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Opposed by opposition & BJP ally SAD, bill to replace farm ordinance passed in Lok Sabha

The bill gives the Centre the power to designate certain commodities like food items, fertilisers and petroleum products as essential commmodities and regulate their production, supply, distribution, and trade.
A health worker checks the temperature of a woman, during distribution of food among the needy, amid the nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus, at Sec-33 in Noida. | PTI

Modi govt cites ‘global experience’ for 4-hour notice ahead of Covid lockdown in March

The Home Ministry told the Lok Sabha the lockdown helped prevent the spread of Covid-19 in the country.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh speaks in the Lok Sabha Tuesday | Photo: ANI | LSTV grab

Govt admits Ladakh ‘challenge’ in Lok Sabha, Rajnath confident of countering China aggression

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh reads out statement in Parliament, saying violent conduct of Chinese forces has been in complete violation of all agreed norms.

Positive in Delhi, negative in Jaipur — Nagaur MP’s curious Covid reports 

Lok Sabha MP Hanuman Beniwal was tested at the Lok Sabha ahead of the monsoon session and diagnosed as Covid positive. A test in Jaipur subsequently came back negative. 
The first day of the Monsoon Session of the Parliament on 14 September 2020 | ANI

24 MPs test positive, including Rajasthan BJP leader who advised mud baths to boost immunity

As many as 17 Lok Sabha and seven Rajya Sabha MPs tested positive on the first day of the Parliament’s monsoon session.

Parliament Monsoon session begins, Lok Sabha adjourned for 1 hour after obituary references

As the House assembled for the first time since the pandemic started, Speaker Om Birla paid tributes to departed leaders and security personnel who have died since March.
Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan | Photo: ANI

92% Covid patients in India are asymptomatic, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan tells Lok Sabha

On opening day of the Monsoon Session of Parliament, Dr Harsh Vardhan says 5.8% Covid patients required oxygen therapy, while 1.7% needed intensive care.
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What is Question Hour, and why opposition MPs want it back in Parliament’s monsoon session

Modi government decided there will be no Question Hour this monsoon session as a part of the changes implemented due to Covid. But MPs say this robs them of their inherent right.
File photo of Congress MP from Kaliabor Lok Sabha Constituency Gaurav Gogoi | PTI

Congress appoints Gaurav Gogoi as deputy leader in Lok Sabha, Ravneet Bittu as whip

The appointments come ahead of the Monsoon Session of Parliament, which is likely to commence from 14 September and is seen as a move to strengthen Congress' team of floor leaders.
The Parliament building in New Delhi | Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Monsoon session of Parliament to be held from 14 September to 1 October

This is the first time in the history of Indian Parliament that members of the Upper House will be seated in both chambers and galleries during the session.

On Camera

File photo of PM Narendra Modi and former PM Manmohan Singh | PTI

Modi govt was handed weak data institutions by Congress, but it ruined them further

The BJP’s 2014 manifesto promised ‘real-time data’. Now, the Modi government has no data on migrant workers’ deaths during Covid pandemic.
A man holds a Rs 2000 banknote | Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

Are people holding on to cash after lockdown? New RBI data seems to suggest so

Data shows a sharp increase in cash holding after the lockdown was imposed in March. The demand for Rs 2,000 notes has surged, say bankers.

Defence

Army chief M M Naravane assesses situation along LoC in North Kashmir

The Army chief, who is on a 2-day J&K visit, also discussed issues concerning the present security situation in the Union Territory with Lt Governor Manoj Sinha.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Why India’s triple crisis needs Modi to de-escalate & disengage from divisive politics at home

Covid, China and economy are intense, intertwined crises that need political space and confidence. Responsibility to create them doesn’t lie with opposition.