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Tag: Speaker

Former minister Bikram Keshari Arukha likely to be crowned as Odisha Assembly Speaker
Former minister Bikram Keshari Arukha likely to be crowned as Odisha Assembly Speaker

When asked, the Bhanjanagar legislator said if any responsibility is given to him he would discharge it with integrity and sincerity. 

Speaker Responsible For Unpleasant Situation In Odisha Assembly: BJP

Bhubaneswar: Making the Speaker of Odisha Assembly, Surjya Narayan Patro responsible for the unpleasant situation in the House that saw hurling of slippers at the Speaker’s podium and the subsequent…

Odisha Speaker Calls All Party Meet On Nov 18 Ahead Of Winter Session

Bhubaneswar: The Speaker of the Odisha Legislative Assembly has called an all-party meet on November 18 ahead of the Winter Session to ensure smooth functioning of the House. Speaker Surya Narayan Patro will discuss subjects regarding Question Hour, Starred Questions and seek opinions of other members on the matter. Notably, starred questions were not taken […]

Winter Session Of Odisha Assembly: Special COVID-19 Testing For All Ministers, MLAs & Staff

Bhubaneswar: Special arrangements have been made for COVID-19 tests of all ministers, MLAs and other staff ahead of the winter session of Odisha Assembly starting from November 20, informed Speaker, SN Patro on Tuesday. During a high-level meeting held with officials of the health department and Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC), Patro informed that it has […]

'Speaker Unable To Control Odisha Assembly Proceedings'

Bhubaneswar: The Congress today targeted the Speaker of the Odisha Assembly alleging that the House is not being run properly. During zero hour, senior Congress leader and Bolangir MLA Narasingha Mishra targeted the Speaker and accused him of failing to control the legislators. Mishra also alleged that State Ministers are not giving relevant answers to […]

Karnataka braces for numbers game in Assembly

Bengaluru: A desperate JD-S-Congress coalition government is pulling all stops to face the floor test in the Karnataka Assembly for ensuring its survival in the number game on Thursday. With senior Congress ‘rebel’ legislator R. Ramalinga Reddy hinting at withdrawing his resignation, the beleaguered ruling ally is hoping a few more would turn up in […]

No decision by Speaker in Ktk till Tue:SC, CM says will seek trust vote

New Delhi/Bengaluru: In a breather for the beleaguered JD(S)-Congress government in Karnataka, the Assembly Speaker was restrained by the Supreme Court till Tuesday from deciding on both the resignation and disqualification of rebel MLAs, as Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy in a surprise move Friday announced he would seek a trust vote. As Karnataka headed […]

Speaker, Ministers to take part in Parliament cleanliness drive on Saturday

New Delhi: Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla along with Union Ministers and Members of Parliament will participate in the Swachhata Abhiyan (cleanliness drive) in Parliament House Estate on Saturday, a Lok Sabha Secretariat advisory said on Friday. Other dignitaries will also take part in the cleanliness drive which is scheduled to start at 9 a.m., […]

Political mudslinging at its peak after winter session cut short

Bhubaneswar: With the Odisha Assembly Speaker Pradip Amat adjourning the winter session of the House for an indefinite period yesterday, 18 days ahead of the schedule, political mudslinging has now sparked between the ruling and Opposition parties. While the BJP alleged that the ruling-party in association with the Congress has decided to adjourn the House […]

PTI's Asad Qaiser sworn in as Pakistan's National Assembly Speaker

Islamabad: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Asad Qaiser was elected as the Speaker of the National Assembly or the lower house of the country’s Parliament on Wednesday, beating PPP stalwart Khursheed Shah, who was fielded by an alliance of the opposition parties. Qaiser received 176 votes to be elected to the speakership, whereas Shah got 146 […]

House passes bill on salary hike of MLAs

Bhubaneswar: The State Assembly on Tuesday passed the Odisha Legislative Assembly Members’ Salary, Allowance and Pension (Amendment) Bill. Daily allowance of the Leader of Opposition, Chief Whip and Deputy Chief Whip has been increased from Rs 800 to Rs 1,500. Similarly, daily allowance of the Speaker, Deputy Speaker and Council of Ministers was increased from […]

Paikmal Tehsildar caught on camera while taking bribe

Bhubaneswar: Padampur BJP legislator Pradip Purohit on Monday handed over a video clip to Speaker of the Odisha Assembly Pradip Amat and Revenue Minister Maheswar Mohanty, showing that Paikmal Tehsildar Janakinath Mishra is taking bribe from sand smugglers. Briefing mediapersons on premises of the Assembly, Purohit said, “I have presented the evidence on illegal sand […]

