WINTER SESSION

  • Political obstruction makes PM Modi's road to reform a rocky one 2 days ago

    New Delhi: Parliamentary obstruction scuppered Prime Minister Narendra Modi's economic agenda in a month-long session that ended on Tuesday, and the prospect of further deadlock means he will find it hard to deliver quickly on promises of reform. Lawmakers left without voting on a long-delayed Bill to raise the cap on...
  • BJP, RSS leaders meet to discuss religious conversions 3 days ago

    New Delhi: Top leaders of Bharatiya Janata Party and Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh met on Monday night to discuss the escalating controversy over forced conversions by some Sangh Parivar outfits that has paralysed Parliament where some crucial Bills in insurance and coal sector remained stuck. The meeting convened over dinner at Union...
  • Venkaiah Naidu appeals to opposition parties to let Parliament function 4 days ago

    Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu appealed to opposition parties to let the House function. The remarks came in the backdrop of opposition parties demanding Prime Minister Narendra Modi's statement on the issue of alleged forced conversion. Naidu said, "The statements of the Union Ministers are sufficient. Opposition parties must...
  • Opposition parties harming people's interests by blocking Bills: Naidu 4 days ago

    New Delhi: Hitting out at opposition parties, Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu on Monday said they were raising the conversion issue to derail the Narendra Modi government's agenda of development and good governance and accused them of "blocking" important Bills in Parliament. After the opposition parties stalled proceedings in Parliament, Naidu...
  • Live: Uproar in Rajya Sabha over forced conversions after opposition members enter well of the House 4 days ago

    With just two days left for the Winter Session of Parliament to end, key bills like GST Bill and Insurance Bill are likely to be discussed on Monday. ...
  • Two days left in winter session, fate of Insurance, Coal Bills hang in balance 5 days ago

    New Delhi: With only two working days left in the winter session of Parliament, the fate of the government's economic reform agenda, particularly the Insurance Bill and the Coal Bill, hangs in balance in view of strong opposition by some parties. The Insurance Bill, which provides for raising FDI cap from...
  • PM Modi may order insurance, coal reforms if vote delayed: officials 6 days ago

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi may consider using an executive order to push through laws overhauling the insurance and coal sectors, if the increasingly fractious Parliament fails to pass them soon, two government officials said. Bitter and sometimes sectarian disputes between ruling party and opposition lawmakers have held up a...
  • Parliament live: Prime Minister speaks on 26/11 mastermind Lakhvi's bail 1 week ago

    With the Opposition giving the government a hard time in Parliament over the alleged forced conversion row, the fate of several crucial bills hangs in a limbo. ...
  • Parliament Winter Session marred by disruptions, fate of crucial bills hangs in limbo 1 week ago

    New Delhi: With the Opposition giving the government a hard time in Parliament over the alleged forced conversion row, the fate of several crucial bills hangs in a limbo. The government had planned to get key bills like Insurance Bill and GST Bill passed in the ongoing Winter Session. But with...
  • Cartoon of the day: The Winter session 2014 December 18, 2014

    As the 2014 Winter session nears its end with only three sessions left, here is what cartoonist Neelabh has to show. ...
  • Chaos in Parliament as Opposition, Government call each other arrogant December 18, 2014

    New Delhi: It has been a day of uproar in Parliament yet again with the opposition targeting the government over the Agra conversion row. The opposition parties maintained that a discussion is not enough and rather demanded a reply from Prime Minister Narendra Modi. However, the government stood firm on its...
  • Parliament live: PM in Rajya Sabha, Opposition insists on his statement on conversion row December 18, 2014

    Parliament proceedings are likely to be interrupted once again on Thursday as government sources tell CNN-IBN Prime Minister Narendra Modi is not likely to make a statement on the conversion row. ...
  • Anti-Hijacking Bill introduced in Rajya Sabha amidst uproar December 17, 2014

    New Delhi: The Narendra Modi government on Wednesday introduced Anti-Hijacking (Amendment) Bill 2010 in Rajya Sabha amidst uproar by opposition parties. The MPs have been demanding a statement by the Prime Minister on conversion row and did not let the House function. The Anti-Hijacking (Amendment) Bill, 2010 was introduced in Rajya...
  • Opposition parties target Modi government over HRD circular on school to stay open on Christmas December 17, 2014

    New Delhi: The united opposition targeted the Narendra Modi government on Wednesday over an Human Resource Development Ministry circular that reportedly said that schools should stay open on Christmas in order to observe Good Governance day. The Congress, TMC, NCP, Left parties staged a walk out from Lok Sabha accusing...
  • Conversion row rocks Parliament, Shashi Tharoor says PM Modi should do 'ghar vapasi' to Lok Sabha December 17, 2014

    New Delhi: With only four more sessions left in the winter session of Parliament, opposition parties continues to derail proceedings in Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha on Wednesday. Congress MP Shashi Tharoor took a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi by saying, "Modiji should so ghar vapasi (home coming) to Lok...
  • Live: Lok Sabha passes Companies Amendment Bill December 17, 2014

