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UPSC job ad kicks up ‘Meena-Mina’ row, recruiter accused of trying to ‘divide ST community’

Minas are classified as STs in the central list and are thus eligible for reservation. But Meenas have been kept out of the quota fold even though they say they are the same group.
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Supreme Court stays implementation of Maratha quota in jobs and education

The apex court has referred the case to a larger constitution bench, adding that the status of those who have already taken benefits of the 2018 law will not be disturbed.
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India needs SC-ST sub-quota. And the Supreme Court just removed one key roadblock

It took the Supreme Court 10 years to say that an unjust order on sub-quotas needed a rethink. And then another six years for a Justice Arun Mishra-led bench to say the court may have been wrong.

Kangana Ranaut isn’t casteless. Her elders passed on an invisible code to her

Kangana Ranaut is an upper caste Indian like Shashi Tharoor, Amitabh Bachchan or Nitin Gadkari, who say they believe in a casteless society and are caste-blind.
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High Court stays 50% reservation for Delhi students in NLUD

National Law University Delhi had decided to reserve 50% of seats for candidates passing the qualifying exam from a recognised school, college or institute in Delhi.
Former BJP president Amit Shah with allies Nitish Kumar of JD(U) and Ram Vilas Paswan of LJP | File photo | PTI

RSS in 2015, SC in 2020 — quota row hits Bihar polls again but here’s why BJP isn’t worried

In 2015, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s call for a review of reservation had cost the BJP dearly in the assembly polls.
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Reservation not a fundamental right: SC on plea for OBC quota in Tamil Nadu medical courses

A batch of petitions was seeking the implementation of 50 per cent reservation for OBCs in Tamil Nadu in the all-India quota for medical courses.
NCP leader Nawab Malik addressing a press conference

NCP minister promises 5% quota for Muslim in Maharashtra, Shiv Sena says no decision yet

Urban Development minister Eknath Shinde dismissed Nawab Malik's claim that the Maharashtra govt will soon pass a law giving 5% reservation to Muslims in educatio
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SC quota ruling is nothing new — reservation in jobs was never a fundamental right

SC ruling that reservations in jobs, promotions are not a fundamental right reiterates a long-held reading of constitutional provisions on quota. 
The Union Public Service Commission premises in New Delhi

Govt says reservation in lateral entry of professionals difficult and not viable

Union Minister Jitendra Singh said the lateral entry procedure was designed to be objective and hence background would not matter, just one's capability and experience.

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A file photo of Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. | Photo: Jeenah Moon/Bloomberg

How France-Turkey’s probable but unlikely conflict has been shaped by Erdogan’s politics

In episode 604 of #CutTheClutter, Shekhar Gupta explains the recent France-Turkey conflict and the deeper implications of this row.
Rupee (Representational image) | Dhiraj Singh | Bloomberg File photo

Tax revenues decline 22% in April-September, at one-fourth of full year target

Tax revenues declined 22 per cent from the year-ago period to Rs 4.58 lakh crore and were at 28 per cent of the full year target of Rs 16.36 lakh crore in the April-September period.


Army personnel during a parade (representational image) | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Army develops WhatsApp-like app for personnel to dodge risk of communication leaks

The Secure Application for Internet supports secure voice, text and video-calling services for Android platforms over the internet. It is end-to-end encrypted. 
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Trump or Biden? Doesn’t matter to India-US ties as they’re in a full, strategic embrace

Pompeo & Esper’s visit to India for the 2+2 talks is proof that old hypocrisies are history, and supreme national interest has again driven a strategic choice.