BJP led NDA is all set to form a new government at the
Centre bagging 339 and leading in 12 in the 543 member LokSabha elections.
BJP alone has won an absolute majority and heading for a landslide victory.
It has secured 303 seats. The UPA has won 87 and leading in 3 while others
got 87. The Congress alone has bagged 51 seats.
Senior BJP leader and Prime Minister NarendraModihas won from
Varanasi by over 4 lakh 79 thousand votes. He has surpassed his previous margin
of 3 lakh 71 thousand seven hundred and 84 votes in 2014 parliamentary
The Union Cabinet will meet this evening to recommend the
dissolution of the 16th LokSabha. The meet is being held a day after the
counting of votes for the LokSabha elections in which the NDA is all set to
After the Cabinet's recommendation is passed in the form of a
resolution, President Ram NathKovind will dissolve the present LokSabha.The term
of the 16th LokSabha will end on the 3rd June and the 17th LokSabha has to be
constituted before that date.
The process to form a new House will be initiated when the Chief
Election Commissioner along with Election Commissioners will meet the President
in the next few days to hand over the list of newly-elected members.
Official sources said, after the meeting of the Union Cabinet,
the Council of Ministers, which also comprises Ministers of State will meet at
the office of the Prime Minister.
Collegium recommends 4 judges to the supreme court
The Centre has cleared four names recommended by the Supreme
Court Collegium for elevation as judges of the apex court.With their
appointment, the Supreme Court will reach its full sanctioned judicial strength
of 31 judges.
The Centre has cleared the names of Jharkhand High Court and
Gauhati High Court Chief Justices Aniruddha Bose and A.S. Bopanna. On May 8, the
Collegium refused the government’s request to reconsider its April 12
recommendation to elevate the two judges.
The Collegium had reiterated its recommendation of Justices Bose
and Bopanna in the face of the government’s initial reluctance. It re-sent the
files of the two judges to the government saying there was nothing adverse found
in their conduct, competence or integrity. This had made it binding on the
government to clear their appointments.
The Collegium had explained its recommendation of Justices Gavai
and Kant as an attempt to provide “due representation”, as far as possible, to
all High Courts and to all sections of society including those belonging to the
SC/ST/OBC categories, women and minorities.
Justice Kant had been the subject of controversy over a letter
written by Justice (now retired) A.K. Goel to then Chief Justice of India
DipakMisra. Justice Goel, then an apex court judge, had disagreed with the
proposal to elevate Justice Kant as Chief Justice of the Himachal Pradesh High
Court. However, the Misra Collegium, in a notification dated October 3, went
ahead with his elevation.
On Thursday, the stock market moved in line with the adage
with the Sensex surging over 1,000 points in the morning session to breach
the 40,000-mark for the first time ever as initial trends showed the BJP
getting a strong majority.
However, as the day progressed, traders squared off their
positions with the benchmarks erasing all the gains and ending the day in the
red. With the uncertainty over election results over, markets would now focus on
economic concerns related to growth slowdown, negative foreign flows, liquidity
issues faced by non-banking finance companies (NBFCs) and global headwinds, say
Incidentally, the reversal of gains was primarily led by profit
booking in most of the index heavyweights as the broader market breadth was
almost balanced with 1,167 stocks gaining ground as against 1,347 declines.
The direction of the market would depend on the steps that the
government takes to accelerate growth, he added.
Global financial major Morgan Stanley, which has a Sensex target
of 45,000 by June 2020, believes that the focus of the market will now shift to
the growth cycle and it expects the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to be more
accommodative and the economy to come out of the soft patch of the past few
Women remain considerably under-represented across STEM
(science, technology, engineering and math) studies and careers, says
UNESCO. That’s because most young women do not identify with STEM and assume
these subjects won’t align with their desire to be creative and make an
impact in the world.
Experts call it a detrimental trend as it would further widen
the gender gap in the technology world. Also, by shying away from STEM studies
or careers, women will only be miss contributing to the next generation of
technologies and innovations.
