RAJYA SABHA

  • Ahead of Budget session, Modi seeks cooperation from opposition parties Yesterday

    New Delhi: Hoping to get key bills passed in the second part of the Busget session, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Mondya appealed for cooperation from the opposition parties in Parliament. "I am sure this leg of the session will witness even higher standards of debate to fulfil people's aspirations,"...
  • Sitaram Yechury: Suave, soft-spoken and dynamic Yesterday

    Hyderabad: Sitaram Yechury, who has been elected the new general secretary of the Communist Party of India-Marxist, has been the most prominent face of the party for decades. Suave and soft-spoken, he has been associated with the Communist movement since his student days and now at the age of 62 faces...
  • 4 MPs speak out against HRD Minister Smriti Irani, say she is interfering with functioning of IITs 3 days ago

    New Delhi: Cutting across party lines four Rajya Sabha MPs have spoken out against Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani. The MPs have alleged that minister is interfering with the functioning of IITs and universities. The four MPs are KC Tyagi, D Raja, Rajiv Shukla and DP Tripathi. The MPs have also...
  • Enforcement Directorate to issue fresh notice to actor Mithun Chakraborty 4 days ago

    Kolkata: The Enforcement Directorate, which is probing the Saradha money laundering case, will issue a fresh notice to actor and Trinamool Congress Rajya Sabha MP Mithun Chakraborty as he failed to appear before the agency in person on Thursday. An ED official said that a lawyer representing the actor on Thursday...
  • Hamid Ansari sets up 3-member panel to initiate impeachment of MP Judge SK Gangele 5 days ago

    New Delhi: Vice President Hamid Ansari has set up a three-member judicial committee to initiate impeachment proceedings against Madhya Pradesh Judge SK Gangele. The judge has been accused of sexually harassing a former Additional District and Sessions Judge in Gwalior. The issue came to light in July 2014 when a...
  • Maharashtra Congress demands cancellation of Sanjay Raut's Rajya Sabha membership April 13, 2015

    Mumbai: The Maharashtra Congress unit on Monday demanded action against Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut and cancellation of his Rajya Sabha membership after he called for revoking the voting rights of Muslims. In an article in party's mouthpiece Saamana, Raut said revoking voting rights of Muslims will also ensure the...
  • Rajya Sabha to reconvene from April 23, three days after Lok Sabha session April 9, 2015

    New Delhi: The next session of Rajya Sabha will begin from April 23, three days after the second half of the budget session of Lok Sabha commences on April 20, a Rajya Sabha communique said. "The President has summoned the Rajya Sabha to meet on Thursday, the 23rd April, 2015, at...
  • NDA comfortably placed in Parliament as far as Land Bill is concerned, says Arun Jaitley April 9, 2015

    New Delhi: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday said the government is very comfortably placed in the Rajya Sabha to get the new Land Acquisition Bill passed. He also said the government is going about it in a constitutional way saying that the law was framed in consultation with the...
  • CCPA recommends reconvening Rajya Sabha from April 23 to May 13 April 7, 2015

    New Delhi: The Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs on Tuesday recommended reconvening the Rajya Sabha from April 23 to May 13. Even though the Lok Sabha passed the Land Acquisition Bill with nine amendments on March 9, it is yet to be take up in the Upper House. The Upper...
  • CCPA to decide on reconvening Rajya Sabha today April 7, 2015

    New Delhi: Government will take a call on Tuesday on reconvening the Rajya Sabha which was prorogued last month to allow the Centre repromulgate the controversial land ordinance. Home Minister Rajnath Singh will chair the meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs to take a call on reconvening the Rajya...
  • Cabinet recommends re-promulgation of Land Acquisition Ordinance: sources March 31, 2015

    New Delhi: The Cabinet on Tuesday recommended re-promulgation of the Land Acquisition Ordinance after it had lapsed, said sources. The move came after the Ordinance failed to pass in the Rajya Sabha in the first part of the Budget session of Parliament. The Land Ordinance required President Pranab Mukherjee's assent who...
  • Congress asks AIADMK not to support Land Bill in Rajya Sabha March 29, 2015

    Chennai: Rallying parties against Modi government's Land Acquisition Bill in its present form, Congress on Sunday asked Jayalalithaa-led AIADMK to "demonstrate" its commitment to farmers by opposing the legislation in Rajya Sabha though it had backed it in Lok Sabha. Congress leader Jairam Ramesh told reporters that the BJP's controversial...
  • Rajya Sabha polls in Kerala on April 20 March 28, 2015

    Thiruvananthapuram: Biennial elections to Rajya Sabha for three seats from Kerala falling vacant next month would be held on April 20. The terms of Congress leader and former Union minister Vayalar Ravi, CPI (M) leader P Rajeev and CPI leader MP Achuthan, elected from Kerala, will expire on April 24,...
  • Government may let Land Ordinance lapse on April 5: sources March 25, 2015

    New Delhi: After stiff resistance from the Opposition, the Narendra Modi government might let the Land Ordinance lapse on April 5, sources said on Wednesday. The decision was taken at a meeting attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi late Tuesday night where several senior ministers were also present. Sources said...
  • Parliamentary Panel on Lokpal to miss deadline, seeks more time March 22, 2015

