Rajya Sabha

  • Government proposes to modify text book content to check crime rate: Rajnath 19 hours 57 minutes ago

    New Delhi: In order to check crime rate, Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday said one of the proposals is to modify the contents of text books to inject human values into children. "There is also a need to create awareness and to bring perceptional change among people so as...
  • Government backs Katju's claims on judiciary, points fingers at UPA 2 days ago

    New Delhi: Former Supreme Court judge Justice Markandey Katju's allegation continued to stall Parliament on Tuesday. The government backed Justice Katju's claims and also pointed fingers at the previous UPA government. Speaking in the Rajya Sabha, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that in June 2005, Manmohan Singh's office asked the...
  • Rajya Sabha discusses violence in Gaza 3 days ago

    New Delhi: Opposition parties on Monday condemned the violence in Gaza and pressed for adoption of a resolution by the Rajya Sabha against it besides demanding suspension of all military purchases from Israel as the House took up a discussion over the matter ending a week-long deadlock. The House, which was...
  • Nitish Kumar accuses BJP of destroying 'brand Bihar' 5 days ago

    In a blistering attack on old companion BJP, Nitish Kumar on Saturday slammed the party for destroying "Brand Bihar" through its tactics of spreading "rumour" and fomenting fear. "After eight years of hard labour we built brand Bihar symbolising good governance, economic progress, tight law and order situation and development in core...
  • Orientation programme for first-time members of Rajya Sabha 5 days ago

    New Delhi: A two-day orientation programme for the newly-elected and nominated members of Rajya Sabha is being organized on Saturday which aims at familiarizing them with various aspects of the functioning of parliament. The programme, to be inaugurated by Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari, will have lectures on topics such as...
  • Airport Metro fares slashed; New Delhi station to Airport in 19 minutes 1 week ago

    New Delhi: After operating the Airport Express Metro Line for the past one year, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation on Thursday decided to reduce passenger fares by up to 40 per cent from July 24. As per the revised structure, minimum fare on the corridor will now be Rs 20 instead...
  • Uproar over Gaza: Rajya Sabha adjourned twice during Question Hour 1 week ago

    New Delhi: Congress-led Opposition on Thursday created ruckus in Rajya Sabha over a discussion on violence in Gaza not being listed in the day's agenda, leading to two adjournments during the Question Hour. As soon as the House met for the day, Chairman Hamid Ansari said...
  • RS Chairman rejects Centre's demand, agrees to discuss Gaza in House 1 week ago

    New Delhi: In an embarrassment for the Union government, Rajya Sabha Chairperson Hamid Ansari has rejected the Centre's demand not to hold a discussion on Gaza violence in the House. Ansari said there will be a discussion on the issue but in consultation with the government. While the Opposition wanted...
  • Rail Budget debate derailed as 'tired' RS members refuse to take part July 15, 2014

    New Delhi: The Rajya Sabha on Tuesday witnessed a peculiar scenario when none of the members was willing to initiate or participate in a debate on Rail Budget despite being listed, with some saying they were tired, prompting the Chair to adjourn the House for the day at around 5.30...
  • Have sought report from envoy in Pakistan on Vaidik-Saeed meet: Sushma July 15, 2014

    New Delhi: Facing opposition from every corner, the government on Tuesday said that it disapproved and condemned the meeting of journalist Ved Pratap Vaidik and 26/11 Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj told Rajya Sabha, "The government of India totally disapproves Vaidik's meeting with Hafiz Saeed." She...
  • Rajya Sabha passes TRAI Amendment Bill, paves way for Misra's appointment as PM aide July 15, 2014

    New Delhi: The TRAI Amendment Bill was passed by Rajya Sabha on Tuesday which would remove legal hurdles in the appointment of former Telecom Regulatory Authority of India chief Nripendra Misra as Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister. The Bill was passed in the Lok Sabha on Monday. Moving the Bill, Minister...
  • Vaidik-Saeed meet: Centre distances itself, Opposition demands action July 15, 2014

    New Delhi: The controversy surrounding journalist Ved Pratap Vaidik "interviewing" dreaded terrorist and Jamat ud Dawah chief Hafiz Saeed managed to rock the Parliament once again and force repeated adjournments in both the Houses on Tuesday. Ministry of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj cleared government's stand on the issue saying that...
  • Live: I feel bad, have worked more with Congress than BJP, says Ved Vaidik July 15, 2014

    Ramdev aide Ved Prakash Vaidik's 'interview' with 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed disrupted Parliament for second day on Tuesday. Even as the government says it has nothing to do with the meeting, the Opposition has demanded his arrest and has called for a debate on the issue....
  • Rajya Sabha passes Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Bill July 14, 2014

    New Delhi: The Rajya Sabha on Monday passed the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Bill. The bill deals with the controversial Polavaram project and paves the way for transferring 7 mandals from Telangana to Andhra Pradesh for this project. The Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation (Amendment) Bill, passed by Lok Sabha last week, was approved...
  • Government to continue with MNREGA scheme July 14, 2014

    New Delhi: Noting that there are variations in demand for work under MNREGA, Government on Monday said that it would continue with the rural job scheme. The Government also informed Rajya Sabha that an action plan has been formulated to improve the implementation of MNREGA. "There are variations in demand for...
  • Lok Sabha passes TRAI Amendment Bill, paves way for Misra's appointment as PM's principal secretary July 14, 2014

