QBullet: Arun Jaitley on 7th Pay Commission, DU Cut-Offs and More

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Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. (Photo: PTI)

1. 7th Pay Commission Report Ushers in Salary Hike for Government Employees

The Union Finance Ministry cleared the Seventh Pay Commission recommendations on Wednesday. The Commission, headed by Justice AK Mathur, had presented its 900-page report to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on 19 November 2015.

The recommendations were submitted with an aim of implementing them starting 1 January 2016.

The recommendations will impact some 47 lakh central government employees and 52 lakh pensioners. Within this, the increase in pay will be 16 percent, increase in allowances will be 63 percent and increase in pension would be 24 percent.

The government salaries have to reach a respectable level to attract talent. This will have an inevitable impact on the Budget. I have provided in this year’s Budget.
Arun Jaitley, Finance Minister

2. Demand for Equal Opportunities by 20 Civil Services Confederation

A confederation representing thousands of officers from 20 civil services – including Indian Police Service (IPS), asked the government, on Wednesday, to give equal pay and job-related opportunities as enjoyed by those in IAS.

The association had officers from IPS, IRS, IFS, IAAS and FROA (representing nine railway services).

Two of the members of the panel have given clear findings. Both are neutral as they are not from any of the services. They have come to the conclusion that proper justice has to be given on the issue of pay and services parity.
Jayant Mishra, Convener of Confederation of Civil Services Association (COCSA)

3. Triple Suicide Bombs at Istanbul Airport Kill 41, Injure Over 200

Three suicide bombers resulted in 41 casualties at the Turkish airport of Ataturk on late Tuesday night local time. Official sources confirmed that the majority of the casualties include Turks and not foreigners.

The terrorists blew themselves up when police fired shots at them right before they reached a security checkpoint at the arrivals hall of the Ataturk airport, officials said.

Though no outfit has claimed responsibility so far, the Islamic State’s (ISIS) is suspected to have orchestrated the attack.

4. Delhi University Releases First List With Predictably High Cut-Offs

On Wednesday, the University of Delhi released its first cut-off list for undergraduate admissions for the academic year of 2016-2017. Even though no college has kept 100 percent as an eligibility criterion for admittance, the cut-offs are not too comforting for aspiring students.

Kirori Mal College has set its bar at 98 percent for Economics while LSR is looking for students with marks above 98.5 percent.

5. Salman Khan Summoned by the National Commission for Women

Having failed to apologise for his ‘rape’ comment which triggered a massive nation-wide controversy, Salman Khan has now been summoned by the National Commission of Women on 7 July.

The Commission for Women has ordered that on 7 July Salman Khan and his advocate be present at the Women’s Commission office and that say whatever he wants along with an affidavit. Necessary action will be taken if he fails to do so.
Vijaya Rahatkar, Head of Maharashtra State Commission for Women

While many activists have expressed outrage at Khan’s comment, others are of the opinion that there are more pressing concerns pertaining to the women’s cause requiring attention.

6. India is Avoiding Peace Talks, Says Sartaj Aziz

The Pakistani Adviser on Foreign Affairs, Sartaj Aziz has said that India is “shying away” from peace-talks on issues pertaining to Kashmir as well as terrorism, reported The Times of India.

Aziz’s comments come in the wake of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s interview with Times Now where he had said:

Our approach has created difficulties for Pakistan, and they find it hard to respond on the matter in the international community.
Narendra Modi

Sartaj Aziz responded to these remarks and said:

PM Modi’s logic is beyond perception... It is actually India which is shying away as it knows that it has to discuss Kashmir and other issues on the dialogue table.
Sartaj Aziz

7. NSG Member Who Blocked India’s Entry Into Group Should Be Held Accountable: US Diplomat

A week after India failed to get entry into Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) due to China-led opposition, the US on Wednesday said one country can break consensus in the atomic trading bloc and insisted that such member should be held accountable.

US Under Secretary for Political Affairs Tom Shannon asserted that the US is committed to ensuring India’s entry into the NSG while expressing “regret” that Washington was unsuccessful in making India a member of the bloc in its plenary in Seoul last week.

We understand that in a consensus-based organisation, one country can break consensus. But in order to do so it must be (held) accountable not isolated. I think what we need to do going forward is, for both of us India and the US, sit down and take a call what happened in the Seoul, take a close look at the diplomatic process which is significant and see what more we can do and how we can ensure that next time we are successful.
Tom Shannon, US Under Secretary for Political Affairs

(With agency inputs.)

8. NIA Foils Plans of Potential ISIS Module in Hyderabad, Arrests Five

The National Investigation Agency, on 29 June, busted a module which is assumed to have links with the Islamic State. The authorities arrested five in Hyderabad, while detained six others.

The NIA also recovered weapons, ammunition, urea, acid, electronic gadgets and other incriminating material besides Rs 15 lakh in cash from them, according to the information disseminated by the NIA and Hyderabad police officials.

The BJP government used this as an opportunity to launch an attack at the Telangana government. The party’s spokesperson for the state made a statement on the issue.

NIA busted an ISIS module in Hyderabad and raids are still underway. BJP questions Telangana State government on its criminal neglect in preventing Hyderabad and old city from becoming safe havens for terrorists.
Krishna Saagar Rao, Spokesperson, BJP state unit

9. Debate on Triple Talaq Welcome Until Formal Decision: SC

The Supreme Court on Wednesday responded to a petition by an NGO called Muslim Women’s Quest for Equality and said that all debates on the issue of triple talaq, as well as polygamy, are open for discussion by the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) and the media, reported The Telegraph.

This is a very important issue affecting a large section of the society. We will keep your interim application pending. If they are going out of order, then we will intervene. Till then, we are not going to pass by any restraint order.
Chief Justice of India
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