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Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla. (ANI)

News updates from HT: Speaker calls Budget Session 'highly productive'

By hindustantimes.com, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 13, 2021 08:48 PM IST
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The unique helpline became operational for the budget session to help MPs quickly access reference notes and background material for debates.(HT Photo)
The unique helpline became operational for the budget session to help MPs quickly access reference notes and background material for debates.(HT Photo)

Calls for PM’s number, vaccines flood 24/7 helpline for MPs

By Saubhadra Chatterji, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 01, 2021 03:31 AM IST
Some people have dialled the helpline to ask for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s phone number. One person called up the staff to seek an appointment with the PM as he “needs to give the PM some advice on the farmers’ protests.”
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The event was attended by the gram pradhans and members of various panchayats of the state, panchayati raj minister Arvind Pandey and Uttarakhand assembly Speaker Premchand Agarwal.(HT photo)
The event was attended by the gram pradhans and members of various panchayats of the state, panchayati raj minister Arvind Pandey and Uttarakhand assembly Speaker Premchand Agarwal.(HT photo)

‘Centre to hold ‘Know Your Constitution’ campaign in schools, colleges’: Om Birla

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Dehradun
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2021 08:15 PM IST
Birla talked about the campaign while chairing an event organised by the Uttarakhand panchayati raj department.
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Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla.(HT photo)
Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla.(HT photo)

Lok Sabha speaker Om Birla seeks probe into Karnataka MLC’s death

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 31, 2020 03:14 AM IST
According to an official statement, the Lok Sabha Speaker said: “It is the duty of all of us to safeguard the prestige of legislative bodies and dignity and freedom of presiding officers.”
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Opposition leaders Rahul Gandhi, D. Raja, and others address media after meeting with President Ram Nath Kovind, at Rashtrapati Bhawan, in New Delhi, India, on Wednesday, December 9, 2020.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)
Opposition leaders Rahul Gandhi, D. Raja, and others address media after meeting with President Ram Nath Kovind, at Rashtrapati Bhawan, in New Delhi, India, on Wednesday, December 9, 2020.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)

‘Was not allowed to speak': Rahul Gandhi to Lok Sabha speaker on exit from Parliamentary panel meet

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Arpan Rai | New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 17, 2020 07:44 PM IST
The Congress leader and Wayanad MP exited the Parliamentary panel meet on Wednesday along with the members of his party, sparking a wave of political backlash, alleging that the panel’s time was being wasted in discussing armed forces’ uniform instead of the crucial issue of national security.
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According to state health minister, the committee, which includes medical education commissioner and other officials, will visit the J K Lon Hospital and investigate every case of infant death at the health facility.(HT Archive/Representative Purposes Only)
According to state health minister, the committee, which includes medical education commissioner and other officials, will visit the J K Lon Hospital and investigate every case of infant death at the health facility.(HT Archive/Representative Purposes Only)

Rajasthan forms panel to probe death of 12 infants

By HT Correspondent and PTI | Jaipur
UPDATED ON DEC 12, 2020 01:36 AM IST
Nine newborns, all of them between one and four days old, died at the hospital on Thursday, within a span of hours, a year after the same facility had hit national headlines over the deaths of at least 100 infants in a month.
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The event will begin at 12:55pm and the foundation stone will be laid at 1 pm, officials said, adding that a ‘sarva dharma prarthana’ (inter-faith prayer) will be held at 1.30pm.(ANI)
The event will begin at 12:55pm and the foundation stone will be laid at 1 pm, officials said, adding that a ‘sarva dharma prarthana’ (inter-faith prayer) will be held at 1.30pm.(ANI)

PM Modi to lay foundation of new Parliament building: All you need to know

By hindustantimes.com| Edited by Susmita Pakrasi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 10, 2020 07:59 AM IST
PM Modi will also perform the ground-breaking ceremony for the building, which is expected to be completed by 2022 at an estimated cost of Rs 971 crore.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi(HT photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi(HT photo)

