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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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Venkaiah Naidu bats for detailed legislative impact assessment for informed law making

Rajya Sabha chairman M Venkaiah Naidu on Tuesday made a strong pitch for detailed legislative impact assessment (LIA) to bring out social, economic, environmental and institutional impacts of..
IndiaTimes - Published

Former Rajya Sabha MP and Karnataka Congress leader KC Ramamurthy joins BJP

KC Ramamurthy resigned as Rajya Sabha MP last week.
DNA - Published

Congress MP from Karnataka quits Rajya Sabha, set to join BJP


IndiaTimes - Published

Congress member from Karnataka KC Ramamurthy resigns from Rajya Sabha


IndiaTimes - Published

BJP candidate Sudhanshu Trivedi elected unopposed to Rajya Sabha


IndiaTimes - Published

Uddhav Thackeray cautions ally of 'power misuse', defends Aarey stance

Uddhav said this in an interview to Sanjay Raut, Rajya Sabha MP and executive editor of the party mouthpiece Saamna.
DNA - Published

BJP nominates Sudhanshu Trivedi for Rajya Sabha seat from Uttar Pradesh

The seat was left vacant after former union minister Arun Jaitley's demise on August 24
DNA - Published

BJP names Sudhanshu Trivedi, Satish Dubey as its nominees for Rajya Sabha polls


IndiaTimes - Published

Open-defecation free India is big achievement on Gandhi's 150th birth anniversary: Rajya Sabha deputy chairman


IndiaTimes - Published

Modi, Sonia pay tributes to Mahatma Gandhi in Parliament

Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, BJP veteran L K Advani, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad were among others who offered..
IndiaTimes - Published

Supreme Court refuses to further entertain plea for producing Farooq Abdullah

The Supreme Court on Monday refused to further entertain Rajya Sabha MP Vaiko's plea seeking production of former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Farooq Abdullah before it. The SC bench said the..
IndiaTimes - Published

SP names Azam Khan's wife for Rampur seat vacated by him

Fatima is a member of Rajya Sabha from the party and will contest from the seat vacated by her husband after he made his way to the Lok Sabha by defeating BJP candidate Jaya Prada from Rampur..
DNA - Published

EC announces Rajya Sabha bypolls for 2 seats

The seat in Bihar was vacated by the death of noted lawyer Ram Jethmalani, who was a Rajya Sabha member from the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), earlier this month.
DNA - Published Also reported by •IndiaTimes

Situation 'very bad' in Kashmir, says Ghulam Nabi Azad

Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad on Tuesday reached here on the second-leg of his six-day tour of Jammu and Kashmir and said the situation in the Valley is "very bad". Azad, the leader of..
IndiaTimes - Published

SC to hear on Sep 23 Ahmed Patel's plea against petition challenging his Rajya Sabha election


IndiaTimes - Published

Defectors can spell doom for NDA, warns Shiv Sena

Rajya Sabha MP and 'Saamana' and 'Dopahar Ka Saamana' executive editor Sanjay Raut has said in his weekly column, that many political "turncoats", some with doubtful credentials, are making a beeline..
IndiaTimes - Published

Opposition to head 5 of 8 Rajya Sabha parliamentary committees; BJP gets 3


IndiaTimes - Published

Rajya Sabha Poll: Gujarat High Court summons S Jaishankar and Jugalji Thakor

Seven petitions were filed by Cong leaders against BJP candidates' victory
DNA - Published

Jethmalani's demise marks the end of an era: Rajya Sabha deputy chairman


IndiaTimes - Published

Huge responsibility on my shoulders: Kumari Selja on her appointment as HPCC president

Rajya Sabha MP Kumari Selja, who has been appointed as president of Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee (HPCC) on Wednesday ahead of Assembly polls in the state said that it is a huge responsibility on..
DNA - Published

Former SP MPs Sanjay Seth, Surendra Nagar among 6 BJP candidates for assembly, Rajya Sabha by-election

The by-election will be held on September 23 and the counting will take place on the same evening. Both the seats fell vacant after Seth and Nagar resigned from Rajya Sabha and later joined the BJP.
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UP: By-elections for two Rajya Sabha seats on September 23

Polling will be held from 9 am to 4 pm on September 23, while counting of votes will take place on the same day.
DNA - Published

Gujarat High Court questions multiple pleas against Rajya Sabha poll victory

According to Mangukiya, candidates can file an election petition against the returned candidates pitted against them and cannot challenge the election of other winner candidates
DNA - Published

Arun Jaitley: Articulate, knowledgeable and versatile

A four-time member of Rajya Sabha, Arun Jaitley was among the BJP leaders who sensed early that Narendra Modi had the potential to challenge the Congress' domination of national politics and backed him..
IndiaTimes - Published

Rajya Sabha MP Subhash Chandra condoles death of senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley

"My heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and admirers of Arun Jaitley Ji. His passing away creates a void in national politics that can never be filled," Rajya Sabha MP Subhash Chandra said.
DNA - Published

Former PM Manmohan Singh takes oath as Rajya Sabha member from Rajasthan

Former Prime Minister and Congress leader Manmohan Singh took oath as a member of the Rajya Sabha from Rajasthan on Friday.
DNA - Published Also reported by •IndiaTimes

