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What happened inside Rajya Sabha last Sunday? Footage reveals details

27 Sep 2020

What happened inside Rajya Sabha last Sunday? Footage reveals details

The conduct of the government, opposition, and Vice-Chairman Harivansh Singh inside the Rajya Sabha last Sunday garnered much attention.

Opposition boycotts Lok Sabha over suspended MPs, farm bills

22 Sep 2020

Opposition boycotts Lok Sabha over suspended MPs, farm bills

The Opposition has boycotted the Parliament in protest of the farm bills. They on Tuesday staged a walkout of the Lok Sabha after a similar move in the Rajya Sabha.

Suspended MPs protest overnight, Harivansh offers tea, PM lauds gesture

22 Sep 2020

Suspended MPs protest overnight, Harivansh offers tea, PM lauds gesture

Eight members of the Rajya Sabha, who were suspended by Chairman Venkaiah Naidu on Monday over the ruckus a day earlier, spent the night at the Parliament complex, continuing their protest over the passage of farm Bills.

Rajya Sabha ruckus continues, suspended MPs stage 'dharna'

21 Sep 2020

Rajya Sabha ruckus continues, suspended MPs stage 'dharna'

After a stormy session yesterday, the Rajya Sabha witnessed pandemonium again today after eight MPs, who were suspended for their unruly behavior, refused to leave the House.

Eight Rajya Sabha MPs suspended; resolution against Deputy Chairman junked

21 Sep 2020

Eight Rajya Sabha MPs suspended; resolution against Deputy Chairman junked

After trying to stall the passage of two out of the three Agriculture Bills in the Rajya Sabha on Sunday, the opposition moved an unprecedented resolution, seeking the removal of Deputy Chairman Harivansh Singh.

Centre's COVID-19 team stopped from leaving hotel in Bengal

21 Apr 2020

Centre's COVID-19 team stopped from leaving hotel in Bengal

Already on two ends of the political spectrum, the BJP-led Centre and Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool locked horns again today when a team was sent to the state to assess COVID-19 spread.

Lok Sabha adjourned sine die amid coronavirus crisis

23 Mar 2020

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.

Coronavirus-panic: Infected Kanika Kapoor met Dushyant Singh, he other MPs

21 Mar 2020

Coronavirus-panic: Infected Kanika Kapoor met Dushyant Singh, he other MPs

Bollywood singer Kanika Kapoor, who tested positive for coronavirus on Friday, has sparked fears of mass infection after she met with almost the entire elite circle of Lucknow, Vasundhara Raje and her son Dushyant Singh.

Citizenship (Amendment) Bill passes Rajya Sabha after heated discussions

11 Dec 2019

Citizenship (Amendment) Bill passes Rajya Sabha after heated discussions

The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill is all set to become a law, as the Rajya Sabha has passed it.

#RIPSushmaSwaraj: BJP stalwart cremated with state honors, daughter performs rites

07 Aug 2019

#RIPSushmaSwaraj: BJP stalwart cremated with state honors, daughter performs rites

Sushma Swaraj, India's revered External Affairs Minister and one of the tallest leaders of BJP, was cremated at Lodhi crematorium on Wednesday with complete state honors.

Ahead of Budget Session, PM Modi holds first all-party meeting

16 Jun 2019

Ahead of Budget Session, PM Modi holds first all-party meeting

Ahead of the first session of the newly-elected Lok Sabha, PM Narendra Modi held the first all-party meeting at the Parliament after reclaiming power at the Center.

Asansol: After 'bed-tea' excuse, Sen says 'little violence happens'

30 Apr 2019

Asansol: After 'bed-tea' excuse, Sen says 'little violence happens'

Trinamool's Moon Moon Sen, who is contesting from West Bengal's Asansol, found nothing unusual in the poll violence and said, "Thoda toh hoga hi, har jagah hota hai."

Mamata changes schedule to take on Modi in Bengal

03 Apr 2019

Mamata changes schedule to take on Modi in Bengal

Not being the one to back down from an election battleground, Trinamool matriarch and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee changed her schedule to take on Prime Minister Narendra Modi in her state on Wednesday.

