Strict arrangements made at Indian parliament ahead of Monsoon Session

TV screens of 85-inches size have been installed at various designated places inside the parliament where parliamentarians would be seated and electronic gadgets put in place to ensure their live participation, said a lawmaker of the Lok Sabha without quoting his name.

Indian Parl’t Holding Monsoon Session Under Unprecedented Circumstances: What’s Different This Year?

This is the first parliamentary session since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. The Monsoon Session of the Parliament usually takes place in the months of July and August, but it had to be deferred due to the lockdown restrictions. The houses of the Parliament will function for four hours each, the Rajya Sabha (Upper […]

Don’t curtail free speech in Parliament

This approach was followed by the presiding officers of Parliament. Parliament, for example, discussed many scams in the past although those issues were before the court. Committees were appointed to investigate those scams. In this context, it is noteworthy that rule 388 of the House rules provides for the suspension of any rule to enable […]

No all-party meeting ahead of upcoming Indian parliament’s monsoon session: officials

The upcoming session will be held in two shifts — 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. local time and 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. local time. Except for the first day, the Rajya Sabha (upper house of the parliament) will sit in the morning shift and the Lok Sabha will sit in the evening shift.

A productive Parliament

The most important thing, despite the fact that there will be no Question Hour, is to ensure that this session is productive. There is far too much at stake for it to be frittered away in needless contention and disruptions. There are at 11 ordinances which the government is looking to push through, though once […]

Only paper ballots for voting in Parliament’s monsoon session

“Members will be supplied with ‘ayes’/‘noes’ printed slips at their seats for recording their votes. ‘ayes’ slips are printed on one side in green and ‘noes’ on its reverse in red, both in English and Hindi languages,” said the notice.

Jan Lokpal Bill and Parliament

One of the entries in the Union List is entry No.14: “entering into treaties and agreements with foreign countries and implementing of treaties, agreements and conventions with foreign countries.” Article 253 provides that “Notwithstanding anything in the foregoing provisions of this Chapter, Parliament has power to make any law for the whole or any part […]

‘Naoroji: Pioneer of Indian Nationalism’ review: The Grand Old Man who fought against colonial exploitation

From setting up educational institutions for girls in mid-19th century Bombay to expounding the drain of wealth theory about how Britain impoverished her colonies to winning a parliamentary seat in Britain before finally calling for ‘Self Government under British Paramountcy’, the life of Dadabhai Naoroji is any historian’s delight.

Morning Digest: Last Indian hostage returns from Afghanistan, Naomi Osaka wins U.S. Open, and more

Last Indian hostage returns from Afghanistan, as intra-Afghan talks with Taliban begin in DohaThe start of Intra-Afghan negotiations in Doha, which was contingent on the release of the last batch of Taliban prisoners, meant good news for the family of an Indian hostage being held in Afghanistan. Officials in Delhi and Kabul confirmed to The […]

Parliament’s Monsoon session to begin tomorrow, 47 items to be taken up during 18 sittings — Read here

The session will see other measures like seating MPs in a staggered way in chambers of both Houses, as well as galleries to maintain physical distancing norms, the introduction of mobile app for registering of MPs’ attendance and seats separated with poly-carbon sheets in the House.