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Rajya Sabha: Upper house of the Parliament of India
The Rajya Sabha or Council of States is the upper house of the bicameral Parliament of India. It currently has a maximum membership of 245, of which 233 are elected by the legislatures of the states and union territories using single transferable votes through Open Ballot while the President can appoint 12 members for their contributions to art, literature, science, and social services. Members sit for staggered terms lasting six years, with elections every year but almost a third of the 233 designates up for election every two years, specifically in even-numbered years. The Rajya Sabha meets in continuous sessions, and unlike the Lok Sabha, being the lower house of the Parliament, the Rajya Sabha, which is the upper house of Parliament, is not subjected to dissolution. However, the Rajya Sabha, like the Lok Sabha can be prorogued by the President.

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IUML moves SC challenging Citizenship Amendment Bill

The Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) moved the Supreme Court on Thursday challenging the Citizenship Amendment Bill, a day after it was passed in the Rajya Sabha completing the legislative process for..
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Indian Union Muslim League files writ petition in Supreme Court against Citizenship Amendment Bill

A day after Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2019 was passed in Rajya Sabha, the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) have filed a writ petition against the bill in the Supreme Court on Thursday.
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Shiv Sena skips vote, doesn’t oppose it; disappoints Congress

Shiv Sena’s decision to abstain from voting on CAB in Rajya Sabha marked a change from the stance it adopted in Lok Sabha two days ago, but fell short of Congress’s expectation that it vote against..
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Landmark day for India, says PM Modi

Addressing a BJP parliamentary party meeting before Rajya Sabha cleared the controversial legislation, Modi said the proposed law will be recorded in “golden letters”. Parliamentary affairs..
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CAB set to be law as RS passes it 125-99, indefinite curfew and Army in Guwahati

The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill is set to become law with the Rajya Sabha passing the hotly debated and polarising legislation by 125-99 votes on Wednesday after a lengthy discussion over its..
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JD(U)'s RCP Singh defends CAB in Rajya Sabha, ingore party leader Pavan Varma's demand


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We are happy Shiv Sena did not vote in favour of Citizenship (Amendment) Bill: Chidambaram

The Congress is happy that the Shiv Sena did not vote in favour of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, senior party leader P Chidambaram said on Wednesday. The Shiv Sena abstained from voting on the..
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Rajya Sabha passes Citizenship Amendment Bill

Rajya Sabha on Wednesday approved the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, completing the legislative procedure for giving Indian citizenship to non-Muslim migrants from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh...
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Shiv Sena MPs boycott voting on Citizenship Bill in Rajya Sabha

Shiv Sena members in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday were not present in the House during the voting on the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019. On being asked if they have boycotted the voting, Shiv Sena..
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Amit Shah says citizenship bill not anti-Muslim, rejects Opposition charge that it is unconstitutional

Replying to a debate on the bill in Rajya Sabha, Amit Shah said the need to bring this Bill would not have arisen had Partition not taken place on the basis of religion. The Bill does not snatch..
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Citizenship Amendment Bill passed in Rajya Sabha

The controversial Citizenship Amendment Bill was tabled in the Rajya Sabha by Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Wednesday
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Govt has no data on minorities who faced religious persecution: Ghulam Nabi Azad

Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad asked on Wednesday why the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill does not include Hindus from Sri Lanka and Christians from Bhutan, as he alleged that the..
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Citizenship Amendment Bill a slap on face of Parliament: Chidambaram

Participating in a debate on the bill in the Rajya Sabha, Chidambaram charged the government with "wrecking and demolishing" the Constitution through it and expressed confidence that the judiciary..
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Citizenship (Amendment) Bill to rectify historic blunder: Amit Shah

The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 has been brought to rectify a historic blunder, said home minister Amit Shah while replying to the debate on the Bill in the Rajya Sabha. Shah said that the need..
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After supporting in Lok Sabha, Shiv Sena likely to oppose Citizenship Amendment Bill in Rajya Sabha

Sena stands on risky grounds and dwindling ideological support.
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Entire NE given protection under Citizenship Bill: Rijiju

The entire northeast has been given protection under the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, the government's most prominent face from the region, Union minister Kiren Rijiju, said amidst protests across the..
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Citizenship (Amendment) Bill hurts soul of India, assault on Constitution: Anand Sharma

"The Bill that you have brought is an assault on the very foundation of the Indian constitution. It is an assault on the Republic of India. It hurts the soul of India. It is against our Constitution..
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CAB not against Muslims of India, nothing to worry: Amit Shah

"Misinformation has been spread that this bill is against Muslims of India. I want to ask the people saying this how is this bill related to Indian Muslims? They are Indian citizens and will always..
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CAB is 'divisive', brought to 'break' India: Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury

"The Bill was brought to break India. Consolation price is given to smaller states of the northeast. This bill is half-baked, half-boiled and divisive. That's why people of Assam are angry. This bill..
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Amit Shah moves Citizenship Amendment Bill in Rajya Sabha, says Indian Muslims 'were, are and will remain' Indians

Amit Shah rejected the charge of vote bank politics, saying the BJP had declared its intention to bring such a legislation in its election manifesto for the 2019 general election and won the people's..
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Sonia Gandhi hosts dinner for Congress MPs

