Monsoon Session

  • 'Hope MP Sachin will have more time for Parliament now' 15-10-2013 11:18 PM

    New Delhi: He was rarely seen in Rajya Sabha due to his busy cricket schedule but parliamentarians hope that Sachin Tendulkar will play an equally memorable inning as a member of Parliament after he retires from the game next month. Tendulkar was nominated for the upper house of Parliament in...
  • Uttar Pradesh Assembly adjourned till Wednesday 16-09-2013 05:25 PM

    The Uttar Pradesh Assembly was adjourned till Wednesday after the opposition slammed the Samajwadi Party government over the Muzaffarnagar communal riots. As soon as the first day of the monsoon session began, angry legislators of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) moved towards the speaker's podium...
  • One side of the see-saw

    Bloody Mary |  Sagarika Ghose
    In Parliament, there is a deadening artificial consensus between all parties The Monsoon Session of Parliament has drawn to a busy close, with MPs ...

  • Media has been 'uncharitable' to the Prime Minister, says Kamal Nath 08-09-2013 09:05 PM

    New Delhi: Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath in an interview on CNN-IBN said that the media has been 'uncharitable' to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in the manner it has spoken about him. He added that the Prime Minister has not tried to escape from answering questions that have been raised....
  • After losing 44 hours of work, Rajya Sabha adjourned sine die 07-09-2013 07:51 PM

    Rajya Sabha was adjourned sine die on Saturday after a month-long Monsoon Session which saw passage of 18 legislations, including the landmark Food Security Bill and Land Acquisition Bill, but lost 44 hours of work due to disturbances over various issues. "There were spells of calm and fury," Chairman Hamid...
  • Manual Scavenging Bill passed in Parliament 07-09-2013 07:30 PM

    New Delhi: A bill seeking to prohibit employment of individuals as manual scavengers by prescribing stringent punishment including imprisonment up to five years, to those employing such labour was passed by Parliament on Saturday. The bill has provisions for providing for rehabilitation of manual scavengers and their family members as...
  • PM will face CBI if summoned in coal scam: Kamal Nath 07-09-2013 03:02 PM

    New Delhi: The government on Saturday said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is ready to face the Central Bureau of Investigation if necessary in the coalgate. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath has told CNN-IBN in an exclusive interview that the Prime Minister will present himself for questioning if the CBI summons...
  • Sibal apologises to Opposition for hasty passage of Judicial Appointments Bill 07-09-2013 01:32 PM

    New Delhi: Law and Justice Minister Kapil Sibal on Saturday apologised to the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha over hasty passage of the Judicial Appointments Commission Bill, 2013 which seeks to scrap the collegium system of appointing judges to higher courts. He said, "I am deeply anguished. I apologise to...
  • Live: 19 Bills passed in Monsoon Session, says Kamal Nath 07-09-2013 11:21 AM

    New Delhi: 12:53 pm: Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath says 19 Bills have been passed in this session, including Food Security Bill, Land Bill and Pensions Bill. 12:31 pm: Law Minister Kapil Sibal apologises to the Opposition in the Upper House over hasty passage of the Judges Accountability Bill. He...
  • Gopal Kanda attends Monsoon Session of Haryana Assembly 06-09-2013 05:25 PM

    Former Haryana minister Gopal Kanda, accused in the air hostess suicide case, attended the monsoon session of Haryana Assembly in Chandigarh on Friday after getting bail from a Delhi court. Kanda arrived 33 minutes after the House met at 2 pm on the opening day of the session and passed...
  • NSAB report didn't say China intruded into India: Antony 06-09-2013 01:34 PM

    New Delhi: The issue of Chinese border incursion rocked Parliament on Friday with parties demanding the government's statement. Defence Minister AK Antony clarified that the National Security Advisory Board chairman Shyam Saran in his report to the Prime Minister's Office did not say that China has occupied any part of...
  • Live: NSAB report didn't say China intruded into Indian territory, says Antony 06-09-2013 11:49 AM

    New Delhi: 1:20 pm: The Opposition is in no mood to relent as the BJP created a storm demanding a clarification from the Defence Minister. The Lok Sabha has been adjourned till 2 pm following the uproar. 1:01 pm: Defence Minister AK Antony has denied reports saying that the National...
  • RTI Amendment Bill deferred: Is it a blow to political parties? 06-09-2013 09:55 AM

    The government has deferred the Right to Information (RTI) Amendment Bill due to lack of consensus among political parties. The amended Bill will be send to the Parliamentary Standing Committee. Once the Standing Committee clears the amended Bill, it will likely come for debate in Parliament in the Winter Session....
  • Govt defers RTI Amendment Bill due to lack of consensus 05-09-2013 04:59 PM

    New Delhi: The government on Thursday deferred the Right to Information (RTI) Amendment Bill due to lack of consensus among political parties. The amended bill will be send to the Parliamentary Standing Committee. Once the Standing Committee clears the amended bill, it will likely come for debate in Parliament in...
  • Live: Chidambaram speaks on rupee, economy in Lok Sabha 05-09-2013 11:55 AM

