Rajya Sabha Current Affairs - 2020

Wildlife Protection Amendment Bill 2013 introduced in Rajya Sabha

The Environment and Forests Ministry introduced in the Rajya Sabha major amendments to the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972 that seek heavier penalties to check wildlife-related crimes and aim to make Indian laws consistent with the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of wild flora and fauna (CITES). Salient features of the Wildlife Protection Amendment Read More…

PM Manmohan Singh takes oath as Rajya Sabha member for fifth consecutive term

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh took oath as member of Rajya Sabha after being re-elected from Assam. Singh was recently elected a member of Rajya Sabha (Upper House of Indian Parliament) from Assam for the fifth consecutive term. The election to the two Rajya Sabha seats from Assam had taken place on May 30, 2013 and Congress Read More…

SEBI Bill for appointing SAT head passed in Rajya Sabha

Rajya Sabha cleared a Bill envisaging for broadening the criterion for appointment of Presiding Officer of the Securities Appellate Tribunal (SAT). SAT is a statutory body that adjudicates on appeals against orders passed by SEBI. The SEBI (Amendment) Bill, 2013, seeks to include the criterion of appointing a retired High Court judge having held the Read More…

JPC to probe chopper deal

The government moved a motion in the Rajya Sabha which was adopted by voice vote – for the formation of a JPC (Joint Parliamentary Committee) to probe the chopper deal. Objective: JPC to enquire into the allegations of payment of bribes in the acquisition of VVIP helicopters by the Ministry of Defence from M/s AgustaWestland Read More…

Government approves amendments to Judicial Standards and Accountability Bill

The Union government approved amendments to the Judicial Standards and Accountability Bill which had already been passed in the Lok Sabha and was pending in the Rajya Sabha. Some changes have been made to make the bill fit to Article 14 (which seeks equality before law). The amended clause debars judges from making unwarranted comments Read More…