LIVE: Govt respects sentiments of farmers but reforms needed, says Modi

PM Modi speaking in Parliament | Photo: Youtube screen grab
Latest News LIVE Updates: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said the central government and the Parliament have great respect for the farmers who are voicing their views on the three farm bills and that is why top most ministers have been talking to them.

In another news, the Chinese and Indian frontline troops at the south and north banks of the Pangong lake in eastern Ladakh started synchronised and organised disengagement from Wednesday, the Chinese Defence spokesman announced.

Earlier in the day, a Delhi court on Wednesday adjourned to February 17 the pronouncement of judgement in the criminal defamation case filed by former Union Minister and veteran journalist M J Akbar against journalist Priya Ramani for accusing him of sexual misconduct.

 
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7.5 magnitude earthquake in South Pacific, no Tsunami threat to Australia

A 7.5 magnitude earthquake has occurred near the Loyalty Islands. There is no Tsunami threat to Australia: Bureau of Meteorology, Australia.

Culture of abusing private sector no longer acceptable: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday stressed on the private sector's vital role in the economy and asserted that the culture of "abusing" it for votes is no longer acceptable. If the public sector is important, the role of the private sector is also vital, he said during his reply in Lok Sabha to the discussion on the motion of thanks to the President's address.
 
Modi cited the examples of telecom and pharma sectors to note as to how the robust presence of private firms in these fields has helped people, with even the poor using smart phones, and mobile calls costing virtually nothing due to competitiveness.
 
If India is able to serve humanity during the COVID-19 pandemic, it is also due to the role of the private sector, he said. READ ON...

We're well on track to setting up 450 GW of renewable energy generating capacity by 2030: PM Modi

We're well on track to setting up 450 GW of renewable energy generating capacity by 2030: PM Modi

CBI files two cases for alleged bank fraud of over Rs 220 crore

The CBI has registered two separate cases pertaining to alleged bank fraud of over Rs 224 crore and carried out searches at eight locations in NCR and Gujarat, officials said Wednesday.
 
The CBI booked Ahmedabad-based power line construction company Archon Engincon Ltd and its Directors for alleged fraud of over Rs 182 crore in the State Bank of India led consortium during 2014-17, they said.
 
"It was alleged that during the period from 2014-15 to 2016-17, the accused entered into conspiracy and after availing the said limits, the accused diverted the sanctioned facilities by falsifying books of accounts and issuing bogus invoices and bills and thereby causing loss of Rs 182.37 crore (approx) to SBI," CBI Spokesperson RC Joshi said.

Chinese, Indian border troops start disengagement in Eastern Ladakh: China

The Chinese and Indian frontline troops at the south and north banks of the Pangong lake in eastern Ladakh started synchronised and organised disengagement from Wednesday, the Chinese Defence spokesman announced here.
 
There was no comment from the Indian side on the statement made by the Chinese defence ministry spokesperson Colonel Wu Qian, and carried by China's official media.
 
According to the consensus reached by the ninth round of the commander-level talks between China and India, the frontline units of the Chinese and Indian armed forces began organised disengagement from North and South bank of Pangong lake from February 10, Wu said in a brief press release. READ ON...

Road to fighting climate change is through climate justice: PM Modi

Road to fighting climate change is through climate justice; at root of climate justice is principle of being large-hearted: PM Modi

Environment changes, natural disasters impact poor the most: PM Modi at World Sustainable Development Summit

It's sad reality that environment changes and natural disasters impact poor the most: PM Modi at World Sustainable Development Summit

Climate justice inspired by vision of trusteeship: PM Modi

Climate justice is inspired by vision of trusteeship; it also means giving developing countries enough space to grow: PM Narendra Modi

PM Narendra Modi addressed the World Sustainable Development Summit

Air quality 'very poor' in Ghaziabad, Noida, 'poor' in Gurgaon, Faridabad

The average air quality was recorded in the "very poor" category in Ghaziabad, Noida and Greater Noida, while it was "poor" in Gurgaon and Faridabad, according to data released by a government agency on Wednesday. Pollutants PM2.5 and PM10 also remained in the air of the five immediate neighbours of Delhi, according to the air quality index (AQI) maintained by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).
 
