Govt introduces Quota Bill in LS, TMC says it will mislead youth with false hopes, debate continues

Govt introduced the Constitution Amendment Bill in Lok Sabha seeking to provide 10% reservation for economically backward people in the general category in jobs and higher educational institutions

Govt introduces Quota Bill in LS,  TMC says it will mislead youth with false hopes, debate continues
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8 Jan 2019, 6:53 PM

LJP leader Ram Vilas Paswan supports Quota Bill

Drawing the history of commissions formed for reservation for SC/ST and backward castes for their social and educational upliftment, LJP leader Ram Vilas Paswan praised Ambedkar, Vivekanand and other social reformers. He said that only the issue of reservation to upper caste economically weak section was pending which this bill seeks to sort out.

8 Jan 2019, 6:33 PM

Shiv Sena MP Anandrao Vithoba Adsul supports the Quota Bill

Anandrao Adsul, MP Shiv Sena threw light on the problems raised after the introduction of GST and said that the problems should be sorted. The quota bill will help the economically backwards, he says.

8 Jan 2019, 6:27 PM

Sudip Bandyopadhyay, TMC: why not take up women reservation bill with same priority

Sudip Bandyopadhyay of TMC asks why does the Government not take up the women reservation bill with the same priority as this quota bill? This bill is not only about jobs, but also about misleading the youth with false hopes and fake dreams

8 Jan 2019, 5:32 PM

The Bill was moved in haste: Congress MP KV Thomas

Congress MP KV Thomas says the Bill was moved in haste, less than a day after Union Cabinet took the decision and that any hasty decision was bound to end in a mess.

“We support this quota bill, we are not against this, but the way it is being brought raises questions on your sincerity. My request is to send this to JPC first,” said Thomas.

8 Jan 2019, 5:23 PM

Bill proposes reservation in private educational institutions too

In the Statement of Objects and Reasons, the Constitution Amendment Bill proposes reservation for EWS in private educational institutions.

8 Jan 2019, 5:20 PM

Debate on Quota Bill begins in Lok Sabha

Thaawarchand Gehlot, Minister for Social Justice moved a motion to discuss the Constitution Amendment Bill to provide 10 per cent reservation to economically backward upper caste people.

8 Jan 2019, 5:09 PM

The Citizenship Amendment Bill 2019 has been passed in Lok Sabha

The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill seeks to amend Citizenship Act, 1955, to grant Indian nationality to people from minority communities — Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians — from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan after living in India for six years, instead of 12, even if they don't possess any proper document

8 Jan 2019, 5:03 PM

SC five-judge Constitution bench to hear Ayodhya case on Jan 10

Five-judge Constitution bench of Supreme Court to hear Ayodhya case on January 10. SC bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justices SA Bobde, NV Ramana, UU Lalit and DY Chandrachud to hear Ram Mandir-Babri case.

Earlier on Friday, Supreme Court had said an "appropriate bench" on January 10 will fix the date of hearing in the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land title dispute case.

"Further orders in the matter will be passed on January 10 by the appropriate Bench, as may be constituted," a bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice S K Kaul had said.

8 Jan 2019, 5:03 PM

Opposition leader protest in Parliament over extension of Rajya Sabha by a day

Opposition leaders protest in the Parliament premises against central government for extending Rajya Sabha session by a day; allege it was extended without consensus

8 Jan 2019, 4:57 PM

Samajwadi Party leader Mulayam Singh says India should learn from US

SP leader and MP Mulayam Singh Yadav said in the Lok Sabha that "we should learn how to develop the nation from the United States."

8 Jan 2019, 4:32 PM

AIUDF rejects citizenship bill

"The AIDUF is an Assam-based political party. The Bill has evoked strong protests in Assam. The AGP, another Assam party is also opposing the Bill," AIDUF MP Badruddin Ajmal said

8 Jan 2019, 4:27 PM

Centre has started a 'disastrous game' with 10 percent quota proposal: DMK

"The Central BJP government has brought such a reservation for the coming Parliamentary polls, and has started a disastrous game with the backward classes, SC and ST, who have been given a right to employment,” DMK President MK Stalin said. Stalin further said the 10 percent quota would not stand the legal scrutiny "as it has been clearly stated that reservation should be for those who are socially and educationally backward.Economically backwardness is against the Constitution," he said.

8 Jan 2019, 4:27 PM

Trade unions strike evokes mixed response in Chhattisgarh

Banking and postal services were partially affected in Chhattisgarh on Tuesday as the Central Trade Unions went on a two-day nationwide strike against the government's alleged anti-worker policies and unilateral labour reforms. Employees of some of the major banks, insurance companies and post offices joined the strike, which evoked a mixed response in the state. A trade union leader, however, claimed that the strike had a huge impact in Chhattisgarh.

8 Jan 2019, 4:19 PM

Citizenship can't be granted on basis of religion: CPM MP Mohammed Salim

"With an eye on elections, the country is being divided In a secular nation, citizenship cannot be granted on basis of religion," Mohammed Salim said.