Facing ire for wearing military uniform, Manoj Tiwari defends himself

04 Mar 2019

Facing ire for wearing military uniform, Manoj Tiwari defends himself

BJP Delhi Chief Manoj Tiwari drew Opposition's ire for addressing a rally wearing military fatigues but he felt there was nothing wrong in it.

Mamata Didi wants to 'save democracy'. Here's why it's ironical

04 Feb 2019

Mamata Didi wants to 'save democracy'. Here's why it's ironical

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has gone on an overdrive to 'save democracy'.

IPS Officer Rishi Kumar Shukla takes charge as CBI director

04 Feb 2019

IPS Officer Rishi Kumar Shukla takes charge as CBI director

Newly-appointed CBI chief Rishi Kumar Shukla took charge of the probe agency this morning, CBI spokesperson Nitin Wakankar said.

#UnitedIndiaRally: Sharad Yadav confuses Bofors and Rafale, leaves leaders embarrassed

19 Jan 2019

#UnitedIndiaRally: Sharad Yadav confuses Bofors and Rafale, leaves leaders embarrassed

Sharad Yadav of the Loktantrik Janata Dal (LJD) made a huge mistake on the stage of mega opposition rally in Kolkata on Saturday, after which West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said it was a slip of tongue.

TMC lawmaker sends notice to Amit Shah, asks to apologize

14 Aug 2018

TMC lawmaker sends notice to Amit Shah, asks to apologize

Abhishek Banerjee, Trinamool Congress lawmaker has sent a legal notice to Bharatiya Janata Party president Amit Shah for demeaning him at his rally in Kolkata and has demanded a public, unconditional apology.

GST anniversary: "Gamechanger" or "surgical strike"? Top leaders speak up

01 Jul 2018

GST anniversary: "Gamechanger" or "surgical strike"? Top leaders speak up

One year ago on this day, the country's tax regime underwent a drastic overhaul with the launch of the never-seen-before-in-India Goods and Services Tax (GST).

West Bengal: Deceased BJP-worker's family refutes suicide claims, blames TMC

04 Jun 2018

West Bengal: Deceased BJP-worker's family refutes suicide claims, blames TMC

The family of BJP worker Dulal Kumar, whose body was found hanging from a pole in West Bengal's Purulia district, has refuted the autopsy report that said he committed suicide.

Blood paints West Bengal: Another BJP-worker dies, after being kidnapped

02 Jun 2018

Blood paints West Bengal: Another BJP-worker dies, after being kidnapped

Days after the body of a 21-year-old BJP worker was discovered hanging from a tree in West Bengal's Purulia district, another party member was found dead in the state.

Derek O'Brien's insensitive statements on Bengal violence infuriates Twitter users

14 May 2018

Derek O'Brien's insensitive statements on Bengal violence infuriates Twitter users

Many Twitter users slammed senior Trinamool Congress leader Derek O'Brein for his insensitive comments on violence that prevailed across West Bengal during panchayat elections today.

West Bengal: Locals retrieve ballot-box from pond. Safe keeping much?

14 May 2018

West Bengal: Locals retrieve ballot-box from pond. Safe keeping much?

In a surprising incident, a ballot box was retrieved from a pond in West Bengal's Sonadangi, earlier today. It is still not clear how the box landed in the pond.

Sonia Gandhi forges Opposition unity by hosting dinner

07 Mar 2018

Sonia Gandhi forges Opposition unity by hosting dinner

Even as various regional parties are considering a non-BJP non-Congress alliance, Congress leader Sonia Gandhi has invited Opposition leaders for dinner to forge a united front against the BJP in Parliament.

Centre to divide Air India into 4 firms before sale

16 Jan 2018

Centre to divide Air India into 4 firms before sale

Centre will split the debt-laden Air India (AI) into four separate entities by 2018-end under a divestment plan proposed by PM Narendra Modi. 51% stake in each entity would be sold.

