The Centre informed the Parliament in a written reply to a query that India’s ties with China haven’t worsened within the aftermath of the border tensions

On the third day of the Monsoon Session of the Parliament, the Lok Sabha Wednesday handed the Banking Regulation (Amendment) Bill, 2020, which brings cooperative banks beneath the supervision of the Reserve Bank of India in a bid to shield the pursuits of depositors.

Meanwhile, within the Rajya Sabha, the Institute of Teaching and Research in Ayurveda Bill, 2020, was handed. This paves the best way for the institution of a state-of-the-artwork Ayurvedic establishment known as the Institute of Teaching and Research in Ayurveda (ITRA) at Jamnagar in Gujarat, and confers the standing of Institution of National Importance (INI) to it, the Ministry of AYUSH mentioned in a press release.

As for Thursday’s session, the primary spotlight is probably going to be Defence Minister Rajnath Singh’s statement on the India-China border issue in Rajya Sabha.

Singh will addres the Upper House, days after acknowledging within the Lok Sabha that India was going through a “challenge” on the border, however assured that the armed forces had been ready to take care of all contingencies.

No infiltration alongside India-China border in final 6 months: Govt tells Rajya Sabha

Meanwhile, the federal government on Wednesday mentioned there was no infiltration alongside the India-China border within the final six months, whereas 47 infiltration bids have been reported alongside the India-Pakistan border throughout that interval.

The Union Home Ministry additionally knowledgeable the Rajya Sabha that 594 makes an attempt of infiltration into Jammu and Kashmir by Pakistani militants have been reported within the final three years, of which 312 had been profitable.

“No infiltration has been reported along India-China border during the last six months,” Union Minister of State for Home Nityanad Rai mentioned in a written response to a query.

This comes just a day after Defence Minister Rajnath Singh made a press release within the Lok Sabha over the India-China standoff, the place he said that China has mobilised numerous troops and armaments alongside the LAC in addition to within the “depth areas”. Singh had mentioned that the LAC was not generally delineated.

An MHA official, nonetheless, clarified Rai’s assertion in Rajya Sabha, in an interview with India Today, saying that “infiltration” isn’t the identical as “transgression” or “incursion” which is widespread parlance for the Military motion at Line of Actual Control (LAC). Infiltration is used for terrorists crossing from Line Of Control (LoC), therefore it’s incorrect to say there was any infiltration.

Replying a separate query, Union Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy mentioned 582 terrorists had been killed in Jammu and Kashmir by safety forces within the final three years, whereas 46 terrorists had been arrested throughout that interval. As many as 76 military personnel had been additionally killed in Jammu and Kashmir from 2018 until 8 September, 2020, he mentioned.

Ties with China have ‘not worsened’: MEA tells Parliament

The Ministry of External Affairs knowledgeable the Lok Sabha that India’s ties with China haven’t worsened within the aftermath of the border tensions. Minister of State for MEA V Muraleedharan mentioned this in a written reply to a query raised by Trinamool Congress MP Sougata Roy.

Tensions have been escalating between China and India, alongside the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in japanese Ladakh after the Galwan Valley clashes on 15 June through which 20 Indian Army personnel had been killed.

Congress raises issue of alleged surveillance by Chinese firm

Congress members on Wednesday raised in each Houses of Parliament the alleged monitoring of over 10,000 distinguished Indian people and organisations by a Chinese expertise firm and requested the federal government to construct an “impregnable firewall” to take care of the “digital aggression” by the neighbouring nation.

Rajya Sabha chairman M Venkaiah Naidu requested the Minister of Parliamentary Affairs to inform the minister involved to “see what can be done and find out the veracity also”, after Congress members, KC Venugopal and Rajiv Satav expressed concern over a media report on this regard, in the course of the Zero Hour.

Leader of Congress in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury mentioned China has been behind the unfold of coronavirus, bodily aggression in Ladakh, and now “digital aggression”.

“We are in clutches of China. Is the government not aware of it?… Our national security is being shattered,” Chowdhury mentioned whereas elevating the issue in the course of the Question Hour within the Lok Sabha.

He requested IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad to construct an “impregnable firewall to resist the new menace”. His occasion colleague Suresh Kodikunnil too raised the issue.

Earlier within the day, Congress members Venugopal and Satav took up the issue in the course of the Zero Hour within the Upper House.

“I would like to invite the attention of this House through you Chairman, shocking news which is related to national security and privacy of Indian citizens,” Venugopal mentioned.

He mentioned The Indian Express has reported {that a} Shenzen-based expertise firm with hyperlinks to the Chinese authorities, and the Chinese Communist Party, is monitoring over 10,000 Indian people and organisations in its world database of overseas targets.

“This includes… very shocking, the President of India also, you the Vice President of India, the Prime Minister of India and the opposition leaders, including Congress president, chief ministers, MPs, the army chief, and industrialists,” Venugopal mentioned.

The Chinese firm has additionally collected database of bureaucrats in key positions, judges, scientists, academicians, journalists, actors, sportspersons, non secular figures, and activists, he added.

“This is a major area of concern. I would like to know from the government whether it has taken note of it. If so, what action has been taken,” Venugopal requested.

The Congress chief additionally charged that the federal government was not answering and discussing experiences concerning Chinese intrusion in border areas. Echoing his views, Satav mentioned this can be a very critical issue.

“The government should clarify. The truth should come out. How can a Chinese company spy on prominent people,” Satav mentioned.

To this, Naidu requested the Minister of Parliamentary Affairs to be aware of the matter.

