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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Uniform of Rajya Sabha marshals: Why and how it was changed

Amid the criticism that followed from former Army officers and Opposition leaders, Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu ordered a review of the new uniform on Tuesday.

RS Secretariat to re-examine issue of marshals’ uniform: Venkaiah Naidu

While the marshals wanted a modern look, the new uniform drew criticism because of its resemblance to those of Army officials.

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Bill to regulate surrogacy tabled in Rajya Sabha

The Bill forbids any payment to a surrogate mother, including for wage loss.

Uniform of Rajya Sabha marshals will be reviewed, says Chairman Venkaiah Naidu

As the winter session of Parliament commenced Monday, marshals donned a new uniform in the Upper House — said to be the first in five decades.

Row over Rajya Sabha marshals’ new uniform

While the uniform change in the Upper House — said to be the first in five decades — was apparently because the marshals wanted a modern look, the new uniform caused outrage because of its resemblance to that of Army officials.

PM Narendra Modi says Rajya Sabha must check, not choke, praises NCP and BJD

Speaking during a special discussion on the “Role of Rajya Sabha in Indian Polity and Need for Reforms”, on the first day of the 250th session of the Upper House, Modi also praised the NCP and BJD for never rushing to the well of the House.

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PM Modi: All parties, including BJP, have much to learn from NCP, BJD in Parliament

"Today I want to appreciate two parties, NCP and BJD. These parties have strictly adhered to parliamentary norms. They have never gone into the well. Other parties, including mine, can learn from them," PM Modi said in the Rajya Sabha.

Don't misuse Money Bills, consult Rajya Sabha more: Manmohan Singh in Parliament

On Monday, the former Prime Minister had criticised the government for the tanking economy and for its "juvenile" shutting off of economic data.

Parliament Highlights: Both Houses adjourned for the day

Parliament Winter Session Highlights: Members of the Shiv Sena had earlier walked out of the Lok Sabha over the farm distress in Maharashtra. The Lower House also saw Opposition parties protesting against the situation in Kashmir.

Rajya Sabha marshals trade ethnic wear for new uniform resembling the military

Earlier, the marshals adorned an ethnic uniform with a turban. As part of the new look, the turban has given way to a cap. However, the colour is a little different from the ones worn by military personnel.

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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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