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Rajya Sabha

Upper house of the Parliament of India

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Rajya Sabha: Upper house of the Parliament of India
The Rajya Sabha or Council of States is the upper house of the bicameral Parliament of India. It currently has a maximum membership of 245, of which 233 are elected by the legislatures of the states and union territories using single transferable votes through Open Ballot while the President can appoint 12 members for their contributions to art, literature, science, and social services. Members sit for staggered terms lasting six years, with elections every year but almost a third of the 233 designates up for election every two years, specifically in even-numbered years. The Rajya Sabha meets in continuous sessions, and unlike the Lok Sabha, being the lower house of the Parliament, the Rajya Sabha, which is the upper house of Parliament, is not subjected to dissolution. However, the Rajya Sabha, like the Lok Sabha can be prorogued by the President.


PDP MPs yet to resign despite Mehbooba Mufti’s directive

When the Centre announced the decision on August 5, both the MPs staged a protest inside and outside Parliament, shouted slogans in the well of the Rajya Sabha and tore a copy of the Constitution.
IndiaTimes - Published

Former PM Manmohan Singh elected unopposed to Rajya Sabha from Rajasthan

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Monday congratulated former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh on being elected 'unopposed' to the Rajya Sabha from the state.
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Dr Manmohan Singh to walk to Rajya Sabha unopposed

BJP leaders says the party's top brass asked the state leadership not to field any candidate against Dr Manmohan Singh, a two-term PM
DNA - Published

BJP unlikely to field candidate against Manmohan in Rajasthan Rajya Sabha by-election

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is unlikely to field its candidate against former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in the by-election to the Rajya Sabha from Rajasthan.
DNA - Published

Arrest warrant issued against Shashi Tharoor by a Kolkata court

Tharoor got into a controversy last year after his remark that if voted to power again, the Bharatiya Janata Party would change the constitution to make India a Hindu Pakistan. The comment drew flaks..
IndiaTimes - Published

Rajya Sabha revamps its fellowship scheme to promote parliamentary research

IndiaTimes - Published

Andhra Pradesh: Around 3,000 Muslims join BJP at membership drive organised in Kurnool

They joined the BJP in the presence of Rajya Sabha MP TG Venkatesh at a membership drive organised at Parinaya Function Hall in the city on Sunday.
DNA - Published

Rajya Sabha launches scheme to promote study of parliamentary institutions, impact of legislations

IndiaTimes - Published

Digvijaya Singh alleges Centre hiding facts on Kashmir

Senior Congress leader and Rajya Sabha MP Digvijaya Singh on Monday reiterated that the Narendra Modi government is hiding facts on the situation in Kashmir. “Go to YouTube, see the coverage by..
IndiaTimes - Published

Nirmala Sitharaman takes stock of flood situation in Karnataka

During the visit, Sitharaman visited the flood relief shelters in the region and met the people. She had arrived in Bangalore earlier today, from where she travelled to Belgaum. The BJP leader is a..
IndiaTimes - Published

TMC Rajya Sabha MP Derek O'Brien appears before CBI in connection with Saradha Chit Fund Scam

O'Brien was summoned by the agency on July 26, 2019 to join the investigation in connection with the TMC mouthpiece 'Jago Bangla'. While he was asked to appear before the agency in the first week of..
DNA - Published

Bhubaneswar Kalita, who quit Congress in support of Centre's J&K move, joins BJP

Bhubaneswar Kalita, former Congress chief whip in Rajya Sabha who resigned from the House earlier this week opposing the party's stand on the government's decisions on Jammu and Kashmir, joined the BJP..
IndiaTimes - Published

Ex-Congress Rajya Sabha chief whip Bhubaneshwar Kalita joins BJP

Bhubaneshwar Kalita, former Congress chief whip in Rajya Sabha who resigned from the House earlier this week opposing the party's stand on the government's decisions on J&K, joined the BJP on Friday...
IndiaTimes - Published

Parties should have code of conduct for their MPs in Parliament: Venkaiah Naidu

Speaking to reporters at a get-together after the end of the Parliament session, Naidu who is also the Rajya Sabha chairman suggested that the parties should include such a code in their election..
IndiaTimes - Published

By offering money, you can garner support from anyone: Ghulam Nabi Azad on Doval having meal with J&K locals

Leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha, Azad makes serious allegation.
DNA - Published

