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Parliament Session Update: Govt Not Contemplating Population Control Bill, Says MoS Health

The second day of the Parliament's Monsoon Session was also marked by disruptions owing to heavy sloganeering and protests by Opposition MPs who demanded discussions on GST hike, inflation, and the Agnipath scheme. Both Houses were adjourned for the day, with the Opposition claiming that the Centre was unwilling to hold a debate on price rise.

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23:15 IST, July 19th 2022
Centre Not Contemplating Population Control Bill, Says MoS Health

The government is not contemplating any legislative measures for population control, Minister of State for Health Bharati Pravin Pawar told the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday. 
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23:06 IST, July 19th 2022
'Tomorrow again we'll raise issue of price rise in Parliament': Mallikarjun Kharge

"All General Secretaries were called by the organising secretary for a meeting & future plans of the party are with them. They can give you details about it. All I can say is that tomorrow again we'll raise the issue of price rise in Parliament," said Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge

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23:02 IST, July 19th 2022
742 km of metro rail lines operational in 19 cities: Par panel report

Nearly 742 km of metro rail lines are operational in 19 cities across the country, according to a parliamentary panel report tabled in Lok Sabha on Tuesday.

Also, about 1,037 km lines, including 82 km Delhi-Meerut Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS) corridor, is under construction in 27 cities, as per the 13th report (17th Lok Sabha) of the Standing Committee on Housing and Urban Affairs (2021-22) on the subject, 'Implementation of Metro Rail Projects - An Appraisal'.

The first metro rail stretch was commissioned in Kolkata in 1984 between Esplanade and Bhowanipur, covering a distance of 3.40 km with five stations under Metro Railway, Kolkata.

At Present, 27 cities have either operational or under construction network, the report said.

Also, a total of 291 km of RRTS projects -- Delhi-Panipat (111 km) and Delhi-Alwar (180 km) -- is under planning stage, it said.

"Metro project proposals of several cities, such as Delhi Phase-IV (balance three corridors), Kochi Phase-II, Chennai Metro Phase II, Bangalore Metro Phase-2A and 2B, Nashik, Nagpur Metro Phase-II, Thane, Pune Metro Extension, Jammu, Srinagar, Kochi Phase IA, Noida Metro Aqualine extension, etc, are under consideration," it added.

Many more cities like Varanasi, Thiruvananthapuram, Kozhikode, Guwahati, and Chandigarh are aspiring to have metro rail system, the panel report said.

On Delhi Metro's ridership, the report said, "Actual Average Daily Ridership (AADR) of Delhi Metro was 26.14, 28.00, 25.86, 25.93 and 50.65 lakh in 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18, 2018-19 and 2019-20, respectively, against Average Daily Ridership required for break-even of 16.07, 18.59, 16.26, 17.03 and 38.24 lakh, respectively, in the same years." 

Despite a lapse of more than four years, six of the 12 states where metro rail networks are either operational or under construction were yet to constitute Unified Metropolitan Transport Authority (UMTA) as a statutory body, according to the report.

These six states are Delhi, Karnataka, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra (in Mumbai only) and Rajasthan, it said. 

For Delhi Metro, the report said that "the process of setting up of UMTA has been initiated in September, 2021. The proposal is under consideration of GNCTD (Delhi government) for taking necessary action".

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15:58 IST, July 19th 2022
Union Agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar slams opposition; 'They're just interested in playing politics'

"Opposition is not concerned about the issues facing the farmers or the common man. They're just interested in playing politics, in a bid to stall the progress & welfare of the public. PM Modi & BJP committed to ensuring benefits to the farmers," said Union Agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar after Parliament proceedings. 

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14:12 IST, July 19th 2022
Lok Sabha & Rajya Sabha adjourned till tomorrow

Lok Sabha & Rajya Sabha adjourned till tomorrow following sloganeering by Opposition MPs over issues of price rise & inflation.

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14:12 IST, July 19th 2022
Parliament proceedings begin in both Houses

Hours after being adjourned due to Opposition ruckus, both Houses of the Parliament have resumed proceedings.

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13:55 IST, July 19th 2022
Rajya Sabha MP PT Usha calls on JP Nadda in Delhi

Newly nominated Rajya Sabha MP, former Olympic track and field athlete, PT Usha called on BJP President JP Nadda in Delhi.

 

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13:13 IST, July 19th 2022
1,63,370 people granted Indian Citizenship in 2021: MoS Home

 

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13:07 IST, July 19th 2022
Defence Minister rubbishes rumours that caste certificates are required for Agnipath recruitment

 

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12:43 IST, July 19th 2022
Terrorist groups making efforts to radicalise people in India: MoS Rai

"Radicalisation by global terrorist groups like ISIS, Al Qaida is one of the most challenging problems faced by countries in the world. In Indian context,some foreign agencies inimical to India along with global terrorist groups making efforts to radicalise people," said MoS Home Nityanand Rai in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday. 

"However, inclination towards radical ideologies is minuscule as compared to the population of the country owing to various factors," he added.

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12:39 IST, July 19th 2022
78 civilians killed, over 200 injured in terrorist attacks in J&K: MoS Home tells Lok Sabha

MoS Home Nityanand Rai on Tuesday revealed the number of major terrorist incidents, number of security force personnel martyred and injured & number of civilians who lost their lives and who were injured in incidents in the hinterland and in Jammu and Kashmir during the last two years 2020 and 2021.

