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  • Rajya Sabha passes the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (Amendment) Bill, 2021 Mar 24, 2021 09:44 PM IST

    Rajya Sabha passes the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (Amendment) Bill, 2021

    The bill sought to give primacy to Delhi’s Lieutenant Governor (L-G) over the elected government.

  • Rajya Sabha returns Finance Bill 2021, completing Parliamentary approval for Budget Mar 24, 2021 07:56 PM IST

    Rajya Sabha returns Finance Bill 2021, completing Parliamentary approval for Budget

    The Upper House debated the amended Finance Bill 2021 that was approved by the Lok Sabha on Tuesday. It returned the bill after Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had to curtail her reply to the discussion on the legislation after a verbal spat with TMC members over implementation of central schemes such as PM Kisan Yojana and Ayushman Bharat in West Bengal.

  • Do not see India's rating downgrade: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman Mar 24, 2021 06:04 PM IST

    Do not see India's rating downgrade: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman

    Replying to a debate on Finance Bill 2021 in the Rajya Sabha, she cited low inflation, higher GDP growth, record foreign investment and lower fiscal deficit to defend her government's handling of the economy.

  • Discoms get Rs 46,321 crore under liquidity package so far out of total sanctioned loans of Rs 1.35 lakh crore Mar 23, 2021 06:09 PM IST

    Discoms get Rs 46,321 crore under liquidity package so far out of total sanctioned loans of Rs 1.35 lakh crore

    The central government had announced a liquidity infusion scheme as part of AatmaNirbhar Bharat Abhiyan on May 13, 2020, in the backdrop of the outbreak of global pandemic COVID-19 in the country.

  • Parliament passes bill to boost private investment in mining, Opposition protests Mar 22, 2021 08:55 PM IST

    Parliament passes bill to boost private investment in mining, Opposition protests

    Earlier while moving the bill for consideration, Joshi said its major objective is to generate employment in the sector and enhance the contribution of the mining sector in the total GDP of the country.

  • Vijay Mallya, Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi all coming back to face law: Nirmala Sitharaman Mar 18, 2021 07:35 PM IST

    Vijay Mallya, Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi all coming back to face law: Nirmala Sitharaman

    The statement was issued by Sitharaman in the Rajya Sabha while replying to a debate on the insurance amendment bill.

  • Rajya Sabha passes bill to hike FDI in insurance sector to 74% Mar 18, 2021 07:24 PM IST

    Rajya Sabha passes bill to hike FDI in insurance sector to 74%

    Under the new structure, at least 50 percent of directors shall be independent directors, while specified percentage of profits being retained as a general reserve.

  • No decision yet on nationwide NRC: Centre tells Rajya Sabha Mar 18, 2021 07:19 AM IST

    No decision yet on nationwide NRC: Centre tells Rajya Sabha

    Replying to another question, Union Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai said there is no provision of detention centres under the Citizenship Act, 1955.

  • Enact law on lines of Australia to make Facebook, Google pay for news: Demand in Rajya Sabha Mar 17, 2021 03:20 PM IST

    Enact law on lines of Australia to make Facebook, Google pay for news: Demand in Rajya Sabha

    The Indian government should take a cue from the Australian parliament that passed the world's first law last month to ensure news media businesses are fairly remunerated for the content they generate, senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi said.

  • No loss of green cover due to Central Vista Redevelopment Project: Govt Mar 16, 2021 04:35 PM IST

    No loss of green cover due to Central Vista Redevelopment Project: Govt

    Environment ministry's expert appraisal committee (EAC) had recommended clearance for the government's ambitious Central Vista redevelopment project with a direction to the CPWD, who are the developers, to ensure no air pollution is caused during the demolition process.

  • Arbitration and Conciliation (Amendment) Bill passed in Rajya Sabha by voice vote Mar 10, 2021 06:49 PM IST

    Arbitration and Conciliation (Amendment) Bill passed in Rajya Sabha by voice vote

    Replying to a discussion on the Bill in the House, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said it makes the provision to avoid payment of tax payers' money as an award in those cases where the agreement or contract is 'induced by fraud or corruption'.

  • Many terrorist training camps active in PoK, govt tells Rajya Sabha Mar 10, 2021 04:04 PM IST

    Many terrorist training camps active in PoK, govt tells Rajya Sabha

    In a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha, Union Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy also said the government has consistently emphasised to Pakistan to put an end to cross-border infiltration of terrorists and dismantle the infrastructure supporting terrorism on a permanent basis.

