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Did full majority Modi govt help Parliament perform better or has politics derailed it?

The full majority Modi govt pushed through bills in the Lok Sabha, but ran into hurdles in the Rajya Sabha.
Rajya Sabha during the Budget Session of Parliament | PTI

Parliament passes Finance Bill on last day of budget session without debate

The interim budget, Appropriation Bills and Finance Bill were passed by a voice vote in the Upper House.
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Citizenship Bill: Will BJP lose hard-won support in northeast or consolidate Hindu votes?

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was greeted with black flags and protests over the contentious Citizenship Bill, which will be discussed in Rajya Sabha today.
A view of the Lok Sabha during Winter Session of Parliament

We must question our MPs when Lok Sabha session works for less than 50% of total time

The current Lok Sabha has sent far fewer bills to parliamentary committees than the previous two houses.
A view of the Rajya Sabha

Parliament clears new quota bill but parties set for bitter battle over it before polls

Modi government’s gambit puts opposition parties in a bind, but upper caste quota bill clears Rajya Sabha test with a 165-7 margin. New Delhi: The Rajya Sabha Wednesday passed the Constitution (124th Amendment) Bill, clearing the deck for the enactment of a law that provides for 10 per cent reservation in jobs and educational institutions for economically weaker sections (EWS) in the general category. But the two-day debate in Parliament drew the contours of the political battle over this issue in the coming weeks ahead of the Lok Sabha elections. The voting margins on the bill in the two Houses — 323-3 in the Lok Sabha and 165-7 in the Rajya Sabha — were hardly a reflection of political unanimity. How the NDA government’s reservation gambit caught the opposition party in a bind was evident from the remarks of Congress MP Kapil Sibal in the Rajya Sabha Wednesday: “I am sad today… If...
Ravi Shankar Prasad speaks in the Lok Sabha

We may be late but at least we dared to bring the 10% quota bill: Ravi Shankar Prasad

Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad underlines that Parliament can amend the Constitution, says 50% quota cap has only come up in SC judgments.  
A view of the Lok Sabha during Winter Session of Parliament

Opposition parties criticise govt for extending Rajya Sabha winter session

Parties including the Congress, TMC and AIADMK said no decision on extending the sitting of the House was announced.
A view of the Lok Sabha during Winter Session of Parliament

Lok Sabha far more productive during PM Modi’s 5 years than Manmohan Singh’s UPA-2

The lower house performed better in last 5 years than it did between 2009-14, but upper house figures saw a decline.
A view of the Rajya Sabha

Modi govt’s number problem — triple talaq latest in series of bills stalled in Rajya Sabha

The Modi govt, given a resounding mandate in the 2014 polls, sits comfortably in Lok Sabha but is still vulnerable in Rajya Sabha.
Muslim women

Triple Talaq bill to be tabled in Rajya Sabha on Monday, Congress to oppose it

The Triple Talaq Bill was cleared by the Lok Sabha --245 voting in favour and 11 opposing it -- on Thursday amid a walkout by the Opposition.

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Actor Vyjayanthimala

Every Bollywood reincarnation story must tip its hat to Bimal Roy’s Madhumati

Of the many things that Bimal Roy’s Madhumati got right, Pran’s antagonistic turn was one.
space laws

When it comes to space activities in India, are no laws better than bad laws?

The government had put the draft Space Activities Bill in the public domain, inviting suggestions. The bill was never introduced in this Lok Sabha. 

Defence

Convoys to Kashmir can’t be stopped even if aircraft are available, top CRPF officers say

CRPF officer says nearly 4,000 personnel needed to be moved from Jammu to Srinagar due to a backlog caused by weather. Not all could’ve gone by aircraft.
National Interest

Suicidal Pakistan should know Modi may not be scared of its nuclear button

Pakistan has taken too much of a chance with Pulwama — with the wrong government in India, and at the wrong time.