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Wednesday, 16 September 2020

Parliament LIVE Updates: Banking Regulation (Amendment) Bill is an attack on federalism, Asaduddin Owaisi tells Lok Sabha

19:38 (IST)

Lok Sabha LATEST Updates

Lok Sabha adjourned till 3 pm tomorrow, 17 September, 2020

19:33 (IST)

Lok Sabha LATEST Updates

Banking Regulation (Amendment) Bill, 2020 passed by Lok Sabha

19:30 (IST)

Lok Sabha LATEST Updates

Govt wants to regulate bank activit, not interfere into 'federalism' : Nirmala Sitharaman

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman responds to queries raised by 32 MPs during the session. She said, "We want to regulate banking activity, with in our power and will not interfere into 'federalism'."

"The financial status of 277 urban cooperative banks is weak. 105 cooperative banks are unable to meet the minimum regulatory capital requirement. 47 banks have net worth in negative. 328 urban cooperative banks have more than 15% gross NPA ratio", she said.

"This Bill does not regulate cooperative banks. The amendment is not for central govt to take over the cooperative banks. It is not for the first time that this regulation of extending some powers to RBI is happening: FM on Banking Regulation (Amendment) Bill, in Lok Sabha," she added.

19:19 (IST)

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When will the depositors of PMC bank get their money back?: Supriya Sule

NCP MP Supriya Sule sought a response from Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, as in by when the depositors of PMC bank will get their money back."In how many months, the government will commit to return the depositors money?" she questions. Around 9 lakh family affected because of the PMC bank scam. 80% depositors didn't get their money, she adds.

19:15 (IST)

Rajya Sabha LATEST Updates

Rajnath Singh to address RS on India-China standoff tomorrow 

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will  be addressing the Rajya Sabha tomorrow, issuing a statement on the border tussle with China at 12 noon, as per The Indian Express.

19:08 (IST)

Lok Sabha LATEST Updates

States not taken into confidence before bringing the Bill: NK Premachandran

RSP MP NK Premachandran on his party's view on the Banking Regulation Amendment Bill said that states were not taken into confidence before bringing the Bill. Many poor marginal population depend on co-operative societies in Kerala, he added. He wants the Bill to be sent to a standing committee for review.

18:42 (IST)

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Bill is an attack on federalism: Asaduddin Owaisi

On the Banking Regulation (Amendment) Bill, AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi asks the government why it intervened in the Yes Bank crisis but not in the case of the PMC Bank crisis. The Bill is nothing except an attack on federalism, he adds.


 

18:23 (IST)

Rajya Sabha LATEST Updates

NEP backward looking document, says Congress MP in RS

Terming the new National Education Policy as a "backward looking document", senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge said on Wednesday that education should be based on principles of the Constitution and not on ancient cultural values.

Raising the issue as a Zero Hour mention in Rajya Sabha, Kharge, who was recently elected to the upper house, said the entire NEP is a "backward looking document" that is looking 2000 years back instead of planning and preparing our children for the future.

"Therefore the values of moral education in schools and higher education should be based on the principles of the Constitution and not on ancient cultural values," he added.

-PTI

18:11 (IST)

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RBI shouldn't be one stop solution for every problem, says YSRCP MP

Lalu Sri Krishna Devarayalu of YSRCP in the Lower House said that through the Bill the government wants to bring in multi-state and district co-operative banks under RBI regulation, for raising higher capital, "we wholeheartedly welcome the Bill."

"However, let's not make RBI make one stop solution for every problem, we need to preempt the reforms and ensure that banking reforms are undertaken in a timely manner, these points should be considered," he further adds.

17:39 (IST)

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BSP, Shiv Sena, JDU welcome Banking Regulation (Amendment) Bill

The banking sector has faced many large scale frauds, BSP MP Sangeeta Azad told the Lower House, but welcomed the Bill. Shiv Sena, too, supported the Bill saying they are looking for a quick resolution for PMC bank scam.

However Azad questioned the decision of government to give complete control to the RBI. It could be misused, she says.

Shiv Sena supports the Banking Regulation (Amendment) Bill, said member Ganjanan Kirtikar "We are also looking for quick resolution of PMC bank scam". Additionally, JD(U) also supports the Bill.

17:23 (IST)

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Adopt Dravidian model of running co-operative banks, says DMK MP

DNV Senthilkumar S of DMK on Wednesday told the Lower House that 128 co-operative banks in Tamil Nadu are running successfully,  only nine are running losses. He suggests that the government should adopt the Dravidian model of running co-operative banks.

