• Thai parliament delays decision on constitution changes
    BANGKOK, September 24 (Reuters): Thailand's parliament voted on Thursday to delay making a decision on whether it will amend the constitution, as demanded by anti-government protesters who have demonstrated nearly every day for more than two months. The parliament, dominated by supporters of the government, opted instead to set up a committee to study the process of the constitutional amendment first. "The vote to accept a motion for constitutional changes is e
  • Parliament passes FCRA Bill making Aaadhar mandatory for NGOs amid opposition boycott
    New Delhi, September 23 (IANS): The Rajya Sabha on Wednesday passed a Bill sans opposition making Aadhaar mandatory for registration of organisations receiving foreign funds, and also to give the government powers to stop utilisation of foreign funds by an organisation through a "summary enquiry". The Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2020, which seeks an amendment to the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 2010, proposes to include "public servants
  • India passes farm bills amid protest from opposition parties
    NEW DELHI, September 20 (Reuters): India's parliament on Sunday passed new bills the government says will make it easier for farmers to sell their produce directly to big buyers, despite growing protest from opposition parties and a long-time ally of the ruling party. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said the new laws will reform antiquated laws and remove middlemen from agriculture trade, allowing farmers to sell to institutional buyers and large retailers like Walmart.
  • LS passes Agriculture Bills, Harsimrat Kaur resigns from Cabinet
    New Delhi, September 17 (IANS):  The Lok Sabha on Thursday passed two contentious agriculture Bills, despite the opposition as well as BJP ally Shiromani Akali Dal terming it an "anti-farmer" move and some staging a walkout, and widespread protests by farmers in various states over the issue. Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal, of the Akali Dal, resigned from the Narendra Modi government, hours ahead of the voting in the lower House on the Farmers' Produce Trade
  • 17 MPs test positive for Covid-19 on first day of monsoon session
    New Delhi, September 14 (ANI): Seventeen Members of Parliament, including ruling Bharatiya Janata Party leaders Meenakshi Lekhi, Anant Kumar Hegde and Parvesh Singh have tested positive for coronavirus on the first day of monsoon session of the Parliament. The monsoon session 2020 of Parliament commenced on Modnay. This is the first Parliament session being held amid the COVID-19 pandemic. All safety measures have been initiated to conduct the session as per health guidelines
  • India's parliament meets after six months as COVID cases surge
    NEW DELHI, September 14 (Reuters): India's parliament met for the first time in six months on Monday, as novel coronavirus cases across the country rose by more than 90,000 in the space of a day and the total number of infections neared 5 million. Members, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, wore masks and sat in seats enclosed by glass partitions designed to prevent the spread of the virus. The assembly's hours have been truncated; the lower house will sit in the mor
  • New Iran parliament convenes under strict coronavirus curbs
    DUBAI, May 27 (Reuters): Iran's new parliament convened on Wednesday after the Feb. 21 elections under strict health protocols and social distancing rules to ward off the coronavirus in one of the hardest-hit Middle Eastern countries.   Many lawmakers wore masks and their temperatures were taken before entering the parliament building in southern Tehran, Iranian media reported.   Iran's hardline watchdog body, the Guardian Council, which must approve
  • Ex-CJI Ranjan Gogoi takes oath as RS MP amid protests
    File Photo: Former Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi. (IANS Photo)   New Delhi, March 19 (IANS) Former Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi took oath as Rajya Sabha member on Thursday amid protest by Congress members and few other political parties. After taking oath, Justice (Retired) Gogoi accepted greetings of all the members present in the House saying "namaste" with folded hands. As soon as Chairman of the House M. Venkaiah Naidu made announcement for the swear