Speaker, ministers wear black bands in Delhi Assembly

New Delhi: Delhi Assembly Speaker Ram Niwas Goel, AAP MLAs and ministers wore black bands in the House on Wednesday to protest against Lt. Governor Anil Baijal’s contention that the Speaker cannot accept questions on reserved subjects. On Monday, Goel cited a letter from Baijal that said the Speaker cannot accept any question on reserved […]

Apple delays launch of HomePod speaker till next year

San Francisco: Apple has postpone the release of its new smart home speaker HomePod until next year and reportedly said that it required more time to work on it. “We can’t wait for people to experience HomePod, Apple’s breakthrough wireless speaker for the home, but we need a little more time before it’s ready for […]

Speaker of Catalonia's sacked parliament released on bail

Madrid: The speaker of Catalonia’s Parliament, who had presided over votes to allow a separatist referendum and the region’s declaration of independence from the rest of Spain, left jail on Friday after raising bail as stipulated by a Supreme Court judge who set paying a financial bond as a condition for her release. Carme Forcadell […]

Six Congress MPs suspended for unruly conduct

New Delhi: Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Monday suspended six Congress MPs for five consecutive sittings for improper conduct after they tore up papers and threw them towards her podium. The six MPs – Gaurav Gogoi, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, Ranjit Ranjan, Sushmita Dev, M.K. Raghavan and K. Suresh — would have to remain out […]

Lok Sabha adjourned for day amid ruckus, 3 bills introduced

New Delhi: The Lok Sabha on Tuesday witnessed acrimonious scenes over several issues, including farmers’ plight and incidents involving cow vigilantes, forcing the Speaker to adjourn the House for the day. Earlier, the House was adjourned soon after it met in the morning, on the second day of the monsoon session. Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge […]

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Pradeep Amat assumes charge as Speaker of Odisha Assembly

Bhubaneswar: Senior leader of BJD and former Finance minister Pradeep Amat today assumed charge as the Speaker of Odisha Assembly after a formal announcement by deputy speaker Sanand Marandi following a voice vote in the House. “I will ensure a congenial environment for smooth functioning of the Assembly by maintaining a cordial relationship with all […]

BJD moves motion of notice for election of Assembly Speaker

Bhubaneswar: Ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) today moved a motion of notice for the election to the post of Speaker of the Odisha Legislative Assembly. The motion of notice was moved before the Assembly Secretary A K Sarangi. The BJD named former minister Pradip Kumar Amat as its candidate for the Speaker’s post. Chief Minister […]

Pratap Deb BJD’s Rajya Sabha nominee, Amat speaker

Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday announced party spokesperson Pratap Deb as the party nominee for Rajya Sabha while former Finance Minister Pradip Amat will be the speaker of the State Assembly. Election of Pratap Deb during the RS by-poll on May 25 is a mere formality as BJD has a thumping majority in […]

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Amid ministry reshuffle buzz, Odisha speaker resigns

Bhubaneswar: With buzz surrounding the ministry reshuffle getting shriller, Speaker of the Odisha Assembly, Niranjan Pujari resigned from his post today, stoking speculations that he might be set for ministerial berth in the likely reshuffle of the cabinet. According to sources, Niranjan arrived at the Assembly today evening and handed over his responsibilities to the […]

Speaker rejects adjournment notices by Opposition

Bhubaneswar: In a strong move, Speaker Niranjan Pujari rejected two adjournment motions moved separately by the BJP and the Congress in the state Assembly today. The BJP moved a notice for adjournment over the issue of power crisis in the state highlighting the state government’s failure in ensuring electricity for 24 hours. Similarly, the Congress moved a […]

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House adjourned as Opp creates ruckus demanding hike in paddy MSP

Bhubaneswar: Demanding consensus on a proposal to increase minimum support price (MSP) for paddy to Rs 2,800, Opposition members today created ruckus in the Odisha Assembly leading to adjournment in the proceedings twice today. As soon as the House assembled for the Question Hour, Congress legislators stormed into the well of the State Assembly and […]

Odisha farmer commits suicide
Odisha Assembly Standing Committee to probe farmer suicide case

Bhubaneswar: Ending the six-day long logjam in Odisha Assembly over farmer suicide cases in the state, Speaker Niranjan Pujari on Tuesday ordered a Standing Committee probe into the death of farmer Hadu Bagarti. “I realise that the Bargarh farmer’s death is a fit case for investigation as raised by the Leader of Opposition and opposition […]

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Stalemate continues in Odisha Assembly over farmer suicides

Bhubaneswar: The impasse over the alleged farmer suicides continued in the Odisha Assembly today with opposition BJP members creating ruckus forcing Speaker Niranjan Pujari to adjourn the House thrice. As soon as the House assembled for the Question Hour, the agitating BJP members led by Rabi Naik stormed into the well of the House demanding […]