17:07 (IST)

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'Understand Chronology': Rahul Gandhi’s attacks Centre over India-China standoff

Rahul Gandhi, who’s abroad for a medical checkup of his mother, has continued his attack on the government through his social media. The Congress who is not present for the 18-day monsoon session of the Parliament, said: “Aap chronology samajhiye (Please understand the chronology)" alleging that days before PM Modi said China had not crossed into Indian territory, the government “took a huge loan from a China-based bank”.

The tweet was also a dig at Home Minister Amit Shah, who had earlier explained the “chronology” of how CAA and NRC will be implemented in the country.

16:56 (IST)

Rajya Sabha LATEST Updates

Infiltration not same as 'transgression', clarifies MHA official 

A MHA official, however, clarified Nityanand Rai's statement in Rajya Sabha, saying the infiltration is not the same as "transgression" or "incursion" which is a common parlance for the Military action at Line of Actual Control (LAC). As per India Today, infiltration is used for terrorist crossing from Line Of Control (LoC), hence it is incorrect to say there was any infiltration.

16:50 (IST)

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No infiltration reported along India-China border in last 'six months': Centre tells Rajya Sabha

In response to a question, Minister of State for Home Affairs Nityanand Rai told the Rajya Sabha earlier today that "no infiltration" has been reported along the India-China border during the "last six months".

BJP MP Anil Agarwal asked the Upper House in a written question whether it was a fact that cases of infiltration from Pakistan and China had increased in the last six months.

Rai said in a written reply that since February there had been 47 cases of attempted infiltration along the India-Pakistan border and added that “no infiltration has been reported along India-China border during the last six months.”

This comes just a day after Defence Minister Rajnath Singh had made a statement in the Lok Sabha over the India-China standoff, where he stated that China had mobilised a large number of troops and armaments along the LAC as well as in the “depth areas.” He said the LAC was not commonly delineated.

16:42 (IST)

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Leave the co-operate sector alone: Manish Tiwari

"The Finance Minister should have withdrawn the Bill and brought it again with necessary changes. The objective of the ordinance is to bring district/urban co-operative banks under RBI regulation. But, because of the symbiotic relationship between primary agri credit societies and direct/urban co-operative banks, there would be problems," said Congress Member Manish Tewari in the Lower House.

Tewari further urges the government to leave the co-operative sector alone. State governments are more than competent to discharge their responsibilities, the Bill is a frontal assault on federalism, he adds.

16:30 (IST)

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Financial health of co-operative banks 'grim', says Sitharaman

"During the Budget session we could not get the Bill passed, so the ordinance had to be brought in, as financial health of these co-operative banks had become grim. The financial health of 227  urban co-operative banks  is poo4, 105 such banks are unable to even meet the minimum regulatory capital requirements, 47 have negative networth, over 300 have more than 15 percent gross NPA (March 2019 figure), " said the Union finance minister in the Lower House on Wednesday while tabling the Banking Regulation (Amendment) Bill in the Lok Sabha.

16:28 (IST)

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Release fishermen held in Pakistan: BJP MP Lalubhai Patel

During the zero hour in the Lower House, BJP MP from Daman and Diu Lalubhai Patel raised the issue of Indian fishermen held in Pakistan. He urged the Ministry of External Affairs to speak with Pakistan to start the process to bring back these fishermen. "Today, 270 Indian fishermen and around 1200 boats belonging to Gujarat, Maharashtra, Daman and Diu, are held by Pakistan. I request EAM to speak to Pakistan to start the process to bring back these fishermen," he said. 

16:16 (IST)

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Banking Regulation (Amendment) Bill to save depositors money, says FM

Nirmala Sitharaman continues to discuss the Banking Regulation (Amendment) Bill, 2020.She said that societies which function as banks should come under same rules as commercial banks and be subjected to better governance, regulation by the RBI. She adds that the Bill further provides for reconstruction to save depositors money

16:08 (IST)

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Nirmala Sitharaman tables Banking Regulation (Amendment) Bill

Union Finance Minister Nirmal Sitharaman moves a resolution to pass the Banking Regulation (Amendment) Bill, 2020. The Bill seeks to amend the Banking Regulation Act, 1949. "We are bringing this amendment to make sure depositors' interest is taken care of," she said. 

