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Monsoon Session: Harivansh Narayan Singh becomes Dy chairman; House adjourned till 9 am tomorrow

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New Delhi, Sep 14: The Rajya Sabha elected Harivansh Narayan Singh as its Deputy Chairman on the first day of the Monsoon session. The last date for filing the nomination was September 11.

Lok Sabha

The Monsoon session of Parliament, cut short due to the pandemic, will not have Question Hour, during which Members of Parliament ask questions to ministers and hold them accountable for the functioning of their ministries.

Monsoon session: No data on death, injury to people during COVID-19 lockdown, says Centre

The India-China border row, plunge in GDP growth, nose-diving economy and migrant crisis are some of the key issues that are likely to dominate the Monsoon Session of Parliament which begins today.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today expressed gratitude to MPs for choosing the path of duty in the times of coronavirus, saying all MPs had given their nod to the functioning of the Rajya Sabha and the Lok Sabha on weekends too.

Stressing on following Covid-19 protocol, PM Modi said: "Jab tak dawai nahi tab tak koi dhilai nahi (no laxity till there is a medicine). We want that a vaccine be developed at the earliest from any corner of the world, our scientists succeed and we succeed in bringing everyone out of this problem."

The Prime Minister also saluted the courage of soldiers and said: "I believe that all members of the Parliament will give an unequivocal message that the country stands with our soldiers."

Monsoon Session: Highlights

Rajya Sabha adjourned till 9 am tomorrow

Rajya Sabha adopts motion against starred questions and introduction of 'private member business' in the house during this session, in view of COVID-19.

NDA candidate Harivansh Narayan Singh elected as the Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha.

"I am grateful to all of you that you considered fit to give this important responsibility to a person who hails from a very ordinary family based in a village and who never went to an English-medium school," says Harivansh Narayan Singh after his re-election as Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today congratulated Harivansh Narayan Singh on his election to the post of Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman. "The way he has carved his honest image has created a lot of respect in my heart for him," he said, adding that Singh's impartial ways had strengthened the functioning of democracy in the nation.

Members of various parties congratulate Harivansh on being re-elected Rajya Sabha deputy chairman

359 members attended proceedings of Lok Sabha on the first day of monsoon session: Lok Sabha Secretariat

Rajya Sabha convenes again

The session in the Rajya Sabha was adjourned for an hour over the demise of former President Pranab Mukherjee, one sitting MP and 13 ex-parliamentarians.

Ajit Kumar Bhuiyan (IND, Assam), Phulo Devi Netam (INC, Chhattisgarh), Shibu Soren (JMM, Jharkhand) take oath in Rajya Sabha.

Rajya Sabha session begins at 3 pm.

Speaker Om Birla adjourns the Lok Sabha after the lower house passed the Medical Bill. The Lok Sabha is adjourned till 3pm tomorrow.

Union Cabinet meeting:

Meeting of the Union Cabinet is scheduled to be held at 1.30 pm tomorrow, at the Parliament House Annexe.

Epidemic Diseases Bill, Aircaft amendment Bill introduced

Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan introduces Epidemic Diseases Amendment Bill 2020, Homoeopathy Bill in Rajya Sabha. Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri introduces Aircraft (Amendment) Bill 2020 in Rajya Sabha. The Salaries and Allowances of Ministers (Amendment) Bill and Ithe ndian Medicine Central Council (Amendment) Bill were also introduced.

Harivansh Narayan Singh elected as Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha

NDA candidate Harivansh Narayan Singh elected as the Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Harivansh Narayan Singh on his election to the post of Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman. "The way he has carved his honest image has created a lot of respect in my heart for him," he said, adding that Singh's impartial ways had strengthened the functioning of democracy in the nation.

Manoj Jha in Rajya Sabha

Manoj Jha, after the election of Harivansh Narayan Singh says - "the matter was never been two individuals, because individualism is bad in politics. Politics is the art of impossible, and in the matter of possibilities we choose the lowest hanging fruit and circle our politics around him."

"This was not a matter between two individuals," says RJD MP Manoj Jha who contested against Harivansh for Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman post. "Ahmad Faraz says - Tu mohabbat se koi chaal to chal, haar jaane ka hausala hai mujhme," he adds.

Sougata Roy's remark expunged from House record

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi hit out at TMC MP Saugata Roy for his remark on Finance Minister NIrmala Sitharaman in Lok Sabha. "Commenting on personal attire...being a senior member, what is he talking? He should apologise unconditionally. It is an insult to womenfolk," the minister said.

