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BJP all set to gain in Rajya Sabha after November as Opposition numbers drop by 9

Party leaders said there would be more ease in the passage of bills in the Upper House since its RS strength is expected to increase in November
Parliamentarians stand for the national song in Rajya Sabha after it adjourned sine die, on September 23.(PTI)
Parliamentarians stand for the national song in Rajya Sabha after it adjourned sine die, on September 23.(PTI)
Updated on Sep 25, 2020 08:53 AM IST
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Productive but divisive monsoon session ends

Om Birla said that 370 MPs could participate in the Zero Hour and Under Rule 377, and that this level of participation was almost double of that in the 15th and 16th Lok Sabha.
Both Houses approved a total of 25 bills, including three contentious bills for farm liberalisation and three for labour reforms, in the face of protests, walkouts and boycotts by opposition parties that accused the ruling side of denying them their parliamentary rights by pushing legislations without review.(PTI)
Both Houses approved a total of 25 bills, including three contentious bills for farm liberalisation and three for labour reforms, in the face of protests, walkouts and boycotts by opposition parties that accused the ruling side of denying them their parliamentary rights by pushing legislations without review.(PTI)
Updated on Sep 24, 2020 05:26 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | BySaubhadra Chatterji and Smriti Kak Ramachandran

‘Sleepless night’: Harivansh on fast

Harivansh wrote a letter to President Ram Nath Kovind and Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu, who is also the Rajya Sabha chairperson, saying protests in the Upper House during the passage of the two bills on Sunday caused him pain, stress and mental tension.
Footage from the House showed that fierce protests from the Opposition, including senior leaders charging towards the Chair, jumping onto tables; and shooting videos of the ruckus.(PTI)
Footage from the House showed that fierce protests from the Opposition, including senior leaders charging towards the Chair, jumping onto tables; and shooting videos of the ruckus.(PTI)
Published on Sep 23, 2020 01:51 AM IST
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Had decisive majority in RS: Ravi Shankar Prasad

Ravi Shankar Prasad claimed that the government had a decisive majority among the members present in the Rajya Sabha on Sunday -- 110 in favour and 72 against.
Ravi Shankar Prasad called the Opposition’s behaviour “the tyranny of minority”, a phrase coined by former finance minister Arun Jaitley.(ANI)
Ravi Shankar Prasad called the Opposition’s behaviour “the tyranny of minority”, a phrase coined by former finance minister Arun Jaitley.(ANI)
Updated on Sep 22, 2020 12:34 AM IST
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Agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar moves crucial farm bills in Rajya Sabha

Farmers’ and Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020 and Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020 will become laws after the Upper House also passes them on Sunday.
Union minister of agriculture and farmer welfare Narendra Singh Tomar(ANI Photo)
Union minister of agriculture and farmer welfare Narendra Singh Tomar(ANI Photo)
Updated on Sep 20, 2020 11:05 AM IST
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Parliament monsoon session: RS passes insolvency, bankruptcy bill

Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had moved the Bill for consideration and passing in the Upper House. The bill is aimed at replacing the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Amendment) Ordinance 2020
Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman speaks in the Rajya Sabha on Saturday.(PTI)
Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman speaks in the Rajya Sabha on Saturday.(PTI)
Published on Sep 19, 2020 12:30 PM IST
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No one can stop Army from patrolling: Rajnath to Rajya Sabha on China row

Singh said the recent action of the Chinese forces of amassing troops reflects a disregard for bilateral pacts, adding that the Indian forces were capable of dealing with any challenge
Defence minister Rajnath Singh speaks in Rajya Sabha on Thursday.(PTI)
Defence minister Rajnath Singh speaks in Rajya Sabha on Thursday.(PTI)
Updated on Sep 17, 2020 01:53 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByAmandeep Shukla

Congress writes to Rajya Sabha chairman, demands four-hour debate on Covid-19

After months of scathing commentary on the government’s management of Covid-19 situation, the Opposition will debate the issue, but it is still unclear how much time would be allotted for the debate
A view of Parliament.(Sanjeev Verma/HT Photo)
A view of Parliament.(Sanjeev Verma/HT Photo)
Updated on Sep 16, 2020 10:57 AM IST
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Covid-19: Demand made in RS for using term physical distancing instead of social distancing

