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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Modi asks youths to question Rajya Sabha MPs over lack of House productivity

Modi said the productivity of the outgoing 16th Lok Sabha, where the government enjoys a big majority, was 85 per cent (20 per cent more than the previous Lok Sabha) and it passed 205 bills, as he credited the development to the full majority voters gave to the BJP in the 2014 general elections.

PM Modi asks youths to question Rajya Sabha MPs over lack of House productivity

PM Modi said the productivity of the outgoing 16th Lok Sabha, where the government enjoys a big majority, was 85 per cent and it passed 205 bills, as he credited the development to the full majority voters gave to the BJP in the 2014 elections.

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Legislatures being reduced to disruptive platforms: Venkaiah Naidu

Agreeing with Venkaiah Naidu’s points, former President Pranab Mukherjee said that over the years, he has noticed “with grave concern, a decline in the culture of this very debate that keeps the spirit of Democracy alive”.

Explained: Why the Citizenship Amendment Bill is dead, for now

With Rajya Sabha adjourned sine die on Wednesday, all Bills that have been passed by Lok Sabha but not by Rajya Sabha have lapsed. This includes The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016.

Parliament highlights: PM Modi takes veiled attack on Rahul Gandhi, says 'no earthquakes during our tenure'

Parliament Winter Session 2019 highlights: Wednesday marked the last day of the Budget session and the conclusion of the 16th Lok Sabha ahead of the General Elections.

Rajya Sabha passes interim budget without debate

The 13-day Budget session was a washout in the Rajya Sabha as Opposition parties stalled proceedings daily over issues ranging from Rafale fighter jet deal to Citizenship Bill.

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Citizenship and triple talaq Bills will lapse if no Rajya Sabha nod today

CAG report on IAF with likely findings on Rafale deal, over which the Congress and other Opposition parties have locked horns with the BJP-led government, also listed for tabling.

Parliament Budget Session HIGHLIGHTS: Lok Sabha passes Finance Bill, Citizenship Bill pending in RS

Parliament Budget Session HIGHLIGHTS: Both Houses stand adjourned for the day; Lok Sabha passed Finance Bill, 2019, while Citizenship Bill was not tabled in the Rajya Sabha.

Govt introduces IFSC Bill in Rajya Sabha

The International Financial Services Center Authority Bill, 2019 mandates transaction of financial services in the IFCS shall be governed by an Authority headed by a Chairman.

Govt introduces bill in Rajya Sabha to amend Cinematograph Act: Jail term, fine for film piracy

The Bill seeks to amend provisions of Cinematograph Act, 1952, in order to tackle film piracy by including penal provisions for unauthorised camcording and duplication of films.

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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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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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