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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.


Shiv Sena to field two candidates for Rajya Sabha polls, seeks MVA allies’ support for second candidate

May 18, 2022 4:57 am

Sources said that the party is likely to repeat Sanjay Raut for the Rajya Sabha election. For the second seat, the party has indicated to Sambhaji Chhatrapati to join it to get a nomination for the Rajya Sabha.

It's BJP vs SP as 11 Rajya Sabha seats from UP set for polls

May 14, 2022 8:47 am

Kapil Sibal, Satish Chandra Mishra and Revati Raman Singh among 11 RS members set to retire in July

Shivaji descendant hopes for an RS seat 'by consensus', Maharashtra parties debate numbers

May 13, 2022 6:57 pm

Given Sambhajiraje's Shivaji links, no Maharashtra party can afford to antagonise him. The BJP in fact helped him to the Rajya Sabha seat last time as a presidential nominee, as a way of neutralising the Maratha quota agitation against its government in the state.

April 27, 1982, Forty Years Ago: UK’s Assault

April 26, 2022 11:44 pm

She said some 180 Argentines have been taken prisoners during the assault that began on April 25 with a landing on the largest port, Grytviken followed by the securing of the Leith labour on April 26.

President gives assent to Criminal Procedure (Identification) Bill

April 19, 2022 4:46 pm

The Act, which replaces the Identification of Prisoners Act, 1920, was passed by Lok Sabha on April 4 and Rajya Sabha on April 6.

Harbhajan to spend RS salary on education of farmers’ daughters

April 17, 2022 3:47 am

Singh, who was elected to Rajya Sabha last month, said he will do everything he can for the betterment of the country.

Parliament has just passed a dangerous bill

April 08, 2022 7:30 pm

Nikita Sonavane, Praavita Kashyap and Mrinalini Ravindranath write: The right against self-incrimination is at the heart of protection from police excess. Evidence mandated by the Criminal Procedures (Identification) Bill violates it

Budget Session concludes amid din in Rajya Sabha

April 08, 2022 2:32 am

Among the Bills passed by both Houses are The Delhi Municipal Corporation (Amendment) Bill, 2022 and The Criminal Procedure (Identification) Bill, 2022.

Assam: Congress leader sends legal notice to AIUDF MLA for ‘cross-voting’ allegation in RS polls

April 08, 2022 2:35 am

Elections to the two Rajya Sabha seats in Assam were held on March 31, with BJP and its ally, UPPL, winning both seats.

If SC takes up all issues, what are LS, RS there for: CJI

April 07, 2022 10:02 pm

The CJI posed the query to Advocate Ashwini Upadhyay, who had approached the top court with a prayer to direct the government to identify, detain and deport all illegal immigrants within a year.


Parliament Monsoon Session begins: Here's how the first day unfolded

July 19, 2021 5:28 pm

The Monsoon Session of Parliament began on Monday as the opposition cornered the ruling dispensation over a host of issues, including handling of the second wave of Covid-19, rise in fuel prices, farmers' stir and the recently published Pegasus report.

'Will witness creation of aatmanirbhar Bharat': PM lays foundation stone of new Parliament House

December 10, 2020 7:28 pm

If the old Parliament House gave direction to India post-independence, the new building would be a witness to the creation of a self-reliant India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday.

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

June 22, 2020 6:04 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

June 22, 2020 6:20 pm

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.