From disruptive to most productive, Rajya Sabha makes a turnaround

The turnaround during this session was quite evident when viewed against the passage of a total of only 33 Bills during the last five sessions (244th to 248th) with a total of 88 sittings, says M..
DNA - Published

Lok Sabha productivity in current session 137%, Rajya Sabha 103%: Parliamentary affairs committee

According to a statement issued by the Parliamentary Affairs Committee, the first session of the 17th Lok Sabha has been "historic" in many ways as legislations relating to almost all walks of socio..
IndiaTimes - Published

30 bills passed by parliament in first session after formation of new Lok Sabha

The productivity of Lok Sabha was about 137% and that of Rajya Sabha about 103%
DNA - Published

Jammu & Kashmir reorganised into two Union Territories to curb terrorism: Government

The bill to reorganise the state into two UTs was passed by Lok Sabha on Tuesday, a day after it was passed by the Rajya Sabha
DNA - Published

249th session witnessed best in last 17 years: Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu

He said with the House in August turning more "productive and purposeful", the negative coverage in the media has almost vanished
DNA - Published

Rajya Sabha passes bill to increase Supreme Court judges

The money bill was moved by Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad for consideration and return to Lok Sabha
DNA - Published

Lok Sabha session: Highest number of oral questions answered in 20 years

The Lok Sabha had sittings for 37 days and Rajya Sabha for 35 days during the Parliament session
DNA - Published

One of the most productive session of Rajya Sabha in last two decades

A total of 32 bills were cleared over 35 sittings making it the “best in the last 17 years” and the “fifth-best in the last 41 years”. Naidu congratulated the government and the opposition for..
IndiaTimes - Published

Jallianwala Bagh National Memorial Bill deferred in Rajya Sabha

The Jallianwala Bagh National Memorial (amendment) Bill, which seeks to remove the Congress president as a trustee, could not be passed in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday in the absence of a broad..
IndiaTimes - Published

Rajya Sabha set new normal in highly productive session: Venkaiah Naidu

The Rajya Sabha set a "new normal" in its "highly productive" 249th session, with extended sittings and record number of bills disposed, Chairman Venkaiah Naidu said on Wednesday.
IndiaTimes - Published

Rajya Sabha mourns Sushma Swaraj's death

Naidu said Sushma Swaraj was a "sister" to him who used to tie rakhi to him every year. "This year I will be missing this honour," he said in his address.
IndiaTimes - Published

Sushma Swaraj: Skilled orator, able administrator, affable leader and a true patriot

A four-time member of Lok Sabha and three-time of Rajya Sabha, she did not contest in 2019 Lok Sabha elections citing her bad health.
DNA - Published

J&K Bills in LS: Mamata's TMC stages walkout; Congress, CPM question party's sincerity

The Congress and the CPM on Tuesday questioned TMC's sincerity in opposing Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Bill as Trinamool MPs staged a walkout in Rajya Sabha instead of voting against the bill.
IndiaTimes - Published

Bill to bifurcate J&K, resolution to scrap Article 370 get Parliament nod

Parliament on Tuesday approved a resolution abrogating special status to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 of the Constitution and a bill for splitting the state into two Union Territories. The bill..
IndiaTimes - Published

Mamata's MP differs from TMC's stand on Article 370, raises eyebrows

Senior TMC leader and Rajya Sabha chief whip Sukhendu Sekhar Ray had in a tweet supported the abrogation of provisions of Article 370. Ray's views are also contrary to that of party chief Mamata..
IndiaTimes - Published

Decades old comedy of errors rectified now: TMC's Sukhendu Sekhar Ray on abrogation of Article 370

TMC MP in Rajya Sabha, Sukhendu Sekhar Ray has supported the central government's decision to abrogate Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir
DNA - Published

3 factors which helped Narendra Modi govt to abolish Article 370 on Kashmir

Rajya Sabha on Monday passed two bills and resolutions each moved by the Narendra Modi govt revoking Article 370 and Article 35A of the Constitution and bifurcating Jammu and Kashmir. The Lok Sabha is..
IndiaTimes - Published

Article 370 to be scrapped: International media calls Narendra Modi government's move 'dangerous blunder'

The Narendra Modi-led "Hindu nationalist" government's decision to abrogate Article 370 in conflict-ridden Jammu and Kashmir on Monday, was met with resounding protests from the Opposition in..
Firstpost - Published

