Parliament

  • Polling stations open in New Zealand general election 3 days ago

    Wellington: New Zealanders were voting on Saturday in a general election to determine who will lead the country for the next three years and under strict laws allowing limited election coverage on polling day. On the eve of the vote, both the centreright National Party of Prime Minister John Key...
  • Ebola a challenge to global security: European Parliament 3 days ago

    Strasbourg: Members of the European Parliament have urged the international community to play a major role in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus disease, which they said poses "a challenge to global security". In a joint resolution on Thursday, the lawmakers deplored the loss of life in the West African...
  • Over 1,000 Pakistani parliamentarians face suspension 6 days ago

    Islamabad: More than 1,000 parliamentarians in Pakistan are facing their membership's suspension if they continued to not submit their assets' details to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP). The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has revealed that out of 1,174 parliamentarians only 96 have submitted details of their assets, Geo News...
  • Tibetan Parliament to discuss Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to India September 12, 2014

    Dharamsala: The session of the Tibetan Parliamentinexile began in this Himachal Pradesh hill town on Friday and will hold special deliberations on the proposed visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to India next week, an official said. A special session to discuss the proposed visit will be held on September...
  • BJP, Congress slam UK parliament's move to hold debate on Kashmir September 11, 2014

    New Delhi: BJP and Congress were on the same page on Thursday as they frowned upon a proposal in Britain's House of Commons to hold a debate on the state of human rights in Kashmir. "British Parliament's decision to discuss Kashmir issue condemnable. Can we take up Falkland Islands or Scotland...
  • Watch: Excerpt from Vivekananda's speech in Parliament of Religions in Chicago in 1893 September 11, 2014

    Incidentally on 9/11, 121 years ago, Swami Vivekananda had preached universal brotherhood in Parliament of Religions in Chicago. He had made a speech promoting tolerance. His century old speech is relevant even today. ...
  • Debate on Kashmir in UK Parliament causes stir September 10, 2014

    London: A debate on the human rights situation in Kashmir to be held in the UK Parliament building on Thursday has caused a stir among Indian groups here who fear it could be used as an India bashing opportunity. Liberal Democrat MP David Ward has secured a 'General debate on political...
  • As scots eye independence, rest of UK gets nervous September 10, 2014

    BerwickUponTweed, England: All Gavin Jones has to do is scan the shelves of his impossibly quaint shop on England's border with Scotland to know he'll have a big problem if the Scots declare independence next week. There are teddy bears in Campbell clan tartans and shelves of shortbread from Scotland ...
  • Pakistan: Imran Khan vows to stay in front of Parliament till PM Sharif quits September 6, 2014

    Islamabad: Pakistan's antigovernment protesters on Saturday had a quiet day in the capital's high security area where they have been camping demanding Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's resignation, even as opposition leader Imran Khan vowed to continue the sitin until goals achieved. TehreekiInsaf chief Khan promised his supporters that he would...
  • Turkish government wins vote of confidence in Parliament September 6, 2014

    Ankara: The new Turkish government Saturday won a vote of confidence in parliament in capital Ankara. Turkey's 62nd government won 306 votes from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) with 133 lawmakers from the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) voting against it, Xinhua...
  • Delhi HC to hear PIL on appointment of LoP in Lok Sabha on October 15 September 3, 2014

    New Delhi: The Delhi High court on Wednesday deferred to October 15 the hearing on a PIL seeking a direction to the Speaker to appoint Leader of Opposition (LoP) in the Lok Sabha. "The Supreme Court is already hearing this matter. We will hear after the apex court hears it,"...
  • Manmohan Singh named member of Parliamentary panel on Finance September 2, 2014

    New Delhi: Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who is hailed as the architect of economic reforms in the country, is a member of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Finance, it was announced on Tuesday. Incidentally, M Veerappa Moily, who was a minister in the Manmohan Singh government, is heading the...
  • Pakistan Parliament backs embattled Prime Minister as crisis deepens September 3, 2014

    Islamabad: Pakistan's parliament threw its weight behind embattled Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday as a deepening crisis over violent protests demanding his resignation prompted fears of an army intervention. But, signalling a possible softening in his position, protest leader Imran Khan said he would meet a conservative Islamist politician who...
  • Pakistan PM Sharif chairs joint Parliament session as crisis deepens September 2, 2014

    Islamabad: Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif chaired a joint session of Parliament on Tuesday as a deepening crisis over violent protests demanding his resignation prompted fears of an army intervention. Sharif enjoys a solid majority in Parliament and by convening both Houses he seeks to reaffirm that he is fully in...
  • Pakistan's prime minister resolved to ride out protests crisis August 27, 2014

    Islamabad: Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif told parliament on Wednesday he would not be cowed by thousands of demonstrators camped outside the assembly demanding his resignation. Protesters led by cricketerturnedpolitician Imran Khan and firebrand cleric Tahir ulQadri have rallied in Islamabad for almost two weeks and vowed to occupy the capital...
  • Should PM & CMs keep criminal netas out of their cabinet? August 27, 2014

