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 Madhya Pradesh ratifies 126th amendment

Madhya Pradesh ratifies 126th amendment

Bhopal, Jan 18 (IANS) The Madhya Pradesh Legislative Assembly on Friday unanimously passed a resolution ratifying the 126th Amendment Bill of the Constitution. The amendment provides for extension of reservation system for Scheduled Castes (SC) and Scheduled Tribes (ST) for the next ten years.

However, in the resolution, the government added a suggestion that the provision to nominate Anglo Indians in the Assembly should be retained. The opposition objected to this and said that the state does not have such authority in the resolution regarding ratification of the constitution amendment. Whereas, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Govind Singh said that Anglo Indians are also backward. After the resolution was passed, the Assembly was adjourned sine die.

Former Speaker Seethasaran Sharma said the government's intention wasn't clear as it has added a rider the resolution. Such provision cannot be made in the Constitution Amendment Bill.

Sharma said even after 70 years we have been repeatedly extending the provision for reservations. Whereas Japan has progressed in 35 years we have not been able to bring scheduled castes and scheduled tribes on par. There is something wrong with the system.

Chief Minister Kamal Nath said that this is an amendment which was unanimously passed by both houses of Parliament. He said that when the framers of the Constitution made this provision for ten years, they thought that they would be saved in this period, but from 70 years we all continue to extend the provision.


01:02 AM
 Sri Lanka lifts ban on drones

Sri Lanka lifts ban on drones

Colombo, Jan 18 (IANS) Sri Lanka's Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has lifted a ban imposed on drones within the island country, local media reports said.

The CAA in a statement said drones can now be operated in conformity of civil aviation regulations, Xinhua reported on Friday.

The CAA had suspended the operation of all pilotless aircraft including drones last May, soon after the Easter Sunday terror attacks in April which killed over 250 people.

The CAA had said the ban had been imposed considering the volatile situation in the country after the blasts.


02:43 AM
 Former India all-rounder Bapu Nadkarni passes away

Former India all-rounder Bapu Nadkarni passes away

Mumbai, Jan 17 (IANS) Former Test all-rounder Rameshchandra Gangaram 'Bapu' Nadkarni passed away here on Friday at the age of 86. Nadkarni, best known for bowling a record 21 consecutive maiden overs in a Test match, is survived by his wife and two daughters.

A left-arm batsman and slow-left arm orthodox bowler, Nadkarni played 41 Tests for India between 1955 and 1968. He scored 1,414 runs and took 88 wickets. His debut and final Tests were both against New Zealand.

Nadkarni was known to be one of the toughest bowlers to score runs against with an astonishing economy rate of 1.67 in 65 innings that he bowled in Test cricket. In 1964, Nadkarni bowled 21 successive maidens against England in Chennai. He bowled a total of 27 maidens in the innings, albeit without a wicket, and his figures read 32-27-5-0.

In the 1960-61 series against Pakistan, he managed figures of 32-24-23-0 in Kanpur followed by 34-24-24-1 in Delhi.

Nadkarni had played a total of 191 first class matches in which he scored 8,880 runs and took 500 wickets. His economy rate across his first class career was 1.64.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India paid tribute to Nadkarni. "It is with profound sadness that BCCI has learnt of the passing of former India all-rounder Rameshchandra Gangaram 'Bapu' Nadkarni. The 86-year-old breathed his last at his daughter's residence in Mumbai on Friday," BCCI Secretary Jay Shah said in a statement.

"The Board shares the pain and grief of the Nadkarni family and prays for the departed soul," he added.


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