An AQI between zero and 50 is considered "good", 51 and 100 "satisfactory", 101 and 200 "moderate", 201 and 300 "poor", 301 and 400 "very poor", and 401 and 500 "severe".
 
The average 24-hour AQI at 4 pm on Wednesday was 356 in Ghaziabad, 311 in Noida, 348 in Greater Noida, 294 in Faridabad and 247 in Gurgaon, according to the CPCB's Sameer mobile application.

Congress will scrap farm laws if it comes to power: Priyanka Gandhi

Attacking the Centre over the new farm laws, Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra told a rally in western Uttar Pradesh that if voted to power her party would scrap them. At a kisan panchayat organised by the party in Saharanpur, the Congress general secretary accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other BJP leaders of insulting farmers who are protesting against the laws.
 
"The three laws are demonic. If voted to power, the Congress will scrap these laws," he said.
 
She said the party's fight will continue till the laws are scrapped. The rally is the first in a series of such farmers' meetings planned the party in western Uttar Pradesh, a year before the assembly elections in the state.

Govt, Parliament have great respect for farmers; old system will continue: PM Modi

The government and Parliament have great respect for farmers who are voicing their views on the three farm bills, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Wednesday, and made it clear that those who want to continue with the old agriculture marketing system can continue doing so.
 
Replying in Lok Sabha to the discussion on the motion of thanks to the President's address to the joint sitting of Parliament, Modi staunchly defended the three contentious farms laws and attacked the opposition for "misleading" farmers, saying those who are disrupting the House are doing so as per a "well-planned strategy" as they are unable to digest that people can see the truth.
 
"Through their games, the trust of the people can never be won," he said, amidst protests by the opposition members.
 
During his over 90-minute address, the Prime Minister slammed the Congress as "divided and confused party" for its different stands in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha on the debate.

New farm laws are 'optional, not compulsory': PM Modi in Parliament

Asserting that the central government honours the farmers and it is ready to accept their logical suggestions on the three contentious farm laws, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday declared that these laws are "optional and not compulsory". The Prime Minister made the announcement while speaking on the motion of thanks on the President's address in the Lok Sabha, IANS reported.
 
In the backdrop of the ongoing farmers' agitation on Delhi's borders for over two months, Modi said "rumours are being spread that these laws are against the farmers".
 
The Prime Minister said that these laws were passed in Parliament in view of reforms in the agriculture sector as it was the need of the hour. He asked "whether these three farm laws snatched the facilities of farmers which they were getting earlier?"
 
"There is no restriction on anyone. These laws do not create obstacles in the growth of farmers. These laws are optional, not compulsory. These acts neither stopped old 'Mandis' nor affected purchase of produce on Minimum Support Price (MSP)."

PM Modi concludes his speech in Lok Sabha by appealing to protesting farmers to come to table to resume talks

PM Modi concludes his speech in Lok Sabha by appealing to protesting farmers to come to table to resume talks

Lok Sabha passes motion to thank President for his address to both Houses of Parliament

Lok Sabha passes motion to thank President for his address to both Houses of Parliament

Reforms in agriculture necessary for India's progress: PM Modi

The government respects "farmers' sentiments", but reforms in agriculture are necessary for the country’s progress, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday, defending laws it enacted in September that have sparked protests by cultivators.
 
"Status quo cannot change things—the youth of the country cannot wait," he said in the Lok Sabha while replying to the motion of thanks on the President’s address to Parliament.
 
Demanding the repeal of three new farm laws that they say will hurt them to the benefit of large corporations and allow the government to discontinue buying food grains at a minimum support price (MSP), tens of thousands of farmers have been camped on the outskirts of Delhi since late 2020. READ ON...

