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Parliament Live: Uproar Over Naresh Agarwal's Comment on 'God and Alcohol' | July 19, 2017, 4:02 PM IST
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The Rajya Sabha is witnessing uproar with members demanding apology from SP leader Naresh Agarwal over his statement on god and alcohol.

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Jul 19, 2017 4:02 pm (IST)

Rajya Sabha adjourned till 4 pm after uproar over a controversial remark by an SP member on Hindu gods.

Jul 19, 2017 3:09 pm (IST)

Arun Jaitley asks Naresh Agarwal to apologise over his statement in which he links God's name to alcohol

Jul 19, 2017 2:30 pm (IST)

Gulam Nabi Azad speaks on Dalit attrocity issue in Rajya Sabha

Wherever I have proof, I will point out. When I don’t have any proof, I don’t blame any party...Jharkhand has become epicenter of lynching...The government is not doing anything on lynching...

Jul 19, 2017 1:18 pm (IST)

Opposition leader demands pay hike for themselves 

Please include us in the Seventh Pay Commission. Our salaries are lesser than our secretaries.It looks like we are begging for money. We want an answer from the government. If they want to deny then they can. We want our salaries to be 1000 more than cabinet secretary, says Samajwadi Party leader Naresh Agarwal.

The MPs are insulted in India. Nowhere in the world, this happens. There should be a provision so that our salaries are atleast Rs 1 more than the senior most civil servant. People have to run their houses in Delhi plus their constituencies. The expense is high as many people pay a visit to the MPs, says former Union Minister Anand Sharma.

Jul 19, 2017 12:45 pm (IST)

Ali Anwar Ansari raises the issue of manual scavenging

Ali Anwar Ansari (JD-U) through a Zero Hour mention raised the issue of manual scavenging saying this practice was continuing even after the government has declared it illegal.

Four workers, he said, died in the national capital due to toxic gases while cleaning a septic tank.

"All four are Dalits," he said, adding over 2,500 Dalits has lost their lives in last two-and-half-years due to this practice but no cases have been registered or compensation paid. While the government on the one hand talks of going to Mars, on the other it provides no equipment or apparatus for such cleaning activities, he said. "Our sensitivities are dead," he said.

Jul 19, 2017 12:42 pm (IST)

Opposition targets government over agrarian crisis, farmers' suicide

Opposition members in Rajya Sabha strongly raised the issue of agrarian crisis in the country, saying farmers were being forced to do distress sale of crops in the face of cheaper zero-duty imports. Several members gave notices under rule 267 that allows adjournment of the proceedings to take up a discussion on an issue.

Deputy Chairman P J Kurien said a discussion on the matter has been accepted and the members can raise their points during the debate.

Raising the issue, Sharad Yadav (JD-U) claimed that 15-20 farmers were committing suicide every day. He said pulses production has been raised by 33 per cent but the government has lowered the import duty on it to zero, resulting in cheaper shipments into the country.

Jul 19, 2017 12:29 pm (IST)

Rajya Sabha adjourned for ten minutes over noisy protests by SP members over incidents of lynchings and cow vigilantes.

Jul 19, 2017 12:29 pm (IST)

In the Lok Sabha, most of the Congress members, who were also in the Well, raised slogans such as "Mann ki Baat band karo, karza maafi shuru karo" and "stop shooting farmers". Prime Minister Narendra Modi was present in the House.

Jul 19, 2017 12:28 pm (IST)

Mulayam Singh speaks on Indo-China standoff in Lok Sabha

We have always spoken on the China issue but China is planning to go against India...If Tibet is given to them then China will get easy access into India... I have not received any reply on the Indian Government's readiness on the respective issue.

Jul 19, 2017 12:23 pm (IST)
Jul 19, 2017 12:19 pm (IST)

Opposition leaders storm in well of the Rajya Sabha... Leaders demand for some action plan and shout slogans  "Gau rakhsak k naam par hataya nahi chalegi" 

Jul 19, 2017 12:18 pm (IST)

The Opposition walkout of the Lok Sabha shouting anti-Modi slogans. 

