Parliament LIVE Updates: Nirmala Sitharaman will speak on Union Budget in RS today; sitting for 13 Feb cancelled

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TMC MP gives notice over 'sale of public sector undertakings'

Trinamool Congress leader Abir Ranjan Biswas gave Zero Hour Notice in Rajya Sabha over the "sale of public sector undertakings", reported ANI.

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Zero Hour begins in Rajya Sabha

Maharaja Sanajaoba Leishemba of the BJP asked that the Manipuri language in Manipuri script be included in the Indian currency notes.

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Bills to be presented in Lok Sabha

1) The Arbitration and Conciliation (Amendment) Bill, 2021 (for consideration and passing)

2) Major Port Authorities Bill, 2020 (consideration of Rajya Sabha amendments)

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RECAP: Ravi Shankar Prasad slams Twitter for 'double standards'

In the backdrop of Centre's row with Twitter, speaking in the Rajya Sabha, Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad Thursday took aim at social media companies.

"We have flagged Twitter, and is in dialogue with them. Why is it that when the police has to act in US Capitol Hill they stand in support, but when a similar action is taken at Red Fort, they oppose it? Freedom of speech is there, but with reasonable restrictions. Why double standards?” Prasad said.

"I have a message for social media platforms — freedom is important, but showing revenge sex video, street fights, porn videos, family issues on social media? Revisit unbridled exposure of double-standards of your own guidelines," he added.

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RECAP: In RS, Rajnath Singh says status quo at LAC to be restored

Speaking in Rajya Sabha on Thursday morning, Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said India and China would "remove forward deployments in a phased and a coordinated manner" and that senior commanders from both sides would meet within 48 hours after disengagement from Pangong.

"Status quo will be restored," Rajnath added.

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First leg of Budget Session to conclude today 

The first leg of the Union Budget Session in the Parliament will conclude on Friday, Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu said. Proceedings in the Upper House sitting has been extended till 3 pm.

The sitting for Saturday is cancelled. It was earlier decided that the Session would conclude on 13 February instead of on 15 February.

Parliament will stay adjourned till 8 March. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will be speaking in the House on Friday.

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Reports to be presented in RS today:

1) Reports of the department related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Defence

2) Reports of the department related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Rural Development

3) Reports of the department related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Social Justice and Empowerment

4) Report of the Committee on Empowerment of Women

Parliament LATEST Updates: The finance minister on Friday will respond in the Upper House to the discussion on Union Budget 2021, which she presented on 1 February.

The first leg of the Union Budget session in the Parliament will conclude on Friday, Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu said. Proceedings in the Upper House sitting has been extended till 3 pm.

The sitting for Saturday is cancelled. It was earlier decided that the session would conclude on 13 February instead of on 15 February.

Parliament will stay adjourned till 8 March. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will be speaking in the House on Friday.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Thursday attacked the government for the three agriculture laws that have triggered protests by farmers at Delhi's borders, saying these legislations will allow industrialists to buy unlimited quantity of foodgrains and hoard them.

Lending his support to the ongoing farmers protests, he said in Lok Sabha that it was not an agitation of the farmers only but a movement of the country and the government will have to repeal the laws.

Rahul also led his party members and those from the TMC and the DMK to observe a two-minute silence by standing to mourn the death of "200 farmers" during the ongoing agitation and said he was doing this as the government has not paid tributes to those who died during the protests.

"The intent of the three laws are to allow industrialists to buy unlimited quantity of foodgrains and hoard them as much as they want," he alleged.

The former Congress president cited the old family planning slogan hum do hamare do to attack the government and said just four-five people are running the country.

"The new farm laws will destroy India's food security system and will hurt rural economy," he said.

The Congress leader also said that the farmers are not going anywhere but will overthrow the government.



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