In a special mention made in the Upper House, Trinamool Congress leader Shantanu Sen said the term ‘social distancing’ is regularly used to avoid the spread of coronavirus.
Chairman Venkaiah Naidu said an appropriate term should be used and suggested ‘safe distancing’ .(PTI)
Chairman Venkaiah Naidu said an appropriate term should be used and suggested ‘safe distancing’ .(PTI)
Published on Sep 15, 2020 11:53 AM IST
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Rajya Sabha: 15 MPs from various states take oath

Tributes were paid to former President Pranab Mukherjee and 17 other former members of Parliament (MPs) and to renowned classical singer Pandit Jasraj
The Upper House reconvened for business after five months for an 18-day uninterrupted monsoon session of Parliament.(PTI)
The Upper House reconvened for business after five months for an 18-day uninterrupted monsoon session of Parliament.(PTI)
Updated on Sep 14, 2020 05:09 PM IST
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BJP Rajya Sabha tally set to get big boost

At present, the BJP has 86 RS members. The strength of the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) is 113 on the basis of the BJP’s support from its coalition partners
The big push for a BJP domination in the RS -- 164 is the two-third mark in the 245-member Upper House of Parliament – will take place later this year.(AFP)
The big push for a BJP domination in the RS -- 164 is the two-third mark in the 245-member Upper House of Parliament – will take place later this year.(AFP)
Updated on Aug 26, 2020 12:42 PM IST
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Venkaiah Naidu completes 3 years as Vice President

Venkaiah Naidu cited in-House research and data analysis to show that the productivity of the Rajya Sabha has been declining over the last 25 years and the House could use 100% of its allotted time only once in 1999 during the last 20 years.
Venkaiah Naidu said that after he began his innings, the productivity in the three sessions before the 2019 general election stood at 28.90%, 27.3% and just 6.8%. After the polls, the last three sessions saw 104%, 99% and 76% productivity.
Venkaiah Naidu said that after he began his innings, the productivity in the three sessions before the 2019 general election stood at 28.90%, 27.3% and just 6.8%. After the polls, the last three sessions saw 104%, 99% and 76% productivity.
Published on Aug 12, 2020 03:15 AM IST
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Rajya Sabha fails to get hold of RK Puram plot from encroachers

The 8,700 square metre plot in RK Puram is worth more than 200 crore, and was allotted to the Rajya Sabha in 2003 to construct a guest hostel for the Upper House’s MPs and accommodation for its officers.
On July 30, House chairman Venkaiah Naidu held a high-level meeting to review the status of the issue.(Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)
On July 30, House chairman Venkaiah Naidu held a high-level meeting to review the status of the issue.(Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Aug 03, 2020 04:20 AM IST
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Venkaiah Naidu urges new Rajya Sabha members to make good use of opportunity

Extending a warm welcome to them, Naidu hoped to meet all of them at the earliest and wished them success in their endeavours to contribute their bit to the transformation of the nation.
New Delhi, Mar 18 (ANI): Parliament Security personnel conducting thermal scanning of Vice-President of India M. Venkaiah Naidu in wake of Coronavirus threat at the Parliament House, in New Delhi on Wednesday. (ANI PHOTO/R. RAVEENDRAN)(ANI)
New Delhi, Mar 18 (ANI): Parliament Security personnel conducting thermal scanning of Vice-President of India M. Venkaiah Naidu in wake of Coronavirus threat at the Parliament House, in New Delhi on Wednesday. (ANI PHOTO/R. RAVEENDRAN)(ANI)
Published on Jun 20, 2020 09:04 PM IST
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Rajya Sabha secretariat tells MPs to cancel train bookings in time or pay

The decision comes in the wake of the Rajya Sabha secretariat stemming losses incurred on paying for journeys not undertaken.
In a communication to all MPs on Thursday, the Rajya Sabha secretariat pointed out that non-cancellation of bookings, which are not actually utilised will have to be paid for by the MPs. (Photo: Bloomberg)
In a communication to all MPs on Thursday, the Rajya Sabha secretariat pointed out that non-cancellation of bookings, which are not actually utilised will have to be paid for by the MPs. (Photo: Bloomberg)
Updated on Jun 11, 2020 08:18 PM IST
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Rajya Sabha to buy new cars for deputy chairman, leader of opposition

