Rajya Sabha

  • Jaswant Singh: From policy maker to political rebel 24-03-2014 11:11 PM

    Jaswant Singh, who on Monday took on the BJP leadership after being denied a Lok Sabha ticket, was once a powerful cabinet minister, a close aide of then prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and formed, along with LK Advani and George Fernandes, the leadership quartet in the BJP-led ruling coalition....
  • Congress has become untouchable: Venkaiah Naidu 24-03-2014 08:09 PM

    Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Venkaiah Naidu said in Ranchi onMonday that the Congress has become untouchable in the country. "Congress has become untouchable. Only two parties -- Muslim League and National Conference -- are with them. Parties are joining hands with the BJP. The BJP and its alliance...
  • It's very 'hatke', will take the audience by surprise: Mithun Chakraborty on rapping for 'DID Li'l Masters' 21-03-2014 10:12 AM

    Mumbai: Veteran actor Mithun Chakraborty, who recently became a Rajya Sabha member, will be seen in another new avatar on television, where he turned rapper for the first time at a dance reality show. India's original disco dancer will show cool moves in the upcoming grand premiere episode of 'Dance...
  • Odisha: Naveen Patnaik files nomination for Assembly polls from Hinjili 19-03-2014 01:24 PM

    Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday filed his nomination for the Assembly polls from Hinjili constituency in Ganjam district and expressed confidence about BJD retaining power in the state. Patnaik, who is also president of the ruling BJD, filed four sets of nomination papers at the sub-collector's office at...
  • Campaign on hold as UP leaders take Holi break 17-03-2014 10:13 PM

    Canvassing can wait for now! Holi, the festival of colours, on Monday became a "temporary ceasefire", as politics was pushed to the backseat in Uttar Pradesh, and battle-ready leaders took part in celebrations in their constituencies. "It's a big festival and we all enjoy it, so where does the question...
  • Misa Bharti gets anticipatory bail in model code violation case 15-03-2014 06:48 PM

    RJD supremo Lalu Prasad's eldest daughter Misa Bharti, who is the party's candidate for the Patliputra parliamentary seat, on Saturday received anticipatory bail in a model code violation case. In-charge Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate, Danapur, Vijay Krishna Singh granted the bail to Misa Bharti. She was booked on March 10...
  • BJD releases second list for 3 Lok Sabha,18 Assembly seats 14-03-2014 07:47 PM

    The ruling BJD on Friday denied tickets to two sitting MLAs from Malkangiri and Deogarh, while announcing the second list of candidates for three Lok Sabha constituencies and 18 Assembly segments. BJD supremo Naveen Patnaik fielded new faces for three Lok Sabha seats of Sambalpur, Bargargh and Nabarangpur. While former...
  • India can't afford to have fractured mandate, says Jaitley 11-03-2014 08:53 PM

    Hyderabad: India cannot afford to have a fractured mandate as it would not lead to stemming of general pessimism and revival of the economy, senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley said on Tuesday and emphasised the coming Lok Sabha elections would be fought mainly on issues of governance. The Leader of...
  • Odisha: BJD may not re-nominate all sitting legislators 11-03-2014 06:43 PM

    Ruling BJD, which is witnessing a continuous inflow of leaders from rival parties, on Tuesday indicated that it may not re-nominate all sitting legislators for the Assembly and Parliamentary elections even as some party leaders announced unwillingness to contest the polls. BJD Vice-President Kalpataru Das said the party was all...
  • BSP seeks disqualification of its RS member for joining BJP 04-03-2014 05:20 PM

    BSP on Monday initiated the process of getting SP Singh Baghel disqualified as a Rajya Sabha member, days after he defected to BJP. The BSP has approached Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari with a plea to disqualify Baghel under the provisions of Schedule 10 (anti-defection law) for joining another party...
  • MPLAD fund: Sachin loses match to Azhar, Azad and Sidhu 27-02-2014 05:30 PM

    New Delhi: Cricket legend and nominated member of the Rajya Sabha Sachin Tendulkar has hit the headlines for not spending even a single paisa from his MPLAD fund. Rs 10 crore is still lying in his account, waiting for his nod to spend the money on various minor development works...
  • JDU expels five rebel MPs for 'anti-party' activities 27-02-2014 04:38 PM

    New Delhi: Janata Dal United (JDU) expelled five rebel MPs on Thursday for "anti-party activities". Out of the five MPs, four are from the Lok Sabha while one is from the Rajya Sabha. The Lok Sabha MPs to face the axe are Captain Jainarain Nishad, Purnmasi Ram, Sushil Kumar Singh...
  • Sachin, Rekha spend zero paisa from their MPLAD fund 24-02-2014 04:26 PM

    Celebrities are often accused of just showing lip sympathy for the common people. Most believe that they make very bad politicians or administrators. Two celebrity members of the upper house in Parliament (Rajya Sabha) - cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar and cinema legend Rekha - have not spent a single paisa...
  • 15th Parliament session used only 24 pc of total allotted time 22-02-2014 07:37 AM

    New Delhi: Parliament transacted normal business for only 24 per cent of its total time in the extended winter session that started on February 5. A report of the PRS Legislative Research said that in the 12 sittings in this period, while Lok Sabha lost 79 per cent of scheduled...
  • Bills remain pending, Parliament to be adjourned sine die 21-02-2014 12:33 PM

    New Delhi: Despite the UPA trying hard to push the six anti corruption Bills in the last Parliament session before the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, the government has succumbed to the pressure of the unrelenting opposition parties. Announcing Parliament's sine die adjournment, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath said that the...
  • Parliament to be adjourned sine die today 21-02-2014 11:02 AM

