Must Read News Articles – March 1st, 2019

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‘J&K ordinance cleared by Union Cabinet doesn’t tinker with 35A or 370’

The Union Cabinet on Thursday approved the Jammu and Kashmir Reservation (Amendment) Ordinance, 2019 that will pave the way to extend reservation in jobs, promotions and education to people living 10 km from the International Border (IB) in Jammu.

‘No agreement’ reached at Trump-Kim nuclear talks

The nuclear summit between United States President Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un in Hanoi ended without an agreement on Thursday.

Labourers sore over wait for wages under rural jobs scheme

NREGA Sangharsh Morcha files complaints against ‘main accused’ Centre. The complainants said that the government’s failure to pay wages and ensure the basic NREGA entitlements to workers “amount[ed] to a crime”, as per the Supreme Court’s judgment of May 13, 2016.

Cabinet clears voluntary use of Aadhaar as identity proof

The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Thursday approved the promulgation of an Ordinance to allow voluntary submission of Aadhaar as identity proof for use by private entities such as banks, telcos and fintech firms.

Photo voter slip no longer a standalone identification document

The Election Commission on Thursday said those not having their Electors Photo Identity Cards can now show any of the 11 alternative documents, including Aadhaar card, for exercising their franchise.

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SC stays Feb 13 order for eviction of tribals, forest dwellers

The Supreme Court on Thursday stayed its controversial February 13 order directing the eviction of lakhs of Scheduled Tribes and other traditional forest dwellers  whose claims for forest land rights have been rejected under the Forest Rights Act (FRA) of 2006.

GDP growth slows again in third quarter

According to data released on Thursday. Growth fell to 6.6% in the third quarter, the lowest in the last six quarters.

Railways on drive to purge ‘ghost’ staff

The Ministry of Railways has directed all general managers of zonal railways and production units to “sanitise” employee data by reviewing the Management Information System (MIS) reports.

Amended rules to benefit air travellers

Air travellers will be able to cancel or amend a ticket within 24 hours of making a reservation without incurring any penalty, according to the passenger charter released by the government.

U.S., U.K., France ask U.N. Security Council to ban Masood Azhar in a fresh proposal

Three permanent members of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), the U.S., U.K and France, have made a ‘listing request’ to the UNSC on Wednesday, asking for a travel ban, arms embargo and asset freeze on Pakistan-based Jaish-e Mohammad (JeM) leader Masood Azhar.

RBI forms panel to keep rupee stable

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has formed a task force on the offshore rupee market. It will be headed by former Deputy Governor Usha Thorat and will recommend steps for ensuring the stability of the currency.

Rhinos without borders is conservation credo

The New Delhi Declaration adopted at the second meeting of the Asian rhino range countries that ended on Thursday underscored trans-boundary collaboration among India, Nepal, and Bhutan for the conservation and protection of the greater one-horned rhino.

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