The Rajya Sabha owns about 25 cars, but most of them are either old or have frequent servicing issues, requiring their replacement.
Rajya Sabha deputy chairman Harivansh Narayan Singh and leader of the Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad may get to ride brand new vehicles soon.
Rajya Sabha deputy chairman Harivansh Narayan Singh and leader of the Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad may get to ride brand new vehicles soon.
Updated on Feb 22, 2020 12:30 AM IST
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Marching to well may cost Rajya Sabha members voting rights

The panel has also suggested that discussions under rule 267— a route favoured by Opposition parties demanding an urgent debate — be restricted to just half-an-hour and all the rules be made gender-neutral.
Members of Rajya Sabha during the ongoing session of parliament in New Delhi. (PTI)
Members of Rajya Sabha during the ongoing session of parliament in New Delhi. (PTI)
Updated on Feb 20, 2020 05:31 AM IST
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Gautam should respect people’s mandate: Capt Abhimanyu

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Published on Feb 13, 2020 11:47 PM IST
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Parliament staff, caterers to be consulted for new Parliament complex plan

In August 2019, the Lok Sabha Speaker and the Rajya Sabha chairman urged the government to expand and modernise the colonial-era Parliament building.
The new Parliament complex, which has an earlier deadline of 2022, will be among the first plans to be finalised and tendered out, perhaps in the first half of this year itself.(Sourced)
The new Parliament complex, which has an earlier deadline of 2022, will be among the first plans to be finalised and tendered out, perhaps in the first half of this year itself.(Sourced)
Updated on Feb 02, 2020 05:59 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByAnisha Dutta, New Delhi

No building in new central vista will be taller than India Gate

The plan involves restructuring the Central Vista in a move that will include a common secretariat, a new Parliament complex, and a redesigned Rajpath, while also razing a dozen government offices.
The proposed buildings under the plan to revamp New Delhi’s Central Vista, the seat of power in national capital Delhi, will not be taller than the 42-metre-high India Gate to maintain uniformity of structures.(Biplov Bhuyan/HT PHOTO)
The proposed buildings under the plan to revamp New Delhi’s Central Vista, the seat of power in national capital Delhi, will not be taller than the 42-metre-high India Gate to maintain uniformity of structures.(Biplov Bhuyan/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jan 01, 2020 05:48 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByAnisha Dutta

‘Against basic ethos’: IPS officer quits in protest against citizenship bill

The bill was passed by the Lok Sabha shortly after midnight on Tuesday, following which Rajya Sabha passed the bill on Wednesday.
A senior IPS officer and Inspector General of Police posted to the Maharashtra State Human Rights Commission, Abdur Rahman, resigned from service(Abdur Rahman/Twitter)
A senior IPS officer and Inspector General of Police posted to the Maharashtra State Human Rights Commission, Abdur Rahman, resigned from service(Abdur Rahman/Twitter)
Updated on Dec 12, 2019 08:28 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Mumbai | ByYesha Kotak, Mumbai

CAB assists minorities, not against Muslims: Amit Shah in Rajya Sabha

“The bill provides citizenship to many who have been rendered helpless but it is not a legislation that takes away anyone’s citizenship. Nobody needs to fear it,” Amit Shah said.
The Parliament House is illuminated in different colours as the Citizen Amendment Bill passed in the Rajya Sabha, in New Delhi on Wednesday, December 11, 2019.(Photo by Sanjeev Verma / Hindustan Times)
The Parliament House is illuminated in different colours as the Citizen Amendment Bill passed in the Rajya Sabha, in New Delhi on Wednesday, December 11, 2019.(Photo by Sanjeev Verma / Hindustan Times)
Updated on Dec 12, 2019 01:19 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByAmandeep Shukla

Citizenship bill clears Rajya Sabha hurdle, Congress calls it a dark day

Rajya Sabha held a six-hour-long debate on the bill and voted after Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s reply.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah speaks during Winter Session of Parliament in Rajya Sabha, in New Delhi on Dec 11, 2019. (ANI Photo/ RSTV)
Union Home Minister Amit Shah speaks during Winter Session of Parliament in Rajya Sabha, in New Delhi on Dec 11, 2019. (ANI Photo/ RSTV)
Updated on Aug 04, 2020 12:40 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent

Book offers a peek into Rajya Sabha functioning

In the book, Azad recalls that, in Colonial India, the “Champaran Agrarian Bill” was introduced in then Bihar-Orissa legislative assembly, several members demanded that it should be referred to a select committee.
New Delhi, Nov 26 (ANI): President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, and Lok Sabha speaker Om Birla releasing the commemoration postal stamp of the 250th session of Rajya Sabha during the joint sitting of parliament on the occasion of 70th Constitution Day celebrations, in New Delhi on Tuesday. (ANI Photo/ R Raveendran)
New Delhi, Nov 26 (ANI): President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, and Lok Sabha speaker Om Birla releasing the commemoration postal stamp of the 250th session of Rajya Sabha during the joint sitting of parliament on the occasion of 70th Constitution Day celebrations, in New Delhi on Tuesday. (ANI Photo/ R Raveendran)
Updated on Nov 27, 2019 03:46 AM IST
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Transgender rights bill gets House nod as activists protest

A motion by Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam MP Tiruchi Siva to send the bill to a select committee was defeated 67 Nos to 48 Ayes, with one abstention.
The Rajya Sabha on Tuesday passed the Transgender (Protection of Rights) Bill 2019(PTI)
The Rajya Sabha on Tuesday passed the Transgender (Protection of Rights) Bill 2019(PTI)
Updated on Nov 27, 2019 03:55 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByDhamini Ratnam

Pollution, 250th Rajya Sabha session mark Parliament’s 1st week

At the end of the first week, the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha have consumed 109% and 89% of its allotted time, according to the PRS Legislative Research even as the Opposition parties launched protests on electoral bond, withdrawal of Special Protection Group (SPG) protection from the Gandhi family members and other issues.
The first week of Parliament’s winter session witnessed the longest calling attention discussion in 13 years, focus on pollution and a special discussion on the historic 250th session of the Rajya Sabha. (RSTV/PTI Photo)(PTI)
The first week of Parliament’s winter session witnessed the longest calling attention discussion in 13 years, focus on pollution and a special discussion on the historic 250th session of the Rajya Sabha. (RSTV/PTI Photo)(PTI)
Updated on Nov 24, 2019 06:17 AM IST
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Rajya Sabha marshals’ military-style uniforms to be soon replaced by new ones: Officials

The current uniform of the marshals was designed by the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, a senior Rajya Sabha functionary said on condition of anonymity.
Change in RS marshals’ uniform sparked a row.
Change in RS marshals’ uniform sparked a row.
Updated on Nov 22, 2019 01:37 AM IST
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Venkaiah Naidu considers code for Rajya Sabha MPs

The possibility of amending house rules to suspend promptly Rajya Sabha members of parliament who repeatedly disrupt proceedings.
The vice president of India, Venkaiah Naidu urged parties to draft a code of conduct for their lawmakers.(HT File Photo)
The vice president of India, Venkaiah Naidu urged parties to draft a code of conduct for their lawmakers.(HT File Photo)
Updated on Oct 23, 2019 02:13 AM IST
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BJP names two more SP rebels for Rajya Sabha, former lawmaker for Hamirpur by-poll

Surendra Singh Nagar and Sanjay Seth named as the BJP’s candidates for Upper House on Monday.
BJP’s Central Election Committee named two SP rebels as the party candidates for the Upper House on Monday.(Nitin Kanotra / Hindustan Times)
BJP’s Central Election Committee named two SP rebels as the party candidates for the Upper House on Monday.(Nitin Kanotra / Hindustan Times)
Updated on Sep 03, 2019 10:50 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Lucknow | ByHT Correspondent

Resign from Rajya Sabha, Mehbooba Mufti told her MPs

The Peoples Democratic Party, which was in an alliance with the BJP till the latter withdrew support in June 2018, has two members in the Upper House.
Former chief minister of Jammu Kashmir, Mehbooba Mufti.(Waseem Andrabi/ Hindustan Times)
Former chief minister of Jammu Kashmir, Mehbooba Mufti.(Waseem Andrabi/ Hindustan Times)
Updated on Aug 08, 2019 07:48 AM IST
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