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Winter Session highlights: Both Houses adjourned, to resume tomorrow at 11 am

Winter Session highlights: Check out all the latest updates from the Parliament that happened today.
MPs attend the proceeding of the House during the Winter session of Parliament, in New Delhi, (PTI)
MPs attend the proceeding of the House during the Winter session of Parliament, in New Delhi, (PTI)

Winter session highlights: Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman addressed the Rajya Sabha on Day 4 of the winter session. Mentioning that India continues to maintain the momentum of the fastest-growing major economy, with all sectors contributing significantly to economic activities, the finance minister said, "The second quarter growth was very high, it is the highest in the world. The Lok Sabha, on the other hand, passed the Central Universities (Amendment) Bill, 2023. Both the houses will resume tomorrow at 11 am....Read More

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was given a standing ovation at the BJP Parliamentary Party meeting following the party's stupendous win in three assembly polls. The saffron party MPs raised slogans lauding his leadership.

The winter session is effectively the last window for the government to clear legislation before the 2024 Lok Sabha polls. The session will be conducted in 15 sittings till December 22.

Follow all the updates here:
Dec 7, 2023 6:56 PM IST

Winter Session Live: Lok Sabha passed Central Universities (Amendment) Bill, 2023

Lok Sabha passed the Central Universities (Amendment) Bill, 2023.

Dec 7, 2023 6:34 PM IST

Lok Sabha adjourned for the day

Lok Sabha has been adjourned to meet again on Friday at 11 am.

Dec 7, 2023 6:07 PM IST

Rajya Sabha adjourned to meet again on Friday at 11 am

Rajya Sabha has been adjourned to meet again on Friday at 11 am.

Dec 7, 2023 6:00 PM IST

Winter Session Live: 'All sectors contribute significantly to high GDP growth, says Sitharaman

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Thursday said India continues to maintain the momentum of the fastest-growing major economy, with all sectors contributing significantly in economic activities.

Dec 7, 2023 5:10 PM IST

Winter Session Live: FM Sitharaman on manufacturing sector in India

“Because of the 'Make In India' programme and PM Modi's production-linked incentive schemes, the manufacturing sector is also now significantly contributing to the economy,” says Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in Rajya Sabha.

Dec 7, 2023 5:05 PM IST

Winter Session Live: BJP issues a line whip to all its MPs of Lok Sabha

BJP issued a line whip to all its MPs of Lok Sabha to be present in the house on December 8 as some very important legislative business will be taken up for discussion and to support the government's stand, a party statement read.

Dec 7, 2023 4:57 PM IST

Winter Session Live: ‘Second quarter growth highest in the world’, Sitharaman says

"Our second quarter growth is the highest in the world and we continue to maintain the momentum of being the fastest growing economy. During the same same quarter - July to September, 2023, the third and fourth largest economies of the world contracted. For India to reach 7.6% in the second quarter, it's a very significant number. In just last eight years, India has become the world's fifth largest economy," says Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in Rajya Sabha.

Dec 7, 2023 4:47 PM IST

Winter Session Live: ‘You’re certainly not equal to us', Sitharaman says on post-poll violence in Bengal

Referring to the post-poll violence following West Bengal assembly elections, Union minister responded to TMC MP Derek O'Brien's “compare equals” statement said “you (Opposition) are certainly not equal to us when iti comes to violence the ensue after elections.”

Dec 7, 2023 4:34 PM IST

Winter Session Live: FM Sitharaman responds to debate on India's economic condition; take on ‘naam ke waaste’ schemes

Taking on the schemes launched by the former government, Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman said it is the government under the BJP that these schemes' were made productive and put to effect. Therefore, she called them “naam ke waaste” schemes.

“MP Jairam Ramesh had mentioned that in all probability there will be a discussion, something to the extent of saying we've been asking for these debates in the previous sessions, but the government has not been willing. We've never been hesitant about talking about the economy,” she said.

