Morning digest: 10% quota Bill becomes law, 'legacy clause' causes uncertainty for NRC reapplicants, and more

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10% quota Bill becomes law

President Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday gave his assent to the Constitution amendment that provides 10% reservation to the economically backward section in the general category in government jobs and education.

The Act amends Articles 15 and 16 of the Constitution — ensuring Fundamental Rights to a citizen — by adding a clause that allows the State to make “special provision for the advancement of any economically weaker sections of citizens”.

‘Legacy person’ clause hits those left out of NRC draft

The claims window from September 25 to December 31 was provided for 40.07 lakh of the 3.29 crore applicants, who had been excluded from the complete NRC draft, to be on the list again after submission of relevant citizenship documents. About 31.2 lakh people reapplied, but there are fears many of them would be excluded again after scrutiny by June 30.

BJP resolution draws the battle lines for Lok Sabha polls

The Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) political resolution, passed at the party’s national council meeting here on Saturday, more or less hewed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speech, casting the Lok Sabha election as a contest between an “honest and courageous leader” and an “opportunistic alliance” of Opposition parties whose leader was unknown.

70% towns along Ganga let out garbage directly into the river: study

A government- commissioned assessment has found that 66 towns and cities along the river still have nullahs or drains flowing directly into the Ganga. Almost 85% of these nullahs do not even have screens set up to stop garbage from entering the river.

I-T notices to Durga Pujas even as festival seeks UNESCO status

Income Tax notices sent to about 40 big-budget Durga Pujas in Kolkata has triggered a debate whether the thousands of Pujas held in the State should be brought under the ambit of taxation.

CBI officials transferred by interim director Nageswara Rao to move Supreme Court

It is learnt that the officials have approached a lawyer and discussed their case for preparing a petition. They may also allege contempt of court, following the interim CBI chief’s order declaring all the directions issued under Alok Kumar Verma as “non est”.

Murder of teenager in Gaya: Patwa community gives police ‘ultimatum’ for impartial probe

Demanding an impartial probe into the killing of a teenage girl from Patwatoli in the Gaya district, members of the Patwa (weavers’) community on Saturday met senior police officials and gave them a 7-day ultimatum to arrest the culprits involved in the gruesome incident.

Letter From A Concerned Reader: Who is coming for Lit Fest, asks Mr. Mathrubootham

Yesterday I was sitting at home and reading one superhit Jack Higgins novel, Thunder Point, when suddenly Mrs. Mathrubootham came and said, “Old man have you heard Manisha Koirala is coming to Chennai.”

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