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Rajya Sabha chairman M Venkaiah Naidu regularly urges the members of the House to speak in their mother tongue. (ANI)

Sanskrit was the 5th most used language in Rajya Sabha in 2019-20

By Smriti Kak Ramachandran | Edited by Abhinav Sahay, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 16, 2021 09:03 AM IST
  • While Hindi and English have been mostly used during the proceedings of the House, members preferring to speak in the 21 other scheduled Indian languages has increased to over five times per sitting in 2020 compared to the 14-year period between 2004-17.
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Mumbai, India - Jan. 4, 2021: Varsha Raut, wife of Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut leaves ED office at Ballard Estate in Mumbai.(Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)
Mumbai, India - Jan. 4, 2021: Varsha Raut, wife of Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut leaves ED office at Ballard Estate in Mumbai.(Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)

ED issues fresh summons against Varsha Raut in PMC Bank money laundering case

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Shankhyaneel Sarkar | Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON JAN 06, 2021 03:59 PM IST
Varsha Raut was grilled and her statement recorded under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) by the central probe agency for the first time on January 4 at its office here.
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A team of TMC MPs has sent a letter to the President on Tuesday listing “all such transgressions” by Dhankhar in recent times and urged him to take action as per Article 156, Clause 1 of the Constitution.(PTI)
A team of TMC MPs has sent a letter to the President on Tuesday listing “all such transgressions” by Dhankhar in recent times and urged him to take action as per Article 156, Clause 1 of the Constitution.(PTI)

TMC writes to President seeking recall of Bengal governor Dhankhar

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Shankhyaneel Sarkar | Kolkata
UPDATED ON DEC 30, 2020 07:14 PM IST
An angry Dhankhar shot back, claiming free and fair elections are not held in the state and that it is his duty to ensure people exercise their franchise without fear.
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Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu delivered the third Atal Bihari Vajpayee memorial lecture organised by the think tank India Foundation on Saturday.(PTI PHOTO.)
Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu delivered the third Atal Bihari Vajpayee memorial lecture organised by the think tank India Foundation on Saturday.(PTI PHOTO.)

‘Choose politics of conviction over convenience’: Venkaiah Naidu at Vajpayee memorial lecture

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 26, 2020 08:20 PM IST
Referring to Vajpayee as the father of coalition politics in India, for leading a coalition of 23 parties, Naidu said, political parties will do well to imbibe the qualities of consensus building from the late PM.
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According to a person aware of parliamentary procedure, a member of Parliament can move a breach of privilege motion against the Delhi CM.(HT Photo)
According to a person aware of parliamentary procedure, a member of Parliament can move a breach of privilege motion against the Delhi CM.(HT Photo)

‘Breach of privilege’ notice against Kejriwal

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON DEC 25, 2020 03:46 AM IST
The notice, filed on Wednesday, will be taken up by the chairperson of the Rajya Sabha and sent to the Delhi assembly for action, if the chairperson feels it warrants action, a person aware of the details said on condition of anonymity.
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Sonal Mansingh said the speech delivered on December 17 in the Delhi Assembly cast serious aspersions on the overall working of the Rajya Sabha .(HT PHOTO.)
Sonal Mansingh said the speech delivered on December 17 in the Delhi Assembly cast serious aspersions on the overall working of the Rajya Sabha .(HT PHOTO.)

Sonal Mansingh moves breach of privilege motion in Rajya Sabha against Arvind Kejriwal

By Smriti Kak Ramachandran | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 24, 2020 06:36 PM IST
Mansingh, who is a nominated member of the Upper House in her letter to the Rajya Sabha chairperson has said, the Delhi chief minister’s statement that the three bills were passed without voting “is not only a serious breach of privilege but also a blatant contempt of the House.
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A healthcare worker wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) collects a swab sample from a man, amidst the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at market area in the old quarters of Delhi.(REUTERS)
A healthcare worker wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) collects a swab sample from a man, amidst the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at market area in the old quarters of Delhi.(REUTERS)