According to the UNESCO, 29% of those in science research and
development are women, with a low 19% in south and west Asia and a high 48% in
Microsoft has an initiative to encourage women to pursue careers
in STEM and the technology major has been working to get students and young
women excited about STEM subjects.
DaianaBeitler, philanthropies director for Microsoft Asia, said,
“Our movement helps raise awareness of the issues that cause girls to drop out
of or lose interest in STEM and aims to pique their excitement in how they can
change the world if they stay engaged.”
Teachers and technologists have a responsibility to break the
misperception among women that STEM does not relate to the world at large.“By
designing computer science curricula around societal challenges and giving young
women more exposure to female role models, the academia can make a huge
difference in building a passion for STEM subjects among students,” Dr.Beitler
Prime Minister ShriNarendraModi received congratulatory
telephone calls from leaders across the world including from Ms. Sheikh
Hasina, Prime Minister of Bangladesh; Mr.JigmeKhesarNamgyelWangchuk, King of
Bhutan; Dr.LotayShering, Prime Minister of Bhutan; Mr. K.P. Sharma Oli,
Prime Minister of Nepal; Mr. Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, President of Maldives
and many more.
Warmly felicitating the Prime Minister, the leaders expressed
the view that the historic mandate reflected the abiding faith of the people of
India in the leadership of the Prime Minister ShriNarendraModi.
Expressing his gratitude for their compliments and good wishes,
the Prime Minister said that the general elections embodied the strength of
Indian democracy, which is the world’s largest.
He thanked the global leaders for their cooperation in
developing mutually beneficial bilateral relations and multilateral cooperation,
and expressed his desire to continue to work further with them in fostering even
The Prime Minister has also expressed his gratitude to several
other leaders who have extended their felicitations to him over social media and
A group of South Asia-focussed community organisations held
a Congressional briefing on caste discrimination on Wednesday. The hearing’s
objectives included educating Congressional staff about how caste operates
in the U.S., highlighting the damage it does to U.S. institutions, and
advocating data collection, monitoring and legislation.
Central to the discussion was a survey conducted by Equality
Labs, which describes itself as a “South Asian Community Technology
Organization” that seeks to end discrimination in various forms. Some 1,500
people in the diaspora who identified as “South Asian” were sent a
self-administered online survey with 47 questions related to caste. Of the
respondents, 33% identified as ‘Brahmins’, 24% as ‘Dalits’, 7% as ‘Adivasis’ and
18% as ‘Shudras’ .
Fifty two per cent of Dalit respondents feared their caste would
be “outed” and 67% said they faced discrimination at the workplace. Forty one
per cent of Dalits said they faced discrimination in educational establishments.
Twenty six per cent of Dalits who responded said they had experienced physical
assault based on their caste.
The briefing included testimony on caste discrimination and
caste-based violence as well as a discussion of what is required in terms of
sensitising American institutions to caste-based discrimination.
The briefing’s recommendations included a need for monitoring
and reporting of caste-based discrimination at the workplace, including
sensitisation to caste issues in diversity workshops.
A briefing is different from a Congressional hearing the latter
has the power to make individuals testify or face penalties for not doing so. A
briefing can occur when a group wants to highlight an issue and it requires a
Congressional sponsor in this case, Congresswoman PramilaJayapal, a Washington
Rogue emissions of a gas that harms the ozone layer are
coming from eastern China, primarily from two heavily industrialised
provinces, an international team of researchers said on Wednesday.
The findings confirm what many scientists, environmental groups
and policymakers had suspected after an initial study a year ago reported new
global emissions of the gas, CFC-11, but could only locate the source generally
as East Asia.
CFC-11 is one of a class of compounds called chlorofluorocarbons
that destroy atmospheric ozone. They are also potent greenhouse gases that
contribute to atmospheric warming.
Chlorofluorocarbons were outlawed for almost all uses by the
Montreal Protocol, an international pact negotiated decades ago to preserve the
layer of ozone that blocks ultraviolet radiation from the sun. Excessive amounts
of some types of UV radiation can cause skin cancer and eye damage in people and
are harmful to crops and other vegetation.
After the initial study last year, China denied that there were
serious violations of the ban on the chemical, but also promised to eradicate
any illegal production.