PARLIAMENT

  • Human DNA Profiling Bill likely in Budget session: Centre to SC 5 days ago

    New Delhi: Government intends to introduce the Human DNA Profiling Bill, to enable identification of bodies and missing persons and create a DNA database, in the upcoming Budget Session of Parliament. In an affidavit filed before the Supreme Court, the Department of Biotechnology said that in accordance with the apex court...
  • Budget session likely from February 23: Sources 6 days ago

    New Delhi: According to sources on Tuesday, the Budget session of Parliament is likely to start from February 23. Hopes are high with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley indicating start of second-generation reforms going forward. Jaitley is likely to make significant announcements on key issues such as retro tax, goods and services...
  • President Pranab Mukherjee raps Opposition for disrupting Parliament 1 week ago

    New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee on Monday rapped the Opposition over repeated disruptions in Parliament. Mukherjee said a noisy minority cannot be allowed to gag a patient majority. He also said that there should not be any disruption of proceedings under any circumstances. The Winter session of Parliament saw repeated disruptions...
  • Protesters clash with Pakistan police near French consulate January 16, 2015

    Pakistan: Pakistan police fired tear gas and water cannon at about 200 protesters outside the French consulate in the southern port city of Karachi on Friday when a demonstration against the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo turned violent. It was the first time people's anger over the cartoons lampooning Islam's Prophet...
  • President nod to ordinance for iron ore, non-coal mineral auction January 13, 2015

    New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee has given his assent to an ordinance for auction of iron ore and other non-coal mines, a government source said. The Union Cabinet had earlier approved the ordinance on January 5. This would pave the way for introduction of competitive bidding for allocation of iron ore and...
  • Gandhi statue at British Parliament will cement India ties: David Cameron January 10, 2015

    London: Justifying the decision to install a Mahatma Gandhi statue at the Parliament Square, Prime Minister David Cameron has said the initiative would lead to Britain cementing its historical connection with India. Cameron said there were "lots of reasons for the Gandhi statue to be installed at the British Parliament" alongside...
  • Ideas 2015: Clean, disciplined lawmakers January 9, 2015

    Intolerance, bigotry, threatening the Nehruvian Idea of India 2014 ended on the note where the line blurred between fringe and mainstream actors and custodians of our Constitution. Our MP's came up with hate speeches and praises for the man who assassinated Gandhi. Experts say a strong government at the Centre...
  • Amarinder Singh could be replaced as Congress Deputy Leader in Lok Sabha January 7, 2015

    New Delhi: Senior Congress leader from Punjab Amarinder Singh, who was virtually absent in the winter session of Parliament, could soon be replaced as the Deputy leader of the party in the Lok Sabha. At the same time, party sources did not rule out...
  • Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti gets VIP security cover January 6, 2015

    New Delhi: Union Minister Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti, whose hate speech kicked up a political storm and stalled Parliament, has been given VIP security. 47-year-old Jyoti, who is a Minister of State in Food Processing Ministry, will now have 11 para-military personnel guarding her round-the-clock, official sources said on Tuesday. ...
  • Indian National League threatens to erect memorials of hanged Parliament attack-convict Afzal Guru January 5, 2015

    New Delhi: The Indian National League has on Monday threatened to erect memorials of hanged Parliament attack-convict Afzal Guru. The Indian National League says it will put up Afzal Guru memorials across the country if the Centre allows the Hindu Maha Sabha to put up statues of Nathuram Godse. The...
  • Jairam Ramesh slams Modi government over Ordinance on land acquisition, says Congress to oppose it in Parliament December 30, 2014

    New Delhi: Former Rural Development Minister and Congress Rajya Sabha MP Jairam Ramesh, who piloted the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013, has slammed the Narendra Modi government for bringing in an Ordinance that dilutes key provisions of the Act. Ramesh says, "What...
  • Watch: Georgia MPs fight inside Parliament, uproot microphones, use them as weapons December 27, 2014

    High drama was witnessed in Parliament of Georgia as a fight erupted between ruling and opposition lawmakers on Friday. Some MPs went so far as to uproot microphones from desks and use them as weapons. The fight erupted after an argument between MPs over the composition of parliamentary delegations...
  • Oratorial skills, statesmanship make Atal Bihari Vajpayee a living icon December 24, 2014

