RS Retiring Members

Rajya Sabha bids farewell to 11 members retiring in November

Rajya Sabha today bid farewell to its 11 members who will retire in November this year. They include Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri, Neeraj Shekhar and Arun Singh of BJP, Samajwadi Party leaders Prof. Ram Gopal Yadav and Javed Ali Khan, Raj Babbar of Congress, Veer Singh of BSP.

When the house met, Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu mentioned that these members from Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand will be retiring in November. He lauded the retiring members saying that they made significant and valuable contributions in the functioning of the Upper House and they will be missed.

Hurly Burly Bills

The coronavirus pandemic delayed the Rajya Sabha, Monsoon Session by at least a month, the attendance remained low throughout and now adjourned Sine die.

Great time to remember fits for the day in Indian way of politics too.

Macbeth,Witches ask when shall we meet again.

Fair is foul and foul is fair.

When the hurly burly done battle lost and won. Hover through fog and filthy air (Covid).

Rajya Sabha passes the Bilateral Netting of Qualified Financial Contracts Bill, 2020. Lok Sabha had passed the Bill on 20th September.

This Bill, if passed, will have a very big bearing on the financial stability of India and we’ll have a buoyant market as a result of which business will have greater, affordable resources: FM Sitharaman in RS on Bilateral Netting of Qualified Financial Contracts Bill, 2020

Bilateral Netting of Qualified Financial Contracts Bill covers financial contracts entered into on bilateral basis outside clearing system. It’ll empower financial regulators RBI, SEBI, IRDAI etc. They’ll notify contract under its purview as qualified financial contractor: FM

On seeing the Rajya Sabha from Lens on could be amazed or astonished the way bills are actually illegally passed without opposition and no sight of Quorum the basic life line of any house proceeding in healthy democracy. PM Modi is in hurry to be tallest leaders here is proof of the pudding in RS.

Social media tweets ask vaious bills passed in parliament in 3 hours without opposition present. No parliamentary oversight, no bills being sent to committees for scrutiny. No MPLADS. No question hour. No major debates. Point to ponder: Do we really need parliament?

New Delhi: Opposition members protest in front of Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha P.J. Kurien during the Monsoon Session of parliament in New Delhi

The opposition parties absent in houses plan strategy meeting.

The meeting has been called by opposition parties, that boycotted Rajya Sabha session, to discuss further strategy on the farm bills passed in Parliament. It will be held at the office of Leader of Opposition in the House, Ghulam Nabi Azad in the Parliament later today.

Parliament proceedings in Rajya Sabha discusses the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Amendment Bill.

The four labour codes passed yesterday in the loksabha without any discussion is another serious move for millions of laborers in the country. It’s a pity to see this happen.

Lok Sabha passes three labour Codes amid boycott by Opposition

Derek O’Brien tweet Seven Bills passed in RS #Parliament in 3.5 hrs today! I had moved resolutions against 2 Ordinances plus a motion to send Essential Commodities Bill to Select Committee. Also amendments to Banking Regulation Bill. All 4 cancelled. Suspend us. Then pass Bills.

Parliament passes bill to remove cereals, pulses, oilseeds, edible oils, onion and potatoes from list of essential commodities.PTI.

Kharif Crops Ripens

President’s House allots time to Opposition parties at 5pm to meet President Kovind over farm bills. Only five opposition leaders permitted to meet, owing to #COVID19 protocols: Sources Opposition parties had earlier sought an appointment over the issue. Opposition leader earlier asked President not to sign Farms bill the leaders may put up their pleading in details.

Agricultural Reforms & the recently passed #FarmBills2020 seem promising, as Private firms are ready to invest large for farmers.


MSP for 6 Rabi crops has been hiked by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, says Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar in Parliament.

Agriculture reforms shall bring farmers easy way to be in business and trade make farmers experts in their respective fields which brings rural folk to be more skillful entrepreneurs may help in increased income in future.

5.71 % increase in sowing area coverage of kharif crops: Agriculture Ministry.

Amid protests, kharif crops ripen

65% jump in food business registrations due to reforms, says Agri Secy.

