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News of the day: Calcutta HC scraps several classes as OBCs in Bengal, SC slams Hemant Soren for suppressing facts and more

Here are the latest developments from India and abroad

Our Web Desk Published 22.05.24, 07:09 PM
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Bangladesh Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan announced in Dhaka that Anwarul Azim Anar who went missing in India had been murdered. He also said three people have been arrested in connection with the murder.

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Election Commission asked the BJP and the Congress to desist from campaigning along caste, community, language, and religious lines, asserting that India’ socio-cultural milieu cannot be made a casualty to elections. It also asked the Congress to ensure that its star campaigners and candidates do not make statements which give false impression that the Constitution may be abolished or sold.

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Calcutta High Court struck down several classes as Other Backward Classes (OBC) under an Act of 2012 of West Bengal for reservation of vacancies in services and posts in the state, finding these illegal. Passing judgement on petitions challenging the provisions of the Act, the court clarified that the services of citizens of the struck down classes, who are already in service or have availed the benefit of reservation or have succeeded in any selection process of the state will not be affected by the order.

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Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said the Agniveer military recruitment scheme will be scrapped and thrown in the dustbin if the INDIA bloc comes to power, as he slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for "turning Hindustan ke jawan into labourers". "We had brought the land acquisition bill to protect farmers and give them due compensation, but the Modi government scrapped it. They brought three black farm laws and farmers had to take to the streets," the former Congress president said.

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Supreme Court pulled up former Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren for “suppressing facts” regarding filing of regular bail plea in trial court in a money laundering case, prompting the JMM leader to withdraw his petition challenging arrest by the Enforcement Directorate. The ED had earlier told the apex court that Soren's arrest on January 31 has been upheld by the Jharkhand High Court and his regular bail application was dismissed by the trial court on May 13.

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Aviation investigators arrived in Bangkok to learn how and why severe turbulence sent a Singapore Airlines plane into a sudden dive that tossed passengers and crew around the cabin, leaving a British man dead and dozens others injured. The Boeing 777, which carried 211 passengers and 18 crew members, descended 6,000 feet (around 1,800 metres) in about three minutes, the carrier said.

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Jharkhand government sounded an alert after bird flu cases were reported in a poultry farm in state capital Ranchi, an official said. A total of 4,300 eggs were also destroyed, he said.

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A sessions court in Pune remanded the father of a 17-year-old juvenile allegedly involved in a car accident and two employees of a pub to police custody till May 24. The boy, before the accident, had allegedly consumed alcohol at the pub.

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Jenny Erpenbeck’s “Kairos,” a novel about a torrid love affair in the final years of East Germany, won the International Booker Prize, the renowned award for fiction translated into English. Eleanor Wachtel, the chair of the judges, said in a news conference that “Kairos” was more than a simple evocation of a romance.

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Three Indian-American students were killed and two others were injured in a fatal road accident as their speeding car flipped over in the US state of Georgia, according to the police. Based on evidence at the scene, it is believed that the driver lost control of their car which then came to rest upside down in the tree line.

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