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Cabinet approves 4.5% quota for minorities

NEW DELHI: The cabinet on Thursday approved 4.5 per cent quota for minorities within the larger 27 per cent quota for the other backward classes in central government jobs and educational institutions, informed sources said.

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Govt introduces Lokpal bill in Lok Sabha

NEW DELHI: Brushing aside questions of legislative competence, the government on Thursday introduced in the Lok Sabha a historic bill for inquiring into corruption by Prime Minister, ministers, MPs and its employees but buckled under pressure from non-BJP parties to restore the provision of quota for minorities.

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Konkani poet Melvyn bags Sahitya Akademi award

NEW DELHI:  Historian Ramachandra Guha, Gopalakrishna Pai and Kashinath Singh and Konkani poet from Mangalore, Melvyn Rodrigues are among 22 writers selected for this year’s prestigious Sahitya Akademi awards.

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Govt nod to name Headley in charge-sheet

NEW DELHI:  The government has given its sanction to charge sheet nine people including Pakistani-American terrorist David Headley, LeT founder Hafiz Saeed and two ISI officers for plotting terror attacks in India including the 26/11 strikes.

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Without CBI, Lokpal not acceptable, says Hegde

BANGALORE: Criticising government’s move to keep CBI out of the purview of Lokpal, the Team Anna member, Mr N Santosh Hegde today said the step would reduce the anti-corruption watchdog to a mere complainant which is not acceptable.

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HC seeks Centre’s response on plea for asylum to Pak Hindus

NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court today sought response from the Centre on a Public Interest Litigation seeking grant of asylum or Indian citizenship to 151 Hindus from Pakistan, who face danger of deportation following expiry of their pilgrimage visas.

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Centre rejects call for ore export ban

NEW DELHI:  The mines ministry has disagreed with the Justice Shah committee suggestion of banning exports of iron ore and manganese ore to check illegal mining, saying that the export of minerals is guided by policy, and it has referred the matter to the ministry of commerce.

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Bhagavad Gita row sparks storm

NEW DELHI: A move by a Russian court to ban the Bhagavad Gita remained a hot issue on Tuesday with political parties raising a storm even as the government said the matter had been taken up at the “highest levels”.

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BJP to move privilege motion against Chidambaram

NEW DELHI:  The BJP on Tuesday found a new ground to attack the Home Minister, Mr P Chidambaram for making a statement outside Parliament on the hotelier controversy, giving a privilege notice in the Lok Sabha and forcing adjournment of the Rajya Sabha.

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