No reservation in Promotion: The Supreme Court by a non-reportable judgment in Civil Appeal No. 1226 of 2020 has held that states are not bound to provide reservation in appointments and there is no fundamental right to claim quota in promotions.”In view of the law laid down by this court, there is no doubt that the state government is not bound to make reservations. There is no fundamental right which inheres in an individual to claim reservation in promotions,” a bench of justices L Nageswara Rao and Hemant Gupta said. The Controversy in the above Appeals pertains to the reservations to Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes in promotions in the posts of Assistant Engineer (Civil) in Public Works Department, Government of Uttarakhand. Read Judgment
PM Modi gestures: In a letter to Xi, PM Modi expressed solidarity with the president and people of China over the outbreak of the virus, official sources said. In the letter to Xi, Modi offered India’s assistance to China to deal with the challenge and also conveyed condolences at the unfortunate loss of lives due to the outbreak, the sources said. The prime minister also conveyed to Xi his appreciation for facilitating evacuation of around 650 Indian citizens from the Hubei province last week.
Movie Ban: The Punjab government has imposed a ban on the upcoming movie ‘Shooter’, which is based on the life and crimes of notorious gangster Sukha Kahlwan, saying it promotes “violence” and “heinous crimes”.”Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has ordered a ban on the movie ‘Shooter’, which is based on the life and crimes of notorious gangster Sukha Kahlwan and promotes violence, heinous crimes, extortion, threats and criminal intimidation,” the statement said.
Oscar award: The 92nd Academy Awards have started off on script: Brad Pitt won his first acting Oscar for his performance in Once Upon on a Time … In Hollywood. Bong Joon Ho won the Best Director Oscar and Parasite took best original screenplay, and the inaugural best international feature award.
Dawood aid arrested: The city crime branch arrested Tariq Parveen – purportedly an associate of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim – from south Mumbai on Sunday for allegedly aiding another gangster, Ejaz Lakdawala, in a Rs 2 crore extortion case. A holiday court remanded him in police custody till Monday, joint commissioner of police (crime branch) Santosh Rastogi said. The anti-extortion cell (AEC) of the police is conducting an inquiry in the case.
Enhancing retirement age: Chief of Defence Staff Bipin Rawat and the three service chiefs are in intensive discussions on reducing the burgeoning pension cost to the exchequer by gradually increasing the retirement age of some non-combatants, prioritising hardware purchases and generating internal resources for military housing in cantonments. With the military pension budget mounting to Rs 1.33 lakh crore , or 0.5% of gross domestic product, in fiscal 2020-21, from Rs 41,000 crore in 2010, and Rs 6-7,000 crore of expense looming in June for the equalisation of pension under the One Rank, One Pension (OROP) scheme, Gen Rawat is learnt to be in favour of increasing the retirement age of certain classes of non-combatants and medical staff to 58 years from 39 to cut the bill.
Delhi Assembly Poll: The final voter turnout in the Delhi polls was very low as much of 62.59 per cent only, senior officials said on Sunday. Elections to the 70-member Delhi Assembly were held on Saturday. “The final voter turnout was recorded at 62.59 per cent,” Delhi Chief Electoral Officer Ranbir Singh said.