8 Jan 2019, 4:03 PM

Two strikes paralyse normal life in Manipur

One strike was called by the North East Students Organisation (NESO) in protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill. The second was the two-day nationwide strike called by 10 trade unions against the Centre's "pro-corporate, anti-national and anti-people" policies. All educational institutes and public facilities including in Imphal city wore a deserted look. Buses, trucks and other commercial vehicles went off the roads. Shops and businesses were shut. Some strike supporters blocked vehicular movement in some areas.

8 Jan 2019, 4:00 PM

Rajya Sabha adjourned for the day over various issues

Rajya Sabha on Tuesday witnessed frequent adjournments, washing out proceeding before adjourning for the day even as the House extended its sitting by a day till Wednesday.

The Upper House witnessed unruly sceness, with almost entire Opposition in its feet over alleged misuse of CBI and demand for discussion on the issue under rule 267 suspending the listed business.

8 Jan 2019, 3:23 PM

BJP faces diverse views from allies on quota to backward classes

"The recommendations of the committee cannot be implemented without caste census. The government should first do caste census and then implement any such recommendation. The reservation should be according to 'jiski jitni sankhya bhari, uski utni bhagidaari' (based on population). And when the government has not done any census, how can it provide quota within quota," Union minister and Apna Dal (S) leader Anupriya Patel said.

SBSP chief and cabinet minister Om Prakash Rajbhar said, "If the government does not implement recommendations of the report within 100 days, my party will leave the BJP and contest on all 80 Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh."

8 Jan 2019, 3:11 PM

Rajya Sabha adjourned till 3.30 PM

Ruckus in Rajya Sabha as MP's of opposition parties enter the Well of the House

8 Jan 2019, 2:55 PM

Bandh against Citizenship Bill hits normal life in Assam, other NE states

Agitators clashed with the police, gheraoed Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal's house at his native place in Dibrugarh, blocked national highways and damaged vehicles in Assam during an 11-hour "bandh" called by the AASU to protest against the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill. Normal life was hit in the Brahmaputra valley and was partially affected in the Barak valley due to a "north-east bandh" called separately by the North East Students' Organisation (NESO).

8 Jan 2019, 2:51 PM

Trinamool Congress walks out of Lok Sabha during discussion over Citizenship Amendment Bill

8 Jan 2019, 2:38 PM

Citizenship Amendment Bill is divisive: Saugata Roy, TMC

TMC MP Saugata Roy says the citizenship bill will "lead to fires" not just in Assam but in the whole of the North East. He clarifies that this was not a threat, amid objections to his statement, but a warning of what is to come

8 Jan 2019, 2:30 PM

Congress walks out of Lok Sabha during debate over the Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016

8 Jan 2019, 2:30 PM

Mallikarjun Kharge highlights the unrest in Assam over the Citizenship Bill, requests the bill be sent to select committee

Congress leader and MP Mallikarjun Kharge says many people have reservations about the bill. He requests the Speaker to send the bill to a select committee as it is related to a constitutional matter. He highlights the unrest in Assam over the bill as it does not address the Assam Accord

8 Jan 2019, 2:24 PM

There will be no discrimination in NRC: Rajnath Singh

“We are committed toward NRC. There will be no discrimination in NRC. All the necessary steps will be taken to deal with illegal migrants,” said Home Minister Rajnath Singh in Lok Sabha

8 Jan 2019, 2:16 PM

Rajya Sabha adjourns for 15 minutes amid protests by members of various parties in the Well

8 Jan 2019, 2:15 PM

Central govt moves to introduce Citizenship Amendment Bill in Parliament

“The Citizenship Amendment Bill is important to protect the interest of people of our country,” said Rajnath Singh

8 Jan 2019, 2:11 PM

Lok Sabha passes DNA Technology (Use and Application) Regulation Bill

The DNA Technology (Use and Application) Regulation Bill, as amended, has been passed in the Lok Sabha.

8 Jan 2019, 2:03 PM

Alok Verma reinstated, some justice has been done: Rahul Gandhi

“CBI chief was removed at 1 AM in the night because he was about to begin an investigation in the Rafale scam. Now that he has been reinstated, some justice has been done. Now let's see what happens,” said Congress President Rahul Gandhi.

8 Jan 2019, 1:59 PM

JD(S) backs bill for 10 per cent quota for poor in general category

"Janata Dal (Secular) supports the 10 per cent reservation in jobs and educational institutions for economically weaker sections of the upper castes," he said in a tweet.

"We have always stood for, and will continue to stand for betterment of the underprivileged and weaker sections of the society," the veteran leader added.

8 Jan 2019, 1:44 PM

Trade strike hits banks, government offices in Maharashtra

A number of central government offices, banks, port trusts and other state government departments wore a deserted look on Tuesday as employees launched a two-day nationwide trade strike, a top organiser said. "In Mumbai, even the public bus service, BEST, has gone on an indefinite strike since midnight to protest against the 'anti-workers policies of the Bharatiya Janata Party government at the Centre'," Trade Unions Joint Action Committee (Maharashtra) Convenor Vishwas Utagi said.

