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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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In Rajya Sabha, parties get equitable share of opportunities


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#IndiaKaArth: Rajya Sabha MP Subhash Chandra inaugurates Arth, welcomes all participants

Rajya Sabha MP Subhash Chandra inaugurated and welcomed all participants to Arth festival which celebrates India's culture on Friday (February 21) at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi.
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Congress stakes claim to one Bihar RS seat, NCP to 2 from Maha Share

While Bihar Congress’ strength of 26 MLAs is short of the minimum 35 votes required to win a Rajya Sabha seat, the party wants RJD (with 82 MLAs and in a position to win two RS seats) to transfer its..
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Opposition strength in Rajya Sabha to weaken further this year, Congress to lose seats


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Sena MP moves bill to promote 2-child norm

Shiv Sena's Rajya Sabha MP Anil Desai has moved a private member's bill proposing incentives to promote a two-child norm, a proposal that is likely to be discussed when Parliament meets for the second..
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Jaishankar files caveat in SC over his Rajya Sabha election

The caveat was filed on Monday after the Gujarat High Court on February 4 dismissed Congress leader Chandrikaben Chudasma's petition, challenging Jaishankar's election to the Upper House from Gujarat.
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Rajya Sabha records 96% productivity during first phase of Budget session


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Huge win in Delhi ensures AAP its Rajya Sabha presence till January, 2030


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Jaishankar files caveat in Supreme Court over plea challenging his election to Rajya Sabha

Jaishankar filed the caveat through advocate Swarupama Chaturvedi in the apex court registry saying that he should be heard before the court entertains and passes some directions on the petitions that..
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Rajya Sabha adjourned till March 2

The second phase of Parliament's budget session will commence from March 2. Earlier in the day, Lok Sabha was also adjourned till March 2.
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Whips issued for health of House: Venkaiah Naidu

Amid speculation surrounding the whip issued by the BJP in the House, Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu on Tuesday said it is for the health of the House as attendance is normally very less on the..
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Mahua Moitra, Manish Tewari included in par panel on data protection bill

The government's proposal to include Mahua Moitra of the TMC and Manish Tewari of the Congress in the joint committee was approved by voice vote in the lower house. Moitra and Tewari will replace..
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Economy being attended to by 'incompetent docs': Chidambaram

The opposition arguments on the Budget were led by Congress stalwarts P Chidambaram and Jairam Ramesh in Rajya Sabha on Monday. Chidambaram said the economy was like a patient in a general ward..
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Proposed Indian Institute of Heritage & Conservation should be set up in Bihar, JD(U) MP RCP Singh demands in Rajya Sabha


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BJP issues whip to party's Rajya Sabha MPs for Tuesday

The BJP on Monday issued a three-line whip to all its Rajya Sabha members, asking them to be present in the House tomorrow and "support the stand of the government". Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman..
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In a rare move, a word from PM’s speech in Rajya Sabha expunged


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GoM headed by health minister monitoring coronavirus situation in country: Harsh Vardhan in Rajya Sabha

As many as 150 passengers with symptoms of coronavirus have so far been referred to isolation facilities in the country as the government steps up efforts to deal with the outbreak. Making a suo motu..
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In Rajya Sabha, govt objects to SC’s remarks on Speakers, gets Cong’s backing


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PM Modi spoke on Pakistan PM in Rajya Sabha to hide his own failures: Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury

Lambasting Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his reply to the Motion of Thanks to President's address in the Rajya Sabha, Congress leader A​dhir Ranjan Chowdhury on Thursday said he did not speak on..
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Decision on J&K taken after detailed discussions in Parliament, says PM Modi

In his reply in the Rajya Sabha to the Motion of Thanks to the President's Address, Modi said: "Honestly, I was a bit disappointed with some of the remarks. Some members have made stagnation a virtue...
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Right to internet not fundamental, country's security equally important: RS Prasad

Misconception about the right to Internet being a fundamental right needs to be cleared, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said in Rajya Sabha on Thursday, emphasising that the country's security was..
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Over one lakh illegal Bangladeshi migrants in India: Govt tells Rajya Sabha


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Opposition parties in Rajya Sabha say Constitution under threat, defend anti-CAA protests

Terming the protests over the amended citizenship law as "spontaneous", opposition parties in Rajya Sabha on Wednesday alleged that the Constitution is under threat from the ruling BJP which is..
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Unemployment rate at 6.1% in 2017-18, govt cites new survey in Rajya Sabha

Minister of State for Labour Santosh Gangwar said the government is conducting a new Periodic Labour Force Survey (PLFS) with new parameters and bigger sample size, and its results cannot be compared..
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BJP, Congress raise Shaheen Bagh firing matter in Rajya Sabha

Rajya Sabha witnessed a brief exchange of words between members of treasury benches and Congress on Wednesday as two members from the ruling BJP raised the issue of alleged involvement of an AAP worker..
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Govt doing politics of divert and rule: Congress

The Congress on Tuesday hit back at the government in Rajya Sabha over the CAA and the NRC, saying it has created these "destructive" issues to divert attention from key challenges like economic..
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Sanjay Singh gives notice in Rajya Sabha over demand to expedite death sentence of Nirbhaya convicts


