Dhindsa Resigned From Leadership of SAD in Rajya Sabha

(Chd,Pb)Dhindsa Resigned From Leadership of SAD in Rajya Sabha
Rajya Sabha member Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa (82) said he tendered his resignation to Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu on Thursday and also informed the same to the party on Friday.
However, he said that he did not give any reason for tendering his resignation
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SAD senior vice president and former minister Dr Daljit Singh Cheema the party had already elected Rajya Sabha MPs Balwinder Singh Bhunder as party’s leader and Naresh Gujral as deputy leader in the Upper House.
In September last year, Dhindsa had resigned as the party’s secretary general and from its core committee, citing health reasons.

Dr Manmohan Singh Takes Oath as Rajya Sabha Member

[New Delhi]Dr Manmohan Singh Takes Oath as Rajya Sabha Member
The oath was administered by Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu.
Top Congress leaders Smt Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Ahmed Patel and Anand Sharma were among those who were present during the oath taking in the Chairman’s chamber.
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and some BJP leaders were also present.
Ex PM Dr Singh, 86, has come back as a member of the Rajya Sabha from Rajasthan. He was elected unopposed as the BJP did not put up a candidate against him.
Singh returned to the Rajya Sabha after a brief gap since his retirement from the Upper House on June 14 this year.
He had earlier represented the state of Assam in Rajya Sabha for a long period.

Congress Gets Jallianwala National Memorial Bill Deferred in RS

[New Delhi]Jallianwala Bagh National Memorial Bill Passed In LK But Deferred in RS
The Congress chief is a permanent member of the panel.Leader of the Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad demanded that the bill should be deferred as the “heaven will not fall in one or two months”.
LOP said this was the time to mourn the death of Swaraj, one of the tallest political leaders. “Let’s not fight today,” he said.
The Jallianwala Bagh National Memorial (amendment) Bill, which seeks to remove the Congress president as a trustee, could not be passed in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday in the absence of a broad consensus on the legislation.
The government in the Upper House urged members to pass the Bill without discussion as this year marked the centenary of the Jallianwala massacre and also in view of the death of former external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj.
Culture Minister Prahalad Singh Patel moved the Bill in the House further to amend the Jallianwala Bagh National Memorial Act, 1951, as passed by Lok Sabha on August 2 for consideration and passage without debate.
Anand Sharma (Cong), however said the minister must be allowed to talk about salient features of the Bill, which was agreed to by the minister.
The bill seeks to amend this to include the leader of largest Opposition party in Lok Sabha as a member.
Sharma said members don’t want any acrimony or argument on the last day of the session but the issue pertained to national sentiments related to India’s Independence.
Ram Gopal Yadav (SP) said there should not be any acrimony today in view of Swaraj’s death, a view echoed by Satish Chandra Misra (BSP).
Derek O’Brien (TMC) said there was an option of either taking up the bill and discuss it or not taking it up.
Naidu said the Congress was not ready and also objected to the behaviour of some members.
The amendment bill also paves the way for the leader of the single largest opposition party in the Lok Sabha to be a member of the trust.
But no such post exists at present as no non-BJP party has won the required 10 per cent of total seats to get the status.
As of now, the trust which manages the memorial, has the prime minister as the chairperson, President of Indian National Congress, Culture Minister, Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha, Punjab governor, Punjab CM as its members.
Later the House was adjourned sine die.

Punjab Cong MP Bajwa Raises Drug Smuggling In His Party Ruled State

[New Delhi]Punjab Cong MP Bajwa Raises Drug Smuggling In His Party Ruled State
Recently 532 kg of heroin is seized at Attari check point
Pratap Singh Bajwa (Cong) said during Zero Hour that this matter is being investigated by the National Investigation Agency (NIA).
One of the main accused, who was arrested on the same day of drug seizure, died in the central jail of Amritsar on July 21,
“He was an important witness. He should have been kept in solitary confinement,”
He said Punjab has already suffered due to terrorism and international drug smuggling may also bring in weapons and resurrect terrorism.
In the biggest-ever haul, the Customs Department had seized 532 kg of heroin, worth Rs 2,700 crore in the international market, smuggled in a truck through the trade route at the Attari border on June 30.

