RAJYA SABHA

  • Congress asks AIADMK not to support Land Bill in Rajya Sabha 14 hours 38 minutes ago

    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 Yesterday

    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 4 days ago

    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 1 week ago

    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 1 week ago

    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 1 week ago

    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...
  • 25 BJP MPs suffer embarrassment over absence during voting on crucial Bills in Lok Sabha March 17, 2015

    New Delhi: About 25 BJP MPs including Union Minister Babul Suprio and Shatrughan Sinha, Varun Gandhi and Poonam Mahajan on Tuesday suffered the embarrassment of being named and asked to stand at a Parliamentary Party meeting for their absence during voting in the Lok Sabha on crucial bills last week. Party...
  • Swine-flu death toll 1,587; cases reported 27,886, says Health Minister March 17, 2015

    New Delhi: With number of swine flu cases crossing 27,880, government today said the virus would continue to circulate though no mutation was taking place. A total of 27,886 swine flu cases have been reported from different parts of the country since January 1 (up to March 11), Health and...
  • Maternal Mortality Ratio on decline since 2007: Government March 17, 2015

    New Delhi: Maternal Mortality Ratio (MMR) has seen a gradual decline in the country since 2007 but at an average 44,000 women still die every year at the time of delivery, the government told Rajya Sabha on Tuesday. Health Minister JP Nadda said in a written reply that as per...
  • Oppose Land Bill in Rajya Sabha: Anna Hazare to opposition parties March 16, 2015

    New Delhi: Social activist Anna Hazare on Monday appealed to the opposition parties to resist the government's attempts to pass the Land Bill in Rajya sabha when introduced in the Upper House. "Anna (Hazare) has written a letter to all the opposition parties to oppose the anti-farmer bill if it is...
  • Rail Budget debate in Rajya Sabha: Members want safety, amenities March 16, 2015

    New Delhi: Members from various parties on Monday voiced concern in Rajya Sabha over various aspects concerning the railways, particularly safety and security and lack of facilities and timeliness and asked the government to rectify it. These issues were raised by members while participating in a debate on Rail Budget...
  • Take action against those attacking minorities: Member's of Parliament to Government March 16, 2015

    New Delhi: Members in Rajya Sabha on Monday sought stern action to check growing attacks on minorities citing instances of rape of a 70-year-old nun in Bengal and demolition of a church in Haryana, with the government saying communal amity must be maintained at all costs. D Raja (CPI), who had...
  • Modi government open to extending first part of Budget session to get key Bills passed: sources March 16, 2015

    New Delhi: The Narendra Modi government on Monday said it is open to the idea of extending the first part of the Budget session which ends on March 20 to ensure the passage of key legislations, said sources. The sources said the government's priority is to get two legislations - Coal...
  • Church attacks: BJP says state governments should take action against such incidents March 16, 2015

    Reacting to the church attacks in the country, BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Monday said, "State governments should take action where such attacks are taking place." ...
  • Proposal to revamp Brahmaputra Board under consideration: Government to Rajya Sabha March 16, 2015

    New Delhi: A proposal for revamping and rechristening of the Brahmaputra Board into North-East and Brahmaputra River Rejuvenation Authority is under active consideration of the Ministry of Water Resources, Government told Rajya Sabha on Monday. In his written reply, Minister of State for Water Resources Sanwar Lal Jat said the bill...
  • No snooping on Rahul, it is 'transparent profiling': Arun Jaitley March 16, 2015

    New Delhi: Government on Monday countered the Congress charges of snooping on Rahul Gandhi saying it was making a "mountain out of what is not even a molehill" as information collection was part of a transparent security profiling used on 526 VIPs, including Sonia Gandhi and former Prime Ministers. ...
  • Rajya Sabha to sit beyond 7 PM from Monday March 14, 2015

    New Delhi: Rajya Sabha will sit for late hours in last week of the first half of the budget session from Monday to clear the pending legislative and other businesses. The Business Advisory Committee of the House that met on Thursday decided that the House will sit beyond 7 pm from...