Live Updates: Mines Bill Passed in Rajya Sabha

Live Updates: Mines Bill Passed in Rajya Sabha
New Delhi:

Mines & Minerals (Development and Regulation) Amendment Bill 2015 has been passed in the Rajya Sabha.

Mar 20, 2015 12:37 (IST)
Mines & Minerals (Development and Regulation) Amendment Bill 2015 has been passed in Rajya Sabha, with 117 'Ayes', 69 'Noes' and two abstentions.

The Upper House had rejected a motion from Opposition parties to send the bill again to Select Committee.
Mar 19, 2015 12:35 (IST)


Union Home Minister speaks in Lok Sabha on the death of IAS officer DK Ravi:

  • I have spoken with the Chief Minister (of Karnataka, Siddaramaiah) about this.
  • He has said that a few more reports eill come out in the next two days. After that, a decision can be taken.
  • If the (Karnataka) state government asks for a CBI inquiry, the Centre is prepared to call for one.


Mar 19, 2015 12:06 (IST)


Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley speaks in Rajya Sabha on crop losses triggered by unseasonal rains:

  • This is a natural calamity.
  • Farmers have suffered a lot
  • The central government is going to support the farmers
  • Assessment of losses for each of the states hasn't been finished yet.
  • The Agriculture Department has constituted a different team for each of the states.
  • Farmers from the affected regions will be helped as soon as possible, we are trying our best.

Mar 19, 2015 02:00 (IST)
The decision is in tune with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's agenda to do away with archaic laws which are hindering efficient governance.
Mar 19, 2015 01:52 (IST)
The other three principal acts which have been repealed are Foreign Jurisdiction Act, Sugar Undertaking (Taking Over of Management) Act and Indian Fisheries Act.
Mar 19, 2015 01:50 (IST)
Out of the 36 acts proposed to be repealed, four were principal acts and others were amendments to the various acts.
Mar 19, 2015 01:49 (IST)
The Acts which are sought to be repealed include amendments to the Representation of the People Act, Marriage Act, Election Laws, Divorce Laws and Anand Marriage Act and the Evidence Act.
Mar 19, 2015 01:48 (IST)
Seeking to weed out archaic and dead laws, the Lok Sabha today approved a bill to repeal as many as 35 legislations.
Mar 18, 2015 11:20 (IST)
Rajya Sabha adjourned for 10 minutes after ruckus over Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2015



Mar 18, 2015 10:49 (IST)

Mar 18, 2015 10:48 (IST)
Reports of Select Committes on Mines and Coal Bills to be submitted in Rajya Sabha today


  1. The Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Amendment Bill and the Coal Mines (Special Provisions) Bill were sent to separate select committees by a united opposition on March 12 as they wanted a thread-bare examination of the legislations.
  2. Select committee on mines bill adopted the report with two amendments. It accepted crucial amendment for tribal welfare.The bill seeks to create create district monetary fund.
  3. The bill will be sent back to the Lok Sabha for ratification if the Rajya Sabha amends it.
  4. The select committee on coal adopted its report with no amendment.
  5. Congress and Left parties have dissented to both reports.
  6. Sources say the government has managed to secure the support of the Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool Congress and Naveen Pattnaik's  Biju Janata Dal for these key legislations.

Mar 17, 2015 18:27 (IST)
Yeh Ladai Aar Paar Hogi (We will fight to the finish): Sharad Yadav


Mar 17, 2015 18:25 (IST)
The Modi government has 31% of the popular vote, all of us represent 69% of the people. But we were divided. Today we have come together: Sharad Yadav
Mar 17, 2015 18:24 (IST)
We have asked the President to intervene and ask the Modi government not to go ahead with land bill in Rajya Sabha: Sonia Gandhi
Mar 17, 2015 18:23 (IST)
14 different parties have come together to oppose the Modi-government's amendments to the land bill: Sonia Gandhi
Mar 17, 2015 18:22 (IST)
We have got together to meet the President to present a memorandum. Request him to intervene to protect interests of farmers: Sonia Gandhi


Mar 17, 2015 17:28 (IST)
Mar 17, 2015 17:25 (IST)
Sonia Gandhi leads opposition leaders in a protest march against the land bill. The march starts from the Parliament and ends at Rashtrapati Bhavan, passing through Vijay Chowk and Raisina Hill.


