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Facebook whistleblower may have to wait longer to appear before House panel

On November 1, 2021, the chief of the parliamentary panel on information technology, Shashi Tharoor, tweeted that he had sought Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla’s approval for Zhang’s deposition.

FB whistleblower, citing screenshots of her workplace conversations that purported to show that the social media company (now called Meta) did not act against Bharatiya Janata Party MP Vinod Sonkar,  offered to testify to Parliament in connection with it
FB whistleblower, citing screenshots of her workplace conversations that purported to show that the social media company (now called Meta) did not act against Bharatiya Janata Party MP Vinod Sonkar,  offered to testify to Parliament in connection with it
Updated on Jun 07, 2022 05:05 AM IST

Parliamentary panel suggests changes to Wildlife Protection (amendment) Bill

The parliamentary panel headed by senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh submitted a 254-page report on Thursday after reviewing the Wildlife Protection (Amendment) Bill 2021.

Environmental lawyers had pointed out another concern regarding the bill that makes a provision for trade in live elephants. (AFP)
Environmental lawyers had pointed out another concern regarding the bill that makes a provision for trade in live elephants. (AFP)
Updated on Apr 22, 2022 02:33 AM IST

‘Define anti-national attitude; bring laws to counter fake news’: House panel

The report is set to be tabled in the winter session of the Parliament, which starts November 29.

One of the recommendations made by the parliamentary panel on IT is to introduce dedicated laws to counter fake news. (Representational image)
One of the recommendations made by the parliamentary panel on IT is to introduce dedicated laws to counter fake news. (Representational image)
Updated on Nov 21, 2021 02:44 AM IST

Parliamentary panel summons Google, Facebook officials over misuse of platforms

The Parliamentary standing committee on Information Technology, headed by Congress leader Shashi Tharoor, had called Twitter officials amid the company’s standoff with the government over new IT rules.

The officials of Facebook have been asked to present views on safeguarding the rights of the citizens.(Reuters File Photo)
The officials of Facebook have been asked to present views on safeguarding the rights of the citizens.(Reuters File Photo)
Published on Jun 28, 2021 09:59 AM IST

House panel grills Twitter on failure to comply with new rules

The panel’s meeting with Twitter came in the backdrop of the Uttar Pradesh Police summoning Twitter India’s managing director over the amplification of a video that the police claim was manipulated to portray the attack on an elderly Muslim man as a hate crime.

Twitter’s lack of compliance could potentially end the safe harbour provided to intermediaries in the Information Technology Act(File Photo)
Twitter’s lack of compliance could potentially end the safe harbour provided to intermediaries in the Information Technology Act(File Photo)
Updated on Jun 18, 2021 11:50 PM IST

Rising petrol, diesel prices: Parliamentary panel meeting today

In the last 44 days, the prices of petrol and diesel have increased 25 times. The petroleum and natural gas standing committee will today discuss pricing, marketing and supply of petroleum products with representatives of the government.

Oil companies revise rates of petrol and diesel daily.(Reuters File Photo)
Oil companies revise rates of petrol and diesel daily.(Reuters File Photo)
Published on Jun 17, 2021 08:24 AM IST

News updates from HT: BJP lawmaker seeks Shashi Tharoor's removal

Here are today’s top news, analysis and opinion. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.

Congress leader Shashi Tharoor.(ANI)
Congress leader Shashi Tharoor.(ANI)
Published on May 26, 2021 04:58 PM IST

Cong MPs ‘dissociate’ from Parl panel report

The three MPs, members of the House panel on food, consumer affairs and public distribution, also alleged that the report was approved in the panel chairman’s absence.