Jul 19, 2017 12:16 pm (IST)

MoS Home Ahir speaks on lynchings in Rajya Sabha:

All the states have the authority to take action against anyone who does lynching in respective states... Prime Minister Narendra Modi has already condemned on the lynching issue...An advisory is already being issued by the Home Ministry

Jul 19, 2017 12:12 pm (IST)

Shiv Sena Supports Mayawati

Mayawati is a very senior leader, she is a representative of the Dalits. If she is not allowed to speak in Parliament that shows the attitude of the Government towards Dalits. Mayawati should stay in Parliament & she should speak on this issue.

Jul 19, 2017 11:43 am (IST)

Gulam Nabi Azad talking on the Situation in J&K

The state government and Center have failed to improve the conditions in Jammu and Kashmir… They have made so many false promises’ that it will take them several months to apologise on all the issues.

Jul 19, 2017 11:40 am (IST)
Congress to raise Parikar's beef comments in Parliament
Jul 19, 2017 11:22 am (IST)

P Chidambaram addresses the media outside Parliament: 

Since July 10, casualties have been reported every day. 8 pilgrims, 6 jawans & 1 child have been killed. There have been many incidents of clashes between civilians & security forces numerous persons have been injured this claim defies belief & common sense. The statement made by Government is misleading & at variance with situation. On the ground, Congress repudiates the Government's claim & calls upon them to disclose measures being taken to bring about normalcy in J&K. (Image: Umesh Sharma)

Jul 19, 2017 11:14 am (IST)

The Lok Sabha schedule for the day

A special discussion on the agrarian situation in the country.

Bills for consideration and passing:

* The Indian Institutes of Information Technology (Public-Private Partnership)
Bill, 2017.

* The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (Amendment) Bill,2017.

Jul 19, 2017 11:12 am (IST)

The Rajya Sabha schedule for the day:

Short duration discussion on the situation arising out of the reported increase in the incidents of lynching and atrocities on minorities and dalits across the country.

Bills for consideration and passing:

* The Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2017.

* The Admiralty (Jurisdiction and Settlement of Maritime Claims) Bill, 2017.

Jul 19, 2017 11:11 am (IST)

Farmers are in bad shape in this country, says Sharad Yadav in Rajya Sabha

Jul 19, 2017 11:10 am (IST)

Opposition disrupts proceedings in Lok Sabha over farmer suicide issue. Parliamentary Affairs minister said business is listed on farmers suicide issue and everything will be disclosed. Following the ruckus, the Lok Sabha was adjourned till 12 pm

Jul 19, 2017 11:05 am (IST)

The proceedings in both the Houses of the Parliament resume. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is in Lok Sabha

Jul 19, 2017 10:53 am (IST)

Congress protests in front of Gandhi statue at Parliament complex demanding a special package for flood-affected Northeastern states. (Photo Credit: Umesh Sharma/ Netowrk18)

Jul 19, 2017 10:51 am (IST)

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Anant Kumar briefs the media on what happened at the Parliamentary Panel meeting,

*First, MEA Sushma Swaraj talked about the achievements of PM Modi's visit to Israel... Second, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley briefed about GST...GST is for the people of this country

Jul 19, 2017 10:35 am (IST)

" We are going to raise this matter in the Lok Sabha today. On Tuesday, they did not allow us to raise this matter in the Rajya Sabha. There are other issues like issue of farmers, J&K & Dokalam issue with China. We want to raise all these issue but firstly we will raise the issue of farmers & lynching. We have been given time to speak on the issue today at 3 pm,"   Mallikarjun Kharge, leader of the opposition in Lok Sabha said.

Jul 19, 2017 10:01 am (IST)
Jul 19, 2017 9:52 am (IST)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has arrived for BJP Parliamentary Panel meeting. 

Jul 19, 2017 9:51 am (IST)

Congress to raise mob lynching and farmers issue in Lok Sabha today.

Jul 19, 2017 9:42 am (IST)

Presidential Elections 2017: Counting of Votes on July 20th in Parliament

The counting of votes for 14th Presidential Elections will take place on July 20 at 11 am. Hourly updates of the vote count will be provided. Counting will take place across 32 polling booths.

In Parliament House, the voting percentage was 99 per cent, said Lok Sabha Secretary General Anoop Mishra, who is also the returning officer for the polls. He said while the sanctioned strength of the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha is 776, 771 MPs were eligible to cast their votes. There are two vacancies each in the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha, while one BJP MP Chedi Paswan does not have voting rights, he added.

Jul 19, 2017 9:35 am (IST)

Opposition leaders will hold a meeting in Parliament at 10.15 am. 

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