Dec 7, 2023 3:07 PM IST

Winter Session Live: What does Central Universities (Amendment) Bill, 2023, seek to change?

  1. The Bill seeks to establish a Central Tribal University in Telangana which will be named 'Sammakka Sarakka Central Tribal University'. It will provide avenues of higher education and research facilities primarily for the tribal population of India.
  2. "Further Consideration of the following motion moved by Dr Subhas Sarkar on the 6th December, 2023 namely "That the Bill further to amend the Central Universities Act, 2009, be taken into consideration," the legislative agenda released by Lok Sabha read.
Dec 7, 2023 2:37 PM IST

Winter Session Live: BJP MP terms live-in relationship ‘dangerous disease’, demands law against it

A BJP MP from Haryana on Thursday termed live-in relationships a "dangerous disease" that needs to be eradicated from society and urged the government to make a law against it.

Raising the issue in the Lok Sabha during 'zero hour', Dharambir Singh also said divorce rates in love marriages were high and the consent of the parents of the bride and groom should therefore be made mandatory for such alliances. Read more

Dec 7, 2023 2:10 PM IST

Winter Session Live: Airfares remained ‘sustainable’ even after COVID, surging fuel prices

Union civil aviation minister Jyotiraditya Scindia on Thursday said that airplane ticket prices were being monitored by the government and that the prices had remained “sustainable” despite the blow dealt to the industry by COVID-19 and surging fuel prices.

He was responding to the question raised in the Lok Sabha on high airfares and whether the government is monitoring the tariff. Read more

Dec 7, 2023 1:39 PM IST

Winter Session Live: Both Houses adjourned till 2 PM

Both Houses – Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha – adjourned till 2 PM.

Dec 7, 2023 1:06 PM IST

Winter Session Live: ‘Nehru himself admitted mistake, but not Cogress’, Navneet Rana after Amit Shah's remark

“Jawaharlal Nehru himself admitted his mistakes but Congress did not correct those mistakes and continued it. This reflects the attitude of the Congress party,” Amravati MP Navneet Rana said after Union Home Minister Amit Shah's statement regarding former PM Jawaharlal Nehru.

Dec 7, 2023 12:34 PM IST

Winter Session Live: Jaishankar on US alleging India in murder attempt; ‘inputs were of concern to us’

"Insofar as the US is concerned, certain inputs were given to us as part of our security cooperation with the US. Those inputs were of concern to us because they related to the nexus of organised crime, trafficking and other matters. So, because it has a bearing on our own national security, it was decided to institute an inquiry into the matter and an inquiry committee has been constituted. Insofar as Canada is concerned, no specific evidence or inputs were provided to us. So, the question of equitable treatment to two countries one of whom has provided inputs and one of whom has not, does not arise," EAM Dr S Jaishankar said after CPI(M) MP John Brittas raised the question of media reports of the US linking an Indian official to an alleged murder attempt on a US national and Govt of India's rebuttal to Canada's charges.

Dec 7, 2023 11:56 AM IST

Winter Session Live: ‘This should be discussed in House’, Adhir Chowdhury says on Nehru remark

"This matter should be discussed in the House for the entire day. This is not a small matter. It is not only Amit Shah who knows the history of India, there must be others too. So, people of the country would get to know...When Article 370 was scrapped in 2019, Amit Shah had said that PoK would be brought back. It has been 10 years since PM Modi came to power, Atal Bihari Vajpayee was in power for 6 years. So, who is stopping the BJP?...Get back PoK before 2024 elections. You will get all the votes of entire India." Leader of Congress in Lok Sabha, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said on Union Home Minister Amit Shah's statement regarding former PM Jawaharlal Nehru.