PM Modi to lay foundation for new Parliament building on Dec 10

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Shivani Kumar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 05, 2020 02:32 PM IST
The construction of the new Parliament building will begin in December and is likely to be completed by October 2022.
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NCP leader Nawab Malik addressing the media.(Anshuman Poyrekar/ Hindustan Times)
NCP leader Nawab Malik addressing the media.(Anshuman Poyrekar/ Hindustan Times)

Opposition leaders ask Centre to hold winter session soon

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Shankhyaneel Sarkar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON DEC 03, 2020 09:58 PM IST
Malik told ANI that Parliament should sit for a winter session even if the session runs for a short period of time.
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Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla addresses a press conference in New Delhi.(PTI)
Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla addresses a press conference in New Delhi.(PTI)

No place for disruption, be it Parliament or state assemblies: Om Birla

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Mallika Soni | Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON NOV 27, 2020 10:19 PM IST
Efforts are being made to ensure there is minimum disruption and a committee has been formed under the Uttar Pradesh assembly speaker to discuss and submit a report so that a common programme is formed and people’s representative play their role ideally, he said.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi.(ANI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi.(ANI)

Constitution Day: PM Modi to address 80th conference of presiding officers today

By Saubhadra Chatterji | Hindustan Times, Kevadia
UPDATED ON NOV 26, 2020 11:39 AM IST
The prime minister is expected to talk about upholding constitutional rights and values and also speak on how elected representatives should conduct themselves
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the nation, in New Delhi.(ANI file photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the nation, in New Delhi.(ANI file photo)

PM Modi says 2014-29 period ‘very important’ for India

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Arpan Rai | New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON NOV 23, 2020 11:33 PM IST
“It is our responsibility that when history evaluates different terms of Lok Sabha, this period is remembered as a golden chapter in the nation’s development,” Modi stated.
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PM Modi inaugurating multi-storeyed flats for MPs (ANI)
PM Modi inaugurating multi-storeyed flats for MPs (ANI)

PM Modi inaugurates flats for MPs, lauds them for facilitating Parliament session even during pandemic

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Karan Manral | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 23, 2020 01:56 PM IST
In a virtual address, the Prime Minister also noted how several projects, which had been pending for years, were completed by his government, and before time.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi(Reuters)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi(Reuters)

President Kovind, PM Modi to address meeting of Speakers

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 22, 2020 04:21 AM IST
“November 26 is the 71st anniversary of Constitution Day. On this occasion, the 80th All India Presiding Officers’ Conference is being organized in Kevadia, Gujarat. It will be held from November 25 to November 26,” Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla announced on Saturday.
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Officials argued that the exercise by the Speaker will help ascertain the work done, and strengthen the supervisory role of Parliament over the Executive.(PTI)
Officials argued that the exercise by the Speaker will help ascertain the work done, and strengthen the supervisory role of Parliament over the Executive.(PTI)

Lok Sabha evaluates how many of House panel ideas adopted

By Saubhadra Chatterji | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 28, 2020 01:58 AM IST
Parliament has 24 standing committees, out of which 16 come under the purview of the Lower House and the rest under the authority of the Rajya Sabha. Each panel has MPs from both Houses.
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The new building will also have a grand Constitution Hall to showcase India’s democratic heritage, a lounge for members of Parliament, a library, multiple committee rooms, dining areas and ample parking space.(PTI)
The new building will also have a grand Constitution Hall to showcase India’s democratic heritage, a lounge for members of Parliament, a library, multiple committee rooms, dining areas and ample parking space.(PTI)

New Parliament building to be ready by October 2022; construction to begin this December

By Press Trust of India | New Delhi, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 24, 2020 12:32 AM IST
Officials also said that sufficient steps have been taken to control air and noise pollution during the construction work for the new parliament building, which will have separate offices for all MPs and those will be equipped with the latest digital interfaces as a step towards creating ‘paperless offices’.
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Congress MP Shashi Tharoor.(PTI)
Congress MP Shashi Tharoor.(PTI)

Shashi Tharoor violated panel confidentiality, BJP MP Nishikant Dubey writes to Om Birla