Mar 17, 2015 17:21 (IST)
Sonia Gandhi leads MPs in protest march against the land bill.


Mar 17, 2015 17:07 (IST)
Heavy police deployment near Parliament as opposition leaders gather to march against  government's amendments to land bill


Mar 17, 2015 15:31 (IST)
The Congress party and TRS have shared the dias and made the commitment. They took 9 years to fulfill it... now they're trying to find fault by saying we have taken 9 months: Venkaiah Naidu
Mar 17, 2015 17:04 (IST)
Leaders from opposition parties gather at Parliament to begin protest march against land bill.
Mar 17, 2015 15:24 (IST)
Andhra Pradesh must have its own capital, adequate resources need to keep flowing to the state: Sonia Gandhi
Mar 17, 2015 15:17 (IST)
Polavaram is a national project, must take off immediately: Sonia Gandhi
Mar 17, 2015 15:16 (IST)
People of Andhra Pradesh deeply anguished by apathy shown to them by this government: Sonia Gandhi
Mar 17, 2015 15:15 (IST)
I have written to the prime minister twice... urge PM to give his immediate attention to this matter that is so vital for the people of Andhra Pradesh: Sonia Gandhi
Mar 17, 2015 15:13 (IST)
  • Lok Sabha discussing Andhra Pradesh reorganization bill.
  • Sonia Gandhi speaks in Lok Sabha on Telangana, Andhra Pradesh.
Mar 17, 2015 13:15 (IST)
Congress walks out of Lok Sabha.
Mar 17, 2015 13:15 (IST)
Please maintain decency and decorum in the House. Let's have a civilized debate, don't try to scroll brownie points. Don't politicize the issue, everyone knows who is indulging in votebank politics in India: Venkaiah Naidu
Mar 17, 2015 13:13 (IST)
These are condemnable incidents: Venkaiah Naidu in Lok Sabha after uproar on nun rape, church attack
Mar 17, 2015 12:01 (IST)

Mar 16, 2015 12:35 (IST)
Don't invent an issue that doesn't exist: Arun Jaitley tells Opposition in Lok Sabha on Rahul Gandhi 'Snooping' row.
Mar 16, 2015 12:34 (IST)
I have personally seen all the forms - the former PM Dr Manmohan Singh's form, Sonia Gandhi's form was revised at least 4 times.


Mar 16, 2015 12:33 (IST)
This is a security matter. Let us not politicise it, says Arun Jaitley in Lok Sabha
Mar 16, 2015 12:31 (IST)
I have a paper with me - the questionnaire that was sent to Atal Bihari Vajpayee... he was asked what sort of chappal you wear. Similar questionnaire was sent to Soniaji as well. This is a routine exercise done by the Delhi Police: Venkaiah Naidu
Mar 16, 2015 12:29 (IST)
We should not cast aspersions; Government not interested in surveillance: Venkaiah Naidu in Lok Sabha


Mar 16, 2015 11:58 (IST)
Uproar in Rajya Sabha over Rahul Gandhi 'snooping'. Congress and other opposition parties walk out.
Mar 16, 2015 11:56 (IST)
I will not allow a discussion. I am listening to those who gave a notice under 267: Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien
Mar 16, 2015 11:55 (IST)
'Don't question my ruling', Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien tells Opposition members wanting to speak on the matter.


Mar 16, 2015 11:49 (IST)
Few years ago, the government noticed that certain private entities were importing devices for 'snooping'. These were then banned by the government: Anand Sharma
Mar 16, 2015 11:47 (IST)
We have been informed that the government is tapping phone lines of political leaders. This needs to be investigated: Congress leader Anand Sharma.


