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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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Isro space tech cells at IITs to promote student research

The cells have been set up at IITs — Bombay, Kanpur, Kharagpur and Madras, IISc, Bengaluru, and joint research programme with Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune. The information about the space..
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BJD likely to support Citizenship Amendment Bill in parliament

The party has decided to issue whip to all its MPs in the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha members to attend the session during Monday to Wednesday. BJD has 12 MPs in the Lok Sabha while it has seven in Rajya..
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Santhali used for first time in Rajya Sabha


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Imported onions to arrive by Jan 20: Govt tells Rajya Sabha

Concerns over shortage and high prices of onions were raised in Rajya Sabha on Friday even as the government blamed delayed and prolonged rains for damage of crops. Grappling to boost supplies, the..
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BJD demands special focus tag for calamity-hit states in Rajya Sabha


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Citizenship Amendment Bill Passage: Government sure of Rajya Sabha numbers

The government is set to introduce the Citizenship Amendment Bill in the Lok Sabha on Monday and is confident of passing it in both Houses without a hitch.
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Absentee MPs likely to lose spot on standing committee

​​​Naidu voiced concern over the functioning of parliamentary committees and shared details of poor attendance with the chairpersons. Fifteen of the 16 chairpersons heading the 20 committees of..
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P Chidambaram in Rajya Sabha after release on bail

Chidambaram, who walked out of jail on Wednesday night, joined other Congress MPs voicing their protest against the steep hike in onion prices and said he was happy to be back. "The government cannot..
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Rajya Sabha adjourned till noon


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‘Confident’ govt to table CAB in Rajya Sabha next week

The NDA is confident of getting adequate support for the contentious Citizenship Amendment Bill, with alliance partners like Janata Dal (United) and some ‘neutral’ regional parties like YSR..
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Law tweak likely to fight mob lynching

The government has set up a committee to suggest necessary amendments to the Indian Penal Code and Code of Criminal Procedure to deal with certain crimes like mob lynching and has started a..
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Chidambaram will attend Rajya Sabha after taking care of health: Wife


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Rajya Sabha OKs SPG bill amid Shah’s assurance, Cong’s walkout


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Subramanian Swamy questions special privilege to Gandhis; says he wants them behind bars on corruption charges

Senior BJP leader Subramanian Swamy on Tuesday questioned in Rajya Sabha why SPG protection should be accorded to the Gandhis, saying the Constitution is equal for all and he would like to see the..
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Parliament passes bill to merge UTs Daman and Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli

The Parliament on Tuesday passed a bill which seeks to merge two Union Territories - Daman and Diu, and Dadra and Nagar Haveli - into one unit. The Rajya Sabha passed the Dadra and Nagar Haveli and..
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Rajya Sabha passes bill to amend SPG Act, Amit Shah rejects charge of political vendetta, Congress stages walkout

The Rajya Sabha on Tuesday passed a bill to amend the Act governing the elite-Special Protection Group with home minister Amit Shah rejecting the opposition's charge of political vendetta. During a..
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SPG law not being amended keeping in mind the Gandhi family: Shah in Rajya Sabha


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Amit Shah to move The Special Protection Group (Amendment) Bill, 2019 in Rajya Sabha today


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Road fatalities in India marginally rose in Jan-Sept 2019, Gadkari tells Rajya Sabha

“It is true that after I looked at statistics today, I am saddened to say there has not been much change in the number of road accidents as well as those killed,” Gadkari said while was responding..
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Outraged by Hyderabad rape, MPs call for lynchings, castrations

MPs on Monday called for swift death penalty to rape convicts, their public lynching or surgical and physical castration and their trials in fast-track courts. Rajya Sabha chairman M Venkaiah Naidu..
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No information on employment created by single-use plastic manufacturing industry: Govt

The government has no specific information available on employment created by the single-use plastic manufacturing industry, the Rajya Sabha was informed on Monday.
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From awareness to identification, Centre takes several measures to curb road accidents

The Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari, stated the measures in the Rajya Sabha on Monday.
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Government amps up wildlife conservation efforts; maps out 32 'tiger corridors' across country

The details of the initiative were provided by Minister of State (MoS) of Environment, Forest & Climate Change Babul Supriyo on Monday at the Rajya Sabha.
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'Sorry state of affairs': Venkaiah Naidu on members' absenteeism

High absenteeism among Rajya Sabha members despite the listing of starred questions invited the ire of Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu on Monday, who described it as a "sorry state of affairs". In a rare..
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Venkaiah Naidu suggests rethink on mercy appeals in heinous crimes

"What happens even after punishment is given (to convicts). We all are witness...appeal, mercy (petition)...can anybody think of having mercy on such people," Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu..
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Rapists should be brought out in public and lynched: Rajya Sabha MP Jaya Bachchan

