-2019, NDA came to power twice but their SPG cover was never removed," he said.

    12:32 (IST)19 Nov 2019
    TMC MP cpeaks on air pollution

    TMC MP Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar said that there is a need to think about the increasing levels of air pollution in the national capital. "We need to rise above politics and come together to find a solution. We need to find a way to fight climate change," she said.

    12:05 (IST)19 Nov 2019
    Left raises JNU issue in Rajya Sabha

    The Rajya Sabha proceedings were adjourned till 2 pm after opposition uproar over alleged police action on protesting JNU students in the national capital and detention of political leaders in Jammu and Kashmir. Soon after the House met for the day, Left and other opposition party members raised the two issues.

    12:03 (IST)19 Nov 2019
    Naidu orders review of new military-style uniform of RS marshals

    Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu orders review of new military-style uniform of House marshals. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

    11:19 (IST)19 Nov 2019
    Rajya Sabha adjourned till 2 PM

    Rajya Sabha adjourned following uproar till 2 pm after Chairman Venkaiah Naidu refused to allow suspension of business under rule 267.

    11:15 (IST)19 Nov 2019
    Opposotion MPs protest in Lok Sabha

    Opposition MPs are raising slogan 'Tanashahi bandh karo, bandh karo' in the Lok Sabha. The first question in the House is on doubling of farmers income by 2022.

    11:03 (IST)19 Nov 2019
    Assam Congress MPs protest against privatisation of Numaligarh Refinery

    Congress MPs from Assam, including Ripun Bora protest in front of Mahatma Gandhi statue in Parliament premises against the privatisation of Numaligarh Refinery.

    11:02 (IST)19 Nov 2019
    Lok Sabha: RSP, IUML, TMC MPs give Adjournment Motion Notice over JNU issue

    Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP), Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) & Trinamool Congress (TMC) have given Adjournment Motion Notice in Lok Sabha over 'Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) issue'.

    11:01 (IST)19 Nov 2019
    Rajya Sabha: BJP MPs give zero-hour notice on issue of air pollution

    BJP Rajya Sabha MPs RK Sinha, Vijay Goel, KTS Tulsi, GVL Narasimha Rao and Narendra Jadhav have given zero-hour notice on the issue of air pollution in the country.

    10:33 (IST)19 Nov 2019
    Opposition MPs Lok Sabha demand Farooq Abdullah be allowed to attend House

    Opposition parties MPs on Monday attacked the Modi government over the detention of sitting Lok Sabha MP Farooq Abdullah. They termed Farooq's detention as illegal and demanded that he be allowed to attend the House. Congress MP Adhir Ranjan Choudhary said that Abdullah has been under detention for 106 days and it is his constitutional right to attend the House.

    10:32 (IST)19 Nov 2019
    Congress gives Adjournment Motion Notice in LS over SPG cover withdrawal issue

    Congress has given Adjournment Motion Notice in Lok Sabha over 'withdrawal of Special Protection Group (SPG) protection of Sonia Gandhi & Rahul Gandhi'.

    10:31 (IST)19 Nov 2019
    Rajya Sabha marshals' uniform changes to military green

    As the Rajya Sabha opened its landmark 250th session on Monday, its marshals got a makeover with their uniforms being restyled from traditional Indian attire comprising turbans to military-style outfits with caps. Though the new uniform was olive green, it was different from the ones worn by military personnel. It, however, sported an aiguillette, an ornamental braided cord with decorative metal tips. The marshals earlier wore safari suits during the summer months and Indian bandhgalas during the winter along with turbans..

    10:18 (IST)19 Nov 2019
    PM Modi in Rajya Sabha: Distinction must between checking and clogging

    Speaking on the occasion of the landmark 250th session of Rajya Sabha, PM Narendra Modi on Monday lauded the role of the Upper House in enacting laws. He said that the Upper House was essential for checks and balance in democracy but a distinction needs to be drawn between checking and clogging. "The Rajya Sabha is about checks and balances. This is absolutely essential for our democracy. Debates have to be many and effective. But, there is also a difference between checking and clogging (and between) balance and blocking," he said.

    10:16 (IST)19 Nov 2019
    BJP Parliamentary Party meeting shortly

    The BJP Parliamentary Party meeting will take place at the Parliament Library Building. BJP's working president JP Nadda and party leader Arjun Ram Meghwal have arrived at the Parliament Library Building.

    10:14 (IST)19 Nov 2019
    CIP Rajya Sabha MP Binoy Viswan gives suspension of business notice

    Communist Party of India (CPI) Rajya Sabha MP Binoy Viswan gives suspension of business notice in the upper house under rule 267, over Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) issue.

    10:13 (IST)19 Nov 2019
    Chit Funds Amendment Bill, 2019 tabled in Lok Sabha

    The Chit Funds (Amendment) Bill, 2019 was introduced in Lok Sabha on Monday. Discussion and voting will take place further for its passage following a reply by Minister of State (Finance) Anurag Thakur. The Bill seeks to amend the Chit Funds Act, 1982, which regulates chit funds and prohibits a fund from being created without the prior sanction of the state government.

    10:10 (IST)19 Nov 2019
    BSP MP Danish Ali raises JNU students' protest issue in Lok Sabha

    Raising the issue of protest by JNU students, BSP member Danish Ali demanded in the Lok Sabha on Monday that the government should ensure that poor students were not denied the facility of higher education for an affordable fee. He regretted that the education system of the country was being privatised and corporatised under the rule of the BJP.

    10:00 (IST)19 Nov 2019
    No information on non-implementation of new MV Act: Gadkari in RS

    Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari told Rajya Sabha on Monday that he has no information about any state not implementing the amended Motor Vehicles Act. However, some states have reduced penalties in accordance with the powers granted to them under the new Act. The new Act with stricter provisions has come into force in the country from September 1, 2019.

    09:49 (IST)19 Nov 2019
    Rajya Sabha should have greater say in redrawing state boundaries: Manmohan Singh

    Participating in the discussion on the 'Role of Rajya Sabha in Indian Polity and Need for Reform' on the first day of the 250th session of the House, Manmohan Singh on Monday said as a council of states, the Upper House should have a greater say in legislations dealing with redrawing boundaries of states.

    09:34 (IST)19 Nov 2019
    Govt should not take money bill route to bypass Rajya Sabha: Jairam Ramesh

    Congress leader Jairam Ramesh has said the government should not take the money bill route to bypass the Rajya Sabha to enact important laws while another member from his party made the case for detailed deliberations on legislations. "We don't want to hear lectures on how important the House is. If this House is really a second house and not a secondary house, don't abuse the money bill route to pass important legislations," Ramesh said on Monday in the Rajya Sabha on the occasion of its landmark 250th session.

    Parliament.The Modi government plans to bring 27 bills during the Winter Session. This includes the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill that seeks to grant citizenship to refugees from religious minorities in Muslim-majority Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan. The Winter Session will conclude on December 13.
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