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Parliament Live: Privacy not an absolute right, says Arun Jaitley on Aadhaar Bill in Rajya Sabha
  • 15:58 (IST)

    PM jumps from one vision to another: Rahul on govt's Pak policy

    "What is required is a coherent strategy. PM does not have that vision. He jumps from one vision to another," said Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on the Modi government's policy on Pakistan.

  • 15:36 (IST)

    PM jumps from one vision to another: Rahul on govt's Pak policy

    "What is required is a coherent strategy. PM does not have that vision. He jumps from one vision to another," said Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on the Modi government's policy on Pakistan.

  • 15:17 (IST)

    "My party wants Aadhaar to be confined to the targeting of subsidies," said Ramesh, as he said that Congress wants Clause 57 of the Aadhaar legislation to be dropped.

  • 15:15 (IST)

    A person should have the option to opt out of Aadhaar: Jairam Ramesh in RS

    "I don't have an Aadhaar number. I don't need one," said Congress leader Jairam Ramesh. He added that he did not need it because he does not take the benefit of any subsidies.

    "I believe that if you read this legislation in this current form, it makes it a mandatory proposition as opposed to a voluntary proposition," said Ramesh.

    "Every individual must have the option to opt out of Aadhaar," he said.

  • 15:10 (IST)

    Don't embarrass the country: Congress tells govt

    "This government's Pakistan policy has been aptly described by Kapil Sibal. It is like an unguided missile which is a spectacle when it is fired but loses its course," said Scindia.

    "On one hand, our soldiers are sacrificing their lives. Farmers are committing suicide. And you are giving lessons on nationalism?" he said. "Don't embarrass the country," he added.

  • 15:04 (IST)

    Congress attacks govt over policy on Pakistan

    "Talks are necessary between India and Pakistan. But it has to be strategic and process-driven," said Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia in Lok Sabha.

    "Does your policy involve Pakistan and Hurriyat leaders holding talks with each other? Does it involve only exchange of shawls and saris between Narendra Modi and Nawaz Sharif?" he said.

  • 14:28 (IST)

    National security valid ground for sharing information: Jaitley in RS

    "The only question is, can national security be the ground for sharing information? The answer is yes," Arun Jaitley cites US judgements while debating  Aadhaar Bill in Rajya Sabha.

  • 14:19 (IST)

    "Privacy not an absolute right," says Jaitley

    "Privacy not an absolute right, it is subject to a restriction that it can be restricted by a procedure established by law, " Arun Jaitley in Rajya Sabha. "Present law is completely different. It borrows UPA's idea (UID), but the privacy law is much more tightened.

  • 14:07 (IST)

    Jaitley takes on Yechury in RS

    "If you criticize me, it is your freedom of speech. If I criticize you, it is my intolerance?" Arun Jaitley to Sitaram Yechury in Rajya Sabha

  • 12:11 (IST)

    (In Lok Sabha)

    Lok Sabha Speaker refers the issue of alleged bribery involving TMC MPs to Ethics Committee for investigation and report

  • 12:05 (IST)

    Tapes should be investigated, says Sitaram Yechury

    Even as Question Hour begins, the House is still being rocked by members asking for a probe into the sting. Sitraram Yechury called it a "scam of the highest order". NDTV reports sources who say that internal members of TMC are seeking a probe as well.

    Derek O'Brien, however says that the video is doctored; Sitaram Yechury maintains that the tapes must be investigated even if they are doctored. 

  • 11:50 (IST)

    Sitaram Yechury: Please do not protect corruption in the House

    PJ Kurien: I understand what you say. Earlier the House was unanimous, now it is divided. I cannot give any directions. 

    The Deputy Chairman, directed the other members to carry on with their work, while CPI-M created ruckus in the Rajya Sabha. 

  • 11:42 (IST)

    Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien pleaded the members of the Sabha to maintain order in the House. 

  • 11:36 (IST)

    Gouri Chatterjee writes for Firstpost about the sting operation and the state of affairs in West Bengal, here is an excerpt: 

    "True, the videos of ruling Trinamool leaders accepting thick wads of notes so brazenly, nay, so matter of factly, do leave one rather shaken. Is it the sight of the money itself, I wonder, stacks of currency that few in an industry-less, jobless, economically backward state like Bengal have seen at one go? Or is it the manner of the exchange, so common place, so routine that the politicians don’t even bother to probe deeply into who is dishing out so much cash so willingly."

