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UP Government Includes NSA Against Three Accused Of Slaughtering Cows In Bulandshahr

New Delhi: The Uttar Pradesh government included stringent charges under the National Security Act (NSA) against three people accused of slaughtering cows in the Bulandshahr district. An incident from last month that is believed to have been the trigger for violence that led to the deaths of two people, including a police inspector.

So far 35 people have been arrested in connection with the violence, including the alleged shooter of the inspector, Prashant Nat and Yogesh Raj, a district co-ordinator for a right-wing group.

Suspects charged under NSA can be detained for up to a year without a chargesheet in court, as opposed to regular rules that entitle a person to default bail if investigators fail to bring a formal indictment within 90 days.

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Vasundhara Likely To Be Shifted To National Politics And Made To Contest Lok Sabha Election

New Delhi: With former Rajasthan home minister and Udaipur MLA Gulab Chand Kataria getting unanimously elected the leader of opposition in the Rajasthan legislative assembly, speculation is now rife that former chief minister Vasundhara Raje will now be shifted to national politics. She is likely to contest the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

Kataria, 74, was elected as leader of opposition during the first meeting of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s legislative party on Sunday. Raje proposed Kataria’s name in the meeting and it was unanimously seconded by the MLAs.

Former parliamentary affairs minister and Churu MLA Rajendra Rathore was nominated as deputy leader of opposition.

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Gujarat Government Implements 10% Reservation To Upper Castes after Presidential Assent

New Delhi: The BJP government in Gujarat on January 13 announced its implementation, a day after President Ram Nath Kovind signed the Constitutional (Amendment) Act 2019 giving 10 per cent reservation in government jobs and educational institutes to economically weaker sections in the general category.

“There will be 10 per cent reservation for economically weaker sections in general category in all higher education admissions and government jobs from January 14,” chief minister Vijay Rupani said in a statement.

The release added that this will also be applicable to jobs announcement for which has been made but procedure is yet to commence.

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Hindu-Sikh Afghans Torn Between Identity And Livelihood In Their Natural Homeland India

New Delhi: Every couple of months Surveer Singh, who fled religious persecution in Afghanistan, is torn between identity and livelihood.

And his dilemma between fulfilling requirements for citizenship of his “natural homeland”, India, and holding on to a stable job refuses to end even after 27 years.

The 33-year-old, who, along with his family of four, lives in Amritsar, says he is struggling to stay afloat as every other month he has to visit government offices and cut through red tape to continue living in his “natural homeland”.

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Congress Alleges CVC Acting Like A Puppet In The Hands Of The Government

New Delhi: Congress sought “immediate removal” of the chief vigilance commissioner amid a row over the removal of CBI director Alok Verma, alleging that he had acted like a “puppet” in the hands of the government.

Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi at a press conference at the AICC headquarters in New Delhi, said, the “CVC (central vigilance commissioner) should be sacked or tender his resignation”, but the “CVC must go”.

There was no immediate reaction from the Central Vigilance Commission or the government.