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Panel Likely To Divide Obcs Into Three Sub-Categories To See How Much Benefit They Have Got From Quotas

New Delhi: A key government panel is likely to recommend radical changes to how the 27% reservation for Other Backward Classes (OBCs) is implemented in India for jobs and education. If accepted by the Union social justice and empowerment ministry, these recommendations could dramatically change social and political equations in the country.

The ministry will, as part of the 100-day agenda for the new Modi government, take a call on whether to implement a proposal by the ‘Commission to Examine Sub-categorisation of Other Backward Classes for OBCs’ to divide the community into three sub-categories on the basis of how much benefit they have got from quotas.

Currently, all 2,633 OBC castes compete for the same 27% quota. The panel recommends breaking this up into three bands — those that have got no benefits should get 10%, those with some benefits 10%, and those with maximum benefits 7%.

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Success Of Amarnath Yatra Crucial In Deciding If Jammu And Kashmir Can Elect A New Assembly In November

New Delhi: A successful completion of the Amarnath Yatra beginning July 1 will be crucial in deciding if Jammu and Kashmir can vote in November to elect a new assembly. The state was put under President’s rule on December 19 last year after none of the political parties had staked claim to form government, and it is likely to be extended for another six months.

Prior to this, Governor’s rule was imposed and the assembly was put under suspended animation after the Bharatiya Janata Party pulled out of the People’s Democratic Party-led coalition government in June 2018. “The home ministry has told the Election Commission it can provide necessary support for election in November,” one of the two people cited above said. “But, the successful completion of Amarnath Yatra will be crucial. Any untoward incident may be a spoiler.”

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Mike Pompeo Says Trump And Modi Administrations Have An Opportunity To Take Relationship To Next Level

New Delhi: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has sought to take the bilateral relationship with India to the next level and said the Trump and Modi Administrations have a “unique opportunity” to make it happen. He also cited the popular election slogan “Modi hai to mumkin hai”.

“As Prime Minister (Narendra) Modi said in his latest campaign, ‘Modi hai to mumkin hai,’ or ‘Modi makes it possible’, I’m looking forward to exploring what’s possible between our people,” Pompeo said in his major India policy speech at the India Ideas Summit of US-India Business Council on Wednesday.

Very much looking forward to his trip to New Delhi later this month, and meeting Modi, and his new counterpart, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, Pompeo listed out some of the “big ideas and big opportunities” that can take the bilateral relationship to a new level.

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Union Cabinet Approves Extension Of President’s Rule In Jammu And Kashmir For Six More Months

New Delhi: Union minister Prakash Javadekar said that the Union Cabinet approved extension of President’s Rule in Jammu and Kashmir for six more months beginning July 3. A meeting of the Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, decided that central rule, which has been continuing in Jammu and Kashmir since June 20, 2018, will remain for six months.

“Yes, it has been decided,” Javadekar told reporters when asked whether the Cabinet gave its nod to extend President’s rule in J&K. This is likely to be the last extension of the central rule in the state as the Election Commission had recently issued a statement stating that elections in the state would be announced after the Amarnath Yatra, beginning on July 1.

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Lawyer Of Nirav Modi Assures Court He Will Obey Strict Conditions And Not Flee, If Granted Bail

New Delhi:  After Nirav Modi’s lawyer described his experience in the Wandsworth jail as ‘extreme’ and assured the court that he will obey strict conditions and not flee, if granted bail. Ruling on diamantaire Nirav Modi’s fourth bail plea will be delivered by the high court on Wednesday.

Claire Montgomery, Modi’s lawyer, told Judge Ingrid Simler that he considered the UK as a safe haven, which was a strong disincentive to do anything to breach the possible bail condition of prohibiting travel outside the UK.

Crown Prosecution Service lawyer Nick Hearn representing India reiterated that the grounds on which the Westminster Magistrates Court had refused him bail thrice remained, and told the court there are ‘powerful’ reasons to believe he will interfere with witnesses.