Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu, on January 10, called on Parliament Speaker Om Birla. He asked Birla to review COVID-19 situation at Parliament, ahead of the Budget Session, scheduled from February 1. Naidu directed to ensure effective measures to prevent COVID-19 spread and conduct of Budget session. The judgement came after recently, 400 staff tested positive for COVID-19.
At least 402 staff of the parliament tested positive for COVID-19, on January 9. "Close to 402 staff were tested positive for COVID-19 from 4-8 January and all samples have been sent to genome sequencing for Omicron variant confirmation," said an official. Meanwhile, parliament members who came in contact with the positive ones, are under isolation. The COVID-19 cases came ahead of the Union Budget Session, scheduled from February 1.
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is the most popular destination for Indians. On December 22, the Ministry of External Affairs Minister V. Muralidharan, released a data, which reveals 3,14,495 people, which is 50%, visited the UAE on tourist visas in first quarter of 2021. A major reason for the travelers visiting the UAE, amid the pandemic is due to the bubble agreement made between India and the UAE.
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Madhya Pradesh Assembly session is set to begin from December 20. The 'Winter Assembly Session' will witness several bills, discussion over Covid-19 and other major issues of the state. The five-day Assembly Session will have zero hour, on December 22. Girish Gautam, the Assembly Speaker announced that the session will be held till December 24. The decision was taken during an all party meeting, which was held on December 19.
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Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh addressed the Parliament over Tamil Nadu chopper crash incident, on December 9. He paid tribute to those who died in the incident including Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat, his wife and 11 others. The mortal remains of the victims will be brought to Delhi, said Rajnath Singh. He added that the last rites of the victims will be conducted with military honours.
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Sonia Gandhi, Congress interim President, demanded a full-fledged discussion about the border issues in Parliament on December 8. She further expressed solidarity with the 12 MPs of Parliament who were suspended and regarded the move by the Chairman of Rajya Sabha as "unprecedented and unacceptable." Sonia Gandhi while speaking at a parliamentary party meeting said, "We demand a full-fledged discussion in Parliament on border issues."
On the 65th death anniversary of Dr. BR Ambedkar, which is observed as "Mahaparinirvan Diwas", President Ram Nath Kovind and PM Narendra Modi paid floral tribute on December 6. Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, Leader of Opposition Mallikarjun Kharge and other leaders also paid tribute at the statue in Parliament premises. He was the architect of the constitution and died on December 6, 1956.
Lok Sabha will discuss the Covid-19 Pandemic and various aspects related to it on December 2, on the fourth day opening of the winter sessions. The session is likely to conclude on December 23, and will discuss concerns over the Omicron variant and the cases reported by many countries. Under the rule of 193 the discussion will be held. On 24 November, South Africa first reported the new Omicron variant.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on December 1 held a meeting with senior cabinet leaders in Parliament to discuss strategy for the ongoing winter session. Top leaders such as Rajnath Singh, Nirmala Sitharaman, Nitin Gadkari, Prahlad Joshi, and Kiren Rijiju attended the meeting. The winter session of the Parliament commenced on November 29, passing the Farm Laws Repeal Bill 2021. The session is likely to conclude on December 26.
Inside room number 59 of Parliament House, a fire broke out on the morning of December 1. The fire department said the fire gutted several wooden articles and computers, reported UNI. However, the department doused the fire by around 8:05 AM. The room is said to be situated close to the room allotted to media personnel. Besides, there are no reports of injury so far.
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