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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. As of 2021 it 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 with about a third of the 233 designates up for election every two years, 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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BJP claims 'Congress used toolkit to destroy PM Modi's image' | Congress to file FIR |Oneindia News [Video]

BJP claims 'Congress used toolkit to destroy PM Modi's image' | Congress to file FIR |Oneindia News

On Tuesday BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra shared the so-called “Congress toolkit” on Twitter. Congress leader and former Rajya Sabha MP Rajeev Gowda said that they will be filing an FIR for..

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'When you take a knife & stab somebody...': Derek O'Brien attacks turncoats [Video]

'When you take a knife & stab somebody...': Derek O'Brien attacks turncoats

TMC MP Derek O’Brien lashed out at the TMC leaders who deserted the party ahead of the West Bengal polls. The TMC MP said that the same people who featured in tapes accepting bribes and had been..

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Essel Group enters 95th year, Rajya Sabha MP Dr Subhash Chandra congratulates

Dr Chandra took to his official Twitter handle and congratulated all the people associated with Essel Group.
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MP and close Rahul aide Satav dies of Covid in Pune

Congress MP Rajeev Satav succumbed to Covid-related complications at a private hospital in Pune on Sunday, bringing gloom in the party which called him a “rising star”. A Rajya Sabha MP who was..
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No virtual meetings of parliament panels for now, physical meetings when situation improves: Rajya Sabha to opposition MPs


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Sonia Gandhi chairs meeting of party MPs to discuss pandemic situation

Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Friday chaired a meeting of all party MPs from the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha to assess the situation arising out of the second wave of Covid-19 and evolve a political..
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Congress leader Rahul Gandhi tests positive for coronavirus

A number of Congress leaders including former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Rajya Sabha MP Anand Sharma have tested positive for COVID-19.
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Election to 3 Rajya Sabha seats in Kerala to be held on April 30: EC


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Conduct Rajya Sabha polls before assembly election results: HC tells EC


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New MLAs will choose Rajya Sabha members, EC Tells Kerala HC


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So-called farmer leader who threatened Rajya Sabha MP Dr Subhash Chandra arrested

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Rajya Sabha MP Dr Subhash Chandra stopped from attending event in Haryana's Hisar by so-called farmers

Dr Chandra was scheduled to address a programme at 'Chandra Global Space' in Hisar at 7 pm on Sunday.
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Postponing Rajya Sabha polls on Centre's reference: HC seeks election Commission's views


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CPM writes to Election Commission, questions decision to put on hold polls to impending Rajya Sabha vacancies


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No proposal at present to increase retirement age of HC judges: Government in Rajya Sabha


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'BJP does not give respect to Tamilans,' says Chidambaram

Rajya Sabha Congress MP P Chidambaram on Wednesday during a public meeting in Pudhukottai district said that Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) does not respect Tamilians and are trying to impose Hindi in..
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RS approves Delhi govt bill amid opposition walkout

Amid loud protests, a heated debate and walkouts by opposition parties, the NCT of Delhi (Amendment) Bill, 2021, was approved by the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday by an 83-45 vote, establishing primacy of..
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GNCTD Bill passed by Rajya Sabha among pandemonium

Members of the Trinamool Congress, the Aam Aadmi Party and the Congress, among many other opposition leaders, raised slogans against the legislation.
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TMC MPs rush to Delhi to stop 'bulldozing' of GNCTD Bill in Rajya Sabha

TMC MP Derek O'Brien on Wednesday said his party MPs have rushed to the national capital to stop the "bulldozing" of bill that seeks to give more power to the Delhi Lieutenant Governor, in the Rajya..
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Time to frame CAA rules extended by Parliament

The government has been granted time till April 9 by Lok Sabha and July 9 by Rajya Sabha to frame rules under the citizenship law.
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AAP in talks with opposition parties to counter bill on Delhi L-G powers in Rajya Sabha

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800 defence personnel died by suicide in last 7 years: Govt

Almost 800 personnel of Army, Navy and IAF died by suicide in the last seven years, while there were 20 cases of “fratricide”, once again underlining the need for better suicide prevention and..
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Around 1.07 lakh posts lying vacant in armed forces: Govt data

In response to a question in Rajya Sabha, minister of state for defence Shripad Naik listed 79,349 positions of junior commissioned officers and other ranks as lying vacant while the number for..
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Parliament passes bill to club 7 castes in poll-bound Tamil Nadu under one nomenclature

Rajya Sabha on Monday passed the Constitution (Scheduled Castes) Order (Amendment) Bill-2021 to club seven castes in poll-bound Tamil Nadu under one nomenclature of Devendrakula Vellalars.​The..
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Be careful, follow Covid-19 guidelines: RS chairman tells MPs as infections rise

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Govt bats for All India Judicial Service

A "properly framed" All India Judicial Service (AIJS) on the lines of other all-India services such as IAS and IPS is important to strengthen the overall justice delivery system, Law Minister Ravi..
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No decision yet on nationwide NRC, govt tells Rajya Sabha


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Medical Termination of Pregnancy Bill ensures dignity, safety, and wellbeing of women: Health minister

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Swapan Dasgupta resigns as Rajya Sabha MP amid row over candidature


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Parliament passes bill to raise upper limit for abortions to 24 weeks in special cases

Rajya Sabha on Tuesday passed a bill to raise the upper limit for permitting abortions from the present 20 weeks to 24 weeks for "special categories of women" including rape survivors, victims of..
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India to take up UK racism matters when required: Jaishankar

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Rajya Sabha proceedings disrupted for third consecutive day amid Opposition uproar over farm laws

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5,128 UAPA cases, 229 sedition cases lodged in five years: Government

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Foreign funding licences of 8,353 NGOs not renewed in last 5 years, govt tells Rajya Sabha


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Army got 7 complaints of human rights violations in 2020, none found to be true: Minister of state for defence Shripad Naik

The Army had received 26 complaints of human rights violations in 2019 and one of them was found to be true, he said in a written reply in Rajya Sabha. In 2018, there were 42 such complaints, but they..
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TMC demands adjournment of Parliament session due to assembly polls

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Attorney General K K Venugopal has refused to grant sanction to initiate contempt proceedings against former Chief Justice of India (CJI) and Rajya Sabha lawmaker Ranjan Gogoi for his alleged..
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