    A crucial day for the Narendra Modi government in Parliament on Wednesday as Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will present Insurance Amendment Bill for consideration and passing in Rajya Sabha. The Bill aims to hike the foreign direct investment from 26 per cent to 49 per cent. ...
  • Arun Jaitley to present Insurance Amendment Bill in Rajya Sabha today December 17, 2014

    New Delhi: A crucial day for the Narendra Modi government in Parliament on Wednesday as Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will present Insurance Amendment Bill for consideration and passing in Rajya Sabha. The Bill aims to hike the foreign direct investment from 26 per cent to 49 per cent. The passing of...
  • Agra conversion issue rocks Rajya Sabha, Deputy Chairman reprimands MPs for unruly behaviour December 16, 2014

    New Delhi: The issue of alleged forced conversion in Agra rocked Parliament once again with unruly scenes witnessed in Rajya Sabha on Tuesday. Opposition MPs entered the well of the House, shouting slogans against the government. They were demanding a statement by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the issue. Congress MP...
  • Live: Rajya Sabha adjourned for the day over religious conversion issue December 16, 2014

    The opposition parties in Parliament take up the issue of alleged forced conversion and demand a statement by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The NDA government will table the Insurance Amendment Bill in Rajya Sabha, the major reform by the Modi government. ...
  • Crucial day for Modi government in Parliament as it will table Insurance Amendment Bill today December 16, 2014

    New Delhi: A crucial day for the Narendra Modi government in Parliament on Tuesday as it will push for the big reform measure by tabling Insurance Amendment Bill in Rajya Sabha. The Bill aims to hike the foreign direct investment from 26 per cent to 49 per cent. The passing of...
  • Draped in black shawls, TMC MPs protest against 'misuse' of CBI by Centre December 15, 2014

    New Delhi: The faceoff between the Trinamool Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party has intensified after the arrest of West Bengal Transport Minister Madan Mitra over the multi-crore Saradha chit fund scam. Draped in black shawls, TMC MPs on Monday staged a protest outside Parliament, accusing the Centre of misusing Central...
  • Live: Rajya Sabha adjourned for the day after uproar over the issue of alleged forced conversion December 15, 2014

    The last week of the winter session of Parliament witnesses a stormy start as Trinamool Congress MPs protest against the misuse of the Central Bureau of Investigation by the Centre. The remarks came after the CBI arrested West Bengal minister Madan Mitra in the multi-crore Saradha chit-fund scam. ...
  • Should I allot five minutes for apology every day in Lok Sabha, asks Speaker Sumitra Mahajan December 12, 2014

    Exasperated by the uproar in Lok Sabha every day over some or the other issue, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan took a jibe at the MPs asking them if she should allot five minutes every day for them to apologise for controversial remarks. ...
  • Agra conversion debate in Parliament: Law needed in all states, says Centre; Opposition walks out December 11, 2014

    New Delhi: The Centre on Thursday said an anti-conversion law was needed in all the states and the issue needed a wider debate. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Nadu said this while replying to a debate in the Lok Sabha on the Agra conversion issue even as the major opposition parties...
  • States oppose Centre's revised Goods and Service Tax draft December 11, 2014

    New Delhi: In a huge blow to Centre's plans to build a consensus on the Goods and Services Tax, states have opposed the Centre's revised GST draft. The government was hoping to get the legislation passed in the winter session of Parliament. The government was maintaining that broad agreement had...
  • BJP MP defends alleged forced conversion, calls it home coming, says it will continue in Aligarh December 11, 2014

    New Delhi: There was high drama in Lok Sabha with opposition MPs cornering the Narendra Modi government in Parliament over alleged forced conversion row for the second day in a row on Thursday. MPs were shouting slogans against the government and entered the well of the House. The Bharatiya Janata...
  • Modi government cornered in Parliament over alleged forced conversion row December 11, 2014

    The opposition cornered the Narendra Modi government in Parliament over the alleged forced conversion row. The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh claimed that it forcibly converted 100 Muslims in Agra to Hinduism. The opposition parties led by BSP supremo Mayawati demanded a clarification from Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the issue. ...
  • Live: Lok Sabha discussing alleged forced conversion issue December 11, 2014

    The Agra conversion row is likely to stall Parliamentary proceedings again on Thurday. The opposition MPs have already demanded a statement from Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the issue. They said 100 Muslims were converted by Hindusim by an RSS offshoot by force and allurement, which is a criminal offence. ...
  • Central government to decriminalise attempt to commit suicide, gets support of 18 states, 4 UTs December 10, 2014

    New Delhi: In a landmark decision by the Central government, the Home Ministry has informed Parliament that attempt to suicide will no longer be treated as a criminal offence. The Home Ministry informed Parliament that the government has decided to delete section 309 of the Indian Penal Code which criminalises...
  • Parliamentary committee recommends 49 per cent cap on foreign investment in insurance December 10, 2014

    New Delhi: A Parliamentary Committee has recommended a composite cap of 49 per cent on foreign investment in insurance in a report tabled in Rajya Sabha on Wednesday. The Select Committee report said that the cap on foreign investment in insurance include foreign direct investment and foreign portfolio investments. The Congress has...