Important for India to differentiate between 'Andolanjeevis' and 'Andolankari': PM in Lok Sabha

It is important for the country to differentiate between 'Andolanjeevis' and 'Andolankari': PM in Lok Sabha

Congress party is divided and confused: PM Modi in Lok Sabha

In a sharp dig at the Congress, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said its Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha units move in opposite directions, and asserted that such a "divided" and "confused" party can neither do any good for itself nor can it think of any solutions for the country's problems. PM Modi's remarks came amid a walkout by members of the Congress in Lok Sabha, including former party chief Rahul Gandhi, when he was speaking on the three farm laws during his reply to the debate on the motion of thanks to the President for his address, PTI reported.
 
"The condition of the Congress party, a very old party which ruled the country for about six decades, has now become such that its Rajya Sabha unit moves in one direction while the Lok Sabha unit moves in another direction," Modi said. Such a "divided" and "confused" party can neither do any good for itself nor can it think of any solution to the country's problems, Modi said.
 
"Nothing can be more unfortunate than this. The Congress is also there in Rajya Sabha, their senior leaders are there, they debate with a lot of enthusiasm and express their views. On the other hand, there is the other section of the Congress (in Lok Sabha).... Time will tell," the prime minister said.

Big group of people believe in 'talking the right thing', but object to 'doing the right thing': PM Modi

There is a big group of people who believe in 'talking the right thing' but object to 'doing the right thing': PM Modi in Lok Sabha

If India is able to serve humanity, it is also due to the role of the private sector: PM Modi

If India is able to serve humanity, it is also due to the role of the private sector: Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Lok Sabha.

Culture of abusing private sector not acceptable any longer: PM Modi

To use improper words against the private sector may have got votes for a few people in the past, but those times are gone. The culture of abusing the private sector is not acceptable any longer. We cannot keep insulting our youth like this: Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Lok Sabha.

Can't meet challenges of agriculture sector in 21st century with thinking of 18th century: PM Modi

Can't meet challenges of agriculture sector in 21st century with thinking of 18th century. We'll have to change it. Nobody wants farmers to stay stuck in cycle of poverty, that he doesn't get right to live. I believe he shouldn't be dependent on others. It's our responsibility: Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

We walked out because PM didn't discuss our concerns over farmers' death: Congress' Adhir Chowdhury

PM Modi uses term "aandolan jeevi" (professional protesters) to describe critics supporting farmers' protests

"There is a group of who talk the right things but start protesting when it comes to doing the right things,” says PM Modi, as he again uses the term "aandolan jeevi" (professional protesters) to describe critics supporting farmers protests.

Those who talk big on electoral reforms, oppose 'One Nation One Election': PM Modi

There are people who talk the right things. But this same section, when it comes to doing the right things, fail to convert words into action. Those who talk big on electoral reforms oppose 'One Nation One Election'. They speak of gender justice but oppose Triple Talaq: PM Modi

Not allowing toll plazas to work, destroying telecom towers serve as a Sacred Protest? asks PM Modi

I consider the farmers' protest to be 'Pavitra'.  But, when Andolanjeevis hijack Pavitra Andolans, showcase photos of those jailed for serious offences, does it serve any purpose?  Not allowing toll plazas to work, destroying telecom towers- does it serve a Pavitra Andolan: PM Modi said in the Lok Sabha while replying to the motion of thanks on the President’s address to the Parliament.

Need to bring investment, modernise agriculture to empower it: PM Modi in Lok Sabha

Investment that farming needs is not happening; we need to bring investment and modernise agriculture to empower it: PM Narendra Modi in Lok Sabha

Public sector essential, but role of private sector also vital: PM Modi in Lok Sabha

Public sector is essential but at the same time, role of the private sector is also vital. Take any sector- telecom, pharma, we see the role of the private sector. If India is able to serve humanity, it is also due to the role of the private sector: PM Narendra Modi in Lok Sabha.

Farm reforms needed for long, govt made an honest effort to do this: PM Modi

Farm reforms needed for long, govt made an honest effort to do this: PM Modi

Govt, Parliament have great respect for farmers, says PM in Lok Sabha

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said the central government and the Parliament have great respect for the farmers who are voicing their views on the three farm bills and that is why top most ministers have been talking to them, PTI reported.
 
