Parliament Passes Bill To Create Gati Shakti Vishwavidyalaya In Gujarat

Parliament on Monday passed a bill to convert the National Rail and Transportation University, a deemed-to-be university, into Gati Shakti Vishwavidyalaya, an autonomous central institution. The Central Universities (Amendment) Bill, which also seeks to expand the scope of the University from beyond the railways to cover the entire transport sector to support the ambitious growth and modernisation in the field, was passed by a voice vote after a brief discussion. The bill was passed by the Rajya Sabha by a voice vote. It was cleared by the Lok Sabha last week, also…

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Infra Assets Worth Over Rs 1.62 Tn To Be Monetised This Fiscal: FinMin

Infrastructure assets worth over Rs 1.62 lakh crore are expected to be monetised during the current fiscal, Parliament was informed on Monday. The government had last year announced a Rs 6 lakh crore National Monetisation Pipeline (NMP) to unlock value in infrastructure assets across sectors, ranging from power to road and railways in four years till 2025. In a written reply to the Lok Sabha, Minister of State for Finance Pankaj Chaudhary said about Rs 97,000 crore worth of public assets were monetised in the last fiscal (2021-22). The key transactions include…

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Jobs For Agniveers, Attacks In J-K To Figure In Parliament Session

“Demolition of homes due to protests” in some parts of the country, reservation of jobs for ‘Agniveers’ in paramilitary forces, riots and police firings are a host of subjects expected to be raised by MPs in the monsoon session of Parliament beginning Monday. According to the tentative list of questions related to the Union Ministry of Home Affairs, issues like attacks on Kashmiri Pandits and migrant workers in the Kashmir Valley, safety of RTI activists, status of Census 2021 and details of cases registered under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act would be raised…

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Lankan Parliament Meets After Opposition Submits No-trust Motion

Sri Lanka’s usable foreign reserves dropped down to less than USD 50 million, Finance Minister Ali Sabry informed Parliament on Wednesday as it convened for a crucial session after the main Opposition party submitted no-confidence motions against President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and his government for mishandling the country’s worst economic crisis. The main opposition party, Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB), handed over to Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena two motions of no-confidence against the SLPP coalition government and embattled President Gotabaya Rajapaksa under Article 42 of the Constitution. Article 42 stipulates that the President is responsible to Parliament for…

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Pak Parliament To Vote On No-Trust Motion Against Imran Khan

Pakistan’s Parliament is all set to vote on the crucial no-confidence resolution on Saturday against defiant Prime Minister Imran Khan who faces the possibility of being the first premier in the country’s history to be voted out in a no-trust motion. In line with a landmark Supreme Court order, the National Assembly’s session for voting on the no-confidence motion against Khan will take place at 10:30 AM (local time). The Opposition parties need 172 members in the 342-member house to orchestrate the downfall of Prime Minister Khan. They have garnered…

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PM Appreciates Healthy Discussion In Parliament On Ukraine Issue And Operation Ganga

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday appreciated the healthy discussion in Parliament over the last few days on the Ukraine issue and Operation Ganga.  In a thread of tweets, Modi said, “Over the last few days Parliament has witnessed a healthy discussion on the situation in Ukraine and India’s efforts to bring back our citizens through Operation Ganga. I am grateful to all MP colleagues who enriched this discussion with their views.” Over the last few days Parliament has witnessed a healthy discussion on the situation in Ukraine and India’s…

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Parliament Passes Criminal Procedure Identification Bill

Parliament Wednesday passed the Criminal Procedure (Identification) Bill that seeks to allow investigators to collect certain identifiable information of convicts and other persons for purposes of identification and investigation in criminal matters.  The Rajya Sabha passed the bill by a voice vote after Home Minister Amit Shah allayed concerns raised by the opposition which claimed that the draft law was draconian. Earlier, the bill was passed by Lok Sabha. The Criminal Procedure (Identification) Bill, 2022 replaces the Identification of Prisoners Act, 1920. Shah said the bill has been brought in…

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Not Considering Media Commission Recommended By Parliament Panel: Govt

 The Centre on Thursday told the Rajya Sabha that it was not considering setting up of a media commission as recommended by a parliamentary panel to check “irregularities” in print, electronic and digital platforms. Noting that media was gradually losing its “credibility and integrity”, the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Communications and Information Technology had in December 2021 recommended setting up of a ‘Media Council’ with statutory powers to check “irregularities” in print, electronic and digital platforms. Responding to a query raised in the Upper House of Parliament, Union Information and…

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Soon, PDS to help govt track migrant workers, provide better healthcare – ET HealthWorld

The public distribution system (PDS) is set to become the backbone for critical programmes like tracking movement of migrant labourers and the Ayushman Bharat healthcare scheme, a senior official at the consumer affairs ministry said. The move comes after the government faced criticism for allegedly not providing enough policy support to migrant workers when they left cities in large numbers during the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020. The then labour minister, Santosh Gangwar, told Parliament in September 2020 that there was no data on the number of…

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Indians Adopting Technology Rapidly: Kovind

Amid the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, Prime Minister Narendra Modi led central government is working continuously to empower the farmers and the rural economy of the country, said President Ram Nath Kovind during his address at the joint sitting of two Houses of Parliament, on Monday.  Addressing both Houses, he said that amidst the progress made in respect of Digital India and the digital economy, I also appreciate the government’s vision for the success of the country’s UPI platform. Transactions worth more than Rupees 8 lakh crore have taken place in…

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