By Deeksha Bhardwaj | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 19, 2020 06:01 PM IST
Dubey was referring to a series of tweets by Tharoor on Sunday, in which he alleged that corporates were funding channels that were ‘tearing the country apart’
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Vodafone store.(PTI)
Vodafone store.(PTI)

News updates from Hindustan Times: Will take appropriate action, says Finance Ministry on Vodafone tribunal setback and all the latest news

By hindustantimes.com | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 26, 2020 08:56 AM IST
Here are today’s top news, analysis and opinion. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
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Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla during a press conference at Parliament House annexe in New Delhi on Friday.(Arvind Yadav/HT Photo)
Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla during a press conference at Parliament House annexe in New Delhi on Friday.(Arvind Yadav/HT Photo)

There’s place for dissent but within decorum, says Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla

By Saubhadra Chatterji | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 27, 2020 12:43 AM IST
On the ruckus created by Opposition members during the passage of farms bills during the Parliament’s monsoon session, Lok Sabha Speaker says, “The House can’t run without the cooperation of its members.’
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Both Houses approved a total of 25 bills, including three contentious bills for farm liberalisation and three for labour reforms, in the face of protests, walkouts and boycotts by opposition parties that accused the ruling side of denying them their parliamentary rights by pushing legislations without review.(PTI)
Both Houses approved a total of 25 bills, including three contentious bills for farm liberalisation and three for labour reforms, in the face of protests, walkouts and boycotts by opposition parties that accused the ruling side of denying them their parliamentary rights by pushing legislations without review.(PTI)

Productive but divisive monsoon session ends

By Saubhadra Chatterji and Smriti Kak Ramachandran | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 24, 2020 05:26 AM IST
Om Birla said that 370 MPs could participate in the Zero Hour and Under Rule 377, and that this level of participation was almost double of that in the 15th and 16th Lok Sabha.
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The Lok Sabha, scheduled to meet for four hours from 3 PM to 7 PM, cleared The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Second Amendment) Bill, 2020 at 8.23 PM and at 11.38 PM approved The Epidemic Diseases (Amendment) Bill, 2020.(ANI)
The Lok Sabha, scheduled to meet for four hours from 3 PM to 7 PM, cleared The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Second Amendment) Bill, 2020 at 8.23 PM and at 11.38 PM approved The Epidemic Diseases (Amendment) Bill, 2020.(ANI)

LS burns midnight oil to clear pending bills

By Saubhadra Chatterji | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 23, 2020 12:39 AM IST
In the Lok Sabha, Speaker Om Birla, 57, sat through the proceedings till the House was adjourned early on Tuesday to meet again in the afternoon.
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The long working hours in Lok Sabha took place on a day when the Rajya Sabha proceedings were adjourned without much work due to disruptions by Opposition MPs.(PTI)
The long working hours in Lok Sabha took place on a day when the Rajya Sabha proceedings were adjourned without much work due to disruptions by Opposition MPs.(PTI)

LS approves strict foreign funding rules, works beyond midnight

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 22, 2020 02:11 AM IST
The Lok Sabha passed the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2020 aimed at making rules governing the foreign funding of non-government organisations (NGOs) more stringent and also mandating Aadhaar for all office bearers of these organisations.
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The speaker then adjourned the House for an hour, after about 20 minutes of business.(PTI)
The speaker then adjourned the House for an hour, after about 20 minutes of business.(PTI)

Lok Sabha adjourned for an hour after obituary references

By Press Trust of India| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi | New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 14, 2020 11:10 AM IST
As soon as the House assembled for the first time since the coronavirus outbreak, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla paid glowing tributes to the departed leaders and security personnel who have laid down their lives while protecting the nation since March.
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Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury.(ANI)
Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury.(ANI)

Pick Lok Sabha deputy speaker, says Opposition

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 10, 2020 10:15 AM IST
Congress Lok Sabha floor leader Adhir Chowdhury wrote a letter to speaker Om Birla and Trinamool Congress’ Rajya Sabha floor leader Derek O’Brien penned a blog criticising the Modi government for not appointing a deputy speaker.
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The monsoon session of Parliament will begin on September 14.(Sonu Mehta/HT Photo)
The monsoon session of Parliament will begin on September 14.(Sonu Mehta/HT Photo)

