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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. The potential seating capacity of the Rajya Sabha is 250, according to article 80 of the Indian Constitution. 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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‘Did Ram Vilas Paswan reach Rajya Sabha without JD(U)’s help?’: Bihar CM Nitish [Video]

‘Did Ram Vilas Paswan reach Rajya Sabha without JD(U)’s help?’: Bihar CM Nitish

JD(U) chief Nitish Kumar said he has no interest in what someone is saying about him. In a jibe at LJP, Kumar said "Ram Vilas Paswan is unwell. We want him to recover. Has Ram Vilas Paswan been elected..

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'BJP-JD(U) gave Ram Vilas Paswan ticket for RS': Nitish Kumar [Video]

'BJP-JD(U) gave Ram Vilas Paswan ticket for RS': Nitish Kumar

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, ahead of state assembly elections announced the seat-sharing of NDA in a press conference on October 06. During the press conference, when questioned about LJP,..

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Watch: Ink thrown at AAP MP Sanjay Singh after he met Hathras victim’s family [Video]

Watch: Ink thrown at AAP MP Sanjay Singh after he met Hathras victim’s family

AAP MP Sanjay Singh faced an ink attack when he was speaking to the media after meeting Hathras victim’s family members. The attacker could be heard raising ‘PFI agents go back’ slogans after he..

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Rahul Gandhi joins 'Kheti Bachao Yatra' in Punjab's Moga [Video]

Rahul Gandhi joins 'Kheti Bachao Yatra' in Punjab's Moga

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi took part in "Kheti Bachao Yatra" against farm laws in Punjab's Moga district along with CM Captain Amarinder Singh and other Congress leaders. "What was the need to..

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GVMC launches two Indian Navy choppers for aerial seeding in Visakhapatnam [Video]

GVMC launches two Indian Navy choppers for aerial seeding in Visakhapatnam

Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation flagged off two Indian Navy choppers on October 02. The choppers will be undertaking seeding to enhance the green cover in and around Visakhapatnam. Aerial..

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‘Can parcel issues from Mumbai to Bihar’: Shiv Sena mocks BJP ahead of polls [Video]

‘Can parcel issues from Mumbai to Bihar’: Shiv Sena mocks BJP ahead of polls

Sena leader leader Sanjay Raut said if Bihar doesn't have enough issues, Mumbai can parcel some. The Sena leader's jibe comes a day after the Election Commission announced the schedule of Bihar polls...

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Several farmers of Hisar welcome agriculture reform bills [Video]

Several farmers of Hisar welcome agriculture reform bills

Several farmers of Hisar, welcomed the new agriculture reform bills passed in the Parliament. Farmers believe bill will be beneficial. So far, Rajya Sabha has passed two of the three agriculture reform..

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CITU stages protest in Bengaluru against amendments to labour laws [Video]

CITU stages protest in Bengaluru against amendments to labour laws

Members of Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) staged protest in Bengaluru against amendments to labour laws. Earlier, while talking on the amendments, Information and Broadcasting Minister, Prakash..

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Govt to blame for 'hungama': Opposition on Parliament ruckus after Prez meet [Video]

Govt to blame for 'hungama': Opposition on Parliament ruckus after Prez meet

Opposition parties tried to corner the government over farm bills by meeting the President of India. Opposition leaders urged President Ram Nath Kovind to not give assent to controversial bills. The..

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Monsoon session ends amid suspensions & boycotts; upset Oppn meets President [Video]

Monsoon session ends amid suspensions & boycotts; upset Oppn meets President

The monsoon session of the Parliament, held under the shadow of the Covid-19 pandemic, is ending earlier than planned amid a surge in infections. But rather than the unprecedented precautions and..

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Ghulam Nabi Azad meets President Kovind, seeks rollback of farm bills [Video]

Ghulam Nabi Azad meets President Kovind, seeks rollback of farm bills

The Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha, Ghulam Nabi Azad met President Ram Nath Kovind at Rashtrapati Bhavan on September 23. Congress leader provided representation to President about farm bills..

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Rajya Sabha passes Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2020 [Video]

Rajya Sabha passes Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2020

Rajya Sabha passed the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2020 on September 23. Lok Sabha had passed the bill on September 21. Minister of State MHA Nityanand Rai in Rajya Sabha said..

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'Important move for our benefit': Farmers in Ranchi hail agriculture bills [Video]

'Important move for our benefit': Farmers in Ranchi hail agriculture bills

Farmers in Jharkhand's Ranchi are in a full support of agriculture reform bills passed by the central government. According to them it's an important move for their benefits. While speaking to ANI, one..

