A parliamentary committee on home affairs on Monday adopted three reports on bills to replace the existing criminal laws with some opposition members submitting dissent notes, sources said. The Parliamentary Committee on Home Affairs, chaired by BJP member Brij Lal, met on Monday, nearly 10 days after members had sought additional time to study the draft reports circulated late last month.
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In a meeting with the Facebook and Twitter authorities on January 21, a parliamentary panel asked why Home Minister Amit Shah's Twitter handle was blocked in November 2020. To this, Twitter said the account was blocked due to a copyright issue. However, the agenda of the meeting was to discuss on user's privacy, rights and women security. Meanwhile, the companies said they strictly monitor contents in accordance with their rules to ensure… read-more
Acknowledging the complaints from various members, a parliamentary panel has called the Education Ministry to deliberate over certain reforms in the school books. The reforms, which are long-standing demands of the BJP and RSS members, aim to remove "unhistorical facts" and "distortions" from the books and also curtail overemphasis over medieval history. The proposed meeting on January 13 will zoom in on inclusion of "proportionate references… read-more
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Journalist P Sainath, whose name has been suggested by the Supreme Court for the panel to look upon the farmers' protests, said that the new laws are deeply flawed. Sainath has clarified that he will not be a part of the panel until the government answers a series of questions asked by him. Moreover, he has extended his support towards the farmers' demand for repealing the laws.
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Following the trail of the social media companies, the telecom operators and cab aggregators will also be questioned by the Joint Committee of Parliament on 'Data Protection Bill'. While Jio has been summoned on November 4, Airtel and Truecaller will appear on November 6. Reportedly, the panel will question Ola and Uber on November 5. The committee is looking into data collection issues and intends to protect individuals' information.
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The joint committee of parliament on Data Protection Bill on October 28 questioned the representatives from Twitter on how they showed Ladakh as a part of China. However, the committee concluded that the answers were not satisfactory and "inadequate". The committee chairman Meenakshi Lekhi said that she is aware of the sensitivities, it is "a matter of India's sovereignty and integrity." She added the act "amounts to a criminal offence."
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