Monsoon Session of Parliament Adjourned Sine Die
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress President Rahul Gandhi.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress President Rahul Gandhi.(Photo: The Quint)

Monsoon Session of Parliament Adjourned Sine Die

The Monsoon Session of Parliament was adjourned sine die on Friday, 10 August, ANI reported.

The amended Triple Talaq Bill was not taken up in the Rajya Sabha on Friday as no consensus could be built around it, Vice President and Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu Venkaiah Naidu said.

On Thursday, 9 August, the Union Cabinet had approved amendments to the bill, with the fresh version allowing a magistrate to grant bail to those men divorcing their wives abruptly.

Following uproar by the Opposition over the Rafale Deal, the Upper House had been adjourned till 2:30 pm.

Friday is also the last day of the Monsoon Session of Parliament.


  • Opposition protests over Rafale deal rocked the last day of the Monsoon Session
  • “Our party’s position is absolutely clear on this,” Sonia Gandhi had said on the Triple Talaq Bill
  • The Triple Talaq bill is pending in the Rajya Sabha, but was passed in the Lok Sabha in December last year
  • The Monsoon Session also saw TDP MPs protesting over the issue of special status for Andhra Pradesh

Monsoon Session of Rajya Sabha Adjourned Sine Die

The Monsoon Session of the Rajya Sabha, which began on July 18, was adjourned sine die, ANI reported.

Divorce on Grounds of Leprosy Bill Introduced in LS

The Personal Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2018 introduced in Lok Sabha today seeks to amend five personal laws – the Divorce Act (for Christians), the Dissolution of Muslim Marriages Act, the Hindu Marriage Act, the Special Marriage Act and the Hindu Adoptions and Maintenance Act – to strike down leprosy as a ground for seeking divorce.

According to the bill, introduced by Minister of State for Law P P Chaudhary, the provision of leprosy as a ground for divorce was part of the law because when these Acts were introduced, leprosy was incurable.

Monsoon Session of Lok Sabha Adjourned Sine Die

Monsoon Session of the Lok Sabha which began on 18 July was adjourned Sine Die on Friday, 10 August, ANI reported.

Triple Talaq Not Taken Up in RS Due to Lack of Consensus

The amended Triple Talaq Bill was not taken up in the Rajya Sabha on Friday, 10 August, as no consensus could be built around it, Vice President and Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu Venkaiah Naidu said.


Rajya Sabha Adjourned Till 2:30 pm

Rajya Sabha has been adjourned till 2:30 pm after protests by the Opposition over the Rafale deal.


Protests Over Rafale Deal Rock Last Day of Monsoon Session

The last day of the Monsoon Session has been marred by protests by the Opposition over the Rafale Deal issue. Following a protest outside Parliament, there was an uproar in the Rajya Sabha over the issue.


'Our Party's Position is Absolutely Clear on Triple Talaq Bill': Sonia Gandhi

When asked about the Congress' stance on the Triple Talaq Bill, a day after the Union Cabinet approved amendments to the bill, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi said the "party's position is absolutely clear" on it, as she refused to comment about the issue further.

'Women Treated Unfairly in All Communities': Congress MP Husain Dalwai

Responding to the Triple Talaq Bill being tabled in the Rajya Sabha, Congress MP in the Upper House Husain Dalwai said:

Women are treated unfairly in all communities. Not just Muslims, even Hindus, Christians, Sikhs, etc. In every society, there is male domination. Even Shree Ram Chandra ji once left Sita ji after doubting her. So we need to change as a whole.
Congress Rajya Sabha MP Husain Dalwai

BJP Holds Strategy Meeting Over Triple Talaq Bill

The BJP held a strategy meeting over the Triple Talaq Bill in the Parliament on Friday, in the presence of party chief Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and other senior leaders, reported ANI.


Triple Talaq to be Tabled in Rajya Sabha After Cabinet Approves Amendments

The much-debated Triple Talaq Bill will be tabled in the Rajya Sabha on Friday, 10 August, a day after the Union Cabinet approved amendments to the bill.

The fresh version of the bill allows a magistrate to give bail to the men found instantly divorcing their wives.

