Data needed to justify any quota: Experts

NEW DELHI, JANUARY 8: The 10% reservation for “economically weaker sections” that the Narendra Modi Government proposes to introduce through a constitutional amendment can face stiff legal hurdles, eminent lawyers believe. Senior Advocate and former Additional Solicitor-General KV Vishwanathan told…

Govt introduces amendments to POCSO Act in LS

New Delhi, January 8: The Government on Tuesday introduced in Lok Sabha amendments to the POCSO Act, which provides for death penalty for aggravated sexual assault on children, making it gender neutral and introducing provisions against child pornography and for…

Quotas for upper castes negation of social justice, say academics

NEW DELHI, JANUARY 8: Political parties have largely supported economic quota but wondered whether it can be implemented, while academics are divided on the relevance of the additional reservations. Congress communication chief Randeep Surjewala said the party would support any…

2-day Bharat Bandh by trade unions: Normal life hit in Bengal, Kerala

New Delhi, January 8: The 2-day Bharat Bandh called by various central trade unions protesting “anti-people” policies of the Centre saw sporadic incidents of vandalism in parts of West Bengal on Tuesday, partially hitting normal life. The nationwide bandh was…

HAL contracts: Sitharaman says doubts raised by Congress misleading; Rahul Gandhi sharpens attack

New Delhi, January 7: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Monday responded to the accusation levelled at her by Congress that she had mislead the Lok Sabha over contracts awarded to Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) during a discussion on the Dassault…

Technology won’t kill but create jobs: Narayana Murthy

Bengaluru, January 7: Emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning will not render people jobless in the future, but rather create more opportunities for humans, Infosys co-founder N R Narayana Murthy said here. The renowned IT Industrialist…

Report by JPC on Citizenship Bill tabled in Lok Sabha

New Delhi, January 7: A report by the Joint Parliamentary Committee on the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016, which seeks to provide Indian citizenship to non-Muslims from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan was tabled in Lok Sabha on Monday. The bill…

MGNREGA in doldrums due to Centre’s neglect: P Chidambaram

NEW DELHI, January 7: Accusing the BJP-led government of neglecting the MGNREGA, senior Congress leader P Chidambaram on Monday said in times of “rural distress”, the one thing that staved off hunger was the employment programme and now that too…

Triple Talaq Bill not a prestige issue for govt, seeks justice for Muslim women: BJP

NEW DELHI, January 7: The ruling BJP on Monday said that the controversial Triple Talaq Bill, which is facing stiff resistance from several quarters, is meant to seek justice for thousands of Indian Muslim women and the government is determined…

Priya Dutt writes to Rahul, says ‘don’t want to contest 2019 LS election’

Mumbai, January 7: In a fresh jolt to the Congress party, former Member of Parliament Priya Dutt has said that she is not willing to contest the 2019 Lok Sabha election. Priya Dutt has written a letter to Congress president…