Parliament building in New Delhi
Parliament building in New Delhi

Budget session LIVE: Rajya Sabha adjourned till Monday

The second and final half of the Budget session began on March 8, and will end on April 8. The first half was held between January 29 and February 13.
UPDATED ON MAR 19, 2021 08:10 PM IST

Friday marks day 10 of the second half of Parliament’s Budget session. Among the important bills passed on Thursday were the Insurance (Amendment Bill) 2021, J-K Appropriation Bill 2021, and Puducherry (Appropriation) Vote on Account Bill 2021. While the former was passed in the Rajya Sabha, the latter two witnessed passage in the Lok Sabha.

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The session began on January 29 with President Ram Nath Kovind addressing a joint sitting of members of the two Houses. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman presented Union Budget on February 1, as the first half of the Budget session, which concluded on February 13, was dominated by protests by the Opposition is solidarity with the ongoing farmers’ agitation against the three contentious central farm laws on the borders of Delhi since November last year.

However, in the second half, which began on March 8, coinciding with International Women’s Day, have not seen much protests as several MPs are busy campaigning for the upcoming assembly elections in four states-Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal-and the Union territory of Puducherry.

The second and final half of the Budget session will end on April 8.

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  • MAR 19, 2021 12:04 PM IST

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  • MAR 19, 2021 11:05 AM IST

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  • MAR 19, 2021 11:03 AM IST

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Harsh Vardhan on Thursday reviewed the Covid-19 situation of six states and implied that states should not raise the demand for the vaccines from the Centre as other channels to procure vaccines are now open.
Harsh Vardhan on Thursday reviewed the Covid-19 situation of six states and implied that states should not raise the demand for the vaccines from the Centre as other channels to procure vaccines are now open.

'Narrow politics': Harsh Vardhan on states raising Covid vaccine demand

PUBLISHED ON MAY 14, 2021 07:26 AM IST
Harsh Vardhan said if states demand more vaccines from the Centre, then the "whole-of-government" approach to tackle the pandemic gets harmed.
Indu Jain, who chaired media conglomerate Bennett, Coleman & Co, died on Thursday.
Indu Jain, who chaired media conglomerate Bennett, Coleman & Co, died on Thursday.

Times Group chairperson Indu Jain dies of Covid-related complications at 84

PTI | | Posted by Prashasti Singh, Mumbai
UPDATED ON MAY 14, 2021 07:29 AM IST
Times Group chairperson Indu Jain was a visionary, according to Times Group's Times Now TV channel. She was a lifelong spiritual seeker, pioneering philanthropist, distinguished patron of the arts, and passionate proponent of women's rights, the channel said.
This decision to temporarily suspend vaccination for the 18-44 age group comes at a time when the coronavirus surge continues in Karnataka.(Reuters representative image)
This decision to temporarily suspend vaccination for the 18-44 age group comes at a time when the coronavirus surge continues in Karnataka.(Reuters representative image)

No vaccination for 18-44 age group in Karnataka from Friday

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Susmita Pakrasi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 14, 2021 06:30 AM IST
  • Meanwhile, the state has announced floating a global tender for procuring two crore Covid-19 vaccines owing to supply shortage.
Earlier on Thursday evening, Dhankar visited Bengal's Coochbehar and interacted with the victims of post-poll violence.(PTI)
Earlier on Thursday evening, Dhankar visited Bengal's Coochbehar and interacted with the victims of post-poll violence.(PTI)

Bengal Guv Dhankhar to visit Assam to meet post-poll violence hit people

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Susmita Pakrasi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAY 14, 2021 06:05 AM IST
  • "WB Governor Shri Jagdeep Dhankhar will be visiting Ranpagli camp in Assam sheltering post-poll violence affected WB people," Dhankhar's office tweeted.
State Immunisation Officer Dr Ritu Thurr said that Nagaland has so far administered a total of 2,35,281 doses of Covid-19 vaccines to 1,82,916 persons.
State Immunisation Officer Dr Ritu Thurr said that Nagaland has so far administered a total of 2,35,281 doses of Covid-19 vaccines to 1,82,916 persons.

Nagaland goes under total lockdown from Friday: Check fresh guidelines here

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Susmita Pakrasi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAY 14, 2021 05:47 AM IST
  • With 12 more fatalities, the death toll in the state now stands at 177. A total of 12,968 patients have recovered and presently, there are 3,551 active cases in the state.
A health worker wearing a protective gear walks past Covid-19 coronavirus patients.(AFP)
A health worker wearing a protective gear walks past Covid-19 coronavirus patients.(AFP)

LIVE: UK anxious about Indian coronavirus variant, Johnson says

By hindustantimes.com, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 14, 2021 07:54 AM IST
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in US has eased mask-wearing guidance for fully vaccinated people, allowing them to stop wearing masks outdoors in crowds and in most indoor settings.
By Saturday, the well-marked low-pressure area is likely to concentrate into a depression over the same region and intensify into a cyclone during the subsequent 24 hours, the IMD said.
By Saturday, the well-marked low-pressure area is likely to concentrate into a depression over the same region and intensify into a cyclone during the subsequent 24 hours, the IMD said.

