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Rajasthan govt introduces 5% quota bill for Gujjars, four other communities

On Wednesday, the government of Rajasthan has introduced the amendment bill in the Assembly to provide a five per cent quota in jobs and educational institutes to Gujjars and four other communities agitating for it. The passed reservation bill seeks to increase the backward classes’ reservation from the present 21 per cent to 26 per cent with five per cent reservation to Gujjars, Banjaras, Gadia Lohars, Raikas and Gadaria. The bill was presented in the Rajasthan Assembly by Energy Minister B D Kalla to pacify members of the Gujjar community who have been…

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Tej Hazarika refuses to accept Bharat Ratna conferred on Bhupen Hazarika

The contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 has drawn severe criticism from the people of northeast India and the latest setback for the Centre has come from the son of music maestro named Tej Hazarika, who refused to accept the honour on his father’s behalf given the present state of affairs in his region. According to the official, Tej Hazarika expressed discontent and displeasure over the controversial Bill, calling it “undemocratic and unconstitutional”.  Here are the statements passed  by Tej Hazarika are As the son of Dr Bhupen Hazarika—one of the most popular and loved…

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PM Narendra Modi to address rally in Chhattisgarh, launch several projects in Jalpaiguri

On  Friday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Jalpaiguri to lay the foundation stone for the four-lane of the Falakata-Salsalabari section of National Highway-31 D. According to the official, ”This 41.7 km-long section of National Highway falls in the Jalpaiguri district in West Bengal and will be constructed at a cost of about Rs 1938 crore.” The new project will reduce the distance from Salsalabari and Alipurduar to Siliguri by nearly 50 km. The The National Highway will facilitate better movement of tea and other agricultural produce from the region to markets. The will…

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Linkage of PAN with Aadhaar is mandatory for filing I-T return: SC

Today, the Supreme Court has made the linkage of PAN with Aadhaar is mandatory for filing I-T return. A Bench comprises of Justices A.K. Sikri and S. Abdul Nazeer said the top court has already decided the matter and upheld the Section 139AA of the Income Tax Act. The direction of the court came on an appeal filed by the Centre against a Delhi High Court order allowing two people, Shreya Sen and Jayshree Satpute, to file Income Tax returns for 2018-19 without linking their Aadhaar and  PAN  numbers. The bench said in its…

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Reliance Communications shares plunge 48% after bankruptcy filing

Today the shares of Indias largest communication service provider  Reliance Communications Ltd has plunged over 48% in morning trade after the company has decided to opt for insolvency proceedings, following its failure to sell assets for paying back its lenders. RCom fell as much as 48.27% on BSE to Rs 6 a share intraday. At 9.40 am, the stock was trading at Rs.7.34 on BSE, down 36.7% from its previous close. In comparison, benchmark Sensex fell 0.23% to 36,386.78 points. According to the report, RCom’s USD bonds due November 2020…

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Seemanchal Express derail in Bihar : 6 killed , 11 coaches Derailed

On Sunday,  early in the morning, around 4 am six passengers were killed and over 30 injured when 11 coaches of the Delhi-bound Seemanchal Express Derailed. The coaches of the superfast Jogbani-Anand Vihar Seemanchal Express jumped the rails near Sahadai Buzurg in the Sonpur Division of East Central Railway (ECR). Officials said that the superfast train Seemanchal Express from Jogbani in Bihar to Delhi’s Anand Vihar Terminal was running at 55 kilometres an hour when the accident took place. Three of the coaches overturned and high force of the impact destroyed them completely. Chief…

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Mamata Banerjee sits in dharna protesting CBI action against Kolkata police chief

The Kolkata Chief Minister Mamata  Banerjee on Sunday sits for dharna or a sit-down protest for 2  days in central Kolkata to “save the constitution” after a huge showdown between the police and officials of the Central Bureau of Investigation. The CBI officers wanted to question Kolkata police chief Rajeev Kumar over two Ponzi schemes, but the CBI officials who turned up at Mr Kumar’s home were taken to a local police station and allegedly detained. “There is a total constitutional breakdown. It is my job to protect my officers,” the…

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Amazon Gets Alternate Sellers in Place For Selling Products

The largest e-commerce site Amazon gets new rules to remove its key grocery service and remove a wide range of products such as sunglasses and floor cleaners. In December last year, India modified foreign direct investment rules for its burgeoning e-commerce sector, which has drawn major bets from not only Amazon.com but also the likes of Walmart Inc, which last year bought a majority stake in homegrown e-commerce player Flipkart. India’s new e-commerce investment rules bar online retailers from selling products via vendors in which they have an equity interest, and…

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2 Pilots Killed In Mirage 2000 Fighter Jet Crash In Bengaluru

Two Indian Air Force pilots were killed after a Mirage 2000 upgraded trainer version by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited crashed in Bengaluru on Friday morning. The pilots have been identified as Squadron Leader Sameer Abrol and Squadron Leader Siddarth Negi. The incident took place at 10.30 am. The Mirage 2000 is equipped with ‘zero-zero’ (zero speed, zero altitudes) ejection seats which enable the pilots to bail out even if the aircraft is on the ground and is not moving. It is unclear at what stage of the take-off run the fighter was…

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A tribute to Kalpana Chawla : the first Indian woman in space

Sixteen years ago on this day, India lost one of its most talented children, Kalpana Chawla. She was one of seven crew members in NASA’sSpace Shuttle Columbia, which disintegrated minutes after launching from the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida. The shuttle was 73 seconds into its flight when it blew up, silently, in a cloud of red, orange and white. Kalpana Chawla was the first Indian-born woman in space, and a role model for not just women around the world, but anyone that dreamt of being an astronaut. She went to space on two missions as a NASA astronaut –…

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