Carry out all trials before approving use of vaccine: House panel to govt

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON DEC 22, 2020 04:50 AM IST
The panel also said that Covid-19 has highlighted the “huge disparity of infrastructure and services in public and private hospitals”.
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A view of the Supreme Court(Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)
A view of the Supreme Court(Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)

Lawmaker’s vote before conviction is valid: Supreme Court

By Abraham Thomas | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 19, 2020 05:40 AM IST
The question came before the court in an election petition filed by rival members of the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) and Indian National Congress (INC) who stood for Rajya Sabha elections from Jharkhand in March 2018.
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Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala during a press conference in Patna, Bihar.(Parwaz Khan/HT File Photo)
Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala during a press conference in Patna, Bihar.(Parwaz Khan/HT File Photo)

Surjewala’s remark upsets section of Congress letter-writers

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON DEC 19, 2020 04:08 AM IST
Some of the dissenters, including Anand Sharma and Prithviraj Chavan, met at Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad’s residence to decide whether to attend Saturday’s meeting with Sonia Gandhi.
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The meeting will be held on the lawns of Sonia Gandhi’s residence on Saturday.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
The meeting will be held on the lawns of Sonia Gandhi’s residence on Saturday.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

Sonia Gandhi to meet dissenters today, discuss key issues

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 19, 2020 03:54 AM IST
While the letter didn’t attack Sonia Gandhi or Rahul Gandhi directly, it did point out the failure of the party to discuss the real reasons behind the 2019 Lok Sabha election loss.
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Image for representation(HT photo)
Image for representation(HT photo)

In a first, Parliament committee to examine functioning of RTI, information commissions

By Chetan Chauhan | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 16, 2020 07:49 PM IST
A Rajya Sabha official privy to the development said the committee decides on the agenda after taking inputs from all members.
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External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar represents India at the 15th East Asia Summit.(PTI)
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar represents India at the 15th East Asia Summit.(PTI)

No rule flouted in election to RS from Gujarat: Jaishankar to SC

By Utkarsh Anand | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 14, 2020 05:32 AM IST
Submitting his affidavit in response to a petition by defeated Congress party candidate Gaurav Hemantbhai Pandya, the minister accused Pandya of “misusing the process of law” by filing several election petitions before the top court.
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Union minister Joshi said, “It is expected that this new building will be completed before Winter Session 2022, with its full grandeur as “har Bhartiya ka swabhiman” epitomising “Ek bharat shreshtha Bharat”.(SOURCED)
Union minister Joshi said, “It is expected that this new building will be completed before Winter Session 2022, with its full grandeur as “har Bhartiya ka swabhiman” epitomising “Ek bharat shreshtha Bharat”.(SOURCED)

New Parliament complex will cater to future needs

By Pralhad Joshi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 10, 2020 02:22 AM IST
Since long, there has been a need for addressing severe structural constraints of the existing Parliament House building, more vividly realised during the last Monsoon Session of Parliament held in the shadow of Covid-19 pandemic.
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Former Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, flanked by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and his deputies Tarkishor Prasad, and Renu Devi receives the victory certificate at the Bihar Legislative Assembly after winning the Rajya Sabha bypoll on Monday.(PTI)
Former Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, flanked by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and his deputies Tarkishor Prasad, and Renu Devi receives the victory certificate at the Bihar Legislative Assembly after winning the Rajya Sabha bypoll on Monday.(PTI)

Sushil Modi elected to Rajya Sabha, BJP now has 4 Bihar MPs in upper house

By Vijay Swaroop | Hindustan Times, Patna
PUBLISHED ON DEC 07, 2020 06:41 PM IST
Sushil Kumar Modi was elected to the Rajya Sabha unopposed after the nomination papers of lone Independent candidate Shyam Nandan Prasad was rejected during scrutiny.
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Senior Bihar BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi was declared elected unopposed to the Rajya Sabha(Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Senior Bihar BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi was declared elected unopposed to the Rajya Sabha(Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)

