LOK SABHA

  • After nearly two months of absence, Rahul Gandhi to return to Delhi today 3 days ago

    New Delhi: Speculations over Congress vice President Rahul Gandhi are likely to end as there are reports that he will be returning to Delhi late on Wednesday night. Rahul has been on leave since the February 22 missing the first leg of the crucial Budget session of Parliament. He is...
  • Former Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit backtracks on her remarks, says never said Rahul Gandhi is incapable 3 days ago

    New Delhi: Senior Congress leader and former Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit on Tuesday backtracked from her statement on party vice president Rahul Gandhi. "I have nowhere said that Rahul Gandhi is incapable. I just said Sonia Gandhi is a good leader," Dikshit said. The 77-year-old veteran leader earlier on Tuesday...
  • Former Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit questions Rahul Gandhi's leadership, asks Sonia to continue leading the party 3 days ago

    New Delhi: Senior Congress leader and former Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit on Tuesday voiced her reservations over Rahul Gandhi's elevation as party president. "There are question marks over Rahul Gandhi's leadership qualities; Sonia should continue to lead the Congress," said Dikshit. The 77-year-old veteran leader said under Sonia Gandhi...
  • CPM meet will re-examine reasons behind party's downfall in past 10 years: Sitaram Yechury 3 days ago

    New Delhi: The CPM party congress began on Tuesday and the party will elect its new leadership in Vishakhapatanam. The incumbent general secretary Prakash Karat has completed three terms at the helm and senior politburo member Sitaram Yechury is the frontrunner to suceed Karat. Other names doing the rounds are...
  • Rajya Sabha to reconvene from April 23, three days after Lok Sabha session April 9, 2015

    New Delhi: The next session of Rajya Sabha will begin from April 23, three days after the second half of the budget session of Lok Sabha commences on April 20, a Rajya Sabha communique said. "The President has summoned the Rajya Sabha to meet on Thursday, the 23rd April, 2015, at...
  • CCPA recommends reconvening Rajya Sabha from April 23 to May 13 April 7, 2015

    New Delhi: The Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs on Tuesday recommended reconvening the Rajya Sabha from April 23 to May 13. Even though the Lok Sabha passed the Land Acquisition Bill with nine amendments on March 9, it is yet to be take up in the Upper House. The Upper...
  • BSP's founder member Deena Nath Bhaskar accuses party of selling tickets, resigns April 4, 2015

    Bhadohi: Founder member of BSP and former minister Deena Nath Bhaskar has resigned from the primary membership of the party, accusing the leadership of "selling tickets" to candidates. "I have sent my resignation through speed post on April 2," Bhaskar said. After "feeling suffocated" in BSP, he joined Samajwadi Party...
  • Land ordinance likely to be allowed to lapse on April 5 March 24, 2015

    New Delhi: Government is likely to allow the controversial land ordinance to lapse on April 5 amid stiff opposition by many political parties and activists who have stepped up campaign against the measure. "It has to lapse on April 5. We will then see what to...
  • Mulayam Singh blames party workers for Lok Sabha poll debacle March 23, 2015

    Lucknow: Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav's pain over the humiliating defeat in Lok Sabha polls on Monday came to the fore as he told party workers that they poured cold water on his dreams of forming a government at the Centre. Addressing party workers on the birth anniversary of socialist...
  • Parliamentary Panel on Lokpal to miss deadline, seeks more time March 22, 2015

    New Delhi: A parliamentary committee examining the Lokpal amendment Bill will miss the March 25 deadline for submission of its report and has sought more time to finalise it. The 31-member Department-Related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Personnel, Public Grievances, Law and Justice, headed by Congress MP EM Sudarsana Natchiappan, is examining...
  • Rains hit crops: Farmers hope for help from PM Modi March 22, 2015

    As Prime Minister Narendra Modi to address farmers in his 'Mann Ki Baat' address that will be aired on All India Radio on Sunday, farmers from different states, who lost their standing crops due to unseasonal heavy rains, are hoping to stand by them. ...
  • Opposition targets Centre over Land Bill, PM Modi to reach out to farmers in his 'Mann Ki Baat' today March 22, 2015

    New Delhi: As opposition parties target the government over Land Bill and the plight of farmers, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attempt to reach out to the farmers in the sixth edition of 'Mann Ki Baat' programme which will be aired on All India Radio on Sunday. The address assume significance...
  • Petrol, diesel prices in India lower than developed nations: Jayant Sinha March 21, 2015

    New Delhi: The government on Friday said that petrol and diesel prices in India are much lower than rates in most of the developed countries, except the United states. Data presented by Minister of State for Finance Jayant Sinha in the Lok Sabha showed prices of petrol and diesel in India...
  • 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...
  • Unskilled workers not to be allowed to take up foreign jobs March 20, 2015

