Morning Digest: Amit Shah says the government will fence the whole border with Myanmar; PM Modi-headed panel to meet today to choose new Election Commissioner; and more

The Supreme Court notes that wealthy sub-castes within backward classes may be removed from the quota list.

Rich sub-castes within the backward classes should not be “excluded” from the reservation list and forced to compete with the general category, a seven-judge Constitution Bench questioned on Tuesday.

A commission led by PM Modi will convene on February 7 to choose a new Election Commissioner.

Amit Shah announces fencing along indo-Myanmar border

The first meeting of the committee tasked with choosing the Chief Election Commissioner and other Election Commissioners, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is scheduled for this Wednesday.

T.N. offers backing to Kerala’s Supreme Court lawsuit to maintain fiscal autonomy.

On February 6, 2024, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M.K. Stalin wrote to his Kerala counterpart Pinarayi Vijayan, expressing gratitude to Kerala for taking the Union government’s attempts to “stifle State governments” over financial matters to the Supreme Court and expressing hopes for cooperation in addressing this “crucial challenge.”

Modi Govt To Fence Entire 1643 Km Indo-Myanmar Border: Amit Shah -  DailyExcelsior

The Lok Sabha approves a bill to add Paharis to J&K’s ST list amid demonstrations in Jammu.

The Pahari Ethnic group was included in the Union Territory’s Scheduled Tribes list, and the Gujjar-Bakarwal Scheduled Tribe led protests against this decision. On Tuesday, the Lok Sabha passed a bill adding this community to the list of Scheduled Tribes in the UT, with Tribal Affairs Minister Arjun Munda adamantly stating that benefits intended for the UT’s current STs would not be affected in any way.

The government plans to fence Myanmar’s entire border: Shah

On Tuesday, Amit Shah, the Union Home Minister, announced that the government has made the decision to build a barrier along the 1,643-kilometer border with Myanmar.

The administration intends to proceed with the IMEC after a five-month hiatus caused by the Israel-Gaza conflict.

Centre to end free movement of people at India-Myanmar border, fence it  completely

The India-Middle East-Europe Economic Corridor (IMEC), which was introduced during the G-20 summit in September 2023 but stalled because of the Israel-Hamas conflict, is expected to resume discussions this month when Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis visits India. This is after months of suspension.

Election Commission: The true NCP group of Ajit Pawar

The Election Commission (EC) declared on February 6 that the Ajit Pawar faction is the legitimate Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), putting an end to months of rumors over his rift with his uncle and party founder Sharad Pawar.

Senior leaders of the Congress intend to run in the Lok Sabha elections.

As the Lok Sabha elections draw near, top Congress figures, including as former chief ministers Ashok Gehlot and Bhupesh Baghel, are under increasing pressure to take the initiative and run for office.

Rahul Gandhi downplays the splits within India, stating that Mamata Banerjee is “very much” a member of the bloc.

Rahul Gandhi, the leader of the Congress, stated on Tuesday that Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee is “very much” still a member of the Opposition bloc and that there have been no desertions from the Indian National Developmental, Inclusive Alliance (INDIA) other than from Janata Dal (United) president Nitish Kumar.

Religious hymn with chorus and drum during mid-flight raises questions about safety

Pilots have urged to stop displays of “religious fervour” during flights because they may pose a safety risk after a video of an IndiGo passenger singing a devotional song about Ram and playing the dholak went popular on social media on Tuesday.

The US appeals court has ruled that Trump is not immune from claims of electoral subversion.

Donald Trump might now face an unprecedented criminal trial after a federal appeals court declared on Tuesday that he is not immune from accusations that he planned to avenge his loss in the 2020 election.

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