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Eco-tourism policy to employ locals as nature science interpreters

PTI   new delhi An eco-tourism policy for forest and wildlife areas proposes to employ locals as “nature science interpreters” and “patrol partners” as well as encourage homestead-based hospitality enterprises for enhancing local livelihood, Union Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan said Friday. He said eco-tourism will be developed in wildlife conservation areas designated as Protected Areas (PAs) and include wildlife sanctuaries, ... Read More »

Census 2021 to collect data on OBCs

PTI   NEW DELHI Census 2021 will for the first time in independent India collect data on Other Backwards Castes (OBCs), a move considered politically significant ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. The then V P Singh government had announced 27 per cent reservation for OBCs based on the Mandal Commission recommendation, which was broadly prepared on the basis ... Read More »

Build central facility for women, children: Maneka

VRINDAVAN In a bid to prevent Muzaffarpur-like incidents, Union Minister Maneka Gandhi has urged the states to establish a central facility for women and children together in their capitals. The Women and Child Development Minister was speaking here in Uttar Pradesh on Friday at the inaugural function of “Krishna Kutir”, the largest-ever facility of its kind created under the Swadhar ... Read More »

GST will benefit economy, honest tax-payers: President

PTI NEW DELHI Expressing satisfaction over the successful implementation of the GST, President Ram Nath Kovind said Thursday the new tax regime will benefit the economy and honest tax payers. Addressing a group of probationers of the Indian Revenue Service (Customs and Central Excise), he said a nation’s tax structure should be just, efficient, honest and equitable. Kovind said the ... Read More »

Cases against politicians: SC irked by Centre’s failure to give details

IANS   NEW DELHI The Supreme Court on Thursday expressed anguish over the Centre’s failure to provide details about the criminal cases pending against lawmakers and politicians in various courts across the country. A bench of Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justice Navin Sinha and Justice K M Joseph said the “Union of India is unprepared” as it had not given the ... Read More »

BJP to contest 20 seats in 2019 polls in Bihar

IANS   PATNA Seat-sharing formula for the 2019 general elections has been finalised by the NDA constituents in Bihar, with the BJP getting the lion’s share of 20 out of the 40 Lok Sabha seats and the rest going to its allies including the JD-U, LJP and the RLSP, party leaders said on Thursday. Although a formal announcement in this ... Read More »

3rd Smart India Hackathon open to private organisations

IANS   New Delhi Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar on Wednesday said that for the first time, the third edition of “Smart India Hackathon 2019” will be made open to private organisations and NGOs seeking digital solutions for real-life problems. “We have been doing it for two years. For the first time, we will ask private industry people if they ... Read More »

Tripura tribal parties press for NRC

IANS   AGARTALA/AIZAWL Even as leaders of Tripura tribal parties press the Centre for the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in the state, various parties in Mizoram and Nagaland too have also started demanding the NRC in their states. Leaders of Indigenous Nationalist Party of Tripura (INPT) and Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura (IPFT) during the past two days have ... Read More »

Rahul attacks Modi on Rafale deal

PTI NEW DELHI Upping the ante on the issue of the Rafale fighter jet deal, Congress president Rahul Gandhi Thursday asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi why an aircraft costing around Rs 520 crore was bought at Rs 1,600 crore. The Congress president also demanded a joint parliamentary committee (JPC) probe on the Rafale deal. “Why did you buy an aircraft ... Read More »

No quota for migrants: SC

PTI   NEW DELHI In a significant verdict, the Supreme Court on Thursday held that a member of an SC/ST community from one state cannot claim the benefit of reservation in government jobs or admission in another state, if his or her caste is not notified there. A five-judge Constitution bench headed by Justice Ranjan Gogoi also held that in ... Read More »