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PM Narendra Modi entering the Parliament house | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

First day of Budget session begins with release of Economic Survey & Congress protest

President Ram Nath Kovind delivered the Presidential address to a joint sitting of Parliament, outlining the government's policy, amid sloganeering and protest by opposition members against CAA.
PM Narendra Modi, Congress party interim chief Sonia Gandhi (centre) and Union Minister Amit Shah (right) pay to the victims of 2001 Parliament attack | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

In Pictures: PM Modi, Amit Shah, other MPs pay tribute to Parliament attack victims

On 13 December 2001, five terrorists from LeT and JeM opened fire inside the Parliament complex, killing at least 10 people.
Protest against citizenship bill

Modi govt is sure of its Rajya Sabha numbers again, will table citizenship bill on Monday

The bill, which was approved by cabinet on 4 December, seeks to grant citizenship to non-Muslim refugees from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.
A view of Parliament building, New Delhi | Bloomberg News

No more chicken biryani for Rs 65, food in Parliament canteen to lose subsidy cover

Without subsidy, the actual cost of food items served in Parliament canteen amount to Rs 17 crore in a year.
File photo of Pragya Thakur | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Pragya Thakur or Shashi Tharoor — field expertise not necessary to be on Parliament panel

The current composition of parliamentary committees raises a question whether domain knowledge & expertise should be given priority in nominating members.
File photo of Pragya Thakur | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

Pragya Thakur is so controversial that even BJP MPs avoid her in Parliament

Controversial BJP MP Pragya Thakur stays by herself in Parliament and silently watches proceedings from her seat in the back rows.
Workers and activists from all Trade Unions attend a protest rally against the government in New Delhi on 30 September

Modi govt’s new labour code will make it tougher for workers to strike, sacking easy

Labour reforms bill to be tabled in Parliament Wednesday proposes to include fixed-term employment as a new category, mass CL in definition of ‘strike’.
Former PM Manmohan Singh along with Congress leaders Sonia and Rahul Gandhi during a protest outside Parliament in New Delhi | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

In Pictures: Opposition boycotts Constitution Day, protests against ‘murder of democracy’

Opposition parties stage a demonstration outside Parliament over the Maharashtra political crisis.
A view of the Rajya Sabha during ongoing Winter Session of Parliament | PTI

Rajya Sabha adjourned for the day amid Opposition protests over Maharashtra turmoil

Opposition members demanded discussion on a BJP-led govt being sworn-in in Maharashtra, but the Chair did not allow it because the matter is sub judice.
Smriti Irani greeted TMC MP Kakoli Ghosh, who was wearing mask to the Parliament

No SPG cover, Sonia Gandhi now enters Parliament just like any other MP

Snippets from beyond the headlines on Day 2 of Parliament’s winter session.

On Camera

The Servant of Sahibs | Source: Sandeep Krishnan

Ghulam Rassul Galwan — The man who named the Galwan river, the site of India-China stand-off

It was unusual in the 19th century for rivers to be named after their regional discoverers. But Galwan, and his love for exploration, stood out.

Inter-state movement curbs: Are Indian states being paranoid or practical during Covid?

Karnataka CM B.S. Yediyurappa has said there is no ban on flights and trains to the state, a day after after his govt banned flights from certain states after a spike in Covid cases.

Defence

An army convoy moving towards the Zojilla pass, in Drass, Ladakh on 28 May 2020 (representational image) | ANI

Chinese troops blacktopping track in disputed ‘finger’ area in Ladakh amid border tensions

The fresh Chinese construction activity is happening around Finger 4 in Pangong lake area. China also blocked the route of Indian patrol teams in the disputed region.

The Chinese are so predictable, Modi & Shah should’ve seen them coming on 5 August 2019

India should’ve anticipated the Chinese appearance in Ladakh, even the timing of it, when the status of Jammu & Kashmir was changed.