The Supreme Court on Friday refused to stay the Bombay High Court order allowing reservations in jobs and education for the Maratha community. However, the court ordered that the reservations cannot be applied with retrospective effect from 2014.
The Supreme Court ordered the Karnataka Assembly speaker to maintain status quo on the resignations of rebel legislators from the ruling coalition and the disqualification proceedings against them till it decides larger constitutional questions in the matter. The court’s decision came even as the Monsoon Session of the Assembly had started in Bengaluru.
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A group of men allegedly attacked madrasa students at the GIC Ground in Unnao in Uttar Pradesh on Thursday for not chanting “Jai Shri Ram”, said the police. The students were beaten up with a cricket bat and their kurtas were torn.
Security forces on Friday killed a Maoist allegedly involved in the killings of Bharatiya Janata Party MLA Bheema Mandavi and four policemen in April, police officials said. Hurra, who was gunned down in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district, had a reward of Rs 5 lakh on his head.
A leader of the ruling Janata Dal (United) in Bihar was found hanging in the toilet of a police station in Bihar Sharif area on Thursday night. Ganesh Ravidas, 45, was found hanging from the ceiling of the toilet at Nagarnausa police station in Nalanda district.
Jharkhand High Court on Friday granted bail to Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Lalu Prasad Yadav in the fodder scam case related to the Deoghar treasury. However, Yadav will remain in jail because he has been serving time in two other related cases.
The State Bank of India said on Friday that it has waived charges on National Electronic Funds Transfer and Real Time Gross Settlement from July 1. The move is aimed at promoting a cashless economy, the country’s biggest lender said.
The Supreme Court on Friday dismissed appeals filed by the Centre and Puducherry Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi challenging a Madras High Court order that had curbed her powers.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi was on Friday granted bail in connection with a criminal defamation case. The case was filed by Ahmedabad District Cooperative Bank and its chairman Ajay Patel. The plaintiff alleged that the former Congress party president and party’s national spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala had made false allegations against the bank.
Pakistan said it will not open its airspace for Indian commercial flights until New Delhi removes fighter planes from forward bases. “The Indian government approached asking us to open the airspace,” Aviation Secretary Shahrukh Nusrat said. “We conveyed our concerns that first India must withdraw its fighter planes placed forward.”
Union Minister of Railways Piyush Goyal on Friday said there was “no question” of privatising Indian railways, but added that the ministry will invite investments for new lines and projects “in national interest”. Goyal was replying to the debate in the Lok Sabha the previous day over privatisation of railways.
The Supreme Court had in May issued a notice to the Delhi government based on a petition by Amber Tickoo, a law student at National Law University, Delhi. The petitioner, in a plea filed through advocate Manisha Ambwani, alleged that the order to install CCTVs in schools violates the fundamental right to privacy.
A report published by the magazine allegedly insinuated that the governor and senior Raj Bhavan officials had links with Nirmala Devi, an assistant professor of a college in Virudhunagar, Tamil Nadu. Devi was arrested in April on charges of attempted trafficking of college girls.
“Today there are many things happening in our state’s politics because of the decisions of many MLAs, which has created a difficult situation,” Kumaraswamy said according to News18. “I am not here to sit in power, I appeal to you that in light of the developments I want to move a trust motion.”
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said on Friday that the Union Budget for 2019-’20 will boost investment. The minister was replying to a discussion on the Budget in the Rajya Sabha. The minister said the Budget will not compromise on India’s road map for fiscal consolidation. She said that the Budget has set a medium-term target of making India a $5 trillion economy, and this is “not without a plan”.
United States Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi on Thursday said the US Congress was and continues to be concerned about the treatment of Muslims in India. Pelosi made the comment during a conversation with John Chambers, chairperson of the US-India Strategic Partnership Forum at an event in Washington DC.
The Supreme Court on Friday refused to stay the Bombay High Court’s decision to uphold reservations for the Maratha community in educational institutions and jobs in public services in Maharashtra. Non-governmental organisation Youth For Equality had filed a petition against the High Court’s verdict. However, a bench of Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Deepak Gupta and Aniruddha Bose ordered that the reservations cannot be applied with retrospective effect.
The Assam Police on Thursday filed a case against 10 people, most of them Bengali Muslim poets and activists whose work is often pejoratively referred to as Miyah, after a complaint about a poem on citizenship problems being faced by sections of the state population.
The Supreme Court ordered status quo on the resignations by rebel legislators from the ruling coalition in Karnataka and disqualification proceedings against them till it decides larger constitutional questions in the matter. The matter will be heard again on Tuesday. The resignations have brought the state government to the edge of collapse.
The Dubai Traffic Court on Thursday sentenced an Omani bus driver who was involved in a crash last month to seven years in jail and ordered him to pay 3.4 million dirham (approximately Rs 6.34 crore) to the families of the victims. He will then be deported.
The Centre on Thursday appointed diplomat Vikas Swarup secretary of Overseas Indian Affairs, the Department of Personnel and Training said in an order. He will replace Sanjiv Arora on August 1. Arora took over the post in February.
India reduced “multidimensional poverty” the fastest among a select group of 10 developing countries between 2005-’06 and 2015-’16, a report released by the United Nations Development Programme said on Thursday.
Former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has criticised Congress MP Rahul Gandhi for resigning as party president and leaving it without a leader. Gandhi had announced on July 3 that he would no longer lead the Congress, and asked the party’s leadership to find a replacement soon.
The Indian Army on Thursday handed over the body of a seven-year-old boy to Pakistan after it was recovered from the Burzil Nala close to the Line of Control near Achoora village in North Kashmir. The Army called it a “humanitarian gesture”.
The Lok Sabha on Thursday discussed till 11.58 pm the demand for grants to the Ministry of Railways. Almost 100 members participated in the debate, which started in the afternoon. Railway Minister Piyush Goyal is expected to reply to the debate on Friday afternoon, after which the demand for grants will be put to vote. During the debate, the Opposition accused the Narendra Modi government of attempting to sell off Indian Railways’ assets instead of focusing on services.
The Uttar Pradesh State Law Commission has drafted a stringent law to deal with increasing incidents of mob lynching. The panel has recommended jail terms ranging from seven years to life imprisonment for assailants and up to three years in prison for police officers and district magistrates who neglect their duty.
A Rajasthan court on Thursday accepted the police application that sought permission to reopen an investigation into a case against a truck operator and the sons of Pehlu Khan, who was lynched in Alwar district in 2017 by a mob of cow vigilantes.