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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.

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PM Modi insulted Rajya Sabha by calling it 'obstructionist': Anand Sharma

He also said that, "PM Modi has not responded to some of the issues of unemployment and economic slowdown raised in the Rajya Sabha."
DNA - Published

Jet Airways' flying rights with 5 countries temporarily allocated to Air India: Govt tells Rajya Sabha

Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said the domestic slots for 22 flights, which were vacated by Jet Airways, have been allocated to Air India.
DNA - Published

There would not have been Kashmir problem if Sardar Patel was first PM of India: Modi in Rajya Sabha

Invoking Vallabhbhai Patel in his speech, PM Modi said it is our belief that if Sardar Patel was first PM of India there would not have been Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) problem.
DNA - Published

Rajya Sabha discusses water crisis; Govt promises clean drinking water to every household by 2024

The government would provide clean drinking water to every household of the country by 2024, Union jal shakti minister Gajendra Shekhawat said in Rajya Sabha. Besides, the government would also..
IndiaTimes - Published

INLD Rajya Sabha member Ram Kumar Kashyap joins BJP


IndiaTimes - Published

Need to spread awareness about water scarcity: PM Modi

"There are 226 districts in the country where there is water crisis. Now I am trying to mobilize everyone to tackle this, how we can give priority to water in MPLAD funds," PM Modi said in the Rajya..
DNA - Published

Minorities safer under Modi, says KJ Alphons

Minorities have never been more safe in the country than under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP leader K J Alphons said in the Rajya Sabha Wednesday amid opposition references to lynching cases.
DNA - Published

Lynching in Jharkhand pained me but unfair to insult entire state: PM Modi

Breaking his silence on the crime which took place over a week ago, PM Modi, speaking in the Rajya Sabha, slammed the Congress for describing Jharkhand as the factory of mob lynching. "The lynching in..
IndiaTimes - Published Also reported by •DNA

Rajiv Gandhi accepted NRC in Assam accord: Modi asks Congress 'why it is not taking credit for this'

"You take credit for everything, will you not take credit for NRC? Rajiv Gandhi had accepted NRC in the Assam accord," PM Modi said in Rajya Sabha.
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Congress insulted voters by questioning BJP's massive win: PM Modi in Rajya Sabha

PM Modi on Wednesday accused the Congress of insulting voters of the country by questioning the massive victory of BJP in Lok Sabha polls. Replying to the debate on the Motion of Thanks to the..
IndiaTimes - Published

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses Rajya Sabha: Highlights


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Do we want that 'old India' where scams existed, 'tukde-tukde' gang was supported: PM in Rajya Sabha

"If Congress loses then does that mean India lost? There is a limit to arrogance. Congress could not win a single seat in 17 states," PM Modi said.
DNA - Published

If Congress loses then does that mean India lost: Modi in Rajya Sabha

"If Congress loses then does that mean India lost? There is a limit to arrogance. Congress could not win a single seat in 17 states," PM Modi said.
DNA - Published

TDP's Galla comes down heavily on BJP, says it is breaking party

Four of the six TDP members in the Rajya Sabha recently joined the BJP and sought merger of the TDP Legislature Party with the saffron party.
DNA - Published

Stage set for Rajya Sabha polls in Gujarat

Ruling party's S Jaishankar, Jugalji Thakor in face-off against Chandrika Chudasama, Gaurav Pandya
DNA - Published

EC announces Rajya Sabha polls dates for six seats in Tamil Nadu


DNA - Published Also reported by •IndiaTimes

Rajya Sabha poll: Jaishankar most qualified, Thakor richest among four


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Congress protests against BJP member's remarks on Nehru, Rajiv

Rajya Sabha witnessed strong protests by Congress Members on Tuesday after a BJP member targeted former prime minister Jawahar Lal Nehru and Rajiv Gandhi over treatment meted out to B R Ambedkar and..
IndiaTimes - Published

RS election: Ahmed Patel's cross-examination completed


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S Jaishankar files nomination at Gujarat Assembly for Rajya Sabha by-polls

Along with him, the other BJP candidate nominated for the Rajya Sabha by-polls, Jugalji Mathurji Thakor, also filed his nomination papers before the Assembly Secretary.
DNA - Published Also reported by •IndiaTimes

S Jaishankar files Rajya Sabha nomination from Gujarat


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Supreme Court rejects Gujarat Congress plea against EC's decision to hold separate Rajya Sabha bypolls in state

The plea was filed by Congress MLA and Leader of Opposition in Gujarat Assembly Pareshbhai Dhanani.
DNA - Published

Setback for Congress, SC refuses to interfere in Gujarat Rajya Sabha elections

The Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to interfere in the Rajya Sabha elections for two seats in Gujarat, saying that the notification for the polls has already been issued by the EC. The apex court,..
IndiaTimes - Published

Rajya Sabha adjourned for 3 hrs as mark of respect for departed BJP member Madan Lal Saini


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Gujarat: BJP, Congress to file nominations for Rajya Sabha polls today

June 25 is the last date for filing of the nominations. Elections will be held on July 5.
DNA - Published

BJP used undue influence a pressure to win Rajya Sabha polls: Ahmed Patel

Patel, on Monday, deposed before the court for the third day for cross-examination in connection with an election petition by Rajput challenging his Rajya Sabha poll victory.
DNA - Published

Rajya Sabha likely to adjourn for today after obituary reference of Madan Lal Saini


