Parliament budget session highlights: No disinvestment of BSNL, says govt

Updated on Mar 23, 2022 09:22 PM IST

Parliament budget session LIVE Updates: Congress MP Manickam Tagore has given an Adjournment Motion notice in Lok Sabha, to discuss the last date fixed by the govt for linking PAN with Aadhar card.

The current strength of employees is sufficient for the operation of BSNL, said MoS for Communications Devusinh Chauhan said.
The current strength of employees is sufficient for the operation of BSNL, said MoS for Communications Devusinh Chauhan said.(Livemint)

Budget session 2022: Parliament witnessed a ruckus on Tuesday as Opposition members protested against the fuel price rise after over a four-and-a-half month long hiatus. Meanwhile, the Union Cabinet cleared a bill aimed at merging Delhi's three municipal corporations, a move that is likely to escalate the tussle between the BJP and the Aam Aadmi Party ahead of the civic polls.

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  • Mar 23, 2022 05:11 PM IST

    No plan under consideration for disinvestment of BSNL, says govt

    The government has no plans for disinvestment of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL), Parliament was informed on Wednesday.

    Minister of State for Communications Devusinh Chauhan in a written reply to the Lok Sabha also asserted that there is no delay or deficiency in services provided by BSNL due to the implementation of voluntary retirement scheme (VRS) in early 2020.

    The current strength of employees is sufficient for the operation of the state-owned telecom corporation, Chauhan said.

  • Mar 23, 2022 03:35 PM IST

    100% Covid vaccination of eligible population achieved in J&K: FM

     Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman said 100 per cent Covid-19 vaccination of eligible population has been achieved in Jammu and Kashmir. She was replying to a debate on the J&K budget in Rajya Sabha.

  • Mar 23, 2022 03:17 PM IST

    Govt has so far blocked 320 mobile apps: Union minister Som Parkash

    The government has so far blocked 320 mobile applications under a provision of the Information Technology (IT) Act to ensure a safe, trustworthy and accountable internet for all its users, Parliament was informed on Wednesday.

    In a written reply to the Lok Sabha, Minister of State for Commerce and Industry Som Parkash also said that these mobile applications were blocked in the interest of sovereignty, integrity, defence and security of the state.

    In February, 49 apps were re-blocked after they were found to have been re-launched after rebranding of earlier blocked apps, he said.

  • Mar 23, 2022 03:08 PM IST

    Sonia Gandhi urges Centre to restart mid-day meal in schools

    Stating that children have been worst affected due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday urged the Centre to restart mid-day meal scheme in schools, saying that the children need better nutrition now.

    Raising the issue during the Zero Hour in the Lok Sabha, Sonia Gandhi said, "Children have been the worst affected due to the pandemic. Schools were the first to be closed and the last to be opened. When schools were closed, mid-day meals had stopped. People were given ration under National Food Security Act after the Supreme Court order."

    The Congress president said that families of children had to face major crises to earn their livelihood.

  • Mar 23, 2022 01:32 PM IST

    Proud moment for India as it brought back citizens from Ukraine: Scindia

    “It was a proud moment for India when the entire mechanism under the visionary leadership of Narendra Modi ji worked as a coherent unit to bring back the Indians from war-torn Ukraine,” Scindia said.

  • Mar 23, 2022 12:45 PM IST

    Civil aviation industry has become a key element of India's economy: Scindia

    Union civil aviation minister Jyotiraditya Scindia said that there has been a lot of changes in the aviation sector in the last 20-25 years. Scindia told Lok Sabha that the civil aviation industry has become a key element of India's economy because airports are limited to big cities anymore.

    “In all other countries in the world, only 5% of the pilots are female. In India over 15% of pilots are female. This is another example of women empowerment,” he said.

  • Mar 23, 2022 12:14 PM IST

    BJP MP Hema Malini asks if govt has any plan to promote Sanjhi Art

    Lok Sabha member Hema Malini asked if the government has any plan to encourage artists from Mathura-Vrindavan involved in Sanjhi Art.

    “Artists from all across the country including Madhubani painters from Bihar are encouraged through textile products. I want to ask the Textile Minister if there is any plan to do the same for the artists from Mathura-Vrindavan indulged in Sanjhi Art,” the BJP MP said.

  • Mar 23, 2022 11:29 AM IST

    Rajya Sabha adjourned amid ruckus over price rise

    Rajya Sabha has been adjourned till 12 noon amid ruckus created by opposition parties over price rise.

