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  • The Opposition is likely to continue its protests as it rejected the Centre’s invitation for a meeting to resolve the logjam caused by the suspension of Rajya Sabha MPs.
Suspended Rajya Sabha MPs during a protest at Parliament House, in New Delhi. (PTI)
Suspended Rajya Sabha MPs during a protest at Parliament House, in New Delhi. (PTI)
Updated on Dec 20, 2021 11:03 PM IST
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After a chaotic week and continuous protest by the opposition parties, Parliament on Monday resumed for the final week of the winter session this year. By Friday last week, the Opposition demand in Lok Sabha grew stronger for the resignation of minister of state for home, Ajay Misra ‘Teni’, whose son is a prime accused in the Lakhimpur Kheri violence case.

There is also no resolution in sight in the Rajya Sabha as a united opposition rejected the government's outreach to resolve the logjam. Opposition members of the Upper House have been holding a protest at the Gandhi Statue demanding revocation of suspension of the 12 MPs.

A government invitation went to select members of the Opposition including the Congress, Trinamool Congress, Shiv Sena and the CPI(M) on Sunday, according to news agency PTI. A meeting was to be convened at 10am on Monday by Leader of the House Piyush Goyal.

Meanwhile, the government is expected to table a bill to amend the Prohibition of Child Marriage Act, 2006, this week raising the legal age of marriage for women from 18 to 21 years, making it at par with men. A proposal for the same was cleared by the Union Cabinet last week.

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  • Dec 20, 2021 05:44 PM IST

    Rajya Sabha adjourned

    Rajya Sabha adjourned for the day. 

  • Dec 20, 2021 05:43 PM IST

    Enable law for WFH: Sushil Modi

    RS member Sushil Modi claims private companies exploiting employees during WFH and asks govt to bring law to regulate WFH. 

  • Dec 20, 2021 05:31 PM IST

    Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (Amendment) bill passed

    The Rajya Sabha passes Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (Amendment) Bill, 2021

  • Dec 20, 2021 05:28 PM IST

    Authorities took charge and stopped heroin from entering the country: Sitharaman in RS

    The finance minister lauded the DRI for seizing huge shipment of drugs from the Mundra port. 

  • Dec 20, 2021 05:26 PM IST

    Sitharaman introduces NDPS Bill in the Rajya Sabha

    Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman introduces the Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (Amendment) Bill, 2019

  • Dec 20, 2021 03:32 PM IST

    Majority of India's population vaccinated: Health minister in Rajya Sabha

    “Under PM Modi's leadership, with the efforts of our healthcare workers, 88% of first doses of the COVID vaccine have been administered; 58% of second doses administered so far. Majority of the population in India is vaccinated today,” says Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya in Rajya Sabha.

  • Dec 20, 2021 03:18 PM IST

    Lok Sabha passes Election Laws (Amendment) Bill 2021

    'The Election Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2021' passed in Lok Sabha. The Bill seeks to allow electoral registration officers to seek the Aadhaar number of people who want to register as voters "for the purpose of establishing the identity".

    House adjourned till tomorrow, December 21.

  • Dec 20, 2021 03:01 PM IST

    LoP Kharge hits out at Centre over remarks over its invitation to Opposition

    On Parliamentary Affairs minister Pralhad Joshi's comment on Centre's invitation to opposition parties, Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge said, “It's a cheap statement. No party weakens with such statements. He should first accept that they made a mistake. Did you suspend them as per rules? You suspended them by violating rules. We're saying that the suspensions be revoked. What's wrong with it?”

    “You're trying to divide Opposition. 15-16 parties are fighting against this issue together, they call members of only 5 parties to divide us. This divide and rule policy was perhaps given to them by the British. They have nothing to say, so they'll keep saying such things,” he added.

  • Dec 20, 2021 02:54 PM IST

    Election Laws (Amendment) Bill has legal drawbacks: Adhir Ranjan Choudhury

    “This [Election Laws (Amendment) Bill] should be sent to Standing Committee. This has a lot of legal drawbacks. It is against the Supreme Court verdict and one which violates our privacy. This might strip off lakhs of people of their electoral rights,” Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, Leader of Congress in Lok Sabha

  • Dec 20, 2021 02:09 PM IST

    Causing disturbance, disruption Opposition's mantra: Piyush Goyal

    The Opposition does not want Parliament to run. Causing disturbance and disruption is their mantra, says Union minister and BJP leader Piyush Goyal.

  • Dec 20, 2021 02:08 PM IST

    Rajya Sabha adjourned till 3pm

    Rajya Sabha has been adjourned till 3pm amid Opposition MPs' protest over the suspension of 12 MPs from the House as well as the Lakhimpur Kheri incident.

  • Dec 20, 2021 12:50 PM IST

    Aadhaar a proof of residence, not citizenship: Tharoor in Lok Sabha

    “Aadhaar only meant to be proof of residence, it's not proof of citizenship. If you're in a position asking Aadhaar for voters, all you're getting is a document that reflects residence, not citizenship. You're potentially giving the vote to non-citizens,” said Congress MP Shashi Tharoor in Lok Sabha.