According to the new provisions of the bill, which is pending in the Rajya Sabha, instant divorce will continue to be illegal and void, attracting a jail term of three years for the guilty.

The offence has been made compoundable. If the wife and the husband desire to settle their differences, then the magistrate can compound the offence on appropriate terms and conditions. Magistrate can grant bail after hearing the wife.
Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, as quoted by IANS

The minister said the cabinet approved three changes in the bill which has been stuck in the Upper House due to opposition demands on making the offence bailable.

One of the amendments mandates that only the wife or blood relation can lodge a police case, reported The Indian Express.

The Lok Sabha passed the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill in December last year that made the practice a criminal offence for which a police officer may arrest an accused without warrant.

The bill proposes that a man who pronounces triple talaq shall be punished with a three year jail term and a fine.

The woman will be entitled to maintenance for her and her children. A woman can also seek the custody of her minor children from the magistrate who will take a final call on the issue.


Bill Granting National Commission on Backward Classes Constitutional Status Passed in Lok Sabha

The Constitution (123rd Amendment) Bill, 2017 was passed in the Lok Sabha. The bill grants National Commission on Backward Classes (NCBC) constitutional status, on par with National Commission for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (NCSC and NCST).

HD Deve Gowda: Reservation Should Not Exceed 50 Percent as per Constitution

“Can reservations be provided for all the mentioned communities without exceeding 50 percent reservation?” former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda asks the Government.

Asaduddin Owaisi Seeks Reservation for Muslims

Voicing concern over the condition of muslims in the country, AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi said that the newly formed Commission should also look to provide reservations for muslims in the country.


Lok Sabha Tables Discussion on Constitution of OBC Commission

The formation of an OBC Commission, as proposed by President Ram Nath Kovind, was tabled for discussion in the Lok Sabha on 2 August.

YSRCP Lauds SC/ST Bill as "Historic" Legislation

The YSR Congress Party lauded the introduction of the SC/ST Bill in parliament as a “historic” legislation that would give more teeth to the National Commission for Backward Classes.

TDP Voices Support for SC/ST Bill

The Telugu Desam Party's Rammohan Naidu (TDP) extended his party’s support for the SC/ST Bill, in the Lok Sabha.

He added that there was a need to have an idea on how many OBCs are there in the country.

Saugata Roy Protests Detention of TMC MPs at Silchar Airport

TMC MP Saugata Roy protested the detention of 6 TMC MPs at Silchar Airport, in the Rajya Sabha. The MPs were attempting to visit Assam to speak about the NRC draft issue, when they were halted and detained at the airport.

We Want to Pass the SC/ST Bill in this Session: Rajnath Singh

After Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge said that the SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities ordinance should be brought soon, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said that the government has already approved the bill and the government intends to pass it in this session of the Parliament.

Asaduddin Owaisi Moves Adjournment Motion in Lok Sabha

All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi has moved an adjournment motion in Lok Sabha.

Speaking to ANI, Owaisi said, “India is on the verge of hastily signing a Communications Compatibility & Security Agreement with US during ‘2+2’ meeting. Govt is willingly relinquishing sovereignty to foreign nation &compromising national security.”

TDP Continues Fight Over Special Status to Andhra Pradesh

Speaking to ANI, TDP MP Jayadev Galla said that the y will continue to fight until justice is given to Andhra Pradesh. Galla further said that they are also contemplating going to the Supreme court over the matter of special status to Andhra Pradesh.

Debate Over NRC in Lok Sabha

The debate over the National Register of Citizen’s (NRC) list continues to disrupt the functioning of Parliament.

TDP MPs Protest in Parliament

TDP MPs protest in front of Mahatma Gandhi statue in Parliament over the demand of special status for Andhra Pradesh. TDP MP Naramalli Sivaprasad has dressed up as a magician.

SC/ST Bill Likely to be Re-introduced in Parliament

BJP has issued a whip to all its Lok Sabha MPs to be present in the Parliament as the SC/ST Bill is likely to be re-introducted.

Mamata Banerjee With Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut

(Photo: ANI)

Cabinet Approves Bringing SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Bill

Union Cabinet gives nod to bill to restore original provisions of Dalit atrocity law, overturning court verdict, reported PTI, quoting government sources.