As the furore over the farm Bills moves out of Parliament and continues on the streets with ongoing farmer protests, major kharif crops are set to come to market in a few weeks. This could provide early indicators of the impact of the controversial reforms, which have, in fact, been in force since the ordinances were issued in June.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edapadi Palaniswamy reiterated that the Centre’s three laws on agriculture are beneficial to the farmers.

Talking to reporters at Madurai Airport last evening, he said the DMK is opposing them due to lack of understanding of their various provisions. He said contract farming is only optional for the farmers. He clarified that the contract farming agreements will be made in a transparent manner. He assured that the farmers can continue to sell the essential commodities they produce at the MSP even after the legislations come into force. He said the stockholding limits can be regulated by the government to prevent anomalous price rise.

When asked about the AIADMK MP in the Rajya Sabha SR Balasubramaniam criticising the bills during the debate, Mr Palaniswamy said his party will call for an explanation from him.

TMC leaders raise questions on exclusion of cereals, pulses and oil seeds from Essential Commodities Act.

Protests witnessed across West Bengal on Tuesday against the passage of the two agriculture Bills in Parliament. 

Input from Thindu News

DRDO conducts flight test of ABHYAS

DRDO conducts successful flight test of ABHYAS

The successful flight test of ABHYAS – High-speed Expendable Aerial Target was today conducted by Defence Research and Development Organisation, DRDO from the Interim Test Range, Balasore in Odisha.

During the trials, two demonstrator vehicles were successfully test flown. The vehicle can be used as target for evaluation of various missile systems.

Abhyas is designed and developed by Aeronautical Development Establishment of DRDO.

The air vehicle is launched using twin underslung booster. It is powered by a small gas turbine engine and has MEMS based Inertial Navigation System for navigation along with the Flight Control Computer for guidance and control.

The vehicle is programmed for fully autonomous flight. The check out of air vehicle is done using laptop based Ground Control Station.

During the test campaign, the user requirement of 5 kilometres flying altitude, vehicle speed of 0.5 mach, endurance of 30 minutes and 2g turn capability of the test vehicle were successfully achieved.

UNSG Call for Peace

On 75th anniversary of UN, Secy General Antonio Guterres appeals for peace

United Nations marked its 75th anniversary Monday, with an appeal from Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to preserve the longest period in modern history without a military confrontation between the world’s most powerful nations.

Addressing the UN General Assembly ceremony, marking the world body’s anniversary, Mr.Guterres said, the Corona virus pandemic has laid bare the world’s fragilities. Today we have a surplus of multilateral challenges and a deficit of multilateral solutions, he added.

The special UNGA event to mark the 75th anniversary of the UN kick-starts the high-level General Assembly session. For the week-long General Debate, Heads of State and Government and Ministers will deliver their speeches through pre-recorded video statements, a first in the 75-year history of the world organization.

UN Failed Amid Covid: Erdogan

Turkey President says UN failed amid coronavirus pandemic

Turkey’s president, who has long called for a reform of the United Nations, said the world body has failed in its response to the coronavirus pandemic.

In a televised address following a Cabinet meeting, Recep Tayyip Erdogan claimed the UN was late in accepting the existence of the pandemic and had failed to make its presence felt for nations requiring help to fight infections.

He said, the UN, which has fallen flat concerning crises from Syria to Yemen, as well as developments in fragile regions of Africa and South America, has also flunked during the pandemic. His comments came as world leaders mark the 75th anniversary of UN General Assembly this week.

Biden on Indian American’s Role

Indian Americans have powered economic growth of US: Joe Biden

Indian Americans, with their hard work and entrepreneurship, have powered the economic growth of the United States and helped forge cultural dynamism in the country, Democratic presidential candidate and former vice president Joe Biden said yesterday.

Addressing a national virtual fundraiser organised by Indian Americans, Biden assured the community members that as a president, he would address their concerns with regard to H-1B visa and legal immigrants that attract the best and the brightest to the US. Indians are entrepreneurs running businesses around the country and around the world, innovators who make the foundation for Silicon Valley and they lead some of the most influential companies in the world come from the community, the former vice president said.

