Must Read News Articles – January 9th, 2019

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Lok Sabha passes Citizenship Bill amidst Congress walkout

The Lok Sabha on Tuesday passed the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019, that seeks to provide citizenship to non-Muslims from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan.

10% quota for the poor gets LS approval

The Lok Sabha on Tuesday passed a Bill allowing 10% quota in employment and education for the general category candidates who belong to the economically weaker sections.

A renewed attack on privacy

The Aadhaar Bill, allowing private bodies to use Aadhaar as a means to authenticate identity, poses huge dangers

Reinstated, conditionally

Supreme Court rejects the Centre’s contention in the CBI Director’s case, but softens the blow

Six Assam groups to be accorded ST status

Speaking on the Citizenship Amendment Bill, passed by the Lok Sabha on Tuesday, Mr. Singh said the communities that the Centre proposes to give the status to are Koch Rajbongshi, Tai Ahom, Chutia, Matak, Moran and Tea Tribes.

10% quota faces several legal and political challenges

If the Supreme Court rejects the idea, the reservation can be provided only by eating into the SC, ST and OBC quota share

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SC sets aside Delhi HC ruling against Monsanto

The Supreme Court on Tuesday set aside a Delhi High Court Division Bench decision that held that U.S. agro major Monsanto did not have patent for its genetically modified BT cotton seed variants and had allowed it to claim registration under the Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Rights Act of 2001.

Irrigation projects delay led to jump in costs: CAG

Tardy implementation of projects under the Accelerated Irrigation Benefit Programme (AIBP) between 2008-2017 led to an almost threefold jump in the cost of these projects to ₹1.20 lakh crore, according to a report by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG), tabled in Parliament on Tuesday.

Lok Sabha passes DNA technology Bill

The DNA Technology (Use and Application) Regulation Bill, 2018 allows regulated use of genetic information to establish identity of persons

SC refuses to stay NGT order on Sterlite plant

The Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to stay the decision of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) to process the reopening of the Sterlite copper plant at Thoothukudi, which was ordered to be closed down due to environmental pollution.

Customers cannot be charged for availing tokenisation service: RBI

The Reserve of India (RBI) has allowed all card payment networks to offer tokenisation service. However, the central bank has made it clear that no charges should be recovered from the customer for availing this service.

Nilekani to head RBI panel on digital payments

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has set up a five-member committee headed by Infosys chairman Nandan Nilekani to suggest a strategy for deepening of digital payments in the country. The committee will submit its report within 90 days from its first meeting.

Gopinath joins IMF as chief economist

Mysore-born Gita Gopinath has joined International Monetary Fund as its chief economist, becoming the first woman to occupy the top IMF post.

NASA’s probe discovers a new planet

The planet, named HD 21749b, orbits a bright, nearby dwarf star in the constellation Reticulum

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