Derek O'Brien

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Experts are overseas: Amazon refuses to appear before Parliament committee

23 Oct 2020

Experts are overseas: Amazon refuses to appear before Parliament committee

E-commerce giant Amazon has refused to appear before a Parliament committee looking into the Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019, saying experts on the matter are abroad.

Journalists allowed to meet Hathras gang-rape victim's family after outrage

03 Oct 2020

Journalists allowed to meet Hathras gang-rape victim's family after outrage

The Uttar Pradesh government, led by BJP's Yogi Adityanath, sent at least 300 police officers to lock down the Bulgaddhi village in Hathras, where a 19-year-old Dalit woman was gang-raped and assaulted.

Amid Hathras uproar, Adityanath assures punishment for those harming women

02 Oct 2020

Amid Hathras uproar, Adityanath assures punishment for those harming women

At the receiving end of criticism over the Hathras gang-rape incident, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Friday said his government will give exemplary punishment to those harming mothers and sisters.

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 Deputy 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.

MPs end 'dharna,' opposition boycotts RS till demands are met

22 Sep 2020

MPs end 'dharna,' opposition boycotts RS till demands are met

Eight suspended MPs of the House of Elders ended their 'dharna' on Tuesday and joined the opposition in its decision to boycott the Rajya Sabha till three demands are met.

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.

Rajya Sabha passes farm bills amid Opposition protests; House adjourned

20 Sep 2020

Rajya Sabha passes farm bills amid Opposition protests; House adjourned

The Rajya Sabha on Sunday passed the controversial farm bills amid protests by the Opposition. The Upper House has now been adjourned until 9 am on Monday.

Bills sparked protests; Modi blamed 'misinformation campaign'

Protests

Bills sparked protests; Modi blamed 'misinformation campaign'

Farmers fear the legislation would keep them from availing a Minimum Support Price (MSP) for their produce. Intense protests have been staged, particularly in the states of Punjab and Haryana, in opposition to the bill.

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

02 Sep 2020

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.

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.

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.

#RIPSushmaSwaraj: BJP leader to be cremated with full state honors

07 Aug 2019

#RIPSushmaSwaraj: BJP leader to be cremated with full state honors

A prolific leader, a brilliant orator, and one of the most-loved politicians of India, Sushma Swaraj passed away on Tuesday night. She was 67.

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.

"Congress" dropped from Mamata Banerjee's party logo, it's "Trinamool" now

23 Mar 2019

"Congress" dropped from Mamata Banerjee's party logo, it's "Trinamool" now

Mamata Banerjee's party will be known as Trinamool, henceforth, after the party dropped "Congress" from its logo.

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.

Will expose Didi's 'U-turn' on NRC: Poonam Mahajan

03 Aug 2018

Will expose Didi's 'U-turn' on NRC: Poonam Mahajan

The BJP-TMC war over Assam's NRC went up another notch as the former's youth wing chief Poonam Mahajan slammed WB CM Mamata Banerjee's "U-turn" in the issue.

Assam: NRC protests tense after police detain TMC-team at airport

02 Aug 2018

Assam: NRC protests tense after police detain TMC-team at airport

Protests over NRC in Assam turned tense as police refused to let a TMC delegation from West Bengal (WB) leave the Silchar airport.

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).

Ahead of 2019, Mamata Banerjee's TMC undergoes heavy restructuring

07 Jun 2018

Ahead of 2019, Mamata Banerjee's TMC undergoes heavy restructuring

WB CM and TMC Chief Mamata Banerjee is gearing up full-time for the 2019 battle.

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.

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.

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.