“It has appeared prominently. So inform the minister concerned and see what can be done and find out the veracity also,” the Rajya Sabha Chairman mentioned.

Lok Sabha passes Banking Regulation (Amendment) Bill 2020

The Lok Sabha on Wednesday handed the Banking Regulation (Amendment) Bill 2020 that empowers the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to regulate banking actions of cooperative societies.

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, who had launched that Bill earlier this 12 months, informed the Lower House that the mentioned amendments are geared toward enhancing their governance and defending depositors’ cash. Moving the Banking Regulation (Amendment) Bill, 2020, within the Lok Sabha, Sitharaman mentioned the federal government was compelled to come out with an ordinance in the course of the lockdown interval because the situation of the cooperative banks was “grave”.

Opposing the Bill within the Parliament, RSP MP NK Premachandran on behalf of his occasion mentioned that states weren’t taken into confidence earlier than bringing the Bill. “Many poor marginal populations depend on co-operative societies in Kerala,” he mentioned. He requested for the Bill to be despatched to a standing committee for assessment.

AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi questioned the federal government’s selective intervention within the Yes Bank disaster however not for PMC. “SBI immediately flowed funds in Yes bank case, but not into PMC bank. What was RBI doing when Yes Bank happened?” he requested. He additional mentioned that the Bill was an assault on federalism.

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman whereas responding to queries raised by 32 MPs in the course of the session mentioned, “We want to regulate banking activity, within our power and will not interfere with ‘federalism’.”

“The financial status of 277 urban cooperative banks is weak. 105 cooperative banks are unable to meet the minimum regulatory capital requirement. 47 banks have a net worth in negative. 328 urban cooperative banks have more than 15 percent gross NPA ratio”, she mentioned.

“This Bill does not regulate cooperative banks. The amendment is not for the Central Government to take over the cooperative banks. It is not for the first time that this regulation of extending some powers to RBI is happening,” she added.

India’s exports fell 25.42% between April and June, Centre tells Parliament

In a written reply within the Lok Sabha, Minister of Commerce and Industry Piyush Goyal knowledgeable the Parliament on Wednesday that India’s overall exports (merchandise plus companies) had decreased by 25.42 p.c in the course of the months of April and June, when put next to the determine throughout the identical time final 12 months. The authorities attributed the decreased determine to the nationwide lockdown to management the coronavirus.

Goyal mentioned that the export determine was displaying indicators of enchancment. the newest merchandise exports present a restoration, with the export decline price at 12.66 p.c in August, 2020, he mentioned.

Revenue of Indian airways’ fell by 85.7% to Rs 3,651 crore, says aviation minister

The income of Indian airways fell by 85.7 p.c to Rs 3,651 crore in the course of the first quarter of 2020-21 compared to the corresponding interval a 12 months in the past due to COVID-19, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri informed the Rajya Sabha.

Moreover, worker rely on the Indian carriers went down from 74,887 on 31 March to 69,589 on 31 July, a lower of seven.07 p.c, Puri said in a written reply to a query in Rajya Sabha.

“The revenue of airport operators has reduced from Rs 5,745 crore during April-June 2019 to Rs 894 crore during April-June 2020,” he mentioned.

The minister mentioned the worker rely at airports has decreased from 67,760 on 31 March to 64,514 on 31 July.

Scheduled home flight companies had been suspended in India from 25 March to 24 May due to the coronavirus-triggered lockdown. They had been resumed from 25 May however in a curtailed method.

Tata Projects wins bid to assemble new Parliament constructing at Rs 861.90 crore

Tata Projects Limited on Wednesday gained the bid to assemble a brand new Parliament constructing at a value of Rs 861.90 crore, officers informed PTI.

The L&T Ltd had submitted a bid of Rs 865 crore, they mentioned.

“The Tata Projects Limited has won the contract to build a new Parliament building,” an official mentioned.

The new Parliament constructing will probably be constructed shut to the prevailing one beneath the Central Vista redevelopment mission, and is predicted to be accomplished in 21 months.

According to the Central Public Works Department (CPWD), the brand new constructing will come up at plot quantity 118 of the Parliament House Estate. The CPWD mentioned the prevailing Parliament constructing will proceed to perform throughout your complete interval of execution of the mission.

RS passes Institute of Teaching and Research in Ayurveda Bill 2020

The Rajya Sabha on Wednesday handed the Institute of Teaching and Research in Ayurveda Bill, 2020, which paved the best way for the institution of a state-of-the-artwork Ayurvedic establishment, ITRA, at Jamnagar in Gujarat, and conferment of the standing of, Institute of National Importance (INI), to it, the Ministry of AYUSH mentioned in a press release. The bill was handed within the Lok Sabha on 19 March.

The ITRA is sought to be established by conglomerating the presently current Ayurveda institutes on the Gujarat Ayurved University campus in Jamnagar, the assertion mentioned.

This is a cluster of extremely-reputed establishments, specifically the Institute for Post Graduate Teaching and Research in Ayurveda, Shree GulabKunverba Ayurveda Mahavidyalaya, and Institute of Ayurvedic Pharmaceutical Sciences, Maharshi Patanjali Institute for Yoga Naturopathy Education & Research (to be made a part of the Department of Swasthvritta of the proposed ITRA.

The synergies among the many completely different constituent establishments will assist ITRA to exhibit excessive requirements of such schooling and to emerge as a lighthouse establishment to your complete AYUSH sector. The choice comes at a time when world curiosity in well being options primarily based on conventional knowledge is at an unprecedentedly excessive degree and ITRA is poised to take Ayurveda schooling to new vistas, a press release mentioned.

With inputs from PTI

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