    In a landmark ruling, the Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed a petition seeking the removal of people with alleged criminal background from becoming ministers at the Centre or states. "We leave it to the wisdom of the Prime Minister whether to appoint people with criminal background or not," the apex...
  • PM sets up committee to identify 'obsolete' laws within 3 months August 27, 2014

    New Delhi: Moving ahead with his resolve to weed out archaic rules and procedures as part of reforms process, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday set up a committee to identify "obsolete" laws which he believes hamper governance by creating "avoidable confusion". The committee will submit its report in three months...
  • SC dismisses PIL on appointment of ministers with criminal background, says it's up to the PM August 27, 2014

    New Delhi: In a landmark ruling, the Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed a petition seeking the removal of people with alleged criminal background from becoming ministers at the Centre or states. "We leave it to the wisdom of the Prime Minister whether to appoint people with criminal background or not,"...
  • LOP row: BJP defends stand, Congress says Centre scared of opposition August 22, 2014

    New Delhi: After the Supreme Court questioned the Centre over the status of the Leader of Opposition post in the Lok Sabha, the Bharatiya Janata Party has come out in its defense. "The LOP post is virtually appointed by the will of the people, and that is reflected by the...
  • Centre on the backfoot as SC questions status of LOP post in Parliament August 22, 2014

    New Delhi: Pushing the Narendra Modi government on the backfoot, the Supreme Court on Friday questioned the status of the Leader of Opposition post in the Lok Sabha. The apex court has raised concerns on why there is no LOP in Parliament. The court has agreed to interpret the LOP...
  • Pakistan Parliament rejects demand for Nawaz Sharif resignation August 21, 2014

    Islamabad: Pakistan's National Assembly on Thursday unanimously passed a resolution rejecting the antigovernment protesters' demand for the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and dissolution of the Parliament. Protest leaders Imran Khan and Tahirul Qadri camping in the capital have demanded that Sharif should quit and assemblies be dissolved. The resolution by...
  • Islamabad turmoil: Imran Khan vows to storm PM house, Qadri calls for encircling Parliament August 20, 2014

    Islamabad: Pakistan opposition leader Imran Khan on Wednesday threatened to storm Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's residence with thousands of his supporters while cleric Tahirul Qadri asked protesters to encircle the Parliament, even as the powerful army warned that the sanctity of key buildings in the heart of the capital be...
  • Pakistan: Imran's lookalike big draw at 'Azadi March' August 20, 2014

    Islamabad: Opposition leader Imran Khan is the man of the hour for thousands of his supporters but those unable to access him can get themselves clicked with his lookalike who has been a big draw at the protest. Jamal Shah, a lecturer of English at a private college in Nowshera in...
  • Thousands led by Imran Khan, Qadri protest outside Pak Parliament, say Sharif must quit August 20, 2014

    Islamabad: Islamabad is under siege as calls for Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to step down grow louder. Thousands of protesters led by Pakistan TehreekiInsaf chief Imran Khan and cleric TahirulQadri have reached Pakistan's Parliament in the heavily fortified 'Red Zone', which is Islamabad's diplomatic enclave. There is heavy army deployment...
  • There's no way we can justify MP's absence in Rajya Sabha, especially Sachin Tendulkar; his word carries weight: Javed Akhtar August 23, 2014

    New Delhi: Noted lyricist and writer Javed Akhtar today lamented the fact that Rekha and Sachin Tendulkar, members of parliament from the Indian film and sports fraternity haven't been attending the Parliamentary sessions regularly. Speaking at a press conference in the city, Akhtar said, "There's no way we can justify...
  • BJP using Hinduism as a badge of political identity: Shashi Tharoor August 15, 2014

    Mumbai: Congress leader Shashi Tharoor has attacked the BJPled government at the Centre over the alleged "systematic increase" in cases of communal violence since the party came to power and accused it of using Hinduism as a badge of political identity to fit their "political agenda". "The communal violence debate...
  • Government cracks the whip on RJs for mimicking MPs: Are we becoming a humourless society? August 14, 2014

    The government has said that it will take action against Radio Jockeys on FM channels airing jokes on MPs and mimicking them. Samajwadi Party MP Jaya Bachchan had raised the issue in the Rajya Sabha demanding action against such RJs. ...
  • Parliament panel to review insurance bill in setback for government August 14, 2014

    New Delhi: The NDA government sent a landmark bill to liberalise the insurance sector to a parliament committee on Thursday after the opposition opposed the legislation in the upper house where it has a majority. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said a select committee will examine the bill to increase the cap...
  • Bill to accord institute of national importance to IIMs soon: Government August 13, 2014

    New Delhi: A Bill to accord the prestigious Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) as institute of national importance could be introduced soon, the Lok Sabha was informed on Wednesday. "Consultations on the subject has been done with the IIMs and based upon inputs received from various stakeholders, a first draft of...
  • Maintenance of each MP flat costs Rs 2.95 lakh a year August 13, 2014

    New Delhi: The average annual cost of maintenance of each flat in North and South Avenues meant for Members of Parliament is Rs 2.95 lakh, Lok Sabha was informed on Wednesday. The expenditure incurred per year on the maintenance of the MPs' flats in South and North Avenues per year since...