Rakesh Mohan Chaturvedi

  • CAB debate: Congress defended Nehru-Liaquat Pact to hold Pakistan accountable

    CAB debate: Congress defended Nehru-Liaquat Pact to hold Pakistan accountable

    During a calling attention motion in the Rajya Sabha on May 7, 1970, the then external affairs minister Dinesh Singh had defended the agreement, informing that India had repeatedly drawn Pakistan’s attention to “the plight of minorities there and urged them to ensure their security, full freedom and equality of rights”.

    Personal Data Protection Bill: Exemptions for government agencies worry experts

    Personal Data Protection Bill: Exemptions for government agencies worry experts

    The new Bill was cleared by the Union Cabinet last week and shared with Members of Parliament on Tuesday. It is expected to be tabled in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday. The government could exempt its agencies from the law governing processing of personal data, citing national security. The Bill adds that certain provisions will not apply to the govt.

    Citizenship Amendment Bill in Rajya Sabha today; government confident

    Citizenship Amendment Bill in Rajya Sabha today; government confident

    The bill piloted by Union Home Minister Amit Shah was comfortably passed in the Lok Sabha on late Monday night as the ruling BJP enjoys a clear majority in the house. Sources in the party said that the legislation will also sail through the Rajya Sabha as the ruling NDA has the numbers.

    Price rise soon in Parliament canteen

    Price rise soon in Parliament canteen

    The much-reviled subsidy on food served in Parliament canteens for lawmakers, government staff and journalists is set to go with a broad consensus emerging on the issue at the Business Advisory Committee of the Lok Sabha.

    Venkaiah Naidu warns of action against erring Rajya Sabha members

    Venkaiah Naidu warns of action against erring Rajya Sabha members

    He emphasised that issues listed to be raised on a particular matter if could not be discussed (due to forced adjournments and disruptions) would not “automatically” be taken up the next day. The VP also expressed his displeasure at some members leaking their letter addressed to him without sending it to him first and ensuring he has seen it.

    Delhi’s air has improved over 3 years: Prakash Javadeka

    Delhi’s air has improved over 3 years: Prakash Javadeka

    Both Houses held a debate on growing air pollution in the country, particularly in Delhi. Replying to the debate, Javadekar said: “There is a general improvement in Delhi’s air quality over the past three years. There were 106 good and satisfactory days in 2016, 152 in 2017, 159 in 2018. This year, out of 324 days, 190 have been good and satisfactory.”

    Amit Shah says NRC to be across India, J&K situation normal

    Amit Shah says NRC to be across India, J&K situation normal

    "The process of National Register of Citizens (NRC) will be carried out across the country. No one irrespective of their religion should be worried. It is just a process to get everyone under the NRC," Shah said replying to a supplementary during Question Hour in the Upper House.

    J&K issues, citizenship bill, economy to keep govt busy

    J&K issues, citizenship bill, economy to keep govt busy

    The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, which is high on the government’s agenda for this session, may face hurdles since some parties are strongly opposed to it. During the meeting, BJD demanded that a legislation be passed for creating a Vidhan Parishad in Odisha.

    Government set to push citizenship bill during winter session

    Government set to push citizenship bill during winter session

    The winter session begins on November 18 and will last till December 13. The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill seeks to amend the definition of illegal immigrants from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. It will make Hindu, Sikh, Christian, Buddhist, Jain and Parsi migrants from these three countries who have lived in India for six years illegal.

    View: Post Supreme Court verdict, Ram temple may not be a vote catcher for BJP

    View: Post Supreme Court verdict, Ram temple may not be a vote catcher for BJP

    BJP can hope to reap political benefits from the Ram temple issue in the next UP Assembly election in 2022 and the 2024 Lok Sabha polls. The new temple is likely to be constructed in five years. Like the Somnath temple issue, the Ram temple at Ayodhya may then cease to be a vote catcher and BJP will have to move on to other issues in future elections.

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