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National Sports University Bill passed in Lok Sabha

Trinamool Congress MPs created a ruckus in Lok Sabha Friday after their party delegation was detained at Silchar airport on Thursday. The delegation had arrived in Assam to participate in a convention against Assam’s recently-released draft National Register of Citizenship (NRC) published last month on July 30.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh in Rajya Sabha stated NRC as “national security” matter on Friday. Terming it as a “fair and objective” process, Singh said if all documents required for registration of NRC are submitted, no citizen would be left out.

Meanwhile, on Thursday, the Bill to grant constitutional status to the National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBC) was passed unanimously by Lok Sabha. The passage of the Constitution (123rd Amendment) Bill, 2017, making NCBC a panel with full powers to safeguard rights and interests of the Other Backward Classes (OBCs), could give a fillip to the BJP’s attempts to posture itself as a party that stands for backward communities.

Various bills are lined up in the lower house for consideration today, including the banning of unregulated deposit Schemes 2018, the National Sports University Bill 2018 and the National Medical Commission Bill 2017. Meanwhile, Rajya Sabha will deliberate on the Private Members’ Business Bill today.


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17:07 (IST)03 AUG 2018

Ramdas Athawale in RS on The Parliament (Enhancement of Productivity) Bill, 2017

MoS for Social Justice Ramdas Athawale commends the bill moved by Naresh Gujral but requess Gujral to withdraw the bill saying the government will come up with a similar legislation.

16:39 (IST)03 AUG 2018

Rajyavardhan Rathore shares details of National Sports University, Manipur

Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore tweets information about the National Sports University, Manipur.

Rajyavardhan Rathore


Lok Sabha passes the National Sports University Bill 2018. This will establish a first-of-its-kind National Sports University in Manipur.

This is a major step towards bringing to reality PM @narendramodi ji’s vision of developing a world class 360° sports ecosystem in India.

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Rajyavardhan Rathore


The National Sports University, Manipur is envisioned to offer courses in 13 departments through its 4 schools.

There will be enhanced focus on sports coaching, physiology, nutrition, journalism and other verticals associated with sports.

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16:15 (IST)03 AUG 2018

Private Members Bills presented in Lok Sabha

The Lok Sabha takes up Private Members Bills. As many as 100 such bills are listed to be introduced today. A bill moved by a member of parliament who is not part of the Cabinet is called a Private Member Bill. The first time a Private Member’s Bill was passed in RS was the one moved by DMK leader Tiruchi Siva.

16:06 (IST)03 AUG 2018

Passing of The Parliament (Enhancement of Productivity) Bill, 2017

The members of Rajya Sabha want a division on The Parliament (Enhancement of Productivity) Bill, 2017, the Chair says he will decide after all speakers have spoken.

16:04 (IST)03 AUG 2018

The Sports University Bill is passed in Lok Sabha

Lok Sabha passes the Sports University Bill after a clause-by-clause voting.

15:47 (IST)03 AUG 2018

AAP leader Sanjay Singh in support of The Parliament (Enhancement of Productivity) Bill, 2017

AAP leader Sanjay Singh urges the ruling government to vote in favour of passing The Parliament (Enhancement of Productivity) Bill, 2017 in the House today. He supported the idea cut of pay of the legislators who don’t show up in the House during the Parliament sessions.

15:40 (IST)03 AUG 2018

Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore responds on the National Sports University Bill 2018 in LS

In Lok Sabha, Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore responds on the National Sports University Bill 2018 debate. He said sports is turning into a USD 80 billion industry in the world and it’s high time we concentrate it now. He said that the Sports University will address every spectrum of sports including research, administration, umpiring, training and many more such issues.

15:31 (IST)03 AUG 2018

YSRCP minister Vijaisai Reddy supported The Parliament (Enhancement of Productivity) Bill, 2017 saying the minimum number of working days must be at least 120. He also suggested the separating the linking of Rajya Sabha with Lok Sabha.

15:13 (IST)03 AUG 2018

BJPs Ashok Bajpai supports the Bill too

Ashok Bajpai from BJP said that he supports The Parliament (Enhancement of Productivity) Bill, 2017. He mentioned that smaller parties did not get more time even if the issue was about their own State. He says new members and back benchers must also get adequate time to speak.