Sushil Kumar Modi elected unopposed to Rajya Sabha from Bihar

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Prashasti Singh | Patna
PUBLISHED ON DEC 07, 2020 05:00 PM IST
Sushil Modi was declared elected unopposed on the last date for withdrawal of nomination papers.
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NCP president Sharad Pawar(HT PHOTO)
NCP president Sharad Pawar(HT PHOTO)

‘Haste’: Pawar underlines why govt is facing outrage from farmers

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Shankhyaneel Sarkar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 06, 2020 06:25 PM IST
NCP chief said he fears that farmers from all over the country will support them if the situation is not resolved quickly.
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Seventy-one years have passed since India adopted its Constitution, guaranteeing equality to all its citizens, including its largest minority population — women.(HTPHOTO)
Seventy-one years have passed since India adopted its Constitution, guaranteeing equality to all its citizens, including its largest minority population — women.(HTPHOTO)

Reform institutions to ensure equitable representation to women

By Reshma Arif Khan
PUBLISHED ON DEC 04, 2020 11:36 AM IST
It was BR Ambedkar who stated that a Constitution was only as good as the individuals who implemented it. Thus, a modern democratic nation-state must aspire to develop institutions that enshrine within themselves constitutional values as originally conceptualised in their foundation
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi.(File photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi.(File photo)

PM to chair all-party meeting on Covid-19 today

By HT Correspondent | Edited by Smriti Sinha | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 04, 2020 09:40 AM IST
This will be the second all-party meeting called by the government to discuss the Covid-19 situation since the outbreak of the pandemic
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Sushil Modi has been made the candidate for the Rajya Sabha seat that got vacated after the death of Lok Janshakti Party leader and former union minister Ram Vilas Paswan.(Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Sushil Modi has been made the candidate for the Rajya Sabha seat that got vacated after the death of Lok Janshakti Party leader and former union minister Ram Vilas Paswan.(Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)

Former Bihar deputy CM Sushil Modi to file nomination for RS by-poll

By Asian News International | Posted by Nilavro Ghosh | Patna
PUBLISHED ON DEC 02, 2020 05:23 AM IST
The BJP said that all its ministers, MLAs, MLCs and party leaders will assemble in the party’s state office at 11:30 am and proceed to the Commissioner office at 12:15 pm along with Sushil Modi for the nomination process.
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Abhay Bharadwaj with Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani(Image via Twitter)
Abhay Bharadwaj with Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani(Image via Twitter)

BJP’s Rajya Sabha MP from Gujarat dies of Covid-19 complications

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Mallika Soni | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 01, 2020 09:22 PM IST
Abhay Bharadwaj was elected to Rajya Sabha on June 20 this year on BJP’s ticket. He tested positive for Covid-19 on August 31.
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This will be the second all-party meeting called by the government to discuss the Covid-19 situation since the Covid-19 outbreak. The first meeting was held on April 20 amid a nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of the virus.(ANI)
This will be the second all-party meeting called by the government to discuss the Covid-19 situation since the Covid-19 outbreak. The first meeting was held on April 20 amid a nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of the virus.(ANI)

PM Modi to chair all-party meet on Covid on Dec 4

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON DEC 01, 2020 01:17 AM IST
The PM has, so far, interacted with six companies involved in the preparation of the vaccine. On Monday, over video conferencing he interacted with teams from Gennova Biopharma, Biological E and Dr. Reddy’s.
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The Opposition had accused the Rajya Sabha authorities of deliberately switching off the microphones to silence the critics of the Bills.(File photo)
The Opposition had accused the Rajya Sabha authorities of deliberately switching off the microphones to silence the critics of the Bills.(File photo)

News updates from Hindustan Times: CPWD blames Oppn for muted microphones in RS during farm bills’ passage and all the latest news

By hindustantimes.com | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON NOV 30, 2020 01:15 PM IST
Here are today’s top news, analysis and opinion. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
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The Opposition had accused the Rajya Sabha authorities of deliberately switching off the microphones to silence the critics of the Bills.(File photo)
The Opposition had accused the Rajya Sabha authorities of deliberately switching off the microphones to silence the critics of the Bills.(File photo)

