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3 labour reform bills cleared from Rajya Sabha amid absent Opposition

The Centre on Wednesday got three important labour reform bills cleared from the Rajya Sabha amid an absent Opposition. The ‘reforms’ will remove the bottlenecks in winding up of companies and will allow firms having up to 300 workers to sack staff without any government permission. Notably, the Opposition parties, namely Congress, TMC and Left,...

Rs 517.82 cr spent on PM Modi’s visits to 58 countries

The Union government on Tuesday informed the Rajya Sabha that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has visited 58 foreign countries in the past five years. The government said that an expenditure of Rs 517.82 crore was incurred on PM Modi’s foreign trips. Minister of state for external affairs V Muraleedharan, in a written reply to queries...

Onion, potato, cereals, pulses, edible oils may no longer remain essential commodities

In a move that may not go down well with the common man, the Centre on Tuesday got The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill cleared from the Rajya Sabha through a voice vote. The bill will remove cereals, pulses, oilseeds, onion, potato and edible oils from the list of essential commodities. It also aims to remove...

Opposition boycotts Rajya Sabha proceedings till suspension of MPs not revoked

Following the suspension of eight Opposition MPs for “unruly behaviour” during the passage of the controversial farm bills, several Opposition parties led by Congress on Tuesday staged a walkout in Rajya Sabha. Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad, while speaking after the Zero Hour, said Opposition will boycott the proceedings of the Rajya Sabha till...

8 Rajya Sabha MPs suspended

Eight Rajya Sabha MPs belonging to Opposition parties on Monday were suspended from the Rajya Sabha. The suspension came after the MPs vehemently protested against the passage of the two controversial farm bills resulting in chaos within the house. The suspension is for a period of one week. The government moved a motion for the...

Rajya Sabha passes controversial farm bills amid ruckus

PM Modi hailed the passing of the two farm bills as a “watershed moment in the history of Indian agriculture” The Rajya Sabha on Sunday passed two controversial farm bills through voice voting amid ruckus created by the Opposition and countrywide protests of farmers. The bills include Farmer’s Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation)...

Karnataka BJP MP Ashok Gasti succumbs to COVID-19

BJP MP from Karnataka Ashok Gasti on Thursday succumbed to COVID-19. There was a lot of confusion on the death of Ashok Gasti on Thursday. Notably, several media reports on his death surfaced at around 7.30-8 pm, forcing the hospital to clarify that he was critical, but alive. The 55-year-old first time Rajya Sabha MP...

Jaya Bachchan lambasts Ravi Kishan, Kangana in Rajya Sabha

Samajwadi Party MP and actor Jaya Bachchan has hit back at BJP MP Ravi Kishan for his remarks in the Lok Sabha on drug addiction in the film industry. Jaya Bachchan also attacked actor Kangana Ranaut for her remarks against Bollywood without naming her. The veteran actor said that statements against the film industry are...

PM Modi congratulates Harivansh Singh for 2nd term as Rajya Sabha’s deputy chairperson

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday congratulated JD(U) MP Harivansh Narayan Singh for getting elected as the deputy chairperson of the Rajya Sabha for the second time. PM Modi said that members of the House have shown great respect for Harivansh Singh as is shown by people who know him. The PM also spoke about...

Monsoon session of Parliament: All you need to know

The 18-day monsoon session of the Parliament began on Monday amid strict safety precautions owing to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Before the monsoon session began, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that he hopes that the members of the Parliament will unitedly send a message that the country stands with its soldiers. He was referring to...

‘Question Hour’ Cancellation: Opposition says govt stiffling dissent

The decision to cancel ‘Question Hour’ in the monsoon session of the Parliament scheduled from September 14 has not gone down well with the Opposition. Several Opposition leaders have termed the cancellation of the ‘Question Hour’ as an attempt to stiffle dissent. Several Opposition leaders have slammed the BJP for the same after notification in...