Dec 7, 2023 11:26 AM IST

Winter Session Live: ‘Party full of liars…’, Mahua Moitra on Giriraj Singh's remark

“I said yesterday, that you (Giriraj Singh) don't tell us what is necessary and not. Your ministry has stolen 7,000 crores worth of MNREGA wages... You are withholding their wages...He is such a liar. He used the word 'Thumke lagana' then he said I've not said these words. That is the problem with the BJP. Every time they open their mouth and their lips move, it is to lie. From top to bottom, this is a party full of liars...the people of Bengal dislike you. They dislike your misogyny. They dislike the fact that you cannot take Nari Shakti. You cannot take women in authority. You cannot take women in power...We would hope that there would be an apology from him but he's even denying his remarks, it is too much to expect,” TMC MP Mahua Moitra said.

Dec 7, 2023 11:06 AM IST

Winter Session Live: TMC MPs stage protest against Giriraj Singh's remark on Mamata Banerjee

Women MPs of the TMC protest against Union Minister Giriraj Singh and demand his expulsion from the cabinet, over his remark on West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee.

Dec 7, 2023 11:04 AM IST

Winter Session Live: Both Houses begin proceedings

Both the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha begin proceedings for the day.

Dec 7, 2023 10:55 AM IST

Winter Session Live: PM Modi dubs the election win as a result of team spirit

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday dubbed the recent victory of the BJP in three states as a result of team spirit. The party won elections in Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh.

Addressing the lawmakers at the parliamentary party meeting, the PM shared the credit for the mandate that the party won with the party colleagues and is learn to have said that the party will need to move forward with a collective spirit.

Dec 7, 2023 10:46 AM IST

Winter Session Live: PM Modi given standing ovation at BJP Parliamentary Party meeting

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was given a standing ovation at the BJP Parliamentary Party meeting on Thursday following the party's stupendous win in three assembly polls.

Party MPs raised slogans lauding his leadership as senior leaders, including BJP president J P Nadda, felicitated Modi at the first meeting of the BJP Parliamentary Party in Parliament's Winter Session.

The BJP scored a thumping win over the Congress in the assembly polls to three states of Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan.

Dec 7, 2023 10:19 AM IST

Winter Session Live: BJP parliamentary party meeting underway

BJP Parliamentary Party meeting is currently underway in Delhi. The party is commemorating the victory in three of four states in the recently concluded assembly elections.

Dec 7, 2023 10:03 AM IST

Winter Session Live: PM Modi welcomed by BJP MPs ahead of parliamentary party meeting

Bharatiya Janata Party MPs welcome PM Modi with chants of "Modi ji ka swagat hai" at the Parliamentary party meeting in Delhi, after the party's victory in three states.

Dec 7, 2023 9:50 AM IST

Winter Session Live: Discussion on Bill to establish Central Tribal University in Telangana to continue today

The Central Universities (Amendment) Bill, 2023, seeking to establish a Central Tribal University in Telangana was moved in the Lok Sabha for consideration on Wednesday. Both the ruling and the Opposition sides were deliberating upon the Bill until the House adjourned for the day. The Bill will be moved today for further consideration today.

Dec 7, 2023 9:42 AM IST

Winter Session Live: PM Modi arrives for BJP parliamentary party meet

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives for the BJP Parliamentary Party meeting, in Delhi.

Dec 7, 2023 9:41 AM IST

Winter Session Live: Amit Shah, S Jaishankar, other ministers arrive at Parliament for party meeting

Union ministers Amit Shah, S Jaishankar, Ashwini Vaishnaw arrive for the BJP Parliamentary Party meeting, in Delhi.

Dec 7, 2023 9:22 AM IST

Winter Session Live: What does the Post Office Bill, 2023, seek to bring?

The Rajya Sabha passed the Post Office- Bill, 2023, on Wednesday through a voice vote. This bill seeks to repeal the 125-year-old Post Office Act, 1898, and consolidate and amend several provisions relating to the post offices in India.

