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  • The minister said before taking any decision on the issue of formulation of menopause policy for women employees in government and private sectors, consultations with stakeholders and experts and careful consideration of all aspects of the matter is required.

    Responding during Question Hour, Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal said the government has brought a lot of "sanity" to the working of eight areas of IPR, be it patent, copyright or trademark.

    Amid demand by members for a separate law to curb mob lynching, Home Minister Amit Shah on Wednesday said in Rajya Sabha that the government has set up a committee to suggest necessary amendments in the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) to deal with it.

    Gadkari also asked all MPs to remain aware about road projects in their respective constituencies and help in resolving problems coming on the way of constructing roads and bridges.

    As soon as proceedings began, Congress members displayed posters and raised the Hyderabad rape case. They were also joined by members from the DMK and BSP, among others. Noting that the House is also concerned, Speaker Om Birla told members that the matter can be discussed during the Zero Hour and decided to continue with the Question Hour.

    Since education is a subject in the Concurrent List of the Constitution and a substantial majority of schools are under the jurisdiction of state governments, HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal said it is for the respective state or union territory governments to decide the syllabus and curriculum.

    During the Question Hour, Dharmendra Pradhan said steel is a deregulated sector where market forces and commercial considerations decide construction and location of new steel plants. He was responding to a query on whether the government proposes to set up new steel plants in Haryana. According to him, India has become a net exporter of steel in the current year.

    Without naming Thakur, the Speaker said he would "ask the respected member to come to the House at noon after Question Hour". Birla made these observations after the Congress once again raked up the issue of the controversial remarks on Godse. As soon as the House met for the day, Congress leader in the House Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said opposition members have raised the issue.

    "There is no question of closing the Integral Coach Factory. We are very proud of the achievements of the Integral Coach Factory in Chennai. Its engineers and technicians made Vande Bharat...It is a jewel in the crown and there is every effort to grow and expand and modernise that company," he said.

    Union Minister of State for Railways Suresh Angadi said while 55,209 appeared for the test in regional languages in 2019, 46,62,406 appeared in 2018 and 876 appeared in 2018.

    Rahul Gandhi during the Question Hour in Lok Sabha said that democracy has been murdered in Maharashtra. Government formation in Maharashtra has come under the Supreme Court's scrutiny with the Centre being asked to produce before the court letters of the Governor inviting Fadnavis as well as the communication of the BJP leader staking his claim.

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