Replying in Lok Sabha to the discussion on the motion of thanks to the President's address to the joint sitting of Parliament, Modi again allayed apprehensions on the farm laws, saying neither any agriculture 'mandi' (market) has shut down after the three laws were enacted nor has the MSP stopped, rather the MSP has only increased which no one can deny.
 
"This House, our government and we all respect farmers who are voicing their views on the farm bills. This is the reason why topmost ministers of the government are constantly talking to them. There is great respect for farmers.
 
"After the laws relating to agriculture were passed by Parliament, no 'mandi' has shut. Likewise, MSP has remained. Procurement on MSP has remained. These facts can't be ignored," he said.

Govt respects farmers' sentiments, but reforms in agriculture are necessary: PM Modi

The government respects "farmers' sentiments" but reforms in agriculture are necessary for the country’s progress, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday, defending laws in enacted in September that have sparked protests by cultivators.
 

Congress party is divided and confused: PM Modi in Lok Sabha

Congress party is divided and confused. Neither it can work for its own good, nor it can think about solving the issues of the country. What can be more unfortunate than this?: PM Narendra Modi in the Lok Sabha

Government respects farmers, continues talks with them on agriculture laws: PM Modi

Government respects farmers, continues talks with them on agriculture laws: Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Lok Sabha.
 

A divided and confused party like Congress can do no good to country: PM Modi

Congress has taken different stands in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, a divided and confused party like this can do no good to country: PM Modi

Status quo cannot change things—the youth of the country cannot wait: PM Modi

"Status quo cannot change things—the youth of the country cannot wait," PM Modi said in the Lok Sabha while replying to the motion of thanks on the President’s address to Parliament.
 

Offered to discuss clause by clause farm laws; If any shortcomings, no problem in making changes: PM Modi

We offered to discuss clause by clause three farm laws; If there are any shortcomings, there is no problem in making changes: PM Modi

Laws made against Triple Talaq and Child Marriage for progress: PM Modi

Argument has come - why did you provide when we didn't ask. Accepting/refusing depends on you. It's not compulsory. Nobody had demanded law against dowry, still, it was made for nation's progress. Laws were made against Triple Talaq and Child Marriage for progress: Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

LIVE: No restrictions by three new farm laws, says PM Modi

"There are no restrictions by the new laws", said Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Lok Sabha.

Opposition raises slogan of 'Kaala Kaanoon Wapas Lo' in Lok Sabha during PM Modi's speech

Opposition raises the slogan of 'Kaala Kaanoon Wapas Lo' (Take back the black law) in the Lower House during Prime Minister Narendra Modi speech in the Lok Sabha.

'Identifying concerns of farmers; no objection to suggestions,' says PM Modi

'Identifying concerns of farmers; no objection to suggestions,' says Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

LIVE: 'MSP only increased after three farm laws were passed', says PM Modi

MSP only increased after three farm laws were passed: Prime Minister Narendra Modi in reply to Motion of Thanks on President’s address in the Lok Sabha.
PM Modi speaking in Parliament | Photo: Youtube screen grab

Congress MPs stage a walkout during PM Modi's speech in Lok Sabha

You will get more publicity than TMC in Bengal: PM Modi tells Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury

Congress walkout in Lok Sabha during PM Modi's speech in Lok Sabha

Congress walkout in Lok Sabha during PM Modi's speech in Lok Sabha

Noises and attempts to obstruct are part of a well-thought strategy: PM Modi

Noises and attempts to obstruct are part of a well-thought strategy. The strategy is to keep making noises otherwise the lies and rumours will be exposed, truth will come out and things will get difficult for them. You won't be able to win people's confidence like that: PM in Lok Sabha

Neither has any farm mandi shut after agri laws were enacted, nor has MSP stopped; MSP only increased: PM Modi

Neither has any farm mandi shut after three agriculture laws were enacted, nor has MSP stopped; MSP only increased; You cannot deny truth: PM Modi in the Lok Sabha.

Rs 2 trillion given to poor using Jan Dhan account, mobile, Aadhaar during pandemic: PM Modi

Rs 2 trillion given to poor using Jan Dhan account, mobile, Aadhaar during pandemic; who went to court again Aadhaar: PM Modi's swipe at Opposition.

