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UP set to do away with minorities quota in schemes

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LUCKNOW, May 22 (IANS): In a move likely to trigger a political storm, the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh is all set to end the 20 per cent quota for minorities in social welfare schemes.
The quota was fixed by the earlier Samajwadi Party government.
Informed sources here on Monday said Social Welfare Minister Ramapati Shastri had approved the proposal and that it was only a matter of time, and technicalities, before the same is placed before the Cabinet for approval.

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Major in ‘human shield’ incident gets Army chief’s commendation card

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NEW DELHI, May 22 (IANS): An Indian Army Major who was involved in tying up a Kashmiri man to the front of a jeep to ward off stone pelters in Kashmir Valley has been awarded the Army Chief’s Commendation Card, Army sources said on Monday.
The commendation card for Major Leetul Gogoi of 53 Rashtriya Rifles was given for “sustained efforts” in counter insurgency operations, Army officials said.
Army officials did not say if the human shield incident had anything to do with the award.

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Squabbles impacting Congress’ election chances: RG Lyngdoh

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SHILLONG, May 22: The former State Home Minister, RG Lyngdoh has pointed out that internal squabbles within the Congress party in Meghalaya, when they spill out into the public domain, have a negative impact on the chances of the party in elections.
“Whenever internal squabbles happen and when they spill out in public domain, they are going to have a negative impact on the performance of the party in the next election,” Lyngdoh said here on Monday.
Opining that the leadership in the state is the reason behind these squabbles, Lyngdoh said, “It appears Dr. Mukul’s leadership is the cause of friction within Congress.”

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Roshan highlights requirements for improved MHIS

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SHILLONG, May 22: Meghalaya Health and Family Welfare Minister, Roshan Warjri has highlighted a number of issued which need attention to ensure that Phase III of the Megha Health Insurance Scheme (MHIS) is implemented to its optimal capabilities even as she praised all stakeholders involved in the implementation of phases I and II of the MHIS.
“This workshop is the right platform for the exchange of ideas and experiences which may be incorporated in the implementation of the third phase of the MHIS,” Warjri said while speaking during a one-day State Level Workshop on MHIS Phase –III at Yojana Bhawan Auditorium, Meghalaya Main Secretariat on Monday.

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BJP to field many women candidates in 2018 polls: Rahatkar

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SHILLONG, May 22: The candidates fielded by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for the upcoming 2018 state polls will include a sizeable number of women according to what the national president of the BJP Mahila Morcha president, Viyaya Rahatkar informed on Monday.
“We will try our best to field as many women candidates as possible in the elections just like in the states of Maharashtra and Haryana,” Rahatkar said after addressing a meeting of the state women’s wing here.
Stating that a homemaker can also play an important role in politics and nation building, she said that the BJP is keen to ensure that due respect is given to women in all forums.

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