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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LiveParliament LIVE UPDATES: 'Kashmir not discussed during Trump-Modi meet in Osaka', claims Rajnath as Cong stages walk-out

Parliament Session 2019 India Today LIVE News Updates: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will be introducing the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Amendment) Bill, 2019 in the Upper House ad the Banning of Unregulated Deposit Schemes Bill, 2019 in the Lok Sabha.

Parliament HIGHLIGHTS: Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill passed in Lok Sabha

Earlier in the day, the Opposition MPs sought Prime Minister Narendra Modi's response after US President Donald Trump in a statement said that PM Modi had asked him to mediate in the Kashmir issue.


MEA's denial 'weak': Rahul Gandhi demands Modi's response to Trump's Kashmir claim

During a meeting with Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan at the White House Monday, Trump said he had discussed the Kashmir issue with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the sidelines of G-20 Summit and that he would “love to be a mediator.”

Lok Sabha passes RTI (Amendment) Bill; will make panel 'toothless tiger', says Opposition

The RTI (Amendment) Bill provides the government to change the serving duration of the information officers, their salaries and other terms and conditions.

Rajya Sabha numbers not on its side, govt cautious on pushing triple talaq Bill

Sources in the ruling party said it is unlikely that the Bill will get cleared in the ongoing session. “The Bill is not on the agenda for consideration and passing in this session. It is unlikely that it will come up for passage in the ongoing session,” said a senior BJP leader.

Parliament Highlights: Finance bill passed in Lok Sabha

Parliament: Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad introduced The New Delhi International Arbitration Centre Bill, 2019 in Rajya Sabha for the purpose of creating an independent and autonomous regime for institutionalised arbitration.


TMC stages walkout, accuses govt of bulldozing par proceedings

Participating in the debate on two bills for amending arbitration laws, TMC member Sukhendu Sekhar Roy alleged that the "government is repeatedly bulldozing" parliamentary proceedings and has brought the bill without scrutiny by the Standing Committee.

Parliament HIGHLIGHTS: Rajya Sabha unanimously passes NIA (Amendment) Bill 2019

Parliament HIGHLIGHTS: The NIA (Amendment) Bill 2019 was passed in the Rajya Sabha unanimously on Wednesday. The bill was introduced in the lower house yesterday by Home Minister Amit Shah where it was passed.

Current Session of Parliament may be extended to clear pending legislation

Modi, according to sources, told the Parliamentary Party meeting that the government has pending legislative agenda so the session may be extended.

Parliament Highlights: RS passes bill paving way for two new central universities in Andhra Pradesh

In Rajya Sabha, the Airports Economic Regulatory Authority of India (Amendment) Bill, 2019, the Central Universities (Amendment) Bill, 2019 and the New Delhi International Arbitration Centre Bill, 2019 are scheduled to be passed.

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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.


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.


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.


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.