Lot of respect for farmers, that's why top ministers have been talking to them: PM Modi on farmers' protest

There is lot of respect for farmers, that's why top ministers have been talking to them: PM Modi on farmers' protest

Congress MPs in House debated on colour of the farm laws (black/white): PM Modi

Congress MPs in House debated on colour of the farm laws (black/white): Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Lok Sabha.

Agricultural reforms important and necessary: PM Modi in Lok Sabha

Three farm laws were brought in by Government, these Agricultural reforms are important and necessary. Congress MPs in House debated on colour of the laws (black/white), it would have been better if they had debated on the content and intent of the laws: Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Lok Sabha.

Purchase on MSP increased after farm laws formed: PM Modi in Lok Sabha

Farm laws were passed through an Ordinance and later by the Parliament. No mandis were shut after the implementation of these laws, MSP did not end anywhere in the nation. It's a truth which we hide, it has no meaning. Purchase on MSP increased after the laws were formed: PM Modi in Lok Sabha.

Those who are disrupting the House are doing so as per a well-planned strategy: PM Modi

Those who are disrupting the House are doing so as per a well-planned strategy. They are unable to digest that people are seeing through the truth.  Through their games, the trust of the people can never be won: Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Lok Sabha.

Opposition MPs create an uproar in Lok Sabha as PM Modi speaks on Farm Laws

LIVE: Farm Laws not a barrier for anyone, says PM Modi

Farm Laws not a barrier for anyone, says Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Lok Sabha.

No Mandi has shut after farm laws were passed: PM Modi

After the Laws relating to agriculture were passed by Parliament - no Mandi has shut. Likewise, MSP has remained. Procurement on MSP has remained. These facts can't be ignored: Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

LIVE: Government ministers in talks with farmers, says PM Modi

Government ministers in talks with farmers, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi in gthe Lok Sabha.

Democracy is woven in our breath, every thought, initiative: PM Modi

Some used to term India 'miracle democracy', we broke this illusion; Democracy is woven in our breath, every thought, initiative: PM Modi

We respect farmers who are voicing their views on the farm bills: PM Modi

This House, our Government and we all respect the farmers who are voicing their views on the farm bills. This is the reason why topmost Ministers of the Government are constantly talking to them. There is great respect for the farmers: Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Jan Dhan-Aadhaar-Mobile trinity made a positive difference in people's lives: PM Modi

Our Jan Dhan-Aadhaar-Mobile trinity made a positive difference in people's lives. It helped the poor and the marginalised. Unfortunately, people went to Court against Aadhaar: PM Modi in Lok Sabha

Farm reforms needed for long, made an honest effort to do this: PM Modi in Lok Sabha

"Farm reforms needed for long. We have made an honest effort to do this," says Prime Minister Narendra Modi, referring to agriculture laws enacted in September that have sparked farmers' protests on the outskirts of Delhi since late 2020.
 

LIVE: India now ray of hope for world, says PM Modi in Lok Sabha

Predictions were made India cannot survive as a nation, but people of our country proved them wrong; We are now ray of hope for world: PM Modi

Covid-19 warriors strengthened India's fight against pandemic: PM Modi

Our doctors, nurses, Covid-19 warriors, Safai Karamcharis, those who drove ambulances...such people and so many others became manifestations of the divine who strengthened India's fight against the pandemic, says Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Lok Sabha.

Today, we can hear 'Vocal for Local' in every corner of India: PM Modi in Lok Sabha

Today, we can hear 'Vocal for Local' in every corner of India. People look for local. This sense of self-respect is working a lot for 'Aatmanirbhar Bharat': Prime Minister Narendra Modi in reply to Motion of Thanks on President’s address in the Lok Sabha.

India working towards building an 'Aatmanirbhar Bharat': PM Modi in Lok Sabha

The post-Covid-19 world is turning out to be very different. In such times, remaining isolated from global trends will be counter-productive. We'll have to emerge as a strong player. That is why, India is working towards building an Aatmanirbhar Bharat: Prime Minister Narendra Modi in reply to Motion of Thanks on President’s address in the Lok Sabha.

