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Parliament Monsoon Session updates: August House recorded 74% productivity; Venkaiah Naidu thanks MPs

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Parliament Monsoon Session updates: August House recorded 74% productivity; Venkaiah Naidu thanks MPs
  • 19:06 (IST)

    Rajya Sabha adjourns sine die

  • 18:55 (IST)

    Media's forecast for Monsoon Session proved wrong, says Venkaiah Naidu

    Chairman Venkaiah Naidu said that the House managed to have 17 sittings, despite the prediction of a washout by the media. "The media forecast for this session was that this session too would be a washout. I am glad that media has been proved wrong. I compliment all for the same; though it is not to my full satisfaction," he said.

  • 18:51 (IST)

    Ruckus in Rajya Sabha over triple talaq bill

    Towards the end of the session in Rajya Sabha, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad lashed out at the Opposition for not supporting the triple talaq Bill. Earlier in the day, when the Rajya Sabha reconvened at 2:30 pm after two adjournments in the pre-lunch session, Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu said he has decided that the bills "on which there is some sort of broad consensus" will be taken up for discussion and passage later in the day.

  • 18:32 (IST)

    RS discusses The Commercial Courts (Amendment) Bill, 2018

    The Commercial Courts, Commercial Division and Commercial Appellate Division of High Courts (Amendment) Bill, 2018, passed by the Lok Sabha on 1 August, seeks to lower the pecuniary jurisdiction of Commercial Courts from Rs 1 Crore to Rs 3 lakhs.

  • 18:21 (IST)

    Rajya Sabha passes The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Second Amendment) Bill, 2018

  • 18:09 (IST)

    Watch: JD(U)'s Kahkashan Perween raises issue of poor defaulters

  • 17:52 (IST)

    D Raja says Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code being amended to help corporate houses

    Opposing the amendment bill, CPI leader D Raja said, "I am of the view that this bill is to help the corporate houses. So many changes are being made to help the defaulters. What should be the priority of the government? The government wants to bail out defaulters. Why this soft corner for defaulters? The government should bail out poor people from poverty. This is not fair." 

  • 17:26 (IST)

    Jairam Ramesh demands clarification on govt's move against RBI over circular on stressed assets

    Congress MP Jairam Ramesh questioned Centre's move against RBI's circular on stressed assets. "The circular said that even if you default by one day, the asset becomes a stressed asset. I welcome this, but I am amazed that the Government of India has challenged the RBI in the Allahabad High Court. The finance minister has given a statement in court which actually dilutes the circular. I would like the officiating finance minister to clarify on this," he said.

    Interrupting his speech, Congress MP Anand Sharma asked if officiating finance minister was an actual designation. Chairman Venkaiah Naidu responded by saying that the term was being used by Ramesh and Piyush Goyal is in fact a Cabinet minister.

  • 17:20 (IST)

    Jairam Ramesh questions high proportion of active cases under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code
    Congress leader Jairam Ramesh said, "I rise to support bill which is converting the ordinance into a Bill. This is new territory for us. The code has been a major shift from past experience. I have five very specific questions. Some of these questions the officiating finance minister might have to answer. In the last 2 years, there are 700 cases under this IBC. Out of 700 cases, over 500 cases are active. The court says within 270 the process must be completed. My first question is: isn't this a high proportion of case?"

  • 17:04 (IST)

    Zero Hour ends; Rajya Sabha takes up The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Second Amendment) Bill, 2018

    The Bill amends the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 to clarify that allottees under a real estate project should be treated as financial creditors.

  • 16:54 (IST)

    Rajya Sabha discusses private members' resolution on the plight of widows

    DMK MP Tiruchi Siva moved a private members' resolution on the plight of widows in India.

    Welcoming the resolution, Congress MP Amee Yagnik said, "India has 40 million widows. It shows a frightful picture of the society. How many women in the country can access the legal systems to get any help? There should be a legal aid component very specifically mentioned. This is the right time that the government brings out a special legislation for them. We have to see that they get their due in the society. This needs immediate action on the part of government."