Winter session, Parliament Day 3: Protests continue

19 Dec 2017

Winter session, Parliament Day 3: Protests continue

The ongoing winter session of Parliament has been rocked by protests. Congress is demanding that PM Modi apologize to former PM Manmohan Singh for alleging that the latter colluded with Pakistan to influence Gujarat polls.

BJP plans 'Anti-Black Money Day' on demonetization anniversary

25 Oct 2017

BJP plans 'Anti-Black Money Day' on demonetization anniversary

A day after opposition parties announced they would mark November 8, the first anniversary of demonetization, as 'Black Day', Finance Minister Arun Jaitley talked about BJP's planned 'Anti-Black Money Day'.

Forget Black Friday, opposition to protest demonetization on "Black" Thursday

24 Oct 2017

Forget Black Friday, opposition to protest demonetization on "Black" Thursday

The opposition has decided to mark November 8, demonetization's first anniversary, by observing "Black Day" across the country.

TMC: After nasbandi, Indira lost; after notebandi, BJP will lose

31 Aug 2017

TMC: After nasbandi, Indira lost; after notebandi, BJP will lose

Trinamool Congress leader Derek O'Brien called the BJP's demonetization drive a total disaster.

'Biggest scam of this century': Two sizes of Rs.500 notes?

08 Aug 2017

'Biggest scam of this century': Two sizes of Rs.500 notes?

The "biggest scam of this century" rocked the Parliament today as the opposition alleged that the new Rs. 500 notes were being printed in two sizes, "one for the ruling party and one for the others".

GST: Parliament passes four key bills

07 Apr 2017

GST: Parliament passes four key bills

The parliament on April 6 passed four bills on the GST after they were approved by the Rajya Sabha without any amendments, paving the way for its nationwide rollout.

GST bill: Implementation may be delayed to September 1

29 Mar 2017

GST bill: Implementation may be delayed to September 1

Implementation of the GST bill may be delayed from the planned July 1 to September 1 for further fine-tuning of the bill and to give industries more time to prepare.

Cabinet approves key legislations on GST

20 Mar 2017

Cabinet approves key legislations on GST

The union cabinet on March 20 cleared key legislations relating to the Goods and Services Tax, including the Integrated GST, the Central GST, the State or Union Territory GST, and a law related to compensation to states.

Council clears final 2 bills, GST dream one step closer

16 Mar 2017

Council clears final 2 bills, GST dream one step closer

The GST council approved two crucial legislations - the state GST and the union territory GST bills.

GST Council approves the laws; July deadline seems realistic

04 Mar 2017

GST Council approves the laws; July deadline seems realistic

The GST Council has cleared the Central GST and Integrated GST law. However the legal framework for the State GST and Union Territory GST have yet to be cleared by the Law Commission.

Council clears compensation for GST bill

19 Feb 2017

Council clears compensation for GST bill

The GST Council has cleared a bill, seeking to provide compensation to states for losses they may incur after rolling out the GST.

Naidu calls opposition meet a farce

28 Dec 2016

Naidu calls opposition meet a farce

Union minister M Venkaiah Naidu called the Congress-led opposition party meeting a farce at unity, saying no sane political outfit would join hands with the Congress, and that they would do so at their own risk.

Congress calls opposition meet over demonetization

27 Dec 2016

Congress calls opposition meet over demonetization

The Congress has called for a meeting of all opposition parties to discuss the demonetization scheme and has scheduled a press conference for later today.

CRPF deployment unconstitutional and illegal: Mamata Banerjee

23 Dec 2016

CRPF deployment unconstitutional and illegal: Mamata Banerjee

In yet another attack to Center, Mamata Banerjee said that deploying 15 CRPF personnel to provide security to IT officers during raids is unconstitutional.

Opposition disgruntled over Rahul's meeting with PM Modi

17 Dec 2016

Opposition disgruntled over Rahul's meeting with PM Modi

The opposition displayed their annoyance at Congress because of Rahul Gandhi's meeting with Modi for loan waiver for farmers in UP.