15:10 (IST)03 AUG 2018

Features of The Parliament (Enhancement of Productivity) Bill, 2017

1. Parliament must function for at least 100 days in a year.

2. There must be a special session in addition to regular Budget, Monsoon and Winter Session.

3. Time lost in disruptions must be compensated.

4. Time allotted to members must be based on issue and not party strength.

5. All States must get adequate representation to put forth their issues.

15:07 (IST)03 AUG 2018

Naresh Gujaral from SAD presented the The Parliament (Enhancement of Productivity) Bill, 2017 in RS

Naresh Gujaral from SAD on The Parliament (Enhancement of Productivity) Bill, 2017 said that the Bill sought to provide the establishment an effective system to prevent and address the decline in productivity of Parliament due to disruptions of sittings, by fixing a minimum number of days for Parliament in session, increase in the number of special sessions from three existing ones and to compensate for the hours unutilised due to disruptions.

15:00 (IST)03 AUG 2018

Congress leader Jairam Ramesh in Rajya Sabha

Congress leader Jairam Ramesh in Rajya Sabha on The Parliament (Enhancement of Productivity) Bill, 2017 said that he supports the Bill saying that there should be more days of Parliament sessions in both the Houses, regular special sessions could be held and for longer periods of time. Ramesh even suggested if the House could convene at 9.30 am instead of 11 am.

14:31 (IST)03 AUG 2018

Rajya Sabha resumes

Satyanarayan Jatiya is chairing the Rajya Sabha proceedings.

14:25 (IST)03 AUG 2018

37% decline in Commonwealth Games and sexual assault on women athletes is major concern: Kalikesh Narayan Singh Deo

Kalikesh Narayan Singh Deo, BJD, Orissa shows full support to the Sports bill and says, sports provide solidarity to the nation. We need money and it will come through sponsorships. Cricket hogs the limelight of sports in India. “Come up with a code which mandates that all number of sports get certain time on TV as advertisements. Adequate advertising space should be given to sports people.”

“My question is, is too little, too late.”

Deo looked into the efforts of Orissa govt. and hosting the national and international events in the state. He suggested that India should have the infrastructure and the capacity to host such events. “I have seen the result and the performance of Indian teams declined. Number don’t ie. We have had 37% decline in the commonwealth games held in Glasgow. ”

Athletes should be provided with minimum comfort, says Deo.

Deo raised a concern regarding sexual assault on women athletes laying onus on the oversight of the ministries and of host bodies. Gender-sensitivity should be a concern especially by the ones in-charge and authorities.

14:08 (IST)03 AUG 2018

Don’t focus only on cricket: Prasun Banerjee WB

Retired international footballer and winner of Arjuna Award Prasun Banerjee of West Bengal says sports should not be politicised, be it BJP or Congress. Increase the budget of sports, decrease the budget for elections and put it in sports.

Before Speaker M Thambi Durai, Banerjee says, sports should be compulsory in schools. Don’t focus only on cricket, pay attention to kabaddi, swimming, wrestling.

13:57 (IST)03 AUG 2018

One medal in 60 crore people is brought to India: Reddy

A P Jithendrer Reddy, TRS, Telangana says India is performing very poor in Olympics. We won a total of eight gold medals between 1928 to 1980 and two medals were won in 2016. “We have a population of 130 crore and one medal in 60 crore people is being brought to the country.”

The rate of increase in the budget has declined, says Reddy. “Last fiscal budget, the budget saw an increase of 21%, this year is just 12%.

Every village should have an infrastructure for sports, Reddy suggested.

13:39 (IST)03 AUG 2018

Set up institute for polo sport in Manipur: INC member on Sports bill

Supporting the Sports bill,  Thokcham Meinya, INC, Inner Manipur says that, Manipur is known for polo and the state organises regular annual polo tournaments. Meinya requests the government to set up an institute for polo in the state to carry forward the sport.

13:34 (IST)03 AUG 2018

Ask children to play sport and not focus entirely on studies: Anuraj Singh Thakur

BJP member Anurag Singh Thakur addressed lack of money in the sports sector and short-term targets kept for sportsmen in India before Chairman Pralhad Joshi of Lok Sabha.

“There is no focus on the techniques on the sportsmen. Government has to first convinced what athletes can achieve, then money is spent on them.”

Having a futuristic view, Thakur addressed the government that central and private universities of India should be the centre for sports and inter-school and inter-college championship should be started at initial levels.

he urged the government to contribute to sports sector so that India could have training programmes through worldwide clubs and federations and “we can stop relying on international coaches.”