DNA - Published Also reported by •IndiaTimes

BJP fields S Jaishankar, JM Thakor for Rajya Sabha by-polls in Gujarat, Congress shortlists five names

"The Central Election Committee has decided the names of Dr Subrahmanyam Jaishankar and Jugalji Mathurji Thakor for the ensuing bye-elections to the Council of States (Rajya Sabha) from Gujarat," party..
DNA - Published

BJP fields Jaishankar for RS seat from Gujarat after he formally joins party

The BJP on Monday named external affairs minister S Jaishankar as its candidate for a Rajya Sabha seat from Gujarat, hours after he joined the saffron party in the presence of its working president J P..
IndiaTimes - Published

NaMo TV not on I&B's channel list, it was 'platform service' offered by DTH operators: Government

In a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha, Union minister Prakash Javadekar said, "The 'NaMo TV' is not in the list of channels of ministry of information and broadcasting as it was a..
IndiaTimes - Published

Rajasthan BJP president Madan Lal Saini dies at 75

Rajasthan BJP president Madan Lal Saini died on Monday while undergoing treatment at AIIMS in Delhi, a party spokesperson said. Saini, also a Rajya Sabha MP, was 75.
DNA - Published

Import of plastic waste banned from August this year: Javadekar

The government has banned import of plastic waste from August 2019, environment minister Prakash Javadekar said in Rajya Sabha Monday while listing out steps taken to curb pollution. The minister said..
IndiaTimes - Published

Nadda seeks opposition support to run Rajya Sabha smoothly

BJP working president JP Nadda on Monday sought the cooperation of the opposition to run the House smoothly, saying disruptions affect them the most. "We should agree to disagree in the House. But we..
IndiaTimes - Published

Funding not a constraint for defence preparedness: Rajnath Singh

Funding will not come in the way of the country's defence preparedness and there will be no compromise on it, defence minister Rajnath Singh said. Replying to queries during Question Hour in Rajya..
IndiaTimes - Published

Land acquisition major hurdle in road construction: Gadkari

Land acquisition is a major problem in road construction projects and state governments should come out with solutions and help find a way out, Union minister Nitin Gadkari said in the Rajya Sabha on..
IndiaTimes - Published

Ex-IAS officer Ashwini Vaishnav joins BJP after getting Rajya Sabha nomination, BJD support

A day after being named the BJP nominee for Rajya Sabha bypolls in Odisha, former IAS officer Ashwini Vaishnav Saturday joined the saffron party, even as the Congress hinted at a 'deal' behind the..
DNA - Published Also reported by •IndiaTimes

4 TDP Rajya Sabha members joining BJP 'immoral & undemoractic'

The Telugu Desam Party Saturday asserted that four of its Rajya Sabha members joining the BJP clearly amounted to defection and called it "immoral and undemocratic". The YSR Congress, on the other..
IndiaTimes - Published

US report on global religious freedom shows bias against Narendra Modi: BJP

Commenting on US state dept's 2018 International Religious Freedom Report, BJP Rajya Sabha MP Anil Baluni said, "The basic presumption in this report that there is some grand design behind..
IndiaTimes - Published

Non-NDA bloc in a tizzy as BJP ranks swell in Rajya Sabha

BJP sources says one reason for the party to make a renewed push for the triple talaq bill was this increased strength as many fencesitter parties can be approached to join the cause and get the rest..
DNA - Published

Naveen Patnaik backs BJP nominee for RS bypoll

The Naveen Patnaik-led BJD created a flutter on Friday when it announced its support to BJP candidate, retired IAS officer Ashwini Vaishnab, for the Rajya Sabha bypoll.
IndiaTimes - Published

BJD agrees to back BJP's Rajya Sabha candidate from Odisha

The BJP Friday named Ashwini Baishnab, a former bureaucrat, as its candidate for the Rajya Sabha bypolls in Odisha, with the state's ruling Biju Janata Dal also announcing its support to him, making..
DNA - Published

Union minister Ram Vilas Paswan files nomination papers for Rajya Sabha bypoll

Union minister and Lok Janshakti Party chief Ram Vilas Paswan Friday filed his nomination papers for the Rajya Sabha bypoll in Bihar in presence of chief minister Nitish Kumar.
IndiaTimes - Published

Rajya Sabha puts on record its appreciation of Manmohan Singh's contribution as MP

"A very gentle, calm and composed personality, Dr Manmohan Singh through his participation in the debates of the House has contributed immensely in enriching the collective wisdom of the House on..
IndiaTimes - Published

Rajya Sabha rejects private member's bill on improving Parliament productivity

The Rajya Sabha Friday rejected by voice vote a bill seeking setting up of a system to improve productivity of Parliament. The Parliament (Enhancement of Productivity) Bill, 2017 was introduced by..
IndiaTimes - Published

Any bill pending for over 5 years in RS should be considered

He also called for a debate on the rule that provides for automatic lapsing of any bill passed by the Lok Sabha but pending in the Rajya Sabha with the dissolution of the lower house of Parliament
DNA - Published Also reported by •IndiaTimes

Ahmed Patel deposes before Gujarat High Court in Rajya Sabha election case

Patel's cross-questioning will continue on Friday.
DNA - Published

Govt pushes for simultaneous polls via President Ram Nath Kovind

To put the idea in practice also requires massive constitutional amendments and would require compulsory clearance in the Rajya Sabha
DNA - Published

Telugu Desam Party Rajya Sabha members join BJP

Four MPs backing saffron party will boost its strength in Upper House; Telugu Desam Party strength reduced to just two
DNA - Published

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