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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.


Parliament adjourned indefinately in view of Coronavirus outbreak

March 26, 2020 10:30 am

Parliament: Even as the government is slated to bring the Finance Bill for consideration and passing in the Lok Sabha on Monday, few opposition parties have announced that their MPs will not attend Parliament.

Justice Gogoi’s Rajya Sabha nomination underlines need for cooling-off period for judges

March 20, 2020 10:58 am

The government should remember that while this appointment may ostensibly be at the pleasure of the President, it comes at a great cost to the people of India. History will not forget or forgive this “scar”.

Strict action against those trying to change character of JNU, Govt says in Parliament

March 19, 2020 3:29 pm

The mandate of the JNU is research. The JNU's basic character which existed earlier will continue to remain, HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank said during the Question Hour in Rajya Sabha.

Ranjan Gogoi takes oath as member of Rajya Sabha amid 'shame' slogans

March 19, 2020 1:18 pm

Ranjan Gogoi's nomination to Rajya Sabha by the President has been marred by criticism from the Opposition as well for former Supreme Court judges.

The Gogoi betrayal: Judges will not empower you, they are diminished men

March 20, 2020 12:04 pm

Justice Gogoi’s actions are not simply a case of one bad apple. His actions will now cast doubt on the Court as a whole; every judgment will now be attributed to political motives.

Rajya Sabha: 18 candidates from five states elected unopposed

March 18, 2020 8:54 pm

The candidates belong to BJP, BJD, Congress, Janata Dal (United) and the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD).

Rajya Sabha internships: Graduates, post graduates can apply

March 19, 2020 10:28 pm

Interested candidates can mail the duly filled applications to The application process will be closed on March 31, 2020.

Mr R Gogoi, MP

March 18, 2020 12:07 pm

Supreme Court is larger than one judge but by saying yes to government, former Chief Justice has hurt it

Ex-CJI Gogoi has 'compromised principles of independence, impartiality of judiciary': Justice Kurian Joseph

March 17, 2020 6:38 pm

Justice Joseph underlined that the collegium system was introduced in the Supreme Court in 1993 to make the judiciary “ completely independent and not interdependent.”

Rajya Sabha MPs raise concern over Indian Railways' poor financial health, project delays

March 17, 2020 5:45 pm

Sanjay Singh of the AAP said that employment opportunities are being ignored by the railways. The government is increasing outsourced works in the railways, where contractual labourers are being exploited.


Former CJI Ranjan Gogoi takes oath as RS member amid walkout by opposition

March 19, 2020 3:32 pm

As ex-CJI Ranjan Gogoi reached the designated spot to take the oath, opposition members raised slogans prompting Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu to say that it was unbecoming of members.

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

February 15, 2019 7:31 am

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

August 02, 2018 6:41 am

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.

Rajya Sabha nominations 2016: Faces to look out for

May 30, 2016 6:19 pm

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

August 12, 2014 4:36 pm

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

February 11, 2014 7:20 pm

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


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

January 23, 2019 11:10 pm

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

July 28, 2018 3:00 am

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.

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

March 01, 2016 9:05 am

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

February 26, 2016 9:26 am

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

February 24, 2016 7:34 am

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.

PM Modi calls all-party meet to discuss Budget Session

February 16, 2016 4:57 am

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.