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  • A Home Ministry-appointed committee has suggested that 1951 should be the cut-off year for defining the indigenous people of Assam and introduction of the Inner Line Permit (ILP) to control the movement of people from outside the state.
  • The committee has also suggested two formulas for the reservation of seats for the indigenous people in the Assam Assembly and Lok Sabha constituencies of the state, including 67 percent quota for them.
  • The sources said the 13-member panel, headed by Justice (Retd) Biplab Kumar Sharma, finalised its report conveyed to the home ministry that it was ready to submit it to Union Home Minister Amit Shah and sought an appointment with him.
  • The committee, according to the sources, unanimously recommended that those who were residents of Assam in 1951 and their descendants, irrespective of community, caste, language, religion or heritage, will be considered as indigenous people of the state.
  • The panel suggested that the ILP should be introduced in Assam so that movement of people from outside the state could be controlled.
  • The ILP, notified under the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation, 1873, has been in operation in Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Mizoram for long and it was introduced in Manipur in December 2019 following an uproar over the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).
  • In addition to the 67 percent reservation for the indigenous people, 16 percent will also be reserved for the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe communities.

Supreme Court orders equal roles for women in Indian Army

  • With this women will get the same opportunities, benefits as their male colleagues, including ranks, promotions and pensions, and be allowed to serve longer tenures.
  • Currently women are inducted through a short service commission that lets them work for up to 14 years, and only allowed permanent commission in the army’s legal and educational wings.
  • India began recruiting women to non-medical positions in the armed forces in 1992, yet they make up about 4% of the army’s more than one million personnel, according to latest data.

TAMILNADU

Archeologists stumble upon 2,500-year-old urn in Ulunthupettai

  • A 2,000-year-old urn has been unearthed by a team that was looking for archeological artefacts at Parikal natham village in Ulundurpet taluk.
  • The famous Lakshmi Narasimha temple is located in Parikal. A field survey was conducted in the village of Nattam in the block and found several urns. There are ancient mansions buried in a private land opposite the Kalingal lake area.

ECONOMICS

Moody’s cuts India growth projection to 5.4% for 2020

  • Moody’s Investors Service on Monday slashed India’s growth forecast to 5.4 per cent for 2020 from 6.6 per cent projected earlier on slower than expected economic recovery.
  • In its update on Global Macro Outlook, Moody’s said India’s economy has decelerated rapidly over the last two years and expects economic recovery to begin in the current quarter

APPOINTMENTS

CEC nominates Sushil Chandra for proposed J&K Delimitation Commission

  • Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora has named Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra as his nominee for the proposed Delimitation Commission for Jammu and Kashmir.
  • Before Parliament passed the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act in August last year, the effective strength of the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly was 87 including four seats falling in Ladakh region which is now a separate UT without a legislature.
  • Twenty-four seats of the Assembly continue to remain vacant as they fall under Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).
  • The number of seats in the Legislative Assembly of Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir shall be increased from 107 to 114, and delimitation of the constituencies may be determined by the Election Commission in the manner hereinafter provided,” according to the J-K Reorganisation Act, 2019.
  • On and from the appointed day, there shall be allocated five seats to the successor UT of J-K and one seat to UT of Ladakh, in the House of the People, and the First Schedule to the Representation of the People Act, 1950 (43 of 1950) shall be deemed to be amended accordingly.

SPORTS

Edmund Sprints to New York Title

  • Kyle Edmund defeated Andreas Seppi in straight sets to capture the New York Open title. Edmund – contesting his first ATP Tour final since 2018 – victory in New York.

Koneru Humpy wins Cairns Cup reclaims world No. 2 rank

  • Koneru Humpy won the Cairns Cup title with 6 points from nine rounds.

NEWS HINTS

  • Hyderabad all set to host 17th Edition of BioAsia 2020, Asia’s largest Bio-Business Forum
  • Global major groups including United nations have named the year 2020 as “super year”