The remark has been expunged from record.

FM presents first supplementary demands; seeks additional Rs 2.35 lakh crore

    Monsoon session of the Parliament begins, Cong MP says 'Govt trying to strangulate democracy'

    Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman sought the Parliament nod for additional spending of Rs 2,35,852.87 crore, including Rs 40,000 crore towards enhanced expenditure under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Program.

    "Approval of the Parliament is sought to authorise gross additional expenditure of Rs 2,35,852.87 crore.

    "Of this, the proposals involving net cash outgo aggregate to Rs 1,66,983.91 crore and gross additional expenditure, matched by savings of the Ministries/Departments or by enhanced receipts/recoveries aggregates to Rs 68,868.33 crore," said the first batch of Supplementary Demands for Grants for 2020-21.

    The government has also sought Rs 46,602.43 crore towards providing additional allocation under Post Devolution Revenue Deficit Grant to the states as per recommendations for Fifteenth Finance Commission.

    Rate of Covid infection low in India: Harsh Vardhan

    Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Monday told Lok Sabha that the rate of infection has been low in India. He also added that nearly 77 per cent of patients have recovered.

    Saying that India has very well managed its fight against coronavirus, the Health Minister said, "With our endeavour to manage Covid-19, India has been able to limit its cases and deaths per million to 3,328 cases per million and 55 deaths per million population respectively, which is one of the lowest in the world as compared to similarly affected countries."

    State of economy, unemployment biggest challenge: NCP MP Supriya Sule

    Nationalist Congress Party MP Supriya Sule raises the issue of unemployment, "the biggest challenge in India right now".

    "I think on the first day, what we should have debated today in Parliament is the state of the economy, pandemic & challenges of unemployment," Supriya Sule said.

    BJP MP Ravi Kishan speaks on drug menace

    The Bharatiya Janata Party MP from Gorakhpur, Ravi Kishan, raises the issue of drugs and speaks on its impact on the film industry.

    Ravi Kishan says, "Problem of drug trafficking/addiction is on a rise. Conspiracy is being hatched to destroy country's youth, our neighbouring countries are contributing. Smuggling of drugs from Pakistan and China is done every year - it is brought via Punjab and Nepal."

    DMK MP Thalikkottai Ballu raised the issue of holding of NEET exams. "There are 12 incidents of suicides among students so far. They had passed class 12 through state board while NEET is conducted only based on the CBSE syllabus," he said.

    Govt defends Zeo Hour move

    Home Minister Rajnath Singh said: Leaders of most parties agreed over no Question Hour & Zero Hour for 30 minutes. We apprised you (Speaker) of it following which decision was taken by you. I appeal to all members of House to co-operate as Session is being held in extraordinary situation

    Parliamentary Affairs Minister Prahlad Joshi said: "All states are holding session for two days and are passing several bills within 25 minutes. We are holding a 18-day session. Also, in the last five years, 60% of the session in Lok Sabha and 30 per cent in Rajya Sabha have been wasted over Question Hour."

    Question Hour is the golden hour but you say that it can't be held due to the circumstances. You conduct the proceedings but single out Question Hour. You are trying to strangulate the democracy: Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, Congress MP in Lok Sabha.

    The entire country has stood by the Army irrespective of whose government is at the Centre and will always do the same: Shiv Sena's Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Raut in Delhi.

    The session in Lok Sabha resumed at 10.20 am today.

    Reacting to PM Modi's remarks that MPs must speak in one voice to show solidarity with the soldiers, Congress leader Shashi Tharoor said: "The government is accountable to Parliament. When have they reported to us on talks between the Defence and Foreign Ministers (of India & China)? The nation needs to be taken into confidence. The question of support for military is beyond debate; we are strongly with our Army."

    Congress MPs Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury and K Suresh have given Adjournment Motion notice in Lok Sabha over Chinese incursion in eastern Ladakh.

    MPs paid tribute to former President Pranab Mukherjee, Indian classical vocalist Pandit Jasraj, former Chhattisgarh CM Ajit Jogi among others following which the House was adjourned for an hour.

    RSP's N Premachandran has given Adjournment Motion notice in Lok Sabha over the 'inclusion of names of prominent leaders in Delhi Police chargesheet on Delhi riots'.

    DMK and CPI(M) have given Adjournment Motion notice in Lok Sabha over suicide of students due to NEET.

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