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Afternoon briefing: 10% quota proposed for Marathas; Rainfall likely in north Indian plains, and all the latest news

Feb 20, 2024 01:15 PM IST

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The Maharashtra cabinet on Tuesday gave its approval to the Backward Classes Commission report and the draft bill based on it, paving the way for legislation on reservation for Marathas. The bill proposing a 10 per cent quota for Marathas in education and jobs will be tabled in the state legislature today. This marks the third attempt in a decade by the state to introduce legislation to provide quota benefits for the Maratha community. The decision to convene a special session was prompted by the ongoing hunger strike of Maratha quota activist, Manoj Jarange Patil. The proposal is grounded in the findings of the Maharashtra State Commission for Backward Classes (MSCBC), which highlighted that the Maratha population in Maharashtra stands at 28 per cent. Dig deeper

Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde with Maratha reservation activist Manoj Jarange Patil at the protest venue after the state government accepted the latter's demands. (File)(PTI)
Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde with Maratha reservation activist Manoj Jarange Patil at the protest venue after the state government accepted the latter's demands. (File)(PTI)

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Light to moderate rainfall was likely in the northern plains on Tuesday and Wednesday with two western disturbances (WD) impacting the Western Himalayan region. One of the WDs was lying as a cyclonic circulation over north Pakistan and neighbourhood in lower levels. The WDs were likely to merge on Tuesday. An induced cyclonic circulation was lying over central Pakistan at lower tropospheric levels, the India Metrological Department (IMD) said on Tuesday. High moisture was also coming from the Arabian Sea over northwest India. Dig deeper

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That is all we have in our Afternoon briefing. Catch you again in the evening

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