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Monsoon Session of Parliament updates: PM chooses to go on trips and skip House sessions, says Mallikarjun Kharge

Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge slams Prime Minister Narendra Modi for going on Uganda trip and missing Parliament session.

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Monsoon Session of Parliament updates: PM chooses to go on trips and skip House sessions, says Mallikarjun Kharge

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09:58 (ist)

BJP confident of support from 314 MPs

Ahead of the no-confidence motion against the Narendra Modi government on Friday, the Bharatiya Janata Party has expressed its confidence in having the support of 314 MPs in the Lok Sabha, reported The Times of India.

As per the party's floor managers, the government is likely to receive support from small parties outside the NDA including Anbumani Ramadoss-led PMK and Raju Shetty-led Swabhimani Paksha.

16:42 (ist)

Ex-Rajya Sabha MP Chandan Mitra quits BJP amid buzz that he is set to join Trinamool Congress

Senior journalist and two-time Rajya Sabha MP Chandan Mitra has quit the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and is set to join the Trinamool Congress (TMC), reports said. Though Mirta and TMC have not spoken on this, Banerjee's party has promised that a large number of new faces will join the party on Saturday. 

According to reports, Mitra was upset after being sidelined under the Modi-Shah leadership. He is considered to be a close aide of veteran BJP leader LK Advani. Mitra has also been openly critical of BJP on several issues. 

09:55 (ist)

TMC calls for debate on mob lynching in Zero Hour

According to ANI, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress has given a Zero Hour notice in Rajya Sabha over the issue of mob lynching and called for a debate on the same.

Meanwhile, RJD MP JP Yadav has also given an adjournment motion notice in Lok Sabha over cases of mob lynching.

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July 26, 2018 - 10:10 (IST)

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July 26, 2018 - 10:06 (IST)

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July 25, 2018 - 15:36 (IST)

Kerala floods: IMD functioning not satisfactory, says CPM leader P Karunakaran

In the discussion on the Kerala floods in Lok Sabha, CPM leader P Karunakaran said the functioning of Indian Meteorological Department is not satisfactory. The cyclone warning is not functioning well. We suffered during Ockhi (cyclone) too, said Karunakaran. "Wanting the floods to be declared a national calamity, Karunakaran said Centre should increase compensation and the National Mitigation Fund should be used. Defence stations must have motorised boats and Indian Air Force should be allowed permanent posting in the districts. The state requires a flood warning station," he added. Members on both sides of the House argue for a bit. 

Congress leader KC Venugopal said despite his ill health, he came to the House to speak about the plight of his people in Alapuzzha. 

July 25, 2018 - 15:31 (IST)

How to recognise a fugitive economic offender?

July 25, 2018 - 15:30 (IST)

10 percent of black money is outside India, says Congress leader Vivek Tankha

Congress leader Vivek Tankha initiates a debateHe where he says only 10 percent of the black money is outside India. He asked what has the government done to get back the money in India and wanted to know why a threshold of Rs100 crores. "Are we not being strict enough for offenders who fall within Rs100 crore offence?"

July 25, 2018 - 15:24 (IST)

Minister of Finance Piyush Goyal presents the Fugitive Economic Offenders Bill 2018 

July 25, 2018 - 14:21 (IST)

Discussion on Fugitive Economic Offenders Bill begins in Rajya Sabha

The Fugitive Economic Offenders Bill aimed at preventing culprits from evading the legal process and fleeing the country.

July 25, 2018 - 14:12 (IST)

Rajya Sabha proceedings begin

Rajya Sabha proceedings resume. In Rajya Sabha, home minister Rajnath Singh spoke on the Rohingya issue and said, "We've issued orders to all states that no Rohingya should possess Indian documents, so that we can talk to government of Myanmar and EAM Sushma Swaraj can speak with the foreign minister of Myanmar."

July 25, 2018 - 13:53 (IST)

PM chooses to go on foreign tours and skips Parliament sessions: Mallikarjun Kharge

July 25, 2018 - 13:51 (IST)

Govt has a clear stand on Rohingya issue, won't be allowed in India: Kiren Rijiju

Monsoon Session of Parliament Latest Updates: On the sixth day of the Monsoon Session of Parliament, Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge moved a privilege motion against Prime Minister Narendra Modi while Jyotiraditya Scindia moved a privilege motion against defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman. Speaker Sumitra Mahajan said the motions are in consideration. Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge slams Prime Minister Narendra Modi for going on Uganda trip and missing Parliament session.

On Wednesday, the Trafficking of Persons (Prevention, Protection and Rehabilitation) Bill and the Criminal Law Amendment Bill will be taken up for discussion. The Lower House will also witness debates on Homeopathy Central Council (Amendment) Bill, 2018, Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2018, Constitution (One Hundred and Twenty-third Amendment) Bill, 2017. In Rajya Sabha, Fugitive Economic Offenders Bill, 2018, Negotiable Instruments (Amendment) Bill, 2017 and the National Council for Teacher Education (Amendment) Bill, 2017 will be taken up for discussion.

The Parliament on Tuesday passed an anti-corruption bill that provides for punishment to bribe givers and takers, and extends prior approval for the prosecution to former public officials with Lok Sabha, giving its assent to the law.

On the fifth day of the session, issues such as cases of mob lynchings and the alleged rape and murder of a girl at a shelter home in Bihar figured in both Houses of Parliament. Home minister Rajnath Singh assured action from the Centre on both matters.

Monsoon Session of Parliament updates PM chooses to go on trips and skip House sessions says Mallikarjun Kharge

File image of the Parliament House in New Delhi. PTI

The Andhra Pradesh Re-organisation Act was also one of the subjects discussed in the Rajya Sabha, where the Telegu Desam Party (TDP) and other Opposition parties asked the BJP-led government to honour its assurances in letter and spirit by granting special category status to Andhra Pradesh. However, the home minister virtually ruled out granting the special status to the bifurcated state, saying that the Centre was providing more assistance than what it would have got under that tag.

The Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Bill, 2018, passed by the lower House after a reply by Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions Jitendra Singh, was passed by Rajya Sabha last week.

The bill makes specific provisions related to giving a bribe to a public servant and giving a bribe by a commercial organisation, and it also modifies the definitions and penalties for offences related to taking a bribe, being a habitual offender and abetting an offence. It also provides for imprisonment from three to seven years, besides fine, to those convicted of taking bribes. Bribe givers have also been included in the legislation for the first time and they can be punished with imprisonment up to seven years or fine or both.

In his reply, the minister said the bill provides safeguards to officers who perform their duties with honesty. "We have brought amendments so that honest performing officer does not get intimidated or his initiatives get killed," he said. Jitendra said the "historic legislation" has provisions to ensure speedy trial in corruption cases.

Noting the ideal situation is when the nation and society become incorruptible, he said, "But maybe we are yet to evolve to that level of evolution. To be fair, 70 years is a very small life span in the history of a democracy or a nation. We are still evolving and when we evolve to that level of incorruptibility, then we will not require a legislation like this or any further amendments."

Referring to a delay in appointment of Lokpal, Jitendra blamed Congress, saying it did not get enough seats for its leader to be recognised as the Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha.

The Leader of Opposition is a member of Lokpal selection panel. Jitendra said the government had sought to include the leader of the largest Opposition party in the meetings concerning appointment of Lokpal. Many members who took part in the debate stressed on the need for electoral reforms to curb corruption.

With inputs from agencies

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