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Parliament Updates: Epidemic Diseases Bill introduced in Rajya Sabha; House adjourned till 9 am tomorrow

Parliament Updates: On the first day of the Monsoon Session, the Salaries and Allowances of Ministers (Amendment) Bill and the Indian Medicine Central Council (Amendment) Bill were also introduced in the Upper House.

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Parliament Updates: Epidemic Diseases Bill introduced in Rajya Sabha; House adjourned till 9 am tomorrow

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14:02 (ist)

Lok Sabha LATEST Updates

No data available on migrant deaths during lockdown, says Centre

There is no data available on the number of migrant workers who had lost their lives during the coronavirus-induced lockdown, the Centre informed Parliament on Monday.

As per Hindustan Times, the response by Union Ministry of Labour and Employment on a question raised in the Lok Sabha seeking information on whether the government was aware that several migrant workers had lost their lives while trying to return to their native places and if state-wise details of the toll was available.

13:59 (ist)

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Demand for division on motion not allowed by govt, claims Asaduddin Owaisi

As per The Hindu, the Lok Sabha Speaker, Om Birla, assures that the members of the Lower House they will get opportunity to raise questions. On Owaisi's demand for division, the speaker said that it is rejected on technical grounds.

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Sept 14, 2020 - 19:17 (IST)

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Rajya Sabha adjourned till 9 am on Tuesday

Sept 14, 2020 - 19:06 (IST)

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Epidemic Diseases Bill, Aircaft amendment Bill introduced

 
Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan introduces Epidemic Diseases Amendment Bill 2020, Homoeopathy Bill in Rajya Sabha. Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri introduces Aircraft (Amendment) Bill 2020 in Rajya Sabha. The Salaries and Allowances of Ministers (Amendment) Bill and Ithe ndian Medicine Central Council (Amendment) Bill were also introduced
 
 
 
 

Sept 14, 2020 - 18:51 (IST)

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EIA draft notification 2020 is anti-democracy, says Jairam Ramesh

As Naidu moves to Zero Hour, DMK's P Wilson raises issues of students suicide's ahead of the NEET exam conducted on Sunday and calls for scrapping the common entrance test. Congress's Phulo Devi Netam demands for Chhattisgarhi to be included in the eighth Schedule of the Constitution. Jairam Ramesh brings up the draft EIA 2020 notification. "It is dangerous on four grounds: It is anti-democratic as is does it away with public consent, it is anti-jurispredence, anti-federalism and anti-public health,"the Congress leader said, calling for it to be relegated to cold storage. Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar denied the charges, stating it was done as per SC guidelines.

Sept 14, 2020 - 18:39 (IST)

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Opposition objects to cancellation of Question Hour

 
Trinamool Congress Party's Derek O'Brien objects to the cancellation of question hour, says it is the heart of democracy. "History shows that it has never happened before in a regular session. It has only taken place during war or the Emergency or during 2-3 day sessions. It is the Opposition's right and the government's move strikes at very heart of parliamentary democracy," he said while moving an amendmentto the motion to suspend Question Hour and Private Member's Business in this monsoon session proposed by Prahlad Joshi . "People of India have been deprived by removing Question Hour", says Ghulam Nabi Azad. Motion to carry the amendment is defeated.  Naidu says that it is an extraordinary time and it will lead to crowding.
 

Then motion to suspend the Question Hour and Private Member Business during Monsoon session in the Rajya Sabha is adopted through voice vote.

Sept 14, 2020 - 18:10 (IST)

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Around 30 MPs have tested positive

 
 Around 30 MPs and more than 50 employees of Parliament have tested positive for COVID-19, sources told news agency PTI. All parliamentarians and staff of the secretariats of both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha had undergone mandatory COVID-19 tests before the start of the monsoon session. All those who have tested positive have been asked to stay in quarantine and they did not come to Parliament.

Sept 14, 2020 - 17:56 (IST)

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Venkaiah Naidu, Tiruchi Siva extend wishes to Harivansh

Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu congratulated Harivansh Narayan Singh on "winning hearts in the House". TRS's K Keshav Rao, DMK's Tiruchi's Siva also congratuled the newly elected deputy chairman. "We expect that he remain as friendly in the Chair as he is the Chamber," said Siva, while observing that the Parliament is the temple of democracy. He also asked MPs to refrain from using Sanskrit words and use Hindi instead to ensure that most members understand what is being said in the House.

Sept 14, 2020 - 17:54 (IST)

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Harivansh Narayan Singh made efforts to ensure productivity and positivity, says Modi

"Harivanshji has made efforts to ensure productivity and positivity is maintained in the Parliament. He is a torchbearer of democracy. He comes from Bihar, the land known for its democratic ethos, the land that has close ties with JP (Jayaprakash Narayan) and Bapu’s Champaran"  said the prime minister.