    New Delhi: 12:00 pm: 11:30 pm: Rajya Sabha adjourned till noon after uproar by Opposition parties demanding special economic package for seven backward states. 10:50 am: Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath said that there is a possibility that the Parliament session could be extended. "Everything is possible. We will discuss...
  • Telangana erupts in joy, Seemandhra lawyers to move SC to abort new state 21-02-2014 07:58 AM

    New Delhi/Hyderabad: India is set to get its 29th state after the Rajya Sabha passed the contentious Telangana Bill amidst high drama on Thursday. Celebrations in Telangana followed even as Seemandhara lawyers are likely to move the Supreme Court against the creation of a separate state. After the Bill was...
  • Decks cleared for India's 29th state as Parliament passes Telangana Bill 20-02-2014 08:11 PM

    New Delhi: India on February 20, 2014 got its 29th state, but not before a day-long debate in Parliament and a decades-long struggle for it. The Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Bill 2013, which seeks to bifurcate the southern state into Telangana and Seemandhra, was passed by Rajya Sabha on Thursday, days...
  • Full text of PM's speech on Telangana Bill in RS 20-02-2014 07:32 PM

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday said that Seemandhra will be given special status for a period of five years. He was speaking in the Rajya Sabha when the Bill was taken up for discussion. Here is the full text of PM Manmohan Singh's speech in the Rajya...
  • Rahul meets street vendors, says Cong will work to empower them 20-02-2014 07:09 PM

    New Delhi: A day after Parliament cleared the Street Vendors Bill, scores of street vendors on Thursday met Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi and thanked him for his help in ensuring passage of the legislation. "I congratulate them (street vendors) over the passage of the street vendors bill. They have...
  • Telangana Bill likely to come up in Rajya Sabha at 3 pm 20-02-2014 11:42 AM

    New Delhi: The contentious Telangana Bill is likely to be taken up in the Rajya Sabha at 3 pm on Thursday. The introduction of the bill was postponed in Rajya Sabha as the House was adjourned soon after it convened on Wednesday due to the relentless sparring over the matter....
  • Live: Parliament passes Telangana Bill by voice vote, India gets 29th state 20-02-2014 11:00 AM

    New Delhi: 9:08 pm: "We could have defeated the Bill but we didn't, we have played an important role in passing this legislation," says Arun Jaitley. 9:00 pm: "No decision yet on merging or even going on an alliance with the Congress," says TRS MP KT Rama Rao. 20:45 pm:...
  • UPA to push Telangana Bill in Rajya Sabha today as time runs out 20-02-2014 07:50 AM

    Hyderabad/New Delhi: Time is running out for the UPA to realise its Telangana dream. With just a day to go for this Parliament session to end, the government will try and push through the Telangana Bill in the Rajya Sabha on Thursday. The upper house saw ugly scenes over the...
  • Naxals have close links with foreign Maoist groups: RPN Singh 19-02-2014 02:32 PM

    New Delhi: Naxals have close links with foreign Maoist organisations in Philippines, Turkey and a few other countries and possibility of their front outfits getting foreign funds cannot be ruled out, Rajya Sabha was informed on Wednesday. "The CPI(Maoist) have close links with foreign Maoist organisations in Philippines, Turkey etc....
  • Watch: TDP MP manhandle Rajya Sabha Secretary General 19-02-2014 01:30 PM

    During the protest over Telangana, Rajya Sabha secretary general was manhandled by TDP MP CM Ramesh inside the House. ...
  • Telangana fallout: AP CM to quit today, Jagan calls for bandh in state 19-02-2014 07:53 AM

    New Delhi: A day after the Telangana Bill was passed in the Lok Sabha amidst a blackout, it is not clear as to whether it will be brought in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday. Government sources say they will bring the Bill in the Upper House if the President returns...
  • Live: Rajeev Shukla justifies blackout of Lok Sabha TV, says media gallery was open 18-02-2014 11:03 AM

    New Delhi: 7:53 pm: CEO of Lok Sabha TV Rajiv Mishra said, "It was due to a technical snag that occured in room no. 50 in Parliament House from where the channel gets live feed. Mishra told PTI that after a minute's telecast, "signal did not come from the room",...
  • Horse trading case: Charges framed against industrialists RK Agarwal, Pawan Dhoot 15-02-2014 11:13 PM

    A special CBI court has framed charges against industrialists RK Agarwal and Pawan Dhoot and independent candidates in the rescinded 2012 Rajya Sabha polls, and one Sunil Maheswari. The three were accused in the 'horse trading' case lodged by the CBI after cancellation of the 2012 Rajya Sabha elections for...
  • Nitish Kumar's close aide quits as JD(U) spokesman 15-02-2014 07:36 PM

    Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's close associate Devesh Chandra Thakur, who had announced his intention to contest the upcoming election to Legislative Council as an Independent, on Saturday resigned as spokesman of JD(U). Bihar JD(U) President Basishtha Narayan Singh told that he received letter from Thakur and accepting his plea,...
  • How our MPs, MLAs have shamed us in the past 13-02-2014 01:36 PM

    New Delhi: Both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha on Thursday saw ugly scenes from the anti-Telanagana MPs as the Bill to bifurcate Andhra Pradesh and create Telangana was tabled in both the Houses. Congress MP Lagdapati Rajagopal used pepper spray while TDP MP Venugopal Reddy allegedly brandished a...