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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. 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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‘Don’t need any party to certify Shiv Sena's hindutva’: Sanjay Raut slams BJP [Video]

‘Don’t need any party to certify Shiv Sena's hindutva’: Sanjay Raut slams BJP

The Shiv Sena was and will always remain "Hindutvawadi" and does not need a certificate on its commitment to the ideology from anyone, the party's Rajya Sabha MP, Sanjay Raut, said on Tuesday. He made..

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Mahagathbandhan is 200% forming govt in Bihar: RJD's Manoj Jha [Video]

Mahagathbandhan is 200% forming govt in Bihar: RJD's Manoj Jha

As per the latest Election Commission of India (ECI) trends, Mahagathbandhan is leading on 114 seats (RJD 76, Congress 20, Left 18). When asked by reporters in Patna on November 10, if they..

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Bihar polls: Politicos exercise their franchise [Video]

Bihar polls: Politicos exercise their franchise

As the voting for the third phase of the Bihar Assembly polls began, RJD leader and Rajya Sabha MP Ahmad Ashfaque Karim on November 7 cast his vote at polling station in Katihar. Subhashini Raj Rao the..

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Congress doesn't have even 100 MPs, people still punish them: PM Modi [Video]

Congress doesn't have even 100 MPs, people still punish them: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi hit out at Congress during his public rally in Forbesganj at Araria district on November 03. He said, "The public cannot be fooled for long, look at what condition the..

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Rajya Sabha seats for PoK people? How India can checkmate Imran Khan, Pak army [Video]

Rajya Sabha seats for PoK people? How India can checkmate Imran Khan, Pak army

India has condemned in unequivocal terms the latest move by Pakistan to try and annexe the occupied territory of Gilgit-Baltistan by making it the latter's province. However, activists from Pakistan..

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'Will vote BJP or other...': Mayawati reiterates threat for SP before polls [Video]

'Will vote BJP or other...': Mayawati reiterates threat for SP before polls

Bahujan Samaj Party chief reiterated her threat to ensure the defeat of Samajwadi Party candidates in the upcoming Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council elections. Mayawati said that her party would vote..

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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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Pricing norms for private hospitals may have saved lives: House panel

The parliamentary standing committee on health has asserted that a sustainable pricing model could have averted many Covid deaths in the country as inadequate beds in government hospitals and absence..
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Anand Sharma sticks to Cong's original stand on RCEP as party appears to take U-turn

The infighting in the Congress has once again come to the fore with Rajya Sabha MP and former Union minister Anand Sharma’s remark on Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). However, more..
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Covid surge in Delhi casts shadow on winter session

Amid mounting speculation about the schedule of the winter session of Parliament — where it will be delayed or even merged with the Budget session — due to the third Covid wave in Delhi, sources..
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Sanjay Raut urges central ministers, BJP leaders to meet Anvay Naik's family before protesting Arnab's arrest

Speaking to reporters in Mumbai, the Rajya Sabha MP also said that Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was free to protest against Goswami's arrest if they thought he was a BJP worker or a "loudspeaker"..
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BJP lets go of Rajya Sabha seat to cosy up to BSP, be seen as Dalit-friendly

In what is seen as a shift from its "take-no-prisoners" approach, BJP decided to forego one Rajya Sabha berth it could have bagged in UP to facilitate the election of BSP's national coordinator, Ramji..
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At 92, BJP at its highest Rajya Sabha tally, Congress lowest

With nine of 11 Rajya Sabha MPs elected on Monday belonging to BJP, the party has touched a high of 92 MPs in the upper House, a major feat for the saffron party given the challenges it had to face in..
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Union minister Puri, nine others elected unopposed to Rajya Sabha from Uttar Pradesh

Among those elected, eight belonged to the BJP, while one each are from the Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party.
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Ex-MP CM Kamal Nath moves SC against EC's decision

Senior lawyer and Rajya Sabha MP Vivek Tankha told that the senior Congress leader has challenged the ECI's decision on various grounds and an urgent hearing on the plea would be sought. The poll panel..
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Big jolt to Mayawati as 5 BSP MLAs join Akhilesh Yadav's Samajwadi Party

The five MLAs have withdrawn their support to the BSP's official candidate, Ramji Gautam, for the Rajya Sabha biennial elections.
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Union minister Puri, ex-top cop in BJP list for upper house

Putting all speculations to rest, the BJP announced eight candidates, including former UP DGP and ex-chairman of state SC Commission Brij Lal, for the Rajya Sabha seats from UP on Monday
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Union minister Hardeep Puri in BJP's candidate list for Rajya Sabha polls


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Hardeep Puri, Arun Singh, Neeraj Shekhar, Laxmi Kant: BJP probables for RS

The one name that is certain to be renominated is Union Minister of Urban Development (Independent Charge) Hardeep Singh Puri. Following Manohar Parrikar's resignation, who quit as the Defence Minister..
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Rajya Sabha Elections 2020: Voting on 11 seats in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand will be held on November 9

Election Commission has announced the election schedule for 11 seats of Rajya Sabha. All seats will be voted on November 9. 11 seats of Rajya Sabha will be vacant in November due to the completion of..
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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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Rajya Sabha incident was unfortunate, says LS Speaker Om Birla


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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

With over 30 members of Parliament and several more staffers testing positive for coronavirus, the monsoon session was curtailed on Wednesday with both Houses managing to hold only 10 sittings instead..
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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

Rajya Sabha was adjourned sine die on Wednesday, eight days ahead of the scheduled end of the Monsoon session, amid concerns of spread of coronavirus among lawmakers. Earlier in the day, the House..
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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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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

Rajya Sabha on Tuesday passed the Rashtriya Raksha University Bill 2020, which seeks to establish Rashtriya Raksha University as an institution of national importance by upgrading Raksha Shakti..
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Bills to set up Forensic Sciences University, Rashtriya Raksha University passed in Rajya Sabha


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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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