Gujarat: 7 poll petitions filed against S Jaishankar, Jugalji Thakor's win

By-elections for the two Rajya Sabha seats vacated by BJP's Amit Shah and Smriti Irani post their Lok Sabha victory was held on July 5 in which Jaishankar and Thakor emerged as winners against..
DNA - Published

PDP MPs yet to resign despite Mehbooba Mufti’s directive

When the Centre announced the decision on August 5, both the MPs staged a protest inside and outside Parliament, shouted slogans in the well of the Rajya Sabha and tore a copy of the Constitution.
IndiaTimes - Published

Dr Manmohan Singh to walk to Rajya Sabha unopposed

BJP leaders says the party's top brass asked the state leadership not to field any candidate against Dr Manmohan Singh, a two-term PM
DNA - Published

BJP unlikely to field candidate against Manmohan in Rajasthan Rajya Sabha by-election

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is unlikely to field its candidate against former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in the by-election to the Rajya Sabha from Rajasthan.
DNA - Published

Arrest warrant issued against Shashi Tharoor by a Kolkata court

Tharoor got into a controversy last year after his remark that if voted to power again, the Bharatiya Janata Party would change the constitution to make India a Hindu Pakistan. The comment drew flaks..
IndiaTimes - Published

Rajya Sabha revamps its fellowship scheme to promote parliamentary research


IndiaTimes - Published

Andhra Pradesh: Around 3,000 Muslims join BJP at membership drive organised in Kurnool

They joined the BJP in the presence of Rajya Sabha MP TG Venkatesh at a membership drive organised at Parinaya Function Hall in the city on Sunday.
DNA - Published

Rajya Sabha launches scheme to promote study of parliamentary institutions, impact of legislations


IndiaTimes - Published

Digvijaya Singh alleges Centre hiding facts on Kashmir

Senior Congress leader and Rajya Sabha MP Digvijaya Singh on Monday reiterated that the Narendra Modi government is hiding facts on the situation in Kashmir. “Go to YouTube, see the coverage by..
IndiaTimes - Published

Nirmala Sitharaman takes stock of flood situation in Karnataka

During the visit, Sitharaman visited the flood relief shelters in the region and met the people. She had arrived in Bangalore earlier today, from where she travelled to Belgaum. The BJP leader is a..
IndiaTimes - Published

TMC Rajya Sabha MP Derek O'Brien appears before CBI in connection with Saradha Chit Fund Scam

O'Brien was summoned by the agency on July 26, 2019 to join the investigation in connection with the TMC mouthpiece 'Jago Bangla'. While he was asked to appear before the agency in the first week of..
DNA - Published

Bhubaneswar Kalita, who quit Congress in support of Centre's J&K move, joins BJP

Bhubaneswar Kalita, former Congress chief whip in Rajya Sabha who resigned from the House earlier this week opposing the party's stand on the government's decisions on Jammu and Kashmir, joined the BJP..
IndiaTimes - Published

Ex-Congress Rajya Sabha chief whip Bhubaneshwar Kalita joins BJP

Bhubaneshwar Kalita, former Congress chief whip in Rajya Sabha who resigned from the House earlier this week opposing the party's stand on the government's decisions on J&K, joined the BJP on Friday...
IndiaTimes - Published

Parties should have code of conduct for their MPs in Parliament: Venkaiah Naidu

Speaking to reporters at a get-together after the end of the Parliament session, Naidu who is also the Rajya Sabha chairman suggested that the parties should include such a code in their election..
IndiaTimes - Published

By offering money, you can garner support from anyone: Ghulam Nabi Azad on Doval having meal with J&K locals

Leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha, Azad makes serious allegation.
DNA - Published

From disruptive to most productive, Rajya Sabha makes a turnaround

The turnaround during this session was quite evident when viewed against the passage of a total of only 33 Bills during the last five sessions (244th to 248th) with a total of 88 sittings, says M..
DNA - Published

Lok Sabha productivity in current session 137%, Rajya Sabha 103%: Parliamentary affairs committee

According to a statement issued by the Parliamentary Affairs Committee, the first session of the 17th Lok Sabha has been "historic" in many ways as legislations relating to almost all walks of socio..
IndiaTimes - Published

30 bills passed by parliament in first session after formation of new Lok Sabha

The productivity of Lok Sabha was about 137% and that of Rajya Sabha about 103%
DNA - Published

Jammu & Kashmir reorganised into two Union Territories to curb terrorism: Government

The bill to reorganise the state into two UTs was passed by Lok Sabha on Tuesday, a day after it was passed by the Rajya Sabha
DNA - Published

249th session witnessed best in last 17 years: Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu

He said with the House in August turning more "productive and purposeful", the negative coverage in the media has almost vanished
DNA - Published

Rajya Sabha passes bill to increase Supreme Court judges

The money bill was moved by Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad for consideration and return to Lok Sabha
DNA - Published

Lok Sabha session: Highest number of oral questions answered in 20 years

The Lok Sabha had sittings for 37 days and Rajya Sabha for 35 days during the Parliament session
DNA - Published

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