“We have all adventure sports, paragliding, skiing and a canoeing, but we have no money. ”

13:12 (IST)03 AUG 2018

National Sports University Bill heard in Lok Sabha

BJP member Anurag Singh Thakur from Himachal Pradesh in Lok Sabha is addressing the National Sports University Bill and National Medical Commission Bill, Banning of Unregulated Deposit Schemes Bill is also listed in the Lower House for discussion.

13:03 (IST)03 AUG 2018

Rajya Sabha adjourned till 2:30 pm

Chairman Venkaiah Naidu adjourns the Upper House till 2:30 pm.

12:58 (IST)03 AUG 2018

Law and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad arrives at Parliament.

Union Cabinet Minister of Food Processing Harsimrat Kaur Badal arrives at the Parliament.

12:43 (IST)03 AUG 2018

The MPs detained at the airport were well taken care of: Rajnath Singh

In Lok Sabha, Rajnath Singh clarified that the government received information from media as well as intelligence and therefore to maintain law and order, in the state, the MPs were detained. The MPs were given due respect by district administrators and police officers with “folded hands” told the MPs that it would not be possible to go out.

“Delegation member created an unruly situation.”

12:33 (IST)03 AUG 2018

5-6 MPs have been manhandled going for assessment, is this not an undeclared emergency itself, questions in Lok Sabha

Discussing NRC in Assam, Kalyan Banerjee AITC, West Bengal raised the issue of MPs detained at Silchar airport in Guwahati, he said he was informed that as per an order passed by the Supreme Court, the MPs were detained under Section 151 CrPc.

“Citizens have a right to move anywhere in India and an MP has more responsibility to go anywhere if there is a problem in India. It’s a malafide action.”

“Is this not an undeclared emergency itself?”

12:21 (IST)03 AUG 2018

Biometrics is the core critical component of Aadhaar: Ravi Shankar Prasad

Questions regarding Aadhaar are raised in the Rajya Sabha.  Law and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad replied to questions stating that biometrics is the core critical component of Aadhaar. ‘There is a parliamentary law to back the law. Even billion attempts won’t be able to break it. ‘

When asked about Aadhaar in Asaam, Prasad reasoned that due to NRC in Assam, Aadhaar was put on a hold in the state.

12:14 (IST)03 AUG 2018

Trinamool Congress MPs create ruckus in Lok Sabha in midst of session

Trinamool Congress MPs have been creating a continuous ruckus in Lok Sabha Friday after their party delegation was detained at Silchar airport on Thursday.

12:01 (IST)03 AUG 2018

There can be an issue in the NRC process, Home Minister should not say it’s fair and objective’: Ghulam Nabi Azad

Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad spoke over the issue and said, “India’s territorial integrity cannot be compromised, receiving an applause from the assembly. We can’t leave our border open for everyone.”

“There can be trouble in the process, Singh cannot say it’s fair and objective process. ”

11:55 (IST)03 AUG 2018

This is not just an Assam issue, it’s a national issue: Derek O’Brein

All India Trinamool Congress member Derek O’Brien asked for clarification from Rajnath Singh stating, “This a national issue and humanitatrian issue not just assam. This is classic double speak.”

Quoting the Home Minister, O’Brien said, “Yes communal disharmony is being spread,” and he questioned, who is spreading it.  “I seek protection.”

“If there are 16 documnets needed to prove citizenship, higher authorities also need to produce a document of a higher education.”

11:49 (IST)03 AUG 2018

No coercive action will be taken against anyone: Rajnath Singh on NRC



I am saying this again, that no coercive action will be taken against anyone in any situation. Attempts to create an atmosphere of fear are condemnable:HM Rajnath Singh in Rajya Sabha

11:47 (IST)03 AUG 2018

This is a national security issue: Rajnath Singh on NRC

Home Minsister Rajnath Singh in Rajya Sabha resumed his speech on NRC satting,  “Every country would want to know how many citizens it has. This is a national security isuue.”

Addressing Ghulam Nabi Azad complaint,  Singh said, the 40 lakh are not families, they are people. Further he said, around 3 crore people applied for NRC and out of those around 2 crore have been included.

All documents required for NRC, if given, those people would not be left out from the NRC, receiving an applause from the assembly.

Read| No coercive action will be taken against anyone, creating fear condemnable, says Rajnath Singh

Assam’s final draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) was released last Monday. Of the 3.29 crore candidates who applied for citizenship, the NRC listed only 2.89 crore — 40 lakh people were not included. First published in 1951, Assam is the only state to have such a document. Officials have said those who are not included in the draft NRC can re-apply for citizenship.

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