  • 16:34 (IST)

    Ruckus in Rajya Sabha over negation of private members' resolution 

    After a voice vote on the resolution for need for uniform reservation system in country was held and the deputy chairman found the  "Noes" in majority, some BJP MPs demanded for a division of vote. After holding the electronic voting, the deputy chairman announced that the resolution stood negated in the House. Ruckus erupted over this in the Rajya Sabha. 

    Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad made statements against the Opposition for not supporting the resolution. RJD MP Manoj Jha raised objection and asked, "How come it happens that incriminatory statements are made. But how come suddenly some microphones are on. I demand that his (Prasad) words be expunged," he said.

  • 16:19 (IST)

    Monsoon Session of Lok Sabha ended after passing 21 laws
     
    The Lok Sabha was adjourned sine die on Friday, as the Monsoon Session ended after passing 21 laws, including one to amend the SC/ST Act and another relating to the Fugitive Economic Offenders.
     
    Speaker Sumitra Mahajan said the session has been the "more productive and safisfactory" compared to the previous Budget Session and 2017's monsoon
    session.
     
    The House also greeted the people in advance on the occasion of the Independence Day.
     
    PTI

  • 16:08 (IST)

    Rajya Sabha discusses need for uniform reservation system in India

    In Rajya Sabha, CPI leader D Raja targetted Rakesh Sinha and asserted that the communists strive for a casteless and classless society. "But reservations are affirmative actions needed to uplift the downtrodden," he said.

    Responding to the resolution, Minister for Social Justice Taawar Chaand Gehlot  said, "There is a procedure laid to add, delete or modify the Scheduled Caste lists." He agreed that there is discrepancies over the spellings of castes and assured that the ministry will look into it.

  • 15:47 (IST)

    Lok Sabha adjourned sine die

  • 15:31 (IST)

    Lok Sabha discusses The Arbitration and Conciliation (Amendment) Bill, 2018
     

    Calling it a "momentous legislation", Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, asked the House to pass the The Arbitration and Conciliation (Amendment) Bill, 2018 unanimously. "We want India to become an important hub for domestic and international arbitration. We are taking a giant leap in favour of institutional arbitration. Unless we have a strong element of institution, of judges, regulatory mechanism, arbitration will not take place at its peak," he said.

  • 15:03 (IST)

    Triple talaq bill deferred to next session

    With there being no consensus among the different parties regarding the triple talaq bill, the legislation will not be tabled in the Rajya Sabha on Friday. With the Monsoon Session of Parliament unlikely to be extended further, the bill will now be taken up for debate in the Winter Session.

  • 14:42 (IST)

    Sonia Gandhi wants triple talaq to be sent to select panel

  • 13:38 (IST)

    Congress MPs have kept up their protest outside Parliament

  • 13:10 (IST)

    Lok Sabha adjourned till 2 pm

    Both Houses of Parliament have been adjourned; the Lok Sabha till 2 pm, and Rajya Sabha till 2.30 pm.

  • 12:53 (IST)

    Rajnath assures Kerala of all assistance

    Home Minister Rajnath Singh said Minister of State for Home, Kiren Rijiju has already visited the rain-hit state of Kerala, and has promised all assurance on behalf of the central government. He added that in the days to follow, he will speak with Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan.

  • 12:26 (IST)

    Congress, CPM demand special package for Kerala floods

    P Karunakaran of the CPM and KC Venugopal of Congress have both brought up the issue of floods and rivers running in spate in Kerala in the Lok Sabha on Friday, and requested the Centre to direct military assistance in rescue work, and also sought a special financial package for the state of Kerala.

  • 12:11 (IST)

    Rajya Sabha adjourned till 2.30 pm

    Repeated disruptions by Rajya Sabha MPs who sought to attack the government over the Rafale deal has forced Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu to adjourn the House till 2.30 pm.

  • 11:51 (IST)

    Vijay Goel, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs, urged all parties to maintain calm

  • 11:48 (IST)

    Highlights of the Monsoon Session of Parliament

    As the Monsoon Session of Parliament comes to an end on Friday, the no-confidence debate and Harivansh Narayan Singh's election as Rajya Sabha deputy chairman count as the session's key highlights.

