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Parliament Updates: Lok Sabha adjourned sine die after House passes Major Port Authorities Bill, 2020; Monsoon session cut short by 7 days

Parliament LIVE Updates: The Monsoon Session of the Parliament was adjourned sine die on Wednesday, 7 days before the schedule, amid concerns of the spread of coronavirus among lawmakers

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Parliament Updates: Lok Sabha adjourned sine die after House passes Major Port Authorities Bill, 2020; Monsoon session cut short by 7 days

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Sept 23, 2020 - 20:37 (IST)

Lok Sabha LATEST Updates

Lok Sabha adjourns sine die; Monsoon session ends

Sept 23, 2020 - 20:32 (IST)

Lok Sabha LATEST Updates

Rs 142.32 cr spent for implementation of environment education scheme in 2017-19: Govt

A total of Rs 142.32 crore was spent between 2017 and 2019 for the implementation of the Environment Education, Awareness and Training scheme, the ministry of environment told Lok Sabha on Wednesday.

Under the National Green Corps programme of this scheme, about 1.6 lakh eco clubs have been established in schools and colleges across the country, Minister of State for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Babul Supriyo said in a written reply to a question.

Nature camps are also organised for schoolchildren in protected areas under this scheme, he said.

"The Ministry of Environment is implementing Environment Education, Awareness and Training Scheme with the objective to promote environmental awareness among all sections of the society, especially school and college level students and to mobilise people's participation for conservation of environment," Supriyo said.

-PTI

Sept 23, 2020 - 20:27 (IST)

Lok Sabha LATEST Updates

States should also be taken into consideration in development of ports, says YSRCP MP

As per The Hindu, YSRCP MP Krishna Devarayalu on Wednesday said that , \\India's rank declined to 44 from 35 as per the World Bank's Logistics Performance Index. Hope the government will look into this matter, he says.

Port Board can’t decide alone on development of ports, States should also be taken into consideration in development of ports, says the YSRCP MP. 75% of India's cargo is taken care in Visakhapatnam Port, where another ship with ammonium nitrate will reach soon, he added

Sept 23, 2020 - 20:23 (IST)

Lok Sabha LATEST Updates

 India's current COVID-19 testing rate six times the WHO recommendation: Govt

India is conducting COVID-19 tests at a rate of 875 per million population per day, which is more than six times the figure recommended by the WHO, Lok Sabha was informed on Wednesday.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has recommended testing of 0.14 samples per day per 1,000 population or 140 tests per day per million population, Union Minister of State for Health Ashwini Choubey said in a written reply in Lok Sabha. In response to another question, Choubey said that average test conducted by a district in a day is 1,053.

"Presently, the rate of COVID-19 test conducted per 1,000 persons in India is 0.875 test per day (as on 19 September)," he said in response to a question on whether the rate of tests is commensurate with testing levels in countries with similar number of active COVID-19 cases.

India's current COVID-19 testing rate six times the WHO recommendation: Govt

Sept 23, 2020 - 20:20 (IST)

Lok Sabha LATEST Updates

Lok Sabha passes the Major Port Authorities Bill, 2020

Sept 23, 2020 - 20:12 (IST)

Lok Sabha LATEST Updates

Joint Committee of Parliament on personal data protection bill gets extension

The Joint Committee of Parliament examining the Personal Data Protection Bill was on Wednesday given an extension to submit its report during the winter session of Parliament.

PP Chaudhary of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) moved a motion seeking extension up to the winter session of parliament for the panel to submit its report.

"That this House do extend up to the second week of the Winter Session of the Parliament, 2020 the time for the presentation of the Report of the Joint Committee on the Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019," the motion read. It was passed by a voice vote.

The panel has 20 members from Lok Sabha and 10 from Rajya Sabha. The Personal Data Protection Bill seeks to regulate the use of individual's data by the government and private companies.

The JPC was constituted in Lok Sabha in December last year and was expected to submit its report in the Budget session. After one extension, the committee was asked to submit its report by the second week of the monsoon session of Parliament.

Sept 23, 2020 - 20:01 (IST)

Lok Sabha LATEST Updates

Twitter, FB can't arbitrarily censor free speech: BJP's Tejasvi Surya

BJP member Tejasvi Surya on Wednesday raised the issue of social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook allegedly arbitrarily censuring content posted by users, especially those with a "nationalistic approach" and sought government intervention for protection of such content.

Raising the issue during Zero Hour in Lok Sabha, Surya said for a long time there have been many "credible" allegations made against Twitter, Facebook and their affiliates of "arbitrary and unilateral regulation and censuring" of content posted by third party users, especially those with a "nationalistic approach".

"This poses a significant constitutional challenge not only on the grounds of unreasonable restriction of free speech but also amounts to illegal interference during elections," he said.

