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Ignorance of SC’s consistent rulings since 1968 fuelling political expediency on reservation
(Sun, 16 Feb 2020 23:24:23 GMT)

Govt mulls army of elderly to tutor kids, take care of sick
The government plans to organise around three lakh senior citizens from deprived backgrounds in activities that will help them while they help others. These elders are set to be organised into “action groups aimed at social reconstruction” (AGRASR). They will function as elderly self-help groups across the country under the National Action Plan for Senior Citizens (NAPSrC), expected to be rolled out in April.
(Sun, 16 Feb 2020 23:22:07 GMT)

Before Donald Trump’s visit, Yogi to scout out Agra
According to the district administration officials, a high-level team from the US embassy is scheduled to visit Agra on Monday to plan modalities of Trump’s visit. Preparations for the visit of the state guests are being directly monitored by the Prime Minister’s Office.
(Sun, 16 Feb 2020 23:12:14 GMT)

With India's security in mind, Isro plans to launch 10 surveillance satellites in 2020-21
In comparison to 10 earth observation (EO) satellites, only three communication satellites and two navigation satellites are scheduled to be launched in the next financial year starting April this year. In the past, Isro had never given so much impetus in boosting its surveillance powers and the focus was more on communication satellites.
(Sun, 16 Feb 2020 23:02:45 GMT)

Will govt radically review creamy layer for OBCs?
As the government appears close to a decision on the report of an expert committee to review the criteria for determining the creamy layer, laid down in the 1993 Office Memorandum (OM) of the DoPT, it is learnt that the panel has made some crucial recommendations to “simplify” the said OM. One of them concerns the key “income criteria” to determine the creamy layer.
(Sun, 16 Feb 2020 22:54:15 GMT)

CPM expels 2 over ‘Reds link’
(Sun, 16 Feb 2020 22:43:32 GMT)

Govt slams UN secy gen’s comments on J&K, says region integral part of India
Responding to the “offer” by the top UN diplomat, the MEA spokesperson said, “Jammu and Kashmir has been, is and will continue to be an integral part of India. The issue that needs to be addressed is that of vacation of the territories illegally and forcibly occupied by Pakistan. Further issues, if any, would be discussed bilaterally. There is no role or scope for third-party mediation.”
(Sun, 16 Feb 2020 22:22:57 GMT)

NPR update begins on April 1, President to be enrolled first
While starting the NPR process with the President is as per precedent, the Office of the Registrar General and Census Commissioner intends to make the opening day “grander” by also visiting the residences of the V-P and the PM for their enumeration.
(Sun, 16 Feb 2020 21:50:43 GMT)

Colleges miffed as govt pushes them to promote its schemes
At a recent workshop in Delhi, social media coordinators from premier institutions such as IITs, IIMs and IISERs, among others, were not only asked to make extensive use of their Twitter handles to promote their own work but also endorse the ministry’s activities by retweeting their tweets regularly.
(Sun, 16 Feb 2020 21:16:40 GMT)

2 more Indians test positive on isolated ship
Two more Indian nationals on board the cruise ship Diamond Princess, quarantined at Yokohama in Japan since February 4, tested positive for coronavirus infection over the weekend — taking the number of Indians infected on the ship to five. TOI had been in touch with one crew member who tested positive on Sunday.
(Sun, 16 Feb 2020 21:06:17 GMT)

Taslima Nasreen, AR Rahman’s daughter spar over burqa
On February 11, Nasreen shared a picture of Khatija in a black veil on Twitter and wrote around 11am, “I absolutely love A R Rahman's music. But whenever i see his dear daughter, i feel suffocated. It is really depressing to learn that even educated women in a cultural family can get brainwashed very easily!” The tweet was shared over 1700 times and received nearly 6,000 likes.
(Sun, 16 Feb 2020 20:59:29 GMT)

Videos of police action inside Jamia library trigger fresh row
Two months after violence at Delhi’s Jamia university during an anti-CAA protest, a video clip showing police barging into a varsity library and beating up people there with sticks went viral early Sunday morning, leading to an outrage and sharp political reactions.
(Sun, 16 Feb 2020 20:44:17 GMT)

All-round pressure but won’t relent on CAA & 370: PM Modi
PM Narendra Modi said here on Sunday that steps like nullification of Article 370 or promulgation of Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) were taken in national interest and despite all-round pressure, his government would steadfastly stand by these decisions.
(Sun, 16 Feb 2020 20:32:46 GMT)

Sharad Pawar slams NIA probe into Elgar Parishad case
NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Sunday said he suspected the Centre had something to hide about the erstwhile Devendra Fadnavis-led government in Maharashtra, which is possibly why the probe into the Elgar Parishad case was hurriedly transferred to the National Investigation Agency (NIA).
(Sun, 16 Feb 2020 20:18:50 GMT)

In Tokyo for a course, IAF officer held on woman’s complaint
According to a source in Tokyo, the wing commander from a non-flying branch was taken into custody on February 6. His wife approached a court there for bail on February 8, which ordered her to deposit Rs 22 lakh as surety, divulged sources.
(Sun, 16 Feb 2020 20:12:01 GMT)

HAL to provide IAF with 83 Tejas fighters in Rs 39k cr deal
The over Rs 17,000 crore reduction in overall cost has come after hard-nosed negotiations spread over a year. The defence ministry and IAF were initially shocked at the “exorbitant price” being demanded by HAL to produce the 83 Tejas Mark-1A jets along with the maintenance and infrastructure package.
(Sun, 16 Feb 2020 20:01:40 GMT)

At FATF plenary, India to call out Pakistan for claiming Masood Azhar is missing
The FATF plenary, which started in Paris on Sunday, will take up the Pakistan dossier for discussion on Friday. Pakistan expects to get about 12 countries to speak in favour of getting it off the ‘grey list’. However, out of the 27 action points that Pakistan needs to take to get there, it still needs to move on 13.
(Sun, 16 Feb 2020 19:33:34 GMT)

Govt mulls export ban on 12 essential drugs
The eight-member expert committee constituted by the government to assess availability of medicines in the country has suggested imposing export restrictions on 12 drugs including antibiotics like chloramphenicol, neomycin, metronidazole, azythromicin, clindamycin; vitamin B1, B2 and B6; as well as hormones like progesterone used during pregnancy and in menstrual related problems.
(Sun, 16 Feb 2020 19:28:46 GMT)

Nitish Kumar calls for nationwide ban on alcohol, says prohibition has not made his state poorer
(Sun, 16 Feb 2020 18:35:15 GMT)

NC ready to contest J&K rural polls if ‘roadblocks’ go
In a letter to chief electoral officer Shailendra Kumar, NC central secretary Rattan Lal Gupta said his party was a "strong votary of the democratic process", but it would be practically impossible to contest the bypolls if party president Farooq Abdullah, vice-president Omar Abdullah and general secretary Ali Mohammad Sagar remained in detention under the Public Safety Act (PSA).
(Sun, 16 Feb 2020 17:45:54 GMT)

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