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    Monsoon Session Day 3 LIVE: The Banking Regulation (Amendment) Bill, 2020, has been passed by Lok Sabha.

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    Monsoon Session Day 3 LIVE: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh to make a statement on India-China border issue, in Rajya Sabha at 11 AM tomorrow.

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    Monsoon Session Day 3 LIVE: “It was not a meeting on China. Bills are being discussed and we had asked for the government to agree to send some bill for scrutiny. It was just a meeting on that. Rajnath Singh is attending this meeting as Deputy Leader of Lok Sabha and not as Raksha Mantri,” notes Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad after the meeting.

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    Monsoon Session Day 3 LIVE: All-party meeting ends with discussion on bills passed in the Parlament. India-China border row to be discussed tomorrow as Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will hold another all-party meeting at 12 noon.

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    Monsoon Session Day 3 LIVE: Tata Projects on Wednesday won a bid worth Rs 861.90 crore to construct the new Parliament building. Larsen and Toubro Ltd had submitted a bid of Rs.865 crore.

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    Monsoon Session Day 3 LIVE: Government calls informal meeting of parties which have five or more members in Rajya Sabha. Issues that parties wanted to raise in the Business Advisory Committee will be taken up for discussion

New Delhi: Monsoon session of Parliament is taking place under the shadow of COVID pandemic, India-China border tension at LAC and economic crisis. Today, the Rajya Sabha is discussing the Centre’s preparedness on the ongoing COVID pandemic and its strategy to curb the spread. Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman will move the Banking Regulation (Amendment) Bill, 2020 for its passage in the Lok Sabha. Also Read - Amid Oppostion Protest, Rajya Sabha Passes 7 Key Bills in Three And Half Hours

The day 2 of Parliament witnessed a fiery debate with Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh giving a speech on the border row, while the opposition demanded information on migrant deaths as well as Bollywood’s nexus with drug traffickers. Also Read - Farm Bills Row: Will Consider Revoking Suspension Only After MPs Apologise, Says Ravi Shankar Prasad

On the border row, the Centre may hold a closed-door meeting with the opposition amid the government’s reluctance to hold a full-fledged discussion on the issue in Parliament, given its sensitive nature, a report by Hindustan Times said. However, no final decision has been taken so far. Also Read - Centre Announces MSP Hike Amid Row Over Farm Bills, Opposition to Take Protests to Streets | Roundup

Further, the Lok Sabha on Tuesday passed a Bill which has provisions to suspend the MP Local Area Development (MPLAD) funds for two years and for a 30 per cent deduction of salaries of all lawmakers and the money thus saved can go to the Consolidated Fund of India to fight the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill, 2020 – was also passed in the Lower House of the Parliament Tuesday. While the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill 2020 seeks to deregulate food items, including cereals, pulses and onion, a move aimed at transforming the farm sector and raising farmers’ income, the Congress described it as a direct and deliberate assault by the Centre on the farmers’ interests.

The 18-day session is being held amid unprecedented precautionary measures against COVID-19 due to a continuing spike in cases. All MPs have been asked to undergo a COVID test and only those with a negative report are being allowed to sit in the session.