DAILY FROM: AHMEDABAD, CHANDIGARH, DELHI, JAIPUR, KOLKATA, LUCKNOW, MUMBAI, NAGPUR, PUNE, VADODARA JOURNALISM OF COURAGE THURSDAY, JANUARY 10, 2019, KOLKATA, LATE CITY, 20 PAGES Hindi must be made mandatory till Class 8, says new policy draft SHYAMLAL YADAV NEW DELHI, JANUARY 9 ADHERE STRICTLY to the threelanguage formula with Hindi mandatory till Class 8 across the country, ensure a uniform syllabusnationwideforScienceand Maths, develop a script in Devanagari for tribal dialects, and promote education based on “hunar (skill)”. These are some of the key recommendations in the draft report prepared by the ninemember K Kasturirangan committee on the New Education Policy (NEP), which aims to implement an “India-centric” and “scientific” system of learning in schools, The Indian Express has learnt. Sources said the committee handed over its report to the HRD Ministry last month before its tenure ended on December 31, 2018. “We have sought a meeting with the HRD Minister to hand over the report formally,” a member of the committee said on condition of anonymity. Speaking to The Indian Express, 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.” Sourcessaidthegovernment is yet to decide the next step 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 differentstateboardsuptoClass12. ScienceandMathematicsmaybe taught in any language, but the syllabus should be the same CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 TMC MP joins BJP, party expels him, another MP RAVIK BHATTACHARYA KOLKATA, JANUARY 9 TRINAMOOL CONGRESS’S Lok Sabha MP from Bishnupur, SaumitraKhan,joinedtheBJPon Wednesday afternoon. The TMC subsequently expelled him and Lok Sabha MP from Bolpur Anupam Hazra for “anti-party activities”. Party sources said Hazra, like Khan, spoke out against the party on social media.Meanwhile, Khan’s personal assistant was arrested by West BengalpoliceundertheArmsact on Wednesday. SINCE 1932 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 Khan joined the BJP at the party headquarters in Delhi in the presence of Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, BJP national secretary Rahul Sinha and senior party leader Mukul Roy. He is the first Lok Sabha MP to quit the TMC and join the BJP. In November 2017, Roy, once ‘number two’ in the TMC and a CONTINUED ON PAGE 5 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. Kashmiri who topped IAS quits, politics next BASHAARAT MASOOD SRINAGAR, JANUARY 9 Saumitra Khan `5.00/EX-KOLKATA `6.00 (`12 IN NORTH EAST STATES & ANDAMAN) WWW.INDIANEXPRESS.COM 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 stateand“marginalisationof the Indian Muslims”. Faesal, who belongs to the 2010 batch, told The Indian Express Wednesday that he has already served notice to resign CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 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 QUOTA WON'T CUT INTO SHARE OF SC, ST, OBCS: MODI 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. ABHISHEK SAHA GUWAHATI, JANUARY 9 TWO DAYS after the Asom Gana Parishad(AGP)walkedoutof the alliance with the BJP in Assam over the Citizenship (Amendment)Bill,2016,anotherBJPally, Meghalaya Chief Minister ConradSangmaWednesdaysaid the passage of the Bill in Lok Sabha was “unfortunate” and that he would consult party leaders about the future course of action. And it is not just the AGP and Sangma now going public with their opposition. At least three moreregionalparties,inTripura, NagalandandMizoram,allinthe BJP’s 11-party North-East Democratic Alliance (NEDA), have called some provisions in the Bill a threat to indigenous communities, and say they will havetodiscuss“future”plansfor the coalition after the Bill was passed in Lok Sabha. “We as a Cabinet and as a government expressed our concerns about it (the Bill) and passed a resolution long time CONTINUED ON PAGE 2 Panel meets again today on CBI chief RAHUL TRIPATHI, SUSHANT SINGH & LIZ MATHEW NEW DELHI, JANUARY 9 PAGE 8 After AGP, 4 BJP allies in N-E oppose Citizenship Bill, will discuss future Fate still in balance, Verma takes charge, brings back key men EXPRESS NETWORK COMMITTED TO PRESERVE N-E'S IDENTITY: RAJNATH PAGE 9 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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