16:01 (IST)

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West Bengal turning into Kashmir, says BJP MP Locket Chatterjee

BJP's Locket Chatterjee raised the issue of riots in West Bengal. She alleges that BJP workers are being targeted on the state, and Trinamool Congress "goons" are threatening BJP workers. She further said that West Bengal is turning into Kashmir.

15:48 (IST)

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First COVID aggression by China, now digital aggression: Adhir Ranjan Chowdhary

Congress MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhary during the Zero Hour in Lok Sabha said raise the issue of Chinese companies keeping tabs on political leaders of India. He said, "first coronavirus aggression by China, then aggression on border, now Digital aggression." He demanded  a firewall be created to prevent such incidents.

A recent investigative report by The Indian Express had details of how a Shenzen-based technology company with links to the Chinese government and the Chinese Communist Party is keeping tabs on over 10,000 Indian individuals and organisations in its global database of "foreign targets".

15:36 (IST)

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Tejasvi Surya accuses Kerala ministers of nepotism

BJP MP Tejasvi Surya raises the issue of gold smuggling scam in Kerala, accuses ministers in Kerala government of nepotism. He further alleges police brutality on protesters, including women, in Kannur.

He also compares the leadership in the State to North Korea's Kim Jong-un.

15:19 (IST)

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AITC MP raises insensitive media coverage of Sushant Singh Rajput during Zero Hour

The Speaker turns down adjournment motions. All India Trinamool Congress' Pratima Mondal raises the issue of coverage by certain media houses in the Sushant Singh Rajput's death case. She sought the formulation of rules and guidelines on suicide reporting in India.

15:14 (IST)

Lok Sabha LATEST Updates

Bills to be taken up in Lok Sabha today

  • The Banking Regulation (Amendment) Bill, 2020
  • The Farmers' Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020
  • The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services, Bill 2020

15:09 (IST)

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Lower House begins proceedings; Speaker Om Birla in Chair

14:37 (IST)

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Nirmala Sitharaman to table Banking Regulation (Amendment) Bill

Lok Sabha, which will start at 3 pm, will see Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman moving The Banking Regulation (Amendment) Bill, 2020, to be taken into consideration.

Following this, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar will move two bills — The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020 and The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020.

14:34 (IST)

Rajya Sabha LATEST Updates

No infiltration along Sino-Indian border in last 6 months: Govt tells RS

The government on Wednesday said there has been no infiltration along the Sino-Indian border in the last six months, while 47 infiltration bids have been reported along the Indo-Pak border during the period. The Union Home Ministry also informed the Rajya Sabha that 594 attempts of infiltration into Jammu and Kashmir by Pakistani militants have been reported in the last three years, of which 312 were successful.

"No infiltration has been reported along Indo-China border during last six months," Union Minister of State for Home Nityanad Rai said in a written response to a question.

Replying a separate question, Union Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy said 582 terrorists were killed in Jammu and Kashmir by security forces in last three years, while 46 terrorists were arrested during the period. As many as 76 army personnel were also killed in Jammu and Kashmir from 2018 till September 8 this year, he said.

-PTI

14:25 (IST)

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Is PM Swasth scheme kind of 'jumla' of govt: SP leader asks in RS

Samajwadi Party leader Ram Gopal Yadav on Wednesday asked the government from where will it arrange Rs 65,560.98 crore for the proposed Pradhan Mantri Atmanirbhar Swasth Bharat Yojana, and wondered whether it was a kind of 'jumla'.

Participating in a debate on a bill related to ayurveda institute in Rajya Sabha, Yadav said at a time when the entire Health Ministry's budget allocation was only about Rs 65,000 crore for the 2020-21 fiscal, how will it arrange funds for the scheme. In the 2020-21 budget, only about Rs 65,000 crore was allocated, 35 per cent lower than the ministry's demand of Rs 1,17,000 crore, he said in the Upper House.

"When the ministry's full budget is about Rs 65,000 crore, from where will you get the money for this scheme? Is this a kind of jumla (rhetoric)? You are talking about (spending) more than the budget allocation," he said and asked the Health Minister to tell when the people will benefit from the scheme.

-PTI

14:08 (IST)

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Lok Sabha to convene at 3 pm

13:24 (IST)

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Rajya Sabha adjourned for the day

The discussion in the Upper House on COVID-19 will continue when members reconvene on Thursday at 9am.

13:22 (IST)

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MPs raise questions on Centre's COVID-19 response

JD(U) MP Ram Chandra Prasad Singh said the term migrant worker is offensive. He added that it was the people of Bihar who worked for the development of the country and then when the pandemic started, they were sent off.

