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TRS To Adopt A Cautious Approach Towards The National Democratic Alliance Government At The Centre

New Delhi: With the BJP having its new expansion plans down south, the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) leadership has decided to adopt a cautious approach towards the National Democratic Alliance government at the Centre in the wake of an aggressive stand being taken by the Bharatiya Janata Party in Telangana.

TRS president and chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, who addressed the TRS parliamentary party meeting at his camp office Pragati Bhavan on Thursday afternoon, discussed in detail the strategy to be adopted by the party MPs in the ensuing parliament session.

He appointed senior MP K Keshav Rao as the TRS Parliamentary Party leader and also the party’s floor leader in the Rajya Sabha. Khammam MP Nama Nageswara Rao will be the party’s floor leader in the Lok Sabha, Medak MP Kotha Prabhakar Reddy would be the deputy floor leader and Zaheerabad MP B B Patil will be the party whip. In Rajya Sabha, B Prakash Mudiraj will be the TRS deputy floor leader and J Santosh Kumar would be the party whip.

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Retrieval Of Black Box Of An-32 Raises Hopes For IAF To Be Able To Establish Sequence Of Events Before Crash

New Delhi: The black box of the Indian Air Force’s An-32 that crashed in Arunachal Pradesh on June 3 killing 13 military personnel has been found. The retrieval of the black box raises hopes that the air force would be able to establish the sequence of events moments before An-32, considered the IAF’s workhorse, smashed into Arunachal’s Pari-Adi mountain range.

An Indian Air Force official said the recee team that had been able to reach the wreckage on Thursday morning had been able to retrieve the flight data recorder, or FDR, and the cockpit voice recorder, or CVR that make up for the black box.

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Striking Junior Doctors To Continue With Agitation Till Their Demands For Security Is Met With

New Delhi: Defying chief minister Mamata Banerjee’s 2 pm deadline to resume work or face action on June 13, striking junior doctors in West Bengal declared that their agitation would continue till their demands for security on government hospital campuses are met and calling on Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi to apprise him of the situation.

The junior doctors have been on strike since Tuesday in protest against the brutal assault on two colleagues in Nilratan Sarkar Medical College and Hospital on Monday night by family members of an octogenarian patient who passed away. On Wednesday, several senior physicians stayed away from outpatients’ departments (OPDs) in many state-run and private hospitals for a day.

The CM, who holds the health and family welfare portfolio, visited the state-run SSKM hospital around noon on Thursday in the wake of the continuing disruption in medical services and warned junior doctors of action if they did not resume work by 2pm.

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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.”