Articles about Om Birla

Om Birla is a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) politician from Rajasthan and is the 17th Speaker of the Lok Sabha. In his youth, he was active in student politics and became the President of the students’ union at Gumanpura’s Government Senior Secondary School. In 1987, Birla joined the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) and, by 1997, became the National Vice-president of the organization. In 2003, he entered the Rajasthan Legislative Assembly as a BJP candidate from the Kota South constituency by defeating Shanti Dhariwal of the INC. Birla was elected for two more terms in 2008 and 2013. In 2014, he contested the Lok Sabha elections from the Kota constituency and won, becoming a first-time Member of Parliament. He was re-elected from Kota in the 2019 General Elections and succeeded Sumitra Mahajan as the Speaker of the Lok Sabha. Birla has served on the Standing Committee for Energy and has been a member of the Consultative Committee for the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment.

Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha adjourned; early end for Winter Session

22 Dec 2021

Politics
Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha adjourned; early end for Winter Session

The Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha were adjourned sine die (indefinitely) on Wednesday a day ahead of schedule.

PM Modi divides Ministers into 8 groups to improve governance

15 Nov 2021

India
PM Modi divides Ministers into 8 groups to improve governance

Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led central government has divided the 77 Union Ministers into eight groups with an aim to improve overall governance.

Parliament's Monsoon Session set to begin with COVID-19 protocols

13 Jul 2021

India
Parliament's Monsoon Session set to begin with COVID-19 protocols

The 19-day Monsoon Session of the Parliament is set to commence on July 19 and will conclude on August 13, with all the necessary COVID-19 protocols in place.

MP seeks Tharoor's disqualification from Parliament over 'Indian variant' remarks

25 May 2021

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MP seeks Tharoor's disqualification from Parliament over 'Indian variant' remarks

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Nishikant Dubey has written to Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, urging him to disqualify Congress party leader Shashi Tharoor from the Indian Parliament.

Budget Session: 17 Opposition parties to boycott President's address

29 Jan 2021

Politics
Budget Session: 17 Opposition parties to boycott President's address

As many as 17 Opposition parties have decided to boycott President Ram Nath Kovind's address to both Houses of Parliament, indicating that the Budget Session will be replete with confrontations.

Parliament canteen's subsidy ends; non-veg buffet now costs Rs. 700

28 Jan 2021

Politics
Parliament canteen's subsidy ends; non-veg buffet now costs Rs. 700

Ahead of the Budget session, the Parliament has ended subsidies on the food in the canteen. Food in the Parliament canteen has been a contentious subject for many years as the menu offered meals at throwaway prices.

PM will lay foundation stone of new Parliament building today

10 Dec 2020

India
PM will lay foundation stone of new Parliament building today

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lay the foundation stone of the new Parliament building today. Several ministers from his government, politicians from other parties, and ambassadors of different countries are expected to attend the event.

All you need to know about the new Parliament building

06 Dec 2020

India
All you need to know about the new Parliament building

The new Parliament building will be bigger than the existing complex, boasting bigger Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha chambers, a grand Constitution Hall, paperless offices, etc.

New Parliament building: Modi to lay foundation stone next week

05 Dec 2020

India
New Parliament building: Modi to lay foundation stone next week

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lay the foundation stone for the new Parliament building on December 10 (Thursday), Lok Sabha speaker Om Birla said on Saturday.

As coronavirus cases rise, Monsoon Session could be cut short

19 Sep 2020

Politics
As coronavirus cases rise, Monsoon Session could be cut short

The Monsoon Session, being held in the shadow of coronavirus, may be cut short as there's a palpable fear about a rise in infections.

17 Lok Sabha MPs test coronavirus-positive as Monsoon Session begins

14 Sep 2020

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17 Lok Sabha MPs test coronavirus-positive as Monsoon Session begins

On the day the Monsoon Session of the Parliament began amid a raging coronavirus crisis, a record 17 Lok Sabha MPs, most belonging to the ruling BJP, tested positive for the highly-contagious disease.

Expunged-remark, coronavirus talk: Details from Day 1 of Monsoon Session

14 Sep 2020

Politics
Expunged-remark, coronavirus talk: Details from Day 1 of Monsoon Session

On the first day of the Monsoon Session, the Lok Sabha witnessed an uproar over various issues, from the removal of question hour to the rise in coronavirus numbers and a comment by Trinamool Congress leader Sougata Roy on Finance Minister.