    New Delhi: 3:55 pm: Finance Minister P Chidambaram speaks on rupee, economy in the Lok Sabha. He says rupee has overshot its true value, Correction in rupee will take place and a number of measures are being taken to ensure it finds its correct value. On economy, he says it...
  • Moily in doubt over amendment to RTI Bill, says timing not right: sources 05-09-2013 11:37 AM

    New Delhi: Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister M Veerappa Moily has expressed doubts over the amendment to the Right to Information Bill saying the timing may not be right, considering the poor perception about politicians, said sources. The amendment, aimed at keeping political parties out of the RTI ambit, is...
  • Watch: Issue of missing coalgate files rock Parliament 05-09-2013 10:15 AM

    The issue of the missing coalgate files rocked Parliament on Wednesday with the Opposition demanding the Prime Minister to be subjected to a CBI probe and an FIR lodged to investigate where the files went. ...
  • Monsoon Session of Parliament likely to be extended by a day: Sources 05-09-2013 08:49 AM

    New Delhi: The Monsoon Session of Parliament is likely to be extended by a day sources said on Thursday. The Cabinet Committe on Parliamentary Affairs is expected to meet today to decide on the extension of the session. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath had on Wednesday indicated that the session...
  • Rajya Sabha is likely to discuss Judges Appointment Bill today 05-09-2013 08:22 AM

    New Delhi: The Rajya Sabha is expected to take up the Judges Appointments Bill on Thursday which seeks to put an end to the complex system of appointing judges to the Supreme Court and the High Courts. The Bill first introduced in the Rajya Sabha on Thursday aims to set...
  • Bill to keep political parties out of RTI ambit likely to be discussed in Lok Sabha today 05-09-2013 07:58 AM

    New Delhi: The Right to Information Amendment Bill is likely to come up in the Lok Sabha on Thursday. The Bill is aimed at keeping political parties out of the RTI ambit. In June this year, the Chief Information Commissioner's office had passed an order saying political parties should come...
  • CPM opposes further extension of Monsoon Session 04-09-2013 05:26 PM

    The proposal for extending the Monsoon Session of Parliament did not find favour with the CPI(M), with the party suggesting that the Government should call for an early Winter Session. "The session has already been extended once because of which a lot of members had to cancel their programmes. So,...
  • Face-off: Renuka Chowdhury vs Balbir Punj on missing coal files 04-09-2013 02:22 PM

    Bharatiya Janata Party leader Balbir Punj alleged that the coal scam files aren't missing but have been stolen. Congress leader Renuka Chowdhury called his allegation ridiculous and targeted the BJP over fake encounter cases in Gujarat. ...
  • Key features of Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority Bill 04-09-2013 02:14 PM

    The Congress-led United Progress Alliance Government is keen to get the Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority Bill 2011 passed by Parliament. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath on Wednesday indicated that the monsoon session of Parliament may be further extended as several crucial bills are pending. Key features of the...
  • Live: Lok Sabha passes the crucial Pension Bill 04-09-2013 11:14 AM

    New Delhi: 6:05 pm: The Lok Sabha has passed the crucial Pension Bill. 5:15 pm: While talking on the Pension Bill in Lok Sabha, Finance Minister P Chidambaram said 28 states have agreed to join the new pension scheme. "We have accepted all recommendations except one," he added. 5:10 pm:...
  • Kamal Nath indicates monsoon session may be extended further 04-09-2013 10:51 AM

    New Delhi: Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath has indicated that the monsoon session may be extended further as key bills remain pending. "If the need be we can extend the monsoon session of Parliament. Key legislations are pending, we hope the parties will cooperate," Kamal Nath said. While Prime Minister...
  • BJP gives no assurance as PM seeks support for crucial bills 04-09-2013 08:43 AM

    New Delhi: In an attempt to end the standoff over the missing coal files, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday reached out to the Opposition and held a meeting with senior BJP leaders L K Advani, Arun Jaitley and Sushma Swaraj at his residence. At the meeting, the Prime Minister...
  • Missing coal files: PM meets senior BJP leaders to end Parliament logjam 03-09-2013 10:24 PM

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday met senior Bharatiya Janata Party leaders LK Advani, Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley at his residence in an effort to reach out to the Opposition and end the logjam in Parliament over missing coal files. The Prime Minister assured the Opposition leaders...
  • PM calls Advani, says govt will do best to get missing coal files back 03-09-2013 09:18 PM

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh called senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader LK Advani on Tuesday and assured him that the government will do its best to get missing coal files back. Sources said that the Prime Minister will meet LK Advani, Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jailey to end Parliament...
  • Congress counter attacks, moves privilege motion against TDP 03-09-2013 02:49 PM

    New Delhi: A war of privilege motions is on in Parliament where the Congress has moved a privilege notice against the TDP MPs. This comes after the TDP MP Namo Nageshwar Rao moved a privilege motion against Congress MP Sandeep Dikshit on allegations of Dikshit having abused TDP MP N...
  • Missing coal files: BJP fumes as PM says don't draw hasty conclusions 03-09-2013 02:23 PM

    New Delhi: After facing the Opposition heat over missing coal scam files, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday finally spoke in Parliament, saying the government has nothing to hide. Promising an investigation to locate the missing coalgate files, he said that anyone found guilty would be punished. Pointing out that...