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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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Harsh Vardhan inaugurates new infrastructure at RIMS hospital in Manipur [Video]

Harsh Vardhan inaugurates new infrastructure at RIMS hospital in Manipur

Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan inaugurated several new infrastructure facilities at the Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS), Imphal on March 1. Newly inaugurated..

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COVID vaccine should be given to youngsters first: Mallikarjun Kharge [Video]

COVID vaccine should be given to youngsters first: Mallikarjun Kharge

Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha, Mallikarjun Kharge on March 01 said the vaccine should be given to youngsters first who have longevity in life. He said,"I am above 70 years of age. You should give..

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‘We have political differences but..’: Ghulam Nabi Azad praises PM Modi [Video]

‘We have political differences but..’: Ghulam Nabi Azad praises PM Modi

Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad lavished praise on Prime Minister Narendra Modi while addressing a function by Gujjar Desh Charitable Trust in Jammu. ‘I admire several things about a number..

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'Congress weakening', 'we didn't drop from above': Show of strength by 'G23' [Video]

'Congress weakening', 'we didn't drop from above': Show of strength by 'G23'

A group of leaders who had earlier written to Indian National Congress chief Sonia Gandhi seeking reform in the party, held an event in Jammu on February 27. The programme was held in honour of Ghulam..

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BJP demands suspension of 3 Kolkata policemen over 'breach' in poll process [Video]

BJP demands suspension of 3 Kolkata policemen over 'breach' in poll process

Soon after meeting with state Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) in Kolkata, BJP leader and Rajya Sabha Member of Parliament Swapan Dasgupta said that BJP "detected the conspiracy" by 3 Kolkata policemen..

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Retired from Rajya Sabha, not politics: Ghulam Nabi Azad [Video]

Retired from Rajya Sabha, not politics: Ghulam Nabi Azad

Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad during a "peace conference" in Jammu on February 27 said that he has retired from only Rajya Sabha, not from politics. In reference to Jammu and Kashmir's statehood,..

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Days not far when countrymen won't allow BJP leaders to enter any town, city: Pratap Khachariyawas [Video]

Days not far when countrymen won't allow BJP leaders to enter any town, city: Pratap Khachariyawas

Rajasthan Minister of Transport and Soldiers Welfare Department, Pratap Khachariyawas slammed Centre over farmers' issue. He said that the days are not far when BJP ministers will not be able entering..

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Jaipur Literature Festival | Exclusive inside stories | Pavan K Varma [Video]

Jaipur Literature Festival | Exclusive inside stories | Pavan K Varma

Pavan K. Varma is an award-winning writer-diplomat and now in politics, where he was till recently an MP in the Rajya Sabha, and earlier Advisor to the Chief Minister of Bihar. The man, who has..

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‘Ask protesting farmers about democracy’: Sanjay Raut on foreign envoys’ visit [Video]

‘Ask protesting farmers about democracy’: Sanjay Raut on foreign envoys’ visit

As envoys from 24 nations are visiting Jammu and Kashmir to take stock of the situation in the region, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut has mocked the visit. The Shiv Sena Rajya Sabha MP said that they..

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1% conviction rate in 140 sedition cases in 6 years: Rajya Sabha MP [Video]

1% conviction rate in 140 sedition cases in 6 years: Rajya Sabha MP

"In past 6 years, 140 sedition cases registered out of which conviction rate has been around 1%," according to Congress Rajya Sabha Member of Parliament Syed Nasir Hussain. "In the last 6 years, 140..

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Centre afraid of Rahul as it doesn't has answer: Sachin Pilot on Sitharaman's 'Doomsday Man' statement [Video]

Centre afraid of Rahul as it doesn't has answer: Sachin Pilot on Sitharaman's 'Doomsday Man' statement

Congress MLA from Tonk, Sachin Pilot reacted on Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman's 'Doomsday man for India' statement on Rahul Gandhi. Terming Gandhi's Rajasthan visit as success, he said that Rahul..

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Mind is full of fear, head is in gutter: Former TMC MP Dinesh Trivedi [Video]

Mind is full of fear, head is in gutter: Former TMC MP Dinesh Trivedi

"At the moment the mind is full of fear and head is in the gutter," said Dinesh Trivedi who resigned as TMC MP in Rajya Sabha on February 13. "If Mamata Banerjee, rightly says 'I want to keep my head..

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Proposal sent for visit of MPs to Eastern Ladakh after May 15: BJP's Jual Oram [Video]

Proposal sent for visit of MPs to Eastern Ladakh after May 15: BJP's Jual Oram

The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Defence (SCOD) has sent a proposal to Central government to facilitate visit of members to the Eastern Ladakh region after May 15, informed Chairperson of..

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First fight Abhishek, then me: Mamata Banerjee challenges Amit Shah

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PM Modi takes a dig at Derek O'Brien's remarks on 'freedom of speech', 'intimidation'

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MSP tha, MSP hai aur MSP rahega, assures PM Modi

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