QBullet: Quota Bill Cleared in RS; Ayodhya Hearing Starts Today

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1. 10% Quota for General Category Poor Clears Parliament, Set to Be Law

Effecting a change in the Constitution to add a new chapter to the laws on reservation nearly three decades after the Mandal Commission recommendations came into force, Parliament on Wednesday, 9 January, approved the Constitution (124th Amendment) Bill on providing 10 percent reservation in jobs and education for the economically weaker sections (EWS) of the general category.

(Source: The Indian Express)

2. Kashmir’s IAS Topper Shah Faesal Resigns to Protest ‘Unabated Killings’ in State; Likely to Join Politics

2009 Kashmiri IAS topper Shah Faesal.
2009 Kashmiri IAS topper Shah Faesal.
(Photo Courtesy: Facebook/Shah Faesal)

Shah Faesal, the outspoken IAS topper whose success inspired many young Kashmiris to join the civil services, announced on Wednesday that he has decided to resign from the government and join electoral politics. Faesal, 35, attributed his decision to protest what he described as “the unabated killings in Kashmir and absence of any credible political initiative from Union Government”.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

3. CJI Ranjan Gogoi-Led Constitution Bench on Ayodhya, Hearing Starts 10 January

The Supreme Court on Tuesday, 8 January, set up a five-judge Constitution Bench to hear the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid land title dispute case. Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi will head the bench, which will also comprise of Justices SA Bobde, NV Ramana, UU Lalit and DY Chandrachud.

(Source: The Indian Express)

4. Verma Revokes Transfers Ordered by Interim Chief

Director CBI Alok Verma.
Director CBI Alok Verma.
(Photo: Aroop Mishra/The Quint)

Resuming office after a 77-day forced leave, Central Bureau of Investigation Director Alok Verma on Wednesday, 9 January, reversed most of the transfers ordered by the interim agency chief, M Nageswara Rao.

A day after the Supreme Court order restoring his position, Mr. Verma reached the agency headquarters around 10.45 am. He was received at the entrance by Mr. Rao, who was appointed as the acting CBI Director after Mr. Verma was stripped of his powers in the intervening night of 23 and 24 October.

(Source: The Hindu)

5. Hindi Must Be Made Mandatory Till Class 8, Says New Policy Draft

File photo of Prakash Javedkar. 
File photo of Prakash Javedkar. 
(Photo: IANS)

Adhere strictly to the three-language formula with Hindi mandatory till Class 8 across the country, ensure a uniform syllabus nationwide for Science and Maths, develop a script in Devanagari for tribal dialects, and promote education based on “hunar (skill)”.

These are some of the key recommendations in the draft report prepared by the nine-member K Kasturirangan committee on the New Education Policy (NEP), which aims to implement an “India-centric” and “scientific” system of learning in schools, The Indian Express has learnt.

(Source: The Indian Express)

6. Indian Army Chief Says There Should Be No Conditions for Talks With Taliban

Indian Army chief Gen Bipin Rawat on Wednesday endorsed the option of dialogue with the Taliban provided there are no preconditions and the talks are aimed at bringing lasting peace and stability to Afghanistan.

Rawat’s remarks came against the backdrop of efforts by Pakistan, the US, Russia, Iran and the United Arab Emirates to bring the Taliban to the negotiating table.

(Source: Hindustan Times)

7. ‘Irresponsible Opposition Mocked Woman Raksha Mantri’: PM Narendra Modi Attacks Congress

In a blistering attack on the Congress, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday, 9 January, said that the party’s desperation was visible in their attack on a woman defence minister.

Modi’s attack came hours after Congress President Rahul Gandhi had claimed at a rally in Jaipur that the PM had run away to Punjab and had left a woman to defend him in the Rafale debate in Lok Sabha.

8. After Asom Gana Parishad, 4 BJP Allies in North East Oppose Citizenship Bill, Will Discuss Future

Two days after the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) walked out of the alliance with the BJP in Assam over the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016, another BJP ally, Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma on Wednesday, 9 January, said the passage of the Bill in Lok Sabha was “unfortunate” and that he would consult party leaders about the future course of action.

(Source: The Indian Express)

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