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Parliament Monsoon Session: Harivansh Narayan Singh elected as deputy chairman of Rajya Sabha | Highlights

The coronavirus crisis, economic devastation, and the border row with China are some of the key issues likely to dominate as the monsoon session of Parliament begins today (September 14).

Parliament Monsoon Session: Harivansh Narayan Singh elected as deputy chairman of Rajya Sabha | Highlights

New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Coronavirus crisis, economic devastation, and the border row with China are some of the key issues likely to dominate as the monsoon session of Parliament begins today (September 14). The session is expected to be a stormy one as MPs from Congress and TMC have given notices in Lok Sabha over the latest revelation of Chinese snooping. According to a report, China is monitoring over 10,000 Indians in real-time in what the country calls it "hybrid warfare". The issue is likely to be raised by the MPs today. Besides, the government has listed 47 items, including 45 bills and two other financial items, for the monsoon session which will end on October 1.

Below are the highlights of the day 1 of Parliament Monsoon Session:

17:41 pm: There have been 3,186 incidents of ceasefire violations along LoC in Jammu region between Jan 1 and Sept 7 this year. In addition, 242 incidents of cross-border firing have occurred along Indo-Pak border in Jammu till Aug 31 this year, says MoS Defence Shripad Naik in Rajya Sabha

There have been 8 fatal casualties and 2 non-fatal casualties of Army personnel in Jammu and Kashmir till Sept 7 this year. There have been 5 non-fatal casualties of BSF personnel along international border and Loc in J&K, he adds

17:36 pm: The respect I hold for Harivansh ji, each member of the House shares. He has earned this respect. His unbiased role in the Parliament strengthens our democracy: Prime Minister Modi in Rajya Sabha on the election of Harivansh as Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman

17:30 pm: This is the second time he has been elected as the deputy chairman of the House. I congratulate him. He has been just to members of all parties: Congress Rajya Sabha MP Ghulam Nabi Azad on the election of NDA's Rajya Sabha deputy chairman candidate Harivansh

17:24 pm: I declare that Harivansh ji has been chosen as the deputy chairman of the Rajya Sabha: Rajya Sabha Chairman M.Venkaiah Naidu

A voice vote was conducted for the election of Rajya Sabha deputy chairman.

17:21 pm: BJP Rajya Sabha MP JP Nadda moves motion to elect NDA candidate Harivansh Narayan Singh the Deputy Chairman of the House

16:55 pm: Rajya Sabha proceedings have resumed

16:26 pm: 359 members attended proceedings of Lok Sabha on the first day of monsoon session, says Lok Sabha Secretariat

15:57 pm: Rajya Sabha adjourned for one hour till 4:40 pm in the honour of the departed souls: Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu

15:56 pm: Rajya Sabha pays tributes to former MPs Pranab Mukherjee, Beni Prasad Verma, Amar Singh and others who passed away recently

15:26 pm: 17 MPs, including Meenakshi Lekhi, Anant Kumar Hegde and Parvesh Sahib Singh, test positive for COVID-19, reports ANI

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15:04 pm: YSR Congress Party to support to NDA candidate Harivansh for the post of Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman: YSR MP Vijay Sai Reddy

14:55 pm: Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) will abstain from voting during Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman election: TRS MP K Keshava Rao

13:55 pm: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) will support Opposition candidate Manoj Kumar Jha for the post of Deputy Chairman in Rajya Sabha, says AAP MP Sanjay Singh while speaking to news agency ANI

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13:18 pm: Lok Sabha adjourned till 3 pm tomorrow

12:59 pm: Commenting on personal attire...Being a senior member, what is he talking? He should apologise unconditionally. It is an insult to womenfolk: Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi on TMC MP Saugata Roy's remark on FM Sitharaman in Lok Sabha

12:35 pm: Will give 'unequivocal message' that India stands with its soldiers: PM Modi

12:22 pm: Agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar says there will be no changes in MSP

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11:48 am: Our party will support National Democratic Alliance's candidate Harivansh for the post of Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman, says BJD's Prasanna Acharya

11:47 am: Maximum cases and deaths primarily reported from Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, UP, Delhi, West Bengal, Bihar, Telangana, Odisha, Assam, Kerala and Gujarat. All these reported more than 1 Lakh cases, says Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan

With our endeavour to manage COVID-19, India has been able to limit its cases and deaths per million to 3,328 cases per million and 55 deaths per million population respectively, which is one of the lowest in the world as compared to similarly affected countries, he adds

11:38 am: This is a global scenario and we're not the only country going through it. But it should be priority of govt. I don't see this govt at the Centre talking extensively either about the economy or unemployment challenges. We should put it on priority: NCP's Supriya Sule

11:20 am: I think the biggest challenge right now in the country is the State of the economy and unemployment. I think on the first first day, what we should have debated today in Parliament is the state of the economy, pandemic and challenges of unemployment, says NCP's Supriya Sule

11:12 am: Problem of drug trafficking or addiction is on a rise. Conspiracy is being hatched to destroy country's youth, our neighbouring countries are contributing. Smuggling of drugs from Pakistan and China is done every year - it is brought via Punjab and Nepal, says BJP MP Ravi Kishan

Drug addiction is in film industry too. Several people have been apprehended, NCB is doing very good work. I urge central govt to take strict action, apprehend the culprits soon, give them befitting punishment and bring an end to conspiracy of neighbouring countries, he adds

10:58 am: I'd like to draw the attention of this House and the govt to the plight of 12 students who had committed suicide - all from rural background - because of NEET exam. They had passed plus 2 through state board and NEET is conducted only in CBSE syllabus, says DMK MP TR Baalu

Within a month after plus 2 result, they have to enter into NEET exam and they are clueless. Without knowing any subject matter of CBSE syllabus, they are helpless and committing suicide. Future doctors of India have committed suicide, he adds

10:54 am: Leaders of most parties agreed over no Question Hour and Zero Hour for 30 minutes. We apprised you (Speaker) of it following which decision was taken by you. I appeal to all members of House to co-operate as Session is being held in extraordinary situation, says Defence Minister Rajnath Singh

10:53 am: It's extraordinary situation. When Assemblies aren't ready to meet for a single day, we -with around 800-850 MPs- are meeting here. There are so many ways to question the govt, govt isn't running away from discussion. We're ready for discussion, says BJP's Pralhad Joshi

10:44 am: Question Hour is the golden hour but you say that it can't be held due to the circumstances. You conduct the proceedings but single out Question Hour. You are trying to strangulate the democracy, says Congress' Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury

10:30 am: The entire country has stood by the Army irrespective of whose government is at the Centre and will always do the same: Shiv Sena's Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Raut

10:05 am: "The government is accountable to Parliament. When have they reported to us on talks between Defence and Foreign Ministers (of India and China)? The nation needs to be taken into confidence by the government. Question of support for military beyond debate we're very strongly with our Army," says Shashi Tharoor.

09:40 am: Tamil Nadu: DMK MLAs arrive at the state legislative assembly, wearing masks with 'Ban NEET, save TN students' printed on them. Party's MPs staged a protest at the Parliament premises in Delhi this morning, demanding that NEET exam be scrapped.

09:25 am: Hour adjourned for one hour.

09:21 am: MPs pay tribute to ex-President Pranab Mukherjee, legendary Indian classical vocalist Pandit Jasraj, ex-Chhattisgarh CM Ajit Jogi, MP Governor Lalji Tandon, UP Ministers Kamal Rani & Chetan Chauhan and ex-union minister Rahguvansh Prasad Singh & others who passed away this year.

08:58 am: Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) MPs TR Balu and Kanimozhi stage protest against NEET examination in the Parliament premises ahead of the Monsoon Session commencing today.

08:55 am: Jab tak dawai nahi tab tak koi dhilai nahi. We want that a vaccine be developed at the earliest from any corner of the world, our scientists succeed and we succeed in bringing everyone out of this problem: Prime Minister Narendra Modi

08:50 am: I believe that all members of the Parliament will give an unequivocal message that the country stands with our soldiers: Prime Minister Narendra Modi

08:45 am: Parliament session is beginning in distinct times. There's Corona and there's duty. MPs chose the path to duty. I congratulate & express gratitude to them. This time RS-LS will be held at different times in a day. It'll be held on Saturday-Sunday too. All MPs accepted this: PM Modi

08:30 am: Chinese snooping of Indians likely to echo in Parliament today as Congress, TMC MPs give notices in Lok Sabha. Click here to read details of the Chinese snooping row.

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