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Rajya Sabha committee recommends change in laws to protect children from abuse on social media


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Rajya Sabha again adjourned amid protests by opposition parties


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Venkaiah Naidu calls meeting of all Rajya Sabha floor leaders ahead of Budget Session

Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu has called all the floor leaders of the Upper house for a meeting at his residence on January 31, ahead of the budget session of the Parliament. The Union Budget..
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BJP leader Birender Singh resigns from Rajya Sabha


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Azad must prove his allegation or step down as leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha: Altaf Bukhari

Former PDP leader Altaf Bukhari slammed Ghulam Nabi Azad for his reported comments that some Congress leaders were being threatened with false cases to get them to join the emerging third front in J&K..
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New parliament plan: Twin-sharing seat, many aisles

At present, the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha chambers have longer rows. In the new chambers planned, a third person could be accommodated in case of a joint sitting of Houses. The new building is part of..
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Sanjay Raut withdraws his remark about Indira Gandhi meeting gangster

"If someone feels my statement hurt Indira Gandhi's image, or someone's feelings, I take it back," Raut said. "In the past, I have taken her (Gandhi's) side and argued with people who tried to malign..
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Mayawati calls meeting to decide on Delhi Assembly poll candidates

The BSP has already announced to field candidates for all 70 seats in the Delhi elections. According to sources, the meeting will be attended by Delhi in-charge MPs, as well as the leaders of the Delhi..
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Parliamentary panel starts work on legislative impact assessment

A parliamentary committee has started working on legislative impact assessment, days after Rajya Sabha chairman M Venkaiah Naidu pitched for it, official sources said on Monday. Legislative impact..
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Lalu Prasad's RJD set to gain two seats in Rajya Sabha from Bihar, hectic lobbying for five RS seats falling vacant in April


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A certain students union holds grudge against JNU: Sanjay Raut

In a veiled attack on the BJP and its affiliated outfits, Shiv Sena Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Raut on Monday said a particular student union holds a grudge against the Jawaharlal Nehru University which has..
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Here's why BJP can't have Rajya Sabha majority in 2020

Out of the 73 seats that will go for election, 69 will fall vacant this year. Out of the Rajya Sabha MPs whose tenure will come to an end, necessitating the poll, 18 belong to the ruling party, while..
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Pawar mourns D P Tripathi's death, dubs it as personal loss

D P Tripathi, 67, died in New Delhi on Thursday after a prolonged illness. NCP chief Sharad Pawar and other party leaders on Thursday condoled the death of their senior colleague and former Rajya Sabha..
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Rajasthan: Congress recovers from Lok Sabha jolt; Gehlot-Pilot truce holds

But it gained some of the lost ground by consolidating its position in the civic body polls and winning one of the two seats in the assembly bypolls. Congress candidate, former Prime Minister Manmohan..
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Akali Dal opposes all-India NRC, seeks better NDA coordination

BJP's oldest ally Shiromani Akali Dal on Thursday opposed the roll out of the National Register of Citizens across the country, claiming the proposed exercise has created insecurity among Muslims...
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Tribunal on Vansadhara river water sharing between Odisha and AP gets another extension as new Bill eluded Parliament

The Vansadhara Water Disputes Tribunal, constituted in February 2010 to resolve river water sharing dispute between Andhra Pradesh and Odisha, has got one-year extension. This extension is an immediate..
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Sanjay Raut quotes Martin Luther King to hit out at BJP over CAA

If politics creates religious issues, then one should know the country is being run by wrong people, Raut said while attributing the comment to the legendary civil rights leader. The 57-year-old..
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Refrain from broadcasting content which may instigate violence: I&B ministry to news channels

The government on Friday issued an advisory asking news channels to refrain from broadcasting content which is "likely to instigate violence or which promotes anti-national attitudes", a second such..
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BJP digs up Manmohan speech seeking citizenship for persecuted refugees

The BJP on Thursday released an archive footage of Rajya Sabha proceedings in 2003, where former PM Manmohan Singh is seen to be making an appeal for the same.From its official handle, the BJP tweeted:..
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Did you know Manmohan demanded CAA in 2003? BJP tweets video

From its official handle, the Bharatiya Janata Party tweeted: "In 2003, speaking in Rajya Sabha, Dr Manmohan Singh, then Leader of Opposition, asked for a liberal approach to granting citizenship to..
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Carry along those who didn’t vote for you: Pranab Mukherjee

A party with a majority has the mandate to deliver a stable government but must also carry along “others” who did not vote for it, former President Pranab Mukherjee said while delivering a lecture..
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Rajya Sabha spent Rs 1.26 crore on its MPs' health in 2018-19


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PM Modi to kick off BJP's Delhi assembly poll campaign with rally at Ramlila Maidan on Dec 22

Earlier this month, Parliament passed the National Capital Territory of Delhi (Recognition of Property Rights of Residents in Unauthorised Colonies) Bill, 2019, to grant ownership rights to residents..
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