Crucial question hour dropped from Parliament's monsoon session, outrage follows

02 Sep 2020

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Crucial question hour dropped from Parliament's monsoon session, outrage follows

The government's decision to disallow question hour during the monsoon session of Parliament, which begins on September 14, has brought it at the receiving end of criticism from the opposition.

Former President Pranab Mukherjee cremated with full military honors

01 Sep 2020

India
Former President Pranab Mukherjee cremated with full military honors

Former President Pranab Mukherjee, who breathed his last on Monday at the age of 84, weeks after testing positive for coronavirus, was cremated at New Delhi's Lodhi Crematorium with full military honors.

Congress MP dies of coronavirus, spoke about it in Parliament

29 Aug 2020

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Congress MP dies of coronavirus, spoke about it in Parliament

Congress MP H Vasanthakumar, who passed away due to coronavirus on Friday, had spoken about the seriousness of the disease in the Parliament but was shunned.

MPs to be tested for coronavirus before Parliament's monsoon session

29 Aug 2020

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MPs to be tested for coronavirus before Parliament's monsoon session

Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla said on Friday that all parliamentarians will be requested to get themselves tested for coronavirus, 72 hours before the monsoon session of Parliament begins.

BJP MPs seek Tharoor's removal from parliamentary panel

20 Aug 2020

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BJP MPs seek Tharoor's removal from parliamentary panel

Two Bharatiya Janata Party parliamentarians have sought the removal of Shashi Tharoor as the chief of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Technology.

Lok Sabha adjourned sine die amid coronavirus crisis

23 Mar 2020

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Lok Sabha adjourned sine die amid coronavirus crisis

With coronavirus positive cases continuing to rise across India, the Lok Sabha was adjourned sine die on Monday after the Finance Bill, 2020, was passed without discussion.

Meenakshi Lekhi says Delhi violence was in making for months

11 Mar 2020

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Meenakshi Lekhi says Delhi violence was in making for months

Days after violence rocked Northeast Delhi killing more than 50 people and injuring nearly 200, the riots were discussed in the Parliament with both Congress and BJP attacking one another.

Inappropriate behavior gets seven Congress MPs suspended from Lok Sabha

05 Mar 2020

Politics
Inappropriate behavior gets seven Congress MPs suspended from Lok Sabha

BJP leader Meenakshi Lekhi, who was presiding the Lok Sabha on Thursday, suspended seven Congress MPs after they created a ruckus while demanding the resignation of Hanuman Beniwal, a member of BJP ally RLP.

Government willing to discuss Delhi violence after Holi: Om Birla

03 Mar 2020

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Government willing to discuss Delhi violence after Holi: Om Birla

Though tensions are simmering in the National Capital after last week's violence, the Centre is not ready to have an open discussion about it in the Parliament. This was made amply clear on Tuesday when Speaker Om Birla said the government will address the issues after Holi, March 10.

Congress and BJP MPs almost come to blows in Parliament

07 Feb 2020

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Congress and BJP MPs almost come to blows in Parliament

The sanctity of the Lok Sabha was taken for a ride on Friday when parliamentarians of ruling BJP and opposition Congress almost came to blows and speaker Om Birla had to briefly adjourn the House.

India registers diplomatic win: EU parliament defers voting on CAA

30 Jan 2020

India
India registers diplomatic win: EU parliament defers voting on CAA

In what qualifies as a major diplomatic win for India, the European Union Parliament chose to not vote on a resolution against the contentious Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), for now.

Rajasthan: Probe launched after 10 infants die in Kota hospital

27 Dec 2019

India
Rajasthan: Probe launched after 10 infants die in Kota hospital

The Rajasthan government on Friday sent a team of officials to the JK Lon Hospital in Kota, Rajasthan, where 10 newborns died in a 28-hour period.

President Kovind, PM Modi pay tributes on Vajpayee's birth anniversary

25 Dec 2019

India
President Kovind, PM Modi pay tributes on Vajpayee's birth anniversary

President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday paid tributes to India's former PM, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, on his 95th birth anniversary.

'Rape in India' remark: BJP demands Rahul's apology, he refuses

13 Dec 2019

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'Rape in India' remark: BJP demands Rahul's apology, he refuses

The Parliament witnessed a huge uproar on Friday with BJP's representatives tearing into Rahul Gandhi for his remarks about rapes.