Rajya Sabha Adjourned Till Tomorrow

Rajya Sabha adjourned till tomorrow after protests by TMC and other opposition members over NRC draft issue.

NRC Debate Resumes in Parliament

After adjournment, debate on the National Register of Citizen’s list has resumed in the Parliament.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh is expected to speak in the Rajya Sabha at 2 pm over the NRC issue, reporteed News18.

Rajya Sabha Adourned till 12 pm

Uproar in Rajya Sabha continued as Chairman Venkaiah Naidu asked BJP President Amit Shah to conclude his statement from yesterday on NRC. The house has been adjourned till 12 pm.

Earlier, speaking in the Upper House of the Parliament, Naidu had appealed to the members saying, “I was very upset yesterday when some members ran menacingly towards the well of the House, I hope it will not be repeated. I don't want to name anybody, House should function smoothly.”

TDP MPs Demand Special Status for AP

TDP MPs continue their protest in Parliament demanding special status for Andhra Pradesh.

Asked FB, WhatsApp to Come Up With Technological Solution to Tackle Fake News: Ravi Shankar Prasad

Union IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad told the Rajya Sabha that the Government of India has asked Facebook and WhatsApp to come up with technological solutions to tackle fake news.

“The government is cognisant that social media platforms are being used as vehicles of weaponisation against India's strategic interests, economic stability and government is committed to take suitable action to deter this,” he said.

Congress Targets PM Modi Over His Absence During Monsoon Session

Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge today launched an attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his visit to three African nations while the Monsoon Session was underway. "The meeting could have been avoided. It was not an inevitable meeting. Since he has the absolute majority, he chooses to go on foreign tours and skips Parliament sessions," he told ANI.

On the contentious Rafale deal, for which both PM Modi and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman have been targeted, Kharge demanded the constitution of a Parliament Joint Committee to investigate the facts of the agreement. "If it is cheaper, then PM should have stated it during the no-confidence motion. Now statements by BJP are just afterthoughts to mask corruption," he added.

Kharge Moves Privilege Motion Against PM Modi

Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge today moved a privilege motion against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while Jyotiraditya Scindia did the same against Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman for making “misleading remarks during the discussion on the no-confidence motion.”

Bills for Consideration and Passing in the Two Houses

Bills for Consideration and Passing in the Lok Sabha:

The Trafficking of Persons (Prevention, Protection and Rehabilitation Bill), 2018

The Homeopathy Central Council (Amendment) Bill, 2018

The Constitution (One Hundered and Twenty-third Amendment) Bill, 2017

The Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2018

Bills for Consideration and Passing in the Rajya Sabha:

The Fugitive Economic Offenders Bill, 2018

The Negotiable Instruments (Amendment) Bill, 2018

The National Council for Teacher Education (Amendment) Bill, 2018

Congress MP Venugopal Gives Adjournment Notice over NEET Data Leak

Congress Parliamentarian KC Venugopal today moved an adjournment motion in the Lok Sabha over the NEET exam data Leak issue.

India Had 4 Revolving Raksha Mantri, Rahul Gandhi Takes A Dig

Congress President Rahul Gandhi took another dig at Narendra Modi’s government alleging that the the prime minister “personally re-negotiated” the Rafale deal with France.

Kharge to Move Privilage Motion Against PM Modi, Defence Min

Congress's Mallikarjun Kharge to move privilege motion in Lok Sabha against PM Narendra Modi and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman "for making misleading statements during no-confidence motion debate.”

Will Fulfill Promises Made by Manmohan Singh Govt: Rajnath Singh

Speaking about the Andhra Pradesh Re-organisation Act 2014, Home Minister Rajnath Singh “emphasised” that the Narendra Modi government will fulfill the promises made by the former PM Manmohan Singh, in this regard.

Cong Takes A Dig at #BlackMoneyCrackdown

The official twitter handle of Congredd party took a dig at #BlackMoneyCrackdown that was trending on the social media platform after Union Minister Piyush Goyal’s statement in the Parliament.

