Top Headlines: EC moots disqualification of 20 AAP MLAs who were parl secretaries

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EC moots disqualification of 20 AAP MLAs who were parl secretaries
Under Article 102(1)(a) of the Constitution, holding any “office of profit”, which means a post with financial and other benefits, is ground for disqualification of an MP or MLA. Some big names that have been tripped by the rule include former Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Rajya Sabha MP Jaya Bachchan.
EC’s touched a new low, says angry AAP
Aam Aadmi Party alleged on Friday that “the vindictive recommendation was made at the behest of the BJP-led central government”, adding chief election commissioner A K Joti was “repaying the debt” to Prime Minister Narendra Modi before his retirement.
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‘Caste decided by birth, can’t change on marriage’
“There cannot be any dispute that the caste is determined by birth and the caste cannot be changed by marriage with a person of Scheduled Caste,” the SC said. A woman is not entitled to the benefits of reservation if she was born in an upper caste family, and her caste remained so despite marrying into a Scheduled Caste family, the court clarified.

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AAP to approach Delhi High Court against ‘possibility of the disqualification of 20 MLAs’
Aam Aadmi Party Delhi chief spokesperson Saurabh Bharadwaj said that the party will approach Delhi HC if its 20 MLAs are disqualified for holding the ‘office of profit’. Till now, AAP functionaries said, they have no formal information of the EC recommending disqualification of 20 MLAs.
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Reliance Jio posts first ever quarterly profits
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IPL fast-tracked little known players to big league: Sehwag
Virender Sehwag credits the cash-rich and glamour-packed Indian Premier League (IPL) for fast-tracking little known players to the top level of the game.
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Five days before the final Test on a pitch that bore an excessively green tinge, pacer Kagiso Rabada said South Africa are gunning for a whitewash of India, having trampled the visitors in the first two matches.

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RIL Q3 net rises 25%; Reliance Jio posts profit
Consolidated net profit in October-December stood at Rs 9,423 crore while standalone earning was up 5.4 per cent at Rs 8,454 crore, the company said in a stock exchange filing.
IT industry urges US to keep work permits for H-1B spouses
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‘Padmaavat’ – ‘PadMan’ clash averted
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