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House takes up National Capital Territory of Delhi Laws (Special Provisions) Second (Amendment) Bill

Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Puri moved National Capital Territory of Delhi Laws (Special Provisions) Second (Amendment) Bill, 2021 for consideration.

“The population of Delhi in 1947 was 8 lakh. Since the first Census in 1951, it has gone up to 20 lakh because of refugees. The population would be close to 2 crore in Census 2021,” he said.

13:26 (IST)

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20 killed, 197 missing in Uttarakhand, says Amit Shah

Union Home Minister Amit Shah in Rajya Sabha confirmed that 20 people died in Uttarakhand due to flash floods as of Monday 5 pm and 197 people were still missing.

“Uttarakhand government has said there is no danger right now and the water level is also decreasing. Work on rescuing 25 to 35 people stuck in a tunnel of the NTPC project is on, he tells the House. 197 people are missing,” said the home minister.

“The prime minister himself is monitoring the situation,” he said.

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All govt agencies monitoring situation: Shah on Uttarakhand disaster

Speaking on the avalanche in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, Home minister Amit Shah in Rajya Sabha said all concerned agencies of Centre and the state are monitoring the situation.

12:59 (IST)

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Here today because of Indira Gandhi: Ghulam Nabi Azad

Attributing his success to former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad in his retirement speech expressed gratitude to Indira Gandhi, Sanjay Gandhi to give him the opportunity to work under the Congress.

He also noted the opportunities given to him under the leadership of former PM Rajeev Gandhi, Congress party president Sonia Gandhi and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi.

12:52 (IST)

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Learnt from Atal Bihari Vajpayee how to be an efficient Leader of Opposition: Ghulam Nabi Azad

When Atal ji was the Leader of Opposition, I was the Parliamentary Affairs Minister and we did not have a majority. But those were the five easiest years for running the House. I learnt from Atal ji how to be an efficient Leader of Opposition,” said Ghulam Nabi Azad on Tuesday.

12:45 (IST)

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I feel proud to be a Hindustani Muslim: Ghulam Nabi Azad

Addressing the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday, Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad said he will sum his experience in the Parliament in a few couplets.

“When I was a college student in Jammu and Kashmir, both 14 and 15 August used to be celebrated. The majority used to celebrate 14 August. I am among those fortunate people who never went to Pakistan. When I read about the conditions in Pakistan, I feel proud that we are Hindustani Muslims.”

12:39 (IST)

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Azad connected the entire country with Jammu and Kashmir: Harivansh Narayan Singh

Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha Harivansh Narayan Singh wishing the four retiring members good luck, said: “It was my fortune that I got to sit next to Ghulam Nabi Azad in the House.”

“Azad has connected the entire country with Jammu and Kashmir,” he said.

12:34 (IST)

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Mir Mohammad Fayaz appeals Centre to return J&K’s special status

In his retirement speech PDP MP Mir Mohammad Fayaz said that the place for tri-colour has always been in his heart and it hurts when the people of Kashmir are seen as “traitors.”

“All the mainstream parties in Jammu and Kashmir have always held the Indian flag with pride and it hurts to see when people in media and otherwise call as traitors,” Fayaz said.

Fayaz also appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah to return the special status of Jammu and Kashmir as it will keep the trust of people in the government alive.

12:14 (IST)

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No other Congress member who has been in-charge of every state: Anand Sharma

Anand Sharma of the Congress said it was an emotional moment because “we are remembering the entirety of the time Ghulam Nabi Azad has given for the country.”

“There is no other person who has been in-charge of every state for the Congress,” said Sharma.

12:04 (IST)

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Ramdas Athawale adds humour to his farewell address for senior Congress MP

In his penchant for rhymes, the MoS Social Justice and Empowerment Ramdas Athawale added humour to his farewell speech for retiring Congress member Ghulam Nabi Azad.

Delivering his speech in a singsong manner, Athawale urged the Congress veteran to to come back to the House. “If the Congress doesn’t bring you back, we are ready to,” said Athawale.