    New Delhi: Finally, it has come true. The Narendra Modi led NDA government at the Centre has conferred Bharat Ratna on iconic leader and statesman Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Ending months of speculation, a day before his birthday, December 25, a communique from the Rashtrapati Bhawan announced, "PresidentMukherjee has been pleased...
  • Political obstruction makes PM Modi's road to reform a rocky one December 24, 2014

    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...
  • PM asks MPs to tell people about bills passed by Government in Parliament December 23, 2014

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday asked BJP MPs to highlight the government's "successful performance" in Parliament and explain to people the bills passed in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha despite disruption by opposition parties. While addressing members at the BJP Parliamentary Party meeting, the Prime Minister asked...
  • BJP, RSS leaders meet to discuss religious conversions December 22, 2014

    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...
  • Winter session a flop show: Have BJP floor managers failed the government? December 22, 2014

    The Lok Sabha on Monday was adjourned as the Rashtriya Janata Dal's MP Pappu Yadav misbehaved with the Deputy Speaker M Thambidurai and threw papers at the chair. CNN-IBN asks whether MPs should be disqualified for misbehaviour in Parliament. ...
  • Protests over conversions set back Modi's reform agenda December 22, 2014

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi's reform agenda suffered a setback on Monday as protests erupted in Parliament and in the streets over a campaign by Hindu hardliners linked to his party to convert Muslims and Christians to Hinduism. Opposition members threw papers and swarmed to the centre of the Upper...
  • Should MPs be disqualified for misbehaviour in Parliament? December 22, 2014

    The Lok Sabha on Monday was adjourned as the Rashtriya Janata Dal's MP Pappu Yadav misbehaved with the Deputy Speaker M Thambidurai and threw papers at the chair. CNN-IBN asks whether MPs should be disqualified for misbehaviour in Parliament. ...
  • Venkaiah Naidu appeals to opposition parties to let Parliament function December 22, 2014

    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 December 22, 2014

    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...
  • Fighting TB: Lessons learned and the way forward December 22, 2014

    Mumbai: As a member of Parliament in the world's largest democracy, it is my responsibility to voice my concern against major public health problems such as tuberculosis. TB is one of the biggest public health challenges facing India today. India bears the highest burden of TB in the world, with...
  • Janata Parivar ups the ante against NDA government, demands discussion on black money issue December 22, 2014

    New Delhi: The Central government is facing a hard time in Parliament with the Janata Parivar led by Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav hitting out at them over black money issue. Mulayam along with other SP leaders staged a walkout from the Lok Sabha protesting against the government over...
  • Live: Uproar in Rajya Sabha over forced conversions after opposition members enter well of the House December 22, 2014

    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. ...
  • RSS to press ahead on conversions in challenge to PM Modi December 22, 2014

    New Delhi: The head of Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh vowed to press ahead with a campaign to convert Muslims and Christians to Hinduism, stoking a sensitive debate that has stalled parliament and threatened Prime Minister Narendra Modi's economic reform agenda. Mohan Bhagwat of the right-wing Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh, which is also the...
  • No one can derail development agenda of Modi government: Amit Shah December 21, 2014

    Chennai: Amid the raging controversy over a conversion bid by some Sangh Parivar outfits, BJP President Amit Shah asserted that such incidents would not derail the party-led NDA Government from its development agenda. "BJP has made its stand clear on conversions. And no one can derail the party (government) from...
  • RSS to press ahead on conversions in challenge to PM Narendra Modi December 21, 2014

    New Delhi: Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat vowed to press ahead with a campaign to convert Muslims and Christians to Hinduism, stoking a sensitive debate that has stalled Parliament and threatened Prime Minister Narendra Modi's economic reform agenda. Bhagwat said India was a "Hindu nation" where many Hindus had been...
  • Under fire, BJP puts the onus on Opposition to support law banning religious conversions December 21, 2014

    New Delhi: Under attack over religious conversions in Agra, Bharatiya Janata Party has put the onus on the Opposition to support an anti-conversion bill. A day after RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat suggested that a law banning conversions should be supported by opposition parties if they were against religious conversions, BJP chief...
  • Parliament panel seeks blueprint for advanced Railway e-ticketing system December 21, 2014

    New Delhi: A parliamentary committee has asked the Railways to submit a blueprint for its plan to implement the new generation advanced e-ticketing system under which seven lakh tickets could be booked per day. The public transporter has envisaged a better system which would work seamlessly even during high traffic when...
  • Two days left in winter session, fate of Insurance, Coal Bills hang in balance December 20, 2014

    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...