Wed, Aug 23, 2017 | updated 06:03 AM IST

SC adjourns hearing of Gujarat govt. EWS ordinance till Aug.29

Updated: Aug 22, 2016 13:58 IST      
SC adjourns hearing of Gujarat govt. EWS ordinance till Aug.29

New Delhi, Aug.22 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Monday adjourned the hearing of a Gujarat government plea that challenged a high court order on quashing of its ordinance of providing 10 per cent quota for the economically backward among the unreserved category, including the agitating Patel community.

A three-judge bench comprising of Chief Justice T S Thakur and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, which had listed the matter for hearing on August 22 instructed parties to the plea that there would be no new admissions under the Economically Weaker Section (EWS) category or quota in Gujarat till the Supreme Court ruled on the matter at its next hearing fixed for August 29.

It may be recalled that the high court had quashed the ordinance, and had stayed the operation of its order by a fortnight on the request of the state government to enable it to file an appeal in the apex court.

The high court had termed the Gujarat government ordinance issued on May 1 as "inappropriate and unconstitutional", and rejected the state government's argument that it is a classification under the general category and not the reserved category. The court had then maintained that such classification had the dangerous potential of breaching the 50 per cent quota cap set up by the Supreme Court.

The court said in May this year that the 10 per cent reservation for poor among the unreserved category would take the total quota beyond 50 per cent, which the apex court had not permitted.

The high court also pulled up the then state government for taking a decision without conducting any study or scientific data.

The Supreme Court was hearing challenges to the Gujarat government ordinance from petitioners Dayaram Verma, Ravjibhai Manani, Dulari Basarge and the Gujarat Parents' Association.

The ordinance had declared reservation of 10 per cent seats to candidates belonging to the unreserved category with family income cap of Rs.6 lakh annually in government jobs and educational institutions. The state government claimed the fresh classification did not violate either the Supreme Court order or the constitutional provisions. (ANI)

New Delhi [India] Aug 23 (ANI): The Congress Party on Wednesday welcomed Supreme Court's verdict on Triple Talaq and said the judgement has given respite to the Muslim women.

Full Story >>

Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh)[India] August 23 (ANI): The Madhya Pradesh government has decided to stop providing wheat, rice, sugar and oil (kerosene) at a cheaper rate at ration shop and instead will directly transfer their subsidized amount in the bank

Full Story >>

Six killed, four injured as auto hits lorry in Telangana

Updated: Aug 23, 2017 05:18 IST     

Asifabad (Telangana) [India], Aug 23 (ANI): At least six people were killed and four others injured after an auto rickshaw collided with a lorry in Telangana's Asifabad on Tuesday.

Full Story >>

SC to hear PIL seeking 'lifetime ban' on convicted lawmakers

Updated: Aug 23, 2017 05:14 IST     

New Delhi[India], Aug 23 (ANI): The Supreme Court will on Wednesday hear the Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Ashwani Upadhyay, seeking a lifetime ban on convicted and chargesheeted Member of Parliaments and Members of Legislative Assemblies (MPs and MLAs) from contesting elections.

Full Story >>

Kaifiyat Express derails in UP's Aurali, over 40 injured

Updated: Aug 23, 2017 04:54 IST     

New Delhi[India] Aug 23 (ANI): More than 40 people were injured after six coaches of Kaifiyat Express train derailed near Auraiya in Uttar Pradesh in the wee hours of Wednesday.

Full Story >>

Andhra CM lauds anti-corruption helpline no. 1100

Updated: Aug 23, 2017 00:18 IST     

Amravati (Andhra Pradesh) [India], Aug 23 (ANI): Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu on Tuesday lauded the state government for introducing the helpline number 1100 in a bid to curb corruption and said the 'first of its kind' initiative is performing effectively.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], August 22 (ANI): Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday chaired the 42nd Annual General Body Meeting of the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library (NMML).

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], August 22 (ANI): Lawyer in Shah Bano Case, Arif Mohammad Khan on Tuesday praised the Modi-led government for its resolve in delegitimising triple talaq stating that with this decision the Muslim women will live with equality in the country.

Full Story >>

Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India], August 22 (ANI): The Additional Director General of Police Uttar Pradesh Anand Kumar on Tuesday said that the Centre has ordered enforcement agencies of various states to take cognizance of the Blue-Whale Challenge and ensure complete ban on the online dare which has claimed numerous lives.

Full Story >>

Ex-Manipur chief minister Rishang Keishing passes away at 98

Updated: Aug 22, 2017 23:25 IST     

Imphal (Manipur) [India], August 22 (ANI): Former Manipur chief minister and Rajya Sabha MP Rishang Keishing passed away on Tuesday.

Full Story >>

Bhubaneswar (Odisha) [India], Aug 22 (ANI): Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Tuesday hit out at Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and said that the latter is befooling the people by ensuring them a better future for the state.

Full Story >>

Delhi HC restricts protest outside Kejriwal's residence

Updated: Aug 22, 2017 23:23 IST     

New Delhi [India], August 22 (ANI): The Delhi High Court on Tuesday restricted conducting of any type of protests in front of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's Civil lines residence in the national capital.

Full Story >>

Bihar Floods: Death toll rises to 341

Updated: Aug 22, 2017 22:04 IST     

Patna (Bihar) [India], August 22 (ANI): Additional Secretary Disaster Management Department of the Government of Bihar, Anirudh Kumar, on Tuesday said that 341 people have lost their lives in the state due to floods.

Full Story >>

4.2 magnitude earthquake hits Uttarakhand's Chamoli district

Updated: Aug 22, 2017 22:03 IST     

Chamoli (Uttarakhand ) [India], August 22 (ANI): An earthquake of magnitude 4.2 on the Richter scale jolted Uttarakhand's Chamoli district on Tuesday night at around 8:52 p m.

Full Story >>

Rajnath Singh hails SC triple talaq verdict as 'historic act'

Updated: Aug 22, 2017 22:02 IST     

New Delhi [India], August 22 (ANI): Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday hailed the Supreme Court's verdict on triple talaq as a 'historic act' of judicial courage.

Full Story >>

Amravati (Andhra Pradesh) [India], Aug 22 (ANI): To provide equality and a better living standard to every individual of the state, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu on Tuesday asserted that the state government is planning to provide pensions to the transgender community.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Aug.22 (ANI): The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Tuesday filed a supplementary charge sheet against Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Shahabuddin accusing him of criminal conspiracy and murder in the killing of journalist Rajdeo Ranjan.

Full Story >>

Gorakhpur (Uttar Pradesh) [India], Aug 22 (ANI): Uttar Pradesh Chief Secretary Rajive Kumar on Tuesday submitted a report compiled by the four-member inquiry panel on the death of dozens of children in Gorakhpur's BRD Medical College to Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.

Full Story >>

Odisha Govt, FICCI join hands to promote culture, tourism

Updated: Aug 22, 2017 20:53 IST     

New Delhi [India], Aug 22 (ANI): In a bid to boost Odisha's culture and tourism, the Government of Odisha, in collaboration with the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI), will organise the first ever Odisha Travel Bazaar in October in Bhubaneshwar.

Full Story >>

Man arrested for smuggling rare Indian Star Tortoises

Updated: Aug 22, 2017 20:47 IST     

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India], August 22 (ANI): The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence and the Forest Protection Squad in Tamil Nadu have confirmed the arrest of a person for keeping 2515 rare Indian Star tortoises for smuggling purposes.

Full Story >>