Indians have helped forge an economic and cultural dynamism in USA. That is a continuation of who Americans are, America is a nation of immigrants, Biden said. Highly appreciative of the cultural, social and family values of Indian Americans, Biden said that is why he values the Indian American Diaspora so much.

Trump:China responsible for Covid

Trump asks UN to hold Beijing responsible for consequences of COVID-19 pandemic

US President Donald Trump lashed out against China today  demanding that the UN should hold Beijing responsible for the consequences of unleashing the plague of COVID-19 on the world.

Speaking at the General Assembly’s high-level meeting in a pre-recorded address, he said, the Chinese government and the World Health Organization falsely declared that there was no evidence of human-to-human transmission. Later, they falsely said people without symptoms would not spread the disease.

He declared that the United Nations must hold China accountable for their actions. He accused Beijing of allowing the coronavirus to spread. China’s Permanent Representative Zhang Jun, before introducing the recorded speech of his country’s President Xi Jinping, hit back at Trump saying that a “political virus” must not be spread when there is a need for solidarity and cooperation

Labour Reform bills benefit workers

50 crore workers to benefit from labour reform bills: Santosh Gangwar

Indian Union Minister for Labour and Employment Santosh Gangwar said that the three labour reform bills will prove to be a Game Changer.

Lok Sabha passed the three bills yesterday namely, The Occupational Safety, Health and Working Conditions Code, 2020, The Industrial Relations Code, 2020, and The Code On Social Security, 2020.

In his reply in Lok Sabha after the debate over the bills, Mr. Gangwar said these legislations will usher in  labour welfare reforms for over 50 crore  workers in the country. The minister asserted that in the last 6 years, many multi-stakeholders consultations were held including with the Trade unions, Employers, State Governments and experts of labour sector. He said, there viewpoints were considered and amalgamated into the provisions of the new labour codes.

While replying to the issues raised by the Members of Lok Sabha, Mr. Gangwar said that 29 labour laws have been subsumed in the simplified, easy to understand and transparent 4 labour codes. Out of the 4 labour codes, Code on Wages has already been passed by the Parliament in 2019.

Under the Social Security Code, 2020, effort has been made to provide right to health security under ESIC to maximum possible workers and also to extend the reach of EPFO. Under the Occupational Safety, Health and Working Conditions Code, 2020 , free health checkup facility and legal right for getting Appointment Letters has been extended  to the workers in the country for the first time.

The Industrial Relations Code, 2020 envisages quick dispute resolving mechanism for workers. It also grants the option of Fixed Term Employment making the workers eligible for the benefits of salary, social security and other welfare benefits at par with a Regular Employee. The labour codes also permit women to work in every sector during night hours upon their consent. He pointed out that these path breaking reforms in the country will attract Foreign as well as domestic investment from the entrepreneurs and will put an end to ‘inspector raj’.

PM Modi brief UNGA

Posted On: 22 SEP 2020

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi addressed the United Nations General Assembly today through video conferencing.

Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister said seventy-five years ago an institution was created for the entire world for the first time in human history and a new hope arose from the horrors of war. He added being a founding signatory of the UN Charter, India was part of that noble vision which reflected India’s own philosophy of ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ – which sees all creation as a family.

Paying tributes to those who advanced the cause of peace and development including the UN peacekeeping Missions, the Prime Minister said our world today is a better place because of the United Nations. About the UN declaration adopted today, the Prime Minister said while much has been achieved, the original Mission remains unfulfilled. And the far-reaching declaration that we are adopting today acknowledges that work still needs to be done: in preventing conflict, in ensuring development, in addressing climate change, in reducing inequalities, and in leveraging digital technologies. The declaration also acknowledges the need for reform of the United Nations itself.

The Prime Minister said without comprehensive reforms, the UN faces a crisis of confidence and today’s challenges cannot be fought with outdated structures. He added that for today’s interconnected world, we need a reformed multilateralism: that reflects today’s realities; gives voice to all stakeholders; addresses contemporary challenges; and focuses on human welfare. India looks forward to working with all other nations towards this end.