BUDGET SESSION

  • CCPA to decide on reconvening Rajya Sabha today April 7, 2015

    New Delhi: Government will take a call on Tuesday on reconvening the Rajya Sabha which was prorogued last month to allow the Centre repromulgate the controversial land ordinance. Home Minister Rajnath Singh will chair the meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs to take a call on reconvening the Rajya...
  • Rahul Gandhi likely to return to Delhi after April 10: sources March 25, 2015

    New Delhi: With Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on leave for over a month, he is likely to be back in the national capital after April 10, said sources on Wednesday. Meanwhile, the missing MP posters have been put up in his constituency Amethi in Uttar Pradesh which were removed...
  • With Rahul on leave for over a month, missing MP posters put up in his constituency Amethi March 25, 2015

    Amethi: With Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on leave for over a month, missing MP posters were put up in his constituency Amethi in Uttar Pradesh. The posters have left the party red-faced and Congress workers have removed it. The Congress has already been facing flak for Rahul going on leave...
  • Government may let Land Ordinance lapse on April 5: sources March 25, 2015

    New Delhi: After stiff resistance from the Opposition, the Narendra Modi government might let the Land Ordinance lapse on April 5, sources said on Wednesday. The decision was taken at a meeting attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi late Tuesday night where several senior ministers were also present. Sources said...
  • Land Bill is close to Congress: Jairam Ramesh March 22, 2015

    In an interview with CNN-IBN, former Rural Development Minister and Congress leader Jairam Ramesh talks about Congress, Sonia Gandhi, Land Acquisition Bill and Budget Session. ...
  • No intention to take away significant power from RBI: Arun Jaitley March 20, 2015

    New Delhi: The government will not take away any 'significant' power of the RBI and a clarification on the central bank's role in the regulation of bond market will be provided in April, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said. In his first full year Budget, Jaitley had...
  • Parliament passes Coal bill on Friday March 20, 2015

    New Delhi: The crucial bill that provides legal framework for auction of coal blocks was passed by Parliament on Friday, replacing an ordinance that was to expire on April 5. The Coal Mines (Special Provisions) Bill, 2015 was approved by Rajya Sabha after several amendments moved...
  • Rajya Sabha passes Mines and Minerals Bill, will be sent to Lok Sabha March 20, 2015

    New Delhi: On the last day of the first leg of Parliament session, the government successfully got the Mines and Minerals Bill passed in Rajya Sabha on Friday. Rejecting the demand of the Opposition parties, Rajya Sabha refused to allow the motion to send the Mines Bill to the select...
  • Modi government keeps open option of extending Budget session for a week March 19, 2015

    New Delhi: The Narendra Modi government on Thursday kept open the option of extending Parliament session for a week if the bills on coal and mines and mineral are not decided by the Rajya Sabha on Thursday with Congress apparently trying to stonewall the measures. The contentious land bill, which was...
  • Opposition takes on government over Land Bill: As it happened March 19, 2015

    After organising protest march from the Parliament to Rashtrapati Bhavan, the unified opposition on Thursday is all set create trouble for Modi government in Rajya Sabha over the land bill. Earlier on Wednesday, Congress accused BJP of bulldozing the bill in Lok Sabha. ...
  • PM Modi to meet BJP MPs on April 19, ahead of second part of Budget session March 18, 2015

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet all Bharatiya Janata Party MPs on April 19, a day before the second part of the Budget session begins. The Prime Minister has already asked BJP MPs to visit their constituency and take the feedback on various government policies. The MPs will be directed...
  • CCPA to decide whether or not to extend Budget session of Parliament March 18, 2015

    New Delhi: With the government running short of time to pass some key bills, a meeting of Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs will on Wednesday take a call on whether to extend the first half of the budget session for a few more days or prorogue it on 20 March. Sources...
  • Witty comments by BJP leader during Budget debate sends Lok Sabha into fits of laughter March 16, 2015

    New Delhi: BJP member Hukum Deo Narayan Yadav was at his wittiest best in Lok Sabha as he spoke on General Budget, taking pot shots at Opposition and sending the entire House into peals of laughter. Speaking in his rustic style, Yadav mixed attack on Congress with lighter narratives while...
  • Modi government open to extending first part of Budget session to get key Bills passed: sources March 16, 2015

    New Delhi: The Narendra Modi government on Monday said it is open to the idea of extending the first part of the Budget session which ends on March 20 to ensure the passage of key legislations, said sources. The sources said the government's priority is to get two legislations - Coal...
  • Woman MPs demand apology over sexist remarks but Sharad Yadav defiant March 16, 2015

    New Delhi: Sexist comments made by Janata Dal United chief Sharad Yadav last week created uproar in Parliament with women MPs demanding an apology from him. A defiant Yadav, however, refused to apologise claiming that he never disrespected women. "I want to say that in India, women with dark complexion...
  • Rajya Sabha to sit beyond 7 PM from Monday March 14, 2015