Sept 23, 2020 - 19:53 (IST)

Lok Sabha LATEST Updates

Lower House discusses Major Port Authorities Bill, 2020

The Major Port Authorities Bill, 2020, is now being discussed in the Lok Sabha. The Bill seeks to provide for regulation, operation and planning of major ports in India and provide greater autonomy to these ports

Sept 23, 2020 - 19:38 (IST)

Lok Sabha LATEST Updates

The Major Port Authorities Bill, 2020 introduced in the House for discussion

Sept 23, 2020 - 19:29 (IST)

Rajya Sabha LATEST Updates

Congress not worried about MSP, concerned over BJP govt bringing reforms: Smriti Irani

Union minister Smriti Irani tells ANI that the agriculture bills allow the farmers to trade their produce freely. “[It secures the farmers’ land and ensures that traders have to mandatorily pay farmers within maximum three days,” she adds. “Then, why is the Opposition opposing these bills?”

"Narendra Modi Ji in his six years as PM has worked in the interest of the nation, not for political gains. In 2014 & 2019, Modi Ji had promised to make India middlemen-free. Congress in its 10 years in power didn't implement Swaminathan Report. Modi Govt implemented the report & gave 1.5 times higher MSP. Under Kisan Samman Nidhi Scheme, more than Rs 90,000 Cr was transferred into the accounts of more than 10 Cr farmers." she added.

Congress party is not worried about the Minimum Support Price system, but their only concern is that why is the Modi government implementing reforms, she said.

Parliament LATEST Updates: Raising the issue during Zero Hour in Lok Sabha, Surya said for a long time there have been many "credible" allegations made against Twitter, Facebook and their affiliates of "arbitrary and unilateral regulation and censuring" of content posted by third party users, especially those with a "nationalistic approach"

The government should have consulted all parties, farmer leaders before bringing the farm bills, Ghulam Nabi Azad said after meeting the President

Rajya Sabha was adjourned sine die, eight days ahead of schedule in wake of the coronavirus pandemic. In his concluding remarks, Venkaiah Naidu said 25 bills were passed and six bills were introduced. He went on to add that 3.15 hours were lost due to disruptions in this session.

Venkaiah Naidu referred to the unruly conduct by Rajya Sabha MPs on Sunday and appealed to members to ensure that “such unseemly behaviour is not repeated”.

Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu started concluding remarks after the House passed the Jammu and Kashmir Official Languages Bill and the the Appropriation (No 3) Bill and Appropriation (No 4) Bill were returned.

Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad will meet President Ram Nath Kovind at 5 pm on Wednesday over the farm Bills and the suspension of the eight MPs, sources told PTI.

The Rajya Sabha passed the Occupational Safety, Health and Working Conditions Code Bill, 2020, Industrial Relations Code Bill, 2020 and The Code of Social Security, 2020.

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said in a written reply to a question by MP Fauzia Khan that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has visited 58 countries since 2015 and Rs 517.82 crores have been spent on them in total.

Rajya Sabha discussed three labour codes, that are a part of the government's codification of 29 labour laws into four codes.

Meanwhile, MPs from the Congress and other Opposition parties held a meeting to discuss further strategy on farm bills and also held a protest in the Parliament Complex.

The FCRA regulates the acceptance and utilisation of foreign funds by individuals, associations and companies.

AIADMK's SR Balasubramaniyan said the FCRA Amendment Bill shouldn't be used to antagonise the political parties. "There may be some bad NGOs, but majority are genuine NGOs doing good work. Such NGOs should not be bulldozed," he said.

The Rajya Sabha will discuss The Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2020, a day after the House passed seven Bills as Opposition Benches remained empty following a walkout.

The House is also scheduled to take up The Bilateral Netting of Qualified Financial Contracts Bill, 2020, The Appropriation (No.3) Bill, 2020 and The Appropriation (No.4) Bill, 2020.

Meanwhile, the Lok Sabha's List of Business states three Bills that will be taken up for consideration and passage - The Major Port Authorities Bill, 2020, The Assisted Reproductive Technology (Regulation) Bill, 2020 and The Factoring Regulation (Amendment) Bill, 2020.

The Monsoon Session is likely to conclude on Wednesday, eight days before it is scheduled to end, amid concerns of spread of coronavirus among lawmakers, sources told PTI. Rajya Sabha is likely to adjourn sine die after taking up five bills, while the Lok Sabha is likely to be adjourned sine die around 5 pm after taking up an extended Zero Hour, sources said.

The session which began on 14 September, witnessed passage of several bills in both Houses, including those which sought to replace ordinances issued recently. The decision to curtail the session has been conveyed to floor leaders of parties in the lower house, the sources said.

The Monsoon Session was otherwise scheduled to end on 1 October. Several MPs, including a few ministers, have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last few days.

On Monday, eight members of Rajya Sabha were suspended over their "unruly behaviour" during the passage of the two key farm bills on Sunday. A number of opposition parties on Tuesday staged a walkout from Rajya Sabha and decided to boycott proceedings of the House till the suspension of the eight members is revoked, even as the government insisted on their apology.

 

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