    New Delhi: A parliamentary committee examining the Lokpal amendment Bill will miss the March 25 deadline for submission of its report and has sought more time to finalise it. The 31-member Department-Related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Personnel, Public Grievances, Law and Justice, headed by Congress MP EM Sudarsana Natchiappan, is examining...
  • Rains hit crops: Farmers hope for help from PM Modi March 22, 2015

    As Prime Minister Narendra Modi to address farmers in his 'Mann Ki Baat' address that will be aired on All India Radio on Sunday, farmers from different states, who lost their standing crops due to unseasonal heavy rains, are hoping to stand by them. ...
  • Opposition targets Centre over Land Bill, PM Modi to reach out to farmers in his 'Mann Ki Baat' today March 22, 2015

    New Delhi: As opposition parties target the government over Land Bill and the plight of farmers, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attempt to reach out to the farmers in the sixth edition of 'Mann Ki Baat' programme which will be aired on All India Radio on Sunday. The address assume significance...
  • Parliament passes Coal bill on Friday March 20, 2015

    New Delhi: The crucial bill that provides legal framework for auction of coal blocks was passed by Parliament on Friday, replacing an ordinance that was to expire on April 5. The Coal Mines (Special Provisions) Bill, 2015 was approved by Rajya Sabha after several amendments moved...
  • Parliament passes Mines Bill, overcoming obstacles March 20, 2015

    New Delhi: Overcoming obstacles, the Mines and Minerals bill on Friday was passed by Parliament, becoming the second major reform measure to receive the approval of the legislature in the first half of the Budget Session. The Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2015,...
  • Rajya Sabha passes Mines and Minerals Bill, will be sent to Lok Sabha March 20, 2015

    New Delhi: On the last day of the first leg of Parliament session, the government successfully got the Mines and Minerals Bill passed in Rajya Sabha on Friday. Rejecting the demand of the Opposition parties, Rajya Sabha refused to allow the motion to send the Mines Bill to the select...
  • Opposition in Rajya Sabha forces deferment of Mines bill till Friday March 19, 2015

    New Delhi: Opposition on Thursday forced deferment of consideration of the contentious Mines and Minerals Bill in Rajya Sabha till Friday, arguing that mineral-bearing states had not been consulted. The House saw four adjournments of brief spells in quick succession after members from Congress and...
  • Cow urine can cure cancer: BJP member in Rajya Sabha March 19, 2015

    New Delhi: Cow urine is effective in curing cancer completely, BJP member Shankarbhai N claimed in Rajya Sabha on Thursday while pressing for stopping cow slaughter. "If you want to save yourself from cancer, there is a need to protect cows...
  • Government assures relief for farmers hit by rain, hailstorms March 19, 2015

    New Delhi: Government on Thursday promised to take all administrative and relief measures to help farmers hit by unseasonal rain and hailstorm in North and Western India, as members across the political spectrum in Rajya Sabha sought immediate financial assistance and loan waivers for them. Acknowledging...
  • Government to auction 15-20 more mines if Coal Bill passed in Rajya Sabha March 19, 2015

    New Delhi: The coal auction will resume by end of April or early May with 15-20 more mines, provided the Coal Mines bill is passed in Rajya Sabha or a new ordinance is promulgated. "If the Bill (Coal Mines) get passed (in Rajya Sabha) then there...
  • Opposition takes on government over Land Bill: As it happened March 19, 2015

    After organising protest march from the Parliament to Rashtrapati Bhavan, the unified opposition on Thursday is all set create trouble for Modi government in Rajya Sabha over the land bill. Earlier on Wednesday, Congress accused BJP of bulldozing the bill in Lok Sabha. ...
  • Gadkari defends Land Bill; writes to Sonia, Anna, others opposing it March 19, 2015

    New Delhi: In yet another effort by the government to push the controversial Land Acquisition Amendment Bill in Rajya Sabha, Rural Development Minister Nitin Gadkari has written a letter to Congress President Sonia Gandhi and social activist Anna Hazare defending the Bill. In his letter, he claimed that the Bill is...
  • Mosquitoes trouble us, hurt us, complain Rajya Sabha members March 18, 2015

    New Delhi: Parliament House may be an intensely-fortified complex but MPs there are vulnerable to mosquito bites. Members in Rajya Sabha on Wednesday complained that mosquitoes are troubling them inside the House in the evening hours and sought remedial measures like fumigation. The issue was raised by Bollywood actress-turned-politician Jaya Bachchan while...
  • Coal bill may clear Rajya Sabha hurdle, mines bill to go back to Lok Sabha March 18, 2015

    New Delhi: The crucial bill that provides for auctioning of coal may clear the Rajya Sabha hurdle after a Select Committee endorsed it by majority, though some members dissented, but a bill relating to other minerals will have to go back to Lok Sabha because of an amendment suggested by...
  • Dramatic rise in rape cases registered: Government March 18, 2015

    New Delhi: The number of rape cases registered has "dramatically" increased since 2013 which is a matter of "deep concern", government told Rajya Sabha on Wednesday and exuded confidence that the steps being taken to deal with the issue will take effect. "We have initiated...
  • CCPA to decide whether or not to extend Budget session of Parliament March 18, 2015

    New Delhi: With the government running short of time to pass some key bills, a meeting of Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs will on Wednesday take a call on whether to extend the first half of the budget session for a few more days or prorogue it on 20 March. Sources...