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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.
Jitendra Singh

Modi govt rules out age relaxation in upper caste quota, says no need for it

In letter to Social Justice Minister Thawarchand Gehlot, MoS Jitendra Singh says age relaxation is given to a group if it fails to compete with other categories despite quota.
A vocational training centre | Anindito Mukherjee/Bloomberg

Modi govt unlikely to relax age limit in quota for poor upper castes despite new demand

The latest demand has been forwarded by the social justice ministry to DoPT without any recommendation on relaxing the age limit.
The Union Public Service Commission premises in New Delhi

Upper-caste poor will get 10% UPSC seats but age relaxation & more attempts unlikely

Since this year's civil services exam marks the maiden run of the quota for upper-caste poor, the application process has been marked by confusion.
Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) building, New Delhi | Manisha Mondal/The Print

Good news for IAS aspirants — UPSC looks to fill 180 vacancies, incorporates EWS quota

Overall, the UPSC has announced it’s looking to fill 896 civil service vacancies, the first time since 2014 that the number has gone up.
Members of Dalit community stage a protest during 'Bharat Bandh' in Lucknow|

Quota politics to take centrestage again as Bhim Army, OBC groups plan protests in Delhi

The show of strength by Bhim Army, a Dalit organisation, will be a cause for worry for not just PM Narendra Modi but also BSP chief Mayawati.
The Private Universities Bill will be tabled in the budget session of the Parliament (Representational image)

Private institutions to come under reservation ambit, govt prepares to bring in bill

Private Universities Bill is set to be tabled in budget session of Parliament. It will bring in caste-based reservation as well as the new 10% EWS quota.
Representational image of the Delhi University Arts Faculty | Photo: Commons

Universities can start hiring again as Supreme Court ends teacher quota stalemate

The Human Resource Development Ministry, which ordered recruitment to be put on hold last July, will issue a circular removing the bar.
Rahul Gandhi | @INCIndia/Twitter

As counter to BJP’s upper caste quota, Congress looks to promise 52% reservation to OBCs  

The Congress manifesto committee is debating the proposal as a section of the party finds idea feasible, citing BJP’s breach of 50 per cent quota cap.   
IIT Bombay | Twitter

For upper caste quota, IITs will add 3,000 seats and central varsities over a lakh

With govt set to implement 10% quota from the coming session, institutes will have to increase seats by 25% so that the current reservation is not affected.

On Camera

Plastic pollution in water bodies

Banning glitter is not going to save the oceans

Humans release 1.5 million tons of primary microplastics into the ocean annually, a sum equivalent to one disgorged plastic bag for every person each week.

Karnataka High Court stops Franklin Templeton debt funds closure without investor consent

Franklin Templeton shut six of its fixed-income and credit-risk funds run in India in April, locking in Rs 308 billion of investor monies following a liquidity crisis.

Defence

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh at Sukna Military Camp in Darjeeling district on Saturday | ANI

India wants to end border row with China, but will not cede an inch of land, says Rajnath Singh

The defence minister was speaking after performing 'Shastra Puja' at the Sukna-based headquarters of the Indian Army's 33 Corps in Darjeeling on the occasion of Dussehra.
Illustration: Soham Sen/ThePrint

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.