Indian Money in Swiss Banks Fell 34.5% in 2017: Goyal

Indian deposits in Swiss banks fell by 34.5 percent in 2017 and by 80 percent since the Narendra Modi government came to power in 2014, Finance Minister Piyush Goyal said on Tuesday, 24 July. He was citing data from the global body of central banks, the Bank for International Settlements (BIS).

He said this in Parliament rebutting reports last month, which quoted the Swiss National Bank, the country's central bank, as saying in its annual report that Indian deposits had risen by 50 percent in 2017.

Last month, PTI had reported SNB data that the money parked by Indians in Swiss banks rose to CHF 1.01 billion (Rs. 7,000 crore) in 2017 after falling for three consecutive years.

BIS data show non-bank loans and deposits, which constitute the individual and corporate deposits and exclude inter bank transactions, have fallen by 34.5 per cent in 2017 to USD 524 million compared to USD 800 million in 2016, he said and vowed to continue the crackdown against black money.

“Further, there has been significant reduction in Swiss non-bank loans and deposits of Indians by 80.2 per cent between 2013 and 2017,” he said adding the figure in 2013 was USD 2.6 billion which came down to USD 2.3 billion in 2014 and USD 1.4 billion 2015.

Congress Levelled Baseless Allegations About Swiss Bank: Piyush Goyal.

Piyush Goyal on Tuesday said that the allegations levelled by Congress President rahul Gandhi over Swiss bank were baseless.

“Congress President had been leveling baseless allegations, that money of Indians in Swiss banks have increased by 50%, without understanding seriousness of matter. He's habituated to speak without knowing truth. We saw how he was exposed by the French government,” he said.

Will Consider CBI Inquiry in Muzaffarpur Case if State Recommends: rajnath Singh

Home Minister Rajnath Singh said that he will consider a CBI inquiry in the Muzaffarpur shelter home rape case if the state advises so.

Also Read : 16 Rapes and an Alleged Killing in a Shelter Home in Muzaffarpur

Black Money in Swiss Bank Reduced by 80% After Modi Govt Took Over: Piyush Goyal

Speaking on the issue of black money and account holders in Swiss bank, Finance Minister Piyush Goyal said that the amount of money deposited by Indians in the Swiss National Bank had reduced by 80 percent. “After Modi government came to power in 2014, the amount deposited in the Swiss National Bank has reduced by 80 percent between 2014 and 2017,” said Goyal.

“According to data released by Swiss National Bank, loans and deposits of individual Indians in the bank decreased by 34.5 percent in the last year compared to the previous year,” he added.

"Muzaffarpur Shelter Home Rape A Shame for the Nation"

RJD MP Jay Prakash Narayan Yadav raised the issue of Muzaffarpur shelter home rape case in Lok Sabha and called it a shame for the country. Congress MP Ranjeet Ranjan demanded a CBI inquiry into the case.

“Till the time the inquiry is not completed, it is to be seen that the girls are given proper security,” she said.

Biggest Mob Lynching Happened in 1984: Rajnath in Lok Sabha

Home Minister Rajnath Singh in Lok Sabha said that 1984 riots was the biggest case of mob lynching. “We are thoughtful about this. This didn't start only recently, the incidents of lynching have been going on since years. I have said this earlier too, the biggest mob lynching is, what happened in 1984,” said Singh.

Cong RJD Raise Adjournment Motion in LS, CPI Gives Zero Hour Notice

Congress MP Ranjeet Ranjan and RJD MP JP Yadav raised an adjournment motion Notice in Lok Sabha over the incidents of rape at a shelter home in Bihar's Muzaffarpur.

CPI MP Mohd Salim gave a Zero hour notice in Lok Sabha over situation of violence in West Bengal and Tripura.

Rahul Gandhi Is Irresponsible: Ravi Shankar Prasad

Rahul Gandhi is behaving irresponsibly. Dragging the French President into internal politics is unfortunate. His understanding of national security issues is poor.
Ravi Shankar Prasad, Union Minister

He said that the Congress chief must do his homework on India’s security systems.

“Since a member of the family has resorted to falsehood, the crowd around the family has no option but to collectively sing the tune of falsehood. We clearly state that Congress's stand is not in national interest,” said Prasad.

