Parliament LIVE Updates: The Centre on Wednesday told the Lok Sabha during a session of the ongoing Winter Session of Parliament that the personal data of at least 21 out of approximately 121 Whatsapp users may have been accessed by the attacker involved with the Pegasus software row in November.
Parliament LATEST Updates: The Centre on Wednesday told the Lok Sabha during a session of the ongoing Winter Session of Parliament that the personal data of at least 21 out of approximately 121 Whatsapp users may have been accessed by the attacker involved with the Pegasus software row in November.
Minister of State, Housing and Urban Affairs, Hardeep Singh Puri moved the National Capital Territory of Delhi (Recognition of Property Rights of Residents in Unauthorised Colonies) Bill, 2019 in the Rajya Sabha. Meanwhile, Congress' Shashi Tharoor said that the budget was based on unrealistic revenue projections and has fallen on its revenue collection targets.
Lawmakers from Assam registered their protest against the Citizenship Amendment Bill by lying on the floor of the state Assembly corridor. The contentious bill received a nod from the Union Cabinet today and will be tabled in the Parliament on 9 December, according to sources. Meanwhile, BJP MP defended the Bill, saying that it is a "proud moment for all Hindus".
Cabinet approves Personal Data Protection Bill which will be introduced soon, reports have said. With respect to the bill, it needs to be seen whether the government will send the bill to a Standing Committee or insist on its passing in Winter Session itself. Meanwhile, P Chidambaram, who was granted bail by the Supreme Court in the INX Media case, will attend Parliament starting tomorrow. "I am very happy that he is going to be back home, I am relieved. He will also be attending Parliament session tomorrow," Karti Chidambaram told ANI.
Home Minister Amit Shah said in the Rajya Sabha that the government looking at amending the Criminal Procedure Code and Indian Penal Code to deal with incidents of mob lynching. He also said that states have been asked to take strict action against such incidents.
China has started sending ships to Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Congress' Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said, also highlighting Beijing's incursion into Arunachal Pradesh. “If we are so strong in our responses to Pakistan, why the weakness in the way we respond to China. Are we scared of China?” he asked.
In response to Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury’s concerns over the Chinese intrusion into Arunachal Pradesh and Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh assured the Lok Sabha that India’s forces are vigilant in guarding the borders. “China and India have had long-standing perceptional differences over borders,” he said.
Underscoring the significance of the Citizenship Amendment Bill, the BJP leadership has asked party MPs to be present in large numbers when Home Minister Amit Shah tables the contentious legislation in a crucial Union Cabinet meeting on Wednesday.
Rejecting the Opposition's criticism of the Citizenship Bill, which seeks to grant citizenship to non-Muslim refugees from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan if they faced religious persecution there, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday asserted that the BJP has always worked to unite the country and its people.
With Home Minister Amit Shah holding discussions with key political leaders, with representatives of students' bodies and civil society members from the Northeast over the past few days, including a meeting which took place on Tuesday, there is a strong likelihood that the Bill could be cleared at the Cabinet meeting scheduled at 9.30 am on Wednesday.
The proposed legislation is likely to be introduced by the government in the Upper House on 10 December, reported media sources.
In the Rajya Sabha, Dr Vikas Mahatme and Mukut Mithi to lay on the Table, reports of the Department-related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Coal and Steel.
Bill considered for passing will be moved by Hardeep Singh Puri to provide special provisions for the National Capital Territory of Delhi for recognising the property rights of resident in unauthorised colonies by securing the rights of ownership or transfer or mortgage in favour of the residents of such colonies.
In the Lower House, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will lay a copy of the annual report of the Defence Institute of Advanced Technology, Pune, for the year 2018-2019, alongwith audited accounts.
Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad will submit report of the Law Commission of India No. 277 – Wrongful Prosecution (Miscarriage of Justice), August 2018.