Rajya Sabha

Rajya Sabha or the Council of States is the Upper House of the Indian Parliament. The House is limited by the Constitution to a maximum of 250 members, out of which 12 members are nominated by the President and 238 are representatives of the States and of the two Union Territories. The present Rajya Sabha, however, is 245, out of which 233 are representatives of the States and Union territories of Delhi and Puducherry and 12 are nominated by the

President. Members of the Rajya Sabha are indirectly elected. The representatives of each State and two Union territories are elected by the elected members of the Legislative Assembly of that State and by the members of the Electoral College for that Union Territory. The Chairperson of the House is the Vice President of India. The Upper House is a permanent House and is not subject to dissolution. But one-third of its members retire after every two years.Each member's term is for six years.

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History shows lack of debate is a symptom of majoritarianism

A majoritarian parliament is different from majority in the parliament. Majority in parliament gains legitimacy through deliberation but in a majoritarian parliament, numbers trump every other moral consideration.

Telling Numbers: What Rajya Sabha MPs earned from directorships, professions

Among the 213 MPs who did submit declarations, 124 (58%) declared NA or “nil” for interests under the five heads under which MPs are required to make declarations.

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Manmohan Singh takes oath as Rajya Sabha member from Rajasthan

Manmohan Singh was elected unopposed after the BJP did not field any candidate for the Rajya Sabha seat.

National Medical Council Act offers little change, brings in a host of new problems

The NMC Act, in the garb of change, has some provisions which are far more problematic than those in the amended MCI Act. The constitution of the medical commission as proposed in the Act has issues of subjugating federalism at multiple levels.

Manmohan Singh elected unopposed to Rajya Sabha

With his election, Singh becomes the lone Congress representative from Rajasthan in the Parliament, since all other Rajya Sabha MPs from the state are from the BJP.

Former Maharashtra CM Narayan Rane: Decision to go to Rajya Sabha not mine

In another jibe at the ruling coalition, Rane remarked, “While in the ruling party, sometimes you have to speak in support of something you are not entirely convinced about.”

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Congress Rajya Sabha MP from Assam, state leader quit party

The development comes a day after Rajya Sabha MP from Assam, Bhubaneshwar Kalita, a former Congress chief whip in the House, who resigned from the Congress earlier this week, joined the BJP.

Five RS members elected to office of profit panel, Rakesh Sinha nominated to Press Council

Sonal Mansingh has been elected to the Central Advisory Committee for the National Cadet Corps, while Congress MP M V Rajeev Gowda made it to National Institute of Mental Health and Nero-Sciences (NIMHANS), Bengaluru without contest.

Rajya Sabha passes bill on National Institutes of Design in four states

The National Institute of Design (Amendment) Bill, 2019 was introduced in Rajya Sabha by Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal on July 30, 2019. It was passed by voice vote in the House

Parliament HIGHLIGHTS: Bill to divide J&K into two Union Territories passed in Lok Sabha

Parliament HIGHLIGHTS: The Bill to bifurcate the state into two Union Territories — Jammu and Kashmir with a legislature similar to Delhi or Puducherry, and Ladakh without one like Chandigarh, was passed with a two-thirds majority in Rajya Sabha.

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Modi govt's last day in Parliament: Hugs, digs, protests, little business

The Parliament approved Modi Government’s sixth and final Budget that gave Income Tax rebate to those earning up to Rs 5 lakh, an annual cash dole of Rs 6,000 to small farmers and pension for unorganised sector workers.

Like a boss: This is how MP Mary Kom spends quality time with children

Comparisons of her dual role with a certain Manny Pacquiao only evoke laughter from MC Mary Kom but the five-time world champion says being an active boxer and a parliamentarian at the same time is no laughing matter.

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Rajya Sabha nominations 2016: Faces to look out for

Parties like BJP, Congress, JD(U), RJD among other have revealed some of the names as their nomination for Rajya Sabha in 2016. Here are a few:

Rekha makes appearance in Parliament

Bollywood star Rekha on Tuesday turned up to attend the proceedings of the Rajya Sabha amidst criticism for attending only seven sittings.

Postcards of Change: Transforming cities take centrestage

Indian cities are yet to get the attention they deserve despite their role as the growth engines of the economy.

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Thousands gathers in Assam to protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill

More than 5000 people gathered together to oppose the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill at a protest organised by the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU), backed by 30 indigenous organisations.

Ravi Shankar Prasad tells Parliament about the plan to control WhatsApp rumours

The Union Minister made an elaborate speech in the Rajya Sabha where he listed out the various incidents of violence - like lynching - which were reported because of rumour-mongering on WhatsApp and laid out the plan to tackle it.

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PM Modi Mocks Congress But NDA Suffers Embarrassment In Rajya Sabha

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday equated the Congress party with “mrityu (death)” but hastened to add that like death is never subjected to criticism, the Congress party also goes unscathed. “Death is a blessing…it’s above criticism…no one criticises death. People say someone died of cancer, (people say) he died of old age…The cancer and […]

Aircel-Maxis scam: Uproar in Parliament over Karti Chidambaram's role

New Delhi, Mar 01 (ANI): Proceedings in the Parliament were adjourned today following an uproar by AIADMK members over former finance minister P Chidambaram's son Karti Chidambaram's alleged involvement in the Aircel-Maxis scam. AIADMK members marched into the Well of the House and raised slogans against Karti, following which the Rajya Sabha was adjourned till 2.00 pm. Meanwhile, a similar situation prevailed in the Lok Sabha as well.

I attended Mahishasura event in JNU: BJP MP

New Delhi, Feb 26 (ANI): Confirming his attendance at the ‘Mahishasura festival’ of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in 2011, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Udit Raj on Friday said that he changed his thoughts after joining the saffron party. Raj further stated that Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Smriti Irani’s remarks on the Mahishasura event were political and he attended the event as an activist then. Irani had yesterday created a huge uproar in the Rajya Sabha by reading out a document on the Mahishasur Puja, observed on the JNU campus every October since 2011.

Rajya Sabha adjourned over Rohith Vemula case

New Delhi, Feb 24 (ANI): Rajya Sabha Deputy chairman PJ Kurien adjourned the house again till noon as Bahujan Samaj Party leader Mayawati raised the issue of Rohith Vemula, a Dalit student who committed suicide earlier this year after being suspended that created ado. Other BSP MPs also started sloganeering against the Central Government and demanded justice for Vemula's family.

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PM Modi calls all-party meet to discuss Budget Session

New Delhi, Feb 16 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday called an all-party meet of the leaders of Rajya Sabha and the Lok Sabha to discuss upcoming budget session. The Budget Session of Parliament will commence on February 23. The Rail Budget will be presented on February 25 and the Economic survey on February 26. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will present the Union Budget for 2016-17 on February 29.

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