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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.
Delhi University | 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.
Prakash Javadekar

HRD ministry to increase university seats by 25% to implement upper-caste quota move

Union minister Prakash Javadekar said that along with the upper caste reservation, 25 per cent seats will be increased in higher educational institutes to prevent disturbances in existing quotas.
Soli Sorabjee

Modi’s quota bill politically motivated, but a step towards social justice: Soli Sorabjee

Sorabjee says the Supreme Court-mandated 50 per cent limit is not absolute, but there should 'credible evidence' for increasing it.
File image of Indra Sawhney | Sanya dhingra/ThePrint

Modi govt’s quota making India reservation-dependent: Lawyer who blocked similar Rao move

Indra Sawhney, whose petition led to 50% cap on reservation, says upper-caste quota bill is unconstitutional & must be challenged in court.  

On Camera

File photo of Pakistan PM Imran Khan | Facebook

Who wants an ‘Islamic President’ in Pakistan and where does Imran Khan fit in?

Imran Khan’s PTI colleagues are campaigning for a so-called Islamic Presidential System where the Supreme Leader will have absolute power.
tiktok app

Google, Apple stop TikTok downloads: Is HC order quashing small town India’s creative joy?

Google and Apple have blocked downloads of the video-sharing app TikTok in India in compliance with the Madras High Court order.

Defence

Satellite images suggest that China is testing and weaponising its naval platforms for space denial

China is now testing laser ASAT weapons from its naval ships

China has already tested missile & EMP anti-satellite weapons from the ground. Now it’s using icebreaker ships in the Yellow Sea/Bohai Sea area.
National interest

Imran Khan’s ‘support’ for Modi shows BJP has walked into its own Pakistan trap

Modi & the BJP hope to return to power by exploiting the fear of Pakistan. Imran Khan has turned the tables and become a factor dividing Indian public opinion.