Alluding that the Centre cannot be trusted, CPM MP Elamaram Kareem said, "The Prime Minister said Mahabharata war was won in 18 days and war against COVID-19 would be won in 21 days. What happened to that?"

RJD MP Manoj Kumar Jha proposed the House should issue an apology to all workers who were ignored during the lockdown.

Nominated MP Swapan Dasgupta said the Health Minister should issue a clarification regarding the statistical robustness of the Central government's COVID-19 figures.

13:19 (IST)

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Strictest lockdown, worst outcome, says DMK's Tiruchi Siva

DMK MP from Tamil Nadu Tiruchi Siva said the life of a human being has become so insignificant today that they have become just a number. 
 
Alleging that the lockdown was delayed solely to ensure the smooth conduct of Trump's visit, the DMK MP said India had the strictest lockdown in the world and the worst outcome post lockdown. He also alleged the government is under-reporting the number of COVID-19 cases.

TRS MP K Keshava Rao said an economic crisis is looming, adding that the Centre owes states Rs 8,000 crore.

13:10 (IST)

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Airports weren't closed during Namaste Trump despite COVID-19: Samajwadi Party MP

Samajwadi Party MP Ravi Prakash Verma said that India did not close the airports initially just to oblige US President Donald Trump. "Delhi, Ahmedabad and Agra — the places where Trump visited with thousands of people became hotspots of COVID-19," said Verma.

He also highlighted the mental health issues and the surge in suicide cases during lockdown. "Why is the government sleeping? The limitations of government officials became the country's limitations," he said.

13:07 (IST)

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Adopt best practices of different states to fight COVID-19: Derek O'Brien

TMC MP Derek O'Brien said that state spending accounted for Rs 63 out of every Rs 100 spent. "When things are going well, you want to take credit. When they are not, you start talking about CMs," he said.

"What you should have done is taken best practices from different states, like covering all allied workers under insurance. We are not saying we know it all. But neither do you," he said.

Dubbing the PM-CARES Fund as the "PM couldn't care less" fund, he said, "The only way an MP can respond directly to their constituents is through the MPLAD funds. You must not use the pandemic to convert a democracy into an autocracy."

O'Brien pointed out two contrasting images from the pandemic - one of the only woman Chief Minister marking social distancing circles in a bazaar and the second of a garden and a peacock.

13:03 (IST)

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Centre didn't learn from states' fight against COVID-19: Derek O'Brien

Citing Home Minister Amit Shah's 'chronology samajhiye' comment, TMC's Derek O'Brien said that on 30 January, the first COVID-19 case was detected in India. On 24 February, Prime Minister Narendra Modi hosted US President Donald Trump. "While all this was being done, many Chief Ministers were working on their COVID response. On 5 March, isolation beds were being set up in West Bengal. On 25 March, a 21-day lockdown was announced with four hours notice," he said.

"Was at least one video conference held before 26 March pertaining to coronavirus?" asked O'Brien.

12:37 (IST)

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None of the CMs opposed lockdown in ministerial meets: BJP MP

BJP's Vinay Sahasrabuddhe said that there is lack of coordination between the different departments of Maharashtra government even while dealing with a pandemic. "Many states did not impose lockdowns in a scientific manner. Pandemic management suffered in Maharashtra," he said.

He also said that many have been criticising the good measures implemented by the Centre during COVID-19. Referring to the lighting of diyas held in the earlier stages of the coronavirus outbreak in India, he said, "Those who light candles at India Gate don't like the lighting of diyas in honour of those fighting COVID."

12:34 (IST)

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None of the CMs opposed lockdown in ministerial meets: BJP MP

BJP MP from Maharashtra Vinay Sahasrabuddhe said he was hoping Congress MP Anand Sharma would give some policy suggestions, since the Congress is in power in over three states.

Responding to Sharma's comments on the implementation of lockdown, Sahasrabuddhe said that the Chief Ministers of states were consulted numerous times during the decision-making process. "None of the Chief Ministers in about 15 meetings with the PM and other Ministers ever said the lockdown shouldn't be imposed. This double-faced behaviour of the Opposition should be avoided," he added.

12:25 (IST)

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Centre didn't coordinate with states before lockdown: Anand Sharma

Congress MP Anand Sharma urged the government to speak to states about improving the public health system. He said that 70 percent of ICU beds are in private sector.

He said that the government should have coordinated with states before announcing the lockdown, adding that if quarantine centres were set up in advance, the disease may not have reached villages.