  • Dec 20, 2021 12:49 PM IST

    Election Laws (Amendment) Bill 2021 tabled in Lok Sabha

    The 'Election Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2021' introduced in Lok Sabha. House adjourned till 2 pm amid uproar by the Opposition.

  • Dec 20, 2021 12:48 PM IST

    Opposition MPs to conduct march from Gandhi statue in Parliament to Vijay Chowk

    Opposition MPs will conduct a march from Gandhi statue in Parliament to Vijay Chowk at 12:30pm tomorrow, demanding the resignation of MoS Home Ajay Kumar Misra, in connection with the Lakhimpur Kheri case.

  • Dec 20, 2021 11:53 AM IST

    Rajya Sabha adjourned till 2pm

    Rajya Sabha adjourned till 2pm after Opposition ruckus.

  • Dec 20, 2021 10:53 AM IST

    PM Modi holds meeting with key ministers to discuss government strategy for ongoing Winter Session

    PM Narendra Modi is holding a meeting with senior ministers including Defence minister Rajnath Singh and Union ministers Pralhad Joshi and Piyush Goyal, in Parliament, to discuss various issues and government strategy for the ongoing Winter Session.

  • Dec 20, 2021 10:31 AM IST

    Opposition parties to not attend meeting called by Centre to end logjam in Rajya Sabha

    Opposition parties have decided not to attend meeting called by the government to end logjam in Rajya Sabha.

    In an internal meeting of opposition parties this morning, leaders concluded the invitation for talks to 5 parties is a ploy to divide the opposition.

  • Dec 20, 2021 09:54 AM IST

    More notices flow in from Opposition in both Houses 

  • Dec 20, 2021 08:56 AM IST

    Congress MP Manickam Tagore gives adjournment notice in Lok Sabha

    Congress MP Manickam Tagore gives adjournment motion notice in Lok Sabha over Lakhimpur Kheri violence in Uttar Pradesh, demands "immediate resignation of MoS Home Ajay Kumar Teni".

  • Dec 20, 2021 08:25 AM IST

    Congress leader Manish Tewari hits out at Centre

  • Dec 20, 2021 08:23 AM IST

    Centre likely to table bill to raise women's marriage age to 21 years

    The government has decided to raise the legal age of marriage for women from 18 to 21 years, bringing it at par with that of men. The Centre had on Wednesday cleared a proposal for the same. The proposed bill may also seek to make consequential changes to various personal laws relating to marriage of different communities to ensure a uniform marriage age, PTI reported

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Shiv Sena's rebel leader Eknath Shinde. (ANI)
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Maharashtra Minister Aaditya Thackeray.
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Demanding Suvendu Adhikari’s arrest; TMC to take to streets, meet Dhankhar

The TMC stepped up its attack against the BJP since Friday while targeting Adhikari after Sudipta Sen, owner of the blacklisted Saradha chit fund company, accused the BJP leader of accepting money and blackmailing him in the past
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Man being treated for epilepsy crawls out of 7th floor window of Kolkata hospital, falls off

The man was admitted in the Institute of Neurosciences on Thursday where he was undergoing treatment for epilepsy. On Saturday he somehow managed to crawl out of the window and sat on the cornice facing the road. He fell before he could be rescued
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Published on Jun 25, 2022 08:32 PM IST
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In a video uploaded by Shinde on Twitter, Erandol MLA Chimanrao Patil said, among other things, that his decision was due to party supremo and Maharashtra CM, Uddhav Thackeray, not ending its alliance with NCP and Congress.
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PM Modi to discuss energy, climate, food security with global leaders at G7 Summit

On the way back to India, Modi will make a brief stopover at Abu Dhabi in the UAE to meet Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the president of the UAE and ruler of Abu Dhabi, on June 28
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Published on Jun 25, 2022 08:20 PM IST
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Nine inmates test positive as Covid-19 cluster found in Nagpur jail

With the increasing number of infections, several jail inmates had undergone Covid-19 tests a couple of days back. Of the samples collected, nine tested coronavirus positive
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Published on Jun 25, 2022 08:07 PM IST
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Meet the girl who topped NDA’s 1st women’s batch

Shanan Dhaka, the 19-year-old Haryana girl says she wants to do her best and perform well at NDA’s first women’s batch.
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Published on Jun 25, 2022 07:48 PM IST
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Aaditya Thackeray says 'fight between truth and lies'; 'won't forget betrayal'

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GTA polls in Darjeeling hills to be held after 10 years

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Published on Jun 25, 2022 07:33 PM IST
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Modi to pay 3-day visit to Germany, UAE; What's on the agenda

  • Modi is attending the G7 summit following an invitation by the German chancellor. The summit is being hosted by Germany in its capacity as the chair of G7.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (File image)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (File image)
Published on Jun 25, 2022 07:01 PM IST
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Yet to link IRCTC user ID with Aadhaar? Read details, steps here

Earlier this month, the Indian Railways increased, from 12 to 24, the maximum number of monthly bookings that an IRCTC user, with Aadhaar-linked user ID, was allowed to make.
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Image used only for representation. (PTI)
Published on Jun 25, 2022 06:49 PM IST
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Toyota Hyryder teased again ahead of launch, alloy wheels design revealed

  • 2022 Toyota Hyrder will make its official debut on July 1st.
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