    New Delhi: With a significant number of unskilled Indian workers facing trouble and legal action abroad, government on Friday said it has decided not to allow people without skill certificates to leave the country for overseas employment. Skill Development Minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy told the Lok Sabha...
  • Parliament passes Mines Bill, overcoming obstacles March 20, 2015

    New Delhi: Overcoming obstacles, the Mines and Minerals bill on Friday was passed by Parliament, becoming the second major reform measure to receive the approval of the legislature in the first half of the Budget Session. The Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2015,...
  • Armed forces face shortage of over 52,000 personnel March 20, 2015

    New Delhi: Indian armed forces are faced with a shortage of over 52,000 personnel, including 11,000 officers, as measures like improved pay structure were being put in place to check attrition, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said on Friday. Army is grappling with the maximum shortage of 33,998 personnel, including 9,642...
  • Is J&K CM supporting terror activities, asks Congress in Lok Sabha March 20, 2015

    New Delhi: In response to Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge's remark on the issue of Kathua terror attack, Home Minister Rajnath Singh made a statement in the Lok Sabha on Friday. "Jammu and Kashmir Police and CRPF personnel have killed two terrorists," said Singh saluting the personnel for their bravery. He informed...
  • Live: Jammu and Kashmir Police and CRPF personnel have killed two terrorists, says Rajnath Singh March 20, 2015

    Home Minister Rajnath Singh on the floor of the Lok Sabha praises the bravery of the personnels in the Kathua encounter case. He said that the Jammu and Kashmir Police and CRPF personnel have killed two terrorists. ...
  • Black money bill likely to be tabled in Lok Sabha on Friday March 19, 2015

    New Delhi: To check the black money menace, a bill is likely to be tabled in the Lok Sabha on Friday with stringent provisions to prosecute those stashing illicit wealth abroad, with rigorous imprisonment of up to 10 years. The Undisclosed Foreign Income and Assets (Imposition of New Tax) Bill,...
  • BJP MP's query on origin of river Ganga leaves Lok Sabha amused March 19, 2015

    New Delhi: A question by a Bharatiya Janata Party MP in the Lok Sabha about the origins of Ganga and the "effects" of bathing in it left many members amused on Thursday as the minister quoted a legend to say that King Bhagirath had brought it. When the question was asked...
  • 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. ...
  • Coal bill may clear Rajya Sabha hurdle, mines bill to go back to Lok Sabha March 18, 2015

    New Delhi: The crucial bill that provides for auctioning of coal may clear the Rajya Sabha hurdle after a Select Committee endorsed it by majority, though some members dissented, but a bill relating to other minerals will have to go back to Lok Sabha because of an amendment suggested by...
  • Lok Sabha passes bill to repeal 35 archaic laws March 18, 2015

    New Delhi: Seeking to weed out archaic and dead laws, the Lok Sabha on Wednesday approved a bill to repeal as many as 35 legislations. "This is an initial step taken by the new government. We will see in a span of one or two years...the statute book will be cleared....
  • 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...
  • PM Modi's Varanasi Lok Sabha poll rival among marchers on Raisina Hill March 17, 2015

    New Delhi: A man who bagged 312 votes in Varanasi against Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls on Tuesday grabbed eyeballs during the march led by opposition parties up Raisina Hill in protest against the government's Land Bill. Wearing a banner inscribed with messages against the contentious...
  • Cabinet approves Bill to unearth black money March 17, 2015

    New Delhi: In a bid to unearth black money and illicit assets stashed abroad, the Union Cabinet on Tuesday approved a Bill with stringent provisions for prosecution of such offences with rigorous imprisonment of up to 10 years. "The Cabinet has approved Undisclosed Foreign Income and Assets (Imposition of New Tax)...
  • PM Narendra Modi is the CNN-IBN Indian of the Year 2014 March 17, 2015

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Damodardas Modi is the CNN-IBN Indian of the Year 2014. He guided the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance to a massive win in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. With the biggest mandate since 1984 and the first time since then that a single party...
  • 25 BJP MPs suffer embarrassment over absence during voting on crucial Bills in Lok Sabha March 17, 2015

    New Delhi: About 25 BJP MPs including Union Minister Babul Suprio and Shatrughan Sinha, Varun Gandhi and Poonam Mahajan on Tuesday suffered the embarrassment of being named and asked to stand at a Parliamentary Party meeting for their absence during voting in the Lok Sabha on crucial bills last week. Party...
  • Basic provisions of AP Re-Organisation Bill not implemented: Sonia Gandhi March 17, 2015

    Congress President Sonia Gandhi made a rare speech in the Lok Sabha stating that the basic provisions of the Andhra Pradesh Re-Organisation Bill have not been implemented and urged the government to take immediate action. She said, "Nine months have passed, they feel they are being taken for granted. I...