Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha adjourned sine die

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New Delhi, Aug 7 (ANI): The Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha were adjourned sine die on Friday concluding the first, month long session of the newly constituted House.

Friday was the concluding day of the ongoing budget session of the 15th Lok Sabha, which began on July 2 with the presentation of the Economic Survey, followed by the Railway Budget on July 3 and the General Budget on July 6.

During this session, 16 bills were introduced and eight bills were passed, including the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Bill, 2009.

Before the adjournment of the House, Speaker Meira Kumar said in her valedictory address that the Lok Sabha lost over 23 hours and 34 minutes due to interruptions and forced adjournments, but it sat late for 30 hours and 52 minutes to transact important financial and other business. The session had 26 sittings spread over 162 hours.

"This amply demonstrates the commitment of the members to the welfare of our people," Kumar said

The House had four short discussions on swine flu, droughts and floods in various parts of the country, and issues arising out of the Prime Minister's recent visit to foreign countries and rise in prices of essential commodities.

Parliament witnessed stormy scenes and debate over the Sharm -el-Sheikh joint statement, and Mayawati and Rita Bahuguna Joshi case, the furore over the proposed division of the Shiromani Gurudwara Prabhandak Committee, the attack on Indian students in Australia, the Buta Singh's bribery case, the Lalgarh operation and the Shopian murder case, and Virbhadra Singh CD exposure etc.(ANI)

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