Govt averts embarrassing situation in Rajya Sabha

Disfavouring inclusion of certain castes under the SC category, government was on Friday on the verge of facing an embarrassing situation in Rajya Sabha when a private member bill on it was about to be put to vote but it was averted as the ruling side cited lack of quorum.

Chair is non-partisan, says Dy Chairman

A day after Leader of Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley questioned the way the proceedings were being conducted, Deputy Chairman P J Kurien Tuesday said the Chair is non-partisan and follows established procedures to run the House.

Raising subsidised Parliament canteen food issue a 'conspiracy': SP MP

 Amid controversy over subsidised food in Parliament canteen, an SP member on Monday said there was a "conspiracy" to sully the image of parliamentarians and asked the government to come out with details on how many MPs actually eat in the canteen.

Rajya Sabha disrupted over demands for Gadkari's resignation

Rajya Sabha proceedings were disrupted by repeated adjournments on Friday following uproar by Congress, demanding the resignation of Union Minister Nitin Gadkari following a CAG report alleging irregularities involving loan extended to his family-linked Purti group.

BJP member enters into a spat with Dy Chairman in RS

Heated exchanges were witnessed in Rajya Sabha between BJP's Vinay Katiyar and Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman P J Kurien on Tuesday after the latter refused permission to the ruling party member to speak on a motion that had already been disallowed.

Clash in Rajya Sabha over clubbing of two bills

Rajya Sabha on Wednesday witnessed a clash among lawyer-members over rules as the government wanted two bills of the Law Ministry to be taken up together for discussion, which was strongly resisted by the opposition.

Rajya Sabha Dy Chairman raps Jaya Bachchan

New Delhi; Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien on Monday dubbed Bollywood-turned actress and Samajwadi Party member Jaya Bachchan's behaviour as "irresponsible" when she sought more time for a Shiv Sena member speaking on the agrarian crisis while sitting.

Don't pay heed to rumours on quake: Govt urges people

As the death toll in Nepal's devastating earthquake mounted, government on Monday urged people not to pay heed to rumours being spread on social media as members in Rajya Sabha asked government to prepare disaster management plan.

'Govt schools suffer from poor education standards, facilities'

Concern was raised in Rajya Sabha on the poor standards of primary education and lack of facilities in government schools in the country.

Chair to decide whether bill pending in RS can be tabled in LS

Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman P J Kurien Tuesday said he would study the rules and give a ruling on whether a legislation, pending in the Upper House, can be introduced in Lok Sabha, even as the bill to allow 49 per cent FDI in the insurance sector was tabled in Lok Sabha.

Rajya Sabha members condemn acid attacks

Cutting across party lines, Rajya Sabha members Friday condemned the many incidents of acid attacks and demanded stringent punishment for their perpetrators, saying they inflict inexpressible pain on the body and minds of victims.

Conducive atmosphere for smooth running of Parl missing: Kurien

Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha PJ Kurien on Wednesday lamented that "conducive" atmosphere for smooth functioning of Parliament was missing and asked government and opposition to behave "responsibly" to end frequent disruptions of proceedings and resultant stalemate.

Congress in Kerala braces for another tiff

The faction-ridden Congress party in Kerala is bracing for another round of tiff as the party-government coordination committee meeting will be held here on Tuesday.

Opposition resists govt attempt to introduce bill in Rajya Sabha

Opposition in the Rajya Sabha on Thursday resisted the government attempt to introduce a bill passed by Lok Sabha, questioning the procedure adopted.

JD-U MP protests after certain words expunged in RS

A JD-U member in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday protested against his certain words being expunged from his speech on Monday, prompting Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien to have a relook.

Rajnath Singh`s two-hour long reply tests Opposition members` patience

The over two-hour reply of Home Minister Rajnath Singh in the Rajya Sabha this evening tested the patience of opposition benches many of whose members turned restive.

Speak on Katju allegations, AIADMK to Manmohan Singh

The AIADMK on Wednesday raised the issue of corruption in the judiciary in the Rajya Sabha and sought an explanation from former prime minister Manmohan Singh.

Manishankar Aiyar draws BJP`s ire in Rajya Sabha

Congress leader Manishankar Aiyar attracted opposition BJP`s ire on Friday in Rajya Sabha when he said he was not interested in listening to speech of a BJP member on vote on account, prompting the Chair to adjourn the House amid uproar.

Suryanelli gang-rape case: SC dismisses plea

The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed a plea seeking probe into the alleged role of Rajya Sabha deputy chairman P J Kurien in the Suryanelli gang-rape case of 1996 in which a 16-year-old girl was sexually assaulted for over 40 days.

Suryanelli victim`s petition posted for hearing

Kerala High Court on Thursday posted for hearing the petition filed by Suryanelli case victim challenging the order of discharge of Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman P J Kurien from the case in 2007.