Rain on first day of Monsoon session of Parliament at Parliament house in New Delhi, India, on Monday, July 19, 2021. (Photo by Arvind Yadav/ Hindustan Times)
Rain on first day of Monsoon session of Parliament at Parliament house in New Delhi, India, on Monday, July 19, 2021. (Photo by Arvind Yadav/ Hindustan Times)

Highlights: Health minister speaks in Rajya Sabha on Covid-19 situation

Parliament Monsoon Session 2021 highlights: The first day of Parliament's monsoon session saw ruckus over the targetting of prominent leaders, journalists, politicians via Israeli phone hacking software, reported by an international investigative consortium.
By hindustantimes.com, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 20, 2021 06:13 PM IST

A day after a stormy start, Parliament proceedings in the ongoing monsoon session on Tuesday witnessed high-voltage protests over the Pegasus hacking reports with the Opposition training guns at the government. Alongside, Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MPs to counter the Opposition’s allegations of the government’s lackluster Covid response and the availability of vaccines in the country.

The first day of Parliament's monsoon session saw ruckus over the targetting of prominent leaders, journalists, politicians via Israeli phone hacking software, reported by an international investigative consortium.

At least 38 Indian journalists, including three current Hindustan Times staffers and one from sister publication Mint, were among 180 journalists potentially targeted worldwide, including Financial Times editor Roula Khalaf, and reporters from the Wall Street Journal, CNN, New York Times, and Le Monde.

While the government has denied the reports of hacking, opposition leaders have sought the resignation of Union home minister Amit Shah, saying he should immediately resign as he "does not deserve" to occupy the position he holds.

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  • JUL 20, 2021 06:13 PM IST

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    Many states have 10-15 lakh vaccine doses, says health minister

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    "When we speak of the third wave, the 130 crore people should make a collective decision that we won't let a third wave hit our country. Our resolution and PM Modi's guidance can save us from a third wave," says Union health minister Mansukh Mandaviya in Rajya Sabha.

  • JUL 20, 2021 05:00 PM IST

    No reports of concealing of deaths by states/UTs: MoS (Health)

    There are no reports of concealing of death by the states/UTs. However, some of the states based on the reconciliation of mortality data have revised their figures: MoS (Health) Bharati Pravin Pawar in Rajya Sabha

  • JUL 20, 2021 04:35 PM IST

    Health secretary to brief Parliament floor leaders on Covid-19 at 6pm

    Union health secretary to brief Parliament floor leaders on Covid-19 at 6pm; Congress, Akali Dal to skip briefing.

  • JUL 20, 2021 04:05 PM IST

    Why are you hiding data on Covid deaths, Sanjay Raut questions govt

    Why is the government hiding the data. Tell us, how many people have lost their lives due to Covid. Reports say more deaths than government's official figures: Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut in Rajya Sabha

  • JUL 20, 2021 03:35 PM IST

    SAD to boycott PM Modi's briefing on Covid-19: Sukhbir Badal

    Today, Shiromani Akali Dal will boycott PM Modi's briefing on Covid-19. It will be attended only after he calls a meeting to discuss farm issues: Sukhbir Singh Badal, SAD President

  • JUL 20, 2021 03:07 PM IST

    Lok Sabha adjourned till July 22

    Lok Sabha proceedings adjourned till Thursday.

  • JUL 20, 2021 02:52 PM IST

    BJD MPs meet Piyush Goyal to discuss functioning of RS

    BJD MPs and Leader of House in Rajya Sabha Piyush Goyal hold discussions regarding the proceedings of the House during Monsoon Session of the Parliament.

  • JUL 20, 2021 02:03 PM IST

    Rajya Sabha witnesses repeated adjournments

    Rajya Sabha proceedings were on Tuesday adjourned for the third time amid uproar by YSR Congress members demanding special status for Andhra Pradesh.

    When the Upper House reconvened at 1 PM after two adjournments, YSR Congress members led by V Vijaysai Reddy trooped in the well shouting slogans, "We want justice. We want special status to Andhra Pradesh

  • JUL 20, 2021 02:01 PM IST

    Salute people who ran 'oxygen langar' in Delhi: Mallikarjun Kharge

    I pay tribute to Covid-19 warriors including doctors andparamedics. I salute people who helped others by running 'oxygen langer' in Delhi during second wave of Covid-19. I also want to salute plasma donors, who came out in support: Mallikarjun Kharge, Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha

  • JUL 20, 2021 01:43 PM IST

    Rajya Sabha proceedings adjourned for 15 minutes amid uproar by YSR Congress over demand for special status to Andhra Pradesh

  • JUL 20, 2021 12:03 PM IST

    Rajya Sabha adjourned till 1pm

  • JUL 20, 2021 11:20 AM IST

    Opposition to decide on attending PM Modi meet

    Opposition parties to meet at 2pm to decide on attending PM brief on Covid-19 today.

  • JUL 20, 2021 11:12 AM IST

    House adjourned amid opposition uproar

    Lok Sabha has been adjourned till 2 pm amid the uproar by the Opposition. While the upper house of Parliament, Rajya Sabha was adjourned till 12pm.

  • JUL 20, 2021 10:38 AM IST

    BJP holds meeting with all MPs in Parliament

    The ruling-BJP on Tuesday called for a meeting with all MPs in the parliament. The meeting went on briefly and ended around 10:30am.

  • JUL 20, 2021 10:36 AM IST

    Will raise Pegasus in Parliament today: Kharge

    Leader of Opposition Mallikarjun Kharge said the issue of hacking in the Pegasus controversy will be raised today in the Parliament. "We will raise this (Pegasus) issue... Nobody is obstructing nation's development, it's them (BJP) who have obstructed it. They have earned lakhs and crores of money by imposing cess, hiking fuel price, wasting money on projects."

  • JUL 20, 2021 10:31 AM IST

    Conduct 'presentation on Covid-19 and vaccination' in House: CPI (M) to Govt

    Amid the ongoing Monsoon Session of the Parliament, Communist Party of India (Marxist) MP and floor leader Elaram Kareem on Monday wrote a letter to Parliamentary Affairs Minister Prahlad Joshi, demanding the government to conduct a "presentation on Covid-19 and vaccination" in the presence of all floor leaders of political parties and MPs.

  • JUL 20, 2021 10:11 AM IST

    Shripad Naik takes charge as Minister of State for Ministry of Tourism

  • JUL 20, 2021 09:43 AM IST

    PM Modi, Amit Shah reach Parliament

    PM Narendra Modi and Union home minister Amit Shah arrive at Parliament on the second day of the monsoon session.

  • JUL 20, 2021 09:42 AM IST

    Congress to discuss Pegasus Project

    Congress Lok Sabha members to meet at Congress Parliamentary Party ffice today at 10.30 am to chalk out the floor strategy on the issue of 'Pegasus Project' media reports, reports ANI.

  • JUL 20, 2021 08:42 AM IST

    Congress MP gives Adjournment motion notice over Pegasus

    Congress MP Manickam Tagore has given Adjournment motion notice in Lok Sabha on 'Pegasus Project' media report issue.

  • JUL 20, 2021 08:21 AM IST

    AAP MP Sanjay Singh gives Zero Hour notice

    AAP Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh has given Zero Hour notice in Rajya Sabha on 'Pegasus Project' media report

  • JUL 20, 2021 08:21 AM IST

    Health secretary Rajesh Bhushan to address floor leaders on Covid-19 situation

    The Union health secretary will address floor leaders of political parties on Covid-19 on Tuesday in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, people familiar with the matter said on Monday.

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