Former prime minister Manmohan Singh and leader of opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad attended the dinner. Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi was, however, not present.
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FM: RBI extensively consulted on bonds

In a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha, the FM said the committee of the central board (CCB) of RBI, in its meeting on October 11, 2017, indirectly agreed for electoral bonds to be issued if..
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Let Arms Bill go to a select panel: Rajya Sabha Congress MP Bajwa


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Can the government pass Citizenship Amendment Bill in Rajya Sabha? Here are the numbers

By and large, the country's eyes will now be on the Rajya Sabha, where the bill will be introduced on Wednesday.
DNA - Published Also reported by •IndiaTimes

Congress to hold nationwide protest against Citizenship Amendment Bill on Wednesday

The Bill will be tabled in Rajya Sabha on Wednesday by Home Minister Amit Shah.
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Citizenship Amendment Bill faces Rajya Sabha test: How the numbers stack up

In the Upper House, NDA has 94 members and it will have to garner the support of at least 121 members to get the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 passed. AIADMK, JD(U) and Akali Dal have 11, 6 and 3..
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BJP confident of Citizenship Bill's passage in Rajya Sabha

Despite a boost in opposition numbers in Rajya Sabha against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, the BJP is confident that the proposed legislation will be passed by the House with a majority on..
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Congress welcomes Shiv Sena's decision to reconsider support for Citizenship Bill

The Congress on Tuesday said it welcomed the Shiv Sena's decision to reconsider supporting the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in Rajya Sabha after voting for it in Lok Sabha.
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Shiv Sena's dwindling stance on CAB? Party to not lend support in Rajya Sabha 'unless things are clear', says Uddhav

Sena stands on risky grounds and dwindling ideological support, to maintain its alliance with the Congress in Maharashtra.
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Won't support Citizenship Bill in Rajya Sabha till we get clarity on Shiv Sena's queries: Uddhav Thackeray

Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday said the Shiv Sena won't back the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in Rajya Sabha till there is clarity on the party's queries posed in the Lok Sabha...
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Supported Citizenship Amendment Bill in national interest: Shiv Sena over its stand in Lok Sabha

Responding on being asked whether Shiv Sena will support Citizenship Amendment Bill in Rajya Sabha, Arvind Sawant said, "Alag alag bhumika hoti kya humari? Rashtra ki hith ki bhumika lekar Shiv Sena..
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Passage of Citizenship Amendment Bill: India's tryst with bigotry, says Priyanka Gandhi

The Congress general secretary's remarks came after the CAB was passed in the Lok Sabha with 311 members favouring it and 80 voting against it. The bill will now be tabled in the Rajya Sabha for its..
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Bill is in line with India's centuries-old ethos of assimilation: PM Modi after Citizenship Amendment Bill passed in LS

Citizenship Amendment Bill will now be tabled in Rajya Sabha.
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Aasu draws Mughal invasion parallel with CAB, AGP stares at split

While the state BJP leadership copped most of the blame for the bill reaching Parliament, NDA ally Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) was a divided house over its "silent" support to the proposed legislation...
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LS passes citizenship bill 311-80 at midnight, Shah says ‘NRC is coming’

The stage is now set for a clash in Rajya Sabha where the numbers are closer even as NDA seems to have requisite support with the backing of BJD, AIADMK, TDP and YSR-CP. The government’s cause could..
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No question of privatisation of ordnance factories: Govt in Rajya Sabha


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No threat of job losses in auto sector: Minister tells Rajya Sabha


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Isro space tech cells at IITs to promote student research

The cells have been set up at IITs — Bombay, Kanpur, Kharagpur and Madras, IISc, Bengaluru, and joint research programme with Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune. The information about the space..
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BJD likely to support Citizenship Amendment Bill in parliament

The party has decided to issue whip to all its MPs in the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha members to attend the session during Monday to Wednesday. BJD has 12 MPs in the Lok Sabha while it has seven in Rajya..
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Santhali used for first time in Rajya Sabha


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Imported onions to arrive by Jan 20: Govt tells Rajya Sabha

Concerns over shortage and high prices of onions were raised in Rajya Sabha on Friday even as the government blamed delayed and prolonged rains for damage of crops. Grappling to boost supplies, the..
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BJD demands special focus tag for calamity-hit states in Rajya Sabha


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Absentee MPs likely to lose spot on standing committee

​​​Naidu voiced concern over the functioning of parliamentary committees and shared details of poor attendance with the chairpersons. Fifteen of the 16 chairpersons heading the 20 committees of..
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P Chidambaram in Rajya Sabha after release on bail

Chidambaram, who walked out of jail on Wednesday night, joined other Congress MPs voicing their protest against the steep hike in onion prices and said he was happy to be back. "The government cannot..
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Rajya Sabha adjourned till noon


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‘Confident’ govt to table CAB in Rajya Sabha next week

The NDA is confident of getting adequate support for the contentious Citizenship Amendment Bill, with alliance partners like Janata Dal (United) and some ‘neutral’ regional parties like YSR..
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Law tweak likely to fight mob lynching

The government has set up a committee to suggest necessary amendments to the Indian Penal Code and Code of Criminal Procedure to deal with certain crimes like mob lynching and has started a..
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