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Parliament Monsoon Session Updates: Awareness Campaigns on Monkeypox Being Run, Don’t Panic, Says Mandaviya in RS

Parliament Monsoon Session Updates: The Congress on Monday held the BJP-led central government responsible for the price rise, saying its decisions have hit hard 25 crore households in the country and widened the divide between the rich and the poor

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Last Updated: August 02, 2022, 07:34 IST

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Parliament Monsoon Session Updates: The culture ministry is organising a ‘Tiranga bike rally’ from Red Fort to Parliament on Wednesday morning for MPs, Union minister Pralhad Joshi has said and appealed to members of all political parties to attend it. Briefing reporters after the BJP Parliamentary Party meeting on Tuesday, the parliamentary affairs minister stressed that it was a cultural ministry programme and Read More

Aug 02, 2022 18:03 IST

8 Cases of Monkeypox in India: Union Health Min Tells RS

“As of today, a total of eight cases of monkeypox have been detected in the country. Of these, five have had a history of foreign travel,” said Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya in Rajya Sabha today.

Aug 02, 2022 15:14 IST

West Bengal Ministers Do Not Pick Calls Even if We Ring 10 Times: Union Minister Pratima Bhoumik

“Even if we call 10 times, ministers in West Bengal do not pick the calls…That is the situation,” Union minister Pratima Bhoumik said in Lok Sabha while replying to queries on the implementation of a central government scheme in the state. While raising a supplementary query during Question Hour on Tuesday, Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said it has become a habit in West Bengal of not taking calls and not listening to us, as he took a swipe at the ruling Trinamool Congress in the state.

There were loud protests in the House by Trinamool Congress members against the remarks by the minister and Chowdhury. BJP member from West Bengal S S Ahluwalia raised supplementary questions related to the implementation of PM-DAKSH scheme in the state and asked whether the minister would talk to the officials concerned to sort out the issues.

Aug 02, 2022 14:55 IST

Union Health Minister Mandaviya Asks People Not to Panic Over Monkeypox

Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said in Parliament that an awareness campaign is being run in coordination with state governments to prevent the spread of the infection. “There is no need to be afraid of monkeypox, an awareness campaign is being run in collaboration with the state governments: Public awareness is very necessary in the context of monkeypox,” he said.

Aug 02, 2022 14:41 IST

Notices Issued to Mobile Companies Oppo, Vivo India and Xiaomi for Tax Evasion: Sitharaman

The government is looking into cases of alleged tax evasion by three mobile companies of China and notices have been given to them, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman informed Rajya Sabha on Tuesday. Replying to supplementaries during the Question Hour, the minister said the three companies are Oppo, Vivo India and Xiaomi.

The Department of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) has issued a notice to mobile company Oppo for total customs duty of Rs 4,389 crore and these are on the grounds of mis-declaration of certain goods leading to a short payment in customs duty, she said, adding, “duty evasion we think is about Rs 2,981 crore”. “Undervaluation of imported goods for the purpose of payment of customs duty, that we think is an evasion of Rs 1,408 crore,” she said. She said voluntarily they have come about to deposit Rs 450 crore, much against the demand of Rs 4,389 crore.

Aug 02, 2022 14:33 IST

Price Rise Discussion Underway in Rajya Sabha

Aug 02, 2022 14:24 IST

Name AIIMS Mangalagiri After Freedom Fighter Pingali Venkayya: LS Member

A strong demand was made in Lok Sabha to name the new All India Institute of Medical Sciences at Mangalagiri in Andhra Pradesh after noted freedom fighter Pingali Venkayya. Raising the issue during the Zero Hour, Lok Sabha member from Machilipatnam Balashowry Vallabbhaneni recalled that Venkayya had designed the flag on which the national tricolour was based upon.