  • 7th Pay Commission: Pending DA installments to be restored from July: Anurag Thakur Mar 09, 2021 03:30 PM IST

    7th Pay Commission: Pending DA installments to be restored from July: Anurag Thakur

    The additional DA for central government employees was halted last year, as the government moved to mop up financial resources in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Parliament returns to pre-COVID timings from March 9, both Houses to convene at 11 am Mar 08, 2021 05:57 PM IST

    Parliament returns to pre-COVID timings from March 9, both Houses to convene at 11 am

    Since the Monsoon session of Parliament, convened in September 2020, the timings were curtailed in view of the COVID-19-related restrictions.

  • Ghulam Nabi Azad praises PM Narendra Modi, says he doesn't hide his true self Feb 28, 2021 07:18 PM IST

    Ghulam Nabi Azad praises PM Narendra Modi, says he doesn't hide his true self

    We are political rivals, but I appreciate that he doesn't hide his true self. Those who do, are living in bubble, said Ghulam Nabi Azad.

  • Gujarat Rajya Sabha bypolls: Two BJP nominees expected to win unopposed Feb 18, 2021 07:29 PM IST

    Gujarat Rajya Sabha bypolls: Two BJP nominees expected to win unopposed

    As the main opposition party in the state did not field any candidate, two BJP candidates are expected to be declared winners in the elections scheduled for March 1, returning officer C B Pandya said.

  • Rajya Sabha clocks 99% productivity as 1st part of Budget session ends Feb 12, 2021 07:18 PM IST

    Rajya Sabha clocks 99% productivity as 1st part of Budget session ends

    Besides discussion on the Budget, the House also debated for 15 hours on a motion thanking the President for his address to the joint sitting of Parliament at the start of the Budget session.

  • 1.46 lakh establishments registered under new employment subsidy scheme: FM Nirmala Sitharaman Feb 12, 2021 03:05 PM IST

    1.46 lakh establishments registered under new employment subsidy scheme: FM Nirmala Sitharaman

    Speaking on the fiscal roadmap of the government, the Finance Minister said: “We have not hurried to say that next year the fiscal deficit will come down to something which we will like to see. We are going to be careful about how we come down that fiscal path without affecting or creating any hurdles to growth.”

  • Price bands in airfares to be discontinued with flight services reaching pre-COVID level: Puri Feb 10, 2021 06:22 PM IST

    Price bands in airfares to be discontinued with flight services reaching pre-COVID level: Puri

    Puri further said the floor and the ceiling price on airfares was an extraordinary measure which was necessitated by an extraordinary situation.

  • International passenger traffic fell by 90.56% in March-December 2020: Govt Feb 10, 2021 06:14 PM IST

    International passenger traffic fell by 90.56% in March-December 2020: Govt

    Scheduled international passenger traffic continues to remain suspended in India since March 23, 2020, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Sugarcane arrears at Rs 16,883 crore as on January 31 of 2020-21 marketing year Feb 09, 2021 07:44 PM IST

    Sugarcane arrears at Rs 16,883 crore as on January 31 of 2020-21 marketing year

    Sugar mills of Uttar Pradesh owed Rs 7,555.09 crore, followed by Karnataka at Rs 3,585.18 crore and Maharashtra at Rs 2,030.31 crore, the data showed.

  • Need political consensus to avoid ordinance route: M Venkaiah Naidu Feb 09, 2021 06:03 PM IST

    Need political consensus to avoid ordinance route: M Venkaiah Naidu

    The chairman said the "spirit of democracy" in the context of the ordinance mechanism should be understood and to the extent possible, the government should return to the legislative process for enacting laws.

  • COVID-19 seropositivity among healthcare workers over 25%: Centre tells Rajya Sabha Feb 09, 2021 04:05 PM IST

    COVID-19 seropositivity among healthcare workers over 25%: Centre tells Rajya Sabha

    Seroprevalence is highest among doctors and nurses (26.6 percent), followed by para-medical staff (25.4 percent), field staff (25.3 percent), and administrative staff (24.9 percent), the Centre has informed.

  • Message from PM Modi’s Rajya Sabha speech: Reforms will continue and none will be left behind Feb 08, 2021 02:58 PM IST

    Message from PM Modi’s Rajya Sabha speech: Reforms will continue and none will be left behind

    Prime Minister defends farm reforms, says India can achieve great things if it comes together as one 

  • Opposition parties in Rajya Sabha demand repeal of farm laws Feb 05, 2021 03:03 PM IST

    Opposition parties in Rajya Sabha demand repeal of farm laws

    Participating in the debate on the Motion of Thanks on the President's address, the members of opposition parties attacked the government for dubbing the farmers protesting against the farm laws as "anti-nationals" and for "defaming" their agitation.

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