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President’s speech reflects Modi govt’s focus on governance

The budget session of Parliament began on Monday with an address by president Pranab Mukherjee.  Economic Survey will be presented on February 27 and Railway Budget on February 26. The budget

Govt firm, moves land acquisition bill in Lok Sabha

The land acquisition bill to replace an ordinance has been introduced in Lok Sabha on Tuesday despite opposition crying foul. The government had promulgated the ordinance making significant changes

Wake up and change, Hazare tells govt on land bill

Social activist Anna Hazare on Wednesday took the fight against land acquisition bill to the parliament by holding farmers rally near parliament building. Addressing the rally he ask

Govt ready to talk and change on land bill

While the government keeps a brave face on land acquisition bill even as it tries to open a window of accommodation, the BJP has formed a committee to look into farmer`s concerns. Pa

Venkaiah’s remarks on introspection shakes parliament

It was an inauspicious start to the railway budget presentation in parliament on Thursday morning. Led by Congress president Sonia Gandhi the opposition parties stalled parliamentary business over

Will change if land bill is against farmers, says Modi

Prime minister Narendra Modi said on Friday that "if there is anything against farmers in land acquisition bill, the government is ready to change it". Speaking on motion o

Rahul again shakes parliament, this time it is `snoopgate-2`

In parliament on Monday, the Congress party raised what it called ‘Snoopgate-2 , the alleged espionage of its vice president Rahul Gandhi by Delhi police. On March 12, Delhi po

Govt has little time for important bills as parliament session resumes

Temperatures are going to rise both outside parliament and inside. Lok Sabha resumed its budget session after a break and Rajya Sabha sitting is from Aril 23. The debate over land bill is going to

Parliament sees record performance, so will be land bill

The land acquisition bill (The Right to Fair Compensation, Transparency, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (Amendment) Ordinance, 2015) may rewrite legislative history even as the parliament saw a re

Parliament’s panel wants states views on land bill to counter Modi govt

The contentious land bill, officially known as Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Bill, is meeting stiff opposition from all most secti

Morning briefing: Parliament`s stormy monsoon session begins today

Parliament is set for confrontation between the Opposition-led by Congress and the government. The Narendra Modi government will be hauled up over Vyapam scam and Lalit Modi episode. External affai

Sushma ready for debate but unrelenting opposition parties force RS adjournment

The monsoon session of the parliament began on Tuesday. Even though the government is willing the opposition is not ready to allow the session to proceed smoothly. At the parliament

Cong team on save Vadra mission, meets speaker

After a privilege motion is moved in parliament it is left to the presiding officer to take a decision of its reference to the privileges committee of the house. In case of Robert Vadra also these

No meaningful proceedings till resignations, says tough-talking Sonia

Parliamentary majority does not give anyone a license to escape accountability, said Sonia Gandhi on Monday morning and dashed to ground any hopes the government was harbouring on resumption of bus

Non-bailable warrant against Lalit Modi should bring Cong back to parliament

Will the Congress return to the parliamentary business now? A special court on Wednesday allowed the issuance of a non bailable warrant against Lalit Modi in a money laundering case. With this warr

Sushma drags Sonia into her Lalit Modi defence

When she finally got a chance to speak, external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj chose to be dramatic and displayed emotions that are normally not seen in parliament. Making a stateme

Talking and taking a walk to Rashtrapati Bhavan will not help India

India woke up today to another day of uncertainty and ceaseless cacophony created by the politicians. Television screens screamed that today is last day of parliament`s monsoon session and no legis

PM Modi utters Emergency word while targeting Cong

The Rajya Sabha worked for just over nine hours of the 17-day session monsoon session of parliament, which ended today. Key legislation like the goods and services tax bill is pending in the RS.

Morning briefing: Two-day special sitting of parliament from today

In a tribute to BR Ambedkar, the architect of the Indian constitution, the parliament is having a special sitting today and tomorrow (Thursday and Friday), marking Constitution Day. The two-day eve

Evening digest: Venkaiah Naidu bats for women`s quota bill, uniform civil code

Union parliamentary affairs minister M Venkaiah Naidu on Friday said political parties must reach a conclusion on the long-pending women`s reservation bill and attacked the Congress over the allege

Modi swears by consensus and Constitution in LS

In a mellowed tone that reflected the reality of current political situation, prime minister Narendra Modi today said that consensus was a democracy’s greatest strength and cooperation empowe

