Modern symbol of Indian culture: Modi

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday formally launched the construction of a Ram temple in Ayodhya, saying it would serve as a “modern symbol of Indian culture” and with it, the country was creating a golden chapter for itself.


Kashmir under security blanket

  • Security was tightened across the Kashmir Valley on Wednesday to foil a scheduled meeting and protest marches by the National Conference (NC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on the first anniversary of the withdrawal of J&K’s special status.


EWS quota challenge referred to Constitution Bench

  • The Supreme Court on Wednesday referred to a fivejudge Bench the “substantial question of law” whether
    grant of 10% reservation to economically weaker sections of the society is unconstitutional and violates the
    50% ceiling cap on quota declared by the court itself.
  • The economic reservation was introduced in the Constitution by amending Articles 15 and 16 and adding clauses empowering the State governments to provide reservation on the basis of economic backwardness.