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  • Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla tests positive for COVID-19, is admitted to AIIMS Mar 21, 2021 02:44 PM IST

    Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla tests positive for COVID-19, is admitted to AIIMS

    The speaker, who tested positive on March 19, is stable and all his parameters are normal, AIIMS has said in a statement.

  • Subsidy on canteen food served in Parliament canteens ends; Prices to go up Jan 19, 2021 06:16 PM IST

    Subsidy on canteen food served in Parliament canteens ends; Prices to go up

    While Birla did not specify the financial implications of the move, sources said the Lok Sabha Secretariat can annually save more than Rs 8 crore with the subsidy coming to an end.

  • Question Hour to be allowed during Budget Session for an hour: LS Speaker Om Birla Jan 19, 2021 05:31 PM IST

    Question Hour to be allowed during Budget Session for an hour: LS Speaker Om Birla

    All MPs will be requested to undergo COVID-19 test before the start of Parliament session said Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla on January 19.

  • Ahead of Kashmir debate by UK MPs, LS Speaker says 'Respect sovereign mandate of other Parliaments' Jan 13, 2021 09:52 PM IST

    Ahead of Kashmir debate by UK MPs, LS Speaker says 'Respect sovereign mandate of other Parliaments'

    Birla's remarks came hours ahead of a debate on "political situation in Kashmir", scheduled in the UK Parliament on January 13. A day earlier, the UK MPs had discussed the topic of "persecution of Muslims, Christians and minority groups in India."

  • Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla calls for more efforts to develop agriculture sector Jan 07, 2021 01:46 PM IST

    Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla calls for more efforts to develop agriculture sector

    Speaking at an event organised by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI), he said having more agro-based projects would also help in reducing migration of people from rural to urban areas.

  • Parliamentary panels cannot meet virtually without amending rules; oversight stymied: Shashi Tharoor Jun 10, 2020 10:45 PM IST

    Parliamentary panels cannot meet virtually without amending rules; oversight stymied: Shashi Tharoor

    His remarks come days after it emerged that a meeting of the parliamentary panel on Information Technology, headed by Tharoor, was scheduled for June 17 during which officials of the information and technology ministry were to be called for a briefing on the government's coronavirus-tracking Aarogya Setu application and related issues of data security and privacy of citizens.

  • PAC will examine lockdown's economic impact; may call RBI governor: Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury May 12, 2020 05:35 PM IST

    PAC will examine lockdown's economic impact; may call RBI governor: Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury

    Underlining that the PAC should widely examine the Centre's actions and approach in handling the COVID-19 crisis, Chowdhury said, "The panel will study both health and economic aspects of this pandemic."

  • Despite COVID, hopeful that Monsoon Session could be held on time: Lok Sabha Speaker May 10, 2020 03:59 PM IST

    Despite COVID, hopeful that Monsoon Session could be held on time: Lok Sabha Speaker

    The Speaker underlined that it was a testing time due to the COVID-19 crisis, but expressed hope that the session could be held as per normal schedule.

  • Speaker Om Birla says it is not right to question Chair outside House Mar 17, 2020 01:35 PM IST

    Speaker Om Birla says it is not right to question Chair outside House

    Birla has always been emphasising in the House that questions as well as answers should be kept short so that more issues can be taken up during the Question Hour. On Tuesday, some members, including from the Congress, wanted to ask supplementary questions.

  • Govt ready to hold discussion on Delhi violence after Holi: Lok Sabha speaker Mar 03, 2020 02:40 PM IST

    Govt ready to hold discussion on Delhi violence after Holi: Lok Sabha speaker

    Amid uproar in the House by members demanding an immediate discussion on the issue,the speaker said the matter can be taken up after the festival.

  • Members who cross over to other side will face suspension: Lok Sabha Speaker Mar 03, 2020 12:15 PM IST

    Members who cross over to other side will face suspension: Lok Sabha Speaker

    Birla's announcement in the House came a day after some Congress and BJP members pushed and shoved each other in the House as tempers rose over the issue of violence in Delhi. Opposition members sought to raise the issue of Delhi violence as soon as the Speaker decided to take up the Question Hour.