India will have to be capable and self-reliant in this order. Atmanirbhar Bharat is what we need: PM Modi

"A new world order is being created post-coronavirus pandemic. India will have to be capable and self-reliant in this order. Atmanirbhar Bharat is what we need" : Prime Minister Narendra Modi in reply to Motion of Thanks on President’s address in the Lok Sabha. 

We're knocking at the doors of 75 years of independence: PM Modi in Lok Sabha

We're knocking at the doors of 75 years of independence. It's a matter of pride for every Indian and an occasion to move forward. We may be in any corner or belong to any strata of society, but we must make a new resolve that where do we want to take India at 100 years of freedom: Prime Minister Narendra Modi in reply to Motion of Thanks on President’s address in the Lok Sabha.

India stands before the world as a united nation--setting an example: PM Modi in Lok Sabha

"India stands before the world as a united nation--setting an example, " says Prime Minister Narendra Modi in reply to Motion of Thanks on President’s address. "We are a nation of variety but we are united"

Women MPs enriched the House proceedings with their thoughts: PM Modi in Lok Sabha

During the discussion on the President's speech, a large number of women MPs took part. This is a great sign. I want to congratulate the women MPs who enriched the House proceedings with their thoughts: Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Lok Sabha.

Speech by Rashtrapati Ji showcased India's 'Sankalp Shakti': PM Modi in Lok Sabha

The speech by Rashtrapati Ji showcased India's 'Sankalp Shakti.' His words have boosted the spirit of confidence among the people of India: PM Narendra Modi in the Lok Sabha

LIVE: PM Modi replies in Lok Sabha to the Motion of Thanks on the President’s Address

Latest News LIVE updates: PM Modi is speaking in Lok Sabha

BJP MP Hema Malini arrives at the Parliament

PM Modi to reply to Motion of Thanks on President's Address in Lok Sabha shortly

Petrol, diesel prices at fresh highs as rates up for 2nd straight day

Petrol and diesel prices on Wednesday scaled new highs in the country as rates were hiked for the second day in a row.
 
Petrol price was hiked by 30 paise per litre and diesel by 25 paise a litre, according to a price notification of state-owned fuel retailers.
 
The increase took petrol price to an all-time high of Rs 87.60 a litre in Delhi and to Rs 94.12 in Mumbai. Diesel rates rose to Rs 77.73 per litre in the national capital and to an all-time high of Rs 84.63 in Mumbai. Rates vary from state to state depending on the local incidence of taxation (VAT) and freight. READ ON...

Delhi Court adjourns for Feb 17 verdict on M J Akbar's defamation case against journalist Priya Ramani

Delhi Court adjourns for Feb 17 verdict on M J Akbar's defamation case against journalist Priya Ramani for allegations of sexual harassment

High Court monitoring CBI probe into Hathras case as directed by SC: Govt to Rajya Sabha

The Centre informed Parliament on Wednesday that the Allahabad High Court is monitoring the CBI probe into the rape-and-murder case of a 19-year-old woman in Hathras in Uttar Pradesh as directed by the Supreme Court, PTI reported.
 
In a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha, Union Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy said the apex court had observed that since the Uttar Pradesh police was divested of the probe and the central agency is carrying out the investigation, there would be no room for apprehensions at this stage.
 
He said the investigation into the Hathras rape-and-murder case has been transferred to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on the recommendation of the state government through a gazette notification of October 10, 2020.

No evidence against Arnab in TRP case chargesheet: Republic TV to HC

ARG Outlier Media,the company that runs all Republic TV channels, has told the Bombay High Court that the Mumbai police's charge sheet in the fake TRP scam did not disclose any evidence against Republic TV and its editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami, who is an accused in the case, according to a PTI report.
 
In a rejoinder affidavit filed on Tuesday in the high court to counter the police's charge sheet, the company said the police had "falsely implicated" its employees in the case.
 
It said the entire case against its channels and employees arose out of an "unparalleled political vendetta" and a "deeply malicious witch hunt".

