Parliament approves creation of India's 29th state

NEW DELHI, Feb. 21 (UPI) -- Telangana is set to become India's 29th state after Parliament approved the measure, ending its long, arduous and even violent journey.

AgustaWestland remains a bidder for Indian deal

BANGALORE, India, May 10 (UPI) -- Agusta Westland's bids for utility helicopters for India's navy and coast guard will remain, despite the company being investigated over bribery allegations in another contract.

India homes in on sub torpedo supplier

NEW DELHI, March 28 (UPI) -- Final procurement of a $300 million sub-launched torpedo deal will go ahead after the Ministry of Defense dismissed concerns over alleged improper purchasing processes.

Some pilots' papers in India may be forged

NEW DELHI, March 14 (UPI) -- Indian authorities say they will investigate allegations there are airline pilots who obtained their licenses using forged documents.

Indian playwright Habib Tanvir dead at 85

BHOPAL, India, June 8 (UPI) -- Indian playwright and theater director Habib Tanvir has died in a Bhopal hospital following a brief illness, his family said Monday. He was 85.

Defense gets priority on India spectrum

NEW DELHI, May 12 (UPI) -- It will be up to India's military to determine how much new wireless spectrum will be turned over to civilian telcos, Indian media reported Friday.

Parliament suspemds lawmaler

NEW DELHI, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- The Indian Parliament has been rocked by a TV program showing a number of politicians were prepared to take cash for questions.
KUSHAL JEENA, UPI Correspondent

India says 27 terror camps face Kashmir

NEW DELHI, Aug. 18 (UPI) -- India's defense minister says Pakistan still protects 27 militant training camps facing Kashmir.

India OKs nuclear proliferation law

NEW DELHI, May 13 (UPI) -- India's Parliament Friday passed a bill banning the transfer of weapons of mass destruction and related technology to states and terrorist groups.

India to get 24 AJTs in 2008

NEW DELHI, July 7 (UPI) -- The Indian government said Wednesday it will take delivery of 24 British-made Hawk Advanced Jet Trainers in February 2008.

The Rajya Sabha (Hindi: राज्य सभा; meaning the "Council of States") is the upper house of the Parliament of India. Membership is limited to 250 members, 12 of whom are chosen by the President of India for their expertise in specific fields of art, literature, science, and social services. These members are known as nominated members. The remainder of the body is elected by state and territorial legislatures. Terms of office are for six years, with one third of the members retiring every two years. The Rajya Sabha meets in continuous session and, unlike the lower house of parliament, the Lok Sabha, is not subject to dissolution. The Rajya Sabha shares legislative powers with the Lok Sabha, except in the area of supply, where the Lok Sabha has overriding powers. In the case of conflicting legislation, a joint sitting of the two houses is held. However, since the Lok Sabha has more than twice as many members than the Rajya Sabha, it holds de facto veto power in such joint sessions. Only three joint sessions have been held; the last one was for the passage of the anti-terror law POTA.

The Vice-President of India (currently, Hamid Ansari) is the ex-officio Chairman of the Rajya Sabha. The Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha, who is elected from amongst its members, takes care of the day-to-day matters of the house in the absence of the Chairman. The Rajya Sabha held its first sitting on 13 May 1952.

The minimum age for a person to become a member of Rajya Sabha is 30 years.

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