  • Lok Sabha speaker asks floor leaders of parties to resolve issues that led to scuffle between Congress, BJP MPs Mar 03, 2020 12:10 PM IST

    Lok Sabha speaker asks floor leaders of parties to resolve issues that led to scuffle between Congress, BJP MPs

    Birla chaired a meeting on Tuesday with the floor leaders of all parties to end the lock jam over the Delhi violence issue and told them to resolve the matter otherwise he would be forced to take action.

  • Speaker Om Birla cautions Mahua Moitra against making undue remarks Feb 10, 2020 02:02 PM IST

    Speaker Om Birla cautions Mahua Moitra against making undue remarks

    The Speaker's comments came after Moitra made certain remarks on the chair after she was not given an opportunity to ask a supplementary question on the country's growth rate during the Question Hour.

  • Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla seeks permanent solution to poster menace in House Feb 10, 2020 01:55 PM IST

    Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla seeks permanent solution to poster menace in House

    As TMC member Saugata Roy rose to speak on The Institute of Teaching and Research in Ayurveda Bill, 2020, BJP members from West Bengal started displaying posters which had 'Save Democracy in West Bengal' written on them.

  • Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla chides Babul Supriyo; expunges his remarks Feb 07, 2020 12:50 PM IST

    Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla chides Babul Supriyo; expunges his remarks

    Supriyo made certain remarks, which the Speaker immediately expunged from records, against Chowdhury and there were also protests from Congress members over the minister's remarks.

  • Inappropriate for one legislature to pass judgement on another: Lok Speaker Speaker to EU Parliament President Jan 28, 2020 08:03 AM IST

    Inappropriate for one legislature to pass judgement on another: Lok Speaker Speaker to EU Parliament President

    The speaker's letter to Sassoli comes after close to 600 lawmakers in the 751-member European Parliament moved six resolutions against the CAA, saying the enactment of the law marked a dangerous shift in India's citizenship regime.

  • Express views in dignified manner: Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla tells lawmakers Jan 16, 2020 03:12 PM IST

    Express views in dignified manner: Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla tells lawmakers

    In his inaugural address at the Seventh Commonwealth Parliamentary Association India Region Conference at the UP Legislative Assembly, Birla said the faith of people in democracy has gone up, as the polling percentage in elections after Independence has risen, and so has the responsibility of lawmakers.

  • Lok Sabha adjourns sine die Dec 13, 2019 12:40 PM IST

    Lok Sabha adjourns sine die

    As the Speaker was reading out his remarks over various issues taken up during the session, the treasury benches were seen demanding an apology from Congress leader Rahul Gandhi for his reported rape remarks.

  • Lok Sabha members raise issue of rising rape cases in country Dec 02, 2019 12:58 PM IST

    Lok Sabha members raise issue of rising rape cases in country

    As soon as the House met for the day, Speaker Om Birla said he would allow members to raise the "serious issue" in Zero Hour.

  • Speaker Om Birla indicates Pragya Thakur to be called to Lok Sabha Nov 29, 2019 11:51 AM IST

    Speaker Om Birla indicates Pragya Thakur to be called to Lok Sabha

    Without naming Thakur, the Speaker said he would "ask the respected member to come to the House at noon after Question Hour".

  • Lok Sabha to become paperless from next session: Speaker Om Birla Aug 01, 2019 08:30 AM IST

    Lok Sabha to become paperless from next session: Speaker Om Birla

    It will save crores of rupees, Speaker Om Birla said. However, he assured the House that if any member needed paper he or she would be provided

  • Speaker Om Birla is the change the House needed Jul 01, 2019 04:18 PM IST

    Speaker Om Birla is the change the House needed

    Birla, who was elected the new Speaker unanimously on June 19, has already set the tone of how the House should function over the next five years.

  • ‘Parliament not a place for sloganeering’: Speaker Om Birla Jun 20, 2019 11:32 AM IST

    ‘Parliament not a place for sloganeering’: Speaker Om Birla

    The sloganeering was mentioned by the Congress leader in the Lok Sabha, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, in his welcome address to the speaker on Wednesday.

  • Om Birla, BJP’s surprise pick for Speaker, is also a message down the line Jun 19, 2019 12:46 PM IST

    Om Birla, BJP’s surprise pick for Speaker, is also a message down the line

    Om Birla is a three-term member of Rajasthan Assembly, and has worked closely with former chief minister Vasundhara Raje

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