Rajya Sabha Proceedings Adjourned 3rd Time Till 2pm:Language Hazard

[New Delhi]Rajya Sabha Proceedings Adjourned 3rd Time Till 2pm
Rajya Sabha proceedings were Tuesday adjourned Three Times following vociferous protests by Tamil parties led by the AIADMK against holding of recruitment exam for postmen only in English and Hindi language.
Soon after listed papers were laid on table of the House, AIADMK members shouted slogans demanding that the government cancel the postal department exam for recruitment of postmen and other posts and hold it afresh by including Tamil as a language of exams.
Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu [first] ordered stopping of the transmission of House proceedings on television and [then] adjourned proceedings till 1200 hours.
Naidu said the issue was raised by AIADMK on Monday and he cannot order the government to respond to their demands.
“This is not allowed as per rules,” he said. “I will not direct, it is very unfair.”
He repeatedly asked members to take their places. He adjourned proceedings till 1200 hours after his pleas went unheeded.
On July 15, AIADMK leader A Navaneethakrishnan had raised the issue through a Zero Hour mention, saying questions in the postal department’s examination for appointments of postmen and assistants in rural areas held on Sunday were only in Hindi and English, and not Tamil.
Naidu asked V Maitreyan, who was leading the AIADMK protests, to lower his voice.
To this, Maitreyan said Tamil Nadu is burning and he cannot lower his voice.
Then Deputy Chaiman Harivansh Took Over The Charge at 12pm but house behaviour ws the same So He adjourned the proceedings for 15 minutes Then Again Till 2 pm

BJP MP Also Demands A Check On Social Media

[New Delhi] BJP MP Also Demands A Check On Social Media.Earlier Congress’s Digvijay singh Raised The similar Demand in Rajya Sabha
BJP member Nishikant Dubey Wednesday demanded that regulations be brought in to keep a check on social media to ensure there is no intrusion of privacy.
“Electronic and print media are regulated. Similar regulations should be brought in for social media so that fake news spread through such medium does not intrude on the privacy of an individual,” Dubey said in the Lok Sabha during Zero Hour.
Speaker Om Birla said that it is a “very good topic” and if a member gives notice under Rule 193, the issue could be taken up for short duration discussion.
Jayadev Galla (TDP) asked the government to take steps to ban TikTok app saying it poses serious threat.
Saugata Roy (TMC) and K Suresh (Cong) said even if the members raise important issues, neither a Cabinet Minister nor Parliamentary Affairs Minister was present in the House to take note.
To this, Birla said the Ministers have gone for a meeting of the Union Cabinet and have taken his permission before leaving the House.

Rajya Sabha ,Witnessing Wasting Precious Time,Adjourned Sine Die

[New Delhi]Rajya Sabha ,Witnessing Wasting Precious Time,Adjourned Sine Die
The Rajya Sabha adjourned sine die after it passed some Bills including Interim Budget and Finance Bill for 2019-20 without debate.
Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu in his customary address at the close of the session rued that precious time of the House was lost in protests, stalling proceedings.
The Budget Session of Parliament commenced on January 31.

SP Again Blown Sand Of CBI In Rajya Sabha &Got House Adjourned

[New Delhi]SP Again Blown Sand Of CBI In Rajya Sabha &Got House Adjourned
Rajya Sabha proceedings were adjourned till 2 pm on Tuesday without transacting any business as the Samajwadi Party members protested amid reports that the CBI might quiz former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav in an illegal-mining case .
No sooner had official listed papers presented to the House, SP members were up on their feet against the “political vendetta” in the Jamos cartoonsCBI initiating a probe into alleged irregularities in mining during 2012 and 2016 when Yadav held the mining portfolio in the Uttar Pradesh government. They found support in other Opposition parties such as the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP).
Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu adjourned the proceedings till 2 pm, in less than a minute of SP members raising the issue.
But before adjourning the proceedings, he said certain members had given notices under Rule 267 for suspension of business to take up discussions on issues, but he has not allowed any of the notices.
The same can be taken up under different rules,

Senior Parliamentarians Mourned Death of Stalwart Dhawan

[New Delhi ]Senior Parliamentarians Mourned Death of Cong Stalwart RK Dhawan
Reading an obituary reference, Chairman M V Naidu said Dhawan was a political and social worker who represented the state of Andhra Pradesh in the Upper House from April 1990 to April 1996 and Bihar from July 2004 to July 2010.
“In passing away of Shri R K Dhawan, the country has lost a distinguished parliamentarian and a dedicated social worker.
Naidu said ,We deeply mourn the passing away of Shri R K Dhawan
Members stood in silence as a mark of respect to the departed soul.

BJP Comfortable at 69 Against Congress’s 50 in Rajya Sabha

[Lucknow,Delhi] BJP Comfotable at 69 Against Congress’s 50 in Rajya Sabha
The BJP has made a significant gain of 11 additional seats while the Congress made an overall loss of four in the biennial elections to 58 Rajya Sabha seats,leaving its main rival far behind
Its 28 candidates emerged victorious in the polls held yesterday against 17 retiring members, while the Congress won only 10 seats while 14 of its members will retire next week.
A calculation of tallies show that the BJP’s strength in the 245-member House will go from the existing 58 to 69 and that of the Congress will fall from 54 to 50 when the new MPs take oath next week.
However, a majority in the Council of States will continue to elude the BJP-led NDA.
It recently suffered a setback when the Telugu Desam Party, its ally of four years, decided to break ties. The TDP has six members in the House.
The Modi government’s bills have often been stalled in the House, where it has lacked a majority, by a united opposition after it managed to pass them in the Lok Sabha, where it enjoys a strong majority.
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