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News18 Daybreak I 10% Reservation For Economically Weaker Upper Castes and Other Stories You Need to Watch Out For

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Updated:January 8, 2019, 2:53 PM IST
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News18 Daybreak I 10% Reservation For Economically Weaker Upper Castes and Other Stories You Need to Watch Out For
File photo of former CBI director Alok Verma.

What to Watch Out For

10% reservation for economically weaker upper castes to be introduced in Lok Sabha

The government is set tointroduce a bill to provide 10 percent reservation for economically backward upper caste in Lok Sabha. According to sources, the 10% reservation will be over and above the existing 50% reservation cap imposed by the Constitution and an amendment is required to supersede the requirement. While the BJP has hailed the move as “historic”, the opposition parties have been calling it an “election gimmick”. The BJP has issued a whip to all its MPs making it compulsory for them to attend today’s session.

SC to announce verdict on former CBI chief Alok Verma’s plea today

The Supreme Court today will be deciding the fate of ousted CBI chief Alok Verma who had filed a petition opposing the government’s move to divest him of his powers. Alok Verma and his deputy Rakesh Asthana were sent on leave last October following a feud between them after Verma accused Asthana of accepting bribes from a Hyderabad-based businessman. The former chief had also hinted at the possible involvement of the Prime Minister’s Officer in aiding Asthana in the case.

Nationwide strike against Centre’s anti-worker and anti-labour policy today

Ten trade unions have called for a nationwide protest on January 8 and 9, opposing the “anti-trade and the anti-labour policies” brought about by the BJP-led government. The organisations participating in today’s bandh are All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC), Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), Hind Mazdoor Sabha (HMS), All India United Trade Union Centre (AIUTUC), Trade Union Coordination Centre (TUCC) and All India Central Council of Trade Unions (AICCTU). Farmers across the country will also be joining the ‘hartal’ over various demands. Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik will be leading a rally at Talkatora stadium to demand an increase in the Minimum Support Price (MSP) of paddy.

File photo: Police personnel lathi charge a protester demanding the closure of Sterlite Copper unit in Tuticorin on May 2018. (PTI)

Petition against Vedanta’s Sterlite plant to be heard in apex court today

Six days after Tamil Nadu moved the Supreme Court against the National Green Tribunal verdict, which set aside the state government order to close Vedanta Ltd.’s Tuticorin plant, the apex court will be hearing the petition today. On May 22 last year, 13 people were killed and several injured after police opened fire at a crowd of demonstrators who had gathered to protest against the environmental pollution caused by the plant. The Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board had then moved to close down the Sterlite plant, but the order was overridden by the National Green Tribunal.

What You May Have Missed

India bags historic win in test series against Australia

The Virat Kohli-led Indian cricket team became the first team from Asia to win a Test series in Australia. The win was 71-years in the waiting, after the team’s 1947 win in their maiden Test series against Australia. Since then, India has toured Australia 12 times but was finally able to bag a victory in the four-match series under Kohli’s captaincy. Cheteshwar Pujara was awarded the ‘Man of the Match’ and ‘Man of the Series’ for scoring the highest number of runs. India confirmed a 2-1 series win, falling short of the expected 3-1 lead due to continuous rains.

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BJP fields Vijay Shah as contender for MP Assembly Speaker’s post, breaking tradition with incumbent Congress

The opposition BJP in Madhya Pradesh on Monday entered the race for the post of state Legislative Assembly Speaker even as the ruling Congress' candidate filed his nomination for it. The BJP refused to back Congress’ NP Prajapati and have fielded Vijay Shah for the post. The Congress accused the BJP for foregoing the long-standing tradition held up by both the parties of forging a consensus on the speaker’s post. BJP fielding Vijay Shah, a prominent tribal face, is being seen as a ploy to woo tribal voters in the state.

Assam's anti-Citizenship Amendment Bill protestors strip naked outside Parliament on Monday

On Monday several organisations from Assam staged protests against the Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016. A few demonstrators gathered outside the Parliament and stripped naked. The protestors belonged to the Krishak Mukti Sangram Samitii who have been one of the prominent voices opposing the bill that purports to accord citizenship to all non-Muslim illegals migrants from the neighbouring countries. Student groups will also be holding an 11-hour bandh today.

BJP in troubled waters ahead of 2019 elections

After the RLSP chief Upendra Kushwaha criticized the NDA, BJP’s ally Apna Dal slammed the Yogi Adityanath-led government in Uttar Pradesh. The Apna Dal President criticised the UP government for wanting the “backwards” to fight over reservations and alleged that they were avoiding a caste-based census. Patel was speaking at a key meeting at Apna Dal’s camp office. Meanwhile, Asom Gana Parishad, a key ally of the BJP in Assam also broke their alliance with the party over the issue of the Citizenship Amendment Bill.

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