Lives lost in J&K because of Article 370, says Rajya Sabha MP Subhash Chandra

Addressing the Rajya Sabha, he congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah
DNA - Published

Some leaders lost their bread and butter: Ram Madhav on scrapping of Article 370

Speaking to ANI hours after the Rajya Sabha passed the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Bill and voted for scrapping Article 370, Madhav said, "Article 370 has been a base for creating a divisive..
DNA - Published

Jammu celebrates amid restrictions

People here on Monday were jubilant after Union home minister Amit Shah moved a resolution in the Rajya Sabha to revoke all the provisions of Article 370, which gave special status to the state of..
IndiaTimes - Published

Regional parties' support ensures smooth adoption of resolution on Article 370, J&K bifurcation bill

With the opposition in disarray, the support of regional parties on Monday aided the smooth adoption of two resolutions for scrapping Article 370 in J&K and passage of a bill to reorganise the state..
IndiaTimes - Published

Sushama Swaraj greets MPs for supporting resolution on Article 370

Former external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj on Monday greeted Rajya Sabha members who voted in favour of the government's resolution to scrap Article 370 of the Constitution. She said that the..
IndiaTimes - Published

PM praises Amit Shah's speech in Rajya Sabha

Home minister Amit Shah accurately highlighted the "monumental injustices" of the past and presented the government's vision for the people of J&K in Rajya Sabha, PM Modi said on Monday after the..
IndiaTimes - Published

'Promise fulfilled': Ram Madhav tweets PM Modi's old photo of protest against Article 370

As Amit Shah announced in Rajya Sabha on Monday the Centre's decision to repeal Article 370, BJP general secretary Ram Madhav too​k to Twitter to suggest how important this move was for the party...
IndiaTimes - Published

Rajya Sabha approves resolution on J&K

IndiaTimes - Published

Article 370 root cause of terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir: Amit Shah

Union home minister Amit Shah on Monday made a very strong defence of the government's decision to scrap Article 370 and said the move will end bloodshed in Jammu & Kashmir. "Article 370 is root cause..
IndiaTimes - Published

Bhubaneswar Kalita resigns from Congress to protest party's stand on Article 370

Senior Congress leader Bhubaneswar Kalita on Monday resigned from the party and also quit his Rajya Sabha membership to protest the party's opposition to scrapping of Article 370. The Congress has..
IndiaTimes - Published

RS MP Subhash Chandra hails Modi govt's decision to scrap Art 370

The Rajya Sabha member further said that he was then called by a judicial commission in Pakistan. "They told me that the issue of Kashmir can be resolved if Article 370 is revoked. I came back and..
DNA - Published

Today, BJP has murdered the Constitution, democracy: Azad after Centre scraps Article 370

"I strongly condemn the act of 2-3 MPs (PDP's Mir Fayaz and Nazir Ahmed Laway who attempted to tear constitution). We stand by the Constitution of India. Hum Hindustan ke samvidhaan ki raksha ke liye..
IndiaTimes - Published

Article 370 to be scrapped: PDP lawmakers disrespect Constitution in Parliament

Mir Fayaz and Nazir Ahmed Laway, the MPs from Kashmir, attempted to tear the constitution in the Rajya Sabha, following which Chairman Venkaiah Naidu had to call in marshals to remove the two leaders..
IndiaTimes - Published

BSP supports Centre over scrapping of Article 370

BSP's Rajya Sabha MP Satish Chandra Mishra said in the Upper House: "Our party gives complete support. We want that the Bill be passed. Our party is not expressing any opposition to Article 370 Bill..
IndiaTimes - Published

Resolution to scrap Article 370 moved in Rajya Sabha

Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday moved in Rajya Sabha for Parliament's approval a resolution to scrap the provisions of Article 370 of the Constitution on a date to be decided by the President. Amit..
IndiaTimes - Published

Muslim woman 'divorced' for celebrating passage of anti-triple talaq bill by Rajya Sabha

Irked by his wife celebrating passage of anti-triple talaq bill by Rajya Sabha, a Muslim man allegedly gave her instant triple talaq and expelled her from his house in Fatehpur district, UP, police..
IndiaTimes - Published

Law to brand individuals terrorists gets Rajya Sabha approval

The amendments have brought UAPA close to the USA' Patriot Act that was enacted in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks in 2001.
DNA - Published

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