Morning briefing: Parliament business to be smooth as Cong decides to be constructive

The Congress has decided it will not obstruct non-contentious legislative business in parliament but strongly raise issues of public importance in both houses. A Congress strategy meeting chaired b

Common sense approach is govt’s mantra, says prime minister Modi

The path his government has chosen is one that uses common sense to solve problems, declared prime minister Narendra Modi today. Making it clear that there is no one right way to ma

Morning briefing: Rs 10,000 cr sanitation programme is total failure, says CAG report

In the past five years, almost Rs. 10,000 crore has been spent on rural sanitation with not much to show for results, says a report of the Comptroller and Audit General of India (CAG). It was table

Morning briefing: Swaraj to make statement in parliament today on India-Pak talks

External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj is set to make a statement in both houses of Parliament today on her two-day visit to Pakistan and the resumption of bilateral talks. “I will make a st

Morning briefing: Busy three days in parliament, RS to pass many pending bills

The Central government will today introduce the Bankruptcy Bill in the Parliament. The Bill when enacted will improve ease of doing business in India. The Rajya Sabha, which has passed only one Bil

Extend sessions by a day to discuss development issues: Modi to MPs

Prime minister Narendra Modi has advised the members of parliament to sit for one more day in the session to discuss development issues. Addressing the Lok Sabha on Thursday, Modi said that there s

Cloaking `Aadhaar` with the sanctity of a law on disputable grounds

The government of India has tabled the Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Bill, 2016 in the Lok Sabha. The proposed legislation seeks to give a lega

Jaitley argues why Aadhaar is money bill

 The Rajya Sabha witnessed the kind of debate it has not seen at least in recent decades as it took up for consideration the Aadhaar bill on Wednesday. Essentially, the opposition in the upper

Aadhaar presupposes privacy is fundamental right: Jaitley

Right to privacy is one of the hotly debated issues when the matter of Aadhaar comes up. On Wednesday, initiating a discussion in the Rajya Sabha on the Aadhaar bill, finance minister Arun Jaitley

Jairam puts Jaitley on back-foot on money bill precedents

Jairam Ramesh of the Congress led the opposition attack on the government during the discussion on the Aadhaar bill in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday, putting finance minister Arun Jaitley in an emba

Why Aadhaar is Niraadhaar: Jairam’s objections to the bill

After snubbing the finance minister in Rajya Sabha, Jairam Ramesh of

Welcome Big Brother. And get ready for post-Aadhaar life

I assume that you already have an Aadhaar number. After all, 98 crore Indians have it. Why won’t you? And if you haven’t, it is time. The Aadhaar bill cleared by parliament on March 16

All you wanted to know about insolvency and bankruptcy code

Before making an investment, an investor has to consider not only the best-case scenario but also the worst-case scenario – unless a unit is allowed to close down properly if the business goe

RTI Act: Why citizens must send a strong message to MPs

There is a very disturbing news report about the entire political spectrum agreeing that RTI is misused and some constrictions and impediments should be developed to muzzle it. This is indeed a sad

A bill that parliament passed in a single day

In what can only be described as rarest of rare case in Indian parliamentary history, the Rajendra Prasad Central Agricultural University Bill was passed by both the houses on Wednesday. Not just t

Our MPs, without own views, are mere numbers

According to a recent news report published by a prominent national daily, some newly elected MLAs in West Bengal were being required by their leaders to sign an oath of allegiance to their politic

A lesson for Indian politicians from an unusual kids` parliament

Ili, 14, is out on the street busy canvassing for her 10-year old friend Naila Ayaz, who is a candidate for a unique children’s parliament. Just like seasoned politicians, they make promises

BJP-Congress locked in keen contests for Rajya Sabha

Voting to elect 27 Rajya Sabha members is underway across seven states as the ruling BJP is hoping to increase its numbers in the upper house of Parliament to enable it to push key legislations.

How to stop human trafficking

In India, till recently, the complex crime of trafficking was addressed through multiple laws. For example, while the Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act, 1956 (ITPA) sought to punish traffickers for

Coal India violating rights of adivasis, claims Amnesty

Amnesty International India has released an investigative report on how mining operations by India`s largest coal producing state-owned Coal India Limited has violated the rights of adivasis. 