11:42 (IST)

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Modi praises Ghulam Nabi Azad during Rajya Sabha session

“I am worried. How can one match Ghulam Nabi Azad’s stature after he is replaced (he is Leader of Opposition). Not only was he concerned about his party but also the country,” said Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Rajya Sabha on Tuesday.

11:32 (IST)

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‘True friend’: PM gets emotional in farewell address to Ghulam Nabi Azad

Concluding his emotional farewell address to Congress veteran Ghulam Nabi Azad, Prime Minister Narendra Modi thanked him for his work for the country and wished him best wishes for his future as a “friend”.

Modi said that his doors will always remain open for him and he will “always value” his suggestions on political matters.

“Ghulam Nabi Azad has a zeal to do something for this country and that will always make him do things. He will add value to every place he goes,” Modi added.

11:28 (IST)

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Ghulam Nabi Azad maintained good relations with all Opposition members: Sharad Pawar

Lauding Ghulam Nabi Azad for maintaining good relations with all Opposition members, NCP’s Sharad Pawar said, “Ghulam Nabi must be the only Member to have worked in Union Ministries. There are struggles in politics, as mentioned by the PM. He has earned the respect of all Members.”

“My association with Ghulam Nabi Azad goes back a long way. He is an organisational man. He started his career with the Congress ideology, his work was noticed and he was made the in-charge of Indian Youth Congress. We were his seniors and used to observe how he organised the youth. 1982 was a memorable year for his life. He got married that year and stood for elections from most the backward district in Maharashtra then. I was in the Opposition then and told people that someone from Kashmir is fighting elections from here. We held public meetings against him, but he won with a huge margin,” he said.

10:57 (IST)

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Ghulam Nabi Azad always prioritised nation over ‘party politics’, says PM

An emotional Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday expressed his gratitude to retiring member Ghulam Nabi Azad for “always prioritising the prosperity of country first”.

“As a leader of Opposition, its easy to engage in party politics, but Ghulam Nabi Azad ji rose above this and always prioritised the prosperity of country first,” said Modi.

During the pandemic, Modi said, it was Azad’s proposal to call an all-party meet to fight the crisis as one nation.

10:39 (IST)

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Rajya Sabha bids farewell to Congress’ Ghulam Nabi Azad

“Today, we bid farewell to four colleagues from the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir – Mir Mohammad Fayaz, Shamsher Singh, retiring on 10 February; Ghulam Nabi Azad and Nazir Ahmad Laway, retiring on 15 February,” says Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu.

10:28 (IST)

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Centre will soon bring a bill on cryptocurrency: Anurag Thakur

Minister of state for Finance Anurag Thakur on Tuesday said that a bill on cryptocurrency is in the works and the ministry will soon release it.

MoS Finance said the RBI does not have a legal framework to regulate crypto currencies to a question on regulation of Bitcoins. “The existing laws are inadequate. Inter-Ministerial Committee has given a report, the empowered technology group has met, the Cabinet Secretary has given a report, a Bill to regulate cryptocurrency is being finalised and will be sent to the Cabinet soon,” he says.

10:23 (IST)

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PM-Cares fund supporting COVID-19 vaccination program: Harsh Vardhan 

Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan in Rajya Sabha said all necessary steps have been taken to control the coronavirus outbreak, including financial support to states. “PM-Cares fund is supporting the vaccination program,” he said.

“Under the PM-Garib Kalyan Yojana, there is a provision to provide Rs 50 lakh to the kin of health workers who died due to COVID-19 in private and public hospitals,” the health minister said.

10:10 (IST)

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Centre mulling privilege notice against TMC’s Mahua Moitra

The government is mulling a breach of privilege notice against Trinamool Congress (TMC) member of Parliament Mahua Moitra for making allegations against the judiciary.

Sources in the government said remarks of the TMC MP will not be taken lightly and will be acted upon. A senior minister in the government said her remarks were against the rules.