Mar 16, 2015 11:44 (IST)
This isn't in the last 8 months it has started. I can get the 526 forms that were filling during the Congress government and show it to the leader of Opposition... will this end the issue?: Arun Jaitley
Mar 16, 2015 11:43 (IST)
Going to a person's house and asking him or his secretary to fill a proforma is not snooping: Arun Jaitley
Mar 16, 2015 11:42 (IST)
Delhi Police special branch does transparent security profiling. This can't be termed as snooping. There may be a relevance for shoe sizes... we are not security experts: Arun Jaitley
Mar 16, 2015 11:41 (IST)
Delhi Police has been profiling important people since 1957 -- and the proforma has been there since 1987. This practice was started with a Congress government in 1987: Arun Jaitley
Mar 16, 2015 11:38 (IST)
Gossip can't be treated as facts and given sanctity. The issue you have raised today is making a mountain out of what isn't even a molehill: Arun Jaitley in Parliament on alleged political espionage against Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi.


Mar 16, 2015 11:33 (IST)
Government sources say that the Congress should keep in mind that Mr Gandhi's mother and Congress president Sonia Gandhi is among those who has filled the Delhi Police form on multiple occasions, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was profiled last year; BJP chief Amit Shah is among the latest to be added to the list, sources said.
Mar 16, 2015 11:33 (IST)
On March 12, Delhi Police officials visited the residence of Mr Gandhi, who is on a controversial and lengthy leave of absence,  and allegedly asked questions that included what colour his hair and eyes are and what kind of clothes he wears. Information on the names and phone numbers of Mr Gandhi's associates was also allegedly sought.
Mar 16, 2015 11:31 (IST)
The Congress says that Mr Gandhi is protected by the Special Protection Group or SPG, and the Delhi Police has no role to play in determining his cover.
Mar 16, 2015 11:31 (IST)
The government added that in 1987, it was the government of Mr Gandhi's father, Rajiv Gandhi, that added a questionnaire to the process that is meant to be used at least in part to handle the security of prominent politicians.
Mar 16, 2015 11:29 (IST)
Mr Gandhi, 44, who is not in the country, was profiled by police officers who visited his home as part of a routine and decades-old exercise that began in 1957, and has covered nearly 500 VIPs who live in Delhi, say government sources.
Mar 16, 2015 11:28 (IST)
Senior minister Venkaiah Naidu has denied the accusations. "The police only conducts a routine security check, there is nothing wrong, the government  is no way involved in this," the minister said.


Mar 16, 2015 11:28 (IST)
"Why does the police need to know his shoe size... Is this the sort of spying that this government plans against political opponents?" asked Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad.
Mar 16, 2015 11:26 (IST)
In Parliament today, the Congress confronted the  government over what it has titled 'Snoopgate 2' - the alleged political espionage against its vice president Rahul Gandhi by the Delhi Police.
Mar 12, 2015 20:37 (IST)

Mar 12, 2015 20:32 (IST)
Congress and some other opposition parties supported Insurance Bill in the Rajya Sabha. 
Mar 12, 2015 20:31 (IST)

Mar 12, 2015 20:30 (IST)
The Insurance Bill was passed by the Lok Sabha on March 4.
Mar 12, 2015 20:29 (IST)
The Insurance Bill provides for raising the foreign investment cap in insurance sector from 26 per cent to 49 per cent.
Mar 12, 2015 20:28 (IST)
The Bill was passed by voice vote after walkout by Trinamool Congress and Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK).
Mar 12, 2015 20:19 (IST)

Mar 12, 2015 20:15 (IST)

Mar 12, 2015 18:47 (IST)
The Lok Sabha has passed the Rail Budget today, it will now go to the Rajya Sabha. 
Mar 12, 2015 12:03 (IST)
Congress to support Insurance Bill in Rajya Sabha, after backing it in Lok Sabha on March 4: Sources
Mar 12, 2015 11:11 (IST)


Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh speaks in Rajya Sabha on the release of Kashmiri separatist Masarat Alam:

  • The Home Ministry has issued an advisory to the Jammu and Kashmir government.
  • All 27 cases should be pursued vigourously.
  • Close surveillance should be ensured on the activities of Masarat Alam Bhat and his associates and followers that are detrimental to the public order of the country in general and JK in particular.
  • Any information coming forward from the monitoring and surveillance should be reviewed under the provisions of the Public Safety Act.
  • If any adverse activities are detected, action should be taken.
  • State government should ensure that it surveillance and monitoring of Masarat Alam Bhat, his associates and followers are done in tandem with central security agencies in the interest of public safety and order.
Mar 11, 2015 17:13 (IST)
Opposition to help Government pass Insurance, Motor Bill
Mar 11, 2015 17:12 (IST)
Opposition, Government agree on Coal & Mines Bill timeline
Mar 11, 2015 17:12 (IST)
Ordinances on key bills to lapse on April 5th
Mar 11, 2015 17:09 (IST)
Land Bill unlikely to be passed this week
Mar 10, 2015 19:59 (IST)
Land Ordinance: Government's Claims of Stalled Projects Exaggerated?
The only list NDTV could access was shared by a top industry body of stalled infrastructure projects worth above Rs. 1,000 crores. It reveals that of 67 such projects, only seven - or 10 per cent - are currently stalled or surrendered solely because of land acquisition problems.
Mar 10, 2015 19:58 (IST)
The house was adjourned for the day after the government amendments to the land bill were passed.
Mar 10, 2015 19:57 (IST)
JUST IN
Land Bill passed in Lok Sabha, the Congress walks out
Mar 10, 2015 19:45 (IST)
The Biju Janata Dal and Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) walk out of the assembly as voting begins.
Mar 10, 2015 18:47 (IST)
Voting begins on government's Land Bill in Lok Sabha.
Mar 10, 2015 18:20 (IST)
Lok Sabha sitting extended for voting on government's Land Acquisition Bill.
Mar 10, 2015 11:21 (IST)
Opposition takes up issue of Kashmiri separatist Masarat Alam's release in Rajya Sabha for the second day.
Mar 10, 2015 10:24 (IST)
Government moves nine amendments to controversial Land Acquisition Bill in a bid to get opposition on board. The amendments have been moved by Union Rural Development Minister Birender Singh.

Here are some of the amendments that have been moved by the Centre:

  • Removal of social infrastructure projects from the exempted categories.
  • Removal of exemption to social infrastructure projects in PPP mode.
  • Restriction on acquisition of land within 1 km of both sides of railway tracks and highways.
  • States to create land banks of vacant lands for acquisition for development projects.
  • Hassle free mechanism for redressal of grievances of land losers.
  • Mandatory employment for even farm laborers on account of land acquisition.
  • Appeals against land acquisition do not have to be moved in High Court.
  • People will be allowed to approach authorities within the district first for redressal.

Mar 09, 2015 14:04 (IST)


Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh speaks in Rajya Sabha on the release of Kashmiri separatist Masarat Alam:

  • Masarat Alam has been detained under the Public Safety Act of 1978 eight times.
  • Where it is question of public safety, public security and national security, this government is not willing to make any compromises.
  • We are not in politics for access to power, to build the Nation.


Mar 09, 2015 12:52 (IST)


"The Prime Minister says the Centre did not know about any of this. Why doesn't your party withdraw support?": Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge responds to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Mar 09, 2015 12:40 (IST)


Prime Minister Narendra Modi intervenes in the Lok Sabha as Opposition members interrupt the Union Home Minister:

  • This has not been done with the Centre's knowledge.
  • No intimaton of this was given to the Centre.
  • I also lend my voice to the outrage that has been displayed in this House and across the country.
  • Want to assure the country that Government will not tolerate any action which harms the unity of the nation.
  • We have sacrificed Shyama Prasad Mukherjee for this cause so please do not give us lessons on patriotism.
  • I assure the House and the Nation that this government will not accept or compromise on the issue of the country's integrity and security.
  • This anger is not about any party or this bench or that bench. It is about the Nation.


