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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.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah

Congress done with, BJP plans to demolish regional parties’ fortresses brick by brick

Modi-Shah’s BJP now has its eyes on Mamata’s Bengal, Patnaik’s Odisha, KCR’s Telangana and Jagan’s Andhra. While Congress continues to focus on the PM.
The Parliament building in New Delhi | Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Monsoon session of Parliament, likely to begin early September, will see many firsts

This will be the first Parliament session amid pandemic. Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs likely to meet soon to decide on the schedule.
Representational image|. PM Modi looks at a solar eclipse in 2019 | Facebook/narendramodi

Four steps to defeating Modi in 2024. Step one: forget state elections

How Rahul Gandhi — even Rahul Gandhi — can defeat Narendra Modi in 2024.
The French language was the most preferred foreign language to learn among Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha officials | Representative image | Anthony Beck | Pexels

Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha officials are signing up for French lessons at secretariat

Lok Sabha secretariat is conducting a beginners' programme for officials since many of them communicate with foreign delegates. German, Spanish and Russian are also on the agenda.
PM Narendra Modi addresses the Lok Sabha during the Budget Session of Parliament | PTI

Modi govt can’t put off monsoon session anymore. India needs its MPs in the House

Some 40 bills are awaiting deliberation and passage by one or both Houses. Out of these, five are pending before parliamentary committees.
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.

On Camera

Erdogan’s assault on Macron is the height of cynicism

There was a time when Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan didn’t see the West as Turkey’s enemy and even wanted to join the European Union.

Turkey waging new war of economic liberation, says Erdogan after country’s currency falls

Erogan's speech follows the Turkish lira weakening to a record low of 8.3849 per dollar on Friday.

Defence

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh meets his US counterpart Mark Esper at his office in South Block Monday | Twitter | @rajnathsingh

Here is why US changed Rajnath Singh’s statement on ‘reckless aggression’ by China

Both the US State and Defense departments have added footnotes to the transcripts they released on Rajnath Singh’s remarks at 2+2. The State Department has also updated the text.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

5 reasons for the crisis in global Islam

If tens of crores of Muslims across the world feel they are victims of mass Islamophobia, their holy prophet shown deliberate disrespect, it is a sense of crisis and siege.