In a marathon session, the Lok Sabha passed the Constitution (124 Amendment) Bill, 2019 that provides 10% reservation to the economically weaker section of the General category in jobs and education with an overwhelming majority on Tuesday. Seen as a 'masterstroke' by the Narendra Modi government in the election year, the Bill will be presented in the Rajya Sabha today. While the Bill was passed in the Lower House virtually unopposed, it will be interesting to see how the Opposition parties react to the Bill. Meanwhile, as part of BJP's 'Mission 100', Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address two rallies in UP's Agra and Maharashtra's Solapur today. The Congress has also gone into combat mode for the 2019 battle with party chief Rahul Gandhi kicking off the poll campaign with a rally in Jaipur today.
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Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala will be party's candidate for the bypoll to Haryana's Jind assembly seat.
By passing The Constitution (One Hundred And Twenty-Fourth Amendment) Bill, 2019, we pay tributes to the makers of our Constitution and the great freedom fighters, who envisioned an India that is strong and inclusive.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) January 9, 2019
CBI Director Alok Verma withdraws transfer orders made by interim chief M Nageswara Rao
Rajya Sabha passes 10% Quota Bill for economically weaker sections in upper castes
Rajya Sabha passes Constitution (124th Amendment) Bill, 2019. The bill will provide reservation for economically weaker section of the society in higher educational institutions.
Cabinet meeting tomorrow
Union Cabinet meeting to be held on Thursday evening.
Brexit: British Prime Theresa May loses key vote
British Prime Minister Theresa May loses key vote on Brexit procedure in parliament.
Warning to PM Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union ministers won't be allowed to enter Assam and address rallies until Citizenship Bill is scrapped, Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) says.
NCP chief Sharad Pawar met Congress president Rahul Gandhi at the latter's residence on Wednesday. Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge and NCP leader Praful Patel were also present at the meeting.
Delhi: Visuals of meeting between Congress President Rahul Gandhi and NCP chief Sharad Pawar at the latter's residence. Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge and NCP leader Praful Patel also present. pic.twitter.com/BJrJzZb9No
— ANI (@ANI) January 9, 2019
Harendra Singh removed as coach of Indian men’s senior team
Meeting underway between Congress president Rahul Gandhi and NCP chief Sharad Pawar at the latter's residence
Madhya Pradesh bowled out for woeful 35 in Ranji Trophy, lose by 307 runs to Andhra Pradesh
AIADMK opposes Quota Bill on legal grounds in Rajya Sabha.
Uddhav Thackeray addresses rally in Beed, attacks BJP
Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray's big attack, says alliance with BJP can go to hell.
IAS topper Shah Faesal tweets
"To protest the unabated killings in Kashmir and absence of any credible political initiative from Union Government, I have decided to resign from IAS. Kashmiri lives matter. I will be addressing a press-conference on Friday."
Samajwadi Party (SP) demands 54 per cent quota for Other Backward Classes (OBCs).
Fire breaks out at an under-construction building near Kingsway Hospital in Nagpur, several feared trapped: Reports.
BJP leader Ram Madhav defends Citizenship Amendment Bill
The Citizenship Amendment Bill is not for any state or region specific. It's for the entire country: BJP leader Ram Madhav.
Omar Abdullah welcomes IAS topper Shah Faesal
National Conference leader and former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah welcomes IAS topper Shah Faesal. "The bureaucracy's loss is politics' gain. Welcome to the fold @shahfaesal," he tweeted.
Trinamool Congress MP Soumitra Khan formally joins BJP
In a big jolt to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, party MP from Bishnupar Lok Sabha constituency Soumitra Khan has finally joined the BJP in presence of Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and former Mamata aide Mukul Roy.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi in Jaipur
Elections have shown the strength of farmers to PM Modi. India's farmers and youth should bat on the front foot and hit sixers: Congress chief Rahul Gandhi in Jaipur.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi in Jaipur
CBI director Alok Verma was removed at midnight. Now, the Supreme Court said he will be reinstated. We want an inquiry in Rafale deal and a JPC also: Rahul Gandhi.
IAS topper Shah Faesal resigns, to contest Lok Sabha Elections 2019
IAS topper Shah Faesal has resigned to contest Lok Sabha Elections 2019 in Jammu and Kashmir from National Conference: Reports.
Rahul Gandhi addresses rally in Jaipur
We won't let PM Modi sleep till the time he waives farm loans, says Rahul Gandhi in Jaipur.
Rajnath Singh on Citizenship Bill
Home Minister Rajnath Singh speaks on Citizenship Bill in Rajya Sabha, says 'committed to preserve distinct identity of Assam'.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi addresses rally in Jaipur.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Citizenship Bill
We have taken some big steps for the enforcement of Assam Accord: Home Minister Rajnath Singh in Rajya Sabha.
