3.52 pm: Gang rape victim's parents watch the proceedings from the visitor’s gallery.
3.50 pm: Bill can't get more nuanced and compassionate, says Women and Child and Development Minister Maneka Gandhi
3.47 pm: We support the juvenile justice bill, says Derek O' Brien
3.45 pm: Govt. says 38,565 cases registered against juveniles in 2014
3.40 pm: Anu Agha: Do not lower the age, send Bill to select committee
3.35 pm: TMC's Derek: 5% repeat offenders in India. Consider changing reform period from 3 to 7 years.
3.30 pm: Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad says broaden provisions in Bill
3: 00 pm: Gang rape victim's parents say they have been assured by Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi that the Bill would be passed in Rajya Sabha on Tuesday.
2: 00 pm: Parents of the Delhi gang-rape case victim reach Parliament as discussion on Juvenile Justice Bill begins in Rajya Sabha.
1:30 pm: “Today, again, is a day of hope,’’ said Badrinath Singh, father of the December 12 gang-rape case victim, speaking to The Hindu , minutes after he and his wife Asha Devi were invited to the Rajya Sabha to watch the proceedings.
Asha Devi added that their presence at the Rajya Sabha will be a reminder to the leaders about how a young girl was sexually assaulted and killed because the laws of the land weren’t deterrent enough. > More...
DDCA row: Congress presses for Jaitley's resignation
The Congress on Tuesday continued to press for the resignation of Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in the Rajya Sabha over alleged irregularities in Delhi cricket body DDCA for the second day, forcing two adjournments before noon.
Slogan-shouting Congress members moved to the aisles and later into the Well, disrupting the proceedings.
Soon after the papers were laid, Deputy Chairman P.J. Kurien disallowed Kumari Selja (Congress) from raising the issue of “a ruling BJP MP levelling serious allegations” against Mr. Jaitley over the functioning of DDCA.
PM Modi backs Jaitley
In a strong show of support for Mr. Jaitley, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said the Finance Minister will come through “with flying colours” against charges of corruption levelled against him by the opposition in a same way L.K. Advani did in the Hawala case. > More...
Public anger at the release of the juvenile convict in the Delhi gang rape case has compelled MPs, transcending party lines, to agree to bring for consideration in the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday the proposed amendments to the Juvenile Justice Act. The amendments have received the Lok Sabha’s approval. > More...
According to data compiled by PRS Legislative Research, a Delhi-based think tank, as of December 18 the Rajya Sabha had wasted more than half its available hours in the winter session. Question Hour had functioned in the House for only 15 per cent of the allotted time — in contrast to 88 per cent in the Lok Sabha. > More...
12:05 pm: Such tactics [of the] Congress are really shameful: Ravi Shankar Prasad.
11: 40 am: Rajya Sabha adjourns for the second time till noon as Congress continues protests demanding resignation of Jaitley .
11:17 am: Rajya Sabha adjourned till 11 30 am due to uproar over DDCA issue.
10:58 am: Arun Jaitley will come through with flying colours in the same manner as L.K. Advani did in Hawala case: PM Modi tells BJP Parliamentary Party on DDCA issue. > Read more on DDCA row.
10:53 am: Govt urges Congress to help in passage of key Bills including on amendments to Juvenile Justice Act in Rajya Sabha.
10:51 am: Congress is raking up manufactured allegations to defame govt: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is quoted as saying by Venkaiah Naidu.
10:03 am: The Congress has accused the government of playing “brazen mischief” by proposing to bring the unlisted Juvenile Justice Bill in Rajya Sabha, alleging it was to “defame the opposition” and divert attention from the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) issue. > More...
9:45 am: BJP Parliamentary party meeting begins in Parliament.
In Parliament today:
Bills for Consideration and Passing
- Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2015
- Payment of Bonus (Amendment) Bill, 2015
Bills for Consideration and Passing
-Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Bill, 2015
-Commercial Courts, Commercial Division and Commercial Appellate Division of High Courts Bill, 2015
-Arbitration and Conciliation (Amendment) Bill, 2015
-Whistle Blowers Protection (Amendment) Bill, 2015
-Atomic Energy(Amendment) Bill, 2015
-Real Estate(Regulation and Development) Bill, 2015
-Sugar Cess (Amendment) Bill, 2015