    New Delhi: The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India Amendment Bill was passed in the Lok Sabha on Monday even as the Congress continued to object to it. The Bill seeks to remove a legal hurdle in appointment of former chairman of telecom regulatory body Nripendra Misra as principal secretary to...
  • Changes to Motor Vehicle Act delayed; Nitin Gadkari seeks more time July 14, 2014

    New Delhi: The amendment to the Motor Vehicle Act is likely to be delayed by a couple of months as the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has said it needs three months to review the current Act and thereafter will introduce it afresh in Parliament. ...
  • Uproar in Rajya Sabha over Ramdev aide's meeting with Hafiz Saeed July 14, 2014

    New Delhi: Opposition Congress on Monday created uproar in Rajya Sabha over reported meeting of a journalist considered close to yoga guru Ramdev with 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed, leading to two adjournments during Question Hour. Though the government clarified that it had nothing to do with...
  • Saradha scam: CBI may call Mithun to record his statement July 13, 2014

    New Delhi: CBI may examine Bollywood actor and Trinamool Congress Rajya Sabha MP Mithun Chakraborty in connection with its probe in the Saradha ponzi scam as the agency has found that he was allegedly part of the promotion exercise undertaken by the promoters. The agency sources said examination of all...
  • Rawat asks Uttarakhand MPs to raise green bonus issue during Budget discussion July 11, 2014

    Chief Minister Harish Rawat on Friday asked all MPs from Uttarakhand to speak strongly in favour of a green bonus of Rs 2,000 crore for the hill state when the general budget is debated in both Houses of Parliament. In separate letters to all MPs from the state including three former...
  • 11,100 files destroyed, Mahatma Gandhi assassination records safe: MHA July 11, 2014

    New Delhi: 11,000 files were destroyed as per Prime Minister Narendra Modi's orders to weed out files and papers but none of these related to the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Friday. Singh said that this in a suo motu statement in Rajya Sabha two days...
  • Government promises action in rape of minor girl on panchayat diktat July 11, 2014

    The heinous rape of a 10-year old Dalit girl in Jharkhand on the diktat of a panchayat head had its echo in Rajya Sabha on Friday with the entire House demanding stringent punishment to the culprits, forcing the government to promise necessary action. "Necessary action will be initiated in the serious...
  • AP Reorganisation Bill passed in Lok Sabha July 11, 2014

    New Delhi: Amidst chaos and chanting of 'Jai Telangana', Lok Sabha on Friday passed the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Bill. Home Minister Rajnath Singh had introduced the Bill with its component on the Polavaram project amidst uproar. Congress, Telangana Rashtra Samiti, Trinamool Congress Biju Janata Dal and All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen opposed...
  • Nearly 100 pilots found drunk in pre-flight tests since 2011 July 8, 2014

    New Delhi: Almost 100 pilots have been punished for being drunk ahead of flights between 2011 and June 30 this year, though there has been a declining trend of alcoholism among the cockpit crew, Rajya Sabha was told on Tuesday. From 2011 till June 30 this year, a total of 97...
  • Live blog: July 7 July 7, 2014

    The Budget Session of the 16th Lok Sabha begins today with high expectations. The Modi government will be presenting its maiden Rail Budget on Tuesday and the General Budget on July 10. ...
  • Congress seeks Leader of Opposition post; Kharge, Scindia meet Speaker July 3, 2014

    New Delhi: Even as the numbers go against it, the Congress has asked for the post of the Leader of Opposition in Parliament. Party leaders Mallikarjun Kharge and Jyotiraditya Scindia met Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Thursday. However, it is difficult for the Congress to get the post. According to...
  • Abhayanand removed from DGP post under Lalu's pressure: Sushil Modi June 25, 2014

    A senior BJP leader on Wednesday attributed the transfer of Bihar police chief Abhyanand to alleged pressure on the JD(U) government by RJD chief Lalu Prasad, whose party recently voted for the Jitan Ram Manjhi government and helped it win the bypoll to two Rajya Sabha seats. "The day there was...
  • JD(U) recommends ending Assembly membership of 4 rebels June 22, 2014

    Rattled by activities of dissidents during the recent Rajya Sabha bypolls in Bihar, ruling JD(U) on Sunday decided to crack the whip on four of them and recommended the assembly speaker to end their membership for "consistent anti-party activities". JD(U) Chief Whip Shrawan Kumar in a letter to Speaker Udai Narayan...
  • Union minister Nirmala Sitharaman files nomination June 21, 2014

    Hyderabad: Union Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday filed her nomination for the lone Rajya Sabha seat from Andhra Pradesh going to polls next month. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, BJP presidents of the state and Telangana K Haribabu and G Kishan Reddy and leaders of TDP and BJP accompanied...
  • Rajya Sabha bypolls: Nitish hints at grand secular alliance against BJP June 21, 2014

    Buoyed by his party's victory, with the support of RJD and Congress in theRajya Sabha bypolls in Bihar, JD(U)supremo Nitish Kumar on Friday said that this was the start of coming together of "secular forces" against the BJP. "A start of such a wider golbandi (coming together) against BJP started from Bihar yesterday and this...