DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE THURSDAY, JANUARY 10, 2019, PUNE, LATE CITY, 20 + 4 (NEWSLINE) PAGES Hindi must be made mandatory till Class 8, says new policy draft SHYAMLALYADAV NEWDELHI,JANUARY9 ADHERE STRICTLY to the threelanguage formula with Hindi mandatory till Class 8 across the country, ensure a uniform syllabusnationwideforScienceand Maths, develop a script in Devanagarifortribaldialects,and promote education based on “hunar(skill)”.Thesearesomeof thekeyrecommendationsinthe draft report prepared by the nine-member K Kasturirangan committee on the New Education Policy (NEP), which aims to implement an “Indiacentric” and “scientific” system of learning in schools, The Indian Express has learnt. Sources said the committee handedoveritsreporttotheHRD Ministry last month before its tenure ended on December 31, 2018.“Wehavesoughtameeting with the HRD Minister to hand overthereportformally,”amemberofthecommitteesaidoncondition of anonymity. SpeakingtoTheIndianExpress, HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar said: “The committee’s report is ready and the members have sought an appointment. I will get the report after the Parliament session.”Sourcessaidthegovernmentisyettodecidethenextstep for the policy, including placing it in the public domain for further suggestions and feedback. “While subjects under Social Sciencesneedlocalcontent,there isnologicforavariedsyllabusfor Science and Mathematics in different state boards up to Class 12. ScienceandMathematicsmaybe taught in any language, but the CONTINUEDONPAGE2 THE CONSTITUTION (124TH AMENDMENT) BILL, 2019 10% quota for general category poor clears House, set to be law PM calls it victory for social justice, Law Minister says first of many sixes in slog overs; Opp claims polls forced Govt ABANTIKA GHOSH & MANOJ C G NEW DELHI, JANUARY 9 BUSINESS AS USUAL BY UNNY EFFECTING A change in the Constitution to add a new chapter to the laws on reservation nearly three decades after the Mandal Commission recommendations came into force, Parliament Wednesday approved the Constitution (124th Amendment) Bill on providing 10 per cent reservation in jobs and education for the economically weaker sections (EWS) of the general category. Late Wednesday night, and a day after the Bill sailed through Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha too gave its stamp of approval at the end of a marathon nine-hour debate that saw the Opposition tearing into the government. Questioning the timing, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 OPP BACKS BILL, QUESTIONS TIMING BILL HISTORIC, SHOWS GOVT MEANS SABKA VIKAAS: BJP PAGE 6 MPS Kashmiri who topped Quota won’t cut into IAS quits, politics next share of Dalits, tribals, OBCs, says PM Modi BASHAARAT MASOOD SRINAGAR, JANUARY 9 NEWSLINE SUPREME COURT COMMUTES SANTOSH MANE’S DEATH SENTENCE TO LIFE TERM SHAH FAESAL, the first Kashmiri IAS topper, has resigned from civil services and plans to enter politics ahead of the Lok Sabha elections. He attributed his decision to the “unabated killings in Kashmir”, the Centre’s refusal to initiate a political process in the state and “marginalisation of the Indian Muslims”. Faesal, who belongs to the 2010 batch, told The Indian Express Wednesday that he has already served notice to resign `5.00 WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM SINCE 1932 Faesal had topped the 2010 batch from the civil services to the government. “Yes, I might join politics,” he said, without mentioning the party he may join. Sources,however,suggested Faesal was likely to join the National Conference. Its leader andformerChief MinisterOmar AbdullahwelcomedFaesal’sdecision. “The bureaucracy’s loss CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 LALMANI VERMA & MANOJ MORE AGRA, SOLAPUR, JANUARY 9 HOURSBEFOREtheConstitution Amendment Bill to provide 10 percentreservationforeconomicallyweakersectionsinthegeneral category was passed in the Rajya Sabha, Prime Minister Narendra Modi accused the Opposition in two separate speeches Wednesday in UP and Maharashtra of “spreading lies” aboutthelegislationandsaidthe newquotawouldnotcutintothe share of Dalits, tribals and OBCs. Modi also referred to Opposition allegations over the timing of the Bill, and said they reinforced his push to hold simultaneous Lok Sabha and Assembly polls. “I had been saying that if somebodypromisesreservation above 50 per cent, they are dishonest. Because it could not be done beyond 50 per cent withoutaConstitutionamendment... I am happy that what I had said CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Alok Verma is welcomed by interim chief M Nageswara Rao at the CBI headquarters, Wednesday. Tashi Tobgyal Test ahead THE NDA’s Bill on10% quota for general category poor has sailed through Parliament but the government is aware of the legal minefield ahead. It remains to be seen how quickly it makes the law operational before polls. Fate still in balance, Verma takes charge, brings back key men Panel meets again today on CBI chief RAHUL TRIPATHI, SUSHANT SINGH & LIZ MATHEW NEW DELHI, JANUARY 9 EXPRESS NETWORK COMMITTED TO PRESERVE N-E'S IDENTITY: RAJNATH PAGE 7 HOURS AFTER resuming charge as CBI Director following a Supreme Court judgment, Alok Verma Wednesday reinstated “with immediate effect” key officers considered close to him, who were moved out after he was sent on leave last October following a bitter spat with his then No.2, Special Director Rakesh Asthana. Meanwhile, the high-powered selection committee, chaired by Prime Minister NarendraModi,mettodecideon thefutureof Verma.However,no decision was reached, with the committee scheduled to meet again at 4 pm Thursday. Supreme Court Justice A K Sikri attended the meeting on behalf of CJI Ranjan Gogoi, with Mallikarjun Kharge, leader of the Congress in Lok Sabha, taking part as the CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Sikkim says it will become first state to roll out Universal Basic Income LIZ MATHEW NEW DELHI, JANUARY 9 SIKKIM WILL be the first state to roll out Universal Basic Income (UBI)andhasstartedtheprocess to introduce the unconditional direct cash transfer scheme. Sikkim’s ruling party, the Sikkim In 3 yrs if voted back: Chamling’s party Democratic Front (SDF), has decided to include UBI in its manifesto ahead of the Assembly election in 2019 and aims to implement the scheme by 2022. The 2017 Economic Survey hadflaggedtheUBIschemeas“a conceptually appealing idea” and a possible alternative to social welfare programmes targeted at reducing poverty. SpeakingtoTheIndianExpress, CONTINUED ON PAGE 2
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