    Read more here

  • 11:34 (IST)

    Chair calls upon CPI-M to maintain their good reputation: 

    The deputy chairman PJ Kurien commented that CPI-M should maintain their good reputation by not causing an uproar in the well. To this, Sitaram Yechury said that they defend the integrity of the house. 

  • 11:29 (IST)

    Sting operation causes uproar in Rajya Sabha

    A video was released on Monday showing 11 members of the Trinamool Congress accepting bribes. The sting operation caused a bigger stir, after TMC gave a clean chit to all of the 11 members caught accepting bribes. 

    Derek O'Brien is quoted by The Indian Express: "We have given a notice for discussion under Rule 267. This is a first when foreign funds are being used before elections to influence Indian elections. There is money coming in from abroad. We are a transparent party and we want to find out the truth about who funded this company, when it was incorporated, and how they are trying to distort the election process."

  • 11:31 (IST)

    RSS should stop making such comments, says Uma Bharti in Rajya Sabha

    Now Uma Bharti is not happy with the RSS comments and she is making it clear in the Rajya Sabha. "RSS should be told about the criterias in the Indian Constitution," she says while PJ Kurien tries to dissuade her from ambushing the issue. But in vain. 

    "They should stop making such comments," Bharti manages to raise her voice over the pleades of Kurien.

  • 11:28 (IST)

    Azad known for politeness, but he slipped with Islamic State remark, says Jaitley

    Now Arun Jailtey speaks on the RSS issue in Rajya Sabha. He says, "Ghulam Nabi Azad is known for his politeness. But this time with his comment on RSS he has slipped."

    "Islamic State is an organisation that is spreading terror across the world. To say that it is like any other organisation, I think you have unknowingly given respectability to it," Jaitley tells Azad.

  • 11:23 (IST)

    Azad clarifies remarks on RSS, says never compared it to Islamic State

    Azad clarifying his comments says he had said "we condemn organisations like ISIS as much as we condemn the RSS." 

    "Where is the comparison between in the RSS and ISIS?" Azad asks the Rajya Sabha.

    "I had said we have to fight anyone who is against humanity," Azad says.  

  • 11:20 (IST)

    Fight not between Hindus, Muslims but that of ideologies, says Azad 

    In his reply to BJP's demands for apology Azad says, "I would like to congratulate the anchors and editors who are fighting despite this government. I would like to congratulate all the Hindu brothers who have returned their awards."

    "The fight is not between Hindu and Muslims in this country. Who says there is a fight between the Hindu and Muslims?" Azad asks . 

    "This is fight about ideologies and thoughts," Azad says. 

  • 11:16 (IST)

    For the BJP everyone except themselves and RSS are terrorists, says Azad in RS

    Amid much shouting from the BJP, Ghulam Nabi Azad tells the Rajya Sabha, "Yeh intolerance jo aap bahar karte hai, wohi intolerance aap idhar dikha rahein hain."

    "For the BJP everyone except the BJP and the RSS are terrorists," Azad tells Rajya Sabha.

  • 11:16 (IST)

    For the BJP everyone except themselves and RSS are terrorists, says Azad in RS

    Amid much shouting from the BJP, Ghulam Nabi Azad tells the Rajya Sabha, "Yeh intolerance jo aap bahar karte hai, wohi intolerance aap idhar dikha rahein hain."

    "For the BJP everyone except the BJP and the RSS are terrorists," Azad tells Rajya Sabha.

  • 11:12 (IST)

    BJP demands Cong apology on Azad's remarks on RSS

    Now CNN-IBN reports that Rahul Gandhi has moved an adjournment motion in the Lok Sabha over crop damage. 

    Meanwhile in Rajya Sabha BJP MP Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi tells the house, "The Congress should apologise for Ghulam Nabi Azad's comments on the RSS."

    Clarifying the goverment stand on resrvations, Naqvi says, "The government's stand on reservation is clear, there is no question of removing quota system." 

