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Rajya Sabha passes 12 Bills during Winter session

The tumultuous Winter session of Rajya Sabha came to an end on Tuesday but not before passing 12 bills during the course of its 22 sittings, while 62 hours were lost on account of disturbances over various issues. 

“Two government bills were withdrawn, one was introduced, two were referred to select committee of Rajya Sabha and 12 Bills were passed/returned during the session,” Chairman Hamid Ansari said before adjourning the House sine die. Bills which were passed during the session include Labour Laws Amendment Bill, Apprentices (Amendment) Bill and Merchant Shipping (Amendment) Bills. 

The House sat for over 76 hours, while over 62 hours were lost on various issues such as renaming of Rajiv Gandhi airport in Hyderabad, derogatory speech by a Union minister and bringing back black money to the country.
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