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Watch: Harivansh breaks fast; Athawale demands ‘suspension law’ for unruly MPs [Video]

Watch: Harivansh breaks fast; Athawale demands ‘suspension law’ for unruly MPs

Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman Harivansh Narayan Singh broke his one-day fast against the ruckus in Rajya Sabha on Sunday during the passage of the contentious agriculture bills. Eight MPs from different..

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Rajya Sabha Elections 2020: Voting on 11 seats in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand will be held on November 9

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Polls to 11 Rajya Sabha seats in UP, Uttarakhand on Nov 9

Elections to 10 Rajya Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh and one in Uttarakhand, falling vacant next month, will be held on Nov 9, the poll panel announced on Tuesday. Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri, SP..
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Nitish Kumar humiliated my father: Chirag Paswan in open letter to JP Nadda

A letter written by Chirag Paswan to JP Nadda has reached the public domain, in which he alleged that his father, Ram Vilas Paswan, was insulted by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar over a Rajya Sabha..
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Congress veteran Motilal Vora tests positive for Covid-19, admitted to AIIMS

Vora (91) is recovering well and his condition is stated to be stable, they said. The Congress leader was a Rajya Sabha member from Chhattisgarh till April this year. He was also the AICC general..
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Buzz of YSRC joining NDA as Jagan set to meet Modi

BJP, sources said, wants YSRC to join the NDA as the exits of Shiv Sena earlier this year and the Shiromani Akali Dal last month have brought down the NDA's strength in the Rajya Sabha to 113. Sources..
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Parliamentarians pay tribute to Mahatma Gandhi, Lal Bahadur Shashtri on their birth anniversary

Rajya Sabha deputy chairman Harivansh, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs and Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Arjun Ram Meghwal and other MPs paid floral tributes at the portraits of..
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Mini Lok Sabha session saw record productivity

Adjourned sine die eight days ahead of its scheduled duration, the curtailed monsoon session of Lok Sabha witnessed a record 167% productivity with several key bills passed although the opposition..
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4th-shortest Rajya Sabha monsoon session ends 8 days ahead of schedule

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As RS clears bills amid opposition boycott, chairman Naidu defends action, expresses anguish at 'unpleasant turn of events'

Rajya Sabha chairman M Venkaiah Naidu on Wednesday said it is "extremely unpalatable" when bills are passed amid a boycott of proceedings by some sections of the House, but not taking up legislative..
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Parliament passes Jammu and Kashmir Official Languages Bill, these 5 languages are now 'official' in J&K

The Jammu and Kashmir Official Languages Bill 2020 was passed by a voice vote in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday.
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Rajya Sabha adjourned sine dine: Here are bills passed on last day of monsoon session

Here are the bills passed by the Upper House of the parliament before it was adjourned sine die on Wednesday,
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Rajya Sabha adjourned sine die, 8 days ahead of scheduled

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Parliament passes 3 key labour reform bills

Parliament on Wednesday approved three key labour reform bills that will remove impediments for winding up of companies and allow firing of staff without government permission in firms with up to 300..
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Was numbers game behind Sunday ruckus in Rajya Sabha?

When Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad said in the Rajya Sabha that the government did not have sufficient numbers and thus created chaos to "hide its failure" in mustering a majority to get the..
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Rajya Sabha bids farewell to 11 retiring members


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M Venkaiah Naidu announces retirement of 11 Rajya Sabha members


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Rajya Sabha to take up FCRA Bill and Bilateral Netting of Qualified Financial Contracts Bill today

Rajya Sabha on Wednesday will take up four bills for consideration including the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2020 and The Bilateral Netting of Qualified Financial Contracts Bill,..
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RJD, Shiv Sena MPs give zero hour notice in Rajya Sabha


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Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman Harivansh breaks one-day fast over Parliament ruckus

Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman Harivansh on Wednesday broke his one-day fast, he has started on Tuesday to protest the unruly behaviour towards him by some Opposition members during the passage of..
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Opposition walkout in Rajya Sabha gives govt walkover on 7 bills

With opposition benches in the Rajya Sabha empty — their occupants walked out on Tuesday saying they would boycott proceedings until the suspension of eight MPs was revoked — the House passed seven..
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Lok Sabha passes three labour code bills, Rajya Sabha to take them up today

Amid boycott from major opposition parties, including Congress, Lok Sabha on Tuesday passed three important labour code bills — the Occupational Safety, Health and Working Conditions Code, the..
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Harivansh offers tea to suspended MPs, PM hails ‘big heart’

On a day opposition parties decided to boycott Rajya Sabha proceedings until suspension of eight MPs was withdrawn, PM Modi led the BJP members in hailing deputy chairman Harivansh, who offered morning..
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Lok Sabha passes three labour codes amid boycott by opposition