BJP to feel the heat on NSG and Kashmir from Congress

A combative Congress will raise issues like the ongoing violence in Kashmir and the fiasco of India’s unsuccessful attempt to join the Nuclear Supplier’s Group [NSG] in the monsoon sess

Forget progress on Lokpal, we are going backwards

 The Lokpal law that was enacted after decades of debate and demand for an anti-corruption institution was dealt a severe blow as an amendment bill was introduced and passed by parliament in l

Parliament passes bill to tackle black money

 Benami Transactions (Prohibition) Amendment Bill, 2015, the legislation for tackling the problem of black money in the country has been passed by the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday.  T

GST bill passed: India looks set for its biggest ever tax reform

The Rajya Sabha on Thursday passed The Constitution (122nd Amendment) Bill, 2014 (GST), ending years of political wrangling and raucousness.  GST is ess

Structural reforms needed in Rajya Sabha: Think tank

The disruptions in the Rajy Sabha are attributable to a mismatch between the power of the Rajya Sabha in being able to check and balance government, and its composition, which is entirely political

Open letter to TS Thakur, chief justice of India

Justice TS Thakur, Chief justice of India. Dear Sir, I am writing this letter in the spirit of seeking an improvement in the working of the judiciary, and not as an exe

Railway budget-Union budget merger: Let’s do away with general budget too

Now that the rail budget has chugged into history, the spotlight needs to be turned on the annual financial statement in Article 112 of the Constitution of India – better known as the general

GST bill to be discussed in winter session of parliament

 The Central Goods and Services Tax Bill, 2016, which facilitates levy of tax on intra-state supply of goods or services, and the Integrated Goods and Services Tax Bill, 2016 that facilitates

Black money debate in black and white, with a touch of saffron

“It’s a war; it’s a mahayajnya. You have to decide on whose side you are.” -- M Venkaiah Naidu, in parliament on November 17   In

What foreign media says about Modi and demonetisation

While the nation struggles to adapt to changes since demonetisation, foreign media has been widely covering the Narendra Modi government’s move and the public’s response.

The Sitaram speech: Big crocodiles have survived and small fish have died

What Sitaram Yechury of CPM said during the demonetisation debate in the Rajya Sabha on November 16 (mildly edited and truncated for clarity):  [...] If you don’t

MMS calls currency chaos organized loot, Jaitley delivers stinging retort

Former prime minister Manmohan Singh and finance minister Arun Jaitley sparred over demonetization in parliament on Thursday. Manmohan spoke of the “monumental management failure” in im

If you (really) want to fight black money, won’t Lokpal make more sense?

Remember the Lokpal? The one-point panacea for all corruption and black money. It is a law, on the statute book. And while the government has launched a surgical strike against black money that has

Procedural changes from 1978 may have created huge loopholes

On November 8, the Government of India announced its decision to pull high-value currency notes of Rs. 500 and Rs. 1,000 denomination out of circulation, with immediate effect. A detailed procedure

Disruptions in parliament amount to gagging majority: Pranab Mukherjee

President Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday emphasised on the need to avoid disruption of parliamentary proceedings. He said that while three Ds are essential in a parliamentary system of democracy i.e.

Amend human rights Act to make NHRC effective: Sathasivam

 Kerala Governor P. Sathasivam, who is a former chief justice of India, has suggested that an amendment in the Protection of Human Rights (PHR) Act will make National Human Rights Commission (

When it took just an hour or two for parliament to pass bills

At the beginning of the session, 19 bills were listed for consideration and passage; none of these were passed. Out of the nine bills listed for introduction, three were introduced. Only two bills

Raincoat, bathroom, and the un-washable spots…

There’s a lot of mud-slinging going on after prime minister Narendra Modi’s remarks on his predecessor Manmohan Singh: “Only Dr Sahab knows the art of taking bath in the bathr

A bill that died many deaths

The inherent misogyny and patriarchy in the political class has prevented Indian women from getting a fair share in running the parliament and legislative assemblies in the largest democracy of the

For Modi govt, Lokpal is not priority, enemy property is

The government has told the supreme court that the Lokpal cannot be appointed because the 2013 law needs several amendments, which will be taken up only in the monsoon session. The N

Road accidents claim 1.5 lakh lives a year

Road accidents are possibly the biggest invisible killers, claiming more lives than terrorism, cancer or any other factor. In 2015, there were about five lakh road accidents in India, which killed

One country, one tax from July 1

 After an intense seven-hour-long debate in the Lok Sabha, the cabinet gave a nod to the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill. A green signal has also been given to the four crucial supplementary