Opposition parties in Rajya Sabha object to bill for developing major ports

Various opposition parties, including the TMC, SP, RJD, DMK, AAP, CPI(M) and CPI, raised strong objections in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday to a bill for developing the major ports in the country and alleged that it is aimed at privatising the ports and diluting the powers of the states on land use.
 
However, the BJD, JD(U), YSRCP supported the Major Port Authorities Bill, 2020, saying it is a welcome move to expand the port development infrastructure. Opposing the bill, Sukhendu Sekhar Ray of the Trinamool Congress (TMC) said there is nothing in it as it follows the Singapore model of corporatisation.

"This is the first stage of corporatisation and the next step in the offing is privatisation. Parliament is being taken for a ride.... I strongly oppose this bill on behalf of the TMC," he said, participating in the debate on the bill. READ MORE...


PM Modi will reply to the Motion of Thanks on the President’s address at 4 pm today

At around 4 PM today in the Lok Sabha, Prime Minister @narendramodi will reply to the Motion of Thanks on the President’s address: PMO

General discussion on the Union Budget 2021-22 begins in Rajya Sabha

General discussion on the Union Budget 2021-22 begins in Rajya Sabha

Supreme Court stays dismantling of decommissioned aircraft carrier INS Viraat

Supreme Court stays dismantling of decommissioned aircraft carrier INS Viraat, after hearing a petition by a firm seeking to convert the ship into a maritime museum & multi-functional adventure centre

Nursery admissions in Delhi to begin from February 18: Directorate of Education

Delhi Nursery admission: First list to be out on March 20; process to close by March 31, says Directorate of Education

Mumbai: Four people injured in a cylinder blast at a cylinder storage godown

Mumbai: Four people injured in a cylinder blast at a cylinder storage godown on Yari Road in Andheri (W); all injured shifted to a city hospital

Priyanka Gandhi set to launch Congress' 'Jai Jawan-Jai Kisan Abhiyan' in UP

All India Congress Committee (AICC) General Secretary and in-charge of Uttar Pradesh Priyanka Gandhi Vadra is set to launch her party's 'Jai Jawan Jai Kisan Abhiyan' in UP's Saharanpur district on Wednesday, where she will also address Kisan Panchayat in Behot area.
 
Uttar Pradesh Congress has called upon this campaign to take on the BJP government on the issue of three farm laws against which the farmers are agitating for more than 70 days at different borders of the national capital. Read on...

BJP has issued a three-line whip to its Lok Sabha MPs to be present in the House today

BJP has issued a three-line whip to its Lok Sabha MPs to be present in the House today.

US President Biden says he won't watch Trump's impeachment proceedings

US President Joe Biden on Tuesday (local time) told reporters in the Oval Office that he has no plans to watch former President Donald Trump's impeachment trial in the Senate, adding that he has a job to do in providing assistance to people who are affected due to the Covid-19 pandemic and economic crisis.
 
"I am not," Biden said when asked if he will watch the trial at the start of a meeting with business leaders, reported The Hill.
 
"I tell people that I have a job...We have already lost over 450,000 people and we could lose a whole lot more if we don't act and act decisively. A lot of people, as I have said before, children are going to bed hungry. A lot of families are food insecure. They are in trouble. That's my job," the US President further said.
 
Biden added that the Senate has their job and will conduct themselves well. Read on...

Modi to inaugurate the World Sustainable Development Summit 2021 today

Prime Minister Narendra Modi to inaugurate the World Sustainable Development Summit 2021, at 6.30 pm today via video conferencing. The theme of the Summit is ‘Redefining our common future: Safe and secure environment for all’

US 'concerned' over Beijing's attempts to intimidate neighbours

Speaking during a press briefing, US State Department spokesperson Ned Price said, "we are concerned by Beijing's pattern of ongoing attempts to intimidate its neighbours. As always, we'll stand with friends, we'll stand with partners, we'll stand with allies to advance our shared prosperity, security and values, in this case, the Indo-Pacific."

Welcome India's emergence as leading global power, says US

India is one of the most important partners in Indo-Pacific region to us. We welcome India's emergence as leading global power and its role as net security provider in region, says US.

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