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Stand by those jailed for activism: Amartya Sen

It is time to stand by those who are being jailed for activism or persons like Naseeruddin Shah who are raising questions about growing intolerance in the country, Nobel laureate Amartya Sen said here on Monday. “There is growing intolerance compared with the past. Many activists are now jailed as …

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SC notice to EC on VVPAT verification

The Supreme Court on Monday directed the Election Commission to respond to a plea that the counts from electronic voting machines and voter verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT) units should be cross-verified in at least 30% randomly chosen polling stations in each Assembly and Lok Sabha constituency, especially in light …

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Centre okays Citizenship Bill

The Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) on the contentious Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016 recommended that the Assam government should help settle migrants “especially in places which are not densely populated, thus, causing lesser impact on the demographic changes and providing succour to the indigenous Assamese people”. The Bill paves the way …

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10% quota Bill may fail legal test

A proposed law, which got Cabinet approval on Monday, to provide 10% reservation for upper castes (or the unreserved category) exclusively with reference to their economic backwardness may run into rough weather if challenged in the Supreme Court. A nine-judge Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court in the Indira Sawhney …

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NCC has to be made compulsory: Venkaiah

A stint in the National Cadet Corps has to be made compulsory in all educational institutions, said Vice-President M.Venkaiah Naidu, speaking to NCC cadets at the inaugural ceremony of the Republic Day camp on Monday. Source : https://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/ncc-has-to-be-made-compulsory-venkaiah/article25936479.ece

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Govt. says GDP to grow at 7.2% for FY19

The government has projected GDP growth for the full year 2018-19 to come in at 7.2%, which implies that growth in the second half of the year would slow significantly to 6.8% from the 7.6% clocked in the first half of the year, according to the first advance estimates of …

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Citizenship Bill: AGP quits Assam coalition

The Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) on Monday decided to snap its two-year-old alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Assam after the Joint Parliamentary Committee submitted its report on the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, in Parliament. However, the AGP’s departure is unlikely to affect the Sarbananda Sonowal-led government as …

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Joint session of legislature on June 19

Governor E.S.L. Narasimhan has convened the joint session of Telangana legislature to meet at 11.30 a.m. on January 19. The State government had also issued separate notifications in this regard for the Assembly and Legislative Council in the name of Mr. Narasimhan on Monday. Source : https://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/joint-session-on-june-19/article25936594.ece

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Centre plans 10% quota for the poor

The Union Cabinet on Monday approved a Constitution Amendment Bill to provide 10% reservation to the economically backward sections in the general category, a senior government official said. The Bill will also cover those from the Muslim, Sikh, Christian, Buddhist and other minority communities. The quota will be over and …

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