Rape case against Alok Nath was lodged on the basis of a 'defamatory' report: Session's court
The rape case against Alok Nath was lodged on the basis of a 'defamatory' and 'false' report of complainant Vinta Nanda, the session's court observed while granting a pre-arrest bail to the Bollywood actor.
CPM Rajya Sabha MP TK Rangarajan moves an amendment in The Constitution (124th Amendment) Bill, 2019.
Trinamool Congress leader and Lok Sabha member Saumitra Khan likely to join BJP today
Saumitra Khan, senior Trinamool Congress leader and MP from Bishnupur seat in West Bengal, likely to join BJP today. Formal announcement likely to take place at 2.15 pm.
Madras High Court slams Tamil Nadu government on Pongal bonanza scheme
The Tamil Nadu government had announced that it will distribute Rs 1,000 as Pongal gift to each ration card holder apart from the other free items such as rice, sugar etc: Reports.
PM Narendra Modi in Solapur
"This chowkidar cannot be bought or scared," says PM Narendra Modi in Solapur.
Interim Budget to be presented on February 1: Sources.
Interim Budget to be presented on February 1 during the Budget Session of the Parliament: Sources.
Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul issued notice by BCCI
Cricketers Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul issued notice by BCCI over their controversial comments on women on TV show Koffee With Karan Season 6.
Parliament Budget Session to begin on January 31 and end on February 13: Agencies.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Solapur
As per media, the middleman of a helicopter deal who has been brought to India from a foreign country was not only involved in the helicopter deal but also in the France fighter jet deal of the previous government: PM Modi.
Former Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah's convoy meets accident on Bengaluru-Mysuru highway
Former Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah's convoy has met with an accident on Bengaluru-Mysuru highway. No injuries reported. A complaint has been registered in Srirangapatna police station in Mandya district.
HAL chief meets Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman
HAL chief meets Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman along with the tri-services chiefs in Parliament today: ANI.
General VK Singh attacks Congress over Rafale deal
VK Singh on Rafale deal: Before they (Congress) seek answers, they must give a few answers. The nation needs to know why this deal did not go through when everything had been done. At the last minute, it was dropped. Can Congress explain? Can they explain why it wasn't given to HAL?
Krishna Middha is BJP's candidate for Jind bypoll in Haryana
BJP names Krishna Middha as its candidate for the upcoming Assembly by-election in Haryana's Jind: ANI.
BJD will not be part of 'Mahagathbandhan'
Biju Janata Dal (BJD) will not be a part of the 'Mahagathbandhan'. The party will continue to remain equidistant from both the BJP and the Congress: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.
Rajya Sabha adjourned till 2 pm due to protests by opposition members.
AJL Herald matter: Delhi High Court changes date of hearing to January 16
Delhi High Court changes the date of hearing in AJL Herald matter to January 16, as requested by Abhishek Manu Singhvi. Earlier, the hearing was scheduled for January 15.
PM Narendra Modi addresses rally in Maharashtra's Solapur
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Solapur: "Yesterday late night, a historic bill was passed in Lok Sabha. By passing the bill regarding 10% reservation being granted to the economically weaker section in the general category, our principle of 'sabka sath, sabka vikas' has been further strengthened.
Union Minister Thawar Chand Gehlot tables the 10% quota bill in Rajya Sabha
CBI vs CBI: Justice AK Sikri to be part of Selection Committee
Justice AK Sikri to be part of the Selection Committee along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge, to decide the case of CBI Director Alok Kumar Verma.
Uproar in Rajya Sabha as opposition objects to extension of House session
The Rajya Sabha witnessed chaotic scenes minutes after it resumed the proceedings. The Opposition has objected to the extension of the House session. Putting the government’s point, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said that, “the country expects the House to function. As per normal working days, we should have been working, on most of them the House stood adjourned. There is one extra day to consider legislations.”
Exile ends, Alok Verma arrives at CBI Headquarters takes charge
A day after the Supreme Court ruling, exiled CBI chief Alok Verma reached the agency's Headquarters to take the charge, news agency ANI.
Australian federal police say suspicious packages have been delivered to embassies and consulates in Canberra and Melbourne, reports Reuters
Delhi air quality ‘very poor’ on Wednesday morning, AQI recorded at 329
NASA's planet-hunting probe, Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) has discovered a new world outside our solar system, orbiting a dwarf star 53 light years away. This is the third new planet confirmed by the TESS since its launch in April last year.
Cheers on Dalal Street, BSE Sensex rises over 200 points on strong global cues, Nifty above 10,850
In the election year, the World Bank’s GDP forecast has brought cheers to the Narendra Modi government. India's GDP is expected to grow at 7.3 per cent in the fiscal year 2018-19, and 7.5 per cent in the following two years, the World Bank has forecast, attributing it to an upswing in consumption and investment. Read more
Petrol and diesel prices remained unchanged for the second consecutive day on Wednesday.
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