  • Mar 23, 2022 10:50 AM IST

    Lok Sabha: List of Business for today

    • Question Hour
    • Matters under rule 377 to be taken up
    • Discussion & Voting:
      • Demands for Grants under the control of Ministry of Civil Aviation 2022-23 & Ministry of Commerce and Industry for 2022-23.
  • Mar 23, 2022 10:33 AM IST

    BJP MP Ram Kumar Verma gives zero hour notice in Rajya Sabha

    BJP MP Ram Kumar Verma has given zero hour notice in Rajya Sabha to demand revising the family income eligibility criteria for pre-Matric and post-Matric scholarships to SC/ST students.

  • Mar 23, 2022 10:08 AM IST

    Congress MP gives Suspension of Business notice to discuss fuel price hike

    Congress MP Shakti Sinh Gohil has given Suspension of Business notice in Rajya Sabha to discuss the increases in prices of LPG cooking gas and fuel prices.

  • Mar 23, 2022 09:34 AM IST

    Congress MPs to protest against fuel price hike

    Congress MPs will hold a demonstration in front of Mahatma Gandhi's statue 10.15am against the hike in domestic cooking gas, petrol and diesel price.

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Rahul attacks BJP as Congress’s Bharat Jodo Yatra arrives in Rajasthan

Published on Dec 06, 2022 12:24 AM IST

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Yatra on Monday entered Rajasthan from Jhalrapatan, a rural area on the Rajasthan-Madhya Pradesh border, with chief minister Ashok Gehlot and party leader Sachin Pilot in attendance.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi during the Bharat Jodo Yatra in Rajasthan. (PTI)
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi during the Bharat Jodo Yatra in Rajasthan. (PTI)

BJP slams KCR for skipping Modi’s all-party meeting on G20

Published on Dec 06, 2022 12:18 AM IST

In a statement, Telangana BJP official spokesman K Krishna Sagar Rao said KCR had clearly lost track of his role as the elected chief minister of Telangana

Prime Minister Narendra Modi attends G20 All-Party Meeting, in New Delhi on Monday. (ANI / PIB)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi attends G20 All-Party Meeting, in New Delhi on Monday. (ANI / PIB)

Cyclone Mandous likely to form over Bay of Bengal, hit Andhra, Tamil Nadu: IMD

Published on Dec 06, 2022 12:16 AM IST

The second cyclone of the post monsoon season is likely to form over southwest Bay of Bengal and hit the east coast in Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Andhra Pradesh on Thursday, the India Meteorological Department predicted on Monday.

There is likely to be rainfall at most places over Andaman & Nicobar Islands on Monday and Tuesday due to cyclone Mandous. (HT file photo)
There is likely to be rainfall at most places over Andaman & Nicobar Islands on Monday and Tuesday due to cyclone Mandous. (HT file photo)

Row erupts after Dalit family is not allowed to bury relative at common TN burial ground

Published on Dec 06, 2022 12:15 AM IST

The case comes in the backdrop of at least two such alleged instances of atrocities against Dalits being reported across the state within a week.

A senior police official on the condition of anonymity said: “Both communities have given to us in writing that such issues will not happen again.” (Representative Photo)
A senior police official on the condition of anonymity said: “Both communities have given to us in writing that such issues will not happen again.” (Representative Photo)

YSRCP vows to make Kurnool judicial capital of state

Published on Dec 06, 2022 12:13 AM IST

The YSRCP, in coordination with the Joint Action Committee (JAC) for decentralisation, held a rally in Kurnool under the banner of “Rayalaseema Garjana” (Roar of Rayalaseema), extending support to the Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy government’s plan to form three capitals.

Students during the ‘Rayalaseema Garjana’ rally in Kurnool. (HT Photo)
Students during the ‘Rayalaseema Garjana’ rally in Kurnool. (HT Photo)

Wayanad ranks first in Niti Aayog programme

Published on Dec 06, 2022 12:12 AM IST

Kerala’s Wayanad district has bagged the first spot under the Aspirational Districts Programme (ADP) of the Niti Aayog

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, who represents the constituency in parliament, took to Twitter to laud the achievement. (ANI)
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, who represents the constituency in parliament, took to Twitter to laud the achievement. (ANI)

‘Be serious about it’: Supreme Court pulls up Punjab govt over drug menace

Published on Dec 06, 2022 12:10 AM IST

The drug menace is on the rise in Punjab, the Supreme Court observed on Monday, as it directed the state government to keep a check and “be serious about it” amid concerns that the “youth may finish”.