Lok Sabha Resumes, Tables Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code Amendments

Amendments to the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code were tabled in the Lok Sabha after the house resumed at 02.05 pm. The BJD opposed the amendments, calling them a “case of crony capitalism”.

This bill amendment is a clear case of crony capitalism and is bad in law.
BJD statement in Parliament

Original Govt Reply on Rafale Deal Says Price of Aircrafts is Rs 670 Cr Per Craft

AAP MP Sanjay Singh and Congress leaders shared documents they claimed proved their allegations of price manipulation. In a purported government reply on 18 November 2016 to questions on the Rafale deal in Lok Sabha, the price mentioned for Rafale jets is Rs 670 crore.

Congress: Government Law-Bound to Reveal Price of Deal

Continuing the attack on the BJP government, the Congress stated that the government was bound by law to reveal details of the deal to the public, adding that the defence minister had earlier agreed to reveal the details of the deal in Parliament. “So why change your mind now? Did the government lie then or now?” asked Anand Sharma.


'Dassault Filings Show Price of Deal Went up From Rs 526 crore to Rs 1670 crore'

There is no doubt, going by this government’s behaviour, that this is definitely a scam. Dassault’s own annual filings reveal that the pricing of the deal has gone up from Rs 526 crore per craft to Rs 1670 crore per craft. Earlier in the same year, Dassault sold aircraft to Egypt and Qatar at Rs 1,319 crore each. Why was there a difference in the price?
Anand Sharma, Leader, Congress

The Congress also issued a detailed press release, outlining the points that it hoped to highlight, from the pricing of the aircrafts, to the fact that the BJP could, in fact reveal details of the deal, contrary to what the centre had said in Parliament on 21 July.

Congress Press Conference on Rafale Deal

“There is no transfer of technology in this new deal, so it doesn't substantiate the rise in price of aircrafts,” Congress leader AK Anthony said.

Lok Sabha Adjourned till 2 pm Following Ruckus Around Alwar Lynching

Speaker Sumitra Mahajan adjourned the house till 2 pm after ruckus erupted in the Lok Sabha over the Alwar lynching issue.


BJP Leaders Support Rapists, BJP MLAs Implicated in Rape Cases: Jyotiraditya Scindia

Jyotiraditya Scindia cited NCRB statistics on rape in the country, and targeted the BJP government for “protesting the arrest of rapists” and said that “BJP’s own MLAs are accused of rape” pointing at the the Unnao rape, where BJP MLA Kuldeep Sengar is accused of rape.


Congress Hints at "Huge Expose" on Rafale Deal

Senior Congress leader Randeep Surjewala tweeted that the party would come out with a “huge expose” on the Rafale deal, which was also raised by Rahul Gandhi in Parliament on 20 July.

Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, POCSO Amendments in Parliament

Railways minister Piyush Goyal seeks leave to present Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code amendment, which Speaker Sumitra Mahajan grants. Union Minister Kiren Rijiju seeks permission to present amendments to IPC, POCSO Act and other acts.

TDP MPs Protest Outside Parliament

TDP MPs protested in front of Mahatma Gandhi statue in Parliament over special category status to Andhra Pradesh and implementation of AP re-organising Act.

TDP MPs protest outside Parliament.
TDP MPs protest outside Parliament.
(Photo: ANI)

Will Raise Cow Vigilantism in Parliament Today: Congress

Congress Leader Mallikarjun Kharge said that he will raise the issue of cow vigilantism in Parliament.

“The government is encouraging such incidents in the country. This government does not want the situation in the country to improve. We will raise the issue in the Parliament today,” said Kharge.

TDP MP Gives Notice in RS to Discuss AP Re-organisation Act

TDP MP YS Chowdary gave a notice in Rajya Sabha under rule 267 to discuss AP Re-organisation Act.

D Raja Give Suspension of Business Notice in RS over Alwar Lynching

CPI leader D Raja issued the suspension of business notice in Rajya Sabha over the Alwar lynching incident.

BJP MP Submits Notice for Suspension of Rajya Sabha

BJP MP Vinay Sahasrabuddhe submitted a notice for the suspension of business in Rajya Sabha on Monday to take up the issue of flood and other natural calamities due to heavy rain in several parts of country.

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