Saptagiri Ulaka from Odisha’s Koraput, V Vaithilingam of Puducherry and Kasargod’s Rajmohan Unnithan have written to the Speaker against the Eleventh report of the House panel on Food, Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution.(HT Archive)
Saptagiri Ulaka from Odisha’s Koraput, V Vaithilingam of Puducherry and Kasargod’s Rajmohan Unnithan have written to the Speaker against the Eleventh report of the House panel on Food, Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution.(HT Archive)
Published on Mar 21, 2021 04:45 AM IST

Funds allocation to MEA inadequate considering foreign policy objectives

The panel said the budgetary resources will play a "determining role" in India's pursuit of a permanent seat at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) as it requires adequate global presence and expansion of diplomatic outreach.

The report of the committee on external affairs was tabled in both houses of Parliament.(AFP)
The report of the committee on external affairs was tabled in both houses of Parliament.(AFP)
Published on Mar 17, 2021 09:15 PM IST

Parliamentary panel suggests use of ‘officials of the Union of India’

The Committee is of the considered opinion that these three organs of governance, by and large, constitute the Union government

In its report, the Parliamentary panel observed that the executive, the legislature and the judiciary have well defined roles and they all function under the Constitution
In its report, the Parliamentary panel observed that the executive, the legislature and the judiciary have well defined roles and they all function under the Constitution
Published on Mar 17, 2021 07:01 PM IST

Parliamentary panel asks Centre to explore feasibility of amending Lokpal Act

The Lokpal has informed the committee that it received requests for reconsideration of its orders, but the same were not considered as it does not have statutory powers to review an order passed by it, the panel said.

Lokpal has also apprised the committee that it has requested the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) to take necessary action to amend the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act.(AFP)
Lokpal has also apprised the committee that it has requested the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) to take necessary action to amend the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act.(AFP)
Published on Mar 16, 2021 07:43 PM IST

Delayed due to Covid-19, Census work may begin this year, MHA tells par panel

The population enumeration was supposed to be carried out from February 9 to 28, 2021 with a revision round from March 1 to 5, 2021.

The fieldwork for the first phase of census 2021 will be carried out during 2021-22 even though timelines are yet to be finalised.(PTI PHOTO)
The fieldwork for the first phase of census 2021 will be carried out during 2021-22 even though timelines are yet to be finalised.(PTI PHOTO)
Published on Mar 15, 2021 10:37 PM IST

BSNL may turn profitable from 2023-24, says parliamentary panel in report

According to the report, the expenditure of BSNL has reduced from ₹34,400 crore per annum to ₹24,687 crore per annum, annualised value of nine months figures, mainly due to savings in employee benefits expenses due to VRS as part of revival package.

It is expected that with the commencement of 4G services, the revenue of BSNL in the wireless segment will increase, the report said.(Livemint)
It is expected that with the commencement of 4G services, the revenue of BSNL in the wireless segment will increase, the report said.(Livemint)
Published on Mar 11, 2021 07:33 PM IST

Facebook, Twitter officials to appear before parliamentary panel on IT today

News agency ANI reported that recent changes in the privacy policy of Facebook-owned messaging platform WhatsApp will also be discussed at the meeting of parliamentary panel today.

Congress MP Shashi Tharoor heads the parliamentary panel on information and technology.(Sanjeev Verma/HT Photo)
Congress MP Shashi Tharoor heads the parliamentary panel on information and technology.(Sanjeev Verma/HT Photo)
Published on Jan 21, 2021 08:51 AM IST

Parliamentary panel to quiz finance ministry officials on bank NPAs

Meeting assumes significance since banking sector is dealing with governance issues too at two private sector banks — ICICI and Axis.

The Standing Committee on Finance, chaired by senior Congress leader M Veerappa Moily (pictured), had last met on March 9 in the aftermath of the over <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>13,000 crore fraud in Punjab National Bank.(HT/File Photo)
The Standing Committee on Finance, chaired by senior Congress leader M Veerappa Moily (pictured), had last met on March 9 in the aftermath of the over 13,000 crore fraud in Punjab National Bank.(HT/File Photo)
Published on Apr 12, 2018 07:05 PM IST
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