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As coronavirus cases rise, Monsoon Session could be cut short

19 Sep 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

'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

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

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

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

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

#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

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

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

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

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

'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

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

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

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

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.

Article 370 not permanent, says Amit Shah in Parliament

28 Jun 2019

Article 370 not permanent, says Amit Shah in Parliament

On Friday, Lok Sabha debutant and Union Home Minister Amit Shah reiterated BJP's stand on the contentious Article 370 of the Indian Constitution.

Who is Om Birla, the new speaker of Lok Sabha?

19 Jun 2019

Who is Om Birla, the new speaker of Lok Sabha?

On Wednesday, BJP leader Om Birla was elected as the speaker of Lok Sabha. In the last tenure of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the coveted post of the speaker was held by Sumitra Mahajan.