 

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12:35 IST, July 19th 2022
MoS Nityanand Rai apprises Lok Sabha of Govt's steps to combat terrorism

MoS Nityanand Rai told the Lok Sabha, "Combating terrorism is a continuous process. Govt has taken various steps incl strengthening the legal framework, streamlining of intelligence mechanism, setting up NIA and prosecution of terror-related cases, having various hubs of NSG, stepping up border and coastal security, modernization of police forces and capacity building of state police forces, etc," 

 

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12:11 IST, July 19th 2022
Amit Shah to  hold a review meeting of Central police training institutes

Union Home Minister Amit Shah will hold a review meeting of Central police training institutes in the Parliament Library building today.

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11:55 IST, July 19th 2022
TRS MPs protest in Parliament over price rise, inflation

Delhi | TRS MPs held a protest in front of Mahatma Gandhi's statue in Parliament on the issues of price rise and inflation.

 

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11:51 IST, July 19th 2022
Pashupati Nath slams Oppn for disrupting Parliamentary proceedings

Union Minister Pashupati Nath slammed the Opposition for creating a ruckus in the Parliament and said such disruptions send a wrong message to the nation. 

"The Opposition is only capable of creating ruckus and drama in the Parliament. They should not disrupt the proceedings. Parliament is the temple of the Constitution and the citizens look up to their representatives. Such behaviour sends a wrong message to the country,"  Pashupati Nath told Republic.

On the issue of GST and inflation, the Union Minister said, the government is aware of the situation and is taking necessary steps.

 

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11:44 IST, July 19th 2022
AAP seeks dismissal of committee on farm laws; 'No Punjab representation'

"The government formed a committee on farm laws that consists of all BJP supporters. There is no representation of Punjab. All those who support the three black laws are part of the committee. It should be dismissed. A new balanced committee should be formed," demanded AAP MP Raghav Chadha.

 

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11:38 IST, July 19th 2022
Congress says Centre unwilling to hold debate on price rise as Houses get adjourned

 

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11:31 IST, July 19th 2022
AAP MPs protest over delay in nod to Kejriwal's Singapore visit

Delhi | Aam Aadmi Party MPs protest against the Centre in front of Gandhi statue in Parliament against the delay in nod for Singapore visit to Arvind Kejriwal.

 

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11:17 IST, July 19th 2022
Lok Sabha adjourned till 2 PM amid Opposition showdown over inflation

Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla objected to raising placards inside the House as the Questions and Answer round went underway. Quoting the rulebook, Birla requested the agitating MPs to protest outside the Parliament. The Lower House has been adjourned till 2 PM.

 

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11:13 IST, July 19th 2022
Heavy sloganeering in Lok Sabha during Q&A round

Opposition MPs raised slogans against price hikes and inflation in Lok Sabha as house proceedings begin on the second day of Parliament. Heavy slogans were raised during the Question and Answer round.

 

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11:10 IST, July 19th 2022
Rajya Sabha opens with adjournment on day 2 of Monsoon Session

Minutes after the Parliament's Monsoon began, the Rajya Sabha proceedings were disrupted by Opposition protests, forcing Chairman Venkaiah Naidu to adjourn the House till 2 PM. The opposition parties are insisting on the discussion on price rise, GST hike and other issues.

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10:55 IST, July 19th 2022
PM Modi meets top ministers to discuss strategy in Parliament

PM Modi is discussing government strategy in Parliament with his top ministers, for the ongoing Monsoon session.

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10:29 IST, July 19th 2022
Congress MP Hooda gives suspension of business notice in Rajya Sabha

Congress MP Deepender Singh Hooda has given the suspension of business notice in Rajya Sabha over the Centre's Agnipath recruitment scheme for entry into the Armed Forces.

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10:21 IST, July 19th 2022
Parliament Session: Rahul Gandhi joins Congress MPs in protest against inflation

Delhi | Congress leader Rahul Gandhi joins Opposition protest over the issues of inflation and price rise, at Parliament, on the second day of the Monsoon session.

 

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10:04 IST, July 19th 2022
AAP MP Raghav Chadha gives suspension of business notice in Rajya Sabha

Monsoon session of Parliament | AAP Rajya Sabha MP Raghav Chadha gives suspension of business notice, demands discussion on the committee on MSP constituted by the Government of India

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09:29 IST, July 19th 2022
RSP MP gives adjournment motion notice in Lok Sabha

Monsoon session of Parliament | RSP MP NK Premachandran has given adjournment motion notice in Lok Sabha on "the incident of forcing girl students to remove innerwear before entering the examination hall during NEET examination in Kollam yesterday."

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09:29 IST, July 19th 2022
CPI(M) gives suspension of business notice in RS

CPI(M) Rajya Sabha MP Elamaram Kareem has given a suspension of business notice under rule 267 on the issue of price rise and imposition of 5% GST on essential items. 

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09:25 IST, July 19th 2022
DMK MP gives suspension of business notice in Rajya Sabha

Monsoon session of Parliament | DMK Rajya Sabha MP Tiruchi Siva has given a suspension of business notice under rule 267 on the issue of "hike in the price of petroleum products leading to increase in the price of essential commodities.

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09:23 IST, July 19th 2022
RJD's Manoj Jha gives suspension of business notice in Rajya Sabha

Monsoon session of Parliament | RJD MP Manoj Jha has given suspension of business notice in Rajya Sabha to discuss implications of Agnipath scheme and denial of opportunities to RRB aspirants.

 

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09:05 IST, July 19th 2022
Congress, BJP spar over privatization of PSU banks

Congress MP Jairam Ramesh hit out at the Central government on Tuesday over the Public Sector Banks' Privatisation Bill and said selling off PSUs to a chosen few will be 'disastrous' for the country. He stated that Congress will oppose the bill in the ongoing Monsoon Session. 

Hitting back at the Congress leader, Union Minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar said the party was only opposing the Bill, due to its "long dubious record of crony lending and using PSUs as piggybanks for crony friends" during the UPA regime.