Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu accepts Neeraj Shekhar’s resignation

New Delhi: Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu Tuesday said he has accepted the resignation of Samajwadi Party leader Neeraj Shekhar after being satisfied that the same was voluntary and genuine. When the House met for the day, Naidu mentioned that he had received a letter from Shekhar, son of former Prime Minister and socialist […]

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Vaiko, Anbumani elected unopposed to Rajya Sabha from Tamil Nadu.

New Delhi: Six candidates, including MDMK chief Vaiko and PMK’s Anbumani Ramadoss, were Thursday elected unopposed in the biennial elections to Rajya Sabha from Tamil Nadu. Returning Officer and Secretary, Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly Secretariat, K Srinivasan, announced here that Vaiko, DMK’s M Shanmugam and P Wilson, AIADMK’s N Chandrasekaran and A Mohammedjan, and Ramadoss […]

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MP Veerendra Kumar demands withdrawal of customs duty on newsprint

New Delhi: Independent member from Kerala MP Veerendra Kumar on Thursday demanded in Rajya Sabha that the government withdraw the customs duty of 10 per cent slapped on newsprint as it will hit the already stressed print media. Participating in the debate on the Union Budget, the independent member said this was the highest-ever custom […]

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No Government notification on ‘national flower’

New Delhi: The government has not given the status of ‘national flower’ to any flower, Union Minister of State for Home Nityananda Rai said in Rajya Sabha on Wednesday. He said the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) has notified ‘Tiger’ and ‘Peacock’ as the ‘national animal’ and ‘national bird’ respectively, through notifications […]

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Rajya Sabha adjourned till noon over Karnataka crisis

New Delhi: Rajya Sabha proceedings were Tuesday adjourned for an hour after uproar by opposition Congress over developments in Karnataka that have threatened survival of the party’s coalition government in the state. Congress members stormed into the well of the House shouting slogans against the ruling BJP, which it has blamed for instigating a rebellion […]

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Government mulling use of nitrogen filled tyres to help reduce

New Delhi: The government is considering making it mandatory for manufacturers to mix silicon with rubber to improve quality of tyres and use of Nitrogen in them to help prevent road accidents, Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari informed the Rajya Sabha on Monday. Replying to supplementaries during Question Hour, the minister termed today’s road accident on […]

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Government neither divesting nor privatising ONGC: Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan

New Delhi: State-run ONGC will neither be disinvested nor privatised but only oilfields discovered by it are being monetised through a transparent bidding process to ensure the country’s energy security, Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday. During Question Hour, he also said that synergy between ONGC and HPCL is fully […]

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Uttar Pradesh Government order on Scheduled Castes (SC) list not proper: Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thawar Chand Gehlot

New Delhi: The Centre Tuesday said the BJP- led Uttar Pradesh government’s move to include 17 communities belonging to OBCs in the Scheduled Castes (SC) list was not in accordance with the Constitution as only Parliament has the right to do so. “This is not proper,” Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thawar Chand Gehlot said […]

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Government takes serious note of assault on forest official

New Delhi: The government on Monday said in the Rajya Sabha that it has taken a serious note of the assault on a forest department official in Telangana and will do whatever possible as a regulator. Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said during the Question Hour that such incidents cannot be tolerated. The Telangana Police on […]

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Supreme Court seeks Election Commission’s response on Gujarat Congress plea against its decision to hold separate bypolls for 2 RS seats

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday sought a response from the Election Commission by June 24 on a plea of the Gujarat Congress, challenging the poll panel’s decision to hold separate bypolls to two Rajya Sabha seats in the state. A vacation bench of justices Deepak Gupta and Surya Kant listed the matter for […]

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