The Lok Sabha on Tuesday passed three labour codes amid boycott of the House proceedings by several opposition parties, including the Congress, in protest against the suspension of eight Rajya Sabha..
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Farm bills: Congress makes 3 demands to end boycott of Rajya Sabha

The Congress on Tuesday said its boycott of Rajya Sabha will not end till the government brings another bill making it illegal for private players to buy food grains from farmers below the MSP, all..
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Government passes seven bills through Rajya Sabha amid opposition boycott


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Parliament's Monsoon session likely to end on Wednesday

The Monsoon Session of Parliament is likely to conclude on Wednesday, eight days before it is scheduled to end, due to Covid-19 concerns among lawmakers, sources said. Rajya Sabha is likely to adjourn..
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Various opposition parties boycott Lok Sabha proceedings in solidarity with suspended Rajya Sabha members

Various opposition parties, including the Congress and the TMC, on Tuesday boycotted Lok Sabha in solidarity with the eight Rajya Sabha members who were suspended for unruly behaviour. Congress leader..
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Rajya Sabha passes Rashtriya Raksha University Bill 2020

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Govt will consider revoking suspension of RS MPs if they apologise for their behaviour: Prasad

The government will consider revoking the suspension of eight Rajya Sabha members only after they apologise for their behaviour in the Upper House, Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said on Tuesday...
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Essential Commodities Bill passed in Parliament; cereals, pulses, edible oils dropped from 'essential commodities list'

The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill, 2020, was passed by the Parliament's Upper House - Rajya Sabha - on Tuesday, thereby legitimising the legislation. The law removes cereals, pulses, oilseeds,..
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Ruckus in Rajya Sabha over three farm Bills: Who Said What


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Parliament passes bill giving national importance tag to five new IIITs

Parliament on Tuesday passed a legislation to declare the five new IIITs in Surat, Bhopal, Bhagalpur, Agartala and Raichur as institutes of national importance, enabling them to award degrees. The..
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Banking Regulation (Amendment) Bill passed in Rajya Sabha

The Rajya Sabha passed the Banking Regulation (Amendment) Bill 2020 through a voice vote on Tuesday. Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman during a discussion in the Upper House said that the..
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Government, opposition should resolve issues to help run Rajya Sabha: HD Deve Gowda


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Sharad Pawar to fast for a day in solidarity with 8 suspended MPs

NCP chief Sharad Pawar said he is observing a day-long fast on Tuesday to protest the suspension of eight Rajya Sabha members of the Upper House. The MPs were suspended for the remaining part of the..
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MPs suspended for their conduct; opposition should rethink, introspect, and return to House: Venkaiah Naidu

The suspension of the eight members of Parliament had to be carried out due to their conduct, said Rajya Sabha chairman M Venakaiah Naidu on Tuesday. The eight MPs from the Upper House were suspended..
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'In pain, distress': Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman Harivansh on 24-hour fast against 'unruly' conduct of Opposition MPs

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Rajya Sabha deputy chairman writes to President over ruckus by opposition leaders on Sunday

Rajya Sabha deputy chairman Harivansh on Tuesday wrote to President Ram Nath Kovind over the ruckus in the Rajya Sabha on September 20 by opposition leaders. The Rajya Sabha Member of Parliament said..
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Suspended opposition Rajya Sabha MPs end sit-in

Eight suspended opposition Rajya Sabha MPs on Tuesday ended their overnight sit-in inside the Parliament House complex after the opposition decided to boycott the remaining session in the Upper House.
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Kejriwal targets govt over passage of farm Bills, lauds protest by suspended RS MPs

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday targeted the government over the passage of the "dangerous" farm Bills without division of votes in Rajya Sabha, while lauding the sit-in protest on the..
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Opposition members in Rajya Sabha stage walkout

The Congress was the first to walkout from the House along with members of the AAP, TMC and Left parties. The members of all these three parties are among those who have been suspended by the House for..
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Deputy Chairman bringing tea for suspended RS MPs shows 'excellent democratic values': Naidu

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PM Modi hails RS deputy chairman's 'Gandhigiri' of serving tea to suspended MPs

Hailing “Gandhigiri” of Rajya Sabha deputy chairman Harivansh Singh, Prime Minister Modi on Tuesday said his gesture of serving tea to those who insulted him a few days ago shows his humble mind..
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RS Deputy Chairman on one-day fast against unruly behaviour of Opposition MPs

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If marshals weren't present they could've murdered RS Deputy Chairman: Giriraj Singh

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Suspended MPs: Will withdraw protest depending upon what follows inside Rajya Sabha today

The eight opposition Rajya Sabha members suspended for continuing with their protests against farm bills inside the Upper House and who stayed overnight on the Parliament lawns in a sit-in protest have..
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