At Congress’ parliament strategy meeting, Opposition decides to put up joint candidate for deputy Rajya Sabha chairman

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by: Amit Chaturvedi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 08, 2020 08:36 PM IST
The deputy speaker presides over the Lok Sabha when the speaker is absent from house. In the current Lok Sabha, in the absence of speaker Om Birla, members of a panel of chairpersons preside over the House.
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Dubey and Tharoor have already sparred over l’affaire Facebook, where the social media company’s top lobbyist in India advised that the company not act against a BJP lawmaker whose posts violated the company’s standards on hate speech.(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)
Dubey and Tharoor have already sparred over l’affaire Facebook, where the social media company’s top lobbyist in India advised that the company not act against a BJP lawmaker whose posts violated the company’s standards on hate speech.(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)

BJP’s Dubey asks Tharoor to cancel I-T panel meeting

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 27, 2020 03:19 AM IST
Dubey’s letter to the Congress MP comes a day after Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla wrote to the heads of all panels asking them to select subjects based on rules and keeping in mind the convention that the House does not discuss issues that are “pending in the courts”.
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A view of the Parliament House seen in New Delhi. Earlier, Lok Sabha officials were handed over cut pieces of cloth once in two years(Mohd Zakir/HT PHOTO)
A view of the Parliament House seen in New Delhi. Earlier, Lok Sabha officials were handed over cut pieces of cloth once in two years(Mohd Zakir/HT PHOTO)

Lok Sabha officials to get new uniforms, yearly allowances

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 22, 2020 03:33 AM IST
Chamber attendants, who attend guests who come to meet the Speaker, will sport light blue safari suits instead of the current pale grey. Similarly, the Question branch and Table office—two key sets of back room staff of the Lower House -- will see a change in their uniform from cream to blue safari suits.
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The seating arrangements in the Parliament building will be in strict compliance with social distancing norms.(Raj K Raj/HT File Photo)
The seating arrangements in the Parliament building will be in strict compliance with social distancing norms.(Raj K Raj/HT File Photo)

UV disinfection, tech overhaul in Parliament plan

By Saubhadra Chatterji | Hindustan Times, New Delhi, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 17, 2020 03:16 AM IST
India’s top legislative authorities, Naidu and Lok Sabha speaker Om Birla, are keeping a close watch on the status of the coronavirus pandemic in the Capital and elsewhere to finalise the dates for the Parliament session.
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The Lok Sabha speaker made these remarks while chairing the Empathy Conclave 2020 on World Hepatitis Day in Parliament House.(PTI)
The Lok Sabha speaker made these remarks while chairing the Empathy Conclave 2020 on World Hepatitis Day in Parliament House.(PTI)

Govt has taken comprehensive steps to reduce impact of coronavirus pandemic: Lok Sabha speaker

By Press Trust of India| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi | New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUL 28, 2020 05:41 PM IST
Om Birla said he has great faith in the strength and resilience of the Indian people, and added that the path to victory can be difficult but never impossible.
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Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu (L), Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla (C) and MoS Parliamentary Affairs Arjun Ram Meghwal at Central Hall of the Parliament House during the 68th anniversary of the first sitting of Rajya Sabha, in New Delhi.(Photo: PTI)
Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu (L), Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla (C) and MoS Parliamentary Affairs Arjun Ram Meghwal at Central Hall of the Parliament House during the 68th anniversary of the first sitting of Rajya Sabha, in New Delhi.(Photo: PTI)

House schedule may change next session

By Saubhadra Chatterji | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 21, 2020 05:00 AM IST
A senior official familiar with the matter said that while one House could start in the morning at the scheduled time of 11 am, the other House could start its proceedings in the afternoon, to ensure minimum interaction between MPs of the two Houses and adequate space for lawmakers of both.
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