"I think the people now want the government to give a proper answer, and a very definite answer. These type of people should be brought out in public and lynched," she said.
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Outrage over rape cases: Death penalty, lynching, castration of rapists demanded in Parliament

Death penalty for rapists, lynching of convicts in public and castration of those convicted were among the demands made in Rajya Sabha on Monday as MPs expressed outrage over the Hyderabad rape and..
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Telangana rape accused need to be lynched: Jaya Bachchan

Rajya Sabha lawmaker Jaya Bachchan on Monday said that the accused in rape and murder of veterinary doctor should be brought in public and lynched. "People now want the government to give a proper and..
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Religious heads slam Hyderabad crime; Congress MP, RSS chief share dais

​​ Rape and murder of a veterinary doctor in Hyderabad dominated proceedings at the conclave which was held to discuss the importance and relevance of the holy book Gita. Senior Congress leader and..
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India to get its second spaceport, land acquisition work begins in Tamil Nadu

Days after Union minister for department of space Jitendra Singh informed the Rajya Sabha in the current session that “the government has a proposal to set up a rocket launching pad near..
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Govt has reinforced relationship with neighbouring countries in first six months: Jaishankar

The Modi government has reinforced India's relationship with all neighbouring nations as well as countries in the Gulf, South East Asia and Africa in the first six months of its second tenure, foreign..
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World has 'much higher' expectation from India: Jaishankar in Rajya Sabha

"To shape the global agenda more effectively, India has to engage countries large&small across all regions. It is not only a matter of advancing our own national interest, the expectation that the..
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No proposal to increase anganwadi centres: Irani in Rajya Sabha

Women and child development minister Smriti Irani on Thursday said in the Rajya Sabha that there is neither a proposal to increase the number of anganwadi centres in states nor any to enhance..
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158 govt websites hacked in last two years: IT Ministry in Rajya Sabha

As per the information reported to and tracked by Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In), a total number of 110 and 48 websites of Central Ministries and Departments and State Governments..
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Opposition attacks government over growth, walks out of Rajya Sabha


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Pakistan trying to reactivate Balakot terror camp, govt says in Rajya Sabha


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594 terrorism-related incidents in J&K until November 17, Rajya Sabha told


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Sitharaman's reply in Rajya Sabha, MPs doze off

There was a sequence to the events, as one MP started dozing while the Finance Minister was speaking. A little bit more into the reply and a second MP was also spotted dozing. Thereafter, Minister of..
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Opposition parties attack Centre in debate on economic slowdown

The Rajya Sabha on Wednesday witnessed a heated debate on the current economic scenario with opposition parties taking on the government on a range of issues, including disinvestment of PSUs,..
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Nearly 1000 foreigners lodged in six detention centres across Assam: Centre tells Rajya Sabha

"As on November 22, 2019, 988 foreigners were lodged in six detention centres in Assam," Minister of State for Home Affairs Nityanand Rai
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'It overrides our fundamental rights': BJP MP Vikas Mahatme moves private member bill against anti-defection law

BJP's Rajya Sabha MP from Maharashtra Vikas Mahatme said the anti-defection law "overrides our fundamental rights given by the Constitution."
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Pak-based terror outfits trying to reactivate terror camps in Balakot: MHA

The statement came in the form of a written reply to a query of Congress leader Ahmed Patel in Rajya Sabha.
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Attempts being made to reactivate Balakot terror camp: Govt

Union minister of state for home G Kishan Reddy said in Rajya Sabha that the central government is committed to take all necessary steps to protect the borders of the country and maintain its integrity..
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No increase in expenditure on UT of J&K after abrogation of Article 370

Union Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy told the Rajya Sabha that the reorganisation of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir into the UT of Jammu and Kashmir and the UT of Ladakh was done..
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Rajya Sabha marshals back to traditional attire after row on new military-style uniform

Vice-President and Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu had previously asked the secretariat of the Upper House to review the new dress code of the House marshals after several political leaders, and..
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Old dress back for Rajya Sabha marshals, but no ‘pagdi’


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Rajya Sabha adjourned as opposition raises a storm over Maharashtra turmoil


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Rajya Sabha adjourned for the day as opposition stalls functioning

As soon as the House met at 2 PM, Congress, Left, DMK and other opposition members were up on their feet demanding discussion on the events in Maharashtra. Deputy Chairman Harivansh said discussion on..
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Rajya Sabha reports productivity of over 90% in first week of Winter Session


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BJP member pitches for making cleanliness fundamental duty

BJP member Prabhat Jha on Friday brought a private member's constitutional amendment bill in Rajya Sabha to make cleanliness and sanitation a fundamental duty.
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