Unless SC stays it, Aadhaar law will prevail: Ravi Shankar Prasad

 Law and IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Monday said that the interim orders of the supreme court on Aadhaar delivered in 2015 are meant for an "interim arrangement" and "it

Parliament can’t be run on 19th century rules: Jay Panda

Baijayant ‘Jay’ Panda feels that coffee would go well with the conversation we are about to have in the elegant, wood-panelled study of his Delhi house. “Do people drink coffee in

The missing links

At its most basic level the union budget is a laundry list of the government’s projected receipts and expenditure – just like a typical household budget. But it is a document which all

Making words count

In 2016, 38 bills were enacted in parliament. During that year, on average, the time spent on legislative debate (without interruptions) was 23 percent in the Lok Sabha and 16 percent in the Rajya

Rs 1,514 crore already spent on cleaning Yamuna

 The major reason for high level of pollution in river Yamuna is inadequate flow due to over extraction of surface and ground water and discharge of untreated effluent, union minister Vijay Go

Varun Gandhi on freezing pay hike for MPs

In one of those little paradoxes, the parliamentarians’ pays and perks are decided by nobody other than they themselves. Feroze Varun Gandhi, the BJP MP from Sultanpur who has been champion

Parliamentary panel to study financial resolution bill

The Financial Resolution and Deposit Insurance Bill, 2017 has been referred to a joint parliamentary committee for examination and presenting a report to the parliament.  

The central challenge of India is job creation: Rahul Gandhi

 For the first time in our history, India has the opportunity to wipe out poverty. If India is able to lift another 350 million people out of poverty by 2030, it would be an achievement that t

Consumer rights protection bill in next parliament session

Strict consumer rights protection bill will be tabled in the next session of parliament for protection of consumer’s rights, said CR Chaudhary, minister of state for consumer affairs.

Demand for passage of women’s reservation bill

Women’s groups have sought the passage of the women’s reservation bill in the winter session of parliament. According to The National Alliance for Women’s Reservation Bi

Fewer and fewer parliament sittings

The winter session of parliament this year is going to be from December 15 to January 5, which will result in fewer sittings and impact legislative productivity. When parliament meet

FRDI Bill provides additional protection to depositors

 The government on Thursday said that provisions of the Financial Resolution and Deposit Insurance Bill, 2017 (FRDI Bill) were meant to protect interests of depositors. The FRDI Bill

Winter session will be productive: Modi

The winter session of parliament is starting and I am confident that it will be productive session, said prime minister Narendra Modi on Friday. He hoped that there is “constru

India has 320 central PSUs

There were 320 Central Public Sector Enterprises in the country, the parliament was informed. Union minister Pon Radhakrishnan said that the total investment therein was Rs. 11,71,84

Are nominated members non-starters?

The members nominated to the Rajya Sabha have time and again failed to be effective parliamentarians – and cricketer Sachin Tendulkar is no exception. Tendulkar, a Bharat Ratna

Budget estimate for disinvestment is Rs 72,500 crore

The budget estimate (BE) for disinvestment during the year 2017-18 is Rs.72,500 crore, parliament was informed. Union minister Subhash Bhamre said that this comprised Rs.46,500 crore

Parliamentarians too want a big salary hike

Members of parliament are angling for a 100 percent hike in their salary. The Lok Sabha’s committee on salary and allowances has called a meeting on January 12 where it is like

Model Contract Farming Act is now at final stage

A Model Contract Farming Act is now at the final stage to help farmers enter into pre-season price agreement on their produce, parliament was informed. Union minister Radha Mohan Sin

Modi blames Congress for partition

The partition happened due to the wrong policies of the Congress party, said prime minister Narendra Modi who called for building a new India. In the reply to the Motion of Thanks to

Behind Modi`s speech was a carefully crafted electoral strategy

Listen, O! Lord: Standing things shall fall, That which moves shall stay… As prime minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday walked across the aisle to reach

No mechanism to monitor govt’s own transparency directive

 On February 8, 2018, V. Vijaysai Reddy, MP (YSR Congress) of Andhra Pradesh asked the prime minister in the Rajya Sabha about the existence of the CIC`s order, the Cabinet Secretariat`s circu

Constitution has been amended 101 times

The constitution of India has been amended 101 times so far, parliament was informed. Union minister PP Chaudhary said that there is no proposal to review the working of the constitu

Bill to regulate seeds

A Bill seeks to have private participation in production and distribution of seed to ensure the availability of quality seeds among the farmers, parliament was informed. Union minist

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