Nitish Kumar pays tributes to Rabi Ray, scheduled to meet Naveen

Bhubaneswar: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is scheduled to meet Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik here today. The meeting would be held at Naveen Nivas, the official residence of Patnaik at around 5 pm. Kumar had arrived in the state in the afternoon to pay tributes to former Lok Sabha Speaker Rabi Ray, who passed […]

BJP demands apology from BJD MLAs for comments against PM

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha assembly today witnessed repeated adjournments due to noisy protests by opposition BJP members demanding an apology from two BJD MLAs who made “derogatory” remarks against Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The BJP members stormed into the well of the House during the Zero Hour as soon as BJD MLA Mahesh Sahoo made the […]

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BJP to boycott all party meeting convened by Speaker

Bhubaneswar: Annoyed over no transaction of any business in the Odisha Assembly due to pandemonium by the Congress members, the opposition BJP today decided to boycott the all party meeting being convened by the Speaker. This was stated by BJP legislature party leader K V Singhdeo in a statement. “We doubt a conspiracy has been […]

Congress creates ruckus in Odisha Assembly over distress sale of vegetables

Bhubaneswar: Raising the distress sale of tomatoes and other vegetables in State, Opposition Congress today created pandemonium in the Assembly and demanded reply from chief minister and concerned minister on the issue. Unable to run the House, Speaker Niranjan Pujari was forced to adjourn it twice. Soon after the House assembled for the day, Congress […]

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House adjourned till 11.45 am amid Opp din

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Assembly Speaker Niranjan Pujari today adjourned the House till 11.45 am amid din created by BJP and Congress members when an adjournment motion moved by the Opposition for a debate on occurrence of violence cases during the panchayat polls held recently in five phases across the State. The Opposition legislators shouted slogans standing […]

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Ex-Lok Sabha Speaker Rabi Ray in SCB central ICU

Cuttack: Former Lok Sabha Speaker Rabi Ray was admitted to the central ICU in SCB Medical College and Hospital here today. Sources in the hospital said the octogenarian leader is suffering from pneumonia. Ray was admitted in a private hospital in Bhubaneswar some days back. But after he was diagnosed with pneumonia, he was shifted […]

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House to discuss Japanese Encephalitis issue tomorrow

Bhubaneswar: The outbreak of Japanese Encephalitis in Malkangiri district would be taken up for discussion in the Odisha Assembly tomorrow. A decision to this effect was taken by the Working Advisory Committee of the State Assembly after Speaker Niranjan Pujari agreed for the discussion in the House as per the calling attention motion notice by […]

Assembly winter session starts on stormy note

Bhubaneswar: The Winter Session of the Odisha Assembly today began on a stormy note when Congress Chief Whip Tara Prasad Bahinipati along with Opposition legislators rushed to the House well demanding discontinuance of the Question Hour following which Speaker Niranjan Pujari adjourned the proceedings till 3 pm. As soon as the Question Hour began, Opposition […]

Opposition hits back at ruling-BJD on Polavaram

Bhubaneswar: After the ruling-BJD stalled the Assembly over the Polavaram project by slamming the State government, the opposition parties retaliated today by alleging the state government of being scared of getting exposed if it allows discussion on the matter. Though the last day of the monsoon session of the Assembly experienced normalcy during the question […]

Ruling BJD stalls Assembly over Polavaram

Bhubaneswar: A day after the statement of Union Minister of State Y.S. Chowdary that National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (Nabard) has in principle agreed to fund the entire Polavaram project, the ruling BJD in Odisha has reacted sharply which was reflected in State Assembly during question hour today. The ruckus over Polavaram issue […]

Disrespect to national anthem: BJD MLA regrets

Bhubaneswar: After the ruling BJD legislators were in the eye of storm for the alleged disrespect to the national anthem in the State Assembly, party MLA Byomkesh Ray expressed his regret over the unpleasant situation in front of the Speaker and said he had no intention to disregard the national anthem. The MLA said he […]

LS Speaker rejects BJD MPs’ privilege motion against Balyan

New Delhi: In a major embarrassment for the ruling BJD, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Friday quashed a privilege motion moved by three of its members a few days ago against Minister of State for Water resources, Sanjeev Balyan for ‘misleading’ the House about projects being constructed by the Chhattisgarh government in the upstream […]

All-party meet fails to end House impasse: to meet again on Tuesday

The all-party meet called by Speaker of Odisha Assembly Niranjan Pujari to end the impasse in the House remained inconclusive on Saturday and will be held again at 9.30 am on Tuesday, the business advisory committee decided in a meeting today