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Parliament Winter Session: Opposition parties want debate on Telangana vet rape-murder

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New Delhi, Dec 2 Opposition parties have given notices over the horrific gang rape and murder of a young woman veterinarian in Telangana.

Telugu Desam Party MP K Ravindra Kumar has given a Zero Hour notice in the Rajya Sabha over the “harassment of political leaders and Dalits in Andhra Pradesh”.

In both Houses of Parliament, the Zero Hour refers to the time immediately following the Question Hour, during which MPs can bring up important issues without the mandatory advance notice of 10 days.

The Monday Listed Business in the Rajya Sabha includes bills banning the production and sale of electronic cigarettes, amending the the Special Protection Group Act 1988, and providing for the merger of Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu. The Upper House will also see the tabling of the CAG report on Railway Finances.

The Prohibition of Electronic Cigarettes (Production, Manufacture, Import, Export, Transport, Sale, Distribution, Storage and Advertisement) Bill, 2019 passed by the Lok Sabha will be taken into consideration for passing. The motion was moved by Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on November 28. The bill has been moved in the interest of public health to protect the people from harm and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

This Bill is currently under discussion in the Rajya Sabha. K.K. Ragesh of the CPI-M had moved a resolution on November 28, 2019: “That this House disapproves the Prohibition of Electronic Cigarettes (Production, Manufacture, Import, Export, Transport, Sale, Distribution, Storage and Advertisement) Ordinance, 2019 (No.14 of 2019) promulgated by the President of India on 18th September, 2019.”

Union Home MInister Amit Shah will move the Special Protection Group (Amendment)
Bill, 2019 for consideration and passing. The bill is to amend the Special Protection Group Act, 1988 and has been passed by the Lok Sabha.

Also to move is the Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu (Merger of Union Territories) Bill, 2019. Amit Shah will move the Bill to provide for merger of the Union Territories of Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu. The bill has been passed by the Lok Sabha.

Union Minister Anurag Singh Thakur is to table, under clause (1) of article 151 of the Constitution, a copy of the report of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) for the year ended March 2018 on the Railway Finances (Report No. 10 of 2019).

Besides this, seven ministers will table papers — Pralhad Joshi for Ministry of Coal and Ministry of Mines, Shripad Yesso Naik for Ministry of Defence, Kiren Rijiju for Ministry of Minority Affairs, Mansukh Mandaviya for Ministry of Shipping, Arjun Ram Meghwal for Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises, V.K. Singh for Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, and Rattan Lal Kataria for Ministry of Jal Shakti.

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Priyanka Gandhi writes to Yogi, demands better price for sugarcane

The State government has fixed the sugarcane prices at Rs 315 per quintal and it has remain unchanged from the last year.

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New Delhi, Dec 11 : Amid protests from sugarcane farmers in western parts of Uttar Pradesh, Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Wednesday wrote to Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and demanded better price for the sugarcane.

Priyanka Gandhi wrote: “UP government has not raised the sugarcane price this year. I am surprised that in the last crushing season also, the prices were not raised. While your Government has raised the rates of electricity, fertilizers, but the sugarcane price has not been raised, even though the cost of labour has also increased”.

“The farmers are not getting back their input cost and I request you to raise the price of the sugarcane in view of the distress in the community”, she said.

The State government has fixed the sugarcane prices at Rs 315 per quintal and it has remain unchanged from the last year.

The farmers’ Unions in the state are up in arms against this. They have blocked many arterial roads in Meerut, which is the highest sugarcane producing region in the state. The protesters blocked the main highway leading to the Meerut-Karnal road and the arterial road adjacent to Muzaffarnagar.

On Saturday the state government announced that the rates will not be changed this year also, to the disappointment of the farmers. The farmers are also worried that their dues of the previous year have also not been paid.

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JD(U) to support Citizenship Amendment Bill in Rajya Sabha

The Rajya Sabha is debating the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill

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Delhi: The Janta Dal United JD(U) to support Citizenship Amendment Bill in Rajya Sabha. JD(U) MP Ram Chandra Prasad Singh says the Bill is not affecting any rights of Indian citizens.

JD(U) member Ram Chandra Prasad Singh said his party supports the Bill. “I am supporting this Bill. I was really amazed about this Bill and what is being discussed in the House.”

He claimed that the bill is simple that the people who were persecuted due to religion will be given citizenship rights and protected.

“Who all are citizens of India have equal rights… India has its own culture,” he said, adding that people are unnecessarily making a hue and cry of it.

He also stressed that India had three Presidents hailing from minority communities. “But we all know what is happening in Pakistan with minorities,” Singh said.

Talking about his party, Singh said: “We support brotherhood. In this country, if anything happens in the name of religion we will never be behind it. We all are Indians.”

Union Home Minister Amit Shah moved the Citizenship Amendment Bill 2019 in the Upper House on Wednesday saying that the Bill is a ray of hope for minority people living in a very critical situation in India’s three neighbouring countries – Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh – as well as for those who came to India but have not been given citizenship.

The Bill was cleared in the Lok Sabha on Monday.

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We oppose this bill as it is anti-Muslim: TRS

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Delhi: We oppose this bill as it is anti-Muslim. It is wrong to say that India was divided on the basis of religion during Partition. We were not. What is the fear in Assam today?

The fear is that some may not remain a citizen of this nation. We agree that persecuted religious minorities should be protected. But no community should be excluded.

This bill is against Muslims. It cannot be read in isolation. It has to be read along with the NRC.

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