8 Jan 2019, 1:39 PM

Mixed response to trade union shutdown call in Karnataka

The two-day nationwide shutdown called by trade unions evoked a mixed response in Karnataka on Tuesday, with government offices and bus services functioning normally in most parts of the state. "Thousands of trade union members and workers have joined the strike demanding minimum wage of Rs 18,000 per month and abolishing the contract system among other demands," All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC) leader M.D. Harigovind said.

8 Jan 2019, 1:31 PM

Mehbooba Mufti: Centre should stop misusing CBI, NIA for political vendetta

"Welcome SCs decision to reinstate #AlokVerma as CBI Dir. (It) reinstates belief in independent institutions of our democracy that are its pillars. Time for the Central government to stop misusing its influence to arm twist investigative agencies like (the) NIA and CBI for political vendetta" Mehbooba Mufti tweeted.

8 Jan 2019, 12:57 PM

Centre tables Quota Bill in Lok Sabha

The Central government has tabled the Quota Bill in Lok Sabha. The debate will begin at 2 pm. Bill to grant 10 pc quota to economically backward sections in general category introduced in Lok Sabha

8 Jan 2019, 1:22 PM

Modi should resign: CPI-M after Verma reinstatement

The Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) on Tuesday said the Supreme Court judgment reinstating CBI Director Alok Verma was a strong indictment of Narendra Modi and said the Prime Minister should have quit.

"If the Prime Minister had a conscience, he should have resigned. This is one more reason why he and his government must be removed from office by the people in the forthcoming elections," it said.

8 Jan 2019, 1:13 PM

Trade strike affects normal life in Odisha

The two-day nationwide strike called by various trade unions in protest against the Centre's anti-labour policies affected normal life in Odisha on Tuesday. Commuters were having a tough time finding buses and auto rickshaws in several cities as protesters staged road blockade at various places.

8 Jan 2019, 1:08 PM

Bharat Bandh: Trains delayed, buses, autos off roads in Kerala

Trains were stopped, buses and auto-rickshaws kept off roads as two day general strike called by ten central trade unions against "anti-labour policies" of the central government, hit normal life in the southern state on Tuesday. Workers from various sectors have extended support to the two-day strike. Trains were stopped in Thiruvananthapuram, Tripunithura, Shoranur railway stations.

8 Jan 2019, 12:53 PM

Decision to send CBI's senior officers on leave on CVC recommendation: Arun Jaitley

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday said the decision to send the CBI's two senior officers on leave was taken by the government on the recommendation of the Central Vigilance Commission. He said that the government would comply with the orders of the apex court.

8 Jan 2019, 12:52 PM

Muzzling of democratic institutions, is this your model of 'minimum governance, maximum govt', asks Surjewala

“MODI = Muzzling of Democratic Institutions! 1st, you lose 4 economic advisors in a row including 2 RBI Governors, 2nd, 4 SC judges go public on Judge Loya, Then you destroy credibility & competence of the CBI & CVC. This is ur model of ‘minimum governance, maximum govt’,” Randeep Surjewala said.

8 Jan 2019, 12:52 PM

Will PM Modi show the courage to return three months of lost tenure?: Surjewala

“Another big question for Modiji. After making #CBI Chief suffer the consequences of your illegal decision for 3 months, will you show the courage to return three months of lost tenure? Unless you are afraid of investigation into #RafaleScam!,” asks Surjewala

8 Jan 2019, 12:43 PM

Govts have come and gone. Integrity of our institutions have survived: Randeep Singh Surjewala

“Modiji pls remember, Govts have come and gone. Integrity of our institutions have survived. Let this be a lesson to you about the strength of our democracy and the Constitution. Let this be a lesson that howsoever despotic u may be, law catches up in the end,” said Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala

8 Jan 2019, 12:40 PM

Modi has now become 1st PM to have his illegal orders set aside by the SC, says Surjewala

“Modiji adds another 1st to his list After being the first PM to be exposed destroying the #CBI before the SC, After having ruined CVC’s credibility (requiring supervision by former SC judge), Mr. Modi has now become 1st PM to have his illegal orders set aside by the SC,” said Randeep Surjewala

8 Jan 2019, 12:32 PM

SC reinstates Alok Verma as CBI Director but with limited powers

Govt introduces Quota Bill in LS,  TMC says it will mislead youth with false hopes, debate continues

The Supreme Court on Tuesday reinstated Alok Verma as the CBI Director, setting aside the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) and the Centre's decision to divest him of his powers to function as the head of the investigating agency.

Pronouncing the judgement authored by Chief Justice Gogoi, Justice Kaul said the committee will meet within seven days from Tuesday and till then Verma will "cease and desist" from taking from taking any "major policy" decision.

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