IMD warns of cyclone, Kerala districts on alert

By Jayashree Nandi
PUBLISHED ON MAY 14, 2021 05:15 AM IST
  • Authorities have sounded red alert in three districts of Kerala on May 14 and five districts on May 15, indicating the possibility of extremely heavy rains under the influence of a low pressure area over the Arabian Sea.
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal addresses a press conference.(HT Photo)
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal addresses a press conference.(HT Photo)

UCMS teachers want martyr status and aid for staff who died of Covid-19

By HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAY 14, 2021 05:06 AM IST
  • The teachers’ body has written a similar letter to the UCMS administration.
Health workers treat Covid- 19 Patient at CWG COVID care center in New Delhi on Thursday. (ANI Photo)
Health workers treat Covid- 19 Patient at CWG COVID care center in New Delhi on Thursday. (ANI Photo)

Delhi HC slams ‘irritating’ vaccine dialer tune

PTI | , New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 14, 2021 05:03 AM IST
  • “You have been playing that one irritating message on the phone whenever one makes a call, for we do not know how long, that you (people) should get vaccinated, when you (Centre) don’t have enough vaccines.
Delhi High Court.(Mint file)
Delhi High Court.(Mint file)

High court rejects plea alleging food minister hussain was hoarding oxygen stock

By HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 14, 2021 04:58 AM IST
  • Amicus curiae and senior advocate Rajshekhar Rao told the court that the explanation tendered by Hussain that he got cylinders refilled from a dealer in Faridabad “appears to be credible”.
In order to make certain that the migrant workers and their families get at least two meals a day, the court directed the governments of Delhi, UP and Haryana to open community kitchens and advertise this.
In order to make certain that the migrant workers and their families get at least two meals a day, the court directed the governments of Delhi, UP and Haryana to open community kitchens and advertise this.

Centre, NCR states must ensure food, transport for migrants: SC

By Utkarsh Anand, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 14, 2021 07:11 AM IST
  • Starting immediately, the bench ordered that dry ration should be given to migrant workers in the NCR under Atmanirbhar Bharat scheme, or any other scheme be provided by the Centre or states utilising the public distribution system.
PTI file photo of Supreme Court in Delhi.(PTI Photo)
PTI file photo of Supreme Court in Delhi.(PTI Photo)

Centre asks SC to review order on state’s role in defining OBCs

By Utkarsh Anand, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 14, 2021 02:29 AM IST
  • In its review petition, the Centre has contended that the judgment required a relook because there were errors apparent on the face of the record.
People wearing protective face masks wait to receive their second dose of Covishield.(REUTERS)
People wearing protective face masks wait to receive their second dose of Covishield.(REUTERS)

Take second Covishield jab after 12-16 weeks: Govt

By Rhythma Kaul, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 14, 2021 04:36 AM IST
  • The doubling of the gap between doses from 6-8 weeks to 12-16 applies only to the Covishield dose, with the suggested interval for Covaxin remaining at 4-6 weeks.
On Tuesday, 26 patients being treated for Covid 19 died between 2am and 6am with Goa health minister Vishwajit Rane saying the hospital got only a third of the 1,200 oxygen cylinders required and pushing for a probe by the high court.(PTI file photo)
On Tuesday, 26 patients being treated for Covid 19 died between 2am and 6am with Goa health minister Vishwajit Rane saying the hospital got only a third of the 1,200 oxygen cylinders required and pushing for a probe by the high court.(PTI file photo)

15 more die at Goa hospital after drop in oxygen levels

By Gerard de Souza, Hindustan Times, Panaji
UPDATED ON MAY 14, 2021 01:25 AM IST
Oxygen levels dropped between 2am and 6am on Thursday morning and 15 people lost their lives, hospital authorities told the Bombay high court at Goa, a day after the judges asked the government to do whatever it takes to ensure no deaths occur due to oxygen shortages for “at least one night”.
HT Image
HT Image

CSI annual retreat: Two more Kerala priests die of Covid

PUBLISHED ON MAY 14, 2021 12:56 AM IST
Thiruvananthapuram: Two more Christian priests, who had tested positive for Covid-19 after attending the Church of South India (CSI) annual retreat in Munnar (Idukki district) from April 13-17, died on Wednesday while condition of five others were critical, church insiders told HT on Thursday
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