  1. It provides that the post office shall provide such services as the Central Government may by rules prescribe and the Director General of Postal Services shall make regulations in respect of activities necessary to provide those services and fix the charges for such services.
  2. It also provides India Post will not incur any liability with regards to its services, except any liability prescribed through rules.
Dec 7, 2023 9:03 AM IST

Winter Session Live: On the fourth consecutive day, Manish Tewari moves adjournment notice to discuss death penalty of 8 ex-Navy personnel in Qatar

Congress MP Manish Tewari gives Adjournment Motion Notice in Lok Sabha and demands discussion on the death penalty to 8 ex-Indian Navy personnel in Qatar.

Dec 7, 2023 9:01 AM IST

Winter Session Live: What is Parliament's response on ‘Bharat’-'India' debate in NCERT?

The Union education ministry told the Rajya Sabha that the The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) does not differentiate between India and Bharat and added that the Constitution recognises both which is acknowledged by the council.

"Article 1 of the Constitution of India states that 'India', that is Bharat, shall be a Union of States'. India's Constitution recognises both 'India' and 'Bharat' as the official names of the country which can be used interchangeably. NCERT duly acknowledges this spirit as enshrined in our Constitution and does not differentiate between the two," Union minister of state for education Annapurna Devi said in a written reply.

Dec 7, 2023 8:51 AM IST

Winter Session Live: Amit Shah to move 2 J-K Bills in Rajya Sabha today

After the Jammu and Kashmir Reservation (Amendment) Bill, 2023 and the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation (Amendment) Bill, 2023, were passed in Lok Sabha following a two-day debate, Union home minister Amit Shah will move these Bills in Rajya Sabha for passage today.

Dec 7, 2023 9:41 AM IST

Winter Session Live: Amit Shah, S Jaishankar, other ministers arrive at Parliament for party meeting

Union ministers Amit Shah, S Jaishankar, Ashwini Vaishnaw arrive for the BJP Parliamentary Party meeting, in Delhi.

Dec 7, 2023 9:22 AM IST

Winter Session Live: What does the Post Office Bill, 2023, seek to bring?

The Rajya Sabha passed the Post Office- Bill, 2023, on Wednesday through a voice vote. This bill seeks to repeal the 125-year-old Post Office Act, 1898, and consolidate and amend several provisions relating to the post offices in India.

  1. It provides that the post office shall provide such services as the Central Government may by rules prescribe and the Director General of Postal Services shall make regulations in respect of activities necessary to provide those services and fix the charges for such services.
  2. It also provides India Post will not incur any liability with regards to its services, except any liability prescribed through rules.
Dec 7, 2023 9:03 AM IST

Winter Session Live: On the fourth consecutive day, Manish Tewari moves adjournment notice to discuss death penalty of 8 ex-Navy personnel in Qatar

Congress MP Manish Tewari gives Adjournment Motion Notice in Lok Sabha and demands discussion on the death penalty to 8 ex-Indian Navy personnel in Qatar.

Dec 7, 2023 9:01 AM IST

Winter Session Live: What is Parliament's response on ‘Bharat’-'India' debate in NCERT?

The Union education ministry told the Rajya Sabha that the The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) does not differentiate between India and Bharat and added that the Constitution recognises both which is acknowledged by the council.

"Article 1 of the Constitution of India states that 'India', that is Bharat, shall be a Union of States'. India's Constitution recognises both 'India' and 'Bharat' as the official names of the country which can be used interchangeably. NCERT duly acknowledges this spirit as enshrined in our Constitution and does not differentiate between the two," Union minister of state for education Annapurna Devi said in a written reply.

Dec 7, 2023 8:51 AM IST

Winter Session Live: Amit Shah to move 2 J-K Bills in Rajya Sabha today

After the Jammu and Kashmir Reservation (Amendment) Bill, 2023 and the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation (Amendment) Bill, 2023, were passed in Lok Sabha following a two-day debate, Union home minister Amit Shah will move these Bills in Rajya Sabha for passage today.