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Parliament monsoon session Highlights: Rajya Sabha passes bill to grant constitutional status to OBC panel

The monsoon session of the Parliament began on July 18 and will end on August 10. Here are the live updates:

By HT Correspondent | Aug 06, 2018 19:29 IST

Proceedings in Parliament resumed on Monday after both the Houses witnessed repeated adjournments last week over the issue of citizens’ registry in Assam.

On Friday, home minister Rajnath Singh accused Trinamool Congress MPs of creating an “unruly situation” at the Silchar airport and said they were detained in view of intelligence inputs received by the Assam government on the law and order situation.

Below are the live updates:

7:28pm IST

Rajya Sabha adjourned

Rajya Sabha has been adjourned till 11 am on Tuesday, August 7, 2018.

5:56pm IST

Rajya Sabha passes bill to grant constitutional status to OBC panel

The Rajya Sabha passed a bill to provide constitutional status to the National Commission for Backward Classes, as several members urged the government to make public the findings of the caste census and implement reservation accordingly.

The demand was raised during a debate on the Constitution (123rd Amendment) Bill 2017, passed by the Lok Sabha on August 2 superseding the amendments earlier carried out by the Rajya Sabha.

The Upper House adopted the legislation, along with the amendments made by the Lok Sabha, by 156 votes to nil. Over two-third majority of those present voted in favour of the bill, which is a necessity for amending the Constitution.

4:09pm IST

Justice KM Joseph seniority issue echoes in Lok Sabha

The row over government’s alleged attempt to affect the seniority of Justice KM Joseph as a Supreme Court judge echoed in the Lok Sabha with Congress’ K Venugopal raising the issue in the Zero Hour.

Without naming Joseph, Venugopal said government wants to have its way in every appointment in the judiciary.

He referred to media reports about the proposed meeting of some Supreme Court judges with the Chief Justice over attempts to affect Joseph’s seniority.

3:52pm IST

TDP demands release of funds for Andhra Pradesh

TDP members brought placards in the Lok Sabha to protest the Centre’s alleged withdrawal of funds for Andhra Pradesh and demanded the Union government immediately release them.

TDP’s Ram Mohan Naidu said the Centre had promised Rs 22,000 crore for seven backward districts of the state but has agreed to give only Rs 2050 crore, which is a “grave injustice”.

A TDP member later tore some papers and threw them in the air as party MPs staged a walkout after Naidu’s speech.

3:37pm IST

Question Hour, Zero Hour conducted smoothly in Rajya Sabha

After repeated adjournments last week over the Assam NRC issue, normalcy returned to the Rajya Sabha on Monday with the smooth conduct of the Zero Hour and Question Hour.

During Question Hour the members sought answers pertaining to defence procurement, Delhi’s air pollution and derecognisition of sports federations.

2:08pm IST

Privilege notice agnst Assam Home Sec under consideration:Speaker

Speaker Sumitra Mahajan said a notice for breach of privilege moved by TMC leader Saugata Roy against Assam Home Secretary and DGP for allegedly manhandling four party members was under her consideration

1:53pm IST

Govt introduces bill in LS to amend Juvenile Justice Act

A bill seeking to empower district magistrates to pass orders for adoption of children to reduce the time taken for issuing such directions, was introduced in the Lok Sabha.

1:32pm IST

Guard people’s personal data: TMC to Centre

The government should safeguard the data shared by people while booking railway tickets and other services through online platforms, says a TMC leader.

Derek O’Brien also demands that the Aadhaar identification should not be made mandatory for farmers to get crop loans.

1:26pm IST

Govt extends e-visa facility for citizens of 165 countries

Government says it has extended e-visa facility for citizens of 165 countries at 25 airports and five seaports.

Tourism minister K J Alphons also says the government has launched the ‘Incredible India 2.0’ campaign, marking a shift from generic promotions to market-specific promotional plans.

1:12pm IST

14 per cent jump in foreign tourist arrivals: Govt tells LS

Foreign tourist arrivals in India has seen a 14 per cent jump in 2017 and foreign exchange earnings in the sector during the same period was Rs 1.77 lakh crore, says Union tourism minister K J Alphons.

12:55pm IST

Govt sets up 2 task force for making aircraft, UAVs

The government has set up two task force to prepare roadmap for manufacturing aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles in India, Commerce and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu told the Lok Sabha.

12:45pm IST

Demand to control population made in Rajya Sabha

Ashok Bajpai (BJP) says India will by 2022 overtake China to be the world’s most populous country in the world and by 2050 would house 1.66 billion people.

“Some steps need to be taken to control the population,” he says.

Population growth will outpace development work, he says.

12:40pm IST

Bihar MPs protests in LS over Muzaffarpur shelter home case

Two MPs from Bihar stage protests in the demanding justice for victims of the Muzaffarpur sex scandal case, claiming evidence of the crime was destroyed.

Congress member Ranjeet Ranjan and RJD’s Jay Prakash Narayan Yadav are in the Well protesting against the alleged sexual exploitation of young girls at the shelter home in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur.

12:30 IST

LS adjourned

Lok Sabha adjourned briefly amid protests over Muzaffarpur shelter home case

12:10pm IST

Elections to the post of RS deputy chairman to be held on August 9

Elections to the post of deputy chairman of Rajya Sabha to be held on August 9: Vice President and Rajya Sabha chairman M Venkaiah Naidu.

11:10am IST

LS pays homage to victims of bombing in Hiroshima, Nagasaki

“Atom bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6 and 9, 1945 respectively, which wreaked havoc of unimaginable dimensions.

“Today, even after 73 years, the innocent residents of Hiroshima and Nagasaki continue to suffer from the dreadful after effects of nuclear radiations,” says speaker Sumitra Mahajan in the obituary references.

11:00am IST

Proceedings begin in both Houses

Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha sessions start.

9:38 am IST

Congress submits adjournment motion over Muzaffarnagar shelter home rape case’s main witness

Congress leader Ranjeet Ranjan has given adjournment motion notice in Lok Sabha over Muzaffarpur shelter home case’s main witness missing from Bihar’s Madhubani.