    New Delhi: Rajya Sabha will sit for late hours in last week of the first half of the budget session from Monday to clear the pending legislative and other businesses. The Business Advisory Committee of the House that met on Thursday decided that the House will sit beyond 7 pm from...
  • Insurance Bill passed in Rajya Sabha March 12, 2015

    New Delhi: Despite opposition protests, the Rajya Sabha on Thursday passed the insurance sector amendment bill, which seeks to hike the foreign equity cap on domestic companies from 26 per cent to 49 per cent. Formally called the Insurance Laws (Amendment) Bill, the measure seeks to replace an ordinance that was...
  • Rahul Gandhi likely to return from 'vacation' on March 20 March 12, 2015

    New Delhi: Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi appears to have extended his "leave of absence" with party functionaries saying that he was likely to return near the end of first half of budget session that concludes March 20. A party leader, who did not want to be named, said Gandhi may...
  • Haryana government to introduce bill making cow slaughter, beef possesion illegal in Budget session March 12, 2015

    Chandigarh: After Maharashtra, Haryana government will introduce a bill in the Budget session to ban beef and cow slaughter in the state. Punishment under section 302 which amounts to murder, will be slapped for cow slaughter and possession of beef will also be included as crime. Haryana Agriculture Minister Om...
  • BJP MPs asked to be present in House for passage of key bills March 10, 2015

    New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday asked its members of Parliament (MPs) to remain present all day long in both the Houses for passage of crucial bills. The directive comes as the Land Acquisition Bill is slated to come up in Lok Sabha while the Coal and Mines...
  • 10 TDP legislators suspended from Telangana Assembly for entire Budget session March 9, 2015

    Hyderabad: Ten legislators of the opposition Telugu Desam Party (TDP) were suspended on Monday from the Telangana Assembly for the entire Budget session for disrupting the proceedings. Speaker S Madhusudana Chary announced the suspension of the TDP members after Minister for Legislative Affairs T Harish Rao moved the resolution. As soon as...
  • Lok Sabha discusses Land Acquisition Amendment Bill: As it happened March 9, 2015

    The Narendra Modi government is expected to table the controversial Land Acquisition Amendment Bill in the Lok Sabha on Monday. The opposition parties are expected to corner the government on the issue of release of Hurriyat hardliner Masarat Alam from Baramulla Jail in Jammu and Kashmir. Eight hours have...
  • 10 days after going on sabbatical, Rahul reaches out to Mulayam ahead of crucial week of Parliament March 7, 2015

    New Delhi: Ten days after going on a sabbatical, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Saturday reached out to Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav ahead of the crucial week of Parliament. The Narendra Modi government is aiming at passing Land Acquisition Amendment Bill in Lok Sabha and Insurance Bill in...
  • Lok Sabha passes Insurance Bill raising FDI cap to 49 per cent March 4, 2015

    New Delhi: The long-pending Insurance Bill, a key economic reform legislation providing for raising foreign investment cap to 49 per cent, was on Wednesday passed by Lok Sabha with the government insisting that the measure is crucial for expanding the penetration of insurance in the country. The controversial Insurance Laws (Amendment)...
  • Live: Uproar in Rajya Sabha over Nirbhaya documentary, Rajnath says filmmaker violated rules March 4, 2015

    After the testimony of the Nirbhaya rapist Mukesh Singh sent shockwaves across the nation, the Information and Broadcasting Ministry issued a notice banning the telecast of the documentary containing his interview. ...
  • PM Modi asks BJP MPs to make people aware of Union budget March 3, 2015

    New Delhi: Stating that the 2015-16 Budget had something in it for every Indian, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked BJP MPs to make people aware of its features. At a parliamentary party meeting of BJP legislators, the party which leads the government also reiterated its resolve about getting various...
  • Insurance Bill introduced in Lok Sabha amid opposition March 3, 2015

    New Delhi: A key economic reform bill, providing for raising the FDI cap in insurance sector to 49 per cent, was introduced in Lok Sabha on Tuesday amid stiff opposition by Left and TMC. The Insurance Laws (Amendment) bill, 2015, seeks to replace an ordinance issued by the government earlier,...
  • Along with Congress-ruled states, we will focus on India's social issues to take the nation forward, says PM Modi March 3, 2015

    "In a democracy threats do not work. This nation did not bend during the Emergency also," says PM Modi....
  • Sonia Gandhi silent on reports over Priyanka's elevation as Congress General Secretary March 2, 2015

    New Delhi: Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Monday refused to comment on reports that suggested her daughter Priyanka Gandhi Vadra could be elevated to the post of Congress General Secretary. She was also tight-lipped when asked about party Vice President Rahul Gandhi. She said "all will become clear once Rahul...
  • Live: BJP disassociates itself with Mufti Sayeed's remarks thanking Pakistan for peaceful polls in J&K March 2, 2015

    Among the issues to be discussed in Lok Sabha on Monday are the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation (Amendment) Bill, 2015, the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2015, the Coal Mines (Special Provisions) Bill, 2015, the Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorised Occupants)Amendments Bill, 2014, the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2015 and the Mines and...