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Of the 80,000 voters 56,000 live in India, Nepal and Bhutan while 24,000 are in other countries.(HT File)

Tibetans-in-exile set to vote in first phase of global election

Hindustan Times/Dharamshala | By HT Correspondent, Dharamshala
UPDATED ON JAN 03, 2021 12:49 AM IST
Around 150 candidates are vying for 45 seats of members of parliament, while 8 candidates are in the fray for post of president
The argument Covid-19 did not permit the session is specious. For a start, Parliament’s earlier functioning disproves it. The monsoon session was held in September when daily cases crossed 95,000. So how can a situation when the increase has reduced to under 25,000 be a credible reason for not holding the winter session?(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
The argument Covid-19 did not permit the session is specious. For a start, Parliament’s earlier functioning disproves it. The monsoon session was held in September when daily cases crossed 95,000. So how can a situation when the increase has reduced to under 25,000 be a credible reason for not holding the winter session?(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

Parliament should sit more often

UPDATED ON DEC 26, 2020 07:36 PM IST
The bigger moral argument rests on the belief Parliament is special. It represents our nation. It speaks for us and symbolises our resolve. So if the temple of our democracy ducks the challenge of functioning in a time of the virus what’s the example it sets for the rest of us and what’s the message it sends to the world beyond our borders?
The Congress leadership has asked the state incharges to start the consensus-building exercise across the country.(AP)
The Congress leadership has asked the state incharges to start the consensus-building exercise across the country.(AP)

Congress seeks local leaders’ advice on state heads

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Aurangzeb Naqshbandi
UPDATED ON DEC 14, 2020 05:05 AM IST
The move is largely aimed at checking infighting in states and uniting warring factions, a Congress functionary said on condition of anonymity.
Seventy-one years have passed since India adopted its Constitution, guaranteeing equality to all its citizens, including its largest minority population — women.(HTPHOTO)
Seventy-one years have passed since India adopted its Constitution, guaranteeing equality to all its citizens, including its largest minority population — women.(HTPHOTO)

Reform institutions to ensure equitable representation to women

By Reshma Arif Khan
PUBLISHED ON DEC 04, 2020 11:36 AM IST
It was BR Ambedkar who stated that a Constitution was only as good as the individuals who implemented it. Thus, a modern democratic nation-state must aspire to develop institutions that enshrine within themselves constitutional values as originally conceptualised in their foundation
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Himachal-origin New Zealand MP takes oath in Sanskrit

Hindustan Times/ Melbourne | By Press Trust Of India, Melbourne
UPDATED ON NOV 26, 2020 12:21 AM IST
Sharma, 33, hailing from Himachal Pradesh’s Hamirpur, was recently elected as the Member of Parliament from the Labour Party for Hamilton West in New Zealand.

Ajay Singh Tanwar is royal by birth but grounded by choice

UPDATED ON NOV 10, 2020 05:38 PM IST
Inspite of his luxurious lifestyle, Ajay has a down to earth, humble and modest personality.
Members of Parliament sitting in the social distance during the Monsoon Session in Rajya Sabha, in New Delhi.(ANI)
Members of Parliament sitting in the social distance during the Monsoon Session in Rajya Sabha, in New Delhi.(ANI)

Bills to reduce salary, allowances of MPs, Ministers by 30% passed in Rajya Sabha

New Delhi | By Asian News International| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 18, 2020 02:10 PM IST
While MPs from Congress, Biju Janata Dal (BJD), and other parties wholeheartedly supported the bill, they asked the Centre to restore the MPLADS Funds at the earliest.
On June 5, President Ram Nath Kovind had promulgated three ordinances to usher in agricultural reforms for raising the income of the farmers and giving them more freedom to sell their produce.(ANI/Twitter)
On June 5, President Ram Nath Kovind had promulgated three ordinances to usher in agricultural reforms for raising the income of the farmers and giving them more freedom to sell their produce.(ANI/Twitter)

Left MPs protest against Centre’s ‘anti-farmers policies’

New Delhi | By Asian News International| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 15, 2020 11:31 AM IST
Farmers in Punjab, Haryana are protesting against the recent agriculture ordinances passed by the Union Cabinet.
So far, 20 members of the Odisha legislative assembly (MLAs), six ministers and four MPs from the state have tested Covid-19 positive.(Representational Image)
So far, 20 members of the Odisha legislative assembly (MLAs), six ministers and four MPs from the state have tested Covid-19 positive.(Representational Image)

Odisha: BJD MP, state minister take ill; admitted to Covid hospital

Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar | By Debabrata Mohanty
UPDATED ON SEP 13, 2020 01:56 PM IST
Padmini Dian, minister for textiles, handlooms and handicrafts; and Nabarangpur MP Ramesh Chandra Majhi were shifted to a Covid-19 hospital in Bhubaneswar after they complained of difficulty in breathing
Officials say the benefit of the allowance system is that Parliament employees will be able to buy their new uniforms whenever they want, instead of getting it every two years.(Mohd Zakir/HT Photo)
Officials say the benefit of the allowance system is that Parliament employees will be able to buy their new uniforms whenever they want, instead of getting it every two years.(Mohd Zakir/HT Photo)