    Read all the highlights of the 18-day Monsoon Session of Parliament here

  • 11:19 (IST)

    DMK demands Bharat Ratna for M Karunanidhi

    The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) has demanded a Bharat Ratna for its patriarch M Karunanidhi, who died on Tuesday, calling him an "epoch".

  • 11:08 (IST)

    Sonia Gandhi joins Opposition protests outside Parliament over Rafale deal

  • 10:54 (IST)

    Congress, AAP, CPI and the RJD protest outside Parliament against the Rafale deal

  • 10:31 (IST)

    RECAP: Harivansh Narayan Singh elected as Rajya Sabha deputy chairman

    The ruling NDA on Thursday comfortably bagged the post of deputy chairman of the Rajya Sabha with journalist-turned politician Harivansh Narayan Singh of the JD(U) beating Congress' BK Hariprasad in an election that was seen as a test for the Opposition unity ahead of 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

    In a boost to the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA), its candidate Harivansh, the 62-year-old first-time MP from the Nitish Kumar-led party, got 125 votes as against 101 polled by Hariprasad, who was the Opposition nominee.

  • 10:29 (IST)

    RECAP: Cabinet approves amendments to triple talaq bill on Thursday

    On Thursday, the Cabinet approved inclusion of a provision granting bail, one of the demands of the Opposition parties, to men found guilty of giving instant triple talaq to their wives. It also approved that complaints in a triple talaq case can only be filed by the victim (wife) or a blood relative, with only a magistrate, not a local police officer, given power to grant bails with certain terms and conditions.

  • 10:28 (IST)

    Triple talaq bill to be discussed in Rajya Sabha today

    The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill 2017 is set to be tabled in the Rajya Sabha, where the government lacks numbers, on Friday, a day after the Union Cabinet cleared the amendments to the bill.

Parliament Monsoon Session LIVE updates: Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu said that the Parliament recorded 74 percent productivity. "The media forecast for this session was that this session, too, would be a washout. I am glad that media has been proved wrong. I compliment all for the same; though it is not to my full satisfaction," he said.

Towards the end of the session in Rajya Sabha, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad lashed out at the Opposition for not supporting the triple talaq Bill. Earlier in the day, when the Rajya Sabha reconvened at 2:30 pm after two adjournments in the pre-lunch session, Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu said he has decided that the bills "on which there is some sort of broad consensus" will be taken up for discussion and passage later in the day.

As Rajya Sabha took up The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Second Amendment) Bill, 2018, CPI leader D Raja said, "I am of the view that this bill is to help the corporate houses. So many changes are being made to help the defaulters... The government wants to bail out defaulters."

After a voice vote on the resolution for need for uniform reservation system in country was held and the deputy chairman found the "Noes" in majority, some Ravi Shankar Prasad demanded for a division of vote. After holding the electronic voting, the deputy chairman announced that the resolution stood negated in the House. Ruckus erupted over this in the Rajya Sabha.

Lok Sabha has been adjourned sine die.

As the government gets ready to table the triple talaq bill in the Rajya Sabha, former Congress president Sonia Gandhi has asked for the bill to be sent to a select panel.

On Friday, the Union government will renew its attempts to pass the triple talaq bill in the Rajya Sabha on the last day of the Parliament Monsoon Session, a day after Centre approved the amendments made to the bill.

However, if the Upper House of the Parliament fails to pass the bill, the Centre might bring in an ordinance or an emergency executive order to enact the law, as per a report.

The Cabinet on Thursday passed changes to the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill 2017, to dilute two contentious provisions as the original bill was cleared by the Lok Sabha in 2017 but was stuck in the Rajya Sabha where NDA is in minority. The government hopes that the changes cleared by the cabinet would address the Opposition's concerns and aid in their to support the bill in its new form. The BJP has already ordered all its MPs to be present in the Rajya Sabha on Friday.

