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Breaking: SC Upholds 10% EWS Quota; Says It Doesn’t Violate Basic Structure of Constitution 

Breaking: Supreme Court Upholds 10% EWS Quota; Says It Doesn’t Violate Basic Structure of Constitution 

The Supreme Court constitution bench today upheld the constitutional validity of the 103rd Amendment Act (EWS quota). By a 3:2 majority, the constitution bench pronounced its verdict on the Economically Weaker Sections, which introduced a 10% quota for the EWS category in education and public employment. While Justice Dinesh Maheshwari, Justice Bela Trivedi and Justice JB Pardiwala validated the 10% EWS Quota, dissenting views were presented by Justice Ravindra Bhat and Chief Justice of India UU Lalit. As per the majority views of the justices, reservation structured on economic criteria does not violate the basic structure of the Indian constitution. Hence, there is no need to scrap the 10% EWS quota. The majority also observed that the breach of the 50% ceiling limit by EWS Quota reservation also does not hampers the basic structure of the constitution. For the unversed, the 103rd Constitutional Amendment Act (EWS Quota) was introduced in January 2019 by inserting clause (6) in Articles 15 and 16 of the Indian constitution to make special provisions in education and public employment for the advancements of any economically weaker sections of citizens. After the President notified the amendment, a batch of petitions challenged the constitutional validity of the 10% EWS Quota in the Supreme Court. 

Delhi: AQI In’ Very Poor’ Category; State Environment Minister To Chair a High-Level Meet Today 

On Monday morning, lingering smog continued to cover the Delhi sky, with Air Quality Index still under the ‘Very Poor’ category. The national capital recorded 326 AQI today morning, while Noida recorded an AQI of 356 and Gurugram 364, both under the ‘Very Poor’ category. To review the latest orders issued by the central government’s air quality body, Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai will be hosting a high-level meeting today. The centre has issued guidelines to reverse limitations imposed under the final stage of the Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP), which bans non-BS VI diesel-powered light motor vehicles and truck entrance into the national capital. Last week when the AQI touched 450, just near to hitting the ‘Severe Plus’ category, the commission of Air Quality Management directed authorities to initiate GRAP Stage IV anti-pollution measures. A decision to reopen primary schools will also be taken in this meeting. According to the news agency ANI, the air quality in Delhi will deteriorate more in the coming weeks, citing the data released by the Air Quality Early Warning System Delhi. 

Also read: Authorities Put a Ban on the entry of Heavy Vehicles due to Surging AQI in Delhi

Total Lunar Eclipse 2022: Eastern States Can Catch A Glimpse of The Blood Moon Tomorrow

In the last Lunar Eclipse till 2025, the moon will turn a reddish hue on November 8. Many countries in the world will be able to catch a glimpse of this celestial event, including Australia and New Zealand, among others. However, in India, the beginning phase, where the moon is completely covered in the Earth’s shadow, will not be seen anywhere, as per the Ministry of Earth Science. But eastern areas, including Agartala, Aizawl, Kohima, Kolkata, Darjeeling, Cuttack, Bhubaneshwar and Bhagalpur, will be able to catch a glimpse of the blood red moon in the totality ending phase. This is the phase when the moon exits Earth’s dark inner shadow. This phase will occur at 5:12 pm (IST) tomorrow. “The more dust or clouds in Earth’s atmosphere during the eclipse, the redder the Moon will appear,” said NASA. “It’s as if all the world’s sunrises and sunsets are projected onto the Moon,” it added. For observing a Lunar Eclipse, no equipment is needed. However, telescopes and binoculars would improve the viewing phase. 

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