Amit Shah defends Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, slams Congress' past

09 Dec 2019

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Amit Shah defends Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, slams Congress' past

The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill seeks to correct Congress' mistakes, said Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday as he defended his government's decision to give Indian citizenship to persecuted non-Muslims from neighboring countries.

MPs give up Parliament canteen subsidy (for the second time)

05 Dec 2019

Politics
MPs give up Parliament canteen subsidy (for the second time)

On Thursday, parliamentarians unanimously decided to forgo the subsidy they avail at the Parliament's canteen, which had long been a subject of controversy.

Pragya Thakur apologizes for Godse remark; says statement was 'distorted'

29 Nov 2019

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Pragya Thakur apologizes for Godse remark; says statement was 'distorted'

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Pragya Singh Thakur has tendered an apology for praising Mahatma Gandhi's assassin in the Parliament.

Congress stages walkout in Lok Sabha over electoral bonds

21 Nov 2019

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Congress stages walkout in Lok Sabha over electoral bonds

Members of Parliament (MPs) of the Congress party staged a walkout from the Lok Sabha on Thursday over the issue of electoral bonds. The party also protested the privatization of public sector units (PSUs).

#GandhiJayanti: PM Modi will declare India 'Open Defecation-Free'

02 Oct 2019

India
#GandhiJayanti: PM Modi will declare India 'Open Defecation-Free'

The entire country is celebrating the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, the father of the nation, with a number of events being lined up across India.

By 2022, India could have a new Parliament building

12 Sep 2019

Politics
By 2022, India could have a new Parliament building

By the time we celebrate our 75th Independence Day in 2022, India may have a new Parliament or a refurbished one, at least.

Arun Jaitley admitted to AIIMS; Modi, Shah pay a visit

10 Aug 2019

India
Arun Jaitley admitted to AIIMS; Modi, Shah pay a visit

Former Finance Minister and senior BJP leader, Arun Jaitley, was on Friday admitted to Delhi's AIIMS after he complained of palpitations and restlessness.

Azam Khan apologizes for sexist remarks, but Rama Devi unconvinced

29 Jul 2019

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Azam Khan apologizes for sexist remarks, but Rama Devi unconvinced

On Monday, Samajwadi Party lawmaker Azam Khan apologized for his sexist comments, which he made against BJP MP Rama Devi last week in Lok Sabha.

Won't forgive Azam Khan even if he apologizes: Rama Devi

27 Jul 2019

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Won't forgive Azam Khan even if he apologizes: Rama Devi

BJP MP Rama Devi, who was at the receiving end of the sexist remark by Samajwadi Party lawmaker Azam Khan earlier this week, said she won't be able to forgive Khan even if he apologizes.

'Aankhon me aankhein' remark: BJP-leaders seek punishment for Azam Khan

26 Jul 2019

Politics
'Aankhon me aankhein' remark: BJP-leaders seek punishment for Azam Khan

Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan should be punished for his sexist remarks and an example should be set for all- this is what BJP leaders demanded in the Lok Sabha on Friday.

Ankhon mein ankhein: Azam Khan makes sexist comment in LS

25 Jul 2019

Politics
Ankhon mein ankhein: Azam Khan makes sexist comment in LS

Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan, who is known for his controversial statements, sparked another uproar in the Lok Sabha on Thursday when he made a lewd comment against BJP MP Rama Devi, who was filling in for speaker Om Birla.

Haven't been elected to clean toilets: Pragya Thakur tells BJP-worker

22 Jul 2019

Politics
Haven't been elected to clean toilets: Pragya Thakur tells BJP-worker

Terror accused-turned-parliamentarian, Pragya Thakur, on Sunday sparked yet another controversy when she said she hasn't been elected to "clean toilets".

Lok Sabha passes bill to strengthen NIA: Details here

15 Jul 2019

Politics
Lok Sabha passes bill to strengthen NIA: Details here

The Lok Sabha on Monday passed The National Investigation Agency (Amendment) Bill, 2019, to strengthen the NIA.

Hema Malini sweeps streets, junta finds the photo-op unreal

13 Jul 2019

Politics
Hema Malini sweeps streets, junta finds the photo-op unreal

Actor-turned-politician Hema Malini was caught in a photo-op on Saturday, one which she was clearly unprepared for.