Mar 09, 2015 12:15 (IST)


Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh makes statement in Lok Sabha on the release of Kashmiri separatist Masarat Alam:

  • This is an issue of security. This government will never compromise on issues of public safety and public security.
  • We have received report from Jammu and Kashmir government.
  • Since 1995, 27 criminal cases have been filed against Alam.
  • These cases include conspiracy and sedition.
  • Jammu and Kashmir government report says Alam has got bail in all 27 cases.
  • We are not entirely satisfied with the state home department report and have sought some clarifications.
  • We have taken this matter very seriously and will issue a strict avisory if needed, after clarification is recieved from the state government.
Mar 09, 2015 12:10 (IST)


Congress leader Anand Sharma attacks government in Rajya Sabha over the release of Kashmiri separatist Masarat Alam:

  • Was there some understanding that the Prime Minister was privy to?
  • Till this issue is taken up, the House cannot discuss anything else.
Mar 09, 2015 11:44 (IST)


Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh will speak in Lok Sabha at noon on the release of Kashmiri separatist Masarat Alam. rime Minister will also be here. He will intervene if needed: Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu to Lok Sabha.
Mar 09, 2015 11:26 (IST)


"We will never compromise on national security. Home Minister (Rajnath Singh) will make a statement on the matter," Union Minister Arun Jaitley tells Rajya Sabha amid ruckus over the release of Kashmiri separatist Masarat Alam.
Mar 09, 2015 11:10 (IST)


Ruckus in Lok Sabha as Opposition takes on the government over the release of Kashmiri separatist Masarat Alam.
Mar 09, 2015 11:02 (IST)
Congress wants Land Act passed by UPA in 2013 to remain unchanged, says party leader Mallikarjun Kharge
Mar 04, 2015 21:21 (IST)
Insurance Bill passed in Lok Sabha. Congress and NCP support some amendments. The Bill now needs to be passed in Rajya Sabha, where the government is in a minority.

"If the Insurance Bill is defeated in the Rajya Sabha, it gives us an opportunity for a joint session of Parliament," said Jayant Sinha, Minister of State for Finance.
Mar 04, 2015 15:14 (IST)
Home Minister Rajnath Singh in Lok Sabha on Nirbhaya documentary:

We've taken restraining order against telecast; will find out why permission was given to interview a rapist.
Mar 04, 2015 15:14 (IST)
Lok Sabha MP Kirron Kher on Nirbhaya documentary:

  • Right to consent belongs to the women    
  • Her body is her property    
  • They need to feel safe all the time    
  • But the problem is that that responsibility is with the men in the society    
  • There should be programmes in the schools teaching kids right from the childhood
Mar 04, 2015 15:13 (IST)
Members debate Nirbhaya documentary in Rajya Sabha.

Javed Akhtar: Accha hua kii documentary banii, ab pata chalega kitne log hain jo uss rapist jaise soch rakhtey hain. If any one finds it objectionable, they should change their mindset.

Jaya Bachchan: I dont want any more assurances, I want to know what actions are being taken.

Ambika Soni: The question is how those people got the permission to shoot the documentary.
Mar 04, 2015 15:12 (IST)
The Nirbhaya documentary exposes the mindset of many. It's not just the man in the prison, represents the view of many men in India. Let's not pretend all is well, says Anu Aga, Rajya Sabha MP.


Mar 04, 2015 15:10 (IST)
Home Minister Rajnath Singh speaks in the Rajya Sabha on Nirbhaya documentary.

Here are the highlights:

  • Government obtained a restraining order on broadcasting of film.
  • Have sought explanation on how permission was given to telecast it.
  • Want to assure the House no such permissions will be given in the future.
  • Government condemns it. It will not allow any organisation to leverage from such an incident and use it for commercial purpose.
  • Government will institute an inquiry into the incident and responsibility will be fixed.
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