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SC lauds Centre for steps to fill vacancies for disabled

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday appreciated the steps taken by the Centre in filling up about 15,000 vacancies that come under 3 percent reservation for disabled people.

While patting the Centre for the steps taken by it, the bench of Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice N.V. Ramana said: "We have considered rival submissions. In view of the compilation filed by the Solicitor General, it seems that there is an unequivocal and unambiguous commitment by the Union of India to fill up the posts."

Kejriwal writes to Jung over demolition drive

New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has written a letter to Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung, terming as "unconstitutional" his order to demolish shanties in the capital.

Kejrwal said the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) demolished 40 shanties in south Delhi's Mehrauli area on August 26 on the order of Jung, who is the chairman of the land-owning agency.

Trade unions' strike may hit essential services on Wednesday

New Delhi: Essential services, including transport and banking are likely to be affected on Wednesday with 10 central trade unions going on a nationwide strike.

Taxi and auto drivers will also participate in the protest, All India Trade Union secretary, D.L. Sachdev told IANS here on Tuesday.

"Over 15 crore people would go on strike in the country to protest against the government's anti-worker policies," he claimed.

Scholarships under national talent search scheme to be doubled

New Delhi,: The government on Tuesday said it would double the number of scholarships under the National Talent Search scheme.

The number of scholarships would be doubled to 2,000 from the existing 1,000, Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani said on the occasion of the 55th foundation day celebration of the NCERT here.

Expressing concern about the quality of school education, Irani asked the NCERT director to undertake the national achievement survey for classes 3, 5, 8 and 10, annually.

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Banking operations to be severely hit in Wednesday strike

Chennai/Agartala/Bengaluru/Kolkata: Banking and insurance operations in India will come to a grinding halt on Wednesday with around half a million employees going on strike in protest against the centre's economic and labour policies, said union leaders.

"Across the country around 500,000 bankers - workers and officers - would be participating in the strike. Around 75,000 branches will not work tomorrow (Wednesday)," All India Bank Employees' Association (AIEBA) general secretary C.H.Venkatachalam told IANS.

'Labour shut down to hit normal life in Karnataka'

Bengaluru: Normal life will be affected on Wednesday across Karnataka in view of the day-long shut down called by trade unions in protest against the government's anti-labour policies and in support of their demands, a union leader said.

"About 15 lakh (1.5 million) workers, including employees of public and private sector enterprises, banks, insurance firms and labourers in diverse sectors, are participating in the strike across the state," Karnataka's CITU general secretary S. Prasanna Kumar told IANS.

CNG fitness scam: HC seeks response of centre, LG, Delhi govenment

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Monday sought responses from the centre, the lieutenant governor and the Delhi government on a plea filed by an accused seeking to suspend the commission of inquiry into the alleged multi-crore-rupee CNG fitness certificate scam.

A number of officials of the previous Sheila Dikshit government are under the scanner in the scam.

Centre monitoring Manipur situation

New Delhi: Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday spoke to Manipur Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh to take stock of the situation in the state after violence in Churachandpur district left at least six people dead.

"Spoke to Manipur CM Ibobi Singh regarding the incidents of violence in Churachandpur area. Centre is closely monitoring the situation," the minister tweeted.

Oust communal, caste leaders, says Modi, Nitish hits back

Bhagalpur: Attacking Bihar's ruling JD-U and its ally RJD, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday told the people of Bihar to defeat those who "spread the poison of communalism and casteism".

Addressing his fourth rally ahead of assembly elections, the prime minister also took credit for making Chief Minister Nitish Kumar speak on the development agenda.

"The politics of casteism and communalism has failed Bihar," he told a huge rally. "Won't you prefer to get rid of those who spread the poison of communalism and casteism?"

‘झगड़वहा बर’ बना ‘शांति वृक्ष’, फिर भी अशांति कायम

अफ़रोज़ आलम साहिल, Twocircles.net

सीवान/ पटना: कभी शहाबुद्दीन के आतंक के लिए प्रसिद्ध रहे सीवान जिले की शांति इन दिनों एक पेड़ पर टिकी हुई है. कम से कम यहां का ज़िला प्रशासन तो यही मानता है. बाक़ायदा जिला प्रशासन ने पेड़ का नाम इस लिहाज़ से बदला कि जिले में शांति की बयार बहने लगे, मगर हुआ उल्टा.

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