Vallabbhaneni, a member of the YSR Congress Party, noted that August 2 was the birth anniversary of Venkayya. He also noted that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had referred to the contribution of Venkayya in his Mann ki Baat’ radio programme on Sunday where he had appealed to citizens to hoist the tricolour in their homes from August 2 to 15 to mark 75 years of Independence.

Aug 02, 2022 14:12 IST

Lok Sabha Witnesses Heated Arguments Over Issue of Farm Loan Waivers

Lok Sabha on Tuesday witnessed heated arguments between the Treasury and Opposition benches over the issue of farm loan waivers with Speaker Om Birla making an intervention and telling the members that advances under the Kisan Credit Card scheme are not written off. While asking a supplementary, NCP member Supriya Sule sought to know whether the government has any plans to waive off the loans given to the farmers under the Kisan Credit Card (KCC) scheme.

Replying to the question, Parshottam Rupala, Union Minister of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying, said it was for the first time in last so many decades that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has extended the scheme to fishermen and dairy farmers as the KCC was earlier confined only to agricultural farmers. He said its main aim is to provide small farmers institutional credit up to Rs 1.6 lakh without any collateral.

Aug 02, 2022 13:52 IST

'NEP Focuses on Promoting All Languages'

MoS Home Nityanand Rai said in  Lok Sabha today that as per information received from Ministry of Education, Gurumukhi is not a language, rather a script for Punjabi language. “NEP 2020 focuses on promotion of all Indian Languages including Scheduled Non-Scheduled Languages and other languages,” he said.

Aug 02, 2022 13:43 IST

Rate of Suicides Increased in 2020 as Compared to 2018

Aug 02, 2022 13:41 IST

81 Chinese Nationals Give 'Leave India' Notice

During 2019 to 2021, 81 Chinese nationals were given ‘Leave India Notice’, 117 were deported and 726 were placed in adverse list for violating visa conditions and other illegal acts: MoS Home Nityanand Rai to Lok Sabha

Aug 02, 2022 12:02 IST

Delhi Police Commissioner Sanjay Arora to Meet HM Shah in Parliament

Aug 02, 2022 11:56 IST

'Tiranga Bike Rally' for MPs of All Parties on August 3

The culture ministry is organising a ‘Tiranga bike rally’ from Red Fort to Parliament on Wednesday morning for MPs, Union minister Pralhad Joshi has said and appealed to members of all political parties to attend it. Briefing reporters after the BJP Parliamentary Party meeting on Tuesday, the parliamentary affairs minister stressed that it was a cultural ministry programme and not of his party as he asked MPs of all parties to join the exercise at 8.30 am. At the meeting, BJP president J P Nadda laid out a host of exercises for the party members during a week-long programme starting from August 9 in the run up to August 15, the 75th anniversary of India’s Independence.

Aug 02, 2022 11:09 IST

BJP Discusses 'Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav' Programmes

“BJP chief discussed ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’ & programmes to be conducted from Aug 9 to 15, including campaigning for ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’. Various cultural programmes will be conducted. Tiranga bike rally for MPs to be taken out from Red Fort to Parliament,” said Union Minister Pralhad Joshi.

Aug 02, 2022 10:44 IST

BJP Parliamentary Meeting Underway

Aug 02, 2022 10:23 IST

Mallikarjun Kharge Says BJP People 'Thick-skinned', Not Affected by Inflation

“We’re ready to discuss the issue of price rise & have a consensus among us to keep the issue of inflation in the house. When people across India are affected by inflation, BJP seems to be unaffected by it, they’re thick-skinned people,” said RS LoP Mallikarjun Kharge.

Aug 02, 2022 10:07 IST

BJP Leaders to Attend Parliamentary Party Meeting

Aug 02, 2022 09:30 IST

Naidu Expunges Sitharaman's References to Sonia Gandhi in Rajya Sabha Last Week

Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu on Monday expunged the references made by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to Sonia Gandhi in the House on July 28. Sitharaman had demanded an apology from the Congress president for the “rashtrapatni” remark by Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, whom she accused of insulting the President.