Sept 14, 2020 - 17:42 (IST)

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Narendra Modi congratulates Harivansh Narayan Singh

 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, "The parliament has been convened in circumstances that we have never seen before. It is important to ensure all safety measures are taken": The prime minister congratulates Harivansh Narayan Singh on his election as Rajya Sabha deputy chairman. "The respect I hold for Harivansh ji, is shared by each member of the House. He has earned this respect. His unbiased role in the Parliament strengthens our democracy," said Modi. The prime minister added that the House achieved a 10-year high in productivity in the previous year.

Sept 14, 2020 - 17:23 (IST)

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Harivansh Narayan Singh becomes Dy chairman 

 
JP Nadda moves motion in favour JD (U')s Harivansh  Narayan Singh as Deputy chairman , seconded by Thawarchand Gehlot.Ghulam Nabi Azad proposes the name of Manoj Kumar Jha for Dy Speaker, Anand Sharma seconds the motion. Incumbent Deputy Chairman Harivansh reelected to post after voice vote.

Sept 14, 2020 - 17:13 (IST)

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Naidu requests members to bear with 'teething problems' due to COVID-19 measures

 
Rajya Sabha speaker Venkaiah Naidu explained the terms of functioning during the Monsoon Session. Naidu says this is the first time in history of Parliament that such measures are in place, "Request members to bear through these 'teething problems' initially," he says.

Parliament LATEST Updates: On the first day of the Monsoon Session, the Salaries and Allowances of Ministers (Amendment) Bill and the Indian Medicine Central Council (Amendment) Bill were also introduced in the Upper House.

The TMC leader made the remarks while moving an amendment to a motion seeking to suspend starred questions and Private Member's Business in the current Monsoon session.

Prime minister Narendra Modi congratulated Harivansh Narayan Singh on his election as Rajya Sabha deputy chairman. "The respect I hold for Harivansh ji, is shared by each member of the House. He has earned this respect. His unbiased role in the Parliament strengthens our democracy," said Modi.

While BJP's JP Nadda had moved a motion in favour of the incumbent deputy chairman, Opposition leaders, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Tiruchi Siva and Javed Ali Khan moved motions to elect RJD's Manoj Jha.

As Rajya Sabha reassembled after an hour's gap, chairman Venkaiah Naidu lauded frontline workers for efforts taken to tackle coronavirus pandemic.

On the first day of the Monsoon Session of Parliament, new members of the Rajya Sabha, including JMM's Shibu Soren and Lok Tantrik Janata Dal LJD's Shreyams Kumar took oath.

The Parliament commenced the 18-day Monsoon Session from Monday. The Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha sitting will be held in two shifts for 18 days without any offs. Entry will only be allowed to those having a negative COVID-19 report and wearing masks will be compulsory.

In run-up to the session, while over 4,000 people including MPs and staff have been tested for COVID-19, most parliamentary operations have been digitalised, entire premises sanitised and doors made touch-free.

Barring on the first day, Rajya Sabha will convene in morning shift from 9 am till 1 pm, and Lok Sabha in evening shift from 3 pm to 7 pm. The chambers of both houses along with their respective galleries will be used for sitting of the members in each shift. In between the two shifts, the entire complex will be sanitised.

Frequent sanitisation of the entire parliament complex will also be carried out, while arrangements have been made to sanitise various parliamentary papers as well as footwear and cars of MPs, officials said. Frisking of people will also make way for touch-less security scanning, while thermal scanning will also be totally touch-free.

It has also been decided that air of air conditioners will be exchanged six times every day to avoid any possible infection. The DRDO will also provide multi-utility COVID-19 kits to all MPs. Each kit will contain 40 disposable masks, five N-95 masks, 20 bottles of sanitisers of 50 ml each, face shields, 40 pairs of gloves, a touch-free hook to open and close doors without touching them, herbal sanitation wipes and tea bags to enhance immunity.

Meanwhile, Lok Sabha MP and former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Farooq Abdullah has arrived in Delhi to attend the Monsoon Session, his first Parliament appearance after the abrogation of provisions of Article 370. He is likely to be in focus since he was under detention during the last two sessions, during which several opposition leaders had demanded the government allow him to attend the proceedings.

The issues of ongoing LAC standoff, handling of the coronavirus pandemic and economic slowdown are likely to dominate the session, with the opposition demanding a discussion on them, while the government has listed nearly two dozen new legislations for passage during the COVID-curtailed proceedings.

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