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The Parliament building in New Delhi | Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Rajya Sabha allows reporters at standing panel meetings, restricts ministry officials to 2

While issuing protocols for holding meetings, the Upper House also restricted participation of the number of support staff servicing different committees in the meetings.
The Parliament building in New Delhi | Praveen Jain | ThePrint

5 officials, soft copies, audio recordings: New rules for Parliamentary panel meetings

Lok Sabha secretariat issued protocols to ensure members stay safe during the pandemic as Parliamentary panel meetings are resuming from next week.
File image of Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Lok Sabha passes Finance Bill without discussion

The govt said it was an 'extraordinary situation', a reference to the coronavirus pandemic, as Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman tabled the bill for passage.
IIIT Bhagalpur is one of the five institutes that is set to get the 'national importance' tag | Photo: iiitbh.ac.in

Lok Sabha passes bill to give 5 IIITs ‘national importance’ tag, power to grant degrees

The 5 institutes covered under the IIIT (Amendment) Bill are those in Surat, Bhopal, Bhagalpur, Agartala and Raichur.
Congress leader P. Chidambaram addressing a press conference in New Delhi on the JNU violence

Chidambaram’s heroic act, Shivraj Chauhan’s bowling & Fawad Hussain’s `humen’

The most politically correct and incorrect tweets of the day from across the political spectrum.

Lok Sabha passes Aircraft (Amendment) Bill to give statutory status to DGCA

The Bill also seeks to give the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) and the Aircraft Accidents Investigation Bureau (AAIB) statutory status for which Centre can make rules.
MP Rahul Gandhi at the rally | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Rahul Gandhi creates uproar over bad loans in Lok Sabha, seeks list of wilful defaulters

The Lower House witnessed walkout by Congress members as Rahul Gandhi was not allowed to ask a second supplementary related to wilful defaulters during the Question Hour.
BJP leader Meenakshi Lekhi and Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury during the Lok Sabha debate on the Delhi riots Wednesday | Photos: ANI

Delhi riots debate: Congress calls Amit Shah ‘Nero’ as BJP blames Muslim leaders

In the Lok Sabha debate on the Delhi riots, AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi says ‘calling this a communal riot would be a joke’, asks where’s my dignity?
Daily wage laborers shovel coal into baskets at a limestone quarry in Lower Cherrapunji in Meghalaya| Sanjit Das/Bloomberg

Lok Sabha clears Mines and Mineral Laws Bill, opens up coal sector for commercial mining

The Mines and Mineral Laws (Amendment) Bill also removed the current end-use restrictions, thereby allowing for wider participation and competition in auction.

Congress MPs’ suspension justified but govt decision to delay Delhi riots debate inexcusable

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Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple in Kerala | Commons

Padmanabhaswamy verdict can reduce the rich temple to go to Communists with a begging bowl

The Supreme Court has also ordered a 25-year audit of the Padmanabhaswamy Temple. Even scam-tainted promoters or companies have not had to face such long-term audits.
An SBI bank branch in Gwalior | ANI

Gwalior shuts banks for a week, a first as Covid cases spike in Madhya Pradesh district

The order suspends banking services until 21 July and prohibits customers from entering bank premises during this time. Banks can open for employees though.

Defence

Indian Army personnel keep vigilance at Bumla pass at the India-China border in Arunachal Pradesh | Photographer: Biju Boro via Getty Images | Bloomberg

India-China talks have progressed, want to promote further disengagement, says China

China has pulled back troops from Gogra, Hot Springs and Galwan Valley and reduced its presence in Finger Four in the Pangong Tso area in the last one week as demanded by India.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Uttar Pradesh is India’s broken heartland, break it into 4 or 5 states

Uttar Pradesh, our largest state by population and most powerful, is also the worst governed. A state with 1-in-6 Indians has no hope because of its size.