    This comes in the backdrop of the RSS saying on Sunday that reservations will harm the country to which Azad has likened the RSS to the the Islamic State. 

  • 10:47 (IST)

    Azad's remarks on RSS to Oppn's reservations on  Aadhaar Bill: Issues likely to rock Parliament today

    Even before the Parliament began on Monday, reports suggest that fireworks are likely in both houses of the Parliament. According to NDTV while the opposition is going to ask for extention of the first phase of the budget session and are also against the government taking the Aadhaar Bill as a money bill. 

    Meanwhile the BJP taking exception to Ghulam Nabi Azad's comments on the RSS is likely to ask the Congress for an apology. NDTV reports they are also likely to question Rahul Gandhi's dual citizenship. 

    Given these controversial issues are on the agenda, the Parliament today is may not go smoothly. 

  • 15:34 (IST)

    In Lok Sabha on Friday, the Aadhaar Bill was passed after extensive discussion among the members. Arun Jaitley presented his case for the bill. Aadhaar Bill was passed as a money bill. 

  • 15:12 (IST)

    Arun Jaitley on Aadhaar Bill

    Arun Jaitley in Lok Sabha said that the Aadhar Bill is not so that information may be collected about people, but that the benefits reach everyone. 

  • 15:10 (IST)

    Lok Sabha debates the Aadhar Bill

    Aadhaar Bill to be passed as a money bill, which means that it cannot be amended in the Rajya Sabha. Congress demanded that a standing committe be put in place. 

  • 11:25 (IST)

    Opposition members create a ruckus

    Vijila Satyanant, AIADMK (Tamil Nadu) speaks about the pitiable condition of fisherman and how the Sri Lankan navy is encroaching upon Indian waters and worsening conditions for the fishermen who bring revenue to the country.

    Satyanant maintains her speech even amid ruckus being created by the Opposition members. 

  • 11:17 (IST)

    Sri Sri controversy rocks Rajya Sabha again

    The Sri Sri issue was brought up by the Opposition in the House again, the Government defended the event and said that the Opposition should not politicise the even unecessarily. Jairam Ramesh brought up ecological destruction. 

    JDU questioned as to how Sri Sri was refusing to pay the fine and if he was above the law. 

    Opposition cornered the government and alleged that the Sri Sri event is paralysing New Delhi. 

  • 15:20 (IST)

    Shashi Tharoor: Public spending on education is not just inadequate but under utilised. 

  • 15:18 (IST)

    Shashi Tharoor: First time in living memeory that FM has not even talked about the defence budget. 

  • 15:17 (IST)

    Shashi Tharoor: Plagiarism is of course the sincerest form of flattery. 

  • 15:16 (IST)

    Shashi Tharoor: It is not a game-changing government. It is a name-changing government. Saare naam badal diye (They have changed all the names). 

  • 15:15 (IST)

    Shashi Tharoor: This is a leap year budget; clearly, because it requires a leap of faith. 

  • 15:14 (IST)

    Shashi Tharoor: They promised 6 crore toilets. Actual achievement? Ten percent of that. 

  • 15:13 (IST)

    Shashi Tharoor: Making promises with no intent to fulfill them is not new for this government. 

  • 15:11 (IST)

    Shashi Tharoor: There is no money to help women, even for what has been pledged by this government. 

  • 15:06 (IST)

    Shashi Tharoor: The government is taking up UPA ideas. I am very glad. 

  • 15:05 (IST)

    Shashi Tharoor: There are some positives too. Increased allocations for Swacch Bharat are welcome. MNREGA, however is not the highest ever allocation as claimed by the FM. 

  • 15:03 (IST)

    Shashi Tharoor: The el Nino effect last year took points away from our GDP growth. The government has overlooked the warnings on climate change. I wish the Prime Minister good luck. 

  • 15:01 (IST)

    Shashi Tharoor: I hope you are not getting your economics from Baba Ramdev, Mr Jaitley. 

  • 15:00 (IST)

    Shashi Tharoor: Normally, growth implies profits, wages etc are all growing. Here we have a peculiar situation where none of these are growing. So how do we have the government projecting a 7 percent GDP growth? 

