Following happened today --
Lok Sabha --
Central Universities (Amendment) Bill, 2023 passed
Speaker accepted the resignation of 9 MPs who won the assembly polls
Short discussion on 'economic situation of India'
Finance Minister responded to the discussion, which began on December 5
Jaishankar gave clarification on India's reply to Canada and US' allegation
National Conference vice president Omar Abdullah Thursday said the government should not make amendments to the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act as the law is pending adjudication before the Supreme Court.
There is no consensus on a proposal to set up an all India judicial service at the district judge level, the government told Rajya Sabha on Thursday. In a written reply, Law Minister Arjun Ram Meghwal said there was divergence of opinion among the state governments and the 25 high courts on the constitution of this judicial service.
In response to the discussion of the economic situation of the nation Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman listed India’s achievements across industries.
The following are the highlights -
-Economic activity has been good across sectors
-India became 5th largest economy in 5 years
-India continuously maintained the momentum of being fastest-growing major economy
-Manufacturing sector contributes significantly to the economy
-India stands fourth in renewable energy installed capacity
-India are also 4th in wind power and 4th in solar power capacity
-Direct tax collection grew 21.82 pc this year;
-Ethanol procurement 38 crore liters in 2014, now, 424 crore litres, has directly benefited the Indian farmers
-India is the second most sought-after manufacturing destination in world
During the discussion on the Central Universities (Amendment) Bill, 2023, AIMIM MP Imtiaz Jaleel in Lok Sabha said -
“We have 1182 universities with 56 Central universities. None of them feature in the top 200. Aren’t we focusing more on quantity rather than quality?”.
The MP pointed out that the ST community after the Muslims had the highest drop out rates.
He further condemned the casteism rampant in universities that he said forced the students to attempt suicide.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has directed the Union Home Ministry to release Rs 450 crore, the second instalment to Tamil Nadu for cyclone relief, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said.
Following an aerial survey and a hi-level meeting with Chief Minister M K Stalin at the Secretariat, Singh said the first instalment of Rs 450 crore had been released earlier to the state.
Since the problem of urban floods has become repetitive in Chennai in recent years, the Government of India has approved a central funding of Rs 500 crore for urban flood management activities, he said.
Chennai, Kancheepuram, Chengelpet and Tiruvallur in northern Tamil Nadu were hit by the cyclone and heavy inundation.
In the ongoing session, the state government has sought an interim Central relief of Rs 5,060 crore
Rajya Sabha resumes.
The House takes up a short-duration discussion on the economic situation in the country, which had begun following a notice submitted by MP Derek O’Brien on December 5.
Lok Sabha also resumes
Discussion on the Central Universities (Amendment) Bill, 2023 for consideration and passing begin
After the completion of the zero hour the Lower House is adjourned for lunch and will resume at 2.30 pm
S Jaishankar in RS-
"Insofar as the US is concerned, certain inputs were given to us as part of our security cooperation with the US. Those inputs were of concern to us because they related to the nexus of organised crime, trafficking and other matters. So, because it has a bearing on our own national security, it was decided to institute an inquiry into the matter and an inquiry committee has been constituted. Insofar as Canada is concerned, no specific evidence or inputs were provided to us.
Rajya Sabha that would likely now see a discussion on the 2 J&K bills that were passed in Lok Sabha on Wednesday, is adjourned and will resume at 2 PM
Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla informed that he has accepted the resignation of nine Lok Sabha MPs, including Union ministers Narendra Singh Tomar and Prahlad Patel.
10 MPs, who are from the BJP, had resigned after winning in the recent assembly polls.
Besides the two Union ministers, the other Lok Sabha MPs who resigned are Rakesh Singh, Udya Pratap Singh and Riti Pathak from Madhya Pradesh, Diya Kumari and Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore from Rajasthan, and Gomati Sai and Arun Sao from Chhattisgarh. Rajya Sabha MP Kirodi Lal Meena has also resigned.
Women TMC MPs staged a protest at the Parliament complex against Union Minister Giriraj Singh's "misogynistic" comments targeting West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP Mahua Moitra on X shared a clip of an interview purportedly given by Singh to a TV channel in which the BJP leader referred to Banerjee and said, "Jashn mana rahi hai, thumke laga rahi hai, yeh uchit nahi hai (she is celebrating and dancing, this is inappropriate)."
Several leaders of the TMC slammed the rural development minister for his comments on the chief minister attending the Kolkata International Film Festival.
"The not so honourable minister of rural development Mr. Giriraj Singh has made some shocking comments about the only lady chief minister in India, Mamata Banerjee," Moitra said.
"Your shameful misogynistic comments about only lady CM in India reek of your sick perverted mentality. Yes, we love our jashn. We love our thumkas. We celebrate that BJP can never rule Bengal," she said.
BJP National President JP Nadda, PM Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah all party leaders meet for the BJP Parliamentary Party meeting in Delhi, after the party sweeps polls in three states
Congress MP Manish Tewari has given an Adjournment notice in the Lower House demanding a discussion on the death penalty for eight ex-Indian Navy personnel in Qatar.
The discussion was not allowed earlier in the House citing security concerns.
Major agendas today in the 2 Houses -
1-Continuation of discussion of "Economic Situation in the country"
2-Amit Shah to present the 2 J-K bills
1-Discussion would continue on Central Universities (Amendment) Bill, 2023
2- Congress MP Manish Tewari has given an Adjournment Motion Notice
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