Harivansh Narayan Singh elected as Rajya Sabha deputy chairman

The ruling NDA on Thursday comfortably bagged the post of deputy chairman of the Rajya Sabha with journalist-turned politician Harivansh of the JD(U) beating Congress' BK Hariprasad in an election that was seen as a test for the Opposition unity ahead of 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

In a boost to the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA), its candidate Harivansh, the 62-year-old first-time MP from the Nitish Kumar-led party, got 125 votes as against 101 polled by Hariprasad, who was the Opposition nominee.

File image of Parliament. PTI

File image of Parliament. PTI

Hariprasad's vote count was revised downwards to 101 from the earlier 105 by the Rajya Sabha secretariat after tallying the final figures.

A total of 228 members out of an effective House strength of 244 voted thereby reducing the majority mark to 115, according to the final official figures.

Though the BJP-led NDA was present in the House in full strength with 97 MPs it needed the backing of other parties to clinch the deputy chairmanship. The alliance got the support of fence sitters BJD (9) and TRS (6). The AIADMK with 13 members also voted for the NDA.

The NDA also benefitted from the absence of some Opposition members.

As many as 16 members were not present during voting, according to official figures.

Three members each of the Congress, the Samajwadi Party (SP) and the AAP besides two each from the TMC, DMK and PDP and one from the Naga People's Front (NPF) were the absentee members.

Two members of the YSRCP abstained from the voting.

The post of the deputy chairman is lying vacant since the retirement of PJ Kurien of the Congress on 1 July.

The entire House congratulated Harivansh with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a lighter vein, saying "ab sub kuch 'Hari Bharose'". "Aur mujhe vishwas hai ke sabhi, idhar ho ya udhar, sabhi sansadon per Hari Kripa bani rahegi (everything is now in the hands of Hari or God. And I am confident that every member, whether on this side or that side, will have his mercy)."

Leader of the House Arun Jaitley and Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad also led the felicitations. Jaitley, who is recuperating after a renal transplant, attended the house after a long gap.

Harivansh said it would be his endeavour to uphold the dignity of the Upper House and expressed the hope that differences would be ironed out through constructive debates, consensus and guidance.

He exuded confidence that all members will work together and imbibe the principles of Mahatma Gandhi and Jai Prakash Narayan to ensure a smooth run of the House. He hails from the same village in Ballia-Saran region in Uttar Pradesh-Bihar border where Jai Prakash Narayan, a socialist leader and anti-Emergency crusader, was born.

"Treading on rules and procedures framed by our Constitution makers, we can lead the country to greatness...There would be differences in debates, there would be different opinions... We can find out a way.

"I got this opportunity to be here...I am frightened, surrounded by so many experienced people but this is my strength too as you all will guide me and I assure you I will run the House in a fair and decent manner," said Harivansh, who is known to keep a low profile and is considered close to Bihar Chief Minister and JD(U) president Nitish Kumar.

Rajya Sabha chairman M Venkaiah Naidu initiated the process of the election by calling for division of votes in the House.

The nomination of Harivansh was proposed by Ram Prasad Singh (JD-U) and seconded by union minister and RPI member Ramdas Athawale. BJP president Amit Shah, Shiv Sena's Ranjay Raut and Akali Dal's Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa were also among the proposers.

The voting had to be carried out for the second time as some members pointed out mistakes in the first polling. Result displayed for the first voting was "122 ayes, 98 noes, 2 abstain. Total: 222".

"We may have lost the battle but we will win the war," Hariprasad told reporters, exuding confidence that the UPA will win the next Lok Sabha polls.

Soon after the election result was announced by Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu, Jaitley, Azad and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar accompanied Harivansh to the seat designated for the Deputy Chairman in the House, which is next to that of the Leader of Opposition.

In his speech, Modi also spoke of the achievements of Harivansh, a journalist for about four decades.

Hoping that Harivansh would do justice to all members of the House, Modi in a lighter vein said the situation in the House is such that the umpire faces more problems than the players.

Azad hoped the new Deputy Chairman would give enough opportunity to the Opposition members to raise their issues.

With inputs from PTI


Updated Date: Aug 10, 2018 19:11 PM

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