11:59 (IST)

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Upper House begins discussion on COVID-19

Rajya Sabha started discussion on COVID-19 pandemic and clarification on Health Minister's statement on the situation on 15 September in the House.

Congress MP Sharma said the Health Minister told the House on that the deaths per million of 55 was among the lowest in the world. However, Sri Lanka and South Africa have had lower deaths per million, he pointed out.

"Health minister said the lockdown decision prevented 14-29 lakh cases, this is a very wide gap. What is the scientific basis for this," asked Sharma. He also spoke about the discrimination faced by medical professionals.

11:39 (IST)

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RS passes Institute of Teaching and Research in Ayurveda Bill

Despite opposition that the provisions of the legislation look at an institute in Jamnagar, when other states have equally renowned ayurveda facilities, the Upper House passed the Institute of Teaching and Research in Ayurveda Bill, 2020 by voice vote.

11:37 (IST)

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India has 103 institutes for national importance, but none for ayurveda: Harsh Vardhan

Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said that despite being a doctor of modern medicine, he is appreciative of and practices ayurveda and other traditional medicine.

On issue of Jamnagar institute being selected, Health Minister said he has respect for the other institutes. "Right now, there are 103 institutes of national importance, but none for ayurveda," said Vardhan. He said there is no bias and that the Jamnagar institute is the oldest set up by the government and only one collaborating institution for WHO.

"Jamnagar institute is the number one institution which deserves this status. This is a humble beginning. After other institutions further upgrade themselves in terms of research, they will also be considered for national importance," said the minister.

11:23 (IST)

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Why Gujarat and not other states, ask Opposition MPs

YSRCP MP V Vijaisai Reddy made two suggestions — non-inclusion of yoga and naturopathy in Indian system of medicines and the need to address quackery in Ayurvedic sector. He adds that such an institute should be established in each state, and not just Gujarat.

CPM MP KK Rajesh asked why Kerala did not pop up in the government's mind when such a decision was made, since the state is the hub for ayurvedic medicine. He said he is not opposed to the Jamnagar institute, but Kerala should have been given an institute of national importance for ayurveda.

CPI MP from Kerala Binoy Viswam said it is important to preserve the biodiversity and environmental integrity for proper development of ayurveda, which cannot thrive without preserving the ecosystem.

Bodoland People's Front MP from Assam Biswajit Daimary asked the government to make a similar ayurveda institute of national importance in the North East. NCP MP Fauzia Khan asked if it might be more cost-effective to improve existing institutes rather than establishing a new one.

10:56 (IST)

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Govt picking Gujarat when better institutes exist elsewhere: DMK

Samajwadi Party MP from Uttar Pradesh Ram Gopal Yadav questioned the source of the funding for the institutes.

DMK MP M Shanmugam said the Institute of Teaching and Research in Ayurveda Bill, 2020 will confer the tag of national importance to an institute, once again in the "favoured state" of Gujarat.
 
He asked the government the reason behind picking Gujarat when there are existing institutes with better facilities in other states. He added that the government is letting down Siddha medicine that hails from Tamil Nadu.

10:39 (IST)

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Government focussing on Ayurveda institutes only in Gujarat: TMC MP

During discussion on The Institute of Teaching and Research in Ayurveda Bill, 2020, Trinamool Congress MP Santanu Sen said Ayurveda institutes in other parts of the country are in poor conditions, but the government is focused on institutes in Gujarat only.

As per the Bill's provisions, The Institute of Post Graduate Teaching and Research in Ayurveda, Shree Gulabkunverba Ayurved Mahavidyalaya, Jamnagar and the Indian Institute of Ayurvedic Pharmaceutical Sciences will be merged.

BJD MP Prashanta Nanda said strengthening of ayurveda will reduce government expenditure on healthcare.

10:34 (IST)

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Include Punjabi in J&K's official languages list: Congress MP

Congress MP Partap Singh Bajwa said the Punjabi language is not included in the list of official languages in Jammu and Kashmir. Shiromani Akali Dal MP Balwinder Singh Bhunder added that Punjabi has been accepted in US, Canada, New Zealand, but not Jammu and Kashmir.

10:30 (IST)

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KC Venugopal raises issue of Chinese snooping on India

Citing an Indian Express report, Congress MP KC Venugopal said that a Shenzhen-based tech company with links to Chinese govt is tracking over 10,000 Indians in its global database of foreign targets. "I want to know from the government if it has taken note of it. If so, what actions have been taken?" he asked.

Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu directed the government to look into the veracity of the matter.

