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Rajya Sabha: 8 Opposition MPs suspended in Farmer Bills Chaos.



Eight Opposition MPs were suspended from the Rajya Sabha for remainder of the Monsoon Session, on account of their “unruly behavior” and “grossly disordered conduct” in the House yesterday. Chair Venkaiah Naidu has suspended the following MPs after a motion moved in that direction was passed by a voice vote:

Derek O’ Brien (TMC)

Sanjay Singh (AAP)

Rajeev Satav (Congress)

KK Ragesh (CPI(M))

Syed Naseer Hussain (Congress)

Ripun Bora (Congress)

Dola Sen (AITC)

Elamaram Kareem (CPI(M))

On Sunday, the Opposition members alleged that the Farmers Bills were being passed in hasty manner . They cried foul over the passing of the Bills with a voice vote, denying their demand for a division for voting.
As alleged by MP Derek O’ Brien, several MPs had sought a Division on the Bill however, they were denied the right by the Deputy Chair, Harivansh Narayan Singh.

When the issue was taken up by Chair Venkaiah Naidu today, he alleged that the Deputy was verbally attacked, and the Division could not take place due to “disruption of the House”.

He alleged that the above named Members abused the Deputy with “objectionable words”, threw papers at him, threw a Rule book at him, wrenched his mic and obstructed him from performing his duties. Calling it a “very bad day for Rajya Sabha,” he asked the suspended Members to leave the Chambers. However, the Opposition continued to protest and since the suspended MPs refused to leave the Chambers, the house has been adjourned for some time.

It may be noted that the 47 MPs from the Opposition, including their Leader, Ghulam Nabi Azad, had moved a no confidence motion for removal of the Deputy Chair. They had alleged that the Deputy willingly denied them the right to seek Division, which forced them to enter the well and create a ruckus.

However, the Chair clarified that any such motion can be moved only with a 14 days advance notice, as per the mandate of Article 90 of the Constitution. The Chair noted that the Session is scheduled to adjourn on October 1. Thus 14 days’ notice has not been served and the motion is  “not admissible”.








Health Ministry say’s for COVID-19 vaccin,No vaccination for pregnant, lactating women at this time.



The Union Health Ministry has informed all states and union territories that interchangeability of COVID-19 vaccines is not permitted, and pregnant and lactating women should not be administered the shots as they have not been part of any anti-coronavirus vaccine clinical trial so far.

The Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) had recently granted emergency use authorisation to two COVID-19 vaccines – Covishield, developed by Oxford University and British-Swedish company AstraZeneca, and manufactured by the Serum Institute of India (SII) and Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin.

India will launch its COVID-19 vaccination drive from January 16 in what Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called the world’s largest inoculation programme.

Ahead of the vaccination drive, in a letter to all states and UTs, the ministry highlighted that under the emergency use authorisation, coronavirus vaccination is indicated only for 18 years and above.

Around three lakh healthcare and frontline workers will be inoculated at 2,934 sites across the country on the first day of the nationwide vaccination drive.

The ministry has already said that getting vaccinated for COVID-19 will be voluntary.

A consignment of an anti-COVID vaccine comprising its 93,000 doses reached Himachal Pradesh’s capital Shimla on January 14, said State Health Secretary Amitabh Avasthi. The consignment of Covishield vaccine had been airlifted from Pune to Chandigarh, from where it was brought to Shimla by road, he said.

A consignment of 18,500 COVID-19 vaccines, to be used in the first phase of inoculation, arrived in Aizawl from New Delhi on the day.

The first consignment of 32,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine arrived in Arunachal Pradesh in a vaccine van from Guwahati on the day.

Nagaland received its first consignment of 26,500 doses of COVID-19 vaccine, said an official. The vials arrived from Delhi at Dimapur Airport in an aircraft, he said.

A Maharashtra government official has said it will take six to seven months for the vaccine to become available for those who are not in the high-risk category.

Around 1.62 lakh COVID-19 vaccine has reached all the 24 districts of Jharkhand for the scheduled first phase of the vaccination drive on January 16, according to a top Health department official.

(With inputs from PTI)

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