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Sunday, Dec 08, 2019

Parliament Winter Session Live Updates: ‘NRC is not divisive, no one needs to fear’, assures Amit Shah

Home Minister Amit Shah said that Internet will be restored in Kashmir only after local administration gives the green signal. On the issue of NRC, he said every citizen irrespective of religion will come under the NRC and it is not a divisive exercise

By HT Correspondent | Updated: Nov 20, 2019 22:25 IST
Parliament Winter Session Live Updates: ‘NRC is not divisive, no one needs to fear’, assures Amit Shah
Union Home Minister Amit Shah will speak in the Upper House today.

All eyes were on Rajya Sabha as Home Minister Amit Shah said that Internet services in the union territories of Jammu and Kashmir will only be restored after the local administration deems it is time. On the issue of NRC he said that lawmakers were confusing Citizenship Amendment Bill and National Register of Citizens, and explained that the NRC is not a divisive exercise. He also maintained his earlier position on the Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2019, saying that Hindus, Jains, Parsis, Sikhs, Christians and Buddhists will get Indian citizenship as they faced religious persecution in India's neighbouring countries Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan.

09:13 PM IST

Three Rafale jets handed over to Indian Air Force by France: Govt

Three Rafale fighter jets have been handed over to the Indian Air Force and are being used to train IAF pilots and technicians in France, Minister of State for Defence Shripad Naik said in reply to a question on Wednesday in Lok Sabha.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh received the first Rafale jet at an air base in France on October 8. However, Naik did not clarify when the two other aircraft were handed over to India.

09:11 PM IST

21 defence offset contracts worth USD 5.67 billion sealed in last 3 years: Government

Minister of State for Defence Shripad Naik on Wednesday told Lok Sabha that 21 defence offset contracts with cumulative value of USD 5.67 billion have been sealed by the defence ministry in last three years, the government said on Wednesday.

07:18 PM IST

Lok Sabha passes Bill for transparency in chit fund schemes

The Lok Sabha on Wednesday unanimously passed a Bill that aims at putting in place a mechanism to ensure transparency in chit fund schemes, protect subscribers and regulate the industry.

04:04 PM IST

High Courts requested to clear 10-yr old cases immediately: Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad

Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Wednesday said his ministry has requested all high courts to clear 10-year-old cases immediately to bring down pendency of cases.

The government has taken various measures to improve the infrastructure of various courts across the country so that justice delivery is expedited, he said during Question Hour in Lok Sabha.

04:02 PM IST

121 Indian users may have been reached in the cyber attack: IT minister

Union minister for Information and Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad on Wednesday said that the full extent of the cyber attack may not be fully ascertained ever.

"On September 5, WhatsApp stated that while full extent of the attack may never be know, WhatsApp continued to review available information. WhatsApp believes it is likely that devices of approximately 121 users in India may have been attempted to be reached," the minister said, answering a quetion on whether the government received prior information in this regard from WhatsApp and Facebook.

03:27 PM IST

Relook at national security definition: Shiv Sena MP in Lok Sabha

"I am unable to repair my house" due to restrictions on building construction in the vicinity of defence establishments, a Shiv Sena member said in Lok Sabha on Wednesday.

During the Question Hour, Rahul Shewale also demanded that the definition of national security should be relooked at.

"I am an MP and my father was a Naval officer... but I am unable to repair my own house," Shewale said.

02:27 PM IST

Law minister dubs reports of purchase of Pegasus by govt agencies as 'misleading'

Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Monday snubbed reports of alleged use and purchase of Pegasus spyware by government agencies as 'misleading'. "Some statements have appeared based on media reports regarding this. These attempts to malign government for reported breach are misleading," news agency ANI reported, quoting the union minister.

02:21 PM IST

Govt committed to protect fundamental rights of citizens, right to privacy: Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad

Union minister for law on Wednesday said that the government is committed to protect fundamental rights of citizens, including right to privacy. "Government operates strictly as per provisions of law and laid down protocols. There are adequate provisions in IT Act, 2000 to deal with hacking and spyware etc," Prasad said, addressing the Lok Sabha.

01:29 PM IST

Lok Sabha has been adjourned

Speaker Om Birla adjourns the Lower House till 2:30 PM

01:20 PM IST

'Sambalpur farmers are suffering due to Odisha government's negligency': NG Deb, BJP

The MP from Sambalpur requests that farmer crop insurance money be released immediately. he further adds that the reports on farmer crop insurance is being help up by the Odisha government.

01:18 PM IST

Parliamentarians raise questions about BSNL's service

BJP MP from Ratlam, GS Damor asks the government to help BSNL officials so that residents from that area do not lack access to information.

01:03 PM IST

Upper House adjourned until 2 PM

Amit Shah was answering questions raised about Farooq Abdullah and whether he will be able to attend the parliament proceedings but Venkaiah Naidu said the session will resume post 2 PM.

12:56 PM IST

'Legal help will be provided to those whose names are not listed': Shah

Ripun Bora asked the Home Minister if the Hindus whose names have been omitted get justice. Shah said that the tehsils in Assam will help unlisted people to fight their case in the tribunals.

12:54 PM IST

'Hindus, Jains, Buddhists, Sikhs, Christians and Parsis will be given citizenship': Shah

Amit Shah maintains that Hindus, Jains, Buddhists, Sikhs, Christians and Parsis who have faced religious persecution in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh will be given citizenship of India.

12:50 PM IST

'Every citizen of India, irrespective of religion, will come under the ambit of NRC': Shah

SN Hussain, Karnataka Congress lawmaker, asked Amit Shah why he said that only Hindus, Jains, Buddhists and Sikhs will be granted citizenship even if they are illegal and asked him why he omitted Muslims.

First published: Nov 20, 2019 09:47 IST