In a first, Lok Sabha employees to get annual uniform allowance

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 21, 2020 12:52 PM IST
Employees from five key branches of the Parliament secretariat, including reporting, table office, and security, will be eligible for an allowance
Over the last 35 years, the anti-defection law has had zero success. But it has been successful in severely damaging the legislative framework of our country, with a chilling effect on deliberations in the House(Mohd Zakir/HT PHOTO)
Over the last 35 years, the anti-defection law has had zero success. But it has been successful in severely damaging the legislative framework of our country, with a chilling effect on deliberations in the House(Mohd Zakir/HT PHOTO)

The anti-defection law has failed. It is time to scrap it | Opinion

By Chakshu Roy
UPDATED ON JUL 26, 2020 05:47 PM IST
It doesn’t prevent legislators from shifting loyalties when they wish, but stifles their voice on policy issues
The prime minister, for instance, uses video conference facilities for a range of meetings. And if the top executive can do it, so can the legislature(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)
The prime minister, for instance, uses video conference facilities for a range of meetings. And if the top executive can do it, so can the legislature(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)

Allow committee meets, virtually | HT Editorial

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUL 16, 2020 06:36 AM IST
Parliamentary panels are essential; let them do their job
The current design envisages a new triangular Parliament building next to the existing complex. Source from Anisha Dutta HT.
The current design envisages a new triangular Parliament building next to the existing complex. Source from Anisha Dutta HT.

Construction bids for new Parliament to close on July 14, work to begin after winter session

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Anisha Dutta
UPDATED ON JUL 11, 2020 01:31 AM IST
Earlier this month, the Central Public Works Department (CPWD) began the process to select a firm to construct a new Parliament building which will come up adjacent to the existing Parliament.
Jairam Ramesh called Rajya Sabha officials’ arguments against his proposal for the virtual participation “silly and bogus” and complained about the “disinformation virus”.
Jairam Ramesh called Rajya Sabha officials’ arguments against his proposal for the virtual participation “silly and bogus” and complained about the “disinformation virus”.

Science panel head opposes RS bar on online participation

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 09, 2020 11:56 AM IST
At a meeting under Naidu’s chairmanship on Wednesday, Rajya Sabha officials pointed out that quorum is necessary only for taking decisions and adopting reports and not for discussion.
According to officials, however, about 60% prefer to use ferry vehicles during the session because of parking limitations in the complex.(Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)
According to officials, however, about 60% prefer to use ferry vehicles during the session because of parking limitations in the complex.(Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)

E-cars for ferrying MPs likely in Parliament this monsoon session

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Saubhadra Chatterji
UPDATED ON JUN 05, 2020 01:24 AM IST
At a recent meeting with senior officials, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla asked for a review of the current car usage policy, according to people familiar with the development.
Don’t treat those who suffer economic and physical dislocation as invisible labour, but give them their rights as citizen(ANI)
Don’t treat those who suffer economic and physical dislocation as invisible labour, but give them their rights as citizen(ANI)

Covid-19: Where a new India is born, writes Rajdeep Sardesai

UPDATED ON JUN 04, 2020 06:47 PM IST
Invest in health care, address inequity, stop communal politics, and let compassion prevail
Democracy is too precious and Parliament is too valuable an institution to sit out a national crisis. India’s battle against the pandemic and its economic revival needs national buy-in; it also requires the executive to be accountable. And this can only happen in Parliament(Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)
Democracy is too precious and Parliament is too valuable an institution to sit out a national crisis. India’s battle against the pandemic and its economic revival needs national buy-in; it also requires the executive to be accountable. And this can only happen in Parliament(Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)

Convene Parliament, now

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUN 02, 2020 06:00 AM IST
The national crisis calls for a national, democratic response
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Where is MP Kirron Kher, asks Congress as Chandigarh takes on Covid-19 battle

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By HT Correspondent, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON MAR 26, 2020 01:18 AM IST
Says she cannot shrug of her responsibility by just allotting some money from her MPLAD funds
Congress MP Rahul Gandhi speaks in Lok Sabha during the ongoing budget session of Parliament, in New Delhi on Monday.(PTI Photo)
Congress MP Rahul Gandhi speaks in Lok Sabha during the ongoing budget session of Parliament, in New Delhi on Monday.(PTI Photo)

Rahul Gandhi targets Govt over 50 big bank defaulters, then aims at Speaker

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAR 16, 2020 03:45 PM IST
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi wanted to ask a supplementary question about wilful defaulters, but Speaker Om Birla announced the scheduled end of Question Hour.
Mosquitoes neither respect state boundaries, nor differentiate between political parties and ideologies. An important priority should be extending the National Strategic Plan to 2030 and increasing the domestic funding for malaria(HTPHOTO)
Mosquitoes neither respect state boundaries, nor differentiate between political parties and ideologies. An important priority should be extending the National Strategic Plan to 2030 and increasing the domestic funding for malaria(HTPHOTO)