10:01 (IST)

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Tamil must be compulsory in Kendriya Vidyalayas in state: DMK’s Tiruchi Siva

DMK member Tiruchi Siva on Tuesday said that Tamil should be made a compulsory language in Kendriya Vidyalayas in the state. “There are 49 Kendriya Vidyalayas in Tamil Nadu. None of them have Tamil language teachers. This is injustice to the local students. It is against the federal structure of the country,” he said.

He also proposed that other regional languages must also be compulsory in Kendriya Vidyalayas in other States.

“Students are enrolled into KVs because the fees is low and education level is good. The poor students are being disadvantaged. Tamil should be made a compulsory language in KVs in the State. And also respective regional languages in other States,” he said.

09:45 (IST)

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Amit Shah to make suo motu statement on Uttarakhand disaster at 11.30 am

Union Home Minister Amit Shah is expected to make a suo motu statement at 11.30 am on the Uttarakhand disaster. Over 500 rescue personnel from state, disaster and defence forces are racing against time to rescue the 34 workers — and there could be more — believed trapped inside a 1.6-km-long debris-filled tunnel of the Tapovan-Vishnugad hydel project in Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district.

09:36 (IST)

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Centre will soon release guidelines to regulate OTT platforms: Prakash Javadekar

Union Minister Prakash Javadekar on Tuesday said that the government will soon release guidelines for regulation of OTT or digital platforms.

“We have been getting suggestions and complaints regarding this everyday and we are almost ready with the guidelines and directions,” Javadekar said on the need to regulate OTT platforms.

09:34 (IST)

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Zero Hour begins; BJP MP raises issue of OTT platforms 

Mahesh Poddar of BJP raised the issue of Netflix and other OTT platforms hosting content that “affect Indian values”. “The language used in the programs reflects gender discrimination, body parts are displayed, women are objectified. The government should not delay and regulate these platforms at the earliest,” he said.

09:20 (IST)

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BJP MP gives Zero Hour notice over use of Hindi in SC, other high courts

Bharatiya Janata Party member Harnath Singh Yadav has given Zero Hour notice in Rajya Sabha regarding the use of Hindi and other languages in Supreme Court and High Courts.

09:09 (IST)

Rajya Sabha proceedings to begin soon

09:02 (IST)

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Obituary references to the passing away of:

1) Shri Mohinder Singh Lather, (ex-Member)

2) Amadou Toumani Toure, former President of Mali

3) Mamadou Tandja, former President of Niger

4) Ambrose Madvulo Dlamini, former Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Eswatini

08:58 (IST)

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Reports to be presented in RS:

1) Report of the Committee on Subordinate Legislation

2) Reports of the Department related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Water Resources

3) Reports of the Public Accounts Committee

08:57 (IST)

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Bills for consideration and passing in RS:

The National Capital Territory of Delhi Laws (Special Provisions) Second (Amendment) Bill, 2021;

The Major Port Authorities Bill, 2020.

08:55 (IST)

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Centre to move Major Port Authorities Bill, 2020, in RS

Union Minister Mansukh Mandaviya to move the Major Port Authorities Bill, 2020, in Rajya Sabha on Tuesday. The bill will provide for regulation, operation and planning of major ports Ports in India.

It further seeks to vest the administration, control and management of such ports upon the Boards of Major Port Authorities and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto, as passed by Lok Sabha.

08:30 (IST)

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Oppn parties give Suspension of Business Notice in RS over farmers’ protest 

Four Opposition parties — DMK, CPI, AAP and Shiv Sena have given Suspension of Business Notice in Rajya Sabha under rule 267 over ‘the plight of protesting farmers in Delhi’, reported ANI.

08:19 (IST)

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RECAP: LS logjam ends after Rajnath Singh appeals to not break tradition’

Lok Sabha resumed normal functioning Monday after a week-long disruption over the three Central farm laws following an appeal by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh that it was a duty of every member to maintain the tradition of passing the Motion of Thanks to President’s address.

After the House convened at 5 pm, Singh said the tradition of thanking the President has been continuing for long and it should not be broken in a healthy democracy.