  • 14:58 (IST)

    Shashi Tharoor: Your tax costs more than your dinner. This will really trouble the middle classes in our country. 

  • 14:57 (IST)

    Shashi Tharoor: Ghar ki murgi daal barabar, is sarkar ki wajah se ghar ki murgi sach mein daal ke barabar ho gayi hai. 

  • 14:55 (IST)

    Shashi Tharoor uses shayari to make his points:

    Ghalib would have said: Hazaaron Khwaison aisi, ki har khawish pe dum nikhle, hum chale sasta petrol lene


    Alvida kehte huye jab maine is shaks se poocha ki koi nishani to do

    Woh muskurate huye bole 15% tax lelo 

  • 14:53 (IST)

    Shashi Tharoor: Indirect taxes are regressive. They hurt the poor more. 

  • 14:50 (IST)

    Shashi Tharoor addresses the House on the Budget:

    Fiscal consolidation

    Job creation 

    increasing savings

    Improving investor sentiment 

    The budget falls short on all these aspects. 

  • 13:43 (IST)

    Lok Sabha adjourned till 2.45 pm after a lively session on the Ishrat Jahan. 

  • 13:43 (IST)

    Rajnath Singh: There should never be any politics over terror. 

  • 13:41 (IST)

    Opposition disrupts Rajnath Singh's speech shouting, "Humein bhi bolne ka mauka do. Mauka do" (Give us an opportunity to speak as well). 

The NGT on Tuesday questioned the Centre as to why no environmental clearance is needed for constructing temporary structures on Yamuna plains as building of pontoon bridge by army for cultural festival comes under the scanner of NGT. This was during a hearing on pleas seeking the cancellation of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar's Art of Living three-day 'World Culture Festival' on the Yamuna flood plains to celebrate 35 years of the foundation.

A bench headed by NGT chairperson Swatanter Kumar heard the matter in which the Delhi Development Authority (DDA), Uttar Pradesh and Delhi government made their submissions with regard to grant of permission to the festival.

On 3 March, DDA had submitted that it had granted conditional permission for organising the event and had no idea about the magnitude of the programme. The event later drew criticism after some activists petitioned the NGT, a quasi-judicial body on environmental issues, asking it to stop the event as it would have a deep impact on the Yamuna flood plains.

The DDA backed its decision to grant permission for the festival, while the Art of Living said it has fulfilled all conditions and taken requisite permissions for the event.
“We’ll leave it as a beautiful bio-diversity park. As per my knowledge, not even a single tree has been cut down, we've only trimmed four trees. We want the Yamuna to be clean. We will not pollute the environment. We haven't cut a single tree,” said Sri Sri Ravi Shankar reacting to the criticism over army men construction the pontoon bridge, reports DNA.

Meanwhile, a source close to Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar told IANS said the Indian Army's decision to make pontoon bridges for the upcoming event was taken after Delhi Police expressed a fear of stampede at the venue, where around 30 lakh people are expected.

 Parliament Live: Privacy not an absolute right, says Arun Jaitley on Aadhaar Bill in Rajya Sabha

Representational image. PTI

The source also said the Art of Living Foundation may not be charged for the bridges as there is no policy in place for it.

The defence minister has, however, directed the defence secretary to formulate a policy for the army's involvement in such events in future.

Earlier on Monday, President Pranab Mukherjee decided to pull out of a cultural extravaganza being organised by Art of Living guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar as a controversy raged over the event.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to inaugurate the event on Friday and the President was to attend the valedictory function on Sunday.

"The President cannot attend the function due to unavoidable circumstances," an official of the Rashtrapati Bhavan said on Monday.

The NGT will resume its hearing on Wenesday on holding of the festival.

The AOL Foundation expects 35 lakh people to attend the function, concerns have been raised by experts about the likely damage to the environment that may be caused by holding it on the flood plains of the already polluted river in east Delhi.

The AOL foundation, which is organising the function, will have yoga and meditation sessions, peace prayers by Sanskrit scholars and traditional cultural performances from around the world.
The three-day event will be held from 11-13 March.
With inputs from agencies

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Updated Date: Mar 16, 2016 15:58:08 IST