Why Indian Parliamentarians are backing the fight against malaria

By KJ Alphons and Gaurav Gogoi
UPDATED ON MAR 14, 2020 06:11 PM IST
Let us pledge that we will eliminate malaria even from the remotest corner of India by 2030. Only when we leave no one behind will we cross the finish line
Parliament will restrict the movement of visitors and their entry when it reassembles after Holi on March 11(Hindustan Times)
Parliament will restrict the movement of visitors and their entry when it reassembles after Holi on March 11(Hindustan Times)

Colour-coded passes, restricted visiting hours: Parliament steps up against coronavirus

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON MAR 06, 2020 03:54 PM IST
The directions, which have been issued to both Houses, also say those coming to meet the members of Parliament at the reception would be allowed to stay only for an hour. It also adds that the members will not be able to take their visitors on a tour of Parliament.
Samajwadi Party MP Azam Khan waves before being sent to judicial custody for allegedly faking Abdullah's birth certificate, in Rampur.(Photo: PTI)
Samajwadi Party MP Azam Khan waves before being sent to judicial custody for allegedly faking Abdullah's birth certificate, in Rampur.(Photo: PTI)

Samajwadi Party’s Azam Khan sent to judicial custody

Hindustan Times, Bareilly | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON FEB 27, 2020 03:02 AM IST
On Tuesday, the court rejected the Khans’ anticipatory bail pleas and issued non-bailable arrest warrants against them. The court also ordered the police to attach their properties.
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Top decision-making body of PGIMER Chandigarh reconstituted

Hindustan Times, CHandigarh | By Amanjeet Singh Salyal, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON JAN 31, 2020 12:52 AM IST
MPs Kirron Kher, Nayab Singh and Ambika Soni have been nominated as members
The new Parliament complex, which has an earlier deadline of 2022, will be among the first plans to be finalised and tendered out, perhaps in the first half of this year itself.(Sourced)
The new Parliament complex, which has an earlier deadline of 2022, will be among the first plans to be finalised and tendered out, perhaps in the first half of this year itself.(Sourced)

Parliament staff, caterers to be consulted for new Parliament complex plan

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Anisha Dutta, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 02, 2020 05:59 AM IST
In August 2019, the Lok Sabha Speaker and the Rajya Sabha chairman urged the government to expand and modernise the colonial-era Parliament building.
India on Thursday defended its decision to invite Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro to be the chief guest at the Republic Day celebrations(REUTERS)
India on Thursday defended its decision to invite Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro to be the chief guest at the Republic Day celebrations(REUTERS)

India defends decision to invite Brazil President for Republic Day

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON JAN 23, 2020 10:01 PM IST
Bolsonaro will be on a state visit to India during January 24-27, accompanied by eight Ministers, four members of Parliament and a large business delegation.
The current design envisages a new triangular Parliament building next to the existing complex.
The current design envisages a new triangular Parliament building next to the existing complex.

New Parliament complex may seat 1,350 members

Hindustan times, New Delhi | By Anisha Dutta
UPDATED ON JAN 31, 2020 10:44 AM IST
The new Parliament complex, which has an earlier deadline, 2022, will be among the first plans to be finalised and tendered out, perhaps in the first half of this year itself.
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Students in Patiala, Sangrur show solidarity with JNU

Hindustan Times, Punjab | By HT Correspondents, Patiala/sangrur
PUBLISHED ON JAN 06, 2020 11:08 PM IST
Lynching is retribution, not justice. People must know the difference(PTI)
Lynching is retribution, not justice. People must know the difference(PTI)

Why lawmakers must respect the law

UPDATED ON DEC 14, 2019 06:08 PM IST
Those who make and enforce the law must understand it, not just in letter but also in spirit. By their foolish outbursts, Bachchan, Reddy, Mayawati, Yadav and Lobo have not only embarrassed themselves but worried their countrymen
Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu speaks during the ongoing Winter Session of Parliament in New Delhi on Monday. (ANI Photo/RSTV)
Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu speaks during the ongoing Winter Session of Parliament in New Delhi on Monday. (ANI Photo/RSTV)

Venkaiah Naidu writes to floor leaders on attendance

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Saubhadra Chatterji
PUBLISHED ON DEC 10, 2019 06:31 AM IST
Till last week, 28 MPs were yet to attend a standing committee meeting of the eight panels that come under the purview of the Rajya Sabha, official records revealed.
IK Gujral showed it was the duty of the PM to face up to criticism of his government and performance(HT)
IK Gujral showed it was the duty of the PM to face up to criticism of his government and performance(HT)

Inder Kumar Gujral’s life and leadership | Opinion

UPDATED ON DEC 07, 2019 08:11 PM IST
This was a prime minister who readily – in fact, happily – faced questions about his lapses and failure
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