CPWD blames Opposition leaders for muted microphones in RS during farm Bills’ passage

By Saubhadra Chatterji | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 30, 2020 12:17 PM IST
The Opposition had accused the Rajya Sabha authorities of deliberately switching off the microphones to silence the critics of the Bills
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Filing of nomination papers will come to a close on December 3. The last date for withdrawal of nominations is December 7 and voting is scheduled on December 14.(Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Filing of nomination papers will come to a close on December 3. The last date for withdrawal of nominations is December 7 and voting is scheduled on December 14.(Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)

Grand Alliance likely to contest Rajya Sabha by-election in Bihar: Report

By Press Trust of India| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi | Hindustan Times, Patna
PUBLISHED ON NOV 30, 2020 12:13 AM IST
The BJP-led NDA, of which the late leader’s Lok Janshakti Party has been a constituent, has fielded former deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi, who will file his nomination papers on December 2.
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File photo: Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot.(Himanshu Vyas/ Hindustan Times)
File photo: Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot.(Himanshu Vyas/ Hindustan Times)

Viral video: Gehlot calls Dotasra for discussion, BJP demands CM’s resignation

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Jaipur
UPDATED ON NOV 29, 2020 10:16 PM IST
The viral video purportedly shows Congress MLA accusing two BTP MLAs of receiving Rs 5 crore during the Rajya Sabha polls.
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Healthcare worker during swab test of the people at Govandi in Mumbai.(Pratik Chorge/HT Photo)
Healthcare worker during swab test of the people at Govandi in Mumbai.(Pratik Chorge/HT Photo)

News updates from Hindustan Times: ‘Need to follow Covid-19 protocol even after vaccine is available,’ says ICMR chief and all the latest news

By hindustantimes.com | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 29, 2020 08:55 AM IST
Here are today’s top news, analysis and opinion. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
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Two BTP MLAs -- Ramprasad Dindor (Sagwara) and BTP Rajkumar Roat (Chorasi) -- supported the Congress government during the Rajya Sabha polls and the rebellion by Pilot.(HT Photo)
Two BTP MLAs -- Ramprasad Dindor (Sagwara) and BTP Rajkumar Roat (Chorasi) -- supported the Congress government during the Rajya Sabha polls and the rebellion by Pilot.(HT Photo)

BJP accuses Ashok Gehlot govt of horse trading

By Aabshar H Quazi | Hindustan Times, Kota
UPDATED ON NOV 29, 2020 02:02 AM IST
Two BTP MLAs -- Ramprasad Dindor (Sagwara) and BTP Rajkumar Roat (Chorasi) -- supported the Congress government during the Rajya Sabha polls and the rebellion by Pilot.
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Sushil Modi. (Photo@SushilModi)
Sushil Modi. (Photo@SushilModi)

Sushil Modi is BJP’s Rajya Sabha choice for Ram Vilas Paswan seat

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 27, 2020 09:18 PM IST
The vacancy arose after the passing away of former LJP chief and union minister Ram Vilas Paswan.
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The Delhi Police has issued a notice prohibiting any gathering in the Capital and the Delhi Metro temporarily closed operation on certain routes on Thursday.(HT Photo)
The Delhi Police has issued a notice prohibiting any gathering in the Capital and the Delhi Metro temporarily closed operation on certain routes on Thursday.(HT Photo)

Farmers should be allowed to protest peacefully: Kejriwal

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 27, 2020 01:52 AM IST
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) had voted against the Bills in both the Lok Sabha (where it has one MP) and Rajya Sabha (where it has three MPs).
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi.(ANI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi.(ANI)

Constitution Day: PM Modi to address 80th conference of presiding officers today

By Saubhadra Chatterji | Hindustan Times, Kevadia
UPDATED ON NOV 26, 2020 11:39 AM IST
The prime minister is expected to talk about upholding constitutional rights and values and also speak on how elected representatives should conduct themselves
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