10:25 (IST)

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Congress' Digvijaya Singh raises concern over rising oxygen prices

Congress MP Digvijaya Singh raised concerns over increasing prices of oxygen during the COVID-19 pandemic and shortage of oxygen.

BJP MP Dr Bhagwat Karad said the oxygen cylinder rate should be uniform and regular supply should be there in the whole country.

10:18 (IST)

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NCP MP seeks basic digital device for each student

NCP MP Vandana Chavan raised the issue of deprivation of a large portion of students when it comes to online education. She cited the suicide of a Class 10 student in Maharashtra as he did not have a phone to access online classes.

"We have a student population of 240 million and we cannot fail our young. I urge the government to make a basic digital device available to every student who does not have it, said Chavan.

10:07 (IST)

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TMC MP takes oath

Trinamool Congress' Mausam Noor took oath as a member of Rajya Sabha. She was a Congress MP from Malda in 2014 but joined the TMC before the 2019 Lok Sabha poll. She was defeated by BJP’s candidate Khagen Murmu, formerly with the CPM in 2019.

10:02 (IST)

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Ghulam Nabi Azad raises alarm about unemployment in J&K

Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad raised the issue of unemployment in Jammu and Kashmir. He said that the UT has seen no tourism, employment opportunities and economic activities since the Abrogation of Article 370 in August 2019.

"In Jammu and Kashmir, there was a self-help group of unemployed engineers and they had 5 percent reservation in development works. Nearly 15,000 such engineers used to work through this from 2003, but four days ago the government has ended the self-help groups. Centre should restart the scheme," said Azad.

Parliament LATEST Updates: The banking sector has faced many large scale frauds, BSP MP Sangeeta Azad told the Lower House, but welcomed the Bill. Shiv Sena, too, supported the Bill saying they are looking for a quick resolution for PMC bank scam.

Congress leader's tweet was a dig at Amit Shah who had earlier used the phrase "understand the chronology" for CAA and NRC implementation in India

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Wednesday said that in the past two years, depositors of co-operative and small banks have been put to hardships, the amendment is being brought to protect the interest of depositors.

BJP MP from Karnataka accused ministers in Kerala govt of nepotism and alleged police brutality on protesters, including women, in Kannur.

Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar will also move two bills — The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020 and The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020

DMK's Tiruchi Siva, Samajwadi Party's Ravi Prakash Verma and TMC's Derek O'Brien were among the members from the Opposition Benches who said that the response to COVID-19 was hampered due to Donald Trump's visit to India.

O'Brien pointed out two contrasting images from the pandemic - one of the only woman Chief Minister marking social distancing circles in a bazaar and the second of a garden and a peacock.

Citing a news report, Congress MP KC Venugopal said that a tech company with links to Chinese government is tracking over 10,000 Indians in its global database of foreign targets.

Congress MP Digvijaya Singh raised concerns over increasing prices of oxygen during the COVID-19 pandemic and shortage of oxygen.

Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad said Jammu and Kashmir has seen no tourism, employment opportunities and economic activities since the Abrogation of Article 370 in August 2019.

On the third day of the Parliament's Monsoon Session, the Rajya Sabha will debate the The Salaries and Allowances of Ministers (Amendment) Bill, 2020. The Bill, which was passed by the Lok Sabha on Tuesday, lists a 30 percent cut in the salaries of members of Parliament for this year in view of the coronavirus pandemic.

Health minister Harsh Vardhan will also introduce The Institute of Teaching and Research in Ayurveda Bill, 2020 and The Homoeopathy Central Council (Amendment) Bill, 2020. The Indian Medicine Central Council (Amendment) Bill, 2020 will also be taken up for consideration and passing.

Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman will introduce The Banking Regulation (Amendment) Bill, 2020,which would bring cooperative banks under RBI's ambit, in the Lok Sabha. The Farmers' Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020 will also be introduced for consideration and passing.

Defence minister Rajnath Singh said in the Lok Sabha that India is "very serious about issues of sovereignty" and the country is prepared for "all contingencies" to ensure that it is maintained, in what was seen as a strong warning to China amid repeated transgressions at the Line of Actual Control.

The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill, 2020 – was also passed in the Lower House on Tuesday. While the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill 2020 seeks to deregulate food items, including cereals, pulses and onion, a move aimed at transforming the farm sector and raising farmers’ income, the Congress described it as a direct and deliberate assault by the Centre on the farmers’ interests.



September 16, 2020 at 06:51PM

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