Confer separate minority status for Anglos, restore quota in Parliament, Assemblies, urges Anglo-Indian community

The Anglo-Indian community has urged the Centre to give it separate minority status and take steps to restore reservation to it in Parliament and State Assemblies for a ten year period. In December 2019, the Lok Sabha had unanimously passed a Constitution amendment bill to extend reservation to SCs and …

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38.71 lakh EPF members withdrew ₹44k crore since lockdown: Labour Minister

Labour Minister Santosh Gangwar said in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha that the withdrawals also include COVID-19 claims As many as 38,71,664 employees provident fund (EPF) withdrawal claims worth ₹44,054.72 crore were settled since March 25, Parliament was informed on Monday. The government had imposed the nationwide lockdown …

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Parliament proceedings live updates | Rajya Sabha discusses the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Amendment Bill

The Parliament will function today sans Opposition parties. Opposition parties boycotted Parliament on Tuesday too, first walking out of Rajya Sabha in the morning and later from Lok Sabha at around 4 p.m., protesting against the flawed passage of the two farm bills in the Upper House on Sunday that …

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‘Criticism should not be misconstrued as opposition’

AIADMK Rajya Sabha MP S.R. Balasubramoniyan, who criticised certain provisions of the farmers’ Bills in the Rajya Sabha, on Sunday said his views should not be construed as the party’s opposition to the Bills. The AIADMK high-command had decided to support the Bills, he told The Hindu, adding that the …

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Parliament proceedings live | 8 Opposition members, including Derek O’Brien, suspended from Rajya Sabha

Rajya Sabha was adjourned for a brief period after Zero Hour as Opposition members protested the suspension of eight members for the remainder of the monsoon session. The members were suspended after the Parliamentary Affairs Minister raised a motion for the same, citing their unruly behaviour against the Deputy Chairman …

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Parliamentary panels’ role reduced, functioning at all-time low, data show

There was not a single meeting of any parliamentary committee in the four months following the national lockdown imposed on March 24, 2020, due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Of the 24 departmentally-related standing committees, not one met virtually either during the lockdown. Departmentally-related standing committees are committees with …

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Parliament monsoon session: Oppn demands discussion on LAC standoff, Covid

The issues of ongoing LAC standoff, handling of the coronavirus pandemic and economic slowdown are likely to dominate the Monsoon session of Parliament which begins on Monday, with the opposition demanding a discussion on them, while the government has listed nearly two dozen new legislations for passage …

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