 The drug menace is on the rise in Punjab, the Supreme Court observed on Monday. (ANI)
The drug menace is on the rise in Punjab, the Supreme Court observed on Monday. (ANI)

AIADMK factions pay tribute to Jaya separately on death anniv

Published on Dec 06, 2022 12:10 AM IST

There has been debate over the date of Jayalalithaa’s death as the justice Arumugasamy commission which probed her 75-day hospitalisation and death in December 2016 states that she died on December 4.

AIADMK party workers pay tribute to former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa on her death anniversary, at her memorial in Chennai. (PTI)
AIADMK party workers pay tribute to former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa on her death anniversary, at her memorial in Chennai. (PTI)

TRS MLAs poaching case: HC extends stay on summons to Santhosh

Published on Dec 06, 2022 12:09 AM IST

The high court, on November 25, had granted a stay on the summons issued to the BJP leader on November 23 under section 41-A of Code of Criminal Procedure Code till December 5 on the ground that they had not fulfilled the requirements under the section.

B L Santhosh (HT Photo)
B L Santhosh (HT Photo)

2 arrested for killing woman in Bihar: police

Published on Dec 06, 2022 12:05 AM IST

Police arrested two brothers on Monday for allegedly hacking to death a 42-year-old woman in Chhoti Deilori village of Bihar’s Bhagalpur district on Saturday, a senior officer privy to the investigation said

HT Image
HT Image

New concerns shroud Ayodhya as it marks 30 years of Babri Masjid demolition

Published on Dec 06, 2022 12:02 AM IST

Thirty years after a demolition shook Ayodhya, and also the rest of the country, the temple town is in the news again for a demolition -- a drive to bring down shops along a crowded road to broaden it, part of Ayodhya’s development.

Around 500 shops are likely to be demolished for the road widening project in Ayodhya.
Around 500 shops are likely to be demolished for the road widening project in Ayodhya.

Hardships faced can’t be seen as shortfall of demonetisation: Centre to Supreme Court

Updated on Dec 06, 2022 12:00 AM IST

Hardships caused due to demonetisation cannot be the basis for faulting the Government’s 2016 notification to ban currency notes of ₹500 and ₹1000, the Centre told the Supreme Court.

The Government undertook demonetisation under Section 26(2) of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Act, 1934 by getting a recommendation from the Central Board of RBI. (HT file)
The Government undertook demonetisation under Section 26(2) of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Act, 1934 by getting a recommendation from the Central Board of RBI. (HT file)

UP bypolls: SP, BJP accuse each other of code breach

Published on Dec 05, 2022 11:59 PM IST

The SP and BJP in Uttar Pradesh accused each other of indulging in unfair electoral practices as byelections were held in Mainpuri parliamentary seat, Rampur assembly constituency and Khatauli assembly segment in Muzaffarnagar on Monday.

Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav with his wife and party candidate Dimple Yadav address a press conference after casting vote for the Mainpuri Lok Sabha seat by-elections, at Saifai in Etawah district. (PTI)
Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav with his wife and party candidate Dimple Yadav address a press conference after casting vote for the Mainpuri Lok Sabha seat by-elections, at Saifai in Etawah district. (PTI)

BJP winning Guj, close contest in HP: Exit polls

Published on Dec 05, 2022 11:54 PM IST

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is on course to securing a seventh straight assembly election victory in Gujarat and possibly even register its biggest victory, a clutch of exit polls predicted on Monday, even as the elections in Himachal Pradesh appeared poised on knife’s edge with no clear victor emerging.

People stand in queue to cast their votes during the second phase of Gujarat state legislature elections in Ahmedabad, India, Monday, Dec. 5, 2022. The local elections in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's home state is seen as a barometer of his ruling Bharatiya Janata Party's popularity ahead of a general election in 2024. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki) (AP)
People stand in queue to cast their votes during the second phase of Gujarat state legislature elections in Ahmedabad, India, Monday, Dec. 5, 2022. The local elections in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's home state is seen as a barometer of his ruling Bharatiya Janata Party's popularity ahead of a general election in 2024. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki) (AP)

Lakhimpur Kheri: UP court rejects Mishra’s discharge plea, charges may be framed today

Published on Dec 05, 2022 11:54 PM IST

A local court on Monday dismissed the discharge applications of 13 accused in the 2021 Lakhimpur violence case , including Ashish Mishra who is the son of Union minister of state (Home) Ajay Kumar Mishra.

Ashish Mishra is the prime accused in the Lakhimpur Kheri violence case. (PTI)
Ashish Mishra is the prime accused in the Lakhimpur Kheri violence case. (PTI)
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