In a relief to the Central Government, President Ram Nath Kovind gave assent to the act, allowing additional Rs 3.73 lakh crore expense in FY 2021-2022. The Appropriation Act 2021, authorises the Government to spend extra money for grants and expenses. Passed in Rajya and Lok Sabha during the Winter Parliament session, the act was approved by President Kovind On January 12 and Gazette notification was released on January 14.
Mahendra Prasad, a seven-term Rajya Sabha MP from Bihar and industrialist, passed away at the age of 81, on December 27. He was reportedly died due to age-related issues. He was associated with Bihar CM Nitish Kumar led Janata Dal (United) and became a Lok Sabha member once in 1980. ''His demise is a big loss to the society and politics besides industry,'' said Kumar.
President Ram Nath Kovind, on December 25, gave assent to the Surrogacy (Regulation) Act 2021, with immediate effect. The bill was passed by Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha on December 8 and 17, respectively. As per the bill, surrogacy only based on altruistic, without any money involved other than medical expenses and insurance during pregnancy. Therefore, surrogacy should not be commercial.
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The government agreed to send the Prohibition of Child Marriage (Amendment) Bill, 2021 to the Standing committee on December 21. The decision came after the constant demand of the opposition in the Lok Sabha, said Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury. The bill demands to increase the marriage of women to 21 from 18 years. Reportedly, Minister for Woman and Child Development Smriti Irani introduced the bill in the house.
The government has planned to link the electoral roll data with Aadhaar as the Lok Sabha passed the Election Laws (Amendment) Bill 2021, on December 20. It was presented by Law Minister Kiren Rijiju and passed by a voice vote. However, it was passed amid the uproar in the house by opposition members over the Lakhimpur Kheri violence issue. Rijiju said that it'll make the election system more transparent.
The Central Government, on December 17, approved an Integrated Perimeter Security System (IPSS) to fortify the Indian Air Bases after the Pathankot incident. These IPSS will be established in 23 Air Bases, said Union Minister of State for Defense Ajay Bhatt. In a written reply to Lok Sabha Bhatt said, in February 2021, a pilot site was commissioned and Bharat Electronics signed the contract with IAF for establishment.
Union Minister Jitendra Singh on December 15 informed Lok Sabha that India successfully launched 27 satellite missions and 25 launch vehicle missions between April 2016 and March 2021. Meanwhile, India also launched 286 commercial satellites from domestic and foreign customers and eight student satellites from Indian Universities. Sing added that our major success was to place India's second lunar mission, using India's heavy-lift launch… read-more
The Winter Lok Sabha session has been adjourned till 11:00 AM, on December 16. The opposition leaders including Rahul Gandhi issued adjournment motion, demanding removal of the BJP's Ajay Mishra Teni, the State Home Minister for Uttar Pradesh. Meanwhile, on December 15, the Lok Sabha session was adjourned twice, at 11:00 AM till noon, later till 2:00 PM.
India is planning to launch the crewed space mission, Gaganyaan, before the 75th anniversary of Indian Independence in 2022, informed Jitendra Singh, Minister of State in the Department of Space to Lok Sabha on December 15. However, India will also send two uncrewed missions before the crewed mission, added Singh. Reportedly, the missions were delayed because of the unexpected COVID-19 pandemic that disrupted the supply of raw… read-more
In India, an average of 31 minors committed suicide every day. On December 14, the Central Government released data saying at least 11,396 minors died by suicide in 2020. "As per available information by (the National Crime Records Bureau), the total number of suicide committed during the last three years were 9,431 in 2018, 9,631 in 2019 and 11,396 in 2020," said Union Minister Ajay Kumar Mishra.
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