08:10 (IST)

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Centre to move bill to replace ordinance regularising Delhi’s unauthorised colonies

Union Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri to move that the National Capital Territory of Delhi Laws (Special Provisions) Second (Amendment) Bill, 2021, be taken into consideration.

The Ordinance was promulgated by President Ram Nath Kovind on 30 December, 2020. It amended the National Capital Territory of Delhi Laws (Special Provisions) Second Act, 2011.

The 2011 Act was valid till 31 December, 2020. The Ordinance extended the deadline to 31 December, 2023. The 2011 Act provided for the regularisation of the unauthorised colonies that existed in the national capital as on 31 June, 2002 and where construction took place till 1 June, 2014.

Parliament LATEST Updates: Attributing his success to former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad in his retirement speech expressed gratitude to Indira Gandhi, Sanjay Gandhi to give him the opportunity to work under the Congress.

Addressing the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday, Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad said he will sum his experience in the Parliament in a few couplets.

An emotional prime minister on Tuesday expressed his gratitude to retiring member Ghulam Nabi Azad for ‘always prioritising the prosperity of country first’.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the prime minister said, it was Azad’s proposal to call an all-party meet to fight the crisis as one nation.

“Today, we bid farewell to four colleagues from the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir – Mir Mohammad Fayaz, Shamsher Singh, retiring on 10 February; Ghulam Nabi Azad and Nazir Ahmad Laway, retiring on 15 February,” said Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu.

The MoS Finance said the RBI does not have a legal framework to regulate crypto currencies to a question on regulation of Bitcoins.

“The existing laws are inadequate. Inter-Ministerial Committee has given a report, the empowered technology group has met, the Cabinet Secretary has given a report, a Bill to regulate cryptocurrency is being finalised and will be sent to the Cabinet soon,” he said.

The home minister is expected to make a suo motu statement at 11.30 am on the Uttarakhand disaster. Over 500 rescue personnel from state, disaster and defence forces are racing against time to rescue the 34 workers believed trapped inside a 1.6-km-long debris-filled tunnel of the Tapovan-Vishnugad hydel project.

Union Minister Mansukh Mandaviya to move the Major Port Authorities Bill, 2020, in Rajya Sabha on Tuesday. The bill seeks to provide for regulation, operation and planning of major ports Ports in India.

Four Opposition parties — DMK, CPI, AAP and Shiv Sena have given Suspension of Business Notice in Rajya Sabha under rule 267 over ‘the plight of protesting farmers in Delhi’, reported ANI.

Union Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri to move that the National Capital Territory of Delhi Laws (Special Provisions) Second (Amendment) Bill, 2021, be taken into consideration.

Lok Sabha resumed normal functioning Monday after a week-long disruption over the three Central farm laws following an appeal by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh that it was a duty of every member to maintain the tradition of passing the Motion of Thanks to President’s address.

After the House convened at 5 pm, Singh said the tradition of thanking the President has been continuing for long and it should not be broken in a healthy democracy.

He also said that Rajya Sabha has already passed the Motion of Thanks after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s reply and “I appeal to members not to break this tradition in the Lok Sabha”.

Singh said that members are free to speak on farm laws during the discussion on the Motion of Thanks.

Congress Leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury too said that this tradition has been continuing since 1921 and should not be broken.

“Our demand was to discuss the issue of farmers who have been sitting in the cold on the borders of Delhi in protest against farm laws. It is regrettable that they are being stopped from entering the capital by sharp nails and barbed wires,” he said referring to the reinforced barricading at the farmers’ protest sites.

He said the Opposition wanted an assurance from the government for a standalone discussion on the farmers’ issue either after the debate on Motion of Thanks or after the discussion on Budget.

Speaker Om Birla also appealed to the members to allow the House to function and not indulge in sloganeering.

The House was repeatedly disrupted by the Opposition members from 2 February over the three farm laws which was passed by Parliament in September last year.

Earlier Birla had called a meeting of leaders of different political parties to break the impasse in the House.

In the meeting, an agreement was reached to resume its normal functioning with Singh making an appeal to start the debate on President’s address.

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