Aug 02, 2022 08:27 IST

Centre to Take Up Street Vendors' Issue with Delhi Police Chief: Minister Puri in Rajya Sabha

Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri assured the Rajya Sabha on Monday that he would take up with the new Delhi Police commissioner the reported crackdown on street vendors by police and civic authorities in the national capital. The housing and urban affairs minister, while responding to a query during the Question Hour, also said the central government has written to the chief secretaries of all states to take steps to protect the dignity and respect of street vendors, who are now being encouraged to become micro-entrepreneurs through the Pradhan Mantri SVANidhi scheme.

Aug 02, 2022 08:10 IST

Rajya Sabha to Take Up Discussion on Price Rise Today

The government has agreed for a discussion in the Rajya Sabha on rising prices of essential commodities on Tuesday, as the Opposition Congress and other parties disrupted proceedings over the arrest of Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut and other issues. When the House re-assembled at noon for Question Hour, the Opposition parties continued with their protests as several MPs reached the well of House and raised slogans against the central dispensation. However, Bhubaneswar Kalita, who was in the Chair, went ahead with the Question Hour.

As sloganeering continued, Leader of the House and Union minister Piyush Goyal appealed to the protesting members to allow legislative business and Question Hour to function smoothly as the debate on price rise is listed in both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha.

Aug 02, 2022 07:40 IST

Congress, DMK Members Walk Out of Lok Sabha During FM's Reply to Price Rise Debate

Members of Congress and DMK on Monday walked out of Lok Sabha, expressing dissatisfaction over the reply of Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to a debate on price rise. In the middle of Sitharaman’s reply, Congress members walked out of the House. After a few minutes, DMK members also walked out as a mark of protest. Later talking to reporters outside the Parliament House, Congress member Manish Tewari, who initiated the debate, said that as per the government, “no inflation exists like no one killed Jessica. Everything is hunky-dory, that is your (government) response to the concerns raised by the Opposition”. He also said the minister’s response was arrogant.

not of his party as he asked MPs of all parties to join the exercise at 8.30 am.

At the meeting, BJP president J P Nadda laid out a host of exercises for the party members during a week-long programme starting from August 9 in the run up to August 15, the 75th anniversary of India’s Independence.

A week after suspending them from the House for “unruly” behaviour, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla on Monday revoked the suspension of four Congress members, after seeking assurance from the Opposition that they will not bring placards to the House. Birla also warned the members that he will take stringent action against those who violated the rules of procedure, which bars members from bringing any “exhibits” to the House.

Four Congress members — Manickam Tagore, Ramya Haridas, T N Prathapan and S Jothimani were suspended last Monday from LS for the rest of the monsoon session for carrying placards and raising slogans inside the House.

The monsoon session of Parliament has seen scant business since it began on July 18 as the House remained deadlocked over protests by the opposition which insisted on taking up discussion on price rise and other issues.

Members of Congress and DMK on Monday walked out of Lok Sabha, expressing dissatisfaction over the reply of Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to a debate on price rise. In the middle of Sitharaman’s reply, Congress members walked out of the House. After a few minutes, DMK members also walked out as a mark of protest.

Later talking to reporters outside the Parliament House, Congress member Manish Tewari, who initiated the debate, said that as per the government, “no inflation exists like no one killed Jessica. Everything is hunky-dory, that is your (government) response to the concerns raised by the Opposition”. He also said the minister’s response was arrogant.

Raising the issue of high LPG cost during the debate on price rise in Lok Sabha, TMC member Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar on Monday bit into a raw brinjal she had brought with her and said she wonders whether the government wants “us to eat raw” vegetables.

As opposition members questioned the seriousness of the government in addressing the problem of inflation, Dastidar said those who got a cylinder under Ujjwala scheme don’t have the money for a refill.

Members in the Lok Sabha participated in the debate on price rise while the Rajya Sabha will deliberate on the issue on Tuesday.

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